FestivALL officially kicks off its 10th year Friday, though some events begin today. Between now and Wednesday there are 47 events to choose from around Charleston — and there are still three days to go after that!
All activities are free unless noted. Visit www.festivallcharleston.com for more information.
A LITTLE LUNCH MUSIC: Mark Scarpelli will play piano and be joined by guests for concerts from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, Friday and Wednesday in Charleston Town Center’s Center Court. Today’s program is love ballads with singer Jonathan Tucker. On Friday, he’s joined by 2014 West Virginia Teen Idol Shana Nelson and Teen Idol finalists Seth Bunting, Kyra Walker, Krista Walls and Cody Wilson. Wednesday features drummer Rick Justice and guitarist Ryan Kennedy.
LANDAU EUGENE MURPHY JR.: The crooner hosts a concert celebrating HospiceCare’s 35th Anniversary at 8 p.m. today at the Clay Center. The show features guest vocalists from The Temptations, The Platters and The Drifters. Tickets are $35, $50 and $100.
OPEN STAGE: Canaan United Methodist Church, 401 Roane St., will host an open stage at 7 p.m. Friday. Performances should be family friendly and no more than two songs or 10 minutes; sign up starting at 6:30 p.m.
MUSICWORKS: An annual FestivALL event hosted by Andy Park, this local singer/songwriter showcase runs 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Bluegrass Kitchen, 1600 Washington St. E., with new performances starting every half hour. Musicians, in order of appearance, are Todd Burge, Adam Cox, Roger Rabalais, Paul Epstein, Julie Adams & Steve Hill, Mike Arcuri, Sean Richardson, Marium Bria, Andy Park and Rebecca Schmidt.
CHAMBER MUSIC: The Charleston Chamber Music Society opens its 73rd season with a concert by The Attacca String Quartet at 7 p.m. Saturday at Christ Church United Methodist, 1221 Quarrier St. Tickets are $20, with children admitted free with a paying adult.
DRUM CIRCLE: No experience is necessary to participate in a community drum circle from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Haddad Riverfront Park. Some drums and percussion instruments will be available, but participants are encouraged to bring their own, as well as a chair and some water.
DERICK KIRK MEMORIAL CONCERT: The Derick Kirk Foundation hosts its annual memorial concert from 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday at Black Sheep Burrito and Brews, 702 Quarrier St. The event, a fundraiser for the group’s music scholarship, features Blues du Jour, the Ignition Jazz Quartet, Hybrid Soul Project, the Bob Thompson Unit and the VooDoo Katz.
“A HISTORY OF BROADWAY”: This musical revue by Jon Cavendish and Friends takes place at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Kanawha Presbyterian Church, 1009 Virginia St. E. The singers will cover 100 years of the Great White Way with songs from Irving Berlin, Andrew Lloyd Webber and many more. They’ll share the true history of the Broadway musical, how a song is born and how modern lyrics compete with the romantic writers of the 19th century.
RCCR GOSPEL FEST: This annual gospel sing, featuring 4GVN-4 Ministry and the Madison Gospel Quartet, runs 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Simpson United Methodist Memorial Church, 607 Shrewsbury St. Though admission is free, a goodwill offering will be taken.
CHARLESTON CIVIC CHORUS: The chorus will sing contemporary and traditional choral works from Canadian composer Eleanor Daley in a 7:30 p.m. concert Tuesday at the Charleston Baptist Temple, 206 Morris St.
FESTIVALL’S QUEST FOR XTREME TEEN ARTISTS: This exhibit featuring works in various mediums by middle school, high school and college students from Kanawha, Putnam and Clay counties is on display in Charleston Town Center’s Center Court Thursday through Monday. Crowd favorite voting runs through noon Saturday.
ART-FOR-ALL: This new juried student art exhibit features works from children in grades pre-K through 6 from Boone, Clay, Fayette, Kanawha, Lincoln and Putnam counties and is on display in the Clay Center lobby Friday through June 29. A reception and awards ceremony begins at 3 p.m. June 28.
MUSICAL EASELS: For a half hour, local artists paint or draw the scenery while rotating easels in sync with the music of street musicians. See the artists in action at the West Side Wiener Dog Races at 11 a.m. Saturday and the Carriage Trail at 2:15 p.m. Sunday (see MISCELLANEOUS for more information on those events).
THE LONGEST DAY: ART WITH HEART: A new FestivALL event, this benefit for the Alzheimer’s Association runs 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. at 118 Capitol St. Eight local artists will work in two-hour shifts to design artwork that anyone can contribute to. (Donations for participation are encouraged.) The artwork will then be auctioned off at Tuesday’s Edgewood Country Club Culinary Cook-off (see FOOD).
