Sunday, August 24, 2014

Positively Pittsburgh Live! News 8-6-14 Positively Pittsburgh Live! Good News from Lawrenceville to Beaver County

Positively Pittsburgh Live! News 8-6-14

Positively Pittsburgh Live! Good News from Lawrenceville to Beaver County

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PPL Co-Host
JoAnn R. Forrester, the EmpressofBiz                                                        
PPL Co-Host : Jo Ann R Forrester Will talk about August 26 Event

 Celebration of 19th Amendment| 

5 Ways Listening to the Empress of Biz Makes You Smarter About Business

1. No BS! Straight talk with practical advice on how to increase your bottom line from someone who has 30 plus years experience in business ownership.
2. JoAnn’s clients have achieved great success and have won national recognition for their growth and business accomplishments.
3. Prosper from listening to the Empress of Biz and her successful guests as they reveal their strategies and you learn from their past mistakes.
4. Host, JoAnn Forrester has raised over 40 million dollars in financing for small businesses and is a teacher, consultant, mentor, strategist and writer.

5. This talkcast is fun, entertaining and provides inspirational business advice that will make you smarter and more profitable.

Small Business Resource Fair in the West End
 Jersey Boys, at the Galleria
Red Robin in South Hills Village

POSITIVELY PITTSBURGHER SPONSORED EVENTS:  94th Annual Anniversary of the Passage of the 19th Amendment

Tamara at Quantum Theater Completing 10th Anniversary CLO Cabaret Season: Boeing Boeing  |  Murder for Two; Girls Only The Secret Comedy of Women  |  Pittsburgh CLO Auditions for for Tony Award-winning Comedy Boeing Boeing  |    |  STAR TREK STAR GEORGE TAKEI at PSO  |  LIFETIME TELEVISION'S "THE BALANCING ACT"  |  Cuban-born artist and sculptor Alexandre Arrechea
Daughters of St. Paul to produce movie about Fr. Alberione  |  2014 Black Family Summit  |  Viewing Party for Elise Wims, The Diva Chef  |  EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania VOLUNTEER MANAGER  |  Keane Theatre, St. Barnabas- Miss Representation
Unemployment Rate Declined to 5.3 percent in June 2014  |  Jazz Networking Happy Hour Show  |  Ben Franklin Invests $2.4 Million in 20 PA Startups
Needed high school- and college-age singers for PSO  |  YouthBuild is Looking For 50 Adults Ages 18 - 24 To Get GED  |  Big Brothers, Big Sisters MENTORS NEEDED
Film Screening: The Greenest Building  |  "Downtown's Best" on Wednesdays in August  |  Free Friday Walking Tours
VolunteerMatch Opportunities  |  Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh  |  Global Exchange Student

Ebony Harris, Image Consultant  |  Maya Organization  |  Red Engine Press, River Road Press, and Onward Publications  |  JoAnn Forrester first Presdient of PA Women's Hall of Achievement  |  Lou Lombardi, Rock N Roll Philanthropist  |  Brian Fallet, He's Pretty Handy  |  Emily Keebler, Kiva City Pittsburgh
Family Night at the Symphony is a Home Run  |  Small Business Resource Fair in the West End  |  Jersey Boys, at the Galleria  |  Red Robin in South Hills Village


Invites You to a Special Presentation by

PA Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane

At the
6th Annual Breakfast at the Rivers Club 
Celebrate the 94th Anniversary of the
Passage of the 19th Amendment! 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 
Rivers Club, Oxford Centre Downtown, Pittsburgh, PA 
7:45 am - 9:30 am 
Proceeds to Benefit the
Pennsylvania Women’s Hall of Achievement
Donation - $45 
Honorary Sponsors- $94.00 
Table of 10: $450 
Founding Sponsors $1,000
Hosted by: Celebrate & Share, Bonnie DiCarlo & JoAnn R. Forrester

Bonnie DiCarlo:   412.480.5247
JoAnn Forrester: 412.440.6969

For more information click HERE


Tamara at Quantum Theater

TAMARA is set in 1927 Italy, at the grand home of poet Gabriele d'Annunzio. He is awaiting the arrival of the Polish art deco artist Tamara de Lempicka, who is to paint his portrait. The audience arrives, is given a glass of champagne, and then meets all ten characters (either guests or servants in the home). The audience can then choose which character they'd like to follow from scene-to-scene all over the building (Rodef Shalom Congregation). The location, Rodef Shalom Congregation on Fifth Ave, has been transformed
into 1920s Italy, stocked full with antiques and items from the era borrowed from antique dealers all over the city! 

