Tuesday, August 30, 2011

BARC Celebrates La Dolce Vita with 10th Anniversary Taste of Italy

La Dolce Vita: BARC Celebrates

Taste of Italy's 10th Anniversary

Nearly 20 winemakers will participate in the Oct. 15 event

BROWNSVILLE, Pa. – Nearly 20 regional winemakers will compete Oct. 15 at the 10th annual Taste of Italy, one of the longest-running fund raisers for the Brownsville Area Revitalization Corp. (BARC)

Tickets go on sale Sept. 1. As in years past, the Taste of Italy will be held in the Brownsville Sons of Italy, Frank Ricco Lodge 731, at 16 Race St., beginning at 7 p.m.

The evening features wine tastings, the gift of a customized wine glass and hors d'oeuvres plus the opportunity to participate in the balloting for the People's Choice Award or as the competitors call it, the "Last Box Charlie" award, which honors the late Charlie Britvich, one of five competitors who launched the event for BARC. Competing still today are Dick Quarzo, John Chan, Rich Dascenzo, Dr. Alan Sally and Britvich's children.

The longevity of the Taste of Italy has amazed winemakers and BARC members alike. "We have a core group of winemakers and they keep it going. We could never do this without them – they give away their wine," says Caroline Fecek, chairwoman of the event from 2001-10 and a key committee member for the Taste of Italy's 10th anniversary.

By the event's third year, Fecek says the Taste of Italy started to draw significantly larger crowds and more winemakers, including competitors from Pittsburgh. "Word of mouth" publicity brought 220 people last year to Brownsville for the annual affair. This year's goal is to draw a sell-out crowd to the 250-seat Sons of Italy hall, which was recently renovated as part of a major expansion project.

"There is good-natured competition among our winemakers. They want to keep it light so we do," Fecek says. "Every year, I'm humbled by the help we get from the winemakers, volunteers and sponsors."

Several sponsors are already on board, with more on the way, to show their support for the milestone year. To date, BARC has secured sponsorships from Brownsville Marine Products, Community Foundation of Fayette County, Nemacolin Wooflands Pet Resort & Spa and Woodlands Animal Care Center, Lunden's Flower Shop and Brownsville Ambulance Service. The wine glass sponsor is Carmichaels Golf Club.

Trophies will be awarded to winemakers for sweet and dry wines in the following categories: made from grapes crushed by the vintner; bought juice, including buckets; kits; and grapes mixed with other fruits. Six judges will award trophies during the event. Also highlighting the evening is the traditional auction of a basketful of wine – private labels from participating winemakers. Conducting the sale will be professional auctioneer, Fred Peters of Brownsville.

"My expectation is to continue what Caroline has built," says Norma Ryan, BARC director and the 2011 chairwoman of the Taste of Italy. "Having grown up with a family that made wine, it's very touching and special that these winemakers are keeping the tradition alive."

Taste of Italy tickets are $35 each prior to Oct. 1 and $40 afterward or at the door. Tickets are available by contacting BARC's office at 724-785-9331. The office, located in the Flatiron Building, 69 Market St., Brownsville, is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For additional information or schedule an interview:
Norma Ryan, 724-785-9387

Brownsville Area Revitalization Corp. (BARC) is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Its mission is to achieve economic development through historic preservation, heritage tourism, outdoor recreation, community stewardship, education, youth advancements and the arts. Contact the BARC office, 724.785.9331, for additional information about programs and upcoming events.

Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks Presents Merry Wives of Windsor through September

Join Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks for our opening performances of Merry Wives of Windsor this Labor Day weekend!

Opening day is Saturday, September 3 @ Frick Park, Squirrel Hill. Curtain is 2 pm.

The show runs about 1:45 without an intermission.

Family members of all ages are welcome to come enjoy the show.

As always, performances are free to the public, though donations are greatly appreciated.

Can't make it this weekend? Don't worry. We'll be performing every weekend in September.

PSIP 2011 Upcoming events:
Merry Wives of Windsor,
directed by Tommy Costello

Sept 3-4 (Sat. and Sun.), 2PM: Frick Park
Blue Slide Playground, Beechwood Blvd and Nicholson St, Squirrel Hill

Sept 10-11 (Sat. and Sun.), 2PM:
Allegheny Commons West Park
W. North Ave and  Brighton Rd, North Side

Sept 17-18* (Sat. and Sun.), 2PM:
Arsenal Park
39th St and Butler St, Lawrenceville
*ASL interpreted performance on Sunday, Sept. 18

Sept 24-25 (Sat. and Sun.), 2PM:
Frick Park
Blue Slide Playground, Beechwood Blvd and Nicholson St, Squirrel Hill

Monday, August 22, 2011

Debbie Slocum Named Dignity and Respect Champion


Contact: Melissa Marullo

Debbie Slocum Recognized as Dignity and Respect Champion for
Embracing the Philosophy of the D&R Campaign

Personnel Analyst at Allegheny County Department of Human Services
Advances Inclusion in Her Daily Work and Life

(PITTSBURGH, PA) August 18, 2011– Debbie Slocum spends a lot of quality time with people who work at the Department of Human Services. With each encounter, she is consistent in doing the little things to show them respect.

“We do not make a big noise [about our Dignity & Respect Campaign], and maybe that’s a good thing. It is one person at a time. One more person saying thank you today than yesterday,” Debbie said.

Nominated by Brendan Hanschen, Debbie was selected as the August Dignity & Respect Champion for promoting dignity and respect in her everyday life, as well as at her job at the Allegheny County Department of Human Services.

“Debbie seizes every opportunity to include dignified and respectful treatment of her colleagues. She has been the driving force of the Dignity & Respect campaign in the Department of Human Services, and has truly shown herself to be a champion in every way,” Brendan said.

