Summer concert today at Holy Grounds Cafe
MARTINS FERRY - Holy Grounds Cafe will offer three summer concert events in June, July and August.
Set for the third Thursday of each month from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Holy Grounds will feature four or five musical acts each performing a 25-minute set. These musicians have all played at Holy Grounds Cafe throughout the year.
David and Lisa Buckingham run Holy Grounds Cafe as an outreach ministry of Grace Church. The first concert is set for today, and doors open at 7 p.m.. Musical acts include Mark Carpino and Rose Smith, Spirit and Grace and Stevie Lynn. Christian band Cross Vision will perform a 50-minute set to close out the evening by 9:30 p.m.
Hot and cold drinks and a variety of snacks are available for a minimal donation. As part of the House Blend Summer Series, there will be grilled hot dogs and homemade desserts. There is also a pool table and free WiFi. Holy Grounds Cafe is at 410 Hanover St. For information, call (740) 633-2699.
Bluegrass festival July 10-12,
July 31 and Aug. 1-2 in Hopedale
HOPEDALE - Mickey's Mountain Bluegrass in the Hills will be presenting its first of three summer festival starting today through Saturday.
The July festival will be July 10-12, and the August festival will be July 31 and Aug. 1-2. Nationally known bands that will be performing in June will include James King Band, Remington Ryde, Bluegrass Brothers, Phillip Steinmetz, Matt Efaw, the Stevens Family, Kody Norris, Joe Williams, and the Wayfarers. For information, go to www.mickeysmtn.com or call (740) 391-5631.
Take a look at 'Virginia Woolf's
PITTSBURGH - The Unseam'd Shakespeare Co. presents "Virginia Woolf's Orlando," adapted by Sarah Ruhl and directed by Robert C.T. Steele at 8 p.m. today and Friday and 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Henry Heymann Theatre in the Stephen Foster Memorial, Oakland.
Orlando travels across time, Europe and genders, as the poet wakes one day to find he has become a woman.
Tickets are $15 to $30. For tickets, call (412) 621-0244.
JazzLive enters fourth year in Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust will present El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico as part of the fourth-annual Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival Friday through Sunday in 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 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.
Sharks at Omnimax Theater, Carnegie Science Center
PITTSBURGH - "Great White Shark" explores the animal's place in the public's imagination and fears and in its role at the top of the oceanic food chain.
The creatures pre-date dinosaurs in evolutionary history. They've evolved to regulate their body temperature and give birth to live pups, much like mammals.
The IMAX film, distributed by Giant Screen Films and produced by Yes/No Productions and Liquid Pictures, opens at Carnegie Science Center's Rangos Omnimax Theater - Pittsburgh's biggest screen - on Friday with daily showtimes. The center is at 1 Allegheny Ave. For information, call (412) 237-3400 or go to www.CarnegieScienceCenter.org.
Food expo Saturday at Heinz History Center
PITTSBURGH - The Senator John Heinz History Center will celebrate the region's passion for food at the third annual Hometown-Homegrown, a food expo presented in partnership with GoodTaste! Pittsburgh from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Visitors will be able to sample an assortment of foods from nearly 40 local vendors, from longtime staples such as Wholey's and Soergel Orchards to thriving small businesses like Twirly Girl Baking Co. and the Pop Stop.
Throughout the day, the history center's Weisbrod Kitchen Classroom will host cooking demonstrations with local culinary experts including Superior Motors owner and chef Kevin Sousa, WQED-TV's Chris Fennimore and big Burrito's Bill Fuller.
Hometown-Homegrown will include activities throughout five floors of the history center, including a special presentation on the history of Pittsburgh spirits by Wigle Whiskey, live entertainment, fitness activities in the SmartSteps exhibition and a cookbook exchange.
All Hometown-Homegrown activities and food samples are free for history center members and included with regular admission for non-members: $15 for adults, $13 for seniors 62 and older, $6 for students and children aged 6 to 17 and free for children age 5 and under.
