December 6

WVU Festival of Ideas: WVU Presidents Panel

WVU Mountainlair ballrooms, Thurs. 3 p.m., festivalofideas.wvu.edu

WVU President Gordon Gee will welcome former WVU presidents for a wide-ranging discussion about the future of higher education. Featuring a panel with a wealth of leadership experience around the country, this discussion will provide a fascinating look at changes in higher education and how WVU fits into this landscape. Free

December 7

A Celebration of West Virginia University and West Virginia Authors

WVU Downtown Library, Fri. 10–11:30 a.m.

Hosted by Karen Diaz, Dean of WVU Libraries. Authors include Nancy L. Abrams, The Climb from Salt Lick: A Memoir of Appalachia; Stephen M. Gavazzi and E. Gordon Gee, Land-Grant Universities for the Future: Higher Education for the Public Good; Travis D. Stimeling, Songwriting in Contemporary West Virginia: Profiles and Reflections; Judith Gold Stitzel, Field Notes from Grief: The First Year; Natalie Sypolt, The Sound of Holding Your Breath; Catherine V. Moore, The Book of the Dead – Introduction; Ann Pancake, Strange as this Weather Has Been; and Nate Sorber, Land-Grant Colleges and the Reshaping of American Higher Education. Books will be sold by the WVU Bookstore—great West Virginia-themed gifts! Reception to follow. Free

Star City Christmas Parade

University Avenue, Star City, Fri. 7–8 p.m.

Last parade of the season!

NEARBY 8th annual Holiday Jazz Stroll

Various venues, downtown Clarksburg, Fri. 6 p.m.–midnight, wvjazzsociety.com

Five ensembles will play one-hour sets with staggered start times at venues all within a couple blocks’ walk of each other. A chance to sample lots of cool jazz and try some great Clarksburg restaurants. No admission fee

December 7 & 8

Lock House Studio Holiday Sale

56 Morgantown Lock Road, Fri. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. & Sat. 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Works by Aaron Anslow, Lisa Giuliani, Laura Kingora, Hona Knudsen, Josh Manning, Mandy Rank, Jeff Ryan, and Ashley Worst. Sales followed by music, refreshments, local beer, and cocktails. The left turn onto Morgantown Lock Road on the Westover side of the bridge is permanently closed. Follow the signs for the alternate route, which follows Holland Road, the main road through Westover, then takes three lefts: left at the triangle, left at the first traffic light onto DuPont Road, and left on River Road.

December 7–9 and 13–15

The Santaland Diaries and Season’s Greetings

MT Pockets Theater, 203 Parsons Street, Thurs.–Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m., 304.284.0049, mtpocketstheatre.com

David Sedaris’ The Santaland Diaries and a second play, Season’s Greetings, offer a unique spin on the winter holidays. Sedaris, whose nonfiction memoir pieces have been featured in The New Yorker and on public radio’s This American Life, once worked as an elf at Macy’s Santaland, and his insider take on this experience remains hilarious more than twenty years later. ​$10 / $13 / $15

December 8

NEARBY Feast of the Seven Fishes

Corner of Monroe and Adams streets, Fairmont, Sat. 11 a.m.–5 p.m., mainstreetfairmont.org

Celebrate the season Italian-style with this annual street fair. Live music, artisan market, authentic Italian cuisine.

WVU Men’s Basketball vs. Pitt

WVU Coliseum, Sat. noon

Watch the Mountaineers take the Panthers on. Airs on ESP2.

December 14–16 and 19–20

It’s a Wonderful Life

WVU Creative Arts Center, 1 Fine Arts Drive, Fri. and Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m., Wed. and Thurs. 7:30 p.m., wvpublictheatre.org

George Bailey wishes he had never been born. When his guardian angel grants his wish, the consequences are devastating. It’s a Wonderful Life reminds us of the great value of each human life. $13–$21

December 16

WVU Men’s Basketball vs. Rhode Island

WVU Coliseum, Sun. 2 p.m.

Cheer the Mountaineers on against the Rams. Airs on CBSS.

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