Thursday, June 20, 2013

Positively Pittsburgh Live News 6-17-13 Part 1

Positively Pittsburgh Live News Part 1
Co hosting with the TechnoGranny today, JoAnn Forrester of the EmpressofBiz Talkcast and syndicated channel broadcaster at 

PPL Good News Segments Today: WHERE IN THE WORLD IS TECHNOGRANNY: Something Big Visionary Performing Arts Academy, Watch for National Roll out of,Back by Popular Demand, Power, Influence and Profit of E-Book Publishing

CULTURAL CLUES: Soul Factory Motown at the Museum. Kopit and Yeston's Phantom, CLO Discounts on Phantom, Auditions for Plaid Tidings at the CLO Cabaret, 2013 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention

KIDS KORNER: 44th season Pittsburgh International Children's Theater, Art Contest for Kids

WOMEN AND GIRLS ADVANCEMENT: Help save VOCA The Victims of Crime Act

BUSINESS BUZZ: Creative Entrepreneurs

HIGH SCHOOL AND UNIVERSITY NEWS: First place finalists Megan Boboige, Founder of Meg's Photo Booth

Where in the World is TechnoGranny?
At Something Big, where Visionary Performing Arts Academy presented youngsters from babies to high schoolers in an inspirational and entertaining dance review at the Byham Theatre.

Cultural Clues
Soul Factory: Motown at the Museum! 
This Friday, June 21st, one of the best parties in town will erupt on the longest night of the year. The summer solstice seems the perfect night for the Mattress Factory museum of contemporary art to host its singular Urban Garden Party.

For its latest installment, the Garden Party provides a hint of the museum's fall 2013 exhibition--Detroit: Artists in Residence--with a benefit bash that takes a cue from the legendary groove, glamour and creative vision of soulful Detroit. Garden-goers will travel back to when outfits were flashier, hairstyles were funkier and 45 rpm was the only speed in town. Dubbed Soul Factory: Motown at the Museum, this year's benefit bash also marks the museum's 35th year.

Arrive early and with an appetite to sample the spread, which will feature 40 of Pittsburgh’s top restaurants and caterers, including All in Good Taste Productions, Bar Marco, E2, Fukuda, Legume, Marty's Market, PGH Taco Truck, Tender, Verde, Wigle Whiskey, and more.

In between noshing, explore interactive art, bid on one-of-a-kind works made from hubcaps and enjoy Motown-themed pop-up performances by Kierra Darshell's Divas of Drag, DJ Zimmie, El Monics, The MadHouse, and Zany Umbrella Circus. Don your grooviest 1960s-era threads and head into the Motown photo booth to create a keepsake. Helping to get your groove on will be headlining act, Vancouver-based DJ The Gaff, who brings his psychedelic soul show to the Northside for just one night.

For the first time in Garden Party history, the Mattress Factory is hosting an official after-party. Following the funk fest, head over to nearby Penn Brewery Make sure to bring your wristband for access to drink discounts.

Just 36 hours later, on Sun., June 23rd, head back to the museum for its annual Community Urban Garden Party, from 1 to 5 p.m. Turn old vinyl record albums into art with Assemble, create work to add to the Museum's upcoming MoTOWN art installation and construct musical instruments from recycled materials for a noise party! On the main stage, enjoy performances by Pittsburgh Heat Hip-Hop Dance Company, theater workshops and performances by The Zany Umbrella Circus, and music by DJ Andrew Edmonds' Vinyl Showcase.

Cast of Pittsburgh CLO's Kopit and Yeston's Phantom
Photo by Matt Polk
Kopit & Yeston’s Phantom 
Audiences will be mesmerized by the classic score in Kopit & Yeston’s Phantom June 21- 30 at the Benedum Center. Phantom is back by popular demand and will feature an incredible cast comprised of Broadway stars and Pittsburgh CLO veterans. 

