Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Positively Pittsburgh Live News 9-23-13

Positively Pittsburgh Live News 

Guest Host Tonight: Philanthropist Rock 'N Roller, Lou Lombardi of Strangelove and Loudini's Rock 'N Roll Circus 

Seamless integration artistry, entertainment & marketing. Combining killer musical innovation & outstanding promotions!

Loudini is not just in the business of live music entertainment! His business is marketing entertainment, creating fun filling venues.

He creates win-wins for venue, artist, and the ultimate audience experience.
Loudini's imaginative approach to creating an audience experience is changing the face of the
Lou Lombardi "Loudini"
"live entertainment" business.

Loudini works his magic by creating success for other musicians and those in the live entertainment business such as:
• Other musicians
• Indie artists
• Venue owners
• Those looking to promote and profit from live entertainment
• AND Entertainment seekers who are looking for a live music experience that has them "saving the date" for the next one.

Lou's stellar method is: Creating interactive, audience participation and Good chemistry socially, business and artistically!

Loudini is a full time dreamer when not playing music, thinking of new ways to have a good
time filling up venues with others who like to "Melt their faces off laughing and having fun."
Loudini's Rock 'N Roll Circus also raises money at their events for worthy non-profits. "It's not just "all Rock 'N Roll, you gotta give back to the community."

On Tonight's Show:  WHERE IN THE WORLD IS TECHNOGRANNY? Last week In Cleveland with James Malinchak as seen ABC Secret Millionaire, Rosewood Grille in Middleburgh, Ohio, This week: The Rubber Duck Bridge Party

POSITIVELYPITTSBURGH SPONSORED EVENTS: NAWBO Greater Pittsburgh Kick-Off Breakfast, Entrepreneurial Thursdays: October 10

CULTURAL CLUES: The Rat Pack, Live at the Sands, Calliope presents Vieux Farka Tour, Past Pittsburgh Opera directors to help celebrate 75th anniversary season, Festival of Firsts Kiss and Cry, A Musical Christmas Carol

KIDZ KORNER: Take your kids to town to see the arrival of the Four Story High Rubber Duck


BUSINESS BUZZ: Pittsburgh Better than New York for Start Ups, "Affordable Care Act Survival" A Small Group Round Table, Philanthropic Support of the Arts High Priority for Foundations in Pittsburgh


NON-PROFIT EVENTS SPONSORED BY BLACK TIE-PITTSBURGH: BrewFest, Minerva Market at Twentieth Century Club, Magee Womens Research Institute and Foundation Partners with Dunkin Donuts to Help End Premature Births: 6th Annual Diamond Gala

POSITIVE PITTSBURGHERS SEGMENT: High School Senior Portraits By award winning Photographer

ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT: Spank winner Lauren Breutscher, Rosewood Grill, Middleburg, Ohio

PITTSBURGH LOCAL SPORTS: Steel City Rowing Fall Races, Rock Receive Votes in AFCA Division II National Poll

STEELTOWN HERO: Mari C. Dumbaugh

VETERANS NEWS: Send us your veteran's news so we can broadcast how proud we are of our Military Men and Women

Last week In Cleveland with James Malinchak as seen ABC Secret Millionaire, Rosewood Grille in Middleburgh, Ohio, This week: The Rubber Duck Bridge Party



December 24-29, 2013
Heinz HallBeat the winter blues with the holiday version of THE RAT PACK - LIVE AT THE SANDS, especially created to heat things up for the coolest kind of holiday cheer. 

This spectacular show celebrates the incredible talent of three of the world's most famous entertainers, singing some of the finest music ever recorded. Drift back to a glamorous era with Frank, Sammy & Dean, a
live 12-piece big band and the fabulous Burelli Sisters. Enjoy the songs they made famous, like ‘Fly Me To The Moon’, ‘The Lady Is A Tramp’, ‘Mr. Bojangles’, ‘That's Amore’, along with seasonal favorites like: 'Merry Little Christmas', 'Baby It's Cold Outside', 'Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer' 'Jingle Bells', 'Silent Night', 'Mistletoe and Holly’, 'Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow’, 'White Christmas', 'Winter Wonderland' and 'Love To Keep Me Warm.'

