Sights & Sounds – July 10
Whiskey Rebellion Day
The Oliver Miller Homestead, South Park, will hold Whiskey Rebellion Day on July 16. Hear the original play “Serving of the Writ” about how the conflict started. Stroll the grounds and talk to re-enactors. Learn how whiskey, beer, metheglin, chocolate and ginger beer were made. No samples will be given.
All of the buildings will be open and the barn will have displays on the Whiskey Rebellion.
The Oliver Miller Homestead is located on Stone Manse Drive, just off the circle on Corrigan Drive. Admission on special event days is $2 while on nonevent days an admission of $1 is requested. For more information, call 412-835-1554 or visit www.olivermiller.org.
Symphonic Led Zeppelin
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and a full rock band, featuring Randy Jackson of Zebra, will perform Led Zeppelin’s classic songs in a brilliant combination of passion and power in the Music of Led Zeppelin, presented by 102.5 WDVE, 7:30 p.m. July 18 at Heinz Hall.
The Music of Led Zeppelin was first performed in 1996 and was transcribed and scored by Brent Havens, who is guest conducting this performance. The performance features songs from the vast Zeppelin catalog, such as “Kashmir,” “Black Dog,” “All of My Love” and “Stairway to Heaven.”
Tickets are $25-$75 and can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900, or at www.pittsburghsymphony.org.
Solar Concert Series
The Sixth Annual Solar Concert Series – a project of SLB Radio Productions, Inc., the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and the New Hazlett Theater – will feature live music performances at lunchtime powered by a solar-energy sound system at Buhl Community Park at Allegheny Square, in front of the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. Open to all ages, concerts take place from 12:15-1 p.m. Wednesdays in July and August.
Pittsburgh’s first green concert series will feature a diverse lineup of acoustic-based performances by emerging and established local musicians, including: AppalAsia (Asian-bluegrass fusion), July 10; The Wreckids (folk-rock), July 17; The Squirrel Hillbillies (acoustic country and folk), July 24; Mark Dignam (original contemporary Irish and folk), July 31.
For more information, visit: www.solarconcertseries.org.
Stage 62’s rendition of “Avenue Q” will run at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall, 8 p.m. July 18-20 and 25-27 and 2 p.m. July 21 and 28.
Tickets are $18 for seniors and $15 for students and can be purchased by calling 412-429-6262 or visiting www.stage62.org.
International war crimes investigator John Cencich, author of “The Devil’s Garden: A War Crimes Investigator’s Story,” will sign his new book from 6-7:30 p.m. July 12 at Barnes & Noble, South Hills Village.
Cencich was the senior American investigator at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia at The Hague in the Netherlands.
Dr. Cencich is a tenured full professor at California University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches international crime and security, organized crime and advanced criminal investigation. He holds a doctorate in international law from the University of Notre Dame and previously served a special attachment with Scotland Yard.
The Meadows Racetrack & Casino announce its entertainment line-up for July with a mix of national and local performers. All shows are free admission.
• Silks Lounge – shows begin at 8 p.m.: Dallas Marks (country), July 12; House of Soul (dance/soul), July 13; Tony Janflone Jr. (variety/blues), July 19; No Bad JuJu (dance/variety), July 20; Smoke n Guns (Nashville chicks), July 26-27.
• Pacers Lounge: AJ Fresh and a country artist battle it out, 9 p.m. Fridays in July; AJ Fresh and his Fresh Girl-Club Music, 9 p.m. Saturdays in July.
For more information, visit www.meadowsgaming.com.
The Hollywood Theater, Dormont, announces its July schedule, including the return of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at midnight on July 27. This is a special 35mm screening and will include the Junior Chamber of Commerce Players, Pittsburgh’s official Rocky Horror floorshow cast. Get tickets early at www.showclix.com/event/rockyhorrorjuly2013.
