EXTRAVAGANZA!

The 82nd annual Linsly Extravaganza is set for 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at The Capitol Theatre. Don’t miss this all-school event as students sing and dance their hearts out. Broadway, pop, rock, comedy, variety acts, instrumental pieces and more will be featured in the show. Tickets online or by calling 304-233-3260.

INK, FEATHERS, ANTLERS, FUR

The “Ink, Feathers, Antlers, Fur” art exhibition is on display at West Liberty University’s Nutting Gallery through March 19. Featuring images of nature, the exhibition includes the screenprints and ink drawings of Wheeling artist Logan Schmitt. His fascination with nature and the small places of the forest are ever-present in his work, and he relies on these for a source of inspiration. He is known for his posters for bands and T-shirt designs. The Nutting Gallery is open from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. Evenings and weekends are by arrangement only. 304-336-8006

LAUGH, OGLEBAY, LAUGH

LOL Saturday, Feb. 29, when renowned comedians will transform Oglebay’s Pine Room into an uproarious sea of laughter for a Leap Day comedy show so good it only comes around every four years. Oglebay welcomes to its stage accomplished jokesters who have graced the spotlights of Conan, Letterman, Colbert, Last Comic Standing and Comedy Central. Featured comics include Andy Hendrickson, a graduate of West Virginia University who started his comedy career in New York and has become a national headliner. Additional acts include New York comics Steven Rogers and Caitlin Peluffo who have both appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, as well as long-time Pittsburgh comedy fixture Collin Chamberlin. Doors open at 7 p.m. Comedy begins at 8 p.m. $25.

ON STAGE

West Liberty University’s Hilltop Players is performing the disturbing drama “Keely and Du” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, through Saturday, Feb. 29, and at 3 p.m., Sunday, March 1, in Kelly Theater, located in the Hall of Fine Arts. The audience is limited to 39 seats on a set built on the stage that creates a sense of being trapped. Adjunct Professor of Theater Maggie Balsey is the director of the contemporary play that concerns the topics of rape and abortion. Tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets and at the door. For more information,  email maulick@westliberty.edu.

Keely (Alexis Woodard), left, is embraced by Du (Maura Reiff) in a dramatic scene from “Keely and Du.”

PENGUIN NIGHT

It’s Penguins Night when the Wheeling Nailers play the Cincinnati Cyclones, Saturday, Feb. 29, at WesBanco Arena. Get your photo taken and an autograph from former Pittsburgh Penguins center and 2009 Stanley Cup champ Max Talbot during a meet and greet from 7:15-9:15 p.m. in the main lobby. Doors open at 5 p.m., puck drop at 7:05 p.m.

SEUSSICAL SCIENCE

Enjoy some Seussical Science at the Schrader Center at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 29. Read stories by Dr. Seuss. Then, honor his work with STEM projects — make some Ooblek slime, have an egg drop and plant some Lorax-inspired seeds. The event is open to children in grades one through six. $12 ($10 OI members). Call 304-242-6855 or register online.

WINTER BLUES

BluesDays at River City returns on three Sundays in March. Set to appear are John Németh and the Blue Dreamers, Sunday, March 1; Nick Schnebelen (formerly of Trampled Under Foot), Sunday, March 15; and Albert Castiglia, Sunday, March 22. River City is located at 1400 Main St. in the Wheeling Artisan Center. Tickets on the Heritage Music website.

John Németh

AUSTRALIA, SOUTH AFRICA REVISITED

Shiraz, cabernet, chenin blanc, chardonnay and more from the other side of the globe will be pouring at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at Good Mansion Wines. Spicy, bold and chewy reds, and spicy and bright whites will be served with imported cheeses and breads. $15, no reservations needed.

LIGHT COUNTRY

Undo’s Elm Grove will present an evening of light country music by singer/guitarist Stevie Lynn from 8-11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29. Lynn has been singing and playing acoustic guitar for several years around the Ohio Valley. She performs country songs through the ages, such as Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, the Dixie Chicks and Miranda Lambert. Undo’s is located at 1253 National Road, Wheeling.

Stevie Lynn

INDOOR GARDENS

Leap Out of Your Winter Blues With Indoor Gardening from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, at the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex. Activities will be presented by Jocilyn Depetro, program assistant, WVU Extension Service, Marshall County, Ohio County Master Gardeners and Trainees, and museum volunteers. Win prizes, repurpose newspapers to make pots, start seeds or make a sprout house, take home seeds and more.

SWEET & HOT

Warm up at the Maple Campfire, at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, at the Schrader Environmental Education Center. Maple sugaring season provides an opportunity to sweeten up our world! In this tasty program, participants will slow bake sweet potatoes in the coals of the campfire, and then enjoy them with a drizzle of maple syrup from the Schrader sugar bush. Crispy bacon and maple-glazed nuts round out the delectable menu. Pre-registration required. Call 304-242-6855 or register online.