After Act 1, the audience is lead to the terrace for a wonderful Intermezzo dinner catered each week by a different chef (E2, Above & Beyond Catering, Open Bottle Bistro, Bob Sendall All in Good Taste Productions, CASBAH, Stagioni). And then they are off again for Act 2! 

It will be a full evening of theater, dinner, and drinks. What's not to love? Full press release is attached. 

And Trailer is HERE

Tony Award-Winning Broadway Hit & Audience Favorite to Complete 10th Anniversary CLO Cabaret Season!

Murder For Two
October 22, 2014 - January 18, 2015
Music by Joe Kinosian
Lyrics by Kellen Blair
Book by Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair

Murder For Two is the perfect blend of music, mayhem and murder!  In this witty and winking musical homage to old-fashioned murder mysteries, 2 performers play 13 roles — not to mention the piano!  The New York Times calls this hilarious 90-minute whodunit “INGENIOUS!  A snazzy double-act that spins out a comic mystery animated by funny, deftly turned songs.”  You won’t want to miss this killer musical comedy!

Boeing Boeing
February 5-April 26, 2015
By Marc Camoletti
Translated by Beverly Cross                                                                              
Revised by Francis Evans
Directed by Van Kaplan

This Tony Award®-winning swingin’ ‘60s farce features Bernard, a wannabe-Casanova, with Italian, German, and American fiancées, each a beautiful airline hostess with frequent “layovers.” He keeps “one up, one down and one pending” until unexpected schedule changes bring all three to Paris and Bernard’s apartment at the same time. A riotous hit comedy that recently enjoyed hit revivals in London and New York, Boeing Boeing is now set to arrive in Pittsburgh - fasten your seatbelts!

Girls Only – The Secret Comedy of Women
May 27-August 16, 2015
By Barbara Gehring and Linda Klein

Girls Only - The Secret Comedy of Women is a hilarious hit about two women discovering their childhood diaries and the sweet, awkward, embarrassing and heartwarming stories they inspire. A combination of sketch comedy, improvisation and musical numbers – with a little audience participation thrown in – Girls Only is the perfect way to celebrate all things girly. Don’t miss what the Denver Post calls “truly brilliant!” and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said, “Keep the laughs coming!”

Read the full press release at Dreamweaver Marketing Associates

Pittsburgh CLO to Hold Auditions for

Tony Award-winning Comedy Boeing Boeing

Auditions for the comedy,
BOEING BOEING by Marc Camoletti
Translated by Beverly Cross and Francis Evans
Directed by Van Kaplan
Principals must be available beginning January 19, 2014 and continuing through April 26, 2015.    
Where: CLO Academy of Musical Theater, 130 CLO Academy Way, 8th Floor.
When: Sunday, September 7, 2014; 11:00 am – 7:00 pm.
Callbacks Monday, September 8, 2014. Time TBD
About the Show:
BOEING BOEING is a classic farce written by the French playwright Marc Camoletti. The English language adaptation, translated by Beverley Cross, was first staged in London at the Apollo Theatre in 1962 running for a total of seven years. In 1991, the play was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the most performed French play throughout the world. The most recent revival on Broadway in 2008 won the TONY for best play revival.

