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Piano man plays songs for CCR’s Fogerty — and for us, on Saturday


Recording an album often leads in unexpected directions. Sometimes songs get rewritten and rearranged, and sometimes you have to toss out a piano.

Rising stars of traditional music coming to FOOTMAD


Saturday night at the Culture Center Theater, in Charleston, bluegrass and traditional music fans will get a chance to see some of the players who could become the biggest names in both musical genre...

Greenbrier Valley Theatre’s 49th season opens April 8


Lewisburg’s Greenbrier Valley Theatre returns in April for its 49th season, with Broadway favorites, provocative classics and the world premiere of a new musical comedy from Emmy Award-winner ...

One Month at a Time: Final progress report after month on vegan diet


Going vegan for January started out as a whim, just a funny idea that arrived in an email I almost ignored.

After my doctor’s visit at the end of December (my first check-up in a decade), it became a little ...

Global phenomenon Monster Jam returns to Civic Center


Friday night, Monster Jam rumbles back into the Charleston Civic Center, kicking off two days of big trucks, big tires and big noise.

The popular monster truck extravaganza is part of Monster Jam’s 2016 seas...

The search is on for new WV Symphony Orchestra conductor


It might have come as a shock when Maestro Grant Cooper announced last fall that he would be retiring from the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

The New Zealand-born...

Set in Appalachia, TV show ‘Outsiders’ is both far away and close to home


This week, WGN America launched one of the strangest shows on television.

Adding to the current cable landscape of cops, robbers, vampires and zombies, comes ȁ...

One Month at a Time: Temporary vegan navigates the lunch conundrum


Grabbing lunch in Charleston is going to be a problem if you’re a vegan.

It’s not that you can’t find things to eat. You absolutely can, but while vegetarians don’t have much trouble na...

Folk musician Jen Starsinic brings roots music to Empty Glass


Even a traveling musician has to put down roots somewhere, sometime.

It took singer/songwriter Jen Starsinic awhile, but she finally decided to make Nashville home.<...

Eric Bibb brings the blues to Carnegie Hall


Bluesman Eric Bibb agreed that they don’t make blues musicians like they used to — at least, they don’t make them like blues legend Huddie William Ledbetter, better known as Lead Belly.

Bibb, w...

Jewish Film Festival returns with history ... and snacks


Between the middle of January and Super Bowl Sunday, movie houses sometimes see a dip in attendance.

It’s not a great time for Hollywood to unleash another blockbuster, but it’s not bad for the West ...

Lights off: Organ Cave illuminated by candles in special winter tours


With winter clearly underway, outdoors opportunities (unless you’re a skier) tend to shrink, but through the month of January, Organ Cave in Greenbrier County will be offering something that’s completely ou...

Ron White bringing no-holds-barred stand-up comedy to Clay Center


No one would ever accuse Ron White of keeping things to himself.

The scotch-swilling, cigar-chomping Texan, who performs January 21 at the Clay Center, is one of the biggest names in comedy, and will talk about an...

Indie rock band Wild Child works through the pain and plays on


Somebody somewhere gets their heart broken every minute of every day.

Songwriters have written a million songs about heartbreak. Countless numbers of them have become hits, launched music careers or become part of ...

One month at a time: For a vegan, how much difference can a month make?


Editor's note: Reporter Bill Lynch started the new year on a bold mission: to immerse himself in a different facet of life for a full month — every month — for all of 2016, and write about it along the wa...

Wilco, Whoopi highlight Clay Center’s spring season


Wilco fans who failed to get tickets for the band’s upcoming sold-out Mountain Stage appearance have a second chance to see the alt-rock band.

The Illinois-based group, which helped the Feb. 14 radio show s...

Hank Williams tribute band to perform at Woody Hawley Series


The Woody Hawley Series opens its first show of 2016 Saturday night at the Clay Center’s Meier Foundation Hall with the return of John Lilly and Rob McNurlin’s popular Hank Williams tribute. The show featur...

