FestivALL events: June 26-30, 2014
The 10th anniversary edition of FestivALL officially concludes Sunday, though one last event squeezes in on Monday. All activities are free unless noted. Visit www.festivallcharleston.com for more information.
* A LITTLE LUNCH MUSIC: Mark Scarpelli will play piano and be joined by guests for concerts from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday and Friday in Charleston Town Center’s Center Court. Thursday is rock ballads with singer and guitarist Brandi Good, and Friday features singers Ryan Hardiman, Daniel Calwell and Joseph Rogmagnoli performing Broadway tunes.
* THIRD EYE CABARET: A free all-women’s showcase features singer/songwriters Sasha Collete, Dina Hornbaker, Marium Bria, Alasha Al-Qudwah, Amy Jones, Raj Pongsugree, Aliesha Shundolf, Katrina Brown, Trish Ansley and Brandi Good at 7 p.m. Thursday at Timothy’s Lounge, 1022 Quarrier St.
* BLUE AND GRAY COMMUNITY CHOIR: The Philippi-based choir will perform two concerts of Civil War-themed choral music on Saturday, with narration to help audiences understand the historical context of the selections. Other 19th century works, including folk songs and spirituals, will also be performed. Concerts are 2 p.m. at Timothy Lutheran Church, 900 Lawndale Lane, and 5 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 510 Maryland Ave. Though admission is free, donations will be accepted to help defray costs.
* APPALACHIAN FESTIVAL OF YOUNG VOICES: The Appalachian Children’s Chorus will be joined by six youth choirs from North Carolina, New Jersey, California, Pennsylvania and Clarksburg for this 6:30 p.m. Monday concert at the Civic Center Little Theater. In the first half, they’re accompanied by a nine-piece orchestra, and in the second, a string band featuring Ron Sowell, Johnny Staats, Chris Stockwell, Butch Osborne and John Griffith.
* CAPITOL STREET ART FAIR: More than 90 new and returning artisans will display and sell their work in this juried fine art and craft fair that runs along Capitol Street between Quarrier and Washington streets from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. It is largely comprised of West Virginia artists, and this year features a new furniture-making tent.
* CHILDREN’S ART FAIR/KCPL STREET FAIR: This annual event for young’uns has make-and-take craft opportunities, a children’s art sale and lots of children’s games and activities. It runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in front of the Charleston library, 123 Capitol St.
The Kanawha County Public Library Street Fair is at the same location on Saturday only. Activities for it include a photo booth and bake sale. Also, a used book sale takes place in the Ray Room on the library’s third floor.
* CATFISH DISPLAY: The FestivALL painted catfish will be displayed along Brawley Walkway from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
* RAIN BARREL EXHIBIT: See 55-gallon drums painted by local artisans and, if you’re so inclined, participate in painting a public barrel. The display is on the northeast corner of Capitol and Lee streets (across from the Lee Street Triangle) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
* ART-FOR-ALL: This new juried student art exhibit features works from children in grades pre-K through 6 from Boone, Clay, Fayette, Kanawha, Lincoln and Putnam counties and is on display in the Clay Center lobby. A reception and awards ceremony runs 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday.
* CHARLY JUPITER HAMILTON MURAL UNVEILING: The official unveiling of Hamilton’s “West Side Wonder Mural” runs 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday with activities centered at the mural site on the corner of Tennessee Avenue and Washington Street West. There’s a parade, a performance by Attack Theatre and more.
* “THE BLOB”: The Contemporary Youth Arts Company stages this Mark Scarpelli/Dan Kehde musical based on the classic horror film. Performances are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at the Capitol Center Theater, 123 Summers St. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students and seniors.
* “CATCH ME IF YOU CAN”: The Charleston Light Opera Guild stages this musical about true-life criminal Frank Abagnale Jr. (made famous by the 2002 film starring Leonard DiCaprio and Tom Hanks) at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Civic Center Little Theater. Tickets are $20.
* “A STREETCAR NAMED DESPAIR”: This site-specific, 10-minute play was the 2007 winner of the Location, Location, Location play contest. Performances are 11:15 a.m., noon, 2 and 3 p.m. Saturday on board a city trolley that departs from Charleston Town Center at Court Street. Admission is free, but tickets are required due to limited space. Get them at the mall information desk.
