WELLSBURG - Brooke Hills Park will hold its annual night golf scramble Saturday.
Registration is $50 per player in advance and $60 at the door and includes dinner, cart fees and door prizes donated by area businesses. The event is limited to 24 two-player teams.
For information, call Brooke Hills Park at (304) 737-1236.
at 709 Penn Gallery
PITTSBURGH -The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents Fragments, Fractals: Write It, Print It, Sew It, an exhibition of story quilts by artist Tina Williams Brewer.
The exhibition is on view Sept. 12 through Nov. 16 at the Trust's 709 Penn Gallery. An opening reception and artist talk take place from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 12.
Brewer's 10 quilts-with titles such as Natural Migration, Cosmic Endeavors and Rosetta Stone-tell stories of the natural movement of migration, from a simple view of water migration to a more complicated visual approach to forced migration. The layered, overlapping and decorative imagery is achieved through quilting fabrics that have been printed with Brewer's designs.
709 Penn Gallery is a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. The gallery is at 709 Penn Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District. Gallery. The gallery is free and open to the public. For information, go to www.TrustArts.org.
Cyrille Aimee will perform
during Pittsburgh gala
PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to announce the award-winning, internationally recognized jazz vocalist and recording artist Cyrille Aimee will be the featured performer during the Cultural Trust's Gala Sept. 6 performance being held at the O'Reilly Theater in downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District.
The gala begins at 6:30 p.m. under the stars with a reception and cocktails. Dinner will follow in a tent located at Seventh Street and Penn Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District. Guests will enjoy a private performance by Aimee in the O'Reilly Theater. Complimentary self-parking is available in the Theater Square Parking Garage, entrance on Seventh Street. The gala is black-tie. For information and tickets, contact Denice Shilling, assistant manager of corporate giving, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, at email@example.com or (412) 471-1497.
to play the Byham Nov. 6
PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announced that WYEP and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust will present Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue performing at the Byham Theater at 8 p.m. Nov. 6.
Tickets begin at $45.25 and are on sale at www.TrustArts.org; by calling (412) 456-6666, or by visiting the Theater Square box office, 655 Penn Ave.
New Orleans native Trombone Shorty began his career as a bandleader at a young age, toured internationally at age 12 and spent his teens playing with various brass bands throughout New Orleans and touring worldwide with Lenny Kravitz. He is front man for his own ensemble, Orleans Avenue, a funk/rock/jazz/hip-hop band. Together, Trombone Shorty and the band have toured across the U.S., Europe, Australia, Russia, Japan and Brazil.
WELLSBURG - From the musician who won the 2012 48 Hour Music Video Project award for best music video and the audience choice award for best song, comes indie, folk-rock singer/songwriter Nathan Marshall's first EP album, "What Ships Are For."
Released July 22, "What Ships Are For" takes us into the eccentric and inventive mind of a man who found his soul in the mountains of Tibet, found his humor on the stand-up comedy stages of New York City, found confidence from his time on movie and television sets, found wisdom from his years as a public educator, found humility from his belief in God and found his music in the world surrounding us all.
"What Ship Are For' is an interesting project for me," said Marshall. "I'm really stepping out of my comfort zone and sharing a part of my soul through something I am very vulnerable in, music. As an individual, I want to keep pushing myself to create. However, with this desire to create, one has to go into each new venture realizing that I'm not going to be perfect, but hey, I am going to try stuff."
Marshall teamed up on the EP with some familiar faces, R.J. and Karen Dietrich. The duo, known as Essential Machine, helped Marshall produce his first award-winning song "When I'm Fifty," which has been remastered and released on an official album.
Another familiar face added to the record is music legend Jim Avett, the father of indie folk rock megastars the Avett Brothers. Avett, a friend of Marshalls, helped to write, play and sing on the album's single, "Words from My Father," a song that Marshall's father, Harold Marshall Jr., helped compose.
"I enjoyed working with Nathan trying to find the right lyrics/chords on this tune to say exactly what needed to be said," remarked Avett on the experience.