Cooking Demonstrations in the Weisbrod Kitchen Classroom on the third floor include:
- 10:30 a.m., Jared Lordon, Social at Bakery Square;
- 11:30 a.m., Chris Fennimore, WQED-TV, "A Healthy Heritage Cooking Demonstration" sponsored by UPMC Health Plan;
- 12:30 p.m., Kevin Sousa, Superior Motors;
-1:30 p.m., Bill Fuller, big Burrito; and
- 2:30 p.m., Meredith Grelli, Wigle Whiskey "History of Spirits in Pittsburgh."
Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historical Village staff invites the public to participate in the 16th-annual Atlatl Competition Saturday at the museum.
Meadowcroft hosts weekend of atlatl competition
AVELLA - Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village will hold the 16th-annual Atlatl Competition from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at the museum, located at 401 Meadowcroft Road.
Visitors of all ages and skill levels are invited to try their hand at using the atlatl, a spear-thrower used by prehistoric hunters. Prehistoric hunters used the atlatl, a predecessor of the bow and arrow, to launch a spear with force, enabling them to hunt prey from relatively safe distances.
Past atlatl competitions at Meadowcroft have attracted participants from across the country, including a number of world champions. Meadowcroft's Atlatl Competition has been featured in Sports Illustrated.
The World Atlatl Association-sanctioned competition features international standard accuracy competition scoring guidelines and counts toward the association's overall standings. The competition is open to the public and novices are encouraged to participate.
Meadowcroft features a massive rock overhang used by the region's earliest inhabitants for shelter 16,000 years ago. In addition to ancient history at the rockshelter, visitors can step inside a wigwam, pound corn into meal and learn about tools used by American Indians as part of the 16th century Eastern Woodland Indian Village. An open-side log shelter and cabin from the 1770s help to spotlight the similarities and differences between the everyday lives of European settlers and American Indians in the Upper Ohio Valley.
Visitors to the historic village will observe elements of everyday family life in a 19th century Upper Ohio Valley Village, such as watching a blacksmith forge iron or a lesson in a one-room schoolhouse.
Admission is $12 for adults, $11 for senior citizens, $6 for students with valid identification and $6 for children ages 6-17. Children under 5 and history center members get in free.
The Fort Pitt Museum, part of the Senator John Heinz History Center museum system, will bring history to life at Point State Park with living history programs throughout the summer.
Fort Pitt Museum offers living history programs
PITTSBURGH - The Fort Pitt Museum will hold living history programs at Point State Park throughout the summer.
Each Saturday through Aug. 30, visitors can see live musket demonstrations by 18th century re-enactors at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Other Fort Pitt Museum programs with living history components include:
- Artillery at the Forks, Saturday and Sunday. Visitors can learn how artillery affected 18th century warfare at Fort Pitt. As part of the event, a six-person crew will help fire the Fort Pitt Museum's replica 18th-century cannon at select times throughout the weekend.
- Fourth at the Fort, July 4. Visitors can celebrate the birth of our country at the birthplace of Pittsburgh and help local veterans, Boy and Girl Scouts, and elected officials raise a 13-star, 36-foot American flag as part of a special Fourth of July ceremony. Living history demonstrations will include readings of the Declaration of Independence and musket firings throughout the day. In the evening, the Fort Pitt Museum will fire its replica 18th century cannon to kick off the annual fireworks display at Point State Park.
- Fort Pitt Blockhouse: 250th Anniversary Celebration, Aug. 9-10. Visitors will learn how the Fort Pitt Blockhouse, Pittsburgh's oldest existing building, was built 250 years ago. Blacksmith Jymm Hoffman will use a reproduction forge to demonstrate 18th century blacksmithing techniques, while musket demonstrations and cannon firings will be held throughout the day.
All public programs are free with regular museum admission.
