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January 6, 2011
The Herald-Star

Vatican Splendors exhibition closes this weekend

PITTSBURGH - The Senator John Heinz History Center is preparing for the final days of its record-breaking international exhibition, Vatican Splendors: A Journey through Faith and Art. The 10,000-square-foot exhibition will close Sunday.

This is the final opportunity for visitors to experience 2,000 years of art, history and culture, featuring nearly 200 unique items from the collections of the Vatican and including works by Michelangelo, Bernini, Giotto, and Guercino.

To ensure that as many visitors as possible have an opportunity to see the exhibition, the History Center is offering extended hours during the final week. Vatican Splendors will remain open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. until Sunday.

Tickets are $20 for adults (age 13 and older); $17 for seniors (age 62 and older) and students; and $13 for children ages 6-12. Children younger than 5 are admitted free.

Tickets may be purchased online at; or by calling 1-888-5VATICAN; or at the Heinz History Center box office at 1212 Smallman St. in the Strip District during museum hours.

The Catch Blues Band at The

Vineyard Cafe

WHEELING - On Tuesday, the Catch Blues Band will be featured at Up Close in Concert at the Vineyard Cafe.

The evening begins at 7 p.m. with open mic and concludes with the Catch Blues Band at 8:30 p.m.

The Catch Blues Band consists of London Stadler on bass, guitar and vocals; Kevin Brosh on keyboards, percussion and vocals; Johnny Lemmon on drums and vocals; and band leader Mike Roeder on lead guitar and vocals. Roeder is also the composer of many of the original tunes performed by the band.

Last year the band signed a three-CD deal with Electron Glide Records. It has two CDs to its credit and are working on a third.

The Vineyard Cafe is at the Wheeling Vineyard Church, 647 Warden Road, Wheeling. For information, go to or call (304) 224-1782.

Show to

benefit 4-H

WELLSBURG - Mystery Theatre Unlimited will present a dinner theater show Jan. 22 at Staffileno's on the River, with a portion of proceeds going to the Brooke County 4-H program.

The group will present "Kill Phil," one of its many satirical murder mystery musicals and suited for adults 18 and older. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $30 each, and reservations should be made by Jan. 14 by calling the West Virginia University Extension Office at (304) 737-3666.

Maceo Parker comes

to Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents R&B funk legend Maceo Parker and his band for a performance at 7 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Byham Theater.

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. To purchase 10 or more group tickets, call (412) 471-6930.

Revered for his impeccable pedigree and leading the world's tightest funk orchestra, the saxophone titan has played with Funk legends James Brown, George Clinton and Bootsy Collins.

Collaborations with Ray Charles, Ani Difranco, James Taylor, De La Soul, Dave Matthews and Red Hot Chili Peppers have introduced him to an exuberant, younger fan base.

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