Monday, December 3, 2012

Positively Pittsburgh Live News 11-26-12

Positively Pittsburgh Live News

February 19-24, Heinz Hall
American Idiot
Direct from Broadway, the smash-hit musical AMERICAN IDIOT tells the story of three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. Based on Green Day’s GRAMMY® Award-winning multi-platinum album and featuring the hits “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” “Holiday” and the blockbuster title track, AMERICAN IDIOT boldly takes the American musical where it’s never gone before.  


Quantum Theatre 
We enter the holiday season in high spirits after just closing beautiful Ainadamar. With a shorter-than-usual run, we blinked and it was over. The packed houses must mean that it inspired our community as it did us, and for that we are grateful. As we gear up for our next two productions, we encourage you to purchase tickets in advance, so you don't miss out on our early 2013 adventures, and to consider giving tickets to Quantum as gifts.

We'll open the new year with Henrik Ibsen's John Gabriel Borkman, providing high Nordic drama, sly humor, and a cautionary message for modern audiences… note, dear patrons: the lust for money and power can make you crazy! We're thrilled to be in the heart of exciting East Liberty again, this time in the grand old Kuhn Building, just off Highland Avenue. And we'll round out our 22nd season with Dream of Autumn. Written by one of Europe's leading contemporary playwrights, Jon Fosse's lyrical and erotic drama provides urgent testimony to the fact that our loves and lives will be the death of us all. Did we mention our very own Karla Boos will be performing in this one… with other 'elder statesmen' of the Pittsburgh theatre community, Martin Giles, Laurie Klatscher, Gregory Lehane, and Jennifer Tober. Hey - they're in their prime (and Jen's really just a baby!)

Peoples Gas Holiday Market
Join us at the Peoples Gas Holiday Market in Market Square. This is the inaugural year for this European-inspired holiday shopping experience styled after the original Christkindlmarkt in Nuremberg, Germany. The market will feature unique gifts, collectibles and other imports from Germany, Poland, Russia, Switzerland and more. Bring the children for a free photo at Santa’s beautiful house where donations will be accepted to benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.  Throughout the entire holiday season, there will be ethnic and holiday-themed performances on the Cultural Showcase stage. The People’s Gas Holiday Market opens daily at 11:00 a.m. and runs through December 23.

Hope For the Holidays!
Start your Christmas shopping with Kids and a Cause and support The Hillman Cancer Center
Join us on December 2nd 11:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Bridgeville Fire Hall for a vendor show featuring: vendors, food, manicures, and more. All proceeds benefit the Hillman Cancer Center as part of Heidi Schmidt’s senior project.

Kids and a Cause is a philanthropic business run by six kids that have been raising money for the Hillman Cancer Center for more than six years. To date they have donated over $15,000 for patient assistance and cancer research. Contact Heidi: or 412-913-4089 for additional information.

Conductor Brent Havens
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) will bring the music of “The King of Pop” to Heinz Hall in a concert of fabulous music spanning 40 years of Michael Jackson's influential and celebrated career.

The concert, “The Music of Michael Jackson,” will begin at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 27. Tickets, ranging from $25 to $85, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412.392.4900, or visiting
Read the entire release here

Celtic Woman
Following a sold-out concert last year, the enchanting Irish music sensation Celtic Woman returns by popular demand to Heinz Hall to join the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for two special Christmas concerts in December.

The concerts, “Celtic Woman: A Christmas Celebration with the PSO,” will be at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 3, and Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Heinz Hall. Tickets, ranging from $40 to $125, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412.392.4900, or visiting Prices are subject to change. Read the entire release here

Wine and Cheese Networking Event
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hosted by: Edgewood Country Club, 100 Churchill Rd., Pgh., PA 15235

Guest Speaker: Dr. Trina Hess' Humor Academy "LAUGH through difficult ~cHAnge~!"

Please bring a bottle of wine valued at $15 or more to help raise money during our wine raffle table in January where proceeds go directly to support Girls Hope.

