www.wvgazettemail.com http://www.wvgazettemail.com Gazette archive feed en-us Copyright 2015, Charleston Newspapers, Charleston, WV Newspapers Funerals for: October 01, 2015 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151001/OBIT01/310019971 OBIT01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151001/OBIT01/310019971 Thu, 1 Oct 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Christian, Robert E. Noon, Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, Dunbar.

Darby, Grover C. Sr. 2 p.m., Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview.

Glover, Larry K. 3 p.m., White Sulphur Springs Baptist Church, White Sulphur Springs.

Jarrell, Charles E. 1 p.m, Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Ravenswood.

Lawhorn, Chessie F. 6 p.m., New Life Center, Cedar Grove.

Lemon, Norma G. 1 p.m., Rose & Quesenberry Peace Chapel, Beckley.

Meadows, Roy 1 p.m., Woodbine Baptist Church, Summersville.

Miller, Linda L. 1 p.m., Long & Fisher Funeral Home, Sissonville.

Miller, Roy L. 2 p.m., Morris Funeral Home, Cowen.

Myers, Vera J. 1 p.m., Bell Creek Missionary Baptist Church, Dixie.

Phillips, Billy E. 1 p.m., Long & Fisher Funeral Home, Sissonville.

Shafer, Bobby G. 11 a.m., Matics Funeral Home, Clendenin.

Smith, William W. 11 a.m., First Presbyterian Church, Charleston.

Vance, Alice 11 a.m., Greenbrier Memorial Gardens, Lewisburg.

Lewis Delano Adkins http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151001/OBIT/310019977 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151001/OBIT/310019977 Thu, 1 Oct 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Lewis Delano Adkins, 81, of Pleasant View, died Sept. 28, 2015. Service will be 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, at McGhee-Handley Funeral Home, West Hamlin. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, at the funeral home.

Aubrey Barker http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151001/OBIT/310019972 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151001/OBIT/310019972 Thu, 1 Oct 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Aubrey Selena Denise Barker, infant daughter of Tashina and Joseph Barker, Jr. of Bancroft, was stillborn Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015.

Also surviving are her grandparents, Bill and Dorenda McLaughlin of Poca and Beverly Barker of Bancroft; great-grandparents, Juanita Scott of Poca, Roger McLaughlin, Sr. of Poca and Janice Hall of Teays Valley; as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Aubrey was preceded in death by her grandfather, Joseph Barker, Sr., and great-grandparents, Dennis Scott, Samuel and Lucreshra Barker and Helen and Harold Ervin.

Graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 2, at Haven of Rest Memorial Gardens, Red House. You may visit www.chapmanfuneralhomes.com to share sympathies with the family.

Our little angel was welcomed into Heaven's gates by a host of loved ones gone on before, cradled into their arms of love until the rest of us can join. Mommy and Daddy love you angel baby.

Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned and located at 3624 Winfield Road, Winfield, is honored to serve the Barker/McLaughlin/Scott families.

Joe Marvin Beavers http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151001/OBIT/310019983 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151001/OBIT/310019983 Thu, 1 Oct 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Joe Marvin Beavers, 88, of Barboursville, died Sept. 30, 2015. Funeral services will be private and are in the care of Henson & Kitchen Mortuary, Barboursville.

Edward D. Blakeman http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151001/OBIT/310019998 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151001/OBIT/310019998 Thu, 1 Oct 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Edward Dean Blakeman, 78, of Point Pleasant, died Sept. 28, 2015. A memorial service and burial will be announced at a later date. Arrangements by Wilcoxen Funeral Home, Point Pleasant.

M. Frances Cadle http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151001/OBIT/310019974 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151001/OBIT/310019974 Thu, 1 Oct 2015 00:01:00 -0400 M. Frances Cadle, 92, a loving mother, sister, grandmother and friend, of Elkview, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015 at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.

She loved her Lord and was a member of Antioch Advent Christian Church, Aaron's Fork. Martha enjoyed cooking, making quilts, taking care of people and was artistic.

Martha was preceded in death by husband, James Cadle; parents, Herbert and Minnie Richards Mullins; son, Roger Cadle; brothers, Matthew, Nathaniel and Donald Mullins; and sister, Anna Belle McCloud.

Surviving are her son, David Cadle; daughters, Christine Meador and Linda Duff; brothers, Ronald (Mary) Mullins, Jimmy Mullins and Jerry Mullins; sisters, Gussie Bowe and Rosemary (Joseph) Stowers; seven grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, at Hafer Funeral Home with Pastor Nahum Balser officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent at www.haferfuneralhome.net.

Hafer Funeral Home, 50 N. Pinch Road, Elkview, is assisting the Cadle family.

Lona M. Carney http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151001/OBIT/310019993 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151001/OBIT/310019993 Thu, 1 Oct 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Lona M. Carney, 88, of Ripley, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2015 at Eldercare of Ripley following a long illness.

