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February 17, 2011
The Herald-Star

Music of nature, symphony featured

WHEELING - The Music of Nature: Soundscape Recordings as Art Forms will take place at 7 p.m. today at the Schrader Environmental Education Center, Oglebay Institute.

Presented by nature recordist and photographer Lang Elliot, the presentation will touch on the topic of mixing music with nature sounds.

There will be a collaborative demonstration with a flutist from the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra playing Debussy's "Syrinx" along with a babbling brook and distant wood thrush songs. Elliott is the author of numerous audio guides and books-with-CDs. He also founded, a site dedicated to celebrating the miracle of nature through sound recordings and digital cinematography.

Also at the center will be the Rural Development's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy program at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Led by Jesse Gandee from the United States Department of Agriculture, the program will discuss the renewable energy program, which is conducted through a partnership between the USDA Rural Development office and West Virginia University's Industries of the Future.

The program allows agricultural producers and for-profit small rural business with fewer than 500 employees in designated areas to apply for the energy audits, which are conducted by West Virginia University free of charge.

Programs are free of charge and sponsored by TraDet Laboratories. For information, call (304) 242-6855.

Adam Carolla coming to Byham

PITTSBURGH - Live Nation welcomes Adam Carolla to the Byham Theatre at 8 p.m. March 31.

Carolla has been playing to sold-out audiences on stages all around the country. The show features Adam performing his trademark comedy bits such as "What Can't Adam Complain About" and "Why I Hate L.A." together with a hilarious presentation featuring pictures and video of all the great stories fans have come to love about Carolla and his buddies growing up in North Hollywood.

Tickets are $30.25, $35.25 and $50.25 and are available at and

Tickets also are available at the Theater Square box office and by calling (412) 456-6666.

'Shall We Dance' playing Byham

PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre unveils the premiere of "Shall We Dance" as part of a Gershwin fantasy on March 17-20 at the Byham Theater.

Choreographed by Viktor Plotnikov, "Shall We Dance" will feature Tony Award nominee Ann Hampton Callaway and her band recreating the unforgettable tunes of George and Ira Gershwin.

PBT continues it long-standing commitment to bring world premiere works by ballet's best and brightest choreographers to Pittsburgh audiences with "Shall We Dance."

This contemporary work recalls the glamour and sophistication of a by-gone era through Gershwin favorites, including "I Got Rhythm," "'S Wonderful," "They Can't Take That Away From Me," "Shall We Dance" and others.

Also to be staged is "Hungry Heart" featuring the songs of Bruce Springsteen, including "Darkness on The Edge of Town," "The River," "Secret Garden," "I Wanna Be With You," "A Good Man Is Hard to Find," "Blood Brothers" and "Dancing in The Dark." Opening Night Pre-Performance Cocktail Hour:

Single tickets for "A Gershwin Fantasy" are $20.75 to $90.75. Call (412) 456-6666 or visit

Home and Garden Show planned

WHEELING - The 40th annual Wheeling Home and Garden Show, sponsored by the Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce has a "Think Green" theme this year, suggesting vendors showcase environmentally friendly products or services they may have available for consumers.

The show takes place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at WesBanco Arena in downtown Wheeling.

On hand will be numerous displays from venders selling various household and garden products. For information, call Lisa Mullin, at (304) 233-2575.

Center to feature American music

MIDLAND, Pa. - The Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center will feature songs from Great American Songbook during Stardust - Dances From the Great American Songbook, Feb. 25-27 at the center.

Featuring the music of Gershwin, Porter and Berlin along with the the best of Broadway; a patriotic salute to America; and tribute to the legendary Frank Sinatra, the performance will feature captivating choreography and original song arrangements performed by a red-hot jazz ensemble.

Tickets range $12 to $20 and can be purchased by calling (724) 643-9004 and choosing option 2.

Passes available at Brooke Hills

WELLSBURG - For a limited time golf and mini-golf passes are 20 percent off, while pool passes for $10 off for families and $5 off for individuals.

The offer expires March 31. To purchase passes stop by Brooke Hills Park clubhouse

or call (304) 737-1236.

Chrisagis Brothers to perform show

MARTINS FERRY - Christian contemporary artists Brian and Shawn Chrisagis will be performing from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Holy Grounds Coffee House on Hanover Street in Webster Hall.

This will be the brother's first performance at Holy Grounds Coffee House, and they will be singing songs from their new Grammy-nominated CD "Ransom."

The Chrisagis Brothers will be doing a CD release party in May and working on a tour as well.

They are being distributed by Canadian/American Records and have received raved reviews with this new CD from both the European and the American audiences.

They also will head to Nashville, Tenn., for several bookings and meetings. They are working on a Christmas CD that will be released later in the year and another follow up CD of more contemporary Christian music.

For information, call (740) 859-2344 or go to

Films celebrate black history

STEUBENVILLE - The Historic Fort Steuben and Labelle Neighbors Who Care are proud to present the 2011 Black History Month Film Festival - Black Contributions to American History, highlighting some of the struggles and achievements of African-Americans in U.S. history, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Historic Fort Steuben, 120 S. Third St.

Events include:

A welcome at 11 a.m.

'For Love of Liberty: The Story of American's Black Patriots,' 11:15 a.m. An inspiring saga of black men and women fighting in America's wars, from the Revolutionary War to present day fighting in the Middle East.

'Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice,' 12:15 p.m. A powerful account of Ida B. Wells' brave life and works. Born a slave in Mississippi in 1862, she became a prolific journalist, activist and suffragist who led the nation's first anti-lynching campaign, at 12:15 p.m.