"Jim is truly one of the great people in this business to learn from," continued Marshall. "He has a pedigree for writing amazing lyrics, and it really was an honor to work with such a great musician and an even better man on my first ever EP."
"What Ships Are For" can be found for purchase on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, CD Baby, Facebook and Bandcamp.
BLUE! series heads to
Carnegie Science Center
PITTSBURGH - Jill West and Gregg Krupa, two members of the Pittsburgh-based blues band Jill West & Blues Attack, will bring their music to Carnegie Science Center Saturday as part of the BLUE! performance series.
The show will begin at 1 p.m. in the BLUE! exhibit gallery. Free with general admission to the center, BLUE! performances are being held every Saturday in August.
Jill West & Blues Attack's musical style has been said to be similar to that of B.B. King, the Vaughan Brothers and Muddy Waters. The group has performed across the Tri-State Area and has opened for many national acts. Lead vocalist West has a dynamic sound range that engages audiences. Krupa serves as lead guitarist and vocalist. He has been compared to Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Clapton, but he really shines when playing original pieces for listeners.
BLUE! runs through Jan. 1 and is included with general admission. The immersive, hands-on exhibit features molded foam blocks of all shapes and sizes, from small enough to use on a tabletop to huge enough to climb on and all blue. For information, go to www.CarnegieScienceCenter.org.
Oglebay to present
Men at Play Sunday
WHEELING - Oglebay Institute is inviting all guys - and girls, too - to the second annual Men at Play Expo from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday outside the Mansion Museum in Oglebay.
The free event includes a variety of demonstrations, workshops and opportunities to explore new hobbies and learn a few new tricks in areas such as archery, fly fishing, outdoor cooking, golf and beer brewing. Vintage race boats and military vehicles will be on display, and a variety of door prizes and drawings will be offered.
Presented by the committee of the Museums of Oglebay Institute as a fundraiser for the museums, Men at Play is designed to be a source of discovery for guys to get insider information, tips and advice from experts and enthusiasts on a variety of outdoor activities and recreational pursuits.
Although the event is titled Men at Play - and activities planned are often considered male-centric - the event is family friendly, and people of all ages and genders are encouraged to participate.
Activities include outdoor cooking, beer brewing, fly fishing and an archery skills clinic. From equipment to stance, grip and the shot, visitors can learn the basics of archery with expert Cabela's outfitters. This clinic is perfect for beginners. Equipment will be provided.
Other activities will include golfing, vintage race boats and military vehicles. Explore the history of American machinery in combat and view an impressive lineup of restored military vehicles owned by local collectors, including vehicles from the Vietnam, Korean and World War II eras.
All activities will take place in the outdoor areas surrounding the Mansion Museum in Oglebay. Admission is free. An event check-in is outside the Mansion Museum, and guests are encouraged to stop by to register for door prizes. For information, call (304) 242-7272.
Loretta Lynn to appear
Nov. 8 at Mountaineer
CHESTER - Country music legend and coal miner's daughter Loretta Lynn will perform Nov. 8 in the Harv at Mountaineer Casion, Racetrack and Resort.
Known for her simple, blue-collar attitude and recognizable delivery, Lynn is one of the greatest country music voices in history and a role model for the women in the industry. Her no-holds-barred attitude comes out in songs such as "You Ain't Woman Enough" and "Fist City." No stranger to controversy, Lynn wasn't afraid to touch on delicate topics of the time, from divorce in the song "Rated X,", to war, covered in the song "Dear Uncle Sam," and female liberation in the song "The Pill," songs that lead to her being banned by many radio stations.
Lynn's tremendous story of being raised in poverty in Appalachia as one of seven children in her musically inclined family can be seen in her film biopic "Coal Miner's Daughter."
It was her creative way of singing about what she was living and having the bravado to sing about things that nobody talked about in public that gave her the steely likeability and charisma that Lynn exhibits every time she steps on stage.
