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WHAT’S GOING ON

Lunch With

Books Tuesday

Author Marie Manilla will discuss her novel, “The Patron Saint of Ugly,” at noon Tuesday at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library.

The book is about a family of Italians from Sicily and Calabria and Italian-American West Virginians. The autor will focus on her personal Italian-American story that made its way into the book, plus Evil-Eye (malocchio) lore.

Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch, and complimentary beverages are served.

The library is located at 52 16th St., Wheeling. For more information, visit www.ohiocountylibrary.org or call 304-232-0244.

People’s U Holocaust Classes Continue

The next installment of the People’s University will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2 at the Ohio County Library.

On Tuesday, participants will hear first-hand accounts from Wheeling teachers and students who were part of a Holocaust-related study seminar to Poland this past summer. These Classrooms Without Borders participants were accompanied by a Holocaust survivor who had been imprisoned in labor camps and concentration camps, including Auschwitz. Rabbi Beth Jacowitz Chottiner, of Temple Shalom, also will present.

Mother-Daughter Duo at Holy Grounds Cafe

Holy Grounds Cafe will host the mother-daughter duo Roz and Lynn on Thursday, Dec. 4.

The coffeehouse is open from 7-9:30 p.m. An open mic session will begin at 7 p.m., and Roz and Lynn will take the stage shortly after 8 p.m.

Roz and her mother Lynn, a gifted poet, are from Dillonvale. They inherited their love for music from Lynn’s father, Joe, a local musician who played the saxophone in bands throughout the Ohio Valley. The duo’s wide range of songs includes rock ‘n’ roll, doo wop, love songs, classic country and a few polkas.

Lisa Buckingham, who runs Holy Grounds as part of her job at Grace Church, is enthusiastic about bringing Roz and Lynn to the stage. “This is a wonderful act to kick off the Christmas season at Holy Grounds. They are loads of fun and extremely talented. Their performance is sure to put you in a great mood.”

At the coffeehouse, hot and cold drinks and a variety of snacks are available for a minimal donation. There is also a pool table, and free WiFi is available.

Holy Grounds Cafe is located at 410 Hanover St., Martins Ferry. For more information, call 740-633-2699 or find them on Facebook at Holy Grounds Cafe.

Miniature Railroad and Village to Open

The Miniature Railroad and Village will open today at Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh.

Visitors can take a walking tour of western Pennsylvania at the world-renowned Miniature Railroad & Village open for its 90th season. This beloved exhibit’s story began in 1920 with a man named Charles Bowdish of Brookville, Pa. Originally a holiday display on the second floor of his house, it moved to the Buhl Planetarium in 1954, and ultimately found its final home at Carnegie Science Center in 1992.

The Miniature Railroad & Village features hundreds of realistic animated scenes that illustrate how people lived, worked, and played in the region during an era spanning the 1880s to the late 1930s. A replica of the historic Manchester-Farms is the latest gem added to this extraordinary display. More favorites include, Fallingwater, Forbes Field, Punxsutawney Phil at Gobbler’s Knob, Luna Park, Sharon Steel Mill, a historic Pittsburgh incline and more.

Holiday Concert at Christian Center

The Ohio Valley Christian Center will present a spirit-filled Christmas concert, “Wise Men Still Seek Him,” at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 5.

The OVCC is located at 595 National Road Wheeling.

Performing will be the Chrisagis Brothers, Trae Edwards, Matt Hybarger and JD (Jeff) Garrison.

Glass Museum Open on Saturday

The National Imperial Glass Museum, 3200 Belmont St., Bellaire, will open at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, for the annual Christmas parade in downtown Bellaire. Admission and refreshments are free.

Groups may tour the museum during the winter by appointment. To make arrangements for a visit or to purchase a discounted six-month membership, call 740-671-3971 or visit www.imperialglass.org.

Hope Players

Set Meeting

The Hope Players have scheduled a meeting for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, at Hopedale United Methodist Church, 237 Church Street in Hopedale.

Anyone interested in participating in an upcoming production of the comedy, “Red, White and Tuna,” a sequel to “Greater Tuna” by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard, and/or the Players’ yet-to-be-chosen spring musical should attend the meeting.

“Red, White and Tuna” Will be directed by Hope Players’ veteran Cassie Bellerive, a Harrison Central High School graduate who made her directorial debut with the Players production of Bruce Jacoby’s drama, “The Girl in the Mirror,” while still in high school.

