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Opinion: ‘Les Miserables’ moving, re-invented

January 31, 2013 PITTSBURGH — The smoke and clamor of a ravaging war on the human emotions has cleared from Pittsburgh’s Benedum Center, where audiences were recently stormed by a gargantuan reinvention of the... more »»

The ghost of Robert Johnson comes to Toronto

January 24, 2013 TORONTO — The ghost of blues legend Robert Johnson will surely be smiling during the Handmade Music Extravaganza set from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Main Street Gallery, 212 Main St. more »»

Local dinner-theater to benefit 4-H

January 24, 2013 WELLSBURG — A dinner-theater show featuring Mystery Theatre Unlimited and benefiting Brooke County 4-H will be held Feb. 9 at Staffileno’s on the River. more »»

Seamus Kennedy coming to Central

November 29, 2012 STEUBENVILLE — Seamus Kennedy, the unofficial ambassador of all things Irish, comes to Lanman Hall at Steubenville Catholic Central High School for one show only at 7 p.m. Dec. 8. more »»

Opinion: New from Rage Against the Machine

November 29, 2012 This week I review the 20th anniversary of Rage Against the Machine’s groundbreaking, self-titled debut album, re-released this week by Sony/Legacy with lots of extra goodies. more »»

Opinion: ‘Good People’ is earthy, riveting production

November 29, 2012 Six superbly talented performers stand ready to lead you on a gritty and uninhibited journey of survival in modern-day Massachusetts as David Lindsay-Abaire’s “Good People” continues its run at... more »»

Opinion: Reissues that profile artists at their best

November 23, 2012 This week I review two items recently released by Sony/Legacy, including one featuring the king of rock and roll and the other a blues’empress. more »»

Opinion: ‘War Horse’ is masterfully engaging

November 23, 2012 Blasts of heavy gunfire, cries of terror, and the prevailing rumble of horses’ hooves have all silenced their alarm within Pittsburgh’s Benedum Center, as “War Horse,” a touring dramatization of... more »»

Opinion: More reissues by jazz and blues giants

November 15, 2012 This week I review another recent jazz re-issues from Columbia/Legacy, “Duke Ellington: The Complete Columbia Studio Album Collection 1951-195. more »»

Opinion: ‘The Hollow’ suspenseful, humorous

November 15, 2012 The file on a tremendously absorbing murder investigation will soon be permanently closed, as Friday through Sunday mark Franciscan University of Steubenville’s final performances of renowned murder... more »»

Pittsburgh-based comedians at Zalenski’s

November 8, 2012 WINTERSVILLE — Comedians Ty Mac and David “Frog” Bey of Pittsburgh will be the headliners for an evening of comedy and dinner on No. more »»

OGMS club to host the Steel Wheels

November 8, 2012 NEW CUMBERLAND — The Oak Glen Middle School Culture Club will host the Steel Wheels Tuesday at the middle school. Opening acts Luis Neer and Tangled Wallflowers will perform at 7 p.. more »»

Kost photos in Pittsburgh

November 8, 2012 PITTSBURGH — The photography exhibition “Jeremy Kost: Friends With Benefits” will open Dec. 2 at the Andy Warhol Museum. Jeremy Kost is a chronicler of gender, sexuality and nightlife. more »»

Opinion: Releases by Armstrong, Young front and center

November 8, 2012 Well, it feels good that nasty old election is over and I now can dwell on things I really care about — such as music! This week I give “the treatment” to Psychedelic Pill,” the new Neil Young albu... more »»

Columbus Day Octoberfest at Spot Bar Sunday

October 4, 2012 STEUBENVILLE — The Spot Bar will be the place to be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday as local musicians host a Columbus Day/Octoberfest celebration. more »»

Opinion: Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad’ not all that bad

October 4, 2012 This week I review the 25th anniversary edition of Michael Jackson’s “Bad,” recently released by Sony/Legacy. more »»

Young artist shows work in Pittsburgh gallery

October 4, 2012 WHEELING — When asked why she makes art, Sophia Kayafas gets thoughtful and then smiles. “I am a creative and passionate being, and I always have to be making something,” she sai. more »»

Fall River Fest set for Sept. 29-30

September 20, 2012 NEW CUMBERLAND — The fourth-annual Fall River Fest is slated for Sept. 29-30 along the scenic River Avenue. more »»

Opinion: Dylan, Judas Priest get high marks

September 20, 2012 This week I review Bob Dylan’s 35th studio album “Tempest” along with a re-issue of Judas Priest’s heavy metal classic “Screaming for Vengeance. more »»

Playhouse to present ‘Leading Ladies’

August 29, 2012 WELLSBURG — “Leading Ladies” will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Brooke Hills Playhouse. more »»

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