In Short: Oct. 17-23, 2013
The monthly downtown Charleston ArtWalk takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday in 15 venues. For exhibit information and a map of locations, visit www.charlestonartwalk.com.
The rock band Filter will play at The Fishbone Gill & Grill, 1 17th St., Vienna, at 7 p.m. Friday. They'll be joined by Red, Otherwise and We As Human. Tickets are $20. Get them at the door or www.roxoffentertainment.com.
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 520 Kanawha Blvd. W., will screen "Beasts of the Southern Wild" for free at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The Oscar-nominated drama focuses on the surreal world of Hushpuppy, an extraordinarily imaginative 6-year-old in a forgotten bayou community.
It's rated PG-13 for thematic material including child imperilment, some disturbing images, language and brief sensuality and will be shown with captions for the hearing impaired. Call 304-345-5042 or visit www.uucharlestonwv.org.
A free Indian music concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Tamarack in Beckley. It features Pandit Shubhendru Rao on sitar, Saskia Rao-de Haas on cello and Harshad Kanetkar on tabla.
A supporters' dinner runs 6 to 7 p.m. for $50 per person. Reservations are required. Call 304-355-0293.
Halloween art show
More than 20 West Virginia artists will be at The Art of Hallow's Eve, a Halloween-themed fine art and craft show in the Assembly Hall at Jackson's Mill this weekend. An opening reception runs 7 to 9 p.m. Friday with costumes encouraged. Saturday's hours are noon to 9 p.m., and Sunday's are 1 to 5 p.m. Call 800-287-8206.
'You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown'
The Alban Arts Center opens the musical "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," based on Charles M. Schulz' "Peanuts" comic strip, at 8 p.m. Friday. Other performances are 8 p.m. Saturday and Oct. 25-26 as well as 2 p.m. Sunday and Oct. 27 at the theater, 65 Olde Main St., St. Albans.
The Kelly Strom-directed show has a teenage cast that includes Daniel Calwell as Charlie Brown, Haley Lambert as Snoopy, Hannah Strom as Lucy, Brandon Hawkins as Linus, Clayton Spry as Schroeder and Anna Felty as Patty. Kenneth W. Morrison provides musical direction to musicians Shannon Gobel, David Lawson, Stephen Harper and Chris Grizzell.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and children under 12. Call 304-721-8896 for reservations.
Trumpeters Vince DiMartino and Rex Richardson will join the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra for the program "Copeland: Appalachian Spring" at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Clay Center. In addition to "Appalachian Spring," other performed pieces will be Debussy's "Prelude to Afternoon of a Faun," Paulus' "Concerto for Two Trumpets & Orchestra" and Grant Cooper's "Appalachian Autumn."
Tickets start at $27.50 for adults and $15.50 for students. Call 304-561-3570 or visit www.theclaycenter.org.
The annual Bridge Day Festival runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the New River Gorge Bridge and surrounding area. Watch BASE jumpers, rappel teams, BMX flatland demonstrations, skydivers and extreme pogoing.
In downtown Fayetteville, see a concert by Wild Rumpus from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. or take in the chili and cornbread cook-off from 3 to 6 p.m. Visit www.officialbridgeday.com for a complete schedule and more information.
The 26th annual Buffalo Octoberfest will feature live music, arts and crafts, living history enactors, live animals, games, face painting, a WVU tailgate and more. Activities run 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Buffalo Shopping Center, one mile north of the Toyota plant in Putnam County.
Admission is free. Call 304-937-2747.
Marching band invitational
The second annual West Virginia Marching Band Invitational begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at Laidley Field. Marching bands from across the state will be judged on categories including showmanship, music, color guard, majorette corps and featured twirler.
Tickets are $7 for ages 12 and up and $5 for children under 12. Call 304-558-0220.
Heritage Station Fall Fest
The Shops at Heritage Station in downtown Huntington will host Fall Fest from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The free event includes pumpkin and apple dessert bake-offs, local music, a fall fashion show at 2:30 p.m. and more. Call The Wild Ramp at 304-523-7267 for more information on the bake-off.
Symphony family concert
The West Virginia Symphony will present the first concert in its 2013-14 City National Bank Family Discovery Series at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Clay Center. "Happy Birthday, West Virginia" celebrates the state's sesquicentennial and includes a special performance by the Charleston Ballet. There's also an instrument petting zoo in the lobby beginning at 10 a.m.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Call 304-561-3570 or visit www.theclaycenter.org.
Spirit Halloween in The Shops at Kanawha Plaza will host a day of ghoulish fun from noon to 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Meet actor Jeremy Ambler, who has been on "The Walking Dead," as well as the Mid-Ohio Valley Ghost Hunters and Cemetery Knights Hearse Club.
Plus, get your picture taken with a zombie, and see the ShockaCon hearse. There are small fees for autograph signings and zombie photos. Call 304-266-3291.
Children's Theatre auditions
The Children's Theatre of Charleston will hold auditions for "Christmas in the Land of Oz" from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at its workshop, 1007 Bigley Ave. Roles are available for boys and girls ages 8 to 18.
You may register for an audition slot at www.ctoc.org or simply show up during the audition times. Those who register in advance should arrive 20 minutes early to complete registration.
An audition workshop with instruction in acting, dancing, singing and improv as well as a mock audition runs 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Performance dates are Dec. 12-15.
The Kanawha County Public Library will host a weeklong Jedi Jamboree beginning Monday. There will be games and costume contests for all ages, plus Jedi Knight training, scavenger hunts and crafts.
The St. Albans branch will have make-and-take crafts for children all day every day as well as a Princess Leia hair and Yoda ears workshop at 6 p.m. Monday and a "Star Wars" costume party at 6 p.m. Oct. 24, both for kids. Make your own lightsaber at the Cross Lanes Branch from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Activities on Oct. 24 are Jedi Knight training at 4 p.m. at Dunbar, a "Star Wars" show-and-tell at 6 p.m. at Elk Valley, a "Star Wars" party at 6 p.m. at Nitro and a "Star Wars" celebration (costumes encouraged) at 6 p.m. at Riverside.
On Oct. 26, Sissonville hosts Jedi Knight training from noon to 3 p.m., and the main library in Charleston will have a "Star Wars" celebration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It includes a costume contest at 11:30 a.m., a meet-and-greet with John Jackson Miller (author of three "Star Wars" books), a "Star Wars" photo booth and Jedi Knight training.
The fifth annual HallowEast "Artmares" horror-themed art show opens with a 6 to 9 p.m. reception Wednesday at Contemporary Galleries, 1210 Smith St. It continues from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 24 and concludes with a reception featuring live music by Sean Sydnor, beer, wine and food from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday. Visit www.halloweast.com.
On Oct. 24, the Charleston Town Center Wee Trick-or-Treat runs 6 to 7 p.m. throughout the mall and is followed by a costume contest at 7 p.m. in Macy's Court. (Registration for it begins at 5:30 p.m.) Mall gift cards will be awarded to winners in seven categories: best baby (baby must be carried); best family theme (must include a parent); best princess or fairy, best superhero and most original for ages 7 and under and favorite movie, music or TV character and most original for ages 8-13. Call 304-345-9526.
Murder mystery party
The No Pants Players present "Dinner at the End of the World," a HallowEast murder mystery party, at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Woman's Club of Charleston, 1600 Virginia St. E. At the PG-13 event, try to discover the killer while dining on food from five East End restaurants.
Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door (if any tickets remain). Visit www.halloweast.com.
'RiffTrax Live: Night of the Living Dead'
The RiffTrax crew -- Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett -- take on a zombie classic in "RiffTrax Live: Night of the Living Dead" at 8 p.m. Oct. 24 at theaters nationwide, including Regal Nitro Stadium 12 and Cinemark Huntington Mall. As with the Peabody Award winning "Mystery Science Theater 3000" that the crew is best known for, in this one-night-only event, they will hilariously heckle the granddaddy of all zombie films as it unfolds onscreen.
Tickets at Nitro are $12.50; call 304-769-0405 or visit www.regmovies.com. Tickets at Huntington Mall are $11.50 for adults, $10.50 for students and seniors and $9.50 for children; call 304-733-3984 or visit www.cinemark.com.
W.Va. Music Hall of Fame
The Charleston Convention & Visitors Bureau is giving away a prize package for the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Nov. 16. It includes two VIP tickets to the ceremony and to a VIP artists' reception the night before as well as a two-night stay at the Charleston Marriott and dinner for two. Enter at www.charlestonwv.com by Nov. 1. One entry per person. Winner will be drawn Nov. 4.