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Entertainment briefs

April 11, 2013
The Herald-Star

'The Lasers of Oz' to be presented at Carnegie

PITTSBURGH - The Carnegie Science Center will present "The Lasers of Oz" beginning Friday, immersing visitors in the music of "The Wizard of Oz" and a laser light show including color, animated graphics and 3-D atmospheric effects in the Buhl Planetarium.

Featuring songs such as "Follow the Yellow Brick Road," "Over the Rainbow" and "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead," "The Lasers of Oz" kicks off the science center's laser show season. Shows include 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, "Oz"; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturday, "Bob Marley"; 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, "No Doubt"; 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, "Nirvana"; 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, "SkrillStep: The Music of Skrillex"; midnight Fridays and Saturdays, "Pink Floyd"; 3 p.m. daily, "Oz"; and 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, "Bob Marley."

The cost is $2 for members and $8 for nonmembers. A second show ticket can be purchased for $5.

For information, visit

Karaoke at East Springfield Community Center

EAST SPRINGFIELD - Karaoke at East Springfield Community Center will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday.

Admission is $2, with children younger than 10 admitted free. All ages are welcome, and refreshments will be available for purchase.

Bethany professor has award-winning book

BETHANY - A release party will be held for Bethany College Assistant English Professor Brandon Lamson's 2012 Juniper Prize winning collection of poetry "Starship Tahiti" from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday in the academic parlor of Old Main.

Lamson will give a reading of his work and will sign copies of his book, which will be available for purchase.

In 1975, the University of Massachusetts Press established the Juniper Prize for Poetry, an annual award for a selected manuscript of poems to be published and named for poet Robert Francis, whose Amherst, Mass., home was known as Fort Juniper.

The winning poet receives a prize of $1,500.

"Starship Tahiti" is Lamson's first book of poems. A 2010 graduate of the University of Houston, he is also the author of a 2007 chapbook of poems titled "Houston Gothic." His work is also in a forthcoming analogy titled "Poets for Living Waters: An International Response to the BP Oil Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico."

Lamson taught for three years at an alternative school on Rikers Island, N.Y., and has been a finalist for the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry. His poems have appeared in numerous journals and reviews, including Brilliant Corners, Nano Fiction, Pebble Lake Review and Hunger.

Bethany College art

exhibit ongoing

BETHANY - The Bethany College 2013 Senior Art Exhibit will be displayed through Sunday in the Renner Art Gallery.

The show features the combined works of senior studio art majors Carl Dean Cosentino, Marcus D'Aguiar-Alexander, Brennan Davies, Elizabeth Kletzli, Kayla Smuck and Victoria Spriggs. The exhibit is comprised of various works created during their career at Bethany College. With each senior exemplifying interest in different mediums, such as painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics and much more.

Davies, son of Dawn M. Fife and James M. Nelson, is preparing for his final semester at Bethany College before his graduation in the fall. After graduation, Davies plans to attend California University's graduate program for art education while earning an apprenticeship in tattooing.

He is a studio art major and artists such as Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso and Georgia O'Keefe influence his work.

Smuck was born in Weirton and is the daughter of Archie and Kimberly Smuck. She works mostly in mixed mediums and has a passion for showing emotion through her pieces.

In fourth grade, Smuck received her first art award, which was presented on the cover of the literary magazine for her school. She took every art class her high school offered and was a teacher's aide after accomplishing her classes. Smuck has also received merit awards at art shows at Bethany College. She is a member of the Kappa Pi International Honorary Art Fraternity and would like to further her education in the field of theatrical makeup design and teaching after graduation.

The artist's reception will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on April 14 at the Renner Art Gallery. For information, call (304) 829-7824 or e-mail at

Morality play at Franciscan University of Steubenville

STEUBENVILLE - In tribute to the Year of Faith, the Christian medieval morality play, "Everyman," will show audiences how good deeds pave the way to heaven.

