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Won’t You Be My Neighbor Day this Friday, 3/20/2009

This Friday, March 20, will be the second Won’t You Be My Neighbor Day, a tribute to Fred Rogers and a way to promote neighborliness throughout America.

To participate, wear a sweater on March 20. Doesn’t have to be a zippered cardigan — just has to be “special to you.”

You can also send a photo of yourself and your friends to Family Communications, Inc., the nonprofit Mr. Rogers founded, and they’ll post it on their website: www.fci.org/neighbor

You’ll find full details and photos from last year’s event there too.

And there’s more. This is from the press release:

As part of WYBMND, a number of Pittsburgh organizations have signed up to participate in the event by hosting activities to celebrate what it means to be a neighbor. On March 20, the Pittsburgh Zoo and the PPG Aquarium, The National Aviary, the Mattress Factory, the Westmoreland Museum of American Art and Photo Antiquities will offer free admission. Neighbors are also invited to visit Mr. McFeely and members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum and join community sweater drives sponsored by The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (at its Liberty Avenue and Hill District locations) and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (in the first floor lobby at 925 Liberty Ave.).

In addition, the movie My Tale of Two Cities, which encourages everyone to be a caring neighbor, will have several benefit screenings the week of March 15. The film is a comeback story about the real-life “Mister Rogers Neighborhood”.  Featuring Franco Harris and other famous Pittsburghers, screenwriter Carl Kurlander’s story documents the “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” spirit that can be found across the country. The film will screen in Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C., and then, on March 20 in Pittsburgh at The Waterworks Cinema.

“What’s been so encouraging,” [Margy Whitmer of Family Communications, Inc.] says, “is the continued enthusiastic response from people all over the country. We’ve marked this date to give  organizations and institutions the opportunity to create an event that encourages the people in their communities to be caring neighbors.  We’re also hoping that individuals will connect one-on-one with their neighbors in caring ways and that it will become an annual national day of community service.”

For more information about “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” Day (WYBMND) visit www.fci.org/neighbor.

This weekend: Bricolage’s “play-in-a-day” event

From the email inbox, an announcement of a very cool event involving my friend Rick Schweikert and some of Pittsburgh finest theatre professionals:

B.U. S. 4 Bricolage Urban Scrawl
Bricolage presents our third annual Play-in-a-Day Series
MARCH 21ST 937 LIBERTY AVENUE FIRST FLOOR

Join Bricolage for a unique benefit to unveil a brand new season for 2009.

6 Playwrights, 6 Directors, 24 Actors, 24 Hours, 120 Seats.

We are back again with another incredible line-up of local artists risking their creative necks to write, direct, perform, and present 6 new plays in one day. Each writer will have 12 hours to write a 10-minute play inspired by a 90-minute journey on a city bus. The directors and actors will have the next 12 hours to rehearse, memorize and stage each play to debut that same evening exactly 24 hours after the first meeting.

Come see an exciting new line up of artists including:

WRITERS
Gab Cody, Robert Isenberg, Wali Jamal, Michael McGovern, Rick Schweikert, Robin Walsh.

DIRECTORS
Martin Giles, Lisa Ann Goldsmith, Sheila McKenna, Anya Martin, John Shepard, David Whalen.

ACTORS
Eric Anderson, Nancy Bach, Karen Baum, Tyler Berube, Laura Lee Brautigam, Bridget Carey, Brian Czarneicki, George Dalzell, Don Digiulio, James Fitzgerald, Dave Flick, Tressa Glover, Lonzo Green, Daina Michelle Griffith, Mary Harvey, Chris Josephs, Kelly Marie McKenna, Robyne Parish, Joshua Elijah Reese, Rita Reis, Mark Clayton Southers, Genna Styles, and James Wong.

Enjoy cocktails and food provided by Penn Avenue Fish Market, Sonoma Grill, and Seviche. Bid on fabulous silent auction items such as sports, theatre, and film tickets, spa packages, and much, much more. Be witness to this exciting experiment in theatre and learn more about what Bricolage has in store for the coming year.

