UPDATE: Many EVENTS Canceled or Postponed in Ohio Valley Phyllis Sigal March 12, 2020 Editor’s note: We are reposting our EVENTS listing with available information about cancellations and postponements. SLÁINTE! CANCELED Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Oglebay Institute Stifel Mansion with the Irish and Irish-at-heart at Art and Ale: Irish Beer Tasting at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 13. Ample supplies of Irish beers will be served along with Irish foods., and live Celtic music will knock the moss off your Blarney Stone. Beer selections include Kentucky Irish Red Ale, Harpoon Craic Irish Red IPA, Breckenridge Nitro Irish Stout, Flying Dog Lucky SOB, Harp and Guinness Blonde. The menu includes Colcannon potatoes, pulled pork with slaw and slider buns, corn beef chimichangas, roast beef and gravy, spinach salad and brownies. $35 (At this time, Oglebay Institute spring classes and all other programs are set to resume the week of April 5.) IRISH SONG AND POETRY CANCELED In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Irish American Heritage Month and Women’s History Month, the Ohio County Public Library’s Lunch With Books program will present “A History of Ireland in Song and Poetry” at noon Tuesday, March 17, in the library’s auditorium. Ireland’s history is ancient and complex, but the connecting fibers throughout time have always been beautifully arranged words. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, this program will explore those words as they have been used to record the “terrible beauty” of Ireland’s history, from the ancient magic people, to the Celts, to the patron saint himself, to the countless invasions and rebellions, to eight centuries of English rule, to the Great Hunger that killed millions and drove millions more into exile, to revolution, division, civil war, independence, and the seemingly endless “Troubles,” and to the joy of being Irish. This multimedia program will feature songs from Michelle Duffy, a Wheeling native who has had an extensive career primarily as a legitimate stage actress (classical, contemporary, and musical) and vocalist (READ “Sweat Equity Pays Off for Wheeling Native”). The local duo Faire May will provide background music. Readers will include Patrick Cassidy, Brigitte Donahie Mazure and the Rev. Msgr. Jeremiah F. McSweeney. The library’s programming director, Seán Duffy, who wrote the script, will serve as narrator. Faire May will play a prelude from 11:30 a.m. until the start. Light refreshments will be served. For information, call 304-232-0244 or visit the library’s website. A WEE-BIT HAUNTED Infernum In Terra (READ Weelunk‘s Friday Tryday story here) has been taken over by the wee folk! They demand payment if you are to make it out alive. What could they want? Silver? Gold? Blood? It may take the luck of the Irish to survive. Are you brave enough to test your luck? Experience the St. Patrick’s Day Haunted House on Friday, March 13, and Saturday, March 14. $15. Opens at 6:30 p.m., last tickets sold at 11 p.m. NIGHT AT THE RACES CANCELED Greyhound racing, blackjack with celebrity dealers and a gourmet buffet are on the menu at Night at the Races, to benefit the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley, from 5-10 p.m. Friday, March 13, at Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack. $35. 304-232-4625 HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BEETHOVEN CANCELED Celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday with the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 13, at The Capitol Theatre. Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony is one of his most celebrated works. Also, hear the work of Pulitzer Prize-winner Caroline Shaw’s haunting Entr’acte, a piece for strings based on a string quartet by Haydn, and violinist SooBeen Lee playing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto. Prior to the concert, patrons can purchase a pre-show, prix fixe dinner in The Capitol Theatre Ballroom starting at 5:30 p.m.; $30 per person. Reservations at 304-232-6191. Also in the ballroom, concertgoers are invited to attend Concert Talk at 6:30 p.m. and a post-show reception. SooBean Lee WINE TIME Join Valtellinese native Alberto Bassi as he presents wines from Valtellina, Italy, his Alpine region in the headwaters of Lake Como tucked in a valley at the base of the border with Switzerland. The wine tasting begins at 6 p.m., Friday, March 13, at Good Mansion Wines. In