She was born Jan. 23, 1927 in Kenna, a daughter of the late Oshel and Sybil Skeen Fisher. She was a homemaker and attended various churches in the area. She will be remembered as a hard worker, and loved to take care of her family.

She is survived by her son, Jim Carney and his wife, Lucille, of Ripley; daughter, Jeanie Phillips and her husband, Wendell, of Kenna; and granddaughter, Amber Phillips Harper and her husband, Matt.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Toni Carney, and sisters, Reba Stutler and Alice Starcher and her husband, Jack.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, at Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley, with Pastor S.R. Parsons officiating. Burial will be in Pine Hill Cemetery, Ripley.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memories and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.waybrightfuneralhome.com.

Rebecca Lynn Carte http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151001/OBIT/310019987 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151001/OBIT/310019987 Thu, 1 Oct 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Rebecca Lynn Carte, 37, of Charleston, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015 at Hubbard Hospice House surrounded by her loving family.

She will be sadly missed by her fiance, Richard A. Arthur; two children, Sarah Nicole Arthur and Ashleigh Linn Arthur; parents, Donald Eugene Carte, Sr. and Debra N. Jackson Carte; brother, Donald Eugene Carte, Jr. (Rebecca); and sister, Catherine Lue Carte.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Arrangement entrusted to Long & Fisher Funeral Home, Sissonville.

Hayes "Bud" Coonrod http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151001/OBIT/310019981 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151001/OBIT/310019981 Thu, 1 Oct 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Mr. Hayes L. "Bud" Coonrod, 73, of Dunbar, died Sept. 29, 2015 at Hubbard Hospice House West, South Charleston. Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes, is assisting the family.

Emogene Deel http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151001/OBIT/310019979 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151001/OBIT/310019979 Thu, 1 Oct 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Emogene Deel, 87, of Curtin, died Sept. 29, 2015. Graveside service will be 12:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, at Adkison Cemetery, Cowen. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon Friday at Morris Funeral Home, Cowen.

Daily Mail editorial: How not to reduce the cost of new medicines http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151001/DM04/151009978 DM04 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151001/DM04/151009978 Thu, 1 Oct 2015 02:00:00 -0400 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has a plan she says will reduce the price of prescription drugs: More regulation.

"Mrs. Clinton begins her treatment plan by focusing on 'price gouging' by pharmaceutical companies and the need for price regulation," writes Scott Gottlieb in a Wednesday Wall Street Journal commentary.

"What she fails to comprehend is that the high drug prices she decries aren't the result of market forces gone wild," Gottlieb writes. "Rather, they are the result of bad regulation that has created market failures and shortages."

On the surface, last week's news that investor Martin Shkreli purchased a pharmaceutical company and raised the price of the little-used drug Daraprim by 5,000 percent bolstered Clinton's price gouging claim.

Yet Gottlieb points out how that completely legal action could have easily been averted simply by a smarter federal regulatory policy that allows for more competition in the drug marketplace.

"But if another company wanted to compete to sell the same medicine, it would need to apply for a new generic drug approval, by submitting an 'Abbreviated New Drug Application' to the FDA," Gottlieb writes.

"Filing one of these applications with the FDA used to take as little as $1 million; today it can run as high as $20 million, sometimes more. This means that old but 'niche' drugs may not have competition from other generic entrants, creating an opening for companies to extract windfall profits by driving up the prices of drugs like Daraprim."

The FDA has a backlog of thousands of generic drug applications, Gottlieb said. On average, it takes about 50 months - that's more than four years - for the FDA to approve a single generic application.

"If Mrs. Clinton is serious about helping patients, she should focus on lowering the cost and time necessary for generic-drug entry, thus reducing the chance of perpetual monopolies for old, off-patent drugs like Daraprim."

The Left likes to blame problems on big corporations led by greedy 1 percenters who control Big Pharma, Big Oil, Big Energy, Big This and Big That.

But the more people become informed on how government agencies erect barriers and clog markets and the free flow of innovation and enterprise, it increasingly becomes evident that Big Government is the cause of most of the Big Problems.

George Will: Our Navy, our character http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151001/DM04/151009979 DM04 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151001/DM04/151009979 Thu, 1 Oct 2015 01:00:00 -0400 WASHINGTON - The Navy's operations, on which the sun never sets, are the nation's nerve endings, connecting it with the turbulent world.

Although the next president may be elected without addressing the Navy's proper size and configuration, for four years he or she will be acutely aware of where the carriers are. Today they are at the center of a debate about their continuing centrality, even viability, in the Navy's projection of force.

Far out into the South China Sea, China is manufacturing mini-islands out of reefs, many of which used to be underwater at high tide. China is asserting sovereignty above and around these militarized specks in the congested cauldron of this sea. Through it and adjoining straits pass half the world's seaborne tonnage; five of America's most important 15 trading partners are in this region.