For a 7-minute video of past BUS events visit:
webbricolage.org/video_test.html

B.U.S. FARE: $40 cocktails and yummies
V.I.P. FARE: $75 private reception and Friday night actor selection party
Doors open at 7PM performance begins at 8PM.
Seating is limited. For tickets call 412-381-6999 or buy your tickets on-line at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/58505
To RSVP contact Tami at tami@webbricolage.org. For more information visit www.webbricolage.org

V.I.P. Fare – This ticket entitles the fare holder to cocktails, lite yummies and a front row seat to the intimate Friday Night Actor Selection Parade. This is rare treat for the VIP to get a behind the scenes look at the making of a 24 hour play event. This portion of the process is probably our favorite exchange. Choosing this fare will also give the VIP reserved seating for Saturday evenings BUS 4  event. Limited number of tickets available. Make your reservation today. Call 412-381-6999.

Supported in part by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

Announcing Pittsburgh BlogFest 16, plus a poem and a game

Blue sixteen

I received this by email this week — a new poem from the mysterious Carlos the Mack’rel:

On Blogfest Ex-Vee-Eye

‘Tis time, my friends, ’tis blogfest time.
In elven month, post-Hallowed moon
I thought we’d see a blogfest soon
Impatient me, impatient I’m.

So when meet we to eat and drink?
Pre-twelfth month days are running short
To drink a beer or liquor snort.
Please schedule soon, I’m on the brink.

Upon receiving this pointed reminder, the Pittsburgh Bloggers cabal sprang to action. There is indeed little time left in the year, and no matter when we schedule the next get-together we’re going to be giving people precious little notice. Still, a small blogfest is better than none at all, so….

WHAT: Pittsburgh Blogfest 16
WHEN: Friday, November 21, 2008, 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM and beyond
WHERE: Finnegan’s Wake (near PNC Park, 20 General Robinson St., North Shore, 412-325-2601), in the Pub Room
WHO: All local bloggers, vloggers, podcasters (and their friends!) and Pittsburgh Bloggers
COST: Free to attend
WI-FI ACCESS: Free

Food and beverages will be available for purchase from Finnegan’s Wake, as always. Arrive when you like, leave when you must.

SMOKING NOTE: As always, the room in which we’ll be blogfesting will be smoke-free. The rest of the bar allows smoking, so one can hop out for a smoke break. There’s a glass wall between, so the smokers and nonsmokers can stare at each other and see how the other half lives.

As always, if you plan to attend, please send an e-mail to "blogfest at-sign closkey dot com".

BONUS BLOGFEST FUN: Being disorganized as well as last-minute, both Woycheck and I added event listings for this blogfest to the Pittsburgh Bloggers Facebook group.

I could delete mine, or he could delete his. But instead let’s have a contest. Whose event do you want to attend, mine or Woycheck’s? RSVP on Facebook to attend one or the other, or both, or neither. Prizes and penalties to be determined, plus bonuses for RSVPing members if I can think of any. Read the competing event listings and RSVP here.

(Yes, they’re actually the same event, same location, same day and time. So choosing which you like better will be extra difficult. Good luck!)

 

(Photo credit: Blue sixteen, originally uploaded by piermario.)

PghTech Women Network Launch

I’m bundled up at home, fighting off some kind of illness that makes it hard to stand long and to think.

This is a darn shame because it means I’m going to miss this terrific event, organized by the Pittsburgh Technology Council and sponsored by Google:

PghTech Women Network Launch

We’re inviting women who work in Pittsburgh’s technology community to join us for drinks, discussion and the opportunity to provide direction for the Council’s newest network – PghTech Women.

Meet with other women from all areas of Pittsburgh’s technology community for casual networking as well as a chance to offer ideas and suggestions for the PghTech Women Network.

The PghTech Women Network is sponsored by Google.

Date: Wednesday, October 29
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Parking: Free Parking after 5 p.m. in Forbes Avenue Garage
Venue: Red Ring Restaurant, 1015 Forbes Avenue, 15282
Cost: $15
Register: Online | E-Mail | 412.918.4229

PghTech Women provides female technology professionals a forum for networking, best practice exchange, online interaction and community visibility.

For more information and other ways to get involved, contact us at 412.687.2700.

If you attend — and I hope you will — please let me know what you thought of the event.

