Friday, October 26, 2012

Positively Pittsburgh Live News! 10-22-12

Positively Pittsburgh Live! 

Center Plate, First Annual Wine Dinner
Thursday November 8, 2012, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
94 Center Church Road
McMurray, PA 15317

"You're invited to Enjoy a tour of the Sonoma and Napa Valley through tastes of great pairings of Wine and Food. Join our Chef Mathew Helo and Wine expert Brian Hartman for this wonderful event. We will be serving a five course meal prepared and crafted to bring out the flavors of each wine. Limited Space is on a first come first serve basis and by reservations only. 

Cost is $55 per person so call Penny today at 412-337-0769 or click to Register Now!  

Student Stars Sought for Equitable Gas Sing-Off at Highmark First Night Pittsburgh 2013
Equitable Gas Company is searching for musically talented students to audition for the company’s third vocal competition celebrating the New Year. The Equitable Gas Sing-Off is part of the upcoming Highmark First Night Pittsburgh 2013, a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, and continues the company’s commitment to opening opportunities for young people in greater Pittsburgh. Read the entire release here


Don't miss out on the DanceAfrica workshops coming up for DanceAfrica Week!!
Saturday, October 27, 11am at 1901 Centre Ave w/ Amazing Chrisala Brown
Saturday, October 27, 1pm at 1901 Centre Ave w/ Incredible Brandon Albright of IllStyle and Peace Productions
Workshops are $10 for adults, and $5 for students

Acoustic Africa: Afropean Woman
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents Acoustic Africa: Afropean Woman, on Thursday, November 8, 2012, at 7:30 p.m., at the Byham Theater. This performance is part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series. Tickets ($23-$33) may be purchased in person at the Box Office at Theater Square 655 Penn Avenue, online at, or by calling (412) 456-6666. For groups of 10 or more, call (412) 471-6930.
Acoustic Africa: Afropean Woman

This live music experience offers a rare glimpse into the depths and richness of the African vocal traditions with performances by up and coming female African vocal impresarios. The Afropean Woman tour will feature Dobet Gnahoré, the Ivory Coast vocalist and dancer who has garnered a reputation as one of the most vibrant performers in world music; bassist and vocalist Manu Gallo, from the Ivory Coast, who gained acclamation as the bassist for Zap Mama and whose own music draws on rhythms of West Africa as well as funk, R&B; and Kareyce Fotso, a young Cameroonian singer whose music is an intriguing combination of Afro-pop, Blues, and traditional African music. Afropop Worldwide commented, “A beautiful and fascinating exchange going on between great artists…. 21st century troubadours…if you are in within range of any of these shows, don’t miss it!” Read the entire release here

YWCA Announces 2012 Racial Justice Award Recipients
The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh is pleased to announce the 2012 Racial Justice Award Recipients. The awardees will be recognized at the 21st Annual Racial Justice Awards Dinner on Wednesday, November 14. Award recipients include: COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: Tim Stevens, Chairman and CEO, Black Political Empowerment Project (B-PEP); COMPANY/BUSINESS: Chauncey W. Smith, Equal Employment Opportunity Consultant, H.J. Heinz Co.; Management & Diversity Consultant, Pope & Associates; EDUCATION: Épryl King, President, Raising Achievement In Monroeville and Pitcairn, Inc; FAITH: The Rev. Dr. Moni McIntyre, The Church of the Holy Cross; HEALTH: Paula K. Davis, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Schools of the Health Sciences, University of Pittsburgh; LEGAL: David A. Harris, Distinguished Faculty Scholar, Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law; YOUTH ACHIEVEMENT: Alexis Werner, Seeds of Hope, Shaler Area High School; YOUTH ACHIEVEMENT: Michael Sutton, Sewickley Academy, Class of 2012; Duke University, Class of 2016 

RELIVE MAGIC OF THE BEATLES AS PSO BRINGS ‘CLASSICAL MYSTERY TOUR’ TO SCOTTISH RITE CATHEDRALThe Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) begins its 12th year of performances at the Scottish Rite Cathedral with the Classical Mystery Tour, a special tribute to the Beatles’ acclaimed album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The concert, led by the PSO’s newly appointed Assistant Conductor Fawzi Haimor, will begin at 8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 19, at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in New Castle.
Concert tickets, ranging from $16 to $59, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office toll-free at 1.800.743.8560, or by visiting the PSO online at Group tickets also are available.

