Sights & Sounds – April 10

Published Apr 10, 2013 at 9:02 am (Updated Apr 10, 2013 at 9:02 am)

Clybourne Park

The play is set in a Chicago house at 406 Clybourne Street in two separate years: 1959 and 2009. In Act I of Norris’ play, a man named Karl Lindner tries to convince the white owners of 406 Clybourne Street not to sell their home to a black family. In Act II, it’s 50 years later and the neighborhood is now a black community. When a white family buys 406 Clybourne Street and intends to tear it down and rebuild a larger home on the property, a black couple from the local owner’s association challenges the architectural integrity of their plans.

The cast includes Brad Bellamy, Bjorn DuPaty, Megan Hill, Tim McGeever, Jared McGuire, Chandra Thomas and Lynne Wintersteller.

For tickets, call 412.316.1600 or visit

Jazz music

The Henry Grimes Trio featuring Ronnie Burrage and Lee Robinson will perform at 7:30 p.m. April 12 at the Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, located at 5006 Penn Ave. in Friendship. Tickets are $15 at the door. For more information, call 412-924-0634 or visit

Dinner and a movie

The Denis Theatre will hold a potluck dinner and movie at 5 p.m. April 14 at the Denis Theatre Foundation Office, 750 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon.

“Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story” is the story of how Frank De Felitta forever changed the life of a black waiter and his family while filming a documentary in Mississippi in 1965. In 2011, Frank’s son returns to the Delta to examine the repercussions of that fateful encounter.

• Save the Date: Here Comes the Sun, a groovy gala to benefit the Denis Theatre Foundation, will be held June 20.

For more information, visit


The fabled children’s play “Cinderella” will be presented by the Carnegie Performing Arts Center April 12-14 at the Andrew Carnegie Music Hall, 300 Beechwood Ave. in Carnegie. Performances will take place 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday.

The role of Cinderella is played by Karlee Kovacs of Scott Township, a freshman at Chartiers Valley. Alicia Nardei of Green Tree portrays one of the stepsisters and is a seventh-grader at Keystone Oaks. Briana Mroz, a senior at Chartiers Valley, plays Cinderella’s stepmother.

Monica Ryan directs the performance of 60 local young children and adults.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children, students and seniors. For more information, call 412-279-8887 or visit

Murder mystery

The Heritage Players, Bethel Park, is currently accepting online reservations for the murder mystery dinner theatre fundraiser “Till Death Do Us Part” at the Castle Shannon Borough Building.

Performances will be held at 7 p.m. May 18 and 2 p.m. May 19. Ticket price of $25 includes an Italian dinner and the show.

For more information, call 412-254-4633 or visit

Bowling fundraiser

The Day School at The Children’s Institute will be sponsoring a “Come Roll with Us” bowling fundraiser from noon-3 p.m. April 21 at AMF Mt. Lebanon Lanes, located at 1601 Washington Road.

The event will include a special appearance by Kelly Frey, door prizes and a 50/50 raffle.

Cost of $15 per person includes bowling, shoes and snacks.

Preregistration is suggested.

Visit for details.

Singing auditions

The Washington Wild Things professional baseball team has engaged the services of Pohl Productions to audition and select the National Anthem singers for the upcoming season. Open auditions will be held from 10 a.m.-noon April 13 at Consol Energy Park. Both individuals and groups are encouraged to audition.

While appointments are not required, those who do make appointments will be given priority for auditioning. All applicants should bring a recent photo and a resume if available. Those auditioning are asked to sing the traditional version of The National Anthem with absolutely minimal styling. It must be performed in a respectful manner.

To register, call Pohl Productions at 724-746-1178.

‘Lend Me a Tenor’

The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) South Campus Theatre, located in West Mifflin, presents the Ken Ludwig comedy “Lend Me a Tenor” 8 p.m. April 11-13.

Admission is free, with donations being accepted for the Kevin Dilworth Memorial Scholarship. Dilworth was a former CCAC-South Campus Theatre student who passed away from complications from cystic fibrosis.

For more information, call 412-469-6219 or email George Jaber at">


South Park Township Community Center Throughline Theatre presents “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” at 7 p.m. April 13. Cost is $10. To register, call 412-833-5585.

Fundraising event

Six local restaurants and three wineries will serve up their best for a cause this month as local non-profit organization Washington County Health Partners, Inc. (WCHP) presents “Healthy Taste of Washington County” from 6-10 p.m. April 19 at 825 South Main Street, Washington.

Participating in the inaugural fundraising event will be Angelo’s Restaurant, The George Washington Hotel, Krency’s Bakery Inc., Mr. Gyro’s, Palazzo 1837 Ristorante, The Upper Crust, J&D Cellars Winery and Vineyard, Raccoon Creek Winery at Kramer’s Greenhouse and Ripepi Winery and Vineyard.

The six restaurants and three wineries will serve up signature specialties while guests place bids on exciting silent auction items. In addition, Washington’s own American Idol ® Adam Brock will entertain guests throughout the evening.

Tickets are $50 each and all proceeds will benefit community wellness programs such as WCHP’s Walking Washington. To purchase tickets, visit

WCHP is a community based health organization that assesses the health of the community, identifies health issues and collaborates to address them.

Blues Challenge

The Blues Society of Western PA will host its Ninth Annual Blues Challenge from 2-11 p.m. April 13 at the Clarion Hotel, Green Tree. Doors 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.

Project Bundle-Up kick-off

The Salvation Army and WTAE TV Channel 4’s Project Bundle-Up host the fourth annual “Auction Kickoff Dinner – Night on the Town” 5 p.m. April 20 at LeMont 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 RSVPs must be received by April 24 to Project Bundle-Up Director Melissa Fereday at 412-446-1639.


Walt Maddox returns to the 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.

Meadows events

The Meadows Racetrack & Casino announces its entertainment line-up for April. All concerts are free admission.

• Silks Lounge – all shows begin at 8 p.m.: Lee Gantt Band (Country), April 12; Elite Show Band (Dance Variety), April 13; The Elliotts (British Invasion), April 19; PGH Band (Pittsburgh Legends), April 20; Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers (Rock), April 26; Da Phunk (Dance/Funk), April 27.

• Pacers Lounge – all shows begin at 9 p.m.: Hewlett & Anderson (Variety Duo), April 12; AJ Fresh (Video Mix DJ), April 13; Short Brothers (Variety/Country), April 19 and 20; Good Guys Duo (Variety Duo), April 26; DJ Michael Joseph (Variety), April 27.

Ghosts & Giggles

Reports of mysterious experiences and encounters are woven into the history of the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall. On April 20 at 8 p.m., the lighter side of the paranormal is explored as the ACFL&MH presents Ghosts & Giggles, a frightfully funny fundraiser featuring comedienne Karen Rontkowski, pet psychic Sonya King and host comedian David Kaye. Proceeds benefit the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall. The $25 Donation includes two drink vouchers, “Spirits” courtesy of Duquesne Pilsner.

In keeping with the “spirit” of this fundraiser, the ACFL&MH is raffling off the opportunity to be part of a paranormal investigation at the library and music hall led by celebrity investigator TJ Porfeli. Four winners will join Porfeli and his team on June 22. Tickets are $10 each or three for $25 and are available at the ACFL&MH circulation desk during library hours or at the Ghosts & Giggles comedy event.

Guests over 21 admitted with valid ID. For tickets, call 412-276-3456 ext. 5 or visit

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