Author Connie Randolph signing books at mall
STEUBENVILLE - Children's author Connie Randolph will sign books from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Fort Steuben Mall, 100 Mall Drive.
Randolph, a resident of Salineville, will be available to sign copies of her books from the Casper Joe series.
For information, call (405) 458-5642.
'Ring of Fire' continues its
run at PIttsburgh's CLO
PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera's Cabaret's musical hit "Ring of Fire," featuring the music of Johnny Cash, has been extended to Aug. 24.
Tickets start at $34.75 and are available at www.CLOCabaret.com; by calling (412) 456-6666; or visiting the box office at Theater Square.
The cast includes Jay Hitt, a gifted singer/songwriter and accomplished guitarist who last appeared at the CLO Cabaret in "AlwaysPatsy Cline." He was voted best acoustic musician by the readers of Pittsburgh City Paper twice. His song, "Tracy Loves Ray" was named best song in the Canadian Narrative Music Contest, where he also received an honorable mention for "Through The Window."
Nicole Stefonek is a Wisconsin native who holds a degree in musical theater performance from St. Mary's University of Winona, Minn. After graduating and performing extensively throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, she moved to New York City where she wrote and performed for numerous off-Broadway and cabaret venues.
Erika Strasburg is a Carnegie Mellon University graduate making her Pittsburgh CLO Cabaret debut. Other Pittsburgh credits include "A Musical Christmas Carol."
"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 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. "Ring of Fire" 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."
For information, visit pittsburghCLO.org.
Two Bridges band to play
Aug. 23 at Stifel
WHEELING - Newly formed band Two Bridges will bring its toe-tappin' Appalachian soul music to the Stifel Fine Arts Center at 8 p.m. Aug. 23 to kick off the Rockin' the Stifel: Wheeling favorites live music series.
This talented group of musicians writes and performs its own brand of good old roots music with songs and melodies. Band members include Scotty Harkness, Matt Heusel, Clifton Landis, John Kirchner, Alex Peck and Joshua Weir.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling (304) 242-7700.
Lewis and Clark eastern legacy at Fort Steuben
STEUBENVILLE - The Lewis and Clark Expedition, which commemorated its 200th anniversary in 2003-2006, is an important part of American history and remains a popular route for travelers to follow today. Although volumes have been written about the journey, little is mentioned of the eastern legacy - the 273 days of planning, studying and preparing before the group embarked from Illinois for the expedition itself.
Steubenville is part of that eastern legacy as Meriwether Lewis' keelboat was stranded on one of the sandbars that were part of the shallow Ohio River at the time. In his journal, Lewis noted he was able to hire oxen to pull the boat free and that "Stewbenville" was a "small, well-built thriving place." Learn more about the brave men and woman who made that incredible journey more than 200 years ago at the exhibit this month.
For information, call (740) 283-1787 or go to www.oldfortsteuben.com.
Cuban-born artist's works
to be exhibited in?Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH -The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces Cuban-born artist and sculptor Alexandre Arrechea will be in Pittsburgh Aug. 25-26 to discuss his public artwork on view throughout downtown Pittsburgh through Sept. 5.
Three monumental sculptures that are part of Arrechea's series No Limits were installed during the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival in Gateway Center and at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, with support from The Fine Foundation. The events are hosted in partnership with the Pittsburgh Office of Public Art. Reservations can be made online at www.publicartpittsburgh.org or by calling (412) 391-2060, extension 237.
David Gray takes Benedum
stage Oct. 10
PITTSBURGH - Musician David Gray is coming to the Benedum Center for a show on Oct. 10.
For tickets, go to at www.livenation.com.
Comic Kevin James
appearing at Heinz Hall
PITTSBURGH - Comic Kevin James will appear on Oct. 25 at Heinz Hall.
Sunday at Stifel center
WHEELING - Tickets are on sale for the fourth-annual Farm-to-Table event set from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Stifel Fine Arts Center.
Oglebay Institute teamed up with local farmers and chefs to present a farm-to-table culinary tasting event for the public to enjoy fresh, locally grown food and learn about the advantages of buying food locally.
The event features some of the area's top chefs as they use the region's freshest ingredients and their fertile imaginations to whip up delicious menu items. Guests will enjoy tent hopping from chef to chef tasting sweet and savory dishes - all prepared onsite from locally grown food.
Featured chefs and presenters include Matt Welsch of the Vagabond Kitchen; Charlie Schlegel of Ye Olde Alpha; Ami Dodd and Julie Cartright from Wheeling Country Day School; Chris Kefauver and culinary arts students from West Virginia Northern Community College; and Martin Galloway, executive chef at Oglebay Resort. Guests can shop a farmers' market and enjoy live music. Wine pairings with select dishes also are available.
Tickets are $20 per person for general admission; $25 per person, including wine pairings; and $10 for children age 10 and older. Children younger than 10 are admitted free.
Space is limited, and the event has sold out the last three years. To register, call (304) 242-7700.
Pat Benatar, Neil Giraldo coming to Mountaineer
CHESTER - Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort will feature rock duo Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo in a trailblazing performance at the Harv on Oct. 11.
