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IN CONCERT

NEOPHONIC ORCHESTRA: The Charleston Neophonic Orchestra will team up with several church and synagogue choirs to present a spring celebration in song, 7 p.m. today. Christ Church United Methodist, 1221 Quarrier St. Admission by donation. Call 346-6398.

GOSPEL: Primitive Quartet, Jody Brown Indian Family, Good Shepherd Quartet and Mark Bishop take the stage, 7 p.m. Friday. Nitro Community Center, 301 21st St. Advance $14.50, at the door $16.50. Call 965-5489.

CARNEGIE HALL: Shows begin at 8 p.m. The schedule includes: West Virginia Symphony Orchestra's all-Mozart program featuring violinist Richard Roberts, 8 p.m. Friday (tickets $5-$25); Dan Kamin's "Comedy in Motion," 8 p.m. April 4 ($5-$20); The Second Hand, 8 p.m. May 3 ($10-$25); Eileen Ivers, 8 p.m. May 9 ($10-$25). 105 Church St., Lewisburg. Call 645-7917.

CHARLESTON JAZZ SERIES: James Gaiters and the MUV-MENT present a concert, 8:30 p.m. Friday (buffet dinner begins at 6:30 p.m.). Wellington's of Scarlet Oaks, Poca. Concert $20, dinner $16.95. Call 340-1474.

MOUNTAINEER OPRY HOUSE: The Larry Stephenson Band takes the stage along with Schultz Creek, 7 p.m. Saturday. Exit 28 off Interstate 64, Milton. Adults $12, senior citizens $10, children $4. Call 743-5749.

POCAHONTAS OPERA HOUSE: Ghost Town Swing performs, 8 p.m. Saturday. Third Ave., Marlinton. Tickets $5. Call 799-4009.

OLD BLIND DOGS: The Celtic group from Scotland performs in this concert sponsored by Friends of Old-Time Music and Dance, 8 p.m. Saturday. Cultural Center Theater, state Capitol Complex. Adults $15, senior citizens and students $12, children free. Call 415-3668.

ALISON BROWN & SAM BUSH: This Clay Center concert has been canceled for this weekend and rescheduled for April 2004.

SUNDAY@TWO: Meridian gives traditional music a new twist at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tamarack, exit 45 off Interstate 77, Beckley. Free, with tickets required for admission. Call 256-6843, ext. 151.

KANAWHA FORUM: Free programs begin at 12:05 p.m., with lunch ($7) available at 12:30 p.m. for those who make pre-paid reservations by the preceding Monday. The schedule includes: Central Standard Time (jazz combo), Wednesday; Soiree (flute and piano ensemble); Sandra Armstrong Groce (viola) and Simon LaPointe (violin), April 9; Ian Jesse (violin), April 16; Mark Felton (baritone) and Ron Neal (piano), April 23. Kanawha United Presbyterian Church, 1009 Virginia St. E. Call 342-6558.

PARAMOUNT ARTS CENTER: The schedule includes: "Rent," 8 p.m. Wednesday (tickets $15-$40); Neil Goldberg's "Cirque," 7 p.m. April 5, 2 p.m. April 6 ($35); Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, 8 p.m. April 11 ($15.50-$24.50); "Saturday Night Fever," 7 p.m. May 1 ($10-$40); Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, 8 p.m. May 15 ($34.50, $42.50). Ashland, Ky. Call (606) 324-3175.

MOUNTAINEER RACE TRACK: Upcoming shows include: Mark Eddie, 8 p.m. March 27 (tickets $10, $15); Debbie Reynolds, 8 p.m. April 16-17 ($20, $30). Mountaineer Race Track and Gaming Resort, Chester. Call 342-5757.

SAGEBRUSH ROUNDUP: The Bullskinners, Puny Pickers, Rails of Bluegrass, John Vaughn Band and Butler Family take the stage, 6 to 11 p.m. March 29. Bunner Ridge, exit 139 off Interstate 79 near Fairmont. Adults $4, children $1. Call 782-3645, 292-5854 or 363-4864.

KENNY CHESNEY: The country singer's "Margaritas & Senoritas" tour, which includes Montgomery Gentry and Kellie Coffie, comes to town, 7:30 p.m. March 29. Charleston Civic Center. Tickets $29.75-$43.50. Call 342-5757.

RIVER CITY BRASS BAND: The group performs as part of the Charleston Community Music Association, 8 p.m. Mar. 29. Charleston Municipal Auditorium. By subscription only. Call 744-1400.

SENECA CHAMBER ORCHESTRA: The group closes out its season with a program of works by Mozart, Beethoven and Jennifer Higden, 2 p.m. March 30. Christ Church United Methodist, Quarrier and Morris streets. Adults $15, children $10. A musical education workshop for ages 18 months to 7 years begins at 1 p.m. March 29 (reservations required). Call 343-2002.

