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September 16, 2010
The Herald-Star

Downhere to

perform at church

WINTERSVILLE - Christian music group Downhere's You're Not Alone fall tour is coming to Crossroads Christian Church at 7 p.m. Oct. 6.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

The performance will feature the band's hits "A Better Way," "The More" and "Unbelievable."

The concert also will feature Rush of Fools and special guest Finding Favour.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Only 800 tickets are available.

To order tickets or for information, call (740) 264-9679.

Free concerts

to be held

FOLLANSBEE - A free concert featuring Twice As Nice, an area group specializing in dance music, will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday at Follansbee Park.

And Pittsburgh oldies band De'ja'vu will perform in a free concert at 6 p.m. Oct. 3.

Attendees should bring lawn chairs.

Knights of

Columbus dance

WEIRTON - The city Knights of Columbus will sponsor a dance from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Knights of Columbus Hall.

De'ja' vu performs classic oldies.

The cost is $20 per couple with casual dress, and a cash bar will be available. Patrons are invited to bring snacks and finger foods. For reservations, call (304) 723-1492.

Rockin' Robots at Science Center

PITTSBURGH - Carnegie Science Center announced today that Rockin' Robots: World Tour, Science on the Road's newest science education program developed and presented in partnership with California University of Pennsylvania, will debut in October.

Rockin' Robots: World Tour, conceived and developed by Science Center education specialists, is a high-energy, interactive multimedia show that incorporates a series of large-scale demonstrations and interactive experiences all about robotics. The program takes students on a whirlwind journey across the globe to discover robots hard at work in factories, hospitals and homes as they design and deploy a heroic band of 'bots to help humanity.

The show features a childlike animatronic robot named Quasi, developed by Interbots, a local robotics company. Quasi will appear as a robot educator throughout the program. His sidekick, Rosie Rivets, is a working Amatrol Pegasus II robot arm. Using virtual simulation software students will be able to control Rosie's movements on stage to crush cans, play musical instruments and perform a telesurgery game. Additional components include video of Cal U's Climb-Bot rope-climbing robot and a series of robotic toys and flying gadgets created by Wow Wee Robotics, among others.

Rockin' Robots: World Tour will be available to schools beginning in October. Schools can call to book now at (412) 237-3374. Capacity for one show is 250 students, and each program runs about 45 minutes. Schools also can add Adventure Stations, which allows students to get even more hands-on with content they learned in the assembly program.

McAdams to show artwork

ST. CLAIRSVILLE - Chillicothe artist Margaret McAdams will be exhibiting her work at Ohio University Eastern Campus' art gallery Saturday through Oct. 27.

The exhibit, Ancient Mysteries and Majesties, will showcase her talents in photography, drawings and painting.

According to McAdams, "the photographs, drawings and paintings in this exhibit comprise a selection of images produced through a 10-year study and exploration of Neolithic stone sites and old growth forests. Throughout time, humans have used stones to make tools and shelters and to mark sacred spaces and burial chambers. The symbolic significance of stones is seen in Native American, Peruvian, Columbian, Australian aborigine, Indian European and ancient Egyptian folklore and artifacts."

The McAdams exhibit also features gelatin silver prints of megalithic sites and photography of trees in California, North Carolina, Ohio, Martha's Vineyard, England, France and Nova Scotia.

"For many years, I have included trees or parts of trees in my artwork - from paintings and drawings to photographs and installations," she said. "Trees manifest both the strength and fragility of nature and suggest power and immortality. Within the photographs, trees are powerful visual art forms - naturalistically, symbolically, and aesthetically. To me, they are metaphors for ourselves."

The Ohio University Eastern Campus art gallery is open to the public, and admission is free. The art gallery is on the second floor of Shannon Hall.

For gallery hours or information, call (740) 695-1720.

'Royal Family' to be presented

PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Public Theater opens its 36th season with George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber's comedy "The Royal Family."

Presented by First Niagara and directed by Ted Pappas, "The Royal Family" runs Sept. 30 through Oct. 31 at the O'Reilly Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater's home in the heart of downtown's Cultural District. For tickets, call (412) 316-1600 or visit

Written in 1927, "The Royal Family" is set in the deluxe New York apartment of the Cavendishes, a fictional family of actors who resemble the legendary Barrymores. The play takes us into the lavish lifestyle of these Roaring '20s theatrical superstars, whose outrageous behavior is matched only by their love for their work.

