Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Positively Pittsburgh Live News 4-1-13

Positively Pittsburgh Live News

Cultural News

Romeo and Juliet Auditions 
Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks will hold AEA and non-union auditions for "Romeo and Juliet," directed by Helen M. Meade. Auditions will be held at Frick Park, Blue Slide Playground in Squirrel Hill (Beechwood Blvd. and Nicholson St.) on Saturday April 20th from noon-4 PM with callbacks on Sunday April 21st. Actors should prepare a brief Shakespearean monologue. Rehearsals will take place from the end of July through August and the show runs weekend afternoons in September. Contact Helen Meade at for an appointment or for more information. Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks is in its 9th season of providing free outdoor Shakespeare productions in cityparks. 

Pittsburgh Jazz Network: Henry Grimes Trio 
April 12, 2013 from 6:30 pm to 10 pm, Irma Freeman Center for Imagination
Organized By: Kevin Amos

JAZZ with Henry Grimes Trio, featuring Henry Grimes, Ronnie Burrage and Lee Robinson. The Black Music Education Project presents a special Jazz Appreciation Month event with world famous bassist Henry Grimes, percussionist extraordinaire Ronnie Burrage and super saxophonist Lee Robinson as they come together for the first time. The performance space is a community art center with a mission to enrich and diversify the local community by building positive experiences in a multicultural, progressive setting. Admission is $15.00 per person. For more information, contact The Irma Freeman Center at: To join the Jazz Network and for more details, click here.

Cast of Characters curated by Vicky Clark and Cindy Lisica at 709 Penn Gallery
In Cast of Characters, curators Vicky Clark and Cindy Lisica bring together six diverse artists with character-driven work to question the nature of our everyday existence and our relationship to larger-than-life heroes and gods. Characters’ stories combine through humor, insight, passion and intellect, causing us to contemplate our world and question our place within it.

709 Penn Gallery
The artists featured in this exhibition move from recognizable characters to ones they have created themselves. While the narratives are, at times, very serious, the approach is fun, colorful, and imaginative as the artists communicate both personal and shared concerns. The heads and figures of FriendsWithYou, Mr. Glaubitz, and Jeff Schwarz literally and metaphorically speak to issues of identity and the human experience. Janet Towbin and Rei Sato use small scales to approach big issues, and power and identity are brought to the forefront with the graphic characters and costumes of Mr. Glaubitz and Mark Newport. Read the entire release here.

Pittsburgh Public Theater Presents Clybourne Park
Pittsburgh Public Theater’s MADE IN AMERICA season continues with Bruce Norris’ Clybourne Park, winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, Britain’s Olivier Award, and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play. It is directed by Pamela Berlin, who was at The Public last season to direct Red. Clybourne Park runs April 18 – May 19, 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
Playwright Bruce Norris

Clybourne Park is set in a Chicago house at 406 Clybourne Street in two separate years: 1959 and 2009. It is the same house that was featured in Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 landmark drama about race and real estate, A Raisin in the Sun. In Act I of Norris’ play, a man named Karl Lindner (who first appeared in A Raisin in the Sun) tries to convince the white owners of 406 Clybourne Street not to sell their home to a black family. In Act II, it’s 50 years later and the neighborhood is now a black community. When a white family buys 406 Clybourne Street and intends to tear it down and rebuild a larger home on the property, a black couple from the local owner’s association challenges the architectural integrity of their plans. Read the entire release here

The Price is Right Live! At the Benedum Center
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Steve Litman Presents The Price is Right Live! at the Benedum Center, on Thursday, May 9, 2013, at 7:30 p.m.
The Price Is Right Live! is the hit interactive stage show that gives contestants pulled right from the audience the chance to "Come On Down" to win appliances, vacations and even new cars by playing classic games from television's longest running and most popular game show. From Plinko to Cliffhangers to the Big Wheel, and even the fabulous Showcase, all the favorite games are played just like the TV show.

