Monday, December 8, 2014

PositivelyPittsburghLive, Preserving the Mission; August Wilson Center Safe in the Hands of Local Nonprofits.

Preserving the Mission; August Wilson Center 

 Safe in the Hands of Local Nonprofits.

By Megan Grabowski

A few short months ago, during sale negotiations of the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, community leaders were considering transforming the site into a 10 story hotel.    Many city leaders and nonprofit partners opposed this idea, purporting a desire to maintain the Center’s primary
August Wilson Center, picture
mission; a platform for African American Arts and programming.  In early November, three leading area nonprofits acquired control, at least temporarily, over the restructuring of the Center.  Pittsburgh Foundation President and CEO Maxwell King will serve as Chair of the interim authority, working alongside will be Heinz Endowments President and CEO Grant Oliphant and Director of the Richard King Mellon Foundation, Scott Izzo.   Under the control of temporary officials, community transparency, vital for Pittsburgh nonprofits and stakeholders, will be upheld until a permanent “Building Board” is established.  The Building Board will be responsible for preserving accountability while working with an assortment of groups.  

The first course of action for the temporary officers will be to obtain a long- term agreement with Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.  Based on the Trusts success in managing and developing the epicenter of arts and culture in Pittsburgh, a working relationship between the Building Board, a committed community advisory group and the Trust will help ensure the Center’s true mission is upheld while concurrently balancing a practical and appropriate operating budget.  Furthermore, immediate concerns to be addressed by the temporary management include evaluating the physical condition of the building, developing a comprehensive financial structure and resuming normal building operations.

Transitory leaders anticipate a 3- 6 month time frame before permanent governance is launched.  The Building Board will be comprised of 3-5 community members, predominantly African American authorities, in the area of nonprofit facilities management, business and finance.  Most important, the newly created stewards must have the Center’s original mission as priority number one; offering mostly, but not exclusively, distinguishable African American visual and performing arts for Pittsburghers and visitors from outside the region. 

You can read more about future plans for The August Wilson Center for African American Culture by clicking on the link here

Reviewed by Megan Grabowski

Positively Pittsburgh Good News Reviewer, Professional writer, Social-Media Junkie, Community Fundraiser and Pittsburgh Enthusiast

PositivelyPittsburghLive First Night Preview, How Will You Welcome the New Year?

Highmark First Night Pittsburgh 2015; 

How will you welcome the New Year? 

By Megan Grabowski

Beauty Slap
As a Pittsburgher, newly transplanted or a longtime resident, you ought to consider purchasing a button for the 21st annual Highmark First Night Pittsburgh 2015.  Many plans and preparations are well under way to make this year’s event a spectacular success. Today I was granted a sneak peek into several of the scheduled happenings. In anticipation of 40,000 visitors to the region’s largest single day celebration, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and 500 volunteers have organized 150 events in hope of producing the grandest First Night to date.  So, while New Yorkers gaze up at the dropping ball, in Pittsburgh we will gape in awe as our ball rises, 150 feet above Penn Avenue, representative of our city on the rise!  A truly family friendly event, alcohol free and a significant launch pad for many local artists, people of all ages will enjoy the myriad of visual arts, dance, theater, magic, comedy and music offered on New Year’s Eve throughout Pittsburgh’s Cultural District.

Join First Night Attendees of all Ages

This year, ringing in 2015 at Highmark First Night Pittsburgh can be done at 50 various venues, including two new spaces, Trinity Cathedral and First Presbyterian Church as well as numerous sites in the Cultural District such as Wood Street Galleries, SPACE, 709 Gallery and the O’Reilly Theater.  Concerned about bringing the family outdoors in the cold?  This year 90% of the activities are planned for indoor areas offering visitors a much needed break from the late December weather.   If an alcohol free New Year’s Eve celebration doesn’t sound like your speed, take heed, Janis Burley Wilson, Vice President of Education and Community Engagement for Pittsburgh Cultural Trust reassures attendees, “I view Highmark First Night Pittsburgh as one of the most important evenings of the year…the Trust welcomes and entertains visitors of all ages, for a joyous celebration of the arts…”

First Night Fireworks at Midnight

Intrigued yet?  Perhaps you are wondering how to plan a single evening itinerary that includes 150 activity options spanning 14 city blocks?  Guests with youngsters can begin the night with a bang; children’s fireworks display on the Dollar Bank Stage with funky musical accompaniment provided by Beauty Slap.  Then head on over to the First National Bank Tent to participate in hands- on activities with organizations like Carnegie Science Center, CitiParks and beloved mascots Steely McBeam and Pirate Parrot.  At 8pm, march over to Penn Avenue for the magnificent sights and sounds of the FedEx Ground Parade.  With a theme titled “Imagination Delivered”, Grand Marshal Rick Sebak will lead a procession of towering puppets, marching bands and bicycles.  If you’re planning on bringing older children, you won’t want to miss the fifth annual Sing Off.  Following the premise of televisions The Voice, a selection of Pittsburgh’s own promising local talent defend their vocal aptitudes.  In honor of the upcoming Motown the Musical tour, celebrity judge Smokey Robinson, will help award one stunning student singer a $500.00 cash prize.

Swon Brothers from "The Voice"
Venturing into town without kids in tow?  An endless evening of laughter, mystique, art and dance wait.  Stop by Pierce Studio on Liberty Avenue, location of the Trust Arts Education Center for a smooth jazz lounge with chill jams by the Dwayne Dolphin Trio.  Visitors can take advantage of all of the Trust galleries, operating with extended hours, and create a personalized gallery crawl.  Prefer to keep warm and toasty indoors?  Check out the improvisation team at Arcade Comedy Theater.  If something more traditional appeals to you, enjoy the River City Brass Band on the Benedum stage as well as opportunities to view theater performances, magicians and dance.  Of course, the evening wouldn’t be complete, without an extraordinary Zambelli Fireworks display at midnight, along with a rockin’ show by country chart toppers from "The Voice," The Swon Brothers on the Highmark Stage.

The most attractive aspect to Highmark First Night Pittsburgh 2015 is the engaging atmosphere cultivated by Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Highmark First Night Pittsburgh offers the public a vast arenaCheryl CapezzutiPuppet Making Happy Hour on Thursday December 11th is a free event and includes cocktails, hors d’ouevres and a d.j.  On December 13th Capezzuti will conduct a Family Puppet Making Workshop. The afternoon instruction will offer families and children a unique opportunity to be involved in a one of a kind community event. Participants can sign up to carry their own creation in the First Night Parade. Sign up here to join in the parade,
Pirate Parrot
of performances by rising stars, displays of visually stunning art, curiously crafted choreography, witty and intelligently written dialogue on stage.  Organizers recognize the commitment and investment of local talents; therefore, you too are encouraged to get involved.  Does this sound like fun?  Beginning next weekend, help prepare puppetry for the FedEx Ground Parade with guidance from artist/ instructor and Fed-Ex Ground Parade Creative Director,

 Advanced registration is required for either puppet making workshop.  Visit for more information or to register. 

Admission to all of the Highmark First Night Pittsburgh 2015 events will require a button.  The full access button can be purchased from now until December 31st for $8.00 at participating Giant Eagle locations.   A button can also be purchased for $10.00 at the event.  Additionally, buy online at Children 5 and under are admitted free.  

Please be aware some indoor activities will require a voucher for admittance.  This ensures the safety of all people on New Year’s Eve by not allowing venues to fill beyond their intended capacity.  Vouchers can be reserved via phone, 412- 456- 6666 or at The Box Office at Theater Square located at 655 Penn Avenue.  A listing of events requiring a voucher can be obtained from

One last tip for making New Year’s 2015 memorable, the First Night Friends, VIP package allows guests to access priority seating, secure vouchers and acquire parking!  This is too good an opportunity to pass up, so call 412-471-6086 today to become a First Night Friend. From Belly Dancers and Roving Street Performers to County Artists and Fireworks, this is truly a family night with fun for everyone including mom and dad.

