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April 18, 2013
The Herald-Star

Party to celebrate

literary magazine

BETHANY - The publication of Bethany College's literary magazine, The Harbinger, will be celebrated at a launch party at 7 p.m. Friday in the Academic Parlour of Old Main on the college campus.

Contributors will read from their published poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. Refreshments will be served.

Bethany senior English major Taylor Cassidy edited the 2012 edition, and Jessie Janeshek, assistant professor of English, is the faculty advisor.

Raccoon Creek State

Park public programs

for April and May

HOOKSTOWN, Pa. - Raccoon Creek State Park upcoming activities include:

Spring Wildflower Walks, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m April 27, and April 28, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Those participating will meet at the Wildflower Reserve Interpretive Center along U.S. Route 30. Join park educator for a guided tour of these short-lived beauties. The Wildflower Reserve has one of the most diverse populations of plants in the Commonwealth. Be prepared for wet trails and moderate hiking during the free program.

Art Club of Raccoon Creek April 28, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Those participating will meet at the Wildflower Reserve Interpretive Center along U.S. Route 30. The Art Club of Raccoon Creek invites beginner to skilled artists to practice artistic talents while enjoying the outdoors at Raccoon Creek State Park. Any media is welcome. April's theme will focus on the beautiful spring wildflowers. No experience needed. The program will be held at the Wildflower Reserve Nature Center from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Individuals and families welcome; small groups should call ahead. For information, call (724) 899-3611. The program is free.

Mother's Day Wildflower Walk May 12, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Those participating will meet at the Wildflower Reserve Interpretive Center along U.S. Route 30. Mothers Day will include a relaxing look at wildflowers along the trails of the Wildflower Reserve. The walk will cover identification, medicinal/edible uses and folklore associated with various plants. The program is free.

Bluebird watching May 19, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Those interested will meet at the Wildflower Reserve Interpretive Center along U.S. Route 30.

Scott Parry, Raccoon Creek State Park's Bluebird Trails coordinator, will host an informative program on bluebirds. The program is free.

Civilian Conservation Corps Camp Tour May 27, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Those interested will meet at the park office on state Route 18 at 10 a.m. This year marks the 80th anniversary of the creation of the Civilian Conservation Corps. During the program, attendees will learn about the history, local significance and projects throughout the U.S. completed by CCC during the Great Depression.

Following the indoor presentation, there will be a walking tour of one of the camps built by the CCC in the 1930s. The program is free.

For information, go to or call (724) 899-3611.

Hope Players to stage

'Alice in Wonderland Jr.'

HOPEDALE - The Hope Players have announced the cast for their upcoming production of "Disney's Alice in Wonderland Jr.," set at 7:30 p.m. May 3-4 and 2 p.m. May 5 at Harrison East Elementary School.

The musical is based on Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and its sequel, "Through the Looking Glass" and Disney's 1951 animated feature. It includes all the familiar songs from movie, including "I'm Late" and "The Un-birthday Song," as well as "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah" from Disney's 1946 feature, "Song of the South." "Alice Jr." was adapted for the stage by David Sympatico and Bryan Louiselle.

"This cast features a wonderful mixture of experienced actors and young actors making their first appearance on any stage," according to Hope Players Executive Director Andrew Pelegreen III. The musical director is Judy Kuryn, the choreographer is Cerra Atkins and the technical director is Jack Carbasho.

They are aided by assistant director and Hope Players president Donna Runt, assistant technical director Miranda Casto and "various assistant" Jackie Hunt. Chris and Jay Binger are in charge of set design and construction.

Pelegreen noted that two young actresses will alternate in the roles of Alice and Petunia - Ellie Talbott and Cheyenne Shrieve. Tall Alice will be portrayed by Raven Alexis Cruz, and Small Alice will be played by Cloe M. Leek.

Chase Hervey is cast as the White Rabbit. Spencer Robinson will portray the Mad Hatter.

Jacqui Huebner has been assigned the triple roles of the March Hare, Mathilda and Daisy. Shawn Hervey and Cassie Bellerive will play the King and Queen of Hearts. It will take three actresses to bring the Cheshire Cat to life - Brooklyn Binger, Destiny Ortiz and Claire Leek.

Other actors playing the colorful Lewis Carroll characters in the production include Scott Chancey and Travis Kelley as Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, Dakota Kinkaid as the Caterpillar, Skyler Dye as the Dodo Bird and Christopher Hunt as the Doorknob.

