Positively Pittsburgh Live! News 08-18-14
Mt Washington Wedding Showers and Little Italy
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POSITIVELY PITTSBURGHER SPONSORED EVENTS
Tickets for World-Class, One-of-a-Kind Performances for All Ages Go On Sale Friday | Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks Offers Up Comedy “As You Like It” to Celebrate 10th Anniversary of Free Shakespeare in City Parks | Roots Cellar 2014-15 Concert Series | The Unforgettable Story of an Irish Band of Brothers | Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Announces International Award-Winning, French Jazz Vocalist Cyrille Aimee as Featured Performer for the Cultural Trust's Fall Gala
Calliope Presents Ellis Paul | WYEP and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Present Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in Pittsburgh | Tickets on Sale for Nickelodeon's The Fresh Beat Band Tour
WOMEN AND GIRLS ACHIEVEMENT
Proposed Bills Could Benefit Women Entrepreneurs | Madame Presidenta: Why Not U.S.? | Pittsburgh to Host the Monument Quilt to Publicly Support Survivors of Rape and Abuse | WIN 2014 Professional Development Day Speaker Line-up
Pittsburgh Continues to Add Jobs | Allegheny County Department of Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Open House
NON-PROFIT EVENTS SPONSORED BY BLACKTIE PITTSBURGH: Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community Helps Pittsburgh Nonprofits Raise $500,000
Pittsburgh In Film | PSO's Music for the Spirit Expands to Include Three September Neighborhood Chamber Music Concerts | Little Italy Days 2014 Dates
POSITIVE PITTSBURGHERS: Sounds of Pittsburgh Chorus
ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT
De Bella Subs | Urban Mountain Gathering Place | Pistols in Pink | Yanni Brings Agape, "Love" to Benedum
POSITIVELY PITTSBURGHER SPONSORED EVENTS
6th Annual Celebrate and Share Breakfast
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 | 7:45 - 9:30 AM | Rivers Club, Oxford Centre Downtown
Since its inception in 2002, Celebrate & Share has worked to raise funds for organizations that focus on the needs of women and children, and to highlight the achievements of women in the Greater Pittsburgh area and the state of Pennsylvania. In addition to this effort, we have created a 501C 3, The Pennsylvania Women’s Hall of Achievement.
We would like you to join us in honoring one of the greatest achievements of women: The 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which prohibits any United States citizen from being denied the right to vote on the basis of gender. Please join us on Tuesday, August 26, 2014, as we Celebrate the passage of the 19th Amendment with our special guest, Pennsylvania’s FIRST woman Attorney General, Kathleen Kane, and Share in the founding of the Pennsylvania Women’s Hall of Achievement.
Donation $45 - Honorary Sponsors $94
Table of 10 $450 - Founding Sponsors $1,000
Hosted by: Celebrate & Share, Bonnie DiCarlo & JoAnn R. Forrester
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First Authors Zone Awards Ceremony
October 16, 2014
The Authors Zone is looking for a few good books to consider for an award.
The following are eligible:
- Full-length books of fiction and nonfiction
- Collections of short stories and collections of essays by one author
- Collected and selected poems by one author
- Children’s books
- Self-published books
- Business Books
Publishers must complete the online entry form and submit payment by September 8, 2014. Please send books as early as possible. Judges are not obligated to consider books that arrive after September 11, 2014.
For more information, visit www.theauthorszone.com.
Tickets for World-Class, One-of-a-Kind Performances for All Ages Go On Sale Friday
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces tickets will go on sale on Friday, August 22, at 9:00 a.m., EDT, for an exceptional season of events featuring area premieres and returning favorites by national and international performing artists for the 2014–2015 Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series. Music, dance, comedy, theater, and more will take place at various venues in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, as presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.
“The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to bring these outstanding performers from around the globe to the Cultural District. This diverse series represents an opportunity for people of all ages, in and around the region, to experience the vitality of live performances,” comments Paul Organisak, Vice President of Programming for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.
2014–2015 Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents events going on sale Friday, August 22, include:
SpokFrevo OrquestraTuesday, October 28, 2014 | 7:30 pm | Byham TheaterThis high energy 17-piece Brazilian big band is enthralling audiences worldwide with the swinging, rhythmically infectious sounds of “frevo,” a music genre born from the joyful carnival culture of Brazil. SpokFrevo Orquestra pushes musical boundaries, threading Brazilian traditions through compelling jazz improvisation.
The Capitol StepsSunday, November 2, 2014 | 4 pm | Byham TheaterCleverly putting the
“mock” in democracy, The Capitol Steps began as a group of U.S. Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them, and there is never any shortage of fresh, comedic material.
Royal Ballet of Cambodia Friday, November 7, 2014 | 8 pm | Byham TheaterRenowned for its graceful hand gestures and stunning costumes, the Royal Ballet of Cambodia has been closely associated with the Khmer court for more than 1,000 years. Their traditional dance style lends itself to exquisite, subtle movement that leaves audiences spellbound.
Photo: Courtesy of the artist.
360 ALLSTARSSaturday, November 8, 2014 | 8 pm | Byham TheaterA breathtaking
theatrical sensation, 360 ALLSTARS skillfully explore forms of rotation live on stage. Boasting a stellar cast of world class athletes, dancers and musicians, 360 ALLSTARS connects the street with the elite to present an exhilarating urban circus for audiences of all ages.
