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Plenty of fun at FestivALL: June 14-20 events

By Staff reports
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The popular West Side Wiener Dog Races will take place on the Stonewall Jackson Middle School lawn Saturday.
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Special effects makeup artist RJ Haddy, who was a top finisher on the Syfy reality competition "Face Off" earlier this year, will give a demonstration on special effects and makeup artistry Saturday afternoon in Macy's Court at the Charleston Town Center mall.
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National Ballet of Canada principal dancers Piotr Stanczyk and Sonia Rodriguez (seen here dancing "The Sleeping Beauty") perform at the June 21 FestivALL dance gala.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- If you can't find anything to do in the capital city in the next 11 days, then you're not trying. With FestivALL, there are activities galore all over town. Here's a look at events Thursday through Wednesday. All are free unless noted. For more information, visit art show: 5 p.m. Thursday through noon Monday. Works by Kanawha County middle and high school artists are on display and for sale in Macy's Court at the Charleston Town Center mall.Musical easels: 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Local artists draw or paint scenery at the Lee Street Triangle, accompanied by local street musicians. Whenever the music stops, they switch easels.Public Paint-by-Numbers: Saturday through June 24. Local artists will be at various FestivALL locations with large-scale paintings of nearby scenes. Stop by and paint on one for 5 minutes.Art parade: 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Visual artists, performers, musicians, bicyclists, roller skaters and local organizations take a route that runs on Capitol Street from Kanawha Boulevard to Capitol Market.Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School: Noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Draw live models at the Lee Street Triangle. Art supplies are provided or bring your own.RJ Haddy workshop: 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. "Face Off" finalist RJ Haddy will demonstrate special effects and makeup artistry in Macy's Court at the Charleston Town Center mall.Art/architecture walking tour: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Guides explain the history behind landmarks and public art in downtown Charleston. The tour starts at the Lee Street Triangle. For more on the event, see the June 15 Charleston Gazette.Art auction: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Original works will be auctioned at this East End Main Street StreetWorks benefit at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 301 Piedmont Road. Ted Brightwell is the auctioneer, and local musicians will perform. Tickets are $25 and include beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres.MUSICMusicWorks: 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Performers celebrate "the music of work and the work of music" at Capitol Roasters, 160 Summers St. Sets are 30 minutes. Acts are (in order of appearance) Mark and Micah Atkinson, Raj Pongsugree with Rick Perdue, Paul Callicoat with Jay Oakes, Emily Burdette, Andy Park with Jamie Adkins, Julie Adams with Steve Hill, John Lilly (who also emcees), Tracy Miller, T. Paige Dalporto, Uncle Eddie & Robin with Greg Pawlack and Sasha Colette.Read more on the event here. Brian Diller and the Ride: 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The popular local rock band from the '80s reunites for the first time in more than 20 years at Haddad Riverfront Park. Read an interview with Diller in the A&E section of more on the event here.
Drum circle: 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Some instruments might be available at this Magic Island event, but you're advised to bring your own. (Rain location is the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 520 Kanawha Blvd. W.)RCCR Gospel Fest: 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Area gospel singers perform in a benefit for the Religious Coalition for Community Renewal at Kanawha United Presbyterian Church, 1009 Virginia St. E. Tickets are $10. For more on the event, see the Community section of the June 16 Saturday Gazette-Mail.Charleston Civic Chorus: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The group performs solos and choral arrangements of popular songs by Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin and others at the Charleston Baptist Temple on the corner of Quarrier and Morris streets.Mayor's Concert: 8 p.m. Wednesday. Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. headlines this Clay Center event, which doubles as a West Virginia Day celebration. Other performers are Johnny Staats and the Bob Thompson Unit. Tickets are $25, $35 and $45. Call 304-561-3570 or visit
FOOTMAD contra dance: 8 to 11 p.m. Friday. (Beginner lessons at 7:30 p.m.) Phoebe Williams will call to the music of the Coffee Zombies at the Columbia Gas Auditorium, 1700 MacCorkle Ave. S.E. Admission is $7 for adults, $3 for students, $15 for families and free for children 12 and under.
