GRAB THE POPCORN
Wheeling Heritage and the YWCA Wheeling have joined forces to present the Ohio Valley Festival for Filmmakers of Color Friday, Feb. 7, at the Wheeling Artisan Center. The event begins at 5 p.m. with refreshments and mingling, and the films will be screened beginning at 6:30 p.m. The films will be introduced by each director or creative team before they are screened. Filmmakers being showcased include: Mikaya Green, Shawn Holmes, Miguel Angel Tapia Jr., Ron Scott Jr. and Marcellus Cox.
HOME & GARDEN
The place for ideas is the Wheeling Area Chamber Home and Garden Show, set for this weekend at WesBanco Arena. Hours are 3-7 p.m. Friday, Feb.7; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9. 304-233-4470
LIVE — LOVE — LOCAL
After the holiday season and in preparation for Valentine’s Day, it’s time to treat, pamper and love yourself at Live — Love — Local, set to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at Centre Market. Select Centre Market businesses will offer promotions and special treats throughout the day, including: Ash & Tin Boutique, champagne, sweets and sales, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Your Place or Mine Consignment, chocolates and wine, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; VC Wares will introduce its new line of bath, body and skin care products from Perfectly Pink, along with cocktails and specials; SMART Centre Market, free single scoop cone with $10 purchase, merchandise discounts; REStyle Consignment, sweet treats by Bakery 49 (recent Show of Hands winner) and storewide discounts, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Re’Decorate Consignment, cupcakes and Valentine treats, sales to range from $8-$800 off of eight pieces, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Under the Elder Tree, new herbal chocolates for Valentine’s treats, discounts storewide, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Paradox Bookstore, three paperback romance novels for $1 and/or two hardbacks from the dollar special section for $1, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Take a “Departure From Reality” at Artworks Around Town’s February show that features the work of photographers Giulio Cappelletti, Larry Travis and Len Smith. The month-long show kicks off with a free Gallery Hop reception from 5:30-8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 7. Artist who are teachers will be the focus of the student section of the north end gallery.
JAZZ AT THE STIFEL
The city has voted to read Tara Westover’s book, “Educated” over the next year. To get the pages turning, a Wheeling Reads Kickoff! event for Wheeling Reads: One Book, One Community, is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, hosted by Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Theater and the Wheeling Arts and Cultural Commission. West Liberty University English professor Scott Hanna will give a lecture on the impact of place in literature, followed by a short series of place-based readings by local writers, including Weelunk writers Christina Fisanick and Laura Jackson Roberts. To participate in Wheeling Reads, simply purchase or borrow the book and complete it before the finale event on Nov. 7, a part of the annual Upper Ohio Valley Festival of Books. The Ohio County Public Library has several copies of the book in multiple formats including digital and audio. For information, call 304-232-0244 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE DIVINE FEMININE
In this latest art exhibit at Clientele Art Studio, The Divine Feminine, artists will share their embodiment of the divine feminine to honor the many shapes, sizes, colors and styles of the female form. The Divine Feminine lives within all of us. Instead of upholding a gender binary, these masculine and feminine energies are a spectrum that we embody in our own unique ways. Gone are the days of one-size-fits-all beauty. Join Clientele Art Studio from 8-11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8. Don’t miss a special performance by The Prosers at 8:45 p.m. $5. Earlier on Saturday, get a sneak peek of the exhibit while exploring dynamic movement, soulful meditation and therapeutic soundscapes to deepen an eternal connection to the feminine divine within us all, during a yoga class to be led by Lindsay Schooler from Happy Goat Yoga. This is a donation-based class, with a suggested donation of $5 or more. Bring a yoga mat. Infused water will be available as a special treat after class.
BLACK MUSIC IN AMERICA
The Ohio County Public Library, in partnership with YWCA Wheeling, invites you to an afternoon of entertainment, education and great performances as they present A History of Black Music in America, at noon Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library. The program will take attendees on a journey through time, examining the contributions of black artists to American music. Starting with Negro spirituals, it will follow the creative road map from jazz to blues, rock and roll to hip-hop and other genres in between. Hosted by Ron Scott Jr., the program includes musical clips, local historical information and live performances from local artists, led by Ezra John Hamilton.
