Friday, December 18, 2009

First NIght, Pittsburgh 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 18, 2009

Contact: Lauren Bracey, 412-471-3591 /

Photos and the full program schedule are available at


First Night® 2010 culminates The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's

year-long 25th anniversary celebration with more than 100 events,

including headliner Average White Band (AWB)

Thursday, December 31, 2009, 6 pm - Midnight

In the heart of the Cultural District

PITTSBURGH ... Celebrate New Year's Eve in the heart of Downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District with The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's First Night® Pittsburgh 2010. This family-friendly community event is presented by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, with generous support from lead sponsor Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. The city will revel in a joyous celebration of the arts: dance, music, theater, comedy, magic, visual art and film, plus hands-on activities for children and adults.

"First Night brings our community together by offering an incredibly diverse selection of programming," said Deborah Rice, Executive Vice President, Health Services for Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. "First Night serves the Pittsburgh region by presenting a creative, affordable, and healthy New Year's Eve celebration that makes the most of our city's wealth of artistic talent. Highmark is proud to mark its fourth year as the lead sponsor of First Night."

First Night® Pittsburgh festivities begin at 6 pm with the Dollar Bank Children's Fireworks Display and performances by Wizdom Band and Maddi Georgi on the Dollar Bank Stage, followed by the Target First Night® Parade at 8 pm. This year, the evening concludes with a live performance by Average White Band (AWB) and the First Night® tradition, The Countdown to Midnight and Future of Pittsburgh Grand Finale atop Penn Avenue Place. The Highmark Stage, where all the First Night® revelry concludes, is located on Penn Avenue next to Fifth Avenue Place.

Among the 125 events and activities held in 50 venues throughout the Cultural District, other special First Night® Pittsburgh attractions include the First National Bank Family Tent; Equitable Gas Marquee Performances including Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and River City Brass Band at the Byham Theater and Johnny Angel and the Halos at the Benedum Center; Miami's Pied Piper of Percussion at the new August Wilson Center for African American Culture; and four floors of hands-on activities, dance lessons, music and more at The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's new Arts Education Center, located at 805-807 Liberty Avenue. For a complete listing of events, please visit or call (412) 456-6666.

First Night® 2010 also marks the closing of a year-long celebration of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's 25th anniversary. Founded in 1984, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has led the way for the creation and ongoing development of Pittsburgh's award-winning Cultural District. Utilizing the arts as a means for transforming a formerly blighted downtown, the Cultural Trust today welcomes over a million visitors annually to thousands of performances, gallery exhibitions and community events.

In addition to First Night® Pittsburgh, the Trust presents the PNC Broadway Across America - Pittsburgh series; the Pittsburgh Dance Council; the Pittsburgh International Children's Theater and Festival; and Three Rivers Arts Festival among other events. Additionally, the Trust owns and operates Theater Square and the Cabaret at Theater Square; the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts; Byham, O'Reilly, and Harris Theaters; Wood Street Galleries; SPACE, a visual arts gallery at 812 Liberty Avenue; 707 and 709 Penn Galleries; and 937 Liberty, a multipurpose performance and exhibit space, among other downtown arts facilities.


To join the celebration, simply purchase an all-access First Night® Pittsburgh 2010 Button. A First Night® button costs only $8; children age 5 and under are admitted for free. First Night® buttons are available at participating Giant Eagle stores, at the Box Office at Theater Square, online at, and by calling 412-456-6666.

Due to their overwhelming popularity and limited seating in Cultural District theaters, a free General Admission Seating Voucher is necessary to see the performances of Johnny Angel and the Halos, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, River City Brass Band, The Amish Monkeys, Hustlebot, the Pied Piper of Percussion and Magician David Lawrence's Magic Show. Vouchers are available at The Box Office at Theater Square. Simply show your First Night® button to obtain up one seating voucher per production. The Box Office at Theater Square is located at 655 Penn Avenue between the O'Reilly Theater and Katz Plaza.

There will be general admission waiting lines for performances at the Benedum Center, Byham Theater, CAPA High School and August Wilson Center. Patrons will be seated on a space-available and first-come, first-served basis once voucher holders have been accommodated. Box Office hours are Monday-Saturday, 9 am to 9 pm and Sunday, noon to 6 pm.


First Night needs volunteers for numerous jobs--from button checkers to activity helpers to parade assistants. Families, co-workers, school groups and individuals of all ages are needed to help us ring in 2010 in a fun, alcohol-free, family-friendly way. To volunteer with First Night®, sign up at


First Night® Pittsburgh 2010 Sponsors as of release date include: Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield as the lead sponsor, Dollar Bank, Equitable Gas, First National Bank, Giant Eagle, PNC and Target.

First Night® Pittsburgh 2010 Community Supporters include County of Allegheny, The Buhl Foundation, Eden Hall Foundation, The Grable Foundation, and Richard King Mellon Foundation.

First Night® Pittsburgh 2010 Media Partners include Trib Total Media, KDKA TV, BOB 96.9 FM, Q 92.9 FM, STAR 100.7, WDUQ 90.5 FM, 91.3fm WYEP and Y108.


Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Holiday Tours at Woodville Plantation, Neville Manor

December 1, 2009 FOR INFORMATION CONTACT: Rob Windhorst



Event: Above the Stairs: A Behind the Scenes Look At Woodville

Date: Sunday, December 13, 2009

Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Place: Woodville Plantation, 1375 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, PA 15017

Cost: $5.00 for Adults, $10.00 for Families



BRIDGEVILLE, PA (December 1, 2009) – Step back in time at Woodville Plantation as this living history museum treats guests to a special tour of a rarely seen area of the plantation. On Sunday, December 13, 2009, the public is invited go above the stairs at the main house.

From 1 to 4 pm, visitors are invited to visit the second floor of Woodville Plantation. Tours will be given of the private rooms of the Neville and Cowan families. Of interest is an original 18th century painted checkerboard floor. Don’t miss this rare look into the private lives of Woodville’s residents.

Woodville Plantation, the home of John and Presley Neville, is Western Pennsylvania’s link to the late 18th century. Built in 1775, this living history museum interprets life during the period of 1780-1820, the Era of the New Republic. Guided tours of the house are available every Sunday from 1 to 4 pm.

Just 7 miles and 15 minutes south of Pittsburgh, Woodville is conveniently located 1/4 mile north of Interstate I-79 Exit 55 (Kirwin Heights Exit) on Route 50, near the intersection of Thoms Run Road in Collier Township. For further directions or for more information, please visit Woodville’s website at or call 412-221-0348.


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

County Executive Holds 4th Annual Business Opportunity Forum

County Executive Hosts Fourth Business Opportunity Forum

Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato hosted the 4th Annual Business Breakfast Meeting on Tuesday, March 3, 2009, for business and community leaders to network and learn about business opportunities with the County.

Director Ruth Byrd-Smith commented, “We’re working to ensure greater diversity in contracting and this meeting gave more than 100 attendees direct access to our County directors and executive directors of our authorities. We look forward to another successful event next year.”

If you have any questions, please contact

Lorraine A. Blanar

Project Manager

Department of Minority, Women & Disadvantaged Business Enterprise

204 County Office Building

542 Forbes Avenue

Pittsburgh PA 15219


Saturday, November 14, 2009

PITT and PICT Spring Collaboration

Media Contacts:

F.J. Hartland – 412.624.0933 or

Melissa Hill Grande – 412.561.6000 x203 or


PITT and PICT announce theatrical initiative

Collaboration brings new plays to Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA -- November 13, 2009. A new theatrical collaboration will soon be bringing new plays to light in Pittsburgh. “New Classics,” a co-venture of the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Theatre Arts and Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre (PICT), will present readings of new plays throughout 2009-2010.

The reading series will be free and open to the public, and will be followed by a talk-back moderated by F.J. Hartland, Director of Marketing and Communication for the University of Pittsburgh Department of Theatre Arts, and Melissa Hill Grande, Marketing Director and Artistic Associate for PICT.

Persons who are unable to attend the reading in person will be able to view it online via LIPLO™ (Live and in Person, Live and Online), a new internet technology pioneered by PICT Operations Director Stephanie Riso and Alex Geis. Geis of 21 Productions and videographer Randy Griffith of RLG Creations will live-broadcast the readings, and viewers will be able to respond via live chat as they watch the performances on the LIPLO™ website,

According to Dr. Bruce McConachie, Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts, “We are looking forward to this collaboration with PICT and the opportunities it will offer our students.”

Operations Director Stephanie Riso echoes the sentiment, states “PICT is pleased to be able to open up new ways to engage Pitt students with the greater theatre community through this new initiative,” and hopes it will strengthen Pittsburgh’s place on the map for building bridges and new pathways to experience live work.

Utilizing the talents of directors and actors from both organizations, “New Classics” launches on Nov. 22 with Carapace by David Robinson of Athens, Ohio. The play will be directed by Melissa Hill Grande and presented at 7 p.m. in the Henry Heymann Theatre at the Stephen Foster Memorial on the University of Pittsburgh campus.

