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August 29, 2012
The Herald-Star

American Red Cross bus trip to

doo-wop show

PITTSBURGH - The Jefferson County Chapter of the American Red Cross is sponsoring a bus trip Dec. 7 to the Consol Energy Center for the 10th-anniversary Holiday Doo-Wop Show featuring the Chantels, the Duprees, Kenny Vance and the Planatones, the Edsels, Jimmy Gallagher and the Passions, Herb Cox and the Cleftones, the Capris and Tommy Mara and the Crests.

The trip includes show ticket, bus trip and a box lunch for $70 per person for those who register before Saturday. After that, the cost is $75 per person. Buses will leave Eastern Gateway Community College' lower parking lot at 5 p.m. Reservations must be made by Nov. 1 by sending a check to the American Red Cross, 81 Talbot Drive, Wintersville, OH 43953, or with a credit card by calling (740) 264-7244. Reservations canceled by Nov. 12 will receive a 50 percent refund.

Oak Ridge boys

coming to Wheeling

WHEELING - The Oak Ridge Boys are coming for a performance at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Capitol Theatre for the first time since the Capitol Music Hall days.

The band's four-part harmonies and upbeat songs have spawned dozens of country hits and a No. 1 pop smash, as well as a Grammy and other awards. The band brings four decades of chart singles and 50 years of tradition to the Wheeling-based stage.

The show is being hosted by Spotlight Productions, and Wheeling's own Joseph Sisters open the show. For tickets and information, call (304) 233-4470 or go online to

Football exhibit coming to Heinz History Center

PITTSBURGH - The Senator John Heinz History Center and the Pro Football Hall of Fame have teamed up for an upcoming exhibition, Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The blockbuster exhibition, which focuses on the history of pro football from its humble beginnings in 1892 to its rise as one of the world's most beloved sports, will make its national premiere at the History Center on Oct.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 Canton. 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, Knute Rockne, Red Grange, Johnny "Blood" McNally, Sammy Baugh and Bobby Layne; items from the golden era of pro football, including Jim Brown, Vince Lombardi, Dick Butkus, Johnny Unitas and Tom Landry; highlights from the NFL's greatest running backs, such as O.J. Simpson, Eric Dickerson, Tony Dorsett, Walter Payton, Bo Jackson and Barry Sanders; artifacts from record-breaking quarterbacks, including John Elway, Joe Montana and Dan Marino; as well as items from today's stars, including Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.

The History Center will also add a special section to the exhibition that features unique artifacts from the Pittsburgh Steelers, including Art Rooney, Franco Harris, Joe Greene, Lynn Swann and Jack Lambert, along with a special area of the exhibition dedicated to Western Pennsylvania's pro football tradition.

For advance exhibit tickets, go to or call 1-888-71-TICKETS. The museum is at1212 Smallman St. in the Strip District.

For information, go to

Mother Earth

New fair upcoming

SEVEN SPRINGS, Pa. - Seven Springs Mountain Resort will host the third-annual Mother Earth News Fair Sept. 21-23.

Fueled by its popularity and attendee feedback, this year's fair will add a third day of sustainable living activities to its lineup.

Dozens of hands-on workshops will cover organic gardening, real food, renewable energy, small-scale livestock, green building and remodeling, do-it-yourself projects, natural health, green transportation and related topics. Sustainable and rural lifestyle experts from across the country will lead the sessions.

Nationally known keynote speakers will offer attendees a broader perspective on today's environmental issues, including animal welfare activist Temple Grandin, who will teach attendees how animals think and feel to create strategies for improving their overall welfare. Equipment Grandin designed handles half the cattle in the United States and Canada, and her meat industry guidelines improve the quality of life for livestock.

Organic farmer and author Joel Salatin will discuss ways to use technology to regain a relationship with our food, energy, water, air, soil, fabric and shelter. Salatin's Polyface Farm was featured in the documentary "Food, Inc."

Barbara Pleasant, a Mother Earth News contributing editor, will share how to become more self-sufficient and save money by growing crops that store well. Self-taught fermentation expert Sandor Katz will show attendees the scope of fermentation beyond food and beverages. Katz authored "The Art of Fermentation" and "Wild Fermentation."Food historian William Woys Weaver will cover the history and nutritional ramifications of heirloom food plants. Weaver owns the Roughwood Seed Collection in Devon, Pa., and is a Mother Earth News contributing editor. In addition to workshops, the fair will host an heirloom seed display, children's activities, vendor and livestock demonstrations, a green shopping pavilion and local and organic food options.

