Labor Day weekend has arrived. Say "So long!" to summer by doing something fun. Some ideas:
J. W. Halls Steak and Seafood Inn, Hopewell Township, 8 p.m. Aug. 31, Sputzy, no cover.Â
Venue at Harmony Ridge, Harmony Township, 8 p.m. Aug. 31, Angel Blue Band, no cover.
Venue at Harmony Ridge, Harmony Township, 8 p.m. Sept. 1, Tripshod, $5.
Wooley Bully's, New Brighton, 10 p.m. Aug. 31, Johnny Holiday, no cover.
Shakespeare's Restaurant & Pub, North Sewickley Township, 7 p.m. Aug. 31, Just Doug, no cover; 7 p.m. Sept. 1, Brian Harrington, no cover.
Baden American Legion, Baden, 8 p.m. Aug. 31, Touche, $2 for non-members.
Clarks, Moon Township, 8:30 p.m. Sept. 1, Take Two, no cover.
Hangar Sports Bar, Moon Township, 6 p.m. Sept. 1, Pat, Scion night, no cover.Â
Kendrew's Lounge, Aliquippa, 9 p.m. Aug. 31, K Jack, no cover; 9 p.m. Sept. 1, Jason Shackleford, no cover.
Long Branch Saloon, New Brighton, 9:30 p.m. Aug. 31, CB, no cover; 9:30 p.m. Sept. 1, Dustin, no cover.
Luanne's Route 68, Industry, 9:30 p.m. Aug. 31, King of Karaoke, no cover; 9:30 p.m. Sept. 1, free jukebox, no cover.
Ballroom,Â New Brighton SOI. No dance on Sept. 1.
Line, 9:30 a.m. Sept. 4,Â New Brighton SOI. $2.
Ballroom, Latin and swing, Coraopolis VFW, Fifth Avenue and Mulberry Street. No dance on Sept. 2.
Cellar Dwellers present "Cupcakes & Comedy" sketch comedy and improv, 10 p.m. Aug. 31, third floor of the Beaver Valley Bowl building, Rochester. Tickets $3. Spectators receive a free gourmet cupcake.
The Improv at the Waterfront at Homestead, Erik Griffin, 8 and 10 p.m. Aug. 31; 7 and 9 p.m. Sept. 1 and 7 p.m. Sept. 2. $15 to $17.
"God's Comic" Brad Stine, 8 p.m. Sept. 22, Chippewa Evangelical Church, Chippewa Township. $20 and $25.
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
Roby Edwards, 7 p.m. Sept. 4 at Katz Plaza, Seventh Street and Penn Avenue, downtown Pittsburgh. Free. Should it rain, concert moves to the Backstage Bar at Theater Square.
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.Â 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. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Features headliner Dry Branch Fire Squad at 3 and 8:30 p.m. Also, 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.
Sharon Arts & Music Initiative third annual Blues Festival, national, local and regional talent, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sept. 8, Quaker Steak & Lube, Sharon. Main stage entertainers Mississippi Heat, Eddie Shaw & the Wolf Gang, Studebaker John & the Hawks, Max Schang Blues Band and Travis Moonchild Haddix. Free.
In the Light Christian band, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 9 outside of the New Sewickley Presbyterian Church, 101 Big Knob Road, (Sunflower Corners). Free; any monetary donations will be used toward buying new instruments for needy children in the area. Bring lawn chair or blanket. Should it rain, the concert willÂ be inside.
"Broadway Brass" by the River City Brass Band, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center, Midland. Students at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School will be featured soloists. Potpourri of music from Broadway favorites. Tickets: adults, $19 and $21; seniors, $2 per ticket discount available; students, $10. (800) 292-7222 or online at rivercitybrass.org.
Grand Classics preview concert presented by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh. PreviewÂ of the 2012-2013 season. Tickets: Free, must be reserved in advance at (412) 392-4900.
The Clarks, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14, Thursday's tavern, Bridgewater. $20.