Debbie is a resident of Penn Hills and has been working at the Allegheny County Department of Human Services for almost six years as a personnel analyst, a job she continues to find rewarding.

“I get to know what people’s concerns are, what their job is, and what they need. I try to find out how I can help them, and give them what I have to offer. When someone leaves having enjoyed my class, I am rewarded.”

Debbie thinks that it is important to treat each other with respect because it would make everyone feel appreciated and recognized, and brings the community together.

“We are all so much alike, but we just dwell on our differences. I think we’ve become isolated, and it is time to do something to bring back a sense of community. We are all going through stress and we all have problems, but if we can just say hello in the elevator, or smile, we might just make someone’s day better,” Debbie said.

The Dignity & Respect Campaign is an awareness campaign designed to join individuals, community leaders, community organizations, educational institutions, businesses, and corporations under the common notion that everyone deserves dignity and respect.
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Sunday, August 21, 2011

RACE Ignites PICT's Fall Schedule

Media Contact: Melissa Hill Grande
Associate Artistic Director and Director of Marketing
412.561.6000 x203


PICT heats up the fall with David Mamet’s latest Broadway hit, RACE

Pulitzer prize-winner’s bitingly funny, incendiary drama throws political correctness out the window and brings discussion of today’s most polemic topic center stage

Pittsburgh, PA – August 10, 2011. Two lawyers – one black, one white – must decide whether they should represent a white man accused of raping a young black woman in David Mamet’s latest Broadway hit, Race.

Race may be the central theme, but the issues are more than skin deep as the debate delves into questions of sex, gender, and class. Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre presents this thought-provoking, no-holds-barred play, featuring John DeMita, Alan Bomar Jones, Michael Fuller and Casiha Felt, September 8th through October 1st in the intimate Henry Heymann Theatre.

PICT co-founder and producing artistic director Andrew S. Paul directs Race. Under his leadership, PICT has produced more than sixty main-stage productions, festivals devoted to the plays of Samuel Beckett, John Millington Synge and Harold Pinter, and two successful international tours. His recent directing credits for PICT include House, Othello, No Man’s Land, Hobson’s Choice, and the 2009 productions of The History Boys and Rock ‘n’ Roll. In 2008, Paul directed and collaborated with playwright David Hare on the non-English language premiere of Stuff Happens at the Slaski Theatre in Katowice, Poland. Last fall, Andrew was a speaker at the World Theatre Conference in Baku, Azerbaijan.

L.A.-based actor John DeMita makes his PICT debut as lawyer Jack Lawson in Race. His recent credits include Andak Stage Company’s world premiere of Liberty Inn, for which he won a Garland Award for Outstanding Performance in a Musical, King Lear with Antaeus, and South Pacific at The Hollywood Bowl. John spent four summers with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and has also performed with Geffen Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse, Intiman, and the American Conservatory Theatre. His many television credits include four seasons in the role of Col. Clifford Blakely on JAG, and guest-starring roles on Medium, Dirt, Without a Trace, and CSI.

Alan Bomar Jones plays lawyer Henry Brown. Based in Dayton, Ohio, Jones returns to Pittsburgh where he received Onyx Awards for his performances in Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater Company productions of August Wilson’s Seven Guitars and The Piano Lesson. His many other stage credits include productions with the Human Race Theatre, CATCO, Dayton Playhouse, California Theatre Center, American Stage, and Stirling Festival Theatre (Ontario), as well as extensive voice-over and audio book credits.

Carnegie Mellon University graduate Michael Fuller returns to PICT to play the accused rapist Charles Strickland. His previous PICT credits include House & Garden (Barry Love), Beautiful Dreamers (various roles), and Pride & Prejudice (Mr. Bingley). Other recent credits include Hunter Gatherers (Bricolage); Death of a Salesman (The Rep), Glengarry Glen Ross (barebones productions), and Is He Dead (St. Vincent Summer Theatre).

Casiha Felt makes her Pittsburgh debut as Susan. Her credits include Bye Bye Birdie with California’s Redlands Theatre Company, for which she received the Inland Theater Award for Best Actress, multiple productions with Monomoy Theater, and new play workshops at the Tony Award-winning Victory Gardens in Chicago. She has an MFA from Ohio University.

The set is designed by PICT resident scenic designer Gianni Downs. His previous credits include House & Garden, Pinter Celebration, Crime & Punishment, and The Lieutenant of Inishmore. The costumes are by Rachel S. Parent, lighting design is by Allen Hahn, sound design by Erik T. Lawson (The Importance of Being Earnest, Hobson’s Choice), and properties by Cory F. Goddard (Hobson’s Choice, The Importance of Being Earnest). Race plays September 8th through October 1st in the Henry Heymann Theatre.

Race Fact Sheet

Race by David Mamet

Directed by Andrew S. Paul

The Henry Heymann Theatre in the Stephen Foster Memorial, Oakland

4301 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Cast: John DeMita, Casiha Felt, Michael Fuller, Alan Bomar Jones

Design Team: Gianni Downs (scenic design); Allen Hahn (lighting design); Rachel S. Parent (costume design); Erik T. Lawson (sound design), Cory F. Goddard (properties)

Performance Dates and Times:

First Week:

Thursday -- Friday, September 8, 9; 8 p.m. previews

Saturday, September 10; 8 p.m. opening night, followed by reception

Sunday, September 11; 2 p.m. matinee

Second Week:

Tuesday, September 13; 7 p.m. Professional Tuesday performance

Wednesday – Saturday, September 14 - 17; 8 p.m. performances*

Sunday, September 18; 2 p.m. matinee

*pre-performance discussion at 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday

Third Week:

Wednesday – Saturday, September 21 - 24; 8 p.m. performances

Sunday, September 25; 2 p.m. performance

Fourth Week:

Tuesday, September 27: 7 p.m. performance

Wednesday – Friday, September 28- 30: 8 p.m. performance

Saturday, October 1; 2 p.m. AND 8 p.m. performances

Special Student Matinee – Tuesday, September 20 at 10 a.m. Contact Gale McGloin at 412.561.6000 x204 or gmcgloin@picttheatre.org for more information

Ticket Prices:

Fri. and Sat. nights: $50; Seniors $48

Tues., Wed., Thurs. nights, and Sat. & Sun. matinees $46, Seniors $44

Preview Thurs. and Fri.: $40 for all seats

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

Call ProArtsTickets at 412.394.3353 or visit www.picttheatre.org

Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre. Great Stories. Well Told.

