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Positively Pittsburgh Live! News 03-17-14

Positively Pittsburgh Live! News 03-17-14

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Congregation in Market Square

Congregation Comes to a Close
Sunday, March 16 was the last night of the beautiful, interactive art installation Congregation in Market Square. For more than three weeks, Congregation turned Market Square into a wonderful playground as people of all ages, shapes, and sizes interacted with the lights, the music and each other.

This installation was truly a social event got into the act as players waiting to be hi-lighted by a spotlight that sensed where the people were and sensed movement. It was interesting to watch as participants watched both the screen and the outlines in the center of the square to see where their movement would be picked up. Josh Kurnot, WVU commented that this was a "live social media event' as he watched people taking pictures and videos. this was truly an innovative art installation that was enjoyable to five years old or 85 years old and the great part about is it was free, another Pittsburgh first.

Watch video by Joshua Kurnot, West Virginia University Engineering Student at Roving Pittsburgher Report

La Boheme  |  Ring of Fire  |  Bugs Bunny at the Symphony  |  American Composers at the PSO

Spectrum's Electronics Recycling Day  |  EQT Pittsburgh International Children's Festival

National Association of the Women's Interactive Network Official Launch  |  YWCA 2014 Tribute to Women Leadership Awards  |  Chorus Donates to Wig Fund

Aspinwall Toastmasters Win Big  |  Can Your Business Compete in the Global Economy?

Non-Profit Consortium Educational Series  |  Mixer and Shakers for Angels' Place



The Illiad  |  Ballet de Geneve  |  Once the Musical  |  Bolero and the Sorcerer’s Apprentice


Pittsburgh Opera Presents One of the World’s Most Beloved Operas, La Boheme by Puccini at the Benedum Center
Sat., March 29 2014  |  8 PM
Tues., April 1 2014
  |  7 PM
Fri., April 4 2014
  |  8 PM
Sun., April 6 2014
  |  2 PM
Pittsburgh Opera continues its 75th anniversary season with one of the world’s most beloved operas, Puccini’s La Boheme. On stage at the Benedum Center March 29 – April 6, this story of Bohemian friends struggling through poverty and illness in 1830s Paris is cherished for its romantic, yet tragic story, and soaring music that includes many familiar melodies. A roster of outstanding singers leads the production, anchored by a marvelous set designed by Tony Award-winner Michael Yeargan (for Light in the Piazza, 2005).

La Boheme brings the role and company debut of Leah Crocetto as Mimí; the 2010 Metropolitan National Council Auditions Grand Finals winner, she has been effusively praised for her “voice of size, beauty, and agility” (Chicago Tribune) and “gorgeous, well-supported sound” (San Francisco Chronicle). Due to scheduling issues, the role of Rodolfo will be shared by David Lomeli (Lucia di Lammermoor, 2011) and Eric Barry, in a company debut. (Mr. Lomelí appears March 29, April 1 and 4; Mr. Barry appears in the April 3 Student Matinee and April 6.) Pittsburgh Opera also welcomes Troy Cook, in his company debut as Marcello; Pittsburgher Sari Gruber (Don Giovanni, 2012) returns as Musetta, bringing “comedic grace and vulnerability to the role, as well as glorious vocal talent” (Austin Chronicle). Pittsburghers in the cast also include Kevin Glavin (The Barber of Seville, 2010) in a reprise of his hilarious dual role of Benoit/Alcindoro, and Dimitrie Lazich, who debuts as Schaunard. Resident Artist Phillip Gay appears as Colline.

Pittsburgh Opera’s La Boheme also brings the annual Student Matinee on Thursday, April 3 at the Benedum Center. In this performance, Resident Artists take lead roles and perform with Maestro Walker and the orchestra for about 2800 school children from around the region. Jasmine Muhammad appears as Mimí and Meredith Lustig appears as Musetta, alongside Eric Barry (Rodolfo), Kevin Glavin (Benoit/Alcindoro), Phillip Gay (Colline) and Dimitrie Lazich (Schaunard) from the mainstage cast. Resident Artist George Cederquist is stage director for the Student Matinee.