Summer CLO season continues with?'Legally Blonde'
PITTSBURGH - The Civic Light Opera presents "Legally Blonde - The Musical," through Sunday.
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.
Upcoming shows include:
- "Footloose," Tuesday through June 29. The is stage adaptation 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. The musical includes lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and is the true story of Eva Peron, who used 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.
Big Sam's Funky Nation part of JazzLive, Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust will partner with Grey Area Productions to present Big Sam's Funky Nation at 9 p.m. Saturday 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.
Queen to be featured at Heinz
PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will present "The Music of Queen" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Heinz Hall.
Featuring conductor/arranger Brent Havens' vision of classic rock coupled with classical music and the vocals of Brody Dolyniuk and a full rock band, the concert wraps the familiar sounds of Queen's music with the support of a full orchestra and the visuals of a live rock concert.
Songs include "Classic Queen," "A Night at the Opera," "Heart Attack" and "A Kind of Magic" and "Bohemian Rhapsody."
The band includes Havens, Dolyniuk on guitar and vocals, Dan Clemens on bass, Powell Randolph on drums, George Cintron on guitar and Bart Kuebler on keyboard. Havens and Dolyniuk were last seen at Heinz Hall for "The Music of Led Zeppelin."
Havens has written music for orchestras, feature films and television. He also worked with the Doobie Brothers and the Milwaukee Symphony, arranging and conducting the combined group for Harley-Davidson's 100th Anniversary Birthday Party Finale attended by more than 150,000 people.
Havens is arranger/guest conductor for seven symphonic rock programs "Music of Led Zeppelin," "Music of the Doors," "Music of Pink Floyd," "Music of the Eagles," "Music of Queen," "Music of Michael Jackson" and "Music of The Who."
Tickets, ranging in price from $25 to 75, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at (412) 392-4900 or visiting pittsburghsymphony.org.
Christian artist Jason Crabb coming to Steubenville
STEUBENVILLE - Jason Crabb, one of Christian music's most celebrated artists, will perform at Steubenville High School at 6 p.m. Sunday.
Presented by Muse Concerts and sponsored by Feed the Children, the show promises to be a night of music, musicianship and ministry featuring Crabb and his band at the auditorium at the high school, located at 420 N. Fourth St.
Crabb is a vocalist, musician, author, actor and host who refuses to be defined by one genre.
In 2012 he walked away with not only male artist of the year at the GMA Dove Awards, he took home artist of the year as well, winning 21 Dove Awards throughout his career, not to mention the Grammy he took home in 2010. His most recent project, "Love is Stronger," was released in 2012 and co-produced by Rascal Flatts members Jay DeMarcus, Ed Cash and Wayne Haun.
Tickets for are $15 for general admission; and $25 for gold circle and can be purchased at Starkdale Presbyterian Church, 4600 Sunset Blvd.; by phone, at (855) 223-1008; or online at www.jasoncrabb.com or www.museconcerts.com. All tickets purchased online will include a per-ticket convenience fee. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 5 p.m.
Arts workshop at Summit Art Gallery, Weirton
WEIRTON - The Summit Art Gallery will host its first art workshop 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. June 27 under the direction of artist Mike Swartzmiller.
During the extravaganza, participants will be provided with everything they need - acrylic paints, brushes, tables - to create their very own canvas masterpiece.
The Hancock County Arts Council will provide everything except for adult beverages and snacks those attending would enjoy while they paint. Those attending must be 21 years of age. Tickets for the event are on sale for $35 and can be purchased at the gallery or by calling (304) 797-7001; or (304) 797-7003. Availability is limited.
This workshop is the first in a series planned by the Hancock County Arts Council. The art council's mission is to promote the arts and arts awareness throughout Hancock County and the Tri-State Area.
The Summit Art Gallery is 3393 Main St. For information, go to www.TopofWV.com; the Summit Art Gallery Facebook page; or call Nancy Wright, at (304) 670-2145; Joyce Beatty at (304) 374-7278; or Swartzmiller, at (304) 670-5563.
