EVENTS: Wheeling Is Drumming Up Things to Do


Roger Humphries, one of Pittsburgh’s most celebrated jazz legends, will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at Oglebay Institute’s Stifel Fine Arts Center as part of the popular Jazz at the Stifel series. Rated by music critics as one of the most exciting percussionists in the jazz business, Humphries has provided the rhythmic beat for such greats as Ray Charles, Horace Silver, Richard “Groove” Holmes, Stanley Turrentine, James Moody and more. Humphries has traveled the world in his career and has played at famed venues such as Carnegie Music Hall, the Village Gate and the Apollo Theatre in New York; the Bohemian Caverns and Shelly Manne’s Manhole in Los Angeles; the Jazz Workshop in Boston; Ronny Scott’s in London and many others. Roger is joined by his own RH Factor jazz quintet. $20. 304-242-7700;



The Wheeling Film Society kicks off its seventh season of screening and discussing classic Hollywood films with a free showing of the celebrated comedic masterpiece “Bringing Up Baby,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Theatre. A conversation about the film, led by John Whitehead, professor of film studies at Wheeling Jesuit University, takes place at noon, Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the Ohio County Public Library. Oglebay Institute, Wheeling Jesuit University and the Ohio County Public Library partnered to form the Wheeling Film Society. WFS events bring movie buffs together to watch and discuss classic films. All screenings and discussions are free and open to the public. 304-242-7700;


Murder, mystery and music lurk behind the scenes of a popular daytime drama in “One Life to Lose,” an original comedy dinner-theater production by the Mystery Theatre Unlimited. The show, which will open at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 13, at River City Restaurant, is set behind the scenes and in front of the camera of one of network television’s most popular and long-running daytime dramas. But recently, cost-cutting measures have mandated that one of the “above-the-line” actors will be cut from the show. Industry speculation suggests actor Carey MacDonald may finally get the ax because he is known to be a doddering has-been who can’t remember his lines. Some believe that the show’s aging matriarch, Academy Award-winning actress Katherine DePravia, is the most likely to lose her job. On the show, DePravia plays Anastasia DuBouis, the beloved grandmother to whom everyone turns, but off screen, she clashes with nearly everyone. Equally high in maintenance is actress Lucy Sushan. This perennial Emmy-loser plays Erica Payne — the sassy “woman you love to hate.” All this intrigue is further complicated when the cast is unexpectedly compelled to perform the show on live TV. Before it is all over, someone is murdered. The cast includes Kathy Baxter, Melody Meadows, Butch Maxwell, Karissa Martin, Dustin Heavilin and Evan Oslun. The show was written by Maxwell and Bert Furioli. For reservations, call 304-233-4555;

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The cast of Mystery Theatre Unlimited’s production of “One Life to Lose,” from left: Melody Meadows as Lucy Sushan/Erica Payne; Evan Oslund as Director Tyler Thwart; Butch Maxwell as Beau Brummel/Stone Stevens; Karissa Martin as Francine Genie/Lauren McSugar; Dustin Heavilin as Carey McDonald/Alfonso Dementia; and Kathy Baxter as Katherine DePravia/Anastasia DuBouis.


Skyflight Productions presents Laurel & The Love-In on Monday, Sept. 17, at The Albert S. George Youth Center at Barnesville Memorial Park in Barnesville. Their fusion of raw blues, rock and roll guitar solos, and 1960s girl-group inspired harmonies help to create a sound that is entirely their own. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m., and the show will begin at 8 p.m. $10. 423-276-2653 or find Skyflight Productions on Facebook.




A new book is offering inspiration and hope to many, thanks to Marshall County author Duane Clarke. Wasted Years: My Journey to Heaven will be in the spotlight when the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library hosts a book signing by Clarke, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 18. The book is a personal testimony about how his faith saved him from a 30-year gambling addiction. Clarke’s honest look at his life as a gambler and his account of recovery through his Christian faith offers a moving portrayal of one man’s transformation. In addition to his own experiences and guidance, Clarke’s book includes a section with writings by his father, the Rev. Russell Clarke, as well as a tribute to his son, the late Noel Clarke, Moundsville’s Fire Chief until his death in 2017. 304-845-6911;


Soft and lush, with abundant fruit, Merlot wines from Bordeaux and southwest France, to Italy, South Africa, South America and California, will be featured at the wine tasting at Good Mansion Wines, 6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 14. Wines will be served with cheeses and baguettes. $15 at the door.


Enjoy an outdoor wine tasting, food pairings and live music by Roger Hoard, at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept.14, at the Stifel Fine Arts Center. Wine selections include Evolution Red Blend, Crusher Pinot Noir, Old Soul Cabernet, Tiziano Pinot Grigio, Tropical Moscato and Custard Chardonnay. Each wine is paired with a dish from Ye Olde Alpha. $35. ($30 OI members.) 304-242-7700;


Join celebrity appraisers and auctioneers Tim Luke and Greg Strahm at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Sept.14, at the Mansion Museum in Oglebay for a social hour and benefit auction at Hammered With the Appraisal Guys. Bid on an exclusive collection of wines, jewelry, accessories, fine foods, gift baskets, dining experiences, resort packages and more. Catch up on the latest in the world of auctions, entertainment and pop culture with stories from Tim and Greg’s travels. A social hour and refreshments precede the auction. $25. 304-242-7272;