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June 27, 2013
The Herald-Star

'Haunting of Hill House' continues at playhouse

WELLSBURG - Unlike the average summer movie, the Brooke Hills Playhouse's production of Shirley Jackson's "The Haunting of Hill House," adapted for the stage by F. Andrew Leslie, does not rely on computer-generated special effects to bring the audience into the horrors being experienced by the show's characters. The show runs at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Reservations are available by calling the playhouse, at (304) 737-3344.

Diana Mendel of Wellsburg, who directed the play, said the low-tech approach began with practical concerns. "I was kept in check by a very tight budget and a wish to abide by what the script authorizes," Mendel observed. "'The Haunting of Hill House' relies on psychological terror rather than the blood and gore of a 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre,' so less is more here, and what is unknown and unseen has a greater impact on the audience's imagination," she added.

An important part of the low-tech approach is the use of live effects generated by cast members.

"The actors become the embodiment of the house in its attempt to consume or embrace its inhabitants," Mendel said. "The pounding, knocking, tapping and patting all are created by Chris Mendel, Walt Warren, Rob DeSantis and Denise Boyce, and the moans and disembodied, menacing laughter are provided by Connie Wendel," she explained.

Mendel noted that timing here, as in everything else in theater, is crucial.

"Their offstage timing is extremely important, so that onstage dialogue can continue while they create these disturbing sounds," she said. "Because the actors have to be involved in crucial action both on and off the stage, they have little or no time to relax," she observed.

Mendel, who has directed and choreographed musicals, likened the coordination of the live effects in "Hill House" to coordinating dance with the other elements in a musical. She said there is a pattern and rhythm to the live effects. "There is a sequence of sounds much like a sequence of dance steps, with one following another, but all rehearsed and directed," she explained. "It is not just pounding or tapping at will," she added.

In addition to their participation in the special effects, Mendel says "The Haunting of Hill House" offers some other major challenges to cast members. "This play requires the actors to portray some emotions that may be disturbing or conflicting, broadening the actors' range and allowing the audience to experience theater on a different level," she observed.

After "Hill House's" run, the Bob Martin-Don McKellar-Lisa Lambert-Greg Morrison musical comedy, "The Drowsy Chaperone," will take to the playhouse stage at 8 p.m. July 12-13 and 19-20 and 2 p.m. July 14 and 21.

Other productions scheduled for the Brooke Hills Playhouse's 42nd season include; 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 a readers' theater production, with the title to be announced, Sept. 13-15.

All shows run at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Ticket prices for Brooke Hills Playhouse productions remain the same as in previous years: musicals are $12 for adults, $10 for students and senior citizens, and $8 for children younger than 12; and non-musicals are $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, and $6 for children younger than 12. For reservations, call (304) 737-3344.

Hoppel's Rodeo

upcoming in Lisbon

LISBON - The annual Hoppel's Rodeo will be July 5-6 with pre-rodeo entertainment at 7 p.m.. and rodeo at 7:30 p.m.

All veterans will be honored with a free admission on July 5 with proper identification. July 6 is Teen Night, where "teen teams" will compete in a Dress the Calf contest for gas gift cards. Plus, groups of four teens or more will receive advance ticket prices at the gate. Interested teens may call ahead to reserve their team.

Advance tickets are available for $8 each with gate prices being $8 for children and $12 for adults. The arena is at 40891 state Route 518, Lisbon, on the scenic Beaver Creek. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome for lawn seating overlooking the beautiful country setting.

Visitors can enjoy the thrill of experiencing traditions of the Old West with cowboys and cowgirls competing in such events as calf roping, barrel racing, bronc riding and bull riding. Local and regional contestants compete for points so they might qualify for the top spots in the finals. More than 150 contestants will be entered in the two performances during the event. For information or tickets, call (740) 944-1910; (740) 765-5455 or (330) 424-2051.

Il Volo coming to Heinz

Hall Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - Il Volo with special guest Nikki Yanofsky visit Heinz Hall Sept. 11.

For tickets, go to;; or the symphony box office.

Good Zoo Brew

coming to Oglebay Zoo

WHEELING - The fourth annual Good Zoo Brew will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Good Zoo in Oglebay Resort.

