Arts and Culture briefs for Thursday, June 19

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Arts and Culture briefs for Thursday, June 19

Posted on: June 19th, 2014 by tommyj

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Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. is returning to Charleston to celebrate HospiceCare’s 35th Anniversary with a benefit concert at the Clay Center today.

The event will feature a special guest vocalists from The Temptations, The Platters and The Drifters performing each of the legendary groups’ biggest hits, as well as a few new tracks from Murphy’s upcoming third studio album. The show starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets start at $21 and are available at For more information, visit the Clay Center’s website or call 304-561-3570.

Taste-of-ALL to showcase city food

Celebrate and savor the city’s most decadent art — its flavor — from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Charleston’s Taste-of-ALL at the Charleston Civic Center’s Grand Hall.

Samples will be available from more than 20 top restaurants. W.Va. State University will host a kids area in the lobby with food demonstrations and Xbox games.

Admission is free, but tickets for food must be purchased with cash. For more information, visit or call 304-470-0489.

Youth company presents “The Blob”

Contemporary Youth Arts Company will present Mark Scarpelli and Dan Kehde’s Musical Comedy “The Blob” at 10 p.m. tonight through Saturday at the W.Va. State Capitol Theater.

This take on the 1958 horror classic will feature dancing and special effects in addition to twenty new songs including “Duck and Cover,” “Midnight Monster Marathon,” “A Boy To Hold Me,” “Too Young To Ever Fall In Love,” “Rocket Route Forty,” “Little Moon” and many more.

Tickets are $8 for students and seniors, and $15 for adults. Tickets are available at the W.Va. State box office.

New all-ages venue hosts first show

The Cartref Music Venue, located at Perrow Church in Cross Lanes, will host its first show at 7 p.m. Friday.

The all-ages venue will host local pop-punk artists Joel Hanson of Ripley and Dylan Reese of Cross Lanes, as well as Charleston band The Lonely and Beckley pop-punk band Motion Theater.

Admission is $5 at the door.

Shel Silverstein hits the stage

The Limelight Theatre Company will present “An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein” from 9 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Timothy’s at Quarrier Diner.

Admission is free. The show will be accompanied with music by Shel Silverstein.

Art event to benefit

Alzheimer’s patients

“The Longest Day: Art with Heart” will take place from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday on Capitol Street. On The Longest Day, summer solstice, teams around the world come together from sunrise to sunset to honor those facing Alzheimer’s with a day of activity.

Eight local artists will design a work of art that can be contributed to by anyone.

The event is free but donations for participation are encouraged. Each artist will have a two hour window to complete their work and the final products will be auctioned off at a fundraising event.

CAMC race to benefit

cancer awareness

Charleston Area Medical Center will host the “Run for your life” 5-mile run from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Haddad Riverfront Park.

Proceeds benefit the CAMC Foundation to support colorectal cancer awareness and screening. The five-mile race begins at Haddad Riverfront Park and takes runners through Charleston, up around the historic Spring Hill cemetery and back to the park.

Awards will be given to winners of each male/female age division. The top 3 finishers in each division will receive gift cards to Robert’s Running and Walking Shop. Winners of each division will also receive Road ID gift cards. All runners will receive a high quality tech t-shirt, nylon drawstring bags, water bottle and refreshments at the finish line. Every runner that crosses the finish line (from the right direction) will be entered into a raffle to win a new pair of running shoes and gift cards.

West side to hold

annual dog race

The 8th Annual FestivALL West Side Wiener Dog Race will kick off from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Stonewall Jackson Middle School.

Other activities include fetch competitions, a costume contest, food vendors, music and more. For more information, visit

Play contest winner to be performed

Charleston Stage Company will present “The Gallery Play” at 11 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday at Good News Mountaineer Garage on 221 Hale Street. The free site-specific, ten-minute plays have been performed since the inception of FestivALL and are products of play writing contests. This year’s plays are past winners. “The Gallery Play” won in 2013.

Art Parade to hit Capitol Street

The FestivALL Art parade will take place from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday. The Art Parade is a vibrant celebration of the creativity and spirit of FestivALL. Join us as visual artists, theatrical groups, dancers, street performers, art cars, music makers and local organizations parade down Capitol Street from Kanawha Boulevard to the post-parade party at Capitol Market.

