Sights & Sounds – June 12

Published Jun 12, 2013 at 7:45 am (Updated Jun 7, 2013 at 4:54 pm)

BBQ and Microbrew

Bella Sera, Canonsburg, will hold BBQ and Microbrew on June 14. The event will include a cooking class and beer pairing and will be held outdoors, rain or shine. For reservations, call 724-745-5575 ext. 111. For more information, visit


The Heritage Players will perform the following at the Seton Center, Brookline:

• “To Tell a Story: a Variety Show” at 7 p.m. June 14. Free admission.

• Dan Groggin’s musical “Nunsense,” 8 p.m. June 21 and 22, June 28 and 29 and 2 p.m. June 23 and 30. Tickets are $10.

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

‘Julius Caesar’

The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) South Campus Theatre Company in West Mifflin, Food for Groundlings, presents Shakespeare’s classic revenge play “Julius Caesar” at 8 p.m. June 14-15. The company is presenting its inaugural production to the public free of charge.

For more information, call 412-469-6219.

Meadows entertainment

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

Silks Lounge: The Jaggerz (originals/oldies), 9 p.m. June 14; Radio Tokyo (pop/dance), 8 p.m. June 15; Zoot Island (summer fun), 8 p.m. June 21; Ruff Creek (country), 8 p.m. June 22; Marshall Lowry Band (country), 8 p.m. June 28; 8th Street Rox (rock/blues), 9 p.m. June 29.

Pacers Lounge: Devon of Ruff Creek (country), 9 p.m. June 14, 21, 28; A.J. Fresh (disc jockey), 9 p.m. June 15, 22, 29.

The Meadows Racetrack & Casino 2013 outdoor concert performances include: The O’Jays, June 29; country icon Ronnie Dunn, Aug. 3 as part of the Mylan Classic Charity Contest; comedian and actor Bill Cosby, Aug. 17.

For tickets, call Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or visit For more information, visit

Photo contest

From woodlands strewn with beer cans to creeks pockmarked with tires, litter is a blight on Pennsylvania’s landscape. To focus attention on this ugly and avoidable environmental problem, the Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) sponsors its 28th annual Lens On Litter Photo Contest, with a deadline of Oct. 31. Use your camera to identify the worst examples of litter in your Pennsylvania community. The contest is open to amateur photographers only. Contestants will be divided into two classes – school age children and adults. Eight prizes, four to each group, will be awarded, with first place winners receiving $1,000 in cash, second place $500, third place $250 and The People’s Choice Award of a camera. The contest identifies sites, which PRC then targets for clean up through local action – be it the governing body or civic-minded organizations. In the past five years, litter has been removed from more than 300 sites.

Send entries (limit three per person) to the Pennsylvania Resources Council, 3606 Providence Road, Newtown Square, PA 19073. All entries must contain the following information on the back of the photo: entrant’s name, address, telephone number, title given to photo, and location of litter site. If a school age child, the school grade and school name must be provided. Photos will not be returned and will become the property of PRC.

For more information, call Pennsylvania Resources Council at 610-353-1555.

ToonSeum exhibit

The ToonSeum, Pittsburgh’s Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, will exhibit seven decades’ worth of original art from cartooning’s highest honor, The Reuben Award. The exhibit runs through August 11.

This is the first time in the organization’s history that original art from these legendary artists has been assembled in one exhibition. Rare works seldom seen by the public from artists such as Gary Larson of Far Side, Charles M. Schulz of Peanuts, and many more will be displayed.

• Partnering with 16 cartoonists and 15 organizations, the ToonSeum has created “Oakland,” a new visitors guide featuring short comic vignettes of great Oakland venues, including The Original Hot Dog Shop, Phipps Conservatory and the Cathedral of Learning. It is free to the public.

On June 14, at 7 p.m., there will be a celebration of its release, hosted by the Phantom of the Attic Comics. Copies of both “Oakland” will be available, as will a specialty print of the double page spread of “Phantom of the Attic” by Marcel Walker, which appears in the book. Many of the artists will be on hand for autographs.

For more information, visit

48 Hour Film Project

On the weekend of July 12-14, local filmmakers can compete in the Seventh annual 48 Hour Film Project for a chance to win big.

At 6 p.m. July 12, filmmakers will meet at Chatham University in the Eddy Theater, where they will be given a genre, a character, a prop and a line of dialogue that they must work into the short film. The teams will have to return to the same spot on July 14 no later than 7:30 p.m.

The films will premiere July 20 at the Hollywood Theater. The films are shown in three screening groups between 1-8 p.m. Specific screening group information will be posted after films are turned in. Each screening group is completely different.

There will be 17 distinct honors awarded by the panel of celebrity judges. The winning films will be screened and be presented with their awards on July 28 at the Hollywood Theater. The list of judges will be announced in June.

The Pittsburgh Best Film is awarded a trophy, is screened at the 48 HFP Filmapalooza, and receives cash plus prizes supplied by local sponsors like Pittsburgh Trophy, Specter Studios and Most Wanted Fine Art. The film will then be in the running for top honors for Filmapalooza, the 48 Hour Film Projects annual awards. The Grand Prize winner of Filmapalooza receives $3,000 cash, filmmaking equipment and the Grand Prize trophy.

The top 12 international 48 HFP films will be screened at the Cannes Short Film Corner in 2014.

For complete instructions on how to participate, visit

Mattress Factory

The Mattress Factory is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year by offering an array of new exhibitions, community events, educational programs, the unveiling of a new building and a special $35 membership.

The Mattress Factory plans the following events to celebrate the museum’s 35th anniversary:

• June 21 – Urban Garden Party, 7-11 p.m. (ticket prices vary)

• June 23 – Community Garden Party, 1-5 p.m. (free)

• Oct. 10 - 35th Anniversary Art Auction (prices vary)

For more information, visit

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