Saturday, November 1, 2014

Positively Pittsburgh Live! News 09-23-14

Positively Pittsburgh Live! News 09-23-14
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PPL Co-Host
Stephanie Curtice
Stephanie Curtice is not in Kansas any more.  She is the New Girl in the Burgh.  From Wichita, Kansas, Stephanie is a strategic marketing and business development professional, and also sings.  With her strong music background, she is joining the Positively Pittsbergh Live! team as our new Good News and Cultural Reporter.  Read Stephanie's cultural reviews at RovingPittsburgher and adventures as a new Pittsburgher at her personal blog NewGirlintheBurgh.  You can also connect with her at Stephanie's LinkedIn Page.

Luke Wholey's Wild Alaskan Grille for Rehearsal Dinner, Dawn's Hair Design South Park, Hampton Banquet Hall for Dean and Angel Quinn Wedding, Shout Outs for Exceptional Service to PLS Limo Service, Flower Market in Wexford, and Yinzers in the Strip District


Martin Thomas's "In the Burgh"  |  Danny Schmidt and Darlingside at Carnegie Lecture Hall  |  Fury to Perform in Celebration of the Arts  |  Dance of the Three Enchanting Fairy-Tales by Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre  |  PSO's Spanish Strings Concert  |  Auditions for CLO's A Musical Christmas Carol  |  John Mellencamp Coming to Pittsburg Spring 2015  |  Pittsburgh Public Theater’s Season of Legends Begins with The Glass Menagerie  |  PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh: The Book of Mormon Ticket Lottery  |  Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Announces Music in Space Fall Concert Series  |  Pittsburgh Opera season Opens with a GRAND and GLORIOUS Concert  |  Celtic Woman Will Return to Pittsburgh During Their 10th Anniversary Celebration Tour  |  Calliope Presents Spuyten Duyvil  |  PICT Classic Theatre Presents Macbeth  |  Mendelsohn Choir

"READY, STEADY, WIGGLE!”  |  Outdoor Classroom 10th Anniversary Celebration

U Can B Education Program Grows  |  Job Prospects Drawing Workers to Western Pennsylvania

HIGH SCHOOL and UNIVERSITY NEWS:  The Street College Fair

CASE Awards!  |  Sparkle Pittsburgh

Dixie's Tupperware Party  |  Resonance Work's Elixer of Love

VETERANS VET and MILITARY METTLE:  Veteran's and Energy Jobs


Arts Day of Giving
Thursday, October 2, 2014  |  6 AM - Midnight

The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council (GPAC) and The Pittsburgh Foundation will sponsor a giving event called ArtDOG (Arts Day of Giving) for local arts organizations. Please note that participating organizations must be members of GPAC in good standing.  ArtDOG will be held on Thursday, October 2, 2014 from 6:00 a.m. ET until 12:00 a.m. (Midnight) ET.  This is an 18 hour event which will have a stretch pool from which all donations will be partially matched.

ArtDOG Rules and Requirements
  1. All donations during that 18-hour period will receive a pro-rated portion of the stretch pool. 
  2. Only MasterCard or Visa credit card donations received through during the 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. period  on October 2, 2014 will count towards the match percentage.
  3. Each gift is 100% tax deductible.
  4. The minimum gift per organization is $15. The match is capped at $1,000 per donor per organization and will be verified by donor name and credit card number.
  5. Organizations are prohibited from donating to themselves.
Please support our arts organizations around the Burgh by visiting and select the arts, culture, and humanities category.

WIN Professional Development Day
Wednesday, October 15, 2014  |  7:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Gaetano’s Restaurant, 1617 Banksville Rd

Be The Change!  A Day Filled With How To's
Intellectual Property 101
By Kathleen Kuznicki, Lynch Weis, LLC

Time Saving Tech Tools for the Savvy Business Owner
By Susan Lieber, Leave it to Lieber

My 20 Year Journey with “The Gift of Holiday Valley”
By JoAnn Forrester

The Benefits of Intentional Self Care
By Jacqueline Algaier and Psychologist Lori Rothschild

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,

WIN-Pittsburgh Members   $35.00  |  Members Only Vendor Table   $50.00  |  Non-Member   $55.00

To register or for more information, visit

The Authors' Zone 1st Annual Awards Ceremony
October 16th, 2014  |  Rivers Club

The Authors’ Zone (TAZ) is accepting submissions from authors and publishers for the 1st annual awards ceremony. TAZ is an event that showcases independent authors in Southwestern PA.   Our mission is to create a platform that celebrates and honors local authors to the general public ~ and connects them to national and international audiences.

