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April 7, 2011
The Herald-Star

Knife, gun show in St. Clairsville

ST. CLAIRSVILLE - The fourth-annual National Pike Knife Club-sponsored Knife and Gun Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 16 at the J.B. Martin Center at the old Belmont County Fairgrounds.

Dealers will be on hand to buy, sell, trade and display knives, modern and antique firearms as well as crafts and collector's items. Admission is $3, and no one younger than 18 will be admitted without an adult. Children younger than 12 will be admitted free with adult. A food stand will be available, and 8-foot tables are being rented for $20. For table rental or show information, call (740) 757-2503; (740) 757-2540; or (740) 425-1391.

Wine and art at Stifel Center

WHEELING - Great food and great wine come together at 6:30 p.m. April 15 as the Stifel Fine Arts Center presents its annual Art of Wine dinner. Wine aficionado and Oglebay Institute member Walt Smith will lead a tasting of five vintages paired with a five-course meal prepared by one of the Valley's top chefs - Mark Glass of the Bethesda Market.

Guests are invited to explore the Young Guns art exhibition currently on display. Selected wines as well as artwork will be available for purchase. The Stifel Fine Arts Center is at 1330 National Road.

Admission is $55 per person. For reservations, call (304) 242-7700.

'Disney in Concert' to debut with PSO

PITTSBURGH - "Disney in Concert" will debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, with performances at 7:30 p.m. April 14, 8 p.m. April 15, 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. April 16 and 2:30 p.m. April 17 at Heinz Hall.

The performance features music, film clips and artist renderings from Disney movies including "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," "Aladdin," "The Little Mermaid," "The Lion King," "Mary Poppins" and "The Pirates of the Caribbean."

Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased by calling (412) 392-4900 or visiting the Heinz Hall or Theater Square box offices.

Pittsburghers saluted at center

PITTSBURGH - Seven distinguished Pittsburghers will be recognized for their exceptional contributions to the history of Western Pennsylvania, the nation and the world as part of the Senator John Heinz History Center's 19th-annual History Makers Award Dinner at 6 p.m. Friday at the Westin Convention Center Hotel.

The annual black-tie benefit dinner honors outstanding men and women whose achievements, while rooted in Western Pennsylvania, transcend geographical boundaries.

This year's honorees include J. Brett Harvey, business and industry; Michael Keaton, entertainment; Judge Justin M. Johnson and Judge Livingstone M. Johnson, government; Gerald E. McGinnis, innovation; Herbert W. Boyer, science and research; and Swin Cash, sports.

Tickets are $250 for friend sponsors and $500 for patrons. For tickets, call Alexis Tragos at (412) 454-6404 or e-mail For information, visit

Playhouse plans play auditions

WELLSBURG - The Brooke Hills Playhouse's auditions Saturday at Brooke High School's auditorium will give actors the opportunity to try out for a classic Neil Simon comedy, a hit Broadway musical and a ghost story from the creator of "Peter Pan."

Auditions will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday for the Rebecca Feldman-William Finn-Rachel Sheinkin-Jay Reiss musical comedy "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," directed by Russ Welch of Wellsburg. The show's script calls for three male and three female students and one female and two male adults.

Actors will be taught a song from the show and will read selected passages from the script.'

The musical will be performed at 8 p.m. June 16-19 and 23-25 and 2 p.m. June 26.

Auditions for J.M. Barrie's wise and witty ghost story "Mary Rose" will begin at noon under the direction of Charles Calabrese of Wintersville. The cast includes five men and three women. Most cast members will speak with British accents. One male will employ a Scottish accent, and a second male will use an Australian accent. Actors will read selected passages from the script during auditions. "Mary Rose" will be performed at 8 p.m. June 30, July 1-3 and 7-9 and 2 p.m. July 10.

Auditions for Neil Simon's classic comedy "The Odd Couple," directed by Michelle Turner of Wintersville, will start at 2 p.m. Saturday. The script calls for six adult men and two adult women of various ages. Actors will be asked to read selected passages from the script. The play will run at 8 p.m. June 2-5 and 9-11 and 2 p.m. June 12.

When filling out audition forms, actors should be prepared to list any conflicts they have with rehearsal or performance dates and times.

Anyone unable to try out at the scheduled times Saturday may make other arrangements by calling Julia Barnhart at (304) 737-1301 through Friday and leaving a message.

Auditions for the last three plays of the Brooke Hills season are scheduled for April 30 at the Brooke High School auditorium. They begin at 10 a.m. for Charles Morey's comedy about a summer stock company "Laughing Stock," directed by Diana Mendel.

Tryouts continue at noon for Mendel's original play for young actors, "bf F?" directed by Barnhart.

The final auditions on April 30 will be for Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's musical "Into the Woods," directed by Nick Taylor. Mendel, Barnhart and Taylor.

The playhouse is offering patrons the opportunity to purchase advance season discount coupons. New this year, season ticketholders can choose among four plans and will have priority seating and be eligible for discounts on other arts council events.

Details about the discount plans are available at, where patrons also may order tickets online.

Brooke Hills Golf Course to open

WELLSBURG - The Brooke Hills Golf Course is set to open in early April, weather permitting.

Golf passes are 20 percent off, and passes can be purchased at the Brooke Hills Park clubhouse or by calling (740) 737-1236.

Mike Lilly at

Vineyard Cafe

WHEELING - Local singer, musician and songwriter Mike Lilly will be the featured artist Tuesday at the Vineyard Cafe.

Open mic is from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with the concert immediately after.

Lilly's first time playing at the Vineyard Cafe was at a writers' workshop, and he's been a regular ever since. Some of his original music has had airplay on WOVK-FM, and one of his songs, "Home for Christmas," has made its way all the way to Iraq and Afghanistan. His two favorite venues are the Vineyard Cafe and the Artworks Coffee House.

Last spring he opened for D. David Stiles. Tuesday will be his first appearance at Up Close in Concert.

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

For information, visit

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