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RemakeLearning RallyRemake Learning Week concluded on May 13, with snacks and entertainment at PNC Park. Participants at the free event tried  out virtual reality gear, program robots that make art, designed and created doo-dads on a 3D printer, used circuitry and LEDs to bring jewelry to life, broadcasted their voices on internet radio and more.

Rally attendees also heard a recap of some of #RemakeDays panels, workshops and parties from the week-long Remake Learning Days, which featured more than 150 future-ready, hands-on, relevant and engaging educational experiences for kids and their families, caregivers and educators across the Greater Pittsburgh Region.

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The event noted below occurred in the past. But that means ATHENA season is officially on!

Go to Athena-Pittsburgh.com to learn about the awards program.

Pittsburgh routinely leads national rankings for everything from its increasingly youthful talent pool, its tech startups, its affordability and its wealth of innovative restaurants. But how are women faring in these emerging industries? Is our region fully leveraging the competitive strengths of women?

As the ATHENA Awards Program opens its annual call for nominations, its host committee invites men and women who care about equity to the Fairmont Pittsburgh hotel from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 11 for a lively discussion among women who are pioneers in disruptive innovation, emerging technologies and cuisine. NEXTpittsburgh Publisher Tracy Certo will moderate the panel, which includes:

  • Summer C. Fowler, Director of Cybersecurity Risk & Resilience at CERT, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Jennifer Krusius, General Manager, Pittsburgh + PA Expansion of Uber Technologies, Inc.
  • Priya Narasimhan, CEO & Founder, YinzCam, Inc.; Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor at Carnegie Mellon University
  • Ling Wollenschlaeger, Founder and Head Chef of Pittsburgh Fresh LLC
  • Bethany Zozula, Executive Chef at Whitfield within Ace Hotel Pittsburgh

Tickets are $30 and include continental breakfast. The event is the annual kickoff to the ATHENA season, opening the doors for nominations for awards nominations. The traditional ATHENA Award, now in its 26th year, recognizes a woman who demonstrates excellence in her profession, contributes to her community and helps other women to succeed. The ATHENA Young Professional Award is geared toward emerging leaders age 35 or younger. Nominations may be submitted online between May 11 and June 30.

Named for the Greek goddess of strength and wisdom, the Athena Awards of Greater Pittsburgh are unique among regional honors for professional women because of the focus on developing the next generation of female leaders through mentorship. The awards luncheon, scheduled this year for Sept. 26, is attended by more than 900 men and women and is one of the largest ATHENA events worldwide. The awards are convened by the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, of which ImaginePittsburgh.com is a program.

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Did you know that there are more than 20,000 jobs open right now across the Pittsburgh region? You can find them here at ImaginePittsburgh.com, the region’s online resource for career exploration and comprehensive job listings from employers across 10 southwestern PA counties. Our custom-built aggregator scrapes thousands of corporate websites and search engines nightly — so you don’t have to.

Here are few of the latest offerings from our Featured Employers:

Business Valuation Associate at Deloitte

Staff Auditor at ATI (Allegheny Ludlum)

Asset Liability Analyst at Dollar Bank

Child Development Program Coordinator at the University of Pittsburgh

Cost Analyst at Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc.

 

Administrative Assistant at the Allegheny Conference (the parent organization of ImaginePittsburgh.com)

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Gwen’s Girls is about female empowerment and bright futures, but sometimes girls just want to have fun.

At the organization’s North Side center, younger girls race around desks in a game of tag, braids flying. Older girls, dodging the game, carry their dinner trays to an adjoining room where they pull seats into a circle for a more serious discussion. Kathi Elliot watches as they settle into their evening routine.

“My mother set me up for this,” she says with a knowing smile. Indeed she did.

Elliot is the daughter of the late Gwen Elliot, a resilient woman who dedicated the later years of her life to lifting up the lives of the young women of color she saw cycling through the court system. Her mother understood all too well the challenges faced by young women growing up in broken, impoverished families.

Born and raised in West Mifflin, Gwen Elliot’s own mother died when she was five. Raised by her maternal grandfather and step-grandmother, she grew into a young woman of indomitable spirit, turning barriers to dust as she rose the ladder to success in a field traditionally held by men.

In the 1960s, Gwen enlisted in the military. From there she joined the Pittsburgh Police Department and was the first African American female police officer in the city. During her 26-year tenure, she rose to Sergeant and later Commander.

She was also a single mother who found the time to instill strong personal values in her daughter while conveying the importance of empowering disadvantaged young women to live healthy, successful lives.