"Year of the Dragon" gala concert with pianist Lang Lang and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, 7 p.m. Sept. 15 at Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh. Features music from Lang's "Dragon Song," Chinese music album. Tickets: $30 to $150. (412) 392-490- or www.pittsburghsymphony.org. Gala packages with valet parking, pre-concert cocktail hour, preferred seats, post-concert formal dinner and dessert reception with Manfred Honeck, musical director are $750 per person. Reservations: (412) 392-6070.
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. $8. (724) 643-9004 or www.lppac.org.
Angels Across the USA Tour with music by Alan Pedersen, 7 p.m. Sept. 20 at Westminster United Presbyterian Church, 115 North Mercer Ave., New Brighton. Concert for parents, siblings and grandparents who have lost a child. Hosted by the Compassionate Friends of Tri-State Pa. Outdoor concert if weather permits. Bring lawn chair or blanket. Free. All welcome. (724) 847-1494 or www.angelsacrosstheusa.com.
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.
"Broadway Today" presented by the Beaver Valley Community Concert Association, 7;30 p.m. Sept. 27 in the Beaver Falls Middle School Auditorium. Four-show season also includes "Masters of Motown" on Nov. 5; "Ricky Nelson Remembered" by sons Gunnar and Matthew on April 15 and "TAP -- The Show" on May 9. Subscriptions: adults $35; students, $10 by calling (724) 843-2941. Tickets: at door, adults, $20; students, $5. www.bvcommunityconcert.org.
"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 are $35 available at (724) 643-9004.
Celtic Thunder: Voyage Tour, 8 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Benedum Center, downtown Pittsburgh. Celtic male vocalists present varying styles of Celtic and Irish music including standards, modern music, ensembles, ballads and party songs. $42.25 to $77.75. (412) 456-6666 or trustarts.org.
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. (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 and 12, Benedum Center, Pittsburgh. $37.25 to $82.25.
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
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. Sold out.
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.
Stanley Clarke Trio, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, Pittsburgh. 7 p.m. show, sold out; 9:30 p.m. show, $56.50. www.mcgjazz.org.
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.
Tanya Tucker, 8 p.m. Oct. 13, Palace Theatre, Greensburg. $35 and $45.
Manhattan Transfer, 8 p.m. Oct. 17, Palace Theatre, Greensburg. $45 to $75.
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.
Rick Springfield, 8 p.m Oct. 25, Palace Theatre, Greensburg. $45 to $85.
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. Sold out.
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.
Chris Isaak, 8 p.m. Nov. 14, Palace Theatre, Greensburg. $45 and $59.
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, at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 at the theater on Route 19 in Cranberry Township. $15. Box office opens at 6:45 p.m. Reservations at (724) 773-9896 or www.comtraplayers.com.
Noel Coward's "Private Lives" directed by Hope Alexander Aug. 31 to Sept. 9 at the Strand Theater, 119 North Main St., Zelienople. Performances at 8 p.m. Aug. 31, Sept, 1, 7 and 8, and 2 p.m. Sept. 2 and 9. Reserved seats: $15 and $25. (724) 742-0400 or www.thestrandtheater.org.
"The Tempest" presented by Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Park in city parks. Performances at 2 p.m. Sept. 1 and 2 and Sept. 22 and 23, Frick Park's Blue Slide Playground, Beechwood Boulevard and Nicholson Street, Squirrel Hill; Sept, 8 and 9, Arsenal Park, 39th and Butler streets, Lawrenceville; Sept. 15 and 16, Allegheny Commons West Park,West North Avenue and Brighton Road. Free; donations accepted. Bring blanket. (412) 404-8531 or www.pittsburghshakespeare.com.
"Suds," a '60s musical soap opera presented by the Red Barn Players at 8 p.m. Sept. 14 and 15; Sept. 19 to 22 and Sept. 26 to 29 at the theater, Route 288, Franklin Township. $15. Reservations at (724) 773-7150 or www.RedBarnPlayers.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. Thursdays 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
"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.