Until President Trump launches his many trade wars, those partners include China, which is America's third-largest export market and largest source of imports. The Obama administration has rejected challenging China's audacity by not sailing through its claimed territorial waters - within 12 miles - around the new reef-islands.

Henry J. Hendrix of the Center for a New American Security argues that, like the battleships which carriers were originally designed to support, carriers may now be too expensive and vulnerable. China has developed land-based anti-ship missiles to force carriers to operate so far from targets that manned aircraft might become less useful than unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs) operating from smaller, less expensive carriers.

The newest carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford, to be commissioned next year, costs $12.8 billion. Add the costs of the air wing, the support of five surface combat ships and one attack submarine, and 6,700 sailors. The bill for operating a carrier group: $2.5 million a day. China, says Hendrix, could build more than 1,200 of its premier anti-ship missiles for the cost of one Ford carrier, and one of the 1,200 could achieve "mission-kill," removing the carrier from the fight for months.

The bad news is that America's entitlement state is devouring the federal budget. The good news might be this axiom: As money gets scarcer, people get smarter.

It might be smart to reduce spending on the astonishingly expensive and operationally dubious F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, and redirect the money to unmanned combat aircraft that could extend, for a while, the carriers' viability. For $3 billion the Navy could have 10 more nimble littoral combat ships providing increased day-to-day presence.

Furthermore, of the 14 Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines that were built for 30-year lives, the youngest is 17 and all might be kept in service until they are 40.

Buying conventional guided-missile variants of these stealthy arsenals would bring many precision-strike missiles close to land targets, obviating anti-surface-ship missiles. The undersea component of the Navy is the most survivable, but it is not inexpensive: The first replacement of the Ohio-class submarines, due in 2021, will cost $9 billion, with subsequent ones costing about $5 billion in 2010 dollars.

War-fighting calculations are not, however, the only pertinent considerations. The Navy remains the primary manifestation of America's military presence in the world, and carriers are, beyond their versatility, an especially emphatic presence. The Navy believes it does not need more than 11 carriers (counting the Ford), but that it cannot perform its myriad missions, from preserving the free flow of world commerce to bringing air power within range of the Islamic State, with fewer.

Day by day, hour by hour, there is no more complicated government job than that of the chief of naval operations (CNO). Beyond the management of moving pieces in every time zone, the CNO must attend to the maintenance of an industrial base capable of sustaining technological advantages with weapons systems that take decades moving from conception to deployment.

Adm. Jonathan Greenert, who stepped down as CNO last month, says Chinese carriers are "rudimentary" but their pace of improvement is "extraordinary." Also extraordinary, given America's current political climate, is the bipartisan agreement that the Navy must grow. The Obama administration's budget calls for the active duty fleet, which today has 273 ships, to reach more than 300 by 2020.

America was blown into world affairs by the 1898 explosion - an accident mistakenly blamed on Spain - that sank the USS Maine in Havana harbor. The Navy America chooses to maintain always indicates the nation's current sense of its character and destiny.

So, presidential aspirants - parsimonious Republicans and militarily ambivalent Democrats - should talk about the Navy they want to wield.

Hoppy Kercheval: Jury selection critical in Blankenship trial http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151001/DM04/151009980 DM04 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151001/DM04/151009980 Thu, 1 Oct 2015 00:01:00 -0400 The long-awaited criminal trial of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship on charges related to the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster where 29 miners were killed begins Thursday in U.S. District Court in Charleston.

Court TV programs never include jury selection, and for good reason; it's boring, that is unless you happen to be the attorneys for the prosecution and defense, who believe that the outcome of the trial will be determined in large part on who sits on that jury.

Prosecution and defense attorneys, as well as Judge Irene Berger, will already have a lot of information about the 300 prospective jurors before selection begins. Each was asked to fill out a 17-page questionnaire with 87 separate questions.

Some of the questions ask for the basics-marriage status, employment, level of education, but others are far more specific, such as whether they have any training in mining engineering or labor relations.

And here's a question the attorneys will pay attention to: "Most coal mine operators care more about producing coal than about the safety of their miners: Agree, disagree or unsure."

Charleston attorney Jim Lees (who is not involved in the case) is a sought-after jury selection consultant who specializes in focus groups and creating persuasion strategies. He is confident both sides will be well-prepared going into Thursday's selection.

"They are going to have done all their research and have a picture of who is bad for them and who is more neutral," Lees told me. He says the case could hinge on "which side does a better job of jury selection to get more of your people on the jury and less of their people."

The process will start with voir dire, the individual questioning of potential jurors. Judge Berger has not yet specified whether she will take the lead or allow the attorneys to ask questions. Also at issue is whether the jury selection process will be conducted in open court or behind closed doors.

