Daily Archive: August 1, 2012

Entertainment

Like fine wine Mathis better with age

Like a fine wine, balladeer Johnny Mathis just gets better with age. The smooth singer returned to Pittsburgh for a two-night intimate engagement to sing with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at Heinz Hall. JOHNNY MATHIS “I have spent a lot of years playing in different venues in Pittsburgh. I love playing at Heinz Hall because it is the most elegant place I have ever seen,” said Mathis, 76. “I started singing in Pittsburgh at the Twin Coaches and then at the Civic Arena and at a bar and then I worked with the PSO and we did some summer concerts.”

Entertainment

Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 2 Dance World Congress 2012 Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago and Point Park University present the 17th Jazz Dance World Congress 2012 at Point Park University, 201 Wood St., Downtown. There will be daily classes, a special KIDS Jazz Dance program for ages 9-12, the Jazz Dance World Festival and pre-performances of the International Choreography Competition. The congress will run through August 5. For more information, visit http://www.jazzdanceworldcongress.com or call 847-866-6779.

Entertainment

Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited Club Elegance in Braddock, Pa., Robert E. Williams Park in the Hill District, Savoy Restaurant in the Strip District, CJ’s in the Strip District, Jerome Jackson’s 50th Birthday Celebration on the North Side, the Junior Green Corp Garden in Homewood and Tim’s Bar in the Hill District. Cardell Collins of R.A.W. Entertainment hanging out with Jay Vaughn who held the Schenley High School Reunion at Club Elegance in Braddock.

Business

Opportunity flows in this region

Opportunity is defined as a good position, chance, or prospect for advancement or success. In accordance to the above definition the Marcellus Shale geological formation is providing tremendous economic opportunity in this region. TRAINER AND TRAINEE—Rochelle Oaks, PhD of the Oaks Group and Anthony Terry finalize assessment procedures. (Photo by Diane I. Daniels)

Business

Business Calendar

Entrepreneurial Thursdays AUG. 2—Jessica Lee and Pittsburgh Gateway Corporation will host Entrepreneurial Thursdays Networking from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Little E’s, 949 Liberty Ave., Downtown. Every Thursday attendees will have the opportunity to network, while enjoying good music. The cost is $5. For more information, visit http://www.jessicaleesong.com.

Sports

No rest for weary

The 2011 Pirates were a great first half team. Leading up to the All-Star break they were on fire. Their pre-All Star break thunderstorm heroics last year, however morphed into short wick candles flickering in the dark after a power outage. This year all indicators seem to point to the fact that the Bucs are more prepared both emotionally and physically to make a run at a MLB Central championship or at the very least a NL wildcard slot.

Sports

Donaldson’s P.R.O.M.I.S.E. camp develops youth on and off court

by Malik Vincent One of the ways that Jakim Donaldson, a former basketball standout at Edinboro University, gives back to his North Side community is his annual summer basketball camp. The 6-foot-8 former Division II All-American currently competes overseas in Spain’s top professional league. The Oliver grad and his father, Jay, organized the camp that had more than 70 kids, this year. STAR POWER—Former UConn star Ashley Battle (right) drives on two campers. Battle was one of the instructors at the Jakim Donaldson P.R.O.M.I.S.E. Basketball Camp held July 25-27 at Perry High School. (Courier Photos/William McBride) “Just to see the twinkle in the kids’ eyes when you say ‘free camp’ motivates us,” Jay said.

Sports

U.S. opponents turn out to be the dreamers

by Jim LitkeAP Sports Columnist LONDON (AP)—The question was whether the U.S. Olympic basketball team could be beaten. “Sometimes a team wants to show that this is their tournament,” French coach Vincent Collet said Sunday, after getting blown out 98-71 in Sunday’s opener. “They did it today.”