What are you doing this weekend? Here are some ways to get your kicks.
Clarks, Moon Township, 8:30 p.m. Aug. 18, Johnny Holiday, no cover.
Kendrew's Lounge, Aliquippa, 9 p.m. Aug. 17, Casanova, dance, $3.Â
Luanne's Route 68, Industry, 9:30 p.m. Aug. 18, Arm and Hammer, no cover.
Uncl' Chuck's, Rochester, 9:30 p.m. Aug. 18, Ozo Remedy, no cover.
Venue at Harmony Ridge, Harmony Township, 8 p.m. Aug. 17, Em-R-Pitiful, no cover; 8 p.m. Aug. 18, Speakeasy Alley, $3.
Wooley Bullys, New Brighton, 10 p.m. Aug. 17, Messengers, no cover.
Shakespeare's Restaurant & Pub, North Sewickley Township, 7 p.m. Aug. 17, Bobby Short, no cover; 7 p.m. Aug. 18, Greg Macklin, no cover.
Kendrew's Lounge, Aliquippa, 9 p.m. Aug. 18, Hillburys, $5.
Wooley Bullys, New Brighton, 10 p.m. Aug. 18, Angel Blue and the Prophets, no cover.
Baden American Legion, Baden, 8 p.m. Aug. 17, Rudy Zetz and Janet Falotico, $2 for non-members.
Long Branch Saloon, New Brighton, 9:30 p.m. Aug. 17 and 18, Dustin, no cover.
19th Hole, Chippewa Township, 9:30 p.m. Aug. 18, Ben Jammin', no cover.
Luanne's Route 68, Industry, 9:30 p.m. Aug.17, King of Karaoke, no cover.
Uncl' Chuck's, Rochester, 9:30 p.m. Aug. 17, Doot & Kerri, no cover.
Ballroom, 7 to 10 p.m. Aug. 18,Â New Brighton SOI. Music by Wally Merriman. $8. Singles welcome.
Line, 9:30 a.m. Aug. 21, New Brighton SOI. $2.
Ballroom, Latin and swing, 8 p.m. Aug. 19,Â Coraopolis VFW, Fifth Avenue and Mulberry Street. Music by Mikey Dee. $8.
Singles, 8 p.m. to midnight Aug. 25, West View VFW Post 2754, 386 Perry Highway. Dance lesson at 7:30 p.m. $8. (724) 316-5029 or www.dancetonight.weebly.com.
The Improv at the Waterfront at Homestead, Steve Lemme & Kevin Hefferman, 8 and 10 p.m. Aug. 17; 7 and 9 p.m. Aug. 18. $20.
Jim Gaffigan, 7 p.m. Aug. 18, Benedum Center, Pittsburgh. $40.50 and $50.50.
Dodge Intrepid Radio Show: Flight of the Librarian, live comedy show patterned after '40s radio adventures, 10:30 p.m. Aug. 18, Cabaret at Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh. Admission: $5. 21 and older show.Â
"Second City for President" presented by Pittsburgh Public Theater, 8 p.m. Aug. 24 and 5:30 and 9 p.m. Aug. 25 at the O'Reilly Theater, 621 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh. Traveling troupe features improvisation, sketch comedy, music and audience participation. $28 to $48; youth, age 26 and younger, $15.75. (412) 316-1600 or www.ppt.org.
Bill Cosby, 8 p.m. Sept. 27, Carnegie Music Hall, Oakland. $55 to $200, benefits cancer research at Magee Women's Research Institute. Information: www.mwrif.org/384.
Craig Ferguson, 8 p.m. Oct. 10, Palace Theatre, Greensburg. $38 to $54.
Kevin Hart, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 26, Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh. $69.50 to $125.
Jeff Garlin, 8 p.m. Nov. 10, Rex Theater, Pittsburgh. $30.
COMMUNITY, BENEFIT AND CLASSICAL CONCERTS
Stickers and Tarry Layne 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 17 at Market Square, downtown Pittsburgh. Free.
Swingin' Bopcat Big Band, 7 p.m. Aug. 17, 37th Street Park, Beaver Falls, rain or shine. Bring a lawn chair. Should it rain, concert will be in the Beaver County Christian School gym behind the park. Free. (724) 847-2808, ext. 217.Â
Penn State Beaver Brodhead Cultural Center presents Mark and Donna Groom, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at the J.P. GiustiÂ Amphitheater on the Center Township campus. Free. Event hotline at (724) 773-3600 or beaver.psu.edu/Brodhead.
Poogie Bell,Â Â 7 p.m. Aug. 21 at Katz Plaza, Seventh Street and Penn Avenue, downtown Pittsburgh. Free. Presented by Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Should it rain, concert moves to the Backstage Bar at Theater Square.
