Artists in the greater Wheeling area will open their studios and homes to the public for one day, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, for the Wheeling Artists Studio Tour. Attendees of this self-guided event, organized by the Wheeling Arts & Cultural Commission, can begin at any location, meet the artists, observe their creative processes and purchase works of art. This is a unique opportunity to see where the “magic” happens and to talk with the artists about their passion for their craft. $10. Individuals 16 and under are free. Tickets available on Eventbrite.
‘ONCE UPON A TIME’
The Wheeling Symphony Orchestra welcomes guest artist Sierra Boggess for “Once Upon a Time,” an evening of Broadway, Star Wars and Disney music, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 26, at The Capitol Theatre. The concert will be conducted by John Devlin, music director finalist. Boggess is an Olivier-nominated actress, best known for her role of Christine in The Phantom of the Opera. Boggess made her Broadway debut as Ariel in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, appeared as Fantine in Les Miserables and originated the role of Christine Daae in Love Never Dies, the critically acclaimed sequel to The Phantom of the Opera. 304-232-6191; wheelingsymphony.com
See Jay and the Americans, The Crystals, The Reflections, The Cyrcle and The Mellow Kings in Rock Roll & Doo Wop Vol. 17, 7 p.m., Saturday, April 27, at The Capitol Theatre. Tickets can be purchased at the WesBanco Arena Box Office or online at www.capitoltheatrewheeling.com.
See characters from history come to life 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 back yard. The series begins at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at the upper end of Centre Market, and features Dave Clutter portraying Bill Lias.
ON THE DOT
“The Dot Show,” a tribute to West Liberty Professor Emeritus Bernie Peace who passed away earlier this year, is on display the Nutting Art Gallery at West Liberty University. Peace was a well-known artist as well as a faculty member. The gallery is open from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays; evenings and weekends by arrangement. For information, email email@example.com.
LIVE AT TOWNGATE
Hoard and Jones present live music at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Towngate Theatre. Guitar master Roger Hoard and fiery fiddle player Dan Jones bring their musical talents to Towngate. This talented duo entertains audiences with crowd-pleasing tunes from a variety of artists ranging from Charlie Daniels to Tom Petty. Their dynamic show will have fans clapping, toe-tapping and dancing in the aisles. 304-242-7700; www.oionline.com
WLU SPRING CONCERTS
• The West Liberty University Wind Symphony & University Band will present the final concert of the spring series at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 141 Kruger St., Wheeling. The concert is free and open to the public. The concert will feature works composed by Frank Erickson, Claude T. Smith, Frank Ticheli, Michael Markowski, Clare Grundman, and Samuel Hazo.
• West Liberty University Singers and Choral Scholars will present a final spring concert at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, April 28, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. It is open to the public. Offering an afternoon of inspiring music with choral classics, this concert marks the end of a successful school year and features a world premiere of a commissioned work by Pittsburgh-based composer Chris Massa. The concert will feature music for voices and percussion. Professor Mitch Greco is the WLU director of percussion and world music. The WLU Singers includes 26 voices and the Choral Scholars consists of 12 students. westliberty.edu.
WINE & BEER!
• Oglebay Institute’s Stifel Fine Arts Center continues its popular Art & Ale craft beer series at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 26. Admission includes five selections from the award-winning Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company along with food pairings from Ye Olde Alpha. A representative from Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company will present each beer, and guests will enjoy trying new brews. $30. 304-242-7700; oionline.com
• It’s noon time! “Noon” is both a French and Italian term for the “south” of their countries. From the south of France to the south of Italy — Midi to Mezzogiorno — the wine tasting at 6 p.m. Friday, April 26, at Good Mansion Wines will offer a chance to compare and contrast some of each of those country’s best value wines — Minervois, Coteaux de Languedoc, Picpoul, Bandol Rose from France; Frappato, Grillo, Falanghina, Aglianico del Vulture from Italy. The wines will be served with cheeses and French baguettes. $15 at the door, no reservations needed. Occupancy limited to 40. 304-233-2362; www.goodmansionwines.com
• The Martins Ferry Chamber of Commerce will host its first Wine Tasting from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at Casa di Vino in Centre Market in Wheeling. There will be hors d’oeuvres, a 50-50 drawing and Chinese auction. $20. 740-633-2565.
CAN’T REFUSE THIS OFFER
West Liberty University’s Great Gala is set for Saturday, April 27. Designed as a party with a purpose, the Great Gala’s motif this spring is an Italian theme featuring the 1972 Godfather film. Held in Oglebay Resort’s Glessner Auditorium, the Great Gala includes an exquisite meal, open bar and music. Entertainment will be Italian in theme with a traditional Italian dance performance by Allegro Dance Company and music by the West Liberty University Singers, under the direction of Dr. Ryan Keeling. Dance music after dinner will be provided by Hit Play and other entertainers. For information, visit the Great Gala webpage or call 304-336-5635.
