'Youth Invasion 2013:
Status Update' slated
PITTSBURGH - The Andy Warhol Museum and HIVE Pittsburgh will hold "Youth Invasion 2013: Status Update" from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday at the Warhol located at 117 Sandusky St. on the North Shore.
The event includes youth performances, a fashion show, live music and informational booths operated by local organizations. The event also will launch HIVE Pittsburgh and the Sprout Fund's "Hive Days of Summer," a three-month campaign that encourages young people to reinvent summer learning.
"Teens Take Over the Warhol! Youth Invasion" is a project that features teens' take on Warhol, with their points of view and ideas influencing museum programming, interpretation and display.
Beaver Creek Park
opening this weekend
EAST LIVERPOOL - Beaver Creek State Park Pioneer Village opens Saturday for the summer season.
The park will be open from noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, with the first Saturday featuring the a recreation of a rustic village from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Also available will be the first Friends of Pioneer Village cookbook on sale at the Trading Post.
For information or to volunteer, call (330) 227-3085 or (330) 227-3939.
Brooke House Playhouse
WELLSBURG - The Brooke Hills Playhouse has scheduled auditions for the Bob Martin-Don McKellar-Lisa Lambert-Greg Morrison musical comedy, "The Drowsy Chaperone," for 6 p.m. Monday.
Auditions for the Tony Award-winning musical will take place at Brooke High School auditorium. The play will be presented at the Playhouse July 12-14 and 19-21.
The show will be directed by Nic Taylor of Wellsburg, who noted that no preparation is necessary for auditions. Actors should bring their personal calendars so they can list potential conflicts with rehearsals. Anyone unable to audition at the scheduled times should contact Brooke County Arts Council President Julia Barnhart, at (304) 670-1093, prior to Monday to make other arrangements.
"The Drowsy Chaperone" opens in the apartment of the Man in the Chair, who shares his priceless recording of a 1920's musical with the audience. The scene then shifts to the Tottendale estate, where preparations are under way for the wedding of Broadway star Janet Van DeGraff, who plans to give up her career after she marries oil tycoon Robert Martin. But gangsters heavily invested in her current show try to sabotage the wedding to keep Janet in show business.
The script of "The Drowsy Chaperone" calls for eight men and five women of various ages in principal parts, plus a flexible ensemble of men and women of various ages playing multiple roles of servants, reporters and wedding guests.
"The Drowsy Chaperone" will be the third play in the Brooke Hills Playhouse's 42nd summer season, which begins May 31 through June 2, and June 7-9 with Joseph Kesselring's classic comedy, "Arsenic and Old Lace," followed June 21-23 and 28-30 by "The Haunting of Hill House," adapted by F. Andrew Leslie from Shirley Jackson's best-selling novel.
After "The Drowsy Chaperone," the season will continue with Joseph Robinette's acclaimed adaptation of C. S. Lewis' children's classic, "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," Aug. 2-4 and 9-11, and Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore's farcical comedy, "Bathroom Humor," Aug. 23-25, 30-31 and Sept. 1.
As was the case last season, all Friday and Saturday performances will be at 8 p.m., and all Sunday performances will be 2 p.m. matinees.
Barnhart said the playhouse is offering its patrons a number of money-saving pre-season combinations, which can be ordered via mail or by calling Barnhart at (304) 670-1093.
The Super Star plan for five admissions admits patrons to any shows at a cost of $42 for adults; $34 for senior citizens and students; and $26 for children 12 years of age and younger.
The Bright Star plan includes three admissions to non-musical 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 non-musicals at $27 for adults; $22 for senior citizens and students; and $17 for children younger 12.
After the season opens, the price schedule for musicals will be $12 for adults, $10 for students and senior citizens, and $8 for children under 12 For non-musicals, in-season ticket prices will be $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, and $6 for children under 12.
Playhouse patrons may order any of the advance discount packages by sending a check or money order payable to the Brooke County Arts Council 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 received by June 1.