Valtellina, Nebbiolo reds prevail in all forms, from rustic to raisinated. Wines will be served with Alpine Italian cheeses and French breads. $15 at the door, no reservations needed. PLANTIN’ TIME CANCELED Come to a Paper Herb Planter workshop at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 15, at the Public Market. Kids can make a biodegradable paper herb pot to take home and plant outside later. SWEET EXPERIENCE CANCELED Learn about maple syrup production and enjoy a pancake breakfast with fresh maple syrup at Maple Sugaring Day, beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 14, at the Schrader Environmental Education Center. Crafts, storytelling and live bluegrass music are also part of the fun. Last tour leaves at noon. $12/$10 OI members (children 3 and under are free); 304-242-6855 or visit the website to register! ROYAL TRIBUTE POSTPONED Almost Queen, a Tribute to Queen will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 13, in the Wheeling Island Showroom. $15-20. Tickets available through the Wheeling Island Gift Shop or Ticketmaster. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. JAZZ AT THE STIFEL CANCELED Hear Mountain Stage’s Bob Thompson Trio at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at Jazz at the Stifel. In October 2015, Bob Thompson was inducted into The West Virginia Music Hall of Fame. For decades the composer, arranger and educator has played at festivals and venues around the country and has also taken his music to Europe, Africa and South America. While enjoying a selection of desserts and wines that are available for purchase, guests can explore the historic Stifel Fine Arts Center and view the current art exhibition, “Presence: An Exploration of Aging Through Art” on display. $22.50. Reserve seats online or call 304-242-7700. Bob Thompson LIVE MUSIC Nail City Record will present DREKKA and Bob Bucko Jr. with support from Bix Beiderbecke IV at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 14, on the Nail City Live Stage. DREKKA is an experimental musician specializing in the sounds and culture of magnetic tape. Working under the name DREKKA since 1996, composer Michael Anderson has toured, traveled and collaborated extensively, collecting memories and building a personalized archive of sound that dates back to the mid-1980s. Wheeling’s Bix Beiderbecke IV fell in love with “electronic” music when he found some VHS tapes in his older brother’s closet, which contained the first several episodes of MTV’s AMP. $5. Subscribe to Weelunk SPRING BLUES POSTPONED Presented by Heritage Music, BluesDays at River City returns in March and set to appear this month are Nick Schnebelen, on Sunday, March 15, and Albert Castiglia, Sunday, March 22. Schnebelen came to widespread attention as a member of Trampled Under Foot, the Kansas City family band that was founded in 2004 and won the 2008 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. He was also singled out for the “Albert King Award” as the best guitarist in the competition. His debut studio album, “Crazy All By Myself,” produced by Tony Braunagel, features songs written with Gary Nicholson, Jeff Paris and Dave Duncan. The CD flexes with styles ranging from slow blues to soul to funk to rock, with a dash of rockabilly. Tickets available online. Get a sneak preview of the Heritage Music BluesFest 2020 lineup during the March 15 concert! River City is located at 1400 Main St. in the Wheeling Artisan Center. Nick Schnebelen TWO PERSPECTIVES CANCELED The Gallery at Towngate will host the exhibit “Ways of Seeing, Ways of Speaking: Paintings and Drawings from Two Perspectives,” from March 15 through May 17. The exhibit features the work of artists Clare McDonald and Erin Mellott. An opening reception is set for 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 15. After the reception, the Crazy 8s improv troupe will perform on the Towngate stage from 3:30-4:30 p.m. The exhibit can be viewed free of charge from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Friday and during all Towngate Theatre events. CHICKEN OR SPAGHETTI? TAKE-OUT, DELIVERY AVAILABLE The Lazarus House and the Mary & Martha House sober living homes (READ: “Hope and Community in Abundant Supply at Lazarus House, Mary & Martha House”) operated by Youth Services System Inc. will hold a chicken or spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 15, at the Soup Kitchen of Greater Wheeling, 1610 Eoff St. Dinner includes either chicken, green beans and parsley potatoes or spaghetti, meatballs and breadsticks. Coleslaw, drinks and desserts also are provided. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children. Takeouts and delivery available. Call 304-218-2894. RESTAURANT WEEK The second annual Wheeling Restaurant Week (READ: Wheeling Restaurant Week Adds Zest to Dining Out Menu) kicks off on Monday, March 16, thanks to the work of Regional Economic Development Partnership (RED), with the support of the Wheeling-Ohio County CVB. The week-long event celebrates Wheeling’s local cuisine by featuring specials from the area’s favorite dining establishments. Local eateries are taking this opportunity to highlight their best creations and offer discounts on fan favorites. Twenty-seven restaurants are participating in the event, offering something for everyone’s taste buds and budget. SPOKEN WORD WITH HARSHMAN CANCELED Join West Virginia poet laureate Marc Harshman (READ: Poet Laureate’s Latest Book Takes Surprise Twists) and other writers at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 19, at the Stifel Fine Arts Center for an evening of poetry and prose, reflecting on the concepts and culture of aging. The event is presented in conjunction with “Presence: An Exploration of Aging Through Art.” Admission is free. Space is limited. Pre-register online or call 304-242-7700. UP THE ROAD … • Skyflight Productions presents an evening with Danika and the Jeb on Wednesday, March 18, at the Albert S. George Youth Center at Barnesville Memorial Park in Barnesville Acoustic duo Danika and the Jeb are dynamic, uplifting and fun, while their music is a soulful combination of artfully written songs and powerful musical phrasing. When asked about why she has never applied to American Idol, Danika says, “I never looked at the music industry like a lottery. I don’t need to buy a ticket. I simply need to be an artist.” Grandnephew to country guitarist Clyde Moody, Jeb Hart can craft a story with six strings. Despite a car accident that left him unable to play for several years, Jeb’s determination to overcome prevailed. Danika and Jeb are taking stages of all sizes by storm, opening for mainstream heavyweights such as Lyle Lovett, Dierks Bentley, Phil Vassar, Tracy Lawrence and others. 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. Danika and the Jeb • CANCELED 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 through Sunday, March 15. How can an accidental visit from an Egyptian police band to an off-the-beaten-track Israeli town — a visit of fewer than 24 hours — touch so many, so deeply? How can it change lives in less than a day? Maybe it’s the warm hearts and open doors. Maybe it’s the connections humans can make with music as the common denominator. The music lulls a baby to sleep; it reminds a woman of her days of dancing from long ago; and it comes from the dark corners of the stage into the spotlight, as much a character as Tewfiq and Dina and Haled and the telephone guy. Finally, the music comes to life in a brief but powerful concert. Don’t leave after the curtain call. It’s not over yet. The cast of world-class performers is led by award-winning Israeli actor Sasson Gabay as Tewfiq, star of the original film, and Janet Dacal in the role of Dina. Tickets available online. • CANCELED 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.j DOWN THE ROAD … • West Virginia Northern Community College will host a special presentation from Dr. Emily Krichbaum, founder of the nonprofit, Remember The Ladies, in honor of Women’s History Month. The presentation will take place at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, March 23, at the college’s Weirton campus, Tuesday, March 24, at the New Martinsville campus and Wednesday, March 25, at the Wheeling campus. Krichbaum’s presentation will highlight historic female figures and stories of female trailblazers. She established “Remember The Ladies” to help schools provide more representative and inclusive histories to young girls and women. Krichbaum is a historian specializing in American women and earned her doctorate from Case Western Reserve University, where she studied modern American social movements. The free events are open to the public and include lunch. Those interested in attending must RSVP to Sara Wood at 304-214-8917 or firstname.lastname@example.org no later than March 19. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window) Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment.