Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Positively Pittsburgh Live News 7-16-12

Second Fundraiser to Support Hug-A-Thon Pittsburgh Day, Night at the Races 
August 1, 2012 - 6:30 pm
Come to Hug-A-Thon Pittsburgh's ™ Night at the Races. We will watch LIVE horse racing at the Meadows Racetrack and Casino, Upper Level Adios Rooms. Click here for details. 


The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces Groove with the Heat and JazzLive!
For the ninth consecutive year, “JazzLive” presented by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, brings the community together with jazz music every Tuesday at 5 pm, from June 6 through September 11, 2012.The JazzLive series sponsor is BNY Mellon.  Read the entire release here

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Summer Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District takes place on Friday, July 13, 2012, from 5:30 – 9:00 p.m.  The Gallery Crawl is an urban showcase featuring a wide variety of thought provoking art exhibitions, live bands, DJs, dance, theater, and more.  Everything from the traditional to the avant garde is on display for art lovers of all ages. Read the entire release here

AFTER THE CRAWL …Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh 2012
presented by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Friday, July 13, 2012, 9:00 p.m. to Midnight
119 Sixth Street, downtown Pittsburgh
Tickets:  $40-$125
Come by plane, train or automobile to the bash of the summer complete with food, drinks, live bands and dancing. Read the entire release here.

Pittsburgh CLO and PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh presents THE ADDAMS FAMILY
Full casting has been announced for the upcoming national tour of THE ADDAMS FAMILY, a new musical based on the bizarre and beloved family of characters created by legendary cartoonist Charles Addams, which will make its Pennsylvania premiere in Pittsburgh, Tuesday,  July 31 – Sunday, August 12, 2012, at the Benedum Center as part of the Pittsburgh CLO summer season and PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh 2011-12 series. 
Read the entire release here

BikePGH: 10 years of building a safer, friendlier, and more active Pittsburgh
BikePGH is celebrating their 10th anniversary this year and they have a lot to be proud of. The number of people commuting to work on bikes has increased by 270%, the number and length of bike lanes and trails in the City has expanded dramatically, and our streets are safer for bikers, pedestrians, and drivers.  BikePGH's work isn't just about bikes, it's about making the streets safer for everyone.

To read more about the important work that they do or to become a member, visit BikePGH. Click here to read City Council's proclamation celebrating 10 years of BikePGH.

Anton Chekhov Celebration at the PICTPICT opens its festival celebrating the works of Anton Chekhov with a fresh, "American" translation of Three Sisters by Paul Schmidt. Schmidt is known for his lively translations of Chekhov's work, revealing Chekhov's abundant humor while bringing a modern, particularly American relevance to the play. Three Sisters features Nike Doukas as Ólga, Allison McLemore as Másha, Vera Varlamov as Irina, Christian Conn as Andrèi Prózorov, and David Whalen as Vershinin.  Join us as we observe the lives and secret desires of sisters Masha, Olga, and Irina as they each try to find happiness away from the excitement of Moscow - and within a household less and less in their control. For more information, click here
pITTSBURGH sYMPHONY oRCHESTRA PERFORMS ‘legend of zelda’ at heinz hall 

Concerts Friday, July 27, and Saturday, July 28

Irish conductor Eímear Noone and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) bring one of the most popular video game series to life in a special concert, The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddess. Read the entire release here

Pittsburgh Fashion Week Newsletter
Please join us during the largest runway workshop in Pittsburgh. Show current/official media credentials during registration and interview models and designers attending the workshop.
iModel System Presents: "Runway BootCAMP 101" 
This Will Be The LARGEST Runway Workshop in Pittsburgh

The iModel System Runway Workshop with renowned model Miyoshi Anderson
Read the entire release here.

Pennsylvania Passes Landmark Gender Equality Legislation 
with Support from Women and Girls Foundation 

and Women’s Law Project
City Council Declares Equity in Athletics Day

Forty years after the enactment of Title IX, Pennsylvania passed its own milestone legislation with the signing of HB 1901 The Equity in Interscholastic Athletics Disclosure Bill (sponsored by Senator Mary Jo White) on June 30, 2012. 

