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January 19, 2012
The Herald-Star

Comic coming to Krazy Bout Sportz, Weirton

WEIRTON -Krazy Bout Sportz, 2850 Weir Ave., welcomes nationally touring comic Tim Young for its Krazy Bout Comedy Show beginning at 9 p.m. Saturday.

Young, a contributor to Huffington Post Comedy, has been seen on Fox News' "Red Eye With Greg Guttfeld" and will headline a show that also features local comic John Ralich.

Young's performing credits include comedy shows at Caroline's on Broadway, the New York Comedy Club and Comedy Death Ray in Los Angeles. Young also is an accomplished journalist who was named a young member chair of the National Press Club in 2011. Admission is $10.

Nickelback, Seether, Bush coming to Consol Energy

PITTSBURGH - Nickelback, along with Bush, Seether and My Darkest Days, hit the Consol Energy Center at 6 p.m. April 25.

Tickets range from $89.50 to $49.50 and go on sale Saturday at, all Ticketmaster outlets, by calling (800) 745-3000 or at the Consol Energy Center box office.

Cedric Watson & Bijou

Creole coming to Byham

Theater, Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - Resurrecting the ancient sounds of French and Spanish dances alongside the spiritual rhythms of the Congo tribes of West Africa, Louisiana musician Cedric Watson and band members Bijou Creole perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Byham Theater.

One of the most promising talents to emerge in Cajun, Creole and Louisianan zydeco music,Watson is a four-time Grammy nominee from San Felipe, Texas, who made his first public appearance in Houston at age 19.

As a singer, fiddler, accordionist and songwriter, Watson is a diverse young artist whose repertoire ranges from old Creole melodies to more modern Cajun and zydeco songs. The band also draws on various musical styles, often incorporating bluegrass or string band numbers into performance sets.

Tickets range from $18 to $35 and may be purchased at the box office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave.; online at; or by calling (412) 456-6666.

'Born to be Wild' coming to Carnegie Science Museum

PITTSBURGH - Carnegie Science Center will screen "Born to be Wild" beginning Friday at the Rangos Omnimax Theater.

The film follows young orphaned elephants and orangutans on the trip of a lifetime, from birth to their rebirth into the wild. This family-friendly documentary will transport movie-goers to the far stretches of Kenya and Borneo and may prompt them to take action to save Earth's precious creatures.

Narrated by Academy-Award winner Morgan Freeman, "Born to be Wild" is an inspiring story of love, dedication and the remarkable bond between humans and animals. This film documents orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them -saving endangered species one life at a time.

The film has been rated G and has a run time of 40 minutes. Admission cost is $8 for adults and $6 for children. For show times, visit or call (412) 237-3400.

Sleepover at Carnegie

Science Center

PITTSBURGH - It's the latest sleepover at Carnegie Science Center - the Superhero Science Sleepover, debuting this month.

With this sleepover, Carnegie Science Center invites kids to unlock their inner superhero, choose an adult sidekick and join the Science Alliance. Workshops at the sleepover will engage the young caped crusaders in exploring the science behind flying, X-ray vision, super strength and more. Each child will receive a Guide to Greatness manual and will create his or her own unique superhero character.

All Science Center sleepovers include an Omnimax movie, a planetarium or laser show, a live science show, an official sleepover patch, a late-night snack, continental breakfast, parking and best of all, admission for the day following the sleepover, including Highmark SportsWorks and USS Requin.

For information or to register, call (412) 237-1637 or visit programs/science-sleepovers.

Holy Grounds to

present local musician

MARTINS FERRY - The Holy Grounds Cafe welcomes local musician Nate Smith today.

The coffeehouse is open from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The first hour will feature open mic, with any local musicians welcome to perform. Smith will take the stage at 8 p.m.

Smith began playing music in the fifth-grade school band and has had a love of all things musical ever since. His high energy acoustic performances of classic rock, country and folk music have helped gain him a great following in the Ohio Valley. Smith has played professionally in 41 states and has opened for such national acts as Gregg Allman, the Marshall Tucker Band, Leon Russell, 38 Special, Foghat and Bo Diddly.

Holy Grounds Cafe is run by husband and wife team David and Lisa Buckingham. There is no cover charge at the coffeehouse, and beverages and snacks are available for a minimum donation. Holy Grounds Cafe is at 410 Hanover St. For information, call (740) 633-2699.

Sen. John Heinz History Center

welcomes quilters this weekend

PITTSBURGH - The Senator John Heinz History Center will host the fifth-annual Quilters Weekend Saturday and Sunday, showcasing the unique history of quilting in Western Pennsylvania with a variety of quilt displays, special guest speakers and hands-on activities.

Quilters Weekend will include several patriotic wartime quilt displays in honor of the History Center's Stars & Stripes: An American Story exhibition.