Reviewed by Megan Grabowski

Positively Pittsburgh Good News Reviewer, Professional writer, Social-Media Junkie, Community Fundraiser and Pittsburgh Enthusiast.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Burgh Biz Saturday Showcase 11-01-14 - Duquesne Technology Conference

Positively Pittsburgh Live
Burgh Biz Saturday Showcase 11-01-14
Duquesne Technology Conference
Hosted By Joanne Quinn-Smith
Listen to the show HERE

Today's Guests:
Christine Hughes
Training Manager, Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Duquesne University
Dan Droz
President, Droz Marketing

Christine Hughes
Training Manager, Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Duquesne University
Christine Hughes has worked for the Duquesne University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for the past 20 years.   She spent the first 13 years as a business consultant, assisting over 1,000 entrepreneurs in areas such as business planning, marketing and general business management.  Presentations include, “Writing a Business Plan”, “Growing Your Business”, “Low Cost Marketing Ideas” and “The First Step:  Business Start-up Essentials”.  Currently, Christine is the Training Manager and is responsible for creating, developing and marketing all of the workshops and conferences at the SBDC.  

She received her MBA from Duquesne University in 1993.  Previously, she held a Contract Administrator’s position at the Department of Energy and worked for a family-owned moving and storage business.

Talking Points:
9th Annual PA Business Technology Conference
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014  |  8:30 AM- 4:30 PM  |  Duquesne University, 4th Floor Student Union

This year's event includes breakfast, lunch, a tradeshow and workshops on:
Social Media
Marketing with Technology
Search Engine Optimization

9th Annual PA Business Technology Conference
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014  |  8:30 AM- 4:30 PM  |  Duquesne University, 4th Floor Student Union
8:30 AM  Registration & Breakfast

9:00 AM Welcome and Discussion Panel - Technology Think Tank
Are Your Technology Assets Delivering on the Strategies of Your Organization?
Sue McMurdy, Endeavor Management
How Close Are You to a Diaster? - Keeping Your Data Safe
 Jay Markey, Green Seven Technologies

How Bright is Your Company's Future? Tecj Tools to Ensure Sustainability
Indigo Raffel, CCI

10:00 AM  Breakout Session 1 Workshops
Promote. Engage. Sell: The Anatomy of a Powerful Digital Marketing Campaign
Online and mobile channels have given business owners more opportunities than ever to connect with customers, build a reputation as an expert and, of course, increase sales.   Get a step-by-step plan for conquering the digital frontier for more reach, impact and profits.
Speaker: Daniel Caliguire, Digital Buzz Monkeys

How to Build, Manage & Promote Your Own Do-It-Yourself Website  
Do you need or website or want to get bigger returns on your existing site, join us for a comprehensive guide to the DIY website. Topics include website development, costs, templates, hosting services, domain name registration, databases, analytics, design and images.  Learn how to build and promote a website that is strategically built to drive growth.  
Speaker: Joe Polk, Thirteen Ball

Emerging Trends in Telecommunications
Telecommunications can help small businesses connect with clients and customers, lower operating costs, improve productivity and stand out from the competition. Discover the emerging trends in telecomm, from mobile business and payment solutions, cloud services, smart phone advancements and wireless networking and learn what new technologies can make a tremendous impact on your business.
Speakers: GeorgeAnne Muchnok, Opticom Consulting
                William Stunkel, Stunkel Tax & Accounting, PC

11:25 AM  Breakout Session 2 Workshops
Lessons In LinkedIn: How to Leverage Today’s Lead Generation Powerhouse
With over 238 users around the globe, LinkedIn is holding steady as the #1 social networking site for professionals and is undisputed as serious lead generator. Learn ways you can use LinkedIn to grow your business, make important connections and leverage the site’s best new features for connecting, sharing and growing.
Speakers: Shawn Graham, Small Business Marketing Consultant
                 Scott Imblum, Pump Peelz

Compel & Sell: Content & Calls to Action That Get Results
Want to get bigger returns from your social media, SEO, advertising and email marketing? When it comes to compelling prospects to take action, whether it’s making a purchase or recommending your service, there are a few tricks of the trade. Join us for tips, techniques and best practices for attracting, converting and transforming prospects into customers, maintaining a great online reputation and encouraging word-of-mouth advertising by turning your customers into your biggest fans and best marketers.
Speaker: Dan Droz, Droz & Associates

Great Google Tools to Grow, Connect, Organize & Sell
Google is so much more than a search engine, it’s a virtual treasure trove of tools that can help you connect with customers, promote your content, build a loyal fan base, grow profits &  improve efficiency. Learn what solutions are delivering big returns for businesses of every size.
Speakers: Chris Vendilli, ProFromGo Internet Marketing
                Benjamin Rosenthal, Gap Up Internet Marketing

12:45 PM  Lunch and Keynote Speaker
Novel Ways You will be Connecting to Our World in the next Five to Ten Years Through Mobile Devices, Gaming and Computers 
Speaker: Anind Dey, Director, Human Computer Interaction Institute of Carnegie Mellon University 

2:00 PM Tech Demonstrations & Tradeshow

3:15 PM Breakout Session 3 Workshops
High-Impact Email Marketing: Best Practices & Winning Strategies
Social media may get all the buzz, but email is still growing and remains one of the most powerful tools in your marketing arsenal. But email trends, user preferences and best practices are changing. Join us for a look at the latest developments and trends in newsletters and email offers, subject lines, open rates, analytics, images, social media and customer engagement practices so you can better results from your email outreach. 
Speakers: Autumn Edminston, Edminston Group
                Stephen Wayhart, Brandmill

A 15-Step Guide to Getting More Traffic to Your Website with SEO
With over 3.5 billion internet searches every day, how do you get your website ranked by search engines so the people looking for your solutions find you? The answer is SEO and when it comes to driving traffic to your website, there is no equal.  Learn some simple changes you can make to your website that will help you climb the ranks to page one--the web's most valuable real estate. Topics include optimization, blogs, images and video, meta tags, fresh content, responsive design and keyword research.
Speakers: Jasmine Davis, Community Elf
                 Mark Spatz, Community Elf

Show Me, Don't Tell Me: The Power of Images & Video to Grow Your Business
Image-centric marketing is the breakout trend for businesses with platforms like Pinterest, Vine & Instagram, as well as veteran YouTube, growing rapidly. Why? Companies that market with images beat competitors that don’t every time. Images boost engagement, enhance the impact of great copy, increase web traffic and lead generation and build brands.  Have you developed a visual marketing strategy? Learn how to find images and use them for a competitive advantage.
Speakers: Neal Rabogliatti, Catalyst Connection
                 Bob Hoolahan, All Water Systems

Registration HERE for only $119.

Entrepreneur Tip:
Register now and attend the PA Business Technology Conference.  It will equip your company with the information needed to make smart technology decisions that will enhance your profitability, productivity and market adaptability.

Duquesne University
Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
108 Rockwell Hall 600 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15282-0103
(412) 396-6233  |
Twitter: @DUSBDC  |  Facebook: Duquesne University SBDC

Dan Droz
President, Droz Marketing
Dan Droz is president of Droz Marketing, and taught marketing and planning at Carnegie Mellon University where he founded the nation’s first university program in Multidisciplinary Product Development. He is the recipient of 15 Marketer of the Year awards granted by the American Marketing Association, more than any marketer in America, including Grand Marketer of the Year in 2012. In 1996, Dan was recognized as one of 7 outstanding alumni of Harvard University at the 25th Anniversary of the Carpenter Center for Visual Arts for his contribution to design education. Dan is also an active entrepreneur, having founded or co-founded over 10 new businesses in technology, manufacturing and retail during his 35-year career. His latest book, "Click Here," available from Amazon and as a free download to listeners of Positively Pittsburgh, details the ways that businesses can attract, convert and monetize online customers.

Droz Marketing is one of our region's leading marketing firms, helping businesses differentiate themselves from their competitors and attract and convert customers with strategic branding, marketing communications design, website development and social media.

