'The Dixie Swan Club'
WELLSBURG - The Brooke Hills Playhouse's production of the Jessie Jones-Nicholas Hope-Jamie Wooten comedy "The Dixie Swim Club" opens this week with a story of five strong women portrayed by five strong actresses. The show, directed by Rob DeSantis of Follansbee, will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and June 29-30 and 2 p.m. Sunday and July 1.
"The Dixie Swim Club" follows five strong Southern women whose friendship began on their college swim team, as they set aside a long weekend every August to renew their relationships. The play focuses on four of those weekends over a 33-year period.
Kelly Camarote of Crabtree, Pa., has the role of Jeri Neal McFeeley, a former nun and the group's eternal optimist.
Ellen Nicholas of Weirton portrays Vernadette Simms, a teacher with serious family problems.
Kim Winters of Follansbee plays Lexie Richards, an old-fashioned Southern belle who works as an event planner.
Nancy Longo of Toronto, who is cast as hard-driving lawyer Dinah Grayson, said DeSantis has created just the right creative climate for the actors.
The next main stage production is "Zombie Prom," with music by Dana Rowe and book and lyrics by John Dempsey, 8 p.m. July 13-14 and 20-21 and 2 p.m. July 15 and 22.
The rest of the main stage season includes Agatha Christie's classic mystery, "The Mousetrap," scheduled for 8 p.m. Aug. 3-4 and 10-11 and 2 p.m. Aug. 5 and 12 and Ken Ludwig's comic farce, "Leading Ladies," which takes to the playhouse stage at 8 p.m. Aug. 24-25, and Aug. 31-Sept. 1 and 2 p.m. Aug. 26 and Sept. 2.
A Spotlight production of a readers' theatre presentation of James Montgomery's comedy, "Nothing but the Truth," adapted by Charles Calabrese, will be seen at 8 p.m. Aug. 17-18 and 2 p.m. Aug. 19. Other Spotlight productions, scheduled in the weeks between main stage shows, will be announced as the playhouse's 41st summer season continues.
Tickets for Brooke Hills Playhouse nonmusical plays are $10 for adults, $8 for students, senior citizens and groups and $6 for children under 12. Musicals are $12 for adults, $10 for students, senior citizens and groups and $8 for children under 12. For reservations and information, call (304) 737-3344.
Aqua Zumba classes set
WELLSBURG - Cindy Petri of Cindy's Fusion Fitness will be conducting aqua Zumba classes at 7 p.m. each Tuesday at the Brooke Hills Park swimming pool.
The cost is $5. Participants should wear water shoes.
Reservations aren't required. For information, call (304) 737-1236.
at Historic Fort Steuben
Upcoming events at Historic Fort Steuben include:
Today - In conjunction with the farmers' market from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. the Steubenville Revitalization Group and Historic Fort Steuben will present the second-annual Art and Soul Art Festival in Fort Steuben Park. The event will include artists and musicians as well as activities for kids and an interactive, community mosaic/mural project.
Saturday, Sunday -It's that time again when the Fort is invaded by soldiers, surveyors, American Indians and settlers, all for the sake of keeping history alive. Demonstrations, crafts, games, music and vendors are all part of the fun. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for those ages 6-12 and free for those younger than age 6. Admission is also free to members.
July 6 - Charity Hospice will sponsor the U.S. Army Band: the Volunteers. This six-piece group will present a rock, pop and country show with a lot of patriotic numbers as well. The free show begins at 6:30 p.m. Be sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket or cushion and a picnic basket to enjoy the event.
Free concert set June 29
WEIRTON - A free concert featuring Pittsburgh band Radio Tokyo will be held June 29 at the Weirton Event Center located off Cove Road and across from the Weirton Municipal Plaza.
Gates will open at 5 p.m., with the show to start at 6 p.m.
The center also is the site of a weekly flea market held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday.
Carnegie Science Center
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. on July 1, 15 and 29; and Aug. 12 and 26. Led by Science Center staff, participants will learn how Requin's crew faced challenges underwater, explore un-restored compartments and climb up into the conning tower to see the periscope.
Because of the submarine's structure, Requin Tech Tours require full mobility, and tour size is limited to 12 people. Participants must be age 15 or older. Cost is $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers. Advanced reservation is required. Call (412) 237-1637 to register. The center is at 1 Allegheny Ave.
Carnegie Science Center to feature guitar exhibit
PITTSBURGH - Carnegie Science Center's currently-running GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked the World exhibit also includes an acoustic performance series that features artists with Pittsburgh roots from varied musical genres.
Upcoming acoustic performances from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays include: Jeff Schmutz of Good Brother Earl, Saturday; Bill Deasy, formerly of The Gathering Field, July 7; Joe Grushecky of The Houserockers, July 14; Josh Verbanets of Meeting of Important People, July 21; Joe Negri, July 28; Brian Price of WDVE-FM and Rick Witkowski of the B.E. Taylor Group, Aug. 4; Scott Blasey of The Clarks, Aug. 11; Marty Ashby of Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, Aug. 18; Rick Witkowski of B.E. Taylor Group and Kelsey Friday of Kelsey Friday & the Rest of the Week, Aug. 25; Ernie Hawkins, formerly of Blue Bombers, Sept. 1; Abby Krizner and Jason Sichi of Fist Fight in the Parking Lot, Sept. 8; The Mavens, Sept. 15; Chris Higbee, formerly of the Povertyneck Hillbillies, Sept. 22; and Reggae artist Uzell Finney of the Flow Band is scheduled to wrap up the series Sept. 29.
Created by The National Guitar Museum, GUITAR is an interactive exhibit about the science of sound. Running through Sept. 30, the traveling exhibit traces the instrument's vast history during the past 400 years and showcases more than 60 models, ranging from the early sitars of the middle ages to modern-day electric guitars.
For information, go to www.CarnegieScienceCenter.org.
Festival at Seven Springs
SEVEN SPRINGS, Pa. Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Pennsylvania's outdoor adventure headquarters, presents its second-annual Irish Festival July 6-8.
Everything Irish that weekend features plenty of authentic Irish food, traditional Irish entertainment, children's activities, story telling, an Irish marketplace, Irish pub, fireworks and other great events.
Within the festivalgrounds will be the Irish market village and children's village. The market will feature hand-crafted art, jewelry, kilts, clothing, puzzles and a variety of souvenirs. Meanwhile, the wee-ones will enjoy shamrock tiaras, Gaelic crowns, lucky leprechaun money bags and a St. Brigid's cross.
Featured entertainment includes the Screaming Orphans, four sisters who originate from Donegal, Ireland. They first came to prominence when Sinead O'Connor took them as her back-up vocalists and her opening act. Often described as a mix between the Cranberries and the Corrs, their own songs are high-energy pop songs with catchy melodies and some rousing traditional Irish tunes thrown in for good measure.
Additional featured entertainment includes the Rebel Heart Irish Dancers, who are scheduled to perform four times throughout the festival. Known for their inspiring performances that include traditional hornpipes, jigs and reels, the Rebel Heart Irish Dancers also add innovative choreography for a captivating presentation.
Traditional Irish entertainment includes Corned Beef and Curry, Terry Griffith, Red Hand Paddy, Cueball, Mike Gallagher, Matthew Craig and Kerry Tipper Band, Glengarry Bhoys, Dignam and Tedesco and Ruefle, David Shelow.
The Seven Springs culinary team will be serving authentic Irish cuisine including bread pudding, shepherd's pie, Irish sausage and more. Enjoy an Irish feast July 8 at the Kegs 'n' Eggs Brunch in the Slopeside. The brunch features some of the finest Irish entrees and desserts.
Festival admission is $7 for adults and children younger than 12 are free. Hours are 4 p.m to 9 p.m. July 6; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 7; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 8. Tickets can be purchased at the festival gates. Parking for this event is free.
Wheeling Grecian Food festival upcoming
WHEELING - The parishioners of St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church are hosting the 12th-annual Grecian Food Festival from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. July5-7 and noon to 4 p.m. on July 8.
Since 2000, the community of St. John the Divine has hosted a multi-day Grecian festival. Each year, the committee tries to provide something new for faithful patrons, and this year is no exception. In addition to live authentic Greek music provided by Soteri and his orchestra on July 6-7 and the performances of the Agape dancers, there will be entertainment provided by local talent the evening of July 5. Festival-goers will find more entertainment for the whole family this year as Centre Market will be sponsoring amusements, trolley rides, shows and more. There also will be free parking available at the Ohio Valley Medical Center garage. For information, go to www.grecianfest.com.
CHESTER - Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort will feature the legendary Ted Nugent Aug. 10 in the Harv.
Nugent's intensity has carved him a permanent place among the legends of rock. Hailing from Detroit, the guitarist's prodigious talents, ear shattering volume and over-the-top onstage antics quickly earned Nugent the moniker of "Motor City Madman," along with international acclaim.
