Thursday, July 29, 2010

Funding Your Small Business Growth Webinar Available




CLEVELAND (July 26, 2010) MARILYN LANDIS, President and CEO of Basic Business Concepts, Inc. and  DIANE HELBIG, owner of Seize This Day Coaching have teamed up to offer a webinar offering assistance to small business owners “Finding & Funding Growth For Your Small Business” .  The three week webinar will be offered monthly beginning August 3rd.

Designed to address present growth challenges and provide individualized tools for small business owners to attract funding, the webinar is held to 25 participants to ensure appropriate time for discussion of individualized business needs.

The webinar begins August 3rd and completes August 17th, with the second week reserved for breakout planning time. To register, log your Your Business Growth at ( Cost is $79 . (Regularly $125).

Both hosts have significant leadership expertise for small businesses. As president & CEO of Basic Business Concepts, Inc., Marilyn D. Landis runs a multifaceted service firm providing support to keep businesses financially balanced, on track and growing. She has more than thirty years of experience in financial services.

Diane Helbig is a business and leadership development coach and the president of Seize This Day Coaching. Diane works with small business owners, entrepreneurs, and salespeople, helping them create effective business development strategies. Diane is also the author of Lemonade Stand Selling: Accelerate Your Small Business Growth and hosts a bi-monthly podcast “Accelerate Your Business Growth”.
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Jennifer Cooper


Music on the Mon Series Featuring Jill West and Blues Attack

Fore Immediate Release
July 29, 2010

Contact: Colleen Schmidt Phone: 724.785.9331

ACCWT Watershed Summer Associate Fax: 724.785.8626


Jill West and Blues Attack are taking the stage at the 2010 ‘Music on the Mon’ concert series

The Brownsville Area Revitalization Corporation (BARC) has invited Jill West and Blues Attack to perform at this year’s Music on the Mon concert series. The performance will take place on August 8th at the Nemacolin Castle stage in Brownsville and will last from 6-8pm. This concert is free to the public and welcomes all fans to attend.

This Pittsburgh-based blues band is best known for their fierce and blood-pumping performances, which always seem to perfectly compliment their original style of hard-edged blues. Jill West, the lead singer of the group, is famous for her powerful vocals and fearless attitude. Her striking confidence radiates in each song she performs. West’s band mates of Blues Attack also have their own special approach for dazzling any crowd. With two talented guitarists who thrive in any limelight, a keyboard player with an impressive majestic ability and a dynamic drummer whose beats generate instant chills, Blues Attack provides the perfect balance of flair in order to please every audience.

Although the group has found themselves performing all over the tri-state area and have even opened for an array of musical artists across the nation, Jill West and Blues Attack seem to always make their way back home to areas in and around the big steel city.

The Music on the Mon began seven years ago with a partnership between the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Nemacolin Castle and BARC. BARC is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to achieve economic development through historic preservation, heritage tourism, outdoor recreation, community stewardship, education, youth advancement and the arts.

This concert series is supported by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency, through its regional arts funding partnership, Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA). State government funding for the arts depends upon an annual appropriation by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. PPA is administered in this region by the Community Foundation of Fayette County.

For more information on these events contact the BARC Office at 724-785-9331

Cast for the Farewell Phantom of the Opera Performances Announced


Media Contact: Veronica Corpuz, 412-471-6082 /

Jamie Cuba, 412-325-1201 /

Electronic images are available upon request.

PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh



Directed by Harold Prince

The longest-running show in Broadway history returns to the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh for its farewell engagement, August 25-September 19, 2010.

Cast Announced!

PITTSBURGH, PA− The Cameron Mackintosh/Really Useful Theatre Company, Inc. production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, directed by Harold Prince, returning to the Benedum Center, August 25-September 19, 2010, has announced casting for the production’s farewell Pittsburgh engagement. The Phantom of the Opera is presented by arrangement with The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Symphony and Broadway Across America and is part of the PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh series. The producers of The Phantom of the Opera announced earlier this year that the Third National Tour will close this fall in Los Angeles after a highly successful run of over 17 years.

Tickets ($24 - $125) for all performances are currently on sale at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, by phone at (412) 456-6666 or online at For group ticket sales (15 or more), please call 412-471-6930.

The performance schedule is as follows:

Week of August 25: Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday at 1:00 and 7:30 p.m.; Friday at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday at 2:00 and 8:00 p.m.; Sunday at 1:00 and 6:30 p.m.

Week of August 31: Tuesday-Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; Friday at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday at 2:00 and 8:00 p.m.; Sunday at 1:00 and 6:30 p.m.

Week of September 7: Tuesday-Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; Friday at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday at 2:00 and 8:00 p.m.; Sunday at 1:00 and 6:30 p.m.

Week of September 14: Tuesday-Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; Friday at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday at 2:00 and 8:00 p.m.; Sunday at 1:00 and 6:30 p.m.


Tim Martin Gleason heads the 36-member company as The Phantom, with Trista Moldovan as the young soprano, Christine, and Sean MacLaughlin as Raoul. Also featured will be Kim Stengel as Carlotta Giudicelli, D.C. Anderson as Monsieur André, Michael McCoy as Monsieur Firmin, Nancy Hess as Madame Giry, Luke Grooms as Ubaldo Piangi and Paloma Garcia-Lee as Meg. At certain performances, Kelly Jeanne Grant plays the role of Christine.

TIM MARTIN GLEASON (The Phantom of the Opera). After completing a record-setting tenure as Raoul with 3 different American companies of Phantom, Tim returns to the national tour, this time as the masked man. He began his Phantom journey with this very company in 2001 as member of the ensemble. He quickly took over the role of Raoul, which he played for over three years. He then had the honor of playing Raoul for the record-breaking Broadway Company when Phantom became the longest-running show in Broadway history. Mr. Gleason next originated the role of Raoul for Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular. In September of 2007 he rejoined the Broadway cast for an additional year and a half. With his time in all three companies, Mr. Gleason is the longest-running Raoul in American history, playing the role more than 2,600 times. Mr. Gleason received a BS in psychology from Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia and actually pursued a business career for 4 years before deciding to become an actor. Prior to Phantom, he has originated several roles, including Romeo in Terrence Mann's musical Romeo & Juliet at Goodspeed and Adam Gernstein in The Rhythm Club at Signature Theatre, a role for which he received a prestigious Helen Hayes Award nomination. He has performed in theaters all across the country. Mr. Gleason is a proud member of AEA. For a full list of theatres and roles, visit him online at

TRISTA MOLDOVAN (Christine Daaé) is delighted to join the National tour of The Phantom of the Opera. Trista most recently appeared as Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre. She had the honor of working with Julie Andrews in the John Bucchino musical Simeon's Gift. She played Cosette in the highly successful regional premiere of Les Misérables at the Pioneer Theater Company. Off-Broadway/NYC: Sally in Me and My Girl (Musicals Tonight), Rachel in Paul Revere (Theatreworks), Seffa in Faces of War (Makor Center) and readings with Stageplays Theater Co. Favorite regional credits include Gypsy (Louise), Nine (Carla), Born Yesterday (Billie Dawn), Carousel (Julie) and Cabaret (Sally). Television: “The Guiding Light,” “All My Children” and “As the World Turns.” Trista is a proud graduate of the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music. Many thanks to the Talent Mine and teachers at “Camp Christine.” All the love in the world to Mom, Dad, Josh, Marisa, Steve and Vinnie.

SEAN MacLAUGHLIN (Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny) is proud to perform the role of Raoul. Broadway: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Woman in White. Performed the roles of Vikram in Bombay Dreams and Armand in Elton John’s Lestat; Off-Broadway: The Audience and Requiem for William. Some favorite regional credits include: The Kennedy Center productions of The Sondheim Celebration: Merrily We Roll Along and Ken Ludwig’s re-tooling of Tom Sawyer; Signature Theatre: the workshop of Michael John LaChiusa’s The Highest Yellow, Forum (Hero), Into The Woods (Rapunzel’s Prince), The Rink (Dino), Grand Hotel (Erik); Flat Rock Theatre: Thoroughly Modern Millie (Jimmy), The Rainmaker (Starbuck), Children of Eden (Cain /Japheth), I Love You, You’re Perfect…(Man 2); Hangar Theater: My Fair Lady (Freddy). TV/Film: HBO’s “Something the Lord Made” (Dr Swedlin) and appeared in PBS’ Great Performances “South Pacific : In Concert from Carnegie Hall”. Sean thanks his family for their constant love and support. Member of Actors’ Equity since 1999.