The Price is Right
Playing to near sold out audiences for nearly nine years, The Price Is Right Live! has given away more than 10 million dollars in cash and prizes and sold more than 1.2 million tickets. If you enjoy the rush of emotions experienced while watching the show on television, just imagine the possibilities if you were actually in the audience watching it live. Read the entire release here.

Pittsburgh’s Next Generation of Music Legends and N-Motion Entertainment presents Howard University’s Nationally-Renowned Vocal Jazz Ensemble AFRO BLUE 
One of
the most exciting live musical events is coming to Pittsburgh Saturday April 27, 2013 at 7:30 PM, when Howard University’s nationally-renowned vocal jazz ensemble,
Afro Blue takes the stage at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture.

Afro Blue has quickly gained national attention, winning numerous awards singing music in the style of Take 6 and Manhattan Transfer, while adding their own unique sound. 

Watch a video here

Jazz Month
Lou Donaldson
In collaboration with BNY Mellon, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust will commemorate National Jazz Appreciation Month with Grammy Award winners, renowned musicians and iconic jazz masters this April 2013. Janis Burley-Wilson, Vice President of Education and Community Engagement/Jazz Programs is extremely excited about bringing these acts to Pittsburgh. All of the artists that are featured this year dig down deep into their musical souls to create their own inimitable sound. She added, We are proud to have these artists take the Cabaret Theater stage this April.

All performances will take place at the Cabaret at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District. For tickets call 412-456-6666 or visit Read the entire release here

Kids Korner

Pittsburgh Opera ends the season with the magic of Cinderella 
Benedum Center for the Performing Arts , 7th Street and Penn Avenue, Downtown Pittsburgh 

Pittsburgh Opera presents La cenerentola (Cinderella) April 27 – May 5, another much-loved work from Gioachino Rossini, the composer of The Barber of Seville. Based on a French interpretation of the Cinderella story, this funny and colorful production also has a message of forgiveness.

Two Pittsburgh favorites return to the Pittsburgh Opera stage in leading roles: Vivica Genaux and Paolo Pecchioli, first seen together here in The Italian Girl in Algiers in 2009, reunite to portray Angelina (Cinderella) and her bumbling stepfather, Don Magnifico. Former Resident Artist Arthur Espiritu also returns, this time as the Prince. Additionally, Music Director Antony Walker comes back to Pittsburgh to conduct these performances.

While the Cinderella fairy tale has enjoyed a number of interpretations in opera, dance, literature and film, employing numerous magical elements, this operatic version features many humorous touches and virtuoso bel canto singing, as the real magic of true love and goodness triumphs in the end. And even though composing operas for coloratura contralto voices (like that of Angelina in La cenerentola) fell out of fashion for a while, this fable of forbearance and forgiveness rose from the ashes: an enduring classic.

Pittsburgh Opera’s La cenerentola also brings the annual Student Matinee on Thursday, May 2 at the Benedum Center. In this performance, Resident Artists take lead roles and perform with Maestro Walker and the orchestra for about 2800 school children from around the region. While Paolo Pecchioli will sing Don Magnifico, Resident Artist Nicole Rodin takes the role of Angelina (Cinderella), Juan José de León is Prince Ramiro, and Kyle Oliver is Dandini, alongside the Resident Artists that are also in the mainstage cast. Resident Artist Stephanie Havey is stage director for the Student Matinee. 

Tickets to La cenerentola start at $10, with all performances at the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts, 7th Street and Penn Avenue, Downtown Pittsburgh. For additional information or to purchase tickets call 412-456-6666 or visit

Our Class
In 1941, as Poland is being invaded by other sovereign forces -- the Germans from one side, the Russians from the other -- one village in Poland, Jedwabne, was the site of unspeakable horror. As Russian and German forces pressed in, almost all of the Jews in the village were tortured and killed. For decades, the crime was blamed on the Nazis. More recently, historians and journalists uncovered evidence to suggest that the villagers of Jedwabne themselves may have committed the atrocity. Read more about Tadeusz Slobadzianek and Our Class.

