Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Positively Pittsburgh Live! Just the Good News and New PPL Mag Web Format 10-8-12

Positively Pittsburgh Live!
Just the Good News and New PPL Mag Web Format

 Alfie Boe
Alfie Boe
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents one of Britain’s favorite singer’s Alfie Boe, on Tuesday, October 30, 2012, at 8:00 p.m., at the Byham Theater. This concert is a part of the Cohen and Grisby Trust Presents series. Tickets ($32.25-$42.25) may be purchased in person at the Box Office at Theater Square 655 Penn Avenue, online at www.trustarts.org, or by calling (412) 456-6666. For group discounted tickets, call (412) 471-6930. Read the entire release here



STOMP returns to Pittsburgh
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh announce STOMP, the international sensation, is making its triumphant return to Pittsburgh’s Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Avenue, Tuesday, October 30 through Sunday, November 4, 2012.  

The return of the percussive hit also brings some new surprises, with some sections of the show now updated and restructured and the addition of two new full-scale routines, utilizing props like tractor tire inner tubes and paint cans. Read the entire release here


Kelly Strayhorn Theater - Halloween Mayhem!
Zombies, a costume parade, puppets, live performances, games and more will fill the Kelly Strayhorn Theater for the fifth Annual Halloween Mayhem, a free day of activities designed to delight and entertain the whole family. Saturday, October 27th from 10 am - 2 pm. Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206. Pay-What-You-Can! More details here

Pittsburgh Today
Average weekly wages for the Pittsburgh region grew 7.6 percent in the first quarter of 2012 compared to the same quarter last year, which was second only to Cincinnati. 

Within the region, Washington County saw the highest growth rate at 14.8 percent year-over-year. Washington County made the top 10 list of large counties for percentage increase in employment, absolute increase in average weekly wages, and percentage increase in average weekly wages in the first quarter. Thanks for your interest, Douglas Heuck, Program Director, PittsburghTODAY.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Presents Giselle
Just days before Halloween, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre submerses audiences in a haunting story of undying love with Giselle, onstage with the live PBT Orchestra Oct. 26-28 at the Benedum Center. Opening the 2012-2013 PBT Season, this great Romantic-era ballet offers the definitive dramatic role of the ballerina. Shattered by a lover's lie, descending into madness and death, Giselle's spirit is fated to revenge.

Only Albrecht's true love can break the supernatural bond of evil that reaches beyond the grave. One of the most famous story ballets of all time, Giselle features choreography by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot and the music of Adolphe Adam — the first original score ever composed for a ballet. Giselle premiered in 1841 at the Paris Opera Ballet. Read the entire release here

Capitol Steps

Airport Security, Photo by
Keith Stanley
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents the award-winning comedic group Capitol Steps performing at the Byham Theater on Sunday, November 4, 2012, at 4:00 p.m.

The Washington Times applauds the Capitol Steps calling it, “The best musical satire on Washington I’ve ever seen!” 

For information and tickets ($21.00 - $43.00), visit www.Trustarts.org, call (412) 456-6666, or in person: Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue. To purchase 10 or more tickets at discounted rates, please call (412) 471-6930. The performance is a part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series presented by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Read the entire release here

Sounds of Pittsburgh Chorus
Sweet Adelines International join the award winning Sounds of Pittsburgh Chorus for its annual show October 13th at 3:00 pm in the Ambridge Area High School.  Road Trip USA: A Celebration of American Music and Dance will take you on a musical tour across the country. The chorus, under the direction of Master Director, David Wallace, will be joined on their tour by the following guest performers: Dynasty, a favorite of the Sounds of Pittsburgh Chorus and a two-time regional medalist Sweet Adelines quartet, Studio 4, a men’s barbershop quartet from the Pittsburgh area and the Steel Town Stompers, a Lindy Hop dance group. Benefiting from the proceeds will be the Bethlehem Haven, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that has been helping homeless women in the Pittsburgh area rebuild their lives for the past 30 years. They provide emergency shelter, health and employment services, and continuing support. Tax deductible tickets can be purchased online at www.soundsofpgh.org. Read the entire release here

Pittsburgh Public Theater Presents Born Yesterday

Pittsburgh Public Theater’s 38th season begins with Born Yesterday, Garson Kanin’s classic comedy about political corruption and personal awakening. Directed by Producing Artistic Director Ted Pappas, Born Yesterday runs Sept. 27 – Oct. 28, 2012 at the O’Reilly Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater’s home in the heart of Downtown’s Cultural District. For tickets call 412.316.1600 or visit ppt.org. Born Yesterday is presented by First Niagara Bank Foundation. Read the entire release here


Parking and Transportation
Sunday October 14, the Cultural District will be busy with matinee audiences at all the performing venues. That will be a great day to consider using the bus or T to visit Downtown.  Or, if you’re driving, try out ParkPGH to find available parking in garages in and near the Cultural District. 

