Friday, December 2, 2011

Positively Pittsburgh Live News from 11-28-11

Andrea Rivette

Neil Berg's Broadway Holiday Sunday, December 4, 2011, at 3:00 p.m., Byham Theater Broadway composer, lyricist and producer, Neil Berg, presents his critically-acclaimed revue. Read more.


CLC students working hard
 Conservation Leadership Corps:
Applications for 2011 Start Now!

SCA’s Conservation Leadership Corps (CLC) is a great way for high school students to meet new people, develop new skills, and see new places. High school students aged 14-18 as of January 1, 2012 will be interviewed and selected in November and December 2011 for the program, which starts in January 2012. Apply online  For more information about CLC, contact Josh at SCA:, 239 4th Avenue, Suite 2100, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, 412-325-1851 x30.

Free Day
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Carnegie Trees with a day of free admission to the Art and Natural History museums, thanks to the Women's Committee of Carnegie Museum of Art.

Family Holiday Sing-Along
Saturday, December 10, 2011
2–4 p.m. - Hall of Architecture
Part of Free Day at Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History
Join singer/songwriter Frank Cappelli for an afternoon at the museums, featuring a lively and festive sing-along of your favorite seasonal tunes.


Alan Stanford
 Alan Stanford presents “A Christmas Carol”
Sunday, December 4th, 7:00 p.m., The Charity Randall Theatre.
Legendary actor and director Alan Stanford will present a special one-night-only reading of Charles Dickens' classic tale of redemption, "A Christmas Carol," as a benefit for PICT. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for youth under 26.


The Mask of Moriarty by Hugh Leonard
Dec 1st through the 17th, The Charity Randall Theatre

The Mask of Moriarty
Join Sherlock Holmes - the world's most famous consulting detective - and his trusty sidekick Dr. Watson as they confront their most dastardly opponent ever! A family-friendly comic mystery tale! Call ProArtsTickets at 412-394-3353 or CLICK HERE to purchase online! Ask about the Family 4-Pack: Two adult tickets and up to two youth tickets (under 26) for only $100! (up to a $50 savings).
Quantum Theatre presents Fat Beckett Dec 2nd through the 18th
(Wednesdays-Saturdays at 8pm/Sundays at 7pm).

Fat Beckett

Written by Gab Cody in collaboration with Rita Reis, directed by Samuel Turich

Fat Beckett is a sly, decidedly female, comedic response to the great Samuel Beckett's men who wait. But instead of waiting, our two heroines are on a whirlwind journey of time-and-space-travel in search of their beloved goat, Biquette. Join us in Lawrenceville at 4830 Hatfield Street. Quantum's parking lot entrance is off of Butler Street between 48th and 49th Street. *PICT email subscribers get a special discount of 15% off with the promo code: PICTbeckett. Order your tickets online or by phone 1.888.718.4253.


Feel Like Going On
A collective of Black photographers showcasing the positive and uplifting side of Black life and times in the Pittsburgh and surrounding regions.

On Monday, Nov. 21 2011, a group of African American photographers launched a partnership with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: a photography blog aimed at providing more positive, fuller images of African American life in Pittsburgh. It is rooted in a community project that began six years ago to willfully counter some of the all-too-often negative portrayals of African American people in the local mainstream media. The blog was inspired by the work of Charles “Teenie” Harris, an NABJ (National Association of Black Journalists) Hall of Fame honoree.

“Feel Like Going On” was founded by journalist Ervin Dyer as a way to respond to the lack of positive images of Blacks in mainstream newspapers. It was also a way to celebrate the legacy of Mr. Harris -- a prolific photographer whose work is now garnering national attention in a retrospective of his work at the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh.

The “Feel Like Going On” blog will allow a core group of photographers to regularly contribute fine art images, news images, and photographs of life as it unfolds in black Pittsburgh’s churches, communities, workspaces, playgrounds, etc.

Would You Move to Pittsburgh for $100,000?
By Patrick J. Kiger

The city is offering a $100,000 prize to "experienced dreamers" age 45 and over who are willing to relocate to the former smokestack-city-turned-high-tech-mecca and take a stab at achieving their second-act ambitions.

The contest is sponsored by a group of Pittsburgh-area government and community organizations, among them the Heinz Endowments and the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, and managed by Leadership Pittsburgh, a local round table for government officials and business leaders. Contest spokesman Shawn Bannon says that so far, the entries run the gamut from people who want to start new businesses to those who want to write or create great art.

