DON’T BE LATE!
Oglebay Institute’s Youth Ballet Company brings the timeless classic, “Alice in Wonderland,” to life through the art of dance. Performances are set for 7 p.m. Oct. 12 and 19; and 3 and 7 p.m. Oct. 13 and 20, at Towngate Theatre. In addition to the show, children can also enjoy a Mad Hatter tea party with the cast of “Alice in Wonderland” prior to the matinee shows on Oct. 13 and 20. To purchase tickets for “Alice in Wonderland” and for the tea party with the cast, visit OIonline.com or call 304-242-7700. Some tickets may be available at the door, but many shows will sell out. Towngate Theatre is located at 2118 Market St. in Wheeling.
Let’s Dance, featuring Ohio Valley native and classical guitarist John Marcel Williams, is up next on the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra’s 90th season offerings. Conducted by Music Director John Devlin, the concert is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at The Capitol Theatre. At 6:30 p.m. in The Capitol Theatre Ballroom, Maestro Devlin will offer a free Concert Talk, an informative look at the stories behind the music. Tickets online at wheelingsymphony.com, by phone at 304-232-6191, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or in person at 1025 Main Street, Suite 811, Wheeling.
Popular mentalist Craig Karges will amaze and delight the audience with his art of magic, the science of psychology and the power of intuition, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack. Tickets ($15-$20) are available at the Wheeling Island gift shop or at Ticketmaster.
SOMETHING TELLS ME …
Rock Roll and Doo Wop Vol. 18 features Herman’s Hermits with Peter Noon; Joey Dee & The Starliters; Brian Hyland; and Shades of Blue at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at The Capitol Theatre in Wheeling. Tickets available here.
JAZZ IT UP
Jazz at the Stifel presents Lisa Yvonne Ferraro at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Stifle Fine Arts Center. Her latest jazz recording, “Serenading the Moon,” climbed the Billboard jazz charts and is a collaboration with some of the finest players on the jazz scene today. While enjoying a selection of desserts and wines that are available for purchase, guests can explore the historic home and also view the art on display in the galleries. $22.50. Purchase online or call 304-242-7700.
RUN FOR AUGGIE
The 21st annual Auggie’s 5K Run & Walk, which begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at Warwood Middle School, benefits the Ohio County Animal Shelter. Participants will run or walk on Wheeling’s Heritage Trail, starting and ending at the school. Online registration is available at www.active.com. For more information, visit www.iPlayOutside.com.
It’s Boo at the Zoo time at the Oglebay Good Zoo, Friday-Sunday, Oct. 11-Oct. 27! Dress up in your favorite costume and visit the zoo for its annual fall fundraiser. There will be trick-or-treat stations, a spooky train ride, select zoo animals and a Halloween-themed laser light show. Event proceeds benefit the care and conservation of Good Zoo animals. For times and admission rates, call 304-243-4100 or visit the website.
Red blends, a generic term has its roots in a variety of French, Italian and Spanish viticultural areas, will be on the tasting table at Good Mansion Wines, at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11. Guests will taste the original “red blends” by sampling Cabernet/Merlot from Bordeaux, Syrah/Grenache from the Rhone, Valpolicella wines from the Veneto, Carignan/Grenache from Priorat, Spain, and southwest French Minervois red blends. Wines will be served with cheeses and French baguettes. $15 at the door, no reservations needed. Occupancy limited to 40.
RAISE YOUR VOICE
Calling all kids for the Voice-Raiser 2019, 1-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at Wheeling Heritage Port. Share your ideas on how to make your community the best place to live, learn, play and stay. Enjoy creation, play, music, snacks, brainstorming and fun. 304-218-4602
RETURN TRIP FOR VIC
Singer/songwriter Vic Trip returns to Undo’s Elm Grove on Saturday, Oct. 12, with a unique blend of classic rock, folk and country. Trip has been entertaining people from the Gulf of Mexico to Michigan for decades, and while he will play primarily familiar music, he will also feature some original songs from his latest album, Reverse Osmosis. The music starts at 9 p.m. Undo’s is located at 2153 National Road, Wheeling.