Other events include:
• Summer Concert Movies Series – “The Last Waltz,” 7:30 p.m. July 10; 9:15 p.m. July 12 and 13; and 4 p.m. July 14. Martin Scorsese’s 1978 documentary of The Band’s final concert.
• “Computer Chess,” 7:30 p.m. July 11. This nerd culture comedy is set during a 1980s weekend tournament for chess software programmers.
• The Jim Henson/Frank Oz beloved all-Muppet fantasy “The Dark Crystal” (1982) screens at 7 p.m. July 12; 2 and 7 p.m. July 13; and 1 p.m. July 14. The 1 p.m. Saturday screening is only $3 for children 12 and under and will feature $1 small popcorns.
• In the 1986 action/animation flick “Transformers: The Movie,” the Autobots must stop a colossal planet-consuming robot who is after the Autobot Matrix of Leadership. It plays at 7 p.m. July 14. This is a one-time only screening and features a silent auction with Transformer prizes.
• Chiller Films and Horror Realm present “Beneath” at 7:30 p.m. July 16. In this 2013 horror/thriller, a trip to the remote Black Lake turns into a nightmare for six high school seniors when their rowboat is attacked by a man-eating fish, forcing them to decide who must be sacrificed as they fight their way back to shore.
• Family Night at the Movies, hosted by The Dormont Historical Society, 7:30 p.m. July 17. Cartoons and shorts. Tickets are $2 for all.
Sign up at gathr.us/series/dormont-previews for a membership that costs $19 for a month or $49 for three months, for a savings off of the regular box office price, or pay the regular price of $7 at the door for any movie.
Schedules are subject to change. Call 412-563-0368 or check the Hollywood’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/HollywoodTheaterDormont) and website (www.thehollywooddormont.org) for updates.
3rd Street Gallery, Carnegie, presents Frank Cunimondo & Patricia Skala in concert at 3 p.m. July 21. The concert will combine jazz, salsa and Brazilian-style music. Cost is $15.
Johnstonbaugh’s Music Centers will hold its second annual Ensemble Camp Concert at 7 p.m. July 27 at the Bridgeville Public Library. The concert will feature the Woodwind Chamber Ensemble under the direction of Suzanne Levinson, and the Brass Ensemble under the direction of Ryan Wolf. More than 40 elementary, middle, and high school musicians from Chartiers Valley, South Fayette, Mt. Lebanon, Canon-McMillan, Carlynton, Upper St. Clair, West Allegheny, Keystone Oaks, West Jefferson Hills and St. Thomas More will perform.
The Chamber Ensemble will be performing an eclectic mix of classical and modern popular music. The concert is free.
Pittsburgh CLO will hold auditions for the staged reading of the new musical “Judge Jack Justice, The Trails of Love,” directed by Van Kaplan. Principal actors must be available Sept. 30-Oct. 5.
Needed are five actors who can sing well.
Auditioners can meet by appointment, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 27 at the CLO Academy. Callbacks will be made by July 28. Call or email to schedule an audition time.
Auditioners should prepare two songs of their best material; one up-tempo and one balled. Bring legible sheet music in the correct key. Applications can be downloaded from www.pittsburghclo.org/pages/clo_auditions or picked up at the audition. Requests for an audition appointment should be emailed to CabaretAuditions@pittsburghclo.org, and include a preferred time range, which will be honored as sign-ups permit.
If email is not available, call 412-281-3973 ext. 234.
The Heritage Players will hold auditions for the musical “Oliver!” at 7 p.m. Aug. 3 and 4 at the Schoolhouse Arts Center, Bethel Park. Seeking ages 10 and up. Must do cold readings from the script. Prepare a song of your choice. Performances will take place Oct. 11-13 and 18-20 at the Seton Center, Brookline.
The Heritage Players will present its annual “Summer Broadway Revue” at 7 p.m. Aug. 14 and 15 at the Castle Shannon Municipal Center. Admission is $5. Box office opens one half hour before curtain. For more information, visit www.heritageplayers.org or call 412-254-4633.