Streb: Forces presented by Pittsburgh Dance Council, 8 p.m. Sept 28 and 29 at the Byham Theater, Pittsburgh. Explores range of motions from everyday movement to extreme sports, the circus and adventure rides. $19 to $48. (412) 456-6666 or www.trustarts.org.Â
"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
Big Knob Grange Fair, Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 at the grange, 336 Grange Road, New Sewickley Township. Truck and tractor pulls, live entertainment, homemade dinners daily, baking contests. Midway opens at 6 p.m. Aug. 31 and noon Sept. 1, (724) 774-7093. Schedule at www.bigknobgrangefair.org/
Good Samaritan Parish Community Festival, Aug. 31 to Sept. 2 at Eighth Street and Melrose Avenue, Ambridge. Homemade dinners daily, live entertainment, bingo, raffle, bake sale, silent auction. Hours: 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.goodsam1.org.Â (724) 266-6565.
One Voice Music Festival, 6 to 11 p.m. Aug. 31 and 1 to 11 p.m. Sept. 1 and 2 at the Hookstown Fairgrounds, Greene Township. Features Southern gospel, Southern contemporary and country music; family fun zone; Elijah Moment: End Times prophetic preachers; worship service at 10 a.m. Sept. 2.Â Free admission.Â (724) 573-9653 or email email@example.com.
Coors Light Kickoff and Rib Festival, Aug. 31 to Sept. 3 at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh. Features rib vendors, sports team mascots, youth camp football session.Â Hours: noon to midnight Aug. 31 and 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.
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 craft market, petting zoo and activity tent. 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.
Pittsburgh Irish Festival, Sept. 7 to 9, Riverplex, 1000 Sandcastle Drive, West Homestead. Irish cuisine, dance, crafts, whiskey tasting tent, Irish dog tent, Kerry bog ponies, storytellers and musical entertainment from Gaelic Storm, Makem & Spain Brothers, Screaming Orphans, Cahal Dunne, David Kincaid, Tom Sweeney, Beltaine, Skerryvore and Evans & Doherty. Tickets:adults, $10 and $12 ; seniors and students, $8; public safety officers, $5; children 12 and younger, free. pghirishfest.org
Aliquippa Art and Music Festival, Sept. 8 along Franklin Avenue. Parade from Kennedy Boulevard to Franklin Avenue begins at 10 a.m.; entertainment featuring headliner Janine Gilbert and several local groups begins at 11 a.m. at Towne Towers parking lot; rib cook-off in afternoon, crafts, children's activities, artwork exhibit in the Broadcast Street Cafe, 464 Franklin Ave. Artwork reception with entertainment and spoken word from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept 6 at the cafe.Â Presented by the Franklin Center Festival Committee.
Sewickley Harvest Festival, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 8, Broad and Thorn streets, Sewickley. Presented by the Kiwanis Club of Sewickley and the Quaker Valley Rotary. Craft vendors, jewelry, clothing, holiday items, food, children's activities, live entertainment featuring Bryan Shutka, Rubarb, Shy Guys, Take Five and Modern Insurgency.Â
Richard D. Zana Music Festival Benefit, Sept. 20 to Sept. 23 at the Venue at Harmony Ridge Golf Club, 1280 Breitenstein Road, Harmony Township. Hours: 5 p.m. to midnight Sept. 20 and 21; 11 a.m. to midnight Sept. 22 and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 23.Â Tickets: single day, adults, $10; youth, age 12 to 18, $5; children 6 to 11, $2; children younger than 5, free. Weekend passes: adults, $25; youth age 12 to 18, $10; children, age 6 to 11, $5; children younger than 5, free. Karaoke contest, 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 6 and Sept. 13 at the Pub Down Under at Harmony Ridge. Judges and audience vote. Information: (724) 266-2414Â or www.zanafest.com. Supports the Richard D. Zana Memorial Fund to provide music scholarship for area students and to benefit cancer research.
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
"Faces and Places: Photographs of Old 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, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 1 and 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 2 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. 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 . 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.
Parrots of the Caribbean 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 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.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland 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.
Fountains of Youth summer flower show through Sept. 30 at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Schenley Park, Oakland. Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 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.
"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. "Tough Art," interactive exhibitÂ opens Sept. 14. 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. Sept. 1 by Ernie Hawkins, formerly of Blue Bombers.Â Buhl Planetarium closed for renovations from Sept 4 to 21. Center 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. 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's Strip District. 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. 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.
"Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame" opens Oct. 6 in the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum at the Sen. John Heinz History Center, 1212 Smallman St. in Pittsburgh's Strip District. Tickets at www.showclix.com. Exhibit tickets: adults, $15; seniors, 62 and older, $13; students and children, ages 6 to 17, $10; childrenÂ 5 and younger and History Center members,Â free . Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Regular 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 & WALKS
Zanafest Motorcycle Ride, noon Sept. 2 at the Venue at Harmony Ridge, 1280 Breitenstein Road, Harmony Township. Registration from 10 to 11:45 a.m. Registration:Â rider, $20; passenger, $5. Benefits the Richard D. Zana Memorial Fund of the Beaver County Foundation to provide music scholarships for area students and to benefit cancer research. (724) 266-2414 or email JoeBergandy@yahoo.com.
Beaver County's POW/MIA Run, 4 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Rochester VFW Post 128, 179 Virginia Ave. Staging begins at 1 p.m. Sixty-mile run through Beaver County, returning to Rochester VFW for evening of food, dancing and music. Sponsored by the Rochester VFW and Beaver County Vietnam Veterans of America to honor POW/MIAs from all wars.Â No registration fee; donations will accepted for the American Legion of POW/MIA families. (724) 774-4378 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Montour Trail Half Marathon & 5K Walk/Run, Sept. 8 registration at the Mall at Robinson, 2001 Park Manor Boulevard. Starting times, 5K walk, 7:45 a.m; half marathon, 8 a.m.;Â 5K run, 8:20 a.m. Registration fees: half marathon, before Sept. 1, $40; after Sept. 1, $45; 5K run' before Sept. 1, $30; after Sept. 1, $35; 5K walk, before Sept. 1, $20; after Sept. 1, $25. Register online at www.mtchalfmarathon.com.
New Brighton Car Cruise, 1 to 8 p.m. Sept. 15 on Third Avenue between Eighth and 13th streets. Dash plaques to first 200 vehicles, disc jockeys, food, entertainment. No registration fee. Sponsored by New Brighton Borough and the Rod & Classic Auto Club. (724) 847-5126.
Cruising in Hopewell, noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Robert W. Young VFW Post 8805, 138 Stone Quarry Road. Dash plaques, music, food, raffle, cash prize. All vehicle types welcome. (724) 378-3993.
5K Walk/Run for Humanity, 9 a.m. Sept. 22 at Irvine Park in Beaver. Registration at 8 a.m.Â Registration: by Aug. 31, $18; after Aug. 31, $25. Benefits Habitat for Humanity of Beaver County.Â (724) 846-1630.Â www.habitat5k.org.
Montour Trail Ride, Sept 22, begin and ends at trail's mile "0" at Route 51 and Montour Road, off I-79 and the Coraopolis/Neville Island Bridge, rain or shine. Choice of 63-mile, 44-mile, 24-mile, 15-mile or six-mile family ride. Start times staggered depending on ride length. Registration from 7 to 8 a.m. Registration: before Sept. 7, adults, $25; family, $45; after Sept. 7, adults, $30; family, $50. Trail members receive $5 discount. Benefits expansion and maintenance of the Montour Trail. Registration forms available at www.montourtrail.org. Information at (412) 257-3011 or by email to email@example.com.
Pittsburgh VisionWalk,10:30 a.m. Sept. 22 at Southside Riverfront Park, South 18th Street and Riverfront Park on city's South Side. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Family friendly and free. Donations will support the Foundation Fighting Blindness, which is working to find treatments and curse for age-related macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa and Usher Syndrome. To register, call (847) 680-0100 or email SSroke@FightBlindness.org.
Tails on the Trails Petwalk sponsored by and benefiting the Beaver County Humane Society, 1:45 p.m. Sept. 23 at Shelter 7, Bradys Run Park in Brighton Township. Registration from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Contests at 12:30 p.m. KDKA-TV's Dave Crawley is master of ceremonies. $75 in pledges earns T-shirt. Individuals without pets welcome. (724) 775-5801.
Paws for the Cure Benefit Walk, one-mile walk at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 7 at Hartwood Acres, Hampton Township. Registration and T-shirt pickup at 9:30 a.m.; dog contests at 10:30; prizes. Registration: adults, $25; children, 17 and younger, $15, includes t-shirt for first 1,000 participants. Benefits the Pittsburgh Affiliate of Susan G. Komen's breast cancer education, screen and treatment initatives. (412) 342-0500 or www.komenpittsburgh.org.