It will be performed in Anathan Theatre at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Written at the end of the 15th century, "Everyman" traces the journey of Everyman as Death tells him that his end is near. With this knowledge, Everyman passes from despair and fear of death to resignation and ultimately, the hope of redemption. Everyman learns that he can take nothing that he has received from the world, only the good deeds that he has done.

The play is directed by Shawn Dougherty, chair of the university's fine arts department.

Performances will be held at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday in Anathan Theatre in the ground floor of Egan Hall.

Tickets cost $4 for adults and $2 for students and seniors. Admission is free for clergy and religious and children ages 12 and younger.

Tickets are available through Franciscan University of Steubenville's faculty secretary at (740) 283-6245 and at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.

Celebrate science Saturday

PITTSBURGH - The Carnegie Science Center will host "Celebrate Science with Sid the Science Kid" from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, coinciding with the first feature-length Sid the Science Kid movie, "Sid the Science Kid: The Movie."

The movie will be screened at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Bayer Science Stage, and those children in attendance will receive stickers and activity books.

Featuring the voice of Christopher Lloyd, "Sid the Science Kid: The Movie" is a science-filled adventure. Sid and his friend win a contest that allows them to tour a brand new museum early before the grand opening. When one of the robots goes haywire, it's up to Sid and his friends to find the rogue robot and fix him.

"Sid the Science Kid is the perfect tool to help get kids excited about science, because Sid shows that science is all around us and encourages children to think like scientists," said Debbie Ries, NCircle Entertainment senior vice president and general manager.

To learn more about Carnegie Science Center happenings, visit

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Historic Fort Steuben

STEUBENVILLE - The annual Spring Quilt Show at the Historic Fort Steuben will run Saturday through April 27 and is open to any one with a quilt to share.

Old or new, each quilt is a unique expression of the maker and the time it was created. A quilt display form is available at the visitor center and by visiting By filling it out and submitting it ahead of time, organizers can prepare the program and the room. Admission to the quilt show is free.

There will be two additional attractions during the show. At 2 p.m. Saturday, a special program will be presented by Kelly Paul - Taste the 18th Century. Paul will discuss and demonstrate early American cooking techniques. Samples of period foods will also be served. A $5 donation is requested for admission.

On April 20 the Spring Vendor Show will be held in the conference room featuring nine local vendors with well-known products for sale with delivery in time for Mother's Day.

The Fort is at 120 S. Third St. For information, call (740) 283-1787.

Craft, vendor show planned

WELLSBURG - The Brooke County Arts Council will hold a craft and vendor show from 10 a.m. to 4 pm. Saturday at the Wellsburg Volunteer Fire Department Hall.

"We're especially pleased to have so many hand-crafted goods," said Amy Balog of Follansbee, event chair.

More than 40 crafters and vendors are expected. Items include gourmet apples, jewelry, scarves and purses, wreaths and candles. Direct-sale vendors also will participate in the show.

"Their wares include jewelry, candles, scrapbooking supplies, purses and body products, just to name a few," said Balog.

The craft and vendor show also will feature a Chinese auction and a 50/50 drawing. Concessions will be provided by the Follansbee Baseball Association.

For information, contact Balog at (304) 374-4933.

Award-winning jewelry artist

to be featured in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - Award-winning jewelry artist Paula Crevoshay will be featured in a single-artist exhibition, "Garden of Light: Works by Paula Crevoshay" Saturday through Aug. 11 at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History's Wertz Galley, part of the museum's Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems.

Many of the pieces from the nature-themed collection will be shown juxtaposed with minerals and insects from the museum's collection. Some of the one-of-a-kind pieces include gem-encrusted orchids; characters such as sprites and nymphs; "ecosystems" with pieces reflecting relationships between plants, insects and the elements; and gold, opals, sapphires and rare conch pearls.

"It's in our nature to mimic nature," said Crevoshay. "As an artist, I mirror back to nature that which it inspires in me, which, in turn, strikes a chord in my viewers."

