Friday, November 8, 2013

Positively Pittsburgh Live News 11-4-13

Positively Pittsburgh Live News

Co-Host JoAnn Forrester of the Empress of Biz Talkcast will talk about the re-debut of NAWBO Newsmakers Channel on PPLMag


POSITIVELYPITTSBURGH SPONSORED EVENTS: Loudini Rock N Roll Circus benefiting Operation Troop Appreciation

CULTURAL CLUES: Bonnie Raitt with special guest Marc Cohn, The Streisand Songbook, The Music of Danny Elfman from Tim Burton Films, Calliope Presents--Comas, 2013 Potted Potter, THE MAGIC FLUTE, Turn of the Screw at The New Hazlett Theater, Musical Christmas Carol, Ann Hampton Callaway Brings Music of Barbara Streisand to Heinz Hall

KIDZ KORNER: Post Your Kids Halloween pictures on PositievelyPittsburghLive Facebook Page for upcoming video


BUSINESS BUZZ: Pittsburgh Regional Environment Survey, Remaking Cities Congress

HIGH SCHOOL AND UNIVERSITY NEWS: Alternative Homecoming for Teens


NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS: East Liberty Place South, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Artist Holiday Market

ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT: Pierogi Fest, We Will Rock You, Proper Brick Oven, Hold Up in the Hood, Proud to Be American Exhibit

PITTSBURGH LOCAL SPORTS: Rock 5th/initial NCAA Division II football sub-region rankings


VETERANS VET: WQED Honors Veterans with Special Programming

PPLMAG GOOD NEWS FORUM: "Thanks for the Duck Video"


Last Week: We Will Rock You, Proper Brick Oven, Hold Up in the Hood 707 Penn Ave. Gallery, Proud to Be American Exhibit 709 Penn Ave. Gallery 

This week: Loudini’s Rock N Roll Circus at 565 Live, 
Sheherezade at Pittsburgh Symphony



Upcoming events at Heinz Hall

Nov 11 Bonnie Raitt with special guest Marc Cohn

Nov 14-17 The Streisand Songbook

Nov 23 The Music of Danny Elfman from Tim Burton Films

Nov 29&Dec 1 Honeck and a Waltz Tradition

Dec 6-8 Honeck and the Tallis Scholars

Dec 12-15 Highmark Holiday Pops

Dec 18 Michael Bolton with the PSO

Dec 19 Richard Nader's Holiday Doo Wop

Dec 20&21 Highmark Holiday Pops

Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society welcomes COMAS to THE ROOTS CELLAR, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Shadyside, on Thursday, November 21, 2013, 7:30 PM. 

Tickets and information are available online at or by contacting the Calliope office at (412) 361-1915. Tickets are $23 / $12 (w/ student ID) *handling fees included.

Since March 2003, Comas have been together as a band. Before that, they toured individually in top acts such as The Drovers, Orion, Eileen Ivers, Urbantrad, Denez Prigent, and the internationally acclaimed Liz Carroll, to name just a few. Although coming from diverse musical backgrounds and residing in different parts of the globe, they found each other through their similar approach to music, bringing together their many cultural influences to forge a unique blend of traditional Irish music that literally had them, within months of coming together, playing in major festivals in Ireland, Belgium, France, England, Denmark, and Holland. This achievement alone is worthy of note, and as further testimony to their deep rooted talents, they were asked back immediately to every festival they played. "Before we even had time to put our instruments away," as guitarist Philip Masure aptly put it.

By the end of 2003 Comas had built up a sizable reputation so as to be hailed in the press as "The Revelation Of 2003" (S.Vandenberghe - NVFOLK) and "The best traditional band around" (Folkspot). When you hear Comas you'll know that their choice of name was no accident: it translates from Irish Gaelic as "Power," and power is exactly what this band is about. It describes their own driving power coupled with a fine sensitivity for the inner strands of magic that is inherent in Irish music.

Here, their fiddle player, Aidan Burke, comes into his own, delving deep into his Irish roots to pluck out a pure sound that transcends time and place guaranteed to touch any lover of Celtic music. Aidan's dexterity is evenly matched by the awesome talents of Isaac Alderson (flutes, uilleann pipes), Philip Masure (guitar) and Jackie Moran (percussion). "Comas play enormously fast but with a lot of feeling." (S. Feys - Folkroddels)

Comas are a band firmly rooted in Irish music, but with enough space to allow for original compositions. Their openness to new influences and a respectful eye on the past bring Comas to the forefront of what traditional music is about today.

