West Virginia Public Broadcasting's "West Virginia: The Road to Statehood" will have a free preview screening at 7 p.m. Friday in the Culture Center Theater. The documentary examines the events and philosophies behind West Virginia becoming a state.
Producers Chip Hitchcock and Russ Barbour and editor John Nakashima will speak about making the film. An informal gathering with new WVPBS executive director Scott Finn runs 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Grand Hall. Seating is first-come, first-serve.
The film premieres at 8 p.m. June 20 on PBS.
Badlands Bluegrass Country Festival
The Badlands Bluegrass Country Festival starts at 5 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday at the Poor Farm Festival Grounds in Williamsburg, Greenbrier County. Beckley's Taylor Made headlines at 9:30 p.m. both nights.
Other Friday performers are The Half Bad Bluegrass Band, Dean Cook, The Weedrags, Sky Smeed, the Wild Rumpus, Fox N Hounds and The Lilly Mountaineers/The Lilly Boys. Other Saturday acts are Ridin' Hard Bluegrass Band, Cody Wickline, Jonathan Buckner and Chosen Road, Fox N Hounds, Richard Hefner & BMBB, Johnson's Crossroad, Matt Brewster and the Blind Corn Liquor Pickers.
Admission is $25 per day and free for children 12 and under. The event raises money for historic preservation. Primitive camping is available.
Youth barbershop harmony camp
The Kanawha Kordsmen will present the fourth annual Youth in Harmony Camp from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and June 22 at the Columbia Gas Auditorium, 1700 MacCorkle Ave., Kanawha City. The camp is primarily for middle and high school students, though elementary and college age singers are welcome, too.
San Antonio Youth in Harmony specialist Manny Lopez will lead the camp with help from local music educators and specialists. Award-winning quartet OC Times will assist June 22. Topics include vocal production, vocal health, tuning, resonance, teamwork and stage presence.
Registration is $20. Cntact Ted Rose at 304-544-3608 or harmonyjunkie...@gmail.com.
Family fun bash
The Charleston Ballet's ninth annual Family Fun Bash runs 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the home of the Hamrick family, 1121 Lyndale Dr. It includes food, music, inflatables, games and other children's activities.