Patrons may keep up with Playhouse and Brooke County Arts Council events by visiting them on Facebook, and going to the pages for Brooke County Arts Council and the Brooke Hills Playhouse.
Auggie Cook and Ale
coming to Wheeling
WHEELING - Nationally touring stand-up comedian Auggie Cook will entertain during Oglebay Institute's Art and Ale event May 10 at the Stifel Fine Arts Center.
Beer selections for the evening are from Chicago-based craft brewery Goose Island.
This is the second event in the popular Art and Ale series to feature stand-up comedy.
The evening gets under way at 6:30 p.m. with a tasting of five, award-winning craft brewed beers from Goose Island, which produces an innovative selection of more than 50 craft beers that are enjoyed in all 50 states and Europe. Each ale will be paired with food from Ye Olde Alpha that complements the flavors of the beer. At 7:45 p.m., Auggie Cook will take the stage.
Cook has appeared on ABC-TV and the A&E cable network. He has worked with many well-known comedians, including Howie Mandel, Drew Carey, Robert Klein, Chris Rock, George Wallace and Rick Rockwell.
His quick wit, clean jokes, easy style and hilarious songs have been making audiences laugh since the 1980s. He has appeared at major comedy clubs, colleges, private parties, corporate functions and dive bars across the country.
His first comedy/music CD was titled "Cleveland Sucks" and included the single "Brown Malibu." Cook has appeared regularly on WDVE-FM, where cuts from his CD have been played.
Beer selections for the evening include:
Goose Island Honker's Ale - Inspired by visits to English country pubs, Honker's Ale combines a spicy hop aroma with a rich malt middle to create a perfectly balanced beer. Immensely drinkable, Honker's Ale is not only a beer drinkers can trust but also one they'll look forward to.
Goose Island IPA - Goose Island has crafted its own version of this classic pale ale recipe that features an inviting spicy hop aroma and fruity flavor, set off by a dry malt middle that ensures that the long hop finish won't soon be forgotten.
Goose Island Summer Seasonal - The color of sunshine, with a light fruity aroma and a hint of fruity acidity, Goose Island Summertime is the perfect summer session ale. It's a beer brewed in the traditional German fashion.
Goose Island 312: 312's hazy appearance and spicy aroma of Cascade hops is followed by a crispy, fruity ale flavor that's delivered in a smooth, creamy body.
Program support for this event was provided by Oglebay Institute Executive Business Member Bedway Development Corp. For information, call (304) 242-4200.
Tickets for the event are $35. The ticket price includes all beverages, food and the show. Members of Oglebay Institute receive a discount. For information, call (304) 242-7700 or visit www.oionline.com.
Summer kickoff at Oglebay, Wheeling
WHEELING - Area residents can enjoy a day of family fun and creative expression at Oglebay Institute's Summer Kick Off 2013 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 11 at the Schrader Environmental Education Center in Oglebay Resort.
Free and open to the public, this community celebration includes arts and crafts for kids, outdoor nature activities, fitness programs, live glass making demonstrations, a live radio broadcast and a performance of the children's classic "Aesop's Updated Fables."
Refreshments will be available for purchase, and guests can explore the Schrader Center exhibit hall, hike the trails surrounding the center and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Oglebay Resort. Live music and prize drawings are also part of the fun. The first 100 children will receive a free gift.
CADIZ - The Puskarich Public Library is hosting a book signing from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday with Cadiz-raised Vietnam veteran C.M. Hayden, formally known as Curt Busby.
His book is titled "An American Veteran's Journey."
Busby is a 1964 graduate of Cadiz High School. He joined the Marines during his senior year in 1963 and left for active duty in 1964. He served two separate tours of duty in Vietnam with the 1st Marine Air Wing and was honorably discharged in 1972.
After returning home from the war, like so many Vietnam veterans, he locked his emotions away until the Vietnam Memorial was built in Washington, D.C. After finally being able to talk about his experiences, he found that he was not alone. It was then when he decided to take his message of awareness and encouragement to the highways of America.
