Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Positively Pittsburgh Live News 7-15-13

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Cultural Clues

Lady Windemere's Fan
Through July 27, 2013
Tongues wag when the tarnished Mrs. Erlynne returns to town. Has she seduced the seemingly incorruptible Lord Windermere? Will Lady Windermere create a scandal of her own to retaliate? Oscar Wilde's wit is adapted and directed by Alan Stanford.

PICT Theatre is proud of the quality of our productions: we cast the finest actors, and we find the best actor for the role - sometimes those actors are very experienced Equity actors, and sometimes those actors are new talents eager to sharpen their skills in a professional production. PICT is committed to the highest quality theatrical art and to fostering new talent. The wonderful chemistry that results when committed theatre artists work together is like magic. We hope you experience the magic with us for Lady Windermere's Fan.

From our partners at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Whet Your Appetite for more Wilde?Explore more at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh before or after seeing the production, Lady Windermere’s Fan. In addition to many collections of his plays and literary criticism, explore his life through biographies or read more about his wife and the trial that changed things forever. Click on any title to take you to the library’s catalog where you can put a reserve on the item and have it held for you at your closest library.

Declaring his Genius: Oscar Wilde in North America
By Roy Morris, Jr. 2013
Biography just published in 2013 which begins when Wilde arrives in New York at the age of 27 and chronicles his eleven-month tour of America.

Built of Books: How Reading Defined the Life of Oscar Wilde
By Thomas Wright
This biography explores Wilde through his taste in literature.

A Good Woman (DVD 2006)
A retelling of Wilde’s play featuring Helen Hunt, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Umbers, and Tom Wilkinson.

The Wit and Humor of Oscar Wilde
Dover edition
A collection of more than 1000 ripostes, paradoxes, and epigrams from Wilde’s works.

Constance: the Tragic and Scandalous Life of Mrs. Oscar Wilde
By Franny Moyle
Following a recent trend in profiling the ‘woman behind the man’, this 2012 biography of Constance Mary Lloyd (a popular children’s author in her own right) tells a tale of her role in this prestigious couple and the effect the political scandal had on her and her children’s lives.

Gross Indecency: the Three Trials of Oscar Wilde (Audiobook)
By Moisés Kaufman
Playwright Kaufman uses trial documents, newspaper accounts, and writings of the key players to create a wide-ranging cast of characters to tell the downfall of Wilde.

Kids Korner

GROW PITTSBURGH - Engaging Kids in the Community Garden
Participants learned how to use their community garden as a welcoming space for children to engage with food, soil, insects and the wonder of the natural world. At this free events, presenters and participants shared from their experiences at school and community gardens on July 13th at Faison Elementary School.

BLOSSOM AND FLOURISH - Summer Leadership Camps
Blossom & Flourish, a leadership training and confidence building program for middle school and high school girls, is dedicated to helping young women see themselves as leaders capable of positively influencing others and making a difference in their world. 

Join in this summer during a week-long summer day-camp. Campers will explore many questions together, including: What does it mean to be a leader? What is my leadership style? What are my unique strengths? How can I work with people who are different than me? What does it mean to have R.E.A.L. relationships? What does success really look like? How should I make decisions? How can I better manage my time? WHEN: Various days in August - click HERE for more detailed schedule information 

TO REGISTER: Space is limited, so contact Valerie Faust at or 610-428-5798 for all the details and information on how to register.

Non-Profit Events Sponsored By Black-Tie Pittsburgh
From Our Friends at the Soul Pitt

N-Motion Entertainment Presents 2nd Annual SOUTH BEACH Party
@ Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, 6300 Fifth Avenue, Pgh PA 15232, Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 7:00 PM

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Afro-American Music Institute
Please come out and join us at our  Second Annual South Beach Party and support our prestigious honorees.We promise you a fun-filled evening of live jazz music and entertainment.Mistress of Ceremonies: Debbie Norrell, Lifestyle Editor, The New Pittsburgh Courier
Doors Open @ 6:30 pm, Jazz Set & Honoree Presentation (7:00 pm - 10:00 pm), Patio
DJ Mike 'The Punisher' (10:00 pm - 1:00 am), Lower level

