[cleeng_content id="511444480" description="Read it now!" price="0.49" t="article"]Reggae and more | Friday
Reggae, funk and hip hop are the order of the day Friday as Florida’s Morning Fatty headlines a show at Longshots Billiards in Charles Town.
Known as MF, the Gainesville-based band comes to the Panhandle as part of its East Coast tour. The show – with a $5 cover charge – also features two Maryland bands – the Secondhand Reggae Band and Joint Effort.
Longshots is located just off U.S. 340 at 76 Wolfcraft Way. To hear a single from the band, search “Morning Fatty Street Pharmacist” on YouTube. For other details on the weekend show, find Longshots on Facebook or call the bar at 304-724-1975.
Human trafficking fundraiser | Friday
PennyKay Hoeflinger’s effort to create a safe haven in the Eastern Panhandle for those recovering from human trafficking moves ahead this weekend with Coffee House Farm Foundation’s “coming out” fundraiser dinner in Martinsburg.
The event – aimed at raising money to buy a farm in Kearneysville where human trafficking survivors would come “to rehabilitate, restore and renew” before leaving as contributing members of society – begins at 6 p.m. Friday at the Comfort Inn at 1872 Edwin Miller Blvd.
Admission costs $15 or $5 for children 6 to 12. (Younger kids get in free.) To learn more, go to coffeehousefarm.com.
Free film | Friday
The Shepherdstown Film Society puts the 2006 Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film is in the spotlight this week.
“The Lives of Others” – set in East Germany in 1984, where a Stasi officer is assigned to spy on a playwright – begins at 7 p.m. in Reynolds Hall on the campus of Shepherd University.
The showing is free and open to the public. Also coming up in the society’s spring season: “The Third Man” (March 21); “Hollow” (April 11) and “To Kill a Mockingbird” (April 25). For more on the selections and other information about the series, go online to shepherdstownfilmsociety.org.
Theater event | Saturday
The countdown to July and the start of the 2014 Contemporary American Theater Festival at Shepherd University gets underway in earnest this weekend with a special event featuring Pulitzer-winning playwright Charles Fuller.
Fuller – who won the 1982 drama prize for “A Soldier’s Play,” the work that became the acclaimed film, “A Soldier’s Story” – will be one of the playwrights whose work will be featured at CATF this summer. He’ll share the Shepherdstown Opera House stage with festival founder Ed Herendeen as the lineup for the 24th season of CATF is unveiled.
The event at the theater at 131 W. German St. begins at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and costs $15.
Herendeen calls sharing the stage with Fuller “an honor. I have long admired his career and I believe our audiences and community will be inspired by his passion, insight and powerful artistic voice. I cannot wait to work with Charles and all of our playwrights this summer as we once again put into action our mission of producing and developing the new American theater.”
Those who attend Saturday will get to hear Fuller’s insights about his new play as well as his experiences working with some of the most important theater artists of the last 40 years.
To reserve tickets or get details, call 304-876-3304 or go online to catf.org. The new season of CATF begins July 11.
“Potter’s Bowl” | Saturday
Saturday brings the 14th-annual Good Shepherd Caregivers’ Potter’s Bowl. Tickets cost $30 and include homemade soups, breads and dessert plus a hand-crafted bowl to take home. The event happens from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Shepherdstown Fire Hall at 8052 Martinsburg Pike.
For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 304-876-3325.
Art exhibit | Weekends
Steam at Harper’s Ferry offers “Rêves et Rêveurs: Dreams and Dreamers,” a solo exhibition of Leigh Anne Cassell’s works.
Admission is free at the contemporary gallery at 180 High St. To learn more, go to steamatharpersferry.com or call 304-885-0094.
Art exhibit | Through Thursday
“A Look Back,” an exhibit featuring works by Earl Mills, Bruce Chandler and Annette Verna, continues today and Thursday in the Fire Hall Gallery at 108 N. George St. in Charles Town.
The free exhibit may be seen during the gallery’s regular hours, noon to 5 p.m. For details, call 304-724-2090.
“Art in the Library” | Through Thursday
There’s still time to view work by Suzanne Ravgiala, on display at Summit Point’s South Jefferson Public Library. Another in the facility’s Art in the Library series, the exhibit may be viewed during the library’s regular hours, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. tonight and Thursday. The library is located at 49 Church St.
Quilt exhibition | Through March 9
“Connecting Threads,” the Berkeley Arts Council’s quilt and fiber art exhibit, continues at the Berkeley Art Works gallery at 116 N. Queen St. in Martinsburg
through March 9. For details, go to artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/threads/or call 304-620-7277.
Photography show | Through March 23
Shepherdstown photographer Diana Cooper’s wildlife photos remain on display at the Old Opera House’s Jean Heiler Gallery through March 23.
A board member of the Arts and Humanities Alliance of Jefferson County, Cooper also is the Artist of the Month at et cetera in Charles Town. See more of her work at coopercaptures.net and learn more about the Old Opera House at 304-754-4420.
“Moonshine Murders” | March 29
The Clarion in Shepherdstown next month offers a dinner theater experience, with a performance of “Moonshine Murders” and fine dining for just $45.
The night begins with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. Culinary offerings include a smoked pear and walnut salad, a choice of entree (broiled orange roughy, stuffed pork tenderloin, coq au vin, parmesan-crusted beef medallions or grilled vegetable en cruet) and for dessert, a rustic apple tart with whipped cream.
For more details or to make reservations, call 304-870-7010 or go to clarionshepherdstown.com.