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One Month at a Time: Tickets to the gun show; final thoughts on firearms

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I don’t recall the last time I went to an actual gun show. When I was a kid, we used to go to the Dublin Gun show every year. It was mostly a huge, outdoor flea market, where you could find just about anything. A ...

Internet sensation, improv troupe The Tenderloins comes to Charleston

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In a lot of ways, The Tenderloins are like any other group of rowdy guys.

LimeLight stages rarely performed ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’

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Odds are, you’ve probably seen some version of “Alice in Wonderland.”

Broadway in Charleston announces new season

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“Annie,” “Rent” and “Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy” are all part of the next season of Broadway in Charleston.

One Month at a Time: Learning gun basics and finding the right fit

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On a bright, Saturday afternoon, I went out to the South Charleston Fraternal Order of Police’s shooting range to take a basic firearms safety and handling course — the first step in getting a concealed car...

‘24’ actor Kiefer Sutherland brings own kind of country to V Club

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Most people would know Kiefer Sutherland as an actor. He’s best remembered for the Fox television drama “24,” where he played the heroic Jack Bauer. Others might recall him from ...

NY band Savannah and the Kings open Jerry Run Summer Theater season

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Dusty Anderson had a very familiar idea when he and his wife, Renee, built the Jerry Run Summer Theater: If you build it, they will come.

Fans gather for last chance to see retiring circus elephants (video)

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Like just about every other kind of business, show business is always changing, sometimes even in surprising ways.

National Geographic photographer to discuss ‘ark’ of animal portraits

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For the past decade, Joel Sartore has been trying to fill his ark.

One Month at a Time: Seeing a man about a gun

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I didn’t know what to expect after the first story for this month’s series about guns. Previous photos had helped set the tone, often casting me in a slightly humorous light.

Vinyl venues plan specials, music for Record Store Day

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Record Store Day returns to Charleston on Saturday and the city’s two record stores are gearing up for vinyl and music fans alike with in-store specials, rare one-day-only items and lots of ot...

Documentary explores being a musician from WV

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Michael Lipton is a lot of things, but he’s never been a filmmaker.

Illusionists magic show a rare treat for Charleston

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It seems like it’s been a while since Charleston got its last magic show. Music we get plenty of, but magic is ever in short supply.

East End Ramp Feast celebrates beloved, pungent Appalachian greens

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Friday through Sunday, Bluegrass Kitchen, Tricky Fish and Starling’s Provisions on Washington Street in Charleston’s East End will be celebrating the return of Appalachia’s favorite onion-y, garlic-y...

One Month at a Time: Taking a shot at the topic of guns

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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

WVSO announces new season, conductor finalists

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Six finalists have been announced as potential candidates to succeed Grant Cooper, the retiring conductor of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

‘The Illusionists’ bring multi-magician spectacle to the Clay Center

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Kevin James got into magic the way a lot of young boys get into magic: he saw a show at school.

Marcus King keeps a level head to success

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In the liner notes of Marcus King’s debut record, “Soul Insight,” the 19-year-old included a line from Steely Dan: “I’m never going back to my old school.”

Christian pop band Newsboys still on the beat

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Duncan Phillips has been with Newsboys a long time. The Australia-born drummer joined the Christian pop group in the early 1990s and has been there through its ups and downs.

Review: Old Crow Medicine Show, Parker Millsap make for a musical mismatch

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If nothing else, “Mountain Stage” regularly proves that it is possible to put two different acts together on the same show and it will turn out just fine, but that’s not how it always works everywher...

Catch the Midnight Rider: Gregg Allman coming to the Clay Center

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To Gregg Allman, there really isn’t any question about how he could put together a band to replace The Allman Brothers Band after the iconic Southern-rock group dis...

After powerful performances, Parker Millsap returns to Charleston

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Saturday night, Parker Millsap comes to Charleston. The show, at the Municipal Auditorium with Old Crow Medicine Show, was one of the most anticipated concerts early in the season.

Shaman’s Harvest to rock out at Huntington’s V Club

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Rock ’n’ roll comes with a very specific lifestyle. Weeks spent on the road, living out of motel rooms or the back of a bus, bad food and free-flowing booze are all part of the mystique...

One Month at a Time: Yoga brings tranquility — or something like it

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A week before the end of the month and the last yoga class I needed to take for March, I was crossing a parking lot and stopped on the way to my car to talk to Kate.

One month at a Time: The world of yoga from a man's perspective

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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 ̵...

Larry and Sandra Groce make an album that will ‘Live Forever’

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“Mountain Stage” host Larry Groce has joked about his new record for months.