At PCPGH3

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Today 8 or so months of collaboration come to fruition. I’m at PodCamp Pittsburgh 3, the third of these unconferences about social media (blogging, podcasting, social networks, etc.) that we’ve had in Pittsburgh, PA.

I co-lead a couple of sessions on blogging with Mike Woycheck, one of my fellow co-founders of Pittsburgh Bloggers. The sessions were fun for us, as well as a nice ego boost since both sessions were standing-room-only.

Right now, I’m attending a panel discussion on Social Media Business Plans, on which people from venture capitalist company Meakem Becker, tech accelerator AlphaLab, and ElasticLab.

This is a great example of what makes PodCamp amazing: I can share what I know and learn from what others know. Everyone gives, and everyone gets — and the more you put in, the more you get out.

(Photo credit: IMG_0262.JPG, originally uploaded by mbfulk.)

Time is of the essence

A couple of time-critical items for your attention:

  • Pittsburgh social media phenom Lindsay Patross has created a political action committee, P2PAC, that "supports candidates whose districts touch the City of Pittsburgh and whose agendas are consistent with its mission: good government, sustainable development, and social equity." As part of the kick-off they’ve initiated a P2pac Kick-Off Challenge to raise at least $10 from 10 people in 10 days. There are just a few days left: Check it out and contribute to give a forward-thinking group a good start.
     
  • From Michael Sorg, fellow PodCamp Pittsburgh planner and local podcast crazyman: "My band, CRAP has gotten into the Punisher movie contest at The X.  It seems that it is based on the number of plays.  I’m reaching out to everyone to help get me plays, and any ideas to help get this out there." Click this WXDX link to play the song "Monkey Flings Poo" and help a local unsigned band crack into the music world. Visit the CRAP band website for more info.
     
  • Speaking of social media and blogging and podcasting, don’t forget the free "Intro to Social Media Workshop" on September 27 at the Northland Public Library. If you’re reading this site, you probably know what a blog is, but you might mention it to a friend, family member, or random passerby.
     
  • AlphaLab is now accepting applications for its Winter/Spring 2009 cycle. The application deadline is October 15th, 2008.  From their announcement: "AlphaLab is a catalyst for launching the next generation of software, entertainment technology and Internet-related companies. Created by Innovation Works, one of the nation’s most active seed-stage investors, AlphaLab provides funding, free office space, expert business advisors and services through an intensive 20-week program in Pittsburgh. AlphaLab helps companies rapidly develop their technology, gain user feedback from early product releases, develop go-to-market strategies, and move toward successful commercial launch. For more information and to access the application, visit: www.alphalab.org

Pittsburgh BlogFest 15

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"15", originally uploaded by Lincolnian.

Come one, come all!

WHAT: Pittsburgh Blogfest 15
WHEN: Friday, August 22, 2008, 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM and beyond
WHERE: Finnegan’s Wake (near PNC Park, 20 General Robinson St., North Shore, 412-325-2601), in the Pub Room
WHO: All local bloggers, vloggers, podcasters (and their friends!) and Pittsburgh Bloggers
COST: Free to attend
WI-FI ACCESS: Free

Food and beverages will be available for purchase from Finnegan’s Wake, as always. Arrive when you like, leave when you must.

SMOKING NOTE: As always, the room in which we’ll be blogfesting will be smoke-free. The rest of the bar allows smoking, so one can hop out for a smoke break. There’s a glass wall between, so the smokers and nonsmokers can stare at each other and see how the other half lives.

As always, if you plan to attend, please send an e-mail to "blogfest at-sign closkey dot com". I hope to see you there!

A pair of BlogFest sonnets

In my email today, I received the following verse:

Cyn Closkey with your hair all rosey-red
Please tell me of the next new blogfest’s date.
The time as well must get inside my head
For me to be there on time and not late.
I’ll drink a beer or two before I leave
And chomp a pomme frite if my heart so dare.
I promise not to drink so much I heave
For puking would cause pity and despair
A chat with Inner Bitch and Sandwich Mike
And you, of course, the time I’m quaffing ale
A room all blogger full I can’t dislike
I’ll be there this time, promise!  I’ll not fail.
            Please tell me Red; oh tell me date and time
            To miss a blogfest is a heinous crime.