The following categories will be awarded

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

Tickets for the awards ceremony are only $49.00.  Vendor and sponsorship opportunities are available. The awards ceremony will consist of grazing stations, a cash bar, and a short program with featured speakers including KDKA’s Dave Crawley.

For more information, please visit, email or call 412-563-6712 or 412-215-8247.


Composer of "In the Burgh"

Martin Thomas, composer, PositivelyPittsburghLive
Theme Song, "In the Burgh"

Friday, October 10 at 8:30pm
163 Little Deer Creek Rd, Rural Ridge, Pennsylvania 15075


Danny Schmidt and Darlingside @ Carnegie Lecture HallSaturday, November 1st at 7:30 PM

With four distinct voices clustered around a single microphone, Darlingside effortlessly draw audiences into their lush musical world. David Fricke of Rolling Stone describes them as “a quartet with a rich line in acoustic textures and chamber-rock dynamics.” The band’s sound, characterized by classical strings, tight vocal arrangements, bluegrass and rock instrumentation, and smart lyricism, is the product of complete collaboration among the four close friends. The group has no frontman; instead, lead vocals are traded from moment to moment, and each song features a new combination of instruments and textures, pulling heavily from folk, retro-pop, barbershop, and chamber music.

For more information click HERE
Tickets HERE

Pittsburgh Ballet Theater


Sleeping Beauty  

Sleeping Beauty

October 24, 2014 - October 26, 2014
Presented By: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre | Venue: Benedum Center
With the PBT Orchestra
Choreography: Marius Petipa
Staged by: Terrence S. Orr
Music:Peter I. Tchaikovsky
Awaken the senses with the fairytale splendor of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s The Sleeping Beauty. Resting at the pinnacle of classical ballet, good conquers evil in the beloved story of Princess Aurora’s enchanted slumber. Set to one of Tchaikovsky’s most celebrated scores, The Sleeping Beauty’s legendary Rose Adagio scene ranks among the most spellbinding sequences in classical ballet. 

 The Nutcracker

Benedum Center   Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre   412-456-6666
December 5, 2014 - December 28, 2014   Ticket Prices: Starting at $27 

     Choreography: Terrence S. Orr
Music: Peter I. Tchaikovsky
Capture the awe and exhilaration of the holiday season with the classic story, iconic choreography and soaring score of The Nutcracker. This Pittsburgh-inspired production laces the traditional tale with new surprises each year and keeps the magic alive by showcasing the virtuosity of more than 170 dancers. From the moonlit Snow Scene to the effervescent Land of Enchantment, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette calls The Nutcracker “the best holiday performance in Pittsburgh.” 

Beauty and the Beast

Benedum Center   Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre   412-456-6666 
February 6, 2015 - February 15, 2015   Ticket Prices: Starting at $27 

     Choreography After: Lew Christensen
Staged by: Terrence S. Orr
Music: Peter I. Tchaikovsky
PBT gives a new full-length ballet its Pittsburgh premiere with Beauty and the Beast, an imaginative interpretation of the time-honored tale of inner beauty. From the Beast’s imposing castle to the enchanted forest, Beauty and the Beast vividly illustrates the transformative power of love through striking set design, inventive choreography and a cast of fanciful characters. 
This Fall, plunge into enchanted forests, traverse moonlit snowscapes and venture into the realm of enchantment. Our dancers will transport you to a place where true love conquers evil and imaginations take flight. Enter the magical world of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and enjoy 15% off any of these three fairy-tale classics.
*Offer ends Oct. 3, 2014. Valid only in Zones 2-4. 

ONLINE: WWW.PBT.ORG // CALL: 412-456-6666

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra BNY Mellon Grand Classics: Spanish Strings                                                        

DATE:                         Oct. 10-12, 2014          
TIME:                          Oct. 10-11: 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 12: 2:30 p.m.
LOCATION:           Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa. 15222
Israeli conductor Omer Meir Wellber makes his U.S. debut, leading the Pittsburgh Symphony in Tchaikocsky’s virtuosic Manfred Symphony. Wellber is joined by another Pittsburgh debut artist, the charismatic young Spanish guitarist Pablo Sáinz Villegas, performing the beloved guitar concerto of Joaquin Rodrigo. The program opens with Debussy’s charming Petite suite, inspired by the poetry of Paul Verlaine.