Carapace explores the complicated relationship between Jeff, an alcoholic sportscaster, and his grown daughter Margo. Jeff attempts make amends with Margo on her twenty-third birthday by bringing her a very special gift.

Robinson is a current MFA Playwrighting candidate at Ohio University. A native Minnesotan, he received his BA in Literature/Theater from the New College of Florida. In addition to Carapace, Robinson has spent his first two years at Ohio University developing Terminal Condition, Gestalt and Family Matters, which was selected as a semifinalist for this year's WordBRIDGE Playwrights Laboratory. Outside of the realm of dramatic writing, David has written theater and film criticism for The Bradenton Herald and the film journal CineACTION. He is also the recipient of Ohio University's 2009 Scott McPherson Playwriting Award.

“New Classics” continues on Sunday, January 24, 2010 with The Small of Her Back by Dana Lynn Formby, directed by Martin Giles.

In The Small of Her Back, Danielle Fitzman believes the glass ceiling has been shattered allowing her to climb her way up the corporate ladder of the NP Power Company. When an opportunity opens on the board, Danielle must battle tit for tat—learning tit works more than tat. She finds defining the difference between sexual harassment and harmless flirting akin to drawing a line in sand during a windstorm.

Formby is a Chicago resident and a member of Chicago Dramatists.

A third reading is planned for Sunday, March 28th at 7 p.m.

The series is free of charge and open to the public.

For more information about “New Classics,” contact F. J. Hartland at 412.624.0933 or, or Melissa Grande at 412.561.6000 x203 or

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New Classics

Fact Sheet

All performances in the Stephen Foster Memorial, 4301 Forbes Avenue in Oakland, on the University of Pittsburgh campus

Sunday, November 22nd – 7 p.m.

Carapace by David Robinson

Directed by Melissa Hill Grande

The Henry Heymann Theatre

Sunday, January 24th – 7 p.m.

The Small of Her Back by Dana Lynn Formby

Directed by Martin Giles

The Charity Randall Theatre

Sunday, March 28th – 7 p.m.

Programming TBA

The Charity Randall Theatre

Online viewing:

Free of charge and open to the public

Friday, November 13, 2009

New Executive Director for Urban Youth Action, Inc.


Contact: Audrey J. Murrell

Contact phone: 412/443-3591

Contact email:


Urban Youth Action, Inc. welcomes Ruthie D. King as its new Executive Director. With an impressive background in business and community leadership, King brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Pittsburgh’s oldest youth workforce development organization. With a successful track record of youth workforce development, educational partnerships and community engagement, King is well-position to help UYA continue its mission to prepare youth to be “work ready, life prepared and community minded”.

Before joining UYA, King served as Director for Educational Partnerships with UPMC where she developed strategies to create and expand pipeline workforce joint ventures with school districts, vocational and technical schools. Prior to that, she worked as the Director of Culture Diversity Initiatives for UPMC and as an Economic Development and Marketing Representative for Equitable Resources (now EQT). She also served as one of the founding directors of FAME or the Fund for the Advancement of Minorities in Education. Taking on the challenge of leading UYA into the next phase of its mission to impact our region’s youth is something that King’s experience makes her well suited to undertake. As she notes, “Urban Youth Action is a dynamic, thriving youth and community organization, and I look forward to helping UYA guide even more students to achieve success in the region and beyond.”

Ruthie King holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and International affairs from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration from Tennessee State University. She has served on a number of boards within our region including, Leadership Pittsburgh, Inc. CORO Center for Civic Leadership, Carnegie Library, Shadyside Academy, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater as well as the advisory boards for Bidwell Training Center and WQED. King is married and the mother of two children, who are both actively pursuing post-secondary degrees.

Urban Youth Action, Inc. is a 43-year-old youth workforce development and educational program serving high schools who live in Allegheny County and the surrounding counties. Headquartered in downtown Pittsburgh, is one of the nation’s oldest and the city’s most comprehensive workforce development programs for high school students within region. UYA’s mission is to prepare youth to be “work ready, life prepared and community minded” through comprehensive job readiness, educational support services, financial literacy and leadership development programming.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Pittsburgh Magazine, Home of the Year Contest


CONTACT: Julie Talerico

Pittsburgh magazine


PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh magazine Holds First Annual "Home of the Year" Contest

This fall, Pittsburgh magazine will hold their first annual "Home of the Year" contest, sponsored by SPLASH!. The competition is open to interior, garden and landscape designers, architects, builders, remodelers, and kitchen and bath specialists. Winners will be chosen in several categories including: "Best New Custom Home," "Best Kitchen Design," "Best Outdoor Living Space" and "Best Green Home," sponsored by AIA Pittsburgh.

Projects completed after Sept. 1, 2007 are eligible. Entries will be judged by a nonpartisan, out-of-market group of experts, and select homes will be featured in the March 2010 issue of Pittsburgh magazine. A corresponding event is also planned for March.

The deadline for entry is December 15, 2009. For answers to frequently asked questions and to download the official entry packet, visit

Pittsburgh magazine is the leading, most-read publication in the region celebrating the people and places that make Pittsburgh the nation's most livable city. Launched in 1969, Pittsburgh magazine covers the best the city has to offer in the worlds of art and culture, business, dining and entertainment, nightlife, politics, sports, travel and style. To subscribe, call 800-495-7323 or visit

Monday, November 9, 2009



Contact: Joanne Quinn-Smith

Public Relations

Tel. 412-628-5048




Giving Advocates Much to Discuss

Pittsburgh, Pa. (September 25, 2009) – Wendy Lopez, Rebecca Harris, Ana Harvy, Jayne Huston and by Bill Flanagan spoke on a Women Business Owners Advocacy panel at the 3rd Annual NAWBO Day Friday, October 2, at the Greentree Radisson Hotel, at 10 AM.

There are 10.1 billion women owned businesses in the US, about 40% of all businesses in the country. At least 5% of federal contract spending is to be awarded to certified women owned firms. Yet over the past 10 years, this mandate has not been reached. In 2008 alone, it was missed by over 12 billion dollars, according to the US Women’s Chamber of Commerce. In addition, only 2.3% of money from institutional investors went to women owned businesses. Not only are women owned firms being awarded fewer government contracts and having less access to capital than male owned firms, female entrepreneurs are also being hit harder with high healthcare costs.

"Women start small businesses at twice the rate as men and usually have less capital, so these health insurance costs have a more severe impact on female entrepreneurs." said Deborah L. Frett, CEO of Business and Professional Women's Foundation.

“Congress can't ignore the 10.1 million female entrepreneurs,” says Kelly Scanlon, chair-elect of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO).

The associations and programs represented by NAWBO Day’s Advocacy Panel continue to address these issues on the local, regional and national levels. These panelists have made it their duty to educate, defend and protect female entrepreneurs. Their organizations, along with NAWBO, have been responsible for making advancement possible. They have affected such change as the acknowledgement of women as business owners, the release of statistics on women owned businesses, secured loans for female owned businesses, and the formation of specialized training to educate women on starting and growing their businesses.

The advocacy panel consists of women who are themselves business owners and program directors, having had first hand experience with the obstacles that face female entrepreneurs. These four women are joined by Bill Flanagan, who has made it his responsibility to join in the press for change for women owned businesses.

In addition to the advocacy panel discussion, NAWBO Day includes speakers, workshops, and a trade show, designed to inform business owners. Whether just starting or seeking growth, struggling or soaring, a large corporation or a consultant in any industry, this event is suited to equip Entrepreneurs.

NAWBO continues to provide support to and advocacy for women entrepreneurs. The Pittsburgh chapter is the 5th oldest in the nation and the only chapter that has a City Council and Mayor designated NAWBO Day.


For more information about NAWBO Day visit or contact Joanne Quinn-Smith at 412-628-5048. You may also email Joanne at

Women Busines Owners Advocacy Panel- Panelists include:

Wendy Lopez, NAWBO National Chair who recently sold her business on the cusp of the economic downturn for 8 million dollars;

Ana Recio Harvey, an experienced entrepreneur and recently the president of the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, now head of the U.S. Small Business Administration`s Office of Women`s Business Ownership, SBA;

Jayne Huston, Executive Director of E-Magnify, National Women's Business Development Center;

Rebecca Harris, Executive Director Chatham University Center for Women's Entrepreneurship and

Moderated by Bill Flanagan, Host of Region's Business and Executive Vice President, Corporate Relations, Allegheny Conference on Community Development.


· Friday, October 2, 2009, 8 AM to 3 PM, at:

Radisson Greentree Hotel

105 Radisson Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205

· Registration and trade show begin at 8:00 AM

· A day of speakers, panel discussion, workshops and trade show for entrepreneurs of all company sizes, industries - new or continuing business.

National Association of Women Business Owners

· Gives support to and advocacy for women business owners.