Striplight troupe announces season
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.
"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.
Symphony will honor Hamlisch
PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will honor Marvin Hamlisch during the world premiere of "Play It Again, Marvin! A Marvin Hamlisch Celebration" at 8 p.m. June 28 at Heinz Hall.
Hamlisch won several Oscars, Emmys, Grammys and a Tony Award for his work on "The Way We Were," "A Chorus Line," "Ice Castles" and "The Sting."
This new multimedia concert, produced by writer and pianist Kevin Cole, celebrates the "People's Composer" and gives the audience an insider's view into Hamlisch's life through song, private family videos and personal memories.
"The reason I am doing the world premiere with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is because not only is it one of the greatest symphonies on the planet, but a huge part of Marvin's heart remains in Pittsburgh," says Cole, who was granted unprecedented access to Hamlisch's personal and professional archives.
Hamlisch's friends - Broadway sensation Brian d'Arcy James, London West End star Maria Friedman, multi-Grammy Award winner Sylvia McNair, conductor J. Ernest Green and Cole, Hamlisch's favorite pianist, are featured in the production.
Tickets, ranging in price from $40 to 105, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at (412) 392-4900 or visiting pittsburghsymphony.org.
Amateur art featured
PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the opening of "The Takeaway: Made With Love," an exhibition of nearly 100 amateur artworks handpicked from thrift store collections across several states with an opening reception from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 11 at 937 Liberty Ave.
The exhibition, organized by Robert Raczka, will be on display July 11-Aug. 1.
Throughout the run of the exhibition, visitors are able to enter into a free lottery for a chance to take home their favorite piece from the show.
Raczka purchased the exhibition's artworks - paintings, hand-knit afghans, handmade ceramics and objects crafted in wood - for their aesthetic appeal and all-around interest, though they are artworks not generally presented in a fine art context. Among the works included are painted landscapes, pet portraits, spiritual imagery and a wood mosaic Mayan calendar.
Raczka uses the exhibition budget, generally reserved for shipping and materials, to buy the art in thrift stores while exercising his curatorial eye. He sees the distribution of the artwork to the audience through a free lottery as a gift from the gallery as well as from himself.
"I have a genuine appreciation for amateur art at its unselfconscious best, and I wanted to share that with the audience," Raczka said. "I had noticed that when someone is in an art gallery contemplating a purchase, they really look closely and think about the art. I have found that if the audience feels that they might end up taking the art home, they consider it more deeply."
At the conclusion of the exhibition, Raczka will select the winners at random, who will be notified and able to pickup their artwork at the closing party from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 1, with an additional pick-up time from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 2.
This is the forth in a series of exhibitions of thrift store art, the first held at Future Tenant in 2008, and combines Raczka's roles as artist and curator. He incorporated ideas artists have been working with in relational aesthetics, or the practice of artist-constructed social experiences where the artist becomes the facilitator rather than the focal point. Raczka's lottery is designed to reconsider and make use of art's social and institutional context and to create a nontraditional social interaction between artist/curator, the gallery and the audience.
Raczka is a Pittsburgh-based artist, writer and curator, and he was a gallery director for 20 years. He earned an master's degree in photography from the University of Florida. His artwork is photography, collage and exhibitions of found objects. In 2013, Raczka curated Crowdsourced at SPACE, featuring 12 artists who included public input - either directly or through suggestions - into their artworks.
Raczka is an art critic for the Pittsburgh City Paper. He is emeritus professor of art at Allegheny College, Meadville, and he recently taught the graduate studio art seminar at Carnegie Mellon University.
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.
Brooke Hills Playhouse presents 'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike'
WELLSBURG - The director of the Brooke Hills Playhouse production of Christopher Durang's Tony Award-winning comedy, "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," promises a show that is "... the kind where you laugh out loud and feel good doing it."
