UJazz is coming to Meadville, Pa. Tickets are available by mail in advance only for Dan Levinson's Americondon Band, April 2, 3 and 4; and Rebecca Kilgore with Keith Ingham's All Star Quartet, May 14, 15 and 16, at the Gardner Theatre. Send checks to Allegheny Jazz Society, 283 Jefferson St., Meadville, Pa., 16335-1425. Tickets are $35 apiece. Performances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Receptions will be held for musicians and attendees following the Friday and Saturday performances. For more information, call (814) 724-6012.
UTickets are $10 for a show featuring Purgatory, Destructor and Breaker, three of the biggest bands from Cleveland's heavy metal glory days. Contact Ticketmaster for tickets to the June 3 show at Odeon.
UOne word: Ozzfest. The quintessential festival for hard rock and metal music comes to Post-Gazette Pavilion on Aug. 28. This year's tour features Judas Priest, Slayer and Slipknot, among others. Tickets to on sale today at 5 p.m. Check Ticketmaster or
UGet tickets today, starting at 4 p.m., for the pop world's favorite girl-next-door, Hilary Duff. The teen star of music, movies and television comes to the CSU Convocation Center on March 16 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $43 and $36.50 and are available at Ticketmaster outlets or by calling (330) 747-1212.
UTicketmaster is also handling comedian Lewis Black's May 15 show at Canton Palace Theatre. The show starts at 8. Tickets are $29.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Black is known for his weekly antics on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show." His timely satirical commentary focuses on current events and politics.
UThe Odeon in Cleveland has announced three shows: techno jam bank Sound Tribe Sector 9, April 9, 9 p.m., $13; heavy metalists Iced Earth, April 18, 7:30 p.m., $20.50; and death-metal purveyors Morbid Angel, April 21, 7:30 p.m., $19.50. Tickets go on sale today at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster.
UAll seating is reserved for a Rock and Oldies Review featuring Phil Dirt and the Dozers on April 30 at Kuzman's, 1025 S. State St., Girard. Doors will open at 7:15 p.m., with music and dancing from 8:30 to 12:15 a.m. Call (330) 545-8521 or (330) 545-8995 for reservations at $14 per person. Tickets will not be sold at the door.
UA sure sign of spring: tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for two big summer concerts at Blossom Music Center: Fleetwood Mac on Sunday, June 13, at 8 p.m.; and Ozzfest, featuring Ozzy Osbourne, on Thursday, Aug. 19, at 9 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at all Ticketmaster ticket centers, including Kaufman's and select Giant Eagle locations; online at; or charged by phone at (330) 747-1212. Fleetwood Mac tickets are $125, Gold Circle; $100 and $75 pavilion; and $40, lawn. Ozzfest tickets are $133.75, Gold Circle; $75 pavilion; and $35 lawn.
USimply Watercolor, an art exhibit featuring four regional artists, opens Tuesday and runs through April 9 at the Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts. An opening reception will be March 7, 2-4 p.m. While the artists -- William Koch of Dennison, Ohio; Susan Stephan Foster of Export, Pa.; Kelly Lea Singleton of Maryland; Harold Boyles of Monroeville, Pa. -- use the same medium, their styles are distinct and serve as examples of the range that can be achieved with watercolors. For more information, contact the Hoyt, 124 E. Leasure Ave., New Castle, Pa., (724) 652-2882. Tickets will not be sold at the door.
UIt's poetry for the stage, not the page. Tickets are on sale for the March 6 Def Poetry Jam performances at 5 and 9 p.m. at the Ohio Theatre in Cleveland. Winner of a 2003 Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event, Def Poetry Jam is the road-show sibling of the popular HBO late-night TV show. Buy tickets at the Playhouse Square box office or by phone at (216) 241-6000 or online at Prices are $40, $35 and $20.
UGentlemen (and ladies, too), start your engines: "NASCAR: The IMAX Experience" opens March 12 at the Rangos Omnimax Theater in the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh. "The IMAX footage of the action in the pits is as real as it gets," says driver Jeff Gordon. "You're hearing lug nuts fly off the wheel. You can feel the pit crew's steps as they're running around the car. It's an awesome experience for fans." Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for those 18 and under or 62 and older. Call (412) 237-3400.
UAdvance tickets are available for an adult swing music dinner-dance featuring Jimmy Sapienza's Five Guys Named Moe on March 11 from 7-10 p.m. at East Liverpool's Westgate Auditorium. This tight jazz combo, which includes three blind musicians, swings and rocks through a set that blends originals with Louis Jordan, Louie Prima, Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett numbers. Call (330) 386-8765 to order tickets, which are $10 for the show only. Dinner is available at an extra price.

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