Penitentiary haunted history talkSherri Brake will present the free talk "The Haunted History of the West Virginia Penitentiary" at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Archives and History Library at the Culture Center.Brake is the author of "The Haunted History of the West Virginia Penitentiary: Afterlife with No Parole." Her presentation will use historical and current photographs sprinkled with images captured by paranormal investigators.Registration is encouraged but not required. Call Bobby Taylor at 304-558-0230, ext. 163.Deron Sodaro benefit A benefit jam for local musician Deron Sodaro starts at 6 p.m. Friday at The Boulevard Tavern, 806 Kanawha Blvd. The benefit will raise funds to help offset the medical bills Sodaro incurred from an extended hospital stay following a ruptured appendix.New acts start every hour. They are (in order) Spencer Elliot, Karen & Mike, Hillbilly Carnival, Comparsa, The VooDoo Katz, Mother Nang, C2J2 and the Git Down Crew.Cover is $10. Call 304-205-7951 or visit www.theboulevardtavernwv.com.Country music festivalThe first Country Music in the Valley will be held Saturday at the Upper West Fork Community Park in Chloe. Gates open at 11 a.m.; music runs from 1 to 9 p.m.The Browns and The Road Runners perform at 1 p.m., Common Tradition at 3 and 5 p.m., Tom and Carol Wriston at 4 and 6 p.m. and County Line at 7 p.m.The stage is outside, and there is a playground area. Bring your own lawn chair and equipment. The kitchen will be open from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., serving meals and snacks.Admission is $8 for adults and free for children under 12. Call Kay Snider at 304-655-8334 or Sharon Settles at 304-655-8280.MudfestMudfest 2013 runs noon to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Lions Club Field in Hamlin. The free all-ages event features hard rock and heavy metal from area bands Harrah, Everpulse, Born of Conviction, Relative Obscurity, Twist of Fate, Zeroking and In the Company of Wolves. Call Tyler Nelson at 304-840-2484.Play auditionsKanawha Players will hold auditions for the musical "Sing Down The Moon: Appalachian Wonder Tales" from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the KP Theater, 309 Beauregard St. Singers and actors are needed. Parts are available for 10 men and 10 women.Readings will be provided. Singers should prepare a two-minute piece.Performance dates are June 28-30. The show features six traditional tales with an Appalachian twist that incorporate old-time music, mountain dances and even giant puppets.Call 304-343-7529.Woody Hawley show canceledThe Woody Hawley Series concert with Peter Yarrow, scheduled for Saturday, has been canceled due to the death of Yarrow's longtime friend and producer, Phil Ramone, whose memorial service is that day. Yarrow said he'll work with series organizers to try to schedule a concert in the future.Carpenter Ants showLegendary guitarist Bill "Hot Rod Lincoln" Kirchen and Bob Kravos join The Carpenter Ants for a show from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Adelphia Sports Bar & Grille, 218 Capitol St. Kravos is the nephew of 2008 WV Music Hall of Fame inductee Frankie Yankovic and played accordion with his uncle for decades.Admission is free. Call 304-343-5551.Drum workshopKasey "Caveman" Jones will lead an Introduction to West African Drumming workshop beginning at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 520 Kanawha Blvd.Participants will learn the fundamentals of the djembe and how the instrument applies to West African music. They must bring their own djembe and one for a friend, if possible.Cost is $15. Call Chris Higgins at 304-881-7037 to register.