* FIFTH THIRD BANK CHILDREN’S STAGE: This family-friendly stage is located in front of the library at 123 Capitol St. on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday’s schedule is Katzendrummerz (drumming fun with Ammed Solomon and Mark Davis) at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., Native American stories and music from Rick Rivard and Suzanne Tewawina at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., clown/mime Glen “El Gleno Grande” Singer at noon and 2 p.m. and the canine performance act Mutts Gone Nuts at 1 and 3 p.m. Singer and Mutts Gone Nuts perform at the same times Sunday and are joined by musician/storyteller Mick Souter at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
* APPALACHIAN POWER STAGE: Music and dance are featured on this stage at Davis Park, 301 Capitol St., on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, psychedelic surf band The Bark-o-Loungers perform at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., folk/blues band The Company Stores are on at noon and 4 p.m. and percussive fingerstyle guitarist Spencer Elliott is at 3 p.m. The Dance in Davis Park, by Carli Mareneck and Friends, is at 1 and 5 p.m.; this year’s production is “Reindeer Dream,” a Russian-set parable written by Mareneck that includes a live, original score by violinist Adam DeGraff and narration by vocalist Morgan Cornwell. Sunday’s artists are all musicians with Appalachian roots rockers Brandi Good & The Seventh Sun at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., acoustic singer/songwriter Andy Park at noon and 3 p.m. and blues/ragtime singer Cracker Stackwell at 1 and 4 p.m.
* RIGGS CORPORATION STAGE: This variety stage is in front of Taylor Books, 226 Capitol St., on Saturday and Sunday. Folk/Americana singer Todd Burge performs at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday along with flexible comedian Jonathan Burns at noon and 2 p.m., belly dancer Jenna Brooke Swanson at 1 and 3 p.m. and Glen Singer at 4 p.m. Burge returns at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday with Burns and Swanson performing at the same times as on Saturday.
* CAPITOL MARKET STAGE: Old-time music is the focus of this stage at Capitol Market, 800 Smith St. The schedule is the same Saturday and Sunday with flatpick guitarists Robert Shafer and Robin Kessinger performing at noon and 2 p.m. and dulcimer player Martha Turley at 1 p.m.
* DIZZY DOC’S AMAZING BALLOON SCULPTURE: This year, Dizzy Doc will attempt to beat the world record for tallest balloon sculpture made by a single artist by crafting a 60-foot tall giraffe. He’ll be working in Charleston Town Center’s Center Court from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Saturday and 12:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday.
* RIVER QUEEN CRUISES: Cruisers can take a 90-minute Kanawha River sightseeing cruise, departing from Haddad Riverfront Park, at noon, 2, 4 and 6 p.m. Thursday; noon, 2 and 4 p.m. Friday; noon and 2 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $19 for adults, $18 for seniors, $11 for children ages 4-11 and free for children 3 and under; they can be purchased at the dock or in advance at www.bbriverboats.com/festivall.
* ART & ARCHITECTURE TOURS: See downtown Charleston’s art and architecture with trolley tours at 10 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday or a walking tour at 1 p.m. Saturday. All tours are guided. The trolley tours last about an hour and leave from the Lee Street Triangle; the walking tour is 45 minutes and departs from the Hallelujah sculpture in front of the Clay Center following the Attack Theatre performance.
* WRITE HERE! WRITE NOW!: Stop by Taylor Books, 226 Capitol St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday to participate in this annual event from West Virginia Writers, Inc. Members from the group provide the first line of a poem or short story, and you add the next.
* GO TO HALE: Hale Street businesses offer music, exhibits, specials and more from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
* BOOK SIGNING: Carter Taylor Seaton will sign copies of “Hippie Homesteaders” from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Taylor Books, 226 Capitol St.
* YOUTH DANCING: The Clay Center Maier Performance Hall Lobby is the site of two 45-minute dance performances Sunday. First, the Capital High School Dance Company presents a program of varied dance styles at 1 p.m., then 8 Nations Hip Hop Group performs at 3 p.m.
* WEST V’S YOUTH GOT TALENT: Middle and high school students participate in various performance categories for cash prizes and more in this second annual competition that runs 4 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Capitol Center Theater, 123 Summers St. New this year is a drug prevention category for contestants who write and perform a song or poem about not using drugs. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for youth.
* KIDS VARIETY SHOW: Mark Davis hosts this showcase of performers ages 15 and younger from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Bluegrass Kitchen, 1600 Washington St. E. There is limited space for walk-in sign-ups.