Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Positively Pittsburgh Live News 10-1-12

Positively Pittsburgh Live News

2012 VIA Music & New Media Festival
The third annual VIA Music & New Media Festival continues its tradition of unique performances featuring emerging musicians and new media artists. Spanning an entire week, over 50 local, national and international artists representing four countries converge in Pittsburgh for a/v performances, workshops, and interactive events that blend the best of nightlife and arts culture.

Re-framing city spaces, the 6-day festival shows off a thoughtful cross-section of venues that are uniquely Pittsburgh: from riverways to museums, clubs, and transformed pop-up spaces. A number of free, all-ages events support ticketed programs. Emphasizing VIA’s literal meaning of “by way of, or passing through” the festival encourages Pittsburgh as a nexus for young artists on the borders of music, art, and technology. Read the entire release here

Rigoletto Opens Opera Season
Pittsburgh Opera brings a handsome production of Verdi’s Rigoletto to the Benedum stage to begin the 2012-13 opera season of classics. The tragic tale of the court jester bent on revenge features Pittsburgh favorite Mark Delavan (Falstaff, 2009; Tosca, 2012) in the title role, with Lyubov Petrova (Ariadne auf Naxos, 2006) as Gilda and Michael Wade Lee in his Pittsburgh Opera debut as the Duke of Mantua. Rigoletto’s dramatic twists and turns and its well-known tunes such as “La donna è mobile,” “Si, vendetta” and “Questa o quella” make this opera a perpetual favorite. It’s said that immediately after Rigoletto’s premiere in 1851, “La donna è mobile” was sung and whistled in the streets, making it an instant classic. Read the entire release here.
Second Saturday Art Workshop, October 13, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Pittsburgh Sketch Crawl

Instructor: Rick Antolic
Starting location: 805/807 Liberty Avenue
FREE (A RADical Day event)
All ages (children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult)

A 6-hour drawing marathon! Draw what you see on a journey through some of Downtown’s scenic plazas. Rick Antolic, accomplished artist and illustrator, will be on-hand at each scheduled location to assist with sketches as needed. To register go online at TrustArts.org or Call 412-471-6079.

Woodville Plantation Hosts House Concert
On Saturday, October 20, 2012, Woodville Plantation will host a special event featuring the musical talents of Mark Tamsula, Richard Withers and Ellen Gozion. Beginning at 7 pm, these artists will perform a concert of old time Appalachian music from the Southwestern Pennsylvania region.

MarkTamsula and Richard Withers will play fiddle and banjo instrumentals, in addition to songs on the flute and accordion. Joining them will be Ellen Gozion, who will sing a selection of traditional ballads, also from this region. Mark and Richard have recently released a CD of their music titled Up in the Batten House. You can read more about the CD at their website www.upinthebattenhouse.com. A wine and cheese reception will follow the concert.
Read the entire release here

Pittsburgh Downtown Partnershiplove it when an organization toots their own horn, didn't know these things about Pittsburgh partnership, did you?

I know you are used to seeing all the cool, hip events going on Downtown in your mailbox every Monday morning. But I suspect there is a lot more about the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership that you may not know. Like last year, we removed 1.1 million pounds of trash and 4,677 graffiti tags. And we installed 150 cigarette urns. We’ve worked to attract and retain new businesses, encouraged innovative, exciting start-ups through the award-winning Project Pop Up: Downtown initiatives and promoted the burgeoning residential real estate market in Downtown. We’ve continued to advocate for solutions on the region’s complex transportation issues through keeppghmoving.com. We’ve also encouraged biking and walking throughout the city. And we’ve brought you a series of fantastic events culminating in Light Up Night®, Pittsburgh’s Premier Holiday event, enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of people annually.  http://downtownpittsburgh.com.

Salute To Dignity & Respect Champions Breakfast

The 2012 Pittsburgh, Pa., Dignity & Respect Champions and their families as well as elected officials, city leaders and Dignity & Respect council members will gather for the breakfast. Tuesday, October 2 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the CLO Cabaret Theatre, 655 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

The Dignity & Respect Council of Greater Pittsburgh will gather in front of the city’s policy leaders to recognize Pittsburgh’s 11 Dignity & Respect Champions of 2012. The Champions were chosen monthly throughout the year based on a formal nomination process. Read the entire release here.

African American Heritage Free Job and Opportunity Fair 2012 Company Registration
Organization Name:
Organization Address:
Contact Name:
Job Title:
Registration includes exhibitor space including one table, two chairs, and lunch for two participants. Registration Costs: For and Non-Profit Companies……....$0
Organization Type: Profit Non-Profit Other (Please explain) ______________________

Track-1 (Employer/ Companies & Organizations)
Track -2 (Entrepreneurship Opportunities)
Track -3 (Education & Professional Development Organizations)
Track-4 (Search Firms and Employment Agencies)
Track-5 (Civic and Social Service Agencies)
Participant Names: 
1.) _________________________________________________________
2.) _________________________________________________________

Please return this form to:
The City of Pittsburgh, Department of Personnel & CSC
431 City-County Building, 414 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Fax to: (412) 255-4736 - Or- Email to: Melissa.urquhart@pittsburghpa.gov

For more details on the event click here.


