In Short: May 8-14, 2014
Clay Center artist talk
Lesley Dill will give a free artist talk at the Clay Center at 6 p.m. Thursday regarding her exhibit “Faith & the Devil.” On display through Aug. 3, the large-scale installation explores themes of cruelty, violence, lust, forgiveness, reflection and transcendence through snippets of works by poets and philosophers including Dante, Kafka, Pablo Neruda and Emily Dickinson, which are stenciled on murals of fabric covering the gallery walls and two large figures representing good and evil.
Call 304-561-3570 or visit www.theclaycenter.org.
The Blank Slate, 2759 Main St., Hurricane, will host a series of arts classes beginning this week. All classes run six weeks and are $60, unless noted.
Starting Friday at 7:10 p.m. is an adult jazz/street fusion dance class. Sunday begins a filmmaking class at 4 p.m. A stop motion dubstep dance class begins at 6:10 p.m. Monday; it takes place Mondays and Fridays. On Tuesday, there is a hula hoop class at 6:10 p.m. HipCurve, a basic belly dance and conditioning class, starts at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday; the cost is $45.
Advance registration is required. Call Jennifer Rhyne at 304-552-4168 or visit www.theblankslatewv.com.
Three Rivers Avian Center will host Migration Celebration 2014 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Little Beaver State Park near Beckley. The free event includes a photography workshop by Steve Rotsch, bird and bug walks, children’s activities and storytelling by Granny Sue and others as well as live birds of prey, including Regis the bald eagle, one of Three Rivers’ avian ambassadors.
Call 304-466-4683 or visit www.tracwv.org.
St. Albans Founder’s Day
St. Albans will hold a free Founder’s Day celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on Main Street. It kicks off with a parade and includes craft vendors, live music, historical reenactors and a cruise-in. Call 304 727-5972.
National Train Day
The C&O Depot on Fourth Avenue in St. Albans will host a day of free events for National Train Day on Saturday.
Activities begin at 11 a.m. Those that run through 4 p.m. are a railroad art gallery and 19th century hobo village and town fair activities, including a barn dance with Bobby Taylor and Kim Johnson. Viewable until 5 p.m. are artifacts and model train displays, including Lionel and Thomas the Tank Engine layouts.
At 11 a.m., Gary Burdette hosts a Railroad Art in Pencil class with hands-on instruction. Adam Bryan will read the short plays “Chessie Finds a Home” and “John Henry, The Black Sampson” at noon and 12:50 p.m., respectively. Speakers are Thomas Dixon (“The Importance of Rail in the Building of America”) at 12:20 p.m., Dennis McGeeney (“The Locomotive Engineer”) at 1:30 p.m., Larry Richards (“Locks and Lanterns”) at 2 p.m. and Jerry Doyle (“The Caboose”) at 4 p.m.
Call Bobby Taylor at 304-558-0230.
The Alban Arts Center will hold auditions for Michael Frayn’s drama “Copenhagen” at 1 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the theater, 65 Olde Main St., St. Albans. The Tony Award-winning play, to be directed by Greg Morris, details the famous meeting between physicists Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg and their arguments over developing nuclear weapons during WWII.
Parts are available for two men and one woman. Ideal age range is 40-60 for the men and 40-50 for the woman; however, adults of any age may audition. Scripts will be available for a cold reading.
Performance dates are Oct. 17-26. Call 304-721-8896 or visit www.albanartscenter.com.
Teen Idol finals
The West Virginia Teen Idol semifinals and finals begin at 1 p.m. Saturday in Charleston Town Center’s Macy’s Court.
There, 22 semifinalists will compete to be one of the five finalists, who then perform again. After singing a cappella in the preliminaries, they’ll be accompanied by CD or live instruments in their two minute performances in these rounds.
Colton Pack and Autumn Blair will perform at the finals; Pack won the last Teen Idol competition in 2011, and Blair was a semifinalist. Last fall, Pack participated in Fox’s “X Factor” as part of the trio Restless Road, which finished in fourth place, and Blair starred in Lifetime’s “Chasing Nashville.” Both are now pursuing solo carers.
In addition to performing, Pack will sit on the judges panel, joined by Larry Groce, Adam Harris and Ron Sowell of “Mountain Stage” as well as musician and photographer Steve Payne.
Also, a West Virginia Music Hall of Fame exhibit will be on display in Sears Court.
Greenbrier Valley Theatre will stage John Logan’s Tony Award-winning drama “Red,” about artist Mark Rothko, at 7:30 p.m. May 16-17, 22-24 and 29-31 and 3 p.m. May 24 at the theater, 113 E. Washington St., Lewisburg. The production stars Marshall University theatre program director Jack Cirillo as Rothko and Marshall alumnus and New York-based actor Nick Reynolds as Rothko’s assistant, Ken.
There will also be an art exhibit by Kathleen Holder, who has been strongly influenced by Rothko’s work.
Tickets are $26 for adults, $23 for seniors and $20 for children. Call 304-645-3838 or visit www.gvtheatre.org.
Registration is open for Appalachian Children’s Chorus’ summer choral camp, which runs 8:30 a.m. to noon June 2-6 at Oakwood Baptist Church in Charleston. Tuition is $50, with financial aid available for those who qualify. The camp is targeted at children in grades three through nine, though younger ones may be accepted if they are already taking music classes or learning a musical instrument.
Selina Midkiff will teach a choir class, Mark Davis will teach a drumming class and Noel Hardman will teach a theater class. Children end the camp with a performance at the Culture Center.
Call 304-343-1111 or visit www.wvacc.org.