Dave’s Drive-Through Weekend
Hi! Dave Lavender here, from The Herald-Dispatch, here’s my Dave’s Drive-Through Weekend picks for this weekend:
This Stage is For You
The Oscars may be over but there's still a whole lot of drama going on.
Local theater companies are heating up the stage.
The Marshall University Theatre Alliance presents its second and last weekend of "Cabaret" Thursday through Saturday with a final matinee at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 1 at the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre on the Marshall campus.
First Stage Theatre Company puts a Caribbean-twist on "The Little Mermaid," with the show "Once Upon This Island, Jr.," Friday through Sunday at Renaissance Art Center, 900 8th Street Huntington.
And in Portsmouth, the SSU Theatre program takes on the campy and quirky show, "Bat Boy the Musical" Wednesday through Saturday.
Here's some more info on those shows as far as times and getting tickets:
"Cabaret" - The Marshall University Theatre Alliance presents its second and last weekend of "Cabaret" Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 26-28, with a final matinee to be performed on March 1 at the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre on the Marshall campus. Tickets are $20 and $15 for Marshall faculty and for seniors. Students with an ID will be able to see the show for free. The February shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. and the March 1 matinee will start at 2 p.m. More information can be found at 304-696-2787.
"Once Upon This Island, Jr.," Based on "The Little Mermaid" will be presented by First Stage Theatre Company at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27-28 and March 6-7 and at 2 p.m. on Sundays, March 1 and 8. Special school performances bill be on March 5. All shows are at the Renaissance Art Center, 900 8th Street Huntington. Tickets are $12, and $10 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available at the door or by calling the ticket line 304-416-KIDS 5437). For more info www.firststagetheatre.org
"Bat Boy - The Musical" - The Shawnee State University Theatre Program brings the lurid tabloid tale of "Bat Boy: The Musical" at 7:30 p.m. February 25-28 in the Eloise Covert Smith Theater. Mature Themes, Discretion is Advised Tickets are $12//Seniors and SSU faculty/staff $10//SSU students $3. Tickets and information are available 10-5 p.m. at the McKinley Box Office, 740.351.3600. Online through Ticketmaster at http://www.ticketmaster.com/venue/41868, or any TicketMaster outlet.
Enter the Golden Dragon
The Paramount Arts Center gets all twisted up in the spinning, dangling and acrobatic beauty of Cirque Ziva on Friday, Feb. 27.
Direct from Broadway check out the national tour that features the Golden Dragon Acrobats of China performing daring heart-stopping stunts.
Show time is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $28, $32, $36, $40. Sponsored by WKEE, WSAZ and Marathon Petroleum Company.
Friday Night's All Right for Rocking
It's Friday night and there's only one way to close out the end of this frigid workweek - with two fists full of rock and roll.
Over at the V Club, 741 6th Ave., Huntington, they welcome in area native Adam Hall and his Charlotte-based nationally touring quintet, Another Lost Year with Zero Dark Thirty and Betrayed by the Bullet.
If you'd rather shake it off, there's funk night on Saturday at the V with MFB, The Settlemen and Beggars Clan.
Go online at www.vclublive.com for more info.
A Double Night of Laughs in Charleston
It ain't easy finding some great live comedy in the region but Charleston has a double shot on Saturday night at 7 p.m. the Charleston Civic Center Little Theatre hosts the Bob & Tom Show Comedy Tour with four comedians and the Comedy Zone Charleston has Julie Scoggins on Saturday night.
We Are .... Hosting New Music
The Marshall University School of Music and Theatre hosts its sixth annual Festival of New Music this weekend with a slew of concerts Friday through Sunday, Feb. 27 through March 1 around campus and the city.
Some highlights of the five concert weekend include: Women Power! a noon Friday, MUsic Alive concert at First Presbyterian Church, 1015 Fifth Ave., Huntington.
On Saturday, there will be a concert at 7:30 p.m. at Smith Music Recital Hall with renowned violinist Anyango Yarbo-Davenport and Beth McDonald, on tuba.
And on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at Smith Recital Hall it is guest artist Richard Kravhack on oboe with Steve Trinkle conducting a new concert for oboe. Go online at www.marshall.edu/ some for more info.
DAVE TRIPPIN: My road-trip pick this weekend is to Blackwater Falls State Resort Park in Davis, West Virginia where they are hosting the second annual Cardboard and Duct Tape Sled Race at 10 a.m. Saturday.
While you are there check out the frozen Blackwater Falls, and oh yeah, check out some amazing downhill and cross country skiing over in Canaan Valley, the highest valley east of the Mississippi River. CV is home to some great downhill skiing at Timberline and Canaan Valley, as well as some awesome cross country at Timberline, White Grass and Blackwater Falls State Park. You can also sled it up at Blackwater Falls, Canaan Valley as well.
And in fact, over at Blackwater Falls State Park, they are hosting their annual Cardboard and Duct Tape Sled Raceat 10 a.m. Saturday Feb. 28 with awards going to the best design, the fastest sled, and the best team spirit.Go online at http://www.blackwaterfalls.com for more info.
Dave Lavender is the author of “Dave Trippin: A Daytripper’s Guide to the Appalachian Galaxy of Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia.” He covers regional travel. Follow The Herald-Dispatch reporter on Facebook and Twitter @DaveLavenderHD.