In Short: Dec. 15-21, 2011
The free December ArtWalk runs 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at 14 downtown Charleston galleries. Featured exhibits include photos by Thorney Lieberman at The Art Emporium, glasswork by Ron Hinkle at Visions Day Spa, drawings by Sassa Nibert at Romano & Associates Law Offices and prints, paintings, sculpture and jewelry by Stefani Andrews at Studio 1031.
The Purple Moon holds a holiday party that includes music by Tofujitsu, and the Good News Mountaineer Garage Gallery hosts "Windows and Mirrors," a traveling exhibit reflecting on the war in Afghanistan. Visit charlestonartwalk.com for more information and a map of locations.
Christian rock/pop trio BarlowGirl comes to the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center at 7 p.m. Thursday, with Rush of Fools in tow. General admission tickets are $19.50. VIP packages are $27 and include a meet-and-greet with the bands plus early admittance to the show. Call 888-695-0888.
Little India open mic
Keyboardist/singer Hal Keshner will perform rock oldies and jazz/blues standards from the 1930s-70s Friday and Saturday at the Little India upstairs lounge, 1604 Washington St. E. During the free sessions from 9 to 11 p.m., he invites locals to sing and/or jam with him. Call 304-720-3616 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gaither Homecoming Christmas
The Gaither Homecoming Christmas Spectacular stops at Huntington's Big Sandy Superstore Arena at 6 p.m. Saturday. The Martins, The Isaacs, Buddy Greene, Charlotte Ritchie, Gene McDonald, The Booth Brothers, Gordon Mote and Kevin Williams also are on the bill. Tickets are $24.50, $34.50 and $72.50. Call 800-745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 520 Kanawha Blvd. W., will hold a Winter Solstice Ball beginning at 5:30 p.m. Sunday. The event features a candlelit drum circle, a fire ritual, food and more. Huntington's cabaret rockers QIET perform at 8 p.m. Admission is $7. Call 304-345-5042 or email Chris@plantandgnome.com.
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band presents its take on the holidays with "Creole Christmas," at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Lewisburg's Carnegie Hall. Tickets are $18 to $26. Call 304-645-7917 or visit www.carnegiehallwv.org.
Lady Antebellum at WVU
Tickets are still available for the 7:30 p.m. Sunday show by country superstars Lady Antebellum at the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown. Opening for the duo are Josh Kelley and Eden's Edge. Tickets are $45. Call 800-745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.
Stage Co. auditions
The Charleston Stage Company will hold auditions for the "A Piece of My Heart" at 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday at the Capitol Center Theater, 123 Summers St. The drama, based on the true stories of female Vietnam War veterans, requires six women ages 20-50 and four men ages 20-60.
One female role requires the ability to play guitar and sing. Two others call for an Asian or Amerasian actress and a black actress. The rest are flexible.
Performances are February 23-25 and March 1-3. Call 304-766-5721 or visit www.charlestonstagecompany.com.
Clay Center holiday break camp
The Clay Center's "Architecture Adventure" holiday break camp runs from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 27-30 for children in grades 1-4. Registration is required by Dec. 20. Cost is $45 for members and $55 for nonmembers. Campers will explore the amazing structures of past civilizations and construct their own creations. Call 304-561-3500 or visit www.theclaycenter.org.