Arts and Culture briefs for Thursday, Aug. 28
Kanawha Players is hosting auditions for its upcoming performance of “Evil Dead: The Musical.”
Auditions will be Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Kanawha Players Theater.
The show will be directed by Ginger Basham. To audition, prepare a song of your choosing and be prepared to sing acappella or bring an instrumental CD for accompaniment.
A script will be provided for a cold read. You must be at least 18 years of age to audition. All characters except the Fake Shemp must be able to follow dance and varying degrees of fight choreography.
There are four roles available for men, five for women and another four for any gender.
Roles available are: Scott (tenor range), Ed (bass range), Jake (baritone range), Fake Shemp (ensemble, flexible range), Ash (baritone), Cheryl (alto), Shelly (alto), Annie (alto), Linda (soprano) and Evil Trees.
Shows will be at 8 p.m. Oct. 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 and Nov. 1. at the Kanawha Players Theater, 309 Beauregard St.
For more information, call 304-343-7529 or visit www.kanawhaplayers.org.
Rock opera at the Alban Arts Center
Rock opera “Emote” will be performed at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Alban Arts Center, 65 Olde Main St., St. Albans.
The rock opera is written and directed by Harry Beall. It stars Racquel Sims as Love and Brandon Tiller as Hate.
It covers the classic story of good versus evil with all characters playing emotions: Love, Hate, Sorrow, Fear, Guilt, Excitement, Doubt and Greed. The story covers the expanse of time and examines the role of emotions and their relationships with one another. Some follow Love, while others follow Hate, inciting an eternal war.
Tickets are $10. The show lasts approximately two hours and is appropriate for all ages.
For more information, call 304-721-8896 or visit www.albanartscenter.com.
Charleston hosts Distance Run
The Charleston Distance Run takes place Saturday at 7:30 a.m.
The event includes various races: a 15-mile race, a three-person 15-mile relay, a 5K run, a 5K walk and a 10K walk.
All races start on Kanawha Boulevard at the Capitol and continue through downtown, along the hills and beside the river.
To register, the 15-mile race is $60, the 5K race and the 15-mile three-person relay are $45 (per person) and the 5K and 10K walks are $30. Races are $20 for military members.
Register online at www.charlestondistancerun.com, mail a form or register in person from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Civic Center. Online registration must be completed by noon Friday.
There will also be a Children’s Fun Run at 6:25 p.m. Friday at the Civic Center. This run is free for children ages 4 to 12.
Children ages 4 to 9 will run 400 meters and ages 10 to 12 will run 800 meters. Registration for the Fun Run will be at 5 p.m. Friday at the Civic Center.
The Distance Run will host a pasta party from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Civic Center. Participants will receive a dinner ticket and there is a $5 charge for guests.
For more information, visit www.charlestondistancerun.com or call 304-345-5433.
Gospel group plays Milton Arts Center
Gospel group The Browns will play at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Milton Performing Arts Center.
The family group performs spiritual music for all ages.
Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door and are available at the West Virginia Pumpkin Park in Milton, at www.miltonpac.com or by calling 304-654-1339.
Spots in the Artist Circle are available for $20. Church and group rates are also available. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Folksinger to play FOOTMAD concert
FOOTMAD presents Sara Grey with a Wandering Minstrel Concert at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 520 Kanawha Blvd. W., at 8 p.m. Sept. 14.
Grey is a folksinger and plays a five-string banjo, specializing in the clawhammer style. She is also known for her storytelling. She was part of “The Golden Ring” with Ed Trickett and Gordon Bok.
Tickets are $10 and are available at the door. Students under 13, VISTA workers and community volunteers are free.
For more information, call 304-415-3668 or visit www.footmad.org.
Capitol Market hosts cooking classes
Local guest chef April Hamilton will be cooking at 11 a.m. today at the Capitol Market, 800 Smith St.
There will be cooking demonstrations using fresh ingredients from the market, and the chef will share recipes and advice about cooking at home.
Samples will be available. The event is free to the public.
Classes will continue weekly at the same time through September.
The class on Sept. 4 also will feature Chef April Hamilton. Sept. 11 will be Millie Synder, author of the Lean & Lucious cookbook. Sept. 18 will be Chef Paco Aceves of the Berry Hills Country Club. Sept. 25 will have Chef Andrew Quesenberry, the winner of this year’s Taste of ALL.
For more information, visit www.capitolmarket.net or call 304-344-1905.
