Monday, November 10, 2014

Positively Pittsburgh Live! News 10-13-14 - Clemente, Cirque Holidaze, The Capitol Steps

Positively Pittsburgh Live! News 10-13-14
Clemente, Cirque Holidaze, The Capitol Steps
Listen to the show online HERE

PPL Co-Host
JoAnn R.  Forrester, Author
Once upon a time there was business consultant by the name of JoAnn R. Forrester. She was a founder and or partner in “lots” of businesses.  She worked very hard for her clients, some large some small.  She raised lots of money to help her clients start and build their businesses.   She raised OVER $40 million dollars.  She taught hundreds of classes, seminars and workshops to thousands of clients and students. She helped write business workbooks on planning, sales and cost analysis.

JoAnn won many awards for her accomplishments.  She helped  many of her clients gain national recognition for their achievements.  She even had her own podcast show, The Empress of Biz, Listen, Learn, and Prosper.

 JoAnn was well known for her community activities, and had helped many organizations that served women and children.  But something was missing! JoAnn started to become sad and bored.   She was tired of doing cost analysis, business plans and having to joust with bankers to help her clients….she wanted to do something that was fun, creative and made her happy.  

After much sighing and stressful days, she woke up and felt inspired to set down at her desk and figure out what else she could do to besides “serious business stuff”.  Well she sat and wrote, and sat and wrote some more….and “Oh My” she discovered that she loved to write and had lots of stories in her head.  Many of them children’s stories that had been waiting to be told for a long time.  And the more she wrote the stories ….the happier she was.   So now JoAnn writes is much happier.  She still helps her business clients but she knows she can always pick up the pen and escape into her special happy place.

JoAnn’s first children’s book, “The Gift of Holiday Valley” is one that she has carried in her heart for a long time and now is being shared with you.  Come and read about Holiday Valley.  A special place where we would all like to be.  Where no matter who you are, what you look like, or where you came from, you belong and everyone wants to be your friend and help you.  Although…even in a perfect place like Holiday Valley… there are some new things to learn and different ways to be helpful and share the joy and happiness of everyone there.

Military Writer's Society of America Conference, Phoenix, Arizona
Cullinery Dropout in Scottsdale, Arizona
Hershey Writer's Conference presented by Onward Publications
Fenicci's of Hershey, Luke Wholey's Wild Alaskan Grille, and Macbeth at PICT

The Authors Zone First Annual Pittsburgh Authors Awards  |  WIN's Professional Development Day 2014  |  7th Annual NAWBO Day

World Premiere of ‘21,’ a Musical About Pittsburgh Pirates Legend Roberto Clemente  |  PSO Pops: Heroes and Villains  |  Tallis Scholars Return to Heinz Hall to Perform with Pittsburgh Symphony Brass  |  Calliope Presents The Duhks  |  All-Woman Band LONG TIME COURTING  |  Cirque Dreams Holidaze  |  SPANK!  The Fifty Shades Parody  |  The Capitol Steps Washington, D.C. Comedy Troupe

PSO Fiddlesticks Concert Series: Fall Festival  |  Spotlight on Choristers

Night Out with the Women on City Council  |  Women Against Abusive Relationships (WAAR) 1st Annual Old School Cocktail Sip with a Twist!  |  9th Annual THINK BIG FORUM: Women Who Make and Create  |  Six Years of Spotlight on Women in Business  |  7th Annual NAWBO Day SWAG Bags

Environmental Health & Safety Award Given to TekSolv at Shale Insight 2014  |  Coffee With

Global Links Mingle + Learn  |  8th Annual In the Pocket with Charlie Batch  |  National Donor Sabbath Celebration with STEP AFRIKA and GOSPEL IDOL Benefiting CORE

Inaugural Pittsburgh Specialty Coffee Week  |  WQED Presents Pittsburgh from the Water

Anthony Jeselnik  |  Anissa Clay - 14 year old Author, Songwriter and Performer  |  Author Zone Finalists

PPT's The Glass Menagerie  |  PICT's Macbeth  |  Aspen Santa Fe Ballet


The Authors Zone First Annual Pittsburgh Authors Awards
October 16, 2014  |  5:30 - 9:15 PM  |  Rivers Club

5:30 until 6 will be registration and networking
Dinner will be available in the form of grazing stations at 6
The program will be begin at 7 with a short welcome from Anna Marie Petrarca Gire and Yvonne Phillips.

Featured Speakers:
Jay Speyerer will give a short presentation on writing to a specific audience
Gina Mazza will discuss how identify a good editor
Bonita Penn will talk about how to market your book

Awards will be presented in between each speaker and KDKA's Dave Crawley will speak during the awards presentation and then more networking to wrap up a wonderful evening.

Finalists for the awards will be posted on the web site the first week in October.

Tickets are available for guests, they are $49 and if you want, include a vendor table. If you submitted your book, your ticket was included in your submission fee.

Reserve a guest reservation  HERE.  For more information contact or visit

Women’s Interactive Network Signature Event
Professional Development Day 2014
Wednesday, October 15, 2014  |  7:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Gaetano’s Restaurant, 1617 Banksville Rd

The 2014 annual Professional Development Day will be filled with an amazing group of women that will share their knowledge, expertise and energy.  Breakfast & Lunch +6 Amazing Speakers!

