Oktoberfest fills Centre Market from noon to 11 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, with live music, food vendors, and domestic and craft beer. Proceeds benefit the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley. Entertainment lineup includes: The Cherry Trio, noon; Jack Tady & the Tady Bears, 1:30-4 p.m.; Eli and the Mojo Kings, 4:30 p.m.; Pocket Change, 6:15 p.m.; Tim Ullum Band, 8 p.m.; and Hit Play, 9:45 p.m.
A TASTE OF CULTURE
Explore the rich cultural foods of Center and South Wheeling through a self-guided tour, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28. Participants can experience the traditional foods that are still being produced by local religious and community organizations. Cultural Food Tour attendees will check in at the South Wheeling Preservation Alliance museum on 3501 Jacob St., and then visit the participating locations: Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic Church — Lebanese food, 2216 Eoff St.; Our Lady of Perpetual Help — Ukrainian food, 4136 Jacob St.; Polish-American Patriot Club — Polish food, 4410 Jacob St.; St. Paul’s Evangelical Church, German food, 3741 Wood St. Tickets $20/children under 10 are free. RSVP here
COME TO THE CABARET
Pianist, tap dancer, comedian and vocalist extraordinaire, Mark Nadler — a New York cabaret entertainer — will make a special one-show-only appearance Saturday, Sept. 28, at Oglebay Institute’s Stifel Fine Arts Center. Nadler’s “Cole Porter After Dark” show captures the essence of Porter’s witty and urbane scores with vibrant arrangements. Nadler’s performance is a tribute to Wheeling-born Joseph Holloway, a professional dancer and Nadler’s late partner who passed away in 1999. In addition to Nadler’s performance, the event will feature a presentation of one of Holloway’s works, “The Miracle of the Rose,” danced by Jennie Begley. Proceeds will launch the Joseph B. Holloway Memorial Scholarship Fund, which will provide area children financial assistance to attend Oglebay Institute’s School of Dance. Cocktail hour is at 7 p.m., and the show begins at 8 p.m. Seating is limited, and reservations are required. Purchase tickets ($75) online or by calling 304-242-7700.
BLUEGRASS & BBQ
The Wheeling Symphony Youth Orchestra Bluegrass BBQ will be held from 2:30-6:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at the Hess Shelter, Oglebay Park. The annual fundraiser will feature music by local bands Brother Randall & Friends, Crandall Creek, Out of the Blue and Cabin Fever String Band. Barbecue food will be catered by Charlie Schlegel from Ye Ole Alpha. Tickets ($25 adults, $10 for children) can be purchased by calling 304-232-6191, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or in person at the box office, 1025 Main St., Suite 811, Wheeling.
Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Theatre’s season opener, “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds,” continues with performances at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, and Saturday, Sept. 28. A story of perseverance and hope, it has been hailed as one of the most significant and affecting contemporary American plays. “Gamma Rays” tells the story of Beatrice, a bitter and domineering mother, and her two teenage daughters, the studious Tillie and the emotional Ruth. For tickets, call 304-242-7700 or visit www.oionline.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the door, if available.
SI, SI TO RIOJA
The last in a series of broadly popular and versatile reds, the Friday, Sept. 27, wine tasting at Good Mansion Wines will focus on the tempranillo wines from Rioja, Spain — from the lightly oaked Crianza-style to the heavily oaked Gran Reserva. Wines will be served with Spanish cheeses and French baguettes. $15 at the door, no reservations needed. Occupancy limited to 40.
An Autumn Tea Luncheon will be held at noon Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Eckhart House, 810 Main St., Wheeling. Traditionally served full luncheon tea fare is offered, including assorted tea sandwiches/savories, scones with sweet cream and jam, fresh fruit, sweets and gourmet tea. $20. Reservations required; call 304-232-5439.
‘I YAM WHAT I YAM’
Mystery Theatre Unlimited presents “Popguy the Sailor Man,” the 50th collaboration between writers Butch Maxwell and Bert Furioli. The iconic tough seafarer has disappeared. His hamburger-loving friend, Gimpy, has moved into his house, and his girlfriend, Olive Mohel, is about to marry his rival, Bruto. “Popguy” will be performed on Sept. 26, Oct. 10 and Nov. 7 at the Vue Bar and Grill in Grand Vue Park, Moundsville, and on Oct. 17 and Nov. 14 at River City. For reservations and information about performances at River City, call 304-233-4555; for the Vue, call 304-810-2778.