Jam band Optimus Riff coming to Boulevard Tavern

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Eric Davis doesn’t like to take credit for the founding of trippy, space jam band Optimus Riff. That mostly belongs to the guitarist’s girlfriend.

Matchbox Twenty guitarist’s ‘side project’ Rivers & Rust visits Thomas

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It’s been a couple of years since Matchbox 20 went on hiatus. The last time the multi-platinum selling pop rock band was out on tour was in 2013, when they co-headlined with the Goo Goo Dolls.<...

One Month at a Time: ‘Graceful as a drunken moose’ reporter tries yoga

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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 t...

WV native victim of random stabbing in Philadelphia

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Nathan Ackison and his wife, Rashonna, were driving home in Philadelphia early Tuesday afternoon when they heard the scraping sound of the car’s tailpipe dragging on the street.

Pogues cover band ‘The Charleston Rogues’ perform for St. Patrick’s Day

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Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, Charleston gets its very own Pogues cover band, The Charleston Rogues.

Drive-By Trucker’s Mike Cooley drives solo to ‘Mountain Stage’

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There’s a simple answer for why Drive-By Trucker Mike Cooley goes out to play solo shows.

Pub Crawl returns to East End with tunes, booze and festive frivolity

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Charleston’s East End Pub Crawl returns Saturday from 6 to 11 p.m. for another wild night of boozy, loud fun with an Irish bent.

Ashley Hoey to show mixed media portraits at ArtWalk

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ArtWalk returns to Charleston today. Now that the cold weather is (probably) behind us, people can look forward to free music and snacks in downtown Charleston, plus a chance to see a wide variety of work from the area&#...

Sappy and sweet: Frostmore Farm taps demand for WV maple syrup

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Rachel Taylor is almost giddy when she talks about their maple syrup production at Frostmore Farm in Pocahontas County. She’s all smiles and bubbly enthusiasm, like she’s under the influence of a very nice ...

St. Patrick’s Day cocktails for the Irishman in all of us

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In anticipation of St. Patrick’s Day, with hopes of sparing the world from consuming a few more gallons of green beer, the Charleston Gazette-Mail went in search of other seasonal sips to help celebrate the holida...

Review: Mix of genre-bending bands delights Mountain Stage audience

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It’s been a while since a “Mountain Stage” show didn’t sell out. Since the beginning of the year, the recorded live radio program has been on a roll (at least in Charleston) filling seats.

Clay Center looks forward to climbable sculpture, other updates

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Clay Center President and CEO Al Najjar smiled knowingly last month as he showed off the artistic rendering for the new interactive art sculpture for the Clay Center.

One Month at a Time: March madness on the yoga mat

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There are plenty of things I know nothing about. Yoga is something I know just enough about to be mostly wrong.

Ireland, WV, residents spring into action for Irish Spring Festival

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IRELAND — A week before the first day of the Irish Spring Festival in Lewis County, people in this sleepy little town about a half an hour from Flatwoods were busy.

Indian-influenced brass and drum ensemble returns to WV

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Fans of the world beat and jazz music have two chances to catch Red Baraat this weekend.

WV garage band’s success falls ‘Under Surveillance’

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Singer Eve Marcum-Atkinson held up a bag of earplugs and said, “You might want these. It gets a little loud in here.”

There’s a ‘Big Damn Band’ coming to Snowshoe, Huntington

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Not everybody is suited to over 250 days on the road, but those people aren’t the Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band.

Acclaimed author Stephen King to visit Charleston

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Acclaimed best-selling novelist Stephen King will be somewhere in Charleston a few days after his latest book is released, but it’s not clear where yet.

One month at a time: Trying to make people laugh

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At long last, my public debut had arrived. We performed at Timothy’s Bar, a little subterranean club down the steps from the Quarrier Diner in Charleston.

'Legendary' Jerusalem Orchestra coming to Huntington

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Maestro and star cellist Dmitry Yablonsky knows the value of a little downtime.

Celtic ‘dive’ band Daimh to headline Celtic Calling festival

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Band names come from all sorts of places. They can be deep and meaningful, but, just as often, they’re superficial and meaningless.

Rock the rafters with Father Son and Friends at ‘Men in Kilts Night’

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If you’ve been looking for an excuse to wear a kilt, Ohio-based Celtic folk band Father Son and Friends would like you to know it’s alright by them.

One Month at a Time: Nearing the end of improv mission

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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 t...

Local band Qiet to drop new album, perform with The Sea The Sea

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Saturday night, the Clay Center welcomes indie pop folk group The Sea The Sea and gypsy folk rock band Qiet to the Walker Theater.