Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Positively Pittsburgh Live News 1-28-13

Positively Pittsburgh Live News

On January 25, 2013 Classical WQED-FM 89.3 will kick-off the yearlong celebration of its 40th anniversary as “The voice of the arts in western Pennsylvania.” 

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Pittsburgh Premiere of Moulin Rouge® — The Ballet  Opens Valentine’s Day

Due to popular demand, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre announces the addition of a fifth performance of Moulin Rouge® — The Ballet, which makes its Pittsburgh premiere this Valentine’s Day at the Benedum Center. 

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Sister Act
The national tour of SISTER ACT is coming to the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh, PA from February 5-10, 2013. SISTER ACT is part of the PNC Broadway Across America – Pittsburgh series presented by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Symphony and Broadway Across America. 
Producers Whoopi Goldberg, Stage Entertainment and Troika Entertainment announce casting for the North American Tour of five-time Tony Award® nominated musical SISTER ACT. Read the entire release here.

Renowned actor, comedian, author and musician Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, featuring Edie Brickell, will perform a bluegrass music concert at Heinz Hall in July, as part of a national tour.

Steve Martin with Steep Canyon Rangers
The North American tour of Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, featuring Edie Brickell, kicks off May 22 at Fort Myers, Fla. The highly anticipated tour is the first for Martin and Brickell, who will perform songs from their album Love Has Come for You. The remarkable new collaboration is set for release on April 23 on Rounder Records. Read the entire release here

From our friends at Eventsburg: Sweet Jazz Music Series:Tony Campbell
Friday February 8th, 2013 7:00PM 

Sweetwater’s popular jazz series returns for the ninth year in a row!  Spend your Fridays in February enjoying great music with complimentary hors d’oeuvres (provided by the James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy) and wine in Sweetwater’s intimate night club setting.  Each week brings you amazing talent in a different jazz style. This week’s performer, Tony Campbell, performs an authentic recreation of "Fiddler on the Roof." Get your tickets early and save! Ticket costs are $10 in advance/$12 day of event for members and $15 in advance/$18 day of event for non-members. All Sweet Jazz performances are from 7:00-9:00 p.m. and are held at Sweetwater Center for the Arts, 200 Broad Street, Sewickley, PA 15143. 412-741-4405. 

"Jessica Lee's Entrepreneurial Thursdays"
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 31, 2013: "Artrepreneurs"

Featuring interviews with:

Michelle Barabas,  Founder & CEO - ShowYourArtOff  Pg13magazine@yahoo.com  http://pg13magazine.wix.com/showyourartoff

Steve Yeager, Artist, Mad Momma Designs, http://www.pittsburghartistregistry.org/smy 

Rosemary Pipitone, Artist/Owner,  Hand Painted Photography, http://handpaintedphotography.com/

Vince Ornato, Artist, Vince The Artist, http://vincetheartist.com/ 

Julie Ann Sullivan, Learning Never Ends, http://www.julieannsullivan.com/  


Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks: BYOB (Bring Your Own Bard)
Kicks off our 9th season with reading series "Shakespeare’s Favorites."

The January BYOB “Shakespeare’s Favorites" will feature soliloquies, scenes and sonnets read in an informal atmosphere. The evening will include the Bard’s most well-known pieces, audience and company favorites, and Will Shakespeare’s own favorites (can you guess which ones??) at Te Cafe in Squirrel Hill. Doors open at 7:15 PM and readings begin at 7:30 PM.  Suggested $10 donation at the door. Anyone interested in reading should contact BYOB@pittsburghshakespeare.com or 412.521.6406, or visit us on Facebook at Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks.
Bring Your Own Bard is an informal scene night in which professional actors and non-actors alike take a crack at their favorite Shakespeare pieces. Participants are encouraged to bring along a piece ready to read, jump into a scene already prepared, or just listen and drink tea. Extra readings will be on hand in case last-minute inspiration strikes. Kids are welcome. Beverages and light fare will be available for purchase.