The Phantom of the Opera has music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and is directed by Harold Prince. Lyrics are by Charles Hart (with additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe) and the book is by Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Production design is by Maria Bjornson, lighting by Andrew Bridge and sound by Martin Levan. Musical staging and choreography is by Gillian Lynne. Orchestrations are by David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra by Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it. He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command.

With total worldwide grosses estimated at over $5 billion, The Phantom of the Opera is the most successful entertainment venture of the twentieth century, surpassing such blockbuster films as Avatar, Titanic, Lord of the Rings, Jurassic Park and Star Wars. The show had its world premiere on October 9, 1986 at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London, winning every major British theatre award including the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards. The New York production opened on January 26, 1988 where it won seven 1988 Tony® Awards, including Best Musical.

Over 100 million people in 144 cities in 27 countries have seen The Phantom of the Opera. Worldwide, the show consistently plays to larger audiences and in longer engagements than any other musical in history. On January 9, 2006, The Phantom of the Opera became the longest-running show in Broadway history surpassing Cats’ record-holding run of 7,485 performances. The show celebrated an unprecedented milestone on January 26, 2008 when it reached its twentieth anniversary on Broadway.

Visit the official The Phantom of the Opera website at

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit organization whose mission is the cultural and economic development of Pittsburgh’s 14-block Cultural District through public and private support. The Trust presents and encourages diverse performing and visual arts programs within the District, and is an impetus for additional development in downtown Pittsburgh. In addition to the PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh series, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents Pittsburgh Dance Council, Trust Presents, Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater and Children’s Festival, CD Live, JazzLive, First Night Pittsburgh, Gallery Crawl, and Three Rivers Arts Festival, among other Cultural District and arts events. The Trust owns Theater Square and the Cabaret at Theater Square; James E. Rohr Building & Arts Education Center; the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts; Byham, O’Reilly, and Harris Theaters; visual arts galleries: Wood Street Galleries at 601 Wood Street; SPACE at 812 Liberty Avenue and 937 Liberty: a multipurpose performance and exhibit space, among other downtown Pittsburgh arts facilities.


Szurley's Are Superheroes to the Rescue!


Backpack by Shelley Plum

On my back a pack I carry
In it, all my treasures.
It's what I need
So I can be
One class higher!

Crayons, ruler, scissors too,
And yes a little Elmer's glue
Paper, pencils, in my bag...
Wonder what made mom so sad?

Trapper keeper, nice and neat
Will it really stay this clean?
On my back a pack I carry
In it, all my treasures!
Today I'll be
Just watch and see
One class higher!

On August 21, 2010, The Superhero Foundation is hosting an event to collect school supplies for children served by the programs of Light of Life Rescue Mission. The day will start at 1pm at Windwood Park in Bradford Woods, PA ( and there will be swimming, sports and games for kids. T-Bones Marketplace, Sheetz, Krispy Kreme and Frito-Lay are providing food.

Event Attendees are encouraged to respond to the Evite (link below) and indicate what school items they plan to bring to donate.

The first annual Superhero to the Rescue award will be presented to John and Ann Szurley, a couple from Cranberry who are involved with both organizations. Additionally, Ann volunteers with the Girl Scouts as a leader with a focus on community service and John serves on the board of the Cranberry CUP, an organization that has raised over $500K to support needy families. John also has been involved with Children’s Charities Foundation since 1995 and currently serves as Director of Girls’ Hockey for the North Pittsburgh Youth Hockey Association. For event details, please see:

About The Superhero Foundation

The Superhero Foundation was formed January 2, 2008 to fight child abuse, raise awareness for child abuse prevention, and support the organizations that rehabilitate and heal the victims of abuse. We know the scars from abuse may last a lifetime, but we also want the children who carry these scars to know they do not have to be a victim for a lifetime. Our mission is to provide these children with the hope and tools needed to overcome their trauma and succeed in life.

About Light of Life Rescue Mission

Light of Life Rescue Mission has been serving the poor and homeless people in the Pittsburgh area since 1952. The Women and Children’s Program serves 100+ children annually by serving low-income, formerly addicted single mothers and their children, supporting them as they turn their lives around. These children’s families are on a path of healing and stabilization following years of instability, addiction and abuse. The donated backpacks and school supplies will help children ages 5-17 be better prepared for school this year, promoting academic success and self-esteem.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Brownsville Annual Community Festival and Mon Ducky Race

For Immediate Release:

Contact: Colleen Schmidt Phone: 724.785.9331

ACCWT Watershed Summer Associate Fax: 724.785.8626


Inviting Everyone to Attend the Brownsville Annual Community Festival and Mon Ducky Race

The summer fun has just begun. To ensure this summer will be filled with family fun and entertainment the Mayor of Brownsville, Borough Council, and the Brownsville Area Revitalization Corporation (BARC) have joined forces to host the Brownsville Annual Community Festival and Mon Ducky Race. This fun-filled event will take place on Saturday, August 7th in downtown Brownsville between the Flatiron Building on Market Street and Fiddle’s Diner on Water Street.

The summer festival will kickoff with a community parade at 10:30AM. Following the parade, an array of exciting activities and entertainment will be available for all ages. Whether you’re a challenging competitor or a laid back spectator, this range of activities is structured to suit all personalities. A petting zoo, rock-climbing wall, car show, dance performances, live concert and carriage rides are just a few of the fun features this festival has to offer.

In addition to having the opportunity to enjoy some of summer’s sweetest delights, community members will also have the chance to win several prizes when they enter a submission for the Mon Ducky Race, which will begin at 1:30PM at the Brownsville Riverside Wharf. Winners will receive one of the following prizes: The Grand prize will include a two-night stay in downtown Pittsburgh, a gift certificate for dinner at the Grand Concourse in Station Square, tickets for Just Ducky Tours, a gas card, and two tickets to the Senator John Heinz History Center and Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum donated by Pennoni Associates. The second-place winner will receive a $250 gift certificate donated by Dick’s Sporting Goods. The third-place winner will receive a $100 gift certificate donated by Wal-Mart. The fourth-place winner will receive a $25 gift certificate donated by Rt. 40 Classic Diner. Lastly, the lame-duck winner will receive a prize-pack donated by the BARC Board of Directors.

“The Brownsville Annual Community Festival will be the time and place for family, friends and visitors to meet, greet and depart friends. We invite everyone to come out because your support is needed to ensure future community events,” said Mayor Lester Ward.

In its first year, the Brownsville Annual Community Festival is a collaborative effort between the Mayor of Brownsville, Borough Council and BARC. BARC is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to achieve economic development through historic preservation, heritage tourism, outdoor recreation, community stewardship, education, youth advancement and the arts. In effort to continue further community involvement, the North Side Fire Hall will be welcoming everyone to attend their upcoming ‘Open House’ event in August to celebrate their 100th anniversary. For more information regarding this event, please contact the Brownsville Borough Office at 724-785-5761.

For more information on how to reserve a booth or help volunteer for the community festival, contact the BARC Office at 724-785-9331 or contact the Mayor’s office at 724-785-3363.


Monday, July 26, 2010

Learn Computer Skills with BARC

For Immediate Release:

July 26, 2010

Contact: Colleen Schmidt Phone: 724.785.9331

ACCWT Watershed Summer Associate Fax: 724.785.8626


Become computer-savvy: BARC offers 5-week class!