R.S.V.P. Visit
Per Person: $25 Non-Members; $10 Members. Member must use discount code for special pricing. 

Pittsburgh Opera spreads holiday joy in annual family-friendly Brown Bag Concert
For the past four holiday seasons, Pittsburgh Opera’s Resident Artists have surprised and delighted audiences at the December Brown Bag concert with breathtaking renditions of holiday classics like “O Holy Night” as well as unexpected charmers such as “It must have been the mistletoe” and “Snow” from the film White Christmas. The concert is free and open to the public, and guests are encouraged to bring a friend and a lunch; there will be goodie bags and activities for the kids. Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters, 2425 Liberty Avenue, Saturday, December 8, 12 pm – 1 pm. Doors open at 11:30. No reservations are required except handicapped parking requests. For more information, call 412-281-0912, x 0 (zero) or visit Read the entire release here

Connie Parker Steps in as New President of Pittsburgh NAACP
Connie Parker
The 2012 President election wasn't the only important election to take place in the city of Pittsburgh in the last few weeks. Recently, members of the Pittsburgh branch of the NAACP choose a new president. After serving more than 25 years with the NAACP, long-time civil rights leader Constance Parker took the reigns as new president.  

Recently, Parker spoke with UrbanMediaToday's Allegra Johnson about what she plans to focus on as president and why the community should partner with her and the Pittsburgh branch of the NAACP.  Read the full article here

PICT’S The School For Lies Adapts Moliere’s Wit For a Hilarious Comedy
David IvesThe School for Lies honors the comedic and linguistic mastery of Moliere’s The Misanthrope in a hip, hilarious update that exploits the English language to thevmaximum. The School for Lies features an ensemble cast and portrays the life of Frank, a disillusioned curmudgeon who decides to tell the absolute truth at all times, no matter the consequences. As Frank insults nearly everyone he meets the pompous poet Oronte, the heartsick Philinte, the pandering Clitander, he stays true to his convictions. His resolve begins to waver, however, once he meets beautiful artistocrat Celimene, who is more than a match for his rapier wit. Will Frank continue his commitment to absolute truthfulness, or will love soften his resolve? Frank is played with rock-star bravado by PICT veteran Leo Marks, who, like many of The School for Lies cast members, spent the summer in Pittsburgh for PICT’s Chekhov Celebration. Read the entire release here
Free Holiday Parking Program!
This Holiday Season, the Pittsburgh Parking Authority has given us the greatest gift of all—free Garage Parking on Saturdays! The Free Holiday Parking Program will run until December 22, and features free garage parking from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on Saturdays. Participating Downtown garages include: Third Avenue Garage, Smithfield Liberty Garage, Oliver Garage, First Avenue Garage, Wood Allies Garage, Ft. Duquesne and 6th Garage, 9th and Penn Garage, and the Grant Street Transportation Garage. For more information please visit the Pittsburgh Parking Authority website.


Shen Yun Performing Arts presents

Millions of people have seen Shen Yun. Standing ovations at the world's top venues, royalty attending in Europe, sold-out shows throughout North America, and packed houses across Asia have made Shen Yun an international phenomenon. With an elite company of dancers, singers, and musicians, the New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts will bring their new tour to the Benedum Center from February 1-3, 2013, with breathtaking classical Chinese dance and a live orchestra. Shen Yun Performing Arts performances feature breathtaking choreography, powerful musical scores, and state-of-the-art backdrops. It is sure to be an unforgettable experience that everyone will enjoy!

Performances for Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Benedum Center are Friday, February 1, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, February 2, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, February 3, 2:30 p.m.  Tickets start as low as $53.25 and are now on sale at, by phone (412) 456-6666, in-person: Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh's Cultural District. Read the entire release here

Happy Holidays in Pittsburgh WQED
Thursday, December 20th at 8 pm; Sunday, December 23rd at Noon; Tuesday, December 25th at 5 pm. 
It's a holiday season from Rick Sebak and his jolly crew. When winter arrives, people of Pittsburgh have ways of coping with the gloom. It’s a time of parties, shopping,
celebrating, going to worship services, renewing friendships and jumping in the freezing
river. We look at some of the things that make the end of the year and the start of the new one special time in Western Pennsylvania. It's a joyous, light- filled celebration of
hometown happiness.

