Thursday, February 14, 2013

Positively Pittsburgh Live News 2-11-13

Positively Pittsburgh Live News

Black Grace
Pittsburgh Dance Council presents Black Grace
Pittsburgh Dance Council, a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, presents New Zealand dance company, Black Grace, under the direction of choreographer and founder Neil Ieremia, on Saturday, March 2, 2013, at 8:00 p.m., at the Byham Theater. Black Grace will present several works on this tour including Pati Pati, Objects and Amata. The program also includes a piece from Ieremia’s new full length work, VVaka*.
Neil Ieremia grew up studying dance, which was not the preferred subject of boys in a society that favored athleticism as masculinity. He pursued his dreams and graduated from Auckland Performing Arts School in New Zealand. There he learned various styles of dance as well as a sense of which genres were more challenging for his Samoan build, like ballet. After working under some of New Zealand’s top choreographers, Ieremia created his own all-male dance company, Black Grace, in 1995.  As the name alludes, the company showcases unique works where dancers combine elements of sleek hard presence and remarkable elegance. Read the entire release here

BE INSPIRED: Girls Can Change the World , Event From The Girl's Coalition
 Julia Bluhm and Izzy Labbe
We hope you will join us as we welcome recent TEDxWomen speakers, Julia Bluhm and Izzy Labbe, to Pittsburgh. Julia and Izzy, both 14, are teenage feminist-activists at Hardy Girls Healthy Women and bloggers for the SPARK Movement - a girl-fueled activist movement to demand an end to the sexualization of women and girls in the media. Together, they wrote a successful petition asking Seventeen Magazine to use more authentic images and to stop retouching photos to make girls and young women look sexier and less flawed.  

  • WHEN:  Saturday, February 23 from 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
  • WHERE:  Sheraton Station Square, 300 West Station Square Drive,
    Pittsburgh, PA 15219 
  • COST: $8  (Group rates are available for eight or more - contact Heather for more information)  
Amber Liggett

On Monday, February 4, sixteen-year-old Amber J. Liggett, CEO of Amber’s Amazing Animal Balloons was recognized in The Root’s 2013 Young Futurists List as one of “25 of the brightest African-American innovators between the ages of 16 and 22… who use their talents to make the world a better place.”, a division of The Washington Post provides a voice for African Americans, showcasing their accomplishments and their impact on society.  Created in 2011, the annual list highlights youth’s achievements in a variety of areas, such as “Enterprise and Corporate Innovation”, where Amber is featured.

Amber Liggett
This 2012 Teenpreneur of the Year for Black Enterprise Magazine and 2011 Ernst & Young’s  Young Entrepreneur of the Year has been creating masterful balloon art and providing entertainment since the age of 9.  She was a featured artist at the 2012 and 2013 First Night Pittsburgh’s New Year Celebration, and this philanthropic teen organizes, conducts and participates in fundraisers for various organizations. This year she will be organizing a charity concert to benefit the Bender Lead On Anti-Bullying in Beaver County, PA. A high honor student at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School in Midland, PA and member of The National Honor Society, Amber assists other teens with their entrepreneurial endeavors, including teaching workshops at Community College of Beaver County, PA (CCBC).  Read the entire release here

From Our Friends at Pittsburgh Today
Last month, Kiplinger released their list containing the "10 Great Cities for Starting a Business," of which Pittsburgh was included. Although a variety of factors contribute to this accolade, Pittsburgh's growing entrepreneurial community has played a significant role in this achievement. 

To that end, PittsburghTODAY has posted 2012 Annual Venture Capital investment figures showing that Pittsburgh's total investment for 2012 increased by 18.1% from 2011. The Pittsburgh region ranks fourth behind New York, Detroit and Cleveland, and ahead of the Benchmark Average.

