In Short: Sept. 13-19, 2012
Doug MacLeod concert
California singer/songwriter Doug MacLeod will present an evening of acoustic blues music at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 520 Kanawha Blvd. W. Tickets are $15. Call 304-345-5042 or visit www.uucharlestonwv.org.
'Alice in Wonderland'
The Actors Guild of Parkersburg will present "Alice in Wonderland" at 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sept. 21-23 and 28-29 and at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 22 in its theater, 724 Market St. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for students and seniors and $7 for children. Call 304-485-1300 or visit www.actorsguildonline.org.
Festival of Colors
From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, New Vrindaban will host a Festival of Colors at the Palace of Gold, 3759 McCreary's Ridge Road, Moundsville. The event celebrates a tradition dating back thousands of years in India.
Every two hours, there will be a unified "color throwing," where brightly colored organic starch is thrown into the air. There also will be live music throughout the day and a meal from an Indian gourmet vegetarian cook.
Admission is $3, with children under 5 admitted free. Visit www.nvfestivalofcolors.com.
Rainbow Pride of West Virginia will present a drag show at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Capitol Center Theater, 123 Summers St. Tickets are $10 for general seating and $15 for VIP. Proceeds benefit the organization, which provides social and educational resources for West Virginia's LGBT community. Get tickets at the door or at www.adragshow.eventbrite.com.
The Wonderful Working Zombies Night Out Party, sponsored by Electric 102.7, runs 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the Kanawha Players Theater, 309 Beauregard St. The all-ages, family-friendly event is emceed by Coach and Maggie, from Electric 102.7.
It features a meet-and-greet with the cast of the KP's upcoming "Evil Dead The Musical," a dance contest, games and food. The Cemetery Knights Car Club will be there, too.
Participants should come dressed as their favorite occupation and in their best zombie makeup or mask. Free zombie makeovers will be offered from 8 to 9 p.m.
Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for children (age 12 and under) and $25 for couples. Call 304-343-7529 or visit www.kanawhaplayers.org.
"Hillbilly vampire" Unknown Hinson brings his country-western tunes to Huntington's V Club, 741 Sixth Ave., at 10 p.m. Saturday. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets, $15, are available in advance at www.vclublive.com or at the door.
Park Place flashback film
Park Place will screen the 1964 Stanley Kubrick classic "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb" at 4 p.m. Sunday and 4 and 7 p.m. Monday as part of its Flashback Film Series. Tickets are $5. Call 304-345-6541 or visit www.ourshowtimes.com.
Charleston, S.C.'s Needtobreathe comes to Huntington's Big Sandy Superstore arena at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. The Southern rockers, who have opened for Taylor Swift, bring along opening acts Parachute and Drew Holcomb. Tickets are $22 and $27. Call 800-745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.
"Expressions in Word: Calligraphers and Poets" is an exhibit featuring 31 calligraphic art pieces inspired by poems written by West Virginians. It's on display in the Culture Center's Balcony Gallery beginning with a 6 p.m. reception Monday. It's up through Veteran's Day.
The exhibit also includes calligraphy tools that have been used since medieval times, five basic letterforms, and samples of historic documents written in calligraphy. Additionally, there are videotaped demonstrations and a brief history of Western writing.
Call Charles Morris, director of museums, at 304-558-0220.
'The Birds' screening
A newly restored print of Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 classic "The Birds" will screen at 2 and 7 p.m. Wednesday at Great Escape Nitro and Cinemark Huntington Mall. The event also features an exclusive interview by Turner Classic Movies' Robert Osborne with Tippi Hedren, who discusses her experience with the film, as well as archived on-set interviews with Rod Taylor and Suzanne Pleshette.
Tickets at Nitro are $12.50 for adults and $9.50 for students and seniors. At Barboursville, they're $11.50 for adults, $10.50 for students and seniors and $9.50 for children. Call 304-769-0405 (Nitro) or 304-733-3984 (Barboursville).
John Legend at Keith Albee
The Marshall Artists Series presents "An Evening with John Legend" at 8 p.m. Sept. 20 at Huntington's Keith Albee Theater. The event is a lecture/performance hybrid where Legend will perform three to four of the hits that have won him nine Grammy Awards, as well as talk about social justice and poverty in America. Legend created the Show Me Campaign, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting poverty around the world.
Tickets are $40 and $45. Call 304-696-6656 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.
'Glenn Beck Unelectable 2012' screening
Glenn Beck comedy stage show, "TheBlaze Presents Glenn Beck Unelectable 2012," screens live at 8 p.m. Sept. 20 at Cinemark Huntington Mall. In it, Beck squares off against "The B.S. of A" host Brian Sack in a mock debate, moderated by "B.S. of A" writer/performers Jack Helmuth and Matt Fisher. The event ends with an address by Beck.
Tickets are $19 for adults, $18 for students and seniors and $17 for children. Call 304-733-3984.
Blues competition seeks bands
Sept. 21 is the deadline for blues acts to submit applications for the West Virginia Blues Society's sixth annual Blues Competition, on Oct. 13. The contest is open to bands, solo/duo acts and youth performers. Winners receive cash prizes and a sponsorship to the 2013 International Blues Challenge in Memphis.
Find complete rules and applications at www.wvbluessociety.org.
Murder mystery dinner theater
The Greenhouse of Teays Valley, in association with the Murder and Merriment Interactive Murder Mystery Theatre Troupe, will host "Dead Man's Hand," a murder mystery dinner theater on Sept. 21 and 22. Performances, themed around a deadly poker tournament, begin at 7 p.m. each night. The evening includes a specially catered dinner and the possibility to earn prizes for solving the mystery correctly.
Tickets are $40 each and must be purchased in advance. Call 304-397-6316
'Hello, Dolly!' cast announced
The Charleston Light Opera Guild has announced the cast list for its fall production of "Hello, Dolly!" Debbi Spradling will star as Dolly Levi, with Tim Harper as Horace Vandergelder, Rachel Cox as Irene Malloy, Lindsey Duvall as Minnie Fay, Cameron Vance as Cornelius Hackl and Cameron Burford as Barnaby Tucker, Carly Thaw as Ermengard, Austin Thomas as Ambrose Kemper, Susan McKay as Ernestina Money and Rick Fleenor as Rudolf.
Ensemble cast members are Mark Felton, Becky and David Bailey, Jane Auge, Steve Brannon, Ted Brightwell, Stevie Brigode, Haley & Reba Burgess, Debbie Cannada, Bryan Chin, Rachel Coffman, Caleb Cosby, Debbie Holstein, Shelia Jarrett, Pam Kessler, Rudie Raynes-Kidder, Kaitlin Kouns, Ethan Lyvers, Bob McCarty, Kiara Moore, Erin Murphy, Barbara O'Hara, Renata Padon, Denny Pauley, Mariah Plante, Toni Pilato, Caroline Chamness Rainey, Max Ross, Ashley Showen and Nick Staples.
Performances are Oct. 26-28 and Nov. 2-4 at the Clay Center. Tickets, $15 and $20, are currently on sale. Call 304-561-3570 or visit www.theclaycenter.org.