The Purple Madness — A Tribute to Prince, is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at the Wheeling Island Showroom. $15-20. Tickets available through the Wheeling Island Gift Shop or Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
MUSIC FOR GROWN-UPS
Singer/songwriter/musical stylist Vic Trip will present music for grown-ups from 8-11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at Undo’s Elm Grove. Trip performs a mixture of familiar classic rock, folk and country music, along with some selections from his recent album, “Reverse Osmosis.” Undo’s is located at 2153 National Road, Wheeling.
Make a Plantable Valentine at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Public Market. Let love bloom this Valentine’s day by giving a plantable card. At this free event, kids can make a card using wildflower seed paper. The recipient can plant the card and watch the flowers grow!
Nail City Record will host a High Fidelity Watch Party at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13. What could be better than watching a film about a guy who owns a record store and all of his romantic troubles, while you’re in a record store on the day before Valentine’s Day! Singles, couples and groups are all welcome. Bring some snacks, a blanket, a bean bag chair, your best friend or your significant other for a cozy evening.
COOK WITH KIDS
Join the Grow Ohio Valley Education team for a free Kids Cooking Class hosted by Public Market and Grow Ohio Valley from 5-6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at Public Market. Participants will make and eat a tasty dish with local ingredients. In this class, kids will have the opportunity to explore alternative protein sources with chickpea salad sandwiches and sample fresh winter greens in a garden salad. The class is designed for kids 10 and up — real cooking techniques and real tools, which may include (kid-safe) knives and heat sources, will be used. Contact the market with any allergy concerns. Reserve a spot on the event’s Facebook page so they know who’s coming.
DOWN THE ROAD …
• Favorite country and pop love songs from the 1950s through today will be featured at A Strand of Love Valentine Concert featuring The Ron Retzer Trio at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at the Strand Theatre in Moundsville. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available online or in-person at Ruttenberg’s, Moundsville Pharmacy, and Frame and Fortune in Moundsville. Tickets at the door if still available. $15
• The Wheeling Symphony Orchestra will present “Soulful — A Celebration!” for Valentine’s Day at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at The Capitol Theatre. The concert will feature guest artists Jeans n’ Classics with vocals by Gavin Hope, and conducted by Music Director John Devlin. “Soulful” will offer 50 years of brilliant R&B, Motown, funk, disco and pop material by 20 of the finest African American recording artists and performers from Smokey Robinson to Outkast, Stevie Wonder to Pharrell Williams, and Isaac Hayes to Seal. Prior to the concert, patrons can purchase a pre-show, prix fixe dinner, catered by Chef Rocco Basil in The Capitol Theatre Ballroom starting at 6 p.m. ($30) A special Valentine’s Day package with dinner and tickets to the concert is $50 per person. For reservations, call 304-232-6191, email email@example.com or visit the box office, 1025 Main St., Suite 811, Wheeling.
UP THE ROAD …
• West Liberty University’s Hilltop Opera in partnership with Striplight Community Theatre will present “Sweeney Todd: in Concert” at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 7, and Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Ashley Marie Performing Arts Center, 2850 Weir Ave., Weirton. An infamous tale, Sweeney Todd is an unjustly exiled barber who returns to 19th century London, seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which, he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett’s luck sharply shifts when Todd’s thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up. Tickets online or by calling Michele Crow at 304-336-8006, Monday–Friday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets will also be sold at the door.
