It's the last full weekend of summer. You'll regret if you don't do something fun. Here are some suggestions:
Kendrew's Lounge,Â Aliquippa, 9 p.m. Sept. 14, Sledgehammer, ('80s rock), $4.
Long Branch Saloon, New Brighton, 10 p.m. Sept. 15, Kush Band, (classic), $2.Â
Luanne's, Route 68, Industry, 9:30 p.m. Sept. 15, Switch Play (Southern classic and variety), no cover.
Venue at Harmony Ridge, Harmony Township, 8 p.m. Sept. 14, Go Saga, no cover; 9 p.m. Sept. 16, the Guise, no cover.
Wooley Bully's, New Brighton, 10 p.m. Sept. 14, Jay Wiley Duo, no cover; 9:30 p.m. Sept. 15, Wine 'n Spirits, no cover.
Kendrew's Lounge, Aliquippa, 9 p.m. Sept. 15, Billy the Kid, $2.
Shakespeare's Restaurant & Pub, North Sewickley Township, 7 p.m. Sept. 14, Steve Tori, (romantic classics), no cover; 7Â p.m. Sept. 15, Brian Harrington, no cover.
Baden American Legion, Baden, 8 p.m. Sept. 14, Rudy Zetz and Janet Falotico, $2 for non-members.
Baden American Legion, Baden, 8 p.m. Sept. 15, Budman, no cover.
Luanne's Route 68, Industry, 9:30 p.m. Sept. 14, King of Karaoke, no cover.
Long Branch Saloon, New Brighton, 9:30 p.m. Sept. 14, Mikey P., no cover.
Ballroom,Â 7 to 10 p.m. Sept. 15, New Brighton SOI. Music by Mikey Dee. $8. Singles welcome.
Oldies, soft rock,disco, 7 to 11 p.m. Sept. 15, Aliquippa Croatian Center, 2365 Concord St. Music by Touche featuring Nannatte Corradi. $6.Â
Line, 9:30 a.m. Sept. 18Â New Brighton SOI. $2.
Ballroom, Latin and swing, 8 p.m. Sept. 16, Coraopolis VFW, Fifth Avenue and Mulberry Street. Music by Frankie Lasko. $8.
Square, 8:30Â to 11 p.m. Sept. 22, Big Knob Grange, New Sewickley Township. $5. (724) 775-3016.
The Improv at the Waterfront at Homestead, Juston McKinney, 8 and 10 p.m. Sept. 14; 7 and 9 p.m. Sept. 15. $15 to $17. Over-21 show.
"God's Comic" Brad Stine, 8 p.m. Sept. 22, Chippewa Evangelical Church, Chippewa Township. $20 and $25. Information: lanvwa.org.
Jim Breuer Live,"Saturday Night Live" alum and "Half-Baked" co-star, 8 p.m. Sept. 22, Byham Theater, Pittsburgh. $27.50 to $45.
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
The Clarks, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14, Thursday's tavern, Bridgewater. $20.
Mike Garson, longtime pianist for David Bowie, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15, Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center, Midland. Free.
"Year of the Dragon" gala concert with pianist Lang Lang and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, 7 p.m. Sept. 15 at Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh. Features music from Lang's "Dragon Song," Chinese music album. $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.
Ball in the House, five-member a capella group from Boston sing mix of pop, gospel, hip hop and rhythm and blues, noon Sept. 19 in the Student Union Building auditorium, Penn State Beaver, Center Township. Free. (724) 773-3610 or www.bc.psu.edu.
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. (724) 847-1494 or www.angelsacrosstheusa.com.
Betty Douglas Quartet at the Pittsburgh Jazz Society's Sunday concert series 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 23 at the James Street Speakeasy on Pittsburgh's North Side. No cover charge but donations welcome for the jazz society's scholarship program.
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra opens its season with "New World Symphony" 8 p.m. Sept. 21 and 22, and 2 p.m. Sept. 23 at Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh. Manfred Honeck conducts. American baritone Thomas Hampson sings "Orchestral Songs" by Richard Strauss. $20 to $93. (412) 392-4900 or www.pittsburghsymphony.org.
