FREE TO BE YOGI
The fifth annual Free to Be Yogi, hosted by Happy Goat Yoga, is set for Saturday, May 18, at Grand Vue Park, Shelter 5. Enjoy demonstrations, mindfulness crafts, local goods for sale, and healthy snacks and drinks. Special sessions include: 10 a.m. Mindfulness Hike with Carrie White or Fun Trail Run Johnny Haught; 11 a.m., Intro to Acro Yoga with Danielle and Justin Miller of Yoga House; noon, Community Yoga Jam with all Happy Goat Yoga teachers; and 7 p.m., Full Moon Sound Bath with Chelsey Keding of Shine Your Sound. The event is free to the public, and all ages are welcome.
Music director finalist Silas Huff will conduct the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra’s season finale, “Fate and Triumph: Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 17, at The Capitol Theatre. Guest artist Soyeon Kate Lee will be the featured guest artist, performing Mozart’s exciting Piano Concerto No. 21. The reportoire will also include the work of American composer Kenneth Fuchs, and Tchaikovsky’s heroic and vigorous Fourth Symphony brings the program to a rousing conclusion. Patrons can hear a free “Concert Talk” at 6:30 p.m. when Huff and other guests will offer an informative and intriguing look at the story behind the music to be presented that evening. Immediately following the performance, attendees are invited to stay for a free post-show reception with Maestro Huff and other members of the symphony orchestra. Tickets can be purchased online at wheelingsymphony.com, by phone at 304-232-6191, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or in person at 1025 Main St., Suite 811, Wheeling.
3rd FRIDAY FUN
• Outside at Centre Market, hear Hit Play at the 3rd Friday Street Party from 7-10 p.m, Friday, May 17. This concert will kick off the 2019 Centre Market Outdoor Concert Series. The stage will be situated near Smart Centre Market. Those 21+ can purchase a wristband, which includes the first glass of wine or beer. Proceeds from wristband sales from this concert will benefit the Children’s Museum of the Ohio Valley. Seating is limited; guests can bring chairs. Some Centre Market businesses will be open late for the event. The Soup Shack will be selling hot dogs and snacks outside during the event. Restrooms will be open in the Upper Market House for the duration of the concert. For more information, call the Centre Market main office at 304-234-3878.
• Inside at Centre Market, The Pussyfooters will perform at 3rd Friday at Artworks Around Town on Friday, May 17. Made up of musicians Jeremiah Welch, Howie Haught and Todd Hager, the group will perform from 7-10 p.m. in the newly refurbished gallery area in the Centre Market house. There is no charge, but donations are welcome, and will go to the musicians. Light refreshments will be available for purchase. Also featured will be Ananga Martin.
A unique blend of classic rock, folk and country, along with some original music, will be featured Saturday, May 18, as Undo’s Elm Grove presents an evening with Vic Trip. The singer/songwriter has been entertaining people from the Gulf of Mexico to Michigan for decades, and while he will play primarily familiar music, he will also feature some songs from his latest album, Reverse Osmosis. The music starts at 9 p.m. Undo’s is located at 1253 National Road, Wheeling.
Skyflight Productions will present The Sea The Sea on Tuesday, May 21, at The Grange Hall in Barnesville. The Sea The Sea is an Upstate New York-based indie folk-pop duo-band featuring what Huffington Post calls, “two of the loveliest male-female voices you might ever hear this or any other year.” Mountain Stage host Larry Groce calls them “ready to take their place among the best young male/female duos now performing.” Their 2016 release, the six-song EP, In the Altogether, recently earned features by Apple Music including Best of the Week and A-List Singer/Songwriter. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m., and the show will begin at 8 p.m. $10. 423-276-2653 or Skyflight Productions on Facebook.
The world’s dumbest private detective bungles his way through an incompetent investigation of a shady Hollywood agent — leading to laughter and music parodies in Mystery Theatre Unlimited’s original interactive musical comedy murder-mystery, dinner-theater show, “The Case of the Ms. and the Show Biz Whiz.” The play will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at River City Restaurant in Wheeling, and Friday, May 17, at The Vue Bar and Grill in Grand Vue Park, Moundsville. Performances take place in a dining room, with actors moving about among the tables. Audience members are encouraged to gather clues, talk to the characters and even question the survivors after the murder has occurred. Some audience members will also play small parts during the show. For reservations, which include a full meal, call River City Restaurant at 304-233-4555 or the Vue Bar and Grille at 304-810-2778; www.MysteryTheatreUnlimited.com
Join the Left of Centre Improv Players for a night of improvisational comedy at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Theatre. Under the direction of Towngate Theatre director Tim Thompson, the troupe includes veteran performers and talented newcomers. There will be plenty of audience participation as these actors, armed only with adrenaline and their imaginations, invent characters and lines on the spot and turn audience suggestions into narrative stories that entertain and amuse. This show is intended for mature audiences; strong language is possible. $5. 304-242-7700; www.OIonline.com
Back by popular demand, Wheeling Park presents free summer drive-in movies. Grab a parking spot in front of the Wheeling Park White Palace at dusk for an old-fashioned drive-in experience. Drive-In movies take place from 9-11 p.m. on May 17, 31; June 14, 28; July 12, 26; Aug. 16, 30. Guests who prefer to float with a flick can dive into the Wheeling Park pool to enjoy the summer dive-in movie series from 9-11 p.m. every Saturday from May 25-Aug. 10. The cost of admission for kids ages 4-12 is $6.25 per person, and admission for guests ages 13 and older is $7.25. Movie screening is included with cost of pool admission. Dive-in movies may also be enjoyed free of charge from the upper level of Wheeling Park’s Stone Building. Drive-in and dive-in movie titles will not be published due to movie licensing constraints. However, guests are encouraged to visit the Wheeling Park Facebook page to participate in weekly movie guessing games, where they’ll be challenged to guess the movie titles for themselves. 304-243-4085; www.oglebay.com/wheeling-park.