Check them out online here:


The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announced today that it will add a performance of the hit off-
Potted-Potter-Jefferson Turner and Daniel Clarkson
Photo by Brian Friedman
Broadway show Potted Potter - The Unauthorized Harry Experience-A Parody by Dan and Jeff, scheduled to be presented at the Byham Theater in Pittsburgh, PA from November 20-24, 2013. Due to the popularity of the show, the additional performance will take place on Saturday, November 23 st 5:00 p.m. Tickets for the additional performance start at $45 and go on sale Friday, November 1st at 9:00 a.m. For information, visit, call (412) 456-6666, or visit in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue. This performance is part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series.

Performances are scheduled for Wednesday, November 20, 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, November 21, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, November 22, 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, November 23, 2:00, 5:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, November 24, 1:00 & 6:30 p.m.

Pittsburgh Opera presents a Mozart favorite, THE MAGIC FLUTE, sung in English 
Pittsburgh Opera continues its 75th anniversary season with a popular favorite, Mozart’s final opera: THE MAGIC FLUTE. On stage at the Benedum Center November 9 - 17, this charming, fantastical, and “gorgeously whimsical” production (The Globe and Mail) by Diane Paulus (The Donkey Show, Hair) is appealing for all ages. Featuring large animal puppets (operated by supernumeraries) and spectacular costumes, the opera showcases a cast comprised of outstanding former Resident Artists, current Resident Artists, and a debut by a star on the rise. 

Pittsburgh Opera’s THE MAGIC FLUTE brings the debut of red-hot Canadian soprano Layla Claire as Pamina; she and former Resident Artist Sean Panikkar (The Pearl Fishers, 2011; ‘America’s Got Talent’ finalist with tenor trio “Forte”) star as the lovers Pamina and Tamino. The company also welcomes back former Resident Artists Craig Verm (The Pearl Fishers, 2011) as Papageno; Audrey E. Luna (The Magic Flute, 2006) as Queen of the Night, and Oren Gradus (Aida, 2013) as Sarastro. 
Magic Flute/Photo by Michael Cooper for Canadian Opera Company 

In what may be a first in recent Pittsburgh Opera history, the former Resident Artists are joined by all of the current Resident Artists in one production, including the Resident Artist stage director! Jasmine Muhammad, Samantha Korbey and Nicole Rodin are the Three Ladies; Joseph Barron is the Speaker; Daniel Curran is Monostatos; Meredith Lustig is Papagena; Alex DeSocio is the First Priest, and Phillip Gay is the Second Armored Man. George Cederquist is Assistant Director for THE MAGIC FLUTE.

Music Director Antony Walker returns to conduct the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra and Chorus. Jen Nicoll (The Elixir of Love, 2007) returns as stage director.

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

Turn of the Screw at The New Hazlett Theater
Prime Stage Theatre is excited to open its 2013-2014 season with Turn of the Screw, adapted by Jeffery Hatcher, from the novella by Henry James. 

Directed by Joe Warik, Turn of the Screw is “a total theatrical experience, a challenge for the imagination.” An old English Manor House is filled with secrets, strange movements flicker in the underbrush, unidentifiable cries are heard in the moonlight, and abrupt coldness and breezes touch your imaginations. Do the ghosts haunt the children? Or is it just her imagination?

The lead of the Governess will be played by Lissa Brennan. Brennan is an actor, director and playwright. She was most recently seen in Don Juan Comes Home From The War and The Vibrator Play with Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre.

George Saulnier will play the narrator, Uncle, Mrs. Grose and the boy, Miles. He recently made his Pittsburgh debut in Same Time, Next Year at the South Park Theater, directed by Wayne Brinda.

The performance will run from Nov. 2-10 at The New Hazlett Theater, with a preview performance on Friday, Nov. 1.

Following the 8 pm performance on Nov. 8, join us for the premiere event of 2nd Stage at Prime Stage. Celebrate the 45th anniversary of Night of the Living Dead with readings of tales of terror hosted by David Crawford as the master of the macabre himself, Edgar Allan Poe.