Other cast members include Aqua Beckett as Rose, Patrisha Hood as Lily, Ruby Foutz as Violet and Cecilia Bellerive, Dakota Evans, Nicolas Evans, Wyatt Hervey and Aiden Raber as Royal Cardsmen. Various cast members will double in second and third roles, with many of them making up the chorus of Rock Lobsters.

Advance tickets for "Disney's Alice in Wonderland Jr." are $5 for adults and $3 for students. Prices at the door are $7 for adults and $5 for students. Advance tickets are available from any cast member or at the Hopedale Village Building Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets also may be purchased by calling Runt at (740) 937-2208 or Pelegreen at (740) 937-2629.

The Hope Players are dedicated to presenting family-friendly community theater for area residents. For information, go to

Three's Company

at Zalenski's

WINTERSVILLE - Three's Company will perform at Zalenski's Family Eatery & Pub, 47 Cadiz Road, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday.

The band plays a variety of music, and Kelly Camarote is the lead singer, Linda Hilty is on bass and Kevin Dennis is on guitar.

Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson coming to First Niagara

BURGETTSTOWN - Maroon 5 with special guests Kelly Clarkson and Rozzi Crane will be at First Niagara Pavilion on Aug. 6.

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

Keith Urban at First Niagara Pavilion

BURGETTSTOWN -Keith Urban will appear with Little Big Town and special guest Dustin Lynch at the First Niagara Pavilion on Sept. 13.

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

Mark Morris Dance group

coming to


PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Dance Council, a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, will present world renowned Mark Morris Dance Group at the Byham Theater at 8 p.m. on May 4.

Tickets, which range $19 to $48, may be purchased at the box office at Theater Square; online at; or by calling (412) 456-6666.

Anthony Bourdain, Eric Ripert making

Pittsburgh visit

PITTSBURGH - Join Anthony Bourdain and his good friend, Eric Ripert internationally renowned chefs, authors, and television personalities as they share stories and muse on the place of food in our personal, community and global life.

Their Good vs. Evil tour will visit Pittsburgh May 6 at the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts. It will be a truly engaging evening of storytelling and observation, providing frank and provocative insight into what really goes on behind kitchen doors. Tickets range $45 to $65 and are available by phone, at (412) 456-6666; online at; or in person at the Theater Square box office.

Kid Rock, ZZ

Top coming to Burgettstown

BURGETTSTOWN - Kid Rock with ZZ Top and Uncle Kracker will be at First Niagara Pavilion on Sept. 7.

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

Matchbox Twenty, Goo Goo Dolls at

First Niagara

BURGETTSTOWN - Matchbox Twenty and Goo Goo Dolls will be at First Niagara Pavilion on June 29.

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

Harry Connick Jr. coming to

Heinz Hall

PITTSBURGH - Harry Connick Jr. comes to Heinz Hall at 8 p.m. on June 27.

Connick Jr.'s meteoric rise in the world of music was only a prelude to a multifaceted career. This pianist, vocalist, composer, band leader, actor and philanthropist has received awards and recognition for his live and recorded musical performances and for his achievements on screens large and small as well as the Broadway stage.

For tickets, go to; or the ticket office.

The Art of Wine at Stifel center

WHEELING - A wine tasting and five-course dinner at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Stifel Fine Arts Center.

Its annual Art of Wine Dinner will include a five-course meal prepared by Charlie Schlegel of Ye Olde Alpha. Guests will be able to purchase their favorite vintages and browse the Crosscurrents art exhibition.

The cost is $55. For reservations, call (304) 242-7700.

Towngate Theatre to stage 'Political Little One'

WHEELING -Oglebay Institute's Towngate Theatre will offer a staged reading of Wheeling playwright Jeremy Richter's full-length play "Political Little One" at 8 p.m. Saturday.

The play is based on the case of Lucy Bagby, a young Wheeling woman who was believed to be the last slave returned under the Fugitive Slave Act before the Civil War.

Richter is an award-winning playwright and theater artist from Wheeling. His is the author of several plays including his most recent work, the musical "Wh@t If?" which had several successful limited runs this past year including five performances at the June Havoc Theatre in New York.

Richter will direct the Towngate reading and has surrounded himself with an excellent cast of area actors. John E. Reilly and Vincent Marshall play Col. Knox and Maj. Loring, respectively. Michael Aulick is Algernon Pratt. Ron Scott Jr. portrays Philip Herbert. Russell Gilliam is Howard Munson and Tyzaya Manns is Grant Walker.

