In Short: Dec. 20-26, 2012
Luke Bryan tickets
Luke Bryan, with openers Thompson Square and Florida Georgia Line, will play the Charleston Civic Center on Feb. 9 on the Dirt Road Diaries Tour. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday; they are $51.25 for general admission in the pit area, and $26.75 and $51.25 for reserved seats. Call 800-745-3000, visit www.ticketmaster.com or stop by the Civic Center box office.
Alpine Theatre benefit
A benefit will be held for and at Ripley's Alpine Theatre from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday. The event includes the premiere of "The Shadow of October: The Barn After Dark," a documentary on the expansion of the popular Halloween attraction, the Haunted Barn. The silent short "Second Shift" and a music video for Ripley's Brewin Company's "Stand and Defend" also will screen.
Admission is $5, with all proceeds benefiting the theater. Call 304-372-1637.
St. Nicholas visit
St. Nicholas will be at the Morgan' Kitchen Museum from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday for a free visit where he will explain the history of Christmas and Santa Claus. The museum is located on MacCorkle Avenue near Walnut Street in St. Albans. Call 304-727-5972
Huntington's First Baptist Church, 801 Sixth Ave., hosts Jingle Jam at 6 p.m. Saturday. National recording artist J. Fraze headlines, and Charleston's gospel singer Steve-O is among the other performers.
Admission is by a suggested donation of $10. Children 12 and under are admitted for free. Visit www.jinglejamwv.eventbrite.com.
Holiday movies at Culture Center
The Culture Center Theater will hold free screenings of animated children's films Wednesday through Dec. 28. Films are shown at noon and 3 p.m. The schedule is: "Arthur Christmas," starring the PBS character, on Wednesday; Disney-Pixar's "Brave" on Dec. 27; and "Secret of the Wings," a Disney Pixie Hollow film, on Dec. 28.
There also will be children's activities relating to the arts, historic preservation and the state museum from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day in the Great Hall.
Call Caryn Gresham, at 304-558-0220.