Master classes: 4 and 7 p.m. Tuesday. Instructor Daniel Ryan Hunalp teaches two 90-minute jazz/musical-theater master classes at the Clay Center Walker Theater. Admission is $20 per class and open to advanced adult and middle school dancers. Enrollment is limited. Call 304-561-3570.FestivALL dance gala: 7:30 p.m. June 21. National Ballet of Canada principal dancers Sonia Rodriguez and Piotr Stanczyk perform at the Culture Center Theater, as do The Charleston Ballet and River City Youth Ballet. Tickets are $20, available at the Clay Center box office and Taylor Books. See more on the event in the Life & Style section of the June 17 Sunday Gazette-Mail.MISC.West Side Wiener Dog Races: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Dachshunds in four divisions (plus a mixed-breed division) compete in races on the Stonewall Jackson Middle School lawn, 700 Washington St. W. There also are fetch and costume contests, as well as a doggie obstacle course, pet fortune teller, caricature artist, vendors and music by the Ritch Collins Three-O.Read more on the event here. Horse-drawn carriage rides: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Capitol Market and June 23 on the corner of Capitol and Quarrier streets. Tickets are $5.Smoke on the Water Chili Cook-Off: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The annual chili cook-off on Kanawha Boulevard around Haddad Riverfront Park also features chili-eating and frozen T-shirt contests, an attempt to break the fire-eating record for highest flame blown and music by Red Audio, Blue Million and 600LBS of Sin. For more on the fire-eating attempt, see the June 15 Charleston Gazette.W.Va. Filmmakers Guild Open Projector Night: 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Filmmakers are invited to screen and discuss works at the WVSU Economic Development Center, 1506 Kanawha Blvd. W. They can be shorts or excerpts of longer works.Spirit of West Virginia cruises: 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday; 1, 2:30, 4 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Take an hour-long scenic sternwheeler trip on the Kanawha River from Haddad Riverfront Park to the 35th Street Bridge and back. Tickets are $12.50 for adults, $10.50 for seniors and veterans and $7.50 for children 10 and under.River Queen cruises: 12, 2, 4 and 6 p.m. Wednesday and June 21; noon and 2 p.m. June 22 and 23. The Cincinnati sternwheeler offers 90-minute trips along the Kanawha River on a climate-controlled boat. Cruises depart at Haddad Riverfront Park. Tickets, not including tax, are $17 for adults, $16 for seniors, $10 for ages 4-12 and free for ages 3 and under.Spring Hill Cemetery Tour: 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. This walking tour features Charleston Founding Fathers re-enactors and a guided tree tour. A trolley runs continuously from 12:45 to 4:15 p.m., departing in front of Tidewater at Charleston Town Center.Sunrise Carriage Trail Fight for Air walk: 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Musicians and actors will perform at stops along the .65-mile trail. They include "A Midsummer Nature Walk" (featuring Puck from William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream"), Gary Brown as Gov. MacCorkle and brass, string and fiddle music. Staged at 20 after and 10 'til each hour is the eight-minute "Hanging Around, A Tale of Two Women," about the alleged female Civil War spies buried near the trail.The event is free, but also a benefit for the American Lung Association. Register for $25 and get an artisan-designed T-shirt.Read more on the event here. Taste-of-ALL Charleston: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Sample food from 25 local vendors in the Civic Center's Grand Hall. (Tasting tickets are 50 cents.) There also are demonstrations, contests, dancing, live music and a children's area. Read more about the event in the Food section of our website, more on the event here. West Side Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social: Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Besides free ice cream, there are food and sport competitions, clowns, face painting, crafts, stilt walkers, a magician and more to be found on the Stonewall Jackson Middle School lawn. Ritch Collins Three-O, Coal Train and Dugan Carter & Full Flavor provide music.Meet the Wiggles: 11 a.m. to noon Monday. Meet "The Wiggles" characters Dorothy, Wags and Henry in the Charleston Town Center's Picnic Place.Dizzy Doc's balloon sculpture: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through June 24. This year, the popular balloon artist will be crafting his giant sculpture in the Charleston Town Center's Macy's Court.
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