18th Century Concert Enlivens Woodville Plantation

August 18, 2011


Rob Windhorst


Event: 18th Century Concert at Woodville Plantation

Date: Saturday, September 14, 2011

Time: 7:00 pm

Cost: $20.00 per Person


BRIDGEVILLE, PA (August 18, 2011) - On Saturday, September 24, 2011, Woodville Plantation will present a special 18th century music concert featuring George Balderose and Richard Hughes. Beginning at 7:00 pm, guests are invited to enjoy an evening of authentic 18th century Scots-Irish music in the historic surroundings or the parlor at Woodville Plantation. George Balderose and Richard Hughes, nationally renowned musicians and experts in Scottish, Irish and Appalachian music, will perform. Both musicians are members of the group Road to the Isles. A wine and cheese reception will follow the concert.

Admission to the concert is $20.00 per person. Tickets must be purchased prior to the event. Seating is limited and based on a first-come, first-served basis. To order tickets, call Jim Galbraith at 412-257-3353.

Woodville Plantation, the home of John and Presley Neville, is Western Pennsylvania's link to the late 18th century. Built in 1775, this historic 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 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

Just 7 miles and 15 minutes south of Pittsburgh, Woodville is conveniently located 1/4 mile north of Interstate 1-79 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 http://www.woodvilleplantation.org or call 412-221-0348.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Salute the Troops of the Greater Pittsburgh Region

For Immediate Release:


(Pittsburgh, PA) On August 17, 2011, The Pittsburgh Social Exchange (PSE) and MotherMayIsite.org are hosting a social networking event to raise money for Team River Runner (www.teamriverrunner.org), a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that gives service members and veterans an opportunity to build a new support system while learning new water sport skills. This event will take place at Jay Verno Studios (http://www.jvsevents.com/) located at 3030 Jane St. Pittsburgh, PA 15203 and will consist of a cocktail hour from 6 - 7 p.m.; immediately followed by the main event from 7 - 9 p.m. We have committed to sell 500 tickets; any unsold ticket will be $125 at the door and may be paid by cash or credit card only. PSE members will be admitted for $25. It is strongly recommended that everyone RSVP early as this event will sell out. Through ticket sales, corporate sponsorships and donors we hope to raise over $50,000, a portion of our proceeds benefitting Team River Runner.

“Team River Runner challenges and welcomes recently injured soldiers back into a community and fellowship that most of us thought we could never rejoin after our injuries. Even the most severely disabled, sometimes wheelchair-bound veteran is reminded again that he CAN recover and excel at a sport again. This sense of hope is absolutely essential to emotionally recovering from the devastating injuries that many of us have suffered.”

Captain (P) Daniel Gade, U.S. Army, April 2006.

According to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) (www.defense.gov/news/casualty.pdf) at least four times as many soldiers have been wounded during "Operation Iraqi Freedom", "Operation New Dawn" and "Operation Enduring Freedom" then have been killed. It is important to the staff at both PSE and MotherMayIsite.org that these veteran's service is saluted by the community that they defended. This event will host Laurett Ellsworth (http://www.laurett.com/biography.html), crowned Mrs. America 2002 and has gone on to do more than her share for the community. Local restaurants are donating food and a silent auction of donated items will be held.

How You Can Help Salute Our Soldiers

Our veterans have sacrificed so much to support what many regard as the American Dream. We ask that you show your appreciation by sponsoring our quest to aid some of the most giving citizens and their families. Attached is a form with levels to indicate our sponsorship structure, although every little bit helps. We thank you in advance for saluting your Troops!

To Sponsor or Contact Us with Questions:

The Pittsburgh Social Exchange; P.O. Box 2932, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Matt Butter: Matt@pghse.com; (412) 527-5148

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Human Trafficking, The Courage to Speak Up - Topic of Speaker Series

Greater Pittsburgh Business and Professional Women’s Association Presents Speaker Series

Human Trafficking

The Courage to Speak Up

@ Rivers Club - One Oxford Center

September 7, 2011
7:30AM to 9:30AM

Find out what Human Trafficking is, how to recognize the signs in our own community and how to help victims speak up.

See below for the expert panel who will discuss this topic:

Moderator -

Diane Richard,

Public Information Officer

Spokeswoman Pittsburgh Bureau of Police

Soo C. Song,

First Assistant U.S. Attorney

Department of Justice Western District of

Pennsylvania, Criminal Division - Civil Rights

and Exploitation Section

Jaime Turek, M.I.D., Assistant Director,

Project to End Human Trafficking in Pittsburgh. Dedicated to the fight for human rights and global justice for young women

Yinka Aganga-Williams, Ph.D., Executive Director Acculturation for Justice, Access and Peace (AJAPO)

The Greater Pittsburgh Business and Professional Women Association will present the third installment of their breakfast series on women and domestic violence. This discussion, Human Trafficking: The courage to speak up will examine the sexual exploitation of women and young girls.

