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features 52 Modern Mobility

Forget about wheeling and dealing! Rob Cochran, president and CEO of #1 Cochran Automotive, is revolutionizing the automotive shopping experience with his Clearly Better Car Buying initiative.

54 Along for the Ride

Once you drive your new car off the lot, local car dealers have a lot to offer. Get the details on service packages, hot technological features, and customer relations. Plus, the Pittsburgh International Auto Show rolls into town this month!



60 WHIRL Magazine’s 2014 Couples Who Make a Difference Meet nine dynamic couples who are standout contributors to Pittsburgh’s business and philanthropic communities. Find out how they’re making Western Pennsylvania an even better place to live.

70 WHIRL Semi-Annual Event Guide Fill your calendar with events taking place nearly every day, February through July. Pittsburgh has fun happenings scheduled, from fundraisers and golf outings, to concerts and wine dinners.

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Rob Cochran, photographed by Rob Larson. Special thanks to Mary Kay Roman. Styling by Rachael Ryan.






70 Photographs by Rob Larson, Cayla Zahoran, from Day Automotive.




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Behind the Bar — Join us as we raise our glasses to local bartenders who are mixing up some of Pittsburgh’s most delicious drinks. They’ve even shared a few secret tips and tricks for you to try at home. Dig in to the city’s latest food news, too.

85 S  tyle News Getting Warmer — It may be cold outside, but spring styles are starting to heat up in local boutiques. There are also plenty of hot spa packages for you to share with your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day.

85 Shop chic ring styles at Spoiled Chics the Boutique.

90 S  hopping Spree Gimme a Ring! — Calling all jewelry lovers: we went shopping for eyecatching cocktail rings. Peruse the collection, and find one for every finger.

92 S  tyle Feature Versatile & Vibrant — Add a LRD — little red dress, that is — to your winter wardrobe, and accessorize it for multiple occasions, from work to play.

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37 The Modern

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38 Ronald H. Brown

Leadership Awards Gala

39 Orr’s Jewelers Holiday Party

40 YMCA Season of Giving Gala

41 Armani Collezioni

Grand Opening at Ross Park Mall

42 Gateway Rehab’s Hope Has a Home Gala

43 Casa D’Oro Pittsburgh Pirates Event

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Wheel Love People in Pittsburgh love their cars. We drive from neighborhoods into the city and throughout the suburbs, to the T-stop and the bicycle trails. We drive by ourselves, and with family and friends. And every time we step into a car, we rely on the expertise of our local automobile dealerships to keep our vehicles top of the line, and most importantly, safe. After all, there are people we love riding in our cars. With the annual Pittsburgh International Auto Show opening on February 14, we’re taking a look at local dealerships, with a focus on what is unique about each of them. We also got the scoop on their newest favorite cars to check out, beginning on page 54. Rob Cochran of #1 Cochran owns the largest car dealership in the area, and has been listening to his customers when they questioned the negotiating process inherent in most sales. Cochran spent years coming up with a modern business model that simplifies the process. Find out how he is changing the sales concept on page 52. Our annual Couples Who Make A Difference feature is extra special this year, with couples who stand out in the business and philanthropic worlds. Spending time with them was fun for all of us, and gave us an opportunity to see why their own personal connections shine in community endeavors. bigburrito.com





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Celebrity chef and TV personality Todd English partnered with Pittsburgh Steeler Troy Polamalu and his wife, Theodora, to host a culinary fundraiser, which benefited Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, FOCUS Pittsburgh’s BackPack Feeding Program, and the Fa’a American Samoa Camp. The intimate-style dinner featured a five-course tasting menu with wine pairings by English.

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Awarded citizens, philanthropic athletes, and the city’s new Mayor Bill Peduto are on display this month!

Giant Eagle executives and team members, including CEO Laura Karet, and Peters Township officials participated in the ribbon-cutting of the company’s first innovative neighborhood restaurant dining and food shopping experience, Market District Express. The 15,500-squarefoot store features chef-created meals, a carefully curated selection of groceries, a drive-thru pharmacy, and Starbucks.

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Cindy Close, honorary board member Pittsburgh Penguin Pascal Dupuis, Lisa Blaha, and Shari Hobbs at “Corks and Pucks,” the signature event for the Ballou Skies nonprofit. Held at Engine House 25, the evening raised more than $10,000 for Muscular Dystrophy research.

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Celebrity chef, author, and TV host Rachael Ray excited crowds at Giant Eagle Market District in Bethel Park and Settlers Ridge, where she promoted her newest book, “Week in a Day: Five Dishes, One Day.” No stranger to Pittsburgh, Ray dished on her local favorites: the “Cap ‘n Egg” at Primanti Bros., Fairmont Pittsburgh’s chilled towels at the gym, and Bar Marco’s brunch.

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Steve Beltz, Curt and Joelle Krasik, Josh Royston, and Jamie Rutherford spent the evening at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in Squirrel Hill for an “around the world” happy hour, which featured live music and drinks, and raised $8,000 for library programs.

Heinz Award Nominating Committee co-chairs Susan and Scott Lammie, honoree Judy Tobe, and Tocqueville Society Campaign co-chair Art Rooney II at the United Way of Allegheny County Tocqueville Society’s reception. Held at Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, Tobe was honored with the Senator John Heinz Award for Volunteer Service, a program in its 21st year. w h i rlma g az i n e . c o m




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Master of Ceremonies and honorary chairperson Bill Flanagan; Bayer MaterialScience Chief of Staff Rebecca Lucore; Goodwill Board chairperson Yvonne Campos; and Goodwill President Mike Smith at the 2013 Power of Work Awards program, where $50,000 was raised for Goodwill’s programs and services.

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Bill McKibben, 2013 Thomas Merton awardee; Wanda Guthrie, Thomas Merton Center board member and chair of the Environmental Justice Committee; and Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto at the 2013 Thomas Merton Awards, held at the Sheraton Station Square Hotel. McKibben founded and leads the organization 350.org.

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Crescent Baths & Kitchens’ Stephen Baker, Suzanne Baker, Emil Neufeld, and Saul Chosky hosted a Spa Party, themed “Keep Calm and Pamper Yourself.” Guests relished in tasty bites by Chef Glenn Taylor of L’eglise Catering and massages.





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Taste the Good Life aficionados Joseph DiSalvo; Dr. Jim Gregory; Joe Sinclair; Rob Mangino of KDKA; Pat Hampson; Michael Young, senior vice president of CBS; Tom Bauman; and platinum sponsor Northwest Mutual managing partner Kevin Miller at the 20th Annual Taste the Good Life at DiSalvo’s Station Restaurant, which raised funds for The First Tee of Pittsburgh.

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Ruby Kang, Michael Novak, Laura Penrod Kronk, Chef Jason Culp, and Betsy Wotherspoon at the Ladies Hospital Aid Society’s “One Handbag at a Time” luncheon. Novak and Culp of the Pines Tavern presented a cooking demonstration, and a silent auction of designer bags raised $24,000 for LHAS’ Teen Dating Violence Program.

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Dennis Sabatini, executive director of The McGuire Memorial Foundation, and former Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Eddie Johnston at An Evening of Gratitude, held at LeMont Restaurant. Gift items valued from $100 to $1,000 will be auctioned at the Special Auction for Special People on March 1 to benefit the foundation.

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Henry Simonds, Slideluck Pittsburgh artist and chief sphaeralogist at the The International Sphaeralogical Society, and Pittsburgh-based oil painter Mia Tarducci Henry at The Mine Factory for the opening of Simonds’ show, SUPER BALL, a two-year exploration of the Wham-O Super Ball.

Site Leaders of Hollaback Pittsburgh Maggie Graham, Heather Dougherty, Alison Winters, and Akirah Robinson united at Verde Mexican Kitchen & Cantina for the local chapter’s launch. Spawned from the international movement Hollaback, the organization focuses on raising awareness and ending street harassment.





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The Ruckus Bros., a group with 21 members from various local bands, paid tribute to Michael Jackson’s Thriller album with an amazing performance at Mr. Smalls Theatre.



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The Spirit of Enterprise dinner, held at the Westin Convention Center, honored the achievements of our community’s leaders. The 2013 honorees were Evan Frazier, Distinguished Alumni of the Year; Lee Foster II, Business Hall of Fame Laureate; Christina Cummings and Angela Carr, Entrepreneurial Achievement Award; Ralph Martin of Trib Total Media, Impact Company of the Year; and Chester Babst III, Fred Rogers Good Neighbor Award.

The Sewickley Valley Chamber of Commerce (SVCC) welcomes Lyndi DeLisio, Director of Marketing for AJM Mortgage Inc., to the SVCC Board of Directors! DeLisio will hold the position of secretary and is already busy contributing her expertise in video production and editing for a collaboration between SVCC and Standing Firm, a nonprofit organization that addresses the issue of partner violence in the workforce. w h i rlma g az i n e . c o m




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Milton and Sheila Fine, Jewish Healthcare Foundation President & CEO Karen Wolk Feinstein, and KDKA-TV’s Jon Burnett at the 2013 Fine Awards for Teamwork Excellence in Health Care, held at the August Wilson Center.

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Happy Baby Company co-owner Brandon McAuley; Brittany Charmley and Joey; Heather Harrold and Lily; co-owner Judy McAuley; employee Casey Bonadie; and Judy Mascucci, owner of A Mother’s Boutique in Wexford, celebrated the grand opening of Happy Baby Company in Bellevue. The natural parenting shop features cloth diapers, baby carriers, and eco-friendly toys and body care products.

Animal Friends’ Marleen Ashton, Sarah McKean, and David Swisher welcomed Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto for a visit and tour of the North Hills facility.





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Fundraising Made Easy “We have worked with Sammar for over 7 years. They have great products and a professional staff.” Women for a Healthy Environment (WHE) intern Tracy Sun; keynote speaker, founder, president, and CEO of Simple Sugars Lani Lazzari; WHE intern Erin Kelly, and WHE Program Director Chelsea Holmes trained attendees on how to select healthier and safer consumer and personal care products at WHE’s Mother-Daughter Workshop: Going Green and Why It Matters.

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“I’ve worked with Adina for years. Sammar delivers strong fundraising results”.

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“The merchandise is fabulous and beautifully presented. I can’t help but bid”. Jim Roddey, Former Allegheny County Commissioner

The young ladies of Brownie Troop 58108 from St. Elizabeth School collected more than 150 stuffed animals to donate to children visiting loved ones at Family Hospice & Palliative Care’s two inpatient centers, as well as to children attending Camp Healing Hearts. Pictured from back row, left to right: Jane Suski; Troop Leader Tara Hutchinson; and Greg Jena, Family Hospice manager of marketing and public relations.

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A Silent & Live Auction Fundraising Company The Omni William Penn Hotel lowered its three crystal chandeliers — comprised of 1,754 individual prisms — in the main lobby for the annual cleaning, open to onlookers! Pictured from left to right: Director of Sales & Marketing Bob Page, Kim Sakanich, Michelle Michalyshin, Tanesha Carpenter, Gwen Holmes, Ivy Mulenga, and Gerren Witherspoon.

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It Will Be Love At First Bite When You & Your Valentine Indulge In The Culinary Creations Crafted By Award-Winning Executive Chef, Greg Alauzen, And His Culinary Teams. Our Sommelier Will Be Onsite Daily To Select The Perfect Wines To Accompany Your Meal and Our In-House Pastry Chef Will Offer A Collection Of Desserts To Add A Sweet Touch To Your Evening!

CENTRIA Director of Marketing Rick Brow, Pipitone Group President & CEO Scott Pipitone, CENTRIA Marketing Communications Manager Julie Pawuk, and Pipitone Group Chief Creative Officer Jeff Piatt celebrated the company’s 20th anniversary with a 1920s, speakeasy-themed bash at its North Side office!

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A care team from Family Hospice & Palliative Care gathered to celebrate patient Theresa Bombara’s 100th birthday, to which she credits her affection for pizza and wine! Family Hospice RN Elise Herman; Joe Bombara, her son; Family Hospice Spiritual Care Counselor Leonard Spounagle; Family Hospice Quality of Life Program Coordinator Elizabeth Zimmerman-Clayton; Family Hospice Health Aide Carrie Morgele; Family Hospice Social Worker Jane Barthen; and Adriane Bombara, her daughter-in-law, joined the festivities.

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Casa D’Oro Diamond Department Manager Diane Ketterer; Michon Kerlin; sales representative Lisa Poffenberger; and Pandora sales representative Chelsy Spicer primped and pampered at Casa D’Oro’s “Ladies Night.” Salon Vivace of Treesdale provided services as ladies dazzled while trying on the latest jewels.

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Co-chairs Barbara Laswell and Laura Dawson at Fox Chapel Garden Club’s Glitter & Glow, where guests experienced a girls’ night out with fabulous gift items, hors d’oeuvres and desserts, a cash bar, and a silent auction. The exclusive shopping opportunity raised $11,000 for Fox Chapel area conservation and educational organizations!

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Former Pittsburgh Penguins Bryan Trottier and Alain Lemieux signed autographs at the 30,000-square-foot Murrysville SportZone Arena grand opening, which featured prize giveaways, a celebrity dek hockey game, and local food vendors, including an appearance by the BRGR food truck!

BRYANT ST. LIMITED Super Bowl-winning quarterback and emcee Joe Theismann, Robert Morris University President Greg Dell’Omo, and retiring RMU football head coach Joe Walton gathered at the university’s Hall of Fame Dinner, where Walton was honored. Proceeds from the event benefited the Joe Walton Scholarship.

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The Women and Girls Foundation and its event co-chairs Muge Finkel and Susan Yohe hosted the Celebrating Women! Have a Global Impact Gala at the August Wilson Center. The evening honored 18 local women and included a preview of Madame Presidenta, the foundation’s film.

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Sloane Davidson and Shadyside Chamber of Commerce Director Tori Mistick perused the shops on Walnut Street, Ellsworth Avenue, and South Highland Avenue during “Small Business Saturday,” hosted in support of local businesses.

Entrepreneurs of the Year Allegheny Conference CEO Dennis Yablonsky, Washington & Jefferson President Tori Haring-Smith, Ph.D., and David A. Ross, a ‘78 W&J graduate and the president and co-founder of Atlantic Realty Companies, at the Duquesne Club for the 27th Annual Entrepreneurial Leadership Dinner.





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Joel Ettinger and Dr. Thomas and Joy Starzl gathered at the Oakmont home of Dr. Bob and Jackie Capretto for hors d’oeuvres and cocktails to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Family House. Ettinger and Dr. Starzl were honored guests, who shared memories and stories, and spoke on Family House’s promising future.


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The cold didn’t keep Kelly Prokop, Courtney George, Derek Scott, and Kelsey Weisgerber from enjoying unique libations at the Hot Cocktail Party at Verde Mexican Kitchen & Cantina! From the organizers of Pittsburgh Cocktail Week, the event featured drink experts such as Will Groves of Butterjoint and Rob McCaughey of Dreadnought Wines.

Dr. Linda Hippert, executive director of the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, presented the Champion of Change award to Avonworth Middle School educator Doug Haskins.

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Stephanie Swoveland and Allure owner Ellen Levick supported the Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society (PCMS) at Allure Shopping Days. The retailer donated 20 percent of PCMS patron sales to the music organization.

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DO YOU LIKE HOW YOUR FEET LOOK AND FEEL? Pittsburgh Steeler Bruce Gradkowski led drills on the indoor practice field at the UPMC Sports Complex for the annual Steelers Women’s 202. The event, presented by Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, included a full day of activities, including technique instruction by Special Teams Coordinator Danny Smith.

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KDKA-TV’s Brenda Waters and John Burnett introduced Calum Worthy, star of the popular Disney Channel show “Austin & Ally,” to fans at the grand opening of the Peoples Gas Holiday Market in Market Square.

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Pittsburgh author C. William Davis III showcased his work at the 12th Annual “Books in the ‘Burgh” holiday book fair, where 50 local authors gathered at Senator John Heinz History Center to mingle and sell signed copies of their books.


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Henry Hillman; Dr. Nancy Davidson, director of UPCI and UPMC CancerCenter; Elsie Hillman; and Steve Herberman honored the late Dr. Ronald Herberman’s legacy during a special ceremony. Herberman founded UPMC CancerCenter and laid the groundwork for the center to become one of the largest integrated clinical care networks in the U.S.

University of Pittsburgh Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs Director E. Maxine Bruhns posed with two Lion Dancers from the Tzu Chi Academy of Pittsburgh, who delivered a performance at the Nationality Rooms’ Open House.

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Gateway Lodge Country Inn Resort & Spa, 814.744.8017

Carnegie Museum of Art, ci13.cmoa.org

Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship,

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Valentine Romance Packages,

Friends of Pittsburgh Opera Valentine’s Day Dinner and Concert,

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Race to Anyplace, Heinz

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Field, lls.org

Dinner for Six from Chef Kate Romane, E2 restaurant, 724.465.2787

Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, 412.294.9892

Chatham University, 412.365.1253

New York Rangers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, CONSOL Energy Center,

Arena: Remembering the Igloo, 707


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Through February 9 Wicked, Benedum Center, 412.456.6666

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Cirque Zuma Zuma, Hillman Center for

Through February 23 Company, O’Reilly Theater, 412.316.1600 Through February 23 Neverlands, 709 Penn Gallery, 412.456.6666

Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve, 412.225.0930

Penn Gallery, 412.456.6666

Performing Arts, 412.968.3040

Andy Warhol Museum, 412.237.8300

Love is in the Air, A Valentine Pop’s Celebration, Scottish Rite Cathedral,

First Year Beekeeping Class,


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Your Big Day — Bridal Show, Narcisi Virginia Tech vs. Pitt Men’s Basketball,

February 1, 8, 15, 22 Winery Tours, Gervasi Vineyard, 330.497.1000

10th Annual All Abilities Camp, Care & Legal Fair, Northway Mall, 412.781.4116

Bridal Showcase, The Atrium,

Petersen Events Center, 412.648.PITT

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Wake Forest vs. Pitt Women’s Basketball, Petersen Events Center, 412.648.PITT


NFL PLAY 60 Training Camp, Senator


John Heinz History Center, 412.454.6373

Youth and Family Wellness Fair,

Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra Presents Gershwin Valentine, The

Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh, 412.521.8011 x380

Palace Theatre, 724.836.8000


Super Bowl XLVIII Groundhog Day Bach, Beethoven & Brahms, Heinz

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Mamma Mia!, Heinz Hall, 412.392.4900

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Casella, Prokofiev & Schumann, Heinz Hall, 412.392.4900

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Joshua Bell & Symphonie Espagnole,

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February 28-March 2 Heinz Hall, 412.392.4900

Pittsburgh Heart Ball,

February 14-15 STOMP, The Palace Theatre, 724.836.8000

Hall, 412.392.4900


John Heinz History Center, 412.454.6000

Billy Joel, CONSOL Energy Center,

Valentine’s Day

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, 412.365.2536

N.C. State vs. Pitt Women’s Basketball, Petersen Events Center, 412.648.PITT

History Uncorked: Poptastic!, Senator

Marriott North, 724.234.4619


Restaurant, 412.849.0088

Montreal Canadiens vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, CONSOL Energy Center,

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Swan Lake with the Orchestra, Benedum Center, 412.456.6666


2014 Lending Hearts Gala, LeMont


February 22-23

The Planets with NASA Film, Heinz


Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh — Monroeville Convention Center, 412.373.7300

Animal Instincts Valentine’s Dinner,

February 7-9


Pennsylvania Black Conference on Higher Education, DoubleTree by


February 13-16

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Meet the Artist: The Hebrew Mamita,

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Petersen Events Center, 412.648.PITT

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Art. Write. Now: Scholastic Art Awards 2013-2014, The Andy Warhol

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Syracuse vs. Pitt Men’s Basketball,

February 5- March 2

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February 26-March 1

Canonsburg Hospital, 724.873.5835


WYEP’s 14th Annual Alternative Souper Bowl, Carnegie Library of


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Renée Fleming Recital VIP Reception, Carnegie Music Hall,


Literary Evening with Helene Cooper,

Benedum Center, 412.392.4900

Your Big Day — Wedding 101 Workshop, Narcisi Winery, yourbigdaypgh.com


Hampton Township, 412.638.6121


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O’Reilly Theater, 412.316.8200

WORTH New York Spring 2014 Show,

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The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess,

Pittsburgh Public Theater Showcase of Finalists: Shakespeare Nation,

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Presidents’ Day

Shen Yun 2014, Benedum Center,

University of Virginia vs. Pitt Men’s Basketball, Petersen Events Center,

Ottawa Senators vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, CONSOL Energy Center,

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February 10-18

Carnegie Music Hall, 412.622.8866



February 19-20

Hall, 412.392.4900

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Clemson vs. Pitt Women’s Basketball, Petersen Events Center,

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Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour, Byham Theater,


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Carnegie Mellon University Wind Ensemble, The Palace Theatre,

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Pitt Men’s Basketball vs. Florida State, Petersen Events Center, 412.648.PITT

Winery, yourbigdaypgh.com


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Roger Humphries: Pass It On,

Susan Koeppen & Dr. Jim O’Toole

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Photographs by Cayla Zahoran, Bridgett Kay Photography, LLC.

Event preview By Liz Petoniak


Divine Dance

Translated from Chinese, “Shen Yun” means “divine beauty.” Not coincidentally, Shen Yun is also the name of the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company, founded in New York seven years ago. Lucky for us, the company will bring its all-new show to Pittsburgh’s Benedum Center for Performing Arts February 19-20! Discover the glory and beauty of traditional Chinese culture as you feast your eyes on magnificent costumes and brilliant choreography that combines acrobatics, gymnastics, and storytelling, along with

mesmerizing and original live orchestral compositions. The show takes the audience riding with Mongolians across vast grasslands one moment and climbing up the Himalayas or drumming on an ancient battlefield the next. Principal dancer Miranda Zhou-Galati says, “I think the most unique aspect of a Shen Yun performance is that it has a very strong message of hope, which is something that really touches the audience’s hearts.” For tickets, visit shenyun.com/pittsburgh or call the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust at 412.456.6666.


Michael Chicone, Erin Chicone, Megan Chicone Boxx, Mallory DeMico, and Dr. Samantha Monda at last year’s festivities.