Hometown Music Festival featuring New Shouts, Joy Ike and others, 5 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Hartwood Acres Amphitheater, Hampton Township. Free. (412) 350-2528 or www.alleghenycounty.us/summer.
Praise in the Park presented by Chapel Presbyterian Church, 5 p.m. Aug. 19 at the gazebo in Irvine Park, Beaver.Â Praise and worship music. Free. Bring lawn chair. (724) 728-5622.
Survivor the rock band famed for "Eye of the Tiger" reunited with singer Jimi Jamison, 8:30 p.m. Aug. 24 in the gardens at Old Economy Village, Ambridge. Local band Bishop Clay opens at 7:30 p.m. Gate opens at 6 p.m. Tickets: gold circle seating, $50; general admission, $30. (724) 266-4500 or www.showclix.com.
Bob Ford and his band with opening acts, 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 25 at Henle Park, Leetsdale. Free. Concession stand opens at 4 p.m. with proceeds benefiting the Leetsdale Fourth of July Committee. Rain date is Aug. 26.Â
Hillbilly Way, featuring six members of the former PovertyNeck Hillbillies, Aug. 25, Consol Energy Park, Washington, Pa. Music starts at 4:30 p.m. and includes the Steve Smith Band, Ruff Creek, Vanessa Campagna and the Lost Trailers. $24.95 and $34.95. Ticketmaster.com or (724) 250-9555.
Annual Blues Day Out, sponsored by the Blues Society of Western Pennsylvania, 2 to 9 p.m. Aug. 26, Venue at Harmony Ridge, Harmony Township. Bands include Blues Society Youth Band, the Hawk Blues Band, Bottom Shelf Blues Band, Billy the Kid and the Regulators, Sunset A.M., and headliner Shari Richards Band. Free. Children welcome. If rain, the show will be moved indoors.
Tambura band Garavuse, a six-member Croatian female band with vocalist Zeljko Loncaric and violinist Antun Nikolic, 8 p.m. Aug. 31 at the Aliquippa Croatian Center, 2365 Concord St. Admission: $10. Ala carte food available from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets: (724) 601-4831 or (724) 462-1517.
Rock to Remember: A Tribute to Mike Haines fundraiser hosted by the alternative rock band, Identity X, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 1 at Altar Bar in Pittsburgh. Supporting acts include Downplay, the Morning After and Model Class Citizens. Haines was killed in an armored vehicle heist in Pittsburgh in February. All proceeds will benefit the Phi Delta Theta/Michael R. Haines Memorial Scholarship. Haines founded the fraternity's chapter at Robert Morris University. Tickets: $10 and $12 available at www.ticketfly.com. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Information: www.idxmusic.com.Â Â
Bluegrass and old-time music festival, Sept. 8 on two stages in Harmony's historical district. Starts at 11 a.m. with headliner Dry Branch Fire Squad; ends with their second set at 8:30 p.m. Features Allegheny Drifters, Midnight Drive, Hollow String Band and the Starlite All Star Bluegrass Band. Admission: adults, $20; children, $10. Bring chairs or blankets. Benefits Harmony parks/trails. www.concertsinharmony.com.
Disney's "The Little Mermaid Jr." presented by Jeter Backyard Theater, at 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. Sept. 15 at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center, Midland. Based on Disney animated film. Children can meet characters and take photographs after each show. Tickets: $8. (724) 643-9004 or www.lppac.org.
Savannah Jack, Nashville band featuring former Chippewa resident Don Gatlin, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22, Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center, Midland. Benefits the Homemaker-Home Health Aide Service of Beaver County. Reserved seats, $25, available at (724) 643-9004Â or lppac.org. VIP reception at 6 p.m. in atrium, $50, available at (724) 774-4002.
"Glee" star Matthew Morrison performs Broadway hits with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Pops, at 2:30 and 8 p.m. Sept. 29 and 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh. Subscriptions available now from $117.25 to $652.75; single tickets available at a later date. (412) 392-4900 or www.pittsburghsymphony.org.
Opa!, a Greek festival sponsored by the Greek Orthodox Church in Aliquippa Sept. 29 at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center in Midland. Stage show features Nikos Koutras and his band from New York with vocalist Anthi Aggelou and the Opa dancers from Aliquippa. Also violinist Vasilis Patrikis; clarinetist Kostas Triantafillou and the Nisiotika Dancers from Campbell, Ohio. Dinner by Metro Catering at 4 p.m.; show at 6 p.m.; after party at 8 p.m. Tickets at $35 available at (724) 643-9004.
