In Short: Dec. 12-18, 2013
'Philomena' at Park Place
Park Place Stadium Cinemas opens the British drama "Philomena" Friday. Directed by Stephen Frears ("The Queen"), it stars Steve Coogan as a political journalist who picks up the story of a woman (Judi Dench) and her search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent. It's based on the true story told in Martin Sixsmith's book, "The Lost Child of Philomena Lee."
For showtimes, call 304-345-6540 or visit www.ourshowtimes.com.
A Very Merry Nightmare Dinner
The Kanawha Players will host "A Very Merry Nightmare Dinner" at 7 p.m. Friday at the KP Theater, 309 Beauregard St. A tribute to "The Nightmare Before Christmas," it features an evening of song and scenes from the movie as well as a spaghetti dinner.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for seniors, students and children. Call 304-343-7529.
Dunbar Christmas parade
The City of Dunbar's Christmas Parade, canceled due to weather, has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Friday. It steps off at the Dunbar Toll Bridge, proceeds up 10th Street to Dunbar Avenue, then west to 16th Street and south to Myers Avenue, where it ends at City Hall. Call 304-766-0220.
Opera at the movies
The Metropolitan Opera's production of Verdi's "Falstaff" screens live at 12:55 p.m. Saturday at Regal Nitro Stadium 12. Runtime is about three hours and 20 minutes. There's an encore showing at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Tickets are $24 for adults, $22 for children and $18 for children. Call 304-769-0405 or visit www.regmovies.com.
Gay Men's Chorale holiday concert
The Charleston Gay Men's Chorale's annual holiday concert, "Make the Yuletide Gay," begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Kanawha United Presbyterian Church, 1009 Virginia St. E. Program selections include "Baby, It's Cold Outside," "We Need a Little Christmas," "I'll Be Home for Christmas" and "Santa Baby." A reception will follow the concert.
Admission is free, but attendees are encouraged to bring nonperishable food and toiletry items for donation to Covenant House. Call 304-380-5779 or visit www.singwithpride.org.
The womanSong Chorale will present its Christmas concert, "The Joys of the Season," at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Christ Church United Methodist, 1221 Quarrier St. The concert will feature the Con Brio Children's Choir and will include classic carols, shape note hymns, R. Murray Schafer's "Snowforms," Vince Guaraldi's "Linus and Lucy" and more.
Admission is free, but nonperishable food donations are requested. Visit womansongchorale.com.
Youth symphony concert
The West Virginia Youth Symphony's winter concert will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Scottish Rite Temple, 406 Capitol St. Performances will be given by all its ensembles (Cadet Strings, Youth Strings, Youth Winds, Wind Ensemble and Youth Orchestra).
Also, the group's painted violins fundraiser will end at 2:45 p.m. Sunday. Visit www.biddingforgood.com/WVYS to see the items and bid.
Concert admission is $10 for adults and free for children. Call 304-561-3542 or visit www.wvyouthsymphony.org.
'Nutcracker on Ice'
The Charleston Figure Skating Club will present "Nutcracker on Ice" at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the South Charleston Memorial Ice Arena, 20 RHL Blvd. It features local skaters of all ages performing individually and in groups to the music of the classic Christmas ballet.
Admission is $6. Call 304-744-4423.
Jennifer Nettles tickets
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday for Jennifer Nettles' Feb. 16 concert at the WVU Creative Arts Center in Morgantown. The show is part of her solo headlining "That Girl" tour. Tickets are $45 and $75. Call 800-745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.