Monday, February 27, 2012

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Celebrates Wilkinsburg Borough's 125th Birthday


For Immediate Release
Feb. 24, 2012


PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT IN WILKINSBURG KICKS OFF BOROUGH’S 125TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS

Wilkinsburg High School, March 6 at 7 p.m.


PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Community Engagement Concert at Wilkinsburg High School next month will kick off the borough’s 125th birthday celebrations.

The concert, at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 6, at Wilkinsburg High School, will be led by PSO Assistant Conductor Thomas Hong, and will feature PSO trombone James Nova as soloist. The program includes works of Mozart, George Bassman, Henri Tomasi and Edward Elgar.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Ten adult tickets are available for a discounted price of $75. Tickets may be purchased by calling Wilkinsburg High School’s Music Department at 412-871-2282 or 412.371.9504 ext. 2717. Tickets also will be available at the door on the night of the concert.

The PSO’s Community Engagement Concerts in Wilkinsburg have raised more than $55,000 since their inception. All ticket proceeds from the concert in Wilkinsburg will continue to benefit the Wilkinsburg School District's music programs.

The March 6 concert is one element of the PSO’s larger Community Engagement relationship with the Wilkinsburg area. The PSO’s interaction with Wilkinsburg includes the presence of PSO musicians at neighborhood schools and regular meetings with a Community Engagement Committee, which includes Wilkinsburg students, business leaders, faith-based representatives, music teachers, and other community representatives from the area.

Through Community Engagement Programs, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra builds connections between the PSO and Pittsburgh communities via ongoing and multi-leveled relationships. These successful programs help to educate the PSO about its audiences and their home communities. PSO Community Engagement Programs are specifically designed to build relevance between community residents and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.


Thomas Hong

Thomas Hong is presently the assistant conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Previously, he was assistant conductor of the Seattle Symphony, the Orchestre National de France and also associate conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. As an educator, he was on the faculty of The Shepherd School Pre-College at Rice University, teaching piano to young students. He was also a part of the Just for U Music Program (JUMP!) at the university, dialoging and interacting with children as well as performing for them.








James Nova


James Nova joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as its Second/Utility Trombone in fall 2009. Before joining the PSO, Nova served eight seasons as the Assistant Principal/Second Trombonist of the Utah Symphony Orchestra. After graduating high school in 1992, he attended the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Jim received his Bachelor's Degree there studying with the Philadelphia Orchestra's then Principal Trombonist Glenn Dodson. In 1996, Jim moved to Boston to pursue a Master's Degree on a full scholarship at the New England Conservatory of Music, studying with the Boston Symphony Orchestra trombonist Norman Bolter. In addition to his college education, James attended the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan in 1994 and was also a member of the Tanglewood Music Center Fellowship Orchestra for three summers, from 1996-1998. After finishing his Masters degree in 1998, he freelanced in Boston for several years, substituting on a regular basis with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops Orchestra, often making recordings and television broadcasts with both groups. In 2001, Jim moved to Salt Lake City to join the Utah Symphony Orchestra.

Editors Please Note: Tuesday, March 6 at 7 p.m. Wilkinsburg High School Auditorium



PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA THOMAS HONG, conductor

JAMES NOVA, trombone

Wolfgang Amade Mozart Overture to Die Zauberflöte, K. 620 [The Magic Flute] George Bassman (arr. James Nova) I’m Getting Sentimental Over You

Henri Tomasi Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra

Andante et Scherzo

Nocturne

Final- Tambourin

Edward Elgar Variations on an Original Theme, Opus 36 “Enigma Variations”

Enigma: Andante

Variations:

i. “C.A.E.” L’istesso tempo

ii. “H.D.S.-P.” Allegro

iii. “R.B.T.” Allegretto

iv. “W.M.B.” Allegro di molto v. “R.P.A.” Moderato

vi. “Ysobel” Andantino

vii. “Troyte” Presto

viii. “W.N.” Allegretto

ix. “Nimrod” Moderato

x. “Dorabella – Intermezzo” Allegretto

xi. “G.R.S.” Allegro di molto

xii. “B.G.N.” Andante

xiii. “***-Romanza” Moderato

xiv. “E.D.U.” – Final e

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Contact: James Barthen, Vice President of Public Affairs
Phone: 412.392.4835
email: jbarthen@pittsburghsymphony.org

Contact: Ramesh Santanam, Director of Media Relations
Phone: 412.392.4827
email: rsantanam@pittsburghsymphony.org

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Dr. Seuss Turns 108, Let's Celebrate!

WQED PITTSBURGH CELEBRATES DR. SEUSS' BIRTHDAY ON MARCH 2 WITH THE CAT IN THE HAT-A-THON, A PBS KIDS MULTIMEDIA EVENT


WQED "SEUSS-IRIFIC" BIRTHDAY PARTY WITH THE CAT IN THE HAT CHILDREN'S MUSEUM OF PITTSBURGH SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 2012 11 A.M. - 1 P.M.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

February 21, 2012


CONTACT:
George Hazimanolis
412-622-1366
ghazimanolis@wqed.org

Maria Pisano
412-622-1459
mpisano@wqed.org


WQED PITTSBURGH CELEBRATES DR. SEUSS’ BIRTHDAY ON MARCH 2

WITH THE CAT IN THE HAT-A-THON, A PBS KIDS MULTIMEDIA EVENT



WQED “SEUSS-IRIFIC” BIRTHDAY PARTY WITH THE CAT IN THE HAT

CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF PITTSBURGH

SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 2012

11 A.M. – 1 P.M.


PITTSBURGH – On March 2, WQED Pittsburgh will celebrate the 108th birthday of Dr. Seuss with THE CAT-IN-THE-HAT-A-THON, a two-hour marathon of PBS KIDS series THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT! THE CAT IN THE HAT-A-THON will air on WQED-TV from 8-10 a.m., with encore presentations from 2-4 p.m. that day and Saturday, March 3 from 7-9 a.m. on WQED: The Create Channel. Kids will also be able to engage with the Cat and friends through games and video content online and on mobile.


“Families, schools and communities around the country celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday every year,” said Jennifer Stancil, Executive Director of Educational Partnerships. “WQED honors the legacy of Dr. Seuss’ original thinking, whimsy and curiosity everyday on air with The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That! which offers kids new ways to approach science, critical thinking and problem solving. With THE CAT IN THE HAT-A-THON and our “Seuss-irific” Birthday Party, we will offer kids a first-hand Seussian adventure to continue fostering their curiosity and build their science skills.”

THE CAT IN THE HAT-A-THON will feature two brand new episodes, “Seasons – Spring and Summer/Fall and Winter,” which takes the Cat, Nick and Sally on a journey through the four seasons, and “When I Grow Up/Doing It Differently,” in which Nick and Sally explore what it means to grow up and learn that trying a different approach can sometimes be the best way to solve a problem. The marathon will also include encore presentations of “Hooray for Hair/Ice Is Nice” and “Chasing Rainbows/Follow the Prints.”

In addition to broadcasting the marathon, WQED will host a “Seuss-irific” Birthday Party with the Cat in the Hat at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh on Saturday, March 3 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Families will have the opportunity to meet the one-and-only Cat in the Hat, sneak preview two new episodes. Also in recognition of the 75th anniversary of Dr. Seuss’ And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, children will be able to beautify their “Mulberry Street” by making “seed balls,” a mixture of clay powder, compost and seeds that can be placed on barren patches of land for growing. For more information on this event visit the WQED EDU Facebook® page at facebook.com/wqed.edu.

