Happy Halloween! Watch out for witches, goblins and ghouls, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, during the City of Wheeling‘s official trick-or-treat hour. (The event was changed from Halloween because of expected inclement weather.)
WAR OF THE WORLDS REVISITED
Host “Or-Sean Wells” will lead a special edition of Lunch With Books in a reprise of the popular interactive re-enactment of the famous 1938 radio broadcast of “War of the Worlds” at the War of the Worlds Redux, noon on Thursday, Oct. 31, at the Ohio County Public Library. Various regular Lunch With Books attendees will take lead roles while smaller parts and sound effects will be provided by audience participation (not required, but encouraged). 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
Nail City Record will celebrate its second year in business with Halloween Extravaganza 3.0, a free street festival from 7-11:59 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, on Water Street. Come in costume, listen to live music, laugh at comedians (Chrissy Costa and Jonas Notaro) and visit food (Country Roads BBQ and the Wood Fired Pizza Company), beer and art vendors (Mimi Albon Designs, Hannah Wagner, Alex Wright and Jennifer Mull Stale). There will adult trick-or-treat, a costume contest and more. Bands to perform include The Pussyfooters, Concrete Teepee and TrailHeads.
Go if you dare to the Halloween Bash, from 8-11 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31 at the West Virginia Penitentiary. Your ticket purchase will take you through the prison’s dark halls into a section of the facility that confined some of the most depraved inmates ever hidden from the public. There will be games, live entertainment, music, a costume contest, raffles, refreshments, dancing and, of course, the prison itself. Costumes are encouraged. For more details, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 304-845-6200.
DANCING WITH THE STARS, OHIO VALLEY STYLE
Nine couples will dance for their chance to win the coveted mirror ball trophy at Season 9 of Dancing with the Ohio Valley Stars, presented by the Augusta Levy Learning Center, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2. This year’s lineup includes: Marshall County Magistrate Zachary Allman dancing with Ashley Martinez from Salsa Heat Dance Studio; BB&T mortgage loan officer and Assistant Vice President Adam Brothers dancing with Cassidy Sansone from Studio MC Performing Arts Centre; assistant chief with the Wheeling Fire Department, Tony Campbell, dancing with Alex Mitchell from Studio MC; WTRF morning anchor Brooke Chaplain dancing with Caleb Cooper from Studio MC; Harvey Goodman Realtor Scott Connors dancing with Mandy Doyle from Turn It Out Dance Academy; owner of SYNA (formerly Pyles Elite Sports Performance), Josh Pyles, dancing with Carly DiCola from Turn it out Dance Academy; Pickles Eatery and Bar owner Bobby Rys dancing with Taylor Lucas from Take a Bow Dance Centre; Wheeling Police Sgt. Josh Sanders dancing with Megan Campbell from Studio MC; and Wheelhouse Creative account executive Brandi Waligura dancing with 2015 star-turned-professional Walker Holloway. As a special added bonus … children who wear a costume to DWTOVS will receive a treat bag, and there will be a costume parade across the stage at intermission! Tickets ($30) are available at the WesBanco box office, at the door on the night of the event starting at 6 p.m. and online at www.augustalevy.org and www.capitoltheatrewheeling.com.
CALLING ALL REDHEADS!
The Wheeling YWCA will be celebrating and recognizing any and all redheaded men, women and children, from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Ohio Valley Redhead Festival. The event will raise skin cancer awareness that plagues the redhead population with fair skin. The proceeds from this event will be used to help fund programs targeting bullying directed at redheaded youth. Everyone is welcome to participate in the activities: Highland games, vendors, screening for skin cancer, face painting, games, contests and a presentation about the history of Scottish/Irish immigration to the U.S. More information by emailing email@example.com or calling 304-232-0511 Ext. 37.
‘LAW AND ORDER: FAIRY TALE UNIT’
Bring the whole family to Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Theatre production of “Law and Order: Fairy Tale Unit,” a hilarious parody of the popular TV series. The show will be staged at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1; 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2; and 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3. Tim Thompson, Oglebay Institute’s director of performing arts, has assembled a cast of 30 talented young actors from throughout the Ohio Valley. The play combines the conventions of the “Law and Order” series with twisted situations based on children’s stories. Almost every fairy tale is represented by a slew of characters including Cinderella, the Fairy Godmother, the Three Little Pigs, the Seven Dwarfs, Rumpelstiltskin, the Big Bad Wolf, Pinocchio and others. Cast members are: Jonah Hardway, Gabriel Alig, Alex Fabrizio, Griffin Harder, Eilidh Cowen, Jean Kalb, Patrick Ingold, Taylor Andrews, Will Medovic, Savannah Springer, Emily Blatt, Audrey Kenamond, Grant Kenamond, Isaac Martin, Keaira Merchant, Chloe Humway, Josie Figaretti, Patricia Jeffers, Grace Mull, Maliah Miskiewicz, Madeline Bradshaw, Jana Lu Schodzinski, Deuce Figaretti, Flannery Muscar, Cole Tarrant, Rylin Russell, Elaina Pusz, May Devine, Arabella Ross and Lily Ulrich. Tickets at OIonline.com, by calling 304-242-7700 or at the door, if available.