Meet the cast of Ring of Fire
May 22 – August 17 2014  |  CLO
After a long winter, this cast is sure to heat up the CLO Cabaret this spring! Pittsburgh CLO is proud to announce the cast for the rousing musical hit Ring of Fire, which will run May 22 through August 17 at the CLO Cabaret. Tickets start at $34.75 and are available at, by calling 412-456-6666 or visiting the Box Office at Theater Square.

“Walk the Line" in an experience sure to lift your heart and stir your soul! Ring of Fire is a journey into the heart of America, courtesy of one of our most beloved musical poets--Johnny Cash. In Ring of Fire, a remarkable cast of performers and musicians will pay homage to his music with the strength, humor and honesty that made Cash one of the greatest songwriters and most revered storytellers in American music. Ring of Fire features over 30 of the music legend's songs such as “Country Boy,” “A Thing Called Love,” “Five Feet High and Rising,” “Daddy Sang Bass,” “I Walk the Line,” “I've Been Everywhere,” “The Man in Black” and his final hit, “Hurt.”

The Cast will include Jay Hitt, Paul Koudouris, Mitch Marois, Jon Rohlf, Nicole Stefonek, Erika Strasburg, and Santino Tomasetti. Chris “Red” Blisset will serve as Music Director and Guy Stroman as Director and Choreographer for “Walk the Line.”

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra PNC Pops: Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II
April 10 2014  |  7:30 PM  |  Heinz Hall
April 11 and 12 2014
  |  8 PM  |  Heinz Hall
April 12 and 13 2014
  |  2:30 PM  |  Heinz Hall

A fantastically fun fusion of classical music and classic animation celebrating the most famous and beloved cartoons in the world—and their equally famous music! Conducted and created by Emmy Award™ winner George Daugherty, Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II features your favorite Warner Bros. Looney Tunes characters on-screen in their most memorable moments—all with live orchestra accompaniment. Joining Bugs Bunny are his popular cohorts Elmer Fudd, Daffy Duck, Tweety, Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, Pepe LePew and others. Plus, enjoy special guest appearances by Tom and Jerry, as well as a trio of spectacular new Looney Tunes 3D theatrical shorts!

American Composers in the Spotlight during Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra BNY Mellon Grand Classics Performance
Fri., March 28 and Sat., March 29 2014  |  8 PM  |  Heinz Hall
Sun., March 30 2014  |  2:30 PM  |  Heinz Hall
Salute the red, white and blue with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra during the BNY Mellon Grand Classics “American Fanfare” weekend on March 28-30 at Heinz Hall.

With conductor Michael Stern, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will be the centerpiece of a program featuring some of the most beloved works of American composers, including “Appalachian Spring” by Aaron Copland and George Gershwin's “An American in Paris,” among others.

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, Resident Conductor Lawrence Loh will conduct a pre-concert talk one hour before each performance.


Computer and Electronics Recycling Fundraiser Event for Spectrum Charter School
Sat., April 12 2014  |  9 AM – 12 PM
Spectrum Charter School, Inc. 
  |  4369 Northern Pike  |  Monroeville, PA 15146

Spectrum Charter School is a Non-Profit Organization and Founding Member of Green Building Alliance Pittsburgh Green Schools Academy. They will be hosting a Computer and Electronics Recycling fundraiser sponsored by TeamLogicIT of Monroeville and Commonwealth Computer Recycling.

