Best Bets/Hot Tickets

Best Bets/Hot Tickets
* "Your Arms Are Too Short To Box With God," a gospel musical featuring singer Cissy Houston (Whitney's mother) begins at 8 in Orr Auditorium at Westminster College, New Wilmington, Pa. Call (724) 946-6178 for details.
* Is your Valentine all dressed up with no place to go? Perhaps the destination should be The Georgetown, 5945 South Ave., Boardman, where St. Charles Church Men's Club will have its annual Sweetheart Dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Music will be by Good Vibrations. Tickets are $30 per couple, which includes beverages and chances at door prizes. Call (330) 758-5870 for details.
* Ticket sales will begin for these concert in Cleveland: Soul and gospel singer Anita Baker -- back on stage after a seven-year absence -- at 8 p.m. March 21 in State Theatre; crossover singer-songwriter Edwin McCain with co-headliner Jeffery Gaines and special guest Oval Opus, 8 p.m. March 20 at Odeon, 1295 Old River Road; modern rock band Lifehouse at 8 p.m. March 24, also at Odeon; and John Valby, champion of the dirty ditty, at 9 p.m. March 28 at Odeon. Call Ticketmaster.
* It's on-sale day for these regional concerts: Jagermeister Music Tour with Saliva, Hed (pe), Breaking Benjamin, Systematic and Stereomud, at 6 p.m. April 18 at Metropol, 1600 Smallman St., Pittsburgh, and at 4 p.m. April 19 at Tower City Amphitheatre, Cleveland; country music superstar Tim McGraw, 7:30 p.m. March 27 at Gund Arena, Cleveland and March 28 at Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh (get tickets at noon); Def Leppard, 7:30 p.m. March 24 at Gund Arena; and another British rock import, Coldplay, at 8 p.m. June 10 at Tower City Amphitheatre. Call Ticketmaster.
* The dessert known as Peach Melba has three basic ingredients: poached peaches, vanilla ice cream and raspberry sauce. The music of Athens, Ohio-based jam band Peach Melba, which will play at 10 p.m. at Cedar Lounge in downtown Youngstown, also follows a three-part recipe -- bluegrass, funk and rock. Peach Melba is working on its third album and its fourth annual Peace Tree Gathering music festival in Athens.
* Shenango Valley Chorale will sing "Hallelujah" at its annual Mid-Winter Concerts -- one at 2:30 p.m. in St. Joseph Church, 79 Case St., Sharon, Pa., the other at 7:30 p.m. in Church of Notre Dame, 2325 Highland Road, Hermitage, Pa. The program will feature sacred music from world-renown composers, including "Hallelujah" from Beethoven's "The Mount of Olives." The 100-member choir will be accompanied by Shenango Valley Chorale Chamber Orchestra. Admission is free; donations will be accepted.
* Vocalist Susan Shafer, artist-in-residence at Westminster College and one of the top mezzo-contraltos in modern music, will give a recital titled "Songs About the Sea" at 3 p.m. in the college's Wallace Memorial Chapel, New Wilmington, Pa. Shafer previously won the Pavarotti Competition and has sung with tenors Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo.
* Connect with Ticketmaster after 10 a.m. Monday for tickets to the Crosby, Stills and Nash concert at 8 p.m. April 12 at A.J. Palumbo Center, Pittsburgh. Tickets are $47.50.
* "Images of Our Time," a collection of historic photographs from the Life Picture Collection and the Associated Press Collection, will be on exhibit Feb. 21 through May 31 at Contessa Galleries, 1501 Euclid Ave., Suite 112, Cleveland, and at Eton Collection, 28699 Chagrin Blvd., Woodmere. More than 100 photographs will be displayed. Some vintage and one-of-a-kind photos will be sold. Call Contessa at (216) 861-9280 or Eton at (216) 831-7800 for details.
* It's sexy. It's historic. It's artistic. It's the Argentinian dance known as the tango, and it will be performed by the Tango Buenos Aires troupe at 7:30 p.m. March 14 in Palace Theatre, Cleveland. Call for details. Ticket prices are $22.50 to $32.50.
* World Wrestling Entertainment Raw! returns March 10 to Gund Arena, Cleveland. So far, the card includes Triple H., Scott Steiner, Rob Van Dam, Chris Jericho, Kane, Batista, Booker T., Goldust, Shawn Michaels, Ric Flair, Trish Stratus and many more. Tickets, from $20 to $40, will go on sale Saturday morning through Ticketmaster.

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