The celebration will continue online and on mobile. Video clips from all four episodes featured in THE CAT IN THE HAT-A-THON will be available for free online at PBSKIDS.org/video and on the PBS KIDS Video App for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT! has ranked among the top ten programs for children ages 2 to 5 since it premiered on PBS KIDS in September 2010.* The series is a key part of WQED and PBS KIDS’ commitment to helping kids build critical STEM – science, technology, engineering and math – skills through engaging content across platforms.

Images from these episodes are available on PBS PressRoom.

Following is a listing of the episodes airing during the March 2 CAT-IN-THE-HAT-A-THON on WQED-TV from 8-10 a.m. and 2-4 p.m.

“Seasons – Spring and Summer/Fall and Winter” *NEW*

“Seasons – Spring and Summer” – For Show and Tell at school, Nick and Sally must bring something from their favorite season. But how can they choose which is their favorite? The Cat in the Hat takes them to the magical Garden of Seasons, where they can visit any season they like, any time they like! They meet three young animals and journey with them as they begin to grow up. Sally decides that she has two favorite seasons, and with the pictures taken from the Snaparama camera, she now has a scrapbook of pictures to show why!

“Seasons – Fall and Winter” – It’s Nick’s turn to choose a favorite season. Back to the Garden of Seasons to visit Fall and Winter! In Fall, they meet up with their friends from Spring and Summer to have a going away party for Candy the goose who’s about to fly south. In Winter, they have a great time playing with Sam the hare while all his other friends hibernate. Nick can’t decide on just one season, so he makes a picture of all the fun they had in both seasons!

“When I Grow Up/Doing Things Differently” *NEW*

“When I Grow Up” – Sally and Nick are trying to guess what they’ll be when they grow up when the Cat drops in for a visit. Cat is sure Nick and Sally will never guess what his friend Puggle will be when she grows up. When they see her, they start guessing right away! A frog? A duck? No, a beaver! They discover that, while Puggle may have some similarities to other creatures, she will grow up to be a duck billed platypus.

“Doing It Differently” – Nick and Sally can’t seem to find Harvey the guinea pig. They find the Cat in the Hat instead! Cat suggests that Sally and Nick might find Harvey by meeting three friends who always do things differently – like a bird that runs instead of flies, or a cat that swims, or a fish that walks on the mud! Nick and Sally are sure to find Harvey now – by doing it differently!

“Hooray for Hair/Ice Is Nice”

“Hooray for Hair” – Sally and Nick are getting their hair cut today; maybe they should try new hairstyles! A trip to meet three of Cat’s friends (and some styling help from the Wig-o-lator) will help them decide! Should they have Yak hair? No, too hot! How about hair like a fur seal? Not quite, too short. A porcupine? No way! How will they ever get a hug from their moms with hair that spiky? They decide that the hair they have is what’s perfect for them!

“Ice Is Nice” – Nick and Sally want some nice cold lemonade, but there are no more ice cubes in Sally’s fridge! A trip to Freeze-your-knees Snowland will fix that! They meet Cat’s friend Polly the polar bear who introduces Sally and Nick to all the different kinds of ice that make up her home. After trying many types of ice, they find the kind that will be perfect for their lemonade!

“Chasing Rainbows/Follow the Prints”

“Chasing Rainbows” – The kids are painting a picture of a rainbow but can’t remember all the colors to use. Luckily for them, Cat takes them to Color-ga-lore to meet King Kaleidoscope, an expert on rainbows! A musical number teaches them the proper color order, and a silly spray of water leads them to discover how to make their very own rainbow!

“Follow the Prints” – Nick and Sally are enjoying a backyard picnic when they discover their last strawberry has gone missing! Who could have taken it? Cat’s friend Cluey Looey can help them! They are off to Muddyfeet Waterhole where they learn about how the differently shaped feet, paws, or hooves of various animals make differently shaped footprints. Back home, they follow the prints and discover their strawberry was taken by a squirrel! Luckily, the Cat has some more!


About WQED Multimedia

WQED Pittsburgh has a proud history of honors, including 128 National and Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Awards, an Academy Award, and many, many others, including two Emmy® Awards for Station Excellence. WQED was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. The people of WQED create, produce and distribute quality programs, products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within their community and around the world. WQED Pittsburgh is one of the first broadcasters in the country to be fully high-definition (HD) in its studio and field production capabilities. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; WQED Showcase; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org) and The WQED Education Department.


About THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT!

THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT! was created in response to recent findings that children graduating from kindergarten are less prepared to learn about science than about other subjects. The series supports young children’s science learning by introducing scientific inquiry skills, teaching core science concepts and vocabulary, and preparing preschoolers for kindergarten and first grade science curriculum — all in whimsical style.

A team of science and early childhood experts developed the curriculum for the first season’s 40 episodes, each of which begins with a question posed by Sally or Nick. Although the Cat knows a lot of things, his insatiable curiosity to learn more about the world leads to adventures with Sally and Nick in his one-of-a-kind Thinga-ma-jigger, a marvelously Seuss-ian contraption that sprouts wings, pontoons, booster rockets, skis, and just about anything else needed to find the answer. The inquisitive gang travels to the bottom of the sea to observe giant sea worms, zips to the rain forest to visit animals living in Kapok trees, and shrinks to bee-size to visit a hive and learn how honey is made. Guided by the Cat, the kids figure things out by observing, collecting and managing clues, making connections, constructing and evaluating theories, and having discussions – all in a preschool-appropriate manner. Produced by Portfolio Entertainment Inc. and Collingwood O’Hare Productions, in association with Dr. Seuss Enterprises, Random House Children’s Entertainment, Treehouse, and PBS KIDS, THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT! is based on Random House’s best selling Beginner Book collection, “The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library.”


ABOUT RANDOM HOUSE CHILDREN'S ENTERTAINMENT, LLC

Random House Children's Entertainment, a division of Random House Children's Books, is dedicated to expanding the reach of children's stories beyond books to a variety of traditional and new media platforms. Drawing from the rich and varied library of books published by Random House, the company's mission is to create, produce, and distribute quality projects for young people that will educate, enlighten, and entertain. Random House Children's Books is the world's largest English-language children's trade book publisher. Creating books for toddlers through young adult readers, in all formats from board books to activity books to picture books, novels, ebooks and apps, the imprints of Random House Children's Books bring together award-winning authors and illustrators, world-famous franchise characters, and multimillion-copy series. Random House is also the longtime home of the beloved and bestselling Dr. Seuss books which continue to make learning to read fun for millions of children everywhere. Seussville (www.seussville.com) -the official home of Dr. Seuss on the Web-is the place for children of all ages to play and learn with Dr. Seuss's wonderfully whimsical books and classic characters. Random House Children's Books is a division of Random House, Inc., whose parent company is Bertelsmann AG, a leading international media company.


ABOUT DR. SEUSS ENTERPRISES, L.P.

The primary focus of the Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. is to protect the integrity of the Dr. Seuss books while expanding beyond books into ancillary areas. This effort is a strategic part of the overall mission to nurture and safeguard the relationship consumers have with Dr. Seuss characters. Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss) said he never wanted to license his characters to anyone who would “round out the edges.” That is one of the guiding philosophies of Dr. Seuss Enterprises. Audrey S. Geisel, the widow of Dr. Seuss, heads Dr. Seuss Enterprises as President.


About PBS KIDS

PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, online and community-based programs. For more information on specific PBS KIDS programs supporting literacy, science, math and more, visit PBS.org/pressroom. Follow PBS KIDS on Twitter and Facebook.