The Intergalactic Nemesis Friday, November 14, 2014 | 8 pm | Byham TheaterA brilliant mash-up of the epic adventure comic book and a 1930s era radio broadcast performed live on stage. The popular, period-sci-fi-horror-suspense-comedy-romance is presented in a whole new way. Three actors, one Foley artist and one keyboardist perform all the voices, sound effects and music, while 1,000+ hand-drawn, full-color comic-book images blast onto a large screen.
Photo: Courtesy of the artist.
Maceo ParkerFriday, January 16, 2015 | 8 pm | Byham TheaterThe funkiest saxophonist on the planet, Maceo Parker is revered for his impeccable pedigree and leading the world’s
Photo by Ines Kaiser.
tightest orchestra. Maceo Parker has played alongside R&B titans James Brown, George Clinton and Prince, among others. His collaborations with Ani Difranco, Dave Matthews and Red Hot Chili Peppers have introduced Maceo Parker to an ever expanding fan base.
Chuggington Live! The Great Rescue Adventure Saturday, January 31, 2015 | 3 & 6 pm | Benedum CenterLive on stage traintastic adventures await in the modern world of Chuggington. Wilson, Brewster and Koko take on exciting challenges, learn new skills and discover a sense of achievement through teamwork, courage and determination.
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Zap Mama Antibalas Wednesday, February 4, 2015 | 7:30 pm | Byham TheaterThe
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captivating Afro-European singer Zap Mama collaborates with Brooklyn’s premier Afrobeat band, Antibalas, to celebrate the evolution of contemporary Afro music. Zap Mama mixes African vocal techniques with European polyphony, while Antibalas effortlessly weaves Afrobeat, Latin funk and the traditional drumming styles of Cuba and West Africa.
ABBA the ConcertThursday, February 12, 2015 | 7:30 pm | Byham TheaterAudiences and critics agreed, ABBA the Concert is the closest to ABBA you’ll ever get. This special tribute brings one of the greatest pop phenoms in the history of music back to life.
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Tiempo LibreWednesday, February 18, 2015 | 7:30 pm | Byham TheaterThe GRAMMY®-nominated Tiempo Libre has introduced audiences from all over the world to the rich musical traditions of Cuba. The Miami-based band is known for its sophisticated performances of Timba, an irresistible, dance-inducing mix of R&B, jazz and Cuban son.
The Peking Acrobats Thursday, April 2, 2015 | 7:30 pm | Byham TheaterRedefining
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audience perceptions of acrobatics, The Peking Acrobats defy gravity with amazing displays of contortion, flexibility and control. The Peking Acrobats push the envelope of human possibility with astonishing dexterity, showcasing their tremendous skill and daring ability.
Raisin’ Cane: A Harlem Renaissance OdysseyThursday, April 16, 2015 | 7:30 pm | Byham TheaterFilm, television and stage star Jasmine Guy and world-class jazz bassist Avery Sharpe pay homage to the Harlem Renaissance. Raisin’ Cane beautifully brings to life the words and thoughts of Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, Zora Neale Hurston, W.E.B. Du Bois and other poignant voices from this extraordinary period of artistry and activism in Harlem, as revealed through text, song, music, movement and imagery.
Photo: Courtesy of the artist
POTTED POTTER - The Unauthorized Harry Experience - A Parody by Dan and Jeff
May 5–7, 2015 | 7:30 pm | Byham Theater
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Potted Potter takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into one hilarious performance. “A fabulously funny parody. Will tickle the funny bone of every age group.” –The London Daily Telegraph
For tickets or more information, visit www.TrustArts.org, call
412-456-6666, or stop by in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue.
Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks Offers Up Comedy “As You Like It” to Celebrate 10th Anniversary of Free Shakespeare in City Parks
Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks marks its 10th season of presenting free Shakespeare plays in city parks by reprising its inaugural 2005 production of As You Like It, one of the Bard’s finest comedies which takes place in the ‘Forest of Arden’ and deals with the familiar themes of gender-disguising and mistaken identities.
Free performances for all ages run Saturday and Sunday afternoons (rain or shine), Sept. 6-28, in five different city parks. Audience members are invited to bring blankets and chairs. Picnics are welcome! RAIN OR SHINE! PSIP performs rain or shine, as long as there is an audience with an exception for thunder or lightning which immediately stops the show.
PSIP promotes its own unique brand of engaging, physical classical theater outdoors in public parks, using no set except the natural environs. SHOWTIMES for FREE performances of AS YOU LIKE IT, running each Saturday and Sunday in September 2014.
Sun. 1:40 pm Alan Irvine Storytelling Pre-show
Venture Outdoors Urban Hikes in association with AYLI: on Sat., Sept. 6
Sat., Sept. 13 at 2 pm - Allegheny Commons West Park, Ridge Ave & Arch St, North Side (behind the Aviary)
1:40 pm Alan Irvine Storytelling pre-show
Sun., Sept. 14 at 2 pm - Arsenal Park, 40th and Butler Streets, Lawrenceville
1:40 pm Alan Irvine Storytelling Pre-show
Sat., and Sun., Sept. 20 and 21 at 2 pm - Schenley Park, Flagstaff Hill at Frew St.