In today’s world, it is hard to get by without understanding the fundamentals of computer technology. In an effort to help more beginners get their jump-start, the Brownsville Area Revitalization Corporation (BARC) is offering an introductory-level computer class for individuals who have not quite conquered a thorough understanding of basic computer skills. Classes are open to all ages, but seating is very limited, eight spots total. The course will meet every Wednesday night from 7-8PM for a period of five weeks at the Gazalie Building in Brownsville (161 Market Street, Brownsville, PA 15417). Classes are only $25 for the entire series, starting August 4th through September 1st.

Although it may seem like everyone who is anyone is technologically savvy by nature, there are still many of us who haven’t had the window of opportunity to acquire these essential skills. Jeremy Beeler will serve as the instructor and facilitator for this preparatory course. By utilizing a basic nuts-and-bolts approach, Mr. Beeler will be able to share his professional knowledge and expertise with individuals who are interested in building the foundation for their computer skill capabilities.

Currently the senior software engineer for the health care information technology provider McKesson, Mr. Beeler has nearly ten years’ experience working with object-oriented languages, configuration management systems, relational database management systems, and more. Beeler has served as a software engineer and computer operations coordinator for companies including ServiceLink, Union Switch & Signal, Co., and the University of Pittsburgh.

This computer class series is made possible by Mr. Jeremy Beeler and the Brownsville Area Revitalization Corporation (BARC). BARC is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to achieve economic development through historic preservation, heritage tourism, outdoor recreation, community stewardship, education, youth advancement and the arts.

To register for this course series and for more information, please contact the BARC office at 724-785-9331.




July 21, 2010 FOR INFORMATION CONTACT: Rob Windhorst



Event: Games of the New Republic

Date: Sunday, August 1, 2010

Time: 1 pm – 4 pm

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

Admission: $5 for adults, $3 for children age 6 through 12, and free for children under age 6.


COLLIER TOWNSHIP, PA (July 21, 2010) – Step back in time at Woodville Plantation, as this living history museum presents a special event. On Sunday, August 1, 2010, the public is invited to join the historic interpreters at Woodville Plantation for Games of the New Republic

Featured will be a game of stool ball, the forerunner of modern baseball. Both the gentry and working classes enjoyed stool ball during the 18th century, including President Washington and his troops during the Revolutionary War. From 1 pm to 4 pm, visitors will be invited to participate in this fun and historic game. Admission to Woodville during this special event is $5 for adults, $3 for children age 6 through 12, and free for children under age 6.

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 Plantation is conveniently located in Collier Township, 1/4 mile north of Interstate I-79 Exit 55 (Kirwan 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.


Pittsburgh Job Corps Students Earn Top Fine Arts Honors

For Immediate Release

U.S. Department of Labor

Office of Public Affairs July 22, 2010

Philadelphia, Pa. Contact: Joanna Hawkins

Release Number: 10-1037-PHI (jc 10-157)

Phone: 215-861-5101

Pittsburgh Job Corps Center students earn top honors at annual Fine Arts regional competition in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA – Four fine arts students from the Pittsburgh Job Corps Center in Pittsburgh, Pa., earned top honors in various categories at the 2010 Job Corps Fine Arts regional competition being held July 7-30 at Eastern University’s Falls Center in East Falls, Pa.

Sarah Belles won first place in the watercolor category, third in the acrylic/oil category, and second in the pastel and mixed media categories. Amber Miller won first place in the jewelry/textiles category; Brian Trezevant won first in the photography category; and Erik Hubstenberger won second in the creative writing category.

Sixty students from Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia submitted a variety of materials in the artistic, design, and literary categories; including acrylic/oil, watercolor, pencil/ink/charcoal, pastel, mixed media, graphic design/printmaking, jewelry/textiles, sculpture, pottery, photography and creative writing. The top four student entries in each category were selected, with first-, second- and third-place entries winning cash prizes.

“The competition serves as a shining example of the Job Corps program’s success with nurturing the artistic talents of these gifted students,” said Dr. Francis Cole, Job Corps regional director in Philadelphia. “Our students consistently display amazing creative ability, as evidenced by the number of inquiries we receive each year from the general public about purchasing their artwork.”

The Fine Arts regional competition is held each year to provide Job Corps students with an outlet for their artistic talents and to encourage Job Corps centers and students to celebrate the arts.

Job Corps, a part of the Labor Department’s Employment and Training Administration, is the nation’s largest career technical training and education program for students ages 16 through 24. It provides training and support services to more than 100,000 students each year at 123 centers in 48 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. For more information about Job Corps, call 800-733-JOBS (5627) or visit


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Family Fun and Franco Harris - North Side Celebration this Weekend


Contact: Robin Rosemary Miller

NorthSide/NorthShore Chamber of Commerce

Eclectic and Fun…
Best Describes the North Side 2010 Celebration in the Park VII

Always evolving, this year’s North Side Celebration in the Park in Allegheny Commons Park, Saturday, July 24 from noon to 5:00 p.m., offers visitors a wide range of family activities for a summer’s day. Honorary Chair, Franco Harris, will sign autographs and musical entertainment starts with the Banjo Club at noon.

An activity-packed day for all ages includes: an opportunity to see and make giant puppets with puppet maker, Cheryl Capezzuti; take a train ride through the park; play bicycle bowling, kids can bounce to their hearts content, pet baby animals; make some take- home crafts; stop by the Allegheny General Hospital Wellness Tent get a massage; buy cool stuff from the local artists; eat fun festival food; see public safety vehicles; and check out the rest of the exhibitors and vendors that will be on hand for the day!

Live entertainment will include local bands including Shelf Life, Brewers Row and the Young Men & Women’s African Heritage Steel Drum Group and Hula Hoop fun with Evolve Productions. Students from Urban Impact Foundation will perform mini Shakespearean scenes in the park.

In keeping with the something for everyone, Misty Pines Dog Park will offer dog agility demonstrations that will include some K-9 officers.

The North Side Celebration in the Park from the inception has been designed to be uniquely North Side because of our abundance of cultural resources, artists and civic organizations. Celebration in the Park offers unique opportunities for parents, children, and people of all ages to enjoy cultural activities and educational experiences as well.

For additional information, go to or contact the North Side/North Shore Chamber of Commerce at 412-231-6500.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Summertime BYOB - Bring Your Own Bard Reading Series

“Summertime” BYOB

“Summertime…and the living is easy.”

That quote is not from Shakespeare, but everything else will be in this evening celebrating the Bard’s evocation of summer.

The Bring Your Own Bard reading series presents an evening of scenes, monologues, and sonnets describing, decrying, delighting in, despairing of all things summer on Thursday, July 29, 2010, 7:00 PM at the Te Café in Squirrel Hill. BYOB is an informal scene night where professional actors and non-actors alike take a crack at their favorite Shakespeare pieces. Extra readings will be on hand in case last minute inspiration strikes. BYOB is a fundraiser for PSIP, Pittsburgh’s only theater offering free Shakespeare performances in city parks.

Suggested tax-deductible donation is $10 at the door. Readers and audience members alike are encouraged to bring copies of their favorite Shakespeare plays and join in the reading of sonnets, scenes, and songs. Fun for the whole family. (Kids are welcome).


2000 Murray Ave

Pittsburgh, PA 15217

(412) 422-8888

Doors open at 7:00 PM, readings begin at 7:30 PM. Anyone interested in reading should contact, or visit us on Facebook at Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks.

Baked goods, coffees and teas will be available for purchase throughout the evening.

Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks, the city's only outdoor Shakespeare company, is in its 6th season of presenting FREE Shakespeare plays in city parks. This year Melissa Hill Grande directs MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING – running each weekend in September 2010.

Bringing you free Shakespeare since 2005.

Bring a loved one, a blanket, and a thermos.

"Shakespeare unplugged.

Just you, the actors, and the words."

Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks presents


directed by Melissa Hill Grande

September 2010

in Pittsburgh's city parks

Women-Owned Businesses on the Upswing, Positive Economic Impact


New Census Data Reinforces the Economic Power of Women-Owned Businesses in the U.S. Says NAWBO

(July 15, 2010)—Preliminary results released this week by the U. S. Census Bureau from the 2007 Survey of Business Owners (SBO) show an increase of 20.1 percent in women-owned businesses since 2002, accounting for 7.8 million non-farm U. S. businesses. In 2007, women-owned firms held 28.7 percent of all non-farm businesses in the United States, 6.4 percent of total employment and 4.0 percent of total receipts. The SBO Survey defines women-owned businesses as firms in which women own 51 percent or more of the stock or equity of the business.

A 2010 Member Survey by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) indicates the trend will continue, not only in women starting new businesses, but also in the growth and expansion of existing businesses. The NAWBO survey shows 34 percent of members expected to hire new workers and 21 percent planned to increase capital investment in 2010.

This is good news for the women's business community and the economy at large. "In the past decade, the number of privately owned companies started by women in America has increased twice as fast as the number owned by men," said NAWBO President and CEO Helen Han. "Even in the current business landscape where all businesses are forced to do more with less, and for less, women business owners are holding their own and contributing significantly to the overall economy."

NAWBO believes there are many reasons for the success of women-owned businesses. "Women business owners are often very resilient because of the challenges they face in starting and growing their businesses," said NAWBO Chair Kelly Scanlon. "Women also have a natural aptitude for business marketing and tend to be more creative and grassroots in their campaigns—all key to helping them thrive."

Other notable highlights of the SBO survey include:

In 2007, 31.9 percent of women-owned firms operated in the repair, maintenance, personal and laundry services industries and the health care and social assistance industries. Women-owned firms accounted for 45.2 percent of all U.S. businesses in these industries. Wholesale trade and retail trade accounted for 36.2 percent of women-owned business revenue.

California had the most women-owned firms at 1 million (13.3 percent of all such firms), with receipts of $181.5 billion (15.2 percent of all women-owned firm receipts). Texas was second with 610,279 women-owned firms or 7.8 percent, with receipts of $96.8 billion or 8.1 percent. New York followed, accounting for 7.6 percent of all women-owned firms, and 7.1 percent of receipts.

In 2007, there were 911,285 women-owned employer firms. These firms employed 7.6 million persons with a total payroll of $218.1 billion, an increase of 6.2 percent and 25.7 percent respectively from 2002. In 2007, these firms generated $1.0 trillion in receipts, an increase of 25.9 percent.

For the complete release of data, go to


Founded in 1975, NAWBO propels women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide. More than 35 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

Media Contacts:

NAWBO Media Relations

Christina Jorgensen (ext. 103)

Lauren Astor (ext. 115)

Phone: (818) 772-9555



Vroom! Start your Engines for the 2010 Brownsville Car Show

For Immediate Release
July 19, 2010

Contact: Colleen Schmidt Phone: 724.785.9331

ACCWT Watershed Summer Associate Fax: 724.785.8626


Vroom! Vroom! Get your engines ready for the 2010 Brownsville Car Show.

If you like old-fashioned classics like a 57’ Chevy or a 63’ Corvette, then you’ll love what we have in store for you! The Mayor of Brownsville, Borough Council and the Brownsville Area Revitalization Corporation (BARC) have teamed up to bring you the 2010 Brownsville Car Show, in conjunction with the Brownsville Annual Community Festival. This exciting event will take place on Saturday, August 7th in downtown Brownsville between the Flatiron Building on Market Street and Fiddle’s Diner on Water Street from 10:30AM-4:00PM

During the car show, a variety of proud owners will showcase their shiny rides for those who enjoy these timeless classics. Currently, we are welcoming additional owners to participate in this event. We invite all models and makes and encourage individuality. For those who are interested in entering their wheels into the car show, we also encourage you to partake in our community parade at 10:30AM, which will serve as the grand opening for this all-day festival.

Following the parade, the 2nd Annual Mon Ducky Race will take place at 1:30PM at the Brownsville Riverside Wharf. Once the race has concluded and the winning prizes have been awarded, the 2010 Brownsville Car Show awards will be given at 2:00PM. In addition to these highlighted events, the community festival will also feature an array of activities, booths and entertainment throughout the entire day. Although all good things must come to an end, Brownsville has found a way to close this day with excitement, with a live performance by “Refuge” from 2-4PM.

In its first year, the Brownsville Annual Community Festival is a collaborative effort between the Mayor of Brownsville, Borough Council and BARC. BARC is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to achieve economic development through historic preservation, heritage tourism, outdoor recreation, community stewardship, education, youth advancement and the arts.

If you would like to enter a car in the car show, please contact Charlie Perkins at 724-984-0303. For more information regarding this community event, please contact the BARC office at 724-785-9331.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Let's Celebrate Women's Right To Vote!

For Immediate Release
July 13, 2010

Celebrate & Share  Invites You to Celebrate the 90th Anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment!

August 26, 2010

Date of the Ratification

Let's Celebrate Our Right To Vote!

"The Politics of Business, The Business of Politics"

Thursday, August 26, Breakfast at the Rivers Club

7:30 am - 9:45 am

Donation - $35

Birthday August? $30.00

Birthday August 26? FREE!

Honorary Sponsors- $80.00

Sponsorships available

Checks payable to "Celebrate & Share"
Mail to: P.O.Box 472
Oakmont, PA 15139

Let's give a great send-off to Celebrate & Share's

Western PA Women's Hall of Achievement

Join our distinguished four panelists, and hear their tales of business and politics in Western Pennsylvania!

For reservations and/or information call or email:

JoAnn Forrester: 412.670.4322

Bonnie DiCarlo: 412.480.5247

Let's Celebrate our 90th Anniversary Together!


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Helping Women Helps the World Lecture Series

For Immediate Release:

UPMC Health Plan presents
Bethlehem Haven's Lecture Series
Helping Women Helps the World

This series was inspired by the new vision of world philanthropy where organizations who once provided ubiquitous aid packages are now giving direct assistance to women and girls in those same communities. Why? Because when these women raise the standard of living for their own families, they collectively elevate the entire community. Join us for the series and be inspired by these dynamic speakers.

October 28th, 11:30 AM

Deborah L. Acklin

Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Emmy Award winning WQED Multimedia will share thoughts on "Helping Women Change Lives". Considered a pre-eminent woman in media, she has repeatedly launched successful new programs and has received numerous awards for excellence.

December 9, 2010 11:30 AM

Sharon Cowden, MD

A woman who has changed the lives of countless women, this pediatrician and breast cancer survivor helped develop Strength and Courage, a DVD of exercise resources to help women regain physical and emotional strength after breast cancer surgery. To date, the DVD has been distributed across 42 states and six countries.

Date TBD

Ann Dugan

Assistant Dean and Founder, Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence at the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate School of Business as well as a leader in community and economic development activities, Ann is the co-author of A Woman’s Place…The Crucial Roles of Women in Family Business and has been recognized through various business excellence awards.

Join us for only $25 per person (includes lunch)

Rivers Club, One Oxford Center, Downtown Pittsburgh
To purchase tickets online, go to
To purchase tickets by phone, call 412-391-1348 x224


Monday, July 12, 2010

Don't Miss the Mon Rivers Communities Dinner Cruise Boat!

For Immediate Release
July 12, 2010

Don’t Miss the Boat

What -- The 2nd Annual Mon River Communities Dinner Cruise. The evening cruise will include a buffet dinner, cash bar, sightseeing and socializing with other community members. In addition, Mr. John Detisch who established the program of MUSIC ON THE MON series in Brownsville will be honored as the Distinguished Citizen and presented with an award.

When-- 6 PM Tuesday, August 3rd

Where --- The Gateway Clipper vessel, Empress will begin boarding at 6:00pm and will depart promptly at 6:30pm from the Charleroi Trustees Park. The Empress will travel south on the Mon River towards California, and the cruise will last approximately 2 ½ hours.

How -- This year the event is organized by the Greater Rostraver Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Brownsville (BARC), Donora Smog Commemorative Committee, Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce, Monessen Historical Society, and TEAM Charleroi.

