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May 23, 2012
The Herald-Star

Rick Springfield coming to Mountaineer, Chester

CHESTER Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort will feature Grammy award-winner Rick Springfield July 7 at the Harv.

Springfield had solidified his place as the preeminent power-pop artist of the decade and today remains the genre's greatest pioneer. To date, Rick Springfield has sold more than 19 million records and earned seven Top 40 hits, including "Jessie's Girl," "I've Done Everything For You," "Don't Talk To Strangers," "Human Touch," "Affair of the Heart" and "Love Somebody." He is also well-known for his role as Dr. Noah Drake on the popular daytime drama "General Hospital." Tickets are general admission and $20. Tickets can be purchased at,, at Mountaineer's players club or by calling 800-80-40-HOT, extension 8297.

African Diaspora

showcase in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's Showcase Noir is an exhibit that celebrates the works of artists and designers of the African Diaspora.

This marks the ninth year the Cultural Trust has presented this exhibit showcasing works for sale - paintings, sculptures, photographs, fiber art, jewelry, pottery and art in various mediums from emerging and established artists, both local and national.

The exhibit will be under the tents at the corner of Eighth Street and Penn Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District. Exhibit hours are noon to 8 p.m. June 2 and noon to 7 p.m. June 3. Admission is free and open to the public.

Showcase Noir will be complimented both days with live entertainment from the stages of the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival June 1-3. For information, visit or call (412) 456-6666.

Joan Jett coming

to Mountaineer

CHESTER - The Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort will feature the hard-rocking band Joan Jett and the Blackhearts in one exciting show June 9 in the Harv.

Jett is an originator, an innovator and a visionary. As the leader of the Blackhearts, she's had eight platinum and gold albums, and nine Top 40 singles, including the classics "Bad Reputation," "I Love Rock 'N' Roll," I Hate Myself for Loving You" and "Crimson and Clover."

Jett has acted in movies and television, including 1987's "Light of Day" and in the Tony-nominated Broadway musical "The Rocky Horror Show." She has appeared on such acclaimed television shows as "Oprah" and "Law and Order."

Her music has become a permanent force in mainstream culture. Her song "I Hate Myself for Loving You" is the theme for NBC's Sunday Night Football, and her music is heard in countless films and TV shows, including "Easy A," "Kick Ass," "The Runaways," "Shrek," "Baby Mama" and many more.

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts will perform at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort beginning at 8 p.m. The Harv.

Tickets are general admission by section and are priced from $20. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at,, at Mountaineer's players club or by calling (800) 80-40-HOT, extension 8297.

Guitars coming to Carnegie Science

Center, Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - Four legendary Pittsburgh musicians will take the stage together for the first time June 16 for Carnegie Science Center's opening of GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World.

The All-Star Acoustic Jam features Joe Grushecky of the Houserockers, Rick Witkowski of the B.E. Taylor Band, Rob James of the Clarks and Billy Price of the Billy Price Band, who will perform rock's classic hits in this historic, once-in-a-lifetime concert. The evening will also spotlight Rich Engler's private guitar collection, autographed by rock legends, in the atrium from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The over-21 party kicks off at 8 p.m., and the doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $25 in advance - $30 at the door, if available -and include hors d'oeuvres and mini desserts. A cash bar will be available. Concert-goers will be among the first to explore GUITAR, the center's new, interactive exhibit about the science of sound.

The traveling exhibit, created by the National Guitar Museum, traces the iconic instrument's history over the past 400 years. The exhibit features more than 60 guitars, ranging from the early sitars of the middle ages to modern-day electric guitars, including iconic American models by Gibson, Fender, and Rickenbacker, as well as a few instruments on loan from famous artists like Johnny Winter, Adrian Belew, Steve Vai and Joe Bonamassa.

Laser shows and Omnimax movies will be shown according to the usual schedule and are ticketed separately. Those attending the All-Star Acoustic Jam may add laser shows at $5 each. Led Zeppelin will be shown at 11 p.m and Pink Floyd at midnight.

The deadline to purchase advance tickets is noon at June 15. Thereafter, tickets cost $30 and all sales must be made in person. For tickets, go to or call (412) 237-3400, extension 7.

Carmike Cinemas to

feature Summer Kids' Series

STEUBENVILLE - The Carmike Cinemas in the Fort Steuben Mall will be presenting 2012 Summer Kids Series every Thursday beginning June 21.

The screenings will begin at 10 a.m. feature a family friendly film on the big screen. Admission is $2 per person and includes a beverage and popcorn.

The schedule includes "Puss in Boots," June 21; "Chicken Run", June 28; "Over the Hedge," July 5; "Kung Fu Panda," July 12; "Shark Tale," July 19; "How To Train Your Dragon," July 26; "Madagascar 2," Aug. 2; "Bee Movie," Aug. 9; "Monsters vs. Aliens," Aug. 16; and "Megamind," Aug. 23. For information, call (740) 264-1680 after noon daily or go to

Improvisational comedy

at Towngate Theatre

WHEELING - The Friends of Towngate Theatre have organized an evening of improvisational comedy beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday to raise money for the historic community theater.

Audiences will enjoy a reception featuring food and drink in the theater lobby from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. followed by a performance by the Crazy 8s Improv Troupe under the direction of Towngate Theatre director Tim Thompson.

In addition to the reception and performance, attendees also can get a behind-the-scenes tour of Towngate Theatre. There is also a drawing for baskets featuring baskets with a variety of merchandise. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling (304) 242-7700.

'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" today and Friday.

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 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. 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.

Veterans to be honored

at Carnegie Science Center

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

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. Saturday 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. Wednesdays 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 upcoming

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.

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. Saturday. 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.

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.

Upcoming activities at Raccoon

Creek State Park, Hookstown

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

Saturday -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.

Saturday-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.

Sunday- 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

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.

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.

Toby Keith coming to First Niagara Pavilion July 27

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.

Upcoming football exhibit

at the Senator John

Heinz History Center

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

Chicago, Doobie Brothers coming to First

Niagara Pavilion

BURGETTSTOWN - The First Niagara Pavilion will welcome Chicago and the Doobie Brothers at 8 p.m. Aug. 2.

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

Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival coming to First Niagara

BURGETTSTOWN - The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival comes to the First Niagara Pavilion July 28.

Bands slated to perform include Slipknot, Slayer, Motorhead, the Devil Wears Prada, As I Lay Dying and more. For tickets, go to; all Ticketmaster outlets; or call (800) 745-3000.

Famous painting at Carnegie

Museum of Art

PITTSBURGH - Henri Matisse's "The Thousand and One Nights," is a large, multi-panel, painted paper cutout, but because of its fragile nature, it is only on view for a limited period of time - through July 15 at the Carnegie Museum of Art.

"One Thousand and One Nights" was created in 1950, when the artist was 81 and confined to his bed. Unable to sleep and kept alive by his drive to create, Matisse had much in common with Scheherazade, the legendary narrator of the Arabian Nights. Scheherazade saves her own life from a vengeful king by enthralling him with a story that she always interrupts at a moment of suspense just after dawn, ensuring her survival through 1,001 nights. Like her tales, "The Thousand and One Nights" is a work rich in fantastical imagery and symbolism created during many sleepless, difficult hours.

The composition - with its fanciful magic lamps, dancing plant forms, hearts and cut-out text - evokes the supernatural quality of the heroine's storytelling and also the passage of time through the night. The complex shapes are interwoven to create a spontaneous, musical rhythm that captures the fascinating rapture of the story that inspired it. The museum is at 4400 Forbes Ave. For information, go to or call (412) 622-3131.

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