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11 May 2005

Idealist.org: Thinking of Forming a Non-Profit: Things to Consider Before You Begin

Idealist.org: Thinking of Forming a Non-Profit: Things to Consider Before You Begin

The Center receives more calls about forming new non-profits than about any other issue.
Creating a non-profit can be an extremely important and rewarding activity, but starting and sustaining a new organization is also quite challenging. This publication is not a detailed walk-through of the start-up process, but is a tool to explain the basics of what a non-profit is and portray a realistic picture of what is involved in getting a new non-profit up and running. Besides helping to frame the question, "Is forming a new non-profit the best alternative for us?" the booklet also provides information specific to faith based and religious institutions, discusses the changing face of the non-profit sector and suggests many resources for further information.

10 May 2005

Pop and Politics

Pop and Politics

Poverty is a malignance that will most likely plague humankind for as long as we inhabit the earth. However, the point of this book is not to impart some airy-fairy, half-baked idea on how to eliminate all realms of poverty from today’s world, but instead to offer up a concrete plan for eliminating “extreme poverty” from the darkest corners of modern civilization.

Idealist.org: Gangs Bill: Prosecuting Children as Adults

Idealist.org: Gangs Bill: Prosecuting Children as Adults:

"The Gang Deterrence and Community Protection Act (S. 155/H.R. 1279) is expected to come to the House floor soon. Civil rights groups and children's advocates are fighting the bill because it calls for more children being prosecuted as adults in the federal criminal justice system, the expansion of the death penalty, and the imposition of mandatory minimums for gang related crimes. "

9 May 2005

30 DAYS of the 'BURGHER.

About.com: http://www.pghevents.com/type.php?id=1

EVENTS LISTINGS:

Pedal Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh (City-Wide)
Sunday May 15th, 6:30 am
Pittsburgh (City-Wide)

Pedal Pittsburgh is a fun, educational bicycle tour of the neighborhoods and design landmarks that make Pittsburgh unique. Designed as a ride --- not a race --- the event has course options of 15-, 25-, 35-, 50-, and 60-miles to accommodate everyone from the weekend cyclist and families to the hard-core fitness enthusiast.

The event has attracting more than 14,000 participants since it's creation in 1994, the event has grown to be one of the region's premier cycling events.
Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood
Pittsburgh Symphony Heinz Hall
Sunday May 15th, 7:30 pm
Pittsburgh Symphony Heinz Hall

The two comedians, featured on the TV show, "Who's Line Is It Anyway" perform stand-up. Ticket prices start at $29.75.
Tony Lee
Hot Dogma (Trinity Cathedral)
Tuesday May 17th, 12:00 pm
Hot Dogma (Trinity Cathedral)

Elect to enjoy your lunch listening to the heartfelt songs of Tony Lee, one of the region's up and comers in acoustic pop/rock, on this Primary Election Day.
Writing An Effective Business Plan
Small Business Development Center (Duquesne University)
Wednesday May 18th, 9:00 am
Small Business Development Center (Duquesne University)

This workshop will cover topics including why a business plan is essential for success; how to write a business plan; and how to compare your business to other companies in your industry. Call (412) 396-6233 to register. $45.
The First Step: Business Start-Up Essentials
Small Business Development Center (Duquesne University)
Wednesday May 18th, 9:30 am
Small Business Development Center (Duquesne University)

Geared toward new business start-ups and entrepreneurs with no previous business experience. Some topics include business structure and formation, employee issues and taxation requirements. Call (412) 396-6233 to register. Free.
Bridges & More Walking Tour
Downtown ("Golden Triangle")
Wednesday May 18th, 12:00 pm
Downtown ("Golden Triangle")

In honor of National Preservation Month, explore the beautiful "three sisters" of Pittsburgh's bridges crossing the Allegheny River.

Participants meet at the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel on Sixth Street.

