In short: July 11-17, 2013
At 9:30 a.m. Thursday, a sensory-friendly screening of "Monsters University" will be held at Park Place Stadium Cinemas. During this screening, the lights will be up, and the sound will be at levels more comfortable for those with autism, sensory issues and developmental disabilities. Guests will also be free to talk, sing or move about the theater.
Tickets are $6. Call Jennifer McCafferty of The Arc of the Three Rivers at 304-344-3403 for more information.
'Bob & Tom' comedian
Mike Armstrong, who has been a guest on "The Bob & Tom Show" multiple times, appears at The Comedy Zone at 8 p.m. Friday and 8 and 10:15 p.m. Saturday with opener Ralph Tetta.
Tickets are $10. The Comedy Zone is in the Holiday Inn, 400 Second Ave., South Charleston. Shows are ages 21+. Call 304-414-2386 or visit www.comedyzonecharleston.com.
'Hairspray' in Huntington
For its 20th and final season, Huntington Outdoor Theater is staging the musical "Hairspray." The cast features Charlestonians Jessica Cooper as Tracy Turnblad (reprising the role she played in 2011 for the Charleston Light Opera Guild), Kennie Bass as Wilbur Turnblad, Brynna Horswell as Amber Von Tussell and Ryan Hardiman as Corny Collins.
Performances are 8:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and July 19-21 and 26-28 at the Ritter Park Amphitheater. A children's "Disney Extravaganza!" pre-show begins at 7 p.m., and gates open at 6:30 p.m. for picnicking.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for seniors and children (ages 5-12). Children under age 5 are admitted free. Group rates are available.
Call 304-412-3393 or visit www.hotwv.org.
"I came, I saw, I drew," an art exhibit by Becky Schedl, will be on display from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 520 Kanawha Blvd. W. A reception begins at 5 p.m. Call 304-993-8004.
Dobson autograph signing
Former Marshall University standout and New England Patriots draft pick Aaron Dobson will sign autographs from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Macy's Court in Huntington Mall.
Autographs are $25. Fans can bring their own memorabilia or there will be photos, footballs and mini-helmets available for purchase.
Contact Collectibles Etc. at 304-776-0020 or www.shop.collectiblesetcwv.com with questions.
Thorney Lieberman will hold digital-photography workshops from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday and on July 21 and 28 at his studio, 1514 Virginia St. E. Topics covered will include shooting RAW files and processing them with Adobe Lightroom, an introduction to Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, lighting for portraits, shooting panoramas and other tips for getting better photos.
Cost is $150. Call 304-342-1842.
The Odd Man Out barbershop quartet will perform at 5 p.m. Sunday at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church, 1129 Spring Valley Dr., Huntington. The concert is presented by Music in the Valley
A cookout follows at 6 p.m. Tickets are $5. Call 304-549-7636.
The West Virginia State University's 4-H Hip Hop Camp for students entering grades six through 12 will run July 22-26 at the Roosevelt Neighborhood Center, 502 Ruffner Ave. This year, it's a day camp, running from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, as opposed to the residential camp it was in the past.
Professionals will teach children about subjects including music production, recording, dance/step, songwriting, turntables, visual art, digital photography and filmmaking. Between classes, students can swim, play sports and hike.
The camp fee is $20, which includes lunch. Campers who qualify for free or reduced lunch pay $10, and scholarships may be available to those in need.
Benefit musicians sought
Local musicians -- amateurs as well as professionals -- are being sought for a late fall benefit concert for the American Cancer Society. Solo acts, duos, groups and a cappella performers are needed, as are bands playing standards, oldies, soft rock, country, bluegrass, big band, reggae and more.
A drummer, guitarists, pianists, brass and strings players and back-up singers are being sought for the house band. Magicians and emcees also are needed.
Contact Franco Colonna at 304-395-1166 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ron Howard film contest seeking entriesEntries for Canon and Ron Howard's "Project Imaginat10n" film competition are being accepted through July 23. Filmmakers who are at least 16 and are legal U.S. residents are encouraged to enter.
In the competition, filmmakers select one photo each from 10 categories (setting, time, character, mood, back story, relationship, goal, obstacle, the unknown and discovery -- the 10 pillars of storytelling, according to Howard) and use them as inspiration for a short film. One of the photos, "Alli's Dreams" in the goal category, is by Debra Vickers of Charleston.
Films must be between 1 and 10 minutes long. They will be judged on the inspired use of the photos, as well as originality, technical quality and overall impression.
The five winning films will screen this fall alongside five celebrity films in the "Project Imaginat10n" Film Festival and receive $5,000. Celebrity directors are Eva Longoria, Jamie Foxx, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, fashion designer Georgina Chapman and James Murphy of the band LCD Soundsystem.
Visit www.longliveimagination.com for full rules and release forms.