February 14

Martin Sexton

Metropolitan Theatre, 371 High Street, Thurs. 8 p.m., doors at 7 p.m., morgantownmet.com

This Valentine’s Day, travel back to the time of mixtapes and cross-country road trips with Sexton’s new album, Mixtape of the Open Road. The American singer-songwriter will feature new songs and classics, together with special guest Chris Trapper. $25–40

February 14, 15, and 17

The Last Five Years

Monongalia Arts Center, 107 High Street,  Thurs. & Fri. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m., 304.292.3325, monartscenter.com

Following its acclaimed run last September, West Virginia Public Theatre returns to Monongalia Arts Center over Valentine’s Day Weekend for a three-show revival. The Last Five Years, which won both “Best Musical” and “Best Actor in a Musical” in the 2018 BroadwayWorld Regional Awards, is an intimate, funny, and devastatingly honest examination of life and love. $10; $15 at the door

February 15–17 and 19–23

White Rabbit Red Rabbit

M.T. Pockets Theatre, 203 Parsons Street, Fri. & Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. & 8 p.m., Tues.–Sun. 8 p.m., 304.284.0049, mtpocketstheatre.com

“Theater entertainment meets social experiment”: White Rabbit Red Rabbit is a lively global sensation that no one is allowed to talk about. The words of its award-winning Iranian playwright have escaped censorship and will make you question everything. Adult themes. $7–$15

February 16

Prince and Princess Friends Party

Mountaineer Mall, 5000 Green Bag Road, Sat. 10 a.m.–1 p.m., morgantowndance.org

Take your child to meet their favorite fairytale characters, play games, and make arts and crafts. Admission includes stations, a treat bag, and free demonstration classes. Proceeds benefit Morgantown Dance Studio. $15–$25

Morgantown Winter Farmers Market

Wesley United Methodist Church Gymnasium, 503 North High Street, Sat. 11 a.m.–1 p.m., morgantownfarmersmarket.org

’80s Prom Gone Bad

Hotel Morgan, 127 High Street, Sat. 7 p.m., sapamurdermysterydinner.eventbrite.com

The Student Association of Public Administrators’ 3rd Annual Murder Mystery Dinner. Buffet-style meal, in-room cash bar, and the opportunity to solve the mystery! Proceeds benefit CASA for Kids. $40

February 17

Let My People Go: A Spiritual Journey Along the Underground Railroad

WVU Creative Arts Center, 1 Fine Arts Drive, Sun. 3:30 p.m., events.wvu.edu, ticketmaster.com

Commemorate Black History Month with this Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh performance. This dramatic work interweaves spirituals, narrative texts, and “code songs” that inspired fellow slaves to seek freedom and provided instructions for using the Underground Railroad. The deepest and most universal of human expressions are magnified through this community of voices. $24+; WVU students $10+

February 18

WVU Men’s Basketball vs. Kansas State

WVU Coliseum, Mon. 9 p.m.

Cheer the Mountaineers on against the Wildcats. Airs on ESPN/ESPNU.

February 20

Art Up Close!

Art Museum of WVU, 2 Fine Arts Drive, Tues. 5:30 p.m., 304.293.7790, artmuseum.wvu.edu

Artist Peter Saul’s recent paintings, Man with Secret, 2016, and Buddy, 2018, will be the focus of this presentation by Patrick Jones, lecturer of art and art history at WVU’s School of Art and Design. Free

8th annual Best of Morgantown Party

123 Pleasant Street, Wed. 6–8 p.m., doors at 5:30, 304.413.0104, morgantownmag.com/BOM

Celebrate the best Morgantown has to offer with us! Food provided by BOM-winning restaurants, photo booth, fun door prizes! Emcees WVAQ’s Jack and Nikki, live music by multiple-year BOM voter favorites Davisson Brothers Band. $10

February 22

hillbilly: a documentary

WVU Mountainlair Gluck Theatre, Fri. 7 p.m., hillbillymovie.com

Talkback with filmmakers Ashley York and Sally Rubin and novelist Silas House. Free

February 22–23

41st annual Gardner Winter Music Festival

South Middle School, 500 East Parkway Drive, Fri. 6–11 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.–11 p.m., gwmf.org

This long-running festival showcases traditional Appalachian music with continuous stage performances, workshops, and dances. Don’t miss the Swing Dance in the cafeteria Friday night from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. $3–$5; musicians with instruments and children under 7 free

February 23

Empty Bowls Soup and Bread Luncheon

Mylan Park, Sat. 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m., ebmon.org

Empty Bowls Monongalia provides resources and assistance to county agencies that support residents threatened by food insecurity. This luncheon is a taste-good, feel-good event that also does good. Unlimited soup and bread plus select a hand-painted bowl to take home. Minimum donation of $20

Polar Plunge

Crab Shack Caribba, 69 Mont Chateau Road, Sat. 11:30 a.m., sowv.org

Freezin’ for a Reason: This is where the very first Polar Plunge for Special Olympics WV took place, and 15 years later it remains a must-do event. Costume contest and after-party.

Heart for Arts

Holiday Inn Morgantown, 1188 Pineview Drive, Sat. 6:30 p.m., 304.598.0344, moncocac.org

More than 100 pieces of art on auction. Proceeds support the Monongalia County Child Advocacy Center’s work on behalf of victims of child abuse. $15/person, $25/couple

February 23 and March 16

WORTH THE DRIVE Mountain State Maple Syrup Days

Various West Virginia farms, Sat. hours vary by location, agriculture.wv.gov, @mountainstatemaple on Facebook

Celebrate the state’s sweetest crop by road-tripping to sugar houses and businesses across West Virginia. Sample maple syrup and other treats, and check out tours at several sugar houses.

February 24

Music from Three Continents

Monongalia Arts Center, 107 High Street, Sun. 4 p.m., 304.292.3325, @monartscenter

Allegheny Chamber Players’ Winter 2019 concert begins the ensemble’s fifth season with works from The Kevin Beavers, Ludwig van Beethoven, Astor Piazzolla, Camille Saint-Saëns, Clara Wieck Schumann, and Dmitri Shostakovich.  $10

 

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