Tickets are $60 each and are available by calling 724-785-9331. Please RSVP. You may charge them on your credit card if you  prefer or mail your check to BARC P.O.Box 97 Brownsville, PA 15417
Contact:  Norma Ryan,


The Late Night Cabaret Series Summer Schedule

For immediate release…

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust continues to develop its

Late Night Cabaret Series

Thursdays - Saturdays at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue

PITTSBURGH…The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s lively and popular Late Night Cabaret series continues through the summer. For more information on any Late Night Cabaret event, please contact Randy Kirk at 412-325-6766, or at

Scheduled Events – Summer, 2010

Thursdays Pittsburgh Improv Comedy Jam – The city’s best improv performers take the stage every Thursday (through Sept. 23rd) in an ever-changing improv comedy show. Fast, funny and surprisingly sophisticated!

Fridays Salsa Fridays - The Cabaret at Theater Square becomes one of the city’s hottest late night dance floors every Friday from 10pm until 2am. DJ Jeff Shirey, DJ Carlton, DJ Paul Mitchell and other guest DJs spin the hottest Latin dance music to keep the crowd moving.

Friday, July 30th: Direct from NYC - Recording Artists Los Ciegos Del Barrio will perform live. Plus, special guest dance instructor Joe Figueroa! Los Ciegos Del Barrio literally translates to "the Blind Boys from the Hood." Together since 1997, most of the band members are legally blind and perform Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Cumbia, Reggaeton and Rock music in English and Spanish. *The cover charge for this event is $10.00.


The John McIntire Dangerously Live Comedy Talk Show

July 24th, August 21st, September 18th 10:30pm

Media personality and comedian John McIntire hosts this irreverent and entertainingly informative panel show, which features local journalists, politicians and comics exploring topical issues and riffing on the news of the day. Topics and panelists are announced two weeks prior to each show.

Mystery’s Most Wanted presents…I Loathe Lucy!

July 17th, August 14th 10:00pm

Somebody has some ‘splainin to do when America’s favorite red head turns up dead. Has Ricky tired of her attempts to join his show? Is Ethel fed up with her wacky schemes? Or has Fred finally found a way to get rid of his least favorite neighbor?

Mystery’s Most Wanted presents…Come & Knock on Death’s Door!

September 11th 10:00pm

You're in for a swingin' good time at this 1970's bachelorette pad in California, where the motive is Hers and Hers and His!

The Serious Comedy Show

July 31st, September 25th 10:30pm

The Serious Comedy Show features improvisational comedy by local troupes Hustlebot and IronyCity, as well sketch comedy by hosts and impresarios, The Hodgepodge Society.

Also on Saturdays:

Pittsburgh CLO Cast Cabaret: 2010 Edition

August 7th 10:30pm

What do Tony-winning Faith Prince, Emmy-winning Rob Marshall and Oscar-winning Christopher Walken all have in common? Their careers began at Pittsburgh CLO! Join the Pittsburgh CLO ensemble cast at the Cabaret on Saturday, August 7th for an evening of song and you just might discover the next big thing to hit the Broadway stage!

Anne & Mark Burnell

August 28th 10:30pm

Join Anne & Mark for an evening of their favorite songs.

**There will be no show on Saturday, September 4th.

Late Night Cabaret

Tickets to the Improv Jam are $3.00. All other events are $5.00.

Ticket holders from any earlier show downtown gain free admission (based on seating availability; must show ticket stub for free admission).

Performances begin at either 10:00pm or 10:30pm, depending on the event.

All Late Night Cabaret events are 21 & Over

We compliment our Late Night series with our popular Late Night Happy Hour, from 9:00-11:00pm! Guests can enjoy a wide selection of $2.50 craft beer bottles, $3.50 featured wine and discount food to start the Late Night right!

Contact Randy Kirk at 412-325-6766, or for more information.


faustUS Coming to the Cultural District!


Contact: Veronica Corpuz, 412-471-6082/

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Education and Community Engagement Department Presents:


The James E. Rohr Building, 805-807 Liberty Avenue

July 21-25 and July 28-August 1 at 8pm

PITTSBURGH, PA: Following a sold-out premiere of faustUS last autumn, 404 Strand brings its raucous reenactment of the myth of Faust to the heart of the Cultural District on July 21-25 and July 28-August 1, 2010. Presented by the Education and Community Engagement Department of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, faustUS is based on the The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus by Christopher Marlowe (1604). It is directed by Dan Jemmett and devised by the theatre collective 404 Strand. The performance features Andrew Hachey, John Fitzgerald Jay, Rick Kemp, Molly Simpson and Kristin Slaysman with artistic collaborator Richard Parsakian. All performances of faustUS begin at 8 p.m. at the James E. Rohr Building at 805-807 Liberty Avenue. Tickets ($25.50) are available at the Box Office at Theater Square, by calling 412-456-6666 or visiting

faustUS was originally presented by the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater and 404 Strand in association with Pittsburgh Filmmakers with support from the Heinz Endowments, the Pittsburgh Foundation and Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

404 Strand combines theatre makers from the USA, Canada and England, some of whom have worked previously in Pittsburgh on Quantum Theatre productions Dogface, The Collected Works of Billy the Kid and The Museum of Desire. faustUS is a modern retelling of the ancient story of Faust, a man who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for knowledge and power. Jemmett describes the work as an installment performance, a theatrical experience marked by the immediate and intense proximity of the audience to the performers.

Award –winning international theatre director Dan Jemmett directs at some of Europe’s most highly regarded theatres, including Théâtre de Vidy, Lausanne, the Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris, The Lyric Hammersmith and The Almeida Opera in London, the Deutsche-Oper-Am-Rhein in Düsseldorf, Holland’s Reisopera , and the Teatro dell’opera in Rome among many others. After being awarded the French critics’ Revelation Théâtral prize in 2002, he was the first British director to be invited to direct at France’s national theatre the Comedie Francaise, where Les Precieuses Ridicules and La Grand Magie have received rave reviews in the European press. His film, Curtains, produced by Warp Films in London, was selected for The Edinburgh Film Festival 2009, and in 2010 he directed Berlioz’s opera Beatrice and Benedict for the Opera Comique in Paris, and Le Donneur de Bain at the Theatre Marigny. In 2011 he will direct Richard III at Poland’s national theatre in Warsaw.

In Pittsburgh, Dan has conceived and directed three highly acclaimed shows for Quantum Theatre. Dogface, his adaptation of The Changeling, was performed in an abandoned steel mill, while The Collected Works of Billy the Kid, a dramatization of Michael Ondaatje’s celebrated book of poems, was presented in a disused porn cinema. Both of these productions were invited to Madrid’s prestigious Festival de Otono, and were followed by The Museum of Desire, a presentation of stories by renowned art historian and writer John Berger that took place in Pittsburgh’s Frick Museum.

Rick Kemp has received numerous awards on both sides of the Atlantic for his work as an actor and director. He has performed with leading British companies Complicite, the Almeida, and The Oxford Playhouse, as well as touring his solo clown show Coming Home worldwide. He was the Artistic Director of London’s Commotion Theatre Company from 1991 to 1998, and collaborated with Nobel Prize-winning playwright Dario Fo on the English language premiere of Mistero Buffo, performing the show at London’s Riverside Studios and Tricycle Theatre and on tour, subsequently receiving the French Government's CROUS Award for Theatre. Work in the USA includes directing Hamlet and RiddleyWalker at The Pittsburgh Playhouse, directing Shrew! and The Comedy of Errors for Unseam'd Shakespeare, and acting in numerous shows for Quantum Theatre, including The Wild Duck, Richard II, I.D., The Crucible, Le Grand Meaulnes, The Collected Works of Billy the Kid, The Museum of Desire, and Cymbeline. His work as a writer and director of new works with Squonk Opera has been supported by awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, and he is the recipient of the 2004 Heinz Endowments Creative Heights Award for his clown show e-lectricity.


