HOLY CONCERT, BATMAN!

Superheroes! with guest vocalists Megan Pachecano and Colin Eaton, conducted by music director finalist Silas Huff, swoops into town at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at The Capitol Theatre. Grab your capes and suits for an action-packed program with the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra including themes from Superman, Spider-Man, the Incredibles, Captain America, The Dark Knight and The Avengers series. This concert also features a special tribute to our real-life heroes — the men and women of the U.S. armed forces. Patrons are encouraged to come in their favorite superhero costumes, and guests are invited to stay for a free post-show reception following the concert. For tickets: wheelingsymphony.com, 304-232-6191, boxoffice@wheelingsymphony.com, or in person at 1025 Main St., Suite 811, Wheeling.

‘A COLD START’

Clientele Art Studio’s show, “Cold Start,” will highlight the underground motor enthusiast scene and showcase the works of Daxton Scholl (Drift Pizza Media) and Kurt and Alexa Diserio (Pittsburgh Moto) at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19. Daxton relentlessly covers the northeast drift scene through his self proclaimed “passion project,” Drift Pizza Media. Kurt and Alexa Diserio, through their creative studio Wild Native, started Pittsburgh Moto to better document the custom bike scene in and around Pittsburgh. Also on display will be a custom motorcycle and drift car, both built and owned by local artists Tony Provenzano and Nick Perricellia, respectively. $5. Clientele Art Studio is located at 43 15th St., Wheeling.

‘ROCK ’EM DEAD’

Mystery Theatre Unlimited will rock and roll with its current show, featuring live original music — entirely performed by the actors. In “Rock ’em Dead,” a musical-comedy, murder-mystery, dinner-theater show, a rock band that once enjoyed great success, but dissolved in a bitter break-up, is poised to be inducted in the Rock Hall of Fame. The problem is the surviving band members must reunite, but they hate each other. The show debuts Friday, Jan. 18, at the Vue Bar and Grill in Grand Vue Park, Moundsville, and continues Friday, Jan. 25, at River City Restaurant in Wheeling. In the show, the popular 1980s rock band Tone Def was known primarily for its excessive theatrics and outrageous antics, both onstage and off. Thirty years later, the band’s manager is determined to reunite the band not only for the award but also to use the renewed media attention to launch a world tour. But the former bandmates have not reconciled after an ugly split-up. For reservations, call the Vue Bar and Grille at 304-810-2778 or River City Restaurant at 304-233-4555.

“Rock ’em Dead” cast members are, from left: Dustin Heavilin, Butch Maxwell, Rick Call, Ryan Sears and Maria McKelvey.

ART AND MUSIC

Third Friday coordinator Sean Decker has announced an exciting lineup for the upcoming Third Friday event, Friday, Jan. 18, at Artworks Around Town. Molly Ananga Manjari Martin and Co. will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. “Ananga’s music is infused with natural beauty,” says Decker. “Her voice and her playing may be delicate and personal but her songs are powerful and her loving message is universal.” Joining her are well-known musicians, Matt Smith, Adrian Niles and Chad Burrall. Zoe Buccella will close the evening with music infused with her passion and infectious personality. “Despite her age, Zoe possesses the songwriting skills and stage presence of a seasoned musical veteran. She has been taking the valley by storm,” Decker says. Open mic is set for 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be available for purchase. All proceeds collected during the evening will be given to the performers. Surrounding the musicians are works by Artworks member artists interpreting the Chinese Year of the Earth Pig.  North Gallery presents works by artists participating in the workshops sponsored by Artworks and led by Pat Jacobson, Greg Siegwart, Janet Sheehan and Sandy Hadsell. A Silent Auction with a painting by the late Liz Neumann is also on display. Artworks Around Town is located at 2200 Market St., Wheeling.

ART AND ALE

Sample nearly a dozen craft beers while learning brewing tips and techniques from members of the Wheeling Alers Craft Beer Club, at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, during the Stifel Fine Arts Center’s next Art and Ale event. Area brewers will offer their finest brews to sample. Beers will be paired with food from Ye Olde Alpha. Beers for the tasting include: Belgian Golden Strong Ale, New England IPA, Vienna Lager, Weizenbock, Hazy Black IPA, Bavarian Dunkleweizen and several more. The menu includes: Guadalajara steak skewers; Jerk chicken skewers; cheeseburger chimichangas; bourbon and brown sugar shrimp with grilled pineapple; red ranch wings; tomato, fresh mozzarella and pistachios with basil and balsamic reduction; lemon and white bean hummus with grilled pita; and chips, salsa and guacamole. $30 ($26 OI members); register online or call 304-242-7700.

DRINK THE TOWN RED

Another smashing lineup of wines from the pinot noir grape, red Burgundies will be featured at the wine tasting at Good Mansion Wines at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18. Explore different renditions of pinot from a variety of Burgundy AOCs from the collection of Burgundies that can’t be found anywhere else in the region. Wines will be served with Burgundy cheeses and French baguettes. $10 at the door, no reservations needed. Occupancy limited to 40. www.goodmansionwines.com

CELEBRATE SPOKEN WORD

The Prosers return to the Towngate Theatre stage, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, bringing their unique style of spoken word poetry. The group performs original, intensely emotional works. They share powerful stories of personal struggle and authentic experiences while examining social justice issues. The theme for this show is “lighthouse,” which “explores what each individual’s own ‘light in the dark’ consists of — what brings them hope. The lighthouse symbolizes that hope, as sailors use its light to return home,” Prosers leader Samantha Pearl said. In addition to Samantha, Prosers for this performance include: Ryan Norman, Rosaline Clark, Claudell Whetstone, Sarah Clark, Sandra Baker, Matthew Nickolas, Ben Casteel and Vince Caruso. The event will also feature an open mic session. Poets, new and experienced, shy and bold, are welcome to bring their poems and read aloud to the audience. $5 Purchase tickets online, at the door or call 304-242-7700.