From the Tony Award®-winning team of Maury Yeston and Arthur Kopit comes the exquisite masterpiece, Phantom. Based on Gaston Leroux’s timeless love story, Phantom delves into the star-crossed story of the disfigured musical genius known as the Phantom Erik, and his muse, Christine Daaé, the exciting and beautiful ingénue of the Paris Opera. Their musical affair unfolds deep in the catacombs of the Opera house, where Erik finds salvation in Christine’s breathtaking voice. The incredible score features “Home,” “You Are My Own,” and “My True Love.”

Tickets are available online at, by calling 412-456-6666 or at the Box Office at Theater Square. Groups of 10 or more enjoy exclusive discounts and specialty packages. Call our Group Sales Hotline at 412-325-1582 for more information. Visit for further information. 

Pittsburgh CLO has generously offered a $10 savings on select performances of Phantom and Side By Side By Sondheim to Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Subscribers, PPL is passing it on to you. Use code SAVINGS to receive a $10 discount to Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Phantom and Side By Side By Sondheim!

Pittsburgh CLO to Hold Auditions for the Upcoming Production of Plaid Tidings at the CLO Cabaret
Auditions for Plaid Tidings at the CLO Cabaret at Theater Square, directed and choreographed by Guy Stroman. Principals must be available October 21, 2013 – January 12, 2014.

A cast of four men ages 20’s to 30’s that can sing close, four-part harmony in the
style of the “guy groups” of the late 1950s/early 1960s (The Four Lads, The Hi-Los, The Four Aces); the style is not do-wop or 50s-60s rock. The solo material is in the style of the popular singers of that period (i.e. Perry Como, Johnny Mathis).

JINX: High Tenor, 
FRANKIE: Tenor/High Baritone, SPARKY: Baritone/Tenor, SMUDGE: Bass/Baritone

By appointment – 11:00 am to 7:00 pm on Friday, July 19 at the CLO Academy. Callbacks will be Saturday, July 20. Please call or email to schedule an audition time.
Pittsburgh CLO Academy, 130 Academy Avenue, 8th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Auditioners should prepare two songs of their best material; one uptempo and one ballad. Bring legible sheet music in the correct key.

Applications can be downloaded from our website, or picked up at the audition.
Requests for an audition appointment should be e-mailed to, and include a preferred time range, which will be honored as sign-ups permit. If e-mail is not available, please call 412-281-3973 x 234. E-mail is highly preferred.

From Our Friends at Pittsburgh Today 
Last week more than 1,000 arts and community leaders convened in Pittsburgh for the 2013 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention. Pittsburgh is a fitting host for this conference; over the last several decades, Pittsburgh has met a challenge faced by many other regions: growing an arts audience in a slow-growth city with an aging population. In advance of the Americans for the Arts Conference, PittsburghTODAY is releasing a report titled, The Arts Engine, exploring how Pittsburgh's arts initiatives have created a national community development model. 

The entire report, including five sub-stories about specific components of the region's arts scene, can be found on our website by clicking here

Thanks for your interest,
Douglas Heuck, Program Director, PittsburghTODAY

Kids Korner

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the 44th season Pittsburgh International Children's Theater 2013-2014 Family Series
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to announce the 2013-2014 Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater Family Series. Now in its 44th season, the Family Series will present award-winning, professional theater companies featuring live performances for young audiences ages 3 and up. 

Performances based on prize-winning and popular children’s books adapted for the stage by Theatreworks USA (USA), Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia (Canada), and Big Wooden Horse Theatre Company (UK) can be seen at various locations throughout the Pittsburgh area. Hand Made Theatre (Russia) will present a U.S. premiere choreography that creates a magical world of trains, boats, ticking clocks, flocks of birds and more. New to the 2013-2014 Family Series is a series special, Junie B. Jones by Theatreworks USA. School matinee performances for some shows will be held on Mondays at 10:15 a.m., at the Byham Theater.

Citizens Bank is the season sponsor of Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater 2013-14 Family Series. Read the entire release here

Art Contest for Kids 
Calling all kids! Anchorpoint Counseling Ministry needs your help to design artwork for the First Annual Golden Anchor Gala. Put your creative talents to good use by answering the question, "What does HOPE mean to you?" If your drawing is chosen, it will be used for the logo and artwork promoting the gala! The contest is open to all youth under the age of 18. 

