CELEBRATE CELTIC MUSIC & MORE

Kick up your heels at the annual Celtic Celebration hosted by Wheeling Heritage from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the Wheeling Artisan Center, 1400 Main St., Wheeling. The Artisan Center’s three floors will be filled with Celtic music, dancers, vendors, culture and traditional food offerings. A children’s activity area, presented by the Children’s Museum of the Ohio Valley, will take place on the second floor from noon to 4 p.m. The Celtic Marketplace, on the second and third floors, will feature a selection of Celtic merchandise including clothing, pub shirts, glasses and signs, jewelry, photography, honey mead wines and much more. The entertainment lineup includes: 11-11:45 a.m: Matt Smith; noon-1 p.m: Macdonald Pipe Band of Pittsburgh; 1:15-2 p.m: Burke Conroy School of Irish Dance; 2:15-3 p.m: Gallowglass; 3:30-4:30 p.m: Terry Griffith; 4:45-5:30 p.m: Rich Patrick; 6-7:30 p.m: Brigid’s Cross; 8-9 p.m: Mike Gallagher; 9:30-11 p.m.: The Wild Geese. Admission is $7 per person. Children 12 and under are admitted for free. 304-232-3087; wheelingheritage.org.

THE JIG IS UP

Get a head start on the Celtic Celebration with Gallowglass and The Jig Is Up at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 1, at West Virginia Independence Hall, 16th and Market streets, Wheeling. Enjoy an evening of traditional Celtic songs and tunes in the historic courtroom on the third floor. The young and local musical duo, The Jig Is Up, opens the evening followed by the seasoned sound of Wheeling’s own Gallowglass.

GALLOWGLASS

THE GREATEST SHOW!

It’s “The Greatest Show” as Linsly presents the 81st annual Extravaganza performance at 8 p.m. Friday, March 1, at The Capitol Theatre. With a much-anticipated opening act inspired by the popular musical, The Greatest Showman, The Linsly Extravaganza promises to offer entertainment for the entire family. The longest running variety show of its kind in the Ohio Valley, the Linsly Extravaganza has become an annual tradition for generations of Linsly alumni, many of whom have children or grandchildren who will perform in their footsteps on the stage Friday night. All musical genres are featured in the show, with spectacular routines set to music from such famous shows as Mary Poppins, The Greatest Showman and The Pink Panther. The audience will also enjoy a variety of performances including fun novelty acts, talented Linsly student solo vocalists, the Linsly chorus and instrumentals from Linsly’s String Orchestra. 304-233-3260.

The Linsly School students are ready for Friday’s Extravaganza!

BLUES BROS. BLOCKBUSTER

Towngate Cinema presents the 1980s blockbuster “The Blues Brothers” on Friday, March 1, through Saturday, March 3, starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as Jake and Elwood Blues, characters developed from “The Blues Brothers” recurring musical sketch on the “Saturday Night Live.” The story is a tale of redemption for paroled convict Jake and his blood brother Elwood, who set out on “a mission from God” to save the Catholic orphanage, in which they were raised, from foreclosure. The film features musical numbers by James Brown, Cab Calloway, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and John Lee Hooker. Showtimes are 7 p.m. March 1; 4 and 7 p.m. March 2; and 2 and 4 p.m. March 3. $7. Tickets at the door. 304-242-7700; www.oionline.com

GALLERY HOP

Wheeling resident April Waltz will display her paintings at Artworks Around Town for the month of March, with an opening reception set for 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, March 1, in the Studio Gallery of Artworks in Wheeling’s historic Centre Market. Waltz, who considers painting to be her main strength, holds a bachelor’s degree in fine art and a minor in psychology. Waltz has exhibited and participated with many art groups including Oglebay Institute’s Stifel Fine Arts Center, Tamarack, Wheeling Artisan Center and Steubenville Art Association. She is a former member of Artworks as well and is a Signature Member of the West Virginia Watercolor Society. The North Gallery will feature artwork of clients of the Sexual Assault Help Center. Artworks Around Town is located at 2200 Market St.

April Waltz is expanding her creative horizons to include digital photography and social media and has found an audience, on Instagram mainly, with a very particular interest in hair. Waltz is known on Instagram as aprilskytom and on Youtube as April Rapunzel.