· http//


Delana Flowers



Holidays at Woodville Plantation

November 9, 2009 FOR INFORMATION CONTACT: Rob Windhorst



Event: Holidays at the House

Date: Sunday, November 22, 2009

Time: Noon – 8:00 pm

Place: Woodville Plantation, 1375 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, PA 15017

Cost: $5.00 for Adults, $10.00 for Families


BRIDGEVILLE, PA (November 9, 2009) – Step back in time at Woodville Plantation as this living history museum celebrates the holiday season in an 18th century fashion. On Sunday, November 22, 2009, the public can experience the holidays in a “different light” with candlelit tours of Woodville Plantation. Admission is $5 per adult and $10 per family. The site will be open from noon until 8 pm.

Visitors will learn how 18th century holiday customs differ from modern celebrations. Highlighted will be traditions such as Twelfth Night, Boxing Day, and the firing of the Christmas guns. Guests will be treated to expanded historical demonstrations, musical recitals and the most accurate re-creation of the 18th century holiday season in Western Pennsylvania. Also included in the tour will be a sneak peak of the newly restored visitor reception area.

Woodville Plantation, the home of John and Presley Neville, is Western Pennsylvania’s link to the late 18th century. Built in 1775, this living history museum interprets life during the period of 1780-1820, the era of the New Republic. Guided tours of the house are available every Sunday from 1 to 4 pm.

Just 7 miles and 15 minutes south of Pittsburgh, PA, Woodville is conveniently located 1/4 north of Interstate I-79 Exit 55 (Kirwin Heights Exit) on Route 50, near the intersection of Thoms Run Road in Collier Township. For further directions or for more information, please visit Woodville’s website at or call 412-221-0348.


Friday, November 6, 2009

TechPOWR, Women's Networking Group, Technology


CONTACT: Event Location and Time:

Elizabeth DeWitt Pittsburgh Athletic Club

DeWar Communications 4215 Fifth Avenue

p: 412.377.3546 Pittsburgh, PA 15213

f: 412.734.2969 11/17/09 5:30pm – 8pm for directions

TechPOWR Takes Care of Business with a Panel Discussion on Empowering Women through Negotiation

Pittsburgh, PA, 2009 – Prominent entrepreneurs will lead a panel discussion for TechPOWR on beefing up women’s negotiating skills in their business and personal lives. Whether the deal-making involves major purchases, employment or business issues, the panelists will cover the use of technology and ways to improve negotiating skills online and in person. Open to the public, the November 17 meeting is sponsored by Best Buy, NCS Enterprises Ltd. and The Pittsburgh Business Times.

Panelists include Julia Bear, who is a Ph.D. Candidate in Organizational Behavior at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. Her research focuses on gender and negotiation. Bear currently works with Linda Babcock, author of Women Don’t Ask.

Anne Fleming founded to address the hesitation many women experience when purchasing a vehicle. Fleming’s work helps women to become more confident successful negotiators when purchasing a car. She also works with auto manufacturers and dealerships to certify “Women-Friendly Dealerships.”

Rebecca Harris is the Director of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University. Harris is working to expand the strategic initiatives and alliances established since the Center's launch in 2005. Harris’s expertise is in developing strategic alliances and mentoring opportunities.

Once named One of California’s Most Effective Prosecutors, M.J. Tocci now focuses her legal acumen on helping law firms and other corporations increase their productivity and profitability through recruiting, retaining and promoting talented women. Tocce, the founder and President of Fulcrum Advisors, applies a multidisciplinary approach to identify both the opportunities for women to thrive and the obstacles to their success.

TechPOWR, co-founded by Linda Richardson and Liz DeWitt in March 2009, has over 80 members and continues to attract professional women from Pittsburgh and the surrounding area. For more information about the November 17 meeting or to join TechPOWR, go to LinkedIn groups (TechPOWR) or

ABOUT TechPOWR - TechPOWR is a networking group that supports continuing education for executive-level women about existing and emerging technologies used in the workplace. For professional women who want to enhance their job performance, TechPOWR provides a non-competitive environment to learn about technology that can improve our professional and personal lives.

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Pittsburgh International Children's Festival Presents Harold and the Purple Crayon


Media Contact: Diana Roth, (412) 471-8717;
Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater presents

The Enchantment Theatre Company in

The Adventures of

Harold and the Purple Crayon

November 8-14, 2009

Six performance locations:

City: Byham Theater; Butler: Marshall Middle School; East: Gateway High School;

North: Pine-Richland High School; West (Sewickley/Leetsdale): Quaker Valley High School;

South: Keystone Oaks High School

(Pittsburgh, PA) Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater, a division of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, proudly presents a musical adaptation of Harold and the Purple Crayon by The Enchantment Theatre Company (USA) from Sunday, November 8 through Saturday, November 14, 2009 at six locations in the greater Pittsburgh area. Citizens Bank is the proud season sponsor of Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater.
In this delightful production based on the well-known book series by Crockett Johnson, Harold journeys through the world that he creates with nothing but his big, purple crayon and his imagination. The possibilities are endless as Harold joins a circus and jets to mars in less than an hour! Enchantment Theatre Company combines life-size puppets, masks, music and magic to make Harold and the Purple Crayon come alive before audiences who are adventurous and young at heart. "The artful adaptation of a well-known story made it engaging for all to see – parents and kids alike,” says Patrick Donnelly of the Roselle Center for the Arts University of Delaware. Production staff for the performance includes musical score by Charles Gilbert, story adaptation and illusions by Jennifer and Landis Smith, Jonathan Becker (Mask Designer), Dirk Durosette (Set Designer), David O’Connor (Lighting Design), Brian Strachan (Costumer Designer), Stephen Bombkoski (Technical Director), John Benson, Bill Gastrock, Chris Garvin (System Design), and Robbie Molinari (Animation Director).

Following the performance, the cast will respond to the audience’s questions and comments in a unique “Talk Back” session.


Using all the elements of its signature style, Enchantment’s life-size puppets, masked actors, magic, and music will delight and amaze audiences. But this time it will add a new dimension with the use of large-scale video animation to create Harold’s world of make-believe. Enchantment’s Harold and the Purple Crayon opens with a magic trick that transforms an ordinary actor into the delightful main character, Harold, in order to establish early that the audience should expect the unexpected. Enchantment Theatre’s actors will wear masks to portray some of the characters in this production of Harold and the Purple Crayon. Though masks are rare in American contemporary theater, masks have been used since the very beginning of theater and in different ways by various cultures. The mask universally facilitates a transformation of the actor and the audience. Similar to masks, puppets also have a long and esteemed history in theatre. Enchantment Theatre Company uses puppets so they are not limited by the size and shape of an actor. Puppets are similar to the mask in their fascination and power. Used with art and skill, masks and puppets can free the actor and the audience from what may otherwise seem ordinary and mundane.

The Enchantment Theatre Company was founded in 1979 by Jennifer and Landis Smith and has toured its original productions worldwide. In 1985, its premiere production, The Symphony and the Sorcerer, opened with accompaniment by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. This event was to be the first of many symphonic programs produced by The Enchantment Theatre Company. They have since appeared with the Philadelphia, Atlanta, Baltimore, Houston, Minnesota, Cleveland and Seattle Symphony Orchestras. Enchantment Theatre’s arts education program, The Magic of Masks, offers school day performances and encourages field trips with reduced ticket prices and in-school artist-in-residency programs. The company’s own Camp Enchantment, launched in 2007, has also been successful in reintroducing children to the arts, yielding an entirely original, youth-driven production titled The Boy Who Made Peace in the camp’s first season alone. The Company’s artistic directors say their mission is “to engage the imagination and spirit of the audience until a transformation occurs and the true grace of our mutual humanity is revealed – not one time but every time that we perform.”

Performance locations for Harold and the Purple Crayon include City: Byham Theater: Sunday, November 8 at 2:00 p.m. and a student performance on Monday, November 9 at 10:15 a.m.; Butler: Marshall Middle School, Tuesday, November 10, 7:00 p.m.; East: Gateway High School: Wednesday, November 11 at 7:00 p.m.; North: Pine-Richland High School: Thursday, November 12 at 5:30 & 7:30 p.m.; West (Sewiskley/Leetsdale): Quaker Valley High School: Friday, November 13 at 7:00 p.m.; South: Keystone Oaks High School: Saturday, November 14 at 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.

Individual ticket prices for Harold and the Purple Crayon are $11. Group tickets can be ordered by calling (412) 471-6930 or online at For additional information, visit or call (412) 456-6666.

Pittsburgh International Children's Theater, a division of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, sponsors, presents, promotes, and premieres international, national, and regional performing arts and visual arts programming of professional quality for the cultural enrichment and education of children and families.