Proud to be Fabulous

Join the Delta Foundation, Western Pennsylvania’s leading lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender organization, for its first-ever “Equality Gayla,” featuring an evening with Bernadette Peters live at Carnegie Music Hall on February 22! The black-tie-optional event, designed by Bill Chisnell Productions and TK Event Studio, kicks off with cocktail hour, followed by dinner and a performance by Peters, and concludes with desserts and dancing. Silent and live auctions





Historic Happening

The Senator John Heinz History Center will be poppin’ with young professionals on February 21 during the 16th annual “History Uncorked: Poptastic!” event. This year’s party celebrates the Poptastic! The Art of Burton Morris exhibit with colorful, vibrant décor across all six floors of the History Center, with each set to feature live entertainment and local vendors. “There’s really something for everyone,” says event co-chair Megan Chicone Boxx. “The live music brings in a cool atmosphere. You can get peace and quiet while you take in the art, and you can also dance and have fun on the top floor!” Tickets include three drink vouchers, appetizers and desserts, and the chance to win raffle and auction items. VIP tickets offer access to an exclusive open bar and lounge area, along with a one-year membership to the museum. There’s a reason History Uncorked attracts more than 1,500 attendees each year — it’s a blast! For tickets, visit showclix.com/event/uncorked2014.

will take place throughout the night, and a number of surprises are in store for guests! Delta Foundation Board President Gary Van Horn says, "We're excited to bring the LGBT community and our allies together for what is sure to be an unforgettable evening with the legendary Bernadette Peters. It will also be a great night to celebrate the successes we've had over the year as our quest for full equality continues on.” Read more about Bernadette Peters in our exclusive interview with the thespian on page 104! For tickets, visit showclix.com. Delta Foundation, deltafoundation.us.

Photographs from Shen Yun Performing Arts, Senator John Heinz History Center.



Love Is in the Air

Bill Chisnell Productions will host a Valentine’s Day soirée at his Strip District studio, featuring a live DJ and lots of lovely gift ideas for your sweetie, including jewelry, chocolates, and of course, gorgeous bouquets of roses. Chisnell has also gathered some lovely ladies to sell bouquets at the corner of Penn Avenue and 11th Street. Stop by February 13-14 during lunchtime, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., or happy hour, 5-7 p.m., to peruse the selection and make this your best Valentine’s Day yet! Bill Chisnell Productions, 1111 Penn Ave., Strip District. 412.251.5601. billchisnellproductions.com.

“Tardy for the Party” by Patrick Hulse

“Sawa Tubig (Water Dance)” by Almira Fajardo

“Sad Song” by Kylie Ratto


Art, Right Here

For its 90th anniversary, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards’ Art. Write. Now. exhibit returns to the place where the competition first began — Pittsburgh! Starting February 5 and running through March 2, the tour of art and literary works from the winners of the 2013 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards finds a home at the Andy Warhol Museum. The exhibit will showcase 130 pieces across 28 different categories ranging from fiction and photography, to comics and video game design, created by seventh through 12th grade students. In anticipation of the exhibition’s arrival, we chatted with Executive Director of Alliance for Young Artists & Writers Virginia McEnerney to get the scoop on the prestigious competition. WHIRL: What can we expect from the Art. Write. Now. exhibition? Virginia McEnerney: It will surprise you! We try to present the work in a polished way, complete with frames, audio tours, and artist statements. The work itself is really accomplished, fresh, and delightful. People find the show interesting and fun, especially when they can see that the artist is a 16-yearold from Omaha, Neb. They can’t believe it’s the work of the teenagers! WHIRL: Describe the selection process. VM: Some 230,000 submissions are blindly judged on the regional level first and then on the national level. Around 60,000 students

Photographs from Bodiography Contemporary Ballet, Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

En Pointe for Parkinson’s

Bodiography Contemporary Ballet brings us another unique, beautiful, and powerful experience with its newest production, Left Leg, Right Brain (The Frank Ferraro Story), February 21-22 at the Byham Theater. The mixed-media performance, which Founding Artistic Director Maria Caruso calls “raw, gritty, and bluesy,” features an original score, along with video feeds to capture new perspectives of the dancers as they aim to bring awareness to Parkinson’s disease by detailing Frank Ferraro’s story of an artist overcoming the disorder. “The narrative of overcoming adversity is authentically relatable and gives the audience a feeling of hope,” says Caruso. “The Bodiography experience highlights the connectivity between the arts organizations and the community. We’re real people, so that’s why we create real themes and make a real difference.” The work will support the Parkinson’s community on both the local and national level. Guests will have the opportunity for a meet-and-greet after the show at the Renaissance Hotel and to attend the community celebration following the Saturday performance. For tickets, call the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust at 412.456.6666. Bodiography Contemporary Ballet, bodiographycbc.com.

win regional awards and only about 1,600 will win national awards, some of which will be displayed in the exhibit. WHIRL: Many notable creatives won a Scholastic Award in their teens. Any names we would recognize? VM: Famous past winners include Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Zac Posen, Richard Avedon, Frances Farmer, Robert Redford, and Lena Dunham. We meet so many people who say that winning the award changed their lives. Teenagers need validation, especially those attending art schools, and even if you have a famous artist in your family, it’s hard to know if you really have what it takes. For many, it’s a platform that improves their chances of getting into the right high school, college, or even graduate program. WHIRL: What does it mean for this exhibition to come to Pittsburgh where the competition began? VM: We’re really happy to be bringing the exhibition to Pittsburgh since it played such a crucial role in getting the competition started. The city seems to really be embracing its identity as an art city. That became clear from the conversations I had with the people I’ve met, so we’re especially excited to bring it here. It’s really come full circle. For more information, visit artandwriting.org.

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CulturE page By Rachel Jones

best of

BOTH WORLDS As part of Pittsburgh Public Theater’s 2014 Masterpiece Season, the contemporary theater will bring Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning musical comedy, Company, to the stage, January 23-February 23. The show centers around Bobby, a single man whose friends are all married. Cranberry native and Carnegie Mellon University grad Jim Stanek says the role is a dream come true, and being able to come home to perform makes it that much sweeter. WHIRL: What do you like best about your role as Bobby? Jim Stanek: It’s a dream role for me. I’ve always wanted to play Bobby, and this is the right time in my life for me to play him. The thing that I love about Bobby is he’s me before I got married. He has all of these married friends who he loves, and they love him, and they have a great time together. But they’re very different. He’s trying to decide if that’s what he wants in life. WHIRL: Why do you think the audience will love the show? JS: Bobby is at a crossroads, which we all can relate to. Plus, the characters are all people we can identify with. And what I love about Stephen Sondheim’s shows is they are filled with fun and funny references to the lives we lead. At the same time, they end up being very poignant and thoughtful. WHIRL: Are you excited to be back home? JS: I cannot tell you how happy I am to be coming back home. I’ve lived in New York for 20 years, and I love it. I’m able to make a living as an actor, do exciting projects, and work with great people. But, home is where I’m happiest. I owe a lot to the people of Pittsburgh who believed in me and supported me. Now, I get to come back and perform for my family and the people of Pittsburgh.

Dancing Queens Here we go again! The hit musical MAMMA MIA! is bringing its hilarious and high-stepping numbers to Heinz Hall from February 11-16. Set to the soundtrack of ABBA, the fabulous show is the story of Sophie, a girl who is getting married and wants her father to walk her down the aisle. The only problem? Neither Sophie — nor her mother — know who he is! The women and their friends must take a trip down memory lane before the bride can confidently say, “I do!” Check out the PNC Broadway Across America — Pittsburgh’s season special, and have the time of your life! Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Downtown. 412.392.4900. TrustArts.org. MAMMA MIA!, mamma-mia.com.

Feb 11

WHIRL: What do you love most about Pittsburgh? JS: It’s the perfect mixture of people. Obviously, you have die-hard sports fans. But what amazes me is that they love the arts almost equally. I’ve traveled to a lot of cities in my years, and Pittsburgh is very different. I stay in New York for my career, although moving back is always a thought for my wife and I. But to have my career in New York and have the opportunity to come back to perform in Pittsburgh is indescribable. It’s like having the best of both worlds. Pittsburgh Public Theater, 621 Penn Ave., Downtown. 412.316.1600. ppt.org.





Photographs from Pittsburgh Public Theater, Kevin Thomas Garcia.

REACHING NEW HEIGHTS We are flipping out over the Cirque Zuma Zuma performance that’s coming to The Hillman Center for Performing Arts at Shady Side Academy! More than 120 talented singers, dancers, contortionists, and tumblers from 16 African nations will put on a highenergy and action-packed performance on February 15. The Zuma Zuma acrobats first had our jaws dropping during their “America’s Got Talent” performance in 2011. Now, the full-blown explosion of unbelievable artists and colorful costumes will combine for an incredible multicultural experience. The Hillman Center for Performing Arts at Shady Side Academy, 423 Fox Chapel Road, Fox Chapel. 412.968.3040. thehillman.org. Cirque Zuma Zuma, zumazuma.com.

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FEB 15

Love Songs Still making Valentine’s Day plans? Grab your date and make your way to the Scottish Rite Cathedral for Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Love is in the Air concert. Guests will definitely be feeling the love that night with classic scores from The Lion King, West Side Story, The Godfather, Star Wars, and more. Conducted by Fawzi Haimor, the February 15 performance will feature vocalists Christiane Noll (pictured above) and Hugh Panaro, who will set the mood for a light-hearted and heart-fluttering evening. Make it a complete date night by indulging in the delicious buffet, too! Scottish Rite Cathedral, 110 E. Lincoln Ave. #1, New Castle. 724.654.5583. Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, 412.392.4900. pittsburghsymphony.org.

FEB 21

The Piano Man We’re all in the mood for a melody, and Billy Joel’s got us feeling all right! The Grammy-winning artist hasn’t played in Pittsburgh since April 2008, but he will be bringing down the house at CONSOL Energy Center on February 21. With hits like “The Longest Time,” “Uptown Girl,” and “Just the Way You Are,” Joel is one of the most popular artists in the world, having sold more than 150 million albums across the world. When he was recognized at the 36th Annual Kennedy Center Honors in December for his influence on American culture, Tony Bennett said, “Billy Joel is so much more than a piano man. He’s our poet and our pal.” CONSOL Energy Center, Uptown. consolenergycenter.com. Billy Joel, billyjoel.com. Photographs from Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, The Hillman Center, CONSOL Energy Center.

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Corporate leaders

Quintessentially Pittsburgh By Liz Petoniak | Photograph from Karl Roser/Pittsburgh Steelers


distinct trend emerged when I asked the leaders of a number of local nonprofit organizations to comment on prominent Pittsburgh couple Arthur Rooney II, president and co-owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Greta K. Rooney. “Kind” was the most popularly used word, followed by the phrases “down to earth” and “effortlessly gracious.” Those who are familiar with the couple know that they are creating their own legacy as all-star philanthropists, representing our city and setting an example for giving back. Truly, Art and Greta epitomize the quintessential Pittsburgh couple — highly involved in the community and its charities, and also, extremely humble. “Greta and Art are the ultimate power couple, except they are too modest to acknowledge that term. Pittsburgh is really lucky to have them, and I know I speak for other nonprofits when I say that,” says Rebecca Whitlinger, executive director of the Cancer Caring Center. “They’re just genuine. For them, giving back is second nature; they don’t think about it, they just do it in exceptionally meaningful ways.”





Greta, in particular, shines in the event chair role. She has chaired the annual Steelers Style Fashion Show, which benefits the Cancer Caring Center and the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Center, for many years, with the Rooney’s support of the Cancer Caring Center totaling more than 10 years. Whitlinger credits Greta with elevating the fashion show into an event comparable to a Broadway production. She says, “Her vision is incredible, and she transformed the Steelers Fashion Show into a can’t-miss event because of her direction.” Other notable chair positions include the Arthur J. Rooney Sr. Courage House Luncheon, benefiting the Holy Family Institute, and the Great Night Gala, which celebrated the 30th anniversary of Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. Art has served on the Children’s Museum board since 1997. On Art’s service to the board, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh Executive Director Jane Werner says, “Art is one of those board members that I can always count on. He’s there for us.” In addition to the museum’s 30th anniversary gala, the couple hosted the 20th and 25th anniversaries as well, and Werner hopes they’ll host the 35th. “They are just terrific and so down to earth. We’ve had great conversations about growing up in Pittsburgh on the North Side. They really are the quintessential couple — committed to their family, to Pittsburgh, and the museum. Their children are now grown, and they still remain involved. I really admire them.” Art also serves on the boards of United Way (where he previously served as chairman of the board for five years), Pittsburgh Public Theater, the Extra Mile Education Foundation, and the Senator John Heinz History Center. To add to the honors the couple has earned over the years, on April 12, Art will be honored at the annual JDRF Rainbow Gala. JDRF Board of Directors Member Mary Beth Allegretti says, “We are thrilled to have Arthur J. Rooney II as the honoree of the 22nd Annual JDRF Rainbow Gala. This year’s goal is $1.6 million, and his support will help us reach that goal. Art’s willingness to be honored in this way means so much to this chapter and to all those living with type 1 diabetes.” Gracious and modest, Greta says, “We are fortunate to live in one of the most generous communities in the country. People here care about the health and well-being of their neighbors and the less fortunate. It is important that we follow the example of those who set the standard here for community involvement.” Pittsburgh Steelers, pittsburghsteelers.com. Turn to page 60 to meet nine local couples who are also making a difference in the Pittsburgh community! w h i rl m a g az i n e . c o m




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ore than 65,000 people will visit the Pittsburgh International Auto Show at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center February 14-17. Car buyers in our area have numerous choices and, if predictions hold true, a large number of consumers will take advantage of them in 2014. Huntington Bank’s Economic Index recently revealed that 20 percent of Western Pennsylvania consumers plan to buy or lease a vehicle this year, which is good news for the Pittsburgh region’s auto dealers and for the local economy. The Greater Pittsburgh Auto Dealers Association (GPADA) places the economic impact of the local automobile market at more than $1 billion from employment alone — which doesn’t include the half-billion dollars in taxes the industry generates or the $120 million pumped into the local economy from advertising. “For our part, Huntington is committed to a path of continuous improvement, just as we’ve been committed to the auto finance business for more than 60 consecutive years,” says Bruce Coleman, vice president of auto finance at Huntington. “Today, 70 percent of our indirect credit decisions are administered in three seconds or less, and 95 percent of our auto loan contracts are processed the same day.” Huntington enters 2014 as the top-performing domestic bank-based auto finance company in the country, as designated by dealerships surveyed by Auto Finance Advisors. “While we take a lot of satisfaction in serving the auto industry, the Pittsburgh region is also our home,” says Susie Shipley, president of Huntington’s Pittsburgh & Ohio Valley Region. “We’ve worked hard to give back to the community through our philanthropic activities and to do the right things for our customers.” The GPADA and its members give back to our community in many ways, too. The evening before the auto show opens, their foundation holds The Red CARpet Charity Preview Gala, which benefits The Mario Lemieux Foundation’s Austin’s Playroom Project, as well as 15 additional charities. For more information, visit pittautoshow.com. Huntington Bank, huntington.com. — Kim Ravenda





Real Expansion Congratulations are in order for Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, which has expanded into Virginia and North Carolina as a result of an acquisition of William E. Wood and Associates, Realtors, and its subsidiaries. This now makes 167 offices and more than 5,700 agents and employees across eight states for the nation’s fourth largest real estate company, which began with one Pittsburgh office in 1957. Both private companies, Howard Hanna and William E. Wood and Associates, Realtors, share humble beginnings, as well as a passion for giving back to the community. Combined, the companies sold more than 53,000 homes in 2013 with more than $10 billion in closed sales volume. CEO Howard W. “Hoddy” Hanna, III says, “William E. Wood is a great, established company, known for its quality and integrity. They are a market leader and align well with our growth strategy. They are a great fit with Howard Hanna, and there is a great future of success for everyone in the company. We are confident that together we will do great things.” Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, howardhanna.com. Photographs from Huntington Bank, by Cayla Zahoran.

Beautiful! Tomatoes, Parmesan, dashi, and herbs

Chef Kevin Sousa at a Braddock Youth Project training class at the community bread oven

Growing Braddock With successful restaurants Salt of the Earth, Union Pig and Chicken, and Station Street Food under his belt, Pittsburgh Chef Kevin Sousa sets his sights on a new venture in Braddock. Through kickstarter.com, Sousa successfully raised more than $300,000 (nearly $60,000 more than his goal and the largest amount ever raised on the site for a restaurant opening) to fund Superior Motors, a “community restaurant and farm ecosystem,” located in a building which once housed a car dealership of the same name and now houses Braddock Mayor John Fetterman and his family. Fetterman is renting the bottom floor of the building to Sousa for free with the hope that the farm-totable restaurant will contribute to the revitalization of the rustbelt borough. The top floor of the space is also home to a greenhouse. Their hope is for Superior Motors to play an integral part in a community “ecosystem” that includes the Braddock Apiary, Braddock Farms, Braddock Hostel, and UnSmoke Systems Artspace, along with a job-training program within the restaurant that’s being supported by a $40,000 grant from The Heinz Endowments. We’re betting that the space will be packed with happy — and full — diners come its tentative opening date in February 2015! Kevin Sousa, sousapgh.com. Kevin Sousa will premiere the Superior Motors menu at Edible Allegheny Magazine’s Lift Your Spirits event on February 12, 6-8:30 p.m. at James Gallery. For more information, visit edibleallegheny.com. Photographs from Nara Garber.

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Sports talk


By Rachel Jones Brianne McLaughlin

Brooks Orpik

Team Pittsburgh

As we stay glued to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics this month, keep an eye out for three USA ice hockey players representing Pittsburgh. In the net for the women’s ice hockey team is Robert Morris grad Brianne McLaughlin. (Editor’s Note: The Colonials’ ice hockey team was ranked No. 6 in the country at time of press!) The men’s ice hockey team, jokingly nicknamed “Team Pittsburgh,” will include Pittsburgh Penguins Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero; Head Coach Dan Bylsma; Assistant Coach Tony Granato; Video Coordinator Andy Saucier; defenseman Paul Martin; and defenseman Brooks Orpik. “There is a great deal of pride in representing the city and our team as part of Team USA,” Bylsma says.

PROMINENT Professionals

WHIRL: What was your first reaction to being named to Team USA?

different feel. It strikes a different chord, a different emotion.

Brianne McLaughlin: Honestly, I was relieved. When I made the [Vancouver Winter Olympics] team in 2010, I was still in school. I had no idea what the older girls had gone through the years leading up to it. Now I know the whole process. To finally make it meant that I could relax for a second and prepare even harder for what’s to come. I couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity we have in front of us.

WHIRL: Is it nice having some Penguins on the team with you?

WHIRL: How do the Olympics compare to other games?

Paul Martin

Dan Bylsma

Brooks Orpik: It’s always fun when you have some familiar faces around you for that. It’s a little different having coaches or players, but teammates that you’re friends with is always a lot of fun. WHIRL: What are you most looking forward to at the Olympics?

Paul Martin: I’m most looking forward to putting on the red, white, and blue Dan Bylsma: The coaching aspect is sweater and bringing home a gold the same. But the magnitude, coaching medal. Also, having some of the fine for your country — it’s a completely Russian cuisine that Geno talks about. Robert Morris University, rmu.edu. Pittsburgh Penguins, penguins.nhl.com.

University Update

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In Control

Positive Attitude


Photographs from Nancie Battaglia/USA Hockey, ©2013 Pittsburgh Penguins, Duquesne Athletics,Kellen Carleton.

Wumi Agunbiade picked up a basketball at age 2 and hasn’t set it down since. “I really love the game,” says the Duquesne University forward. “There are challenges you have to face, but you have the power to dictate the outcome.” The ambitious athlete worked hard at her game, attracting recruiters when she hit eighth grade. The Pickering, Ontario, native personally connected with the Dukes, who sent consistent, hand-written letters. When Agunbiade visited the school, she instantly meshed with the team’s family dynamic. Now, in her senior year, she’s moved up to one of the heads of the household, hoping to lead the team to an Atlantic 10 Conference Championship. “I’ve accepted my role as one of the main leaders on the team,” Agunbiade says. “I feel like my teammates trust me, and I’m able to lead them on the most appropriate path.” The sharp shooter is definitely one to follow, having been named to 2012’s Atlantic 10 Second-Team All-Conference and 2013’s Atlantic 10 First-Team All-Conference. She was also chosen as the 2011 Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year. As the psychology major prepares for life after graduation, basketball will not be left out. “I plan to play professionally,” she says. “If I get the opportunity to get in the WNBA, I’m going to seize it.” Duquesne University, goduquesne.com. Whirl



“Hockey is a different sport,” says Kellen Carleton. “I think it’s really a fun game. I love the competition. I love the camaraderie with my teammates.” He also loves using hockey to help others. The Central Catholic High School senior was nominated to Hines Ward’s Positive Athlete Pittsburgh program this year for his work helping disabled children enjoy ice skating through the creative use of sleds. As a nominee, Carleton had a spot on “The Hines Ward Show,” where he discussed his charity work and time on the Vikings’ varsity ice hockey team. “It was really a great experience,” he says. “Hines Ward is such an amazing person and embodies that organization so well.” Carleton is now eligible to win a college scholarship, which will come in handy when he starts at Carnegie Mellon University next fall. The school was an easy choice, as it’s where his parents met and where his brother plays on the club ice hockey team now. And Carleton can’t wait to join him. “It’s a great school,” Carleton says. “The college process is stressful, but it’s been a good year. Now that things have settled down, I’m just having fun playing hockey with my friends.” Central Catholic High School, centralcatholichs.com.

Rant & Rave with

By Andrew Fillipponi Although a good talk show host wouldn’t want to admit it, we all have topics to get us through a slow-moving sports day. Should Hines Ward make the Pro Football Hall of Fame? Is Bob Nutting a good owner? Can the Penguins win a Stanley Cup with Marc-Andre Fleury? All guarantee to get phones to ring when you’re feeling at your laziest. Last month, I had to cross one of those age-old sports questions off my list: Do you like the BCS? Yes, college football will finally get the playoff it deserves next year. The BCS died in January. The new system works like this: Four teams will be selected by a 13-person committee. The committee is made up of former coaches, commissioners, and even a politician (Condoleezza Rice), giving it a unique blend of viewpoints. On a rotating basis, six bowls — Rose, Fiesta, Sugar, Orange, Chick-Fil-A, and Cotton — will host the semifinal games. The championship game will change cities annually. Next year’s title game will be held in Jerry Jones’ lavish Cowboys Stadium. Those are the nuts and bolts of the new college football post-season. It beats the old way. It gives more teams a chance to earn a title on the field. So, what’s left to complain about? Well, as it turns out, a lot. College football should adopt the system used by its brother, Division I-AA. Go to a full-scale tournament with 24 teams. Include all 10 conference winners and invite 14 at-large schools. That’s the system used in the FCS. It’s the most fair. It gives David a sling shot. In the last few years, schools like Boise State, TCU, and Utah have gone undefeated. This would give them a chance, albeit a small one, to win a title. A 24-team bracket would likely include every one- and two-loss team from the power conferences. Those are teams who have proven capable of winning a title. LSU won a championship with two losses in 2007. What made them better than the other dozen two-loss BCS teams? More votes in the AP and Coaches polls. I also don’t trust the selection committee. You’ll have 13 people of varying college football backgrounds subject to politicking and full of bias. Who says they get the four teams right? I generally think people aren’t smart. More people means more chances to screw it up. Use a computer. Have people far smarter than old football coaches and athletic directors devise a math formula to rank teams. From that formula, pick the highest ranking 14 teams who didn’t win their conference. Do that, and college football will be on its way to crowning a true national champion. A talk show host hates to lose a controversial subject. The BCS was certainly that. Thankfully, this new college football playoff won’t deliver. I’ll have the phone lines jammed again next January.  I’ve got my pen and paper out ready to add another question to my sports talk for dummies list: Do you like the college football playoff? Genius.