A shady Hollywood agent tempts murder from his clients while he is under investigation by the world’s dumbest private detective, which all leads 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 debuts Thursday, April 25, at River City Restaurant in Wheeling, and continues Friday, April 26, at The Vue Bar and Grill in Grand Vue Park, Moundsville. The action centers on the incredibly incompetent private investigator, Elliot Brick (Butch Maxwell), who is hired by actress Dame Loretta LaDiva (Melody Meadows) to get her out of a long-term contract with her agent, the unscrupulous, shady fast-talker Harley Winestein (Jim Ellis), whose other clients include pop singer-with-a-substance-problem Amy Finehouse (Karissa Martin). While Brick pursues the most powerful agent in show business, he encounters the strangely orally dyslexic actor Sir John Feelgood (Michael Moran) and other shady characters (played by various audience members) such as the newsboy, Three Fingers, the street vendor, Apple Annie, the snitch, Blinkie the Stoolie and Brick’s nemesis, Lieutenant Cleftjaw. It all leads to a very silly murder and some funny song parodies. For reservations, which include a full meal and the show, call River City Restaurant at 304-233-4555 or the Vue Bar and Grille at 304-810-2778. www.MysteryTheatreUnlimited.com
Relive the last dinner on The Titanic at 6 p.m. Friday, April 26, at Centre Cup Coffee, Wheeling. There will be professional storytellers in period costumes along with a six-course dinner. $50. “Boarding passes” required; 304-233-0085. Centre Cup Coffee is located at 2201 Market St., Wheeling.
MORE SPAGHETTI, PLEASE
• The Warwood Lions Club is hosting a Spaghetti Dinner from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Warwood Methodist Church on Warwood Avenue. Each ticket includes spaghetti, Italian bread, salad, refreshments and desserts. Take-out meals are available. A silent auction will take place. Proceeds from the Spaghetti Dinner will help the Warwood Lions Club continue to improve the Warwood Community with various service projects. $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 3-12. 304-233-8034.
• The Catholic Charities Neighborhood Center’s 23rd annual Spaghetti Dinner is set for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at 125 18th St. Ticket includes all-you-can-eat spaghetti, homemade meatballs and sausages, homemade desserts, raffles and more. The proceeds benefit the work of the Neighborhood Center including feeding 5 percent of the Ohio Valley’s population, providing long-term housing and case management services, and emergency assistance services to those in crisis. $8, children 5 and under eat free, and take-out is available. 304-232-7157 ext. 5.
GET TO KNOW ‘THE KING AND I’
The National tour of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The King and I,” is coming to The Capitol Theatre in Wheeling at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 29, as part of the Broadway at The Capitol series. The show boasts a score that features “Getting To Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance” and “Something Wonderful.” Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. For tickets, visit capitoltheatrewheeling.com, call 304-233-4470 or visit the WesBanco Arena box office.
LUNCH WITH BOOKS
Cheryl Harshman (author) and Bob Villamagna (illustrator) will launch their new children’s book, Once a Mouse, created for Wheeling 250 and celebrating the 100th anniversary of Children’s Book Week, at noon Tuesday, April 30, at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library, Wheeling. 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
From a pillaged statue to a raid that never happened, don’t miss Jon-Erik Gilot’s lightning round of bizarre Civil War stories, 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at the next People’s University at the Ohio County Public Library, “Weird Stories of Wheeling in the Civil War.” 304-232-0244; www.ohiocountylibrary.org
The Let’s Play 5K, a fundraiser for the Woodsdale Elementary School Playground, is set for Saturday, April 27. The run/walk/stroll 5K will take place at Woodsdale Elementary where the race will begin at 9 a.m. The course will be 3.1 miles of flat road surface going through Woodsdale. There will be awards for top three participants for ages 6 and under, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13 -18, both male and female. Top walkers and runners, male and female, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, and 80 and up. Online registration available.
UP THE ROAD …
• West Virginia Kite Festival will be held from 1-6 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Brooke Hills Park’s Cardinal Shelter, 140 Gist Lane, Wellsburg. The first 100 kids receive a free kite to fly at the festival. The free event is open to the public. Brooke Hills Park is located at 140 Gist Lane, Wellsburg, West Virginia; 304-233-4667
• “Every drink has a story” is the philosophy behind the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Second Annual Cultured Cocktails event on Saturday, May 4, at the Benedum Center. Guests are invited to walk through time, exploring the unique histories behind their favorite drinks and spirits. Acclaimed mixologists Mikey Mills and Stevie P of Liquid Flair, along with the hottest local bartenders will mix, shake and stir the evening away while crafting signature cocktails with their individual creativity. Cocktail samples will be paired with food selections prepared by some of the most exclusive restaurants in Pittsburgh including: Braddock’s Rebellion, Bridges & Bourbon, Burn by Rocky Patel, The Capital Grille, The Commoner, Con Alma, Eddie Merlot’s, Hough’s, Monterey Bay Fish Grotto, NOLA, Scratch F & B, The Warren, Yuzu Kitchen and Or, The Whale. Rhythmic beats and intimate performances will set the mood for this spirited soiree, as the ambiance for the evening pays homage to upcoming shows and inspires the chef and bartender offerings. General admission ($45) and VIP tickets ($95) available. trustarts.org/CulturedCocktails
• Meet up in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District for gallery exhibition premieres, live music, food trucks, film, public art and more at the Spring ’19 Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District. Explore 30+ arts events in 22 venues along with a few thousand friends and neighbors. The event takes place from 5:30-10 p.m. Friday, April 26, and encompasses 21 venues and more than 30 events. A complete schedule is available at TrustArts.org/Crawl
• Watch Wheeling native Michelle Duffy in her CLO debut as Millicent in “The Double-Threat Duo” now through April 28 at the CLO Cabaret in Pittsburgh. To make it on Broadway, you have to sing, dance AND act — in other words, you must be a triple-threat. In a city of triple-threats, Nina, Kenny and Jamison are unemployable. Nina sings, but can’t act to save her life. Kenny dances, but can’t sing a note. And Jamison, a classically trained actor, can barely point his toes. But who needs reality when you’ve got a dream? Don’t miss this musical comedy about finding your friends and playing to your strengths.
• Pittsburgh Public Theater will present the Pittsburgh premiere of Paula Vogel’s Tony Award-nominated play, “Indecent,” April 18-May 19 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 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