These victims are entering the commercial sex industry at younger and younger ages to bring money into families, gangs and to individuals who steal, buy and sell them for a hefty profit. Vanity Fair magazine estimates 300,000 young American girls are entering the commercial sex trade at this time. The recent case of Jaycee Dugard who was kidnapped as a child and kept as a sex slave in a back yard compound for eighteen years is an example and the case of the FLDS leader, Warren Jeffs, is another example. And, there are many more instances that go unnoticed and women and children remain the target.

The event combines breakfast, speaker presentation and panel discussion. The proceeds will benefit the Linda Cobb Memorial Scholarship Fund. Each year the Greater Pittsburgh Business and Professional Women Association awards two scholarships based on school record and written essay to a new college student and to a student returning or entering college later in life.

Participants will learn:

• What Human Trafficking is,

• How to recognize the signs

• and how to help victims speak up

For more information contact,

Sue Roselle, BPW President at (412) 889-2401

Breakfast $35 Registration begins at 7 AM

Must pre-register by August 31

To attend call (412) 889-2401 or email: pittbpw@hotmail.com

Approved by NASW-PA for 2 CE units.

Travel Back in Time with Penn Colony's Living History Challenge


Beth Rush (724) 352-9922

Tara Hill Conroy (412)-417-1995

www.pennscolony.com or www.facebook.com/pennscolony


Travel Back to the 18th Century at Penn’s Colony Festival’s ‘Living History Challenge’

Founders Invite Active Participation at Home and at Festival

Saxonburg, PA, August 12, 2011– Have you ever wondered what daily life was like during Colonial America? In this time of economic uncertainty, do you sometimes long for the ‘simple life’ when everything was handmade in America and lasted for many years? This year’s Penn’s Colony Festival is designed to encourage visitors and enthusiasts to participate in a ‘Living History Challenge’ before and during the Festival which will be held on September 17-18 and 24-25 in Saxonburg, Butler County.

Each year, Penn’s Colony Festival features artists and musical entertainment reminiscent of the historic time period of the French and Indian War. Held in Saxonburg, Butler County, celebrating its 28th year and set on 12 easy walking, tree shaded acres, Penn’s Colony brings history to life. Through arts and crafts, entertainment, family activities such as games and pony rides, and more, Penn’s Colony has something for everyone. The marketplace features 150 exhibits from juried artisans offering quality, handmade in America crafts, jewelry, food, furniture and functional items from their shops nestled along the village streets.

“This is not just another craft show,” says founder Beth Rush. “This is an opportunity to travel back to the days when people made things that lasted. You can see and feel the passion in the work of these artisans. You can talk with them and ask them why they do what they do. They’ll be glad to share their stories of how they made the decision to act on their passions to create and preserve the handmade-in-America arts.”

Living History Challenge

The Festival’s founders and top historians are giving the public a chance to experience these activities up close and personal as well as from the comfort of their homes through the new Living History Challenge. This event is a rare opportunity for students, hobbyists, families or anyone curious about daily living during Colonial times to travel ‘back in time.’ Here is how to take part in the Living History Challenge:

Living History Challenge – At Home

Think of one idea or one or more item(s) that may have been used in Colonial America. The goal is to come up with something that would benefit or influence you, your family or your community to live more simply. Incorporate this into your daily life for approximately two weeks and then tell us about it on our Facebook Page. It may be as simple as using a wooden salad bowl or glass pitcher, turning off the TV for one day each week or even eating an entire meal with food from your own garden. To post your comment, go to www.facebook.com/pennscolony. Additionally, if you register through the link at the website, you will be entered for a chance to win a pair of passes to the September festival.

Living History Challenge – At Penn’s Colony

Take your love of 18th Century lifestyle to enter to win an opportunity to shadow some of the region’s top historians during the Penn’s Colony Festival. Winners will be randomly drawn for participation at the festival at designated date/time. Here is a list of Living History Challenge hands-on activities (subject to change)

(1) Open fire cook – Join the campfollowers and bake up a batch of sugar cookies in a dutch oven over the fire.

(2) French Aid during a skirmish – Serve as the messenger for the French Contrecouer Commander during a battle.

(3) Bagpiper – Learn the first lessons of piping on a chantor

(4) Sing for Your Supper – Sing Along with Druid Song just like the itinerant chanteurs who told stories to earn their supper and a bed at the public inn

Visit www.pennscolony.com to register and read event rules.


• For participation AT Home: Select your challenge, and commit to it for a period of two weeks. Write a brief, 1-2 paragraph essay describing what you did and the impact the challenge made in your life. Post it on the Penn’s Colony Facebook Page.

• For participation AT the Festival, select the challenge in which you would like to participate if you win. Winners must be able to make the commitment to participate on the date and time specified for their challenge. Penn’s Colony Festival is not responsible for transporting winners to or from the challenge event.

This year’s FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS include:

• Many new artisans featuring handmade in America wares, furniture and gifts to enhance daily life and decorate contemporary homes. The marketplace features 150 exhibits.

• RichPatrick Band – the three-member band entertains with lyrical and bawdy songs of the 18th century from colonial America across the pond to England, Ireland and Scotland.

• Brigadoon Highlanders Pipes and Drums (17th, 18th and 25h)

• Celtic Eagle Pipes and Drums (24th)

• Hidden History – An entertaining introduction to the history secrets behind the successes of our French, Native, British and European colonial ancestors. Presented twice daily on the Kuskusky Clearing stage.

• 18th c. Native American Eastern Woodland educator and demonstrator on Sept. 24-25.

• New this year for KIDS:

o Bring your favorite rock and identify it at the Panning for Gems activity. Learn the techniques to separate ordinary rocks from gems.

o Yuck! What’s that bug? Then Insect Creations will show you how to preserve your bugs and create a collection. Considered one of the “green” arts, the preservation display actually helps to sustain the economy and preserve the tropical forests.

