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Pittsburgh event: Doing Good at the PPT

An interesting event Monday night (tomorrow) at the Pittsburgh Public Theater, complete with complimentary refreshments and interesting ideas:

Pittsburgh Public Theater’s Town Hall Project Presents
Doing Good

Locals talk about causes that moved them to take action plus a non-profit showcase and refreshments sponsored by Yelp Helps. Continue reading Pittsburgh event: Doing Good at the PPT

Back by popular demand: Pittsburgh BlogFest 20!

Nowadays, the Pittsburgh region is blessed with so many local meetups and tweetups and benefits and social media conferences that I’ve wondered whether there was still a need for Pittsburgh BlogFests.

But people continue to ask when the next BlogFest will be, just as people continue to list their new blogs on Pittsburgh Bloggers. And in truth, I’ve missed them.

So we’re going to have another one.

Pittsburgh BlogFest 20: The Return of the BlogFest

Come meet your fellow bloggers and social media types in a friendly, unstructured setting. BlogFest is an informal and friendly quarterly (or so, ahem) gathering of local bloggers, vloggers, podcasters, and anyone who enjoys life on the Internet. It’s more happy hour than meeting: No talks will be given, no credentials required.

WHAT: Pittsburgh Blogfest 20
WHEN: Friday, August 27, 2010, 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, podcasters, and social media folk of all stripes (and their friends… feel free to bring some even if they don’t blog!)

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.

If you plan to attend, please send an e-mail to blogfest AT pghbloggers.org or RSVP on our Facebook event listing.

And speaking of the Pittsburgh Bloggers website: If you’ve wondered what’s happening with the site and why new blogs don’t seem to be listed with any regularity — or at all — please read this post about our plans to revamp the site.

The goal is to have the new site launched in time for BlogFest. Wish me luck!

Extreme Education: Police Ride-Along Panel Discussion (special blogger access)

This site is all about announcements lately, isn’t it? Just a few more interesting ones, and then we’ll return to our regularly scheduled slate of cocktail recipes, YouTube videos, photos of my niece, and links to strange things on the web.

Extreme Education: Police Ride-Along Panel Discussion

Pittsburgh Social Venture Partners will host its first Extreme Partner Education panel, during which six PSVP Partners will discuss their individual experiences during a recent "ride-along" with the Pittsburgh Police Force during the late night shift.

These extreme education events were designed by PSVP to immerse our partners in the realities and challenges our region’s at-risk youth face everyday so that we can better understand the need for the service organizations in which PSVP invests. 
Thursday, September 25
7:00—8:30 PM
Senior Citizens Center, Intersection of Louisa & Semple Streets in Oakland (Map of the Area)
Featured speakers include:

  • Jeff Hartings, former Pittsburgh Steeler and Development Associate, Urban Impact
  • Joji Montelibano, Director of Security, RAND Corporation
  • PSVP Partners Tessa Nicholson, Cynthia Kenderson, Erica Brusselars, Steve Robinson
  • Officer Matthew White, Pittsburgh Police, Zone Four, Crime Prevention/Crime Analysis

The Extreme Partner Education panel will be moderated by Jill Greenwood, Police Reporter for The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

More details and background are available on the PSVP blog.

RSVP by Wednesday, September 24 by emailing terry at PSVP dot org.

Interested bloggers, podcasters, and other social media folk also have the opportunity for an exclusive interview session with Jeff Hartings before or after the panel, to discuss his experience on the police ride-along. In your RSVP, mention that you are a blogger and give the name and URL of your blog or website, to confirm your interest in this unique opportunity.

Pittsburgh Social Venture Partners is "a partnership of philanthropic-minded individuals who invest their time, expertise and capital in innovative nonprofits serving at-risk youth. PSVP provides a unique forum through which individuals can effect positive, lasting change in their communities." It’s a terrific organization of amazing people, well worth learning more about.


PodCamp Pittsburgh 3

It’s back! Pittsburgh’s social media conference returns for the third year running, with great sessions, awesome networking opportunities, and unexpected unexpectedness.

PodCamp Pittsburgh 3 will take place on October 18 and 19, 2008, with a meet-and-greet the evening of October 17.

WHEN: October 18 and 19, 9am to 4pm each day
WHERE: Art Institute of Pittsburgh, 420 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 (map/directions)
COST: free!

Register today!  

See the PodCamp Pittsburgh 3 schedule. Add a session you’d like to give, or request one you’d like to attend.

Would you like to sponsor PodCamp Pittsburgh 3? Find out how.

Spread the word about PCPGH3 with badges, video bumpers, and more.

In addition to the two days of conference, there will be a meet-n-greet reception the night before, 6 to 9pm at AlphaLab on Pittsburgh South Side. Details for the reception here.

Cover a band this weekend in Pittsburgh — free tix, great music

I’m late in posting this cool opportunity, but with luck you’ll still be able to take advantage of it. This info comes from our stylish and delightfully hip friend Sarah Madia:

There is a band called the Bloodsugars coming to play Brillobox this Saturday night in Bloomfield. The label is looking for bloggers (social media types) to cover the event. They have a guest list for the concert. The band is from NYC and they are really good. They are playing with Good Night States which always brings a crowd.
Shows typically start at 10 PM at Brillobox.
If you are interested, please contact Caitlin Pasko to be added to the guest list. I don’t know if photography or video is permitted. You will have to ask her. Also, you will have to set up with the label if you would like time to interview the band. I have included the band’s press release below. [Ed. Contact Caitlin at the address below for a copy of the press release.] Please use the press release and photos from their website in your media – you have permission from the label. Please forward this opportunity to your friends/contacts.
Grab photos here:
Check out their music:
Concert is Saturday night at Brillobox
Want to be on the guest list? If you are covering the event, here is the record labels contact info:

For Guest List Spots at Brillobox + Other Press inquiries Contact
Caitlin Pasko @ Engine Room Recordings
Email Caitlin at engineroomrecordings dot com, or call 212-941.5657

Here’s a description from the press release:

The Bloodsugars stand apart from other "indie dance rock" bands with their intelligent songwriting and arrangements. Anyone who has ever played an instrument can immediately pick up on the tremendous technical aptitude showcased by all four members.  The band is so tasteful in the implementation of their abilities that it’s easy to simply escape into the beauty and excitement of the songs, without being conscious of how meticulously sculpted they are.  Mixed by the highly accomplished Dan Hetzel (Jennifer Lopez, Blondie, Ginuwine), each song is equally as unique as it is instantly accessible.  The Bloodsugars consistently manage to squeeze enthusiasm out of the most jaded scenesters, surprised to hear dance music that engages their minds as well as their feet.

I like what I hear in the song in the above video — and it’s cool to see uber-chef Mario Batali and his Crocs making a cameo. This should be a great show, whether you feel like promoting it or just going to enjoy the music.

Intro to Social Media Workshop

An event this next weekend, organized by PodCamp Pittsburgh:

Heard of blogging, but not quite sure what it is or how to do it?

Ever wonder what goes in a podcast and how you would listen to it?

Heard about Facebook, MySpace, and other websites but not sure where to even start?

The organizers of Podcamp Pittsburgh will conduct a basic session to give you an overview of what is called "New Media" or "Social Media". You’ll learn about these new forms of communication that are revolutionizing the way that ideas and thoughts are being communicated on the Internet.

After the session, the presenters will be available to answer questions and demonstrate concepts using laptop computers.

Register for the event on the library’s website (www.northlandlibrary.org) or by calling the Adult Reference Desk, 412-366-8100 X113.

Date: Saturday, September 27th
Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon.
Where: Northland Public Library – 300 Cumberland Rd., Pittsburgh PA 15237

Presented by organizers of Podcamp Pittsburgh (podcamppittsburgh.com)

I’ve involved in the periphery of this event — enough to know that the material is really useful and comprehensive for beginners, yet approachable and easy to understand. And it’ll be a great introduction to PodCamp Pittsburgh 3, coming in October!

Quantum Theatre’s “Cymbeline” — Deus ex Machina with real machinas

Special announcement, with a deal for Pittsburgh-area bloggers:

Area bloggers are invited free of charge to Quantum Theatre’s performance of Shakepeare’s Cymbeline:

Preview Performance (they will be testing the techie workings of the production)
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Mellon Park (Point Breeze/Shadyside neighborhood)
8PM (no late seating, gates lock at 8 sharp)

Quantum Theatre’s upcoming production is Shakespeare’s Cymbeline, which runs in Mellon Park from July 31-Aug 24. It is truly innovative in that Karla Boos — the director and Quantum founder — is collaborating with Illah Nourbakhsh at the Robotics Institute at CMU to integrate interactive technology into the production.

We can’t spill any more secrets than that, except to say that this event is sure to be a wonder.

Find out about Quantum Theatre at their website: www.quantumtheatre.com.

RSVP required; cancellations appreciated. Please RSVP to Rene Conrad at rconrad@quantumtheatre.com or 412.697.2929.

Be mine!


PEEKABOO, originally uploaded by valart2008.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

In addition to being the day of the biggest holiday taken over by a greeting card company and a diamond monopoly, today is the tenth anniversary of V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. V-Day was started by Eve Ensler, the creator of The Vagina Monologues. You might choose to celebrate by taking in a showing of that show — see details for the current Pittsburgh production here. There’s a special $10 discount today (different from the discount I mentioned in the ealier post): Call 412.431.2489 and mention "Wednesday special." The show has been extended through March 9, so if you have other plans with your sweetie tonight, you can catch the show later.

Today is also Quirkyalone Day (for those who prefer being alone to dating for the sake of being in a couple). I plan to celebrate with a nice glass of Big House Red wine and a viewing of Casino Royale.

I hope your Valentine’s Day is happy!

UPWords Reading Series, plus Gist Street Pod-snack

If, like me, you’re a fan of the Gist Street Reading Series and uncertain how you’ll endure these lonely months when it’s on hiatus, take a look at this announcement:

On January 11th from 7pm-9pm, Union Project will host their monthly reader/writer series UPWords. The evening will highlight esteemed fiction author Sherrie Flick and acclaimed poet Nancy Krygowski.

UPwords, hosted and coordinated by fiction writer Damian Dressick, will be held in the Union Project’s Atrium and is free to the public. The Union Project located at 801 N. Negley Ave. is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing community space to connect, create, and celebrate. Damian teaches creative writing and literature at Robert Morris University, he is also the 2007 winner of Harriette Arnow Award for short fiction.

Sherrie Flick is an award- winning fiction writer whose work has been included in two anthologies from Norton: New Sudden Fiction and Flash Fiction Forward. Nancy Krygowski is a poet and an adult literacy instructor; her first book of poems Velocity won the 2006 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press. Sherrie Flick and Nancy Krygowski are both Assistant Artistic Directors, and co-founders of the Gist Street Reading Series.

UPWords is a free monthly reader writer series that is held at the Union Project the second Friday of every month. More information about the Union Project, and upcoming events can be found at www.unionproject.org.

For more Gist Street joy, please check out the new Gist Street Reading Series Pod-snack. These short monthly podcasts are recordings from past readings — a single poem for example, or a short story, each read by the author. New pod-snacks will be published on the first Friday of each month. The first was Richard Jackson; tomorrow we’ll have Pam Painter reading her story "The New Year." Lovely.