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May 23, 2013
The Herald-Star

Carnegie Museum to hold 2-Minute Film Festival

PITTSBURGH - The Carnegie Museum of Art will hold its 2013 2-Minute Film Festival, with submissions being accepted through June 21, beginning at 7:30 p.m. July 18 in the museum's outdoor Sculpture Court.

Activities will begin at 7:30 p.m., with food and drink available, and the screening will begin at 9 p.m. Admission, including one drink ticket, is $10. Parking is available in the museum lot for a $5 flat fee.

The 2013 theme is "At Play," encouraging filmmakers to be creative, test boundaries and take risks. It also is the inspiration behind the Lozziwurm play-sculpture recently installed at the museum's Forbes Avenue entrance and is a theme that emerged from the 2013 Carnegie International.

For information on making a submission to the juried film festival, visit The deadline is June 21. Entries selected for inclusion for the film festival also will be available for viewing on the museum's website. In addition to the Juror's Choice Award, those visiting the website can vote for a People's Choice Award.

The museum is encouraging interested users to download the Vine application on their smartphones to make and share their own six-second films with the museum on the social media website Twitter by tweeting the museum at @cmoa or using the hashtag #2mff. Those attending the July 18 screening also can make looped videos at stop-motion animation stations, which will be shared live on the museum's Twitter feed.

Admission to museums

free to active military

PITTSBURGH - Admission to the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History will be free to all active duty military personnel and their families, Friday through Sept. 2 as part of the Blue Star Museums Program. The museums offer 50 percent off admission for active military personnel year-round for up to four people per military identification. Admission to fee-based programs is not included.

Regular parking rates apply.

The museums are two of more than 1,800 museums participating in the Blue Star project, an National Endowment of the Arts initiative to bring arts programs to military members and their families.

Artist exhibit coming to Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - Internationally renowned abstract expressionist artist Al Bright creates paintings before audiences to live jazz music.

During his career he has collaborated with many jazz legends, including Jesse Dandy, Art Blakey, Winton Marsalis, Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, Jimmy Owens, James Williams, Billy Pierce, Nathan Davis and Robin Eubanks, bringing their sound to color.

Bright's solo exhibition at 709 Penn Gallery, titled Abstract Jazz Works, includes abstract oil paintings that Bright created during live performances with Jesse Dandy, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers featuring Winton Marsalis, Jimmy Owens, and Nathan Davis among other jazz greats. Video of these live performances will accompany the paintings on display.

Bright will paint live alongside popular jazz musician Roger Humphries from 4:45 p.m. to 6:15 June 9 at the Ninth Street Stage, downtown Pittsburgh, during the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival. Abstract Jazz Works is a special exhibition, part of the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival, a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

'Kreutzer Sonata' set to debut

by Pittsburgh Irish theater

PITTSBURGH - Martin Giles will premiere the role of Pozdynyshew in Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre's production of "The Kreutzer Sonata," opening in previews May 30.

The play is based on Leo Tolstoy's censored 1889 novella of the same name. Its publication was limited internationally due to frank treatment of sex and violence. Irish playwright Nancy Harris adapted the first-person novella for the stage. The play-goer first encounters Pozdynyshev in a train car, where he tells his musically inspired story of love, loss and betrayal - what he believes to be an illicit affair between his wife and one of his oldest friends.

Artistic Director Alan Stanford will direct, his first such opportunity since taking the helm at P.I.C.T. He has recently directed "The School for Scandal" at Point Park Conservatory and previous credits include works by Shakespeare, Moliere, Noel Coward, Oscar Wilde, Shaw and Brecht. He directed Giles in P.I.C.T.'s 2011 production of "The Mask of Moriarty" and will direct "Sherlock Holmes and The Crucifer of Blood" in December. He also will direct Wilde's "Lady Windermere's Fan" and "Don Juan Comes Back From the War" for P.I.C.T. this season.

