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May 17, 2012
The Herald-Star

Barbershop revue in Wheeling Saturday

WHEELING - The Pride of the Valley Barbershop Chorus will present its annual show beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Phyllis Beneke Theater at Wheeling Park High School.

Guest quartet All In and chapter quartet Salt 'N Pepper will join the combined choruses of Wheeling and Steubenville's Tri-State Harmonizers. Both choruses are under the direction of Valery Staskey.

Guest quartet All In was formed in 2009 and are members of the Canton Hall of Fame Chorus. They are a registered senior quartet in the Barbershop Harmony Society. The individual members of the quartet have a total of 128 years of barbershop experience and expertise to share with audiences. Salt 'N Pepper is the Wheeling Chapter quartet. The group has been harmoniously singing together for the past seven years. Members include Mike Fullerton, lead; Jerry Moore, bass; Keith Lawson, tenor; and Bob Wheat, baritone.

The combined Wheeling/Steubenville chorus began rehearsing together about a year and a half ago when Staskey assumed the helm of the Steubenville chorus. Staskey has directed Wheeling's Pride of the Valley for a total of 12 years. The chorus, formed in 1982, will be celebrating its 30th anniversary this season with some amazing singing opportunities. In addition to its annual show, the chorus has been asked to perform "The Star-Spangled Banner" for the opening of the Pirates game at PNC Park June 23. Additionally, the choruses will be the opening act for the gold-medal champion quartet Acoustix at the 4,000-seat Harv Theater at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort for a benefit June 16.

"We are so pleased that we were asked to share a program with the awe-inspiring quartet Acoustix, as well as to sing in front of thousands at PNC. Park," said Staskey. "These are amazing opportunities for us and one of the many delights of performing barbershop music."

Other summer performances include the Marshall County Relay for Life and an AARP banquet in Weirton.

Tickets for Saturday's performance are available at the door or from any chorus member. For information, call (304) 280-1930.

'I Hate Hamlet' at

Ohio University Eastern

ST. CLAIRSVILLE - The Theater Department of Ohio University Eastern will present Paul Rudnick's comedy "I Hate Hamlet" Thursday through Saturday and May 24-25.

First produced on Broadway in 1991, "I Hate Hamlet" is the story of Andrew Rally, a young and successful television actor who agrees to play Hamlet in Central Park, with just one reservation-he hates Hamlet.

The theatrical universe intervenes, however, and through the most unlikely psychic connection, John Barrymore, the legendary Hamlet, is conjured back from the grave. Barrymore's mission is to instruct and prepare Andrew for his Shakespearean debut.

Of course nothing goes as planned and Andrew has to contend with a host of problems and characters.

OUE Theater will present "I Hate Hamlet" in the Shannon Hall Theater. Thursday evening performances begin at 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m. Thursday evenings all seats are $5. Friday and Saturday evenings, general admission tickets are $7 and student and senior discount tickets are $5.

For information and reservations, call (740) 699-2340.

Justin Turner at Holy Grounds Cafe May 24

MARTINS FERRY - The Holy Grounds Cafe welcomes newcomer Justin Turner May 24.

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. Turner will take the stage at 8 p.m.

Turner has been playing the guitar since 2004. He describes his musical style as "mellow tempo acoustic guitar" and includes Thom Yorke, Ben Gibbard and Sam Beam as his musical influences.

Holy Grounds Cafe is run by husband and wife team David and Lisa Buckingham. The Buckinghams met Turner when he joined a friend at the Cafe one evening several months ago. After Turner played a set during an open mic slot, the Buckinghams quickly booked him as an invited guest musician.

There is no cover charge at the coffeehouse, and beverages and snacks are available for a minimum donation. Sponsored by Grace Church, Holy Grounds Cafe is at 410 Hanover St. For information, call (740) 633-2699.