Adult tickets cost $30 for the weekend or $15 for a one-day pass in advance, or $35 and $20, respectively, at the gate. Children 17 and younger will be admitted free. To purchase advance tickets, go to or call (800) 234-3368. Gates will open at noon Sept. 21 and close at 7 p.m.

Ernie Hawkins

at Carnegie Science Center

PITTSBURGH -Ernie Hawkins, formerly of Blue Bombers, will take the stage on Saturday as part of Carnegie Science Center's acoustic performance series.

Free with general admission to the science center, Saturday acoustic performances are held from 2 p.m. to 3 pm at the Sonic Acoustic Stage, presented by Dollar Bank in cooperation with WDVE-FM, throughout the run of the traveling exhibit: GUITAR: The Instrument that Rocked the World.

Early in his youth, Pittsburgh-native Hawkins began playing the country guitar, mandolin and banjo. By the time he was a teenager, Hawkins was a seasoned blues player who got "hooked" on country blues and ragtime guitar after hearing "Let Us Get Together" by Gary Davis.

Hawkins managed to stay connected to the music scene while earning his undergraduate degree in philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh and later his doctorate in phenomenological psychology. In the early 1980s, he recorded his first solo album of ragtime guitar, "Ragtime Signatures." Hawkins eventually joined the Blue Bombers, an R&B band that was widely popular in Pittsburgh, as an electric guitarist.

Acoustic performances are among a variety of special events presented in conjunction with GUITAR, which includes interactive exhibits about the science of sound, 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.

Created by the National GUITAR Museum, GUITAR is sponsored locally by Dollar Bank and runs through Sept. 30. The exhibit is free with general admission.

For information, go to

Crafters needed for

fall festival in Bridgeport

BRIDGEPORT - Crafters are needed for the annual Fall Craft and Food Festival, set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 29 at St. Paul Lutherin Church, 5681 National Road.

The indoor and outdoor event has more than 50 spaces available for crafters. Admission and parking are free. To reserve a booth, call Terra Moscato, at (304) 280-4005.

Mingo Junction

author book-signing

MINGO JUNCTION - Author and Mingo native resident Ron Mitchell will be signing copies of his new book "Broken Collar," published by Bottom Dog Press, at Aracoma Park in the shelter house near the tennis courts from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 8.

"Broken Collar" tells the story of a young priest in a working-class town and his return to the area.

Copies of the book will be available, and refreshments will be provided during the event.

Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village open

AVELLA - The Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village Washington County is a fun and unique idea for a family day trip or last-minute getaway.

Meadowcroft, part of the Senator John Heinz History Center's museum system and a Smithsonian affiliate, is a National Historic Landmark and the oldest site of human habitation in North America.

Highlights include:

Meadowcroft Rockshelter The rockshelter has provided archaeologists with a rare glimpse into the lives of the first people to arrive in the New World, dating back 16,000 years. With recent renovations to the rockshelter's enclosure, visitors can see evidence of tools and campfires made by the nation's earliest inhabitants.

Upper Ohio Valley Village Visitors can experience elements of everyday family life in the 19th century, such as watching a blacksmith forge red-hot iron or enjoying fresh-baked bread from the open hearth. Children will enjoy walking across the covered bridge, taking a lesson in the one-room schoolhouse or learning to spin wool into yarn.

Monongahela Indian Village Visitors can explore the interior of a wigwam, see carefully recreated prehistoric artifacts, and try their hand at using the atlatl, a type of prehistoric spear thrower.

New 18th century Frontier Village New this year, Meadowcroft features two 1770-era structures that help spotlight the similarities and differences between the everyday lives of European settlers and American Indians in the Upper Ohio Valley.

New Self-Guided Nature Trail Also new this summer is a self-guided trail with informational signs on the Meadowcroft property that provide visitors with a walking trail loop through the woods. Visitors can learn how the forest served as the supermarket, pharmacy, clothing store and much more to American Indians.

Screen tests at Andy Warhol Museum

PITTSBURGH - The Andy Warhol Museum announced a new interactive experience that allows visitors to participate in a recreation of Andy Warhol's process of filming a screen test.

This interactive experience is prominently located within the museum's film and video galleries on the sixth floor, where Warhol's Screen Tests are on permanent display.

