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April 19, 2012
From staff reports , The Herald-Star

Mom 2 Mom Expo at Fort Steuben Mall

STEUBENVILLE - The Fort Steuben Mall will host its fifth-annual Mom 2 Mom Expo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 12 throughout the mall.

More than 30 local businesses are already registered to display their services, all of which cater to area families. In addition to the expo, WCDK-FM will hold its sixth-annual Mother/Daughter Look-Alike contest at the stage in center court beginning at noon. Kurt James Fun and Games will also have bounce houses free for kids to play on from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The mall still is taking reservations for the Mom 2 Mom Expo. Spots are exclusive for at-home business owners, so those interested should call prior to sending a registration form. Registration forms are available, at or the mall's Facebook page. Spaces are $50 and include one 8-foot table, two chairs and advertising for the event. Additional space is available, and spaces with electric are available on a first- come, first-serves basis. The event is sponsored by Fort Steuben Mall, WCDK-FM and the Herald-Star.

For information and to reserve a booth, call Steph McVicker, marketing director, at (740) 264-7781.

Upcoming football exhibit at The Senator John Heinz

History Center, Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - The Senator John Heinz History Center and the Pro Football Hall of Fame tare collaborating on a major exhibition focusing on the history of pro football, from its humble beginnings in the early 20th century to its rise as one of the world's most beloved sports.

Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame will make its national premiere at the History Center from Oct. 6 through Jan. 6 before embarking on a nationwide traveling tour. When it debuts this fall, Gridiron Glory will be the most comprehensive traveling exhibit ever created on America's most popular sport.

Included in the exhibit are more than 200 football artifacts, rare photos and one-of-a-kind documents from the Pro Football Hall of Fame collections, many of which have never been seen outside of the Hall of Fame. Highlights include:

The 1892 Allegheny Athletic Association accounting ledger featuring Pudge Heffelfinger, known as "Pro Football's Birth Certificate"; artifacts from pro football's pioneers, such as Jim Thorpe's Canton Bulldogs sideline blanket, Knute Rockne's 1919 helmet, Red Grange items from the historic 1925 Chicago Bears barnstorming tour, Johnny "Blood" McNally's canvas football pants, Sammy Baugh's helmet, and Bobby Layne's jersey; items from the golden era of pro football, including Jim Brown's jersey, Vince Lombardi's coaching diagrams, Dick Butkus' helmet, Johnny Unitas' jersey, Tom Dempsey's kicking shoe, and Tom Landry's iconic coaching hat; highlights from the NFL's greatest running backs, such as footballs from O.J. Simpson and Eric Dickerson, and jerseys from Tony Dorsett, Walter Payton, Bo Jackson, and Barry Sanders; artifacts from record-breaking quarterbacks, including John Elway's jersey from the 1986 championship season, Joe Montana's Super Bowl XXIII MVP football, and Dan Marino's footballs for career yardage and pass completions records; and items from historic receivers, such as Jerry Rice's helmet and career touchdown reception football and New England Patriots -and Woodland Hills High School graduate - Rob Gronkowski's jersey from his record-setting 2011 season.

The history center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and the largest history museum in Pennsylvania, presents American history with a Western Pennsylvania connection. The Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum is a museum within a museum, comprehensively presenting the region's remarkable sports story through hundreds of artifacts and interactive experiences for visitors of all ages. The History Center and Sports Museum are at 1212 Smallman St. in the city's Strip District and are open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The History Center's museum system includes the Sports Museum; the Fort Pitt Museum in historic Point State Park; and Meadowcroft Rockshelter & Historic Village, a National Historic Landmark located in Avella. For information, go to

Chicago, Doobie Brothers coming to First Niagara

BURGETTSTOWN - The First Niagara Pavilion will welcome Chicago and the Doobie Brothers at 8 p.m. Aug. 2.

For tickets, go to;; or call (800) 745-3000.

Rockstar Energy Drink

Mayhem Fest coming to First Niagara Pavilion

BURGETTSTOWN - The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival comes to the First Niagara Pavilion July 28.

Bands slated to perform include Slipknot, Slayer, Motorhead, the Devil Wears Prada, As I Lay Dying and more. For tickets, go to; all Ticketmaster outlets; or call 800-745-3000.

Pittsburgh Dance Council

to present Lar

Lubovitch Dance Company

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Dance Council, a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, presents Lar Lubovitch Dance Co. at 8 p.m. April 28 at the Byham Theater.

One of America's most versatile, popular and highly-acclaimed choreographers, Lubovitch founded the Lubovitch company in 1968 in New York City.

Throughout the years, the company has been referred to as one of the world's most leading modern dance companies. In addition to performing in every state across the United States, the company has performed in more than 30 foreign countries worldwide. The company has been referred to as a national treasure by Variety Magazine. Lubovitch's work is extolled for its musicality, rhapsodic style and sophisticated formal structures. His radiant, highly technical choreography and deeply humanistic voice have been celebrated throughout the world.

Tickets range $19 to $45 and are available at the box office at Theater Square; online at; or by calling (412) 456-6666.

Yanni coming to

Benedum Center

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents an Evening with Yanni at 8 p.m. May 9 at the Benedum Center.

In 2012, Yanni brings his tour to North America, followed by a South American tour in the fall and a multi-city tour of China in 2013. The concert will feature Yanni and his world-class musicians and vocalists performing many selections from his extensive music career.

Yanni is known throughout the world as one of this century's most original and successful composers and musicians.

His powerful compositions have come to define a new genre of music and over 500 million people in over 140 countries have seen his live performances. Yanni's concerts are legendary. Yanni's concerts have also been seen on public broadcasting television stations around the country as part of station pledge drives and "Yanni: A Living Legacy" was broadcast on television around the globe.

Tickets range from $52.25 to $152.25 and are on sale at the box office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave; by calling at (412) 456-6666; or online at

Earth Day at Oglebay Institute's Schrader Center, Wheeling

WHEELING - The public is invited to celebrate Earth Day 2012 at Oglebay Institute's Schrader Environmental Education Center in Oglebay Resort.

Hands-on butterfly-themed activities are planned from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday and coincide with the dedication of one of the center's newest additions, a three-dimensional, suspended art installation titled Monarch Rabble, which features 2,000 butterflies swooping and soaring throughout the exhibit hall.

Activities include children's stories, crafts and activities with Schrader Center educator Robin Lee, hands-on "Monarch Magic" presentations by author, naturalist and monarch expert Ba Rea, flower and tree planting and light refreshments. Milkweed and wildflower seed packets will also be given away to participants. All activities are free and open to the public. For information, call (304) 242-6855.

Famous painting at Carnegie

Museum of Art, Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - Henri Matisse's "The Thousand and One Nights," is a large, multi-panel, painted paper cut-out, but because of its fragile nature, it is only on view for a limited period of time - through July 15 at the Carnegie Museum of Art.

"One Thousand and One Nights" was created in 1950, when the artist was 81 and confined to his bed. Unable to sleep and kept alive by his drive to create, Matisse had much in common with Scheherazade, the legendary narrator of the Arabian Nights. Scheherazade saves her own life from a vengeful king by enthralling him with a story that she always interrupts at a moment of suspense just after dawn, ensuring her survival through 1,001 nights. Like her tales, "The Thousand and One Nights" is a work rich in fantastical imagery and symbolism created during many sleepless, difficult hours.

The composition - with its fanciful magic lamps, dancing plant forms, hearts and cut-out text - evokes the supernatural quality of the heroine's storytelling and also the passage of time through the night. The complex shapes are interwoven to create a spontaneous, musical rhythm that captures the fascinating rapture of the story that inspired it. The museum is at 4400 Forbes Ave. For information, go to or call (412) 622-3131.

Three Rivers Art Festival

upcoming, Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announced the headline performers for the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Art Festival June 1-10.

The Wailers, who performed with Bob Marley, will appear June 1. They have sold more than 250 million albums and also have performed with Sting, the Fugees, Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana, Alpha Blondy, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer and Burning Spear. The reggae band has played for an estimated 24 million people across the world.

Kathleen Edwards will perform June 2. She is touring to support her album "Voyageur."

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will perform June 3. Last year, the orchestra performed for a crowd of 15,000 in its first performance at the festival since 1977.

