Sights & Sounds - Aug. 21

Published Aug 21, 2013 at 5:44 am (Updated Aug 16, 2013 at 2:25 pm)

Art festival

The 16th Annual Shadyside Art Festival is slated for Aug. 24-25. Saturday’s hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Hours on Sunday are 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

This two-day juried festival with 200 artists has become Pittsburgh’s signature summer art event featuring paintings, sculptures, photography, glass, wood, jewelry, collage and ceramics with prices set to suit all budgets. There will be live music and a free giveaway of an original painting.

Admission is free. The festival takes place along Walnut Street between South Aiken Avenue and South Negley Avenue.

For more information, visit, email or call 561-746-6615.


California University’s Department of Theatre and Dance, along with Mon Valley Dance Council, will audition performers for roles in the Cal U’s upcoming holiday production of “Miracle on 34th Street.”

Auditions will be held Sept. 7 in Steele Hall.

Male and female performers of all ages and abilities will be considered for acting, singing and dancing roles. Auditioners should report to the Blaney Lobby entrance at the rear of Steele Hall 30 minutes before their scheduled audition times.

Auditions are scheduled as follows:

•Dancers only, ages 6-adult, 10 a.m.-noon

•Susan, 10 a.m.-noon

•Children’s ensemble, ages 5-12, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

•Teen and adult ensemble, 2-4 p.m.

For more information or audition requirements, call Cal U’s Department of Theatre and Dance at 724-938-4220.

Talent showcase

The Heritage Players will hold a Summer Talent Showcase of music, dance and more at 7 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Seton Center on Pioneer Avenue in Brookline. Admission is $5 at the door. Visit or call 412-254-4633 for more details.

Nurses Rock

On Sept. 21, 96.1 KISS and 94.5 3WS with the Gateway Clipper will host Nurses Rock, a special event to pay tribute to the nurses of Pittsburgh. The event will be hosted on the Gateway Clipper Fleet’s The Queen inviting listeners to kick back and enjoy a night on the rivers of Pittsburgh. Nurses Rock will be open to the public and will feature live music from 96.1 KISS DJ Scottro, food, drinks and more. Special guests will include Mikey and Big Bob from the KISS Morning Freak Show and Jonny Hartwell from 3WS.

Board at 7:30 p.m. and sail from 8:30-11.

Tickets for Nurses Rock will be $20 before Sept. 7 and $25 after. Tickets are on sale at Visit or for more information or contact Katie Ferri at or 412-919-8590.

Fall auditions

As part of its “Get Acquainted Sessions,” The South Hills Chorale is holding auditions for all singing parts as part of regular rehearsals on Aug. 26, Sept. 9 and 16 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Mt. Lebanon.

The 75-member Chorale is the South Hills’ premier community singing group. Its repertoire ranges from popular to classical selections. The group has concerts in December and April.

Interested singers are invited to sit in for a rehearsal to get a feel for the group. For further information or to schedule an audition time, call Elaine Moore at 412-780-9336 or email

Orchestra rehearsals

The South Hills Junior Orchestra will open its 2013-14 season with free-trial rehearsals from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Aug. 24, 31, Sept. 7, 14 and 21 in the Upper St. Clair High School band room. Students from grades 5-12 are encouraged to come with their instruments and “try out” the orchestra. Directed by an all-volunteer music staff led by the recently retired public school teachers Paul Fox and Donna Fox, the Orchestra is nonprofit and non-competitive.

For more information, email:, visit or call 412-854-3459.

Hollywood Theater

The Hollywood Theater in Dormont announces its August schedule:

• August Senior Movie Matinee - “Sunset Boulevard,” the 1950’s campy drama starring Gloria Swanson and William Holden and ranked number 12 on the American film Institute’s list of the 100 Best American Films of the 20th century, 2 p.m. Aug. 22. Tickets are $5.

• The Hollywood’s So Bad It’s Good Series presents “The Boy in the Plastic Bubble,” the 1976 made-for-TV movie stars John Travolta, at 7 p.m. Aug. 21. The plot isn’t funny, but the script and production values are, thus the movie will be heckled live by The Ink & Paint Club, a Pittsburgh improv group.