Charlie Daniels Band

coming to Mountaineer

CHESTER - Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort will feature country music legend and superstar the Charlie Daniels Band beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Harv events center.

In 1972, Daniels formed the Charlie Daniels Band and the group scored its first hit with the top 10 hit "Uneasy Rider." Since then the CDB has populated radio with such memorable hits as "Long Haired Country Boy," "The South's Gonna Do It Again," "In America," "The Legend of Wooley Swamp" and of course, his signature song, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," which won a Grammy for best country vocal performance by a duo or group in 1979 as well as single of the year at the Country Music Association Awards.

From his Dove Award winning gospel albums to his genre-defining Southern rock anthems and his CMA Award-winning country hits, few artists have left a more indelible mark on America's musical landscape than Charlie Daniels. An outspoken patriot, beloved mentor to young artists and still a road warrior at age 76, Daniels has parlayed his passion for music into a multi-platinum career and a platform to support the military, underprivileged children and others in need.

Tickets are general admission by section and start at $20 plus taxes and fees. For 2013, a special seating section has been added to the Harv and features reserved seating in the first four center rows. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday and can be purchased at;; at Mountaineer's players club; or by calling (800) 80-40-HOT, extension 8297.

Antique tractor pulling

season begins in Dover

DOVER - The River Valley Antique Tractor Pullers Association Inc. pulling season opens Sunday with a test and tune pull with weigh-in at noon at the Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds.

The regular season will begin May 4 and continue the first Saturday of June, July, August and October. The September Pull will be during the Tuscarawas Fair on Thursday at 6 p.m. Sept. 19.

A few changes were made during the winter meetings of the club - these changes include opening up of the super-stock class to tractors 1970 and older. Stock and pro-stock classes remain 1957 and older. The point system will remain the same, with the change of award plaques being presented to the top three pullers in each class. Hook fee remains at $5 per driver per class, while the 2013 annual required membership for all participating pullers is now $20 per puller. Complete rules are printed on the reverse side of the club's flyer. Sponsorship of a class remains the same as last year.

For information, email or call (330) 204-0981.

Workshop on learning to

play dulcimer set

FRANKFORT SPRINGS, Pa. - The Appalachian Folk Music Club will conduct a workshop on learning to play the hammered dulcimer workshop from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Frankfort Springs Grange Hall located at 1476 state Route 18.

All music and instruction sheets will be provided. There will be instruments available for student use. The cost is $20.

The club will hold an autoharp workshop May 5 and folk guitar workshop June 2.

For information or to register, contact Alice Whitehill at (724) 573-9109.

Glenn Miller orchestra coming

NEW CUMBERLAND - The Oak Glen Middle School Culture Club will welcome the Glenn Miller Orchestra at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the school's auditorium located at 39 Golden Bear Drive.

The Oak Glen High School Jazz Ensemble will open for the orchestra, and the doors open at 6:45 p.m.

Nick Hilscher leads an orchestra including five saxophone players, four trumpeters, four trombonists and three rhythm musicians. The orchestra also includes two vocalists - one male and one female - who also perform with the Moonlight Serenaders.

The orchestra maintains the distinctive Glenn Miller sound, created by the clarinet holding the melodic line, doubled or coupled with the tenor saxophone playing the same notes and supported harmonically by the three other saxophones.

Tickets are $21 in advance and $24 at the door. A group rate of $19 per ticket will be charged for the purchase of 10 or more tickets. Tickets may be purchased at Oak Glen Middle School during regular school days from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

For information, call (304) 374-7474.

'Clybourne Park' at

Pittsburgh Public Theater

PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Public Theater will present Bruce Norris' "Clybourne Park," winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, Britain's Olivier Award and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play, April 18-May 19 at the O'Reilly Theater in the Cultural District.

"Clybourne Park" revolves around a Chicago home at 406 Clybourne St. in two separate years: 1959 and 2009. It is the same house that was featured in Lorraine Hansberry's 1959 drama about race and real estate, "A Raisin in the Sun."