• Skyflight Productions presents an evening with Golden Shoals on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at The Albert S. George Youth Center at Barnesville Memorial Park in Barnesville. Golden Shoals is the sum of two parts: guitarist Mark Kilianski and fiddler Amy Alvey. They are songwriters dedicated to honing their craft, both equally influenced by wordsmiths such as Gillian Welch and Townes Van Zandt as they are to authentic mountain musicians such as Roscoe Holcomb and Ola Belle Reed. After spending the better part of 2016 living in a camper van while playing shows across the country, they now call Asheville, North Carolina, their home. Instrument swapping is common during a performance — sometimes they don two guitars, other times switching to fiddle and banjo, all the while seamlessly blending their vocals as they sing songs infused with the vitality of the landscapes which they have traveled. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m.; the show begins at 8 p.m. $12. 423-276-2653 or Skyflight Productions on Facebook
• Rich and Cindy Greenlee will be exhibiting their nature photographs and quilts at the Ohio University Eastern Art Gallery, Monday, Feb. 10, through Thursday, March 5. The exhibit of their nature photographs and quilts is titled, “A Sense of Wonder: The Birds, Butterflies and Wildlife of OUE and Beyond.” The community is invited to attend an opening reception for the artists at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13. Proceeds of sales from the show will support the Patrick Wesley Murphy Memorial Scholarship, established in memory of the Greenlees’ grandson who died at the age of 2. “Our grandson Patrick was an inspiration to all who had the opportunity to know him during his all-too-short life of two years,” they said. “Patrick taught us the essence of being in the moment and taking time to reflect upon the little things in life whether he was intensely studying a twig he found under an old oak tree, checking out the workings of a pair of binoculars, or dancing to a fiddle tune on a wooden dance floor.” The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
• Explore 125 real mummies and related artifacts from across the globe in Mummies of the World: The Exhibition, on display through April 19 at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh. Only in Pittsburgh for a limited time, this blockbuster exhibition provides a window into the lives of ancient people from every region of the world including Europe, South America and Ancient Egypt, offering unprecedented insights into past cultures and civilizations. The exhibition enthralls guests with dramatic displays of the mummies and their personal stories, as well as state-of-the-art multimedia stations that take visitors on a 4,500-year journey to explore the mummies’ history and origins as well as how they were created, both naturally and intentionally.
• By visitor demand, National Geographic: 50 Greatest Wildlife Photographs, returns to Carnegie Museum of Natural History with 50 extraordinary images of animals in nature, through May 25. Exemplifying the publication’s unmatched legacy of artistic, scientific and technical achievement, the 50 Greatest Wildlife Photographs provide the perfect supplement for visitors exploring the museum’s acclaimed wildlife halls and engaging with its internationally renowned collections.
• Pittsburgh Public Theater presents the musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors, through Feb. 23 at the O’Reilly Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater’s home in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. In Little Shop of Horrors, Mr. Mushnik (Marc Moritz) struggles to keep his Skid Row flower shop open. One day, his nerdy clerk, Seymour (Carnegie Mellon University grad Philippe Arroyo), brings in an odd horticultural find. He names it after his co-worker, Audrey (Lauren Marcus), with whom he is in love. But Audrey is dating a sadistic dentist, Orin (Patrick Cannon), so Seymour must content himself with nurturing his little bloom, Audrey II. He quickly discovers, however, that this plant isn’t like any other. It can talk and sing! (Monteze Freeland, voice of Audrey II). It can also dance and grow to amazing heights (J. Alex Noble, puppeteer of Audrey II). The flower just needs one thing in order to thrive: fresh human blood. 412-316-1600
• Extraordinary voices! Spectacular sets! Energetic dancing! The heat is on when Miss Saigon hits the stage through Feb. 9 at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh. From the creators of Les Misérables, comes the story of a young Vietnamese woman named Kim who is orphaned by war and forced to work in a bar run by a notorious character known as the Engineer. There she meets and falls in love with an American G.I. named Chris, but they are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. For three years, Kim goes on an epic journey of survival to find her way back to Chris, who has no idea he’s fathered a son. A sensational cast of 42 performs the soaring score, including Broadway hits such as “The Heat Is On in Saigon,” “The Movie in My Mind,” “Last Night of the World” and “American Dream,” this is a theatrical event you won’t want to miss and you will never forget.