THE DUEL IS ON
Enjoy a lively night of piano music with Hermie and Harry’s Dueling Pianos at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at Towngate Theatre. Sing along, make requests and enjoy Hermie & Harry’s unique blend of top-notch musicianship and charismatic stage presence. Their song repertoire consists of early rock ’n’ roll favorites to modern hits, presented in a fun, sing-a-long format. Hermie Granati is a killer keyboard player, a vocalist, songwriter and producer. He has performed and recorded with the Granati Brothers/G-Force, the Jaggerz, B.E. Taylor, Joe Grushecky, Bo Diddley and other groups. Harry Levicky is a music teacher and performer, currently with Johnny Angel & The Halos. For five years, he performed as one of the dueling piano players at Jellyrolls in Station Square in Pittsburgh and regularly works as a dueling piano player at Sing Sing Dueling Piano Bar. These guys ROCK! $12.50. Purchase online or call 304-242-7700.
ART & THERAPY
West Liberty University undergraduate Creative Arts Therapy student’s spring 2020 exhibition is on display from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Fridays and during events, through Feb. 28 at Towngate Theatre & Cinema. The exhibition includes studio arts as well as work created from art therapy directives. For more information, visit WestLiberty.edu/CAT.
ART & ALE
Guest brewers from the Wheeling Alers Brewing Club will offer their finest brews to sample while sharing tips, techniques and recipes at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17 for the Stifel Fine Arts Center’s local craft beer tasting event, Art & Ale. Beers will be paired with hors d’oeuvres prepared by Ye Olde Alpha. Guests can also enjoy browsing the 31st annual Regional Student Art Exhibition. Beer selections include: Belgian Blonde; West Coast Grapefruit IPA; Skinny Tire; RyePA V4; Brut IPA; Peppermint Patty Stout; Cream Ale; and Cherry Berliner Weisse; $30 ($26 OI members). Register online or call 304-242-7700.
Undo’s Elm Grove will feature the New Age Adenas from 8-11 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18. The band performs adult alternative, acoustic music from a wide variety of sources in unique arrangements, with guitars, a mandolin, light percussion and lots of vocal harmonies. Undo’s is located at 2153 National Road, Wheeling.
ALL BETS ARE ON
Compete to qualify for the $75,000 Guaranteed Championship Series in Daytona, Fla., in the Great American Poker Tournaments. Participate locally at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack. Register at the cashier’s cage with a $100 buy-in for $10,000 in tournament chips. The main event is set for Feb. 5-9 in Florida.
YOUNG ARTISTS ON DISPLAY
Celebrating the talent and creativity of young artists, Oglebay Institute’s 31st annual Regional Student Art Exhibition is on display at the Stifel Fine Arts Center. The exhibit provides high school students the opportunity to display their artwork in a professional gallery, see what other students are doing in the world of art, and collaborate and get feedback from art teachers, college professors and other students from throughout the region. The show can be viewed free of charge through Feb. 15. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Evening hours are dependent upon classes and special events taking place. 304-242-7700; www.oionline.com
The Martin Luther King Celebration Committee invites the community to attend the upcoming events in the Ohio Valley. All are free, but a $5 donation is suggested for the dinner that follows the MLK March on Sunday, Jan. 19. Events include:
Sunday, Jan. 19
• 2 p.m. — MLK March, beginning at the Windmill, 470 Stone Blvd., Wheeling (at the top of Wheeling Hill). Park by the Windmill or at Fourth Street UMC, 1060 Chapline St. Buses will take marchers to the top of the hill
• 3 p.m. — Interfaith Prayer Service, Fourth Street UMC, 1060 Chapline St.
• 4 p.m. — Community Banquet, YWCA Wheeling, 1100 Chapline St.; Keynote speaker is Chief Ivin B. Lee, West Virginia’s first African American female police chief. The Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks Award winners will be honored.
Monday, Jan. 20
• 9 a.m. — Children’s Breakfast, YWCA Wheeling, 1100 Chapline St.
