WHAT’S GOING ON
Composer, producer, vocalist and award-wining entertainer and piano player Victor Wainwright will bring his raucous, high-octane, dynamic performance to BluesDay at 7:30 p.m. today to River City Restaurant in Wheeling. For tickets, visit www.heritagemusicfest.com. River City is located at 14 and Main streets, Wheeling.
Comedy At Pat’s
Comedian Steve Caminiti will perform at 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at Pat’s Down on Main Street, 422 Main St., Wheeling. For tickets, call 304-231-4573.
Film screening at library
A free screening of “The Bomb Hunters” will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, at the Ohio County Public Library auditorium.
Rick Minnich, director, will be present at the screening to narrate the film and answer questions.
Minnich is an American independent filmmaker based in Berlin, Germany. His award-winning films include “Heaven On Earth,” “Forgetting Dad” and “Homemade Hillbilly Jam.” He is currently the documentary filmmaker in residence at Robert Morris University in Moon Township, Pa.
The free screening of The Bomb Hunters is brought to the library in partnership with Ohio Valley Peace.
Call 304-232-0244 or visit the library’s website at www.ohiocountylibrary.org for more information.
Mid Ohio Valley Ballet to present holiday favorite
The Mid Ohio Valley Ballet will perform “The Nutcracker” at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4, at the Lincoln Theater in New Martinsville.
Presented by ArtsLink and sponsored by Ken Block in memory of Pat Block, this timeless classic will fill the audience with the Christmas spirit.
Local students from The Academy for Dance & Theatre Arts will be joining the Mid Ohio Valley Ballet onstage for this holiday classic.
Performing as Angels will be Ava Gorrell, Haven Anderson, Zimeng Ren, Cora Mae Lough, Nardos Biram and Eudora Lough. Joining the land of the sweets as Candy Canes will be Jourdan Schramm, Kate Gorrell, Kaylyn Wallace, Angel Dennis and Hana Biram.
Tickets will be available at the door. Those with special needs can contact ArtsLink at 304-455-2278 for assistance.
Singer-songwriter to present holiday show at Strand
Donna Ulisse will return to The Strand Theater in Moundsville to perform her Christmas CD, “All The Way to Bethlehem.” The concert is set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2.
Ulisse wrote the songs on the album that tell the story of the birth of Christ from the perspective of all of the characters in the greatest story ever told. After the intermission, she will return to the stage and perform some of her bluegrass hits. Advance tickets are available by calling 304-281-5776 or at the door.
Ulisse is a key figure in the bluegrass, folk and acoustic music scene as a singer and songwriter. Her co-written single “It Could Have Been the Mandolin” topped the Bluegrass Unlimited chart at No. 1 for two months in a row in 2016. She also was named 2016 IBMA Songwriter of the Year. Her 11th album, “Breakin’ Easy,” was released in September by Mountain Home Music Company and was produced by bluegrass legend Doyle Lawson.
Franciscan University to present holiday concerts
Franciscan University of Steubenville will present two musical events this Advent season. The university’s Schola Cantorum Franciscana and Franciscan University Chorale will perform annual Advent Services of Lessons and Carols at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, in Christ the King Chapel. The service will consist of hymns, followed by readings from Bible passages.
On Friday, Dec. 8, the Franciscan University Chorale will perform its annual Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Gentile Gallery, J.C. William’s Center. Under the direction of Franciscan University Music Professor George Melhorn, the concert will feature arrangements of familiar Christmas carols in a variety of styles, along with original compositions by John Rutter, Randall Thompson and Gustav Holst.
Both events are free and open to the public.
Washington Symphony concerts Dec. 2, 3
Washington Symphony Orchestra’s annual holiday performance, “Ho Ho Ho with the WSO” is scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at Trinity High School in Washington, Pa.
The Washington County All-Star Choir, along with the California University Choir and the Burgettstown Area School District, will be joining the symphony for choruses from Handel’s “Messiah” and “A Musicological Journey Through Twelve Days of Christmas.”
Local dance troupes will take the stage to perform selected dances from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker, Suite No. 1.”
Leroy Anderson’s “A Christmas Festival,” David Rose’s “Holiday for Strings,” and Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s “Dreams of Fireflies” will also be played as part of the program.
Tickets can be purchased online at washsym.org.