Talking Points:
  • We help companies differentiate themselves and better communicate their value to prospects, customers and referral sources. One of the uniqueness of our process is our focus on conversion, ie, getting prospects and customers to take some specific and measurable action so you can actually see and measure the success of our programs. 
  • At the Duquesne Technology Conference I will do a presentation on how to attract and convert online customers called The Title of the Session is: Compel & Sell: Content & Calls to Action That Get Results. It's about how the "ACT" formula, Attracting, Converting and Transforming visitors into customers through your social media, SEO, advertising and email marketing. To do that, we'll cover the 5 basic "C's" of getting business online: Content, Community, Commerce, Context and CTA which stands for "Call to Action." 
  • Although all of the C's...(Content, Community, Commerce, Context and CTA) are important, probably the most important ones for almost every business are the first and last "C" in this list: Content and Call to Action.
  • Content is the fuel of online traffic. It's what attracts people to your site. It's what engages them. It's what's on your pages, in your blogs, on your social media posts. It's everything you say that is valuable and meaningful. We'll cover what makes content magnetic and particularly, how to structure your online content so it can get distributed to as many points on the internet as possible.
  • The Last "C," is probably the most important of all: The CALL To ACTION, ie, what is it that you want someone to do...and how you frame it so you can get them take that action. An offer is a good way to get people to take an action. for Example: when I say, I'll give everyone a free book on how to attract and convert customers if you go to my website, I'm suggesting a specific action for them to take and an 'offer' or "prompt" to activate that action.
      Entrepreneur Tip:
      The most important thing in online marketing is outbound marketing, ie, when you have opt-in permission to send information to a prospects or customers email address. this is where content comes in. if it's not good content, no one will want it or read. But if the content is good, you create great awareness and converstion. Of course, you've got to the email address, which is the most important conversion in online marketing.

      There are literally hundreds of great suggestions, strategies and tactics in our book, "Click Here" that
      your listeners can download on our website, Also, we'll be giving some great examples of how to apply these principles in our seminar at The Duquesne Technology Conference on Nov. 13. Our seminar is at 11:25 with lunch right after the seminar, so it's a great deal and a great day.  And, after you've read the book, "Click Here," I'm interested in your feedback and any tips. You can reach me at or through our website.

      Positively Pittsburgh Live Special Offer:
      1 -   Use my secret discount code PBTC99 to receive a special discount on the entry fee of the 9th Annual Duquesne Technology Conference.
      2 -  FREE ebook, "Click Here:" How to Attract, Convert and Transform online visitors into customers. The offer runs until Monday. Make sure you let us know you heard about it on Positively PittsburghLive.

      Droz Marketing
      4916 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224
      412-338-1818  |
      Facebook: Droz Marketing
      Twitter: @DanDroz  |  YouTube: DrozKnows
      LinkedIn: Droz and Associates  |  LinkedIn: Dan Droz

      Hosted By:
      Joanne Quinn-Smith
      Joanne Quinn-Smith is the Creative Energy Officer of Dreamweaver Marketing Associates in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a full service marketing company specializing in Web 2.0 Gorilla Branding™. Known as the Techno Granny she offers her clients unique, creative and energetic marketing and management plans. Joanne’s expertise is in creating online platforms that create perpetual buzz. 

      Joanne is an author, prolific blogger and talkcaster with over 800 shows. She has interviewed over 2000 prominent business owners, non-profit executives and celebrities. Her flagship website, garners 220,000 hits per month, 62,000 unique page views per week and in 1 year had 2.25 million visitors. 

      Joanne Quinn-Smith has been designated nationally, 2009 Small Business Journalist of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration for her advocacy and reporting on small business using New Media. Her good news reporting at PositivelyPittsburghLive was a finalist for best website or blog in Media for the American Business Stevie Award in 2010.  

      Listen to the show HERE

      Thank you for your viewing and listening support. If you would like your business featured on the Small Biz Saturday Showcase please contact us HERE.

      Posted By: Stephanie Curtice
      This was reported as a reproduction of PositivelyPittsburghLive news done by Joanne Quinn-Smith.
      (c) Joanne Quinn-Smith and PositivelyPittsburghLive(TM) 2014 All rights reserved.

      Monday, November 10, 2014

      Positively Pittsburgh Live! News 10-13-14 - Clemente, Cirque Holidaze, The Capitol Steps

      Positively Pittsburgh Live! News 10-13-14
      Clemente, Cirque Holidaze, The Capitol Steps
      Listen to the show online HERE

      PPL Co-Host
      JoAnn R.  Forrester, Author
      Once upon a time there was business consultant by the name of JoAnn R. Forrester. She was a founder and or partner in “lots” of businesses.  She worked very hard for her clients, some large some small.  She raised lots of money to help her clients start and build their businesses.   She raised OVER $40 million dollars.  She taught hundreds of classes, seminars and workshops to thousands of clients and students. She helped write business workbooks on planning, sales and cost analysis.

      JoAnn won many awards for her accomplishments.  She helped  many of her clients gain national recognition for their achievements.  She even had her own podcast show, The Empress of Biz, Listen, Learn, and Prosper.

       JoAnn was well known for her community activities, and had helped many organizations that served women and children.  But something was missing! JoAnn started to become sad and bored.   She was tired of doing cost analysis, business plans and having to joust with bankers to help her clients….she wanted to do something that was fun, creative and made her happy.  

      After much sighing and stressful days, she woke up and felt inspired to set down at her desk and figure out what else she could do to besides “serious business stuff”.  Well she sat and wrote, and sat and wrote some more….and “Oh My” she discovered that she loved to write and had lots of stories in her head.  Many of them children’s stories that had been waiting to be told for a long time.  And the more she wrote the stories ….the happier she was.   So now JoAnn writes is much happier.  She still helps her business clients but she knows she can always pick up the pen and escape into her special happy place.

      JoAnn’s first children’s book, “The Gift of Holiday Valley” is one that she has carried in her heart for a long time and now is being shared with you.  Come and read about Holiday Valley.  A special place where we would all like to be.  Where no matter who you are, what you look like, or where you came from, you belong and everyone wants to be your friend and help you.  Although…even in a perfect place like Holiday Valley… there are some new things to learn and different ways to be helpful and share the joy and happiness of everyone there.

      Military Writer's Society of America Conference, Phoenix, Arizona
      Cullinery Dropout in Scottsdale, Arizona
      Hershey Writer's Conference presented by Onward Publications
      Fenicci's of Hershey, Luke Wholey's Wild Alaskan Grille, and Macbeth at PICT

      The Authors Zone First Annual Pittsburgh Authors Awards  |  WIN's Professional Development Day 2014  |  7th Annual NAWBO Day

      World Premiere of ‘21,’ a Musical About Pittsburgh Pirates Legend Roberto Clemente  |  PSO Pops: Heroes and Villains  |  Tallis Scholars Return to Heinz Hall to Perform with Pittsburgh Symphony Brass  |  Calliope Presents The Duhks  |  All-Woman Band LONG TIME COURTING  |  Cirque Dreams Holidaze  |  SPANK!  The Fifty Shades Parody  |  The Capitol Steps Washington, D.C. Comedy Troupe

      PSO Fiddlesticks Concert Series: Fall Festival  |  Spotlight on Choristers

      Night Out with the Women on City Council  |  Women Against Abusive Relationships (WAAR) 1st Annual Old School Cocktail Sip with a Twist!  |  9th Annual THINK BIG FORUM: Women Who Make and Create  |  Six Years of Spotlight on Women in Business  |  7th Annual NAWBO Day SWAG Bags

      Environmental Health & Safety Award Given to TekSolv at Shale Insight 2014  |  Coffee With

      Global Links Mingle + Learn  |  8th Annual In the Pocket with Charlie Batch  |  National Donor Sabbath Celebration with STEP AFRIKA and GOSPEL IDOL Benefiting CORE

      Inaugural Pittsburgh Specialty Coffee Week  |  WQED Presents Pittsburgh from the Water

      Anthony Jeselnik  |  Anissa Clay - 14 year old Author, Songwriter and Performer  |  Author Zone Finalists

      PPT's The Glass Menagerie  |  PICT's Macbeth  |  Aspen Santa Fe Ballet


      The Authors Zone First Annual Pittsburgh Authors Awards
      October 16, 2014  |  5:30 - 9:15 PM  |  Rivers Club

      5:30 until 6 will be registration and networking
      Dinner will be available in the form of grazing stations at 6
      The program will be begin at 7 with a short welcome from Anna Marie Petrarca Gire and Yvonne Phillips.

