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May 31, 2012
From staff reports , The Herald-Star

Science lecture at Carnegie Science Center

PITTSBURGH - John Radzilowicz, director of science and education at Carnegie Science Center, will examine how science is done, how it's communicated, how it's used - or misused - and undervalued in society at Cafe Scientifique on Monday at the center.

Free and open to the public, Radzilowicz's "Is There a War on Science in the U.S.?" presentation will explore the true nature of the scientific enterprise as well as provide answers to questions.

"Science is the most powerful tool for gaining knowledge of the physical world," said Radzilowicz. "We're more dependent on science and technology than any other time in human history. And yet, in the U.S., there is currently a wide range of public relations campaigns against science."

Radzilowicz has authored numerous newspaper and magazine articles on science, technology, engineering and math education, as well as astronomy and space science. He is a frequent public lecturer.

Doors open at 6 p.m., and a question-and-answer session will follow the lecture, which begins at 7 p.m. Dinner is available for $8 including a vegetarian option. A cash bar also is available. For information and to register, go to, or call (412) 237-3400.

African-American exhibit at John Heinz History Museum

PITTSBURGH - Friday through Sunday marks the last chance for visitors to see the Senator John Heinz History Center's exhibition America's Best Weekly: A Century of The Pittsburgh Courier, which provides an in-depth look at the largest and most influential African-American newspaper of the past 100 years.

The exhibit, which will close Sunday, features rare photos, artifacts and videos which illustrate The Pittsburgh Courier's significant impact on social change and American journalism.

Admission to the exhibit is included with regular history center admission, which is $10 for adults, $9 for visitors age 62 and older and $5 for students and children ages 6-17. History center members and children age 5 and younger are admitted free.

The Senator John Heinz History Center is at 1212 Smallman St. For information, go to

Uncle Eddie and Robin

at Holy Grounds Cafe

MARTINS FERRY - Holy Grounds Cafe welcomes the return of Uncle Eddie and Robin at 8 p.m. today.

The coffeehouse is open from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Open mic begins at 7 p.m., and musicians looking to perform a couple of songs in front of a live audience should come early to sign up. Uncle Eddie and Robin will take the stage shortly after 8 p.m.

Lisa Buckingham runs Holy Grounds as part of the Grace Church.

"This is our last night the coffeehouse will be open before we break for the summer," she said. "We love wrapping up with musicians as talented as Eddie and Robin. It will be a wonderful night."

Hot and cold drinks and a variety of snacks are available for a minimal donation. Also available will be hot dogs and popsicles. The cafe includes two pool tables and free WiFi. Sponsored by Grace Church, Holy Grounds Cafe is at 410 Hanover St. For information, call (740) 633-2699 or on Facebook at Holy Grounds Grace Church.

'Peter Pan' at

Brooke Hills Playhouse

WELLSBURG - The Brooke Hills Playhouse opens its 41st season at 8 p.m. Friday with J. M. Barrie's beloved children's classic, "Peter Pan."

The play will continue at 8 p.m. Saturday and June 8-9 and 2 p.m. Sunday and June 10. Patrons can make reservations by calling (304) 737-3344. The day after opening, the playhouse will hold auditions for the last two major productions of the summer.

Director Julia Barnhart of Wellsburg said "Peter Pan" was chosen to open the season because of its quality, name recognition and production challenges.

"'Peter Pan' has been thrilling and entertaining audiences for more than 100 years, and just about everyone knows the name," Barnhart said. "Whether it's through Barrie's original novel or play, the Broadway musical, the Disney animated feature or even the peanut butter, 'Peter Pan' is a household name."

Barnhart said there are other practical reasons for presenting "Peter Pan" first.

"Last year we did another effects-heavy J. M. Barrie play, 'Mary Rose,' in the middle of the season, and we were working on effects up to opening night," Barnhart said. "By opening the season with our most complex production we got a head start on all the work that had to be done to make this show work the way it should."

The day after "Peter Pan" opens, the playhouse will hold auditions for "The Mousetrap," a classic Agatha Christie murder mystery, directed by Diana Mendel of Wellsburg, and "Leading Ladies," a comic farce by Ken Ludwig, directed by Russ Welch of Wellsburg.

Auditions for both plays will begin at 11 a.m. at the playhouse. No preparation is necessary. Actors will be required to read excerpts from the scripts. Anyone unable to audition Saturday should call (304) 737-3344 by Friday to make other arrangements.

"The Mousetrap" will be presented at 8 p.m. Aug. 3-4 and 10-11; and 2 p.m Aug. 5 and 12. "Leading Ladies" takes to the playhouse stage at 8 p.m. Aug. 24-25 and Aug. 31-Sept. 1; and 2 p.m. Aug. 26 and Sept. 2.

