CELEBRATE CELTIC NATIONS
Celebrate the heritage of seven Celtic nations on Saturday, March 7, at the Wheeling Celtic Celebration with food, drink, entertainment, history and education at the Wheeling Artisan Center, 1400 Main St., Wheeling, presented by River City and Wheeling Heritage. A free breakfast buffet kicks things off at 10 a.m. followed by a panel discussion of Celtic history and traditions at 10:15 a.m. Find out about your family’s history at mini genealogy sessions with Jeanne Finstein from the Wheeling Genealogical Society from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. From 2-3 p.m., enjoy Irish whiskey tastings and talk with Derrick McKee. Entertainment on the third floor ($5) includes: 1:30 p.m., Burke Conroy School of Irish Dance; 3 p.m., Gallowglass; 5 p.m., Terry Griffith; and 7 p.m., Brigid’s Cross.
Enjoy an evening of traditional Celtic songs and tunes in the historic courtroom on the third floor of Independence Hall with Gallowglass and Faire May. The music begins at 6 p.m. with the young talent of Faire May and Friends, followed by the seasoned sound of Wheeling’s own Gallowglass.
PRESENCE OF AGE
“Presence: An Exploration of Aging Through Art” opens with a free reception with the artists at 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at the Stifel Fine Arts Center. The exhibit, on display through April 25, examines the universal yet intensely personal experience of growing old, through painting, photography, sculpture, written word and mixed media. Artists from throughout the country 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. A series of learning and community-building events take place in conjunction with the art exhibition. Programs explore the various facets of aging and how art can play a role in that experience. A complete schedule is available online.
IF WALLS COULD TALK
Take a tour of the McLure Hotel to learn about the hotel’s famous and infamous guests at “If These Walls Could Talk,” Sunday, March 8. Hosted by the McLure and Friends of Wheeling, ongoing free tours will start at 1 p.m., with the last tour beginning at 4 p.m. Guests can also enjoy dinner with the characters — 5 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. dinner ($25). Characters and presenters include: John McLure, original owner of the hotel; Ellsworth M. Statler, who began his hotel career at age 13 as a bellboy at the McLure; Civil War General William Rosecrans, who stayed at the hotel before the war and is credited with the design of the Wheeling ambulance; actress Sarah Bernhardt, who played a lead role in the French play “Camille” at the Wheeling Park casino; “Buffalo Bill” Cody, who brought his show to Wheeling 11 times; President Theodore Roosevelt, who visited the hotel in 1902; Sen. Joseph McCarthy, who had been invited to speak at the hotel on Feb. 9, 1950, where he claimed to hold a list of communists; and several others. For dinner reservations, call the hotel at 304-232-0300.
DEPART FROM REALITY
The “Departure From Reality” exhibit at Artworks Around Town continues for a second month with a Gallery Hop set for Friday, March 6. Meet photographers Giulio Cappelletti, Larry Travis and Len Smith at a free reception from 5:30-8 p.m. The student section of the North Gallery will feature two shows — clients of the Sexual Assault Help Center will present their work, and guest artist Florentina Radulescu will have a solo show. Artworks Around Town is located in Wheeling’s historic Centre Market.
ON THE BIG SCREEN
The 1976 Academy Award-winning political thriller “All the President’s Men” is showing on the Towngate Theatre big screen on Friday, March 6, as part of Towngate’s “Dinner and a Movie” series. The film stars Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman as “The Washington Post” reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein as they uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Richard Nixon’s resignation. Film, $7; dinner and film, $20. 304-242-7700
MUSIC & STARS
Zoe Buccella will perform at 6 p.m. Friday, March 6, at SMART Centre Market, followed by StarWatch with telescopes at 6:30 p.m. if the sky is clear.