Smoke on the Water Chili Cook-off

The annual Smoke on the Water Chili Cook-off will celebrate its Sweet 16th back on the Boulevard from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Haddad Riverfront Park.

Dozens of the nation’s top chili cooks will compete to see who has the best red, green and home-style chili and salsa with the winners moving on to compete at the World’s Championship.

There will also be kids activities, frozen t-shirt and hot pepper eating contests, live music by Soul Slaw, AC30 and Ona, local food vendors and plenty of cold drinks. Proceeds benefit HospiceCare.

Music Society opens 73rd season

Charleston Chamber Music Society will feature the Attacca String Quartet from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday at Christ Church United Methodist. Attacca String Quartet was the first prize winner of the 7th Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in 2011, top prizewinner and Listeners’ Choice Award recipient in the 2011 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition and winner of the Alice Coleman Grand Prize at the 60th annual Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition in 2006. It formed at the Juilliard School in New York City and now, in its 11th year, will open the 73rd consecutive season of the Charleston Chamber Music Society.

Tickets are $20 at door, kids are free with paying adult.

Kanawha Kordsmen to perform concert

Charleston Harmony will present “It’s a Grand Night for Singing” from 7:30 to 10 p.m. on Saturday at the Culture Center Theater.

The performance will feature the award-winning Kanawha Kordsmen along with the Kordsmen Youth in Harmony Chorus and special guests The Allies, a Barbershop Harmony Society International Quartet medalist from Columbus, OH. Proceeds help fund Kordsmen Youth in Harmony education workshops.

Tickets are $12 for adults in advance and $15 at the door, students are free. Groups of 10 or more are $10. Tickets are available at or by calling 304-346-SING. For more information, call 304-558-0220.

Ice cream social to feature family events

The West Side Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social will kick off from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Stonewall Jackson Middle School.

The event will feature activities such as horse-drawn carriage rides, helium balloons, hand fans, arts and crafts, balloon art and face painting from Blueberry the Clown, archery instructions by WV Bow Hunters Association, wood turning demos and a travel contest. Admission is free.

For more information, call 304-470-0489.

Trail walk to feature

music, dance, art

Take a stroll on the charming Sunrise Carriage Trail and enjoy music, dance and art along the way from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at 746 Myrtle Rd.

The walk is mildly strenuous. Performers include JADCO, the performing arts component of January’s Academy of Dance under January Johnson Wolfe, music by The Carriage Trail Horn Trio, Alasha al-Qudwah and Beth Summers, Laura Epling and the Broadhollow Band.

The Sunrise Carriage Trail has a good, solid gravel bed and is as wide as a single lane road (no vehicle traffic allowed). It’s .65 miles long on an incline with several switchbacks and a moderate degree of difficulty so please wear walking shoes and be advised if you have health problems.

Bluegrass festival set for end of month

The 34th annual Music in the Mountains Bluegrass Festival will be June 25-28 at Summersville Music Park.

Performances begin at 11 a.m. June 25 and continue until 10 p.m. nightly during the festival. Performers include The James King Band, Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa, The Marksmen, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, The West Virginia Travelers, Lonesome Will Mullins & The Virginia Playboys, The James Price Band, Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain, The Spinney Brothers, The Bluegrass Brothers, Larry Efaw & The Bluegrass Mountaineers, RFD TV’s Cumberland Highlanders, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, Goldwing Express, Balsam Range, Nothin’ Fancy, Ralph Stanley, Bluegrass Revival, The Larry Gillis Band, The Stevens Family, The Primitive Quartet, The Little Roy & Lizzy Show, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage and Gene Watson and The Farewell Party Band.

Camping, beginning June 22, is first come, first served. Daily ticket prices are $40 in advance and $45 at the gate. Four day advance tickets are $120 and $140 at the gate. Three day advance tickets are $110 in advance and $130 at the gate. Children ages 6-13 are $15 per day, children under 6 are free with a parent. A special after 6 p.m. price is $25. Advance ticket orders must be received by June 15.

Festival attendees should bring their own lawn chairs. Hot food concessions will be available. No alcoholic beverages or pets except service animals are allowed in the concert area. The show will continue rain or shine. For more information, visit or call 706-864-7203. Tickets may be ordered online at and will include a small processing fee.

