Thursday, October 3, 2013

Positively Pittsburgh Live News 9-30-13

Positively Pittsburgh Live News

Hank Walshak

Tonight's Co-host Hank Walshak of Walshak Communications
Hank Walshak, Founder and President of Walshak Communications, Inc., helps experts to be read, be heard, be seen, and be known. He assists experts in creating and delivering expertise-related content to differentiate themselves as experts.

He empowers experts to creatively articulate themselves and to stand out in the scarce space vis-à-vis their competitors in the markets they serve. He is adept at helping executives and business owners communicate their ideas in ways that energize and stay with their audiences.

In the last 25-plus years, Hank has helped hundreds of clients at start ups, small, and mid-size companies develop the three R’s of cogent communications – recognition, resonance, and receptivity — among their clients, customers, and prospects. Creativity and conceptual prowess drives his ability to listen deeply to clients and to elaborate stand-out communications for them.

On Tonight's Show: WHERE IN THE WORLD IS TECHNOGRANNY? Military Writer Society of America Conference in Dayton Ohio last week; October 10 Entrepreneurial Thursdays

POSITIVELYPITTSBURGH SPONSORED EVENTS: October 10 Entrepreneurial Thursdays 10; PR, Media, Branding & Marketing Techno Granny speaking and copies of "Folly of Marketing Plan in Your Head" her new book to attendees

CULTURAL CLUES: Legend of Zelda Symphony of the Goddesses;The Pigeoning;PICT Costume Party;Peter Pan;Carmina Burana;Brian Stokes Mitchell, a Tony Award winner for his performance in Kiss Me Kate

KIDZ KORNER: Play Date at Tech Shop Pittsburgh

WOMEN AND GIRLS ADVANCEMENT: 2013 Day of the Girl Pittsburgh Celebration Women in Business Networking;Women and Girls Foundation Global Awardees Announced

BUSINESS BUZZ: Average weekly wages in the Pittsburgh region continue to increase; AlphaLab Demo Day

NON-PROFIT EVENTS SPONSORED BY BLACK TIE-PITTSBURGH: HEARTH, 12th Annual Wine & Food Event Party In The Tropics;2013 Walk to End Alzheimer's - Pittsburgh, PA

NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS: Brookline Halloween Parade; Carrick and Overbrook Community Council Halloween Costume Contest

POSITIVE PITTSBURGHERS SEGMENT: Melody Firmani, Celebrate Caregivers

ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT: THE RUBBER DUCK PROJECT; Soldier's Heart; MWSA Conference in Dayton; Michael Buble Concert


Military Writer’s Society of America Conference in Dayton, Ohio last week; October 10 Entrepreneurial Thursdays


October 10 Entrepreneurial Thursdays 
Joanne Quinn-Smith speaking, panel on PR, Media, Branding & Marketing.
She's also giving away a paperback copy of her book Folly of Marketing Plan in Your Head 101 Compelling Reasons to Write One to all attendees. 


The Last Chance to See Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses
One of the Final Dates on the Tour! 
The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses returns to Heinz Hall by popular demand with SECOND QUEST! Expect breathtaking new visuals and music exploring additional characters from the Zelda franchise, as well as the beautifully orchestrated four-movement symphony recounting the classic storylines from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Walker, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. 



Experience both of these Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts performances on one night. Individually, show tickets are $25, but you can see BOTH productions for just $30!*

The Pigeoning
October 9,10 & 12 @ 7pm
937 Liberty Avenue

The Pigeoning is a full length live performance that uses bunraku puppetry, video and original music to explore the ideas of obsessive compulsion, safety, and order in the context of the end of the world. The story is told through the main character “ Frank” an bunraku style puppet working in an office in the early 1980’s who is absorbed and ultimately transformed by his pigeon obsession. 