Presented by Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation and the Engineers' Society Of Western Pennsylvania. For reservations, call (412) 471-5808. Free.
Export Documentation: Avoid Compliance Mistakes
Small Business Development Center (Duquesne University)
Thursday May 19th, 8:30 am
Small Business Development Center (Duquesne University)

Learn how to avoid compliance mistakes and insure your profits. Topics include managing the export transaction, quoting export orders and export insurance. Call (412) 396-6233 to register.
Ace Brown
31st Street Pub
Thursday May 19th, 9:00 pm
31st Street Pub

Also performing: The Mauraders, J.B. Beverly & The Wayward Drifters. $5
Mellon Grand Classics
Pittsburgh Symphony Heinz Hall
Friday May 20th to Sunday May 22nd
Pittsburgh Symphony Heinz Hall

Sir Neville Marriner conducts the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and violinist Andres Cardenes in performances of Williams and Brahms.
Steamboy
Harris Theater
Friday May 20th to Sunday May 22nd
Harris Theater

The master Japanese anime director Katsuhiro Otomo scores again with this 2005 production, the retro science-fiction story of a family of inventors in Victorian England that gets ripped apart by greed, pride, and power. Ray Steam is a young boy following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, scientists dedicated to steam technology. When his grandfather invents a steam ball that has unheard-of possibilities, everyone wants it - world leaders, wealthy industrialists, even the government. But of course most of them want it for evil purposes. So it is up to Ray to protect the fate of the earth. This is the English-language version featuring the voices of Anna Paquin, Alfred Molina, and Patrick Stewart.
Business First
Duquesne Club
Friday May 20th, 8:00 am
Duquesne Club

An excellent networking event for local entrepreneurs, featuring speaker Jacke Roseman of the Roseman Institute.

Presented by the Pittsburgh Business TImes and the Greater Pittsburgh COnvention & Visitors Bureau. $30. For reservations, call (412) 481-6397.
Luncthime Lecture Series
Wood Street Galleries
Friday May 20th, 12:00 pm
Wood Street Galleries

David Shumway, Professor of English And Literary & Cultural Studies, Carnegie Mellon University explores the 1960s through the music of the Rolling Stones and the Grateful Dead. Free.
It's About Time Clock & Fine Art Auction
USX Tower & Plaza
Friday May 20th, 6:00 pm
USX Tower & Plaza - Upper Lobby

Join emcee Stacy Smith and entertainer Joe Negri as you bid on unique timepieces created by local artists, sample delectable hors d'oeuvres prepared by Pittsburgh area chefs, and purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win wonderful prizes.

Proceeds benefit Bethlehem Haven's shelter and services for homeless women. Tickets ordered by May 6th are $60 and $75 thereafter. For tickets, call (412)391-1348 ext 127.
Legendary Hucklebucks
31st Street Pub
Friday May 20th, 9:00 pm
31st Street Pub

The rock band celebrates the release of their new CD. Also performing: Lords of the Highway, Hellbound Honkeys. $5
Animal Friends' 7th Annual Mutt Strut
One Oxford Centre
Saturday May 21st, 9:00 am
One Oxford Centre

Get out your leash and lace up your sneakers for the 7th Annual Mutt Strut with Animal Friends, sponsored in part by the Rivers Club and Invisible Fence Brand and in association with the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership.

Join Cris Winter from the 3WS Morning Show at the plaza at One Oxford Centre for a three-mile walk along the urban "jail trail" to Oakland and back. Bring your own dog or "borrow" one from Animal Friends for the walk. Activities for all two- and four-legged participants include a picnic-style lunch, games and special prizes. The Poker Walk, back for a second hand, will benefit the Campaign for Animal Friends and add some high stakes to your strut.

Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. at One Oxford Centre Plaza. Registration is $15 per adult walker, $10 for children ages 6-12 and free for children under age 5. Pre-registration is recommended and is necessary to receive lunch, an event T-shirt and a goodie bag. This event will take place rain or shine. To register yourself or a team,contact Animal Friends at 412.566.2103 ext. 241. All proceeds benefit the homeless companion animals at Animal Friends.
Fiddlesticks Concert: Musical Celebrates Around The World
Pittsburgh Symphony Heinz Hall
Saturday May 21st, 10:00 am
Pittsburgh Symphony Heinz Hall

Join Fiddlesticks and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under the baton of conductor Lucas Richman in discovering the ways children from other countries celebrate with music. Includes some pre-concert activities.
Bridges & More Walking Tours
Downtown ("Golden Triangle")
Saturday May 21st, 10:00 am
Downtown ("Golden Triangle")

In honor of National Preservation Month, explore the beautiful "three sisters" of Pittsburgh's bridges crossing the Allegheny River. (Another tour will be held today at 1:30 p.m.)

