Asides: Parks leadership, luxury hotel suites and 'An American in Paris'

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ONE OF THE BEAUTIES of this area is the number and quality of the public parks — and last week they got a new champion. The board of the Allegheny County Parks Foundation chose Caren Glotfelty as its new executive director. Ms. Glotfelty, 67, of Mount Washington has a strong background as an environmental professional and was formerly the senior program director of the Heinz Endowments Environment Program. The foundation is a non-profit that works with the county to support its nine parks.

AS PARKS are such peaceful places, perhaps their names might be suitable for luxury hotel suites. It so happens that a new boutique hotel Downtown — the Kimpton Hotel Monaco at 435 Sixth Ave. — is offering residents of Pennsylvania and Ohio the chance to come up with locally inspired names for a dozen suites. The winner of the contest, which continues through Wednesday, can stay there on its opening night. Using the hashtag #SoundsSoSuite, entrants should “like” the new Kimpton Hotel Monaco’s Facebook page and then post their best local name. A suite named Bed ’N’At may not cut it at a boutique hotel.

C’EST BON: Pittsburgh CLO and a Parisian theater company, Theatre du Chatelet, are jointly producing a new musical “An American in Paris,” based on the 1951 classic movie starring Pittsburgh’s own Gene Kelly — a collaboration that seems right in multiple ways. Rehearsals start in New York City at the end of summer ahead of a Nov. 22 opening in Paris, then it’s back to New York early next year for Broadway rehearsals. Magnifique and bravo.

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