at Historic Fort Steuben
STEUBENVILLE - The gates of Historic Fort Steuben are open to welcome visitors of all ages from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Tuesday - The Old Fort Steuben Project Inc. is one of the many nonprofits that will be among those benefiting from the one-day, on-line fundraiser sponsored by the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley. From midnight to 11:59 p.m. donors can make contributions with a credit or debit card to their favorite organizations by going to www.give.org. The minimum donation that will be accepted is $10. Each gift is 100 percent tax deductible. Donors can make a gift in memory or to honor someone. This is a national day of community giving and all participants will be eligible to receive partial matching funds.
Wednesday - The fort's annual dinner will be held at 6 p.m. at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville. Reservations are due by calling (740) 283-1787. The event will include a meal and presentation by David Javersak on A Place Through Time: Steubenville, Past & Present Different Ways to Look at our History. A Chinese auction and review of the past year at Historic Fort Steuben will round out the evening.
May 26 - The Memorial Day program will be presented by AmVets Post 275, Union Cemetery, Steubenville, with guest speaker, Jack Ernest from11 a.m. For information, call (740) 317-8646.
June 7-8 - Ohio Valley Frontier Days will bring back many favorite performers, including Ohio singer/songwriter Steve Free, Rich and Katbhyh Small on June 7 and old-time music player Bill Schilling on June 8.
The Smalls will invite the audience to join in their traditional music. New attractions, include a gypsy wagon. The fort also will initiate the swivel cannon that will be part of the permanent exhibit.
Chief Logan, geographer Thomas Hutchins, Baron von Steuben and other characters from the period will tell their stories. Games, exploration of the archaeology dig, hands-on activities, food, crafts and pony rides are part of the event. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for those ages 6 through 12.
June 9-3; July 7-11 - Registration is now open for the 2014 Summer Youth Educational Program at Historic Fort Steuben. Each weeklong session includes hands-on activities, presentations, videos, crafts and lessons that fit the fourth- to sixth-grade curriculum. Students have the opportunity to work with an archaeologist and a surveyor and learn military drill from Baron von Steuben. American Indians as well as settler crafts are part of the program. Session I runs from June 9-13 and session II runs from July 7-11 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at a cost of $40 per child.
Cross Vision at Holy Grounds Cafe today
MARTINS FERRY - Holy Grounds Cafe is pleased to welcome Cross Vision back to the stage today.
The coffeehouse is open from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The first hour is open mic, and local musicians of all styles are invited to share a few songs. Cross Vision will take the stage shortly after 8 p.m. for a 90-minute set.
Cross Vision is a Christian band made up of Cheryl Ann Kelemen, vocals; Mike Benson, guitar; Bob Stark, bass; Leah Pagano, drums; and John Sember, keyboard. They play at a wide variety of venues, including churches, coffeehouses, festivals, fairs and more. They cite artists Evanescence, Natalie Grant and Apologetix as musical influences.
At the coffeehouse, hot and cold drinks and a variety of snacks are available for a minimal donation. There is also a pool table and free WiFi. Holy Grounds Cafe is at 410 Hanover St. in Martins Ferry. For information, call (740) 633-2699; or (740) 633-2699.
Sunken treasure at John Heinz History Center
PITTSBURGH - The Senator John Heinz History Center will examine a fascinating story of sunken treasures, discovery, and preservation by showcasing the largest time capsule of pre-Civil War life as part of a new major exhibition, Pittsburgh's Lost Steamboat: Treasures of the Arabia, which is currently running.
Built in Brownsville, Pa., and Pittsburgh in 1853, the Steamboat Arabia travelled extensively to frontier towns along the Ohio, Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. The vessel's 200 tons of cargo included more than 1 million objects, some as small as pickles and others as large as prefabricated homes, bound for general stores and pioneer settlements in the west. During its final journey in 1856, the Arabia hit a tree snag and sank in the Missouri River near Kansas City, Mo.
More than 130 years later, a group of modern-day treasure hunters rediscovered the Arabia buried 45 feet below a cornfield a half-mile from the river. Remarkably, the anaerobic (oxygen-free) environment perfectly preserved most of the boat's cargo - fine dishware, clothing and even bottled food all preserved in excellent condition.
The History Center's Pittsburgh's Lost Steamboat: Treasures of the Arabia exhibition will feature nearly 2,000 once-hidden treasures, including many items manufactured in Western Pennsylvania.
