Wednesday, November 28, 2012

PPL Mag Celebrates Cyber Week with Bloggers, Get More Readers

Attention Bloggers
Like many of you the TechnoGranny spent many years waiting for readers
Then she syndicated on PPLMag and voila, thousands of page views.  
How many bloggers spend time writing blogs and get few if any readers?

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If You are a Blogger Who Wants More Readers
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  • Latest ten blog posts appear on front page of PPLMag
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So what's the celebration?
  • One blogger page that celebrates your expertise and talent for one year with unlimited posts.  
  • One full-page listing (text and images) in the Directory in three categories of your choice.
  • Link to your page on PPLMag front page until new columns come up.
     For one year is $200.00

Thru the end of Cyber Week on Sunday, December 2 at 5 PM and ONLY FOR THE FIRST TEN BLOGS, the subscription will be $150.00

We will include three blog banners from our designer of the size that are used on PPL Mag.  They can then be used by you also, you get:
  • a size appropriate as your original blog header
  • a size appropriate as your social media square
  • a banner that you can use at the top of your e-newsletter or e-zine
  Special Bonus    
THE FIRST THREE BLOGGERS who confirm their blog syndication will receive two hours of instruction by Joanne Quinn-Smith, the TechnoGranny on
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VALUE $300.00

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Happy Cyber Week!

Joanne Quinn-Smith

2009 National SBA Journalist of the Year
AKA TechnoGranny, Talkcast Host

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Positively Pittsburgh Live News 11-19-12

Positively Pittsburgh Live! News

Disney’s THE LION KING Triumphantly RETURNS TO Pittsburgh in 2013
The Lion King
By popular demand, Disney’s THE LION KING will return to Pittsburgh for an exclusive 4-week engagement at the Benedum Center. Performances begin Tuesday, September 3, 2013 and play through Sunday, September 29, 2013.  Opening night is set for Friday, September 6, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.  

Single tickets for THE LION KING will go on sale to the general public on Monday, May 6, 2013.  THE LION KING’s sold-out six-week Pittsburgh premiere engagement in 2004 at the Benedum Center was followed by a sold-out six-week return engagement in 2008.  Disney’s THE LION KING is part of the PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh series, presented by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Broadway Across America and Pittsburgh Symphony. Read the entire release here

SembÈne: The Film & Arts Festival
(Free African Cuisine and Meet Great People!!! Bring a friend!!!)
Sembène: The Film & Arts Festival is proud to announce its fourth season of award-winning films from Senegal, South Africa, USA and Chad. The Festival has expanded its programming and offers a diverse selection of stunning, award-winning controversial films from a variety of genres. Many of the films have never been shown on the big screen in Pittsburgh.
Friday, November 30th - Ousmane Sembène's closes the the festival with his last film, MOOLAAD.

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Pandora's Unforgettable Moments Presents Mannheim Steamroller Christmas
by Chip Davis
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis has been America’s favorite holiday celebration for over 25 years.  Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting.  The spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller.  Don’t miss this ultimate holiday tradition from the #1 Christmas music artist in history!

Manheim Steamroller
Created and founded by Chip Davis, Mannheim Steamroller is embarking on their 27th tour this Christmas season.   Business Week says,Mannheim Steamroller Rules Christmas! It’s the top selling act ever in the holiday music category.” And the Dallas Morning News:   "Mannheim Steamroller is the most popular Christmas act of all times…..a lush version of "Deck The Halls" is one of the act's most popular songs." Mannheim Steamroller’s music is best described as 18th Century classical rock with a musical fusion of acoustic, analog, digital and electronic sounds. Read the entire release here


“Know the Show Before You Go”
Renowned theater critic will help audience know the show before the performance.
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces new pre-show talk “Know the Show Before You Go” will be presented on select show performance nights* for the 2012-2013 PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh series.  ‘Know the Show’ will be hosted by Chris Rawson, senior theater critic for KDKA-TV and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 

Mr. Rawson will discuss various subjects such as: How do you prepare to see a Broadway musical? What sort of information (and attitude) is useful, and what might get in the way? What might help you enjoy the shows being presented in the 2012-2013 PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh series? How do you know you've had a good time? Read the entire release here


Solar Mamas
Thursday, November 29th at 5:30 pm, WQED Studios (4802 Fifth Avenue, Pgh, 15213)
by Jehane Noujaim

New innovations and opportunities to empower women, and their communities by extension, occur in some of the most unique ways.  Big ideas and dreams can become reality, but not without the perseverance to beat the odds. How can a young, barely literate woman become a force for technological change in her community? Are women better at getting out of poverty than men? These questions are at the heart of Solar Mamas, which follows the path of a young Bedouin woman and the obstacles she encounters in her effort to bring the benefits of solar energy home. 