The National Christmas Tree Lighting 2012
Thursday, December 20th at 9 pm.
Celebrating its 90th year, the National Christmas Tree Lighting signals the start of the
holiday season across the country. This 60-minute special, promises to include
appearances and performances by some of the most recognizable names in entertainment. The evening’s festivities will be capped off with the ceremonial lighting of the National Christmas Tree, which is traditionally handled by the President and First Family.

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring
Jane Seymour and Nathan Gunn
Friday, December 21st at 9 pm; Monday, December 24th at 9 pm; Tuesday, December 25th at 10 am and at 2 pm.
Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actress Jane Seymour and Grammy Award-winning
baritone Nathan Gunn join with the world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir and
Orchestra at Temple Square in a magnificent Christmas special featuring some of the
season's best-loved songs.

Roving Pittsburgher Report

32nd Annual My Macy's Holiday Parade 
November 24, 2012
The parade featured fabulous floats, music from some of the finest high school bands, equestrian units, drill teams, and some of your favorite radio and TV personalities. Plus, the much-anticipated arrival of Santa! If you dance to the music, don’t you know, you got to pay to the piper. Ask your mama! Dean’s and Buddy’s mama, TechnoGranny was not going out in the snow and ice so my report is from the TV.

Thomas Hunter replaced General Norman Johnson, who died in 2010, as the Chairman of the Board. But let me tell you, this man knows how to play to the audience and the camera. What a way to get things rolling for the parade. The all vocal group, Double Shot, was also amazing. Bare forearms in Pittsburgh Parade, Chris Higbee performing "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" on the fiddle, if you missed it, what a treat. Rainbow Kids from After School Buddy in Thanksgiving Parade, amazing what Susan Brozek Scot accomplishes with these talented kids. The costumed Booboo and Yogi looked a little warmer than the other marchers. BE Taylor, Kermit the Frog, Hall of Famer Franco Harris, the celebrities in the Pittsburgh Thanksgiving Parade just did not stop.


Ricci’s Italian Sausage
“It’s What Pittsburgh Eats.” 5888 Steubenville Pike, McKees Rocks, PA 15136
That’s the address but it’s really closer to Robinson Township. I stopped there because I was having company for dinner and promised them ziti and hot sausage and meatballs. It was a busy day, so I stopped in to buy hot sausage and ended up buying premade frozen Italian meatballs. Well being 100% Italian, the TechnoGranny makes pretty good meatballs. Of course the hot sausage was exceptional but I may never take the time to make meatballs again, not just for the convenience, but for the price and especially the taste. By the way, best sauce I ever made, don’t know if it was the hot sausage or the meatballs. Also, if you are out that way and looking for lunch you can get a great hot sausage or meatball sandwich to go.

Ritter’s Diner
5221 Baum Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15224, Bloomfield, East Liberty
This place has been around for 40 years that I know of. It’s been around for so long I could not even find a website.

I remember going to this old fashioned diner when it still looked like one and we used to pile into the place after the bars closed because it was the only place open 24 hours.  It is still open 24 hours and the food is still good. During the day they have amazing specials but their breakfasts have got to be the highlight of the day. This is the only place in town where you can get “greasy spoon” home fries that are crispy but not “greasy.”  Also during the day try out their Greek avgolemono soup and rice pudding. Not bad at all.


Latitude 40
Move over Kennywood, Dave and Buster’s, Chuck E. Cheese, there is a Man/Woman /Kid’s Cave with classy accouterments right in Robinson Township. I was fortunate to be at the VIP Grand Preview Party and I will tell you the management knows how to throw a party. 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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