Ronnie Milsap Rules The Palace; “Porous Sediments” Challenges Traditonal Artistic Concepts (CPs Wed., 3/26/2014)

1) We’d say he’s back, but he never really left. Country music great Ronnie Milsap is still touring, and he’s making a stop at The Palace Theatre in Greensburg. It was almost impossible to be a country fan in the ’70s and ’80s and not hear Milsap on the radio. Famous for his crossovers with varying musical genres, the singer/pianist fuses aspects of rock and roll, R&B, and soul with classic country for a sound that is uniquely his own. While his radio airtime may have diminished through the years, the 71-year-old hasn’t slowed his career. He’s released three new albums since 2009, promoting the latest, Summer #17, on his current tour. Also performing is special guest Gary Pratt. There are two rows of pit seats available for those who want to get their groove on. 7:30 p.m. 21 W. Otterman St. Due to recent surgery Milsap has RESCHEDULED this show to Sunday May 18th at 3 p.m.

2) Who knew gelatin was an artistic medium? Colorado native Haylee Ebersole has fresh ideas and amazing talent that went into developing her current exhibit, Porous Sediments, at 707 Penn Gallery. Using dehydrated gelatin in many of the exhibition pieces, Ebersole creates objets d’art resembling skin, rock, ice, and other natural phenomena. Her use of this type of alchemy allows the display to raise the “how” and “why” questions of being, all while enticing audiences’ eyes with pigment and crystallization of a kitchen staple. Make no mistake: This is definitely not your mother’s Jell-O mold. It explores new ideas and pushes artistic boundaries. Runs through April 13. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. 707 Penn Ave., Cultural District.

3) Legendary journalist Dan Rather stops at Heinz Hall as part of the Robert Morris University Speaker Series. While he won’t be bringing the audience the evening news, the former CBS anchor will discuss an array of topics from journalism and his life to some sports, now that he is the editor and anchor of “Dan Rather Sports.” This event is by subscription only; you won’t be able to get individual tickets on the Cultural Trust’s website or at the box office. You may be able to dig for tickets online, but your best chance of seeing the living legend lie in a subscription package (now discounted that there are only two speakers left in this series). 8 p.m. 600 Penn Ave., Cultural District.

4) Here’s an artist who understands the dichotomy of human nature. Susan Winicour explores relationships and people interaction in The Circus of Life in the American Jewish Museum‘s Berger Gallery in the Robinson Building. If you’ve ever had a conflict between your physical and emotional self, or had an inner struggle while appearing outwardly unaffected (who hasn’t?), you’ll be able to appreciate the chasm found in Winicour’s work. Pulling from a variety of influences, the artist uses bold colors and brush strokes in Picasso-meets-Matisse-meets-Nolde pieces that shatter any illusion about the  simplicity of our nature. Find a piece you love? It might be for sale during the silent auction. Winicour’s family will be donating all auction proceeds to the American Jewish Museum. Runs through March 28. 7:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. 5738 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill.