Sunday, April 13, 2014

Positively Pittsburgh Live! News 03-31-2014

Positively Pittsburgh Live! News 03-31-2014

Positively Pittsburgh Live! LoveYourBlock Recipients & Bugs Bunny at PSO
Listen to the show online HERE

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Dawn Pomaybo
Executive Director, Women's Networking Association
WIN-Pittsburgh, a NA-WIN Affiliate
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-Pittsburgh is an affiliate of the National Association of the Women's Interactive Network (NA-WIN). Visit and to learn more.

De Bella's Old Fashioned Subs
Pittsburgh Symphony, America Fanfare


Sharon Jones and the Dap  |  10 days of Free Music and Art  |  Bugs Bunny at the PSO  |  The Playboy of the Western World  |  Martha Redbone  |  Under the Streetlamp and Gentleman’s Rule  |  Electrified an Homage to Tesla  |  Shakespeare's Villains

KIDZ KORNER:  Swimmy, Frederick and Inch By Inch

Madame Presidenta: Why Not U.S.? Sold-Out  |  “Sarah’s Bill” SB681 Was Passed  |  Women’s History and National Poetry Month  |  “Super Charged” PowerUp Lunch  |  Prevention and Intervention for Teen Dating Violence

Transit's New Era  |  Calling Local Fashion Designers

HIGH SCHOOL and UNIVERSITY NEWS:  Stem-Based Engineering Competition

PITTSBURGH HISTORICAL STUFF:  1960 World Series Artifacts

4th Annual CLOE Award   |  Fundraiser for Homeless Children's Fund




Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve   |  Once the Musical   |  Bolero and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice   |  PSO American Fanfare

Westmoreland County Scholar/Athletes  |  PNC Park Named Top American Ballpark

PITTSBURGH GOOD NEWS FORUM:  Your Dream for Pittsburgh

STEELTOWN HERO:  Carnegie Mellon University Student Taylor Canady



Pa Lit Fest – 1st Annual Pennsylvania Literary Festival
Friday, May 30 2014 – Sunday, June 1 2014  |  Uniontown Mall
PA LitFest aims to engage and inform attendees concerning literary achievements, opportunities, and educational programs within the state and surrounding areas by assembling publishers, authors, libraries, schools, literary agencies, reading associations, book clubs, and the general public.

The event features industry exhibitors, author appearances, signings, readings, live music, a charity auction, cooking demos, free writing and publishing workshops, storytellers, writing contests, activities for kids, live tapings and interviews with FCTV and GoingLIVE, and a variety of food and beverages spread throughout multiple locations within the Uniontown Mall.

PA LitFest welcomes John Dixon as its Keynote Speaker. John’s debut novel, Phoenix Island, inspired the CBS TV series Intelligence, starring Josh Holloway and Marge Helgenberger.

PA LitFest would like to feature participating vendors, universities, publishers, authors, and sponsors on our site. Please attach a photo of your members or a logo and provide a description of your organization up to 100 words.

For more information about PA LitFest, visit


Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Announces Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings to Perform WYEP 40th Anniversary Concert
Sunday, April 13 2014  |  Byham Theater
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings will perform on Sunday, April 13, 2014, at 8:00 p.m., at the Byham Theater. This concert is presented by WYEP and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust in celebration of 91.3FM WYEP’s 40th Anniversary. Tickets ($32.25-$42.25) are on sale now. For information, visit, call (412) 456-6666, or in person at the Theater Square Box Office, located at 655 Penn Avenue.

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings are back…with a new record, a new video, and a monumental show! For over a decade, the band has traveled the world, blowing minds with their explosive live performances and their raw, hand-crafted studio recordings. The standout American funk/soul band has led the funk/soul music revivalist movement to capture the essence of this genre in its heyday from the mid-1960s to mid-1970s. While other artists have ridden the crests and troughs of passing fads, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings have bypassed the hype-and-hit superhighway and taken a detour straight to the hearts and bodies of their listeners, transcending fleeting trends and demographics and delivering a visceral rhythm and soul sound to an ever-expanding base of deeply loyal fans.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Announces 10 days of Free Music and Art, June 6-15, 2014!
It’s time to start thinking “summer” in Pittsburgh! Learn more about the artists included in today’s music line-up announcement, which features world-renowned Grammy Award-winners and a range of critically-acclaimed performers, including some debut performances in Pittsburgh. A full complement of other visual and performing arts attractions will be announced in early May! Stay connected – we look forward to celebrating with you!

