THIRD EYE CABARET: The Cellar, 8 Capitol St. Admission is $5 nightly. Special spoken word edition with Tuesday Taylor and Crystal Good at 9 p.m. and international touring poet Ron Whitehead at 10 p.m. The Silent Gondoliers provide interlude music. The night transitions into electronic dance music and dubstep with The Flow at 11 p.m., followed by DJ Woody Woods at midnight."A LITTLE LUNCH MUSIC": Mark Scarpelli performs on the piano from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Center Court at Charleston Town Center. Singer Jonathan Tucker joins him.LIVE ON THE LEVEE: Jazz group Dugan Carter & Full Flavor kick things off at 6:30 p.m. at Haddad Riverfront Park. Then, local favorites The Esquires headline with sets at 7:45 and 8:45 p.m.
BLUES, BREWS AND BBQ: 5:30 p.m. Advance tickets $18. At the gate $20. Music by Marcia Ball, Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-Chas, the Jimmy Vincent Band and Blues Du Jour. Produced by Fund for the Arts. The lawn of the University of Charleston. Call 304-345-0775.Stage
"POLITICAL LITTLE ONES": A staged reading of Wheeling playwright Jeremy F. Richter's historical drama runs 7 to 9 p.m. at the Clay Center Walker Theater. It's based on the case of Lucy Bagby, a Wheeling woman believed to be the last slave returned under the Fugitive Slave Act before the Civil War. Admission is free on a first-come, first-serve basis. Advance tickets are available at Taylor Books, and some will be available at the door.Art
"JOIN THE PARTY: CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF MOUNTAIN STAGE": Show memorabilia, glimpses of backstage moments and artwork created by state artists in celebration of the show's 30th anniversary will be on display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Good News Mountaineer Garage Gallery, 221 1/2 Hale St.Family
DIZZY DOC'S AMAZING BALLOON SCULPTURE: Dizzy Doc and his crew will be building their giant sculpture in Charleston Town Center's Center Court. They'll be working from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.RIVER QUEEN CRUISES: These one-and-a-half hour cruises kick off at Haddad Riverfront Park and take in sights along the Kanawha River. The cruises are held at noon, 2, 4 and 6 p.m. Tickets are $19 for adults, $18 for seniors, $11 for ages 4-11 and free for ages 3 and under.
WEST VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: The 2013 Oscar-nominated animated shorts will screen beginning at 9:30 p.m. in Davis Park. There are five films with a total runtime of 128 minutes."LADYBEARD": This West Virginia-made film about a comedian who pretends to date his lesbian best friend to hide her sexual orientation from her conservative family will screen at 10 p.m. at Uncork and Create, 1031 Quarrier St. In the comedy, which contains explicit language, he fears his friend's plan to come out will end their friendship along with their fake relationship, so he sets out to stop her. Tickets are $5. You may bring your own adult beverages and snacks.
EAST END GARDEN SHOWCASE: More than 30 local gardens are featured in this self-guided walking tour from dawn to dusk. Get a tour brochure at Zegeer Hardware, Contemporary Galleries or Bluegrass Kitchen.Other things to do Friday
BURNIN' 79 : 7 to 10 p.m. Cover $5. Elk River Community Center, 1047 Main St., Elkview. Call 304-965-3722.LITTLE ROY AND LIZZY: 7 p.m. Admission $10. Jerry Run Summer Theater, Rte. 20, just over a mile north of Holly State Park, Webster County. 304-493-6574.
LEATHERWOOD MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH OUTDOOR SING: 7 p.m. Love offering taken. Features The Primitive Quartet and Mike Upright. Leatherwood Missionary Baptist Church, Elkview exit, left, 1/2 mile across bridge then 7 1/2 miles to church. Call 304-965-5489.BYZANTINE, SINGLE BULLET THEORY, SKIN CAGE, LAST LEVEL: 10 p.m. Tickets $15. Rock. Sound Factory, 812 Kanawha Blvd. E. Call 304-342-8001 or visit www.soundfactorywv.com
.AUSTIN MILLER: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. Taylor Books, 226 Capitol St. Call 304-342-1461 or visit www.taylorbooks.com
NO PANTS PLAYERS: 10 p.m. Tickets $15. Improv comedy. ADULTS ONLY SHOW. Walker Theater, Clay Center. Call 877-IMPROV-9.PHIL HOGAN AND JASON BENCI: 8 p.m. Admission $10. The Comedy Zone, Holiday Inn, 400 Second Ave., South Charleston. Call 304-414-2386 or visit www.comedyzonecharleston.com
."HOLLY GROVE": 8 p.m. Adults $10, students and seniors $6. Musical drama commemorating the Cabin Creek/Paint Creek Mine War of 1913. Presented by Contemporary Youth Arts Company. Capitol Center Theater, 123 Summers St. Call 304-342-6522."THE PRINCESS OF ROME, OHIO": 8 p.m. Adults $15, students and seniors $10. Comedy by West Virginia native Jonathan Joy about love lost and found on a front porch in Rome, Ohio. Show contains some adult language. Alban Arts Center, 65 Olde Main St., St. Albans. Call 304-721-8896 or visit www.albanartscenter.com
.STAGE READING OF "POLITICAL LITTLE ONES": 7 p.m. Free. Tickets available at Taylor Books. Play by award-winning playwright Jeremy F. Richter about two men being arrested on suspicion they mediated the rescue of an escaped slave. Walker Theater of the Clay Center."SING DOWN THE MOON: APPALACHIAN TALES OF WONDER": 8 p.m. Adults $16, students and children $10. Musical weaving original tunes with six traditional tales of mountain lore and wisdom. Presented by Kanawha Players. KP Theater, 309 Beauregard St. Call 304-343-7529 or visit www.kanawhaplayers.orgDance
EXTREME COUNTRY DANCE CLUB: 8 to 10 p.m. (Lessons at 6:30 p.m.) Admission $5. Elk Elementary Center, Mink Shoals exit of Interstate 79. Call 304-949-3973 or 304-549-0910.GOOD TIME COUNTRY DANCERS: 6:30 to 10 p.m. Cost $5. Line dance and patterned couples dance. Jefferson Volunteer Fire Department, 6313 MacCorkle Ave. Call 304-545-6377 or 304-550-7144.Fairs/festivals
ST. ALBANS RIVERFEST: St. Albans Roadside Park. There will be live music, including the Riverfest Idol competition. Other activities include a car show, parade, river cruises, kids' games and fireworks. Visit www.saintalbansriverfest.com
RIVER TAXI: 7, 8:30 and 10 p.m., The River Queen will run a taxi service between Haddad Riverfront Park and the University of Charleston for the Blues, Brews & BBQ and Wine & All That Jazz. Those departing at U.C. must have or be willing to purchase a ticket to the event. Tickets are $3 for adults and free for children ages 12 and under when accompanied by a paying adult. Leaves U.C. at 7:45, 9:15 and 11 p.m.