Sunday, December 13, 2009

Positively Pittsburgh Live, Pittsburgh Holiday Cultural Happenings

Pittsburgh Holiday Cultural Happenings, December 7, 2009 Episode Positively Pittsburgh Live

Positively Pittsburgh Live Host, Joanne Quinn-Smith

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Pittsburgh Symphony
Shelly Fuerte

Artistic Administrator

Pittsburgh Symphony

Talking points
Upcoming productions at Heinz Hall for the holidays:
Highmark Family Holiday Pops led by Assistant Conductor Thomas Hong

Saturday, December 12 at 11:15 a.m.

It's an hour long and does not have an intermission

Same holiday favorites as Highmark Holiday Pops, but geared towards the whole family
Messiah Sing-a-long

Saturday, December 12 at 3 p.m.

Conducted by Robert Page

This is the traditional Messiah, but the audience is the chorus. Scores will be sold in the Heinz Hall lobby beforehand, and the seating is general admission.

Saturday, December 12 at 8 p.m.

Conducted by Robert Page

This is the traditional Messiah performance
Highmark Holiday Special with Chris Botti

Trumpeter Chris Botti performs holiday hits!

There are two performances - 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Holiday Pops led by Principal Pops Conductor Marvin Hamlisch

December 17-20

Featuring Mendelssohn Choir, Jonathan Ansell, Rosanna and Rocky Paterra (Pittsburgh natives), Betsy Lawrence (also a Pittsburgher) and students from the CLO Academy of Musical Theater
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has been a vital part of the City of Pittsburgh’s heritage for more than 100 years. With its noble history of the finest conductors and musicians and its strong commitment to artistic quality and excellence, audiences around the world have claimed the PSO as their orchestra of choice. In September 2008, the PSO welcomed its ninth Music Director Manfred Honeck. Beginning in the early 1900s with frequent performances in Canada, the PSO confirmed its ranking as a world-class orchestra, earning critical acclaim for each tour abroad. Its 34 international tours include 18 European tours, eight trips to the Far East and two to South America. In January 2004, the PSO became the first American orchestra to perform at the Vatican for Pope John Paul II, as part of the Pontiff’s Silver Jubilee celebration.

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

Kathryn Heidemann, Director of First Night, will be joining you this evening.
For some advance information about First Night, you can visit:
Also, Kathryn is the senior manager of the Education and Community Engagement Department, so she can discuss activities in the Trust’s new Arts Education Center, Gallery Crawls and other student workshops and events.

Put on your dancing shoes and stop by the Arthur Murray Dance Studio to learn a few moves. The ballroom dance lesson schedule for the evening is: 7:30 Foxtrot 8:00 Rumba 8:30 Cha Cha 9:00 Salsa 9:30 Tango 10:00 Swing 10:30 Instructor's Choice
A First Night Button is your passport to all of the wonderful things this night has to offer. Buttons are available for $8 at the Box Office at Theater Square (655 Penn Avenue), online at, and at participating Giant Eagle stores. Kids 5 and under are admitted free.
For information, please call 412-456-6666.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust brings an incredible selection of world-class art and entertainment to the Cultural District every year. Browse the online calendar or choose one of these selections to give the gift of performance this holiday season.

Just a Few Favorite Attractions
Debo the Clown
Juggling with Joe Lyons
Pigeon Temporary Tattoos presented by Pittsburgh International Children's Theate
TOON Years Eve celebration
Moquette Volante Bellydance Workshop
Swing Lessons w/ Bobby D
Amish Monkeys


December 29-January 3, 2010

Heinz Hall

Catch the dream! Direct from Harlem’s world-famous Apollo Theater, the sensational new stage production of DREAMGIRLS sparkles like never before.

Tickets start at just $22!

Pittsburgh Dance Council

Pittsburgh Dance Council brings contemporary dance companies from around the world to the Byham Theater. See all four shows this spring for as little as $74!
Full series

Pittsburgh International

Children's Theater

Use flex pack tickets for any show in the Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater Season. It’s the perfect way to introduce the youngest ones on your list to the wonder of live theater!