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,

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

To register or for more information, visit

7th Annual NAWBO Day
November 21, 2014  |  Sigmas Conference Center
Learn how to be HEALTHY, WEALTHY & WISE in Business!
Invest just $99.00 in your business future! Guaranteed results!

Free Promo Goodies for you too, like business and personal gifts, technology prizes, door prizes and more!

Keynote speaker Ellen Rohr, president of Bare Bones Biz Inc., will teach the basics, the few things that make all the difference to your business success. Ellen nearly sank her own family’s business. Then, she learned how to keep track of the money…and make more of it. In turn, she has helped thousands of entrepreneurs start, fix and grow their companies.  She is a columnist for PHC News, Business Journals, and lots of trade magazines- providing “in the trenches” insight that business owners can relate to. As president of Benjamin Franklin, The Punctual Plumber, a home service franchise company, the company grew from zero to $40 million in sales, 47 locations, in less than 2 years.

Plus info packed panels on:
  • Creative Financing for Your Business
  • Tech Tools for Maximum Productivity
  • Podcasting (internet radio) to Increase Your Brand Visibility & Get Clients
  • Healthy Options to Keep You Strong & Vibrant While You Work 
  • And Much More!
Also enjoy a great networking party the evening before with the speakers and also a post NAWBO Day reception with other guests and speakers!


Register and find more information at


Conservatory Theatre Company Opens 2014-2015 Season with World Premiere of ‘21,’ a Musical about Pittsburgh Pirates Legend Roberto Clemente
Oct. 17-26, 2014  |  Pittsburgh Playhouse
Point Park University’s Conservatory Theatre Company will begin the 2014-2015 season with the world premiere of “21,” a new musical about the life of the legendary Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente.  Written by Pittsburgh native Alki Steriopoulos and directed by seasoned Broadway actor Richard Sabellico,

“21” tells the compelling story of the unparalleled life and death of baseball legend, Roberto Clemente, as well as the three women who were instrumental in making Clemente the man he was – his mother, Dona Luisa, his wife, Vera, and his doting sister, Anairis.

 “21” runs Oct. 17-26 in the Rockwell Theatre at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, 222 Craft Ave. Preview will be Thursday, Oct. 16. Performances will be at 8 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Tickets range from $18 to $20, and can be purchased by calling the Pittsburgh Playhouse box office at 412.392.8000, or at

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra PNC Pops: Heroes and Villains 
Oct. 17-19, 2014  |  Heinz Hall

Fly to Heinz Hall as the battle between good and evil begins! Armed with epic music from stage and screen, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, conductor Lucas Richman, guest vocalist Sheena Easton and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Student Chorale (Christine Hestwood, director) will once more save the day with notes that fly faster than a speeding bullet.

For more information visit

Tallis Scholars Return to Heinz Hall to Perform with Pittsburgh Symphony Brass
Dec. 10, 2014  |  7:30 PM  |  Heinz Hall 
Take a trip back in time this holiday season with the Pittsburgh Symphony Brass and leading Renaissance vocal ensemble the Tallis Scholars on Wednesday, December 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Heinz Hall.  The Tallis Scholars recently completed a very successful world tour with 99 events in 80 different venues throughout 16 countries. In December, they return to Heinz Hall to fill it with a variety of inspiring music for the Christmas season, including another outstanding performance of Allegri’s Miserere. This concert also brings a special present to audiences — for the first time ever, the Tallis Scholars will close the concert in a shared performance of a newly commissioned work with the Pittsburgh Symphony Brass, who also will perform selections from their Christmas albums with the virtuosic flare for which they are known.

The Tallis Scholars were founded in 1973 by their director, Peter Phillips. Through their recordings and concert performances, they have established themselves as the leading exponents of Renaissance sacred music throughout the world. Phillips has worked with the ensemble to create, through good tuning and blend, the purity and clarity of sound which he feels best serve the Renaissance repertoire, allowing every detail of the musical lines to be heard. The Tallis Scholars perform in both sacred and secular venues, usually giving around 70 concerts each year across the globe. In 2013, the group celebrated their 40th anniversary with a World Tour performing 99 events in 80 venues in 16 countries and travelling sufficient air-miles to circumnavigate the globe four times. They kicked off the year with a spectacular concert in St Paul’s Cathedral, London, including a performance of Thomas Tallis’ 40-part motet Spem in alium and the world premieres of works written specially for them by Gabriel Jackson and Eric Whitacre. Their new recording of the Missa Gloria tibi Trinitas by the 16th Century Tudor composer, John Taverner, was released on the exact anniversary of their first concert in 1973 and enjoyed six weeks at number one in the UK Specialist Classical Album Chart.

For more information click HERE

Calliope Presents The Duhks
Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014  |  7:30 PM  |  Carnegie Lecture Hall (Oakland)
No band epitomizes the polyethnic strands of modern folk music better than The Duhks. Since forming in Winnipeg in 2001 The Duhks have created a dynamic blend of old-timey, French Canadian and Celtic music punched up with shades of blues, soul and driving Afro Cuban rhythms that leaves festival crowds on their feet. Over the course of 4 critically-acclaimed albums the band has earned Juno and Grammy awards and nominations and have played a significant role in the neo-folk revival.