Tickets for both shows are on sale now. For more information on the season or to buy tickets, visit

Cast Announced for Pittsburgh CLO’s A Musical Christmas CarolPittsburgh CLO is proud to announce casting for the 22nd annual production of A Musical Christmas Carol this December at the Byham Theatre. This talented cast will feature Pittsburgh CLO veterans and an exciting group of newcomers, led by Pittsburgh’s own Tom Atkins as Ebenezer Scrooge. Details and Tickets are now available by calling 412-456-6666, online at or at the Theater Square Box Office.

Ann Hampton Callaway
The second concert of the PNC Pops season celebrates one of America’s most powerful and enduring musical artists with one of America’s great multi-talented stars of stage and screen when Ann Hampton Callaway presents The Streisand Songbook on Nov. 14-17 at Heinz Hall with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. 

Callaway, a Platinum award-winning singer-songwriter, crafts a loving musical portrait of Barbra Streisand’s multi-faceted, five-decade career. With a unique pop/jazz perspective, Callaway will perform many unforgettable songs, spanning Streisand’s Broadway years to her film and pop albums. Along with these timeless music classics, Callaway will weave humorous and inspiring anecdotes throughout the evening of the woman who serves as her role model, mentor and friend. 

Performances are 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets, ranging in price from $25.75 to $119.75, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900, or visiting

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra would like to recognize and thank PNC for its 2013-2014 title sponsorship of PNC Pops. Fairmont Pittsburgh is the official hotel of the Pittsburgh Symphony.

Put up your cute kids Halloween pictures on the PositivelyPittsburghLive Facebook page, we will turn them into a video. 
Vincenzo Darazio, son of PPL Admin: Tara
Jacob Quinn, TechnoGranny twin great grandson, Arkansas

TechnoGranny grandaugher, Anaiyah

From Our Friends at The Girls Coaltion

The State of Arizona 
by Carlos Sandoval and Catherine Tambini 
We hope you will join us in our upcoming installment of Community Cinema, in partnership with WQED Multimedia, as we screen The State of Arizona. 
The film considers volatile themes of race and immigration, portrayed through a mosaic of characters and their responses to SB1070, Arizona's controversial "papers please" law. In addition to exploring local and personal reactions to the law, the film also exposes how Arizona's enforcement-led policy is reshaping the national conversation aorund immigration reform. With dozens of states considering a similar approach, The State of Arizona holds a mirror and asks Americans who they are, and who they want to be. 

Register for this free screening HERE Thursday, December 12, 2013 from 6:00 - 8:00pm
*Light refreshments at 5:30pm / Union Project, 801 N Negley Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pa 15206

WQED Multimedia brings you Community Cinema, a free monthly documentary screening series on topics important to our community, region, and world. Pittsburgh's Community Cinema provides an opportunity to view films from the award-winning PBS series Independent Lens, prior to their release on television. 

Join us for a Girls Coalition Meet & Greet
Thursday, November 14, 2013, from 8-10am at Panera in Bakery Square. 
We hope you will join us for this time of networking and conversation. Breakfast goodies are on us, and we'll be talking about all of the cool things that are coming up this winter and into the spring, including: Day of the Girl Pittsburgh all year long! Community Cinema screenings with WQED - next one in December! Be Inspired 2014 a showcase of amazing young women who are changing our region 2014 Mini-Conferences: half day sessions focused on topics that impact girls! Ways in which we can partner with YOU for an upcoming event or training! 


From our friends at Pittsburgh Today

PittsburghTODAY and our research colleagues at the University of Pittsburgh's University Center for Social and Urban Research are pleased to present the Pittsburgh Regional Environment Survey -- the most significant and in-depth survey to date on the region's environment. 
This survey details the attitudes and behaviors of the region's citizens in several key environmental issues: air and water quality, the Marcellus Shale, conservation, government regulation and the economy vs. the environment. 

The enlightening results portray a region whose residents believe that the environment plays a significant role in the region's future attractiveness and economy. Residents are mixed about the Marcellus Shale, believing it represents a strong economic opportunity, while expressing concerns about possible public health affects. More than 95 percent believe that shale drillers should be required to publicly disclose the chemicals used in fracking fluids. 
The perception -- despite the facts -- that Greater Pittsburgh does not have a significant air quality problem persists. And in general, citizens would like to see greater government oversight of the region's environment and believe that that would not hamper the region's economy. 

We believe this is must reading for citizens who are concerned about the future of the region's environment and encourage you to read the complete report here

From our Friends at the URA

The first (and only) Remaking Cities Conference was held in Pittsburgh in 1988. The primary focus was the precipitous decline of industrial cities and regions in North America and Europe in the 1980's. Prince Charles was the Honorary Chair and keynote speaker.

