Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Positively Pittsburgh Live Staycation News 8-6-12

Thursday, September 20  |  7:30pm  |  Byham Theater: Blood Brother

A moving documentary that tells the story of a group of HIV-positive orphans in India, and Rocky Braat, a young American who found purpose in dedicating his life to serve them. Visit bloodbrotherfilm.com for more information. This film is not yet rated.
To Get Tickets: Visit the Box Office at Theater Square. Tickets may be reserved online at TrustArts.org or by calling 412-456-6666, but there is a 75¢ processing fee. This event is general admission. This is a presentation of Animal, Inc.
Event Welcomes Deputy Secretary of the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning
WQED hosts a celebration of the accomplishments of the first year of iQ: smartmedia Super Teachers on Friday, August 10 at the Foster Early Childhood Center in McKees Rocks. Special guest speaker for the recognition event will be Dr. Barbara Minzenberg, Deputy Secretary of the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning.
WQED Super Teachers are 12 educators who advise WQED in the best ways for incorporating PBS digital media in early childhood classrooms and homes (pre-K through K) throughout Allegheny Intermediate Unit 3 (AIU 3) representing 42 school districts in Allegheny County.
“The innovations we’ve seen in year one are phenomenal – teachers using the TV show SuperWhy to help children with speech delays, comprehensive training for Head Start across our entire region, and equipping parents with the ability to track their child’s literacy through a free gaming tool called PBS Kids Island,” says Jennifer Stancil, Executive Director of Educational Partnerships at WQED. “There is much more on the horizon…we are gearing up for the new school year with our new math curriculum, among other innovative projects.”
WQED’s iQ: smartmedia initiative, encompassing all of its educational projects, is at national forefront of helping teachers use PBS children’s programs and digital media to incorporate games, coaching, sharing via video, and applying those digital assets to science, numeracy, literacy, and social and emotional awareness. “We are even helping teachers understand the use of social networks, like My Street (from Sesame Workshop), for peer-to-peer sharing of best practices, says Stancil.”
"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.

August 9, 2012: "Looking Forward to Fall"

Featuring interviews with:

  • Al Levine, Community Relations Director, Hug-A-Thon Pittsburgh  
  • Michelle Barabas, Art Research Teaching SocietyKen Heusey, Kenneth Heusey Productions
  • Jennifer Tober, Founder & Artistic Director, Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks

August 31-October 7, 2012

Rob Larson: Derby
Hip whip. Taking a knee. Grand slam. Rink rash. This is the unique vernacular roller derby, which is alive and well in the City of Champions.  

Photographer Rob Larson beautifully captures this bawdy, theatrical sporting subculture, as well as the physical ramifications (like rink rash) found in Pittsburgh’s robust Roller Derby scene with his most recent photo exhibit Derby at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s 709 Penn Gallery.  This exhibit is free and open to the public. 

Opening Reception: Friday, August 31, 6 pm to 8 pm
Gallery hours: Wed. & Thurs. 11 am - 6 pm / Fri. & Sat. 11 am - 8 pm Sun. 11 am - 5 pm

Iron City Sound Downtown Live! Brings the Tropics to Market Square with John McDonald & The Mango Men
On Friday, August 10, John McDonald & The Mango Men are bringing an island party to Market Square! Slip south of the border from 5 - 8 pm and you will hear Caribbean-flavored reggae and salsa rhythms. The night kicks off at 5 pm with Latin phenomenon Guaracha spicing up the Square, combining merengue and reggeton for a tropical dance party!

Touted by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as “one of Pittsburgh’s premier party bands,” John McDonald & The Mango Men have appeared in concert for over a decade with many major recording artists including the Beach Boys, Hall & Oates, and Smokey Robinson. 

Join us for a zesty evening full of flavor and excitement and make Market Square your new Friday night destination with the Iron City Sound Downtown Live! concert series! Stop by the Square between 5 - 8 pm for live music and Pittsburgh Brewing Company drink specials.  For a complete schedule of the Iron City Sound Downtown Live! concert series, click here.

Jazz Series
Sunday, August 12, 20127 pm- 9 pm
The Irma Freeman Center for Creative Imagination
You asked for it and it's back!!! I don't know how many folks have told me they missed our sessions.

