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In Short: Feb. 14-20, 2013

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Jim Donovan, formerly of jam band Rusted Root, holds a drum workshop at Unitarian Universalist Congregation on Saturday.
Valentine's Day cabaret LOVE/HATE Valentine's Day, a special edition of the Third Eye Cabaret, runs 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday at The Cellar, 8 Capitol St. Christopher Harris (of Qiet), Sierra Ferrell, Marium Bria, The BrotherSisters, Tiffany "Talented" Finkton and Crystal Good will perform songs and spoken word pieces on rejection, dejection, love and renewal. Admission is $3 and includes snacks. Visit filmThe Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 520 Kanawha Blvd.W., will screen "Anonymous" at 7:30 p.m. Friday as part of its free Third Friday Film Series. The 2011 Oscar-nominated British drama set in Elizabethan England speculates on who actually created Shakespeare's body of work.The film stars Rhys Ifans, Rafe Spall, Vanessa Redgrave and David Thewlis. It is rated PG-13 for some violence and sexual violence. It will be shown with captions for the hearing impaired.Call 304-345-5042 or visit Renaissance celebrationA show celebrating the music and poetry of the Harlem Renaissance era begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the theater in West Virginia State University's Davis Fine Arts Building. The Core Ensemble, an internationally traveling chamber music trio, will perform its theatrical piece "Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance."The show examines the lives of poets Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen and Claude McKay as seen through the eyes of painter and muralist Aaron Douglas. The score includes music by Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton, Billy Strayhorn, Thelonius Monk and Charles Mingus, as well as concert music by Jeffrey Mumford and George Walker.Tickets are $15. Call Donna Simon at 304-766-3363.Alban Arts Center auditionsThe Alban Arts Center, 65 Olde Main St., St. Albans, will hold auditions for Edward Albee's Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy "A Delicate Balance" from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday.Roles are available for four women (mid-30s to mid-60s) and two men (mid-40s to mid-60s). No prepared monologue is required; script selections will be available for cold readings.Patrick Felton directs. Production dates are April 26-28 and May 3-5. Call 304-721-8896 or visit
Drum clinicJim Donovan, formerly of the Pittsburgh-based jam band Rusted Root, will bring his Drum & Chant Workshop to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 520 Kanawha Blvd. W., from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.The class is for drummers of all skill levels ages 17 and up. Drums are provided.Discover how to energize your brain and clear your mind; lessen resistance, fear and apathy; create deep relaxation and stress relief; expand conscious awareness; unblock energetic and emotional congestion; and open creative thinking and expression. You'll learn about ecstatic drumming rhythms, vocal toning and mantra, rejuvenating breathing exercises, visualization and more.Space is limited, so advance registration is recommended. Cost is $35. If spots are still available the day of the workshop, the cost is $45. Call Chris Higgins at 304-881-7037, or register online at Pants Players adult show
The improv comedy troupe No Pants Players begins its 12th season on Saturday with an adults-only show at the Clay Center Walker Theater. Normally full of family-friendly fun, the troupe lets loose at these shows with laughs for, and provided by, more mature audiences.Magician Joey Stepp will perform an opening set at 7:45 p.m. and another at intermission. Adam Bryant hosts the evening.Ages 18 and up are admitted to the 8 p.m. show with a cash bar for those 21 and up. A limited quantity of tickets, $12, are still available online at If any tickets remain on Saturday night, they will be available at the door.Call 877-467-7689.Valentine's Love LoungeThe third annual Love Lounge begins at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Ramada Limited Huntington, 3094 16th Street Road. It features smooth R&B music, a mature atmosphere, heavy hors d'oeurves and cash bar. Dress attire required; no jeans or sneakers allowed.Tickets are $10 with VIP tables for six with roses, candy and a bottle of wine are $100. Call 304-389-9899.Stage Company auditionsCharleston Stage Company will hold auditions for the ensemble monologue show "Love, Loss and What I Wore" at 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday at the Capitol Center Theater, 123 Summers St. Cast size is flexible, and roles are available for women of all ages.The comedy is by Nora and Delia Ephron, adapted from Ilene Beckerman's book of the same name. It's a compilation of tales about clothing and the memories and events they stir.Production dates are April 4-6 and 11-13. Call 304-343-5272 or visit Justice League comicWith the release of its new "Justice League of America" series on Wednesday, DC Comics is putting out the first issue with different covers for each of the 50 states. The image is a take on the famous "Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima" photo and features the series' main characters hoisting each state's flag.Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. ticketsOn April 6, Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. will perform a benefit concert for the Community Music Association and Junior Achievement of West Virginia at the Municipal Auditorium. The concert, "Murphy Meets Motown," will feature new and old tunes from Murphy, as well as an appearance by the Charleston Ballet.Tickets, now on sale, are $25, $35 and $40. Get them at the Civic Center Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000 or by visiting Fest VIP ticketsVIP tickets for the Charlie West Blues Fest, held May 17-18 at Haddad Riverfront Park, are on sale now. They are $30 Friday, $60 Saturday or $75 for both. Tickets include VIP seating, a program and food and beverage in a VIP hospitality tent.This year's lineup for the annual event includes Kim Wilson & The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Ana Popovic, Magic Slim & The Teardrops, Davina & The Vagabonds, Bryan Lee & The Power Blues Band and Tinsley Ellis.All proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Program. Visit soundtrack competitionLocal hardcore hip hop rap duo Brain Trauma is in a competition to have its music appear in an upcoming horror film called "Pathos." To vote for the group, like the film's Facebook page ( and to make a wall post in support of Brain Trama. The band celebrates its 10-year anniversary in October.
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