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In Short: April 17-23, 2014

Gaming tournament

West Virginia State University’s National Broadcast Society will host a gaming tournament and open play Thursday in the school’s student union. Open play runs 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; the tournament begins at noon and runs as follows: “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2,” noon to 2 p.m.; “Pokemon X & Y,” 2:15 to 4 p.m.; “Madden,” 6 to 7:30 p.m. and “Super Smash Brows. Brawl,” 7:45 to 9 p.m.

Open play is free, and the tournament is $5. Tournament participants are advised to arrive early. Those under 17 must have a signed letter of parental consent and be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18.

For more information, contact Forrest Carter at

G.V. Theatre farce

Greenbrier Valley Theatre will stage the farce “Is He Dead?” beginning Thursday at its theater, 113 E. Washington St., Lewisburg. In it, a struggling artist fakes his own death to gain fame and wealth, but he finds living as his fake twin sister brings new complications.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and April 24-26 as well as 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $26 for adults, $23 for seniors and $20 for children. Call 304-645-3838.

Free film

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 520 Kanawha Blvd. W., will have a free showing of the Oscar-nominated biopic “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” at 7:30 p.m. Friday as part of its Third Friday Film Series. The PG-13 film, starring Idris Elba as Mandela and Naomie Harris as his ex-wife Winnie Madikizela, chronicles the South African icon’s life from early childhood through his election as president. It will be shown with captions for the hearing impaired.

Call 304-345-5042 or visit

Marble tournament

The sixth-annual A. James Manchin Marble Tournament will be held Saturday at the Culture Center for players ages 7-14 of all skill levels.

Registration runs 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., followed by an hour of practice. The tournament begins at 1:30 p.m. Tournament marbles will be provided.

The winning boy and girl will be eligible to compete in the 91st-annual National Marble Tournament June 16-19 in Wildwood, N.J., for national honors, college scholarships, prizes and awards.

Admission is free. Pre-registration is encouraged but not required.

Call Rachel Moses or Chris Reed at 304-558-0220.

Peter Gabriel film

The concert film “Peter Gabriel: Back to Front” screens at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at select theaters nationwide, including Cinemark Huntington Mall. Recorded live in October at London’s famed 02 Arena, the film celebrates Gabriel’s album “So,” reunites him with his original 1986 touring band to cover hits like “Digging in the Dirt” and “Sledgehammer” and features exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews.

Tickets are $14 for adults, $13 for students and seniors and $12 for children. Call 304-733-3984 or visit

‘Shatner’s World’ movie

At 7:30 April 24, Cinemark Huntington Mall and Regal Nitro Stadium 12 will be among the theaters nationwide screening William Shatner’s critically-acclaimed one-man show, “Shatner’s World.” In addition to the show, the cinematic event features an exclusive welcome greeting from Shatner.

Tickets are $15 at Regal and $14 for adults, $13 for students and seniors and $12 for children at Cinemark. Visit

‘American Idiot’ musical

“American Idiot,” the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical based on Green Day’s Grammy-winning album, comes to the Keith Albee Performing Arts Center in Huntington at 8 p.m. April 24 as part of the Marshall Artists Series. It follows three suburban youths who seek true meaning in their lives in a post-Sept. 11 world.

The musical is mostly sung-through, meaning audiences will hear little dialogue between songs that include “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” “Holiday” and the title track.

Tickets are $51.15, $56.50 and $65 available through Ticketmaster or by calling 304-696-6656.

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