In Short: Oct. 11-17, 2012
Black Walnut Festival
The 58th annual Black Walnut Festival runs Thursday through Sunday in Spencer. Activities include live music, a carnival, parade, flea market, car show, ox roast and more. Visit www.wvblackwalnutfestival.org.
Huntington haunted house
The House of Morbid Minds is open nightly through Halloween at 1500 Monroe Ave. (behind Big Lots) in Huntington. Hours are 8 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday and 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. Admission is $10. Call 304-638-6078 or find them on Facebook.
Marshall film festival
The Marshall Artists Series Fall International Film Festival runs Friday through Wednesday at the Keith Albee Theater. Films are "A Separation" (Iran), "The Kid with a Bike" (Belgium), "Applause" (Denmark), "Beasts of the Southern Wild" (USA), "Footnote" (Israel) and "Headhunters" (Norway).
Visit www.marshallartistsseries.com for film descriptions and showtimes. Tickets are $7.50 each.
It kicks off with a screening of the documentary "Skateistan," about skateboard culture in Afghanistan, at 7 p.m. Thursday. The $10 event features a Q&A with Huntington native Bryan Ridgeway, who is a "Global Skateboarding Adviser" for the Skateistan charity.
Daughtry and 3 Doors Down
Tickets for a Nov. 28 Daughtry and 3 Doors Down concert at Huntington's Big Sandy Superstore Arena go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. They are $25, $39.50 and $49.50 Call 800-745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.
The eighth annual Tsubasacon, West Virginia's only anime convention, runs Friday through Sunday at the Riverfront Ballroom and Conference Center, adjacent to the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington. Activities include cosplay, an anime music video contest, vendors, panels and more. Guest speakers include voice actors Patrick Seitz and Lauren Landa, musical act The Extraordinary Contraptions, artist Dirk I. Tiede and "Greggo," who brings his anime game show.
Admission is $25 Friday, $35 Saturday and $15 Sunday or $40 for a weekend pass. Children 7 and under are admitted free with paid admission. Visit www.tsubasacon.org.
The free Morgan's Kitchen Fall Festival, sponsored by the St. Albans Historical Society, runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the historic cabin, located along MacCorkle Avenue. Activities include apple butter making, cabin tours, craft booths, Fort Lee Scouts and Civil War re-enactors. Call 304-727-5972 or visit www.stalbanshistory.com.
'Miracle on 34th Street' auditions
The Alban Theater will hold auditions for "Miracle on 34th Street" 1-3 p.m. Saturday and 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the theater, 65 Olde Main St., St. Albans. Parts are available for three men, two women, one girl, 14 men or women and many extras, including children.
Auditioners are encouraged to bring a prepared monologue (90 seconds or less), but reading selections will be available. Show dates are Dec. 7-9 and 14-16. Call 304-721-8896 or visit www.albanartscenter.com.
Charleston West Side Main Street will host OktoberWest from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday on Bigley Avenue behind Kelley's Men's Shop. With an outdoor "bier garten" atmosphere, the fundraiser features music by The Carpenter Ants, traditional German food by The Grill and craft beers by Parkersburg's North End Tavern and Thomas' Mountain State Brewing.
You can also watch the WVU game and play cornhole. Children's activities include pumpkin painting and inflatables.
Tickets are $30 at the gate or $25 in advance at Charleston Department Store, The Grill, Pile Hardware, Fountain Hobby, Kelley's and T-Graphics. Call 304-720-3161 or visit www.westsidemainstreet.org.
Gibson Brothers concert
The Gibson Brothers, the International Bluegrass Music Association's 2012 Entertainer of the Year, perform at Milton's Mountaineer Opry House at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $5 for children. Call 304-743-5749 or visit www.mountaineeropry.com.
Singer/songwriter Kate Long will perform at Sutton's Landmark Theater at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in a benefit for Camp Nabe, a bereavement camp for children. Elaine Wine will join her for a set. Admission is by donation. Call 304-644-3166.
Organist David Higgs will perform a free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral, corner of Leon Sullivan Way and Virginia Street East. Higgs will play the newly installed Schantz organ. Reception follows in Sacred Heart gymnasium. Call 304-342-8175.
The Chemical Valley Rollergirls take on the Greenbrier Valley Roller Vixens in their last home bout at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Charleston Civic Center. Doors for the "Capital City Punishment" bout open at 3 p.m.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for children ages 2-12 and free for children under 2. Proceeds benefit the Midwives Alliance of West Virginia, which supports options for women in childbirth and advocates for midwifery education and practice.
Montclaire String Quartet
The Montclaire String Quartet opens its season with "Miniatures" at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Erma Byrd Gallery at the University of Charleston. The program features pieces by Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Bridge, Shostakovich, Kirchner, Turina, Ives, Ljova and Piazzolla. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students and children. Visit www.wvsymphony.org.
Murder mystery at Cranberry Glades
The Pocahontas County Opera House presents The Mystery of Gauley Marsh" at 1 p.m. Saturday and Oct. 20 at the Cranberry Glades Botanical Area. It's the tale of a 19th century jury's trip to the marsh as part of the James Brooden's murder trial; the audience plays the part of the jury.
Admission is free, but performance space is limited. Call the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center at 304-653-4826 for reservations.
Film festival fundraiser
The West Virginia International Film Festival benefit Motion Picture Mixer, featuring films, live music, food and beverages, runs 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at 226 1/2 Capitol St. (Ann Saville's loft above Taylor Books). The Fall Film Festival runs Oct. 31-Nov. 10 at the Capitol Center Theater.
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Taylor Books or with check or cash at the door. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.