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March 28, 2013
The Herald-Star

'Anything Goes' coming to Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - The national tour of Roundabout Theatre Company's "Anything Goes," the new Broadway revival of Cole Porter's timeless classic musical theater masterpiece, will make its Pittsburgh premiere April 16-21 at Heinz Hall as part of the PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh series.

The PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh series is presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Symphony and Broadway Across America.

Tickets begin at $20 and can be purchased by calling (412) 392-4900; visiting the box office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave.; or online at

Artists coming to

First Niagara Pavilion

BURGETTSTOWN - Live Nation welcomes Pitbull and Ke$ha with special guest Justice Crew to First Niagara Pavilion on June 2; the Zac Brown Band 7 p.m. on July 20; and John Mayer with special guest Phillip Phillips on Aug. 25.

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

Paint and Sip

coming to Wellsburg

WELLSBURG - The Brooke County Arts Council will bring one of the area's fastest-growing art events to the Arts Council's downtown Wellsburg offices, 636 Charles St., at 6:30 p.m. on April 5, when an artist from Moon River Studio conducts an evening of "Paint and Sip."

According to Arts Council President Julia Barnhart, "Paint and Sip is a fun night of laughter, friends and favorite beverages."

Barnhart said the Moon River artist will guide each participant through the process of completing a painting based on a tropical theme related to the ocean.

"The admission fee of $45 includes canvas, paints and finger foods, and participants may bring the beverage of their choice," Barnhart said. "Our artists will go home with a completed 18-by-24-inch painting, ready to frame, and a complimentary ticket to any non-musical production at the Brooke Hills Playhouse this summer."

Because of limited space, reservations are necessary and may be made by calling Barnhart at (304) 670-1093 or Diana Mendel at (304) 374-0711.

Auditions for Joseph Kesselring's classic comedy, "Arsenic and Old Lace" and F. Andrew Leslie's adaptation of Shirley Jackson's best-selling thriller, "The Haunting of Hill House" will be held on April 6, also at the Arts Council's offices. The Arts Council is the Playhouse's parent organization.

Auditions for "Arsenic" will begin at 10 a.m. "Arsenic and Old Lace" will open the playhouse's 42nd season May 31 through June 2 and June 7-9. The show requires a cast of 11 men of various ages and three women, including two older women and one young woman.

Auditions for "Hill House" will start at noon. "The Haunting of Hill House" will be presented June 21-23 and 28-30. The script calls for three men and four women of various ages.

Anyone unable to audition at the scheduled times should contact Barnhart at (304) 670-1093 prior to April 6 to make other arrangements.

The rest of the Playhouse's 42nd season includes the Bob Martin-Don McKellar-Lisa Lambert-Greg Morrison musical comedy, "The Drowsy Chaperone," July 12-14 and 19-21; Joseph Robinette's acclaimed adaptation of C. S. Lewis' children's classic, "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," Aug. 2-4 and 9-11; and Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore's farcical comedy, "Bathroom Humor," Aug. 23-25, 30-31 and Sept. 1.

The Arts Council will sponsor a craft and vendor show on April 13 at the Wellsburg Volunteer Fire Department Hall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free to the general public. Deadline for crafter and vendor commitment is Friday. For information, call Amy Balog, at (304) 374-4933.

Bethany College

art exhibit upcoming

BETHANY - The Bethany College 2013 Senior Art Exhibit will be displayed April 5- 14 in the Renner Art Gallery.

The show features the combined works of senior studio art majors Carl Dean Cosentino, Marcus D'Aguiar-Alexander, Brennan Davies, Elizabeth Kletzli, Kayla Smuck and Victoria Spriggs. The exhibit is comprised of various works created during their career at Bethany College. With each senior exemplifying interest in different mediums, such as painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics and much more.

Davies, son of Dawn M. Fife and James M. Nelson, is preparing for his final semester at Bethany College before his graduation in the fall. After graduation, Davies plans to attend California University's graduate program for art education while earning an apprenticeship in tattooing.

He is a studio art major and artists such as Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso and Georgia O'Keefe influence his work.

Smuck was born in Weirton and is the daughter of Archie and Kimberly Smuck. She works mostly in mixed mediums and has a passion for showing emotion through her pieces.

In fourth grade, Smuck received her first art award, which was presented on the cover of the literary magazine for her school. She took every art class her high school offered and was a teacher's aide after accomplishing her classes. Smuck has also received merit awards at art shows at Bethany College. She is a member of the Kappa Pi International Honorary Art Fraternity and would like to further her education in the field of theatrical makeup design and teaching after graduation.