“She was always involved in community work,” explains Elliot. “She saw so many young girls who were falling through the cracks in the court system. She was determined one day to retire and start an organization that addressed the lack of programming for these young women.”

In 2002, Gwen Elliot kept that promise to herself and founded Gwen’s Girls. The program for at-risk women started as an after-school program offering a safe space where young women could build relationships and self-esteem and gain the support of adults. “My mother believed that if young women of color had caring adults to nurture them in their young years, it would change their lives,” says Elliot.

More than 2,500 young women have participated in the program since 2002. The program measures its success in that 100 percent of the women not only improved their academic standing, none ever became pregnant or re-entered the juvenile justice system.

Upon Gwen’s death in 2007, the program continued to thrive but, due to the financial climate for nonprofits over the years, many of the services were decreased or eliminated. In August 2015, Elliot found herself stepping into the role her mother had cultivated.

“My mother saw things in me that I did not see in myself,” says Elliot who admits that she never anticipated one day leading her mother’s organization. Elliot has a doctorate in Nursing Practice from Chatham University and is a psychiatric nurse practitioner.

“Lo and behold, I’ve found that we as children often end up doing exactly what our parents intended for us to do,” she says with a smile.

Today Gwen’s Girls is in the midst of reinvention. Elliot is working to reinvigorate and expand the programming through an educational component that focuses on STEM learning. A STEM-based Makers Club for girls 8-18 years is planned for three sites: the North Hills, Clairton Middle School and Penn Hills. A second club, Pitt Bridge, a health-based science club, allows the girls to explore and research health issues of their own choosing using problem-solving skills.

The overall goal is to expand awareness of STEM-related careers, provide mentorships with local women in technology and science fields and reinforce the STEM concepts that the young women are learning in school.

“It really is their personal club,” says Crystalline Barger, resident social worker, who leads Pitt Bridge for Gwen’s Girls. “This is an opportunity to foster the math and science component and get the girls involved.”

While women continue to remain vastly underrepresented in the STEM workforce despite the fact that they make up nearly half of the college-educated workforce, women of color from at-risk backgrounds suffer from a lack of exposure to these careers. They simply don’t have the same access to resources that women have from more affluent communities, says Elliot. “If we don’t train and teach them, they’re likely to become pregnant or unwed mothers,” she says.

Today Gwen’s Girls is in the midst of reinvention. Elliot is working to reinvigorate and expand the programming through an educational component that focuses on STEM learning. A STEM-based Makers Club for girls 8-18 years is planned for three sites: the North Hills, Clairton Middle School and Penn Hills. A second club, Pitt Bridge, a health-based science club, allows the girls to explore and research health issues of their own choosing using problem-solving skills.

The overall goal is to expand awareness of STEM-related careers, provide mentorships with local women in technology and science fields and reinforce the STEM concepts that the young women are learning in school.

“It really is their personal club,” says Crystalline Barger, resident social worker, who leads Pitt Bridge for Gwen’s Girls. “This is an opportunity to foster the math and science component and get the girls involved.”

While women continue to remain vastly underrepresented in the STEM workforce despite the fact that they make up nearly half of the college-educated workforce, women of color from at-risk backgrounds suffer from a lack of exposure to these careers. They simply don’t have the same access to resources that women have from more affluent communities, says Elliot. “If we don’t train and teach them, they’re likely to become pregnant or unwed mothers,” she says.hat’s why the mentoring component–exposure to professional women in Pittsburgh who are working in STEM fields–is so important. Gwen’s Girls seeks to expand these mentorships in the coming year.

“Career exploration and STEM programs like those found at Gwen’s Girls are critical to helping girls and young women see the possibilities for greatness beyond their circumstances and beyond their dreams,” says Lynn Brusco, executive director of the Disruptive Health Institute at CMU who is an active supporter and mentor. “Changing the way that girls see themselves and the opportunities that are available to them can genuinely make a difference.”

Elliot agrees. “I feel humble and truly blessed to be able to give back to this spirit of womanhood,” she says. “We need to keep fighting for ourselves and what we believe in. We tell our girls that they can live productive lives.”

This article is part of the Remake Learning initiative, a multimedia partnership between NEXTpittsburgh and WQED Multimedia, Pittsburgh Magazine and WESA. Check out all the stories on Learning Innovation in Pittsburgh.

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After the last verse of Auld Lang Syne fades, it’s time to don an Elizabethan cape and learn to play Mölkky. A new year beckons, packed with everything from an urban recreational lodge to a silent disco.