Nugent's no-holds-barred career spans five decades of multi-platinum hits, from the ground-breaking Amboy Dukes' "Journey to the Center of the Mind," to classics like "Stranglehold" and "Cat Scratch Fever," Damn Yankees chartbusters like "High Enough," and cult classic "Fred Bear."
Tickets are general admission by section and begin at $20. Tickets can be purchased at www.MOREatMountaineer.com, www.etix.com, at Mountaineer's players club or by calling (800) 80-40-HOT, extension 8297.
Toy exhibit at Oglebay Institute
WHEELING - Oglebay Institute's Mansion Museum is debuting a new exhibit Saturday that celebrates the spirit of childhood by exploring the history and fun of old-fashioned toys.
Toys From Wheeling Childhood is a family-friendly exhibit that examines the playthings that have entertained generations past through an interesting display of toys from the Victorian time period, 1870s to the Baby Boomer time period of the 1950s and '60s. The exhibit is guest curated by an expert collector, appraiser and auctioneer Tim Luke, who hand picked each item for the exhibit from the Mansion Museum's collection of classic toys.
Opening festivities include a day of special programs Saturday at the Mansion Museums. Join guest curator Tim Luke for a special exhibit talk and tour at 11 a.m. Those attending can bring stories, questions and favorite vintage toys for an adult and child show-and-tell at 1 p.m. The cost is $15 per person and includes both programs and general admission to the museum. An optional boxed lunch is available at 12:30 p.m. for $10. OI members are invited to an exclusive opening reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 22. For information, go to www.oionline.com.
Stifel Fine Art Center
has new exhibit
WHEELING - The Stifel Fine Arts Center welcomes the currently running exhibit of historical artist and West Virginia native Glen Barnes.
Barnes has been capturing early eastern frontier life in dramatic and detailed paintings for more than 25 years. An extensive collection of artifacts, and personal knowledge of 18th century confrontations between American colonist and American Indians in the region, has given him a rich source of subject matter for his artwork as well as insight into everyday life during the time period.
This is exhibit features more than 20 original works as well as lithography reproductions for sale. For information, go to www.oionline.com.
Summer of Wonder at Schrader Center, Wheeling
WHEELING - Experience a Summer of Wonder at the Schrader Center with a variety of family-oriented and interactive nature programs designed to promote outdoor discovery.
Summer of Wonder nature programs are offered through Aug. 17 and include guided nature walks with an experienced naturalists, fossil hunts and family nature exploration for younger children, evening campfires with storytelling and marshmallow roasting, astronomy at the Speidel Observatory and Snake Tales. Programs are only $3 or free for OI members or those with wristbands.
Other activities available daily include painting pottery, nature exploration backpacks and geocahing GPS rentals. For information, go to www.oionline.com or call (304) 242-6855.
Upcoming events at
Raccoon Creek State Park
HOOKSTOWN -Upcoming events at Raccoon Creek State Park include:
Sunday, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Art Club of Raccoon Creek at Doak Field; call (724) 899-3611. The Art Club of Raccoon Creek invites anyone from beginner to skilled artist to practice their artistic talents while enjoying the outdoors at Raccoon Creek State Park. Any medium is welcome. Starting in January, the group meets the last Sunday of each month through October from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Individuals and families are welcome, and small groups should call ahead. For information on the free program, call (724) 899-3611.
June 30, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Frankfort Mineral Springs Tour. Those attending should meet at the Mineral Springs parking lot on state Route 18. The historic Frankfort Mineral Springs complex was constructed in the early 1800s and thrived for nearly 100 years as a popular resort, best known for its mineral water, once believed to have healing qualities. The guided tour will look back at the people and events that shaped the history of this once famous area. Those attending should be prepared for rough, uneven and wet terrain. For information, call (724) 899-3611.
Upcoming food expo at
John Heinz History Museum
PITTSBURGH - The Senator John Heinz History Center and GoodTaste! Pittsburgh have partnered to present Hometown-Homegrown, a fun and flavorful food expo at the History Center that celebrates the region's passion for food from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Visitors to HometownHomegrown can sample a delicious assortment of foods from nearly 50 local vendors representing the best of the Burgh's neighborhoods, including several Strip District eateries, and swap recipes with the region's culinary experts.
Featured vendors include Pittsburgh staples like Schneider's Dairy, a family-owned business that has served the region since 1935, and the Original Oyster House, the 142-year-old Market Square seafood bar.
Chris Fennimore, host of "WQED Cooks," and other local chefs will reveal their culinary secrets with visitors as part of special cooking demonstrations throughout the day in the center's new Weisbrod Kitchen Classroom. HometownHomegrown will feature activities throughout five floors at the History Center, including scavenger hunts, fun historical facts about Pittsburgh food, fitness activities in the SmartSteps exhibition and more.
