Pittsburgh Professional Smart Leadership
PITTSBURGH - The 2013 Pittsburgh Professional Women's Smart Leadership Conference is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Sheraton Station Square.
The conference will include development of leadership skills focusing on teamwork, mentoring, motivation and vision. The conference will include several speakers who are leaders in their respective fields. Registration is $65 per person or $500 for a table. Those interested can register by calling (412) 202-6983 or going online to www.PittsburghProfessionalWomen.org. The event is co-sponsored by Geneva College.
HOLDUP in the HOOD
exhibit at 707 Penn
PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces artist Francis Crisafio's multimedia exhibition HOLDUP in the HOOD currently running at 707 Penn Gallery.
The exhibition incorporates drawings, recycled photographs and print media as well as body gesture to explore issues of race, class and gender. The exhibition is open to the public through Nov. 3.
Together with his teaching partner Meda Rago, Crisafio co-authors and teaches an after-school, inner-city arts collaboration in the Manchester section of Pittsburgh. The images included in this exhibition are culled from a larger body of work that documents the after-school, collaborative arts curriculum rooted in self-portraiture. The program and subsequent documentation have run continuously for 11 years.
707 Penn Gallery is a project of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. The gallery is 707 Penn Avenue, in downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District. For information, go to www.TrustArts.org.
Wine tasting at Stifel Fine Arts Center, Wheeling
WEIRTON - Oglebay Institute opens its 2013-14 wine tasting season at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Stifel Fine Arts Center.
Admission is $33. The wine and culinary event will feature Joel Gott wines, food pairings prepared by Ye Olde Alpha and wine expert Dave Vonfischer from Trinchero Estates, who will lead the tasting and discuss the vintages.
Widely acclaimed for its California zinfandel and cabernet blends, Joel Gott Wines more recently has gained attention for its sauvignon blanc, unoaked Monterey chardonnay and Washington riesling. Born in Napa Valley, Gott is a fifth-generation winemaker with a deep appreciation for fine food and wine.
For information and reservations, call (304) 242-7700.
'We Will Rock You'
coming to Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH - The worldwide smash hit rock theatrical, Queen and Ben Elton's We Will Rock You, built around 24 of Queen's biggest hits, opens at the Benedum Center on Oct. 29, and runs through Nov. 3.
"We Will Rock You" is produced by Queen Theatrical Productions, Tribeca Theatrical Productions, Phil McIntyre Entertainment and NETworks Presentations.
Tickets begin at $20 and are available at the box office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave.; by visiting www.TrustArts.org; or by calling (412) 456-4800. We Will Rock You is part of the PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh series, presented by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Broadway Across America and Pittsburgh Symphony.
'Peter Pan' coming
PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh International Children's Theater, a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, presents Theatreworks USA in the Pittsburgh premiere of "Peter Pan" 2 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Byham Theater.
The stage performance follows faithfully to the classic, with the omission of Tiger Lily and her tribe. Astonished by Peter Pan's appearance in the nursery, young Wendy, John and Michael are intrigued by his tales of Never Land, the home of fairies, mermaids, pirates and the poor lost boys who need a mother. With the help of a little fairy dust, they fly off to Never Land with Peter. As they continue on their adventure and try to escape the evil Captain Hook and Mr. Smee, they recognize the importance of friendship as well as the value of being part of a family. This production encourages children to let their imaginations take "flight" and to create their own adventures using household objects as props and puppets as characters. This 60-minute play is recommended for children ages 3 to 10.
Individual tickets, which are $11 at the door and $9.50 in advance, can be ordered online at www.TrustArts.org/kids; by calling (412) 456-6666; or in person at the box office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave.
Bikes used for food drive
at Carnegie Science Center
PITTSBURGH - September is National Hunger Action Month and Carnegie Science Center is collecting food donations for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank as part of a Bike to Feed Families - Pittsburgh's only food drive delivered by bike.
Running now through Oct. 4, Carnegie Science Center will accept non-perishable food donations in their lobby area. In celebration of the Carnegie Science's Center's BIKES: Science on Two Wheels exhibit, community volunteers will bike all donations received at Carnegie Science Center 12.5 miles to the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank's Duquesne location. The Bike to Feed Families volunteer ride will begin at 10 a.m. Oct. 5 at the Carnegie Science Center.
In an effort to keep the bike loads light for riders, the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank has recommended the following items - high fiber cereal, canned beans, canned tuna and salmon in water, canned vegetables, diapers, and toilet tissue and no glass items.
Donations can be dropped off at the Carnegie Science Center anytime during regular business hours.