In Our Class, we meet ten schoolchildren, each one innocent and unaware of their futures as villains or victims - or both; each actor portrays the character from age 8 into adulthood. Through 14 "lessons" we see how fear, envy and paranoia beget violence, murder and retribution. Music composed by Doug Levine & Susanne Ortner-Roberts (and performed live each performance) help make Our Class an unforgettable theatre experience. NOTE: This play contains mature themes. Parental discretion advised.

Women and Girls Advancement
Sponsored by Black Tie Pittsburgh

Women Rallying for Change Across the Region 
In recognition of national Equal Pay Day, the Women & Girls Foundation will host our 7th Annual Equal Pay Day Rally to raise public awareness about equal pay and the need for economic justice for women and girls in our region.Tuesday, April 9th, 12:00-1:00pm, Market Square, Downtown Pittsburgh. Help spread the word:

Please forward this message to your networks to encourage turnout, and
visit to learn more about how the wage gap impacts women in Pennsylvania

If you are on Facebook, please join the event. If you Tweet, please use #EqualPayday and tag @wgfpa

Our Partners will also be holding Equal Pay Day activities: 

Seton Hill University Feminist Collective
Faculty Panel of experts on gender issues, mainly the gender wage gap.
Monday, April 8th, evening
Coffee and snacks will be provided.
For more information, click here

Rally/March beginning at Seton Hill’s Maura Solarium
Tuesday, April 9th, 11:30am

Ice Cream Social for Rally Participants
Tuesday, April 9th, afternoon

MyOWN Campaign in partnership with BPW (Business Professional Women) 
at Penn State Fayette (local hosted at PSU Fayette) will host a series of events
during the week of April 8 through April 12, including:

Equal Pay Day Rally on the Fayette County Courthouse Steps
Tuesday, April 9th, at 12:00pm

BPWOW (Women Of the World) Networking event and Salary Negotiation Workshop
Thursday, April 11th, at 5:00pm

For more information, click here
For more information about any of these events, visit or call 412.434.4883.

Please join us for the 2013 Elsie Hillman Chair in Women and Politics 
President Esther L. Barazzone, Ph.D. and the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham University invite you to join them for a public lecture given by the 2013 Elsie Hillman Chair in Women and Politics, former U.S. Senator Olympia J. Snowe. April 15, 2013 - 6:00 pm - Campbell Memorial Chapel - Chatham University, Shadyside Campus. Register Here

Olympia Snowe
Olympia Snowe's dedicated work in the U.S. Senate has garnered her nationwide recognition as a leading policy maker in Washington. In 2005, she was named the 54th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes magazine. In 2006, Time magazine named her one of the top ten U.S. Senators. With her election in 1994, Olympia J. Snowe became only the second woman Senator in history to represent Maine. In November 2006, she was re-elected to a third six-year term in the United States Senate with 74 percent of the vote. Before her election to the Senate, Olympia Snowe Represented Maine's Second Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives for sixteen years. Senator Snowe is only the fourth woman in history to be elected to both houses of Congress. When first elected to Congress in 1978, at the age of 31, Olympia Snowe was the youngest Republican woman, and the first Greek American woman, ever elected to Congress. 

Elsie Hillman Chair in Women and Politics: The Elsie Hillman Chair in Women and Politics was established by the Hillman Foundation, Inc. in 1997 in order to honor the Pittsburgh, PA native and longtime political leader. The chair serves as an inspiration and role model for students as well as other members of the University community and citizens of Pennsylvania. 

The purpose of the chair is to bring nationally renowned political leaders, scholars and activists to Chatham University to enrich experiences of students and educate citizens about the role of women in the political process. 

The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham University gratefully acknowledges The Hillman Foundation for its support.

Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham University 
You're Invited to Pittsburgh Magazine's Quarterly Spotlight on Women in Business
Panel Discussion and Networking Night Presented by First Commonwealth Bank
Thursday, April 25, 5 - 8 p.m., Doubletree by Hilton Pittsburgh Airport
8402 University Blvd., Moon Township, PA 15108

5:00 p.m. Registration begins , 5:15 - 6:15 p.m. Panel Discussion:
"Expanding Your Business - How Five Women Went for It and Won"
6:15 - 8:00 p.m. Networking and Refreshments 
We will be collecting items for Dress for Success

They accept new and gently worn women's business clothing, and are in particular need of unused cosmetic and hygiene products. 
There is no cost to attend, but space is limited and registration is required.
Please register only if you are confident that you can attend.
To register or for more info, visit

MyWorkster organizes multi school alumni only career fairs and if your company is hiring,  Recruit Pittsburgh is an excellent opportunity to help fellow alumni job seekers who are looking for a new career.Thursday, April 11, 2013 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM (EDT) .

Recruit Pittsburgh is a multi-school alumni only career fair that is being organized in partnership with over 17 top tier universities in the Pittsburgh Area. 20% of the alumni job seekers are recent grads and as a group the job seekers will have about 5 years of work experience.

Recruit Pittsburgh will be hosted at: Pittsburgh Marriott City Center, 112 Washington Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15219 ,

"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.

April 11, 2013: "How Do You Start A Start-Up"Featuring interviews with:
Co-host: Bernard Martin of Rapid Production Marketing 

Don Morrison, Chairman/ Executive Director, BlueTree Allied Angels

John Lewis, Senior Council, Metz Lewis Brodman Must OKeefe

Bill Richardson, Partner, Sisterson & Co, LLP

Community Interview: Duquesne University Small Business Development Center

Friday, May 24, 2013, 5:30pm, Hosanna House, Inc.
807 Wallace Avenue, Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania 15221

Business Networking Events give exposure and cultivate relationships. This event is FREE and OPEN to the public. Vendor space is available to entrepreneurs wanting to promote their Business, Organization, Service or Product. We will proudly recognize several dynamic women from our area who continue to have a powerful impact in several areas that further enhance economic and business development to include: DARIETH CHISHOLM/ WPXI News Anchor
*JoANNE FORRESTER/ Host Empress of Biz Internet Talkcast *LYNNE HAYES-FREELAND/ KDKA TV Personality *CECELIA JENKINS/ PCSI Executive Director *MICHELLE GOODWIN-JONES /Michelle Goodwin Studios *MARIMBA MILLIONES/ Hill District Development Corporation *JoANN QUINN-SMITH/ Publisher *MARYELEN SULLIVAN/ PNC Bank Community Development

From our friends at Pop City 
Top 30 Best Cities for Young Entrepreneurs 2013 

One of the most important things you’ll do when starting your business is to pick where to setup shop. You want to find a place that offers business resources but also the lifestyle and culture that you want. The below list breaks down 30 cities across the United States into three different categories based on the population of the cities. Then Under30CEO readers were asked to vote on the locations they thought were the best places for a new company to open shop based on local resources, culture, atmosphere and overall appeal to a young twenty-something.

Pittsburgh Number 10 in Small Cities Category

30 regional colleges and universities, including two tier-1 research schools (Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh), are huge drivers in producing local talent. Both of these universities are making the biggest strides in providing programs and resources to the local entrepreneurship scene. With mentors, funding, business plan competitions and technical talent they have begun to turn Pittsburgh around.

Small Cities: Population 100,000 – 250,000

Example Lani Lizani of Simple Sugars in her early twenties just sold 30% of her company on Shark Tank to Mark Cuban for $250,000.00

Pittsburgh Historical Stuff

Celebrate the '60s in style 
A two-day vintage event you won't want to miss: April 12 - 13, 2013 
Vintage Pittsburgh is special two-day event at the History Center in conjunction with the 1968: The Year That Rocked America exhibition, presented by UPMC Health Plan.

