Friday, August 16, 2013

Positively Pittsburgh Live News 8-12-13

Positively Pittsburgh Live News

GUEST HOST TONIGHT: Founder Who's Your Brother, Wade Redcross. The first son of an enterprising family, Wade Redcross moved to Pittsburgh to build an office with a Texas based insurance firm. A natural in business, he soon built his Monroeville office to a team of over 20 people in office management and administration, sales and delivery. Attracting the attention of his colleagues and higher-ups in the organization, Wade became one of the top earners and a sure leader within the company. 

While Wade was pursuing the climb up the corporate ladder, he simultaneously was experiencing spiritual growth manifest by deepened faith and Biblical convictions underlined by the study of world religions and mythological writings. The latter took priority when Wade decided to break away from the company yet continue operations independently. 
Still this went one step further when in 2008, Wade was moved to close his operation entirely to pursue spiritual teaching and benevolent work. In 2009, he conceived Who’s Your Brother and later launched the site that pairs people who have need, with those who have resources and makes the exchange personal. 

With this work, Wade is changing the face of Pittsburgh from one that is perpetuated by pyramid social-economic system in which the many remain on the bottom, to one that reflects a circle of mutual concern, brotherhood and challenges the need for monetary wealth. 

Wade lives in Sewickley with his wife of 20 years and three children.

On Tonight's Show: WHERE IN THE WORLD IS TECHNOGRANNY? Defending the Caveman, Each One Teach One Radio and Music Conference, Red Robin, South Hills Village

CULTURAL CLUES: Pittsburgh Fashion Week, Manfred Honeck and Cellist Yo Yo Ma, The Once Upon a Time Gala, Second Show added for Jerry Seinfeld, MARVIN HAMLISCH CELEBRATION, The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society

KIDZ KORNER: Back 2 School Skating Party

WOMEN AND GIRLS ADVANCEMENT: Celebrate the 93rd Anniversary of the Passage of the 19th Amendment

BUSINESS BUZZ:  No BS Marketing Meeting 

HIGH SCHOOL AND UNIVERSITY NEWS: Pittsburgh Westinghouse students to sing in Prague for YMCA Europe Festival, Girls of Steel Open House, Youthpreneur Business Networking Mixer

PITTSBURGH HISTORICAL STUFF : Fourth Annual Bocce Tournament Festival

NON-PROFIT EVENTS SPONSORED BY BLACK TIE-PITTSBURGH: Patient Protection Affordable Care Act Gala Celebration of Youth Champions in the Arts, Who's Your Brother Fundraiser

NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS: Hosanna Industries Blitzbuild a House

ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT: Defending the Caveman, Each One Teach One Radio and Music Conference, Red Robin, South Hills Village

PITTSBURGH LOCAL SPORTS: Former Rock standout Luiz Santos signs professional contract

STEELTOWN HERO: NOBLE Officers Recommit to Community with Memorial March


Defending the Caveman; Each One Teach One Radio and Music Conference; Red Robin, South Hills Village


Pittsburgh Fashion Week Announces Schedule of Events 
Pittsburgh Fashion Week is returning for the fourth year in a row and will be a spectacular lineup of fashion. This phenomenal week of events will highlight Pittsburgh’s fall fashions and accessories, which can be found available at several boutiques, specialty stores, department stores, and consignment stores throughout the Pittsburgh region. 

Miyoshi Anderson, Executive Director & Founder of Pittsburgh Fashion Week, created this cultural and social event in hopes of gaining recognition for Pittsburgh Fashion those within the industry. Ensuring New York style and high quality runway shows, VIP seating, credentialed media access and upscale promotional and after parties. 

Pittsburgh Fashion Week events include: 
Monday September 23 – “The O.N.E” Opening Night Extravaganza - One Mission....One Vision....One Revolution! 

Location: Highmark Stadium at 7 p.m.

Show Theme: Steeltown Industry – metal, color & fabric come together

“The Diva Chef,” Elise Wims, will emcee this stunning event to benefit the Free Wheelchair Mission
Tuesday, September 24th – “Pop Up Fashion” – Spotlight the Appetite for Fashion in Market Square from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. with Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership 
Tuesday September 24th - “Rediscovering Manstyle” Fashion Show 

Location: Pittsburgh Winery at 7 p.m.