Sat. 1-1:45 pm Falstaff's Fellows - youth troupe pre-show Performance
Sun. 1:40 pm Alan Irvine Storytelling Pre-show
Venture Outdoors Urban Hikes in association with AYLI: on Sun., Sept. 21- www.ventureoutdoors.org/
Sat, Sept. 27 New! Two-performance day! Shows at BOTH 11 am and 2:30 pm -
Frick Park, Blue Slide Playground, Beechwood Blvd. & Nicholson St., Squirrel Hill
Sun., Sept. 28 at 2 pm - Frick Park, Blue Slide Playground, Beechwood Blvd. & Nicholson St., Squirrel Hill
1 pm Falstaff's Fellows - youth troupe pre-show performance
“AS YOU LIKE IT is arguably Shakespeare’s finest comedy," says Tober. "And where better to play the Forest of Arden than in the parks of Pittsburgh? Filled with love, deception, gender reversals and laugh-out-loud comedy, “As You Like It” is a great late-summer offering for theatre-goers of all ages."
“Really, nothing makes me happier than doing or seeing Shakespeare outdoors on a beautiful day – or even a yucky day. It really has been a joy to see how the company has grown over the past 10 years," Tober adds.
For more information, visit www.pittsburghshakespeare.org or email email@example.com. Event phone: 412-512-0589.
Held in the acoustically-sound subterranean room at The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, The Roots Cellar presents a unique and intimate atmosphere for an up-close experience with the best folk musicians the world has to offer.
The club-like environment allows for high-top or low-top tables situated around the room, or take a seat in one of the couches placed throughout. Wine, beer and soda are available for purchase from the bar (proceeds benefit the PCA). All concerts are held at The Roots Cellar, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts (Shadyside)
THE ROOTS CELLAR CONCERTS SERIES 2014-15
September 25, 2014—Ellis PaulAward-winning singer songwriter and inspiring folk musician.Founded in 1976, Calliope is a non-profit music organization that organizes and administers a variety of concert series, a folk music school, and educational outreach programs. As the premier promoter of roots music in southwestern Pennsylvania, Calliope’s mission is to promote and preserve traditional and contemporary heritage-based music and its allied arts.
October 9, 2014—Spuyten DuyvilThis group’s brand of original and traditional American Roots music blends Olde Time, Blues, 2nd Line, Bluegrass, and Folk Rock with a pinch of Punk Rock energy to create a uniquely modern mix.
October 23, 2014—Long Time CourtingAll-women super group offering an extraordinary blend of neo-traditional Irish, Scottish and American music.
November 14, 2014—Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle CD ReleaseThis event marks the tenth anniversary of the Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle album series with performances by dozens of participating Pittsburgh songwriters.
March 19, 2015—Harpeth RisingHallmarks of their music include expansive three-part harmonies, consummate musicianship and a deft yet soulful lyrical perspective.
April 2, 2015—Duo EamonFiddler Cassandra Cleghorn and guitarist Jeffrey Eamon Levine are Duo Eamon, playing the lilting and rhythmic tunes of Quebec, Ireland and New England.
May 3, 2015---Tom RussellAcclaimed singer songwriter and master storyteller known for chronicling the life of blue collar America.
For more information or tickets, visit www.calliopehouse.org, or call the Calliope office at (412) 361-1915.
The Unforgettable Story of an Irish Band of Brothers
September 4-20, 2014 | Stephen Foster Memorial, 4310 Forbes Avenue, Oakland
Artistic & Executive Director, Alan Stanford, chose Observe the Sons as the fourth production of the PICT’s season because he believes its significance is timeless, “This is a play about how a group of men who start out with intense dislike for one another, turn into a ‘band of brothers’." Sons of Ulster is a family celebration for veterans of all wars. Laugh, commiserate and experience the gut-wrenching summoning of courage, on your way to a better emotional understanding of the WWI events that changed the course of millions of lives.
For more information, visit PICTTheatre.org/Sons or call 412-561-6000.
RACE: Are We So Different? - A groundbreaking exploration of race in America.
March 29 - October 27, 2014 | Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Race: Are We So Different? runs through Oct 27th at Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and will include Teenie Harris images from Carnegie Museum of Art’s collection as a collaboration between the two museums. This photographic project will recreate the “Pittsburghers Speak Up” column which ran from the 1950s to 70s in the preeminent African American newspaper, the Pittsburgh Courier. In the original column, Teenie’s photos accompanied interviews by reporter George Barbour (approx. 1957–1963).
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Announces International Award-Winning, French Jazz Vocalist Cyrille Aimee as Featured Performer for the Cultural Trust's Fall Gala
Saturday, September 6, 2014 | Gala Begins at 6:30 PM | O'Reilly Theater
Photo by E. Dell Erba
Ms. Aimee was born in Fontainebleau, France where she discovered a love of the gypsy’s language and music at an early age and comments, “I was hypnotized by this music which made me want to tap my feet. Swinging music makes me so happy. ” Ms. Aimee studied music at the American School of Modern Music in Paris and SUNY Purchase, New York. “The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is honored that Ms. Aimee will be performing at our annual gala event. Ms. Aimee’s performance will be a highlight of the evening and we look forward to hosting this outstanding and accomplished jazz vocalist as our special guest,” comments J. Kevin McMahon, President and CEO, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.
Cyrille Aimee (pronounced Surreal Ahh-me) has proven herself to be an unstoppable, undeniable talent in the modern age of jazz and pop music. Internationally renowned and praised for her unparalleled abilities, Cyrille’s vocal stylings are synonymous with musical genius. Her culturally rich background has supplied her with the driving force of Dominican rhythm and the incredible swing of the French Gypsies. Taking these natural abilities with her across the world, she has received rave reviews and a loyal following in each country she has graced with her voice. Aimee is “one of those singers whom non-singing musicians call a musician,” commented Ben Ratliff from The New York Times.
