In Short: Nov. 8-14, 2012
Here comes Santa Claus
Santa arrives at the Charleston Town Center at 5:45 p.m. Thursday. The celebration, which begins in Center Court, includes an appearance by Bob the Builder and a sing-along. Call 304-345-9525 or visit www.charlestontowncenter.com.
Fest of Ale
The Comedy Zone's "Fest of Ale" returns from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday. For $35, sample 10-12 seasonal craft beers and take in a comedy show with CeeJay and Roger Keiss. The club is located in the Holiday Inn, 400 Second Ave., South Charleston. Call 304-414-2386 or visit www.comedyzonecharleston.com.
Opera at the movies
The Metropolitan Opera's performance of Thomas Ades' "The Tempest" will screen live at 12:55 p.m. Saturday at Great Escape Nitro and Cinemark Huntington Mall. The production is three hours and 50 minutes long.
Tickets at Nitro are $20 for adults and $16 for seniors and children. At Huntington, they are $22 for adults, $20 for seniors and $15 for children. Call 304-769-0405 (Nitro) or 304-733-3984 (Huntington).
'Richard III' auditions
The Alban Arts Center will hold auditions for Shakespeare's "Richard III" from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the center, 65 Olde Main St., St. Albans. Production dates are Feb. 22-24 and March 1-3, 2013.
Marlette Carter will direct the show. Parts are available for nine men, five women and two children, ages 8-12. Auditioners may bring a prepared classical monologue, but selected readings also will be provided.
Call 304-721-8896 or visit www.albanartscenter.com.
WVU-MU Clay Center exhibit closing
The art exhibit "Gallery Divided: A Head-to-Head Matchup Between Marshall & WVU Art Faculty" closes Sunday at the Clay Center. It features works by five artists from each school. Call 304-561-3570 or visit www.theclaycenter.org.
Clay Center Veterans Day special
On Sunday, the Clay Center will offer free museum, film and planetarium show admission to all active, Reserve and retired military personnel. Visitors must present military ID or proof of service to redeem. Call 304-561-3570 or visit www.theclaycenter.org.
The sixth annual Charleston Choir Festival begins at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 900 Washington St. E. Participating choirs sing two selections representing their church's denomination.
Participants are Canaan United Methodist Church, Charleston Baptist Temple, Emmanuel Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church, St. George Greek Orthodox Church, St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, St. Timothy Lutheran Church and St. Mark's United Methodist Church.
Admission is free, but a collection will be taken to benefit the Davis Child Shelter. A reception follows. Contact Larry Stickler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Morgantown 'Mountain Stage'
"Mountain Stage" is at the WVU Creative Arts Center in Morgantown this Sunday. The 7 p.m. show features Mike Doughty, Charlie Mars, The Iguanas, Jeffrey Foucault and A City On A Lake. Tickets are $18 in advance or $23 the day of the show. Call 800-745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.
Ron White tickets
"Blue Collar Comedy" co-star Ron "Tater Salad" White will perform at WVU's Creative Arts Center in Morgantown at 7 and 10 p.m. April 19. (Mature audiences only.) Tickets for the show, $39.75, go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday. Call 800-745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.
Parkersburg choral concert
The Parkersburg Choral Society presents its free fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church, 1001 Juliana St. The program includes Bach's "Jesu, meine Freude" and Ola Gjeilo's "Sunrise Mass" with string and organ accompaniment. A reception follows. Call 740-373-8504 or www.parkersburgchoralsociety.com.
'To Kill a Mockingbird'
In celebration of the film's 50th anniversary, special screenings of "To Kill a Mockingbird" will be held at 2 and 7 p.m. Nov. 15 at Great Escape Nitro and Cinemark Huntington Mall. The event includes behind-the-scenes stories about filming and archival interview with key people from the production.
Tickets at Nitro are $12.50 for adults and $9.50 for seniors and children. At Huntington, they are $11.50 for adults, $10.50 for seniors and $9.50 for children. Call 304-769-0405 (Nitro) or 304-733-3984 (Huntington).
"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2" opens at 10 p.m. Nov. 15. Prior to the movie, which is the final in the franchise, all area theaters are holding marathons of the entire series starting at 12:30 p.m. (noon at Park Place Cinemas). Tickets also are available to see just "Breaking Dawn -- Part 1" before "Part 2." All theaters have different prices and purchase requirements. Call or visit their websites.