THE RIGHT TO VOTE

Join Dr. Katharine Antolini at Lunch With Books when the topic of West Virginia and the 19th Amendment: 100 years is explored, at noon on Tuesday, March 3, at the Ohio County Public Library. Antolini is a professor of history and gender studies at West Virginia Wesleyan College. The amendment was ratified by the state of West Virginia on March 10, 1920, and ratified nationally on Aug. 18 of the same year. Antolini will examine the arguments against women’s suffrage that defeated the state referendum in 1916 and almost prevented its passage in West Virginia four years later. Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch, and complimentary beverages are provided. 304-232-0244  

BEETHOVEN & BREWS

Celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday with a special WSO on the GO! Grab a brew and listen to WSO on the GO’s Clarinet Quintet as they play some unforgettable music written by the world’s greatest composer, 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, at Brew Keepers. Free and open to the public.

NO STRINGS ATTACHED

The West Liberty University Wind Symphony spring concert is set for will 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, at St. Mark Lutheran Church. The concert will be conducted by Dr. Gretchen L. Pohlman and will feature special guest conductor Professor Patrick Garrett. Repertoire for the concert will consist of Gustav Holts’ “First Suite in E-Flat,” “Held Still in the Quick of Grace” by Jack Stamp, “A Time To Dance” by Julie Giroux and “Manatee Lyric Overture” by Robert Sheldon.

EXPLORE AGING

Oglebay Institute will present “Presence: An Exploration of Aging Through Art,” a project that examines the universal, yet intensely personal, experience of growing old. Join the artists for a free opening reception from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5. Through painting, photography, sculpture, written word and mixed media, artists from throughout the U.S. explore a broad range of perspectives — from thriving lifestyles to the harsher realities of aging. “Presence” provides insight into the physical and mental aging process, challenges us to rethink how we perceive age, highlights the therapeutic benefits of the creative process and examines the role of elders in our society. A series of learning and community-building events take place in conjunction with the art exhibition. Programs explore the various facets of aging and how art can play a role in that experience. The exhibit is on display through April 25 at the Stifel Fine Arts Center.

WEDDING SHOWCASE

Head up to Oglebay’s Banquet View rooms for the Oglebay Wedding Showcase from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 1, for a one-stop wedding shopping experience. From rehearsal dinner to ceremony, reception and farewell brunch, the park’s wedding specialists will guide you through every step of the way. Sample hors d’oeuvres, taste cakes from the bakery, and check out the tablescape designs. Wedding vendors also will be on hand at the event.

DEADLINE APPROACHES FOR STUDIO TOUR

Are you a local artist interested in opening your studio as part of the Wheeling Arts & Cultural Commission self-driving studio tour? Participants use a map to visit the studios of participating artists. In past years, there has been a broad range of artisans such as painters, woodworkers and a quilter, among others. Participating artists are given creative freedom in how to present their studio and artwork, but the commission requests the artists to show the public the creative process, which typically means doing live demonstrations throughout the day, displaying completed works of art, allowing guests to walk around the studio and answering questions. Some past artists have allowed the public to try their hand at creating works of art. The tour is set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 25. Application fee is $25, and the deadline to apply is Saturday, Feb. 29. Apply here.

DOWN THE ROAD …

• Catholic Charities West Virginia’s 10th annual gala, titled “Shining a Light on Hope,” will be celebrated from 6-10:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, at Wheeling Park’s White Palace ballroom. The evening’s entertainment will be provided by the band Hit Play. The popular cover group blends top hits from the ’80s and ’90s, as well as current dance favorites. Tickets, at $100 per person, include a cocktail reception, dinner and dancing. 304-905-9860

UP THE ROAD …

• Rich and Cindy Greenlee will be exhibiting their nature photographs and quilts at the Ohio University Eastern Art Gallery, 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.” 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.

• One of the biggest hits in theatrical history, “Cats” will come to Pittsburgh’s Benedum Center through March 1 as part of a multi-season North American tour. A season special, “Cats” is part of the 2019-20 PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Broadway Across America. Composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the record-breaking musical spectacular has captivated audiences in over 30 countries and 15 languages. This production features new sound design, direction and choreography. For tickets and information, visit the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s official website or call 412-456-4800.

Pittsburgh Public Theater will present the regional premiere of Christopher Demos-Brown’s Broadway and Netflix hit, American Son, March 5 through April 5, at the O’Reilly Theater. As American Son begins, it’s 4 a.m. in a Miami police station. Kendra (Bianca LaVerne Jones) is there because her 18-year-old son, Jamal, has not returned home after an evening out. All Officer Larkin will tell her is that Jamal has been “identified in an incident.” He says that it’s police protocol to wait for the morning liaison officer, Lieutenant Stokes, to provide more information. At the heart of the play is a conversation between two people struggling to build a vocabulary to address the challenges facing their family and community. For tickets call 412-316-1600 or visit ppt.org.

Bianca LaVerne Jones

• 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.

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