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In Short: Dec. 26, 2013-Jan. 1, 2014

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Benefit dance The Charleston-Institute Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will host the Night of Elegance Gala "A Red Carpet Affair" from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday at the Woman's Club of Charleston, 1600 Virginia St. E. The night includes a cocktail hour, silent auction , DJ for dancing and a cash bar.Tickets are $30 for singles, $55 for couples and $275 for a table of 10. The benefit is a major fundraiser for the sorority's scholarship program and other public service projects. Email radio special programmingOn Tuesday and Wednesday, West Virginia Public Radio will flashback and then flashfoward with its programming. First, all day Tuesday, WVPR will rebroadcast some of its best local programs, including "Mountain Stage's" 800th show, "Inspiring West Virginians" and "West Virginia's 150th Birthday." Then, all day Wednesday, it will showcase programs not currently airing on the station, like "History of Classical Music," "Big Picture Science" and "America's Test Kitchen." For more information, visit
Symphony fellowship winnersThree teenage musicians recently were selected as the Student Symphonic Fellows in the West Virginia Symphony's Andrew and Amy Vaughn Fellowship Program. They are South Charleston High School junior Jacob Bumgarner, a pianist; Capital High School junior Pete Nichols, a percussionist; and Capital High School sophomore Jonathan Shin, a violinist.Additionally, Donald Forman and Haleigh Frail were selected as student interns in the program. Foreman is a George Washington High School junior who plays clarinet and bassoon, and Frail is a Capital High School sophomore who plays clarinet and violin.As part of their fellowship, the students will sit on stage alongside symphony musicians during rehearsals and meet renowned guest artists. They will conduct personal research about the music being performed and have lessons from orchestra members.Casting callDoron Ofir Casting is looking for women who want to find their long-lost fathers. Those selected will join a private investigator for "a life-changing journey of discovery documented by our show." If you think you fit the bill, email a recent photo of yourself, your contact information, the city you live in and your story to
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