PITTSBURGH - On Monday Carnegie Science Center and Cafe Scientifique will welcome Don Marinelli as he presents "Technology as a Facilitator of Imagination, Knowledge, and Understanding."
Technology, from iPhones to the Web to social networking and even virtual classrooms, have become the primary communication, entertainment, memory and information retrieval vehicle for young people across the globe. It is transforming tools for learning and soon will be transforming the classroom space itself, which poses a need for a shift in the traditional classroom mindset.
Dr. Marinelli, a professor of drama and arts management at Carnegie Mellon University and executive producer of the Entertainment Technology Center, will delve into a discussion on technology and the movement toward "edutainment" in the classroom and its reactionary tendencies. He also will provide insight on how technology facilitates incremental learning, whether or not technology can attend to students in class as a true collection of individuals, how technology serves as an impetus for distributed learning and why educators need to be open to technology as an "equal opportunity empowerment tool."
Carnegie Science Center is at 1 Allegheny Ave. on Pittsburgh's North Shore next to Heinz Field. For information, visit www.CarnegieScienceCenter.org or call (412) 237-3400.
Carnegie Science Center's 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 Friday parents can bring their kids to the Science Center at 5 p.m., spend the night as they please and then return at 10 p.m. or 11 p.m. to pick up their kids. Kids enjoy dinner, an Omnimax movie, a laser show, a science activity and time to explore the exhibits.
Also available on the same day is this fall's last Lidia's Night Out, which includes a special-rate dinner at Lidia's Italy Pittsburgh, a premier Italian restaurant in the Strip District neighborhood of Pittsburgh, while their kids have fun and explore at the Science Center.
The dinner menu includes Lidia's signature caesar salad, choice of Lidia's pasta-tasting trio or scallopine of chicken and biscotti misti. Dinner time options include from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
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.
Normal pick-up time for both classic parents' night out and Lidia's night out is 10 p.m., and those who want 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 Nov. 13 and Dec. 11. To register, call (412) 237-1637.
Veterans Day dance set
WELLSBURG - The Brooke County Veterans Memorial Park Foundation will hold its annual Veterans Day Dance, with music by Twice as Nice, from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Nov. 20 at the Wellsburg Banquet Hall.
Tickets are $15, with proceeds going to efforts to establish monuments at Brooke Hills Park honoring all Brooke County servicemen and women. They may be purchased by calling (304) 737-3667 or (304) 737-2295.
'Annie' staged by Hopedale Players
HOPEDALE - Rich Ivaun of Weirton, who plays Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks in the upcoming Hope Players' production of the musical comedy "Annie," has had his hair cut off to duplicate Warbucks' signature bald-headed look.
"Annie" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5-6 and 2 p.m. Nov. 7 at Harrison East Elementary School.
The cut was completed by Ruby Foutz of Jewett, owner and operator of ABC's of Beauty and a fellow cast member in "Annie." Foutz plays Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins, who was appointed by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as the first woman to serve as a cabinet member.
This is not the first time Ivaun has sacrificed his hair for a role on stage. "Years ago, I had my hair shaved off to play the title role in 'The King and I,'" Ivaun recalled. "The second time's a lot easier," he added.
The haircut was given during a rehearsal for the musical as other cast members looked on.
"The orphans really enjoyed watching, and the adults got the chance to make some really bad jokes," Foutz said. "One guy suggested that Rich looked more like Lex Luthor than Daddy Warbucks," she added.
Charles Calabrese of Wintersville, who plays FDR in the show, and is a lifelong student of comics and their history, disagreed.
"Warbucks might have some of the same issues as Luthor does when it comes to politics and business practices, but Warbucks is basically a moral, ethical man," Calabrese said. "Warbucks was an orphan whose parents died of natural causes while, in current DC Comics continuity, Luthor became an orphan by murdering his father to cash in an insurance policy and get the start-up money for his first business. Warbucks never used violence in the 'Little Orphan Annie' comic strip except in self-defense and got his start-up capital by working for it," he recalled.
Hope Players Executive Director Andrew Pelegreen III of Hopedale said Ivaun is not the only cast member willing to go the extra mile for their art.
