Wheeling Polka Festival at Oglebay March 28-30
WHEELING - The Wheeling Polka Festival will feature three days of live polka music at Glessner Auditorium at Oglebay's Wilson Lodge March 28-30.
The festival kicks off at 8 p.m. on March 28 with Lenny Gomulka and Chicago Push.
Lenny Gomulka, and his band, the Chicago Push, have been in the limelight of polka stardom since 1980. Born and raised in Chicago, Lenny Gomulka is a member of the International Polka Music Hall of Fame and he is a 12-time Grammy Award nominee. He is the author of the "Official State Polka Song of Massachusetts," which was the first polka in the United States to achieve state song status. Lenny Gomulka and Chicago Push have captured more polka music awards than any other polka band.
The March 29 three-band lineup will include the Boys. The Boys, founded in 1980, played their signature style of polka music for over a decade. By the time the group disbanded in 1990, the Boys had recorded five albums, received regional and national honors, including the U.S. Polka Association's "1989 Favorite Band" and "1989 Favorite Album" awards, appeared in a major motion picture and established themselves as one of the dominant forces in the polka industry. In 2010, Polka Hall of Famers Mike Matousek and Frank Liszka reunited with former band mates Al Puwalski and Jeff Yash to bring back the Boys. With the addition of polka veterans Mike Evan and David Morris, the Boys of today have re-established their presence in contemporary polka music.
The complete Polka Festival lineup is:
March 28, 8 p.m. to midnight, kickoff party with Lenny Gomulka and Chicago Push.
March 29, 3 p.m. to midnight, Henny and the Versa J's, THE KNEWZ, and the Boys.
March 30, noon to 6 p.m., Lenny Gomulka and Chicago Push and the Boys.
A three-day pass to the Wheeling Polka Festival is $37 and includes admission to all polka bands. Admission for March 28 only is $10, March 29 is $17 and March 30 is $15. Special food and beverage options will be available for purchase during the festival.
A special overnight package that includes Friday and Saturday night accommodations at Wilson Lodge and admission to all polka bands is available. The package starts at $335 for double occupancy in a traditional room and includes the Mountaineer Breakfast in the lodge's dining room on March 29-30, plus unlimited use of the lodge's indoor pool, fitness center and Jacuzzi.
A Roman Catholic Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on March 30 at Wilson Lodge.
For tickets and information, call Oglebay sales and conference services at (304) 243-4060. For overnight reservations, call (800) 624-6988 or visit www.oglebay-resort.com.
Pi Day celebration at Carnegie Science Center
PITTSBURGH - Friday, also known as 3.14 or Pi Day, is when the date approximates the mathematical constant pi.
To celebrate the date Carnegie Science Center is partnering with Rivers Casino for a special event just for adults.
From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday attendees are invited to enjoy21+ Pi.This no-kids night will feature science and math-themed activities and special demonstrations as well as four floors of exhibits.
Visitors can put their math skills to the test in the Works Theater, where table game dealers from Rivers Casino will be on hand to offer live demonstrations using training cards and chips. Learn more about the science of your favorite games, including craps, blackjack, roulette and poker. The casino's director of table games, Rob Guthrie, will give presentations on the history and science of these games.
Live music will be provided by local band Anello, as visitors check out other fun math-related activities or enjoy a drink from the cash bar. Snacks will be available to purchase.
The cost of the event is just $10 with advance registration or $15 the day of the event. Guests 21 and older can spin the Rivers Casino wheel in the main lobby to receive a coupon for $15 free slot play or $20 match play and possibly win other fun Rivers items.
For information and to register, visit www.CarnegieScienceCenter.org or call (412) 237-3400 for details.
Summer CLO season upcoming
PITTSBURGH - The 2014 Civic Light Opera summer season opens May 30 at the Benedum Center with the classic musical "Singin' in the Rain," which will run through June 8.
The musical is based on the classic Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film.
Other shows include:
"Legally Blonde - The Musical," June 13-22
With music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin, the musical is based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture.
"Footloose," June 24-29
The is stage adapation of the classic film includes music by Tom Snow
adapted for the stage by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie. The musical includes additional music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and Jim Steinman.
"Evita," July 8-13
This timeless musical includes lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and is the true story of Eva Peron's using her beauty and charisma to rise from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as first lady.
