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WHAT’S GOING ON

‘The Nutcracker’

at Towngate

Attending a performance of “The Nutcracker” is like adding a star to the top of your tree. The yuletide season is not complete without it.

Area residents have a few more chances to see this treasured holiday event.

The show will be performed by Oglebay Institute’s School of Dance at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. today and Saturday, Dec. 27 on the Harold G. O’Leary stage at Towngate Theatre.

Featuring a talented cast of beautifully costumed dancers performing on a lavish set and reveling in Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, this enchanting ballet features dancing flowers, flurries of snowflakes and beautiful fairies and will delight audiences of all ages.

Based on the book “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,” written by E.T.A. Hoffman, the Nutcracker Ballet revolves around a young German girl named Clara. Clara falls asleep on Christmas Eve and is transported into a Christmas fantasy where a nutcracker turns into a prince, toys become soldiers and enchanted lands are filled with dancing fairies, snowflakes and flowers.

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

Disney on Ice Comes to Wheeling

Disney on Ice presents “Treasure Trove,” a jam-packed ice show that commemorates the legacy of Disney animated films, Jan. 1-4 at WesBanco Arena

Get tangled up in Disney’s 50th animated feature with Rapunzel and Flynn and enter the worlds of other favorite Disney princesses – Tiana, Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Mulan and Snow White.

Set sail with Peter Pan, the always sassy Tinker Bell and the cantankerous Captain Hook and his pirate pals on an adventure beyond Never Land. Trek the wilds of Africa with Simba, Nala, Pumbaa and Timon as they discover the true meaning of the “Circle of Life.” Tick-tock! Tick-tock! Don’t be late to a very important date with Alice and the Mad Hatter as they march with the Queen of Hearts’ Army of Cards. Relive magical moments in this ultimate Disney animation celebration coming to Wheeling.

Tickets are available at WesBancoArena.com, the WesBanco Arena box office, or by phone at 304-233-4470.

New Year’s Eve Dance at Eagles

The Wheeling?Eagles #344 will host a New Year’s Eve dance on Wednesday, Dec. 31.

A country variety band will entertain from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sourkraut and pork will be served at midnight. For tickets, call 304-639-7279.

The Wheeling Eagles is located at 944 Main St., Wheeling.

The Muddle at Indian Club

The Muddle will be performing from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. on New Year’s Eve at The Indian Club in Tiltonsville.

Band members are Cathy Mowder (rhythm guitar and vocals), Kevin Schlick (lead guitar and vocals), London Stadler (bass and vocals) and Kevin Brosch (percussion).

There is an admission charge.

Call 740-859-9407 for more information.

Reservations are suggested but not required.

Ring in the

New Year

New York Style

Wheeling Island Hotel, Racetrack &?Casino is hosting a NYE?Showroom Party from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31.

Enjoy live entertainment by Shimmer Band, New York-style food, champagne toast and balloon drop.

For more information, call call 800-745-3000 or visit www.wheelingisland.com.

Architects in Spotlight at Lunch

Researcher Kate Quinn will discuss the five key architects who designed many of the city’s most important buildings at noon Tuesday, Dec. 30, at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library.

The library is located at 52 16th St., Wheeling,

Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public.

Patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch, and complimentary beverages are served.

For information, visit the library’s web site at www.ohiocountylibrary.org or call 304-232-0244.

WHAT’S GOING ON

‘It’s Wheeling Steel’ at Museum

An exhibit featuring the iconic radio program “It’s Wheeling Steel” has found a temporary home in the Brooke County Historical Museum and Culture Center in Wellsburg.

Visitors can see and hear this unique part of local history at the Brooke County museum, 704 Charles St., from 1-5 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays or by appointment by calling 304-737-4060.

“It’s Wheeling Steel” was a musical and variety program based in Wheeling, with talent drawn from Wheeling Steel Corp. It first aired in November 1936 and ended June 18, 1944 after 326 programs, furnished, developed and staffed by industrial workers whose interest in music was as intense as their daily jobs. Family members also performed on the show.

The Wheeling National Heritage Area Corp. created the exhibit several years ago, and the exhibit has traveled throughout Wheeling, making stops at the Capitol Theatre, Wheeling Artisan Center and the Wheeling Area Convention and Visitors’ Bureau. It most recently was displayed at the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center.

Three 4-foot by 8-foot panels display on both sides pictures of the records, sheet music, the Life photo spread and other memorabilia. The “It’s Wheeling Steel” book produced by the Wheeling Big Band Society is on display, with copies for sale.

Rarely Herd at Pennyroyal

Tonight

The Rarely Herd Band will be the featured bluegrass act today at the Pennyroyal Opera House in Fairview, Ohio. Opening the show will be Suger Creek?Bluegrass.

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.

Webster and Friends to Present Holiday Concert

Martins Ferry High School graduate Matt Webster and his friends will perform a holiday concert at 7 p.m. today at Grace Presbyterian Church, 7 North St., in Martins Ferry.

The concert will take the audience on a musical road trip – from the snowy streets of New York City to the warm houses of family and friends back home – featuring Broadway show tunes, Christmas favorites, the Beatles, Disney and more.

