Monday, May 13, 2013
Chartiers Valley High School received seven Gene Kelly Award nominations for "9 to 5: The Musical."
Chartiers Valley High School students worked "9 to 5" during their musical performance in March, and their work has been noticed. The high school received seven Gene Kelly Award nominations for the March performance of "9 to 5: The Musical." The awards, sponsored by Pittsburgh CLO, recognize outstanding high school musical performances. Chartiers Valley High School was nominated for "9 to 5" in the following categories: To see a full list of schools nominated, see the nomination page on the Pittsburgh CLO website. Pittsburgh CLO’s 23rd Annual Gene Kelly Awards will be held at the Benedum Center on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 7:30pm. Join Patch for more community news or join us on Facebook and Twitter.
Friday, May 10, 2013
A local man compiled clips from 29 films shot in Pittsburgh turned them into a music video that has gone viral.
From Silence of the Lambs to Dark Knight Rises to Jack Reacher, Pittsburgh has been the backdrop to more than two dozen Hollywood films. Mt. Lebanon native Aron Zelkonwicz, who grew up watching many of those films, decided to take it one step further by gathering iconic Pittsburgh scenes from 29 films shot in Pittsburgh and compiling them into a music video. “I thought it would be fun,” he told KDKA'S John Shumway. “I had seen all these movies filmed in Pittsburgh and thought why not take the parts everyone wants to see, the shots of Pittsburgh, and put those together.” His labor of love took weeks, in between rehearsals and performances with the Pittsburgh Symphony where he plays the cello. The music is a piece from the “Pirates of the …
Friday, May 3, 2013
Dormont's Hollywood Theater turns 2 this weekend, and the community is invited to celebrate.
Dormont's iconic Hollywood Theater has had two successful years since re-opening in 2011, and the South Hills community is invited to celebrate. Today, Friday, starting at 7 p.m., a Birthday Gala will be held at the Hollywood. Tickets for the event are $25, and the cost includes jazz standards performed live by the Thoth Trio, short classic films, and the debut of a film about the theater. Birthday cake, raffles, drinks and more will be provided. Proceeds from Friday's event benefit the Hollywood's ongoing effort to go digital by purchasing a digital movie projector. The party continues Saturday from noon to 4 p.m., when patrons can stop by for free cartoons, film shorts, cake and popcorn. The movie of the day is "Gone With the Wind" (1939…
Thursday, May 2, 2013
The concert series kicks off on Friday, May 31.
Allegheny County officials have announced the line-up for the 2013 Summer Concert Series. The Pittsburgh CLO will kick off the concert series on Friday, May 31, with “A Gleeful Evening, Vol. 3” featuring Gene Kelly Award winners at the nearby South Park Amphitheater. Pittsburgh Opera will begin the season on Sunday, June 2 at the Hartwood Acres Park Amphitheater. Summer performances include Grammy Award winners Sarah Watkins, the Yellowjackets and Rickie Lee Jones at Hartwood Acres, as well as Grammy Award nominees Monty Alexander, Sixpence None the Richer and James Hunter at South Park. The concert series will come to an end on Sept. 1 with the Allegheny County Music Festival featuring Rusted Root and special guest Joel Plaskett at …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Chartiers Valley students held a Digital Gaming Fair on Monday to showcase video games they designed and programmed themselves.
There was a day, not so long ago, when a computer game where birds crashed into little green pigs was just an idea. Many Chartiers Valley High School students probably have played that game, or similar ones. But it’s likely that few had set out to design a game of their own. That changed over the past school year, with the introduction of the Digital Art and Design class, and on Monday hundreds of students got to try their skills at computer games their classmates designed and built. “I’m always getting up on a soapbox and preaching that these things are tools,” said Digital Arts teacher Chris McHugh. “The tools are just things you can use, if you know how. If you make something mind-blowing, it’s because you did it.” The games are simple…
Monday, April 8, 2013
Do you know WHEN and WHERE this photo was taken? Then tell us in the comments section!
Like the Chartiers Valley Patch Facebook page or sign up for our Daily E-mail Newsletter Do you know when and where this photo was taken? Then tell us in the comments section! We’re traveling around Bridgeville, Collier, Heidelberg, Scott and South Fayette looking for the interesting places and features that make this area so special. So if you know where this landmark is, offer your guesses or upload your own photos or discuss some of your other favorite places around town.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
The 10th annual Three Rivers Community Band Festival is scheduled for April 27.
The 10th annual Three Rivers Community Band Festival will bring together three of the best community bands in the western Pennsylvania region, plus an all-new festival band. The festival is scheduled from 2:30 until 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, at the Upper St. Clair Theater, located in Upper St. Clair High School. Admission is free, although donations are appreciated. The Three Rivers Community Band Festival is a showcase of the musically-talented individuals in the region, and the concert promises a medley of music that will appeal to a wide range of musical tastes. Community Band South represents the South Hills communities. The brass, woodwind and percussion band, comprised of more than 80 members, is co-directed by Dean Streator, …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Dancers from Shovlin Academy of Irish Dance competed March 29 in the 2013 World Irish Dance Championship.
Dancers from Shovlin Academy of Irish Dance took their talents from a studio in Dormont Municipal Center to the world stage last weekend. The troupe performed at the 2013 World Irish Dance Championship in Boston, and placed ninth out of 13 groups. Instructor Sheila Shovlin created and choreographed the narrative drama the troupe performed—a unique performance, considering that many competitors at the Championship perform solo, rather than in a group. Shovlin's sister, instructor Liz Shovlin Grinko, said considering the level of competition the troupe was up against, ninth place is not bad at all. "They were very happy with that," she said. "We were competing with dancers from higher brackets who were there for solos as well, so you had …
Monday, April 1, 2013
Do you know where this photo was taken? Then tell us in the comments section!
Like the Chartiers Valley Patch Facebook page or sign up for our Daily E-mail Newsletter! Do you know where this photo was taken? Then tell us in the comments section! We’re traveling around Bridgeville, Carnegie, Collier, Heidelberg, Scott and South Fayette looking for the interesting places and features that make this area so special. So if you know where this landmark is, offer your guesses or upload your own photos or discuss some of your other favorite places around town.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Jackie Evancho is scheduled to present the third annual 'Jackie Evancho Award' at the finals.
Abbey Evanko, of Scott Township, advanced Sunday to the finals of the 2013 Kean Quest Talent Search. Kean Quest, formerly Kean Idol, will host the Youth Finals at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 5 at Kean Theatre in Richland Township. Jackie Evancho is schedule to appear when she presents the third annual “Jackie Evancho Award.” The award is presented to a contestant who, like Jackie, has competed in Kean Quest for two or more years, works hard, never gives up and continues to follow his or her dreams no matter the outcome. Jackie first appeared in the Kean Idol talent contest herself when she was only 7 years old and was first runner-up in 2008 and 2009. She received international attention when she was runner-up in the popular TV show “America’…