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September 5, 2013
The Herald-Star

'God of Carnage' to be staged at Towngate Theatre, Wheeling

WHEELING - Towngate Theatre opens its 2013-14 season with acclaimed black comedy "God of Carnage," Sept. 20-22 and 27-28.

Written by Yasimina Reza and translated by Christopher Hampton, "God of Carnage" follows a comedic clash of lifestyles and principles precipitated by a meeting between two married couples when discussing a fight between their 11-year-old sons. What starts as a civil encounter degenerates into irrational arguments over social issues, including racism, prejudice and homophobia - leaving one to wonder whose behavior is more childish. Towngate's production is directed by Bill Cornforth.

Curtain is at 8 p.m. with a 3 p.m. matinee Sept. 22. Tickets are $12.50 and can be purchased by calling (304) 242-7700.

Towngate is in Wheeling's Centre Market district at 2118 Market St.

Jazz at the Stifel Center upcoming

WHEELING - Oglebay Institute opens is 2013-14 Jazz at the Stifel series with a performance by Catch 22 at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Stifel Fine Arts Center on National Road.

Formed by faculty members from the guitar department of Pittsburgh's Duquesne University during a 1989 tribute concert, the group has received tremendous critical and public acclaim since for their technical abilities, musicality, showmanship and musical sense of humor.

Admission is $20. Register by calling (304) 242-7700.

Pittsburgh Dance Council to begin season

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Dance Council, a division of Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, announces an array of dance from around the world that will grace the stages this season.

The season includes:

Compagnie Marie Chouinard, 8 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Byham Theater.

Chouinard creates dance conceived from primeval dreams- earthy and strong, yet shaped by irrepressible secrets and unseen dimensions in time.

Zimmermann and de Perrot, 8 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Byham Theater.

With a great deal of mischief but at the same time, anger and depth, the duo Zimmermann and de Perrot present a disconcertingly original marriage of theatre, circus and dance.

Compagnie K-fig, 8 p.m. Feb. 1 at Byham Theater.

This innovative hip-hop ensemble has become an international phenomenon, touring the world with sold out performances and rave reviews.

Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve, 8 p.m. March 8 at Byham Theater.

Directed by Philippe Cohen, the Geneva Ballet is known around the world for its exquisite dancers and exciting artistic collaborations.

Wendy Whelan Project, 8 p.m. March 22 at Byham Theater.

Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, 8 p.m. April 26 at Byham Theater.

Award-winning, anatomy-defying British choreographer Wayne McGregor's groundbreaking vision embraces dance, science, film, music, visual art and technology to create intriguing, expansive works.

To subscribe for the season, call (412) 456-1390 or go to For information, call (412) 456-6666 or visit

Brooke County Historical Museum and Culture Center holds events

WELLSBURG - The Brooke County Historical Museum and Culture Center will host a variety of upcoming activities.

Sept. 14 - Patriots and Heroes Day, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Guest speaker Bob Henry Baber, director of Veterans Legacy Project photography book, "Heroes Among Us,"

will be on display at our museum throughout the month of September.

Sept. 15 - Brooke County Athletics, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The is a special Presentation from Bud Billiard to the museum board and kicks off the creation of a history display of athletics in Brooke County.

Sept. 18 -Regional Antique Car Tour, begins at 10 a.m. on Charles Street.

Sept. 20-21 - The Wellsburg High School reunion of Class of 1963. In honor of this special celebration the museum will be open and composite pictures available for viewing between the hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Oct. 5 - Apple Festival open house, 1 p.m. This will feature guest speaker Anna Egan Smucker, a West Virginia author of children's books.

Oct. 26 - Born of Rebellion - A Civil War display. This special display will be available for viewing through Nov. 11 and is a pictorial illustration of West Virginia's birth, courtesy of the W.Va. Department of Culture and History.

"Thanks to the excellent feedback received from the region since the relocation of the museum from Main Street to Charles Street this past year, the board is planning more events and activities to meet the needs of the viewing public," said Ruby Greathouse, acting curator. "Several historically significant donations have been received this past year, including Duval Glass, Civil War items, Wheeling Pitt products and pictures, World War II memorabilia, 1890s musical instruments and a 1797-1994 jail display all of which should prove very interesting to the public."

"We have a few minor first floor renovations to finish between now and the first part of next year," said Phil Greathouse, vice president. "Plus, we have a second floor that can be renovated to create an open display area for artistic and cultural special events and shows."