Tickets are general admission by section and begin at $20 plus taxes and fees. Reserved seating is available and is 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) 804-0468 extension 8297.
Mystery Theatre Unlimited to perform at River City
WHEELING - River City Restaurant will host Mystery Theatre Unlimited's final presentation of the comedy murder mystery production "The Pirates of Poughkeepsie" at 7 p.m. Friday.
The dinner theater includes broad comedy, audience interaction and dinner at only $19.95 per person, excluding tax and gratuity.
Written by local playwrights Butch Maxwell and Bert Furioli, the show imagines a band of pirates who have abandoned the high seas and have taken up pillage and plunder on the Hudson River.
But when the effete Lord Culler Brecknell, played by Ryan Sears, tries to capture Jack Narrow, the captain of the Pink Pearl, played by Maxwell, he not only finds himself failing to impress his fiancee, Elizabeth, played by Shannan Noe, but he also sparks a mutiny headed by first mate Barbasol, portrayed by Bert Fuirioli, and his minion, Squeegee, played by Michael Moran. All five are then set upon an adventure to capture the mystical treasure of Montezuma's Revenge.
River City is at 1401 Main St. For reservations, call (304) 233-4555.
Cigar box guitar festival upcoming
TORONTO - Rural, primitive blues meets punk defiance during the Handmade Music Extravaganza, set from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Driftwood Smokehouse and Marina, 1200 N. River Ave.
Channeling the defiant punk spirit of bands such as the Sex Pistols with the rural, raw blues of Mississippi Delta bluesmen such as Charley Patton and Son House, the bands featured at the festival have been drawing bigger crowds every event. The rise in cigar box guitar bands playing a heady brew of cranked, primitive blues has been a revolt of sorts against the current state of pop music. Imagine Bob Dylan fused with a Led Zeppelinesque groove mixed with classic punk rock played on instruments with three and four strings, and a new generation is looking back for inspiration for something entirely new, according to organizers.
The event is a music showcase featuring artists that play cigar box guitars and other handmade instruments along with local art, barbecue, cigar box guitar lessons and beverages. Bands featured include Turchi, Jeff Powers, Lo-Fi Project, Don's Barbershop Presents and Secret Devil Tuning. There is a $2 cover charge. For information, visit the Main Street Gallery in Toronto or go to www.sanercigarboxguitars.com.
Author Connie Randolph signing
books at Fort Steuben 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.
'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 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.
'Ring of Fire' at Pittsburgh CLO
drawing extension to a close
PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera's Cabaret's musical hit "Ring of Fire," featuring the music of Johnny Cash, has been extended to Sunday.
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 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 brings Appalachian
soul sounds to Stifel Fine Arts Center
WHEELING - Newly formed band Two Bridges will bring its toe-tappin' Appalachian soul music to the Stifel Fine Arts Center at 8 p.m. Saturday 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
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.
Exhibit coming to Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH -The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces Cuban-born artist and sculptor Alexandre Arrechea will be in Pittsburgh Monday and Tuesday 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 to
play at Benedum
PITTSBURGH - Musician David Gray is coming to the Benedum Center for a show on Oct. 10.
For tickets, go to at www.livenation.com.
visiting Heinz Hall
PITTSBURGH - Comic Kevin James will appear on Oct. 25 at Heinz Hall.
to play the Harv
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.
Shaker Woods set
for second weekend
COLUMBIANA - Shaker Woods Festival, a nationally recognized craft festival, marks its 32nd year this Saturday and Sunday.
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.
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 takes applications
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 coming to Benedum Center
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 to play Benedum
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 set
for Sept. 27
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.
open at Carnegie
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.
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.
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 Saturday. For tickets, go to www.livenation.com.
Kiss, Def Leppard coming
to First Niagara Pavilion
BURGETTSTOWN - Kiss and Def Leppard are coming to the first Niagara Pavilion in concert Sunday.
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.
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
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 tickets, go to www.livenation.com.