Artile Lange, Saturday, April 13, 8pm • Byham Theater
Artie Lange
When Artie Lange joined the permanent cast of The Howard Stern Show in 2001, it was possibly the greatest thing ever to happen in the Stern universe, second only to the show’s move to the wild, uncensored frontier of satellite radio. Lange provided what Stern had yet to find all in the same place: a wit quick enough to keep up with his own, a pathetic self-image to dwarf his own, a personal history that was both heartbreaking and hilarious, and an ingrained sense of self-sabotage that continually kept things interesting. All of these things made Artie Lange a beloved member of the Stern family for 5 years and helped his memoir, Too Fat To Fish, become a New York Times bestseller. 
Use promo code BUYLANGE to purchase tickets before they go on sale to the public Wednesday, January 30!
A Children’s Opera by Benjamin Britten
In celebration of Benjamin Britten’s birth centennial celebration, The Microscopic Opera Company presents The Little Sweep featuring professional singers and students from CAPA High School, and chamber orchestra (string quartet, four hand piano and percussion).
CAPA High School Theater, March 1 (7:00PM) | March 2 (4:00 PM & 7:00PM) | March 3 (2:00PM and 4:00PM). TICKETS: $15 adult / $8 youth 18 and under |Available at: www.microscopicopera.org. Produced with generous contributions from the following:
The Britten-Pears Foundation and PA Council on the Arts

The Microscopic Opera Company is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 

Quantum Theatre
We are only a few days away from opening John Gabriel Borkman. We're happy to return to East Liberty-- this time on Broad Street, just off Highland Avenue, with adjacent parking and plenty of nearby dining options. While we may be staging this one in the dead of winter, have no fear... you'll sit in warmth and comfort in the beautifully renovated Hart Building.

Special Events

Can't decide on a date? Check out the following special events:
  • OPENING NIGHT: Friday, February 1 (SOLD OUT)
    Join us for a post-show champagne reception, and mingle with the cast and creative team.
  • POST-SHOW DISCUSSION: Sunday, February 3
    Join the cast, director, and Quantum's Artistic Director, Karla Boos, for a post-show Q&A session.
  • LADIES NIGHT: Wednesday, February 6, 6:30pm
    Join friends and meet new ones at this ladies-only reception and viewing of John Gabriel Borkman. Reception will be held at 6:30pm one block away at East Liberty's hip new lounge, Harvard & Highland (above Pig & Chicken at 220 N. Highland Avenue). This time, we're spotlighting Pittsburgh Professional Women. Learn more about this professional women's group during the Ladies Night reception. Already have tickets? Call us to sign up for the pre-show reception (there's a small, additional fee).
  • GRAPENUTS: Friday, February 15, 6:30pm
    A special pre-show wine tasting. Thanks to The Shop in East Liberty (214 N. Highland Avenue) for hosting us! Already have tickets? Call us to sign up for the pre-show reception (there's a small, additional fee).
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Marvin Hamlisch Tribute Concert
This Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra presents a tribute to an inspirational musician who created scores for timeless classics—let’s celebrate the life and music of Marvin Hamlisch. Legendary hits like “The Way We Were” and “One (Singular Sensation)" were brought to life by a talented man, along with scores for more than 40 films and eight Broadway shows, including “A Chorus Line.”  Marvin was the PSO's principal Pops Conductor for many years. The celebration will take place this Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at  Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts.  Visit the symphony's website for complete details. 

I Made It! Mine
Support local artists and shop to your heart's content at I Made It! Mine on Saturday, February 2nd from 12 pm – 5 pm at SouthSide Works. I Made It! Market's loveliest annual handmade arts marketplace will host more than 60 Pittsburgh-regional artisans who will offer handmade specialties including children's items, house wares, clothing, jewelry, plush, ceramics, sweets, photography, bath & body products, items created with repurposed materials and much more.  Pick up the perfect goodies for your favorite Valentines at I Made It! Mine! To learn more about the artists or the event, visit www.imadeitmarket.com.

Roving Pittsburgher Report

LongHorn Steak House, 200 Robinson Centre Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205
Great steaks, excellent service, wonderful fresh salad and loved the Portobello stuffed mushrooms.And a reasonable price for a steak house.  7 oz. Flat Iron Steak with all sides was just $13.99.


Concert Italia at Pittsburgh Symphony
Hank Walshak and his bride attended and said they were humming Funiculi, Funicula,  all the way home.  For those uneducated in Italian folk songs, the words are:  English lyrics:

Some think the world is made for fun and frolic,
And so do I! And so do I!
Some think it well to be all melancholic,
To pine and sigh; to pine and sigh;
But I, I love to spend my time in singing,
Some joyous song, some joyous song,
To set the air with music bravely ringing
Is far from wrong! Is far from wrong!
Harken, harken, music sounds a-far!
Harken, harken, music sounds a-far!
Funiculì, funiculà, funiculì, funiculà!
Joy is everywhere, funiculì, funiculà!

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