CELEBRATE MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration will be held on Sunday, Jan. 20, and Monday, Jan. 21, with a full slate of activities. The celebration begins at 2 p.m. on Sunday with the annual March for Justice. Participants are asked to gather at First Christian Church on National Road. Following the march will be an Interfaith Service at 3 p.m. held at the Chapel of Mary and Joseph on the campus of Wheeling Jesuit. After the service, a community dinner is set for 4 p.m. in the Benedum Room. Events continue on Monday at 8:30 a.m. with a community breakfast at the YWCA in Wheeling. There will be a presentation of essays and films as well as an awards ceremony at 9:30 a.m. The celebration concludes with a gospel concert by ezra and the reletivs with theatrical Interludes at 7 p.m. in Troy Theater on Wheeling Jesuit’s campus. For information, visit the official Facebook page.

LUNCH AND LEARN

LINDSEY SMITH

West Virginia Northern Community College’s Academic Support Center will host a No Stigma Attached Lunch and Learn from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, on the Wheeling Campus, with the Food Mood Girl, Lindsey Smith, who is a nationally recognized author, health coach and speaker. The event is free, but people must register in advance. Lunch will be provided and anyone attending the event will have a chance to win Smith’s newest book, “Eat Your Feelings.” Smith is devoted to helping everyone live a more vibrant life through self-love and guilt-free living. Affected by anxiety from a young age, Smith reached out to coaches and mentors to help her reduce negativity and toxic thinking from her life. Author of “Junk Foods & Junk Moods,” “52 Ways to Love Your Body More” and “Food Guilt No More,” Smith believes in a holistic approach to health in which a well-balanced life involves eating your veggies and occasionally indulging in that double chocolate brownie. Lunch will be provided by As You Like it Catering, and food choices will be inspired by the speaker’s book. Call 304-214-8923 or email asc@wvncc.edu for reservations by Jan. 18. The event will take place in the auditorium of the B&O Building, 1704 Market St., Wheeling.

LUNCH WITH BOOKS

Meet Scott Mingus, co-author of “Erin Go Bragh: Human Interest Stories of the Irish in the American Civil War,” at Lunch With Books, noon, Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Ohio County Public Libray. In the mid-19th century, the slogan, Erin Go Bragh, anglicized from the Gaelic phrase for “Ireland Forever,” was particularly popular among many Irish immigrants who had moved to the United States for political or personal reasons, yet maintained their strong familial, social and often nationalistic ties to the old Emerald Isle. Tens of thousands of Irish-born men (and a handful of women) and an even larger number of Irish and Scots-Irish descendants fought in the Civil War, with Sons of Erin serving prominently in both the Union and Confederate armies. Many left compelling personal stories of their martial service, or of Irish comrades. Multiple award-winning author Scott Mingus has teamed with long-time living historian and Civil War buff Gerard Mayers to present more than 150 of the best of these stories. Here, in this unique collection, readers will find interesting or unusual tales of courage, boldness and/or humor. Many have rarely been seen in print since their original publication more than a century ago. Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch, and complimentary beverages are provided. 304-232-0244; www.ohiocountylibrary.org

‘MOUNDSVILLE’

The recently released documentary, “Moundsville: An American Story,” will be shown at 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Strand Theatre in Moundsville. Check out the trailer here. For more information, visit the documentary website or read the recent Weelunk story about the film and its creator.

TIME TO PURGE

Rosemary Ketchum and Jenna Richardson are hosting a Purge Party, open to the public, from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at 96 14th St., Wheeling. Bring at least five reusable items that you no longer use or need. Throughout the night, the items will be collected, sorted and swapped. Bring, books, home décor, clothes and anything else you’d like to purge. Whatever is left will be donated to the YSS free store.

UP THE ROAD …

  • Skyflight Productions will present Niights on Friday, Jan. 18, at the Albert S. George Youth Center at Barnesville Memorial Park in Barnesville. Ambient psychedelia juxtaposed with haunting, melancholic vocals spawns chilling performances reminiscent of early Smashing Pumpkins and My Bloody Valentine. Niights enchants audiences by shifting from soothing dream-pop to aggressive rock. Fronting Niights is visual artist Jenna Fournier, whose soft, ethereal vocals and sparkling guitar float in extreme contrast to the roar emanating from the band. Guitarist Frankie Maraldo combines the clever manipulation of billowing, swirling sound effects with a raw, histrionic performance. His sonic chaos is anchored by the precision of Chris Dalman’s hammering drums intertwined with the band’s bassist/synthesist Vincenzo Mauer’s emotive playing. Their sound, not easily defined, captivates a wide spectrum of listeners, inviting you into dreams, desires and a musical journey set to expand aural horizons. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and the show will begin at 7:30 p.m. $10. 423-276-2653 or Skyflight Productions on Facebook.

NIIGHTS

DOWN THE ROAD …

  • It’s not too early to make Valentine’s dinner reservations! Why not experience an Argentine dinner — it will excite your taste buds and warm your heart as you support the FC Wheeling United U14 soccer travel team’s trip to Argentina. The event is set for 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, at the Wheeling Country Club, with Argentine wine and food provided by Mark Glass and Charlie Schlegel. The three-course meal and a bottle of wine is $120 per couple. Reserve tickets by sending an email to Diego.Gattesco@gmail.com before Feb. 3. Include names and phone numbers Send checks (payable to FC Wheeling United) to 224 Chapel Road, Wheeling.



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