The 8,000-square-foot exhibit, presented in partnership with the Arabia Steamboat Museum in Kansas City, will explore Pittsburgh's important role as a Gateway to the West and a national hub for the steamboat building industry in the mid-19th century.
The History Center and Sports Museum are at 1212 Smallman St. in the city's Strip District, and are open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information, go to at www.heinzhistorycenter.org.
Brook Hills Playhouse
schedules open auditions
WELLSBURG - The Brooke Hills Playhouse has scheduled auditions for the Tony Award-winning musical comedy "Chicago" at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Brooke High School Auditorium.
Julia Barnhart of Wellsburg, president of the playhouse's parent organization, the Brooke County Arts Council, noted that those trying out for the show need only attend on one of the two scheduled evenings. No preparation is necessary for auditions.
The John Kander-Fred Ebb-Bob Fosse classic musical will take to the playhouse stage July 11-13 and 18-20. The musical, which will be directed by Nic Taylor of Wellsburg, is the third show of the playhouse's 43rd summer season, featuring plays that have won major theatrical awards.
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" was the recipient of six Tony Awards and six Drama Desk awards, including Best Revival of a musical from both presenters.
The season will open May 30-June 1 and June 6-8 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.
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.
Aug. 1-3 and 8-10 will see the Brooke Hills Playhouse's 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 under 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 nonmusicals, 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.
Upcoming art show
at Eastern Gateway
STEUBENVILLE - More than 49 local and regional artists will be exhibiting art work at the Steubenville Art Association's annual Spring Show Saturday through May 17 at Eastern Gateway Community College.
The opening reception is 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and the awards ceremony will begin at 2:30 p.m. The exhibit will be open to the public 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and noon to 4 p.m. May 10 and May 17. While some pieces of art are for display only, many works are available for purchase.
The association will also be awarding two scholarships to two deserving artistic high school seniors during the awards ceremony.
Kings of Leon coming
to First Niagara Pavilion
BURGETTSTOWN - The Kings of Leon's 2014 Mechanical Bull Tour with special guests Kongos and Young the Giant will appear Aug. 29 at the First Niagara Pavilion.
For tickets, go to www.livenation.com.
Il Divo to appear
at the Benedum, Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH - Il Divo with special guest Lea Salonga will perform 7:30 p.m. May 18 at the Benedum Center, according to the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.
Following a successful week of concerts in November at New York City's Marquis Theater, Il Divo, the record-breaking classical crossover group, is bringing its show to theaters across the U.S. and Canada as part of a world tour.
For tickets and information, visit www.TrustArts.org; call (412) 456-4800; or in person at Theater Square box office, 655 Penn Ave.
Under the Influence of Music tour heads to First Niagara Pavilion
BURGETTSTOWN - The Under the Influence of Music tour, featuring the Young Jeezy, Wiz Khalifa, Tyga, Ty Dolla $ign, Rich Homie Quan, Sage The Gemini, Mack Wilds, IAMSU and DJ Drama, will appear Aug. 1 at the First Niagara Pavilion. For tickets, go to www.livenation.com.
Tribute to Gene Kelly takes place
May 21 at the Byham Theater
PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents "Gene Kelly: The Legacy - An Evening with Patricia Ward Kelly" at 7:30 p.m. May 21 at the Byham Theater.
Tickets are available at www.TrustArts.org; by calling (412) 456-6666; or in person at Theater Square box office, 655 Penn Ave.
Kelly was a joyous performer. A legendary dancer, director and choreographer, he brought astonishing grace, athleticism and masculinity to the big screen.
Annual Crosscurrents Exhibition
for regional artists set at Oglebay
WHEELING - Attracting some of the finest artwork from the Tri-State Area for more than 30 years, Oglebay Institute's annual Crosscurrents Exhibition opens at 6:30 p.m. May 8 at the Stifel Fine Arts Center with a free reception and awards ceremony.
Each year artists who reside within an 80-mile radius of Wheeling submit hundreds of works and vie for a chance to exhibit in this show. Jurors choose the works for the exhibit and award cash prizes to winning artists.
The exhibit continues through June 20 and can be viewed free of charge. Many of the works on display can be purchased.