A new option for drivers on the weekends is to park on the North Shore and take the T into Downtown. On September 30, the Port Authority began offering “Subway Local” service  between South Hills Junction and Allegheny Station that provides T service every 10 minutes within the following hours: 10:00 a.m. to midnight on Saturdays and 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Sundays. Subway Local times are printed on the Red Line schedule.

Quantum Theatre to open Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar
Quantum Theatre, known for staging its productions in unique places that aren't  theaters,  creates a chamber opera in the tradition of 2010’s acclaimed Maria de Buenos Aires, reassembling many of the artists from that work, including directors Cladera and Boos; performers Raquel Winnica Young and Carolina Loyola-Garcia; and designers Tony Ferrieri, Joe Seamans, and Richard Parsakian. 

The company will present the unique and Grammy Award-winning chamber opera Ainadamar by Osvaldo Golijov (Grammy 2006 for best classical contemporary composition and best opera recording). The Argentine composer’s haunting score adopts many flamenco motifs and has a libretto by theatrical giant David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly). Mezzo Raquel Winnica Young and dancer Carolina Loyola-Garcia are joined by sopranos Katy Shackleford Williams, Leah Edmondson Dyer, Erica Olden, and Lara Cottrill, contralto Daphne  Alderson, and a sizable orchestra, under Cladera’s direction. 

A chamber opera with libretto by David Henry Hwang; music direction by Andres Cladera; stage direction by Karla Boos. October 19 – November 3 (Opening and Press Night October 19) Note unusual schedule: performances Oct. 19, 20, 21, 23, 26, 27, 28, 30, Nov. 2, 3, all at 8 pm. East Liberty Presbyterian Church (116 South Highland Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206). For tickets, $35-$48 with limited $18 student tickets, call ShowClix 1-888-718-4253, visit www.quantumtheatre.com or www.showclix.com/event/229382.

Terence Samuel: The Disappearing Undecided Voter
Deputy Political Editor, The Washington Post
Tuesday, October 23rd
6:00 p.m - 7:30 p.m.
Mellon Board Room, Chatham University
Terence Samuel takes a look at American politics in in the age of hyper-partisanship. The lecture will examine how our increasingly entrenched partisan culture has changed the nature of political campaigns, transforming them from vehicles of persuasion into tools used exclusively for incitement. Click Here to Register

Get Out the Vote Phone Bank 
Thursday, November 1st
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Beatty House, Chatham University

Help remind voters that they pledged to vote this election cycle. We need volunteers for this non-partisan phone bank! Click Here to Register

Dazzling Theater for Young People Performed in Pittsburgh Communities
Step right up for a sparkling revue of mini-musicals based on the books If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Amazing Grace, Borreguita and the Coyote, Imogene’s Antlers, Master Man, Math Curse and Owen. It is a show chock full of lessons about winning! Read the entire release here.


Ralph P. Watson
Celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the Borough of Wilkinsburg. This weekend of activities has been quite a humbling experience. Being recognized as the youngest member in our HISTORY elected to serve on both the Wilkinsburg School Board and the Wilkinsburg Borough Council, elected to my first public office at the age of 19 during my Freshman year of college. For my political career path and community service, I first give honor to God, my parents Robert & Shirley Watson, mentor/ friend Vernon Tipton Phd. and the WILKINSBURG community for believing in me.....Thank you!

Roving Pittsburgher Report 

Pittsburgh Symphony
October 6, 9, 12, 14 2012
REVIEW by JoAnn R. Forrester


The prime time soap Revenge, that so many are loving to watch with its sex, vengeance, murder, betrayal, dastardly people, sexual conquests and scandals has met its match and MUCH more in Verdi’s opera RIGOLETT0. We think, today, we live in immoral and scandalous times…hah! It is nothing compared to the Italian Renaissance where excess was the rule. Fabulous amazing art was created and flourished during that period … but the morals of the time were centered on the pleasure and revenge principal. Life for the rich, powerful and nobility was one constant hunt for pleasure and relief from boredom. 
Read the entire review here.

Sanna Carapellotti and
Trina Hess, compliments Trina Hess
Win Pittsburgh’s Professional Development Day
This was held at Gaetano’s on Wednesday, October 3, and proved to be very motivationally stimulating to its guests. TechnoGranny actually showed up long enough to do a video interview with Executive Director Dawn Pomaybo about the organization which will be posted later this week on PositivelyPittsburgh News Channel at http://pplmag.com. Read the entire review here.

October Birthdays
Did you know you could find them on PPL Mag Calendar here

Naomi14 (24), Kala12 (24),Villa26 (24), Molly24 (24), Alure04 (24),Dane08 (24), bretthill41 (2002), anthonycrony (32), HaroldSpin02 (35),Erikking75 (2002),crystalburgees (34),MichaelGomez (33).

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