Kenya Safari Acrobats
West Virginia University at Parkersburg hosts the Kenya Safari Acrobats at 7 p.m. Thursday. The acrobats will perform human pyramids, balancing, tumbling, limbo dancing, contortions and more. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Call 304-424-8203 or visit www.wvup.edu.
John Legend at Keith Albee
The Marshall Artists Series presents "An Evening with John Legend" at 8 p.m. Thursday at Huntington's Keith Albee Theater. The event is a lecture/performance hybrid where Legend will perform some of his hits, as well as talk about social justice and poverty in America. He created the Show Me Campaign, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting poverty around the world.
Tickets are $40 and $45. Call 304-696-6656 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.
'Glenn Beck Unelectable 2012' screening
Glenn Beck's comedy stage show, "TheBlaze Presents Glenn Beck Unelectable 2012," screens live at 8 p.m. Thursday at Cinemark Huntington Mall. In it, Beck participates in a mock debate with performers on his network's "B.S. of A." The event ends with an address by Beck.
Tickets are $19 for adults, $18 for students and seniors and $17 for children. Call 304-733-3984.
Blues competition seeks bands
Friday is the deadline for blues acts to submit applications for the West Virginia Blues Society's sixth annual Blues Competition, held Oct. 13. The contest is open to bands, solo/duo acts and youth performers. Winners receive cash prizes and a sponsorship to the 2013 International Blues Challenge in Memphis.
Find complete rules and applications at www.wvbluessociety.org.
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 520 Kanawha Blvd. W., will screen the 2011 film "Hugo" (PG) for free at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Martin Scorsese's Oscar-winning film, based on the novel "The Invention of Hugo Cabret," is the story of a young orphan in 1930s Paris, who lives in the walls of a train station.
Blending that fiction with fact, one of the characters in the family drama is real-life filmmaking and special effects pioneer Georges Melies. Following the movie, a restored and colorized version of Melies' 1902 film "A Trip to the Moon" will be shown.
"Hugo" is presented with captions for the hearing impaired. Call 304-345-5042 or visit www.uucharlestonwv.org.
Allied Artists exhibit
An opening reception will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday at Beckley's Cynthia Bickey Gallery for an exhibit by 18 Allied Artists of West Virginia members. On display through Oct. 20, the exhibit features acrylic, watercolor, sculpture, black/white and color photography, metallic print photography and other media.
The gallery is located at 600 Johnstown Road. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Call 304-253-9226.