"Cats," July 18-27
With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber this classic musical is based on "Old Possum's Book Of Practical Cats" by author T. S. Eliott.
"Monty Python's Spamalot," July 29 through Aug. 3.
Winner of the Tony Award for best musical, Monty Python's "Spamalot" is the outrageous musical comedy lovingly ripped off from the film classic "Monty Python and The Holy Grail."
For tickets, go to www.pittsburghCLO.org or call (412-) 281-2822.
SHEL to take part in Mountaineer concert series
CHESTER - The Mountaineer Freedom Concert Series will conclude March 27 at the Oak Glen High School's Little Theatre with the critically acclaimed Colorado-based sister quartet SHEL appearing as headliners. Opening acts will include the Harmony Brothers, a gospel/oldies group consisting of three Tri-State Area musicians - Jim Kell, Jim Brandolino and Lou Ralich - reunited after many years, to play and sing together again, and Pirates and Maidens, a student ensemble making its public debut.
The music is set to begin at 6:45 p.m., with SHEL to take the stage at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door and can be purchased by sending a check, made payable to the OGMS Culture Club, to 39 Golden Bear Drive / New Cumberland, WV 26047. For information, call (304) 374-7474.
Musical couple coming to Black Sheep Vineyard
ADENA - Black Sheep Vineyard will be hosting world-renowned guitarist Richard Smith and his cellist wife, Julie Adams 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The combination of Richard's fretboard fireworks and Julie's warm tone and lyrical style will have toes tapping and jaws dropping. Their ever growing repertoire comprises a wide variety of music from classical Bach to Beatles pop, Chopin and Mozart to fiddle tunes. It ranges from Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed to jazz standards and gypsy swing.
Richard and Julie deliver both lightning fast barn-burners and beautiful ballads, occasionally spiced with gentle and witty vocals. There is a cover charge of $5, and seating is limited.
Opening in 2008, the Black Sheep Vineyard is on state Route 250 at the junction of state Route 150, about 11 miles west of Bridgeport. The venue is located in the restored barn behind the farmhouse. For information, go to www.blacksheepvineyard.com.
Murder mystery to benefit 4-H
FOLLANSBEE -Mystery Theatre Unlimited will present "Overture for an Undertaker," an original musical comedy murder mystery, on March 22, with a portion of proceeds going to the Brooke County 4-H program.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for the show, which will be staged at Vito's 2, 570 Main St.
Tickets are $30 each, which includes dinner. Reservations should be made by calling Liz Gatts at the Brooke County West Virginia University Extension office at (304) 737-3666 weekdays before 4 p.m. by Friday.
Maple Sugar Day at Oglebay
WHEELING - In sure sign of spring, Oglebay Institute's annual Maple Sugaring Day takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 22 at Camp Russel in Oglebay Park.
Each year hundreds of people enjoy this hands-on outdoor program that includes a nature walk, demonstrations of sugaring techniques, the history of maple sugaring, live music and a pancake breakfast with fresh maple syrup - straight from the Oglebay sugar bush.
Admission to Maple Sugaring Day is $9. To reserve a time, call (304) 242-6855. Trail guides will depart from the Camp Russel parking lot every half hour.
'The Quiet Man' comes to Towngate
WHEELING - Oglebay Institute's Towngate Theatre continues its 44th season with the beloved Irish tale, "The Quiet Man," Friday through Sunday and March 21-22.
Inspired by Maurice Walsh's Green Rushes, adapted for the stage by Frank Mahon and directed by Tim Thompson, this heartwarming play takes audiences back in time to the sweeping Irish countryside in the midst of the country's battle for freedom from England in 1921 and the years that follow. Rendered by a very talented, local cast, "The Quiet Man" has something for everyone - local and national politics, romance, humor and that famous fight scene.
Curtain is 8 p.m. March 14, 15, 21-22. A 3 p.m. matinee takes place March 16.
In addition to performances on March 14 and 21, Towngate's lobby will be transformed into an Irish Pub complete with food, prepared by Ye Olde Alpha, Irish beers, courtesy Carenbauer Distributing, and live and rowdy Irish music.
