HALLOWINE TASTING: From 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, the Wine & Cheese Shop and Capitol Market will have a cornucopia of wines at the HallowWINE tasting event in Capitol Market's Center Court. It's limited to 75 people, so advance registration is encouraged. Tickets are $12. Email thewinesho...@gmail.com or call 304-343-9463.
LATE-NIGHT HOUSE PARTY: Jam with Cam P, North Starr and the Bob Thompson Unit from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday at the Clay Center Walker Theater. Admission is $10. Call 304-561-3570. See more here.
For information on these events, visit www.halloweast.com.
ARTMARES: This horror-themed art show featuring works by 25-30 local artists is open 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 6 to 10 p.m. Friday at Contemporary Galleries, 1210 Smith St. Friday's event is a closing reception with wine, hors d'oeuvres and live music.
MURDER MYSTERY PARTY: This dinner theater with the No Pants Players begins at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Charleston Women's Club, 1600 Virginia St. E. Audience members will try to solve the murder while enjoying food from Bluegrass Kitchen. Top detectives have a chance to win prizes.
Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children 13 and under. However, the event will most likely sell out. Moxee Coffee will stop selling tickets Thursday morning; there might be a limited number available at the door. Call 304-767-9800.
ZOMBIE WALK: On Saturday, dress up as the undead and head to Moxee Coffee on the corner of Lee and Morris streets for a stroll through the East End in your best zombie get-up. The walk steps off at 5:30 p.m., with the line gathering at 4:45 p.m. Some makeup artists will be on hand to provide touch-ups.
If you want to watch, the route goes down Lee Street to Bradford Street, then to Quarrier Street all the way down to Elizabeth Street, ending at the corner of Elizabeth and Washington Street. If you're a "Walking Dead" fan, have some fun searching for Carl, who, as usual, isn't where he's supposed to be. (For more on that, see page 2D.)
COSTUME CRAWL: This new HallowEast event runs 6 to 11 p.m. in the Washington/Elizabeth Street area. It will be shut down for a pub-crawl through Bluegrass Kitchen, Little India Lounge, Tricky Fish, the Red Carpet and the Empty Glass, where participants will get food and drink specials.
There's also live music outdoors by Pepper Fandango (7-8 p.m.) and Fletcher's Grove (8:30 to 10 p.m.) in addition to live broadcasting by Electric 102.7 DJs and the Halloween Hootenanny at the Empty Glass, featuring horror punk acts The Renfields and The Big Bad. A costume contest nets the two best costumes $500 cash.
Tickets in advance and for zombies are $15. At they door, they're $20, though you'll get $5 off if you present a receipt from co-sponsor Magic Makers.
ARTWALK: The official monthly ArtWalk was last week, but it's back for an encore from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday. In addition to the art to be found in the 18 participating venues, there will also be live music in the streets from Mark Scarpelli and Joseph Cevallos, Josh Buskirk, the Good News Garage PickUp Band and the Bark-o-Loungers. Visit www.charlestonartwalk.com.
The Bark-o-Loungers are playing on the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame Bandwagon, which will also have music by the Carpenter Ants at 11:45 a.m. Friday at Dem2 Brothers and a Grill at Five Corners on the West Side.
MCCREIGHT LECTURE: Pulitzer Prize-winning Theodore Roosevelt biographer Edmund Morris gives the lecture "The Nine Lives of Theodore Roosevelt" from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Culture Center Theater. The event is free, and seating is on a first come, first served basis. Visit www.wvhumanities.org.
BIG PIG GIG: Head to the Chase Tower Plaza, 707 Virginia St. E., for a pig roast from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday. The Fund for the Arts fundraiser will feature a selection of sauces from different Southern regions as well as craft beer. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the gate. Call 304-345-0775 or visit www.fundfortheartswv.org.
LIVE ON THE LEVEE: Temperatures should still be nice Friday night for this fall edition of the popular summer concert series at Haddad Riverfront Park. The free concert features two high-energy bands making their Live on the Levee debuts. First up is nine-piece ska/punk act The Tom McGees from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Then, the musicians/performance artists of Qiet take the stage until 9:30 p.m.
NO PANTS PLAYERS: The improv troupe hosts a Halloween-themed performance for ages 21 and up at Timothy's at Quarrier Diner, 1022 Quarrier St. (below the restaurant), at 10 p.m. Friday. The evening also features a costume contest with prizes for scariest, funniest, most original and best couple.
Tickets are $12, and food and drinks will be available. Call 304-343-5686 for dinner reservations. For show information, call 877-467-7689 or visit www.nopantsplayers.com. Tickets are available online or at the door.
CREATE WV CONFERENCE: This conference for entrepreneurship and innovation runs Friday and Saturday at the Charleston Civic Center. Keynote speakers are filmmaker Mary Mazzio, actor Lou Myers, magazine publisher Nikki Bowman, WVSU president Brian Hemphill and a team from Generation West Virginia. There is also a young talent showcase Saturday featuring musicians Miss Behavin' and Hannah Peterson.
You can register for both days, one day or some individual events. For prices and to register, visit www.createwv.com.
Reach Amy Robinson at flips...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4881.