Out&about

Acclaimed author: Benjamin Busch, the decorated Marine Corps infantry officer who completed two combat tours in Iraq before starring in HBO’s award-winning “Generation Kill,” will speak in Shepherdstown this week.

Busch will read from his new memoir, “Dust to Dust,” starting at 7 p.m. Friday at Four Seasons Books at 116 W. German St.

Busch’s work has been featured in Harper’s and has earned multiple Pushcart Prize nominations. In “Dust to Dust,” he explores life, death, peace, war, childhood adventures and more.

Besides “Generation Kill,” the Manhattan native has appeared as police officer Anthony Colicchio on HBO’s “The Wire” and in the 1990s on NBC’s “Homicide: Life on the Street” – both series based on real-life crime stories told by former Baltimore Sun reporter David Simon.

For more information on Friday’s free event, call the bookstore at 304-876-3486.

Outdoor movie: Enjoy the charming 1997 film, “Fairytale: A True Story” starting at dusk Friday outside the Shepherdstown Public Library. A summertime staple, the family movie nights are sponsored by the Friends of Shepherdstown Library. Admission is free but visitors are asked to bring their own chairs. The film, starring Peter O’Toole and Harvey Keitel, is loosely based on the story of the Cottingley Fairies, creatures who came to fame in a series of photos taken by a pair of young cousins in England starting in 1917. For details on the event, call the library at 304-876-2783.

Summertime Soiree: Friday kicks off the Old Opera House’s sixth-annual Summertime Art Soirée.

Paintings and other work from more than a half-dozen top artists from the area will be on display at 204 N. George St. when the gala begins at 6:30 p.m. Those who purchase a $37.50 ticket also will enjoy live music, fine wine and hors d’oeuvres. To reserve a spot, call the Old Opera House at 304-725-4420.

The event continues with Saturday’s Public Art Show and Sale, with work by Michael Wilcoxen, Earl Mill, Scott Tatina, Denise O’Brien, Tom Nebel, Patricia Perry, Jon Schuhart and Robin Tatina available for purchase. Admission is free for the event, which happens from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For additional details on the soiree or on upcoming performances at the Old Opera House, go online to www.oldoperahouse.org.

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