Six tickets for $55.50

Pittsburgh Irish Classical Theatre

Eric Nelson

Director of Sales

Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theater 2002-2009

Previously Director of Sales at City Theatre 1994-2001

under the loved Artistic Director Marc Masterston, who is now the Artistic Director of the Actors Theatre of Louisville, one of the most prominent regional theaters in the country, and the home of the Humania Festival
Moved to Pittsburgh in 1994 from NYC.

Training is as a an orchestral musician, with degrees in clarinet from The Peabody Conservatory, of the Johns Hopkins University-Baltimore
PICT- in our13th season. 2010 in 14 years.
Currently performing Jane Eyre- adapted by Alan Stanford who brought PICT & Pittsburgh the 2008 hit Salome.
Jane Eyre runs at the Stephen Foster Memorial's Charity Randall theater until December 20
Live music composed by Douglas Levine
Performed by Dou Levine-piano and Mary Beth Malek -clarinet
17 actors
Starring David Whalen as Mr. Rochester, Sahelly Delaney as the mature Jane, and Allison McLemore as the younger Jane.
2010 Season April 15

7 productions

1- World Premiere- comissioned by PICT and the Pittsburgh Opera Theatre

BEAUTIFUL DREAMERS- based on the music of Pittsburgh own Stephen Foster- Music by Douglas Levine after Stephen Foster

2. Othello ( in the smaller intimate Henry Heymann Theatre- in the Stephen Foster memorial)
Pinter Festival- Just passed this past year in honor of his 80h Birthday
4 evenings of great theatre

3. The Hothouse- (Sinister & Scathingly funny)

4. The Dumbwaiter/Betrayal (evening of One Acts)

5. The Room/Celebration- (evening of One Acts)

6. The Room- (Ambiguious and Comic)

7. Hobson's Choice

PositivelyPittsburgh News, Vol XXXII from PPL Show 12-7-09

PositivelyPittsburgh News, Vol XXXII from PPL Show 12-7-09
Reported by Pittsburgh Positive News Reporter,
Joanne Quinn-Smith
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From Positive Pittsburgher, Suzanne Froehlich, Founder Pittsburgh Women’s Power Lunch

Moms and Cops


Training Conference to Help Keep

Children and Families Safe

December 8, 2009 – 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Lighthouse Cathedral  810 Fisher Street  Pittsburgh, PA 15210

Please complete the attached registration form and return it to Nancy Mundy by Tuesday, December 1, 2009 via fax at 412-802-6910, by email at , or to the address listed below to reserve your space at the Moms and Cops Conference:
Nancy Mundy, Office Coordinator

WPIC – Office of Education and Regional Training

3811 O’Hara Street

4601 Baum Building, Room 166

Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Seating limited to the first 100 registered.
No Registration Fee -Continental Breakfast & Lunch provided
Workshops Include: The Realities of Child Abuse – Impact on Families, Basic Domestic Violence Prevention and Legal Advocacy, The Effects of Trauma on Children, Safe Sleep for Babies, The Impact of Irresponsible Gun Owners, and much, much more. Call 412-323-7858 for additional info.
Sponsored by

Moms and Cops Collaborative & Reverend Maurice Trent – Lighthouse Cathedral

With Special Thanks to the Birmingham Foundation

Moms and Cops Collaborative

Allegheny County Department of Human Services, Office of Children Youth and Families - Allegheny County Department of Human Services, Office of Community Services - Allegheny County Health Dept. - Allegheny County Office of the District Attorney - Center for Traumatic Stress - Center for Victims of Violence and Crime Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh - City of Pittsburgh, Bureau of Police - City of Pittsburgh Housing Authority

City of Pittsburgh, Office of the Mayor, Weed & Seed Program - Hill District Community Collaborative - Magee-Women’s Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center - PA Dept. of Health - Parental Stress Center Pittsburgh Action Against Rape - Project Safe Neighborhoods -University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic - Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh
 If anyone is interested in bringing Moms and Cops to their community, they can contact my secretary, Sharon Grace at either 412-323-7858 or to receive additional information and be placed on our mailing list.

