Thursday, May 16, 2013

Positively Pittsburgh Live News 5-13-13 Part I

Positively Pittsburgh Live News
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Co Host this Evening, Dr. Dan Turo of Turo Family Chiropractic and Author of PPLMag Channel and Page, "Always Adjusting"

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS TECHNOGRANNY? Power, Influence and Profit of E-Books Cocktails and Cuisine Aloha Meenakshi Luncheon

CULTURAL NEWS: Trust Cabaret SeriesvPittsburgh Public Theater Presents Other Desert Cities 2013-2014 Pittsburgh Dance Council  Disney's Tarzan 

KIDS KORNER: Ugly Duckling Fairy Tale Gets Modern Twist in "Honk Jr." Point Park University Playhouse--Huck Finn Charlie Batch's Project C.H.U.C.K. Point Park's Playhouse Jr. presents "Afternoon of the Elves" Children's Festival in Oakland--Dinosaur Petting Zoo and Agga Boom.

WOMEN AND GIRLS ADVANCEMENT: NAWBO Greater Pittsburgh Bids Aloha To Meenakshi Kapoor, President of NAWBO Greater Pittsburgh Inspired Women Conference

PITTSBURGH HISTORICAL STUFF: Macy's Celebrates the Kaufmann's Clock's 100th Birthday

NON-PROFIT EVENTS SPONSORED BY BLACK TIE-PITTSBURGH: Redline Fashion Show Benefiting Pittsburgh Aids Taskforce Entrepreneurial Thursdays--Non-profit Innovators  GlobalPittsburgh Co-Hosting International Night Wednesday at SAVOY

NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS: Market Square Farmer's Market Venture Outdoors Festival 

POSITIVE PITTSBURGHERS SEGMENT: Igniting Possibilities with Entrepreneuring Youth 

ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT: You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up Beachview Gift Shop in Brookline La Centerentola Opera

PITTSBURGH LOCAL SPORTS--the games you can see in Pittsburgh this week

STEELTOWN HERO: Ross Township Police Commendations and Life Saving Award

Where in the World is Techno Granny?

Power, Influence and Profit of E-Books 
Cocktails and Cuisine 
Aloha Meenakshi Luncheon

Cultural News

2013-2014 Trust Cabaret Series
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to announce the second season for the 2013-2014 TRUST Cabaret Series. Enjoy the rare opportunity to experience the finest cabaret artists at the intimate Cabaret at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, in downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. The 2013-2014 TRUST Cabaret Series will showcase performers Marilyn Maye, Maureen McGovern, Carol Woods, Liz Callaway and Clint Holmes.

TRUST Cabaret Series performances begin at 7:30pm. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., Cabaret at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue. Subscription packages are available now. With a subscription package, see five TRUST Cabaret Series concerts for the price of four! Subscription packages: Table seating: $240, Theater seating: $200. Subscription information call (412) 456-1390. Groups of 10+ call (412) 471-6930. Accessible services are available. For more information click here

Pittsburgh Public Theater Presents Other Desert Cities

Pittsburgh Public Theater’s highly successful MADE IN AMERICA season concludes with Jon Robin Baitz’s Broadway sensation Other Desert Cities, nominated for the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play. 

Other Desert Cities is directed by Rob Ruggiero, whose recent Broadway credits include High starring Kathleen Turner and Looped starring Valerie Harper. He was last at The Public to direct Ella. Other Desert Cities runs May 30 – June 30, 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 The engagement of Helena Ruoti in this production has been generously supported by Richard W. Moriarty, M.D.
For more details click here

2013-2014 Pittsburgh Dance Council Season Announcement
The Pittsburgh Dance Council, a division of Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, announces an outstanding array of dance from around the world that will grace our stages this season!

Paul Organisak, Executive Director, comments “Pittsburgh Dance Council is pleased to continue to present some of the finest companies whose diversity of artistic expression and culture are certain to captivate, challenge and entertain you during the 2013-2014 Season.  With a focus on delivering new and fresh experiences and international flair, the Dance Council brings a snapshot of contemporary dance and performance.” Read the entire release here

Kids Korner

Disney's Tarzan 
Stop monkeying around and bring your whole family to see Disney’s Tarzan presented by the Pittsburgh Musical Theater! You’ve seen the movie; the innocent and heartwarming story of Tarzan and Jane, the action-packed adventure, the beautiful portrayal of the dense African rainforests, and the enchanting music and lyrics by Phil Collins. Now you can experience the Disney sensation on stage right in Downtown Pittsburgh, swinging vines and all!