The Ohio Valley's largest microbrew festival, the Good Zoo Brew features more than 50 different samples of finely crafted beers, including porters and ales.

Those attending can stroll through several sections of the Good Zoo to watch the animals while they taste and enjoy live music from Uncle Ed and Robin with Gregg Pawlack.

Tickets range from $60 to $40 and can be purchased at the Good Zoo from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Limited tickets are available, and the event is open to adults 21 and older. Proceeds support the mission of the Good Zoo.

Comedy show coming to

First Niagara Pavilion

BURGETTSTOWN - Funny Or Die Presents the Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival featuring Dave Chappelle, Flight of the Conchords, Al Madrigal, Demetri Martin, Chris D'Elia, Hannibal Buress, Kristen Schaal and Brody Stevens live at First Niagara Pavilion Aug. 30.

For tickets, go to;; or Ticketmaster.

Boxing at Moutaineer Casino,

Racetrack and Resort, Chester

CHESTER - Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort, in association with eight-time World Champion Roy Jones Jr. and TNT Promotions, presents live professional boxing at the Harv on July 13.

A full slate of battles is scheduled, including:

Undefeated welterweight Wilkins "The Hispanic Hurricane" Santiago taking on perennial contender Gilbert "Gordo" Venegas. Fans can expect constant fireworks in this classic Puerto Rico against Mexico matchup. Santiago seeks to fight his way into contention against Venegas who is best known for his knockout victory over current WBC and WBA No. 3 3 ranked contender Ed Paredes and highly disputed draw with world renowned Jesus Soto Karass.

Undefeated super middleweight "Big Chief" Morgan Fitch faces his toughest foe to date in Eli Augustama. Big Chief has performed well in previous Mountaineer appearances, but will need to step up his game against Augustama, who's coming off consecutive national television appearances against John Thompson and Brandon Gonzalez and an upset win over prospect DonYil Livingston.

In the evening's special attraction, heavyweight Nick "the Stoneman" Firtha returns to face "Big G" Gabe Brown. It will mark Firtha's first bout at Mountaineer since 2008. Big G is best known to the Tri-State Area when he gave former heavyweight champion Samuel Peter all he could handle at Youngstown State University's Beeghly Center.

Crowd favorites Billy "Hutch" Hutchinson and Joey "The Hitman" Holt are back. Hutch goes toe-to-toe with tough-as-nails Angel "The White Tiger" Rios, while Holt does the same with popular Dustin Caplinger.

Base ticket prices are VIP starting at $100; Section A, $50; Section B, $35; and bleachers $25 plus service fee. Tickets can be purchased at Mountaineer Casino's Players Club in person; by calling (800) 80-40-HOT extension 8297; online at; or Parking is free. Ther first bell rings at 7:30 p.m. Bouts subject to change.

Carnegie Science Center

offering new bike exhibit

PITTSBURGH - A variety of Pittsburgh staff will bring their unique knowledge of bikes and how they can be adapted for children with disabilities to Carnegie Science Center's Bikes Plaza, sponsored by Peoples Gas, from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday as part of the science center's newest exhibit, BIKES: Science on Two Wheels.

Variety, an international organization founded in Pittsburgh, operates in 14 countries, including South Africa, Barbados and Japan. Its mission is to provide children with disabilities in Southwestern Pennsylvania with unique programs, experiences and equipment.

Variety works to achieve this goal through its My Bike program, which provides adaptive bikes to children with disabilities. Variety's one-of-a-kind bikes give children the opportunity for a type of mobility and freedom that they might not be able to experience otherwise. One of these bikes is among those on display in BIKES: Science on Two Wheels.

On Saturday, science center visitors can learn about the process of building these amazing adaptive bikes and interact with Variety staff, bike recipients and therapists.

The Bikes Plaza is at the center's back lawn along the Riverfront Trail. Outdoor programming is free and will be held on select Saturdays through October.

