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Hot Ticket: Mathis plays Heinz Hall with Pittsburgh Symphony

| Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 9:00 p.m.
Johnny Mathis
Pittsburgh Symphony
Johnny Mathis
Erin Treacy's “Slipping Through,” 2014, aper assemblage with acrylic and oil paint
Charles Benton
Erin Treacy's “Slipping Through,” 2014, aper assemblage with acrylic and oil paint
Texture Contemporary Ballet's “Strength & Grace”
Katie Ging
Texture Contemporary Ballet's “Strength & Grace”
The Night Nation Run bills itself as the world’s first “running music festival.”
The Night Nation Run bills itself as the world’s first “running music festival.”

Johnny Mathis , who loves singing with orchestras, will return to Heinz Hall , Downtown,on July 16 for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra 's Thursday Night Icons Series .

Expect to hear “Chances Are,” “It's Not for Me to Say” and “Misty,” because the singer knows audiences want to hear his biggest hits.

Mathis recorded his first album in 1956, has gone on to release more than 80 albums and has had more than 50 hits on Billboard's adult contemporary chart. In 2003, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

Symphony resident conductor Lawrence Loh and guest conductor Scott Lavender will take turns on the podium.

The concert will start at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $39 to $139.

Details: 412-392-4900 or

— Mark Kanny


Cheers, Pittsburgh

The third annual Summer Beer Fest will return to the North Shore's Stage AE on July 17 and 18 to delight 8,000 local beer enthusiasts with over 300 craft beers brewed from across the country. The festival will run from 7:30 to 11 p.m., with “last pour” at 10:40 p.m.

The event allows attendees to sample an array of craft beers for one price before deciding what they want to purchase in larger amounts at vendors, event director Craig Johnson says.

This year's event will feature food trucks and live music.

Tickets are $40 in advance, $50 cash only at the gate. Designated driver tickets are $20, online only. Proceeds go to support animal rescue and adoption efforts in Western Pennsylvania.


— Matthew Zabierek


Everything old is new again

On July 18, Box Heart Gallery in Bloomfield will host an opening reception for “Dismantled & Reclaimed,” an exhibit of new works made from old paintings by New York City artist Erin Treacy .

With this new work, Treacy creates sculptural paper assemblages through the deconstruction of her past landscape paintings — some she created 10 years ago. Taking pieces of dismantled “successful” paintings, recycled “failed” paintings and trimmings of still-existing paintings, Treacy created new works infused with an exuberant palette, textural surfaces and whimsical gestures.

Meet Treacy at the gallery from 5 to 8 p.m.

The exhibit will continue through Aug. 21. Box Heart is at 4523 Liberty Ave. Regular gallery hours are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays.

Details: 412-687-8858 or

— Kurt Shaw


Show of ‘Strength'

Texture Contemporary Ballet will present four performances of a multifaceted program called “Strength & Grace” starting July 16 on the North Side.

The program will feature 15 dancers performing the works of four choreographers: artistic director Alan Obuzor, one of Dance magazine's “25 to Watch” in 2013; associate artistic director Kelsey Bartman; Gabriel Gaffney Smith from Ballet Met in Columbus, Ohio; and recent Point Park University graduate Darren MacArthur.

A Saturday matinee is designed for children up to 12 years old and will include excerpts from “Strength & Grace” followed by an interactive experience with children invited onstage.

The performances will start at 7:30 p.m. July 16, 8 p.m. July 17 and 18 and 2 p.m. July 19 at the New Hazlett Theater , North Side. The children's matinee will begin at 3 p.m. July 18.

Admission is $25, $20 if purchased in advance. Admission to the children's matinee is $10 per family.

Details: 888-718-4253 or

– Mark Kanny


runners up

Lots of people listen to music when they run. Something with high energy or a steady beat tends to help motivate one to keep putting one foot in front of the other.

At some point, somebody decided that running with live music would be even better. So, now there's the Night Nation Run, which bills itself as the world's first “running music festival.”

If you don't find standing around at long music festivals exhausting enough, if a 5K through “an illuminated racecourse to multiple DJ stages, each with its own unique exhilarating party, finishing with an explosive main stage after-party” sounds interesting, the Night Nation Run is coming to Pittsburgh on July 18.

Tickets are $39 to $60.

The DJs will start at 7:30 p.m. at Riverfront Park on the North Side.


— Michael Machosky


On Oakmont's waters

The Oakmont Yacht Club's 113th Regatta will be from July 17 through 19 at the Yacht Club along Washi ngton Avenue.

Children's activities include a bounce tent, dunk tank, games, face painting, panning for gems and Shriner clowns. There will be RC boats, planes and trucks, and a boaters flea market.

There will be fireworks at 9:30 p.m. July 18.

