West Virginia Public Broadcasting's "West Virginia: The Road to Statehood" will have a free preview screening at 7 p.m. Friday in the Culture Center Theater. The documentary examines the events and philosophies behind West Virginia becoming a state.Producers Chip Hitchcock and Russ Barbour and editor John Nakashima will speak about making the film. An informal gathering with new WVPBS executive director Scott Finn runs 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Grand Hall. Seating is first-come, first-serve.The film premieres at 8 p.m. June 20 on PBS.
Call 304-556-4908.Badlands Bluegrass Country Festival
The Badlands Bluegrass Country Festival starts at 5 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday at the Poor Farm Festival Grounds in Williamsburg, Greenbrier County. Beckley's Taylor Made headlines at 9:30 p.m. both nights.Other Friday performers are The Half Bad Bluegrass Band, Dean Cook, The Weedrags, Sky Smeed, the Wild Rumpus, Fox N Hounds and The Lilly Mountaineers/The Lilly Boys. Other Saturday acts are Ridin' Hard Bluegrass Band, Cody Wickline, Jonathan Buckner and Chosen Road, Fox N Hounds, Richard Hefner & BMBB, Johnson's Crossroad, Matt Brewster and the Blind Corn Liquor Pickers.Admission is $25 per day and free for children 12 and under. The event raises money for historic preservation. Primitive camping is available.Visit www.badlandsbluegrass.com
.Youth barbershop harmony camp
The Kanawha Kordsmen will present the fourth annual Youth in Harmony Camp from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and June 22 at the Columbia Gas Auditorium, 1700 MacCorkle Ave., Kanawha City. The camp is primarily for middle and high school students, though elementary and college age singers are welcome, too.San Antonio Youth in Harmony specialist Manny Lopez will lead the camp with help from local music educators and specialists. Award-winning quartet OC Times will assist June 22. Topics include vocal production, vocal health, tuning, resonance, teamwork and stage presence.Registration is $20. Cntact Ted Rose at 304-544-3608 or email@example.com
.Family fun bash
The Charleston Ballet's ninth annual Family Fun Bash runs 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the home of the Hamrick family, 1121 Lyndale Dr. It includes food, music, inflatables, games and other children's activities.There is private transportation from Wells Home Furnishings off Corridor G. The rain date is 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday.Admission is $20 per person or $50 per family.Call 304-342-6541 or visit www.thecharlestonballet.com
The Contemporary Youth Arts Company presents "A Night of Dan's Ghost Stories" at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Capitol Center Theater, 123 Summers St. The two-hour, one-man show has local playwright Dan Kehde recounting the supernatural experiences he has had, including several in the Charleston area.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for students and seniors, available at the door. Call 304-342-6522,Music in the Mountains
The 33rd annual Music in the Mountains Bluegrass Festival runs Wednesday through June 22 at Summersville Music Park. Headliners are Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver on Wednesday, Larry Sparks & The Lonesome Ramblers June 20, Dailey & Vincent June 21 and Rhonda Vincent June 22.Tickets are $140 for a four-day pass, $130 for a three-day pass, $45 per day ($20 after 6 p.m.) and $15 for children age 6-13. Children under 6 are admitted free with adult.Camping is first-come, first-serve beginning Saturday; call 304-872-6853.For a complete schedule and more information, visit www.adamsandandersonbluegrass.com
. For tickets, call 706-864-7203.Musicians sought for benefit
Local musicians, both amateurs and professionals, are being sought for a late fall benefit concert for the American Cancer Society. Solo acts, duos, groups and a cappella performers are needed as are bands playing standards, oldies, soft rock, country, bluegrass, big band, reggae and more.A drummer, guitarists, pianists, brass and strings players and back-up singers are being sought for the house band. Magicians and emcees are also needed.Contact Franco Colonna at 304-395-1166 or firstname.lastname@example.org