FestivALL Fall is back for the second year, with more than a dozen events across town this weekend. For more information on any of them, visit www.festivallcharleston.com.
West Virginia International Film Festival: Films are screened at the Capitol Center Theater, 123 Summers St. Schedule: "Before Midnight" (romantic drama), 5:30 p.m.; "Hey Day" (free, short documentary about pregnancy and childbirth), 7:30 p.m.; "Blancanieves" (silent, black-and-white reimaging of Snow White's tale), 8 p.m.
Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students with ID or $30 for a six-pack. Call 304-342-6522 or visit www.wviff.org.
Taste-of-FALL: Six local restaurants offer special menu items and cocktails during store hours. They are: Ellen's Ice Cream (pumpkin ice cream sundae); Mission Savvy (pumpkin soup, pumpkin smoothie); Bluegrass Kitchen (house-made chicken liver pate with pickled onions, Bing cheery Manhattan); Tricky Fish (beer-braised brats with peppers, onions and stone mustard); Frutcake (slow-cooked pumpkin butter and apple crisps) and the Bridge Road Bistro Black Food Truck (brats with kraut and peppers; Italian sausage with onions and peppers; five-alarm chili; caramel apples; roasted veggie wrap).
Fund for the Art's Grape Escape: Taste fine foods and wine in this fundraiser that runs 5:30 to 8 p.m. at The Art Emporium, Taylor Books Gallery and Capitol Conference Center downtown. At the first gallery stop, sample an appetizer and wines paired with it; at the second, have a second course with different wines. End at the conference center with European-style pastries and coffee. An expert will be on hand to discuss the wines and pairings.
Gallery food comes from Cucina Luisa, Catering Unlimited, Joe's Fish Market and Bridge Road Bistro; dessert pastries are by Torlone's in Huntington. The wines were selected by Capitol Market's The Wine Shop and Drug Emporium.
Tickets are $50 and are color coded to determine at which art gallery you'll start. Visit www.fundfortheartswv.org to purchase.
West Virginia International Film Festival: Schedule: "Before Midnight" (romantic drama), 5:30 p.m.; "Much Ado About Nothing" (Joss Whedon's black-and-white take on Shakespeare's comedy), 7:30 p.m.; "The Intouchables" (award-winning French comedic drama). See today's<co THURSDAY'S on web > listing for more details.
FestivALL Fall Ball on the Levee: The Hybrid Soul Project kicks off a free concert at Haddad Riverfront Park at 6:30 p.m., followed by Stratus at 8 p.m. Costumes are encouraged. Ten local vendors will have food and drinks for sale.
No Pants Players and Ted Brightwell's Drag Divas: This adults only (age 18+) evening runs 9 p.m. to midnight in the Clay Center's Walker Theater and features R-rated comedy by the improv group and performances by Viki Williams (Brightwell), Bridget Nickles, Priscilla Divine and Katrina Foxx.
Come in costume for a chance to win prizes. Tickets are $15, available at www.nopantsplayers.com. Call 1-877-467-7689.
Harvest Gift Boutique: This fine art and craft sale runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Charleston Woman's Club, 1600 Virginia St. E. It features 30 artisans from this summer's Capitol Street Art Fair, plus make-and-take crafts for children, live music (Spencer Elliott, noon and 2 p.m.; Ryan Kennedy and Jim Lange, 1 and 3 p.m.) and appearances by the FestivALL Princess.