Calliope Presents Ellis Paul
Thursday, September 25, 2014 | 7:30 PM | THE ROOTS CELLAR - Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Shadyside
Ellis Paul’s songwriting credentials are unassailable. They are as genuine as the 14 Boston music Awards he has earned, as indelible as the tattoo of Woody Guthrie that adorns his arm, and as authentic as the musical roots he draws upon with every note he plays. Since emerging from the Boston music scene, Ellis Paul’s music has been consistently recognized and celebrated worldwide, his 16 releases and loyal, enthusiastic audiences reinforce this acclaim and have since cemented his place as one of America’s most talented songwriters.
Happily, his music has been shared with a wider audience as well, through commercials, documentaries, TV shows and in the soundtracks of several blockbuster films, among them three by the Farrelly Brothers -- “Hall Pass” (starring Owen Wilson and Alyssa Milano), “Me, Myself, & Irene” (starring Jim Carrey) and “Shallow Hal” (starring Jack Black and Gwyneth Paltrow). Peter Farrelly summed up the sentiments of all those who have come to know and appreciate Paul’s music by referring to him as “a national treasure.”
Not surprisingly, Paul’s consistently been heralded by others as well. One writer noted “that it reminds you how much we need storytellers back in pop music -- storytellers with empathy, fine eyes and an understanding that even though we live in a soulless, indifferent would, out music doesn’t have to reflect our culture." Another reviewer was even more pointed. “Ellis Paul is one of the best singer/songwriters of his generation,” she commented. “And for many of us he is the face of contemporary folk music. Few are as smart, as literate, as poetic as Paul. I cannot think of another artist on the acoustic music scene is better loved by fans, or more respected by his contemporaries.”
Indeed, he is all that, and in a very real sense, even more. He’s an observer, a philosopher, and an astute storyteller who shares with his listeners the life lessons he’s learned, and in turn, life lessons they ought to heed as well. By affirming and defining who he is, Ellis Paul affirms and uncovers the essence of us all.
With 16 CD’s, a concert DVD, and a book of poems and short stories to his credit, Ellis’ songs have been featured on the soundtracks to documentaries, TV shows and big Hollywood films such as The Farrelly Brother’s ‘Hall Pass’, ‘Me, Myself & Irene’, and ‘Shallow Hal’. Ellis is a true American troubadour, performing over 150 tour dates a year, for over 20 years all around the world. He has shared the stage with some of the top names in the music world including: Pete Seeger, John Mayer, Arlo Gutherie, Richie Havens, Dar Williams, Shawn Colvin and multi-platinum band Sugerland, among others.
More information is available online at www.calliopehouse.org or by contacting the Calliope office at (412) 361-1915. Tickets are $28 / $12 (w/ student ID) *handling fees included.
WYEP and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Present Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue
November 6, 2014 | 8 PM | Byham Theater
Trombone Shorty appeared in several episodes of HBO's Treme, and has recently appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Conan. In 2012, he performed at the White House in honor of Black History Month with music royalty such as B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck and Booker T. Jones. At this year's Grammy Awards, he performed alongside Madonna, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Mary Lambert. In 2012, he received the President's Medal from Tulane University in recognition of his charitable work with the Trombone Shorty Foundation. In collaboration with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the Trombone Shorty Foundation donates quality instruments to schools across New Orleans.
For information and tickets, visit www.TrustArts.org, call 412-456-6666, or visit in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Announces National Preschool Initiative in Pittsburgh
From Our Friends at: Urban Media Today
“We are working as hard as we can to expand access to high-quality early learning opportunities. Historically our department didn’t work much in this space. I think it is something we have to do.”
The city of Pittsburgh has the opportunity to receive as much as $20 million a year for the next four years through this early childhood education initiative. Mayor Bill Peduto stood alongside U.S. Secretary Duncan, Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Linda Lane and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald as the announcement was made at the Hug Me Tight Child Life Center located in Pittsburgh’s Hill District.
Mary Peduto stated, “This is not only an historic day for the Hill District, for the city of Pittsburgh; this is also an historic day for the United States…this initiative allows cities and their states to apply for grants to make it possible to create universal early childhood education. This is something that the city of Pittsburgh is poised and ready to be able to do and to become a model on a national scale.”
Read the entire article HERE
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Announced Tickets are on Sale for Nickelodeon's The Fresh Beat Band Tour
December 10, 2014 | 6:30 PM | Benedum Center
“The Fresh Beat Band is back on the road to give kids a chance to see their favorite rock stars live in concert,” says Doug Cohn, SVP, Music, Nickelodeon. “This reimagined, high-energy production features the band’s biggest hits, never-before-performed songs, and fun surprises that will deliver an unforgettable experience for families.”
Nickelodeon is currently in production on Fresh Beat Band of Spies, a brand-new animated preschool series based on the hit live-action show, The Fresh Beat Band. In the new series, Kiki (Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer), Marina (Tara Perry), Twist (Jon Beavers) and Shout (Thomas Hobson) are bandmates and also undercover spies. The pop band uses their individual talents and the coolest transforming spy gadgets to outwit a goofy cast of bad guys and solve wild and wacky mysteries. The series, which teaches problem-solving to preschoolers, is created by Nadine van der Velde and Scott Kraft (The Fresh Beat Band). Fresh Beat Band of Spies will premiere in 2015.