The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival strives to deliver top-notch performing and visual art – from the Pittsburgh region’s thriving arts community and from around the globe – including music, theater, dance, public art installations, gallery exhibitions, a renowned visual Artist Market presented by Peoples Gas, creative activities, food, and more. Artists are selected through a rigorous jury process–emphasizing quality, craftsmanship and presentation–in a wide variety of media, from jewelry to painting, woodworking to photography. Each day of the 10-day Festival includes a performance by distinguished music headliners.

Bugs Bunny and Friends are Back for “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II” with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Apr. 10, 7:30 PM  |  Apr. 11, 8:00 PM  |  Apr. 12, 2:30 and 8:00 PM  |  Apr. 13, 2:30 PM  |  Heinz Hall
Join Bugs Bunny, “that rascally rabbit,” and his famous friends for an evening of your favorite Looney Tunes cartoons, combined with their original scores played live by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, on April 10-13.

Conducted and created by Emmy Award-winner George Daugherty, this concert is a fun fusion of classical music and classic animation, celebrating the most famous and beloved cartoons in the world, and their equally famous scores! “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II” features your favorite Warner Bros. Looney Tunes characters — including Elmer Fudd, Daffy Duck, Tweety, Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, Pepe Le Pew and many others — on-screen in their most memorable moments, all with live orchestral accompaniment. There will also be special on-screen guest appearances by Tom and Jerry, as well as two spectacular new Looney Tunes 3D theatrical shorts. The concert showcases the most beloved and iconic cartoon shorts in animation history, including “What’s Opera, Doc?,” “The Rabbit of Seville,” “Baton Bunny,” “Rhapsody Rabbit,” “Zoom and Bored,” “Duck Amuck” and many others, as well as their original scores by Carl Stalling and Milt Franklyn.

Point Park’s Conservatory Theatre Company Closes 2013-2014 Season with Classic Irish Comedy, ‘The Playboy of the Western World’
April 11-19, 2014  |  Rauh Theatre
Point Park University’s Conservatory Theatre Company closes its 2013-2014 season with a production of John Millington Synge’s classic Irish comedy, The Playboy of the Western World, April 11-19 in the Rauh Theatre at the Pittsburgh Playhouse.

Directed by Kim Martin, The Playboy of the Western World is set in the early 1900s in a country tavern, where Christy Mahon hilariously enjoys his celebrity amongst townsfolk while, unbeknownst to him, the truth will soon be revealed. When this play first appeared on stage in 1907, it started the Playboy Riots in Dublin and, years later, more controversy in its 1911 New York appearance.

The Conservatory Theatre Company’s production features scenic design by Gianni Downs, costumes by Joan Markert, lighting by Scott Nelson, and sound by Steve Shapiro.

Calliope: Pittsburgh Folk Music Society Presents Martha Redbone
Saturday, April 26 2014  |  7:30 PM  |  Carnegie Lecture Hall (Oakland)
“In a brilliant collision of cultures, the powerful blues and soul singer Martha Redbone has recorded an album called “The Garden of Love: Songs of William Blake,” which was produced by John McEuen, of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. In it, the mystical, humanistic words of the eighteenth-century English poet are fused with the melodies, drones, and rhythms of the Appalachian string-band music that Redbone absorbed as a child from her grandparents, in Black Mountain, Kentucky.” –THE NEW YORKER

Martha Redbone’s music flows equally from her own unique, award-winning blend of Native American elements with funk and her deep roots in Appalachian folk and Piedmont blues favored by the matriarchy that raised her on a rich sojourn from Clinch Mountain, Virginia to Harlan County, Kentucky and beyond to Brooklyn’s Dodge City-esque mean streets. Indeed, her new collection, Garden Of Love seamlessly evokes the mid-20th century old timey gold rush when such artists as her fellow Kentuckians Jim Ford and Jackie DeShannon fearlessly infused their downhome blues between canyon air ballets and retronuevo cabinessence – before their followers developed newgrass and Redbone’s twangy forebears Buffy Sainte-Marie and Rita Coolidge brought Indigenous concerns to the rock & roll arena in the 1970s.

Tickets are available by contacting the Calliope office at (412) 361-1915, or by visiting our website: $39 / $23 student rush w/ ID, (prices include handling fee).

