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July 12, 2012
The Herald-Star

Annual flower show coming to Wheeling Civic Garden Center

WHEELING - The annual flower show of the Wheeling Civic Garden Center in Oglebay Park will be held Saturday and Sunday.

This year's theme is Forecast Flowers and will include flower arrangements with titles reflecting different weather conditions. The free show will include annuals, perennials, herbs, cacti, ferns and more. The hours are 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For information, call (304) 242-0665.

Keith Sweat coming to Mountaineer, Chester

CHESTER - Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort will feature legendary R&B singer Keith Sweat in one exciting show in the Harv at 8 p.m. Aug. 24.

A renowned performer, songwriter, recording artist, producer and father of four, Keith Sweat has more than two decades in music. Many of Sweat's albums, such as "I Want Her," "I'll Give All My Love To You," "Keep It Coming" and "Keith Sweat" have debuted and hit top spots on the charts. Sweat's "I Want Her" and "Twisted" both topped the charts at No. 2, while "Nobody" topped the charts at No. 3 respectively. Sweat's latest album, "Til the Morning" was released in November. Sweat is currently host of the nationally syndicated radio program "The Keith Sweat Hotel," which is heard on more than 50 stations.

One of Sweat's latest projects is the Dru Hill reality show, "Keith Sweat's Platinum House," as well as his relationship book titled "Make It Last Forever: The Do's and the Don't's," which is scheduled to be released in 2012.

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

'As You Like It' at

Towngate Theatre

WHEELING - Oglebay Institute's Parcel Players open their summer theater season with William Shakespeare's pastoral comedy "As You Like It," one of Shakespeare's most famous tales, at 7 p.m. today through Saturday at Towngate Theatre.

In this beloved comedy a perfect pair of lovers, both banished, seek refuge where they meet in the Forest of Arden. Only one complication prevents their love from flourishing - the lovesick Rosalind is disguised as a man. As she teaches Orlando how to woo a woman, her frustration yields to high comedy in this tale of cross-dressing, mistaken identity and love filled with poetry, song, slapstick humor and shrewd observations about human nature.

Directed by Maribeth Thompson, the show will be performed in the downstairs area of Towngate Theatre, utilizing a three-quarters thrust stage - a design in which three sides are open to the audience. Shakespearean works are often performed on thrust stages, which allow for greater intimacy between the performers and the audience.

Tickets are available at the door or by calling the Stifel Fine Arts Center, at (304) 242-7700. Seats for all shows are $7.

Salt Fork Arts, Crafts Festival upcoming

CAMBRIDGE - On the second weekend in August for the past 44 years. the Salt Fork Arts and Crafts Festival has been set in the Cambridge City Park, providing visitors exhibits of high quality art by artist and craftsmen, early American arts and crafts and performing arts.

New this year will be the addition of literary arts. Adding Appalachian folk art to the festival is being considered. Folk artists wishing to participate should call Julia Evans at (740) 439-9373 or e-mail her at

DJ, jazz Friday at Katz Plaza, Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - Afrobeat, Pittsburgh's top disc jockey, and the illustrious Sean Jones will present an eclectic mix of good vibrations to the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's summer Gallery Crawl on Friday at Katz Plaza, Seventh Street and Penn Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District.

Disc jockey Nate Da Phat Barber gets the outdoor party started at 5:30 p.m. Then the Occidental Brothers Dance Band International will play their renowned brand of soukous, Ghanaian highlife and African dance music in Pittsburgh for the first time from 6:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. Hailing from Chicago, OBDBI's high-energy Afrobeat rhythms have made them favorites of music critics and devotees around the world. Their music conjures thoughts of the golden age of African guitar bands of the 1970s and '80s. After the crawl, Nate Da Phat will come back to the turntables for a unique jam with special guest Sean Jones.

Presented by t he Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Gallery Crawl events are free and open to the public. For information, visit or call (412) 456-6666.