On Beyond the Blue The Duhks are in the best form of their 13 year career. Rejuvenated by a two year hiatus and energized by the return of vocalist Jessee Havey and the addition of new members, fiddler Rosie Newton, drummer/percussionist Kevin Garcia, and guitarist/bouzouki player Colin Savoie-Levac, The Duhks founder Leonard Podolak found an amazing pallet of inspiration for the new project. “All of the people who have been in the band over the years, including non-touring founding members Tania Elizabeth and Jordan McConnell (who both appear on the album) have had a hand in shaping our sound and direction. The goal with the new record was to draw on everything we’ve learned over the years and everything we know about where we want to take the music now and create something as fresh, exciting and forward thinking as possible.” Toward that end, the band turned to the rising production team of Mike + Ruthy (Mike Merenda and Ruth Unger of The Mammals), who brought a progressive approach to production that was still firmly rooted in the traditions of folk music.  Tickets are  $39 / $23 student rush w/ ID, (prices include handling fee).

For information, contact Calliope at (412) 361-1915, or by visiting

All-Woman Band LONG TIME COURTING Brings Their Unique Celtic Roots Sound to Calliope’s Roots Cellar Series
Thursday, Oct. 23rd, 2014  |  7:30 PM  |  The Roots Cellar at The Pittsburgh Center For the Arts
Join Boston-based quartet Long Time Courting for an evening of traditional and original music with evocative vocal harmonies and powerful instrumentals.  Long Time Courting is an all-women supergroup featuring Shannon Heaton (flute, accordion, vocals) of Matt & Shannon Heaton and Childsplay, Liz Simmons (guitar, vocals) of Annalivia and the John Whelan Band, Valerie Thompson (cello, vocals) of Laura Cortese's Acoustic Project and Fluttr Effect, and Katie McNally (fiddle, vocals), also of Childsplay. Together as Long Time Courting, these four talented women offer an extraordinary blend of neo-traditional Irish, Scottish and American music that showcases each musician's versatility, creativity, and mastery. Exquisite vocal harmonies combine with formidable instrumental prowess to create music that is both playful and richly satisfying. The members of the group are all seasoned performers, having toured with such notable acts as The John Whelan Band, Childsplay, Robbie O’Connell, Aoife Clancy, Laura Cortese’s Acoustic Project, and Carlos Núñez.

Calliope Concerts at The Roots Cellar is one of Pittsburgh PA's most charming and versatile performance venues setting the stage for unforgettable live music.  Calliope Concerts are 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, low-top and couch seating. Wine, beer and soda are available for purchase from the bar (proceeds benefit the PCA).  Tickets are $23 / $12 (w/ student ID) *handling fees included.

For information, contact Calliope at (412) 361-1915, or by visiting

Cirque Dreams Holidaze
December 29 and 30, 2014  |  Benedum Center
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND... “if pure entertainment and an abundance of eye candy are on your holiday wish list, Cirque Dreams Holidaze should fill your Christmas stocking” raved the Pittsburgh-Tribune. Cirque Dreams Holidaze returns with a bigger and more elaborate holiday stage spectacular that is a cirque show... Broadway musical... and family show all in one!

Not to be missed before opening in New York next year! With over 300 costumes, 20 acts and 30 artists from every corner of the globe, Cirque Dreams Holidaze takes the holiday season to new heights!  Witness snowmen, penguins, angels, reindeer, toy soldiers, gingerbread men, ornaments and of course Santa; with soaring acrobatics, gravity defying feats, elaborate production numbers, imaginative costumes, illusions and more. The show also celebrates the most wonderful time of the year with singers, original music and seasonal favorites all performed in a winter wonderland of amazement.

For more information click HERE

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Announces SPANK!  The Fifty Shades Parody
October 17-18, 2014  |  8:00 PM  |  Byham Theater
SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody is the hilarious new comedy that brings all the naughty fun of the best-selling book to life. Your inner goddess will be laughing out loud with this clever re-imagining of the characters as they come alive with hysterical comedy, musical numbers, steamy performances from the leading hunk in the grey tie, plus lots of surprises!

Since its premiere in October of 2012, SPANK! has become a huge box office hit with tour dates in over 150 cities across the United States and Canada.  Watch “SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody - Trailer” by Michael Mills: HERE

SPANK! takes place at the Byham Theater on October 17 and 18. All performances are at 8:00 p.m.
This event is part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series. Tickets ($35.50, $45.50) are available at, by calling 412-456-6666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue.  Groups of 10 or more, call 412-471-6930 or email
Audience members can partake in pre-show drinks at the theater’s concession stands located in the lobby, including a specialty SPANK! cocktail (doors open at 7:00 p.m.) and, after the show, can pose for a photo with Mr. Dangerous himself.

For more information visit

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Announces The Capitol Steps Washington, D.C. Comedy Troupe to Appear in Pittsburgh
Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014  |  4 PM  |  Byham Theater
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces The Capitol Steps, a Washington, D.C. based comedy troupe that began as a group of Senate Staffers, will present a show based on songs from their current album “How to Succeed In Congress Without Really Lying” on Sunday, November 2, 2014, at 4:00 p.m., at the Byham Theater.  Tickets cost $20 - $45.