BIKES: Science on Two Wheels delves into the history and science behind one of America's favorite modes of transportation through interactive exhibits and demonstrations. Carnegie Science Center has more than 60 bikes from various eras on display-made possible through partnerships with the Bicycle Museum of America, Bicycle Heaven, and others-to help visitors learn more about the evolution of the bicycle. BIKES is free with general admission. For information, go to

Wheeling Symphony

patriot concerts upcoming

WHEELING - It will be red, white and blue all over when the Wheeling Symphony and Maestro Andre Raphel celebrate the birth of the nation with concerts July 4-6.

The orchestra will take to the stage at 7:30 p.m. July 4 at Heritage Port in Wheeling for a free concert of patriotic music. Vendors will be available along the riverfront beginning at 4 p.m. There will be inflatables available for children. A spectacular array of fireworks will begin immediately following the concert.

This year's July tour will feature guest artist Chris Tedesco on trumpet.

The concert is sponsored by City of Wheeling, Ohio County Commission, Riesbeck's Food Market, Ohio Valley Medical Center and Project BEST. WTRF-TV is media sponsor.

The orchestra will then travel July 5 to the Weirton Events Center for a concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. At 3 p.m. July 6 the orchestra will perform at Canaan Valley State Park to complete this year's July tour.

Tedesco has distinguished himself as a one of the top call trumpet players on the music scene in Los Angeles since 1987. Equally at home performing classical trumpet, lead trumpet or jazz solos, chamber music or orchestral pieces, Tedesco's sound has been heard on numerous recordings for movies, TV shows, TV commercials, CD recordings and live dates with some of the biggest names in the industry.

Wheeling Symphony concerts are presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

Civil War exhibit at Heniz History Center, Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - The Senator John Heinz History Center will provide visitors with an in-depth look at Pennsylvania's significant role during the Civil War as part of its new major exhibition, Pennsylvania's Civil War, which is currently running.

In addition to highlighting the state's contributions to important conflicts such as the Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania's Civil War showcases Pittsburgh's role as the "Arsenal of the Union" and the impact that Western Pennsylvanians had on the war both on the battlefield and on the home front. The exhibition is a key component in a series of History Center programs and publications developed in partnership with PA Civil War 150, the statewide initiative to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

Pennsylvania's Civil War features more than 150 artifacts, including items on loan from the Smithsonian Institution, the State Museum of Pennsylvania and the National Civil War Museum, along with rare archival images, six life-like museum figures and immersive settings. The exhibition helps to bring to life the personal stories of those impacted during the four-year war, including soldiers, women, African-Americans and children.

The center utilized an innovative 3-D printing process to create a 26-foot-long, nine-ton smooth bore Rodman Cannon, underwritten by Dan and Bonnie Sandman. It provides a life-size example of Pittsburgh's military production and prowess during the Civil War. The original cannon, built in 1864 at the Fort Pitt Foundry in Pittsburgh's Strip District, weighed nearly 90 tons. The cannon could shoot a 20-inch cannonball 4.5 miles and was designed and cast using groundbreaking technology developed by Thomas Jackson Rodman.

Many of the artifacts featured in the exhibit are selected from the history center's collection, as well as private collectors, including noted Civil War author Kenneth Turner.

The History Center and Sports Museum are at 1212 Smallman St. in the city's Strip District.

Submarine visits 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 USS 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. July 7 and 21; Aug. 4 and 25; and Sept. 8. Led by 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 non-members. Advanced reservations are required by calling (412) 237-1637.

Visitors wishing to go on a self-guided tour of the USS Requin are welcome to do so daily from 10 am to 4:30 pm daily. Self-guided tours of the submarine are included with general admission to the Science Center; admission to the submarine is $5 for walk-ups who have not purchased center admission.

Artworks Around Town in Wheeling

WHEELING - Members of Artworks Around Town have announced an outdoor painting event that will serve as a way to support artists in the area and bring public art to the streets of Wheeling.

Paint Historic Wheeling: Plein Air will take place Aug 2-4. All artists are invited to participate.

Painting "en plein air" is a French expression for painting "in the open air," which is exactly what dozens of artists from West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania will do. They will bring their paint boxes and easels to capture Wheeling's charming neighborhoods on canvas.

Paintings created throughout the weekend will be showcased in public exhibitions at the Artworks gallery. Many of the pieces will be for sale.

Paint Historic Wheeling is the eighth-annual plein air event to take place in the city. Previous events have been held at Oglebay Resort.