Broadway at Heinz Hall series presented by Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra begins Nov. 8. Includes "Chicago" Nov. 8 to 11; "Catch Me If You Can," Dec. 26 to 30 and "Elvis Lives," March 29 and 30. Tickets: packages from $55 to $230; single tickets, $25 to $85. On sale at 9 a.m. Aug. 20 at (412) 392-4900 or online at www.pittsburghsymphony.org/broadway.
Brian Setzer Orchestra Christmas Extravaganza, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 25, Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead. $56 and $76.
Buddy Valastro Live: The Cake Boss, Homemade for the Holidays Tour, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 28 at the Benedum Center, Pittsburgh. Tickets: $25.75, $35.75 and $45.75 at (412) 456-6666 or www.Trustarts.org. Limited number of VIP tickets available at $85, which includes a post-show meet and greet
B.E.Taylor Christmas Concert, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, Beaver Falls Middle School. $30. Benefits Tiger Pause Youth Organization. (724) 581-7673 or www.tigerpauseconcert.eventbrite.com.
Celtic Woman: A Christmas Celebration with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4, Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh. $40 to $125. (412) 392-4900 or www.pittsburghsymphony.org.Â
Mannheim Steamroller, 8 p.m. Dec. 11-12, Benedum Center, Pittsburgh. On sale Aug. 24.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra presents "The Lost Christmas Eve," 3 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16, Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh. Ticket info to be announced.
NATIONALLY TOURING CONCERT ACTS
Jason Aldean, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 17, First Niagara Pavilion, Burgettstown. Sold out.
Hot Chelle Rae, 7 p.m. Aug. 17, Stage AE, Pittsburgh. $20 and $23.
My Morning Jacket, 7 p.m. Aug. 21, Stage AE outdoors, Pittsburgh. $38 and $41.
Jane's Addiction, 8:30 p.m. Aug. 22, Stage AE, Pittsburgh. $42.50 and $45.
Survivor, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 24, Old Economy Village, Ambridge. $30 general admission; $50 gold circle. showclix.com.
Duran Duran, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 26, Stage AE outdoors, Pittsburgh. $49.
Evanescence and Chevelle, 5:30 p.m. Aug. 28, Stage AE outdoors. $35.
Train, 7 p.m. Aug. 29, Stage AE, In advance, $36.50; day of show, $38.
The Turtles, Micky Dolenz, the Grass Roots, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 29, Carnegie Library Music Hall, Munhall. $35 to $69.50.
Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival with Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind, 1:30 p.m. Aug. 31, First Niagara Pavilion, Burgettstown. $25 to $85.
Rascal Flatts, 7 p.m. Sept. 1, First Niagara Pavilion. $33.50 to $75.50.
Kiss and Motley Crue, 7 p.m. Sept. 2, First Niagara Pavilion, Burgettstown. $48.50 to $185.
Hall & Oates, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5, Stage AE outdoors, Pittsburgh. $25 to $95.
Steve Vai, 8 p.m. Sept. 6, Palace Theatre, Greensburg. $35 to $40.
Rush, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11, Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh. $46 to $96.
Lorrie Morgan & Pam Tillis, 8 p.m. Sept. 13, Palace Theatre, Greensburg. $28 to $58.
Don Williams, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13, Pepsi-Cola Roadhouse, Burgettstown. $56.45 to $76.90.
Eric Church, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15, Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh.Â $47.85 and $58.05.
Barry Manilow, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16, Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh. $19.74 to $142.
Metric, 8 p.m. Sept. 18, Stage AE. $28.50 and $30.
Dropkick Murphys, 8 p.m. Sept. 19, Stage AE indoors, Pittsburgh. $26.50.
DJ Pauly D, 8 p.m. Sept. 20, Exit nightclub, Pittsburgh. $29 to $55.
Tenth Avenue North, 7 p.m. Sept. 27, Geneva College, Beaver Falls. $20 to $45. ($15 for groups of 15 or more.) www.itickets.com
Kenny Vance & the Planotones, 8 p.m. Sept. 27, Palace Theatre, Greensburg. $35 to$65.Â
Blondie, 8 p.m. Oct. 5, Palace Theatre, Greensburg. $49.50 to $75.
Engelbert Humperdinck, 8 p.m. Oct. 8, Palace Theatre, Greensburg. $45 to $85.
Neil Young & Crazy Horse, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9. Petersen Events Center, Pittsburgh. $51.65 to $117.95.
Gym Class Heroes, 8 p.m. Oct. 19, Mr. Small's Theatre, Millvale. $20.
Fiona Apple, 8 p.m. Oct. 21, Stage AE indoors, Pittsburgh. $35 and $37.
Morrissey, 8 p.m. Oct. 23, Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh. $43.75 to $83.75.
Queen Latifah, 8 p.m. Oct. 25 and 26, Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh. $49.50 to $149.50.
