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In Short: Sept. 19-25, 2013

By Staff reports
Cirque Éloize canceledCirque Éloize, scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday at Big Sandy Superstore Arena, has been canceled. Tickets will be refunded at the point of purchase. Contact the Big Sandy box office at 304-696-5990 or Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 for more information.Hillbilly DaysWest Virginia Hillbilly Days run today<co THURSDAY ON WEB> through Saturday at the Lincoln County Memorial Fairgrounds. Highlights include a demolition derby at 7:30 p.m. Thrusday a truck and tractor pull at 7:30 p.m. Friday and a car show at 11 a.m. and fireworks at 9 p.m. Saturday.Music is by Mark Newton and Steve Thomas at 7 p.m. today<co THURSDAY>, The Full Moon Boys at 6 p.m. and The Nu-Blu Band at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Thomas Shanteau at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Other activities include a carnival, arts and crafts, a quilt show, contests and living history programs.The fairgrounds are on W.Va. 3, east of Hamlin on Trace Creek Road. Visit or call 304-549-7301.'Hitchcock' screeningThe Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 520 Kanawha Blvd. W., will screen the 2012 biography "Hitchcock" at 7:30 p.m. Friday as part of its Third Friday Film Series. The PG-13 film stars Anthony Hopkins in the titular role as well as Helen Mirren and Scarlett Johansson. It will be shown with captions for the hearing impaired.Admission is free. Call 304-345-5042 or visit' benefitThe Empty Glass, 410 Elizabeth St., will be the site of a benefit for the West Virginia State University Student Veterans of America beginning at 5 p.m. Friday. Performers include Derek Bowen, Bobby Altman, Johnny Compton, The Red Lights, Dugan Carter's Jazz Band and the Rick Perdue Tribe.Admission is $7 or $5 for military/veterans and WVSU students. Call 304-345-3914 or visit Fall FlingFOOTMAD will host a contra dance weekend and old-time music gathering Friday through Sunday at the Fayette County Park/4H Camp near Beckwith. It will feature callers Ron Buchanan and Phoebe Williams and musicians The Contrarians.Tickets are $10 daily or 425 for the weekend. Call 304-415-3668 or visit
Dunbar Fall Festival The Dunbar Fall Festival runs Friday and Saturday at the 12th Street plaza. The free event features live music, Spirit of West Virginia sternwheeler cruises, children's activities and a parade at 11 a.m. Saturday.Among the musical acts are Squire Parsons at 7 p.m. and Black Diamond at 8:30 p.m. Friday and the Genesis Fellowship Band at 6 p.m. and DeJaVu at 8 p.m. Saturday.For more information, call Joanne Cornell at 304-766-0223.Historical playThe Nicholas County Historical & Genealogical Society sponsors the original drama, "Retribution: Massacre" at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday at the Old Main Auditorium on Old Main Drive in Summersville. The play recounts the 1792 Morris Massacre, when Betsy and Peggy Morris, daughters of Henry Morris, the first settler in what is now Nicholas County, were brutally murdered.
Martie Mycoff wrote the play; Charlotte Yeager Neilan adapted it for the stage and directs. The cast is Steve Brown, Dario Carroll, Mia Carroll, Ralph (Gray Wolf) Chapman, Jessie Claypool, Hanna Dorsey, Amy Hypes, Jason Hypes, Zach Hypes, Tom King, Greg Kupar, Tim Lucas, Sharon Pabian, Rob Rininger, Holly Siminski and Darby Pabian as Watch, the family dog. The Cast Iron Skillet Lickers provide music.Tickets are $5. Call Neilan at 304-872-2251 or 304-206-7812.Model train show
The Third Annual Chapmanville Model Train Show runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Tracy Vickers Community Center (old Chapmanville High School), 329 Tiger Circle. The event, sponsored by the Coal River Model Railroad Club and the City of Chapmanville, is one of the largest of its kind in the state.Admission is free. Call Jim Chaney at 304-369-5081 or 304-784-0205 or Josh Nord at 304-682-4072 or 304-784-5513.Culture Center exhibit openingThe West Virginia Sesquicentennial Artists Invitational exhibition opens with a reception at the Culture Center at 2 p.m. Sunday. It will showcase works by West Virginia painters, sculptors, photographers, glass artisans and potters.Those featured are Arlon Bayliss, Lynn Boggess, Robert Bomkamp, Frank Ceravalo, John DesMeules, Jeff Diehl, Tyler Evert, Jeff Fetty, Bruce Haley, Charly Jupiter Hamilton, Kate Harward, Frank Herrera, Ron Hinkle, Vernon Howell, Stephen Lawson, Staci Leech-Cornell, Renee Margocee, Kelsey Murphy, Mark Muse, Steve Payne, Susan Poffenbarger, Betty Rivard, Tom Schottle, Steve Shaluta, Clayton Spangler, Chip Turner, Brian Van Nostrand, Fred Wilkerson, Stacy Williams, Barbara Marsh Wilson and Carl Wright.<co END CUT>Call 304-558-0220 for more information.Organ concertOrganist Christopher Houlihan will perform a concert of classical favorites on the Harrah symphonic organ at Forrest Burdette United Methodist Church at 3 p.m. Sunday. The concert celebrates the organ's 10th anniversary.Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and free for children under 5. The church is at 2848 Putnam Ave., Hurricane. Call 304-562-5903 or visit Center after school workshopThe registration deadline is Monday for the Clay Center's "Lasers, Lights and Lenses" After School Explorers Club activity. The event, which runs 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 26 is geared for students in first through fifth grade. Children will experiment with fiber optic Jell-O, bounce lasers off curved mirrors and learn to "paint" with light.Cost is $15 for Clay Center members and $20 for non-members with advance registration required. The complete fall series, which also includes classes on Oct. 10 (astronomy), Oct. 24 (magic), Nov. 7 (medieval inventions), Nov. 21 (magnification) and Dec. 5 (dams), is $75 for members and $90 for non members.Call 304-561-3570 or visit Builder's luncheonMusician and author Joe Dobbs will discuss his memoir "A Country Fiddler" at the University of Charleston Builders luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Erma Byrd Gallery at the school. Dobbs, a member of the old-time band The 1937 Flood, will tell stories and play music.Luncheon admission is $18, and reservations should be made to Jamie Deyoung at 304-357-4369 or You do not need to be a member of the UC Builders to attend.'Pompeii' filmPompeii from the British Museum," a film related to the British Museum's popular exhibit "Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum," will screen at Regal Nitro Stadium 12 at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The exhibit is accompanied by music, poetry and eyewitness accounts, and this film is further enhanced with insight from world-renowned experts.Tickets are $20. Call 304-769-0405 or visit concertGospel group The Inspirations will perform at Sunshine Free Will Baptist Church, 2111 James River Road, Huntington, at 7 p.m. Sept. 26. Admission is free, but a love offering will be taken. For more information, call 304-633-9290'Michael J. Fox Show' premiereOn Sept. 25, Charleston's Parkinson's Support Group will hold a premiere party for Michael J. Fox's new sitcom, "The Michael J. Fox Show," in the Civic Center Lounge. The event runs 8 to 10 p.m. There also will be live music, door prizes, refreshments and information on local Parkinson's disease support groups.The show is inspired by Fox's life and will address his struggles with Parkinson's, which he was diagnosed with in 1991. Episodes air at 9 and 9:30 that night.Admission is free, but donations are accepted. Call 304-546-6174.
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