The 2019 Ohio Valley Pride Festival and Pride March are set for noon to 11 p.m., May 11, at Heritage Port. Presented by Ohio Valley Pride, there will be a beer garden, drag shows, live music, food and vendors.


Wheeling Heritage will host an opening reception for “Learning to See,” an exhibit featuring works by local artist Rosalie Haizlett, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Thursday, May 9, at the Artisan Center, 1400 Main St. The exhibit will run through May 30 on the third-floor gallery. Haizlett’s watercolor paintings focus on various aspects of nature. The Artisan Center gallery is open to the public Monday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Early May is the time to jump into rosés, rosatos and rosados from the shop that was rosé before rosé was cool. Good Mansion Wines will celebrate its large variety of French and other rosés, in this thirst-quenching wine tasting of bright, fresh and crisp wines, at 6 p.m. Friday, May 10. The wines will be served with cheeses and French baguettes. The tasting will be presented by Michael Diethorn of Country Vintner Wholesalers. $15 at the door, no reservations needed.


Postponed from an earlier date, the Martins Ferry Chamber of Commerce Wine Tasting is set for 6 p.m. Friday, May 10, at Casa di Vino — House of Wine, in Center Market, Wheeling. $20. 740-633-2565.


Celebrate the arrival of spring with Spring Spirits, a festive cocktail party, from 5:30-7:30 pm Tuesday, May 14, at the historic Mansion Museum in Oglebay Park. Savor hors d’ oeuvres, a variety of artisan cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages. $25. Purchase online or at 304-242-7272.


Your favorite tiger is back in town, at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 11, meet Daniel Tiger at the Children’s Museum of the Ohio Valley in Wheeling. Enjoy an activity that spreads kindness then take a trolley ride around the neighborhood. $5. Members free. $2 per person for trolley tickets.


Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Theatre presents “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder, Friday, May 10, and Saturday, May 11. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Considered by many to be the greatest American play ever written, “Our Town” illuminates the powerful bonds that hold communities together through everyday life and moments of crisis. The play follows two ordinary families through life, love and loss in the fictional small village of Grover’s Corners. With humor, wit and powerful storytelling, Wilder delivers universal truths about what it means to be human. $12.50 ($11 OI members); 304-242-7700;


The Wheeling Symphony Youth Orchestra annual spring concert, featuring the Sinfonietta and the Philharmonic orchestras, is set for 7 p.m. Monday, May 13, at J.B. Chambers Performing Arts Center at Wheeling Park High School. The Sinfonietta, composed of middle school-aged students and co-led by both the band and string teachers from Triadelphia Middle School in Wheeling, will perform Johannes Brahms’s La Rejouissance, George Fredrick Handel’s Hungarian Dance No. 5 and Panic and the Disco!’s High Hopes. The Wheeling Symphony Youth Orchestra will deliver four challenging but “popular” selections: Rimsky-Korsakov’s Procession of the Nobles; Vivaldi’s Double Cello Concerto; Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik; and Highlights from Wicked. The concert is free, but donations are appreciated to help the Wheeling Symphony Youth Orchestra continue its tradition of providing a tuition-free opportunity for its members.


At 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 15, at Sarah’s on Main, grab a cup of coffee, a croissant and chat with guest conductor, Silas Huff about the upcoming Wheeling Symphony Orchestra concert, Fate & Triumph: Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony. The concert is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 17.


The Eckhart House will host a Tea Luncheon in celebration of Mother’s Day on Saturday, May 11. The menu will include freshly prepared tea sandwiches, scones served with sweet cream and jam, seasonal fruit, confections and gourmet tea. For more information or to make reservations, call 304-232-5439.


Lights Out,” a Tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, will be live in the Wheeling Island Showroom, 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 10, at Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack. Tickets at Wheeling Island Gift Shop or Ticketmaster. Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack


The buzz on bees is that they are beneficial to your backyard habitat. A public lecture at 7-8 p.m. Monday, May 13, at the Schrader Center, Oglebay, will provide an overview of local bee species, how to attract them to gardens and the basics on beekeeping. Co-hosted by the Ohio County Master Gardeners. $5 suggested donation. Light refreshments will be served. 304-242-6855.


Crittenton Services is going VIRTUAL this year for its fifth annual 5K. Formally known as Founding Father’s 5K, the race celebrates all the mothers out there during Mother’s Day weekend. Race, run or walk on a road, trail or even a treadmill during Mother’s Day weekend. Register ($35) online, then participate anywhere and with anyone! Included with registration is a West Virginia themed T-shirt, designed by a local Wheeling artist, Rachel Goodman. (Registrations at this date are not guaranteed T-shirt delivery by Mother’s Day weekend.)


