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April 25, 2013
The Herald-Star

Hillbilly Way coming

to Amity, Pa.

AMITY, Pa. - Formed in 2000 as the PovertyNeck Hillbillies, the Hillbilly Way, featuring all but one original member of the Povertyneck Hillbillies, will be at Inky-Dinky Roadhouse, 339 Amity Ridge Road at 9 p.m. Saturday.

Six of the seven original members have returned to the stage as the Hillbilly Way, a modern country band featuring a Pittsburgh rock edge and distinctive four-part vocal harmonies. Their music has been described as a 1970s rock with a helping of pedal steel and fiddle. Concert-goers should expect to hear a balance of the group's most popular original songs - "Mr. Right Now," "One Night in New Orleans," "Fear of Greyhounds," both past and present and top 40 country tunes. Joining will be special guest, Alex Maxwell.

The cover is $10 at the door for this 21-and-older event. For information, call (724) 228-1059.

For information, visit www.hillbillyway.com or www.facebook.com/thehillbillyway or www.rinkydinksroadhouse.com.

Dan Rooney to release book

at John Heinz History Center

PITTSBURGH - Dan Rooney, chairman of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and architectural historian Carol Peterson will celebrate the release of their new book-"Allegheny City: A History of Pittsburgh's North Side"-on May 1 with a public event hosted by the Senator John Heinz History Center.

The Rooney-Peterson collaboration, published by the University of Pittsburgh Press, is a fascinating and often surprising story that recounts the Allegheny City/North Side history from the days of canals and cotton mills through the present day.

Visitors are invited to attend a book signing with Rooney and Peterson beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the history center, 1212 Smallman St. The co-authors will present a short program about Allegheny City. Copies of the book will be on sale for $24.95 and can be signed by Rooney and Peterson. Admission is free.

Be advised that due to time constraints, Rooney and Peterson will not pose for photographs nor sign any Steelers or NFL memorabilia. These guidelines will be strictly enforced.

For information, contact Sarah E. Rooney, at (412) 454-6373 or serooney@heinzhistorycenter.org.

Chili festival in Wheeling

to take place June 1

WHEELING - It's time to polish up your best recipes and register for the 12th-annual Wheeling Feeling Chili Cookoff, set for June 1 at Wheeling's Heritage Port.

All proceeds once again will benefit the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley.

There is a new category for competition in this year's event, homestyle chili, which means anything goes for ingredients, as long as there are chili spices and peppers included. This new category opens competition to vegetarian and vegan cooks, and those who like to add beans, pasta, potatoes, rice or other similar ingredients to their chili.

The commercial cooks category is open to all comers.

While the commercial division traditionally has included restaurants and caterers, other groups can enter this category, which allows the entrants to bring prepared chili to the event, rather than preparing it on-site.Commercial cooks can sell menu items other than chili and may distribute menus and other giveaways or coupons. They may also promote their businesses or groups any way they like.

Chili cook-offs are eligible for cash prizes. The Wheeling Feeling Chili Cookoff begins at noon, with entertainment by Steel Cassa and Deja' Vu. There also will be a car show. Sponsors for the event are The City of Wheeling, Carenbauer Distributing, Chesapeake Energy, WTRF-TV and JP MorganChase.

For information, call (304) 234-3617 or email chilicookoff@wheelingwv.gov.

Hope Players stage

'Disney's Alice in

Wonderland Jr.'

HOPEDALE - The Hope Players will have a total for four actresses playing Alice in their upcoming production of "Disney's Alice in Wonderland Jr." to be presented at 7:30 p.m. May 3-4 and at 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.

The main role of Alice will alternate between Ellie Talbott, who will play the part on May 3 and May 5 and Cheyenne Shrieve, who will portray the title character May 4.

Because Alice changes physically during the course of the story, two other actresses will play the size-changed Alice at all three performances. Chloe Leek has been cast as Small Alice. Cerra Atkins, the show's choreographer, recently stepped into the role of Tall Alice, after another actress withdrew from the role.

