Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Positively Pittsburgh Live News 1-14-13

Positively Pittsburgh Live News

Techno Granny to Speak at "Jessica Lee's Entrepreneurial Thursdays"January 24th
Musical Networking Happy Hour, EVERY THURSDAY!!! Cover Charge: Only $5.00

Vocalist Jessica Lee & Friends, Little E's Jazz & Blues Club,
949 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222, 2nd Floor above Mahoney's Restaurant
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Jessica Lee
Pre-show networking session at 5:30 pm. Informal matchmaking for job seekers, employers & new entrepreneurs! Live music starts at 6:00 pm.

January 24, 2013: "Branding Your Venture"

Featuring interviews with: 
Co-host Manfred Woodall, Interactive Marketing 
Joanne Quinn-Smith, aka TechnoGranny
Dan Droz/President, Droz Marketing
Hank Walshak, Walshak Communications Inc. 
Bibhuti Aryal,vRukmini Foundation

January 17, 2013
"CEO's - Being the Best CEO You Can Be”

Featuring interviews with:
Co-host Dick Singer, Best Practice Chair, VISTAGE International, Owner, RDS Associates
Jon Henderson, CEO Financial Designs Inc, Mass Mutual  
Rick Newton, CEO, Newton Consulting  
Fred Potthoff, President, Kroff Chemical Co.  
Ian Sadler, M.A. C.Eng. M.I.M., Chief Executive Officer, MCC International Inc.

‘Pennies for Push-ups’ Contest
American Association For Lost Children is here to help with your fitness goals! We are hosting a ‘Pennies for Push-ups’ contest! This is a fundraising event to rescue more missing children. The contest will be held at the Greensburg Ramada Inn on March 10th from 2pm – 4pm. 

Registration is free, simply get ten people to sponsor you for at least one penny per push-up you do in two hours. Register individually or as a three-person team. 

Prizes available for: Most Push Up In Female and Male Divisions, Most Push Ups by a Three-Person Team, Most Funds Raised by an Individual and Most Funds Raised by a Three-Person Team. Participation is limited, call 724-537-6790 to register, or visit Read the entire release here

Pittsburgh Ranked A Top Travel Spot For 2013
The travel website/magazine Jetsetter listed the top travel spots around the world for 2013. They were on the Today Show giving a rundown and the American cities on the list are Miami, Birmingham Alabama and Pittsburgh.

From Our Friends at the URA—Homewoods Landscape is Changing
On Dec. 18, the URA, Mayor Ravenstahl, Oxford Development Company, S&A Homes, and community members, officially broke ground on the Homewood Station Senior Apartments, an $11.5 million, mixed-use development that will provide 41 new mixed-income residential units. Located at the corner of North Homewood Ave. and Susquehanna St., the four-story building will include ground floor commercial space for neighborhood businesses, as well as a café. Completion of this initial phase is anticipated for December 2013.

The new apartment building will provide adjacent access to the East Busway, along with other amenities including a public plaza and public spaces within the building for socializing.  Read more.  Watch the KDKA video.

Mansions on Fifth Grand Opening
On Dec. 4, The Mansions on Fifth, a 22-room boutique hotel, celebrated its grand opening along with the complete restoration of the McCook Reed House. It’s the culmination of a seven year historic restoration process that has given new life to a pair of unique Pittsburgh homes. Read moreWatch the WTAE video.

Pittsburgh Public Theater Presents 1776
Pittsburgh Public Theater’s MADE IN AMERICA season reaches its highpoint with 1776, the biggest production in Public Theater history. This Tony-winning Best Musical features book by Peter Stone and music & lyrics by Sherman Edwards. Directed by Ted Pappas, 1776 runs Jan. 24 – Feb. 24, 2013 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 1776 is presented by PNC.

With a cast of 26 plus orchestra, 1776 presents the heroes of the American Revolution like you’ve never seen them before – in rousing songs and dances, comic encounters, and impassioned politics. Read the entire release here

Free Singing Lessons from Sounds of Pittsburgh Chorus
Sounds of Pittsburgh Chorus
Join the award winning Sounds of Pittsburgh Chorus for an evening of singing, feasting, getting acquainted, and all-round fun on Mondays, January 21st and 28th, 2013.

Sweet Adeline International choruses all over the world are holding Global Open Houses to encourage women of all ages to experience the joy of a cappella singing in the barbershop style.

The Sounds of Pittsburgh chorus is directed by David Wallace, a Master Director and music arranger who also is a member of the men's International winning quartet, Rapscallions and his new quartet, The Jones Boys.