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Lexus of North Hills’ Diamond Gala

Jeannine Ohayon, Kevin Mullen, Adam Ohayon, Leelah Ohayon

Wendy & Dr. Phil Pollice Photographs by Bridgett Kay Photography, LLC.





Guests donned their finest threads for the 6th Annual Diamond Gala honoring PGA golf professional Bob Ford, who flew in from Florida to be present. Held at Lexus of North Hills, its sponsor, the evening raised $38,000 for the Cribs for Kids® Infant Safe Sleep Initiative, with the help of 150 attendees! “This is my third year involved in this wonderful charity, and every year, it is better attended and raises more money for the cause,” says Kevin Mullen, vice president and general manager of Lexus of North Hills. Decadent hors d’oeuvres and complimentary beverages were served as guests indulged in an array of special features, including a silent auction, music, dancing, and the Brooks Diamonds marketplace! “One of the night’s highlights was the Brooks Diamonds Champagne and Diamonds Raffle,” says Cribs for Kids® Director of PR and Development Heather Glaser. “At the end of the evening, winning numbers were drawn and three lucky guests won diamond jewelry worth over $4,500!” As the “Diamond Jewel Award” was presented to Ford, a video tribute of moments from his professional career was shown. “Judy Bannon and Heather Glaser have a passion that is contagious when they discuss Cribs for Kids,” says Mullen. “And, I want to especially thank Bob Ford for flying in.” — A.B.

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Aaron & Dana Rakes, Jeff Sassano

Meredith Mullen, Jeremy Barnyak

Perfect Match Party

Susan Dunhoff, Lori Czekaj

Singles in the city “faced off” to support the Mario Lemieux Foundation at Blue Line Grille! The Modern Matchmaker and WHIRL Magazine hosted 75 guests, who raised nearly $10,000 in just a few hours. As those attending mingled, hors d’oeuvres, including chorizo and wild mushroom quesadilla bites; grilled cheese bites; and buffalo chicken bites were passed around. Singles scored with outstanding silent and Chinese auctions, which featured a seven-day trip to the Dominican Republic — purchased by the Scumacci family for $4,200. “Mario Lemieux Foundation Director of Marketing Drew Parrish was present, and was thrilled with the turnout and all of the amazing auction items that were donated,” says Associate Matchmaker Lori Czekaj, who co-coordinated the rendezvous. “This was the first event to be held at the Blue Line Grille since its opening, and we are so grateful to [owners] James ‘Doc’ Mendelson and Kevin Nord for hosting us.” Sports fans were crazy in love with the autographed Penguins hockey memorabilia, hockey tickets, and other merchandise that was up for grabs. “Doc is a dear friend and mentor, and having the opportunity to benefit a charity I love, too, well, it was a win-win opportunity,” says Czekaj. “The Modern Matchmaker is thrilled to be able to spotlight one of the newest and hottest date spots in Pittsburgh!” — A.B.

Gina Cecchetti, Jennie Vicinie


Mike Sokol, Victoria Vitullo Baker

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Kevin Nord, Doc Mendelson

Photographs by Kassie Jackson.

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RONALD H. Brown Leadership Awards Gala

Esther Bush, Jack & Jerlean Daniel

It was a two-in-one fête for the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh! The organization hosted its Ronald H. Brown Leadership Awards Gala, while also celebrating its 95th anniversary. Gathered in the West Club Lounge of Heinz Field, 385 guests noshed on a dinner of filet mignon and Cajun-grilled jumbo shrimp, accompanied by roasted asparagus, carrots, and a triplecheese risotto. A fabulous collection of confections, a Champagne toast, a dance band, and a surprise for Urban League President & CEO Esther Bush followed. “We invited students from the Urban League of Pittsburgh Charter School to perform, which was lovely,” says Vice President for Development & External Relations Mary Kay Filter Dietrich. Urban League Board of Directors First Vice Chair Judge Dwayne D. Woodruff, and gala co-chairs Alan Trivilino of PNC and Evan Frazier of Highmark, honored award recipients Chris Moore of WQED, Drs. Jerlean and Jack Daniel, and Enterprise Holdings, represented by Regional Vice President & General Manager Tim Nettles. “It was a wonderful party from start to finish,” says Dietrich. “The camaraderie was so warm and intimate, and we netted over $300,000 to offset the unfunded costs of services. Hats off to our generous Honorary Chair EQT and all of our partners!” — A.B.

Betty Alexander, Phyllis Durrett

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Anything but common.






Tenay Russell, Bianca Hooper

ORR’s Jewelers Holiday Party

Marcella Dudzinski, Marcia Gordon, Janene Hooper

Karen Nicola, Beth Boyle, Sandra Shock

Four hundred Orr’s Jewelers patrons popped into the Squirrel Hill location for the flagship’s annual holiday affair. Guests perused the latest runway pieces from designer Fred Leighton; statement jewels from Stephen Webster; and vivid gemstones from David Yurman! As they glanced at the glitz, party-goers noshed on Tallulah’s shrimp macaroni and cheese, served in martini glasses; prosciutto-wrapped asparagus; and an array of sushi. Lush libations, including cocktails and wine, were served as buyers browsed the newest collections from John Hardy, Marco Bicego, Roberto Coin, and Shinola’s timeless timepieces. “This is the kickoff to our holiday season,” says Sandra Shock of Orr’s Jewelers. “It can snow, we can decorate, but it doesn’t really feel like the holidays until we have our annual party.” On Orr’s Jewelers’ Gift Guide for 2013 were gorgeous pieces from Ippolita, Penny Preville, and Cartier. Rest assured, the curated collection of Orr’s Jewelers’ Spring 2014 baubles will sparkle with textures, mixed metals, and resort trends. Simply irresistible! — A.B.

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Amy Carroll, Rachel Stein

John & Dotti Bechtol

Photographs by Kassie Jackson.

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YMCA Season of Giving Gala

Rig & Diana Riggins, Maristel & Gary Hunt

Chris Needles, Elizabeth Perallow, Jane Ann Regan Photographs by Kassie Jackson.





The Association Board of Directors of the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh hosted this year’s Season of Giving Gala at the Omni William Penn Hotel, where nearly $280,000 was raised for the local YMCA and its programs! The monies garnered were a combination of the gala as well as the “ultimate sports raffle.” The blacktie extravaganza honored Gary P. Hunt, a shareholder of Tucker Arensberg, P.C., who carries serious passion for service. He spoke during the program, which followed cocktails, a silent auction, dinner and dessert, and preceded a live auction. Seared petit filet mignon with a shallot bourbon glaze and Tikka spice mahi-mahi with a papaya poblano sauce were served, and 325 guests enjoyed an open bar throughout the evening. John Parker and the John Parker Band rocked the ballroom with an exuberant performance! “The evening was a tremendous success,” says YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh President & CEO Rig Riggins. “We were delighted to celebrate Gary Hunt, and the decades of incredible work he has done for the Y and the community. The support from our guests and sponsors was truly outstanding. Thanks to them, we’ll be able to help more of our neighbors in need by continuing to deliver key services that help to improve their quality of life.” — A.B.

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Larry & Marcy Godleski

Pat Siger, Tom & Bonnie VanKirk

Armani Collezioni Grand Opening at Ross Park Mall

Andrew & Cindy Urbach

Dr. Ted Steliotis, Joanne DeSue

A private reception was held to celebrate the opening of Ross Park Mall’s new Armani Collezioni boutique, the first in America! The evening of cocktails featured appearances by Mario and Nathalie Lemieux; KDKA’s Bob Pompeani and family; Vocelli Pizza owner Varol Ablak; Dr. Ted Steliotes; and Rohrich Lexus General Manager Carlos Echevarria. The opening commenced a three-day donation period, where a percentage of Armani’s sales were donated to the Mario Lemieux Foundation. Started in 1993 after Lemieux’s successful fight against Hodgkin’s disease, he and Nathalie established the foundation to raise funds as a means to help find a cure for cancer. Austin’s Playroom Project, an initiative of the Mario Lemieux Foundation, was also a beneficiary of the night. Event donors included Schultz Ford and Elise Wright. The celebration proved the familiarity and prominence of the brand. Be one of the first people in the U.S. to experience the new store, which offers timeless elegance for men and women, right here in Pittsburgh at Ross Park Mall! — I.M.

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Devin Orsi, Carlos Echevarria

Mario & Nathalie Lemieux

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Hope Has a Home Gala

Valerie & Paul Bacharach, Dr. Abraham Twerski, Paul Sweeney

Entertainment from the Ambridge Area High School Steel Drum Band was just one major highlight of this year’s Hope Has a Home Gala! Guests gathered at the Westin Convention Center Hotel for the annual fundraiser, themed “Help Is In Your Neighborhood,” which welcomed Paul Bacharach, Gateway Rehabilitation Center’s new president and CEO. Those attending noshed on mini pierogies, hibachi chicken, antipasto kebabs, an array of cheeses, and Clark Bars during the cocktail reception. Gateway Rehab’s founder Dr. Abraham Twerski held the premiere book signing for “The Rabbi & The Nuns: The Inside Story of a Rabbi’s Therapeutic Work with the Sisters of St. Francis,” the latest of 60 books he’s authored. Guest speaker Bob Carter of Bob Carter Companies took the podium after guests dined on a delicious dinner, finished with their choice of triple-chocolate Mousse Charlotte or raspberry cheesecake. Adding to the evening’s sweetness were adorable gingerbread house centerpieces from Kretchmar’s Bakery. Mistress of Ceremonies WTAE-TV’s Sally Wiggin emceed the program, which raised funds for Gateway Rehab. “My wife, Valerie, and I enjoyed the event very much,” says Bacharach. “I was very impressed with all of the speakers, and Bob Carter’s keynote was both personal and moving.” — A.B.

Jeff Kent, Jonathan Tilelli, Dave Duessel, Jenna Liberati

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Bob & Carol Carter

CASA D’Oro Pittsburgh Pirates Event

Jim Bick, Sherry Robick

Chelsy Spicer, Erin Hogan

In celebration of becoming the official jeweler of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Casa D’Oro Jewelers held a special fan event at its store in the Four Points by Sheraton Pittsburgh North in Cranberry. While the event served as a kickoff party, in conjunction with being named the team’s official jeweler, it also gave fans the opportunity to meet players, coaches, executives, and broadcasters. More than 150 fans stopped by, receiving a $100 gift certificate from Casa D’Oro upon arrival. Guests enjoyed fabulous hors d’oeuvres, Champagne, and martinis, and mingled with Pirates pitchers Justin Wilson, Jeff Locke, and Charlie Morton; first baseman Gaby Sanchez; bullpen coach Euclides Rojas; and broadcaster Tim Neverett. Not to be outdone by the presence of PNC Park’s finest, the Pirate Parrot emerged in full bravado to greet fans and cause plenty of on-site mischief. The entire Casa D’Oro team was present to celebrate the new partnership, including president and founder Reza Liaghat and Vice President Sandy Ruse. “We gave the fans an opportunity to meet the players,” says Mike Alexander, owner of Alexander and Co. Advertising, the jeweler’s agency. “And, it gave us the opportunity to give fans an incentive to purchase jewelry.” The evening was an all-around celebration, while paying tribute to the best fans in baseball! — I.M.

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Charlie Morton, Jeff Locke, Reza Liaghat, Sandy Ruse, Euclides Rojas

Sharon & Allan Steinbock

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food tour

BEHIND THE BAR By Andrea Bosco Photographs by Cayla Zahoran + MICHAEL FORNATARO

What’s the difference between a good drink and a great drink? The right tools. Learn from three master mixologists on the

secret weapons they keep in their bar arsenals. You’ll be inspired to refresh your in-home bar cart and bundle up for a sojourn to your choice barkeep.


Bar Manager of Kaya

Given her experience and zeal, Clark is as well-rounded as the cocktails she creates.

BOT TLE IT UP 1.“These are my thing. I love having a spray bottle behind the bar. It’s super helpful. With all of our martinis, comes a spritz in the glass. It’s a way to incorporate a really nice, flavorful bitter without the potency. You get more of the aromatics than anything. In our bourbon cocktails, we spray the glass with 16-year Lagavulin Scotch, which has big peat and lots of smoke.” Above, you see lemon bitters, and Wigle Whiskey’s organic lavender and rosemary bitters.

VITAL GADGETS 2. “The white European style peeler is a chef’s tool. That is how you get beautiful wide twists from your fruit. I use it for oranges. The other is a super cool, new toy I got from Microplane. I’m jazzed about it! It’s a threein-one tool with a bottle opener, a fine zester, and a super sharp twisting tool. It literally cuts through the rind of a lime like a hot knife through butter.” 3. “This badass muddler has teeth on the bottom. It helps when making Tiki drinks or an Old Fashioned because it grinds up wedges of fruit. This swizzle spoon is designed to stir rapidly by just spinning the ice in the glass, not moving the ice, so you’re not watering down the drink, you’re just chilling.” 4. “The measuring jigger starts at ¼ of an ounce and measures up to 2 ounces. If you mess up measuring, it can throw off the balance of the cocktail. Some cocktails are forgiving, others are not.”

I ntegral Ingredients “Fever-Tree tonic water is a great tool. It’s a really good tonic water and not that Schweppes nonsense. It’s one of my super sneaky tricks.” Clark suggests these concoctions for a “sweet and spicy” Valentine’s Day at Kaya.

The Instant Crush, named after the Daft Punk song, is habanero-infused tequila, Aperol, Yellow Chartreuse, homemade simple syrup of tamarind nectar, and fresh orange zest. “I top it with a little sparkling because the bubbles cut through just enough to brighten it up.” Made with Berentzen Wild Cherry Schnapps, the Cherry Spritz comprises Luxardo’s Maraschino cherry juice, sparkling bubbles, a cherry twist, and Clark’s now not-so-secret cherry shrub, made from the last batch of Rainier cherries last spring.

Kaya, 2000 Smallman St., Strip District. 412.261.6565. bigburrito.com/kaya. w hirlmaga z ine . com




Nicole Marshall

Cigar Bar Bartender of Cioppino

Marshall has tended bar for 18 years — four of the last at Cioppino — and can assemble a beverage to appease all palates.

K ey To My H eart 1. One of Marshall’s bar essentials is a wine key. “Wine complements cigars.” The bottle shown here is the 2011 Cigar Zin, a rich, lush, well-structured wine that’s hearty with exotic fruit characteristics. The varietal boasts notes of deep black fruit, some spice, and a tinge of black pepper. 2. “Manhattans are very popular with cigar smokers. Sometimes I feel like I make 30 in one day.” Marshall mixes bitters with Angel’s Envy Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey for the perfect pour. 3. “M y cigar cutter and my lighter are two things I use a million times a day.” There’s a method to making the classic cut and Marshall has it down. “In the Cigar Bar, we have the best clientele. It’s different than any other bar. Five guests who don’t know one another are friends by the end of the night.” That’s Pittsburgh!

From February 13-15, Cioppino will gift a rose to each lovely lady and a complimentary glass of Prosecco to all couples, who can look forward to Valentine’s Day dinner specials and the restaurant’s full dinner menu. Reservations are required.

For Valentine’s Day, sip this sweet potion at Cioppino with your Romeo or Juliet.

The “Romeo and Juliet” is prepared with Grand Marnier, Chambord, a dash of peach schnapps, a splash of cranberry juice, and a splash of ginger ale. It’s garnished with three Maraschino cherries and an orange spiral garnish. “It’s the perfect match for Valentine’s Day, and something either party can enjoy.” Tip: She says to add tequila for a boozier bite. She pairs it with the Romeo Y Julieta cigar, which Marshall says is a cigar many women go for, as it has a lighterbodied profile. Cioppino, 2350 Railroad St., Strip District. 412.281.6593. cioppinoofpittsburgh.com.





Jennifer Welsh

Bar Manager of Perlé

Welsh assisted in the opening of Perlé and hasn’t looked back. The opportunist returned to the high-volume nightlife scene to construct craft cocktails with a Champagne spin, unique to the Pittsburgh bar scene.

Pop, Fiz z , C link! 1. “  We use a wine sealer to keep our Champagne fresh, especially because we do about 13 to 14 bottles by the glass. It puts CO2 back into the bottle. They’re able to hold a lot longer than they would without.” 2. “A lot of our cocktails on our specialty Champagne list have a lot of fresh juices in them. We constantly use a juicer to make those drinks.” 3. “We have a lot of requests for Old Fashioneds and Manhattans, and when it comes to whiskey, I prefer not shaking it, but stirring it.”  4. “We use the filter hand-in-hand with the juicer to remove some of the larger particles, like lemon and lime seeds. In conjunction, we use the peel for zesting.” 5. “The jigger is really a basic tool, but I’m really big into using them. I believe in getting the recipes down. If you have something a little off, it’s going to throw the entire drink off. Whenever I am making a cocktail, I like to use the jigger every time.”  6. “Since we do a lot of whiskey-based cocktails, we use a lot of bitters. We also make some in-house — this winter, we did a cranberry-orange-cinnamon bitters. The Fee Brothers’ bitters provide a really large range.” Pictured above are Black Walnut Bitters and Aztec Chocolate Bitters. 

Take a walk down lovers’ lane and spend Valentine’s Day at Perlé. The Lovers Lane of Champagne & World Tour Tasting features six Champagnes and Veuve Yellow Label. Designed for whiskey drinkers, the Manhattan Noir Champagntini is Welsh’s spin on the bar’s Manhattan Noir, offering black cherry notes and a pretty orange-pink hue. A top seller, the Rose Bud is made with St. Germain, grapefruit juice, and rosé Champagne, and is nicknamed for Welsh, so it’s a personal favorite. The cordial-based Kir Rosé is made with Courvoisier cognac and rosé. “It’s sort of X Rated meets Hpnotiq. Topped with Champagne, it’s simple, basic, and pretty smooth.” Garnished with a raspberry, this cocktail is a good go-to for male customers because of the cognac, says Welsh. Backed by an admirable love story, this $400 bottle of Nicolas Feuillatte Palmes D’or Brut ’99 was designed to win a famous opera singer’s heart. Black pearls decorate the vintage bottle, one of the highest-ranked among Champagnes. Perlé, 25 Market Square, Downtown. 412.471.2058. perlepgh.com. w hirlmaga z ine . com




MADE WITH LOVE They say, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.

These options will have your heart and your honey’s skipping a beat

First Crush

Escape to Gervasi Vineyard with your Valentine this month for a very special treat — the “Villa Romance Package.” Upon arrival, your suite will be adorned with one dozen roses, the Salute wine gift box set, and tasty chocolates. Opt to stay for one or two nights in a luxury, two-level king suite, which includes continental breakfast, served directly to your villa. You’ll receive a $100 gift card for Gervasi’s Bistro, where you can sip wine and savor bites of the Crispy Crab Roll, Spinach and Mascarpone Risotto, and Tuscan Beef Short Ribs before heading to the Crush House for a signature wine cocktail. Recently named Best Winery by Ohio Magazine readers, Gervasi promises you won’t leave empty-handed. The wine gift box set includes a bottle of Gervasi wine, two engraved stemless wine glasses, and a marble bottle stopper. The palatepleasing fun continues in March! From March 21-23, indulge in a weekend dedicated to...chocolate. The second annual Vino Cioccolata Wine Pairing Tapas Dinner by Executive Chef Jerry Risner in Villa Grande is followed by culinary classes and a chocolate breakfast buffet! Pack your bags and prepare for something paradisiacal. Gervasi Vineyard, 1700 55th St. NE, Canton, Ohio. 330.497.1000. gervasivineyard.com.





Icing on the Cake A local bakery business is on the rise! Bella Christie & Lil’ Z’s Sweet Boutique has filled the vacant Dozen Bake Shop space in Lawrenceville. Set to open February 2, the establishment will offer Roasted Fig Pop Tarts for breakfast, Almond Torte cupcakes, specialty cakes, and catering, as it does at its flagship Aspinwall location. Pop in for a dainty delight from a menu that changes monthly or call to place a customized order. Owners and sisters Kristin Smith and Kadee Lewis whip up elaborate wedding cakes; dessert tables, featuring custom cookies, cake pops, and bars; and pastries — think Gourmet Mini Dounts made-to-order, Blondie Diamonds, and Cabernet Pear Tartlettes. For more sure to make your mouth water, visit asweetboutique.com and the new storefront on Butler Street. Track the sweet truck’s travels, too, on Twitter at @bellachristiez. Bella Christie & Lil’ Z’s Sweet Boutique, 213 Commercial Ave., Aspinwall. 412.772.1284. 3511 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 412.683.2327. Photographs from Gervasi Vineyard, Bella Christie & Lil’ Z’s Sweet Boutique.

Simply Great...

Seafood & SteakS!

Recipe for Romance

Kick off a month of amour and adventure with a cooking class at Habitat, the internationally inspired restaurant at Fairmont Pittsburgh! Executive Chef Jason Dalling will dive into the study of aphrodisiacs and effective preparation on February 1, as he instructs a Romantic Dinner for Two. The culinary courses are offered on the first Saturday of each month. In March, explore New Orleans — the class focuses on Mardi Gras, and classic Creole cocktails and cuisine. Continue the delish festivities with your loved one on Valentine’s Day. Dalling is offering a five-course pre fixe menu at the restaurant February 14 and 15 for $75 a person. For more information and reservations, call 412.773.8848. Habitat, habitatrestaurant.com. Fairmont Pittsburgh, 510 Market St., Downtown. fairmont.com/pittsburgh.

Photographs from Fairmont Pittsburgh.

