Lunch With Books features ‘Teenie’ Harris photography

For nearly forty years, Charles “Teenie” Harris (1908-1998) photographed the events and daily life of African Americans for the Pittsburgh Courier, one of the nation’s most influential black newspapers.

Acquired by Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Art in 2001, The Teenie Harris Archive consists of nearly 80,000 images dating from the 1930s to the 1970s, documenting what might be one of the most complete insights into African American life at that time.

The collection spans just about every major topic imaginable from births and weddings to cars and jazz clubs and features some of the most prominent African American politicians and entertainers (including Chu Berry, pictured below playing tenor sax in Cab Calloway’s band in a 1941 Harris photo) as well as beloved local community members in their everyday lives.

Join Dominique Luster of the Teenie Harris Archive at Carnegie Museum of Art at Lunch With Books at noon, Tuesday, Feb. 6, at the Ohio County Public Library, for a discussion on the West Virginia and Wheeling connections found in this rich photography collection.

Dominique Luster received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Theatre from the University of Kentucky and an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh. She currently serves as the Teenie Harris Archivist at the Carnegie Museum of Art where she is assisting the museum to build a world-renown archive that is uniquely hyper-specialized on the life of African Americans in the mid-20th century. Before coming to the CMOA, she previously worked for the University of Pittsburgh Library System, the Smithsonian Institute Archives of American Art, and the University of Kentucky Special Collections Library.

Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch and complimentary beverages are provided. Call the Ohio County Public Library at 304-232-0244 or visit the library’s website at www.ohiocounty library.org for more information.

Learn math tricks — just for fun!

“Mathematics Fun– is NOT an oxymoron” The new People’s University, “Mathematics 1: Making Sense of Math,” a mini four-class series, will begin at the Ohio County Public Library on Tuesday, Feb. 6, and continue to meet for four consecutive Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m., ending Feb. 28.

Each class will be approximately 60-90 minutes in length. Instructors Jeanne Finstein and Libby and Robert Strong will teach us how to understand mathematical terminologies and functions covering a variety of fascinating and fun mathematical concepts, from Mobius Bands and Universe Modeling, to Dimensionality and Black Hole Mathematics. It’s not as intimidating as it sounds — trust us! You will walk away from this series with a recognition of mathematical patterns, some neat math tricks in your back pocket, and a good grasp of how complex mathematical equations work, all while saying, “Gee, that was really fun!”

The schedule for People’s University “Mathematics 1: Making Sense of Math” begins:

Class 1: Feb. 6, 7 p.m. — Mathematics Fun and Games: Instructor: Jeanne Finstein, Ed.D.

“Mathematics Fun — is NOT an oxymoron” Class 1 will highlight some interesting patterns of rational numbers and we will learn some tricks that aren’t part of a typical math class-for instance, did you know you can use your hands to multiply by 9? (Jeanne will teach us why 9 is her favorite number.)

Participants will also play a few math games that can exercise the brain and/or provide some interesting and educational ways to entertain children or grandchildren.

Bluegrass Gospel at the Stifel Fine Arts Center

Some of the region’s best bluegrass, Americana and roots music artists perform in Wheeling as part Oglebay Institute’s popular Mountain Moon Coffeehouse. Crowd-pleasing performers, expert pickers, talented vocalists and captivating storytellers entertain crowds with foot-stomping tunes and expressive ballads. Shows take place in the historic 100-year-old Stifel Fine Arts Center.

Mountain Moon Coffeehouse continues Saturday, Feb. 3, with an evening of bluegrass gospel with Brother Randall & Friends.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Then, the music begins at 8 p.m. Guests can come early to explore the grand mansion and see why it’s a popular venue with performers and audiences alike. Light snacks and non-alcoholic beverages are included with the ticket price. Beer and wine are available for purchase.

Purchase tickets in advance by calling 304-242-6855 or visiting www.oionline.com.

Other upcoming Mountain Moon performances include: Well Strung, March 3; Marsh Wheeling String Band, April 7; and Bill Gorby and the Musical Mercenaries, May 5.