On Sept. 28 Carnegie Science Center will offer a $2 off general admission discount to each person bringing a food donation that day.
For information, visit www.CarnegieScienceCenter.org.
Poptastic! The Art of
Burton Morris exhibit at Heinz History Center
PITTSBURGH - The Senator John Heinz History Center will host the first-ever retrospective of Pittsburgh native Burton Morris' career as an internationally recognized pop artist as part of the new exhibition, Poptastic! The Art of Burton Morris, currently running.
The history center is the first Pittsburgh museum to host a major exhibition of Morris' work.
The 3,000-square-foot exhibition will feature more than 100 works of art including early art and drawings from Morris' childhood, signature painted works, product lines such as his Pittsburgh ties, sculptural work and interactive works of art developed in conjunction with the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University.
Born in Pittsburgh and trained at Carnegie Mellon University, Morris was inspired by comic strips and magazines as a child, and later found himself drawn to the art of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Tom Wesselmann and Red Grooms.
Morris first gained national attention in the mid-1990s when his artwork was chosen to hang on the set of the NBC hit television series "Friends." Over the years, his artwork has been selected for the 76th Academy Awards, the Paris World Cup Soccer Games, the 38th Montreux Jazz Festival, the 2004 Summer Olympic Games and the 2006 MLB All-Star Game.
He has created signature artwork for some of the most popular international brands, including Absolut Vodka, the H.J. Heinz Company, Chanel, the Kellogg's Corporation, and Pop Tarts. Morris' artwork has also helped to raise millions of dollars for charities worldwide.
The Poptastic! The Art of Burton Morris exhibit will chronicle Morris' career and his impact on the Pop Art movement, as well as casting an energized, fresh vision of this region to the world through the Pittsburgh icons that Morris reinterprets.
For information, visit www.heinzhistorycenter.org.
Fall Riverfest upcoming
NEW CUMBERLAND - The fifth-annual New Cumberland Fall Riverfest will be held Sept. 28-29.
A 5K walk/run sponsored by the Physically Active Lifestyle Committee will begin with signups from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at a cost of $15. An opening ceremony begins the Riverfest at 11 a.m. John Edwards is the first performer to take the stage at noon. Kyler Kuzio, granddaughter of crafter, John Kuzio, will perform at 1 p.m., fresh from Nashville.
Michelle's Dance Studio will dance at 2 p.m., while Kent Cox will perform at 3 p.m. The Lazy River Band will play at 4 p.m., with the Silver Eagle Band at 6:30 p.m. followed by a fireworks display at 8:30 p.m.
Craft and a variety of food vendors will be available throughout the festival. The Hancock County Arts Council will again hold its Local Artist's Show during the Riverfest. Any local artist, young and old is invited to show their art for all to see. Those interested should bring their art to the Old City Building on Jefferson Steet between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sept. 28.
Sunday's festivities will begin with a church service at 11 a.m. followed by a performance at 12:30 p.m. by Brad Peck . The Little Miss New Cumberland Pageant will be presented at 2 p.m. The Buffington Brothers, a group with local ties, will sing the Riverfest into its fifth successful conclusion.
Lecture upcoming at the
Franciscan University of Steubenville
STEUBENVILLE - The Rev. Andrew Apostoli, CFR, will offer practical wisdom on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy on Sept. 26 at the Franciscan University of Steubenville.
Apostoli's talk, "What to Do When Jesus Is Hungry," will focus on how to serve and evangelize others through works of mercy, whether in downtown Steubenville or on international missions.
The talk will take place at 7 p.m. in the Tony and Nina Gentile Gallery in the J.C. Williams Center and is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by Missions of Peace, a student outreach of Franciscan University that organizes domestic and international mission trips during semester breaks.
Apostoli is a co-founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal and a renowned retreat leader, speaker and spiritual director. He is the author of many books, including "Fatima for Today" and "What to Do When Jesus Is Hungry: A Practical Guide to the Works of Mercy," both published by Ignatius Press.
For information, call Rhett Young, director of Missionary Outreach, at (740) 284-5007.
Culinary series begins at
Stifel Fine Arts Center, Wheeling
WHEELING - Oglebay Institute will open its culinary series Tapas: The Art of Elegant Small Plate Dining at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Stifel Fine Arts Center.
Guests will dine on perfectly paired, Spanish-inspired tapas prepared by professional chef and culinary educator Greg Strahm.
The evening will be an intimate but interactive gathering as Strahm creates a five-course gourmet meal. Guests can ask questions, see the cooking process, smell the aromas as he prepares each course and taste the flavors as they savor tapas-style portions and wine pairings.
Cost for the event is $50, and patrons can pre-register at www.oionline.com or by calling (304) 242-7700.
