In Short: Aug. 16-22, 2012
Clay Center fundraiser
Friends of the Clay Center hosts Backyard Bluegrass: Mandolins and Mason Jars at 8 p.m. Friday in the Clay Center sculpture garden. The event for ages 21 and up features music by The Fort Hillbillies, Southern-style snacks by Embassy Suites and white whiskey drinks by Smooth Ambler Spirits.
Tickets are $35 for Friends members and $45 for nonmembers. Call 304-561-3521 to join Friends of the Clay Center and get a special discount code.
Call 304-561-3570 or visit www.theclaycenter.org.
Saints and Sinners comedy
The Saints and Sinners Comedy Tour, starring Matthew Lumpkin and Patrick Jolle, comes to the Comedy Zone at 8 p.m. Friday and 8 and 10:15 p.m. Saturday. The show mixes Lumpkin's workingman humor with Jolle's eccentric, ego-boosted comedy.
Tickets are $10. The club is located in the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Charleston West, 400 Second Ave., South Charleston. Call 304-414-2386 or visit www.comedyzonecharleston.com. For more on the show, visit www.saintsandsinnerscomedy.com.
State Museum family activities
The West Virginia State Museum will hold a day of family activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Special activities are Classroom Jeopardy and a treasure hunt.
Sign up for Jeopardy at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. or 2 p.m.; the hour-long game can fit three teams per session. Among the treasure hunt items are a basketball signed by Jerry West and an antique Ouija board. All visitors receive a commemorative token featuring a black bear.
The museum is in the Culture Center. Contact Nancy Herholdt at 304-558-0220, ext. 175 or Nancy.P.Herholdt@wv.gov.
'Greater Tuna' auditions
The Alban Arts Center will hold auditions for "Greater Tuna" from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. The wacky comedy, a send-up of small-town morals and mores, has roles available for two males, who will play 20 roles between them.
Show dates are Oct 19-21 and 26-28. Auditions are held at the theater, 65 Olde Main St., St. Albans. Call 304-721-8896 or visit www.albanartscenter.com
Roller derby bout
The Chemical Valley Rollergirls will battle the Mother State Roller Derby of Richmond, Va., in "Too Kruel for School" at 5 p.m. Saturday in the Civic Center North Hall. Adult tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Tickets are $5 for children ages 2-12 and free for children under 2. Get them at the Civic Center box office or through Ticketmaster. Visit www.chemicalvalleyrollergirls.com.
Colesmouth Concert Series
Cathy Grant & Fiddlers Galore! closes out the free Colesmouth summer concert series at 8 p.m. Saturday at the St. Albans City Park amphitheater.
The group, which is constantly growing and changing, is comprised of award-winning fiddlers from the Kanawha Valley. Among Saturday's fiddlers are teen Vandalia Gathering champs Jerrica Hilbert, Jarred Carter and Riley Sisco.
The park is located at the top of Observatory Drive off Kanawha Terrace. Bench seats are available but blankets and lawn chairs are permitted. Call 304-661-0655.
WVU arts series ticket sales
Single event tickets for WVU's University Arts Series go on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Ticket prices vary by event. Performance highlights include touring productions of the Broadway musicals "American Idiot" on Sept. 7 and "The Addams Family" on June 16 as well as the Blue Man Group (Oct. 5-6), Jackson Browne (Oct. 15) and Don McLean (June 8). Call 800-745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.
'Battered but not Broken'
Tickets are on sale for "Battered but not Broken," an original stage production by Charleston's Cynthia Wilson. The show, which deals with domestic violence, will be performed at 8 p.m. Aug. 24 and 3 and 8 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Civic Center Little Theater. Staged by Atlanta theater playwright/director/producer Shelly Garrett, it goes on a national tour beginning in September.
Tickets are $26.50 and $31.50. Call 800-745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.
'Phineas and Ferb' live
"Disney's Phineas and Ferb: The Best Live Tour Ever!" has added a second production to its Charleston tour stop on Aug. 26. Performances are 1 and 4 p.m. at the Municipal Auditorium.
Tickets are $20-$60. Get $5 off online with the code "LIVE."
There also will be a free appearance by one of the show's characters at Charleston Town Center Mall at noon Aug. 25. Get details at www.charlestontowncenter.com.
For tickets, call 800-745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.
'Cirque du Soleil: Dralion' tickets
The Charleston Civic Center is offering family four packs for "Cirque du Soleil: Dralion," which will be in Charleston for seven performances Sept. 12-16. Good for two adults and two children ages 2-12, the packages save up to $20 per ticket. They are available for all but the two Saturday shows.
"Dralion" fuses the ancient Chinese circus tradition with Cirque du Soleil's avant-garde performance approach. In it, the four elements (fire, water, earth and air) come to life in a colorful blend of East and West, Man and Nature.
Call 800-745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.