The inimitable rock duo is celebrating its 35th anniversary in music and 32nd year of marriage.
Tickets for the show 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.
Together, Pat Benatar's mezzo-soprano vocal range and Neil Giraldo's trail-blazing work as a guitarist, producer and songwriter have sold more than 26 million albums and charted 19 Top 40 singles including "Love is a Battlefield," "Hit Me with Your Best Shot," "Heartbreaker," "We Live For Love," "Promises in the Dark," "We Belong" and more.
Tickets begin at $25 plus taxes and fees. Reserved seating is available in the first four center rows. 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.
'The Glass Menagerie' coming
to Pittsburgh Public Theatre
PITTSBURGH - "The Glass Menagerie" features the fading Southern belle, Amanda Wingfield; her sensitive daughter, Laura, who collects figurines that catch the light; and their hopes for the Gentleman Caller who comes to pay a visit.
After the recent acclaimed Broadway revival, The Public launches its 40th Anniversary Season of Legends with a new production of Tennessee Williams' classic from Oct. 2 to Nov. 2. "The Glass Menagerie" was the first play ever performed by Pittsburgh Public Theater.
Pittsburgh Public Theater's home is the O'Reilly Theater in the heart of Downtown's Cultural District. Tickets are available at the box office; by calling (412) 316-1600; or online at www.ppt.org/subscribe.
32nd Shaker Woods Festival
under way in Columbiana
COLUMBIANA - Shaker Woods Festival, a nationally recognized craft festival, marks its 32nd year this Saturday and Sunday and Aug. 23-24.
Shopping, food and entertainment are featured during the event. The festival, founded to honor the 18th century Shaker community, will offer more than 200 craftspeople representing artists and crafts from all across the country.
Crafters demonstrate their unique skills without the use of modern conveniences - not even electricity. The diverse crafts include basket weaving, blacksmithing, broommaking, leather work, paintings, pottery, quilts, custom garden stones, plants, toys, jewelry and woodwork. The items for sale range from small miniatures to rooms of custom-made furniture and hand-carved masterpieces. Some of the crafters exhibit only at the Shaker Woods Festival.
The name is derived from the Shaker community, a group of industrious and devout people whose inventions include the washing machine, spinning wheel and flat broom, as well as clothespins and packaged seeds. Shaker furniture is known for its simple, beautiful lines and fine workmanship.
An extensive selection of food also is available, from soups and sandwiches to complete meals - some cooked over an open fire. Snack foods and delicious desserts also are available.
Entertainment, from bluegrass to cloggers, is featured on all three stages throughout the festival.
Darryl Gatlin, a native of Beaver County, returns to Shaker Woods Saturday and Sunday and Aug. 23-24 performing on the Meeting House Stage. The Cedar Valley Cloggers from Wooster will perform on the Simple Gifts Stage on Saturday. Performing on the Meeting House Stage on Saturday and Sunday is Zach Paxson, a country singer/songwriter from northeast Ohio. Black Horse from Washington, Pa., will be featured on the Simple Gifts Stage on Aug. 23. Making his Shaker Woods Festival debut is American country music singer/songwriter Cody Gibson performing Saturday and Sunday on the Garden Stage.
Additional performers and events include Vanessa Campagna, Northwest Territory, Craig Thomas, Blue Shades, Legends of Music, Herb Classes by Jeanette Thompson and caricature artists.
Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Daily general admission tickets are $8 for adults and will be sold at the gate. Children age 12 and younger are admitted free of charge. No pets or alcoholic beverages are permitted on the grounds. Children's strollers are not recommended.
Folk music club
FRANKFORT SPRINGS - The Appalachian Folk Music Club, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving, promoting, playing and teaching Appalachian mountain music, is accepting applications for new members.
The club welcomes folk music enthusiasts. It is not a country music jam session. Only acoustic instruments, such as dulcimers, guitars, fiddles, banjos and autoharps, are played.
The group meets at 6 p.m. Wednesdays at the Frankfort Springs Grange Hall, 1476 state Route 18.
For information, call Alice Whitehill at (724) 573-9109 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes brings show
to Benedum Oct. 11
PITTSBURGH - Progressive rock pioneer band Yes will be coming to the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts on Oct. 11.
For tickets, go to www.livenation.com.
Jackson Browne at the
Benedum Center Oct. 12
PITTSBURGH - Renowned rocker Jackson Browne will be coming to the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts on Oct. 12.
For tickets, go to www.livenation.com.
Travis Tritt has appearance
set at Mountaineer
CHESTER - Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort will feature country superstar Travis Tritt in an unforgettable performance Sept. 27 at the Harv.
Tickets currently are on sale. 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.
Tritt's unique blend of southern rock, blues and gospel led to a sound that skyrocketed his career in the early '90s and carved out his spot amongst the country elite. His outlaw image and conspicuous lack of a cowboy hate set him apart from his contemporaries and amassed him a devoted fan base that continues to fill venues coast-to-coast.
