The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


January 30, 2014

Here's what's happening this weekend


Film premiere

“Moreau,” the first feature length, independent film by Nicktown native Christopher Cramer, will be screened Saturday at Arcadia Theater, 1418 Graham Ave., Windber.

The formal affair begins at 6 p.m. at the historic theater, where moviegoers will be able to walk the red carpet and have their pictures taken. The film’s production crew and actors will speak at 7 prior to the start of the film.

Cramer wrote, directed and produced the psychological thriller about a hunter in search of the perfect prey.

The cost is $25 per person and another $10 for the after party.

Proceeds will allow Cramer to send his creation to film festival competitions.


Phil’s party

The sixth annual Groundhog Day Celebration will be held Saturday at Ace’s, 316 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with music by Johnstown Classic Rockers beginning at 8.

There will be groundhog memorabilia and homemade spaghetti and meatballs.

Admission is $10.

Information: 536-4176.

Winter art

Allied Artists of Johnstown’s 2014 Juried Winter Exhibition will be on display through March 1 at AmeriServ Financial, 216 Franklin St., downtown Johnstown.

An artists’ reception will be held at 6 tonight.

The exhibit has 33 pieces in a variety of media.

Club music

The Birdhouse from Somerset will perform for Last Friday at 5:30 tonight at the Ethnic Social Club on the fourth floor of the Heritage Discovery Center, 201 Sixth Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The band is made up of lifelong musicians Cindy Ross, J.D. Ross, John Rucosky and Eric Sadler, who have all been in various bands through the years.

Their music is diverse, with a mix of Jethro Tull, Bob Marley, Gordon Lightfoot, Jimi Hendrix and Steppenwolf.

They refer to their music as what music lovers enjoy listening to in their living rooms.

Doors open at 5.

There is no cover charge.

Information: 539-1889.

Dance benefit

The third annual Zumbathon to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Light the Night Walk will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at TNT Cardio Club, in the former Vo-Tech building, 445 Schoolhouse Road, Richland Township.

Doors will open at 9:45, and walk-ins will be welcome.

A $15 donation includes bottled water and an event T-shirt.  


Mosaic art

“Making a Mosaic from Concept to Completion,” a series of classes conducted by Cindy Maloy, will be held three Saturdays in February.

The first class will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Bottle Works, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Classes will continue from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 8 and 15 at the Art Works building of Bottle Works, 413 Third Ave.

Call to register and receive information on materials and cost.

Information: 536-5399.

Let the games begin

Teen Game Night, a free event celebrating the grand opening of the new teen area, will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Highland Community Library, 330 Schoolhouse Road, Richland Township.

There will be party games, such as Apples to Apples and Heads Up, as well as snacks.

Registration is preferred, but not required.

Information: 266-5610.

Fresh food

Produce to People, a free feeding program for low-income residents, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday in the gymnasium at Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center, 445 Schoolhouse Road, Richland Township.

To qualify, a household must earn income within 150 percent of the poverty line, receive Medicare, Social Security or unemployment or be eligible for free or reduced-price school lunches.

Participants are asked to bring bags or boxes because they will be given 35 to 45 pounds of fresh produce.

It is free to participate.

Information: 659-2109, 412-460-3663, ext. 727, or

Beat goes on

A drum circle will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Bottle Works, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Those interested in joining the circle do not need experience in music to participate.

Facilitator Rachel Allen is trained in West African, Middle Eastern and many other cultural traditions.

The cost is $5 per person.

Information: 536-5399.

Worthy cause

The fifth annual Red Rose Charity Ball to benefit Windber Area Community Kitchen will be held at 5 p.m. Feb. 8 at Solomon Run banquet hall, 146 Mount Airy Drive, Richland Township.

The registration deadline is today.

The nonprofit serves more than 300 hot meals per month at Windber Calvary United Methodist Church.

The cost is $45 per person.

Reservations: 242-6687, 322-8027 or 467-6590.

Book bargains

Romance novels and audio books on cassette will be featured at Inclined to Read Bookstore in the lobby at the Cambria County Library, 248 Main St., downtown Johnstown.

The store also will be filled with fiction and nonfiction, including art, biography, cookbooks, gardening, health and well-being, self-help, history, literature, sports, murder mystery and suspense.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

Hardback books are $1, children’s books are 50 cents, paperbacks are 25 cents and audio books are 50 cents.

Information: 536-5131.

Keeping fit

Yoga and belly dancing classes will be held at Bottle Works and the Art Works building of Bottle Works in the Cambria City section of Johnstown during February.