On October 15 - 18, 340 invited urbanists from North America and Europe convened again here in Pittsburgh at the Remaking Cities Congress to discuss lessons learned, best practices,

and directions for the future of post-industrial cities. The difference between now and then? Pittsburgh today is renowned worldwide for its 25-year transformation from an industrial economy to a knowledge economy. Prince Charles once again served as the Honorary Chair and keynote speaker via pre-recorded video.

On Wed., Oct. 16, delegates attended mobile workshops, held througout the City. Of the six workshops offered, five included URA projects and three were led by URA staff:
Creative Reuse: Brownfield Redevelopment in Pittsburgh was led by Acting Executive Director Robert Rubinstein; Neighborhoods in Transition: the Penn Avenue Corridor was co-led by Real Estate Director Kyra Straussman; Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Made in Pittsburgh was led by Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Director Tom Link; Downtown Walking Tour: Architectural Landmarks and Urban Spaces; and Meet the Three Rivers: Riverfront Transformation and Green Buildings Tour.

We'll have more details on the Remaking Cities Congress in next month's issue. In the meantime, you can learn more about the Congress here.


Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced that the City of Pittsburgh has once again partnered with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History to host Pittsburgh’s second alternative homecoming dance. The dance will be held for local teens who find it difficult or intimidating to attend their own school’s dances. This year’s event, “The Hectic Glow,” will took place Saturday, November 2, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Carnegie Museum of Natural History, 4400 Forbes Ave. The attendance capacity was been expanded to 200 in response to last year’s high attendance.

“Creating an environment for all of Pittsburgh’s young people to express themselves and feel confident about who they are is an important effort that we take seriously,” Ravenstahl said. “By working collaboratively with schools, community organizations and businesses, we can provide teens with encouraging outlets to develop their interests and skills amongst their peers in safe, unique environments. The Alternative Homecoming is opportunity for friends to hang out together, participate in a wide variety of activities and feel comfortable.”

Teens will be encouraged to leave a positive legacy in the world, in celebration of John Green’s blockbuster novel The Fault in Our Stars, recently filmed in Pittsburgh. The story chronicles the lives of two teens living with terminal cancer. In the same spirit, proceeds from the event will be donated to a fund supporting Pittsburgh-area teens living with the disease. The event is open to all current high school students or teens age 14-17. Tickets to the event can be purchased for $5 online at or at the Teen reference desk at CLP - Main in Oakland.

At last year’s first-ever alternative homecoming, a sold-out crowd of 150 teens danced and crafted the night away as they celebrated local author Stephen Chbosky’s novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower, as well as citywide anti-bullying efforts.

This year, teens will be invited to take part in a number of new and creative activities throughout the space, including the TeenSpeak! social issues forum. Hosted by the Mayor’s Youth Council, the forum encourages attendees to embrace their potential to be transformative leaders, and discuss civic and social themes that affect their demographic. Other activities for the night include: Ultraviolet dance party, with DJ Joey J of CLP – Main, Teen Department
Neon face painting, in celebration of 2013 Carnegie International artist He An Green screen photobooth, courtesy of The Labs @ CLP Dramatic wildlife scavenger hunt, with Teen Docents from Carnegie Museum of Natural History Flashlight tours through Carnegie Museum of Natural History exhibits LED light-up corsages from Assemble Memory book to record the legacy you want to leave in the world, in honor of the themes presented in The Fault in Our Stars
Guest passes for a future visit to the 2013 Carnegie International, courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Art Decorate your own Smiley cookie, courtesy of Eat’n Park.



From Our Friends at Urban Media Today

Firefighters Coats for Kids
The Pittsburgh Fire Fighters IAFF Local No.1, are hosting the 2nd annual Firefighters Coats for Kids Program, helping local children in need. Together with Operation Warm, the members of Pittsburgh Fire Fighters IAFF Local No.1 are working to provide warm, winter coats to elementary school-aged children in need. 

We are able to reach the following schools this year: Greenfield, Mifflin, Colfax, Minadeo, Conroy Education Center, Spring Hill, Woolslair, and Faison. This is made possible thanks to donations made from Range Resources, UPMC, Diehl Automotive of Robinson, MSA, Burchick Construction, and TEC Benefits. 

