FestivALL events June 27-30
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Though FestivALL 2013's days are dwindling, the activities are not. There is still plenty to do before the celebration ends Sunday.
Everything is free unless noted. For more, visit www.festivallcharleston.com.
* THIRD EYE CABARET: The weekly event expands with shows today through Saturday at The Cellar, 8 Capitol St. Admission is $5 nightly.
Today, Marium Bria, with Ryan Kennedy and Ammed Solomon, opens at 9 p.m., followed by Qiet at 11 p.m.
Friday is a special spoken word edition with Tuesday Taylor and Crystal Good at 9 p.m. and international touring poet Ron Whitehead at 10 p.m. The Silent Gondoliers provide interlude music. The night transitions into electronic dance music and dubstep with The Flow at 11 p.m., followed by DJ Woody Woods at midnight.
Saturday night belongs to worldbeat group Option 22, whose performance starts at 11 p.m.
* "A LITTLE LUNCH MUSIC": Mark Scarpelli performs on the piano from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today and Friday in Center Court at Charleston Town Center. Singer Jonathan Tucker joins him Friday.
* KOOL & THE GANG: "Celebrate" the Mayor's Concert with the funk/soul/R&B act. The show starts at 8 p.m. today at the Clay Center. Tickets are $43, $58 and $68. Call 304-561-3570 or visit www.theclaycenter.org.
* BLUES, BREWS & BBQ: Blues Du Jour kicks things off at 5:30 p.m. Friday on the University of Charleston riverbank lawn, followed by The Jimi Vincent Band at 6:50 p.m. and Marcia Ball at 8:10 p.m. p.m. Headlining group Nathan Williams and the Zydeco Cha Chas take the stage at 10 p.m.
Tickets are $18 in advance or $20 at the gate. Call 304-345-0775 or visit www.festivallcharleston.com. A River Taxi runs between Haddad Riverfront Park and UC for $3. It leaves Haddad at 7, 8:30 and 10 p.m. and UC at 7:45, 9:15 and 11 p.m.
* LIVE ON THE LEVEE: Jazz group Dugan Carter & Full Flavor kick things off at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Haddad Riverfront Park. Then, local favorites The Esquires headline with sets at 7:45 and 8:45 p.m.
* APPALACHIAN POWER STAGE: Music and dance at Davis Park. SATURDAY: Bob Shank, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. (hammered dulcimer, banjo); Marium Bria, noon and 4 p.m. (folk); Dance in Davis Park, 1 and 5 p.m.; Ballroom Dance in the Park, 3 p.m. SUNDAY: Bare Bones, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. (a cappella); Mark Bates, noon and 3 p.m. (acoustic/piano folk pop); John Inghram & Friends, 1 and 4 p.m. (jazz).
* CAPITOL MARKET STAGE: Traditional/old-time music at Capitol Market. Acts: Robert Shafer and Robin Kessinger, noon and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; Little Sparrow, 1 p.m. Saturday; Greg and Tish Westman, 1 p.m. Sunday.
* WINE & ALL THAT JAZZ: The Ryan Kennedy Trio kicks things off at 2 p.m. Saturday on the University of Charleston riverbank lawn, followed by Comparsa at 3:30 p.m. and the Bob Thompson Unit at 5 p.m. African jazz group Samba Mapangala & Virunga takes the stage at 6:40 p.m., with headliners The Soul Rebels, from New Orleans, going on at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $18 in advance or $20 at the gate. Call 304-345-0775 or visit www.festivallcharleston.com. A River Taxi runs between Haddad Riverfront Park and UC for $3. It leaves Haddad at 4, 5:30, 7, 8:30 a.m. 10 p.m. and UC at 4:45, 6:15, 7:45, 9:15 and 10:30 p.m.
* DRUM CIRCLE: A free community drum circle begins after "Dance in Davis Park" (approximately 5:30 p.m.) Saturday at Davis Park. No experience is necessary.
* "MOONAGE DAYDREAM": Mark Scarpelli will lead a seven-piece string quartet and piano concert of David Bowie music from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Charleston Town Center's Center Court.
* WEST VIRGINIA YOUTH SYMPHONY: At 3 p.m. Sunday, the group presents George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" with Slovakian guest artist Adam Stranavsky in the Clay Center lobby. Stranavsky also will perform solo works, and the orchestra will play highlights from its past season.
Adult tickets are $10 at the door. Children are admitted free.
* "STORIES AND SONGS OF THE CIVIL WAR": FOOTMAD sponsors this concert by scholar and performer Bobby Horton at the Scottish Rite Temple, 406 Capitol St. The event starts at 3:30 p.m. Sunday with young local re-enactors performing drills and dances in period attire. Horton performs from 4 to 5 p.m.
Admission is free on a first-come, first-serve basis. Advance tickets are available at Taylor Books, and some will be available at the door. * "MOUNTAIN STAGE": Jason Isbell, Stephen Kellogg, Lora Faye and Amanda Shires are on the bill for this show at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Culture Center There. Also featured is The Fields of Gettysburg, a song cycle about the famous Civil War battle by West Virginia singer/songwriter John Walsh. Tickets are $15 in advance or $25 at the door. Call 800-594-TIXX or visit www.mountainstage.org.
* ARTWALK: More than 20 downtown galleries and vendors will open their doors for the FestivALL edition of this monthly event from 5 to 8 p.m. today. The Hope Village Fair Trade Boutique at First Presbyterian joins the lineup this month, and "Join the Party: Celebrating 30 Years of Mountain Stage" has its reception at the Good News Mountaineer Garage Gallery. For a map of participants, visit www.charlestonartwalk.com.
* MUSICAL EASELS: For 30-minute sessions, artists paint the landscape while rotating easels in sync with live music. They're 6:30 p.m. today, 1:30 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the Lee Street Triangle.
* PUBLIC SKETCY'S: LIVING FASHION WINDOW: This month's installment of Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Uncork and Create, 1031 Quarrier St. A live model will be in the window for people to sketch. Materials are provided. All drawings will be entered into a raffle for a prize.
* PUBLIC ART WALKING TOUR: Take in public art in a guided stroll from 8 to 9 p.m. today, leaving from the Lee Street Triangle.
* CAPITOL STREET ART FAIR: Nearly 80 artists, almost all from West Virginia, will display their fine arts and crafts on Capitol Street from Quarrier Street to Washington Street East. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. A list of vendors is available on the FestivALL website.
* CATFISH DISPLAY: The installation of colorful, painted FestivALL catfish will be on display from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in Brawley Walkway.
* TROLLEY ART TOUR: Board at the Lee Street Triangle at 10 a.m. Saturday for a 90-minute guided tour of some of the city's public art. Artists may be on hand at some locations.
* PUBLIC ART AND ARCHITECTURE TROLLEY TOUR: This guided tour also leaves from the Lee Street Triangle Saturday. Hour-long tours begin at 1, 2:15 and 3:30 p.m.
* RAIN BARREL EXHIBIT: See how local artists have decorated 55-gallon drums to be used as rain barrels in a display on Capitol Street between Washington Street East and Lee Street from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. The barrels will be raffled off.
* "HOLLY GROVE": This original musical drama from the Contemporary Youth Arts Company commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Cabin Creek/Paint Creek Mine War. Performances are 8 p.m. today through Saturday at the Capitol Center Theater, 123 Summers St. Admission is $10 for adults and $6 for students and seniors at the door.
* "SING DOWN THE MOON: APPALACHIAN WONDER TALES": Kanawha Players stages this family show of popular fairy with an Appalachian twist at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at their theater, 309 Beauregard St. The show includes an original old-time music score.
A special sensory-friendly show for special needs families is at 1 p.m. Saturday. It tones down the lighting and sound effects. Tickets are $16 for adults and $10 for students and children with family packages available. Call 304-343-7529 or visit www.kanawhaplayers.org
* "POLITICAL LITTLE ONES": A staged reading of Wheeling playwright Jeremy F. Richter's historical drama runs 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Clay Center Walker Theater. It's based on the case of Lucy Bagby, a Wheeling woman believed to be the last slave returned under the Fugitive Slave Act before the Civil War.
Admission is free on a first-come, first-serve basis. Advance tickets are available at Taylor Books, and some will be available at the door.
* NO PANTS PLAYERS: The improv troupe will put on adults-only (age 18 ) shows at the Clay Center Walker Theater at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $15, available in advance at www.nopantsplayers.com or at the door.
* LOCATION PLAYS: Charleston Stage Company presents the two winning 10-minute plays in this year's competition at the Good News Mountaineer Garage Gallery, 221 Hale St., at 11 a.m., noon, 2 and 3 p.m. Saturday. The event is in conjunction with the "Mountain Stage" 30th anniversary exhibit.
* "IT MATTERS WHERE YOU'RE BURIED (BRICKTOP AND COMSTOCK)": This staged reading stars Shayla Leftridge as world famous cabaret club owner Ada "Bricktop" Smith and George Daugherty as West Virginia Hillbilly newspaper editor Jim Comstock. It imagines an afterlife conversation between the two in a heavenly recreation of Bricktop's club. Shows are 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Clay Center Walker Theater. Admission is free on a first-come, first-serve basis. Advance tickets are available at Taylor Books, and some will be available at the door.
* WEST VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: The 2013 Oscar-nominated animated shorts will screen beginning at 9:30 p.m. Friday in Davis Park. There are five films with a total runtime of 128 minutes.
Tickets are $5. You may bring your own adult beverages and snacks.
