Thursday, December 18, 2008

Pittsburgh Social Media

This show was originally recorded on September 15, 2008. The archived show can be heard at: or
Positively Pittsburgh Live’s unique radio channel at:

Pittsburgh Social Media Entrepreneurs are becoming the new media resource for Pittsburgh.


Bob Grayson; Co-Founder / Managing Partner: Pittsburgh Business Center, LLC also owner of Focus Pittsburgh Consulting Group, LLC and Executive Director for: Pittsburgh Business Center Charities (Non-Profit). He is also the Founder and Host of: "Cancer Corner Live" Nationally and Internationally Syndicated Podcast at every Tuesday evening at 9pm EST.

Bob Grayson & Dennis Geary
Pittsburgh Business Center
Twin Ponds Lane

Gregg Matthis, of SLFFVentures, LLC a member of Positive Pittsburghers, an on line Social Networking site for Positive Pittsburghers including Everything Postive About Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania--a resource for Positive Pittsburghers and fans. Nearly 100 Positive Pittsburghers business owners and professionals and growing.

Positive Pittsburghers,

Gregg Mathis
SLFF Ventures LLC

Media Director, for and on line multi media community magazine featuring radio TV channels on local non-profit organizations and businesses. Radio Channels include: Nakama Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar; Volunteers of America, Working Order; SIBusiness Associates, Talkcasts: MondayMorningMarketeer, ProfessionalswithImpact, TechnoGrannyShow, PositivelyPittsburghLive.

Publisher, Joanne Quinn-Smith

Jill Kummer, Black Tie, Pittsburgh

Blacktie is a great foundation for virtual Community both for finding/generating leads and as a source to offer business opportunities to the hundreds of members of Blacktie. Blacktie, LLC's reach is wide and encompasses a diverse audience both throughout the state and in sister cities of Phoenix, St.Louis, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Kansas City, South Florida and in Baton Rouge.

Jill Kummer
Black Tie Pittsburgh
211 Highland Terrace
Pittsburgh, PA 15215

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Entrepreneurial Thursday, Investment Outlook, Holiday Party, Public Service Awards

Come celebrate the Holidays with us. We would enjoy having you.

Firewater's Grill, 412.323.4688

Musical Networking Happy Hour
5:30 PM - 8 PM
Firewater's Grill,
120 Federal Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Across from PNC Park

Hosted by Jazz/R&B Vocalist - Jessica Lee

Cover Charge: Only $10.00!
Hors d'oeuvres included


Live Music by City's Great Jazz/R&B Artists!
Interviews @ Musical Break with City's Leading Entrepreneurs/Innovators!
Great Business & Professional Networking!
December 18, 2008
"Holiday Party - 2009 in Preview"
"2008 Entrepreneurial Community Service Awards" presented this evening!

Preview panel:
· Investment Outlook - Andre Weisbrod, President and CEO, STAAR Financial Advisors Inc (

· Governmental/Political Outlook -Jay French, Principal - The Murdoch Group
· Entrepreneurial Outlook -John Glicksman,Vice President of Legal Affairs - Pittsburgh Life Science Greenhouse (
· Funding Outlook - Catherine Mott, Managing Partner - BlueTree Capital Group, LLC - BlueTree Allied Angels ( (

Award Recipients

· Danette O'Connell – Sales Star Enterprise, LLC - (

· Jeff Tapolci, CEO - ABG Capital (

· Sam Sandora, Senior Vice President - Davison Entertainment Group (

· Jim Harter, President - Sigma Pi Consulting, LLC (

"Entrepreneurial Thursdays" Partners
Gold Sponsors
Pittsburgh Gateways
ABG Capital

Marketing Partners

Chrysler Corp. (SBDC) Duquesne University
Eagle Ventures Inc.
George Mendel Photography
HDJAssoc., Inc.
Help Startups
Human Connections
LatinAmerican Cultural Union
MAKK Strategies
MIT Enterprise Forum
NationalAssociation of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)
Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Pittsburgh Technology Council
Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project (PUMP)
PittsburghYoung Professionals
Positively Pittsburgh Live
Sales Star Enterprise
Seton Hill University's E-Magnify®
Sigma Pi Consulting
STARR Financial Advisors, Inc.
TiePGH-Pittsburgh Chapter of The Indus Entrepreneurs
Women's Independent Press

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Releases First Night Details

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 10, 2008
Contact: Veronica Corpuz, 412-471-6082 /
Electronic art and a complete listing of events are available upon request.

