In Short: Aug. 22-28, 2013
At 6 p.m. Thursday, six West Virginia glass enthusiasts will explain their divergent perspectives on West Virginia glass and how they came to connect with it in "Six Voices: Six Short Stories about West Virginia Glass" at the Culture Center's Archives and History Library.
In celebration of 200 years of West Virginia glass, each presenter will share one object that is symbolic of his or her story. Presenters are Millie Coty of Williamstown (growing up in a glass town), Dave Bush of Weston (teaching glassworkers' children), Dane "Woody" Moore of Jane Lew (managing a glass factory), Dottie Daugherty of Huntington (her inherited passion for collecting glass), Dean Six of Cairo, (growing up around glass) and Tom Felt of Clarksburg (how glass motivated him to move here).
Registration is encouraged for planning purposes but is not required. Call Robert Taylor at 304-558-0230, ext. 163 or email your name, telephone number and the title and date of the program to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ricky Skaggs book signing
Bluegrass/country star Ricky Skaggs will be at the Southridge Books-A-Million at 7 p.m. Thursday to sign copies of his memoir, "Kentucky Traveler: My Life in Music." Call 304-746-2984.
Rascal Flatts tickets
Tickets for Rascal Flatts' Oct. 18 show at the Charleston Civic Center with The Band Perry and Cassadee Pope go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. They are $29.75, $49.75 and $59.75 for reserved seating and $59.75 for general admission. Call 800-745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.
Pop singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles performs at the WVU Creative Arts Center in Morgantown at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Alternative rock quartet Harper Blynn opens.
Tickets are $36.75, $38.75, $52.75 and $62.75. Call 800-745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.
The Friends of Clay Center hosts its second annual Backyard Bluegrass fundraiser at the Clay Center's Susan Runyan Maier Sculpture Garden beginning at 8 p.m. Friday. The second annual event features snacks from Bridgeport's West Virginia Food & Berry, cocktails from Smooth Ambler Spirits in Greenbrier County and music by Hamlin's The Band Wagon.
Tickets are $45, with Friends members receiving $10 off. Guests must be at least 21 years old. Call 304-561-3521 or visit www.theclaycenter.org/backyardbluegrass for tickets or to become a Friends member.
Simply Jazz and Blues Festival
The first Simply Jazz and Blues Festival runs Friday through Sunday at the Sandstone Drift Recreation Area near Hinton. Regional and national acts will perform, including Biscuit Miller & The Mix, the Bob Thompson Unit, Zac Harmon, James Cotton & Roomful of Blues, Doug Macleod, Austin "Walkin' Cane" and Inspiration.
Weekend passes are $50 in advance and $75 at the gate; daily tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the gate. Students ages 13-17 are admitted half-price when accompanied by an adult, and children 12 and under get in free.
For more information, visit www.simplyjazzandbluesfestival.com.
Diamond Teeth Mary festival
The fourth annual Diamond Teeth Mary Blues & Art Festival kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday at Heritage Station in Huntington. The free festival, honoring the Huntington-born "Queen of Blues," features live music from local and regional performers and a youth art competition.
Performers are John Taylor, 4 p.m.; Big Rock and the Candy Ass Mountain Boys, 5 p.m.; Larry Whitt and Blue Eyed Soul, 6 p.m.; The 1937 Flood, 7 p.m.; Izzy and Chris, 8 p.m.; Mojo Bones featuring Allan Hatten, 9 p.m., and Liz Pennock and Dr. Blues, 10 p.m.
There is also a harp clinic with Bob McGraw from 11a.m. to noon, immediately followed by the seventh annual West Virginia State Harmonica Championship. A blues jam ends the day from 11 p.m. to midnight.
Call 304-696-5954 or visit www.ghprd.org.
Benefit drag show
The Red Carpet Lounge, 308 Elizabeth St., will host a drag show at 9 p.m. Saturday, with all proceeds going to Manna Meal. Tickets are $10 and must be purchased in advance at The Red Carpet or Visions Day Spa, 238 Capitol St. Call 304-342-9977.
Appalachian Children's Chorus
The Appalachian Children's Chorus will have enrollment and vocal placement at 3 p.m. Sunday in Keenan Hall at the University of Charleston.
Tuition for ACC choirs is $400-$450 except K-2 prep choirs, which is $150 per semester. Multi-child discounts are available, and partial financial aid may be offered for qualifying students.