"Peter Pan" will be followed by the playhouse's second main stage production, "The Dixie Swim Club," by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, to be presented at 8 p.m. June 22-23, 29 and 30 and 2 p.m. June 24 and July 1. It will be followed by "Zombie Prom," with music by Dana Rowe and book and lyrics by John Dempsey, at 8 p.m. July 13-14 and 20-21 and 2 p.m. July 15 and 22.

In addition to the five main stage productions, the playhouse will offer a series of spotlight productions on the weekends between the major shows. The first of these, "The Marvelous Wonderettes," will be presented at 8 p.m. June 15-16 and 2 p.m. June 17. A readers' theatre production of James Montgomery's comedy, "Nothing but the Truth," adapted by Charles Calabrese, has been scheduled for 8 p.m. Aug. 17-18 and 2 p.m. Aug. 19.

Tickets for Brooke Hills Playhouse for nonmusical plays are $10 for adults; $8 for students; senior citizens and groups; and $6 for children younger than 12. Musicals are $12 for adults; $10 for students, senior citizens and groups; and $8 for children younger than 12.

Day camp at Beaver Creek, East Liverpool

EAST LIVERPOOL - Friends of Beaver Creek State Park Pioneer Village are hosting a day camp from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 12-14 at the barn at Pioneer Village just off state Route 7 at 12021 Echo Dell Road.

Fifth-, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders from Jefferson and Columbiana counties will participate in games, crafts, Pioneer Village history, gardening, nature walk, wildlife center, fishing and lunches/snacks. There is a $15 deposit for T-shirt sizes small to extra-large.

To participate, contact Debbie Sciance at (740) 381-6896; or e-mail by Friday. Information needed includes name, age, grade, address, parent permission signature, any medical issues and allergies and two emergency contacts. Emergencies would include transportation by local emergency providers to East Liverpool City Hospital.

New tours at

Seven Springs Resort

SEVEN SPRINGS, Pa. - Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Pennsylvania's outdoor adventure headquarters, has unveiled its new attraction, the Laurel Ridgeline Canopy Tours.

Constructed to fit into the natural landscape in perfect harmony with Mother Nature, Seven Springs' new canopy tour will provide riders with a heart-racing, pulse-pounding adventure and an educational experience as they soar up to 150-feet in the air at maximum speeds of 50 miles per hour. The tour consists of two air stairs, treetops of varying height from 50 to 80 feet, 10 ziplines ranging in length from 145 feet to the grand finale of the Timberline Terror, 1,500 feet of zip 150 feet in the air.

Tours are limited to groups of eight participants escorted by two professionally trained guides. All guides must pass a rigorous 70-plus hours of training and a written exam prior to taking any groups on a tour. Ongoing training hours are also required. Safety is the top priority. Each tour begins with a training session that includes the fundamental tasks of a canopy tour including proper equipment handling, speed control, braking and entrance and exit procedures.

Tours are available on the hour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting. Tours are approximately four hours in length, depending on the number of participants in the group, and are $95 per person. Reservations are recommended, but walk-ins are accepted based on availability. For reservations and information, call 800-452-2223, extension 7905.

African Diaspora

showcase in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's Showcase Noir is an exhibit that celebrates the works of artists and designers of the African Diaspora.

This marks the ninth year the Cultural Trust has presented this exhibit showcasing works for sale - paintings, sculptures, photographs, fiber art, jewelry, pottery and art in various mediums from emerging and established artists, both local and national.

The exhibit will be under the tents at the corner of Eighth Street and Penn Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District. Exhibit hours are noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free and open to the public.

Showcase Noir will be complimented both days with live entertainment from the stages of the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival June 1-3. For information, visit or call (412) 456-6666.

Cinemas to

feature Summer Kids' Series

STEUBENVILLE - The Carmike Cinemas in the Fort Steuben Mall will be presenting 2012 Summer Kids Series every Thursday beginning June 21.

The screenings will begin at 10 a.m. feature a family friendly film on the big screen. Admission is $2 per person and includes a beverage and popcorn.

The schedule includes "Puss in Boots," June 21; "Chicken Run", June 28; "Over the Hedge," July 5; "Kung Fu Panda," July 12; "Shark Tale," July 19; "How To Train Your Dragon," July 26; "Madagascar 2," Aug. 2; "Bee Movie," Aug. 9; "Monsters vs. Aliens," Aug. 16; and "Megamind," Aug. 23.

For information, call (740) 264-1680 after noon daily or go to

Guitars coming to Carnegie Science Center, Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - Four legendary Pittsburgh musicians will take the stage together for the first time June 16 for Carnegie Science Center's opening of GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World.