It's Dark Outside
October 9, 10 & 12 @ 9pm
Pierce Studio 805-807 Liberty Avenue

Inspired by experiences and research into Alzheimer’s and Sundowner’s Syndrome, Tim Watts’, Arielle Gray’s and Chris Isaac’s newest play is a heartfelt, fearless, and inventive adventure about aging, getting lost, and trying not to be found. Puppetry, mask, animation, and live performance are all expertly intertwined by the Perth-based, superbly talented cast to create a grand epic western about adventure, redemption, and dementia.

PICT Theatre's Costume Gala, PICT Plays...with Mystery and Mayhem, presented by PNC Bank and Jones Day
Monday, October 28, 2013
J. Verno Studios, 3030 Jane Street on Pittsburgh's South Side
A little bit of mystery...Venture into the city's most sophisticated playground, J. Verno Studios on the South Side.

A little bit of mayhem...Tempt your tastebuds with culinary creations from the chefs at Eleven,Soba and Casbah. Satisfy your thirst at the open bar. Dance, dance, dance.
Play dress up. Wear your favorite cocktail attire or come in costume for maximum make-believe.

Get your 15 minutes of fame.Step in our photobooth and be broadcast on 6 screens.
Need help with your costume? We've partnered with Costume World to make it simple! Learn more. Interested in Sponsoring PICT Plays? Learn more. 

Join our email list to receive updates on the gala, or call the office to learn more at 412-561-6000.  Buy tickets here.
Peter Pan
Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater, a division of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, announced Theatreworks USA’s area premiere of Peter Pan, October 20-27, 2013, at six performance locations throughout the area. “Bringing opportunities for children and their families to enjoy and experience live theater is at the heart of our goals. We are proud to present this award-winning theater group and classic story through the artistry of live performance and original music,” commented Pamela K. Lieberman, Manager of Children’s Theater Programming-Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Executive Director of Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater.

Performance locations include: City: Byham Theater, October 20 at 2:00 p.m.; East: Penn Hills High School, October 23 at 7:00 p.m.; North: Marshall Middle School, October 24 at 5:30 & 7:30 p.m.; West: Hopewell High School, October 25 at 7:00 p.m.; South: Mt. Lebanon High School, October 26 at 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.; and Butler: Seneca Valley Intermediate School, October 27 at 2:00 p.m.

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

TICKETS: single tickets in advance: subscribers: $9, non-subscribers $9.50; at the door: $11. Tickets can be ordered online at, by calling (412) 456-6666, or in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue. Group tickets can be ordered by calling (412) 471-6930. 

Music Director Manfred Honeck leads the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in the opening weekend of the 2013-2014 BNY Mellon Grand Classics season on Oct. 4-6, with a concert featuring one of the most recognizable works of all time, Carmina Burana, and a world premiere by Pittsburgh-based composer David Stock.

Based on 24 of the poems found in the medieval collection Carmina Burana, this 20th-century choral masterpiece has been heard countless times in film, television and even at professional sports events. This dynamic performance will include Lisette Oropesa, soprano; Andrey Nemzer, tenor; Hugh Russell, baritone; and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh under the direction of Betsy Burleigh. 
David Stock

Acclaimed composer David Stock, one of the Pittsburgh Symphony’s Pittsburgh Composers of the Year, wrote the new Sixth Symphony (world premiere and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra commission) specifically for his hometown orchestra. This symphony is influenced by Stock’s Jewish heritage and includes hymns from the synagogue service.The concerts will begin at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. 