Adam Cohen coming to Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - Adam Cohen - son of Leonard Cohen - will open for Rufus Wainwright at 8 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Carnegie Library Music Hall, 510 East 10th Ave.

Tickets are priced at $39.50 and $49.50 and can be purchased at

This is Cohen's fourth album, but it's a huge musical departure for him. Adam admits that his earlier efforts were all a conscious effort to distance himself from his father's music, but he has finally embraced his Cohen-ness and created an album of gorgeous songs.

'Addams Family' musical

coming to Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - Full casting has been announced for the upcoming national tour of "The Addams Family," a new musical based on the bizarre and beloved family of characters created by legendary cartoonist Charles Addams.

The musical's Pennsylvania premiere in Pittsburgh is set from July 31 through Aug. 12 at the Benedum Center as part of the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera summer season.

Douglas Sills and Sara Gettelfinger will star as Gomez and Morticia in a principal cast that includes Tony Martin Vidnovic as Mal Beineke; Gaelen Gilliland as Alice Beineke; Blake Hammond as Uncle Fester; Pippa Pearthree as Grandma; Tom Corbeil as Lurch; Patrick D. Kennedy as Pugsley; Brian Justin Crum as Lucas Beineke; and Cortney Wolfson as Wednesday.

The musical is part of Pittsburgh CLO's 2012 summer subscription season and the PNC Broadway Across America - Pittsburgh 2011/2012 subscription season. To subscribe to the PNC Broadway series, call (412) 456-1390 or visit For Pittsburgh CLO information, call (412) 281-2822 or visit For individual tickets and information, call (412) 456-6666 or visit or in person, the box office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave.

New African-American baseball exhibit at history museum, Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - The Senator John Heinz History Center and Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum will feature nearly 50 paintings and sketches depicting the lives of Negro League baseball players as part of a new exhibition, the Story of Negro League Baseball: We Are the Ship, currently running.

The 2,500-square-foot exhibit, sponsored by the Pittsburgh Pirates, Double Eagle Foundation and the Fine Foundation, features original paintings by Kadir Nelson, an award-winning artist and author who spent seven years interviewing former players, examining old photographs and researching baseball archives to present an authentic depiction of life in the Negro Leagues.

The exhibit's heroic paintings provide a personal look at iconic ballplayers such as Josh Gibson, Satchel Paige, Cool Papa Bell and Jackie Robinson, who transcended baseball and set the stage for the modern civil rights movement.

As part of the exhibit, the Sports Museum will unveil a new life-like museum figure of baseball legend Josh Gibson, the Hall of Fame slugger who starred for the Homestead Grays and Pittsburgh Crawfords.

The History Center and Sports Museum are at 1212 Smallman St. in the city's Strip District. For information, call (412) 454-6000.

Brian Brown: New Paintings at

709 Penn Gallery, Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH -Brian Brown unveils a series of new, primarily figurative paintings that are painstakingly detailed using traditional oil painting techniques currently running through Aug. 19 at the 709 Penn Gallery.

His imagery is inspired by dreams, memories, popular culture and pure unabashed imagination.

Brown attended Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Mich., and earned a distinguished award upon graduation. Brown has exhibited his paintings in Pittsburgh at Fe Gallery, the Miller Gallery and in Sewickley, as well as in galleries in New York City.

'Mary Poppins' in

Pittsburgh in October

PITTSBURGH -The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and producers Thomas Schumacher of Disney Theatrical Productions and Cameron Mackintosh announce a return engagement of "Mary Poppins" at the Benedum Center on Oct. 16-21.

Tickets are on sale at the box office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave.; by calling (412) 456-4800; or online at

"Mary Poppins," a co-production of Disney and Mackintosh, opened on Broadway on Nov. 16, 2006. Based on P.L. Travers' cherished stories and the classic 1964 Walt Disney film, the stage play features the Academy Award-winning music and lyrics of Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. The stage production has been created, in collaboration with Mackintosh, by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes, who has written the book, and the Olivier Award-winning team of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, which has composed new songs and additional music and lyrics.