Giles, in his 12th P.I.C.T. season, has appeared in "The School for Lies," "Ivanov," "The Mask of Moriarty," "House & Garden," "The Importance of Being Earnest," "The History Boys," "What the Butler Saw," and "The Gigli Concert," which earned him a Post-Gazette Performer of the Year award. He recently appeared in "Dream of Autumn" and directed "John Gabriel Borkman" for Quantum Theatre. He will direct "A Skull in Connemara" and appear as Dr. Watson in "Sherlock Holmes and The Crucifer of Blood" for P.I.C.T. He teaches at Point Park University. and Carnegie Mellon University.

Sound and Music Composer Elizabeth Atkinson will work with violinist Juan Jaramillo and Pianist Alaine Fink on the play's soundscape, which is rooted in Beethoven's Kreutzer Sonata, also known as Violin Sonata No. 9. Jaramillo, a Venezuelan native who attended the El Sistema orchestral program, is the principal second for the Wheeling Symphony and first violinist for the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra, Pittsburgh Ballet Orchestra and Sarasota Opera. He also has played with the New World Symphony, Sarasota Opera and Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. Fink is on the Pittsburgh School for Creative and Performing Arts faculty and is Duquesne University coordinator of accompanying services and performance coach. She also is the organist at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Allison Park.

Gardens and Galleries event

at Oglebay, Wheeling

WHEELING - Oglebay Institute concludes its Art of Wine series with the popular Gardens and Galleries event beginning at 6:30 p.m. May 31 at the Stifel Fine Arts Center.

Those visiting can enjoy a special outdoor tasting of six wines from the award-winning Kendall Jackson Vineyards. Selections include sauvignon blanc, riesling, chardonnay, pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon and merlot. Relax while enjoying delicious hors d'oeuvres prepared by Ye Olde Alpha and the music of Rachel Beck.

Guests will have the opportunity to purchase their favorite vintages and browse the World of the Willing exhibition. The cost is $35. To register, call (304) 242-7700.

Band Bridges at Towngate, Wheeling

WHEELING - Acoustic and soft rock band Bridges, featuring vocalists Kim Butler, Doug Pettit and Dave Pettit, take the Towngate stage at 8 p.m. Friday.

Together since 2005, this three-part harmony always draws a crowd and will provide an evening of memories with classic rock sounds from artists like the Eagles and the Beatles.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling (304) 242-7700. Towngate is in Wheeling's Centre Market district at 2118 Market St.

Brooke Hills Golf Course now open

WELLSBURG - Brooke Hills Park Golf Course will be open from 8 a.m. to 8p.m. daily beginning Saturday.

Golf prices for nine holes are $5 for green fees and $5 per cart; and 18 holes are $10 for green fees and $10 per cart. On Monday pass holders get half price on golf carts, and on Wednesdays all golfers get half off green fees only. The pool, paddle boats and mini-golf are open from noon to 7 p.m. weekends. For information, call (304) 737-1236 or go to

Carnegie Science Center to honor veterans Sunday

PITTSBURGH - The Carnegie Science Center will honor veterans with a special memorial Sunday.

Led by veterans of the U.S.S. VI Requin Base, the ceremony takes place from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the U.S.S. Requin submarine, docked on the Ohio River.

The event is free to the general public, who are encouraged to watch from the Ohio River shore.

Beginning at 10 a.m. the Beaver County Stearman Association will perform a flyover with a vintage Stearman World War II-era biplane, weather permitting. Afterward, veterans of the Requin Base will toll the bell once for each submarine that is on "eternal patrol" and will cast flower petals on the water . The Marine color guard is from the Three Rivers Leatherneck Detachment 31.0 and members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9199 are serving as honor guard with gun salute.

After the service, visitors are encouraged to tour Requin, explore life on a submarine and discover challenges that the crew faced while on board. Admission to the submarine will be free all day.

Raccoon Creek


summer programs

HOOKSTOWN -Raccoon Creek State Park Public Programs for June are:

Youth Beginning Archery

June 15 - Youth beginning archery will be held from 10 a.m. to noon.

