Thursday, May 2, 2013

Positively Pittsburgh Live News 4-29-13

Positively Pittsburgh Live News

Where In The World Is Techno Granny?

Chocolate Blues & Business Networking Festival
"Where Sweet Business Connections are Made" 
Exclusive for Business Decision Makers
Choclate Blues &
Business Networking Festival
Thursday, May 2, 2013, 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM, 
Epiphany Church- McDowell Hall
164 Washington Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15219-4438

Chocolate Blues is a giant business to business networking event that brings together hundreds of business owners and professionals. This event features a business expo, open networking, door prizes, ice breakers, networking games, on the spot appointment setting, round table workshops, a giant business card exchange, business coaching, brainstorming circles, book signings, media mixers, blues background music and of course, chocolate treats!

Click here to view the flyer. Currently Seeking More Vendors, Sponsors & Ambassadors!

May is Women's Health Awareness Month. In observance, PCBBNF is welcoming you to donate old cell phones to benefit Domestic Violence shelters in Pittsburgh.


Cultural News

PICT Theatre Announces Panel Discussion with Our Class

In conjunction with its production of Tadeusz Slobodzianek’s Our Class, PICT Theatre has coordinated a panel discussion that includes noted historian Jan T. Gross, author of the book Neighbors, which revealed that the killing of up to 1600 Jews in Jedwabne, Poland in 1941 was perpetrated by their own neighbors and not the Germans. The play Our Class tells the story of 10 classmates who betray one another as Soviet and Nazi regimes invade their village. 

The panel discussion is free to the public and will take place on Sunday, May 5 at 3pm at the Frick Fine Arts Building on the University of Pittsburgh Campus. Good Neighbors, Bad Neighbors: How War and Conflict Change Us includes historians and a psychologist who will discuss how war and political conflict create enmity and violence among people who have lived peaceably together for a long time. The panelists will discuss historical examples of neighbors perpetrating violence against one another, such as the incidents in Jedwabne, Poland, Northern Ireland, and the Balkans. More details here

Tickets for Disney’s THE LION KING On Sale in Pittsburgh on Monday, May 6, 2013
Disney Theatrical Productions and PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh announce that tickets for the long-awaited return engagement of Disney’s THE LION KING will go on sale to the public on Monday, May 6, 2013 at 9:00a.m. EDT. Pittsburgh’s most eagerly awaited return will once again leap onto the Benedum Center stage on Tuesday, September 3 for a limited engagement of four weeks through Sunday, September 29. The opening night is Friday, September 6 at 8:00 p.m.
The Lion King

The show’s six-week premiere engagement in 2004 played a sold-out run at the Benedum Center and received the following praise from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (1/12/04), “ The Lion King is a triumph of visual design, but it is also a marriage of human and animal, of actor and puppet, that seems to extend and multiply theatrical possibility.” For Pittsburgh’s second sold-out engagement, six-weeks in 2008, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review commented (1/15/08), “The spectacle and solid storytelling of The Lion King continue to delight audiences as this Disney musical makes a return appearance in Pittsburgh.” Read more details here.

Kids Korner


Classical WQED-FM 89.3 is pleased to announce the six winners for its 2013 Musical Kids classical music competition for middle school students in grades six to eight: 


Carson Middle School, Wexford, PA 

Joey Comella, violin

PA Cyber Charter School, Export, PA 

Suvir Merchandani,piano
Dorseyville Middle School, Pittsburgh, PA 

Nathan Pallotta, piano
Mon Yough Catholic School, McKeesport, PA 

Fiona Stauffer,piano
Franklin Regional Middle School, Murrysville, PA 

Lily Wang,piano “Public Choice Winner”
Franklin Regional Middle School, Murrysville,PA 

Lily wasselected as the “Public Choice Winner” from over 2,700 votes made online at otherwinners were selected by the Musical Kids judges comprised of local classical music experts including: PatriciaNeeper, President Steinway Piano Gallery, Pittsburgh; Chad Twedt, Pianist &Teacher.

Women and Girls Advancement

Call for Nominations Deadline has been extended to Friday, May 10th

The Women and Girls Foundation is Celebrating Women! Having a Global Impact

Saturday, November 16th, 2013 

We need your help to identify, nominate, and celebrate the work of amazing women, who through their work or actions are helping this region have global impact or are introducing this region to global influences.

Many local women and girls, from corporate leaders, educators, writers, artists, students, and so many others, are doing important work abroad, as well as opening this region to global influences. They are challenging the political, economic and cultural roles women play in global leadership. We want to honor their stories, learn from their passion, and provide opportunities for vibrant discussion about the impact that they have on the communities they serve.

Please join us by nominating someone you admire from your neighborhood, company or organization for this award. Nominations are due by Friday, May 10th. 

