Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Positively Pittsburgh Live News 2-18-13

Positively Pittsburgh Live News

Feminine Aesthetics Women of Visions, Inc.
709 Penn Gallery
In Feminine Aesthetics, the artists of Women of Visions, Inc. address the question, “What is Beauty?” in this special exhibit for Women’s History Month.
“The Feminine Aesthetic is integral to the universe, flowing from grace and aspiration,” says Elizabeth Asche Douglas, Curator of Feminine Aesthetics and President of Women of Visions, Inc. “It is the conflation of sublime opposites, from agonizing birth pains to the exultation of new life.  From the milk of human kindness to a steely determination to endure and overcome all adversity, it embodies the eternal SHE, the being we call Beauty,” says Douglas.  “It is my hope that viewers will find glimmers of the feminine aesthetic mystique in the works of this exhibition.” Read the entire release here

Elaine Paige
Elaine Paige Cabaret at Theater Square
Broadway veteran Elaine Paige will be performing at The Cabaret at Theater Square on Tuesday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m. The performance is part of the Trust Cabaret Series, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, which provides the opportunity for audiences to experience some of the finest Cabaret Acts in the entertainment industry. Elaine Paige is bringing her powerhouse vocals to Pittsburgh for one night only.

Elaine Paige, actress, recording artist, concert performer, producer and broadcaster, Oliver Award winner and 5 time nominee, originated the roles of Eva Peron in Evita, Grizabella in Cats – where the song Memory became her signature - and Florence in Chess. Other credits include Norma Desmond in Sunset Blvd, Anything Goes, The King and I and Drowsy Chaperone. Through these productions, Paige made a major contribution to the modern musical and solidified her place in the entertainment world by becoming “The First Lady of Musical Theatre.” 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)  
Pittsburgh Public Theater Presents Thurgood
Montae Russell
Public Theater’s MADE IN AMERICA season continues with George Stevens, Jr.’s one-man play Thurgood. Directed by Ted Pappas, Pittsburgh native Montae Russell stars as Thurgood Marshall. Thurgood runs March 7 – April 7, 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 ppt.org. Thurgood is presented by Heinz with production co-sponsors Highmark and Randi and L. Van V. Dauler, Jr.

In 1967, Thurgood Marshall became the first African-American Supreme Court Justice. In Thurgood, he tells us his life story: from humble beginnings in Baltimore, through landmark civil rights legislation, followed by his triumphant rise to the highest court in the land. A journey of epic proportions, Thurgood is an eye-opening, humorous, and uplifting portrait of a true American hero. Read the entire release here.

PBT Announces 2013-2014 Season
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr has unveiled the company’s 2013-2014 season, featuring a Pittsburgh premiere, a mixed repertory performance at the August Wilson Center and two of classical ballet’s most masterful stories. The five-production lineup includes An Evening of Twyla Tharp, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, 3x3 and Don Quixote.  Read the entire release here

Audiences at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO)’s first BNY Mellon Classics concerts in March will get a rare opportunity to sing along during the encore, the well-known “Anvil Chorus” from Verdi’s opera, Il Trovatore.

PSO Music Director Manfred Honeck will lead the orchestra in selections from Wagner’s Lohengrin, Tannhäuser, Gotterdämmerung, and Die fliegende Holländer, as and Verdi’s La Traviata, Nabucco, Rigoletto, Don Carlo and Aida. The concert concludes with the sing-along of the “Anvil Chorus.” Read the entire release here


"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 21 , 2013: "Fitness & Wellness Entrepreneurs"

Featuring interviews with:
Co-host Maggie Hall - Independent Isagenix Associate  www.peggymaggie.isagenix.com

Lisa Iozzi Stevens - Isagenix International Independent Executive www.peggymaggie.isagenix.com

Reginald C. Jones, NASM CPT -  HardCORE Performance Inc.