Come celebrate our favorite holiday traditions with a night filled with stories, songs, and laughter. A reception in the fellowship hall will follow the show.

Also appearing will be: Chasdan Ross Mike, also a graduate of Martins Ferry High School; MaryJoanna Grisso who recently starred as Maria in the Broadway Tour of “West Side Story”; Taylor Ferrera, co-writer of “Propaganda! The Musical,” which won Best Featured Actress and Best Choreography in the 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival; and Dale Sampson who recently starred in Matt and Taylor’s original musical, “Propaganda! The Musical.”

Photo Exhibit at Artisan Center

The Wheeling Artisan Center will host a photography exhibition by the Ohio Valley Shutterbugs Club, through Dec. 27 in the 3rd Floor Loft Gallery.

The Ohio Valley Shutterbugs Club meets regularly at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at Artworks Around Town located in the north end of the Centre Wheeling Market House. The meetings are open to anyone interested in becoming a member of the group.

Participants of this exhibit include Giulio Cappelletti, Daniel Caron, Susan Crockard, Greta Foose, Dakota Lish, Patty Lish, Ted Kutzlo, Marge Kuzma, Dennis Niess, Bill Orkoskey, Fred Payne, Linda Reeves, Sharon Slokam and Len Smith.

The Artisan Center’s 3rd Floor Loft Gallery is open 10 to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

For more information, call 304-232-1810 or visit www.artisancenter.com.

Holiday Jam Session Saturday

The Graysville Community Association will sponsor a Holiday Jam session on Saturday, Dec. 20 at the community building on Graysville Road, located two miles east of W.Va. 2.

All local musicians and singers are welcome to the fun evening.

A covered dish dinner will be held beginning at 5 p.m. with a Christmas card exchange to be held during the evening.

For more information, call 304-845-0858.

Candy Cane

Hunt Saturday

Oglebay Institute’s Schrader Environmental Education Center will host “Merry and Bright Candy Cane Hunts” from 5-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20.

Participants should bundle up, bring a flashlight and see how many candy canes they can find on the trail. Certain ones may win a prize. Hot chocolate will be served after the walk.

No reservations are necessary. Walk-ins are welcome.

Guests should meet at the Schrader Center in Oglebay about 10 minutes prior to the hunt, and groups will walk down to the trails together.

For more information, call 304-242-6855

WHAT’S GOING ON

Diane Jordan to Headline Ebert Brothers Show

Diane Jordan will headline the Ebert Brothers Friends and Family Show at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13 at the Lincoln Theater, New Martinsville.

Special guests appearing will be Charlie Berwinkle, Daniel Jones, Sandy Brookover and Ben Tharp, also along with the regulars.

Chrisagis Brothers to Present

Two Concerts

The Chrisagis Brothers will present two Christmas concerts this weekend.

The first is at 7 p.m. today at the Wintersville Community Chapel, 27 Ward Drive, Wintersville. For more info call the church at 740-264-7873

At 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 14, the Chrisagis Brothers will present an inspirational concert at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. The church is located at 229 California Ave., Weirton.

Lunch With

Books Tuesday

Lunch With Books will offer a special Christmas program featuring audio theater plays, short stories and carols with Pamela Apkarian-Russell and Yodeling Dick Brooks at noon Tuesday, Dec. 16 at the Ohio County Public Library

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

For information, call 304-232-0244 or visit facebook.com/lunchwithbooks.

Panel Discussion

at People’s U

People’s University will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16 at the Ohio County Library.

Hear firsthand accounts from a group of Wheeling teachers and students who participated in 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.

Lisa Allen, chair of the Wheeling Classrooms Without Borders Advisory Board, also will present.

For information, call 304-232-0244.

The photography exhibit titled “Poland: A Journey Through Holocaust Sites to Insights,” curated by Barb Lewine, will be on display in the Ohio County Public Library’s auditorium through the end of December.

The Grascals at Pennyroyal

The Grascals will be the featured bluegrass act today at the Pennyroyal Opera House in Fairview, Ohio. Opening the show will be the National Pike Pickers.

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.

Brickman to Bring Holiday Show to Byham

Jim Brickman, best-selling solo pianist, will present “On a Winter’s Night,” at 7 p.m. Dec. 21 at Pittsburgh’s Byham Theater.

Tickets are available at www.trustarts.org, by calling 412-456-6666 or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Ave..

Embarking on his 18th annual holiday tour, Brickman celebrates the sounds of the season, showcasing new music, along with holiday favorites and the hits that made him the most charted (30) Billboard Adult Contemporary artist, earning him two Grammy nods and four gold albums.

With featured musical guests, feelings of hope and joy are fused together with Brickman’s most beloved hits such as “Valentine,” “If You Believe,” “The Gift,” “Angel Eyes” and “Sending You a Little Christmas.”

“I love to perform live more than anything, and I think the tone of my shows is such a familial and inviting type of experience that it’s really become a tradition for a lot of people, which I’m thankful for,” Brickman said.

Caroling Tonight at Mansion Museum

Oglebay Institute invites area residents to participate in festive community carol singing from 6-8 p.m. today outside the Mansion Museum in Oglebay Resort.

Carolers will gather on the front porch of the lavishly decorated Mansion Museum and sing a lively mix of traditional holiday tunes as well as some modern day favorites.

Hot chocolate and cookies will be served, and guests can stay warm around a fire burning inside an ice chimney on the front lawn.

The Mansion’s period rooms are lavishly decorated for the holidays around this year’s theme -“All Over Gold,” which is sponsored by Panhandle Cleaning and Restoration.

The Mansion Museum is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

It is closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Guests should arrive at least 30 minutes prior to closing to allow time to tour.

For more information on carol singing at the Mansion, contact the Museums of Oglebay Institute at 304-242-7272.

Holiday Comedy at River City

A hot-shot elf, a shady reindeer and a couple of down-and-out policemen populate Mystery Theatre Unlimited’s holiday murder mystery show “Slay Ride Five – C.S.I.: North Pole.”

The dinner theater production will be presented Saturday, Dec. 20 at River City Restaurant, 1401 Main St., Wheeling.

In the original musical-comedy show, written by Butch Maxwell and Bert Furioli, it is Christmas Eve, and Santa Claus faces a deadline to sign a new labor agreement with his reindeer. Written by Furioli and Maxwell, the show features broad comedy, musical parodies and audience interaction.

For reservations and information, call River City at 304-233-4555. More information can be found at mysterytheatre unlimited.com/slayride5.html.

WHAT’S GOING ON

“Camelot”

at the Capitol

on Sunday

Broadway at the Capitol will present “Camelot” at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at the Capitol?Theatre.

Tickets are available for “Camelot” at WesBanco Arena box office, online at etix.com or charge by phone at 800-514-3849. For more information, call 304-233-4470.

The show will feature Wheeling resident, 12-year-old Ryan Quickel, in a walk-on role that he earned through an audition last month.

Quickel will play the part of Sir Tom of Warwick, and will close the show on the battlefield with King Arthur.

Lunch With

Books Tuesday

Wheeling attorney Jeremy McCamic will be the guest speaker at noon Tuesday, Dec. 9, at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library, 52 16th St., Wheeling,

McCamic served in the U.S. Marines during the Korean War, earning three battle stars and a Letter of Commendation. He has practiced law in Wheeling since 1957. He has authored several books, including “Korea Revisited” and “21 Poems.”

He will discuss his life experiences.

His books will be available for purchase and signing at the event through Words & Music bookstore.

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.

Murphy to Present Holiday Concert at The Strand

Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., the classic crooner vocalist who won the sixth season of NBC Television’s “America’s Got Talent” is bringing his 2014 Classic Christmas Celebration to Moundsville on Sunday, Dec. 7 with a holiday performance at the historic Strand Theatre, 811 Fifth St. in Moundsville.

Tickets are available online at www.LandauMurphyJr.com and www.BrownPaperTickets.com. Tickets also are available at the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce office at 609 Jefferson Ave. in Moundsville. For information, call 304-845-2773 or 304-639-7967.

Panel Discussion

at People’s U

The next installment of the People’s University will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9 at the Ohio County Library.

“Righteous Gentiles: Points of Light in a Dark Era” is Tuesday’s topic, with instructor Avi Ben-Hur, director of education and scholar in residence for Classrooms Without Borders

One of the main “groups” that witnessed the unfolding of the Holocaust were the “by-standers.” Most of the people living in Nazi-Occupied Europe reacted with ambivalence to the Nazi’s genocidal policies, some with apathy, others with fear and still others collaborated on some level or another. A small minority of non-Jewish people broke with what was normative behavior and went out of their way to save their Jewish neighbors, friends, colleagues or even unknown victims. In most cases these acts of altruism, kindness, religious piety and basic humanity could potentially bring a death sentence on the saviors themselves. After the Holocaust, the State of Israel created a mechanism to pay homage and respect for the “Righteous Gentiles” who had saved Jews. This presentation will attempt to illuminate the historic phenomenon, the difficulties facing saviors, and some of the dilemmas about whether or not to award certain individuals with this (Israeli/Jewish) recognition.

Personal stories will be central to the discussion.

Chrisagis Brothers at Holy Grounds Cafe

Holy Grounds Cafe welcomes the Christian duo, the Chrisagis Brothers, to the stage on Thursday, Dec. 11.

The coffeehouse is open from 7-9:30 p.m. For the first hour, the cafe offers open mic. The Chrisagis Brothers will take the stage shortly after 8 p.m.

Twins Brian and Shawn Chrisagis, from Yorkville, have become staples in the Christian world with their TV variety specials, popular Christian contemporary music concerts and their children’s products.

Their performance at Holy Grounds Cafe will include Christmas music from their new CD and will feature special guest Ann Secheverell.

David and Lisa Buckingham, who run Holy Grounds Cafe as an outreach of Grace Church, are pleased to welcome the popular duo back to their stage.

“The Chrisagis Brothers have an enthusiastic following, and we’re excited to end our fall term with these guys,” Lisa Buckingham said.

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. in Martins Ferry. For more information, call 740-633-2699, find them on Facebook at Holy Grounds Cafe.

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