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October 1, 2010
The Herald-Star

Country Friends to jam

COLLIERS - The Country Friends hold jam sessions each Friday at the Memorial Hall at Harmon Creek and Old Police Lodge roads and each Monday at the Get Together Picnic Grounds at Kings Creek Road.

Doors open at 5 p.m., with an open mic night from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Everyone is invited to bring a covered dish.

Country Friends Foundation Inc. is a nonprofit group aimed at promoting Christianity, friendship and brotherly love through music. For information, call (304) 527-4253 or visit

Free concert to be held

FOLLANSBEE - A free concert featuring local oldies rock 'n' roll band DeJa Vu will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday at Follansbee Park.

Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

Comics to benefit Charity Hospice

WINTERSVILLE - Comics Billy Elmer and Adam Johnson will headline a benefit for Charity Hospice beginning at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 at St. Florian Hall.

Other activities will include music by disc jockey Billy D; a Chinese auction; a silent auction featuring autographed items from Kyle Busch and Troy Polamalu; a buffet dinner hosted by Piergallini Catering; and music, dancing, a cash bar and prizes.

Tickets are $30 per person and are available by calling (740) 264-2280. Reserved tables for eight also are available.

Comic and veteran comedy club act Elmer has appeared on HBO, Showtime, Comedy Central, ABC, NBC, FOX, MTV, A&E's "Evening at the Improv," "Comic Strip Live," A&E's "Comedy on the Road" and "Caroline's Comedy Hour," MTV's "Half Hour Comedy Hour," "Star Search" and the Montreal Comedy Festival.

Also an actor, he's been seen in "The Wedding Singer," "Inspector Gadget," "Fear of a Black Hat," "Rock and Roll Mom" and "Day of the Dead."

A legend in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Elmer also has headlined shows at the Desert Inn, The Riviera in Las Vegas, Caesars Palace, Caesars Tahoe, the Silver Legacy in Reno and is a regular headliner at the Comedy Stop at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and Atlantic City.

Haunted Hotel

in Toronto in October

TORONTO - The Goucher Hotel haunted house at 241 N. Fourth St. will be open every Friday and Saturday evening in October.

The first tour begins at dusk. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at the haunted house. Pre-haunt tickets also can be bought at Mim's Country Kitchen across from the Goucher.

It is strongly urged that children 13 and younger be accompanied by a parent.

Part of the proceeds go toward the Toronto Kiwanis Coats for Kids program. This fundraiser assures local kids receive warm coats for this winter season.

For information, go to

Auditions for 'A Christmas Story' upcoming

MIDLAND, Pa. - Auditions for Liberty Theatre's 2010 production of "A Christmas Story" will be held at 4 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center.

The open auditions are for male and female actors ages 25 and up and male and female child actors in seventh and eighth grade. Call backs will be held at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 9.

To schedule an appointment to audition, call (724) 643-9004, extension 1153, or e-mail an audition time for Oct. 8 to

The requirements include a head shot and resume stapled together; and adults bring a one-minute comedic monologue. Child actors should request the child actor monologue by e-mailing Rehearsals for the show will be held in the evenings at LPPAC.

Liberty Theatre's "A Christmas Story" performances are Dec. 3-4. For tickets, call (724) 643-9004.

Vineyard Cafe

to host writers' workshop

WHEELING - The Vineyard Cafe will host its seventh writers' night from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday.

This is the first of two workshops dedicated to writers on the fall schedule, with the second being on Nov. 3. The evening differs from the regular cafe in that artists can only perform original creations.

Although the evening emphasizes song-writing, other types of artistic expression, including poetry, short stories and skits, also are encouraged. The workshop format is to have an artist or group introduce and then perform an original work; then the cafe staff members, other performers and other attendees have a chance to interact with the artists by asking questions and commenting on the work. Non-performing guests are encouraged to attend and interact with local artists or just to sit and listen. Both completed works and works in progress are encouraged.