In the first act of "Clybourne Park," Karl Lindner - who first appeared in "A Raisin in the Sun" - tries to convince the white owners of 406 Clybourne St. not to sell their home to a black family. In the second act, 50 years have passed and the neighborhood is now a black community. When a white family buys 406 Clybourne St., intending to tear it down and rebuild a larger home on the property, a black couple from the local owner's association challenges the architectural integrity of their plans.

The same seven actors play different characters in each act. The cast includes Brad Bellamy, Bjorn DuPaty, Megan Hill, Tim McGeever, Jared McGuire, Chandra Thomas and Lynne Wintersteller. It is directed by Pamela Berlin, who directed "Red" at The Public last season.

The design team for Pittsburgh Public Theater's production of Clybourne Park includes Michael Schweikardt (scenic), Suzanne Chesney (costumes), John Lasiter (lighting), and Zach Moore (sound). Fred Noel is the production stage manager, and Christine Schott is the assistant stage manager.

Clybourne Park is recommended for mature audiences.

Tickets are $29 to $60. Students and those 26 and younger can purchase tickets for $15.75 with a valid identification.

For tickets call 412.316.1600 or visit

College to host car-cycle show

STEUBENVILLE - Easter Gateway Community College will host the 14th-annual car and motorcycle show, a judged show held by the Ohio Valley Mopar Club, on April 27.

The show will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., with registration from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost per entry is $5.

Twenty trophies in a variety of categories will be awarded as well as 100 dash plaques for the first 100 registered. For information, call (304) 479-0225 or (740) 283-2531 or visit

In the event of rain, the event will be moved to May 4.

Gallery crawl coming to Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announced an upcoming Gallery Crawl from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 26 in the Cultural District.

The Gallery Crawl is an urban showcase featuring a variety of art exhibitions, live bands, disc jockeys, dance and theater. Everything from the traditional to the avant garde is on display for art lovers of all ages.

"There are 36 stops in locations throughout the Cultural District, filled with new exhibits, exciting performances and interesting activities to enjoy," said Darcy Kucenic, trust manager of education and operations. "Keep the fun going and stay after the Crawl for free Salsa Friday at Cabaret Theater Square."

Highlights include Memento Mori in Tito and Exchange Way; Community Supported Art, a preview of the new series from the New Hazlett Theater at 937 Liberty Ave.; craft making-origami magnolias with Office of Public Art at Magnolias for Pittsburgh, 7^th Street and Penn Avenue; and Pittsburgh Public Schools All-City Visual Arts and Music Showcase at the Trust Arts Education Center and August Wilson Center.

Night Market IV, sponsored by Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, at the 8^th Street and Penn Avenue Parking Lot, will offer food, art vendors, music and dance.

Gallery Crawl events are free and open to the public. For information and a map of the Gallery Crawl events, visit or call (412) 456-6666.

Dance group performance slated

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Dance Council will present the Mark Morris Dance Group at 8 p.m. May 4 at the Byham Theater.

Morris has spent time in Europe studying the flamenco, before moving to New York, where he performed with several companies before forming the Mark Morris Dance Group in 1980. He has worked with many ballet companies and received eleven honorary doctorates. He has received awards including the Benjamin Franklin Creativity Laureate Award in 2012 and the Leonard Bernstein Lifetime Achievement Award for the Elevation of Music in Society in 2010.

Mark Morris Dance Group travels internationally, working only with live accompaniment in practice and performance.

In 1988 the group traveled to Belgium's Theatre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels to accept a three-year residence as the national dance company. Since completing the residency, Mark Morris Dance Group returned to New York where they continue to create innovations in modern dance.

Morris has created more than 130 works for his dance group.

Tickets are availabe for $19 to $48 and may be purchased at the Box Office at Theater Square, online at, or by calling (412) 456-6666.

Dinner theater to benefit Relay

WELLSBURG -The Ohio Valley Cloak and Dagger Co. will present an interactive murder mystery at a dinner show to benefit the American Cancer Society May 4 at Staffileno's on the River.

