Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Positively Pittsburgh Live! 01-27-14 New Girl in the Burgh, Steeltown Hero Tuskegee Airman

Positively Pittsburgh Live! 01-27-14
New Girl in the Burgh, Steeltown Hero Tuskegee Airman
Listen to the show online HERE

PPL Co-Host

Stephanie Curtice
PPL's New
Good News and Cultural Reporter

Stephanie Curtice is not in Kansas any more.  She is the New Girl in the Burgh.  From Wichita, Kansas, Stephanie is a strategic marketing and business development professional, and also sings.  With her strong music background, she is joining the Positively Pittsbergh Live! team as our new Good News and Cultural Reporter.  Read Stephanie's cultural reviews at RovingPittsburgher and adventures as a new Pittsburgher at her personal blog NewGirlintheBurgh.  You can also connect with her at Stephanie's LinkedIn Page.

Freezing in Pittsburgh

Successful Women in Network Marketing Panel (NAWBO)

Madagascar  |  Gregory Porter at The Cabaret at Theater Square  |  Tony Bennett at Heinz Hall  |  Ladysmith Black Mambazo at the Byham Theater  |  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Grand Classics Featuring Bach, Beethoven, Brahms  |  FREE! "Best of the Burgh" Comedy Showcase  |  New Orleans Party with Wycliffe Gordon and Sean Jones  |  Calloiope Presents Mollie O'Brien and Rich Moore  |  Ben Folds and the Music of Queen with the PSO  |  Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Celtic Nights at the Byham Theater

Professional Women's Group  |  Women and the Affordable Care Act

The Path to Sustainability  |  3rd Annual Black History Celebration Business Networking Mixer  |  MWDBE Governmental Committee's 13th Annual Conference

Flourish: Helping High School Girls Discover Their Leadership Potential

Brookline Historical Club

Networking for a Cause  |  29th Annual Urban League Sunday  |  Fashion with Compassion  |  Artistree Live: Defeat diabetes One Note at a Time  |  Writing Away the Stigma: A Reading & Panel

Carrick Dairy District Project  |  Beechview is for Food Lovers

How Pittsburghers Helped out in Celebration of Martin Luther King Day  |  Coro's MLK Winners Exemplify 'Values-Based Leadership'

Roving Pittsburgher Report Turned Three This Week!!!  |  Exploring the Gamut of Human Emotions  |  Hooray for Hollywood… Music!

Ford City Girls Beat Apollo-Ridge  |  SRU's Dean, Papley earn spots in USA Football Bowl all-star game

PPL! Reader and Listener Mail

Bill Peduto and City Workers  |  Ginny Imburgia  |  Dr. Jim Withers

Boris A. Roje  |  Iconic Civil Rights Attorney and Tuskegee Airman Wendell Freeland


Successful Women in Network Marketing Panel
Presented By: National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)

Saturday, February 1, 2014
10AM - 12:30PM
@ Sigmas Conference and Event Center
1717 Babcock Blvd. Pittsburgh, PA 15209

10:00 am – Breakfast and Networking
10:30 am to 11:30 am – Panel Discussion
11:30 am to 12:30 pm – Q/A and Networking

That's right, in the world of network marketing, women are at the center of success!

Network marketing is a business model that relies on a network of distributors to grow a business. We know you’ve come across some or may be part of one yourself. Network Marketing businesses include jewelry, health products, greeting cards, make-up, travel, utilities and much more! In fact, more than 75% of all network marketers are women!
  • Learn Ways to Grow Your Network Marketing Business.
  • See what it takes to earn 6 figures.
  • Learn from those selling the same thing as you and see how they’ve been able to quit their day jobs.
  • Get tips on building your downline and what your upline won’t tell you.
  • How to choose the right business for you and more!

Hear the stories of six of the most successful women in Pittsburgh
on how they got started!

Darieth Chisolm, It Works - Darieth Chisolm, now Top 100 Money Earner with It Works Global turns her passion for helping others into a life changing adventure. Darieth’s recent entrepreneurial experiences were cultivated while working as a successful television news anchor for WPXI TV, the NBC Affiliate in Pittsburgh, PA for over 20 years as the prime time anchor for the 11pm and 10pm newscasts. 

Linda Thomas, SendOut Cards - Linda is a National Trainer for Send Out Cards (SendOutCards) and has served on the prestigious Eagles Nest, the company's advisory board. In 2010, Linda was a Distributor of the Year Nominee. Currently, she is one of only 100 in the company to earn the rank of Executive and the only Executive in the state of PA. 

Debra Bonneau, Pure Romance - Debra was a full-time Port Authority Bus Operator for 25 years and because of her network marketing business, was able to retire in December 2013. She is now Owner and Independent Consultant for Pure Romance Parties with 13 years of experience in this industry. 

