Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Positively Pittsburgh Live News 4-16-12

Straight No Chaser, a cappella vocalist group, returns to the Benedum Center

Straight No Chaser
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents the return of the popular male a cappella group Straight No Chaser to the Benedum Center, on Wednesday, May 2, 2012, at 8:00 p.m. This performance is part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series. Read the entire release here.
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Announces Music Headliners For 10-Day Festival

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust proudly announces headline music concerts for the 2012 Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, June 1 – 10. All concerts are free to the public and take place on the Dollar Bank Stage in Point State Park in downtown Pittsburgh. The line-up of musicians represents just one facet of the multi-disciplinary Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, which celebrates its 53rd year in downtown Pittsburgh this summer. Additional daily music acts will be announced in the coming weeks, along with other Festival attractions. Read the entire release here.


The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust celebrates second annual Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival

The second annual Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival (PJLIF) returns to downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District on Friday, June 1, through Sunday, June 3, 2012, for an expanded weekend of music, art and celebration. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust produces this annual event to celebrate Pittsburgh’s jazz legacy in cooperation with the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival. The event features a JazzLive Crawl in 30 downtown venues on Friday; three outdoor stages on Saturday and Sunday; a lineup of regional, national and internationally acclaimed musicians; and on Sunday a visual art show dedicated to the African and African American diaspora. Read the entire release here.

Pittsburgh Opera season concludes with Mozart’s comedy The Abduction from the Seraglio
The Abduction From The Seraglio
Pittsburgh Opera concludes the 2011-12 season with an effervescent comedy from Wolfgang Mozart, The Abduction from the Seraglio. On stage April 28, May 1, May 4 and May 6 at the Benedum Center, Abduction will be sung in English, with English texts projected above the stage. Set in a pasha’s harem aboard the luxurious Orient Express train and featuring
showpiece arias such as “Martern aller arten” (featured in the film Amadeus, 1984), the opera also provides plenty of physical comedy. The fine and funny ensemble cast features David Portillo and Paolo Pecchioli (both appeared in The Barber of Seville, 2010), Pittsburgher Joseph Gaines (Turandot, 2011), and debuts by Lisette Oropesa and Ashley Emerson. Music Director Antony Walker conducts; Michael Shell directs. Read the entire release here.

Pulitzer finalist launches PICT 2012 season

In The Next Room
PICT launches its 2012 season with the Pittsburgh premiere of America’s most popular contemporary play, Sarah Ruhl’s Pulitzer finalist In the Next Room or the vibrator play. The production features Brad Heberlee as Dr. Givings, Megan McDermott as Catherine Givings, Jessica Frances Dukes as Elizabeth, and Melinda Helfrich as Sabrina Daldry. Alan Stanford directs. Read the entire release here.  

Save the date of May 23, 2012 for Innovation Works’ Investor Day and Annual Meeting
You’ll see a great line up of seed- and early-stage companies during Investor Day’s three unique sessions, then join us for our annual meeting and reception. Look for your invitation soon for the logistics of the event. All activities take place at The Circuit Center on Pittsburgh’s Southside (5 Hot Metal Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203).

We are excited to present some of the region’s highest-potential investment opportunities. Please feel free to contact Craig Gomulka, Chief Investment Officer, to discuss investment opportunities in our companies (cgomulka@innovationworks.org or 412-894-9503). Also, if there are others in your office who should receive an invitation to Innovation Work’s Investor Day & Annual Meeting, please pass along their name(s) and email so we can invite them personally.

An Evening with Yanni
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents An Evening with Yanni on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at 8:00 p.m., at the Benedum Center. This concert is part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series. In 2012, Yanni brings his tour to North America, followed by a South American tour in the fall, and a multi-city tour of China in 2013. The concert will feature Yanni and his world-class musicians and vocalists performing many selections from his extensive music career. Read the entire release here.

Pittsburgh Dance Council presents Lar Lubovitch Dance Company

Photo by Todd Rosenberg
Lar Lubovitch Dance Company 

Pittsburgh Dance Council, a division of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, presents Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, at the Byham Theater, on Saturday, April 28, 2012, at 8:00 p.m. “All of the company’s dancers are true artists in their own right, and the ‘music’ they make is as wondrous as that of any Coltrane quartet” (The Washington Post). One of America’s most versatile, popular and highly-acclaimed choreographers Lar Lubovitch founded the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company in 1968, New York City. Throughout the years, the company has been referred to as one of the world’s most leading modern dance companies. In addition to performing in every state across the United States, they have also performed in more than 30 foreign countries worldwide. Read the entire release here

PSO Concerto Competition Semi-Finalists Named

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on Wednesday picked eight musicians living in the United States to vie for an opportunity to perform next season with the orchestra in a concert led by Music Director Manfred Honeck. The eight semi-finalists for the PSO’s national Concerto Competition are: Francesco Camuglia, 21, of Las Vegas, flute; William Hagen, 19, of Salt Lake City, violin; Benjamin Hopkins, 21, of Los Angeles (hometown, Rochester, NY), piano; Manon Hutton-DeWys, 26, of Bronx, NY (hometown, Red Hook, NY), piano; Tae Kim, 29, of Boston, piano; Xiomara Mass, 23, of Chicago (hometown, Puerto Rico), oboe; Angela Park, 24, of Philadelphia (hometown, Los Angeles), cello; Kristan Toczko, 23, of New Haven, Conn. (hometown, Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada), harp. Read the entire release here.
Stand Up Now Network VIP Screening

Saturday April 21, 2012, The Hide Out Banquet Hall & Lounge, Oakland 
6:00 pm, ADULT EVENT

The Stand Up Now Network and the Royal Tribe arts organization is presenting a VIP Premiere Screening of the S.U.N. TV Show’s first episode part of a seasonal youth focused series designed to be educational and informational in the areas of Social Responsibility, Healthy Lifestyles, Youth Development, and Media Literacy.This event will be hosted by the Stand Up Now Show Team and Youth cast from the South Side, Hill District and many other areas in Southwestern Pennsylvania. (A Youth Only version of this event will be held April 28th in the Hill District).

