Park to hold mug bog Sunday
WELLSBURG - Brooke Hills Park will hold its first mud bog of the year at 1 p.m. Sunday.
For information, call (304) 737-1236.
Mothers golf for free Sunday
WELLSBURG - In observance of Mothers Day, there will be no greens fees for mothers at Brooke Hills Park's golf course Sunday.
For information, call (304) 737-1236.
Midland Arts Council Summer Gallery Show planned for late June
MIDLAND - The ninth-annual Midland Arts Council Summer Gallery Show is planned June 26 through July 4 at the Midland Borough Building, 936 Midland Ave.
The deadline for carry-in art is June 8 at the Borough Building. The deadline for online entries and CD entries is May 26.
Artists in any two-dimensional medium may apply for the Midland Arts Council Summer Gallery juried show. Prizes will be awarded.
Contact Evelyn Adams, president, at (724) 643.9968, midland-arts-council-pa.com, or Connie Fields, vice president, at (724) 774-6349.
Pittsburgh Children's Festival begins Wednesday
PITTSBURGH -The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the visual arts programming that is part of the EQT Pittsburgh International Children's Festival in downtown's Cultural District, Wednesday through May 18.
From a massive, inflatable interactive sculpture to animated short films and a gallery exhibition merged with the experience of shopping, there is something for everyone - the young and the young at heart. All visual art installations and activities are free unless noted otherwise.
For information, go to www.TrustArts.org/kids.
Celtic Woman tour will play at the Benedum, Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH - Celtic Woman: The Emerald Tour will perform in Pittsburgh at 7:30 p.m. May 17 at the Benedum Center.
The new stage production celebrates the Emerald Isles' spellbinding Celtic heritage through an extraordinary presentation of traditional Irish anthems, pop standards and original music by Emmy-nominated music producer, David Downes. The Emerald Tour showcases performances of favorites from the group's treasure chest of songs including "Mo Ghile Mear," "Dulaman," "Nil Se'n La," "Danny Boy," "The Call," "Amazing Grace" and "You Raise Me Up."
Tickets can be purchased at www.TrustArts.org; by calling (412) 456-6666 or in person at Theater Square box office, 655 Penn Ave. For information about parking garages and real time parking availability in the Cultural District, visit: www.ParkPGH.org.
Cultural trust presents JazzLive festival June 20-22
PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust will present El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico as part of the fourth-annual Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival being held June 20-22 in the heart of Pittsburgh's downtown Cultural District.
The free festival consists of three days of jazz and jazz-influenced musical performances on outdoor stages and attracts more than 20,000 attendees from around the country. This year's performance will feature one of the oldest and best-known salsa bands in the world, El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico. The performance is sponsored by ImaginePittsburgh.com.
The Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival (PJLIF) is a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. The Festival features local, emerging and national and international musicians in a variety of performance settings, including outdoor performance stages and indoor performance locations within local restaurants, coffee shops and galleries. For information, visit www.TrustArts.org/JazzLiveFest.
Art and Ale at Oglebay's Stifel Fine Arts Center Friday
WHEELING - Oglebay continues its Art and Ale series with a comedy night 6:30 p.m. Friday featuring a selection of spring and summer seasonal beers and a show by nationally touring stand-up comedian the Real John King.
King has 20 years of experience as a comic and has performed in comedy clubs, resorts and colleges across the country and has appeared on Comedy Central and Showtime at the Apollo. Also an accomplished musician, he usually closes his show with some exciting blues harp and zany lyrics!
Beers will be paired with hors d'oeuvres prepared by Ye Olde Alpha.
Admission to the event is $35 and includes all beverages, food and the show. For information, and to purchase tickets, call (304) 242-7700.
Merrick Masters exhibition runs May 16 to July 6
NEW BRIGHTON, Pa. -The Merrick Art Gallery presents Legacies: The Merrick Masters Art Exhibition.