Honorary models: WPXI’s News Anchor Vince Sims, KDKA’s News Anchor Rick Dayton, Former Pittsburgh Penguin Rick Tocchet and more. LaMont Jones, Fashion Icon, will emcee this remarkable show that benefits Capacity Developers Inc.
Wednesday September 25th- To Be Announced 

Thursday, September 26th – Tanger Outlets 2nd Annual Pink Partini & Fashion Bash Event KDKA’s Kristine Sorensen will emcee this Fall Fashion Event that takes place from 6-8 p.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit The American Cancer Society. 
Saturday September 28th- Back-to-Back Runway Show 

Location: The Art Institute at 7 p.m.
This show features fashion designs and concepts from Art Institute Students 

Sunday September 29th- Pittsburgh Fashion Hall of Fame Luncheon at the Omni William Penn Hotel at 11:30 a.m. This luncheon will honor six fashion icons: Michael Barone, Jean Bryant, Tom Julian, Debbie Norrell, EB Pepper and Marianne Skiba. The Exceptional Artist Award will be presented to Jacqueline Capatolla. 

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Music will fill the air, beanstalks will reach to the sky and attendees will live “happily ever after” when legendary, award-winning cellist Yo-Yo Ma joins Music Director Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to kick off the 2013-2014 season at a “Once Upon a Time” gala concert at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 27 at Heinz Hall.

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Ma will transport audience members to the magical
lands of childhood when they perform Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme, as well as Dvorak’s Carnival Overture and other works inspired by fairy tales. The concert is bookended by a Gala party and Soiree, which will be held at Heinz Hall and the Fairmont Hotel respectively.

Tickets, ranging from $40 to $110 for the gala concert only, went on sale today and can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900, or by visiting Ticket prices are subject to change. There are a limited number of tickets for the concert available.

The Once Upon a Time Gala is chaired by the Tillotson Family—Carol Hefren Tillotson, Bob Gallagher and Sharon Tillotson Gallagher, Craig and Jill Tillotson, and Curt Fleming and Kim Tillotson Fleming—along with Honorary Chairs Ginny and Dick Simmons and the Walton Family. The gala, which includes a pre-concert cocktail hour, a silent auction, a post-concert formal dinner and a dessert reception with Maestro Honeck, is sold out.

The Once Upon a Time Soirée includes valet parking, pre-concert cocktail hour, preferred seating for the concert, and a post-concert celebration with symphony musicians at the Fairmont, including hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, live music and more. Tickets are $175 to $225 per person. The Once Upon a Time Soirée is chaired by Jensina A. Chutz, along with Honorary Chairs Margaret and Todd Izzo. The Soirée Silent Auction Chair is Erin Starzynski. Soiree tickets also are on sale now and going fast. Call the box office at 412-392-4900 or visit to purchase soiree tickets.

All proceeds from the Gala concert and parties support the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Education and Community Engagement programs. Order your tickets today! Call 412.392.4900 or click here.
Jerry Seinfeld

America’s premier comedian, Jerry Seinfeld, will be performing his signature stand-up routine at the Benedum Center, Pittsburgh, PA. Seinfeld has been hailed for his uncanny ability to joke about the little things in life that relate to audiences everywhere. Seinfeld now sets his sights on performing both nationally and internationally in 2013.

Seinfeld’s tour will visit the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh on Saturday, October 5 at 7pm & 9:30pm. The 7pm show is sold out! Tickets for the newly added 9:30pm show are on sale Friday, August 16 at 10am!

Tickets available online at, in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, or charge by phone 412-456-4800. This event is a JS Touring production.
Marvin Hamlisch

The music, humor, warmth and life of Marvin Hamlisch will once again grace the Heinz Hall stage when Play It Again, Marvin! A Marvin Hamlisch Celebration makes its world premiere with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra during the weekend of June 27, 2014.

Nobody did it better than Hamlisch as his Oscars, Emmys, Grammys and Tony Award can attest. From The Way We Were to A Chorus Line, from Ice Castles to The Sting, his music turned moments into memories. This new multimedia concert, produced by writer and pianist Kevin Cole, celebrates the “People’s Composer” and gives the audience an insider’s view into Hamlisch’s life through song, private family videos and personal memories. The timing of the premiere of Play It Again, Marvin! is especially meaningful as it will commemorate what would have been Hamlisch’s 70th birthday in June.