LUNCH WITH ARCHIVES
“Floods, Fires and Storefronts: Photographing Wheeling’s History” is the topic of Lunch With Books, at noon Tuesday, Oct. 1, at the Ohio County Public Library. In celebration of Wheeling 250 and in conjunction with Archives Month, the OCPL’s Local History and Archives Team will explore how commercial photography, as well as floods, fires and disasters, have helped preserve Wheeling’s story in images. The program will also mark the opening of a special exhibit in the Library Auditorium featuring photographs of Wheeling between the 1930s and the 1960s taken by two generations of photographers, Dick Cress and his father, William Cress. 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
Wheeling Heritage invites North Wheeling residents to share their stories as part of the Wheeling Heritage Center Pop-Up Museum project. Residents are encouraged to bring items they’d like to share with the community to the Empress Emporium, 700 Main St., Wheeling. The event is set for 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2. A “pop-up museum” is an informal and temporary one-day exhibit created by the community that seeks to bring people together in conversation. Participants bring items, write labels and put them out for display and discussion. Any object that tells a story can be displayed. It does not need to be a relic of a long-ago era; it can be something more contemporary that speaks to some aspect of the Wheeling experience, both personal and community-wide.
PAINT AND PIANO
Pocket Vinyl, a duo consisting of a piano slammer and a live painter, will create a work of art on stage while the music plays, at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at Nail City Record, in Wheeling. The artwork will be auctioned off after the event.
ART CELEBRATES WHEELING
As a part of Wheeling 250th celebration, Celebrate Wheeling Art Exhibition invited artists to create work that interprets Wheeling through their eyes. The exhibit, to be displayed at the 3rd Floor Loft Gallery at the Wheeling Artisan Center, opens with a reception at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, and continues through Oct. 31. Participating artists include Adam and Beth Bedway, Betsy Cox, Brian Fencl, Daniel Finsley, Al Fitzpatrick, Cheryl Ryan Harshman, Katie Holt, Natalie Kovacs, Eric Price, Jes Reger, Cecy Rose, Greg Siegwart, Georgia Tambasis, Lambros Tsuhlares, Robert Villamagna, April Waltz, Herb Weaver, Katie Welch and Alex Wright.
Music for grownups (aged 35 plus) will be featured on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 9 p.m. to midnight as Undo’s Elm Grove presents the diverse sounds of the Deep State band, a group that specializes in familiar yet not-often-performed popular songs with unusual instrumentation, including a clarinet. The band plays music ranging from Alabama Shakes to Warren Zevon and from the Archies to Bill Withers. Undo’s is located at 2153 National Road, Wheeling.
DOWN THE ROAD …
• Season tickets are on sale now for the Broadway at The Capitol season. The season begins Oct. 7 with “Beautiful, the Carole King Musical.” That is followed by “Buddy, the Buddy Holly Story,” on Feb. 21; “An American in Paris,” April 21, and “The Color Purple.” Two special shows, “Jersey Boys,” Oct. 23, and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” on Dec. 17, are also scheduled. 304-233-4470
• Bishop Michael Curry, known for his sermon at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan, is coming to Wheeling to join in celebrating the 200th anniversary of the founding of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Wheeling, at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at WesBanco Arena. Doors open at 2 p.m. $5 adults/$1 children under 12. Tickets can be purchased at the WesBanco Arena Box Office or online.
UP THE ROAD …
• The 56th Barnesville Pumpkin Festival kicks off at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, and continues through Sunday, Sept. 29. Food, entertainment, pumpkins, contests, a car show, a parade and more await visitors to Barnesville.
• The Brooke Hills Playhouse production of Ken Ludwig’s award-winning comedy, “Lend Me a Tenor” will be staged at 8 p.m. Sept. 27-28 with a 2 p.m. matinee Sept. 29. “Lend Me a Tenor” is set during a 1934 Cleveland Grand Opera production featuring the temperamental Italian tenor Tito Merelli in the lead role. A series of hilarious mishaps and misunderstandings put the performance, the opera company and Tito’s marriage in mortal danger before the inevitable happy ending. Reservations for “Lend Me a Tenor” are available by calling or texting the Playhouse at 304-737-3344.
• Skyflight Productions presents an evening with Mink’s Miracle Medicine, Friday, Sept. 27, at the Albert S. George Youth Center, Barnesville, Ohio. The Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, band is Melissa Wright and Daniel Zezeski. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m., and the show will begin at 8 p.m. $10. 423-276-2653 or 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.