Daily Archive: November 16, 2011

Entertainment

The Plight of Jazz

The City of Pittsburgh has played a vital role in the genre of Jazz since the 1930s and ’40s. It was so prevalent in the Golden Triangle that the Hill District became known as “Little Harlem” in the 1930s and 1940s. As a result, numerous clubs popped up in Pittsburgh that helped boost the emergence of Bebop. “The Jazz scene changed from a few clubs and a few concerts and festivals to something big they became the life’s blood of the genre,” said Nathan Davis, renowned jazz musician and educator. The tenor and soprano saxophonist has been a professor of music and director of Jazz studies at The University of Pittsburgh since 1969. NATHAN DAVIS “People back in the day toured and played songs for like six months. The songs were tight and the record they released was well received. There were so many good Jazz musicians,” Davis continued.

Entertainment

Black dance celebrated during AWC dance festival

The past, present and future in dance was celebrated during the August Wilson Center for African American Culture’s Black Dance Festival. The three-day festival—which ran from Nov. 4-6—featured some of the best dance groups on the scene including Deeply Rooted, Rennie Harris Puremovement, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Ailey II and the August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble. THE DEEPLY ROOTED DANCE THEATER (Photos by J.L. Martello) “What a privilege for the August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble to share the stage with acclaimed Ailey II, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Rennie Harris Puremovement and Deeply Rooted Dance Theater. I believe you will be inspired by these incredible dance companies as we celebrate the past, present and future of African-American dance,” said Greer Reed, artistic director of dance initiatives at the August Wilson Center. To say that the audience was inspired by the cluster of dance groups was an understatement.

Entertainment

Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited the Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum in Homewood, P&W Auto in Shadyside, Savoy Restaurant and CJ’s, both in the Strip District My first stop was at the Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum in Homewood where Mighty Man Productions presented the 1st Ever Line Dance Cabaret featuring Dance King Roland Ford. Everyone in the city of Pittsburgh came out and did different line dances from all over the world and had a great time. Elegant in Black III “The Masquerade Ball” was a classy event at P&W Auto in Shadyside.

Entertainment

Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 17 Jazz Jam CJ’s Restaurant & Lounge presents “The Roger Humphries & RH Factor Jazz Jam Session” at 8 p.m. at 2901-2911 Penn Ave., Strip District. There will be live jazz and fun every Thursday night. Must be 30-years or older and there is a dress code that will be enforced. No tennis shoes, sweats, or athletic gear. For more information, call 412-642-2377.

Business

Larimer community going green

By January 2012, the corner of Larimer Avenue and East Liberty Boulevard will be transformed into an Environment and Energy Community Outreach Center. What was once a gas station and an adjacent vacant lot, will soon exist as a conduit for energy advocacy for residents of the East End of Pittsburgh. BRINGING IN THE NEW—From left: Joe Popchak of the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, Fred Brown of the Kingsley Association, PCSI board member Dave Huddleson, Donna Jackson representing the Larimer Consortium Group, Aftyn Giles from Mayor Luke Ravenstahl’s Office and Senator Jim Ferlo. (Photos by Diane I. Daniels)

Business

Equal credit elusive for minorities, says asst. AG

(NNPA)—Federal regulators and lenders convened Nov. 6-9 in Baltimore to review and analyze whether the goals of the nation’s Community Reinvestment Act and fair lending laws are being observed. The annual event, now in its 15th year, attracted sell-out attendance to hear a series of expert presenters’ insights and analyses. For Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez, the annual colloquium became the occasion for a keynote address that reminded the audience that for communities of color, fair lending remains elusive. “Regrettably, we have found” said Perez, “that all too often borrowers are judged by the color of their skin rather than the content of their creditworthiness.”

Business

Business Calendar

Business series NOV. 17—The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will host their Business Program Series at 12:15 p.m. at the Downtown & Business branch, 612 Smithfield St., Downtown. The topic is “Shop ‘Til You Drop: The Crisis of Consumerism.” This 52-minute documentary will provide a fascinating examination of the social, psychological and environmental costs associated with the never-ending pursuit of material happiness. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 412-281-7141 or e-mail business@carnegielibrary.org.

Sports

Birth of the cruel

A few years back when America started to flex her atrophied muscles in regards to the Middle East, the late Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran coined the nickname; “The Great Satan” to describe the U.S. government, and it’s people. I was confused and appalled by this double standard because what race or group could be more Satanic than these mentally challenged and spiritually polluted schizophrenics that were being coerced on a daily basis into believing that strapping explosives onto their bodies in the name of Allah and blowing up innocent men, women and children would punch their ticket into heaven?

Sports

Steelers back atop AFC North heading into bye week

The Steelers used three long drives to compile 21 points on their way to a 24-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals to recapture first place in the AFC North after a Baltimore Ravens loss, going into their bye week. The defending AFC champs are 7-3, a half-game clear of the Bengals and Ravens. After a crushing loss to the Ravens last week the Steelers had to beat the surprising Bengals (6-3) in order to stay in the playoff race, thinking the Ravens would easily defeat the lowly Seattle Seahawks. However, the Ravens lost 22-17, dropping into a second place tie with the Bengals. GAME CHANGER—Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Ziggy Hood (96) celebrates after cornerback William Gay (22) intercepted a pass in the fourth quarter against the Bengals, Nov. 13, in Cincinnati. Running back Cedric Benson (32) kneels at right. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)