What’s going on around town? Well, there’s nature walks and wine and Broadway and rock ‘n’ roll and comedy and bluegrass and … the list goes on.
• Broadway at the Capitol presents “The Jersey Boys,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19. The radio couldn’t get enough of their harmonies; but off stage was a different story. Go behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons in the Tony Award-winning musical that features such songs as “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” and “December, 1963 (Oh What a Night”). The Capitol Ballroom bar opens at 5 p.m. for drinks and appetizers. 304-233-4470 or visit www.capitoltheatrewheeling.com
• The Theater Department of Ohio University Eastern will present Oscar Wilde’s comic masterpiece, “The Importance of Being Earnest,” April 19-22 and 26- 28 in the Shannon Hall Theater. Set in late Victorian London, the play’s very modern theme is exposing the triviality of so many social customs and institutions that are often considered serious and untouchable by satire. Thursday shows are at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday shows are at 8 p.m. and the Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. 740-699-2340 or firstname.lastname@example.org
MUSIC, MUSIC, MUSIC
• Cornerstone Entertainment presents RockNite for Humanity Friday, April 20, at the Strand Theatre in Moundsville. Proceeds will go to Habitat for Humanity. Featured performers will be Gregg Molnar’s Vinyl Countdown and the psychedelic rock band Vinyl Soul. The featured film is “Dark Side of the Rainbow.” Doors open at 8 p.m.; showtime at 9 p.m. Find the event on Facebook.com/rocknite4life.
• Third Friday at Artworks Around Town on Friday, April 20, features Todd Burge, offering his own brand of folk-pop storytelling. Burge has performed at such diverse venues as NPR’s Mountain Stage, The Country Music Hall of Fame and The Kennedy Center. He has played everything from alternative rock to bluegrass and is known for his sharp wit and vocal and guitar prowess. Doors open at 7 p.m. Artworks is located in historic Centre Market in Wheeling.
• The Machine Performs Pink Floyd at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at The Capitol Theatre. The Machine has forged a 28-year reputation of excellence, extending the legacy of Pink Floyd. The New York-based band focuses on making every show an authentic Floydian experience for their fans. Known for performing a diverse mix of The Floyd’s extensive 16-album repertoire (complete with faithful renditions of popular hits as well as obscure gems), The Machine’s stellar musicianship, dramatic lighting and video, and their passionate delivery sets them above and beyond the rest. www.capitoltheatrewheeling.com
• Skyflight Productions presents an evening with Kiernan McMullan on Thursday, April 19, at The Albert S. George Youth Center at Barnesville Memorial Park, Barnesville. After driving almost every U.S. highway and playing over 2,000 shows worldwide, McMullan has unusual stories to tell. Over the past 11 years, he has shared the stage with Ed Sheeran, Mat Kearney, Dave Mason, John Butler Trio and many more. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m., and the show will begin at 8 p.m. 423-276-2653 or find Skyflight Productions on Facebook.
• The Pennyroyal Opera House presents a bluegrass show with Hammertowne on Friday, April 20. Doors open at 5 p.m., with the opening band, Sawmill Ridge, beginning at 7 p.m. www.pennyroyalbluegrass.com
• The Wheeling Symphony Youth Orchestra spring concert will feature both the Sinfonietta and the Philharmonic orchestras at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, at Vance Memorial Presbyterian Church, in Wheeling. This concert is free and open to the public. The Sinfonietta, composed of middle school-aged students, will perform an excerpt from Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5; Kryptonite by 3 Doors Down; and Repeat an original composition by Rayce Leib, conductor of the Sinfonietta. The Philharmonic orchestra, which features high school and college students, will play Rimsky-Korsakov’s Russian Easter Overture; Emperor Waltz by Johann Strauss II; and the Carmen Suite from the Opera Carmen by Georges Bizet. www.wheelingsymphony.com
ON THE BIG SCREEN
• The Wheeling Film Society presents “2001: A Space Odyssey” at Towngate Theatre. The free screening takes place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 20. Conversation about the film takes place at noon Tuesday, April 24, at the Ohio County Public Library, as part of the library’s Lunch With Books series. oionline.com
• Join the Crazy 8s for a night of improvisational comedy at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at Towngate Theatre in Wheeling. These brave performers hit the Towngate Theatre stage without a script, props or a safety net. Armed only with adrenaline and their imaginations, they make up stories on the spot that entertain and amuse. Audience members offer suggestions for scenes, conflicts, characters and theatrical styles and contribute directly to the action on stage. 304-242-7700 or www.oionline.com
• Good Mansion Wines has been loading up on new wines, and 6 p.m., Friday, April 20, is the time to taste some! From the new Bon Vivant portolio and others, wines to be tasted include Bandol, Rioja, Cabernet on the red side to Sivi Pinot on the orange side, to new Bandol and Provence roses to Slovenian Ribula and more on the white side. Wines will be served with imported cheeses and French baguettes. Occupancy limited to 50. $15 at the door, no reservations needed. www.goodmansionwines.com
• It may feel like October, so why not break out that old Halloween costume or make a new one and come celebrate Aprilween at Wheeling After Dark, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Saturday, April 21, at Wheeling Island Casino. Free admission for those in costume and $5 for everyone else. Live DJ, draft specials and cash prizes for best costume. www.wheelingisland.com
CELEBRATE EARTH DAY
• Celebrate Earth Day weekend with naturalists from Oglebay Institute’s Schrader Environmental Education Center. A series of events are planned for Saturday, April 21, and Sunday, April 22, (Earth Day). Nature Story Time is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, with daylight and nighttime astronomy activities from 1-4 p.m. and 8-11 p.m. Saturday. On Sunday, take a morning nature walk along the Oglebay trails at 8 p.m. or an afternoon walk at 1 p.m. at Bear Rocks Lake. 304-242-6855; www.oionline.com
TEA FOR PROFESSIONALS
• The Eckhart House will host a Tea Luncheon in celebration of Administrative Professional’s Day at noon, Wednesday, April 25. The menu will include assorted tea sandwiches, scones served with sweet cream and jam, seasonal fruit, confections and gourmet tea selections. The luncheon is open to the public. 304-232-5439; www.EckhartHouse.com