The Oak Ridge Boys will bring their four-part harmonies and upbeat, award-winning songs to The Capitol Theatre, at 7 p.m. Friday, March 22. Their string of hits includes Elvira, Bobbie Sue, Dream On, Thank God for Kids, American Made, I Guess It Never Hurts to Hurt Sometimes, Fancy Free, Gonna Take a Lot of River and many others. In 2009, they covered a White Stripes song, receiving accolades from rock reviewers, and in 2011, they re-recorded a 30th-anniversary version of Elvira for a Cracker Barrel Old Country Store project. The group has scored 12 gold, three platinum and one double platinum album — plus one double platinum single — and had more than a dozen national No. 1 singles and over 30 Top 10 hits. Friday’s opening act will be the Wheeling Park Bluegrass Band. Tickets available here.
GOOD OL’ DAYS
Jump back into the 1950s with the Decades Party, 7 p.m., Friday, March 22, at Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack. Live music by Back in the Day Oldies. 1950s attire is encouraged! $15. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster or the Wheeling Island Gift Shop.
There are still a few days left to take advantage of the city’s inaugural Restaurant Week! Over 20 locally owned restaurants will feature price specials, free offerings with purchase or signature dishes. Read Weelunk’s story here, or visit the Facebook page or Facebook event for more information.
Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Theatre continues its main stage season with a production of Dion Boucicault’s Irish comedy/melodrama “The Shaughraun,” to be staged at 8 p.m. Friday, March 22, and Saturday, March 23. The story revolves around a wrongly accused convict, Robert Ffolliott, who has escaped from Australia and sneaked back into Ireland. He must escape various melodramatic cliffhangers from those trying to arrest him. He gets some help and comic relief from his faithful friend Conn — The Shaughraun, a fiddling, poaching vagabond who likes his whiskey and tall tales. $12.50/$11 OI members; 304-242-7700; www.oionline.com
IT’S A MYSTERY
The final public performance of Mystery Theatre Unlimited’s current show, “Rock ’em Dead,” featuring live original music performed by the actors, will be presented at 7 p.m., Friday, March 22, at the Vue Bar and Grill in Grand Vue Park, Moundsville. In the musical-comedy, murder-mystery, dinner-theater show, a rock band that once enjoyed great success, but dissolved in a bitter break-up, is poised to be inducted in the Rock Hall of Fame. The problem is the surviving band members must reunite, but they hate each other. For reservations, which include a full meal and the show, call the Vue Bar and Grille at 304-810-2778.
BROWN BAG TASTING
The Brown Bag Blind Tasting returns to Good Mansion Wines at 6 p.m. Friday, March 22. Staff members will cover up a handful of wines ranging in price from $10 to $100, you taste and guess, and at the end, they uncover and reveal. A blind tasting always strips your preconceptions on price and taste and is full of many surprises. Served with cheeses and French baguettes. $15 at the door, no reservations needed. Occupancy limited to 40. www.goodmansionwines.com
BROWN BAG LUNCHES
- The Ohio County Public Library’s Lunch With Books at noon, Tuesday, March 26, will feature Bob Smith, a mechanical engineer by trade and an inquisitive local historical hobbyist. He will display his artifacts and explain the procedures and local area historical research techniques used to make discoveries through metal detecting and searching the grounds of the Ohio Valley. A metal detectorist enthusiast, he concentrates his research on local older homes, buildings and sites. He has spent about 10 years on his hobby accompanied by family members and friends. Bob’s presentation will include personal experiences, explain techniques and artifact preservation procedures, display these artifacts, employ a PowerPoint presentation and answer questions of interest.
- A special Thursday edition of Lunch With Books is set for noon, Thursday, March 2. Titled Wheeling’s First Suburb: The Oldest Homes and Earliest Residents of North Wheeling, the program will feature Professor Dan Bonenberger of Eastern Michigan University. He will explain how he and his students have been combining digital technologies with traditional field and archival research techniques to identify the oldest buildings in the neighborhood and trace the history of their owners and occupants. The team has already identified about 60 homes in North Wheeling that likely date to 1850 or earlier. Their work for the Historic Landmarks Commission and State Historic Preservation Office continues through the spring of 2019. 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
There will be a screening and discussion of the documentary “Moundsville” with directors John W. Miller and David Bernabo, at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 25, at the CET Recital Hall at Wheeling Jesuit University. The movie depicts the economic and social changes impacting America through the perspectives of the residents of a small, local, rust-belt Appalachian city. Read a recent Weelunk story for more information about the documentary.
‘ART OF HEALING’
Renée Nicholson, a professor in the multidisciplinary studies program at West Virginia University, will discuss her work with Narrative Medicine and share her experiences working with Lacie Wallace during a public program at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at the Stifel Fine Arts Center. The program is free and open to the public. The lecture is part of “The Art of Healing” is a multi-media exhibit and lecture series taking place at Oglebay Institute’s Stifel Fine Arts Center. Light refreshments will be served beginning at 6 p.m. Reservations are requested and can be made by calling 304-242-7700 or logging on here. The exhibit includes drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and written word from artists throughout the United States and explores various ways art can be used in the healing process. “The Art of Healing” continues through April 19.
Join Wheeling Country Day School as it turns 90 in 2019! Celebrate: WCDS We Can Be Heroes Gala is set for 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23. Register here to attend.