“This years program will provide 1,300 school-age children with a warm coat, ensuring attendance in school and the ability to play outside during the coldest winter months,” said Ralph Sicuro, vice president Pittsburgh Fire Fighters.
Families struggling to meet the most basic needs must often put food and shelter before proper winter clothing, leaving children literally, in the cold. Firefighters work on the front lines and are witnesses to levels of poverty many can't understand.

Firefighters Coats for Kids, is part of ongoing efforts by firefighters across the USA and Canada to strengthen families and communities. “To a child living in poverty, there is nothing more exciting than something brand new,” said Carey Palmquist, Executive Director of Operation Warm. “Aside from the emotional excitement a new coat illicits, the coat is instrumental in promoting so many good things in a child’s life including education, wellness, and self-esteem, to name a few. It’s a program that strengthens the overall well-being of a child, and helps families stretch limited financial resources to other basic necessities including food and shelter.”

About Firefighters Coats for Kids:
A division of nonprofit Operation Warm, a 501(c)3, Firefighters Coats for Kids empowers communities by providing brand new winter coats to children in need throughout the U.S. and Canada. Since 1998, Operation Warm has provided the gift of warmth to more than one million children.

From our Friends at Pittsburgh Urban Media
East Liberty Place South
The Community Builders Celebrated the Opening of East Liberty Place South $13.6 million development that will bring mixed-income apartments and retail space to Pittsburgh’s East Liberty neighborhood 

The Community Builders, Inc. (TCB), the nation's leading nonprofit developer of mixed-income housing have scheduled a groundbreaking on Monday, November 4, 2013 to start construction on East Liberty Place South, a $14.2 million mixed-used development that will feature 52 apartments and 11,000 square feet of commercial space in Pittsburgh’s revitalized East Liberty neighborhood. Federal, state and local officials will join leaders from TCB to mark the occasion, other invited guests include U.S. Congressman Mike Doyle, Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, State Reps. Ed Gainey and Don Costa, as well as Pittsburgh City Councilpersons Ricky V. Burgess and Bill Peduto.

Rocky Horror Picture Show
Check the event’s website for more information — yes, there was a traditional Halloween-at-midnight show scheduled. As for the onscreen version, Pittsburgh’s own Junior Chamber of Commerce Players cast wrapped its pre-Halloween performances, but all is not lost: They’ll be back in action at the Hollywood Theater Nov. 16.

November 15, 2013 - January 5, 2014 | 709 Penn Gallery 
Opening Reception | November 15 | 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. 
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Education and Community Engagement department presents the 2013 Craftsman’s Guild of Pittsburgh Holiday Artist Market November 15, 2013–January 5, 2014, at 709 Penn Gallery in the Cultural District. An opening reception will be held at the gallery November 15 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

This juried holiday show and artist market features locally made original works of art in a diverse range of media, including jewelry, clay, glass, wood, sculpture, textiles, paper, among others. All pieces, from simple and whimsical items to works of fine art, are unique and exclusively handcrafted by members of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh.

“We are pleased to highlight the beautiful work being made locally by the talented membership of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh,” says Sonja Sweterlitsch, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s 709 Penn Gallery curator. “The work on display has been juried so that visitors will discover beautiful pieces in a variety of media, at a variety of price points for the holidays. This will be a fabulous opportunity for consumers to give a unique gift of locally made original fine craft.”

Nearly thirty artists are represented in the holiday market. Among the group is husband and

wife duo Nancy and David Gates, each presenting works in the show, Nancy a fiber artist and David working in wood.

“It is a major part of our ongoing mission at the Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh to foster and enable opportunities for our very talented membership to display and sell their work, while at the same time maintaining the highest possible standards of quality and integrity,” says Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh President Lisa Platt. “The Guild’s cooperative and amicable relationship with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, through the Trust’s generous invitation to Guild members to exhibit at their distinctive downtown gallery, admirably serves this mission in all respects. We pledge to put our best foot forward, and we are eager to share the outstanding work of our members with the greater Pittsburgh community.”

Participating artists: Ada Bosonetto, Janet Brum, Barbara Campbell, Kathryn Carr, Robert Clegg, Christy Culp, Holly Dobkin, Lyn Ferlo, Edric Florence, Sandi Garris, David Gates, Nancy Gates, Mary Hamilton, Allison Jones, Don Jones, LaVerne Kemp, Sandy Kephart, Dorothy Lampl, Celest Michelotti, Jeffrey Moyer, Jamie Murphy, Lisa Platt, Jessica Rutherford, David Schwartzmiller, Nancy Smeltzer, George Wazenegger, Diane Wilson, Amanda Wolf, and Edward Zembrzuski.

The Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh, founded in 1944, is one of the city’s most venerable and respected artists’ organizations, with a long-standing reputation for quality, excellence, and the individual creativity of its rigorously vetted members. The Guild is best known for its signature annual event, A Fair in the Park. The Fair, one of the region’s premier arts and fine crafts festivals, recently celebrated its 44th year of continuous operation in Mellon Park, Shadyside. The Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh has been a resident guild of the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts for more than 50 years.

A portion of the show’s proceeds will benefit both the Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.


From our Friends at the URA

Christina Shields Photography 
We Give Thanks for...Pierogies 
And apparently so do you!! Almost 7,000 people turned out for the first-ever Pittsburgh Pierogi Fest on Saturday, October 26, benefiting the care and maintenance of South Shore Riverfront Park. We were blown away by the response and thank everyone for their patience and good cheer which made the day a great success! Stay tuned for next year, which promises to be even bigger and better. 
Here are some fun facts from from the 1st Annual Pittsburgh Pierogi Fest:
People's Choice Award Winner was Cop Out Pierogies, 2nd place - Braddock's American Brasserie, 3rd Place - S&D Polish Deli
Made national news coast to coast
Organizers plan on an even bigger, better Pierogi Fest next year
Pirates' Pierogies were a huge hit
Paint Monkey's Paint Your Own Pierogies delighted children and families
Pop Up Pierogi Marketplace featured everything from pierogi jewelry to pierogi pillows, to greeting cards, aprons, knit pierogi dolls and more
The limited edition T-shirts sold out in 1 hour!
The BRGR and Franktuary food trucks featured creative, out-of-the-box themed offerings: the Pierogi Burger and the Pierogi Dog
For the first time, the general public was able to enjoy the scenic riverwalk area of the park
A majority of the event was solar powered and off-the-grid, thanks to Zero Fossil
The URA, Riverlife, Soffer Organization and South Shore Riverfront Park would like to thank all of our generous sponsors who helped to make Pierogi Fest a huge success. 
We'd also like to give a big shout out to our partners at Revive Marketing Group for a fantastic job organizing, promoting and coordinating the event: Eileen French, Jack Bellas and Gina Vensel, and their amazing staff - Christina Morgan, Bobby Johnston, Liz Juchno, Becky Mauro, Abby Dinges, Sara Hess, Emma McAfee, Shea Donahue, Cody Houser, Leigh Ann Reynolds and Jessica Moore.

We Will Rock You
The worldwide smash hit ‘rock theatrical’, Queen and Ben Elton’s “We Will Rock You,” built around 24 of Queen’s biggest hits, opened at the Benedum Center (October 29), and TechnoGranny was there not exactly knowing why. My guest and I thought we were going to a tribute concert to Queen, obviously I read the press release on air and was brain dead. “We Will Rock You” takes place on a futuristic planet once called Earth that is now controlled by a mighty corporation. The ruler of this planet is half human and half pixilated and pardon my expression but a “bad-a_ _ _d b_ _ _h. Globalization is complete. Individuality is taboo. Everyone watches the same movies, wears the same clothes and thinks the same thoughts, especially the Ga Ga Girls. Music is generated by the corporation’s computers, rock music is unheard and all musical instruments are banned. But there is hope in a resistance with names like “Buddy Holly and the Crickets.” This is a band of rebel Bohemians, waiting for a hero to lead the battle to bring the power of rock back to the people. Full review coming soon.

Proper Brick Oven 
139 7th St., Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Walk in the door and you immediately see the fire going in the brick oven. This was just the ticket as it was a little nippy out and we had just visited the galleries a block away. 
Proper makes most of their menu from scratch, including mozzarella, ricotta, goat cheese, black pepper bacon, sweet and hot Italian sausage, many pastas, breads, and of course their original recipe Proper pizza dough. And oh the pizza dough! Even you non crust lovers will find yourself eating it. This is the restaurant that replaced the historic Tambellini’s on 7th St and although we miss Janet and Charlie Pelligrini, this is quite a suitable replacement. We had Forest Pizza with caramelized wild mushrooms / roasted shallot / balsamic reduction / fresh thyme / fontina. Yum!

