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Review: ‘Cabaret’ a night of drama

Friday night, in the intimate confines of The Charleston Light Opera Guild’s church-cum-theater on Tennessee Avenue, an audience was transported through time. Swept back to the burgeoning underworld of Berlin — a city in the throes of an...

Shorty brings good time to Charleston

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue brought life and soul into the Clay Center’s packed Maier Foundation Performance Hall on Thursday night.

The New Orleans group was in town for the Mayor’s Concert —an annual event...

Community notes: June 24-30, 2015

Award-winning authors

BECKLEY — West Virginia authors, publishers and poets will converge at Tamarack for a weekend of collaboration, education and information on June 26 and 27....

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.


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 ...

Ann Magnuson creates a mix of rural and surreal
Ann Magnuson creates a mix of rural and surreal

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Throughout her career as a singer, actress, performance artist and writer, Ann Magnuson has been attracted to art that combines surrealism with rural themes.

Then, one day, the word popped into her head:...

In Short: June 18-24, 2015

FestivALL recital series

The FestivALL Recital Series features five days of recitals by musicians of the West Virgnia Symphony and friends in five historic Charleston locations, followed by dessert receptions.

A package to all five costs...

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...

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...

Kathy Griffin brings the ‘D-List’ to C-town
Kathy Griffin brings the ‘D-List’ to C-town

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Kathy Griffin has a lot going on. The comedian’s schedule this year includes 80 stand-up performances (so far), among them a show Thursday night at the Clay Center in Charleston.

Aside from the comedy gigs,...

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