Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Positively Pittsburgh Live! News 07-04-14

Positively Pittsburgh Live! News 07-04-14
Special 4th of July Edition
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PPL Co-Host
Sunita Pandit
Mrs. Cardiology, Memberhip Director for NAWBO Greater Pittsburgh will share why you should join NAWBO today to learn how to be Health, Wealthy and Wise.  Of course she's going to tell you about the healthy part and soon we will get our president Donna Baxter to talk about the Wealthy and Wise portion of our motto for this year.

Luke Wholey's Wild Alaskan Grille

Sneak Peak at PICT's Woman and a Scarecrow  |  Music Space Summer Concert Series  |  PSO Presents 'Stayin' Alive: One Night of the Bee Gees  |  EVITA  |  Manchester Craftsmen's Guild Presents Great Jazz  |  Monotype Prints Inspired by Visit to South Africa  |  Live Stream of PSO July 6 Concert at Hartwood Acres

May Unemployment Rate Declines  |  Mayor Peduto in Denmark  |  Bankruptcy Filings & Housing Appreciation Improving  |  Business Opportunity: PLS Limousines Service   |  Act 47  |  Small Biz Saturday

Golf & Sporting Clays Event for Center for Victims  |  “Blessed to Be Dressed” Fashion Show & Luncheon

NEIGHBORHOOD HI-LIGHTS:  XTAZA Nightclub Presents Independence Day Sneak Peek Party

Lose Your Blues at Footloose  |  Perogies Plus  |  River's Club 31st Anniversary Party

VETERANS VET and MILITARY METTLE:  A Vision of Inspiration


Sneak Peak at PICT's Woman and a Scarecrow
July 10- August 2, 2014 
Woman and Scarecrow playwright Marina Carr is coming to Pittsburgh in just a few short weeks! We're celebrating this acclaimed playwright with a few events and we invite you to join us:
Thursday, July 10 at 5 p.m.- Dinner with Marina Carr- Join PICT for dinner and conversation with Irish playwright Marina Carr at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association (PAA) located on Fifth Avenue in Oakland. Space is limited, so call 412-561-6000 or click here to make your reservation today! $65/person.
Saturday, July 12 at 8 p.m.- Opening night of Woman and Scarecrow
Sunday, July 13 at 2 p.m.- Matinee performance of Woman and Scarecrow followed by a talk-back with the cast, crew and playwright
Sunday, July 13 at 7 p.m.- Marina Carr Reading- Join Marina at the Henry Heymann Theatre as she reads selections from her works! This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please call 412-561-6000 or visit

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Announces Music Space Summer Concert Series
Featuring local bands the last Friday of each month 
SPACE  |  812 Liberty Avenue  |  Doors open at 8 PM
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces live performances for the Music SPACE series summer concerts at SPACE gallery the last Friday of each month. These all-ages performances showcase a variety of unique sounds from musical talent in the Pittsburgh area. Tickets are $5 at the door. Doors open at 8 p.m., and shows begin at 8:30 p.m.
Live performances by “ambient dream-pop” group Sleep Experiments and “melting pop” group The Van
Allen Belt kick-off the summer Music SPACE series Friday, July 25.
Sleep Experiments
“I developed this series, together with Andy Mulkerin, music editor of Pittsburgh City Paper, with the goal of extending SPACE’s programming in a way that would not only feature stellar, interesting local music, but also complement the curated visual exhibitions,” says Amy Staggs, curatorial assistant at Wood Street Galleries and co-curator of Music SPACE. “Our hope is that these exciting, energetic bands will attract downtown residents and people throughout the Pittsburgh region to the Cultural District to experience everything this vibrant neighborhood has to offer.”
FRIDAY, JULY 25  |  Sleep Experiments - musicians Phil Jacoby, Phil Johnson, and Morgan Stewart
FRIDAY, AUGUST 29  |  Jasmine Tate
CATALOGUING PATTERN  |  During each performance, guests experience the visual art exhibition Cataloguing Pattern, a collaborative meditation on the role of pattern in artistic practice.  The exhibition in on view at SPACE through August 31, 2014.

For more information, please visit

PSO Presents Bee Gees Music One Night Only
July 17, 2014  |  7:30 PM  |  Heinz Hall
With nine Grammys and more than 200 million records sold, the legendary sounds of The Bee Gees have
stood the test of time. Join the Pittsburgh Symphony for “Stayin’ Alive One Night of the Bee Gees” on July 17 at 7:30 p.m. in Heinz Hall.  “Stayin’ Alive” delivers the songs and sights of a full Bee Gees playlist, including blockbusters like “Night Fever,” “Jive Talkin’,” “You Should be Dancing” and “How Deep Is Your Love.” This multimedia experience offers big screen video clips, photos and dazzling imagery that will take you back to the 1970s.
The evening features Tony Mattina as Barry Gibb (lead/backing vocals and guitar), Todd Sharman as Robin Gibb (lead/backing vocals), Joseph Janisse as Maurice Gibb (backing vocals and keyboard), Tom Wolf on drums and percussion, and Chris Mullen on bass. Led by Resident Conductor Fawzi Haimor, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra joins the band to present the excitement of a live Bee Gees concert to a new audience.

