Saturday, June 25, 2011

PositivelyPittsburghLive, Pittsburgh Summer Festivals, 6-6-11

Positively Pittsburgh Live! 6-6-11
Pittsburgh Summer Festivals

Lots of Summer fun going on. Also Community Interview with Linda Handley, Founder of Building Bridges for Business (during the PPL news) BBB has an event at the end of the month at Google. Sounds like both summer business and summer fun.

Today’s Guests
Aaron Wartner, Vice president of Lego Kidfest Pittsburgh
Bernie Martin, Social Media Marketing Chairperson of Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix
Eric Singer, Artist at Three Rivers Art’s Festival - “Living in the Future”
Herman Pearl, of Pearl Arts - Artist at Three Rivers Arts Festival – “Named Unnamed”
Linda Barnicott, renowned Pittsburgh Artist - Painter of Memories

Lego KidsFest Logo
Aaron Wartner, Vice president of Lego Kidfest Pittsburgh
The LEGO® KidsFest national tour stops at Pittsburgh’s David L. Lawrence Convention Center June 17-19, bringing all of the creative hands-on, minds-on fun of LEGO building and experiences together in this 125,000 square foot activity – and entertainment-packed family event for children of all ages and builders of all skills and interests.
Among the many LEGO attractions, families will find:

LEGO Model Gallery: 40 life-sized models made entirely from LEGO bricks
LEGO Master Builders: building tips, tricks and live demonstrations from the crew who get paid to play
Creation Nation: build your own creation to add to a custom map of the U.S.
Mystery Mural: build a piece of a giant mural to help reveal the image 
Race Ramps: build your own custom car, then race it down the ramp against friends and family 
LEGO Games Arena: roll the dice to play LEGO board games
Construction Zones: creative free build, play and display area
LEGO DUPLO®: younger visitors can explore imagination through building
LEGO Retail and KidsFest Marketplace: purchase LEGO merchandise and official KidsFest tour goods
LEGO Club Member Lounge:  join fellow Club members for fun activities or sign-up for free
Brick Bin: a gigantic bin just full of LEGO bricks for creative play and enjoyment
Monochromatic Builds: Bricks of a single color to foster group creativity
Brickscapes: fantastic displays that combine lots of LEGO and DUPLO sets
MINDSTORMS: build an intelligent LEGO robot and have it perform different operations
LEGO Universe:  become a custom LEGO Minifigure in this multiplayer online game

The event also includes hands-on learning activities from local partners
Based on sell-out attendance in previous markets, advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged. Five sessions – all identical – are available for the June 17 - 19 tour stop. LEGO KidsFest tickets are $20 for adults and $18 for children and can be purchased online at
Contact: Aaron Wartner

Bernie Martin, Social Media Marketing Chairperson of Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix
Bernie Martin
- was instrumental in all aspects of the tactical implementation of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix's Social networking marketing program.
-In July 2010 launched a new company, Rapid Production Marketing to develop, plan, implement and train automotive and industrial sector companies in the use of Social Media marketing tools.
Beaver Test Trials
The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Association is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization with a mission to hold a world-class vintage automotive event for charity. It is the region's premier summer event for hundreds of thousands of automotive enthusiasts in that it combines charitable fundraising with car shows and vintage sports car racing on city streets. The 2011 Race Week runs from July 15th through the 24th culminating with our 29th annual vintage races and car shows at Schenley Park on the weekend of July 23/24. Since 1983 this volunteer-driven event has raised over $2.7 million for the Autism Society of Pittsburgh & Allegheny Valley School.
The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, presented by Shop 'n Save may be all about old cars, but we do "get it". You can follow our news and blogs, view photos and videos or just learn more about our event and the great people that are a part of our organization. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Linked in, YouTube,, and flickr.
Key Events
PGP Social Media Marketing Chair
2011 Marque of the Year: Porsche -2011 marks the 50th anniversary of the Allegheny Region of the Porsche Club of America.
The 356 Burgh - The Porsche 356 was the first true Porsche. PVGP welcomes the 356 registry to Pittsburgh.
2011 Spotlight Show: The Cars of Carroll Shelby - A special display In honor of this American motoring legend.
The Cortile: 2011Proiettore Macchina is Lamborghini - Unique and not often seen marques that have a rich and vibrant design or racing history. 
BMW 5er Fest - The 10th Anniversary of 5er Fest, the creation of a an interest based group of vintage 5 Series BMW enthusiasts

Night at the Wexford Starlite, Friday, July 8 at 6:00pm      
Kick-Off Rally Sunday, July 10 at 8:00am
Black Tie & Tailpipes, Friday, July 15 at 7:00pm
Saturday, July 16                                                                        
Walnut Street Invitational Car, Monday, July 18 at 5:00pm
"Car Cruise at the Waterfront", Tuesday, July 19 at 5:00pm
Wednesday, July 20
Saturday, July 23
Porsche "Marque of the Year" at 9:00am
Spotlight "The Cars of Carroll at 9:30am
Cortile Lamborghini Proiettore at 9:30am
"Jaguar Concours at the Grand at 10:00am
British Car Day "50th Anniversary at 10:00am
Asian Car Show at 10:00am
Audi Car Show at 10:00am