Tritt has experienced wide-spread success in his career with a string of number one hits including "Help Me Hold On," "Anymore," "Can I Trust You With My Heart," "Foolish Pride," and "Best of Intentions."
Tickets are general admission by section and begin at $20 plus taxes and fees. Reserved seating is available in the first four center rows. Tickets can be purchased at www.MOREatMountaineer.com; www.etix.com; in person at the Mountaineer's Players Club; or by calling (800) 80-40-HOT extension 8297.
Gladys Knight coming to Mountaineer Casino
CHESTER - Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort will feature the legendary Gladys Knight in a soulful performance at the Harv Sept. 13.
Tickets for the show are on sale. 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.
Gladys Knight's career has spanned more than five decades, making her a true musical icon and performer. The seven-time Grammy winner boasts No. 1 hits in pop, R&B and adult contemporary and also has made her mark in film, television and live performances.
Georgia-born Knight debuted in 1960 as the front-woman of the band Gladys Knight & The Pips. Their lush harmonies and graceful choreography led the group to achieve iconic status, having recorded some of the most memorable songs of the 1960s, '70s and '80s. Hits such as "Every Beat of My Heart," "Letter Full of Tears," "I Heard it Through the Grapevine" and "If I Were Your Woman" set the stage for an amazing run in the mid-1970s. Gladys & The Pips solidified their status as a first-class musical ensemble with several Top 10 gold-certified singles like "Neither One of Us (Wants to be the First to Say Goodbye)," "I've Got to Use My Imagination" and "Midnight Train to Georgia."
In 1995, Knight earned her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the next year, Gladys Knight & The Pips were inducted into the Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame. In 1997, Gladys Knights & The Pips were honored yet again when presented with the lifetime achievement award from the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame. In 2004, Knight received the lifetime achievement award at the annual BET awards ceremony.
Tickets are general admission by section and begin at $30 plus taxes and fees. Reserved seating is available in the first four center rows. Tickets can be purchased online, at www.MOREatMountaineer.com; and www;etix.com; in person at the Mountaineer's Players Club; or by calling (800) 80-40-HOT extension 8297.
New fitness program at Carnegie Science Center
PITTSBURGH - Carnegie Science Center has unveiled its new live demonstration theater to offer programs related to nutrition, healthy lifestyle choices and physical fitness.
The new theater, called BodyStage, is presented by Allegheny Health Network.
BodyStage replaces the science center's former Kitchen Theater. The space was re-themed, revamped and technologically updated for the transformation to BodyStage. The entrance to the theater has been redesigned to allow for easier access from the galleries and to give the center's theater team the opportunity to go beyond the limits of the room to present science demos in the galleries to visitors from a chance to handle a 5-pound block of "fat" to exploring MRI images or a live microscope image of their skin on an iPad.
All BodyStage shows will be crafted to be enjoyable for all ages and geared to the Next Generation Science Standards for particular grade levels. Whereas Kitchen Theater shows focused on foods, BodyStage will add presentations spotlighting diet, nutrition and exercise; basic anatomy; and medical technology.
All BodyStage shows are free with general admission to the science center. Each day's offerings at BodyStage are listed on the calendar on the science center's website, at www.carnegiesciencecenter.com.
Striplight offers details
on its upcoming season
WEIRTON - Striplight Theatre, in conjunction with the Weir High School Theater Department, has announced the upcoming season.
The season will include "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 in 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.
Jamey Johnson coming
CHESTER - Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort will present the platinum-selling country singer-songwriter Jamey Johnson in an 8 p.m. Saturday 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 are on sale. 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 and begin $20 plus taxes and fees. 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.
Drake and Lil Wayne coming
to First Niagara Pavilion
BURGETTSTOWN - Drake and Lil Wayne will appear at the First Niagara Pavilion Sunday.
Tickets can be purchased at www.livenation.com.
Lady Antebellum show scheduled
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
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.
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
schedule date in?Burgettstown
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.
New laser shows
at Carnegie Science Center
PITTSBURGH - Carnegie Science Center offers a new laser show lineup for visitors of all ages at the Buhl Planetarium, running through Sept. 7.
Back by popular demand, Beatles Anthology brings the British Invasion to Pittsburgh once again with fan favorites including "Twist and Shout" and "Octopus' Garden." New to the Planetarium are Laser Beastie Boys - featuring "Girls" and "Intergalactic" an Laser EDM showcasing artists including Skrillex, Avicii and Deadmau5. In honor of the July 4 celebration, "Spirit of America," a special patriotic laser show, will feature songs from musicians John Fogerty, Garth Brooks and John Mellencamp.
Laser shows at the center offer a range of musical styles and genres, including Laser AC/DC, Laser Michael Jackson and Midnight Floyd a science center staple for decades.
Cost for laser show admission is $2 for members and $8 for non-members. A second laser show or Omnimax ticket can be purchased for an additional $5. For information, go to www.CarnegieScienceCenter.org.
Fleetwood Mac coming
to Pittsburgh for October show
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 on Oct. 14. For ticket, go to www.livenation.com.