Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Positively Pittsburgh Live News 2-27-12

The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Tour

Friday, May 11, 8:00pm
Benedum Center

The Beach Boys—Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks, who have not toured together in more than two decades—have reunited for an historic 50th anniversary tour. Read the entire release here.

Pittsburgh Fashion Week Volunteer's Meeting

A meeting for all persons interested in volunteering for Pittsburgh Fashion Week will be held on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, in the gallery of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, 420 Boulevard of the Allies, downtown. Doors will open at 6:30pm for informal socializing and refreshments.  The meeting will begin promptly at 7 pm and end by 8 pm. A second meeting will be held Thursday, March 8, same time and place for those unable to attend Tuesday, March 6. If you plan to attend, please RSVP with your name and number by Sunday, March 5 via email at volunteer@pittsburghfashionweek.com

When you RSVP, PLEASE indicate which day you plan to attend in the subject line, with your name and number in the body of the email. Thank you high interest in Pittsburgh Fashion Week. We look forward to meeting you. http://www.pittsburghfashionweek.com/

Nickelodeon’s The Fresh Beat Band Live in Concert during first-ever nationwide tour
Saturday, March 17 at 3:00 & 6:00 p.m., Byham Theater

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents The Fresh Beat Band, Nickelodeon's popular preschool music group and stars of the hit TV series of the same name, for two shows only. This concert is part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series.Read the entire release here.
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Presents A Streetcar Named Desire

Photo by Duane Rieder;
Dancers Eva Trapp and Robert Moore
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre presents A Streetcar Named Desire, a ballet by John Neumeier, March 9-11, 2012 at the Benedum Center. Making its Pittsburgh Premiere, and only the second time being performed in the United States, is the raw emotion of Tennessee Williams’ American classic A Streetcar Named Desire. A jarring portrayal of clashing cultures, the ballet takes audiences inside the tormented mind of aging southern belle Blanch Du Bois. Alternating between past and present, the production echoes her unraveling sense of reality. Neumeier’s searing choreography unites classical ballet and physical dance theater to evoke a powerful experience for ballet goers. Read the entire release here.

Woodville Plantation Hosts A Day With The Nevilles
Sunday, March 4, 2012
1 pm to 5 pm
Woodville Plantation, 1375 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, PA 15017

Step back in time at Woodville Plantation when this museum presents a special event. Visit the Neville family and their friends as they enjoy a typical afternoon at Woodville Plantation. Visitors can interact with historic interpreters as they enjoy period games, sewing, entertainments and dining at the period correct hour of 2 pm. Special hours for this event are from 1 pm to 5 pm. Admission is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for kids age 6-12 and free for kids under 6.  A house tour is included with admission. Read the entire release here.


Acclaimed La Cage Aux Folles At the Benedum
March 13-18, 2012

La Cage Aux Folles
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and PNC Broadway Across America - Pittsburgh present the critically-acclaimed production of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES starring George Hamilton and Christopher Sieber. LA CAGE AUX FOLLES recently made Tony Awards history as the first show to ever win the Tony Award three times for best production. The classic musical comedy by Jerry Herman and Harvey Fierstein originally won six Tony Awards in 1984, including Best Musical. A Broadway revival won two 2005 Tony Awards including the Best Revival of a Musical prize. The new, freshly reconceived LA CAGE won three 2010 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical and Best Director of a Musical (Terry Johnson). Read the entire release here.

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Community Engagement Concert
Wilkinsburg High School, March 6 at 7 p.m.

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Community Engagement Concert at Wilkinsburg High School next month will kick off the borough’s 125th birthday celebrations. The concert will be led by PSO Assistant Conductor Thomas Hong, and will feature PSO trombone James Nova as soloist. The program includes works of Mozart, George Bassman, Henri Tomasi and Edward Elgar. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Ten adult tickets are available for a discounted price of $75. Tickets may be purchased by calling Wilkinsburg High School’s Music Department at 412-871-2282 or 412.371.9504 ext. 2717. Tickets also will be available at the door on the night of the concert. Read the entire release here.

PBT Donor Pledges $10,000 to Bring Students to A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
One Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre supporter thinks it’s important enough for local college students to experience the raw emotion of John Neumeier’s  A Streetcar Named Desire that they’ve donated $10,000 to get students free seats on opening night.

Through this anonymous pledge, students now have the chance to be among the first audiences to see PBT’s A Streetcar Named Desire, which makes its Pittsburgh Premiere on the Benedum Center stage March 9-11. Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre will be the first American ballet company to perform the ballet, marking only its second performance in the United States.

PBT is now challenging Pittsburgh-area college students to experience this powerful production by choosing one of two ways to secure a free ticket to the opening night performance at 8 p.m. Friday, March 9.

Students can submit a brief statement explaining why they think A Streetcar Named Desire is a must-see production. Submit statements to Aziza El Feil at 412.454.9127 or ael-feil@pittsburghballet.org. Students can complete a PBT pre-performance survey available at http://www.pbt.org/  or here.

Tickets will be held at the Benedum Center Box Office. A valid student ID must be shown at the time of pickup.  *A Streetcar Named Desire is recommended for mature audiences only. This offer is open to high school juniors and seniors who wish to apply with parental approval.

Hill District After School Programs Collaborative African American History Celebration
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Hill House Kaufmann Auditorium, 1835 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
The event is free and open to the public

Students in grades 1-5 will participate in a celebration that includes a knowledge bowl, oral presentations, and musical selections. The goal is to have students from various out of school time programs join together to celebrate history through a display of their academic abilities and artistic talents.

The organizations involved with this program include the Hill House Association, the After School Tutorial and Enrichment Program (A-STEP), and the Weil After School Program. Sponsors include the Hill House Association, the Hill District Education Council and Schenley Heights Community Development Program.

