In Short: Dec. 13-19, 2012
Avett Brothers tickets
Tickets for The Avett Brothers' Feb. 16 concert at the Municipal Auditorium go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. They are $34.50 and $39.50.
A pre-sale runs through 10 p.m. Thursday, with the password "SHINE." This is just a chance to purchase tickets early, not a discount offer.
Tickets are available at the Civic Center box office, select Walmart locations and www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.
Student improv comedy
Batteries Not Included, the student improv troupe at George Washington High School, will give its first public performance of the year at 7 p.m. Friday with "Holiday of Doom: The Improvening!" in the auditorium of the school, 1522 Tennis Club Road.
Admission is on a pay-what-you-can basis. Nonperishable food items for a local food drive also are accepted as an admission fee. Call 304-348-7729.
Kanawha Valley Community Band
The Kanawha Valley Community Band's winter concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday at South Charleston's LaBelle Theater, 311 D St. The program features sacred, secular, march and holiday selections, including "Carol of the Night," "The Festival of Hanukkah," "The Wonder of Christmas" and "A Canadian Brass Christmas Suite."
Admission is free, but donations are accepted. Call 304-744-8772.
Opera at the movies
The Metropolitan Opera's performance of Verdi's "Aida" will screen live at 12:55 p.m. Saturday at Regal Nitro and Cinemark Huntington Mall. The production runs four hours.
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) for more information. Call 304-342-0316 (Nitro) or 304-696-3137 (Huntington) for free passes.
Art open house
Hurricane's Arts and Thoughts Studio, 3818 Teays Valley Road, will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. There will be an artist's gathering at 4:30 p.m. and, throughout the day, children are invited to paint ornaments for patients for St Mary's Medical Center.
Call 304-760-8714 or visit www.artsandthoughts.com.
Feast of Carols
The Charleston Baptist Temple, 209 Morris St., presents its annual Feast of Carols concert at 5 p.m. Sunday. The free performance is followed by a reception with refreshments. Call 304-346-9627.
Children's sewing workshop
Children ages 6-11 can learn the basics of sewing and make a stuffed toy for themselves in a workshop at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 20 at the St. Albans Public Library, 602 4th St. Call 304-722-4244 or visit www.kanawhalibrary.org.
'God of Carnage' cast
Charleston Stage Company has cast its upcoming production of the dark comedy "God of Carnage." The four-person show, directed by Geoff Coward, will star Rob Boone, Bethany Cline Greg Harpold and Kim Javins. Performances are Jan. 17-19 and 24-26.
FestivALL art fair applications
Applications are now being accepted for the 2013 FestivALL Capitol Street Art Fair, to be held June 29-30. The juried fair is dedicated to fine arts and fine craft. The early deadline, with reduced fees, is Feb. 1; the final deadline is March 1. For the application packet, visit www.festivallcharleston.com or contact Betty Rivard at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-364-8972.
'Mountain Stage' shows
The Feb. 3 "Mountain Stage" concert with Kathy Mattea has already sold out. Tickets are now on sale for two other Charleston shows: Jan. 27 with Calexico, Camper Van Beethoven, Bonnie Prince Billy and Bahamas and Feb. 24 with Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale, Corb Lund and other acts to be announced.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $25 at the door. They're available through Taylor Books, www.mountainstage.musictoday.com and 800-594-8499.
Also, advance tickets for a Jan. 20 Morgantown show with Robert Earl Keen, Shelby Lynne, Rhett Miller and Black Prairie are available for $18 through Ticketmaster. At the door, they will be $23.