Liz Sanford, Mary Kay - Local entrepreneur and businesswoman Elizabeth Sanford of Pittsburgh has achieved the status of Mary Kay Independent Sales Director by exceeding sales and team building goals set within her Mary Kay business. Liz Sanford is currently the only African American native of Pittsburgh to achieve this prestigious status. 

Njide Chukuwmezie, 5Linx - Njide is an internationally licensed attorney who has practiced law in two continents. Currently, she is a National Director with 5Linx Enterprises. 5Linx Enterprises is an Inc500 diversified company that positions itself in front of current wealth trends. The company is engaged in the Telecommunication and Energy industries. 

Kristen Sarnic, Lincoln Heritage - Kristen has been an entrepreneur her entire adult life. Lincoln Heritage provides the flexibility she needs as a single parent. Kristen travels the state regularly speaking with individuals and networking to build her business. 

3 Ways to Participate!
1) Get Your Ticket! (Breakfast Included) | $25 Members, $35 Non-Members
2) Be A Vendor! | $50 Vendor Table (Front Room) | $40 Vendor Table (Back Room)
3) Place an Ad in our Program Book | $35 - $70

For more information click HERE


(photo courtesy: Quantum Theatre)
If you choose to vanish,
you owe your past nothing.

A mystery, a ghost story, a memory play… At three different periods in time, three Americans find themselves alone in the same hotel room overlooking Rome’s Spanish Steps: June, a young tour guide of the city’s ancient ruins; Lilian, her wealthy and elegant mother; and Nathan, a rumpled university economist who was best friend of Lilian’s deceased husband - another economist, a brilliant and famous one. Madagascar is the haunting story of a mysterious disappearance that changes these three lives forever.

Quantum Theatre, known for its experimentation, produces the regional premiere of J.T. Rogers’ 2004 play Madagascar, which received the American Theatre Critics Association's 2004 M. Elizabeth Osborn Award and the 2005 Pinter Review Prize for Drama. Quantum’s production is directed by Sheila McKenna and stars Helena Ruoti, Larry John Meyers, and Melinda Helfrich. About the nature of memory, the Rashomon-style play puts the audience in a sort of jurists’ box, as the three characters tell their stories in direct address, weaving an interlocking web designed to reveal the elusive truth.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Announces Gregory Porter Honored with 1st Grammy Award Best Jazz Vocal Album: "Liquid Spirit"
Gregory Porter
(photo courtesy:
Gregory Porter's Facebook page)
Gregory Porter has won his first Grammy® Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album “Liquid Spirit.” Porter’s award was announced at the 56th Annual Grammy® Awards held on Sunday, January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles. Gregory Porter, who has been deemed as a disarmingly sincere jazz and R& B performer with a groove that never quits, possesses a voice of incredible virtuosity and a seemingly universal appeal as a songwriter.

Porter will perform at The Cabaret at Theater Square on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. Ticket cost $30.75. This event is part of the BNY Mellon | Jazz, JazzLive Cabaret Sessions 2014. Enjoy food & drinks before the show, right at your table! Your ticket is your reservation - simply arrive early (60-90 minutes before curtain) for the most attentive lunch or dinner service.

BNY Mellon Jazz Presents Tony Bennett at Heinz Hall
Tickets go on sale Monday, Feb. 3

Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts announced today that iconic crooner Tony Bennett will perform in concert on Friday, May 16 at 8 p.m. as part of the BNY Mellon Jazz Presents series.
Tony Bennett
(photo courtesy: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)
A legendary entertainer with a storied career, Bennett has amassed numerous achievements, including 17 Grammy Awards and the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. He has sold millions of records, including dozens of platinum and gold albums, worldwide.

His is one of the most recognizable voices in the history of popular American music, touching the hearts and souls of audiences with warmth and charm.

Bennett’s signature tunes like “Steppin’ Out with My Baby” and “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” are a part of the fabric of American music culture, and with six decades of experience, Bennett is at the peak of his musical power.
Appearing with Bennett will be very special guest Antonia Bennett. The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will not be performing with Bennett.

Tickets, ranging in price from $59 to $149, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office. Tickets go on sale Feb. 3 to the general public.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Announces Ladysmith Black Mambazo South African Sensation Honored with 4th Grammy Award Best World Music Album Category
Ladysmith Black Mambazo has won a fourth Grammy® Award, the latest in Best World Music category for their album Singing for Peace Live Around the World, a collection of live recordings dedicated to the late Nelson Mandela and his mission of peace. The group’s award was announced at the 56th Annual Grammy® Awards held on Sunday, January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
(photo courtesy: Pittsburgh Cultural Trust)