Participants meet at the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel on Sixth Street.

Presented by Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation and the Engineers' Society Of Western Pennsylvania. For reservations, call (412) 471-5808. Free.
SAT Prep Workshops
Duquesne University
Saturday May 21st, 10:00 am
Duquesne University - Mellon Hall

The Michael P. Weber Learning Skills Center at Duquesne University hosts two SAT preparation workshops for high school counselors, teachers and parents that will focus on the test's new writing section.

The first workshop will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and will be repeated from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The workshops will feature presenters from The College Board in Princeton, N.J. and from Kaplan Educational Services of Pittsburgh.

For more information and to register, call the Learning Skills Center at (412) 396-5171.
Mylan School Commencement Ceremony
A.J. Palumbo Center (Duquesne University)
Saturday May 21st, 10:30 am
A.J. Palumbo Center (Duquesne University)

The commencement ceremony for the Mylan School Of Pharmacy features speaker Dr. William Zellmer, vice president of the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists, who is also editor of the American Journal of Health Systems Pharmacists.
Chalk Outline Party
31st Street Pub
Saturday May 21st, 9:00 pm
31st Street Pub

Rock music. Also: Bullet Parade, The Sexes, Col. Knowledge & The Licketty Splits. $5
Showtime At The Apollo On Tour
Benedum Center for the Performing Arts
Sunday May 22nd, 7:30 pm
Benedum Center for the Performing Arts

More than seven decades of history comes to Pittsburgh with a show patterned after the legendary Apollo Amateur Night featuring local talent.

This show may be taped to air on national television. Tickets are $20 to $35.
A Practical Approach To I.T. Projects
Duquesne University
Monday May 23rd to Tuesday May 24th
Duquesne University

This two-day interactive workshop examines communications factors that affect project processes and results. Call (412) 396-6190 to register.
Walk & Dine: A Downtown Living Tour
Downtown ("Golden Triangle")
Monday May 23rd, 5:30 pm
Downtown ("Golden Triangle")

A guided housing tour that combines visiting downtown residential units with enjoying local restaurant fare. For tickets, call (412) 325-0163. $50 per person.
GPCVB Professional Development Series
Regional Enterprise Tower
Tuesday May 24th, 3:00 pm
Regional Enterprise Tower

Local educator and speaker Sam Deep hosts this discussion, with the give-and-take focusing on running effective meetings.

Presented by the Greater Pittsburgh Convention & Visitors Bureau. $10. To register, call (412) 0482, Ext. 6715
Bridges & More Walking Tour
Downtown ("Golden Triangle")
Wednesday May 25th, 12:00 pm
Downtown ("Golden Triangle")

In honor of National Preservation Month, explore the beautiful "three sisters" of Pittsburgh's bridges crossing the Allegheny River.

Participants meet at the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel on Sixth Street.

Presented by Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation and the Engineers' Society Of Western Pennsylvania. For reservations, call (412) 471-5808. Free.
Bobby McFerrin
Pittsburgh Symphony Heinz Hall
Wednesday May 25th, 7:35 pm
Pittsburgh Symphony Heinz Hall

The vocal innovator picks up the baton to lead the symphony in a night of musical creativity and fun, featuring works by Mozart and Vivaldi.

McFerrin will also perform a solo as well as a musical improv with the musicians and is joined on stage by cellist Anne Martindale Williams. Tickets start at $15.
Sarah McLachlan
Mellon Arena
Wednesday May 25th, 8:00 pm
Mellon Arena

The acclaimed singer/songwriter performs fan favorites as well as selections from her new CD, "Afterglow". Tickets start at $47.25.
Lobby Hero
O'Reilly Theater
Thursday May 26th to Sunday June 26th
O'Reilly Theater

A viciously funny, modern morality tale in a Manhattan high-rise lobby where a lousy security guard, his officious supervisor, and two of "New York's finest" discover the damage caused by doing the wrong thing for the right reasons. Written by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter ("You Can Count on Me") Kenneth Lonergan.
Managing & Coaching In A Changing Environment
Duquesne University
Thursday May 26th, 8:30 am
Duquesne University

Sponsored by Duquesne's IET Center for Corporate Development, in this one-day dynamic seminar, attendees will focus on understanding the need for change and give the manager real tools to lead his or her organization through the process of change. Call (412) 396-6190 to register.
E-Commerce For Small Business
Small Business Development Center (Duquesne University)
Thursday May 26th, 9:00 am
Small Business Development Center (Duquesne University)

