December 14, 2018

Bicycle lights ride

People Powered Huntington is hosting its Holiday Bicycle Lights Tours 2018. Meet up at the Ritter Park fountain at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, for a ride around Huntington to see some holiday lights.

Come with your best decked out bike and favorite lights for this festive ride.

Two nights jingling those Black Sheep bells

Black Sheep Stage at Black Sheep Burritos and Brew, 279 9th St., Huntington (at Pullman Square) makes room in the inn for not one but two Christmas concert fundraisers this weekend.

From 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, The Misfit Toys (made up of Dos 3 Guises - Bert Fulks, Steve Fetty and Thorn Boggs - and singer-songwriter Emmy Davis perform the final of three concerts to raise money for food pantries at Cabell County middie schools.

Cost is a $10 donation. Expect a wide range of Christmas tunes that include “Early Morning Christmas,” by Cyndi Lauper, some vintage stuff by The Band (“Christmas Must be Tonighf) as well as tunes by Barenaked Ladies, Jackson Browne, Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen, as well as plenty of traditional tunes as well.

From 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, its the always epic HonkyTonk Heroes annual Honky Tonk Holidays fund-raising toy drive that has in years past featured such artists as Colter Wall. This year, it’s another round of a who’s who on the regional scene with traveling country and Americana acts including: Laid Back Country Picker, Flat Tracker, The Local Honeys, Sean Whiting, James Scott Bullard and Westwood Troubadours.

There’s a $10 donation at the door or an unopened toy worth $10 or more. Go online at https://www.facebook.com/realhonkytonk/to find out more about the HonkyTonk Heroes, who also did Christmas fund-raising concerts in Lexington and in Missouri.

Charleston Ballet and WVSO team up for ‘The Nutcracker’

The Charleston Ballet and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra (WVSO) will together present Tchaikovsky’s ’The Nutcracker,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14 and at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Clay Center.

This year’s production marks the 16th anniversary of the two organizations’ partnership. This year’s performances will feature more than 75 local dancers and guest artists from The Charleston Ballet (Kim Pauley, artistic director) and the Columbia Classical Ballet of South Carolina. Local artist Ted Brightwell will appear again as Mother Ginger, Brigette Madden will be dancing the role of Clara, and students from the American Academy Ballet will join the Charleston Ballet company. Maestro Grant Cooper will conduct the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Get tickets through the Clay Center Box Office at 304-561-3570 or online at www.tickets.theclaycenter.org. Tickets start at $24 and $12 for children. For additional information, visit www.thecharles-tonballet.com or www.wvsym-phony.org.

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