June 23, 2008

Filmmaker to Attend ‘Osama’ Screening

This weekend's FestivALL includes many special events.

Beckley native Morgan Spurlock will be on hand for the screening of his latest film "Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden?," which will be shown Tuesday at West Virginia State University's Capitol Center, 123 Capitol St., as part of Festiv-ALL.

There will be a reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by a showing of the film at 7 p.m. The filmmaker is scheduled to be on hand and will be available for questions.

Spurlock explores the perverse and often baffling world of counterterrorism as he tries to track down the world's most wanted man.

Admission is $20 with tickets available at Taylor Books, 226 Capitol St., and at the door.

The event is produced by the West Virginia International Film Festival with proceeds going to WVIFF.

Some other FestivALL highlights this weekend include:

* "Live on the Levee" features a variety of musicians performing at Haddad Riverfront Park from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday.

The Davisson Brothers Band from Clarksburg will deliver high- energy country rock with an authentic, state-of-the-art Hillbilly flavor.

Brian Diller, the former West Virginian, now of Nashville, returns for his first concert in years. And Todd Burge, dubbed the dean of West Virginia singer-songwriters, will open the show.

Food and beverages will be available to purchase on the Boulevard.

* Weiner dogs will have their day Sunday with the annual Dachshund races, costume parade and contest as part of FestivALL

All this happens from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Stonewall Jackson Middle School lawn in the 700 block of Washington Street West.

Registration is from 10:30 a.m. to noon at a cost of $20 per dog.

The event includes a splash pool, dog caricature artists, blessing of the pets and food concessions.

There will be cash and merchandise prizes for the "wieners."

Race divisions include puppy; ages 1-5; ages 5-10; senior division, ages 10 and above. There will also be a "Race for the Cure," open to dogs of all ages.

Also on hand will be Phil Pfister, 2006 World's Strongest Man who will start the races.

Serving as hosts will be television personalities Deborah Linz of WCHS and Jessica Ralston of WSAZ. Proceeds from the event will go to the Kanawha Charleston Humane Association and the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

* The West Side Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday on the lawn of Stonewall Jackson Middle School in the 700 block of Washington Street West.

There will be free ice cream cones, a clown for children of all ages, children's laundry sack races with cash prizes, chalk art and face painting.

Food concessions include homemade pies and cakes baked by the local community. The event is sponsored by Triana Energy.

In addition, there will be musical performances by Charleston's Metro Band; the West Virginia Mountain Valley Cloggers and West Virginia Kickers; Rich Collins Three-O; Almost Heaven Sweet Adelines; and Rob McNurlin.

* The Empty Glass has scheduled a cookout and series of concerts starting at noon Sunday at the Shoenbaum Amphitheater in Coonskin Park.

Musicians include the Spurgie Hankins Band, the Carpenter Ants, the Diablo Blues Band, Jeff Ellis, Buckstone, Bud Carroll and the Southern Souls, and Unknown Hinson. The musical entertainment will conclude around 10 p.m.

Tickets are $12 in advance at The Empty Glass or $15 at the gate.

Coal River event

set for Saturday

The 2008 Tour de Coal will start at 9 a.m. Saturday at Meadowood Park, Tornado.

Those who wish to participate should bring their canoes or kayaks to Meadowood Park prior to 9 a.m.

No inflatable or flat bottom boats are allowed in the float. Life vests are required.

The $15-per-participant fee will be used to help clean up the Coal River.

The 11-mile paddle down the river will end at Gateway Shopping Plaza, St. Albans.

For more information, call 727-3112 or visit www.coalriver group.com.

Gorby's Music

hosting jam session

Gorby's Music, 214 Seventh Ave., South Charleston, will host an Old Time Acoustic and Bluegrass Jam starting at 11 a.m. Saturday.

The event is open to all ages and skill levels.

For more information, call Gorby's Music at 744-9452.

Dinner theater

holding auditions

Auditions for a dinner theater production at the Chilton House in St. Albans will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday.

The one-act play "Anybody for Tea?" offers roles for three men and five mature women.

For more information, call 546-9274 or 755-7260.

Beekeeper giving

talk at library

The "Bee Man," David Rectenwald, will discuss being a beekeeper at the South Charleston Public Library at 6:30 p.m. today.

He will also bring an observation hive containing live bees. The event is free. The library is located at 312 Fourth Ave. Call 744- 6561.

Couple giving talk

about birds of prey

Ron and Wendy Perrone of Three Rivers Avian Center in Brooks, Summers County, will bring owls, hawks and other live birds of prey to the Cross Lanes branch of the Kanawha County Public Library system at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The program is free and suitable for all ages. Call 776-5999 to register.

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