For over thirty years, The Capitol Steps have been a Washington, D.C. institution providing a unique blend of musical and political comedy to our nation’s capital.  Each show consists of tasteful lampooning guaranteed to leave both sides of the political spectrum laughing. The troupe started in 1981, when John McCain was only 63 years old!  Since then, they have appeared on “The Today Show,” “Nightline,” “CBS Evening News” and for many years in specials for National Public Radio. “We put the MOCK in Democracy!”  ̶  The Capitol Steps

Their show is constantly changing, strenuously bi-partisan, and includes songs about everything in the news, such as “Putin on a Blitz,” “The Big Benghazi Theory,” and “Everybody Must Get Droned.”  If you’ve ever wanted to see Barack Obama sing a show tune, Nancy Pelosi sing a rock song, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie do a classical ballet, this might just be the show for you!

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Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Fiddlesticks Concert Series: Fall Festival
Oct. 18, 2014  |  11:15 AM  |  Heinz Hall
The beautiful colors of the changing leaves and the fun of Halloween are some of the reasons that Fiddlesticks thinks fall is a great time of year!  Delight in the sounds of Night on Bald Mountain, thrill to “Harry’s Wondrous World” and other music inspired by fall.  Discovery Time Adventures begin at 10 a.m.
Tickets cost $12.00-22.25.

For more information call 412-392-4900 or visit

Spotlight on Choristers
What started out as a small choral group providing support for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s inaugural performance of Gustav Mahler’s “Symphony No. 3” has become a nationally recognized children’s choral ensemble. The Children’s Festival Chorus is moving into a new era after the recent celebration of its 30th anniversary. The organization is seeking a new artistic director with the retirement of its creative leader, Christine Jordanoff. And what better time to start fresh with a new name and logo? We will keep our eyes open to see what changes come to fruition for the Children’s Festival Chorus, while continuing to enjoy the long-standing tradition of choral excellence that this group embodies.

We were so proud to sing the National Anthem last month at the Pittsburgh Penguins Game. The crowd was enormous but thanks to Shawn Funk the kids weren't nervous at all; excited, but poised.
Please enjoy these impromptu photos from that memorable day. There are also interviews with a few of our Bel Canto Choristers as well as some candid moments we happen to capture.

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Night Out with the Women on City Council
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014  |  6 - 8 PM  |  Chatham University, Shadyside Campus - Mellon Board Room
Please join us for a wine and cheese reception followed by remarks from Pittsburgh's four City Councilwomen about their experience on the campaign trail and in office.  Ticket Cost: $12; please bring an ID Non-alcoholic beverages will be available to guests under 21 years of age.

Deb Gross serves as a Member of Pittsburgh City Council, where she represents Pittsburgh City Council District 7. Deb was elected on November 5th, 2013, and was sworn-in on December 6th, 2013. Deb is a lifelong  community organizer, strategic planner and fundraiser.  Deb is involved with many community development organizations including the Lawrenceville Corporation; Mildred's Daughters Farm; the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation; The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Alliance, as founding executive director; and the Women and Girls Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Deb's background in community advocacy also includes having started a business Pecolater, a business whose purpose was to help community development corporations and non-profits strengthen ties within Pittsburgh's business community.

Life-long Northside resident Councilwoman Darlene Harris has served Council District 1 since special election in November 2006, but has served the people of Pittsburgh for more than three decades as a community advocate.Mrs. Harris has worked with Spring Hill Civic League for more than 20 years, serving as President of the organization and as a founding member of the North Side Leadership Conference. She helped create the North Side Public Safety Council and has served statewide on the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

Councilwoman Theresa Kail- Smith was elected as a member of Pittsburgh City Council representing the neighborhoods of District 2 since February of 2009.She was appointed as chairperson of Public Works and is serving as Council President Pro Tempore. She became involved with and worked at a host of nonprofit organizations such as the Pittsburgh Public Schools, The Neighborhood Learning Alliance, formerly known as Wireless Neighborhoods and local Athletic Associations, Community Groups just to name a few. She has nearly three decades of volunteerism. Through her extensive volunteerism, she gained a vast amount of knowledge of the neighborhoods in the City of Pittsburgh and its residents.

Councilmember Natalia Rudiak represents Pittsburgh's fourth district on City Council, covering the neighborhoods of Beechview, Bon Air, Brookline, Carrick, Overbrook, a portion of Mount Washington. On November 3, 2009, Natalia was elected to City Council and she was re-elected on November 5, 2013 and was sworn in for a second term on January 6, 2014. Natalia's professional experience is in management and technology. She previously worked at Deloitte Consulting, where she implemented a state-wide information technology system. She has also done press work for the United States Senate in Washington, D.C. and worked for a public health organization in New York promoting safe and healthy motherhood. Born and raised in South Pittsburgh, she graduated from Carrick High School and Carnegie Mellon University, where she earned a master's degree in Public Policy and Management.

For more information click HERE.

Women Against Abusive Relationships (WAAR) 1st Annual Old School Cocktail Sip with a Twist!
Friday, Oct. 17, 2014  |  6 -11 PM   |  $30.00  |  Cash Bar  |  Free Parking
Doubletree by Hilton, Pittsburgh-Monroeville Convention Center, 101 Mall Boulevard Monroeville

Women Against Abusive Relationships (WAAR) is an awareness, education and prevention program. WAARs mission is to Break the Cycle of violence in intimate partner relationships and to help survivors of  domestic and sexual violence heal.