In 1984, he ran across America, crossing through states, starting in California and ending at the Vietnam Memorial in Washington. It took him 114 days, covering 2,827 miles and during this journey, he talked with thousands of veterans, encouraging them to not let their experiences ruin the rest of their lives.
He spoke with the media from coast to coast to help people be aware of problems facing our American veterans as well.
His book includes stories from Vietnam, his run across America and life as a veteran. He donated 10 percent of his book sales to the Wounded Warrior Project and after each 10 books are sold, he sends a free book to a service person overseas.Busby continues to work with and help veterans in many ways, along with promoting jobs for veterans.
For information, call (740) 942-2623.
'The Lion King'
PITTSBURGH - Disney Theatrical Productions and PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh announce Disney's "The Lion King" tickets will go on sale at 9 a.m. Monday.
Pittsburgh's most eagerly awaited return will once again leap onto the Benedum Center stage Sept. 3 for a limited engagement of four weeks through Sept. 29. Tickets begin at $30 and will be available at the Theater Square box office, 655 Penn Ave.; and online at www.TrustArts.org.
The Joseph Sister Band performing
GREENSBURG, Pa. - The Joseph Sisters will perform at 6 p.m. Friday at the Palace Theater, 21 West Otterman St.
The band is opening for Tanya Tucker. The band also will perform from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. May 8 at Latitude 40, 200 Quinn Drive, Pittsburgh.
Rendezvous on tap in Toronto
TORONTO - The National Rendezvous and Living History event and ninth-annual Corp of Discovery will be May 16-19 at 85 township Road 1305.
Activities will include the American way of life during the years 1640-1840. Those participating live the life of the frontiersman for the weekend. There will be a blacksmiths, a black powder demonstration, knife and tomahawk, spinning wheels, cooking in cast Dutch ovens and more. For information, call (740) 632-8625.
Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village opening
AVELLA - Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village, the oldest site of human habitation in North America, will kick off its 2013 season at noon Saturday.
Meadowcroft, part of the Senator John Heinz History Center's museum system, recently was named one of the "Five Great Places to See Evidence of First Americans" by Smithsonian magazine. The site has become an international destination, welcoming nearly 15,000 visitors from 30 U.S. states and 12 countries last year.
The National Historic Landmark, located in Avella features a massive, 16,000-year-old rock overhang used by the region's earliest inhabitants for shelter.
Traveling forward through time, Meadowcroft offers visitors the chance to experience what everyday life was like for Upper Ohio Valley inhabitants over the past 400 years.
Visitors to the 16th-century, eastern woodland indian village can step inside a wigwam, pound corn into meal, or try their hand at throwing the atlatl, a spear thrower used by prehistoric hunters.
Two new 1770s-era structures help to spotlight the similarities and differences between the everyday lives of European settlers and American Indians in the Upper Ohio Valley. An open-sided log shelter represents the initial home and trading post of European settlers, while a log cabin shows how late 18th century American Indian families adopted European building techniques.
The village recreates all of the charming qualities of an Upper Ohio Valley Village from the mid-19th century. Visitors will come face to face with elements of everyday family life, such as watching a blacksmith forge red-hot iron or enjoying a lesson in a one-room schoolhouse.
In addition to experiencing 16,000 years of history at Meadowcroft, a variety of special events highlight the 2013 schedule:
Atlatl Competition, June 15 - Visitors can try their hand using the atlatl, a spear-thrower used by prehistoric hunters. This contest, which is sanctioned by the World Atlatl Association, is open to all ages and is free to enter with Meadowcroft admission.
Independence Day celebration, July 4 - Meadowcroft will celebrate the spirit of 19th-century rural America with old-fashioned summer games, open hearth cooking demonstrations and a pie-eating contest on the Fourth of July.