Patrons of the arts are encouraged to contact the museum to help with suggestions, volunteer time or other forms of assistance. The museum is open 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Special tours may be scheduled by calling Ruby Greathouse, at (304) 737-4060.

The museum is at 704 Charles St. For information, email or call (304) 737-4060.

Hometown-Homegrown coming to Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - The Senator John Heinz History Center will celebrate the region's passion for food at the second-annual Hometown-Homegrown, a fun and flavorful food expo presented in partnership with GoodTaste! Pittsburgh from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Visitors can sample a delicious assortment of foods from nearly 30 local vendors representing the best of the 'Burgh's neighborhoods and swap recipes with the region's culinary experts. Featured vendors for this second-annual event include Pittsburgh staples such as the Original Oyster House, the 142-year-old Market Square seafood landmark and Uncle Charley's Sausage, a nationally recognized business that has served the region since 1988.

Last year, Hometown-Homegrown attracted nearly 1,500 visitors to the History Center.

At this year's event, visitors can try pierogies from six different Pittsburgh-based vendors and then vote for "Pittsburgh's Perfect Pierogi."

The center is at 1212 Smallman St. For information, go to

Festival of Colors at Moundsville

MOUNDSVILLE - New Vrindaban, home of the Palace of Gold, will host its second-annual Festival of Colors from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 14.

The Festival of Colors is an exuberant event, full of excitement and many bright colors. The theme of the festival is "Color your life and throw your worries to the wind!" This festival brings people together from all cultural backgrounds, united in their desire to celebrate life and to promote love and friendship.

During the all-day party, every hour there will be a group color throwing, where brightly colored organic powders are tossed into the air. Five bands will be playing live music all day long. Everyone will get to taste delicious vegetarian food, and to learn some yoga. The festival package includes the meal, a set of four-color bags and an attractive T-shirt.

At last year's inaugural festival, more than 1,300 participants joined in throwing colors, chanting, dancing to the live music and tasting the food. Festival of Colors is celebrated by millions of people all over the world, making it the most popular Indian cultural festival.

For information, visit The venue is at the Palace of Gold, 3759 McCrearys Ridge Road.

Appraisers at Cabela's, Wheeling

WHEELING - Oglebay Institute is welcoming internationally known appraisers Tim Luke and Greg Strahm Sept. 14 for an appraisal event at Cabela's at the Highlands.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. area residents can bring items to Cabela's to be appraised by these antiques experts, who will estimate each item's worth, comment on the value and significance and give detailed information about its history. From antiques and artwork to toys and collectibles, nothing is too big or too small, too weird or too old.

Luke and Strahm, co-owners of TreasureQuest Appraisal Group Inc. and known affectionately in antiques' circles as "the fric and frac of knick and knack," are accredited appraisers with the International Society of Appraisers and have more than 20 years of experience in the appraisals and auction business. Their extensive background in the antiques and collectibles field has taken them around the world, providing auction, appraisal and consultation services. Each September they visit Wheeling to conduct appraisal events and share their antiques knowledge and advice with local residents. Proceeds from the event support the Museums of Oglebay Institute.

Appraisal fees are charged by the item, with a limit of eight items per person. The cost is $15 per item or four items for $50. Items will be appraised on a first-come, first-served basis. All those having items appraised will be entered for a chance to win a $500 Cabela's gift card. One entry will be given for each item appraised.

For information, call (304) 242-7272.

'Ghost - the Musical' coming to Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - "Ghost - the Musical" will premiere in Pittsburgh from Dec. 31 through Jan. 5 at Heinz Hall.

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

Single tickets go on sale in mid-November and will be available in person at the box office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave.; by visiting; or by calling (412) 392-4900. To purchase a subscription to the PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh series, call (412) 456-1390 or email

'The Lion King' coming to Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust will serve as the third city in the country to present an autism-friendly performance of Disney's "The Lion King,"tailored to the needs of adults and children on the autism spectrum.

The special performance is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Benedum Center, 237 Seventh St. Seats are available and can be purchased at For information, call (412) 456-2670.

Modeled after similar performances presented by the Theater Development Fund on Broadway and the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in Houston, the performance will provide a friendly and supportive environment for the audience. Slight adjustments to the production will be implemented, including the reduction of jarring sounds and the elimination of strobe lights focused into the audience. In addition, the Benedum Center lobby will offer quiet spaces and activity areas for families, while trained staff and volunteers provide encouragement and assistance to patrons. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is working with Disney Theatrical Productions and engaging local autism organizations and a host of local community liaisons who are expertly advising on various aspects of the project.

