LOVE SOARS

Witness Ohio Valley native Megan Wilson and her husband Andy Parrish in Duo Quintessence, an incredible aerial act, high above the stage at The Capitol Theatre. Duo Quintessence will perform twice on Saturday, Feb. 15. The 1 p.m. matinee will be followed by a cookies-and-punch social. The 7:30 p.m. evening performance will be followed by a champagne and dessert reception. Both events, which are fundraisers for the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra and Wheeling Symphony Auxiliary, include a meet-and-greet with the performers. Tickets are available online or in person at the Wheeling Symphony box office, located at 1025 Main St., Suite 811, Wheeling.

Duo Quintessence

LOVE TO LAUGH?

Join the Left of Centre Players for a night of improvisational comedy at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Towngate Theatre & Cinema in Wheeling. These performers hit the Towngate Theatre stage without a script, props or a safety net. Armed only with adrenaline and their imaginations, they make up stories on the spot that entertain and amuse. Audience members offer suggestions for scenes, conflicts, characters and theatrical styles to contribute directly to the action on stage. Each performance is filled with creative comedy and laughs galore. Leave the kiddos at home — these shows are for mature audiences only. Tickets $5. Purchase online, at the door or by calling 304-242-7700.

VALENTINE’S DUEL

Enjoy the Dueling Pianos show as you dine on our delicious buffet-style dinner featuring sliced sirloin, chicken florentine, whipped potatoes and more at the Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack. $50; tickets at Ticketmaster or the Wheeling Island Gift Shop.

STRAND OF LOVE

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

A SOULFUL CELEBRATION

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 will be 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, send an email or visit the box office, 1025 Main St., Suite 811, Wheeling.

SOUND OF LOVE

Looking for a unique experience this Valentine’s weekend? Come to Under the Elder Tree Apothecary & Healing Arts Center for Sound of Love, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. Come with a date, friends or family to this sound bath meditation experience — a massage for your mind and spirit! Journey together to the vibrations and frequencies emitted by instruments and vocals, all while breathing in healing and soothing Himalayan salt. This meditation will take place in the Zero Gravity Chairs and is limited to 10 people. $35. Reservations required.

PARENTS — YOU’LL LOVE THIS!

Hey parents, are you looking to have a date night this Valentine’s Day? Postpone your plans for one day and send the kids to the Wheeling YMCA Valentine Overnighter on Saturday, Feb. 15, through Sunday, Feb. 16. Kids in grades K-6 can play games, shoot hoops, make arts and crafts, and more! Kids will even get to go swimming in the heated 25-yard indoor pool. The YMCA will provide pizza, snacks, drinks, movies and tons of fun. Children must bring a swimsuit, towel, pillow and sleeping bag. Children are not required to spend the night — early pick-up is available. The overnight begins at 6:30 p.m. Saturday; pick-up time is 8 a.m. Sunday. Register by Feb. 14. Call 304-242-8086 for more information.

WINE LOVES CHEESE

Fall in love with a glass of wine, as Good Mansion Wines in East Wheeling hosts a wine and cheese tasting at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, with an array of sparkling, still and dessert wines paired with rich blue and luscious triple crème cheeses. $15.

YOUR LITTLE DUMPLING

In an intimate class with the Public Market’s Chef Melissa, make fresh ricotta from scratch, roll the cheese into a Sicilian gnocchi, then share a three-course dinner with your loved one, from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14. Tickets $40.

CHAMPAGNE AND FORBIDDEN LOVE

Oglebay Institute invites you to a champagne tour of the Oglebay Mansion Museum at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14. You will hear true stories of the Oglebay family’s secrets, including a romantic engagement, forbidden love and the strength of the human spirit. The tour starts at 6 p.m. and includes champagne and chocolates. Take home a single rose as well as a glass “kiss” made in the glass museum studio. $75.