Come sip fun cocktails, enjoy Hot & Cold Hors D’ Oeuvres, Desserts, Dancing to Blackwell Soundz, Card Party–Bid Whist, Spades, etc.

All event proceeds go toward our programs: Healing Space, Healthy Teens Task Force Service Providers & Employer Training.

For more information visit WAAR's Facebook Page.

9th Annual THINK BIG FORUM: Women Who Make and Create
Tuesday, Oct. 14th, 2014  |  4:30 PM - 8:00 PM  |  Chatham University Shadyside Campus
Think Big Speakers:
Georgena Terry, CEO, Heart of Steel Bicycles
Georgena’s business evolved from a desire to work for herself without the constraints of a traditional corporate lifestyle. She likes to call herself a "seat of the pants" entrepreneur – one who follows her intuition and plays to her strengths while ignoring her weaknesses. Relying on anecdotal and scientific evidence, she created bicycles designed for women. Prior to this, the industry treated all bike riders as "unisex" (which we know means "male"). There were lots of ups and downs as her business evolved, but her passion for designing bicycles has never waned. It continues today in Heart of Steel Bicycles, a nod to her love affair with steel, which originated, no doubt, in Pittsburgh.

Heather Knight, Founder & Chief Roboticist, Marilyn Monrobot
Assisted by her pint-sized robot comedian, Heather will describe social robotics, how we make snap decisions about the capabilities and intent of machine, and how robot designers can influence these impressions via motion. From call centers to mobile robots, we have emotional reactions to technology and apply social conventions to machines. In designing robots, Heather wants to influence these attributions, because that enables or limits the effectiveness and acceptance of these machines in human environments.

Lani Lazzari, President & CEO, Simple Sugars
Simple Sugars’ story is about identifying a personal need that grew out of frustration with the options available to her, having the initiative to want to find something better and then the determination to make it happen! It’s not rocket science, it’s about finding an unmet need and then creating an awesome and unique product to fill it (emphasis on unique). But it takes incredibly hard work and lots and lots of sacrifice and determination to make it successful.

To register and for more information visit

Six Years of Spotlight on Women in Business
Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014  |  5 - 8 PM  |  The Gateway Clipper
$20 Suggested Donation to Benefit the United Way of Allegheny County

5:00 p.m. Registration begins
6 p.m. Welcome and Honoree Recognition
6-7 p.m. Boat cruise
6:15 - 8 p.m. Networking reception with drinks and hors d'oeuvres

There is no cost to attend, but space is limited and registration is required.  Please register only if you are confident that you can attend.

To register or for more information, visit

7th Annual NAWBO Day SWAG Bags
Nov. 21, 2014  |  Sigmas Conference Center
"NAWBO - Give NAWBO Day Attendees Some S.W.A.G. -- For 20 Bucks Get in the Bag!"

NAWBO Day on Friday November 21, 2014 will be NAWBO Greater Pittsburgh's most GINORMOUS Business Event of the Year.  The FIRST 100 People through the door on November 21 will get a NAWBO Business S.W.A.G. Bag Filled with goodies from Business Owners Like YOU!

Don't miss this opportunity to get your Business in the Bag! Get your brand in front of 100 savvy business women  who need your service or product.  Great Opportunity to advertise network marketing, website, home business, or upcoming sale!

Want to Get in the Bag?  GREAT! Simply get 100 items to us by November 10th along with $20 Bucks (Cash or Money Order).  Make money orders out to "NAWBO Pittsburgh"

We will place 1 of your items in each of the 100 bags.  The first 100 Attendees through the door at our NAWBO Day event on Friday, Nov 21st will get a bag!

2 Drop off Locations:
On Saturday, November 1st, items can be dropped off at:
SIGMAS Conference and Event Center from 10AM to 1PM
1717 Babcock Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15209
(NAWBO will be having a Health Panel Event that day)
If you cannot drop your items off on Nov 1st, you can also drop your items off now up until Nov 11th at:
2015 Murray Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217, Located in Squirrel Hill
Owner Leslie Askerneese will give all who drop of their items for the bag a Complimentary Rejuvenation Chair Massage that day! So please call Leslie to set up time for drop off Phone: (412) 421-7100  (closed on Mondays)
Remember, the best type of S.W.A.G. is the type that provides value.  Questions? Call Donna Baxter at 412.251.8000 Or Terina J. Hicks at 412.584.2105 or email

For more information click HERE


Winner of Environmental Health & Safety Award Announced at Shale Insight 2014
Ben Franklin’s Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center announced their 2nd Annual Shale Gas Environmental, Health, & Safety (EH&S) Award at the SHALE INSIGHT 2014™ Technology Showcase event. The Technology Showcase, sponsored by the SGICC, is the highlight of the Marcellus Shale Coalition’s SHALE INSIGHT 2014™ Pre-Conference Workshop and Conference.

The 2014 Shale Gas EH&S Award was presented to TekSolv for their development of a commercially available gas detection sensor system. Pictured here: John Mouser, President of TekSolv and Amye McDearmon, TekSolv Marketing & Communications Manager and Bill Hall, SGICC Director. The TekNet™ Gas Detection System effectively identifies explosive buildup of dangerous gases during the drilling and fracking process.

