The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


February 27, 2014

Look what's happening this weekend


Think pink

Pink Floyd tribute band Brit Floyd will bring its “Discovery World Tour 2014” to the area at 8 p.m. Thursday at Cambria County War Memorial Arena, 326 Napoleon St., downtown Johnstown.

Tickets are $39.25, $44.35 and $50.50, plus fees.

Information: 800-745-3000 or

Soul men

The Official Blues Brothers Revue will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.

The group re-creates the live concert experience by integrating the humor and songs from the original film and albums that followed.

Tickets are $29 and $25.

Information: 269-7200 or

Irish music

Celtic band Full Kilt will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Arcadia Theater, 1418 Graham Ave., Windber.

The band plays a mix of traditional and Celtic rock tunes, leaning  toward the music of fellow Celtic rock band Gaelic Storm.

Tickets are $10.

Information: 467-9070 or

Choral joy

Penn State University’s choral ensemble Essence of Joy will perform for Johnstown Concert Series at 7:30 tonight at First Presbyterian Church,          309 Lincoln St., downtown Johnstown.

Essence of Joy is a department of music choral ensemble known for performing sacred and secular music from African and African-American traditions.

Tickets are $15 or two for $25 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students and will be available at the door or online.


Club music

Jason DeWitt 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.

After singing in rock bands in his late teens, DeWitt continued to write songs and play various covers ranging from melancholy to bubble gum, adding a soft, soulful edge to each song for two decades.

He has returned to professional singing after more than 10 years without the extreme volume and bold sounds of a heavy band to pursue his own style.

Doors open at 5, with music starting at 5:30.

There is no cover charge.

Information: 539-1889.


“Hello, Dolly!” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through March 8 at Purchase Line High School, 16559 Route 286 Highway East, Commodore.

Tickets are $5.

Information: 724-254-4312.

Musical benefit

A Trivia Night to benefit  Westmont Hilltop High School Musical “South Pacific” will be held at 7 Saturday at The Grove, 1000 Edgehill Drive, Westmont.

There can be no more than six members to a team, and all must be age 21 or older.

There will be snacks, beverages, 50-50 chances and a basket raffle.

The cost is $50 per team in advance or $65 at the door.

Information: 535-5156 or email

Poetry performance    

Poet Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie will perform her work at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the J. Irving Whalley Memorial Chapel on the campus of Pitt-Johnstown, Richland Township.

Tallie is a dynamic, passionate performer of poetry at universities and festivals throughout North America, Europe and South Africa.

Her poetry deals with silence, sexism, racism, ancestry and the healing power of art.

Admission is free. A book signing will follow.


Cheer meet

“Meet the Sparklers” All-Star Cheer Team at 6 p.m. Thursday at Young Peoples Community Center, 300 Prave St., Ebensburg.

This performance and information session is for interested coaches and cheerleaders ages 5-14 for the upcoming season.  

Information: 312-7622.

Bingo benefit

The Steeples Project will host a fun-filled Mardi Gras bingo event at 6 tonight at the Grand Halle of Broad Street in the Cambria City section of            Johnstown.

There will be authentic New Orleans cuisine, jazz bands and beads, and the Johnstown Roller Girls will help give out the prizes.

Participants are encouraged to wear festive dress and masks.

The cost is $25 at the door, and the jackpot will be $500.

Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Steeples Project.


Comedy night

An Evening of Stand-Up Comedy will be presented by East Taylor Township Volunteer Fire Company on Saturday at the firehouse banquet hall, 403 Donruth Lane, Conemaugh Township.

Doors  open at 5:30, with dinner at 6:30 and comedy at 8.

Comedians from Comedy Blast Inc. will include headliner Steve Sabo and feature act Chris Hegedus.

“Beefy” Anderson, a volunteer fireman from Warren, Pa., will host and emcee the show.

Sabo is known as the Caffeinated Voice of Reason and has shared the stage with comedians such as Chris Rock and Bobcat Goldthwaite.

Hegedus was named Cleveland Comedian of the Year in 2008 and Cleveland’s Best Comic in 2009.

Donations are $25 in advance or $30 at the door, and include a buffet dinner, beverages, snacks, the comedy show and a DJ for dancing.

Information: 243-1157, 322-1202 or see any East Taylor Township firefighter or member.

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.

Beauty pageant

NAACP Johnstown and Camille’s House Of Styles will present My Black is Beautiful Pageant at 5 p.m. Saturday at Holiday Inn, 250 Market St., downtown Johnstown.  

The pageant will recognize the young black female teen and college student who performs well in school and provides support to the family and community.

 These young females are working, looking after younger siblings, sitting with grandparents, raising a child or teaching religious classes or reading.

 There will be a red carpet walk with photos.

The evening will include hors d’oeuvres, soft drinks and cake, and the attire is dressy tie and jacket.

Tickets are $20.

Information: 341-5111.

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 level, 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

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 Johns-town.

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

Broccoli Samauri Episode II: The Recurrence will be presented from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets are $5.

Information: www.facebook. com/events/660984033961299.

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.

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.

The session is $56 or $10 per class.

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

Children’s yoga is $5 a class.

Information: 539-0924.

Outdoor adventure

The 2014 Pennsylvania Adventure RV Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Blair County Convention Center, Altoona.  

Master storyteller Jan Kinney will present campfire stories.

The Creature Teacher, Jody Wallace, of the Blair County Conservation District, will teach children and parents ways to create outdoor memories.

Other seminars will teach wilderness survival tips, facts about Pennsylvania bald eagles and eco-friendly camping.

Admission is $6 for adults, with children ages 12 and younger admitted free, and parking is free.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the local American Cancer Society.


Altoona art

An exhibition of work by Alyssa Reiser Prince will be on display Thursday through April 20 in the McLanahan and Sheetz Galleries of the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts on the campus of Penn State-Altoona.

A reception will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday in the Titelman Study of the center, where Prince will speak on the topic of her artwork and inspiration.

The galleries are open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and before and during all performances.

Information: 949-5452 or

IUP series

“The Mindful Way to Study: Dancing With Your Books” will be presented as part of the spring 2014 Six O’Clock Series from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday in the Hadley Union Building, Ohio Room, on the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Presenter Jake Gibbs will discuss how mindfulness, rather than forced concentration, can be applied to the challenges of college.

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

Dabbling in art

“The Tower of Dabble” will be on display through March 22 at Bottle Works, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The exhibit features the blending of contemporary and caricature art by local artists Chris Tower and Duane Webb.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

Information: 536-5399.


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