*Ratings Source: NTI NPower, PBS KIDS’ Monthly Ranker
September 2010 – December 2011


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Woodville Plantation Hosts a Day with the Nevilles

February 22, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Rob Windhorst
412-221-0348
rwindhorst19@comcast.net



QUICK FACTS:

Event: A Day With the Nevilles

Date: Sunday, March 4, 2012

Time: 1 to 5 pm

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

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


WOODVILLE PLANTATION HOSTS A DAY WITH THE NEVILLES



BRIDGEVILLE, PA (February 22, 2012) - Step back in time at Woodville Plantation when this museum presents a special event. On Sunday, March 4, 2012, visit the Neville family and their friends as they enjoy a typical afternoon at Woodville Plantation. Visitors can interact with historic interpreters as they enjoy period games, sewing, entertainments and dining at the period correct hour of 2 pm. Special hours for this this event are from 1 to 5 pm. Admission is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for kids age 6-12 and free for kids under 6. A house tour is included with admission.

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

Just 7 miles and 15 minutes south of Pittsburgh, Woodville is conveniently located 1/4 mile north of Interstate 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.

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QED Cooks Celebrates 100th Episode

100TH EPISODE OF QED COOKS TO AIR ON WQED-TV


Commemorative cookbook to include 200 of the best and most requested recipes.





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 20, 2012

CONTACT:
George Hazimanolis
412-622-1366
ghazimanolis@wqed.org

Maria Pisano
412-622-1459
mpisano@wqed.org


100TH EPISODE OF QED COOKS TO AIR ON WQED-TV

Commemorative cookbook to include 200 of the best and most requested recipes.


PITTSBURGH—WQED’s program director and “cooking guy” Chris Fennimore is the host of QED Cooks, a local program that has celebrated the delicious food culture of Pittsburgh for the last 18 years. Much more than a cooking show, QED Cooks is about heritage and the tradition of passing down recipes to the next generation. Premiering March 3, 2012 at 10 a.m. on WQED-TV QED Cooks and Fennimore will celebrate the 100th episode of this series in a special called QED Cooks 100.

Along with his kitchen cohort Nancy Polinsky Johnson, Fennimore will take a fond look back at some of the top-requested recipes of all time, show regulars including Fennimore’s son Joe from toddler to teen, bloopers, and much more. Viewers will have the opportunity to keep QED Cooks and programs like it on the air by becoming members or renewing their membership with WQED during the program. A commemorative QED Cooks 100 cookbook with more than 200 of the best and most sought after recipes in QED Cooks history will be available as a thank-you gift.

QED Cooks started in August 1993 when Fennimore had a large harvest of zucchini that summer from the community garden where he volunteered his time. Not knowing how successful the program would be, the first show (Zucchini Cheesecake) wasn’t even recorded. “Nancy and I brought in all the bowls and other utensils from our own kitchens and we used a folding table as our set,” said Fennimore.

Today, over 600 local home-cooks and chefs have graced the set in WQED’s Studio C for the 106 cooking marathons WQED has produced. National PBS chefs like Lidia Bastianich, WQED Board of Directors member and host of Lidia’s Italy and Lidia Celebrates America (seen on WQED-TV) and Mary Ann Esposito, host of Ciao Italia with Mary Ann Esposito have also partnered with Fennimore and WQED for several cooking specials over the years. Locally through the Steel City Chefs series, WQED partnered with local restaurant chefs like Daniel Leiphart, Executive Chef from Isabela On Grandview and Michele Savoia, Executive Chef and Owner of DISH Osteria and Bar to give viewers the opportunity to learn how to make their favorite restaurant dishes and receive gift certificates for those restaurants.

From the over 100 QED Cooks marathons, 16 have been distributed to public television stations around the country through PBS and American Public Television (APT) as the America’s Home Cooking series. These cookbooks are available for purchase from SHOP WQED by calling 1-800-271-1307 or by going to shopwqed.org.

QED Cooks also has its own webpage complete with selected recipes, a full list of available cookbooks and a monthly blog written by Fennimore.

“The only reason why this show has worked so well here at WQED is that we have such a concentration of great home cooks who have been generous enough to share their family treasures with their friends and neighbors,” said Fennimore.

WQED Pittsburgh has a proud history of honors, including 128 National and Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Awards, an Academy Award, and many, many others, including two Emmy® Awards for Station Excellence. WQED was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. The people of WQED create, produce and distribute quality programs, products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within their community and around the world. WQED Pittsburgh is one of the first broadcasters in the country to be fully high-definition (HD) in its studio and field production capabilities. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; WQED Showcase; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org) and The WQED Education Department.

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Spirit of Uganda at the Byham

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Today's date: February 20, 2012

Contact:
Veronica Corpuz
(412) 471-6082
corpuz@trustarts.org

Diana Roth
(412) 471-8717
roth@trustarts.org

Electronic artwork is available upon request.



Spirit of Uganda presented by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust


Sunday, March 18, 2012, 4:00 p.m., Byham Theater, 101 Sixth Street


The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents the critically acclaimed Spirit of Uganda on Sunday, March 18, 2012, at 4:00 p.m. at the Byham Theater. This performance is part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series. “Invigorating the stage with that elusive thing called joy,” (The New York Times) Spirit of Uganda, produced by Empowering African Children, presents riveting programs of music and dance for audiences of all ages. To the melodic tones of standing drums, with dramatic choreography, bright, layered rhythms, and gorgeous call-and-response vocals, a vivacious cast of performers, aged 8-18, bring to life the sounds and movements of East Africa.

“Young, proud, and marvelously spirited musicians and dancers. Whatever these performers do, in whatever different bright attire, they do with discipline, fervor, and joy ... the pounding feet and agile bodies, the drums and vibrant human voices all send a message – one of courage and hope.” – Village Voice.

“An ebullient guide – Artistic Director Peter Kasule ushers us into the patchwork of ancient kingdoms and ethnic groups that constitutes modern Uganda, combining traditional rhythms with new forms into numbers so dynamic they are transformative.” – Newsday. As Master of Ceremonies for Spirit of Uganda performances, Peter Kasule researches, creates, arranges and directs all repertory.

Impassioned ambassadors for Uganda’s 2.4 million orphans, the young performers of Spirit of Uganda exhibit the resilience and promise of Africa’s next generation, as they promote awareness of Uganda’s dual crises of AIDS and civil war, and raise funds to support themselves and others displaced in their homeland. At home and abroad, these artists of the highest caliber are joyous, thriving examples of what is possible when potential is realized. “The artists are not just entertaining audiences, they are reaching out from an unbearable place of loss, drawing from their inner reserves the multifaceted rhythms that bear at the heart of Ugandan culture.” – Chicago Tribune.

Spirit of Uganda is a professional training and touring program produced by Empower African Children, a non-profit organization inspired by success stories from more than 15 years of work with Africa's vulnerable children. Launched in 2006 by child advocate Alexis Hefley, whose work with Ugandan children has earned her international acclaim, Empower African Children's programs provide a fresh new approach that unlocks the potential of this generation through an innovative education. Its holistic approach to education provides tools for success in life, creating confident, skillful, visionary leaders.

Tickets ($25-$35) may be purchased at the Box Office at Theater Square (655 Penn Avenue), online at www.trustarts.org, or by calling (412) 456-6666. To purchase 10 or more tickets at special discounted rates, please call (412) 471-6930.