Calling all kids ages 9-15, learn how to correctly and safely shoot bows and arrows. Certified instructors will teach the basic skills and proper shooting techniques needed to safely enjoy the sport of archery. Pre-registration is required by calling (724) 899-3611 by June 12. The cost is $5 payable at the program.

Flags of the United States

June 15-16 -Flags of the United States meets at Wildflower Reserve Interpretive Center along U.S. Route 30.

On the weekend after Flag Day those attending a program can learn about the flags of the U.S. The program is set from 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Flag-folding and other guidelines when handling and displaying the flag will be demonstrated. The program is free.

Strawberry Moon night hike

June 22 -Strawberry Moon night hike is planned from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Those attending will meet at the Old Main Picnic Area on Raccoon Park Road between the boat rental and Roadside East picnic area. Venture along the dark trails lit by the strawberry. Topics such as fireflies and tree frogs will be detailed. Those attending should bring a flashlight to the free program.

Art Club

of Raccoon Creek

June 30 -Art Club of Raccoon Creek will meet from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Doak Field.

The Art Club of Raccoon Creek invites anyone from beginner to skilled artist to practice artistic talents while enjoying the outdoors at Raccoon Creek State Park. Any media is welcome. Except for November and December, the club meets the last Sunday of each month from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Individuals and families welcome, and small groups should call ahead. For reservations and directions, call (724) 899-3611.

Toonseum to

celebrate festival

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Toonseum is hosting an event Sunday celebrating Pittburgh's first Comic Arts Festival in conjunction with the National Cartoonists Society Conference.

As part of the celebration "Rhymes with Orange" cartoonist Hilary Price has brought together a panel of some of the nation's best known women cartoonists including, Cathy Guisewite, "Cathy"; Lynn Johnston, "For Better or Worse; Terri Libenson, "Pajama Diaries"; and Jen Sorenson, "Slowpoke."

This Women in Cartooning panel will explore the groundbreaking work by women in the field of comics and cartooning as well as the topics and issues facing women in cartooning in the past, present and future.

The discussion will take place 1:15 p.m. at the Bricolage Theater, 937 Liberty Ave., as part of the Comic Arts Festival. A block party will be followed by an autograph session. Seating is strictly limited. Tickets to the panel are $15, $10 for students and ToonSeum members and may be purchased in advance by calling 412) 232-0199

The festival and block party are free to attend. The Women in Comics Panel is presented by Carlow University and the National Cartoonists Society Foundation.

Concert to benefit Comfort House

WEIRTON - A country concert to benefit Comfort House Child Advocacy Center will be held from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Weirton Event Center.

The country-themed show will feature Abby Abbondanza of The Hillbilly Way, the Joseph Sisters, Pat Heiserman and Infinitely Distant. Tickets are $8 when purchased in advance at the Weirton Chamber of Commerce and $10 at the door.

There will be a cash bar, drawings, a cornhole tournament and a duck pond and face painting for children. Those attending should bring lawn chairs.

Comfort House Child Advocacy Center assists law enforcement officers and staff with the West Virginia Division of Child Protective Services in interviewing children suspected of being physically abused.

Carmike Cinema offering summer kids series

STEUBENVILLE - Carmike Cinema 6 in the Fort Steuben Mall will present the 2013 Summer Kids Series.

The cinema will offer a family friendly feature on the big screen each Thursday at 10 a.m., beginning June 6.

The cost is $4 per person and includes admission and a kid's tray with pop, popcorn and fruit snacks.

The featured films are:

June 6 - "Despicable Me."

June 13 - "The Smurfs."

June 20 - "Hotel Transylvania."

June 27 - "Ice Age: Continental Drift."

July 4 - "Rio."

July 11 - "Horton Hears a Who."

July 18 - "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted."

July 25 - "Happy Feet Two."

Aug 1 - "Yogi Bear."

Aug 8 - "Disney Nature's Chimpanzee."