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Pittsburgh Irish Classical Theatre Gala and Fall Previews

Media Contact: Gale McGloin

412.561.6000 x204


PICT 2009 Fall Gala Previews

2010 Season Opener: Beautiful Dreamers

Pittsburgh, PA – November 3, 2009. Come realize your dreams at the 2009 Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre Gala! Join PICT in honoring two individuals who have made PICT’s tremendous growth and success possible—Philip Chosky and Richard E. Rauh.

The 2009 PICT Gala will be held Friday, November 6, 2009 from 6 – 11 PM at Pittsburgh’s Grand Hall at The Priory, 614 Pressley Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. VIP tickets include hors d’oeuvres, drinks and a sumptuous meal plus the opportunity to bid on exciting items in the silent auction. There will be a short preview performance of Beautiful Dreamers by local playwright Martin Giles including some of the music of the renowned Stephen Foster. VIP tickets also include the After Party. The Gala After Party begins at 8:30 PM and includes dessert, drinks and dancing with music provided by Matt Ferrante and Modern Times. Complimentary valet parking is available.

To purchase tickets, contact Gale McGloin at 412-561-6000 x 204. VIP tickets are available for $175 each and must be purchased by Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 12 noon. After Party tickets are $50 each and will be available by reservation and at the door. Credit cards are accepted for over the phone purchases.

The Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre was founded in 1996 to diversify the region’s theatrical offerings by providing Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania audiences with high-quality, text-driven, affordable productions of classical theatre and the works of classical and contemporary Irish playwrights and to significantly improve employment opportunities for local talent in all facets of theatrical presentation and production. PICT is a Small Professional Theatre (SPT) affiliated with Actors’ Equity Association, and a constituent member of Theatre Communications Group (TCG) and the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council. PICT is the Professional Theatre in Residence at the University of Pittsburgh and PICT productions at the Charity Randall and Henry Heymann Theatres are presented in cooperation with the University of Pittsburgh – Department of Theatre Arts.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Programs for Those Involved with Technology


For Immediate Release September 29, 2009
Contact: Joe Podolinski Phone: 724.437.7913

The Fayette-Washington Keystone Innovation Zone is announcing a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) event intended for interested businesses, faculty members, and administrators from California University of Pennsylvania, Penn State Fayette and Washington & Jefferson College

The event is a collaborative effort by California University of PA, Penn State Fayette and Washington & Jefferson College and the FWKIZ. The SBIR/STTR event will be held at the Kara Alumni House, on the campus of California University of Pennsylvania, California, PA on Wednesday, November 3, 2009. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. with the event running from 4:00 – 6:00 p. m. Greg Rice from the University of Pittsburgh’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will deliver the presentation.
Every year, the SBIR & STTR programs have $2.5 billion dollars available. Joe Podolinski coordinator of the FWKIZ states “ this is a tremendous opportunity for interested businesses and faculty from CUP, PSF and W&J to learn the requirements of these programs to determine if they have solutions and technologies that will be applicable.
Attendees will not only learn the basics of SBIR/STTR, they will also learn pre-qualification issues, steps for applying, proposal writing tips that make your innovation stand out and strategies to make their technology appealing to fund providers, and participating federal agencies”.
Businesses and faculty interested in attending this event should contact Joe Podolinski at 724.437.7913 or email him at

Friday, October 30, 2009

Pittsburgh-based Company DKT Communications Partners with Nolcha and PimTim to Jump-Start Independent Fashion Designer ‘s Branding Initiatives


Nolcha, in Partnership with DKT Communications and PimTim, Announces Michelle Barone, Winner of “Branded:
Nolcha's Contest for the Independent Designer”

In a concerted effort to help independent fashion designers jump-start their branding initiatives, multifaceted fashion services company Nolcha, branding and marketing communications firm DKT Communications and graphic-design crowdsourcing platform PimTim launched “Branded: Nolcha’s Contest for the Independent Designer.” Rising star Michelle Barone was awarded the prize: a logo, designer profile and professional photograph valued at $1,700.

New York, N.Y. Oct. 29, 2009 – After an in-depth review of Nolcha’s network of independent fashion designers, the award-winning, multifaceted fashion services company -- in partnership with branding and marketing communications firm DKT Communications and graphic-design crowdsourcing platform PimTim -- honored rising star Michelle Barone as the winner of “Branded: Nolcha’s Contest for the Independent Designer.” Created to help independent fashion designers jump-start their branding initiatives, “Branded” provides the winner with the building blocks of their brand identity and messaging. The prize package is valued at $1,700 and consists of a logo, designer profile and professional headshot produced by the creative minds behind Nolcha, DKT Communications and PimTim.

“Nolcha is a business network for independent designers at all stages in their career,” says Nolcha creative director Lynn Furge. “Therefore, to be able to partner with both DKT Communications and PimTim to help Michelle Barone -- a young, fresh designer -- create her brand image is so exciting and important. The initial branding of Michelle’s label will be the skeleton that holds the business together, and Nolcha cannot wait to see the results.”

Barone, the visionary behind the Misha Barone label (, agrees. “Every new opportunity leads you to another. Gaining these tools and elements will no doubt assist me in the next step of the process. I think it is a wonderful thing when artists and out-of-the-box thinkers are able to come together in collaboration. That’s what makes the creative world so incredible. It’s definitely a comforting support system.”

To be rolled out annually, the contest is an excellent vehicle to spark designers’ interest in branding while vying for the opportunity to win the services of some of the best names in the industry. From crafting the brand story to designing its identity to shaping its message, branding must be at the core of every business strategy.

“The story of the people behind an idea, a product or a design is the essence – the soul -- of the brand,” says Dawn Terrick, president of DKT Communications, Inc. “And Michelle’s radiating energy and cutting-edge creativity make for a fantastic tale – one that I look forward to telling. Playing a part in the growth of Michelle’s label by providing her with a designer profile that she can use to promote herself and her work across various marketing channels, thus contributing to the Misha Barone brand, is extremely rewarding.”

Further capturing the young designer’s spirit is PimTim. An online marketplace for graphic design, where buyers and creatives connect, PimTim is challenging talent from all over the world to design the new identity for the Misha Barone label.

“This is what PimTim is all about -- giving people the possibility to connect to talent all over the world,” says PimTim founder Vincent Bröring. “We are very proud to support the branding of the Misha Barone label, and our talented community of graphic designers around the world is happy to help. They will unleash their creativity!”


Nolcha is a leading operator of educational, event and b2b services devoted to independent fashion entrepreneurs and related retail businesses. The Nolcha platform includes, an online fashion portal delivering daily business education; Nolcha Fashion Week, currently held during New York fashion week and providing key exposure to press, buyers, and industry figures for emerging and independent fashion designers from all over the world, in both apparel and accessories; events during London Fashion Week with key partners and Independent Retail Week in New York and Chicago, as an initiative to drive business and increase revenue for small fashion retail brands.;_ylu=X3oDMTE3OWxsMWV2BHBvcwMxOARzZWMDbmV3c0FydEJvZHkEc2xrA3d3d25vbGNoYWNvbQ--/SIG=10rnt4eg0/**http%3A/ Kerry Bannigan, CEO 888.Nolcha.1

DKT Communications, Inc.
DKT Communications is a branding and marketing communications company specializing in identity and messaging. The hallmark of the boutique firm is its ability to capture the essence of established, global brands and entrepreneurs alike, while offering a forward-thinking approach and the know-how to put clients at the forefront of trends. Understanding the value of having branding at the center of every business strategy, DKT acts as a collaborator, assembling the right team to suit its clients’ specific needs. The goal: to develop an iconic identity and consistent message for every client to differentiate them from the competition, capture customer loyalty and fuel profitability. DKT caters to a wide range of industries, including design, luxury and hospitality. Dawn K. Terrick, President 305.342.2658

PimTim ( is an online marketplace for graphic design, where buyers and creatives around the world meet and connect. PimTim is devoted to crowdsourcing by giving everybody the possibility to connect to talent all over the world. Buyers can post a project (logo, stationery, T-shirt, website or illustration), set their own reward, enjoy the designs and make a choice. Creatives can show their creative talent, learn, interact and earn money along the way. Vincent Bröring, Founder +31 6 235 20 392

Governor's Executive Order on American Recovery and REinvestment Act of 2009

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Governor's Office
Creating Opportunities for Small and Disadvantaged Businesses in the Expenditure
of Federal Stimulus Monies
By Direction of: Edward G. Rendell, Governor
Date: October 28, 2009

