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Mise Seeks Award

Wheeling native Justin Mise is among the artists and bands vying for a nomination in the 18th annual Independent Music Awards.

He described the awards program as an “influential platform for established and emerging artists from around the globe.” It includes more than 100 album, extended play, song, producer, video and design categories. Awards will be presented during a ceremony in New York City on June 27.

Justin Mise is the stage name of Justin Misenhelder, a Wheeling Park High School graduate who performed in musical theater productions in his hometown before moving to New York and launching his professional career.

Music fans can register online at www.IndependentMusicAwards.com to vote for entrants to become the Vox Pop (fan favorite) nominee in each song and music video category. To help Mise become a Vox Pop nominee, vote at https://fans.independentmusicawards.com/artists/justin-mise.

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Tim Thompson, Oglebay Institute’s director of performing arts, is featured in the cover photograph of the latest edition of Artworks magazine, published by the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History.

Thompson and Micah Underwood, OI development director, were presenters at the inaugural STEAM Power WV Showcase at the Culture Center in Charleston last September. Through a live demonstration featuring audience volunteers as voice actors and Foley sound engineers, they highlighted the “Midnight Radio Jr.” program, which Oglebay Institute conducted at Triadelphia Middle School.

The showcase highlighted projects made possible by STEAM Power WV grants, funded by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation through the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History.

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Civic leader and author Maxwell King has been named Pittsburgher of the Year by Pittsburgh Magazine.

King, who retired in 2019 as president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Foundation, wrote the first official biography of Pittsburgh icon Fred Rogers.

Area readers may recall that King was scheduled to discuss his book, “The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers,” at the Ohio County Public Library’s Lunch With Books program twice last year, but canceled both appearances because of illness. In an essay published in the January issue of Pittsburgh Magazine, he wrote about life-threatening medical conditions and surgery that saved him.

A profile in the magazine noted that King grew up in Alliance, Ohio.

As an adult, he worked as a journalist and editor before becoming president of the Heinz Endowments in Pittsburgh. In an interesting side note, King’s maternal grandfather was Maxwell Perkins, the legendary editor at the Scribner’s publishing house.

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Speaking of libraries, a short article in Pittsburgh Magazine noted that the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh offers 29 book clubs, including one that combines literature and beer. The Books on Tap book club meets monthly in a brew pub.

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By all accounts, the Wheeling Reads: One Book, One Community initiative got off to a grand start Thursday evening with a free presentation at Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Theatre.

A memoir, “Educated” by Tara Westover, is the selection for the year-long community reading program.

Linda Comins can be reached via email at: lcomins@theintelligencer.net

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