Visit Oglebay Institute on the web at www.oionline.com.
coming to Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH - The Trans-Siberian Orchestra will celebrate its first 15 years of touring with an encore and final performance of their multi-platinum rock opera, "The Lost Christmas Eve," at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec. 7 at the CONSOL Energy Center.
"The Lost Christmas Eve" features a diverse soundtrack fusing elements of rock, classical, folk, R&B and theatrical performance. For tickets, go to www.livenation.com; all Ticketmaster outlets; or call (800) 745-3000.
Celtic thunder coming to Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents the award-winning vocalists, Celtic Thunder, at the Benedum Center at 8 p.m. Oct. 6.
Tickets begin at at $37.75 and can be purchased at www.TrustArts.org; by calling (412) 456-6666; or in person at the Theater Square box office, 655 Penn Ave.
Celtic Thunder is an award-winning performance group featuring Celtic male vocalists, including Keith Harkin (Derry, Northern Ireland), Ryan Kelly (Moy in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland), George Donaldson (Glasgow, Scotland), Emmet Cahill (Mullingar in County Westmeath, Ireland), Neil Byrne (Dublin, Ireland) and Colm Keegan (Dublin, Ireland).
Chamber music Gerald Lee and Erina Laraby-Goldwasser at Oglebay
WHEELING - Music lovers can enjoy an afternoon of classical chamber music with pianist Gerald Lee and Erina Laraby-Goldwasser on violin at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Stifel Fine Arts Center.
Lee is associate professor of piano at West Liberty University and is the 2009 winner of the Pittsburgh Concert Society major auditions. Laraby-Goldwasser joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra viola section in 2007 and is a previous member of the Detroit Symphony and a substitute with the Cleveland Orchestra. She plays a viola crafted in Venice, circa 1750, attributed to Domenico Busan.
Admission is $10. OI members receive a discount. To register, call (304) 242-7700.
'God of Carnage' to be staged
at Towngate Theatre
WHEELING - Towngate Theatre opens its 2013-14 season with acclaimed black comedy "God of Carnage," Friday through Sunday and Sept. 27-28.
Written by Yasimina Reza and translated by Christopher Hampton, "God of Carnage" follows a comedic clash of lifestyles and principles precipitated by a meeting between two married couples when discussing a fight between their 11-year-old sons. What starts as a civil encounter degenerates into irrational arguments over social issues, including racism, prejudice and homophobia - leaving one to wonder whose behavior is more childish. Towngate's production is directed by Bill Cornforth.
Curtain is at 8 p.m., with a 3 p.m. matinee Sept. 22. Tickets are $12.50 and can be purchased by calling (304) 242-7700.
Towngate is in Wheeling's Centre Market district at 2118 Market St.
Gallery Crawl upcoming in Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces its fall gallery crawl takes place from 5:30 pm. to 10 p.m. Sept. 27.
The crawl showcases a variety of thought-provoking art exhibitions in downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District. Live bands, disc jockeys, dance, comedy and participatory activities also are part of the complimentary crawl events.
This month's crawl features the opening night of the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts, a project of Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. To mark this occasion, the Rubber Duck, the U.S. debut of artist Florentijn Hofman's four-story-high rubber duck, launches into the Allegheny River. After being lifted into the river at a marina near the West End Bridge, the duck will be sent on a brief voyage, coming to rest by the Sixth Street Bridge. The bridge will be closed to traffic to host the Rubber Duck Bridge Party featuring Night Market VI, an outdoor market that brings together some of Pittsburgh's most creative independent art and food vendors, presented by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership.
September's Gallery Crawl is part of RADical Days, an annual event celebrating the Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD) assets with free admission, performances and activities offered by arts and culture organizations, libraries and sports facilities that are funded by RAD. RADical Days run Sept. 21 to Nov. 10.
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.
Constitution Exhibit at
Historic Fort Steuben
STEUBENVILLE - The Fort Steuben Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Historic Fort Steuben present "Celebrate the Constitution!" - an exhibit on the history and the significance of America's foundational document - currently running through Sunday at the Fort Steuben Visitor Center, 120 S. Third St. The Visitors Center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free.
Pittsburgh Dance Council
to begin season
PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Dance Council, a division of Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, announces an array of dance from around the world that will grace the stages this season.
The season includes:
Compagnie Marie Chouinard, 8 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Byham Theater.
Chouinard creates dance conceived from primeval dreams- earthy and strong, yet shaped by irrepressible secrets and unseen dimensions in time.
Zimmermann and de Perrot, 8 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Byham Theater.
