Sights & Sounds - Oct. 30

Published Oct 30, 2013 at 6:19 am (Updated Oct 29, 2013 at 4:34 pm)


The second performance in the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall’s “Listen Locally,” a series of chamber music concerts, takes on the sensual air of tango when Cuidado performs at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Music Hall. Dancers will perform with Cuidado and audience members are welcome to join. The performance will be followed by a reception with the musicians. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased in advance during library hours or at the box office that evening. Call 412-276-3456 ext. 7 for more information.

‘The Zero Hour’

Off the Wall Productions, located at 25 W. Main Street, Carnegie, opens its new season Oct. 31 with “The Zero Hour,” a play written by Madeleine George. Lesbian relationships and the Holocaust are at the center of this original play. In the end is just a love story.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Oct. 31, Nov. 1-2 and 7-9, and at 3 p.m. Nov. 3. Tickets are $5-35. To purchase visit or call 1-888-71-TICKETS. For more information, visit or call 724-873-3576.

Choro no Vinho

3rd Street Gallery, Carnegie, will present Choro no Vinho at 7 p.m. Nov. 2. Fee is $15 at the door. BYOB.

The Meadows

The Meadows Racetrack & Casino announces its entertainment line-up for November, including Joe Grushecky. All shows are free admission.

Silks Lounge, 8 p.m.: Tony Janflone Jr. Band (blues/rock) with special guest, Tony Janflone Sr., Nov. 1; Ruff Creek (country), Nov. 2; Four Townsmen (oldies/dance), Nov. 8; Natalie Stovall & the Drive (Nashville fiddle girl), Nov. 9; N2O2R (classic rock), Nov. 15; Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers (rock), Nov. 16; In Transit Band (dance/pop), Nov. 22; The Elliotts (British invasion), Nov. 23; No Bad JuJu (Thanksgiving Eve), Nov. 27; Joseph Sisters (country), Nov. 29; Velveeta (80s/dance), Nov. 30.

Pacers Lounge, 9 p.m.: “Flashback Fridays” with DJ AJ Fresh (music and videos from the 70s, 80s and 90s); “Saturday Dance Night” with DJ AJ Fresh (video mix dance party).

Bach performance

Renaissance & Baroque welcomes back the internationally acclaimed Flanders Recorder Quartet at 8 p.m. Nov. 2 at Synod Hall, North Craig Street, Oakland.

For tickets to “A Musical Banquet with J. S. Bach,” visit or call 412-361-2048. Ticket prices range from $20-$35, and student tickets are $10.

Homestead at twilight

Experience the Oliver Miller Homestead at twilight from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 when the homes, buildings and grounds will be lit by candles and lanterns. It’s November of 1794, the Whiskey Rebellion era, and the Miller family and friends will be seen preparing for the end of the day.

Learn how to start a fire with a striker and flint and make balls for shooting. The forge will be open and working, as will the barn with displays from that era. Docents in 18th century dress will answer questions.

The homestead is located on Stone Manse Drive in South Park. It is open every Sunday, through Dec. 8. Admission is $2. Visit or call 412- 835-1554 for details.

Luxury car show

The Galleria of Mt. Lebanon will hold a luxury car show through Nov. 4.


Community College of Allegheny County South Campus Theatre presents the Pulitzer award-winning play “Picnic” at 8 p.m. Nov. 7-9 and 14-16. Directed by CCAC Theater Professor George Jaber, the production also includes a 10 a.m. matinee performance on Nov. 13 and a 2 p.m. matinee on Nov. 17.

The play, which takes place during a Labor Day neighborhood picnic, explores the complex themes of youth, beauty, loneliness and the roles of men and women in 1950s America.

Admission to the show is free but donations are encouraged. Proceeds will go to supplement the Kevin Dilworth Memorial Theatre and Dance Scholarship. Dilworth was a CCAC theatre and dance student who passed away from complications due to Cystic Fibrosis in 2012.

Seating is not reserved. For more information, call 412-469-6219. The theater is located at 1750 Clairton Road in West Mifflin.

‘True West’

Pittsburgh Public Theater’s Masterpiece Season continues with a brand-new staging of Sam Shepard’s most famous play, “True West.”

Described as Shepard’s most accomplished play, “True West” reflects on authenticity, myths of the American desert, and what it means to be a real man.

“True West,” starring Peters Township High School graduate David Mogentale as Lee, runs Nov. 7-Dec. 8 at the O’Reilly Theater, Cultural District, Downtown Pittsburgh. For tickets, call 412-316-1600 or visit

Ticket prices are $23-$55. Students and those ages 26 and younger are $15.75 with valid ID.

For tickets and performance times, call 412-316-1600 or visit

Fall Fest

The Bounty at Boyce Mayview Park Fall Fest will be held 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Community and Recreation Center and surrounding park area including the Outdoor Classroom.

Kids can Plunge with the Pumpkin in the indoor aquatics area.

Activities include cider tasting, arts and crafts, face painting, a baking contest, live music, food trucks, games, hay rides, apple slingshot contest, geocaching and nature hikes.

‘Celebrate Harmony’

The Pittsburgh South Hills Keystone Chorus will present Celebrate Harmony, a Salute to the Barbershop Harmony Society’s 75th Anniversary with special guest The Con Men at 7 p.m. Nov. 9 at St. Thomas More Family Life Center, Fort Couch Road, Upper St. Clair.

Tickets are $20 or two for $35. Dessert and refreshments included. For details or tickets, email"> or call 412-482-2080.

Rails to Trails lecture

The Mt. Lebanon Nature Conservancy will sponsor True Tales of Rail Trails, a free lecture about the Rails to Trails program, at 2 p.m. Nov. 10 at Mt. Lebanon Public Library, located on Castle Shannon Blvd. Refreshments will be served.

