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Bob Thompson’s “Joy to the World” is at the Culture Center Theater at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

The weekend is looming. Here are a few events you may want to check out:

Thursday

  • ArtWalk returns to downtown Charleston at 5 p.m. The free self-guided tour shows off area artists and local businesses.
  • Bob Thompson’s “Joy to the World” is 8 p.m. at the Culture Center Theater. The show features vocalist Dr. Kim Nalley. An additional performance will be 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $30. For information, visit www.mountainstage.org.

Friday

  • “Hops and Hymns,” a holiday beer and singing event, comes to Capitol Market from 5:30 to 7 p.m. with music led by The Sycomores. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted for local homelessness charities. More information, visit the Hops and Hymns page on Facebook.

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Saturday

  • The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra presents Handel’s “Messiah” at 7:30 p.m. at the Clay Center. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the Clay Center box office, by calling 304-561-3570 or visiting www.theclaycenter.org.
  • “Rocky Mountain High Experience John Denver Christmas” starring Rick Shuler is 8 p.m. at the Charleston Coliseum’s little theater. Tickets are $60 and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com.

Monday

  • Arts in Action WV and Ultimate Dance Legacy presents “Christmas in Who-Ville: The Ballet” at 7 p.m. at the Charleston Coliseum. A second show is 7 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets are $15 and $20 and can be purchased at the Coliseum box office or through www.ticketmaster.com.

Upcoming

  • Sound Checks’ “A Not So Silent Night” with Shelem and Shine at the Clay Center is Dec. 23; the Harlem Globetrotters visit the Charleston Coliseum Jan. 4; Winter Jam hits the Charleston Coliseum Jan. 7.

Bill Lynch covers entertainment. He can be reached at 304-348-5195 or lynch@hdmediallc.com. Follow @lostHwys on Twitter and @billiscap on Instagram.

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