Read the full press release at Dreamweaver Marketing Associates

Oh myyyyyyyyy….the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra announced today that George Takei, who first came to fame as Mr. Sulu on the original “Star Trek” television show, will host the PNC Pops concert “Sci-Fi Spectacular” on Nov. 14-16 at Heinz Hall.
Takei — who is an actor, social justice activist, social media mega-power, star of the Broadway musical “Allegiance,” host of the AARP-produced YouTube series “Takei’s Take” and subject of the documentary “To Be Takei” — will host and narrate an out-of-this-world concert experience. Led by Jack Everly, “Sci-Fi Spectacular” features music from “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Star Trek,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and much more!

Six-part miniseries will take viewers behind-the-scenes of 
some of the most beloved Broadway Musicals  
“Broadway Balances America” segments will air on “The Balancing Act®” as follows, ANNIE will air on
August 12 and 19; DIRTY DANCING will air on September 9 & 16; PIPPIN will air on October 29 and November 5; Disney’s NEWSIES will air on November 6 and 13; and MOTOWN THE MUSICAL will air on November 8 and 25.
Josef Brown and Amanda Leigh Cobb
 (Photo Courtesy of National Broadway Tour)
“Broadway Balances America” will provide exclusive behind-the-scenes excerpts and interviews with ANNIE, DIRTY DANCING, PIPPIN, Disney’s NEWSIES and MOTOWN THE MUSICAL casts, creatives and crews, even experiencing what it’s like to dance in their shoes.

To learn more about the Broadway Balances America series, please visit:

Read the full press release at Dreamweaver Marketing Associates



August 25, 6 p.m. | Talk & Screening | Peirce Studio | 805 Liberty Avenue

August 26, Noon | Public Art Walking Tour | Penn Avenue & 10th Street
Courthouse 2013 (Joshua Franzos)
Cuban-born artist and sculptor Alexandre Arrechea will be in Pittsburgh August 25 & 26, 2014, discussing his public artwork on view throughout downtown Pittsburgh through September 5, 2014.  Arrechea’s No Limits is series of ten large-scale sculptures representing iconic New York City buildings that plays on the idea of elastic architecture as a metaphor for the challenges and opportunities of shifting conditions and new realities. Through his art, Arrechea entices the viewer to explore his or her own role in such concepts as control, power, and surveillance.


Daughters of St. Paul Blessed Father James Alberione film 

Sr. Helena Burns, fsp at HELL BURNS - 5 days ago

*We Daughters of St. Paul only need $4,400 to complete the Blessed Father James Alberione film we've been working on for 7 years!* We now have a 50 minute version and a 90 minute version. *The film will be broadcast on all kinds of Catholic and other media all around the world to share the media vision, strategy and spirituality of Fr. Alberione! (Fr. Alberione's Pauline Family is in 60 countries.)* *John Paul II called him: "the first apostle of the New Evangelization."* Can you help us? *Watch the trailer and donate safely online at* *Please note: you ... more »

For more information click HERE

From Our Friends at The Soul Pitt
Sisters Saving Ourselves Now
2014 Black Family Summit

@ CCAC - South Campus
1750 Clairton Road - West Mifflin, PA
Friday Aug 15th | 6PM - 8PM
Saturday Aug 16th | 8AM - 3PM

This two day summit will be filled with supportive educational workshops and informative conversations with panel discussing issues dealing with women and the family. Meet local authors for book signings and enjoy African drumming as it fills the venue. And Christian rapper entertain families with positive inspiration.
Melanie Campbell

Maurita Bryant

Lueana Coward

Alichia Parker

Dr. Tony Mitchell


Kuumba African Drummers

& L.I.M.S. (Rap artist)

From Our Friends at Inspired Women

Join Us for a Viewing Party

August 12th- NBC Food Fighters Viewing Party for The Diva Chef ! Join the fun at Café Notte along with Elise Wims, The Diva Chef as we watch her compete on the new TV show “Food Fighters”! KRU vodka is offering specialty drinks plus sample the actual dish in the competition 7PM – show airs at 8PM - let us know you’ll be coming with an RSVP to

October 26thImportant viewing of Miss Representation

1:00 at the Keane Theatre, St. Barnabas- Miss Representation exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media's limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful. Miss Representation includes stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists, and academics. A MUST SEE!!! -



Economy / Employment and Unemployment
The Pittsburgh Metro Area's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 5.3 percent in June 2014 -- down .2 percent from May 2014 and 1.5 percentage points lower than the June 2013 rate. Pittsburgh's jobless rate was lower than the benchmark average and Pittsburgh had the fifth lowest unemployment rate of all benchmark peers.

