Entertainment

The Man from Earth, Cerebral sci-fi drama hits the stage

By Erin E. O’Neill The Marietta Times eoneill@mariettatimes.com John Oldman has a secret. When the middle-aged history professor unexpectedly resigns from the university where he teaches, his friends come looking for an explanation. What they are told is something unbelievable: John ...

Rhonda Vincent performs at Stuart’s

From staff reports Stuart’s Opera House will host a special award winning bluegrass matinee with Rhonda Vincent and The Rage at 3 p.m. Sunday in Nelsonville. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door for reserved seats and remaining general seating, while box seats are sold out. For ...

Ring in 2017 with music, more

From staff reports Mid-Ohio Valley residents will have a number of activities and events to choose from as they celebrate the end of 2016 and the arrival of 2017 on New Year’s Eve. Some of those will include: ¯  On New Year’s Eve, the Lafayette Hotel in downtown Marietta will ...

Art teachers display talents

From staff reports Several art teachers from the Wood County school system are exhibiting their artistic talent during December. The Wood County School Teachers Art Exhibit will be on display at WesBanco, 415 Market St., Parkersburg, during regular hours on Monday through Thursday from 9 ...

Holiday happenings at Peoples Bank Theatre

From staff reports Three holiday programs will be featured through the end of December at Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta. Full event details and ticket information for these events and more are available online at peoplesbanktheatre.com or by calling the box office at 740-371-5152. ...

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Alex Bauerbach, as George Bailey, and Madi Moore, as Mary Hatch, perform a scene from the MOVP Youth Theater production of "It's a Wonderful Life," opening Friday.

Stage adaptation of beloved Christmas classic opens on Friday

The story of “everyman” George Bailey is a classic Christmas favorite that will be brought to the stage this weekend by the Mid Ohio Valley Players youth theater. “It’s a Wonderful Life,” a stage play adapted by James W. Rodgers, is based on the 1946 film by Frank Capra, which ...

Holly Trail offers peek inside homes at holidays

PARKERSBURG — People got to see how others decorate for the holiday season during the 49th Annual Holly Trail Tour of Homes. The GFWC Parkersburg Woman's Club hosts the annual event, which this year featured five homes and one church open for the tour in Parkersburg and Vienna. The ...

Betsey’s annual doll tea Dec. 10

Teaching both historical context and exposing young girls to other cultures, The Betsey Mills Club will once again offer its annual doll tea for young girls ages 6 through 12 next week. "The doll tea is a great way to introduce kids to the Betsey," said Willa O'Neill, organizer for the ...

Peoples Bank Theatre’s December calendar is busy

The historic Peoples Bank Theatre is getting ready to tie the ribbon on its first year of operation this holiday season. To celebrate, the Theatre's December lineup includes performances by talented Marietta area youth, classic Christmas movies, renowned Celtic singer Cathie Ryan and friends, ...

MOV Ballet Co. presents ‘Nutcracker’

From local reports Mid Ohio Valley Ballet Company is presenting its annual performance of the beloved holiday classic the “Nutcracker” in two performances — 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, in the Marietta High School auditorium, and 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, in the Blennerhassett School ...

Victorian Christmas Home Tour & Tea Saturday

From staff reports The Julia-Ann Square Historic District will showcase several historic homes decorated for the season during the annual Victorian Christmas Home Tour and Tea on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, the tours will be escorted by guides in period attire, homeowners will ...

HANNAH KITTLE   The Marietta Times
Betsy Guice-Ohse, 15, of Parkersburg, Ruth Heidorn, of Marietta, Sheree Alderman, 60, of Mineral Wells, and Mary Groves, 66, of Marietta, sing in Marietta College's Oratorio Chorus during rehearsal on Monday.

90th Messiah

For 90 years, Marietta College’s Oratorio Chorus has been filling large rooms with harmonies and melodies with its annual performance of Baroque composer George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah.” “It’s a celebration of the nativity, essentially, and the resurrection,” said Director ...

JANELLE PATTERSON   The Marietta Times
Leo Anton, 69, of Marietta, helps Jan Shepherd, 55, of Marietta, place his uncle's stained glass windows in the storefront display of Two Peas in a Pod Friday.

Stained glass

As shoppers take to the streets of downtown Marietta this weekend they'll see many a holiday display inviting patrons indoors to shop local. But one storefront has also paid homage to a shop of the past through its display. From 1934 to 1970 Marietta residents bought their floral ...

Cities to hold tree lightings, Christmas parades

From staff reports A number of holiday lighted parades are planned for Saturday and Sunday. ¯ The annual Belpre Holiday Lights Festival displays have already started, with more than 160 lighted pieces placed throughout the city of Belpre, along with Howes Grove, River Access and ...

Parkersburg Art Center features Artists’ Market

As part of national “Shop Small” Saturday, the Parkersburg Art Center will be opening its doors at no charge all day on Saturday for a Holiday Open House. Art Center director Abby Hayhurst said there will be a number of activities planned just for the day, and all are designed to help ...

Brooks wins top CMA award

By Mefsin Fekadu AP Music Writer Garth Brooks, who lost entertainer of the year at last year's Country Music Association Awards when he returned to music after a 13-year break, won the top prize at the show Wednesday, where Beyonce, the Dixie Chicks and other big stars performed. Brooks ...

Review: Wee, weird heroes star in ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home’

By Mark Kennedy AP Entertainment Writer Fall has officially just started, but there's still one more superhero flick sneaking in just before all the summer heat vanishes completely. But if you want muscled torsos and capes, you'll be sadly disappointed. After a steady stream this year of ...

Review: A Holocaust denier is brought to justice in ‘Denial’

By Jake Coyle AP Film Writer Mick Jackson's "Denial" brings all the decorous polish of a British courtroom drama to the pungent libel case of a Holocaust denier. Based on Deborah Lipstadt's book "History on Trial: My Day in Court With a Holocaust Denier," the film depicts when the ...

Review: ‘Deepwater Horizon’ captivates throughout

By Lindsey Bahr AP Film Writer We all know how "Deepwater Horizon " ends. When the BP oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, 11 people died and millions of gallons of oil spewed into the waters and up against the Gulf shores in the worst environmental disaster in U.S. ...