DRUMLine Live
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is proud to present an explosive performance from DRUMLine Live on February 26, 2013 at the Benedum Center. Continuing its fourth US tour, DRUMLine Live’s energetic cast has honed its precision and energy with years of training in marching band programs across the southern United States.
This versatile group of musicians and dancers combines dramatic lighting, intricate choreography and vibrant effects to the stage in an explosive and energetic performance.  Experienced in a wide range of music and dance, DRUMLine Live takes on contemporary hip hop, R&B, classic Motown tunes, and the traditional marching band brass sounds in its musically diverse shows. 
Read the entire release here

3rd Annual African American Heritage Celebration at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall OaklandSaturday, February 16, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm  Cost: FREE

This special one-day exhibit by Soldiers & Sailors Historian, John L. Ford, Sr. will examine the Black families that emerged out of slavery’s grip in 1865 and will include primary source documents and captivating pictures of Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, and W.E.B. DuBois. The exhibit also includes a lecture series by John Ford, along with Dr. Marcia M. Sturdivant, Deputy Director of Allegheny County Department of Human Services, and Marlene Bransom, President of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, focusing on Black families that emerged as American citizens in 1867, and exploring family conditions of today, discussing statistics that will ask whether the essence of family structure is better today than yesterday.Event also includes performances by the 6th Regiment USCT Drum Corps and Sheila Beasley. Click here to view the flyer larger. 


"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.

February 14, 2012: "Entrepreneurial Couples"

Featuring interviews with:
Co-host Bruce Conley, The Computer Coach 
Shondalynn & Andre Weisbrod, Shonda's Etouffee Catering Greg & Ricki Paul, owners Harmony Ridge Events and Catering 
Bill Honeywill, Buyer Agent, Linda Honeywill, Associate Broker, The Honeywill Team
Charlotte & Don Kaultenbaugh, Affinity by Design Crystal Jewelry

MUSIC DIRECTOR HONECK LEADS PSO IN NEW CASTLE CONCERTMusic Director Manfred Honeck will lead the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) next week in a concert at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in New Castle, showcasing Russian powerhouse pianist Denis Matsuev performing Rachmaninoff’s masterpiece, Piano Concerto No. 2.
Manfred Honeck
The evening’s program features Mussorgsky's A Night on Bald Mountain, a well-known tone poem that tells the story of a witches' Sabbath near Kiev; the theme made more famous by being featured in Disney’s 1940 classic film, Fantasia. In addition to Matsuev playing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, the concert also includes Tchaikovsky's exciting Symphony No. 5. Read the entire release here


Comedian Daniel Tosh brings ‘The June Gloom Tour’ to Heinz Hall
Live Nation and Comedy Central welcome “The June Gloom Tour” with Daniel Tosh and special guest, Jarrod Carmichael to Heinz Hall for two performances at 7 & 9:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 12. The national tour kicks off May 30 in Salt Lake City and travels to more than 25 cities in the U.S.

Daniel Tosh
Tosh.0 currently airs on Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy Central and consists of 30 episodes throughout 2013.  The series premiered on June 4, 2009 and features the razor-sharp humor and biting commentary from comedian Daniel Tosh and delves into all aspects of the Internet from the absolutely absurd to the incredibly ingenious in this weekly, topical series.  Read the entire release here

Woodville Plantation
Step back in time at Woodville Plantation, as this living history museum presents a special day featuring military miniatures.  On Sunday, February 17, 2013, history enthusiasts are invited to see a display of military miniatures, hand-painted toy soldiers and war-gaming dioramas featuring the late 18th and early 19th century armies of North America and Europe.  

Visitors can also talk with 18th century military re-enactors throughout the day as they drill, weather permitting. Admission is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for children age 6-12 and free for children under age 6. Admission includes exhibit and house tour. Hours are from noon until 5 pm. Read the entire release here

Something’s in the air… iQ Kids Radio can now be heard every Saturday at with engaging programming for children and families. Launched in January and developed as a collaboration between WQED and SLB Radio Productions, Inc. (SLB), iQ Kids Radio is designed to meet the need for an all-education, trusted radio service for children and families, iQ Kids Radio is a family-friendly commercial-free streaming radio service that provides a safe, entertaining, and fun way to learn, listen, laugh and much more. The service is free during the pilot phase of the project. It can be heard from Midnight Friday to Midnight EST every Saturday. Read the full release here.


