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Arts Notes: Jan. 26, 2014

By Judy Hamilton

Jewish film festival

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- B'nai Jacob Synagogue will have a midwinter Jewish film festival Jan. 26 at Park Place Stadium Cinemas, 600 Washington St. E. The matinee double feature begins at 2 p.m. with "When Comedy Went to School." "The Other Son" will be shown at 3:30 p.m.

"When Comedy Went to School" is a 2013 American documentary about the birth of modern stand-up comedy in the Catskill Mountains -- a boot camp for what many consider the greatest generation of Jewish-American comedians.

"The Other Son" is a 2012 French drama about two young men, one Israeli and one Palestinian, who discover they were accidentally switched at birth.

Admission to the film festival is free and is open to the public. It is sponsored by Federated Jewish Charities of Charleston. For additional information, visit www.bnaijacob.com/west-virginia-jewish-film-festival-january-26th.

Ballet auditions

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Audition classes for The Joffrey Ballet School New York's Summer Intensive will take place Jan. 26 at the Charleston Ballet Studios, on the mezzanine floor at 100 Capitol St. The Summer Intensive takes place June 9 through July 25.

The ballet class is from 2 to 4 p.m.; registration is from 1 to 2 p.m. The jazz class is from 4:30 to 6 p.m. with registration from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Classes are for ages 10 to 25.

For information, contact Kim Pauley, Charleston Ballet director, at 304-342-6541.

Keith-Albee events

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical "Million Dollar Quartet" will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center, 925 Fourth Ave., Huntington.

The Vienna Concert-Verein Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30.

For additional information and tickets, call 304-696-6656 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.

HMOA free tour

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- The Huntington Museum of Art's Fourth Tuesday Tour for the month of January will feature a guided tour of "The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States" at 7 p.m. Jan. 28. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.

The exhibit will close Feb. 16. In 2008, HMOA was selected as the sole institution in the state of West Virginia to receive a gift of 50 works of art from New York collectors Dorothy and Herbert Vogel, with the help of the National Gallery of Art, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The gifts to HMOA are part of a larger national gifts program, which has distributed 2,500 works from the Vogels' collection of contemporary art throughout the nation, with 50 works going to a selected art institution in each of the 50 states.

The best-known aspects of the Vogel Collection are minimal and conceptual art, but the works donated to HMOA also explore numerous directions of the post-minimalist period, including works of a figurative and expressionist nature. To view the collection and learn more about the Vogels, visit http://vogel5050.org.

The Huntington Museum of Art, 2033 McCoy Road, Huntington. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. The museum is closed to the public Monday. Admission is free on Tuesdays and on other days is $5 per person and free for children younger than 18; free to veterans and their immediate families; and free for active-duty military personnel and their immediate families. Membership begins at $25 and benefits include free admission. Contact 304-529-2701 or www.hmoa.org.

Tamarack dinner theater

BECKLEY, W.Va. -- Tamarack will present three dinner theaters in the coming months. The first, "Red Velvet Cake War," is set for Feb. 7 and 8. It will be presented by the Historic Fayette Players. The comedy of errors features a Texas family reunion that heats up when two characters face off against each other to bake the best red velvet cake.

On March 7 and 8, Mercer County's 4Pals Productions will perform "Pearls of Wisdom," an original play by Vain Colby and a sequel to "The Passing of Pearl." The dramatic comedy is set in the South during the civil-rights movement, a year after Pearl's death. One of Pearl's best friends, Daphney, ends up with a gold-digger. Pearl's ghostly wisdom, and best friend Leateen's support, offer her lessons on life and love.

On April 11 and 12, the Treehouse Arts Ensemble production of the popular play "Steel Magnolias" will be performed. In the play, the lives of the town's female characters connect at Truvy's beauty parlor. Their loves, their neighborly gossip, their challenges and their lifelong friendships create a funny and memorable story.