The knowledge bowl, and related activities, will allow the students of the Hill District an opportunity to come together to celebrate their cultural heritage, as well as their individual gifts and talents. Says Kirk Holbrook, KAASI Leadership Coordinator at the Hill House Association, “Participants from three Hill District After School programs have worked really hard to prepare for this momentous event. We hope this will be the first of many opportunities for us to work together to impact the lives of the youth we serve.” For more information, contact Kirk Holbrook, KAASI Leadership Coordinator at 412-392-4418 or kholbrook@hillhouse.org


Glen Campbell: The Goodbye Tour
Sunday, May 20, 2012, Byham Theater

Glen Campbell
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, 91.3fm WYEP and Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, through the CD Live! Concert series, are pleased to announce Glen Campbell – The Goodbye Tour. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets for Glen Campbell – The Goodbye Tour go on sale Friday, March 2, 2012, at 9 a.m. Opening for Glen Campbell is the band Instant People.

Glen Campbell is a bonafide living legend whose career spans 50 years with fans that cross generational and international lines.  A revered triple-decker talent, he is a musician, singer, and humorist. Worldwide, Glen Campbell is considered one of the outstanding guitar musicians of his generation, has one of the most formidable chart histories in country music, and has recorded standards that have stood the test of time, such as “By The Time I Get To Phoenix,” “Gentle On My Mind,” “Galveston,” “Rhinestone Cowboy,” and “Wichita Lineman.”  He has released over 70 albums and sold more than 45 million records with 75 trips up the charts, landing 27 times in the Top 10.

Glen’s current album, Ghost On the Canvas, was released in the fall of 2011 on Sundog Records. Simply put, Ghost On the Canvas is the album of Glen Campbell’s life. With beauty, power, heartfelt emotion and deep spirituality, this set of songs traces the arc of Campbell’s 75 years: From dirt-poor, tiny-town Arkansas origins to Hollywood triumphs on the pop charts, TV and movies. From barnstorming days of youthful touring to hobnobbing with Elvis, Sinatra and the Duke. From troubled freefalls of addiction and bad life choices to personal and spiritual redemption.

Campbell has said Ghost On the Canvas will be his final album with a glorious, celebratory guitar jam featuring such colleagues and acolytes as Billy Corgan, Brian Setzer, Rick Nielsen, Jason Falkner, Marty Rifkin, Steve Hunter, Tim Pierce and Keith Urban. The album was largely written by Campbell with producer-collaborator Julian Raymond, complemented by contributions from Jakob Dylan, Paul Westerberg, Teddy Thompson and Robert Pollard, with evocative instrumental interludes composed by Roger Manning as musical illustration.

Tickets $52.50, $57.50 and $62.50 will go on sale Friday, May 2, at 9 a.m. at the Box Office at Theater Square (655 Penn Avenue), trustarts.org and 412-456-6666.

Roving Pittsburgher Report

Taj Mahal
7195 McKnight Rd in the North Hills

Newly and beautifully remodeled! Khadhai Paneer: wonderful dish with cheese, cashews, onions, Garlic Nan, Ahi Vada Chat: donut shaped lentil cakes filled with white potatoes, chick peas and topped with homemade yogurt tamarind sauce, and of course I had to have Indo Chinese Hakki noodles because Taj cooks dishes from all over India and East Asian area. I also had the traditional chicken tandori. Quite an amazing Indian buffet, Usha and Sabosh make you feel that there is purpose in life to feed you fresh, wonderful food.

Wyndham Grand Hotel Pittsburgh Downtown
I have been working with Angela Corvello, Sales Manager, planning for the Hug-A-Thon Pittsburgh to be held on September 6 all over downtown Pittsburgh with the evening gala to be held at the Wyndham.

I met Chef Joseph Weems, and being my second visit, I had to try something different. I had amazing onion soup served in a large sweet onion smothered with cheese. Wow, talk about a culinary delight! I also feasted on a chicken lime cilantro quesadilla. It was the best chicken quesadilla ever with fresh salsa and guacamole.

And for dessert, and I think you can only get this at the Wyndham, bananas foster perogies with ice cream. Don’t tell the kids, although my son did not complain when I brought most of them home to him because I just could not feel good about eating them. When something is that delicious you just know they are not good for you. But I was satisfied with three bites and the party in my mouth at tasting them.

Our waitress was a sienna red-haired siren named Sue. When they say redheads are bold, well let’s just say she was a “boldacious” server with attention to detail that was refreshing. Don’t discount the Three Rivers Restaurant in the Wyndham for your business breakfast, lunches or even a romantic dinner. It could end with a walk in Point State Park where you can mosey along a path that will take you on the edge of Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers.

Phong May House
2351 Noblestown Road in Noble Manor, bottom of Greentree Hill.

I had Shrimp Egg Foo Young which I had never had before, except in small bites, because in most cases found it greasy. But this was a delight and I have always loved their house fried rice. I also had two egg rolls and wonton soup, which was enough for two with leftovers. All of this for just around twenty dollars. Great taste, amazing price and leftovers, what more could you ask for?

Rapid Results Marketing Workshop at Omni William Penn

2.5 days packed with almost information overload. Gerry Roberts, author of Millionaire Mindset could not make it due to an illness except for the last few minutes of the workshop. Trust us, we missed Gerry not being there to teach us, but not really as Tamar Cerafici, the Barefoot Barrister taught us about his phenomenal four point system for marketing. She’s a lot cuter and a lot funnier than Gerry. Okay so she doesn’t make millions of dollars a year but she is obviously on her way. Saturday night was a jump start revelation for all. Read the entire review 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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