CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Although FestivALL doesn't officially kick off until 5:45 p.m. Friday with its official opening ceremony at Haddad Riverfront Park, activities actually start today. They'll run through June 30 but, for now, we give you the activities that are happening this week (broken down by type).
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• "A LITTLE LUNCH MUSIC": Mark Scarpelli performs on the piano from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today and Friday in Center Court at Charleston Town Center. Singer Ryan Hardiman joins him Friday.
• THIRD EYE CABARET: The weekly event is expanding for FestivALL with shows today, Friday and Wednesday. Admission is $5 nightly.
Today, the openers are Spencer Elliott and Mark Bates at 8 p.m., followed by Third Eye house band The BrotherSisters headlining at 9:30 p.m.
There's also a screening of the draft of "Damn the Torpedoes," a 10-minute music-video episode from the multimedia space opera/web series, "Saint Stephen's Dream." The new cabaret "Self-Karaoke" feature, where performers duets with a recording of themselves, debuts.
On Friday, Pinky & The Promises open at 8 p.m., with The Spurgie Hankins Band at 9:30 p.m. DJ Woody Woods is on at midnight.
On Wednesday, Mark Bates opens at 9:30 p.m. for The Company Stores, who go on at 10 p.m. At midnight, Bates will host a free singer-songwriter showcase.
• MUSICWORKS 2013: This free singer/songwriter showcase from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Bluegrass Kitchen is hosted by Andy Park. Schedule: Doug and Shelly Harper, 11 a.m.; Mark Beckner, 11:30 a.m.; John Lilly, noon; Julie Adams and Steve Hill, 12:30 p.m.; Sean Richardson, 1 p.m.; Casi Null, 1:30 p.m.; Albert Perrone and Doug Imbrogno, 2 p.m.; Casey Litz, 2:30 p.m.; Marium Bria, 3 p.m.; Jeff Ellis, 3:30 p.m. and Andy Park, 4 p.m.
• DRUM CIRCLE: A free community drum circle runs 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Haddad Riverfront Park. No experience is necessary.
• "CHARLESTON HARMONY: BEST OF THE BEST": This a cappella barbershop concert runs 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Clay Center featuring the Kanawha Kordsmen, Youth in Harmony Chorus, All-Star WV Barbershop Chorus and the international award-winning OC Times from Orange County, Ca.
Tickets are $24. Call 304-561-3570 or visit www.theclaycenter.org.
• RCCR GOSPEL FEST: Some of the area's best gospel performers gather at Simpson Memorial United Methodist Church, 607 Shrewsbury St., for a 7 to 9 p.m. concert Tuesday. Admission is free, but an offering will be taken, which will benefit the Religious Coalition for Community Renewal.
• CHARLESTON CIVIC CHORUS: The group performs a free, hour-long concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Charleston Baptist Temple, 209 Morris St. The program includes "Choral Gypsy Songs" by Brahms and Schumann as well as standards like "In the Mood," "Ain't Misbehavin' " and "I Got Rhythm."
• "JOIN THE PARTY: CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF MOUNTAIN STAGE": Show memorabilia, glimpses of backstage moments and artwork created by state artists in celebration of the show's 30th anniversary will be on display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through June 30 at the Good News Mountaineer Garage Gallery, 221 1/2 Hale St.
A reception will be held at 5 p.m. June 27.
• TEEN ART SHOW & SALE: A show of works by Kanawha County teen artists opens at 4 p.m. today in Charleston Town Center's Center Court and runs through Monday. New this year is a crowd favorite award, with voting open through noon Saturday, and the winner named at 1 p.m.
• "MONKEYING AROUND WITH CHARLY JUPITER HAMILTON": A new exhibit by the artist opens at Taylor Books with a reception from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. Hamilton speaks at 12:30 p.m. The show is up until the end of the month.
• DOWNTOWN PUBLIC ART AND ARCHITCTURE WALKING TOUR: Guides will explain the history behind some of the city's landmarks in this tour one-hour tour beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Lee Street Triangle.
• EAST END MAIN STREET STREETWORKS ART AUCTION AND CELEBRATION: This fifth annual event runs 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Habitat for Humanity Restore, 301 Piedmont Road. Up for auction is artwork used to create artistic street signs displayed along Washington Street East.
Ted Brightwell hosts the evening, which also includes live music, beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres. Tickets are $25.
• LOCATION PLAYS: Charleston Stage Company's free presentation of the top two 2012 site-specific short plays are at 11 a.m., noon, 2 and 3 p.m. Saturday on the third floor of the Kanawha County Public Library.