The artist's reception will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on April 14 at the Renner Art Gallery. For information, call (304) 829-7824 or e-mail at

Morality play at Franciscan University of Steubenville

STEUBENVILLE - In tribute to the Year of Faith, the Christian medieval morality play, "Everyman," will show audiences how good deeds pave the way to heaven.

It will be performed in Anathan Theatre at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Written at the end of the 15th century, "Everyman" traces the journey of Everyman as Death tells him that his end is near. With this knowledge, Everyman passes from despair and fear of death to resignation and ultimately, the hope of redemption. Everyman learns that he can take nothing that he has received from the world, only the good deeds that he has done.

The play is directed by Shawn Dougherty, chair of the university's fine arts department.

Performances will be held at 8 p.m. April 5, 6, 12 and 13 and at 2 p.m. April 7 and 14 in Anathan Theatre in the ground floor of Egan Hall.

Tickets cost $4 for adults and $2 for students and seniors. Admission is free for clergy and religious and children ages 12 and younger.

Tickets are available through Franciscan University of Steubenville's faculty secretary at (740) 283-6245 and at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.

Wynonna and the Big Noise coming to Mountaineer

CHESTER -Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort will feature country music superstar Wynonna and the Big Noise in concert in the Harv on Aug. 2.

Known as one half of legendary duo the Judds, Wynonna with her mother Naomi Judd rose to superstardom in the early 1980s on the strength of chart toppers like "Mama's He's Crazy," "Why Not Me" and "Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout the Good Old Days)." The Judds were unstoppable for the rest of the decade, picking up multiple Grammy and Country Music Awards while selling more than 20 million albums along the way. The duo's initial run came to an end with a record-breaking farewell tour in 1991 after Naomi was diagnosed with hepatitis.

Much of Judd's success revolved around her solo career, which began with her quintuple platinum 1992 solo debut, "Wynonna." That set spawned four No. 1 hits and was the bestselling country album ever by a female artist at that time.

Tickets are general admission by section and start at just $25 plus taxes and fees. For 2013 a special seating section has been added to the Harv and features reserved seating in the first four center rows. Tickets can be purchased at;; at Mountaineer's players club; or by calling 800-80-40-HOT (800-804-0468) extension 8297.

Dave Matthews Band, Heart

coming to First Niagara Pavillion

BURGETTSTOWN - Dave Matthews Band along with Heart and special guest Jason Bonham will be appearing May 31 at the First Niagara Pavilion.

Tickets are available at; by calling (412) 456-6666; or at the Theater Square box office.

Carnegie Museum of Art hosting Art in Bloom

PITTSBURGH - The Carnegie Museum of Art will host Art in Bloom, a four-day display featuring works of art paired with fresh flower arrangements, April 4-7.

The museum's Women's Committee will host the Skyline After Dark Preview Gala in the Hall of Sculpture, re-imagined as an urban parkscape, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on April 4. Guests will be invited to preview the exhibition. Cocktails and refreshments will be served. Tickets are $150 in advance and $165 at the door.

Regional garden clubs, local organizations and florists will create floral displays in a variety of styles to fill the museum and its galleries with colors and fragrances. In the galleries, arrangements will respond to and complement artworks in Carnegie Museum of Art's permanent collection.

Daniel Rolling will be the keynote speaker presenting "Gracious Living and Stylish Entertainment" at 10 a.m. on April 5 in the Carnegie Music Hall. A book signing will be held at 9 a.m. in the music hall entrance, and a buffet luncheon will be held at noon in the Hall of Sculpture. Books will be available for purchase.

Rolling will conduct floral arranging demonstrations while addressing the topic of outdoor entertaining. She is author of "Soiree: Entertaining with Style," contributing editor at Verandah, lifestyle editor of and frequent contributor to other magazines.

Tickets for the presentation and luncheon are $80, and tickets for the presentation only are $50.

ARTventures will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on April 6-7. ARTventures staff help kids get started on looking, talking and art-making activities together. Follow the Art Cat signs to become "Art Bloomers!" Drop in any time. The program is free with museum admission.

For information, call (412) 622-3131 or visit our wishbone at

Pittsburgh International Children's Festival set

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh International Children's Theater is hosting the 27th-annual Pittsburgh International Children's Festival on May 15-19 at the University of Pittsburgh theaters and Staunchly Plaza.

Programming will showcase international and local theater premieres, including a new interactive luminarium installation from Architects of Air of the United Kingdom.

