MARDI GRAS FLAIR
The Junior League of Wheeling presents Affair with Mardi Gras Flair at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Wheeling Artisan Center. The evening will feature live music from Jukebox and the New Age Adenas, complimentary beer and wine, as well as heavy hors d’oeuvres. There will be various basket raffles, providing guests the chance to win prizes such as concert tickets, a beer party for 20 guests, a bed & breakfast stay at Omni William Penn Hotel, spa experiences and more. $30. Event tickets available online.
BOPPIN’ INTO TOWN
Forget feel-good — “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” is feel-GREAT! At 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, experience the drama, passion and excitement as a cast of talented actors and musicians tells Buddy Holly’s story — from his meteoric rise to fame to his final legendary performance at The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. Tickets: 304-233-4470, WesBanco box office or online.
Hear the acoustic stylings of MSM: Miller, Smith and Mazure, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Theatre. Having played music together for many years, band members wanted to go back to their roots — acoustic music. Leaving the big amplifiers, drum kit and massive PA system at home, Miller, Smith and Mazure have stripped the music down to its purest form. $12.50. Tickets online or by calling 304-242-7700.
Undo’s Elm Grove will offer a mix of traditional country, folk and rock as Mark G. L. Henderson performs from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22. Henderson’s thumb-strumming guitar playing, his soft, raspy voice, his gentle wit and his down-home charm combine to create an intimate, unique musical experience. Undo’s is located at 2153 National Road, Wheeling.
Mystery Theatre Unlimited’s original musical-comedy, dinner-theater production, “Popguy the Sailor Man,” will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at the Vue Bar and Grill in Grand Vue Park. The family-friendly original comedy features musical parodies and interactive opportunities for audience members, along with a mystery to solve. In the show, which is the 50th collaboration between writers Butch Maxwell and Bert Furioli, the iconic tough seafarer (played by Brendan Sheehan) has disappeared. His hamburger-loving friend, Gimpy (portrayed by Dustin Heavilin), has moved into his house, and his girlfriend, Olive Mohel (played by Megan Ross), is about to marry his rival, Bruto (portrayed by Evan Oslund). Also in the cast is Maxwell, who plays the villain Sea Nag. When Popguy suddenly returns, it all leads to a fight to the finish — with or without spinach! Along the way, several parodies of popular songs sprinkle in more comedy. Tickets include dinner. For reservations, call 304-845-9810
A Tribute to ZZ Top, “Eliminator,” is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at the Wheeling Island Showroom. $15-20. Wheeling Island Gift Shop or through Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
ARE YOU TOUGH ENOUGH?
Get ready for the Original Toughman Contest, 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, and 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at WesBanco Arena. 304-233-4470.
The Friends of Wheeling will host two “before” tours of the Carmelite Monastery, 102 Carmel Road, at 10 a.m. and at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22. The building will soon be transformed into a boutique hotel and event venue.
The Kratt Brothers are coming to the Capitol Theatre with an all-new stage show titled Wild Kratts Live 2.0 — Activate Creature Power!, at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at The Capitol Theatre. Join Martin and Chris, live on stage, as they activate creature powers, share amazing animal “WOW facts,” and even face a comic villain. Help the Kratt brothers bring the animals of the creature world to safety once again. Wild Kratts Live — 2.0 Activate Creature Power VIP package includes premium seating location, a post-show meet and greet and signed photo.
STATE OF THE CITY
Get an update on the State of the City, at noon, Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack. The event is free to attend and open to the public. Lunch is optional for a cost of $10 at the event (cash or check) or $12 if billed. RSVP by calling 304-234-6401. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.
