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FestivALL Fall returns

FestivALL Fall is back for the second year, with more than a dozen events across town this weekend. For more information on any of them, visit www.festivallcharleston.com.

THURSDAY

West Virginia International Film Festival: Films are screened at the Capitol Center Theater, 123 Summers St. Schedule: "Before Midnight" (romantic drama), 5:30 p.m.; "Hey Day" (free, short documentary about pregnancy and childbirth), 7:30 p.m.; "Blancanieves" (silent, black-and-white reimaging of Snow White's tale), 8 p.m.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students with ID or $30 for a six-pack. Call 304-342-6522 or visit www.wviff.org.

FRIDAY

Taste-of-FALL: Six local restaurants offer special menu items and cocktails during store hours. They are: Ellen's Ice Cream (pumpkin ice cream sundae); Mission Savvy (pumpkin soup, pumpkin smoothie); Bluegrass Kitchen (house-made chicken liver pate with pickled onions, Bing cheery Manhattan); Tricky Fish (beer-braised brats with peppers, onions and stone mustard); Frutcake (slow-cooked pumpkin butter and apple crisps) and the Bridge Road Bistro Black Food Truck (brats with kraut and peppers; Italian sausage with onions and peppers; five-alarm chili; caramel apples; roasted veggie wrap).

Fund for the Art's Grape Escape: Taste fine foods and wine in this fundraiser that runs 5:30 to 8 p.m. at The Art Emporium, Taylor Books Gallery and Capitol Conference Center downtown. At the first gallery stop, sample an appetizer and wines paired with it; at the second, have a second course with different wines. End at the conference center with European-style pastries and coffee. An expert will be on hand to discuss the wines and pairings.

Gallery food comes from Cucina Luisa, Catering Unlimited, Joe's Fish Market and Bridge Road Bistro; dessert pastries are by Torlone's in Huntington. The wines were selected by Capitol Market's The Wine Shop and Drug Emporium.

Tickets are $50 and are color coded to determine at which art gallery you'll start. Visit www.fundfortheartswv.org to purchase.

West Virginia International Film Festival: Schedule: "Before Midnight" (romantic drama), 5:30 p.m.; "Much Ado About Nothing" (Joss Whedon's black-and-white take on Shakespeare's comedy), 7:30 p.m.; "The Intouchables" (award-winning French comedic drama). See today's<co THURSDAY'S on web > listing for more details.

FestivALL Fall Ball on the Levee: The Hybrid Soul Project kicks off a free concert at Haddad Riverfront Park at 6:30 p.m., followed by Stratus at 8 p.m. Costumes are encouraged. Ten local vendors will have food and drinks for sale.

No Pants Players and Ted Brightwell's Drag Divas: This adults only (age 18+) evening runs 9 p.m. to midnight in the Clay Center's Walker Theater and features R-rated comedy by the improv group and performances by Viki Williams (Brightwell), Bridget Nickles, Priscilla Divine and Katrina Foxx.

Come in costume for a chance to win prizes. Tickets are $15, available at www.nopantsplayers.com. Call 1-877-467-7689. 

SATURDAY

Harvest Gift Boutique: This fine art and craft sale runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Charleston Woman's Club, 1600 Virginia St. E. It features 30 artisans from this summer's Capitol Street Art Fair, plus make-and-take crafts for children, live music (Spencer Elliott, noon and 2 p.m.; Ryan Kennedy and Jim Lange, 1 and 3 p.m.) and appearances by the FestivALL Princess.

Howl-o-Ween Pet Purr-Ade and Costume Contest: The Kanawha County Humane Association sponsors this event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the East End Dog Park on corner of Washington and Maxwell streets. It includes a parade at 11 a.m., contests (best costume, best human-pet duo and best trick), pumpkin painting, vendors, info booths and giveaways for KCHA members.

Registration is at 10 a.m. Contest entry fees are $5 for KCHA members and $10 for non-members. All animals must be current on vaccinations.

The Capitol Market Stage: Free, live music comes from Marium Bria at noon and 2 p.m. and The Band Wagon at 1 and 3 p.m. There will also be visits from the FestivALL Princess and stilt walker Chally Erb as well as carriage rides for $5 per person or $20 for a private couples ride. 

Downtown Public Art and Architecture Walking Tour: This free, hour-long guided walking tour begins at 1 p.m. at the Lee Street Triangle.

Taste-of-FALL: See Friday's listing for restaurants and dishes.

West Virginia International Film Festival: Schedule: "No" (Oscar-nominated Chilean historical drama), 4:45 p.m.; "Blood on the Mountain" (free preview of the work-in-progress coal documentary), 7 p.m.; "Holy Motors" (surreal French/Germany fantasy drama), 9:30 p.m. See Thursday's listing for more details.

Also, "The Short Films of Ethan Murrow" screens free at the Clay Center Electric Sky Theater at 5 p.m. in conjunction with the exhibit "Positions of Power, Land View." A reception in the art gallery follows.

Josh Nelson concert: Temple Israel and Federated Jewish charities host the young jazz pianist and contemporary Jewish singer-songwriter in a free concert from 8 to 10 p.m. It's at the temple, 2312 Kanawha Blvd. E.

SUNDAY

Harvest Gift Boutique: Today's hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the music is by Mark Scarpelli at noon and 2 p.m. and Eduardo Canelon at 1 and 3 p.m. For more details, see Saturday's listing.

The Capitol Market Stage: Free, live music comes from The Brother Sisters at noon and 2 p.m. and Blue Yonder at 1 and 3 p.m. The FestivALL Princess and stilt walker Chally Erb will also appear periodically.

Carriage Trail Leaf Walk: Take in music and theatrical performances from 1 to 4 p.m. as you walk the .65-mile trail. Costumed performers doing family-friendly vignettes come from the Limelight Theater Company, Children's Theatre of Charleston and the Alban Arts Academy. Music is performed by the Modock Rounders (old-time traditional Appalachian) and the Carriage Trail Horn Trio (classical).

The Wine Shop's FestivALL Fall staff picks tasting: Sample fine wines at The Wine Shop in the Capitol Market from 2 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call 304-343-9463.

The Glenn Miller Orchestra: The Community Music Association presents this big band and swing concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at the University of Charleston's Geary Auditorium. Tickets are $35 for adults, $10 for college students and $5 for children 18 and under. Season tickets are also available. Call 304-744-1400.

Taste-of-FALL: See Friday's listing for restaurants and dishes. Reach Amy Robinson at flipside@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4881.


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