• “The Canyons,” Lindsay Lohan’s newest drama/thriller, 7 and 9 p.m. Aug. 23 and 24, and 7 p.m. Aug. 25.

• Horror Fan Flea Market & Bake Sale, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Aug. 24. Organized by Horror Realm, the event will include vendors with old horror VHS movies, DVDs, figures, posters, T-shirts and more. Admission is free, but attendees are encouraged to stick around for the 3 p.m. screening of “Rewind This!,” a new documentary about the impact of the VHS technology (tickets are $5) and a special 35mm screening of Bloodsuckers from Outer Space at 5 p.m. (tickets are $7). Cost for both films is just $10.

• “Rewind This!”, 3 p.m. Aug. 24 and 4 p.m. Aug. 25. A new documentary about how society was altered by the creation of videotape. Tickets are $5.

The Hollywood’s Previews Series offers a one-time showing of new movies before their New York and Los Angeles theatrical openings. Movies include:

• Breath of the Gods, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 29. A movie about yoga. Twenty-minute chair yoga stretching routines will be offered before the film as well as $1/minute chair massages, foot reflexology and myofascial trigger point therapy. Reiki vendors will sell glass, jewelry, yoga supplies and more. A drum circle and meditation will be offered in the lobby after the screening. Doors open at 6, followed by yoga at 7:10 and the movie at 7:30.

Sign up for the movies at A gathr membership costs $19/month or $49/three months. Tickets will also be available at the door for $7.

Schedules are subject to change. Call 412-563-0368 or visit for updates. Unless noted, admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children under 12 and seniors. The Hollywood Theater is also available to rent for parties and special events. Call 412-563-0368.

Day trips

Mt. Lebanon Recreation Department will offer a day trip to “Noah the Musical” at the Sight & Sound Theater in Lancaster, Oct. 12 for those 18 years and older.

Cost is $139 and includes dinner, show and transportation. Register by Aug. 26.

Call 412-343-3409 for information.

Meadows entertainment

The Meadows Racetrack & Casino announces its entertainment line-up for the remainder of August. All shows are free admission.

• Silks Lounge – 8 p.m.: Jimbo & the Soupbones (variety), Aug. 23; Totally 80’s (retro ’80s music), Aug. 24; Ruff Creek (country), Aug. 30; Idol Kings (Melloncamp/Journey tribute band), Aug. 31.

• Pacers Lounge – 9 p.m.: AJ Fresh and a country artist battle it out, Fridays in August; AJ Fresh & his Fresh Girl-Club Music, Saturdays in August.

Harmony Singers

The Harmony Singers of Pittsburgh, a South Hills choral group, will launch its 2013-2014 season at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 4 with an ice cream social for returning and prospective members. The event will take place at Brightwood Christian Church, Bethel Park. Weekly rehearsals are held at the church during the concert year.

The Harmony Singers perform a wide variety of music including Broadway, rock ‘n’ roll, patriotic and pop tunes. The group is available to perform for civic, social, church or business organizations.

The Harmony Singers are selling Macy’s “Shop for the Cause” discount tickets good for purchases Aug. 24. They will participate in the Pittsburgh Foundation’s Day of Giving Oct. 3. Adults 18 years and older are welcome to join the Harmony Singers. All voices are needed. Performance experience and the ability to read music are preferred but not required. For information, or to reserve the group for an event, call 412-381-7175 or visit

Autism-friendly performance

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust will serve as the third city in the country to present an autism-friendly performance of Disney’s THE LION KING, tailored to the needs of adults and children on the autism spectrum.

The special performance is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Benedum Center. Great seats are still available and can be purchased on the Cultural Trust website at For additional information call 412-456-2670.

‘Most Amazing Race’

The Western Pennsylvania Division of The Salvation Army announces its fifth annual “Most Amazing Race” on Sept. 21 to benefit youth programs in Allegheny County. Combining physical, mental and creative challenges and beginning at Station Square, contestants will compete throughout the city to win part of a $5,000 prize package.