Celebrating the First Night® of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s 25th Anniversary!
Wednesday, December 31, 2008, 6 pm – Midnight
In the heart of the Cultural District

PITTSBURGH … Celebrate New Year’s Eve in the heart of Downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District with The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s First Night® Pittsburgh 2009. This family-friendly community event is presented by Education and Community Engagement department of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, with generous support from lead sponsor, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. The city will revel in a joyous celebration of the arts: dance, music, theater, comedy, magic, visual art and film, plus hands-on activities for children and adults.

In addition to celebrating the conclusion of Pittsburgh 250, First Night® also marks the beginning of a year-long celebration of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s 25th anniversary. Founded in 1984, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has led the way for the creation and ongoing development of Pittsburgh’s award-winning Cultural District. Utilizing the arts as a means for transforming a formerly blighted downtown, the Cultural Trust today welcomes over a million visitors annually to thousands of performances, gallery exhibitions and community events.

In addition to First Night® Pittsburgh, the Trust presents the PNC Broadway Across America – Pittsburgh series; the Pittsburgh Dance Council; the Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater and Festival; and Three Rivers Arts Festival among other events. Additionally, the Trust owns and operates Theater Square and the Cabaret at Theater Square; the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts; Byham, O’Reilly, and Harris Theaters; Wood Street Galleries; SPACE, a visual arts gallery at 812 Liberty Avenue; 707 and 709 Penn Galleries; and 937 Liberty, a multipurpose performance and exhibit space, among other downtown arts facilities.
First Night® Pittsburgh Festivities begin at 6 pm with the Dollar Bank Children’s Fireworks Display and a performance by the Spirit and Soul All City Gospel Choir on the Dollar Bank Main Stage, followed by the Target First Night® Parade at 8 pm. This year, the evening concludes with a live performance by The Fabulous Thunderbirds and the First Night® tradition, The Countdown to Midnight and Future of Pittsburgh Grand Finale atop Penn Avenue Place. The Highmark Stage, where all the First Night® revelry concludes, is located on Penn Avenue by Fifth Avenue and Fifth Avenue Place.

Among the 125 events and activities held in 50 venues throughout the Cultural District, other special First Night® Pittsburgh attractions include the Duquesne Light Family Tent and performances by the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Pittsburgh Symphony Brass at the Byham Theater, Pure Gold at the Benedum Center, the city’s largest Line Dance Party, among many “weatherproof” activities. For a complete listing of events, please visit or call (412) 456-6666.

To join the celebration, simply purchase a First Night® Pittsburgh 2009 Button, a passport to all of the performances, activities and art exhibits. A First Night® button costs only $8; children age 5 and under are admitted for free. First Night® buttons are available at participating Giant Eagle stores and The Box Office at Theater Square. NEW: First Night buttons are also available online at!

Due to their overwhelming popularity and limited seating in Cultural District theaters, a free General Admission Seating Voucher is necessary to see the performances of Pure Gold, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and the Pittsburgh Symphony Brass, The Amish Monkeys, Hustlebot, and Magician David Lawrence’s Magic Show. Vouchers are available at The Box Office at Theater Square. Simply show your First Night® button to obtain up to two seating vouchers per performance. The Box Office at Theater Square is located at 655 Penn Avenue between the O’Reilly Theater and Katz Plaza.

There will be general admission waiting lines for performances at the Benedum Center, Byham Theater and CAPA Main Stage; patrons will be served on a space-available and first-come, first-served basis. Box Office hours are Monday-Saturday, 9 am to 9 pm and Sunday, noon to 6 pm.