In each episode of The Fresh Beat Band preschoolers sing and dance along as they help The Fresh Beat Band solve everyday challenges. Preschoolers learn the fundamentals of music such as melody, rhythm, tempo and performance styles and the importance of friendship, working together, and respecting each other’s differences. Ne-Yo, Justin Bieber, Jason Mraz, Wayne Brady and Sarah Chalke have all hung out with the Fresh Beats and the group is beloved by many celebrity parents.
Tickets start at $33.25 and are available at www.TrustArts.org, by calling 412-456-6666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue.
WOMEN AND GIRLS ACHIEVEMENT
Proposed Bills Could Benefit Women Entrepreneurs
From: NAWBO.org and smallbiztrends.com
Lawmakers in both chambers have proposed bills -- the Women's Small Business Procurement Parity Act and the Women's Small Business Ownership Act of 2014 -- designed to help women entrepreneurs. Taken together, the bills seek to help women win more government contracts, provide money for the Small Business Administration's Women's Business Centers and make it easier for women to get loans. Small Business Trends (8/11), The Hill/Floor Action blog (8/12)
A History of the Issues While women own a whopping 10.6 million businesses in the US, they still find it harder to secure business loans than men do. Out of every $23 lent to small businesses, only $1 goes to a woman-owned business, according to a reportissued(PDF) by the committee. Women entrepreneurs are seeing this challenge at every level of financing and investment, from micro loans and venture capital to conventional loans.
Women also historically haven’t had equal access to government contract opportunities. Twenty years ago, Congress set a government-wide goal of awarding 5% of government contracts to women-owned businesses. But guess what? That goal has never been achieved. And so women keep missing out on $4 billion in federal contracts each year.
Another project the U.S. government has left fall by the wayside is the growth of the Small Business Administration’s Women’s Business Centers (WBC), designed to provide women with training and additional resources. Without funding, these centers have stagnated and haven’t fulfilled their potential in serving women nationwide. All of these factors have been deterrents to more women jumping into business ownership. And all are points the proposed “Women’s Small Business Ownership Act of 2014” would address.
What The Bill Will Do If passed, here are some of the specific issues the bill is designed to address.
Improve Lending Opportunities for Women Owned BusinessesRead the entire article HERE
The Act would expand and improve the SBA’s microloan and intermediary lending program to reach women who need $50,000 or less for their businesses. It would also enable women who need more — up to $200,000 — to get better access to these loans. Microlenders would have a higher lending cap of $7 million, which would allow them to approve more loans to women.
Boost the Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program
This would put women-owned businesses on equal ground with other disadvantaged groups when bidding on federal contracts and move Congress closer to its 5% goal.
Increase Funding for the Women’s Business Center Program
The Act would expand services and provide more counseling and training to female business owners, especially those in lower-income regions of the country.
Gather Data on Women-Owned Businesses
To date, there’s never been substantial research on female-run businesses. This Act would set a 2015 deadline for the SBA to determine industries where women are under-represented.
Madame Presidenta: Why Not U.S.?
September 17, 2014 | 6:00 - 8:00 PM | Eddy Theater
For more information or to register, visit HERE.
Pittsburgh to Host the Monument Quilt to Publicly Support Survivors of Rape and Abuse
The Monument Quilt is in Pittsburgh in partnership with a diverse group of local organizations and institutions. Among these are Carnegie Mellon University Student Life Office, Hollaback! Pittsburgh, National Sexual Assault Conference, National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), New Voices Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR), Pittsburgh Action Against Rape, Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force, Stop Sexual Assault in the Military, United Steelworkers Women of Steel, Wheeling Vet Center, and YWCA Greater Pittsburgh. The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh works to eliminate racism and empower women throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania. Through its Center for Race & Gender Equity, the YW supports anti-violence policies and programs that protect survivors, hold perpetrators accountable and work to eradicate sexual assault and domestic violence, human trafficking, and dating violence.
“Nationally and locally, the YWCA has a long history of advocating for the health and safety of women and girls,” said YWCA Greater Pittsburgh CEO Magdeline Jensen. “We support the Monument Quilt’s work to build a new culture where sexual assault survivors are publicly supported rather than publicly shamed.” Sexual violence in the United States is nothing short of an epidemic. 1 in 3 women, 1 in 3 transgender people and 1 in 6 men will be raped or abused in their lifetime. Women are twice as likely to experience rape as they are breast cancer. At the display, attendees will witness survivors’ stories, demonstrate public support, and transform their local response to rape.
“This summer’s tour will create a national conversation about supporting survivors of rape and abuse,” says Rebecca Nagle, co-director of Force, the group behind the quilt project. “We are honored that through local organizations and activists, Pittsburgh is not only part of this national conversation, but also is leading it. Together we will create a culture where survivors are publicly supported rather than publicly shamed.” The 100 x 100 foot quilt on display this summer is only the beginning. Over the next two years, more and more stories will be added to The Monument Quilt. In a final display, The Monument Quilt will blanket over one mile of the National Mall with thousands of quilt squares to spell “NOT ALONE.”
There are many ways to get involved with the Monument Quilt. Survivors and allies who wish to add a square to the in-progress quilt can make one following these instructions. Squares brought on August 20 will be added to the display. People across the country are invited to host quilt-making workshops in their school, community center, place of worship, or town. You can also volunteer time or donate money to help make this vision a reality. All the different ways to engage, resources for survivors, information about upcoming events, and more can be found at themonumentquilt.org. If you are interested in volunteering at a quilt display, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WIN 2014 Professional Development Day Speaker Line-up
Friday, September 12, 2014 | 7:30 AM to 1 PM | Gaetano’s Restaurant
Sampling of the amazing speakers and content that you will have access to during Professional Development Day 2014! Check back often as we update the speaker list!
Intellectual Property 101 By Kathleen Kuznicki, Lynch Weis, LLC
Your company has invested enormous amounts of time and money in developing proprietary technologies, brands and trademarks…your intellectual property. Protecting these valuable assets is essential to maintaining your competitive advantage and financial viability.
Learn about: The main categories of intellectual property. ~ What can be protected? ~ Why obtain protection? ~ How to obtain protection.
First Impressions ; Your Own Personal Brand By Julie Peterson, Owner – House of Colour Pittsburgh
Ever wondered why certain people walk into a room and all eyes turn to watch? Everyone listens intently to what they have to say and by the end of the discussion they have met everyone in the room and made some serious connections. At House of Colour Pittsburgh we know that our clients are “In Focus”, they realize how important their own Personal Brand is and they are confident and successful because of it. Find out from Julie Peterson how important that first impression is and how to make the most of it.
Time Saving Tech Tools for the Savvy Business Owner By Susan Lieber, Leave it to Lieber
Whether you are a solopreneur or small business owner, your time and energy are some of your greatest assets. During this informative presentation, Susan Lieber, Certified Organizer Coach will introduce her favorite tools for managing time, information, and communication. Participants will walk away with an appreciation of the features for each tool, how to gain access to them and identify their next step for applying this knowledge to their workday.
Using Podcasting/Internet Radio to Become a Celebrity Expert to Increase Your Credibility and Promote Your Business By Joanne Quinn-Smith, 2009 National SBA Journalist of the Year
AKA TechnoGranny, Talkcast Host, Publisher, PositivelyPittsburghLiveMagazine.com
Revealed how podcasting/internet radio creates excellent internet visibility and SEO results. Learn how to associate yourself with Celebrity Experts using Podcast/Internet Radio Interviews. Discover how your own branded podcast/internet radio show can increase your brand visibility, speaking engagements and fees and consulting projects by creating your own celebrity persona. Leave with the simple steps to start your own podcast/internet radio show.
My 20 Year Journey with “The Gift of Holiday Valley” By JoAnn Forrester
Some books take 20 years to get published. The Gift of Holiday Valley is one of them. While it is a “children’s” book it is so much more. It is a story that has many levels of being and meaning. Learn the steps that I took along this path to become a published author.
And Much More! Stay tuned and check back often for updates! Bring donation items that will go to support our local charities, such as gently used clothing, accessories, shoes, handbags, jewelry and receive a complimentary door prize ticket. A portion of any new WIN-Pittsburgh membership in the month of September will benefit the: Pennsylvania Women’s Hall of Achievement.
For more information and to register, visit Pittsburgh.na-WIN.com.
Pittsburgh Continues to Add Jobs
From: Pittsburgh Today
Job growth in Greater Pittsburgh is continuing at a slow and steady pace. Preliminary figures for July show that the region added 12,400 jobs since July 2013 -- a 1.1 percent increase. In percentage terms that placed Pittsburgh 14th among the 15 benchmark regions and below the benchmark average of 2 percent job growth. Leading the regions was Denver with 3.2 percent job growth; Detroit added jobs at the lowest rate at .9 percent.
Sectors doing well include leisure and hospitality (up 7.8 percent and the largest increase among all benchmark regions), natural resources, mining and construction (up 5.7 percent) and wholesale trade (up 2.4 percent). To view particular sectors, please click on the sectors on the table at the right of this page.
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Allegheny County Department of Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Open House
September 18, 2014 | 5:30 - 7:30 PM | Two Chatham Center
This event is scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 18, 2014 in the North Room of Two Chatham Center, Suite 400, 112 Washington Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. We have planned an exciting evening of activities and refreshments will be provided.
Space will be limited, so I urge you to respond promptly by emailing your RSVP to RSVPMBE@alleghenycounty.us. You may also call (412) 350-4309 to RSVP, and to ask any questions you may have regarding this event.
HIGH SCHOOL and UNIVERSITY NEWS
10 Signs Pittsburghers Are Not Ready to Go Back to School
Summer is almost over and school is almost here. Have you completed your Summer Bucket List? If you haven't finished the items on this list, you're probably not ready to go back to school.
1. Yinz Ain’t Been Aht to Kennywood Yet
2. Steelers Don’t Humiliate The Browns Until 9/7
Can any other fall activity begin in Pittsburgh before The Steelers season starts? We set our clocks by the Sunday game times. We plan our class and work schedules around Thursday night football. First game is September 7th, so let’s be serious…nobody is really starting class until after The Steelers welcome Johnny Football to the NFL on that day.
3. Haven’t Seen the Sun Set on Lake Erie
Sara’s Campground in Erie or Waldameer Park on the lake. Perhaps a bike ride through Presque Isle. Definitely a late summer observation of one of the world’s most beautiful sunsets. A trip to Lake Erie is a way to refresh before getting back to hard work and study. If you haven’t already, take a day trip and cleanse the soul before school starts.