Opry House to host bluegrass band
Lonesome Will Mullins and the Virginia Playboys will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Mountaineer Opry House in Milton.
The band plays classic bluegrass and clawhammer banjo.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $5 for children ages 12 and under.
Concessions will be available. For more information, call Larry and Mary Stephens at 304-743-5749 or visit www.mountaineeropry.com.
Color Run coming
“The Happiest 5K on the Planet” will start at 8 a.m. Sept. 6 at Harris Riverfront Park in Huntington.
The Color Run is a five-kilometer, un-timed race in which thousands of participants — or “Color Runners” — are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer.
The race ends with a party including music, dancing and massive color throws.
Race registration is available online at thecolorrun.com/huntington.
Marmet Rec Center hosts bands, dancing
The Marmet Recreation Center hosts live bands and dancing Saturdays in August.
Mixx Band will play from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Admission for this show is $10.
For more information, contact Barry Pauley at 304-949-9692 or visit Marmet Recreation Center on Facebook.
features live music
Local restaurant Bluegrass Kitchen hosts live music from 7 to 9 p.m. in August.
Tonight, The Dread Pirate, Roberts will play jazzgrass music.
On Saturday, Beth & Alasha will play classical music and gypsy jazz.
Bluegrass Kitchen is located at 1600 Washington St. E. There is no cover for entertainment.
For more information, call 304-346-2871.
Two venues to host Arts-a-Palooza
The Tamarack Artisan Foundation presents Arts-a-Palooza from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 20 at two venues.
The East End Bazaar, 1428 Washington St. E., and the Capitol Market, 800 Smith St., will host the second annual event.
The Foundation is a nonprofit that supports West Virginia artists. The event will showcase more than 30 local artists demonstrating and selling their work.
Each venue will also feature live music starting at 11 a.m.
For more information, visit www.capitolmarket.net or call 304-344-1905.
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n ERIC CHURCH: The country music star will perform “The Outsiders World Tour” at 7 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Civic Center. Tickets range from $25 to $69.50 and are available at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.
n THREE DOG NIGHT: The American rock band known for its unmistakable mix of pop rock and soul will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Clay Center. Sing along to well-loved hits like “One,” “Mama Told Me” and “Joy To The World” in a night that will appeal to generations of audiences. Tickets range from $25 to $59. For more information, visit www.theclaycenter.org or call 304-561-3570.
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. Oct. 3. For more information, visit www.theclaycenter.org or call 304-561-3570.
n B.B. KING: The “King of Blues” will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Clay Center. Enjoy an electric night of classics including “Sweet Sixteen” and “The Thrill is Gone.” Tickets range from $35 to $75. For more information, visit www.theclaycenter.org or call 304-561-3570.
n FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH: The rock heavyweights along with Volbeat, Hellyeah and Nothing More will play at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington. Tickets are $39.75 and are available through www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. For more information, visit www.bigsandyarena.com.
n ZZ TOP: The classic rockers will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington. Tickets are $47.50 to $67.50 and are available through www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. For more information, visit www.bigsandyarena.com.
n JAY LENO: The comedian and award-winning former late-night television host will kick off The Marshall Artist Series Oct. 16 at the Keith Albee Theater in Huntington. Season tickets and tickets to individual events are available. For more information, call the Marshall Artists Series at 304-696-3326.
n BRIDGE DAY: This year marks the 35th anniversary of Bridge Day. BASE jumpers and onlookers are encouraged to attend the annual festival on the New River Gorge Bridge on Oct. 18. For more information, visit www.officialbridgeday.com.
n O’REILLY, MILLER: Bill O’Reilly and Dennis Miller will bring their “Bolder and Fresher Tour” to the Charleston Municipal Auditorium at 8 p.m. Oct. 24. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. For more information, visit www.charlestonciviccenter.com.
n FIDDLER ON THE ROOF: The Charleston Light Opera Guild will present the Broadway classic at the Clay Center Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, 2 and 9. For more information or for tickets, visit www.theclaycenter.org or call 304-561-3570.
n PHILLIP PHILLIPS: The American Idol winner will perform at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Keith Albee Theater in Huntington. Tickets range from $60 to $78 and are available at www.ticketmaster.com.
n DIERKS BENTLEY: The country singer, most recently known for his hit “Drunk on a Plane,” will perform at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington. Bentley will be accompanied by special guests Randy Houser and Eric Paslay. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. and are available at www.livenation.com, www.ticketmaster.com, the arena box office or by calling 1-800-745-3000. For more information, visit www.bigsandyarena.com.