WELL-VERSED

Join Oglebay Institute’s The Prosers for a special at-home presentation of original spoken word, Poems For Quarantine 2020. At 8 p.m., Friday, May 1, the poets will go LIVE on Facebook, each sharing works written during coronavirus quarantine. Stay safe and stay at home because The Prosers are coming to you.

I SPY LUNCH WITH BOOKS

Early in the Civil War, U.S. Marshall E.M. Norton arrested East Wheeling schoolteacher Ellie Poole on a charge of spying for the Confederacy. Jeanne Finstein will do a first-person presentation on the movie-worthy adventures that followed at Lunch With Books Livestream, noon-1 p.m., Tuesday, May 5.

CELEBRATE!

Adrian Niles will be live streaming from his home to yours at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30, to help Under the Elder Tree Apothecary & Healing Arts Centre celebrate its sixth anniversary. Niles is a singer, songwriter and guitarist who fuses the raw passion of folk and blues with the force and swagger of rock and roll.

Adrian Niles

SINGING FOR SUPPER, REDUX

Because of technical difficulties last Sunday, R.J. Gaudio will perform his Sunday Night Concert Series to benefit Weirton’s Community Bread Basket again. Tune in at 7-8:30 p.m. Sunday, May 3, for the Sunday Night Concert Series: Community Bread Basket Redux. The CBB provides food, clothing, rent and utility aid, help for young mothers and assistance to those applying for social services for the citizens of Brooke and Hancock Counties. Look for the donate button on the event page or visit the website for the mailing address.

“SUSPENDED AGGRAVATION”

Catch up on Weelunk’s original Wheeling-centric series, “Suspended Aggravation,” by Nora Edinger. Haven’t started it yet? Check out Chapter 1!

Suspended Aggravation

POETRY & MYSTERY

Just days after many states initiated public lockdowns to contain the spread of COVID-19 in March, the West Virginia Humanities Council launched “Poetry During a Time of Crisis: WV Poets on Community, Resilience, and the Power of the Arts,” featuring self-recorded videos of select published poets from around the Mountain State, reading their own work in their own homes. New poets are posted every Tuesday and Friday through the end of May. The videos are available on the council’s Facebook page. So too are “Mysterious Mondays,” a series of 20-30 minute audiobooks read by Eric Waggoner, council executive director, and Kyle Warmack, council program officer. Each week’s episode is a standalone story drawn from Melville Davisson Post’s 1918 compilation, Uncle Abner: Master of Mysteries, republished as a collaboration between West Virginia University Press and the Humanities Council in 2015. Post, a native of Harrison County who graduated from WVU and briefly practiced law in Wheeling in the 1890s, soon gave up lawyering to become a hugely successful mystery fiction writer in the early 1900s.

Both “Poetry During a Time of Crisis” and “Uncle Abner” are available on the Council’s Facebook page and YouTube channel, which can also be accessed through wvhumanities.org/programs/in-a-time-of-crisis. For more information, email warmack@wvhumanities.org, or call 304-346-8500 and leave a voicemail.

SHOP FOR MOM

Shop along with Three Labs Salvage for a fun, live event just in time for Mother’s Days gifts! Join the VIP Facebook group here and shop away, from 7-8 p.m. Thursday, April 30.

VIRTUAL TOUR

“Presence: An Exploration of Aging Through Art” examines the universal, yet intensely personal, experience of growing old. Through painting, photography, sculpture, written word and mixed media, artists from throughout the United States 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. Take the virtual tour here.

OI GETS SOCIAL

Oglebay Institute is helping to engage the community by using social media to provide online classes and activities that are free to the public. Activities listed below are accessible through OI’s Facebook page.

• Nature Time with the Schrader Center
Every day at 3 p.m. you can enjoy a short video on plant, animal or tree identification, feeding demonstrations and other cool nature-themed topics.

• Listening Through the Lens: The Musical Portraits of George J. Kossuth
The Museums of Oglebay Institute will digitally share George J. Kossuth’s photographic portraits that immortalized internationally renowned musicians, singers, composers and conductors who visited Wheeling in the early to mid-1900s. A different portrait and bio will be shared every day at 10 a.m.

• Storytime with Miss Cheryl
OI Director of Dance Cheryl Pompeo will read some of her favorite dance-inspired children’s books on Facebook every evening at 7 p.m.

• Online Dance Classes
OI’s School of Dance is offering free online classes through a private Facebook group. Classes include ballet, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, dance sampler and more. Contact Cheryl Pompeo through the Oglebay Institute Facebook page or at cpompeo@oionline.comif you are interested in joining the group.

• Online Art Instruction
Stifel Center Director Rick Morgan will provide online pottery instruction. Learn how to center the wheel, watch demos on making a mug, a bowl and much more. Director of Art Education Brad Johnson will share hands-on art projects that kids can do at home. Look for their lessons every Wednesday at noon.

• Towngate Memories
At 1 p.m. each day, Towngate Theatre will share photos, videos and newspaper clippings from past productions. Also, some of their fabulous volunteer actors will talk about some of their favorite roles and share monologues and songs.

A SCAVENGER CHALLENGE

Are you up for a scavenger challenge? Check out Earl Nicodemus’ Weelunk story and search for Wheeling landmarks via Google Earth.

Suspension Bridge

OPERA@HOME

Pittsburgh Opera@Home will air on 89.3FM or wqed.org/fm at 12:30-1 p.m. Saturday, May 2. Enjoy listening to some of Pittsburgh Opera’s greatest moments from the comfort of your own home. Listen to divas while you do the dishes, coloratura while you cook and tenors while you tend the garden.

MAGIC!

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust will present Liberty Magic@Home, a series of free live-streamed shows available every Friday at 7:30 p.m. on the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust YouTube Channel and Facebook page. These sessions, hosted by Zoe Ruth, venue manager of Liberty Magic, will invite world-renowned magicians to the digital theater for conversation and magic tricks. This week, watch live magic performances from Liberty Magic favorites Eric Jones and Anna DeGuzman. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is excited to share up-close, personal experiences with some of the legends of magic. Visit Trustarts.Org/Magic to learn more.

PLAYTIME AT THE PUBLIC

The Pittsburgh Public Theater invites the public to PlayTime, an online reading series, hosted live by Artistic Director Marya Sea Kaminski, that will bring great classic plays and the work of extraordinary Pittsburgh writers right to your living room, computer or device. This Thursday, April 30, (part 1) and Friday, May 1, (part 2), tune in for “Romeo & Juliet” by William Shakespeare. Click here to join in at 7 p.m. This series is free of charge, but donations will be accepted to support the guest artists and costs of the program.

CENSUS TIME

Fill out that Census 2020 form! Here’s why it counts to be counted.

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