Gear & Beer Tri-State Conservation Fallfest sponsored by the Ohio River Trail Council, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Lodge at Bradys Run Park, Brighton Township. Features mountainÂ bike rides, 35- or 50- mile road bike ride, 5K run/walk; kayaking, canoeing, Calland Arboretum Trail tour, beer fest, bike rodeo, food vendors. Admission: adults,Â athletic events and beer, $20 before Oct. 1; $25 after Oct. 1; general admission, adults, 18 and older, $10; teens, 13 to 17, $5; children younger than 13, free. Schedule and registration available at www.ohiorivertrail.givezooks.com
AUDITIONS/CALL FOR ARTISTS & FILM FESTS
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 Competition for singers, instrumentalists, music groups for youths in kindergarten through grade 12 for opportunity to perform at the Richard Zana Music Festival, Sept. 20 to 23 at the Venue at Harmony Ridge. Competition for four age groups at 2 p.m. Sept. 9. Entry deadline is Sept. 5. Registration: $10 per performer; $25 per musical group.Â Battle of the Bands, 4 to 9 p.m. Sept. 16. Ten bands, at least one member must be in middle school or high school. Cash prizes and Zanafest performance. Registration: $25 per band. To register: (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 firstname.lastname@example.org.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.
"Blood Brother," documentary about a group of HIV orphans in India and a young American, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20, Byham Theater, Pittsburgh. Free.
Wine Tasting presented by the Ambridge Historical Community, 3 to 6 p.m. Sept. 30 in the courtyard of Akulina Antiques, 260 13th St., Ambridge. Locally made reds, white and dessert wines paired with hors d'oeuvres. Jazz performed by Miss Freddye and the Blue Faze. Tickets: $15, available at (724) 777-9068 or visit Akulina Antiques. Local wine makers may participate in friendly competition for prizes. Information: (724) 312-0708.Â
Davy Rothbart launches his 75-city book tour, 6 p.m. Sept. 4 in the studio theater at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center, Midland. Rothbart, author of "My Heart is an Idiot," and co-founder of Found Magazine will be joined by his brother, singer-musician Peter Rothbart. Free.
Cynthia Shaffer, a Pittsburgh-based artist will demonstrate her intricate form of art using animal bones, insects and rock fragments, 7 p.m. Sept. 13 at theÂ Merrick Art Gallery, 1150 Fifth Avenue New Brighton. Tara Zalewsky-Nease will demonstrate and discuss her water-based oil painting technique at 7 p.m. Oct. 10.Â Sponsored by Beaver Valley Artists.
Amy Goodman, investigative journalist, syndicated columnist and host of "Democracy Now!" public TV and radio show will lecture and sign her latest book, 7 p.m. Sept. 13, McConomy Auditorium, Carnegie Mellon University campus. Suggested $10 donation at the door. Information: (412) 322-7570.
EXPO XIII by the Model Engine Collectors Association, Sept 8 and 9 at Four Points by Sheraton, Pittsburgh North, Marshall Township. Sept. 8: engine displays, antique engines. Sept. 9, swap meet, appraisals. Information: (724) 846-4658 or email to GWMFOX35@comcast.net.Â
Covington Polo Match, 2 p.m. Sept. 8 at Powers Polo Field, about 100 yards south of the Covington Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 100 Covington Drive, East Palestine, Ohio. Gates open at 12:15 p.m. Benefits the Social Concerns of East Palestine, which provides assistance to community residents in need. Tickets: $5; children younger than 12, free. www.covingtonskilled.com.
Star party sponsored by the Beaver Valley Space Sciences Interest Group, at dusk Sept. 8 at the ballfields at Bradys Run Park in Brighton Township, weather-permitting. Rain date. Sept. 15. (724) 846-2573 or (412) 908-0653.Â
Bridgewater BookFest,Â Beaver Countyâs outdoor literary festival, Sept. 14 and 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.
Community Theatre Gala and networking 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 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.