Wine, Women & Song This Weekend

Take a wine tour of the Mosel Valley before heading off to see “Vertigo,” where Towngate Theatre is going to dizzying heights to please Ohio Valley audiences! Or be one of the first to hear the lineup of Heritage Music’s BluesFest ’18 to be announced at BluesDay at River City on Friday. Feeling lucky? On Saturday, take your chances and win a trip to the Caribbean at Junior League of Wheeling’s Affair With Emerald Flair.

• Hitchcock’s masterpiece, “Vertigowill be on the big screen at Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Theatre screen at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 9, with conversation about the film, led by John Whitehead, to take place at noon, Tuesday, March 13, at the Ohio County Public Library’s Lunch With Books series. Also, at Towngate, a groundbreaking documentary that chronicles the journey of today’s female combat warriors, “Journey to Normal: the Women of War Come Home,” will be shown at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 11.


• The big sounds of Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials come to BluesDay at River City, 1400 Main St., Wheeling, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 9. Celebrating 30 years together, Lil’ Ed and his band are a tour-de-force of authentic, deeply rooted Chicago blues. Also, get the low-down on the lineup for the 2018 Heritage Music BluesFest during Friday’s show.

• Take a wine tour of the Mosel Valley at 6 p.m., March 9, at Good Mansion Wines, and taste precious semi-dry and sweet Rieslings and light and clean red Pinot Noir wines from the enchanted Mosel Valley of southwest Germany, one of the most dramatic wine regions of the world. Served with blue cheeses and French baguettes. $15 at the door, no reservations needed.

• The Pennyroyal Opera House presents Iron Horse Friday, March 9, with Almost Famous as the opening band. Doors open at 5 p.m.; music starts at 7 p.m.

• Junior League of Wheeling presents Affair With Emerald Flair at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at the Artisan Center, above River City in Wheeling. Affair With Emerald Flair is the Junior League of Wheeling’s annual fundraising event that draws hundreds of guests each year for a festive evening of food, raffles and entertainment. This event is open to the general public, and tickets can be purchased for $30 in advance at Tickets are $35 at the door. Ticket includes a wide selection of hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine.

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• Wheeling Jesuit University’s Culture Fest 2018 will kick off at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 10, in WJU’s Benedum Room inside Swint Hall. This year’s event will feature entertainment, native dishes and cultural heritage from more than 25 countries. In addition to performances and presentations, the students and WJU employees will cook and serve ethnic dishes. For more information about the event, call the WJU Student Services office at 304-243-2350.


• Jazz at the Stifel welcomes Wheeling’s Peck Family Jazz Band with pianist Max Leake, at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at the Stifel Fine Arts Center.

• A night out for you and your kids (ages 6-12) at Nature Night Out! Drop off your children off at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at the Schrader Center in Oglebay Park for a fun and educational evening of games, live animals, dinner and a night hike. They’ll provide dinner and s’mores around the fire. Pickup is at 8:30 p.m. Call 304-242-6855 to register and for additional info.

• The Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library will host Larry Freeland for a captivating presentation at 6 p.m. Monday, March 12, “How the Irish Saved Civilization.” The Moundsville Library is located at Fifth and Tomlinson in Moundsville. For more information call the library at 304-845-6911.

• Lions and tigers and bears? Oh, my! Experience the “The Shrine Circus,” 4 and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, at WesBanco Arena.

• Need some polka in your life? Join Polka Party With Jack Tady, 2-5 p.m, Wednesday, March 14, at the Waves Lounge at Wheeling Island Casino.

• The Wheeling Symphony Orchestra’s three-day East Meets West Festival kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, with the Art and Tradition of Storytelling at the Oglebay Mansion Museum, featuring Wei Wei, WSO’s associate concertmaster, and Marc Harshman, West Virginia’s poet laureate. The festival continues with A Musical Journey Through Chinese and Western Culture with Lu-Han Li on pipa (sometimes referred to as a Chinese lute) and Jennifer Frautschi on violin, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at the Stifel Fine Arts Center. The week wraps up with the symphony’s concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 16, at The Capitol Theatre.