Enter promo code SINATRA to purchase tickets before 
they go on sale to the public on Friday, September 27.
The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society welcomes Vieux Farka Touré to the Carnegie Lecture Hall (Oakland) on Saturday, October 26, 2013, 7:30 PM. 

Tickets are available by contacting the Calliope office at (412) 361-1915, or by visiting our website: $39 (includes handling fee) / $20 (student rush w/ID). For
Vieux Farka Touré
additional information, contact Calliope at (412) 361-1915.

Often referred to as “The Hendrix of the Sahara”, Vieux Farka Toure was born in Niafunké, Mali in 1981. He is the son of legendary Malian guitar player Ali Farka Toure, who died in 2006. Ali Farka Touré came from a historical tribe of soldiers, and defied his parents in becoming a musician. When Vieux was in his teens, he declared that he also wanted to be a musician. His father disapproved due to the pressures he had experienced being a musician. Rather, he wanted Vieux to become a soldier. But with help from family friend the kora maestro Toumani Diabaté, Vieux eventually convinced his father to give him his blessing to become a musician shortly before Ali passed. Read the entire release here.

Past Pittsburgh Opera directors to help celebrate 75th anniversary season 
Pittsburgh Opera General Director Christopher Hahn has invited both living past company directors to join him in celebrating the company’s 75th anniversary season. Both Tito Capobianco (director 1983 – 2000) and Mark Weinstein (director 1999 – 2008) will be honored guests on opening weekend of AIDA, October 11-12. “I am thrilled that my two predecessors are able to help us celebrate the extraordinary achievement of 75 years of performances by Pittsburgh Opera. Each contributed enormously by building the strong foundation upon which we now stand. We can never find enough ways to thank them for their work, and look forward to welcoming them both.” Mr. Hahn said. 

Mr. Capobianco and Mr. and Mrs. Weinstein will attend the Diamond Horseshoe Ball on Friday, October 11, greeting patrons with whom they formed friendships while in Pittsburgh, and enjoying the dinner, dancing, and entertainment for which the gala is known. On Saturday, October 12, they will again greet friends old and new in the lobby of the Benedum Center, and be honored on stage before the first notes of Verdi’s AIDA begin. No doubt they will also be among those applauding when Christopher Hahn makes a special 75th-anniversary event announcement from the Benedum stage. 

Tickets to AIDA start at $12, with all performances at the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts, 7th Street and Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh. For additional information, videos, photos, musical samples, and cast biographies, visit
To purchase tickets, call 412-456-6666 or visit

Kiss and Cry
October 2-4 @ 8pm 
New Hazlett Theater
"It's simply the most magical performance I've seen 
in a long, long time." - Utopia Parkway

A poetic piece that blurs the boundaries between artistic disciplines, Kiss & Cry brings together a diverse group of Belgian artists to create this sweeping, romantic work. A woman near the end of her life reminisces and recounts her greatest loves, starting with her first and truest: a boy whose hand she touched for a few seconds on a crowded train when she was 12 years old. Hands visually portray these main characters with a beautifully engaging sensual presence, moving around a set of miniatures with absolute precision. In this blend of film, dance, text and theatre, the audience witnesses a film screened and simultaneously made in front of their eyes. A unique event told with tender and poignant eloquence, Kiss & Cry is an unforgettable experience.

Tickets for Pittsburgh CLO’s A Musical Christmas Carol on Sale this Thursday 
Pittsburgh CLO’s 22nd annual holiday production of A Musical Christmas Carol will entertain audiences of all ages December 6-22 at the Byham Theater. Now is the perfect time to start a new holiday tradition with family and friends or rekindle a tradition from years past. Tickets go on sale Thursday, September 26 and start at just $28.75, with half-priced tickets available for
children ages 3 to 14, sponsored by Macy’s. Purchase tickets online at, by calling 412- 456-6666 or at the Box Office at Theater Square. 