Eric Singer, Artist at Three Rivers Art’s Festival
Eric Singer
 - Is an artist, musician, engineer and programmer
- Has run LEMUR since 2000, creating instruments, doing performances and installations and giving workshops and lectures
- Has been creating interactive electronic music and art for 20 years
- Has a solo show called "Living In The Future" at SPACE Gallery (open through June 26th) filled with eight interactive, user-playable works of sound art
- Is a "Digital Luthier," a creator of new electronic musical instruments
- Is a "post-media artist" - in contrast to a "painter," "sculptor," "musician," etc., he is an idea-driven artist who works in any media necessary
- Recently spoke at the TED Full Spectrum event in NYC
- Founding the East Coast's first fire arts festival, "Pyrotopia," in Braddock, PA, October 7th and 8th
- Working on founding a large art, technology and fabrication space in Pittsburgh, to be called "Nucleus"
- Moved to Pittsburgh in 2009 after 15 years in Brooklyn and couldn't be happier about it!
Living in the Future, by Eric Singer, at the Three Rivers Arts Festival through June 26, 2011
Eric Singer
Despite the lack of flying cars, jet packs and personal worm holes, Eric Singer enjoys living in the future. In fact, this is where he draws inspiration for his artwork. With this in mind, Eric presents a retro- and proto-spective of his work combining sound, video, robotics and technology. Plus, you get to play with the art!
LEMUR: League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots ( is a group of artists and technologists who create robotic musical instruments. Founded in 2000 by Eric Singer, LEMUR creates exotic, sculptural musical instruments which integrate robotic technology.
SPACE gallery, 812 Liberty Avenue, downtown Pittsburgh Cultural District,
Wed & Thurs: 11 a.m – 6 p.m. Fri & Sat: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. ; Sun: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Eric Singer can be contacted at cell: (917) 754-9975.

Herman Pearl, Artist at the Three Rivers Arts Festival
Names-Unnamed by Herman Pearl / Pearl Arts: A sound and media installation that conceptually explores cultural isolation, media bias and life and death during war time. In Named-UnNamed, the names of the victims of war become elements from which artist Herman Pearl creates a haunting and memorial environment, at once mechanized and distinctly human. 937 Liberty Avenue gallery, 2nd floor, 937 Liberty Avenue, downtown Pittsburgh Cultural District Through June 26, 2011
Wed & Thurs: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Fri & Sat: 11 a.m. 8p.m.
Herman Pearl can be contacted at:  or (412) 608-5152
Herman Pearl
In Named-UnNamed, the names of the victims of war become elements from which artist Herman Pearl creates a haunting and memorial environment, at once mechanized and distinctly human. The piece’s building blocks are the names of people killed in the Iraq War—mostly those of otherwise unknown Iraqi civilians. Pearl’s recordings of hundreds of these names (many read by native Arabic speakers) are entered into his original sound-generating computer program. Its output, experienced through unseen surrounding speakers, stretches and fragments those spoken names into a palette of sounds: wind-like breaths, ghostly whispers, or a rumbling, earthy bass.

Inside the dark, womb-like space of Named-UnNamed, every sound you will hear is generated from those spoken names of the Iraq War dead. The texture of this sonic environment—its combination of those breaths,  whispers, and earths—is not predetermined. Every experience of Named-UnNamed is unique, generated by the computer’s manipulation of the names.

As with 21st-century warfare, Named-UnNamed is designed by man, but enacted by machine. By manipulating that most humanizing of our attributes—a name—the piece generates a discomforting environment that we have created, yet which is almost entirely beyond our control.


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My work with Indigenous Resistance

Linda Barnicott, renowned Pittsburgh Artist - Painter of Memories
-has been creating paintings of Pittsburgh since 1989. Works in pastel chalks, a rich vibrant medium that stands the test of time
-Was a professional portrait artist 
-In 1998 started painting the holiday cards for the American Cancer Society earning at this point a half a million dollars for cancer research and prevention
-Was the official artist for the Pittsburgh's Three River Regatta and 2010's Pittsburgh Light -Up Night, painting the new Crystal Tree
-Received a Proclamation from the City of Pittsburgh for the work put into documenting the city with my downtown paintings
-Received the Forbes Enterprise Award for the work created with her business
-Currently working on a huge project with Pennsylvania's Route 6 Artisan Trail, documenting Route 6 through paintings
-Also currently painting Consol Energy Center which will be released at my Kennywood Festival in July
Linda Barnicott Latest Painting, Chapel on the Bluff
Annual Bridgeville Day on the Avenue June 18th
Pennsylvania Trolley Museum's Classic Car Show on June 26th from 10am to 5p
Kennywood's Celebrate America June 30-July5 from noon to close.
Grove City’s release of 3 new ornaments July 23, 10-4
Rib and Wing Challenge at the South Park Fairgrounds September 3,4,5 noon to 10 first 2 days and noon to 8 on Monday Labor Day
Ebenezer Bridge in Mingo Creek County Park Sept. 17-18 for the Covered Bridge Festival 10-5
Delmont Apple Festival Oct. 1-2 10-6 and 11-5
Fort Ligonier Days Oct 14, 15, 16

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