Tickets are $30 each. Seating is limited, and reservations should be made by calling (304) 374-3335.

Bourdain, Ripert coming to Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - Chefs, authors and television personalities Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert will bring their "Good vs. Evil: An Evening With Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert" tour to Pittsburgh for a single performance May 6 at the Benedum Center.

Bourdain is the chef-at-large for Brasserie Les Halles in New York and authored bestsellers "Kitchen Confidential" and "Medium Raw." He released the No. 1 New York Times bestseller, the culinary-themed graphic novel "Get Jiro!" July 3. He also hosts the Travel Channel's Emmy Award-winning "No Reservations" and "The Layover." He will host two new television shows in 2013, including "The Taste," a cooking competition series for ABC-TV and and documentary series on travel, culture and cuisine for CNN.

Ripert is the chef and co-owner of Le Bernardin, which received three stars from the Michelin Guide, a 29 food rating from the Zagat Guide and several four-star reviews from the New York Times. He has been a guest judge on Bravo's "Top Chef" and authored four cookbooks, including "Avec Eric," "On the Line," "A Return to Cooking" and "The Le Bernardin Cookbook."

Tickets are $45 to $65 and can be purchased by phone at (412) 456-6666, online at or in persona at the Theater Square Box Office. Copies of the chefs' books will be available for purchase onsite.

VIP Tickets are available for $145 and include premier seating, limited-edition tour poster and VIP laminate and a post-show meet-and-greet reception featuring hors d'oeuvres and photograph and autograph opportunities with Bourdain and Ripert.

For information, visit the website at

Brooke Hills Playhouse plans season

WELLSBURG - The Brooke County Arts Council announces the 42nd summer season for the Brooke Hills Playhouse, which performs at the pre-Civil War apple barn located in Brooke Hills Park on state Route 27.

The season begins with "Arsenic and Old Lace" May 31-June 2 and 7-9, followed by "The Haunting of Hill House" June 21-28 and 28-30; "The Drowsy Chaperone," July 12-14 and 19-21; "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," Aug. 2-4 and 9-11; and "Bathroom Humor," Aug. 23-25 and 30-31 and Sept. 1.

Pre-sale ticket combinations include the "Super Star" plan allows patrons five admissions to any show at a cost of $42 for adults, $34 for seniors and students and $26 for children under 12. The "Bright Star" plan allows patrons three admissions to non-musical shows at $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and students and $15 for children under 12. The "Twinkling Star" plan allows admission to one musical and two non-musicals at $27 for adults, $22 for seniors and students and $17 for children under 12.

Single tickets will be available for musicals at a cost of $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students and $8 for children under 12 and for non-musicals at a cost of $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students and $6 for children under 12. Tickets can be purchased by sending a check or money order payable to the Brooke County Arts Council to P.O. Box 186, Wellsburg, WV 26070. All pre-season orders must be made by June 1.

For information, visit the website at

Big Time Rush, Victoria

Justice coming to

First Niagara Pavilion

BURGETTSTOWN - Big Time Rush and Victoria Justice will perform at the First Niagara Pavilion 7 p.m. July 14.

For tickets, go to at; all Ticketmaster outlets; or by calling (800) 745-3000.

New exhibit at 709 Penn Gallery, Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - In Cast of Characters, new exhibit at 709 Penn Gallery, curators Vicky Clark and Cindy Lisica bring together diverse artists with character-driven work to question the nature of our everyday existence and our relationship to larger-than-life heroes and gods.

Characters' stories combine through humor, insight, passion and intellect, causing viewers to contemplate the world and question our place within it.

Participating artists include Mark Newport, Rei Sato, Jeff Schwarz and Janet Towbin.

709 Penn Gallery is at 709 Penn Ave. For information, visit

Sandra Bernhard

coming to Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents the comedian, singer, actress and author Sandra Bernhard 8 p.m. April 27 to the Byham Theater.