For information, call (740) 264-1680 after noon daily or go to



Revisited coming

CHESTER -Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort will feature legendary group Creedence Clearwater Revisited in concert June 14 at the Harv events center.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted rhythm section - bass and drums - from the legendary group Creedence Clearwater Revival launched the Creedence Clearwater Revisited project to once again perform live Creedence Clearwater Revival hits that are touchstones of a generation.

As fans who have experienced a Creedence Clearwater Revisited concert can attest, the right players were found to bring the legendary hits back to a new audience. Creedence Clearwater Revisited adds a new chapter to the band's legacy with vibrant and exhilarating energy and pure American spirit.

Creedence Clearwater Revisited will perform at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort beginning at 8 p.m. June 14 . For 2013, a special seating section has been added to the Harv and features reserved seating in the first four center rows. Tickets are general admission by section. Ticket pricing for the event is as follows - bleachers $20; Section D, $30; Section C, $40; Section B, $50; Section A, $60; and reserved, $80. There is an additional $2.50 service fee, as well as tax. Tickets currently are on sale at; at Mountaineer's players club; or by calling (800) 80-40-HOT, extension 8297.

Upcoming at

Fort Steuben

STEUBENVILLE - The first in the summer concert series at the Louis Berkman Amphitheater will be held beginning at 6:30 p.m. today.

Oldies Night will feature the Original Fantasy's and One-A-Chord.

Again this year there will be car cruise-in sponsored by Street Dreams Rod and Custom and the Steubenville Revitalization Group.

Several popular area musicians are organizing a gospel music program at the Berkman Amphitheater on Saturday. Among the artists performing will be Ron Retzer and the Chrisagis Brothers, as well as J.D. Garrison, Leslie Thermes and others. The free event will run from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., and volunteers are needed. To volunteer, call (304) 280-8981.

Three Arts River Festival upcoming

PITTSBURGH - The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, is set to fulfill its mission of connecting the community to the arts this summer, June 7-16 in downtown.

The 10-day festival is free and open to the public and presents high-quality and diverse visual and performing art attractions sprawling from the newly renovated Point State Park at the confluence of the city's famed three rivers, through picturesque Gateway Center, and into Pittsburgh's world-renowned 14-block Cultural District. During its vast and varied history, the festival has featured more than 12,000 artists and entertained millions of residents and visitors, including an annual crowd of 400,000.

This year's festival is significant for its role as a foundation to a number of cooperating high-profile cultural events bringing national and international attention to the city of Pittsburgh. Together, the events symbolize Pittsburgh's 30-year transformation into a global city with a thriving quality of life.

For information, go to or call (412) 456-6666.

Billy Gardell

coming to


CHESTER - Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort will feature Billy Gardell, star of the hit CBS series "Mike and Molly," in performance at the Harv events center July 20.

After a hilarious show last summer, the Pittsburgh native is back by popular demand once again for a July show at the Harv.

Billy Gardell's television credits include a co-starring role in "Lucky," as well as appearances in "Yes, Dear," "Judging Amy," "My Name is Earl," "The Practice," "Monk" and "Gary the Rat." He can also be seen in the films "Bad Santa," "Avenging Angelo" and "You, Me & Dupree." Gardell has opened for such well-known comedians as George Carlin and Dennis Miller.

Tickets are general admission by section. Ticket pricing for the event is as follows - bleachers $25; Section D, $35; Section C, $45; Section B, $55; Section A, $65; and reserved, $85. There is an additional $2.50 service fee, as well as tax. Tickets currently are on sale at; at Mountaineer's players club; or by calling (800) 80-40-HOT extension 8297.

Josh Groban

coming to


PITTSBURGH - Live Nation welcomes Josh Groban to the CONSOL Energy Center at 8 p.m. on Nov. 2.

Tickets can be purchased at; all Ticketmaster outlets; or by calling (800) 745-3000.

'Lion King'

in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - Disney Theatrical Productions and PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh announce Disney's "The Lion King" tickets currently are on sale.

