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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...

Roses by different names: Burlesque troupe to make debut at Shocka-Con


Penny Maple wrinkled her forehead when she was asked about the difference between burlesque and stripping.

Maple, the founder and leader of Riveting Roses, said there’s a phrase that covers that.


Shocka-Con brings fright to Charleston


Charleston’s horror and sci-fi convention Shocka-Con returns to Charleston this weekend with three-days of ghoulish treats and spooky fun.

In it’s fourth year, the convention has grown from its humbl...

City officials gear up for fall fun with wide array of events


Between the end of September and the end of October, Charleston’s autumn is shaping up to be a busy couple of months.

At a cramped press conference in Appalachian Power Park’s Legends Club, which incl...

Around the world in license plates


Point to a license plate on Andrew Braun’s bedroom wall and he can pick up the globe on top of his dresser and point out where it’s from.

One plate, numbered J07129, is from the U.S. forces in Iceland...

Canadian alt-country band The Bros. Landreth to perform at Clay Center


It’s been an amazing year for Canadian alt-country band, The Bros. Landreth.

In January, brothers David and Joey Landreth, who perform Saturday night at the Clay Center for the center’s Sound Check Se...

Carnegie Hall opens 2015-1016 season


Del McCoury kicks off Carnegie Hall’s 2015-2016 in Lewisburg. The full season includes a wide variety of music and comedy arts, among them performances by bluesman Eric Bibb, political parodists The Capitol Steps ...

For Rob McCoury, music has been a family affair


For almost as long as he can remember, Rob McCoury was drawn to the banjo.

Your ticket to an excellent tailgate season


College football season is officially underway now, and over the next couple of months, West Virginia sports fans will be making pilgrimages to Morgantown, Huntington and beyond to root for The Mountaineers and The Herd....

West Virginia Natives create fan-run Star Trek reboot


Dale Morton knows it sounds incredibly nerdy, but he said the moment he stepped on the bridge of the starship Enterprise was just incredibly moving.

Rob Withrow, sitting in Morton’s home studio in Hurricane ...

Artist creates eerie, mysterious world using repurposed materials in WVSU display


There’s something delightfully strange about Michael McKowen’s “The World of The Willing,” a multimedia exhibition currently on display at the Davis Fine Arts Center at West Virginia State Uni...

“Above the Fold” origami exhibit shows the power of paper


The Clay Center’s new exhibit, “Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami,” is the first traveling exhibit to bring origami installations from around the world to U.S. audiences.

The exhibit, ...

Fall festival preview


The music and fun doesn’t end just because summer is over. Through the fall, there are dozens of festivals and a few conventions where you can go for a taste of autumn, maybe hear some great music or indulge in a ...

Montclaire String Quartet to continue at WVSU


The Montclaire String Quartet has found a new home at West Virginia State University.

The quartet, formerly the quartet in residence for the West Virginia Symphony, is now the quartet in residence at WVSU.


The Kentucky Headhunters remember Johnnie Johnson


Among the names of rock ’n’ roll’s pioneers, there are few as big or as bold as Chuck Berry. The 88-year-old singer, guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, is one of the architects of modern Amer...

Pop Cult celebrates 10 years


On The Charleston Gazette-Mail’s website, Rudy Panucci’s “Pop Cult” blog isn’t the easiest thing to find.

The blog is near the bottom of the front page, usually a couple of inches...

The Mavericks mix country music and Cuba


Raul Malo, front man for The Mavericks, is thrilled that for the first time in over half a century, there’s a U.S. embassy in the Cuba’s capitol, Havana.

“The next thing is to ease the travel r...

Broccoli Samurai to perform at Boulevard Tavern


There’s some kind of magic involved with coming up with a good band name. A good name can catch people’s attention, helps sell the band to an audience who maybe hasn’t heard of them.

A band nam...

WVSO announces 2015-2016 season


The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra has announced their 2015-2016 season.

This season symphony schedule includes the return to single Saturday night performances at the Clay Center instead of the more familiar Fr...

Summertime Sippers: Smooth Ambler offers refreshing herbal drinks


Over the next few weeks, the Sunday Gazette-Mail is featuring some summertime sippers, great cocktails for that backyard barbecue or for just lounging in the shade. These are drinks made with local ingredients, local liq...

Charlie Keaton’s war: WV man wants to go fight ISIS


PINEVILLE, W.Va. — It’s been a hit-or-miss year for gardens. Spring was cool and wet. Heavy rain lasting for days came in late June and early July, but at the house where Charlie Keaton’s been living...

The hunt for Bat Boy


Get Mark Passerby started on the subject of Bat Boy, and he’s liable to never stop talking.

Passerby will tell you there’s a whole world, deep in the dark places of the earth, where even veteran explo...

Lady Antebellum singer prepares for milestone birthday ahead of Charleston show


In around seven months, Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott will hit an important milestone.

She'll turn 30.

Finding the right accent for Logan Brill


Logan Brill doesn't know exactly where she belongs, but she knows where she wants to be.

'Dearly Departed,' recently installed


The Kanawha Players are still growing into their new home at the LaBelle Theater in South Charleston.

Beers to us II: Gazette-Mail staffers offer mixed reviews of DuClaw brews


It’s not always the safest thing to send your product to the newsroom and invite a taste test. It takes a certain amount of confidence in what you have, a certain sense of rightness, but it doesn’t hurt to ...

Shots from the bar: Music rocks town as summer winds down


Summer is slowly but surely winding down. The kids are headed back to school, in school or out of school and living on your couch, but that doesn't mean everything is coming to an end — far from it.

People a...

Summertime Sippers: Cocktail calorie counts go south


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Over the next few weeks, the Sunday Gazette-Mail will be featuring some summertime sippers, great cocktails for that backyard barbecue or for just lounging in the shade. These are drinks made w...

Mark Cline Bates to play Boulevard Tavern


Mark Cline Bates has worked with Grammy-winning producer, artists

By Bill Lynch

Staff writer

A lot of songwriters use their craft as a kind of therapy. Mark Cline Bates said it's the only kind he's ever...

West Virginia State Fair returns


Even if you’re not from off the farm, there’s something for just about everyone at the West Virginia State Fair in Fairlea.

The annual celebration of practically all things West Virginian returns Frid...

Alabama to bring ‘Southern Drawl’ to State Fair


If you ask Jeff Cook, the reason Alabama got back together in the first place was because of a West Virginian — Brad Paisley.

Cook, who performs with his cousins Randy Owen and Teddy Gentry Friday night at t...

Summertime Sippers: Mixologist stirs in some homemade twists


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Over the next few weeks, the Charleston Gazette-Mail will be featuring some summertime sippers, great cocktails for that backyard barbecue or for just lounging in the shade.

These are dri...

Garrison Keillor brings “America the Beautiful” tour to Clay Center



Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" presents "America The Beautiful" Tour

WHEN: 7:30 Tuesday

WHERE: Clay Center

TICKETS: $35, $49 and $65

INFO: 304-...

R&B act 112 headlines Multifest in 26th year


Multifest returns this Saturday and Sunday to Charleston for its 26th year. The two-day free festival, this year held at Haddad Riverfront Park for the first time ever, will offer music and dance to celebrate diversity i...