Details: 412-828-9847 or

More festivals

• The Saxonburg Fireman's Carnival will run from 6 to 11 p.m. July 20 through 25 at the Saxonburg Volunteer Fire Company grounds, Home Avenue. There will be amusement rides with matinees from 1 to 6 p.m. July 22 and 25. Events include a pet parade July 20, Petite Miss Saxonburg Pageant and a water battle July 21, Junior Miss Saxonburg Pageant on July 22, the Fireman's Parade on July 23 and Miss Saxonburg Pageant on July 24. Details: 724-352-9948 or

• The Leechburg Volunteer Fire Company's 125th Celebration arnival will be from 6 to 11 p.m. July 20 through 25 at the fire company grounds, at the bottom of First Street. One-price ride tickets are $14 each night. Fireworks will be at 10 p.m. July 23. Details: 724-845-1901 or

• The Apollo's Moonlanding Celebration will be from July 20 through 24 at Owens Field in Apollo. Vendors, games and carnival rides will be featured each evening. Details: 724-478-4831 or


One ‘Big' BBQ

The Summer BBQ and Drive-In Movie series at Penn State New Kensington campus, Upper Burrell, will present “Big Hero 6” at 9:20 p.m. July 16 in the upper parking lot at the campus.

The lot will open at 7 p.m., and the barbecue will begin at 7:30 p.m. The movie is free and open to the public. Barbecue sandwiches are $5.

In the event of inclement weather, the movie will be moved to the Forum Theatre and start earlier.

Details: 724-334-6063 or


‘Glass Roots'

The Who Knew? Series at Community Library of Allegheny Valley will present“Glass Roots” at 6 p.m. July 21 at the Tarentum Library, 400 Lock St. Discover the facts about the early glass industries in the local neighborhoods. See examples of Tarentum pattern glass and PPG specialty glass. The program is presented by Tarentum's Local History Department. Registration is required.

Details: 724-226-0770 or


Music at the Mansion

Concerts at Hartwood Acres , Indiana Township:

• The Friends of Hartwood Hemlock Grove Concert Series will present Bridgette Perdue at 6 :30 p.m. July 16 in the Hemlock Court behind the mansion. A suggested donation of $5 will be collected. Bring a blanket or chair, picnic basket or cooler, for an evening of pop and R&B music. Details:

• The Allegheny County Summer Concert Series & BNY Mellon Jazz will present the Spanish Harlem Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. July 19. The concert will feature a special tribute to the Latin side of Billy Strayhorn in honor of his 100th birthday. The concert is free. Food and beverages and snacks will be for sale.

Details: 412-767-9200 or


Green thumbs

Greensburg Garden Center will host the g arden tour “Where Gardeners Grow” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 18. Participants can tour eight gardens in the Greensburg and Latrobe areas. Tickets are $15, $12 in advance.

Details: 724-837-0245

Beauty worth eating

An Edible Flowers Luncheon and Garden Tour will begin at noon July 22 at the Hartwood Acres Mansion , Indiana Township.

The lunch menu features flowers from the mansion. There will be special guest speakers.

Attendees should wear comfortable shoes and a hat for the garden tour afterward. The cost is $31, $25 for Allegheny County residents. Reservations are required.

Details: 412-767-9200


Mystery man

Coffee, Oakmont Bakery treats and a discussion with Kevin P. Keating, author of the upcoming mystery, “The Captive Condition,” will be featured at 10 a.m. July 18 at Mystery Lovers Bookshop, 514 Allegheny River Blvd., Oakmont.

Keating's new book is a chilling and dark novel about a Midwestern college town that turns out to be filled with crime and evil.

The event is free, but reservations are requested.

Details: 412-828-4877 or

Special events

Car cruises

• The E.C. Cruisers will host a Friday Night Cruise from 6 to 9 p.m. July 17 at the Delmont Volunteer Fire Department , Route 66, Delmont . There will be a DJ, raffles, bake sale, dash plaques, Chinese auction and door prizes. Food and refreshments will be available. Registration for the cruise is $7. Details: 724-433-1593

• The Restore Freeport Community Park Restoration Committee will sponsor a Summer Cruise from noon to 5 p.m. July 19 in Freeport Park. Entry fee is $5, and all types of vehicles are welcome. Dash plaques will be given to the first 50 registered vehicles. There will be food, a Chinese auction, raffles, a DJ and craft vendors. Details: 412-398-3442

Time to Flea again

The Allegheny-Kiski Valley Historical Society will sponsor its latest Flea-Tique on July 19 at the Tour-Ed Mine , off Bull Creek Road, Fawn.

The outdoor antiques and collectibles market will open at dawn and run until 2 p.m. There is a $3 per car parking fee. Proceeds from the event benefit the Allegheny-Kiski Valley Historical Society's Heritage Museum.

Details: 724-224-7666 or

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