Playhouse veteran Diana Mendel of Wellsburg, the director in question, also recommended the play for inclusion in this summer's 43rd season.
The play will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and June 27-28 and 2 p.m. Sunday and June 29. For reservations, call (304) 737-3344.
"Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" centers around siblings Vanya and Sonia, their movie star sister, Masha, and her latest boy-toy, Spike. Matters are complicated by Cassandra, a maid with psychic powers and Nina, a pretty young actress.
The comedy won the 2013 Tony Award for best play, fitting in with the playhouse's "award-winning season" theme. Mendel said "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" also attracted her because it was " ... contemporary, giving a voice to the present, rather than being some period piece." She added that " ... both the humor and the sadness in the show is touching."
Mendel noted that Durang's comedy has something for every audience member.
"I think we can all relate to family issues, sibling rivalry and losing our connection to the past," she said. "How we have lived our lives and whether we have lived them well are also relatable."
Mendel observed that Christopher Durang does use some profanity in the play, but it is not overdone.
"It is not used throughout the play, but it is there," she said. "But the profanity is not what is key here. The universal messages imparted by the end of the show are why this show received a Tony."
The playhouse's next main stage production will be the John Kander-Fred Ebb-Bob Fosse classic musical comedy, "Chicago," July 11-12 and 18-19 at 8 p.m. and July 13 and 20 at 2 p.m.
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 rest of the season includes Eve Ensler's comedy-drama "The Vagina Monologues," July 25-26; Chris Grabenstein's adventure for young audiences, "Curiosity Cat," Aug. 1-3 and 8-10; "The Congressman," a comedy by W. C. Parker, adapted for readers' theater by Charles Calabrese, Aug. 15-17; and Ken Ludwig's comedy, "The Game's Afoot or, Holmes for the Holidays," Aug. 22-24 and 29-31.
All Friday and Saturday performances will be at 8 p.m., and all Sunday performances will be 2 p.m. matinees.
Patrons may keep up with events by the playhouse and its parent organization, the Brooke County Arts Council, by visiting their website at www.brookehillsplayhouse.com or by going to their Facebook page.
Under the Influence of Music tour coming 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.
Art exhibition planned at 707 Penn
PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the opening of "Some Begins," an exhibition exploring the associative and myth-making capacities of objects and text from the collaborative practice of artists Meg Shevenock and Jamie Boyle with an opening reception from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 11 at 707 Penn Gallery.
The exhibit will be on view July 11 through Aug. 24.
"Some Begins" is a collection of primarily sculptural works that exemplify what Shevenock and Boyle call their "belief in the crazy spirit world of objects."
It is the first exhibition devoted solely to the artists' collaborative practice. Only very briefly, over the past seven years, have the artists lived in the same city. This physical distance between them serves as a crucial layer to their belief in the power of objects, their artistic process, and the works on view in "Some Begins."
Several of the sculptures in the exhibition are arrangements of accumulated materials and objects, which the artists gleaned from daily life in their separate cities. Shevenock and Boyle's separate experiences, reflected in these physical materials and objects, are conflated in these sculptures.
Shevenock and Boyle have created reproductions of some of the objects, recasting them in various forms alongside original artifacts and throughout the exhibition as a means to construct a myth and deepen their materiality and expressive qualities through repetition and repositioning.
"In our initial encounters with these materials, the energy between self and object is palpable, heart-racing, and the ritual of picking items up off the ground feels secretive, like a code that connects us with the past vital lives of the materials now in hand," the artists stated. "Very often, we later find evidence of telepathic connection between objects we separately encounter; for instance, one afternoon we both picked up a pair of nearly identical, wireframe glasses.
"Laughter and a sense of humor are also central to our evaluation - recognition that one is not alone in the world and a true miracle is sometimes evinced through the hilarious or outrageous."
