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Arts Notes: Aug. 18, 2013

By Staff reports

'Rocket Boys' musical

BECKLEY, W.Va. -- "Rocket Boys: The Musical," in its third season at Theatre West Virginia, continues through Aug. 25 at Cliffside Amphitheater in Grandview State Park.

Tickets are half-price for any performance for all Raleigh County teachers, students or school personnel. Also, anyone who attended one of the summer's other three shows will be given a $4 discount when making reservations for "Rocket Boys."

There is no show Aug. 19. For tickets, call the theater office at 304-256-6800 or 800-666-9142. Mention either of the discounts when calling. Discounts cannot be combined, and the special prices will not be available for online reservations.

Theatre West Virginia will close its summer season with a concert by Phil Dirt and the Dozers at 8 p.m. Aug. 30. The concert is a major fundraiser for the theater; call the numbers listed above for tickets.

Glass stories

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- In celebration of 200 years of West Virginia glass, six enthusiasts will explain their divergent views on West Virginia glass and how they came to connect with it at 6 p.m. Aug. 22 in the Archives and History Library in the West Virginia Culture Center.

The program "Six Voices: Six Short Stories about West Virginia Glass" is free and open to the public.

Each presenter will share one object that is symbolic of his or her story. Millie Coty, of Williamstown, home of Fenton Glass, will discuss growing up in a glass town. Dave Bush, of Weston, will talk about teaching the children of glassworkers. Dane Moore, of Jane Lew, will speak on managing a glass factory. Dottie Daugherty, of Huntington, will discuss her inherited passion for collecting glass. Dean Six, of Cairo, executive director of the West Virginia Museums of American Glass, will talk about growing up around glass. Tom Felt, of Clarksburg, will talk about how glass motivated him to move to West Virginia.

Participants are encouraged to register for the lectures, but advance registration is not required to attend. To register, contact Robert Taylor, library manager, at bobby.l.taylor@wv.gov or 304-558-0230, ext. 163. Participants interested in registering by email should send their name, telephone number and the name and date of the session.

Art at The Greenbrier

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. -- "Art Friends of West Virginia," a joint exhibit of artists Tonie Garrett, Betty McMullen, Jerre Watkins and Joy Cooper, will be presented from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 and from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 2 in the North Parlor at The Greenbrier resort.

Garrett's works are in pastel and oil. McMullen's art is oil. Watkins and Cooper are watercolor artists.

The exhibit and sale is open to the public. For more information, contact Tonie Garrett at 304-722-0195 or www.toniegarrettart.com.

FOOTMAD staff member

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Kanawha Valley Friends Of Old Time Music And Dance announced the appointment of its first professional staff member, Burr Beard. He began work with the organization on Aug. 1.

The creation of the arts administrator position was made possible in part by a grant awarded by the West Virginia Commission on the Arts for staff support. Board member Martha Ballman, of South Charleston, authored the successful grant application.

Beard will assist FOOTMAD in its mission to preserve, promote and present traditional music and dance through its upcoming season of concerts, dances, educational outreach and jam sessions.

Beard brings 35 years' experience in communications, public radio broadcasting and station management. In 2012, Beard and partner Dawn Warner formed Roots Town Radio Inc. as a nonprofit organization with a mission of founding a low-power FM radio station.

More information about FOOTMAD's upcoming programming can be found at www.footmad.org.

To have your announcement included in Arts Notes, email earle@wvgazette.com or send it to Arts Notes, The Charleston Gazette, 1001 Virginia St. E., Charleston, WV 25301. Artwork can be submitted electronically or by mail. Deadline for inclusion in the Sunday Gazette-Mail is the Tuesday before Sunday publication.


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