Reported from Global Pittsburgh

Canonsburg-Based Aquatech Awarded Seawater Desalination and Industrial Water Reuse Projects in Egypt

Canonsburg-based Aquatech has been awarded a contract to design and supply a seawater desalination system for the Abu Qir Thermal Power Plant in Egypt.
The client, West Delta Electricity Production Co., specified Aquatech’s Multiple Effect Distillation (MED) technology for uninterrupted water supply to boilers after carefully studying all available desalination technology options, the company said.

Priority Ticket Offer!



There's no better way to introduce your family to the wonders of live theater than with the magic, the mystery, the memory of CATS. What began as a musical about cats after Andrew Lloyd Webber picked up a book of poems in an airport bookshop has become one of the longest running shows in Broadway's history. Winner of seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, CATS features 20 of Andrew Lloyd Webber's timeless melodies, including the hit song "Memory." promotional code MEOW to order your tickets to CATS before they go on sale to the public Friday, December 11!

• Online at
• Visit the Box Office at Theater Square [655 Penn Avenue]

• Call 412-456-6666

• Groups 10+ Tickets 412-471-6930

Run 2 Inspire 12 Pubs of Christmas

The holiday season is finally upon us and Run 2 Inspire is giving you a reason to grab your holiday sweater and join us!
We are hosting a "12 Pubs of Christmas" Bar Crawl on Saturday, December 19th. Registration for this event is now open! It includes a t-shirt, wrist band, drink specials at all 12 bars and an entry into our special Pub Crawl Challenge! We will also be providing food during this event.
So grab your favorite (or ugliest) holiday sweater and join us as we spread some holiday cheer and raise awareness for cervical cancer!

** Holiday Discount - purchase tickets before December 1st and pay just $10! After December 1st, tickets are $15. **

For more information contact

Tickets are $5.00, you will be contacted shortly after for t-shirt size. For more information contact

From Positive Pittsburgher Donna Baxter at the Soul Pitt

Nativity: A Christmas Gift

Featuring The Shona Sharif African Dance and Drum Ensemble

December 5 - 20, 2009 (Fri, Sat & Sun Shows)

@ Alumni Hall 4227 Fifth Avenue, Pgh PA 15213

The Shona Sharif African Dance and Drum Ensemble,

part of Pitt's Department of Africana Studies, will present its unique musical production of “Nativity: A Christmas Gift” inspired by Langston Hughes' “Black Nativity,” the show explores the Christmas season through traditional West African dance and 20th century gospel music.

Friday and Saturday Shows at 8pm

Sunday Shows at 5pm

Adults: $20.00 - Children: $10.00

Tickets are available at:

Dorsey's Records

1.888.236.6607 / 412.731.6607
For Group Rates Call 412.648.2276

Reported From Global Pittsburgh

British-Owned Conveyor Belt Maker Relocates Corporate Headquarters to Pittsburgh from Atlanta - Boosts Region's Energy Sector

Fenner Dunlop Americas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Fenner PLC, a UK public company, has moved its corporate headquarters to the Pittsburgh area from suburban Atlanta.

The company said it wanted to be close to its North American belting product manufacturing facilities in both Ohio and Canada, as well as to key locations in newly acquired service businesses – including Conveyor Service Corporation in Blairsville, Indiana County, which it acquired last year – and major customer regions.

"Operating from Pittsburgh puts Fenner Dunlop at the heart of its North American business, allowing for optimal business management," said Cassandra Pan, president of Fenner Dunlop Americas. "We’re close to where it’s all happening and closer to our customers."

One Woman - Trying to Save One Christmas Tree Farm! Positive Pittsburgher:  Debra Dion Kirske
This year she was desperate. This year she had to figure out a different way if her farm is to survive. I met her at a random networking meeting and offered up Three Rivers Paintball Location as an ideal place to display trees. The trees live almost 2 hours out of Pittsburgh - but if she could truck them to Cranberry - she could set up a second lot! Trees can now be purchased at Three Rivers Paintball, 282 Rochester Rd. Freedom PA. every weekend. Help support a woman - trying to save her farm. Fresh Cut, Beautiful - Blue Spruce, Douglas Fir, Scotch Pine and White Pine with sizes up to 71/2 ft. - all $50 – Open 3-9 on Fridays and 9-9 on Saturdays and Sundays. Call 724-775-6232 or

“Positively Pittsburgh” Awards From Newbury’s Notes on LinkedIn
Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 6:59am

Recently, Pittsburghers have been enjoying being named “Best Sports City” by the Sporting News; but over the years, Pittsburgh has become the subject of countless accolades! Whirl Magazine put together a “compendium of some of the city’s most brilliant accolades.”