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Portrayal and Perception: African American Men and Boys

AFRICAN AMERICAN MEN & BOYS SPECIALS EXPLORE PORTRAYAL & PERCEPTION


Portrayal & Perception: African American Men & Boys Premieres Tuesday, February 28 at 7:30 p.m. on WQED-TV

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 14, 2012

CONTACT:
George Hazimanolis
412-622-1366
ghazimanolis@wqed.org

Maria Pisano
412-622-1459
mpisano@wqed.org

AFRICAN AMERICAN MEN & BOYS SPECIALS EXPLORE PORTRAYAL & PERCEPTION

Portrayal & Perception: African American Men & Boys

Premieres Tuesday, February 28 at 7:30 p.m. on WQED-TV


PITTSBURGH—In the new series Portrayal & Perception: African American Men & Boys viewers will discover local individuals and organizations who are challenging common portrayals and perceptions of them and their culture.

Chris Moore

To set-up the context for this important series WQED’s weekly multi-cultural program Horizons (which airs Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. on WQED-TV) will hold a dynamic conversation on the February 21 episode about why re-shaping the portrayal and perception of African American males is important to all facets of our society. Joining Emmy®-Award winning producer and host Chris Moore will be for this discussion will be:

• Dr. Larry E. Davis, Dean of the Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh and Director of the Center on Race and Social Problems;

• Desmond King, Andrew Mellon Professor of American Government at Nuffield College, Oxford University;

• Dr. Marcia M. Sturdivant, Deputy Director of the Allegheny County Department of Human Services Office of Children, Youth and Families (CYF.)


Minette Seate

Known for teaching the craft and culture of African American musical forms to area youth for almost thirty years, The Afro American Music Institute (AAMI) has a lasting impact on the students it serves. On Tuesday, February 28 at 7:30 p.m. on WQED-TV the premiere episode of Portrayal & Perception: African American Men & Boys comes from Emmy®-Award winning producer Minette Seate. In this special, Seate explores the AAMI and its Boys Choir, where they continue a legacy of mentorship to children in our area. The AAMI goes beyond choir rehearsal to foster a culture of pride and responsibility to one’s community.

On Monday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. on WQED-TV, Emmy®-Award winning producer Michael Bartley takes a look at local African American entrepreneurs. In this episode Bartley takes viewers to several local and unique businesses where hard-work, vision and service are the crux of these operations. Often overlooked by commercial media, these individuals are experiencing financial success and finding ways to inspire future business leaders.

The third of these special episodes airs on Tuesday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m. on WQED-TV from Moore who talks with African American males who are fed up with the portraits of them drawn by mainstream media. They believe that in order to combat these negative images it is their responsibility to define who they are instead of leaving it to someone else. Through One Hood Media Jasiri X and Paradise "The Arkitech" Gray are teaching young people how to control the image of young black males by using the mediums at their disposal. Moore explains to viewers how the New Media Academy of One Hood Media is helping the students use their own stories to prepare for the future.

A fourth episode and town hall meeting are also planned as part of the series and will air in October 2012.

Funding for Portrayal & Perception: African American Men & Boys was provided by a grant from The Heinz Endowments, which supports efforts to make southwestern Pennsylvania a premier place to live and work, a center for learning and educational excellence, and region that embraces diversity and inclusion.

WQED Pittsburgh has a proud history of honors, including 128 National and Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Awards, an Academy Award, and many, many others, including two Emmy® Awards for Station Excellence. WQED was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. The people of WQED create, produce and distribute quality programs, products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within their community and around the world. WQED Pittsburgh is one of the first broadcasters in the country to be fully high-definition (HD) in its studio and field production capabilities. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; WQED Showcase; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org) and The WQED Education Department.

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Shakespeare on Politics at February's Bring Your Own Bard



Four rivals battle to lead the rebellion while the current ruler waits in the wings, gathering his forces. The current political campaign or a Shakespearean play? You decide when Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks' BYOB ("Bring Your Own Bard") highlights "Shakespeare on Politics" on Monday, February 27 at 7:30 pm at The Te Cafe in Squirrel Hill. "Shakespeare on Politics" is an evening of favorite scenes and monologues from Shakespeare's greatest plays to his obscure ones! From King Henry V to King John, Shakespeare had a lot to say about politics and government. But would he have been an Inssurectionist or a Party loyalist?


PSIP’s Bring Your Own Bard is an informal scene night in which professional actors and non-actors alike take a crack at their favorite Shakespeare pieces. Readers and audience members are encouraged to bring along their favorite Shakespeare monologue, scene, sonnet or song ready to read, or just come to listen and enjoy. Extra readings will be on hand in case last minute inspiration strikes. A tax-deductible donation is suggested at the door.

Doors open at 7:15 PM, readings begin at 7:30 PM. Anyone interested in reading should contact BYOB@pittsburghshakespeare.com, or visit us on Facebook at Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks.

BYOB will continue through the spring with a different theme each month.

THE TE CAFE
http://www.te-cafe.com/
2000 Murray Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
(412) 422-8888



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Friday, February 17, 2012

Acclaimed La Cage Aux Folles At the Benedum

PNC Broadway Across America - Pittsburgh presents LA CAGE AUX FOLLES starring George Hamilton and Christopher Sieber


March 13-18, 2012, Benedum Center





WINNER! 3 TONY AWARDS!

WINNER! 3 DRAMA DESK AWARDS!

WINNER! 4 OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS!

WINNER! DRAMA LEAGUE AWARD!



The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and PNC Broadway Across America - Pittsburgh present the critically-acclaimed production of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES starring George Hamilton and Christopher Sieber at the Benedum Center, March 13-18, 2012.

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES recently made Tony Awards history as the first show to ever win the Tony Award three times for best production. The classic musical comedy by Jerry Herman and Harvey Fierstein originally won six Tony Awards in 1984, including Best Musical. A Broadway revival won two 2005 Tony Awards including the Best Revival of a Musical prize. The new, freshly reconceived LA CAGE won three 2010 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical and Best Director of a Musical (Terry Johnson).

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES performance dates and times, at the Benedum Center, are Tuesday, March 13, 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday, March 14, 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, March 15, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, March 16, 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, March 17, 2:00 and 8:00 p.m.; Sunday March 18, 1:00 and 6:30 p.m.

Tickets ($20-$71) are on sale for all performances at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, by phone at (412) 456-6666 or online at www.TrustArts.org. For group ticket sales (10 or more), please call (412) 471-6930. PNC Broadway Across America - Pittsburgh series is a presentation of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Symphony and Broadway Across America.

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES tells the story of Georges (George Hamilton), the owner of a glitzy nightclub in lovely Saint-Tropez, and his partner Albin (Christopher Sieber), who moonlights as the glamorous chanteuse Zaza. When Georges’ son brings his fiancée’s conservative parents home to meet the flashy pair, the bonds of family are put to the test as the feather boas fly! LA CAGE AUX FOLLES is a tuneful and touching tale of one family’s struggle to stay together... stay fabulous... and above all else, stay true to themselves!

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, David Babani and Fran and Barry Weissler in association with NETworks Presentations.

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES features music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and book by Harvey Fierstein, based on the play by Jean Poiret.

The creative team includes director Terry Johnson, who won a 2010 Tony Award for his LA CAGE direction, choreographer Lynne Page, set designer Tim Shortall, costume designer Matthew Wright, lighting designer Nick Richings, sound designer Jonathan Deans and orchestrator/musical supervisor Todd Ellison.

The new production of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES played from November 23, 2007, to March 8, 2008, at the Menier Chocolate Factory, earning across-the-board raves and moving to the West End’s Playhouse Theatre on October 30, 2008, where it was nominated for seven 2009 Olivier Awards, winning for Best Musical Revival and Best Actor in a Musical for Douglas Hodge, and won the 2009 Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Best Musical.