A fundraiser for the theater, tickets are $20 and can be purchased with the show ticket. Pub Nights begin at 10 p.m.
General admission is $12.50. For tickets, call (304) 242-7700.
Upcoming events at Fort Steuben
STEUBENVILLE - Upcoming events at the Historic Fort Steuben include:
March 29 - Spring concert theme "Support Our Fort" featuring Spinning Jenny, US Kids and Ron Retzer in a benefit for Historic Fort Steuben at 7 p.m. at Steubenville High School. Tickets are $5 and $10 at the door or in advance at the visitors center. Also on March 29 will be a program presented by AMVETS Post 275 at noon at the Berkman Amphitheater.
April 25-26 - "Murder in the Roaring '20s," features an original mystery set in Steubenville during that very colorful era. Guests should dress for the period and be prepared to solve the crime. The dinner and drama at Froehlich's Classic Corner Banquet Room begins at 6 p.m., and advance reservations are required. Tickets are $30 for sale at the visitor center.
For information and reservations, call (740) 283-1787.
April 7-26 Spring quilt show at the Visitors Center. The event is free.
April 16 - Harlem Ambassadors Basketball Event, an evening of fun and action at Steubenville High School beginning at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $5 to $10 at the door and in advance at the visitors center.
Upcoming season at Brooke Hills
WELLSBURG -The Brooke Hills Playhouse has announced an "award-winning season" to mark the playhouse's 43rd summer of operation, according to Julia Barnhart of Wellsburg, president of the Brooke County Arts Council, the playhouse's parent organization.
The season will open with Beth Henley's 1981 Pulitzer Prize and New York Drama Critics Circle Award-winning comedy, "Crimes of the Heart," the story of the three Magrath sisters and their lovingly dysfunctional family, including a dying family patriarch and one of the sisters' arrest for attempted murder. "Crimes of the Heart" will be presented May 30, June 1 and June 6-8.
The second show of the season, scheduled for June 20-22 and 27-29, will be Christopher Durang's comedy, "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," winner of the 2013 Tony Award for best play. The show centers around siblings Vanya and Sonia, their movie star sister, Masha, and her latest boy-toy, Spike. Matters are complicated by a maid with psychic powers and a pretty young actress.
The playhouse's annual musical comedy will be presented next, as the John Kander-Fred Ebb-Bob Fosse classic, "Chicago," takes to the stage July 11-13 and 18-20. Based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins, "Chicago" focuses on chorus girl Roxie Hart and flapper Velma Kelly, both accused of murders and both vying for the spotlight from an eager press corps. "Chicago" is the recipient of six Tony awards and six Drama Desk awards, including Best Revival of a musical from both presenters.
The season continues Aug. 1-3 and 8-10 with the annual production for younger actors, "Curiosity Cat" by Chris Grabenstein, based on the Grabenstein's award-winning novel for middle school readers, "The Hanging Hill." The title character is an adventurous animal who is homeless, but uses his new status to help other cats, while avoiding an evil cat-catcher.
The Playhouse's 43rd main stage season concludes Aug. 22-24 and 29-31 with superstar playwright Ken Ludwig's comedy, "The Game's Afoot or, Holmes for the Holidays," a comedy-mystery set in the home of legendary actor William Gillette, best known for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes. When one of his holiday guests is stabbed to death, Gillette takes on the character of the great detective to solve the mystery. "The Game's Afoot" won the 2012 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe award for best play.
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 noted playhouse patrons can see all five main stage productions this summer for the price of four, if they order 2014 season discount coupons by May 29.
"We call it our Super Star Package, at $44 for adults, $36 for senior citizens and students and $28 for children younger than 12," she said.
Once the season begins, ticket prices at the box office will be $10.50 for adults, $8.50 for seniors and students and $6.50 for children for non-musicals, and $12.50 for adults, $10.50 for seniors and students and $8.50 for children for the musical.
Patrons may order the advance discount Super Star package 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 they are ordering. All pre-season orders must be received by May 29.
For information, go to www.brookehillsplayhouse.com.
Ale and art
WHEELING - Irish ale and live music by Gallowglass will be on tap at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Stifel Fine Arts Center.
