Thursday, December 13, 2012

Positively Pittsburgh Live News 12-10-12

Positively Pittsburgh Live News

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) invites the public to enjoy this holiday season by visiting Heinz Hall to view a majestic Christmas tree and Hanukkah menorah.

The tree and menorah are displayed in the Grand Lobby and will be open to be viewed by the public from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., starting Wednesday, Dec. 12. People of all faiths are invited to visit Heinz Hall and take photos of the tree and menorah, which will be lit during Hanukkah.

Read the entire release here

From Positive Pittsburghers at Pittsburgh Today
In public safety indicators, Pittsburgh continues to be among the safest of the benchmark regions.  Please click on the links to see rates for burglary, murder, robbery, and a variety of other crimes.  In 2011, the Pittsburgh region had the lowest motor vehicle theft rate compared to its benchmark regions. 
Pittsburgh held the highest hotel occupancy rate year-to-date through September 2012 with a rate of 69.4 percent, outpacing destinations such as Philadelphia with 67.6 percent, Baltimore with 66.8 percent, and Charlotte, where the 2012 Democratic National Convention was held, with 65.1 percent.


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Annual Parade of Trees
The Ramada Inn of Greensburg is hosting its 29th annual parade of trees. This is a festive opportunity for the community to support local charities. Local organizations each decorate a Christmas tree to be displayed at the hotel until January 3, and patrons and guests have the opportunity to vote for their favorite by making a donation. American Association For Lost Children, Inc. (AAFLC) would like you to consider voting for their tree.

We need your help to make this a success. Anyone who would like to ‘vote’ for our tree may do so by making a donation in any of the following ways:

1. Of course the best way would be to visit the Ramada Inn and see the tree in person.

2. If visiting isn’t possible, you could send a donation by check through the mail to AAFLC, 539 Fred Rogers Drive, Latrobe, PA 15650. Simply put Christmas tree in the memo.

3. Donate online through our website with Paypal or credit card. Simply put Christmas tree in the comment section. 

Brit Floyd, March 1, 2013, Benedum Center
Having performed to over a half a million fans around the world since it's first show in Liverpool, England in January 201, The World's Greatest Pink Floyd Show, Brit Floyd, returns to the USA in February, March & April 2013 to present P-U-L-S-E 2013, The Pink Floyd Ultimate Light & Sound Experience, a stunning new three hour show featuring note-for-note performances of five full album sides, including 'Wish You Were Here', 'Animals', 'The Wall', 'The Division Bell', and, in celebration of the 40th anniversary, Pink Floyd's classic defining album, 'The Dark Side of The Moon'. 
Inspired by the record breaking 1994 'Division Bell' Tour and including the trademark Pink Floyd arch and circle light show, and brand new Floydian animation and projection, P-U-L-S-E 2013 will be Brit Floyd's biggest show yet!
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Heinz Hall
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) continues its grand seasonal tradition when the hugely popular Highmark Holiday Pops concerts return to Heinz Hall this month.
This year’s concerts begin at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 20; 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 21; 2:30 & 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22; and 2:30 & 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 23. Tickets, ranging from $20 - $98, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412.392.4900, or visiting the PSO online at

The concerts will feature holiday favorites, including music by John Williams, Here Comes Santa Claus, A Holly Jolly Christmas, O Holy Night, Silent Night, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, as well as music from The Nutcracker, and a Christmas sing-along. Read the entire release here


Mmm, smell the bacon! How about some red-eye gravy on your grits? It’s time for Rick Sebak’s new PBS special BREAKFAST SPECIAL 2: REVENGE OF THE OMELETS, another celebration of getting up and going out for a memorable morning meal.

This delicious new documentary premieres Christmas night, Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 8 p.m. on WQED-TV.
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***************WIN FREE PASSES TO OVERLY'S!!!!***********

Share your Christmas Decoration pictures and have a chance to get one of ten passes for a carload to Overly Country Christmas at Westmoreland Fairgrounds. Send your pictures of your home or office decorations to:

Jpeg's only please. Also need: full name, address, email, and phone number

The best ten pictures will be chosen to receive the Carload Passes for Overly but all pictures will be posted in a video with Christmas music with your name so we all know how wonderful your lights are. The video will be posted between Christmas and New Year's on the front page of:

Last date to send in your pictures so that you can get and use your passes: December 20, 2012 at Midnight. Overly's runs through January 5.

Roving Pittsburgher Report

Shakespeare Meets the Stooges in The School for Lies
Reviewed by Joyce Kane, owner of Cybertary Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh and Irish Classical Theatre's production of David Ives' School for Lies melds the elegance of language with the comedic tour de force of slapstick. Ives renders Moliere's original dialogue in over the top rhyme, blending contemporary themes with 17th Century cultural ennui.

PICT's production, mixing the classy and the crass in somewhat balanced proportions, stars Leo Marks as Moliere's truth-telling society hater, Frank. An unlikely name for a Frenchman of 1666, true, but Ives takes lavish liberties with his model. He adds farcical fanfare to The Misanthrope plot and blends generous helpings of current vulgarity into verse that mimics the simpering style of the Paris salon aristocrats. Read the full review here.


Review of The Nutcracker Ballet
by Good News Reporter, Joanne Quinn-Smith

Sugar plum fairies, toys coming to life, magicians, a man walking on stilts, oh my! What a fantasy performance The Nutcracker is for both children and adults. This was my four year old granddaughter’s second year to see it but it was the sixty something previous date who suggested we should go ahead.  

If the truth were to be known he knows all the songs and starts to hum them as soon as they begin.  What a family tradition if you haven’t started it, START NOW. Read the full review here


Shatner's World, We Just Live in It: Review of a Legendary Raconteur
by Good News Reporter, Joanne Quinn-Smith

Even if you are not, as one of my associates said to me on an encounter on the way out of the theater, a Shatner Geek, you at least have seen him on the Priceline Commercials as the Negotiator. It is obvious in Shatner's World: We Just Live in It that he has navigated life with as much gusto as he navigates these commercials. In his show, he describes his life growing up in Montreal and reflects on his many acting roles using an assortment of photos and video clips.   

William Shatner
He tells many memorable stories and talks a great deal about the effect his role in Star Trek had on his life and career. His presentation runs a gamut of theatrical talents from corny vaudeville jokes to theatrical pathos and laugh out loud slapstick.  

His only prop, his co-chair, he wields a rolling office chair to wend his way through an interesting life story. A multi-media presentation with music and video and Star Trek Sound Bites make the show both fast paced and believable, truly drawing you into the world of William Shatner. Read the full review here


Entrepreneurial Thursdays-Funny Business
Great panel at Entrepreneurial Thursdays, but TechnoGranny was outshone by British/American Comedienne Sally Chopping who regaled the panel audience with her rendition of not understanding that Britts and Americans do not speak the same language.

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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