Featuring classic characters and a wealth of yuletide melodies, this traditional holiday tale is a must see! Audiences are sure to enjoy Ebenezer Scrooge’s ghostly adventure through the past, present and future as he finds redemption from a life of loneliness and greed – and just in time to celebrate the season. Young and old alike will rejoice in this heartwarming musical production.


Take your kids to town to see the arrival of the Rubber Duck!
Photo from the Post-Gazette website


Hot Pink Pittsburgh 

A fiery evening of jazz with Pittsburgh's best performers! 


Saturday, September 28, 2013, August Wilson Center, Downtown 
Reception 6:30 PM Curtain Rises 8:00 PM 
VIP Reception and Tempo Award Presentation  immediately following the performance

Adagio Health provides healthcare, preventive health education and nutrition programs to more than 100,000 people annually throughout western PA. Adagio Health serves all people regardless of income or insurance status.


"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.

9-26-13 "Downtown Development"
Jessica Lee

Featuring interviews with:

Co-host John Valentine, Executive Director, Pittsburgh Downtown Community Development Corporation (PDCDC) 

Lucas Piatt, President at Millcraft Industries, Inc.,

Todd Palcic, Principal at Penn Ave Renaissance,

Ralph Falbo, CEO of Ralph A. Falbo, Inc., 

Community Interview: 
Greg Mims, PR Director, Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council

Pittsburgh Better Than New York for Start-Ups

GUEST MENTOR Ron Bianchini Jr., CEO of Avere Systems: Because I was born in Brooklyn, I will always have an affinity for New York. But there are many reasons why I chose to build my businesses in the Steel City. Pittsburgh, once a picture of blue-collar America, is now a thriving and forward-thinking city, with some of the most advanced research and entrepreneurial minds in the U.S. That is why I not only started my first company here, but also my second and third. Pittsburgh has many things that make it unique, but there are some key components that make it the best place to launch a startup.

Top Caliber University Talent

Pittsburgh is home to Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh, two of the most prominent technological institutions in the country. For my companies, Carnegie Mellon is helpful because of its leadership in Computer Engineering and Computer Science and the talent it fosters. In addition, after spending four or more years in Pittsburgh, many graduating engineers and computer scientists enter the job market looking to work locally. This provides Pittsburgh with a source of tech talent that many other cities like New York, Boston and San Francisco have had trouble retaining. So much so, that technology giant Google has expanded its offices in Pittsburgh by roughly 50,000 square feet, and is reportedly actively hiring.

Thriving Tech Support System

We all know that Pittsburgh unites when it comes to football, baseball and hockey, but innovation and technology is becoming far and wide what sets the city apart. Pittsburgh is a hotbed for many incubators and technology organizations that aim to support technological growth in the area. Early stage investors like Innovation Works, where I have an active leadership role, as well as incubators like AlphaLab and associations like the Pittsburgh Technology Council, are all prime examples of how the local community is helping startups thrive in Pittsburgh.

A Track Record of Success

Over the past two decades, Pittsburgh has boasted some very successful exits in the tech community. For example, FORE Systems, which grew into one of the most successful IPOs of the early 1990s, acquired my first company, Scalable Networks. A few years later FORE Systems itself was acquired by Marconi for $4.2 billion. Another big Steel City exit includes Freemarkets with a successful IPO and later acquisition by Ariba.

My former coworkers, classmates and peers are building new companies here, and reinvesting time, money and expertise back into their hometown. I built Avere Systems here for a reason, and Pittsburgh’s past record of successes has proven that it is the best place for us and other young companies to grow.