- In celebration of Women’s History Month, West Virginia Northern Community College will host a Women in Leadership Lunch and Learn panel discussion at noon on March 25, on the college’s Weirton Campus, March 26 on the Wheeling Campus and March 28 on the New Martinsville Campus. Each event, which is open to the public, is free and includes lunch. The events will feature prominent women from each community who will share their journeys, keys to success and challenges as leaders. They will also take questions from the audience. The event will be moderated by Sara Wood, WVNCC student activities director. RSVP by calling 304-214-8917 or emailing email@example.com.
- Bravery, Courage and Determination” is the theme for “Celebrate Women 2019,” featuring an inspiring keynote address by PFC Jessica Lynch, U.S. Army, on Thursday, March 21, at the Shannon Hall Theater on the Ohio University Eastern campus. Sponsored by EQT, “Celebrate Women 2019” is free and open to the public. A networking and social hour, featuring complimentary hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, will begin at 4 p.m., followed by a panel discussion by local leaders at 4:50 p.m., and the keynote address at 5:40 p.m. The panel discussion will feature local women who found the strength to prevail over life’s obstacles. This year’s panelists are Amy Gamble, Loma Nevels, Stephanie O’Donnell and Vivienne Padilla. Visit the website for more information, or call 740-699-2503
Best-selling author David Sheff, who wrote the memoir, “Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction,” will be the guest lecturer at West Liberty University’s Hughes Lecture at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 28. His talk will offer a personal look at America’s drug crisis and will take place in College Hall. The heartbreaking story, released last fall, was made into a film starring Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet. It will be shown at 3 p.m., Sunday, March 24, at Towngate Theatre, 2118 Market St., as part of a special package available to VIP donors. The VIP pre-lecture dinner will be held at the Boyle Conference Center (ASRC) and cocktails begin at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 5:30 p.m. Sheff will attend the dinner. The lecture will be followed by a public book signing in the tBoyle Conference Center. Tickets to the movie also are available to the general public for a $5 donation on a first-come, first-serve basis. VIP donors are asked to contact the WLU Foundation at 304-336-5635 or visit wlufoundation.org.
DOWN THE ROAD …
- A History of Black Music in America: As part of the Wheeling 250 celebration, the Wheeling Arts and Cultural Commission, Wheeling Heritage and the YWCA Wheeling is hosting a journey through the history and contributions of black music in America. This trip through time will focus on the African American influence on the musical genres of our country. Starting with Negro Spirituals, it will follow the creative road map from jazz to blues, rock and roll to hip-hop and other genres between. Hosted by Ron Scott Jr., the program includes musical clips, local historical information and live performances from several incredible local artists, including Candi Gardner, Keith Creighton, James D Watts Sr., Ezra John, Lonnette Walker, Reggie Watkins, LaRon Carroll, Voices of Praise and Mr. Fancy Pants. This free event is set for 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 29, and will be held in the Capitol Theatre Ballroom.
UP THE ROAD …
- Skyflight Productions presents an evening with On The Sun, a Brooklyn, N.Y., band, on Wednesday, March 27, at the Albert S. George Youth Center at Barnesville Memorial Park in Barnesville. On The Sun makes sleek and modern groove music steeped in classic and contemporary soul, funk, Americana and R&B. The band has spent the majority of 2018 touring in support of its latest effort, Gratuity Not Included, appearing at a variety of music festivals including performances at SXSW, the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, Off the Record Fest and Sail Across the Sun. 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.
- Watch Wheeling native Michelle Duffy in her CLO debut as Millicent in “The Double-Threat Duo” now through April 28 at the CLO Cabaret in Pittsburgh. To make it on Broadway, you have to sing, dance AND act — in other words, you must be a triple-threat. In a city of triple-threats, Nina, Kenny and Jamison are unemployable. Nina sings, but can’t act to save her life. Kenny dances, but can’t sing a note. And Jamison, a classically trained actor, can barely point his toes. But who needs reality when you’ve got a dream? Don’t miss this musical comedy about finding your friends and playing to your strengths.
- Spend the evening with author Kevin Kwan: “Crazy Rich Asians” and the Power of Representation, at 8 p.m. Friday, March 22, at the Byham Theater in Pittsburgh. An Evening with Kevin Kwan kicks off the weekend-long 2019 Pittsburgh Humanities Festival in the Cultural District, spotlighting the celebrated author’s best-selling work and the need for proper representation in society. Kwan’s breakout debut novel, “Crazy Rich Asians,” has become something of a cultural phenomenon, topping bestseller lists worldwide, spawning two bestselling sequels and inspiring a No. 1 movie. Also the first romantic comedy from a major Hollywood studio to feature a lead actor and actress of Asian descent, the release of this film is now considered a watershed moment to many Asians and Asian-Americans. In this interview, Kwan discusses the (unanticipated) cultural impact of his novels and describes how the climate in many industries, particularly entertainment, is already changing. Discussing the wide spectrum and multiple facets of Asians around the world, Kwan also explores the unimaginable wealth disparity rarely discussed.
- Pittsburgh Public Theater presents Lucas Hnath’s Broadway hit, A Doll’s House, Part, 2, now through April 7, at the O’Reilly Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater’s home in the heart of Downtown’s Cultural District. In this play, the playwright imagined a sequel to Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. At the end of that groundbreaking play from 1879, the main character walks out on her overbearing husband and children. In A Doll’s House, Part 2, it’s 15 years later and Nora (Lisa Velten Smith) returns to demand that her husband, Torvald (Daniel Krell), officially divorce her. She also has showdowns with her now-grown daughter Emmy (Marielle Young), and the nanny Anne Marie (Helena Ruoti). 412-3161600; ppt.org
- 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; TrustArts.org/Broadway