Charlotte Blake Alston, featured narrator and storyteller of African Pourquoi Tales, provides an interactive experience by tweaking her stories based on the audience's participation. Back by popular demand, Aga-Boom (Russia/USA) returns to the festival with their art of clowning, comedy and theater performance.

In addition to the featured ticketed performances, the festival will include free hands-on academic, cultural and international activities, as well as performances at the free outdoor Community Stages located in Staunchly Plaza and on the front lawn of the Carnegie Library. Free outdoor activities and performances will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 15-16 and 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 17-19.

For information and tickets, visit the box office at Theater Square, or call (412) 456-6666. Ticket packages and single tickets are available. Children age 2 and under are admitted free, but require a lap pass for theater performances.

Groups of 10 or more, call (412) 471-6930.

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo coming

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Dance Council, a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, brings the legendary dance company, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, at 8 p.m. on April 5 at the Byham Theater.

Who knew testosterone and tutus could combine to create a comical and methodical critique of dance? Over 35 years ago in hopes of incorporating some entertainment and excitement into the dance world, these New York men grabbed their Pointe ballet slippers and went to work.

Men from all over the world make up this diverse Russian-style ballet company, and each of them has donned a clever female alias as their stage persona. The men dance parodies of classic ballets as well as more modern composition, creating a satire on the rigid standards that serious dancers are being held to.

Hypnotist coming to Mountaineer

CHESTER - Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort will feature world famous hypnotist Anthony Cools in exciting show May 11 in the Ballroom.

Cools has taken comedic hypnosis to a whole new level by pushing the boundaries of what other entertainers may be too scared to test. Calgary-born Cools has already taken the plunge into an outrageous vat of raw, boiling humor. Cools has been performing for the past eight years at the Anthony Cools Experience theater at the Paris Casino in Las Vegas.

The Anthony Cools Experience is a fun, energetic and uncensored show that has raised the bar on entertainment as we know it. Using willing audience members, he captivates the audience into the relaxing hypnotic state, where you let go of all holds and actually become the show itself. Cools tours the country bringing sold-out rooms to tears and fits of laughter. His high-energy performances have left more than one person coming back to finish off the whole dinette set. Tickets are general admission by section and are $40 plus taxes and fees. Must be 18 years and older to attend. Tickets can be purchased at;; at Mountaineer's players club; or by calling (800) 80-40-HOT extension 8297.

'The Book of Mormon' coming to Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - "The Book of Mormon" will run Tuesday to April 7 at the Benedum Center.

Tickets begin at $41 and are available at the box office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave.; by visiting; or by calling (412) 456-4800.

The musical features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone are the four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of the landmark animated series "South Park." Tony Award-winner Lopez is co-creator of the long-running hit musical comedy "Avenue Q."

Upcoming events at Historic Fort Steuben

STEUBENVILLE - The annual Spring Quilt Show at the Historic Fort Steuben will run April 13-27 and is open to any one with a quilt to share.

Old or new, each quilt is a unique expression of the maker and the time it was created. A quilt display form is available at the visitor center and by visiting By filling it out and submitting it ahead of time, organizers can prepare the program and the room. Admission to the quilt show is free.

There will be two additional attractions during the show. At 2 p.m. April 13 a special program will be presented by Kelly Paul - Taste the 18th Century. Paul will discuss and demonstrate early American cooking techniques. Samples of period foods will also be served. A $5 donation is requested for admission.

On April 20 the Spring Vendor Show will be held in the conference room featuring nine local vendors with well-known products for sale with delivery in time for Mother's Day.

The Fort is at 120 S. Third St. For information, call (740) 283-1787.

Tom Petty coming to Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will be coming to the CONSOL Energy Center June 20.

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

Bret Michaels coming to Mountaineer

CHESTER - Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort will feature multiplatinum global superstar Bret Michaels May 25 in the Harv events center.

Rising to fame as the front man of Poison, one of rock's most iconic and enduring bands, Michaels helped define the rock 'n' roll scene. Poison's massive success includes releasing eight studio albums, four live albums as well as selling more than 30 million records worldwide. The band has charted 10 singles in the top 40 of Billboard's top 100, including the No. 1 single "Every Rose Has It's Thorn."