With a great deal of mischief but at the same time, anger and depth, the duo Zimmermann and de Perrot present a disconcertingly original marriage of theatre, circus and dance.
Compagnie K-fig, 8 p.m. Feb. 1 at Byham Theater.
This innovative hip-hop ensemble has become an international phenomenon, touring the world with sold out performances and rave reviews.
Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve, 8 p.m. March 8 at Byham Theater.
Directed by Philippe Cohen, the Geneva Ballet is known around the world for its exquisite dancers and exciting artistic collaborations.
Wendy Whelan Project, 8 p.m. March 22 at Byham Theater.
Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, 8 p.m. April 26 at Byham Theater.
Award-winning, anatomy-defying British choreographer Wayne McGregor's groundbreaking vision embraces dance, science, film, music, visual art and technology to create intriguing, expansive works.
Brooke County Historical
Museum and Culture Center
WELLSBURG - The Brooke County Historical Museum and Culture Center will host a variety of upcoming activities.
Friday, Saturday - The Wellsburg High School reunion of Class of 1963. In honor of this special celebration the museum will be open and composite pictures available for viewing between the hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Oct. 5 - Apple Festival open house, 1 p.m. This will feature guest speaker Anna Egan Smucker, a West Virginia author of children's books.
Oct. 26 - Born of Rebellion - A Civil War display. This display will be available for viewing through Nov. 11 and is a pictorial illustration of West Virginia's birth, courtesy of the W.Va. Department of Culture and History.
"Thanks to the excellent feedback received from the region since the relocation of the museum from Main Street to Charles Street this past year, the board is planning more events and activities to meet the needs of the viewing public," said Ruby Greathouse, acting curator. "Several historically significant donations have been received this past year, including Duval Glass, Civil War items, Wheeling Pitt products and pictures, World War II memorabilia, 1890s musical instruments and a 1797-1994 jail display all of which should prove very interesting to the public."
"We have a few minor first floor renovations to finish between now and the first part of next year," said Phil Greathouse, vice president. "Plus, we have a second floor that can be renovated to create an open display area for artistic and cultural special events and shows."
Patrons of the arts are encouraged to contact the museum to help with suggestions, volunteer time or other forms of assistance. The museum is open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Special tours may be scheduled by calling Ruby Greathouse, at (304) 737-4060.
The museum is at 704 Charles St. For information, e-mail email@example.com or call (304) 737-4060.
'Ghost - the Musical'
coming to Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH - "Ghost - the Musical" will premiere in Pittsburgh from Dec. 31 through Jan. 5 at Heinz Hall.
"The musical is part of the PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh series presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Broadway Across America and Pittsburgh Symphony.
Single tickets go on sale in mid-November and will be available in person at the box office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave.; by visiting www.TrustArts.org; or by calling (412) 392-4900. To purchase a subscription to the PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh series, call (412) 456-1390 or email Subscriptions@TrustArts.org.
Parody of 'Fifty Shades' coming to Byham Theater
PITTSBURGH - "SPANK! - the Fifty Shades Parody" is a new comedy that brings all the naughty fun of the best-selling book to life.
This is a clever re-imagining of the characters as they come alive with hysterical comedy, musical numbers, steamy performances from the leading hunk in the grey tie and plus lots of surprises. For information, go to www.spankshow.com.
"SPANK!" returns to the Byham Theater 8 p.m. today through Saturday. Tickets start at $35.50 and can be purchased at www.TrustArts.org; or through the box office, at (412) 456-6666.
The story follows the writer and main character, E.B. Janet, as she sends her husband and children away to partake in a weekend of writing. Setting her sites on a tale of erotica, she enlists a bottle of chardonnay as her co-author for the weekend. Her fantasy builds around the relationship of a young innocent girl, Tasha Wood, and a handsome man that she finds herself involved with, Hugh Hansen. Producer Michael Mills promises "a laugh-filled evening that captures all of the escapist fun and absurdity of the novel, bringing the characters to light with creative and fun musical numbers."
Anthony Cools coming
CHESTER -Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort will feature world famous hypnotist Anthony Cools at 8 p.m. on Oct. 12 in the ballroom.After a hilarious show in May, the uncensored comedic hypnotist is back by popular demand for an October show. Cools has taken comedic hypnosis to a whole new level by pushing the boundaries of what other entertainers may be too scared to test. Calgary-born Cools has taken the plunge into an outrageous vat of raw, boiling humor.Cools has been performing for the past eight years at the Anthony Cools Experience theatre at the Paris Casino in Las Vegas. The Anthony Cools Experience is a fun, energetic and uncensored show that has raised the bar on entertainment as we know it. Using willing audience members, he captivates participants into a relaxed, hypnotic state, which actually become the show itself. Cools tours the country bringing sold-out rooms to tears and fits of laughter.Tickets are general admission by section and are just $40 plus taxes and fees. Attendees must be 18 years or older to attend. Tickets can be purchased at www.MOREatMountaineer.com.www.etix.com; at Mountaineer's players club; or by calling (800) 804-0468 extension 8297.