Between 1964 and 1966, Warhol created almost 500 of these film portraits of famous and anonymous visitors to his studio, including Salvador Dali, Dennis Hopper and Edie Sedgwick. Warhol filmed his subjects using a stationary, Bolex camera loaded with 100-foot rolls of black-and-white, 16-millimeter film. Sitters were instructed to sit still for about three minutes, the length of time it took for the roll of film to run through the camera. He later projected the silent Screen Tests in slow motion, thereby extending their duration to four minutes and imbuing them with a dreamlike stillness. During the 1960s, these films were rarely shown in public, but were often shown at the factory.

In a gallery reminiscent of Warhol's Silver Factory studio, museum visitors are invited to create their own screen test utilizing a computer touch screen, a movable backdrop, a specially modified vintage camera and twin studio lights. Upon completion, the visitor's screen test is transformed digitally from real time to slow motion and pushed to the Internet, where their work of art will be available on a custom webpage. The screen test then can be shared on various social media channels. The Screen Test Interactive project was created by the Warhol team with help from Pittsburgh-based technology startup Interbots and designer Michael Johnson and developer Evan Tahler.

The project will be open during regular museum business hours. For information, go to

'Jersey Boys' coming to Benedum Center Tuesday through Sept. 23

PITTSBURGH - The Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning hit musical "Jersey Boys" is the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

The musical will make its much-anticipated return to Pittsburgh to play the Benedum Center Tuesday through Sept. 23.

The musical is the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons - Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the story of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide, all before they were 30 years old.

For tickets and information, visit; or call (412) 456-4800.

Temptations coming to Mountaineer

CHESTER - Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort will feature legendary Motown and R&B group the Temptations in one show in the Harv on Sept. 29.

The history of the Temptations is the history of contemporary American pop. An essential component of the original Motown machine, the group began its musical life in Detroit in the early 1960s. An avalanche of hits followed, included "The Way You Do the things You Do," "My Girl," "It's Growing," "Since I Lost My Baby," "Get Ready," "Ain't Too Proud to Beg," "Beauty Is Only Skin Deep," "I Wish It Would Rain," Runaway Child," "Cloud Nine," "I Can't Get Next to You," "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" and "Psychedelic Shack."

For more than 50 years, the Temptations have prospered, propelling popular music with a series of smash hits and sold-out performances throughout the world. Today, the stellar Temps lineup consists of Otis Williams, Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, Joe Herndon and Bruce Williamson.

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 extension 8297.

Brazilian artist Beatriz

Milhazes display at Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - The Carnegie Museum of Art presents Natural History, its 69th forum series installment, through Oct. 14 in the Forum Gallery, situated at the nexus of the Museum of Art and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

The exhibit explores how contemporary artists respond to nature.

Organized by Dan Byers, the Richard Armstrong curator of modern and contemporary art, Natural History showcases more than two dozen contemporary artworks in a variety of media from the museum collection, including several that are on view for the first time. For Byers, the physical location is the ideal venue to explore these two ways of knowing and navigating the world. While the Museum of Natural History's scientific narratives display, clarify and explain nature, the artworks in "Natural History" are obscure, reveling in the complexity.

The exhibition also marks the museum's debut of Valeska Soares's "Horizontes," a grand-scale work consisting of repurposed wooden boxes, aligned to create a horizon more than 40 feet long. "Horizontes," which was acquired in 2010, reflects the museum's growing engagement with Latin American art, a particular interest of director Lynn Zelevansky. Hanging nearby, fellow Brazilian Beatriz Milhazes's organic painting "Nazareth des Farinhas" pulses with color.

Natural History seeks to foster unexpected relationships in the interplay of these artworks, each responding to questions posed by the ways in which human beings interact with their environments. As part of this cross-disciplinary experience, scientists at Carnegie Museum of Natural History have responded in kind, placing and interpreting replicas of the same artworks in their own galleries.

Rock and roll, do wop

show coming to Wheeling

WHEELING - Rock, Roll and Doo Wop Vol. IV, presented by Progressive Bank, is coming to the Capitol Theatre for a show beginning at 7 p.m. Oct. 27.

The show, produced by Spotlight Productions, will feature the Contours, the Dovels, Eddie Holman, the Orlons and Bill Haley's Comets. Tickets for the show are on sale now at the Wesbanco Arena box office; by calling (304) 233-4470; or online at

New exhibit at Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World's Fairs, 1851-1939, a co-production of the Carnegie Museums of Art and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, will open Oct. 13 in Pittsburgh.

Co-curated by Jason T. Busch, chief curator, and Alan G. and Jane A. Lehman, curator of decorative arts and design at Carnegie Museum of Art, and Catherine L. Futter, the Helen Jane and R. Hugh "Pat" Uhlmann curator of decorative arts at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Inventing the Modern World showcases more than 200 art objects assembled from European and American collections.