WHEREAS the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Pub. L. 111-5, (ARRA) was enacted to preserve and create jobs, promote economic recovery, assist those most impacted by the recession, provide investments needed to increase economic efficiency by spurring technological advances in science and health, invest in transportation, environmental protection, and other infrastructure that will provide long-term economic benefits, and stabilize state and local government budgets in order to minimize and avoid reductions in essential services and counterproductive state and local tax increases; and
WHEREAS, in the expenditure of ARRA funds, the Commonwealth must seek to provide opportunities for small businesses, including small disadvantaged businesses, to compete for contracts and grants and to participate as contractors, subcontractors and suppliers (ARRA opportunities) because these businesses play a critical role in stimulating economic growth and creating jobs, they are the engine of our economy, and provide creative, innovative, and technical expertise to support our agencies; and
WHEREAS, I have established, as an overall Commonwealth aspirational goal, that at least ten percent of ARRA funds should go to small disadvantaged businesses as contractors, subcontractors, grantees, subgrantees, and suppliers.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Edward G. Rendell, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and other laws, do hereby order the following in regard to the expenditure of ARRA funds:
1. Commonwealth agencies shall seek to provide maximum practicable opportunities for small disadvantaged businesses to compete for contracts and grants and to participate as contractors, professional service providers, subcontractors, and suppliers, and shall in good faith make their best efforts to reach the ten percent aspirational goal. At a minimum, Commonwealth agencies shall:
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a. Inform the Department of General Services’ Bureau of Minority and Women Business Opportunities of contracting opportunities and competitive grant opportunities at the same time that it advertises or otherwise posts public notices of such opportunities;
b. Participate in outreach activities and events to increase small disadvantaged business interest and participation in ARRA opportunities;
c. Use the Department of General Services’ Web site ( to identify Department of General Services-certified minority business enterprises (MBEs) and small women business enterprises (WBEs) for solicitation for ARRA opportunities; and
d. Track and report to the Department of General Services information on MBE and WBE participation in ARRA opportunities.
2. Commonwealth agencies shall, when permitted by law, consider a small business’ disadvantaged status as a factor in the procurement and grant selection process to the extent permitted by the United States Constitution, Pennsylvania Constitution, Commonwealth Procurement Code, or other state or federal law.
3. In addition to complying with existing Commonwealth policy requirements relating to the solicitation and utilization of small disadvantaged businesses, Commonwealth agencies shall require contractors and grantees to make reasonable and good faith efforts to provide maximum practicable opportunities for small disadvantaged businesses to participate as contractors, professional service providers, subcontractors, and suppliers. Contractors and grantees, at a minimum, shall be required to:
a. Consult with the Department of General Services’ Bureau of Minority and Women Business Opportunities to ensure significant ARRA opportunities for small certified MBEs and WBEs unless the Department of General Services agrees that contractor or grantee participation in outreach activities will satisfy this requirement;
b. Participate in outreach activities and events to increase small disadvantaged business interest and participation in ARRA opportunities;
c. Use the Department of General Services’ Web site ( to identify certified MBEs and WBEs as potential sources for ARRA opportunities;
d. Include certified MBEs and WBEs on solicitation lists;
e. Prepare and keep records of solicitations, including a bid tabulation, showing names of all firms solicited and the dollar amount of the bid, quote or proposal, as well as copies of all bids, quotes, and proposals received; and
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f. Provide monthly reports to the Department of General Services’ Bureau of Minority and Women Business Opportunities on MBE and WBE utilization.
4. Commonwealth agencies shall fully comply with any and all federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) requirements and Commonwealth small disadvantaged business policy requirements. To the extent that the federal DBE requirements conflict with the requirements of this Executive Order, the federal DBE requirements shall prevail. To the extent that federal funding would be jeopardized by implementation of any requirement set forth in this Executive Order, the requirement shall not be imposed. Agencies shall verify with the appropriate administering federal agency that implementation of these requirements shall not jeopardize ARRA funding.
5. The Department of General Services’ Bureau of Minority and Women Business Opportunities shall notify, collaborate with, and involve organizations that represent respective minority community groups to ensure effective public awareness and outreach.
6. The Department of General Services shall prepare and submit a written report, on at least a quarterly basis, to the Governor and Stimulus Oversight Commission on ARRA participation by all DBEs/MBEs/WBEs.
7. The Department of Community and Economic Development shall work through small business development centers to reach out to small businesses and provide information on contracting, professional service, subcontracting, and purchasing opportunities.
8. The Department of Military and Veteran’s Affairs shall, in cooperation with the Department of General Services and the Department of Community and Economic Development, develop outreach efforts to increase participation in contracting, professional service, subcontracting, and purchasing opportunities with small veteran-owned businesses.
9. This Executive Order shall take effect immediately.
10. This Executive Order shall remain in effect until September 30, 2011.
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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Phase 3 Productions Finds Home in Lawrenceville section of Pittsburgh

Phase 3 Productions 5314 Butler Street, Suite 2 Pittsburgh PA, 15201 Theatre. Evolved.


Contact: Melissa Hill Grande

In Search of a Serial Killer
Phase 3 Productions opens 2009-2010 season with Roberto Zucco

Pittsburgh, PA – October 29, 2009. Phase 3 Productions has located a performance venue and announces their production of Roberto Zucco, the first play in their 2009 – 2010 season. The company lost their performance space when the Brew House (located on Pittsburgh’s South Side) was condemned in September.

Roberto Zucco will be performed in downtown Pittsburgh, at 125 7th Street, on the 6th floor. The play is a compelling look at the world through a criminal’s eyes. After escaping from prison, Zucco is pursued by both the police and a mysterious girl. Even if they do capture him, can anyone hope to contain the elemental force that is Roberto Zucco?

The play is inspired by the exploits of a real man who was Public Enemy Number One in France, Italy and Switzerland in the 1980s, and is directed by Dek Ingraham. It was written by Bernard-Marie Koltes and translated by Martin Crimp.

The production features Douglas Baker as Zucco, with Fredi Bernstein, Emily Cordes, Josh Inklovich, James Masciovecchio, Matthew McNear, Sajith Pillai, Joe Roots and Jamisa Spalding. Fight direction is by Tonya Lynn, with production design by J.R. Shaw and costume design by Rachel Parent and Melissa Hill Grande.

Roberto Zucco previews on Friday, November 6th, opens on Saturday November 7th, and runs through November 22nd at 125 7th Street on the 6th floor, downtown. (Elevator available.)

Douglas Baker plays the role of Roberto Zucco. Baker’s recent Pittsburgh credits include George Gibbs in Our Town (Prime Stage), and Berowne in Love’s Labour’s Lost (Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks). He also recently participated in the MFA New Playwrights' workshop at the Kennedy Center in D.C.

Ingraham’s Pittsburgh directing credits The Moustrap (Heritage Players) and The Seahorse (South Park Theatre). He also served as Associate Director for the London premiere of The Guys (Rosemary Branch Theatre) and helmed the North American premiere of The Master's Boy (Friederich Theatre).

The play is the first show in Phase 3’s 2009-2010 season, which features the theme of violence. The community partner for the season is the Pittsburgh Center for Victims of Violence and Crime. Zucco looks at crime through the perspective of the violator; the second play of the season, Irish playwright Frank McGuinness’ Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, uses the perspective of victims to spark discussion. The final play of the season, Lion in the Streets by Canadian playwright Judith Thompson, shows the aftermath of crime in a community.
Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me runs Feb. 26 - March 14, 2010, and tells the story of an Irishman, an Englishman and an American who are being held hostage by terrorists in Lebanon. Will they be able to maintain their essential humanity under these horrifying conditions? Lion in the Streets runs June 4 through 20, 2010, and follows Isobel, the ghost of a young Portuguese immigrant who observes the lives of her former neighbors years after her murder.

Phase 3 Productions is comprised of Executive Director Rachel S. Parent, Managing Artistic Director Dek Ingraham, Artistic Director Melissa Hill Grande, and Production Manager J.R. Shaw. The company’s central mission is to include relevant social awareness in their productions.

The Pittsburgh Center for Victims of Violence and Crime (CVVC) provides victim advocacy and support services, crisis intervention, counseling and community education programs that address the causes and impacts of all types of violence and crime. Their website is

Roberto Zucco previews November 6th at 8 p.m., opens November 7th at 8 p.m., and continues with performances November 13th, 14th, 20th and 21st at 8 p.m., with a closing matinee performance on November 22nd at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $12 for students, senior citizens, and persons under 25. Previews are $12 for adults and $10 for students, senior citizens, and persons under 25. Tickets are available through ShowClix at 1-888-71-TICKETS or online at

For more information visit the Phase 3 website at

Roberto Zucco Fact Sheet

Roberto Zucco by Bernard-Marie Koltes
Directed by Dek Ingraham

125 7th Street, 6th floor, downtown Pittsburgh

Cast: Douglas Baker, Fredi Bernstein, Emily Cordes, Josh Inklovich, James Masciovecchio, Matthew McNear, Sajith Pillai, Joe Roots and Jamisa Spalding

Designers: J.R. Shaw (Production design), Rachel Parent and Melissa Hill Grande (Costumes)

Fight Direction: Tonya Lynn

Stage Manager: Jen Atwood

Performance Dates and Times:

First Week: Friday, November 6, PREVIEW, 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 7, OPENING, 8 p.m.

Second Week: Friday – Saturday, November 13 - 14, 8 p.m.