Rafea Ehnad is a 32-year-old mother of four who is among 27 women selected to learn how to wire and install solar panels as part of the Barefoot College in Tilonia, India. The group includes women from all around the world who develop a close camaraderie despite their differences in language and culture. The story follows their struggles, successes, and ongoing obstacles as they work to provide bright futures through solar energy for their local communities.   

To register for this FREE event, please click HERE

Celebrate Holiday Traditions with The Nutcracker
Onstage Dec. 7-30, at the Benedum Center, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre brings the  magic of The Nutcrackerhome for the holidays with a Pittsburgh-inspired production featuring more than 210 costumes, 190 performers and turn-of-the-century Pittsburgh set design.

Recognized as one of the most popular ballets of all time, The Nutcracker is a timeless holiday classic based on the German tale written by E.T.A. Hoffmann. PBT has performed The Nutcracker since the company’s founding in 1969. Beginning in 2002, PBT Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr created an entirely new production with an enhanced storyline, new choreography and a unique Pittsburgh theme.
Read the entire release here
Les Miserables
January 15-27 at the Benedum Center
Les Miserables
Cameron Mackintosh presents a brand new 25th anniversary production of Boublil & Schönberg’s legendary musical, LES MISÉRABLES, with glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. 

This new production has been acclaimed by critics, fans and new audiences and is breaking box office records wherever it goes. The New York Times calls this LES MISÉRABLES “an unquestionably spectacular production from start to finish.” The London Times hails the new show “a five star hit, astonishingly powerful.”

Rick Sebak Celebrates 25 Years
Producer / Writer / Narrator

Rick Sebak makes unusual television programs.

Rick is producer and host of a magazine-style program called IT’S PITTSBURGH & A LOT OF OTHER STUFF, seen regularly on WQED and on-line at His work in public television goes back to the mid 1970s when he started working on a daily
children’s show in South Carolina. Since then, he has created a number of very popular and beloved non-fiction programs for public television locally as well as nationally.

His slightly wacky documentaries now celebrate various aspects of modern American life and the unexpected charms of Pittsburgh. Audiences have learned to recognize his friendly narrative style and the unusual topics that he obviously loves. 
Read the entire release here

Children’s Holiday Programming on WQED-TV
Visit their website for the list

Roving Pittsburgher Report

La Tavola Italiana Restaurant, Mt. Washington, 1 Boggs Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15211
This is a family run restaurant, founded by Joe and Carmela Giarameta, both immigrants from Sicily. They still run the restaurant today, along with their children, Jolena, Giovanna and Gabriella.

What a dining experience! Along with the traditional Italian cuisines and many pasta dishes there are always amazing specials. This was my belated birthday celebration, so we went all out with the vegetable fritti platter of friend zucchini, cauliflower, mushrooms and mozzarella sticks. My dining partner had Fresh jumbo sea scallops pan seared and finished in the oven over porchini mushroom polenta. I had Veal Milenese topped with Wayngu Beef and Truffle Stuffed Ravioli and an amazing tomato mushroom white wine sauce. Of course we had to have Jolena and Carmella’s freshly made wedding soup and the dessert, swell! 

This is a feast all itself We shared Dolce Amore which is a delectable chocolate sponge cake topped with a chocolate mousse, a special cream sauce and triple berry blend. All of it just melts in your mouth as the calories do not melt off your waistline.

Good People Review
by Helene Vidovich and Amy Caligaro

Life in a lace curtain world?
. . .like a cornucopia, leaving one with much to choose and digest.

"Good People" by David Lindsay-Abaire and aptly staged by Jeff Cowie, captures life's little moments and situations and leaves one with much fodder for future discussion. Kelly McAndrew, who portrayed Margaret, was exceptional. The performance evokes a variety of iconic experiences--anger, love, fear, deceit, laughter, social taboos and life's dichotomies.
Read the full review here.