Festival Dates and Hours of Operation:

Penn’s Colony Festival, weekends only

September 17, 18 and 24, 25, 2011:

Saturdays - 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sundays - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission: $7 Adults (ages 16 to 59)

$6 Seniors (ages 60 +)

$5 Children (ages 8 to 15)

*Free for kids 7 and under*

Group rates and educational itineraries are available.

FREE On-site parking

Penn’s Colony is located on Saxonburg Boulevard, just off Route 228 East, outside Saxonburg in Butler County. For directions and other details, visit www.pennscolony.com or call 724-352-9922.

Penn’s Colony is pleased to provide contact information for possible interviews with some of our local history re-enactors, entertainers, artisans and exhibitors. For more information, contact Beth Rush at 724-352-9922 or email penns@consolidated.net


Pennsylvania's Premier Folk Art Marketplace

Penn’s Colony Festival

Write to: Post Office Box 431 Saxonburg, PA 16056 (724) 352-9922 www.pennscolony.com

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Music on the Mon Reverberates with Bluegrass Artists Tiger Maple String Band

Music on the Mon: Tiger Maple String Band

BROWNSVILLE, Pa. - Join Brownsville Area Revitalization Corporation on August 21st to enjoy a night of old time Appalachian bluegrass with the The Tiger Maple String Band.. Tiger Maple String Band hails from Northwest Pennsylvania. The sound of Tiger Maple String Band has rich historical and cultural values, beautiful harmonies, hot old time fiddling and full body richness that only acoustic instruments and clear vocals can bring. Fiddle tunes, mountain ballads, coal mining songs and beautiful originals make up a set that leaves a lasting impression on the audience who is sure to walk away with big smiles and good feelings of friendship and love. This free event will be held at 6 p.m. on the lawn at Nemacolin Castle, 136 Front St., Brownsville.

Music on the Mon is a project supported by the Fayette County Hotel Tax through the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts 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 additional information:

Dennis Cremonese,

Red Hot Season for the Public Preview Party

Contact Margie Romero,
Communications Manager at Pittsburgh Public Theater
412.316.8200 ext. 707
or mromero@ppt.org

Preview Party at The Public

A Happy Hour and Sneak Peek to ignite the Red Hot season

Pittsburgh Public Theater will celebrate its upcoming Red Hot season with a Preview Party on Thursday, August 25 from 6 to 8:30 pm at the O’Reilly Theater in Downtown’s Cultural District.

The doors will open at 6 pm for a happy hour with musical entertainment, munchies, and refreshments (including beer and wine). At 7 pm, Producing Artistic Director Ted Pappas will give an entertaining sneak peek at The Public’s 2011/12 lineup of plays and special events.

In addition, one-night-only discounts will be offered on subscription packages and a raffle will feature valuable prizes, such as season tickets with a year’s worth of pre-show dining ($1000 value), and other great items.

Tickets for the Preview Party at The Public are $10. To purchase, visit the O’Reilly Box Office, call 412.316.1600, or go to ppt.org

Hilda Pang Fu Named Dignity and Respect Champion



Melissa Marullo

Hilda Pang Fu Recognized as Dignity and Respect Champion for Broadening the Minds of the Community

President and Founder of Luminari Works to Ensure Diverse Creativity in the City

(PITTSBURGH, PA) August 1, 2011– In 2009, Hilda Pang Fu founded the nonprofit organization Luminari to bring a variety of people together and make the region a more prosperous, vibrant, and culturally enriched home to its citizens.

It is right to treat everyone with dignity and respect, but it is also the smart thing to do. The economy is global – we need draw from all of the talents, abilities, and perspectives we have in the region and country regardless of backgrounds, race, sexual orientation, and gender. We can’t afford to not take everyone seriously,” Hilda said.

Nominated by Candi Castleberry-Singleton, chief inclusion and diversity officer, UPMC, Hilda has been chosen as the July Dignity and Respect Champion for her work as the president and founder of Luminari, which was founded to foster activities to broaden minds, inspire innovations, and promote community engagement.

“Hilda Fu’s organization, Luminari, is about changing children’s lives. The innovative I Want to be an Ambassador! camp introduces Pittsburgh students to foreign languages, conflict resolution, and even real foreign service workers during a field trip to Washington, DC!” Candi said.

The seven-day I Want to be an Ambassador! camp is targeted towards rising 8th to 12th grade students with the purpose of bringing their attention to the art and skills of diplomacy and how to apply them immediately to their daily lives.

“With the I Want To Be An Ambassador! camp, Hilda has found an inspiring way to expose students to the art of diplomacy, and to challenge them to become better negotiators by letting them see for themselves that differences are barriers to progress only if we allow them to be,” Candi said.

The camp has proven to inspire, educate, and help the students explore and further their skills.

“One of the purposes of the camp is to inspire our young people to consider different perspectives as they attack an issue. I think this is something we need, but haven’t seen in a while. The participants were excited to be challenged in this way,” Hilda said.

Hilda feels that if everyone treated each other with dignity and respect, the community would be a much more pleasant place to live in.

“It will create more vibrancy to the region. If we lived in a community that only has one set way of doing things, it would be quite boring.”

According to Hilda, treating others with dignity and respect is so obvious that she doesn’t have to give it a thought.

“Dignity and respect are the basis of diplomacy, the foundation of building sustainable working relationships. I think treating others with dignity and respect will help us to not shut the door on different perspectives. Thus, we won’t be missing important ideas and information.”

The Dignity & Respect Campaign is an awareness campaign designed to join individuals, community leaders, community organizations, educational institutions, businesses, and corporations under the common notion that everyone deserves dignity and respect.