Third Week: Friday-Saturday, November 20 - 21, 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 22, 2 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $15 for Adults
$12 for Senior Citizens, Students, and Under-25s

Preview tickets: $12 for Adults
$10 for Senior Citizens, Students, and Under -25s

For Tickets, Call ShowClix at 1-888-71-TICKETS or visit the ShowClix website at

For more information, visit
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It's that time of year again!The Three Rivers Film Festival is now set, and the program is online at:
The festival runs from November 6-21, 2009.

Steeltown Entertainment Project will launch their Film Factory competition at the Three Rivers Film Festival next month. (see the Save the Date info at the end of this message)

The Steeltown Film Factory invites students and amateur filmmakers (and screenwriters) to submit original film ideas for the competition. Submissions must include a 10-12 page script along with a logline, a one-page synopsis and an optional sample of prior work (scripts or reels).

All submissions will be required to be:

Relevant to the SWPA/Pittsburgh region.
Commercially viable.
Capable of being produced in the SWPA/Pittsburgh area during Summer 2010.

Submissions will be reviewed by a selection panel. The most promising screenplays will be developed into full-fledged productions thru staged readings, panel discussions and public workshops, which will be open to the public.

Call for submissions will open in November and continue thru December 31, 2009.

Fees: $50; $25 for students with valid ID


The total prize package is worth $25,000. This prize is available to be used to produce the winning film or films. One to three short films will be chosen and the funds will be divided and awarded at the discretion of the judges.

The winning film(s) will premiere at the Three Rivers Film Festival in November 2010.

More details to come.


Submissions - for those who wish to enter - they need quality scripts.

For those not entering there are lots of ways to help --

Publicity - getting the word out
Volunteering at events
Sponsorships -- monetary and in-kind

The Three Rivers Film Festival opens Friday, November 6.

On Saturday, November 7 Steeltown will sponsor a panel discussion entitled "Getting Started: Where Do Good Ideas, Great Scripts & Talented Filmmakers Come From?"

Invited panelists include John Dellaverson, Producer, Lionsgate (Timber Falls, In the Mix); Lee Daniels, Producer/Director (Monster's Ball, Precious); Eric Gold, Agent (Jim Carrey, Ellen Degeneres); David Koepp, Screenwriter (Spiderman, Mission Impossible, War of the Worlds).
MODERATER - Carl Kurlander, Screeniter & Producer (My Tale of Two Cities, St. Elmo's Fire, Saved by the Bell)

Panel discussions/workshops will continue throughout 2010.

More details to come.

Heshie Segal Premier of Jetnetting Connection with Dennis Waitley first guest

When Dr. Denis Waitley speaks everyone eagerly listens!

You can catch this live interview (and special announcements) tonight at 10PM.

Details: Wed. evening, Oct. 28th,, 10PM EDT Heshie Segal launches her radio show, The JetNetting Connection, with Dr. Denis Waitley as her inaugural guest. Each week her show will feature an outstanding speaker, author, TV, Radio or Movie personality, celebrity, business or web/social media expert who has made a strong impact on the lives of others. She is thrilled to have Dr. Denis Waitley as her first guest.

Through Dr. Waitley’s speaking, teaching and writing, his work with Olympic athletes, the US space program, over 10 million audio programs sold in 14 languages, author of 15 non-fiction books, including several international best sellers, he has become one of the most listened-to voices on personal and career success in the world, and in the process, has changed thousands of lives. You will not want to miss this educational and inspirational call.

Blogtalk Radio showpage link:

Twitwall link: Heshie Segal To host The JetNetting Connection on

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Procurement Opportunities Fair, GACO

Procurement Opportunities Fair 2009

As of today the following government agencies and corporations will be participating in the fair. If you have not registered complete the attached registration form in the brochure and submit with payment. The admission fee for Procurement Opportunities Fair 2009 is $30 per attendee if postmarked by October 16, 2009, which includes a buffet lunch. After October 16, 2009 the cost per attendee is $40. Please contact Tracy Julian with any questions at 724-938-5881 or email at


911th Airlift Wing, Coraopolis, PA US Air Force-Langley AFB
Centers for Disease Control/NIOSH US Army Corps of Engineers, Pittsburgh, PA
Defense Supply Center Columbus US Army TACOM LCMC
Defense Supply Center Philadelphia US Department of Energy, NETL
Defense Supply Center Richmond US Department of Housing & Urban Development
General Services Administration US Department of Labor, Pittsburgh, PA
Naval Inventory Control Point/DLA, Mechanicsburg US Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC
Naval Inventory Control Point/DLA, Philadelphia US Navy, Philadelphia, PA
Naval Supply Systems Command, Arlington, VA US Small Business Administration
Office of Surface Mining , Pittsburgh, PA VA Pittsburgh Healthcare, Pittsburgh, PA
Social Security Administration, Baltimore, MD

Department of General Services, COSTARS PA Department of General Services Bureau
PA Department of Corrections of Minority & Women Business Opportunities
PA Department of Environmental Protection PA Department of Public Welfare
PA Housing Finance Agency

3 Rivers Wet Weather, Inc. City of Pittsburgh
ALCOSAN Community College of Allegheny County
Allegheny County Pittsburgh Public Schools
Allegheny County Department of Minority, Women Port Authority of Allegheny County
and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Washington County
City of Pittsburgh, Equal Opportunity Review Commission
Prime Contractors

BAE Systems Lockheed Martin
Bechtel Laboratory Mascaro Construction
Bechtel Plant Machinery, Inc. Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc.
Converteam PJ Dick-Trumbull-Lindy Paving
DRS Technologies RAND Corporation
Lobar, Inc. SMR Technologies

Tracy Julian
GACO - Government Agency Coordination Office, PTAC
California University of PA
250 University Avenue, Box 20
California, PA 15419
phone: 724-938-5881
fax: 724-938-4575

Sunday, October 25, 2009

U.S. Debut French Artists at Wood Street Galleries

Kill Date: January 1, 2010
Contact: Veronica Corpuz, (412) 471-6082 /
Electronic images available upon request.

The U.S. debut of French installation artist
Exhibition runs through Thursday, December 31, 2009
601 Wood Street, Pittsburgh PA 15222

[PITTSBURGH, PA] Wood Street Galleries, a project of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, presents “Matter and Memory,” the U.S. premiere of French installation artist Julien Maire. This special exhibition features four experimental forms of projection, highlighting simultaneously both the simplicity and complexity of matter, vision, and memory. The exhibition closes on New Year’s Eve, Thursday, December 31, 2009, as part of the Cultural Trust’s First Night Pittsburgh celebration.

Julien Maire is a French artist and performer based in Berlin. In his work and performance he deconstructs and re-devises audiovisual techniques. His performances and installations have been shown in several countries, including Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria; Sculpture Space in Shanghai, China; Sonar 07 in Barcelona, Spain; Tesla Media in Berlin, Germany; and the Kibla Multimedia Center in Maribor, Slovenia; as well as the Digital Art Festival in Tokyo, Japan, and Australian Centre for Moving Images in Melbourne, Australia, among others.
Julien Maire won an award at the Ars Electronica festival in Austria in 2004 and in 2007. He also won the first prize at the Liedts-Meesen Fondation in Belgium for his Exploding Camera installation in 2008. Most recently, he was nominated for his collective body of work at "World Technology Awards" in New York.

On view at Wood Street Galleries are four installations. “Demi-Pas” (2002) is a short film which is projected using a ‘reversed camera’ technique. A projector has been converted to house micro-mechanisms that produce animated images using a principle similar to that of cinematography.

Constructed with a television monitor connected to the dissected body of a video camera lying on a table, the piece “Exploding Camera” (2007) is a kind of destroyed medium able to produce live an experimental historical film, reinterpreting the events of the war since 2001.

"Low resolution Cinema" (2005) is a 128 x 64 pixels projection. The piece is based on a high reduction of the resolution and by the other way it tries to "decompress" the image in a three dimensional space. The projection is produced with a special projector using two black and white Liquid Crystal Displays (LCD). Both are in movement inside of the projector. The horizon line, or border, is physically cut on each lcd ( each LCD has been half- destructed in order to display only the upper or the lower side of the image. Abstract landscapes and architecture are moving between dissolution and resolution.

Lastly, “Digit" (2006) is a live performance that is also conceived to be presented as a piece of living Art. A writer sits at a table writing a text. Simply by sliding his finger over a blank piece of paper, printed text appears under his finger. The spectators can come very close to the 'writer' and read the text following the movement of the finger. The writer remains absorbed in his task.

Located at 601 Wood Street above the T-Station in downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, the Galleries are free and open to the public Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. For more information, call Wood Street Galleries at (412) 471-5605 or visit

Support for Wood Street Galleries has been provided by the Howard Heinz Endowment and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Additional support provided by the Port Authority of Allegheny County and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.


