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FestivALL 2013 wraps up this weekend in Charleston

Jun. 27, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

The city of Charleston is becoming a work of art as the super-sized FestivALL Charleston has got the Capital City filled with the awesomeness of live music, art, film, theater and dance.

Don't believe me? Just listen to the numbers. The 9th annual fest, which started up last Friday is blasting out 130 events loaded with 360 performances in 10 days. Whew!

While some amazing Smoke on the Water, concerts and such have been and gone, here's a look at just a few of the amazing things that are set for this weekend.

Kool it -- with the mayor

The Mayor's Concert kicks up that 'Jungle Boogie' and that 'Funky Stuff,' as R&B legends Kool and the Gang are the guests at the Clay Center on Thursday, June 27. Tickets are $40, $55, $65 at the Clay Center, by phone at 304-561-3570 and https://tickets.theclaycenter.org/public/.

Kool and the Gang has sold more than 70 million albums worldwide and influenced the music of three generations. Thanks to songs like "Celebration," "Get Down On It," "Funky Stuff," "Cherish," "Jungle Boogie," "Summer Madness" and "Open Sesame," they've earned two Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, 25 Top Ten R&B hits, nine Top Ten Pop hits and 31 gold and platinum albums. Kool and the Gang has performed continuously for the past 35 years, longer than any R&B group in history. Their funk and jazzy arrangements have also made them the most sampled band of all time.

Blues, Brews and BBQ

On Friday, June 28, the Charleston's Fund for the Arts produces Blues, Brews and BBQ, an evening under the stars on the lawn beside the Kanawha River at the University of Charleston featuring performances by veteran blues and boogie pianist/singer Marcia Ball and her band and more. The concert starts at 5:30 p.m. with Blues Du Jour, Jimi Vincent Band, Marcia Ball and closing out the night Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Chas. Food and drink available, legal beverages available with ID. Bring a folding chair if you wish but no pop up tents or coolers. For information, call Fund for the Arts at 304-345-0775 or email artsfundwv@frontier.com.

Tickets: $18 advance, $20 at gate and available at Clay Center, Fund for the Arts (803 Quarrier St.), Wine and Cheese Shop at Capitol Market and Smoker Friendly (Dunbar, Scott Depot, St. Albans, Kanawha City and Southridge locations). No will call tickets.

More than a drive-by trucker in Charleston

Former Drive-By Trucker and Americana songwriter Jason Isbell brings a fresh batch of songs to the stage with fellow song slinger, Stephen Kellog, Amanda Shires, The Fields of Gettysburg, Lora Faye at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 30, at the Culture Center. Tickets are $15 advance or $25 at the door. Available online, by phone 800-594-TIXX or Taylor Books in downtown Charleston.

Mountain Stage art show

At 5 p.m. Thursday, June 27, see a special Mountain Stage 30-year exhibit featuring unique show memorabilia, an inside glimpse of backstage moments, as well as artwork created by West Virginia artists in celebration of the 30th Anniversary.

Wine and All That Jazz

Wine and All That Jazz kicks off at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 29 on the lawn beside the Kanawha River at the University of Charleston with Ryan Kennedy Trio, Comparsa, Bob Thompson Unit and headliners, Samba Mapangala & Virunga and New Orleans' band The Soul Rebels.

Food and drink available, legal beverages available with ID. Bring a folding chair if you wish but no pop up tents or coolers. For information, call Fund for the Arts, 304-345-0775 or email artsfundwv@frontier.com.

Tickets: $18 advance, $20 at gate and are available at Clay Center, Fund for the Arts (803 Quarrier St.), Wine and Cheese Shop at Capitol Market and Smoker Friendly (Dunbar, Scott Depot, St. Albans, Kanawha City and Southridge locations). No will call tickets.

Ladybeard Uncorked

Huntington filmmaker David Smith has film and will travel.