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Something for Everyone The Double Wide Grill prides itself on the use of fresh ingredients; rangefree eggs; grass-fed beef; and vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options! While its barbecue and burgers are über-popular options, the restaurant’s commitment to vegan and vegetarian is strong. “We recognize the importance of this to our customers and really strive to cook separately,” says Scott Kramer, co-owner of Double Wide Grill. “We have a second fryer, and our wood-grilled vegan items are cooked on a differentiated and elevated section of the grill. We educate the employees on our many reasons for a vegetarian doctrine, including ecological, health, allergy, and religious grounds.” In his travels to Jamaica and Mexico, Kramer discovered the recipes for Caribbean Coconut Tofu and Citrus Caper Tilapia. Also on the menu are items such as Grilled Vegetable Chili, BBQ Pulled Seitan, and the Veggyro, pictured at left. “We’ve actually heard from a lot of our nonrestricted customers that they actually like to order from our specialty menu, too,” he says. “That is a great compliment to us.” As a pescatarian, Kramer understands a defined diet — certainly something we can appreciate! Tip: The specialty items are designated on the menu with a green heart. Double Wide Grill, 100 Adams Shoppes, Mars. 724.553.5212. 2339 East Carson St., South Side. 412.390.1111. doublewidegrill.com.

KITCHEN QUEEN Join us in welcoming Café Phipps’ new executive chef, Amy Tyner! She complements the Green Restaurant Certified and Hobart Center for Foodservice Sustainability award-winning establishment with more than 15 years of professional cooking and management experience. Having cooked for presidents and celebrities at top-ranked hotels and restaurants in Detroit, Columbus, and Pittsburgh, Tyner most recently worked as executive chef and director of food and beverage for Four Points by Sheraton Pittsburgh North. “Amy is a passionate advocate for healthy eating and sustainable food practices, which makes her a great fit for Café Phipps,” says Phipps Executive Director Richard V. Piacentini. “With our commitment to responsibly sourcing ingredients and serving nutritious meals, we are always looking for ways to raise the bar.” To give you a taste, her winter menu includes Smoked Salmon Salad made with an artisan greens blend, marble rye bagel chips, goat cheese, and caper vinaigrette; and a Grilled Halloumi Plate with pickled vegetables, beluga lentils, scallions, lime, and currants. For the kids, the menu offers almond butter and berry sandwiches, and gluten-free quinoa pasta. Let’s eat! Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1 Schenley Park, Oakland. 412.622.6914. phipps.conservatory.org.





Photographs from Double Wide Grill, Adam Milliron Photography.

Jennifer Welsh How Now Brown Cow Did you know ? The motorcycle buff has authored seven books, which have made the New York Times best seller list and earned him a James Beard Foundation Award!

The super smart, science-savvy food television personality Alton Brown is perhaps best known for creating and hosting the 13-year Food Network show Good Eats, and as host of Iron Chef America. His mini-series masterpiece Feasting on Asphalt pounds the pavement, touring viewers of food on the road. Brown travels by sea on the show’s spin-off Feasting on Waves. You’ve seen the humorous host as a mentor and judge of The Next Food Network Star; on Travel Channel’s The Layover, where he escorts Anthony Bourdain through Atlanta, Brown’s hometown; and on commercials for Welch’s grape juice. The bow-tie enrobed entertainer evolves the food game with his new show Cutthroat Kitchen, where four chefs go head to pan, without all the necessary cooking tools and $25,000. His first-ever traveling show Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour halts at the Byham Theater on February 24. Given his wit and wisdom, it’s no question you can expect the unexpected.

WHIRL: Are you looking forward to your visit to Pittsburgh? Alton Brown: I like Pittsburgh. It’s not like other cities having food revolutions because of outside influences, where chefs are coming in with chains. It’s growing from the inside, which makes it super authentic and satisfying. It’s dynamite. WHIRL: What can tour-goers expect from your show? AB: My show is truly a culinary-based variety show. There is live music, including food songs by my trio. The CD is coming out this year. There are puppets and very large, unusual food demonstrations. I promise it’s nothing you’ve seen before. There is a lot of audience interaction, and it’s really for the whole family. WHIRL: How did you break into the business? AB: It was more a matter of ignorance and timing. I set out to Photograph from Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour.

make a food show, having worked as a cinematographer and commercial director. I decided to attend culinary school and make the pilot for Good Eats in 1997. I couldn’t get anyone to watch it. We posted it on a website, which was unheard of in those days, and it just so happened, a program executive at Food Network saw. From there, everything snowballed quickly. WHIRL: What’s your breakfast go-to? AB: Breakfast means eggs. I’m an egg fanatic. There’s nothing better than fried eggs. I eat them and feel bright, shiny, and new again. You’ve got the rest of the day to work it off. When I’m home, I make breakfast every morning for my daughter. I’m a simple guy.  ickets for Brown’s tour can be purchased at TrustArts.org or T by calling 412.456.6666. w hirlmaga z ine . com







Rob Cochran, photographed at #1 Cochran Volkswagen of South Hills.



Modern Mobility Rob Cochran is leading Western Pennsylvania’s auto industry his way: smart, fair, and easy By Rachel Jones | Photograph by Rob Larson Styling by Emily Witzel, La Pomponnée Salon & Spa


ne of the most stressful days of my life was the day I bought my first brand new car. I must note that I went into the dealership with my brother and sister, and all three of us wanted to give them our less-than-perfect used cars and leave with shiny new ones. While I know our family plan made things a little complicated, the constant negotiation of it all was exhausting. He’d offer a price. We’d offer a price. He’d talk to the manager. We’d try to hold our own. By the end of it all, I felt drained — and very glad I had some time before I had to experience that again. “For far too long, the auto industry has allowed aggressive sales tactics to turn what should be an enjoyable event into a frustrating experience,” says Rob Cochran, president and CEO of #1 Cochran. According to Cochran, the lack of trust created by those tactics affects even the best dealers. “Because consumers tend to distrust car dealers, even those of us who offer great prices find that some customers don’t have enough confidence in those prices to make the purchase without shopping around first. So, we decided to clear the air and build an entirely new business model based on transparency in pricing.” Four years ago, #1 Cochran started planning the Clearly Better Car Buying concept. Utilizing technology that wasn’t available before, the company can now determine the most accurate price for each vehicle, and be up front and transparent about how that price is determined. “Part of the frustration that consumers have is that the typical showroom process does not match up with online shopping experiences,” Cochran explains. “It takes more time, you can’t find the information you want as quickly, it’s got this mysterious haze that’s been clouding it. We’ve done everything we can to eliminate what customers dislike and replace it with a process they can trust.” That includes using information from reputable third parties, like AutoTrader.com and Edmunds.com, to help validate pricing and speed up the transaction. For example, if you want to trade in a car — or three — the team at #1 Cochran will check out its value on AutoTrader.com, compare it to

the local market, and determine the price. Because #1 Cochran has such depth in its used car inventory, they are frequently able to offer the better deal. If not, you are guaranteed the third-party price. Plus, #1 Cochran will still buy your car, even if you do not purchase a new car from them. Similarly, Edmunds.com looks at the true value of the car, based on how much new models are selling for in our marketplace. Other factors, like the inventory and the car’s age are worked in, and a final price is determined. “It’s really information that people could research at home, but we’re compiling it all and putting it in one package,” Cochran says. “The business model works because of our scale. It’s the innovation and strong direction coupled with scale that makes this exciting for us and gives us the ability to impact the industry.” With 21 dealerships and 16 brands, #1 Cochran has the largest geographical footprint in the Pittsburgh auto world. It’s also one of the top private dealers in the nation, making it a large and stable platform to successfully launch Clearly Better Car Buying. After conducting a three-month trial run last spring, 96 percent of customers reported that their experience was significantly better than past car buying experiences. In October 2013, #1 Cochran publicly unveiled the new method. “It’s important to me for our company to be viewed as leaders,” Cochran says. “I don’t think there’s any larger opportunity within our industry than to help it evolve to become more consumer friendly.” Cochran expects more to come as his team perfects the process, smoothing out any bumps in the road and keeping the car buying stress-free. “We’re going to continue to evolve over time, implementing and tweaking what we can to make the entire process in the showroom or service lane as transparent and easy to understand as possible,” Cochran says. “For us, it’s nice to know in your gut that you’re doing the right thing for the consumer and the market.” Clearly. #1 Cochran, Cochran.com.

Key Terms: • ClearCut Pricing with Best Price Guarantee: every price is pre-adjusted to reflect the actual selling prices of identical vehicles. • TradeMax Guarantee with Dual Evaluation: customers will receive two valuations for their trade, one from an independent third party and one from #1 Cochran. The customers are paid the higher valuation, guaranteed. • 3 Day/150 Mile Money-back Guarantee: customers can return a purchased vehicle within that time, no questions asked.






Along for the Ride Hop in! We’re taking a tour of local dealerships and the many amenities they offer to new and longtime car owners By Rachel Jones | Illustration by Dave Klug






uring this month of love, we’ve got relationships on the brain. And one of the most important ones we want to establish is with a car dealership. Finding one that is a good fit can sometimes feel like the search for Mr. or Mrs. Right. We want someone who is honest and trustworthy, who will treat us right, and is ready to commit long-term. Lucky for us, Pittsburgh is full of dealerships that are ready to help us find the car we need and keep our relationships going, long after the car has left the lot. Our Editorial Assistant Liz Petoniak, who grew up in Buffalo, N.Y., still makes the journey back to her hometown dealership if her Jeep has any troubles.

Auto Palace Porsche

Having a relationship like that with our car dealer gives us warm fuzzy feelings — it’s nice to know we can depend on them for anything at any time. After all, if we are putting our families in these cars, we want to work with someone who will treat us like family, too. So, peruse these dealer profiles, and find the one to add to your family. Each one offers special programs and plans to keep customers happy, so choose the one that’s a perfect match for you. Plus, check out their hottest cars for 2014, and browse even more vehicles at the 2014 Pittsburgh International Auto Show, taking place February 14-17. There are plenty of makes and models to make our hearts flutter and have us saying, “I do!”

Aaron Comstock General Manager

When purchasing a luxury vehicle, such as a Porsche, customers expect an equally luxurious experience with the auto dealer. Auto Palace Porsche strives to provide customer service that is on par with the Porsche brand itself. “Unique financing and lease specials, partnered with customer track events, offer our customers not only a thrilling ‘Porsche’ experience, but a truly special ‘Auto Palace Porsche’ experience,” says Aaron Comstock, general manager at Auto Palace Porsche. The high-end vehicles offer a great deal of features that improve the driving experience, so Auto Palace Porsche wants to make sure its clients soak up as much as they can from their purchases. “Priority No. 1 is to have every customer know everything there is to know about their vehicle,” Comstock says. The dedicated staff is always available to answer any questions, and service appointments can be made easily online or on the phone. Every technician at Auto Palace Porsche has completed rigorous training at a Porsche technical center, making them experts of their craft. Inside the showroom, some of the latest and most historical Porsches are beautifully displayed, emphasizing the dealership’s love of the brand. And this year, the entire facility will receive a multimillion dollar makeover to enhance the customer experience. When they are not busy enjoying their Porsches, clients often attend social and driving events with other Porsche lovers. The sense of community that these events bring help keep the relationship between Auto Palace Porsche and their clients strong. By making this connection, the dealership continues to receive rave reviews and praise for its dedication and service. And the best compliment? “A smile,” Comstock says, “when they return to Auto Palace Porsche to purchase their second, third, or fourth Porsche.” Auto Palace Porsche, 4627 Baum Blvd., Oakland. 412.687.4000. auto-palace.com. Photographs from Porsche, by Bridgett Kay Photography, LLC.

Hottest Car of 2014

2015 Porsche Macan S Starting price: $49,900 -340 horsepower -3.0 liter twin-turbo V6 Engine -7-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission

Top features:

-Porsche Stability Management (stabilizes the vehicle in extreme driving situations to improve safety) -Porsche Communication Management (controls navigation and audio entertainment) -Wheels and Tire Pressure Monitoring System -Burmester® High-End Surround Sound System whirlmagazine.com




Hottest Car of 2014

2014 Range Rover Sport Starting price: $63,495 Two engine options: -3.0 liter LR-V6 Engine -340 horsepower -17 mpg city, 23 mpg hwy -5.0 liter LR-V8 Engine -510 horsepower -14 mpg city, 19 mpg hwy

Top Features:

-Adaptive Cruise Control -Park Assist -Reverse Traffic Detection -Adaptive Xenon Headlamps

Bobby Rahal Automotive Group

Jim Guerry General Manager

The best way to know what clients want is to ask them! At Bobby Rahal Automotive Group, an entire department is dedicated to reaching out to every client who has been in for shopping or services and getting their feedback on the experience. “They get input back and if there are any issues, the department manager and general manager are called to act on it,” says Jim Guerry, general manager at Bobby Rahal Automotive Group. “We try to nip potential problems in the bud before they become larger problems.” With 50 percent of the Jaguar and Land Rover staffs attending customer advocacy training, these problems are usually few and far between. “Typical response is extremely positive,” Guerry says. “It is reflected in our high scores for client satisfaction.” To maintain these positive relationships, the members of Bobby Rahal Automotive Group follow up with customers to check in on their vehicles, offer specials, or invite them to events. The events and parties at the showrooms always have something special for customers. One of the more popular get-togethers is a service clinic with free checkups, car washes, and gifts. Bobby Rahal Automotive Group is also involved in the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. All clients can admire the vehicles and enjoy a free lunch during race weekend. Jaguar and Land Rover customer events are designed to celebrate the clients’ love of cars and thank them for their commitment over the years. These events include off-roading in Land Rovers at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, attending a dinner and holiday lights tour at Oglebay Resort, and many others. Bobby Rahal Automotive Group, 724.935.9300. bobbyrahal.com.




Available Brands: Acura • BMW • Honda Jaguar • Land Rover Lexus • Mercedes-Benz Scion • Toyota • Volvo

2014 Pittsburgh International Auto Show

Friday and Saturday:

We’re celebrating our love of cars with a Valentine’s Day weekend at the 2014 Pittsburgh International Auto Show, presented by ERIE Insurance, Huntington Bank, and The Rivers Casino. Drive down to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center February 14-17 for an extravaganza that everyone in the family can enjoy. Cruise through car displays — featuring hundreds of 2014 and 2015 domestics and import rides — then take a pitstop at a massage station. Along the way, meet other car enthusiasts, local radio and TV personalities, Pittsburgh sports’ mascots, and enjoy enough games and prizes to keep your wheels spinning all weekend! Pittsburgh International Auto Show, pittautoshow.com. David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd., Downtown. 412.565.6000. pittsburghcc.com/cc. 

Sunday and Monday:


10 a.m.-10 p.m. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

General Admission: $10, $5 on Monday, President’s Day Seniors 60+: $8 Military with I.D.: $8 Children 12 and Under: Free Plus: Free parking and shuttle from The Rivers Casino (must be 21+)

Photographs by Cayla Zahoran, from Range Rover.

Hottest Car of 2014

2014 Corvette Stingray Starting price: $52,985 -16 mpg city, 29 mpg highway -455 horsepower -6.2 liter V8 Engine

Top Features:

-0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds -7-speed manual transmission or 6-speed paddle shift automatic transmission -8-inch touchscreen radio -9-speaker Bose® audio system with three-month trial of SiriusXM Satellite Radio

Day Automotive Group The motto at Day Automotive Group is “whatever it takes.” “Our goal is to exceed customer expectations on a daily basis,” says Debbie Day, owner of Day Automotive Group. “Our stateof-the-art facility allows us to emulate a luxury car-buying experience with each customer, whether they select a $2,995 used vehicle or a $100,000 Corvette.” By partnering with Ally Financial, GM Financial, and U.S. Bank, Day Automotive Group is able to provide customers with the most aggressive leasing options available. Plus, every new buyer receives a 24/24 maintenance package at no additional cost. To meet the plan’s guidelines, customers are contacted regularly to keep up with routine maintenance. “Our salespeople become consultants after the sale to ensure that every customer enjoys their vehicle for many years,” Day says. “As a result of our efforts, the bulk of our business comes from repeat and referral purchases.” And in 2013, 52 percent of all purchases were made by female clients. So, for the last two years, Day Automotive Group has been named an elite Women Driver’s Certified facility. And customers are showing their appreciation. Day Automotive Group has earned some of the highest customer satisfaction scores in the region, in both sales and service, and Day says she hopes to stay on that road by continuing to do “whatever it takes.” “We take pride knowing that if a customer does develop a problem with our sales, service, or collision center departments, our employees have been trained and empowered to remedy that problem.” Day Automotive Group, 412.351.3400. dayauto.com. Photographs by Cayla Zahoran, from Corvette.

Debbie Day Owner

Available brands:

Audi • Chevrolet • Ford Hyundai • Scion • Subaru Toyota • Volkswagen whirlmagazine.com




Don’t miss SRT Track Experience! Owners get a full day at one of the country’s top tracks where a professional driver will help them get the most out of their 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT!

Corina Diehl President & Owner

Hottest Car of 2014

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Starting price: $63,995 -13 mpg city, 19 mpg highway -470 horsepower -6.4 liter Hemi V8 Engine

Top Features:

-Real Carbon Fiber Accents -Massive Brembo Brakes -SRT High Performance Harman Kardon 19 Speaker Audio System -SRT Performance Pages (shows real-time measurements of times, gauges, etc.)

Diehl Automotive Group “Customer service is our be all, end all,” says Corina Diehl, president and owner of Diehl Automotive Group. “We offer some of the best finance rates in the business, and we can get a customer approved as quick as a wink.” Diehl Automotive Group offers lifetime engine warranties on every vehicle, keeping in touch to make sure it is everything the owner desires. Valuable coupons and specials are also sent out regularly. If a customer requires routine maintenance or emergency service work, shuttle services are available to transport customers to and from appointments. For customers whose cars require extended service, vehicle loaners are available to diminish any inconveniences. “These loaners aren’t clunkers,” Diehl says. “They are all late-model Toyota and Chrysler products.” The comfortable service waiting lounge has been completely redone and now offers a children’s area. A TV, sink, toys,

and children’s books will keep even the littlest Diehl family members occupied and satisfied during the wait. Customers can also take advantage of complimentary cell phone chargers, free WiFi, laptops, and a popcorn machine. Plus, every appointment ends with a free car wash. “We pride ourselves on hiring the best,” Diehl says. “Whether it’s our ASEcertified Chrysler and Toyota Master Service Technicians or our sales staff that ranges from 20-year veterans to highly trained rookies, everyone here knows that if the customer’s not happy, we are not happy. When you visit a Diehl location, our staff will always be helpful, knowledgable, and happy you are here.” Diehl Automotive Group, 724.282.8898. diehlauto.com.

Available Brands:

Chrysler • Dodge • Jeep • Ram • Scion • Toyota

Red CARpet Charity Preview Gala On the eve of the Auto Show, the Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Foundation will host this year’s Red CARpet Charity Preview Gala at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Mario and Nathalie Lemieux will host the February 13 gala, which offers guests a sneak peek at the Pittsburgh International Auto Show’s hottest cars, Champagne, hors d’oeuvres, drink tickets, a strolling dinner, and entertainment. Proceeds from the event support Austin’s Playroom Project, an initiative of the Mario Lemieux Foundation that establishes playrooms for patients or visitors during hospital stays. Produced by Extraordinary Events Group, this year’s Red CARpet Gala promises to be the hottest one yet. “We’re turning up the heat,” says Lisa Mason Eck, owner of Extraordinary Events Group. “Guests will enjoy tropical South Beach cuisine while dining in cabanas among the hottest cars in the world!” Red CARpet Charity Preview Gala, theredcarpetgala.org.





Photographs by Cayla Zahoran, from Diehl Automotive Group, Mary Mervis Photography.

Lexus of North Hills has only one Lexus LFA for sale, so you better move fast!

Lexus of North Hills

Kevin Mullen Vice President & General Manager

When a client visits Lexus of North Hills, the staff is dedicated to making sure the comfort level is high and the pressure is low. They know that how a customer is treated after the sale is very important to their company. “We just want to build a relationship,” says Kevin Mullen, vice president and general manager of Lexus of North Hills. “Our philosophy is to treat everyone like guests in our home.” Clients are treated to free car washes, manicures, chair massages, and more while waiting for their cars to be serviced. And if you don’t have time to swing by, Lexus of North Hills will pick up your vehicle at your home or office, leave a loaner Lexus vehicle in its place, and swap the vehicles back once the service is complete. “We know time is the most important element,” Mullen says. “We don’t want to waste yours.” Service appointments can be scheduled quickly online, and reminders are emailed regularly. A customer relations system keeps track of the vehicle’s history, so maintenance and inspection reminders are sent via email or text to keep all of the clients informed. “Most people forget things like that, so they are very appreciative,” Mullen says. “By embracing the latest technology, we can make everything less expensive, much easier, and much faster for our customers.” The advanced technology now in place in Lexus vehicles can be overwhelming to some new customers. To make sure they are getting the most out of their cars, these customers are invited to attend a new owner welcoming party. Held every quarter at the dealership, these get-togethers offer wine, cheese, and on-hand specialists to explain everything. Lexus of North Hills also hosts and supports events for local charities. “Not only is it the right thing to do, a lot of our customers are involved with charities,” Mullen says. “Our commitment to the community goes beyond the average. We do much more than sell cars to cement our customer relationships.”Lexus of North Hills, 15025 U.S. Route 19, Wexford. 724.940.1400. lexusofnorthhills.com.

Photographs by Cayla Zahoran, from Lexus.

Hottest Car of 2014

2012 Lexus LFA Starting price: $384,000 -11 mpg city, 16 mpg highway -553 horsepower -4.8 liter V10 Engine

Top Features:

-6-speed Automatic Sequential Gearbox Transmission -0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds -Optional Nürburgring Package (includes aerodynamic aids, track-focused suspension, 10 more horsepower, and a recalibrated transmission) -Only 500 of these were produced, and only 200 were available in the U.S. whirlmagazine.com




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M eet this y ear ’ s h o n o rees , nine o utstanding co uples who are bettering Pittsburgh ’s c ommunit y, eco no my, and li vability by Nicole Barley | Photographs by Cayla Zahoran | Art direction by Jason Solak + Samantha Casale

Each year, we look forward to choosing this list of difference makers, dynamic duos who are making their mark on the city of Pittsburgh and beyond. We seek out couples with outstanding enthusiasm, energy, and engagement in causes they believe in, and this year’s class fits that bill exactly. They inspire us to broaden our philanthropic horizons and give back in a variety of ways. Not just that, but their optimism for Pittsburgh’s future is bright — check out their answers for what they’re most looking forward to in 2014 — and we can’t help but get on board with that. Keep an eye out for these nine couples — we’re sure you’ll see them at events all around town, celebrating the city and its equally fabulous people. Fabric Backgrounds provided by Loom Exquisite Textiles. Hair and makeup by Krista Jee of Sognatore Salon & Spa. Details in WHIRL Directory, page 102.