The Los-Angeles-based Dawes will perform June 5. The group finds inspiration in rock and roll, folk and country.

The Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops will perform June 8. The group used fiddle- and banjo-based music from the Piedmont region of the Carolinas to create new interpretations while highlighting African-Americans' roles in shaping popular music.

Bluegrass Day will premier June 9 with regional and local bluegrass musicians on the second stage and other activities. The Del McCoury Band will perform. McCoury has been performing bluegrass for 50 years. Grammy-Award winning Peter Rowan, who has performed with Bill Monroe and Jerry Garcia, also will perform, as will Michigan-based quintet Greensky Bluegrass.

Grammy Award-winning Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers will perform June 10. Hornsby has produced more than 100 records over his 25-year career and participated in several collaborations.

All concerts are free and will take place on the Dollar Bank Stage at Point State Park. All headline concerts will take place at 7:30 p.m., except Sunday concerts, which will begin at 6 p.m.

Additional acts and other festival attractions will be announced. Musicians will perform on three stages in the Cultural District during the second-annual Pittsburgh International JazzLive Festival June 1-3.

For information, visit;; or call (412) 456-6666.

Pittsburgh Irish and Classical

Theatre 2012 season

PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre launches its 2012 season with the Pittsburgh premiere of Sarah Ruhl's Pulitzer finalist "In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play."

The production features Brad Heberlee as Dr. Givings, Megan McDermott as Catherine Givings, Jessica Frances Dukes as Elizabeth and Melinda Helfrich as Sabrina Daldry. Alan Stanford directs.

Dr. Givings is obsessed with the marvels of technology and what they can do for his patients. His wife, Catherine, is only a bystander in her husband's world - listening at the door from the next room as he treats patients.

The play will be performed through May 5 in the Charity Randall Theatre.

Single tickets are available now through PICT's new online ticketing system at; or by calling ProArtsTickets at (412) 394-3353 for a $1.50 phone fee.

Stone Street Station set to perform

COLLIERS - Country Friends will host the Stone Street Station band Saturday at Memorial Hall, Old Police Lodge Road.

Country Friends has events every Monday, Friday and Saturday at the hall with doors opening Saturday at 6 p.m. and the dance beginning at 7 p.m. On Monday and Friday, doors open at 4 p.m., the covered-dish meal begins at 5 p.m. and open mic begins at 6 p.m.

Country Friends Foundation Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Christianity, friendship and brotherly love through music. All proceeds go to charity. For information, call (304) 527-4253 or (304) 479-1270. The website is

Upper Ohio Valley Opera Guild

STEUBENVILLE - The Upper Ohio Valley Opera Guild will host performances by several Pittsburgh-area artists beginning at 7 p.m. April 29 at the Steubenville Country Club.

In its quest to host a variety of quality entertainment in the Tri-State Area, the Upper Ohio Valley Opera Guild once again will host its neighbors, the Pittsburgh Opera Director of Musical Studies for the prestigious Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist Training Program - formerly known as Pittsburgh Opera Center, -with a program led by Mark Trawka.

The evening will consist of arias as well as Broadway music. Trawka will bring with him three Pittsburgh Opera rising stars. Baritone Kyle Oliver has performed such roles as Baron Douphol in "La traviata"; Father in "Hansel and Gretel" and Sciarrone in "Tosca." Oliver holds a master's degree in music from the Julliard School and a bachelor's degree in music from Northwestern University.

The evening also will include music by tenor Juan Jose DeLeon. DeLeon has performed such roles as Gastone in "La traviate"; Spoletta in "Tosca" and Belmonte in "The Abduction from the Seraglio."

DeLeon received his master's degree in music from Southern Methodist University as well as a bachelor's degree in music from the University of North Texas.

