BOOTS TO BOW TIES
Kick up your heels at The Linsly spring soirée and auction, Boots to Bow Ties, at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at the Pine Room at Oglebay. The evening features food, live music from Better Daze and auction items, such as a weekend getaway for two to Nashville, Tennessee; a luxury ski vacation for eight in a condo at Seven Springs Mountain Resort; a vacation home in Reunion, Florida; an overnight stay in a Treetop Villa and ziplining passes at Grand Vue Park; Steeler tickets; a catered dinner; and a Pittsburgh date night; as well as a variety of themed silent auction baskets. Ladies can wear anything from blue jeans, boots and bling to spring dresses and blue jean jackets. Gentleman can come comfortably in their jeans and blazers and maybe even sport a bowtie for the evening. Tickets at $75 will be available at the door.
THE ART OF WINE
Wine tasting, food pairings and a live art demonstration, await at “The Art of Wine,” 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 12, at the Stifel Fine Arts Center. Sample four to six wines paired with food, while watching art being made right before your eyes, which will be auctioned off at the end of the evening. Also, take a tour of the latest exhibit, “The Art of Healing.” $35. 304-242-7700; www.oionline.com
SIP & SHOP
Shop at the well-stocked YWCA Y-Not Boutique during Sip & Shop, 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at the YWCA Wheeling. While shopping to support the boutique, guests can enjoy hors d’oeuvres, drinks and live music. $20.
SIP INTO SPRING
From roses to crisp whites to light and well-balanced reds, Good Mansion Wines will propose a roster of wines to brighten your spring. The wine tasting begins at 6 p.m. Friday, April 12. Wines will be served with cheeses and French baguettes. $15 at the door, no reservations needed. www.goodmansionwines.com
Led Zepplica — A Tribute to Led Zeppelin will bring back musical memories, 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 12, at Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack. Tickets at Ticketmaster or at the Wheeling Island Gift Shop.
Join the Crazy 8s for a night of improvisational comedy in Wheeling, 8-10 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Theatre. These brave performers hit the stage without a script, props or a safety net. Armed only with adrenaline and their imaginations, they make up stories on the spot that entertain and amuse. Audience members offer suggestions for scenes, conflicts, characters and theatrical styles, and contribute directly to the action on stage. Made up of high school and college students, the Crazy 8s are brave, talented and oh, so funny! $5. 304-242-7700; www.oionline.com
New York City comedian Olivia Grace will appear at Mac’s Club, 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 16. She was featured on all three seasons of Comedy Central’s hit show “Jeff Ross Presents: Roast Battle,” and was a staff writer for the “Roast of Bruce Willis.” She has been a part of the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal and the New York Comedy Festival. Hosted by Leslie Cavala, the evening also features Tim Mclaughlin, Cassie Bruno and Mike Winland. $10 presale, $15 at the door. Ages +21. 89 Edgington Lane, Wheeling.
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Cheer on the West Virginia Roughriders as they take on the Youngstown Federals, 7 p.m. Monday, April 15, at WesBanco Arena, 2 14th St., Wheeling. 304-233-4470; www.wesbancoarena.com
WORKING NINE TO FIVE
West Liberty University students are staging “9 to 5: The Musical” to close this year’s theater season. Directed by Melinda Kreisberg, the musical opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, in Kelly Theatre. It continues with performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 12, and Saturday, April 13, and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 14. Set in the late 1970s, this hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era is outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic. Pushed to the boiling point, three female co-workers make a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. In a hilarious turn of events, Violet, Judy and Doralee live out their wildest fantasy, giving their boss the boot, and the women give their workplace a dream makeover. Tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets. 304-336-8277
AN ‘IMPORTANT’ PLAY
The Strand Theatre will present the landmark Oscar Wilde comedy “The Importance of Being Earnest,” April 12-14. The play runs at 7 p.m. Friday, April 12, and Saturday, April 13, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 14. The play follows Jack Worthing, a respectable estate owner who often journeys to London to reprimand his nefarious brother Ernest. The issue? Ernest is entirely made up; Jack merely uses this fictional brother as an excuse to go enjoy the pleasures of city life. To make things more complicated, Jack answers to the name “Ernest” while in the city, where he visits his beloved, Gwendolen Fairfax — who confesses she loves him partly because something about the name Ernest “inspires absolute confidence.” Meanwhile, at Jack’s home in the country, Jack’s ward Cecily is fascinated with the stories of Jack’s wicked brother Ernest. Upon learning this, Jack’s devious friend Algernon rushes to the country and introduces himself to Cecily as (who else?) Ernest, where they promptly fall in love. Chaos ensues as identities are revealed, personalities clash, and strange coincidences occur — all under the hawkish and judgmental eye of the imposing Lady Bracknell. $12. There will be a pay-what-you-will open dress rehearsal at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 11. strandtheatrewv.com
“MEASURE FOR MEASURE”
The Rustic Mechanicals, West Virginia’s only professional Shakespeare troupe, bring their Truth is Truth tour of William Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure” to Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Theatre for a single performance at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 14. Existing somewhere between comedy and tragedy, the story takes place in Virginia, which has become a hovel for brothels and promiscuous behavior. $10. 304-242-7700; www.oionline.com
FILM & CONVERSATION
“Rear Window,” Alfred Hitchcock’s iconic 1954 suspenseful thriller starring James Stewart and Grace Kelly, will be shown on the big screen Friday, April 12, at Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Theatre in Wheeling. The screening is part of the Wheeling Film Society’s seventh season of showing and discussing classic Hollywood films. Oglebay Institute, Wheeling Jesuit University and the Ohio County Public partnered to form the Wheeling Film Society. A conversation about the film, led by John Whitehead, takes place at noon on Tuesday, April 16, at the Ohio County Public Library. The film screening and discussion are free. Oglebay Institute: 304-242-7700; www.oionline.com; Ohio County Public Library: 304-232-0244; www.ohiocountylibrary.org
Nail City Record will be celebrating the 12th edition of Record Store Day beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 13. On Record Store Day, the people who make up the world of the record store — the staff, the customers and the artists — will come together to celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities. There will be special vinyl and CD releases, promotional products, sales, raffle, giveaways and more. Nail City Record will also kick off its new stage with live music: Ray Myers at 11:30 a.m., Chris Kuskey at 12:15 p.m.; Twelve Eight at 6 p.m.; TrailHeads, 6:45 p.m. SweetZekes Coffee Company will be selling their coffee. www.recordstoreday.com
Heaven Bound Ministries will present the acclaimed Easter musical passion play, “He’s Alive!” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 12, and Saturday, April 13, and a 3:30 p.m. matinee on Sunday, April 14, at The Capitol Theatre, 1015 Main St., Wheeling. The doors for the free performances will open one hour before the showtimes. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. 304-232-6122, 304-233-4470 or 724-883-2241; heavenboundministriesinc.org
Poor Man’s Heaven will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at Undo’s Elm Grove Sports Bar, playing classic rock tunes. Band members include Les Burley, George Alleman, George Vacheresse, Jeremy Scott and Jim Jobko.