Pittsburgh's most eagerly awaited return will once again leap onto the Benedum Center stage Sept. 3 for a limited engagement of four weeks through Sept. 29. Tickets begin at $30 and will be available at the Theater Square box office, 655 Penn Ave.; and online at


season begins

AVELLA - Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village, the oldest site of human habitation in North America, currently is open.

Meadowcroft, part of the Senator John Heinz History Center's museum system, recently was named one of the "Five Great Places to See Evidence of First Americans" by Smithsonian magazine. The site has become an international destination, welcoming nearly 15,000 visitors from 30 U.S. states and 12 countries last year.

The National Historic Landmark, located in Avella features a massive, 16,000-year-old rock overhang used by the region's earliest inhabitants for shelter.

Traveling forward through time, Meadowcroft offers visitors the chance to experience what everyday life was like for Upper Ohio Valley inhabitants over the past 400 years.

Visitors to the 16th-century, eastern woodland indian village can step inside a wigwam, pound corn into meal, or try their hand at throwing the atlatl, a spear thrower used by prehistoric hunters.

Two new 1770s-era structures help to spotlight the similarities and differences between the everyday lives of European settlers and American Indians in the Upper Ohio Valley. An open-sided log shelter represents the initial home and trading post of European settlers, while a log cabin shows how late 18th century American Indian families adopted European building techniques.

The village recreates all of the charming qualities of an Upper Ohio Valley Village from the mid-19th century. Visitors will come face to face with elements of everyday family life, such as watching a blacksmith forge red-hot iron or enjoying a lesson in a one-room schoolhouse.

In addition to experiencing 16,000 years of history at Meadowcroft, a variety of special events highlight the 2013 schedule:

Atlatl Competition, June 15 - Visitors can try their hand using the atlatl, a spear-thrower used by prehistoric hunters. This contest, which is sanctioned by the World Atlatl Association, is open to all ages and is free to enter with Meadowcroft admission.

Independence Day celebration, July 4 - Meadowcroft will celebrate the spirit of 19th-century rural America with old-fashioned summer games, open hearth cooking demonstrations and a pie-eating contest on the Fourth of July.

Insider Tours of Meadowcroft Rockshelter - On select dates throughout the 2013 season, visitors can enjoy exclusive insider tours with James M. Adovasio, Ph.D., who achieved international acclaim with his archeological excavation of the Rockshelter in 1973. Adovasio will present a lecture and lead a special tour on the site on July 6, Sept. 14, Oct. 12 and Nov. 9. For reservations, call Frances Skariot at (724) 587-3412 or e-mail

American Indian Heritage Weekend, Sept. 28-29 - Visitors exploring Meadowcroft's recreated Indian Village during this special weekend will encounter native artisans dressed like their ancestors as they demonstrate skills of everyday life. Visitors can also explore the interior of a wigwam, inspect carefully recreated prehistoric artifacts, learn about American Indian agriculture and try their hand using an atlatl, a prehistoric spear thrower.

Throughout May Meadowcroft is open Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, Meadowcroft is open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $12 for adults, $11 for senior citizens and $6 for children ages 6-17. Children under 6 and History Center members get in free.

For information, visit and click on the Meadowcroft tab; or call (724) 587-3412.

New exhibit at

Wood Galleries, Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - Wood Street Galleries, a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, will present Memento Mori by artist Gregory Barsamian, Friday through June 16.

In a strobe lit room, Barsamian's sculpture spins rapidly on an armature with imagery based on recordings of his dreams. At once low-tech and approachable, Barsamian's work simultaneously floats between the conscious and unconscious worlds in collaboration between artist and perceiver. The exhibit will feature the artist's work that combines mixed medium such as steel, wood and bronze; and steel, acrylic medium, paper, strobe and motor. Wood Street Galleries is at 601 Wood St.

Magic, mind reading at Towngate, Wheeling

WHEELING - City native and internationally renowned "extraordinist" Craig Karges combines magic, mind reading and mysticism, including a Victorian-era seance, to deliver an unforgettable evening in the intimate setting of the historic Towngate Theatre at 6 p.m. May 30.