For tickets or more information, contact the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900 or visit

National Tour of Tim Rice's and Andrew Lloyd Webber's EVITA comes to Pittsburgh
July 8-13, 2014  |  Benedum Center
Experience the passion and seduction in this elegant masterpiece – Tony Award®-winning musical EVITA, July 8-13 at the Benedum Center.  Directed by Tony and Olivier Award-winner Michael Grandage and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Rob Ashford, this is the first new Broadway production of the seven-time Tony Award-winning musical, since it debuted on Broadway over 30 years ago.

The New York Post said “The wait was worth it: packed with memorable tunes, EVITA is a MODERN MASTERPIECE!”

Eva PerĂ³n used her beauty and charisma to rise meteorically from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as First Lady. Adored by her people as a champion for the poor, she became one of the most powerful women in the world — while her greed, outsized ambition and fragile health made her one of the most tragic. EVITA tells Eva's passionate and unforgettable true story, and features some of theater's most beautiful songs, including "Don't Cry for Me Argentina," "Another Suitcase in Another Hall" and "High Flying, Adored."

For tickets or more information, visit or call 412-456-6666.

Manchester Craftsmen's Guild Presents Great Jazz
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Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Presents Monotype Prints: An Exploration of Color and Texture Inspired by Visit to South Africa
July 25 – August 31, 2014 | 709 Penn Gallery | 709 Penn Avenue
Exhibition Opening & Reception | July 25, 5:30 – 8 PM

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents a visual art exhibition of vibrant and abstract mixed-media monotype prints. Artist Jo-Anne Bates was inspired to create the works in Monotype Prints: An Exploration of Color from her travels in South Africa nearly ten years ago. The exhibition is on view at the Trust’s 709 Penn Gallery July 25–August 31, 2014, and an opening reception takes place July 25, 2014, from 5:30–8 p.m.
Bates, a Pittsburgh-based artist, was inspired by “the incredible colors and textures of the land, the people, and their clothing” throughout her travels in South Africa. She visited such places as Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Seal Island, Soweto, Pilanesberg, Robben Island, Table Mountain, Cape of Good
Hope, and Kruger National Park, among others.
Jo-Anne Bates

“Most of South Africa is warm year round with some gentle rain showers. This allows for the lush colors of the landscape,” says Bates. “The cloth [South Africans] weave and dye is often turned into very colorful clothing, which they often wear. The colors were so vivid that it made a lasting impression on me and subsequently my work.”

About 709 Penn Gallery - 709 Penn Gallery is a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. The gallery is located at 709 Penn Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. Gallery Hours: Wed. & Thurs. 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sun.11 a.m.–5 p.m. The gallery is free and open to the public.

For more information about all gallery exhibitions featured in the Cultural District, please visit

Classical WQED-FM 89.3 and the PSO to Offer 360-Degree Live Stream of July 6 Concert at Hartwood Acres
If a customized concert experience with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has been on your wish list, your wish has come true. The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will perform at Hartwood Acres as part of the Allegheny County Summer Concert Series on July 6 at 8:15 p.m. while live streaming the concert via the Internet through a new technology, C360. Sponsored by Classical WQED-FM 89.3, the C360 camera allows viewers to be in control of their individual concert experience.C360 provides real-time video control to the end user by way of multi-view 360-degree action with unlimited angles and viewers, as well as integrated tracking capability to follow objects and people. The live stream will be hosted by WQED-FM’s Jim Cunningham. (Please note that viewers will need Adobe Flash installed on their computer or mobile device to view the live stream. Most Apple mobile devices will not be compatible.)

More information about C360 can be found at


May Unemployment Rate Declines
From: Pittsburgh Today
Written By: Douglas Heuck | June 2014

Greater Pittsburgh's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 5.5 percent in May 2014 -- 1.4 percentage points lower than the May 2013 rate -- giving the region the fifth smallest unemployment rate of all benchmark peers. To find out more about how Pittsburgh compares against other regions, click here.