Thursday, July 8, 2010

PICT Celebrates Nobel Prize-Winning Playwright Harold Pinter


Media Contact: Melissa Hill Grande
412.561.6000  x203

Hearing Noise (and Laughter) in the Silence

PICT celebrates the artistry of Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter with extraordinary six-play Festival

Pittsburgh, PA – June 28, 2010. Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre honors one of the most important playwrights of the late 20th century with Hearing Noise in the Silence: A Celebration of the Life and Theatre of Harold Pinter. A team of seventeen actors and directors bring the plays to life, beginning with the comedy The Hothouse on July 22nd, and continuing with five additional plays running in repertory until August 22nd. Adventurous patrons who wish to condense the experience have two opportunities to see all six of the plays in three days (August 12th through 14th, or August 20th through 22nd). The Pinter Celebration is generously sponsored by Richard E. Rauh and The National Endowment for the Arts. DUQ 90.3-FM is the Media Sponsor.

The Pinter Celebration continues the tradition that PICT began in 2006 with BeckettFest, a festival featuring all 19 of Samuel Beckett’s plays, and continued in 2008 with Synge Cycle, featuring the complete plays of the playwright who most influenced Beckett, John Millington Synge. Nobel Prizewinning playwright Harold Pinter is perhaps the most “Beckettian” of all playwrights, and the six plays produced in the Pinter Celebration illustrate the variety that exists within his overall library of works.

The celebration begins with The Hothouse, a sinister and scathingly funny dark comedy that unlocks the secrets of a state-run “rest home” where the staff is even more disturbed than the inmates. Set on Christmas day and dealing with the investigations into (and cover-ups of) a birth and a death at the institution, The Hothouse unearths with the worm-eaten corruption of bureaucracy, the secrecy of government, and the disjunction between language and understanding. The Hothouse is directed by Matthew Gray.

No Man’s Land is directed by Andrew S. Paul, and follows the opening of The Hothouse. Two eccentric men, unlikely friends, stumble home from the pub together to continue their merrymaking. Hirst (Sam Tsoutsouvas) is a wealthy recluse haunted by dreams and memories, and Spooner (Rick McMillan), a down-at-heels poet. They seem to share a common history, but then again they may be strangers performing an elaborate charade. The ambiguity and the comedy intensify with the arrival of Hirst’s man-servants Briggs and Foster, who may be lovers. All four inhabit a no-man’s¬land between reality and imagination.

Next to open in the festival is an evening featuring two of Pinter’s best-known shorter plays, The Dumb Waiter and Betrayal. Directed by Martin Giles, The Dumb Waiter features Ben (Michael Hanrahan) and Gus (Jarrod DiGiorgi), two hit-men holed up in a basement flat awaiting their next assignment. Awkwardness and tension develop as the two make seemingly mindless conversation, only to be fueled by the constant interruption of a strange dumbwaiter delivering food orders which Ben and Gus are ill-equipped to fill. The Dumb Waiter was the inspiration for Martin McDonagh’s hit film, In Bruges.

Written in 1978 and aptly named for the numerous disloyalties committed throughout the course of the play, Betrayal traces an adulterous affair backwards in time, starting two years after the affair has ended. This unconventional plot structure fuels the intensity, making Betrayal one of Pinter’s greatest dramatic works. Alan Stanford directs a cast featuring Nike Doukas, Leo Marks, and David Whalen.

The last evening to open features Pinter’s first play, The Room, paired with his final play, Celebration. The Room is directed by Sheila McKenna and centers on Bert (Martin Giles) and Rose (Bernadette Quigley), a couple who might not actually be legally married, and their stay in a room in a large house. Left alone in the room, Rose receives a series of callers who fill her afternoon with both comic and disturbing interludes.

Alan Stanford directs the comedy Celebration, which takes place in a West End restaurant where you never know what will be served up next. The play encompasses the dealings of a couple involved in extramarital affairs, thugs and their wives, and a few members of the restaurant staff who don’t always act like restaurant staff.

Pinter’s distinctive style spawned the adjective “Pinteresque,” which describes situations that are often comic, but with an undertone of impending violence or danger. An important element in the style known as Pinteresque is the pause. Pinter used “pause” frequently in his stage directions, allowing the actors to use silence to underlie that which is happening but is not being said.

The man who inspired the phrase “Pinteresque” and brought forth a new generation of playwrights (including Sam Shepard, David Mamet and Jez Butterworth) was born to Jewish parents in the tough East End of London in 1930. The influence of a childhood spent living under the shadow of World War II and the air raids on London, as well as the subsequent discoveries of the horrors of the Holocaust are reflected in his plays. He briefly studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, but disliked it there and left to tour with an Irish theatrical troupe. He was politically minded from his youth, refusing to go when called up for National Service. His application as a conscientious objector was rejected by two tribunals, and he was forced to pay a fine to avoid spending time in jail.

Pinter’s success was not limited to the stage. In addition to a hugely successful career as a playwright and a solid career as a stage performer and stage director, Pinter wrote a number of highly lauded screenplay adaptations, including “The French Lieutenant’s Woman,” “The Last Tycoon,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Sleuth” and (uncredited) “The Remains of the Day.” He also wrote film and television adaptations of many of his plays, including “One for the Road,” “Celebration,” “Old Times,” “The Dumb Waiter,” “Betrayal,” “No Man’s Land,” “The Lover,” “The Homecoming,” “The Birthday Party,” and “The Caretaker.” As an actor, his film and television career included roles in “The Tailor of Panama,” “Wit,” “Mansfield Park,” “Mojo,” and “Krapp’s Last Tape.”

Pinter held many honorary degrees and was awarded many prizes and honors during his career, including a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in 1966, and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2005. He turned down the offer of British Knighthood in 1996.

His first marriage to actress Vivien Merchant gave him his only child, Daniel. He married the author Antonia Fraser in 1980, and was with her until his death, from cancer, on Christmas Eve 2008, at the age of 78.

Five-time Dora Award-winning Canadian actor Rick McMillan (Henry, Stuff Happens, Julius Caesar) returns to the PICT stage for the first time since 2007 for No Man’s Land and Celebration. McMillan’s career encompasses a wide range of works, including the Stratford and Broadway productions of The Mikado. He originated the role of Sarumon for Lord of the Rings: The Musical, and was the villainous Scar in the long-running Toronto production of The Lion King. He also spent many seasons with Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival, the Stratford Festival and the Shaw Festival. Recently, McMillan starred in the new Andrew Lloyd-Webber/Ben Elton musical The Boys in the Photograph. His previous PICT credits include Stuff Happens, Julius Caesar and Henry.

Irish director, actor and playwright Alan Stanford returns to PICT after his stunning 2007 production of Salome. Stanford is the artistic director of Second Age Theatre Company, and his extensive career includes directing Harold Pinter in a production of Pinter’s play The Collection at the Gate Theatre in Dublin. He will direct Betrayal and Celebration.

Also returning to PICT this season is L.A.-based actor Nike Doukas. Doukas was previously seen as the delightfully fiendish Mrs. Cheveley in PICT’s 2008 production of An Ideal Husband. Doukas and her real-life husband Leo Marks reprise their roles from the acclaimed 2008 Andak Stage Company production of Betrayal. The couple also shares the stage in Celebration, and Marks will be seen in The Hothouse.

Bernadette Quigley makes her Pittsburgh debut in Pinter Festival, playing Prue in Celebration and Rose in The Room. Quigley has been seen on Broadway and in the national tour of Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa. Other credits include productions at Abingdon Theatre, Actors Studio, and regionally at Repertory Theatre of St. Louis (Bug, The Crucible), Virginia Stage (Beauty Queen of Leenane), as well as Williamstown Theatre Festival, Long Wharf Theatre, and Milwaukee Repertory Theatre.

Pinter Celebration also marks a return to the stage for PICT Artistic Director Andrew S. Paul. In his first acting role since 2003, Paul will portray the verbose, comical waiter in Celebration. Paul also directs No Man’s Land.