Some potential jurors will be struck "for cause." For example, a person would be kept off the jury if they are related to one of the principals. Also, attorneys for the defense and prosecution will use their peremptory challenges-the defense gets ten, the prosecution six-to strike other jurors.

Lees says it's critical that each side determine before the trial begins what kind of jurors will be more sympathetic.

"You are looking for people who fall into some category, who are better for your side because they are more susceptible to a particular argument," Lees said. "I don't think a case can be won by jury selection, but it can be lost."

Blankenship is accused of falsifying coal dust samples, violating mine safety standards and defrauding financial regulators in operations at UBB.

If convicted of the three charges, he could face a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.

Kercheval is host of Talkline, broadcast statewide by the MetroNews Radio Network from 10 a.m. to noon weekdays. Listen locally on WCHS 580 AM.

Daily Mail editorial: State needs to keep striving for growth http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151001/DM04/151009981 DM04 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151001/DM04/151009981 Thu, 1 Oct 2015 03:00:00 -0400 To no one's surprise, West Virginia's economy is not exactly thriving. In fact, according to the Mountain State Business Index compiled by the West Virginia University Bureau of Business and Economic Research, the state's economy has been shrinking slightly.

"After only registering a handful of negative readings in three years, the MSBI has posted appreciable declines since the beginning of 2015," the bureau reported on the WVUToday website. "The decline over a six-month period stood at 2.1 percent and represents the largest percentage decline during a six-month period since Sept. 2009. Ultimately, this points to the possibility of weakening economic activity over the course of the next quarter or two."

The business index serves as a gauge of West Virginia's expected economic performance over the near term.

The biggest contributor to the decline is what most everyone would expect: "It's no surprise what the biggest driver of the decline is: it's of course coal," said John Deskins, director the WVU bureau. "Coal has suffered so tremendously in our state over the last several years now, and it's been really hurting this year. Overall, coal production is down 13 percent over where it was a year ago."

The decline in the coal industry affects more than miners' jobs.

"If a coal miner loses his job, that's less spending at the movie theater, less spending at the gas station, less spending at the restaurant," he said. "That trickles through the economy to create even more lay-offs."

Among the bright spots is natural gas, although that is tempered, at least temporarily.

"Over the past few years we've had declines in coal, but we've had some increases in natural gas to offset those declines in coal, at least partially," Deskins told WVMetroNews. "But now natural gas is slowing down a little bit. It's not going negative. It's still improving, but it's not growing as rapidly as it had been."

The lesson seems clear. While still working hard to support and encourage traditional industries, particularly bright areas like natural gas, West Virginia needs to work even harder to diversify its economy. The state's own citizens and leaders need to figure out how to grow the state, both with entrepreneurship and job development from within, and importing people and ideas from outside.

However its done, wishing, blaming, or waiting for the economy to grow won't help. Its up to West Virginians themselves to make state growth happen.

Arts & Entertainment Calendar: Oct. 1, 2015 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151001/GZ0601/151009983 GZ0601 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151001/GZ0601/151009983 Thu, 1 Oct 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Thu. 10.1

GRACE POTTER: 7:30 p.m. Tickets $25, $30, $39 and $45, The Clay Center, One Clay Square. Call 304-561-3570.

THE DREAD PIRATE ROBERTS: 7 p.m. Free. Bluegrass Kitchen, 1600 Washington St., E. Call 304-346-2871.

THIRD EYE CABARET: 7:30 p.m. Free. Featuring Plus One, Andy Park, Shane "Diesel" Durham, Spurgie Hankins and DJ Tim Hoover. Fireside Lounge, above Little India, 1604 Washington St. E., Charleston. Facebook.com/thirdeyecabaret.

AN EVENING WITH ANTHONY JESELNIK: 7:30 p.m. Tickets $34.57 and $40.45. Keith Albee Theater, 925 Fourth Ave., Huntington. Call 304-696-6656.

"THE BEST OF SCARPELLI AND KEHDE": 8 p.m. Adults $15. Students $8. Celebrating 20 years of musical theater. Presented by CYAC. Capitol Theater, 123 Summers St. Call 304-342-6522.

SHAG: 7 to 9:45 p.m. Members $4. Non-members $6. Charleston Area Shag Society of West Virginia. 2805 Kanawha Blvd. E. Call 304-722-5719 or visit www.wvshag.com.

DANCE LESSONS: 6:30 p.m. Free. Variety of dance lessons. Hometown Senior Center, First Avenue, Hometown. Call 304-586-2745.

OPEN MIC: 8 p.m. Free. Hosted by Ryan Wright. The Boulevard Tavern, 806 Kanawha Blvd. E. Call 304-205-7951 or visit www.theboulevardtavernwv.com.

DRAG KARAOKE: 9 p.m. Free. Hosted by local drag performers. The Broadway, 201 Leon Sullivan Way. Call 304-343-2162.