CELEBRATE THE ’60s and ’70s
Undo’s Elm Grove will present an evening of nostalgic live music from the 1960s and ’70s from 8-11 p.m. Saturday, March 7, with the specialty band Vinyl Soul. “We want to take you back to your first Earth Day, when a computer was as big as a horse, with the music — and the look — that defined those times. We are hoping people break out their bell-bottom jeans or flared pants, their mini-skirts or maxi-skirts, their peace signs or platform shoes — and join in the fun,” band member Sean Geery said. Costume judging to begin at 8 p.m., with winners expected to be announced around 10 p.m. Undo’s is located at 1253 National Road, Wheeling. 304-242-5585
SKATE DOWN MEMORY LANE
Skate Down Memory Lane from 5-7 p.m. Monday, March 9, to celebrate the history of Wheeling Park’s Memorial Ice Rink and the kickoff of an upcoming renovation project. Built in 1962, Wheeling Park’s Memorial Ice Rink has played host to countless events throughout the decades from hockey tournaments and figure skating classes to the beloved teen dances of the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s. This spring, the Wheeling Park Commission will break ground on a $1.3 million-dollar renovation that will transform Wheeling Park’s Memorial Ice Rink into a state-of-the-art ice complex and multipurpose community facility. The facility is slated to reopen in fall 2020. To honor the history of the complex and the impact it’s had on so many throughout the Upper Ohio Valley, Wheeling Park will host the community farewell celebration at the rink. Festivities will include appearances by Spike and the Wheeling Nailers, entertainment, prize giveaways, half-price hotdogs,and more.
Experience songs from their latest album, “Only Jesus,” as well as other favorites when Casting Crowns takes the stage on Saturday, March 7, at The Capitol Theatre. Special guest is Matthew West. The concert starts at 7 p.m. Tickets available online.
SPECIAL EDITION PEOPLE’S U
Author Matthew Algeo will present All This Marvelous Potential: Robert Kennedy’s 1968 Tour of Appalachia in a special edition People’s University at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, at the Ohio County Public Library. In the winter of 1968, Kennedy, then a U.S. senator from New York, ventured deep into the heart of Appalachia on what was dubbed a “poverty tour.” He toured a strip mine, visited one-room schoolhouses and dilapidated homes, and held a public hearing in a ramshackle high school gymnasium. Kennedy wasn’t merely on a fact-finding mission, however; he was considering challenging Lyndon Johnson for the Democratic presidential nomination, but he needed support from white voters to win it. “All This Marvelous Potential” retraces RFK’s tour, visiting the places he visited and meeting with the people he met with. The similarities between then and now are astonishing: vicious, divisive politics; bitter racial strife; economic uncertainty; and environmental alarm. Algeo is an award-winning journalist and author. In addition to reporting and writing, he has held jobs as a convenience store clerk, a gas station attendant, a Halloween costume salesman and a proofreader. He also worked in a traveling circus — as a hot dog vendor; no acrobatics involved.
SPIN, SPIN, SPIN
Pedal for a purpose at the YMCA Annual Campaign Spin-a-thon at noon Sunday, March 8, at the Wheeling YMCA. The annual campaign ensures that the Y is here for all, regardless of the ability to pay. At the event, teams will consist of five people per bike with 30-minute rides each. Each team is responsible for raising $500 or $100 per person. You can sign up as a team or as an individual. Individuals will be placed on a team. The team with the most miles will earn bragging rights and a collection of gift cards from local businesses. Spots are limited to eight teams. Registration is available at the YMCA front desk. For information, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SIP & SPIN
Bike Wheeling is hosting Sip & Spin, a social indoor trainer/spin night at River City Restaurant, on Wednesday, March 11. To participate, provide your own bike and trainer. (Bike Wheeling will have a limited number of trainers available). Arrive at River City around 5:45 p.m. to reserve and set up your spot; ride from 6:15-7 p.m., cool down and tear down at 7:05, then join friends for post-ride hydration and food.
LUNCH IS IN THE AIR
The Tuesday, March 10, Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Library will feature executive producer Heather Taylor, who will discuss her documentary, “Breaking Through the Clouds: The First Women’s National Air Derby,” about the 1929 Women’s National Air Derby, during which 20 women snapped on goggles and climbed into their cockpits to race across America. It was more than a race; it was a chance to show the world that women can be independent, intelligent and really good pilots. The women’s personalities shine in this film, from the celebrated Amelia Earhart to the glamorous Ruth Elder, who once flew a plane paid for by investors from Wheeling. Together these women were Ambassadors of Flight during the Golden Age of Aviation. In addition to the film, Taylor will discuss how the 1929 Women’s Air Derby exemplifies the spirit of community and how these women can be role models for following one’s passion. A screening of the film will be offered at 6 p.m. Monday, March 9, at the library. Tuesday’s Lunch With Books begins at noon. Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch, and complimentary beverages are provided. 304-232-0244
Mountain East Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship is set for March 5-8 at WesBanco Arena.