Spring Spirits ladies cocktail party
fundraiser to take place Tuesday
WHEELING - Spring Spirits -the annual, ladies-only cocktail party and fundraiser hosted by the Committee of the Museums of Oglebay Institute - takes place from 4:30 6:30 p.m. Tuesday on the picturesque patio and lawn of the Mansion Museum in Oglebay.
Guests will enjoy specialty cocktails and sample great summer-inspired food. The event will feature a variety of drawings with prizes including artwork, themed baskets, gift certificates and a champagne breakfast and limousine tour of the Secret Gardens of Wheeling. Hats and gloves are welcome, and a hat contest takes place with prizes for best self-styled and best purchased.
Ladies wishing to attend should call (304) 242-7272 Tickets are $25 per person. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. All proceeds support the museums.
'Leading Ladies' musical comedy coming to Towngate
WHEELING - Two down-on-their-luck actors hit a snag and end up in drag as they scheme to steal money from an unwitting family in the crowd-pleasing, gender-bending comedy "Leading Ladies," to be staged for two weekends Friday through Sunday and May 9-10-at Oglebay Institute's Towngate Theatre.
Set in York, Pa., in 1958, "Leading Ladies" follows the exploits of Shakespearean actors Leo Clark and Jack Gable, who find themselves performing "Scenes from Shakespeare" on the Moose Lodge circuit in the Amish Country of Pennsylvania. When they learn that an ailing old lady is about the die and leave a multi-million dollar inheritance to her long lost English nephews, they resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and cash in on her fortune. When they discover that the long-lost relatives aren't nephews, but nieces, they continue, undaunted, in drag. What ensues is a classic farce of romantic entanglements, naughty innuendoes, mistaken identities and rip-roaring high jinks.
Tickets can be purchased by calling (304) 242-7700 or at www.oionline.com. For those buying seats at the door, Towngate's box office opens one hour before all shows and can be reached at (304) 233-0820.
Striplight troupe schedules
summer play dates
WEIRTON - Striplight Theatre, in conjunction with the Weir High School Theater Department, has announced the upcoming season.
The season will include "Fairytale Courtroom," by Dana Proulx, June 28-29 and July 5-6; "The Diary of Anne Frank," by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, Nov. 6-8 and 13-15; and "Flora the Red Menace," with book by George Abbott and Robert Russell, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, March 12-14 and 19-21.
"Fairytale Courtroom" auditions will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Weir High band room located at 1000 Red Rider Road. Callbacks will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the band room.
"Anne Frank" auditions will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 30 and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 31 at the band room. Callbacks will be held 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 31 at the band room.
"Flora the Red Menace" auditions will be held in December, with dates and times to be announced.
For information, visit www.striplighttheatre.com.
Dustin Lynch to appear
during Country Energy Fest
CARROLLTON - Singer Dustin Lynch will appear at the Country Energy Fest Concert at 8 p.m. May 31 at the Carroll County Fairgrounds.
Tickets will be sold at the GPS Oil and Safety Store from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. Prices are $15 and $20 for grandstand seating and $25 and $35 for track seats.
Tickets are available online at www.countryenergyfest.com or from the Carroll County Fairgrounds on the first and third Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the fourth Tuesday of each month from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 106 Kensington Road.
The Country Energy Fest has activities for the family beginning at 11 a.m. There will be barbecued ribs, an antique tractor show, as well as car and motorcycle shows. For a list of festival activities, visit www.countryenergyfest.com.
The event first was organized by the Carroll County Agricultural Society as a fundraiser for the fairgrounds. The committee has grown to include business professionals and local residents.
For information, call (330) 627-2300.
Lady Antebellum coming
to First Niagara Pavilion
BURGETTSTOWN - Lady Antebellum's Take Me Downtown Tour 2014 with special guests Billy Currington and Joe Nichols is coming to the First Niagara Pavilion Aug. 23. For tickets, go to www.livenation.com.
Clint Holmes to appear
May 12 in Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH- The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents the multi-talented vocalist Clint Holmes performing at the Cabaret at Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave., at 7:30 p.m. May 12.
The performance is presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. This series provides a unique and intimate opportunity for audiences to experience some of the finest cabaret acts in the entertainment industry. This performance is co-sponsored by Dolores and Michael Kara.
For tickets, go to www.TrustArts.org; call (412) 456-6666; and in person at the box office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave.
