Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Positively Pitttsburgh Live News 1-23-12

Vocalist Jessica Lee & Friends
Little E's Jazz & Blues Club
949 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
2nd Floor above Mahoney's Restaurant
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Jessica Lee
LIVE RHYTHM, JAZZ & BLUES: "Jessica Lee's Entrepreneurial Thursdays"
Musical Networking Happy Hour

EVERY THURSDAY!!! Cover Charge: Only $5.00!
Pre-show networking session at 5:30 pm:
Informal matchmaking for job seekers, employers & new entrepreneurs! Live music starts at 6:00 pm.

January 26, 2012: "Collaboration Among Community Development Groups"

Featuring interviews with:
Co-host Thomas J. Donoghue, AIA, LEED AP - DONOGHUE  Project Consulting,  LLC
Becky Rodgers, Executive Director - Neighbors in the Strip
Marimba Milliones,  The Hill CDC  (
Mark T. Fatla,  Executive Director Northside Leadership Conference
Emily Anderson, Project Manager – Neighborhood Policy, Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group
Chris Beichner,  Executive Director - Mount Washington Community Development Corporation
Josette Fitzgibbons, Mainstreets/Elm Street Coordinator for the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA)

YWCA seeks nominations for 2012 Tribute to Women Leadership Awards

Do you know an exceptional woman who has made a difference for other women in our community?  It’s time to nominate her for a 2012 Tribute to Women Leadership Award.  The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh is currently accepting nominations through Wednesday, February 8. Read the entire release here.

Managing Marcellus: Energy & The Economy
Thursday, January 26 at 8 p.m. on WQED-TV

WQED Multimedia continues its partnership with Pop City, Pittsburgh’s Unseam’d Shakespeare Company, Carnegie Mellon’s Program for Deliberative Democracy, and the Coro Center for Civic Leadership on the year-long initiative called Managing Marcellus. Hosted by WQED’s Michael Bartley and Tonia Caruso, the forum will utilize a diverse panel to discuss Marcellus Shale development in Pennsylvania.

Confirmed panelists include:
Dennis Yablonsky, Allegheny Conference CEO
Michael Krancer, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Secretary
Tom Murphy, Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research Co-Director
Matt Pitzarella, Range Resources Director of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs

The public and viewers are invited to join the conversation via e-mail at; Facebook® and Twitter® @MarcellusWQED.
For more information on how to participate or the Managing Marcellus initiative go to   

National Geographic Live: “Ocean Soul”
with Underwater Photographer Brian Skerry
Sunday, February 12, 2012, at 4:00 p.m
Byham Theater, 101 Sixth Street

Ocean Soul
Voyage across the earth’s oceans with Brian Skerry, one of National Geographic’s most seasoned underwater photographers, and discover a vast, hidden world beneath the waves. Brian Skerry will present his photographic journey and lecture, Ocean Soul, followed by a Q & A session and book signing.  This lecture is a part of the National Geographic Live! speakers series*, a part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series, and is presented by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Tickets ($20-$40). Read the entire release here.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust launches The Distinctively Dutch Festival
The Cultural District, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
February 18-May 20, 2012

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, a nonprofit arts and economic development organization at the center of Downtown Pittsburgh’s revival, will host an array of U.S. and world premieres as part of an interdisciplinary arts festival: The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Distinctively Dutch Festival. Celebrating the culture and contemporary performing and visual arts from the Netherlands, the three-month festival will feature dance, theater, music, visual art, film, literature and architecture. Read the entire release here.

The I Made It Market
Southside Works
510 S. 27th Street and Sidney Street

The I Made It! Market will pop into the SouthSide Works on Saturday, February 4th from 12 - 5 pm for a special marketplace just in time for Valentine’s Day. Shop from more than 50 local artisans who have created truly unique and often one of a kind gifts that will be sure to warm the hearts of those you love. Find us inside the corner space formerly housing Joseph Beth Booksellers at 510 S. 27th Street (across from Sur La Table). For more information, or to learn about our artists, visit

February 3-12, 2012
August Wilson Center

Uncommon presents a new, world premiere work by Dwight Rhoden, Chromatic, as well as Brahm’s Quintet by Dennis Nahat and Maelstrom by Mark Morris. Audiences will be treated to an experience that will challenge any predetermined ideas regarding the relationship between classical composition and ballet. Read the entire release here.