N atalie & M ichael S pa cc iapolli

Steel gray brushed velvet settee, $2,400, Schafer Interiors.

• Michael is the Vice President & Director of Sales for CBS Radio. • Natalie is a stay-at-home mom. • T he couple supports: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; the Wounded Warrior Project; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; and A Glimmer of Hope Foundation. • “ Having grown up in Pittsburgh, it feels great to be raising my children here. I’ve always found Pittsburgh an inspiring place to be, and I’m so glad to see that the city is starting to get the recognition it deserves, not only for its excellent sports teams, fantastic medical facilities, and great theater and culture, but also for being one of the best places to live and raise a family. I look forward, in 2014, to showing my children more and more of the treasures that Pittsburgh has to offer, and to watching them grow and learn in a place filled with some of the kindest and hardest working people there are,” says Natalie.

Michael and Natalie were honored as one of Pittsburgh’s Finest Couples for a Cure 2012 by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. This year, they will support a variety of charitable events presented by CBS Radio, including The FAN Smoker, Y108’s Girls with Guitars, and Larry Richert Honors Hometown Heroes, taking place March 6 at the Lexus Club at PNC Park, benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project. For more information, visit KDKA.com/heroes.





Ja n i ne & Bo b Fra gasso

• Bob  is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fragasso Financial Advisors. • J anine is a Sales Associate with Coldwell Banker Real Estate’s South Hills office. • T he couple supports: Animal Friends; ACHIEVA; Homeless Children’s Education Fund; Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium; MakeA-Wish; Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank; and Duquesne University, La Roche College, and Marine Corps scholarships, supporting veterans and needy students. • B  ob and Janine will co-chair the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium’s Zoo Gala, taking place June 13. For more information, visit pittsburghzoo.org.





“Red Page” acrylic on canvas framed painting by Douglas, $6,900, and hand-carved walnut settee, $2,500, Schafer Interiors.

Janine and Bob are passionate about animal welfare, and have specific objectives in place for eliminating unwarranted euthanasia. “Going forward in 2014 and combining our efforts with Treasurer John Weinstein and District Attorney Steven Zappala, we hope to see significant progress made toward the animal no-kill initiative in Allegheny County and the surrounding areas. The most immediate project is to supply microchip scanners to police departments in the area. Our goal is that all departments have scanners by year end, 2014.”

M aggie & Jo h n Sch mot z er • Maggie  and John are co-owners of Metropolitan Window Co. • The  couple supports: Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix and its charities, NHS Allegheny Valley School and Autism Society of Pittsburgh; Providence Connections, a family support center on Pittsburgh’s North Side; Dollar Energy Fund; and St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish. • T he Schmotzers will chair the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix’s Black Tie & Tailpipes Gala, taking place July 11. For more information, visit pvgp.org.

“We hope Pittsburgh continues to develop and be recognized as one of the nation’s most liveable cities.”





M a ry Be th & Ma r io Jen kins

Francesco Molon bench, $4,095, Artifacts.

• Mary Beth is the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, UPMC Health Plan. • Mario is the owner of Mario’s Painting & Home Maintenance Services. • T he couple supports: Sarcoma Foundation of America; March of Dimes, West Penn Division; Leadership Pittsburgh Inc.; Carlow University; United Way; and St. Alphonsus School and Church of Wexford. • M  ary Beth is serving on the committee for this year’s Pittsburgh March for Babies 3.5 mile walking event, taking place June 2 at Heinz Field. For more information, visit marchofdimes.com.





“We are excited for Pittsburgh, which is welcoming its new mayor. We are hopeful that Pittsburgh will continue to transform itself and really begin to thrive economically. On a personal level, we look forward to supporting some great charitable events, like the Pittsburgh Cure Sarcoma 5K Run Walk and the Pittsburgh March for Babies.”

Joy & D way ne Woodr uff • Dwayne  is a Judge with the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. • J oy is an entrepreneur and CEO of Pittsburgh Custom Tours, LLC. • T he couple supports: Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh; United Way of Allegheny County; Urban Pathways Charter School; Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission; Pennsylvania Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee; NAACP; and Allegheny Center Alliance Church, where they also worship. • Together, Joy and Dwayne serve as co-chairs of the Pittsburgh chapter of the Do the Write Thing Challenge, a program of the National Campaign to Stop Violence for middle school students. For more information, visit dtwt.org.

“With the new year at hand, we are looking forward to working with others to create more stable families, safe communities with youth who attend and enjoy school, graduate, and grow up to realize their full God-given potential.”

Joy wears a THEIA gown from Lintons at the Waterfront, featuring decorative beading and imported Italian crepe and satin, price upon request. whirlmagazine.com




“Neon Light” mixed medium on canvas framed painting by Carol Hu, $6,000, Schafer Interiors.

H o ward & Ro sema ry Lo e vner • Howard is the Co-President of Trau and Loevner, Inc. • R  osemary supports various nonprofit organizations, including The Cinderella Ball, for which she has served as a committee member for seven years. • T he couple supports: Animal Friends; The Friendship Circle; Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh; Special Olympics Pennsylvania; The Humane Society; Tickets for Kids Charities; Arthritis Foundation of Greater Pittsburgh; The Cinderella Ball; Rodef Shalom Congregation; National Wildlife Federation; American Red Cross; Midwest Beagle Rescue, Education, & Welfare; Boys and Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania; and St. Margaret’s Foundation. • H  oward is the vice chairman of the board at Animal Friends. Rosemary and Howard, along with their daughters, Victoria and Olivia, are very dedicated to the cause. Through their volunteer efforts, they hope to end overpopulation of animals in Pittsburgh through Animal Friends Spay and Neuter initiative. For more information, visit thinkingoutsidethecage.org.





“We are looking forward to enjoying the continued revitalization and renaissance many of the Pittsburgh neighborhoods are experiencing, including East Liberty, Lawrenceville, and Downtown. We’re also excited to see how Mayor Bill Peduto helps promote Pittsburgh into the amazing city we all know it is.”

K r i s R u st & Hugh F. McGough • K  ris is a teacher in the Franklin Regional School District. • H  ugh is a Magistrate Judge with the Pennsylvania Courts. • T he couple supports: Let Freedom Sing Concerts — Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King [Kris is co-founder]; Renaissance City Choirs; Animal Rescue League; Allegheny County Human Relations Commission; Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force; and Gemini Children’s Theater. • H  ugh and Kris are members of the Host Committee for the 28th Annual Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force Benefit, taking place March 27 at the Twentieth Century Club. For more information, visit patf.org.

“We look forward to Pittsburgh’s flowering under new leadership to become a greener city, more peaceful, vibrant, and hospitable for all.”





A ly ss a & Clayt on Kuns elman

Vanguard settee, $1,995, Artifacts.

• A  lyssa is the Sales, Marketing, & Business Development Director at Duane Morris Government Strategies, LLC. • C  layton is a social studies teacher at Hempfield Area High School and Assistant Head Varsity Football Coach/Offensive Coordinator at Yough Senior High School. • T he couple supports: American Cancer Society; American Heart Association; Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia; March of Dimes Pennsylvania Chapter, West Penn Division; Satchels of Caring Foundation; Westmoreland Museum of American Art; and Blessed Sacrament Cathedral Parish’s Bethlehem Project. • C  ancer-related charities play a large role in this couple’s fundraising efforts. In April 2013, Alyssa and Clayton led a team in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk, raising more than $5,400. Alyssa has also participated in the American Cancer Society’s Greater Pittsburgh Daffodil Days Campaign Committee for 10 years and is a Westmoreland County Ambassador for Satchels of Caring Foundation. For more information, visit satchelsofcaring.org.





“We look forward to Pittsburgh continuing to rank among the top places to live, work, and visit in the United States. Our region’s vibrancy in arts, entertainment, dining, and sports; leadership and innovation in healthcare and education; and commitment to philanthropy is second to none, and make it the perfect place for us to raise our son, Grayson, and new baby arriving in June!”

Beverly & Dr. Dane K. Wukich • Dane is a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; Medical Director, UPMC Mercy Center for Healing and Amputation Prevention. • B  everly is the Director of Events and Marketing for Wukich & Nocito, LLC. • The  couple supports: Lifeline Christian Mission; The HRH Crown Princess Katherine Humanitarian Foundation; American Diabetes Association; UPMC Mercy Trauma and Burn Center; Ladies Hospital Aid Society; Pittsburgh Cultural Trust; Hekima Place; Rotary Club of Downtown Pittsburgh; and City Theatre. • D  r. Wukich is working toward the goal of educating patients and healthcare providers in our region on the epidemic of diabetic foot disease. “I would like to establish screening programs to identify high-risk patients in our region so that we reduce the rate of amputations. I am also hoping to establish a Western Pennsylvania chapter of Save a Limb, Save a Life Foundation during the coming year.” For more information, visit savealegsavealife.org.

Retro ultra-suede red chair, $1,399, Schafer Interiors.

“It is such an exciting time to live in Pittsburgh! I am most looking forward to another year of continued recognition of the city’s excellence, ranging from technology and medicine, to the arts,” says Beverly. “Living in a region that supports and encourages non-profit organizations, I have been fortunate to work with outstanding individuals and organizations.”








There is never a dull moment in our exuberant city. From passionate parties and electrifying shows, to romantic getaways and glorious galas, one should feel overwhelmed when perusing a calendar of events. Luckily, we’re back and bigger than ever with our Semi-Annual Event Guide. This list features nearly 400 celebrations and affairs from A-Z, happening now through July. Get social with opportunities for philanthropy, entertainment, art, festivals, golf tournaments, and cooking classes! No matter your interest, this guide will tickle your fancy — the toughest decision will be choosing which event to attend first.





Photographs throughout by Bridgett Kay Photography, LLC., Cayla Zahoran, Kassie Jackson. Opposite page: Artwork by Burton Morris.

Through March 30

February 2

f Gateway Lodge Country Inn

f The ToonSeum

T 814.744.8017

T 412.232.0199

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra f Heinz Hall T 412.392.4900

Through April 6

February 3

T TrustArts.org

f Wood Street Galleries

Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society f Carnegie Music Hall T 412.624.4129

Through April 20

February 4

Wonder Women: On Page and Off Private Opening Reception

FEB 2014

Through February 9

The Mountaintop

City Theatre Company f City Theatre T 412.431.2489 Through February 16


Quantum Theatre f The Carlyle T 412.362.1713

Structures of Time and Space

BNY Mellon Exhibition Showcases the Softer Side of Wood Benefits Society for Contemporary Craft f BNY Mellon Center T 412.261.7003 Through April 27

Judge Jackie Justice — A New Musical Comedy

Poptastic! The Art of Burton Morris

Pittsburgh CLO f Cabaret at Theater Square T 412.456.6666

f Senator John Heinz History Center

Through August 3

Through February 23

T 412.454.6000

Unconquered: History Meets Hollywood at Fort Pitt f Fort Pitt

Museum T 412.454.6000 February 1

10th Annual All Abilities Camp, Care & Legal Fair Benefits ABOARD’s Autism Connection of PA f Northway Mall T 412.781.4116 February 1

Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra Presents Gershwin Valentine f The Palace Theatre T 724.836.8000 February 1

Through February 23


Romantic Dinner for Two Cooking Class f Habitat, Fairmont Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Public Theater f O’Reilly Theater T 412.316.1600

T 412.773.8848

Through March 9

f Senator John Heinz History Center

Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show f Phipps Conservatory and

Botanical Gardens T 412.622.6914 Through March 28

The Circus of Life: Work by Susan Winicour Benefits the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh f American Jewish Museum at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh T 412.521.8011

February 1

NFL Play 60 Training Camp

T 412.454.6000 February 1

Bridal Showcase f The Atrium

T 724.865.2830 February 2

WYEP’s 14th Annual Alternative Souper Bowl Benefits HEARTH f Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh T 412.381.9131

Bach, Beethoven, & Brahms

Peter Serkin on Piano

Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures Presents U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor f Carnegie Music Hall

T 412.622.8866

February 5, March 5, April 2, May 7

Wednesday Wine Flights Pittsburgh Cultural Trust f Cabaret at Theater Square T 412.456.6666 February 5 - March 2

Art. write. Now: Scholastic Art Awards 2013-14 f The Andy Warhol Museum

T 412.237.8300 February 6

Meet the Artist: The Hebrew Mamita Benefits The Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh f Union Project T 412.421.1500 February 7

Six Solo Exhibits Opening Reception f Pittsburgh Center for the Arts

T pittsburgharts.org February 7

The Planets with NASA Film Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra f Heinz Hall

Resort & Spa

February 7 - April 20

“Robert Qualters: A Life” Retrospective Exhibit Pittsburgh Filmmakers f Pittsburgh Center for the Arts T 412.361.0873 February 8

Oz Puppets Pittsburgh Cultural Trust f Trust Arts Education Center T 412.456.6666 February 8

First Year Beekeeping Class f Beechwood Farms

Nature Reserve

T countrybarnfarm.com February 8

Lunar New Year Banquet Organization of Chinese Americans Pittsburgh f Syria Shriners Center, Cheswick T 724.538.9578 February 8

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort’s WinterFest f Mystic Mountain at Nemacolin

Woodlands Resort

T 866.344.6957 February 8

Sound Series: Julianna Barwick f The Andy Warhol Museum

T 412.237.8300 February 9

Wedding Clickers Bridal Show Featuring Monte Durham of “Say Yes to the Dress” f David L. Lawrence

Convention Center

T 412.392.4900

T WeddingClickers.com


Carnegie Mellon University Wine Ensemble

Kevin M. McManus and the Pittsburgh Trombone Project Clearview Federal Credit Union Sweet Jazz Music Series f Performances Sweetwater Center for the Arts T 412.741.4405 February 7

Party in the Tropics f Phipps Conservatory and

Botanical Gardens

February 9

f The Palace Theatre

T 724.836.8000 February 9

Youth and Family Wellness Fair Benefits Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh f Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh T 412.521.8011 x380

T 412.622.6914

February 10

February 7

Benefits Beverly’s Birthdays f Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh T 412.720.9737

Art. Write. Now. Tour Opening Reception f The Andy Warhol Museum

T 412.237.8300 February 7 - 9

2014 Pittsburgh Indoor/ Outdoor Home Show f Monroeville Convention Center

T 585.254.2580 February 7 - 9

Early Valentine Weekend — Candlelit Chef Tasting for Two

An Evening of Birthday Cheer

February 10

Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures’ Literary Evening with Helene Cooper f Carnegie Music Hall

T 412.622.8866

February 10 - 18

Worth New York Spring 2014 Show f Hampton Township

T 412.638.6121

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f City Theatre

February 11

United Way Celebration of Pennsylvania 2-1-1 Southwest

T 412.431.2489

Benefits PA 2-1-1 Southwest f Fairmont Pittsburgh T 412.456.6831

Swan Lake with the Orchestra

February 11

Hear Me Roar: An Evening of Self-Confidence & Self-Defense f The Union Project

T foodmoodgirl.com February 11 - 16


The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust f Heinz Hall T 412.456.6666 February 11 - April 1

“Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction” Course Benefits Family Hospice & Palliative Care f Family Hospice’s Education Center T 412.572.8821 February 12

Lift Your Spirits with Edible Allegheny Magazine f James Gallery

T 412.431.7888

February 13 - 16

February 14

4th Annual Hearts & Jokers Valentine’s Celebration f The Venue at Bella Sera

T 724.745.5575 x111

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre f Benedum Center T 412.456.6666

February 14

February 14

Benefits Pittsburgh Opera f Omni William Penn Hotel T 412.281.0912 x225

Roger Humphries Clearview Federal Credit Union Sweet Jazz Music Series f Performances Sweetwater Center for the Arts T 412.741.4405 February 14

15th Annual Heart of Caring Auction & Luncheon Benefits Partners For Quality Foundation, Inc. f Embassy Suites Hotel, Pittsburgh Airport T 412.446.0702 February 14

Must Love Dogs Speed Dating Event Benefits Animal Friends f Animal Friends T 412.847.7000

Friends of Pittsburgh Opera Valentine’s Day Dinner and Concert

February 14

Spend Valentine’s Day at the National Aviary f The National Aviary

T 412.323.7235

February 14-15

Westmoreland Cultural Trust Presents STOMP f The Palace Theatre

T 724.836.8000

February 14-15

Animal Instincts Valentine’s Dinner

Love Is in the Air: A Valentine’s Pops Celebration Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

f Scottish Rite Cathedral

T 412.392.4900 February 15

Lunar Gala Fashion Show Carnegie Mellon University f Wiegand Gym T cmu.lunargala@gmail.com February 15

Cirque Zuma Zuma f Hillman Center for Performing Arts

T 412.968.3040 February 16

Jack Morris Invitational Swim Meet Benefits the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh f Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh T 412.521.8011 x276 February 16; March 2, 16, 30; April 4, 11

f Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

Kean Quest Vocal Competition

February 14 - 17

Benefits St. Barnabas Free Care Fund f Kean Theatre T 724.625.3770

T 412.365.2536

President’s Day Sale f Grove City Premium Outlets

T 724.748.3875


February 15

February 14 - 17

Pittsburgh International Auto Show f David L. Lawrence Convention


T pittautoshow.com February 15

February 17

20th Anniversary of Pittsburgh Public Theater’s Shakespeare Monologue & Scene Contest with Gillian Jacobs Pittsburgh Public Theater f O’Reilly Theater

T 412.316.1600

Cupid’s Undie Run

February 18

Benefits the Children’s Tumor Foundation f Starts at Buckhead Saloon, Station Square T 724.205.1115

Renée Fleming Recital VIP Reception Pittsburgh Opera f Carnegie Music Hall T 412.281.0912 x216

February 15

February 18, March 18, April 15, May 20, June 17

The Gluten-Free Revolution & Stray Dog Yoga f Stray Dog Yoga T 724.719.2055

Craft Beer School

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust f Cabaret at Theater Square T 412.456.6666 February 19

Dishcrawl Dishin’ It Downtown!

T dishcrawl.com or @DishcrawlPGH

February 19 - 20 February 13

2014 Red CARpet Charity Preview Gala Benefits the Mario Lemieux Foundation f David L. Lawrence Convention Center T theredcarpetgala.org February 13

Happy Hour Event Benefits Fashion for Smiles Perlé T fashionforsmiles.org February 13 - 15

City Theatre Company Whirl



f Benedum Center

A Sweet Gesture 2014: A Night in Venice

T 412.456.6666

Benefits Family Life Auxiliary f Inventionland T 412.967.1024

February 20

Salon with PopUp artists Sam Thorp and Brian Gonnella

February 14

Art on Tap 5.2.7 Westmoreland Museum of Art f Westmoreland @rt 30 T 724.837.1500 February 14

Valentine Romance Package f Gateway Lodge Country Inn

The Skivvies


Shen Yun

February 14

Resort & Spa

T 814.744.8017


Westmoreland Museum of Art f Westmoreland @rt 30 T 724.837.1500

February 20

February 21-22

Westmoreland Museum of Art f Seton Hill University Performing Arts Center T 724.837.1500

Bodiography Contemporary Ballet f The Byham Theater T 412.456.6666

February 20

Market Square Public Art Program Launch

Benefits American Heart Association f Canonsburg Hospital

T 724.873.5835

Open Nightly Through March 16 f Market Square T marketsquarepublicart.com

February 20, 21

February 22

f Phipps Conservatory and

Benefits the American Heart Association f David L. Lawrence Convention Center T 412.208.3584

Westmoreland Jazz Society: Eric DeFade

Go Red! Washington County

Little Sprouts Single Servings: Our Tropical Adventure Botanical Gardens

T 412.441.4442 x3295

Left Leg, Right Brain (The Frank Ferraro Story)

February 21-22

Pittsburgh Heart Ball


February 22, 2014  David L. Lawrence Convention Chair: Michael S. Williams

Senior Vice President – Strategic Planning & Business Development, United States Steel Corporation 2014 Peter J. Safar Pulse of Pittsburgh Honoree: Henry T. Bahnson, MD (posthumously) Former Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine 2014 Mary Ann Scully Excellence of Nursing Honoree: Amy Cashdollar, MSN, RN, CMPE, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Funding from the Heart Ball directly supports research and education that will undoubtedly yield advancements in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

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History Uncorked: Poptastic!

Mid Winter Party

f Senator John Heinz History Center

Benefits the Allegheny Region Porsche Club of America Artifacts T 412.303.7574

T 412.454.6000 February 21

Billy Joel

f CONSOL Energy Center

T 800.745.3000 February 21

Spanky Wilson Clearview Federal Credit Union Sweet Jazz Music Series Performances f Sweetwater Center for the Arts T 412.741.4405 February 21, 23

Casella, Prokofiev & Schumann Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra f Heinz Hall T 412.392.4900

February 22

Westmoreland Cultural Trust’s Hollywood Party Salutes The Palace Theatre and the Music of Our Lives



f The Palace Theatre

T 724.836.8000 February 22

Red Carpet Screening of Roger Humphries: Pass It On

Kim Zimmer

Robert Newman

Frank Dicopoulos

Jessica Leccia

f Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild

T 412.294.9892

Chance to meet Guiding Light Cast!

