In Short: Sept. 20-26, 2012
Kenya Safari Acrobats
West Virginia University at Parkersburg hosts the Kenya Safari Acrobats at 7 p.m. Thursday. The acrobats will perform human pyramids, balancing, tumbling, limbo dancing, contortions and more. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Call 304-424-8203 or visit www.wvup.edu.
John Legend at Keith Albee
The Marshall Artists Series presents "An Evening with John Legend" at 8 p.m. Thursday at Huntington's Keith Albee Theater. The event is a lecture/performance hybrid where Legend will perform some of his hits, as well as talk about social justice and poverty in America. He created the Show Me Campaign, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting poverty around the world.
Tickets are $40 and $45. Call 304-696-6656 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.
'Glenn Beck Unelectable 2012' screening
Glenn Beck's comedy stage show, "TheBlaze Presents Glenn Beck Unelectable 2012," screens live at 8 p.m. Thursday at Cinemark Huntington Mall. In it, Beck participates in a mock debate with performers on his network's "B.S. of A." The event ends with an address by Beck.
Tickets are $19 for adults, $18 for students and seniors and $17 for children. Call 304-733-3984.
Blues competition seeks bands
Friday is the deadline for blues acts to submit applications for the West Virginia Blues Society's sixth annual Blues Competition, held Oct. 13. The contest is open to bands, solo/duo acts and youth performers. Winners receive cash prizes and a sponsorship to the 2013 International Blues Challenge in Memphis.
Find complete rules and applications at www.wvbluessociety.org.
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 520 Kanawha Blvd. W., will screen the 2011 film "Hugo" (PG) for free at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Martin Scorsese's Oscar-winning film, based on the novel "The Invention of Hugo Cabret," is the story of a young orphan in 1930s Paris, who lives in the walls of a train station.
Blending that fiction with fact, one of the characters in the family drama is real-life filmmaking and special effects pioneer Georges Melies. Following the movie, a restored and colorized version of Melies' 1902 film "A Trip to the Moon" will be shown.
"Hugo" is presented with captions for the hearing impaired. Call 304-345-5042 or visit www.uucharlestonwv.org.
Allied Artists exhibit
An opening reception will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday at Beckley's Cynthia Bickey Gallery for an exhibit by 18 Allied Artists of West Virginia members. On display through Oct. 20, the exhibit features acrylic, watercolor, sculpture, black/white and color photography, metallic print photography and other media.
The gallery is located at 600 Johnstown Road. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Call 304-253-9226.
Music for Media workshop
This weekend, Chuck Biel hosts a workshop on how to make music and sound for film, TV, websites and video games. It runs 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Digiso, 1506 Kanawha Blvd. W. Cost is $40. Register at www.artskv.org/creatorsprogram.
Dunbar Fall Festival
The Dunbar Fall Festival runs Friday through Sunday at the 12th Street Pedestrian Plaza. There's live music Friday and Saturday, and a parade (11 a.m.), Girl Scout fashion show (2:30 p.m.) and Center Stage game show (3:30 p.m.) Saturday.
Spirit of West Virginia river tours run at 6 p.m. Friday and 1 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12 for non-Dunbar residents, $10 for Dunbar residents, seniors and veterans and $7.50 for children. Call 304-766-0220.
Clay Center activities
On Saturday, the Clay Center will open "Roll Drop Bounce," exploring kinetic and potential energy and Newton's Laws of Motion, in it's Mylan Exlpore-atory. On display through Dec. 30, the exhibit lets visitors build a mini-car, race balls down a ramp, launch a catapult and more.
Also, Wednesday through Sept. 30, the Clay Center will offer free admission to its Harvest Skies planetarium show with the purchase of gallery admission (adults $7.50, children $6). The show features constellations in the fall skies and the astronomical origins of Halloween.
Call 304-561-3570 or visit www.theclaycenter.org.
Squire Parsons concert
The Squire Parsons Trio performs at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Rainelle First Baptist Church, 309 Seventh St. Admission is free, though a love offering will be taken. Call Juanita Keeney at 304-392-9818.
Martin Staunton benefit
A benefit for Martin Staunton will be held at 8 p.m. Sept. 26 at The Empty Glass, 410 Elizabeth St. Staunton was a longtime anchor/reporter with WCHS, WOWK and, most recently, Beckley's WVNS. His wife, Teresa, died of a stroke Sept. 7.
Performing will be the Steve Himes Trio, the Spurgie Hankins Band and headliners The Bob Thompson Trio. Other acts may be added.
Cover is $7. Call 304-345-3914 or visit www.emptyglass.com.
'Hello, Dolly!' cast announced
The Charleston Light Opera Guild has announced the cast list for its fall production of "Hello, Dolly!" Debbi Spradling will star as Dolly Levi, with Tim Harper as Horace Vandergelder, Rachel Cox as Irene Malloy, Lindsey Duvall as Minnie Fay, Cameron Vance as Cornelius Hackl and Cameron Burford as Barnaby Tucker, Carly Thaw as Ermengard, Austin Thomas as Ambrose Kemper, Susan McKay as Ernestina Money and Rick Fleenor as Rudolf.
Ensemble cast members are Mark Felton, Becky and David Bailey, Jane Auge, Steve Brannon, Ted Brightwell, Stevie Brigode, Haley & Reba Burgess, Debbie Cannada, Bryan Chin, Rachel Coffman, Caleb Cosby, Debbie Holstein, Shelia Jarrett, Pam Kessler, Rudie Raynes-Kidder, Kaitlin Kouns, Ethan Lyvers, Bob McCarty, Kiara Moore, Erin Murphy, Barbara O'Hara, Renata Padon, Denny Pauley, Mariah Plante, Toni Pilato, Caroline Chamness Rainey, Max Ross, Ashley Showen and Nick Staples.
Performances are Oct. 26-28 and Nov. 2-4 at the Clay Center. Tickets, $15 and $20, are currently on sale. Call 304-561-3570 or visit www.theclaycenter.org.