Belly dancing classes will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesdays at Bottle Works, 411 Third Ave.

Hip scarves are $15, and classes are $25 a month.

Adult yoga classes will be held at 5:45 and 7 p.m. Wednesdays at Bottle Works.

Yoga classes for children will be held at 5:45 p.m. Wednesdays at the Art Works building, 413 Third Ave.

The session is $56 or $10 per class.

Information: 539-0924.

Always a bridesmaid

“Five Women Wearing the Same Dress” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Feb. 7 and 2 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Paul R. and Margery Wolf Kuhn Theater of the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts on the campus of Penn State-Altoona.

During a wedding reception at a Knoxville estate, five reluctant, identically clad bridesmaids hide out in an upstairs bedroom, each with an excellent reason to avoid the proceedings below.

Parental discretion is advised.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and will be available before performances.

Information: 949-5838 or

IUP series

The spring 2014 Six O’Clock Series will begin with “Be a Leader, Not a Follower: Harnessing the Power of Social Media” from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday in the Hadley Union Building Ohio Room on the campus of  Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

The program is a panel discussion about the complexities of maintaining an online identity and will discuss a variety of questions about the ways social media affects lives, relationships and identities.

The series provides an opportunity to learn about current issues and approach familiar topics from a new perspective.

All of the presentations are free and open to the community.

Parking at the Hadley Union Building and elsewhere on campus in nonreserved spots is free after 5 p.m.

Winter blooms

The annual Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show will be on display through March 9 at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1 Schenley Park, Pittsburgh.

The show will feature orchids planted in garden beds and hanging baskets as well as the Barbara Tisherman Slipper Orchid Collection curated in collaboration with the Orchid Society of Western Pennsylvania as well as the public garden’s permanent collection of tropical bonsai.

 For those wanting to start their own orchid and bonsai collections, public programs will be held free with paid admission throughout the duration of the show.

Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays through Thursdays and 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays.

Admission is $15 for adults, $14 for seniors and students and $11 for children ages 2 to 18. Members and children younger than age 2 enter for free.  

Information: 412-622-6914 or

Cattle craft

Mount Aloysius Art Alliance will show a display of bovine art through Feb. 27 at the Wolf-Kuhn Gallery on the campus of Mount Aloysius College, Cresson.

An opening reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 16.

The display will feature paintings, photographs or antiques, either done by the artist or from a collection featuring domestic cattle.

Information: 886-4131.

Surreal art

“Surrealities: The Graphic Work of William D. Davis and Peter Milton” will be on display through March 15 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Johnstown, Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.

Both Davis and Milton are graphic artists who work primarily in black and white.

Paper art

“Projections on Paper: Abstract Prints and Drawings from the Permanent Collection” will be on display through  May 3 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto on the campus of St. Francis University.

The 35 prints and drawings taken from the museum’s permanent collection feature a number of noted artists      working in a variety of abstract styles.

The exhibition will include the subtle calculations of color theorist Josef Albers, the playful forms of Alexander Calder, the mathematically complex Op Art compositions of Marko Spalatin and Helen Frankenthaler’s work, which delves into the personal, mysterious and evocative.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

Information: 472-3920 or visit

Juried display

Southwestern Pennsylvania Council for the Arts 18th annual Regional Juried Art Exhibition will be on display through Feb. 9 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier Valley, One Boucher Lane and Route 711 South in Ligonier.

The exhibition will feature 71 works by 71 individual artists from the 19 southwestern counties of Pennsylvania, spanning a variety of media.  

This will be the 10th consecutive year the Ligonier museum has hosted the exhibition.

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. weekends.

Information: 724-238-6015 or visit

Two exhibits

Two new exhibitions will be on display through April 26 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Altoona in the Brett Building at 1210 11th Ave.

“Dan Helsel: Creating Joy” will feature 50 of Helsel’s landscape and still life paintings.

He paints on oil-primed linen canvas and prepares his own panels from Gesso using a Renaissance formula.

His paintings have been featured in solo and group exhibitions throughout western and central Pennsylvania.

“Robert E. Wedge: A Moment of Emotion” will feature 44 works by the Altoona photographer.

Wedge’s portfolio includes portraits, landscapes, architecture and sporting events.

He is renowned for possessing a keen eye for detail and a remarkable talent for capturing a moment in time.

Wedge will speak at a lunch a l’art program at noon Feb. 19.

Helsel will speak during a program at noon March 12.

The programs will include lunch and a presentation by the artist.

The cost for either lunch is $15 per person or $14 for SAMA members. Reservations are required.

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

Information: 946-4464 or

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