CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Vegan potluck The sixth annual Meatout takes place 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 520 Kanawha Blvd.W. In addition to a vegan potluck meal, it includes music by Casey Litz and Marium Bria and speakers Amy Williams, Chris Higgins, Hannah Dare Stone and Jennifer Miller. Call 304-881-7037. For more on this nationwide event, visit www.meatout.org.
Lee Maynard readingThe West Virginia State University English Club will host a free reading by acclaimed West Virginia author Lee Maynard at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 103 of the school's Davis Fine Arts Building. Following the reading, Maynard will sign copies of his books. Copies will be for sale at the event. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.Lewis Black tickets Comedian Lewis Black's "The Rant is Due" tour will stop at the Clay Center May 16. Tickets for the show go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. They are $35, $45, $55 and $65. On Friday, the Clay Center will draw a winner for a pair of free tickets to the show. Visit the Clay Center's Facebook page for details on how to enter. Call 304-561-3570 or visit www.theclaycenter.org. 'Mountain Stage' ticketsThe Clay Center will host a special "Mountain Stage" with Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin on May 19. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday and are $30. On the day of the show, they'll be $35. Call 304-561-3570 or visit www.theclaycenter.org. Photography exhibit opening"From Jackson's Mill to Paris: The Fine Art Photography of Sam McColloch" opens Friday at Marshall University's South Charleston campus library with a 5 to 7 p.m. reception. The exhibit includes 40 black-and-white images from the New Martinsville native. Call 304-746-8910.
Musical theater auditionsThe Contemporary Youth Arts Company will hold auditions for the new Scarpelli-Kehde musical drama, "Holly Grove," at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Capitol Center Theater, 123 Summers St. Set in the Cabin Creek tent colony during the 1912-13 mine wars, the drama commemorates those who fought and died for better wages and working conditions. A large cast of singers and actors, primarily age 12 and older, is required along with a small group of younger actors to play school children. A short prepared musical selection is suggested but not required.Production dates are June 20-23 and 27-29. Call 304-342-5716.Murder mystery dinner theaterChief Logan State Park will host the In Cahoots Players' production of "Murder Among the Meringues" at 6 p.m. Saturday in the park lodge. In the interactive play, by Fayetteville storyteller/actress Karen Vuranch, guests will try to solve the murder of singer Gigi Sharp.
Dinner entrees include Parmesan chicken and spaghetti, meatloaf and rotisserie chicken. Dessert, of course, is meringue pie. The cost is $68.98 with overnight packages available. Reservations are required. Call 304-855-6100.Manna Meal benefit concertThe sixth annual spring benefit concert for Manna Meal takes place at 7 p.m. Saturday at Kanawha United Presbyterian Church, 1009 Virginia St. E. Performers are the Martin Luther King Jr. Male Chorus and a cappella trio Bare Bones. A reception follows. Admission is free, though donations will be collected to help the soup kitchen. Visit www.mannameal.com or call 304-345-7121.Doyle LawsonAcclaimed bluegrass musician Doyle Lawson and his band, Quicksilver, will perform at the Mountaineer Opry House in Milton at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Call 304-743-5749 or visit www.mountaineeropry.com.West Virginia Youth SymphonyThe West Virginia Youth Symphony's annual chamber concert begins at 3 p.m. Sunday at Kanawha United Presbyterian Church, 1009 Virginia St. The event features performances by nine chamber ensembles comprised of 33 student musicians between the ages of 7-18.Bethany Montrose, a 15-year-old cellist from Roanoke, Va., will perform the first two movements of the Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33 by Camille Saint-Saens, accompanied by pianist Anne Waltner. She received honorable mention in the youth symphony's concerto competition this winter. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for students and seniors. Call 304-561-3542 or visit www.wvyouthsymphony.org.Folk concertProgressive folk singer Roy Zimmerman brings his "Wake Up Call" tour to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 520 Kanawha Blvd. W., at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The satirical singer/songwriter's music focuses on social issues and politics. Admission is $15, or pay what you can. Call 304-345-5042 or visit www.uucharlestonwv.org.Film festival fundraiserThe West Virginia International Film Festival will host a Motion Picture Mixer beginning at 6 p.m. March 28 at Sam's Uptown Café, 28 Capitol St. The event will feature live music, rare film footage and movie ticket giveaways. The suggested donation is $8, which benefits the WVIFF. Call 304-395-6688 or visit www.wviff.org.Surf film screening"A Deeper Shade of Blue," exploring the evolution of modern surf culture, screens in Nitro and Barboursville at 7:30 p.m. March 28. In addition to the film, the two-and-a-half hour event includes footage from the red carpet premiere and a discussion with the director and surf legends about the evolution, culture and impact of surfing. Tickets are $12.50 for all ages at Nitro and $11.50 for adults, $10.50 for students and seniors and $9.50 for children at Barboursville. Visit www.fathomevents.com. For more on the film, visit www.adeepershadeofblue.com.