History center to

feature Armed

Forces Day salute

PITTSBURGH - The Senator John Heinz History Center will honor U.S. servicemen and women serving around the world as part of a special Armed Forces Day ceremony at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

Nearly 10 local military groups will join museum visitors to help unfold a giant 36-foot American flag in the History Center's Great Hall and sing a stirring rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner," led by Pittsburgh Penguins national anthem singer, Sgt. Bob Timney.

The ceremony also will feature guest speakers from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War to briefly discuss what the American flag means to them.

As part of the event, all U.S. veterans and military personnel are encouraged to wear their uniforms or patriotic apparel and will receive free admission to the history center.

The Armed Forces Day event is being held in conjunction with the final month of the Stars & Stripes: An American Story exhibition, which is on view through June 17.

Docent-led tours of Stars and Stripes will be available at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Saturday. The tours are free with paid admission. The center is at 1212 Smallman St. For information, go to

Randy Houser coming to Generations Pub, Wheeling

WHEELING - Randy Houser will headline the Jagermeister Country Tour Friday at Generations Pub.

Houser broke onto the country scene in a big way with his debut single "Anything Goes" going to No. 1 on the country charts. That was followed by his hit "Boots On" followed by another top 20 song, "Whistlin Dixie." He just released another single "Show You How Country Feels" to national radio last week. It quickly became the No. 1 song downloaded on iTunes last week.

Support act Rick Monroe will start the evening on stage at 8:30 p.m. Doors to Generations outdoor stage open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at Generations or online at

Variety show Saturday at Brooke Hills Playhouse

WELLSBURG - The Brooke Hills Playhouse's season kickoff variety show this Saturday at 7 p.m. will feature some area community theater veterans as well as young actors trained in the playhouse's drama workshop.

The one-night-only performance includes scripted material, the improvisation group Highly Improvable and a musical salute to the military in conjunction with Armed Forces Day, all for a $5 admission price.

Charles Calabrese, director of the one-act comedy, "The Ugly Duckling," by A. A. Milne, noted that the cast of the play includes two veteran actors making their playhouse debut.

"Both Walt Warren and Cerra Atkins are familiar to area theater-goers, Walt for his many performances with Wheeling-area theater groups and Cerra for her work with the Hope Players," Calabrese said.

Calabrese also noted another cast member, Mary Combs-Young, acted with the playhouse during its early years and is returning with a part in "The Ugly Duckling." The cast also includes Calabrese himself and fellow Brooke Hills veterans Pete and Bethany Snyder and Branden Barish.

Younger actors who have been involved in the playhouse's drama workshop directed by Diana Mendel of Wellsburg will be presenting a series of original sketches, each written and directed by a workshop participant.

The young performers, many of them also veterans of the playhouse's youth productions, range in age from 7 to 14. They include Carly Balog, Paul Fulciniti, Margaret Camilletti, Mia Camilletti, Kamryn Mayhew, Angelina Montesano, Abby Nicherson, Aryana Talbott and Grant VanCamp.

The improvisational theater group, Highly Improvable, directed by playhouse veteran Steve Fournier of Weirton, will perform some special material during the evening, according to Karen Hendrickson, producer of the variety show.

The variety show is the first part of a two-day weekend kickoff designed to call attention to the upcoming 41st Brooke Hills Playhouse summer season. The second event of the weekend is a playhouse alumni picnic beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday.

According to Julia Barnhart of Wellsburg, president of the Brooke County Arts Council, parent organization for the playhouse, "The picnic is open to anyone who has participated in a Playhouse production as an actor, director or crew member over the past 40 years. No reservations are required, but we ask each person to bring a covered dish to add to the celebration," she added.

The playhouse also is planning a car wash, featuring the cast of the upcoming production of "Peter Pan," from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Advance Auto Parts, 1209 Commerce St. in Wellsburg, on May 26. The price is a donation, and the proceeds will help defray the costs of the production.

The playhouse's upcoming summer season begins formally at 8 p.m. June 1 with J.M. Barrie's children's classic, "Peter Pan." The show will continue at 8 p.m. June 2 and June 8-9 with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. on June 3 and 10.