Comedian Todd Glass
Comedian Todd Glass

1. Todd Glass at Arcade Comedy Theater: January 7 — 9

You might already know that Pittsburgh’s comedy scene is generating national buzz (see our recent feature to find out why). Whether you missed his sold-out appearance at last year’s Pittsburgh Comedy Festival—or you love his new book hilariously subtitled, A Bunch of Lies about My Personal Life and a Bunch of True Stories about My 30-Year Career in Stand-Up Comedy—you’ll want to grab tickets now to see Todd Glass. The Philly native—who got his start doing stand-up on Comedy Central—has attracted an international fan base via his popular podcast, The Nerdist Network, and stints on Tosh.0, Louie, Conan and Last Comic Standing.

Every Glass show is different, blending elements of improv, personal anecdotes and signature Glass witticisms. Packed with irreverent satire, explosive routines and plenty of squirm-in-your-seat audience interaction, Glass’s Arcade Comedy shows will be accompanied by Pittsburgh musicians James Rushin (piano) and Ross Antonich (drums). Make sure you’re in the audience for the hilarity, because Glass is working on new material for an upcoming comedy special to air in 2016.

Courtesy of Chatham Baroque
Photo Courtesy Chatham Barque

2. Chatham Baroque’s Twelfth Night Gala at The Ace Hotel: January 9

Can you say happy quadricentennial? Mark the end of 2015, the death of the Bard and Chatham Baroque’s 25th anniversary at one very chic and musical soirée. Don that “funereal cocktail attire” (think black netted chapeaus, sleek cloaks and wild wigs) and party like it’s 1599 at the group’s grand Twelfth Night Gala. For its 17th annual edition, the benefit bash adds a festive literary flair, paying tribute to the influence that William Shakespeare continues to have on the arts and culture since his death 400 years ago.

Kick off the winter night from 6 to 8 p.m. with a nod to Midsummer Night’s Dream during the VIP Oberon’s Feast catered by The Whitfield, followed by main event festivities from 8 to 11 p.m. Revelers will be treated to performances by Chatham Baroque and can bid on artwork in a silent auction curated by Jessica Beck of The Warhol Museum—all set against the backdrop of Pittsburgh’s newest boutique hotel. Performing locally and around the globe, Chatham Baroque features Andrew Fouts (baroque violin), Patricia Halverson (viola da gamba) and Scott Pauley (theorbo and baroque guitar) who bring technical prowess, period instruments and vibrant interpretations to 17th- and 18th-century music. Purchase tickets.

3. Pittsburgh Restaurant Week: January 11 – 17

Courtesy Pittsburgh Restaurant Week
Courtesy Pittsburgh Restaurant Week

Zagat just named Pittsburgh a #1 food city and this is your chance to see why. For its winter installment, Pittsburgh Restaurant Week celebrates “New Dishes for the New Year” with a kickoff party on January 7th, preview weekend January 8-10 and 50-plus dining destinations spanning seven days and the entire city—from Paris 66 to Avenue B. Helping to boost the local restaurant economy during a slower time of year, diners will enjoy special multi-course menus, cleverly priced $20.16 specialty items and prix fixe meals from area eateries—all while experiencing Pittsburgh’s eclectic neighborhoods and taking in the city’s dining landscape without breaking the bank.

Highlighting Pittsburgh’s numerous and diverse dining options, PRW also brings residents from the city and surrounding ‘burbs together to stroll the streets and see what delicious new dishes are on our gastronomical horizon. Get a first taste at Pittsburgh Glass Center during the PRW kickoff bash featuring festive cocktails conjured by Prairie, free samples from participating restaurants, charity raffles and tunes by DJ Digital Dave. View a complete schedule and a restaurant map.

Photo by Bryan Conley.
Photo by Bryan Conley.

4. Third Thursdays: BOOM! at Carnegie Museum of Art: January 21

Have you ever wanted to curate your own private disco inside a Parthenon-like hall surrounded by historic sculpture, giant plastic casts and installation art? This month, thanks to Carnegie Museum of Art’s (CMOA) creative new Third Thursdays series, you can do all of this and much more. Teaming up with artists from Garfield-based BOOM Concepts, the Oakland destination will dim the lights, turn up the volume and keep the galleries open late for a night of music and merriment amidst the museum’s world-class spaces. And NEXTpittsburgh is a proud media sponsor.