The next regular cafe will be on Oct. 12 with open mic from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Chris Figaretti at extended mic from 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Earl Randal Keener at Up Close in Concert from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The Vineyard Cafe is at the Wheeling Vineyard Church, 647 Warden Run Road. For information, call (304) 224-1782 or visit

Hope Players seeking sponsors

HOPEDALE - Hope Players is looking for local businesses and individuals to sponsor the upcoming production of the musical "Annie" and other shows planned for the 2010-11 season.

Hope Players Director Andrew Pelegreen III is directing "Annie," which will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5-6 and 2 p.m. Nov. 7.

"As frugal as the Hope Players are when it comes to keeping the expenses of productions to a minimum, there are some unavoidable costs," said Pelegreen. "Even with a show like 'Annie,' where the costumes and sets are basic and minimal, the royalty for licensing the show requires a major outlay of funds.

"Sponsors who sign on to help support us for the 2010-11 season will have their names listed in the program and will be acknowledged at every show we present, not just 'Annie,'" Pelegreen continued.

The name of the business or individual also will be listed as a sponsor at the theater group's website at

In addition to "Annie" the 2010-11 season includes a readers' theater production of William Shakespeare's "The Comedy of Errors" in January; and the musical "Nunsense," May 6-8; and a fourth event to be announced.

Season sponsorships are $75 per business or individual. Sponsors also may elect to pay $30 to be listed as a sponsor for "Annie" only.

"Our sponsorships are a real bargain for advertisers," Pelegreen said. "Based on past attendance, approximately 2,000 people are expected to attend our shows during the upcoming season, and thousands more will see sponsors' names listed at"

Anyone with questions about sponsorships should call Pelegreen at (740) 937-2629 or Hope Players president Donna Runt at (740) 937-2208. Checks for sponsorships should be mailed to the Hope Players, P.O. Box 519, Hopedale, OH 43976. Sponsors should enclose their name as they wish it to appear in programs and on the website, their address and telephone number along with their check.

Carnegie Science Center offering parents' night out

PITTSBURGH - Carnegie Science Center is offering parents and guardians the chance to have their night out on the town with its Parents' Night Out program while also providing a safe, fun and educational alternative to finding a reliable babysitter.

On Oct. 9 parents can bring their kids to the Science Center at 5 p.m., spend the night as they please, then return at 10 p.m. or 11 p.m. to pick up their children.

Kids enjoy dinner, an Omnimax movie, a laser show, a science activity and time to explore the exhibits.

This Classic Parents' Night Out offering gives parents the flexibility to go to a movie, see a musical, spend the evening downtown or even relax at home.

Cost for the Classic Parents' Night Out offering is $35 per child for Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh members and $40 for non-members.

Also available on select nights this fall is Lidia's Night Out. This new option offers adults a special price for dinner at Lidia's, a premier Italian restaurant in the Strip District neighborhood of Pittsburgh, while their kids have fun and explore at the science center

Cost for two parents' dinners at Lidia's and one child's evening at the science center is $97; cost for two adult dinners at Lidia's and two children at the science center is $132.

Other price options are based on $31 per dinner and $35 per child. The dinner cost includes tax and gratuity but not drinks.

The dinner menu includes Lidia's signature caesar salad, choice of Lidia's pasta tasting trio or scallopine of chicken and biscotti misti.

Normal pick-up time for both Classic Parents' Night Out and Lidia's Night Out is 10 p.m., and those who wish to make the most of their evening can pick up their kids at 11 p.m. for an additional $10.

Pre-registration is required.

Other Parents' Night Out dates include Oct. 29; Nov. 13; and Dec. 11.

To register, call (412) 237-1637.

Local student to star in YSU?play

YOUNGSTOWN - Toronto native Deanna Scott will star in the Youngstown State University Theater's performance of Ken Ludwig's farce "Leading Ladies" today through Sunday and Oct. 8-10 in the Spotlight Arena Theater.

Today through Saturday's performances begin at 7:30 p.m., while the Sunday matinee performances are at 3 p.m. All seats in the theater are general admission, so patrons are encouraged to make reservations early.

In the comedy two English Shakespearean actors, Jack and Leo, find themselves so down on their luck that they are performing "Scenes from Shakespeare" on the Moose Lodge circuit in the Amish country of Pennsylvania.

