SUNSTAR Music Series Celebrates Women in Art and Music

Kelly Strayhorn Theater presents the SUNSTAR Music Series on Fridays, March 9, 23, and 30.
This series, inspired by our bi-annual SUNSTAR Music Festival, celebrates women in art and music with
performances by local and national artists.
SUNSTAR Music Series provides a platform for local female performers to share the stage with national acts in a neighborhood theater setting. Dedicated to presenting premiere emerging and established female artists, SUNSTAR showcases a variety of genres including dance, spoken word, singer/songwriters, musicians, and more.
Audiences are invited to experience three different programs with the themes of world music, soul/R&B, and rock. Each night features an eclectic line-up of artists who embody the spirit of collaboration, energy, and diversity that one would only find on the KST stage. By combining music with dance, spoken word, and performance, theater patrons are immersed in a multi-disciplinary program that includes some of the most creative and inspiring female artists of today.

The SUNSTAR schedule is as follows:
Friday, March 9, 2012
8 pm–2 am | $15
World Music in East Liberty
Kick off SUNSTAR with the original “Bollywood Barbie,” DJ Kalkutta. Based in NYC, Kalkutta  has shared the stage with the likes of Ke$ha, Ludacris, LMFAO, Talib Kweli, KRS-1, and NinjaSonik. Between rocking clubs and concerts, Kalkutta
provides music for designers like Betsey Johnson, Diesel, and Adidas Originals. Kalkutta transforms the KST lobby into an energetic dance party, following the powerful words and music of “Her Voice: Stories, Tales, and Myths of Women of Color.” Poets Yona Harvey, Christina Springer, and others perform against the sweet sounds of Brazilian jazz artist Kenia Ashby. And Geña takes the party to the lobby to warm up the audience for a night of cutting loose with DJ Kalkutta. See you on the dance floor!
More information on DJ Kalkutta is available here. Additional information is available upon request.

Friday, March 23, 2012
9 pm–midnight | $10
Soul/R&B
Acclaimed soul musician Joy Ike brings her smooth singer/songwriter style to the KST stage. Often compared to India Arie and Lizz Wright, Joy admits her music is all about the emotion behind it. Open your heart and bring dancing shoes because it’s sure to be one roller coaster of a night with acts like cool duo Soul Divine and the shining Bridgette Perdue.
More information on Joy Ike is available here. Additional information is available upon request.

Friday, March 30, 2012
9 pm–midnight | $10
Women Who Rock
SUNSTAR 2012 closes with a night of Pittsburgh bands and artists including Christiane D, DJ Mary Mack, and The Armadillos. Former frontwoman of Soma Mestizo, Christiane D performs songs from her new solo debut album Obliquity of the Ecliptic. City Paper writes, “Sonically, the album warps through punkrock aesthetics, hip-hop montage, rock ‘n’ roll power and inflections of jazz free-spiritedness, and does so with touches from a sampling of Pittsburgh talent.” Orchestral twang pop band, Boca Chica, performs dark, catchy music that’s equal parts Neko Case and Dolly Parton. DJ Mary Mack has provided countless Pittsburgh parties with early ’90s dance nostalgia, while The Armadillos capture the sound of Appalachia mixed with a modern rockabilly vibe.
More information on Christiane D is available here. Additional information is available upon request.
Tickets are available online or by phone at 412-363-3000.

Garfield Glen Breaks Ground

After much anticipation, Garfield Glen had its official groundbreaking ceremony this morning.

Partners in the project and public officials including Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, Councilman Ricky Burgess, and U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle grabbed shovels to symbolically break the ground at one Garfield Glen site on Dearborn Street.

 

Garfield Glen, an affordable rental development, is a joint initiative of the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation and S&A homes. It will consist of 45 rental units, which will be a mix of two-, three- and four-bedroom Energy Star-rated homes.

The units will be located on sites throughout Garfield between N. Mathilda and N. Atlantic.

Garfield Glen will be open for rent to households earning less than $35,000 for a family of five, $32,000 for a family of four, $29,000 for a family of three or $26,000 for a two-person household.

Computer Training Opportunities

The Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation/Pittsburgh Connects, in partnership with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – East Liberty, is proud to offer the following trainings:

Microsoft Word Basics (Tuesday, February 14th from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) Microsoft Word can be used to build resumes; create calendars; design business cards, mailing labels, schedules, budgets, fliers, certificates; and much more. This course will teach you how to justify text, create columns, customize borders, and insert WordArt and pictures.

Resume Writing (Friday, February 17th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.) A resume is a vital component of every job search. This training, conducted by Walter Fortson (author of Resume Writing Without Paid Work Experience), will teach you how to make your resume as effective as possible.

Microsoft Excel Basics (Tuesday, February 21st from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) Microsoft Excel uses a grid of cells arranged in numbered rows and letter-named columns to organize data. Excel can be used to manage finances while creating a budget or operate business expenses while keeping inventory. This course will teach you how to work with a spreadsheet, create and manage a budget, and input basic formulas.

Microsoft PowerPoint Basics (Tuesday, February 28th from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) Microsoft PowerPoint is a presentation program that is used to  easily create powerful professional presentations. From simple to advanced designs, PowerPoint will provide the tools you need to present any type of information on any subject to any type or size audience.

All trainings will be held at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – East Liberty (130 S. Whitfield Street Pittsburgh, PA 15206). To register:  E-mail your name and phone number to EastLibertyTrainings@gmail.com (tell us which class you want to take) or call 412-254-4007.

 

Pittsburgh’s Steps

N. Pacific Avenue steps in Garfield

The Sprout Fund has issued a Request for Proposals for projects involving the steps of Pittsburgh – one of our city’s most interesting features. Find out which projects might qualify and how to apply here.

LIHEAP Crisis Center Opens Downtown

The Pennsylvania Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Crisis Program Center is now open at the downtown location, One Smithfield Street, First Floor, Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The tentative closing date for the site is March 30. However, the program may be extended or shortened depending upon the availability of federal funds. During the cold-weather season, LIHEAP Crisis provides assistance to low-income households that are experiencing heating emergencies, including no heat, lack of deliverable fuels – heating oil, propane and kerosene – and heating system and fuel line repairs and replacements.

In order to qualify for LIHEAP Crisis, an applicant must have an emergency situation caused by the utility service to the home being turned off and locked, being without fuel, having broken heating equipment or leaking lines that must be fixed or replaced; and have a household income at or less than 150 percent of the federal poverty income level. For a family of two, this is an annual income no greater than $22,065.

Applicants must also provide proof of their heating emergency, such as a letter from the utility company stating that the utility has been shut off; proof of Social Security numbers for all household members; and proof of gross income for a minimum of the last 90 days (more in some situations) for all household members. Proof of income for the last 30 days is required for fixed income clients, such as Social Security or Cash Assistance recipients.