Going Gaga Again

Area fans have another opportunity to go “gaga” over Lady Gaga!

The innovative entertainer is returning by popular demand to perform at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26. Her second show in the Steel City will include special guest Scissor Sisters.

Lady Gaga first appeared at the CONSOL Energy Center last September, shortly after the Penguins’ new home opened.

That memorable show, which sold out almost immediately, attracted a large and enthusiastic group of family members and friends from the local area.

Lady Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, is the granddaughter of Paul and Ronnie Bissett of Glen Dale. Her mother, the former Cynthia Bissett, is a 1972 graduate of John Marshall High School.

Meanwhile, the CONSOL Energy Center was named the nation’s best new major concert venue for 2010 at the 22nd annual POLLSTAR Concert Industry Awards in Los Angeles.

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An Indiana historic mansion managed by a former Wheeling resident is gaining national attention in preservation circles.

The Lanier Mansion State Historic Site, located in Madison, Ind., is featured on the cover of an upcoming issue of the Old House Journal. Gerry Reilly is the site manager of the Lanier Mansion and serves as the eastern regional manager for the state of Indiana’s historic sites.

The beautiful Greek revival house resembles Oglebay Institute’s Mansion Museum, where Reilly served as curator for many years before becoming the director of West Virginia Independence Hall in Wheeling.

The Old House Journal issue, with a photograph of the Lanier Mansion’s exterior as the cover illustration, should be on newsstands by Tuesday, Feb. 22, Reilly related.

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Because of a conflict, the appearance by Jaimy Gordon, author of the National Book Award-winning novel, “Lord of Misrule,” for a special Lunch With Books program at the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling has been moved back one week to Monday, March 21. The program will still begin at noon.

Sean Duffy, coordinator of the Lunch With Books series, said the change was necessitated by a conflict in the author’s schedule.

In a related development, Alan Lestini, owner of Words and Music at Stratford Springs, informed me that his shop is supplying the copies of “Lord of Misrule” to be sold at the Lunch with Books event.

Grapevine readers will recall that the novel exploring “the ruthless world of horse racing in West Virginia” is set at the mythical Indian Mound Downs, south of Wheeling. In interviews, Gordon has said that she became familiar the Ohio River valley between Wheeling and New Martinsville because one of her sisters, Hilry Gordon, lives in Wallace, a small community in the New Martinsville area.

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Area residents still have time to see the soaring installation of “birds in flight” in the atrium of the U.S. District Courthouse in downtown Wheeling.

Artists Henry and Erica Loustau of West Grove, Pa., created the three-dimensional installation for an Art in the Atrium exhibit that opened in early January.

U.S. District Court Judge Frederick P. Stamp shared the news last week that Henry Loustau, a Wheeling native, and his wife, Erica, “have generously agreed to have their work continue to be shown in the atrium for the next one or two months.”

The exhibit is open for public viewing, free of charge, during normal business hours at the federal building, which is located on Chapline Street between 11th and 12th streets. Visitors must present a photo ID, such as a driver’s license, to gain admittance to the building.

Linda Comins can be reached via e-mail at: Comins@news-register.net