A huge hit in Korea, Brazil and Japan, the wireless headphone clubbing phenomenon dubbed “Silent Disco” is making its way to the Burgh. Don a set of headphones, tune into a channel, choose beats by DJs Christo (of Wiz Khalifa production fame) and EyeJay and dance the night way throughout the museum’s ornate Hall of Sculpture. Be among the first to see the new Teenie Harris exhibition, Great Performances Off-Stage, and take an “unconventional gallery tour” led by Sean Beauford, Joi Rogers, D.S. Kinsel and Julie Mallis. In between grooving and gallery roaming, check out the museum café’s new late-night menu. Register now.

Elizabeth Rudnick, You’re Not Real, I’m Real.
Elizabeth Rudnick, You’re Not Real, I’m Real.

5. Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District: January 22

For its first Gallery Crawl of 2016, The Cultural Trust’s quarterly showcase features a fun, free and jam-packed night of immersive art, music, performance, film and hands-on activities at 30 venues between 5:30 and 9 p.m. There are slew of art openings to hit, so we’ve got some not-to-miss highlights.

At Wood Street Galleries, Pastoral Noir features British artists whose immersive installations explore nature, haunted science and rural myths. Pop into SPACE to check out The Mountain and the Bumblebee, a group exhibit of contemporary art and poetry focused on the theme of landscape. At 707 Gallery, curator Sean Beauford presents Poison, a powerful look at relationships between drugs and urban communities, while Elizabeth Rudnick’s You’re Not Real, I’m Real uses cutting-edge and conventional media to explore anxiety and desire in the digital age. 709 Penn hosts Fran Flaherty’s Post-Erotica, which explores motherhood, along with Red & Green and Other Colors, an audio-video exhibit by Herman Pearl and Isabelle Strollo that dissects and distorts commercial images to reveal hidden mysteries. View a complete schedule.

Courtesy of The Rec Room
Courtesy of The Rec Room

6. The Rec Room: Winter Games at Spirit Hall: January 24

Winter Games

Move over Pyeongchang, there’s a new winter games in town. The perfect way to escape the cold, cure cabin fever and rethink Sundays (without having to trek out to Hidden Valley) is at this new bi-weekly, indoor game series cooked up by Weather Permitting, Pandemic, City of Play, Sweetwater Beer and Schell Games. For its inaugural edition at Lawrenceville hangout SpiritThe Rec Room features live music by Andre Costello and the Cool Minors and DJ Miss Mungo.

Games rotate each week, and will include unique parlor sports such as Bally, GaGa, Mölkky and Bucket Pong, plus new hybrid physical-digital games. Joust to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, steal blocks without getting caught in the light, scale the highest mountain around—which happens to resemble a sidewalk—and more. Enjoy music, beer, pizza and good-natured fun. You might even nab a cool award badge. While games are intended for adults, parents and children are welcome to attend together. Cost: $10.

FUSE@PSO. Photo by Wade Massie.
FUSE@PSO. Photo by Wade Massi

7. FUSE@PSO at Heinz Hall: January 27

Been hearing the buzz about FUSE but have yet to catch one of the hip hybrids at Heinz Hall? The fresh new can’t-miss series returns to kick off 2016 with a mash-up concert exploring American identity through music. The “Dean of American Composers” meets introspective indie folk when FUSE merges the sounds of Aaron Copland and Bon Iver. For its latest installment, series creator and PSO conductor Steve Hackman will reinvent Copland’s renowned 1944 orchestral suite, Appalachian Spring, alongside the contemporary music of Justin Vernon’s Grammy Award-winning indie folk group, Bon Iver. The unique sonic landscape of pastoral, textured and contemplative music will also feature the PSO and guest vocalists Avery Leigh Draut, Will Post and Keren Tayar.

Ramping up the energy will be a special guest appearance by Pittsburgh’s own Beauty Slap, who will perform special arrangements of their songs with the symphony and wrap up the night with their beat-and-brass heavy electronic dance music. The PSO is also debuting its new FUSE+ package offering select classical concerts and post-show experiences. Arrive at 5 for a happy hour in the tranquil garden, with pre-concert beats from local DJs, discounted drinks, snack fare and mingling with musicians and fellow music-lovers. The concert starts at 6:30 p.m. and is open seating with drinks permitted inside Heinz Hall. Check out Hackman’s blog to get a behind-the-scenes look at the conductor’s innovative artistic process and follow along as he develops upcoming concerts. NEXTpittsburgh is happy to be a media sponsor.  Purchase tickets.

8. Dada Masilo’s Swan Lake at The Byham Theater: January 30

Dada Masilo. Photo by John Hogg.
Dada Masilo. Photo by John Hogg.