The spring musical will be directed by Andrew Pelegeen III, Hope Players executive director, with musical direction by Judy Kuryn.

For more information call Pelegeen at 740 937-2629 or Hope Players Pesident Donna Runt at 740-937-2208, or visit www.hopeplayers.org.

Advent?Celebration at Wheeling Jesuit

Wheeling Jesuit University will host a new Advent celebration called “Las Posadas” at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4.

“Las Posadas” is a Mexican popular devotional procession which re-enacts Mary and Joseph’s search for lodging in Bethlehem. The procession begins at Ignatius Hall and concludes at the Chapel of Mary and Joseph with festive Mexican music, food and drink.

The event is being planned by WJU’s Campus Ministry in collaboration with the International Student Office and Residence Life.

Las Posadas, which means “the inns,” will also raise awareness of the difficulties facing migrants on our southern border.

The event is free and open to the public.

WHAT’S GOING ON

Santa Spectacular at Point?State?Park

The 16th Santa Spectacular show is set for today at Point State Park in Pittsburgh.

Festivities kick off at 5 p.m. with the opening of the Wyndham Grand Winter Wonderland booths.

Highlights this year include the Sheetz Warm Up Tent with coffee, hot chocolate and cookies; interactive ice carvings; and holiday photos with Shutterbooth. The Santa Stage Show entertainment begins at 7:15 p.m. and includes North Star Kids, East End Kids, Jeter Backyard Theater, Nick Marzock and Mark Milovats. Michele’s Dance Center will usher Santa to the stage for a performance before heading over to the river side of the point with Santa’s spectacular fireballs and the lighting of the Duquesne Light tree followed by the fireworks-to-music finale at 8:45 p.m.

A complete list of activities can be found at www.SantaSpectacular.com.

Thanksgiving Concert Features

Chrisagis Brothers

The Chrisagis Brothers will present a Thanksgiving celebration at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 23 at the Emmanuel Baptist Church, 50479 National Road East, St. Clairsville

For more information call 740-695-2787 or visit chrisagisbrothersministries.org.

Bluegrass at

The Pennyroyal

Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers will be the featured bluegrass act today at the Pennyroyal Opera House in Fairview, Ohio. Opening the show will be The Wayfarers.

The Pennyroyal Opera House is located off I-70 at Exit 198.

The kitchen opens at 5 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m.

Children under the age of 12 are admitted for half price.

For more information, call 740-492-0375 or visit www.pennyroyaloperahouse. com.

Lunch With

Books Tuesday

C. Allan Spencer will discuss his book, “They Gave the Scalp Halloo,” at noon Tuesday at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library.

“They Gave the Scalp Halloo” is an invaluable and unique reference work surveying the battle tactics and culture of the indigenous people of the Great Lakes and Eastern Woodlands regions from the 16th to 18th centuries.

The program is part of the library’s celebration of Native American Heritage Month, which includes a new display in the library’s main case through the end of November.

Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch, and complimentary beverages are served.

The library is located at 52 16th St., Wheeling. For more information, visit www.ohiocountylibrary.org or call 304-232-0244.

People’s U Holocaust Classes Continue

The next installment of the People’s University will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Ohio County Library.

Tuesday’s class will examine the Holocaust and will analyze the larger context of German population policies and the place Jews occupied in Nazi dreams and nightmares.

Instructor is Jeff Rutherford, an associate history of professor at Wheeling Jesuit University, where he teaches classes on World War II, the Holocaust and modern Germany.

‘House of Blue Leaves’ at WJU

Students at Wheeling Jesuit University will present the comedy,”The House of Blue Leaves,” at 8 p.m., today and Saturday, Nov. 22, and at 2 p.m., Sunday Nov. 23 inside WJU’s Troy Theater, located inside Swint Hall. The play is free and open to the public. For tickets call 304-243-2095.

“The House of Blue Leaves” by John Guare, takes place in the 1960s in Queens, N.Y., and centers on zookeeper and would-be songwriter Artie Shaughnessy. Artie wants to make a name for himself as a composer, but his songs are ill received by most people.

‘Last Days of Judas Iscariot’ at WLU

West Liberty University opened its 2014-15 season with a play that re-examines the plight and fate of the New Testament’s most infamous and unexplained sinner, Judas Iscariot.