Completing the Pinter Celebration ensemble are Fredi Bernstein, Jarrod DiGiorgi, Tami Dixon, Martin Giles, Matthew Gray, Michael Hanrahan, Sheila McKenna, Larry John Meyers, Doug Pona, Sam Tsoutsouvas, and David Whalen.

The design team includes scenic designer Gianni Downs (incl. Synge Cycle, Othello, Salome, An Ideal Husband, Boston Marriage), lighting designer Jim French (Synge Cycle, Othello, The Lieutenant of Inishmore), sound composer Elizabeth Atkinson (BeckettFest, Synge Cycle, and costume designer Crystal Gomes.

A Pinter Celebration Finale, with the entire company reading from Pinter’s poetry and prose and a talk-back with the company will be held on Sunday, August 22nd at 7 p.m. in the Charity Randall Theatre.

A free panel discussion, (Mis)Perceiving Pinter, will be held on Saturday, August 14th at noon in the Henry Heymann Theatre. Panelists will be Ann C. Hall, President of the international Harold Pinter Society, and Alan Stanford, director of Celebration and Betrayal.

Tickets for The Hothouse and No Man’s Land are $50 - $20. Tickets for The Dumb Waiter/Betrayal and The Room/Celebration are $32 - $20. Tickets for the Pinter Celebration Finale are $25. More information is available at, and tickets are available through ProArtsTickets at 412.394.3353 or online at

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.

Pinter Celebration Fact Sheet

Hearing Noise in the Silence: A Celebration of the Life and Theatre of Harold Pinter

July 22 – August 22, 2010 The Charity Randall and Henry Heymann Theatres Stephen Foster Memorial, 4301 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Acting and Directing Team: Fredi Bernstein, Jarrod DiGiorgi, Tami Dixon, Nike Doukas, Matthew Gray, Martin Giles, Michael Hanrahan, Leo Marks, Sheila McKenna, Rick McMillan, Larry John Meyers, Andrew S. Paul, Doug Pona, Bernadette Quigley, Alan Stanford, Sam Tsoutsouvas, and David Whalen

Design and Production Team: Elizabeth Atkinson (Sound Design), Paul Bistrican (Technical Director), Gianni Downs (Scenic Design), Jim French (Lighting Design), Cory Goddard (Properties, Assistant Stage Manager), Crystal Gomes (Costume Design), Phill Madore (Production Manager/Production Stage Manager), and Joey Scarillo (Assistant Stage Manager)

The Hothouse

July 22 – August 22 Henry Heymann Theatre

Starring: Tami Dixon, Martin Giles, Michael Hanrahan, Leo Marks, Larry John Meyers, Doug Pona, and Sam Tsoutsouvas Director: Matthew Gray

The Hothouse Performance Dates and Times:

First Week: Thursday – Friday, July 22 – 23, Previews, 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 24, Opening Night, 8 p.m. (followed by reception)

Sunday, July 25, 2 p.m. (followed by talk-back with actors) Second Week: Tuesday, July 27, 7 p.m. (Professional Tuesday performance)

Wednesday – Thursday, July 28 – 29, 8 p.m.*

Sunday, August 1, 7 p.m.

* - preshow discussion Wednesday and Thursday, 7 p.m. Third Week: Saturday, August 7, 2 p.m. Fourth Week: Friday, August 13, 8 p.m. Fifth Week: Wednesday, August 18, 8 p.m.

Sunday, August 22, 2 p.m.

No Man’s Land

July 30 – August 21, 2010 The Charity Randall Theatre

Starring: Jarrod DiGiorgi, Rick McMillan, Sam Tsoutsouvas, David Whalen Director: Andrew S. Paul

No Man’s Land Performance Dates and Times:

First Week: Friday, July 30, Preview, 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 31, Opening, 8 p.m.

Sunday, August 1, 2 p.m. (followed by talk-back with actors) Second Week: Wednesday, August 4, 8 p.m.

Sunday, August 8, 7 p.m. Third Week: Thursday, August 12, 8 p.m. Fourth Week: Tuesday, August 17, 7 p.m.

Saturday, August 21, 8 p.m.

The Dumb Waiter & Betrayal August 5 – 21, 2010 Henry Heymann Theatre

The Dumb Waiter

Starring: Jarrod DiGiorgi and Michael Hanrahan Director: Martin Giles


Starring: Nike Doukas, Martin Giles, Leo Marks and David Whalen Director: Alan Stanford

First Week: Thursday – Saturday, August 5 – 7, 8 p.m. Sunday, August 8, 2 p.m.

Second Week: Wednesday, August 11, 8 p.m. Saturday, August 14, 2 p.m. Sunday, August 15, 7 p.m.

Third Week: Saturday, August 21, 2 p.m.

Celebration & The Room August 14 – 20, 2010 The Charity Randall Theatre


Starring: Fredi Bernstein, Tami Dixon, Nike Doukas, Martin Giles, Michael Hanrahan, Leo Marks, Rick McMillan, Andrew

S. Paul, and Bernadette Quigley Director: Alan Stanford

The Room

Starring: Fredi Bernstein, Jarrod DiGiorgi, Martin Giles, Larry John Meyers, and Doug Pona Director: Sheila McKenna

First Week: Saturday, August 14, 8 p.m. Sunday, August 15, 2 p.m. Second Week: Thursday – Friday, August 19 – 20 , 8 p.m.

Pinter Celebration Finale

Sunday, August 22, 7 p.m. The Charity Randall Theatre

TICKET INFORMATION: Prices for The Hothouse and No Man’s Land: Saturday Nights - $50, Seniors $47 Wednesday, Thursday, Friday Nights - $46, Seniors $43 Professional Tuesdays, Saturday and Sunday Matinees - $42, Seniors $40 Preview Thursday and Friday - $34 for all seats $20 tickets available for youth under 25, with valid ID

Prices for The Dumb Waiter & Betrayal, and for Celebration & The Room: All seats $32, all performances

$20 tickets available for youth under 25, with valid ID

Prices for Pinter Celebration Finale All seats $25

To purchase, call ProArtsTickets at 412.394.3353 or visit online at

Group rates are available for all PICT productions. Contact Eric Nelson at or 412.561.6000 x206 for details.

(mis)Perceiving Pinter

Saturday, August 14 - noon A free panel discussion featuring Ann C. Hall, President of the international Harold Pinter Society, and Alan Stanford, internationally-known actor and director, and director of Celebration and Betrayal in PICT’s Pinter Celebration.


Richard E. Rauh National Endowment for the Arts DUQ 90.3 FM (Media Sponsor)

Friday, July 2, 2010

'Music on the Mon' presents Chris Higbee in their 2010 Concert Series

For Immediate Release
July 2, 2010

Contact: Colleen Schmidt Phone: 724.785.9331

ACCWT Watershed Summer Associate Fax: 724.785.8626


2010 ‘Music on the Mon’ proudly presents Chris Higbee Special Acoustic Performance

Chris Higbee, a fiddler and the founder of the American country music band Povertyneck Hillbillies (PNH) will be the first to take the stage at this year’s Music on the Mon concert series. Higbee’s acoustic performance will be held on July 11th at the Nemacolin Castle stage in Brownsville and will begin at 6pm. Open to all and free to attend, this is one summer event you won’t want to miss.

Born and raised in a country setting, Chris Higbee discovered his passion for country music at an early age. Playing the fiddle soon became a priority for Higbee, which later led to an exciting career in country music.

In 2000, Higbee partnered with some of his closest and most talented friends. This collaborative effort led to the creation of PNH. Named one of the top-selling independent country acts of 2005 by the Country Music Association, PNH has proven their exceptional talent and one-of-a-kind style. To compliment his previous success with PNH, Chris Higbee has continued to please his country fans with his charm, but with a new twist. Higbee is the founder of the new act the Chris Higbee Project. Consisting of some of Higbee’s friends, as well as some new uprising musicians, this fresh blend of talent brings a new meaning to country music and is sure to excite any audience.

