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July 19, 2012
The Herald-Star


Rockshelter, Historic Village to host

African-American chef

AVELLA -The Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village, part of the Senator John Heinz History Center museum system, will host a special cooking demonstration 9 a.m. 4:30 p.m. Saturday, titled "Beyond the Big House Kitchen: A Culinary History of American Slavery."

Nationally renowned culinary historian Michael W. Twitty will provide an in-depth presentation on how African-American slaves utilized certain crops, tools and materials to provide for themselves and their families. Twitty will prepare meals throughout the day with the same utensils, cookware and methods that slaves used more than 150 years ago. Visitors will have the opportunity to sample these foods during the presentation.

In addition to the cooking demonstration, visitors can enjoy the Meadowcroft Rockshelter, a National Historic Landmark which features a massive, 16,000-year-old rock overhang used by the region's earliest inhabitants for shelter.

Visitors also can 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 16th-century American Indian village allows visitors to travel 400 years into the past and relive what life was like.

For information, go to Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village is at 401 Meadowcroft Road, Avella.

Travis Tritt coming to

Mountaineer Casino,

Racetrack and Resort,

CHESTER - Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort will feature award-winning artist Travis Tritt in one exciting show at 8 p.m. Sept. 1 in the Harv.

Tritt has a gutsy, outlaw image that distinguishes him from the pack of other male country artists.

Tritt's unique style has garnered him a string of No. 1 hits, including "Help Me Hold On," "Anymore," "Can I Trust You With My Heart," "Foolish Pride" and "Best of Intentions." His album "It's All About to Change" was certified as a three-time, multi-platinum album and his highest peaking album on Billboard. Tritt's first, third and fourth albums, "Country Club," "T-R-O-U-B-L-E," "Ten Feet Tall" and "Bulletproof," are all certified double platinum. "While The Restless Kind," "Down the Road I Go" and his "Greatest Hits: From the Beginning" albums are all certified platinum. Over the course of his career, Tritt has sold about 12 million records in the U.S., according to the RIAA, with press statements for Tritt estimating his overall sales at 25 million.

Tickets are general admission by section and begin at $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.

Pittsburgh Guitars to appraise guitars at Carnegie Center's guitar exhibition

PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Guitars is offering free guitar appraisals from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Carnegie Science Center.

Pittsburgh Guitars owner John Bechtold and founder Carl Grefenstette will be on site to evaluate and appraise vintage guitars in conjunction with "GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked the World" -a traveling exhibit created by The National GUITAR Museum about the science of sound.

Rare and valuable Beatles collectors' items, including guitars, drums and amps used by The Beatles, will also be on display. An avid Beatles fan, Grefenstette begun collecting and selling Beatle-related guitars, amps and drums to the Broadway show, "Beatlemania!" soon after he opened Pittsburgh Guitars in 1979.

Pittsburgh Guitars, based in the South Side, offers a wide selection of vintage, used and new guitars, basses, and amplifiers, as well as a variety of other stringed instruments and accessories. The store has a number of famous patrons, including Ray Davies of the Kinks, Peter Tork of The Monkees and the Stone Temple Pilots.

GUITAR, sponsored locally by Dollar Bank, traces the instrument's vast history over the past 400 years and showcases more than 60 models, ranging from the early sitars of the Middle Ages to modern-day electric guitars.

Plus, visitors can strum on the world's largest playable guitar as certified by Guinness World Records. It's an amazing 43.5 feet long, 16 feet wide. GUITAR, running through Sept. 30, is free with general admission. For information, visit

Keith Sweat coming to Mountaineer, Chester

CHESTER - Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort will feature legendary R&B singer Keith Sweat in the Harv at 8 p.m. Aug. 24.

A renowned performer, songwriter, recording artist, producer and father of four, Keith Sweat has more than two decades in music. Many of Sweat's albums, such as "I Want Her," "I'll Give All My Love To You," "Keep It Coming" and "Keith Sweat" have debuted and hit top spots on the charts. Sweat's "I Want Her" and "Twisted" both topped the charts at No. 2, while "Nobody" topped the charts at No. 3 respectively. Sweat's latest album, "Til the Morning" was released in November. Sweat is currently host of the nationally syndicated radio program "The Keith Sweat Hotel," which is heard on more than 50 stations.

One of Sweat's latest projects is the Dru Hill reality show, "Keith Sweat's Platinum House," as well as his relationship book titled "Make It Last Forever: The Do's and the Don't's," which is scheduled to be released this year.

Tickets are general admission by section and start at $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.

Free movie

to be shown

FOLLANSBEE - As part of the Follansbee Police Department's Neighborhood Crime Watch program, a free screening of the animated family film "Hugo," will be shown at dusk, at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday, at Follansbee Park.

