In Short: Nov. 28-Dec. 4, 2013
Model railroad show
The Appalachian Model Railroad Society's 56th annual show and sale runs Friday through Sunday at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington. It includes model railroad layouts, hobby shops, memorabilia sales, railroad books and model equipment sales.
Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children under 12. Call Ernie Clay at 304-429-1432 or Paul Fulks at 304-429-3885.
The annual Lights of Coonskin display opens at 5:30 p.m. Friday and will be open nightly from 5:30 to 10 p.m. through Dec. 31. It features more than 500,000 lights and 50 lit displays. Admission is by donation, which will go towards sponsoring Kanawha County Parks and Recreation programs and next year's Lights of Coonskin. Call 304-341-8000.
'Miracle on 34th Street'
Fayetteville's Historic Fayette Theater, 115 South Court St., opens the Christmas classic "Miracle on 34th Street" at 8 p.m. Friday. Other performances are 8 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 6-7 and 2 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 8.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for seniors and children. Reservations are strongly encouraged. For tickets, call 800-838-3006 or visit www.brownpapertickets.com. For information, call 304-574-4655 or visit www.historicfayettetheater.com.
The award-winning 38-minute documentary "Don't Cost Nothin' to Dream" will screen for free at 2 p.m. Sunday at Taylor Books, 226 Capitol St. The film follows young people in Cuba, Guatemala, Nicaragua and the United States who mix traditional and hip-hop music to sing and rap about their day-to-day perseverance over racism, poverty, underemployment and government censorship with self-determination and positive expression.
Filmmaker Kathy Bisbee will be present for a Q&A after the film. Call 304-342-1461 or visit www.taylorbooks.com.
The Clendenin Community Chorus will present its 75th annual performance of Handel's "Messiah" at 3 p.m. Sunday at Clendenin United Methodist Church, 121 Koontz Ave. Admission is free. Call 304-965-0034.
Carol Weakland will perform the one-woman show "Cricket on the Hearth" about a fairy sprite who watches over a family on a particularly rocky Christmas Eve at several Kanawha County Public Libraries. It is based on the Charles Dickens' tale of the same name.
Performances are free at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the St. Albans library, 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Riverside library and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Cross Lanes library. Call each branch or visit www.kanawhalibrary.org.
UC Builders luncheon
This month, the University of Charleston Builders will host its annual Christmas luncheon Wednesday. Held in the Erma Byrd Art Gallery in Riggleman Hall, the program will feature music by the University Singers.
A meet-and-greet begins at 11:30 a.m., with the luncheon at noon. Cost is $18. RSVP to Jamie DeYoung at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-357-4369 by Friday.
Revel in B-movie badness when the RiffTrax crew -- Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett -- take on 1964's "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians" at 8 p.m. Dec. 5 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 heckle the film as the action unfolds on screen.
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.