Tuesday, February 8, 2011

PositivelyPittsburghLive News 2-7-2011

Positively Pittsburgh News from February 7, 2011
Condensed from PositivelyPittsburghLive Talkcast
Delana Flowers, Reporter for PositivelyPittsburghLiveMaazine.com

FRom  Pittsburgh G20 Partnership
Pittsburgh Welcomes the World

The BBC was in town last week (coincidentally) doing a series on regional economies.  Their report featured Pittsburgh.  The Pittsburgh piece is about 35 minutes. Click here The World Tonight: 31/01/2011 

We’ve all sure enjoyed over the past year and a half all the coverage the Pittsburgh Summit generated – more than seven thousand news stories in the United States alone worth an estimated $100 million in “advertising equivalency” (what it would cost us to buy the space and time). 

 Key messages:

1. Pittsburgh is America’s great comeback story. Our team is winning and our regional economy is winning too. Our diversified economy has outperformed the national average in terms of the unemployment rate for the past four years in a row.
2. We’ve always been known for our great Steelers spirit  - and now we have jobs. Over 20,000 open positions (on
 ImaginePittsburgh.com) in a variety of industries. We’re creating jobs faster than we can fill them and we need skilled, talented workers - today.
3. We’ve been named “Most Livable” three times in recent years (The Economist, Forbes.com, Places Rated Almanac). Our 30-year economic, environmental and quality of life transformation is for real – come visit us and see for yourself.

Upcoming Events

Live Rhythm, Jazz, & Blues
"Entrepreneurial Thursdays"
With Vocalist Jessica Lee & Friends
Musical Networking Happy Hour EVERY THURSDAY 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
at Little E's Jazz & Blues

949 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
2nd Floor above Mahoney's Restaurant
Cover Charge: Only $5.00!

February 10, 2011
Pre-show networking session at 5:00 PM
Informal matchmaking for job seekers, employers & new entrepreneurs!

Live music starts at 6:00 PM.
This week: "River Entrepreneurs"

Featuring Interviews with:
·         Co-host Sam Sandora, Senior Vice President - Davison Entertainment Group (www.davisonentertainment.com)
·         John Bryan, Regional Director American Commercial Lines (www.aclines.com)
·         Captain Bob Rush, Rush Hour Boat Tours Luxury limo boat tours of the Monongahela
Consultant to port of Pittsburgh to Develop the wireless waterway network (Http://web.me.com/shawn.n.harris/RushHourTours/Welcome.html)
·         Erik Lingren, Executive Director – Venture Outdoors - (www.ventureoutdoors.org

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Welcomes Back

The Decemberists
Tuesday, April 21, 2011, 8 P.M. at The Benedum Center

Led by Colin Meloy, The Decemberists craft theatrical, idiosyncratic chamber pop rock that seamlessly translates to unforgettable live performances. The Decemberists are one of the most innovative and important creative forces in contemporary music today. Opening for The Decemberists is Justin Townes Earle (son of singer-songwriter Steve Earle).

Read entire press release at:

Pittsburgh Dance Council presents Tango Fire from Buenos Aires, Argentina
in the Pittsburgh premiere of Tango Inferno
Saturday, February 12, 2011, at 8:00 p.m. at Byham Theater, 101 Sixth Street

Considered Argentina's gift to the world, tango is one of the most alluring and exciting dance forms, evoking sensuality and intrigue, lust, raw energy and knife-edge precision. 

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The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Presents ”Shades of Love Featuring”
Saturday, February 12 at the Cabaret at Theater Square

Janis Burley Wilson, Vice President for Education and Director of Jazz Programs at the Trust, says, “Anticipation is high for the new album, No Need for Words, and we are excited to be able to give the Pittsburgh jazz audiences an opportunity to hear this beautiful music before the rest of the world.

Read entire press release at:

Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater presents Theatreworks USA in
Junie B. Jones
February 13-20, 2011 at six performance locations throughout the Pittsburgh area

The Lucelle Lortel Award winning show for best musical and choreography is back by popular demand! The musical is based on several books from the award winning series written by Barbara Park and illustrated by Denise Brunkus about Junie B’s first grade experiences.

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PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh
February 15-20 at the Benedum Center

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents
DRUMLine Live
Tuesday, February 15, 2011, at 7:30 p.m., Benedum Center

High stepping, precision marching band, back by popular demand.
It’s a marching band extravaganza that parades out of the football stadium onto the stage with explosive percussion, resounding brass and dazzling choreography” (The Morning Call).