Donate to the Immaculate Reception Monument 
This season marks the 40th anniversary of the greatest play in football history - The Immaculate Reception. Be part of the action by donating to a special monument recognizing the play that changed Pittsburgh Steelers history.

The Senator John Heinz History Center and the Pittsburgh Steelers will dedicate the Immaculate Reception monument at the exact site of the catch, adjacent to Heinz Field, on Sat., Dec. 22.

All tax-deductible donations to the Heinz History Center will receive a personalized Immaculate Reception donation certificate that is suitable for framing, along with the following Limited Edition items (view online here). Donate now.
Power of Pink Challenge
October 1st - October 31st, Panera Bread
Ribbon bagels, photo courtesty of
Forest Hills-Regent Square Patch

A portion of the proceeds from each Pink Ribbon Bagel sold will be donated to the Young Women's Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation Benefiting Magee-Womens Research Institute & Foundation.

Pittsburgh Airport Turned Twenty Today!


The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to announce a rare opportunity to experience the finest Cabaret artists at the intimate Cabaret at Theater Square! 
We would like to thank The Benter Foundation and Richard E. Rauh for making this series possible.
2012-2013 SEASON:Betty Buckley, Monday, October 15; Christine Andreas, Monday, November 5; Elaine Paige, Tuesday, March 12; Christine Ebersole, Monday,April 8; Karen Akers, Monday,May 6 

All shows take place at 7:30pm at the Cabaret at Theater Square. Food and drink service available for all shows.

PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh presents STOMP
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.

Performances for STOMP at Heinz Hall are Tuesday, October 30, 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday, October 31, 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, November 1, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, November 2, 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, November 3, 2:00 and 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday, November 4, 1:00 and 6:30 p.m. Read the entire release here

STAAR Financial Advisors is proud to support the local organizations that do good things in our community. Join us in supporting Habitat for Humanity Pittsburgh and Circle C in the Pittsburgh Foundation’s "Day of Giving.”  On this Wednesday, October 3rd your donation(s) will be matched. You can choose from a list of many organizations that will qualify for the matching grants. Just go to the following link: http://www.pittsburghgives.org/

Andre Weisbrod, STAAR Financial Advisors, Inc., 604 McKnight Park Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15237, 412-367-9076, Founder of STAAR Financial Advisors, Inc. and the STAAR Investment Trust, Recognized among five-star Pittsburgh Wealth Managers in Pittsburgh Magazine

Positively Pittsburgh’s Hug-A-Thon Charities are:
Cancer Caring Center, Operation Troop Appreciation, Passion for Life, Sickle Cell Society Southwestern Pa. Please support the charities of your choice.

Roving Pittsburgher Report

Streb Review
Helene Vidovich, Freelance Cultural Reporter
Martin Thomas, Videographer ~ Troubadour

We go to the theater to be transported from our seats into the imagination of the artists. 

Dance in the age of digital media is different than that of Martha Graham or the NYC Ballet.  The use of video feeds and files, computers and projectors changes the focus. I didn't know whether to look at what the projector was displaying, what the dancers were doing or at their silhouettes on the back screen.

Streb, aka known as the Evil Knieval of dance, is a bang-up exhibition of acrobatic tumbles, jumps and flat-out face-down, or face-up, slams onto a mat. Streb with her cast from the tough streets of Brooklyn, tries to exploit "extreme action." They called their pieces "action events." I kept saying, "ow, that had to hurt!"   Some examples: Doing the "Limbo" with a spinning I beam suspended from a chain -- jumping from 10 feet, 20 feet, even 30 feet face down onto the mats -- hanging bound, while upside down, from a rope panicking -- "flying" by use of a giant steel-beam see-saw on a turntable -- writhing in an open ended box suspended from the ceiling.  

The sets: raw metal, chains, brick, mats and the workout wardrobe, were matched with industrial sounds of a loud bass rumble.  There was also a turntable within a turntable made up of mats on the floor, that were used with camera feeds projected with great effect.  Another event had a large diagonal mat where the cast log-rolled with, and over each other. These action events, brought to mind childhood times and playground fun.  

Some of their pieces were more traditional modern dance-like and very gratifying.  One had a backdrop of a spinning planet while the dancers appeared to fly over it suspended in harnesses.  Another, my favorite, "Anti-gravity,"  had the dancers flat on the floor with an overhead camera feed projecting their images onto the backdrop, making them appear weightless on a distant planet.  This "action event" had the audience in awe, like children watching fire works.  All in all, Streb did transport us from our seats into their imaginations. But, ouch! some of those falls had to hurt.

Read the entire review here

Matthew Morrison Sings at Marvin Hamlisch’s Wake Or So It Seemed 

By Tamar Cerafici 
Pittsburgh Pops! 

Heinz Hall
September 30, 2012

It might seem the height of folly to review a concert at its last performance. But the Pittsburgh Pops concert series shows so much promise that it’s inevitable I should urge everyone to leave this site and become a subscriber. Go. NOW.

This was a remarkable opening to a fun season that includes a 50th anniversary tribute to the Beatles and the ever-popular Holiday Pops. Read the entire 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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