      Featured Speakers:
      Jay Speyerer will give a short presentation on writing to a specific audience
      Gina Mazza will discuss how identify a good editor
      Bonita Penn will talk about how to market your book

      Awards will be presented in between each speaker and KDKA's Dave Crawley will speak during the awards presentation and then more networking to wrap up a wonderful evening.

      Finalists for the awards will be posted on the web site the first week in October.

      Tickets are available for guests, they are $49 and if you want, include a vendor table. If you submitted your book, your ticket was included in your submission fee.

      Reserve a guest reservation  HERE.  For more information contact or visit

      Women’s Interactive Network Signature Event
      Professional Development Day 2014
      Wednesday, October 15, 2014  |  7:30 AM - 1:30 PM
      Gaetano’s Restaurant, 1617 Banksville Rd

      The 2014 annual Professional Development Day will be filled with an amazing group of women that will share their knowledge, expertise and energy.  Breakfast & Lunch +6 Amazing Speakers!

      Be The Change!  A Day Filled With How To's
      Intellectual Property 101
      By Kathleen Kuznicki, Lynch Weis, LLC

      Time Saving Tech Tools for the Savvy Business Owner
      By Susan Lieber, Leave it to Lieber

      My 20 Year Journey with “The Gift of Holiday Valley”
      By JoAnn Forrester

      The Benefits of Intentional Self Care
      By Jacqueline Algaier and Psychologist Lori Rothschild

      Using Podcasting/Internet Radio to Become a Celebrity Expert to Increase Your Credibility and Promote Your Business
      By Joanne Quinn-Smith, 2009 National SBA Journalist of the Year, AKA TechnoGranny, Talkcast Host, Publisher,

      Bring donation items that will go to support our local charities, such as gently used clothing, accessories, shoes, handbags, jewelry and receive a complimentary door prize ticket.
      WIN-Pittsburgh Members   $35.00  |  Members Only Vendor Table   $50.00  |  Non-Member   $55.00

      To register or for more information, visit

      7th Annual NAWBO Day
      November 21, 2014  |  Sigmas Conference Center
      Learn how to be HEALTHY, WEALTHY & WISE in Business!
      Invest just $99.00 in your business future! Guaranteed results!

      Free Promo Goodies for you too, like business and personal gifts, technology prizes, door prizes and more!

      Keynote speaker Ellen Rohr, president of Bare Bones Biz Inc., will teach the basics, the few things that make all the difference to your business success. Ellen nearly sank her own family’s business. Then, she learned how to keep track of the money…and make more of it. In turn, she has helped thousands of entrepreneurs start, fix and grow their companies.  She is a columnist for PHC News, Business Journals, and lots of trade magazines- providing “in the trenches” insight that business owners can relate to. As president of Benjamin Franklin, The Punctual Plumber, a home service franchise company, the company grew from zero to $40 million in sales, 47 locations, in less than 2 years.

      Plus info packed panels on:
      • Creative Financing for Your Business
      • Tech Tools for Maximum Productivity
      • Podcasting (internet radio) to Increase Your Brand Visibility & Get Clients
      • Healthy Options to Keep You Strong & Vibrant While You Work 
      • And Much More!
      Also enjoy a great networking party the evening before with the speakers and also a post NAWBO Day reception with other guests and speakers!

      TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE EARLY BIRD SPECIAL  -  Just $89.00 BEFORE October 31, 2014

      Register and find more information at


      Conservatory Theatre Company Opens 2014-2015 Season with World Premiere of ‘21,’ a Musical about Pittsburgh Pirates Legend Roberto Clemente
      Oct. 17-26, 2014  |  Pittsburgh Playhouse
      Point Park University’s Conservatory Theatre Company will begin the 2014-2015 season with the world premiere of “21,” a new musical about the life of the legendary Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente.  Written by Pittsburgh native Alki Steriopoulos and directed by seasoned Broadway actor Richard Sabellico,

      “21” tells the compelling story of the unparalleled life and death of baseball legend, Roberto Clemente, as well as the three women who were instrumental in making Clemente the man he was – his mother, Dona Luisa, his wife, Vera, and his doting sister, Anairis.

       “21” runs Oct. 17-26 in the Rockwell Theatre at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, 222 Craft Ave. Preview will be Thursday, Oct. 16. Performances will be at 8 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

      Tickets range from $18 to $20, and can be purchased by calling the Pittsburgh Playhouse box office at 412.392.8000, or at

      Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra PNC Pops: Heroes and Villains 
      Oct. 17-19, 2014  |  Heinz Hall

      Fly to Heinz Hall as the battle between good and evil begins! Armed with epic music from stage and screen, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, conductor Lucas Richman, guest vocalist Sheena Easton and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Student Chorale (Christine Hestwood, director) will once more save the day with notes that fly faster than a speeding bullet.

      For more information visit

      Tallis Scholars Return to Heinz Hall to Perform with Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
      Dec. 10, 2014  |  7:30 PM  |  Heinz Hall 
      Take a trip back in time this holiday season with the Pittsburgh Symphony Brass and leading Renaissance vocal ensemble the Tallis Scholars on Wednesday, December 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Heinz Hall.  The Tallis Scholars recently completed a very successful world tour with 99 events in 80 different venues throughout 16 countries. In December, they return to Heinz Hall to fill it with a variety of inspiring music for the Christmas season, including another outstanding performance of Allegri’s Miserere. This concert also brings a special present to audiences — for the first time ever, the Tallis Scholars will close the concert in a shared performance of a newly commissioned work with the Pittsburgh Symphony Brass, who also will perform selections from their Christmas albums with the virtuosic flare for which they are known.

      The Tallis Scholars were founded in 1973 by their director, Peter Phillips. Through their recordings and concert performances, they have established themselves as the leading exponents of Renaissance sacred music throughout the world. Phillips has worked with the ensemble to create, through good tuning and blend, the purity and clarity of sound which he feels best serve the Renaissance repertoire, allowing every detail of the musical lines to be heard. The Tallis Scholars perform in both sacred and secular venues, usually giving around 70 concerts each year across the globe. In 2013, the group celebrated their 40th anniversary with a World Tour performing 99 events in 80 venues in 16 countries and travelling sufficient air-miles to circumnavigate the globe four times. They kicked off the year with a spectacular concert in St Paul’s Cathedral, London, including a performance of Thomas Tallis’ 40-part motet Spem in alium and the world premieres of works written specially for them by Gabriel Jackson and Eric Whitacre. Their new recording of the Missa Gloria tibi Trinitas by the 16th Century Tudor composer, John Taverner, was released on the exact anniversary of their first concert in 1973 and enjoyed six weeks at number one in the UK Specialist Classical Album Chart.

      For more information click HERE

      Calliope Presents The Duhks
      Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014  |  7:30 PM  |  Carnegie Lecture Hall (Oakland)
      No band epitomizes the polyethnic strands of modern folk music better than The Duhks. Since forming in Winnipeg in 2001 The Duhks have created a dynamic blend of old-timey, French Canadian and Celtic music punched up with shades of blues, soul and driving Afro Cuban rhythms that leaves festival crowds on their feet. Over the course of 4 critically-acclaimed albums the band has earned Juno and Grammy awards and nominations and have played a significant role in the neo-folk revival.

      On Beyond the Blue The Duhks are in the best form of their 13 year career. Rejuvenated by a two year hiatus and energized by the return of vocalist Jessee Havey and the addition of new members, fiddler Rosie Newton, drummer/percussionist Kevin Garcia, and guitarist/bouzouki player Colin Savoie-Levac, The Duhks founder Leonard Podolak found an amazing pallet of inspiration for the new project. “All of the people who have been in the band over the years, including non-touring founding members Tania Elizabeth and Jordan McConnell (who both appear on the album) have had a hand in shaping our sound and direction. The goal with the new record was to draw on everything we’ve learned over the years and everything we know about where we want to take the music now and create something as fresh, exciting and forward thinking as possible.” Toward that end, the band turned to the rising production team of Mike + Ruthy (Mike Merenda and Ruth Unger of The Mammals), who brought a progressive approach to production that was still firmly rooted in the traditions of folk music.  Tickets are  $39 / $23 student rush w/ ID, (prices include handling fee).