Transfer Lounge
Through November 21
TRANSFER LOUNGE is a project that involves art professionals from Spain and U.S.A and creates a unique opportunity for artists from different parts of the world to actively exchange their views and ideas around issues of mobility and transition. Co-curated by Carolina Loyola-Garcia (USA) and Ima Pico (Spain).

A project of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, SPACE is located at 812 Liberty Avenue, Cultural District, and is free and open to the public Tuesday-Thursday 11:00 am-6:00 pm and Friday-Saturday 11:00 am to 8:00 pm. For more information call (412) 325-7723 or visit

Associated Artists of Pittsburgh
October 30 - December 31

707 Penn Gallery is free and open to the public Tuesday-Thursday 11:00 am-6:00 pm and Friday-Saturday 11:00 am to 8:00 pm. For more information call (412) 325-7017 or visit

Nests, Rhizomes, Seeds: Anna Divinsky, JoAnna Commandaros, Karen Page and Holland Williams: A collaboration evolving from a cabinet of curiosities becomes an investigation of body and nature.
November 13 - December 31

The 709 Penn Gallery is FREE and open to the public Tuesday -Thursday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. For more information call (412) 224-4651 or visit

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Woodcutting Exhibition at Woodville Plantation

October 13, 2009



Event: Necessary Domestic Duties: Woodcutting
Date: Sunday, October 25, 2009
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Place: Woodville Plantation, 1375 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, PA 15017
Cost: $5.00 for Adults, $10.00 for Families


BRIDGEVILLE, PA (October 13, 2009) – Step back in time at Woodville Plantation as this living history museum presents a new programming series called “Necessary Domestic Duties: a Thousand Little Occurrences Never Foreseen.” On Sunday, October 25, 2009, the next installment of this series will feature the importance of cutting wood and maintaining fires in the 18th century home.

From 1 – 4 pm, guests are invited to join the overseer at Woodville Plantation as he discusses the ever-present necessity of maintaining the fires used for heating and cooking at Woodville. He will also demonstrate period methods for cutting, stacking and using wood. Admission to this special event is $5.00 per person or $10.00 per family.

Part of the monthly “Necessary Domestic Duties: a Thousand Little Occurrences Never Foreseen” series, these programs will present the common everyday activities necessary to maintain and operate a plantation in the 18th century. Throughout 2009, visitors are invited to join the interpreters of Woodville Plantation as they demonstrate how these activities compare to our modern chores such as laundry, cooking, gardening and sewing. In addition, guests will learn about some very different jobs such as raising chickens and cutting and hauling wood. In some cases, visitors may participate in these interactive programs.

Woodville Plantation, the home of John and Presley Neville, is Western Pennsylvania’s link to the late 18th century. Built in 1775, this living history museum interprets life during the period of 1780-1820, the Era of the New Republic. Guided tours of the house are available every Sunday from 1 to 4 pm.

Just 7 miles and 15 minutes south of Pittsburgh, Woodville is conveniently located 1/4 mile north of Interstate I-79 Exit 55 (Kirwin Heights Exit) on Route 50, near the intersection of Thoms Run Road. For further directions or for more information, please visit Woodville’s website at or call 412-221-0348.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

SBDC Achievements for Women

From: SBDC News [] Sent: Monday, October 05, 2009 11:33 AMTo: undisclosed-recipients:Subject: SBDC Award for Woman Entrepreneur

SBDC Honors Achievements of Women for 14th Year
The University of Scranton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will celebrate success in entrepreneurship by honoring four businesswomen at the Award for Woman Entrepreneur (AWE) luncheon on Tuesday, October 20 here at The University of Scranton.
The fourteenth AWE winner and three “Women of Merit” will be announced at the luncheon, which is open to the public. Finalists are Michelle Bersch of Design Done Right, Lake Ariel; Danielle K. Fleming of Danielle and Company, Scranton; Michelle LaBarre of LaBarre Dressage Training Center, Noxen; and Heidi L. Secord of Josie Porter Farm, Stroudsburg. Jill Aldrich, 2004 woman of merit and owner of Pure Pennsylvania, will keynote this year’s luncheon. Tickets are $25 each or $180 for a table of 8. Attendees are also asked to bring a canned good to donate to a food drive sponsored by local banks.
We will also offer two pre-luncheon seminars that day: “Top 10 Tips for Staying Organized” from 9 to 10 a.m. and “The Leader Within You” from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. These are great professional development opportunities open to anyone interested in learning more about the topics!
Scroll to the bottom of this link for copies of the invitation and registration form: -- Small Business Development CenterThe University of Scranton411-413 Quincy AvenueScranton, PA 18510Phone: (570) 941-7588E-mail:

Monday, October 5, 2009

Anna Recio Harvey of SBA Speaks in Pittsburgh


Contact: Joanne Quinn-Smith
Public Relations
Tel. 412-628-5048

Associations Assist in Business Growth, Growth Generates More Jobs

Pittsburgh, Pa. (October 2, 2009) – Ana Recio Harvey, Director of the Small Business Association’s (SBA) Office of Women’s Business Ownership, will be on a Women Business Owners Advocacy panel hosted by the National Association of Women Business Owners at the 3rd Annual NAWBO Day Friday, October 2, at the Greentree Radisson Hotel, at 10 AM.

According to the Department of Labor, in 2008 the economy lost 62,000 non-farm jobs. Yet it has been reported that there are now over 27.5 million people working for women-owned firms. Statistics show female owned businesses out employing Fortune 500 companies by 30 percent.

"It is imperative that the financial and government communities understand both the tremendous present economic contributions and future potential of women-owned businesses," says Gillian Rudd, NFWBO chair.

It is the goal of the Small Business Association to promote company growth in women owned businesses, which in turn generates more jobs and improves the economy. Ana Recio Harvey’s responsibility as Director of the SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership is to oversee this effort by managing a network of women business centers across the country. Harvey ensures that these business centers have programs that provide training and counseling, opportunities, and access to capital.

Harvey has a personal understanding of what it takes to grow a business. She grew her translation business from a one person company that translated English to Spanish to a 75 employee, certified multilingual communications company. Her business grew to serve the government, nonprofits and some of the top 500 businesses in the US.

The NAWBO Day Women Business Owners Advocacy Panel will afford the opportunity for female entrepreneurs to discover how they can continue boosting the US Economy by growing their businesses. It will also be an opportunity for these entrepreneurs to express their issues to representatives of organizations that exist to make such growth possible.

In addition to the advocacy panel discussion, NAWBO Day includes speakers, workshops, and a trade show, designed to inform business owners. Whether just starting or seeking growth, struggling or soaring, a large corporation or a consultant in any industry, this event is suited to equip Entrepreneurs.

It was largely due to the efforts of the National Association of Women Business Owners that after 1989 women were finally acknowledged as business owners. NAWBO continues to provide support to and advocacy for women entrepreneurs. The Pittsburgh chapter is the 5th oldest in the nation and the only chapter that has a City Council and Mayor designated NAWBO Day.


For more information about NAWBO Day or Ana Recio Harvey please visit or contact Joanne Quinn-Smith at 412-628-5048. You may also email Joanne at

Ana Recio Harvey:
· U.S. Small Business Administration’s assistant administrator for women’s business ownership,
· Director of the SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership, President Obama appointed
· Manages a nationwide network of women's business centers
· Translation consultant from 1991 to 2000
· Established Syntaxis, LLC, a highly successful SBA 8(a)-certified multilingual communications company with clients from Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.
· Successfully grew her company from a single English-to-Spanish translation agency into a full-service multilingual communications firm with 75 employees handling communications and translations in 25 languages.
· Served for two years as Latino Programs Director for Cultural Tourism DC,
· Named president and CEO of the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, 2007
· Bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston.

