Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Positively Pittsburgh Live News 6-10-13 Part I

Positively Pittsburgh Live News
Part I

Pittsburgh Passion Hosting First Play off game and Nanno Granny is tonight's co-host. Direct from the Sunny Metropolis of Ambridge giving a presentation on Cost Control, we have twisted JoAnn Forrester's arm to co-host tonight. You know of course that when the TechnoGranny and Nanno Granny get together the news is never quite the same.


CULTURAL CLUES: Giant Rubber Duck Makes U.S. Debut, Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts, PSO to perform Pixar in Concert, Kenny G with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Celebration of Jerry Garcia, REP announces 2013-2014 season, Holiday Doo Wop Show in December

KIDS KORNER: FREE Football Clinic, Celebrity Basketball Game, Teen Megan Boboige Wins George W. Tippins Regional Business Plan Competition,  iQ: smartparent, WQED invites Pittsburgh Parents to Participate in PBS Kids Research

Where in the World is TechnoGranny?
Kenny G at Pittsburgh Symphony

Cultural Clues
The Rubber Duck

Giant Rubber Duck Makes U.S. Debut For Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts 2013
Studio Florentijn Hofman’s The Rubber Duck has ignited crazes in Hong Kong, Sydney and other international locales and will make its U.S. debut in Pittsburgh for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s International Festival of Firsts. Starting September 27, The Rubber Duck will launch on the Allegheny River setting in motion four weeks of diverse programming featuring acclaimed international companies and artists premiering works never before seen in the United States. Presentations of theater, dance, music, performance and visual arts will grace several Cultural District venues, in spaces both traditional and highly unexpected.

“Pittsburgh has a confluence of international activities taking place during the fall of 2013,” said Kevin McMahon, president & CEO of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. “The city has been re-imagined and remade and is now hosting major international events-from the Carnegie International to the Remaking Cities Conference- that provide for an intriguing cultural climate. The return of the Cultural Trust’s festival could not have taken place during a more fitting year, and we are glad to be part of the economic, cultural and quality-of-life transformation that is part of the region’s 30-year investment in the arts.” Read the entire release here.

From Toy Story to their latest release, Brave, Pixar’s famous music will be performed by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, while movie clips play on an overhead screen. 
Resident Conductor Lawrence Loh will lead the PSO in playing the music of Pixar favorites such as Finding Nemo, Cars, Up, WALL-E, The Incredibles, Monsters, Inc., and much more. All 13 of Pixar’s feature films will be showcased in the performance, celebrating all the characters that audiences of all ages know and love.
Toy Story, Pixar in Concert

The show will begin at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 21 and at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 22 at Heinz Hall. Tickets, ranging in price from $19 to $75, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900, or at www.pittsburghsymphony.org. The PSO would like to recognize and thank First Niagara for its presenting sponsorship of these performances. Read the entire release here.

Kenny G
Kenny G with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra 
In a recording career that spans almost three decades and 23 albums, Grammy-Award winning Kenny G has grafted elements of R&B, pop and Latin to a jazz foundation solidifying his reputation as a premiere artist in contemporary jazz. Since the early ‘80s, his combination of unparalleled instrumental chops and indelible melodies has resulted in sales of more than 75 million records worldwide (45 million in the U.S. alone) and more than a dozen climbs to the top ofBillboard’s contemporary jazz chart. Kenny G will join your Pittsburgh Symphony onstage for a performance featuring jazz favorites and more! Read the entire release here.

The PSO will be collaborating with Warren Haynes, most well-known as the guitarist of The Allman Brothers Band, in the Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration featuring Warren Haynes and Pittsburgh Symphony in Association with Princeton Entertainment.
Jerry Garcia

PSO Assistant Conductor Fawzi Haimor will lead the orchestra, while Haynes lends his famous blend of rock, blues, R&B, and jazz to many of Jerry Garcia’s classic works from his time with the Grateful Dead.
This new symphonic project will be featuring Garcia’s storied original compositions as well as classic interpretations of timeless standards. Read the entire release here

The REP announces 2013-2014 season 
The REP, Point Park University’s professional theatre company, will produce four works, including a world premiere and a Pittsburgh premiere, in the 2013-2014 season. The season begins Sept. 6 and runs through April 6, 2014, at the Pittsburgh Playhouse. 

The season opens with Arthur Miller’s post-World War II drama, All My Sons, directed by his son, Robert A. Miller, Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts Distinguished Master Artist-in-Residence. Other productions include the Pittsburgh premiere of EM Lewis’ Heads, directed by John Shepard, the world premiere of Pittsburgh playwright Tammy Ryan’s Soldier’s Heart, directed by John Amplas, and Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage’s By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, directed by Tome’ Cousin. Read the entire release here

Jay and The Americans will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the song “Only in America” with a
Jay and The Americans,
Mellon Arena
performance at Heinz Hall. Along with “Only in America,” the show will include performances from Charlie Thomas Drifters (“Save the Last Dance for Me”), Jay Siegel’s Tokens (“The Lion Sleeps Tonight”), Maurice Williams and The Zodiacs (“Stay”), The Chiffons (“One Fine Day”), Tommy Mara of The Crests (“Sixteen Candles”), and local Pittsburgh celebrities Johnny Angel and The Halos.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. on December 19 at Heinz Hall. Tickets, ranging from $32.50 to $99.50, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or at www.heinzhall.org. Read the entire release here.

Kids Korner
From our friends at The Soul Pitt

The Revis Island Foundation Presents A FREE Football Clinic
June 19 and 20 @ Aliquippa Jr-Sr. HS

Celebrity Basketball Game, June 21 at 1PM $10/$12

Benefit Gala & After Party, June 21 at JT’s @ the Club

“Skills -N- Drills” FREE Football Clinic @ Aliquippa Jr-Sr. HS
Free 2-Day Football Clinic June 19 & 20

Camp concludes with a Celebrity Basketball Game, Friday, June 21st at 1 PM

($10 Advance /$12 Door Tickets)

For more info on the Camp or to Purchase Tickets to the Game, call Diana Askew 724.777.6668.

Daughter of Positive Pittsburgher Lisa Kennis Miller Wins
The winner of the George W. Tippins Regional Business Plan Competition is Megan Boboige,owner and photographer of Meg's Photo Booth, who is from the Collaborative's Incubator program. Megan will compete in the 2013 NFTE National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge in October.

WQED’s iQ: smartmedia initiative premieres the third episode of iQ: smartparent on Thursday, June 20 at 8 p.m. on WQED-TV. 

Episode 3: Health, Wellness and Technology will help parents learn the facts about childhood obesity and good nutrition, and discuss ways that families can use apps, games and other media to stay healthy and enjoy the outdoors.
To view the full press release click here.  For questions or to schedule an interview contact George Hazimanolis at 412-622-1366 or ghazimanolis@wqed.org

WestEd Study will Engage Pre-K and Kindergarten Students with Math Games to Test and Refine Progress-tracking Tools for Parents

WQED will act as a testing site for formative research that will assist in the development of new PBS KIDS cross-platform content. The study, being conducted by WestEd, is focused on tracking Pre-K and Kindergarten students’ mathematics abilities while playing eight PBS games related to counting and numeracy. WQED’s crowd sourcing work and PBS KIDS’ “big data” collection methods will provide insight into the patterns of interactive game play that Pittsburgh children use to learn math.

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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