Those wishing to can celebrate St. Patrick's Day a few days early at Oglebay Institute's annual beer tasting event at the Stifel Fine Arts Center. Part of the activities include Irish-inspired food from Ye Olde Alpha, live music by Wheeling favorite Gallowglass and, of course, plenty of Irish ale. Beer selections for the evening include Guinness Draught, Killian's Irish Red, Harp Lager, Great Lake's Conway's Irish Ale, Murphy's Irish Stout and Murphy's Irish Red Ale.
Most events sell out, so early registration is recommended. The cost is $35.
To register, call (304) 242-7700.
Jillian Michaels to appear March 19
PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has announced that Jillian Michaels, America's leading authority in health, wellness and fitness, will bring her critically acclaimed motivational live tour, Maximize Your Life, to the Benedum Center at 8 p.m. March 19.
This event is part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series. Tickets range from $27.25 to $42.25, and VIP tickets, at $152.25 each, are available at www.TrustArts.org; by calling (412) 456-6666; or in person at Theater Square box office, 655 Penn Ave.
Camp Broadway EXP set for April
PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has announced that nationally acclaimed Camp Broadway EXP will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 26 at the Trust Arts Education Center, 805-807 Liberty Ave. in the Pittsburgh Cultural District.
For information, visit trustarts.org/campbroadway or call (412) 325-2024.
The one-day camp is open to children ages 10-13 of all skill levels, and no previous experience is necessary to enroll. Advance registration is required and registration closes on April 11. The cost to participant in the camp is $125 per participant and $100 per additional student in a household. The camp will conclude with a featured performance at 4:30 p.m. for family and friends, presented by student participants.
WELLSBURG - Brooke Hills Park is offering a 15 percent discount on all golf passes for the 2014 season.
For information, call (304) 737-1236.
Weir High School to present 'Gypsy'
WEIRTON - Striplight Theatre, in conjunction with the Weir High School Theatre Department, will present "Gypsy," book by Arthur Laurents, music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, at 8 p.m. today through Saturday and March 20-22 at the high school's Milton J. Weinberg Theatre at 100 Red Rider Road.
Inspired by Gypsy Rose Lee's memoirs, "Gypsy" follows two young vaudeville performers and their over-bearing stage mother behind the show business scenes at the dawn of burlesque. Songs include "Let Me Entertain You," "Some People," "You'll Never Get Away From Me," "If Momma Was Married," "All I Need Is the Girl," "Everything's Coming Up Roses," "You Gotta Get a Gimmick" and "Together Wherever We Go."
Special arrangements made possible through Tams-Witmark Music Library Inc.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and seniors today and March 20 and $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors Friday and Saturday and March 21-22.
Springsteen, E Street at Consol
PITTSBURGH - Tickets for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band April 22 performance at the Consol Energy Center will be on sale beginning Friday at www.livenation.com.
Blaine Siegel at 709 Penn Gallery
PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has announced the opening of Dream Body, a video installation by local artist Blaine Siegel.
The exhibition is on view at the Trust's 709 Penn Gallery in the Cultural District through April 13. An opening reception will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 7 at 709 Penn Gallery.
The exhibition consists of two video projections with sculptural components. The first video is influenced by the infamous "the Hanged Man" tarot card. Hanging upside down from a tree, the man on the card has been abused and left alone. It is at this point of physical, mental and emotional exhaustion that the hanged man gains a fresh perspective and is able to see the world and his place in it. The first video, depicting a man's face slowly transitioning from sadness to awe, hangs from an apparatus referencing the hanging crook from the hangman children's game and is projected upside-down upon the wall.
The gallery is at 709 Penn Ave. in downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District.
Eddie Izzard's Force Majeure tour hits PIttsburgh
PITTSBURGH- Eddie Izzard will bring his massive Force Majeure world tour to the Byham Theater at 8 p.m. May 31 and June 1. Tickets are on sale now. Tickets start at $50.25 and are available at TrustArts.org; by calling (412) 456-6666; and in person at the box office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave.
Bret Michaels brings show to?Mountaineer
CHESTER - Multi-platinum powerhouse Bret Michaels will once again rock the stage at the Harv at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort at 8 p.m. April 26.
Tickets for the show went on sale today at 10 a.m. Mountaineer now offers a limited number prime reserved seats for sale in the Harv in the first four center rows. The remainder of Harv seating is general admission by section.