Cohen and Grigsby Trust Presents Under the Streetlamp and Gentleman’s Rule
Tuesday, May 13  |  Benedum Center
Two acts. One ticket. One night only!
Under the Streetlamp
Under the Streetlamp, America’s hottest new vocal group with a top PBS special, performs an electrifying evening of classic hits from the American radio songbook. Exuding the irresistible rapport of a modern day Rat Pack, the quartet — recent leading cast members of the Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys — deliver an evening of unforgettable entertainment. You’ll hear Doo-Wop, Motown, old time Rock ‘n’ Roll and all of your favorite songs from The Drifters, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, and many others. And thanks to the permission of Frankie Valli and Bob Guido, the guys perform a medley from the “Seasons” catalog of outstanding hits.
Genleman’s Rule
The next generation of a cappella entertainment! Blending their youthful contemporary style with timeless a cappella harmonies, Gentleman’s Rule charms audiences of all ages. Their eclectic concerts feature something for everyone – classic 70s & 80s, country, Top 40 hits, and even classical music. Recent concerts have featured music made popular by Hall & Oats, Bob Marley, Bruno Mars, Gavin DeGraw, Peter Gabriel, and Rascal Flatts, among others. This diverse catalog of music exemplifies Gentleman’s Rule ability to bridge both genres and generations.

Read the full press release at Dreamweaver Marketing Associates

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Presents Electrified an Homage to Nikola Tesla’s Inventions and Experiments
April 25 – June 22, 2014 | Wood Street Galleries | 601 Wood Street
Exhibition Opening | April 25, 5:30 – 9 p.m. | During Gallery Crawl
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the opening of Electrified, an exhibition by artists Edwin van der Heide and Alexandre Burton. Two North American premiere installations—Burton’s Impacts and van der Heide’s Evolving Spark Network—pay homage to the pioneering work of Nikola Tesla and his experiments in electricity, x-rays, and wireless communication.

Alexandre Burton’s Impacts is an audiovisual installation using tesla coils—induction coils used to produce high-frequency alternating current invented by Nikola Tesla. Each tesla coil is fitted with a glass pane and suspended from the ceiling of the exhibition space. This sculptural installation is visitor-activated, as each sculptural device generates an audio and visual experience based on the visitor’s proximity to it. Arcs of electricity of variable intensities as well as rhythmic articulations are generated by the impact of the electrical arc on the glass pane.  The tesla coil’s ability to throw electric arcs has been employed by many artists, and Burton’s use of the coil in Impacts serves as a reminder of the danger of this marvel while capturing its sublime beauty and rhythmic potential.

Edwin van der Heide’s installation Evolving Spark Network consists of a grid of electric spark bridges that traverses the entire exhibition space forming a plane approximately nine feet above the floor. Visitors’ movements in the installation are detected by radio frequent movement detection sensors and are used to activate the network of spark bridges to produce both light and sound. The behavior of the spark bridges acts as a form of artificial life with the physical world as input, representing a form of interaction with artificial life.  The sparks are akin to the electrical impulses by which our nerves communicate information. Just like neurons that form networks in our body, the spark bridges also form an interconnected network.

Bring Your Own Bard "Shakespeare's Villains”
Monday March 31st 2014  |  7:30  |  Te Cafe in Squirrel Hill
Spend an evening with some of the wickedest classical villains you’ll ever meet. Whether plotting a murder, scheming to bring down a rival, or refusing to beg for mercy, Shakespeare’s villains are a deliciously nasty lot. We’ll listen to their schemes, witness their fiendish deeds, and rejoice in their downfalls. Come and read your favorite piece of turpitude or enjoy listening to others perform theirs.

BYOB – "Bring Your Own Bard" is Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks' informal, no pressure "scene night" in which professional actors and non-actors alike take a crack at their favorite Shakespeare pieces. Participants are encouraged to bring along a piece ready to read, jump into a scene already prepared, or just listen and drink tea. Extra readings will be on hand in case last-minute inspiration strikes. All ages welcome. Beverages and light fare will be available for purchase.

Doors open at 7:15 PM, readings begin at 7:30 PM. Suggested $10 donation at the door to support free Shakespeare in the Steel City. Those interested in reading should contact or 412.521.6406, or visit us on Facebook at Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks.

PITTSBURGH SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKS is the city’s only outdoor Shakespeare company and has been offering free productions in city parks since 2005. In 2013, PSIP’s Romeo & Juliet, directed by Helen M. Meade, played to over 1,000 patrons over four September weekends. Celebrating our 10th season this year, PSIP serves up As You Like It, reprising our inaugural 2005 production, featuring Artistic Director Jennifer Tober as Rosalind and playing free to the public in Pittsburgh city parks.


Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Announces Swimmy, Frederick and Inch By Inch
Friday April 11 and Saturday April 12 2014  |  Byham Theater
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the area premiere of a musical for younger audiences, presented as part the Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater’s Family Series, Swimmy, Frederick & Inch by Inch, will be performed by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, from Canada.  Four performances will be held only at the Byham Theater on Friday, April 11, at 11:00 a.m. (students only matinee) and 7:00 p.m.; and Saturday, April 12, at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Citizens Bank is the season sponsor of Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater 2013-2014 Family Series.

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia brings three of Leo Lionni’s exquisitely crafted and award-winning Coldecott Honor books to life with Swimmy, Frederick & Inch by Inch.  Swimmy is a tiny fish that uses ingenuity to fend off danger. Frederick, a poetic mouse, makes everyday life an artful experience.  Inch by Inch, a lovable inchworm shares his facility for measuring absolutely everything.  These stories provide a gentle storytelling style, innovative puppetry and charming original music, which have earned Mermaid Theatre international acclaim.  This production features the direction and design of Jim Morrow, original soundscape composed by Stephen Naylor, and narration by Richard Donat.  This live performance is 60 minutes in length and recommended for youth ages 3 and up.

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


Film Premiere Of Madame Presidenta: Why Not U.S.? Drew A Sold-Out Crowd To The Carnegie Museum Of Art
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s new fabulous SEEN columnist, Ms. Natalie Bencivenga, was so enthusiastic about the film she wrote a two-part story on it. Part 1 is about the premiere, and Part 2 is a Q&A with Heather Arnet.  And the incredible Chaton Turner made it the focus of her Working Mom Blog this week as well.

If you were not able to attend the premiere do not despair, you can watch the film this Saturday March 29th at 10pm on WQED TV. Watch it live with a group of friends or set your DVR. But what if you still want to see the film on the big screen? Upcoming Pittsburgh screenings include April 2nd at 7:00pm at McConomy Auditorium, at Carnegie Mellon University; Thursday April 10th 7:30pm in 3911 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh. And for WGF supporters outside of the Burgh, we now have scheduled screenings in Washington, D.C. May 22nd, in NYC June 10th, and at the Chautauqua Institute on July 29th. Details on all of these screenings can be found online at Want to bring the film to your community, university or alma mater?  Email for screening fees and details.

Legislative Update: Extra! Extra! Read All About It “Sarah’s Bill” SB681 Was Passed Unanimously Through Both Chambers
SB681 sponsored by Senator Greenleaf and supported by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, extends restraining order protection to victims of sexual assault. This bill includes Sarah’s Amendment, sponsored by Representative Ellis, which extends these protections to minors who are victims of stalking. The bill is now on its way to the Governor’s office for signing. We are so grateful to Representative Ellis, Representative Turzai, Representative Marsico, and Representative Pam DeLissio for their support in stewarding this bill through the legislature. Stay tuned for more details as we cross the finish line together.

Honoring Women’s History Month and National Poetry Month
Friday, April 11  |  8pm  |  Trust Arts Education Center, 805-807 Liberty Avenue
Being a woman… being a warrior, being a change agent, being a lover, being afraid, being alive…being you in spite of…  Heather Arnet, Dr. Tameka Cage-Conley, Veronica Corpuz, Christiane D, Vanessa German Barbara Dalhberg and Shaunda Miles. From the Young Writers Institute: Carlee Benhart, Kate Bour and Amanda Tybi.
Tickets: $10.75 in advance, $12.75 at the door.

“Super Charged” PowerUp Lunch
April 2, 2014  |  11:00 AM - 2:00 PM  |  Rivers Club, Pittsburgh, PA
Featured Speaker:
Ilana Diamond, Managing Director of AlphaLab Gear at Innovation Works and PowerLink Co-Founder

Roundtable Discussions:
The region's most successful women entrepreneurs will lead roundtable discussions and share their insight on how they PoweredUp their business. Learn from the best, and walk away with strategies you can use to power the growth of your company.

Choose from these roundtable discussion topics:
  • Overcoming Sales Challenges
  • Succession Planning and Exit Strategy
  • Evaluating Health Insurance Options
  • Financing Business Growth  
  • Leveraging WBE Certification
  • Conquering Social Media
  • Growing a Multi-Million Dollar Business
  • Cultivating Top-Notch Customer Service 

Half Day Session on Prevention and Intervention for Teen Dating Violence
Tuesday April 15, 2014  |  8:30 - 11:30 AM  |  Center for Victims
1 in 3 adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional, or verbal abuse from a dating partner, and young women between 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence--nearly triple the national average.