4. You Haven’t Seen a Sunrise Since June
Ever Since the Luke Bryan concert in June, you’ve been out late and hung over all day! Now, you have an 8 AM class on your fall schedule. Better use the rest of the month getting used to going to bed early and rising with the sun.
5. Your Summer Reading List is Still Just a List
Remember all those Great Expectations from spring? You were going to catch up on some novels. The plan was to read ahead and be better prepared for class. Guess what? School is just a few weeks away. Might as well delete those Kindle purchases and make room for text books.
6. Studying Fantasy Football Stats is More Important Than Biology
Let’s face it. The first three or four weeks of fantasy football are the most critical. Whoever adds the best free agents probably has the best chance of advancing through the fantasy football playoffs. There’s simply no time to study biology because it is imperative to review stats, read columns, create spreadsheets and determine the best add/drops. At the end of the day what is really more important…fantasy football bragging rights or understanding the nature of life?
7. Parents – Your Kid Has 14 Book Bags, But You Still Have to Buy a New One
The closet has no room for shoes or clothes because it is full of shoulder bags and book bags. Still, what’s the first thing your kid says in August? “Daddy, I need to get a new book bag for school.” Oh well. That’s the part of going back to school that gets them excited. So, get those cuties to Walmart and pick up a new tote!
8. Parents Two – There’s a Reason Your Kid Batted .200 This Summer
Ignored all of those end of the year letters from the school nurse about eye exams and immunization shots, huh? Now you’re scrambling the get appointments aren’t you? Meanwhile, didn’t you wonder why your kid was the worst hitter on his little league baseball team all summer? He can’t see! Now, you’ll have to request a seat in the front of the class so he can see the board.
9. The Pirates are Still (Somehow) Above .500
Pirates’ fans waited 20 years for a winning season. Now, we are in a pennant race for the second summer in a row! It’s difficult to concentrate on anything while a pennant race is ongoing. Be honest…you didn’t even really think about Steelers football last year until the Cards beat The Pirates, did ya? How can you really concentrate on starting school while the Bucs are still Battling?
10. Let’s Be Real – School Just Sucks
My daughter loves school and can’t wait to start back! I think something might be wrong with her. School is work; and, most of us hate work. Here's to wishing that summer in Pittsburgh could last a little while longer.
Read the entire article with more pictures HERE.
From our Friends at: The Soul Pitt | August 7, 2014
YWCA Greater Pittsburgh CEO Magdeline Jensen said, “I am so pleased with the impressive accomplishments of our staff, board and volunteers during our first year participating in the walk. They all rose to the occasion and demonstrated support for the organization they care about.”
The Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community in Pittsburgh provided an opportunity for the community to support 69 local nonprofits on May 17th, 2014. The primary goal of the walk, which includes both a 5K route and a one-mile fun walk option, is to help charitable health and human service organizations raise money for their individual missions. Highmark underwrites all of the costs associated with the walks, so 100 percent of funds raised by community members are donated to the charity they select. The Pittsburgh walk raised approximately $501,700 through the participation of 8,500 walkers.
View YWCA Greater Pittsburgh’s album of photos from the 2014 Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community. View Highmark release with coverage of all five Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community locations.
Pittsburgh In Film
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We all know Pittsburgh's been the starring attraction in a number of films, but we're also lucky enough to enjoy a plethora of independent theaters. Whether you like a good doc or an indie darling, this Weekly will satisfy any film buff.
Dormont - 1449 Potomac Ave, Pittsburgh, PA
“Breakfast and a movie? What a lovely event! I didn't really know what to expect when I bought tickets to this event. I brought a friend to this as a surprise and we had a great time!” --Lara H., Pittsburgh, PA
Squirrel Hill - 1729 Murray Ave, Pittsburgh, PA
“The lobby is super cute and has a few little couches and tables to sit at while waiting for your movie to start. They offer your standard movie snacks and such at their concession stand, but the real gem of their lobby is the bar.” --Dale H., Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
Row House Cinema
Lawrenceville - 4115 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA
“The screen was clear, the sound was perfect, the crowd was really respectful, and the movie was great. All in all an amazing addition to Butler Street! It will make a perfect ending to any Lawrenceville date or just a spontaneous rainy Sunday evening.” --Caroline W., Bethel Park, PA
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Music for the Spirit Expands to Include Three September Neighborhood Chamber Music Concerts
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Music for the Spirit program is expanding to include three chamber music concerts at local churches in the North Side, East Liberty and Wilkinsburg in September.
The Music for the Spirit program explores the connection between music and spirituality during free Pittsburgh Symphony concerts, at both Heinz Hall as part of the BNY Mellon Grand Classics series and in rotating community venues. In September, the Music for the Spirit program adds three concerts featuring the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Brass and which follow the Music for the Spirit concert format, melding music, poetry, readings and other spoken word pieces.
Monday Night Neighborhood Concerts will take place at Allegheny Center Alliance Church on the North Side on September 8, East Liberty Presbyterian Church on September 15 and Deliverance Baptist Church in Wilkinsburg on September 22. Each Monday Night Neighborhood Concert will present the same program.
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Brass includes Craig Knox, tuba; Murray Crewe, bass trombone; Neal Berntsen, trumpet; William Caballero, horn; Peter Sullivan, trombone; and George Vosburgh, trumpet.