"MOUNTAIN STAGE": All shows begin at 6 p.m. in the Cultural Center Theater, state Capitol Complex, unless noted. The schedule includes: Edwin McCain, Battlefield Band, Alice Peacock, The Iguanas and Julia Douglass, March 30 (advance $8.50, at the door $12); Joan Baez, Roseanne Cash, Guy Clark, Jeanne Kendal, Tracy Grammer and Josh Ritter, 7 p.m. April 6 ($25, $30); Robin and Linda Williams, Railroad Earth, Jen Chapin and The Gibson Brothers, 7 p.m. April 13, Pendleton County High School ($10, call 358-2525). For show updates, call 556-4975, ext. 3. For tickets, call 342-5757.

WEST VIRGINIA SYMPHONY: The originally scheduled performance of Brahm's Requiem has been postponed. Instead, Haydn's "The Creation" will be performed, 8 p.m. Apr. 5. Charleston Municipal Auditorium. Tickets $17.46 to $46.02, with student seating available. Call 342-0160.

50 CENT: The rapper and special guest Clipse take the stage, 7:30 p.m. April 8. West Virginia University Coliseum, Morgantown. Tickets $23-$29. Call 342-5757.

DÉJÀ VU FESTIVAL: Held rain or shine, this annual outdoor event features The Recipe and Welbilt, 7 p.m. April 11; plus Reel Big Fish and Sankofa, 7 p.m. April 12. Davis & Elkins College amphitheater, Elkins. Advance $10, at the gate $15 (per day). Call (800) 594-TIXX.

MARSHALL ARTIST SERIES: An evening with Frank Sinatra Jr. closes out the series, 7 p.m. April 14 ($35-$45). Keith-Albee Theater, Huntington. Call 342-5757.

JERRY SEINFELD: The comedian who made art out of nothing performs, 7 p.m. April 25. Charleston Municipal Auditorium. Tickets $48-$78. Call 342-5757.

3 DOORS DOWN: The "Kryptonite" rockers celebrate X106.3's 6th anniversary with special guests Theory of a Deadman and 12 Stones, 7:30 p.m. May 1. Big Sandy Superstore Arena (formerly Huntington Civic Arena). Tickets $23. Call 342-5757.

CHER: The pop diva says farewell to the music biz, 7:30 p.m. May 28. Charleston Civic Center. Tickets $48.25-$78.25. Call 342-5757.

GAITHER HOMECOMING: The gospel group performs with a variety of guest acts, 6 p.m. June 7. Charleston Civic Center. Tickets $19-$28.50. Call 342-5757.

THEATER

"GRACE AND GLORIE": Greenbrier Valley Theatre stages the story of a friendship between a Hospice volunteer and her patient, 7:30 p.m. today and 8 p.m. Friday. 113 E. Washington St., Lewisburg. Adults $17-$18, senior citizens and students $15-$16. Call 645-3838.

"AMERICAN VIRTUE": School prayer takes center stage in this production from Contemporary Youth Arts Company, 8 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday. Capitol Center Theater, 123 Summers St. Adults $9.50, senior citizens and students $5.50. Call 342-6522.

SECOND-HAND DANCE: The Clay Center presents the performance troupe, which incorporates dance, comedy, acrobatics and audience participation into its show, 8 p.m. Friday. Followed by a post-performance talk. Cultural Center Theater, state Capitol Complex. Adults $25, senior citizens and students $12. Call 720-3070.

"LITTLE BEAR LIVE": Based on the children's book series, "Little Bear and the Enchanted Wood" tells the story of Little Bear and his friends Cat, Owl, Duck and Emily, 2 p.m. Sunday. Charleston Civic Center Little Theater. Tickets $20, $27. Call 342-5757.

BROADWAY IN CHARLESTON: The schedule includes: "Grease," 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; "Rent," 7:30 p.m. March 31; "Cinderella," 7:30 p.m. April 17; "Barrage," 8 p.m. April 19; "Three 'Mo Tenors," 7:30 p.m. May 7. Charleston Municipal Auditorium. Individual shows $19-$55. Call 342-5757. For season tickets, call (800) 714-5331.

BRIEFS & SHORTS: The Kanawha Players series continues with 10-minute performances of "The Plea," "The Entrepreneur" and "Happy Anniversary," 8 p.m. March 27. Taylor Books, 226 Capitol St. Admission $5. Call 925-5051.

"STORIES OF SHEHERAZADE": This children's musical is based on a mysterious Arabian adventure, 8 p.m. Mar. 28, 29, Apr. 4, 5, 11 and 12, and 2 p.m. Apr. 13. Historic Fayette Theatre, 115 South Court St., Fayetteville. Adults $7, senior citizens and children $5. Call 574-4655.

EXHIBITS

ALDERSON-BROADDUS COLLEGE: Works by Miriam Schapiro, through April 3. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. Daywood Gallery, New Main Hall. Call 457-6273.