Hundreds of visitors, from novice to skilled quilters, will experience a weekend full of activities, including stunning quilts, special demonstrations, a book exchange where visitors can bring their gently used quilting books and trade with quilting enthusiasts throughout the region.

The quilter's weekend is free with history center admission. The Senator John Heinz History Center is at 1212 Smallman St. For information, visit

Art works sought for W.Va. exhibit

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. - The Allied Artists of West Virginia is announcing its 68th biennial exhibit for visual arts and fine crafts for 2012.

The deadline for submitting a digital entry is March 1. Artists can download a copy of the online entry prospectus at Approximately $5,000 will be awarded to works chosen by jurors Marilyn Hughey Phyllis of Wheeling and Don Adleta from Ohio University. Works accepted in the show will be featured in a color catalog. The opening reception and awards ceremony will be 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. May 11. The exhibit will be on view at Parkersburg Art Center from May 11 to June 29. To qualify to enter, artists must be 18 or older and a resident of West Virginia. Entries should have been produced since January 2010 and not have been shown in any previous AAWV or state juried exhibition. There is an entry fee of $20 for AAWV members and $30 for nonmembers. Each artist may submit up to two works. To receive a prospectus by mail, or for information, call Debbie Sisson at (304) 372-8817 or Jerre Watkins at (304) 776-5488.

Aspen Manor

to present

dinner theater

WELLSBURG - Vancroft Mansion at Aspen Manor will present a dinner theater, featuring the Mystery Theater Unlimited Players' production of "Elliot Brick's Case of the Maltese Ferret," on Jan. 28.

A spoof, the show was written by Butch Maxwell and Bert Furioli and mixes comedy, music and audience participation.

The mansion is at 1500 Brinker Road at the site of the former Knights of St. George at Wellsburg's east end. The cost is $40 per person, which includes cocktails and hors d'oeuvres with the cast at 6:30 p.m. and a buffet dinner including prime rib au jus, strawberry-glazed cornish game hen, New England baked cod and several side entrees and desserts.

Tours of the historic mansion also are available before the show.

Reservations should be made by calling (304) 737-0851.

'Billy Elliot the Musical' coming to Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh announce NETworks Presentations will present "Billy Elliot the Musical," based on the film and featuring music by Elton John, from Jan. 31 to Feb. 12 at the Benedum Center.

"Billy Elliot the Musical" has won 10 Tony Awards.

The book and lyrics are by Lee Hall, choreography by Peter Darling and direction by Stephen Daldry,

Set in a small town, the story follows Billy as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, discovering a surprising talent that inspires his family and his whole community and changes his life forever.

"Billy Elliot the Musical" features Ty Forhan, Kylend Hetherington, Zach Manske and J.P. Viernes in the role of Billy.

Also featured are Leah Hocking as Mrs. Wilkinson; Rich Hebert as Dad; Cynthia Darlow as Grandma; Cullen Titmas as Tony; Joel Blum as George; Ben Cook and Jacob Zelonky as Michael; and Samantha Blaire Cutler as Debbie.

The production features scenic design by Ian MacNeil, associate direction by Julian Webber, costume design by Nicky Gillibrand, lighting design by Rick Fisher and sound design by Paul Arditti. Musical supervision and orchestrations are by Martin Koch. Touring production direction is by Justin Martin and choreography by Kathryn Dunn. The show was originally produced by Universal Pictures Stage Productions, Working Title Films and Old Vic Productions.

The production has been awarded 81 national and international awards including 10 Tony Awards, Best Musical by the New York Drama Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle.

Additional information about "Billy Elliot the Musical" is available at Performance dates and times are 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2; 8 p.m. Feb. 3; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Feb. 4; 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Feb. 5; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9; 8 p.m. Feb. 10; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Feb. 11; and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Feb. 12.

Tickets are $22 to $79 and are now on sale for all performances at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, by phone at (412) 456-6666 or online at

For group ticket sales of 15 or more, call (412) 471-6930.

Violinist David

Garrett coming

to Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - Violinist David Garrett will perform at 8 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Benedum Center as part of his U.S. tour, "Rock Symphonies II," coinciding with and promoting his 2011 album of the same title.

"Every good musician is always, in effect, a musician of instinct - throughout the course of their life, no matter how much theoretical knowledge is accumulated," said Garret. "For only when you really trust your innermost being, so absolutely convinced of one thing, (then) you can also inspire others."

Along with his five-piece band, the tour will feature Garrett's arrangements of rock anthems mixing classical with rock, including "Vivaldi vs. Vertigo" (U2), "Walk this Way" (Aerosmith), "Kashmir" (Led Zeppelin), "Master of Puppets" (Metallica) and "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (Nirvana).

