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“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...

Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds to bring Clay Center new soul from NYC


Those old rock ’n’ roll stories of people running off to the big city to start a band aren’t quite dead. It still happens.

Arleigh and Jackson Kincheloe of Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds a...

Capital City Art and Craft Show returns to Charleston Civic Center


The Capital City Art and Craft Show returns to the Charleston Civic Center this weekend for its 48th year.

Each year, the show attracts over 15,000 visitors to the area.

The show features over 150 artists and...

Seasonal Sips: Bridge Road Bistro shares cocktail mixes for autumn evenings


The change of the seasons brings the return of half-forgotten sights, sounds. Long days spent outside in the sun are exchanged for dark nights spent by the warmth of a fire.

Backyard cookouts give way to holiday p...

Classical pianist Bill Wolfram to perform with WV Symphony Orchestra


They say a good performer is only as good as his instrument.

Usually, classical pianist Bill Wolfram gets just the very best.

Wolfram, who performs Saturday night at the Clay Center as the guest of the West ...

5 questions with Fernando Lopez of Ecuadoran folk quartet Andes Manta


On Saturday night at the Capitol Center Theater, the Friends of Old Time Music and Dance welcome Andes Manta, an Ecuadoran folk quartet made up of four brothers.

The group will offer a musical sampling of the trad...

Trans-Siberian Orchestra returns with the ghosts of Christmas Eve


When drummer Jeff Plate isn’t on the road with the holiday season music and special effects extravaganza that is Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO), he plays in a couple of other bands, including Metal Church, a rock ...

George Clinton to bring the funk to Morgantown


At 74, George Clinton isn’t ready to stop and isn’t ready to give up the fight.

The funk icon said, “I never thought of it any other way. I guess I just took it for granted. People would ask me...

Local dancer returns to Charleston with touring adaptation of ‘The Producers’


Friday night will not be the first time Charleston native Anne Marie Snyder has performed in the Broadway adaptation of Mel Brooks’s comedy, “The Producers.” It won’t even be the first time sh...

Kinky Friedman isn’t here to inspire, but it might happen anyway


Kinky Friedman may be past caring too much what other people think about him, if he ever cared that much in the first place.

The author, singer/songwriter, humorist and occasional Texas political candidate comes to...

Contemporary Christian star Chris Tomlin brings tour to Charleston


It’s a controversy that seems to flare up every year. When is it OK to start celebrating Christmas?

There are those who say you shouldn’t get your Christmas tree until the day after Thanksgiving and s...

Review: ‘Mountain Stage’ has remarkable night


Associate producer Joni Deutsch had it right: Sunday night’s “Mountain Stage” at the Culture Center was a music discovery kind of show.

None of the performers were particularly well-known or ev...

Oklahoma’s Turnpike Troubadours to play ‘Mountain Stage’


Different regions of the country burn hot with new sounds in American music. For awhile, it seemed like every other roots or Americana band was from Brooklyn, New York. A generation ago, half of what everyone listened to...

HallowEast returns to East End with Zombie Walk, pub crawl and more


Charleston’s East End turns spooky this weekend with year seven of HallowEast.

The annual festival runs through Saturday and includes returning events like the Zombie Walk, the East End Costume Pub Crawl an...

Appalachian Artists Collective presents journey to ‘The Twilight Zone’

- You are traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land of imagination.

Twin brothers explore duality of man in ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’


Terry Lanham didn’t quite get what playwright Jeffrey Hatcher was going for in his adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella, “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”

Returning to the ‘Nest’


Matt Browning knows it’s a little odd that he maintains a fan website devoted to the old NBC sitcom “Empty Nest.”

It’s maybe a little stranger that he’s been running the site for ...

Into the Dead Zone


I used to be a big fan of Halloween.

I loved it all: the costumes; the candy; the horror movie marathons lasting deep into the night; the feeling of impossible dread that, at any moment, the neighborhood could be ...

W.Va. brews do well at Bramwell’s Oktoberfest


Bramwell held its 20th Annual Oktoberfest last week, bringing together some of the best beers in the state and around the region.

Held in Mercer County, this year, Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company’s Devil A...

“Some Kind of Wonderful” earns John Ellison spot in WV Music Hall of Fame



Life-size murder-mystery game ‘Clue’ returns to HallowEast


Among the many events returning to Charleston following FestivAll Fall is HallowEast’s game of “Clue.”

FestivALL Fall ushers in autumn


FestivALL Fall returns to Charleston for its fourth year, packing a lot of arts, theater, dance and music into one long weekend.

Here are some of the highlights:

Columbia Ballet overcomes disaster to perform with Charleston Ballet


Each new season of the Charleston Ballet seems to bring some new trouble, some new challenge that will inevitably turn into a story director Kim Pauley’s dancers will one day sit around and talk about.

WV poet laureate looks forward to meeting Neil Gaiman at book festival


Marc Harshman, West Virginia’s poet laureate, hasn’t read everything Neil Gaiman has written — but he’s read most of it.

“Most of his major novels, as well as his three collection...