      For information, contact Calliope at (412) 361-1915, or by visiting

      All-Woman Band LONG TIME COURTING Brings Their Unique Celtic Roots Sound to Calliope’s Roots Cellar Series
      Thursday, Oct. 23rd, 2014  |  7:30 PM  |  The Roots Cellar at The Pittsburgh Center For the Arts
      Join Boston-based quartet Long Time Courting for an evening of traditional and original music with evocative vocal harmonies and powerful instrumentals.  Long Time Courting is an all-women supergroup featuring Shannon Heaton (flute, accordion, vocals) of Matt & Shannon Heaton and Childsplay, Liz Simmons (guitar, vocals) of Annalivia and the John Whelan Band, Valerie Thompson (cello, vocals) of Laura Cortese's Acoustic Project and Fluttr Effect, and Katie McNally (fiddle, vocals), also of Childsplay. Together as Long Time Courting, these four talented women offer an extraordinary blend of neo-traditional Irish, Scottish and American music that showcases each musician's versatility, creativity, and mastery. Exquisite vocal harmonies combine with formidable instrumental prowess to create music that is both playful and richly satisfying. The members of the group are all seasoned performers, having toured with such notable acts as The John Whelan Band, Childsplay, Robbie O’Connell, Aoife Clancy, Laura Cortese’s Acoustic Project, and Carlos Núñez.

      Calliope Concerts at The Roots Cellar is one of Pittsburgh PA's most charming and versatile performance venues setting the stage for unforgettable live music.  Calliope Concerts are 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, low-top and couch seating. Wine, beer and soda are available for purchase from the bar (proceeds benefit the PCA).  Tickets are $23 / $12 (w/ student ID) *handling fees included.

      For information, contact Calliope at (412) 361-1915, or by visiting

      Cirque Dreams Holidaze
      December 29 and 30, 2014  |  Benedum Center
      BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND... “if pure entertainment and an abundance of eye candy are on your holiday wish list, Cirque Dreams Holidaze should fill your Christmas stocking” raved the Pittsburgh-Tribune. Cirque Dreams Holidaze returns with a bigger and more elaborate holiday stage spectacular that is a cirque show... Broadway musical... and family show all in one!

      Not to be missed before opening in New York next year! With over 300 costumes, 20 acts and 30 artists from every corner of the globe, Cirque Dreams Holidaze takes the holiday season to new heights!  Witness snowmen, penguins, angels, reindeer, toy soldiers, gingerbread men, ornaments and of course Santa; with soaring acrobatics, gravity defying feats, elaborate production numbers, imaginative costumes, illusions and more. The show also celebrates the most wonderful time of the year with singers, original music and seasonal favorites all performed in a winter wonderland of amazement.

      For more information click HERE

      Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Announces SPANK!  The Fifty Shades Parody
      October 17-18, 2014  |  8:00 PM  |  Byham Theater
      SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody is the hilarious new comedy that brings all the naughty fun of the best-selling book to life. Your inner goddess will be laughing out loud with this clever re-imagining of the characters as they come alive with hysterical comedy, musical numbers, steamy performances from the leading hunk in the grey tie, plus lots of surprises!

      Since its premiere in October of 2012, SPANK! has become a huge box office hit with tour dates in over 150 cities across the United States and Canada.  Watch “SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody - Trailer” by Michael Mills: HERE

      SPANK! takes place at the Byham Theater on October 17 and 18. All performances are at 8:00 p.m.
      This event is part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series. Tickets ($35.50, $45.50) are available at, by calling 412-456-6666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue.  Groups of 10 or more, call 412-471-6930 or email
      Audience members can partake in pre-show drinks at the theater’s concession stands located in the lobby, including a specialty SPANK! cocktail (doors open at 7:00 p.m.) and, after the show, can pose for a photo with Mr. Dangerous himself.

      For more information visit

      Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Announces The Capitol Steps Washington, D.C. Comedy Troupe to Appear in Pittsburgh
      Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014  |  4 PM  |  Byham Theater
      The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces The Capitol Steps, a Washington, D.C. based comedy troupe that began as a group of Senate Staffers, will present a show based on songs from their current album “How to Succeed In Congress Without Really Lying” on Sunday, November 2, 2014, at 4:00 p.m., at the Byham Theater.  Tickets cost $20 - $45.

      For over thirty years, The Capitol Steps have been a Washington, D.C. institution providing a unique blend of musical and political comedy to our nation’s capital.  Each show consists of tasteful lampooning guaranteed to leave both sides of the political spectrum laughing. The troupe started in 1981, when John McCain was only 63 years old!  Since then, they have appeared on “The Today Show,” “Nightline,” “CBS Evening News” and for many years in specials for National Public Radio. “We put the MOCK in Democracy!”  ̶  The Capitol Steps

      Their show is constantly changing, strenuously bi-partisan, and includes songs about everything in the news, such as “Putin on a Blitz,” “The Big Benghazi Theory,” and “Everybody Must Get Droned.”  If you’ve ever wanted to see Barack Obama sing a show tune, Nancy Pelosi sing a rock song, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie do a classical ballet, this might just be the show for you!

      For more information visit


      Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Fiddlesticks Concert Series: Fall Festival
      Oct. 18, 2014  |  11:15 AM  |  Heinz Hall
      The beautiful colors of the changing leaves and the fun of Halloween are some of the reasons that Fiddlesticks thinks fall is a great time of year!  Delight in the sounds of Night on Bald Mountain, thrill to “Harry’s Wondrous World” and other music inspired by fall.  Discovery Time Adventures begin at 10 a.m.
      Tickets cost $12.00-22.25.

      For more information call 412-392-4900 or visit

      Spotlight on Choristers
      What started out as a small choral group providing support for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s inaugural performance of Gustav Mahler’s “Symphony No. 3” has become a nationally recognized children’s choral ensemble. The Children’s Festival Chorus is moving into a new era after the recent celebration of its 30th anniversary. The organization is seeking a new artistic director with the retirement of its creative leader, Christine Jordanoff. And what better time to start fresh with a new name and logo? We will keep our eyes open to see what changes come to fruition for the Children’s Festival Chorus, while continuing to enjoy the long-standing tradition of choral excellence that this group embodies.

      We were so proud to sing the National Anthem last month at the Pittsburgh Penguins Game. The crowd was enormous but thanks to Shawn Funk the kids weren't nervous at all; excited, but poised.
      Please enjoy these impromptu photos from that memorable day. There are also interviews with a few of our Bel Canto Choristers as well as some candid moments we happen to capture.

      For more information visit


      Night Out with the Women on City Council
      Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014  |  6 - 8 PM  |  Chatham University, Shadyside Campus - Mellon Board Room
      Please join us for a wine and cheese reception followed by remarks from Pittsburgh's four City Councilwomen about their experience on the campaign trail and in office.  Ticket Cost: $12; please bring an ID Non-alcoholic beverages will be available to guests under 21 years of age.

      Deb Gross serves as a Member of Pittsburgh City Council, where she represents Pittsburgh City Council District 7. Deb was elected on November 5th, 2013, and was sworn-in on December 6th, 2013. Deb is a lifelong  community organizer, strategic planner and fundraiser.  Deb is involved with many community development organizations including the Lawrenceville Corporation; Mildred's Daughters Farm; the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation; The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Alliance, as founding executive director; and the Women and Girls Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Deb's background in community advocacy also includes having started a business Pecolater, a business whose purpose was to help community development corporations and non-profits strengthen ties within Pittsburgh's business community.

      Life-long Northside resident Councilwoman Darlene Harris has served Council District 1 since special election in November 2006, but has served the people of Pittsburgh for more than three decades as a community advocate.Mrs. Harris has worked with Spring Hill Civic League for more than 20 years, serving as President of the organization and as a founding member of the North Side Leadership Conference. She helped create the North Side Public Safety Council and has served statewide on the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

      Councilwoman Theresa Kail- Smith was elected as a member of Pittsburgh City Council representing the neighborhoods of District 2 since February of 2009.She was appointed as chairperson of Public Works and is serving as Council President Pro Tempore. She became involved with and worked at a host of nonprofit organizations such as the Pittsburgh Public Schools, The Neighborhood Learning Alliance, formerly known as Wireless Neighborhoods and local Athletic Associations, Community Groups just to name a few. She has nearly three decades of volunteerism. Through her extensive volunteerism, she gained a vast amount of knowledge of the neighborhoods in the City of Pittsburgh and its residents.