Ladysmith Black Mambazo, will perform traditional songs and gospel inspired music of peace, love and harmony, at the Byham Theater on Wednesday, January 29, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices start at $24. For information, visit TrustArts.org, call (412) 456-6666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, located at 655 Penn Avenue. This event is part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo – led by founder and leader Joseph Shabalala – celebrates over 50 years of performing their joyous and uplifting music that marries the intricate rhythms and harmonies of their native South African musical traditions to the sounds and sentiments of Christian gospel music. In those years, the a cappella vocal group has created a musical and spiritual alchemy that has touched a worldwide audience representing every corner of the religious, cultural and ethnic landscape. The group’s musical efforts over the past five decades have garnered praise and accolades within the recording industry, as well as solidified their identity as a cultural force. Ladysmith Black Mambazo has performed at many special occasions, including two Nobel Peace Prize Ceremonies, a concert for Pope John Paul II in Rome, the South African Presidential inaugurations, and the 1996 Summer Olympics. In 2002, the group was asked to represent their nation in London at a celebration for Queen Elizabeth’s 50th Anniversary as Monarch. For more information, visit mambazo.com.

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Offers an Emotional BNY Mellon Grand Classics Program Featuring Bach, Beethoven, Brahms
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra joins with French pianist, writer and activist Hélène Grimaud for a BNY Mellon Grand Classics program full of passionate and dramatic emotions on Jan. 31 and Feb. 2 at Heinz Hall, under the direction of Music Director Manfred Honeck.
Hélène Grimaud 
(photo courtesy: 
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)
Originally written by Johann Sebastian Bach for organ, Leopold Stokowski orchestrated Toccata and Fugue in D Minor in 1927. It has thrilled audiences since and was made famous in popular culture by Disney’s “Fantasia.” With its fiery, rich harmonies and the powerful spirit, it is surprising that Symphony No. 4 is one of Ludwig Van Beethoven’s lesser-known works. With playing touted as “superb, tightly controlled and forcefully articulated” by The Los Angeles Times, pianist and wildlife conservationist Grimaud returns to Heinz Hall with Brahms’ fierce and dramatic first piano concerto.

Each BNY Mellon Grand Classics concert is part of the Explore & Engage program, which includes pre-concert talks, exhibits, display boards and interactive activities that illuminate the music, composers and the time in which they created. This weekend, Pittsburgh Symphony Resident Conductor Larry Loh will conduct a pre-concert talk one hour before each performance.

"Best of the Burgh" Comedy Showcase at Buckhead Saloon (FREE!!!)
No open mic here this an all pro show. We are doing comedy the way it should be, great comedy at a great price.  FREE!  We have a AWESOME show lined up featuring the comedy of Alex Stypula, Ed Bailey, Carl Schimmel, Shannon Shambonez Norman and Tommy Kupiec.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Buckhead Saloon - 225 Station Square
Showtime is 8:30pm ( be there early to get a seat )
$2 16oz New Castle Drafts All Day....
21 and over only..... 

Meetup will have 3 tables reserved in the back. Say Hi to Tommy after the show, He's working it. Mention that you are from meetup and come at 8:00 PM.

For more information click HERE

New Orleans Party with Wycliffe Gordon and Sean Jones
(photo courtesy: Pittsburgh Cultural Trust)
One of the world’s most prolific trombonists (he plays 22 other instruments!) and one of the world’s most exciting trumpeters are throwing a New Orleans style party in Pittsburgh! Bring your handkerchief or something to wave for the “second line” party in the Cabaret.

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
Cabaret at Theater Square

Calliope Presents Mollie O'Brien and Rich Moore
The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society welcomes Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore to THE ROOTS CELLAR, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Shadyside, on Thursday, February 13, 2014 7:30 PM.
Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore
(photo courtesy: calliopehouse.org)

Grammy Award winner Mollie O'Brien became known to the rest of the world as a singer's singer when, in 1988, she and her brother Tim released the first of three critically-acclaimed albums for Sugar Hill Records (Take Me Back, Remember Me and Away Out On The Mountain). Eventually, Mollie recorded five equally well-received solo albums (Tell It True, Big Red Sun and Things I Gave Away for Sugar Hill Records, and I Never Move Too Soon and Everynight In The Week for Resounding Records). Additionally, she was a regular on the nationally-syndicated radio show, “A Prairie Home Companion” from 2001 through 2005. She's long been known as a singer who doesn't recognize a lot of musical boundaries, and audiences love her fluid ability to make herself at home in any genre while never sacrificing the essence of the song she tackles. O’Brien has primarily focused her efforts on the fading art of interpretation and the end result is a singer at the very top of her game who is not afraid to take risks both vocally and in the material she chooses.

Husband Rich Moore has busied himself in the Colorado music scene for many years. While staying home with the kids when Mollie & Tim toured, he held a day job and continued to perform locally with a variety of Colorado favorites, including Pete Wernick and Celeste Krenz. Not only is Moore known to produce some of the funniest onstage running commentary, he's also a powerhouse guitar player who can keep up with O'Brien's twists and turns from blues to traditional folk to jazz to rock and roll. He creates a band with just his guitar and, as a result, theirs is an equal partnership.