Rounding out the evening's performance will be virtuoso mezzo-soprano Stephanie Lauricella. This is her second year with the Pittsburgh Opera and she has performed such roles as Flora in "La traviata"; Hansel in "Hansel and Gretel"; and Shepherd Boy in "Tosca." She also appeared as a guest artist in Beethoven's "Symphony No. 9" with Eric Philharmonic. Upcoming engagements include Rosina with New Jersey State Opera in June. In the 2010-11 season she performed as Rosina in "The Barber of Seville"; the title role in "Rinaldo" and Sister Mathilde in "Dialogues of the Carmelites." In the summer of 2010 Lauricella spent the summer at the Santa Fe Opera, covering the role of Kate Pinkerton in "Madam Butterfly"; Second Lady in "The Magic Flute"; and Estrella in the world premiere of "Life is a Dream."

For reservations, call club President Joyce Ryan-Orlando at (740) 264-0292 or program coordinator Anita Jackson at (740) 284-5861. The price per person is $35, with a student rate of $20.

Other members on the committee include Liz Morelli, Mary Jo Rinaldi, Carleen Scurti, Barbara Wilinski, Kathy Antinone, Lil Ferguson and Joe Leonard.

'Who Killed the Top Chef' at

Zalenski's Family Eatery and Pub

WINTERSVILLE - The GFWC Woman's Club of Mingo Junction is sponsoring "Who Killed the Top Chef" mystery dinner theater Saturday at Zalenski's Family Eatery and Pub.

Doors open at 6 p.m., with seating at 6:30 p.m.

"Celebrity chefs" compete for the title of "top chef" with contestants including Emeril LaGrozzie, played by Michael Moran; Anthony Bordeaqux, played by Ryan Sears; Paula Deenie, played by Renee Zelinski; and Chef O-Boy-R-Dee, played by Bert Furioli.

The host is Gordon Ramseed, portrayed by Butch Maxwell.

The performances take place in the dining area where audience members are encouraged to gather clues, talk to the characters and question the survivors after the murder has occurred. Some audience members also will have small parts during the show.

Admission is a $30 donation per person, which includes a three-course meal and the show. Tables of six can be reserved. Tickets will not be sold at the door. For information, call (740) 598-1689 or (740) 282-3246.

The event will include a Chinese auction.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the club's charitable activities that have included scholarships at Eastern Gateway Community College for women re-entering the work force; sponsorship of the Halloween parade and party for children in the community; and purchasing Christmas gifts for needy children.

The Priests coming to Byham Theater

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents the Revs. Eugene O'Hagan, Martin O'Hagan and David Delargy in concert at 7:30 p.m. April 29 at the Byham Theater.

For more 20 years, these three Catholic priests have cared for the needs of their congregations and parishioners, but since 2008 they have also worked together to form the Priests, a highly successful classical crossover vocalist trio. The three clergymen began singing together as children while attending boarding school in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Their debut album on Sony, "The Priests," was released in 2008 and featured a blend of traditional religious songs and Irish folksongs. It sold more than 2 million records. Tickets range from $29 to $49 and may be purchased at the box office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave.; online at; or by calling (412) 456-6666. To purchase group tickets at special discounted rates, call (412) 471-6930.

Straight No Chaser a cappella vocalist group returns to the Benedum Center

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents the return of the popular male a cappella group Straight No Chaser at 8 p.m. May 2 to the Benedum Center.

Since the group first formed more than a dozen years ago at Indiana University, Straight No Chaser has achieved musical success in the U.S. and abroad through views on YouTube, numerous national TV appearances, concert tours, three holiday CDs and three nonholiday recordings including their latest 2011 release, "Six Pack: Volume 2." Straight No Chaser's recordings have consistently reached top placement on Billboard 200 charts throughout its career. The group takes their audiences on a musical journey each time they tour and has sung everything from holiday favorites and classics, to doo-wop and contemporary pop, all performed with the distinctive Straight No Chaser twist.

For tickets, go to the box office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave.; online at; or call (412) 456-6666.

Zac Brown Band coming

to First Niagara Pavilion

BURGETTSTOWN - The Zac Brown band with special guests Sonia Leigh and Nic Cowan will perform at 7:30 p.m. July 15 at the First Niagara Pavilion.

For tickets, go to; all Ticketmaster outlets; or call (800) 745-3000.

'THE NEWS' comes to Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, in collaboration with the Andy Warhol Museum's Off the Wall performance series, will present the world premiere of "THE NEWS," a 90-minute "reality opera" by avant-pop Dutch composer JacobTV based on nonfiction footage from the international media.