War Horse Review
by Joanne Quinn-SmithWhat a multimedia event. This was just not a play but a rendering of musical interludes, hovering screen video scenes and amazing puppetry. Yes it was a puppet show for adults. As I looked around the room it was amazing to me how few children there were and that’s because the show was targeted for adults. 

Albert and Joey, War Horse
The poignant Tony Award winning play displays the ravages and unfairness of war while still allowing the theater audience a chance to revel in childhood fantasies, the memory of grandpa’s bedtime stories and the thrill of near real life adventure.

Joey, the protagonist stallion of "War Horse," is believable with every toss of his tale and shake of his head. For the length of the play I was transfixed by the beguiling eyes of a puppet and the very real and regal galloping steed. Read the full review here

6th Annual Bhangra in the Burgh
Sponsored by the Department of Student Affairs at the Carnegie Mellon University and benefiting Variety Children’s Charity, the show was held on November 17 in Soldiers and Sailors Memorial in Oakland and was packed by Bhangra fans and aficionados

The colorful costumes and athletic dance kept the audience with their arms in the air or clapping or tapping their feet. PPL Mag Videographer danced with a group out of the University of Pittsburgh, First Class Banghra and opened up the show. We had no idea how any of the other teams would follow them for energy, precision or style. 

For those of you who are not familiar with Bhangra, it is an energetic folk dance usually performed in the Autumn as Harvest Festival celebration. It is native to the Northwest India and East Pakistan area. But the Bhangra that has taken over the interest of colleges and universities in the United States and Canada is much transformed fusing elements of hip hop, and reggae with the Punjabi music. This popular form of dance has not  become competitive with more than 30 Bhangra competitions and more than 65 collegiate Bhangra teams.  

This year the teams competing were Toronto All Star Girls, GM Bhangra, Cornell Bhangra, UNC Bhangra Elite,First Class Banghra, CAL Bhangra and Virginia Tech Bhangra. So far in its past five years the entirely run student event has raised over $50,000.00 for charity.

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.

Tara Darazio is a Positively Pittsburgh Live reporter, an independent copywriter, blogger, article writer, and social media strategist. If you are in need of writing assistance, or need help with your social media efforts connect with Tara on LinkedIn here.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Announcing Bi-monthly Talkcast with and by Board and Members of NAWBO Greater Pittsburgh

Announcing Bi-monthly Talkcast
with and by Board and Members
of NAWBO Greater Pittsburgh
Designed for:

  • Public relations for NAWBO Greater Pittsburgh
  • Showcase opportunities for our sponsors
  • Spotlights our members
  • Updates from both NAWBO National and Greater Pittsburgh local chapter
  • Profiles of our board members and committee members
  • Forum for Women Business Owner Issues
  • Victory Dance for WBO Accomplishments
  • Sponsorships, guest and discussion opportunities available
  • Contact, Program Director and President Elect, Mary Pam Kilgore 

NAWBOPittsburgh's Community Call (Join in)
Host: NAWBOPittsburgh - 
Episode: NAWBOPittsburgh's Community Call
Join us as we interview Daryle, Crew Roboch of Image-Thinking, Diane Pearson of Legend Fincancial and Tamar Cerefici of Barefoot Barrister.

Call ID: 122665 
Scheduled Time:

Date: Mon, November 12, 2012
Time: 04:30 PM EDT

How to participate:

Call in:
  1. Dial: (724) 444-7444
  2. Enter: 122665 # (Call ID)
  3. Enter: 1 # or your PIN
Join from your computer:
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Facebook user? You can join this Call directly through the TalkShoe Community Calling Facebook application.

Listen to the Recording:
If you missed this event or want to hear previous recorded episodes click here.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Positively Pittsburgh Live! News 11-5-12

Positively Pittsburgh Live! News

From Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership: Parade and Traffic Advisory
Saturday, November 10, Pittsburgh will honor its veterans with a Veterans Day Parade.  Beginning at 10:30 a.m. the parade will start at Grant Street and Liberty Avenue, go down Liberty to Stanwix Street, and then down the Boulevard of the Allies to Commonwealth Place.  Because of the parade, there will be road closures on the parade-route streets. The next day, Sunday, November 11, the performance venues in the Cultural District all have full houses for their matinee programs. Use PARKPgh  to find real-time available parking in the participating garages.