Geared to assist business owners learn the language of e-commerce, clarify business goals, focus on customers and get a handle on the fundamentals, this program will cover topics including the essential elements of an e-commerce system and how to develop an e-commerce action plan that fits your budget. $45
The First Step: Business Start-Up Essentials
Small Business Development Center (Duquesne University)
Thursday May 26th, 2:00 pm
Small Business Development Center (Duquesne University)

Geared toward new business start-ups and entrepreneurs with no previous business experience. Some topics include business structure and formation, employee issues and taxation requirements. Call (412) 396-6233 to register. Free.
Adagio
Watercolors Gallery
Friday May 27th to Saturday July 9th
Watercolors Gallery

Enjoy Claire Hardy's new still lifes in oil, some with musical instruments. Free.
Beautiful Boxer
Harris Theater
Friday May 27th to Thursday June 2nd
Harris Theater

Based on the real story of Parinya Charoenphol (now Nong Tum). Nong Tum was a champion kick boxer, but that was before sex reassignment surgery. As a man Tum was a national hero, idolized for his mastery of "Muay Thai" — the term for traditional Thai kick boxing. Now, as a woman, Tum is barred from the ring. She can never compete again. A 2004 Thai film directed by Ekachai Uekrongtham.
Lunchtime Lecture Series
Wood Street Galleries
Friday May 27th, 12:00 pm
Wood Street Galleries

Justin Hopper, free-lance writer and member of the band Johnsons Big Band, explores the impact and opportunities for music videos presented by the Internet. Free.
Motorpsychos
31st Street Pub
Friday May 27th, 9:00 pm
31st Street Pub

Rock music. Also: One Lung Kenny. $5
Leadfoot
31st Street Pub
Saturday May 28th, 9:00 pm
31st Street Pub

Rock music. Also: The Cheats, Tucker Mason. $5
DJ Three
Sanctuary
Sunday May 29th, 9:00 pm
Sanctuary

Armed with a sound that borrows equally from vintage acid-house, soulful techno, modern dub, and break beat, DJ Three has performed for the denizens of San Francisco's legendary Wicked Crew party, New York City's Twilo and London's Fabric.

Opening up for him are Matt Monroe and DJ Quartz. Both are local DJs from Pittsburgh. $15 at the door.
Jack Erdie
Hot Dogma (Trinity Cathedral)
Tuesday May 31st, 12:00 pm
Hot Dogma (Trinity Cathedral)

An accomplished finger-pickin' guitarist, Jack Erdie also plays the banjo and harmonica. His deep resonant voice calls to mind Jim Croce, and his music is best described as an eclectic mix of blues, folk and alt country. His engaging, storytelling style makes him popular with audiences of all ages.
Downbeat In The District
Katz Plaza
Tuesday May 31st, 5:00 pm
Katz Plaza

This series pays tribute to the city's rich jazz legacy with some of Pittsburgh's best jazz musicians performing in the heart of the Cultural District throughout the summer.

This week's performers: MCG Jazz Band.

Admission is free.
Impaled
31st Street Pub
Tuesday May 31st, 9:00 pm
31st Street Pub

Rock music. Also: Stab Stab Stab. $5
They're Playing My Song
Pittsburgh Symphony Heinz Hall
Thursday June 2nd to Sunday June 5th
Pittsburgh Symphony Heinz Hall

Marvin Hamlisch leads the Pittsburgh Symphony Pops Orchestra in their final concert of the season, with special guests Lucie Arnaz and Robert Klein in a tribute to Marvin himself (it is also his birthday this weekend!) performing some of his greatest hits.
River Eyelash
Point State Park
Friday June 3rd to Sunday June 19th
Point State Park

Artist Stacy Levy has created this sculpture, made of multiple strands of spherical floats that radiate out from the bulkhead of the Point. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Roll Rampant & Free
Point State Park
Friday June 3rd to Sunday June 19th
Point State Park

This multi-media art installation integrates diverse elements of skateboard culture. The centerpiece is a sculptural skate ramp that is embellished, exhibited and performed upon. Free.