Parody of 'Fifty Shades' coming to Byham Theater, Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - "SPANK! - the Fifty Shades Parody" is a new comedy that brings all the naughty fun of the best-selling book to life.

This is a clever re-imagining of the characters as they come alive with hysterical comedy, musical numbers, steamy performances from the leading hunk in the grey tie and plus lots of surprises. For information, go to

"SPANK!" returns to the Byham Theater 8 p.m. Sept. 19-21. Tickets start at $35.50 and can be purchased at; or through the box office, at (412) 456-6666.

The story follows the writer and main character, E.B. Janet, as she sends her husband and children away to partake in a weekend of writing. Setting her sites on a tale of erotica, she enlists a bottle of chardonnay as her co-author for the weekend.

Her fantasy builds around the relationship of a young innocent girl, Tasha Wood, and a handsome man that she finds herself involved with, Hugh Hansen. Producer Michael Mills promises "a laugh-filled evening that captures all of the escapist fun and absurdity of the novel, bringing the characters to light with creative and fun musical numbers."

Anthony Cools coming to Mountaineer

CHESTER -Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort will feature world famous hypnotist Anthony Cools at 8 p.m. on Oct. 12 in the ballroom.After a hilarious show in May, the uncensored comedic hypnotist is back by popular demand for an October show. 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 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 theatre 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 participants into a relaxed, hypnotic state, which actually become the show itself. Cools tours the country bringing sold-out rooms to tears and fits of laughter.

Tickets are general admission by section and are just $40 plus taxes and fees. Attendees must be 18 years or older to attend.

Tickets can be purchased at; at Mountaineer's players club; or by calling (800) 804-0468 extension 8297.

Loretta Lynn coming to Mountaineer

CHESTER - Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort will feature legendary country music artist Loretta Lynn at 8 p.m. Nov. 16 in the Harv events center.In addition to being "first," she also was "great" and "different." Lynn's instantly recognizable delivery is one of the greatest country music voices in history.

As for "different," no songwriter has a more distinctive body of work. In lyrics such as "Don't Come Home A-Drinkin'" and "Your Squaw Is on the War Path," she refused to be any man's doormat. She challenged female rivals in "You Ain't Woman Enough" and "Fist City." She showed tremendous blue-collar pride in "Coal Miner's Daughter" and "You're Lookin' at Country."

She is unafraid of controversy, whether the topic is sex ("Wings Upon Your Horns"), divorce ("Rated X"), alcohol ("Wouldn't It Be Great"), war ("Dear Uncle Sam") or "The Pill," her celebration of sexual liberation, which were among some of her songs to be banned by many radio stations.

For 2013, a special seating section has been added to the Harv and features reserved seating in the first four center rows.

Tickets are general admission by section. Ticket pricing is $20 for bleachers; $30 for Section D; $40 for Section C; $50 for Section B; $60 for Section A; and $80 for reserved.

There is an additional $2.50 service fee, as well as tax. Tickets can be purchased at;; at Mountaineer's players club; or by calling (800) 804-0468 extension 8297.

Harry Potter spoof coming to Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents the hit off-Broadway show "Potted Potter - the Unauthorized Harry Experience - A Parody by Dan and Jeff" at the Nov. 20-24 Byham Theater. Ticket prices begin at $35 and are available at; by calling (412) 456-6666; or in person at the Theater Square box office, 655 Penn Ave. A critic's Pick by the New York Times, New York Magazine and Time Out London, "Potted Potter" won the prestigious 2012 Olivier Award nomination for best entertainment and family show and has played to sold-out houses worldwide.

Bull riding at Mountaineer

CHESTER - Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort will present two bull riding events in the Harv on Sept. 28-29. Professional bull riders and their animal athlete counterparts will be featured when Mountaineer brings the five- time award-winning Buckin' B Cattle Co. Championship Bull Riding tour to the Northern Panhandle.The Buckin' B Cattle Co., which was formed by award-winning bull rider Matt DeJohn, won the Southern Extreme Bull Riding Association Producer of the Year award in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012.Tickets are general admission by section. Ticket pricing per day is as follows: C-bleachers, $20; B-floor seating, $30; and A- bleachers, $40. There is an additional $2.50 service fee, as well as tax on ticket sales. Reserved seating is not available for these events. Tickets can be purchased at;; at Mountaineer's players club; or by calling (800) 80-40-HOT (800-804-0468), extension 8297.