'The Incredible Voyage of Bill Pinkney,' 1:15 p.m. Bill Cosby narrates this adventure story of the first African-American who sailed around the world alone. His voyage lasted 22 month and his ship became a floating classroom for students as they kept in radio contact with Pinkney.

'What Does Trouble Mean: Nate Smith's Revolution,' 2:30 p.m. This 2010 film follows the life journey of an African American laborer and his evolution into a charismatic leader who brought integration of Pittsburgh's construction trade unions in the 1960s.

Commentary and discussion will be led by Rex Crawley, executive producer of the film and assistant dean of communications at Robert Morris University.

'A Great Day in Harlem,' 4 p.m. Around 10 a.m. in mid-August of 1958 an extraordinary group of jazz musicians including Count Basie, Art Farmer, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins and other greats totaling 58 gathered together in New York for a special photo shoot.

Jazz Casuals, 4:30 p.m. This was a 1959 TV series produced and hosted by columnist Ralph Gleason. His love of jazz inspired him to bring jazz into the American home through this series.

The exhibit and film festival are free. However, donations are welcome.

Hope Players stage auditions

HOPEDALE - The Hope Players have scheduled auditions for the classic off-Broadway musical comedy "Nunsense."

Auditions will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Feb. 24 at Harrison East Elementary School. The show will be presented on Friday at 7:30 p.m. May 6 and 7 and 2 p.m. May 8 at Harrison East.

Hope Players' executive director Andrew Pelegreen III will direct the production, with musical direction by Judy Kuryn. Pelegreen noted that those auditioning for "Nunsense" should prepare a song that shows their vocal range.

They may bring a pre-recorded accompaniment or sheet music for live accompaniment. Actors also will read selected passages from the script. Also welcome are those interested in working behind the scenes on scenery construction, lights and sound and musicians who'd like to play in the orchestra for the show.

"Nunsense," with book, music and lyrics by Dan Goggin, follows the adventures of the Little Sisters of Hoboken, who have lost many of their members to some bad soup served by the convent cook, Sister Julia, Child of God.

Because the local board of health insists that the deceased sisters, now being preserved in the convent freezer be buried, the remaining sisters decide to put on a show to raise money for their burials.

The all-female cast includes parts for women of varying ages. The youngest, the novice Sister Mary Leo, wants to be the first nun-ballerina. The order is led by Mother Mary Regina, an ex-circus performer who still craves the spotlight. The second in command, Sister Mary Hubert, the mistress of novices, often feels the need to compete with Mother Regina.

The group also includes the street-wise ex-gang member, Sister Robert Anne, and the child-like Sister Amnesia, who cannot remember anything about her past since a crucifix fell on her head.

Pelegreen noted that this is the second time the players have presented "Nunsense."

The show includes such memorable songs as "Nunsense is Habit-Forming," "Turn Up the Spotlight," "Growing Up Catholic" and "Holier than Thou." "Nunsense" has been adapted for television in a production featuring the late Rue McClanahan, and has spawned six sequels and three spin-offs.

Any questions about auditions or the production should be directed to Pelegreen at (740) 937-2629. For information, go to

Stewart at Vineyard Cafe, Wheeling

WHEELING - Singer-songwriter R. Scott Stewart, will be the featured performer at the Vineyard Cafe's Up Close in Concert on Tuesday.

Stewart will be performing songs from his soon-to-be released CD "Fire of the Sun," released on Rattlefiddle Productions. Several of Stewart's friends and family who collaborated on the CD are expected to be there. Open microphone begins at 7 p.m. and concludes at 8:30 p.m. with the concert beginning a few minutes after.

Stewart's acoustic rhythm and picture-paint lyrics make for a cohesive vision. His music has broad appeal and includes selections that seem to cross genres from classic rock to folk, Appalachian bluegrass to Caribbean reggae.

Each song is personal.

The Vineyard Cafe is on the lower level of The Vineyard Church at 647 Warden Run Road.

For information, visit

Festival planned at Memorial Hall

PITTSBURGH - The Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum will be hosting its first African-American Heritage Saturday in cooperation with the Henry Highland Garnet Society.

The museum and event will be open free to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with various programs scheduled throughout the day.

The goal of this event is to educate the public and raise community awareness of regional African American heritage during the Civil War era.

The programs will begin at 10 am with a performance by Soldiers and Sailors 6th Regiment United State Color Troops Drum Corps Youth Re-enactors. African-American boys and girls ages 12-18 can participate in the program.

The students attend weekend meetings at Soldiers and Sailors to learn about the African-Americans in the Civil War, receive military drill training and become skilled at playing the fife and/or drums.

At 11:00 am, the monthly "My Dearest . . ." Thoughts from the Front: Dramatic readings with the theme of African Americans from all eras of history will begin with a historical reading of excerpts from Henry Highland Garnet's speech in response to the Emancipation Proclamation.

The Garnet reading will be done by John Ford, Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum historian, and will be followed by additional readings by actors from Theatre Sans Serif.

Ron Gancas, organization president and author of "Fields of Freedom: United States Colored Troops from Southwestern Pennsylvania" will follow at noon with a lecture and book signing. At 1 p.m. the Henry Highland Garnet Society will begin its program which will include opening and closing prayers and lectures by various historians.

Throughout the event, guided tours of the Slave to Soldier Exhibit will be given, to include a look at the unveiling of new materials from the John Ford Collection including a newspaper article from The World New York covering the Emancipation Jubilee and the speech made by Henry Highland Garnet. This historical display, focused on the African American's experience from service to servitude, travels along a timeline from enslavement, abolition, the Underground Railroad and ends with a look at the black soldier and black veteran.

For information, call (412) 621-4235 extension 206 or e-mail

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