Steely Dan show scheduled
for Aug. 11 at the Benedum
PITTSBURGH - Steeley Dan will perform Aug. 11 at the Benedum Center.
For tickets, go to www.livenation.com.
Sketch Crawl to be held
PITTSBURGH -The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces its spring Sketch Crawl throughout downtown Pittsburgh and the North Shore will be held on May 10.
The free, all-ages, six-hour drawing marathon takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. With Sketch Crawl guide and local artist Rick Antolic, participants draw what they see as they make their way through some of downtown's and the North Shore's most scenic spaces, stopping at five locations to sketch. Advance registration is suggested by visiting www.TrustArts.org/Education.
in Etna, Pa.
ETNA, Pa. - Pittsburgh's Shakespeare in the Parks will hold a weeklong camp combining fencing with Shakespeare from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 14-18 at the En Garde Fencing Club located at 352 Butler St.
Each morning will be dedicated to the sport of fencing, and each afternoon will be dedicated to drama, including developing characters and scenes. Students will perform stage combat routines, culminating with a production of "Romeo and Juliet: The Good Parts Version," which focuses on the duels.
It is open to children ages 10-16. Students do not need to have any experience with fencing. Students who have fencing experience will work with other experienced fencers. The stage combat routines are designed to match campers' experience level. No experience performing Shakespeare is required.
The cost is $275 for those registering before May 15 and $300 after.
To register, visit at www.pittsburghshakespare.com/camp.
'As You Like It' set
weekends in September
PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh's Shakespeare in the Parks will present "As You Like It," directed by Lisa Ann Goldsmith, weekends in September in Pittsburgh-area parks.
Both Actors Equity Association and nonunion actors are invited to audition for the production from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Frick Park's Blue Slide Playground located at Beechwood Boulevard and Nicholson Street, Squirrel Hill.
Actors should prepare a brief comedic Shakespearean monologue. Callbacks will be held May 10.
E-mail email@example.com for an audition appointment.
Storytelling festival to be
held in Moundsville
MOUNDSVILLE - Eight talented storytellers and the beauty of Grand Vue Park in Moundsville will come together May 9 for the second-annual Grand Vue Storytelling Festival.
The storytellers, all members of the West Virginia Storytelling Guild, will present a full day of an exciting variety of tales, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Admission is $5 per person, and groups are asked to make reservations by calling (304) 845-9810. School groups are especially welcome and are invited to bring sack lunches to enjoy at the park.
The storytellers slated to perform are Jo Ann Dadisman, Adam Booth, Suzi Whaples, Susan Gordon, Thomas Burnett, Donna Wilson, Rich Knoblich and Judi Tarowsky.
Knoblich and fellow Guild member Tarowsky are co-chairing the festival.
West Virginia ghost site seeking more stories
CHARLESTON -West Virginia's premier online compendium of ghost stories is launching a campaign to accrue more tales this week, adding a call-in line for submissions from participants who would prefer to speak rather than write-out their stories.
Publisher Jonathan Moore, who launched WVGhosts.com in early 2000, says more than 450 stories have been added to the high-traffic site and that interest is growing, possibly as an association between West Virginia and the paranormal develops.
The increase in development of paranormal travel venues such as the Trans-Allegheny Asylum at Weston and the former state penitentiary at Moundsville have apparently helped fuel the idea of West Virginia as a destination for ghost hunters.
"Weston and Moundsville have become apparent meccas for the ghostly in America," Moore said. "To help those who have stories but fear the process of submitting them, I am opening up more ways for people to send them in."
Moore said the new call-in line, at (304) 896-9874, would be able to accept text submissions as well as voicemail. More than 1,500 unique visits and 20,000 hits are being logged daily at WVGhosts.com, and developers say traffic continues to increase as interest in ghosts increases and as more people use the site.
For information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer activities planned
at Carnegie Science Center
PITTSBURGH - Now is the perfect time to hunt educational summer activities across Western Pennsylvania for children.
A new, user-friendly tool launched by Carnegie Science Center will keep young minds sharp outside of the classroom.
Carnegie Science Center launched STEMisphere, www.STEMisphere.org, a free central hub listing science, technology, engineering and math resources.
The database contains hundreds of listings of programs, classes, events and more in S.T.E.M.-related fields for students ranging in age from preschoolers to high school seniors. Students, teachers and parents can use keywords to search for programs with specific focuses, such as "robotics" or "astronomy." They can further filter those programs by age and region.