“The reason I am doing the world premiere with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is because not only is it one of the greatest symphonies on the planet, but a huge part of Marvin’s heart remains in Pittsburgh,” says Cole, who was granted unprecedented access to Hamlisch’s personal and professional archives.

Hamlisch’s friends—Broadway sensation Brian d’Arcy James, London West End superstar Maria Friedman, multi-Grammy Award winner Sylvia McNair, conductor J. Ernest Green and Cole, Marvin’s favorite pianist—are featured in the production.
An on-sale date will be announced this fall. Tickets will be available through the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or

Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society
Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society is proud to announce its 2013-14 Roots Cellar Concerts Series, featuring the best in acoustic music, from legends of American music to up-and-coming artists who are making a mark on the genre.

Held in the acoustically-sound subterranean room at The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, The Roots Cellar presents a unique and intimate atmosphere for an up-close experience with the best folk musicians the world has to offer.

The club-like environment allows for high-top or low-top tables situated around the room, or take a seat in one of the couches placed throughout. Wine, beer and soda are available for purchase from the bar (proceeds benefit the PCA).

Tickets can be purchased on our website at, or by calling the Calliope office at (412) 361-1915. 
All concerts are held at The Roots Cellar, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts (Shadyside)



Celebrate and Share Invites You to the 5th Annual Breakfast at the Rivers Club Celebrate the 93rd Anniversary of the Passage of the 19th Amendment! 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 
Rivers Club, Oxford Centre Downtown, Pittsburgh, PA 
7:45 am - 9:30 am 
Donation: one ticket $45 
Honorary Sponsors $93 
Table of 10: $450 
Founding Sponsors $1,000

Hosted by Bonnie DiCarlo & JoAnn R. Forrester


Bonnie DiCarlo: 412.480.5247

JoAnn Forrester: 412.440.6969

Join us for a special presentation on "What does the Right to Vote Mean to Me?"

Hear our distinguished panel of women talk about what the Right to Vote means to them.The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation. August 26, 1920


No BS Marketing Meeting 

Tuesday, August 27 | 3:00-5:30PM 

Dog Days of Summer 

"The “dog days of summer” occur during the hottest, muggiest, sweat-filled part of the season from late July through early September. The ancients believed that the “Dog Star” Sirius added to the heat of the sun, creating a stretch of hot and sultry weather. 

They named this period of time “dog days” after the Dog Star. Although it is the warmest period of the summer, the heat has nothing to do with the far-away star, regardless of its brightness. In fact, the heat of summer is a direct result of the earth’s tilt toward our sun!"


Pittsburgh Westinghouse students to sing in Prague for YMCA Europe Festival 
The members of Profound Myndz, a product of the Lighthouse Program, will attend an international YMCA conference to perform.

Kielle DeAnda, 17, of Homewood, left, and Forest Thrower, 19, of Larimer are part of the seven members of the YMCA's Lighthouse Project at Westinghouse High School that toured PNC Park on Wednesday. Pirates Charities and Andrew McCutchen are helping the group fund its trip to perform at the YMCA Global teen Leadership Conference in Prague.Pirates player Herbie Andrade greats Hezekiah Moore, 17, of Homewood, who is one of the seven members of the YMCA's Lighthouse Project at Westinghouse High School, on a tour of PNC Park as Pirates Charities and player Andrew McCutchen help the group fund its trip to perform their song "All In" at the YMCA Global teen Leadership Conference in Prague, Czech Republic. 

Pirates' McCutchen helps out YMCA rap video project
By Jessica Contrera / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 

Three years ago, music production took them off the streets of Homewood after school. On Saturday, it's taking them to Prague.

Seven Westinghouse High School students in the music group Profound Myndz have been invited to perform a song at the YMCA Europe Festival, an international teen leadership conference in the Czech Republic. The group is a product of the Lighthouse Program, an after-school arts project for teens that teaches leadership and career readiness.

For half of the 17- to 19-year-olds, the trip to the 10,000-person conference will include their first airplane ride. For all, it's their first time out of the U.S.

"Where we come from, there's not many opportunities to get out of the city, let alone out of the country," said Profound Myndz member Heze Kiah. "This is an honor and a blessing."

The song they plan to perform, "All In," is a dedication to the YMCA. It's one of dozens that the group has written and recorded in the three albums they produced through the Lighthouse Program. Most are about the everyday struggles of growing up in Homewood, said Forest Thrower, the group's oldest member.

