Friends of the Cambria County Library’s Inclined To Read Bookstore will highlight biographies and the classics such as Steinbeck, Poe, Chaucer, Whitman and Shakespeare at the library, 248 Main St. in downtown Johnstown.
Hardback books are $1 and paperbacks are 25 cents each or five for $1. Children’s books are 50 cents.
Bookstore hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.
Poetry is on the menu at the Venue of Merging Arts, 305 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
A poetry reading and open mic will be held from 7 to 9 tonight.
There will be readings by performance poet Kevin Hostetler and published poet Barbara Purbaugh, followed by an open mic reading.
Guests are invited to bring a poem or story to share.
Admission is $5 at the door.
The John Patrick comedy “A Bad Year for Tomatoes” will be performed by Bedford County Players tonight through Sunday and April 26-28 at the Gardner Memorial Theater, Old Bedford Village.
Friday and Saturday shows will begin at 8 p.m., and Sunday matinees will begin at 3.
Admission is $12 for adults.
Violist Veit Hertenstein will perform in the final presentation of the St. Vincent College Concert Series at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Robert S. Carey Student Center Performing Arts Center on the Latrobe campus.
He will be accompanied on piano by Pei-Yao Wang.
Hertenstein was the first-prize winner of the 2011 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and is known for his stage presence and virtuoso artistry.
He has won numerous other competitions and will make his New York and Washington, D.C., debuts this season.
There will be a complimentary shuttle service between the parking areas and the performing arts center.
Admission is $25 for adults and $15 for students. Children ages 12 and younger will be admitted free with an adult admission.
A dinner-concert package is offered for $50 with advance reservations.
Information: 724-805-2565 or http://concertseries.stvincent.edu.
“Student Exhibition Two” will be on display through May 6 at the gallery at St. Vincent College, Latrobe.
The exhibit will show the work of Colleen Hanlon, an art education major from Hollidaysburg; Emily Latimer, a graphic design major from New Alexandria; Alex Policicchio, a studio arts major from Johnstown; Stacey Pydynkowski, a studio arts major from Mount Pleasant; and Brittany Reese, a studio arts major from Uniontown.
Policicchio, a graduate of Westmont Hilltop High School, will earn a bachelor’s degree from St. Vincent in May with a minor in art history.
He has worked in set design and construction for the college’s summer theater and earned honorable mention in the Latrobe Art Center Competition.
Gallery hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.
“Past and Present” will be presented by Penn State Altoona’s choral ensemble Ivyside Pride at 7:30 tonight and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts on campus.
The ensemble provides singers an opportunity to explore different genres of choral music from Broadway choruses to works by classical and contemporary composers, and students are exposed to music in other languages.
Tickets are $7 for general admission and $5 for Penn State students. Children younger than age 12 will be admitted free.
Information: 949-5452 or www.altoona.psu.edu.
Stars from TNA Impact Wrestling will grapple at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex on the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
The lineup will feature “The Immortal” Hulk Hogan, “The Icon” Sting, TNA world heavyweight champion Bully Ray, Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle, “The Phenomenal” A.J. Styles, Aces & Eights and the TNA Knockouts.
Tickets are $77, $47, $27 and $15.
Information: 800-298-4200 or www.comcastix.com.
“An Inaugural Celebration” will be the last of the Six O’clock Series at 6 p.m. Monday in the Hadley Union Building Ohio Room on the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
The university will celebrate the inauguration of Michael Driscoll as president.
Parking in nonreserved spots on campus is free after 5 p.m.
The program is free and open to the community.
“Treasured Memories,” an exhibit of oil paintings in the old masters style by Davidsville artist Daniel Helsel, will be on display through June 1 at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
An opening reception will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday.
Helsel enjoys painting in the style of Chardin, Vermeer, Rembrandt and Velazquez.
He paints on oil-primed linen canvas and prepares his own panels from Gesso using a Renaissance formula.
His paintings can be found throughout the United States and have been purchased by Mount Aloysius College in Cresson, Community Arts Center of Cambria County in Westmont and Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art.
Previously, Helsel participated in two-artist exhibits at Bottle Works and Dressler Center for the Arts in Somerset.
He had solo exhibitions locally at the Wolf-Kuhn Gallery at Mount Aloysius, Bedford County Art Association and the Jenner Art Gallery at Mountain Playhouse in Jennerstown.
Helsel has taught still-life classes at Community Arts Center and Bedford County Arts Center, and will teach an oil painting class May 25 at Bottle Works.
“Seeing the Big Picture: Larger than Life Work from the Permanent Collection” will be on display through June 15 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto on the campus of St. Francis University.
The 22 large-scale paintings feature several genres, including abstract, landscape, mythology, portraiture and realism.
Featured artists include a mix of local, regional and national talent.
Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays.
Information: 472-3920 or www.sama-art.org.
The 2013 spring juried exhibition of Allied Artists of Johnstown will be on display during regular banking hours today at AmeriServ Financial, Main and Franklin streets in downtown Johnstown.
The exhibition features 37 works from 21 artists and spotlights a variety of pieces, including photography, watercolor, acrylic, oil, metal, clay, recycled glass, pencil and mixed-media.
“An Industrial Revolution: The Photography of Amelia Patsy” will be on display through July 6 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Johnstown, located at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center on the campus of Pitt-Johnstown, Richland Township.
The exhibit features 55 gelatin silver prints and cyanotypes chronicling much of western Pennsylvania’s industrial heritage and includes several Johnstown landmarks.
Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
“Letters to Sala: A Young Woman’s Life in Nazi Labor Camps” will be on display through Aug. 31 at Heritage Discovery Center, 201 Sixth Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
Center hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays through March 31 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week after April 1.
Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $6 for students. JAHA members are admitted free.