This data comes from the U.S. Department of Labor's Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program.

Data source(s):

MSAThese figures are for U.S. Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA).
Current month data are preliminary. All data are seasonally adjusted figures.
The unemployment rate measures the share of workers in the labor force who do not currently have a job but have actively looked for work in the past four weeks. Receiving benefits from the Unemployment Insurance program has no bearing on whether a person is classified as unemployed. It is important to keep in mind that the rate measures the percent of unemployed job seekers in the labor force—the sum of employed and unemployed persons—and not the entire population.

Ben Franklin Invests $2.4 Million in 20 PA Startups

Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern PA recently announced that 20 companies located in the 32-county footprint served by the center will receive an investment.

The Ben Franklin program has been funding entrepreneurs, technology startups and small manufacturers who are developing new technologies and creating employment opportunities, for more than 30 years. Listed below are the companies that recently became members of Ben Franklin’s portfolio:
  • ArgentumCidalElectrics, Inc. (State College, PA) has developed a novel, antimicrobial technology that releases metal ions on high-touch surfaces in healthcare facilities. 
  • Atoptix, LLC (State College, PA) developed a patent-pending device, that when coupled with a mobile app & smartphone, can be used to sense hemoglobin, oxygen, and glucose.
  • BioMagnetic Solutions, LLC (State College, PA) offers fifth generation ferro-fluids to help researchers obtain cells of interest that are close to their natural physiological state.
  • FyreRok Reservoir Consulting (Bellefonte, PA) is an engineering consulting firm, focused on the oil and gas industry, that offers a variety of services including design, quality control, and optimization.  For more information, send them an email.
  • HalenHardy, LLC (Bellwood, PA) develops health, safety, & environmental tools to improve conditions for oil and gas, utility, construction, and mining employees.
  • Kress Motors, LLC (Windber, PA) is further developing a patented, electric motor and drive technology
    that can be licensed to other electric motor producers.
  • Novasentis, Inc. (State College) has developed a technology for commercial use in electronic devices that require haptic (tactile feedback), in touch keyboard pads.
  • RAK Computer Associates (DuBois, PA) developed a local real estate property tax collection application and municipal billing system used primarily by PA tax collectors.
  • VideoMining Corporation (State College, PA) has developed patented technology for in-store shopper behavior analytics for consumer packaged goods and retailers. 
  • AgeCheq Inc. (York, PA) has created a cloud-based service to help mobile app publishers to stay compliant with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). 
  • American Built Arms Company, LLC (Glen Rock, PA) is a veteran owned manufacturer of parts and accessories for the firearms’ industry.
  • Appalachia Technologies, LLC (Mechanicsburg, PA) has expanded its services in the areas of remote support, technology infrastructure monitoring, and help desk support.
  • Better Bowls, LLC (Hershey, PA) develops and sells nutritional food and beverages under their own brand & under nationally recognized names such as Fiber One.
  • Colloid, LLC (Camp Hill, PA) has developed the UberCrypt Framework, a patented and patent-pending cryptosystem & software that enables new ways to secure data.
  • Red Privet, LLC (Harrisburg, PA) provides its customers with research-based design solutions for engaging digital experiences that deliver measureable business results.
  • Return Logic Inc. (Carlisle, PA) assists retailers and manufacturers with managing customer returns through predictive analytics and supply chain efficiency.
  • Sustainable Composites, LLC (Lancaster, PA) provides environmentally friendly composite materials
    produced from recycled leather waste.
  • GreenLighting LED (Erie, PA) imports, assembles, and supplies “Made in USA” LED lighting products for government, industrial, and educational applications.
  • Direct Allergy, LLC (Erie, PA) provides comprehensive testing and treatment of allergic diseases that can be offered by primary care physicians.
  • InnovaTel Telepsychiatry (Erie, PA) provides remote tele-psychiatric care via to senior living centers and other health care organizations. For more info, send them an email.
Do you have an idea for a tech-based product or process? Submit your info now to get the process started. 