      Councilmember Natalia Rudiak represents Pittsburgh's fourth district on City Council, covering the neighborhoods of Beechview, Bon Air, Brookline, Carrick, Overbrook, a portion of Mount Washington. On November 3, 2009, Natalia was elected to City Council and she was re-elected on November 5, 2013 and was sworn in for a second term on January 6, 2014. Natalia's professional experience is in management and technology. She previously worked at Deloitte Consulting, where she implemented a state-wide information technology system. She has also done press work for the United States Senate in Washington, D.C. and worked for a public health organization in New York promoting safe and healthy motherhood. Born and raised in South Pittsburgh, she graduated from Carrick High School and Carnegie Mellon University, where she earned a master's degree in Public Policy and Management.

      For more information click HERE.

      Women Against Abusive Relationships (WAAR) 1st Annual Old School Cocktail Sip with a Twist!
      Friday, Oct. 17, 2014  |  6 -11 PM   |  $30.00  |  Cash Bar  |  Free Parking
      Doubletree by Hilton, Pittsburgh-Monroeville Convention Center, 101 Mall Boulevard Monroeville

      Women Against Abusive Relationships (WAAR) is an awareness, education and prevention program. WAARs mission is to Break the Cycle of violence in intimate partner relationships and to help survivors of  domestic and sexual violence heal.

      Come sip fun cocktails, enjoy Hot & Cold Hors D’ Oeuvres, Desserts, Dancing to Blackwell Soundz, Card Party–Bid Whist, Spades, etc.

      All event proceeds go toward our programs: Healing Space, Healthy Teens Task Force Service Providers & Employer Training.

      For more information visit WAAR's Facebook Page.

      9th Annual THINK BIG FORUM: Women Who Make and Create
      Tuesday, Oct. 14th, 2014  |  4:30 PM - 8:00 PM  |  Chatham University Shadyside Campus
      Think Big Speakers:
      Georgena Terry, CEO, Heart of Steel Bicycles
      Georgena’s business evolved from a desire to work for herself without the constraints of a traditional corporate lifestyle. She likes to call herself a "seat of the pants" entrepreneur – one who follows her intuition and plays to her strengths while ignoring her weaknesses. Relying on anecdotal and scientific evidence, she created bicycles designed for women. Prior to this, the industry treated all bike riders as "unisex" (which we know means "male"). There were lots of ups and downs as her business evolved, but her passion for designing bicycles has never waned. It continues today in Heart of Steel Bicycles, a nod to her love affair with steel, which originated, no doubt, in Pittsburgh.

      Heather Knight, Founder & Chief Roboticist, Marilyn Monrobot
      Assisted by her pint-sized robot comedian, Heather will describe social robotics, how we make snap decisions about the capabilities and intent of machine, and how robot designers can influence these impressions via motion. From call centers to mobile robots, we have emotional reactions to technology and apply social conventions to machines. In designing robots, Heather wants to influence these attributions, because that enables or limits the effectiveness and acceptance of these machines in human environments.

      Lani Lazzari, President & CEO, Simple Sugars
      Simple Sugars’ story is about identifying a personal need that grew out of frustration with the options available to her, having the initiative to want to find something better and then the determination to make it happen! It’s not rocket science, it’s about finding an unmet need and then creating an awesome and unique product to fill it (emphasis on unique). But it takes incredibly hard work and lots and lots of sacrifice and determination to make it successful.

      To register and for more information visit

      Six Years of Spotlight on Women in Business
      Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014  |  5 - 8 PM  |  The Gateway Clipper
      $20 Suggested Donation to Benefit the United Way of Allegheny County

      5:00 p.m. Registration begins
      6 p.m. Welcome and Honoree Recognition
      6-7 p.m. Boat cruise
      6:15 - 8 p.m. Networking reception with drinks and hors d'oeuvres

      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.

      To register or for more information, visit

      7th Annual NAWBO Day SWAG Bags
      Nov. 21, 2014  |  Sigmas Conference Center
      "NAWBO - Give NAWBO Day Attendees Some S.W.A.G. -- For 20 Bucks Get in the Bag!"

      NAWBO Day on Friday November 21, 2014 will be NAWBO Greater Pittsburgh's most GINORMOUS Business Event of the Year.  The FIRST 100 People through the door on November 21 will get a NAWBO Business S.W.A.G. Bag Filled with goodies from Business Owners Like YOU!

      Don't miss this opportunity to get your Business in the Bag! Get your brand in front of 100 savvy business women  who need your service or product.  Great Opportunity to advertise network marketing, website, home business, or upcoming sale!

      Want to Get in the Bag?  GREAT! Simply get 100 items to us by November 10th along with $20 Bucks (Cash or Money Order).  Make money orders out to "NAWBO Pittsburgh"

      We will place 1 of your items in each of the 100 bags.  The first 100 Attendees through the door at our NAWBO Day event on Friday, Nov 21st will get a bag!

      2 Drop off Locations:
      On Saturday, November 1st, items can be dropped off at:
      SIGMAS Conference and Event Center from 10AM to 1PM
      1717 Babcock Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15209
      (NAWBO will be having a Health Panel Event that day)
      If you cannot drop your items off on Nov 1st, you can also drop your items off now up until Nov 11th at:
      2015 Murray Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217, Located in Squirrel Hill
      Owner Leslie Askerneese will give all who drop of their items for the bag a Complimentary Rejuvenation Chair Massage that day! So please call Leslie to set up time for drop off Phone: (412) 421-7100  (closed on Mondays)
      Remember, the best type of S.W.A.G. is the type that provides value.  Questions? Call Donna Baxter at 412.251.8000 Or Terina J. Hicks at 412.584.2105 or email

      For more information click HERE


      Winner of Environmental Health & Safety Award Announced at Shale Insight 2014
      Ben Franklin’s Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center announced their 2nd Annual Shale Gas Environmental, Health, & Safety (EH&S) Award at the SHALE INSIGHT 2014™ Technology Showcase event. The Technology Showcase, sponsored by the SGICC, is the highlight of the Marcellus Shale Coalition’s SHALE INSIGHT 2014™ Pre-Conference Workshop and Conference.

      The 2014 Shale Gas EH&S Award was presented to TekSolv for their development of a commercially available gas detection sensor system. Pictured here: John Mouser, President of TekSolv and Amye McDearmon, TekSolv Marketing & Communications Manager and Bill Hall, SGICC Director. The TekNet™ Gas Detection System effectively identifies explosive buildup of dangerous gases during the drilling and fracking process.

      Read more about these leaders in business HERE.

      Coffee With
      Have a cup of coffee with us!  Now streaming on CBS Local!   Watch our most recent interview with Rabih Helou! We discuss shared office space - the Beauty Shoppe.

      COFFEE WITH  gives leaders an informal outlet to discuss their thoughts and feelings about issues concerning our community today. Jobs, economy, growth and ease of opening a business are topics along with their favorite ride at Kennywood…and of course…how they take their coffee. Produced by Building Bridges for Business in conjunction with Lockerman Studios. The interview questions are crowd sourced on Linked In, Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

      Coffee With…™”, is hosted by Christopher R. Evans. Evans is an award-winning executive with extensive experience with both bootstrap start-ups and Fortune 1000s in strategy, branding, marketing and business development. Evans is Vice President of Sales for Savvior Technology Solutions, a firm which helps industry leaders such as Rolls-Royce, Dicks Sporting Goods and Schneider Downs run more smoothly through the design and development of custom web, mobile, and software programs, and the integration and creation of custom enterprise applications.