Hank Williams Tribute Show featuring Slim Forsythe and his new Payday Loners, 7 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Lawrenceville Moose Lodge, 120 51st St., Pittsburgh. Doors open at 6 p.m. Sponsored by Pittsburgh Cares. $10 to $70.Â (412) 471-2144 or www.ShowClix.com or www.PittsburghCares.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.
"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. $20 to $108. (412) 392-4900 or www.pittsburghsymphony.org.
Rockin' the Suburbs local music festival, Byersdale Field, 3793 Duss Ave., Harmony Township, 12:30 to 10:30 p.m. Sept. 29. All ages. $8 admission. Acts are the Sparrows, Tripshod, the Delaneys, the Hawkeyes, the Legendary Hucklebucks, Children of October, Billy the Kid & the Regulators, G-Ru, New Shores Burn, Angels of Osirus, 50 Caliber Dream, Lullaby Engine, Herion T, Swoozy & Rodge, Sam "Stickman" Covatch, Gypsy Grin, Brushfire, Rule of Two, the East Enders and Anna James Band. Information: meredithentertainment.eventbrite.com.
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 and available at (724) 643-9004.
2012 Jazz Gala "JonesX2" presented by BNY Mellon Jazz, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall, Oakland. Features Sean Jones and Caroline Jones. Benefits the library's children's literacy program. Tickets: $125. (412) 276-3456 or www.carnegiecarnegie.org.
Celtic Thunder: Voyage Tour, 8 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Benedum Center, 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.
Four Hands, Warm Heart, music for piano, four hands and solo quartet, 4 p.m. Sept. 30 at Shadyside Presbyterian Church, 9121 Westminster Place, Pittsburgh. Music in a Great Space series. Tickets: adults, $10; seniors, age 60 and older and students, $5.Â (412) 682-4300 or www.shadysidepres.org.
American Bandstand, A Tribute to Dick Clark presented by the Latshaw Pops Orchestra, 11:30 a.m. Oct. 10 at the Chadwick, One Wexford Square, McCandless. $46.95, includes lunch. Show begins at 1 p.m. Reservations: (800) 528-7429.
Bo Wagner's Rat Pack and Johnny Angel & the Halos, 7 p.m. Oct. 14, Palace Theatre, Greensburg. $28 to $40.
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. $42.95 to $83.30.
NATIONALLY TOURING CONCERT ACTS
Eric Church, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15, Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh.Â $47.85 and $58.05.
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.
Nick Lowe, 8 p.m. Sept. 20, Mr. Small's Theatre, Millvale (reduced capacity, partially seated show.) $20.
3 Doors Down, 8 p.m. Sept. 20, Stage AE, Pittsburgh. $35.
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.
Blondie, 8 p.m. Oct. 5, Palace Theatre, Greensburg. $49.50 to $75.
Esperanza Spalding, 8 p.m. Oct. 5, Byham Theater, Pittsburgh. $30 to $50.
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.
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.
Insane Clown Posse, 8 p.m. Oct. 26, Stage AE, Pittsburgh. $28 and $30.
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Oct. 27, Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh. Sold out.
Karmin and Outasight, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27, Stage AE, Pittsburgh. Part of the 96.1-KISS-FM Halloween party. $25.
Asia, 8 p.m. Oct. 31, Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead, Munhall. $35 to $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.
Lyle Lovett and his Acoustic Band, Nov. 10, Byham Theater, Pittsburgh. $49.50 to $79.50.
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.
Lamb of God, 7 p.m. Nov. 27, Stage AE, Pittsburgh. $35 and $38.
Clint Black, 8 p.m. Nov. 30, Palace Theatre, Greensburg. $45 to $85.
Green Day, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 14, Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh. $35.50 to $60.35 on sale 10 a.m. Sept. 15.
THEATER & DANCE SHOWS
"Leading Ladies" presented by Comtra Theatre Players through Sept. 22 at the theater on Route 19 in Cranberry Township. $15. Performances at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.Â Box office opens at 6:45 p.m. $12. Reservations at (724) 773-9896 or www.comtraplayers.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. Children can meet characters and take photographs after each show. $8. (724) 643-9004 or www.lppac.org.