"We want people to understand that getting to where we are today wasn't just a walk in the park," Forest said. "I write about not having a father figure or going to a high school where there's so much bullying and drugs."

Forest is the only member of the group who has graduated. In the fall, he'll be attending Cheyney University outside of Philadelphia, where he plans to study business, economics and music.

"Even before Lighthouse, I knew I wanted to be a famous hip-hop artist," Forest said. "Now, I've had those opportunities and I'll always keep working on my music."

The $35,400 needed to send the students to Prague for a week was funded by a number of community organizations and individuals, including the Heinz Endowments, PPG Foundation and the Julius Jones Scholarship Fund.

The last $4,300 needed for the trip was funded by Pirates Charities and center fielder Andrew McCutchen. The Pirates invited the seven students and Lighthouse Program director James Brown to PNC Park on Wednesday to walk on the field and see the game against the Cardinals.

Although Mr. McCutchen was scheduled to meet the students, he was unable to because of a family member's illness, a Pirates spokesperson said.

Mr. Brown said he's just happy to see how far the students of Profound Myndz have come. "They are at a whole new level of responsibility and maturity," he said.

Jessica Contrera: or 412-263-1458.
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From Our Friends at the Sprout Fund 
Girls of Steel Open House 
Saturday, August 24th, 1:00–3:00pm

The Girls of Steel FIRST® robotics team is holding an Open House event at CMU featuring stations that explain the team and FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and will include hands-on activities for visitors of all ages.

Girls of Steel

Join the Girls of Steel’s FIRST Team 3504 for an Open House event hosted at Carnegie Mellon University on August 24th from 1-3pm at the Gates Highbay. Come to learn about FIRST and the Girls of Steel at stations describing the work of the business team, the mechanical team, the outreach team, and more. 

Meet EVE, Watson, and robots from other regional FIRST teams, tour the machine shop, and stop by the “pit” to see where the team works on the robot at competitions. Visitors will see robots in action, learn about the tools and materials used to build FIRST robots, and, best of all, meet the students from the Pittsburgh area who design and build robots. Snacks will be available.

From Our Friends at
Classic Events! Presents... YOUTHPRENEUR Business Networking Mixer

Come out & Support our youth, Networking opportunities, and so much more! 


Fourth Annual Bocce Tournament & Festival
Sat., Aug. 17 | 1 - 7 p.m.
Next weekend, more than 30 teams will throw out the pallino and throw down for a worthy cause at the Fourth Annual Bocce Tournament & Festival. Organized by Jack Mascaro of Mascaro Construction Company, the event benefits the Italian American Endowed Fund, which is dedicated to preserving the history and culture of Italian Americans in Western Pennsylvania.

Admission is free for spectators and includes live entertainment by Pure Gold, Vito DiSalvo & Daniela Pasquini, and Jimmy Sapienza, as well as free curator-led tours of the History Center's Italian American Collection. Enjoy Italian fare by the Common Plea, including sandwiches, beans and greens, eggplant timbale, spumoni, gelato, and a selection of Italian beer and wine.

Interested in sponsoring a team? Spots are still available. Please contact Mark Burnett at 412-454-6405 or Rain or shine, bocce courts will be set up across the street from the History Center in the parking lot under the Veterans Bridge overpass, adjacent to the Hampton Inn at 13th and Smallman Streets.


From Our Friends at the Soul Pitt

Luke Wholey's Alaskan Grill - Web event
Mon., August 19, 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Luke Wholey's Alaskan Grill - Penn Ave - Strip District

Join WYB members and friends for a fund raising Summer Party sponsored by Luke Wholey's Alaskan Grill. Live Music, great complimentary appetizer buffet, Fun and Prizes. $20.00 Advance tickets for sale at or call Debi @ 412 328-2310 for group discount in blocks of 6 or more. Hill Jordan and SlideWorldwide will entertain us.


Hosanna Industries bringing hope to Homewood
Local Nonprofit Mission to Lead Volunteers in Five Day Blitz

During the week of August 12 through August 16, Hosanna Industries will lead over 100 volunteers to "blitz build" a house in the Homewood community of Pittsburgh. Hosanna Industries' "blitz builds" are made possible with volunteer labor, donated and discounted materials and a uniquely organized building method which compresses the average length of construction to less than five days . This rehab blitz will include a complete interior renovation of all three floors and the basement. Floors will be resurfaced, plaster repaired, plumbing upgraded, electrical retrofitted, walls painted, and new kitchens and bathrooms installed.