For information, go to www.heinzhistorycenter.org.
Give-aways at Fort Steuben Mall
STEUBENVILLE - This summer the Fort Steuben Mall is giving away fun to 13 lucky shoppers.
Mall-goers can stop by customer service through Aug. 31 to enter to win one of 13 prizes, with drawings to be held at noon each Friday. Prizes include Kennywood, Idlewild, Sandcastle and Pittsburgh Pirates tickets, as well as Carmike Cinemas movie passes and Fort Steuben Mall gift cards.
Customer service is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday; and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. Contest rules are at the customer service center. For information, call Stephanie McVicker, mall marketing director, at (740) 264-7781.
Upcoming exhibit at Carnegie
Museum of Art
PITTSBURGH - The Carnegie Museum of Art, in a co-production with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, presents "Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World's Fairs, 1851-1939" on display Oct. 13 through Feb. 24 at the Carnegie.
From their inception in 1851, the fairs showcased the cutting edge of industry, production, new materials and methods for creating everything from tools to jewelry, furniture to textiles. In doing so, artists and manufacturers used breakthrough scientific innovations to create art objects that embodied the latest aesthetics and techniques.
Inventing the Modern World assembles more than 200 art objects from the world's fairs and showcases objects assembled from European and American collections.
The decorative arts made for the world's fairs often display the use of traditional styles while employing previously unknown materials and methods. Because early world's fairs were a gathering of nations in a less globalized time, works typically exhibited a nationalistic pride while showcasing the most cutting-edge craftsmanship of a given country. For information, go to www.cmoa.org or call (412) 622-3131.
Park to hold
WELLSBURG - Brooke Hills Park will hold a mud bog the second Sunday of each month.
Registration will begin at 10 a.m., with the event to start at 1 p.m. Admission is $5, with pit passes enabling attendees a closer look at the festivities available for an additional $5.
Participants in the mud bogs will compete for cash and points. For information, call the park at (304) 737-1236.
Comedian Billy Gardell coming
CHESTER The Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort will present Billy Gardell, star of the hit CBS series "Mike and Molly," on July 21 at The Harv.
Gardell was born in Pittsburgh and raised in Orlando, Fla., before moving to Los Angeles to hit it big.
Billy Gardell's television credits include a co-starring role in "Lucky," as well as appearances in "Yes, Dear," "Judging Amy," "My Name is Earl," "The Practice," "Monk" and "Gary the Rat." He can also be seen in the films "Bad Santa," "Avenging Angelo" and "You, Me and Dupree." Gardell has opened for such well-known comedians as George Carlin and Dennis Miller.
Gardell's stand-up show is a powerhouse. His grounded, down-to-earth point of view strikes a strong chord with American audiences. Stories about his rough childhood, wild adolescence and new family life are executed with the skill of a master craftsman.
Tickets are general admission by section and begin at $20. Tickets are currently on sale and and can be purchased at www.MOREatMountaineer.com; www.etix.com; and at Mountaineer's players club or by calling (800) 80-40-HOT, extension 8297.
Carmike Cinemas to feature
STEUBENVILLE - The Carmike Cinemas in the Fort Steuben Mall will be presenting 2012 Summer Kids Series every Thursday beginning today.
The screenings will begin at 10 a.m. and 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," today; "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 www.carmike.com.
Rick Springfield coming
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 www.MOREatMountaineer.com, etix.com, at Mountaineer's players club or by calling 800-80-40-HOT, extension 8297.
Rib cook-off in Wheeling
WHEELING - Featuring live entertainment and savory barbecue dishes, the Bikes, Brews and Barbecue Rib Cook-Off is slated for Friday through Sunday 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.
'The Dark Knight' comes Carnegie Science Center
PITTSBURGH - Carnegie Science Center has announced "The Dark Knight Rises," the final installment of filmmaker Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, will be showing at the Rangos Omnimax Theater beginning July 20.
Pittsburghers have been awaiting the release of the Warner Bros. movie since portions of it were filmed here last summer.
The Dark Knight Rises, playing July 20 through Aug. 19 at the Science Center, is rated PG-13 and has a running time of two hours and 45 minutes. The cost for members of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is $11 per ticket for all ages and $12 per ticket for nonmembers.
Reservations for all showtimes are available by calling (412) 237-3400 and pressing 7. In addition, online reservations will be available for the July 20 premiere screening by visiting www.CarnegieScienceCenter.org and clicking on the Dark Knight box.
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 www.cmoa.org or call (412) 622-3131.