Dress for Success Pittsburgh invites you…
JCPenney Round Up: February 1-28, 2013
As part of its charitable giving program, jcp cares, jcpenney is inviting its customers to round up their purchases in February to the nearest dollar with proceeds benefiting Dress for Success. Shop online or in the store and make a contribution to a great cause. For more information, visit

Indigo Girls

Indigo Girls at the Byham Theater Grammy winning folk icons the Indigo Girls will be performing at the Byham Theater on Sunday, March 3 at 8:00 p.m. with supporting act The Shadowboxers, a young 5-piece band originally from Atlanta. This will be the first time ever the group will have a full band tour and a chance for fans to hear their music performed in an all-new way. The group will be performing songs from their new record Beauty Queen Sister as well as their classics for one night only.

Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, who make up the Indigo Girls, continue to amaze decades into their careers with their ability to grow and thrive no matter what state the music industry is in. The duo began performing in high school, taking their honest, urgent performing styles to countless clubs and found success in 1989 with the release of their self-titled breakthrough album. The album included their first hit, “Closer to Fine,” which ended up winning them a Grammy in 1990 for Best Contemporary Folk Recording. Throughout the years, the group has earned a devout following in result of their constant touring and dedication to a number of social and environmental causes. Many artists who were popular in the late 1980s have come and gone, but the Indigo Girls have remained strong. Perhaps this is because of their crafty two-women-with-guitars formula, combining their two distinct personalities and songwriting styles to provide tension and an interesting balance. Read the entire release here.

The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics invites you…

Campaign Clinic with Jann Chirdon
Date: February 26, 2013
Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: Chatham University, Shadyside Campus
Mellon Board Room (same location as the Ready to Run training)

We will be hosting a campaign clinic with political strategist Jann Chirdon in order to answer your individual questions on running for public office. RSVP

Conquering the Campaign Trail: Women of Color in Pennsylvania Politics
Date: March 26, 2013 
Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm 
Location: Chatham University, Shadyside Campus 
Mellon Living Room

We are also offering a special session, "Tales from Campaign Trails" aimed at increasing the participation of women in color in politics. Learn from women who have turned their community engagement into a political campaign and find out how you can do the same.RSVP

If you have any questions or would like any additional information please contact us at 
412.365.1878 f.412.365.1515

Roving Pittsburgher Report

Body Beautiful GreenTree Office
They offer an infrared Body Wrap. I was coming down with the flu and achy and as a result of this wonderful Body Wrap, it only lasted a day. Listen to more on the Techno Granny show here

"Sister Act" is a Class Comedy Act
I went to see Sister Act, the Movie in 1992 armed with twelve years of Catholic Education with the Penguins as we called them but more reverently, the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary or IHM. I went with the same armor but a little more jaded and the laughter came more easily as the sting of the stringent years and the smile of the loving care of the sisters of the IHM wore off. I wanted to write this review much sooner but unlike the holy water in the Catholic Church, the bottled water that I took to the musical on opening night did not ward off the flu. Read the entire review here

Sal’s City  Deli, 245 7th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
This deli is right next to the Benedum, and is extremely affordable. It’s a great stop before a show if you don’t want to spend a fortune. This time we had the Gumbo, which was amazing and filled with Chrizo and Chicken and with a low cost of $7.95. My guest had the Chicken Salad and could not eat it all and of course they don’t let you take your leftovers into the theatre.

This was reported as a reproduction of PositvelyPittsburghLive news done by Joanne Quinn-Smith. (c) Joanne Quinn-Smith and PositivelyPittsburghLive(TM) 2013 All rights reserved.

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