LUNCH WITH BOOKS ON THE ROAD
LWB On the Road: The African American Experience in Wheeling is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the historic courtroom at West Virginia Independence Hall. Through photographs, video, music, art and readings of primary source material, this multimedia presentation tells the story of African American life in Wheeling from slavery through Civil War, Emancipation, “Jim Crow” segregation, the “Great Migration,” desegregation, Civil Rights, urban renewal and contemporary life. The program was written by Seán Duffy with supplemental research and design work by Erin Rothenbuehler, Ohio County Public Library local history specialists, and is presented by Ron Scott Jr., cultural diversity and community outreach director at YWCA Wheeling. 304-232-0244 or 304-238-1300
MMM … PANCAKES
Get a taste of “secret-recipe” pancakes, sausage, fruit and beverages at the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper set for 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church. Tickets at the door or by calling the parish office at 304-233-0133. Take-out orders available.
Let your tastebuds be transported to Tuscany as Good Mansion Wines samples Sangiovese wines in all their glory — from Chianti Classico to Vino Nobile to Brunello di Montalcino, and more in between — at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21. Wines will be served with classic central Italian cheeses and breads. $15 at the door, no reservations needed.
Lunch With Books at noon Tuesday, Feb. 25, will feature Quaternaglia Classical Guitar Quartet at the Ohio County Public Library. The quartet is acclaimed as one of the world’s top guitar ensembles. Composed of Brazilian guitarists Chrystian Dozza, Fabio Ramazzina, Thiago Abdalla and Sidney Molina, the group is recognized for its artistic excellence and for its significant contributions to the expansion of guitar quartet repertoire. Over the past 25 years, they have established a wide canon of original pieces and ambitious arrangements through collaboration with composers such as Leo Brouwer, Almeida Prado, Egberto Gismonti, Sergio Molina, Javier Farías, João Luiz and Paulo Bellinati. Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch, and complimentary beverages are provided. 304-232-0244
GET YOUR GLOW ON
Wear your glow-friendly clothes to a GLOW Party, from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at Tripp’s Fun Zone. Each child will receive glow bracelets and necklaces. Reservations and pre-payment are required. Cost is $12.50 plus tax per child; adults are free.
CHEEK TO CHEEK
Students can spend a fun evening with a special adult at the Student-Special Person Dance, 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at Woodsdale Elementary School. All students must be accompanied by an adult.
UP THE ROAD …
• Rich and Cindy Greenlee will be exhibiting their nature photographs and quilts at the Ohio University Eastern Art Gallery, through Thursday, March 5. The exhibit of their nature photographs and quilts is titled, “A Sense of Wonder: The Birds, Butterflies and Wildlife of OUE and Beyond.” Proceeds of sales from the show will support the Patrick Wesley Murphy Memorial Scholarship, established in memory of the Greenlees’ grandson who died at the age of 2. “Our grandson Patrick was an inspiration to all who had the opportunity to know him during his all-too-short life of two years,” they said. “Patrick taught us the essence of being in the moment and taking time to reflect upon the little things in life, whether he was intensely studying a twig he found under an old oak tree, checking out the workings of a pair of binoculars or dancing to a fiddle tune on a wooden dance floor.” The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
• Skyflight Productions presents an evening with Alice Wallace on Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Albert S. George Youth Center at Barnesville Memorial Park in Barnesville. Wallace’s new release, “Into the Blue,” marks her debut on the brand-new Rebelle Road label, an imprint founded by a trio of women dedicated to strengthening the California country music community and expanding visibility for female artists in the Americana/roots genre. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m., and the show will begin at p.m. $12. Tickets are $12. 423-276-2653 or Skyflight Productions on Facebook.
• One of the biggest hits in theatrical history, “Cats” will come to Pittsburgh’s Benedum Center, Feb. 25 through March 1, as part of a multi-season North American tour. A season special, “Cats” is part of the 2019-20 PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Broadway Across America. Composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the record-breaking musical spectacular has captivated audiences in over 30 countries and 15 languages. This production features new sound design, direction and choreography. For tickets and information, visit the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s official website or call 412-456-4800.
• 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.
• Pittsburgh Public Theater presents the musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors, 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.