Daily Archive: November 28, 2012


Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 29 Good People Pittsburgh Public Theater presents “Good People” at 8 p.m. at the O’Reilly Theater, 621 Penn Ave., Cultural District. This play, which is part of the MADE IN AMERICA season, is a 2011 Tony-nominated production by David Lindsay-Abaire. The play is set in Boston and is about a single mother who has lost her job, while rent is due. She attends the party of an ex-boyfriend and his wife, looking for help with finding a job. This a hilarious yet heart wrenching play about what contemporary Americans will do to survive. The show will run through Dec. 9. For more information, call 412-316-1600 or visit http://www.ppt.org.


Out & About

This week I visited the Blakely Center in the Hill District, Kenny’s Place in Uptown, Ace & Deuces Lounge in Uptown, Galaxy Lounge in Homewood, Shadow Lounge in East Liberty, and Savoy Restaurant and CJ’s, both in the Strip District. Pittsburgh Steeler Ryan Mundy having a great time at Savoy Restaurant in the Strip District. My first stop was at the Blakely Center in the Hill District where Toni and Tanesha celebrated their birthdays in grand style with family and friends.


Cable television: An American success story

(NNPA)—It seems so natural today. Having cable television in our homes, giving us a vast selection of channels from which to choose, is a given condition for the vast majority of us. I can remember in my early years it was not like that. We had the three networks and a few local channels. A Black face on television doing something productive was very few and far between. When the great singer Nat King Cole got his own television show in Los Angeles, we were all so proud. Our music was available to us and we were indeed becoming a valuable part of American culture. Gone are those simple years that discounted and downplayed Black intellect, talent and culture.


Tuning out Black radio

(NNPA)—“Historically, Black radio … fulfilled all functions Black people needed … but now it’s time to take a serious look and right the wrong of the mess we call Black radio today,” says Todd Steven Burroughs, a lecturer in the Communication Studies Department at Morgan State University. Burroughs is demanding that the Federal Communications Commission investigate and intervene in the matter, saying “Black communities once again have been given symbolism instead of substance” and, that “back in the day, African-American DJs not only provided the community with the latest news and information, they played records of Black artists that served as the soundtracks of Black empowerment.”


Business Calendar

Business Series NOV. 29—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 will be “Tricks of the Trade: Outsmarting Investment Fraud.” The FINRA Investor Education Foundation will present this 56-minute DVD documentary exploring who is at risk for investment fraud. There will be interviews with victims, securities regulators and fraud investigators to give information that will help to identify the persuasion tactics fraudsters use and the steps to take before making important financial decisions. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 412-281-7141 or email business@carnegielibrary.org.


Mistake by the lake

Late Sunday morning when photographer Tom Sabol and I pulled into the parking lot at Cleveland Browns Stadium, Steelers fans were tailgating at warp speed. One inebriated fan wearing a very seasoned number 92 shirt along with flip-flops and a Siberian fur hat, grabbed a hot sausage sizzling from a “smoking grill.” You can visualize what happened next. The suspect said aw, sh-t after dropping the volcanic piece of smoldering meat onto the semi-frozen turf. He took some bottled water, rinsed the meat off, threw it back onto the grill to sterilize it and gobbled it down a few minutes later.


Worst offensive game of season drops Steelers to wild card hunt

Just when you thought the Steelers offense couldn’t get any worse, they laid a rotten egg, 20-14, against the lowly Cleveland Browns (3-8) in what has to be the worst offensive game of the season, maybe during the Mike Tomlin era. The loss dropped the Steelers to 6-5, three games behind the Baltimore Ravens who extended their lead in the AFC North to 9-2, while the Cincinnati Bengals pulled even with Pittsburgh with a 34-10 win over the Oakland Raiders. LT SCORES—Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons returns an interception for a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns Nov. 25, in Cleveland. (Courier Photo/Thomas Sabol)


Undefeated Clairton cruises past Sto-Rox to win fifth straight WPIAL Class A title

Much like the Chinese economy, Clairton victories continues to grow and the undefeated Bears are taking the high school football world by storm. “BEAR TRAP”—Clairton’s Israel Melvin (55) and Robert Boatright (9) close in on Sto-Rox quarterback Lenny Williams as he throws a pass. (Courier Photos/William McBride) Clairton (13-0) broke a state record with its 60th consecutive victory, the current longest winning streak in the country, as the Bears won their fifth consecutive WPIAL title with a 58-21 victory over Sto Rox in the Class A championship game at Heinz Field on Nov. 23.


Quips shut down Washington in showdown of undefeated AA teams

Aliquippa (13-0) Head Coach Mike Zmijanac doesn’t keep track of career milestones. He admitted as much prior to the start of the WPIAL Championship Trophy presentation ceremony. The pleasant and unseasonably warm temperatures that gave the east coast a feeling of summer in late November might have caused some Washington (12-1) players to believe that they really had a chance to upset the Quips. ELUDES DEFENDER—Terry Swanson of Aliquippa eludes a Washington defender in the Quips 34-7 win, Swanson rushed for 206 yards.


Police serve meals

For the past several years, officers from various zones and duty locations teamed up with Zone 3 Pittsburgh Bureau of Police officers to deliver prepared…