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES is a production not to be missed, and reviewers agree. The Associated Press raves it is “Riotously funny! LA CAGE could not be more timely or enjoyable.” Variety called it “Funny, heartwarming and terrific!” Time Out New York sums it up: “Five Stars (out of five)! The Musical Revival of the Year! A Sensation!”

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The Beach Boys on Historic 50th Anniversary Tour

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Today's date: February 15, 2012

Contact:
Veronica Corpuz
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
412-471-6082
corpuz@trustarts.org



The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents one night only with THE BEACH BOYS on Historic 50th Anniversary Tour Friday, May 11, 2012, Benedum Center for the Performing Arts


Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks

To Tour Together For The First Time In More Than Two Decades

Tickets on Sale Monday, February 27, 2012, at 9 a.m.

Pittsburgh, PA (Wednesday, February 15, 2012): The Beach Boys, one of the world’s most legendary and influential bands, have reunited for a global 50th Anniversary Tour. Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks will tour together for the first time in more than two decades. The 40+ city tour, which will begin in April, will feature a headlining date at New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on April 27 and a performance at The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival on June 10. A second show at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, already has been added for May 13 due to overwhelming demand. The previously announced May 12 performance at the Mohegan Sun Arena sold out in one day.

The band, which performed together at the 2012 GRAMMY Awards, also will release a new studio album and commemorative 50th Anniversary catalog with Capitol/EMI.

On Friday, May 11, 2012, at 8 p.m. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust will present the Beach Boys at the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts in the Cultural District for one night only.

Tickets ($80.25, $100.25 and $153.25) will go on sale Monday, February 27, 2012, at 9 a.m. through The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s website trustarts.org, phone room 412-456-4800, and Box Office at Theater Square (655 Penn Avenue). Up to the minute tour date and ticketing information can be found at thebeachboys.com.

The Beach Boys have recorded new songs for the as-yet-untitled album to be released in 2012. It will be the first to feature all of the band’s surviving original members in decades and is being produced by Brian Wilson and executive produced by Mike Love.

The Beach Boys and Capitol/EMI also have teamed up for a 50th Anniversary campaign spotlighting the band’s entire catalog, with several new commemorative releases planned for 2012, including a new hits collection and a career-spanning box set.

For five decades, America’s first pop band to reach the 50-year milestone has recorded and performed the music that has become the world’s favorite soundtrack to summer. The Beach Boys continue to hold Billboard / Nielsen SoundScan’s record as the top-selling American band for albums and singles, and they also are the American group with the most Billboard Top 40 chart hits with 36. Sounds Of Summer: The Very Best Of The Beach Boys is fast approaching triple-Platinum sales status, and The SMiLE Sessions, released to worldwide critical acclaim in November, has been heralded as 2011’s #1 Reissue of the Year by Rolling Stone magazine.

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 and recipients of The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY Award, The Beach Boys are an American institution that is iconic around the world.

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A Streetcar Named Desire Ballet at the Benedum


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Media Contacts:
Aimee Waeltz
awaeltz@pittsburghballet.org
412-454-9129

Meghan McNamara
mmcnamara@pittsburghballet.org
412-454-9117

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Presents A Streetcar Named Desire

Photo by Duane Rieder; Dancers Eva Trapp and Robert Moore

(Pittsburgh, PA) – Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre presents A Streetcar Named Desire, a ballet by John Neumeier, March 9-11, 2012 at the Benedum Center. Making its Pittsburgh Premiere, and only the second time being performed in the United States, is the raw emotion of Tennessee Williams’ American classic A Streetcar Named Desire. A jarring portrayal of clashing cultures, the ballet takes audiences inside the tormented mind of aging southern belle Blanch Du Bois. Alternating between past and present, the production echoes her unraveling sense of reality. Neumeier’s searing choreography unites classical ballet and physical dance theater to evoke a powerful experience for ballet goers.

Photo by Duane Rieder;  Dancers Eva Trapp and Robert Moore

 
Streetcar, originally created for Stuttgart Ballet, with Richard Cragun and Marcia Haydee in the roles of Stanley Kowalski and Blanch DuBois, has dominated stages in Europe since its premiere in 1983. This is the first time the ballet is being performed by and set on an American company.

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Nickelodeon's The Fresh Beat Band Perform Live Concert at Byham

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Today's date: February 17, 2012

Contact:
Veronica Corpuz
(412) 471-6082
corpuz@trustarts.org

Diana Roth
(412) 471-8717
roth@trustarts.org

Electronic artwork is available upon request.


Nickelodeon’s The Fresh Beat Band Live in Concert during first-ever nationwide tour

Saturday, March 17, at 3:00 & 6:00 p.m., at the Byham Theater

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents The Fresh Beat Band, Nickelodeon's popular preschool music group and stars of the hit TV series of the same name, for two shows only on Saturday, March 17, at 3:00 & 6:00 p.m. at the Byham Theater in downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. This concert is part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series.

Nickelodeon’s The Fresh Beat Band began its 15-week, first-ever nationwide concert tour in February, 2012, and will perform in 50 cities around the country. The tour features Kiki (Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer), Shout (Thomas Hobson), Marina (Tara Perry), and Twist (Jon Beavers) performing The Fresh Beat Band hits from seasons one, two and three of the live-action music series that teaches preschoolers about music appreciation and how to express their feelings through movement, song and instrumental music. “We are so excited to get out on the road, meet our amazing fans and perform our songs,” said The Fresh Beat Band. “The concert has something for everyone to enjoy, and we can't wait to see the families singing and dancing along.”

Tickets ($33.50-$43.50) may be purchased at the Box Office at Theater Square (655 Penn Avenue), online at www.trustarts.org, or by calling (412) 456-6666. To purchase group tickets, please call group sales (412) 471-6930. A limited number of seats are still available. VIP packages and wheelchair seating are sold out.

The Fresh Beat Band debuted in 2009 on Nickelodeon and has amassed an amazing core fan base. The Fresh Beat Band centers on four best friends – Kiki, Shout, Marina and Twist – who love to sing and dance. Kids are introduced to the fundamentals of music, such as melody, rhythm, tempo and performance styles. In each episode, preschoolers sing and dance along as they help The Fresh Beat Band solve everyday challenges. Viewers also learn the importance of friendship, working together in a positive way and respecting each other’s differences. The series has featured music superstar Ne-Yo with additional celebrity guests appearing in season three.

In 2011, The Fresh Beat Band performed live on The View and on the Ellipse in Washington, D.C., at Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play. On November 24 and 25, 2011, the band participated in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, teamed up with Jason Mraz at Carnegie Hall, and was invited to ring the opening bell at the NYSE. On Fridays in December, 2011, Nick Jr. television featured a new episode of the band in anticipation of its tour and CD release in 2012.

The band’s new music video and single “Just Like A Rock Star,” debuted on Nickelodeon and iTunes in November, 2011. The song is featured in The Fresh Beat Band’s first-ever soundtrack, which spans all three seasons of the TV series and was released in January, 2012. Both the soundtrack and the tour showcase The Fresh Beat Band’s catchy preschool-friendly tracks from “Here We Go” to “Stomp the House.” The Fresh Beat Band’s recently released singles “Here We Go” and “A Friend Like You” have been mainstays at the top of the iTunes children's music chart since their debut.

For more Fresh Beat activities and fun go to their new website: http://www.freshbeatbandlive.com, Facebook page: www.facebook.com/freshbeatbandlive or http://www.nickjr.com/the-fresh-beat-band.