Loretta Lynn coming
CHESTER - Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort will feature legendary country music artist Loretta Lynn at 8 p.m. Nov. 16 in the Harv events center.In addition to being "first," she also was "great" and "different." Lynn's instantly recognizable delivery is one of the greatest country music voices in history. As for "different," no songwriter has a more distinctive body of work. In lyrics such as "Don't Come Home A-Drinkin'" and "Your Squaw Is on the War Path," she refused to be any man's doormat. She challenged female rivals in "You Ain't Woman Enough" and "Fist City." She showed tremendous blue-collar pride in "Coal Miner's Daughter" and "You're Lookin' at Country." She is unafraid of controversy, whether the topic is sex ("Wings Upon Your Horns"), divorce ("Rated X"), alcohol ("Wouldn't It Be Great"), war ("Dear Uncle Sam") or "The Pill," her celebration of sexual liberation, which were among some of her songs to be banned by many radio stations. 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 pricing is $20 for bleachers; $30 for Section D; $40 for Section C; $50 for Section B; $60 for Section A; and $80 for reserved. There is an additional $2.50 service fee, as well as tax. Tickets can be purchased at www.MOREatMountaineer.com; www.etix.com; at Mountaineer's players club; or by calling (800) 804-0468 extension 8297.
Harry Potter spoof
coming to Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents the hit off-Broadway show "Potted Potter - the Unauthorized Harry Experience - A Parody by Dan and Jeff" at the Nov. 20-24 Byham Theater. Ticket prices begin at $35 and are available at www.TrustArts.org; by calling (412) 456-6666; or in person at the Theater Square box office, 655 Penn Ave. A critic's Pick by the New York Times, New York Magazine and Time Out London, "Potted Potter" won the prestigious 2012 Olivier Award nomination for best entertainment and family show and has played to sold-out houses worldwide.
Bull riding at Mountaineer
CHESTER - Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort will present two bull riding events in the Harv on Sept. 28-29. Professional bull riders and their animal athlete counterparts will be featured when Mountaineer brings the five- time award-winning Buckin' B Cattle Co. Championship Bull Riding tour to the Northern Panhandle.The Buckin' B Cattle Co., which was formed by award-winning bull rider Matt DeJohn, won the Southern Extreme Bull Riding Association Producer of the Year award in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012.Tickets are general admission by section. Ticket pricing per day is as follows: C-bleachers, $20; B-floor seating, $30; and A- bleachers, $40. There is an additional $2.50 service fee, as well as tax on ticket sales. Reserved seating is not available for these events. 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.
Pearl Jam coming
PITTSBURGH - Pearl Jam will appear at the CONSOL Energy Center on Oct. 11. For tickets, go to www.livenation.com; all Ticketmaster outlets; or by calling (800) 745-3000.
Music at Buhl Planetarium
PITTSBURGH - Carnegie Science Center offers a spectacular sight and sound experience at the Buhl Planetarium for visitors of all ages, with a new show lineup that will run through Oct. 10. The Beatles, Sublime and Queen laser shows, offering animated graphics and 3-D atmospheric effects, are back by popular demand. Visitors also will have the chance to experience Justin Bieber's chart-topping music in Laser Bieber and to celebrate a cinematic classic with the Lasers of Oz.Laser shows at the center offer a wide range of musical styles and genres, including SkrillStep and Midnight Floyd a Science Center staple for decades. The new show schedule includes Monday through Friday, Laser Bieber at 3 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m., the Lasers of Oz, and 3 p.m., Laser Bieber; evening shows Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m., the Lasers of Oz; 8 p.m., the Beatles; 9 p.m., Queen; 10 p.m., Sublime; 11 p.m., SkrillStep; and midnight, Midnight Floyd.Cost for laser show admission is $2 for members and $8 for non-members. A second laser show or Omnimax ticket can be purchased for an additional $5. Show times and descriptions are available at www.CarnegieScienceCenter.org.
Civil War exhibit at Heinz History Center
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 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.
Josh Groban coming
PITTSBURGH - Live Nation welcomes Josh Groban to the CONSOL Energy Center at 8 p.m. on Nov. 2.
Tickets can be purchased at www.livenation.com; all Ticketmaster outlets; or by calling (800) 745-3000.