All concerts start at 8 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Reservations are required and can be made at pittsburghsymphony.org/neighborhoodseries or 412-392-8991.
The annual Music for the Spirit concerts will take place on November 20 at Westminster Presbyterian in Upper St. Clair and November 22 at Cardinal Wuerl High School in Cranberry. More details about these concerts will be released in the fall.
Little Italy Days 2014 Dates
From: Free and Almost Free in Pittsburgh
In the heart of Bloomfield on the street and sidewalks of Liberty Avenue.
Thursday August 21, 6-10pm
Friday August 22, 12-10pm
Saturday August 23, 12-10pm
Sunday August 24, 12-7pm
What to Expect
Great music & entertainmentBocce Tournament
Ethnic food booths
Games & activities for kids
Sponsor booths and giveaways
Plus much more!
We need teams for the bocce tournament, which will be on Saturday & Sunday. Contact Sal Richetti, 412-377-2923 or email@example.com, if interested. The court will also be available Thursday evening and all day Friday for $5 per game on a first come, first serve basis.
We are looking for singers to participate in our “Italian Idol” singing contest. The entry fee is $5.00 and space is limited. Contact us if you are interested.
Bloomfield’s Italian heritage dates back to the early 1900s and Little Italy Days celebrates that tradition. Started in 2002, the festival has grown into a four-day award-winning event with an estimated attendance over 50,000! Little Italy Days won first place for both the City of Pittsburgh “Best Special Event” and the statewide Townie Awards. A variety of top-notch entertainment performs on multiple stages throughout the event and there is more food than you can imagine. There is so much to see, do, and eat you’ll want to come back multiple days!
If you want to hear great music, look no further. From Italian music to an Elvis impersonator, A wide range of entertainers will perform on three stages throughout the festival. This year Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses headlines opening night on Thursday August 21 at 7:00 and the phenomenal Italian singer Simona De Rosa, from Naples, Italy will be performing with Pittsburgh’s own Dr Zoot on Friday, August 22 from 6:30 – 9:30. We are still working on the entertainment schedule and will be adding more acts, so check back for updates.
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Sounds of Pittsburgh Chorus
OPEN HOUSE MONDAY
SEPTEMBER 22, 2014
Discover how much fun it is to sing with the Sounds of Pittsburgh Chorus.
Our chorus is part of Sweet Adelines International, a worldwide organization of women singers who meet regularly to rehearse, socialize, perform and sing a cappella music, barbershop style. Each week, Sweet Adelines International encourages women all over the world to reach their full singing potential. There are unlimited training and educational opportunities as well as spectacular performance and entertainment possibilities.
Join us any Monday evening at 7 pm to experience the joy of singing with 65 other women. Rehearsals are at the Coraopolis United Methodist Church, 1205 Ridge Ave., Coraopolis, PA 15108.
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ROVING PITTSBURGHER REPORT
De Bella Subs
Urban Mountain Gathering Place
Long day...successful day...and really tired. I co-hosted a wedding shower for Angel Thomas today at my church The Presbyterian church of Mt. Washington at the special meeting place. The Urban Mountain Gathering Place. It turned out very well for her and to my joy there was not one but two babies there. It feels good when you can do something nice for someone
Pistols in Pink at Millvale Sportsmen's Club in Wexford
From: Roving Pittsburgher Report
Written By: Joanne Quinn-Smith | Aug. 16, 2014
For those few who do not know who Yanni is. He is a Greek pianist, keyboardist, composer and music producer who has spent most of his adult life in the United States while managing to still travel the world and appear in such historic places as the Acropolis, the Taj Mahal, China's Forbidden City, Russia's Kremlin, Puerto Ricco's El Morro Castle and last night, the world famous Benedum in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Yanni continues to use the musical shorthand that he developed as a child blending jazz, classical, soft rock, and world music to create predominantly instrumental works. As this genre of music was not well suited for commercial pop radio and music television, Yanni achieved international recognition by producing concerts at historic monuments and by producing videos that were broadcast on public television. That was my first experience with Yanni on PBS, "Yanni, Live at the Acropolis," which by the way yielded the second best-selling music video of all time.
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PITTSBURGH LOCAL SPORTS
Pittsburgh's Premier Youth Soccer Program
Don’t see your child’s daycare or preschool on our registration site? Help us get in and your child gets a discount off that Soccer Shots season! Email Anthony@soccershots.org or call 724-705-5044.
Soccer Shots Goals and Coaching Philosophies
As Soccer Shots instructors, we have been given the unique opportunity to coach and invest in the lives of children. For many of these children, it will be their first time playing an organized sport -- and we treat this opportunity with great honor. In order to accomplish our objective to provide a great experience in a child's week, we commit the following goals and coaching philosophies:
- To seek 100% participation
- To approach every session with two objectives: FUN for every child and LEARNING new skills and concepts. These two objectives work together, and our mission is not fulfilled if both objectives are not met.
- To make the experience POSITIVE for every child enrolled. Small accomplishments for some can be HUGE. We take a "You can do it!" approach to everything we teach. Constant encouragement is essential to this philosophy.
- To influence children in areas of healthy living habits -- we talk about exercising daily, taking care of our bodies (warm-up and stretch), and enjoying activity, even if it's not soccer.
- To influence children in areas of strong character: Traits such as respect, honesty, positive attitude, and encouragement are just a few examples of character traits we hope to pass on to the children we work with.
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