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In short: Oct. 18-24, 2-12

By Staff reports

Manna Meal fundraiser

Bid on original art by West Virginia artists from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the grand lobby of the Clay Center.

Manna Meal's "Art in the Garden" auction will feature works that have a garden theme. The free event is a fundraiser for Manna Meal, Charleston's oldest soup kitchen.

Free concert

Music from the 1920s through 2012 will be performed by the Charleston Gay Men's Chorale at free concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at Bream Memorial Church, 317 Washington St.W. Donations are appreciated for the purpose of purchasing sheet music and other necessities.

Jewish Film Festival

The fall Jewish Film Festival has a baseball theme in the two movies to be shown at 4 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Culture Center, state Capitol complex. Both are free.

The 2009 film "Holy Land Hardball" (80 minutes) will be shown at 4 p.m. The story is about a Boston bagel maker's dream to combine his love of baseball and Israel and create an Israeli baseball league. His idea was met with incredulity and even hostility. However, he did it anyway.

The 2010 documentary "Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story" (90 minutes) portrays the contributions of Jewish major leaguers and the special meaning that baseball has had in the lives of American Jews. More than a film about sports, this is a story of immigration, assimilation, bigotry, heroism, the passing on of traditions, and the shattering of stereotypes. Narrated by Dustin Hoffman

UUC movie

Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 520 Kanawha Blvd. W., will show a 2010 Australian film at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Admission is free. Call 304-345-5042 or visit www.uucharlestonwv.org.

"Oranges and Sunshine" concerns children who were removed by social service workers in Britain and sent to Australia for a better life. Instead, many were abused, even used as slave labor. Stars Emily Watson and Hugo Weaving. Rated R. Has subtitles for the hearing impaired.

Buffalo Octoberfest

The 25th annual Buffalo Octoberfest will feature gospel, bluegrass and country music plus arts and crafts, living history enactors, petting zoos, clowns, games, face painting and more.

Activities begins at 9 a.m. and continue until 5 p.m. Saturday at the Buffalo Shopping Center in Putnam County. Most events are free.

There will be a variety of home-style food booths, baked goods, pumpkin rolls and specialty food items. United National Bank will sponsor a WVU Tailgate Tent broadcasting the football game and offering door prizes and giveaways. Call 304-937-2747.

Boone County Haunted Trail

A changing blacked-out maze will be a highlight of the Haunted Trail of Horror at the Water Ways theme park in Julian, which opens at 7 p.m. Friday. The trail will operate until 11 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, 27 and 30. Admission is $5 with a $1 discount by bringing a new or gently used coat to donate.

All proceeds from the trail will be used by the Madison-Danville Jaycees to continue developing its mission. For more information on the haunted trail, call Sara Price at 304-784-4259 or visit facebook.com/hauntedtrailofhorror.

'Life in Color' show canceled

The DayGlow "Life in Color" show set for Saturday at Big Sandy Superstore Arena has been canceled.

Capital High presents Snow White

Capital High School students present Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the Performing Arts Centre at the school. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 students. Call 304-348-6500, ext. 156, for tickets or more information.

The cast includes the evil queen (Brittany Awaldt), magic mirror (Amanda Maynus), Snow White (Izabel Dorst), huntsman (Wesley Radcliffe), seven dwarfs (Nadye Menking-Hoggat, Madisyn Sizemore, Aishina Shaffer, Colleen Isaiah, Angel Moore, Sam Stockton, and George Lilly), and the prince (David Martin).

For more information and ticket sales, call 304-348-6500 ext. 156

Stage Company auditions

Charleston Stage Company will hold auditions for "God of Carnage" at 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday at Capitol Center Theater, 123 Capitol St.

The play is about two pairs of parents, one of whose child has hurt the other at a public park, who meet to discuss the matter in a civilized manner. However, as the evening goes on, the parents become increasingly childish, and the evening devolves into chaos.

The cast consists of two men and two women of middle age. The play will be performed Jan. 17-26. The director, Geoff Coward, may be contacted at geoff.robbie@gmail.com.

'Miracle' cast announced

The Alban Arts Center has announced the cast for the "Miracle on 34th Street." John Johnson as Kris Kringle, Angie Baker as Doris Walker, Chris Baker as Fred, Ashley Miller as Susan. Also in the cast are Norman Clerc, Janet Cable, John Valleau, Brooke Hirst, Ethan Lyvers, Claire Baker, Anna Shuff, BB Clarke, Ben Baker, Ron Smith, Shannon Mikeal, Libby Londeree, Teresa Warner, John Halstead, Ben Valleau, Faith Bramlett, Madison McNeal, Anna Dyer, Lauren Duespohl, Abby Howat, Olivia McCoy, Gwyneth Cartwright, Devin Elliott, Ostin Williams, Jillian Southall, Miriam Hill, Meredith Shuff, Kayla Max and Izzy Hewitt.

The show will be performed at 8 p.m. Dec. 7, 8, 14 and 15 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 9 and 16. Tickets are $15 adults, $10 children 12 and under and seniors. Call 304-721-8896 or go to albanartscenter.com.


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