Bernhard's performance is a hybrid of standup comedy and rock 'n roll a unique mixture of political satire, pop culture commentary and cabaret.

Tickets are $35 to $40 and can be purchased at the box office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave.; online at; or by calling (412) 456-6666.

'Price is Right Live!'

coming to Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Steve Litman Presents "The Price is Right Live!" at the Benedum Center at 7:30 p.m. May 9.

For information and tickets visit; call (412) 456-6666; or purchase in person at Theater Square box office, 655 Penn Ave.

Butterfly Weekend

celebration planned

PITTSBURGH - Carnegie Science Center and Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens are teaming up to host Butterfly Weekend June 1-2.

The two-day celebration will give visitors a chance to learn about the life cycle of butterflies and discover why these insects have a remarkable ability to navigate, orient and migrate.

The Science Center will provide hands-on activities and science demos from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 1, and Phipps continues the celebration with butterfly tours and discovery stations from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 2.

The Carnegie Science Center will have life-sized models of each stage in the butterfly life cycle and antennae and scales under microscopes. Visitors will learn about ultraviolet light and how butterflies see, as well as animal coloration. The Science Center's live butterfly tent will be set up so those visiting can learn about the Monarch's habitat, and a few visitors will have the chance to feed the butterflys. Scott Creary, entomologist and Phipps Butterfly Forest exhibit coordinator, will be available.

Special activities also will be available, including creating flip sticks showing butterflys in flight; making butterfly snack bags; story time readings of "Monarch! Come Play With Me!"; and showings of "Flight of the Butterflies." Check the science center website at for times.

Phipps will hold "Behind the Butterflies" tours at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. June 2. Creary will take visitors through the Butterfly Forest and Production Greenhouses to observe the butterfly lab. Tours can be reserved for $2 the day of the event on a first-come, first-served basis, with a maximum of 15-20 people per tour. There will be Discovery Stations in the Children's Discovery Garden to create a craft and pot a plant that attracts butterflies. The science center staff also will be on hand with their life-sized models.

Those who present a "Flight of the Butterflies" ticket stub at Phipps will receive a $2 discount on general admission June 1-14.

Wynonna and the Big Noise coming to Mountaineer

CHESTER - Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort will feature country music superstar Wynonna and the Big Noise in concert in the Harv on Aug. 2.

Known as one half of legendary duo the Judds, Wynonna with her mother Naomi Judd rose to superstardom in the early 1980s on the strength of chart toppers like "Mama's He's Crazy," "Why Not Me" and "Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout the Good Old Days)." The Judds were unstoppable for the rest of the decade, picking up multiple Grammy and Country Music Awards while selling more than 20 million albums along the way. The duo's initial run came to an end with a record-breaking farewell tour in 1991 after Naomi was diagnosed with hepatitis.

Much of Judd's success revolved around her solo career, which began with her quintuple platinum 1992 solo debut, "Wynonna." That set spawned four No. 1 hits and was the bestselling country album ever by a female artist at that time.

Tickets are general admission by section and start at just $25 plus taxes and fees. For 2013 a special seating section has been added to the Harv and features reserved seating in the first four center rows. Tickets can be purchased at;; at Mountaineer's players club; or by calling 800-80-40-HOT (800-804-0468) extension 8297.

Artists coming to

First Niagara Pavilion

BURGETTSTOWN - Live Nation welcomes Pitbull and Ke$ha with special guest Justice Crew to First Niagara Pavilion on June 2; the Zac Brown Band 7 p.m. on July 20; and John Mayer with special guest Phillip Phillips on Aug. 25.

For tickets, go to; all Ticketmaster outlets; or call (800) 745-3000.

Pittsburgh International Children's Festival set

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh International Children's Theater is hosting the 27th-annual Pittsburgh International Children's Festival on May 15-19 at the University of Pittsburgh theaters and Staunchly Plaza.

Programming will showcase international and local theater premieres, including a new interactive luminarium installation from Architects of Air of the United Kingdom.