On September 23, 2014, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer John Mellencamp will release one of the most distinguished records of his career, Plain Spoken on Republic Records.  Plain Spoken includes ten stunningly elegant and soul-searching Americana gems.  “The music looks back toward … ‘Blood On The Tracks,’ with strummed guitars, brushes on the drums and neck-rack harmonica, and the words ponder trouble, power, love, God, freedom and mortality,” commented The New York Times.  Plain Spoken is set to be hailed as an unparalleled new chapter in Mellencamp’s distinctive songbook. 

Grammy-winning musician John Mellencamp has touched the heart and souls of music listeners and influenced American Culture with enduring songs throughout his career.  Mellencamp is also one of the most successful live concert performers in the world.  A man with a conscience, he used his visibility and influence to advocate an issue that hit close to home and became one of the founding members of Farm Aid, an organization that began in 1985 to raise awareness about the loss of family farms.  The Farm Aid concerts have raised over $45 million to promote a resilient family farm system of agriculture. 
For more information click HERE

Pittsburgh Public Theater’s Season of Legends Begins with 
The Glass Menagerie
Written with beauty and vigor, the turning point in a family’s life is recalled in Tennessee Williams’ essential American classic. The PBT begins its 40th anniversary Season of Legends with a brand-new production of Tennessee Williams’ masterpiece. Directed by Pamela Berlin, The Glass Menagerie runs October 2 – November 2, 2014 at the O’Reilly Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater’s home in the heart of Downtown’s Cultural District. 

 In this essential work of art, Tom Wingfield (Fisher Neal) recalls a turning point in his family’s life. He remembers when he lived with his domineering mother, Amanda (Lynne Wintersteller), and his emotionally fragile sister, Laura (Cathryn Wake), who collects tiny glass animals. When Amanda becomes convinced that Laura needs to find a husband, she pressures Tom to bring home a friend from work – a Gentleman Caller (Jordan Whalen) – who might be right for his sister. From this deceptively simple plot, Williams created one of America’s greatest plays. The Glass Menagerie endures because of the depth of its perceptions, the vigor and beauty of its writing, and the relatable family situation.
For more information click HERE
Read the entire article HERE


Pittsburgh, PA—The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the Music SPACE fall concert series, featuring all-ages shows inviting audience members to experience a wide variety of musical talent based in the Pittsburgh area at SPACE gallery. These performances showcase downtown Pittsburgh and its Cultural District through inviting community members to experience the area after hours. Tickets are $5 at the door, and doors open at 8 p.m., with music beginning at 8:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted.


Brooke Annibale
Pittsburgh native and singer-songwriter Brooke Annibale combines earthy vocals and acoustic pop folk sounds. Her lyrics tell tales of love, loss, faith, and finding oneself, at once both deeply personal and universal. Her new EP Words in Your Eyes showcases a performer in transition, “featuring less of the acoustic folk pop sound that has appeared on her previous releases” and focusing “instead on an electric sound mixed with ambient sensibilities and lots of orchestration.”

Performing with Brooke Annibale will be Pittsburgh born and raised, Shani Banerjee, who is no stranger to the road less traveled. Sourcing experiences from folk and outlaw country to heavy metal and rock & roll, Shani weaves together tales of unkept women, vengeful lovers, and conversations with death for her first solo performance in four years. She is currently recording her debut album in which she emphasizes vices and loss in a world gone mad.

On view during the fall concerts is Public Record—a nine-person multimedia exhibition in celebration of Pittsburgh artists—that explores love, absurdity, surveillance, gaming, and identity. 

SPACE is located at 812 Liberty Avenue. 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. SPACE is a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. For more information about all gallery exhibitions featured in the Cultural District, please visit



              Season-opening concert, GRAND & GLORIOUS

Where:           Benedum Center for the Performing Arts
                        7th Street and Penn Avenue, Downtown Pittsburgh

When:             One night only: Saturday, October 18, 8:00 p.m.         

Run Time:      2 hours, including 1 intermission

Language:     English texts are projected above the stage

Tickets:                             TICKETS Start at $12. 

                 Orchestral fireworks kick off Pittsburgh Opera’s 76th season, with a one-night-only concert of dazzling operatic super-hits: GRAND & GLORIOUS, on stage at the Benedum Center Saturday, October 18. Featuring selections such as “Casta diva” from Norma, “Vesti la giubba” from Pagliacci, the overture to Die Meistersinger, the famous Act III Quartet from Rigoletto, and even the dramatic final scene of Il trovatore, the concert stars “vocal powerhouse” and quickly-rising star soprano Angela Meade; former Resident Artist and internationally-acclaimed mezzo-soprano Marianne Cornetti; and tenor Carl Tanner, who wowed audiences as Radames in his Pittsburgh debut in last season’s AIDA. GRAND & GLORIOUS is also a rare opportunity to enjoy the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra on stage, with Music Director Antony Walker conducting. Pittsburgh Opera’s 2014-15 Resident Artists appear on the program as well. 