The cast of 15 is led by Helena Ruoti as Julie, the reigning first lady of the stage. David Whalen plays her brother Tony, the swashbuckling film idol of the day, and Jenny Sterlin (Lady Bracknell in "The Importance of Being Earnest") returns as their mother, the theatrical trouper Fanny.

Comic Brian Regan to appear

PITTSBURGH - Critics and peers agree - Brian Regan has distinguished himself as one of the premier comedians in the country.

The comic will be appearing at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Benedum Center. The perfect balance of sophisticated writing and physicality, Regan released two critically acclaimed hour Comedy Central specials and DVD's in as many years - "The Epitome of Hyperbole" in 2007 and "Brian Regan Standing Up" in 2008.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday and are available at; by calling (412) 456-6666; or by stopping by the Theater Square box office.

Cawthons set

to perform

WHEELING - The Cawthons will be the featured artists during Tuesday's Up Close in Concert at the Vineyard Cafe.

The evening begins with open mic from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., followed by Linda Dickenson from 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and concluding with the Cawthons from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Dickenson is a solo contemporary Christian singer and also is part of the worship team of East Richland Friends Church in St. Clairsville. Her music ministry is called A Joyful Ministry.

In 1990 Tim Cawthon and his wife Liz started 4 HIS Glory Ministries. The duo performs contemporary Christian music including Southern gospel and a modern, country style. In addition to singing he is an ordained minister with the Church of God, Cleveland, Tenn. In the past 10 years they have produced 10 albums, and the couple's ministry has taken them to churches of all denominations throughout mostly the Eastern and Southern United States and more recently to Africa. The home base for their ministry is Moundsville.

The Vineyard Cafe features both Christian and secular live music every Tuesday from 7 p.m to 9:30 p.m. The cafe is in the Wheeling Vineyard Church, 647 Warden Run Road. For information, visit

Gallery crawl in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and its Department of Education and Community Engagement light up the Cultural District with the free and festive Gallery Crawl and Festival of Lights from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 1.

This open house showcases an array of activities throughout the Cultural District with the trademark, eclectic mix of visual art, dance music and more. The Gallery Crawl is part of the 10-day celebration of the Allegheny Regional Asset District's RADical Days.

Spotlight events include the Eastern United States premiere of "Longplayer" as part of the Audio Space exhibit at Wood Street Galleries, the opening of the Festival of Lights at various locations throughout the district and an outdoor performance of Middle Eastern music, spoken word and a belly-dance jam in Katz Plaza.

All Gallery Crawl events are free and open to the public. For information and a map, visit or call (412) 456-6666.

Spalding coming to Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents Esperanza Spalding at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Byham Theater.

Spalding's current tour features music from her current release, "Chamber Music Society." Inspired by her classical training, "Chamber Music Society" brings a modern chamber music sound that combines spontaneity and intrigue of improvisation with sweet and angular string trio arrangements. Her latest recording brought her a nomination for Up and Coming Jazz Artist of the Year (2010) by the Jazz Journalists Association.

Tickets range from $20.75 to $37.75 and may be purchased at the box office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave.; online at; or by calling (412) 456-6666.

Brooke to host comedy hypnotist

WELLSBURG - Imagine taking a dream vacation to Hawaii, driving in the car of your dreams or even winning the lottery - all in one night.

This is what will happen at 7 p.m. Oct. 1 as Brooke High School will present Jason Linett, a nationally known comedy hypnotist who will perform one show as a fundraiser for the high school drama club.

"The hypnosis show combines the fun of audience participation with the incredible abilities of the mind," said Linett. "It's the ultimate reality show."

Audiences can expect to see willing volunteers rapidly induced into a hypnotic trance and then given funny suggestions.

"I don't embarrass the volunteers, and I don't even let them embarrass themselves," Linett added.

Some of Linett's favorite suggestions during the show include turning himself invisible and turning volunteers into celebrity impersonators. Linett has performed at schools, comedy venues and corporate events across the country.

"Fundraising events are always my favorite," he said. "There's no better feeling than putting on a show that a school can be proud to present and helping students raise the funds for a great cause."

