Classical? Blues? Swinging jazz? Country? What kind of music is your cup of tea? Whatever it is, it’s here for you. Oh, and you can have a cup of tea, too.
SO MUCH MUSIC!
• It’s a homecoming for composer/songwriter/pianist/teacher Nate Strasser, a Wheeling native who now pursues his music career in Nashville. His composition, “Appalachian Rhapsody” will have its West Virginia premiere with the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 13, at The Capitol Theatre. Strasser will be joined by Grand Ole Opry fiddler Matt Combs and vocalist Chris De’Sean Lee, currently on tour with “Hamilton.” Join Strasser and Combs for an intimate performance, meet-and-greet and hors d’oeuvres at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at the Oglebay Institute Mansion Museum. 304-232-6191, www.wheelingsymphony.com
• It’ll be an explosive retro party performance by the popular Neon Swing X-perience, 8 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at Stifel Fine Arts Center. As part of the Oglebay Institute’s Jazz at the Stifel series, NSX jumps, jives and rocks regularly at one of Pittsburgh’s swankiest jazz clubs, NOLA on the Square. Since its origination, NSX has been relentlessly devoted to updating and preserving vintage American genres such as swing, rockabilly, hot jazz, horn rock and blues. Described as “swing with sting,” NSX’s style is a rowdy modernization of multiple influences all rooted in the big bands of the 1930s and 1940s. Tickets are $20. 304-242-7700; www.oionline.com
• High energy country band Cross Creek will entertain at 9 p.m. Friday, April 13, at River City Restaurant, 1400 Main St., Wheeling. www.rivercitybanquets.com/home
• If you want to take a little trip north, visit the Country Friends Foundation at 67 Police Lodge Road in Colliers. On Friday, April 13, there’s open mic, 6-9 p.m.; Saturday, April 14, Sands of Time will entertain, 7-10 p.m.; on Monday, April 16, there’s another open mic, 6-9 p.m. 304-479-1270.
• It’s time for blues again! BluesDays at River City will feature Gracie Curran at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17. Curran is excited for her return to a city of loving fans who have cheered her on for the past four years, since her first appearance at the Heritage Music BluesFest. Curran’s show will feature Billy the Kid and the Steeltown Allstars. River City is located at 1400 Main St., Wheeling. For tickets ($20), visit www.heritagemusicfest.com
WINE & MORE
• Sample four to six wines paired with delicious food while watching a live art demonstration at The Art of Wine, 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 13, at the Stifel Fine Arts Center. The finished piece of artwork will be raffled off at the end of the evening. $35 ($30 for OI members) 304-242-7700, www.oionline.com
• It’s super Tuscans night at the tasting at Good Mansion Wines, 6 p.m. Friday, April 13. Wines are served with Italian aged cheeses, salumi and French baguettes. $15 at the door. goodmansionwines.com
TOUR & TEA TIME
• A Spring Tea Luncheon on Saturday, April 14, kicks off the season’s events for the Eckhart House in North Wheeling. The menu includes assorted tea sandwiches, scones served with sweet cream and jam, fresh fruit, confections and gourmet tea selections. The Tea Room is open to the public Saturdays from 11a.m. to 4 p.m. offering tea luncheons, afternoon tea (a light version of the luncheon), and tea and scones. A guided walking tour offered by the Eckhart House meets at the Wheeling Visitor’s Center at 1401 Main St. on Saturdays at 10 a.m. Joe Figaretti, history buff and storyteller, walks participants through three centuries, tracing the events that led to Wheeling’s importance in the country’s history. The tour lasts about two hours and ends at the Eckhart House. Reservations may be made by calling 304-232-5439. www.EckhartHouse.com
USE YOUR NOODLE
• The Catholic Charities Neighborhood Center will hold its 22nd annual Spaghetti Dinner from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 15. The dinner supports important services provided by the center. Almyer Funeral Home will provide limo service from area high rises to the dinner. Tickets are $8 for adults; children 5 and under eat for free. 304-232-7157; www.CatholicCharitiesWV.org
• “Anything Goes” opens Friday, April 13, and runs through Sunday, April 15, in the Center for Performing Arts at John Marshall High School. An unforgettable Cole Porter score includes “De-Lovely,” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “All Through the Night” and, of course, the great title song, “Anything Goes.” Curtain is at 7 p.m. April 13 and 14 and 2 p.m. April 15. Tickets will be sold at the door. 304-843-4444, ext. 160•
• Wheeling Jesuit students will present “Pippin” at 8 p.m. April 12-13, and at 1 p.m. April 14-15. The musical features such songs as “Corner of the Sky,” “Magic to Do,” “Love Song” and “I Guess I’ll Miss the Man.” Performances are free on a first-come basis. 304-243-2095
• Dueling lounge lizards, a love-conflicted exotic dancer, a down-and-out club owner and a strange Austrian body-builder populate Mystery Theatre Unlimited’s all-new murder mystery, “Murder at the Kit Kat Klub,” premiering at 7 p.m. April 13, at River City Restaurant in Wheeling and continuing at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, at Stratford Springs. For dinner and show reservations for River City Restaurant call 304-233-4555. For Stratford Springs, call 304-233-5100. www.MysteryTheatreUnlimited.com
BOOK IT TO THE LIBRARIES
• A piece of “Unheard of History” will be discussed at 6 p.m. Monday, April 16, at the Moundsville-Marshall County Public when Judi Tarowsky presents “To Summits Of Glory: The West Virginia Flying Corps.” Tarowsky’s narrative will reveal the true account of a young West Virginian who organized a training school for pilots intent on serving their country, just as the United States was entering World War I. This tale with local connections is one of determination, valor, and sacrifice. The library is located at Fifth and Tomlinson in Moundsville. 304-845-6911.
• Located atop a hillside, outside of and just north of New Cumberland, a forgotten mining community overlooked the many brickyards located along the Ohio River. A hillside without electricity, running water, or indoor facilities, but home to a one-room school and a Catholic Church built in 1904, the little community of Rockyside was home to over 300 men, women and children from 1870 to 1950. Thomas Zielinsky will tell the story of this community lost to time at noon Tuesday, April 17, at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library. Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch, and complimentary beverages are provided. 304-232-0244, www.ohiocountylibrary.org