Here are some of our favorites:

Pittsburgh has the best commercial real estate market in the country, according to Moody’s. (2009
Pittsburgh is one of America’s 25 Strongest Housing Markets, according to (2009)
Pittsburgh is one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Top 25 Solar America Cities.
Pittsburgh is the #1 Most Livable City in America, according to the Economist Magazine. (2009
Pittsburgh is #13 for Best Cities for Young Professionals, according to Forbes Magazine. (2008)
Pittsburgh is one of the Smartest Places to Live in America, according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine. (2006)
Pittsburgh is the #1 Most Livable City in America, according to Places Rated Almanac. (2007)
Reported by Positive Pittsburgher, Donna Baxter of the Soul Pitt:  August Wilson Center for African American Culture Presents


Saturday, December 12 , 2009 @ 7 & 9:30 PM

~ AND ~

Thursday, December 17 , 2009 @ 8 PM

at the August Wilson Center Theater

980 Liberty Avenue * Downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District

Regina Carter's Reverse Thread

Traverse the globe with internationally acclaimed jazz violinist Regina Carter as she and her quartet perform pieces from her Paganini project and music from Mali, Senegal and Uganda. Carter brings audiences to their feet with a musical style Time magazine called "probingly intelligent" and "breathtakingly daring." This concert is presented in partnership with MCG Jazz.

Roving Pittsburgher

Crystal Observatory at Vanadium Woods, St. Barnabas

Crystal Conservatories, a striking piece of architecture springing lightly from the western Pennsylvania countryside (figure 1). It was a highly engineered, glass-enclosed structure that would allow St. Barnabas residents and visitors from nearby Valencia and Gibsonia to relax, swim, and rehabilitate using aquatherapy and various other modalities. The structure is, in fact, a product of a company called Blue Diamond Conservatories, which is marketing it in customizable configurations nationally.
What first caught my attention for this sort of structure was the massive Crystal Cathedral that Rev. Robert H. Schuller constructed in California some years ago. But there they were working with a 40-degree temperature swing, versus a seemingly 100-degree swing in "beautiful downtown" Valencia.
DBRC 5th Anniversary 31st Floor Regional Enterprise Tower, Great Space and Great Networking, Southwestern Pa Commision, Fifth Third Bank, and many outstanding entrepreneurs.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Roving Pittsburgher Report, Vol 1 Radio City Rockettes

There is only one way to put it...the Rockettes are truly a "toe tappin", "finger snappin" joyful holiday spectacular. From the opening act to the last each scene had magic. Need some Holiday Magic...then get yourself in the mood and go SEE the Radio City the Benedum. You will be happy for days!

JoAnn R. Forrester

"Empress of Biz" Talkcast Show

S. I. Business Associates

Price it Perfect

Celebrate & Share

SBA PA Woman Business Champion 2000/1989

PA Best 50 Women in Business 1999

Office: 412-440-6969

The show in Pittsburgh was equally as amazing as the Radio City Music Hall performance in NYC.

Sanna Carapellotti,

What can you say about a show that puts you in the mood for the holidays so early in the season. The scenery was delicious, the choreography delightful and the music masterfully designed to brighten your heart. This should be a family or couple holiday tradition as there is something for everyone.

For the little guys and gals delightful muppet like scaters of tiny characters.

For the kid in you, the ragdoll rockettes number.

For the romantic in you—the lights, the sounds, the nostalgia

For the guys of course, the gorgeous high kicking Rockettes.

Joanne Quinn-Smith, host Positively Pittsburgh Live every Monday at 7 PM EDT

Also Positively Pittsburgh Roving Reporters, Sanna Carapellotti and JoAnn Forrester.

Still time to see this veritably epic performance, playing until December 6.