According to event organizer Liz Neumann, this change of venue will provide participating artists with "new and interesting vistas to paint" and is an opportunity for area residents to "see the beauty of our city through the eyes of talented artists."

Neumann said the dates of the event coincide with Wheeling's popular Grecian Festival, presented by St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church.

"This festival attracts thousands of visitors each year. There will be a lot of foot traffic in the city. Residents and visitors will be strolling through the downtown and center market area, and can watch the artists at work and view the exhibits. It will be an added attraction to the festival and will provide increased exposure for the artists and their work," she said.

Neumann said artists may choose to paint anywhere around the city - Victorian Old Town, the Historic Centre Market District, along the waterfront with beautiful views of the Ohio River and the historic Wheeling Suspension Bridge.

"Wheeling's charming neighborhoods feature plenty of inspiration from downtown streetscapes to unique architectural structures to rural landscapes, waterways and gardens," added Neumann.

Encompassing a variety of media, from oils to watercolors and pastels, plein air painting originated in 19th century Europe and has roots in realism and impressionism. It's a familiar concept today, but in the late 1800s when artists ventured out of their studios into nature to investigate and capture the effects of sunlight and different times of days on a subject, it was quite revolutionary.

An avid plein air painter who has traveled the world to paint with other outdoor artists, Neumann explained that plein air artists tackle heat, cold, wind and rain to complete their works entirely outdoors. An artist may begin a painting in the early morning and finish at dusk. During that time shapes, patterns and colors shift in the changing light.

"Plein air painting is very challenging. It's part of gaining confidence in your work - putting it out there for others to see while it's still in progress," she said.

She added that gathering groups of artists together to paint outdoors in a central location "builds camaraderie among artists as they share experiences and encouragement and is a wonderful way to bring art to people who might otherwise never see it."

Artists participating in Paint Historic Wheeling will enjoy three days of painting throughout Wheeling as well as the opportunity to participate in workshops, listen to speakers and share inspiration with their peers.

Artists will paint on location throughout Wheeling from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 2-3; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 4. Any painter, regardless of experience or education, is invited to participate. There is a nominal fee to participate, and painters may attend one, two or all three days.

Public receptions and exhibits take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 3; and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 4 at Artworks Around Town and are free and open to the public. Guests will enjoy food, drink, mingling with the artists and an opportunity to view and purchase artwork.

Artists wishing to participate should e-mail Neumann at or call (304) 277-1733.

Midland Arts Council plans Summer Gallery Exhibition

MIDLAND - The Midland Arts Council's eighth-annual Summer Gallery Exhibition is slated to open at 6 p.m. Friday in the Atrium of Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center in Midland, Pa.

There is no charge for admission, but donations will be accepted.

Since its founding in 2005, the arts council has been an important player in the transformation of Midland into a vibrant center of education and culture. In the week preceding Midland's renowned Independence Day celebration, thousands of viewers pour through the lofty atrium space to view an impressive array of creative works by dozens of the region's most distinguished visual artists.

The general exhibition is juried by a panel of artist members of the arts council. In addition, there is a featured exhibit of a small body of works by a noted artist specially invited to "headline" the show. This year, Don Nelson was selected to be the invited artist. Nelson is a renowned award-winning water colorist.

Drifting from the main stream, an unusual exhibit this year will be the inclusion of a special Bonsai Tree showing. Master horticulturist and sculpture Sam Rudman will have his 'tree art' on display.

The exhibition hours are 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday to July 3 and 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 4.

For information, go to or by call Evelyn Adams, council president, at (724) 643-9968.

Upcoming events at Brooke Hills

WELLSBURG - The following events are upcoming at Brooke Hills Park:

July 13 - A Night Golf Scramble sponsored by the Friends of Brooke Hills Park. Pre-registration is available with payment of $50. Patrons can pay at the door for $60.

Contact Brooke Hills Park for information or to register at (304) -737-1236

Hillbilly Way

coming to the Spot Bar

STEUBENVILLE - The Hillbilly Way, featuring former members of the Povertyneck Hillbillies, will perform at the Spot Bar for an outdoor show Saturday.