Tchaikovsky’s 19th-century masterwork—one of the most popular ballets of all time—has been adapted by George Balanchine, inspired a Japanese anime flick and is the focal point of Darren Aronofsky’s chilling 2010 movie Black Swan, starring Natalie Portman. But on January 30th, ballet lovers will experience Swan Lake as they never have before. Reimagining the iconic ballet through a focused South African lens, the electrifying work showcases Masilo’s unconventional choreography and raw physicality, while frankly exploring intense emotions, scathing humor and issues of gender, sex, homophobia, apartheid and AIDS.

In Masilo’s world, the traditional and the contemporary collide, bursts of Tchaikovsky merge with African rhythms, a gay prince and barefoot male dancers in tutus populate the story and stereotypes are smashed. An explosive fusion of classical and African dance, the work showcases Masilo’s unique high-speed style while offering a refreshing new take on the venerated dance form of ballet. A star on the international dance scene, Dada Masilo grew up in the impoverished Johannesburg township of Soweto, studied dance in South Africa and Brussels and founded her own company in 2008. Contains nudity. Purchase tickets.

Courtesy of The Great Pittsburgh Spelling Bee.
Courtesy of The Great Pittsburgh Spelling Bee.x

9. The Great Pittsburgh Spelling Bee at The Irma Freeman Center: January 30

Quick, can you spell antediluvian? Dust off your dictionaries, brush up on those affixes and channel your inner Akeelah Anderson because The Great Pittsburgh Spelling Bee is back. A celebration of the age-old art of spelling words—before the days of Autocorrect and Siri—the homegrown bee is calling all wordsmiths and budding etymologists to join fellow language lovers for an evening of good-natured competition and community spirit. You’ll be spelling for a great local cause since all proceeds benefit the Gay and Lesbian Community Center and Irma Freeman Center for Imagination. Reviving the beloved pastime are organizers Mark Sepe and Erin Oldynski, who are also judging the bee along with Peter Kosloski.

Spellers will vie for a top prize of $50 while second and third place winners will receive special awards. With a sliding scale entry fee of $5-$10 for participants, this bee is accessible to all budgets. Have the chops to compete? Register as a speller today (note: the bee is primarily for adults, but all are welcome to participate). Not the best speller, but want to watch the fun? The event is free for audience members and refreshments will be served.

Courtesy of the Heinz History Center.
Courtesy of the Heinz History Center.

10. Yoi! Remembering Myron Cope at the Heinz History Center: January 31

Practice your best yoi!, double yoi!—and even a resounding triple yoi!—grab that Terrible Towel and head to the History Center to celebrate the life and legacy of the one-and-only Myron Cope. The Strip District destination is calling all Cope devotees to an afternoon of all things Myron. Learn all about this true Pittsburgh original during a multimedia presentation featuring rare archival material donated by Cope’s family and hear a talk by legendary New York Times sportswriter and Squirrel Hill native Murray Chass. Count down to Super Bowl 50 and honor the “voice of the Pittsburgh Steelers” on the heels of what would have been Cope’s 87th birthday. Event emcee is famed sports broadcaster Bill Hillgrove, who will share his favorite Myron Cope stories.

If you were a child in Pittsburgh during the 1970s and 1980s, you likely have the four short words “Myron Cope on sports” etched in your brain. Cope’s distinctive, inimitable Pittsburgh accent—heard ’round the world—was paired with a level of enthusiasm rarely seen in the broadcast booth. Along with names like Heinz, Strayhorn and Warhol, Cope is a larger-than-life figure beloved by locals and the Pittsburgh diaspora alike. Née Myron Sidney Kopelman in 1929, Cope attended Taylor Allderdice and Pitt and became the first football announcer inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame. The event runs from 1:30 to 3 p.m. and is included with museum admission (free for members).

Because all good lists must come to an end, we give you our not-to-miss honorable mentions for January: 

Courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Art.
Courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Art.

The Galaxy Ball at the August Wilson Center presented by True T Entertainment and The Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force: January 16

Pittsburgh Speaker Series featuring Ayaan Hirsi Ali at Heinz Hall: January 20

Some Brighter Distance at City Theatre Company: January 23 – February 14

Architecture lecture by Kai-Uwe Bergmann of BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group at Carnegie Museum of Art: January 28

Cesar Millan at the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts: January 28

Looking for live music? Check out NEXTpittsburgh’s 10 can’t-miss Pittsburgh concerts in January feature.

Looking for family activities? Read its Top Family Adventures this January in Pittsburgh feature.