The SUN TV Show Trailer can be viewed on Youtube.com/StandUpNowNetwork. All adult professionals are welcome to participate. We are actively creating a broad network of mentors including independent media and other industry professionals. (This is not a youth event and adults are discouraged from bringing any unsupervised youth). We hope that all guests will make a $10 “minimum” free will offering. All support will be greatly appreciated.

This activity is powered by the people and not funded by any state or federal funds. All guests should arrive at 6 pm sharp for a “Meet and Greet Reception.” At 7 pm the “Film Episode” will be viewed. At 8 pm there will be a “Q & A”. At 9 pm “Post-Entertainment” by local unsigned area artists. Free food amd desserts will be provided. A CHINESE AUCTION will be held throughout the evening. A private cash bar will be available for the adults ($3 specials all evening). Dress code is Business or “Sophisticated Funky Hipster.” To RSVP or for more information contact Kent Bey standupnownetwork@gmail.com or by calling 412-596-3785.

"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.

April 19, 2012: Spring in the City

Please join us as we highlight "Spring in the City" with our expert panelists giving a preview of Art All Night in Lawrenceville, free jazz poetry concerts in the Northside, Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival, and City of Asylum/Pittsburgh which is internationally recognized for providing opportunities for exiled writers from around the world. We will also have a unique preview of two exciting plays - "Shakespeare in the Raw" as well as "Martin R. Delaney" who lived an remarkable life as a journalist, physician, and activist in Pittsburgh in the mid-1800s and is listed among the 100 Greatest African Americans in history.
Our panelists include:Mark Freeman (Co-Host), Henry Reese, Founder, City of Asylum/Pittsburgh , http://www.cityofasylumpittsburgh.org/; Mimi Jong, Molly Ebert & Katie Jones, Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival , http://silkscreenfestival.org/; Jennifer Bechak & Kair L. Purvis, Art All Night Lawrenceville, http://artallnight.org/; Wali Jamal, Actor & Playwright, "Martin R. Delaney", http://www.brothaashproductions.com/MartinRDelaneyWaliJamal.html; Andy Kirtland and Elizabeth Ruelas, Directors, "Shakespeare in the Raw" for Unseam'd Shakespeare, http://www.unseamd.com/; and a Community Interview with Tony Macklin, Board of Trustees, Awesome Pittsburgh, http://awesomepgh.com .
PositivelyPittsburgh™Live 5 Year Anniversary Bash
April 25, 2012, Comfort Inn & Suites, Banksville Road, Pittsburgh
FREE EVENT, RSVP Required, 6:00 pm-8:30 pm

PPL shout’s out its numbers. Join us in the five big years bash. Make at least 10 amazing contacts with other Positive Pittsburgher’s, Learn what you can do on PPLMag and Positive Pittsburghers to promote your business, Have fun with great positive people from the Burgh, Just for attending we will help you register on Positive Pittsburghers and PPLMag, Get your free account on both. For details and to register, click here.

Roving Pittsburgher Report

Cozy Café, West End
Owner Adrienne is a first class chef hidden away in the West End with a culinary repertoire from homemade to gourmet. This past week I had the most amazing homemade tasting wedding soup and gourmet crab cakes with his standard fair of caramelized sweet potatoes. It was light tasty and good for you and his wife Lindsey makes you feel like you are having dinner in her dining room. Come to PPL 5th Anniversary to taste test their famous Reuben sandwich.

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Sent out Al Levine, the Talking Machine, Pittsburgh Good News Reporter and Development Director for Hug-A-Thon Pittsburgh to “Do You Hear the People Sing?” Read the entire review here.

Anoushka Shankar
I must admit that I am an old yuppie head. I think I made a new term. But I have every Ravi Shankar album (on vinyl) that was ever produced but I had not really paid much attention to Anoushka. Just by mere name recognition I decided to attend the concert with some Indian clients and friends. Great move on my part. Cohen Grisby Trust Presents and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust as usual did not disappoint in their grand selection of artists.
What an evening. I had no idea that flamenco had its roots in Indian classical music or that there were so many unusual instruments used in both Spanish and Indian music. What a stroke of genius to combine Flamenco guitar, a Spanish Singer and classical Indian music. Read the entire review here.

According to Jo Ann Forrester of the Empress of Biz, the ballet competed with the Penguins game and the lovable story about a romance between a real man and a puppet came to life at the Benedum this past week. You can read Joanne’s entire review here.

Alexander’s, Market Square
Great Saganaki, flaming cheese and I am not even going to try to pronounce the name of the cheese under the flame or spell it. But it was outstanding! Just watch out that you don’t get a DUI from the sauce because the fire is started with the most excellent liquor. Bill and Kay treated us like royalty as we went in at 9 pm and they closed at 10 pm. You would have thought we walked in at 4 pm, what hospitality. We sat in the bar and watched the penguins lose but the filo Spanakopita, I can pronounce and spell that, was a winner, best ever.

Dell’s, Bloomfield
I have been going here since I first came to the city in 1976 and the quality of food has not changed. After visiting the Sickle Cell Society we went around the corner to one of the favorite restaurants in Little Italy. It did not disappoint, we had ravioli in walnut cream sauce, a turkey Devonshire and peasant style Eggplant Parmigiano. Our lunches with entrée and either soup and salad or side dish was $7.98, not bad for a Thursday afternoon or any afternoon Monday through Friday.
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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