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Oct. 27, Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh. $68 and $98. Tickets on sale 10 a.m. Aug. 17.
Asia, 8 p.m. Oct. 31, Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead, Munhall. $35, $45, $60.
The Outlaws, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2, Pepsi-Cola Roadhouse, Burgettstown. $45 to $65.
Bassnectar, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5, Mr. Small's Theatre, Millvale. $22 and $25.
Madonna, 8 p.m. Nov. 6, Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh. Sold out.
Passion Pit, 8 p.m. Nov. 6, Stage AE, Pittsburgh. $27 and $29.
Vince Gill and Kix Brooks, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10, Pepsi Cola Roadhouse, Burgettstown. $107.60 to $134.20.
The Who, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11, Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh. $50.10 to $142.
K.C. & the Sunshine Band, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15, Palace Theatre, Greensburg. $45 to $85.
B.B. King, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21, Benedum Center, Pittsburgh. $55 and $65.
Justin Bieber, 7 p.m. Nov. 20, Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh. Sold out.
Carrie Underwood, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 27, Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh. $53.95 to $74.40.
Clint Black, 8 p.m. Nov. 30, Palace Theatre, Greensburg. $45 to $85.
THEATER & DANCE SHOWS
"Legally Blonde" presented by Comtra Theatre Players, Aug. 17 to Sept. 1Â at the theater on Route 19 in Cranberry Township. Performances at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. $15. Box office opens at 6:45 p.m. Reservations at (724) 773-9896 or www.comtraplayers.com.
Chekov Celebration presented by the Pittsburgh Irish and Classical TheatreÂ through Aug. 26 at the Charity Randall and Henry Heymann theatres, both located in the Stephen Foster Memorial, 4301 Forbes Ave., Oakland. "Three Sisters" through Aug. 26 at the Heymann Theatre; "Ivanov," through Aug. 25Â in the Randall Theatre. Short programs: "After Chekhov," through Aug. 26, and Funny Chekhov, Aug. 17 to Aug. 25.Â Tickets: adults, $25 or $48; student, 25 and younger with ID, $20; seniors $38 previews, $44 regular run. (412) 561-6000.
"Over the Tavern" presented by the Red Barn Players, at 8 p.m. Aug. 17 and 18Â and Aug. 22 to 25 at the theater, Route 288, Franklin Township. $12. Reservations at (724) 773-7150 or www.RedBarnPlayers.com.
How to Train Your Dragon live spectacular, Aug. 23 to 26 at Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh. Features 23 dragons, Viking warriors, circus artists and acrobats. $19.50 to $129.50. Tickets: (800) 745-3000 or Ticketmaster.com.
"Osage County" presented by the REP, Point Park University's professional theater company, Sept. 7 through Sept. 23 at the Pittsburgh Playhouse in Pittsburgh's Oakland area. Performances are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Preview performance at 8 p.m. Sept. 6. Tickets: $24 to $27. Preview, $15. (412) 392-8000 or online at www.pittsburghplayhouse.com.Â
Broadway Brass presented by River City Brass, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center, Midland. Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School students are featured soloists. Tickets: $19 and $21. (724) 643-9004 or www.lppac.org.Â
"Overboard" dinner-theater presented by 34 West Theater Company, Sept. 19 to 21 and Oct. 25 to 27 at Das Dutch Village Inn, Route 14, Columbiana, Ohio. Evening shows, meal at 7 p.m. followed by show; matinees, meal at noon, followed by show. Tickets: $40; matinee, $35. (866) 482-5050.
"Jersey Boys" Sept. 4 through 23 at the Benedum Center, Pittsburgh. Performances at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; at 8 p.m. Fridays; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sundays.Â $29 to $143.25. (412) 456-4800 or www.trustarts.org.
"Mary Poppins" presented by PNC Broadway Across America, Oct. 16 through Oct. 21 at the Benedum Center, Pittsburgh. Performances at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; at 8 p.m. Friday; at 1 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. $20 to $125. (412) 456-4800 or TrustArts.org.
FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
Gilkey Potato Festival, Aug. 17 to 19 in New Galilee. Aug. 17: 5 p.m. car cruise, 8 p.m. oldies dance; Aug. 18, 8 a.m. 5K run/walk; 10 a.m. parade, 11 a.m. potato cooking contest, entertainment, 4 p.m. skydiving contest, 10 p.m. fireworks; Aug. 19, 12:30 p.m. community picnic. Schedule at newgalileepotatofestival.com.
Potter Township Centennial Celebration, 3 p.m. Aug. 18, at the municipal park, 206 Mowry Road. Parade at 4 p.m. along Mowry Road to municipal building followed by free picnic dinner, cake, ice cream; dessert contest, games for all ages. bingo, fireworks at dark. All welcome; free. (724) 495-6220.