Would-be midlife movers and shakers are invited to submit applications by December 16 to the contest's website, Applicants must be at least 45 years old and must have lived outside a 100-mile radius of Pittsburgh for at least the past 10 years. The winner also must be willing to relocate to the city by December 2012. The prize includes a $50,000 cash stipend and a $50,000 donation to a charitable trust that will be set up in the winner's name in 2013. Here's the online application form, which asks applicants to explain how their dream would benefit the onetime Steel City and to make a case for why they have the background, smarts and drive to accomplish it.

Bannon tells SecondAct that Pittsburgh leaders decided to hold the contest, in part, because of a 2009 survey that put the lie to the notion that cities must rely on young residents to drive growth. If Pittsburgh can attract 1,250 entrepreneurs age 45 and over who are eager to reinvent themselves, the study concluded, the city would realize an economic benefit of $2.5 billion over the next two decades.

Out of Rubble premieres at SPACE
December 2nd through January 29, 2012
Read the entire press release here.

Pittsburgh Opera’s Holiday Brown Bag Concert
Saturday, December 3, 12:00 p.m.
 Doors open at 11:30 a.m.
 Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters, 2425 Liberty Avenue in the Strip District

For the past three seasons at holiday time, Pittsburgh Opera’s Resident Artists have surprised and delighted audiences at the December Brown Bag Concert with breathtaking renditions of holiday classics as well as unexpected charmers such as “The Twelve Pains of Christmas” and “Hanukkah in Santa Monica.” Read more.
Straight No Chaser
Tuesday, December 13, 2011, at 8:00 p.m., Benedum Center

The perfomers of Straight No Chaser
 By reinventing the idea of a cappella on the modern pop landscape, the unique Straight No Chaser is ten vocalists who have come together to create remarkable music, and combined with their sense of humor, entertain and leave audiences begging for more. This performance is presented by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, and is part of the 2011-2012 Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series. Read more.

Roving Pittsburgher Report
Franco’s Penn Ave
Portabello stuffed with spinach, gorgonzola on marinara, beautiful friendly bar

Red at Pittsburgh Public Theatre
RED as "the King" would say could use "a little less talk and a lot more action". That said, what banter. Abstract painter Mark Rothko (Jeff Still) battles his demons(not the least of which is becoming obsolete) and delivers a muscular performance. Jack Cutmore-Scott (Ken) stays the course as he morphs from submissive apprentice to formidable antagonist. My favorite scene is when Rothko and Ken brush a canvas with a plum color. As they splash on paint, hearing music in the background, we share the physical exhilaration of creating art. (A GO SEE. Connie Cannon)

Pittsburgh Whiskey Festival
The theme was America 1961 and 100% of proceeds from the silent auction benefited the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Western PA Chapter. So, visually the party was great fun. I think we ran into the Blues Brothers multiple times and I did not drink enough to see. Sat between two Tom’s half way through the first lap at the Heinz Field East Lounge and had an Origi. We think it was Origine Vodka, but orangish red and made with persimmons and citrus fruit. The other vodkas we liked:

• Zaya Fernet Branco bitter spirits nobody likes but ¾ of the way around the first lap it definitely was what grandma ordered for your tummy and brought back memories of grandma although she only gave you half a teaspoon full and you took it like the medicine it was supposed to be.

• Effen Cucumber Vodka as always was amazing

• Cake Vodka which the vendors obligingly turned into Pineapple Upside Down Cake.

Pinnacle definitely can be responsible for having your cake and drinking it too. Word of warning, when you go to a Whiskey Festival you are expected to drink at most of the fine spirits or whiskey stations. Not being much of a drinker I was obliged to take a date that could drink his share and mine, too.

Did I mention the food was also great?! Now to more serious stuff.

Each One Teach One Conference
Carnegie-Mellon University
Margaret Morrison Hall, Room 103

Real Rock…A chat on Black Rock moderated by Christiane D with Duane Jones,
Andrew W. Thornhill our "Transmedia" expert.

Also saw The Help at the Maxi Saver Cinema for $1.00.

This was reported as a reproduction of PositvelyPittsburghLive news done by Joanne Quinn-Smith.
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