40th Annual World of Wheels: The Big Sandy Superstore Arena gets transformed into the Tri-State's coolest garage Friday through Sunday as the 40th annual World of Wheels revs up for a weekend hot rod run.Check out more than 150 hot rods, custom cars. street machines, originals, trucks, race cars and motorcycles. There's also a model car contest, more than 30 vendors, and a car corral where you can you can buy used cars to fix up for yourself.Sponsored by O'Reilly Auto Parts and Cooper's Trucks and Accessories, World of Wheels, the largest indoor car show in West Virginia, runs noon to 10 p.m. Friday, March 3, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 4 and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 6. Admission is $9.50, $5 for kids and free for infants.The World of Wheels will have some things specifically for kids including the always popular Model Car Contest run by Doug Kemp. For more information about the model car contest, call Kemp at 304-757-2716. For more information about the show, call Jo Wheeler at 304-522-4140.
Take A Cinematic Trip Around the Globe: Take a trip to Japan, New Zealand, Argentina, France and the U.S., without leaving the heart of downtown Huntington.
The majestic grand movie palace known as The Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center, 925 Fourth Ave., will roll down the big screen from Thursday, March 2 through Sunday, March 5 as the Marshall Artists Series presents the Spring International Film Festival.Tickets for the Spring International Film Festival are $8 per film and free to full-time Marshall students with a valid student ID. Tickets may be purchased at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center, advance tickets are not necessary. Tickets go on sale 15 minutes prior to each film. For more information call 304-696-6656. To view movie trailers and to download film schedule visit www.marshallartistsseries.org
Here's a look at the six films that will be showing during the four-day fest.
"The Second Mother" (Brazil) shows at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 2 and at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 4. (This film is presented in Portuguese with English subtitles, 1 hr. 54 minutes).
"Sweet Bean" (Japan) shows at 7:35 p.m. Thursday, March 2 and at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, March 5. (This film is presented in Japanese with English subtitles, 1 hr. 53 minutes).
"Truman" (Spain/Argentina) shows at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 3 and at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 5. (This film is presented in Spanish with English subtitles, 1 hr. 48 minutes).
"Dheepan" (France) shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 3 and at 7:35 p.m. Saturday, March 4.(This film is presented in French with English subtitles, 1 hr. 55 minutes).
"The Dark Horse" (New Zealand) shows at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 4 and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 5. (This film is presented in English, 2 hrs. 4 minutes).
"Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World" (USA) shows at 2:45 p.m. Saturday, March 4 and at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 5. (This film is presented in English, 1 hr. 38 minutes).
Make Thyme For Celtic Calling: When there's this many Scots-Irish folk in one wee place, who can really wait for St. Patrick's Day?Packed with more than 30 events, the second annual Celtic Calling Festival will fill downtown Charleston with all the Scots-Irish culture, music, art, dance, drink and food, the Celtic Calling Festival is set to again fill the downtown of Charleston like a wild rumpus of a village Friday through Sunday, March 3-5.The kickoff is at 5 p.m. Friday, at the Cooper Pint 'Irish' Pub, 808 Kanawha Blvd., with the Contrarians. The popular female group, Mountain Thyme is in concert at Taylor Books, 226 Capitol St., at 7:30 p.m., and the opening night closes at 10 p.m. with Father Son and Friends at The Boulevard Tavern, 806 Kanawha Blvd., E., with the Redhead Festival of Dunbar, hosting Redhead competitions in between sets.Go online at www.celticcalling.corg for more info and a full schedule or at https://www.facebook.com/celticcalling/ or on Twitter: @celticcallingwv
Thursday Is Like Little Friday: You will want to start the weekend early this week as there's a couple cool shows downtown. The Press Club, 1212 Fourth Ave., Huntington, hosts a new comedy open mic from 8 to 9 p.m. with short sets by some of the best working stand up writers in the region.
After that, it's Vahalia or bust as the veteran national act jam band and festival favorite, Big Something, boils up its sweet fusion of rock, pop, funk, hip hop and improv, at the eclectic live music venue, at 741 6th Ave., Huntington. The Carolina-based jam band will be playing tunes off its new release, "Tumbleweed."Also on the bill is two WV funk and rock units, Groove Heavy, out of Charleston and Scroungehound, of Huntington. Go online at facebook.com/theBIGsomething and https://www.facebook.com/scroungehoundwv/and https://www.facebook.com/grooveheavywv/ to hear the bands. Cover is $10 day of show.
A Paramount Illusion: Marshall University graduate Craig Karges has chalked up more than 5,000 performances in 22 countries on four continents and in all 50 states. While he is still awaiting that invite to perform in Antarctica, he is swinging back home as he has a show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 4 at the Paramount Arts Center in Ashland. Admission is $35 and $20 for kids to see Karges, who combines the art of magic with the science of psychology and the power of intuition to create the impression that nothing is impossible. Tables float, minds are read, metal bends and your imagination is challenged because you won’t believe your eyes.Find out more about Karges, who has made more than 40 national TV appearances, and who was named Entertainer of the Year six times by the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA), at http://www.craigkarges.com/. Check out more Paramount events coming up online at paramountartscenter.com
Some Sunday Beats and Brunch: Sunday Brunch is always a great idea in Huntington where folks already flock to such popular hot-spots as Backyard Pizza and Raw Bar, The Peddler and Black Sheep Burrito and Brews. On Sunday, March 5, Upper Echeleon Events and Entertainment rolls out a new scene, R&B Brunch from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 5 at the Marshall Hall of Fame Cafe, 857 3rd Ave., Huntington.Enjoy smooth R&B sounds with local DJs for $20 (which includes meal, non-alcoholic beverages and entertainment).There is limited seating so reservations are highly encouraged. You can RSVP at randbrunch.eventbrite.com
My Roadtrip Pick: My Roadtrip pick is to Columbus, Ohio where The Arnold Sports Festival USA will be featuring more than 18,000 athletes from 80 nations competing in 70 sports and events including new events such as lacrosse, Disabled Powerlifting, Yoga, Handball, Indoor Scottish Highland Games, Arnold Pro Strongwoman and the Arnold Transformation Challenge and much more. For the latest in event updates visit www.arnoldsportsfestival.com and their social media pages.
In West Virginia, head over to Canaan Resort where there’s two more weeks of ski season to be had. Canaan Resort is hosting the Governor’s Cup ski race, as well as its wacky and wonderful, Wild Thing Weekend on March 4-5. The neighboring Timberline Four Seasons Resort, one of the last mom and pop ski resorts in the country, will also be open this weekend and next, as it prepares for its ski-season-ending Snowy Luau set for March 11-12 weekend. Go online at www.canaanresort.com and www.timberlineresort.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" and his new travel book, "Mo' Dave Trippin" now for sale on Amazon.com and through CreateSpace. Check out the new book at the Red Caboose, Empire Books and News, and now at Camden Park. Lavender covers regional travel. Follow The Herald-Dispatch reporter on Facebook and Twitter @DaveLavenderHD.