      Creative Director/Lead DP/Lead Editor, Christian Lockerman, has traveled the world creating compelling moving images for a variety of television shows and feature films, both narrative and documentary.  He has lensed promo spots for such corporate giants as ATI Specialty Steel, Maybelline New York, Garnier, FoxSports, Versus, Liberty Power and OLN.  Recently, he has been directing a cinematography workshop for the graduate students of Carnegie Mellon University during their final “television” project each spring and has also been appointed to a visiting artist position in cinematography at Point Park University for 2014-2015.

      For more information visit

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      Who Promote the Good News in Pittsburgh

      PositivelyPittsburghLive! Burgh Biz Showcase 10-11-14
      PR, Google Tours, and Dentistry
      On the newest episode of the Burgh Biz Showcase small business owners and entrepreneurs share their stories, talk about their services, give tips to other entrepreneurs, tips about their niche, and offer special deals for only PositivelyPittsburghLive listeners.

      This episodes guests sponsored by Higher Images, Inc.:
      Bryan C. King DMD MDS
      Orthodontist and President, King Orthodontics
      Chris Reidenbaugh
      Google Maps Business View Photographer, Higher Images, Inc.
      Marty Mundy
      Event Producer, Entertainment Unlimited
       Michelle Emanuele
      Public Relations Specialist, Higher Images, Inc.

      Check out this insightful episode at PositivelyPittsburghLive! Burgh Biz Showcase on

      Professional Limousine Service (PLS) is Pittsburgh's most trusted transportation company and known for its beautiful fleet of limousines and professional drivers. We have packages available for any occasion or we will make one specifically for you. With our signature "white-glove" treatment, PLS will make any occasion more special and more memorable. Book your reservation today and leave the driving to us. Receive V.I.P. treatment and “Arrive in Style” with PLS.

      Whether it is a Christmas light tour, wedding, prom, or corporate event
      book our newest luxury limo bus now to make your special event spectacular!

      "What a relief it was to not have the groomsmen tripping all over the bride's dress and not be crowded into a regular limousine as in previous weddings I've been in.  Thanks PLS for making transportation for my bride's big day so awesome and worry free." 
      Dean Quinn, Groom, September 2014

      For more information, call (800)292-2525 or visit

      Global Links Mingle + Learn
      Tuesday, October 16, 2014  |  6:30 PM
      A smarter happy hour that engages and educates. Join us for wine, cheese and great conversation.

      This week's speaker: Dr. Jim Withers, Operation Safety Net and International Street Medicine

      Join us for a viewing of the short documentary, One Bridge to the Next, that chronicles Dr. Withers' efforts to bring healthcare to the homeless.  Following the documentary, Dr. Withers will discuss the impact that the Street Medicine Institute is having in cities worldwide and how he works toward his vision of providing compassionate care for the world's homeless.

      In 1992, Dr. Jim Withers, an internal medicine physician, began providing medical care to Pittsburgh’s unsheltered homeless population. He partnered with street-savvy formerly homeless individuals and, initially dressing as a homeless person, began to make nighttime street rounds in the alleys and under the bridges of the city. From this initial outreach service other clinical volunteers joined in and Operation Safety Net was born.

      Tuesday Tours @ Global Links: Join us at 11:00 am on the first Tuesday of each month for an inside look at our facility. See our volunteers in action and learn about our local and global health improvement projects.  Future Tour dates:  November 4, December 2

      For more information visit

      8th Annual In the Pocket with Charlie Batch 
      Monday, Nov. 10, 2014  |  7 - 11 PM  |  Latitude 360
      The annual benefit continues to support our reading & computer literacy programs.  We are excited to announce, proceeds will also benefit the creation of a new STEAM lab!
      Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math!

      It's time once again to see who will have bragging rights for the year!  It's time for my 8th Annual In the Pocket with Charlie Batch fundraiser.  Click here to find out more about attending the event, becoming a sponsor, placing an ad in our commemorative program or donating to our amazing auction.

      Our passion at the foundation is to help unlock the potential in youth of financially challenged communities by providing resources for both students and families, educating and empowering them to give their best efforts in all they do but most of all encouraging them to be the "best of the batch” in life.

      Join Latasha and I as the "Stars Align for Literacy" and we host the 8th Annualfundraiser. The night will be filled with some friendly competition in ping-pong, pool, poker, and bowling, a great auction and MORE - as we host my teammates and other celebrities.  All of the proceeds raised from In the Pocket will help Best of the Batch Foundation create a STEAM lab and continue to support reading & computer literacy programs.

      Visit to get event and ticket info.

      National Donor Sabbath Celebration Benefiting Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE)

      From:  Our Friends at Soul Pitt
      ~ Presents 2 Upcoming Events ~
      STEP AFRIKA! | October 25
      GOSPEL IDOL | November 9

      Steppin’ Into National Donor Sabbath Celebration with STEP AFRIKA!
      Saturday, October 25, 2014 | 7:30 PM
      @ University of Pittsburgh Campus, Scaife Hall
      3550 Terrace Street | Pittsburgh, PA 15213
      Step Afrika! is FREE and open to the public.

      Sunday, November 9, 2014  |  3 p.m.

      @ WVSU Capitol Center Theater
      123 Summers Street | Charleston, WV 25301
      Judges will choose 10 contestants to go to the final round.
      Top 10 contestants will perform at the event.

      For registration and audition rules,
      All submissions must be post-marked
      by Friday, October 10, 2014.

      For more information or questions, contact
      Lisa Upsher at
      or 1.800.366.6777


      Inaugural Pittsburgh Specialty Coffee Week
      Pittsburgh’s inaugural Specialty Coffee Week couldn’t be happening at a more opportune time; the number of coffee shops and quality of coffee have been steadily increasing, as many shops ride the now-dubbed “third wave of coffee” happening around the country. Direct or fair-trade beans, single-origin coffee, multiple brewing options (french press, chemex, cold brew), and impressive latte art are a few things you can expect to find in Pittsburgh coffee shops.

      Pittsburgh Specialty Coffee Week is a chance for coffee connoisseurs and novices to come together for a week of fun and informative events. Coffee professionals will have a space in which to share skills and information, leading to an increased excitement and care for the work of specialty coffee. Coffee patrons can develop their knowledge of roasting and brewing practices, while discovering the unique styles and flavors that each shop has to offer.

      All Week
      Be one of the first 250 people to visit any of our participating shops [After October 12th] and pick up a limited-edition PGH Specialty Coffee Week punch card. Each shop is offering a unique deal to customers carrying the card during coffee week! Use this opportunity to explore new shops and try new drinks.

      Monday, October 13th - Espresso Tasting at Voluto Coffee, 7-9pm
      $5 Entry [Gets you espresso and access to retail priced beans & equipment]
      Your entry fee also gets you 2 raffle tickets towards winning an Encore Grinder.  Additional tickets on sale for $1 each or $5 for 7.

      Tuesday, October 14th - Comparative Coffee Tasting at 21st Street Coffee, 6:30 – 8pm
      Two different coffees each prepared as- an espresso, filter coffee, and cold brew.
      Cold brew floats & affogatos!

      Wednesday, October 15th - Happy (Hour) Anniversary Party at Constellation Coffee, 4-6pm
      Drinks* and food from their regular menu will be available for purchase as you help Constellation ring in their second year of business.
      *Drinks will be available with an optional happy-hour twist!

      Thursday, October 16th - Latte Art Throwdown at Voluto Coffee, 7 – 8:30pm
      Free to observe! Come and enjoy the competition along with complimentary drinks and snacks!
      $5 Entry for competitors. Winners will be awarded prizes of the cash and brewing equipment variety.

      Friday, October 17th - Cold Brew Cocktail Demonstration & Sampling with Caffe d’Amore at Marty’s, 3 – 6pm
      Caffe D’Amore at Marty’s Market will provide instruction in coffee + booze libation. Come and learn to make (and taste!) cocktails using cold brew coffee. Light food.
      While you’re there, enter to win a Hario Cold Process Dripper. Tickets on sale for $1 ea. or $5 for 7.

      Saturday, October 18th - Brunch at Orbis Caffe, 10am – 2pm
      Coffee-themed and coffee-complimentary dishes will be served. Free espresso for those holding a coffee punch-card!

