Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Positively Pittsburgh Live News 3-19-12

Positively Pittsburgh Live News

Pittsburgh Opera presents Puccini’s dramatic Tosca
Pittsburgh Opera brings a magnificent traditional production of Puccini’s Tosca to the Benedum Center stage March 24 – April 1 in four performances. This gripping tale of one day and night in the life of the singer Floria Tosca has held audiences’ fascination since its debut in 1900, with its lyrical melodies, high drama, and astonishing ending: Tosca is pulled into international intrigue by the man she loves, murders the most powerful and corrupt man in Rome, and eventually makes the ultimate lover’s leap. Read the entire release here

"Jessica Lee's Entrepreneurial Thursdays"
Musical Networking Happy Hour, EVERY THURSDAY!!! Cover Charge: Only $5.00
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
Pre-show networking session at 5:30 pm. Informal matchmaking for job seekers, employers & new entrepreneurs! Live music starts at 6:00 pm.
March 22, 2012: "Rediscover Pittsburgh"
Mark Freeman (Co-Host)
With Spring approaching, we should all get out more and enjoy all our region has to offer. "ReDiscover Pittsburgh" will examine the many little things that makes the region so cool and all that it is inspiring creatively for entrepreneurs. Please join us for this insightful happy hour as we "Re-Discover Pittsburgh" together and highlight some great events coming up -- as well as our underlying history, pioneering spirit of innovation, vibrant cultural scene, and cultural diversity.

The Pittsburgh premiere of Treasured Stories by Eric Carle: A Brown Bear, a Moon, and a Caterpillar
Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater, a division of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, presents Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia (Canada) in the Pittsburgh premiere of Treasured Stories by Eric Carle (“Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?”, “Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me”, and “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”) from April 13-15, 2012, at the Byham Theater. Performance times include Friday, April 13 at 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., Saturday, April 14 at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., and Sunday, April 15 at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Citizens Bank is the season sponsor of Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater. Read the entire release here


Sarah Chang
Violinist Chang, Conductor Tortelier return to Heinz Hall
Renowned French conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier and violin sensation Sarah Chang return to Heinz Hall this month for two BNY Mellon Grand Classics concerts celebrating musical heritage. Read the entire release here

4th Annual Girls Coalition Conference
Elevate the Conversation. Inspire Collaboration and Action.
The Girls Coalition is working with WQED, and through the Women & Girls Lead project, to create this dynamic event that will use film and other media as a catalyst for discussing the issues that effect girls. Details can be found here.

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Concerto Competition Deadline is March 22
Manfred Honeck
Competition seeks instrumental soloist to perform with PSO; worldwide audience can vote for winner on the Internet. 

There’s still time for instrumental soloists in the United States to enter the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Concerto Competition for the opportunity to perform with the PSO under the direction of Music Director Manfred Honeck. Read the entire release here. 


Anoushka Shankar presented by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Anoushka Shankar 
Renowned sitarist Anoushka Shankar has demonstrated why she is one of the leading figures in world music, with her classical Indian background in sitar and interest in exploring the fertile ground of other genres such as jazz and western classical music. She performs Thursday, April 12, 2012, at the Byham Theater, at 7:30 p.m. This concert is a part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents Series, and is a presentation of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Read the entire release here


Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Presents Coppélia at the Benedum 
PBT to Host Cookies with Coppélia Open House Sunday, April 1
PBT brings ballet’s original romantic comedy to the stage with the story of an unlikely love triangle in Coppélia, onstage with live orchestra April 13-15 at the Benedum Center. Closing the PBT 2011-12 season on a high note is this beloved family favorite featuring the classical choreography of Arthur Saint-Léon and the uplifting score of Léo Delibes. Read the entire release here


In other good news, TechnoGranny is a great grandmother! Early Monday afternoon I became the great grandmother of twin boys, Jacob Alexander Quinn who weighed 5 lb.13 ounces and Jasper Dimitri Quinn who weighed in at 6 lbs. Mother Eva and babies are doing fine, and grandson Dean could not be prouder. Grandmother Joanne is still in shock and can’t wait for a trip to Arkansas to see the babies!

The Roving Pittsburgher Report

Hamilton and Sieber in finale
La Cage Aux Folles: review by Good News Reviewer Tamar Cerafici 
I admit it. I’m an ardent fan of La Cage Aux Folles, the French stage play, the French movie and its sequels, and the musical. As a result I’m a bit starry-eyed when I watch anything having to do with a certain St. Tropez nightclub. It’s hard to explain La Cage to non-fans (and you know who you are). I do so in chiding manner, feeling that your lives would be better, not because the play is about a mature, loving, and long-term relationship between two men. Your lives would be better for knowing that humor and love must be the basis of any relationship. If you can belt out a few Broadway showstoppers while you’re at it, even better. Read Tamar's entire review here

Natalie MacMaster
St Patrick’s Natalie MacMaster and the Pittsburgh Symphony Pops: review by Good News Reporter Joanne Quinn-Smith 

Sometimes you get busy and just don’t pay attention to things you have really loved in your life.  That’s the case with fiddle music. Until my friend mentioned that there was a fiddler coming to Heinz Hall that he would really like to hear because he really appreciated talent, I began to investigate. That’s when I discovered the concert of Cape Breton Island in Canada lass, Natalie MacMaster. Until the first note of the Irish Rhapsody played by the Symphony Pop Orchestra, I did not remember how much I loved fiddle music.I have a dim memory of square dancing as a teenager but I didn’t recall the fun of real toe tapping fiddle music. Read Joanne’s entire review here

Tim Santoro
Event in a Tent at Barley and Hop’s: Review by Good News Reporter Allen Levine of Pittsburgh Sports Talk. 

Tim and Jeff own this great place. The Charity event was being held for our fallen officers. I also met Rich Griffith, President of the Western Pennsylvania Police Benevolent Foundation. All money goes to the injured officers and their families. Rich and everyone else involved are all volunteers. Help this great group by going to www.WPPBF.org for as little as $25 you get a window decal and their great WPPBF t-shirt. 
Read Allen’s entire review here.

Tambellini’s Ristorante 7th Street 

I was here twice this week! We had a lovely dinner of Fiochetti Purse Pasta stuffed with ricotta in sundried tomato and cream sauce and Shrimp and Chicken scampi.

Horse Shoe Curve
Jill from Black Tie wrote in that she took a train to Altoona to see the horse shoe curve and then took a Hertz Rent-A-Car home. She loved that you could see trains coming from different directions, and she said it's a beautiful trip for a spring day. 

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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