VROOM, VROOM

The Ohio Valley Street Survivors in partnership with the Oglebay Good Zoo will host the 28th annual Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at the Levenson Shelter near the Good Zoo at Oglebay. Proceeds of the show will support the care and conservation of Good Zoo animals. Guests can admire beautiful, vintage vehicles while enjoying the shaded park setting. Prizes will be awarded to top show entries, as selected by a panel of judges. Guests are encouraged to stop by the Good Zoo all weekend long to explore the zoo’s new habitats including the African Adventure and the Wolf Wilderness.

DRIVE-IN MUSIC

Metallica will return to the stage for the first time since September 2019, and fans can take part in this historic, one-night-only event in the Ohio Valley. Metallica will be the first rock band to be featured in the Encore Drive-In Nights series, with a full set showing on Saturday, Aug. 29, at hundreds of drive-ins and outdoor theaters across the U.S. and Canada, including the Winter Drive-In in Wintersville. The concert will feature material from throughout the band’s near four-decade career and provide Metallica fans with an intimate, unique and truly memorable concert experience. For tickets, visit TicketMaster. Every ticket purchase, which admits one carload of up to six people, will include four digital downloads of Metallica’s “S&M2,” the long-awaited album documenting the two historic concerts that reunited the band and San Francisco Symphony for the first time in 20 years. The “S&M2” concerts opened Chase Center in San Francisco in September of 2019 and were the last time Metallica performed live in front of an audience. The Aug. 29 drive-in show also will feature a special guest performance by Three Days Grace, which will perform a special live show. Drive-in theaters are suited for social distancing and have been booming across the country this summer during the pandemic, despite the lack of new releases. In addition to the Metallica Encore Drive-In Night performance, the Winter Drive-In on Luray Drive in Wintersville is scheduled to bring new first-run releases to the big screens in the coming weeks.

RED VELVET

The Brooke Hills Playhouse will present “The Red Velvet Cake War,” a comedy by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, Aug. 28-30, at the Playhouse, located in Brooke Hills Park. Curtain is 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. “The Red Velvet Cake War” centers around the wild preparations for the Verdeen family reunion in the wake of a recent family scandal, a parade of eccentric Verdeen kinfolk, a looming tornado and a competition to make the best version of the title cake. Jones, Hope and Wooten’s comedies have graced the Playhouse stage for many years, most recently with “Farce of Habit” in 2018. The cast includes many veterans of the Playhouse and other area community theaters. Call or text the Playhouse at 304-737-3344 for reservations. Seating will be limited.

Brooke Hills Playhouse

Connie Wendel, left, Sheila Cavalette, center, and ReGina Pino rehearse for the Brooke Hills Playhouse production of “The Red Velvet Cake War,” a comedy by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten.

PEOPLE’S U

The current People’s University LIVESTREAM is titled The Struggle for Women’s Rights. The People’s University is a free program for adults who wish to continue their education in the liberal arts, featuring courses taught by experts in each subject that enable patrons to pursue their goal of lifelong learning. People’s University classes are held from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays on YouTube Live and Facebook Live.

• Class 2, Warrior Poets — Powerful Women in History, is set for 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27. There have always been women in the ancient past who transcended gender expectations and rose to dominate the headlines of history. How did they do it? Some were born to power and exerted it brilliantly like Empress Wu of China or Sorkhaktani, Queen of the Mongols. Others were angry and fought back, sometimes on the battlefield, like Boudicca of Britain and sometimes politically like Empress Pulcheria of Byzantium. Some women found authority in religion from monastic founders like Radegund of France to religious warriors like Joan of Arc. Finally, some women are remembered for their intellectual achievements like Hypatia of Alexandria or Lady Murasake of Japan. There are many paths to fame, and ancient women proudly walked them. Instructor Joyce E. Salisbury will introduce participants to some of these powerful women and hear their stories. Salisbury is professor emerita of history from the University of Wisconsin — Green Bay. She is author of many books and most recently has written and recorded courses for Great Courses and Audible, including “Warriors, Queens and Intellectuals: 36 Great Women before 1400” and “Ten Women Who Ruled the Renaissance.”

Class 3, Founding Mothers, is set for 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3.

From Abigail Adams, who famously instructed her husband to “remember the ladies,” to Phillis Wheatley, an ex-slave who became the first African American and second woman (after Anne Bradstreet) to publish a book of poems; Deborah Sampson; Mercy Otis Warren; Esther Reed, and others, the class will explore the lives and actions of the women leaders of the founding period of the United States of America. Instructor Jerra Jenrette is professor of history at the Department of History, Politics, Languages and Cultures at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. A veteran People’s University instructor, Jenrette previously led People’s University: World War II — Class 5: “On the Home Front and Abroad: Women in WWII” in 2018.