February 22


Equality Gayla: An Evening with Bernadette Peters Benefits The Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh f Carnegie Music Hall T 412.322.2800


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February 22

Art. Write. Now. Tour 2013-14: Scholastic Art & Writing Awards f The Andy Warhol Museum

with Olympia Snowe Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra f Heinz Hall T 412.392.4900

T 412.237.8300

February 27

February 22 - 23

Benefits Lending Hearts f LeMont Restaurant T showclix.com/event/lendinghearts

2014 Lending Hearts Gala

Genealogy Weekend f Senator John Heinz History Center

T 412.454.6000

February 22 - 23

Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau’s Celebration of Chocolate f Pittsburgh Marriott North

T 724.234.4619



Benefits National MS Society, Western PA Chapter f Bel-Aire Clarion Hotel, Erie T 412.261.6347 March 1

TEDx Manhattan: Changing the Way We Eat

February 28

Women for a Healthy Environment T 412.420.2290

Benefits Life’sWork of WPA f Rivers Casino T 412.471.2600

3rd Annual Autism Frostbite 5K & Kids Fun Run

Third Annual Every Voice Counts featuring American Idol Crystal Bowersox

February 28

Gentlemen’s Night Out f Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

f Gemini Theater

March 1

2014 MSQuerade

March 1

Benefits ABOARD’s Autism Connection of PA f Park Rose Barn, Allison Park T positivemovementz.com

March 3

Carol Woods The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust f Cabaret at Theater Square T 412.456.6666 March 4

20th Annual Mardi Gras Gala Honoring David and Cindy Shapira Benefits the Epilepsy Foundation of Western/Central PA f Westin Convention Center Hotel T 412.322.5880 March 5

Sound Series: Cyro Baptista’s Banquet of the Sprits f The Andy Warhol Museum

T 412.237.8300

T 412.365.2541

T 412.243.6464


February 23

Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour f Benedum Center

T 412.456.6666 February 23

Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures’ PA&L Teens — Authors. Stories. You. with Shane Evans

Howie Alexander


Clearview Federal Credit Union Sweet Jazz Music Series Performances f Sweetwater Center for the Arts T 412.741.4405

f Elsie Hillman Auditorium, Hill

House Kaufmann Center

T 412.622.8866 February 23

Stylish Sundays f Swank Hair Studio

T 412.687.6700 February 24

MAR 2014

March 1


Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society f Carnegie Music Hall T 412.624.4129 February 25 - March 2

The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust f Benedum Center T 412.456.6666 February 25

Your Big Day — Wedding 101 Workshop f Narcisi Winery

T yourbigdaypgh.com February 26

Mardi Gras Cooking Class f Habitat, Fairmont Pittsburgh

T 412.773.8848 March 1

Special Auction for Special People Benefits McGuire Memorial Foundation f Westin Convention Center Hotel T 724.843.0365 March 1

St. Alexis School Gala Benefits St. Alexis School f Omni William Penn Hotel T 724.935.4343 March 1

Pop-Up Studio with Sam Thorp

Sound Series: JACK Quartet

Westmoreland Museum of Art f Westmoreland @rt 30 T 724.837.1500

T 412.624.7529

February 26 - March 1

Pennsylvania Black Conference on Higher Education

f The Andy Warhol Museum

March 1

Fiddlesticks Family Concert: Carnival of Animals

f DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra f Heinz Hall T 412.392.4900

Pittsburgh — Monroeville Convention Center T 814.393.1838

Joshua Bell & Symphonie Espagnole

February 26

Robert Morris University Presents the Pittsburgh Speaker Series





March 1

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra f Heinz Hall T 412.392.4900

March 2

25th Annual Pittsburgh Bridal Showcase f David L. Lawrence

Convention Center T pghbridalshowcase.com March 2

Empty Bowls Benefits Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and Just Harvest f Rodef Shalom Congregation T 412.431.8960

March 6

Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents Series Celtic Nights Pittsburgh Cultural Trust f Byham Theater T 412.456.6666 March 6

Westmoreland Cultural Trust Presents Gaelic Storm f The Palace Theatre

T 724.836.8000

March 6

Larry Richert Honors Hometown Heroes Benefits the Wounded Warrior Project f Lexus Club at PNC Park T KDKA.com/heroes

March 8

Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve: Glory + Sed Lux Permanet

March 6

Pittsburgh Dance Council f Byham Theater T 412.456.6666

Benefits Sisters Place f Wintergarden at PPG Place T 412.233.3903

River City Brass The Power of Energy

March 6 - 9

T 724.836.8000

Crushed Grapes

All That Jazz: A Symphonic Celebration of Kander & Eb Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra f Heinz Hall T 412.392.4900 March 6 - April 6

An Iliad

Pittsburgh Public Theater f O’Reilly Theater T 412.316.1600 March 7

Latshaw Productions Presents Jefferson Starship f The Palace Theatre

T 724.836.8000 March 7

Suzanne Westenhoefer: “Semi-Sweet” Comedy Tour f Cruze Bar

T natbookings.com March 7

Party in the Tropics f Phipps Conservatory and

Botanical Gardens T 412.622.6914 March 7 - 16

33rd Annual Duquesne Light Home & Garden Show f David L. Lawrence

Convention Center

T 412.231.8400

March 8

March 8

f Beechwood Farms

Nature Reserve

T countrybarnfarm.com March 8

American Adventure Sports’ XTERRA Appalachia f Yellow Creek State Park

T 724.205.6450 March 8

Broadway’s Next Hit Musical f Hillman Center for

Performing Arts

T 412.968.3040 March 8

Big Night: Game On! Benefits the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh f Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh T 412.521.8011 x232

March 7 - April 13

Blaine Siegel: Dreambody Pittsburgh Cultural Trust f 709 Penn Gallery T 412.456.6666

5326 Clairton Blvd. (Rt. 51) Pittsburgh, PA (412) 882-2000 • stonewatersalonandspa.com

f Monroeville Convention Center

T 330.777.1034 March 8 - 30


City Theatre Company f City Theatre T 412.431.2489 March 9

March 10

Literary Evening with Colum McCann Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures f Carnegie Music Hall T 412.622.8866 March 11 - 16

Junie B. Jones

March 8

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust f Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater, Byham Theater T 412.456.6666

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust f Trust Arts Education Center T 412.456.6666

Pittsburgh Muscle Team Event

1964...The Tribute

with a gift card purchase of $100. Mention “WHIRL Special!”

March 8, 9

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust f Benedum Center T 412.456.6666

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre f August Wilson Center T 412.456.6666

WHIRL Readers


Parenting Expo Pittsburgh

Benefits the Jewish Federation Volunteer Center f Various Sites in the Greater Pittsburgh Area T 412.992.5229

March 7 - 16

Best kept secret in the South Hills!

Backyard Chickens Workshop

Good Deeds Day


Salon and Spa

f The Palace Theatre

March 8

The World’s Greatest Pink Floyd Show


March 12

Benefits the Muscular Dystrophy Association f Heinz Field T 814.833.0131 w h i rlma g az i n e . com




March 13

Stories. You.

f The Palace Theatre

With Rachel Renée Russell, author of “The Dork Diaries” f Carnegie Music Hall T 412.622.8866

Elko Concerts Presents Abba Mania

T 724.836.8000


March 20

Westmoreland Jazz Society: Harold Betters Quartet Westmoreland Museum of Art f Seton Hill University Performing Arts Center T 724.837.1500 March 20

“Robert Qualters: A Life on Film” Premiere Pittsburgh Filmmakers f Melwood Screening Room T 421.361.0873 March 21

BNY Mellon Jazz’s Just Jazz II Benefits Familylinks f The Twentieth Century Club T 412.343.7166 T familylinks.org March 21

Power Breakfast

March 13

“Robert Qualters: Autobiographical Mythologies” Book Launch Party Pittsburgh Filmmakers f Pittsburgh Center for the Arts T 412.361.0873 March 13

Peace It Together Celebration Benefits Center for Victims f LeMont Restaurant T 412.482.3246 x214 March 14-16

10th Annual Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival f Four Points by Sheraton North

T pghknitandcrochet.com March 14

McBark & Brew Benefits Animal Friends f Animal Friends T 412.847.7000

March 16

Westmoreland Cultural Trust Presents The Church Basement Ladies — A Mighty Fortress Is Our Basement

March 19

Benefits The American Ireland Fund f Heinz Field East Club Lounge T 412.207.0760 March 19

March 14

33rd Annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake

Westmoreland Museum of Art f Westmoreland @rt 30 T 724.837.1500

Benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh f Pittsburgh Athletic Association T 412.204.1225

Art on Tap 5.2.7

March 14, 15, 16

Ravel’s Bolero

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra f Heinz Hall T 412.392.4900 March 15

Q Ball

Benefits Quantum Theatre f Location TBD T 412.362.1713 March 16

Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures’ PA&L Teens — Authors.





March 20

Mike Birbiglia’s Thank God For Jokes Comedy Tour Pittsburgh Cultural Trust f Byham Theater T 412.456.6666 March 20

Salon with Pop-Up artists June Edwards and Cassandra Pfaff Westmoreland Museum of Art f Westmoreland @rt 30 T 724.837.1500

March 22 - April 20

Spring Flower Show f Phipps Conservatory and

Botanical Gardens

T 412.622.6914 March 23

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Presents PBT at The Palace with Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra

Benefits McGuire Memorial Foundation Seven Oaks Country Club T 724.728.3716 or 724.847.2692

Women for a Healthy Environment T 412.420.2290 March 21

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust f Benedum Center T 412.456.6666

American Ireland Fund Gala: An Evening with David McCullough

Benefits Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank f Rex Theater T 412.460.3663

March 21

Fragrance-Free Day

March 16

Benefits the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh f Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh T 412.521.8011 x241

March 22


f The Palace Theatre

Cohen & Grigsby Trust Series Presents David Garrett

The Sandy and Edgar Snyder Family Purim Carnival

Benefits Pittsburgh Action Against Rape f The Circuit Center & Ballroom T 412.431.5665

Benefits African American Chamber of Commerce of Western PA f Rivers Club T 412.392.0610

f The Palace Theatre

T 724.836.8000

March 22

Celebration of Survivors

March 21, 23

T 724.836.8000 March 23

A Chocolate Sunday

March 24

Canady Symphony Series at West Virginia University: Highlights from “The Ring” Benefits Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra f Lyell B. Clay Concert Theater T 412.392.4900 March 24

Highlights from “The Ring”

Artemis Quartet

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra f Heinz Hall T 412.392.4900

Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society f Carnegie Music Hall T 412.624.4129

March 22

Sound Series: Neutral Milk Hotel, with special guests Elf Power

Benefits ACHIEVA f Westin Convention Center Hotel T 412.995.5000 x526 T jrhoades@achieva.info

f Carnegie Music Hall

Pittsburgh Promenade Auction

March 22

“The Smithsonian’s History of America in 101 Objects” Book Talk f Senator John Heinz History Center

March 26

T 412.237.8300 March 26

Latshaw Productions Presents Ronnie Milsap f The Palace Theatre

T 724.836.8000 March 26

T 412.454.6000

Pop-Up Studio with Brian Gonnella

March 22

Westmoreland Museum of Art f Westmoreland @rt 30 T 724.837.1500

Family Day Westmoreland Museum of Art f Westmoreland @rt 30 T 724.837.1500 March 22

Kidney Gift of Life Gala: An Evening of Black & Gold Benefits The National Kidney Foundation f Heinz Field East Club Lounge T 412.261.4115 x19

March 26

Robert Morris University Presents the Pittsburgh Speaker Series with Dan Rather Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra f Heinz Hall T 412.392.4900

March 27

Benefits Allegheny Valley Hospital Trust f Location TBD T wpahs.org

Westmoreland Cultural Trust Presents Five Little Monkeys

Benefits Shady Lane f Pittsburgh Opera T shadylane.org

March 29

T 724.836.8000

Benefits UPMC Health for Life Summer Camp at Braddock f Carnegie Science Center T 412.802.8256

Pet Photos with the Easter Bunny

Art on Ice: Inspire A Benefit Auction for the Shady Lane Scholarship Fund

March 27

28th Annual Benefit Benefits Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force

2014 UPMC Children’s Luau Ball

March 30

f The Palace Theatre

March 30

Benefits Animal Friends f Animal Friends T 412.847.7000 March 30


Nemacolin Field Club’s Stock the Yough! Fundraiser f The Shooting Academy at the

Nemacolin Field Club

T 724.329.6770 March 31

Pittsburgh Pirates Opening Day f PNC Park

T 412.321.2827 March 31

Westmoreland Cultural Trust Presents Rock of Ages f The Palace Theatre

T 724.836.8000 March 31

28th Annual All Star Banquet f The Twentieth Century Club

T 412.345.7456

March 27, 28, 29, 30

Perry High School/Urban Impact’s Suessical the Musical f Perry High School T 412.321.3811 x116

March 27 - 30

Cirque du Solei Presents Varekai f Petersen Events Center

T 800.745.3000 March 28

West Side Story — Film with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra f Heinz Hall T 412.392.4900 March 29

Whispers of Light Bodiography Contemporary Ballet f The Werner Theater of Erie, Pennsylvania T 814.452.4857 March 29

Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra Presents The Planets f The Palace Theatre

T 724.836.8000 March 29

2014 Traditions Gala

March 29

Picture This! Benefits Ward Home f Pittsburgh Glass Center T wardhome.org

Benefits Auberle Stratigos Banquet Centre T auberle.org/all-star-banquet

March 29

Shake Your Booties Benefits The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center f Heinz Field East Club Lounge T 412.441.4884 x2044 March 29

4th Annual Comedy Night Benefits Mainstay Life Services f Cefalo’s T 412.344.3640 March 29

Family House Gifting Gala Benefits Family House Family Assistance Fund f Omni William Penn Hotel T 412.647.5811 March 29

Out of Hand Giving Gala Benefits Society for Contemporary Craft f Society for Contemporary Craft T 412.261.7003 March 29 - May 4


City Theatre Company f City Theatre T 412.431.2489

APR 2014

April 1

Sound Series: Tinariwen f The Andy Warhol Museum

T 412.237.8300 April 1

BNY Mellon Jazz Presents JazzLive: Gregory Porter Pittsburgh Cultural Trust f Cabaret at Theater Square T 412.456.6666 April 2

19th Annual Westmoreland County Sports Dinner & Auction Benefits the Epilepsy Foundation of Western/Central PA f Ferrante’sLakeview, Greensburg T 412.322.5880 April 2

Elko Concerts Presents Dream Theater f The Palace Theatre

T 724.836.8000

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April 5

April 3

Over the Rhine f The Rex Theater

T elkoconcerts.com April 3

Fashion for the Wild f Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

T 412.665.3640 April 4

Success Is Written in the Stars Benefit Cocktail Party Benefits Laughlin Children’s Center f Laughlin’s Sewickley Campus T 412.741.4087 April 4

Elko Concerts Presents Mel Tillis f The Palace Theatre

T 724.836.8000 April 4

An Affair to Care Benefits Family Resources f 1425 Forbes Ave. T 412.363.1702 x1121 April 4, 6

Ravel & Debussy Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra f Heinz Hall T 412.392.4900

Columbia Flute Choir Benefit Concert Benefits Brother’s Brother Foundation f Calvary United Methodist Church T 412.321.3160 April 5 - 6

Oglebay Institute’s 60th Annual Antiques Show & Sale f Oglebay Resort &

April 8

BNY Mellon Jazz Presents JazzLive: Sean Jones Quartet CD Release Party Pittsburgh Cultural Trust f Cabaret at Theater Square T 412.456.6666 April 9

Play Ball for Kids Draft Party and Kickoff Luncheon

Conference Center T 304.243.4000

Benefits Urban Impact Foundation f Heinz Field T 412.321.3811 x120

April 6

April 10

Roasts, Toasts & Literati — Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures Fundraiser Benefits the Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures Sustainability Fund f Elsie Hillman Auditorium, Hill House Kaufmann Center T 412.622.8866 April 7

Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures’ Literary Evening with Ann Patchett f Carnegie Music Hall

T 412.622.8866

United Way Women’s Leadership Council 9th Annual Wine Tasting Reception Benefits United Way of Allegheny County f CONSOL Energy Center T 412.456.6831

April 11, 12, 13

Stage Right Presents Children of Eden f The Palace Theatre

T 724.836.8000 April 11 - 12

Wayne McGregor/ Random Dance Pittsburgh Dance Council f Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater T 412.456.6666 April 11 - 13

Don Quixote with the Orchestra Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre f Benedum Center T 412.456.6666 April 12

Second Saturday Workshop: Master the Portrait

April 10 - 13

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust f Trust Arts Education Center T 412.456.6666

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra f Heinz Hall T 412.392.4900

Vintage Pittsburgh

Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II


April 12

f Senator John Heinz History Center

T 412.454.6000 April 12

The Dirty Ball

April 4

Benefits Attack Theatre f Location TBD T 412.281.3305

Party in the Tropics f Phipps Conservatory and

Botanical Gardens

T 412.622.6914

April 12

Slow Art Day

April 5

Westmoreland Museum of Art f Westmoreland @rt 30 T 724.837.1500

25th Annual Viking Victory Auction Benefits Central Catholic High School f Westin Convention Center Hotel T 412.208.3443

April 12

Walk MS: Pittsburgh Benefits the National MS Society, Western PA Chapter f Starts at Commonwealth Place, Downtown T 412.261.6347

April 5

River City Brass Presents Big Band Brass f The Palace Theatre

T 724.836.8000

April 12

April 5

22nd Annual Rainbow Gala

Let Them Eat Cake! Contest and Fundraiser Party

Benefits JDRF Western Pennsylvania Chapter f Westin Convention Center Hotel T 412.471.1414

Benefits The Midwife Center f Pittsburgh Opera T 412.321.6880 x208 April 5

Tour de France Cooking Class

April 12

f Habitat, Fairmont Pittsburgh

40th Annual Gala Dinner & Auction

T 412.773.8848 April 5

Advanced Beekeeping Workshop f Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve

April 7

April 11

Benefits Outreach Teen & Family Services, Inc. f Hilton Garden Inn at Southpointe T 412.561.5405

Liz Callaway

Art on Tap 5.2.7

April 5

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust f Cabaret at Theater Square T 412.456.6666

Westmoreland Museum of Art f Westmoreland @rt 30 T 724.837.1500

Celebrate! the Earth!

 illman Center for Performing Arts fH T 412.968.3040

April 8

5th Annual Fashions for Kids’ Sake

April 11

7th Annual ‘DVE Celebrity Roast Honoring Charlie Batch

T 412.441.4442 x3295

Benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh f St. Agnes Center, Carlow University T 412.204.1225

f Omni William Penn Hotel

5th Annual “Bags, Bellinis, + Brunch”

T countrybarnfarm.com

Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo





T dve.com

April 12

f Phipps Conservatory and

Botanical Gardens

April 13

Benefits Satchels of Caring

f Herberman Conference

Center at UPMC Shadyside T 412.841.1289 April 17

Salon with Pop-Up artist Duncan MacDiarmid Westmoreland Museum of Art f Westmoreland @rt 30 T 724.837.1500 April 17

Westmoreland Jazz Society: Jenny Wilson Trio Westmoreland Museum of Art f Seton Hill University Performing Arts Center T 724.837.1500 April 17 - May 18


Pittsburgh Public Theater f O’Reilly Theater T 412.316.1600 April 17 - May 18


Pittsburgh Public Theater f O’Reilly Theater T 412.316.1600 April 19

Easter Bake Sale Benefits Animal Friends f Animal Friends T 412.847.7000 April 19

Scooby-Doo! Live Musical Mysteries Pittsburgh Cultural Trust f Location TBD T 412.456.6666 April 19

Breakfast with the Bunnies Benefits Animal Friends f Animal Friends T 412.847.7055

Presents the Pittsburgh Speakers Series with Doris Kearns Goodwin

Butterfly Forest

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra f Heinz Hall T 412.392.4900

T 412.622.6914

f The Palace Theatre

T 724.836.8000 April 25

Ladies Night Out f SouthSide Works

T 412.481.8800 April 25

Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District Pittsburgh Cultural District f Locations Downtown - FREE April 25 - 27

Mozart Festival Opens Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra f Heinz Hall T 412.392.4900 April 25 - May 25

Penn State Art Department Faculty Exhibit Pittsburgh Cultural Trust f 709 Penn Gallery - FREE April 26

Camp Broadway EXP

f Verno Studios

T hairbeautyandfashion.com April 22

BNY Mellon Jazz Presents Jazz Live: Christian McBride Trio Pittsburgh Cultural Trust f Location TBD T 412.456.6666 April 23

Pop-Up Studio with Duncan MacDiarmid Westmoreland Museum of Art f Westmoreland @rt 30 T 724.837.1500 April 23

Robert Morris University

April 27

Yom HaShoa Commemoration Ceremony with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Benefits The Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh f Heinz Hall T 412.421.1500 April 28

Mozart Extravaganza Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra f Scottish Rite Cathedral T 412.392.4900 April 29

BNY Mellon Jazz Presents JazzLive: Robert Glasper Pittsburgh Cultural Trust f August Wilson Center T 412.456.6666

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust f Trust Arts Education Center T 412.456.6666 April 26

Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra Presents Barber & Brahms f The Palace Theatre

T 724.836.8000 April 26

f Senator John Heinz

April 21

April 27

Benefits the National MS Society, Western PA Chapter f 2200 Tanger Blvd., Washington T 412.261.6347

Latshaw Productions Presents Mark Lowry

f Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

Hair Beauty & Fashion 2014 Presented by A Sense of Eden Salon & Spa

Botanical Gardens

Walk MS: Washington

April 20

T 866.344.6957

f Phipps Conservatory and

April 24

Upcoming Exhibition to Reveal Treasures from the Steamboat Arabia

Easter Brunch

April 26 - September 1

History Center T 412.454.6000 April 26

Walk MS: Uniontown Benefits the National MS Society, Western PA Chapter f 2201 University Drive, Lemont Furnace T 412.261.6347 April 26

Walk MS: Indiana Benefits the National MS Society, Western PA Chapter f 450 N. 5th St., Gymnasium Entrance T 412.261.6347 April 26

A Night at the Warhol Benefits The Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and Shalom Pittsburgh f The Andy Warhol Museum T 412.421.1500

MAY 2014 May 1

St. Barnabas Founder’s Day with Mike Huckabee Benefits St. Barnabas Free Care Fund f Pittsburgh Marriott North T 724.444.5521 May 1 - June 30

Mainstay Art Show Benefits Mainstay Life Services f Espresso a Mano T 412.344.3640 May 2

40th Anniversary Celebration Benefits Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh f Frick Art and Historical Center T 412.687.8017 x350 May 2

Latshaw Productions Presents Bill Engvall f The Palace Theatre

T 724.836.8000

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May 8

May 3 - 25

May 2

Party in the Tropics f Phipps Conservatory and

Botanical Gardens T 412.622.6914

Hope and Gravity

Lady Gaga

City Theatre Company

f CONSOL Energy

f City Theatre


T 412.431.2489

T 800.745.3000

May 4

May 2

Farm to Community Conference Benefits Women for a Healthy Environment f Regional Learning Alliance, Cranberry T 412.420.2290

2014 Dick’s Sporting Goods Marathon Run to STop MS Team Benefits National MS Society, Western PA Chapter f Downtown T 412.261.6347

May 9

History Makers Award Dinner Benefits Senator John Heinz History Center Conf Westin vention Center Hotel T 412.454.6000 May 9

Art on Tap 5.2.7 Westmoreland Museum of Art f Westmoreland @ rt 30 T 724.837.1500 May 9

6th Annual Women of Distinction Awards Luncheon Benefits Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America — WPA/ WV Chapter f Fairmont Pittsburgh T 412.823.8272 May 9

ZooBrew f Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

T 412.365.2536 May 9

Carnegie Science Awards Benefits Carnegie Science Center f Carnegie Music Hall T 412.237.3400 May 10


May 4 - 5

May 2, 4

Mozart Festival Finale

Start Something Golf Classic

Chelsea Handler: 2014 Uganda Be Kidding Me Live Tour f CONSOL Energy Center

T 800.745.300 May 10

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra f Heinz Hall T 412.392.4900

f Laurel Valley Golf Club

Pittsburgh Sketch Crawl

May 5

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust f Locations Downtown T 412.456.6666