The second main stage production, "The Dixie Swim Club" by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, will be presented 8 p.m. June 22-23, 29 and 30 and and 2 p.m. July 1. It will be followed by "Zombie Prom," with music by Dana Rowe and book and lyrics by John Dempsey at 8 p.m. July 13-14 and 20-21 and 2 p.m. July 15 and 22.

The season continues 8 p.m. Aug. 3-4 and 10-11 and 2 p.m. Aug. 5 and 12 with Agatha Christie's classic murder mystery, "The Mousetrap." The final main stage show of the summer will be Ken Ludwig's comic farce "Leading Ladies," to be presented at 8 p.m. Aug. 24-25 and Aug. 31-Sept. 1 and 2 p.m. Aug. 26 and Sept. 2.

In addition to the five main stage productions, the Playhouse will offer a series of "Spotlight" productions on the weekends between the major shows. The first of these, "The Marvelous Wonderettes," will be presented at 8 p.m. June 15-16 and 2 p.m. June 17. A readers' theater production of James Montgomery's comedy, "Nothing But the Truth," adapted by Calabrese, has been scheduled for 8 p.m. Aug. 17-18 and 2 p.m. Aug. 19.

Playhouse patrons have an opportunity to save money with pre-season discount plans, which include the Super Star plan, which provides five admissions to any shows at $42 for adults, $34 for senior citizens and students and $26 for children younger than 12.

The Bright Star plan includes three admissions to nonmusical shows at $25 for adults, $20 for senior citizens and students and $15 for children younger than 12. The Twinkling Star plan offers admission to one musical and two nonmusicals at $27 for adults, $22 for senior citizens and students and $17 for children under 12.

The playhouse also is offering a VIP plan for $100, which includes admission to all shows as well as special VIP treatment.

After the season begins, the box office price for musicals will be $12 for adults, $10 for students, senior citizens and groups and $8 for children younger than 12. For nonmusicals, in-season ticket prices will be $10 for adults, $8 for students, senior citizens and groups and $6 for children younger than 12.

Patrons may order any of the advance discount packages by sending a check or money order payable to the Brooke Hills Playhouse at P.O. Box 186, Wellsburg, WV 26070. Patrons are asked to specify how many packages of each type they are ordering. All pre-season orders must be completed by May 31.

Holy Grounds Cafe to host

festival in the park, Saturday

MARTINS FERRY - Holy Grounds Cafe will host a day of live music as part of Grace Church's Car Show and Festival in the Park Saturday at the Martins Ferry City Park.

The event is open to everyone in the valley as a gift from Grace Church. The festival runs from noon to 7 p.m. and features food for sale and inflatables for the kids, as well as free children's games and other activities. Other activities include a 50/50 drawing and a drawing for Steelers' gear. The cars roll in by 4 p.m., and there will be loads of great music.

Local Christian band Call the Eternal will kick things off from noon to 2 p.m.; bluegrass band the National Pike Pickers will play from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; and the Deuces Wild Band will wrap up the evening with music from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Veterans to be honored

at Carnegie Science Center

PITTSBURGH - Carnegie Science Center will honor veterans with a special memorial May 27.

Led by veterans of U.S.S. VI Requin Base, the ceremony takes place from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the U.S.S. Requin submarine, docked on the Ohio River.

The event is free to the general public, who are encouraged to watch from the Ohio River shore.

Beginning at 10 a.m, the Beaver County Stearman Association will perform a flyover with a vintage Stearman World War II-era biplane, weather permitting. Afterward, veterans of the Requin Base will toll the bell once for each submarine that is on "eternal patrol" and will cast flower petals on the water so that they may "travel down the rivers of this great nation and to the oceans" where fellow submarines have gone down. The Marine color guard from Three Rivers Leatherneck Detachment 310, Marine Corps League, will perform a gun salute.

