Saturday, January 26, 2013

Positively Pittsburgh Live News 1-25-13

Positively Pittsburgh Live News

Kyle Abraham
Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion: Pavement 
The Pittsburgh Dance Council, a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, will present Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion: Pavement on Saturday, February 16, 2013, at 8:00 p.m., at the Byham Theater.
Pittsburgh native, Kyle Abraham, brings his company home for a special evening of dance showcasing his latest work, Pavement, a choreography that expresses changes taking place in Pittsburgh’s historically black neighborhoods. 

Abraham’s work is influenced by growing up African American in Pittsburgh. From his beginnings at the Civic Light Opera Academy and the Creative and Performing Arts High School in Pittsburgh, Abraham moved to New York City and received his BFA from SUNY Purchase and MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. In 2009 Dance Magazine named Kyle Abraham one of the “25 to watch.” Read the entire release here

 Pittsburgh Premiere of Moulin Rouge® — The Ballet  Opens Valentine’s Day
Opening on Valentine’s Day, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre brings the mystique of Paris’ famed cabaret to the Benedum Center stage for the Pittsburgh premiere of Moulin Rouge® — The Ballet, Feb. 14-17, 2013.

The iconic cabaret, high-kicking cancan and extravagant excesses of  turn-of-the-century Paris set the scene for a story of love, ambition and heartbreak in Moulin Rouge®—The Ballet. Drawn to Paris by the city’s passion, struggling artist Matthew and launderette-turned-performer Nathalie find themselves swept into a passionate romance and the intoxicating nightlife of the Moulin Rouge.

Choreographer Jorden Morris, the creator behind PBT’s 2011 production of Peter Pan, laces contemporary and classical ballet with international influences from the vivacious French cancan to the fiery partnering of the Tango Café. The passion peaks with an intimate pas de deux set to  Debussy’s Claire de Lune on a bridge by the Eiffel Tower. The cabaret’s possessive proprietor Zidler, however, casts a shadow over their romance as he ensnares his newly-discovered performer and her lover in a dangerous love triangle. Read the entire release here

Green Day's American Idiot Makes Pittsburgh PremiereThe national tour of GREEN DAY'S AMERICAN IDIOT is coming to the Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh, PA from February 19-24, 2013. GREEN DAY'S AMERICAN IDIOT is part of the PNC Broadway Across America – Pittsburgh series presented by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Symphony and Broadway Across America.

GREEN DAY'S AMERICAN IDIOT, a 2010 Tony Award®-nominated Best Musical and 2010 Grammy Award winner for Best Musical Show Album, features the music of Green Day with the lyrics of its lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong. The book is by Armstrong and Michael Mayer and direction is by Tony Award®-winner Mayer (“Spring Awakening”). Read the entire release here.

NATIONALLY ACCLAIMED, CAMP BROADWAY EXP!Camp Broadway EXP, this one-day musical theater camp, enables theatre-loving kids ages 10-17 to develop their confidence, character and presentation skills through ensemble performance. The instructors are New York Broadway professionals who provide helpful insight regarding dance and voice techniques, and guide campers’ through staging a performance from beginning to end. Camp Broadway is designed to develop the campers’ performance abilities, increase self-esteem, encourage creativity, enhance appreciation for the arts, and develop useful life skills. For more information & to register now: Visit
Space is limited, so register today! Registration will close on Sunday, March 31st, 2013. Questions? Contact Megan at or 412-325-2024.
Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival Announces New Artist Opportunities
The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, has announced three new artist opportunities, in addition to the annual Juried Artist Market, Juried Visual Art Exhibition and Emerging Artist Scholarship Program. The 2013 Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival will take place Friday, June 7, through Sunday, June 16, 2013, in Point State Park, Gateway Center and the Cultural District. 
Founded in 1960, Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival is committed to connecting the community to the arts and to providing high quality, diverse and free programming for the region. During its vast and varied history, the Festival has featured more than 12,000 visual and performing artists and has entertained millions of residents and visitors. Visit to learn more about the programs and events and to sign up for Festival updates and news alerts or call 412-471-3191. Read the entire release here
Free Business Leader Briefing Call Series with the Small Business AdministrationSmall Business Majority and the Small Business Administration are pleased to announce a series of FREE Business Leader Briefing calls on a series of topics. NAWBO is proud to serve as a co-sponsor of this educational series.
The January 31 call will focus on Capital Access and will feature a presentation by Patrick Kelley of the Small Business Administration’s Office of Capital Access.

A question and answer session will follow all presentations. Feel free to share this invitation with others!

From Pittsburgh Today....
  Pittsburgh wages, unemployment rate up

Average weekly wages in the Pittsburgh region continue to increase. The second quarter of 2012 saw an increase of 1.9 percent over the same quarter in 2011.
Locally, Greene County had the highest average weekly wages in the second quarter of 2012, followed closely by Allegheny County. Washington County ranked fourth in the region and made the top 10 list of large counties nationwide in terms of absolute increase in average weekly wages and percentage increase in average weekly wages. Read the press release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for more information.
In addition, the Pittsburgh region's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in November was 7.2 percent, 0.1 percentage points lower than the rate in October 2012 but 0.1 percentage points higher than the rate in November 2011. The unemployment rate in every region except Philadelphia declined or remained unchanged year-over-year.
The number of unemployed in the Pittsburgh MSA increased by 3.6 percent in November 2012 compared to November 2011, and the number of employed - as well as the total labor force - continued to grow. In fact, the total labor force figure of 1,265,110 is the highest labor force figure for the region ever.