THE ART OF HEALING

Oglebay Institute’s The Art of Healing exhibition opens Thursday, Feb. 28, with a free reception from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Stifel Fine Arts Center. The exhibit explores the therapeutic power of the creative process to address the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of cancer patients and their loved ones. Through drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and written word, artists chronicle their journeys from a variety of perspectives and offer powerful, visual portrayals of the emotional impact associated with a physical illness. The exhibition evokes a better understanding of the everyday challenges of those affected by cancer, honors the lives and memories of those fighting the disease and illustrates how art provides a sense of healing, belonging and relating in situations filled with uncertainty. Check out Weelunk’s story here. The exhibit is on display through April 19. oionline.com

SLAM, DUNK

The 2019 Mountain East Conference Basketball Tournament presented by The Health Plan is set for March 6-10 at WesBanco Arena, 14th Street, in Wheeling. Women’s basketball starts things off at noon with the men starting at 6 p.m. on March 6. Matchups continue every day through Sunday with the women’s championship at 1 p.m. and the men’s championship at 3:45 p.m. March 10.

PEANUT BUTTER & TEA

The Eckhart House will host a Peanut Butter Tea at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2, in celebration of National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day. The menu includes scones served with sweet cream and jam, assorted confections and gourmet tea. The event is open to the public, and reservations are required. 304-232-5439

ART TO DYE FOR

Wheeling artist Eric Dye will exhibit his work in a solo art show at the Grave Creek Mound Museum complex during the month of March. Join him as he hosts an opening reception from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 2. The show will feature his recent work in pastels, as well as an oil painting and a few sculptures. Museum quality Giclee reproductions will be available as well as note card sets picturing many of his works including those created for the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra’s 88th season last year. His story is featured here.

“APPALACHIAN RHAPSODY”

LUNCH WITH BOOKS

In celebration of Wheeling 250 and Women’s History Month, Margaret Brennan will discuss some of the accomplished medical women of Wheeling’s history, at noon on Tuesday, March 5, at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library. Three of Wheeling’s outstanding women were in the medical field, setting the standard for all who followed. Dr. Eliza Hughes (1817-1882) studied in Philadelphia and, in 1860, became the first woman graduate of any medical school in the soon-to-be state of West Virginia. Known as “Mother” Holliday, Lydia Wilson Holliday (1802-1899) served as a volunteer nurse during the Civil War at the Sprigg House Hospital, the Anthenaeum and the Battle of Winchester. Dr. Harriet Jones (1856-1943) was the first woman physician certified in West Virginia, opened a woman’s hospital in Wheeling, was active in eradicating tuberculosis, and became a force in the temperance and suffrage movements. 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

PANCAKES & JAZZ

Community Made Serenade music group will perform Mardi Gras-style jazz at the Christ United Methodist (Wheeling) Shrove Tuesday pancake supper, 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 5. While listening to popular jazz tunes, guests will be served buttermilk pancakes with maple syrup, sausage, applesauce, along with coffee, tea or lemonade. The Community Made Serenade group will play two sets during the pancake supper.

DOWN THE ROAD …

  • Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” is Broadway at The Capitol’s next production, set to be staged at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love — the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more — plus some surprising new twists. Hear some of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago” in this hilarious and romantic experience for anyone who’s ever had a dream. Visit the website for tickets.
  • The Eckhart House will host a Shamrock Tea Luncheon at noon Saturday, March 16. The menu will include assorted tea sandwiches/savories, scones served with sweet cream and jam, seasonal fruit, confections and gourmet tea selections. The event is open to the public, and reservations are required. 304-232-5439.
  • Make plans now to head to Oglebay Institute’s St. Patrick’s Day Craft Beer Event, at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 15, and celebrate like the Irish! The historic Stifel Fine Arts Center will be transformed into an Irish pub for an entertaining night of Irish-inspired fun, Irish ales, IPAs and stouts, Irish-inspired food and music by Gallowglass. $35 ($30 for OI members); 304-242-7700; www.oionline.com
  • Oglebay Institute’s Maple Sugaring Day takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 16, in the woods behind Camp Russel in Oglebay. Guests will watch maple syrup being made, learn about the tapping process, the history of maple syrup production and how to identify maple trees. They will taste fresh maple syrup during a hot pancake breakfast at Camp Russel. Crafts, storytelling and live bluegrass music are also part of the fun. Trail guides depart from the Camp Russel parking lot every half hour beginning at 9 a.m. The last group leaves at 12:30 p.m. The tour concludes with a delicious breakfast that includes pancakes, sausage, juice or coffee. Reservations are encouraged. $12 (members of OI receive a discount); 304-242-6855; www.oionline.com

UP THE ROAD …

  • Pittsburgh Public Theater welcomes back Ted Pappas to direct Lucas Hnath’s Broadway hit, A Doll’s House, Part, 2, March 7-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). 412-316-1600; ppt.org

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