Concert to


dance band

FOLLANSBEE - A free concert featuring dance band Twice As Nice will be held at 5 p.m. July 29 at Follansbee Park.

Attendees should bring lawn chairs or blankets.

'Zombie Prom' this weekend at Brooke Hills


WELLSBURG - When the audience sees the Brooke Hills Playhouse production of the Dana Rowe-John Dempsey musical comedy "Zombie Prom," all they see is the finished product, and not all the challenges the cast and crew faced in putting it together, according to director Julia Barnhart of Wellsburg.

The musical runs at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

"Zombie Prom" tells the story of star-crossed lovers, good girl Toffee and bad boy Jonny. When Toffee's parents force them to break up, Jonny runs his motorcycle into a nuclear waste dump, and returns, glowing and undead, to reclaim his love and demanding to be reinstated as a student at Enrico Fermi High School.

Barnhart said the biggest challenge was the tight schedule for pre-production.

"Our usual director for musicals was unable to do 'Zombie Prom,' and I was just coming off directing our first show of the season, 'Peter Pan,' so we just had four weeks to put together a show that normally would have six weeks for rehearsal," Barnhart said.

It's always a challenge to mount a full-scale musical on the playhouse's relatively small stage, but Barnhart said "Zombie Prom" was easier than most in that respect.

Barnhart said there were no problems with getting the young cast to relate to the late 1950s era in which "Zombie Prom" takes place, and she's confident that "Zombie Prom" will appeal to a wide audience.

"It has a lot of laughs, a lot of cheesy science fiction, some 1950s-style TV reporting and some fun tension among the characters, not to mention the big popular appeal of the zombie element," she said.

The playhouse will present another comic takeoff on horror films this fall. Auditions for Richard O'Brien's musical comedy "The Rocky Horror Show" will be held from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 20-21.

Callbacks are scheduled for 6 p.m. Aug. 22. The show will be performed at 8 p.m. Oct. 12-13, 19-20 and 26-27; and midnight Oct. 20 and 27.

The rest of the playhouse's main stage season includes Agatha Christie's classic mystery, "The Mousetrap," at 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," to be performed 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' theater 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 musicals are $12 for adults; $10 for students, senior citizens and groups; and $8 for children younger than 12. Nonmusical plays are $10 for adults; $8 for students, senior citizens and groups; and $6 for children younger than 12.

Salt Fork Arts and Crafts Festival upcoming

CAMBRIDGE - On the second weekend in August for the past 44 years. the Salt Fork Arts and Crafts Festival has been set in the Cambridge City Park, providing visitors exhibits of high quality art by artist and craftsmen, early American arts and crafts and performing arts.

New this year will be the addition of literary arts. Adding Appalachian folk art to the festival is being considered. Folk artists wishing to participate should call Julia Evans at (740) 439-9373 or e-mail her at

'Addams Family' musical coming

to Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - Full casting has been announced for the upcoming national tour of "The Addams Family," a new musical based on the bizarre and beloved family of characters created by legendary cartoonist Charles Addams.

The musical's Pennsylvania premiere in Pittsburgh is set from July 31 through Aug. 12 at the Benedum Center as part of the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera summer season.

Douglas Sills and Sara Gettelfinger will star as Gomez and Morticia in a principal cast that includes Tony Martin Vidnovic as Mal Beineke; Gaelen Gilliland as Alice Beineke; Blake Hammond as Uncle Fester; Pippa Pearthree as Grandma; Tom Corbeil as Lurch; Patrick D. Kennedy as Pugsley; Brian Justin Crum as Lucas Beineke; and Cortney Wolfson as Wednesday.

The musical is part of Pittsburgh CLO's 2012 summer subscription season and the PNC Broadway Across America - Pittsburgh 2011/2012 subscription season. To subscribe to the PNC Broadway series, call (412) 456-1390 or visit For Pittsburgh CLO information, call (412) 281-2822 or visit For individual tickets and information, call (412) 456-6666 or visit or in person, the box office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave.

African-American baseball exhibit at history


PITTSBURGH - The Senator John Heinz History Center and Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum will feature nearly 50 paintings and sketches depicting the lives of Negro League baseball players as part of a new exhibition, the "Story of Negro League Baseball: We Are the Ship," currently running.

The 2,500-square-foot exhibit, sponsored by the Pittsburgh Pirates, Double Eagle Foundation and the Fine Foundation, features original paintings by Kadir Nelson, an award-winning artist and author who spent seven years interviewing former players, examining old photographs and researching baseball archives to present an authentic depiction of life in the Negro Leagues.