119 SOULS

On Monday, April 28, 1924, an explosion at Wheeling Steel’s Benwood coalmine took the lives of 119 men and boys, most of whom were recent immigrants from Southern and Eastern Europe. It remains the third most lethal coalmine disaster in West Virginia’s history. At noon, Thursday, Aug. 27, Seán Duffy will present 119 Souls: The Benwood Mine Disaster of 1924, and discuss how and why this tragedy happened. The talk will include a closer look at some of those killed and the loved ones they left behind. Duffy is adult programming director and local history specialist at the Ohio County Public Library and the executive director of the Wheeling Academy of Law and Science (WALS) Foundation. He has a law degree from the American University and has written or edited four books and numerous articles about Wheeling’s history, particularly focusing on immigration. He is a member of the Wheeling Arts and Cultural Commission, vice president of the West Virginia Independence Hall Foundation Board and editor of the Upper Ohio Valley Historical Review. The virtual event is part of the Cockayne Farmstead’s Hungry for History Summer Speaker Series.

LUNCH WITH A DANGEROUS MAN

Nelson Lichtenstein will be the guest at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 1, for Lunch With Books Livestream: Walter Reuther — The Most Dangerous Man in Detroit. Walter Reuther, the most imaginative and powerful trade union leader of the past half-century, confronted the same problems facing millions of working Americans today: how to use the spectacular productivity of our economy to sustain and improve the standard of living and security of ordinary Americans. As Nelson Lichtenstein observes, Reuther, the president of the United Automobile Workers from 1946 to 1970, may not have had all the answers, but at least he was asking the right questions. “The Most Dangerous Man in Detroit” vividly recounts Reuther’s remarkable ascent: his days as a skilled worker at Henry Ford’s great River Rouge complex, his two-year odyssey in the Soviet Union’s infant auto industry in the early 1930s and his immersion in the violent labor upheavals of the late 1930s that gave rise to the CIO. Under Reuther, the autoworkers’ standard of living doubled. Lichtenstein is distinguished professor in the department of history at UCSB, where he directs the Center for the Study of Work, Labor and Democracy. He is the author or editor of 16 books.

Lunch with Books

ISLAND FUN

Get ready for some island atmosphere! Every Thursday night through Sept. 3, enjoy Caribbean Nights at Schenk Lake, from 7-9 p.m., at Oglebay Park. Hear the Caribbean sounds of Josh Garrett on the steel drums. Enjoy pedal boats, fishing, walking trails or grab some ice cream at The Boathouse as you kick back to the tropical sounds of the islands. And while you’re there, enjoy extended mini golf hours for Mini Golf Under the Lights from 8-10 p.m. every Thursday, with discounted admission. Check out this link for more Oglebay events.

TAKE YOUR MAT OUTDOORS

• Join Generation Wheeling, in partnership with Wheeling Parks & Recreation, for a free outdoor yoga class at Market Plaza at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 27. Generation Wheeling’s own Betsy Sweeny will lead an all-level, beginner-friendly, slow-flow class. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, bring your own mat, blocks and any other materials for the practice. Safe social distancing guidelines will be followed.

Mansion Lawn Gentle Yoga is set for 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, at the Oglebay Institute Mansion Museum and hosted by the West Spa at Oglebay. Join wellness instructor Zach for this fun and inviting vinyasa sequence designed to cultivate focus, stamina, strength and flexibility. This class is especially great for beginners or those searching for the therapeutic benefits of yoga. Session is free of charge. Guests are asked to bring their own mat, towel and water.

DELIRIOUSLY FRAGRANT

The latest exhibit at the Oglebay Institute Mansion Museum explores “Orchidelirium” the fanatical Victorian-era obsession with collecting, cultivating and discovering orchids, through the work of Adelaide Flaccus Stifel. Born in Wheeling in 1884, Stifel took up the hobby in the late 1930s as part of an American and European craze that would make orchids the nexus of science, status and beauty. This exhibit explores her individual passion for orchids through paintings, cultivation and her own meticulous scientific records. “Orchidelirium” is on display through October. The Mansions of Oglebay Institute are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Single museum admission is $10, dual admission (Mansion and Glass Museums) is $15. Ages 17 and under are free and must be accompanied by an adult.

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