Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Positively Pittsburgh Live News 7-1-13 Part I

Pittsburgh Live News Part 1

We admit it, the staff of PositivelyPittsburghLive partied too much last weekend and this week. However we normally do not schedule a show on holiday weeks. But this week, there is just too much good news to wait until Monday, we were just having a time fitting in the show in between partying. Co-host today, JoAnn Forrester of the Empress of Biz Talkcast had two Roving Pittsburgher Reviews herself.

Part I: WHERE IN THE WORLD IS TECHNOGRANNY: No BSMeeting, Luke Wholey's Wild Alaskan Grill Shukathon, Roman Bistro, Forest Hills

CULTURAL CLUES: WVU KEYBOARD FESTIVAL, PICT Lady Windermere's Fan, Defending the Caveman Roars Back Into the CLO, WOOD STREET GALLERIES ELECTRONIC COMPOSER, The Little Mermaid Makes a Splash at Pittsburgh CLO


WOMEN AND GIRLS ADVANCEMENT: Challenge to African American Women Conference, Celebrating Women! Having A Global Impact

BUSINESS BUZZ: Average weekly wages increase by 3.5, GACO's 26th Annual Procurement Fair, Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire

HIGH SCHOOL AND UNIVERSITY NEWS: Blossom & Flourish Summer Camps

PositivelyPittsburghLive Sponsored Event

Where in the World is TechnoGranny?
No BS Marketing Meeting on Babcock Blvd. North Hills, Luke Wholey’s Wild Alaskan Grill Shukathon in the Strip District, Roman Bistro in Forest Hills

Cultural Clues

WQED-FM 89.3 is the official media sponsor for West Virginia University’s Keyboard Festival to be held June 24–28 at the Creative Arts Center in Morgantown, WV. With the desire to gather together outstanding pianists, piano teachers and keyboard artists throughout the nation, the event will feature a variety of concerts, both classical and jazz. 

On Friday June 28th, Jim Cunningham, host of the QED Morning Show, will broadcast live from WVU Keyboard Festival. From 6-9am, Jim will be live from Bloch Hall in the Creative Arts Center on the WVU Campus with guest interviews and live performances. At 2pm, Jim Cunningham will host a live broadcast of the Keyboard Festival’s Classic Competition Winner’s Concert in Bloch Hall. Read the entire release here

More Modern Milieu for Lady Windermere’s Fan
Renowned Oscar Wilde expert Alan Stanford, PICT’s interim Producing Artistic Director, will direct his adaptation of the great Irish playwright’s comedy, Lady Windermere’s Fan. Wilde’s play, first produced in 1892 in London, satirizes the morality of Victorian society. Stanford has moved the setting forward in time to 1947; in post-World-War II London, Wilde’s language and ridicule of high-society still resonate. Oscar Wilde was not so much a writer of polite English comedy, but rather a biting Irish satirist who lampooned the social absurdities and prejudices of the English upper classes; prejudices that lasted well into the Twentieth Century. This production, which runs July 11 through July 27, is PICT’s third show of the season, and features a cast of 17 actors.

Stanford continues to build his reputation as a skilled interpreter of the plays of Oscar Wilde. He has been the principle interpreter of Wilde at the renowned Gate Theatre of Dublin as both an actor and director. He has, at various times, directed and appeared in all of the major plays of Wilde, including the role of Lady Bracknell at Ireland’s Abbey Theatre and here at PICT.
Stanford just finished directing PICT’s second show of the season, The Kreutzer Sonata. His
previous directing credits include works by Shakespeare, Molière, Noel Coward, Shaw, and
Brecht. He directed PICT’s record-breaking production of the Sherlock Holmes’s mystery The
Mask of Moriarty in 2011. Following Lady Windermere’s Fan, he will direct Don Juan Comes
Back from the War which PICT will present in August. Read the entire release here.

Defending the Caveman Roars Back Into the CLO Cabaret August 1!
Pittsburgh CLO is pleased to announce the return of Broadway sensation Defending the Caveman to the CLO Cabaret August 1 – October 20, 2013. Tickets start at $34.75 and are available online at pittsburghCLO.org, by calling 412-456-6666 or at the Box Office at Theater Square. Call 412-325-1582 for group discounts and special event planning. 

Defending the Caveman is a hilariously insightful play about the ways men and women relate. This prehistoric look at the battle of the sexes is full of wonderful scenarios that celebrate the differences between men and women, making it a perfect entertainment option for couples, or girls’ night out. The show has also been seen and recommended by thousands of marriage and family therapists and counselors, for its humorous look at the inherent differences between the sexes. Read more information here.

Wood Street Galleries Offers Innovative Live Set With Electronic Composer & Visual ArtistThe Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is excited to announce an innovative new exhibit opening at Wood Street Galleries as a part of the July 12th Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District. Ryoji Ikeda’s data.tron is part of the datamatics project, which is a series of experiments that explore such questions, physically and mathematically. Visitors will experience the vast universe of data in the infinite between 0 and 1. data.tron is an audiovisual installation, where each single pixel of visual image is strictly calculated by mathematical principle, composed from a combination of pure mathematics and the vast sea of data present in the world. These images are projected onto a large screen, heightening and intensifying the viewer’s perception and total immersion within the work.

The exhibit will be open to the public July 12 through September 8, 2013. On Friday, July 12 at 10:00 p.m., Ryoji Ikeda will perform a live set of “test pattern” at the Cultural Trust Arts Education Center, Pierce Studio located at 805-807 Liberty Avenue. Tickets are $10 (standing) or $15 (seating). For ticket information, visit: www.TrustArts.org or call (412) 456-6666. Read the entire release here.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid Makes a Splash at Pittsburgh CLO
Disney’s The Little Mermaid will bring the beloved fairy tale to life onstage in its Pittsburgh premiere at the Benedum Center, July 9-21. Audiences of all ages are sure to fall in love with this underwater spectacular. Jessica Grové and Nick Adams star as Ariel and Prince Eric and
Jessica Grove as Ariel
 Photo Billy Bustamante
are accompanied by a dazzling cast to make this enchanted “Under the Sea” love story a hit.

