More than 400 high school students from 26 schools will attend the West Virginia State Thespian Festival today through Sunday at the Culture Center in the state Capitol Complex. Drama students will perform, attend workshops and be judged on their theater skills, with performances of 15 plays, 35 scenes, 58 monologues, 31 musical theater solos and more, along with technical theater contests in costume design, puppetry, set design and all aspects of production. The weekend concludes with an awards ceremony at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. See the complete schedule at www.wvculture.org
by clicking on 'Thespian Festival."'The Lost Airmen of Buchenwald'
The documentary "The Lost Airmen of Buchenwald," about Allied airmen imprisoned at the Buchenwald concentration camp in the waning months of World War II, will screen for free at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Alban Arts Center, 65 Olde Main St., St. Albans.
After the screening, veteran Don Shearer of St. Albans, who was an airman held at Buchenwald, will discuss the film, his role in it and his experience during the war. Call 304-721-8896 or visit www.albanartscenter.com
.'La Traviata' screening
A live broadcast of Verdi's "La Traviata" by the Metropolitan Opera will screen at 12:55 p.m. Saturday at Cinemark Huntington Mall and Great Escape Nitro. The three hour and 15 minute production is a love story shrouded in sacrifice and misunderstanding. 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).'Proof' auditions
Alban Arts Center will hold auditions for the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Proof" from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Roles are available for two men and two women. Call 304-721-8896 or visit www.albanartscenter.com
No Pants Players
The No Pants Players will introduce new games at their family-friendly improv comedy show at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Alban Arts Center. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children. Call 877-IMPROV9 or visit www.nopantsplayers.com
Ridley Scott's "Alien" is the final film in this spring's Flashback Film Series at Park Place Stadium Cinemas, 600 Washington St. E. The 1979 sci-fi classic won an Oscar for Best Visual Effects, thanks in part to the famous chest-bursting scene, no doubt. (Fun fact about that: The actors had only the vaguest notion of what would occur, so their terrified reactions are genuine.) Screenings are 4 p.m. Sunday and 4 and 7 p.m. Monday. Tickets are $5. Call 304-345-6541 or visit www.ourshowtimes.com
.Pictorial scavenger hunt
The Kanawha County Public Library and Charleston Stage Company are teaming up for a scavenger hunt during the April 19 ArtWalk in advance of Stage Company's production of "Picasso at the Lapin Agile." The hunt starts at the main library, 123 Capitol St. There you'll get a list of clues to objects located within or near the library. Take photos of the objects, then show them to a staff member at the reference desk. If you get all correct, you'll be entered in a drawing to win a Stage Co. 2012-13 season pass and tickets to "Picasso." Call 304-343-4646.
Grateful Dead film
At 7 p.m. April 19, Cinemark Huntington Mall will host "Grateful Dead Second Annual Meet-Up at the Movies." The event, screening at hundreds of theaters nationwide, features a two-and-a-half hour never-before-seen concert by the band at the Alpine Valley Music theatre on July 18, 1989. It also includes an introduction featuring rare, never-before-seen photos of the band and a previously unreleased live track recorded in the spring of 1990.Tickets are $11.50 for adults, $10.50 for students and seniors and $9.50 for children. Call 304-733-3984 or visit www.fathomevents.com