Nickelodeon, now in its 32nd year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 16 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

City Council Engaged in Group Hug on Valentine's Day 2-14-2012



Media Alert
PositivelyPittsburghLiveMagazine.com™
Publisher, Editor:  Joanne Quinn-Smith
412-444-5197
info@pplmag.com
http://pplmag.com
Most “Liveable” City Out to Prove It’s the Most Loveable!
“Group Hug” with Council Members and Proclamation City Council Building on February 14, 2012
Pittsburgh, the World’s Most Huggable City
The City of Pittsburgh has  been voted the most liveable city, the top ten Best in the World for tourism among many awards  and now PositivelyPittsburghLiveMagzine.com and Pittsburgh City Council have teamed up to prove that Pittsburgh is the Most Loveable, Most Huggable City!  Using the model of the international phenomenon of the “Free Hug Campaign” PPLMag.com plans to create a spectacular event on September 6, 2012 with preview events leading up to it.   The goal is to create an event that brings attention and prominence to “Pittsburgh’s best asset, the friendliness of its citizens.”
What’s Happening When and Where!
  • February 14th Proclamation declaring September 6th as Hug-A-Thon Pittsburgh Day.  There will also be a group hug with City Council Members.
  • Hug Ambassador Events are open auditions to be huggers at the Hug-A-Thon Events of September 6th.
    • Hug Ambassador Auditions will be held in the City Council Districts of Darlene Harris, William Peduto, and Theresa Smith. 
    • Hug Auditions scheduled during the months of March, May, July and August
    • Hug Ambassador Categories will include, but aren’t limited to:
Best Granny Hugger, Best EMS Hugger, Best Sports Hugger, Best Entertainment and Media Hugger
o   The Hug Ambassador Event Winners will be determined by Facebook contributions and donations raised at the event for four area charities.
  • Hug Auditions are scheduled during the months of March, May, July and August.  These will be preview events to the September 6,  Hug-A-Thon Pittsburgh™

September 6, 2012 Outdoor Hug-A-Thon Pittsburgh Event and Gala
  • The outdoor event will be held in five locations in downtown Pittsburgh.  These Hug locations are the City County Building, Market Square, Katz Plaza, underneath Macy’s Clock, and the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown. Times to get a “free” hug and make your optional donations:  2:30 PM to 5:30 PM at these locations
  • There will be signage and entertainment to draw attention to the Huggers. 
  • The hugs will be free.  Donations will be accepted and the donations will benefit four local charities.
  • The Presenting Sponsor is Wyndham Grand Downtown and the first official Hug-A-Thon Pittsburgh Gala will be held in the Wyndham Grand Ballroom.
  • Celebrity Hug Stations will be set up around the room.  Celebrities will include local sports figures, media personalities, and entertainers.
  • Local musical and variety entertainment has been engaged for both the lobby of the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown and the ballroom from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM.

"I am proud to be a part of this great campaign and to show how much Pittsburgh cares about its local charities.  Pittsburgh is hands-down the World's Most Lovable City!" Bill Peduto

Pittsburgh, the World’s Most Huggable City
For additional information contact Joanne Quinn-Smith, Publisher, PositivelyPittsburghLiveMagazine.com
412-444-5197

About PositivelyPittsburghLiveMagazine.com™ (PPL Mag™)

PositivelyPittsburghLiveMagazine.com™ is Pittsburgh’s First Internet Radio and TV network established in 2007.  It is an online community magazine to disseminate the Positive News for Positive Pittsburghers.   PPLMag™ is also an internet Pittsburgh radio and TV network with dedicated syndicated channels and online radio and TV capabilities.  The internet radio network for PPLMag™ shows have reached over 920,000 accumulated Internet archived and live listeners.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Join Susan Solovic for a Small Biz Twitterchat

NEWS RELEASE

February 14, 2012

Contact Information:

Linda Handley, Founder
Phone: 412.475.9010
E-mail:info@buildingbridgesforbusiness.com
Mail: 342 South Highland Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206



Susan Solovic, award-winning entrepreneur, a CEO, a journalist, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Amazon.com and USA Today bestselling author, multi-media personality, and attorney is our FEATURED GUEST AT February #SMALLBIZPGH TWITTERCHAT



PITTSBURGH, PA – Award winning entrepreneur and author, Susan Solovic will answer questions via Twitter on March 13, 2012 between 7 pm and 8 pm in Pittsburgh's first small business Twitterchat presented by Building Bridges for Business (bridges4biz).

The virtual event, which is aimed at providing valuable, free resources for small business owners will feature Solovic, who will answer a set of questions from Building Bridges for Business and other questions posed by entrepreneurs from the region and can be followed live using hashtag #smallbizpgh on either twebevent.com or tweetchat.com.

The Twitterchat will be presented by Building Bridges for Business, as well as its partners, including Allegheny County, the City of Pittsburgh Mayor's Office, Duquesne University Small Business Development Center and the Center for Women's Entrepreneurship at Chatham University.

For more on the event, visit Building Bridges for Business' homepage at www.buildingbridgesforbusiness.org, follow Building Bridges for Business (@bridges4biz) on Twitter or contact Building Bridges for Business by e-mailing info@buildingbridgesforbusiness.org. Since its inception in November 2010, the organization has hosted three sold out events, featuring prominent keynote speakers, such as Dr. Winslow Sargeant, who is President Obama's main adviser from the Small Business Administration. In addition to live events, Building Bridges for Business launched Pittsburgh's first-ever small business Twitterchat.



A woman of many talents, Susan Wilson Solovic is an award-winning entrepreneur, a CEO, a journalist, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Amazon.com and USA Today bestselling author, multi-media personality, and attorney. But behind every achievement, Solovic embodies ideas that make her universally—and intimately—relatable to all entrepreneurs: hard work, fortitude, and persistence. In a world of quick and questionable viral fame, Solovic is a rare commodity: she is what she preaches.

Raised in rural Missouri by entrepreneurial parents, Solovic learned early the meaning and value of becoming one’s own boss. At the age of 15, when most adolescents are preoccupied with growing up, Solovic had already started her own business giving baton-twirling lessons. She would go on to be the first in her family to graduate from law school—made possible by working full time. But later on, feeling that law was not her ultimate calling, Solovic tapped into her entrepreneurial spirit by building a company from the ground up. As CEO and co-founder of ItsYourBiz.com (formerly SBTV.com), Solovic led the company from a concept to a multi-million dollar, award-winning enterprise. In 2006, Solovic accepted the Stevie Award on behalf of ItsYourBiz.com for the Most Innovative Company under 100 employees; that same year, ItsYourBiz.com was voted the Best Investment Opportunity presenting to a Venture Forum event in the Silicon Valley.

Solovic is also a sought-after keynote speaker, as well as a small-business contributor for ABC News. She regular guest expert for Fox Business and Fox News, and she can be seen frequently on MSNBC, WABC, WCBS, CNN, CNBC and many other stations across the country. In 2011, Solovic launched a nationally syndicated radio show, It’s Your Biz with Susan Solovic, during which she invites leading entrepreneurial experts from across the country to share their unique perspectives on the world of small business. In conjunction with PBS, she created a feature program called Reinvent Yourself Now: Become Self-Reliant in an Unpredictable World. In addition to television and radio appearances, Solovic is a featured blogger on numerous sites, including Constant Contact, WSJ.com, U.S. Small Business Administration, and Fast Company. Recognized by major brands as the foremost small business expert, Susan can be seen currently on the AT&T small business website.