A written text, a collusion of the artists' biographic details, both imagined and real, which they refer to as their "mythography," accompanies the exhibition.
Cultural Trust presents new exhibit at SPACE
PITTSBURGH -The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents the visual art exhibition Cataloguing Pattern, a collaborative meditation on the role of pattern in artistic practice.
The exhibition is on view July 11 through Aug. 31 at SPACE. An opening reception takes place 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 11 during the trust's quarterly gallery crawl throughout the Cultural District.
The exhibition, guest organized by Kristen Letts Kovak, investigates the links between visual, perceptual and cognitive patterning, and it features more than 50 artworks by nine artists. Each artist chose one aspect of patterning to investigate: seriality, rhythm, rehearsal, behavior, permutation, morphology, expectation and repetition.
SPACE is at 812 Liberty Ave. For information, go to www.TrustArts.org.
'Gladiator Live' score coming
PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra presents "Gladiator Live" at 7:30 p.m. July 12 at Heinz Hall.
"Gladiator Live" brings Ridley Scott's Oscar-winning sword-and-sandals film to U.S. concert halls for the first time. Winner of five Academy Awards, the film's score, by Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard, is a recognizable soundtracks.
Featuring vocalist Clara Sanabras and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Symphony will perform the score while Gladiator plays overhead in high-definition on the big screen.
Sanabras has been featured on soundtracks for "The Hobbit," "The Hunger Games," "Snow White and The Huntsman," "For Greater Glory," "The Lord of The Rings in Concert" and "Gladiator in Concert."
Born in France, raised in Barcelona, now a Londoner, Sanabras sings and accompanies herself on baroque guitar, Indian harmonium, oud and charango. Classically trained as a singer and pianist at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Conservatori Superior del Liceu Barcelona, she has worked in the fields of early music, world music, jazz, folk and contemporary and now writes her own music.
Since she debuted in 2006, with the album "Clara & The Real Lowdown," produced by producer and composer Harvey Brough, they've recorded another two albums: "Hopetown House" featuring the Real Lowdown, a collective of the London folk, jazz and world musicians, and "The Emblem," released in February 2012. With her latest album, she returns to her roots with an elegy to exile, told in Spanish, Catalan, French and English. "Scattered Flight: Songs of Spanish Exile" features Eliseo Parra, Cobla Sant Jordi and The Elysian Quartet, and is produced by Harvey Brough and recorded by Peter Schwier.
The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, a chorus of 120 which includes a 20-voice professional core, sings oratorio, opera, Broadway, folk and symphonic repertoire. Founded in 1908, the choir is Pittsburgh's oldest continuously performing arts organization.
Tickets available for $25 to $90, are on sale now and can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at (412) 392-4900 or visiting pittsburghsymphony.org.
SNL alumni coming to Mountaineer
CHESTER - Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort will host Veterans of SNL: Rob Schneider, Jon Lovitz and Tim Meadows in a show July 19 at the Harv.
Known for his trademark blend of character and comedic acting, Emmy-nominated actor Schneider has had a long and multifaceted career as a stand-up comedian, director, producer and writer. His longtime relationship with Adam Sandler and Sandler's production company, Happy Madison, has cultivated many comedic hits for Schneider, including "50 First Dates," "Eight Crazy Nights," "Little Nicky" and "Mr. Deeds." He has co-written and starred in "Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo," "Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo," "The Hot Chick" and "The Animal." Other film credits include "Shark Bait," "The Waterboy" and "Big Daddy."
With his unique voice and characters, Emmy-award winning comedian Lovitz has made an impression on the comedy industry. His successful run on "Saturday Night Live" included many well-known characters, including "Tommy Flanagan of Pathological Liars Anonymous," "Master Thespian," "Hanukkah Harry" and "the Devil." He has appeared several movies including "Big," "A League of Their Own," "The Wedding Singer," "High School High," "Small Time Crooks" and "Rat Race." He also has been featured in the voice-overs of many animated features, such as "The Simpsons," "American Tale: Fivel Goes West," "Cats and Dogs" and as the lead character Jay Sherman in the acclaimed cult cartoon series "The Critic."