Michaels has turned his passion for music into a legendary career spanning decades. Rising to fame as the front man of Poison, one of rock's most iconic and enduring bands, Michaels helped define the rock 'n' roll scene. Selling more than 32 million records worldwide, Michaels and his band have been touring together for more than 25 years and continue to sell out venues across the country.
Michaels' solo career has charted its own course with multiple albums. His July 2013 release "Custom Built" topped the charts, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard's hard rock list. His most recent star-studded release, entitled "Bret Michaels: Good Songs and Great Friends" features collaborations with Loretta Lynn, Jimmy Buffett, Ace Frehley of Kiss and Michael Anthony of Van Halen and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Multi-talented Michaels ventures beyond music to challenge himself in a vast array of projects. He has starred in a string of reality shows including "Rock of Love with Bret Michaels," one of VH1's most successful shows in its history, docu-series "Bret Michaels: Life as I Know It" and Donald Trump's NBC hit, "Celebrity Apprentice," in which Michaels ultimately went on to win the title, creating the only new product from the series to land on store shelves, Bret's Blend Diet Trop A Rocka Snapple Tea. Michaels also teamed up with Dean Guitars to design the Bret Michaels series, which was followed by a partnership with the retail giant PetSmart to launch his signature pet products in June 2012.
Topping off his well rounded resume, he pursued his philanthropic efforts to raise awareness for issues that are close to his heart. He established The Bret Michaels Life Rocks Foundation to support numerous charitable causes near and dear to his heart such as diabetes awareness, children's cancer research, military veterans and charities supporting homeless animals.
Tickets can be purchased at www.MOREatMountaineer.com; www.etix.com; at Mountaineer's players club; or by calling (800) 80-40-HOT, extension 8297. Tickets in Section A through bleachers are general admission by section and start at $20 plus taxes and fees. Reserved seating is also available and is located in the first four center rows.
The Secret Life of Robots at SPACE gallery, Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH-The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the opening of "The Secret Life of Robots," a visual art installation by local artist Toby Atticus Fraley.
The exhibition includes a dozen scenes of robots in domestic vignettes, presenting an unpolished look into the unseen, and often mundane, lives of robots. The exhibition is on view at the Trust's SPACE gallery in the Cultural District through April 27.
The 4- to 5-foot-tall robots are constructed from vintage thermoses, picnic coolers and various found objects. Some robots include animatronics and custom built electronics packages that control illuminated elements, such as eyes and accent lights.
Fraley offers a glimpse into the daily activities of a typical robot through various stages of its lifespan, revealing a glimpse of our lives through the looking glass.
Lady Gaga show hits Consol
PITTSBURGH -Lady Gaga will make an appearance May 8 at the Consol Energy Center.
Tickets are on sale at www.ticketmaster.com.
Gaffigan to play Heinz Hall
PITTSBURGH - Jim Gaffigan will perform at 7 p.m. March 27 at Heinz Hall as part of "The White Bread Tour." Gaffigan, a stand-up comic, actor and writer, has appeared on "Late Night with David Letterman" and "Conan" and has reached platinum sales on his albums.
His new book, "Dad is Fat," has been on The New York Times bestsellers list for 20 weeks. "I wrote a book," said Gaffigan. "No, I did! It's all about the joys and horrors of my life with my five young children. I'm not sure if it's a memoir, a confession, an apology or cry for help, but (wife) Jeannie and friends have told me it's really funny."
Tickets are available at the Heinz Hall box office, online at www.pittsburghsymphony.org or by calling (800) 743-8560.
Birbiglia coming to Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has announced award-winning comedian, author and filmmaker Mike Birbiglia will bring his all new comedy tour, Thank God For Jokes, to the Byham Theater at 7:30 p.m. March 20.
Tickets range from $33.25 to $38.25 and can be purchased online at www.TrustArts.org; by calling (412) 456-6666; or in person at the box office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave.
Birbiglia returns to the stage with more painfully awkward stories in a show about jokes and how they can get you in trouble.
Join Birbiglia as he visits Cats-a-chusetts, argues with a stranger about her nut allergy, hosts an awards show for angry celebrities and learns that Fozzie Bear is a tough act to follow.