Solovic has written four bestselling books: It’s Your Biz; The Girls’ Guide to Power and Success; Reinvent Your Career: Attain the Success You Desire and Deserve; and The Girls’ Guide to Building a Million-Dollar Business. A fervent activist for women entrepreneurs, Solovic services on the Board of Directors for IEEW (Institute for the Economic Empowerment of Women). Previously, she served as Vice President of the Board of Directors of WIPP, Women Impacting Public Policy and Chair of the organization’s Executive Advisory Board as well as the National Advisory Board for the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO). In 2009, Solovic received the Institute for Women’s Entrepreneurship Leader of Distinction Award, and in 2008 she was the first recipient of AT&T’s Innovator of the Year Award for being a pioneer in a new industry.

Solovic is an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at Saint Louis University and also currently serves on the school’s advisory board for the John Cook School of Business Entrepreneurial Studies. Saint Louis University is one of the top-rated entrepreneurial schools in the United States.

Previously, Solovic served on the National Women’s Business Council, which counsels the President, Congress, and the SBA on issues affecting women business owners. She is also a past member of the Women’s Leadership Board at Harvard University. And somehow she still finds time for hobbies: Solovic is an avid cook and pianist, and believes in living a healthy lifestyle. She has a passion for meeting and learning about new people and making a positive impact on their lives. Having reinvented herself time and time again--while still holding on to core principles--she is an archetype of the entrepreneurial spirit, which affords her a unique vantage point from which to share information and insight with business owners around the world.
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Woodville Plantation Hosts Military Miniatures Day

February 9, 2012

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FOR INFORMATION CONTACT:

Rob Windhorst
412-221-0348
rwindhorst19@comcast.net



QUICK FACTS:

Event: Military Miniatures Day

Date: Sunday, February 19, 2012

Time: Noon to 5 pm

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

Cost: $5 for Adults, $3 for Children Age 6-12, Free for Children Under Age 6



WOODVILLE PLANTATION HOSTS MILITARY MINIATURES DAY


BRIDGEVILLE, PA (February 9, 2012) - Step back in time at Woodville Plantation as this this living history museum presents a special event featuring military miniatures. On Sunday, February 19, 2012, military history enthusiasts are invited to see a display of military miniatures, hand-painted toy soldiers and war-gaming dioramas featuring the 18th and 19th century armies of North America and Europe. Visitors can also talk with 18th century military re-enactors throughout the day as they drill (weather permitting). Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children age 6-12 and free for children under age 6. Admission includes exhibit and house tour. Hours are from noon to 5 pm.

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

Just 7 miles and 15 minutes south of Pittsburgh, Woodville is conveniently located 1/4 mile north of Interstate 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.
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Max and Ruby: Bunny Party at The Byham

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Today's date: February 10, 2012

Contact:
Veronica Corpuz
(412) 471-6082
corpuz@trustarts.org

Diana Roth
(412) 471-8717
roth@trustarts.org

Electronic artwork is available upon request.



Max & Ruby: Bunny Party


Friday, March 9, and Saturday, March 10, 2012, Byham Theater, 101 Sixth Street


The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents Max & Ruby: Bunny Party on Friday, March 9, at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 10, at 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m., at the Byham Theater. This performance is part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series. Produced by Koba Entertainment, this live children’s musical is an adaptation from the book by internationally-acclaimed children’s author and illustrator, Rosemary Wells. The popular children’s book also was made into a television series that has been seen around the globe.

Featuring colorful stage sets and costumes, and original songs, Max & Ruby: Bunny Party was conceived and directed by Patti Caplette, artistic director for Koba, along with a dynamic creative team of artists including Juno Award-winner Norman Foote (music and lyrics), Beth Kates (scenic design), Shaun Kettner and Peter Harrison (puppets), Annie Armit and Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet wardrobe (costume design), and Kristen Sawatsky and Laura Kolisnyk (associate choreographers).

Tickets are $21.25 - $29.25 and may be purchased at the Box Office at Theater Square
(655 Penn Avenue), online at www.trustarts.org, or by calling (412) 456-6666. To purchase 10 or more tickets at special discounted rates, please call (412) 471-6930.

In the live stage production of Max & Ruby: Bunny Party, a surprise party is being planned for someone special, and bunny siblings Max and Ruby have a-million-and-one things to do before the big event. Join in the fun as they embark on a musical bus ride to the East Bunnyhop General Store, where they decide on what to buy for the Super Duper Special Birthday Guest. Back at home, Louise arrives with her beauty kit and everyone gets a makeover – even Max! When everything is all set for the party, Ruby discovers some uninvited guests including an engaging Robot, a giant Spider, and an adorable Slug. Celebrate the universal nature of sibling relationships with Max & Ruby: Bunny Party!

Since 2004, Koba Entertainment, co-founded by Gilles Paquin, executive producer of Paquin Entertainment, and Patti Caplette, artistic director of Koba, has produced creative musical theatre based on literary and television characters for children and families: Toopy and Binoo and the Marshmallow Moon, The Backyardigans, Sea Deep in Adventure, and more. Koba’s productions have toured throughout America and around the world. In 2011, with the addition of a contemporary theatrical division, the scope of Koba has expanded from comedy to musical to grand theatrical presentations.

Patti Caplette has graced the world stages with two of Canada's foremost ballet companies: Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, performing in Fernand Nault's renowned rock-opera ballet Tommy; Peter Wright's Giselle; Agnes De Milne's Fall River Legend; and Van Danzig's Romeo & Juliet. She is an award winning creator; directing, writing and choreographing in the entertainment fields of dance, musical theatre, film cabaret and special events.

Since 1985, Gilles Paquin, founder of Paquin Entertainment Group, has managed a diversified entertainment enterprise with four distinct divisions: Artist Management, Agency, Special Events and Film & Television. Gilles has worked with many notable entertainers, such as Alabama, David Bowie, Jim Carey, Christopher Plummer, Bill Cosby, and B.B. King.

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World Premiere of Detroit Dealers Features Wunderbaum

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Today's date:
February 13, 2012

Contact:
Veronica Corpuz
(412) 471-6082
corpuz@trustarts.org

Electronic images are available upon request.



The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents Wunderbaum in the world premiere of Detroit Dealers


February 23-25, 2012, 8:00 p.m., Trust Arts Education Center

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents—with the support of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Fund for the Performing Arts, the Carol R. Brown Performance Fund, Joan Humphrey, an Anonymous Donor, Gemeente Rotterdam – dienst Kunst en Cultuur, Fonds Podiumkunsten, and Norma Fonds—Wunderbaum’s world premiere of Detroit Dealers February 23-25, 2012, at 8:00 p.m. at the Trust Arts Education Center. This premiere is part of the Pittsburgh-based Distinctively Dutch Festival.* Detroit Dealers features Wunderbaum theater-makers Walter Bart and Maartje Remmers, as well as a special appearance by Rosemarie Wilson.

Walter Bart opens Detroit Dealers with the story of his grandfather, Arie Bart. Set in the 1950s Dutch town of Hilversum where Arie owns a car dealership, the story follows him on a business trip to the mother company General Motors in Detroit. There he becomes romantically involved with an American soul singer. In a cross-over of dramatized documentary, theatre, and music, Arie Bart’s remarkable life is juxtaposed with the romance of the American Dream and the transience of the car as a sex symbol.

Wunderbaum is a Dutch-Flemish group of actors who create drama using location-based themes and an exploration of sub-cultures in society. Previously they have delved into the roles of a family on social security (Eindhoven de gekste, 2003), would-be religious fanatics (Kamp Jezus, 2008), romantics with a great urge for self-sacrifice (Magna plaza, 2006), and British football supporters on a booze-up holiday in Odessa (Beertourist, 2008). Most common of the Wunderbaum repertoire is the tension between ideologies and the difficult transition thereof to the actual daily reality. Critically acclaimed, Wunderbaum has received the Proscenium prize (2010) and the Mary Dresselhuys prize (2007) for its work. Additionally, they have been selected for the annual Dutch/Flemish Theatre festival for Natives II (2011), Rail Gourmet (2010), Tien Geboden (2009), and Kamp Jezus (2008).