Read more about these leaders in business HERE.

Coffee With
Have a cup of coffee with us!  Now streaming on CBS Local!   Watch our most recent interview with Rabih Helou! We discuss shared office space - the Beauty Shoppe.

COFFEE WITH  gives leaders an informal outlet to discuss their thoughts and feelings about issues concerning our community today. Jobs, economy, growth and ease of opening a business are topics along with their favorite ride at Kennywood…and of course…how they take their coffee. Produced by Building Bridges for Business in conjunction with Lockerman Studios. The interview questions are crowd sourced on Linked In, Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

Coffee With…™”, is hosted by Christopher R. Evans. Evans is an award-winning executive with extensive experience with both bootstrap start-ups and Fortune 1000s in strategy, branding, marketing and business development. Evans is Vice President of Sales for Savvior Technology Solutions, a firm which helps industry leaders such as Rolls-Royce, Dicks Sporting Goods and Schneider Downs run more smoothly through the design and development of custom web, mobile, and software programs, and the integration and creation of custom enterprise applications.

Creative Director/Lead DP/Lead Editor, Christian Lockerman, has traveled the world creating compelling moving images for a variety of television shows and feature films, both narrative and documentary.  He has lensed promo spots for such corporate giants as ATI Specialty Steel, Maybelline New York, Garnier, FoxSports, Versus, Liberty Power and OLN.  Recently, he has been directing a cinematography workshop for the graduate students of Carnegie Mellon University during their final “television” project each spring and has also been appointed to a visiting artist position in cinematography at Point Park University for 2014-2015.

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Global Links Mingle + Learn
Tuesday, October 16, 2014  |  6:30 PM
A smarter happy hour that engages and educates. Join us for wine, cheese and great conversation.

This week's speaker: Dr. Jim Withers, Operation Safety Net and International Street Medicine

Join us for a viewing of the short documentary, One Bridge to the Next, that chronicles Dr. Withers' efforts to bring healthcare to the homeless.  Following the documentary, Dr. Withers will discuss the impact that the Street Medicine Institute is having in cities worldwide and how he works toward his vision of providing compassionate care for the world's homeless.

In 1992, Dr. Jim Withers, an internal medicine physician, began providing medical care to Pittsburgh’s unsheltered homeless population. He partnered with street-savvy formerly homeless individuals and, initially dressing as a homeless person, began to make nighttime street rounds in the alleys and under the bridges of the city. From this initial outreach service other clinical volunteers joined in and Operation Safety Net was born.

Tuesday Tours @ Global Links: Join us at 11:00 am on the first Tuesday of each month for an inside look at our facility. See our volunteers in action and learn about our local and global health improvement projects.  Future Tour dates:  November 4, December 2

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8th Annual In the Pocket with Charlie Batch 
Monday, Nov. 10, 2014  |  7 - 11 PM  |  Latitude 360
The annual benefit continues to support our reading & computer literacy programs.  We are excited to announce, proceeds will also benefit the creation of a new STEAM lab!
Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math!

It's time once again to see who will have bragging rights for the year!  It's time for my 8th Annual In the Pocket with Charlie Batch fundraiser.  Click here to find out more about attending the event, becoming a sponsor, placing an ad in our commemorative program or donating to our amazing auction.

Our passion at the foundation is to help unlock the potential in youth of financially challenged communities by providing resources for both students and families, educating and empowering them to give their best efforts in all they do but most of all encouraging them to be the "best of the batch” in life.

Join Latasha and I as the "Stars Align for Literacy" and we host the 8th Annualfundraiser. The night will be filled with some friendly competition in ping-pong, pool, poker, and bowling, a great auction and MORE - as we host my teammates and other celebrities.  All of the proceeds raised from In the Pocket will help Best of the Batch Foundation create a STEAM lab and continue to support reading & computer literacy programs.

Visit to get event and ticket info.

National Donor Sabbath Celebration Benefiting Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE)

From:  Our Friends at Soul Pitt
~ Presents 2 Upcoming Events ~
STEP AFRIKA! | October 25
GOSPEL IDOL | November 9

Steppin’ Into National Donor Sabbath Celebration with STEP AFRIKA!
Saturday, October 25, 2014 | 7:30 PM
@ University of Pittsburgh Campus, Scaife Hall
3550 Terrace Street | Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Step Afrika! is FREE and open to the public.

Sunday, November 9, 2014  |  3 p.m.

@ WVSU Capitol Center Theater
123 Summers Street | Charleston, WV 25301
Judges will choose 10 contestants to go to the final round.
Top 10 contestants will perform at the event.

For registration and audition rules,
All submissions must be post-marked
by Friday, October 10, 2014.

For more information or questions, contact
Lisa Upsher at
or 1.800.366.6777


Inaugural Pittsburgh Specialty Coffee Week
Pittsburgh’s inaugural Specialty Coffee Week couldn’t be happening at a more opportune time; the number of coffee shops and quality of coffee have been steadily increasing, as many shops ride the now-dubbed “third wave of coffee” happening around the country. Direct or fair-trade beans, single-origin coffee, multiple brewing options (french press, chemex, cold brew), and impressive latte art are a few things you can expect to find in Pittsburgh coffee shops.

