The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

January 23, 2014

Look what's happening this weekend


— Events

Ice is nice

The 23rd annual Ligonier Ice Fest will be held beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday and noon Sunday in downtown Ligonier.

A crew from DiMartino Ice will craft ice sculptures, and a speed-carving contest will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday.

There also will be music, food, children’s activities and horsedrawn sleigh rides from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.


Jazzy club

Hot Club of San Francisco will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.

The band plays gypsy jazz and pays homage to the 1930s music of Django Reinhardt’s Hot Club de Paris.

Tickets are $27, $31 and $35.

Information: 269-7200 or

Beautiful ballet

“The Sleeping Beauty” will be presented by The Rudolf Nureyev Russian State Ballet Theater at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.

Tickets: $27, $31 and $35.

Information: 269-7200, (800) 846-2787 or

Bride pride

The 2014 Johnstown Bridal Showcase will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Pasquerilla Conference Center, 301 Napoleon St., downtown Johnstown.

Tickets are $7 in advance today and $10 at the door.

Information: 532-5162 or www.johnstownbridalshowcase. com.

Winter music

A winter concert by Johnstown Symphony Youth Orchestra will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.

A mix of compositions and styles will be featured.

Tickets are $5 for ages 12 and older. Those younger than 12 will be admitted free.

Information: 535-6738.

Band fest

The concert for the PMEA District 4/6 Orchestra Festival will be held at 8 tonight at Richland Performing Arts Center, One Academic Ave., Richland Township.

Jeffrey Turner, the principal bassist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and director of orchestral activities at Duquesne University, will be the guest conductor.

The festival is co-hosted by music directors at Richland and  Bishop McCort Catholic high schools.

Students from the following  schools will participate: Richland, Bishop McCort Catholic, Somerset Area, Westmont Hilltop, Greater Johnstown, Bishop Guilfoyle and Northern Bedford.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students.

Proceeds benefit future PMEA music festivals.

Information: 269-0300.

Free music

Local acoustic duo Apache Moon will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at B&L Wine Cellars, 900 Broad St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Ray Flores and Teresa Fisher layer vocal harmonies over two guitars.

They play covers of songs from the ’60s and ’70s and also play their own music.  

Double tribute

“Rave On: Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison Tribute” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Arcadia Theater, 1418 Graham Ave., Windber.

The show will have minimal staging and no costumes and feature three musicians.

Tickets are $14, $18 and $22.

Information: 467-9070 or

Soup’s on

A “Take the Chill Off” event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at McCullough House, a senior living community at 500 Cheney Oak Drive, Johnstown.

The public may stop by for a free bowl of soup, meet the staff and take a tour of the facility.

Soup may be eaten in or taken out. Reservations are appreciated, but not required.

Information: 255-2213.

Worthy causes

A spaghetti dinner to benefit the family of Kevin and Jen Sheridan, whose baby, Owen, had lifesaving surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital, will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at St. Clement Roman Catholic Church social hall, 114 Lindberg Ave., Upper Yoder Township.

The menu will include spaghetti and meatballs, tossed salad, garlic stick, a beverage and cake for dessert.

The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children younger than age 12.

The fourth annual “Dancing Like a Star for Autism” will be held at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 1 at Pasquerilla Conference Center, 301 Napoleon St., downtown Johnstown.

The reservation deadline is Tuesday.

The cost is $65 per person.

Information: 539-1919.

Dance diversion

A dance party night for adults will be held from 7 to 9:30 Saturday at Laurel Arts Dance Center, 601 Georgian Place, Somerset.

The fee is $15 per couple, which includes a half-hour dance lesson, where the group will decide the style of dance.

Participants may bring their own refreshments and snacks.

Information: 443-1835.

Performance venue

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

A StudioPM Guided Art event will be held from 7 to 10:30 tonight.

Moogatu will bring funky progressive rock along with Aquatic Ape Theory from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets are $10 in advance online and $12 at the door.



Cattle craft

Mount Aloysius Art Alliance will show a display of bovine art Monday 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.

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.

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 and paperbacks are 25 cents.

Information: 536-5131.

Keeping fit

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

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

“Let’s Get Belly Dancing” 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.

Vintage show

The Southwestern Pennsylvania Council for the Arts’ annual antique show will be held from 6 to 9 tonight, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Greensburg Country Club, Route 30.

Antique and art dealers from throughout the region will display and offer for sale antique items.

An appraisal session will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Verbal appraisals are $7, and written appraisals are $15.

Proceeds benefit Southwestern Pennsylvania Council for the Arts.

Admission is $6 for all three days.

Information: 412-741-1631, 724-832-7388 or 724-834-3934.

Concert series

Soprano Julia Bullock, first prize winner of the 2012 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, will perform for the concert series at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Robert S. Carey Student Center Performing Arts Center on the campus of St. Vincent College, Latrobe.

She will be accompanied by pianist Renate Rohlfing.

Single tickets are $25, and non-St. Vincent student tickets are $15.

Children ages 12 and younger will be admitted free with adult supervision.

 A dinner-concert package will feature dinner served in the Metten dining room and admission to the concert for $50 per person.  

Advance reservations are required today.

A free shuttle will run between the parking areas and concert venue.

Tickets also are available at the door one hour before each concert.

Information: 724-805-2565 or http://concertseries.stvincent. edu.

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

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

Graphic designs

“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.

Juried show

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 displays

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, and 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, and reservations are required.

The museum will celebrate both exhibitions at a Blue Monday event to be held this Monday.

The program will include light supper and libations while guests enjoy the classic rock music of Stormy.

The cost is $20 per person, and 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