Michael's solo career has charted his own course with multiple solo albums, the most recent of which was "Custom Built," released in July 2010. The album topped the charts, reaching No. 1 on Billboard's hard rock list. His current album release "Bret Michaels: Good Songs and Great Friends" features a crew of legendary artists who just happen to be great friends. The album contributors is a who's who list including Loretta Lynn, Jimmy Buffett, Ace Frehley of Kiss, Michael Anthony of Van Halen and Lynyrd Skynyrd, to name a few.

For 2013, a special seating section has been added to the Harv and features reserved seating in the first four center rows. Tickets can be purchased at;; at Mountaineer's players club; or by calling (800) 80-40-HOT (800-804-0468) extension 8297.

Gladys Knight coming to Mountaineer Casino, Chester

CHESTER Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort will feature the iconic Gladys Knight at the Harv beginning at 8 p.m. on April 27.

The legendary career of Gladys Knight has spanned more than five decades, from her time with the Pips to her solo career. This seven-time Grammy winner has enjoyed No. 1 hits in pop, R&B and adult contemporary and has triumphed in film, television and live performance. All told, Knight has recorded more than 38 albums over the years, including four solo albums during the past decade - "Good Woman," 1991; "Just for You," 1994; the inspirational "Many Different Roads," 1999; and "At Last."

With the superstar group Gladys Knight and the Pips, Knight went on to achieve icon status, having recorded some of the most memorable songs of the 1960s, '70s and '80s. Top 20 hits, like "Every Beat of My Heart," "Letter Full of Tears," "I Heard it Through the Grapevine" and "If I Were Your Woman," set the stage for an amazing run in the mid-1970s, with top 10, gold-certified singles like "Neither One of Us (Wants to be the First to Say Goodbye)," "I've Got to Use My Imagination," "Best Thing to Ever Happen to Me" and the No. 1 smash "Midnight Train to Georgia" established the group as the premiere pop/R&B vocal ensemble in the world.

Tickets are general admission by section and begin at $30 plus taxes and fees. For 2013, a special seating section has been added to the Harv, which features reserved seating in the first four center rows. For tickets, go to;; Mountaineer's players club; or call (800) 80-40-HOT, extension 8297.

Keith Sweat coming to Mountaineer Casino

CHESTER Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort will feature legendary R&B singer Keith Sweat for one show in the Harv beginning at 8 p.m. on April 20.

A renowned performer, songwriter, recording artist, producer and father of four, Sweat has more than two decades in the soul business. Many of Sweat's albums, such as "I Want Her," "I'll Give All My Love To You," "Keep It Comin'" and "Keith Sweat" have debuted and hit top spots on the charts. Sweat's singles "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 the No. 1 urban contemporary nighttime program in the nation. 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'ts," which is scheduled to be released this month.

Tickets are general admission by section and begin at $20 plus taxes and fees. For 2013 a special seating section has been added to the Harv, which features reserved seating in the first four center rows. For tickets, go to;; Mountaineer's players club; or call (800) 80-40-HOT, extension 8297.

Charlie Daniels Band

coming to Mountaineer

CHESTER - Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort will feature country music legend and superstar the Charlie Daniels Band beginning at 8 p.m. on April 13 in the Harv events center.

In 1972, Daniels formed the Charlie Daniels Band and the group scored its first hit with the top 10 hit "Uneasy Rider." Since then the CDB has populated radio with such memorable hits as "Long Haired Country Boy," "The South's Gonna Do It Again," "In America," "The Legend of Wooley Swamp" and of course, his signature song, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," which won a Grammy for best country vocal performance by a duo or group in 1979 as well as single of the year at the Country Music Association Awards.

From his Dove Award winning gospel albums to his genre-defining Southern rock anthems and his CMA Award-winning country hits, few artists have left a more indelible mark on America's musical landscape than Charlie Daniels. An outspoken patriot, beloved mentor to young artists and still a road warrior at age 76, Daniels has parlayed his passion for music into a multi-platinum career and a platform to support the military, underprivileged children and others in need.

Tickets are general admission by section and start at $20 plus taxes and fees. For 2013, a special seating section has been added to the Harv and features reserved seating in the first four center rows. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday and can be purchased at;; at Mountaineer's players club; or by calling (800) 80-40-HOT, extension 8297.

New Kids, other boy bands coming to Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - New Kids on the Block with very special guests 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men will perform at the Consol Energy Center at 7:30 p.m. June 11.

Tickets are available at; all Ticketmaster outlets; or by calling (800) 745-3000.

Alice in Chains coming to Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - WDVE-FM presents Alice in Chains in concert May 8 at the Benedum Center.

Tickets are available at; by calling (412) 456-6666 or at the Theater Square box office.

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