Gilberto Gil
Gilberto Gil:Thursday, November 15, 7:30pm • Byham Theater
Gilberto Gil has developed a career that has spanned four decades with over 30 albums released, multiple Grammy Awards, six gold records, four platinum singles, and five million records sold. As a singer, guitarist, composer, and diplomat, Gil plays a key role in the modernization of Brazilian popular music and culture throughout the world. The next stop for this tireless cultural prelate will feature his latest project, “For All”, which features the reinvention of folkloric, celebratory, Baião music of Northeast Brazil. Listen to Gilberto's music here

Help Pitt Students Win a Nationwide Marketing Competition!
Hey everyone! Our Projects In Marketing class at Pitt is participating in a nationwide competition against 19 other universities to create and implement a marketing strategy for Chevy's new models. We would really appreciate any support we can get by liking , following @AdventureOnPitt on Twitter and checking out our website There is a social media component of the competition so every like, share, view counts! We created a series of fun and informative videos about the new cars and their features, so feel free to watch, share and like


DBRC - Health Care Reform Informational Workshop
Presented by Babb Insurance
Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 10 am

Helping employers understand and develop strategies to comply with Health Care Reform. Human resource professionals must understand and feel comfortable communicating to their employees regarding the impact of Health Care Reform.

Objectives :
Identify which provisions in health care reform are currently in place
Identify the provisions that will become effective in the near future
Create a better understanding of the provisions that will directly impact employers and their employees
Develop a better understanding of both employer and employee perspectives on health care reform

LAST CHANCE FOR TICKETS! Bob Regis, November 11, 2012
Pittsburgh's Best R&B Concert and Bob Regis' "Twisted Mind" DVD release party is by far the most amazing R&B musical event of the year if not longer. The musicians, featuring Shari Richards, Billy Price, Stevee Wellons & the Smooth Groove Band, Andrea Pearl, Jill Paone Simmons and Sputzy and his trio, are playing together in hopes of raising awaress of the stigma against those suffering with mental illnesses. Net proceeds from the event will go to, an organization of the same purpose that provides educational resources to the public founded by Glenn Close.

The concert will feature a short film produced and directed by Pittsburgh's beloved Lynne Hayes-Freeland and will be hosted by none other than Steve Hanson, previously of WDVE. Click here for details.

Roving Pittsburgher Report

Don Giovanni at Pittsburgh Opera
First of all I have to say for having been written in the seventeen hundreds, the modern daytime soaps could not have done it better. From Olympian numbers of sexual partners to blatant anti-social behavior Don Giovanni was the stuff of dark serial soaps. One could not help but get caught up in the story, the musicality and the character development.  Even if you do not understand Italian, you could not escape any of this. 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.

Tara Darazio is a Positively Pittsburgh Live reporter, an independent copywriter, blogger, article writer, and social media strategist. If you are in need of writing assistance, or need help with your social media efforts connect with Tara on LinkedIn here.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Positively Pittsburgh Live! 30 Plus Things Pittsburgh Is Thankful For… 11-5-12

Positively Pittsburgh Live!
 30 Plus Things Pittsburgh Is Thankful For… 

TechnoGranny has laryngitis and some Pittsburghers and friends might be thankful for that. However we decided the show must go on, so standing in tonight is JoAnn Forrester, host of Empress of Biz and frequent co-host on Positively Pittsburgh Live.

JoAnn Forrester
PPL Staff decided to move up the "Thankful For" Show on the editorial calendar so that PPL listeners and fans can participate. Tonight Jo Ann will give you thirty plus reasons Pittsburgh should be thankful, then fans and listeners can email their "Thankful For" Ideas for Pittsburgh and we will announce them on shows from now until Thanksgiving culminating in a huge Thankful For Show on Thanksgiving Weekend that all can participate in. Details to be announced after TG gets her voice back.