For more information visit, phone 412-279-6062, or email 
Plan on joining us at the Coraopolis United Methodist Church, 1205 Ridge Avenue, Coraopolis, PA 15108Lessons begin at 7:00pm.


174 Employers have joined STANDING FIRM, representing 240,712 regional employees
Partner violence happens in all kinds of families and relationships. Persons of any class, culture, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, age, and gender can be victims or perpetrators of partner violence (PV). Similarly, partner violence happens in all kinds of workforces - large multi-million dollar organizations and small family-owned businesses alike.

Studies show that at least 1 in 4 women is a victim of partner violence at some point in her life. Therefore, the chance that at least one of your employees is, or has been, a victim of partner violence is high. In fact, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, over half of PV-related homicides of female employees occurred in workplaces with fewer than 20 employees. It is important that small businesses with limited resources take simple steps towards addressing partner violence within their workforce.

Slippery Rock University's Anthony Saunders named third-team performer
Anthony Saunders
Anthony Saunders was named Tuesday as a third-team Don Hansen Division II All-Super Region One performer by the Don Hansen Football Committee.

A 5-foot-10, 180-pound junior cornerback from New Kensington and Valley High School, Saunders led the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference and ranked 11th among NCAA Division II players in passes defended with 17 (14 broken up, three interceptions).

Saunders accumulated 105 yards on interception returns, highlighted by two he turned into touchdowns, a 50-yarder in the season-opening win Aug. 30 over Seton Hill and a 42-yarder in the Sept. 15 win over Gannon. Read the entire release here

Priscilla Queen of the Desert, March 5-10 at the Benedum CenterThis spectacular show tells the uplifting story of a three friends on the road trip of a lifetime. The trio hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship in the middle of the Australian outback and end up finding more than they could ever have dreamed. An international hit with over 500 dazzling, 2011 Tony® Award winning costumes, PRISCILLA features a hit parade of dance-floor favorites including “It’s Raining Men,” “Finally” and “I Will Survive.”
Purchase tickets with promo code QUEEN before they go on sale to the public Friday, January 18! Read the entire release here
Sister Act, Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
SISTER ACT at the Benedum CenterThe national tour of SISTER ACT is coming to the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh, PA from February 5-10, 2013.Producers Whoopi Goldberg, Stage Entertainment and Troika Entertainment announce casting for the North American Tour of five-time Tony Award® nominated musical SISTER ACT

features an original score with music by multi-Academy, Grammy and Golden Globe Award-winning composer Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horrors, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid and Enchanted), lyrics by Tony and Academy Award-nominee Glenn Slater (The Little Mermaid), and a book by multi-Emmy Award winners Cheri and Bill Steinkellner (“Cheers”) with additional book material by Tony and Olivier Award nominee Douglas Carter Beane (Xanadu, The Little Dog Laughed). Directed on Broadway by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks (Guys and Dolls, A Funny Thing…Forum, Smokey Joe’s Café), the production features choreography by Tony and Olivier Award nominee Anthony Van Laast (Mamma Mia, Bombay Dreams) and is based on the Touchstone Pictures motion picture Sister Act written by Joseph Howard. Read the entire release here
LES MISÉRABLES CASTING ANNOUNCEMENTCasting for Cameron Mackintosh’s new 25th anniversary production of Les Misérables has been announced for the premiere Pittsburgh engagement at the Benedum Center, Tuesday, January 15 through Sunday, January 27, 2013. The all new production of Les Misérables features glorious new staging and spectacular reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. 

One Day More,
Photo Credit Deen Van Meer
Peter Lockyer portrays the fugitive Jean Valjean. He is joined by Andrew Varela as Javert, Timothy Gulan as Thénardier, Shawna M. Hamic as Madame Thénardier, Genevieve Leclerc as Fantine, Jason Forbach as Enjolras, Briana Carlson-Goodman as Éponine, Devin Ilaw as Marius and Lauren Wiley as Cosette.  Erin Cearlock and Ava Della Pietra alternate in the role of Little Cosette/Young Éponine.  Joshua Colley and Hayden Wall alternate in the role of Gavroche. Read the entire release here

WQED announced its annual PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest, designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. Also partnering with WQED this year are Penn State Public Broadcasting (WPSU) which serves central Pennsylvania and West Virginia Public Broadcasting (WVPB). The Contest, made possible by financial support from EQT Corporation, encourages children in grades K-3 to celebrate creativity by submitting their own original stories and illustrations.