West Virginia Northern Community College will host LGBTQ 101 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 12, on its Weirton Campus, featuring WVNCC alum Rosemary Ketchum. The event aims to create a safer and more receptive community environment for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and/or questioning people through education and development. Ketchum works as the associate director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Wheeling Chapter. She is a community advocate focusing on social, cultural and economic challenges. The event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be included. RSVP by Tuesday, March 10, to Sara Wood at 304-214-8917 or email@example.com.
UP THE ROAD …
• Skyflight Productions will present an evening with Letitia VanSant on Thursday, March 5, at the Albert S. George Youth Center at Barnesville Memorial Park in Barnesville. VanSant’s lyrics are as personal as they are political. With sparse indie-folk arrangements fortifying her distinctly intimate vocal style, her down-to-earth stage presence has been described as “vibrant and approachable.” VanSant’s debut album, “Gut It to the Studs,” established her as an emerging talent on the Americana scene and propelled her on her first UK/European tour. Her songwriting has earned several awards, including the Kerrville New Folk Songwriting Competition, an honor shared by the likes of Lucinda Williams and Lyle Lovett. On VanSant’s new album, “Circadian,” released Feb. 21, her luminous voice mirrors the rich emotional quotient of her themes. The title track was inspired by an article about light pollution; how fireflies are having trouble finding mates, and migrating birds can’t find their way. “The solution is to turn out some of the lights,” she says. “The challenges of the world feel big and complicated, but I take solace in the idea that some of the answers are to make things simpler.” 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 critically acclaimed smash-hit Broadway musical “The Band’s Visit,” winner of 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical and a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, comes to Pittsburgh’s Benedum Theatre Tuesday, March 10, through Sunday, March 15. In this joyously offbeat story, set in a town that’s way off the beaten path, a band of musicians arrives lost, out of the blue. Under the spell of the desert sky and with beautiful music perfuming the air, the band brings the town to life in unexpected and tantalizing ways. Even the briefest visit can stay with you forever. The cast of world-class performers is led by award-winning Israeli actor Sasson Gabay, star of the original film and the Broadway production. Joining him for the tour is critically acclaimed actress Janet Dacal in the role of Dina.
• Pittsburgh Public Theater will present the regional premiere of Christopher Demos-Brown’s Broadway and Netflix hit, “American Son,” March 5 through April 5, at the O’Reilly Theater. As “American Son” begins, it’s 4 a.m. in a Miami police station. Kendra (Bianca LaVerne Jones) is there because her 18-year-old son, Jamal, has not returned home after an evening out. All Officer Larkin will tell her is that Jamal has been “identified in an incident.” He says that it’s police protocol to wait for the morning liaison officer, Lieutenant Stokes, to provide more information. At the heart of the play is a conversation between two people struggling to build a vocabulary to address the challenges facing their family and community. For tickets call 412-316-1600 or visit ppt.org.
• What Anna DeGuzman can do with a deck of 52 cards will make your head spin! Manipulating cards into impossible 3-D configurations, she cuts, flings, flips, rotates, juggle and shuffles playing cards in the middle of the street, along train tracks and in close-up shows at the most prestigious magic venues in the world. Her hands are a blur. There’s a name for her art: cardistry — card artistry. DeGuzman will show off her skills at Liberty Magic through March 29.
• Explore 125 real mummies and related artifacts from across the globe in Mummies of the World: The Exhibition, on display through April 19 at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh. Only in Pittsburgh for a limited time, this blockbuster exhibition provides a window into the lives of ancient people from every region of the world including Europe, South America and Ancient Egypt, offering unprecedented insights into past cultures and civilizations. The exhibition enthralls guests with dramatic displays of the mummies and their personal stories, as well as state-of-the-art multimedia stations that take visitors on a 4,500-year journey to explore the mummies’ history and origins as well as how they were created, both naturally and intentionally.
• By visitor demand, National Geographic: 50 Greatest Wildlife Photographs, returns to Carnegie Museum of Natural History with 50 extraordinary images of animals in nature, through May 25. Exemplifying the publication’s unmatched legacy of artistic, scientific and technical achievement, the 50 Greatest Wildlife Photographs provide the perfect supplement for visitors exploring the museum’s acclaimed wildlife halls and engaging with its internationally renowned collections.