Dinners will be served at 6:30 p.m. in the Conference Center with performances following at 8 p.m. in the Gov. Hulett C. Smith Theater. Tickets are $45 per person with reservations accepted Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. at 304-256-6843, ext. 168. Tickets will not be available at the door and must be reserved by the Wednesday prior to the performance.

Tamarack concerts

BECKLEY, W.Va. -- "Some Kind Of Wonderful" singer and West Virginia native John Ellison will perform at Tamarack at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 14 and 15. "Accompanied by the Carpenter Ants, Ellison's song is one of the world's most played and recorded pieces," a Tamarack news release says.

Tickets cost $25 per person; a limited number of seats are available. Reservations will be accepted Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. by calling 304-256-6843, ext. 168.

Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia, Beckley. 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. daily. Contact www.tamarackwv.com or 888-262-7225 or on Facebook.

Clay exhibit opens

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Put on your thinking cap and use mathematics, logic, patterns and creative thinking to solve mind-boggling puzzles in "Brain Teasers 2," a new hands-on exhibit at the Clay Center.

The exhibit features a collection of 20 interactive puzzles and optical illusions. The popular exhibit from the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry provides creative, innovative fun for participants of all ages. It will be on display in the Mylan Explore-atory through May 5.

Because of the recent water emergency and ongoing museum renovations, the center has suspended its regular museum gallery admission prices as a gift to patrons. Through Feb. 14, visitors can pay what they wish to see this and other Clay Center exhibits.

While at the center, visitors can take a wild ride down the Colorado River on a whitewater raft or go along on an epic story of survival in giant-screen films "Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk" and "Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure." Then they can discover the mysteries behind Saturn's rings and its many moons in the planetarium show "Saturn: Ringed World."

Museum hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Regular museum gallery admission is $6 for children and $7.50 for adults, and always free for members. Films and planetarium shows are additional. For more information on this and other Clay Center exhibits, call 304-561-3570 or visit www.theclaycenter.org.

Art studio classes

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Painted Palette Fine Art Studio and Art Gallery, 824 10th St., Huntington, is offering studio painting classes. An intermediate painting class takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Mondays. Registration is open and participants can join the class at any time.

From 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 28, an introduction to oil painting will take place. If you're new to painting, the Painted Palette will provide the oil paint for the first six weeks. A portrait painting class will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 1.

For more information, call 304-416-2081 or visit www.paintedpaletteartstudio.blogspot.com. The studio and art gallery also has a Facebook page.

Romance weekend

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. -- The Greenbrier resort is dedicating the fourth installment of its first annual Discovery Series weekends to romance. The Feb. 14-16 Romance Weekend will celebrate The Greenbrier's storied romantic history.

For couples planning a wedding, West Virginia native and celebrity wedding consultant Monte Durham, fashion director of the TV show "Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta," will be at The Greenbrier to host a "Say I Do" wedding event Feb. 16.

The Walter Scott Trio will perform nightly in the Main Dining Room for an elegant, romantic dinner and dancing event (jacket and tie required). For beginning dancers, a class will be offered in the Cameo Ballroom; and for those who are just a bit out of practice, a class will be taught in the Colonial Lounge.

A massage skills demonstration will be conducted by seasoned massage therapists from The Greenbrier's five-star mineral spa. Robert Hunter and Catie Boyd will guide couples through a step-by-step lesson on some of the key techniques that will melt away stress and promote relaxation.

Brian W. McClure, wine director/sommelier at The Greenbrier, will host a tasting event highlighting local Virginia wines. McClure will also walk guests through a tasting experience of various styles of chocolate with unexpected wine pairings. A culinary demonstration will also be held to teach techniques for making savory dishes at home and shortcuts to make entertaining a breeze.

There also will be a mixed doubles strategy clinic at the Tennis and Fitness Center that will focus on drills, strategy and point play associated with mixed doubles.

For additional information and to make reservations, call 877-684-5060, option 4.

To have your announcement included in Arts Notes, email judy.hamilton@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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