In Short: Oct. 25-31, 2012
Derick Kirk Foundation concert
The Derick Kirk Foundation will hold a fundraising concert Thursday at Capitol Roasters, 160 Summers St. Performers are Sean Sydor, 6 p.m.; Blues du Jour, 7 p.m.; C2J2, 8 p.m.; the Hybrid Soul Project, 9 p.m. and Rubber Soul, 10 p.m.
Admission is by donation. Proceeds go to the foundation's scholarship program. Visit www.derickkirk.org.
Third Eye Cabaret
The new Third Eye Cabaret kicks off Thursday at The Cellar, 8 Capitol St. The free weekly event, running from 7 to 10 p.m., features live music, spoken word, original video and more. This week's performers include The Brother Sisters, Tiffany Finkton and Casey Litz. Visit www.westvirginiaville.com.
Byron Cage will give a free concert at 7 p.m. Friday at the Charleston Civic Center. The Grammy-nominated gospel singer released his first album in 1995. His most recent, "Memoirs of a Worshipper," came out in June.
The concert is part of Abundant Life Ministries' three-day, 14th anniversary event, which also includes guest speakers. For more information, visit www.abundantlifewv.com or call Erica Pates at 304-342-0058.
Opera at the movies
The Metropolitan Opera's performance of Verdi's "Othello" screens live at Cinemark Huntington Mall and Great Escape Nitro at 12:55 p.m. Saturday. Shakespeare's tale of good vs. evil is played out in the approximately three-and-a-half hour production conducted by Semyon Bychkov. Renee Fleming stars as Desdemona, Johan Botha as Otello and Falk Struckmann as Iago.
Tickets at Nitro are $20 for adults and $16 for seniors and children. At Huntington, they are $22 for adults, $20 for seniors and $15 for children. Call 304-769-0405 (Nitro) or 304-733-3984 (Huntington).
'A Christmas Story' auditions
Kanawha Players will hold more auditions for males for its production of "A Christmas Story," to be staged Nov 29-Dec. 2. Auditions are 2 p.m. Saturday at the KP Theater, 309 Beauregard St.
Roles for two men and two boys ages 9-14 still remain. A script will be provided for a reading. Extras are also needed for non-speaking roles, and backstage help is sought as well.
Youth arts benefit concert
The West Virginia chapter of Kids on First will hold its inaugural event at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the LaBelle Theater, 311 D St., South Charleston. Kids on First is a nonprofit performing arts academy dedicated to discovering and developing promising young musicians and creating performance opportunities for them.
"An Evening with S.T.A.R.S." features performances by 10 youth artists as well as Tim Muniz, Michael Lee and local act The Dave McCormick Band. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children. For more on the event, call 304-382-9716. For more on Kids on First, visit www.kidsonfirst.com.
To get in the Halloween spirit, this week's entry in Park Place Stadium Cinemas' Flashback Film Series is the original "Friday the 13th." See Jason on the big screen again at 4 p.m. Sunday and 4 and 7 p.m. Monday. Tickets are $5. Call 304-345-6541 or visit www.ourshowtimes.com.
Wandering minstrel concert
Traditional folk singer, musician and storyteller Sara Grey and her son, Kieron Means, perform Celtic music at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 520 Kanawha Blvd. W. Local group The Tin Violin (Chris, Clare and Seamus Higgins) opens.
Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for students. Visit www.footmad.org.
'Chillers' up for award
"Chillers," the graphic novel based on Danny Boyd's cult-horror film, has been nominated for Original Graphic Novel of the Year for the Shel Dorf Awards, which honor top talents in the comics industry. It is competing against "Batman Earth One," "Harvey Pekar's Cleveland," "Jim Henson's Tales of Sand" and "Underwater Welder."
Voting is fan-based and open through Saturday. Visit www.sheldorfawards.com/vote.