Insider Tours of Meadowcroft Rockshelter - On select dates throughout the 2013 season, visitors can enjoy exclusive insider tours with James M. Adovasio, Ph.D., who achieved international acclaim with his archeological excavation of the Rockshelter in 1973. Adovasio will present a lecture and lead a special tour on the site on July 6, Sept. 14, Oct. 12 and Nov. 9. For reservations, call Frances Skariot at (724) 587-3412 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Indian Heritage Weekend, Sept. 28-29 - Visitors exploring Meadowcroft's recreated Indian Village during this special weekend will encounter native artisans dressed like their ancestors as they demonstrate skills of everyday life. Visitors can also explore the interior of a wigwam, inspect carefully recreated prehistoric artifacts, learn about American Indian agriculture and try their hand using an atlatl, a prehistoric spear thrower.
Throughout May Meadowcroft is open Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, Meadowcroft is open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $12 for adults, $11 for senior citizens and $6 for children ages 6-17. Children under 6 and History Center members get in free.
For information, visit www.heinzhistorycenter.org and click on the Meadowcroft tab; or call (724) 587-3412.
New exhibit at Wood Galleries, Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH - Wood Street Galleries, a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, will present Memento Mori by artist Gregory Barsamian, Friday through June 16.
In a strobe lit room, Barsamian's sculpture spins rapidly on an armature with imagery based on recordings of his dreams. At once low-tech and approachable, Barsamian's work simultaneously floats between the conscious and unconscious worlds in collaboration between artist and perceiver. The exhibit will feature the artist's work that combines mixed medium such as steel, wood and bronze; and steel, acrylic medium, paper, strobe and motor. Wood Street Galleries is at 601 Wood St.
Magic, mind reading at Towngate, Wheeling
WHEELING - City native and internationally renowned "extraordinist" Craig Karges combines magic, mind reading and mysticism, including a Victorian-era seance, to deliver an unforgettable evening in the intimate setting of the historic Towngate Theatre at 6 p.m. May 30.
It is also a night to indulge the senses. Guests will be treated to premium wines and delectable fare prior to the show, at intermission and during a post-performance reception.
An award-winning entertainer, Karges dramatizes the unknown, the unexplained and the unbelievable. He has made more than 5,000 appearances in 22 countries on four continents and in all 50 states. He is now making a rare, local appearance in his hometown to benefit Oglebay Institute's Towngate Theatre.
Tickets are $75 and can be purchased by calling (304) 2420-4200. Seating is limited to 166. Organizers expect a full house, and early registration is encouraged.
Under the Influence
Tour coming to First
BURGETTSTOWN - The Under The Influence of Music Tour featuring Wiz Khalifa and A$AP Rocky with special guests B.o.B., Trinidad Jame$, Joey Bada$$ & Pro Era, Berner, Chevy Woods and Smoke DZA to First Niagara Pavilion at 6 p.m. Aug. 3.
For tickets, go to www.livenation.com; Ticketmaster outlets; or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000.
Chili festival in
WHEELING - It's time to polish up your best recipes and register for the 12th-annual Wheeling Feeling Chili Cookoff, set for June 1 at Wheeling's Heritage Port.
All proceeds once again will benefit the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley.
There is a new category for competition in this year's event, homestyle chili, which means anything goes for ingredients, as long as there are chili spices and peppers included. This new category opens competition to vegetarian and vegan cooks, and those who like to add beans, pasta, potatoes, rice or other similar ingredients to their chili.
The commercial cooks category is open to all comers.
While the commercial division traditionally has included restaurants and caterers, other groups can enter this category, which allows the entrants to bring prepared chili to the event, rather than preparing it on-site.Commercial cooks can sell menu items other than chili and may distribute menus and other giveaways or coupons. They may also promote their businesses or groups any way they like.
Chili cook-offs are eligible for cash prizes. The Wheeling Feeling Chili Cookoff begins at noon, with entertainment by Steel Cassa and Deja' Vu. There also will be a car show. Sponsors for the event are The City of Wheeling, Carenbauer Distributing, Chesapeake Energy, WTRF-TV and JP MorganChase.
For information, call (304) 234-3617 or email email@example.com.