"The Tempest" presented by Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Park in city parks. Performances at 2 p.m. 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 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. $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" at the Benedum Center, Pittsburgh through Sept. 23. 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
Garson Kanin's "Born Yesterday" presented by Pittsburgh Public Theater, Sept. 27 to Oct. 28 at the O'Reilly Theater, 621 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh. Performances at 7 p.m. Tuesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, except no matinee Oct. 6; 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, except no matinee Oct. 28. Previews Sept. 27 to Oct. 4. Opening night, Oct. 5. $33 to $60. (412) 316-1600 or www.ppt.org
"Late Nite Catechism: Sister Rolls the Dice," 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center, Midland. Presented by the Divine Mercy Academy Angel Fund. $35. (724) 643-9004 or www.lppac.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
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. 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.
Children's Harvest Festival, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 29, Townsend Park, New Brighton. Pumpkin face drawing contest, scarecrow making, music. (724) 846-1870.
Erntefest, a German harvest festival, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 29 and noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 30 at Old Economy Village, Ambridge. Crafts, historic trade demonstrations, tours, homemade grape and pumpkin pies. Admission: adults, $12; children, ages 3 to 11, $6; members, free. (724) 266-4500 or www.oldeconomyvillage.org.
"Feminist and...," an exhibit exploring feminism by six female artists, through May 26 at the Mattress Factory, 500 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh's North Side.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.
"Tough Art" interactive exhibit opens Sept. 14 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.
"No Job No Home No Peace No Rest" an installation by Will Steacy, Sept. 14 to Dec. 15 at Silvereye Center for Photography, 1015 East Carson St., Pittsburgh's South Side.Â Opening reception 6:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 14. Hours: noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Free. (412) 431-1810 or www.silverye.org.Â
First Fruit XVI: Tending Our Mothersâ GardensÂ Exhibition, Sept. 21 to Nov. 2, at Sweetwater Center for the Arts, Sewickley. Reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 28. Part of Sweetwater's 16th annual MAVUNO Festival of African American Art & Culture. Free MAUVNO two-day workshop for children ages, 8 to 12, Planting our Gardens, 4:30 to 6 p.m. Oct. 1 and 2. Pre-registration required . Information and registration:Â sweetwaterartcenter.org/mavuno-festival or 412-741-4405.
Gallery CrawlÂ to art galleries and arts spaces in Pittsburgh's Cultural District, 5:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 28. Free. Details online at trustarts.org.
"The City & the City: Artwork by London Writers," an exhibition featuring works by British-based new-media and installation artists, Sept. 28 to Dec. 31, Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh. Opening reception from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 28. Gallery hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. woodstreetgalleries.org.
Fountains of YouthÂ 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.
"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. 15, the Mavens. Buhl Planetarium closed for renovations through Sept. 21. General admission: adults, $17.95; children, ages 3 to 12, $11.95; members, free. (412) 237-3400 or CarnegieScienceCenter.org.
Little Beaver Historical Society's four museumsÂ 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, except McCarl Industrial from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Tours welcome. Free. Information: (724) 843-4361 or (724) 336-6685.Â
"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.
"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.
National Aviary, Allegheny Commons West, 700 Arch St., Pittsburgh's North Side. Crafts, trainer talks, live encounters and scavenger hunt. Included in general admission. 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.
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. "Warhol: Headlines" features works Warhol based largely on headlines from the tabloid news; opens Oct. 14. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays. Admission: adults, $20; children and students, $10. (412) 237-8300 or warhol.org.
Charlie and Kiwi's Evolutionary AdventureÂ opens Oct. 6 at the 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. (412) 622-3131 or www.carnegiemuseums.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 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. heinzhistorycenter.org.
"The Nazi Olympics: Berlin 1936," opens Oct. 25 at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture," Pittsburgh's Cultural District. The national exhibit, co-sponsored locally by the Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh will run through Feb. 28.
"American Idols"Â 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. Hours: 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.
Carnegie Museum of ArtÂ 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. (412) 622-3131 or www.cmoa.org.
"Faces and Places: Photographs of Old Economy,"Â 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.
CRUISES, RIDES, RUNS & WALKS
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: $25. Benefits Habitat for Humanity of Beaver County. (724) 846-1630. 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: 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.
Fifth annual Sewickley 5K/Heart & Sole 5K, 8:30 a.m. Sept. 22 in the borough. Race begins and ends at War Memorial Park. Registration: individuals, $15; families, $30; children, age 12 and younger, $5. Prices are an additional $5 for individuals and families on race day, $3 for kids. For information or to pre-register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.heritagevalley.org. Benefits the Cardiology Fund at Heritage Valley Sewickley hospital and the Sewickley Valley YMCA.