FESTIVALL ART PARADE: This annual event features visual artists, theatrical groups, dancers, street performers, musicians and more in an hour-long jaunt along Capitol Street from Kanawha Boulevard to the Capitol Market. It kicks off at 10 a.m.
ICON FESTIVAL: This new event at the St. George Orthodox Cathedral on the corner of Lee and Court streets focuses on early Christian art and runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday. There will be icons for sale and two hour-long lectures — “The History of Early Church Iconography” (11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday) and “What Happened in the Christian Churches between 33 AD and the Reformation?” (9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday) — as well as Byzantine and Russian liturgical music by the St. George Cathedral Choir (1 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday) and Greek and Middle Eastern food. Read more on the exhibit in the Saturday Gazette-Mail’s Community section.
EAST END MAIN STREET STREETWORKS ART AUCTION: This sixth annual event runs 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Kyle Furniture Showroom, 1352 Hansford St., and auctions off the images created by 30 local artists who will install permanent revolving signs at five locations in the East End business district. (This year’s theme is “Revolutions.”) The auctioneer is Ted Brightwell, and the evening also features live, local music. Tickets are $25 and include beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres.
THE BLOB”: The Contemporary Youth Arts Company stages this Mark Scarpelli/Dan Kehde musical, featuring 20 new songs, that’s based on the classic horror film. Performances are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and June 26-28 plus 2 p.m. Sunday at the Capitol Center Theater, 123 Summers St. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students and seniors.
“THE GALLERY PLAY”: This site-specific, 10-minute play was the 2013 winner of the Location, Location, Location play contest. Performances are 11 a.m., noon, 2 and 3 p.m. Saturday at the Good News Mountaineer Garage, 221 Hale St.
“MURDER AT CAFE NOIR”: Frieda’s Folly presents this interactive murder mystery dinner theater, which pays comedic tribute to 1940s Humphrey Bogart movies, at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Woman’s Club of Charleston, 1600 Virginia St. E. Tickets are $45.
OSCAR-NOMINATED ANIMATED SHORTS: The West Virginia International Film Festival hosts a screening of the five 2014 Oscar nominees in the animated short category at Taylor Books, 226 Capitol St., beginning at 5:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Entries come from the U.S., U.K., Japan and France.
OSCAR-NOMINATED ACTION SHORTS: This presentation at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Taylor Books follows a brief intermission after the animated shorts screenings. Nominees in this category are from the U.K., Denmark, France, Spain and Finland. These shorts are recommended for adult audiences.
STRANGEST DREAMS: INVASION OF THE SPACE PREACHERS”: Park Place Stadium Cinemas, 600 Washington St. E., will host a reunion screening of the 1990 cult classic by Danny Boyd at 7 p.m. Monday. The original cast and crew will join Boyd for the event, which celebrates Troma Entertainment’s re-release of the PG-13-rated, over-the-top, sci-fi comedy adventure. After the film, Boyd and the cast will be available for photos and autographs. Tickets are $9 for adults and $7 for children and seniors.
SMOKE ON THE WATER CHILI COOKOFF: It’s the sweet 16 for this annual event, which runs 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Kanawha Boulevard at Haddad Riverfront Park. Cooks from across the country compete for top honors in red, green and homestyle chili as well as salsa, with visitors getting to sample the goods ($1 for two tickets) and vote for People’s Choice. There are also children’s activities, frozen t-shirt and hot pepper eating contests and music by Soul Slaw, AC and Ona.
TASTE-OF-ALL: Two dozen area restaurants will be serving up samples of some of their menu items at the Charleston Civic Center from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday for this popular annual event. Tickets are 50 cents each, and most items cost one to eight tickets. Additionally, there is music by Bare Bones from 11 a.m. to noon and Ryan Kennedy from 2:45 to 5 p.m., clogging from noon to 1 p.m. and a chef-off from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Read more on the event in the Sunday Gazette-Mail’s Business section.
EDGEWOOD COUNTRY CLUB CULINARY COOK-OFF: From 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, teams from Thomas Memorial Hospital and CAMC will face off in a cooking challenge using fresh local produce and secret ingredients chosen by Edgewood chef Jeremy Till. There will also be live music and a silent art auction. Tickets are $35, available through the club at 304-343-5557 or www.edgewoodcc.com. Read more on this event in the Sunday Gazette-Mail’s Life & Style section.
