THIRD EYE CABARET: The Cellar, 8 Capitol St. Admission is $5 nightly. Special spoken word edition with Tuesday Taylor and Crystal Good at 9 p.m. and international touring poet Ron Whitehead at 10 p.m. The Silent Gondoliers provide interlude music. The night transitions into electronic dance music and dubstep with The Flow at 11 p.m., followed by DJ Woody Woods at midnight.
"A LITTLE LUNCH MUSIC": Mark Scarpelli performs on the piano from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Center Court at Charleston Town Center. Singer Jonathan Tucker joins him.
LIVE ON THE LEVEE: Jazz group Dugan Carter & Full Flavor kick things off at 6:30 p.m. at Haddad Riverfront Park. Then, local favorites The Esquires headline with sets at 7:45 and 8:45 p.m.
BLUES, BREWS AND BBQ: 5:30 p.m. Advance tickets $18. At the gate $20. Music by Marcia Ball, Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-Chas, the Jimmy Vincent Band and Blues Du Jour. Produced by Fund for the Arts. The lawn of the University of Charleston. Call 304-345-0775.
"POLITICAL LITTLE ONES": A staged reading of Wheeling playwright Jeremy F. Richter's historical drama runs 7 to 9 p.m. at the Clay Center Walker Theater. It's based on the case of Lucy Bagby, a Wheeling woman believed to be the last slave returned under the Fugitive Slave Act before the Civil War. Admission is free on a first-come, first-serve basis. Advance tickets are available at Taylor Books, and some will be available at the door.
"JOIN THE PARTY: CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF MOUNTAIN STAGE": Show memorabilia, glimpses of backstage moments and artwork created by state artists in celebration of the show's 30th anniversary will be on display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Good News Mountaineer Garage Gallery, 221 1/2 Hale St.
DIZZY DOC'S AMAZING BALLOON SCULPTURE: Dizzy Doc and his crew will be building their giant sculpture in Charleston Town Center's Center Court. They'll be working from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
RIVER QUEEN CRUISES: These one-and-a-half hour cruises kick off at Haddad Riverfront Park and take in sights along the Kanawha River. The cruises are held at noon, 2, 4 and 6 p.m. Tickets are $19 for adults, $18 for seniors, $11 for ages 4-11 and free for ages 3 and under.
WEST VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: The 2013 Oscar-nominated animated shorts will screen beginning at 9:30 p.m. in Davis Park. There are five films with a total runtime of 128 minutes.
"LADYBEARD": This West Virginia-made film about a comedian who pretends to date his lesbian best friend to hide her sexual orientation from her conservative family will screen at 10 p.m. at Uncork and Create, 1031 Quarrier St. In the comedy, which contains explicit language, he fears his friend's plan to come out will end their friendship along with their fake relationship, so he sets out to stop her. Tickets are $5. You may bring your own adult beverages and snacks.
EAST END GARDEN SHOWCASE: More than 30 local gardens are featured in this self-guided walking tour from dawn to dusk. Get a tour brochure at Zegeer Hardware, Contemporary Galleries or Bluegrass Kitchen.
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