Help Katie Reach Her Goal
My name is Katie Derrick and I am a freshman at Penn State University. I am a member of Relay For Life of Penn State on the survivorship committee. Relay For Life is partnered with the American Cancer Center and their main objective is to raise money for people battling cancer. It is a 24 hour event where teams choose to walk around a track for the 24 hours to get donations. 
Katie Derrick

I have registered a team for Penn State’s event on April 13th to the 14th called “Lifesavers.” I am looking for people to make donations under my team’s name so I can reach my goal of $1,000. Every dollar donated goes straight to the American Cancer Society to help find a cure! If you are interested in donating you can find my team by following the link and scrolling down to the page. You can enter my name “Katie Derrick” or my team name “Lifesavers” under where it says SUPPORT A PARTICIPANT OR TEAM.

Also, we are looking for cancer survivors to sign up so if you or someone you know is a survivor please do so! If you are unable to attend the event you can sign up as a virtual survivor to just be honored at the event during the survivor ceremony. Thank you so much for your support, feel free to email me back with any questions at

Love Three Ways Valentines Concert
Tuesday, February 12. 7:30pm & 9:30pm, Cabaret at Theater Square

Sean Jones Quintet is one of the hottest jazz ensembles in the world, with a awards and accolades across the globe. They are joined by another worldwide jazz sensation, jazz vocalist Gregory Porter, who has won Best Jazz Vocal Album in France, Germany, and who has become jazz royalty in the UK. Joining them on this set is a rising star to watch, Carolyn Perteete, who has caught the ear of those in the know. This is a Valentine's JazzLive Session not to be missed.
Roving Pittsburgher Report
Its Greek To Me
1011 Brookline Blvd, Pittsburgh PA 15226 (412) 531-0400

ABSOLUTE BEST meat grape leaves, $1.50 each but well worth it. Gyros are not salty but deliciously seasoned. It has been there twelve years and their motto is Eat, Live and Love
All appetizers are between $2.00 and $5.00. Very congenial eat in dining room, quite small.  Fast to go and on street parking. Closed on Sundays in the winter, reopen on Sundays in spring. What I like is you can order extra meat for your Gyro Salad and tell her how much you want to spend on the extra meat and then the owner piles it on accordingly.

Stop by and see Dawn, the owner’s wife who cooks everything right in front of you and like a typical Greek housewife talks to you while she is cooking (even though her husband is the Greek.) Makes no difference, for twelve years she has delighted Brookline with her excellent food and congenial conversation.They do not have a website so make sure to go in for an updated menu or call and ask Dawn what is cooking as they have adapted the menu to popular demand.


Les Miserables
Set in the early 1800’s Les Misérables is a sweeping masterpiece that has been a record-breaking success worldwide since its London opening in 1985. Les Misérables has been translated into 21 different languages and been performed in front of more than 60 million people in 43 countries. Here in Pittsburgh, opening night was sold out. At dinner before the theatre and on the way out, the recurrent theme was how many times patrons had seen Les Misérables. At dinner before the theatre, I heard two people who were unrelated, one alone and one with her date talk about seeing the musical, 19 and 11 times respectively.
One Day More
 (photo by Deen Van Meer)
Read the entire review here

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Restaurants East Liberty, South Hills, Downtown

Sal’s City Deli, 245 Seventh St., Pittsburgh, PA 15222 (412) 434-1100 

It’s been a long time coming, a no-nonsense mid-priced restaurant/deli right next to the Bendum Center. Everyone is hungry at theatre time and not everyone has the time or budget for one of the higher end restaurants in the neighborhood, although they are all delightful. If you are ducking in at the last minute for a bite before a show this is a great place and that’s just what we did. Sal’s has a limited wine and beer menu so you can get a drink, also a cappuccino, espresso, dessert and great sandwiches. We tried the Beef on Wick which I had not had since college. Although this particular sandwich would not always be on my heart healthy diet because of the salted bun, with au jus it was absolutely delightful. They even have Gumbo for $7.95 which I am going to try the next time. Everything on the menu as far as a quick sandwich is between $7.95 and $9.95 and they also have some healthy items like a Grilled Vegetarian Wrap and Quinoa Salad. A nice quick stop before the theatre.


Alexander’s, 5104 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15224 (412) 687-8741

I had not been here in years, but it used to be a favorite of mine. Wonderful Italian fare, but because I am doing the South Beach diet, only had appetizers. I had eggplant parmesan, amazing and just enough.  My lunch partner had asparagus with goat cheese and pesto sauce. Yum! 


Ready to Run PA Center for Women in Politics at Chatham Center
enjoyed the day immensely. The information was essential, good, straight conversation on what it takes to run for office. I invite women to start now writing checks to support women in office. Our donations are essential to opening the doors to good women running and winning office.

The speakers were very good, as well. Panel of Erin Molchany, Nancy Patton Mills, Megan Carpenter and Diana Irey Vaughan was exceptional. I loved the session on Conquering the Camera by Chris Jahnke. Thanks Dana Brown for moderating this, and Jann Chirdon as always right on information. Good to see Jeanne Clark there also.  
Read the entire review here.    

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