CREATORS TALK: 7 p.m. Free. Writers and producers David Scoville and R.J. Nestor share the ups and downs of their 11-year writing partnership. WVSU EDC, 1506 Kanawha Blvd.W. Call 304-720-1401.

APPALACHIAN QUEER FILM FESTIVAL: 6:30 p.m. Festival pass $45. Single tickets $10. Lewis Theatre, 113 N. St. Lewisburg. aqff.org.

Fri. 10.2

KASEY MUSGRAVES: 7:30 p.m. Tickets $48.50, $72.55 and $86.46. Keith Albee Theater, 925 Fourth Ave., Huntington. Call 304-696-6656.

RECYCLE AND BILL ROSS: 7 to 10 p.m. Cover $5. Elk River Community Center, 1047 Main St., Elkview. Call 304-965-3722.

THE DIABLO BLUES BAND: 9 p.m. Free. Sully's, 222 Leon Sullivan Way. Call 304-720-7295.

WEGMANN BROTHERS: 7:30 p.m. Free. Taylor Books, 226 Capitol St. Call 342-1464 or visit www.taylorbooks.com.

BAD COMMUNICATOR WITH BAD SOCIAL and THE VIRGO 9: 10 p.m. Cover $7. The Empty Glass Café, 410 Elizabeth St. Call 304-345-3914 or visit www.emptyglass.com.

"HANSEL AND GRETEL": 7 p.m. Adults $13. Children $11. Children's Theater of Charleston production. Charleston Civic Center Little Theater. Call 304-610-5729.

"THE BEST OF SCARPELLI AND KEHDE": 8 p.m. Adults $15. Students $8. Celebrating 20 years of musical theater. Presented by CYAC. Capitol Theater, 123 Summers St. Call 304-342-6522.

BALLROOM AND LATIN DANCE LESSONS: 7 to 8 p.m. Members $9. Non-members $11. Includes two hours of open dancing. Charleston Moose Lodge, 2805 Kanawh Blvd. Call 304-552-1456.

TEAM TRIVIA: 7:30 p.m. Free. Timothy's at the Quarrier Diner, 1022 Quarrier St. Call 304-343-5686.

APPALACHIAN QUEER FILM FESTIVAL: 1:30 p.m. Festival pass $45. Single tickets $10. Lewis Theatre, 113 N. St. Lewisburg. aqff.org.

Sat. 10.3

AMERI-COUNTRY: 7 p.m. $5 cover. Traditional country music. Chesapeake Saturday Night Jamboree, Curry Annex Bldg next to Chesapeake Town Hall. 12316 MacCorkle Ave, Chesapeake. 304-949-6111.

COUNTRY FRIED COUNTRY: 7 p.m. Adults $5. Children $3. Jerry Run Summer Theater, Rte. 20, 1.5 mi. north Holly River State Park. Cleveland. Call 304-493-6574.

RECYCLE: 7 to 10 p.m. Admission $8. Marmet Recreation Center, 8500 MacCorkle Ave. Call 304-949-9692.

DANIEL LILLY AND THE LILLY MOUNTAINEERS: 7:30 p.m. Adults $15. Seniors $12. Children 12 and under $5. Mountaineer Opry House, Exit I-64, Milton. Call 304-743-5749.

MINDBENDER: 8 p.m. Free. Classic rock. Roni's Pizza Bar and More, 109 Crede's Landing, Elkview. Call 304-965-2592.

WILLIAM MATHENY: 7:30 p.m. Free. Taylor Books, 226 Capitol St. Call 342-1464 or visit www.taylorbooks.com.

THE FEVER WITH THOSE MANIC SEAS: 10 p.m. Cover $7. The Empty Glass, 410 Elizabeth St. Call 304-345-3914 or visit www.emptyglass.com.

"HANSEL AND GRETEL": 7 p.m. Adults $13. Children $11. Children's Theater of Charleston production. Charleston Civic Center Little Theater. Call 304-610-5729.

"THE BEST OF SCARPELLI AND KEHDE": 8 p.m. Adults $15. Students $8. Celebrating 20 years of musical theater. Presented by CYAC. Capitol Theater, 123 Summers St. Call 304-342-6522.

PLAY PATCH PARTY: 11 a.m., free. Children are encouraged to come in costume. Songs, games and activities. Must be accompanied by parents during the event. Spirit Halloween-sponsored children's costume runway show and a special ninja turtle meet-&-greet. Charleston Town Center Play Patch, 3000 Charleston Town Center in Charleston. 304-345-9525 or www.charlestontowncenter.com/. Charleston Town Center Play Patch, 3000 Charleston Town Center in Charleston. 304-345-9525 or www.charlestontowncenter.com/.

APPALACHIAN QUEER FILM FESTIVAL: 11 a.m. Festival pass $45. Single tickets $10. Lewis Theatre, 113 N. St. Lewisburg. aqff.org.