On July 17, 2012, City Council will present Women and Girls Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania and Women’s Law Project with a resolution honoring their work on the passage of the bill and declaring the day Equity in Athletics Day in the City of Pittsburgh. A press conference will be held at 9:45 a.m. on the 5th floor of City-County Building outside of Council Chambers. 

“The Women and Girls Foundation was honored to partner with the Women’s Law Project to advocate for the passage of this bill that will advance gender equality by holding schools publicly accountable for the adherence to Title IX,” says Heather Arnet, chief executive officer, Women and Girls Foundation. “Hundreds of our teen girls also were involved in the multi-year advocacy effort to help make this bill a law.”

The bill requires all public high schools, middle schools and junior high schools in Pennsylvania to report annually the number of athletic opportunities they provide to girls and boys, broken down further by race/ethnicity, as well as other data that may reflect the quality of the athletic programming offered. Pennsylvania will join Kentucky, Georgia and New Mexico in requiring secondary schools to disclose basic information that will help inform students, parents and community members of whether their schools may be in violation of Title IX.
Participants at the July 17th press conference include Heather Arnet, Sue Frietsche, Women’s Law Project; Senator Mary Jo White (PA R-21) lead sponsor of the HB 1901; Mary Ann Eisenreich, Pittsburgh Office of the Governor; City Councilwomen Natalia Rudiak, Teresa Smith and Darlene Harris. Members of Women and Girls Foundation’s GirlGov Program will join the participant

Pittsburgh Passion Announcing Charity Opportunity to Help Promote Women’s Sports and also Raise Money for Charitable Organizations
I would like to offer you a very special opportunity to support women's sports and to have a fun filled day at Heinz field watching the Women's Professional National Championship! You also are entered  into a chance to have dinner with Franco Harris, tickets to the Steelers game/w/parking pass and 3 nights/4 days in Orlando and choice of tickets to various entertainment parks in FL all just for your $20 ticket purchase!  

Each $20/ticket gets you into Heinz field on Aug 4th! Immaculate tailgate challenge at 1:00, Women's National Championship game at 4:00, followed at 7 PM by the NFL Hall of Fame inductions on the Jumbotron at Heinz field.  Each ticket also enters you into a drawing for the prize stated in paragraph 1.

This is a breaking barriers weekend for women's sports! We are celebrating 40 years of Title IV with a wonderful video and special guests of last 40 years. Also celebrating 40 year anniversary of Franco's immaculate reception!  We need and so appreciate your support!

Even better, when you buy 100 tickets, we would get them to you for $1,000. This could be a nice tax write off if you donate them to your favorite charity or tickets for kids. This is a 50% savings on the tickets!

If you would like to purchase these as a fundraising opportunity for any group, so that the group could keep 50%, please let me know. I will get you tickets.

Thank you for considering ticket purchase of any number.  Please write or call and I will get you your tickets.   724-452-9395. Both Franco and myself very much appreciate your support of any amount!

Peace and Health! - Franco and Teresa


"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.PittsburghPA 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

July 19, 2012: "Spies Like Us"

Featuring interviews with:

Co-host Bob Lafon, Veteran Entrepreneur - Partner - Smart Phone Solutions LLC (

Bruce Conley, The Computer Coach (

Robert Kresson, Founder and CEO - Empire Investigations, LLC (

Roving Pittsburgher Report 

Sonny and Jo’s
Sonny and Jo’s meeting with Hug-A-Thon Pittsburgh™ four charities.  It’s always a pleasure to visit Sonny and Jo’s on Banksville Road and I would add that they are very accommodating during the day for small meetings. We had pizza and wings and discussed plans for our upcoming events on August 1, Command Performance Night at the Races at Meadows Racetrack and Casino in the Upper Level Suites and Biggest Group Hug and Granny Hugger Reception in Schenley Park Plaza on August 11. And, the Actual Hug-A-Thon Pittsburgh Day and Gala on September 6, 2012.” 
Our four charities that we are working with are Cancer Caring Society, Sickle Cell Society, Pittsburgh Passion’s Passion for Life, and Operation Troop Appreciation.