Despite the fact the Leek is only 8 years old and performing her first major role, she has demonstrated her dedication to the part.

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 Hope Players President Donna Runt, at (740) 937-2208 or Executive Director Andrew Pelegreen III at (740) 937-2629.

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

New exhibit at Wood

Galleries, Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - Wood Street Galleries, a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, will present Memento Mori by artist Gregory Barsamian, Friday through June 16.

In a strobe lit room, Barsamian's sculpture spins rapidly on an armature with imagery based on recordings of his dreams. At once low-tech and approachable, Barsamian's work simultaneously floats between the conscious and unconscious worlds in collaboration between artist and perceiver. The exhibit will feature the artist's work that combines mixed medium such as steel, wood and bronze; and steel, acrylic medium, paper, strobe and motor. Wood Street Galleries is at 601 Wood St.

Magic, mind reading at Towngate, Wheeling

WHEELING - City native and internationally renowned "extraordinist" Craig Karges combines magic, mind reading and mysticism, including a Victorian-era seance, to deliver an unforgettable evening in the intimate setting of the historic Towngate Theatre at 6 p.m. May 30.

It is also a night to indulge the senses. Guests will be treated to premium wines and delectable fare prior to the show, at intermission and during a post-performance reception.

An award-winning entertainer, Karges dramatizes the unknown, the unexplained and the unbelievable. He has made more than 5,000 appearances in 22 countries on four continents and in all 50 states. He is now making a rare, local appearance in his hometown to benefit Oglebay Institute's Towngate Theatre.

Tickets are $75 and can be purchased by calling (304) 2420-4200. Seating is limited to 166. Organizers expect a full house, and early registration is encouraged.

Joseph Sisters at

Generations Restaurant

& Pub, Wheeling

WHEELING - The Joseph Sisters Band will be performing beginning at 10:30 p.m. Saturday at Generations Restaurant & Pub, 38 National Road.

For information, go to www.generationswhg.com/home.php

Uncle Eddie and Robin

at Holy Grounds Cafe

MARTINS FERRY - Holy Grounds Cafe is pleased to host Uncle Eddie and Robin today.

The coffeehouse is open from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.. An open mic session will run for the first hour, so any musicians looking to perform a couple of songs in front of a live audience should come early to sign up. Uncle Eddie and Robin will take the stage shortly after 8 p.m. The band's profile on Facebook "We're not your typical old folkies. We love to sing and play all kinds of music from old timey to new age."

At Holy Grounds, hot and cold drinks and a variety of snacks are available for a minimal donation. There is also a pool table and free WiFi. Holy Grounds Cafe is at 410 Hanover St. For information, call (740) 633-2699.

Under the Influence

Tour coming to

First Niagara Pavilion

BURGETTSTOWN - The Under The Influence of Music Tour featuring Wiz Khalifa and A$AP Rocky with special guests B.o.B., Trinidad Jame$, Joey Bada$$ & Pro Era, Berner, Chevy Woods and Smoke DZA to First Niagara Pavilion at 6 p.m. Aug. 3.

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

Discovery Basecamp at Carnegie Museum

of Natural History

PITTSBURGH - The Carnegie Museum of Natural History will open the Discovery Basecamp Saturday, a new, 1,900-square-foot gallery devoted to hands-on, interactive learning featuring real and replica specimens, educational kits and observational tools in the Lee B. Foster Overlook, above Dinosaurs in Their Time.

Many of the activities previously part of the Discovery Room, which closed April 1, and the temporary Exploration Basecamp will be available, as well as new activities, based on research on learning. Visitors will interact with museum staff and each other. "Tackle boxes," part of the museum's educational loan collection allow an in-depth examination of world cultures and the natural world. Question Cards include prompts to encourage scientific investigation. Skill-builder stations encourage observation and interpretation, then challenges visitors to use those skills at museum exhibits. "How a Scientist Sees It" activities encourages visitors to join Carnegie scientists in identifying plant and animal specimens. Visitors also can explore a scientist's toolbox of magnifying glasses and microscopes or watch animals in the wild on video monitors.