* THE PAINT DANCE: Artistic duo The Snake and the Pot mix music, art and dance in this performance from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Lee Street Triangle. Duane Swanson III will drum while Amanda Jane Miller belly dances in paint on canvas to create a work of art.
* DANCE IN DAVIS PARK: This year's theme is "The Princess and Her Ponies." Carli Mareneck of Lewisburg's Trillium Performing Arts Collective wrote, choreographed and will narrate the piece inspired by the artwork of Franz Marc and Wassily Kandinsky. Performances are 1 to 1:30 and 5 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
* CLAY CENTER DANCE TROUPES: The Clay Center's Intermezzo Cafe will host two dance performances Sunday. First, the Capital High Dance Company performs a program of varied dance styles from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. Second, 8 Nations Hip Hop Group from Lee's Studio of Dance perform from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m.
* DIZZY DOC'S AMAZING BALLOON SCULPTURE: Dizzy Doc and his crew will continue work on their giant sculpture through Sunday in Charleston Town Center's Center Court.
* RECOVERY SPORTS GRILL STAGE: Family-friendly entertainment in front of the library, 123 Capitol St. SATURDAY: Katzendrummerz, 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. (drumming); Todd Burge and Ron Sowell, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. (kids songs); Mutts Gone Nuts, noon and 3 p.m. (dog tricks); Jonathan Burns, 1 p.m. (contortionist comedy); Glen Singer, 2 p.m. (mine/clown). SUNDAY: Will Manahan, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. (lap dulcimer); Mutts Gone Nuts, noon and 3 p.m.; Jonathan Burns, 1 p.m.; Glen Singer, 2 p.m.
* BB&T STAGE: Family-friendly entertainment in front of Taylor Books. SATURDAY: Jenny Allinder & Jim Mullins, 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. (old-time music); Glen Singer, noon; Moon Goddess Poetry, 12:45, 1:45 and 3:45 p.m. (spoken word); Jenna Brooke Swanson, 1 and 4 p.m. (belly dance); Jozef Mak, 2 p.m. (Slovic music); Jonathan Burns, 3 p.m. Bobby Altman, 5 p.m. (acoustic blues). SUNDAY: The Company Stores, 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. (folk/blues); Glen Singer, noon; Moon Goddess Poetry, 12:45, 1:45 and 3:45 p.m.; Jenna Brooke Swanson, 1 and 3 p.m.; Jozef Mak, 2 p.m.; Jonathan Burns, 4 p.m.
* CHILDREN'S ART FAIR: This fair runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday on Capitol Street between Virginia and Quarrier streets. It includes games, children's activities, make-and-take crafts, a photo booth and a youth art sale.
The annual Library Street Fair is held in conjunction with this on Saturday only. It includes a used book sale from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and a children's songwriting workshop at 1:30 p.m. with Todd Burge and Ron Sowell.
* RIVER QUEEN CRUISES: These one-and-a-half hour cruises depart from Haddad Riverfront Park at noon, 2, 4 and 6 p.m. today and noon and 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $19 for adults, $18 for seniors, $11 for ages 4-11 and free for ages 3 and younger.
* WRITE HERE! WRITE NOW!: Stop by Taylor Books between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday and add a line to an ongoing poem or short story started by the West Virginia Writers. At the end of the day, completed works will be published at www.wvwriters.org.
* HORSE AND WAGON RIDES: From noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, horses from Rocky Point Farm in Kenna will take riders in a looped from the corner of Quarrier and Capitol streets. Availablity is subject to weather. Tickets are $5 or $20 for a private couples ride.
* EAST END BAZAAR COUNTRY ROADS COOK-OFF: This amateur chef competition encourages cooking using local foods. It runs 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday with samples costing $2 to $4. The bazaar is at Washington St. E. and Ruffner Avenue.
* ROLLER DERBY: It's Charleston's Chemical Valley Rollergirls versus the Star City Rollergirls of Roanoke, Va., in a match that starts at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Civic Center's South Hall. Adult tickets are $10 in advance through Ticketmaster or $12 at the door. Tickets for children ages 2 to 12 are $5, and children 2 and under are admitted free.
* HISTORIC HOUSES OF WORSHIP TOUR: On Sunday, take in the architecture and art, as well as a musical program, at four local churches. Schedule: Calvary Baptist, 1 p.m.; Bream Memorial Presbyterian, 2 p.m.; Emmanuel Baptist, 3 p.m. and St. Anthony Catholic, 4 p.m.
* COMMUNITY JAZZ WORSHIP: Rev. Kay Albright of Bridges of Grace United Church of Christ will lead this service from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1423 Lee St. E. The Charleston Area Gay Men's Chorale will sing, and children's church will also be available.
* "FISHBOWL: POETIC RUMINATIONS FROM A SMALL TOWN: This third annual poetry revival hosted by Crystal Good and Keeley Steele runs 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Bluegrass Kitchen.
Reach Amy Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org