Sights & Sounds - Nov. 6

Published Nov 6, 2013 at 5:15 am (Updated Nov 5, 2013 at 4:05 pm)

‘The Zero Hour’

Off the Wall Productions presents “The Zero Hour,” a play written by Madeleine George, Nov. 7-9. Lesbian relationships and the Holocaust are at the center of this original play.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Nov. 7-9. Tickets are $5-35. For more information, visit or call 724-873-3576.

PYSO concert

Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra presents “Romeo & Juliet” at 2 p.m. Nov. 9 at Heinz Hall.

The concert is free but tickets are required. Download tickets at

Special concert

Renaissance & Baroque will collaborate with the American Musicological Society, on the occasion of their November conference in Pittsburgh, to produce a special non-subscription concert featuring Benjamin Bagby’s acclaimed medieval ensemble, Sequentia.

The concert will take place at 8 p.m. Nov. 9 at Trinity Cathedral, Sixth Avenue, Downtown Pittsburgh.

For more information and tickets, visit, or call 412-361-2048. All tickets for this concert are $30 general admission. ToonSeum event

The ToonSeum, Pittsburgh, will celebrate the life and legacy of Filmation co-founder and producer Lou Scheimer. The public celebration memorial will take place 7-9 p.m. Nov. 9.

Schimer, born and raised in Pittsburgh, died Oct. 17. He produced animated television shows including “Fat Albert,” “He-Man and the Master of the Universe,” “The Archies,” “Star Trek: The Animated Series” and more.

• All That and a Bag of Chips: The 90’s Animation Renaissance is currently on display. Through original production art, cells, sketches, storyboard and more the ToonSeum takes you through a cartoon timeline of the ’90s decade as guests relive childhood memories.

For information, visit

‘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.

Broadway music

Music for Mt. Lebanon will present Grande Romanza at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 in the Upper St. Clair High School auditorium. Stefano and Nina Tanchiette, who have performed throughout the U.S., Europe and South Africa, will feature Broadway love songs. For tickets, call 412-264-3354.

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.

Rails to Trails lecture

The Mt. Lebanon Nature Conservancy will sponsor True Tales of Rail Trails, a free lecture program, at 2 p.m. Nov. 10 at Mt. Lebanon Public Library.

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

Bill Metzger, author of “The Great Allegheny Passage Companion,” will share folksy tales about how Rails to Trails started and how it grew, and will feature many photos of the trails.

Lebo Light Night

Lebo Light Night to kickoff the celebration of the holiday season will be held from 6-9 p.m. Nov. 14 on Washington Road. Featured will be horse-drawn sleigh rides and live entertainment, including the Southminster Bell Ringers and the Mt. Lebanon High School Band.

Entries are currently being accepted for 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

Book reading

Pianist and author Pat Jennings will return to the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall 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 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 free program, with music courtesy of Carnegie jazzmen Phil Salvato and Haywood Vincent.


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 artistic 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">

Wine tasting event

The Friends of South Park, the County Park will hold wine tasting noon-4 p.m. and 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 nonalcoholic drinks.

Tickets can be purchased 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.

‘Happy Holidaze’

Washington Community Theatre announces its fall production “Happy Holidaze,” a musical journey through the 12 months of the year, Nov. 15-17 at Julian’s Banquet Hall in Washington. On Friday and Saturday, dinner is at 6:30 p.m. followed by the show at 7:30. On Sundays, dinner is at 1 p.m. followed by the show at 2.

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

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 will be distributed at the Feb. 17 Showcase of Finalists at the O’Reilly Theater.

For more information, visit

Steel City garden

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.” Oster will also answer gardening questions, and copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

Registration is required. A $5 program fee will be collected at registration. For more information, visit or call 724-941-9430.

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.

‘Freckleface Strawberry’

Looking Glass Theatre at Little Lake Theatre, presents “Freckleface Strawberry,” 1:30 p.m. most Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 17. Directed by Sara Barbisch, the musical is based upon the books by Julianne Moore.

For information, visit

New season

Producers Jude and Shirley Pohl announce the final show of the 2013 season at their Crowne Plaza Cabaret Dinner Theatre in Bethel Park.

“Over There … The G.I. Christmas Tour,” a tribute to Bob Hope’s holiday shows he took overseas to entertain the troops, will include songs from the World War II era. It will run at 8 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 30, Dec. 7 and 14 preceded by dinner at 6:30, along with two Sunday matinees beginning at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 8 and 15 with dinner immediately following.

Price of the dinner-theatre package is $40 and includes both tax and tip.

To make reservations, call Pohl Productions at 724-746-1178.

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.

Festival of Lights

Festival of Lights will take place at 3 p.m. Dec. 6 on the adjoining campuses of La Roche College and the Sisters of Divine Providence in McCandless Township. Admission is free.

The event will include a craft show, tree lighting, live nativity, ice carving, carriage rides, Christmas karaoke, live performances and a fireworks display. Children’s activities include games, crafts and a visit from Santa Claus.

Attendees are asked to donated canned goods or other nonperishable food items to North Hills Community Outreach between 6-8 p.m. on the lawn of Bold Hall II. In return, donors will receive a 12-ounce cup of cocoa.

For a schedule of events, visit or contact Colleen Ruefle, vice president for student life and dean of students, at 412-536-1069 or">

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