• 9:30 a.m. — Local MLK winners award presentations, YWCA Wheeling
• 10:30 a.m. — Special children’s programming (5- to 12-year-olds) in honor of Dr. King
LUNCH WITH ‘DR. KING’
Lunch With Books at noon Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the Ohio County Public Library, will feature Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: A Chautauqua when Marvin Jefferson portrays King through a first-person historical characterization, followed by a Q&A session. Jefferson focuses on Dr. King’s spiritual journey from his youth to his opposition to the Vietnam War in 1967. King is one of the most celebrated African-Americans of the 20th century and was known best as a leader in the U.S. Civil Rights movement. A clergyman, activist and humanitarian, King’s honors include the Nobel Peace Prize, Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal. Jefferson has been building a national reputation for his portrayals of MLK and Paul Robeson, over the past couple of decades. Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch, and complimentary beverages are provided. 304-232-0244; www.ohiocountylibrary.org
SHOW OF WOMEN’S HANDS
Don’t miss the first female entrepreneur edition of Show of Hands, set for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the Wheeling Artisan Center, third floor. The Women’s Giving Circle has partnered with Wheeling Heritage in an effort to benefit women-owned businesses. With a $3,000 contribution from the Women’s Giving Circle, this Show of Hands winner will leave with more than $7,000 — the largest Show of Hands prize yet. The four presenters are: GypsyLace Cafe, Re’Decorate Luxury Furniture Consignment, Making Magic LLC and Bakery 49. Show of Hands is a community-supported crowd-funding event. Community members are presented four projects that would positively impact Wheeling, and attendees then vote on their favorite. Doors open at 6 p.m. with presentations to start at 6:30 p.m. A $5 donation gets you a vote, and a $10 or more donation gets you 60 seconds to make an announcement about something you or your organization is doing.
A COLD START
COLD START 2020, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at Clientele Art Studio, is the second installment highlighting the motor enthusiast scene, showcasing the works of Daxton Scholl of Drift Pizza Media, and Kurt and Alexa Diserio of Pittsburgh Moto. All year long these three cover numerous events. Through his own creative path, Daxton has grown Drift Pizza Media and constantly shoots the Northeast Drift Scene. Through Wild Native, Kurt and Alexa Diserio started Pittsburgh Moto and have created a magazine filled with bikes from in and around Pittsburgh and from all over.
WARM UP WITH WINTER TEA
The Eckhart House, 810 Main St., Wheeling will host a Winter Tea Luncheon at noon Saturday, Jan. 18. The traditional menu includes assorted tea sandwiches, scones with sweet cream and jam, seasonal fruit, confections and gourmet tea selections. The tea is open to the public, and reservations are required. 304-232-5439
SPICY WINES FOR WINTER
Rich, bold, luscious and spicy wines from the southern Rhone of France will be featured at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at the wine tasting at Good Mansion Wines. Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, Vacqueras and Beaume de Venise are perfect to face the winter winds of France and even winter storms here in Wheeling. These wines work best with stews and game. $15 at the door, no reservations needed.
DOWN THE ROAD …
• The Family Service-Upper Ohio Valley Valentine Dinner Dance is set for 5-10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at Wheeling Park’s White Palace. $25 per person; tickets must be purchased by Jan. 24 at 2200 Main St., first floor. Doors open at 5 p.m.; dinner at 6 p.m.; dancing from 7-10 p.m. to music by Wally Merriman; 304-233-2350 ext. 105
UP THE ROAD …
• Pittsburgh Public Theater starts 2020 with the musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors, Jan. 23 through Feb. 23, at the O’Reilly Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater’s home in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. In Little Shop of Horrors, Mr. Mushnik (Marc Moritz) struggles to keep his Skid Row flower shop open. One day, his nerdy clerk, Seymour (Carnegie Mellon University grad Philippe Arroyo), brings in an odd horticultural find. He names it after his co-worker, Audrey (Lauren Marcus), with whom he is in love. But Audrey is dating a sadistic dentist, Orin (Patrick Cannon), so Seymour must content himself with nurturing his little bloom, Audrey II. He quickly discovers, however, that this plant isn’t like any other. It can talk and sing! (Monteze Freeland, voice of Audrey II). It can also dance and grow to amazing heights (J. Alex Noble, puppeteer of Audrey II). The flower just needs one thing in order to thrive: fresh human blood. 412-316-1600; ppt.org