The Girls Coalition is honored to partner with Center for Victims to offer a half-day session on April 15, 2014 for professionals who work with young people. This session will include successful programs around dating violence, including:
  • Expect Respect
  • Project Connect
  • Coaching Boys Into Men
  • Parent Engagement Groups
The event also will share the work of student leaders to prevent dating violence and become advocates for healthy relationships.
Presenters will include:
  • Diane Dahm, Director of Prevention Education and Outreach
  • David Wingerson, Community Educator
  • Brittany Elms, Community Educator
The event will kick off with Akirah Robinson, healthy relationship advocate, social worker, and co-leader of the Pittsburgh chapter of Hollaback. She will share her pesonal experience in an abusive relationship, her road to healing, and she will reflect on what might have helped her. 

For more information click HERE


Transit's New Era: State Plan Improves Outlook for Urban Counties and Commuters
From:  Pittsburgh Today
Written by:  Jeffery Fraser  |  25 March 2014
The Port Authority of Allegheny County’s chronic fiscal crisis was lifted with the stroke of the governor’s pen in November to the relief of downtown businesses, seniors, regional developers, people with disabilities and— although they might not realize it—suburban commuters who prefer their cars over a Port Authority bus or light rail transit.
An estimated $2.3 billion a year in additional state money for roads, bridges and public transit was secured with the long-awaited transportation-funding bill signed by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett. The Port Authority’s share had not been precisely determined by the end of the year. But it is estimated to be enough to end the annual operating deficits that led to deep service cuts in recent years, and allow the Port Authority to tackle maintenance and capital projects, service improvements, and modernization strategies neglected during the rolling fiscal crisis.
For two years, a disparate group of Allegheny County stakeholders ranging from corporate executives to advocates of the poor and disabled had campaigned to restore public transit. They painted a convincing picture of the vital role it plays in urban counties like Allegheny, where Port Authority buses and trains carry nearly 65 million passengers a year.

Read the entire article at

Calling Local Fashion Designers
This is the moment you've been waiting for...Pittsburgh Fashion Week welcomes retailers and local designers to register with us and start the exciting process to be a part of this fashion filled event this fall.
Pittsburgh Fashion Week is proud to announce its fifth year running as the most sought out and largest running fashion event in Pittsburgh. We thank YOU for making this event possible.
In our efforts to continually give back, Pittsburgh Fashion Week graciously calls all designers for the chance to participate during the week long event, Sept. 22 through 28, 2014 for FREE! Yes, a FREE entry fee.
Pittsburgh, you have so graciously supported Pittsburgh Fashion Week through the past four years and we will continue to give back with this fabulous opportunity.
Please submit ONLY two photos of your best looks to:, along with phone number and best email contact information. We are looking for genres of menswear, petites, women's, ready-to-wear, formal and eco-friendly looks. Deadline for submissions is April 30, 2014.
This will give ALL, the opportunity to produce their own fashion show, be seen by the public and so much more.

For more information click HERE

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Adult Day Care is provided at most events!

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Stem-Based Engineering Program for Local Students Culminates with Competition this April
This year, the spring session of Design Lives Here includes two returning schools from the fall session, and one new school with 209 students in grades 6-8.

Over the last four years WQED has engaged several hundred middle school students through its Design Lives Here program aimed at encouraging area kids to learn more about and consider a profession in engineering. Participating educators and students utilize activities and content from Design Squad Nation episodes and interactive resources, with support from local engineers, to learn about the engineering design process and complete a number of engineering challenges throughout the spring semester. Traditionally held from January through April, Fall 2013 marked the first time that Design Lives Here expanded to include two sessions for the program – Fall and Spring. Made possible by MSA Safety Incorporated (MSA) and LANXESS, Design Lives Here is presented by WQED in partnership with the Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania (ESWP) and Inventionland.


Enjoy Artifacts from the 1960 World Series
Items on View Through May 1
Hall of Famer Bill Mazeroski's ninth inning home run in Game 7 of the 1960 World Series beat the heavily favored New York Yankees and clinched the Pittsburgh Pirates' first championship since 1925.

Now, as the Pirates prepare to open their most anticipated season in more than 20 years, the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum at the Heinz History Center will showcase artifacts from one of the greatest moments in sports history.

On loan from the Tull Family Collection, Mazeroski's Game 7 uniform and bat, which have never been on display locally with the exception of a short stint at PNC Park last September, are on view at the Sports Museum through Thurs., May 1.