'60s Fashion Show: Friday, April 12 | 7 p.m.
Mod, rock, hippie, yippie. How have '60s styles influenced today's trends? Presented in partnership with ModCloth and Yelp!, the fashion show will showcase more than 100 mod, boho, and Mad Men-chic pieces from locally and nationally recognized retailers, including ModCloth, Hey Betty, Haute Vibe, Highway Robbery, TranquiliT Reclaimed Vintage, and Lana Neumeyer.
Tribune-Review Fanfare columnist Kate Benz will be emcee-ing, with wine, beer, cocktails, and light refreshments available, and music by DJ Gordy G. of Title Town.

Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer: Saturday, April 13 | 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Shop the Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer vendor fair for vintage and vintage-inspired fashion, housewares, vinyl, decor, artwork, accessories and collectibles. Learn how to properly style and preserve your vintage pieces in sessions with History Center conservation specialists. Hear Pittsburgh native and actress Barbara Feldon discuss her role as Agent 99 on the legendary TV show "Get Smart." And take photos with Herbie, one of the original VW Beetles from the 1968 movie "The Love Bug."

Non-Profit Events
Sponsored by Black Tie Pittsburgh

Praise II Entertainment Presents A Virtuous Academy Fundraiser
Featuring Songstress Leslie Evans & The Rodman Street Baptist Choir
Saturday, April 13, 2013 | 7 PM @ Kelly Strayhorn Theater
Hosted by Naturally Funny Peaches, Christian Comedian, Comma'Dee, Liturgical Dance, Poetry & More!

Donation: $20

You can purchase tickets at: 
Dorsey's Records, 7416 Frankstown Ave. Homewood, 412.731.6607

Neighborhood Hi-Lights

Good News from the Post Gazette 
Local Cancer Society to embark on major cancer prevention study
By Jack Kelly / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 

The Pittsburgh affiliate of the American Cancer Society is seeking 1,200 local residents to take part in a major cancer prevention study.

This will be the third such study to be conducted by the American Cancer Society. The first two, begun in the 1950s, played a major role in establishing a baseline understanding of behaviors that contribute to the risk of getting cancer.

The study, known as CPS-3, also will focus on the roles lifestyle choices, the environment and genetics play in cancer risk, but with a study population that is younger and contains more minority participants than the earlier studies did. The American Cancer Society wants 25 percent of the 300,000 people it hopes to recruit for the study nationwide to be members of minorities. It hopes to complete enrollment by the end of this year.

If you are between the ages of 30 and 65, and you've never had cancer, the American Cancer Society invites you to participate -- especially if you are a member of a racial minority group.

You can register online and get a copy of the questionnaire by visiting the American Cancer Society Web site here.
Read more.

From our Friends at the URA : PPL's Award for Best April Fools Joke
Former Almono Site Home of 2024 Summer Olympics 
The URA announced today that it has been contacted by the International Olympic Committee to build the infrastructure for the 2024 Summer Olympics which will be held in Pittsburgh at the former Almono site in Hazelwood. Pending approval from its board, the URA will issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a developer(s) to construct the stadiums and all other facilities. The URA will be responsible for all streets, curbs, bike and pedestrian trails and all that other infrastructure stuff, including a 250,000 space parking garage. 

In exchange for undertaking this massive effort, the URA has been granted the opportunity to compete in one of the Olympic events. The URA Synchronized Swimming Team will be headed up by Acting Executive Director, Robert Rubinstein. When asked about Rubinstein's prowess as a swimmer, URA spokeswoman Gigi Saladna said "Beats me. I don't even know if he can swim, but he's got a lot of rhythm. He's in a band, you know."
2024 Olympic Village Coming to Market Square 
The Pittsburgh Downtown Partner- ship (PDP) announced today that Market Square will be the home of the 2024 Summer Olympic Village. Jeremy Waldrup, PDP president and CEO shared his excitement. 