      Saturday, October 18th - Home Brewing Methods at Tazza D’oro Caffe, 4 – 5:30pm
      Sample coffee made with various methods: Aeropress, French Press, Chemex, & Pour Over.
      After learning how to use them, enter to win a Chemex Kone Filter or a Aeropress Coffee Maker.  Raffle tickets on sale for $1 each or $5 for 7.

      Saturday, October 18th - Wrap Party at the Wigle Whiskey Barrelhouse, 6 – 8pm
      Traditional whiskey drinks along with Irish Coffee will be available to purchase.
      Enjoy free live music by Road Runner as you sip and discuss your favorite PGH Specialty Coffee Week event!

      For more information visit

      WQED Presents Pittsburgh from the Water
      Premieres, Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 8 p.m. on WQED-TV


      Filmed over four seasons, Pittsburgh From the Water is WQED’s exciting, new documentary showcasing the waters of western Pennsylvania. From the spectacular point in Downtown Pittsburgh, to picturesque lakes and sleepy streams in outlying counties, Pittsburgh from the Water spotlights the beauty, work and play associated with our waterways. Premiering on Thursday, October 9 at 8:00 p.m. on WQED-TV, Pittsburgh From the Water provides a unique perspective of dozens of local waterways from locations such as:

      Allegheny County
      • Allegheny River
      • Monongahela River
      • Ohio River

      Beaver County
      • Buttermilk Falls
      • Ohio River
      • Raccoon Creek State Park

      Butler County
      • Lake Arthur (Moraine State Park)

      Fayette County (Laurel Highlands)
      • Jacobs Creek
      • Monongahela River
      • Youghiogheny River (Ohiopyle)

      Indiana County
      • Conemaugh River Lake Dam

      Lawrence County
      • McConnells Mill State Park
      • Neshannock Creek
      • Strawberry Fields Quarry

      Somerset County (Laurel Highlands)
      • Casselman River
      • Clear Shade Creek
      • Youghiogheny River Lake & Dam

      Washington County
      • Monongahela River
      • Peters Lake Park

      Westmoreland County (Laurel Highlands)
      • Keystone State Park

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      Comedy Central Star Anthony Jeslenik
      Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014  |  8 PM  |  Byham Theater
      Anthony Jeselnik is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Tulane University. Anthony is a stand-up comedian, most famous for THE COMEDY CENTRAL ROAST OF DONALD TRUMP and THE COMEDY CENTRAL ROAST OF CHARLIE SHEEN, as well as THE JESELNIK OFFENSIVE, which he starred in and crated, airing for two seasons in 2013. Anthony has also performed on CONAN, THE TONIGHT SHOW, JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE and was the first ever stand-up comic to appear on LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON. Anthony has also written for LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON and received an Emmy Nomination for his work on A NIGHT OF TOO MANY STARS: AN OVERBOOKED CONCERT FOR AUTISM EDUCATION. Anthony was named one of Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch in 2008 and one of Comedy Central’s Hot Comics in 2009. In 2010, Anthony released his critically acclaimed debut comedy album, SHAKESPEARE, through Comedy Central Records. After the Comedy Central Roasts of Charlie Sheen, Donald Trump and Roseanne Barr, Anthony released CALIGULA, his first hour long special, to critical acclaim.

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      Anissa Clay - 14 year old Author, Songwriter and Performer
      Acoustic In The Grille: Anissa Clay--14 years old
      Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014  |   5:30 - 8:30 PM  |  360 Grille 
      Author, songwriter, performer.  Has written a great novel soon to be published.
      Anissa Clay is a 14 year old up and coming singer, songwriter and author. Anissa has a performance at Latitude 40 on October 18th from 5:30 to 8:30.  She will be performing an acoustic set consisting of country and pop music.

      Author Zone Finalists
      Children's Books
      "Fun Days in Pittsburgh" by Pat McGrath Avery and Joyce Faulkner
      "The Gift of Holiday Valley" by JoAnn Forrester

      Historical Fiction
      "The Kansas NCO" by Joe Campolo
      "Windshift" by Joyce Faulkner

      Historical Nonfiction
      "Firehammer" by Ric Hunter (I know, Ric, we were surprised at the category too...but I think whichever category you are in, you are a finalist. LOL)

      "Grave Secrets" by Linda Swink

      We are very excited for everyone. Congratulations to JoAnn Forrester, Joe Campolo, Ric Hunter, and Linda Swink. We are also so very proud of you, your book, and our hard work together to create it! Pat and I have already celebrated with lots of chocolate for our books as well. :)

      Some of our MWSA friends are finalists too...Betsy Beard for her children's book, "Klinger," Lillie Leonardi for "In the Shadow of a Badge," in Historical nonfiction and Carolyn Schriber for "Beyond All Price" also in Historical nonfiction. Be sure to congratulate them.

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      40 Years of Theater; PPT’s 2014 season opens with an American classic:  The Glass Menagerie
      From: Roving Pittsburgher Report
      Written By: Megan Grabowski | Oct. 10, 2014
      Cathryn Wake as Laura and Jordan Whalen as Jim
      This performance of the Tennessee Williams play The Glass Menagerie will surely clutch the strings of the collective hearts of Pittsburghers- expressly those who have supported the success of the PPT since its inception 40 years ago.  Yes, that’s right; this is the 40th anniversary of the PPT.   What better way to commemorate the achievements of the theater than by producing, Menagerie, mirroring the theater’s first season.  The evening began when  Producing Artistic Director, Ted Pappas, bestowed upon the eager audience an honorable introduction, which included a gracious recognition of PNC and their long withstanding commitment, not only to the achievements of PPT  but to the arts as a whole in our region. Then the lights dim-

      The show begins with an overview of the period by Tom Wingfield, played by Fisher Neal. Neal, a seasoned actor is making his Pittsburgh debut in Menagerie.  Williams writing is a vessel for Neal’s eloquence. His voice grants the audience a glimpse into the lives of his family in 1937.  As narrator, Neal reminds us, with the reflective and introverted tone, utilizing the intellect of a poet, that this story is not real; it is a memory and intended to be interpreted as such.  The show proceeds with the remaining characters, Cathyrn Wake, as Laura Wingfield, Lynne Wintersteller staring as Amanda Wingfield and Jordan Whalen cast as Jim O’Connor. Each actor shares with the audience a moment in time, a snap chat of memory and most unfortunate, the immense cruelty and weight of disenchantment that can accompany said remembrances.

      Read the entire review at Roving Pittsburgher Report.

      The Power of Prophecy, Betrayal, Assassination, Guilt and Revenge A Review of PICT's Macbeth
      From: Roving Pittsburgher Report
      Written By: JoAnn R. Forrester | Oct. 29, 2014
      David Whalen as Macbeth
      Macbeth, one of Shakespeare’s shortest and darkest plays was first staged over five hundred years. It’s insights into the human character and the thirst and consequence of greed and power still ring true.  The play Macbeth depicts the tale of a brave Scottish General, Macbeth and his wife Lady Macbeth, who become consumed by a prophecy of glory and power based on the prediction of witches heard shortly shortly after a major victory and promotion.  This prophesy grabs him, twists him and turns into a murderous and paranoid man who retains his power by eliminating all those he perceives as a threat.

      Read the entire review at Roving Pittsburgher Report.

      A Triple Play with the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
      From: Roving Pittsburgher Report
      Written By: Helene Vidovich and Martin Thomas | Oct. 12, 2014
      Courtesy: Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
      Pittsburgh Dance Council of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust started their 2014-15 season on October 11th featuring three commissioned works performed by the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. Aspen has a population near 7,000 -- it makes sense that they would combine efforts with Santa Fe to field a dance troupe. Both were mining towns in the Rockies and as distances go out West, not really very far from each other.

      The first two sets were sparse. Black/white lighting, with the use of spotlights and shadowing, made things appear and disappear right before our eyes. This stage effect leads us into the depths of the dancers' creativity. The third set, awash with color, used bold lighting changes behind fabric to create the atmosphere. It is amazing what can be accomplished with good lights and a scrim, or two, or three. As the old Vaudeville adage goes, “It packs flat and plays big.” It does. .and did.

      Read the entire review at Roving Pittsburgher Report.

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