“The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” continues at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday, Nov. 22, and aat 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, in Kelly Theatre.

  • For tickets, visit wlu judas.brownpapertickets.com or call 304-336-8277.

Due to language and adult subject matter, this show is not suitable for all audiences.

‘Miss Firecracker Contest’ at OUE

The Theater Department of Ohio University Eastern will present Beth Henley’s hilarious comedy “The Miss Firecracker Contest,” at 8 p.m. today and Saturday, Nov. 22.

First produced in 1984 with Holly Hunter in the lead role, the play focuses on the quirky, down-on-their-luck residents of Brookhaven, Miss. Carnelle Scott, also known as “Miss Hot Tamale” has hopes of winning the Miss Firecracker Contest to atone for her past. She is soon joined by her cousin Elain, who has just left her rich but boring husband, and her cousin Delmount, who has just been released from a mental institution. Add a wacky myopic seamstress named Popeye and a lusty tubercular balloon man, and the recipe for humor is complete.

For more information and to make reservations contact Fox at 740-699-2340 or foxd@ohio.edu.

Jerry and Lisa Queen to Headline Ebert Show

Jerry and Lisa Queen from Coolville, Ohio, will headline the Ebert Brothers Family and Friends Show at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22 at the Lincoln Theater, New Martinsville.

Special guests appearing will be Wyatt Kidd, Rodney Sands and Ben Tharp, along with all the regulars, Ray, Gary, Ron, Alan, Johnny, Dana, Teresa and Patches. Sound is by Pat Henderson, lighting is by Donna Early and emcee is Carmen Harman

WHAT’S GOING ON

Bluegrass at

The Pennyroyal

David Davis and The Warrior River Boys will be the featured bluegrass act today at the Pennyroyal Opera House in Fairview, Ohio. Opening the show will be Joe Williams and Deep Water.

The Pennyroyal Opera House is located off I-70 at Exit 198.

The kitchen opens at 5 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m.

Children under the age of 12 are admitted for half price.

For more information, call 740-492-0375 or visit “http://www.pennyroyaloperahouse.com”>www.pennyroyaloperahouse.com.

Puppets to Present ‘Legend of

Sleepy Hollow’

The popular “Step Into Stories” series continues Saturday, Nov. 15 at the Ohio County Public Library with a puppet version of the “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” featuring Stevens Puppets.

The series is sponsored by the library’s Children’s Department.

In this silly and non-scary version of Washington Irving’s classic work of literature, children of all ages can follow the lanky schoolmaster, Ichabod Crane, as he sings, dances and falls in love.

“Step Into Stories” programs are offered at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.. For information, visit www.ohiocountylibrary.org or call 304-232-0244.

Uncle Eddie and Robin at Stifel

The Uncle Eddie and Robin Band brings energy and a crowd-pleasing style to Oglebay Institute’s Stifel Fine Arts Center at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15.

A dynamic musical duo with a taste of the old and a flair for the new, Ed and Robin Mahonen’s energy belies their age, and the breadth of their life experience makes for a rich and rewarding musical evening. This husband-wife team combines their voices in stunning, tight harmonies on songs that pack a punch. Their musical chemistry is undeniable, and their sound is unmistakable.

Incorporating elements of bluegrass and folk into a unique and original blend, which they term, “plunk rock,” Uncle Eddie and Robin are icons in the Appalachian music scene.

Ed and Robin will be joined on stage by Greg Pawlack on mandolin, John “Buck” Allemond on bass and Bob Gibb on percussion. Jeff Tappe will sit in as a special guest.

This is one of the band’s last shows in Wheeling before Ed and Robin move to Florida. The show will be taped for a live CD.

Tickets can be purchased at OIonline.com, by calling 304-242-7700 or at the door.

Holiday Magic

With Jazz Group

ArtsLink will continue the 2014 Holiday Magic Dance Series with a performance by the David Leonhardt Jazz Group at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20 at the Lincoln Theater in downtown New Martinsville.

Holiday classics with a jazz beat give this concert a swinging take on seasonal cheer. The band will be joined on stage by tap dancer Shelley Oliver.

Leonhardt’s improvisational jazz program uses holiday classics in an imaginative and entertaining presentation.