Bakery's Best Party
January 28, 2012 From Free and Almost Free in Pittsburgh Meet UP
6425 Penn Avenue, 1:00 pm-4:00pm
1st floor entrance to the Google Building, Bakery Square

Enjoy a FREE family-friendly afternoon featuring samples from the city's best bakeries, live local music, cold brews, and more! Learn the winners of Pittsburgh Magazine's Best Bakeries Readers' Poll before the February issue hits the stands, and cast your vote on-site for the People's Choice Award after sampling sweet treats from local bakeries. Open to the public, all ages event, free parking in the Bakery Square garage.

Small, Minority & Women Business Expo

March 28, 2012
8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA

Calling all minority business enterprises (MBE), women business enterprises (WBE), disadvantaged businesses (DB), veteran owned businesses (VOB), and service disabled veteran owned (SDVO) businesses in the state of Pennsylvania.

The Department of General Services, Bureau of Minority and Women Business Opportunities invites you to attend the “Small, Minority & Women Business Enterprise Expo” to obtain information on contracting processes, best practices, and programs that support your business. The Expo is being held in an effort to provide information to contractors and subcontractors on contracting opportunities with federal, state, and city agencies.

The Expo will be hosted by Mayor Linda D. Thompson, City of Harrisburg, and co-sponsored by the Naval Supply Systems Command, the PA Departments of General Services and Public Welfare.

More information and registration details will be available soon. Visit the Bureau of Minority & Women Business Opportunities at
Food Network Seeks Food Entrepreneurs

Are you bravely ditching your day job to pursue your passion of launching your own food business with no culinary training?

Casting Call: A new Food Network series is looking for food entrepreneurs for a new show with Bobby Flay! Specifically, the network is seeking people who have left their previous career to start a new restaurant (or similar business). Details here.

7th Annual Women of Achievement Awards Dinner
We hope the new year finds you in good health and in good spirits. Celebrate & Share would like to remind you to mark your calendars for the 7th Annual Women of Achievement Awards Dinner "A Celebration of Women’s History Month," on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Omni William Penn Grand Ballroom in downtown Pittsburgh. This gathering of a veritable ‘who’s who’ in Pittsburgh will honor 23 prominent Women of Achievement from our region and will benefit a worthy cause, Cribs for Kids® National Infant Safe Sleep Initiative.  If you or your company is interested in joining Title Sponsor and event Chairman, DA Stephen A. Zappala, Jr. as a sponsor of the awards dinner; purchasing tickets or a table; or placing an acknowledgement ad in the event program book, please call Heather Glaser at 412-322-5680 ext. 5 or view information on the Cribs for Kids National Infant Safe Sleep website:  If you have any questions, please contact Heather Glaser at 
Roving Pittsburgher Report
TGI Friday's

We went to TGI Friday's in Robinson and for $10.00 per person (fixed price wars are on) you got an entree and either a dessert or an appetizer. We opted for Florentine, tomato flat bread, mozzarella sticks and potstickers, best potstickers ever! For entrees we had the Chicken Bruschetta Pasta, Fire Dragon Chicken and Jack Daniels Pulled Pork Sandwich. Couldn't believe we got this all for $30!

And there was so much food that my three year old granddaughter just ate off of everyone’s plates and we were all of symphony of the Alka Seltzer commercial, “I Can’t Believe I ate the Whole Thing!” But it was that good. Visit Friday's website here.


Got to tell you about the taste of Costco thing, they have got the “stuff.” You walk around and try all these amazing things prepared for you and then of course you have to buy them. I went for vitamins, toilet paper and laundry detergent and came home with chicken and cilantro mini wantons, dim sum, turkey chili and black bean salsa, all outstanding. Visit Costco's website here.

NAWBO Meeting

Attended the NAWBO meeting at Piatt Place on "Becoming A Certified Woman Business Owner." About a third of woman business owners attended as Ruth Byrd Smith explained the process and benefits to becoming a Certified WBO. Great information and great networking.
Visit the NAWBO Pittsburgh site here.


This was reported as a reproduction of PositvelyPittsburghLive news done by Joanne Quinn-Smith. (c) Joanne Quinn-Smith and PositivelyPittsburghLive(TM) 2012 All rights reserved.
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