Doors open at 7 p.m. with the show scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.

Tickets only will be available at the door. For information, call (740) 283-9164.

Former members of the PovertyNeck Hillbillies, who were together from 2000 to 2008, include Chris "Abby" Abbondanza, Dave Cramer, David "Junior" Guthrie, Ryan Lucotch, Bob "Crafty" Crafton and Jeff Volek.

The band's single "Mr. Right Now" was on the Great American Country Top 20 Countdown for 18 weeks and debuted in the No. 2 spot.

The video for the song featured Ben Roethlisberger from the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The HillbillyWay was formed April 5 of last year and included six of the seven original members of the Povertyneck Hillbillies. Members include those from Southern and Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Guthrie is from Weirton.

The band's first big show was last August during the Hillbilly State of Mind Tailgate Party Reunion show at Consol Energy Park, home of the Washington Wild Things, a show that drew more than 2,000 people. The band announced the permanent addition of John Parrendo on fiddle last year as well. The Hillbilly Way is signed to Rhythm House Studios, a new record label, and the four-song EP will be available for sale during the show.

KDKA-FM in Pittsburgh named the band one of 2012's Best Breakout Music Acts. The band's first single from the EP. "My Kinda Sunday Drive," reached No. 96 on the Media Base Country Chart. The second single, "Fear of Greyhounds" was added in full rotation to WOGI-FM in Pittsburgh in the fall of 2012 and received 20 to 30 spins weekly through end of April.

The third single, "Slow Things Down for a Change," was added in May in full rotation on the station and is receiving 20 to 30 spins weekly.

The band so far is scheduled to play approximately 40 dates in 2013, nearly twice the shows originally planned by the group. These will range from county fairs to clubs to community festivals.

Other upcoming tour dates include July 20 at Jamboree in the Hills in Morristown and July 26 at the Buffalo Park Amphitheater in Petersburg, Ohio.

Foreigner to perform

at Mountaineer

CHESTER - Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort will feature legendary rock group Foreigner in one show at the Harv on Aug. 30.

With 10 multi-platinum albums and 16 top 30 hits, Foreigner is universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world with a formidable musical arsenal that continues to propel sold-out tours and album sales, now exceeding 75 million. Responsible for some of rock and roll's most enduring anthems including "Juke Box Hero," "Feels Like The First Time," "Urgent," "Head Games," "Cold As Ice," "Dirty White Boy," "Long, Long Way From Home" and the worldwide No. 1 hit, "I Want To Know What Love Is," Foreigner continues to rock the charts more than 30 years into the game.

For 2013, a special seating section has been added to the Harv, and features reserved seating in the first four center rows. Tickets are general admission by section. Ticket prices are bleachers, $30; section D, $40; Section C, $50; section B, $60; section A, $70; and reserved, $90. There is an additional $2.50 service fee, as well as tax. Tickets can be purchased at; at Mountaineer's players club; or by calling 800-80-40-HOT (800-804-0468) extension 8297.

Chef Alton Brown

coming to Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - Alton Brown, "Iron Chef" host and television personality, takes his mix of humor and culinary science on the road with "Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour" showing at 8 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Byham Theater in the Cultural District.

Tickets start at $29.50 and go on sale Friday. A limited number of VIP tickets, which admit the bearer to a meet-and-greet with Brown, will be available.

Recently named Best Food TV Personality at the Munchies, Brown's tour includes stand-up comedy, a talks show format, multimedia lecture, live music and food experimentation. Ponchos will be involved. The show will offer an interactive component in which audience members will have the opportunity to serve as Brown's assistants on stage.

"I've been cultivating material for this show for about a decade so it'll feel pretty darned good to finally get it out of my head and onto a stage," said Brown. "I feel we've come up with some pretty amazing food demos, and the multi-media segments are solid, but I do have to say I'm a bit nervous about the singing parts."

Brown spent plenty of time in his mom's kitchen growing up, his real interest in food sparked in college when he discovered that girls who said "no" to dates sometimes said "yes" if he offered to cook for them.