The All-Star Acoustic Jam features Joe Grushecky of the Houserockers, Rick Witkowski of the B.E. Taylor Band, Rob James of the Clarks and Billy Price of the Billy Price Band, who will perform rock's classic hits in this historic, once-in-a-lifetime concert. The evening will also spotlight Rich Engler's private guitar collection, autographed by rock legends, in the atrium from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The over-21 party kicks off at 8 p.m., and the doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $25 in advance - $30 at the door, if available -and include hors d'oeuvres and mini desserts. A cash bar will be available. Concert-goers will be among the first to explore GUITAR, the center's new, interactive exhibit about the science of sound.

The traveling exhibit, created by the National Guitar Museum, traces the iconic instrument's history over the past 400 years. The exhibit features more than 60 guitars, ranging from the early sitars of the middle ages to modern-day electric guitars, including iconic American models by Gibson, Fender, and Rickenbacker, as well as a few instruments on loan from famous artists like Johnny Winter, Adrian Belew, Steve Vai and Joe Bonamassa.

Laser shows and Omnimax movies will be shown according to the usual schedule and are ticketed separately. Those attending the All-Star Acoustic Jam may add laser shows at $5 each. Led Zeppelin will be shown at 11 p.m and Pink Floyd at midnight.

The deadline to purchase advance tickets is noon at June 15. Thereafter, tickets cost $30 and all sales must be made in person. For tickets, go to or call (412) 237-3400, extension 7.

Rick Springfield coming to


CHESTER Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort will feature Grammy award-winner Rick Springfield July 7 at the Harv.

Springfield had solidified his place as the preeminent power-pop artist of the decade and today remains the genre's greatest pioneer. To date, Rick Springfield has sold more than 19 million records and earned seven Top 40 hits, including "Jessie's Girl," "I've Done Everything For You," "Don't Talk To Strangers," "Human Touch," "Affair of the Heart" and "Love Somebody." He is also well-known for his role as Dr. Noah Drake on the popular daytime drama "General Hospital." Tickets are general admission and $20. Tickets can be purchased at,, at Mountaineer's players club or by calling 800-80-40-HOT, extension 8297.

Joan Jett coming

to Mountaineer

CHESTER - The Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort will feature the hard-rocking band Joan Jett and the Blackhearts in one exciting show June 9 in the Harv.

Jett is an originator, an innovator and a visionary. As the leader of the Blackhearts, she's had eight platinum and gold albums, and nine Top 40 singles, including the classics "Bad Reputation," "I Love Rock 'N' Roll," I Hate Myself for Loving You" and "Crimson and Clover."

Jett has acted in movies and television, including 1987's "Light of Day" and in the Tony-nominated Broadway musical "The Rocky Horror Show." She has appeared on such acclaimed television shows as "Oprah" and "Law and Order."

Her music has become a permanent force in mainstream culture. Her song "I Hate Myself for Loving You" is the theme for NBC's Sunday Night Football, and her music is heard in countless films and TV shows, including "Easy A," "Kick Ass," "The Runaways," "Shrek," "Baby Mama" and many more.

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts will perform at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort beginning at 8 p.m. The Harv.

Tickets are general admission by section and are priced from $20. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at,, at Mountaineer's players club or by calling (800) 80-40-HOT, extension 8297.

Exhibit at Penn Gallery

PITTSBURGH - Dutch photographer Rachel Nieborg and designer Ine Mulder have reinterpreted old Dutch masters' still life paintings from the 17th century in the exhibit "Girls'N'Guns," on display from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays through June 10 at 707 Penn Gallery, 707 Penn Ave.

The duo began working together in 2008 when Mulder asked Nieborg to join her for shooting practice. The project evolved into a carefully crafted set recasting the paintings. Working with a metronome to fine tune the precision timing, one would shoot a gun while the other shot photographs. The images have not been edited with photo software.

Their work has been displayed at Galerie Rademakers and is also on view at the photography museum, Foam, in Amsterdam.

Mulder graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven, where she met Nieborg, a 2006 honors graduate of the Photo Academy in Amsterdam.

"A lot things influence my photography," said Nieborg. "I look around, observe and then something catches my eye and triggers the brain to do something with it: nature, a dance performance, or design and the news. I love form and structures of materials, calmness and quietness, but still a lot action - the search and travel within a picture or painting.

"I used to work in textiles, so the love for structures and materials are due to that, I believe. I worked on new fabric collections for the clothing industry and so you visit the trend forecasting shows and museums ... reflections of society. That is a way of looking and observing I still use in my photography."

