Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Positively Pittsburgh Live News 1-30-12

Carnegie Music Hall Hosts Pittsburgh Native Christopher O'Riley on NPR 
Popular NPR Show “From the Top” with Pittsburgh’s Own Christopher O’Riley tapes broadcast at Carnegie Music Hall on Tuesday, February 14th at 8 pm.

Christopher O'Riley
"From the Top," the preeminent showcase for young musicians heard weekly on Classical WQED-FM 89.3 comes to the Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh to tape a radio broadcast. The popular NPR program, hosted by Pittsburgh’s own acclaimed pianist Christopher O'Riley, will feature the amazing performances and captivating personal stories of extraordinary young classical musicians from across the country. This episode is presented by the School of Music at Carnegie Mellon University with local media sponsor Classical WQED-FM 89.3. To purchase tickets, visit or call 1-888-71-TICKETS. From the Top’s 2011-12 National Tour is sponsored by U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. Read the entire release here.

Calling All Kids for PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest 

WQED Pittsburgh is kicking off the new year with the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest for students in grades kindergarten through third, a national initiative designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. 2012 marks the eighteenth year that WQED has offered the Contest to the region and the third year that EQT Corporation is sponsoring WQED’s contest in partnership with West Virginia Public Broadcasting (WV PBS.) Also partnering with WQED this year is Penn State Public Broadcasting (WPSU) which serves central Pennsylvania. A central website,, provides information about the Contest and the local enrichment opportunities offered in each station area. Read the entire release here.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Presents BRIT FLOYD - The British Pink Floyd Greatest Hits World Tour 2012

Brit Floyd
BRIT FLOYD, the new PINK FLOYD tribute show, is coming to Pittsburgh’s Benedum Center on Thursday, February 23, 2012, at 8:00 p.m. BRIT FLOYD was created by Chas Cole and Damian Darlington, the long-time producer and musical director of The Australian Pink Floyd Show. The British Pink Floyd Greatest Hits World Tour brings together all the best elements of a real Pink Floyd show: world-class musicians and world-class road crew, together with cutting-edge Floydian animation and new stage production. Tickets are $32.25-$47.25 and may be purchased at the Box Office at Theater Square (655 Penn Avenue), online at, or by calling (412) 456-6666.  To purchase 10 or more tickets at special discounted rates, please call (412) 471-6930. Read the entire release here


Kingsley Association Presents: The Kingsley Awards: Jazz Explosion
February 25, 2012
Doors open at 6:00 pm, Show starts at 7:00 pm
The Hillman Center for The Performing Arts
Shady Side Academy Senior School. 
423 Fox Chapel Road

The evening's tribute will pay homage to our local jazz legends, Roger Humphries, Dr. Nelson Harrison and Tony Mowod, as they are honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards for their contribution to the art of Jazz. Read the entire release here

Recipe For Hope Serves  Local Celebrities, Cuisine For Cancer Charity
Culinary delights prepared by local celebrities, a pink ‘tini bar, live music and a silent auction will combine to create a memorable evening for a wonderful cause as Hair Peace Charities hosts its seventh annual Recipe for Hope fundraiser. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Mayernik Center on Camp Horne Road, located off Parkway North and Route 65. Tickets are limited and are $75 each, available at, by calling 412-327-5177 or by e-mailing 

Hair Peace Charities is a nonprofit organization with a mission to support local women fighting cancer by providing $150 to purchase a wig. Hair Peace offers support through a prayer network and a support circle focusing on healthy options in the long term life battle over cancer.Hair Peace Charities was founded in 2005 by Bonny Diver, a radio personality and a breast cancer survivor.

At Recipe For Hope, local media celebrities will wear aprons while guests mingle and sample their favorite dishes. "It is not a competition but sometimes the celebrities like to show their stuff with Crab Quiche, Kona Crusted Sirloin and Chocolate Hazelnut Ravioli!"

Brenda Waters, Dave Crawley, Rick Dayton – KDKA-TV
Zeke, Ally Butler, Stoney Richards – Y-108
Rick Sebak - WQED
Shelley Duffy, J.R. , Scott Alexander – Star 100.7
Cara Sapida - WPXI
Sheri Van Dyke, Jonny Hartwell – 3WS.
Rick Bergman – KDKA 1020
Gretchen McKay, Doug Oster – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Vinnie Richichi – The Fan
Greg Brown – Pirates Announcer
Tracey Morgan – Butler Radio Networks

There will also be food selections from Kelly O’s Diner, Pretzel Crazy, Donato’s of Fox Chapel and more. Capital Wine and Spirits will mix a pink tini for the event. Wine and Rooney Beer will also be available. Among the items for silent auction will be two tickets from Southwest Airlines, an autographed bat from Pirate Neil Walker, a fox hunting country tour in Sewickley and a weekend at Nemacolin Resort. "Recipe for Hope promises to be a fun and meaningful evening for all of our guests," Diver Hall says. "As a cancer survivor myself, I encourage anyone who has a soft spot in their hearts for women who have undergone cancer treatment to come out and support this premier event." 

Roving Pittsburgher Report

You know you’ve heard me talk about the Dollar Theatre, but now I need to tout Cinemark on Settlers Ridge. A friend talked me into going and we went to see, “One For The Money!”  It was a great comedy/mystery movie with a hunky leading man and the always wonderful Katherine Heigl. Oh the seats! It was like being in your own private theatre, very luxurious and an overall delightful movie. Check out showtimes for Cinemark here.  

Pittsburgh’s Best Bakery Party
It rained on Pittsburgh Magazine's Best Bakeries Party. There were about 300 people that attended, despite the rain. What strange weather we’ve been having this winter?! The party was held inside the Google Building in Bakery Square, where else?  Some Comments from Meet Up Group, Free and Almost Free in Pittsburgh were “Good acoustic music, good food, elbow to elbow people.

As You Like It at Pittsburgh Public Theatre
I know its Shakespeare and that can turn some people away, but this show was outstanding! We loved the 1900’s period costuming and our favorite character was Rosalind. She was just amazing. It’s such a unique story with the love elements, gender reversals, and twists and turns. You really got the feel of classic theatre, with typical Shakespearean uproarious dialogue and double entendre. It’s crazy, wild, funny, and I recommend giving it a try! 

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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Tara Darazio is a Positively Pittsburgh Live reporter, an independent copywriter, blogger, article writer, and social media strategist. If you are in need of writing assistance, or need help with your social media efforts connect with Tara on LinkedIn here.

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