Tai Foon, Robinson
We had chicken and green beans and sautéed mango with shrimp, great summer fair and the price is right, no entrees over $8.99. Bill with three appetizers was under $40.00, and that included the corkage fee for bringing in a bottle of wine from the Wilcox Winery next door.  The winery is convenient and they have a delightful selection that you might not find elsewhere including summer fruity wines.  Tai Foon has no liquor license so it is BYOB

Magic Mike Movie
Ladies for a feast for your eyes and a turnabout of the objectification of men for a change, don’t miss this one.  It’s a first hand glimpse behind the scenes of a male dance club. You might be surprised at the dynamics and how a good looking man reacts to being treated only as an object of gratification rather than being appreciated for his fine mind and sensitive soul.  Fun, but definitely not PG. 
Matthew McConaughey played a great character as the club owner and pardon us for being jaded - JRF and I are convinced that every man in the movie was living out a personal fantasy of being objectified.

Giant Eagle Market District in Robinson, Third Annual Best Burger Contest: Big Burger Bash, July 9th
Judged by: Tony Mollica, Market District Store Leader; Penny Folino from Penny's Plates TV; Burgatory; Larry Richert from KDKA

Market District LogoThe hardest thing about attending this event was watching the judges try all the delicious burgers. Techno Granny personally met and did a video interview, (to appear later on PPL Mag), with the winner of the Best Veggie Burger. Later, I had to run by the food court and get some of Market District's wonderful pulled pork, mashed potatoes and grilled veggies. The burger watching definitely made me hungry. 

31st Annual Greater Works Holy Spirit Seminar, Greater Works Outreach, Murrysville
Apostle Jane Hammond
Bishop Joseph Galrington from Covington Church
Pastor Mark Brown from Atlanta

These are the speakers that Techno Granny personally heard. I only attended two days of spirit filled, motivational speaking with great praise music and good gospel message but I wish I could have attended the entire week.

Thunderbird Café, Black_Mahal
Ustad Lal Singh Bhatti is an American Music Icon and the most famous dhol drum and Punjabi vocalist in the world. Known as the ‘Godfather of the Dhol’, Bhatti has collaborated with the Black Eyed Peas, The Doors and many other major artists.
Ustad Lal Singh Bhatti
Over the past 43 years, Bhatti has performed for nearly every U.S. President since Gerald Ford as well has being honored at the opening of the Smithsonian Sikh Gallery in 2005. After picking up the dhol drum instrument as a teenager, he quickly won the hearts of India by the way he played and was invited by the Government of India to serve as cultural music liaison to the country via worldwide music tours to 25 countries.
First Class Banghra featuring PPL Mag Videographer Siddharth Pandit opened up with Punjabi/American Banghra and finised their set to a standing ovation. Then to the delight of everyone and especially those of us who had not heard Black Mahal before the audience rocked out with the group so much that I was concerned about the integrity of the upper loft at the Thunderbird Café as there were about 70 of us up there and another 60 crowded onto the stairs and who knows how many on the dance floor and that does not count those relegated to the first floor bar. I would say the concert was a rousing success.  We especially like the group and Ustad’s rendition of “Save the Flavor in Your Mustache.” 
Listen to that song here

Sometimes Roving Pittsburgher Stays at Home
Phong May House, 2351 Noblestown Road, Pittsburgh, PA15205
One meal is enough for two or seconds the next day for one. $7.99 gets you soup, egg roll, fried rice, main course. My favorite this week: white meat cashew chicken with snow peas. $1.00 delivery fee, no eat in. Hours are 11am to 9:30 pm Monday through Friday and Saturday 3 pm to 9:30 pm.

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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