Please Support these Local Pittsburgh Businesses
Who Promote the Good News in Pittsburgh

Saturday Morning Pittsburgh Biz Showcase guests this morning with amazing stories: Lou Lombardi, Rock N Roll Philanthropist, Musician, Band Leader and Online Business Expert| Brian Fallet, Professional Handyman, Veteran Owned Business, Owner, He's Pretty Handy |Emily Keebler, Kiva City Pittsburgh Lead for Kiva Zip, non-profit No Interest Loans for Businesses| JoAnn Forrester, Business owner turned Children's Book Author| Listen in to hear these small Business Owners and Intrapreneurs tell their stories, talk about their services, give tips to other entrepreneurs, tips about their niche and special deals for PositivelyPittsburghLive Listeners.

 Positively Pittsburgh Live! Biz Saturday: Adoption, Publishing, Awards
Time: 07/26/2014 08:50 AM EDT
Episode Notes: As we resume from a brief summer break we have some unique business today from an Adoption Help Agency to a Publishing Company, Women's Awards Hall of Fame and a Home Based Business. Today's Guests: Ebony Harris, Image Consultant to Successful Business Women, Senior Inpendendent Beauty Consultant |Tomilyn Ward, Founding Executive Director, Maya Organization,503(c) organization, whose mission includes providing emotional support to birth parents in times of crisis. |Gia Tatone of Red Engine Press, River Road Press, and Onward Publications, Independent Publishers | JoAnn Forrester first Presdient of PA Women's Hall of Achievement

Listen to the Show HERE



The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Chorale Director Christine Hestwood are looking for high school- and
college-age singers to join the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Student Chorale. The Chorale will perform during the PNC Pops performance of “Heroes and Villains” on October 17-19
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Student Chorale is open to high school students in grades 10 to 12, as well as college singers. The chorale will total 60 members and all rehearsals will take place in October. Choral directors can nominate quartets of students by filling out the nomination form found at Nominations are due by September 5. For more information about the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Student Chorale, please contact Hestwood at 412-977-2047 or

From: From Big Brothers, Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh is looking for volunteers to mentor high school students as a part of their online mentor2.0 program for the 2014-2015 school year

The  mentor2.0 program is an online, one-to-one mentoring program for high school students. Mentors and mentees use an interactive secure portal to follow a curriculum-based program administered by Big Brothers Big Sisters staff. Topics are geared toward providing the support and guidance students need to graduate high school and succeed in college and the workforce.

Email Maggie Giel 
Program Manager-mentor2.0
or call 412-204-1212. 
For more information click HERE


100% of Your Gift Funds Preservation Work

I really appreciate the work PHLF does to maintain historical buildings in our city. These projects touch so many lives and make our city a much better place.
                                    ––Everett Ramer, Pittsburgh Mennonite Church, January 27, 2014

One of the most direct ways that PHLF helps maintain architectural landmarks throughout Allegheny County is by continuing its Historic Religious Properties (HRP) program, supported each year by generous donations from its members and friends. 
"We improve the quality of life for people as we help renew the institutions they value," said David Vater, Chair of PHLF's HRP Committee. Since 1997, PHLF has awarded 247 matching grants totaling more than one million dollars to help restore key historic religious properties in Allegheny County and, in the process, has created community pride and encouraged renewal.
"The contributions we receive in support of our HRP program, now through December 31, will make it possible for us to offer another cycle of matching grants and technical assistance in 2015," said HRP Committee Vice-Chair Kathy Testoni. "Since PHLF underwrites the staff and operating costs of the HRP program, 100% of each donation is awarded in the form of matching grants to directly fund restoration work."