Tickets, ranging in price from $30.75 to $124.75, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or visiting

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra PNC Pops
Broadway and Beyond with Brian Stokes Mitchell 
Oct. 17: 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 18 & 19: 8 p.m.; Oct. 20: 2:30 p.m. Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa. 15222

Brian Stokes Mitchell, a Tony Award-winner for his performance in Kiss Me, Kate, joins 
your PSO for a concert filled with favorite songs from classic Broadway musicals. 
Dubbed the "Broadway Baritone Extraordinaire," Mitchell takes you on a journey as he becomes the characters of each musical with every new song. This is your chance to  hear the best of Broadway from one of Broadway's best. Plus, enjoy a few non Broadway selections hand-picked by Mitchell that are sure to delight. 
INFO/TICKETS: 412-392-4900 or


PLAY DATE @ TechShop Pittsburgh
192 Bakery Square | Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Saturday, October 5, 2013 / 2 pm - 5 pm | FREE Event!
Suitable for families with students 10-14 years of age
Ida Byrd-Hill, Event Organizer, Inventor of FLUKE

This Play Date will move families through an inventing skill progression to excite and motivate them to SPARK inventing in their household each and every day. Get prepared for cooking activities, video games, board games, arts & crafts, building & construction, technology
immersion, and inventing in a scavenger hunt format.

Please RSVP at

Click Invention Revolution link or

For more info call 877.429.2370


2013 Day of the Girl Pittsburgh Celebration
Friday October 11, 2013 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT
Goodwill of Southwestern PA , 118 52nd Street (off Butler Street), Pittsburgh, PA 15201

International Day of the Girl is almost here and it's time for Pittsburgh to celebrate.
This FREE, family-friendly event includes activities from local girl and youth-serving organizations, music, and food. It's the perfect way to spend your Friday evening. 

Groups are welcome too, so bring your girl scout troop, youth group, after-school program, residential program, book club, and so on! Please feel free to download and share the flyer
We can't wait to see you in just a few weeks, but we need you to register online so we can be ready!  Register Now!

For the second year, we are partnered with Day of the Girl Summit, a dynamic virtual platform that brings together girls and girl-serving organizations, and leverages community resources to build the movement for girls' human rights. Elevate your voice by getting involved with the 11 Days of Action staring October 1.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions and we very much hope to see you at the Day of the Girl Pittsburgh celebration!

Sincerely, Heather Mediate, Girls Coalition of Southwestern Pennsylvania

Women in Business Networking
You're Invited to Pittsburgh Magazine's Quarterly
Spotlight on Women in Business Event
Fifth Anniversary Celebration

Presented by First Commonwealth Bank

Thursday, October 3 / 5 - 8 p.m. / The Ballroom at Rivers Casino777 Casino Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

There is no cost to attend, but space is limited and registration is required.
Please register only if you are confident that you can attend. 21+.To register or for more info, visit

Global Impact Gala
This fall the Women and Girls Foundation is honoring women and girls who are engaged in expanding Southwest Pennsylvania’s global influence and who are having a global impact through their work. The awards will be presented at our annual gala on Saturday, November 16, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture. 

We are excited to announce the amazing women who will be honored at this event:

Yinka Aganga-Williams, Acculturation for Justice Access & Peace Outreach (AJAPO)
Robin Alexander, United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America (UE)
Esther Barazzone, Chatham University
Tacy Byham, Development Dimensions International (DDI)
Miriam Cremer, Basic Health International
Simin Yazdgerdi Curtis, American Middle East Institute
Anne Nemer Dhanda, PPG Industries, Inc.
M. Bernardine Dias, TechBridgeWorld
Stephany L. Hartstirn, UPMC Health Plan
Tavia La Follette, ArtUp
Ali McMutrie, Haitian Families First
Prabha Sankaranarayan, Mediators Beyond Borders International
Alberta Sbragia, University of Pittsburgh
Gail Shrott, GlobalPittsburgh
Kathy Keim Surma, The Nyadire Connection and Girl Child Network
Emerging Leader Award
Laila Al-Soulaiman, Ellis School graduate and University of Pittsburgh student
Lifetime Achievement Awards
E. Maxine Bruhns, Nationality Rooms, University of Pittsburgh
Theresa Whiteside Nimick, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI)




From our friends at Pittsburgh TODAY

Average weekly wages in the Pittsburgh region continue to increase. The first quarter of 2013 saw an increase of 1.3 percent over the same quarter in 2012, the second largest increase year-over-year behind Cincinnati.