Presented by the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
William Pope L's Black Factory
Point State Park
Friday June 3rd to Sunday June 19th
Point State Park

An interactive performance art installation on wheels that playfully opens up a discussion on difference and democracy wherever it parks. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Soundscapepgh
Downtown ("Golden Triangle")
Friday June 3rd to Sunday June 19th
Downtown ("Golden Triangle") - Penn Avenue

This work is the creation of a small cross-disciplinary student collective from Carnegie-Mellon University introduces uncommon sounds into Penn Avenue. Free.

Presented by the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Calling Mr. Conrad
Downtown ("Golden Triangle")
Friday June 3rd to Sunday June 19th
Downtown ("Golden Triangle") - Stanwix Street

Stpehen Pellegrino and Frank Ferraro of L.O.S.E.R. present this installation, a radio-phonic seance to summon the lost voice and spirit of Pittsburgh's own Frank Conrad. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Annual Exhibition
937 Liberty Avenue
Friday June 3rd to Sunday June 19th
937 Liberty Avenue

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival, this show features new works by 41 artists from 17 countries in a variety of media. Free.
Hate/Crimes/Head Injuries
Future Tenant
Friday June 3rd to Sunday June 19th
Future Tenant

Full of highly charged social and political themes, Joyce Scott's exhibition includes intricately beaded sculptures within a site-specific installation. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Juried Sculpture Exhibition
PPG Place & Plaza
Friday June 3rd to Sunday June 19th
PPG Place & Plaza - Wintergarden

Staged by the Pittsburgh Society Of Sculptors, this annual exhibition includes an eclectic variety of all media. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Duquesne Light Artists Market
Gateway Center & Plaza
Friday June 3rd to Sunday June 19th
Gateway Center & Plaza

Area guilds, organizations and individual artists provide demonstrations and displays as well as fine art and craft sale. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Family Festival
Point State Park
Friday June 3rd to Sunday June 19th
Point State Park

The whole family will enjoy lots of fun displays, preformances and activities including "Tree Talk" a large-scale installation project by the Children's Museum Of Pittsburgh, "Postcards From Pittsburgh", literacy activities by WQED Multimedia, plus arts & crafts, face painting and family friendly peformances including the Zany Umbrella Circus. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Animal Friends Tag Day
Pittsburgh (City-Wide)
Friday June 3rd, 11:00 am
Pittsburgh (City-Wide)

Armed with donation cans, “Adopt Me” signs and dog license applications, Animal Friends volunteers and their canine companions will take to the streets on Friday, June 3 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for the annual Tag Day event.

Covering more than 20 busy street corners throughout downtown Pittsburgh, Oakland, the North Shore and Shadyside, Animal Friends representatives will distribute city and county dog license applications and “beg” for donations to support the programs of Animal Friends.

Employees from the Allegheny County Treasurer and the City Controller’s Offices will be selling licenses on-site at a central licensing station set up in PPG Plaza. Shelter residents will also be on hand, greeting visitors and reminding them of the importance of licensing all animal companions. Each year thousands of pets in Allegheny County are lost and never reunited with their owners simply because they were wearing no identification. Animal Friends encourages all pet owners to obey city and county licensing laws and to take responsibility for their canine companions.

For more information, call Animal Friends at (412) 566-2103.
Ray Ryan's New Orleans Riverside Band
Point State Park
Friday June 3rd, 12:00 pm
Point State Park

Enjoy New Orleans-style jazz music. Free.

Presented by the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Nanci Griffith
Point State Park
Friday June 3rd, 7:30 pm
Point State Park

This acclaimed singer-songwriter blends folk, country and rock music. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Underwear Party
Club Hot Pittsburgh
Friday June 3rd, 10:00 pm
Club Hot Pittsburgh

Get down to the basics with this regular party, featuring drink discounts and lots of fun. (Don't be surprised by some Pride Month surprises, too). Admission starts at $3. A 21+ event.
Artist Talk
Future Tenant
Saturday June 4th, 1:00 pm
Future Tenant

The artist discusses her work currently on display in the gallery. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Citizen Cope
Point State Park
Saturday June 4th, 7:30 pm
Point State Park

This popular singer-songwriter fuses folk, country, soul and hip-hop music with highly politicized lyrics. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Liberty Lab: The Missing Pot
937 Liberty Avenue
Sunday June 5th to Monday June 6th
937 Liberty Avenue

