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In Short: May 10-16, 2012

By Staff reports
'The Color Purple' performancesRemaining performances of the Charleston Light Opera Guild's production of "The Color Purple" were incorrectly listed in the May 5 review. They are 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and May 18-19 and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20. Call 304-343-2287 or visit Center fun dayThe Clay Center celebrates National Lab Day with activities from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Activities include a flight lab to make your own paper airplanes and whirligigs, a physics lab to learn about magnets and an art lab to create torn paper works. They are included with Clay Center admission of $7.50 for adults and $6 for children. Call 304-5-61-3570 or visit'Battered . . . But Not Broken' fundraiserA fundraiser gala for the domestic violence play "Battered . . . But Not Broken" takes place at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Charleston Civic Center North Hall. Actors will perform scenes from the play, which will be staged July 5-8 at the Civic Center, and Stratus will provide music.Nalani Madison Hasty, a 7-year-old poet from Florida, will recite an original work, and Mildred Muhammad (ex-wife of D.C. sniper John Allen Muhammad) and play director Shelly Garrett will speak, as will Dr. Lloyd Alan Hill, Pastor Paul A. Dunn and the Rev. Ronald English.There is no set admission charge; all contributions are tax deductible. Formal attire is required. Email for more information.No Pants Players
This weekend, everyone is invited to the No Pants Players' improv comedy show. After last week's adults-only show in Charleston, the group is back at its regular home -- the Alban Arts Center, 65 Olde Main St., St. Albans -- for a 7 p.m. all-ages show Saturday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. Call 877-467-7689 or visit in the Schools fundraiserAt 7:30 p.m. Saturday, the Charleston West Virginia Blues Society's Blues in the School fundraising concert kicks off at the Coonskin Armory. Headlining the show is Chick Willis. It also features California's Margarett Floyd and Charleston's Marshall Petty & The Groove. Tickets are $15 in advance or $25 at the door. Call 206-984-7489 or visit Youth SymphonyThe West Virginia Youth Symphony gives its spring concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Scottish Rite Temple, 406 Capitol St. In addition to the orchestra performance as a whole, the Cadet String, String and Wind ensembles will perform. Clarinetist Ahmed Mian, winner of the West Virginia Youth Symphony 2012 concerto competition, will be a featured soloist. Admission is $10 for adults and free for students. Call 304-561-3542.W.Va. Symphony Chorus
The West Virginia Symphony Chorus will present Handel's Messiah, Parts 2 and 3, at 7 p.m. Sunday at Christ Church United Methodist, 1300 Quarrier St. Messiah is divided into Christmas and Easter portions; parts 2 and 3 make up the Easter portion. Members of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra will accompany the chorus and guest soloists under the direction of David Castleberry. The concert is free, but a freewill offering will be accepted. Call 304-586-4837.Rotary sponsors Landau in HuntingtonThe Cabell-Wayne Coalition of Rotary Clubs is sponsoring a benefit concert featuring Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. at 7:30 p.m. May 17 at Huntington's Keith Albee Theater. Tickets are $25, $40 and $55. Funds go to the nonprofit Golden Girls Group Home. Order tickets at For more information, call 304-634-9032.
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