THE SHOW MUST GO ON!
The location of the Osiris Shrine Circus has moved from WesBanco Arena to The Capitol Theatre for two performances, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14. Tigers and elephants will not be performing as part of the show. Tickets online or by calling 304-233-4470
LUNCH WITH MEREDITH
“Their Houses” with Meredith Sue Willis is the topic for Lunch With Books at noon Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the Ohio County Public Library. Three adults, closely bonded in childhood, are reunited on land once owned by a white supremacist group, where they discover in various ways that there is no final protection, no matter how hard they strive to find it or make it. Willis teaches novel writing at New York University’s School of Professional Studies. She is the author of 22 books, has received a literary fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and has won awards such as the PEN Syndicated Fiction Award and the West Virginia Library Association Literary Merit Award. 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
EAT YOUR SPINACH!
Mystery Theatre Unlimited’s all-new musical comedy, dinner-theater production, “Popguy the Sailor Man,” will be presented at the River City Restaurant at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17. The family-friendly comedy features musical parodies and interactive opportunities for audience members, along with a mystery to solve, all in the context of a full meal. 304-233-4555
UP THE ROAD …
• Skyflight Productions presents an evening with Jason Erie and Michael Iafrate on Friday, Oct. 11, at the Albert S. George Youth Center at Barnesville Memorial Park in Barnesville. Born and raised in northern New Jersey, Erie spent years fronting multiple before deciding to take a break from music. But in 2016, after a four-year hiatus, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, newborn son and his well-worn notebook, brimming with new material. With songs composed in a marriage of structure and chaos, Erie mashes Americana storytelling with the punk-rock edge he grew up on. For over two decades, West Virginia’s Michael John Iafrate has honed his craft as a performer alongside his work as a member of some of the state’s most creative music acts, such as The Minus Tide and Killed At Camp, carefully developing a unique voice among regional songwriters. Iafrate’s soft-spoken contemplative song-explorations are often enriched by his training as a theologian — asking more questions than providing answers, and commingling the worlds of flesh and spirit. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m., and the show will begin at 8 p.m. $10. For more information, call 423-276-2653 or find Skyflight Productions on Facebook.
• The Pittsburgh Public Theater presents “A Few Good Men,” through Oct. 13, at the O’Reilly Theater, Pittsburgh. For tickets, call 412-316-1600 or visit ppt.org. The cast of 19 includes professional actors as well as veteran members of the military. Former Pittsburgh Steeler and Vietnam vet Rocky Bleier and KDKA’s Larry Richert, will each appear as Judge Randolph at select performances.
• Singing! Dancing! Paper! It’s a typical morning at Scranton’s third largest paper company until, for no logical reason, a documentary crew begins filming the lives of the employees of Dunder Mifflin. Don’t miss this hilarious, unauthorized parody of the hit TV show, “The Office,” featuring songs such as “Welcome to Scranton (The Electric City),” “That’s What She Said,” “The Dundies,” “Marry Me Beesly” and more. “The Office! A Musical Parody” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18-19 at the Byham Theatre in Pittsburgh. For tickets, click here.
• Back by popular demand, Lee Terbosic’s hit show, “In Plain Sleight,” returns to Liberty Magic for an encore performance, now through Nov. 24. The interactive performance of incredible magic, comedy, illusion, sleight of hand, mindreading and storytelling is all rolled up into a 75-minute show that will leave you wanting more. The audience becomes part of the show with several opportunities to participate in the deception. Terbosic’s mastery of decades-old magic traditions brings a new dimension to the world of parlor magic. An internationally touring magician, comedian, actor, daredevil and entertainer from Pittsburgh, he proves that anything is possible. For tickets, click here. Also opening later this month is Terbosic’s show, “The Life and Death of Harry Houdini.”