Professional actors are teemed with recently arrived Somali refugees for a unique theatrical experience that tells the personal tale of the refugees. There are two shows, one each night at 7:00 p.m.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Mosquitoes
Point State Park
Sunday June 5th, 6:00 pm
Point State Park

This band specializes in indie-pop music. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Madeleine Peyroux
Point State Park
Sunday June 5th, 7:30 pm
Point State Park

Peyroux performs vintage jazz and blues music in the style of artists like Billy Holiday. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Flowdown
Point State Park
Monday June 6th, 12:00 pm
Point State Park

This local band performs "jam funk" music. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Patchwork Blu
Point State Park
Monday June 6th, 5:00 pm
Point State Park

This local band performs blues music. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Flowdown
Point State Park
Monday June 6th, 6:00 pm
Point State Park

This local band specialized in "frenzied funk" music. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Poogie Bell Band
Point State Park
Monday June 6th, 7:00 pm
Point State Park

Jazz, soul, R&B and hip-hop styles blend together by this group. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Boogie Hustlers
Point State Park
Monday June 6th, 8:00 pm
Point State Park

This 8-piece powerhouse performs funk and jazz. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Downbeat In The District
Katz Plaza
Tuesday June 7th, 5:00 pm
Katz Plaza

This series pays tribute to the city's rich jazz legacy with some of Pittsburgh's best jazz musicians performing in the heart of the Cultural District throughout the summer.

This week's performers: Kevin Howard Band.

Admission is free.
Dance Pittsburgh
Point State Park
Tuesday June 7th, 6:30 pm
Point State Park

A special evening of dance, featuring Labco Dance, Pittsburgh Dance Ensemble and the Dance Alloy Theater. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Hypnosurgery
Point State Park
Wednesday June 8th, 6:00 pm
Point State Park

Reggae and fursion are the styles this band specializes in. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Ollabelle
Point State Park
Wednesday June 8th, 7:00 pm
Point State Park

Inspired by American roots music, this band performs a mix a styles including gospel and bluegrass. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Boxstep
Point State Park
Wednesday June 8th, 8:00 pm
Point State Park

Country, blues and rock music are blended together by this acclaimed local band. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Dr. Nick
Point State Park
Thursday June 9th, 12:00 pm
Point State Park

Rock music that is often a little quirky. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Bill Deasy
Point State Park
Thursday June 9th, 7:30 pm
Point State Park

The acclaimed local singer/songwriter performs fan favorites. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Mellon Grand Classics
Pittsburgh Symphony Heinz Hall
Friday June 10th to Sunday June 12th
Pittsburgh Symphony Heinz Hall

Enjoy a special performance of Edward Elgar's "Dream Of Gerontius (Opus 38)" with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Mendelssohn Choir, mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung, tenor Marcus Haddock and bass Alan Held. Sir ANdrew Davis conducts.
Inara George
Point State Park
Friday June 10th, 7:00 pm
Point State Park

The singer-songwriter performs fan favorites. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Cowboy Junkies
Point State Park
Friday June 10th, 8:00 pm
Point State Park

This Candian band perofrms rock music. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Soda Jerk
Point State Park
Saturday June 11th, 6:30 pm
Point State Park

This local band performs rock music. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Drive By Truckers
Point State Park
Saturday June 11th, 7:30 pm
Point State Park

This popular group performs a variety of musical styles, from country-folk to rock. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Doo Wop Shower Of Stars
Byham Theater
Saturday June 11th, 8:00 pm
Byham Theater

Hosted by WAMO's Porky Chedwick & Music Power 104's Charlie Apple this special concert stars Bill Pinkey & The Original Drifters; Jerry Butler, Gene Chandler, Ben E. King, Don Gardner, Baby Washington and Pittsburghs own Pure Gold. Tickets are $39.75 & $45.75.
WQED/Pittsburgh Magazine Best Restaurants Dinner
Lidia's
Sunday June 12th, 6:30 pm
Lidia's

This is the first of three unique, one of a kind dinners each featuring someone of the Best 25 Restaurants & Hottest Chefs as rated by "Pittsburgh Magazine".

This special dinner has been designed for WQED by Lidia from her newest cookbook. Seating with Lidia - $250.00 per person(14 seats avail); seating with Chris Fennimore - $175 (14 seats avail); general seating $125 (72 seats avail).

Price includes food, wine, non-alcoholic bevs and taxes. Gratuity not included. Credit Card only (nonrefundable). Reservations available starting Thursday, April 21, 2005. Business attire. To reserve your seat, contact Kweilyn Murphy at (412)622-1358. All proceeds benefit programs and services provided by WQED Multimedia.
Chick Corea & Touchstone
Point State Park
Sunday June 12th, 7:30 pm
Point State Park

The acclaimed jazz pianist and composer performs fan favorites. Sponsored by Mellon Financial Corporation. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Pittsburgh Magazine's Best Restaurant Party
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Monday June 13th, 6:00 pm
David L. Lawrence Convention Center

A strolling supper party showcasing signature dishes of the region's best restaurants, complete with gourmet food, wine and spirits, silent auction, culinary demonstrations, Chris Fennimore, entertainment, and more.

Preregistration: $75; At the door: $85. Register by calling (412) 622-7068. All proceeds benefit WQED Multimedia.
Downbeat In The District
Katz Plaza
Tuesday June 14th, 5:00 pm
Katz Plaza

This series pays tribute to the city's rich jazz legacy with some of Pittsburgh's best jazz musicians performing in the heart of the Cultural District throughout the summer.

This week's performers: Tony Campbell Quartet.

Admission is free.
Borderless Puzzle
Point State Park
Tuesday June 14th, 6:30 pm
Point State Park

This band performs disco-inspired music. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Donna The Buffalo
Point State Park
Tuesday June 14th, 7:30 pm
Point State Park

This very original band mixes styles ranging from reggae to rouck and country creating a very unique sound. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Holmes Brothers
Point State Park
Wednesday June 15th, 7:30 pm
Point State Park

This group performs a wide variety of styles, from gosepl to blues. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
New Fiction
Point State Park
Thursday June 16th, 12:00 pm
Point State Park

Enjoy the ambient pop-rock music performed by this band. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Rickie Lee Jones
Point State Park
Thursday June 16th, 7:30 pm
Point State Park

This singer-songwriter melds sould, jazz, folk and rock music. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Liberty Lab: Stavrogin's Confession
937 Liberty Avenue
Friday June 17th to Sunday June 19th
937 Liberty Avenue

This three character, one-act play is adapted from a censored chapter of Fydor Dostoevsky's classic novel, "Demons". It is a tale of guild, madness and redemption surrounding the suicide of a teenage girl in 19th centiry Russia.

Three shows, one each night: at 8:00 p.m. on June 17 & 18; 7:00 p.m. on June 19.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Buckwheat Zydeco
Point State Park
Friday June 17th, 7:30 pm
Point State Park

This local band specializes in modern "zydeco" music --- a combination of Afro-Cuban rhythms. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
George Benson
Pittsburgh Symphony Heinz Hall
Friday June 17th, 8:00 pm
Pittsburgh Symphony Heinz Hall

The jazz great performs in a one-night-only show with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
Pittsburgh Pride Parade 2005
Downtown ("Golden Triangle")
Saturday June 18th, 11:30 am
Downtown ("Golden Triangle")

Pittsburgh's sexual minorities celebrate their community and accomplishments with this parade, which gathers on Ross Street at 10:00 a.m. (leaving at 11:30 a.m.) and continuing through downtown Pittsburgh. Free.
Bobby Blue Band
Point State Park
Saturday June 18th, 7:30 pm
Point State Park

One of the finest post-war blues performers dips into five decades of performing to put on a great show. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Ben Lee
Point State Park
Sunday June 19th, 6:00 pm
Point State Park

The Australian singer-songewriter performs pop music. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Aimee Mann
Point State Park
Sunday June 19th, 7:30 pm
Point State Park

The Oscar-nominated singer-songwriter performs fan favorites and selections from her new CD, "The Forgotten Arm". Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.

Online school admissions could worsen digital divide - silicon.com

Online school admissions could worsen digital divide - silicon.com

A slight majority of parents surveyed - 47 per cent of the total - said they would apply online, compared to 40 per cent who said they were unlikely to. Among parents with home access to the internet the balance was more positive with 51 per cent against 39 per cent.

But the report warned there is "clear evidence of the 'digital divide' in society with those most likely to use online applications drawn from the higher social groups, in work, married, in the south, with good home internet access already using a number of online services".

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