The clean, family-friendly show will be presented in the auditorium of Brooke High School. Tickets are on sale now in the school's main office for $8, with proceeds benefitting the school's theater students. Tickets also will be available at the show.

Jason Linett is a certified hypnotist with the National Guild of Hypnotists, the largest hypnotherapy organization in the world.

He is also the author of nearly a dozen self-help audio hypnosis programs ranging from weight loss to smoking cessation. For information, go to

Role sought for 'Annie'

HOPEDALE - Hope Players Executive Director Andrew Pelegreen III is looking for a new "Rooster" Hannigan for the players' upcoming production of the Charles Strouse-Martin Charnin-Thomas Meehan family musical "Annie," to be presented at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5-6 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 7 at Harrison East Elementary School in Hopedale.

"The actor we cast originally as Rooster had to drop out for work-related reasons," Pelegreen said. "We need an actor who can sing, play a charming but deadly con man, and work well with a cast of adults and children."

Pelegreen, who's directing the show, said "I'd like to fill the part of Rooster as soon as possible, as we've already started blocking the actors' movements and teaching them the songs."

Any interested actor should call Pelegreen at (740) 937-2629.

Hopedale Players to host show

HOPEDALE - The Hope Players will have a full program of 26 acts for its first variety show to be presented at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at Harrison East Elementary School.

The box office will open at 7 p.m. Baked goods and other refreshments will be on sale at intermission.

According to Hope Players Executive Director Andrew Pelegreen III, the acts for the variety show will include singers, musicians, singer-musicians, dancers and a storyteller.

Pelegreen noted that soloists performing one number each include Susan L. Stepputtis on piano with Rachmaninoff's "Prelude, Opus 3, Number 2"; Sara Moro singing Barlow Girl's "Enough"; Drummer Shawn Losey on "Box Train Running"; and Megan Barcroft cheering and dancing to 17 Candles' "Stay Gone."

Other soloists are storyteller Doug Potts with "The Three Bears"; trumpeter Dhaval Pea with Elvis Presley's classic "Can't Help Falling in Love"; vocalist Catherine Losey with a song to be announced; and Frank Gregory singing a medley of classic 1950s and '60s popular songs.

Pelegreen said several individuals will be performing two numbers. Bagpipe virtuoso Max Hall will play "Sougon" and "Amazing Grace." Singer Molly Marrow will perform Taylor Swift's "Our Song" and Christina Augilera's "Beautiful." Singer Sarah Marrow will offer her renditions of "Popular" from the musical "Wicked" and Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats." Jordan Strope will sing Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" and Carrie Underwood's "Cowboy Casanova.

Classical pianist Haley McCalister will play Carl Philip Emanuel Bach's "Solfoggietto" and Beethoven's "For Elise."

Cloggers Janet and Janice will dance to Vince Gill's "Oklahoma Borderline" and "Train, Train, Train." The JMJ Dance Troupe will offer its interpretation of Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back" and MC Hammer's "Can't Touch This."

Two other participants in the show will perform separate numbers alone and with others.

Sarah McKibben will offer a piano solo of John Lennon's "Imagine" and will join with Dylan Moore for Three Days Grace's "Never Too Late." Madison McCalister will perform "Night of the Tarantella" on piano and a novelty string art act with Corissa McCalister to "Midnight Story."

Advance tickets for the Hope Players Talent Show are available at the Hopedale Municipal Building from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Tickets purchased in advance are $3 for students and $5 for adults.

If purchased at the door on the night of the show, tickets will be $5 for students and $7 for students.

'Sleeping Beauty' to be presented

WHEELING - Written by Michele L. Vacca, "Sleeping Beauty" is an elegant and amusing 90-minute adaptation of the beloved fairytale and includes a balance of comedy, magic, romance and suspense.

Curtain time at the Towngate Theatre is 7 p.m. Sept. 24, 25 and 30 and Oct. 1-2. A 2 p.m matinee will be on Sept. 26. Children ages 10 and younger will be admitted for $10, while adult admission is $12.50. Members of Oglebay Institute receive a discount. For tickets, call (304) 242-7700.

Towngate Theatre is at 2118 Market St. across the street from St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Wheeling's Centre Market district.

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