Sun. 10.4

OKTOBERFEST WITH DAVID PORTER'S HILLSIDE BRASS: 4 p.m. Donations accepted. Brass chamber music and traditional German tunes. St. John's Episcopal Church, 1105 Quarrier St. Call 304-343-4355.

"HANSEL AND GRETEL": 2 p.m. Adults $13. Children $11. Children's Theater of Charleston production. Charleston Civic Center Little Theater. Call 304-610-5729.

APPALACHIAN QUEER FILM FESTIVAL: 10 a.m. Festival pass $45. Single tickets $10. Lewis Theatre, 113 N. St. Lewisburg. aqff.org.

Mon. 10.5

OPEN MIC: 10 p.m. Free. The Empty Glass, 410 Elizabeth St. Call 304-345-3914 or visit www.emptyglass.com.

DANCE LESSONS: 6:30 p.m. Free. Variety of dance lessons. Hometown Senior Center, First Avenue, Hometown. Call 304-586-2745.

TEAM TRIVIA: 7 p.m. Free. The Monkey Barrel, 214 Leon Sullivan Way. Call 304-343-6969.

Tue. 10.6

GODSMACK AND ROB ZOMBIE: 7:30 p.m. Tickets $49.50. Big Sandy Superstore Arena, Huntington. Call 800-745-3000.

SPURGIE HANKINS: 10 p.m. Free. The Empty Glass, 410 Elizabeth St. Call 304-345-3914 or visit www.emptyglass.com.

JAM NIGHT: 7 p.m. Free. The Monkey Barrel, 214 Leon Sullivan Way. Call 304-343-6969.

OPEN MIC: 7 to 11 p.m. Free. Grumpy's Waterfront Grill, 5930 MacCorkle Ave., St. Albans. Call 304-766-8800.

MITCH VINGLE'S SPORTS PARTY: 7 to 8 p.m. Free. Sports talk and trivia. Hosted by Sports writer Mitch Vingle with football coaches Steve Edwards of GWHS and Jeremy Taylor of Hurricane High School. Grumpy's Waterfront Grille, 5930 MacCorkle Ave., St. Albans. Call 304-766-8800.

Wed. 10.7

GLENDA AND TRAVRO: 7:30 p.m. Free. acoustic. Roni's Pizza Bar and More, 109 Crede's Landing, Elkview. Call 304-965-2592.

BIG SOMETHING: 10 p.m. Cover $7. The Empty Glass, 410 Elizabeth St. Call 304-345-3914 or visit www.emptyglass.com.

TEAM TRIVIA: 7:30 p.m. Free. Timothy's, 1022 Quarrier St. Call 304-343-5686.

STYLE SHOW: 11:30 a.m. Tickets $25. Reservations required by Oct. 5. Style show and luncheon with fashions by Ivor's and Chico's. The Woman's Club of Charleston, 1600 Virginia St. E. Call 304-757-1134.


"ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND": 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8, 9. Adults $10. Students $6. Children under 5 free. Capital High School Theatre, 1500 Greenbrier St. Call 304-348-6500. ext. 156.

"A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM": 8 p.m. Oct. 9, 10. 2 p.m. Oct. 11Adults $15. Students and seniors $10. Alban Arts Center, 65 Olde Main St., St. Albans. Call 304-721-8896.

"MARY POPPINS": 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9, 10. 2 p.m. Oct. 11. Tickets $25. Co-presented with Charleston Light Opera Guild. The Clay Center, One Clay Square. Call 304-561-3570.

Best Bet: Pumpkin Festival in Milton http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151001/GZ0601/151009985 GZ0601 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151001/GZ0601/151009985 Thu, 1 Oct 2015 00:01:00 -0400 The West Virginia Pumpkin Festival takes place Thursday through Sunday at the West Virginia Pumpkin Park in Milton. Performances include Kala DeHart and River Town at 7 p.m. Friday and Kelsie May from the 2015 season of "The Voice" at 6 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. There is also clogging, a Firefighter Training Show, karaoke and a host of local performers. Kids entertainment includes Zappo the Clown, a zip line, inflatables, pony rides and more. Festival hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8 adults and free for children 5 and under. There's also a group rate of $6 per person for groups of 12 or more. Parking is free. For more information, call 304-638-1633 or 304-634-5857 or visit wvpumpkinpark.com.

Best Bet: Kacey Musgraves in Huntington http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151001/GZ0601/151009986 GZ0601 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151001/GZ0601/151009986 Thu, 1 Oct 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Two-time Grammy Award Winner Kacey Musgraves performs at Huntington's Keith Albee Performing Arts Center in a show that starts 7:30 p.m. Friday.

