Know a teen or two who write their own songs and could use some exposure? A new program from Reimagine Media — an educational wing of WYEP — might be the place for them.
Reimagination 2014 is a project in which WYEP will match young musicians with professional producers so they can record their music and end up with a track on a compilation CD that the program will release. Participants will also have opportunities to perform live at events including the Three Rivers Arts Festival as well.
The kids have to write their own stuff, of course, and have to be age 13-19. Details here.
The U.S. Coast Guard is accepting comments through Fri., Nov. 29, on a proposal to permit the hauling of shale-gas extraction waste via river barges.
Much of the waste would come from Pennsylvania and its Marcellus Shale gas fields. The waste is currently transported from drilling sites to disposal facilities by truck and rail.
Activists oppose the measure, citing potential hazards to the water supply.
Fracking waste is known to contain toxic chemicals like benzene and radioactive materials. And because of trade-secret privileges, industry has not revealed many of the chemicals in the fracking fluid to the public.
For more information on the proposed rule change, see here. This site also includes information about submitting comments.
If you’re looking for further commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination, and don’t mind braving Light Up Night traffic, Prime Stage Theatre has an event for you.
The Kennedy Legacy is a short program of readings of excerpts from some of JFK’s key speeches, performed by local actors. Dek Ingraham directs.
There will also be audience discussion by folks who remember where they were on Nov. 22, 1963.
The reading’s at Max’s Allegheny Tavern, on the North Side. It starts with hors d’oeuvres at 7 p.m.
The one-hour reading begins at 7:30 p.m. (meaning you can leave in time to catch the fireworks, at 9:30).
Max’s is at 537 Suismon St. Tickets are $15 and available in advance only at www.primestage.com.
Why hasn’t someone thought of this before? Raising funds for typhoon victims by teaching people how to kick butt.
Tonight, Ryer Martial Arts Academy, in Oakland, is hosting an Intro to Filipino Martial Arts Workshop.
The class will be taught by Master Zach Whitson, who is a student of Grandmaster Cacoy Canete, a Filipino working in the relief effort overseas. The two are pictured. Whitson is founder of the Counterpoint Tactical System affiliate of martial-arts studios.
The workshop is open to anyone 13 and up.
Filipino martial arts is known for its heritage of stick fighting, as pictured, as well as other weaponry.
“This workshop will be a wonderful way to help the Filipino people in this time of great need as well as immerse yourself into the martial history and warrior culture of the Philippines,” says Ryer Academy owner Joshua Ryer in a statement.
Similar fund-raising workshops are being held at martial-arts studios in several other cities across the U.S.
Ryer Martial Arts Academy is located at 5440 Centre Ave. Learn more at www.ryeracademy.com.
With the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh’s annual members meeting looming, some current and former members are clashing with the venerable group’s leadership. The conflict, though sparked by recent changes to the group’s by-laws, is rooted in longstanding tensions involving critics of AAP executive director Juliana Morris and the group’s board of directors.
A group calling itself Friends of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh plans to use the Nov. 24 meeting to try to overturn a recent membership vote amending the AAP’s by-laws. But AAP officials say that effort is based on misinterpretations of the rules governing Pittsburgh’s largest and oldest artist-member organization.
The conflict was expressed this week in a pair of emails sent to AAP’s mailing list of about 600 members, two weeks after more than 200 of them voted by mail on the proposed by-law changes.
On Tuesday, Friends of AAP’s Susan Sparks sent an open letter decrying “hostile acts against our members” by the AAP leadership. And while the by-law changes were passed by a vote of 190-19, Sparks urged members to attend this Sunday’s meeting, at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and to vote to “declare all proposed By-law changes null, void and invalid.” On Wednesday, AAP’s board of directors sent members an email condemning the arguments in Sparks’ letter as “false.”
The Pittsburgh-premiere staging of this acclaimed play has three more showings at The Phoenix. More in Program Notes.