West Virginia Youth Symphony welcomes winter with concert


Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m., the West Virginia Youth Symphony will present their winter concert at the Scottish Rite Temple on Capitol Street.

The concert was planned for a little earlier in the season, but the symp...

Joshua Powell and the Great Train Robbery make stop in Charleston


In 2013, right around the time Joshua Powell graduated from Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana, the singer/songwriter was faced with a choice.

He could take his newly minted music business degree and head to ...

Brothers’ Christian band For King & Country among Winter Jam top acts


There’s no doubt about it: 2015 was a great year for Contemporary Christian band For King & Country.

The band, featuring Australia-born brothers, headline Winter Jam 2016 at the Charleston Civic Center S...

Craig Hinchman Trio returns to ‘GoodNight’ 2015


The holiday season is a special time for the Craig Hinchman Trio.

“It’s our busiest time,” Hinchman said. “We do a lot of holiday lunches and things like that.”

The ensemble...

A look back at Charleston arts and entertainment in 2015


In case you missed it, Charleston and the surrounding area had a very, very busy year. It was a tumultuous year as well, with the disbanding of Charleston’s Community Music, some severe belt-tightening with the We...

Seasonal Sips: A Moscow Mule twist and more for your New Year's toast


The last of our seasonal sips brings us back to Bar 101 on Capitol Street. Not only did bartender Evan Ward whip up a couple of cocktails to help wind up the old year, kick off the New Year or just serve when company com...

Charleston woman’s debut novel mirrors Muslim experience in America


Author Rajia Hassib has kind eyes and smiles easily.

Seated behind her desk, in an office full of books, she’s glad to talk about her debut novel, “In...

Behind the Scenes: The people who are making Charleston even better


With 2015 coming to a close, it seemed like a good time for Arts and Entertainment to look back and remember some of the people who helped contribute to Charleston’s Arts and Entertainment scene.


Seasonal Sips: Celsius creates cool cocktails


This week’s holiday cocktails are from Celsius lounge and restaurant on Hale Street in Charleston. The restaurant — which has one of the longest happy hours around (11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.) — is working...

Annual Bridge Road Bistro singalong continues


Talk to the bartenders at Bridge Road Bistro and none of them is 100 percent sure how or even when the singing of “12 Days of Christmas” got started at the bar, but they have a fair idea of why it stuck aroun...

‘Pink Nightmare’ takes center stage in musical of ‘A Christmas Story’


Part of what makes the movie “A Christmas Story” so appealing is that 9-year-old Ralphie Parker is a stand-in for anyone who ever wanted something they couldn’t have during the gift giving holidays.<...

Writer reflects on a lifelong love of ‘Star Wars’ (Bonus trivia quiz)


“Star Wars” has been part of me for almost as far back as I can remember.

“My Brother, My Brother and Me” podcasters return to native Huntington


In what could be turning into an annual event, the McElroy brothers will return Monday night to Huntington for a live taping of their comedy podcast, “My Brother, My Brother and Me.”

The event was one...

West Virginia gifts: J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works


The holiday shopping season is underway, and while there are many worthy retailers out there vying for your hard-earned dollar, sometimes what you want is something that says, “West Virginia.”


Seasonal Sips: Paterno's at the Park creates refreshing cocktails for winter


This week's “Seasonal Sips” takes us to Paterno's at the Park, inside of Applachian Power Park. Bartender Jo Finlayson says the bar at Paterno's changes with the seasons.

Just Press Play: Holiday favorites from v100’s Steve Bishop


This week’s Just Press Play celebrates the music of the season with a list compiled by Steve Bishop of V100, which once again is playing holiday favorites back-to-back-to-back all the way until Christmas.


Radio-style production brings to life “It’s a Wonderful Life”


In an age of limited resources, to put on some theater productions, producers have had to get creative. Many elaborate Broadway musicals have retooled for the times and scaled down to keep them profitable.