The Discovery Basecamp also will feature changing exhibits, such as seasonal changes, climate change, biodiversity and experimental exhibits.

Discovery Basecamp is available during museum hours and access is included with regular admission.

Discount admission to Carnegie

Museums of Art and Natural History

PITTSBURGH - The Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History are offering discounted general admission to all visitors after 4 p.m. Thursdays.

Admissions for adults and seniors will be $10, and children and student admissions will be $5. The admission includes both the art and natural history museums.

The museum of art's Culture Club, a salon-style program encouraging conversation about art and life, is held select Thursday nights. Admission is $10 and includes general admission, gallery discussion and one drink ticket.

Discounted admission is for general admission only; admission to special programs is not included. Normal parking fees apply; parking is $5 per car after 4 p.m.

Tracy Allen and the Sin Circus

coming to Zalenski's

WINTERSVILLE - Performer and Nashville recording star Tracy Allen and the Sin Circus are coming for an 8 p.m. show Friday to Zalenski's Family Pub and Eatery, 547 Cadiz Road.

There is no cover charge for the show, with the performance to take place in the dining room.

Tracy Allen and the Sin Circus comprises two phases of a musical good time -Allen and his acoustic partner Michael Burrell play three, 40-minute sets of today's top 40, country and rock, including classics by Journey, Bon Jovi, Florida Georgia line, the Eagles and Hunter Hays, just to name a few. The second phase includes inviting the audience to sing along to their favorite song acoustic style on stage.

Currently Allen travels the country promoting his self-titled album and opening for artists such as Jamey Johnson, Trent Tomlinson and Brett Michaels. Allen can be heard on www.reverbnation.com.

For information, call (740) 264-2144.

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 Saturday, and Sunday, 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, Sunday, 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 www.friendsofraccoon.org or call (724) 899-3611.

Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson

coming to First Niagara Pavilion

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

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

Keith Urban coming to

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 www.livenation.com; Ticketmaster outlets; or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000.

Anthony Bourdain, Eric Ripert

coming to

Pittsburgh

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 TrustArts.org; or in person at the Theater Square box office.

Kid Rock, ZZ Top, others 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 www.livenation.com; Ticketmaster outlets; or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000.

Matchbox Twenty, Goo Goo Dolls coming to

Burgettstown

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

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

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 www.livenation.com; all Ticketmaster outlets; or by calling (800) 745-3000.

Harry Connick Jr. to perform at 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 www.livenation.com; www.pittsburghsymphony.org or the ticket office.

Gallery Crawl coming to

Pittsburgh

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 www.TrustArts.org. or call (412) 456-6666.

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 www.livenation.com; Ticketmaster outlets; or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000.

'Lasers of Oz' to be

presented at Carnegie

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 CarnegieScienceCenter.org.

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 www.ppt.org.

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 www.egcc.edu.

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

Dance group

performance set

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 www.trustarts.org, 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

Playhouse

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 www.brookehillsplayhouse.com.

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 www.TrustArts.org.

Sandra Bernhard coming to

Pittsburgh

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 www.trustarts.org; or by calling (412) 456-6666.

Butterfly Weekend

celebration planned

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 CarnegieScienceCenter.org 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.

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 www.MOREatMountaineer.com; www.etix.com; at Mountaineer's players club; or by calling 800-80-40-HOT (800-804-0468) extension 8297.

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, www.PghKids.org 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.

'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 www.TrustArts.org; call (412) 456-6666; or purchase in person at Theater Square box office, 655 Penn Ave.

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 www.MOREatMountaineer.com; www.etix.com; 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 www.livenation.com; all Ticketmaster outlets; or by calling (800) 745-3000.

Bret Michaels coming

 
 

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