The Friday event is the first public reading of the full script. The start of the piece was commissioned by the Wheeling Arts Commission as part of the city's inaugural Arts Fest and premiered in 2011 at Independence Hall.

For tickets and information, go to or call (304) 242-7700 or at the door the night of the show. The performance is part of Towngate's Second Season, a new addition to the OI entertainment lineup that features theatrical readings, poetry, improvisation and more.

Muse, Cage the Elephant coming to Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - Muse with special guest Cage the Elephant will play at the CONSOL Energy Center on Sept. 8.

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

National Pike Picker at Holy Grounds Cafe

MARTINS FERRY - The Holy Grounds Cafe welcomes local bluegrass band National Pike Pickers today. The coffeehouse is open from 7 9:30 p.m. The first hour will feature open mic, with any local musicians welcome to perform. The National Pike Pickers will take the stage at 8 p.m.

TheNational Pike Pickers are John Angius, guitar; Dave Visnic, fiddle; Jim Simpson, mandolin; and Jeff Strautmann, doghouse bass. Former Short Crick Flatpickers, John, Dave and Jeff have performed together in the Wheeling area for more than 30 years. In 2011, the three joined with Jim Simpson, who has performed in several Philadelphia area bands and recently in the local favorite the Cabin Fever Band. The band's talent is exceptional and their musical range appeals to all ages.

There is no cover charge at the coffeehouse, and beverages and snacks are available for a minimum donation. Holy Grounds Cafe is at 410 Hanover St. in Martins Ferry. For information, call (740) 633-2699.

Gallery Crawl comes to


PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the upcoming Gallery Crawl to take place 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 26 in downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District.

The Gallery Crawl is an urban showcase featuring a wide variety of thought provoking art exhibitions, live bands, DJs, dance, theater and more. Everything from the traditional to the avant garde is on display for art lovers of all ages.

Gallery Crawl events are free and open to the public. For information and a map of events, visit or call (412) 456-6666.

Mystery Theatre Unlimited is

coming to Mingo

MINGO JUNCTION - Mystery Theatre Unlimited brings its newest mystery dinner theater production, "Dead of the Class," to Mingo Junction for the Woman's Club of Mingo Junction's fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Knights of Columbus Hall located at 117 Legion Drive.

The show supports the woman's club youth programs.

As the Class of 1988 prepares for its 25th reunion, committee members become embroiled in fighting among themselves about old rivalries, missed opportunities and failed romances, leading to laughter for the audience and making the reunion a lethal one for the characters.

Leading the committee is Coach Krunk (Michael Moran), a recent release from the Gary Busey School of Anger Management. Once-upon-a-time star quarterback Tank Hughes (Bert Furioli) had a disappointing post-high school career, but is determined to relive his former glory. Tank's ex-girlfriend, former head cheerleader, Miss Popularity and Mean Girls Club President Holly Hox (Shannan Noe) also is on the committee, and former valedictorian - and favorite target for Tank's bullying - Marvin Gardens (Ryan Sears) is determined to win her affection. Brilliant Olive Boyle (Butch Maxwell) nurses a life-long crush on Marvin and, overshadowed by Holly, can't catch his attention.

In the first act, Tank and Holly challenge one another to turn the "nerds" into swans by the reunion, while Coach Krunk attempts to hold on to his temper and popular 1980s hits are parodied.

Mystery theatre performances include audience interaction and the opportunity to solve a murder mystery. Audience members are encouraged to gather clues, talk to the characters and question the survivors. Selected audience members will play small parts during the show.

"Dead of the Class" is the company's 54th unique show, written by cast members Sears, Furioli and Maxwell. The show is appropriate for all ages.

Reservations must be made in advance by calling (740) 598-1689 or (740) 282-3246.

For private party inquiries, call (304) 280-8681.

For information, visit

Lasers of Oz to

be presented

PITTSBURGH - The Carnegie Science Center will present "The Lasers of Oz," currently running, immersing visitors in the music of "The Wizard of Oz" and a laser light show including color, animated graphics and 3-D atmospheric effects in the Buhl Planetarium.

Featuring songs such as "Follow the Yellow Brick Road," "Over the Rainbow" and "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead," "The Lasers of Oz" kicks off the science center's laser show season. Shows include 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, "Oz"; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturday, "Bob Marley"; 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, "No Doubt"; 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, "Nirvana"; 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, "SkrillStep: The Music of Skrillex"; midnight Fridays and Saturdays, "Pink Floyd"; 3 p.m. daily, "Oz"; and 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, "Bob Marley."