Hold Up in the Hood, 707 Penn Ave. Gallery 
The exhibition incorporates drawings, recycled photographs, and print media as well as body gesture to explore issues of race, class, and gender. We saw it on the last day. This description does not give you the full force and impact of how the artist has overlayed magazine articles and ads on students faces. The photographs are truly amazing.“HOLDUP in the HOOD is both
Holdup in the Hood
Photo by Francis Crisafio
a personal and communal exploration of self,” Crisafio says. “It concerns the identity of self that comes with the realization of making one’s mark.” 

Together with his teaching partner Meda Rago, Crisafio co-authors and teaches an after-school, inner-city arts collaboration in the Manchester section of Pittsburgh, PA. The images included in this exhibition are culled from a larger body of work that documents the after-school, collaborative arts curriculum rooted in self-portraiture. The program and subsequent documentation have run continuously for 11 years.

Proud to Be American Exhibit,  709 Penn Ave. Gallery

On the final day of her new exhibit at 709 Penn Gallery, Proud to be an American,? Pittsburgh photographer Rebecca Chiappelli explores the meaning of patriotism from diverse perspectives. “If a universal form of patriotism ever existed, it is not present in today’s culture,” says Chiappelli. 
Photo by Bea Chiappelli
Proud to be an American? is a simple question with a complex answer. Over the past century, many key events such as world wars, technological advancements, and shifts in the economy have influenced our definition of patriotism. Even today, our definition is expanding due to challenges from external sources like the media and globalization. I especially loved this Boy Scout Picture.

Bea has an eye for the dramatic and every picture tells a story about America, some very poignant. I found the below photo
Photo by Bea Chiappelli
particularly touching with the worn windowsills and the decal in the window of the flag with the words, I Pledge Allegiance.


Rock 5th in initial NCAA Division II football sub-region rankings
Slippery Rock University was the No. 5 team in the initial Division II super-region rankings released Monday afternoon by the NCAA office.

The Rock, owners of a five-game win streak and 7-1 overall record, were ranked behind three unbeaten teams (8-0 West Chester, 7-0 Shepherd and 8-0 Bloomsburg) and defending Super Region One champion Winston-Salem State (7-1).

Rounding out the top 10 Super Region One teams were Virginia State (7-1), Stonehill, Mass. (6-2), California, Pa. (6-2), Urbana, Ohio (6-2) and Concord, W. Va. (6-2) in that order.

The top six teams in the final super-region ranking following completion of Nov. 16 games will earn berths in the NCAA Division II playoffs.

The Rock, one of four Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference teams included in the initial top-10 super-region ranking, seek their first NCAA playoff berth since 1999.

The top priority for The Rock, though, is Saturday’s first-place showdown with PSAC-Western Division co-leader California. The Rock and Vulcans each own 4-1 record in PSAC-West action.

Kickoff of the SRU Senior Day game in Mihalik-Thompson Stadium is set for 1 p.m.

The winner of Saturday’s Rock-California game heads into the final week of division competition with a one-game lead over at least one other team. Indiana, Pa. (6-2) and Gannon (4-4) are both one game behind the co-leaders with 3-2 division marks.

Super Region One, the largest of the four Division II groupings, consists of 49 teams from four conferences: the PSAC, Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, Mountain East Conference and Northeast-10 Conference.

West Chester, Bloomsburg and California join The Rock as the PSAC teams in this week’s super-region ranking. Winston-Salem State and Virginia State are from the CIAA, Shepherd, Urbana and Concord represent the MEC and Stonehill is the lone NE-10 team in the ranking.


The duck may be gone, but let's keep his memory alive! Post your Rubber Duck pictures to the PositivelyPittsburghLive Facebook page by November 15, with a memory or story of your visit, and we will create a video called "Thanks for the Duck," just in time for Thanksgiving. 


Portraits for the Homefront: The Story of Elizabeth Black Premieres Thursday, November 7, 2013, 8 p.m., WQED-TV

Marshall J. Allen
Hometown: Pendleton, OR
Approx. Date: 2/6/1945 
Leaving a promising art career behind, Pittsburgh native Elizabeth Black volunteered with the American Red Cross during World War II. She proposed a fascinating plan to sketch more than 1,000 portraits of soldiers, sailors and airmen in England, France, Luxemburg, Holland, Germany, and Belgium. Seven decades later, her son John retraces his mother’s footsteps in her hometown to learn more about her talent, service and legacy. 