This year, the Salvation Army is accepting only the top 50 fund-raising teams of two people that must raise a minimum of $250 in order to qualify for the race.

Teams will follow clues until the end of the race, using an approved transportation mode or their own two feet to get from place to place. Participants are required to complete physical, mental and silly challenges in order to receive the next clue.

For information, call 412-446-1644, or to register or volunteer for the event, visit

Pittsburgh Fashion Week

Pittsburgh Fashion Week is returning for the fourth year in a row, Sept. 23-29. This week of events will highlight fall fashions and accessories, which can be found at several boutiques, specialty stores, department stores and consignment stores throughout the Pittsburgh region.

Miyoshi Anderson, executive director and founder of Pittsburgh Fashion Week, created this cultural and social event in hopes of gaining recognition for Pittsburgh Fashion for those within the industry. Ensuring New York style and high quality runway shows, VIP seating, media access and upscale promotional and after parties,

Pittsburgh Fashion Week events include:

Sept. 23: “The O.N.E” Opening Night Extravaganza - One Mission....One Vision....One Revolution!, 7 p.m., Highmark Stadium. The show’s theme is Steeltown Industry – metal, color &and fabric come together. “The Diva Chef,” Elise Wims, will emcee this event to benefit the Free Wheelchair Mission.

Sept. 24: “Pop Up Fashion” – Spotlight the Appetite for Fashion, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Market Square with Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership

Sept. 24: “Rediscovering Manstyle” Fashion Show, 7 p.m., Pittsburgh Winery. Honorary models are WPXI News Anchor Vince Sims, KDKA News Anchor Rick Dayton, Former Pittsburgh Penguin Rick Tocchet and more. LaMont Jones, fashion icon, will emcee this show that benefits Capacity Developers Inc.

Sept. 25: To Be Announced

Sept. 26: Tanger Outlets 2nd Annual Pink Partini & Fashion Bash Event, 6-8 p.m. KDKA’s Kristine Sorensen will emcee this fall fashion event. Proceeds will benefit The American Cancer Society.

Sept. 28: Back-to-Back Runway Show, 7 p.m. at The Art Institute, featuring fashion designs and concepts from Art Institute students.

Sept. 29: Pittsburgh Fashion Hall of Fame Luncheon, 11:30 a.m., Omni William Penn Hotel. The luncheon will honor six fashion icons: Michael Barone, Jean Bryant, Tom Julian, Debbie Norrell, EB Pepper and Marianne Skiba. The Exceptional Artist Award will be presented to Jacqueline Capatolla.

For details or to purchase tickets, visit

Fireside Chat

The Neighborhood Academy and former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Paul O’Neill and his wife, Nancy, are presenting a fireside chat with author Ron Suskind on Sept. 26. The Neighborhood Academy is located at 709 North Aiken Avenue, Pittsburgh.

A Fireside Chat with Ron Suskind and Paul O’Neill will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m., continue with the fireside chat at 7, and conclude with a dessert/coffee bar and book signing at 8:30.

Among his many best-selling books, Suskind wrote A Hope in the Unseen, An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League. The book follows Cedric Jennings, a high school honor student, as he navigates life in the inner city of Washington, DC, to pursue his dream of graduating from an Ivy League college.

General admission is $75; two reserved seat tickets are $250; and two reserved seat tickets and an autographed copy of A Hope in the Unseen are $500. Proceeds benefit The Neighborhood Academy.

To purchase tickets, visit or call 412-362-2001.

WSO concert

Washington Symphony Orchestra announced receipt of a $7,000 grant from The Heinz Endowments’ Small Arts Initiative to assist with the production of its Oct. 12 concert, “Space – The Final Frontier” which will take place at 8 p.m. at Trinity High School. For tickets, call 724-223-9796 or visit

Trailer Park Boys

The Trailer Park Boys will perform at 8 p.m. Dec. 9 at The Benedum Center, Pittsburgh.

Tickets for “The Dear Santa Claus” tour can be purchased in advance from Pittsburgh Cultural Trust by calling 412-471-6070. Advance ticket prices rage from $31.25 to $56.25. Tickets are $2 more on the day of the show.

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