FOLLOW THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD
Click your heels together and follow the yellow brick road to Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Theatre Friday, March 8, for a free screening of “The Wizard of Oz.” In honor of the film’s 80th anniversary, Dorothy and friends are returning to the big screen. The screening is part of the Wheeling Film Society’s seventh season of showing and discussing classic Hollywood films. “The Wizard of Oz” will be shown at 7:30 p.m. A conversation about the film, led by John Whitehead, professor of film studies at Wheeling Jesuit University, takes place at noon on Tuesday, March 12, at the Ohio County Public Library’s Lunch With Books. The film screening and discussion are free. Attendees to the Lunch With Books program are welcome to bring a bag lunch, and complimentary beverages are provided. 304-232-0244; www.ohiocountylibrary.org; 304-242-7700; www.oionline.com
Before the clock strikes 7:30 p.m., run to see Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” the Broadway at The Capitol production, 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 Junior League of Wheeling presents Affair With Emerald Flair at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at the Wheeling Artisan Center. The organization’s annual St. Patrick’s Day-themed fundraiser draws hundreds of guests each year for a festive evening of food from the area’s best restaurants, live entertainment and the chance to win thousands of dollars’ worth of prizes. This year’s grand prize raffle winner will win a fully customizable getaway adventure valued at $4,000. The evening will feature live music from Jukebox and the New Age Adenas, complimentary beer and wine, as well as heavy hors d’oeuvres from a variety of local vendors. Affair with Emerald Flair will include various basket raffles, providing guests the chance to win prizes. $30 in advance/$35 at the door. www.affairwithemeraldflair.com.
JAZZ IT UP
Jazz at the Stifel presents The Peck Family Jazz Band at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 9. Led by Emmy Award-winning composer and musician Jamie Peck, this prolific family of musicians has six CDs to their credit. $20. 304-242-7700; www.oionline
ALL THE WAY TO OREGON
From Pinot Noir to Pinot Gris, and Gewurztraminer to Chardonnay, Oregon wines are the product of an ideal climate and know-how. Good Mansion Wines will take guests to the northwest corner of the wine world at 6 p.m. Friday, March 8. Wines are served with cheeses and French baguettes. $15 at the door. www.goodmansionwines.com
Resurrection — A Journey Tribute journeys to Wheeling for a show at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 8, at the Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack. Tickets available through the Wheeling Island Gift Shop or Ticketmaster.
The 2019 Mountain East Conference Basketball Tournament presented by The Health Plan is on now at WesBanco Arena, 14th Street, in Wheeling. Matchups continue with the women’s championship at 1 p.m. and the men’s championship at 3:45 p.m. on Sunday, March 10.
‘THE BATTLE WE DIDN’T CHOOSE’
Photographer Angelo Merendino will discuss his internationally recognized photo-documentary, “The Battle We Didn’t Choose — My Wife’s Fight with Breast Cancer,” at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at Oglebay Institute’s Stifel Fine Arts Center as part of “The Art of Healing” lecture series. Five months after Merendino and his wife Jennifer were married in 2007, she was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 36. Over the next four years, she endured a double mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiation and reconstructive surgery. Jennifer died in December 2011. Committed to showing the human face of her ordeal, Jennifer had invited her husband to photograph her throughout her treatment. Merendino’s work is currently featured in “The Art of Healing” exhibit on display at Oglebay Institute’s Stifel Fine Arts Center through April 19. The exhibit includes drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and written word and explores how art can be used in the healing process. The accompanying lecture series provides resources and social support for those affected by cancer. The second lecture in the series follows on Thursday, March 14, when fine art photographer and cancer survivor Pete Wildey will present a powerful portrait series coupled with a positive narrative. 304-242-7700; www.oionline.com
The Wheeling Symphony Orchestra will present a WSO on the GO event, featuring a meet-and-greet with music director finalist candidate, John Devlin, and a performance from the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra Cello Trio, at noon, Tuesday, March 12, at Artworks Around Town in Centre Market. WSO’s cello trio features Elisa Kohanski, Susanna Reilly and Will Teegarden. wheelingsymphony.com
DOWN THE ROAD …
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a traditional Irish dinner catered by Ye Olde Alpha, a selection of Irish beer and live music, at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at Towngate Theatre. Ticket price includes dinner, wine, beer and soft drinks. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Towngate, which supports the creative work of the theater, as well as projects to preserve the historic building. The menu includes corned beef, grilled salmon with fresh dill, roasted carrots, grilled cabbage, leek risotto, colcannon potatoes, bread and honey butter. $30. www.oionline.com
- Tony-nominated “Something Rotten!” takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at The Capitol Theatre. Set in the ’90s — the 1590s — this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write their own hit play while the “rock star” Shakespeare keeps getting all the hits. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first MUSICAL! New York Magazine says: With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, “Something Rotten!” is “The Producers + Spamalot + The Book of Mormon. Squared!” Tickets available here.
UP THE ROAD …
- Skyflight Productions presents an evening with Andrea von Kampen on Saturday, March 9, at the Albert S. George Youth Center at Barnesville Memorial Park in Barnesville. With over 6 million Spotify streams and counting, Nebraska-based songwriter Andrea von Kampen has quickly established herself in the recording studio and on the road. Andrea has shared the stage with Tall Heights, Gregory Alan Isakov, Dead Man Winter, John Moreland, Dead Horses, Ira Wolf and more. She was featured as a finalist in NPR’s 2016 Tiny Desk Contest and has completed her first coast-to-coast tour. She recently released her first full-length album, “Old Country.” Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the show will begin at 8 p.m. $10. 423-276-2653 or Skyflight Productions on Facebook.
- 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). 412-3161600; ppt.org