Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Positively Pittsburgh Live News 2-4-13

Positively Pittsburgh Live News

Super WHY Live: You’ve Got the Power!
Super WHY Live: You’ve Got the Power! is coming to Pittsburgh’s Byham Theater for the first time ever on Saturday, April 28, 2013, at 2:30pm.  Based on the top-rated, Emmy-nominated preschool TV series that airs on PBS KIDS everyday across the U.S., Super WHY Live brings entertainment and education together in a live show unlike any your family has seen before. It is sure to be unforgettable.  This performance is presented by Opus One, s2bn, and Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series.
Super WHY Live was written by Super WHY creator Angela Santomero, with music by Jack Antonoff, of the Grammy-nominated band “fun.” The show is produced by S2BN Entertainment (Yo Gabba Gabba! Live, Spider-Man on Broadway, and Rock of Ages: The Musical) in association with Out of the Blue Enterprises. Read the entire release here. 

Women and Girls Foundations
As a loyal supporter of WGF, I want to share with you some of our successes from 2012 and make sure you’re among the first to hear about some exciting new initiatives. 

For the first time in its history, our annual event honored MEN who are helping to advance women’s rights and opportunities in our community. We were delighted to recognize amazing men who are doing important work on behalf of women and girls in the Pittsburgh region. Thank you to everyone who attended, sponsored and supported the event. 

WGF awarded a $25,000 grant to increase female voter turnout and education on issues related to women in Pennsylvania. This non-partisan coalition of non-profit agencies worked together to engage nearly 10,000 infrequent single female voters in the November 2012 election. 

Pittsburgh women and girls turned out in full force to share their energy during the first ever International Day of the Girl on October 11th. This day was created to highlight, celebrate, discuss, and advance girls lives and opportunities across the globe.

Our biggest and best GirlGov program was held last June. 100 high school girls, 50 Pennsylvania legislators, the First Lady of Pennsylvania and several cabinet members were involved. I can’t say enough about these girls, they are truly the leaders of tomorrow. 

YWCA Announces NEW Cornell University Diversity and Inclusion Training in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh professionals will now be able to take Cornell University Diversity and Inclusion classes in their own back yard. The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh Center for Race and Gender Equity and Cornell University’s ILR School are collaborating to offer Cornell’s Diversity and Inclusion Certificate and its Advanced Practitioner Certification (CCDP/AP) in Pittsburgh, beginning in February 2013.

“We are delighted to join forces with Cornell University to offer their prestigious certification program here in Pittsburgh,” said Magdeline E. Jensen, Chief Executive Officer, YWCA Greater Pittsburgh. “The YWCA encourages local professionals to enroll in the certification program, or consider taking individual classes to update their knowledge.” Read the entire release here


Drumline Live at the Benedum Center 
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is proud to present an explosive performance from DRUMLine Live on February 15, 2012 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.

Italian American Living in Pittsburgh
This is a group of people trying to salvage some of the ways of Italian life here in America so we can pass customs, language, arts, etc. down to our children and their children. OK, so maybe some of us have never been to Italy but growing up in Bloomfield (Pittsburgh, PA) I came close to it! We can sit around and tell stories of our nanas (nonnas) papanons e mammanons, zias, mamas e papas, comas n compare and goombas! Let's get together to talk about recipes and when we ate certain foods, growing foods and gardening. How do you take care of a fig tree!? Let's get a Bocce league together so we can join the annual Heinz History Center tournament. 

You must join 'Meetup' to be a member of the group. You do not have to attend all meetings, but you must sign up online to get updates, event listings etc. It is FREE to join but there is a nominal fee when you attend a meeting only because Meetup charges me each month. Think of it as organization dues. More details here

Idina Menzel
Photo Credit: Robin Wong
Tony Award-winning Broadway superstar Idina Menzel returns to Heinz Hall to perform with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) for one unforgettable night of music, 7:30 p.m., Sunday, July 21.

Menzel was on the Heinz Hall stage earlier this week when she performed in the PSO's sold-out tribute concert to the late Marvin Hamlisch. With a diverse career on stage, and in film, TV and music, Menzel recently culminated a highly successful international orchestra tour. Accompanied by world-renowned symphonies, Menzel played to sold-out audiences and demonstrated why she is one of the great performers of her time. Read the entire release here. 

Highlights of PSO’s 2013-2014 PNC Pops Season Tunes
Songs made famous by Barbra Streisand and Frank Sinatra, the music of Oscar-winning composer John Williams, Broadway tunes, Bugs Bunny and friends, along with singing sensations Ann Hampton Callaway, Smash star Megan Hilty, and Brian Stokes Mitchell highlight the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s (PSO) 2013-2014 PNC Pops season at Heinz Hall.

The season opens with Tony Award-winning actor and singer Brian Stokes Mitchell joining the PSO on stage for Broadway and Beyond (Oct. 17-20), featuring songs from classic Broadway musicals, including Porgy and Bess, South Pacific and Funny Girl. Dubbed “the Broadway baritone extraordinaire,” he has enjoyed a rich and critically acclaimed career on Broadway, film and television, as well as in some of America’s finest concert halls. Ted Sperling, music director and conductor of the first Broadway revival of South Pacific, which won seven 2008 Tony Awards, will conduct. In 2005, Sperling won the Tony and Drama Desk awards (with Adam Guettel and Bruce Coughlin) for his orchestrations of The Light in the Piazza. Stephen Holden of The New York Times called a March 2011 concert conducted by Sperling, “the ultimate embodiment of the romantic myth that sustained the Broadway musical during its golden years.” 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  7, 2013: "Wine and Chocolate Tasting!"

This week  Jessica Lee's Entrepreneurial Thursdays Jazz & Blues Networking at Little E's offers a wine tasting event. Also on hand will be Trello Chocolates to offer samples of their  fine chocolates (

Please join us to enjoy some great music, networking, wine & chocolates. 


6th Annual NAWBO Day: Think Ginormous – Let’s Get It Started!”
Join Us March 22nd! 

You are the Brand and in Your Business It's All About Branding!  As we move into a new era of Bolder, More Prosperous Businesses Thinking Ginormous Means Your Brand Has Got to Be BIG AND BOLD. We have engaged both local and national speakers to teach you about Branding. This is the Sixth Annual NAWBO Day. As a former vendor you know the last NAWBO Day event was sold out! NAWBO Pittsburgh invites you to be a vendor of the Sixth Annual NAWBO Day in Pittsburgh. Support of NAWBO Day is an excellent way to demonstrate that you support women business owners in the Greater Pittsburgh area. Get all the details here

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s (PSO) popular feline musical ambassador to children, Fiddlesticks, returns in 2013-2014 for yet another season of entertaining Saturday morning concerts to introduce children to music.

From infancy on, children are exposed to the music of lullabies, sing-a-longs, folk tunes, and pop music, and the Fiddlesticks Family Concerts, presented by Macy’s, continue to explore various genres of music. Each performance is preceded by a pre-concert event called Discovery Time Adventures, which is free to all ticket holders. These educational activities begin at 10 a.m. and allow young audiences and their parents to meet the PSO musicians, learn songs, and take part in various musical activities. The 45-minute concert begins at 11:15 a.m. and is filled with engaging music and interaction with everyone’s favorite friendly feline! Read the entire release here

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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