"When we heard the URA was bringing the Summer Olympics to the former Almono site, we jumped at the chance to house the athletes," he said. "We're already working to create an Urban Village atmosphere so using Market Square was a no-brainer. It's surrounded by world class restaurants serving food from all over the world. We've got chips and salsa from Mexico, the Southwest and California; meatballs from Naples and Tuscany; champagne and crepes from France; gyros from Greece; noodles from Asia, the Mediterranean and America so that covers a whole bunch of places; and gumbo from New Orleans. Plus we have all those little outdoor café tables those Europeans love."

Site plans are already in the works for the athletes' living quarters. The PDP has contracted with Walnut Capital to create "Olympic Square Village" and renovate the chalets used at this past year's extremely successful European Holiday Market. "We're planning on painting the Olympic rings on the front of each one and are working on innovative designs for the interiors of each. Oh, yeah, they're going to be real nice," said Todd Reidbord, president, Walnut Capital.

When asked if he was concerned about the chalets being a little cramped, Reidbord replied. "Are you kidding me? Those athletes will thank us. From the rumors I heard about the hanky panky that went on at the last Olympics, the more cramped, the better!"

Waldrup chimed in, "Plus, there's free WiFi. What else do they need?"



Roving Pittsburgher Report 

JoAnn Forrester, public policy chair for the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of NAWBO, conducted an interview of Attorney Rosemary Crawford, running for Judge for the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. There are 4 positions open and 15 people vying for the spot. There are 43 judges on the Court of Common Pleas and approximately 17% of the court is composed of women and or minorities. Listen to the interview with Attorney Crawford and find out why knowing who your judge a good thing. Also Ola Jackson of Onyx Woman Magazine talks about why it is important for business owners to participate and know who they are electing. Listen here.

Network Italian Style 
The PPC was dissolved in February and the Pittsburgh Global Connection absorbed all PPC memberships as well as BIA Networking. So we are really growing! There were 400 members at our launch and 200 at Vallozzi's on Tuesday night.

What a place with a delightful air of Southern Hospitality. A server opens the door and greets you as you enter, and also shares amenities with you as you leave. This particular location is at 113 Cavasina Drive, Canonsburg, Pa. 15317 and I found it by accident after a meeting with a client at Starbucks. 

What a find! The rib sampler was “fall off the bone” fantastic and the pulled pork sandwich was outstanding. I also had twice baked potato soup which rivaled any I have ever eaten. They also serve chicken and dumpling soup daily which I cannot wait to try, and the place also boasts a lovely front patio. It’s definitely worth the drive. My waitress, Jocleyn, was delightful and hats off to the cooks Gil and Matt. They play Internet radio in the restaurant so they said they would be listening to the show!

Pittsburgh Local Sports

Discounted Camps and Classes! Steel City Rowing Club
We have several discounted programs  this spring and summer through Clipper Magazine's Double Take Deals and Living Social promotions. See our Living Social deals for all high school After School Learn to Row Camps, including the April 9 - 25 (Tues/Thurs) Learn to Row. These discounts EXPIRE soon so if you are considering our programming we advise you to purchase today! For more information see HERE.

SRU announces 2013 football schedule
The 2013 Slippery Rock University football schedule, which was released Tuesday by veteran head coach George Mihalik, presents another stiff challenge to the Green and White in their quest for Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference and NCAA Division II regional honors.

The Rock face six teams that finished the 2012 season with a winning record and three teams that competed in the NCAA playoffs: PSAC champion and Super Region One runner-up Indiana U. of Pa. (12-2 final record), conference runner-up Shippensburg (11-2) and Bloomsburg (10-2). Read the entire release here

Also we would like to go back to our Steeltown Hero Segment so please send us your stories of ordinary Greater Pittsburgh Area residents doing good things that are GOOD NEWS. 

Hope you like our new format for the news and looking forward to some area businesses sponsoring segments

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