Tarzan will be swinging into the Byham Theater Downtown through May 19, 2013. The musical first hit the Broadway stage in 2006, and continues to tour major US cities. The production follows the basic plot of the original movie, but also includes minor tweaks in the story that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Tarzan features the Oscar-winning music from the original motion picture expanded to make up the complete theater score, also written by Phil Collins.

Check out Pittsburgh Musical Theater's Facebook page for sneak peek looks at the production and behind the scenes videos. To purchase tickets please click here and bring your wild side Downtown for an unforgettable musical performance!

Point Park University’s Playhouse Jr. gives the beloved Ugly Duckling fairy tale a hip new twist when it presents the musical, Honk! Jr., May 11-26 in the Rockwell Theatre at the Pittsburgh Playhouse. 

In Honk! Jr., poor Ugly, the duckling, doesn¹t look or sound anything like his brothers and sisters. Despite being teased, when Ugly is led astray by a very hungry and conniving cat, he¹s desperate to get back home. With catchy songs and colorful characters, this hip, modern version of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling will remind audiences young and old that different is beautiful.

Directed by Michael McKelvey, Honk! Jr. was written by Anthony Drewe with music by George Stiles. The production features students of Point Park¹s Conservatory of Performing Arts as performers and select designers. Choreography is by Andrea Weinzierl, scenic design by Maddie Bucci, costume design by Don DiFonso, and lighting design by Colleen Ryan. Garrett Kerr is the stage manager.

Honk! Jr. opens Saturday, May 11 and runs through Sunday, May 26, 2013. Performances will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, and 7 p.m., on Saturday. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased by calling the Pittsburgh Playhouse box office at 412.392.8000, or online at Special performances for school field trips begin Wednesday, May 8, and run through Friday May 31. Field trip performances are held Tuesday through Friday at 10 a.m. and Friday at 12:30 p.m. 

Point Park University’s Playhouse Jr. brings Mark Twain’s classic novel to life in Huck Finn, May 11-26 in the Rauh Theatre at the Pittsburgh Playhouse. 

In Mark Twain’s classic American novel, Huck Finn and Jim, an escaped slave, raft down the Mississippi in search of freedom and adventure. Along the way, Huck discovers his own sense of morality in the face of the politics and prejudices of the antebellum South. This contemporary adaptation by Eric Coble addresses the difficult themes of race and identity in a modern and engaging style.

All Playhouse Jr. productions feature performances by the students of Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts. Huck Finn features scenic design by Jeff Fuga, costume design by Michael Montgomery, lighting design by Lauren Brunson, and sound design by Brittany Mellerson. Nik Nemec is the stage manager.

Directed by Monica Payne, Huck Finn opens Saturday, May 11, and runs through Sunday, May 26. Performances will be held Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased by calling the Pittsburgh Playhouse box office at 412.392.8000, or online at Special performances for school field trips begin Thursday, May 9, and run through Friday, May 31. Field trip performances are held 10 a.m., Tuesday through Friday.

Point Park’s Playhouse Jr. presents ‘Afternoon of the Elves’ 
Point Park University’s Playhouse Jr. presents Afternoon of the Elves, May 25-June 9 in the Studio Theatre at the Pittsburgh Playhouse. 

Directed by Nancy Bach and based on the 1990 Newberry Honor Book by Janet Taylor Lisle, Afternoon of the Elves tells the story of Sara-Kate Connolly’s overgrown back yard, which hides many secrets, the most exciting of which is a mysterious elf village. When Hillary, a popular new fourth grader, learns of the tiny houses, an unlikely friendship develops between the two girls. While caring for the elf village, Hillary stumbles on a much darker secret about Sara-Kate’s life, one that she cannot share with anyone. Her discovery forces her to consider the charmed life she’s had while others her age struggle to survive. Afternoon of the Elves was adapted for the stage by Y York.

All Playhouse Jr. productions feature performances by the students of Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts. Afternoon of the Elves features scenic design by Rich Preffer, costume design by Joan Markert, lighting design by Todd Nonn, and sound design by Maria G. Scheller. Jonathan Robert Bucci is the stage manager.