Read entire press release at:

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Presents
International Violin Virtuoso,
David Garrett
Sunday, February 20, 2011, Benedum Center

“…an entire corpus of virtuoso violin art, expounded with a fearsome beauty beyond comprehension” by BBC Music Magazine, David Garrett has achieved a lifetime of musical accomplishments at only 28 years old.

Read entire press release at:

Pittsburgh Public Theater Presents
The 17th Annual Shakespeare Monologue & Scene Contest
On the O’Reilly Theater stage, Feb. 4 – 11, 2011, 8:30 am to 6 pm daily
Audiences are welcome, free of charge, at both the preliminary and final rounds.

Open to area students in grades 4 – 12, more than 1,100 students will perform on the O’Reilly Theater stage. Registered contestants will perform monologues and/or scenes they’ve chosen from the works of William Shakespeare.

Read entire press release at:

Informative session lead by Scot Teachout of Peak Performance Management
No Pressure Selling!
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 12 noon at Volunteers of America

Understand practical ways to build a successful, sustainable sales culture in your business.  Know how to handle lost opportunities, slipping margins, complacency and market share.  Know how to analyze a successful sales and prospecting strategy.  Learn the top five things you should do to propel business sales. Bring your sandwich or salad; beverages and dessert will be provided. 

Volunteers of America, 1650 Main Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Please call to RSVP at 412-782-5344, ext. 209, or email volunteersofamerica@voapa.org.

Roving Pittsburgher Report

Plowed through part of the LinkedIn book I am reading.  Then I went out to meet Jill and Pete at the Villa Southside.  At 4 PM, Southside was brimming over with excitement.  By the time I left at 5:30 PM it was almost at fever pitch and my car was towed from 20th Street.  Pittsburgh’s finest were preparing for a win and the repeat of craziness from two years ago when we won the Super Bowl.  $110.00 later and an $85.00 ticket on a side of the street where apparently revelers had torn down the No Parking signs, the most positive thing I can say? Well egalitarians that we are in Pittsburgh, we spread the cash around to the towing companies and the City.  So nice trickle down effect from the Super Bowl for them.
After that I was so depressed that I came home, ate two 60 calorie no sugar, no cholesterol ice cream bars.  But I really had intended to eat ice cream in my frustration at the money I had to spend.  But Giant Eagle was closed at 6 PM for the Super Bowl and I got there at 6:05 PM.  Congratulations to all of the businesses who closed to allow their employees to go home to watch the Steelers in the Super Bowl.

Thai Cuisine on Liberty Ave in Bloomfield
Thai food in the middle of Little Italy
Triple delight lots of fresh veggies, shrimp, scallops, calamari, Mango Curry, Fresh Spring rolls,
Thai Custard and sticky rice for dessert.
Above picture is at Thai Cusine, Roving Pittsburgher Reporter, 
Joanne Quinn-Smith and Padam Kapoor.

AJ Wrights
Saying Goodbye to a recent Pittsburgh icon—only two days left for a recent Pittsburgh popular discount department store.

Villa Southside
Pittsburgh Perogies with cheddar cheese, green onions and sour cream, Buffalo wings, Italian sausage with peppers and onions, Kielbasa with sauerkraut and five big screen TV’s and lots of pregame revelry

Steeltown Hero

Hair Peace Charities will turn Blueberry Hill …PINK!
Support Hair Peace Charities at the 6th annual Recipe For Hope at Blueberry Hill Park on Saturday, February 26th at 7:30 pm. Local restaurants with TV, radio and newspaper personalities wearing aprons will serve their favorites dishes! Live music from survivors Blue Sky & Sunshine and Tara Charles Tribute Band. Enjoy a pink-tini bar and great auctions including a pink purse autographed by the Steelers, weekend at Nemacolin, and 2 tickets on South West Airlines. Tickets are $60 with proceeds for Hair Peace Charities; assisting cancer patients with funds for wigs. For information and tickets go to www.HairPeace.org...t
hat's Hair P E A C E.

Stars in aprons:
Cara Sapida, WPXI TV
Christine French, Table Magazine
Dave Crawley, KDKA TV
Doug Oster, The Organic Gardener, KDKA, Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Gretchen McKay, Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Jim Lokay, KDKA TV
Jonny Hartwell, 3WS Radio
J R Randal, Star 100.7
Rick Bergman, KDKA Radio
Rick Dayton, KDKA TV
Rose Tennent, News/Talk FM 104.7
Shelly Duffy, Star 100.7/KDKA Radio
Sheri Van Dyke, 3WS Radio
Stoney Richards, Y-108
Zeke, Y-108

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