After the service, visitors are encouraged to tour Requin, explore life on a submarine and discover challenges that the crew faced while on board. Admission to the submarine will be free all day.

Carnegie Science Center will be open on Memorial Day and offers an ongoing discount of 50 percent off general admission to all active military personnel and up to three guests.

For information, go to The center is at 1 Allegheny Ave., Pittsburgh.

Cheap Trick coming

to Mountaineer

CHESTER - Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort will feature classic rock band Cheap Trick beginning at 8 p.m. May 26 at the Harv.

Since the 1970s Cheap Trick has blended elements of pop, punk and even metal in a way that is instantly catchy and recognizable. With timeless classics such as "I Want You to Want Me," "Surrender," and "The Flame," Cheap Trick is a musical institution. Cheap Trick has more than 5,000 performances, 20 million records sold, 29 movie soundtracks and 40 gold and platinum recording awards.

Their most current release, "The Latest"- released on CD, vinyl and eight-track - has garnered glowing reviews worldwide and continues Cheap Trick's reign as power-pop progenitors as they continue their legacy of more than 35 years in the music industry.

Tickets are general admission by section and start at $25. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at,, at Mountaineer's players club or by calling (800) 80-40-HOT, extension 8297.

Exhibit at Penn

Gallery, Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - Dutch photographer Rachel Nieborg and designer Ine Mulder have reinterpreted old Dutch masters' still life paintings from the 17th century in the exhibit "Girls'N'Guns," on display from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays through June 10 at 707 Penn Gallery, 707 Penn Ave.

The duo began working together in 2008 when Mulder asked Nieborg to join her for shooting practice. The project evolved into a carefully crafted set recasting the paintings. Working with a metronome to fine tune the precision timing, one would shoot a gun while the other shot photographs. The images have not been edited with photo software.

Their work has been displayed at Galerie Rademakers and is also on view at the photography museum, Foam, in Amsterdam.

Mulder graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven, where she met Nieborg, a 2006 honors graduate of the Photo Academy in Amsterdam.

"A lot things influence my photography," said Nieborg. "I look around, observe and then something catches my eye and triggers the brain to do something with it: nature, a dance performance, or design and the news. I love form and structures of materials, calmness and quietness, but still a lot action - the search and travel within a picture or painting.

"I used to work in textiles, so the love for structures and materials are due to that, I believe. I worked on new fabric collections for the clothing industry and so you visit the trend forecasting shows and museums ... reflections of society. That is a way of looking and observing I still use in my photography.

707 Penn Gallery is a Project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and is free and open to the public.

Rib cook-off in Wheeling


WHEELING - Featuring live entertainment and savory barbecue dishes, the Bikes, Brews and Barbecue Rib Cook-Off is slated June 22-24 at Wheeling Heritage Port.

The third-annual event includes a variety of barbecued ribs, chicken and more to eat, free and live musical entertainment, arts and crafts vendors and the cook-off competition. There also will be an area designated for the parking of motorcycles.

The event, which kicks off at noon June 22, is a collaboration of Valley Harley-Davidson, Carenbauer Distributing and the committee of the Ohio Valley Black Heritage Festival, which will be held June 24 at the port.

Cook-off competitors have a chance to win a $500 cash award from Valley Harley-Davidson and the first-place Carenbauer trophy. The second-place finisher will receive a $150 cash award and a second-place trophy from WesBanco. There is also a third-place trophy from WesBanco and a people's choice award. Winners will be announced at 5:30 p.m. June 22.

Entertainment begins at 3 p.m. June 22. Scheduled acts include the New Silver Eagle Band, Mark Gorby Trio, Country Variety Band, Loretta & Elli, the Joseph Sisters, White Collar Criminals, N-Soul Deep, Hot Pursuit Band and the Rock featuring Jenny Radigan.

Pittsburgh Dance Council sets schedule

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Dance Council, a division of Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, announces a diverse representation of the best in contemporary dance for 2012-13.

