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Review: Mission accomplished for Cruise in new ‘MI’ flick
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Review: Mission accomplished for Cruise in new ‘MI’ flick

There’s some interesting talk in the cleverly satisfying script of “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” about the element of luck. As in: How much is luck a factor in the success of Ethan Hunt and his IMF cohorts? After all, in...

Hodgman, a smart, funny Hipster Dad

Comedian John Hodgman took to the Culture Center stage Monday night, opened his arms to the audience like the god he is, told us about the upcoming season of his television show and then left.

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Flute, oboe and piano played with effortless flair

George Gershwin’s Three Preludes for Piano have been popular fare for transcription for many years. Brief, full of character and aided by excellent melodies, it fits naturally for many combinations of instruments. I’ve heard arrangements ...

Out of the closet and into the cage with “La Cage aux Folles”

Titters of delight and gasps of glee peppered the Civic Center Little Theater Friday night as the Charleston Light Opera Guild opened it’s FestivALL offering of “La Cage aux Folles,” a musical loosely based on the 1973 film of the ...

Review: ‘Jurassic World’ is pure entertainment fun
Review: ‘Jurassic World’ is pure entertainment fun

Steven Spielberg had the advantage of dazzling new computer technology to make his 1993 release, “Jurassic Park,” a cinematic joyride. The creation of the dinosaurs onscreen was almost as amazing as the technology suggested in the movie...

Chris Pratt evolves into leading man in ‘Jurassic World’
Chris Pratt evolves into leading man in ‘Jurassic World’

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (AP) – On a recent afternoon on a Universal soundstage, Chris Pratt was regaling a group of journalists with a story about elk hunting. Suddenly, a gust of air blew through the room, toppling a giant fake plant onto a...

Bell, Book and Candle may put a spell on you, if you let it

“Bell, Book and Candle,” a mostly lighthearted comedy — imagine a cross between “Bewitched” and a gender-reversed version of “The Stepford Wives” — opened Friday night at the Alban Arts and...

Review: Quintessential Kathy Griffin takes stage at Clay Center

“Nobody’s safe,” Kathy Griffin promised as she opened her stand-up comedy act Thursday night at the Clay Center during her 80-city “Like a Boss” tour.

And she made good on her word, making fun of us, herself,...

Bell, Book and — cat: Tonkinese steals scenes onstage
Bell, Book and — cat: Tonkinese steals scenes onstage

For a play to work, you need the right cast. You need actors who are comfortable around crowds, able to take direction and willing to learn lines.

None of these things describes your average house cat.

So, when the Alban Arts Center...

Censorship documentary showing Saturday in S. Charleston

Staff reports

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — “Shadows of Liberty” — a new documentary film delving into news media censorship, cover-ups and corporate control — will be shown Saturday evening at the LaBelle Theatre, ...

Aretha Franklin Clay Center performance was ‘practically a historical event’

The awful, unavoidable truth is that vocalists do not get better with age. After 20, 30 or 40 years, most of them lose power and range, and usually, the more notable the vocalist, the more noticeable the loss.

The fall can be terrible and for...

CD review: The Modock Rounders’ tribute to WV fiddler Wilson Douglas
CD review: The Modock Rounders’ tribute to WV fiddler Wilson Douglas

Old Tunes & New Blood: Legacy of Wilson Douglas

Modock Rounders

Buffalo Skinner CD-3085

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The title says it all. The Modock Rounders (fiddler Jesse Pearson, with Kim Johnson on banjo and Cody Jordan on guitar) pay ...

WV filmmaker using Kickstarter for Sci-Fi short in Charleston
WV filmmaker using Kickstarter for Sci-Fi short in Charleston

Filmmaker Sheridan Cleland said he believes that if West Virginia wants to develop a film industry, it needs to have more films made here, even if that means West Virginians have to make them first.

Cleland and his Gen 11 Studios are trying to...

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