Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Positively Pittsburgh Live News 4-23-12

Positively Pittsburgh Live News 4-23-12

Five Powerhouse Organizations Partner to Provide Second Annual Small Business Works Seminar
The second annual Small Business Works seminars – aimed at empowering and educating small business owners – will kick off at 9 a.m. on May 21, 2012 at the Kingsley Association in East Pittsburgh. The event will be hosted by Building Bridges for Business, the County of Allegheny, the City of Pittsburgh, the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University and Duquesne University’s Small Business Development Center. Read the entire release here

Gridiron Glory

Pro Football Hall of Fame Debuts in PittsburghThe largest traveling exhibition ever created about the history of professional football is coming to Pittsburgh! Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame will make its world premiere at the Senator John Heinz History Center on Oct. 6, 2012 through Jan. 6, 2013 before embarking on a national traveling tour.   Read the entire release here. 

Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks
Interested in auditioning for our Fall show? Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks will hold auditions for the September 2012 run of The Tempest, directed by Alan Irvine, on Saturday April 28th from 1-4 pm at the Blue Slide Playground in Frick Park, Squirrel Hill (intersection of Beechwood Boulevard and Nicholson Street). Call backs will be held at the same location on Sunday. Please email info@pittsburghshakespeare.com for an audition time.
All those auditioning bring photo and resume and be ready to do a Shakespearean monologue of your choice. Singers and musicians may sing or play a short musical selection. Rehearsals will take place in August with the show running the first four weekends in September during the day in Pittsburgh city parks. Stipends available. Non-equity performers only.

Art. Music. Dance. Architecture. Film. Networking. Fun. FREE!
The Gallery Crawl is a free quarterly showcase of art and entertainment in the heart of the Cultural District. All events take place at a variety of galleries and spaces are FREE and open to the public. The event is ongoing between 5:30 and 9:00 pm, and patrons may start at any location. For a full listing of events, visit TrustArts.org


Calling All Foodies – Cocktails & Cuisine
The Woodlands Foundation Crisis Center North will be holding its fifth Annual Cocktails & Cuisine for Women in Crisis, with sponsorship from the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office and UPMC Health Plan and media sponsorship from North Hills Monthly Magazine and Comcast. The event will again feature top notch grazing from over 20 local restaurants, wine and ale purveyors, the sounds of top Pittsburgh’s jazz duet, It Takes Two, and silent and live auctions. Jon Burnett, KDKA-TV Accuweather Forecaster will serve as emcee. Celebrity foodie judges, Doug Oster and Rhonda Schuldt, will be selecting the Best Overall Taste Treat and all event guests will have the opportunity to vote for The People's Choice Award for overall favorite.
 For more information click here.

Local Teen Balloon Artist Makes Her National Television Debut
Local 15-year-old teen entrepreneur Amber J. Liggett, CEO of Amber’s Amazing Animal Balloons will raise national awareness about youth entrepreneurs in the Pittsburgh, PA region. Amber, a high honor student at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School, will be featured on PBS’s nationally syndicated BizKid$ Sunday, April 1st at 7:30 pm (WQED 13 - Pittsburgh).

Amber Liggett,
photo courtesy of her website
Amber is a talented balloon artist who performed at First Night Pittsburgh 2011, and is last year’s winner of the 2011 George W. Tippins Regional Business Plan Competition. Amber puts a “positive twist” on youth entrepreneurship in the Pittsburgh region through her amazing balloon art. The 2011 Ernst & Young Emerging Young Entrepreneur of the year (Pittsburgh region), semi-finalist in the NFTE National Entrepreneurship Challenge, and 2011 NFTE Global Young Entrepreneur of the year, Amber spreads the message of entrepreneurship on a global level, mindful of the support of her community. Pictures of her amazing balloons can be seen at her website. A sneak peak of the segment can be seen here

While filming Amber for the BizKid$ segment, Executive Producer Jim McKenna said, “Amber is simply amazing!” Catherine Blanchard, VP of Entrepreneuring Youth applauds Amber’s dedication to her business. “Amber is the consummate professional embodying entrepreneurial characteristics of vision, determination and creativity. Her passion and enthusiasm are clearly evident as she amazes people of all ages with her balloon art, empowering stories and charming smile.”

Amber continues empowering other young people not only by example, but by teaching balloon making and entrepreneurial workshops at the Community College of Beaver County (CCBC). She works with children with autism as well, and plans to hold a fundraiser (for autism awareness) this summer during CCBS’s summer autism camp, where she is also an instructor. Amber travels throughout the US and speaks about youth and entrepreneurship. To reach Amber with questions or for an interview, call: Marcia Liggett (Momager): Tel: 724-728-5134


Jersey Boys
Jersey Boys Returns to Pittsburgh
More than 87,000 theatergoers cheered when JERSEY BOYS made its sell-out premiere in Pittsburgh in January 2009. Worldwide, more than 13 million people have seen JERSEY BOYS and now, the show that made critics and audiences cheer, is “Working Its Way Back” to Pittsburgh! JERSEY BOYS, is the Tony®, Grammy® and Olivier Award-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. JERSEY BOYS features their hit songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” Purchase tickets before they go on sale to the public Monday, May 7 with promo code BIGGIRLS at www.trustarts.org

"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 26, 2012: "Community Development Collaboration"
Featuring interviews with:

Co-host Tom Donoghue, AIA, LEED APProject Manager, Architect, MBA,Donoghue Project Consulting

Rich Engel, Executive Director, The Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation (http://bloomfield-garfield.org

Maya Henry, Business District Manager, Lawrenceville Corp.  (www.lawrencevillecorp.com)

Pat Clark, Jackson Clark Partners (http://www.jacksonclark.net/

The Roving Pittsburgher Report

UNDAUNTED: The Forgotten Giants of the Allegheny Observatory on
Wednesday, April 18, at the Senator John Heinz History Center
On this evening, you will learn the surprising stories of how Pittsburgh has
been a world leader in the study of the Sun, stars, and skies for well over
a century and can lay  claim to being known as the true birthplace of
aviation. Be prepared to be surprised about this little known but important
part of Pittsburgh history. Admission is complimentary. You and any guests
you wish to bring are welcome. Looking forward to seeing you  (and your
guests) there!

Vince’s of Greentree
Starters: Polenta and sauce with sausage, fried Zucchini and a steak salad with a wonderful assortment of veggies.

Nonna’s Italian Bakery, Morgantown, WV
Italian baked goods at their best from mini cream puffs to soft dough baked biscotti and Italian fruit filled cookies at my nieces wedding shower.

Elements, Gateway Towers
Pittsburgh Women’s Power Lunch hosted by Suzanne Froehlich

Around the World in 80 Days
Sunita Pandit says, "Slapstick and minimal props at its best.  I felt like it was an old time silent movie just with dialogue, we laughed until we cried for a great escape from everyday trials and tribulations and a good belly laugh, see it:  Read the full review here

In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play
Opening night of Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre’s production of Sarah Ruhl’s breakthrough play, “In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play” brought theatre goers of multiple generations to experience the birth of electricity at the turn of the century. The fascination with the new invention and its impact on domestic life is a subtext to the rigid protocols of behavior that characterized the time.

Edison ushers in the possibilities of modern life on the heels of the stifling rules of relationships where euphemisms and unspoken yearnings take precedence over honest and direct communication. The social mores of the Victorian era are in sharp contrast to the subject matter of the revolutionary treatment of female hysteria. Read the full 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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