Koppel Borough Centennial Celebration, noon to 10 p.m. Aug. 18 on Fifth and Sixth Avenue. Features entertainment, craft vendors, car cruise and fireworks. Free. (724) 846-8960.
Dog Day Festival, 1 to 5 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Hartwood Acres Park Amphitheater, Hampton Township. Demonstrations by county detectives and their canines, dog blood bank information from the Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center, Animal Rescue League adoptions, walk, off-leash area, canine kissing contest. Free.Â Benefits Animal Rescue League.
Hookstown Fair, Aug. 21 to 25 at the fairgrounds, Route 168, Greene Township. Rodeo, Motocross, demolition derby, tractor, truck and horse pulls, live entertainment, baking contests, homemade dinners daily. Opens at 9 a.m.Â Aug. 21 to 24 and 8 a.m. Aug. 25. Schedule online at www.hookstownfair.com.
Big Knob Grange Fair, Aug. 28 to Sept. 1 at the grange, 336 Grange Road, New Sewickley Township. Parade and fireworks Aug. 28, truck and tractor pulls, live entertainment, homemade dinners daily, baking contests. Midway opens at 6 p.m. daily, except Sept. 1 at noon. (724) 774-7093. Schedule at www.bigknobgrangefair.org/
Good Samaritan Parish Community Festival, Aug. 30 to Sept. 2 at Eighth Street and Melrose Avenue, Ambridge. Features homemade dinners daily, live entertainment, three-style dance contest at 7 p.m. Aug. 30, bingo, raffle, bake sale, silent auction. Hours: 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 30; 6 to 11 p.m. Aug. 31; noon to 11 p.m. Sept. 1 and 1 to 10 p.m. Sept. 2.Â Schedule at www.googsam1.org.Â (724) 266-6565.
Coors Light Kickoff and Rib Festival, Aug. 30 to Sept. 3 at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh. Features rib vendors, sports team mascots, youth camp football session.Â Hours: noon to midnight Aug. 30 through Sept. 1; 9 a.m. to midnight Sept. 2 and noon to 7 p.m. Sept. 3. Free concerts, the Clarks at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 31 and Uncle Kracker, at 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 3. Free admission. Schedule available online at www.heinzfieldribfest.com.Â
South Park Ribs and Wings Challenge, Aug. 31 to Sept. 3, South Park Fairgrounds. National headlining bands Gin Blossoms (Sept. 1), Little River Band (Sept. 2) and Bad Company with Brian Howe (Sept. 3). $10 admission, children 8 and younger, free, includes crafterâs market, petting zoo and activity tent. Information: southparkrib.com.
Saint Blaise Church Fall Festival, 4 to 10 p.m. Sept. 7 and 8 at Eighth Street and Penn Avenue, Midland. Ethnic foods, adult and children's games, bingo, Mancini All Stars perform at 7 p.m. Sept. 7 andÂ Al Modany Jr. Combo from 8 to 10 p.m. Sept. 7 and 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 8. (724) 643-4050.
Little Beaver Historical Society's four museums in Darlington -- Greersburg Academy, atÂ 710 Market St. and the Little Beaver Museum, the McCoy Log Cabin and the McCarl Industrial and Agricultural Museum, all at 803 Plum St., are open from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays through September,Â except McCarl Industrial from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Tours welcome. Free. Information: (724) 843-4361 or (724) 336-6685.Â
Gertrude Rapp's Birthday and Living History Day,Â 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 18, Old Economy Village, 270 16th St., Ambridge. Crafters, demonstrators, musical performance at 2 p.m. refreshments. Also, "Faces and Places: Photographs of Economy" featuring late 19th and early 20th photographs of local area, Old Economy Village, 270 16th St., Ambridge. Continues until summer 2013. Guided tours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Closed Mondays. Admission: adults, $10; senior citizens, $9; youth, ages 3 to 11, $5; children younger than 2, free. (724) 266-4500.
"Civil War in Pennsylvania" commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, through Labor Day at the Beaver Area Heritage Museum, 1 River Road, Beaver. Includes 200 letters from a Brighton Township soldier wounded at Gettysburg, and a replica Union Army campsite. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 pm. Saturdays, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. Group tours by appointment. Free. (724) 775-7174 or www.beaverheritage.org.Â
Carnegie Museum of Art presents "Whistler and Rebellion in the Art World"Â exhibitÂ through Dec. 2. Also, "Natural History," an exhibit of contemporary art in the Forum Gallery through Oct. 14 and "Impressionism in a New Light: From Monet to Stieglitz," through Aug. 26. in the Heinz Galleries. Museum hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission: (includes Carnegie Museum of Natural History): adults, $15; seniors, 65 and older, $12; students and children, ages 3 to 18, $11; children, age 2 and younger and members, free.Â Admission free for active military personnel and their families through Sept. 2; excludes fee-based programs. (412) 622-3131 or www.cmoa.org.