“Playing selections from the group’s CD, ‘I’ll be home for Christmas,’ this internationally acclaimed jazz group will have fingers snapping and toes tapping as they present a winter concert of cool jazz and hot rhythms,” Miranda Rogers, ArtsLink president, said.

The holiday concert is sponsored by Ken Block, in memory of his wife, Pat Block.

Tickets are available at the door.

Two Bands at Holy Grounds Benefit

The Holy Grounds Cafe welcomes two bands on Thursday, Nov. 20 for the once-per-term benefit event.

The coffeehouse is open from 7-9:30 p.m. There is no cover charge for this event, however donations will be taken to benefit “Abigail’s Angels.”

The band Fincastle Fair will open the night shortly after 7 p.m.

After Fincastle Fair opens, Allegheny Angels will take the stage.

Holy Grounds Cafe is located at 410 Hanover St. in Martins Ferry.

For information, call 740-633-2699 or find them on Facebook at Holy Grounds Cafe.

Wine and Unwind With Barre Blend

Oglebay Institute’s Wine and Unwind Workshop is back by popular demand, and this time the class is getting a new twist – Barre Blend. Barre Blend brings exercises from group fitness into the mind/body experience by fusing ballet-inspired movements, Pilates and yoga into one class to challenge and tone the entire body. The Wind and Unwind: Barre Blend Workshops will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20 at Oglebay Institute’s Stifel Fine Arts Center.

A 60-minute Barre Blend class, taught by Kim Kafana, will be followed by wine and light, healthy refreshments.

The workshop is open to people, ages 21 and over, of all fitness levels. Participants should bring a towel or mat. The cost includes the workshop, wine tasting and snacks. To register, call 304-242-7700 or visit OIonline.com.

People’s U Holocaust Classes Continue

The next installment of the People’s University will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Ohio County Library.

Tuesday’s class will examine German Anti-Semitism in the Age of Total War, 1900-1941. This presentation will examine German anti-Semitism within the context of European developments.

Instructor Jeff Rutherford is associate history of professor at Wheeling Jesuit University, where he teaches classes on World War II, the Holocaust and modern Germany.

Powhatan Point Ladies Wanted

For Parade

Christmas in the Village of Powhatan Committee are inviting ladies 80 years or older who have lived in Powhatan Point most of their lives to participate as honorary grand marshals in our upcoming parade.

The Powhatan Point EMS & VFD Village Christmas Parade is set for 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22. For details, call 740-795-4432 or 740-458-1015.

‘Newsies’ on Benedum Stage

Tony Award-winning “Newsies” will be presented at the Benedum Center for a limited engagement Tuesday, Nov. 25 through?Sunday, Nov. 30.

The musical is part of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust/PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh series.

Tickets are available at the box office, 655 Penn Ave., online at TrustArts.org/ broadway or by phone at 412-456-4800.

WHAT’S GOING ON

Holy Grounds Looking for Open Mic Performers

Holy Grounds Cafe is looking for local musicians to perform at Open Mic Night on Thursday, Nov. 13.

The coffeehouse is open from 7-9:30 p.m.

Lisa Buckingham, who runs Holy Grounds as part of her job at Grace Church, encourages local musicians to show off their talent on this special evening.

There are several performance slots available, so aspiring musicians are encouraged to come out and perform. Poetry readings or other performances are welcome as well.

For those who simply want to enjoy the music rather than perform, hot and cold drinks and a variety of snacks are available for a minimal donation. There is a pool table, and free WiFi is available.

Holy Grounds Cafe is located at 410 Hanover Stree, Martins Ferry. For more information, call 740-633-2699 or find them on Facebook at Holy Grounds Cafe.

Mystery Theatre to Present ‘How the West Was Dumb’

Mystery Theatre Unlimited’s hilarious new original musical comedy murder mystery, “How the West Was Dumb,” is about to ride off into the sunset.

The dinner-theatre production will be presented for the final times this fall at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 at River City Restaurant, 1400 Main St., Wheeling, and at 7 p.m. Nov. 22 at Mr. Lee’s, 2000 Wheeling Road, Cambridge.

For reservations and information, call River City at 304-233-4555 or Mr. Lee’s at 740-432-4922. More information can be found at www.MysteryTheatreUnlimited.com

Chrisagis Brothers at Rally

The Chrisagis Brothers will be lending their voices to the Let’s Fight Together Rally Church Service at 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Wintersville Community Chapel.