George R. White Opera Studio, Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters (2425 Liberty Ave.)
Meet our 2014-15 Resident Artists as they introduce themselves through their favorite arias. The audience will also be able to vote for their favorite final arias via texting technology. A RADical Days event, it's free and open to the public, but reservations are required.  Limit 4 seats per reservation. For more information, call (412) 281-0912 or visit

Thursday, October 9; Thursday, October 16 – 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. both dates
Market Square Center Court, Downtown

Our Resident Artists will dazzle the lunchtime crowds at Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s successful Market Square Farmers Market Noontime Concerts on two Thursdays: October 9 and 16. The Resident Artists will perform popular arias and musical theater selections at each event. 

Brown Bag Concert, “Getting to Know You”

Saturday, October 11 – 12:00 p.m.

Take the kids, picture compliments of

George R. White Opera Studio, Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters (2425 Liberty Avenue)
The first Brown Bag concert of the season! These casual, one-hour concerts feature our Resident Artists in the George R. White Opera Studio at Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters. Guests can meet the performers after the concert. Free and open to the public; no RSVP required. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. For more information, call (412) 281-0912 

For more information click HERE
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Bringing you the summer blockbuster of 1606 like never seen before, PICT Classic Theatre presents
William Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy, Macbeth, October 9- 25 at the Stephen Foster Memorial in Oakland. The “something wicked” that inspired the theme of PICT’s 2014 Season, Macbeth was selected to kick-start PICT’s new tradition of providing Pittsburgh with The Bard at his finest during the month of October.

“Between the joys of summer and before the bleakness of winter is the perfect time to enjoy Shakespeare,” claims PICT’s Artistic & Executive Director, Alan Stanford, who will direct this production of Macbeth. “Also, for students, we would like to help them to start off the academic year with the greatest dramatist the world has ever known.”

While Macbeth will not be performed in the traditional Elizabethan fashion, Stanford intends to interpret the play in a way that will be completely true to the text written by Shakespeare. Providing us with every-day phrases such as “One fell swoop,” “The be-all and the end-all,” “Come what may” and “Knock-Knock, who’s there,” the true star of PICT’s production will be the glorious language found in the pages of the manuscript.

Between the bewitching antics of the three witches and the infamous curse involving title of “the Scottish play,” Macbeth is the ultimate entertainment for the Halloween season. For that reason, PICT Classic Theatre’s annual gala will take place on the Eve of Halloween, Thursday, October 30, and will feature some inspiration from Macbeth, taking the title “PICT Plays... Witches and Wizards.” 

Read the entire article HERE

                                        KIDZ KORNER


September 5, 2014 – The Outdoor Classroom, a nonprofit organization that fosters stewardship of the environment by highlighting the connection between people and the natural world, is celebrating its 10th birthday this Fall!  To celebrate this milestone, the Board of Directors and Staff are planning a special evening to toast past accomplishments and share its plans for the future.

On Wednesday, October 8 at Bar Marco in the Strip District from 6:00-8:30 pm the Board, Staff, family, and friends will gather to celebrate what has been accomplished so far and talk about what is yet to come at the first annual “Nature’s Night Out.”  

At the event the organization will honor Linda Serene, former Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Upper St. Clair and former Board Member of the Upper St. Clair School District. Ms. Serene chaired the fundraising and grants committee that launched The Outdoor Classroom and was instrumental in securing close to $100,000 in private funding and enlisting a talented Board of Directors that included a congressman, education and community leaders, and corporate representatives with experience in environmental issues.  
For more information click HERE


Building Bridges for Business Expands High School Education Program
From: Pittsburgh Business Times
Written By: Justine Coyne  |  September 22, 2014

Following a successful pilot program, Building Bridges for Business is expanding its U Can B education program to serve more students in the Pittsburgh region.
The program, which began last year at Keystone Oaks High School, provides students in grades eight through 12 exposure to a variety of careers through classroom curriculum and in-person interactive discussions with business leaders.
The 24-week program highlights community leaders in diverse fields, with a focus on entrepreneurship, said Building Bridges For Business CEO Renee DeMichiei Farrow.
"This program is really about opening a dialogue and giving students the opportunity to learn about careers and fields they may not otherwise be exposed to," she said.
Participating schools are provided with the group's proprietary curriculum, as well as access to Building Bridge's "Coffee With…" educational film series. Students can also participate in "Power Trips," which are in-person site visits to locations ranging from the City-County Building to Google Pittsburgh's offices.