It's been a banner year for Pirates slugger Andrew McCutchen: The center fielder helped steer the team to the playoffs for the first time this century, ranked near the top of the National League in batting average and stolen bases, and was voted NL MVP. But it doesn't stop there
The American Music Awards, taking place Sunday night, unveiled its cast of presenters today, and it includes musicians (2Chainz, Michael Bolton), actors (Alicia Silverstone, Zoe Saldana), TV personalities (the folks from Shark Tank) and ... Cutch!
Barring any surprise guests — and some are promised — McCutchen is the only athlete on the docket. (Unless you count former soccer player Juan Pablo Galavis, who is only gonna be there because he's The Bachelor.)
The show airs at 8 p.m. Sunday night, Nov. 24, on ABC.
A chaotic 24 hours that included three separate votes to pass a transportation bill in the state House finally ended last night with a 104-95 vote to approve a gas-tax increase that will help fund mass transit, bridge and highway projects.
The bill passed along with a hotly contested change to the state's prevailing wage law, which I explained in a story in this week's City Paper (on newsstands now!)
In fact, on Monday night, two unsuccessful votes in the House made it look like the bill might be doomed as long as the House Republican prevailing wage proposal was attached.
But the prevailing wage change, which would cut workers' wages on small construction projects, meant plenty of local Democrats voted against the bill including Frank Dermody, Dan Miller, Anthony DeLuca, Dom Costa and Paul Costa. Plenty of Republicans voted against it too, including Daryl Metcalfe and Mike Turzai. The Trib has an info-graphic roundup of how Western Pennsylvania legislators voted.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Katie McGinty is now urging the state Senate to back an amendment that would strip the prevailing wage piece of the House bill, a sign that the prevailing wage debate may not quietly fade.
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit today against a Pittsburgh police officer who arrested a teacher outside a Homewood Community Empowerment Association meeting this summer, an incident that incensed many community members.
The lawsuit claims Dennis Henderson, a teacher at the Manchester Academy Charter School, and photojorunalist Rossano Stewart "were arrested and hundcuffed merely for criticizing the way that Officer [Jonathan] Gromek, who is white, drove down a residential street."
"I worked hard to stay out of the system," Henderson said at a press conference this afternoon. "If it wasn't racial, I have no idea what it was. I hope this lawsuit opens candid dialogue about racial profiling in the region."
As snow began to fall earlier today, nearly 100 Rivers Casino employees marched from the Carnegie Science Center to their place of employment on the North Shore. The employees have been trying to start a union at the casino since April but claim they are being met with anti-union intimidation from management.
“I think what we’ve been doing the past seven months is showing them we have the power and we’re going to make the changes,” said Meredith Maloney, a two-year casino employee.
The march was part of a nationwide campaign calling for unionization at the Rivers Casino and two other casinos in Chicago and Philadelphia, all owned by Chicago billionaire Neil Bluhm. In Pittsburgh there have been nearly 30 complaints filed against the casino with the National Labor Relations Board.
“We’re hitting them on all three fronts and we’re going to keep hitting them until we get a fair process,” said Matt Arling, a casino bartender.
As the employees approached the casino, a group of valet workers wearing anti-union hoodies looked on.
“Don’t be intimidated,” said Dorthy Hall, who has worked at the casino for two-and-a-half-years.
After showing their IDs in the lobby, the employees made their way upstairs to the executive offices in hopes of talking to Craig Clark, the casino’s general manager. But they were only able to leave a message with his receptionist.
“We know when we come here. They hide because they’re afraid of our power,” said Matt Fred Lapka, who works as a waiter. “Today the victory was the fact we all showed up.”
The march was organized by the Steel City Casino Workers Council, which is comprised of workers from UNITE HERE Local 57, Teamsters Local 211, Operating Engineers Local 95, and the United Steelworkers. UNITE HERE is an international union representing employees in the hotel, gaming, food service, manufacturing, textile, distribution, laundry, and airport industries.
We've reached out to River's Casino and will update with a response.
Rivers Casino issued the following statement:
“We take great pride in our team and respect the rights of our Team Members to choose. So far, the overwhelming majority of our Team Members have consistently chosen to remain independent,” said Mike Gross, Rivers Casino spokesperson.
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Love this episode. I'm already looking forward to visit. :)