The country music sweetheart is known for her sassy charm and catchy songs. In 2013, she released her Grammy-winning debut album, "Same Trailer Different Park," to massive critical acclaim. It debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart making her the first solo female in five years to open at No. 1 with a rookie release. The gold-certified album included her top 10, platinum-selling single "Merry Go 'Round," as well as "Blowin' Smoke," "Follow Your Arrow" and "Keep It To Yourself." Her follow-up album, "Pageant Material," was just released in June 2015 and Billboard Magazine praised it as "being better than her first with more variety and consistency." Tickets are $86.46, $72.55 and $45.80. Call the Marshall Artists Series Box Office at 304-696-6656 or order tickets online at Ticketmaster.com.

Best Bet: Doo Wop and Rod Run http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151001/GZ0601/151009987 GZ0601 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151001/GZ0601/151009987 Thu, 1 Oct 2015 00:01:00 -0400 The 10th anniversary Charleston Doo Wop and Rod Run continues through Sunday on Kanawha Boulevard, from Capitol Street to Magic Island, as hundreds of hot rods and custom cars from across the country are lined up for inspection and admiration. The event runs 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday with a trophy awards presentation at that time. Performers include country artist Brian Collins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday; Band of Oz at 7:30 p.m. Friday; The Esquires at 7 p.m. Saturday followed by the Legacy Motown Revue at 8 p.m., with fireworks at 9:15 p.m. The National Anthem will be played at 10 a.m. each day and racing star "Big Daddy" Don Garlits will be on hand for photos and autographs. For a detailed schedule of the free event, visit charlestonwvcarshow.com.

Reflections from the stage of a retrospective http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151001/GZ0601/151009988 GZ0601 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151001/GZ0601/151009988 Thu, 1 Oct 2015 00:01:00 -0400 By Robert Sylvester For the Gazette-Mail By By Robert Sylvester For the Gazette-Mail I am already finding myself grieving the reality that we have only three more performances left - tonight, Friday and Saturday - of The Contemporary Youth Arts Company's presentation of "The Best of Scarpelli and Kehde: Celebrating 20 Years Of Original Musical Theater" at the WVSU Capitol Center Theater, 123 Summers St.

The unfortunate situation about being in the cast of a play is that you sometimes don't get to appreciate the marvel of the entire production.

You tend to focus on your own role to get it right. You definitely don't get to see the faces of the actors in their roles or to experience the full emotions of what they are trying to say to the audience. Most often, when you are on stage behind them, you are not able to even hear all the lyrics of the solos and to thus appreciate their meaning. I particularly found that In Erin Martin's beautiful solo which she presented "down center" in an evocative, heart tugging "When I Love Again" from the play "Chix."

Don't get me wrong: There are many advantages to being in the cast of a CYAC play, or any play for that matter. I get to bond with many wonderful ladies and gentlemen who come from many backgrounds and many walks of life, all with the purpose of taking on a role which will perhaps entertain, perhaps send an important message about life, and surely change their own lives.

In the case of CYAC, I get to be the old guy hanging around a bunch of young energy, much of which I don't understand and in my own quest to have them understand me and my desire to make friends with all the world. Many young people don't understand the craziness of that.

"The Best of Scarpelli and Kehde" is a play without a plot - at least in the sense of the expectation that there will be a story line, a central theme, and a strong message. The plot of this play, in my opinion, is about the dedicated lives of Dan Kende and Mark Scarpelli and those who stand behind them and support them to write plays about important life events which impact them personally and about which they want to send a message.

They are masters at making something out of a life event, such as an air raid warning, or love, or racism, or God, or civil rights, or stock car racing, or barbershop quartet, as examples, into something both delightful and down right serious. There is not one of their productions that hasn't taken me to the edge of thinking about my own life and its joys and challenges.

This is a performance which presents over 20 of the songs the duo have composed for the CYAC plays over the past 20 years.

It is fascinating to hear Dan get up before each song to describe how the play and the song evolved, sometimes out of a simple conversation when they would say to each other something like: "Let's write a play about that." And to hear him talk about the struggles he went through to secure the rights to adapt the original play or to build the set "almost all the way to the balcony" or to draw an audience to it.

The soloists have in most cases performed in the role of the songs they sing. The chorus is one of the most powerful I have ever had the privilege of being in.

The delight for me has been hearing the audience reactions, both during the productions and afterwards in the conversations about what they experienced.

People I talk to when I wander out into the theatre after the performance seem to be genuinely pleased.

My wish is that all my friends and the entire Charleston community will come to experience this phenomenal production for yourselves. The price of a ticket is little more than a good car wash.

And, best of all, at the standing ovation at final curtain call, you will get to cheer for Dan and Mark, and vicariously for their spouses, families, and many friends who have supported them over the years, and wish them well for many more years of wonderful collaboration.


