Black History literary celebration
The 2014 African-American Literature Celebration runs 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Culture Center Theater. Norman Jordan will read his poems and discuss the Black Arts Movement. Affrilachian poet Crystal Good will also read.
Admission is free. A reception follows. Call 304-558-0220.
International film festival
Marshall University's Spring International Film Festival runs Friday through Feb. 13 at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center in Huntington.
Films being shown are Denmark's "A Royal Affair" (7:30 p.m. Friday and Tuesday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday), Israel's "The Flat" (2:30 p.m. Saturday, 5:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday); Japan's "Like Someone in Love" (5:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday and Wednesday); Canada's "War Witch" (7:30 p.m. Saturday and Monday, 5:30 p.m. Feb. 13); Cuba's "Una Noche" (5:30 p.m. Saturday and Wednesday, 12:30 p.m. Sunday) and USA's "The Sessions" (12:30 p.m. Saturday, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13). A version of "The Sessions" with narrative description for those who are blind or visually impaired screens for free at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Huntington Museum of Art.
Tickets are $7.50 per film. Call 304-696-6656 or visit www.marshallartistsseries.org.
Princeton art reception
Princeton's RiffRaff Gallery Co-Op, 869 Mercer St., presents "La Rouge: A Red Dress Art Event" from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday. The 11 artists will be on hand to meet and greet, live music will be played and complimentary wine and cheese will be served.
Admission is free. Guests are encouraged to wear red. Call 304-425-6425 or visit www.theriffraff.net.
On Saturday, Captain Barnacles and Kwazii from the Disney Junior show "Octonauts" will meet and greet children in the Picnic Place on level three of Charleston Town Center. They're available 11-11:30 a.m., 11:50 a.m.-12:20 p.m., 12:40-1:10 p.m. and 1:30-2 p.m. Parents can bring their cameras to take photos. Call 304-345-9525.
Opera at the movies
The Metropolitan Opera's production of Dvorák's "Rusalka," starring Renée Fleming in one of her signature roles, screens live at 12:55 p.m. Saturday at Regal Nitro Stadium 12. It runs approximately four hours. Tickets are $24 for adults, $22 for children and $18 for children. Call 304-769-0405 or visit www.regmovies.com.
The Contemporary Youth Arts Company will hold auditions for the new Dan Kehde drama, "The Rack," at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Capitol Center Theater, 123 Summers St. The dark drama about mass murder in suburbia requires more than a dozen actors ages 12-25.
Scripts will be provided for cold readings; those auditioning are expected to remain for the full audition period. Call 304-342-5716.
Ahmad Bradshaw signing
Former Marshall running back and current Indianapolis Colt Ahmad Bradshaw, a two-time Super Bowl champ with the New York Giants, will sign autographs from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Collectibles Etc., 900 Nitro Market Place, Cross Lanes.
Autographs are $30; you may bring your own items to be signed or purchase something at the store. Call 304-776-0020 with questions.
Auditions for classic Greek tragedy "Antigone" will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Alban Arts Center, 65 Olde Main St. Roles are available for seven men ages 20-70, seven women ages 15-60 and one to two children ages 8-12. Scripts will be available for cold readings.
Performance dates are April 25-27 and May 2-4. Call 304-721-8896 or visit www.albanartscenter.com.
Youth orchestra benefit
In March, SCORCH -- an orchestra composed of students from Capital, South Charleston, George Washington and Herbert Hoover high schools -- will travel to Louisville for a national competition, where it is one of eight school orchestras competing. To prepare, the group will host a public concert, performing its competition program, at 2 p.m. Sunday at Christ Church United Methodist, 1221 Quarrier St. A reception follows.
Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for students and free for children 5 and younger. The proceeds will go towards funding the trip. Call 304-925-1333.
FOOTMAD will host a contra dance from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Columbia Gas auditorium, 1700 MacCorkle Ave. S.E. Louisville's Deborah Denefeld will call to the music of Charleston's Gypsy Stars.
At 1:30 p.m. Denefeld will teach a beginner's contra dance workshop. Partners are not required for the dance, but soft-soled shoes are.