In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories, with music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, it’s a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. Come fall in love with the magic for the first time—or all over again! Read more information here

Kids Korner

WQED Musical Kid Winner Advances To Live Rounds 
WQED Musical Kid winner and violinist Joey Comella, 13 of Export, PA has just advanced to the LIVE rounds of The 5th Annual Moscow International David Oistrakh Violin Competition taking place September 21 – 30, 2013 in Moscow. To view the full release click here
For questions or to schedule interviews please contact George Hazimanolis at 412-622-1366 or ghazimanolis@wqed.org.

Women and Girls Advancement

Bev Smith Conference
The African American community is in a critical state at every level. Unemployment, crime, drug use, broken homes, and health disparities have ruined the great dream, something must be done about it NOW! That’s why the international radio program The Bev Smith Show—with
millions of listeners on 26 stations in 27 markets—is issuing this challenge.

I am challenging African American women— as well as Black women around the world—to join me as we plot a course to take back our communities and our families by focusing on health, education, employment, and spirituality. The course will be set on August 28–31, 2013, at the beautiful Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown. The goal will be met. So please join me in Pittsburgh as a sponsor of or participant in the inaugural edition of the international conference A Challenge to African American Women. Feel free to continue to check back for up-to-the-minute details on registration and conference events. Please review the enclosed materials for details on sponsorship. Your participation will help to create a community plan of action, which we will present the plan to the Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference in September 2013, and a portion of your sponsorship dollars will benefit the Bev Smith Learning Center, set to open in summer 2013.

I hope that I can count on you to help support our cause. If you have any questions or need additional information in the meantime, please feel free to contact us via e-mail at bevsmithconference@gmail.com or toll free at 1-855-TELL-BEV (1-855-835-5238).


WGF’s Global Impact
And just what is WGF’s Global Impact? Our CEO, Heather Arnet, is finishing WGF’s first documentary, Madame Presidenta: Why not U.S.? Vamos Meninas!, which will be showcased along with our wonderful honorees, at the Celebrating Women! Having a Global Impact gala on November 16th. This documentary, which she filmed in Brazil, will highlight the impact and importance of women elected to leadership positions.

To complete this fantastic documentary, WGF has launched its first-ever Kickstarter Campaign. Our goal is to raise $25,000 by July 13, so we only have a few days left to meet this goal. Kickstarter is a new way to fund creative projects, but it only works if we reach 100% of our goal – if we are even $1 short , we will not receive ANY of the funds. 

We are in the home stretch, but we need your help. Your contribution to the Kickstarter campaign helps us surpass this challenge. Together, WE CAN DO IT! Click here to watch a trailer of the documentary and then make a Kickstarter pledge today!

Business Buzz

From Our Friends at Pittsburgh Today
Although Pittsburgh has trailed benchmark regions in average weekly wages for many years, that gap is narrowing. Average weekly wages increased by 3.2 percent between 2009 and 2010, outpacing most benchmark regions. Between 2010 and 2011, average weekly wages increased another 3.6 percent. The latest annual figures show an increase of 3.5 percent between 2011 to 2012, the second largest increase year-over-year behind Cincinnati. 

The average annual pay in the Pittsburgh region in 2012 was $48,701, an increase of 3.5 over 2011. This places Pittsburgh below the benchmark average of $51,697.
In the 22-county Pittsburgh region, Greene County had the highest average weekly wages with an increase of 4.5 percent year-over-year, followed closely by a 3.7 percent increase in Allegheny County. Greene County ($54,362) also had the highest average annual pay in 2012, followed closely by Allegheny County ($53,000). 
Thanks for your interest, Douglas Heuck, Program Director, PittsburghTODAY

GACO's 26th Annual Procurement Fair
Being held at the Four Points by Sheraton Pittsburgh North in Mars, PA. Early registration details will be sent in August. Mark your calendar for October 23, 2013. Hope to see you there!

The 2013 Call for Makers is now open! 
What We’re Looking For 

Handmade or homemade projects made by individuals, clubs or start-up companies 

Made projects or making processes that use new technologies or old technologies in new ways

Interactivity for adults as well as kids – teach, share and demonstrate!

Innovation, Creativity and Inventiveness

WOW factor

The first step to participating in Maker Faire is to submit an application that tells us about yourself and your project. Applications can be submitted from individuals as well as from groups such as hobbyist clubs and schools. We particularly encourage exhibits that are interactive and that highlight the process of making things. Click here for details

High School and University News

Blossom & Flourish Summer Camps: Helping Middle & High School Girls Discover Their Unique Leadership Purpose
We help middle school and high school girls discover their unique purpose and understand their roles as leaders. With women making up only 20% of all senior-level managers in the United States, we need to teach girls that society needs their vision, civic engagement, and ideas. We need to teach young women and girls that society needs them as leaders. 

That's why Blossom & Flourish is dedicated to working with 7th-12th grade girls in order to develop a generation of young, empowered, female leaders who will positively influence others and make a difference in their world. 

We have four more M-F summer camps coming up the end of July and beginning of August. Click here for details about dates and locations:

You can also learn more about our program at www.inta-great.com (Under "Public Offerings" - "Blossom & Flourish").

Please don't hesitate to contact me, Valerie Faust, Director of Blossom & Flourish, with any questions.

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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