Pittsburgh Specialty Coffee Week is a chance for coffee connoisseurs and novices to come together for a week of fun and informative events. Coffee professionals will have a space in which to share skills and information, leading to an increased excitement and care for the work of specialty coffee. Coffee patrons can develop their knowledge of roasting and brewing practices, while discovering the unique styles and flavors that each shop has to offer.

All Week
Be one of the first 250 people to visit any of our participating shops [After October 12th] and pick up a limited-edition PGH Specialty Coffee Week punch card. Each shop is offering a unique deal to customers carrying the card during coffee week! Use this opportunity to explore new shops and try new drinks.

Monday, October 13th - Espresso Tasting at Voluto Coffee, 7-9pm
$5 Entry [Gets you espresso and access to retail priced beans & equipment]
Your entry fee also gets you 2 raffle tickets towards winning an Encore Grinder.  Additional tickets on sale for $1 each or $5 for 7.

Tuesday, October 14th - Comparative Coffee Tasting at 21st Street Coffee, 6:30 – 8pm
Two different coffees each prepared as- an espresso, filter coffee, and cold brew.
Cold brew floats & affogatos!

Wednesday, October 15th - Happy (Hour) Anniversary Party at Constellation Coffee, 4-6pm
Drinks* and food from their regular menu will be available for purchase as you help Constellation ring in their second year of business.
*Drinks will be available with an optional happy-hour twist!

Thursday, October 16th - Latte Art Throwdown at Voluto Coffee, 7 – 8:30pm
Free to observe! Come and enjoy the competition along with complimentary drinks and snacks!
$5 Entry for competitors. Winners will be awarded prizes of the cash and brewing equipment variety.

Friday, October 17th - Cold Brew Cocktail Demonstration & Sampling with Caffe d’Amore at Marty’s, 3 – 6pm
Caffe D’Amore at Marty’s Market will provide instruction in coffee + booze libation. Come and learn to make (and taste!) cocktails using cold brew coffee. Light food.
While you’re there, enter to win a Hario Cold Process Dripper. Tickets on sale for $1 ea. or $5 for 7.

Saturday, October 18th - Brunch at Orbis Caffe, 10am – 2pm
Coffee-themed and coffee-complimentary dishes will be served. Free espresso for those holding a coffee punch-card!

Saturday, October 18th - Home Brewing Methods at Tazza D’oro Caffe, 4 – 5:30pm
Sample coffee made with various methods: Aeropress, French Press, Chemex, & Pour Over.
After learning how to use them, enter to win a Chemex Kone Filter or a Aeropress Coffee Maker.  Raffle tickets on sale for $1 each or $5 for 7.

Saturday, October 18th - Wrap Party at the Wigle Whiskey Barrelhouse, 6 – 8pm
Traditional whiskey drinks along with Irish Coffee will be available to purchase.
Enjoy free live music by Road Runner as you sip and discuss your favorite PGH Specialty Coffee Week event!

For more information visit

WQED Presents Pittsburgh from the Water
Premieres, Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 8 p.m. on WQED-TV


Filmed over four seasons, Pittsburgh From the Water is WQED’s exciting, new documentary showcasing the waters of western Pennsylvania. From the spectacular point in Downtown Pittsburgh, to picturesque lakes and sleepy streams in outlying counties, Pittsburgh from the Water spotlights the beauty, work and play associated with our waterways. Premiering on Thursday, October 9 at 8:00 p.m. on WQED-TV, Pittsburgh From the Water provides a unique perspective of dozens of local waterways from locations such as:

Allegheny County
• Allegheny River
• Monongahela River
• Ohio River

Beaver County
• Buttermilk Falls
• Ohio River
• Raccoon Creek State Park

Butler County
• Lake Arthur (Moraine State Park)

Fayette County (Laurel Highlands)
• Jacobs Creek
• Monongahela River
• Youghiogheny River (Ohiopyle)

Indiana County
• Conemaugh River Lake Dam

Lawrence County
• McConnells Mill State Park
• Neshannock Creek
• Strawberry Fields Quarry

Somerset County (Laurel Highlands)
• Casselman River
• Clear Shade Creek
• Youghiogheny River Lake & Dam

Washington County
• Monongahela River
• Peters Lake Park

Westmoreland County (Laurel Highlands)
• Keystone State Park

For more information click HERE


Comedy Central Star Anthony Jeslenik
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014  |  8 PM  |  Byham Theater
Anthony Jeselnik is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Tulane University. Anthony is a stand-up comedian, most famous for THE COMEDY CENTRAL ROAST OF DONALD TRUMP and THE COMEDY CENTRAL ROAST OF CHARLIE SHEEN, as well as THE JESELNIK OFFENSIVE, which he starred in and crated, airing for two seasons in 2013. Anthony has also performed on CONAN, THE TONIGHT SHOW, JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE and was the first ever stand-up comic to appear on LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON. Anthony has also written for LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON and received an Emmy Nomination for his work on A NIGHT OF TOO MANY STARS: AN OVERBOOKED CONCERT FOR AUTISM EDUCATION. Anthony was named one of Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch in 2008 and one of Comedy Central’s Hot Comics in 2009. In 2010, Anthony released his critically acclaimed debut comedy album, SHAKESPEARE, through Comedy Central Records. After the Comedy Central Roasts of Charlie Sheen, Donald Trump and Roseanne Barr, Anthony released CALIGULA, his first hour long special, to critical acclaim.