Locally, Greene County had the highest average weekly wages in the first quarter of 2013 with an increase of 1.4 percent year over year, followed by a 1.4 percent increase in Allegheny County.
Thanks for your interest, Douglas Heuck, Program Director

AlphaLab Demo Day & Technology Preview
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 9:00am
New Hazlett Theater Allegheny Square East, Pittsburgh, PA 15212 (North Side)Join us as we l
launch the newest companies in AlphaLab's nationally-acclaimed startup accelerator program and preview the latest technology in the greater Pittsburgh region. 

To RSVP click here9:00 am Registration / 9:30 am Tech Preview / 10:00 am AlphaLab Demo Day



HEARTH, 12th Annual Wine & Food Event 
Thursday, October 3, 2013 / Time: 6-9 p.m

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh
10 Children’s Way, Allegheny Square, Pittsburgh PA 15212

Join Oakland Catholic High School for an elegant evening in Paris at the Leading Ladies Gala, recognizing the Pittsburgh region’s “leading ladies.” This enchanting evening in the City of Light will feature magnifique entertainment and a chic live auction! All proceeds benefit Oakland Catholic High School. Tickets are $125/per person. To purchase tickets or for additional information call 412-682-6797 or email

Party In The Tropics 
Friday, October 04, 2013 / Time: 7 – 11 p.m.

Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Garden
One Schenley Park Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Dine, drink and dance the night away in our tropical paradise! 
Don’t be a wallflower – get down under glass! Gather your friends, then head to Phipps for a healthy dose of revelry and rejuvenation as our Tropical Forest Conservatory transforms into one of the city’s most unique nightspots. This is no typical stroll through the gardens: At this reoccurring party, you can make our paradise your own as you indulge in sweet and savory morsels, taste unique cocktails, and dance to the beats of a live DJ – all surrounded by lush greenery, rushing waterfalls and exotic plants. You won’t find a venue like this anywhere else in the ‘Burgh!

2013 Walk to End Alzheimer's - Pittsburgh, PA
Saturday, October 05, 2013
Time: Registration at 7:00 a.m.; Walk Starts at 9:00 a.m

Walk to End Alzheimers
North Shore, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

The Pittsburgh Walk to End Alzheimer's will be staged on the North Shore near Heinz Field. Route: The walk route will go out the streets and sidewalks of the North Shore and return along the trail next to the river. The distance is less than a 5K and we do plan to offer a shorter distance so people of all abilities can participate. Event: In addition to the walk, there will be live entertainment, information on our organization, and an opportunity to honor and/or remember loved ones affected by Alzheimer's. Overall Logistics: Details are in the final approval stages with the city permitting and the Pittsburgh Steelers and upon their approval we will release a document outlining logistics details, etc. This will be sent to all registered participants and uploaded to our website. We thank you for your patience!
Parking has been secured in a lot neighboring Heinz Field and the garage where the T-Station is located. Parking in the lot will be a $3 charge and the garage will be $4.


Brookline Halloween Parade
Saturday, October 26, more info TBA; check the District 4 public calendar
Carrick and Overbrook Community Councils’ Halloween Costume Contest
Saturday, October 26, 12:00 p.m. at the Phillips Park Rec Center (201 Parkfield St)


Melody Firmani is the founder and CEO of Celebrate Caregivers, LLC. Melody created this organization to give caregivers the opportunity to refill their energy levels.

As a transformational
Melody Firmani
energy coach, she works with caregivers to increase, maintain and protect their energy so they can continue to serve those they love. 

