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Brooke Hills Playhouse Announces Cast For ‘Red Velvet Cake War’

WELLSBURG — The Brooke Hills Playhouse has announced the cast for “The Red Velvet Cake War,” a comedy by the team of Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten. Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday for two weekends, Aug. 21-22 and Aug. 28-29, and Sunday matinees at ...

AMC to Offer 15-Cent Tickets on First Day of Reopening

NEW YORK (AP) — AMC Theatres, the nation’s largest movie theater chain, will reopen in the U.S. on Aug. 20 with retro ticket prices of 15 cents per movie. AMC Entertainment, which owns the chain, said Thursday that it expects to open the doors to more than 100 cinemas — or about a sixth ...

Fans of Heritage Music BluesFest Can Get Their Fix Online This Weekend

WHEELING — If it wasn’t for COVID-19, thousands of music fans from across the nation would be flocking to Wheeling’s Heritage Port this weekend to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Heritage Music BluesFest. But as we’ve all come to learn in 2020, the pandemic has led to the ...

Artworks to Host Two Big Shows in August

WHEELING — Artworks Around Town will be hosting two major shows this month. The Studio Gallery at the north end will feature the works of artists from The Associated Artists of Hancock & Brooke Counties also known as “The Rogues.” Across the hall will be photographs of the late ...

Salsa Joe’s Tex-Mex Smokehouse in Belmont Quickly Earning Fans

BELMONT — One of the Ohio Valley’s hottest new spots for original cuisine and signature drinks is a true Southwest import with deep hometown roots. A native of Bellaire, owner Tom Strussion began soft-opening operations of Salsa Joe’s Tex-Mex Smokehouse at 43920 National Road in ...

Live Music Returns to the St. C. Amphitheater

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Come on out Tuesday, July 28, for a fun-filled night of music and great food at the city of St. Clairsville’s Central Park Amphitheater. Bring your favorite lawn chair or blanket for seating on the lawn. This is a free event, and the band 7 South will be performing ...

Movie Theater Chains Implore the Studios: Release Blockbusters

NEW YORK (AP) — A long time ago in a pre-COVID universe far, far away, blockbusters opened around the globe simultaneously or nearly so. In 1975, “Jaws” set the blueprint. Concentrate marketing. Open wide. Pack them in. Since then, Hollywood has turned opening weekends into an all-out ...

Artworks Around Town July Gallery Shows Underway

WHEELING — This month, Artworks Around Town is showcasing creations members made during the recent quarantine because of COVID-19. Betsy Cox, curator of the Studio Gallery, will hang a variety of works, some inspired by the virus and its effects on the artist and some done just because ...

‘Antebellum’ Brings Racial Justice Call to Reopened Theaters

NEW YORK (AP) — Back in March, filmmakers Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz gathered their artist friends and a few journalists at Manhattan’s members-only social club, Soho House, for a screening of their first feature-length project, “Antebellum.” They wanted a constructively ...

The Dixie Chicks Officially Change Their Name to The Chicks

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Grammy-winning country group The Dixie Chicks have dropped the word Dixie from their name, now going by The Chicks. The band’s social media accounts and website were changed on Thursday to the refer to the new name for the band, which is made up of Martie Maguire, ...

New HBO Series Looks at Lives Disrupted by a Serial Killer

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s said that documentary filmmaking is all about being in the right place at the right time. If so, director Liz Garbus has been doubly lucky with her latest project. Two years ago, she and her team started filming their series on the hunt for the still-unknown Golden ...

2 Brothers Change Minds, Will Cooperate in 2019 Smollett Case

CHICAGO (AP) — Two brothers who admitted helping actor Jussie Smollett stage a racist and homophobic attack in Chicago last year are again willing to help in the case after initially saying they were done cooperating with prosecutors, their attorney said Thursday. In yet another strange ...

Oglebay, Wheeling Parks to Host Father’s Day Weekend Activities

WHEELING — Oglebay Park has a jam-packed weekend of events planned in celebration of Father’s Day. At 6 p.m. today, Oglebay’s golf pro will be offering free golf tips at the Par 3 Driving Range. Also at 6 p.m., there will be Friday Night Restore Yoga at the Wilson Lodge Movement ...

17th Annual Wheeling Heritage Port Car Show Scheduled for July 5

WHEELING — The 17th annual Wheeling Heritage Port Car Show will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 5, at the city’s Heritage Port, 12th and Water streets. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, all attendees and participants will be encouraged to wear masks, social distance and ...

Brooke Hills Playhouse Is Adjusting Plans for 49th Season Amid COVID-19

WELLSBURG — The Brooke Hills Playhouse is adjusting the plans for its 49th season in light of the limitations imposed by the COVID-19 virus. According to Julia Barnhart of Wellsburg, president of the Playhouse’s parent organization, the Brooke County Arts Council, that group’s board of ...

Crosscurrents Art Exhibit Now Open at Stifel Fine Arts Center

WHEELING — Oglebay Institute’s annual Crosscurrents exhibition will take place again this year at its Stifel Fine Arts Center. While no opening night reception will be held because of the COVID-19 crisis, the gallery will be open and the public can view the artwork in person. Crosscurrents ...

Around the World And Through Time

WHEELING — For Summer Reading 2020, the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling will offer a new People’s University Livestream series to be broadcast simultaneously on YouTube, Facebook, and the library’s website. The series will occur live online on Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. from ...

The Festival is Virtual, But the Art is Real!

PITTSBURGH — Now in its 61st year in 2020, the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, announces the festival will be presented for the first time in its history as an all-digital festival. This year’s Festival grounds will take place on the ...

The Gallery is Open For Artworks Around Town

WHEELING — Fresh, vibrant work done by students of St. John Central Academy will be on display through July 2020 in the student gallery of Artworks Around Town in Wheeling’s historic Centre Market. The black and white photographs of artists Larry Travis, Giullio Cappelletti and Len ...