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June 16, 2011
The Herald-Star

Comedy night planned

at Zalenski's

WINTERSVILLE - Comedy Night June 24 at Zalenski's Family Pub and Eatery, 547 Cadiz Road, will feature four comics, including Erik Myers, Paul Simpson, Cody LaRue and Johno Cain.

Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. with the 18-and-older show beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person or $25 per couple.

Veteran comic Erik Myers is the headliner. With his high-energy style and machine-gun delivery, Myers has featured for some of the top comedians in the business, including Mitch Hedberg, Pablo Francisco and Tom Green. Originally from Maryland, Myers was named funniest person in Baltimore. He currently headlines comedy clubs across the U.S.

At the ripe age of 21 Simpson has embarked on a journey that's taken him past every bad relationship he ever had, every redneck family member that thought Jeff Foxworthy was funny and forged himself into a comic that can make any audience laugh.

LaRue, originally from Wintersville and who now lives in Washington, D.C., has been a performer all his life. His comedic style is a unique blend of sarcasm, personal experience and random thought humor.

Cain performs out of Washington, D.C., where he hosts his own open mics and while opening for some of the best comedians in the Virginia, Maryland and Washington areas. He has a unique comedy style that ranges from pointing out annoyances of the world, political humor and insightful social commentary.

For tickets and information, call (740) 264-2144.

Submarine on display at Carnegie

PITTSBURGH - On select Sunday mornings this summer, Carnegie Science Center will offer visitors the chance to go behind the scenes of U.S.S. Requin, a Cold War-era submarine docked on the Ohio River, and tour areas rarely seen by the general public.

Requin behind-the-scenes "Tech Tours" will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. July 10 and 24 and Aug. 7 and 21. Led by science center staff, participants will learn how the Requin crew faced challenges underwater, explore un-restored compartments and climb up the tower to see the periscope.

Due to the submarine's structure, Requin tours require full mobility, and the tour size is limited to 12 people. Participants must be age 15 or older. Cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. To register, call (412) 237-1637.

Parris duo playing at Vineyard?Cafe

WHEELING - The duo of Bill and Eli Parris, performers of original, inspired, acoustic folk and blues from DeLand, Fla., will be the featured guests Tuesday at the Vineyard Cafe.

The evening begins with open mic from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and concludes with the duo during Up Close in Concert starting at 8:30 p.m.

The duo's bluesy finger-style guitar playing creates a modern take on true Americana music in its purest form. Receiving recognition for their tightly woven musical creativity, they remain true to their personal values by singing out against social injustices, corporate greed and daily follies in everyday life.

This is the last regular evening for the Vineyard Cafe this season, and it will re-open Sept. 6. A special evening July 12 will be held in cooperation with Wheeling Jesuit University. The Vineyard Cafe will be playing host to 70 students from Spain and Argentina giving a music cultural experience to visiting high school-aged students. The evening will include open mic plus special invited guests who have various music styles. Invited performers will include Uncle Eddie and Robin Mahonan, Frank DeFede, D. David Stiles and R. Scott Stewart. The evening also will be open to the general public.

The Vineyard Cafe is in the lower level of the Wheeling Vineyard Church, 647 Warden Run Road. For information, visit

Snowball Day at

science center

PITTSBURGH - Carnegie Science Center is kicking off the season with Snowball Day on Tuesday - the first day of summer.

As always, all proceeds benefit informal science education programs at the Science Center.

To celebrate the summer solstice visitors who bring in a preserved snowball from this past winter will be able to choose what they pay for general admission. Visitors also will have an opportunity to cool down with ice-cold Slurpee samples thanks to sponsor 7-Eleven.

Hundreds of snowballs that survived the cold weather in freezers throughout the region and beyond will be making their way to the science center in coolers, freezer bags, frosty coffee cans and plastic storage containers, among other vessels.

In addition to naming their own price, every person who brings a snowball June 21 will be able to throw his or her snowball into the Ohio River from aboard U.S.S. Requin, a real Cold War-era submarine, weather permitting.

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.

Founding Fathers exhibit at center

PITTSBURGH - This Sunday visitors can bring fathers to the Senator John Heinz History Center to explore the life of one of the nation's most influential Founding Fathers as part of the new "Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World" exhibition.

A visit to the center is the perfect gift for Father's Day since all dads will receive "buy one, get one free" admission to see the 8,000-square-foot Ben Franklin exhibit and the entire history center, which also includes the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum.

After learning about Franklin's amazing inventions and connections to Western Pennsylvania during the French and Indian War, dads can relive Mazeroski's World Series-winning home run, Franco's "immaculate reception" and more of the most unforgettable moments in Pittsburgh sports history at the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum.

The "Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World" exhibit immerses visitors in Franklin's world and provides new insights on many previously unknown aspects of his amazing life, including his connections to Western Pennsylvania during Braddock's Expedition.

This engaging exhibit features more than 150 artifacts on loan from nearly 50 lenders, including Franklin's ledger book on loan from the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum, an original copy of the 1787 U.S. Constitution, which Franklin helped to craft, plus items related to Franklin's activities in publishing, firefighting, postal service, education, diplomacy and government.

The exhibit closes on July 31.

The Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, a state-of-the-art "museum within a museum" at the history center captures the unforgettable and almost forgotten tales of Pittsburgh sports through hundreds of artifacts, more than 70 hands-on interactive exhibits and 20 audio-visual programs.


The Senator John Heinz History Center is at 1212 Smallman St. in the city's Strip District and is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For information, call (412) 454-6436 or go to

Rib and Wing

Festival planned

SEVEN SPRINGS, Pa.- The summer fun begins as Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Pennsylvania's premier four-season resort, hosts its second-annual Rib and Wing Festival, July 29-31. This mouth-watering, finger-lickin'-good festival will feature ribs and wings of all sizes and tastes from Texas Outlaw BBQ, Pigfoot BBQ, Smokin' Joe's Hog Wild Barbecue, Mojo's Ribshack, Armadillo's BBQ and Rib Co. and more, including dry rubbed, saucy, brined, hot, sweet and hot, garlic and butter and more.

Visitors can enjoy scrumptious ribs and wings, musical entertainment, games, crafters and a beer garden. Watch fireworks display by Zambelli Fireworks Friday night.

Some of the Tri-State Area best bands and performers including Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers, Scott Blasey of the Clarks, the Bill Deasy Band and the Chris Higbee Project will perform during this three-day festival. Thirteen bands will serve up nearly 20 hours of music varying from classic rock and country to blues to Motown, including Steeltown, Good Brother Earl, Gil Snyder and the Mystic Knights, Jill West and the Blues Attack and Tres Lads and Dancing Queen.

Festival admission is $7 per person, and children age 12 and under are admitted free. Admission does not include food. Parking is free and the lots will be serviced by resort shuttles. Festival hours are 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 29; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 30; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 31.

For information or to purchase tickets, call (800) 452-2223, extension 7757, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. For a complete schedule, Tickets can also be purchased on the resort's website or at the gate the day of the event.

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