Nancy Griffin - Skinny Jeans Forever http://www.skinnyjeansforever.com/ 

Dr. Marc Tinsley - Fitness for The Rest of Us™   www.DrMarcTinsley.com 

Diane Ventura,  Kathy Safchick - It Works!®  http://www.myitworks.com/

Community Interview: Ring of Hope Campaign
Amelia Williams - Proprietor and Jewelry Designer for Jewelry Art by Amelia (www.jewelryartbyamelia.com); Domestic Violence Survivor and Advocate

Mind Your Ps: Preparation, Process,Procurement, Performance
Thursday, March 7, 2013

The 12th Annual Conference for Minority, Women And Disadvantaged Business Enterprises

IBEW Conference Center, 5 Hot Metal Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Cost: FREE
7:30 AM: Registration & Buffet Breakfast
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM: Program & Business Networking

 Guest Panelists: Barbara Weaver,Procurement CenterRepresentative, SBA; Elizabeth Bowers, Small Business Administrator, DCK Worldwide, LLC; Deborah Wojcik, Director, California University, GACO-PTAC; Greg Spencer, CEO, Randall Industries, LLC; Nathan Heitzman, Project Coordinator, DBE Supportive Services Center Cheyney University of PA

Click To Register Or Call: 412-402-2460


Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, one of the rock era’s most popular and prolific groups and one of the first groups inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, will headline the Roots of Rock and Roll Volume XXXIX on two shows, 5:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturday February 23, 2012 at Pittsburgh’s Benedum Center. The Drifters’ are celebrating 60 years in show business and their 30 chart hits include enormous tunes such as “Under the Boardwalk,” “Up on the Roof,” “Save the Last Dance for Me,” “On Broadway,” “This Magic Moment,” and many more. The Roots of Rock and Roll concert series has appealed to audiences of all ages for three decades and is the premier venue for the music that shaped rock ‘n’ roll and American culture. These shows also focused the nation’s entertainment spotlight on Pittsburgh and created record-setting television and fund-raising productions for PBS. Read the entire release here

Roving Pittsburgher Report
One Billion Rising
You heard about One Billion Rising last week on our show on Non Profits spreading a little love. On Valentine’s Day, nearly 500 women converged on Market Square. The age range, according to one participant, was from High School through Senior Citizen with one goal in mind, to let Pittsburgh and the other countries involved in this Valentine’s Day demonstration of dance and solidarity know that violence against women is unacceptable. Read the full article here from Participant Ann Marie Gire, who also endorsed the event as Women's Independent Press and Pittsburgh Women's Yellow Pages.


Moulin Rouge: An Evening in Paris at the Pittsburgh Ballet
by Good News Reviewers Helene Vidovich and Martin Thomas
Moulin Rouge
Photo Courtesy of PBT website

Valentine’s Day on the bank of the Seine, overlooking the Eiffel Tower, was extra special this year. The Benedum had a full-house of sweethearts. There was an expectant tingling of electricity in the air as the Pittsburgh Ballet Corps took to the stage.

The inside and outside of the Moulin Rouge were nicely delineated by dropping a semi-transparent scrim painted with a façade of the establishments on the street. When this was dropped, the backlights and silhouettes were visible, but somewhat obscured. The use of the scrim, the colors and fabrics of costuming, the array of lights and the quartet of musicians, were layered together to take us back to Toulouse Lautrec and Impressionistic France. What a time it must have been...although it was also before penicillin.

It was fun to watch the painters dancing and spinning with their easels on wheels, one-foot-on and one-foot-off. We watched a band of gypsies as they spun and twirled, showing off their expert moves, as they auditioned for the Moulin Rouge. It was romantic and a feast for the eyes as the costumes, stage-set and dazzling lights blazed in a kaleidoscope of colors. Read the full review here


Moulin Rouge Dress Rehearsal
Jo Ann Forrester and Joanne Quinn-Smith attended the dress rehearsal of Moulin Rouge and got a new appreciation of the behind the scenes  workings of putting on a ballet. A handful of media representatives were there and it was such an intimate look into what goes on before opening night.  If more media representatives knew what a birds eye view they would have of last minute planning and execution, I am sure they would rush out to attend the next dress rehearsal opportunity.

Dinner at Marty’s Market in the Strip District
2301 Smallman Street, PittsburghPA 15222, (412) 586-7177

Marty’s is a great meeting space with good, inexpensive parking. It is a locally sourced and locally grown market with all fresh food, including the menu in their kitchen.  We had an amazing fresh pizza with figs and spaghetti squash, arugula and goat cheese, and a super fresh chopped salad with avocado and figs and chicken and feta.

The bill was well under $20.00 and we got to shop afterwards. The TechnoGranny was able to buy what looked like jam imported from France but was actually a low calorie, without artificial sweetener, spread made of blackberries. She was also able to purchase some prepared polenta with garlic and basil and a loaf of bread made of whole wheat and corn meal. Great place to shop for fresh, good food. Great place to meet and eat also.

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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