SAMA Loretto 'Biennial' back
LORETTO - The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto will open "Biennial 2010," a juried exhibition occurring every two years that highlights the very best in local artistic talent, on Nov. 19.
The exhibition will remain on view through Feb. 19 and features 100 works by more than 60 artists from throughout central and western Pennsylvania.
SAMA's founding director, Michael M. Strueber, was selected as juror in honor of the museum's 35th anniversary.
The museum will host a reception celebrating the exhibition at 5 p.m. Nov. 20, with awards presentation to follow. Cost is $25 per person or $20 for museum members and Biennial 2010 artists. Reservations are required by Nov. 17 and can be made by calling 472-3920.
SAMA-Loretto is located on the campus of St. Francis University and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays.
PSU presents Chinese tale
The Chinese fairy tale "The Chalk Circle" will be performed in the Wolf Kuhn Theatre of the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11 through Nov. 13 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 13 and 14.
The performance will be in English with classical Chinese costumes and Beijing Opera makeup and headpieces.
Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for the general public. Tickets can purchased at the Misciagna box office from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday and before all events.
They can also be reserved by calling 949-5452.
Hammaker exhibit opens
BEDFORD - Two collections of photographs by Dave Hammaker will grace the walls of the Bedford County Arts Center Wednesday through Nov. 26.
The "Monochromatic Visions" collection is a portfolio of Hammaker's black and white photography and includes several photographs printed on hand coated platinum and palladium paper.
"A Journey Across Wales" shares some of the scenery and buildings of southern and western Wales.
A reception for the exhibition will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Arts Center. The reception is free and open to the public.
Hammaker's photographs have won awards across the country and have appeared in numerous publications, including the prestigious Nationals Parks Magazine. He was selected in 2007 as Artist-in-Residence at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park.
Group shows 'Peter Pan'
STATE COLLEGE - Penn State Centre Stage will celebrate the reopening of the Playhouse Theatre with performances of "Peter Pan" Wednesday through Nov. 13. The show will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5-6 and Nov. 9-13.
This professional production features the work of senior faculty, guest artists and top students from Penn State University Park's musical theatre program. The show will be directed by Broadway veteran Michael Lichtefeld.
The role of Captain Hook will be played by New Zealand actor Hayden Tee, making his United States theatrical debut.
In the title role is Audrey K. Cardwell, a junior musical theatre student who spent this past summer performing at the St. Louis Municipal Opera.
An opening night celebration held on Wednesday will include post-show champagne, dessert and a backstage tour. Opening night tickets are $35
Tickets to all other shows are $25. Tickets are available at Penn State Tickets Downtown, Eisenhower Box Office, Bryce Jordan Center, or by calling 863-0255 or 1-800-ARTS-TIX.
For more information, visit www.theatre.psu. edu/performances.
Guitar great to perform
PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust will present "Benise: The Spanish Guitar," featuring the guitar virtuoso at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Byham Theater. Benise's 2006 PBS special "Nights of Fire!" won him an Emmy Award and the musician has toured worldwide.
The touring stage production "The Spanish Guitar" is a tale that integrates live performance with real footage of Benise in his travels.
Tickets are $26.25, $37.25 and $44.25 and may be purchased at the Box Office at Theater Square, online at www.pgharts.org or by calling 412-456-6666.