Detroit born-and-raised comedian Meadows is one of the longest-running cast members of "Saturday Night Live." He has crafted some of the series' most memorable characters during his 10 years on the popular late night shows, including "Leon Phelps, the Ladies' Man" and "Lionel Osbourne," host of the fictional public affairs show, Perspectives, as well as impressions of O.J. Simpson, Ike Turner and Sammy Davis Jr. Meadows has also taken to the big screen, playing a high school principal in the comedy "Mean Girls" and recently co-starring with Adam Sandler and Chris Rock in the comedy "Grown Ups." Meadows continues to appear in feature films and is currently in production to reprise his role of Malcom in the SNL alumni ensemble "Grown Ups 2."
Doors will open at 7 p.m.
Tickets for this show are now avialable. Mountaineer now offers a limited number of prime reserved seats for sale in the Harv in the first four center rows. The remainder of Harv seating is general admission by section. Tickets begin at $20 plus taxes and fees. Tickets can be purchased at www.MOREatMountaineer.com; www.etix.com; at the Mountaineer's Players Club or by calling (800) 80-40-HOT, extension 8297.
One Republic coming to First Niagara Pavilion
BURGETTSTOWN - One Republic with special guests the Script and American Authors will perform Aug. 8 at the First Niagara Pavilion.
For tickets, go to www.livenation.com.
Jamey Johnson coming to Chester
CHESTER - Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort will present the platinum-selling country singer-songwriter Jamey Johnson in an 8 p.m. Aug. 16 performance at the Harv.
"You'll see me do a lot of my songs, including my old stuff," said Johnson. "If I have a new song that I want to share, you will hear that. When I'm not doing my songs, I'll be doing everybody else's that I like, from every format."
His 2008 album, "That Lonesome Song," was certified platinum for 1 million in sales, and his 2010 double album, "The Guitar Song," received a gold certification.
In addition, he won two Song of the Year Trophies, for "Give It Away" and "In Color," both from the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association, and has received six Grammy nominations.
In 2012, the Alabama native released his fourth studio album, a tribute to late songwriter Hank Cochran.
The Grammy-nominated "Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran" paired him with Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Ray Price, Elvis Costello, George Strait, Vince Gill and Merle Haggard. In 2013, the Nashville Scene's 13th-annual Country Music Critics' Poll named it the year's best album.
Tickets for the show currently are on sale. Mountaineer Casino now offers a limited number of prime reserved seats for sale in the Harv in the first four center rows.
The remainder of Harv seating is general admission by section and begin $20 plus taxes and fees.
Toby Keith coming to First Niagara Pavilion
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.
Steely Dan coming to Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH - Steely Dan will perform Aug. 11 at the Benedum Center.
For tickets, go to www.livenation.com.
Pittsburgh CLO staging 'Ring of Fire'
PITTSBURGH The Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera announced the musical hit "Ring of Fire" 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.
In "Ring of Fire," performers and musicians will pay homage to Johnny Cash's music and the strength, humor and honesty that made Cash an acclaimed songwriter and storyteller. It features more than 30 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."
Drake, Lil Wayne coming to First Niagara Pavilion
BURGETTSTOWN - Drake and Lil Wayne will appear at the First Niagara Pavilion Aug. 17.
Tickets can be purchased at www.livenation.com.
Lady Antebellum show set at 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.
Kiss, Def Leppard to rock First Niagara Aug. 24
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.
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.
Rascal Flatts, Sheryl Crow coming to First Niagara
BURGETTSTOWN - Rascal Flatts, along with special guests Sheryl Crow and Gloriana, will be appearing Sept. 6 at the First Niagara Pavilion.
For tickets, go to www.livenation.com.