I have to admit, I’ve been really nervous about my first President’s message (which is why this is so late, sorry Fran!). I have some big shoes to fill. Bob Griewahn has done an inspiring job as President the last couple of years, so I hope folks understand while I get up to speed. The rest of the Board, as you might expect since they’re Allegheny West neighbors, has also been wonderfully supportive and generous with their time – patiently bringing me up to speed on where we are on all our ongoing projects.
As one those people who make’s New Year’s resolutions (and even keeps some of them!), I’ve been talking to lots of folks in the neighborhood about what our resolutions for the neighborhood should be. But I’ve only just started figuring out what would get folks get really excited. Based on the conversations so far, here are some of the the things we’re working on for this year.
- Encourage more folks to come to the meetings and take a leadership role for neighborhood activities. One idea was to have more external speakers come to the meeting, and so have folks lined up for the meeting in January (PennEnvironment) and February (Sarah Quinn from the City Historic Preservation Office). Please share any ideas for speakers or even just what might make you want to come to the meeting.
- Put the finishing touches on Western Avenue and identify what our next big project is. The Buhl Foundation has made a huge financial commitment to the North Side, on the order of $40 million dollars over the next 4-6 years. I want to be sure we participate. What are the things in the neighborhood that you think that Civic Council could have the most impact on that would personally make your life better?
- Modernize our bylaws, so that folks with good ideas see the Civic Council as a place to get support to put great ideas into action. Good bylaws should make it clear how how we can work together to make things happen and not stand in the way. Gloria, Bob, and Jim have been working through them, and we hope to have a draft available to comment on by the March membership meeting. If you have specific concerns that you want to be sure are addressed don’t hesitate to ask me. (That was my best attempt at making bylaws exciting.)
We’re still looking for feedback about how we should be spending our time and resources to improve the quality life in the neighborhood. Obviously, this is not a comprehensive list, there are ton of other things on the Council’s plate as well. If there’s something not mentioned here that you think should be a top priority please let me know.
I have a confession – I’m a bit of an introvert. At the same time I know it’s really important for me to get to know folks in the neighborhood. I’m going to work on coming out from behind my computer screen and starting conversations with folks, but it would help me if the extroverts among us could help me get to know folks as well.
Here’s how to get a hold of me if you have any ideas that you would like the Civic Council to support or are not sure who to contact on the Board with a specific question. It’s easiest to get a hold of me by email (seriously, introvert): email@example.com. If you prefer the phone, you’re more likely to catch me in the evenings between 7:00 pm and 10:30 pm or on weekends: 412-418-2027. I’m in meetings a lot during work so I often can’t answer the phone during the day. I’m both excited and nervous about this year – let’s have some fun!
Part of the CSA Performance Series
December 12 | 8PM
Northsiders, you are invited to Jennifer Myers’ TRANSLATIONS at the New Hazlett Theater. Thanks to the generous support of the Buhl Foundation, Northside residents get in free.
From Bridges and Parks to the Stage
A one-hour performance in six acts that translates performances from Pittsburgh Performance Actions for the stage at the New Hazlett Theater, as part of their 2014-2015 CSA Performance Series.
The cast includes: Mimi Jong as The Musician; Jil Stifle and Jasmine Hearn as The Extinction; Joanna Reed as The Slow Activist; Gia Cacalano as The Woman Dancing; Christina Lee as The Artist; Tessa Barber as The Singer; Oreen Cohen as Witness #1; Anqwenique Wingfield as Witness #2; Scott Andrew as The Unreliable Narrator and Translator; Ji young Nam as The Last One Standing; Kylan Bjornson as The Child; Ricardo Iamuuri as The Weather.
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A Streetcar Named Desire
Presented by barebones productions
November 23 | 2PM + December 2 | 10AM
Northsiders, you are invited to barebones productions latest performance of A Streetcar Named Desire at the New Hazlett Theater. Thanks to the generous support of the Buhl Foundation, Northside residents get in free.
The Tennessee Williams Classic
After being exiled from her hometown of Laurel, Blanche explains her unexpected appearance on Stanley and Stella’s (Blanche’s sister) doorstep as nervous exhaustion. Blanche’s efforts to impose herself between them only enrages the animal inside Stanley. As rumors of Blanche’s past begin to catch up to her, her circumstances become unbearable.
Starring: Tami Dixon, Jenna C. Johnson, Patrick Jordan, Jeffrey Carpenter, Jaime Slavinski, Ben Mayer, Dante Poloni, Christopher Josephs, Cindy Jackson, Siovhan Christensen, and Ryan Borgo.
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November 23 December 2
Day Room Window
October 19, 22 and 23
Northsiders, you are invited to the world premiere of a gripping, true story at the New Hazlett Theater. Thanks to the generous support of the Buhl Foundation, Northside residents get in free.
Courage, Injustice & Hope
Nine girls are wrongfully sentenced to time in a woman’s prison. Based on real experiences from inside the juvenile justice system, Day Room Window takes us on a journey of courage, compassion, and ultimately, hope.
Listen to an interview with the playwright on WESA
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October 19 October 22 October 23
A True Story, A Love Story, A Musical
Presented by Front Porch Theatricals
Northsiders are invited to Front Porch Theatricals’ production of Parade – and, thanks to the generous support of the Buhl Foundation, Northside residents get in free.
Set in 1913, Parade tells the story of Leo Frank, a man put on trial for the murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan. In the eyes of the community, Frank is already guilty. But did he do it?
Daring, innovative and bold, Parade won the Tony awards for Best Book and Best Score in 2000. Now, Front Porch Theatricals brings this Broadway hit to the New Hazlett stage.
Seating is limited: RSVP today!
August 24 at 7:00 pm August 30 at 2:00 pm
Please note, subject matter may not be appropriate for children under the age of 13.
From our friends at One Northside:
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Fresh, Local, Art
Northsiders, you are invited to the first show in our brand new season of Community Supported Art at the New Hazlett Theater. Thanks to the generous support of the Buhl Foundation, Northside residents get in free.
Join your neighbors in supporting wonderfully talented Pittsburgh artists.
Pianist Federico Garcia-De Castro
August 14th | 8PM
Federico Garcia-De Castro presents four interconnected selections of piano music, including the world premiere of Renderings, a new piece commissioned specifically for the New Hazlett CSA.
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