May 3

f The Palace Theatre

Benefits Family Hospice and Palliative Care f Valley Brook Country Club T 412.572.8812

May 3

Joe Bonamassa

River City Brass Presents Some Like It Hot

T 724.836.8000

f Habitat, Fairmont Pittsburgh

T 412.773.8848

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust f Benedum Center T 412.456.6666 May 6

May 3 - 9

2014 MS Awareness Week Benefits National MS Society, Western PA Chapter f Across the U.S. T 412.261.6347


27th Annual Golf Outing

May 6

Sushi and Sake Cooking Class


T 412.204.1225



Annual Meeting and Luncheon Benefits African American Chamber of Commerce of Western PA f Omni William Penn Hotel T 412.392.0610

May 10

Maecenas XXX Benefits Pittsburgh Opera f Pittsburgh Opera T 412.281.0912 x225 May 10

Brunch with Mom f Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

T 412.365.2532

May 10 - October 5

Summer Flower Show f Phipps Conservatory and

Botanical Gardens

T 412.622.6914


May 10

A Conversation with Michael Pollan f Hillman Center for

Performing Arts

T 412.968.3040 May 10

Hats Off to Mom Benefits Sisters Place f The Georgetown Centre T 412.233.3903 May 11

Mother’s Day Brunch f Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

T 866.344.6957 May 11

22nd Annual Susan G. Komen Pittsburgh Race for the Cure Benefits Susan G. Komen Pittsburgh f Schenley Park at Flagstaff Hill T 412.342.0500 May 12

Pittsburgh JazzLive International Pittsburgh Cultural Trust f Cabaret at Theater Square T 412.456.6666 May 12

Clint Holmes The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust f Cabaret at Theater Square

T 412.456.6666 May 12

11th Annual OC Eagle Classic Golf Tournament Benefits Oakland Catholic High School f Fox Chapel Golf Club T 412.682.6797

May 14 - 18

Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival Pittsburgh Cultural Trust f Locations Downtown T 412.456.6666 May 15

Latshaw Productions Presents Vince Gill f The Palace Theatre

T 724.836.8000 May 15

Westmoreland Jazz Society: Judi Figel Westmoreland Museum of Art f Seton Hill University Performing Arts Center T 724.837.1500 May 15

Shalom Pittsburgh’s Spring BBQ Benefits the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh/Shalom Pittsburgh f Schenley Park T 412.992.5245

May 16

Big Mac Open Benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh f Mystic Rock at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort T 412.246.1109 May 16

18th Annual Charity Golf Classic Benefits Family Services of Western Pennsylvania f Green Oaks Country Club T 412.820.2050 x409 May 16 - 18

Women In Film and Television International Summit Benefits Women In Film and Television f Westin Convention Center Hotel T WIFMPIT.org May 16 - June 29

Olivia Ciummo

May 16

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust f SPACE Gallery 412.456.6666

f Benedum Center

May 17

John Prine

T 412.456.6666 May 16

Awards of Distinction Luncheon Benefits Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania f Omni William Penn Hotel T 800.248.3355 x1020 T gswpa.org/donate May 16

The British Are Coming! Pittsburgh Public Theater f Westin Convention Center


T 412.316.8200 x723

Celtic Woman Pittsburgh Cultural Trust f Benedum Center T 412.456.6666 May 17

The Warhol 20th Anniversary Gala f The Andy Warhol Museum

T 412.237.8300 May 17

Fiddlesticks Family Concert: Salute to America Benefits Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra f Heinz Hall T 412.392.4900

May 17

Highmark Walk to Benefit Center for Victims Benefits Center for Victims f North Shore T 412.482.3240 x114 May 18

20th Anniversary Collection Rehang f The Andy Warhol Museum

T 412.237.8300 May 18

Wheeling Kidney Walk Benefits National Kidney Foundation f Oglebay Resort T 800.261.4115 May 19

“Wil Haygood & The Butler” Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures and The Hill House Association of Pittsburgh f The Byham Theater T 412.622.8866 May 19

NKF Golf Classic Benefits the National Kidney Foundation f Valley Brook Country Club T 800.261.4115 x15 May 19

City Theatre Gala & Auction City Theatre Company f Heinz Field East Club Lounge T 412.431.4400 x278 May 20 - 25

Peter and the Starcatcher Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra f Heinz Hall T 412.392.4900 May 22 - August 17

Ring of Fire

Pittsburgh CLO f Cabaret at Theater Square T 412.456.6666

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May 23

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School Spring Performance Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School f Byham Theater T 412.456.6666 May 29 - June 1


City Theatre Company f City Theatre T 412.431.2489 May 29 - June 29

Noises Off

Pittsburgh Public Theater f O’Reilly Theater T 412.316.1600

June 1

Mutt Strut 5K and Dog Walk Benefits Animal Friends f South Park Fairgrounds T 412.847.7000 June 1

McGuire Memorial Ramblin Gamblin Monte Carlo Night

June 2

Westmoreland Museum of Art f Westmoreland @rt 30 T 724.837.1500

Pars for PAAR

f The Palace Theatre

St. Barnabas Charitable Golf Open

May 30 - June 1

14th Annual Hardy Classic Clay Shoot f The Shooting Academy at the

Nemacolin Field Club T 724.329.6770 May 30 - June 1

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra f Heinz Hall T 412.392.4900 May 31

Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra Presents Jeans ‘n Classics’ An Evening of Pink Floyd: The Wall and Dark Side of the Moon f The Palace Theatre

T 724.836.8000 May 31

June 7

Italian Cuisine Made Easy Cooking Class f Habitat, Fairmont Pittsburgh

May 30

T 724.836.8000

Bodiography Contemporary Ballet f The Byham Theater T 412.456.6666

Benefits McGuire Memorial Foundation f Pittsburgh Airport Marriott T 724.843.0365

Benefits Pittsburgh Action Against Rape f Quicksilver Golf Club T 412.431.5665

Westmoreland Cultural Trust Presents America

June 7

Bodiography Center for Movement Spring Concert

June 2

Benefits St. Barnabas Free Care Fund f Butler Country Club T 724.625.3770 June 2

22nd Annual McGuire Celebrity Golf Classic Benefits McGuire Memorial Foundation f Treesdale Golf & Country CluT Diamond Run Golf Course T 724.843.0365 June 5

United Way 2013 Campaign Celebration Luncheon Benefits United Way of Allegheny County f Westin Convention Center Hotel T 412.456.6831 June 6

T 412.773.8848 June 7

Dog Days of Summer

June 7

Highmark’s Walk for a Healthy Community Benefits National Kidney Foundation f Presque Isle State Park T 800.261.4115 June 7

Man Up Pittsburgh Dads’ Conference Benefits Urban Impact Foundation f Orchard Hill Church T 412.321.3811 x101 June 7, 8

2014 Bike MS: Escape to the Lake Benefits National MS Society, Western PA Chapter f Starts at Allegheny College, Ends in Conneaut, Ohio T 412.261.6347 June 8

June 14 - 22

Eat’n Park Family Week f Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

T 412.365.2532 June 14

5th Annual Five Alarm Mountain Madness Chili Cook-Off Benefits Farmington Volunteer Fire Department f Nemacolin Woodlands Resort’s Adventure Center Parking Lot T 866.344.6957 June 14

Street Party (Love Your Pet!) f SouthSide Works

T 412.481.8800 June 16

23rd Annual Bob Pompeani Charity Golf Classic Benefits Partners For Quality Foundation f Chartiers Country Club T 412.446.0702 June 16

5th Annual Red Door Classic Golf Tournament Benefits Gilda’s Club f Longue Vue Club T 412.338.1919 June 16

Kettle Challenge Invitational Golf Outing Benefits The Salvation Army f St. Clair Country Club T 412.833.5550 June 19 - 22

Pittsburgh March/Run for Babies

Luck Be a Lady: Megan Hilty Sings Sinatra and More

Benefits March of Dimes f Heinz Field T 412.505.2200

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra f Heinz Hall T 412.392.4900

June 13

June 20

2014 Walk to Cure Arthritis

Party in the Tropics

Legally Blonde The Musical

2014 Urban Garden Party

f Phipps Conservatory and Botanical

Benefits the Arthritis Foundation of Western PA f SouthSide Works T 412.250.3340

Gardens T 412.622.6914

Pittsburgh CLO f Benedum Center T 412.456.6666

Benefits The Mattress Factory Museum f The Mattress Factory Museum T 412.231.3169

Mahler Symphony No. 9

Art on Tap 5.2.7

May 31

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra f Heinz Hall T 412.392.4900

Westmoreland Museum of Art f Westmoreland @rt 30 T 724.837.1500

June 6

June 13

Melinda f New Hazlett Theater

T 412.320.4610

May 31 - June 8

Singin’ in the Rain Pittsburgh CLO f Benedum Center T 412.456.6666

June 6 - 8

The Watson Institute/First National Bank Pro-Am Golf Tournament Benefits The Watson Institute f Allegheny Country Club T 412.749.2851 June 6 - July 13

Susan Goethel Campbell: Portraits of Air Pittsburgh Cultural Trust f 709 Penn Gallery - FREE


June 6 - 15

Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival

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June 13


Benefits Animal Friends f Animal Friends T 412.847.7000 June 13 -15

Strauss’ 150th Birthday Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra f Heinz Hall T 412.392.4900 June 13

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium Gala f Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

T 412.365.2541

June 22

Pursuer of Peace Tribute Honoring Fred Rogers f Rodef Shalom Congregation

T 412.621.6566 June 24 - 29


Pittsburgh CLO f Benedum Center T 412.456.6666 June 28

WYEP’s 17th Annual Summer Music Festival 91.3FM WYEP f Schenley Plaza T 412.381.9131

June 28

July 11

Diamonds and Denim on Market Square

Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District

Benefits Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation’s Transplantation Surgery Auxiliary f Market Square T 412.692.5007

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust f Locations Downtown T 412.456.6666


July 11 - August 31

Cataloguing Pattern Pittsburgh Cultural Trust f SPACE Gallery 412.456.6666 July 11

JUL 2014 July 4

4th of July Fireworks Display f Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

T 866.344.6957 July 5

Bourbon and BBQ Cooking Class f Habitat, Fairmont Pittsburgh

T 412.773.8848 July 5

Antique Car Extravaganza

Blacktie & Tailpipes Gala Benefits Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Charities f Longue Vue Club T pvgp.org July 12

Night in the Tropics f The National Aviary

T 412.323.7235 July 12

Ohio River Trail Council Gear & Cheer Music Festival f Bradys Run Park

T ohiorivertrail.org July 12-21

Benefits Sewickley Heights History Center f 1901 Glen Mitchell Road, Sewickley T 412.741.4487

Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix

The Perfect Cure for Cabin Fever

July 18 - 27

July 8




Pittsburgh CLO f Benedum Center T 412.456.6666

T pvgp.org

Pittsburgh CLO f Benedum Center T 412.456.6666 July 19

July 11 - 13

Pirates Family Fun Run/ Walk for Epilepsy

f SouthSide Works

Benefits the Epilepsy Foundation of Western/ Central PA f PNC Park T 412.322.5880

SouthSide Works EXPOSED!

T 412.481.8800 July 11

Art on Tap 5.2.7 Westmoreland Museum of Art f Westmoreland @rt 30 T 724.837.1500 July 11

Party in the Tropics f Phipps Conservatory and

Botanical Gardens

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July 24

Casbah Benefit Dinner Benefits New Hazlett Theater f Casbah Mediterranean Kitchen & Wine Bar T 412.320.4610 July 25

Pittsburgh Pup Crawl Benefits Animal Friends f PNC Park

T 412.847.7000 July 25


Summer Safari f Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG


T 412.365.2542 July 26

One WHIRL Yoga Fest + Healthy Lifestyle Expo Benefits Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank f Point State Park T 412.431.7888



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Style news

Getting Warmer Edited by Nicole BarleY

Add some warmth to your winter! We have suggestions that range from Valentine’s Day spa treatments for couples, to red-hot dress and accessory combinations. As usual, local boutiques and retailers are bringing the heat with new arrivals, sales, and styling tips. Same goes for our best-dressed event-goers, who are showing off smokin’ combinations of red and black. Need a little extra sparkle to brighten up these winter days? Turn to page 90 for our shopping spree of glam, gorgeous cocktail rings!

White with Straw Perforated Dot Lexi Tote, $598.

Ruby Leather Princess Coat, $998. Optic White and Ruby Intarsia Jersey Colorblock Pullover, $278. Ruby and Off-White Diamond Jacquard Skirt, $348.

Spring Ahead WORTH New York style consultant Kate Fuhrer tells us that when it comes to upcoming spring styles, “things are getting graphic this season, from plaids to stripes and checks. There are delicious colors, from blues, greens, and ruby red, to navy, camel and creams, and of course, black and white.” Fuhrer selected a few favorite looks from the WORTH Spring 2014 collection, including this ruby leather coat paired with a white and ruby colorblock pullover jersey, and ruby and white diamond jacquard skirt. She suggests to finish the look with a laser-cut leather tote. Wondering how to buy? Schedule a private consultation with Fuhrer. “The collection is shown in my home by appointment to provide the customer with a casual, private, and personal shopping experience. My clients enjoy this way of shopping and are always complimented on their unique and beautiful style,” she says. WORTH New York, worthnewyork.com. Contact Kate Fuhrer at 412.683.6121 or at kfuhrer@worthnewyork.com.

Photographs from WORTH New York.





Beauty to Behold Local beauty company FutureDerm works to make sure its clients are “beautiful, well-informed, and happy,” and, in continuing fulfillment of that goal, is adding to its product line of scientifically formulated, anti-aging skincare products. Founder Nicki Zevola honed her skills as a skincare expert while studying at the University of Pittsburgh, and later, through AlphaLab, a startup accelerator program based in Pittsburgh. Today, the company offers a variety of products, including the new FutureDerm Seven Wonders Antioxidant-Rich Toner, packed with anti-inflammatory, skin-calming ingredients; FutureDerm Skin Reborn Facial Cleanser, which works to firm skin, protect the skin barrier function, and balance skin’s pH levels; and now available is the FutureDerm Organic 8 Line, a cleanser-tonermoisturizer trio made with eight, all-natural, toxinfree ingredients. Now that’s a thing of beauty! FutureDerm, futurederm.com.

Breakthrough Boost Looking to boost your skincare routine to new heights? NeriumAD Age-Defying Treatment and Day Cream has made its mark on the market thanks to the noticeable anti-aging results it provides users. The two-step system — one cream for morning, another for night — utilizes extract from the Nerium oleander plant to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration, enlarged pores, and uneven skin texture. The product has been featured on CBS News, which glowingly profiled its effectiveness and the huge following of Nerium International lovers. Want more details? Look no further than local consultants Jeffrey Smith and Sandy DiGregory at Jeffrey Smith Studio. “After being in the beauty industry for so many years, we’ve finally found a product that we feel very passionate about and that shows true results,” says DiGregory. Contact DiGregory for more information on the salon’s monthly Wine & Wrinkles parties! Nerium International, neriumblog.net. Jeffrey Smith Studio, 3801 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 412.683.8153. jeffreysmithstudio.com.

Rock Your Walk As part of our ongoing quest for better posture, we’re focusing on feet — in particular supportive soles — and Roberta Weissburg of Roberta Weissburg Leathers says that Lucchese boots are simply the best when it comes to combining style and comfort. The line of boots have been handmade in Texas, since 1883, and Weissburg is the exclusive local retailer. Not only do these boots offer versatility — “Styles range from the most basic, conservative boot to one of the wildest boots you can imagine,” she says — they also treat our feet well. Because of the impeccable craftsmanship, the boots “support the spine and arch. If they fit right, your feet will feel really happy in them. The design of Lucchese boots is both a science and an art.” Peruse the collections in Shadyside and SouthSide Works, and get walking — comfortably! Roberta Weissburg Leathers, 5415 Walnut St., Shadyside. 412.681.8188. 527 South 27th St., SouthSide Works, 412.488.8008. RobertaWeissburgLeathers.com. Lucchese, lucchese.com.

HOME STYLE Splish, Splash! What’s more relaxing than a steamy bath, infused with the scent of soothing essential oils? New to SPLASH Kitchen Bath Home is Aromacloud technology and therapy from Ultra Bath, a leader in the realm of therapeutic bath offerings. Beth Fay Lane of SPLASH explains the benefits of the invigorating essential oil diffuser that’s built into these ultimate, aromatherapeutic bathtubs: “The aroma cloud creates a glowing fog that hovers above the water in the tub. The fog is infused with essential oils, which aid in relaxation and detoxification. It adds another dimension to the already stimulating family of therapies offered by Ultra Bath.” We’re thinking we definitely need to upgrade our bathtub experience! SPLASH, 1237 Freedom Road, Cranberry. 724.772.1060. 4807 William Penn Hwy., Murrysville. 724.733.2600. exploresplash.com.





Exciting Expansion Schafer Interiors and Fine Art Gallery is excited to share news for the new year! Owner Theresa Bayer says, “We have expanded the rug department to include both traditional and contemporary handknotted rugs. Many are one of a kind. We have designed a unique display area to show these exquisite pieces, and we look forward to using them in many of our design projects!” Want more from Schafer Interiors? Turn to our “Couples Who Make a Difference” story on page 60 to peruse abstract impressionist art and modern furniture from the store. Schafer Interiors and Fine Art Gallery, 320 Castle Shannon Blvd., Mt. Lebanon. 412.344.0233.

Photographs from FutureDerm, NeriumAD, Lucchese, Ultra Bath.

Be Legendary Legends by Romona Keveza is a bridal line that’s both young in spirit and inspired by some of our favorite fashion icons, including Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly. That’s why we and local brides-to-be are thrilled that The Exquisite Bride has begun to carry the oh-so-lovely line at its Murrysville location. “Ms. Keveza has dressed many well-known stars for the Grammys and Country Music Awards. This is truly the biggest name to come to Pittsburgh,” says Susan Marinelli, co-owner of The Exquisite Bride. Plus, mark your calendar for two exciting trunk shows this month, including 10 percent off styles by David Tutera, February 21-25 in Murrysville, and February 26-March 2 at the Gibsonia store. Legends by Romona Keveza, legendsbyromonakeveza.com. The Exquisite Bride, 5349 William Flynn Hwy., Gibsonia. 724.443.0400. 4353 Old William Penn Hwy., Murrysville. 724.327.4337. theexquisitebride.com.

Photograph from Legends by Romona Keveza.





Love Your Color We all want our hair color to last and look as shiny as the day we first have it done. The experts at Philip Pelusi understand our hair hopes and are here to help with their Color Lock Hair Therapy Treatment, a new spa hair therapy and color protection service. The process starts with a Philip Pelusi P2 Fade de Phy Pure Pigment Color Boost scalp massage. Color is then sealed with Philip Pelusi Color Lock Anti-Fade Serum Therapy. “It only takes fifteen minutes. The best part? It only costs $19.97 when booked with another hair service,” says Marketing Manager Michele Pelusi. “Fad de Phy Color Boost conditioner pumps up color and weightlessly conditions, reviving tone and shine. Color Lock amazingly helps to keep color vibrant and fresh for up to 20 shampoos. Both Philip Pelusi salon service products are also available for purchase as ‘beauty at home’ products.” In other words, “Protect your color; protect your investment.” Philip Pelusi Salons, philippelusi.com.

Say Spa! One of our favorite ways to spend Valentine’s Day with our sweeties is by indulging in a couple’s spa treatment. Check out the romantic, relaxing offerings available at a few of our favorite spas!

Relax with the one you love this Valentine’s Day — and treat yourself while you’re at it! Book the Sparkling Package, a couple’s massage available at Stonewater Salon and Spa, February 11-15, $200 per couple. The session starts with an aromatherapy foot bath, complete with sparkling wine and chocolate-covered strawberries. Next, relax and refresh with side-by-side massages in the couple’s treatment room. “It’s that time of year to pamper the one you love,” says owner Alicia Nath. “Make this Valentine’s Day one you won’t forget!”Stonewater Salon and Spa, 5326 Clairton Blvd., South Hills. 412.882.2000. stonewatersalonandspa.com. Add this to your February 14 gift list: The Pure Bliss Four Handed Massage, $170, at the Pittsburgh Center for Health and Complementary Healing — it’s a-60 minute session offering two times the relaxation! Two therapists and four hands simultaneously customize a full body massage. “This unique experience allows your mind to quiet as you lay back and enjoy the Pure Bliss of deep relaxation!” says owner Nikki Remic. Pittsburgh Center for Complementary Health & Healing, 1124 S. Braddock Ave., Suite B, Regent Square. 412.242.4220. pghhealthandhealing.com.

Seek some serenity at Spa Jema! Lovebirds can enjoy the soothing space, complete with a couple’s massage, and toast with Champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries, available February 14-16, $200-$225. “You will start to unwind immediately as you slide between the sheets of plush heated tables, listening to transcending music, and feeling the warmth from the glowing fireplace. Aromatherapy oils, hot stones, and massage modalities will work magically to alleviate your stresses of life,” says owner Jennifer Blodgett. Spring for the VIP package and enjoy the private cedar sauna, too. Spa Jema, 117 1st Ave., Downtown. 412.281.3336. spajema.com. The couple’s massage room at Spa Jema.

Schedule a couples massage at The Spa & Salon at Southpointe, or gift your sweetheart A Touch of Valentine Beauty. The pampering package, $210, includes a Signature Manicure, Paraffin Hydrating Hand Treatment, Spa Pedicure, Aromatherapy Foot Masque, Exfoliating Essential Facial, Skin-Tightening Facial Masque, and a 60-minute Full Body Massage. Bliss! The Spa & Salon at Southpointe, Corporate Drive, Canonsburg. 724.873.7337. southpointespa.com.





Photographs from Phillip Pelusi, by Cayla Zahoran.

best dressed:

The Right Stuff Bold reds will turn heads, but so will a basic black sheath. These ladies show us how to do it right, in varying lengths and cuts of dress. Looking for more suggestions on how to accessorize a red or black dress? Turn to page 92, where we break it down, from head to toe.

Lisa Sylvester at the Diamond Gal a

Melissa Marcovsky at the Armani Collezioni Grand Opening

Brittany Johnson at the Diamond Gal a

Rachel Shipley at the Diamond Gala

Photographs by Bridgett Kay Photography.





shopping spree

Gimme a Ring! by Nicole Barley

The wearing of rings dates back nearly 6,000 years, and the precious circles can stand for everything from promise to achievement. In this case, we’re seeking some fun with glitzy, gorgeous cocktail rings. From costume jewelry to pieces that will last a lifetime, there’s a little bit of sparkle here for every budget. And, whether you’re giving them as a gift or treating yourself, we’re sure you’ll be sweet on this hand candy. Details in WHIRL Directory, page 102.


rings 1.  A RMENTA midnight oval ring with opal surrounded by white diamonds and blue sapphires, $3,980, Louis Anthony Jewelers.