EAST END GARDEN SHOWCASE: This self-guided walking tour of more than 30 gardens in the historic East End runs from dawn until dusk now through June 29. Maps are available at Zegeer Hardware, Contemporary Galleries, Bluegrass Kitchen or any garden marked with a blue yard sign as well as online at www.charlestoneastend.com.
FESTIVALL OPENING CEREMONY: FestivALL’s official kickoff takes place at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Haddad Riverfront Park.
HAIKU HALL: From Friday through June 29, guests can contribute to the Haiku Hall at Bluegrass Kitchen, 1600 Washington St. E. Highlights will be shared online throughout the week.
ART & ARCHITECTURE WALKING TOUR: This 45-minute guided tour leaves from the Lee Street Triangle at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. It showcases unique art and architecture downtown as well as detailing their history.
WEST SIDE OLD-FASHIONED ICE CREAM SOCIAL: Running from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday on the lawn of Stonewall Jackson Middle School, 812 Park Ave., this annual event has horse-drwan carriage rides, arts and crafts, balloon art, face painting, archery instruction, woodturning demonstrations, a travel contest and, of course, ice cream. Live music is provided by Hannah Peterson at noon, the Charleston Metro Band at 12:30 p.m., Greathouse at 1:30 p.m. and the Ritch Collins Three-O at 3 p.m.
SUNRISE CARRIAGE TRAIL WALK: Hike the .65-mile inclined trail any time between 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday and see performers including the JADCO dance company, musicians Alasha Al-Qudwah & Beth Crowder, Laura Epling and The Broadhollow Band. Enter the trail from the bottom at Justice Row, just off the Southside Bridge or from the top behind the old Sunrise Museum (now Farmer, Cline & Campbell).
WEST VIRGINIA WRITERS ROUNDTABLE & READING: This new FestivALL event at Bluegrass Kitchen, 1600 Washington St. E., features a quartet of authors with ties to the state discussing writing set in the Mountain State. Authors are Scott McClanahan, Glenn Taylor, Marie Manilla and Daniel Boyd. The roundtable begins at 3 p.m. Sunday, followed by a cocktail hour/meet-and-greet with the authors at 4:30 p.m. and a reading from McClanahan at 5:30 p.m.
“JUNGLE BOOK” MEET-AND-GREET: Children can meet Baloo and Mowgli from Disney’s “The Jungle Book” as well as see a short performance by them at 11 a.m. Monday in Charleston Town Center’s Macy’s Court.
“WEST VIRGINIA SQUARES”: This game show event is patterned after “Hollywood Squares” and is emceed by that show’s longtime host, Peter Marshall, a state native. Featuring questions on Mountain State music and history, the four segments pit West Virginia celebrities — musicians Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., Billy Edd Wheeler, Charlie McCoy, Donnie Davisson, Autumn Blair and Bob Thompson as well as actress Joyce DeWitt, Tony winner Michael Cerveris, storyteller Bil Lepp, “Mountain Stage” host Larry Groce, Charleston mayor Danny Jones, Miss WV Charisse Hailsop and radio personality Steve Bishop — against 2014 Golden Horseshoe winners. A pre-show warm-up has music by Marshall, Murphy, McCoy, Groce and Thompson. Shows begin at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Clay Center and will be taped by WV PBS. An adults-only version, “Hillbilly Squares,” is at 10 p.m. Tuesday and will not be recorded. Read more on the event in the Sunday Gazette-Mail’s Life & Style section.
DIZZY DOC’S AMAZING BALLOON SCULPTURE: Each year, artist Dizzy Doc dazzles crowds with his massive balloon sculptures. This year, he’ll be working in Charleston Town Center’s Center Court from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through June 28 and 12:30 to 6 p.m. June 29.
#HAPPYCHARLESTON: Join in a massive crowd to dance along to Pharrell’s hit song, “Happy,” at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday at Charleston Town Center. Similar events have taken place across the country in recent weeks, and FestivALL hopes to get 500 people out for theirs, dancing to the tune on all three of the mall’s levels at Center Court. You can also register to win mall gift cards.
RIVER QUEEN CRUISES: The River Queen kicks off the first of several days of 90-minute Kanawha River sightseeing cruises on Wednesday. The cruises launch from Haddad Riverfront Park at noon, 2, 4 and 6 p.m. Tickets are $19 for adults, $18 for seniors, $11 for children ages 4-11 and free for children 3 and under; they can be purchased at the cruise site or in advance at www.bbriverboats.com/festivall.