Portraits for the Homefront: The Story of Elizabeth Black premieres Thursday, November 7 at 8 p.m. on WQED-TV.

Portraits for the Homefront: The Story of Elizabeth Black explores Miss Black’s lost art career, features interviews with elderly veterans who encountered the artist on the battlefield, and captures memorable scenes of amazed and appreciative families finally receiving portraits that never arrived. Through social media, a separate interactive component of the project, Finding Elizabeth’s Soldiers is working to make sure the 100 portraits in the Black collection reach the families that might not have them. An online gallery of the drawings can be viewed at As the veterans’ images are identified, WQED will mark the sketches accordingly on the site.
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Michele Rice

With 15 McDonald's franchises that employ between 800 and 1,000 people in any given year, the Bethel Park-based Rice Enterprises is one of the region's largest minority-owned businesses. While running her first restaurant, she became enamored with what was going on with the
Michele Rice
restaurants, such that community outreach and business networking efforts were left largely to her father. Today, Ms. Rice said she makes it a point to engage other businesses, participate in community service initiatives and make sure the company maintains a positive image. The key to maintaining that image for any business, she said, is for leaders to remain committed to customers' needs and to try to anticipate them. 

Michele was one of 2012’s Pittsburgh Courier’s 50 Women of Excellence and serves on the board of the National Black McDonald’s Operators, CCAC Educational Foundation and the South Hills Chamber of Commerce.


In honor of American veterans who fought in past and present conflicts, WQED will air special television and radio programming leading up to Veteran’s Day. All of WQED’s previous programs regarding United States Veterans are available at

Sunday, November 10
• America’s Veterans: A Musical Tribute 2011 at 3 p.m.
Recorded in May 2011 at the Music Center at Strathmore, in Bethesda, MD., AMERICA’S VETERANS: A MUSICAL TRIBUTE 2011 salutes the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. Led by the United States Air Force Band, including The Singing Sergeants and a full orchestra, the 2011 lineup includes performances by chart-topping country singer Jo Dee Messina, renowned Irish tenor Ronan Tynan, Grammy- and Emmy-winning jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval and So You Think You Can Dance winner Sabra Johnson. In addition to performances of popular songs and patriotic classics, Chief of Chaplains for the United States Air Force, Maj. Gen. Cecil R. Richardson narrates moving tribute segments to heroes representing all five branches of the military. The honorees, seated in the audience, include Col. George “Bud” Day; the most highly decorated living American. A Medal of Honor recipient, Col. Day served in World War II, the Korean War, and survived more than five harrowing years as a Prisoner of war in Vietnam.

• Dick Winters: Hang Tough at 4 p.m.
This special honors one of World War II’s most respected combat leaders – Major Richard D. Winters (1918-2011). Emmy –winning British actor Damian Lewis (Homeland) narrates the documentary and shares his thoughts on Winters, who he portrayed in the acclaimed HBO mini-series Band of Brothers. HANG TOUGH traces Winters’ formative years growing up in Pennsylvania, his development as a leader in the U.S. Army, the famed attack on Brecourt Manor on D-Day, and the dedication on June 6, 2012 of the Richard D. Winters Leadership Monument in Normandy, France. In addition to Winters’ own recollections, original members of Winters’ unit, Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne, speak of his commitment to his men, his heroism, and his legacy.

• Wings for Maggie Ray at 5 p.m.
WINGS FOR MAGGIE RAY pays tribute to the remarkable life and legacy of Margaret “Maggie” Ringenberg (1921-2008), a U.S. Army Air Force WASP (Women’s Air Service Pilot) and renowned long-distance aviation racer. Re-enactments, archival photos and film, and insightful interviews from those closest to her shed light on Maggie’s fearlessness, confidence, competitive nature, drive and determination. The program covers the Indiana native’s numerous aviation adventures during and after World War II, including ferrying personnel and supplies, test-flying new planes, and serving as the lead pilot in around-the-world and London-to-Sydney races.

Classical WQED-FM 89.3 Programming will be as follows:

Monday, November 11
• Veteran’s Day Programming all day
Appropriate classical music for Veteran’s Day will be played throughout the day.

• Reflective Music at 8 p.m.
Join host Anna Singer for an hour as she plays music to honor the men and women who served and sacrificed for our country.

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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