Raccoon Creek State
Park public programs
happening in May
HOOKSTOWN, Pa. - Raccoon Creek State Park upcoming activities include:
Mother's Day Wildflower Walk May 12, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Those participating will meet at the Wildflower Reserve Interpretive Center along U.S. Route 30. Mothers Day will include a relaxing look at wildflowers along the trails of the Wildflower Reserve. The walk will cover identification, medicinal/edible uses and folklore associated with various plants. The program is free.
Bluebird watching May 19, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Those interested will meet at the Wildflower Reserve Interpretive Center along U.S. Route 30.
Scott Parry, Raccoon Creek State Park's Bluebird Trails coordinator, will host an informative program on bluebirds. The program is free.
Civilian Conservation Corps Camp Tour May 27, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Those interested will meet at the park office on state Route 18 at 10 a.m. This year marks the 80th anniversary of the creation of the Civilian Conservation Corps. During the program, attendees will learn about the history, local significance and projects throughout the U.S. completed by CCC during the Great Depression.
Following the indoor presentation, there will be a walking tour of one of the camps built by the CCC in the 1930s. The program is free.
For information, go to www.friendsofraccoon.org or call (724) 899-3611.
Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson coming to First Niagara Pavilion
BURGETTSTOWN - Maroon 5 with special guests Kelly Clarkson and Rozzi Crane will be at First Niagara Pavilion on Aug. 6.
For tickets, go to www.livenation.com; Ticketmaster outlets; or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000.
Keith Urban coming to
First Niagara Pavilion
BURGETTSTOWN -Keith Urban will appear with Little Big Town and special guest Dustin Lynch at the First Niagara Pavilion on Sept. 13.
For tickets, go to www.livenation.com; Ticketmaster outlets; or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000.
Mark Morris Dance
PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Dance Council, a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, will present world renowned Mark Morris Dance Group at the Byham Theater at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Tickets, which range $19 to $48, may be purchased at the box office at Theater Square; online at www.TrustArts.org; or by calling (412) 456-6666.
Anthony Bourdain, Eric Ripert coming to Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH - Join Anthony Bourdain and his good friend, Eric Ripert internationally renowned chefs, authors, and television personalities as they share stories and muse on the place of food in our personal, community and global life.
Their Good vs. Evil tour will visit Pittsburgh Monday at the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts. It will be a truly engaging evening of storytelling and observation, providing frank and provocative insight into what really goes on behind kitchen doors. Tickets range $45 to $65 and are available by phone, at (412) 456-6666; online at TrustArts.org; or in person at the Theater Square box office.
Kid Rock, ZZ Top coming
BURGETTSTOWN - Kid Rock with ZZ Top and Uncle Kracker will be at First Niagara Pavilion on Sept. 7. For tickets, go to www.livenation.com; Ticketmaster outlets; or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000.
Matchbox Twenty, Goo
Goo Dolls coming to
BURGETTSTOWN - Matchbox Twenty and Goo Goo Dolls will be at First Niagara Pavilion on June 29. For tickets, go to www.livenation.com; Ticketmaster outlets; or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000.
Harry Connick Jr. coming to
PITTSBURGH - Harry Connick Jr. comes to Heinz Hall at 8 p.m. on June 27.
Connick Jr.'s meteoric rise in the world of music was only a prelude to a multifaceted career. This pianist, vocalist, composer, band leader, actor and philanthropist has received awards and recognition for his live and recorded musical performances and for his achievements on screens large and small as well as the Broadway stage.
Gallery Crawl coming to
PITTSBURGH-The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the upcoming Gallery Crawl to take place 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 26 in downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District.
The Gallery Crawl is an urban showcase featuring a wide variety of thought provoking art exhibitions, live bands, DJs, dance, theater and more. Everything from the traditional to the avant garde is on display for art lovers of all ages.
Gallery Crawl events are free and open to the public. For information and a map of events, visit www.TrustArts.org. or call (412) 456-6666.
Muse, Cage the Elephant coming to Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH - Muse with special guest Cage the Elephant will play at the CONSOL Energy Center on Sept. 8.