Bastille Day at Carnegie

Museum of Art

PITTSBURGH - Celebrate Bastille Day from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Carnegie Museum of Art, featuring all things French and coinciding with the exhibition Impressionism in a New Light: From Monet to Stieglitz in the museum's Heinz Galleries.

"Impressionism in a New Light: From Monet to Stieglitz," is on view at Carnegie Museum of Art until Aug. 26 and explores what Impressionism means in art, displaying paintings, drawings, prints and pastels by major artists alongside works by many of the most famous Pictorialist photographers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Guests to this year's event will enjoy a strolling supper, wine, live music, dancing, a silent auction, performances by a Parisian-trained mime, hand-drawn caricatures and exclusive tours of "Impressionism in a New Light." Proceeds benefit Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh and Alliance Francise de Pittsburgh.

July 14, the French national holiday commonly known as Bastille Day, commemorates the anniversary of the Fete de la Federation, a celebratory feast held one year after the storming of the Bastille in 1789. The storming of the Bastille - a fortified prison in Paris that stored arms and ammunition - is one of the events signifying the start of the French Revolution.

Submarine at Carnegie

Science Center

PITTSBURGH - On select Sunday mornings this summer, Carnegie Science Center will offer visitors the chance to go behind the scenes of U.S.S. Requin, a Cold War-era submarine docked on the Ohio River, and tour areas rarely seen by the general public.

Requin behind-the-scenes Tech Tours will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on July 29, Aug. 12 and 26. Led by science center staff, participants will learn how Requin's crew faced challenges underwater, explore un-restored compartments and climb up into the conning tower to see the periscope.

Because of the submarine's structure, Requin Tech Tours require full mobility, and tour size is limited to 12 people. Participants must be age 15 or older. Cost is $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers. Advanced reservation is required. Call (412) 237-1637 to register. The center is at 1 Allegheny Ave.

Summer of

Wonder at Schrader Center

WHEELING - Experience a Summer of Wonder at the Schrader Center with a variety of family oriented and interactive nature programs designed to promote outdoor discovery.

Summer of Wonder nature programs are offered through Aug. 17 and include guided nature walks with an experienced naturalist, fossil hunts and family nature exploration for younger children, evening campfires with storytelling and marshmallow roasting, astronomy at the Speidel Observatory and Snake Tales. Programs are only $3 or free for OI members or those with wristbands.

Other activities available daily include painting pottery, nature exploration backpacks and geocahing GPS rentals. For information, go to or call (304) 242-6855.

Carnegie Science Center

to feature guitar exhibit

PITTSBURGH - Carnegie Science Center's currently running GUITAR: The Instrument that Rocked the World exhibit includes an acoustic performance series that features artists with Pittsburgh roots from varied musical genres.

Upcoming acoustic performances from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays include Joe Grushecky of the Houserockers, Saturday; Josh Verbanets of Meeting of Important People, July 21; Joe Negri, July 28; Brian Price of WDVE-FM and Rick Witkowski of the B.E. Taylor Group, Aug. 4; Scott Blasey of the Clarks, Aug. 11; Marty Ashby of Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, Aug. 18; Rick Witkowski of B.E. Taylor Group and Kelsey Friday of Kelsey Friday & the Rest of the Week, Aug. 25; Ernie Hawkins, formerly of Blue Bombers, Sept. 1; Abby Krizner and Jason Sichi of Fist Fight in the Parking Lot, Sept. 8; The Mavens, Sept. 15; Chris Higbee, formerly of the Povertyneck Hillbillies, Sept. 22; and Reggae artist Uzell Finney of the Flow Band is scheduled to wrap up the series Sept. 29.

Created by the National Guitar Museum, GUITAR is an interactive exhibit about the science of sound. Running through Sept. 30, the traveling exhibit traces the instrument's vast history during the past 400 years and showcases more than 60 models, ranging from the early sitars of the middle ages to modern-day electric guitars.