Pearl Jam coming to Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - Pearl Jam will appear at the CONSOL Energy Center on Oct. 11.For tickets, go to; all Ticketmaster outlets; or by calling (800) 745-3000.

Music at Buhl Planetarium

PITTSBURGH - Carnegie Science Center offers a spectacular sight and sound experience at the Buhl Planetarium for visitors of all ages, with a new show lineup that will run through Oct. 10. The Beatles, Sublime and Queen laser shows, offering animated graphics and 3-D atmospheric effects, are back by popular demand. Visitors also will have the chance to experience Justin Bieber's chart-topping music in Laser Bieber and to celebrate a cinematic classic with the Lasers of Oz.Laser shows at the center offer a wide range of musical styles and genres, including SkrillStep and Midnight Floyd a Science Center staple for decades. The new show schedule includes Monday through Friday, Laser Bieber at 3 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m., the Lasers of Oz, and 3 p.m., Laser Bieber; evening shows Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m., the Lasers of Oz; 8 p.m., the Beatles; 9 p.m., Queen; 10 p.m., Sublime; 11 p.m., SkrillStep; and midnight, Midnight Floyd.Cost for laser show admission is $2 for members and $8 for non-members. A second laser show or Omnimax ticket can be purchased for an additional $5. Show times and descriptions are available at

Il Volo coming to Heinz Hall

PITTSBURGH - Il Volo with special guest Nikki Yanofsky visit Heinz Hall Wednesday.

For tickets, go to;; or the symphony box office.

Civil War exhibit at Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - The Senator John Heinz History Center will provide visitors with an in-depth look at Pennsylvania's significant role during the Civil War as part of its new major exhibition, Pennsylvania's Civil War, which is currently running.

In addition to highlighting the state's contributions to important conflicts such as the Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania's Civil War showcases Pittsburgh's role as the "Arsenal of the Union" and the impact that Western Pennsylvanians had on the war on the battlefield and on the home front. The exhibition is a key component in a series of History Center programs and publications developed in partnership with PA Civil War 150, the statewide initiative to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

Pennsylvania's Civil War features more than 150 artifacts, including items on loan from the Smithsonian Institution, the State Museum of Pennsylvania and the National Civil War Museum, along with rare archival images, six life-like museum figures and immersive settings. The exhibition helps to bring to life the personal stories of those impacted during the four-year war, including soldiers, women, African-Americans and children.

The center utilized an innovative 3-D printing process to create a 26-foot-long, nine-ton smooth bore Rodman Cannon, underwritten by Dan and Bonnie Sandman. It provides a life-size example of Pittsburgh's military production and prowess during the Civil War. The original cannon, built in 1864 at the Fort Pitt Foundry in Pittsburgh's Strip District, weighed nearly 90 tons. The cannon could shoot a 20-inch cannonball 4.5 miles and was designed and cast using groundbreaking technology developed by Thomas Jackson Rodman.

Many of the artifacts featured in the exhibit are selected from the history center's collection, as well as private collectors, including noted Civil War author Kenneth Turner.

The History Center and Sports Museum are at 1212 Smallman St. in the city's Strip District.

Submarine visits at Carnegie Science Center

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

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

Because of the submarine's structure, Requin Tech Tours require full mobility, and tour size is limited to 12 people. Participants must be 15 or older. Cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Advanced reservations are required by calling (412) 237-1637.

Visitors wishing to go on a self-guided tour of the USS Requin are welcome to do so daily from 10 am to 4:30 pm daily. Self-guided tours of the submarine are included with general admission to the Science Center; admission to the submarine is $5 for walk-ups who have not purchased center admission.

Admission to museums free to active military

PITTSBURGH - Admission to the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History will be free to all active duty military personnel and their families through Monday as part of the Blue Star Museums Program. The museums offer 50 percent off admission for active military personnel year-round for up to four people per military identification. Admission to fee-based programs is not included.

Regular parking rates apply.

The museums are two of more than 1,800 museums participating in the Blue Star project, an National Endowment of the Arts initiative to bring arts programs to military members and their families.

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

Kid Rock, ZZ Top coming to Burgettstown

BURGETTSTOWN - Kid Rock with ZZ Top and Uncle Kracker will be at First Niagara Pavilion on Saturday. For tickets, go to; Ticketmaster outlets; or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000.

Muse, Cage the Elephant to Pittsburgh

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

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

Josh Groban coming to Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - Live Nation welcomes Josh Groban to the CONSOL Energy Center at 8 p.m. on Nov. 2.

Tickets can be purchased at; all Ticketmaster outlets; or by calling (800) 745-3000.

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