The season combines the work of iconic choreographer Mark Morris with the rising talent of Pittsburgh native Kyle Abraham; the levity of the legendary Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo with the gravity of Akram Khan's stunning full-length work Vertical Road; and the ground-breaking action of STREB with the traditional cultural influences present in the work of New Zealand's indigenous dance company Black Grace.

The Pittsburgh Dance Council 2012-13 Season line-up is:

Sept. 28-29 - The 8 p.m. performance at Byham Theater includes a thrilling, heart-stopping investigation of action. STREB: FORCES boldly explores a range of motions, from everyday movements to the extreme action of sports, the circus and adventure rides. Inventor and architect of eccentric action, Elizabeth Streb orchestrates an athletic cadre of daring theater specialists, taking audiences on a wild ride into mechanically outrageous zones and configurations.

Oct 20 - Akram Khan Company Vertical Road, 8 p.m., Byham Theater

British-born Bangladeshi choreographer Akram Khan is celebrated internationally for the vitality he brings to intercultural dance expressions. Khan's stunning full-length work Vertical Road is a rare feast for the senses - design, lighting, music and dance combine in a rich glow of art. Vertical Road is a meditation on the journey from gravity to grace, drawing inspiration from the Sufi tradition and the words of beloved Persian poet and philosopher Rumi.

Feb. 16 - Boyz n the Hood: Pavement, 8 p.m., Byham Theater

Like August Wilson, Kyle Abraham draws heavily from his experiences growing up African American in Pittsburgh to create personal and culturally referenced works. The New York Times has described Kyle Abraham's work as "an intriguing mix of breaking and Chaplinesque pathos." The evening's full-length performance pairs classic essays from W.E.B. Du Bois' The Souls of Black Folk and John Singleton's 1991 film "Boyz n the Hood" with an operatic score layered with a brash urban landscape.

March 2 -Black Grace, 8 p.m., Byham Theater

Samoan culture informs and shapes New Zealand's most accomplished choreographer Neil Ieremia, fueling his artistry with organic exuberance. Black Grace manifests the rhythms, spirit and energy of Pacific heritage with outstanding works from the company's 17-year history.

April 5 - Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, 8 p.m., Byham Theater

For more than 35 years, New York's legendary all-male dance company playfully brings the pleasures of dance to the widest possible audience. Through its skillful parodies of ballet classics and modern dance, the Trocks' comedic brilliance lies in incorporating and exaggerating the foibles, incongruities, accidents and underlying congruities of serious dance.

May 4, 2013 -Mark Morris Dance Group, 8 p.m., Byham Theater

Endlessly inventive and masterful, Mark Morris ranks among the world's greatest choreographers. For more than three decades, the Mark Morris Dance Group has been wowing the world over with outstanding works that dutifully exude Morris' prolificacy, passion and artistic conviction.

Subscription packages for the Pittsburgh Dance Council' six-show series are available for $96 to $240. To subscribe, call (412) 456-1390; groups of 10 or more tickets, call (412) 471-6930. Single tickets for Pittsburgh Dance Council performances will go on sale to the general public in mid-August.

Train day at Carnegie

Science Center

PITTSBURGH - In celebration of National Train Day on Saturday, Carnegie Science Center is offering a free, small popcorn with the purchase of a ticket to see "Rocky Mountain Express" at the Rangos Omnimax Theater.

"Rocky Mountain Express" charts the construction of Canada's first transcontinental railway through the breathtaking, but treacherous Rocky Mountains. Film-goers will board a roaring steam locomotive and journey through deep river canyons and high mountain passes as they retrace the railroad's original route.

Geared for all ages, "Rocky Mountain Express" is playing on the biggest screen in Pittsburgh at 11:15 a.m., 3:15 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday.

Omnimax ticket cost for members of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is $7 for adults and $5 for children. For nonmembers the ticket cost is $8 for adults and $6 for children; nonmembers who purchase admission to the Science Center can add an Omnimax movie for $5 per person. Purchase tickets online at or at the ticket counter. For information, call (412) 237-3400.