Fans will enjoy Mazeroski's Pirates uniform and bronzed 35-inch Louisville Slugger bataccompanied by additional items from 1960, including the pitching rubber and first base from Game 7, shortstop Dick Groat's jersey from his 1960 Most Valuable Player season, and a life-like museum figure of Mazeroski hitting the legendary home run.  Don't miss this special opportunity to relive this iconic moment in sports history!

4th Annual CLOE Award to be Presented at the Pittsburgh CLO Guild Ball
The Pittsburgh CLO Guild is proud to announce that the late Violet Gallo and her husband, Hon. Robert C. Gallo will be honored with the 4th Annual CLOE Award for Community Service at the 59th Annual Pittsburgh CLO Guild Ball on June 7 at the Westin Convention Center Hotel. The CLOE award was established in 2011 to recognize and celebrate individuals who have made significant contributions to our community.

The 59th Annual Pittsburgh CLO Guild Ball, co-chaired by the three-generation team of Moira Davison, her son George Davison and her granddaughter Morgan Davison, will be held on Saturday, June 7 at the Westin Convention Center Hotel Ballroom in downtown Pittsburgh. This year’s theme, “A Night to Remember,” is a celebration of Pittsburgh CLO’s rich tradition of exceptional live musical productions over the past 68 years.  The evening will include the annual sale of “Pink Boxes,” an exciting new raffle for three prizes of $2,000, $3,000 and $5,000 respectively (2-3-5K Raffle) and a silent auction featuring several luxury items.  Guests will enjoy dynamic live performances topped off with dinner and dancing.

Proceeds from the Ball support Pittsburgh CLO’s Education and Outreach Programs, such as the Pittsburgh CLO Academy of Musical Theater, CLO Summer Internship Program and the CLO Mini-Stars. The Guild also offers college scholarship assistance to deserving students pursuing performing arts training.

4th Anniversary Atlas Dreams and Fundraiser for Homeless Children's Fund
Wednesday April 30th, 2014  |  6:30 PM  |  Luke Wholey's Wild Alaskan Grille
You are cordially invited to attend Atlas Dreams Languages' 4th Anniversary and 2nd Fundraiser! Join us at Luke Wholey's Wild Alaskan Grille, the hottest restaurant in the Strip, for a festive evening of great food, drink specials, music, prizes and business networking.

Delicious hors d'oeuvres
Drink specials
Live entertainment provided by Darryl and Kim of Platinum Band

Don't miss the opportunity to party, network, and support a great cause!  Did you know that there over 3000 homeless children in Pennsylvania, and that over 1700 of them are right here in Allegheny County?!

When I think about the harsh winter that we just experienced, my heart can't help but ache for these kids who are suffering for reasons completely out of their control.

We invite you to support Atlas Dreams Languages' efforts to alleviate the gravity of this problem by attending a fundraiser that supports the Homeless Children's Education Fund. HCEF is an outstanding organization dedicated to proactively confront homelessness and ensure that the needs of children and teens without permanent homes are effectively met.  Please come, eat, drink, dance, network, and be an angel to a homeless kid.


Mayor William Peduto Announces 18 New “Love Your Block” Grant Recipients
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Mayor William Peduto announced the 18 organizations that will receive funding for the sixth round of the Love Your Block (LYB) grant program, a servePGH initiative. Through the block revitalization program, in partnership with The Home Depot Foundation, the City awards $2,000 to purchase supplies and tools to implement a block improvement project that mobilizes community volunteers to transform blighted lots into community assets. Additionally, a special $3,000 prize will be given to the organization that carries out the most successful block transformation, according to identified criteria. Spring project implementation will take place from April 15 to June 30, 2014.

Amizade Global Service-Learning & The Global Switchboard: Volunteers will beautify a vacant lot by planting flowers and creating a community gathering space.
Beechview Area Concerned Citizens: Volunteers will landscape and plant shrubs, perennials, and groundcover around a Veterans’ memorial.
Brighton Heights Citizen Federation: Volunteers will improve the appearance of a highly visible lot.
Brightwood Civic Group:Volunteers will transform vacant lots into an active community space by erecting an outdoor structure and planting flowers.
Carrick Community Council: Volunteers will beautify Leolyn Park.
Carrick Regency Tenant Council: Volunteers will beautify a Housing Authority property by creating a raised planter bed and dedicating a memorial stone to Veterans.
East End Cooperative Ministry: Volunteers will create a raised planter bed garden.
Hermitage Hope: Volunteers will create a community garden.
Hill District Consensus Group: Volunteers will beautify school grounds by having a community clean-up day and flower planting.
Larimer Green Team: Volunteers will clean and beautify vacant lots.
Lawrenceville United: Volunteers will beautify Arsenal Park.
Oakland Planning and Development Corporation: Volunteers will improve the appearance of Frazier Street Playground.
Oakwood Civic Group: Volunteers will clean and enhance Oakwood Park.
Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall: Volunteers will beautify the veteran monuments around the museum in Oakland.
Southside Community Council of Pittsburgh, Inc: Volunteers will create a community garden and beautify a World War I Honor Roll Memorial.
Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition Gateway Committee: Volunteers will plant flowers and create a community mural on Murray Avenue.
Uptown Partners: Volunteers will green and enhance a highly visible parklet in Bluff.
YMCA Homewood-Brushton - Public Allies: Volunteers will beautify and enhance a vacant lot in Homewood South.