It is also a night to indulge the senses. Guests will be treated to premium wines and delectable fare prior to the show, at intermission and during a post-performance reception.

An award-winning entertainer, Karges dramatizes the unknown, the unexplained and the unbelievable. He has made more than 5,000 appearances in 22 countries on four continents and in all 50 states. He is now making a rare, local appearance in his hometown to benefit Oglebay Institute's Towngate Theatre.

Tickets are $75 and can be purchased by calling (304) 2420-4200. Seating is limited to 166. Organizers expect a full house, and early registration is encouraged.

Under the Influence Tour coming to First

Niagara Pavilion

BURGETTSTOWN - The Under the Influence of Music Tour featuring Wiz Khalifa and A$AP Rocky with special guests B.o.B., Trinidad Jame$, Joey Bada$$ & Pro Era, Berner, Chevy Woods and Smoke DZA to First Niagara Pavilion at 6 p.m. Aug. 3.

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

Chili festival

in Wheeling upcoming

WHEELING - It's time to polish up your best recipes and register for the 12th-annual Wheeling Feeling Chili Cookoff, set for June 1 at Wheeling's Heritage Port.

All proceeds once again will benefit the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley.

There is a new category for competition in this year's event, homestyle chili, which means anything goes for ingredients, as long as there are chili spices and peppers included. This new category opens competition to vegetarian and vegan cooks, and those who like to add beans, pasta, potatoes, rice or other similar ingredients to their chili.

The commercial cooks category is open to all comers.

While the commercial division traditionally has included restaurants and caterers, other groups can enter this category, which allows the entrants to bring prepared chili to the event, rather than preparing it on-site.Commercial cooks can sell menu items other than chili and may distribute menus and other giveaways or coupons. They may also promote their businesses or groups any way they like.

Chili cook-offs are eligible for cash prizes. The Wheeling Feeling Chili Cookoff begins at noon, with entertainment by Steel Cassa and Deja 'Vu. There also will be a car show. Sponsors for the event are The City of Wheeling, Carenbauer Distributing, Chesapeake Energy, WTRF-TV and JP MorganChase.

For information, call (304) 234-3617 or email

Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson coming to First Niagara

BURGETTSTOWN - Maroon 5 with special guests Kelly Clarkson and Rozzi Crane will be at First Niagara Pavilion on Aug. 6.

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

Keith Urban

set for show

at First Niagara

BURGETTSTOWN -Keith Urban will appear with Little Big Town and special guest Dustin Lynch at the First Niagara Pavilion on Sept. 13.

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

Lazers of Oz to be presented

PITTSBURGH - The Carnegie Science Center will present "The Lasers of Oz," currently running, 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

Matchbox Twenty, Goo Goo Dolls at Burgettstown

BURGETTSTOWN - Matchbox Twenty and Goo Goo Dolls will be at First Niagara Pavilion on June 29.

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

Kid Rock, ZZ Top coming to


BURGETTSTOWN - Kid Rock with ZZ Top and Uncle Kracker will be at First Niagara Pavilion on Sept. 7.

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

Muse, Cage the Elephant coming to Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - Muse with special guest Cage the Elephant will play at the CONSOL Energy Center on Sept. 8.

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

Jewelry artist Paula Crevoshay in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - Award-winning jewelry artist Paula Crevoshay will be featured in a single-artist exhibition, "Garden of Light: Works by Paula Crevoshay" 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."

Harry Connick Jr. coming to Heinz

PITTSBURGH - Harry Connick Jr. comes to Heinz Hall at 8 p.m. on June 27.

Connick Jr.'s meteoric rise in the world of music was only a prelude to a multifaceted career. This pianist, vocalist, composer, band leader, actor and philanthropist has received awards and recognition for his live and recorded musical performances and for his achievements on screens large and small as well as the Broadway stage.

For tickets, go to; or the ticket office.

Big Time Rush, Victoria Justice set for pavilion

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

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

Butterfly Weekend

celebration set

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.

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.

Dave Matthews Band, Heart

come to 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.

Wynonna, 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

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