"The Best of Scarpelli and Kehde" features excerpts from 20 years of words and music by the duo, accompanied by a 19-piece orchestra and a chorus of 35, including the talents of Bill Rainey, Ted Rose, Haley Lambert, Jonathan and Susanna Tucker, Tanya Dillon-Page, Nik Tidquist, Leah Draper, Erin Martin, Rick Fleenor, Molly Means and many more. Tickets are $8 for students, $15 for adults and can be purchased the nights of the performances on a first come-first served basis, or by calling the WVSU Capitol Center Box Office, 304-342-6522 for reservations.

For more information, visit www.cyaccharleston.com or email cyac2001@me.com.

Just Press Play: International inspiration http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151001/GZ0601/151009989 GZ0601 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151001/GZ0601/151009989 Thu, 1 Oct 2015 00:01:00 -0400 People seemed to really like the "Sounds of Summer." The folks in the newsroom sure did, but then summer came to an end. And sure, we thought, "maybe we'll just call it 'Sounds of Fall,'" but that sounded like a column about lumberjacks.

So, we thought about it and wondered, "What if we opened up the space for other people to tell us what they're listening to?" "What if we just tried harder to come up with a better name?"

So, this is it: "Just Press Play."

It's a little feature about the songs, albums, and artists people all over the area are listening to right now. Today's contributors are Alasha Al-Qudwah and Emmett Pepper.


As co-hosts of the local international music show, "Beats without Borders," on WTSQ 88.1, we always have an excuse to explore and investigate new music from all corners of the globe. Sometimes we come up with themes for our shows, but we usually just play whatever strikes our fancy.

Each week, we let each other know what sort of music we've been into over the past week, and what we want to play, each bringing about half a show's worth of music, along with some research into the music. There's one song that brought us together for this collaborative radio show, though, after Alasha heard Emmett playing it at an Oscar party held by the WV International Film Festival (WVIFF):

Emmett: The Buena Vista Social Club film by Wim Wenders was probably the first time I realized the power of music from other cultures. It so clearly articulated the joy that comes from discovering and learning the internal logic that cultures have. Film is really great at doing that, but music connects on a more visceral level that is more rewarding when you take the time to understand it, and can connect to it.

Alasha: I first heard "Chan Chan" on the way back from playing a gig in Philadelphia. The rhythms and instrumental layering of this song immediately caught my attention - it easily became my favorite song within minutes of listening. Aside from the music being culturally appealing through the Afro-Cuban percussive grooves, soaring trumpet solos, and mellow vocal lines, the song has a simplicity that allows any listener to relate and feel moved by this song. It was a magical experience to walk into Emmett's Oscar party with the WVIFF and hear this song playing across the speakers.

Emmett: This song is a great example of the music being released by the label Sahel Sounds from the Sahel region of Western Africa, in the southern reaches of the Sahara Desert. Guitars that sound as "set free" as anything Jimi Hendrix did, with otherworldly autotuned vocals. The WVIFF is playing a remake of Purple Rain, and flying in the director/Sahel Sounds label founder, Christopher Kirkley; Mdou Moctar plays the "Prince" character in the film, called Akounak Teggdalit Taha Tazoughai ("Rain the Color Blue with a Little Red in it").

Alasha: Yann Tiersen is by far my most prominent musical influence. Many know his music from the acclaimed French Film "Amelie." When I first discovered his music, my musicality shifted. His music made me step outside of my Western Classical roots to discover cultural influence in music that I hadn't been interested before, such as gypsy music. He is the reason I fell in love with Eastern melodic scales, as well as French culture. This specific track is off his album "Le Phare," is one of my favorites. It incorporates the gypsy culture of Paris into a short composition. When I hear this piece, I am instantly transported to the streets of Paris as the bustle of the city takes place.

Emmett: El Mahdy Jr. embodies what most excites me about international music: music that, yes, incorporates local musical traditions, but also shows that the musicians are familiar with cutting edge music being made all over the world. This is music for and from the Internet age. From a 2013 album with an unprintable title, "Gravity" has a unique sound, incorporating what sound like Islamic calls to prayer with ambient dub/drone.

Alasha: Anoushka Shankar never ceases to amaze me with her prolific talent. She is daughter of the great sitar master Ravi Shankar and half sister of American's beloved Nora Jones. She is an icon of world music and has used her sitar to partake in many genres such as jazz, flamenco, electronica, and Western Classical, which I find stimulating and inspiring as a musician. This piece in particular shows how well Anoushka makes the sitar sing as she embodies the culture of her homeland through her melodic expressions.

Alasha Al-Qudwah is a mother, musician, and artist, who is a native of Charleston and passionate about working with children and helping her community grow. She's a member of the popular band Qiet, co-host of "Beats Without Borders," and is a music teacher and Administrative Assistant at Charleston Montessori, violin instructor for Partnership of African American Churches and board member of the South Charleston Museum foundation.

Emmett Pepper is a Charleston native who would like to add "weird" to "Wild, Wonderful West Virginia." By day, he is an attorney and Executive Director of Energy Efficient West Virginia.