When they hear that an old lady in York, Pa., is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long lost English nephews, they resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the cash.

Show tickets may be purchased by calling the university theater box office at (330) 941-3105. Ticket prices are free for YSU students with identification; $10 for adults; and $5 for senior citizens, YSU faculty and staff and high school and college students from other universities, Penguin Club members and YSU alumni.

Parking is available in the Wick Avenue parking deck for all shows for a nominal fee.

Bethany College to host Explore Japan celebration

BETHANY - Bethany's Japan Outreach will present the 23rd-annual Explore Japan Celebration at Bethany College on Oct. 13.

The celebration will feature a sushi cooking demonstration and food sampling, as well as Japanese drumming and calligraphy from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the commencement hall.

The event will begin with a cooking demonstration at 6 p.m. followed by a sampling of sushi and other Japanese dishes - including noodles, meat and rice. Fumiyo Iwadachi, a Japanese language teacher in the Handa City area, will present Japanese calligraphy at 6:45 p.m. The evening will include Japanese calligraphy painting by artist Koto Muto from Handa City at 7 p.m. Members of Bethany's Japan Outreach and Japan Club will provide Japanese drum music.

The Explore Japan celebration was initiated more than two decades ago to help introduce various aspects of Japanese culture and language to the Bethany campus and the Ohio Valley. The West Virginia Humanities Council previously sponsored a successful Japanese Institute for Bethany College. The Japanese Institute participants visited Handa City, Japan, during the course of the Institute, and their interactions there birthed an active cultural exchange between Bethany and Handa City that made the upcoming celebration possible.

The activities, co-funded by Japan Outreach and the Student Activities Council and supported by Mizkan America Inc., are open to the public. Bethany students may attend for free and are asked to donate $1 to support the Japan Club's cultural outreach activities. The charge for adults is $10, and the charge for children younger than 12 is $5. Advance registration is required by e-mailing

Deja Vu to

perform at dance

WEIRTON - The city Knights of Columbus will host a dance open to the public and featuring the music of Deja Vu, a classic oldies band from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Knights of Columbus Hall.

Dress is casual, and the cost is $20 per couple. A cash bar will be available, while those attending should bring their own snacks and finger foods. For reservations, call (304) 723-1492.

Bubblemania at Carnegie Science Center Saturday

PITTSBURGH - Traveling demonstration presenter Casey Carle is preparing to blow Carnegie Science Center visitors away with his hit show Bubblemania on Saturday.

Bubblemania will take place at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the science stage. Each show lasts 30 minutes and features brilliant demonstrations on bubbles of all shapes and sizes.

Using a special formula to create unusual bubbles, including bubbles that puff smoke when they pop to bubbles larger than a grown adult, Carle's show teaches about the science behind bubbles, as well as mesmerizes and mystifies audiences of all ages.

Bubblemania shows will be included with general admission.

Carnegie Science Center is at 1 Allegheny Ave. on Pittsburgh's North Shore next to Heinz Field.

For information, visit or call (412) 237-3400.

One man show coming to Cabaret

PITTSBURGH - Patrick Combs tells the amazing-but-true story of how he deposited a $95,093.35 junk-mail check marked "non-negotiable," hoping to spread a little banking cheer to tellers, and how it erupted into a funny award-winning, off-Broadway, one-man show, Man 1, Bank 0, set for 10:30 p.m. today at the Cabaret at Theater Square.

What happens after the bank cashes the ridiculous check? To name only a few things - angry banking officers threatening "jail time" and "death"; the nation's leading authority on banking coming out of retirement; astonishing legal twists; and worldwide media coverage, including in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and "Good Morning America."

Tickets are $16 and are available by calling the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust box office at (412) 456-6666 or online at


Festival of Lights

PITTSBURGH -The Pittsburgh Festival of Lights returns to the heart of Pittsburgh's Cultural District under the auspices of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, dusk to midnight Friday through Oct. 17.

In its fourth year, the event is designed to bring people to the Cultural District to enjoy the lights and more, including restaurants, hotels, theaters and galleries. Visit for a map of all the locations.

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