Friday, April 15, 2011

PositivelyPittsburghNews week of 4-11-11

Positively Pittsburgh Live News from April 11, 2011
Show Notes by Delana Flowers
Reporting by Joanne Quinn-Smith

The Spring 2011 Neighborhood Clean-up
Saturday, April 16 · 9:00am - 2:00pm, 3414 East Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15214
In conjunction with the 2011 Earth Day worldwide weekend activities & the City Of Pittsburgh annual Spring Neighborhood Redd-Up Weekend, residents of Summer Hill & Observatory Hill will be hosting a clean-up event of the upper East Street corridor, from Mt Pleasant Rd to McKnight Rd. All are welcome to participate, and all we ask is you RSVP.

PICT 2011 Season Showcases Local, National and International Stars
Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre has assembled a stellar team of world-renowned artists for the 2011 Dynamic Duos season! Ireland, New York, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh come together on the PICT stages to present a Shakespearean classic, four hilarious comedies, and an incendiary peek into the world of lawyers. Read entire release at

Tuesday, April 19, and run through Sunday April 24, at Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Avenue
The smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA returns to Pittsburgh. Tickets ($27-$67) are available by calling 412-392-4900, visiting the Box Office at Theater Square (655 Penn Avenue) or online at Read the entire press release at

Congratulations to Cardinal Resources LLC!
The South Side company was named 2011 Exporter of the Year for their portable solar-powered Red Bird water treatment system. The award was given by ThinkGlobal Inc., publisher of Commercial News USACommercial News is the official export promotion magazine of the Department of Commerce.

great things happening in the city of Pittsburgh
Sent in by Positive Pittsburgher, Bill Peduto, City Councilman
There are so many great things happening in the city of Pittsburgh.  Here's a look at just a few: 
·         ChargeCar is a project of Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute’s CREATE Lab to make electric cars both practical and affordable. You can read all about it here
·         The Shelton Trade Center trains men and women in the art of masonry in a 10-week, tuition-free program. Learn about their program here.   
·         The High Point Investigation is exploring the possibilities of transforming the roof of the U.S. Steel Tower into a cutting edge green design, four-season, self-sustaining public space. Click here to learn about this project. 
If you want to know about more great things happening in Pittsburgh, be sure to visit every week.

Max Raabe & Palast Orchester
April 15 15 • 8PM, Byham Theater
Max Raabe & Palast Orchester embodies the high style and musical glory of the 20's and 30's. Led by the charismatic baritone Max Raabe, the Berlin-based orchestra celebrates this timeless music with uncanny precision, drama and irony. TO ORDER TICKETS online at, visit the Box Office at Theater Square [655 Penn Avenue], or call 412-456-6666. Groups 10+ Tickets 412-471-6930.

HOMEWOOD Artist Residency is proud to announce the unveiling of HOME
Saturday, April 30, 2011 from 12-4 pm at the Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum
Home is a large-scale installation created by Homewood-based artists Tina Williams Brewer and Vanessa German. Blending the memories and voices of Homewood's residents into a 10 ft installation, Brewer and German incorporated found objects from the neighborhood such as items from demolished Homewood homes, donated shoes and pockets, and old photos. The celebration includes a poetry performance by seventh grade students from Lincoln Technology Academy.

Volunteers of America Receives Grant from FISA Foundation Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania’s Working Order Program has been awarded a grant of $25,000 by the FISA Foundation. Read the entire press release at

Traversing the turbulent job market: The Pittsburgh Enterprise
Saturday, 23rd April, 2011, 2:30 – 5:00 PM, Lecture hall 151, Posner Hall - Tepper School of Business
A NetIP seminar in partnership with the USImpac.
During this professional seminar/meet, to be held in one of the nation’s best business schools at Carnegie Mellon University, NetIP will bring together leaders of the industry and educators to guide people on a different plan: a plan that aims to prepare us to be a professional force as well as global entrepreneurs, a plan that helps us to develop our strengths to secure as well as invent jobs.