Garrett began playing violin at age 4 and was signed to the classical music label Deutsche Grammophon by age 13. He has had gold- and platinum-selling discs internationally and chart-topping albums in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Far East and the U.S., plus a Top 20 U.K. hit.

Garrett's numerous appearances have included performances on the "Oprah Winfrey Show," "Good Morning America," "Today," Fox News Channel, CBS Saturday Early Show and his first PBS show, "Live in Berlin."

His performance of "Flight of the Bumblebee" was recorded in the 2010 Guinness Book of World Records as the fastest-ever performance of the piece at 66 seconds.

In addition to being the best-selling new classical artist of 2009, he also was Billboard's No. 9 highest-charting new artist overall, across all genres. His album, "David Garrett," debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Classical Crossover Chart and held the No. 1 position for nine weeks, remaining in the Top 10 for more than 40 subsequent weeks.

In 2010, Garrett received the Echo Classic Award, "Bestseller of the Year," and in 2011 received the Echo Award for national male rock/pop artist category.

Tickets are $30.50 to $43.50 and may be purchased at the Box Office at Theater Square at 655 Penn Ave., online at or by calling (412) 456-6666.

To purchase 10 or more tickets, call group sales at (412) 471-6930.

This concert is part of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series and is a presentation of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

Dinner theater

to benefit 4-H

WELLSBURG - Mystery Theatre Unlimited will present the original comedy murder mystery, "The Maltese Ferret," with a portion of proceeds going to the Brooke County 4-H program, on Saturday at Staffileno's on the River.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with the show to start at 7 p.m. The cost is $30 for the show and dinner, with admission limited to those 18 and older.

Reservations should be made no later than Friday by calling Liz Gatts at (304) 737-3666 between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The Word of God exhibit at Andy Warhol Museum

PITTSBURGH - The Word of God: Jeffrey Vallance features Vallance's creations of religious-inspired artwork, and runs at the Andy Warhol Museum through Feb. 5.

Vallance creates objects, installations, performance and curatorial works. Some of his past projects have included traveling throughout Polynesia in search of the origin of the myth of Tiki; creating a Richard Nixon Museum; and traveling to the Vatican, Turin and Italy to study Christian relics.

It is Vallance's interest in the relics and religion that brings his work to the Word of God exhibition series. Featured in the exhibition are Valence's the Vallance Bible, Jesus Exegesis; Three Beatific Visions; and the Gospel According to Jeffery.

These series of writings are based on Vallance's personal experiences, spiritual upbringing and studies. The exhibition also will include a selection of his reliquary objects.

Vallance has a vast historical and cultural knowledge of the tradition of relics. Raised as a Lutheran, he was taught how such objects were inventions for "silly folk," but today believes differently.

"They are among the most beautiful and wondrous art objects created by humankind," added Vallance.

His reliquaries, like Warhol's Time Capsules, store and revere mementos of travel, superstars, products and kitsch; from the plastic animals excavated from his backyard as a child in 1958 to the Vallance family Lutheran Catechism or a tuft of green shag carpet from Elvis Presley's house in Graceland.

Located in Pittsburgh, the place of Andy Warhol's birth, the Warhol is one of the most comprehensive single-artist museums in the world. The Andy Warhol Museum is one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. For information, go to or call (412) 237-8300.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays; and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays. The museum is closed Mondays.

Admission is free for members; $15 for adults; $9 for seniors; and $8 for children and students.

Seven Springs Resort focusing on snowboarding

SEVEN SPRINGS - Changing the game of urban snowboarding, Seven Springs Mountain Resort is proud to present the Streets at Seven Springs - a park dedicated to urban snowboarding, featuring an on-mountain replica of urban riding at its best.

Pulling inspiration from the surrounding area of Pittsburgh, the Streets brings a whole new meaning to urban snowboarding.

Urban snowboarding is supposed to be fun and accessible, but when riders can't find the right features the ability to actually enjoy it becomes limited.

This is where Seven Springs and the Streets come in.

The Streets offers a wide array of rails, ledges, gaps and wall rides, all built with the look and feel of riding in a city.

Since 2004, Seven Springs has been committed to developing and growing its terrain parks.

In addition to the existing six parks and more than 70 features, the Streets is to be the most innovative urban setup created.

Due to its hard work and dedication toward these efforts, Seven Springs has been nationally recognized as the 2011-12 No. 1 terrain parks on the East Coast.

The grand opening of the Streets is scheduled for Jan. 19. For information, call (800) 452-2223 or go to


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Serbian-American Cultural Center

WEIRTON - Pittsburgh comics Bill Crawford and Lee Terbosic will be performing Saturday at the Serbian-American Cultural Center, 1000 Colliers Way.

The doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show begins at 8 p.m. Hors d'oeuvres are included, and a cash bar will be available. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased by calling (304) 723-7153.

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