Important Invitation to Owners/Executives of Small Businesses and Organizations from Andre Weisbrod
"Affordable" Care Act Survival -- A Small Group Round-Table Discussion

Will Obamacare deadlines be delayed? How "affordable" will it be? If not we need to know our options and be prepared. Even if Obamacare is repealed, many of the issues it addresses will still need to be considered by every small business and non-profit organization. Please join me and Obamacare expert Dan Busatto in my conference room on Saturday, September 28 at 9:30 AM for an informative "round-table" strategy session. If you missed our previous meeting, you won't want to miss this one. We estimate this meeting will last about one hour.
Seating will be limited to 12 participants, so RSVP today! STAAR Financial Advisors, Inc., 604 Mc Knight Park Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15237 / 412-367-9076

From our friends at Pittsburgh Today

Data just released from The Foundation Center show that philanthropic support of the arts is a high priority for foundations in Pittsburgh. Based on 2011 data, Pittsburgh ranks third with $27.24 Grants Received by Arts Organizations Per Capita. Kansas City led the field ($95.16 grants received per capita) and Boston was a distant second ($27.34 grants received per capita). Keep an eye out for August '13 job growth figures which will be released this Friday. 


First Big Mac - 1967

Big Mac, courtesy of Wikipedia

Created by Jim Delligatti at his Uniontown McDonald's, the Big Mac debuted and was test marketed in three other Pittsburgh area McDonald's restaurants in 1967: Bellevue and Butler. By 1968 it was a mainstay on McDonald's menus throughout the country and eventually, the world. 



From Steel City Rowing Club

Minerva Market
Welcome to Minerva Market, a unique boutique! 
One of Pittsburgh’s landmarks is transformed into a delightful boutique when the Twentieth Century Club opens its doors to everyone for the 16th annual MINERVA MARKET on Wednesday, September 25. 

Minerva Market
Artists and vendors from throughout the region are on hand with jewelry, clothing, accessories, art, books and gifts for anyone seeking a unique and personalized shopping experience.

Minerva Market hours are 10:30 am to 2:30 pm in the beautiful Art Deco Ballroom. Admission is $10 at the door for shopping only to benefit the ongoing restoration and care of this landmark. The $10 shopping admission also enters you into a raffle for a free lunch for two at the TCC (date of your choosing) or attendance at a lecture and lunch for two (day or evening lecture).
SHOPPING & LUNCH: Reservations are requested for $25 for BOTH shopping and lunch package including lunch noon to 1:30 in the Art Noveau Dining Room. Reservations and information are available at 412-621-2353.

Save The Date: 6th Annual Diamond Gala
Magee-Womens Research Institute and Foundation Partners with Dunkin Donuts to Help End Premature Births 

Through Sept. 30, purchase two pounds of coffee at participating Dunkin Donuts locations and $2 will be donated to Magee-Womens Research Institute and Foundation in its fight to end premature births. For a list of participating locations, click here.

Saturday, December 7, 2013, 
7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Lexus of North Hills, 15025 Perry Highway, Wexford , PA 15090Black Tie Optional

Join Lexus of North Hills as they present the 6th Annual Diamond Gala ~ Honoring Bob Ford.

This a black-tie optional affair will take place in an elegantly decorated venue at Lexus of North

Hills. Guests will be delighted by the decadent menu of heavy hors d’oeuvres and complimentary beverages. Treat yourself to an array of special features, including a silent auction, entertainment, dancing, and the Brooks Diamonds Marketplace & Champagne and Diamonds Raffle that will create plenty of excitement throughout the room as diamonds valued at thousands of dollars are won by several fortunate guests.

Expect to feel over-indulged by evening’s end, but leave knowing you are worth
it because your involvement will help Cribs for Kids® Infant Safe Sleep Initiative
save babies’ lives!

To purchase tickets through a secured Paypal account, please go to 
or call 412.322.5680 ext. 5


High School Senior Portraits by award winning photographer
 October and November only!


Congrats to our Spank winner Lauren Breutscher!
Rosewood Grill
36 E. Streetsboro Rd.,  Hudson, OH 44236

Hudson, Ohio, 20 minutes from Cleveland, if you are in the area, it’s worth a detour. Cozy,
casual chic and unique is what their website says and they did not lie. They feature seasonally inspired vegetables from local farmer’s markets so the veggies were sumptuous and not an afterthought. 