As part of an education program developed for the community, a special package for families with children up to high-school age is available. Children may get free tickets if accompanied by a parent. Both the free ticket and a discounted ticket for the parents are available by calling  412.392.4819. Also, pre-concert dinners at the Scottish Rite Cathedral begin at 6 p.m. before each concert. Call 724.654.6683 for reservations. Three-concert subscriptions, ranging from $33 to $150, as well as student subscription packages for $24, are also available. Read the entire release here.

Pittsburgh Public Theater Presents Good People Nov. 8 – Dec. 9, 2012
Pittsburgh Public Theater’s MADE IN AMERICA season continues with the Pittsburgh premiere of Good People, David Lindsay-Abaire’s 2011 Tony-nominated play set in contemporary Boston. Directed by Tracy Brigden, Good People runs Nov. 8 – Dec. 9, 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 The Elmhurst Group is the Production Sponsor. Performance Schedule: Tues. at 7 pm; Wed. thru Sat. at 8 pm; Sat. at 2 pm (except Nov. 10 & 17); also 2 pm on Thurs. Dec. 6; Sun. at 2 & 7 pm (except Sun. Dec. 9 when the final show is at 2 pm). No show on Thanksgiving, Thurs., Nov. 22. Ticket Prices: $23 to $55. Students and age 26 and younger $15.75 with valid ID.

Capitol Steps
Sunday, November 4,  4 pm, Byham Theater
Nothing gets one in the spirit of Election Day quite like the witty, timely observations of Capitol Hill’s finest comedic troupe. Putting the “mock” in “democracy,” the Capitol Steps know how to bring down the house (and Senate) with their unique blend of music and spot-on, bi-partisan political comedy. In political satire, we trust.


Access to free IT talks at Carnegie Mellon and Pitt
Posted on LinkedIn by Peter Brusilovsky, Professor of Information Science and Intelligent Systems at University of Pittsburgh

iSchool at Pitt offers a free information resource that lists dozens of IT-related research talk at CMU and Pitt each week. Browse the system or subscribe and get personalized updates. CoMeT | Home 

Pittsburgh Whiskey Festival 
Viva Las Vegas, baby! 

The Pittsburgh Whiskey & Fine Spirits Festival returns for its 6th fabulous year! Friday, October 26th, from 6-9 PM the Rivers Casino will swing with sights and sounds of Vegas in all its glory.

More than 300 varieties of whiskey, scotch, vodka, gin, rum, tequila and cordials from all over the world will be on hand for your sampling pleasure. Unless your liver is the size Robert Goulet’s ego, you’re going to want to pick and choose carefully the spirits that you absolutely must try before heading downstairs to the casino or pulling the ripcord on your evening.

Neon lights, showgirls and sequined jumps suits (I’ll opt for gold lamé, thank you) as well as all of your favorite music from Elvis, Wayne Newton and Tom Jones will set the tone for the evening. Go ahead, do it up right. It’s our night to celebrate. And remember, what happens at Whiskey Fest stays at Whiskey Fest. 

For a full list of vendors click here
Roving Pittsburgher Report

Mary Poppins
It’s really hard to mess up Mary Poppins but I must tell you that the ensemble numbers were legend and this has got to be the most fun production put on by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust this year.  Any time the audience starts to sing with the cast and claps along unsolicited, you have got a hit.  For a feel good time don’t miss it next year. 

Vertical RoadReview by Helene Vidovich and Martin ThomasVertical Road, by Akram Khan Company was a journey through the mystical. Using only a scrim and backlight, one dancer's shadow started the audience down the primordial path. What was this Whirling Dervish so frantically writhing, sending shimmers of shadow and light up and down the scrim – the Book of Life, a poem by Rumi? 
Lights up, scrim down, statues/dancers frozen, one moving figure and a set of runes -- we watched as the dancers were frozen, or prayed, or waited, discovered, disagreed, failed or eventually grew. Read the entire review here
Vertical Road Photo By: Richard Haughton
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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