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

Friday

  • The Floralee Hark Cohen Cinema by the West Virginia International Film Festival opens “Drive My Car!” at 6:30 p.m. Based on a short story by Haruki Murakami, “Drive My Car!” is “a haunting road movie traveling a path of love, loss, acceptance and peace.”

Tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for students and can be purchased online at wviff.org/floraleeharkcohen. The film will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through January.

  • Winter Jam returns to the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center at 7 p.m. The Contemporary Christian music concert includes performances by Skillet, Tauren Wells, KB, Colton Dixon and more. Tickets are $10 and available at the door. For more information, visit www.jamtour.com.
  • The Original Toughman Contest comes to Mountain Health Arena in Huntington. Bouts begin at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets start at $30 and are available through www.ticketmaster.com.

Saturday

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  • The Woody Hawley Series begins the year with “A Tribute to John Lilly” at the Clay Center’s Walker Theater. Co-sponsored by the Friends of Old Time Music and Dance (FOOTMAD), the show features performances by Lilly, Mountain Stage co-founder Larry Groce, Andrew Adkins, Annie Neeley and more. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the Clay Center box office, by calling 304-561-3570 or online at www.theclaycenter.org.
  • A benefit concert for Fairness WV will be held 8 p.m. at THE LOUD (741 6th Ave.) in Huntington. The show includes performances by Down in Round Three, Quilt Monsters, Jay Parade, Sempervivi and Bane Star. Admission is a minimum $10 donation. For more information, visit www.fairnesswv.org.

Sunday

  • The Charleston Wedding Expo at the Charleston Coliseum begins at noon. The event features one-stop shopping for wedding planning. General admission is $10. A VIP fashion show and brunch will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. VIP tickets at $50. For more information, visit www.chaswvccc.com.
  • Mountain Stage opens its 2022 season at 7 p.m. at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston. Guests include Josh Ritter, Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors, Dori Freeman, Oshima Brothers and Jake Xerxes Fussell. Tickets are $25. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.mountainstage.org.

Upcoming

  • The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra performs at the Clay Center Jan. 15; Hawthorne Heights with Golden and Roy F. Bush are at Rock City Cake Co. on Jan. 16; and Mountain Stage heads to Morgantown on Jan. 16.

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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