In Short: June 21-27, 2012
Casey James, who finished third on Season 9 of "American Idol" (behind winner Lee DeWyze and runner-up Crystal Bowersox), performs at 7 p.m. Thursday as part of the free Founder's Day concert in downtown Spencer.
Local act Audio Outlaws also performs. Call 304-927-1640.
The free West Virginia Coal Festival runs through Saturday in downtown Madison. It features a carnival, coal heritage museum tours, mine equipment displays, a parade at noon Saturday and fireworks Saturday night.
The featured performer is country singer John Anderson at 9:30 p.m. Thursday. Other concerts are by Blue Million and Alan Griffith at 7:45 p.m. Thursday, the Key West Band at 8 p.m. and Savannah Jack at 9:30 p.m. Friday, and Hogan's Goat at 6:30 p.m. and The Reflections at 9:30 p.m. Saturday.
The festival opens at noon daily. Call 304-369-9118 or visit www.wvcoalmuseum.org.
Music in the Mountains
The 32nd annual Music in the Mountains Bluegrass Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily through Saturday at Summersville Music Park. Headliners are Nothin' Fancy on Thursday, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage on Friday and Dailey & Vincent on Saturday.
Three-day passes are $130 and daily tickets are $45, or $20 after 6 p.m. Children's daily tickets are $15 for ages 6-13 and free for ages 5 and under. Call 706-864-7203 or visit www.adamsandandersonbluegrass.com.
The Alban Arts Center stages the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama "Proof" at 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and June 29-30, and at 2 p.m. Sunday and July 1 at its theater, 65 Olde Main St., St. Albans. The play revolves around the 25-year-old daughter of a recently deceased mathematical genius who is questioning how much of her father's genius -- and madness -- she has inherited.
Directed by Adam Bryan, the show stars Courtney Gleason, John Johnson, Jessica Smith and Patrick Felton. It contains strong language.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Call 304-721-8896 or visit www.albanartscenter.com.
Oak Hill cultural festival
The 21st annual Southern Appalachian Labor School Workers' Solidarity Cultural Festival begins at 1 p.m. Saturday at Historic Oak Hill School, 140 School St. The free event includes music by Billy Payne, Steven Walker and more. There will be a flea market, cruise-in car show, face painting and children's activities. Call 304-465-4246 or 304-779-2772.
Teen animation camp
Award-winning animator Jamie Cope will supervise an animation camp from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday through June 29 at the Red House UBI Church in Putnam County. It is free and open to any student going into the sixth to 12th grades.
Attendees will work together to create a short stop-motion film. No previous animation experience is necessary. Past camp projects have been screened in film festivals and featured in local and national media
Contact Cope at 304-610-5104 or email@example.com.
Children's acting camps
The Charleston Stage Company will put on several arts camps for children this summer.
The first, for preschool through second grade, runs from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through June 29 and offers classes in art, music, dance and acting. Cost is $150.
A second, for grades 3-6, runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. July 2-13 and has classes in art, music, dance and acting. A third, for grades 7-12, runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. July 16-27 and has classes in performing, animation, filmmaking, hip hop dance, painting and more. Cost for each is $300.
All camps are at West Virginia State University. Contact Jamie Anderson-Roumayah at 866-390-2787 or SAC@charlestonstagecompany.com.
The Contemporary Youth Arts Company will hold auditions for the Dan Kehde play "Good Night, Grovers Corners" at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Capitol Center Theater, 123 Summers St.
Roles are available for three men and four women ages 16-22. Script excerpts will be provided for auditions.
The play is about young people dealing with their own mortality, the death of a beloved friend and the futility of life. It contains adult language and situations.
Performance dates are Aug. 2-4 and Aug. 9-11. Call 304-342-5716.