The cost is $2 for members and $8 for nonmembers. A second show ticket can be purchased for $5.

For information, visit

Upcoming events

at Historic Fort Steuben

STEUBENVILLE - The annual Spring Quilt Show at the Historic Fort Steuben is currently running through April 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.

On Saturday 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.

Jewelry artist Paula Crevoshay coming

to Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - Award-winning jewelry artist Paula Crevoshay will be featured in a single-artist exhibition, "Garden of Light: Works by Paula Crevoshay" through Aug. 11 at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History's Wertz Galley, part of the museum's Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems.

Many of the pieces from the nature-themed collection will be shown juxtaposed with minerals and insects from the museum's collection. Some of the one-of-a-kind pieces include gem-encrusted orchids; characters such as sprites and nymphs; "ecosystems" with pieces reflecting relationships between plants, insects and the elements; and gold, opals, sapphires and rare conch pearls.

"It's in our nature to mimic nature," said Crevoshay. "As an artist, I mirror back to nature that which it inspires in me, which, in turn, strikes a chord in my viewers."

'Clybourne Park' at

Pittsburgh Public Theater

PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Public Theater will present Bruce Norris' "Clybourne Park," winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, Britain's Olivier Award and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play, currently running through May 19 at the O'Reilly Theater in the Cultural District.

"Clybourne Park" revolves around a Chicago home at 406 Clybourne St. in two separate years: 1959 and 2009. It is the same house that was featured in Lorraine Hansberry's 1959 drama about race and real estate, "A Raisin in the Sun."

In the first act of "Clybourne Park," Karl Lindner - who first appeared in "A Raisin in the Sun" - tries to convince the white owners of 406 Clybourne St. not to sell their home to a black family. In the second act, 50 years have passed and the neighborhood is now a black community. When a white family buys 406 Clybourne St., intending to tear it down and rebuild a larger home on the property, a black couple from the local owner's association challenges the architectural integrity of their plans.

The same seven actors play different characters in each act. The cast includes Brad Bellamy, Bjorn DuPaty, Megan Hill, Tim McGeever, Jared McGuire, Chandra Thomas and Lynne Wintersteller. It is directed by Pamela Berlin, who directed "Red" at The Public last season.

The design team for Pittsburgh Public Theater's production of Clybourne Park includes Michael Schweikardt (scenic), Suzanne Chesney (costumes), John Lasiter (lighting), and Zach Moore (sound). Fred Noel is the production stage manager, and Christine Schott is the assistant stage manager.

Clybourne Park is recommended for mature audiences.

Tickets are $29 to $60. Students and those 26 and younger can purchase tickets for $15.75 with a valid identification.

For tickets, call (412) 316-1600 or visit

College to host

car-cycle show

STEUBENVILLE - Easter Gateway Community College will host the 14th-annual car and motorcycle show, a judged show held by the Ohio Valley Mopar Club, on April 27.

The show will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., with registration from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost per entry is $5.

Twenty trophies in a variety of categories will be awarded as well as 100 dash plaques for the first 100 registered. For information, call (304) 479-0225 or (740) 283-2531 or visit

In the event of rain, the event will be moved to May 4.

Dance group

performance slated

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Dance Council will present the Mark Morris Dance Group at 8 p.m. May 4 at the Byham Theater.

Morris has spent time in Europe studying the flamenco, before moving to New York, where he performed with several companies before forming the Mark Morris Dance Group in 1980. He has worked with many ballet companies and received eleven honorary doctorates. He has received awards including the Benjamin Franklin Creativity Laureate Award in 2012 and the Leonard Bernstein Lifetime Achievement Award for the Elevation of Music in Society in 2010.

Mark Morris Dance Group travels internationally, working only with live accompaniment in practice and performance.

In 1988 the group traveled to Belgium's Theatre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels to accept a three-year residence as the national dance company. Since completing the residency, Mark Morris Dance Group returned to New York where they continue to create innovations in modern dance.

Morris has created more than 130 works for his dance group.

Tickets are available for $19 to $48 and may be purchased at the Box Office at Theater Square, online at, or by calling (412) 456-6666.

Dinner theater

to benefit Relay

WELLSBURG - The Ohio Valley Cloak and Dagger Co. will present an interactive murder mystery at a dinner show to benefit the American Cancer Society May 4 at Staffileno's on the River.

Tickets are $30 each. Seating is limited, and reservations should be made by calling (304) 374-3335.