Rails to Trails is a project that turns abandoned railroad lines into biking/hiking trails.

Bill Metzger, author of The Great Allegheny Passage Companion, a guidebook to the trail, has been involved with the Rails to Trails program since its inception in the 1980s. His talk will be filled with folksy tales about how Rails to Trails started and how it grew, and will feature many photos of the trails.

A former Mt. Lebanon resident, Metzger has been a working railroader, a touring bicyclist and a freelance photographer whose work has appeared in numerous publications. He is currently the contributing illustrator for Trains and Classic Trains magazines. He currently resides in Confluence, Pa., with his wife, Pam, and two cats. He bikes about 2,000 miles a year.

Book reading

Pianist and author Pat Jennings will return to the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Reception Hall for readings from her new book “In One Era and Out the Other.”

Jennings will donate $1 from all in-person book purchases will be donated to the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council, where she serves on its advisory board. Jennings will be doing a second reading on Nov. 17 at the Mendelson Gallery in Shadyside.

Jennings will follow her readings with questions and answers and book signings. A reception follows the program, with music courtesy of Carnegie jazzmen Phil Salvato and Haywood Vincent.

The event is free.


The South Hills Children’s Choir is holding auditions for children ages 8-14. To learn more, visit

• Inagural concert, 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at View Crest Presbyterian Church, Eighty Four. The choir, under the direction of founder and artisit director Jennifer Nolan, will perform pieces from all over the world to ring in the holiday season.

Tickets are $5 at the door. For more information, contact Nolan at 724-949-0048 or">

Colonial-themed events

The Wright House Museum of Western Expansion, Venetia, will hold a Colonial Dinner at 4 p.m. Nov. 10. Costumed re-enactors and historians will serve food and drinks from Colonial days. Cost is $30/adults, reservation only.

The annual Soup and Stroll will take place on Dec. 8.

For more information, visit

To make reservations, call 724-941-5710.

Wine tasting event

The Friends of South Park, the County Park will hold wine tasting noon-4 p.m. or 5-9 p.m. Nov. 16 in the Home Economics Building on Buffalo Drive. Pennsylvania wineries will be on hand with wines to sample and purchase. Ticket donation is $22 and includes hors d’oeuvres and entertainment, plus a selection of non-alcoholic drinks.

Tickets can be purchased at the park office by mail or in person until Nov. 11. To order by mail, send a check or money order to: Park Office, Buffalo Drive, South Park, PA 15129. Tickets can also be held at the door by calling 412-655-2420 or 412-417-5736.

Proceeds benefit park improvements.

The Friends of South Park, the County Park meet at 7:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of every month in the Buffalo Inn except December and July. Meetings are open to the public.

‘Happy Holidaze’

Washington Community Theatre announces its fall production “Happy Holidaze,” a musical journey through the twelve months of the year, Nov. 15-17 at Julian’s Banquet Hall, 78 West Main Street, Washington. On Friday and Saturday, dinner is at 6:30 p.m. followed by the show at 7:30. For the Sunday matinee, dinner is at 1 p.m. followed by the show at 2.

Under the direction of Barry N. Wood, who will also serve as the master of ceremonies, the musical incorporates a wide variety of popular music to celebrate Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, May Day, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, Memorial Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and more.

Tickets are $25. For reservations call 724-514-7637 or visit

Gingerbread contest

Pre-heat the oven, pull out the cookie sheets and enter the Gingerbread House Contest and Show at Lebo Light Night 2013. Submissions will be on display at the municipal building starting at 6 p.m. Nov. 14, and continuing until 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 16. Review the entry details and register online at

Lebo Light Night will also feature an exhibit courtesy of South Hills Model Railroad Club.

Shakespeare contest

To mark its 20th anniversary the Pittsburgh Public Theater’s Shakespeare Nation competition wants to include past contest participants in a commemorative program book.

Email the following information by Nov. 15 to Margie Romero at"> In a sentence or two describe what experience you gained from the Shakespeare Monologue & Scene Contest, your name and the year and school you attended when you took part in the competition. Attach a current picture (optional).

The program, which will also include photographs from the contest archive, will be distributed at the Feb. 17 Showcase of Finalists at the O’Reilly Theater in Downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District.

For more information, visit

Steel City garden

Start planning for a Pittsburgh garden when Doug Oster visits the Peters Township Public Library at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 16 to discuss his newest book, “The Steel City Garden: Creating a one of a kind garden in black and gold,” to be released in November. Oster will also answer gardening questions, and copies of “The Steel City Garden” will be available for purchase and signing.

Advance registration at the library’s Circulation Desk is required due to limited seating. A $5 program fee will be collected at registration. Bring your payment receipt to the program for admission.

For more information, visit or call 724-941-9430.

‘Freckleface Strawberry’

Looking Glass Theatre, Little Lake Theatre Company’s theatre for young audiences, will present “Freckleface Strawberry” at 1:30 p.m. most Saturday and Sunday afternoons, through Nov. 17. Directed by Sara Barbisch, this musical is based upon the books by actress Julianne Moore.

Speaker Series

The Bethel Park Town Hall Speaker Series will be held at 7:45 p.m. Nov. 20 at the community center on Park Avenue. Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald will speak.

Day trips

Mt. Lebanon Recreation will offer a holiday bus trip Dec. 8 to Nemacolin Woodlands and Overly’s Country Christmas Light Display.

Bus departs from the Recreation Center at 10 a.m. and returns at 8 p.m. Cost is $119/person and includes a gourmet brunch. Call 412-343-3409 to register or for more information.

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