After about a year's rest, it's time to resume this successful Jazz Series.
As a commitment to presenting music in the community, this time we come to the exciting Penn Avenue Arts district.
This coming Sunday we are proud to present international drummer extraordinaire Ronnie Burrage, one of Pittsburgh's favorite sax players, Tony Campbell and the ace of bass, Dwayne Dolphin as they are sure to give us a swingin' set.

Help support the event that brought back the live Jazz scene in the area. Spread the word and let's pack the place!! $6 cover supports the musicians and contributes toward next event.


Hug-A-Thon Pittsburgh Group Hug Party

Saturday, August 11, 2012 - 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Schenley Plaza, 4100 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Join us as we engage "Largest Group Hug in a Tent.”
If you are a hugger come out and join us and get in our picture to document the "Largest Group Hug in a Tent!" The final picture will be sent to www.recordsetter.com. This is a family friendly event with food, entertainment, and lots of Hugging going on.

Help worthy charities, and win a party for your group. Gather your friends and co-workers in a group hug, take a picture and post it to our Facebook page! The biggest group hug wins an exclusive party, courtesy of Sam's Club, and will be recorded on http://recordsetters.com. 

Winner to be announced on August 11, 2012, Under the Tent at Schenley Park Pavilion. 

For more information and rules, visit http://facebook.com/hugathonpittsburgh.com

For your entry to be valid you must donate $5.00 for each member in the hug. $300 per corporate table.

Our Charities: Cancer Caring Center, Sickle Cell Foundation, Pittsburgh Passion's Passion for Life Foundation, Operation Troop Appreciation

Sponsored by PositivelyPittsburghLiveMagazine.com, Building Bridges for Business, American Income Life.

Causual attire, attendee pays parking. For more information, contact Joanne Quinn Smith at  412-444-5197 or info@hugathonpittsburgh.com


Roving Pittsburgher Report

Ivanov,  Pittsburgh Irish Classical Theatre Chekov Festival
Review is coming at Roving Pittsburgher Report but all I can say is, “if you think your family is dysfunctional, then just go and see this play.” Chekov in “Ivanov” sheds a new light on how intense a therapy group can be and to what lengths friends, neighbors and lovers will go to enable a miscreant loved one with a foul temper and absolutely no joie de vivre.

The play is dark but the PICT cast has a way of getting entertainment out of the darkest pieces and their standards of excellence as a repertoire theatre never disappoints. David Weylan’s is outstanding as usual as Ivanov.  Also the guy having the most fun on stage is Matt De Caro as Borkin. Runs through August 25.


This Dragon Roars on the Shore
Opening night of the Quantum Theatre’s production of The Golden Dragon took place on the ‘shore’ of Lake Carnegie in Highland Park. Lake Carnegie, for the unfamiliar, sits in the Park near the swimming pool, above the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium. It started out as an interim pumping station for the Reservoir. Quantum Theatre built stadium seating directly in front of the dock to accommodate the audience.

The playwright, Roland Schimmelpfennig, explores the accident of destiny and the interchangeability of experience, as well as multi-cultural understanding and prejudices – wrestling with “otherness” in this work. The prominence of globalism and nomadic behavior drives home the message that we are all “inexorably linked.” The message is timely, given the 2012 London Olympics as a backdrop in time.

The production of The Golden Dragon runs from August 2nd through the 26th. Read the entire review here.

Remember When

Too hot to eat at home, check out the giant, delicious multiple flavor ice cream cones at Remember When. Mary Gettel, Owner,  3860 Chartiers Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15204

The cones come in child’s, small and medium and it is a rite of passage for most neighborhood sixteen year olds to get a “medium.”  It’s difficult for the servers to get them out the window.

There are hard serve and soft serve, non-fat yogurt flavors, and dole whips. They are different every week and you can even swirl some of the flavors. The last two we had were mint chocolate chip and peach. Yummy and for you calorie watching heart conscious gourmets, you will not know the difference between the real stuff and what’s actually good for you. And on Friday nights, Doo Wop Dan plays oldies and the neighborhood hangs out. It’s a cool place to be for some family friendly fun.


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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