Ben Folds and the Music of Queen to Play with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in June
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra announced two exciting June concerts today—Ben Folds returns to the Heinz Hall stage on June 17, his third appearance with the symphony, and The Music of Queen rocks the house on June 24. Tickets to both shows go on sale to the public on Monday, Feb. 10. 

Ben Folds
(photo courtesy:
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)
Folds, who will feature his new classical piano concerto as well as a litany of his pop hit arrangements, is a multi-platinum selling, singer-songwriter who was the front man of Ben Folds Five before going on to have a successful solo career. A critically acclaimed celebrity judge on NBC’s “The Sing Off,” Folds has earned his reputation as a singular and influential voice in the world of the popular music. In addition to numerous albums with Ben Folds Five, in recent years he’s recorded four studio albums, as well as a pair of records documenting his renowned live performances and a remix record. Folds, who serves on the Board of the Nashville Symphony and who owns the famous RCA Studio A in Nashville where legendary music from all genres, including Grammy award-winning symphony albums, have been recorded, also has a special relationship with symphony musicians, having performed with some of the world's greatest orchestras. He’s done record-breaking sold-out Australian symphonic tours; has repeatedly sold-out nights both at the Kennedy Center with the National Symphony Orchestra and at the Boston Pops with conductor Keith Lockhart; and has done several full-house residencies at the Sydney Opera House in Australia. He played with the Pittsburgh Symphony in 2010 and 2012 to sold-out crowds. 

(photo courtesy: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)
Bridging the gulf between rock n’ roll and classical music, conductor/arranger Brent Havens takes the podium to present Windborne's newest show, The Music of Queen, a program he scored to extend the listening experience of Queen's exceptional tunes. Performed by an orchestra and amplified with a full rock band and vocals, Havens and his ensemble capture Queen's distinct sound while presenting some familiar and lots of new musical colors. Delivering a fabulous rendition of Freddie Mercury's vocals is Las Vegas star Brody Dolyniuk, who was last seen at Heinz Hall last summer in “The Music of Led Zeppelin.”

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with music and performances direct from Ireland!
(photo courtesy:
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust)

Thursday, March 6th,
7:30pm at the Byham Theater

Live from Ireland, Celtic Nights expertly weaves together beautiful ballads, striking choreography and a compelling storyline. Celtic Nights create a vivid and stirring connection with Ireland’s exuberant ancient heritage.


Professional Women's Group
2014 Kick Off Meeting
Tuesday, January 28th 5-7 p.m.

The PWG focuses on career development for employed Dress for Success Pittsburgh clients and provides a unique opportunity for women to network and learn about a variety of relevant topics, from understanding corporate culture to managing personal finances. Dinner, shopping, and childcare are provided with registration. Our topic will focus on what's to come in 2014 and includes speaker presentations from members of our Program Oversight Committee, sharing their personal career stories. 

For more information click HERE

Women and the Affordable Care Act: A Community Forum

The new health care law is here, and it's helping millions of women #GetCovered! Don't miss out on new benefits, protections and coverage options under the Affordable Care Act.

FREE and OPEN to the Public

Light Refreshments Provided

Come with questions, leave with all the information you'll need to make a good decision for yourself and your family during this Open Enrollment period!

At the forum, hear from a panel of advocates and experts on:
  • What health insurance options are available to women and families in Western PA
  • How to navigate the new Health Insurance Marketplace (www.healthcare.gov)
  • What to look for when comparing coverage options, like: Are my providers in-network? What will it cost when I need to see the doctor?
  • Understanding insurance terms like "deductible" and "co-insurance"
  • Using your coverage and taking advantage of new preventive care benefits
  • What's on the horizon with Medicaid Expansion and the Governor's "Healthy PA" plan
Navigators and application counselors will be on-site to make appointments and help individuals and families with enrollment.

Hosted by:  the Western Pennsylvania Women's Health Collaborative [Women’s Law Project, Planned Parenthood of Western PA, the Midwife Center for Birth and Women's Health, the Consumer Health Coalition, New Voices Pittsburgh: Women of Color for Reproductive Justice, the Pennsylvania Health Access Network, the Pennsylvania Health Law Project & Pennsylvania Women Work]

RSVPs appreciated. RSVP on Facebook or call 1-877-570-3642.


Local groups consider steps to build a successful and balanced future
From: PittsburghToday.org - The Path to Sustainability
(photo courtesy: PittsburghToday.org)
Written By: Julia Fraser | Dec 10, 2013
Bike lanes and buses, clean water and clear skies, and prosperity without poverty and its corrosive effects—the vision of a sustainable city and region can seem like a Sim City blueprint for the ideal future. Until the nagging obstacles of reality are considered. And nowhere is that more true than in older, former industrial regions like southwestern Pennsylvania, where such challenges as aging infrastructure, difficult topography and fragmented government promise to keep the architects of sustainability busy for decades to come.