Business Buzz

15th Annual Entrepreneur’s Growth Conference 

Duquesne University Small Business Development Center is celebrating its 15th Annual Entrepreneur’s Growth Conference on May 10, 2013. 

This action-packed event has something for every business – just starting or growing fast - with workshops, a business building trade show and a keynote speaker at lunch. Businesses looking to learn the hottest trends in social media, the latest strategies for finding and keeping customers and tips for increasing profits are invited. Register at Use code Pitt13 and receive a $20 discount. Read the entire release here

Cash Mob
A cash mob brings community members together much like a flash mob; however, instead of the normal flash-mob activities, the cash mob storms the doors of a pre-selected mom-and-pop business that is often a cornerstone of a community and its history. Each mobber spend a previously agreed upon amount, usually $20.

Over 100 cash mobs have taken place across the country. Successful cash mobs have helped businesses keep things business as usual in the shadow of looming big retailers like Walmart, Home Depot and others that draw larger crowds and more business and often force the doors closed at smaller, local retailers.

On Saturday, May 11th - we will gather a "meeting spot” (location T.B.A.)

The group will walk to the business (no one knows the location except the business owner and I). We "mob" (support/bless) the business with the support of the group. Each month a different business will experience the "mob" (support/blessing)

Purpose: To bless 2 local businesses with infusion of cash

My goal is that 50 people come out and "bless" the business with $20.00 each. Bring a friend or family member. I am hoping that everyone will spend at least $10.00 at each business. I believe we can collectively spend $1,000 between the two businesses.

The businesses has been informed! They're NOT allowed to advertise the event.

Sunday, May 12th - Gathering 11:00 am
Vernard Alexander, Minority Networking Exchange,
Twitter: @NetworkingKingV, @CashMobPgh, 412.303.0808

Pittsburgh Market Place 
Join Like Minded Professionals Every 2nd Tuesday of the Month at  Perrytowne Draft House from 11:30 to 1:30. 

1002 Perry Highway Pittsburgh, PA 15237, 412-848-5869 for Networking and Growing Your Business!!! 

A place to share ideas, leads, vision, jobs and information - to better ourselves and others professionally.

Roving Pittsburgher Report

Clybourne at Pittsburgh Public Theatre, It Isn’t a Matter of Race; it’s a Matter of Taste
The cast is to be commended for playing multiple characters between the two acts, all tied together by the house that is the stage and the set. Bjorn DuPaty (Albert/Kevin) plays a small but pivotal role in bringing clarity to language rendered muddy by obfuscation and political correctness. He focuses a laser on the hypocrisy of Ken and Jim, Lindsey and Steve.

Throughout the play, the dialogue engages the audience, evoking humor and embarrassment, recognition and discomfort. The mood of the play moves seamlessly from a bluesy ballad by Frank Sinatra to the stimulation of Hip-Hop of current times.
Playwright, Bruce Norris

The Playbill offers several, upcoming local examples of ‘white flight’, ‘gentrification’, and ‘economic eviction’. Though Clybourne Park is set in Chicago, we are left to wonder how often the pathos of Clybourne Park has been played out in the gentrification of the neighborhoods of the Mexican War Streets, Manchester, NorthSide, Lawrenceville and SouthSide. Read the full review here.

Pittsburgh Local Sports 

Ex-NFL assistant coach joins Rock staff
Eric Thatcher, a former assistant coach with the National Football League Buffalo Bills, joined the Slippery Rock University football coaching staff Monday as linebackers coach, Rock head coach George Mihalik announced.

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Thatcher served last fall as the Bills' defensive quality control coach.
Eric Thatcher

Prior to joining the Bills' staff, Thatcher served one season as defensive backs coach at Mercyhurst College, a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division rival of The Rock, one season as graduate assistant coach at the University of Pittsburgh and one season as defensive backs coach at St. Vincent College. Read the entire release here.

Pittsburgh Pirates Ticket Discounts for May 
Here is your May Business Perks special offer. Your special coupon code is KELLEM (ALL CAPITALS). This month’s offer includes: Pittsburgh Baseball Club tickets for just $43 (Savings of $9 per ticket); Outfield Box tickets for just $22 (Savings of $6 per ticket); Grandstand tickets for just $16 (Savings of $2 per ticket).

Veterans and Military News

Military Appreciation Day events scheduled for May 4 SRU baseball doubleheader
Past and present military veterans will be honored guests Saturday, May 4 for the Slippery Rock University baseball team's “Military Appreciation Day” event at Jack Critchfield Park, Rock head baseball coach Jeff Messer announced Tuesday.

The event will be held in conjunction with SRU's home doubleheader vs. Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division rival Gannon University.

Military Appreciation Day is sponsored by the Albert P. Gettings Memorial Foundation of New Castle and co-sponsored by the Slippery Rock Lions Club and Stanley Snyder VFW Post 7465 in Volant. 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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