First Night needs volunteers for numerous jobs--from button checkers to activity helpers to parade assistants. Families, co-workers, school groups and individuals of all ages are needed to help us ring in 2009 in a fun, alcohol-free, family-friendly way. To volunteer with First Night, please email Kathi Radock, First Night Volunteer Coordinator at, call 412-390-4660.

First Night® ® Pittsburgh 2009 Celebration Sponsors as of release date include: Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield as the lead sponsor, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, County of Allegheny, Dollar Bank, Duquesne Light, Giant Eagle, PNC Foundation and Target.

First Night® Pittsburgh 2009 Community Supporters include: Dominion Resources, Eden Hall Foundation, Roy A. Hunt Foundation and R.P. Simmons Family Foundation, US Steel Corporation and Take Care Health Systems.

First Night® Pittsburgh 2009 Media Partners include: KDKA TV, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Port Authority of Pittsburgh, Comcast, WDUQ 90.5 FM, WQED fm89.3, 91.3fm WYEP and Y108.

First Night® Pittsburgh 2009 is further supported by the following local officials: Senator Jay Costa, Senator Wayne Fontana, Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato, Pittsburgh City Council President Doug Shields, and Councilman William Peduto.


Sunday, December 7, 2008

PositivelyPittsburghLive, Pittsburgh in the Movies

This show was recorded on December 22, 2007 of last year, but as we approach development in the strip district of a new movie making complex and Douglas Education Center in Monongahela expands its digital film department, I felt this was a great talkcast to revisit in preparation for doing another on Pittsburgh in the Movies. You can listen to archived version of this show at: or on PositivelyPitsburghLive Internet Radio Channel at
Guests: Women in Film and Media and Mark Brussler, Producer and Director

Pittsburgh Chapter ~~~
Statement of Purpose
Women In Film and Media of Pittsburgh is dedicated to improving the status and portrayal of women in film, video and other screen based media. With an emphasis on education, we serve our members and the community by providing access to opportunities in the industry and working with other non-profits dedicated to helping women and children. We are passionate about our vision to empower, promote, support, and mentor the community through a network of valuable programs, contacts and events.

Benefits of WIFM Pittsburgh

Central connection for people interested in film, television and other screen based media including directors, producers, talent, camera operators, writers, etc.
National and international recognition through Women In Film and Television International (WIFTI).
Ability to connect with others who share similar interests
Central directory describing abilities, resources An organization that will allow people to broaden theirand ongoing projects. horizons by working with others.
Breakfasts and/or dinners will be planned to promote awareness of the organization in the community as well as assisting in educating the members. They will bring people together to learn how they can best serve the community and assist in educating others.
Each breakfast/dinner will include a speaker who will be chosen on their position in the industry, whether film, television or other media to educate and inform.
These events will not only serve our members, but also the community by providing access to opportunities, supporting the work of our members, fostering greater public awareness of their efforts and encouraging high standards of professionalism.
PSA Program
A program that has been formed to develop, produce and distribute Public Service Announcements (PSA) on issues crucial to women and children. These PSA’s will be produced for non-profit organizations in and around Pittsburgh who do not have the funds to produce a PSA for themselves. The development, production and post-production of the PSA will all be accomplished by volunteers who are members of Women In Film and Media.
By taking on the production of the PSA for a local non-profit, Women In Film and Media will be linking with the local community to help them help themselves. In addition, the PSA will draw members together to help them gain experience, learn new skills, take on new projects and further develop their education on how film/video is produced.