Read the entire article at PittsburghToday.org

The 3rd Annual Black History Celebration Business Networking Mixer
Saturday, February 8, 2014
6:00 PM
St. James Episcopal Church
11524 Frankstown Road


Salutes Social Service Providers:
Melvin Hubbard El, Legislative Aide to Rep. Edward Gainey
Grace Dixon-Kizzie, Lemington Senior Citizen Center
Jesse McLean, One Child Inc.
Jackie Wilson, 3 Rivers Adoption
Vendor and Ad Book Space Still Available

MWDBE Governmental Committee's 13th Annual Conference
You are cordially invited to participate in the Minority, Women, Disadvantaged Business Governmental Committee's 13th Annual Conference. As is customary, there is no cost for this event. The theme for this year's conference is "Securing Contracts Through Partnerships". We plan to have representation from several major construction projects in Allegheny County.

Thursday March 6, 2014
7:30 AM to 2:00 PM EST
IBEW Conference Center
5 Hot Metal Street
(South Side Works)


Flourish: Helping High School Girls Discover Their Leadership Potential
Registration is now open for the Spring 2014 Flourish Apprenticeship at the Allegheny Intermediate Unit.

Did you know women make up only 20% of all senior-level leaders in the United States?
That’s why Flourish is dedicated to helping 10th – 12th grade girls see themselves as leaders capable of positively influencing others and making a difference in their world.

A great way to prepare for college and beyond, Flourish will help participants: understand their unique leadership style, embrace their strengths, become media literate, communicate more effectively, develop emotional intelligence, choose R.E.A.L. relationships, identify their personal vision & values, make wise decisions, set SMART goals, and cultivate the courage to take calculated risks.

Here's what participants had to say about the Fall 2013 Flourish Apprenticeship:

“This program was so inspiring and enlightening. I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys learning more about themselves and others. It truly is empowering and fun at the same time!”

"I am amazed and incredibly thankful for what I learned. I like how you introduced a concept, helped us learn about it, and then helped us to take action toward it.”

So, if you know a 10th - 12th grade girl in Allegheny County who could benefit from discovering her leadership purpose, then please let her know about the upcoming Spring 2014 Flourish Apprenticeship starting this February.
Valerie Faust
You can learn more about and register for the Flourish Apprenticeship Program here:http://apprenticeships.aiu3.net/programs/20 (Please note that space is limited.)

To learn more about the Blossom & Flourish program and read other testimonials, please visit our website here: http://bit.ly/1cz5gR2.

You can also see more pictures from our past events by visiting the Blossom & Flourish Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/BlossomandFlourish.

Finally, please feel free to contact me with any other questions you may have: vfaust@inta-great.com.

Allegheny Intermediate Unit
Sessions: 6 | Students: 16 | Grades: 10-12 | Meets: Tuesdays 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Did you know women make up only 20% of all senior-level leaders in the United States? That’s why Flourish is dedicated to helping 10th – 12th grade girls see...


From Your Council Person - Brookline Historical Club
From: Natalia Rudiak, District 4 City Council
The staff at the Brookline Carnegie Library are thinking about starting up a Brookline Historical Club, which could potentially meet once a month. For those who may not regularly access the Internet (and, of course, we'd be remiss here to not mention Clint Burton's amazing chronicling of Brookline history at Brookline Connection), or who would like to meet up with others who are interested in exploring local history, this may be just the thing! If you'd like more information, contact Shayna Ross at the library at 412.561.1003, or call my office at 412.255.2131.

For more information click HERE

Networking for a Cause
Launching on January 30th - Networking for a cause is sponsored by Providence Connections, an amazing non-profit that focuses on strengthening families and enriching lives. This is a great opportunity for you to develop meaningful relationships and gain valuable education opportunities. For the kick-off event, you will be wowed by little bit of magic as local mentalist/ magician, Collin Stover will share how Dale Carnegie's "How to Win Friends and Influence People" changed his life!

The suggested donation of $15 for each event will help support the programs at Providence Family Support Center and bring comprehensive education and developmental opportunities like home visits, child care, parenting classes, tutoring and enrichment activities to hundreds of children in our community.

For more information click HERE

29th Annual Urban League Sunday
Sunday February 9, 2014
Ebenezer Baptist Church
2001 Wylie Ave, Pittsburgh, PA

Hosted By:
Reverend Dr. Vincent Campbell
and the Ebenezer Baptist Church Congregation

with keynote speaker
Reverend Dr. Mark Tyler, Pastor
Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church
of Philadelphia, PA

with special guests
Mt Ararat Baptist Church Youth Choir

FREE and OPEN to the Public

Fashion with Compassion
Join us for an evening of fashion, food and fun benefiting the American Heart Association.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
6-8:30 PM
Pittsburgh Marriott City Center
Tickets are $50 each or two for $90.

Event includes fashion show, DJ, drinks and hors d'oeuvres, plus shopping and fashions from preferred vendors.