Charlotte Blake Alston, featured narrator and storyteller of African Pourquoi Tales, provides an interactive experience by tweaking her stories based on the audience's participation. Back by popular demand, Aga-Boom (Russia/USA) returns to the festival with their art of clowning, comedy and theater performance.

In addition to the featured ticketed performances, the festival will include free hands-on academic, cultural and international activities, as well as performances at the free outdoor Community Stages located in Staunchly Plaza and on the front lawn of the Carnegie Library. Free outdoor activities and performances will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 15-16 and 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 17-19.

For information and tickets, visit the box office at Theater Square, or call (412) 456-6666. Ticket packages and single tickets are available. Children age 2 and under are admitted free, but require a lap pass for theater performances.

Groups of 10 or more, call (412) 471-6930.

Dave Matthews Band,

Heart to perform at

First Niagara Pavilion

BURGETTSTOWN - Dave Matthews Band along with Heart and special guest Jason Bonham will be appearing May 31 at the First Niagara Pavilion.

Tickets are available at; by calling (412) 456-6666; or at the Theater Square box office.

Hypnotist coming

to Mountaineer

CHESTER - Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort will feature world famous hypnotist Anthony Cools in exciting show May 11 in the Ballroom.

Cools has taken comedic hypnosis to a whole new level by pushing the boundaries of what other entertainers may be too scared to test. Calgary-born Cools has already taken the plunge into an outrageous vat of raw, boiling humor. Cools has been performing for the past eight years at the Anthony Cools Experience theater at the Paris Casino in Las Vegas.

The Anthony Cools Experience is a fun, energetic and uncensored show that has raised the bar on entertainment as we know it. Using willing audience members, he captivates the audience into the relaxing hypnotic state, where you let go of all holds and actually become the show itself. Cools tours the country bringing sold-out rooms to tears and fits of laughter. His high-energy performances have left more than one person coming back to finish off the whole dinette set. Tickets are general admission by section and are $40 plus taxes and fees. Must be 18 years and older to attend. Tickets can be purchased at;; at Mountaineer's players club; or by calling (800) 80-40-HOT extension 8297.

Tom Petty set for

Pittsburgh performance

PITTSBURGH - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will be coming to the CONSOL Energy Center June 20.

For tickets, go to at; all Ticketmaster outlets; or by calling (800) 745-3000.

Bret Michaels

coming to Mountaineer

CHESTER - Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort will feature multiplatinum global superstar Bret Michaels May 25 in the Harv events center.

Rising to fame as the front man of Poison, one of rock's most iconic and enduring bands, Michaels helped define the rock 'n' roll scene. Poison's massive success includes releasing eight studio albums, four live albums as well as selling more than 30 million records worldwide. The band has charted 10 singles in the top 40 of Billboard's top 100, including the No. 1 single "Every Rose Has It's Thorn."

Michael's solo career has charted his own course with multiple solo albums, the most recent of which was "Custom Built," released in July 2010. The album topped the charts, reaching No. 1 on Billboard's hard rock list. His current album release "Bret Michaels: Good Songs and Great Friends" features a crew of legendary artists who just happen to be great friends. The album contributors is a who's who list including Loretta Lynn, Jimmy Buffett, Ace Frehley of Kiss, Michael Anthony of Van Halen and Lynyrd Skynyrd, to name a few.

For 2013, a special seating section has been added to the Harv and features reserved seating in the first four center rows. Tickets can be purchased at;; at Mountaineer's players club; or by calling (800) 80-40-HOT (800-804-0468) extension 8297.

Gladys Knight coming to Mountaineer Casino

CHESTER - Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort will feature the iconic Gladys Knight at the Harv beginning at 8 p.m. on April 27.

The legendary career of Gladys Knight has spanned more than five decades, from her time with the Pips to her solo career. This seven-time Grammy winner has enjoyed No. 1 hits in pop, R&B and adult contemporary and has triu

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