At 10 p.m. Friday, June 28, check out the new adult LGBT comedy film from Apartment 2B Productions, "Ladybeard," that screens in Charleston for the first time during FestivALL at Uncork & Create, 1031 Quarrier St., Charleston. The film was all shot in West Virginia with an all Charleston and Huntington cast and crew. Bring your own adult beverages and snacks. Tickets are $5.

Dizzy Doc Extreme Balloons

Check out the Charleston Town Center Mall where Aaron Hay (Dizzy Doc) will again construct a massive and unique, and delicate balloon sculpture that will shock and awe ya.

The River Queen

BB Riverboats' River Queen returns to Charleston with 1-1/2 hour sightseeing cruises on the Kanawha River Thursday, June 27 through Saturday, June 29. Ride times are noon, 2, 4, and 6 Thursday; noon and 2 Friday and Saturday. Cruise tickets: $19, $18 seniors and $11 children 4-11 years (3 and under are free). Reserve cruise at www.bbriverboats.com/charleston_festivall_cruises.html .

Art Walking, FestivALL Style

From 5 to 8 p.m., Charleston's monthly art walk gets kicked up a notch as there are also street performers, a Living Fashion Window (at Uncork and Create), as well as a public art walking tour (meet at the Lee Street Triangle). Just a few of the 24 open galleries include: Art Emporium, Stray Dog Antiques, Ivor's Trunk, Taylor Books, Chet Lowther Studio, Savvy Chic, Good News Mountaineer Garage Gallery, Mission Savvy, Purple Moon, Modern By Design, Woomer, Vision's Day Spa and Tony the Tailor. Visit www.charlestonartwalk.com for a map of participating venues.

Show These Shorts

At 9:30 p.m. Friday, June 28, The West Virginia International Film Fest sponsors an outdoor film screening of Oscar-nominated animated Shorts (5 films, 128 minutes) at Davis Park.

The West Virginia International Film Festival is gearing up this fall for its 30th Anniversary of offering excellent international and independent films.

Third Eye Cabaret Gone Wild

The Third Eye Cabaret weekly puts the wild into the wild and wonderful of West Virginia with eclectic offerings running 8 to 11 p.m. each Thursday at The Cellar, 8 Capitol St.

But FestivALL has created a Third Eye monster with lots of nights of singing. At 9 p.m. Thursday, June 27, enjoy Marium Bria with Ryan Kennedy and Ammed Solomon and headliner, Qiet, the seven-piece band takes the stage at 11 p.m. with some fresh carnivalesque razzle dazzle.

On Friday, it's a night of spoken word with Tuesday Taylor, Charleston Affrilachian poet Crystal Good takes the stage with interlude music by The Silent Gondoliers. The headliner is international touring poet Ron Whitehead, from Louisville, Ky. The evening will transition at 11 p.m. into a set of live created and mixed music by The Flow. He's followed by DJ Woody Woods at midnight.

On Saturday, at 11 p.m. Option 22, Lori McKinney's funky Princeton tribe of musicians, take the stage with songs from their new record, "The Change." For more details, go online at www. facebook.com/thirdeyecabaret/ .

Can You Feel These Plays?

Now in its 8th year, the Charleston Stage Company's "Location, Location, Location," is free site-specific, 10-minute plays that have been performed almost since the inception of FestivALL.

This year the plays had to start with the first line, "Can you feel it?" These two 2012 "Location! Location! Location!" plays by writing competition winners are performed in Good News Mountaineer Garage Gallery at 11 a.m., noon, 2 and 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 29.

Write Here! Write Now!

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 29 stop by Taylor Books on Capitol Street to participate in a unique writing project. Stop by the West Virginia Writers booth in front of Taylor Books where members of West Virginia Writers will have the first line of a poem or short story for you. All you do is add the next line. By the end of the day members will publish the completed story on their website -- www.wvwriters.org .

Get the full sked for FestivALL Charleston at www.festivallcharleston.com .

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