· Friday, October 2, 2009, 8 AM to 3 PM, at:
Radisson Greentree Hotel
105 Radisson Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205
· Registration and trade show begin at 8:00 AM
· A day of speakers, panel discussion, workshops and trade show for entrepreneurs of all company sizes, industries - new or continuing business.
National Association of Women Business Owners
· Gives support to and advocacy for women business owners.
· http//


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMedia Contacts Christina Jorgensen, ext. 103 Lauren Astor, ext. 115 Drizen-Dohs Corporate Communications (818) 772-9555
Han Will Lead the Only Dues Paying Organization Representing the Interests of More than 10.1 Million Women Entrepreneurs in the U.S.
Washington D.C.—The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) has taken the next step in its organizational evolution by appointing Helen Han to the position of President & CEO.
Ms. Han has been working with NAWBO as an independent consultant in the role of Interim Executive Director since May 2008. Over the past 18 months, she has led NAWBO through an extensive operational transformation to streamline its processes, reallocate its resources and position the organization to serve its members and business community better. Ms. Han previously served as the CEO of the Los Angeles Chapter of NAWBO; was the senior program manager at the Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management; and ran her own entrepreneurial business for more than seven years.
"In Helen, NAWBO has found a leader who is equal to the task of moving the organization to the next level of success," said NAWBO 2009-2010 Chair Wendy Lopez.
NAWBO's mission is to propel women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide by:
Strengthening the wealth-creating capacity of its members and promoting economic development within the entrepreneurial community
Creating innovative and effective change in the business culture
Building strategic alliances, coalitions and affiliations
Transforming public policy and influencing opinion makers
Just as many of its member businesses are taking steps to re-align so they can compete more effectively in the current economic downturn, NAWBO is also developing a long-term strategic plan that will enable the organization to build the capacity of women-owned businesses and strengthen the infrastructure of its more than 80 local chapters. Additionally, NAWBO is focused on building its resources, expanding its reach within the business community, advocating on behalf of women-owned businesses, and developing an infrastructure to sustain future growth.
"It's an exciting time for NAWBO," says Ms. Han. "I am honored to have the opportunity to lead an organization that has played such a critical role in promoting women's entrepreneurship for the past 35 years."
CLICK HERE for a full interview with NAWBO.
About NAWBO Founded in 1975, NAWBO propels women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide. More than thirty-five years later, NAWBO is still the only organization that solely represents the interest of women entrepreneurs in all industries. The organization's mission is to strengthen the wealth-creating capacity of its members and promote economic development; to create innovative and effective change in the business culture; to build strategic alliances, coalitions and affiliations; and to transform public policy and influence opinion makers. To learn more about NAWBO, visit

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Gallery Crawl: Oct. 2 featuring Fred Wesley & the JBs‏
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The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust celebrates RADical Days with free GALLERY CRAWL IN THE CULTURAL DISTRICTFriday, October 2, 2009, 5:30-9 p.m.Free concert in Katz Plaza featuring SOUL POWER w/ Fred Wesley and the JB�s PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Department of Education and Community Engagement, in celebration of the Allegheny Regional Asset District�s �RADical Days,� hosts a free Gallery Crawl on Friday, October 2, 2009, from 5:30-9 p.m. This fall�s program features an exciting array of venues throughout the Cultural District and an eclectic mix of visual art, dance, music and more. All Gallery Crawl events are FREE and open to the public. For more information and a map of the events, please visit or call (412) 456-6666. The Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District is sponsored by First Commonwealth with media support from City Paper and 91.3fm WYEP. GALLERY CRAWL EVENTS Wood Street Galleries601 Wood Street (above the "T")Julien Marie: Matter and Memory U. S. debut of French Installation artist, Julien Marie whose works represent experimental forms of projection, highlighting simultaneously both the simplicity and the complexity of reality. Shaw Galleries805 Liberty Avenue20th Century Master Prints 20th Century Master Prints and exhibit featuring original lithographs, woodblock and pochoir prints by Braque, Chagall, Dali, Miro, Motherwell, Picasso and Rouault SPACE812 Liberty AvenueTransfer Lounge Guest curators: Carolina Loyola-Garcia and Ima Pico A project that involves art professionals from Spain and the United States Transfer Lounge creates a unique opportunity for artists from different parts of the world to actively exchange their views and ideas around issues of mobility and transition. 9pm Locally Toned: Mobile ringtone performance by T. Foley at 6pm and 8pm. Trust InfoDesk and Membership Table outside of SPACE Trust Arts Education Center805-807 Liberty AvenueStaged Readings / Dance Classes Pierce Studio, lower level: Pittsburgh Playworks staged readings: Bread of Angels @ 5:30 PM Stilling the Storm @ 7:45 Movement Room, 2nd floor: Sh�ome On! Artistry of Michael Jackson dance class6:30 pm, 8:00 pm (Wear comfortable clothing. No street shoes or barefeet. Dance shoes or socks only!) Partnership with Dance Alloy Pennsylvania Culinary Institute808 Liberty AvenueCulinary Sculptures Various sugar and tallow sculpture pieces created by PCI faculty. Hot food and beverages prepared by PCI students available for $1. ArtUp @ 820 Liberty820 Liberty AvenueWorkplace Funnies A new exhibit of political cartoons, art, photography, and sculpture Bricolage Space937 Liberty Avenue, 1st floorASMP Object Show: Featuring Rope A Photography Exhibition Featuring The Object Rope, presented by The American Society of Media Photographers After the Crawl: Bricolage's Midnight Radio Series Smackdown, 10 pm ($15) 937 Liberty Avenue, 2nd floorGuitar Society of Fine Art and Handmade Arcade Guitar Society of Fine Art (GSFA) Presents Rumba Flamenco with Jose Oretea, Ricardo Marlow and Guest Flamenco Dancer 6pm to 9pm Get Crafty with Handmade Arcade: Enjoy a sneak preview of Pittsburgh's largest indie craft fair, set for December 12, 2009 at The Hunt Armory Pittsburgh Gospel Choir937 Liberty Avenue, 3rd floorCON/text A collaborative performance of African American merging gospel music, spoken word, hip hop & dance to celebrate, confront and re-interpret the conning of text we believe in, live by, discriminate with and just simply mis/understand. 8:00-9:00pm. Artwork by Vanessa German. August Wilson Center for African American Culture980 Liberty Avenue (enter from main entrance, Liberty at William Penn)Pittsburgh: Reclaim, Renew, Remix An exhibition that not only tells the story of African Americans living in Western Pennsylvania through imagery, film and oral history, but gives visitors their chance to retell it. Salon Christine954 Penn AvenueMixed media Artwork by Amy Epstein (jewelry collection and designer), Anita Buzzy (photography) and Heather George (clay master). Music by DJ Kelli Burns Northside Urban Pathways Gallery914 Penn AvenueFutures Built Here Enjoy inspiring student artwork & performances by Sounds of Steel steelpan band & instrumental band music 901 Penn901 Penn AvenueBranding the Cultural District with Light Students from Carnegie Mellon's School of Drama and the School of Architecture�s Urban Laboratory exhibit the first phase of a semester-long project. CAPA Gallery111 Ninth St. (enter at 9th and Ft. Duquesne)Pittsburgh: Transforming A 6-12 student exhibit visually exploring the history of Pittsburgh and it's transformation from a smoky industrial city to a green energy and technology leader. Future Tenant819 Penn AvenueDividing the Goose A multi-media exploration of fairy tales and folklore. Co-curated by Jeffrey Schreckengost and Lisa Toboz. 709 Penn Gallery709 Penn AvenueSoulpurpose Art in a variety of media by local artists and designers 707 Penn Gallery707 Penn AvenueThe Secret Lives of Stories: New Work by Jen Cooney Looking at how worlds are built and different fanciful creatures interrelate. Jen Cooney takes the viewer past the edges of the page to see the rest of the picture you've always known that's there. The viewer is lead into new, intensely detailed lands. Although somewhat anchored in reality these worlds are bursting forth with fantastic creatures of pure imagination. Jen Cooney invites you to question the delicate balance of worlds where, like our own, everything is connected and guides you through the secret life of stories. Katz Plaza7th and Penn AvenueSOUL POWER w/ Fred Wesley and the JB�s / First Commonwealth Hosp SOUL POWER w/ Fred Wesley and the JB�s Featuring Dwayne Dolphin and /DJ Stephan Broadus Everybody knows that nothing is funkier than James Brown�s band. Fred Wesley, along with saxophonist Maceo Parker and bassist Bootsy Collins, served as the driving force that transformed the Godfather of Soul�s sound from soul to funk. Feel the funk w/Fred Wesley and the new JB�s. First Commonwealth Hospitality Spot Stop by and visit the First Commonwealth stop for free giveaways and hot tea from Starbucks. First Night Ice: Free snow cones when you mention the phrase "So...I'll see you at First Night." Backstage Bar655 Penn AvenueThe Wreckids Live music by The Wreckids (formerly Scotts Roger) Olive or Twist Lounge140 Sixth St, 2nd floor loungEMix and Match A mixture of medias from some of Pittsburgh's untapped talent. Arthur Murray Ballroom Studio136 Sixth St. (above Melange Bistro)Free Dance Classes Celebrating our 80th year in Downtown Pittsburgh with free dance classes and demonstrations by our staff. 7:00 - Salsa, 7:30 Argentine Tango, 8 Cha Cha, 8:30 Swing This location is not universally accessible Throughout the DistrictThe Pillow Project The Pillow Project will be presenting a live, interactive-projection performance of everyday, organic actions "captured" in focused light OTHER INFORMATIONAvoid traffic and parking, and bike on down! Bike parking at various parking garages, or visit for public transportation information Text CRAWL to SMASH (76274) to receive exlusive offers and more! All locations are wheelchair accessible unless otherwise noted. ALL INFORMATION AND LOCATIONS SUBJECT TO CHANGE! Visit for updated and more detailed informationLead Sponsor: First Commonwealth, Other Sponsors: City Paper, 91.3fm WYEP This Gallery Crawl is a special activity of the Allegheny Regional Asset District's free RADical Days. Visit for more information.