Value of Vultures, in honor of International Vulture Awareness Day, Aug. 18 and 19 at the National Aviary, Allegheny Commons West, 700 Arch St., Pittsburgh's North Side. Crafts, trainer talks, live encounters and scavenger hunt. Included in general admission.Â Also, Parrots of the Caribbean features a parrot-sized pirate ship, a flock of parrots and macaws, two ravens and a flamingoÂ through Sept. 2. Admission: adults, $13 seniors, $12; children, $11. Tot Tuesdays, children younger than 5, free; seniors half-price admission on Wednesdays. www.Aviary.orgÂ or (412) 323-7235.
"M is for Museum" exhibit, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland through Aug. 30. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission: (includes Carnegie Museum of Art): adults, $15; seniors, 65 and older, $12; students and children, ages 3 to 18, $11;children, age 2 and younger and members, free. Admission free for active military personnel and their families through Sept. 2. (412) 622-3131 or www.carnegiemuseums.org.
"Red, Ripe and Roasted" tomato and garlic festival, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 26 at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Schenley Park, Oakland. Admission, free with donation of bag of fresh produce that will benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. Summer flower Show: Fountains of Youth through Sept. 30 at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Schenley Park, Oakland. Tropical Forest India and Butterfly Forest open. Farmers at Phipps, organic and naturally grown food vendors, 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday. Hours: Daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: Adults, $12; seniors and students, $11; children, age 2 to 18, $9; children, younger than 2, free. (412) 622-6914 or phipps.conservatory.org.
"Local Colors" watercolor paintings by Ron Thurston at the Elan Fine Art Gallery, 427 Broad St., Sewickley through Aug. 25. Gallery hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. www.elanarts.com.
"Feminist and...," an exhibit exploring feminism by six female artists, Sept. 7 to May 26 at the Mattress Factory, 500 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh's North Side.Â Opening reception 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 7; admission, $12.Â Also, "Gestures Intimate Friction" exhibition featuring artists, architects and activists through Nov. 30 at the Mattress Factory Annex, 1414 Monterey St.Â Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays; 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays.Â Admission: $12; seniors, $10; students, $9; children younger than 6, free. mattress.org.
"The Wizard of Oz," educational exhibit based on the movie classic, explores the Land of Oz, the Gale Farm and Emerald City through Sept. 2 at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh on the city's North Side. Included in admission. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission: adults, $12; children ages 2 to 18 and senior citizens, $11; children younger than 2, free. (412) 322-5058 or pittsburghkids.org.
"Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked the World" exhibit through September at the Carnegie Science Center on Pittsburgh's North Side. Explores all facets of the world's most popular instrument, its history, science, interactives, video and world's largest guitar.Â Acoustic performances; 2 p.m. Aug. 18 by Marty Ashby, executive producer of MCG Jazz.Â Free small-group guitar lessons presented by Empire Music from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 19 and 26 (registration requested by calling (412) 237-3400, press 7.) Tour of the USS Requin, 9 to 11 a.m. Aug. 26. Tour cost: members, $15; others, $20. General admission: adults, $17.95; children, ages 3 to 12, $11.95; members, free. (412) 237-3400 or CarnegieScienceCenter.org.
"Pittsburgh as Gotham" exhibit features art from "Batman" comics by regional artists and photographs through Oct. 7 at the ToonSeum, 945 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh. Care Bears: 30 Years of Caring...and Hugs" through Aug. 26. Admission: adults and children older than 13, $5; children older than 6, $1; children younger than 5, free. (412) 232-0199 or www.toonseum.com.
"American Idols" exhibit at the Pittsburgh Glass Center, 5472 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh's East End. Features John Moran's glass busts of the 44 U.S. presidents. Continues through Nov. 10. Summer hours through Sept. 2; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Closed Sundays. (412) 365-2145 or pittsburghglasscenter.org.
"Humor in Craft," ironic, sarcastic and amusing artworks by 32 artists through Oct. 27 at the Society for Contemporary Craft,Â 2100 Smallman St., Pittsburgh. Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. (412) 261-7003 or www.contemporarycraft.org.
Screen Test Initiative at the Andy Warhol Museum, permanent exhibit allows visitors to recreate Warhol's process of filming a Screen Test on the sixth floor. Opens Tuesday. Also at the North Side museum: Factory Direct: Pittsburgh" showcasing 14 established artists invited to conduct artist residencies in Pittsburgh-based factories. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays. Admission: $20 for adults; $10 for children and students. (412) 237-8300 or warhol.org.