For com...

Annie Moses Band to perform holiday show


It would be easy to say that the Annie Moses Band takes its name from the band’s vocalist, except Annie’s last name isn’t Moses. It’s Wolaver, same as her five siblings, and same as her parent...

Review: Mountain Stage saves the best for last


“Mountain Stage” saved the best for last, with their final show of the year at the Culture Center Sunday night.

It was a wonderful set of performances from start to finish, with an added surprise.


West Virginia gifts: Mountain Stage has holiday offerings


The holiday shopping season is underway, and while there are many worthy retailers out there vying for your hard-earned dollar, sometimes what you want is something that says, “West Virginia.”


Seasonal Sips: Holiday beer run at Summit Beer station


For sheer volume of beers to try during the holidays or practically anytime, it’s hard to beat Summit Beer Station on 11th Street in Huntington.

The beer fan’s beer bar has 16 varieties on tap and 70...

Just Press Play: Eli Chambers


This week’s Just Press Play comes to us from Eli Chambers.

Chambers has been a long-time part of the Charleston-area theater scene, appearing in numerous productions with various community theater troupes. ...

Guest singer to jazz up Bob Thompson’s annual ‘Joy to the World’


Christmas probably feels very different if you happen to be from the place where the original story took place.

Lena Seikaly, who performs Dec. 10 at the Culture Center Theater for Bob Thompson’s annual ...

Krampus is coming to town — so you can get your picture with him


The month of December tends to conjure certain seasonal images — brightly-decorated evergreens covered in twinkling lights, a jolly, bearded man in a red suit, eight reindeer (nine, if you count the one with the g...

Q&A with WV Symphony guest vocalist Steven Stull


It wouldn’t be the holidays without some carefully laid plans going awry for somebody. This year, the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra ran into trouble when their guest vocalist, Division of Culture and History co...

Kin Ship Goods makes WV-themed gifts for Mountain State enthusiasts


The holiday shopping season is underway, and while there are many worthy retailers out there vying for your hard-earned dollar, sometimes what you want is something that says “West Virginia.”

Whether ...

Seasonal Sips: Pinchgut Hollow Distillery shines in holiday offerings


Unlike some other additions to the growing West Virginia whiskey business, Mick Heston, owner of Pinchgut Hollow Distillery, didn’t start out as an illegal moonshiner.

“We raised cattle,” Hest...

Marvel Universe Live: Stuntman plays friendly neighborhood Spider-Man


Stuntman and aspiring action star Joseph Butler sometimes wishes he’d been bitten by a radioactive spider.

Having the agility and proportional strength of a spider, not to mention the ability to cling to su...

“Ragtime” brings musical message to Clay Center’s Broadway in Charleston


To be sure, “Ragtime” isn’t a light-hearted musical celebrating the music and dance of the turn of the 20th Century.

Actress Kate Turner, who plays “Mother,” said, “It...

CYAC’s “MARY” musical returns for 19th year


In Charleston, the Christmas season ushers in a host of holiday traditions.

The West Virginia Symphony’s annual “Home for the Holidays” performance comes to the Clay Center December 5. Bob Tho...

WVU college radio station wins big at award ceremony in New York


When WVU’s college station WWVU (U92) went to New York in October to attend CMJ’s award ceremony in New York, student music director Elizabeth “Emmi” McIntyre didn’t think their chances...

Seasonal Sips: Huntington’s Bittersweet Coffee more sweet than bitter


Over the next few weeks, The Charleston Gazette-Mail will be exploring seasonal beverages to try and/or make at home.

This week, that lofty goal takes us to Bittersweet Coffee House in Huntington.


Shots from the Bar


It’s been a few weeks since Shots from the Bar took a peek at what’s been happening around Charleston. But just because it didn’t appear in the paper doesn’t mean that everyone is at home stre...