For More Information, please click HERE

Artistree Live: Defeat diabetes One Note at a Time
Come out of the cold and join Artistree and a special performance by JZAMAKA MORAN as they perform live for a musical FUN-Raiser for the American Diabetes Association. Let's help Ms. Vanessa Moran strike a blow against diabetes.

Sat Feb 1, 2014
Bridges Lounge - Wyndham Hotel
Pittsburgh University Center
100 Lytton Ave

For More Information Call:  (412) 414-1039

Writing Away the Stigma: A Reading and Panel
This event is presented by the Creative Nonfiction and Staunton Farm Foundations. A panel discussion will follow the reading.

Wednesday, January 29th
The University Club
123 University Place, Pittsburgh

The highly selective "Writing Away the Stigma" workshop was an opportunity for writers to develop their craft with the guidance of Lee Gutkind, recognized by Vanity Fair as "the Godfather behind creative nonfiction." The workshop sought to help dispel stereotypes associated with mental illness by inviting residents of southwestern Pennsylvania to tell their true stories. Read more about the workshop by visiting the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, here.


From Your Council Person - Carrick Dairy District Project Presents Plans to a Packed House
From: Natalia Rudiak, District 4 City Council
On January 14, I joined folks from Colteryahn Dairy, Carrick Community Council, Economic Development South, the URA, the Design Center, and Desmone Architects to present exciting plans for the upcoming Dairy District project in Carrick. It was a packed house at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, and community members had a chance to review comprehensive design plans and ask any questions about the scope of this project. If you couldn't make the meeting, no worries--Economic Development South has provided the presentation!

Colteryahn Dairy is the only operating dairy in the City's borders, and it's a vibrant business and a historic asset for the Brownsville Road corridor. Diana Nelson Jones at the Post-Gazette wrote a nice piece providing a little bit of background on the project and also addressing what this could mean for Brownsville Road and Carrick. And the South Pittsburgh Reporter had a great write-up on the project and last week's community meeting.

From Your Council Person - Beechview is for Food Lovers
From: Natalia Rudiak, District 4 City Council
The month of January saw even more press for Beechview's burgeoning food scene. First, Melissa McCart came out with a piece about Crested Duck Charcuterie, where owner Kevin Costa just received USDA certification! This means that he'll be able to expand his market for his specialty cured meats and fine foods. Find out more about Kevin and Crested Duck in the article.

And just a week later, Munch went to Slice! This in-depth article about pizzeria Slice on Broadway will leave your mouth watering. As the article points out, "Slice is not too fancy, but not too pedestrian; it aspires to gourmet pizzas without gourmet prices. The attention to detail is evident on every pie." Check out the article here.


How Pittsburghers Helped out in Celebration of Martin Luther King Day
The folks of St. Benedict the Moor Church in the Hill District held a blood drive to honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King

Read how other Pittsburghers celebrated  Dr. King's legacy HERE

Coro's MLK Winners Exemplify 'Values-Based Leadership'
From: POPCitymedia.com
Written By: Marty Levine  |  December 18, 2013
"Values-based leadership," says Greg Crowley, president and CEO of the local Coro Center for Civic Leadership, is all about "aligning your leadership with a higher purpose. It's a kind of leadership that we seek to inspire in people – and that is also inspired by the leadership of Martin Luther King."

That's why Coro is presenting its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Awards on Jan. 24, 2014 at the New Hazlett Theater. The awards honor two individuals in the community (one of whom is a Coro alumnus) and an organization, chosen from among this year's 22 nominees. All of the nominees and winners will have a moment to speak about their work at the ceremony.

"Anybody can be great because anybody can serve," Crowley says King memorably told a Pittsburgh crowd during a visit here in 1966. Values-based leadership is thus not about how competitive the institutions in our region can be with each other or nationally, it's about how the organizations and individuals serve the whole community of people.

The Distinguished Individual Leadership winner this year is Dean Williams, director of the Formerly Convicted Citizens Project. The Project recognizes the huge barriers to employment, housing, even voting – to full citizenship – faced by those once incarcerated, as well as by their families.

Read the entire article HERE


Roving Pittsburgher Report Turned Three This Week!!!
Hometown Tourists in Pittsburgh!

Everyday Pittsburghers reviewing events as they see them.

Reviews on Pittsburgh Cultural Events, Dining,
Night Life, Arts and Business Events.

If you would like to share your review and pictures of an event,
please email info@pplmag.com

Exploring the Gamut of Human Emotions:
A Review of PSO's January 17th 2014 Concert
Written By: Stephanie Curtice  |  January 18, 2014
Christoph König
(photo courtesy: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)
A clever start to the concert brought a smile to my face. Now of course, I should let on that I’m partial to this era of music and the one before it. So in my opinion Franz Joseph Haydn and his contemporaries of the first Viennese School hit that sweet spot.