Signed,
Carlos the Mackerel

 Here is my response:

Dear Carlos Mack’rel, wise and funny guy,
How right you are to query on this point,
For nearly three months now have passed on by
Since last we gathered all to rock the joint.
The summer days, though long and bright and hot
And seeming endless now, grow short again.
Cool Autumn looms. You must think we forgot
To tell yinz where to gather; also when.
In June, we BlogFest planners planned a date,
And all agreed. Then ev’rything went wild.
We were so busy, and that made us late.
I blame it all on Woycheck’s brand new child.
            The date we’ll tell you soon — be patient, sir!
            First we must check the room’s reserved for sure.

Look for an announcement about the next Pittsburgh BlogFest very, very soon. (Sorry for the wait.)

Pittsburgh BlogFest 14

Urban Flowers

Urban Flowers, originally uploaded by brunkfordbraun.

I received another poem from Carlos the Mack’rel:

Oh, Cindy-Red or Cindy-Black
(That Closkey hair, I can’t keep track)
Tell me, tell me, tell me true
Just when is our blogfest due?

I can not wait til when it’s time
As you can see this rhyme’s a crime
my meter’s off, tis no mere jest
I need to know the next blog fest.

Week the first in month of May?
Tell me Red, what time? what day?
Or week the next oh, Cindy black
My muse brings forth…I’m stumped, alack!

Happily, I’m able to answer the question that has kept Carlos awake these many nights — and that has surely had you wondering as well.

WHAT: Pittsburgh Blogfest 14
WHEN: Friday, May 16, 2008, 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM and beyond
WHERE: Finnegan’s Wake (near PNC Park, 20 General Robinson St., North Shore, 412-325-2601), in the Pub Room
WHO: All local bloggers, vloggers, podcasters (and their friends!) and Pittsburgh Bloggers
COST: Free to attend
WI-FI ACCESS: Free

Food and beverages will be available for purchase from Finnegan’s Wake, as always. Arrive when you like, leave when you must.

SMOKING NOTE: As always, the room in which we’ll be blogfesting will be smoke-free. The rest of the bar allows smoking, so one can hop out for a smoke break. There’s a glass wall between, so the smokers and nonsmokers can stare at each other and see how the other half lives.

As always, if you plan to attend, please send an e-mail to "blogfest at-sign closkey dot com". I hope to see you there!

PodCamp Pittsburgh 3

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DSCF1077, originally uploaded by Joel Mark Witt.

Planning is underway for PodCamp Pittsburgh 3, the third iteration of the Pittsburgh line of PodCamps.

I attended the first PodCamp Pittsburgh, where I shared what I knew and thought about blogging and learned a bit about video and podcasting. Then I helped organize a newbie version of the conference, and then PodCamp Pittsburgh 2.

I had fun with the planning and I loved participating in the PodCamps, but what’s been most rewarding all along is meeting amazing local people with diverse backgrounds and experiences, and working with them to create awesome stuff.

So we’re at it again this year. PodCamp Pittsburgh 3 will be held on October 18 and 19 with a lead-up gathering on the 17th. It’ll be held at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Registration will be free, and anyone can present a session (although we are organizing a little bit of curriculum to make sure we cover some basics and offer info of interest to people with advanced skills as well).

We had a planning meeting tonight — the third or fourth I think — and stuff is coming together. In the past we’ve waited a bit late to start organizing, so it’s a change to have enough time to do things properly. For example, the web team and I have several weeks to revamp the website, rather than a couple of days. We’ll even have a testing period. Novel!

We’ve discovered new ways to improve the experience each time, and we’re working to learn from other PodCamps across the country. Ours is the best (naturally), but everybody else does great things, and we all seem willing to share and move the community ahead.

The Loungy Lounge, by the way, is one of two break rooms we had at PodCamp Pittsburgh 2. The other was the Mentor Lounge, which was stocked with computers and was a place where people could go and ask questions. It didn’t seem to be quite as effective as we had hoped; I think some of the Canadian PodCamps have come up with improvements.

But the Loungy Lounge was where anyone could go to just relax, and socialize or not talk to anyone for a few minutes so the brain could absorb all the new info. It was among my favorite innovations for PCPGH2, so I hope we work it into the plan this year.