Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Positively Pittsburgh Live News 5-20-13 Part I

Positively Pittsburgh Live News 
Co- host Tamar Cerafici, Environmental Attorney, PPL Mag Page Legal Shoe, PPL Mag Channel Owner, The Barefoot Barrister, Founder of the Lawyer's New Clothes Marketing and Coaching Program 

On tonight’s show: WHERE IN THE WORLD IS TECHNOGRANNY? Ladies Who Network put on by Ralph Watson Classic Events; CULTURAL CLUES: SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody, PICT Field Trips, Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival Call For Volunteers/Volunteer Opportunities, Martin Giles Stars in PICT's Thriller The Kreutzer Sonata, Bring Your Own Bard; KIDS KORNER: Adventures with Clifford the Big Red Dog


Ladies Who Network put on by Ralph Watson Classic Events, Friday, May 24, 2013 5:30 pm, Hosanna House, Inc., 807 Wallace Avenue, Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania 15221 

CLASSIC EVENTS! 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:

*JoANN FORRESTER/ Empress of Biz Internet Talkcast
*CECELIA JENKINS/ PCSI Executive Director
*MICHELLE GOODWIN-JONES /Michelle Goodwin Studios
*MARIMBA MILLIONES/ Hill District Development Corporation
*MARYELEN SULLIVAN/ PNC Bank Community Development


September 19-21, SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody
Byham Theater

It’s time for the saucy book that caused a world sensation to get SPANKED! SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody is the hilarious new musical that brings all the naughty fun of the best-selling book to life. Your inner goddess will be laughing out loud with this new imagining of the characters as they come to life with sharp-witted comedy, musical numbers, steamy and fun performances from the hunky leading man, plus lots of surprises! 

Grab your girlfriends and don’t miss the funniest and most exciting girls’ night out of the year!
SPANK! is not associated with, nor authorized by, author E.L. James or Vintage Press. To Buy Tickets: Online at or call 412-456-6666

PICT Theatre Field Trips
Want to get away? PICT has two great escapes tailor-made for theatre fans...

In July, immerse yourself in the Words of Oscar Wilde while staying at the luxurious Mansions on Fifth Hotel.
In October, travel to the picturesque Niagara-on-the-Lake for the Shaw Festival and a wonderful selection of plays. 

The Words of Wilde Theatre Immersion with Alan Stanford
Immerse yourself in language and luxury! Retreat into the lavish accommodations of Pittsburgh’s Mansions on Fifth Hotel while PICT’s Interim Producing Artistic Director and Oscar Wilde exponent Alan Stanford guides your exploration into the world of Oscar Wilde.

This unique experience begins with a Sunday evening cocktail reception where you can mingle with fellow theatre lovers and enjoy excerpted readings of Oscar Wilde’s works. Enjoy three full days of group and one-on-one theatre instruction, and conclude your adventure with an evening performance of PICT’s production of Lady Windermere’s Fan.

Investigate the ways Oscar Wilde uses words as weapons. Discover Wilde’s unique language structure and extensive vocabulary to reveal the constant satiric underbelly of his comedies. By examining Wilde’s prose and poetry and his play Salome, theatre lovers will delight in Wilde’s manipulation of the rhythm of the English language to create a perfection of thought in words.

About the accommodations: The Mansions on Fifth Hotel is an urban getaway with soaring ceilings, welcoming fireplaces and irreplaceable stained glass windows. Feed your soul in the historic chapel, century-old wine cellar and elegant library. Relax with a glass of iced tea on the terrace or your favorite spot in The Oak Room. For the height of relaxation and pampering, indulge in The Mansions’ in-room spa services. Visit their website.

The Kreutzer Sonata, COMING MAY 30! Noted Pittsburgh actor/director Martin Giles will premiere the role of Pozdynyshev in PICT’s production of The Kreutzer Sonata, a psychological thriller by Irish playwright Nancy Harris. This production opens in previews on May 30th. The play is based on Leo Tolstoy’s novella of the same name, which was censored by the Russian authorities when it was published in 1889. PICT’s Artistic Director Alan Stanford will direct. Martin Giles is in his 12th season with PICT, with credits including The School for Lies, Ivanov, The Mask of Moriarty, House & Garden, The Importance of Being Earnest, The History Boys, What the Butler Saw and The Gigli Concert, which helped earned him a Post-Gazette Performer of the Year award. In the award announcement, critic Christopher Rawson called Giles one of “Pittsburgh’s busiest, most reliable actors,” and he has a daunting 2013 calendar to prove it. In addition to teaching at Point Park and Carnegie Mellon Universities, he recently earned acclaim for his role in Dream of Autumn and for directing John Gabriel Borkman, both for Quantum Theatre.

Call For Volunteers/Volunteer Opportunities, Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival
June 7-16, 2013 & Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival June 7-9, 2013

The 54th annual Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival and 3rd annual Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival are looking for volunteers! The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival will be held June 7-16, 2013 in the streets, open spaces, galleries and historic plazas of downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, Gateway Center, and Point State Park. Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival will be held June 7-9 at various locations in the Cultural District. 

Every year the success of the Festivals depend on the help of hundreds of volunteers. There are volunteer positions for nearly every age, interest and ability. From heavy lifting to easy sitting, there’s something for you! Volunteers will also be given an official volunteer t-shirt to wear while helping during the Festival. Most volunteer shifts last about four hours. The Festivals need volunteers every day. Individuals, students, groups and families are all encouraged to help, and may choose one shift or multiple shifts.

Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival-Volunteer Opportunities, June 7-16, 2013
Volunteers are needed as information booth concierges, green team, artist booth sitters, roving concierges, activity assistants, gallery assistants, artist hospitality room monitors and loading assistants.

Info Booth Concierges: Paired with a Arts Festival employee, concierges assist with overflow and general questions (Where are the bathrooms? Where are the food booths?)

Booth Sitters: Artist Market Booth Sitters are responsible for relieving artists who have signed up for a 15-minute slot, in order to run errands, get food, and go to the bathroom. Booth sitters do not make sales.

Roving Concierges: Outfitted in a Arts Festival VOLUNTEER t-shirt, Roving Concierges will walk the festival footprint answering questions and being helpful to all Arts Festival patrons.

Creativity Zone and Children’s Activities Assistant: Activities Assistants will help children with crafts and activities in the Giant Eagle Creativity Zone and at the Gateway Center fountain. Volunteers for this must have state clearances.

Gallery Assistant: Gallery Assistants assist the staff at the Visual Arts Galleries throughout the Cultural District. They answer patron’s questions, monitor attendance and help ensure that the art is not damaged.

Artist Hospitality Room Monitor: The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival will be hosting a hospitality room for artists and their assistants in the Wyndham Grand Hotel. The artist hospitality room monitor will check credentials to ensure that only artists and their assistants enter. They will also monitor the light refreshments and the cleanliness of the space.

Loading Assistants: Loading Assistants help artists find their booths and assist with loading and unloading vehicles. This position requires some heavy lifting and can be labor-intensive.

Green Team Volunteers: Green Team volunteers are needed to help continue the Festival’s efforts again this year promoting environmentally responsible practices. A variety of ‘green team’ volunteer opportunities are available.

Thanks to support from the Colcom Foundation, the Festival has been able to earn a GOLD Standard Accreditation from Pennsylvania Resources Council’s Zero Waste Pittsburgh initiative and diversify its efforts from recycling trash to promoting bicycling, providing onsite environmental education and reducing reliance on plastics. This year the Festival will continue leading practices, through the Foundation’s generous support, with a world-class composting and recycling system-one of the first and largest in the nation which helps divert more than 80% of trash from landfills annually. The Festival also offers free bicycle valet service to encourage eco-friendly transportation to and from downtown and free water stations that encourage refilling personal containers to reduce waste.

Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival Volunteers, June 7-9: A variety of volunteer opportunities are available. To sign up for volunteer opportunities, visit: or call Eric Thomas, Volunteer Coordinator, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, at 412-456-2697.

BYOB (Bring Your Own Bard) Features “Shakespeare's Men” 
“And to be more than what you were you would be so much more the man.” (Lady Macbeth). “O God if I were a man! I would eat his heart in the marketplace!” (Beatrice, Much Ado About Nothing). Explore the measure of manhood at “Shakespeare’s Men,” part of Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks’ BYOB - Bring Your Own Bard reading series. On Monday, May 27, BYOB will tackle Shakespeare’s view of manhood, feature readings and scenes starring bold heroes and crafty villains, men of honor and self-serving social climbers. At 7:15 PM at the Te Cafe in Squirrel Hill.

Bring Your Own Bard is an informal scene night in which professional actors and non-actors alike take a crack at their favorite Shakespeare pieces. Participants are encouraged to bring along a piece ready to read, jump into a scene already prepared, or just listen and drink tea. Extra readings will be on hand in case last-minute inspiration strikes. Kids are welcome. Beverages and light fare will be available for purchase.

Doors open at 7:15 PM and readings begin at 7:30 PM. Suggested $10 donation at the door. Anyone interested in reading should contact or 412.521.6406, or visit us on Facebook at Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks. THE TE CAFE
www.te-cafe.com2000 Murray Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217, (412) 422-8888

PITTSBURGH SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKS is a non-profit theatre company offering free Shakespeare plays in city parks. In 2012, our production of The Tempest, directed by Alan Irvine, played to over 1,000 patrons over four September weekends. Now celebrating our 9th season, we will be serving up Romeo & Juliet in September 2013. Directed by longtime PSIP member Helen Meade, the production will explore the two parallel trajectories of two of the Bard's most tragic and poignant characters- while playing with time and space in a surprising way. 


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Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh Events, June 1 - 15, 2013
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Adventures with Clifford the Big Red Dog
Opens Saturday, May 18
Board the Birdwell Island ferry and journey to the world of Clifford™, America’s beloved big red dog with a heart to match! Meet his best friend Emily Elizabeth™ and the residents of Birdwell Island including Clifford’s canine friends Cleo, T-Bone and Mac for lots of “paws-on” adventures:
· Take the wheel and operate the Birdwell Island Ferry
· Slide down the tail of our 9-foot tall Clifford
· Have an adventure on T-Bone’s beach - look for buried treasure and build a sandcastle
· Start a dance party playing the instruments in the Musical Marina
· Little ones will love to crawl through the tunnel in Cleo’s Backyard and try shape-sorting and matching activities

Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog was created by Minnesota Children's Museum together with Scholastic Entertainment. (c) 2013 Scholastic Entertainment Inc. SCHOLASTIC and logos are trademarks of Scholastic Inc. CLIFFORD, CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG, BE BIG and logos are trademarks of Norman Bridwell. All rights reserved.

Get Your Photo Taken with Clifford the Big Red Dog
Sundays in June, 11:00 – 11:30 am & 1:00 – 1:30 pm
Bring your camera and pose for a photo with Clifford in the Museum Theater.

Clifford Big Red Dog: Surprise Sightings
Wednesdays in June, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Keep an eye out for Clifford the Big Red Dog as he roams the Museum.

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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