Monday, August 8, 2011

2011 - 2012 Season of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Revealed

Monday, August 8, 2011

Veronica Corpuz, (412) 471-6082 / corpuz@pgharts.org
Diana Roth, (412) 471-8717 / roth@pgharts.org

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the

Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents 2011-2012 Season

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust proudly presents the 2011-2012 Trust Presents season, sponsored by Cohen & Grigsby. This eclectic mix of programing, including music, dance, commentary and comedy, will bring performing artists from the United States and around the world to Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. In addition, Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series will host National Geographic Live, a three-part lecture series, featuring three award-winning photographers. For over 25 years, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has brought live performances and visual arts to the downtown Pittsburgh Cultural District and has created a vibrant District neighborhood through arts programming and real estate development projects.

Tickets are available for the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series and may be purchased at the Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, by calling (412) 456-6666, or online at www.pgharts.org. Group sales are available by calling (412) 471-6930.


They Might Be Giants

The Brooklyn alt rock pioneers’ barn-storming live act returns with a brand new show. Spirits will be high as They Might Be Giants celebrates its 30th year of uninterrupted rocking and its latest release, Join Us. As always, They Might Be Giants' boundless energy and arresting melodies will engage audiences of all ages.

Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents Series

Opus One Productions


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

8 pm

Byham Theater

Adam & Anthony

Broadway veterans Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp present an intimate, memorable evening of music that showcases their individual musical careers as well as songs from the landmark Broadway hit musical, RENT.

Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents Series


Thursday, September 22, 2011

7:30 p.m.

Byham Theater

Arlo Guthrie Boys’ Night Out

Born with a guitar in one hand and a harmonica in the other, folk veteran Arlo Guthrie returns to his roots, performing time-honored classics as well as many deep album cuts from a career spanning more than 40 years. Arlo Guthrie has long been a crowd favorite, blending humorous, philosophical reflections with folk-rock hits and brilliantly-crafted new works. Son Abe Guthrie, grandson Krishna Guthrie, instrumentalist Gordon Titcomb and drummer Terry “a la Berry” Hall form the Boys’ Night Out band, offering synergistic and familial support for a dynamic live performance.

Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents Series


Saturday, November 5, 2011

8 pm

Byham Theater

National Geographic Live: Mattias Klum, Being There

Take an awe-inspiring journey around the world with one of the most important natural history photographers of our time, Mattias Klum. His work is renowned for capturing unique perspectives on some of Earth’s natural wonders—the Okavango Delta, Iceland’s glaciers, the deserts of Australia and the rainforests of Southeast Asia. Klum’s dynamic storytelling and award-winning photographs and film documentaries convey a resonant message, encouraging us to lighten our footprint on Earth and to consider the legacy we will leave to those who follow.

Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents Series


Sunday, November 6, 2011

7 pm

Byham Theater

Shantala Shivalingappa

Born in Madras, India and raised in Paris, Shantala Shivalingappa is a child of eastern and western cultures, and is dedicated to bringing the art of Kuchipudi (a classical form of Indian dance) to the delight of western audiences. Acclaimed as a rare dancer by artists and connoisseurs the world over, Shantala Shivalingappa continually cultivates her craft with flowing grace, sensitivity and precision.

Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents Series


Thursday, November 10, 2011

8 pm

Byham Theater

The Musical Box: The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway

The Musical Box is the only band in the world to acquire from Peter Gabriel and Genesis the performing rights and access to archives, audio tracks and original slideshow for The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway. With painstaking precision and featuring Peter Gabriel’s original, imaginative costuming, The Musical Box re-stages The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway in homage to the art rock opera’s 25th anniversary.

Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents Series


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

8 pm

Byham Theater

The Priests in Concert

Fathers Eugene and Martin O'Hagan and Father David Delargy of Northern Ireland lead a hugely popular classical music ensemble and present a special holiday program. Accompanied by a full orchestra and choir, The Priests perform beautiful and uplifting works destined to lift the audience’s spirits.

Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents Series


Wednesday, November 30, 2011

7:30 pm

Byham Theater

Neil Berg's Broadway Holiday

A musical theater showcase of beloved Broadway show songs and favorite holiday tunes will be performed by some of today’s brightest Broadway talents.

Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents


Sunday, December 4, 2011

3 pm

Byham Theater

Straight No Chaser

Neither strait-laced nor straight-faced, Straight No Chaser is reinventing a cappella on the contemporary pop music landscape. Formed while students attending Indiana University, Straight No Chaser is a phenomenon with a massive fan base, 20+ million views on YouTube, numerous television appearances and two, successful holiday releases. Straight No Chaser is the real deal - the captivating sound of unadulterated human voices coming together to make extraordinary music that is moving and in good humor.

Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

8 pm

Benedum Center

Mike Daisey: The Agony and The Ecstasy of Steve Jobs

Monologist, author and actor Mike Daisey turns his razor-sharp wit to America’s most mysterious technology icon in this hilarious and harrowing tale of pride, beauty, lust and industrial design. Mike Daisey illuminates on how Apple’s CEO has shaped our lives. While sharing travel stories on investigating Chinese factories where millions toil to make iPhones and iPods, Daisey’s dangerous journey shines a light on our love affair with devices and the human cost of creating them. The New York Times hails Mike Daisey as “the master storyteller” and “one of the finest solo performers of his generation.”

Co presented by Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents Series & The Andy Warhol Museum


Saturday, January 21, 2012

8 pm

Byham Theater

David Garrett

Violinist extraordinaire David Garrett is touching hearts and captivating sold-out audiences around the globe with his precision and far-reaching repertoire, which ranges from Beethoven to Metallica. A Julliard graduate and student of Itzhak Perlman, David Garrett is one the world’s most exciting live performers.

Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents Series


Sunday, January 29, 2012

8 pm

Benedum Center

Cedric Watson et Bijou Creole

One of the most noted young talents to emerge in Cajun or Creole music in recent years, Cedric Watson is a fiddler, vocalist, accordionist, bandleader and songwriter of seemingly unlimited potential. Cedric Watson has been making a name for himself by reviving traditional Creole fiddling, injecting his own style and ingenuity and bringing this time-honored genre to an ever-broadening audience.

Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents Series


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

7:30 pm

Byham Theater

National Geographic Live: Brian Skerry, Ocean Soul

Voyage across the earth’s oceans with Brian Skerry, one of National Geographic’s most seasoned underwater photographers and discover a vast, hidden world beneath the waves. Skerry has spent three decades—and more than 10,000 hours underwater—telling the oceans’ stories. His images celebrate the mystery and beauty of the depths, and offer portraits of creatures so detailed and intimate they sometimes appear to have been shot in a studio. Skerry’s landmark, new National Geographic book, Ocean Soul, offers a powerful retrospective of Skerry’s photographs and showcases his ability to create images that blend strong aesthetic beauty with journalistic relevance. Meet Skerry for a book signing in the lobby after the event.

Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents Series


Sunday, February 12, 2012

7 pm

Byham Theater

Playing for Change

A transformative multimedia event, Playing for Change was created to connect and inspire people to work for peace through benefit concerts that showcase recording artists from all over the world. The altruistic motivation for Playing for Change is that music has the unique power to break down boundaries and bring people together in efforts to create positive change.

Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents Series


Wednesday, February 29, 2012

7:30 pm

Byham Theater

The Official Blues Brothers Revue

The tireless spirit of Jake and Elwood Blues lives on with the only Blues Brothers’ tribute officially sanctioned by Dan Ackroyd and wife of the late John Belushi, Judith Belushi Pisano. Fueled by the tightest rhythm and blues band on the planet, The Official Blues Brothers Revue tear through some of the best blues, soul and rock and roll classics.

Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents Series


Thursday, March 8, 2012

8 pm

Byham Theater

Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul

Called “the Jimi Hendrix of the violin" by The New York Times, Eileen Ivers will change the way you think about the medium with her boldly imaginative and clearly virtuosic mastery. The Irish American artist, backed by a superb ensemble of world-class musicians, has established herself as the pre-eminent exponent of the Irish fiddle.

Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents Series


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

7:30 pm

Byham Theater

Spirit of Uganda

Described by The New York Times as “invigorating the stage with joy,” Spirit of Uganda transforms the stage with captivating, indigenous Eastern African music and dance to delight audiences of all ages. Richly-layered rhythms, dramatic choreography and gorgeous call-and-response vocals led by a vibrant cast of performers, aged 8-18, celebrate the cultural roots and newer offshoots of this lush and diverse nation.

Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents Series


Sunday, March 18, 2012

4 pm

Byham Theater

Anoushka Shankar

With a passion for the enduring musical traditions of India, Anoushka Shankar is the only artist to be trained completely by her father, legendary sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar.

Sitar player and composer, Anoushka Shankar is known for her recital work, as well as her own classical Indian works. In addition to solo work, Anoushka Shankar has accompanied top recording artists, such as Sting, Elton John, Peter Gabriel, Herbie Hancock and half-sister Norah Jones.

Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents Series


Thursday, April 12, 2012

7:30 p.m.

Byham Theater

National Geographic Live: Annie Griffiths, A Camera, Two Kids And A Camel

One of National Geographic’s first female staff photographers, Annie Griffiths has worked on every continent except Antarctica while raising two children. Perhaps the only professional photographer to pack camera gear in Pampers, Griffiths found a way to stay close to her kids without sacrificing her career. In this lavishly illustrated photographic journey based on her memoir A Camera, Two Kids, and a Camel, Griffiths shares stories of international travel and intimate moments and the art she created along the way. Griffith also discusses her work with Ripple Effect Images, a team of journalists that raises awareness and funding to empower women and girls in emerging nations worldwide.

Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents Series


Sunday, April 22, 2012

7 pm

Byham Theater

Lily Tomlin

One of America’s foremost comediennes. Lily Tomlin’s career was launched in 1969 when she joined the comedy sketch show Laugh-In. Her work spans across an ever widening range of media, starring in television, theater, motion pictures, animation and video. Lily Tomlin has received numerous awards for her work and is the recipient of Emmy®, Tony® and GRAMMY® Awards, among many others.

Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents Series


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

7:30 pm

Byham Theater

The Temptations and the Four Tops

Two of the most iconic bands in the history of American music, The Temptations and the Four Tops, have been entertaining audiences for more than 40 years. Experience both of these legendary group for one magical night.

Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents Series


Sunday, May 13, 2012

7 pm

Benedum Center

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

ZanaFest 2011 Music Festival Announces Performers



Greg Paul
ZanaFest Committee Chair
Phone: (724) 266-5559
Cell Phone: 412-877-3997
Email: g.a.paul@att.net

Website: www.zanafest.org

ZanaFest 2011, the 3rd Annual Richard Zana Music Festival Announces Performers

August 5, 6, 7

1280 Breitenstein Road, Rt 989, Ambridge, PA 15003

(724) 266-2414 www.zanafest.org

(Ambridge, PA, August 2, 2011) ZanaFest 2011, The 3rd Annual Richard Zana Music Festival, will take place indoors and outdoors on August 5, 6, & 7 at The Venue at Harmony Ridge at 1280 Breitenstein Road (Rt 989) in Ambridge PA, (formerly the Ambridge County Club)

ZanaFest 2011 will begin on Friday August 5 at 5:00 PM with a Kickoff Celebration and an evening of Jazz & Blues. Saturday August 6, ZanaFest begins at noon with a Drum Circle and a whole day of music featuring some of the area’s top youth performers. There will also be children’s activities throughout the day. Sunday August 7, the Music Begins at 1PM and will feature some of the top professional groups in the region. The Granati Brothers will perform at 7:30 to close the Festival Sunday Evening.