BACK TO THE ’80s
Rock the Runway goes back to the 1980s with big hair and fashions, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Wheeling Park Memorial Ice Rink. $40.
Later Alligator will host Ohio Valley Writers on stage in the courtyard for an evening of drama, poetry and humor, at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 17. In their words, “extroverts will shine, introverts will squirm. We’ll have a drink and bare our souls. Don’t mess with writers. We’ll describe you.”
A staple of Oglebay Institute’s art exhibition season, Crosscurrents 2019 is open at OI’s Stifel Fine Arts Center. In its 40th year, this annual multi-media exhibition attracts some of the finest artwork from the tri-state region and features more than 80 pieces from dozens of artists. Crosscurrents 2019 can be seen free of charge from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays through June 28. Evening hours are dependent on classes and special events. 304-242-7700; www.OIonline.com
Sauvignon Blanc from France & Beyond will be featured at 6 p.m. Friday, May 18, at Good Mansion Wines’ weekly wine tasting. Sauvignon Blanc has its roots in Bordeaux and the Loire of France, but has manifested into different kinds of wine all over. The tasting will start with white Bordeaux and a Pouilly Fume from the Loire, then go on to California, South American and New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs. Served with cheeses and French baguettes, the tasting will be presented by the staff at Good Mansion Wines. $15 at the door, no reservations needed. Occupancy limited to 40. www.goodmansionwines.com
HISTORY POPS UP
See characters and events from history come alive as Wheeling 250 presents its Pop-Up History, a series of live storytelling events designed to bring attention to the forgotten history buried in our own backyard. Laurie Ruberg as the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra founder Eleanor Caldwell will be featured at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at The Capitol Theatre.
LUNCH WITH BOOKS
Lunch With Books will help Wheeling’s Post 1 of the American Legion — officially the oldest post in the United States — celebrate the centennial of its founding in France in 1919, at noon, Tuesday, May 21, at the Ohio County Public Library. The program will include a history of Post 1, artifacts, images, music and cake. 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
Christina Fisanick will share historical oddities from Wheeling’s most storied hotel, the McLure Hotel, at People’s University, 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 21, at the Ohio County Public Library. 304-232-0244; www.ohiocountylibrary.org
WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE …
Water, water everywhere, but not a drop fit to drink? Presented by West Virginia Wellness, Bill Cox of Warwood will share his story and journey back to health through the benefits of Kangen Water at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at the Ohio County Library. Cox of Warwood had been suffering from mysterious health symptoms for quite some time. He discovered the restorative powers of Kangen Water, a water created from the innovative water technology from Enagic Water Co. Not only do these devices filter the tap water, but they also produce ionized alkaline and acidic water through electrolysis. This waters can be used for various purposes, including drinking, cooking, beauty and cleaning. Thatsthespottherapy@live.com
UP THE ROAD …
• Billy Kidd has crossed the pond all the way from England to present her new, exclusive magic act, Bridging the Gap, now through June 23 at Liberty Magic, 811 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh. Kidd is the host of Discovery Channel’s Breaking Magic, Syfy’s Wizard Wars, Penn & Teller’s Fool Us and a regular on CW’s Masters of Illusion. She is the founder of Krowd Keepers, Bath, England’s very own weekly magic theater rated the No. 1 entertainment venue for four years running. Kidd is regarded as one of the pre-eminent sleight of hand and close-up magicians. 412-456-6666; TrustArts.org
• It’s the last weekend to see the Pittsburgh Public Theater production of the Tony Award-nominated play, “Indecent,” at the O’Reilly Theater. In “Indecent,” an ensemble of 10 actors and musicians follow the trajectory of Sholem Asch’s controversial “God of Vengeance,” the first play by a Jewish playwright to open on Broadway. It was created in 1906 when the Yiddish writer was 26 years old. As “Indecent” theatrically moves through time, we learn the story of a Jewish brothel owner who uses his profits to arrange a marriage for his daughter, until she falls in love with one of his prostitutes. “God of Vengeance,” which sketches the romance of these two young women and features a luminous scene of them dancing in an onstage rain, is a hit in Europe. But when it arrives on Broadway in 1923, the entire cast is arrested for obscenity. 412-316-1600; ppt.org
• The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust will present the 2019 EQT Children’s Theater Festival, Thursday, May 16, through Sunday, May 19, offering high-quality professional theater performances from around the world, including performers from Denmark, Mexico, France and the U.S. Highlights of the festival include six featured performances, free hands-on activities and experiences, a Frog Stop Scavenger Hunt and the world premiere of French artist Cyril Lancelin’s circle, circle, circle. This Festival experience is tailored to children of all ages, and includes sensory-friendly performances of Air Play. Festival hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday-Sunday. pghkids.trustarts.org/
• The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has announced the 2019-20 PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh Season, which collectively boasts more than 30 Tony Awards. The shows coming to Pittsburgh include: The Band’s Visit, Mean Girls, A Bronx Tale, Jesus Christ Superstar, Miss Saigon, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical and Escape to Margaritaville. Season specials include, Cats, Les Miserables, The Illusionists and Disney’s The Lion King. It has also been confirmed that Hamilton will return for the 2020-21 season; 2019-20 season ticket-holders who renew for the 2020-21 season will receive priority seating for the show. 412-456-1390; TrustArts.org/Broadway