Mark Bussler - Producer/Director

Mark Bussler is a producer and director of high-definition feature documentaries for DVD, HDTV and television. Bussler’s high-quality visuals and audio work have earned hundreds of positive reviews nationwide and have set his documentaries apart from the average fare. Of his film EXPO – Magic of the White City, reviewers have said: "A dazzling trip back to another time."
- Bill Diehl, ABC Radio Network

Bussler’s portfolio includes films narrated by Gene Wilder, Richard Dreyfuss, Keith Carradine, Ronald F. Maxwell and David Carradine. While he began with a budget of less than $1,000 for his first film, Bussler now manages the production of feature length documentary films with budgets in excess of $350,000. Five of his documentaries now air on public television. Bussler's next project is a feature-length high-definition film entitled Westinghouse, which focuses on George Westinghouse, his achievements, companies and his battle with Thomas Edison.

Classic Game Room, a feature-length comedy film released in 2007, chronicles the rise and fall of the first classic video game review show on the Internet in 1999 and 2000.

"An entertaining look at the days just before the dot-com bubble burst – made with tongue firmly in cheek and a charm of its own." - Damian Penny,

In 2006, Bussler produced World War 1 - American Legacy narrated by David Carradine.

"Highly recommended. Powerful, balanced, brilliant use of stills - truly excellent. David Carradine's commentary strikes the right note." - Gordon Smith,

Bussler produced and directed Horses of Gettysburg released in May 2006, Narrated by Ronald F. Maxwell, director of Gettysburg and Gods and Generals, Horses of Gettysburg focuses on the estimated 72,000 horses and mules that served in the battle of Gettysburg and throughout the Civil War. "This fascinating DVD set is extremely well-written and offers much interesting viewing. A must-have." - Phil Spangenberger, CMSA Rundown

In 2005, Bussler released EXPO – Magic of the White City, narrated by Gene Wilder, which brings to life the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 through a cinematic visit to the World’s Columbian Exposition. EXPO – Magic of the White City was Inecom’s bestselling title for 2005 and a top seller on, and at Borders stores nationwide. Recent reviews state:

"One of the year’s finest DVD premiere documentaries, this one is a must-watch." - Jamie Clark, Video Business

A veteran of several Civil War documentaries, in 2004 Bussler released Gettysburg and Stories of Valor narrated by Keith Carradine, the third installment in the CIVIL WAR MINUTES® series

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Annie at Heinz Hall for Holidays

For Immediate Release
Veronica Corpuz, (412) 471-6082 /


Leapin’ Lizards! America’s most beloved musical, ANNIE, is back in 30th anniversary tour, giving a whole new generation the chance to experience this classic musical about never giving up hope. The timeless tale of Little Orphan Anniewill be coming to Pittsburgh’s Heinz Hall for eight performances from Tuesday, December 23, through Sunday, December 28, 2008, as part of the PNC Broadway Across America – Pittsburgh series, presented by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Symphony and Broadway Across America.
Performances are on Tuesday, December 23, at 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday at 1 p.m.; Friday and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tickets ($20.50 - $59) are available at the Box Office at Theater Square, online at and by calling (412) 392-4900. For group discounts, please call (412) 392-4819.
“One of the best musical ever,” proclaims the Chicago Tribune, and the Chicago
Sun-Times says, “Ageless ANNIE as engaging as ever.”
ANNIE, with music by Charles Strouse and book by Thomas Meehan, is again directed by its lyricist, Martin Charnin, who brought the original production of ANNIE to Broadway in 1977. Tony Award winning set designer, Ming Cho Lee, has created a fresh look for this new production.
The original Broadway production of ANNIE won seven 1977 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Book and Score. It ran for 2,377 performances, and has subsequently been produced all over the world. The original production is one of the top 20 longest running shows in Broadway history, and ANNIE continues to be one of the most successful musicals ever.
Boasting one of Broadway’s most memorable scores, including “It’s the Hard-Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “N.Y.C.” and the ever optimistic “Tomorrow,” you can bet your bottom dollar that ANNIE will bring a smile to your face.
In addition to Charnin, Meehan, Strouse and Lee, ANNIE’s creative team includes original Broadway musical staging by Peter Gennaro, choreography by Liza Gennaro, lighting design by Ken Billington, costume design by Theoni Aldridge and sound design by Peter Hylenski. ANNIE is being produced by Networks Presentations, LLC. For more information, visit
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