Anyone with a S.T.E.M. resource may share a listing for free. Businesses with scientific internships, institutions with specialty camps or industries sponsoring S.T.E.M.-related competitions are invited to submit information to the website at www.CarnegieScienceCenter.org.
Psychic Panic coming
PITTSBURGH -The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents Psychic Panic, guest organized by Olivia Ciummo.
On view at the Trust's SPACE gallery May 16 through June 29, the exhibition features more than 25 artworks by nine artists working in a range of media. An opening reception will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. May 16.
Psychic Panic presents recent works by artists who are concerned conceptually or formally in their practices about ideas of the body, materials or labor. The works illustrate differing ways of envisioning the subjects, through photography, film, video, painting, sculpture and mixed media, and are the artists' endeavors to confront the Psychic Panic, or psychological ramifications, of these themes. SPACE is at 812 Liberty Ave.
For information, visit www.TrustArts.org
Dinner-dance to benefit Brooke Place scheduled
WEIRTON - Family Connections' Fund Development Auxiliary will hold its seventh-annual dinner-dance to benefit Brooke Place Saturday at the Serbian-American Cultural Center.
Doors will open at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. The event also will include a live auction, drawings and a cash bar. Disc jockey Mr. Mike and the Music Machine will provide music.
Its theme is "No Place Like Home," because staff with Family Connections and the group home strive to make it as much like a real home as possible for the girls who live there.
Tri-State Pharmacy has signed on as a sponsor for the event and the group welcomes additional sponsors, who will be recognized in the event's program.
For information or to purchase tickets, call Jean Bartholow at (304) 527-3303.
Big Sam's Funky Nation part of Pittsburgh JazzLive
PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust will partner with Grey Area Productions to present Big Sam's Funky Nation at 9 p.m. June 21 at the Rex Theater as part of the fourth-annual Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival.
Tickets are available at www.greyareaprod.com, Culture Shop, Dave's Music Mine, 720 Records, and Soundcat Records.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $17 the day of the show.
Toby Keith show at First
Niagara Aug. 9
BURGETTSTOWN - Toby Keith's Shut Up and Hold On Tour with special guests Colt Ford and Krystal Keith will visit the First Niagara Pavilion Aug. 9.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at www.livenation.com.
'Candida' staged by
Pittsburgh Public Theater
PITTSBURGH -Pittsburgh Public Theater's Masterpiece Season continues with George Bernard Shaw's sparkling comedy, "Candida," directed by Ted Pappas.
"Candida" runs through May 18 at the O'Reilly Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater's home in the heart of Downtown's Cultural District. For tickets, call (412) 316-1600 or visit www.ppt.org.
"Candida" features three accomplished actors who are returning to Pittsburgh Public Theater to be part of the Masterpiece Season. Playing the passionate poet, Eugene Marchbanks, is Jared McGuire, who appeared in last season's popular production of Clybourne Park. Playing the practical parson, the Rev. James Morell, is David Whalen, who is back at the public theater for the seventh time and was seen most recently in "Good People."
In the title role of Candida is the dazzling Gretchen Egolf, the radiant Rosalind in the Public's hit "As You Like It," and the elegant Jackie Kennedy in "The Secret Letters of Jackie and Marilyn."
Rockstar Mayhem festival coming to Burgettstown
BURGETTSTOWN - The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival planned July 26 at the First Niagara Pavilion will feature Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Asking Alexandria, Trivium, Cannibal Corpse, Body Count featuring Ice-T, Suicide Silence, Emmure, Miss May I, Mushroomhead and more. Tickets are on sale at www.ticketmaster.com and www.livenation.com.
at 709 Penn Gallery
PITTSBURGH-The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the opening of the visual art exhibition Digital Hand.
On view through May 25 at the Trust's 709 Penn Gallery, the exhibition features works created by students participating in a course exploring the sculptural possibilities of digital fabrication taught by Tom Lauerman, assistant professor of art at the Penn State School of Visual Arts. The exhibition, which is made possible by the Penn State Center Pittsburgh, opens during the Trust's Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 25.
A sculpture course offered annually, Digital Hand seeks to examine digital fabrication techniques and embed them within more established methods of producing and experiencing objects and installations.
The gallery is at 709 Penn Ave. in downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District. For information, visit www.TrustArts.org.