The Music on the Mon began seven years ago with a partnership between the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Nemacolin Castle and the Brownsville Area Revitalization Corporation (BARC). BARC is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to achieve economic development through historic preservation, heritage tourism, outdoor recreation, community stewardship, education, youth advancement and the arts.

This concert series is supported by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency, and through its regional arts funding partnership with Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA). State government funding for the arts depends upon an annual appropriation by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. PPA is administered in this region by the Community Foundation of Fayette County.

For more information on these events contact the BARC Office at 724-785-9331.




Friday, July 16, 2010, 5:30-9 p.m.

Indie-Soul artist ERIC ROBERSON performs on the JazzLive Summer Stage

NEW: Break Dancing Block Party & Chatham Baroque at the DLCC!

Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh immediately follows Crawl on the rooftop of Theater Square

PITTSBURGH, PA - The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Department of Education and Community Engagement heats up the summer streets of the Cultural District with its free and festive Gallery Crawl on Friday, July 16, from 5:30 - 9 p.m. This exhilarating arts open house showcases an array of activities throughout the Cultural District with the trademark, eclectic mix of visual art, dance, music and more.

New, featured events for the crawl include a live outdoor performance by indie-soul recording artist Eric Roberson on the JazzLive Summer Stage, a break-dancing Block Party at the corner of 9th and Penn and a performance by Chatham Baroque on the rooftop terrace of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

All Gallery Crawl events are free and open to the public. For more information and a map of the Gallery Crawl events, 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.

After the Crawl, visitors are welcome to join the rooftop party at Theater Square, Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh, from 9 p.m. – midnight, featuring culinary and cocktail delights by Cultural District restaurants. For tickets ($50 in advance, $75 at the door), visit Special VIP tickets and Jetsetter Packages also available by calling 412-471-3519.




Chelsea Baratz Quartet Forging new sounds in jazz music, Pittsburgh native, Chelsea Baratz is a rising star on the national and international jazz scene. 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Eric Roberson from NYC, indie-soul royalty, Eric Roberson brings his band to perform live in Pittsburgh for the very first time. 7:00 - 9:00pm



DJ Mike Canton (WYEP Soul Show) and DJ Nate da Phat Barber spin early soul and hip hop. Pick out your ‘fro or break out your B-Boy gear, Member’s Only jackets and bamboo earrings for this old school party. With special guests, Get Down Gang, local break dance crew!

It will be over in a “FLASH”---don’t miss it. 7:30pm



Outer Body/Inner Experiences

Interactive artwork inviting viewer participation in an outer body experience. Artists: Airan Kang, Matt Stokes, Lawrence Malstaff, Luc Courchesne and Jim Campbell.



A New View

Come and enjoy a view of Pittsburgh that is rarely seen. Appreciate the skyline and public works of art on the Convention Center's North Terrace while listening the gorgeous sound of Chatham Baroque. Also, be sure to stop by the Handmade Arcade table for some DIY activities.



Congo Women

This exhibition sheds light not only on the situation facing women of the Democratic Republic of Congo but on gender-based violence around the world and demonstrates why the arts have a powerful role as mirror and map to influence social change.

Music by Delicious Pastries

91.3fm WYEP – Live Radio Broadcast



404 Strand discusses the upcoming production, FAUST US, in an intimate setting. See the set and learn more about this show, described as “unorthodox…visceral…beautiful” by Pittsburgh City Paper

Movement Room (2nd floor)]

Be Beyonce

Jamae of Jam Dance will teach you the moves you see in music videos to the music that will make you want to drop it like It’s hot! 6 - 7pm, 7:30 – 8:30pm

Shaw Galleries

805 Liberty Avenue

Mo Knows Pittsburgh: The Photojournalism of Morris Berman.

Exhibition includes a variety photographs, including his nationally acclaimed photograph of NY Giants football player Y. A. Tittle (1964), which many consider the most important sports photograph of the 20th-century.



Have a cup with beat-up indie rock group, The Wrong Airport.




A winter spectacle meets a summertime beverage. An immersive installation featuring paintings, sculpture, and icee delites. by Jonathan Chamberlain and Chris Beauregard

709 Penn Gallery

709 Penn Avenue

Tar Baby and Doowop: Everything You Need For Your Modern Household, Mercantile

Installation and performance by Vanessa German. An imagined extravaganza of useful things circa 1908.



Culinary Sculptures

Various sugar and tallow sculpture pieces created by PCI faculty. Hot food and beverages prepared by PCI students available for $1-$1.50


Bricolage Space – 1st floor:

4 Real 4 Real

Pittsburgh’s own yarn-spinning extravaganza. Featuring only a microphone, an audience, and the true-to-life narratives of local performers, and real people just like you! 7:00-8:30pm

2nd floor

Justin Hopper: Public Record

Poems written from 19th-century newspaper crime reports, Public Record makes the prosaic into the poetic, and populates the city with these unknown, powerful, ghostly layers.

Pittsburgh Gospel – 3rd floor:

Get lifted on the top floor with Deryck Tines and company



The Art of Akira

Original hand-drawn cells, backgrounds, and production art from Katsuhiro Otomo's anime masterpiece. Also, an exclusive preview of the upcoming exhibit, Cartoon Canines, a celebration of the history of the dog in comics!



Enjoy new art from Anire Mosley throughout the building, food and entertaining hip hop performances celebrating African American culture. The FutuRisticz at 6:00 pm and Shinobi at 8:00 pm



Image Interlude A Episode In Time

View the works of historian local photographer, Curtis E. Reave. Music by DJ Kelli Burns



Acid Rain Production, Experimental Video and Experimental Popsicles

Future Tenant and Acid Rain Production present a special looped screening of 3 videos by 3 artists who work with snowy landscapes. Also a window installation on view, "Recreating Havoc" by Darrell Kinsel.




Photo Show

Photographer and guest teacher Mike Robinson displays personal and student photographs; Steel pan band plays throughout the night!



Eastern Watershed

Live music by high energy polka band Eastern Watershed 5:30-7:00 pm



Come dance with the Azucar Latin Band with their salsa and world music on our dance floor, co-presented by Global Beats, LACU & Hispanic Chamber of Commerce with DJ Carla Leininger.

First Commonwealth Hospitality Spot

Cookies, prizes and giveaways courtesy of First Commonwealth



Free Dance Lessons

7:30 - Swing

8:00 - Tango

8:30 - Salsa

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Lead Sponsor: First Commonwealth, Other Sponsors: City Paper, WYEP 91.3 FM, Kreider Printing


Thursday, July 1, 2010

Dinner with Doc



Ashley Moss

Moss Marketing & Events

(412) 298-7333

Dinner with Doc

Local Doctor Offers Opportunity for Face-to-Face Questions on Healthcare and Alternative Wellness Programs

Pittsburgh, PA (June 2010) – Upper Cervical Care is based on the universal law of cause and effect. For every effect or symptom (physical or mental), there must be a cause. Upper Cervical doctors focus their efforts on locating and correcting interference to the nervous system that may be the cause of a health condition. Correcting this interference can allow the body to heal itself naturally without the use of potentially harmful drugs or surgery. An Upper Cervical Correction is gentle and there is no forceful pulling, twisting or jerking motion of the neck. The correction is applied using a precise and controlled touch that allows the head, neck, and spine to return to their proper positions, restoring balance to the body and removing the interference.

Dr. Ian Bulow, one local chiropractor who practices Upper Cervical Care and owns a practice in Cranberry Twp., is offering an opportunity for a FREE DINNER and informative evening at Domenico’s Ristorante on Tuesday, July 20th at 6pm to learn more about the Power of Upper Cervical Care. Hear stories from patients who have found relief from Fibromyalgia, High Blood Pressure, Digestive Disorders, Headaches and many other conditions.

This dinner is open to everyone who wants to learn more about the wonderful world of Upper Cervical Care. Seating is limited so please RSVP before Friday, July 16th by visiting or calling (724) 772-7060.

To learn more about Upper Cervical Care, please visit