For tickets, go to www.livenation.com; Ticketmaster outlets; or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000.
'Lasers of Oz' to
PITTSBURGH - The Carnegie Science Center will present "The Lasers of Oz," currently running, immersing visitors in the music of "The Wizard of Oz" and a laser light show including color, animated graphics and 3-D atmospheric effects in the Buhl Planetarium.
Featuring songs such as "Follow the Yellow Brick Road," "Over the Rainbow" and "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead," "The Lasers of Oz" kicks off the science center's laser show season. Shows include 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, "Oz"; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturday, "Bob Marley"; 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, "No Doubt"; 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, "Nirvana"; 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, "SkrillStep: The Music of Skrillex"; midnight Fridays and Saturdays, "Pink Floyd"; 3 p.m. daily, "Oz"; and 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, "Bob Marley."
The cost is $2 for members and $8 for nonmembers. A second show ticket can be purchased for $5.
For information, visit CarnegieScienceCenter.org.
Jewelry artist Paula Crevoshay coming to
PITTSBURGH - Award-winning jewelry artist Paula Crevoshay will be featured in a single-artist exhibition, "Garden of Light: Works by Paula Crevoshay" through Aug. 11 at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History's Wertz Galley, part of the museum's Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems.
Many of the pieces from the nature-themed collection will be shown juxtaposed with minerals and insects from the museum's collection. Some of the one-of-a-kind pieces include gem-encrusted orchids; characters such as sprites and nymphs; "ecosystems" with pieces reflecting relationships between plants, insects and the elements; and gold, opals, sapphires and rare conch pearls.
"It's in our nature to mimic nature," said Crevoshay. "As an artist, I mirror back to nature that which it inspires in me, which, in turn, strikes a chord in my viewers."
'Clybourne Park' at Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Public Theater will present Bruce Norris' "Clybourne Park," winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, Britain's Olivier Award and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play, currently running through May 19 at the O'Reilly Theater in the Cultural District.
"Clybourne Park" revolves around a Chicago home at 406 Clybourne St. in two separate years: 1959 and 2009. It is the same house that was featured in Lorraine Hansberry's 1959 drama about race and real estate, "A Raisin in the Sun."
In the first act of "Clybourne Park," Karl Lindner - who first appeared in "A Raisin in the Sun" - tries to convince the white owners of 406 Clybourne St. not to sell their home to a black family. In the second act, 50 years have passed and the neighborhood is now a black community. When a white family buys 406 Clybourne St., intending to tear it down and rebuild a larger home on the property, a black couple from the local owner's association challenges the architectural integrity of their plans.
The same seven actors play different characters in each act. The cast includes Brad Bellamy, Bjorn DuPaty, Megan Hill, Tim McGeever, Jared McGuire, Chandra Thomas and Lynne Wintersteller. It is directed by Pamela Berlin, who directed "Red" at The Public last season.
The design team for Pittsburgh Public Theater's production of Clybourne Park includes Michael Schweikardt (scenic), Suzanne Chesney (costumes), John Lasiter (lighting), and Zach Moore (sound). Fred Noel is the production stage manager, and Christine Schott is the assistant stage manager.
Clybourne Park is recommended for mature audiences.
Tickets are $29 to $60. Students and those 26 and younger can purchase tickets for $15.75 with a valid identification.
For tickets, call (412) 316-1600 or visit www.ppt.org.
PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Dance Council will present the Mark Morris Dance Group at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Byham Theater.
Morris has spent time in Europe studying the flamenco, before moving to New York, where he performed with several companies before forming the Mark Morris Dance Group in 1980. He has worked with many ballet companies and received eleven honorary doctorates. He has received awards including the Benjamin Franklin Creativity Laureate Award in 2012 and the Leonard Bernstein Lifetime Achievement Award for the Elevation of Music in Society in 2010.
Mark Morris Dance Group travels internationally, working only with live accompaniment in practice and performance.
In 1988 the group traveled to Belgium's Theatre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels to accept a three-year residence as the national dance company. Since completing the residency, Mark Morris Dance Group returned to New York where they continue to create innovations in modern dance.