2. Mark Patterson 18K rose gold and amethyst “Graffiti” ring, $5,120, Henne Jewelers.

3. Carelle 18K brushed gold, sky blue topaz, and diamond ring, $920, Henne Jewelers.

4. Carelle 18K gold and black onyx leaf cage ring, $1,800, Henne Jewelers.


5. Fred Leighton gray chalcedony and diamond ring, $13,000, Orr’s Jewelers.

6. 18K white gold natural fancy diamond ring, $12,900, Orr’s Jewelers.


7. Stephen Webster 18K white gold Jewelvine opalescent ring, $10,500, Orr’s Jewelers.

8. 18K gold and diamond butterfly and flower ring, $8,585, Casa D’Oro Diamonds & Fine Jewelry.

9.  14K gold five-diamond ring, $6,900, Casa D’Oro Diamonds & Fine Jewelry.

10. Poetic Collection 18K yellow gold and diamond butterfly ring, price upon request, Joyce’s Fine Jewelry.

11. Couture Collection 18K rose gold ring

with fancy brown and brilliant-cut diamonds, price upon request, Joyce’s Fine Jewelry.


12. Tsarina heart-shaped cocktail rings,

$59 each, Spoiled Chics the Boutique.

13. Tsarina pearl flower ring, $55, Spoiled Chics the Boutique.

14. Jan Michaels amazonite ring, $48, MoZaic Boutique.

15. Jan Michaels rose quartz ring, $45, MoZaic Boutique.

16. EDgy black diamond ring, $75, Splurge. 17. Gold hammered cross ring with semi


precious stones, $150, Splurge.

18. Coco crystal and gold ring, $300, Splurge.





Photographs by Cayla Zahoran and Michael Fornataro, from Louis Anthony Jewelers, Henne Jewelers, Joyce’s Fine Jewelry, Spoiled Chics the Boutique.





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Style feature


We show you how to style one dynamic dress, three ways By LIZ PETONIAK Photographs by CAYLA ZAHORAN

When tailoring and adding to your wardrobe, versatility is key. We found the perfect dress for February — red, but not too red — and accessorized it three different ways to suit women on the move, all while keeping the latest trends in mind, of course. You’ll want to wear this LRD (little red dress) all month long and beyond!

WEEKEND WARRIOR Conquer your social calendar in this casual ensemble that can easily take you from daytime shopping to evening drinks with your girlfriends.

THE DRESS: Torn by Ronny Kobo red and black knit dress, $370, One Brilliant.

BAI LEY 44 “Java Jolt” suede moto jacket in “Army,” $370, e.b. Pepper.

T ow n e & Reese gold “Sloan Earring,” $20, The Picket Fence.

L I LY P U L I T Z E R gold jacquard “Murfee” pashmina, $128, The Picket Fence.

Mixing gold and silver is no longer a fashion faux pas. If you’re hesitant to try this trend, a layered metal ring like this one eliminates guesswork!

Silver and gold ring, $58, One Brilliant.

P s kaufma n black saddle leather document bag, $198, Kristi Boutique.





C harles by Charles Dav id Laguna black “Rustica” calfskin boot, $99, Footloose Shadyside.



Show them you mean business in the boardroom by rocking a strong blazer and standing tall in killer pointy-toe pumps.

For a hot Valentine’s Day date, simply pump up the glam by adding metallic touches.

M Y T RIBE black blazer with faux leather trim, $198, One Brilliant.

Sliver lattice earrings, $30, One Brilliant.

Leather sleeves and trim give this blazer an edge.

Pairing this dress with a printed clutch adds unexpected flair and will earn you major fashionista cred.

Pewter beaded bracelet, $48, One Brilliant.

C laudia Ciuti I talia n Shoes fay gunmetal and black suede “New Helmut” heel, $229, Footloose Shadyside.

P li n io Vison a black “Spazzalato” leather work tote, $345, Footloose Shadyside.

BUTtER silver “Clinton” sandal, $310, Footloose Shadyside.

I NG E C H R ISTOPH ER red satin and black leather clutch, $280, Footloose Shadyside.

e.b. Pepper, 5411 Walnut St., Shadyside. 412.683.3815. Footloose Shadyside, 736 Bellefonte St., Shadyside. 412.687.3663. footlooseshadyside.com. Kristi Boutique, 345 Freeport Road, Aspinwall. 412.782.2033. kristiboutique.com. One Brilliant, 1 Brilliant Ave., Aspinwall. 412.781.3443. onebrilliant.com. The Picket Fence, 5425 Walnut St., Shadyside. 412.246.0350. picketfenceshadyside.com. whirlmagazine.com




REAL estate


SETTLE DOWN IN STYLE. These cozy starter homes offer all of the features that young, committed professionals desire, including gourmet kitchens, charming details, and great location. And, for the lovebirds, there’s also plenty of space to nest and grow!

Listed at $277,900 807 Park Plaza, Pine Township

key to your heart

Turn the key to this three-story, two-bedroom, three-bathroom townhouse and enter an adult playground! The master suite boasts a cathedral ceiling, skylights, a walk-in closet, an attached bathroom with a jet bathtub and ceramic backsplash, and a raised loft area overlooking the entire room. The pine hardwood floors, granite countertops, crown molding, and floor-toceiling stone fireplace are sure to stun, too. For the kiddies, the Village at the Pine’s community picnic area and playground provide for infinite fun! For more information, contact Catherine Hathaway of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services at 724.941.8800. howardhanna.com.





Photographs from Howard Hanna Real Estate Services.

love boat

Smooth sailing ahead! For those drawn to water, look no further than this two-story townhouse in Cherry Valley Lakeview Estates, complete with three bedrooms and three-anda-half baths. Overlook the picturesque lake as you dine on the back deck, relax in the first floor master suite, equipped with a Whirlpool tub, or entertain a party in the finished basement that opens out to a second, lowerlevel patio. Homeowners have the option of adding a private dock, perfect for housing a boat after a fun day of fishing, as well as access to the community clubhouse, exercise room, heated pool, and walking trails. For more information, contact Raymond Carnevali Jr. of Prudential Preferred Realty at 412.885.1844 or raymondcarnevali@prudentialpreferred.com. prudentialpreferred.com.

Listed at $299,900 2030 Stillwater Lane, Hickory Area

Listed at $399,000 40 South 19th Street, South Side

modern makeover

You may be settling down, but that doesn’t mean you should settle for less! Ambitious couples are sure to appreciate the endless amenities and stylish details in this three-bedroom, two full and one half bath home in South Side. The recent renovation includes an open floor plan; a spacious gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and a mosaic glass tile backsplash; bamboo wood floors; and entirely refurbished bathrooms with exquisite tiling. Yet, the four fireplaces, exposed brick, and staircase leading up to the private master suite help this residence retain its vintage charm. Step out the front door and find restaurants and nightlife, all within walking distance. Or, stay in and enjoy a glass of vino from the two-story rooftop deck, complete with unparalleled views of the city! For more information, contact Andrea Ehrenreich of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services at 412.421.9120. howardhanna.com.

family house

Listed $239,900 1310 Sharps Hill, O’Hara Township

This three-bedroom, one-and-a-half bath Colonial-style cottage is warm, bright, and family-ready. An open floor plan and large kitchen allow for easy movement throughout the house, while the back deck and walkout basement provide easy access to the lush yard. And, beautiful details, such as the quaint front porch, crisp white crown moldings, cabinets, built-in bookshelves, and the adorably painted children’s rooms, give the space uniquely charming character. For more information, contact Stephanie Veenis of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services at 412.963.6300. howardhanna.com.

Photographs from Prudential Preferred Realty, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services.





Health + wellness

MacKenzie Hoops demonstrates a very glamorous dead lift.

Wear Your Inspiration on Your Sleeve

By Rachel JoneS

“Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” As we take on February fitness challenges, we want to be strong fit chicks. And when we need that extra boost of motivation and confidence, we turn — as we usually do — to clothes. By picking pieces from Be What Inspires You, we can bear our fitness mantras on our tees, making inspiration just a glance away. Created by workout enthusiast Sheri Kehren, the trendy tops combine fashion with fitness, making a smooth transition from in the gym to the street. “Be What Inspires You is my outlet to share passion and determination with others through a unique collection of apparel,” Kehren says. “When you wear it, it is something you can reflect on. It will motivate you to go hard, and inspire you to do anything or be anything you want.” Initially created for women in October 2013, the line is expanding to include pieces for men later this year, starting with shirts from its partner, Warriors Fitness. The top-selling women’s tees sport messages like Strong & Fearless, Thou Shalt Be Badass, Lipstick & Diamonds & Champagne & Dead Lifts (pictured above), Femme Fitale, and Boom. The edgy cuts and tough sayings help us stick it out and reach our goals, which is Kehren’s own goal for the line. “We really want to be involved in the community to help inspire others,” she explains. “We believe that good things come to those who work for it. Overcoming challenges is what makes life meaningful. And, most of all, we want people to believe in themselves!” Shop Be What Inspires You at inspiredbybe.com or at Amerifit Fitness Club & Spa, 100 Roessler Road, Green Tree. 412.341.3033. amerifitfitnessclub.com.





Photographs from Be What Inspires You.

Comprehensive Care After practicing oncology at UPMC for six years, Dr. Lanie Francis, hematologist/ medical oncologist at UPMC Hillman CancerCenter, started gaining interest in integrating mind-body practices with traditional cancer care. So did her patients. “I find that more and more patients are asking about this,” Dr. Francis says. “If they’re newly diagnosed, they ask what to eat. Then, they ask for help with pain or fatigue without taking pills.” The standard treatments are important for patients, but supplementing with holistic practices like yoga, meditation, acupuncture, or music therapy helps boost moods and lower stress. Even gentle stretching can ease discomforting symptoms. With so many of her patients doing their own research on integrative oncology, Dr. Francis organized the first Hillman Cancer Center Wellness Fair in October 2013 to reach a larger audience. More than 100 patients and UPMC Hillman Cancer Center staff met with representatives in areas from skin care and massage therapy, to nutrition and Reiki. “We’re trying to create a care plan for patients where they work on the therapies we suggest, and we follow through and supervise in a safe environment,” Dr. Francis says. “To me, that loop is very important, and what patients want and respond to.” Moving forward with her plan, Dr. Francis started Integrative Oncology Lecture Series: Making Wellness a Reality. The four panel discussions introduce the public to experts in movement, touch, nutrition, and mindfulness who will address symptoms experienced by cancer patients. “People have been really enthusiastic about how we’ve been tackling this and receptive and hungry for conversation as they battle cancer,” Dr. Francis says. “My goal is to really work with the momentum of the wellness fair and lecture series and bring more patients into this.” UPMC Hillman CancerCenter, 5115 Centre Ave., Shadyside. 412.647.2811. upmccancercenter.com.

New NAME... Same GAME... Setting the standard for the highest quality of care under a new name



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Attend the Integrative Oncology Lecture Series: Making Wellness a Reality at the Cooper Conference Room C at the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center. Register for the free event at 412.623.4636 or scottdl@upmc.edu. All discussions are from 10-11 a.m.

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360-Degree Fitness Frank Velasquez and Aimee Slattery have announced that REV Sports Rehab & Athletic Development, LLC is changing its name to VESLA 360 Sports Performance & Physical Therapy, LLC. “As we continue to grow and expand our offered services, we feel it’s imperative that we establish a truly unique brand identity,” Velasquez says. “VESLA 360 represents a convergence of not only our last names, but also our areas of expertise. Combined, our areas of strength allow us to provide a 360-degree strength training and physical therapy offering for our clients that is unmatched in the region.” Still located in Cranberry, the group is also adding a new location in Emsworth this month to accommodate the increasing client list. The 2,300-square-foot performance training and physical therapy facility will be inside the Pittsburgh Elite Volleyball Center, providing the equipment and guidance to help everyone reach their goals. VESLA 360 Sports Performance& Physical Therapy, LLC, 290 Executive Drive, #400, Cranberry. 1 Herron Ave., #100, Emsworth. 724.591.8228. Photograph from UPMC.





WHIRL weddings

 idas Flowers in Oakland created “simple, yet stunning” G centerpieces of white roses, hydrangeas, and baby’s breath in cut crystal vases. “The grand beauty of the Carnegie Music Hall speaks for itself,” says Jaime.

Jaime Azzara + Matt Lagoy By Liz Petoniak PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE BRAND STUDIO Pittsburgh native Jaime Azzara unexpectedly met her future husband, Matt Lagoy, at a friend’s party in Philadelphia. She says, “He was visiting from New York City that weekend, and our paths were lucky enough to have crossed. It’s funny because I almost didn’t go to the party that day, but I’m so glad that I did!” The pair dated for four years prior to Matt’s surprise proposal. He popped the question the night before the couple’s summer kickoff party at their home in Philadelphia. “It was so much fun to celebrate with the people who meant the most to us and priceless to see the looks on their faces when we shared our great news!” she says. They returned to Jaime’s hometown for their wedding at Saint Mary of the Mount Parish, where they exchanged vows in front of 170 friends and family members. “Following the ceremony, Matt and I were able to steal a few moments to enjoy the view and take it all in. Standing atop Mt. Washington, we truly felt like we were on top of the world. We couldn’t have been more excited to start our life together,” says Jaime. The reception inside the Carnegie Music Hall foyer exuded classic elegance in every detail. Drawing inspiration from the Champagne, gold, and sea foam color palette of the museum’s gilded Baroque ceiling; the green marble pillars; and the museum’s art collection, the duo opted to decorate with metallic gold mercury glass votives and escort cards painted in the Impressionist style, placed on wooden easels. Jamie says, “Matt’s guests visiting from Philadelphia loved experiencing this Pittsburgh tradition firsthand.”





 he bride, who works as a buyer for Anthropologie, wore a standout T Monique Lhuillier gown, while her bridesmaids wore Champagnehued Amsale dresses and sea foam-colored jewelry from Kendra Scott and Anthropologie.

The groom sported a classic tux from Tuxedo Junction while the bride wore the only wedding dress she ever tried on — a strapless Sottero & Midgley gown from Sisters II Bridal in Greensburg.

Ashley Carnahan + Jeffrey Downey

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PHOTOGRAPH FROM LAUREL MOUNTAIN PHOTOGRAPHY Mutual friends introduced Ashley Carnahan and Jeff Downey during their first semester at Westminster College. Ashley says, “We walked around campus for hours one day, sharing stories about each other’s families and friends, and learning more about each other. It was the start of an incredible friendship and love.” They shared six years together leading up to Jeff’s proposal along the North Shore Riverwalk near PNC Park. “After taking pictures of the beautiful city all lit up and its glowing reflection on the river, he wanted to take a picture of the two of us together. While we were waiting for the timer to go off, I looked over and Jeff had gotten down on one knee!” Nearly one year later, Ashley and Jeff 

celebrated their union with a reception for 180 guests at South Hills Country Club and a ceremony prior at St. Anne Catholic Church in Castle Shannon, where Jeff went to grade school and currently coaches basketball. The duo’s favorite memory of the big day was walking out of the church as husband and wife into a sea of friends blowing bubbles, cheering, and showering their love all around them.

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The bride carried a bouquet of red and white roses, and wore a strapless dress from Babette’s, complete with a sweetheart neckline, intricate beading, and a red sash.

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Kelly May + Michael Mossbauer PHOTOGRAPH FROM PITTSBURGH WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY Michael Mossbauer proposed to his girlfriend of three years, Kelly May, during a trip to visit his family in California. The eventful day included sightseeing at the Golden Gate Bridge, Pier 39, and Sausalito, Calif., sailing on the bay, and a trek through Muir Woods National Monument to see the famous redwood forest. Kelly says, “He and I were walking along one of the trails, and we stopped to read about the trees on one of the trail markers. While I was looking at the board he said, ‘Hey, check out this tree!’ When I turned around, he had the ring box open!” The pair, who first met in seventh grade at Harrison Middle School, wed at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church in Whitehall, where Kelly attended Mass growing up. A black, red, and white hued reception for 100 guests followed at Salvatore’s in the South Hills. The day was filled with unforgettable moments: a beautiful toast from Kelly’s sister, the couple’s first dance Details in WHIRL Directory, page 102.

to “Then” by Brad Paisley, and a playful cake-cutting ceremony, featuring a three-tier confection from Bethel Bakery and glutenfree groom’s cake from Gluuteny in Squirrel Hill. “Instead of eating the pieces of cake, we ended up wearing them,” she says. “It was fun, especially because some of my friends didn’t think I would ever let that happen.”

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WHIRL directory Feature: Modern Mobility La Pomponnée Salon & Spa, 659 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. 412.563.3990. 4137 Washington Road, McMurray. 724.941.8226. lapomponnee.com.

Feature: Couples Who Make a Difference Artifacts, 110 S. Main St., West End. 412.921.6544. artifactsweb.com. Lintons at the Waterfront, W. Bridge

St., Homestead. 412.461.2600. lintonswaterfront.com. Loom Exquisite Textiles, 2124 Penn Ave., Strip District. 412.586.4346. loomshowroom.com. Schafer Interiors, 320 Castle Shannon Blvd., Mt. Lebanon. 412.344.0233. Sognatore Salon & Spa, 1100 Liberty Ave., Ste. 1017, Downtown. 412.391.1181. sognatoresalon.com.

Rob Cochran cover styling by Rachael Ryan.

Shopping Spree: Gimme a Ring! Henne Jewelers, 5501 Walnut St., Shadyside. 412.682.0226. hennejewelers.com. Joyce’s Fine Jewelry,

5 E. Main St., Uniontown. 724.429.4278. joycesjewelry.com. Louis Anthony Jewelers, Norman Centre II, 1775 N. Highland Road, South Hills. 412.854.0310. louisanthonyjewelers.com. MoZaic Boutique, 1597 Washington Pike, Bridgeville. 412.275.3787. mozaicboutique.com. Orr’s Jewelers, 5857 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill. 412.421.6263. 532 Beaver St., Sewickley. 412.741.8080. orrsrocks.com. Spoiled Chics the Boutique, 350 1/2 Beaver St., Sewickley. 412.741.0977. spoiledchics.com. Splurge, 1112 Freeport Road, Fox Chapel. 412.252.2242. splurge-shop.com.

Rob Cochran feature styling by Emily Witzel, La Pomponnée.

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The Brand Studio, 412.693.3007. thebrandstudio. com. Carnegie Music Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. 412.622.3393. carnegiemuseums.org. Gidas Flowers, 3719 Forbes Ave., Oakland. 412.621.1300. gidasflowers.com. Saint Mary of the Mount Parish, 403 Grandview Ave., Mt. Washington. 412.381.0212. smomp.org. Couples Who Make a Difference Ashley Carnahan + Jeffrey Downey hair and makeup by Krista Jee of Laurel Mountain Photography, 135 Shannon Lane, Sognatore Salon & Spa. Ligonier. 888.815.8914. lmpweddings.com. Le Jardin Florals, 212 West 3rd St., Greensburg. 724.834.7499. lejardinflorals.webs.com. Sisters II Bridal and Formal Wear, 509 Frye Farm Road, Greensburg. 724.539.1171. sistersii.com. South Hills Country Club, 4305 Brownsville Road, Whitehall. 412.885.1100. southhillscc.org. St. Anne Catholic Church, 400 Hoodridge Drive, Castle Shannon. 412.531.5964. stanneparish.com. Tuxedo Junction, tuxedojunction.com. Kelly May & Michael Mossbauer Babette’s Gowns, 384 Carol Ave., Bridgeville. 412.221.8088. babettesgowns.com. Bethel Bakery, 5200 Brightwood Road, Bethel Park. 412.835.6658. bethelbakery.com. Gluuteny, 1923 Murray Ave., Squirrel Hill. 412.521.4890. gluuteny.com. Pittsburgh Wedding Photography, pittsburghweddingphotography.com. St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church, One Grove Place, Whitehall. 412.882.8744. stelizparish.org.

Photographs by Rob Larson, Cayla Zahoran.

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one last WHIRL

+ Get the details on the Equality Gayla on page 26!

Red Hot

By Andrea Bosco | Photograph from Andrew EccIES


ello, this is Bernadette Peters calling.” In just six words, the ginger-haired vixen put me at ease with her soft, sultry tone — a signature characteristic that complements her coiled coif. The icon’s career, spanning five decades, needs no introduction. And, as she spoke, her incalculable roster of performances and portrayals resonated with me: Annie Get Your Gun, The Carol Burnett Show, Cinderella, The Jerk, Into The Woods, Pennies From Heaven, Pink Cadillac, the list goes on...and on. The three-time Tony Award winner recently starred in Stephen Sondheim and Wynton Marsalis’ A Bed and a Chair: A New York Love Affair and appeared on NBC’s hit show SMASH. A vested children’s book author, Peters is writing her tertiary publication — this one about her new dog, Charlie. Her book proceeds benefit Broadway Barks, an organization she co-founded with Mary Tyler Moore that supports more than 27 New York City animal shelters. With a résumé as voluminous as her luxe locks, the chanteuse finds harmony in her versatile schedule. “The thing about being an actress and a performer is that your life is never the same,” she says.





“Every morning, I’m up at 9 a.m. to get Charlie ready for the dog walker to go play with other dogs, then I usually go down to the gym in the building. Basically, everything is up for grabs unless I’m in a show in New York, then I have a very definite schedule. I vocalize, I leave for the theater around 4:30 p.m., I have sushi, I vocalize again, then I get quiet and focus on the show. I like to think about why we’re all there and what we’re trying to make happen. It’s pretty wonderful.” Peters will pop into Carnegie Music Hall on February 22 for a sizzling performance as part of The Equality Gayla: An Evening with Bernadette Peters, benefiting the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh. “I’ve always been a supporter of the LGBT community,” she says. “I think it’s important for young people and their parents to not feel like outsiders. It’s working into our social network, and it’s a great thing.” Aside from her 2014 concert lineup, Peters says she plans to focus on how she can best help people and animals. Now we think that’s pretty wonderful. Bernadette Peters, bernadettepeters.com.

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WHIRL Magazine - February 2014  

In this issue - #1 Cochran, 9 Couples Who Make a Difference, 400 Pittsburgh events, bartending gadgets, hottest cars of 2014

WHIRL Magazine - February 2014  

In this issue - #1 Cochran, 9 Couples Who Make a Difference, 400 Pittsburgh events, bartending gadgets, hottest cars of 2014