For more information, visit

Mayor Peduto in Denmark as Part of Efforts to Elevate Pittsburgh Bike Infrastructure to World-Class Level
From Our Friends at Urban Media
Pittsburgh Mayor Peduto in Denmark
Photo Courtesy: Urban Media
With the Green Lane Project investing more than a quarter million dollars in Pittsburgh over the next two years, Mayor William Peduto is joining officials from other American cities in Denmark this week at a conference paid for by People for Bikes.

With the Green Lane Project investing more than a quarter million dollars in Pittsburgh over the next two years, Mayor William Peduto is joining officials from other American cities in Denmark this week at a conference paid for by People for Bikes.

The Green Lane Project chose Pittsburgh as one of six cities that will receive resources to build five miles of protected bike lanes, and part of that award includes the week-long “Denmark Bicycle Transportation Leadership Study Tour: Translating Lessons and Experiences for American Streets.” The host organization is paying all expenses other than the flight, which the Mayor is covering with campaign funds.

The project cited Pittsburgh’s public and private leadership as one of the reasons it chose the city. The Mayor is joined at the conference by Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Bike Pittsburgh CEO Scott Bricker and Hillman Family Foundations President David Roger. Delegations from Denver and Indianapolis are also present.

Working with Bike Pittsburgh, the city has installed 30 miles of on-street bicycle infrastructure, 500 bike racks, started bike corrals and offers bike valet services at city festivals. The city has more than 20 miles of riverfront trails, 70 miles of on-street infrastructure, the nation's first "street conversion" and approximately 7,000 bicycle parking spaces.

Read the entire article at

Bankruptcy Filings & Housing Appreciation Improving
From: Pittsburgh Today
The Pittsburgh region saw dramatically fewer bankruptcy filings than its benchmark peers in the first quarter of 2014. Bankruptcy filings in Pittsburgh were the second lowest of all benchmark regions, a total of only 1,931 bankruptcies, and less than the benchmark average of 3,753 bankruptcies. To see how bankruptcy filings in Pittsburgh compares to other regions, click here.

The region's housing market is also steadily improving. From the first quarter of 2009 through the first quarter of 2014, home prices appreciated 5.5 percent, ranking Pittsburgh the second highest of all benchmark regions; all other regions except Denver saw housing prices fall in that five-year period.

For more information, visit

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Pittsburgh City Council Update from District 4's Natalia Rudiak - Act 47 Edition
June 24, 2014
Pittsburgh City Council voted to approve the Act 47 Recovery Coordinators’ 5-year plan to lead our City to financial recovery. Read on to learn more about Act 47 and what this plan means for our City.

What is Act 47?
In 2004, after decades of declining population and declining tax revenue, the City of Pittsburgh was designated “distressed”, a term defined by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s “Financially Distressed Municipalities Act” of 1987 (also known as “Act 47”).

State legislators also passed Act 11, which added another layer of financial oversight from the state, called the Pittsburgh Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (PICA).

Act 47 Plan:
Every five years, the state-appointed Act 47 Coordinators have worked with City officials to craft a plan for Pittsburgh’s financial renewal.

Why are we still considered “distressed”?
Thanks to the implementation of many of the recommendations from previous plans, the City is no longer in crisis mode, but we still have a lot of work to do. If we do nothing,
• there will be a real structural deficit from 2015-2019
• expenditures will outpace revenues and pension costs will continue to grow
• our reserve fund will be depleted and we will have no capital budget by 2018
• our need to fix roads, bridges and buildings will continue to exceed our ability to do so

Currently, the two most important factors that impact our city finances are:
1) the 2013 millage rate adjustment which has caused a significant loss of property tax revenue (link to Piktograph), and

2) actions by our pension board in 2013, which now require a higher annual contribution of taxpayer dollars to the pension fund.

What does the Act 47 Plan mean for our City?
The Act 47 5-year Amended Plan passed today by Council is just that -- a plan. The document provides a menu of options for the City to manage continued debt, pension obligations, and cash flow, with a particular focus on restoring real estate tax revenue lost in 2013, and investing in overdue maintenance on buildings, roads, and bridges.

Here are just a few of the recommendations included in the plan:
• Prioritizing infrastructure needs, and spending $25 million per year from 2015-2019 on reconstructing crumbling roads, bridges, and buildings
• Seeking higher annual contributions from the largest tax exempt non-profits, which rely on our bridges and roads
• Freezing and moderating wage growth of City employees
• Reducing the City’s non-salary operating costs by 5% per year, across the board
• Building our City’s tax base by supporting Urban Redevelopment Authority projects

What does the Act 47 Plan mean for you?
Starting in 2015, you will see better roads, bridges, and public buildings. Why? Act 47 analysis shows that more than half our city roads are failing, 24 of our bridges are structurally deficient, and our public buildings, from recreation centers to police stations, are falling apart. They recommend an infusion of $120 million of bond capital in our city infrastructure.