“WQED is committed to providing fun opportunities for Pittsburgh-area kids to express their creativity,” said Deborah L. Acklin, President and CEO, WQED. “The PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest helps children across southwestern Pennsylvania and beyond to build valuable literacy skills for success in school and life.” Read the entire release here


PBT School Student Selected to Compete in Switzerland’s Prix de Lausanne
Morris is One of Only 6 U.S. Dancers to Receive Invitation to International Ballet Competition

Elenora Morris
This month, PBT School student Elenora Morris, 17, joins a select number of candidates from around the world, including only five other females from the United States, to compete in Switzerland’s 41st Annual Prix de Lausanne international ballet competition Jan. 27, to Feb. 2, 2013.
Elenora Morris

Elenora Morris
Founded in 1973 to discover, promote and support the world’s finest young talents, the Prix de Lausanne is an international competition and educational workshop for young pre-professional dancers, ages 15 to 18, of all nationalities. This year, from a total of 250 dancers who auditioned by video, 81 candidates (41 females and 40 males) representing 20 different nationalities, were selected to participate in the competition in Lausanne from Jan. 27, to Feb. 2, 2013. In addition to the 81 candidates chosen through video auditions, an additional three candidates were selected in the pre-selection session at DanzaAmerica in Argentina. Read the entire release here.


Pittsburgh Premiere! Theatreworks USA's Martha Speaks  Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater, a division of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, presents Theatreworks USA, in the Pittsburgh premiere of, Martha Speaks, from February 10 - 17, 2013, at six performance locations throughout the area.

Martha Speaks is a musical based on the books Martha Speaks and Martha Calling written by Susan Meddaugh. The books were adapted for the stage by Kevin Delaguila, and set to lyrics by Jill Abramovitz with the music of composer Brad Alexander. The play follows the adventures of Helen, her family, and their dog Martha. One day Martha eats a bowl of alphabet soup and begins to talk! Martha shocks everyone and quickly learns to use the telephone. Even though she is forbidden, she calls into a radio station for a trivia contest and wins the family an all-expenses-paid trip to a luxurious hotel. There is only one problem – the hotel has a no pets allowed policy. Will Martha’s family go on vacation without her or will Martha’s clever way with words save the day? The performance is approximately 55 minutes and recommended for children ages 3-10. Read the entire release here.

The Painting As Object
 In The Painting as Object, Florentine-born artist Fabrizio Gerbino explores the nature of paintings as objects in themselves, by presenting a series of meta-paintings that use earlier works almost like objects in a still life, or as the launching point for abstractions.  Gerbino translates these subjects into minimalist shapes using colors mixed only from primaries.
“Witnessing Gerbino’s paintings evolve has been amazing,” says Sonja Sweterlitsch, Curator of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s 709 Penn Gallery.  “When he first moved to Pittsburgh, Gerbino impressed with his mastery of technical skills, with work ranging from realistic cityscapes to meticulously rendered miniature copies of masterworks from his native Italy.  In recent years, his work has ranged from installation art to video, and his painting has become more minimalist in style.  While his work continues to draw inspiration from urban spaces, industrial buildings, and abandoned industrial objects, this new series is very much about the nature of painting,” says Sweterlitsch. Read the entire release here

CAMBI at the Byham The most awarded and internationally recognized a capella group from Croatia, KLAPA CAMBI, winner of a World Choir Championship in St. Petersburg, will showcase their unique vocal talent during their 2013 US and Canadian tour. 

For 25 years the group has remained true to the core of Croatian heritage and culture while bringing the authentic music of Dalmatia to the international spotlight. Their performance will take you through ancient Dalmatian cities, help you feel the love and appreciation for their homeland, and bring you closer to the beautiful Adriatic. Although unique and original, the repertoire of Klapa Cambi will be further enriched through performances with renowned American artists, creating a musical fusion between the two countries. 

Roving Pittsburgher Report

SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody Or…."Girls Just Want to Have Fun! Fun!
by Good News Reviewer, JoAnn R. Forrester

E.B., Tasha and fans after show!
Remember those words sung by Cyndi Lauper ...Girls just Want to have fun…well fun "the girls" did last night. SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody was FUN! And I believe all those who saw it (sold out house at the Bynham) were ecstatic with the play. This was a night that only extremely brave men came out…and there were some. I guess they wanted to find out what all the fuss has been all about with the "Fifty Shades Saga"…and I bet they are still wondering, but guys who are as suave and sexy as Patrick Whalen and you will have a very happy woman. 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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