* "HOLLY GROVE": This original musical drama from the Contemporary Youth Arts Company commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Cabin Creek/Paint Creek Mine War. Performances are 8 p.m. today through Saturday at the Capitol Center Theater, 123 Summers St. Admission is $10 for adults and $6 for students and seniors at the door.
* "SING DOWN THE MOON: APPALACHIAN WONDER TALES": Kanawha Players stages this family show of popular fairy with an Appalachian twist at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at their theater, 309 Beauregard St. The show includes an original old-time music score.
A special sensory-friendly show for special needs families is at 1 p.m. Saturday. It tones down the lighting and sound effects.Tickets are $16 for adults and $10 for students and children with family packages available. Call 304-343-7529 or visit www.kanawhaplayers.org
* "POLITICAL LITTLE ONES": A staged reading of Wheeling playwright Jeremy F. Richter's historical drama runs 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Clay Center Walker Theater. It's based on the case of Lucy Bagby, a Wheeling woman believed to be the last slave returned under the Fugitive Slave Act before the Civil War.
Admission is free on a first-come, first-serve basis. Advance tickets are available at Taylor Books, and some will be available at the door.
* NO PANTS PLAYERS: The improv troupe will put on adults-only (age 18 ) shows at the Clay Center Walker Theater at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $15, available in advance at www.nopantsplayers.com or at the door.
* LOCATION PLAYS: Charleston Stage Company presents the two winning 10-minute plays in this year's competition at the Good News Mountaineer Garage Gallery, 221 Hale St., at 11 a.m., noon, 2 and 3 p.m. Saturday. The event is in conjunction with the "Mountain Stage" 30th anniversary exhibit.
* "IT MATTERS WHERE YOU'RE BURIED (BRICKTOP AND COMSTOCK)": This staged reading stars Shayla Leftridge as world famous cabaret club owner Ada "Bricktop" Smith and George Daugherty as West Virginia Hillbilly newspaper editor Jim Comstock. It imagines an afterlife conversation between the two in a heavenly recreation of Bricktop's club.Shows are 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Clay Center Walker Theater. Admission is free on a first-come, first-serve basis. Advance tickets are available at Taylor Books, and some will be available at the door.
* WEST VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: The 2013 Oscar-nominated animated shorts will screen beginning at 9:30 p.m. Friday in Davis Park. There are five films with a total runtime of 128 minutes.
Tickets are $5. You may bring your own adult beverages and snacks.
* THE PAINT DANCE: Artistic duo The Snake and the Pot mix music, art and dance in this performance from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Lee Street Triangle. Duane Swanson III will drum while Amanda Jane Miller belly dances in paint on canvas to create a work of art.
* DANCE IN DAVIS PARK: This year's theme is "The Princess and Her Ponies." Carli Mareneck of Lewisburg's Trillium Performing Arts Collective wrote, choreographed and will narrate the piece inspired by the artwork of Franz Marc and Wassily Kandinsky. Performances are 1 to 1:30 and 5 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
* CLAY CENTER DANCE TROUPES: The Clay Center's Intermezzo Cafe will host two dance performances Sunday. First, the Capital High Dance Company performs a program of varied dance styles from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. Second, 8 Nations Hip Hop Group from Lee's Studio of Dance perform from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m.
* DIZZY DOC'S AMAZING BALLOON SCULPTURE: Dizzy Doc and his crew will continue work on their giant sculpture through Sunday in Charleston Town Center's Center Court.
* RECOVERY SPORTS GRILL STAGE: Family-friendly entertainment in front of the library, 123 Capitol St. SATURDAY: Katzendrummerz, 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. (drumming); Todd Burge and Ron Sowell, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. (kids songs); Mutts Gone Nuts, noon and 3 p.m. (dog tricks); Jonathan Burns, 1 p.m. (contortionist comedy); Glen Singer, 2 p.m. (mine/clown). SUNDAY: Will Manahan, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. (lap dulcimer); Mutts Gone Nuts, noon and 3 p.m.; Jonathan Burns, 1 p.m.; Glen Singer, 2 p.m.
* BB&T STAGE: Family-friendly entertainment in front of Taylor Books. SATURDAY: Jenny Allinder & Jim Mullins, 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. (old-time music); Glen Singer, noon; Moon Goddess Poetry, 12:45, 1:45 and 3:45 p.m. (spoken word); Jenna Brooke Swanson, 1 and 4 p.m. (belly dance); Jozef Mak, 2 p.m. (Slovic music); Jonathan Burns, 3 p.m. Bobby Altman, 5 p.m. (acoustic blues). SUNDAY: The Company Stores, 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. (folk/blues); Glen Singer, noon; Moon Goddess Poetry, 12:45, 1:45 and 3:45 p.m.; Jenna Brooke Swanson, 1 and 3 p.m.; Jozef Mak, 2 p.m.; Jonathan Burns, 4 p.m.
* CHILDREN'S ART FAIR: This fair runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday on Capitol Street between Virginia and Quarrier streets. It includes games, children's activities, make-and-take crafts, a photo booth and a youth art sale.
The annual Library Street Fair is held in conjunction with this on Saturday only. It includes a used book sale from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and a children's songwriting workshop at 1:30 p.m. with Todd Burge and Ron Sowell.
* RIVER QUEEN CRUISES: These one-and-a-half hour cruises depart from Haddad Riverfront Park at noon, 2, 4 and 6 p.m. today and noon and 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $19 for adults, $18 for seniors, $11 for ages 4-11 and free for ages 3 and younger.
* WRITE HERE! WRITE NOW!: Stop by Taylor Books between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday and add a line to an ongoing poem or short story started by the West Virginia Writers. At the end of the day, completed works will be published at www.wvwriters.org.
* HORSE AND WAGON RIDES: From noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, horses from Rocky Point Farm in Kenna will take riders in a looped from the corner of Quarrier and Capitol streets. Availablity is subject to weather. Tickets are $5 or $20 for a private couples ride.
* EAST END BAZAAR COUNTRY ROADS COOK-OFF: This amateur chef competition encourages cooking using local foods. It runs 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday with samples costing $2 to $4. The bazaar is at Washington St. E. and Ruffner Avenue.
* ROLLER DERBY: It's Charleston's Chemical Valley Rollergirls versus the Star City Rollergirls of Roanoke, Va., in a match that starts at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Civic Center's South Hall. Adult tickets are $10 in advance through Ticketmaster or $12 at the door. Tickets for children ages 2 to 12 are $5, and children 2 and under are admitted free.
* HISTORIC HOUSES OF WORSHIP TOUR: On Sunday, take in the architecture and art, as well as a musical program, at four local churches. Schedule: Calvary Baptist, 1 p.m.; Bream Memorial Presbyterian, 2 p.m.; Emmanuel Baptist, 3 p.m. and St. Anthony Catholic, 4 p.m.
* COMMUNITY JAZZ WORSHIP: Rev. Kay Albright of Bridges of Grace United Church of Christ will lead this service from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1423 Lee St. E. The Charleston Area Gay Men's Chorale will sing, and children's church will also be available.
* "FISHBOWL: POETIC RUMINATIONS FROM A SMALL TOWN: This third annual poetry revival hosted by Crystal Good and Keeley Steele runs 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Bluegrass Kitchen.
Reach Amy Robinson at flips...@wvgazette.com