WV musicians to be inducted into state Hall of Fame


A couple of weeks ago, West Virginia Music Hall of Fame director Michael Lipton was in New York to see Raleigh County native and recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Bill Withers.

“He was at this Carne...

Charleston gaming convention marks 10th year


Break out your 20-sided dice and your old Magic the Gathering Cards. On Friday night, Charleston’s annual gaming convention returns to the Charleston Civic Center.

Typically held the week before the West Vir...

Newgrass legend Sam Bush to perform at inaugural Bridge Jam music fest


This Saturday marks the inaugural Bridge Jam, a festival that coordinates with the thrill seekers coming to Gauley Bridge and Fayetteville to shake their fist at gravity and fling themselves from the bridge (while wearin...

WV International Film Festival returns to South Charleston Friday


One of the arguments against film festivals sometimes is that by the time the films get to West Virginia, the online streaming services already have the film. You can watch it from the comfort of your couch.

Devon Allman to bring rock and blues to Charleston OktoberWest


Saturday night, guitarist and singer/songwriter Devon Allman comes to OktoberWest in Charleston, and would really like it if someone could save him one or two of those craft beers.

“Bring it on,” he s...

Review: ‘Mountain Stage’ good, but slow


After a couple of months away, “Mountain Stage” returned to the Culture Center with a show that was slow to catch fire, but eventually did, and finished strong.

Part of that might have been the crowd....

Joni Deutsch steps up


Bringing on a new announcer for “Mountain Stage” wasn’t anything anyone on the show really planned, but it happened.

While Larry Groce remains the host of “Mountain Stage,” 23-yea...

‘Family Affair’ actress Kathy Garver to talk memoir at Taylor Books


Over the phone, Kathy Garver sounds a lot like she did when she played Cissy on the 1960s television show “Family Affair.”

The 69-year-old actress and author played the teenage sister to Jodie and Buf...

Alban Arts Center presents a more modern take on ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’


Some people can get intimidated by Shakespeare. Next to an average hour of network television, the content, the subtext, the themes, the iambic pentameter delivered in 15th century English isn’t just challenging, ...

Holly and Ken bring indie music with country flavor to Fireside Lounge


Holly Munoz and Ken Stringfellow kicked off their East Coast tour with a show Sunday night in Boulder Colorado — but they almost didn’t make it.

Munoz explained, “We rolled into town 45 minutes...

Chorus director finally gets to fly as Mary Poppins


Emily Capece said she’s careful about what roles she tries out for, but the director of the Charleston women’s chorus womanSong, who also has her hands full with teaching and raising a pair of children, sai...

Berkeley brings boats, books and a brontosaurus to Mountain Stage


Concept albums are nothing new. The basic idea is that the record has a unified theme or story, like Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” or Lady Gaga’s “The Fame Monster.”

David Berkel...

Run with the fishes: Sushi Fun Run emphasizes having a good time


Dave Lomely’s Sushi Fun Run sounds like one of the stranger ideas to come out of Charleston in a while. A three-mile road race, where runners stop along the way to snack on raw fish and rice, sounds like a plan fo...

The long-running Tannahil Weavers return to Charleston


By now, Roy Gullane of Scotland’s Tannahill Weavers has been to Charleston many times.

“I think we’ve been to all the Charlestons now,” he said, sounding like he wasn’t sure how m...

Appalachian Queer Film Festival returns to Lewisburg


Acceptance of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transsexuals in West Virginia isn’t universal, but Tim Ward, one of the founders of the Appalachian Queer Film Festival, said it’s not as bad as most people might...

Noted Buddhist monk to visit Charleston


Bhante Henepola Gunaratana believes that meditation is for everyone, regardless of whether they’re a Buddhist, a Christian or any other religion.

Speaking slowly, but very clearly, the 87-year-old abbot of ...

Light Opera Guild 2015-16 season announced


Charleston Light Opera Guild has announced their upcoming series.

The musical theater group will co-present “Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins” with the Clay Center October 9-11 and ...

Former Misfit, Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein, to play show in Beckley


Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein doesn’t remember his summer all that much. It all kind of came and went in a blur.

“Summer? I don’t know, man,” the 51-year-old former guitarist for The M...

Comedian’s dark humor a ‘double-edged sword’


Comedians can push boundaries. For the sake of a laugh, a stand up comic will say things in their act the rest of us would scarcely ever think, let alone say in our daily lives.

Dark comics can go farther. Part of ...

Pierce Pettis to kick off Woody Hawley Series


Pierce Pettis thought it had been a good ten years since the last time he’d been to Charleston.

Pettis, who ushers in this year’s Woody Hawley Series Saturday night at the Clay Center’s Walker...

Fiddler, radio host Dobbs dies


After a short illness, Joe Dobbs, an old-time musician and former radio host, died late Monday.

He was 81 years old.

The longtime St. Albans resident was the owner of the Fret ‘n Fiddle music store i...

Todd Burge gets his cape and wears it, too


It’s a pretty fair accomplishment for a West Virginia artist to be asked to perform on “Mountain Stage.”

The West Virginia Public Broadcasting radio program regularly features musicians from a...