Pittsburgh's Hidden Treasures appraisal event, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Sen. John Heinz History Center, 1212 Smallman St. in Pittsburgh's Strip District. Fifty appraisers will assess value of visitors' items and give verbal assessment of potential monetary value of items such as war, political, presidential memorabilia, antique coins, jewelry, fine arts. Unique items will be featured on several 30-minute programs on KDKA-TV.Â Included in regular admission.Â Also, "The Story of Negro League Baseball: We Are the Ship," exhibitÂ through Aug. 26 in the center's Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission: adults, $10; seniors, 62 and older, $9; students with ID and children ages 6 to 17, $5; children younger than 5 and members, free. www.heinzhistorycenter.org.
CRUISES, RIDES & RUNS
American Legion Riders Post 952 ride and pig roast to benefit Bruce Lopes,Â noon Aug. 18 at Hookstown Legion Post 952 on Route 168 in Greene Township. Ride continues to Harringtons, Little T's, Raccoon State Park, Midway Bar and ends at the White Stallion. Food served at 4 p.m. Ride registration begins at 10 a.m.Â Per bike, $15; each rider, $5; dinner only, $10 per person. Lopes of East Liverpool will undergo surgery for a serious health issue and has no health insurance through his employer. (724) 709-1738.
Terry Pizzella Jr. Memorial Run, noon Aug. 18 at Uncl' Chuck's Bar & Grill, 149 Brighton Ave., Rochester. Registration from 10 a.m. to noon. Bike, $20; rider, $5; car, $20. Ride proceeds to Burg Bar in West Pittsburgh, Harmony Inn, Zelienople, Palace Inn on Route 68, St. Cecilia's Cemetery back to Uncl' Chuck's. Miller Lite girls 7 to 9 p.m., entertainment, prizes. Pizzella of Rochester Township died in a motorcycle accident in June. All proceeds benefit his daughters, Hannah and Abigail. (724) 775-0210.
Toys for Tots cruise, noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 18 downtown East Palestine, Ohio. Cruise, silent auctions, raffle, live music, sports celebrities, Rockenberger Museum open for children. Dash plaques to first 200 vehicles. Registration: free with monetary or toy donation to Toys for Tots. Register online at www.EastPalestineChamber.com or on cruise day.Â
Cruise in the Country, classic cars and antique tractors, 1 to 7 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Unionville American Legion Post 512, 1341 Route 68, New Sewickley Township.Â Food, music, beverages available; breakfast at 9 a.m. Dash plaques to first 100 participants. (724) 847-1908.
Run to Break the Cycle sponsored by the Women's Center of Beaver County, 5K/10K run, 5K walk, fun walk and fitness challenge, 8:45 a.m. Aug. 25 at the Beaver Fire Station, 165 Market St. Fitness challenge at 7 a.m. Registration: $15 to $30. Registration and packet pickupÂ 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 24 at the fire station. Benefits the Women's Center.Â www.womenscenterbc.org.
Fallen Marine Memorial Run, 11:30 a.m. Aug. 26, starts and ends at Jergel's Rhythm Grille, Warrendale. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Registration: in advance, rider, $20; passenger, $10; day of event; rider, $25; passenger $15. Benefits families of disabled or deceased Marines. www.fallenmarinememorialrun.com.
24th annual Gatorade/Steelers 5K Race, Fitness Walk and Kidsâ Kickoff Run, 9 a.m. Sept. 2, Heinz Field, Pittsburgh. Benefits the Art Rooney Scholarship Fund and features former Steelers Chris Hoke and Aaron Smith as chairmen. Online registration is $10 and $15 at www.steelers.com. Paper applicationsÂ available by calling (412) 697-7713 or by emailing 5K@steelers.nfl.com. Deadline Aug. 28.
Beaver County Walk to End Alzheimer's Disease, 10 a.m. Sept. 8 at Shelter 15 in Bradys Run Park, Brighton Township. One-mile walk. Registration at 9 a.m. Sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association Greater Pennsylvania Chapter. htttp://act.alz.org/Beaver2012 or (800) 272-3900.
AUDITIONS/CALL FOR ARTISTS & FILM FESTS
For R-Act Theatre's production of "Murder at the Manor," 7:30 p.m. Aug. 21 and 22 at the R-Act office, 1445 Market St., Bridgewater. Four men and four women needed. Murder mystery will be presented on Oct. 13 at the Venue at Harmony Ridge in Harmony Township. Audition information: (724) 775-6844. To reserve tickets: (724) 266-2414.