From where we were sitting we could see the Stone Hearth oven, slow-roasting rotisserie and wood-fired smoker grill. We had grilled salmon and sliced steak and shrimp tacos. Absolutely amazing. They also feature craft beers and boutique wines and a rectangular, very romantic outdoor fire pit.

Fall Races
Come Visit our Athletes at Local Fall Races 

October 8 - Head of the Ohio, Pittsburgh
We are very excited to have 35 of our High School Rowers and 20 of our Adult and Open Rowers competing at the Head of the Ohio Races this October 8!

October 12 - High School Scrimmage at North Allegheny in Groveton
October 19 - High School Scrimmage with Allderdice and Upper St. Clair at SCRC's boathouse in Verona     

Rock receive votes in AFCA Division II national poll
Slippery Rock University was included in a group of teams that received votes in the American Football Coaches Association Division II national poll released Monday.
The Rock, unbeaten after two games this fall, received two votes from a panel of head coaches representing the four super regions within the NCAA Division format.

The national ranking was The Rock’s first since they were among the teams that received votes in the 2012 preseason poll. That ranking came on the heels of SRU being listed in the AFCA top 25 four weeks during its Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference runner-up season in 2011.

SRU was one of five PSAC teams and one of 10 Super Region One teams that received votes in this week’s AFCA poll.

Defending PSAC champion Indiana (Pa.) was ranked eighth, followed by the PSAC’s Bloomsburg at No. 13, Mountain East Conference member Shepherd at No. 15, defending regional champion Winston-Salem State of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association at No. 19 and the PSAC’s West Chester at No. 20.

Joining The Rock in the group of 21 teams that also received votes were PSAC-Western Division rival California (Pa.), Concord of the MEC, New Haven from the Northeast-10 Conference and Shaw from the CIAA.

Enhancing The Rock’s chances of moving up in the poll is the fact they play three of their ranked rivals head-to-head this fall. SRU hosts Indiana (Oct. 12) and California (Nov. 2) and travels to Bloomsburg (Nov. 16).

The Rock’s immediate concern is Saturday’s noon date with PSAC-Western Division rival Gannon University (1-1) in Erie. The Green and White will look to snap a string of five consecutive losses in games played along the shores of Lake Erie. SRU’s last win in Erie was a 2002 triumph over Gannon.


2013 Celebrating Women! Having a Global Impact Nominees {Mari C. Dumbaugh}
Mari C. Dumbaugh is an Independent Consultant in Global Health. She earned her MSc in International Child Health from University College London and currently works for the World Health Organization (WHO), specializing in Maternal, Child, and Newborn Health. Dumbaugh recognizes the importance of caring for people at the personal level, an idea that she carries into all areas of her life. 
Mari C. Dumbaugh
In her current role with WHO, she works in conjunction with academics from around the world on a European Union-funded systematic review to update health promotion recommendations to improve maternal and newborn health outcomes in low and middle income countries. She is working towards increasing access to medical care for women through participatory health education, women’s empowerment, male involvement and community participation in quality of care and maternal and newborn health practices.

Before working with WHO, Dumbaugh worked as Education Coordinator for The Brashear Association in South Pittsburgh. She incorporated a global perspective into Brashear’s after school and summer enrichment youth programs through Pittsburgh-based West African drum and dance troupes and weekly “travel” discussions and activities about life outside of the city of Pittsburgh. Dumbaugh again taught a group of young people about cultural sensitivity when she took undergraduate students to Ghana as a part of Operations Crossroads Africa. During their trip, the students confronted their own misconceptions of rural Africa and what it means to live in the United States in the 21st century.
Dumbaugh has a passion for helping others, whether she is doing it one on one with people in the Pittsburgh community, or on a global scale with maternal and child health. Either way, many people are feeling her impact.

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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