The official grand opening of Vigilant Books, 1900 Market St., is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2. All authors are invited to come and to help cut the yellow police “Do Not Enter” tape so everyone CAN enter the shop. Books from local authors will be displayed, along with banned books and books about Wheeling and the Ohio Valley.
A little bit country, a little bit classic rock … Singer/songwriter Vic Trip will perform at Undo’s Elm Grove Saturday, Nov. 2. The well-traveled musician performs a mixture of familiar classic rock, folk and country music, along with some selections from his latest album, Reverse Osmosis. The music starts at 9 p.m. Undo’s is located at 2153 National Road, Wheeling.
LUNCH FLIES HIGH
Wheeling’s Aviation history is the topic of Lunch With Books, at noon Tuesday, Nov. 5, at the Ohio County Public Library. The Wheeling-Ohio County Airport opened as Stifel Field in 1947, but Wheeling’s aviation history goes back much further than that. In celebration of Wheeling 250, Erin Rothenbuehler and Dale Rothert will discuss early airplane manufacturing companies, pilots, local airlines and famous visitors to Wheeling by air. 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
WHEELING IN LITERATURE
Beginning next week, People’s University at the Ohio County Public Library, in partnership with Wheeling 250 and the Upper Ohio Valley Festival of Books, presents Wheeling in Literature. In the first of the five-part series, author Keith Maillard will be featured via Skype at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, at the Ohio County Public Library. Maillard is the author of 14 novels, most recently “Twin Studies,” the winner of the Alberta Book of the Year Award in Fiction. Born and raised in Wheeling, Maillard has lived in Vancouver for most of his adult life. He has been a musician, photographer and journalist, and has taught creative writing at the University of British Columbia since 1989. The story of his new memoir, “Fatherless: a Memoir,” (WVU Press, 2019), begins with a phone call out of the blue: a lawyer tells a writer that his 96-year-old father, with whom he has had no contact since the age of 3 and whom he has twice tried to find without success, has just died, leaving him nothing. Half-reluctant, half-fascinated, both angry and curious, Maillard begins to research his father’s life. The result is a suspenseful work of historical reconstruction — a social history often reading like a detective story — as well as a psychologically acute portrait of the impact of a father’s absence. The story follows a trail that takes him from Vancouver to Montreal to his native Wheeling.
Kick off your holiday shopping while enjoying complimentary wine, snacks, activities, discounts and prizes at Ladies Night in Centre Market, from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6.
Wheeling Heritage presents the Ohio Valley Photography Club’s recent works on display throughout the month of November at the 3rd Floor Loft Gallery at the Wheeling Artisan Center, 1400 Main St. An opening reception for the OV Photography Club Exhibit is set for 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7.
VISIONS OF SUGAR PLUMS …
Step into a simpler time filled with sweet dreams and Christmas magic when the Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker dances into The Capitol Theatre at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7. With world-class artists, over 200 dazzling costumes, stunning sets, towering puppets and soaring birds, don’t miss your chance to ring in the holidays a little bit early with this acclaimed Christmas extravaganza. Tickets available online.
DOWN THE ROAD …
• Enjoy a cozy afternoon at the Eckhart House’s Holiday Tea Luncheon at noon on Saturday, Nov. 9. The menu includes freshly prepared tea sandwiches, scones served with sweet cream and jam, seasonal fruit, assorted confections and gourmet tea selections. The public is invited, and reservations are required. 304-232-5439; www.EckhartHouse.com
UP THE ROAD …
• Join Lee Terbosic, widely considered one of the foremost magical experts on Houdini, as he explores the mysteries surrounding the magician’s astonishing life and death in “The Life and Death of Harry Houdini” now through Nov. 17 at Liberty Magic in Pittsburgh. Houdini died on Halloween night in 1926. It seems quite appropriate that the world’s most famous magician should pass away on the year’s most “magical” day. Even more intriguing, Houdini was 52 years old when he died, the exact number of playing cards in a deck. Further, he was born 26 years before the start of the new century and died 26 years into the next one — as if his “life’s deck” had been deftly cut in half by Fate, the ultimate magician. For a full 10 years after Houdini’s death, his wife Bess conducted a séance on Oct. 31. These séances were always attended by the top names in magic, as well as personal friends of the great magician. Houdini had told Bess that if it were possible, he would send a message to her “from beyond” in secret code. Tickets are available for “The Life and Death of Harry Houdini” online.
• Also, back by popular demand, Lee Terbosic’s hit show, “In Plain Sleight,” returns to Liberty Magic for an encore performance, now through Nov. 24. The interactive performance of incredible magic, comedy, illusion, sleight of hand, mindreading and storytelling is all rolled up into a 75-minute show that will leave you wanting more. The audience becomes part of the show with several opportunities to participate in the deception. Terbosic’s mastery of decades-old magic traditions brings a new dimension to the world of parlor magic. An internationally touring magician, comedian, actor, daredevil and entertainer from Pittsburgh, he proves that anything is possible. For tickets to “In Plain Sleight,” click here.
• Quantum Theatre will present “Shakespeare’s Will,” Nov. 8 through Dec. 1 at the West Homestead United Methodist Church. William Shakespeare remained married until his death to Anne Hathaway, about whom the world knows little and wonders much. This contemporary play portrays a full-throated Anne in every emotional color imaginable, at the center of her own story instead of relegated to a footnote in Will’s; a robust exploration of feminist themes resonant even in the #MeToo present.