Fleetwood Mac coming
PITTSBURGH - After a 16-year absence, Christine McVie will be re-joining Fleetwood Mac band mates Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks as they launch the On With the Show Tour.
The band comes to the Consol Energy Center Oct. 14. For tickets, go to www.livenation.com.
CLO's 'Judge Jackie Justice'
enjoys extended run
PITTSBURGH - Due to popular demand, "Judge Jackie Justice - the Trials of Love" has been extended at the Civic Light Opera Cabaret through May 11.
Tickets range from $34.75-$44.75 and will be available online at www.CLOCabaret.com; by calling (412) 456-6666; or at the box office at Theater Square.
Three Rivers Arts festival
begins 55th year June 6
PITTSBURGH -The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces a distinguished list of music headliners to be presented at the 55th-annual Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.
The 10-day celebration of the arts, opening June 6, is unlike any other in the nation. The world-class, multi-disciplinary festival is free to attend and is open to the public.
The festival strives to deliver top-notch performing and visual art from the Pittsburgh region's thriving arts community and from around the globe including music, theater, dance, public art installations, gallery exhibitions, a renowned visual artists' market presented by Peoples Gas, creative activities, food and more. Artists are selected through a rigorous jury process emphasizing quality, craftsmanship and presentation in a wide variety of media, from jewelry to painting, woodworking to photography. Each day of the 10-day festival includes a performance by distinguished music headliners.
All headline concerts will be performed on the Dollar Bank Stage beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Point State Park, with the exception of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performance, which will begin at 7 p.m. Opening acts will perform at 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and at 6:30 p.m. on weekdays.
Those performing include Jeff Tweedy, June 6; Sam Bush, June 7; Trampled By Turtles, June 8; Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, June 9; Amos Lee June 11; the Smithereens, June 12; Curtis Harding, June 13; Lucinda Williams, June 14; Jake Bugg, June 15.
Pittsburgh CLO to stage
'Dixie's Tupperware Party'
PITTSBURGH -The Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera announces the return of the off-Broadway sensation, "Dixie's Tupperware Party" to the CLO Cabaret Sept. 4 to Oct. 12.
Tickets can be purchased online, at www.pittsburghCLO.org; by calling (412) 456-6666; or at the box office at Theater Square.
Dixie Longate, the fast-talking Tupperware Lady, packed up her catalogues, left her children in an Alabama trailer park and took Pittsburgh by storm in 2012. Now, join Dixie as she returns to Pittsburgh to throw a good ol' fashioned Tupperware Party filled with outrageously funny tales, heartfelt accounts, free giveaways, audience participation and the most fabulous assortment of Tupperware ever sold on a theater stage.
Backstreet Boys, Avril Lavigne
coming to First Niagara Pavilion
BURGETTSTOWN - The Backstreet Boys with special guest Avril Lavigne will perform at the First Niagara Pavilion on June 14.
For tickets, go to www.livenation.com.
to stage 'Ring of Fire'
PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera announced the musical hit "Ring of Fire" will run May 22 through Aug. 17 at the CLO Cabaret.
Tickets begin at $34.75 and are available at www.CLOCabaret.com; by calling (412) 456-6666; or visiting the box office at Theater Square.
"Ring of Fire" is a journey into the heart of America, courtesy of one of our most beloved musical poets - Johnny Cash. In "Ring of Fire," a remarkable cast of performers and musicians will pay homage to his music with the strength, humor and honesty that made Cash one of the greatest songwriters and most revered storytellers in American music. It features more than 30 of the music legend's songs such as "Country Boy," "A Thing Called Love," "Five Feet High and Rising," "Daddy Sang Bass," "I Walk the Line," "I've Been Everywhere," "The Man in Black" and his final hit, "Hurt."
International Children's Festival marks 28th year May 14-18
PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the EQT Pittsburgh International Children's Festival, celebrating its 28th year, will be held May 14-18 in the Cultural District.
The festival is programmed by Pittsburgh International Children's Theater, a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.
For information, visit www.PghKids.org; or call (412) 456-6666.
Kiss, Def Leppard rocking
at First Niagara Pavilion
BURGETTSTOWN - Kiss and Def Leppard are coming to the first Niagara Pavilion in concert on Aug. 24.
Tickets are on sale at www.ticketmaster.com.
Summer CLO season opens May 30
with 'Singin' in the Rain'
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