Afternoon of the Elves opens Saturday, May 25 and runs through Sunday, June 9. Performances will be held Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased by calling the Pittsburgh Playhouse box office at 412-392-8000 or online at

Special performances for school field trips begin Thursday, May 23, and run through Friday, June 7. Field trip performances are held Tuesday through Friday at 10 a.m.

Best of The Batch Foundation
Project C.H.U.C.K.

May kicks off our 12th Annual summer basketball league, Project C.H.U.C.K., for girls and boys ages 7-18. Since its inception, Project C.H.U.C.K has provided a place for 3,085 children to develop not only athletically but also academically by incorporating mandatory study halls and reading requirements into the program. 

Don't miss Championship Day on July 20th at Charlie Batch 16th Avenue playground in Homestead! Who will be going to the 'ship this year?? Register here!

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Presents the 27th Annual Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival
May 15-19, 2013

The Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater, a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, presents the Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival, Wednesday, May 15, through Sunday, May 19, 2013 at the University of Pittsburgh theaters and Schenley Plaza. Programming will showcase international and local theater premieres, including a brand new interactive luminarium installation from Architects of Air (UK). Giant Eagle is the lead sponsor of the 2013 Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival. Additional partners include Citiparks, University of Pittsburgh School of Arts & Sciences, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, and Pittsburgh Parks Conservatory.
The Festival will feature performances and artwork by artists from the U.S. and around the globe, including Australia, Russia, Ireland, and the UK. “The 27th annual Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival presents a wide variety of unique performances and is a way for people to see many shows back-to-back or over the span of a few days,” comments Pamela K. Lieberman, Manager of Children’s Theater Programming with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Executive Director of Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater. “It highlights a combination of art forms that are inspiring, not only for children, but for adults as well.”

Charlotte Blake Alston, featured narrator and story teller of African Pourquoi Tales, provides an interactive experience by tweaking her stories based on the audience’s participation and according to Lieberman, her performances are “engaging and amazing.” In addition, Alston is PennPAT funded, allowing her to make the most of every performance.

Back by popular demand, Aga-Boom (Russia/USA) returns to the festival and will delight audiences with their art of clowning, comedy and theater performance.

This year’s Festival will feature extended hours for the evening shows on Friday, May 18 & Saturday, May 19. Friday evening performances include Aga-Boom and Dinosaur Zoo at 6 p.m.; Saturday performances include Dinosaur Zoo at 5 p.m., and The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly and African Pourquoi Tales at 6:16 p.m.

In addition to the featured ticketed performances, the Festival will include 30+ free hands-on academic, cultural and international activities, as well as performances at the free outdoor Community Stages located in Schenley Plaza and on the front lawn of the Carnegie Library. Participants can enjoy stories and activites from the Citiparks Alphabet Trail and Tales and the Roving Art Cart. Free outdoor activities and performances are 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Plenty of bus, lot and street parking is available in the area.

For information and tickets, visit the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, downtown Pittsburgh, or visit:

Women and Girls Advancement

NAWBO Greater Pittsburgh Bids AlohaTo Meenakshi Kapoor, President NAWBO

and Co-founder of Multinational Company, Symphony Enterprises LLC

On May 15, 2013, NAWBO, the National Association of Women Business Owners, Greater Pittsburgh hosted a special luncheon to honor Meenakshi Kapoor, current President of the organization and Founder of Symphony Enterprises LLC who will soon return to her native India to lead her company's expansion. Under her leadership, Symphony Enterprises LLC has grown to $2-plus million organization, with offices in India and the United States. Ms. Kapoor has been a member of NAWBO since 2006 and has served as Diversity Director, Make the Connection Event Chair, Board Member since 2007, and President from 2011 to 2013. 
Meenakshi Kapoor

"It has been my privilege to be involved with NAWBO. "The leadership training, encouragement and resources provided by the Greater Pittsburgh chapter of NAWBO and our national organization has been a major factor in my company's growth the last seven years. I urge woman who desire to build a strong viable company to join NAWBO", commented Ms Kapoor.

“We are sorry to see Meenakshi leave us,” said Kilgore, President Elect of NAWBO for 2013-2014. ”We remain deeply appreciative of her devoting her time and energies to keep NAWBO Greater Pittsburgh strong as the organization that helps to fulfill the needs of women business owners in Western PA.

Inspired Women in Business and Life 
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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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