For information, go to

'The Dark Knight' coming to

Pittsburgh Carnegie Science Center

PITTSBURGH - Carnegie Science Center has announced "The Dark Knight Rises," the final installment of filmmaker Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, will be showing at the Rangos Omnimax Theater beginning July 20.

Tri-State Area residents have been awaiting the release of the Warner Bros. movie since portions of it were filmed in Pittsburgh last summer.

"The Dark Knight Rises," playing July 20 through Aug. 19 at the Science Center, is rated PG-13 and has a running time of two hours and 45 minutes. The cost for members of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is $11 per ticket for all ages and $12 per ticket for nonmembers.

Reservations for all showtimes are available by calling (412) 237-3400 and pressing 7. In addition, online reservations will be available for the July 20 premiere screening by visiting and clicking on the Dark Knight box.

Ted Nugent coming to Mountaineer

CHESTER - Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort will feature the legendary Ted Nugent Aug. 10 in the Harv.

Nugent's intensity has carved him a permanent place among the legends of rock. Hailing from Detroit, the guitarist's prodigious talents, ear shattering volume and over-the-top onstage antics quickly earned Nugent the moniker of Motor City Madman, along with international acclaim.

Nugent's no-holds-barred career spans five decades of multi-platinum hits, from the ground-breaking Amboy Dukes' "Journey to the Center of the Mind," to classics like "Stranglehold" and "Cat Scratch Fever," and chartbusters like "High Enough," and cult classic "Fred Bear."

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

Give-aways at Fort Steuben Mall

STEUBENVILLE - This summer the Fort Steuben Mall is giving away fun to 13 lucky shoppers.

Mall-goers can stop by customer service through Aug. 31 to enter to win one of 13 prizes, with drawings to be held at noon each Friday. Prizes include Kennywood, Idlewild, Sandcastle and Pittsburgh Pirates tickets, as well as Carmike Cinemas movie passes and Fort Steuben Mall gift cards.

Customer service is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday; and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. Contest rules are at the customer service center. For information, call Stephanie McVicker, mall marketing director, at (740) 264-7781.

Comedian Billy Gardell coming

to Mountaineer

CHESTER - The Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort will present Billy Gardell, star of the hit CBS series "Mike and Molly," on July 21 at the Harv.

Gardell was born in Pittsburgh and raised in Orlando, Fla., before moving to Los Angeles to hit it big.

Billy Gardell's television credits include a co-starring role in "Lucky," as well as appearances in "Yes, Dear," "Judging Amy," "My Name is Earl," "The Practice," "Monk" and "Gary the Rat." He can also be seen in the films "Bad Santa," "Avenging Angelo" and "You, Me and Dupree." Gardell has opened for such well-known comedians as George Carlin and Dennis Miller.

Gardell's stand-up show is a powerhouse. His grounded, down-to-earth point of view strikes a strong chord with American audiences. Stories about his rough childhood, wild adolescence and new family life are executed with the skill of a master craftsman.

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

Upcoming exhibit at Carnegie

Museum of Art

PITTSBURGH - The Carnegie Museum of Art, in a co-production with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, presents "Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World's Fairs, 1851-1939" on display Oct. 13 through Feb. 24 at the Carnegie.

From their inception in 1851, the fairs showcased the cutting edge of industry, production, new materials and methods for creating everything from tools to jewelry, furniture to textiles. In doing so, artists and manufacturers used breakthrough scientific innovations to create art objects that embodied the latest aesthetics and techniques.

Inventing the Modern World assembles more than 200 art objects from the world's fairs and showcases objects assembled from European and American collections.

The decorative arts made for the world's fairs often display the use of traditional styles while employing previously unknown materials and methods. Because early world's fairs were a gathering of nations in a less globalized time, works typically exhibited a nationalistic pride while showcasing the most cutting-edge craftsmanship of a given country. For information, go to or call (412) 622-3131.

Carmike 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 today.

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

The schedule includes "Kung Fu Panda," today; "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

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