RULES: Kids may choose any medium to create a piece of original art that explores the question, "What does HOPE mean to you?" 

WINNERS: Three winners will be selected - 1st prize will receive $50 and the artwork will be used in promotional materials for the gala, 2nd and 3rd place winners will each receive $25.

DEADLINE: All entries must be submitted by July 1st.
Entries must be submitted using the official entry form - found HERE
For more information about the contest, click HERE.

Women and Girls Advancement

Help save VOCA: The Victims of Crime Act
We need your help to lobby Congress to exempt VOCA, the Victims of Crime Act, from federal sequestration. VOCA is a non-taxpayer fund that does not contribute to the national debt. 
It is estimated that cuts to VOCA will result in 785,000 victims, annually, not being able to receive the services that they need. This includes victims of domestic violence.
WC&S depends on VOCA support to help us provide our clients with quality services.

We need YOU to call your U.S. Representative! What to say? Use this simple message..

"I urge you to sign on as a co-sponsor of HR 2238, the bill recently introduced by Representatives Tim Costa and Ted Poe--co-chairs of Congress' Victims' Rights Caucus--to exempt the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) from federal sequestration!" click here for a complete sample letter

Find your Representative here!
You can find your Congress-person on Facebook and urge them to co-sponsor HR 2238 to exempt the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) from federal sequestration! Link to WC&S' page here! Tweet using #VOCA! Tweet your Representative with: Rep. [Twitter handle] pls sign on to HR2238 to exempt Crime Victims Fund from sequestration. Pitt victims of crime are counting on you! #VOCA. You can also tag WC&S in your tweets! Visit our Twitter here!

Thank you so much for your continued support of WC&S and all victims of crime and domestic violence. With your help we can make a difference.

Sincerely, Shirl Regan, President/CEO

Business Buzz
Jessica Lee

"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

Pre-show networking session at 5:30 pm. Informal matchmaking for job seekers, employers & new entrepreneurs! Live music starts at 6:00 pm.

June 20, 2013: " Creative Entrepreneurs"
Featuring interviews with:
Co-host Amy Calligaro, Miche Handbags 
Jared Clemens, Swing Dance Instructor, Lindyhop, Charleston, Blues, and Jitterbug 
Michael M. Kadrie, President/Chief Creative Officer - zoetifex Studios 
George Mendel, Photography 
Vince Ornato, Artist, Vince The Artist, Vince Ornato Jr. Fine Art Caricature Artist, Vince Ornato 

Community Interview: 
Who's Your Brother" 
with Wade Redcross, the founder and Debi Arnett, Business Development Manager

High School and University News

2013 George W. Tippins Regional Business Plan CompetitionAfter several rounds of pitching business ideas to a variety of volunteer judges, the 28 competitors in this year event narrowed down to the top three (3) finalists in two divisions:

The Up-Start Division ---for young people in the early stage of developing and forming their business concept (generally in our introduction level program). Products and services are in “prototype” development, relying greatly upon preliminary feedback from potential consumers regarding quality, value and pricing. 

The Start-Up Division—for young owners who have actually started their enterprise and have a year or more of direct experience with consumer sales, revenue generation and management.

The three finalists presented their business plans and pitched judges in their respective division’s final round on June 6, 2013 at the Rivers Club

The outcome is as follows:

Up-Start Division
First place finalist: Derica Sanchez, Founder of DERI
The business creates custom designed dog collars. Derica is part of Entrepreneuring Youth’s program at Urban Pathways Charter School where she is completing 10th grade.

Start Up Division
Megan Boboige
First place finalist is Megan Boboige, Founder of Meg’s Photo Booth
The business sells Meg’s photographs printed in high resolution on canvas. Meg is part of Entrepreneuring Youth’s program in Beaver County delivered through a partnership with the Franklin Center and the Community College of Beaver County. Meg is completing the 11th grade at Moon Area High School.


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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