After spending a decade behind the camera in the commercial industry, he headed to culinary school in hopes of one day creating a new kind of cooking show. "Good Eats," the show that Brown would go on to write, produce and host ran for 13 years on Food Network before making the jump to Cooking Channel where it airs to this day. Combining food science, pop culture, skit humor, cooking and the occasional belching puppet, "Good Eats" has millions of fans and garnered a Peabody Award for broadcast excellence in 2007.

Brown has also served as the culinary commentator of "Iron Chef America" for 11 seasons, and hosted "Next Iron Chef" for five.

In 2012 he joined the cast of "Food Network Star" as a mentor and one of his team members won. Brown took home the James Beard Award for top food show host in 2011. He has written seven books, the last three of which made the New York Times Best Sellers List.

Brown's newest venture is his touring stage show which combines live music, unorthodox culinary demonstrations, multi-media presentations and audience participation.

For information and tickets, visit, call (412) 456-6666 or visit the Theater Square Box Office at 655 Penn Ave. To purchase 10 or more tickets at discounted rates, call (412) 471-6930.

The performance is a part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

Admission to museums

free to active military

PITTSBURGH - Admission to the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History will be free to all active duty military personnel and their families through Sept. 2 as part of the Blue Star Museums Program. The museums offer 50 percent off admission for active military personnel year-round for up to four people per military identification. Admission to fee-based programs is not included.

Regular parking rates apply.

The museums are two of more than 1,800 museums participating in the Blue Star project, an National Endowment of the Arts initiative to bring arts programs to military members and their families.

Programs set at Raccoon Creek State Park

HOOKSTOWN - Raccoon Creek State Park Public Programs for June are:

Youth Beginning Archery

Strawberry Moon night hike

Saturday -Strawberry Moon night hike is planned from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Those attending will meet at the Old Main Picnic Area on Raccoon Park Road between the boat rental and Roadside East picnic area. Venture along the dark trails lit by the strawberry. Topics such as fireflies and tree frogs will be detailed. Those attending should bring a flashlight to the free program.

Art Club of Raccoon Creek

June 30 -Art Club of Raccoon Creek will meet from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Doak Field.

The Art Club of Raccoon Creek invites anyone from beginner to skilled artist to practice artistic talents while enjoying the outdoors at Raccoon Creek State Park. Any media is welcome. Except for November and December, the club meets the last Sunday of each month from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Individuals and families welcome, and small groups should call ahead. For reservations and directions, call (724) 899-3611.

'Lion King' coming

to Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - Disney Theatrical Productions and PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh announce Disney's "The Lion King" tickets currently are on sale.

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

Billy Gardell coming

to Mountaineer

CHESTER - Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort will feature Billy Gardell, star of the hit CBS series "Mike and Molly," in performance at the Harv events center July 20.

After a hilarious show last summer, the Pittsburgh native is back by popular demand once again for a July show at the Harv.

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 & Dupree." Gardell has opened for such well-known comedians as George Carlin and Dennis Miller.

Tickets are general admission by section. Ticket pricing for the event is as follows - bleachers $25; Section D, $35; Section C, $45; Section B, $55; Section A, $65; and reserved, $85. There is an additional $2.50 service fee, as well as tax. Tickets currently are on sale at; at Mountaineer's players club; or by calling (800) 80-40-HOT extension 8297.

Josh Grobin coming to Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - Live Nation welcomes Josh Groban to the CONSOL Energy Center at 8 p.m. on Nov. 2.

Tickets can be purchased at; all Ticketmaster outlets; or by calling (800) 745-3000.

Under the Influence Tour coming to First Niagara Pavilion

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; Ticketmaster outlets; or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000.

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; 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; Ticketmaster outlets; or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000.

Kid Rock, ZZ Top coming to Burgettstown

BURGETTSTOWN - Kid Rock with ZZ Top and Uncle Kracker will be at First Niagara Pavilion on Sept. 7.

For tickets, go to; Ticketmaster outlets; or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000.

Matchbox Twenty, Goo Goo Dolls coming to Burgettstown

BURGETTSTOWN - Matchbox Twenty and Goo Goo Dolls will be at First Niagara Pavilion Saturday.

For tickets, go to; Ticketmaster outlets; or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000.

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; Ticketmaster outlets; or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000.

Lazers of Oz to be presented

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,

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