Also appearing @ 10:00 pm are Roland Ford & the Pittsburgh Soul Steppers along with Bill Ford and the Urban Ballroom Dancers
Cosmopolitan South Beach Attire
*** FREE Hors d'oeuvres and Cash Bar! ***
$35 in Advance / $38 at the Door | $15 After Party

Dorsey’s Record Shop, 412.731.6607
Stedeford’s Record Shop, 412.321.8333

Or click here to get advance tickets online

From Our Friends at Girls Coalition 

SAVE THE DATE for the YWCA Westmoreland Annual Fashion Show fundraiser! This year, the theme is "Stilettos at Sunset." Grab your sassiest stilettos or fanciest flats and join the party in support of the YWCA Westmoreland County. WHEN: Monday, August 26, 2013 from 5:30pm - 8:00pm 

WHERE: Rizzo's Malabar Inn, 126 Rizzo Road, Crabtree PA 15624
Call 724-843-4339 for more information about the event.

GLOBAL SOLUTIONS PITTSBURGH: Global Challenges and Local Impacts: Civil War in Syria
Since the Syrian uprising began in 2011, almost 100,000 people have been killed, 1.5 million refugees have fled, and another 4 million are internally displaced. Is there still hope for peaceful settlement in Syria, and what are the implications of this conflict for the Middle East and for the world? Global Solutions Pittsburgh, local experts, and community members joined together for a panel discussion and Q&A about the ongoing civil war in Syria, its connections to Pittsburgh, and the impact that this conflict has on the people in Syria and around the world.

On the panel for the discussion were:

- Laila Al-Soulaiman, Syrian-American Artist and Activist at the University of Pittsburgh

- Dr. Basel Termanini, President of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Syrian American Medical Society

- Dr. Taylor Seybolt, Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

- Dr. Jay Aronson, Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Human Rights Science at Carnegie Mellon University

The free event was held on July 18th at the Union Project in Pittsburgh.

Neighborhood Hi-Lights

The First Community Harvest Wine Festival in western Allegheny County was held under tents at Janoski’s Farm, 1714 Route 30, Clinton, on Saturday, July 20, 3-8 pm. Tickets were $25/advance, $30/gate, 724-899-3438, 

It was ppen for ages 21+. Guests could taste wines and stock up on favorites from Deer Creek, Greenhouse, Kavic, Starr Hill, Volant, and Wilcox wineries. Prices included a harvest meal, personal wine glass, vendor tasting, music by the Rhythm Hawks blues band, and more! Co-sponsored by Volant Mill Winery and Allegheny West Magazine to support local wineries in the western Allegheny County area.

Amiena Mahsoob
Steeltown Hero

2013 Celebrating Women! Having a Global Impact Nominees { Amiena Mahsoob }
Amiena Mahsoob dedicates her time at the World Affairs Council to educating Pittsburgh students and teachers about important global issues. A native Pittsburgher, Mahsoob is a trained educator with an international sensibility from her time teaching in Japan as well as her travels to over twenty countries. 

As the Deputy Director of Education Programs at the World Affairs Council, Mahsoob works closely with teachers who want to ensure their students’ success in our interconnected world; she develops unique programs for schools on subjects that are relevant to world affairs and politics.

One of the results of these educational programs designed by Mahsoob and the World Affairs Council is that Pittsburgh’s students now have a greater cultural appreciation and understand issues from multiple perspectives. They are learning more than just current events; they discuss and develop ideas about access to education, gender equity, human dignity, and the food revolution in a global context.

Since the idea of teaching global issues includes the idea of connectivity, Mahsoob frequently uses new methods of technology, like video conferences with students in Brazil, Italy, Pakistan, Republic of Georgia, South Africa, and Taiwan, to offer a real-time view of the globe. In addition, she develops programming that connects with the school and students that she is working with, which includes use of social media to engage students.

No matter what tools she is using, Mahsoob is offering our region’s students a unique connection with the rest of the world that will benefit them for years to come.


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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