What I love about Haydn’s Symphony No. 22 in E-flat major, “The Philosopher” is the cheekiness that emerges amidst stuffy austerity, a kind of Jane Austen feel. Guest conductor Christoph König maintained the beautiful dichotomy of this piece in every way. While the piece begins with an adagio, it can sometimes, unfortunately, be almost dirge-like, but König maintained the perfect and unyielding tempo.

Read the entire review HERE

Hooray for Hollywood… Music!:
A Review of the PSO’s January 23rd 2014 Pops Concert
Written By: Stephanie Curtice  |  January 24, 2014
(photo courtesy: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)
If ever you were thinking of dabbling your senses into the world of symphonic music, this would be the concert to do it. But don’t just dabble or dip your toes. Jump in! Take the plunge with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra into the chum filled, shark infested waters of Jaws. This movie music experience is a must-see blockbuster.

It’s not locked in a “Chamber of Secrets” (Harry Potter). The fact that John Williams is a genius at composing dramatic, emotion-rich music for the big screen that whisks us away. His music has transported movie lovers from beautiful secluded islands overrun with dinosaurs, to the Black Hills of Wyoming having eerie close encounters; from galloping through the battle fields of World War I, to magical lands of wizards, sorcerers, and quiddich matches; and from lost treasure troves in the deserts of Egypt to the outer edges of deep space.

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Ford City Girls Beat Apollo-Ridge to Stay Unbeaten in Section
From: TribLive Sports
Written By: Matt Grubba  |  Jan. 13, 2014
After a slow first quarter, the Ford City girls basketball team came alive to keep its unbeaten section mark intact.

Christina Davis scored 19 points, and Ally Cujas scored 16, including 10 in the third quarter, to lift the visiting Sabers over Apollo-Ridge, 43-33, on Monday night in Section 1-AA.

Cujas also had a game-high nine rebounds for Ford City (8-3, 3-0), which will go into Tuesday's meeting with No. 2-ranked Burrell with the section lead up for grabs. Megan Bonelli and Claire Broman scored 12 points each to lead Apollo-Ridge (9-3, 2-3).

Apollo-Ridge ended the first quarter with a 13-6 lead. Ford City responded by holding the Vikings to just 10 points over the next two quarters, as the Sabers' defense took a more aggressive approach.

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SRU's Dean, Papley earn spots in USA Football Bowl all-star game
Former Slippery Rock University football standouts Quindell Dean and Tony Papley were included on a list of players recently announced by Dennis Wilson, president of the USA Football Network and the Metropolitan New York Football Writers Association, as participants in Monday’s USA Football Bowl all-star game.

The game will be played Monday at Metropolitan Stadium in Hoover, Ala.

The all-star game invitations were the latest additions to a treasure chest of honors received by Dean and Papley.

Dean earned a second-team All-America citation from Beyond Sports Network as well as second-team Daktronics All-Super Region 1, third-team Don Hansen Football Gazette all-region and first-team Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division honors.

A 6-foot-1, 235-pound strongside linebacker from Uniontown, Dean was the No. 2 tackler on last fall’s Rock squad with 76 total takedowns (43 solo, 33 assisted). Dean ranked ninth in the PSAC in tackles for loss with a team-high 14.5 for -47 yards.

Dean also intercepted two passes, one of which he returned for a touchdown in the NCAA Division II first-round national playoff game at Winston-Salem State, batted down six passes and recorded two quarterback hurries.

Dean ended the regular season ranked 24th on SRU's career tackles list with 239, 18th in career solo tackles with 125 and 14th in career tackles for loss with 32 for -155 yards.

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Bill Peduto and City Workers

Peduto Salutes City Street Efforts, Reveals Plans for Improvements
From: UrbanMediaToday.com
Mayor Bill Peduto’s administration began in the midst of a “polar vortex,” continued through a warming period which produced a vast number of car-killing potholes, and now faces the return of the polar vortex.

During those two weeks, the Department of Public Works, joined by laborers for the Parks Department, worked long hours to clear snow and ice, then engaged in a “Pothole Blitz,” working 16 hour shifts for more than two days to “cold patch” potholes reported to the city’s 311 line. The efforts were cut short by the return of snow, falling extremely quickly after beginning as rain, covering roads in icy slush during the rush hour kicking off a long holiday weekend.

Peduto, joined by Operations Director Guy Costa, met with public works employees Saturday morning at the Division 2 garage on Hamilton Avenue to thank them for their efforts with coffee and donuts, telling them they “knocked it out of the park,” despite limited and outdated resources.

Peduto says that throughout the events, the city 311 call volume was up an estimated 50 percent, but that reports were still coming in due to outdated computer systems that are unable to communicate automatically with others.

Peduto estimates that about 3000 calls were placed to the line, mainly to report potholes, about half of which have been patched. Technical problems with the computer systems have limited the city’s ability to track the progress accurately, but the new administration says they will use the 2-week period as a gauge of where most-needed changes must be made.