Deep State band will perform its eclectic sounds from 9 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, May 11, at Undo’s Elm Grove. Featuring songs made famous by Bill Withers, Aaron Neville, George Gershwin, Alabama Shakes, Amy Winehouse, Etta James and Ray Charles, Deep State plays widely varied, yet familiar, live music that one may not expect to hear from a local band.

Deep State band members, from left: Barry Roth (drums, vocals), Ray Morgan (guitar, vocals), Vera Barton-Maxwell (vocals, percussion), Rick Call (guitar, clarinet, harmonica, vocals) and Butch Maxwell (bass, harmonica, vocals).


A shady Hollywood agent tempts murder from his clients while he is under investigation by the world’s dumbest private detective, leading to laughter and music parodies in “The Case of Ms. and the Show Biz Whiz,” presented by Mystery Theatre Unlimited, 6:45 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at River City Restaurant. $19.95; 304-233-4555


• See characters and events from history come alive as Wheeling 250 presents its Pop-Up History, a series of live storytelling events designed to bring attention to the forgotten history buried in our own backyard. The Suspension Bridge collapse is the topic to be presented by Rich Knoblich, at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at the east end of the bridge.

• All it took was to be told she couldn’t do something because she was a woman, and Nellie Bly proved them wrong. A groundbreaking, “stunt” journalist, she feigned insanity to go undercover in a “lunatic asylum” to report on the horrific conditions there. Her exposé led to reforms in the treatment of the mentally ill. Then, in 1890, she became the fastest human being to circle the globe, opening the world to the average person through her eyes. She completed the trip in 72 days. When the Great War (WWI) broke out in Europe, Nellie was the first journalist reporting from the Eastern Front in WWI. Hear the remarkable story of Elizabeth Jane Cochrane, who used the pen name “Nellie Bly,” at Lunch With Books, at noon, Tuesday, May 14, at the Ohio County Public Library. This “History Alive” living history portrayal by JoAnn Peterson will end with a Q&A, at which time the audience can ask questions of Nellie Bly. Then, Peterson will break character, becoming the researcher for additional questions. 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;

Nellie Bly portrayed by JoAnn Peterson

• Important and not-so-important events happened over the years in Wheeling, and Dr. Joseph Laker will shed some light on a few political peculiarities at People’s University, 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 14, at the Ohio County Public Library. 304-232-0244;


• Pittsburgh Public Theater will present the Pittsburgh premiere of Paula Vogel’s Tony Award-nominated play, “Indecent,” April 18-May 19 at the O’Reilly Theater. In “Indecent,” an ensemble of 10 actors and musicians follow the trajectory of Sholem Asch’s controversial “God of Vengeance,” the first play by a Jewish playwright to open on Broadway. It was created in 1906 when the Yiddish writer was 26 years old. As “Indecent” theatrically moves through time, we learn the story of a Jewish brothel owner who uses his profits to arrange a marriage for his daughter, until she falls in love with one of his prostitutes. “God of Vengeance,” which sketches the romance of these two young women and features a luminous scene of them dancing in an onstage rain, is a hit in Europe. But when it arrives on Broadway in 1923, the entire cast is arrested for obscenity. 412-316-1600;

• The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust will present the 2019 EQT Children’s Theater Festival, Thursday, May 16, through Sunday, May 19, offering high-quality professional theater performances from around the world, including performers from Denmark, Mexico, France and the U.S. Highlights of the festival include six featured performances, free hands-on activities and experiences, a Frog Stop Scavenger Hunt and the world premiere of French artist Cyril Lancelin’s circle, circle, circle. This Festival experience is tailored to children of all ages, and includes sensory-friendly performances of Air Play. Festival hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday-Sunday.

• The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has announced the 2019-20 PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh Season, which collectively boasts more than 30 Tony Awards. The shows coming to Pittsburgh include: The Band’s Visit, Mean Girls, A Bronx Tale, Jesus Christ Superstar, Miss Saigon, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical and Escape to Margaritaville. Season specials include, Cats, Les Miserables, The Illusionists and Disney’s The Lion King. It has also been confirmed that Hamilton will return for the 2020-21 season; 2019-20 season ticket-holders who renew for the 2020-21 season will receive priority seating for the show. 412-456-1390;

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