Tuesday, December 17, 2013

THIS BLOG IS CURRENTLY BEING RE-ESTABLISHED

Please be patient as we look for new information, and formulate new collaborations.

Monday, March 11, 2013

University Prep, formerly the Margret Millones Middle School, is creating a community quilt based on the historic Hill District of Pittsburgh.The quilt contains a whimsical neighborhood created from necktie tips, and will include photos of historic places. The magic is happening during an after school program called THE ZONE, which is funded in part by the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Friday, February 26, 2010

PSO Commununity Concert Returns!

Join the Hill District Community and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as they continue a tradition and offer an affordable, uplifting evening of music! The PSO will present their third annual Hill District Community Engagement Concert at St. Benedict the Moor Church (91 Crawford St., Pittsburgh, 15219) on Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. All ticket proceeds from the concert will benefit the arts programs of the Hill House Association.

PSO Assistant Conductor Thomas Hong will conduct a string orchestra comprised of PSO musicians. The concert will include nationally known poet, Toi Derricotte, reading her own poetry in conjunction with the PSO’s performance of Vivaldi's "Spring" from The Four Seasons. The Vivaldi performance will also highlight a performance by Mark Huggins, the PSO’s Associate Concertmaster. Music by Mendelssohn, Higdon, and Britten will also be featured. The Hill House Association hosts the performance evening. Tickets cost $8 for adults, $6 for seniors (65+), and $4 for students K-college.

A free, post-concert reception is included in the price of the ticket.
For tickets, call: 412.392.6479. Tickets will also be available at the door on the night of the concert.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

A Few Hit Pics from Leadership Pittsburgh's" Pop Up" Event in Uptown


From the Asylum Coffee Bar to the Zany Art of Sculptor James Simon, Pop Up Pittsburgh was a feast of sights, sounds and BBQ sauce aromas!
Photos from The Deaf Club and Passports: The Art Diversity Project
see previous story posted for more details or visit Leadership Pittsburgh.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Storm Rains Cancelled Concert but Didn't Dampen Spirits




Gray Skies got grayer, on the evening of June 17th as the Hill District was poised for its annual Pittsburgh Symphony Engagement Concert. Still, no one suspected a storm with record rainfall three times the amount of the previous record set in 1973 would cancel the evening. Even as barges were breaking from their docks on the Monongahela, hopeful Symphony fans were still filing into St. Benedict the Moor Church on Centre Avenue with their umbrellas in hand, looking forward to an evening of entertainment. Even the flickering of the lights did not dim the hope that the concert would still go on. It wasn't until the largest clap of thunder and the final power outage that Jessica Schmidt, of the PSO and Terri Baltimore from the Hill House Association announced to committee members, volunteers and the expanding crowd that the Pittsburgh Symphony was --alas--unable to perform.

Within minutes, the crowd was filing to the back of the church not to leave, but to eat, drink punch and chat. In the dim light, jazz musicians exchanged stories with classical musicians, nuns brought candles for the tables, ushers held battery powered lights over the cookies and punch as people gathered goodies and talked, and children played hide and seek among the long carved pews. In no time flat, the rained-out affair became a full scale social event with the all charm of an impromptu, moonlit bar-b-que.

"I'm in no hurry to leave," said one participant settling in. "If you have to ride out a storm, this is the perfect place!"

In fact the beauty of St. Benedict the Moor, was punctuated by slivers of light coming through the stain glass windows; and the door through which attendees occasionally peeked to see how deep the water was running over the sidewalk, making light of whether or not they would be washed out of their shoes or high heels. Then slowly, over the period of a few hours, they all left, content overall with the evening.

Special thanks go to the Symphony engagement committee for their gallant efforts: Demareus Cooper, Terri Baltimore, Jessica Schmidt, Janine Davis, Dr. Nelson Harrison, Elbert S. Hatley, Carrie Henderson, Marlene Jackson, Christine Bethea and Rachel Walton ,

The next Symphony Concert is planned for March of 2010.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Food, Art and Entertainment Update for Pop-Up Pittsburgh


John Ross, is only one of several artists being asked to provide fun and funky furniture for Pop Up Pittsburgh's Recycled Interiors Home at 114 Miltenberger Street.
Sauce MasterThrowdown Event Details:
On Saturday, May 30, 2009, from 1-3 p.m. POP UP PITTSBURGH! will host a community sauce tasting competition in Uptown. POP UP PITTSBURGH! will provide locally grown salad greens and chickens, which will be grilled during the event, to enjoy with the sauces. The competition will take place in the Uptown neighborhood on Locust St. between Gist St. and Miltenberger St. The event is open to Uptown residents, friends and other interested folks to show off their cooking talents. The winning sauce will be determined by the highest number of votes accumulated per team. Votes will be cast by event attendees (1 vote per person). Winners will be announced at 4 p.m. Prizes include $100 worth of gift certificates. All teams must register in advance by completing and turning in the official Sauce-Master Throwdown entry form. The maximum number of teams is limited. Please sign up early. Questions and E-mail queries to: AlexiAlexis Miller <amiller@pawomenwork.org