Read more and to contribute 

"Downtown's Best" on Wednesdays in August

Exciting, fun, and made me realize what a rich history Pittsburgh has.
                                                ––Ursula Moeller, July 7, 2014

Bring your friends and make reservations for PHLF's ultimate downtown walking tour, "Downtown's Best." Staff and docents are offering the two-hour walking tour every Wednesday in August, from 10:00 a.m. to Noon, for groups of about 10 people.

You'll see more than 25 architectural landmarks, spectacular interiors, and significant urban spaces––and receive Whirlwind Walk, a handsomely illustrated 100-page guidebook.

Advance paid reservations are required: $18 (for PHLF members) and $20 for non-members. For reservations and tour details, please contact Mary Lu Denny (412-471-5808, ext. 527).

Free Friday Walking Tours, Noon to 1:00 P.M.

Love these tours. Your work is much appreciated.  
                                                                        ––Michael Chester, July 11, 2014
On any Friday in August, meet our PHLF docent at Noon in front of the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel (107 Sixth Street) and enjoy our "Bridges and River Shores" walking tour. You'll walk across the Roberto Clemente and Andy Warhol bridges, explore one of the first urban sculpture gardens in the country, and hear about the significant historic and modern landmarks bordering the river shores.

Advance reservations are appreciated: please contact Mary Lu Denny (412-471-5808, ext. 527). PHLF thanks VisitPITTSBURGH and the Alfred M. Oppenheimer Memorial Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation for contributing to its free public walking tours.

PHLF's Free Friday Walking Tours in Downtown Pittsburgh continue every Friday through September. Each month a different area of downtown Pittsburgh is featured. Close to 500 people have participated in these walking tours since May. Each walking tour group of about 10 people often includes an interesting mix of business people on their lunch break and first-time visitors.

1.     VolunteerMatch strengthens communities by making it easier for good people and good causes to connect. The organization offers a variety of online services to support a community of nonprofit, volunteer and business leaders committed to civic engagement.
popular service welcomes millions of visitors a year and has become the preferred internet recruiting tool for more than 98,000 nonprofit organizations.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP) is seeking engaged, enthusiastic library lovers from neighborhoods all over Pittsburgh to be part of a new volunteer team focused on libraryoutreach in local communities.
Volunteers involved with this project will be called LOCAL Teams: Library Outreach and Community Advocacy Leaders.
What do LOCAL Teams do?
·        Distribute flyers/publicity materials from Neighborhood Libraries in community spaces.
·        Interact with CLP Social Media
·        Represent CLP at neighborhood outreach events
·        Provide recommendations to branches on underserved populations and outreach opportunities in their neighborhoods.
This project will establish four LOCAL Teams, which will serve neighborhood ...
For more information click HERE

Host Families Needed for Exchange Students


We are currently seeking loving people willing to open their hearts and homes to high school foreign exchange students.
Host families provide the students with room and board. The students require their own beds, but a student may share a bedroom with a sibling of the same gender. Volunteer host families provide the students with meals, but the students have their own insurance and spending money for all other expenses such as school lunches, going out with friends, sports and school supplies, travel, etc. GESS does not discriminate, and we encourage all people to apply. We have had great success with traditional and non-traditional family units including retired couples, young couples, domestic partners, singles, multi-generational families, etc. All of our students can speak English and have gone through an extensive application/in-home interview process as well as an orientation in their home country. Host Families and students are supported by GESS through Local Coordinators during the exchange.
We depend of the love and kindness of volunteers like you to provide our students with good, loving homes.
For more information click HERE


Rock All Night Tour aka RANT, FREE Music Festival (Lawrenceville)


·        Saturday, August 16, 2014

1:00 PM to 11:45 PM

·        Arsenal Park

39th Street, Pittsburgh, PA (map)