‘AT LEAST WE’LL HAVE PARIS’

Towngate Theatre will be open to movie lovers for dinner and a film featuring “Casablanca” — a famous story of lovers who can never be. Dinner will start at 6:30 p.m. with the movie beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14. $20 per ticket with dinner (reservations were required by 5 p.m. Feb. 12); $7 movie only.

LOVESTRUCK?

Planning a wedding? Don’t miss the Cupid’s Love Struck Bridal Show from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at The Capitol Theatre. Imagine getting your wedding planned in just one day!

A PERFECT PAIRING

Prepare to be entertained with live music and to savor a five-course meal with specialized wine pairings. The Stifel Fine Arts Center will host a Valentine’s Day dinner centered around the art of wine. This event begins at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14, at the Stifel Fine Arts Center located on National Road. $55.

ANTIQUI-TEA

The Eckhart House in North Wheeling will host a Valentine’s Day Tea, complete with finger sandwiches and pastries. Shop for a perfect gift for your loved one in the gift shop. Lovers, friends and family may enjoy a day sipping Earl Grey at noon on Saturday, Feb. 15. Reservations required.

FOR LOVE BIRDS

Join the Great Backyard Bird Count at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Oglebay Institute Schrader Environmental Education Center for this free and fun event that engages bird watchers of all ages. Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish). Anyone can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count, from beginning bird watchers to experts. You can participate from your backyard or anywhere in the world. Results will be sent to Audubon to be included in the national tally.

SWEETHEART OF A DINNER SHOW

The Honky Tonk Sweethearts Valentine Dinner Show will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at Undo’s West in St. Clairsville. Tickets online or by calling 304-233-5566.

Honky Tonk Sweethearts

MUSIC, MUSIC, MUSIC

Singer-songwriter Jule Carenbauer will perform a variety of familiar adult contemporary music along with select original music from 8-11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Undo’s Elm Grove. Carenbauer has been a solo acoustic player for years and has recorded two CDs will a full band. Undo’s is located at 1253 National Road, Wheeling.

ON THE RECORD

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.

LUNCH WITH BOOKS

Joe Trotter

Lunch With Books at noon Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the Ohio County Public Library, will feature the Ann Thomas Memorial Lecture with Dr. Joseph William Trotter Jr., the Giant Eagle Professor of History and Social Justice and past history department chair at Carnegie Mellon University. He is also the director and founder of Carnegie Mellon’s Center for African American Urban Studies and the Economy, president-elect of the Urban History Association and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His latest publication, “Workers on Arrival: Black Labor in the Making of America,” covers the last 400 years since Africans were first brought to Virginia in 1619. Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch, and complimentary beverages are provided. 304-232-0244

CULTURAL AWARENESS

West Virginia Northern Community College will host a cultural awareness workshop, titled “Six Things Every White Person Should Know,” by Ron Scott Jr. from noon-1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, on the WVNCC Weirton campus. The event is free and includes lunch, but those interested in attending must register in advance by Monday, Feb. 17.  Scott, Cultural Diversity and Community Outreach coordinator at the YWCA Wheeling, will speak on identifying racial prejudices, learning how racial biases can be counterproductive and realizing any demographic can lead to prejudices, bias and misconceptions. RSVP to Sara Wood at 304-214-8917 or swood@wvncc.edu no later than Feb. 17.

DOWN THE ROAD ….

• Forget feel-good — “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” is feel-GREAT! At 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, experience the drama, passion and excitement as a cast of talented actors and musicians tell Buddy Holly’s story — from his meteoric rise to fame to his final legendary performance at The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. Tickets: 304-233-4470, WesBanco box office 2 14th St. in Wheeling or online.

• The Junior League of Wheeling presents Affair with Mardi Gras Flair at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Wheeling Artisan Center. The evening will feature live music from Jukebox and the New Age Adenas, complimentary beer and wine, as well as heavy hors d’oeuvres. There will be various basket raffles, providing guests the chance to win prizes such as concert tickets, a beer party for 20 guests, a bed & breakfast stay at Omni William Penn Hotel, spa experiences and more. $30. Tickets available online.

UP THE ROAD …

• 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

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