Upcoming events at

Historic Fort Steuben

STEUBENVILLE - Events at Historic Fort Steuben include:

The gates of Historic Fort Steuben are open to visitors of all ages. The fort will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. Tours with reduced admission are possible if called in advance.

In May the initial presentation of Von Steuben's Treasure Chest of History, a traveling exhibit that will take hands-on history to those who cannot travel to the fort, will be presented. A generous donation from the Ohio Valley Chapter of the Professional Land Surveyors of Ohio went toward the purchase of a reproduction compass and chain, the tools used by the surveyors at the original fort. A military uniform - suitable for a fourth-grader to try on - soldiers' accouterments, maps, charts, American Indian tools and a PowerPoint Virtual Tour will give visitors a better idea of what life was like on the Ohio frontier in the 18th century. To schedule a visit, call the fort. Donations toward traveling expenses can be made on the website at

The Valley Gospel Music Fest will be held at the Berkman Amphitheater on from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. May 26. Organized by Dan Wood, the free event features Rick Witkowski and Carrie Oliver, the Mike Duncan Project, Julie Hufstetler and the Experience. For information, go to

For information on the fort, call (740) 283-1787.

Three Rivers Art Festival upcoming

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the Three Rivers Art Festival will take place June 1-10 in Point State Park, Hertz Gateway Center, and throughout the Cultural District.

The 2012 festival highlights include the return of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, a new multimedia show by Squonk Opera, the premiere of Bluegrass Day on June 9 and expansion of the artist market and greening initiatives.

The opening weekend will be enriched by the second-annual Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival from June 1-3, which is produced by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. The indoor/outdoor jazz festival helps kick off a 10-day celebration of the arts in Pittsburgh. For information, go to

Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Museum open

AVELLA - The Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village, the oldest site of human habitation in North America, is currently open.

Meadowcroft, which is part of the Senator John Heinz History Center's museum system, has become an international destination, welcoming more than 15,000 visitors from 35 U.S. states and 12 countries last year. With new site upgrades and popular annual events, Meadowcroft is poised for another record-breaking season in 2012.

The National Historic Landmark in Washington County features a massive, 16,000-year-old rock overhang used by the region's earliest inhabitants for shelter. In addition to ancient history at the Rockshelter, visitors can also step back in time at Meadowcroft's Historic Village, which carefully recreates all of the charming qualities of an Upper Ohio Valley Village from the mid-19th century. A recently completed 16th century Indian Village allows visitors to travel 400 years into the past and relive what life was like for the eastern Woodland Indians.

Throughout this spring, Meadowcroft will finalize construction of two new 1770s era structures that will help spotlight the similarities and differences between the everyday lives of European settlers and American Indians in the Upper Ohio Valley.

Also new this year, a self-guided trail with informational signs on the Meadowcroft property will provide visitors with a new walking trail loop through the woods. Visitors will learn how the forest served as the supermarket, pharmacy, clothing store and much more to American Indians. For example, visitors will learn how poplar trees were used by American Indians to make dugout canoes, or how the Iroquois believed that plants like the maple-leaved viburnum offered special protection against curses and sorcery.

For information, visit and click on the Meadowcroft tab; or call (724) 587-3412.


activities at

Raccoon Creek State Park

HOOKSTOWN - Upcoming activities at Raccoon Creek State Park will include:

May 26 -Civilian Conservation Corps Camp Tour, 10 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.

Those attending should meet at the park office on state Route 18 promptly at 10 a.m. The program and walking tour will discuss the history and significance of the park.

May 26-The Hiking Club of Raccoon Creek State Park, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Those attending should meet at the recreation hall on Cabin Road at 10 a.m. Join Raccoon Creek's Hiking Club as they discover the great outdoors along the parks trails during National Hiking Week. Open to anyone interested in exploring the natural wonders and historical places within Raccoon Creek State Park. Hikes range from 4 to 6 miles and can be physically challenging on hilly terrain. Those attending should dress appropriately and bring water, snacks, bug spray and rain gear if needed.