The exhibition will take place May 16 through July 6. It will open with a reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 16. The cost of the reception is $15 per person. A general public opening will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. May 18.
The Merrick Art Gallery, a nonprofit organization, is at 1100 Fifth Ave. For information, call (724) 846-1130 or (724) 774-6349 or visit ww.merrickartgallery.org.
Holy Grounds Cafe to host R. Scott Stewart
MARTINS FERRY - The coffeehouse is open from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. today. An open mic session will run for the first hour, so musicians of all skill levels who are interested in performing in front of a live audience should come early to sign up. Mr. Stewart will take the stage shortly after 8:00 PM for a 90-minute set.
Following the lead of his mentors national Joe Walsh, Joe Cocker, and Bruce Springsteen, R.Scott Stewart also has been highly influenced by the diverse styling of local Ohio Valley musicians, including local favorites Randy Keener and Adrian Niles.
At Holy Grounds, 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. For information, call (740) 633-2699 or find them on Facebook at Holy Grounds Cafe.
Ohio Valley Festival of Steel coming to Mingo Junction
MINGO JUNCTION - Shelly Irvine's 2014 Ohio Valley Festival of Steel with guest artist Tracy Thornton will be presented Saturday at Indian Creek Middle School, 2379 Wilson Ave.
The doors open at 1:30 pm. followed by Wheeling Middle School, 2 p.m.; Ravenna High School, 2:20 p.m.; Carrollton High School, 2:40 p.m.; Urban Pathways, 3 p.m.; John Marshall High School, 3:20 p.m.; Steel Angels, 3:40 p.m.; mass band and plaques for group II, 4 p.m.; intermission at 4:20 p.m.; Divine Steel, 5 p.m.; Steel Alchemy, 5:20 p.m.; New Philadelphia High School, 5:40 p.m.; Steubenville High School, 6 p.m.; Catholic Central High School, 6:20 p.m.; Shelly Irvine & the Steeltones, 6:40 p.m.; and mass band & plaques for group II at 7 p.m.
There will be no rehearsals for the mass band tunes "Dain Brammage" and "Smells Like Teen Spirit,"so in the words of Andy Narell, "Good luck to us."
Admission is $5 for adults; $3 for students and seniors; and free for ages 6 and younger. The registration fee is $100 and covers performers and directors.
Author to appear during Mom to Mom Expo
STEUBENVILLE - Author Brenda J. Johnson Harris of Dillonvale will sign copies of her children's book, "The Bow on the Train," during the Mom to Mom Expo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday during the Mom to Mom Expo at the Fort Steuben Mall.
Upcoming events 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. Mondays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.
- May 26 - The Memorial Day program will be presented by AmVets Post 275, Union Cemetery, Steubenville, with guest speaker, Jack Ernest, from 11 a.m. For information, call (740) 317-8646.
- June 7-8 - Ohio Valley Frontier Days will bring back many favored performers, including Ohio singer/songwriter Steve Free on June 7 and old-time music player Bill Schilling on June 8. Rich and Kathy Small 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 6-12.
- 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. Pupils 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.
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.
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 will perform at the Benedum Center
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 coming to 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 coming
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.
'Leading Ladies' at 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 Friday through Sunday 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 plans several shows
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 at Carroll event
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 performs at Cabaret at Theater Square
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. Monday.
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 performs Aug. 11 at the Benedum
PITTSBURGH - Steely Dan will perform Aug. 11 at the Benedum Center.
For tickets, go to www.livenation.com.
Sketch Crawl will take place across Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH -The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces its spring Sketch Crawl throughout downtown Pittsburgh and the North Shore will be held Saturday.
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.
Shakespeare, fencing 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.
Storytelling festival coming to Moundsville
MOUNDSVILLE - Eight talented storytellers and the beauty of Grand Vue Park in Moundsville will come together Friday 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.
Psychic Panic coming to Pittsburgh
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