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"Once" Not Enough, Must See Again!
Review of the Once the Musical’s March 11th 2014 Performance
From:  Roving Pittsburgher Report
Written By:  Stephanie Curtice  |  March 12th 2014

From the get-go, Once the Musical had the audience of the Benedum Center captivated and it remained that way the entire performance. Lacking jazz hands, kicklines, hammy acting and spontaneous group song and dance numbers, Once the Musical felt more like an episode of tv sit-com How I Met your Mother peppered with organic radio-worthy music that was somewhere between the style of the Lumineers and Lady Antebellum. It was awesome. I loved it. And you should totally go see it!

Once the Musical
(Photo courtesy:
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust)
The typical romantic story unfolds. Stricken by woes of the heart, Boy swears off playing music; classically trained pianist, Girl has Boy fix her Hoover vacuum, Girl helps Boy piece his life back together; annoyed humoring begets a tentative friendship; friendship begets romantic hopes; but there’s always something that complicates things… life, commitment, bad timing. I won’t give away the ending, but will say true love is powerful.  Equally relatable themes are the importance of family and community:  small family business, loss of a parent, the new life as a widow, struggling to advance professionally.

The whole experience was a fresh take on "going to a Broadway musical" and it was great.  I loved it so much I came home and downloaded the music on itunes and looked up when the show would be in the cities of my parents and siblings and told them that they had to go.  So I'll say to you too, take a break from kicklines and showtunes, not that I don't love me some traditional musicals, this is a show that you don't want to miss!

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Magical Inspiration
Review of the PSO’s Bolero and the Sorcerer’s Apprentice March 14th 2014 Performance
From: Roving Pittsburgher Report
Written By: Josh Kurnot  |  March 15, 2014
Walking down the aisle to row k, right in the middle of the orchestra, I notice the grand piano on the forefront of the stage. I wonder what celebrity the orchestra would entertain on their stage that night. Little did I know, some of the world’s most powerful fingers were waiting just off stage left. I cannot place the feeling at first while taking my seat, but there is a kind of quiet anticipation lingering in the theater. My only precedence to this performance is the childhood memory of the Disney movie Fantasia. In my ignorant bliss, I sit with my date grinning from ear to ear waiting to reminisce on fond innocent memories from my younger years, but little did I know…

Michel Camilo
(Photo courtesy: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)
With due respect, the audience graciously welcomes Maestro Leonard Slatkin to the stage. Prodigy to his parents, the founders of the famed Hollywood String Quartet, Slatkin was born to conduct this very show. The show opened with French composer Paul Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. This is the familiar tune from Disney’s movie Fantasia, and its sounds coming from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s stage are just as whimsical and magical as I remember it as a kid. . .

The next appearance on stage is Michel Camilo. The audience welcomes him with kindly as he takes his seat on the front of the stage at the keys of the grand piano. As Camilo’s fingers began to strike the first few notes of his Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra, “Tenerife”, his Latin heritage and Jazzy style are instantly apparent. . .  At the end of the first act finishing the third movement of “Tenerife” the crowd exploded with applause and cheers, especially from the balcony. So long did we applaud and cheer, not accepting no for an answer, that Camilo had to feel obligated to end his performance with a little extra personal flair. Not only did he flair, but his fingers fumed as Slatkin, the Symphony Orchestra, and entire crowd listened in awe.

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A Superlative Combination
Review of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Evening with Many Patinkin Performance April 5th 2014

From: Roving Pittsburgher Report
Written By: JoAnn R. Forrester, Host of Empress of Biz  |  April 6, 2014
Mandy Patinkin
(Photo courtesy: Brigitte LaCombe)
On Saturday evening April 5 downtown Pittsburgh was filled with two types of fans, baseball and music. Both type of fans excited and looking for their team to deliver a winning performance. And my team, starring the Pittsburgh Symphony with Mandy Patinkin delivered a superb win. Our star player, Mr. Mandy Patinkin, singer, actor, performer well known for his Broadway roles in Evita and Sunday in the Park with George and beloved for his characters from film and television, such as Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride and Saul Berenson in Homeland, the Tony delivered an unforgettable evening of popular song and Broadway Classics.