The ZanaFest 2011 Schedule of Performers is below.

The estimated attendance for ZanaFest 2011 is 1,500 +. Weekend passes for ZanaFest 2010 are $10.00, Single day passes are $5. Advance tickets are available by going to the website www.zanafest.org. There is no admission charge for children 10 and under.

ZanaFest 2011 is a music festival and celebration of the life and career of one of Beaver County’s most influential teachers, Richard D. Zana. It is organized by an appreciative group of former students and colleagues. The mission of ZanaFest is to support the Richard D. Zana Memorial Fund, of the Beaver County Foundation, a 501(C) (3) Community Foundation. The purpose of the fund is to provide music scholarships for talented area students and to benefit cancer research.

All correspondence regarding ZanaFest 2011 should be directed to Greg Paul at (724) 266-5559, email: g.a.paul@att.net For more details please go to www.zanafest.org

ZanaFest 2011 Schedule of Performers

Friday, August 5

5:00 - 5:30 ZanaFest Kick-Off Venue Stage

5:30 - 6:00 Governm3nt Venue Stage

6:15 - 6:45 Bill Pate Trio Venue Stage

7:00 - 7:40 Betty Douglas Venue Stage

7:50 - 8:30 Betsy Lawrence Venue Stage

8:40 - 9:30 Mark & Anne Burnell (from Chicago) Venue Stage

9:45 - 11:00 All Star Jazz, Blues, & Soul Jam Session Venue Stage

Saturday, August 6

Noon - 1:00 ZanaFest Drum Circle Venue Stage

1:00 - 1:15 Youth Talent Show Contestants Pavilion Stage

1:00 - 1:40 The East Enders Venue Stage

2:00 - 2:40 40 Days Venue Stage

3:00 - 3:25 The Lame Duck Quartet Venue Stage

3:30 - 4:10 Lily and the Other Guys Venue Stage

4:15 - 4:30 Youth Talent Show Winners Venue Stage

4:30 - 5:45 Ambridge Steel Drum Band & Alumni Concert Pavilion Stage

5:45 - 6:55 Frank Piscopo & James Tobin Venue Stage

6:55 - 7:00 Bradley Brown Venue Stage

7:00 - 7:40 Second Empire (talent show winner) Venue Stage

8:00 - 9:00 Lois & The Bailers Venue Stage

9:00 - 11:00 Bob Banerjee Jam Session Venue Stage

Sunday, August 7

1:20 - 2:45 Mike Strasser, Donna O, Leanne Regalla Venue Stage

2:00 - 3:00 Karaoke Finals Pavilion Stage

3:00 - 4:30 Youth Talent Show Contestants Pavilion Stage

3:00 - 3:45 Bill Rapp & The Messingers Venue Stage

4:00 - 4:50 Joel Lindsay Venue Stage

4:30 - 5:15 For Those About to Rock Academy Pavilion Stage

5:10 - 6:00 Sojourn Venue Stage

6:20 - 7:00 The Eldorado Band Venue Stage

7:30 - 8:30 The Granati Brothers Venue Stage

Live Music Programs at The Backstage Bar

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces

August entertainment for the Backstage Bar

Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222


PITTSBURGH…The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust continues to program live music in the Cultural District every month. The Backstage Bar features live performances in the early evenings from 5:00-7:30pm – perfect for catching live music after work or before a show!

There are no cover charges for any of these shows. For more information on any act, please click on the calendar date on www.pgharts.org, or contact Randy Kirk at 412-325-6766 and at kirk@pgharts.org.

Live Music in the Backstage Bar – August 2011

All acts are 5:00-7:30PM

Wednesday, August 3

Brooke Annibale (Pop/Rock)

Thursday, August 4

Boilermaker Jazz Band (Jazz)

Friday, August 5

The Ortner Roberts Trio (Jazz)

Saturday, August 6

Ron Wilson & Dwayne Dolphin (Jazz)

Thursday, August 11

Jay Hitt (Folk)

Friday, August 12

Resonance (Jazz)

Saturday, August 13

Channing & Quinn (Pop/Rock – from Nashville, TN)

Thursday, August 18

Shawnee Lake (Jazz)

Friday, August 19

Rick Gallagher (Jazz)

Saturday, August 20

Jared Wilson (Jazz)

Contact Randy Kirk at 412-325-6766, or kirk@pgharts.org for more information.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Above the Stairs Architectural Tours at Woodville Plantation

August 1, 2011


Rob Windhorst


Event: Above the Stairs Architectural Tours

Date: Sunday, August 14, 2011

Time: 1 pm to 4 pm

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

Cost: $5.00 For Adults, $3.00 For Children Age 6-12, Free For Children Under Age 6


BRIDGEVILLE, PA (August 1, 2011) – Step back in time at Woodville Plantation, as this living history museum presents special above the stairs tours of the house. On Sunday, August 14, 2011, visitors are invited to Join Rob Windhorst, President of the Neville House Associates, and Jim Galbraith, Vice President of the Neville House Associates, as they take a behind-the-scenes tour of Woodville Plantation. This special event will focus on the unique architecture and development of the main house during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. This event will be the only time in 2011 that the upstairs of the house will be open for tours. Tours will be conducted from 1pm to 4 pm. Admission is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 For children age 6-12 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 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 http://www.woodvilleplantation.org or call 412-221-0348.