Advance tickets may be purchased from any cast member; at the Hopedale Municipal Building from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; or by calling (740) 937-2208 or (740) 937-2629.
Patrons who purchase advance tickets for "Annie " will save $2 on every adult and student admission. Advance tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults. Tickets sold at the door will cost $5 for students and $7 for adults.
For information, call Hope Players president Donna Runt, at (740) 937-2208 or Pelegreen at (740) 937-2629.
The Hope Players is a nonprofit, family-friendly community theater organization that is open to all area residents of all ages. Information is available at www.hopeplayers.org.
Vineyard Cafe to host writers' workshop
wheeling - The Vineyard Cafe will host its eighth writers' workshop from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The evening differs from the regular cafe in that artists can only perform original creations. Although the evening emphasizes songwriting, other types of artistic expression, including poetry, short stories, skits and more also are encouraged. The workshop format is to have an artist or group introduce and then perform an original work. Then 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 also are encouraged to attend and interact with local artists or just to sit and listen. Both completed works and works in progress are encouraged.
On Nov. 9 the entire evening will be devoted to open micriphone from 7 p.m. 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 www.vineyard-cafe.com.
Dinner to feature Harmonizers
WINTERSVILLE - Come one, call all to the 19th-annual Fall Dinner Show - formerly called the Cabaret - presented by the the Upper Ohio Valley Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at St. Florian Hall.
This evening of barbershop harmony will offer a full course dinner from Piergallini's Catering. Barbershop harmony begins with the Tri-State Harmonizers, followed by local quartets On A High Note and Salt and Pepper. The headliner quartet for the show will be Sidekicks, a "Sweet Adeline"-style quartet consisting of four ladies from the Greater Harmony Chorus - Jennifer Fogle and Donna Knapp from Pittsburgh and Laura Covell and Marda Sopko from Poland. Back by popular demand with their well-tuned musical arrangements and clever wit, the Sidekicks are sure to provide an unforgettable evening of entertainment. A sample of their talents can be found at www.sidekicksquartet.com.
The Tri-State Harmonizers is a group of local men who share a common interest in singing songs in the four-part, a cappella style known as barbershop harmony. The local chapter was chartered in 1947 and shares this American style of music by offering two shows per year and other special events throughout the area with the goal of keeping the world singing.
The group invites all men who like to sing to join them at their weekly meetings at 7:30 p.m. Mondays at the LaBelle View Church of Christ. For information, go to www.barbershop.org.
Sweet Adelines International is a worldwide organization of women singers committed to advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony through education and performance. For information, go to www.sweetadelinesintl.org.
Tickets for the show are $27 if purchased before Monday and then $30 up to the reservation deadline of Nov. 10. Tickets can be purchased by calling Mark Cashioli at (740) 317-4369.
Keith Shaffer coming to church Coffeehouse
STEUBENVILLLE - Keith Shaffer will be performing at the Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church Coffeehouse, 3279 state Route 213, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5.
Shaffer has played guitar and sung with numerous bands and groups, including folk, barbershop quartets and rock in addition to religious and gospel music.
The community is invited to come to the coffeehouse from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for a relaxed evening of entertainment.
A donation of $5 is suggested. Snacks will be available for purchase. All proceeds benefit various church charities.
signing at Waldenbooks
ST. CLAIRSVILLE - Local author Tracy Carbasho will be signing copies of her new book "Nike" at Waldenbooks at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Ohio Valley Mall.
The book features revealing interviews with top-name sports celebrities, including Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings; Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns; and Duke University Basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski.
Carbasho, a Brooke County resident, also will speak to the Bethany Women's Club on Nov. 15 and give a presentation at the Lunch with Books program at the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling on Dec. 14.
Taste of Art focuses on Greek cuisine
PITTSBURGH - A Taste of Art, the restaurant at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, opens again this week for the Fall 2010 academic term with a focus on the international cuisine of Greece.
Under the direction of chef faculty at the International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, students rotate through each position in the restaurant.
The menu is created quarterly by students enrolled in the a la carte class.
The menu features a variety of selections featuring an international focus, as well as a variety of other traditional cuisine. Greek specialties include fasolada, roasted leg of lamb and baklava.
It is open to the public from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.
Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (412) 291-6532.