707 Penn Gallery is a Project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and is free and open to the public.

Rib cook-off upcoming

WHEELING - Featuring live entertainment and savory barbecue dishes, the Bikes, Brews and Barbecue Rib Cook-Off is slated June 22-24 at Wheeling Heritage Port.

The third-annual event includes a variety of barbecued ribs, chicken and more to eat, free and live musical entertainment, arts and crafts vendors and the cook-off competition. There also will be an area designated for the parking of motorcycles.

The event, which kicks off at noon June 22, is a collaboration of Valley Harley-Davidson, Carenbauer Distributing and the committee of the Ohio Valley Black Heritage Festival, which will be held June 24 at the port.

Cook-off competitors have a chance to win a $500 cash award from Valley Harley-Davidson and the first-place Carenbauer trophy. The second-place finisher will receive a $150 cash award and a second-place trophy from WesBanco. There is also a third-place trophy from WesBanco and a people's choice award. Winners will be announced at 5:30 p.m. June 22.

Entertainment begins at 3 p.m. June 22. Scheduled acts include the New Silver Eagle Band, Mark Gorby Trio, Country Variety Band, Loretta & Elli, the Joseph Sisters, White Collar Criminals, N-Soul Deep, Hot Pursuit Band and the Rock featuring Jenny Radigan.

Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Museum open

AVELLA - The Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village, the oldest site of human habitation in North America, is currently open.

Meadowcroft, which is part of the Senator John Heinz History Center's museum system, has become an international destination, welcoming more than 15,000 visitors from 35 U.S. states and 12 countries last year. With new site upgrades and popular annual events, Meadowcroft is poised for another record-breaking season in 2012.

The National Historic Landmark in Washington County features a massive, 16,000-year-old rock overhang used by the region's earliest inhabitants for shelter. In addition to ancient history at the Rockshelter, visitors can also step back in time at Meadowcroft's Historic Village, which carefully recreates all of the charming qualities of an Upper Ohio Valley Village from the mid-19th century. A recently completed 16th century Indian Village allows visitors to travel 400 years into the past and relive what life was like for the eastern Woodland Indians.

Throughout this spring, Meadowcroft will finalize construction of two new 1770s era structures that will help spotlight the similarities and differences between the everyday lives of European settlers and American Indians in the Upper Ohio Valley.

Also new this year, a self-guided trail with informational signs on the Meadowcroft property will provide visitors with a new walking trail loop through the woods. Visitors will learn how the forest served as the supermarket, pharmacy, clothing store and much more to American Indians. For example, visitors will learn how poplar trees were used by American Indians to make dugout canoes, or how the Iroquois believed that plants like the maple-leaved viburnum offered special protection against curses and sorcery.

For information, visit and click on the Meadowcroft tab; or call (724) 587-3412.

Upcoming football exhibit at Senator John Heinz

History Center

PITTSBURGH - The Senator John Heinz History Center and the Pro Football Hall of Fame are 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

Famous painting at Carnegie

Museum of Art

PITTSBURGH - Henri Matisse's "The Thousand and One Nights," is a large, multi-panel, painted paper cutout, 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.

Warhol Museum celebrates program

PITTSBURGH - The Andy Warhol Museum and Pittsburgh Westinghouse will celebrate the first phase of "Warhol at Westinghouse," an artist residency and art education program at Westinghouse's Homewood facility, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. June 6 at the Homewood facility.

Students from this residency and art education program will screen their short films and display artwork.

The program provides art and cultural opportunities for at-risk students by creating hands-on learning experiences led by professional artist Alisha Wormsley and artist educators from The Warhol over a one-year period.

Wormsley will create artwork with the students inspired by her "Reverse Migration Project." The project follows the migration of African-Americans in reverse from Pittsburgh to Africa. Through this work, Wormsley and the students will explore ideas of finding Africa in Homewood.

The Warhol artist educators will provide art demonstrations at Pittsburgh Westinghouse and tours and workshops at The Warhol for the students.

The Warhol at Westinghouse program is made possible through support from The Jack Buncher Foundation, Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh Fund at The Heinz Endowments and The Pittsburgh Foundation, First National Bank and People's Gas.

Krazy Bout Sportz to host Guns and Hoses event

WEIRTON - Those going to Krazy Bout Sportz from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday can come and support their local police and firefighters battle it out during the second-annual Gun's n Hose's Basketball Brawl.

Admission is $5 per person, and the winning team will give the funds to the charity of their choice. From 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 9 the center will host the end of the school year carnival.

Admission is $5 per child. The event will include games, face painting, prizes, inflatables, food and more. The event is open to the public. For information, go to or call (304) 914-3248.

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