But, annual property tax revenues in our city are the lowest point they have been since 2004, leaving a gap in our operating budget. This leaves a lot of questions and we need your help. Our office put together this more in-depth graphic to explain our property tax problem.

What happens next?
Passing this plan only means we have work to do; the real deadline is the end of the year when the budget has to be passed. This plan will guide the work required of the Mayor and Council over the next six months to ensure that the City’s 2015 Capital and Operating budgets deliver the service, amenities, and infrastructure City residents deserve. I look forward to working through the plan with Mayor Peduto and my colleagues on Council, choosing the best options for better management and increased revenue to ensure that the City proactively invests in our infrastructure, and also continues to provide and improve services to residents of the City of Pittsburgh.

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Golf & Sporting Clays Event for Center for Victims
Friday August 22, 2014

Please join us for a day of fun in the sun to support Center for Victims! Golf on Mystic Rock, a PGA championship course, or on the Links, a first-rate golfing experience sculpted through the Laurel Highlands.  If golfing isn't your thing, join us at the Nemacolin Field Club, a complex that houses one of the nation's top sporting clay facilities as well as some of the finest fishing streams and creeks in the Eastern United States.

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“Blessed to Be Dressed” Fashion Show & Luncheon
Saturday July 19th, 2014  |  1 PM
Lamb of God Lion of Judah Church
3936 Perrysville Avenue, Pittsburgh PA
For more information call Darnese Humphries at 412.862.6991.


XTAZA Nightclub Presents Independence Day Sneak Peek Party
Saturday July 5th, 2014  |  10 PM - 2 AM  |  XTAZA Nightclub - 1650 Smallman St

($10 GA AFTER 11PM)




Lose Your Blues at Footloose
From: Roving Pittsburgher Report
Written By: Megan Grabowski | Jan. 00, 2014

Pittsburgh's debut of Footloose brings to stage  idyllic, youthful and perpetually  poignant  teenage strife with a musical score that is toe tapping and finger snapping.  So long as there are teenagers, there will be rebellion, a question of  authority and a free- spiritedness that teeters between innocence and blind stupidity for years at a time.  This message plays without a hiccup on the stage of the Benedum Center from June 24 through June 29, 2014.

Read the entire review at Roving Pittsburgher Report

Perogies Plus

River's Club 31st Anniversary Party
Jessica Lee's Jazz Networking, Vince Ornatio Art Exhibit, Rivers Club 31st Anniversary Party
Add to the great Pittsburgh industrial and souvenir art, Jessica Lee's Blues Jazz Style, let me tell you that Vince and Jess and the Rivers Club can throw a party.  Champagne with pear nectar and wonderful local wines flowed profusely.  The buffet was amazing.  My favorites:  roasted romaine with green goddess dressing and amazing salad bar accoutrements.  Crab dressing between fried green tomatoes and shrimp tempura with horse radish sauce on the appetizer table.  Main course was amazing with pulled pork and southern pork and pan seared panko rainbow trout and deep fried turkey.  And after all that a very healthy dessert of every type of succulent berry with fresh made whipped cream.  Kudos to the River's Club Staff and Chefs.

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A Vision of Inspiration
Written By: Richard "The ROI Guy" Seppala
I am about to run to the airport to start what I hope is an epic family journey. My wife Lisa and I have packed our bags (and multiple bags for our 4 boys) and we are off to celebrate the 4th Of July at Yellowstone National Park. But it's not just a sight-seeing tour. In fact, this trip has a lot to do with seeing and the power of sight. A few months ago while speaking at James Malinchak's Big Money Speaker Bootcamp, I was approached by Lonnie Bedwell. Lonnie is a Wounded U.S. Navy Veteran. He told me he wanted to tell and share his story with the world. Only he was going to do something epic while he told his story. He is going whitewater his way down the Yellowstone River.

Did I mention he is blind?

This story immediately caught my attention and I wanted to get on board. Thus, I have packed up my entire family, hired a film crew and we are heading out to Yellowstone to film a movie on Lonnie and a group of disabled soldiers that he has put together to show the courage and strength of our Veterans. In fact, Lonnie was just on Good Morning America this morning. Lisa caught it while we were finishing up the last few items before taking off.

The reason that I am writing this today is that you can make a difference in helping this dream, this film and the hope for our veterans this 4th Of July weekend. Before you head out to the BBQ, to the lake, to the beach or the park, I want you to watch this quick video with Lonnie and see for yourself the power in his vision.

I hope you join me in helping to tell this story. And I can't wait to share the footage with you all.
Have a happy and safe 4th of July!

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