The event is in support of T.J. Anderson, who is in need of a new kidney. Along with the Chrisagis Brothers, also participating will be Pastor Mike Mantos, Anderson and Sarah Jean Clark.

Audie Blaylock

and Redline at Pennyroyal

Audie Blaylock and Redline will be the featured bluegrass act today at the Pennyroyal Opera House in Fairview, Ohio. Opening the show will be Awesome Possum.

The Pennyroyal Opera House is located off I-70 at Exit 198. The kitchen opens at 5 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. Children under the age of 12 are admitted for half price.

For more information, call 740-492-0375 or visit www.pennyroyaloperahouse.com.

Santorum to Screen Film

at Franciscan

Former U.S. Senator and current EchoLight Studios CEO Rick Santorum will be at Franciscan University of Steubenville to screen his new film, “One Generation Away,” on Thursday, Nov. 13.

“One Generation Away: The Erosion of Religious Liberty” features leading proponents of religious liberty, including Mike Huckabee, Eric Metaxas, Russell Moore, Tony Perkins, Eric Teetsel, and Santorum, as well as the viewpoints of those who oppose religious liberty.

The screening will take place in the Tony and Nina Gentile Gallery, J.C. Williams Center at 9 p.m. Santorum will lead a Q & A discussion after the screening.

Admission is free.

Jazz at the Stifel Saturday

Oglebay Institute continues its Jazz at the Stifel series with Pittsburgh-based jazz vocalist, recording artist and songwriter Donna Bailey at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8.

The show begins at 8 p.m. at the Stifel Fine Arts Center, 1330 National Road in Wheeling. To purchase tickets, call the Stifel Center at 304-242-7700 or visit www.OIonline.com.

Refreshments are available for purchase. Parking is free and available just behind the center.

Pittsburgh Public to Present World Premiere ‘L’Hotel’

Pittsburgh Public Theater’s 40th anniversary Season of Legends continues with the world premiere of “L’Hotel,” written by Broadway veteran Ed Dixon and directed by Ted Pappas, the Public’s producing artistic director,

“L’Hotel” runs Nov. 13 through Dec. 14 at the O’Reilly Theater.

In Ed Dixon’s new comedy, six late greats have checked into a strange and wondrous Parisian hotel. Sarah Bernhardt (Deanne Lorette) and Jim Morrison (Daniel Hartley) bicker over breakfast while Oscar Wilde (Brent Harris) and Victor Hugo (Sam Tsoutsouvas) trade vicious barbs. As Isadora Duncan (Kati Brazda) and Gioachino Rossini (Tony Triano) wage war over the Ouija board, one angelic waiter (Evan Zes) caters to their every whim. But their fondest desire is for reincarnation, which just might be possible through a young woman named Catherine (Erika Cuenca).

For tickets call 412-316-1600 or visit ppt.org.

Guest Speaker at Worship Center

“The Clash of Two Kingdoms” Victim? or Victor? Which will you choose?” is the title of a presentation by Dee Dee Barbour, 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Relevant Worship Center, off I-70 Exit 220.

Tickets include harvest soups, rolls, dessert and drink. Free babysitting will be available. Seating is limited. For tickets, call 304-280-2183 or 304-845-0254.

‘Otello’ at Pittsburgh Opera

Pittsburgh Opera continues its 76th season with Verdi’s “Otello,” based on Shakespeare’s tragedy “Othello.”

The first fully staged opera in the 2014-15 Pittsburgh Opera season, “Otello” is on stage Nov. 8, 11, 14 and 16 at the Benedum Center. ?

“Otello” brings the returns of Carl Tanner (“Aida,” 2013) in the title role, former resident artist Danielle Pastin (“The Grapes of Wrath,” 2008) as the innocent but doomed Desdemona, and Anthony Michaels-Moore (“A Masked Ball,” 2002) as the heartless, manipulative Iago.

The cast also includes resident artists Alex DeSocio, Adam Bonanni, Laurel Semerdjian and Phillip Gay, as well as former resident artist Daniel Curran.

Tickets to “Otello” are available by calling 412-456-6666 or visit www.pittsburghopera. org. The Benedum Center for the Performing Arts is located at Seventh Street and Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh.

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