This special premiere sponsored by Joan Humphrey is part of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's Distinctively Dutch Festival, which runs through May 20.

"THE NEWS" is a remix of musical composition, video production and social commentary through live performances designed for two vocalists, nine musicians, soundtracks and videos. The drama is constructed using broadcasts, sampled speeches and sound bites from newscasters, politicians, scientists, televangelists, athletes and more.

Tickets range from $20-$30 and are available at the box office at Theater Square; online at; or by calling (412) 456-6666.

Wheeling Symphony to

present Shakura S'Aida

WHEELING - The Wheeling Symphony Orchestra presents "Blues in G Minor" with dynamic Canadian vocalist and entertainer Shakura S'Aida at 8 p.m. Friday at the historic Capitol Theatre.

S'Aida was a hit at the Heritage Music Blues Fest in Wheeling in 2010. Her high-energy performance and soaring vocals will appeal to blues enthusiasts and symphony-goers alike in a blues-oriented program with orchestrations.

S'Aida is an international artist, whose involvement in the Canadian music scene has been ongoing for the past 30 years, enriching the jazz, blues and classic R&B communities with her soulful voice, enthusiastic personality and commitment to music as an art form.

S'Aida began performing at a young age. Her first steps into music began with a Toronto community band called Mystique, which found her belting out tunes alongside Deborah Cox, and then became the lead singer in the 13-piece world music band, Kaleefah, that would later be nominated for a Juno Award.

She quickly learned how to own the stage and "perform," a skill she has since carried to the musical stage with roles in such productions as "Ain't Misbehavin'" and "Momma, I Want to Sing," and to the theater as an actress. She's carried off supporting roles in film with Sudz Sutherland's "Doomstown" (2006) and in Frances Anne Solomon's "A Winter Tale" and has been featured in an installment of "Flashpoint" a major CTV television series that's also aired in the U.S.

Guest conductor for this concert will be Lance Anderson. The Triadelphia Middle School Jazz band will perform in the lobby prior to the concert at 7 p.m.

WTRF-TV is media sponsor for "Blues in G Minor." This performance is a Wheeling Symphony College Concert Series presented by Wheeling Jesuit University. This gives students from 11 area colleges the opportunity to attend at no cost . In addition, faculty and staff at all 11 institutions of higher learning can receive half-price tickets to this performance.

Wheeling Symphony concerts are presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

Tickets begin at $13.50. For tickets and information, call (304) 232-6191 or (800) 395-9241 or visit Tickets are also available at the WSO box office at 1025 Main St., Suite 811 (Mull Center), Wheeling.

Upcoming events at

Historic Fort Steuben

STEUBENVILLE -Upcoming events at Historic Fort Steuben include:

Through April 28 -The annual Spring Quilt Show is open to anyone who has a quilt to share. Quilts can be self-created or from a friend or relative. Old or new, each quilt is a unique reflection of the maker and the time it was created. A quilt display form is available at the visitors center as well as online at

A meet-the-quilters reception will be held from noon to 2 p.m. April 21. There also will be a special presentation by historian Patty Cooper - "Darn It! The History and Romance of Darning Eggs" at 2 p.m. April 21.

April 28 - The spring vendor show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. will feature at least six popular products. The exhibit is free, but donations are welcome.

Earth Day celebrated in Pipestem

PIPESTEM, W. Va. - On Saturday, the day before the world celebrates the 42nd-annual Earth Day, the Appalachian South Folklife Center will host a free festival - Earth Day 2012- Music, Arts and Activism.

The day will feature live music, a recycled clothing fashion show and clothing swap, a recycled art project, a nature hike and "found object" art project, an engaging discussion about the ecological connection between planet Earth and the human spirit led by international development specialist Richard Ragland, an interactive talk on green building and a tree planting project.

Admission is free.

The day will begin at 11 a.m. with the planting, which will honor friends of the center who have recently died, the nature hike and art projects. Vendors will be on hand offering fresh herbs, clothing and more. Featured performances include Option 22, The Captain Lazerblast Band, the Brother-Sisters and Blessed Un-Rest. A light lunch will be served. For information, visit or call (304) 425-6425.

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