Read the entire article HERE

Job Pospects Drawing Workers to Western Pennsylvania
From: Tribune Review
Written By: Brian Bowling  |  September 20, 2014

Western Pennsylvania gained about 11,000 more workers than it lost to other parts of the country during a five-year period, according to Census Bureau figures.

By 2012, only two metro areas with more than 1 million employees reached job numbers equal to their pre-recession peaks: Houston and Pittsburgh.

Experts say technology is a hot industry in Pittsburgh, and data released by the state and federal governments appear to back those claims. Census data released on Thursday reveal steady growth in the tech and life sciences sector, across the country and in Pennsylvania.
Between 2010 and 2013, the number of people employed in Pennsylvania in computing and engineering grew more than 6 percent. People employed as software developers grew more than 14 percent. In the United States, the number of people employed as software developers grew by 16 percent.
But as employment grows, the number of available jobs appears to be outpacing the ability to fill them — and solutions are not easy to define.
In the metropolitan Pittsburgh area, data from the Pennsylvania Center for Workforce Information and Analysis show that although job postings in all industries grew 3.4 percent between July 2013 and July 2014, postings specifically for high-tech jobs, as defined by North American Industry Classification System, grew 40 percent. The unemployment rate in the area is about 5.3 percent.
And the listings from the state don't include jobs in other industries that involve programming and high-tech capabilities.

Read the entire article HERE


The Street College Fair 
From our Friends at: Soul Pitt

For ALL High School Students At Barack Obama Academy of International Studies
Formally Peabody High School Building
515 N. HIGHLAND AVE. Pittsburgh PA, 15206

Saturday, Oct 4th | 8:30AM to 12:30PM
Sponsored by Rodman Street Missionary
Baptist Church Scholarship Ministry

CASE Awards
October 14, 2014  |   5:30-7:30 PM
Join us to celebrate the Community Award for Service Excellence (CASE) Awards. Special guests speakers from North Hills Community Outreach, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh, and local leaders will be featured at the event. Councilman Baker is honored and  humbled to be named the  2014 Community Award for Service Excellence Volunteer of the Year Award winner for Ross Township by In Community Magazine.

Appetizers will be provided. PLEASE make sure to bring canned goods for the NHCO Food Bank or a donation to NHCO or BBBS of Greater Pittsburgh.

Saturday, October 18  |  10:00 AM - 2 PM  |  Pittsburgh Marriott North at Cranberry Woods
Proceeds benefit Treasure House Fashions. Also, 10% of Jockey P2P merchandise purchased through this event.


Dixie's Tupperware PartyDixie's Tupperware Party

Resonance Work's Elixer of Love

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Oil and Gas Companies Court Military Veterans as Shale Boom Grows
From: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Written By: Madasyn Czebiniak  |  September 15, 2014
Air force veteran Sean Rooney checks equipment
for Range Resources in Washington County.
Photo Courtesy: Julia Rendleman/ Post-Gazette 
Finding work in the energy sector isn't a new concept for veterans, but there has been an increased interest in recent years due to the shale gas boom. Carl Dokter, a development manager with Fort Worth-based Range Resources, has seen this trend first hand.
“When the Marcellus kicked off in earnest in 2008-09, I would say there were two or three of us,” said Mr. Dokter, a veteran field artillery officer.
Now, he said, he can walk to every floor in the company’s five-story Southpointe location and see a veteran.
Veterans are valuable workers for oil-and-gas companies because they have transferable skills that appeal to employers, veterans advocates say. They are no strangers to working long hours at remote locations, such as drill sites, or being away from their families for weeks at a time.
Finding work in the energy sector isn't a new concept for veterans, but there has been an increased interest in recent years due to the shale gas boom. Carl Dokter, a development manager with Fort Worth-based Range Resources, has seen this trend first hand.
“When the Marcellus kicked off in earnest in 2008-09, I would say there were two or three of us,” said Mr. Dokter, a veteran field artillery officer.
Now, he said, he can walk to every floor in the company’s five-story Southpointe location and see a veteran.
Veterans are valuable workers for oil-and-gas companies because they have transferable skills that appeal to employers, veterans advocates say. They are no strangers to working long hours at remote locations, such as drill sites, or being away from their families for weeks at a time.

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