The exhibit's heroic paintings provide a personal look at iconic ballplayers such as Josh Gibson, Satchel Paige, Cool Papa Bell and Jackie Robinson, who transcended baseball and set the stage for the modern civil rights movement.

As part of the exhibit, the Sports Museum will unveil a new life-like museum figure of baseball legend Josh Gibson, the Hall of Fame slugger who starred for the Homestead Grays and Pittsburgh Crawfords.

The History Center and Sports Museum are at 1212 Smallman St. in the city's Strip District. For information, call (412) 454-6000.

Adam Cohen

coming to Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH- Adam Cohen - son of Leonard Cohen - will open for Rufus Wainwright at 8 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Carnegie Library Music Hall, 510 East 10th Ave.

Tickets are priced at $39.50 and $49.50 and can be purchased at

This is Cohen's fourth album, but it's a huge musical departure for him. Adam admits that his earlier efforts were all a conscious effort to distance himself from his father's music, but he has finally embraced his Cohen-ness and created an album of gorgeous songs.

Brian Brown: New Paintings at 709 Penn Gallery

PITTSBURGH -Brian Brown unveils a series of new, primarily figurative paintings that are painstakingly detailed using traditional oil painting techniques currently running through Aug. 19 at the 709 Penn Gallery.

His imagery is inspired by dreams, memories, popular culture and pure unabashed imagination.

Brown attended Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Mich., and earned a distinguished award upon graduation. Brown has exhibited his paintings in Pittsburgh at Fe Gallery, the Miller Gallery and in Sewickley, as well as in galleries in New York City.

'Mary Poppins' in

Pittsburgh in October

PITTSBURGH -The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and producers Thomas Schumacher of Disney Theatrical Productions and Cameron Mackintosh announce a return engagement of "Mary Poppins" at the Benedum Center on Oct. 16-21.

Tickets are on sale at the box office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave.; by calling (412) 456-4800; or online at

"Mary Poppins," a co-production of Disney and Mackintosh, opened on Broadway on Nov. 16, 2006. Based on P.L. Travers' cherished stories and the classic 1964 Walt Disney film, the stage play features the Academy Award-winning music and lyrics of Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. The stage production has been created, in collaboration with Mackintosh, by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes, who has written the book, and the Olivier Award-winning team of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, which has composed new songs and additional music and lyrics.

Submarine at

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 29, 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 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 Josh Verbanets of Meeting of Important People, Saturday; 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

'The Dark Knight' coming to


Science Center

PITTSBURGH - Carnegie Science Center has announced "The Dark Knight Rises," the final installment of filmmaker Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, is currently screening at the Rangos Omnimax Theater.

Tri-State Area residents have been awaiting the release of the Warner Bros. movie since portions of it were filmed in Pittsburgh last summer.

"The Dark Knight Rises," playing 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 and clicking on the Dark Knight box.

Nugent coming to Mountaineer

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," and chartbusters like "High Enough," and cult classic "Fred Bear."

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

Summer of

Wonder at Schrader Center

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 naturalist, 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 or call (304) 242-6855.

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 or call (412) 622-3131.

Carmike Cinemas to feature

Kids' Series

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 "Shark Tale," today; "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

Railroad Days

set Aug. 10-11

ORVILLE - The Orrville Railroad Heritage Society is holding is 32nd-annual Railroad Days Aug. 10-11.

Hours are 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Aug. 10 and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Aug. 11.

The railroad society has made special arrangements with the Norfolk Southern Railroad to bring an exhibit car and a traveling museum inside a railroad car. The depot museum and exhibit car tours are free, according to Roger Scott, ORHS activities director.

There will be train and track car rides from noon to 4 p.m. on Aug. 11. The cost is $2 for adults and $1 for children. The rides are about 15 minutes long. and track cars will run between the train rides.

The Orrville Railroad Day celebration is set for Aug. 11 and is to be held in conjunction with the Orrville Music and Rib Festival, sponsored by Main Street Orrville.

Visitors can tour the Orrville Union Depot Museum, located at 145 Depot St., off West Market Street, and visit the many railroad displays and the gift shop.

The Norfolk Southern Exhibit Car houses interactive exhibits about the history and operation of the Norfolk Southern Railroad System. Its last visit to Orrville was in 2005 for the Depot Days.

Train tickets for the "Fall Foliage Circle Trip" and "Riding with Santa" can be purchased in the depot office.

Norfolk Southern Corp. will have an Operation Lifesaver booth at trackside. Refreshments such as hot dogs, soft drinks and water will be available trackside.

For information, call the Orrville Union Depot Museum at (330) 683-2426.

The railroad society was founded in 1978.

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