SUPER ‘SOUPER BOWL’ EVENTS
• Join the Soup Kitchen of Greater Wheeling Inc. for its SOUPer Bowl Party! from 6-11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1. The New Age Adenas will be playing from 6:30-10:30 p.m. There will be food, spirits, wine and a wine tasting. Suggested donation $25 per person All proceeds go to the Soup Kitchen’s lunchtime feeding program. Must be 21 to attend.
• Take a wintry hike through Oglebay at the Soup-er Bowl Hike, set to step off at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1. The 8-mile hike will begin and end at Hess Shelter. All participants should arrive dressed for the weather with comfortable hiking shoes. Participants will be outside a couple of hours. Lunch includes chili, vegetarian vegetable soup, rolls, hot chocolate, coffee and water. Register online. Same-day registration available 9-10 a.m.; cash/check only. $15.01 per person.
The beloved fairytale “Rapunzel,” will be brought to life on Jan. 31, and Feb. 1-2, 7-8 at Oglebay Institute‘s Towngate Theatre in Wheeling. Adapted from the Brothers Grimm tale by Sidney Berger, the production closely follows the original tale, complete with a wicked enchantress, heroic prince and fair maiden. A witch takes an infant Rapunzel from her parents and locks her in a tower. As Rapunzel grows up, she has all the luxuries that money — or witchcraft — can provide; yet, she is unhappy because she is deprived of love and affection. When a handsome prince tries to rescue Rapunzel, plenty of action, suspense, mayhem and mishaps ensue. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Jan. 31 and Feb. 7; and 3 p.m. Feb. 1-2 and Feb. 8. Children ages 10 and under will be admitted for a special admission price of $10. Adult admission is $12.50. Members of Oglebay Institute receive a discount. Purchase tickets online or by calling the Stifel Fine Arts Center at 304-242-7700. Towngate’s box office opens one hour before all shows and can be reached at 304-233-4257.
A CURE FOR CABIN FEVER
Mountain Moon Coffeehouse presents the Cabin Fever String Band on Saturday, Feb. 1, at Oglebay Institute’s Stifel Fine Arts Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the music begins at 7 p.m. Formed in 1986, Cabin Fever String Band has taken its distinctive blend of old-time country, gospel and bluegrass music to audiences throughout the tri-state region. The band plays and sings with an undeniable respect for the traditions from which the music came. Tickets are $15 ($12.50 OI members) and include coffee, tea and light snacks. Beer, wine, soft drinks and merchandise available for purchase. Purchase tickets online or call 304-242-7700.
LUNCH WITH BOTTOMS
“Lowest White Boy” by author Greg Bottoms is the Lunch With Books topic at noon on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the Ohio County Public Library. An innovative, hybrid work of literary nonfiction, “Lowest White Boy” takes its title from Lyndon Johnson’s observation during the civil rights era: “If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket.” Bottoms writes about growing up white and working-class in Tidewater, Virginia, during school desegregation in the 1970s. Bottoms is a professor of English at the University of Vermont. This program will be presented via Skype. Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch, and complimentary beverages are provided. 304-232-0244
Reconnect with area alumni for an Alumni Tap Takeover at The Ratt set for 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at Wheeling University. The event will include a flight of four Wheeling Brewing Company beers to sample, snacks and other activities.
Saturday, Feb. 1, is Country Roads/WVU Medicine Reynolds Memorial Hospital Charity Night, when the Wheeling Nailers play the Orlando Solar Bears at WesBanco Arena. The first 2,000 fans receive a free cowbell, there will be a mechanical bull riding contest, and fans are invited to dress like a Mountaineer. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., puck drop at 7:35 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 31, is Hawaiian Night/Frosty Friday, when the Wheeling Nailers play the Orlando Solar Bears at WesBanco Arena. Lei giveaway to the first 1,000 fans. Doors open at 5 p.m.; puck drop at 7:05 p.m.
Veteran musician Shannon Canterbury will present an evening of light rock, country and audience favorites Saturday, Feb. 1, at Undo’s Elm Grove. Canterbury plays a variety of familiar music from every genre. The music starts at 8 p.m. Undo’s is located at 2153 National Road, Wheeling.
CHEERS TO THE TEAMS!
Come cheer on area high school teams at the OVAC High School Cheering Championship at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at WesBanco Arena.
Friends of Wheeling and Wheeling Heritage will host the annual Preservation Forum at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, in the lower level of the Ohio County Public Library. Several speakers are lined up to share their preservation plans and successes. This event is open to the public.
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
DOWN THE ROAD …
• On Friday, Feb. 7, Wheeling Heritage and the YWCA Wheeling present the Ohio Valley Festival for Filmmakers of Color. The event will showcase creative amateur filmmakers from Wheeling, Martins Ferry, Bridgeport, Pittsburgh and California. Doors open at 5 p.m. Guests can mingle and enjoy refreshments prior to 6:30 p.m., when the films will be screened. Filmmakers being showcased include: Mikaya Green, Shawn Holmes, Keith Banks, Andre Paige, Demarise Darnell, Miguel Tapia Jr., Dayne Jefferson, Ron Scott Jr and Marcellus Cox.
UP THE ROAD …
• 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. 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
• The heat is on when Miss Saigon hits the stage Feb. 4-9 at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh. From the creators of Les Misérables, comes the story of a young Vietnamese woman named Kim who is orphaned by war and forced to work in a bar run by a notorious character known as the Engineer. There she meets and falls in love with an American G.I. named Chris, but they are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. For three years, Kim goes on an epic journey of survival to find her way back to Chris, who has no idea he’s fathered a son. Featuring stunning spectacle and a sensational cast of 42 performing the soaring score, including Broadway hits such as “The Heat Is On in Saigon,” “The Movie in My Mind,” “Last Night of the World” and “American Dream,” this is a theatrical event you will never forget.