IN THE HUNT
Bring the kids to the Hoppin’ & Splashin’ YMCA Easter Egg Hunt in the Pool, Sunday, April 14, at the Wheeling YMCA. There will be prizes, and the finder of the golden egg will receive a youth gift certificate to the YMCA. This program is for children ages 10 and under. Parents of children 6 years and under must be in the pool with their children. All children who are not potty-trained must wear a swim diaper. 1:30-2:15 p.m. (ages 6 and under); 2:30-3:15 p.m. (ages 7-10 years) Registration forms are available at the YMCA. Each session is limited to the first 50 kids who sign up.
WHAT’S ALL THE RACKET!
Children ages 4-12 are invited to a free tennis play day presented by the Wheeling Oglebay Tennis Club at the Wheeling Park indoor tennis facility, Saturday, April 13. No experience is necessary, and equipment will be provided. Children ages 4-5, 1-2 p.m.; ages 7-8, 2-3 p.m.; ages 9-12, 1-3 p.m. To register, email names and ages of participates to email@example.com.
MAYHEM & MURDER!
“Victorian Era Mayhem and Murder” will be presented by David Javersak at People’s University’s “Lesser Known Legends of Wheeling” series, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 16. 304-232-0244; www.ohiocountylibrary.org
BRUSH UP ON CAREER SKILLS
Area women looking to brush up on career skills are invited to a free workshop hosted by the Junior League of Wheeling’s 2019 provisional class. “Let’s Get To Work: A Women’s Workshop” is set for 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 13, at the Wheeling YWCA, 1100 Chapline St. This career workshop is open to women who are new to the workforce or looking for a career change. Services will include resume building, professional image development, email etiquette and mock interviews. Attendees will also receive a free lunch after the workshop, courtesy of Oglebay Resort.
‘ART OF HEALING’
Oglebay Institute’s “The Art of Healing” Lecture Series continues at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at the Stifel Fine Arts Center. Guests will get an in-depth look at “The Bodice Project” from the artists who created this uplifting and sensitive sculptural exhibit that focuses on breast cancer, inner healing and awareness. Breast cancer survivors will join the artists for a panel discussion about emotional healing and life after treatment. The Bodice Project is featured in the exhibit on display through April 19. The exhibit includes drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and written word from artists from throughout the United States and explores various ways art can be used in the healing process. 304-242-7700; www.OIonline.com
‘BE UNIQUE, BE YOU AND LIVE!’
David George, author, self-advocate and motivational speaker for people of all ages who have been diagnosed with attention deficit order, Asperger’s syndrome, autism or other learning disabilities, will share his experiences at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 15, at Oglebay Institute’s Schrader Environmental Education Center. George is author of the self-help book, “Be Unique, Be You and Live!,” which details his difficult journey from childhood through adulthood, living with attention deficit disorder and various learning disabilities that ultimately led to post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic depression and generalized anxiety disorder. He eventually was able to break free from some of these bonds through hard work, perseverance and achieving success and acceptance while at Bethany College. George seeks to create a community support system to help people connect and grow through the healing power of music, nature imagery, and time spent together in nature. 304-242-6855
DOWN THE ROAD …
• 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 Greenbier 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
UP THE ROAD …
• The next performance of the WSO on the GO series, featuring Wheeling Symphony’s Brass Quintet, is set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at the Lincoln Theater in New Martinsville. This concert is free and open to the public. The ensemble features musicians Jason Allison (horn), Shawn Wilson (trumpet), Donald Duncan (trumpet), John Sebastian Vera (trombone) and Phil VanOuse (tuba). 304-232-6191; www.wheelingsymphony.com
• “Come From Away,” the true story of the small town that welcomed the world on 9/11, is coming to Pittsburgh. PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh will present the show through Sunday, April 14, at the Benedum Center. “Come From Away” takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. Visit the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust website for tickets.
• 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