Here comes Santa Claus
Santa arrives at the Charleston Town Center at 5:45 p.m. Thursday. The celebration, which begins in Center Court, includes an appearance by Bob the Builder and a sing-along. Call 304-345-9525 or visit www.charlestontowncenter.com.
Fest of Ale
The Comedy Zone's "Fest of Ale" returns from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday. For $35, sample 10-12 seasonal craft beers and take in a comedy show with CeeJay and Roger Keiss. The club is located in the Holiday Inn, 400 Second Ave., South Charleston. Call 304-414-2386 or visit www.comedyzonecharleston.com.
Opera at the movies
The Metropolitan Opera's performance of Thomas Ades' "The Tempest" will screen live at 12:55 p.m. Saturday at Great Escape Nitro and Cinemark Huntington Mall. The production is three hours and 50 minutes long.
Tickets at Nitro are $20 for adults and $16 for seniors and children. At Huntington, they are $22 for adults, $20 for seniors and $15 for children. Call 304-769-0405 (Nitro) or 304-733-3984 (Huntington).
'Richard III' auditions
The Alban Arts Center will hold auditions for Shakespeare's "Richard III" from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the center, 65 Olde Main St., St. Albans. Production dates are Feb. 22-24 and March 1-3, 2013.
Marlette Carter will direct the show. Parts are available for nine men, five women and two children, ages 8-12. Auditioners may bring a prepared classical monologue, but selected readings also will be provided.
Call 304-721-8896 or visit www.albanartscenter.com.
WVU-MU Clay Center exhibit closing
The art exhibit "Gallery Divided: A Head-to-Head Matchup Between Marshall & WVU Art Faculty" closes Sunday at the Clay Center. It features works by five artists from each school. Call 304-561-3570 or visit www.theclaycenter.org.
Clay Center Veterans Day special
On Sunday, the Clay Center will offer free museum, film and planetarium show admission to all active, Reserve and retired military personnel. Visitors must present military ID or proof of service to redeem. Call 304-561-3570 or visit www.theclaycenter.org.