The renovated home will become an at-risk youth center and a vital part of the Homewood Renaissance Association. The house, located on Idlewild Street, is intended to be a safe haven for children in the Homewood community. Homewood Renaissance plans to have many programs in this rehabilitated facility, including after school homework help and meals.

Hosanna Industries
The Hosanna staff, made up of nine women and three men, is experienced and skilled in construction. They will lead over 100 volunteers who are mostly unskilled in the construction trades. Many of the volunteers for this project will be from Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church.

Some of the workers during this week are a part of Hosanna Industries' Trade Skill Learning Center. The students, mostly from Homewood, started learning the construction trades in January at Hosanna's campus. The program in total is three years long with a graduation goal to produce responsible professional builders. The students are also a part of the Homewood Renaissance's "All 4 Life" multi-faceted program.

The house will be dedicated with a short ceremony on Friday, August 16 at noon. At that time, visitors are welcome to tour the completed house.

Contact: Amanda M. Becker, office phone 724-770-0262, cell phone 412-559-7062, or email


Defending the Caveman, Battle of the Sexes Will Never Go Out of Style
What a pure psychological funfest. The only monosyllables here were in the Caveman banter and the terse remarks of Vince Valentine responding to his buddies. This longest running solo play in Broadway history is filled with psychological nuances and text book truisms turned into hilarity. There was something for everyone from steel worker to college professor. From female executive to mother, and grandmother, everyone was laughing. It’s a tossup as to who laughed harder, the men or the women. Read the full review here

Each One Teach One Radio and Music Conference 

Red Robin, South Hills Village 
The Chop House Burger was a hit and has Techno Granny’s future daughter-in-law Angel Thomas Williams “seal of approval” for the Best Burger in the City. And her granddaughter thinks they have the “best grilled cheese” for kids. TG’s vote is for the Southwest Chipotle Grilled Chicken Salad, made a great breakfast the next day because it was huge with avocado and black beans and corn salsa and deep fried jalopeno discs.


Luiz Santos

Former Rock standout Luiz Santos signs professional contract
Former Slippery Rock University men's basketball standout Luiz Santos has signed a contract to play professionally in his home country of Brazil, Rock head coach Kevin Reynolds announced Sunday.

The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division "Defensive Player of the Year" last winter, Santos is scheduled to report Monday and begin a career with Liga Sorocaba in the Brazilian Professional League, Reynolds said.

"We are excited for and proud of Luiz," Reynolds said. "We are happy to see his play rewarded, and we are proud he earned his degree from SRU this summer."

A 6-foot-10, 230-pound native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Santos averaged 6.0 points and 6.2 rebounds per game and started all 32 games last winter for The Rock's NCAA Division II playoff-qualifying squad.

Santos, who played two seasons at SRU after starting his career at Marshalltown Community College in Iowa, was the third member of last winter's Rock squad to sign a professional contract.

Rock leading scorer and leading rebounder Devin Taylor, a forward, signed a contract with the Etzella Ettelbruck Basketball Club in Luxembourg's premier, Total League. Guard Darious Clark signed with BBC Gréngewald Hueschtert in the Luxembourg second league.

This year's pro signees increased to five the number of Rock student-athletes who have gone on to play at the next level in Reynolds' five seasons as SRU's head coach.

Denell Stephens recently signed his fifth contract to play in Luxembourg's Total League, where he is one of the top players. Kyle Camper played one season in Germany after joining Stephens as the mainstays on The Rock's PSAC semifinalist squad in 2008-09, Reynolds' rookie season as head coach.


NOBLE Officers Recommit to Community with Memorial March
Wednesday morning, more than 200 law enforcement officers marched through the streets of Homewood and into East Liberty. 
NOBLE Memorial March

Each year, the Memorial March in remembrance of fallen officers conducted by the National Organization of Law Enforcement Executives, (NOBLE) is held in a predominantly African-American neighborhood of the host city, and Pittsburgh is the site of this years 37th Annual National Training Exhibition and Convention, held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center from August 3 through 7.


Honoring our Veterans

Stand Down 2013 - was held this Saturday in the Southside at Shepherd's Heart Fellowship.

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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