Seven Springs Resort at Carnegie Science center
PITTSBURGH - Seven Springs will teach kids how to snowboard without the snow at Carnegie Science Center Sept. 6 at its Learn to Snowboard event.
Representatives from the mountain resort will bring to a movable attraction they created to teach kids ages 3-8 how to snowboard - with no snow. Seven Springs snowsports school instructors will be on hand from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to teach lessons at the Science Center's Highmark SportsWorks building.
Seven Springs staff will bring Burton snowboards and boots for the children. Boots will be available in sizes 10-13. Children ages 3-8, who are under 60 pounds, may participate.
Learn to Snowboard is included with general admission costs.
For information, visit www.CarnegieScienceCenter.org or call (412) 237-3400.
postpones 'Anne Frank'
WEIRTON - Striplight Theatre has announced it is postponing its production of "The Diary of Anne Frank" because of unforseen circumstances.
Details on "Diary" and the rest of Striplight's upcoming season will be announced as they become available.
The group will hold a craft and vendor fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Millsop Community Center. The event will include 20 or more vendors, a Chinese auction, ticket-giveaways and costumed actors.
For information, visit www.striplighttheatre.com.
Dark matter discussed at Carnegie Science Center
PITTSBURGH -At the next Cafe Scientifique, visitors can join one of today's foremost pioneers in the study of dark matter and ponder one of the most compelling mysteries of modern science what is the universe made of?
The event will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 1 as Cafe Sci presents the Cosmic Cocktail.
Katherine Freese, a pioneer in the study of dark matter, discusses that question in her newly published book, "The Cosmic Cocktail: Three Parts Dark Matter," which documents the inside story of the epic quest to solve that riddle. Freese, the George E. Uhlenbeck Professor of Physics at the University of Michigan, will speak about that journey.
The known universe's atoms - including bodies, air, and planets make up only 5 percent of all the energy and matter in the cosmos. The rest is unknown, and it's called dark matter and dark energy. Freese recounts the search for dark matter, fusing science with her own insights.
Freese's book will be on sale after the talk, and she'll be available for book signings.
The evening includes time for informal discussion, eating and drinking. Admission is free, and food and drinks are available for purchase. Doors open at 6 p.m.
For information and reservations, visit www.CarnegieScienceCenter.org or call (412) 237-3400.
Finale of BLUE! series
to take place Saturday
PITTSBURGH - Local artist Miss Freddye will bring her blues stylings to Carnegie Science Center Saturday for the final BLUE! performance.
The performance will begin at 1 p.m. in the BLUE! exhibit gallery.
Free with general admission to the science center, BLUE! performances were held every Saturday during July and August.
Miss Freddye started singing gospel in church at age 15 and joined Blues Music Works in 1995. She formed her own band, Blue Faze, in 2002 and has opened for artists such as Kelly Richie, Eden Brent and Bettye LaVette. Some of her influences include Etta James, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald.
The singer - who fuses blues, folk, gospel and classic rock has performed at blues festivals across the region. 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.
Beatlemania Now will play Benedum Center, Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH - Fifty years ago, the Beatles came to America and made their only Pittsburgh appearance at the Civic Arena on Sept. 14, 1964.
Promoter Pat DiCesare, who brought the band to Pittsburgh for its historic performance, will reprise his role by hosting Beatlemania Now! The production is set for 8 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Benedum Center.
This event is presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust in collaboration with Pat DiCesare Productions LLC. Tickets begin at $36.95 and are available at www.TrustArts.org; by calling (412) 456-6666; or in person at Theater Square box office, 655 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust tickets for sale
PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces tickets currently are on sale for its season of events featuring area premieres and returning favorites by national and international performing artists for the 2014-15 Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series.
Music, dance, comedy, theater and more will take place at various venues in Pittsburgh's Cultural District as presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Tickets are available at www.TrustArts.org; by calling (412) 456-6666; or in person at the Theater Square box office, 655 Penn Ave.
New exhibit at SPACE Gallery, Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH-The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the presentation of Public Record,a Pittsburgh Biennial exhibition, on view Sept. 26 through Nov. 9 at the Trust's SPACE and 707 Penn galleries.
An opening reception takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 26 during the Trust's quarterly and 10th-annual Gallery Crawl throughout the Cultural District.
Public Record-a nine-person multimedia exhibition in celebration of Pittsburgh artists-explores love, absurdity, surveillance, gaming and identity. Artists include Rafael Abreu-Canedo, Matthew Biederman (with Aljosa Abrahamsberg, Marko Peljhan, and Brian Springer), Carolina Loyola-Garcia, Paolo Pedercini, Caroline Record, Paul Rosenblatt, Martha Rial, Susanne Slavick and Two Girls Working.
For information, go to www.trustarts.org.
Oglebay offers trip tied to TV show 'Downton Abbey'
WHEELING - The PBS mega-hit Masterpiece series "Downton Abbey" is one of the most widely watched television shows in the world.
Critics are raving about and audiences are captivated by the plot, characters, romance and the costumes.
Area residents have an opportunity to experience a behind-the-scenes look at some of the exquisite fashions from "Downton Abbey" during a study travel trip to Winterthur, the premier museum of American decorative arts in Wilmington, Del.
The two-day, one night trip, presented by the Museums of Oglebay Institute, includes round-trip transportation, two-day admission to Winterthur, admission to the Costumes of Downton Abbey exhibit, a private tour of Winterthur designed for study travel guests, overnight accommodations at the landmark Hotel du Pont, free time to explore the house, gardens and grounds and a Downton afternoon tea buffet at Winterthur.
The Winterthur trip takes place Nov. 8-9. Advanced reservations must be made by Oct. 8. Space is limited.
For information, call (304) 242-7272.
'Murder for Two' leads off
its run Oct. 22 in Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera has announce the Pittsburgh premiere of the original comedy sensation, "Murder For Two," which runs Oct. 22 through Jan. 18 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.
Gladys Knight brings show
to Mountaineer Sept. 13
CHESTER - Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort will feature the legendary Gladys Knight in a soulful performance at the Harv on 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.
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.
Fragments, fractals on display
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.
Trombone Shorty brings
New Orleans to Pittsburgh
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's Nathan Marshall
releases CD, "What Ships are For"
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 Marshall's, 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.
Loretta Lynn coming to Mountaineer
for show on Nov. 8
CHESTER - Country music legend and coal miner's daughter Loretta Lynn will perform Nov. 8 in the Harv at Mountaineer Casino, 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," 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.
'The Glass Menagerie' coming to Pittsburgh
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 through 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.
Lewis, Clark eastern legacy at Fort Steuben
STEUBENVILLE - The Lewis and Clark Expedition, which commemorated its 200th anniversary in 2003-06, 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.
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 coming to Pittsburgh
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
coming to Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH - Comic Kevin James will appear on Oct. 25 at Heinz Hall.
Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo coming to Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort
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.
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 coming to Benedum Center
for Oct. 11 road
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 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 coming to Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort
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 hat set him apart from his contemporaries and amassed 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.
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.
Rascal Flatts, Sheryl Crow coming to pavilion
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
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 - 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.