Women and Girls Foundation press conference with PA Treasurer Rob McCord
On Tuesday, April 6, 2011 the Women and Girls Foundation hosted a press conference with PA Treasurer Rob McCord to stress the importance of increasing gender diversity on corporate boards.  Five companies on Pittsburgh's "Top 50 in Business" were honored for their leadership on this topic.

Have a Brewski on The Public Theatre at Superior Donuts
April 14 through May 15, Pittsburgh Public Theater
Arthur owns the small Chicago donut shop, Superior Donuts, but with a last name like Przybyzewski, Arthur would be right at home in Pittsburgh! In Superior Donuts, Arthur tells us about the experience of his Polish parents immigrating to the United States. If your last name ends with “ski” (or “sky”), we’ll even buy you a beer at the theater so you can toast your heritage. To purchase tickets, call the O’Reilly Theater Box Office at 412.316.1600. For details visit Read the entire release at



September 7 – October 2, Benedum Center

Based on the best-selling 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire, WICKED, winner of 35 major awards, including a Grammy® and three Tony® Awards, is the untold story of the witches of Oz. Tickets will go on sale Monday, May 23. Read the entire release at

The Sprout Fund invites you to Making Sparks
Tuesday, May 3rd, 4:00  - 7:00 p.m (registration starts at 3:30)
Carnegie Lecture Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Making Sparks is a unique forum exploring how technology and innovation can transform the lives of young children in our region. Come share your thoughts and help set the agenda for Sprout's 2011 Super Spark Funding Stream, awarding grants of up to $50,000 to collaborative projects and programs making an impact on early childhood creativity through the use of technology and media. $5 includes parking, dinner, and refreshments

The hit radio soap opera "The Bold and the Sanctified" storms the stage! 
Saturday, April 16, 2011, The Byham Theater, Doors Open at 7PM Show Starts at 8PM
Presented by Herron Enterprises, A Stage Play Written and Directed By Sherri Lynn
Heard in over 30 markets across the country, "The Bold and the Sanctified" is a story of love, compromise, betrayal and survival all in the most complex organization in the world: The Church. Read the entire press release at
Roving Pittsburgher
Paisano’s, Warrington and Arlington Ave in Beltzhoover, across from the Police Station.
Mark the owner says, “If you want something good, come to the hood.”  Not heart healthy food but if you are craving great “not good for you” but delicious food, once a year I must have one of his huge steak sandwiches, with real steak, and covered with mushrooms and green peppers.  Also huge amazing wings, and the prices are reasonable.  You will not, however, feel the love from behind the counter, because the owner is known not so affectionately as the Pizza Nazi, for his unbelievablely sarcastic sense of humor and constant verbal sparring with his customers on the phone and in person.  My son, Buddy Smith, says, “I love to go in and order a sandwich, just to hear the guy run his mouth.”  What he does run is a first class pizza, sandwich and wings store where the turnaround time on food is twelve minutes.  Can you believe it?  It’s a good thing because if you go there in person for take out, you could not stand his colorful conversation for longer than twelve minutes. But the food has TechnoGranny’s seal of approval.

Get Free Fridays
Gets Gooder and Gooder, a new way to unwind and network at the same time, not in your face, just casual and fun!  $2.00 off all mixed drinks, half price on appetizers. Try the spring rolls or Ahi Tuna, amazing!  Great fun, great friends, great prices

An amazing journey of epic capacity with a huge cast, beautiful scenery and a moving fable.  One could not be unmoved by the music, the story, the imagery, the sketches, the aurias.
Full review by Delana Flowers, a novice opera attendee at: under PositivelyPittsburgh News.

Funeral of a Father, Entrepreneur, Craftsman, Patriot and Marine  Raymond Kacmar, New Salem, Pa.

Entrepreneurial Thursdays, Women Entrepreneurs: 
·         Mimi is an award winning architect that has had her own firm in Mt. Lebanon and founder of HarmoniZing!,
Community Interview
·         Beth A. Slagle, Founder, BizChicks, 
·         Esq. and Partner - Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP

Restaurant El Pasa in Bridgeville
D├ęcor, the music, the food:  Chicken Adobe, Vegetarian enchilada, fried ice cream, guacamole Salad—Huge menu with great variety, real Mexican food, all with fresh ingredients.

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