In Short: Aug. 15-21, 2013
The free monthly downtown Charleston ArtWalk runs 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at 22 galleries and businesses. New participants this month are White Oak Photography and Gigi's, both located at 200 Hale St.
Featured artists include Ian Bode at Romano and Associates, 230 Capitol St.; Kelly Bryant at Tony the Tailor, 822 Virginia St.; Staci Leech-Cornell at Taylor Books Annex Gallery, 226 Capitol St.; Sonja Adkins at Gallery Eleven, 1025 Quarrier St.; Max Kunsli, Stray Dog Antiques, 219 Hale St.; and Emily Roles at Art Emporium, 823 Quarrier St.
For more information and a venue map, visit www.charlestonartwalk.com.
The Arts Council of Kanawha Valley will hold its first Arts Social from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the River City Youth Ballet, 4110 McCorkle Ave. S.E. The free event is a way for people in the arts community to meet, mingle and collaborate with other like-minded individuals.
Beverages and snacks provided. Call 304-807-ARTS or visit www.artskv.org.
John Lilly concert
Country/Americana musician John Lilly will perform Friday as part of the Live at the Alban concert series at the Alban Arts Center, 65 Olde Main St., St. Albans. The show begins at 7 p.m., and tickets are $10. It's the second in the concert series, which features intimate, mostly acoustic shows by West Virginia artists. Call 304-721-8896 or visit www.albanartscenter.com.
Quilt Day at the Culture Center
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History will hold Quilt Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Culture Center. The free event includes hands-on demonstrations, the Sesquicentennial Quilt and Juried Quilt Exhibition in the Great Hall and historic quilt displays in the West Virginia State Museum.
The Sesquicentennial Quilt, featuring state icons like Camden Park and Standstone Falls, was created by 72 quilters from across the state; each county is represented by at least one square made from Civil War-era fabric donated by Andover Fabrics of New York City.
For more information, contact Renee Margocee at 304-558-0240.
'Charlie Brown' auditions
The Alban Arts Center, 65 Olde Main St., St. Albans, will hold auditions for the musical 'You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Six older teens and adults are needed to play Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder, Patty and Snoopy.
Those auditioning should bring 16 bars of music for singing auditions. Selected readings from the script will be available for cold reading.
Performance dates October 18-20 and 25-27. Call 304-721-8896 or visit www.albanartscenter.com.
Mountaintop removal documentary
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 520 Kanawha Blvd. W., will roll out the red carpet for the world premiere of the environmental documentary "Goodbye Gauley Mountain: An Ecosexual Love Story" at 7 p.m. Saturday. A Q&A with the filmmakers follows.
The 70-minute film is by West Virginia native, filmmaker and UC Santa Cruz professor Beth Stephens and her collaborator/life partner, Annie Sprinkle, a feminist adult film star with a doctorate in human sexuality.
"Our film is about the controversy of mountaintop removal mining, and it is also a love story about the Appalachia Mountains and the people who live in them," said Stephens. "Our goal is to spread the word about serious environmental issues and also to make the environmental movement a little more sexy, fun and diverse."
It contains some nudity and is for mature audiences only. There will be an audio loop for the hearing impaired. Admission is by donation of canned goods for a food drive.
For more on the premiere, call 304-345-5042. For more on the film, visit www.goodbyegauleymountain.org.
Hall of Fame concert
A concert featuring music associated with the 2013 West Virginia Music Hall of Fame inductees begins at 7 p.m. Saturday at Tamarack in Beckley. Everett Alan Lilly & Friends, Susanna Robinson, John Lilly, Emily Hopkins, Mark Bates and The Carpenter Ants will perform.
This year's inductees are Melvin and Ray Goins, Peter Marshall, Wayne Moss, Tim O'Brien, The Swan Silvertones, Ada "Bricktop" Smith and Eleanor Steber. The induction ceremony is Nov. 16 at the Culture Center Theater.
On Saturday, the music will range from the harmony-rich gospel/soul of the Swan Silvertones (performed by The Carpenter Ants) to the country and rock of Wayne Moss (Mark Bates) to the traditional bluegrass of Melvin and Ray Goins (Everett Alan Lilly and John Lilly) to Bricktop's 1920s cabaret jazz (Susanna Robinson) to two of Eleanor Steber's Mozart arias (Emily Hopkins).
Tickets are $4. Call 304-342-4412 or 1-888-262-7225.
W.Va. Filmmaker of the Year
The West Virginia FILMmakers Festival is seeking nominations for West Virginia filmmaker of the year through Aug. 21. The award is given to the filmmaker whose most recent work or lifetime work has had the utmost impact on the state's film industry.
Nominations and statements of support should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The festival runs Oct. 4-6 at Sutton's Elk Theatre.
Stand-up comedy film
"SINBAD: Make Me Wanna Holla," a recording of the comedian's Aug. 2 performance at The Fillmore Detroit, screens at 8 p.m. Aug. 22 at Regal Nitro Stadium 12, 12 JW Dr. The film also includes exclusive footage that will never be shown again.
Tickets are $20. Call 304-769-0405 or visit www.regmovies.com.
Simply Jazz and Blues Festival
The first Simply Jazz and Blues Festival runs Aug. 23-25 at the Sandstone Drift Recreation Area near Hinton. Regional and national acts will perform, including Biscuit Miller & The Mix, the Bob Thompson Unit, Zac Harmon, James Cotton & Roomful of Blues, Doug Macleod, Austin "Walkin' Cane" and Inspiration.
Weekend passes are $50 in advance and $75 at the gate; daily tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the gate. Students ages 13-17 are admitted half-price when accompanied by an adult, and children 12 and under get in free.
For more information, visit www.simplyjazzandbluesfestival.com.