“We have a breakdown in the system itself,” Peduto says. “So, when somebody would take a call [at 311], they would then have to make a [paper] report, print it out and submit it. That would then have to be manually retyped, emailed and distributed.”

“So we realize what we need to do is actually automate this so it goes right to the truck,” Peduto says. He envisions a system similar to that used by New York City, developed through Accenture and Microsoft, where drivers receive the information via a device installed in the trucks, and can “check off” jobs as they are completed.

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Ginny Imburgia
From: Natalia Rudiak, District 4 City Council
With a vast knowledge of classic and contemporary books, Ginny Imburgia was a well-loved librarian at Brookline's Carnegie Library branch. She dedicated her time to helping children who visited the library, coordinating their summer book programs and even teaching many of them to read. Ginny, who was born and raised in Beechview, was also one of the original founders of the Beechview Women of the Moose, Chapter 2338. This past November, Ginny passed away. To honor her decades of service to her communities, the Brookline library created a memorial display, and we brought in her close family for a proclamation, which you can read here. Tuesday, January 21, 2014 was Virginia "Ginny" Imburgia Day in the City of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Jim Withers
From: Natalia Rudiak, District 4 City Council
"Street medicine" is a worldwide movement that is focused on providing medical care directly to folks who live and sleep on the streets. The homeless are often unable to reach, or actively denied, care through traditional methods, and so when it comes to delivering health care in our country, they fall through the cracks. Dr. Jim Withers at Pittsburgh Mercy founded Operation Safety Net in 1992, which works to embrace the homeless population of Pittsburgh as people who deserve care just like anyone else in our society. Along with his colleague Mike Sallows, a formerly homeless person himself, Dr. Withers sets out week after week to reach homeless Pittsburghers, bringing along his stethoscope and his medicine bag, making what are essentially house calls to those who don't have a fixed address. Dr. Withers has received a lot of media attention lately, even from national media, thanks in part to local filmmaker Julie Sokolow's video "Street Doctor." We brought Dr. Withers and his colleagues at Operation Safety Net in for a proclamation recently--read it here.

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Boris A. Roje
Boris A. Roje(photo courtesy: VA)
Today's Veteran of the Day is Boris A. Roje who served in the U.S. Army (1942-1946) with A Company, 56th Armored Engineer Battalion, 11th Armored Division, 3rd Army.

He fought during the Battle of the Bulge in December of 1944, and after recovering from a bad case of trench foot, rejoined General Patton's 3rd Army in southern Germany. Later he helped to liberate Mauthausen Concentration Camp near Linz, Austria.

Boris passed away in 2005 and his grandson, Michael, wanted to honor his service by submitting this photo for VA's Veteran of the Day.
Thank you for your service, Boris.

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Iconic Civil Rights Attorney and Tuskegee Airman Wendell Freeland
From: New Pittsburgh Courier
Written By: Christian Morrow   January 24, 2014
Whether as a recruit in a segregated World War II Army camp, as a lawyer a courtroom or as a citizen marching on the streets of Downtown Pittsburgh, Wendell Freeland was a relentless fighter for racial justice.
Wendell Freeland
(photo courtesy: New Pittsburgh Courier)

Freeland who remained sharp and active, still doing the New York Times crossword every day before going his law office, died Jan. 24, just shy of his 89th birthday.

Tim Stevens who heard the news the following morning from attorney Vic Walczak of the American Civil Liberties Union said it was a great loss.

“He is one of my Civil Rights heroes,” said Stevens. “He was one of the earliest stalwarts in the Civil Rights movement. He always carried himself with dignity and grace, always a gentleman. I’m proud to have known him.”

Freeland started his first protest when he led more than 100 other Black officers into the “Whites Only” officers club at Freeman Field in Indiana. He recalled that incident during a gathering of Tuskegee Airmen in Sewickley in 2005, because his friend Mitchell Higginbotham was on of those 104, and one of the reasons Freeland moved to Pittsburgh from Baltimore a few years after the war in 1950.

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Review by Stephanie Curtice
If ever you were thinking of dabbling your senses into the world of symphonic music, this would be the concert to do it. But don't just dabble or dip your toes. Jump in! Take the plunge with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra into the chum filled, shark infested waters of Jaws. 
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Mangiare Bene!
Review by Joanne-Quinn Smith

There were so many wonderful things on the menu that I did not know where to start but I settled on one of the daily specials which was a chicken and fresh pear salad with fresh blue cheese.  Wow.
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Exploration of Emotion: Haydn and Zarathustra
Review by Stephanie Curtice

What I love about Haydn’s Symphony No. 22 in E-flat major, “The Philosopher” is the cheekiness that emerges amidst stuffy austerity, a kind of Jane Austen feel.  Guest conductor Christoph König maintained the beautiful dichotomy of this piece in every way.
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