The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


January 16, 2014

Here's what's happening this weekend


Western chiller

“Wild Wild West,” the 19th annual Fire & Ice Festival, will be held today through Sunday throughout Uptown Somerset.

Admission is free, but a fire and ice pin, which is $6, is required for some venues.

Information: 443-1748 or

50 shades of funny

“50 Shades! The Musical, The Original Parody,” a takeoff on the best-selling book, “Fifty Shades of Grey,” will be performed at 5 p.m. Sunday at Pasquerilla     Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.

The adult-themed musical is not recommended for those younger than age 18.

Tickets are $39 and $35.

Information: 269-7200 or

Performance venue

Music will be on the menu at the Venue of Merging Arts, 305 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Japanese guitarist Hiroya Tsukamoto will perform with special guests Anna Pihs and Dave DiStefano from 7 to 11 tonight.

Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for VIP and students.

The Blues Gathering will be hosted by Black Cat Moan from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

Doors open at 7:30.

Admission is $7 at the door, $5 VIP admission.


Empire rules

A Community Star Wars Celebration will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Cambria County Library, 248 Main St., downtown Johnstown.

Admission is free.

Information: 536-5131 or

Book nook

The seventh annual used book sale to benefit the early literacy and CASA programs of Beginnings Inc. will be held at The Galleria, Richland Township.

Hours are noon to 7 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, which is bag day.

Information: 539-1919.

Teen read

A Teen Book Club will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Highland Community Library, 330 Schoolhouse Road, Richland Township.

“The Silver Kiss” by Annette Curtis Klaus will be discussed.

Information: 266-5610.

Book bargains

Vintage books from the early 1900s into the 1950s will be featured at Inclined to Read Bookstore in the lobby at the Cambria County Library, 248 Main St., downtown Johnstown.

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 and paperbacks are 25 cents.

Information: 536-5131.

Keeping fit

Yoga and belly dancing classes will be held at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

“Introduction to American Style Tribal Bellydance will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Mondays during January.

“Let’s Get Bellydancing” will be held from 8 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays in January.

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

“Yoga for All Levels will be held from 5:45 to 6:45 or 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Feb. 26.

The session is $56 or $10 per class.

Information: 539-0924.

Music series

Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra Chamber Music Series will feature the Cincopation Woodwind Quintet and Carnegie Mellon Honors String Quartet at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Mary Lou Campana Chapel and Lecture Center on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh, Greensburg.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students at the door.

Get the beat

The Fresh Beat Band Live in Concert Tour presented by Nickelodeon will come to the region at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex on the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

The Nickelodeon live-action music series teaches preschoolers about music appreciation.  

Tickets are $27.50, $32.50, $42.50 and $47.50.

Information: 800-298-4200 or

Winter blooms

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

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

Graphic work

“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.

Comfortable art

“Comfort Zones: Pennsylvania and the ‘Foreign’ Landscape” will be on display through Jan. 25 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto on the campus of St. Francis University.

Hours are 10 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.

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

New 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.

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

Wedge will speak at a lunch a l’art program at noon Feb. 19, and Helsel will speak during a  program at noon March 12.

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

The museum will celebrate both exhibitions at a Blue Monday on Jan. 27.

The cost is $20 per person, and includes a light supper. Reservations are required.


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