Sights & Sounds – Jan. 22

Published Jan 22, 2014 at 5:46 am (Updated Jan 20, 2014 at 10:26 am)

Comics & comedians

The ToonSeum, Pittsburgh’s first museum of cartoon art, announces an exhibit of original coloring book art from Western Publishing featuring iconic celebrities of the day such as Dinah Shore, Doris Day, Howdy Doody and Soupy Sales, as well as scenes from daily life.

The exhibit will open Jan. 24, followed by an evening of Kartoon Karaoke.

While the art is interesting, the ToonSeum decided to add a modern comedic twist by inviting some of Pittsburgh’s brightest and funniest comedic minds, including Jimmy Krenn, Rick Sebak, Terry Jones, Gab Bonesso, Rob Rogers, Aaron Kleiber, Mike Buzelli, Eric Heyl and the Arcade Comedy Theater, to write their own captions for the artwork. Guests also will be invited to add their own captions, and the best ones will be posted on the ToonSeum’s Facebook page.

The exhibit will close March 16.

For Kartoon Karaoke tickets, visit

• “Wonder Women: On Page and Off,” is on display through March 30. The exhibit explores the role of women as artists and in the workplace of the comics industry, and the way the way women have been portrayed in the art form of comics.

For tickets, visit


Canonsburg native Paul Binotto stars in the musical comedy “Company,” the center of Pittsburgh Public Theater’s Masterpiece Season. Directed and choreographed by Ted Pappas with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by George Furth, “Company” runs Jan. 23-Feb. 23 at the O’Reilly Theater in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District.

“Company” evokes the excitement of Manhattan where eligible bachelor, Robert, is surrounded by five married couples and three single women. Unable to make a commitment of his own, Robert supports his married friends and hears about the ups and downs of their relationships.

Ticket prices range from $29-$60. Students and those age 26 and younger are $15.75 with a valid ID.

For tickets, call 412-316-1600 or visit

Concert fundraiser

The band Steel Hollow will hold a fundraiser on Jan. 25 in memory of Matt Parker to benefit the Fletcher J. Parker Education Fund. Parker, of Brookline, was just 30 years old when he left behind his baby boy, Fletcher.

The concert, which will celebrate the band’s new CD release “Lightning for a Loner,” will take place at 9 p.m. at The Altar Bar on Penn Avenue in Pittsburgh’s Strip District. Doors open at 8.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at

Live music

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

• Silks Lounge: Sputzy (acoustic), 7 p.m. Jan. 23; Twice as Nice (70’s/dance), 8 p.m. Jan. 24; Scott, Rob & Greg of The Clarks (acoustic), 8 p.m. Jan. 25; Tony Janflone Jr. (acoustic), 7 p.m. Jan. 30; Good Guys Band (variety/classic rock), 8 p.m. Jan. 31.

• 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 (music and video mix dance party).

Comedy show

A comedy show featuring Nema Williams and Ed Blaze will take place at 8 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh.

Tickets at $40 for reserved seats and $25 for general seating can be purchased at

Theater season

Producers Jude & Shirley Pohl announce the spring and summer schedule for their Crowne Plaza Cabaret Dinner Theatre in Bethel Park. Kicking off 2014 will be “Murder at the Convent...And Then There Were Nun,” which opens on March 14 and runs for four performances March 14, 15, 21 and 22. “Hee Haw Jamboree” runs May 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17. “Broadway Show Stoppers” runs June 6, 7, 14 and 21. Sr. Gertrude of our Servants of Our Lady of Joyful Agony and Grief returns in July for “Sr. Gertrude’s Guide to Heaven ... Avoiding Excommunication At All Costs” runs July 19, 25 and 26 and Au. 8, 9, 15 and 16.

Cost of $40 per person includes dinner, tax and tip. The theatre is located at 164 Fort Couch Road, Bethel Park – directly across the street from South Hills Village Mall.

For more information or to make reservations (required), call Pohl Productions at 724-746-1178.

Heritage Players

The Heritage Players, Bethel Park, announces its 2014 season, including “Hay Fever” on March 21-23 and 28-30, “The Crucible” on June 20-22 and 27-29, and “Little Women” (the musical) on Oct. 17-19 and 24-26. For more information, call 412-254-4633 or visit

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