Carnegie Museum of Art will supplement the traveling portion of this exhibition with its own objects from fairs, making it the largest venue of the four-city tour, which also includes the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Mint Museum in Charlotte, N.C.

Pittsburgh is represented in the exhibition, notably by the Westinghouse Radio Broadcasting Panel shown at the 1933 Century of Progress International Exposition in Chicago. Featuring a world map with expanding circles, it illustrates the central importance of the United States, and especially KDKA-AM inPittsburgh, the world's first commercial radio station. It reads "Radio broadcasting as initiated by KDKA has made the whole world a neighborhood 1920." Westinghouse used innovative materials to promote the company's products of mass communication, in this instance, Micarta - a new laminate composed of canvas, paper and fiberglass - with accompanying designs in aluminum and steel.

A full-color catalogue, written by international scholars of 19th and 20th century decorative arts and co-published by Skira Rizzoli, accompanies the exhibition.

Tritt coming to Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack, Resort

CHESTER - Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort will feature award-winning artist Travis Tritt at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Harv.

Tritt has a gutsy, outlaw image that distinguishes him from the pack of other male country artists.

Tritt's unique style has garnered him a string of No. 1 hits, including "Help Me Hold On," "Anymore," "Can I Trust You With My Heart," "Foolish Pride" and "Best of Intentions." His album "It's All About to Change" was certified as a three-time, multi-platinum album and his highest peaking album on Billboard. Tritt's first, third and fourth albums, "Country Club," "T-R-O-U-B-L-E," "Ten Feet Tall" and "Bulletproof," are all certified double platinum. "While The Restless Kind," "Down the Road I Go" and his "Greatest Hits: From the Beginning" albums are all certified platinum. Over the course of his career, Tritt has sold about 12 million records in the U.S., according to the RIAA, with press statements for Tritt estimating his overall sales at 25 million.

Tickets are general admission by section and begin at $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.

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.

Whistler exhibit at Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH -The Carnegie Museum of Art has 80 prints and drawings currently being exhibited by James Abbot McNeill Whistler on display in the exhibit Whistler and Rebellion in the Art World.

Organized by Amanda Zehnder, associate curator of fine arts, the exhibit explores Whistler's defiance of artistic conventions and his insistence on the importance of "art for art's sake." The museum holds a substantial collection of Whistler's prints which have not been on view since 1998.

Deliberately provocative and controversy-seeking, Whistler maintained a contentious stance toward other artists, critics, academics, viewers and patrons. At the core of his disputes with critics was Whistler's assertion of a pure aesthetic experience, removed from moral lessons and context. To Whistler, only beauty, form, tone, color and line mattered.

His most radical works approached abstraction, and his critical voice and philosophies about the function of art paved the way for later abstract art movements. His book, "The Gentle Art of Making Enemies," records his debates with at critics and other intellectuals. Whistler's standoff with the art world of his day came to a head in 1878 when he sued academic artist John Ruskin over a scathing critical review of one of Whistler's paintings.

"This exhibition showcases Whistler's beautiful etchings, lithographs, and paintings as he intended them to be seen - as aesthetic objects to be appreciated solely for their visual qualities, and not primarily for their subject matter," said Zehnder.

Carnegie Museum of Art engaged Whistler shortly after its foundation in 1895; he served on several advisory boards for Carnegie International exhibitions between 1897 and 1903. Between 1896 and 1907, posthumously, Whistler exhibited 12 works of art at Carnegie Internationals.

'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.

Call of entires,

nominations made

SUTTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Filmmakers Festival has issued a call for entries and nominations for the 2012 West Virginia Filmmaker of the Year.

The festival will take place from Oct. 5-7 at the Elk Theatre and Landmark Studio for the Arts.

Filmmakers from around the country are invited to submit feature films, documentaries, short films, animation and experimental film with a West Virginia connection, such as having a West Virginian producer, director, actor or crew member, are about West Virginia, set in West Virginia or of interest to West Virginians.

All entries must be submitted by Sept. 15. For information about submitting a film, contact Kevin Carpenter at

The festival is also soliciting nominations for filmmaker of the year. The award is given to the filmmaker whose most recent work or lifetime work has had the most impact on the West Virginia film industry. The selection committee includes previous filmmakers of the year, the film festival board of directors and industry professionals from around the state. Nominations of 200 words or less must be e-mailed by Sept. 15 to

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