Theater to screen Troma re-release

Join the original local cast and crew for Troma Entertainment’s re-release special reunion screening of “Strangest Dreams: Invasion of the Space Preachers” from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Park Place Stadium Cinemas.

This 1990 comedy film received national and international recognition. Tickets are $9 for adults, $7 for children and seniors.

Woman’s club to hold dinner fundraiser

Frieda’s Folly presents “Murder at Cafe Noir” by David Landau from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at The Capitol Woman’s Club.

This interactive Murder Mystery Dinner Theater pays comic tribute to the Bogart movies of the 1940’s with colorful characters, mystery, and murder, playing out between the courses of a meal.

Tickets are $45 and includes the show and dinner.

Church to hold Gospel Fest

Simpson United Memorial Methodist Church will host the RCCR Gospel Fest from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

This presentation of gospel music draws from three different traditions -– Southern, Black and Contemporary Gospel.

All proceeds go to the Religious Coalition for Community Renewal, Inc. which is composed of 33 inter faith congregations developing projects and programs which help renew their community by identifying, addressing, and overcoming obstacles which keep people from decent, affordable housing. The program will feature 4GVN-4 Ministry and the Madison Gospel Quartet.

Admission is free (a goodwill offering will be taken.)

Culture Center to

hold dance gala

The FestivALL Dance Gala will take place from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Culture Center Theater.

This gala features Savannah Lowery and Zachary Catazaro, soloists with New York City Ballet performing “Balanchine Ballet: Pas de Deux from Diamonds” and “Balanchine Ballet: Who Cares? from Who Cares?” (performances presented by arranged with The George Balanchine Trust and have been produced in accordance with the Balanchine Style and Balanchine Technique), as well as Claire Von Enck, corps de ballet member New York City Ballet.

The Charleston Ballet under the direction of Kim Pauley and River City Youth Ballet Ensemble under the direction of Michelle Raider will offer additional classic, traditional and contemporary pieces.

Tickets are $20 at Clay Center, Taylor Books, Charleston Ballet, River City Youth Ballet and Backstage Bodywear

West Virginia Day celebration

A “West Virginia Day Celebration” will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Friday at Delf Norona Museum’s auditorium in Moundsville. Visitors are invited to commemorate West Virginia’s birthday by watching episodes of the documentary series West Virginia: A Film History, produced by the West Virginia Humanities Council.

The event is free.

Compiled by Heather Greenfield who can be reached at

n OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW: The jamgrass band will play at 4 p.m. July 26 at Appalachian Power Park. Tickets are $45 or $50 at the door. Opening acts include Qiet. Best known for “Wagon Wheel,” the folk rockers blend traditional Appalachian String Music with bluegrass and alt-country. For more information, visit

n APPALACHIAN STRING BAND MUSIC FESTIVAL: The annual musical event will be held July 30 to Aug. 3 at Camp Washington-Carver. The gathering of musicians features contests, concerts, workshops, square dances, camping and a hymn-sing. Tickets go on sale July 25 at the gate and campsites are first-come, first served. For more information, visit

n ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: The PBS show will film Aug. 16 at the Civic Center. The event is free, but tickets are required and must be obtained in advance. Ticket applications are available at or by calling 1-888-762-3749.

n MICHAEL MCDONALD, TOTO: The former Doobie Brothers front man will play soft rock at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Clay Center. Then, Toto will perform their classic rock hits like “Africa,” “Rosanna” and “Hold The Line.” For more information, visit

n DISNEY LIVE!: “Mickey’s Music Festival” is headed to the Charleston Civic Center at 1 p.m. on Aug. 17. The jam session features more than 25 Disney characters. Tickets range from $27.16 to $72.41 and are available at or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

n ERIC CHURCH: The country music star is performing “The Outsiders World Tour” at 7 p.m. on Sept. 26 at the Charleston Civic Center. Tickets range from $25 to $69.50 and are available at or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

n UNDER THE STREETLAMP: The pop quartet, with special guest Gentleman’s Rule, will bring music of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s to the Clay Center at 8 p.m. on Oct. 3. Single tickets go on sale Aug. 8 at 10 a.m. For more information, visit

n FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH: The rock heavyweights along with Volbeat, Heallyeah and Nothing More will play at 7 p.m. on Oct. 10 at the big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington. Tickets are $39.75 and available through or by calling 1-800-745-3000. For more information, visit

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