In short: Nov. 17-23
'Super 8' DVD contest
From now through Tuesday's DVD release of "Super 8," the West Virginia Film Office will give away daily prize packs (which include a copy of the movie) through the office's Facebook and Twitter pages. There's also a grand prize featuring a weekend in Weirton with complimentary lodging, dining and a personal tour, documented by a professional photographer, of filming locations.
Figure skating event
The Charleston Figure Skating Club hosts the fourth annual Mountain State Synchro Skate competition Saturday, beginning at 9:45 a.m., at the South Charleston Memorial Ice Arena at Trace Fork on Corridor G. Beginners through collegiate-level skaters from 13 teams from West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland and North Carolina will compete. Admission is free. Call 304-744-4423.
Soup and art sale
Unity of Kanawha Valley, 804 Myrtle Road, will host a soup and art sale from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Artwork includes beaded jewelry, framed photography and a variety of hand-painted mandalas and paintings Homemade soups, cornbread, drinks, and desserts also will be sold. Call 304-345-0021.
W.Va.'s Finest finals this weekend
We were mistaken in the date of the West Virginia's Finest talent competition semifinals and finals listed in the Nov. 10 gazz. Those will be held Saturday in the theater at Tamarack. Winners will be chosen in seven categories.
The first semifinal, including a performance by 2008 country winner Kathy Woolwine, begins at 11:30 a.m. The second semifinal, featuring 2009 R&B winner Melissa McKinney, is at 2:15 p.m. The top three acts in the youth categories and the top two in each genre will advance.
The finals, hosted by Dreama Denver, begin at 6:30 p.m. Gospel singer J Fraze will perform, and there will be guest appearances by gospel singer Steve O and John "Some Kind of Wonderful" Ellison, plus a video greeting from Landau Eugene Murphy Jr.
A free after party begins at 10 p.m. at McBee's Irish Pub, 313 Neville St., Beckley. Lady D and MI$ will perform.
Admission is $5 for each semifinal and $10 for the finals. Call 304-763-8706 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Opera at the movies
The Metropolitan Opera's live performance of Philip Glass' "Satyagraha" screens live at Cinemark Huntington Mall and Great Escape Nitro at 12:55 p.m. Saturday. Run time for the opera, loosely based on the life of Ghandi, is approximately four hours and 10 minutes.
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). A limited number of free passes are available for each theater; call LaRee Naviaux at 304-344-9091.
Charleston Baptist Temple's annual Orglefest begins at 2 p.m. Sunday at the church, 209 Morris St. Ken Cowan will perform works by Mendelssohn, Sigfrid Karg-Elert, Wagner, Bach, Schumann and Liszt. The free concert is sponsored by the Kanawha Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Call 304-346-9627.
The free storytelling festival Tellebration! runs 4:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the theater inside Tamarack. It is part of an international celebration of storytelling; more than 40 states and 15 countries will also hold events this weekend.
Sue Atkinson, Jason Burns, Fred Powers, Susanna Holstein and Jodi French-Burr (who also serves as emcee) will tell Appalachian tales of "humor, heritage, home and heart." Some story topics include life in the Civil War era and working in underground coal mines.
Call French-Burr at 304-575-6496.
Joy to the World tickets on sale
Tickets for Bob Thompson's annual Joy to the World holiday concert are on sale for $25. The guest vocalist for the 8 p.m. Dec. 15 show is Tom Lellis. Tickets are available online at www.mountainstage.musictoday.com, by phone at 434-951-2256 or at Taylor Books. If tickets remain at the door, they are $30. The show often sells out.