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.
Beaver County Heart Walk sponsored by the American Heart Association, 10 a.m. Oct. 6 at the gazebo in Irvine Park, Beaver. Registration at 9 a.m. Fee: donation. Benefits the American Heart Association. (724) 453-1004, email email@example.com or online at www.heart.org/beaverwalk.
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 initiatives. (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
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
For male and female dancers for the Carnegie Performing Arts Center's production of "Nutcracker " in December.Â Dancers ages 5 to 12 years old at 1 p.m. Sept. 22 at the center, 150 East Main St., Carnegie.; 2 p.m. for dancers ages 13 and older. (412) 279-8887 or www.carnegieperformingartscenter.com.
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 downtownpittsburgh.com. Application deadline is Sept. 28.Â Performers may also call (412) 325-0153 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Â
Seeking singers/actors, both men and women in their 20s, 30s and 40s, both equity and non-equity performers for Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera's production of "A Musical Christmas Carol," from noon to 8 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Pittsburgh CLO Academy,Â eighth floor, 130 CLO Academy Way, downtown Pittsburgh. Callback on Oct. 9. Show runs from Dec. 6 to 23. For audition application and audition appointment, go online to pittsburghCLO.org.Â 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
Marc Elliot, who was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome at age 9, presents What Makes You Tic?, 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Sept. 20 in Rea Auditorium at Sewickley Academy in Edgeworth.
Beaver Tales...A Storytelling Event, featuring four professional storytellers, Sept. 21, in Beaver. Includes a noon "Lunch, Listen, Laugh" session at Beaver Area Memorial Library (reservations needed for lunch) and a free 7 p.m. "Ghost Stories & More" concert at the Beaver Gazebo (if there's rain, location moves to College Square School.) Presented by Beaver Area Heritage Foundation. www.beaverheritage.org
Tara Zalewsky-Nease will demonstrate and discuss her water-based oil painting technique at 7 p.m. Oct. 10. at the Merrick Art Gallery in New Brighton. Sponsored by Beaver Valley Artists.
Theresa Caputo, star of TLC's "Long Island Medium," 8 p.m. Oct. 27, Heinz Hall. The TV medium will give interactive readings to some audience members. Tickets are $43 to $63 and on sale 10 a.m. Sept. 14. A limited number of $128.25 VIP tickets include a post-show meet-and-greet.
Bridgewater BookFest and Friday Night Block Party, Sept. 14 and 15, Bridge Street, Bridgewater. Beaver Countyâs outdoor literary festival. Visitors can meet 35 authors and take part in literary-themed events for all ages from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 15. The event kicks off with a 7 p.m. Sept. 14 block party with open group African dance lessons, drumming from Bryan Fazio and music by Rick Gilbert in the BookFest Authors Tent. 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, $30; two people, $50. Reservations at (724) 775-6844.
Eastern Woodlands Indian program, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Vicary Mansion, 1235 Third Ave., Freedom. for girls ages 7 to 14. Cook, sew, dance, dress like an Eastern Woodlands girl and learn about the history of Indians in Beaver County. $18, Advanced registration required at (724) 775-1848.
Big Knob Antique Tractor and Equipment Show, 3 to 8 p.m. Sept. 21; 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 22 and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Big Knob Grange Fairgrounds, Grange Road, New Sewickley Township. Displays, parade, tractor games and pulls, square dance at 8 p.m. Sept. 21. Free. (724) 846-1808.
3 Rivers Challenge, a bass and walleye fishing tournament presented by the Marcellus Shale Coalition, Sept. 28 and 29 on the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers. Pro-Am tournament Sept. 28; charity pro event on Sept. 29. free family fish outing, no license required and Riverwalk Expo, guided tug boat tours, water and environmental programs. Schedule and required family fish registration available at msc3riverschallenge.com.
Making Juggling Tolerable with Ivan Pecel, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Strand Theater, 119 North Main St., Zelienople. Tickets: adults, $15 to $25; children younger than 12, $10 to $15. (724) 742-0400 or www.thestrandtheater.org.
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.Â