Will Accept:
  • Desktops, Laptops, Tablets, Servers, Hard Drives 
  • Keyboards, Mice, Power Supplies, Motherboards/Circuit Boards, Cables, Speakers, CD, DVD, Tape and Floppy Drivers, Backup Systems, Memory Drives, Computer Fans, and Tape Backups 
  • Routers, Switches, Wireless Routers, Access Points, Bridges, Firewalls, Cabling, Modems, and KVM Switches 
  • Phones, Ink, Toner, AC Adapters, Projectors, Overhead Displays 
  • Consumer electronics (Gaming Systems, Wire, Christmas Lights, Cable Boxes, Radios, VCR and DVD Players, Typewriters, MP3 Players, iPods, iPads, Desktop Printers, and Dot Max Printers) 
  • Monitors (LCD and CRT) 
Onsite Data Destruction for hard drives will be provided upon request for a $10 fee. Televisions will NOT be accepted. If your donation will be more than 30 items you may schedule a pick-up with Commonwealth Computer Recycling prior to the event at 724-858-1087.

Cannot make it on April 12th?  Spectrum Charter School will accept donations BEFORE the event during the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Questions? Call 412-374-8130

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Announces New Title Sponsor and New Location for EQT Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival
May 14 – 18 2014
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the EQT Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival, now celebrating its 28th year, will be held May 14̶ 18, 2014 in its new location: the Cultural District, downtown Pittsburgh. The festival is programmed by Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater, a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

In addition to the Festival moving downtown, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is proud to announce EQT Foundation, the charitable affiliation of EQT Corporation, as the new lead sponsor of the 2014 Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival.

“The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is excited and proud to be presenting this year’s EQT Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival in a new location ̶ the Cultural District. Thirty years ago having this festival downtown would have been impossible,” commented J. Kevin McMahon, President and CEO ̶ Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. “The Cultural District is also home to the Trust’s other free festivals that are presented each year, and adding the Children’s Festival to this list continues the Cultural Trust’s mission of bringing diverse, professional programming to the District for everyone to enjoy. We are grateful for the generous support of the EQT Foundation.”

“A priority of the EQT Foundation is supporting local initiatives designed to give the area’s youth more exposure to artistic programming, while promoting an understanding and appreciation of the diverse culture and heritage throughout our region,” said Charlene Petrelli, President, EQT Foundation. “EQT takes pride in supporting educational programs that focus on providing our area children with extraordinary and unique experiences, and the EQT Pittsburgh Children’s International Festival promises to do just that and more this year.”

This year’s EQT Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival features ticketed performances by artistic companies from Canada, Denmark, Israel, Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States along with a variety of free events happening throughout the Cultural District. Theater venues include the Byham Theater, Trust Arts Education Center, Bricolage Theater and August Wilson Center. The new Festival grounds footprint couples the unique food options, galleries, pop-up green and outdoor spaces of the Cultural District with the familiar free hands-on activities, free roving performances, and free stages of the EQT Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival. Special street closures, crossing and security guards, and signage will be in place during the Children’s Festival to help all visitors coming to the events. Sensory-friendly events during this year’s festival include outdoor luminarium Miracoco (Architects of Air, United Kingdom) and all performances of Little Steps (Teater My, Denmark).

Read the full press release at Dreamweaver Marketing Associates


National Association of the Women's Interactive Network Official Launch
March 18 2014  |  5:30 – 7 PM  |  1617 Banksville Rd
Join us in celebrating the official launch of the National Association of the Women's Interactive at a cocktail party.
Mission Statement
To build a community of women who encourage and support each other both professionally and personally.

Women’s Interactive Network (WIN) offers an opportunity to meet women whom are successful in all aspects of business, from the corporate ranks to entrepreneurs. Every meeting and event allows ample opportunity to hone networking skills while enjoying the company of business-minded women.

WIN recognizes the power and importance of mentoring as it relates to personal and professional growth. New incoming members are matched to an existing member of Win-Pittsburgh eager to share their own professional experiences. The mentors and mentees make a commitment to meet at least once a month and connect weekly through email or by phone. The mentoring committee has created a formal program that provides both the mentors and mentees with the resources they need to develop a positive and engaging mentoring relationship that promotes both personal and professional development.