Melody also sponsors events to recognize and support caregivers throughout southwestern Pennsylvania. Melody can be reached at: Celebrate CareGivers / PO Box 353 / Murrysville, PA 15668 / 724-289-0449


Friday was the long-awaited reveal of “The Rubber Duck Project,” an The four-story-tall duck

floated merrily around the three rivers. During the Rubber Duck Bridge Party the duck traveled under the West End Bridge, round the Point and cruised to the Clemente Bridge. 
The Duck, photo by Tara Darazio

The bridge was closed to traffic and packed with food and art vendors as part of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s Night Market. DJ Scottro from 96.1 KISS provided the music and thousands of area people partied on the bridge. 

All You Need Is Love...Or A 40 Foot Rubber Duck
Roving Pittsburgher Reporter Tara Darazio
Normally in a crowd of people, you find a lot of pushing, yelling, general annoyance, but I didn't see one ounce of that by the duck. People were overly happy, excited, joyous. I counted 10 people who asked someone if they wanted them to take a picture, and we had a lovely family man snap one for us, as well. People were kind, quick to move away so the next batch of folks could see, and I myself stopped in my tracks for about three minutes so I wouldn't ruin someone’s shot, and I saw dozens of others doing the same. RESPECT was floating all around that day. Read the full review here.

MWSA Conference Review
Review by Joanne Quinn-Smith
You know you are in a good place when the President of an organization starts off the orientation by announcing that the members donated and he and a committee packed and delivered over 500 books to the local Veterans hospital.  Such was the case as Dwight Zimmerman, MWSA President opened up the conference. Read the full review here.

I Have Seen The Enemy and It is Us 
Review of A Soldier’s Heart by Roving Pittsburgher Reporter, Joyce Kane of Cybertary 
The Studio Theatre of the Pittsburgh Playhouse is the venue for the world premiere of the play, written by Pittsburgher Tammy Ryan and directed by John Amplas. The staging and lighting are stark and gray, befitting the mood of the work itself and the audience’s reaction. The use of the
same set for both stateside and Iraq was enhanced by the videos projected on the back wall; the videos also served as a flashback mechanism, a graphic demonstration of what Casey encountered in Iraq.

Marie Elena O’Brien is remarkable as Casey Johnson. The range of emotions that she displays throughout the performance is heart-wrenching. Joshua Elijah Reese as Kevin is likable; you root for him to be successful in breaking through the shell, helping and supporting Casey in her return to life. Margie, Casey’s mother, ably portrayed by Jenna Cole, is everywoman, while not perfect, loves her daughter and grandson and tries her best. Michael Fuller (Captain Baines, Casey’s Commanding Officer), Justin Lonesome (Staff Sergeant Williams), Jaime Slavinsky (Lance Corporal Hernandez), and Sundiata Rice (Sean) round out the small but emotionally powerful cast. Read the full review here.

Michael Bublé Concert
Michelle and Domenic Lanzilatti, left
Tara and Justin Darazio, right
Reviewed by Roving Pittsburgher Reporter, 
Tara Darazio

Bublé is now not only one of my favorite singers, he's one of my favorite people. I have been to a lot of concerts in my day and have never come across someone so genuine. I read a blog saying that when you go to his concerts, you feel like he is crooning just for you, and I absolutely agree with that.

When he first came out, he immediately started interacting with the crowd. He made mention of some of the signs, even a few way in the back with LED lights on them. One girl had a sign saying it was her 18th birthday, so he brought her down to the stage, gave her a hug and a kiss, and had the whole stadium sing Happy Birthday to her. Right from the get go, the show was about his fans, not him. What a special night for that girl, and what an awesome memory to make. He brought up a little girl later in the show that had a sign for him, and serenaded her with You've Got A Friend In Me. Her face was priceless, and he even gave her the mic to sing along with him. Read the full review here.


Also we would like to go back to our Steeltown Hero Segment so please send us your stories of ordinary Greater Pittsburgh Area residents doing good things that are GOOD NEWS. 

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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Tara Darazio is a Positively Pittsburgh Live reporter, an independent copywriter, blogger, article writer, and social media strategist. If you are in need of writing assistance, or need help with your social media efforts connect with Tara on LinkedIn here.

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