For "White Christmas," the tri-state musical by Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center in Midland. Open to students in grades 9 to 12 in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. Tryouts on Aug 27 and 28; dance call is Aug. 26. Callbacks are Aug. 29 and 30.Â Production is Nov. 9 to 11 and Nov. 16 to 18. Students may participate as a singer/actor, dancer/singer, child actor, musician, technician or as apprentice to artistic staff. Application must be submitted for each area of participation. Signed parental consent form required. Forms and information available at www.tristatemusical.org.Â To schedule a singer/actor audition appointment call (724) 643-9004, ext. 1227 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.Â
Women singers wanted for Sweet Adelines, a four-part a capella group. Rehearsals at 7 p.m. Mondays at the First Reformed Presbyterian Church, 209 Darlington Road, Patterson Township. All voice ranges needed; ages 16 to 90 welcome. (724) 528-1697 or (724) 774-8769.
Youth Talent Search for singers, instrumentalists, music groups for youths in kindergarten through grade 12 for opportunity to perform at the Richard Zana Music Festival, Sept. 21 to 23 at the Venue at Harmony Ridge. Four age groups will perform for a panel of performers and educators on Sept. 9 and 16. Entry deadline is Sept. 5. Registration: $10 per performer; $25 per musical group.Â Registration: (724) 266-5559 or www.zanafest.org.Â Â
Groups and individuals interested in performing on the Cultural Showcase Stage during the first Peoples Gas Holiday Market in Pittsburgh's Market Square. Festival runs from Nov. 24 to Dec. 23. Applications are available at the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership's website at www.downtownpittsburgh.com. Application deadline is Sept. 28.Â Performers may also call (412) 325-0153 or email email@example.com.Â
Seeking local and national artists for Sweetwater Center for the Arts' Holiday Mart from Nov. 25 to Dec. 2 at the center, 200 Broad St., Sewickley.Â Features jewelry, ceramics, glass, fiber arts, two-dimensional pieces. To submit entry, visit http://sweetwaterartcenter.org/call-for-artists-2/ to download an entry form. Entry deadline is Oct. 15.Â (412) 742-4405.
"We Bought a Zoo' at dusk Aug. 17, Green Valley Park, New Sewickley Township. Free movie, popcorn, drinks and hot dogs.
"Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer" at dusk Aug. 17, Moon Township Park, 1350 Ewing Road. Free.Â
Sam Weinreb, a Holocaust survivor from Pttsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighbor, 2 p.m. Aug. 26 at Our Lady of Peach Church, 1000 Third Ave., Conway. Weinreb was imprisoned in Budapest and Irsava, Hungary and at Auschwitz. Free. All welcome. (724) 869-9908.Â
Tara Zalewsky-Nease will demonstrate and discuss her water-based oil painting technique at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Merrick Art Gallery, 1150 Fifth Ave., New Brighton. Zalewsky-Nease, who earned a master degree of fine art in painting at the University of New Mexico, recently opened the Ochre Studio in Coraopolis. She also teaches university and community classes.
Local authors can register for Bridgewater BookFest,Â Beaver Countyâs outdoor literary festival, Sept. 14 to 15. Bridge Street. Sponsored by Community College of Beaver County. Features literary-themed events and activities for all ages. Kickoff at 7 p.m. Sept. 14 includes a block party, live music and an African dance lesson. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 15, attendees can meet dozens of writers who will sign, sell their books and give author talks. To register or for more information: BridgewaterBookFest.com.
Beaver County River Regatta, Aug. 17 to 19, Bridgewater. Includes a history of water skiing show and fireworks at 10 p.m. Aug. 19. Other activities: Dragon boat races, Anything that Floats contest, Jim Kelly Memorial Lighted Boat Parade, antique boat parade, wing eating contest, children's fishing derby, kids' activities area and musical entertainment by the Granati Brothers, Phat Cats, Kardaz, Groove Shakers, Switch Play and the Maidens IV. Free admission. Hours: 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 17; 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 18 and noon to 10 p.m. Aug. 19.
Community Theatre Gala sponsored by R-ACT Theatre Productions, 6 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Venue at Harmony Ridge, 1280 Breitenstein Road, Route 989, Harmony Township. Buffet dinner at 6:30 p.m., dancing, karaoke, prizes. People from all local theater groups encouraged to attend to network and discuss cross-promotional opportunities. Tickets: individual,Â $30;Â two people, $50. Reservations due Aug. 30 at (724) 775-6844.Â Â
World Tennis Smash Hits featuring Andre Agassi, Steffi Graf and Andy Roddick, 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Petersen Events Center, Oakland. Charity event co-hosted by Elton John and Billie Jean King. Pre-match auction of celebrity items. Benefits the Elton John AIDS Foundation and local AIDS charities. $40 to $125.Â www.wttsmashhits.com or ticketmaster.com.