Morris has created more than 130 works for his dance group.
Tickets are available for $19 to $48 and may be purchased at the Box Office at Theater Square, online at www.trustarts.org, or by calling (412) 456-6666.
Dinner theater to
WELLSBURG -The Ohio Valley Cloak and Dagger Co. will present an interactive murder mystery at a dinner show to benefit the American Cancer Society Saturday at Staffileno's on the River.
Tickets are $30 each. Seating is limited, and reservations should be made by calling (304) 374-3335.
Big Time Rush, Victoria
Justice coming to First
BURGETTSTOWN -Big Time Rush and Victoria Justice will perform at the First Niagara Pavilion 7 p.m. on July 14.
For tickets, go to at www.livenation.com; all Ticketmaster outlets; or by calling (800) 745-3000.
'Price is Right Live!'
coming to Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH -The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Steve Litman Presents "The Price is Right Live!" at the Benedum Center at 7:30 p.m. May 9.
For information and tickets visit www.TrustArts.org; call (412) 456-6666; or purchase in person at Theater Square box office, 655 Penn Ave.
PITTSBURGH - Carnegie Science Center and Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens are teaming up to host Butterfly Weekend June 1-2.
The two-day celebration will give visitors a chance to learn about the life cycle of butterflies and discover why these insects have a remarkable ability to navigate, orient and migrate.
The Science Center will provide hands-on activities and science demos from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 1, and Phipps continues the celebration with butterfly tours and discovery stations from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 2.
The Carnegie Science Center will have life-sized models of each stage in the butterfly life cycle and antennae and scales under microscopes. Visitors will learn about ultraviolet light and how butterflies see, as well as animal coloration. The Science Center's live butterfly tent will be set up so those visiting can learn about the Monarch's habitat, and a few visitors will have the chance to feed the butterflys. Scott Creary, entomologist and Phipps Butterfly Forest exhibit coordinator, will be available.
Special activities also will be available, including creating flip sticks showing butterflys in flight; making butterfly snack bags; story time readings of "Monarch! Come Play With Me!"; and showings of "Flight of the Butterflies." Check the science center website at CarnegieScienceCenter.org for times.
Phipps will hold "Behind the Butterflies" tours at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. June 2. Creary will take visitors through the Butterfly Forest and Production Greenhouses to observe the butterfly lab. Tours can be reserved for $2 the day of the event on a first-come, first-served basis, with a maximum of 15-20 people per tour. There will be Discovery Stations in the Children's Discovery Garden to create a craft and pot a plant that attracts butterflies. The science center staff also will be on hand with their life-sized models.
Those who present a "Flight of the Butterflies" ticket stub at Phipps will receive a $2 discount on general admission June 1-14.
Wynonna and the Big Noise coming to Mountaineer
CHESTER -Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort will feature country music superstar Wynonna and the Big Noise in concert in the Harv on Aug. 2.
Known as one half of legendary duo the Judds, Wynonna with her mother Naomi Judd rose to superstardom in the early 1980s on the strength of chart toppers like "Mama's He's Crazy," "Why Not Me" and "Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout the Good Old Days)." The Judds were unstoppable for the rest of the decade, picking up multiple Grammy and Country Music Awards while selling more than 20 million albums along the way. The duo's initial run came to an end with a record-breaking farewell tour in 1991 after Naomi was diagnosed with hepatitis.
Much of Judd's success revolved around her solo career, which began with her quintuple platinum 1992 solo debut, "Wynonna." That set spawned four No. 1 hits and was the bestselling country album ever by a female artist at that time.
Tickets are general admission by section and start at just $25 plus taxes and fees. For 2013 a special seating section has been added to the Harv and features reserved seating in the first four center rows. Tickets can be purchased at www.MOREatMountaineer.com; www.etix.com; at Mountaineer's players club; or by calling 800-80-40-HOT (800-804-0468) extension 8297.
Pittsburgh International Children's Festival set
PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh International Children's Theater