Credits and Biographies for Detroit Dealers


Credits

Actors, Makers Walter Bart, Maartje Remmers (Wunderbaum) With Rosemarie Wilson; Music Bo Koek; Musicians Jens Bouttery, Andrew Claes; Film, Set Design Gerbrand Burger; Light Design, Technician Manuel Boutreur; Sound Technician Danny Hoogveld; Costume Advise Lotte Goos; Cameraman Film Tibor Dingelstad; Production Wunderbaum; Co-production Rotterdamse Schouwburg, NTGent, Holland Festival, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust – as part of its 2012 Distinctively Dutch Festival.

With the support of Gemeente Rotterdam – dienst Kunst en Cultuur, Fonds Podiumkunsten, Norma Fonds, Stichting DOEN

Special thanks to: Mimi Bart, Charyse Bailey, Cory Cope, Bob Fitzgerald, Heijmans NV, Elsbeth Kasteel, Rachel Lutz, Bobby Moore, Cameron Moore, Markita Moore, Omari Moore, Andrew Newton, Jennifer Owen, Doc Richey, Lydia Widing, Jean Wilson and The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust team.

Detroit Dealers is supported by the Performing Arts Fund NL.


Biographies

Wunderbaum – actors / makers

Based in Rotterdam, Wunderbaum is a Dutch-Flemish group of five actors who work collectively, together with a designer and a dramaturge, as well as musicians, writers, photographers and film producers. Chameleonic, collaborative, and often site-specific, the performances of Wunderbaum take on many shapes resulting in newly discovered theater forms combined with a fresh look at humankind and society. Wunderbaum tours internationally on a regular basis, also in the U.S. In 2010, they created the performance Looking for Paul in REDCAT in Los Angeles. This spring, the music theatre performance Songs at the end of the World will be touring to Los Angeles (REDCAT) and Austin, Texas (Fusebox Festival).

Detroit Dealers actors Walter Bart and Maartje Remmers are members of Wunderbaum. Apart from their work with Wunderbaum – for more than 10 years now – they have been involved in other projects in theatre, as well as in film and television.

For the performance Detroit Dealers, Wunderbaum invited several guests, including Detroit-based Rosemarie Wilson.

Rosemarie Wilson

Rosemarie Wilson, also known as One Single Rose, is a Detroit native who has become an award-winning poet, writer, advice columnist, singer, actress, and advocate for integrity and fidelity. For the past 20 years, Wilson has been employed at top law firms in Michigan and she freelances in her spare time. She is the proud parent of a miniature dachshund, Remy Black. In November 2010, she was named “Poet of the Month” in From a Writer’s Point of View magazine. She also is listed in the fourth edition of Who’s Who in Black Detroit. Also in 2010, she was named Poetry Author of the Year and New & Upcoming Poet of the Year at the 1st Annual National Poetry Awards ceremony in Raleigh, North Carolina. (www.onesinglerose.com/about-the-author.php)

Gerbrand Burger - set design and film

Gerbrand Burger is an artist based in Amsterdam, initiator of WAAR (www.waarprojects.org), and is owner of Gerbrand Burger Studio. Central themes in his work are mutual perception of cultures, notions of place and location, migration and identity. These themes are explored in various media such as film, photography, drawing, installation and objects. Gerbrand Burger studied fine arts at Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and Cooper Union in New York, and took part in the studio program of De Ateliers and several artist residencies around the world. Gerbrand Burger Studio integrates the development and production of artistic projects with a wide range of services for galleries, museums, collectors, artists and art institutions.

Bo Koek - music

After graduating cum laude from the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, Bo played in several bands including Track and Kopna Kopna. With the last he worked together with Tom Pintens (Zita Swoon) and Wunderbaum (Lost Chord Radio) and released the album Like You (2004). Together with Rik Elstgeest and John van Oostrum, he founded music theatre group Touki Delphine, under the wings of Veenfabriek. Bo wrote Six Parts for an Imaginary Movie for Veenfabriek’s Sirene Orchestra and film music (including for the movie Geboren en Getogen that won the Grand Prix at the Very Short Film Festival in Paris). Besides that, he worked and performed with Mocky, We'll Make It Right, Gerry Arling and Wunderbaum.

Jens Bouttery - musician

Jens Bouttery started off a musical and theatrical career in academies at the Belgian seaside. He finished his Masters Degree in jazz drums with greatest distinction at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. In the meantime, Jens played and composed for theatre productions such as Kamp Jezus and Rail Gourmet by theatre collective Wunderbaum, Hete Tenen with his sister actress Lise Bouttery, and Concerto by performance artist Ivo Dimchev. Jens created soundtracks for short-films such as Gerrits Kerstige Katharsis by Daan Milius and the multiple award-winning Misschien Later by Moon Blaisse. His current bands and projects are Winchovski, Tsu Tsu Trio, Les Chroniques de l’Inutile, as well as dance performance Alpha Boys by Club Guy & Roni, Caligula by Mokhallad Rhasem, and Detroit Dealers by Wunderbaum. With Franka’s Poolparty, Jens won the title for best solo player at the Brussels Jazz Marathon XLJazz Contest 2011. In 2011, Jens also won the Toots Thielemans Jazz Award for his latest audiovisual project, The Dubtapes, a collaboration with Daan Milius and played by the Jens Maurits Orchestra.

Andrew Claes - musician

Andrew Claes is an Antwerp (Belgium)-based musician focusing on mainly saxophones, EWI, digital percussion and modular software. His main groups are BRZZVLL, STUFF and his solo/visual performance Internal Sun. Exploring various musical styles and media, Andrew performed in many jazz clubs and festivals worldwide and made appearances on national television and radio stations. He recorded and co-produced several tracks and records with his bands, has projects ranging from techno to free jazz, and occasionally works for theatre and film productions.

Individual tickets ($30) can be purchased online at www.trustarts.org/dutchfestival, by calling (412) 456-6666, or in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue. Group tickets can be purchased by calling (412) 471-6930.

A CONVERSATION WITH WUNDERBAUM

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust in partnership with Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council

Thursday, February 16, 8 p.m., Trust Arts Education Center

Join director Walter Bart and members of Wunderbaum in a creative conversation about the collaborative and interdisciplinary process of theater making and performance.

Based in Rotterdam, Wunderbaum is a group of actors who work collectively, together with a designer and a dramaturge, as well as musicians, writers, photographers and film producers. Chameleonic, collaborative and often site-specific, the performances of Wunderbaum take on many shapes resulting in newly discovered theatre forms combined with new interests in humankind or social themes. Through the examination of literature, documentary, people and place, the group explores the friction between group interests or individual interests, interests that might be public or strictly personal. Call 412-394-3353 to register for this free event.


* The Distinctively Dutch Festival is presented by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, in collaboration with the Kingdom of the Netherlands. From February through May, 2012, throughout downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, the Festival will feature a range of contemporary work that is reflective of today’s Dutch culture, including dance, jazz, visual art, film, theater, children’s theater and literature. The Festival is part of the Cultural Trust’s mission to present a wide variety of art forms, as well as companies and artists who represent our world’s rich cultural heritages. The Cultural Trust seeks to present artists of the highest quality and caliber in each discipline, particularly artists who would not normally have an opportunity to be seen in Pittsburgh or the United States. For more information, visit www.trustarts.org/dutchfestival.

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