HUNTINGTON MUSEUM OF ART: "The Pencil Moves and I Follow: Folk Art From HMA's Permanent Collection" and "A Sense of Place: French Artists of the Barbizon School," both through March 23, "G Daniel Massad: Walter Gropius Master Artist Exhibition" of drawings and pastels through May 11, and "Mummy," exhibit of ancient Egyptian art, through January 2005. Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 2033 McCoy Road. Call 529-2701.

MUSEUM IN THE COMMUNITY: "Youth Art Month: All the Faces of Art" opens Friday and runs through Apr. 19. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 3 Valley Park Drive, Hurricane. Free. Call 562-0484.

SHOWCASE WEST VIRGINIA: "Focusing on West Virginia," photographs by Debbie Sorenson, through March 30. Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 12:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday. First floor, Charleston Town Center. Call 342-8527.

SUNRISE MUSEUM/SCIENCE HALL: "Rules of the Fame: The Physics of Sports" demonstrations in The Zone, 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Saturday; planetarium shows, 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. Saturday plus 2 and 3 p.m. Sunday. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 746 Myrtle Road. Adults $4, senior citizens and children $3. Call 344-8035.

TAYLOR BOOKS ANNEX: Works by Peter Massing, through March 31. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. 226 Capitol St. Call 342-1461.

DANCE

COUNTRY-WESTERN: Extreme Country Dance Club presents beginners' lessons, 6:30 p.m. Friday, followed by intermediate/advanced or couples' lessons at 7:30 p.m. and open dancing until 10:30 p.m. Elk Elementary Center, Mink Shoals exit off Interstate 79. Nonmembers $5, members $3. Call 949-3973, 746-0200 or 346-7467.

FAIRPLAIN JAMBOREE: Clog, square dance, line dance and two-step to music by Elk River Band, 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Fairplain exit off Interstate 77. Adults $5, children $2. Call 372-2604 or 372-6290.

BALLROOM: DJ Dick Newman provides music for a spring dance, 7:30 p.m. Mar. 28. Huntington Junior League, 617 Ninth Ave. Admission $7. Call 736-5380.

"CINDERELLA": The River City Youth Ballet presents an original take on the classic children's tale, 8 p.m. March 28. Capitol Center Theater, 123 Summers St. Adults $ 9, senior citizens and children $6. Call 347-8889.

CHARLESTON BALLET: The troupe performs "West Side Story," "Repetition" and more, 8 p.m. Mar. 28 and 29. Civic Center Little Theatre. Adults $17, senior citizens and students $12. Call 342-6541.

ETC.

POTLUCK MOVIE NIGHT: This installment of Museum in the Community's series features Julianne Moore's Oscar-nominated turn in "Far From Heaven," 6:30 p.m. today. 3 Valley Park Drive, Hurricane. Free (bring a dish to share). Call 562-0484.

RODEO: The Lone Star Championship Rodeo's "Outlaw Tour" brings bull riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing and other activities to Huntington, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Big Sandy Superstore Arena (formerly Huntington Civic Arena). Adults $12 and children $8 in advance ($14 and $9 day of show). Call 342-5757.

KANAWHA TRAIL CLUB: A carpool meets across from the post office at Ohio and Randolph streets on Charleston's West Side at 1:30 p.m. Sunday for a hike at Walnut Gap. Call 342-1040.

LECTURE: This installment of West Virginia Humanities Council's Little Lecture Series features David Wohl and "Shakespeare: Understanding Text Through Performance," 2 p.m. Sunday. MacFarland-Hubbard House, 1310 Kanawha Blvd. E. Admission $10. Call 346-8500.

CIVIL WAR: This event includes an artillery night battle, horse-drawn wagon rides, battle re-enactments and photos with Abe Lincoln, 6 p.m. Mar. 28 and 9 a.m. Mar. 29, 30. Valley Park, Hurricane. Free with donations accepted. Call 562-0581 or 562-5896.

CIVIL WAR II: In conjunction with the Civil War Weekend, Museum in the Community will offer activities including children's crafts, lectures, Civil War artifacts displays and Civil War movies, 10 a.m. Mar. 28 and 11 a.m. Mar. 29. Museum in the Community, 3 Valley Park Drive, Hurricane. Free. Call 562-0484.

CAVE ART: This Free Family Fun Day focuses on caves and includes a cave for children to explore and petroglyph carving, 10 a.m. Mar. 29. Children must be accompanied by adults. Cultural Center, state Capitol Complex. Free. Call 558-0220, ext. 131.

ART SUNDAYS: This series of lectures begins with Kenneth E. Rinaldo, asst. professor of Art and Technology at Ohio State University, who will speak on "Robotic Artwork," 3 p.m. Mar. 30. Sunrise Museum third floor, 746 Myrtle Road. Free. Limited seating, so RSVP. Call 344-8035.


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