For more information click HERE

Anissa Clay - 14 year old Author, Songwriter and Performer
Acoustic In The Grille: Anissa Clay--14 years old
Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014  |   5:30 - 8:30 PM  |  360 Grille 
Author, songwriter, performer.  Has written a great novel soon to be published.
Anissa Clay is a 14 year old up and coming singer, songwriter and author. Anissa has a performance at Latitude 40 on October 18th from 5:30 to 8:30.  She will be performing an acoustic set consisting of country and pop music.

Author Zone Finalists
Children's Books
"Fun Days in Pittsburgh" by Pat McGrath Avery and Joyce Faulkner
"The Gift of Holiday Valley" by JoAnn Forrester

Historical Fiction
"The Kansas NCO" by Joe Campolo
"Windshift" by Joyce Faulkner

Historical Nonfiction
"Firehammer" by Ric Hunter (I know, Ric, we were surprised at the category too...but I think whichever category you are in, you are a finalist. LOL)

"Grave Secrets" by Linda Swink

We are very excited for everyone. Congratulations to JoAnn Forrester, Joe Campolo, Ric Hunter, and Linda Swink. We are also so very proud of you, your book, and our hard work together to create it! Pat and I have already celebrated with lots of chocolate for our books as well. :)

Some of our MWSA friends are finalists too...Betsy Beard for her children's book, "Klinger," Lillie Leonardi for "In the Shadow of a Badge," in Historical nonfiction and Carolyn Schriber for "Beyond All Price" also in Historical nonfiction. Be sure to congratulate them.

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40 Years of Theater; PPT’s 2014 season opens with an American classic:  The Glass Menagerie
From: Roving Pittsburgher Report
Written By: Megan Grabowski | Oct. 10, 2014
Cathryn Wake as Laura and Jordan Whalen as Jim
This performance of the Tennessee Williams play The Glass Menagerie will surely clutch the strings of the collective hearts of Pittsburghers- expressly those who have supported the success of the PPT since its inception 40 years ago.  Yes, that’s right; this is the 40th anniversary of the PPT.   What better way to commemorate the achievements of the theater than by producing, Menagerie, mirroring the theater’s first season.  The evening began when  Producing Artistic Director, Ted Pappas, bestowed upon the eager audience an honorable introduction, which included a gracious recognition of PNC and their long withstanding commitment, not only to the achievements of PPT  but to the arts as a whole in our region. Then the lights dim-

The show begins with an overview of the period by Tom Wingfield, played by Fisher Neal. Neal, a seasoned actor is making his Pittsburgh debut in Menagerie.  Williams writing is a vessel for Neal’s eloquence. His voice grants the audience a glimpse into the lives of his family in 1937.  As narrator, Neal reminds us, with the reflective and introverted tone, utilizing the intellect of a poet, that this story is not real; it is a memory and intended to be interpreted as such.  The show proceeds with the remaining characters, Cathyrn Wake, as Laura Wingfield, Lynne Wintersteller staring as Amanda Wingfield and Jordan Whalen cast as Jim O’Connor. Each actor shares with the audience a moment in time, a snap chat of memory and most unfortunate, the immense cruelty and weight of disenchantment that can accompany said remembrances.

Read the entire review at Roving Pittsburgher Report.

The Power of Prophecy, Betrayal, Assassination, Guilt and Revenge A Review of PICT's Macbeth
From: Roving Pittsburgher Report
Written By: JoAnn R. Forrester | Oct. 29, 2014
David Whalen as Macbeth
Macbeth, one of Shakespeare’s shortest and darkest plays was first staged over five hundred years. It’s insights into the human character and the thirst and consequence of greed and power still ring true.  The play Macbeth depicts the tale of a brave Scottish General, Macbeth and his wife Lady Macbeth, who become consumed by a prophecy of glory and power based on the prediction of witches heard shortly shortly after a major victory and promotion.  This prophesy grabs him, twists him and turns into a murderous and paranoid man who retains his power by eliminating all those he perceives as a threat.

Read the entire review at Roving Pittsburgher Report.

A Triple Play with the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
From: Roving Pittsburgher Report
Written By: Helene Vidovich and Martin Thomas | Oct. 12, 2014
Courtesy: Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
Pittsburgh Dance Council of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust started their 2014-15 season on October 11th featuring three commissioned works performed by the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. Aspen has a population near 7,000 -- it makes sense that they would combine efforts with Santa Fe to field a dance troupe. Both were mining towns in the Rockies and as distances go out West, not really very far from each other.

The first two sets were sparse. Black/white lighting, with the use of spotlights and shadowing, made things appear and disappear right before our eyes. This stage effect leads us into the depths of the dancers' creativity. The third set, awash with color, used bold lighting changes behind fabric to create the atmosphere. It is amazing what can be accomplished with good lights and a scrim, or two, or three. As the old Vaudeville adage goes, “It packs flat and plays big.” It does. .and did.

Read the entire review at Roving Pittsburgher Report.

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