Brooke Hills


plans season

WELLSBURG - The Brooke County Arts Council announces the 42nd summer season for the Brooke Hills Playhouse, which performs at the pre-Civil War apple barn located in Brooke Hills Park on state Route 27.

The season begins with "Arsenic and Old Lace" May 31-June 2 and 7-9, followed by "The Haunting of Hill House" June 21-28 and 28-30; "The Drowsy Chaperone," July 12-14 and 19-21; "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," Aug. 2-4 and 9-11; and "Bathroom Humor," Aug. 23-25 and 30-31 and Sept. 1.

Pre-sale ticket combinations include the "Super Star" plan allows patrons five admissions to any show at a cost of $42 for adults, $34 for seniors and students and $26 for children under 12. The "Bright Star" plan allows patrons three admissions to non-musical shows at $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and students and $15 for children under 12. The "Twinkling Star" plan allows admission to one musical and two non-musicals at $27 for adults, $22 for seniors and students and $17 for children under 12.

Single tickets will be available for musicals at a cost of $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students and $8 for children under 12 and for non-musicals at a cost of $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students and $6 for children under 12. Tickets can be purchased by sending a check or money order payable to the Brooke County Arts Council to P.O. Box 186, Wellsburg, WV 26070. All pre-season orders must be made by June 1.

For information, visit the website at

New exhibit at 709 Penn Gallery, Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - In Cast of Characters, new exhibit at 709 Penn Gallery, curators Vicky Clark and Cindy Lisica bring together diverse artists with character-driven work to question the nature of our everyday existence and our relationship to larger-than-life heroes and gods.

Characters' stories combine through humor, insight, passion and intellect, causing viewers to contemplate the world and question our place within it.

Participating artists include Mark Newport, Rei Sato, Jeff Schwarz and Janet Towbin.

709 Penn Gallery is at 709 Penn Ave. For information, visit

Sandra Bernhard coming to


PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents the comedian, singer, actress and author Sandra Bernhard 8 p.m. April 27 to the Byham Theater.

Bernhard's performance is a hybrid of standup comedy and rock 'n roll a unique mixture of political satire, pop culture commentary and cabaret.

Tickets are $35 to $40 and can be purchased at the box office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave.; online at; or by calling (412) 456-6666.

Big Time Rush, Victoria Justice coming to First Niagara Pavilion

BURGETTSTOWN -Big Time Rush and Victoria Justice will perform at the First Niagara Pavilion 7 p.m. on July 14.

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



celebration set

PITTSBURGH - Carnegie Science Center and Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens are teaming up to host Butterfly Weekend June 1-2.

The two-day celebration will give visitors a chance to learn about the life cycle of butterflies and discover why these insects have a remarkable ability to navigate, orient and migrate.

The Science Center will provide hands-on activities and science demos from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 1, and Phipps continues the celebration with butterfly tours and discovery stations from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 2.

The Carnegie Science Center will have life-sized models of each stage in the butterfly life cycle and antennae and scales under microscopes. Visitors will learn about ultraviolet light and how butterflies see, as well as animal coloration. The Science Center's live butterfly tent will be set up so those visiting can learn about the Monarch's habitat, and a few visitors will have the chance to feed the butterflys. Scott Creary, entomologist and Phipps Butterfly Forest exhibit coordinator, will be available.

Special activities also will be available, including creating flip sticks showing butterflys in flight; making butterfly snack bags; story time readings of "Monarch! Come Play With Me!"; and showings of "Flight of the Butterflies." Check the science center website at for times.

Phipps will hold "Behind the Butterflies" tours at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. June 2. Creary will take visitors through the Butterfly Forest and Production Greenhouses to observe the butterfly lab. Tours can be reserved for $2 the day of the event on a first-come, first-served basis, with a maximum of 15-20 people per tour. There will be Discovery Stations in the Children's Discovery Garden to create a craft and pot a plant that attracts butterflies. The science center staff also will be on hand with their life-sized models.

Those who present a "Flight of the Butterflies" ticket stub at Phipps will receive a $2 discount on general admission June 1-14.

Artists coming

to First Niagara

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.

'Price is Right Live!' coming to Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH -The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Steve Litman Presents "The Price is Right Live!" at the Benedum Center at 7:30 p.m. May 9.

For information and tickets visit; call (412) 456-6666; or purchase in person at Theater Square box office, 655 Penn Ave.

Dave Matthews Band, Heart

coming to First Niagara Pavilion

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.

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.




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.

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.

Tom Petty coming

to Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will be coming to the CONSOL Energy Center on 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 (8

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