30  Plus Things Pittsburgh Should Be Thankful For

  • Thankful for our Sports Teams and Hall of Fame Sports Figures who have settled here
    • Hall of Fame Super Bowl Winners, JT Thomas, Franco Harris, Mel Blunt, Mike Wagner, Randy Grossman, Rocky Blier, Andy Russell
  • Women’s Football Team, The Pittsburgh Passion, led by Teresa Conn
  • The Southwest PA District of the Small Business Administration which is one of the most active in the country with Director Carl Knoblock
  • The number of small businesses and people who have won national recognition for achievements. Techno Granny, SBA Journalist of the Year, Sarris Chocolates, 2010 Mark Peterson, Financial Services and Marilyn Landis 2009
  • Our tremendous higher education system including The University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne Unviersity, Carnegie Mellon University, Robert Morris University, Slippery Rock University, Edinboro University, California State University, Indiana State Unviersity, Point Park University, Chatham University, and Carlow University

  • Our Amazing Health System as Health Technology is not only some of the best in the world but one of our best exports from the Pittsburgh Area:Jonas Salk: Polio Vaccine; Thomas Starzel: leading surgeon in transplants and Pittsburgh leader in the world for brain trauma research
  • Our Extensive Cultural Institutions: Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Quantum Theatre, Pittsburgh Irish Classical Theatre, Pitt Repertory Theatre, Pittsburgh Symphony, Pittsburgh Public Theatre

  • Our wonderful Cultural Venues: Heinz Hall, Benedum Center for the Performing Arts, O’Reilly Theatre, Byham Theatre

  • Our wonderful ability to take the old and make it new and useful again

  • Our amazing artistic community of both performers and artists: Jazz Artist Sean Jones, Dr. Nelson Harrelson, Donna Bailey, Etta Cox, Rocker Billie Price, Donnie Iris, Sounds of Pittsburgh Sweet Adelides, Troubadors like Martin Thomas, Tamboritzans, Walt Harper, Jessica Lee 

  • The Billion Dollar Companies that provide tax dollars and jobs in Pittsburgh: THE PITTSBURGH 100+ Billion-Dollar Companies with Headquarters Operations in the Pittsburgh Region. Since 2003, headquarters employment in Pittsburgh has increased by 90 percent. Nationally, headquarters employment has grown by only 12 percent during that same period.
o   Pittsburgh Glass Works, The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., PPG Industries, Inc., Reed Smith LLP, Giant Eagle, Inc., H. J. Heinz, Highmark, Inc., Koppers, Inc., Duquesne Light Co., Starkist, Inc., The University of Pittsburgh University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Westinghouse Electric Company
o   International Companies like BNY Mellon, GlaxoSmithKline, Bayer

·         The Movie Business in Pittsburgh
o   PITTSBURGH (CNNMoney) – “Once known for its steel mills and smog, Pittsburgh is fast becoming the Tinseltown of the East. A generous film tax credit, coupled with the region's diverse landscape and skilled labor unions, have made the city a hot destination for recent productions -- and the firms that cater to them.”

o   “Local Resource used by the Movie Business  is 31st Street Studios, a sound stage and production company located on the site of a former steel mill in Pittsburgh's Strip District. Founded in 2011 by investment banker and native Pittsburgher Chris Breakwell, the facility is 300,000 square feet, making it the largest production facility outside of New York or Los Angeles.”

Andrew Carnegie
  • Great Non-Profits: Cribs for Kids, started here by Pgh Director Judy Bannon now is a national entity and has led major campaigns for Safe sleeping
  • International Sports Champions
  • Internationally Known Celebrities and Movie Stars: Sharon Stone, Lennie and Squiggy of Lavern and Shirely, Joseph Wambauh Writer, Actor Jeff Goldblum, Stephen Foster, George Benson, Actress Shirley Jones, August Wilson, Playwright, Marvin Hamlisch, Christina Aguliera, Actress Barbara Feldon from Get Smart, Perry Como, Bobby Vinton, Gene Kelly, David McCullough, Jimmy Stewart, Rachel Carson author activist Silent spring, Mary Robert Rinehart,  author journalist, and playwright, Perle Mesta Hostess with the Mostess Mesta Machine, Lorin Mazel Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony, Andre Previn Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Jimmy Beaumont and the Skyliners
  • Philanthropists: Elsie Hlliman, Andrew Carnegie, Charles Schwaub, Henry Clay Frick, Mary Schenley-Schenley Park, Perle Mesta-Hostess with the Mostess, Teresa Heinz

Please send us your uniquely Pittsburgh Thankful For Ideas at and we will read them on PositivelyPittsburghLive between now and Thanksgiving Day, culminating with a special broadcast Thanksgiving Weekend.  Please give us your name and any additional information so we can give you credit.

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.

Tara Darazio is a Positively Pittsburgh Live reporter, an independent copywriter, blogger, article writer, and social media strategist. If you are in need of writing assistance, or need help with your social media efforts connect with Tara on LinkedIn here.