Over 120 performances in 25 venues. Sat. Aug 16th.
THEY WILL HAVE A BUS that you can take to go to venue to venue!
Please read the blog or facebook page to get the most recent info! 
Alternative, Rockabilly, Acoustic, Hip-Hop, Metal, Country, Buskers and more.
Better Detail about RANT here at their Blog
RANT- Rock All Night Tour, Lawrenceville FB
FYI: Something to tide anyone and everyone over musically.
Arsenal Park – noon to 7pm (all Ages, family friendly) 
Universal Beat Union 
King Fez 
Jeremy Caywood & The Way of Life 
Mathew Tembo & Make Love 
Molly Alphabet 
Moldies & Monsters 
Round Black Ghosts 
Job Training for Beaver County, Inc. (JTBC) will begin an Entrepreneurship Education for Potential Business Owners workshop series August 11, 2014 for low to moderate income Beaver County residents. This program is funded through the Community Development Program of Beaver County. For more information call 724-728-2020 #102.


Family Night at the Symphony is a Home Run
Review of Triple Play the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Aug. 2nd 2014 Performance

From:  Roving Pittsburgher Report
Written By:  Stephanie Curtice  |  Aug. 02, 2014

Martin, Quinn, Josie,
Mike Van Stipdonk,
Nina, and Stephanie Curtice
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra closed their 2014 summer season on Saturday, August 2nd, with a concert entitled Triple Play.  For a baseball loving family, we thought the concert was a home run.  With my partner’s children visiting for the summer, this was a great concert to take the whole family to.  It featured opera and operetta overtures in the first third, a stunningly played piano concerto in the second, and for the final third movie music from some of our favorite action blockbusters.  Now I normally report mostly on the music and just a little on the experience, but for this review I will share how fun it can be to take the whole family to the symphony.

We have only been here for a year, so this was the first opportunity to bring the kids to Heinz Hall and it was so fun to see their reaction walking into the beautiful hall.  They were in aw just as we were the first time.  But the most quote of the evening came as we were getting seated.  We had two sets of seats: two media seats fifth row/stage left, and four towards the back/center section/isle seats - still main floor mind you.  First, we got Dad (Mike VanStipdonk), Martin (15), Josie (13), and Quinn (10) seated and then Nina (7) and I proceeded to find our seats.  After we at least located them I asked Nina if she wanted to go back and hang out with the rest of the family until the concert started.  She replied, “No I don’t think I want to go way back there.  These seats are WAY better.”  And with that we now have a seven year old, prime seating connoisseur.  Instead we practiced reading the concert notes, which proved to be very good concert preparation even for her.

With a countdown of the side stage doors closing one by one, we were tuning up for our first family PSO experience.  As a result of her pre-concert reading, Nina was able to point out the evil dwarf played by the basses in Glinka’s Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla.  Next was one of my favorites of the evening, Franz Von Suppe’s Overture to The Beautiful Galatea.  Nina thought she might have been familiar with the third piece, Intermezzo and Barcarolle from The Tales of Hoffmann.  But at its conclusion, said “Maybe I know one of his other songs, because I did not know that one after all.”  To close out the first section of the concert, the PSO played Rossini’s Overture to William Tell.  Guest conductor Christian Capocaccia playfully reminded us that we should also recognize it from many cartoons, like Looney Tunes.  During this piece Nina nudged me and perceptively pointed to the words thunderstorm, countryside, and triumphant return during each of the respective sections.  During the first intermission we met up with the rest of the troops for a leg stretch and work out the wiggles walk.  Quinn noted that he heard lots of cymbals during the Bugs Bunny song.

Read the entire review at Roving Pittsburgher Report.

Small Business Resource Fair in the West End
Held at the Pittsburgh Musical Theater in the West End.  The theater is doing a great job at the renovations in profress on the former elementary school.  The event was sponsored by the URA, KivaZip, Mayor Bill Peduto's Office and City Council Woman Teresa Kale Smith.  Nice turn out of entrepreneurs and small business owners of all sizes.

Jersey Boys, at the Galleria
"Oh What a Night" and what a great theater.  Amazing leg room and if the show had not been so outstanding the movie seats are comfortable enough for a double feature where you could fall asleep quite easily for the second feature.  Worth the trip, no matter your neighborhood.

Red Robin in South Hills Village
Gotta try the homemade chips and turkey burgers.

Read more reviews at Roving Pittsburgher Report.

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