Sights & Sounds – March 27
The Heritage Players, Bethel Park, will accept online reservations beginning April 1 for its murder mystery dinner theatre fundraiser “Till Death Do Us Part” at the Castle Shannon Borough Building, located on McRoberts Road.
Performances will be held at 7 p.m. May 18 and 2 p.m. May 19. Ticket price of $25 includes both Italian dinner and show.
For questions or to make reservations, visit www.heritageplayers.org or call 412-254-4633.
The Friends of the Hollywood Theater announce the following events at The Hollywood Theater in Dormont:
• “Bubba Ho-Tep” – 7:30 p.m. March 28, 9:15 p.m. March 29, 5 p.m. March 30, and 4 p.m. March 31. In this comedy/fantasy, Elvis and JFK are both alive and living in a nursing home.
• “Leonie” – 7 p.m. March 29, 3 p.m. March 30, and 1 p.m. March 31. The life and relationships of early 20th American educator, editor and journalist Leonie Gilmour are chronicled in this drama/biography.
For more information, call 412-563-0368 or check the Hollywood’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/HollywoodTheaterDormont) and website (www.thehollywooddormont.org).
Bethel Park High School will present “42nd Street” at 7:30 p.m. April 3-6 in the high school auditorium. Tickets may be purchased at the door on performance evenings. Tickets are $8-$10. Senior citizens can receive half-price admission to the April 3 and 4 performances only. Students in kindergarten through fourth grade can receive half-price admission to all performances, but only if the seats are obtained at the door on the evening of the performance. Tickets can be purchased with cash or check payable to “Bethel Park School District.” For more information, call 412-833-5000 ext. 8706.
Music for Mt. Lebanon will present illusionist Jason Bishop at 7:30 p.m. April 6 at Mt. Lebanon High School. Bishop is an international award-winning illusionist and the youngest person to win the Magician’s Alliance of Eastern States Stage Award. For tickets, call 412-264-3354.
The Salvation Army will hold its 25th Annual Fabric Fair from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 6 at the South Park Home Economics Building. Sponsored by the organization’s Greater Pittsburgh Women’s Auxiliary, the event will feature patterns, upholstery, fabric, yarns and notions at discount prices. Donations of fabric and notions are needed.
For more information, call Leah Horcholic at 412-446-1534.
Book of Mormon
“The Book of Mormon,” a musical written by “South Park” creators Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone, runs through April 7 at the Benedum Center. The show, presented by PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh, tells the story of two Utah teens and Mormon missionaries who are fed up with poverty, AIDS and other horrors that they encounter while in Uganda, and begin questioning their faith. Hilarity and vulgarity ensue.
Tickets start at $41 and are available at The Box Office at Theater Square, by calling 412-456-4800 or visiting www.trustarts.org.
Columnist to speak
LaRoche College will present New York Times columnist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Nicholas D. Kristof on April 9 as part of the college’s 50th anniversary celebration.
Kristof will speak on “A Call to Action: Encouraging Young People to Join the ‘World’s Fight’ and Take on a Cause Larger than Themselves.”
A seasoned journalist, Kristof has lived on four continents, reported on six and has traveled to 140 countries and all 50 states. He has won two Pulitzer Prizes.
The free presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in the Kerr Fitness and Sports Center on the La Roche campus. There is no cost, but preregistration is required. A book signing will follow the event. The event was originally scheduled for this past fall, but postponed. Those who registered for the postponed fall event must register again to be guaranteed a seat. Register online at www.laroche.edu/kristof or contact Gina Work at 412-536-1097 or email@example.com.
Comics for Comics
The Toonseum, Pittsburgh’s Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, presents Comics 4 Comics 4 at 8 p.m. April 4 at Little E’s. This fourth installment of this annual fundraiser brings headliner Michael Capozzola to Pittsburgh, and will be preceded by a VIP reception at the ToonSeum beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Joining Michael are the evening’s emcee, standup comedian and published author Michael Buzzelli, and local comedian Terry Jones.
Tickets are $20. VIP tickets, which include reserved seating and the reception, are $35. All proceeds benefit the ToonSeum, a nonprofit museum of comic and cartoon art.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Blues Society of Western PA will host its Ninth Annual Blues Challenge from 2-11 p.m. April 13 at the Clarion Hotel at 401 Holiday Drive, Green Tree. Doors will open at 1.
Fifteen bands/solos/duo acts will each give their best 20-minute performance that will be judged on musical talent, vocals, presentation, blues content and originality. A winning band will be awarded $1,000 and a winning solo or duo act will be awarded $500. Each winner will represent the BSWPA at the 2014 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn. A guitar award will also be presented to the guitarist that is judged the best overall guitarist in the competition that day.
Tickets will be available at the door and are $12 for the general public, $10 for BSWPA members, and $6 for students with valid ID.
A Blues Breakfast is planned for April 14. Ms. Freddye & Co. will entertain from 9:30-11:30 a.m. The Blues breakfast will be open to the public for a fee.
Guest rooms are available at the Clarion at the special “Blues” rate of $59.99, until April 1, and will include the morning after breakfast.
Renaissance & Baroque presents a special concert of popular songs and dances from late 18th century Peru at 8 p.m. April 13 in Synod Hall, 125 N. Craig St., Oakland.
Tickets are $20-$35, and student tickets are $10.
For more information and tickets, call 412-361-2048 or visit www.rbsp.org.
Project Bundle-Up kick-off
The Salvation Army and WTAE TV Channel 4’s Project Bundle-Up will host its fourth annual “Auction Kickoff Dinner – Night on the Town” beginning at 5 p.m. April 20 at LeMont Restaurant on Mt. Washington.
Festivities include live musical entertainment by Pittsburgh’s own Tom Watt, nationally acclaimed and award-winning vocal impersonator; fun photos courtesy of “Beautiful Day Photo Booth;” a live basket auction with themed baskets of $250-plus value; a gift card auction extravaganza; and appearances by local celebrities.
Admission is a donation of a new item(s) in its original packaging or a gift card with a minimum retail value of $100 per person. Monetary donations are also accepted. The gifts collected at the door will be auctioned at The Salvation Army and WTAE TV’s Annual Project Bundle-Up Online Auction in August 2013. For gift suggestions and reservations, visit www.projectbundleup.com. RSVPs must be received by April 24 to Project Bundle-Up Director Melissa Fereday at 412-446-1639.
Producers Jude and Shirley Pohl announce that Walt Maddox will return to their Crowne Plaza Cabaret Dinner Theatre with his one-man show, “Nat,” for a matinee performance on April 28.
NAT is Walt’s tribute to music legend Nat King Cole. He has presented this show both in the USA and around the world – including a performance with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at Heinz Hall.
The show will begin at 3:30 p.m. with dinner served at 5. Price of the dinner-theatre package is $45, which includes both the tax and the tip.
The theatre is on Fort Couch Road in Bethel Park, across from South Hills Village.
For information or to make reservations (required), call Pohl Productions at 724-746-1178.
Washington Symphony Orchestra will present a Country Jamboree at 8 p.m. May 4 at Trinity High School. Conductor Yugo Ikach will feature hammered dulcimer musician Adam Sutch performing American folk songs such as “Whiskey Before Breakfast” and “ Blackberry Blossom.”
U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy will demonstrate his guitar playing and singing classics such as “Witchita Lineman.”
Tickets will be available at Citizens Library and all branches of Washington Financial or at the door.