Mandy Patinkin musical range from baritone to tenor is incredible. His choice of songs demonstrated his amazing range of voice. His charismatic performance had all of us in the palm of his hand. Opening the show slow, easy and whimsical with “It’s not Easy being Green,” he proceeded to deliver 90 minutes of pure Broadway delight with the following “On The Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe," “Mr. Arthur's Place," “Bohemian Rhapsody” - dedicated to Phillip Seymour Hoffman, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," "Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody," "Anyone Can Whistle," "Sunday in the Park With George" medley, "Rock Island"/"Ya Got Trouble,” “The Band Played On"/"Marie"/"Once Upon a Time," "Soliloquy," "Sorry/Grateful" and "Being Alive."
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Westmoreland County Scholar/Athletes
From:  Tribune-Review
Written by:  Paul Schofield  |  Friday, March 28 2014
Banquet honors top prep players in Westmoreland County.  Some of the top student-athletes in Westmoreland County will be honored at the 58th annual awards banquet sponsored by county Judge John J. Driscoll on April 29 at Ferrante's Lakeview in Hempfield.
The county's 18 athletic directors, along with the Driscoll committee, reviewed this year's candidates Thursday and voted on the 12 finalists, as well as the male and female winners, which will be announced at the banquet.
“We had a lot of excellent candidates,” Driscoll said. “Many were pretty even. But it was pretty cut and dried who the winners are after looking at the vote. We have two great winners of the Excellence Award.”
The 12 finalists, all seniors, were Belle Vernon's Jake Sweitzer, Franklin Regional's Charan Singh and Alyssa Ruffing, Greensburg Central Catholic's Frannie Crouse, Hempfield's Bridget Guy and Amanda Kedzierski, Greensburg Salem's Kenneth Clark, Kiski Area's Brent Kennedy, Mt. Pleasant's Luke Liprando and Jordan Toohey, Southmoreland's Paige Weaver, and Valley's Cody Schrecongost.

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TripAdvisor Names PNC Park Top American Ballpark
From:  KDKA  |  March 27, 2014
Opening Day is just around the corner.  With the new season about to begin, PNC Park has been bestowed a new honor.  TripAdvisor has named the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates the top ballpark in the country.

Noted for its amazing views, food options and short bathroom lines, PNC Park came in ahead of stadiums like Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore and AT&T Park in San Francisco, which round out the top three.

Fenway Park in Boston and Busch Stadium in St. Louis come in on the list at No. 4 and No. 5.
Of PNC Park, TripAdvisor says: “Located on Pittsburgh’s North Shore, this ballpark offers stunning views of the Steel City skyline, the Allegheny River, and the Roberto Clemente Bridge. Fans can chow down on local fare including potato pierogies and Primanti Brothers sandwiches stuffed with French fries and coleslaw.”

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In His Genes: Carnegie Mellon Doctoral Student Creates Model to Bring Science to Kids
From:  Carnegie Mellon University

Taylor Canady is not someone who can sit idly by while kids struggle to learn science.  The Carnegie Mellon University doctoral student in chemistry, who thinks learning science should be fun, created a kit for teaching K-12 students about DNA.

"In the community I grew up in, I saw so many students not just uninterested in studying science, technology, engineering and math but uncomfortable even walking into those environments," Canady said. "I want to change that. I want to give kids opportunities like the ones I have been given."

Canady's work at CMU is centered on developing solutions to problems in molecular biology. He offers science demonstrations to K-12 students through DNAZone, the outreach program of the university's Center for Nucleic Acids Science and Technology at CMU.

"Science isn't just for people with high IQs. Science is about thinking and asking questions," Canady said. "How can I improve agriculture? How can I help people who are hard of hearing or who have Alzheimer's disease? Any number of situations have the potential to put a fire in somebody to want to learn more for the purpose of making an impact."

He added, "I want kids to know that no matter what their circumstances are, they can become scientists.”

DNA, the molecule that encodes the genetic information in all living organisms, can store and transmit information through its nucleobases. Teaching school-age children how DNA works is challenging because DNA cannot be seen directly.

"Taylor has found a way to translate the DNA molecule into a physical model that the children can handle and play with," said chemistry professor Catalina Achim, a DNAZone coordinator.

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