In Short: April 3-9, 2014
Easter Bunny hours
E. Bunny is in the Charleston Town Center’s Sears Court spring garden daily through April 19 to meet children and take photos. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Photo are available for purchase but not required. Parents may take their own photos, but no more than two per person. Call 304-345-9525 or visit www.charlestontowncenter.com.
Charleston Town Center and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey present “Dinner with a Clown” at 6 p.m. today in the Picnic Place Food Court near Chick-fil-A. Official circus clowns will be present, and everyone receives a free clown nose, which they can wear while they participate in fun with coloring, balloons and other activities. Food is not provided. Call 304-345-9525 or visit www.charlestontowncenter.com.
New CYAC drama
Dan Kehde latest original drama, “The Rack,” will be staged by the Contemporary Youth Arts Company beginning today at the Capitol Center Theater, 123 Summers St. It focuses on the aftermath of a 16-year-old’s shooting of 15 children and three teachers at a private elementary school as the community searches for the truth behind this random act of violence.
The cast is Mandy Harper, Nik Tidquist, Olivia King, Caitlin Moore, Patrick Felton, Clayton Spry, Angel Gandee, Eleanor Paybins, Katy Shaver, Siercia O’Brien, Matt Connelly, Rowan Maher, Jeremy Drake and Janna Bailey.
Performances are 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and April 10-12. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students. Call 304-342-6522 for more information or advance reservations.
Free movie night
Unity of Kanawha Valley, 804 Myrtle Road, hosts its monthly free movie night Friday with a screening of the PG-13 comedy “In & Out,” starring Kevin Kline, Joan Cusack, Matt Dillon and Tom Selleck.
Food sharing begins at 6 p.m. and the movie at 6:30. A love offering will be collected to cover copyright licensing. Call 304-345-0021.
GW senior showcase
At 7 p.m. Friday, four George Washington High School students present Jean Paul Sarte’s “No Exit” as their senior showcase. The play, about three damned souls who are punished by being locked in a room together for eternity, stars Kathryn Tweel, Lily Odekirk, Austin Susman and Jacob McLaughlin.
It’s directed by teacher Azareen Mullins, with assistant direction by student Brett Smith. It will be performed in the auditorium at the school, 1522 Tennis Club Road. Admission is free, though donations will be accepted. Call 304-780-7620.
Milton Baptist Church, 1123 Church St., will screen the Christian drama “Uncommon” for free at 7 p.m. Friday. The film is about students at a public school in danger of losing their arts program, who find inspiration from the Bible.
Some cast members, including Erik Estrada, will be present for a reception following the screening. Call 304-743-3461.
Cavendish Hall concert
At 8 p.m. Friday, Jonathan and Vicki Cavendish will host a solo piano concert by Dr. Gerald Lee at Cavendish Hall, 207 52nd St. Lee, an award-winning pianist and West Liberty University Associate Producer of Piano, will perform works by Bela Bartok, Samuel Barber and Robert Schumann.
A reception follows. Admission is by donation. Space is limited, so call for reservations. Call 304-925-1990.
The 38th Annual CEOS Quilt Show and Sale takes place 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Epworth United Methodist Church, 299 N. Church St., Ripley. The show’s theme is “Sampler Quilts.” In addition to the sale of quilting and sewing supplies, a variety of quilting demonstrations will take place beginning at 11 a.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday.
Admission is $2 daily. Call Daisy Bennett at 304-372-9716.
Model train show
The 9th Annual Collis P. Huntington Model Train and Toy Show takes place Friday through Sunday in West Virginia State University’s student union. Features include numerous operating model railroad layouts, railroad memorabilia collections, GeoTrax toys for children’s play as well as more than 100 dealer tables.
Hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 for ages 13 and up, $1 for ages 3-12 and free for ages 2 and younger. Proceeds benefit CPH Children Charities. Call 304-543-2323.
W.Va. Symphony tour
The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s spring tour takes it to Buffalo, Bluefield and Beckley this weekend. The program includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 “Eroica,” Mozart’s Overture to The Marriage of Figaro and Mozart’s Concertone for Two Violins and Orchestra.
Buffalo’s concert is 7 p.m. Friday in the Buffalo High School auditorium, 3317 Buffalo Road. Admission is free, but tickets are required. Contact Ashley Alford at 304-757-6510 or Donna Brown at 304-561-3581.
Bluefield’s concert is 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Bluefield High School auditorium, 535 W. Cumberland Road. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Call 276-326-4248 or visit www.bluemountainperformingarts.com.
Beckley’s concert is 2 p.m. Sunday in the Woodrow Wilson High School auditorium, 400 Stanaford Road. Tickets are $20. Call 304-253-3535 or visit www.beckleyconcerts.org.
Children’s tea party
The Academy of Arts at January’s will host a “Chasing Butterflies” Tea Party at 10 a.m. Saturday at Hurricane’s Valley Park Recreation Center at the Wave Pool Park, 1 Valley Park Road. There will be Teavanna tea, refreshments, a DJ and a book reading and dance performance of January Wolfe’s “Chasing Butterflies.” Everyone in attendance receives a gift.
Tickets are $25 or $200 for a table of 10. Donations are tax-deductible and proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Call Jamie Roumayah at 304-562-6657.
The Metropolitan Opera’s production of “La Boheme,” Puccini’s moving story of young love, screens live at 12:55 p.m. Saturday at Regal Nitro Stadium 12. It runs approximately three hours and 25 minutes. Tickets are $24 for adults, $22 for children and $18 for children. Call 304-769-0405 or visit www.regmovies.com.
Award-winning bluegrass band The Grascals from Nashville will perform at the Mountaineer Opry House in Milton at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $5 for children. Call 304-743-5749 or visit www.mountaineeropry.com.
Hall of Fame fundraiser
The Carpenter Ants and guests — including former Tim McGraw band member Dave Dunkley — will perform at a West Virginia Music Hall of Fame fundraiser from 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday at River’s Edge Cafe, 212 Main St., St. Albans. There is no admission charge, but donations are appreciated. Call 304-722-6320.
“Mountain Stage” is at West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon this week for a show with Indigo Girl Amy Ray, Irish traditionalists The Teetotallers, Americana quintet Della Mae, roots duo Cahalen Morrison & Eli West and country singer/songwriter Karen Staley (a WVWC alumnae). It beings at 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $30. Call 800-594-TIXX or visit www.mountainstage.org.
Children’s author and illustrator Chris Soentpiet will speak about his creative process in a visit to the Kanawha County Public Library, 123 Capitol St., at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. Among his works, Soentpiet illustrated “More Than Anything Else,” a story about a young Booker T. Washington, set in Malden.
The free event is sponsored by the Marshall University College of Education and Professional Development and the West Virginia Humanities Council. Call 304-343-4646.