WIN encourages professional development through its programming. Each monthly meeting includes speakers who will teach you new leadership, marketing, financial planning and interpersonal skills. Participating on any of WIN’s committees also provides a great opportunity to learn new skills while forming closer relationships with other members. Learn new, marketable skills within the event planning, finance, marketing, membership, mentoring, programming, and nominating committees.

YWCA Greater Pittsburgh Names 2014 Tribute to Women Leadership Award Recipients
Awards Luncheon scheduled for Thursday, May 29
The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh has named the following recipients of the 2014 Tribute to Women Leadership Awards:
  • Allerton Lifetime Achievement Award: Mary Kay Poppenberg, Executive Director, The Janetta Foundation 
  • Business & Professional Services: Lisa Kuzma, Senior Program Officer, Richard King Mellon Foundation 
  • Civic & Community Service: Lucille Prater-Holliday, Founder, Black Women’s Empowerment Institute 
  • Education: MJ Tocci, Posthumous, Co-Founder & Former Director, Heinz Negotiation Academy for Women at Carnegie Mellon University 
  • Health & Human Services: Kimberlee S. Evert, President & CEO, Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania 
  • Science & Technology: Shakita Trigg, Project Manager, FedEx Ground 
  • Young Leader: La’Tasha Mayes, Founder and Executive Director, New Voices Pittsburgh
Awards will be presented at the 32nd annual Tribute to Women Leadership Awards Luncheon on Thursday, May 29, at the Westin Hotel, 1000 Penn Avenue, downtown. Peggy Finnegan, co-anchor for WPXI Channel 11 News at 5 and 6 p.m., will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies during the luncheon.

The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh launched the Tribute to Women Leadership Awards in 1983 to affirm its mission to empower women and girls to reach their personal and professional goals. Since then, the YWCA has honored the accomplishments of more than 200 exceptional women, saluting them for helping to shape the direction of our region and improve the lives of others. Proceeds from the event help create positive changes in the lives of thousands of Pittsburgh area women and families served by the YWCA.

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Sounds of Pittsburgh Donates to Wig Fund
The Sounds of Pittsburgh chorus has donated $400 to the Magee Women’s Cancer Center’s wig fund from the proceeds of the annual show. Fifty dollars will be given to eight women to help them purchase an attractive wig. Information about Bonnie Diver’s wig charity fund, Hair Peace, will also be given to them for more funding for those who cannot afford to purchase a wig and pay for cancer treatments.

Read the full press release at Dreamweaver Marketing Associates


Aspinwall Toastmasters Club Takes Home 3 Awards at Recent Speech Competition
Aspinwall Toastmasters participated in the Area’s local speech competition and took three of the four available awards! Competition begins with club contests and winners continue competing through the Area, Division, and District levels. The two competitions held recently were for Evaluation and International Speeches. The Evaluation Competition requires participants to compete on providing a good evaluation with analysis, recommendations, and encouragement The International Speech Competition requires participants to compete on speech content, organization, voice quality, and gestures.

Congratulations to Jennifer Calihan who won first place in International Speeches and Alexandra Sabina who received a first place award in Evaluation and third place in International Speeches. Jennifer is a local mother of four with an interest in the connection between food and wellness. Alexandra is a Mentor and a Public Speaker who shares her expertise of "How To Eliminate Fear & Failure From Our lives through Virtuosity." These two local residents will compete in the division competitions on March 8, 2014 in Cranberry, PA.

About Aspinwall Toastmasters
Toastmasters is a place where you develop and grow - both personally and professionally. In Toastmasters meetings we learn by doing. Whether you're an executive or a stay-at-home parent, a college student or a retiree, you will improve yourself; building skills to express yourself in a variety of situations: giving better presentations; leading meetings - and participating in them - more confidently; speaking more smoothly off the cuff; even handling one-on-one interactions with family, friends and colleagues more positively. Anyone interested may attend one or more meetings for free to experience the benefits of membership.