May 27- Trees of the Wildflower Reserve, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Meet at Wildflower Reserve Interpretive Center.

Though flowers often steal the show, the Wildflower Reserve is also home to many of Pennsylvania's beautiful trees. Trees can tell a tale, and on this free, guided hike participants will not only learn to identify trees but also hear some of the folklore and history associated with the reserve's trees.

Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller coming to First Niagara Pavilion

BURGETTSTOWN - Magnetic rappers and live performers Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller team up for the Under the Influence of Music Tour with special guests Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q and Chevy Woods at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 4 at First Niagara Pavilion.

For tickets, go to; all Ticketmaster outlets; or call (800) 745-3000.

Toby Keith

coming to First Niagara Pavilion

BURGETTSTOWN - Toby Keith will be performing at 7 p.m. July 27 at the First Niagara Pavilion.

For tickets, go to; all Ticketmaster outlets; or call (800) 745-3000.

The Temptations, Four Tops coming to Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - R&B superstar groups the Temptations and the Four Tops will appear on stage together beginning at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Benedum Center.

Both of these groups have been entertaining generations of fans for more than half a century.

Tickets range from $40 to $100 and can be purchased at the box office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave.; online at; or by calling (412) 456-6666

Upcoming football exhibit at the Senator John Heinz History

Center, Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - The Senator John Heinz History Center and the Pro Football Hall of Fame are collaborating on a major exhibition focusing on the history of pro football, from its humble beginnings in the early 20th century to its rise as one of the world's most beloved sports.

Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame will make its national premiere at the History Center from Oct. 6 through Jan. 6 before embarking on a nationwide traveling tour. When it debuts this fall, Gridiron Glory will be the most comprehensive traveling exhibit ever created on America's most popular sport.

Included in the exhibit are more than 200 football artifacts, rare photos and one-of-a-kind documents from the Pro Football Hall of Fame collections, many of which have never been seen outside of the Hall of Fame. Highlights include:

The 1892 Allegheny Athletic Association accounting ledger featuring Pudge Heffelfinger, known as "Pro Football's Birth Certificate"; artifacts from pro football's pioneers, such as Jim Thorpe's Canton Bulldogs sideline blanket, Knute Rockne's 1919 helmet, Red Grange items from the historic 1925 Chicago Bears barnstorming tour, Johnny "Blood" McNally's canvas football pants, Sammy Baugh's helmet and Bobby Layne's jersey; items from the golden era of pro football, including Jim Brown's jersey, Vince Lombardi's coaching diagrams, Dick Butkus' helmet, Johnny Unitas' jersey, Tom Dempsey's kicking shoe and Tom Landry's iconic coaching hat; highlights from the NFL's greatest running backs, such as footballs from O.J. Simpson and Eric Dickerson, and jerseys from Tony Dorsett, Walter Payton, Bo Jackson, and Barry Sanders; artifacts from record-breaking quarterbacks, including John Elway's jersey from the 1986 championship season, Joe Montana's Super Bowl XXIII MVP football, and Dan Marino's footballs for career yardage and pass completions records; and items from historic receivers, such as Jerry Rice's helmet and career touchdown reception football and New England Patriots -and Woodland Hills High School graduate - Rob Gronkowski's jersey from his record-setting 2011 season.

The history center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and the largest history museum in Pennsylvania, presents American history with a Western Pennsylvania connection. The Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum is a museum within a museum, comprehensively presenting the region's remarkable sports story through hundreds of artifacts and interactive experiences for visitors of all ages. The History Center and Sports Museum are at 1212 Smallman St. in the city's Strip District and are open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The History Center's museum system includes the Sports Museum; the Fort Pitt Museum in historic Point State Park; and Meadowcroft Rockshelter & Historic Village, a National Historic Landmark located in Avella. For information, go to

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