Meets EVERY Tuesday Evening 6:30-8:00 PM  |  River Room of Lighthouse Pointe

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"It’s a Global Economy: Can Your Business Compete?" Hosted by MIT Enterprise Forum Pittsburgh & GlobalPittsburgh
Thursday, March 20  |  5:30 - 8:00 PM  |  Pittsburgh Athletic Association in Oakland
Please join us for an MIT Enterprise Forum event in Pittsburgh focusing on helping entrepreneurs and startups compete in today's global economy. The MIT Enterprise Forum Pittsburgh in collaboration with GlobalPittsburgh will host the discussion for entrepreneurs and investors on how to make business models more globally competitive by leveraging the internet, supply chains and distribution channels.

Titled "It’s a Global Economy: Can Your Business Compete?", the event will be moderated by GlobalPittsburgh Board Chair Michael J. Malloy, Managing Partner/Senior Advisor with Business Beyond Borders. "Today’s entrepreneurs have to be globally-minded," Malloy said. "We need to think about the international dimension in our business models and market segments."

Even if you just do business locally, you are subject to the crosswinds of a globalized marketplace through international competition, partnerships, markets, and events that will impact your business here. Attendees will hear from local companies who lead with this global perspective.

Panelists for the event are:
  • Kirk Botula, CEO, CMMI Institute 
  • Michael Elchik, CEO, 
  • Udi Hershkovich, VP of Business Development, Safaba 
  • David Palmer, CEO Rewyndr, Bossa Nova Robotics 
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Pittsburgh Non-Profit Consortium Educational Series, 2014 Session Two
Tuesday, March 18, 2014  |  8:30 AM – 12:30 PM  |  Sigmas Conference and Event Center
Please arrive in time to sign-in, get a beverage and be seated. Lunch will be served at 11 following the seminar and Q&A. Registration for this event close at 11:30pm 3/14/2014

Mixer and Shakers Benefiting Angels' Place
Thursday, March 20, 2014  |  5 – 8 PM  |  Sheraton Pittsburgh Airport Hotel in Coraopolis
Angels’ Place is among the nonprofits benefiting from fabulous sixth annual Mixer with Shakers, where guests will have the opportunity to network with the movers and shakers of our region’s business community in an exciting, fun atmosphere ... all in the spirit of giving. Join in and enjoy live music, delectable food stations, cash bar, great networking, and a silent auction featuring splendid swag! Guest bartenders for eight good causes – each creating a special vodka drink - will earn money for their charities through tips they receive, and also by sharing in the proceeds from the drink cards used there by participants to cast their votes for best drink.

Mixer with Shakers is being held by the Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce, which is distributing event tickets at a cost of $55 each (or $35 if you are a Chamber member). To register, please call PAACC at 412.264.6270 or email Using the drink cards received, guests will sample the drinks and vote on them. The guest bartender with the drink that receives the most drink card votes will win the “People’s Choice” cash prize for his or her charity - go, Angels’ Place!


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A Journey to the Past, Present and Future
Roving Pittsburgher Report
Written By: Joyce Kane  |  March 15, 2014

An Iliad, a modern adaptation of Homer’s Iliad by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare, is the time-honored story of the Greek-Trojan war updated with modern language, contemporary references and future implications of the continued horror that is war.

Teague F. Bougere provides an enthralling performance is this one person show. Alternately actor and narrator, Bougere as “The Poet” weaves the story of mortals and the gods of Greek mythology interspersed with references to conflicts throughout history up to 2014. The epic story of Achilles and Agamemnon, Athena and Apollo, Helen of Troy and Hector, Hecuba and Hermes, Paris and Priam, and last, but not least, Zeus is told with an understandable pace, bringing this story with a historic sensibility to a current audience.

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