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Low impact tai chi a great exercise for all ages

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Yoga studios and classes have sprung up all over Charleston, but it’s not the only Eastern exercise that’s out there.

Over the last several months, Stephanie Harper has been teaching tai chi and Qigon...

“Facing Off” with WV native Jordan Patton

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Jordan Patton had trouble paying attention in class.


The Parkersburg native laughed and said, “In high school, I used to sit and draw monsters and things like that instead of doing my actual class work.&#...

Q&A with local band A Story Told

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Q: How did A Story Told get started?

WV native chef nearly survives getting ‘Chopped’

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Mary Brent Galyean made it to the final round of Tuesday’s “Chopped Grill Masters” competition before she was “chopped” from the popular Food Network show.

I-Vibes brings Paul Trammell back to Charleston

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Paul Trammell didn't necessarily pick up the guitar because he wanted to be some kind of a rock star. He did it because his brother picked up the guitar before him.

WV native to appear on Food Network competition

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Life can be pretty good, if you know when to get out of your own way.

It took expedition chef Mary Brent Galyean a long time to learn that.

“There was a lot of years when I d...

Q&A with Ona

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Friday night, Huntington’s Coyotes in Boxes opens for Qiet at Live on the Levee in Charleston. Qiet is the popular local band. Coyotes in Boxes is the band that made the move to Nashville a few years ago to try to...

Wheeling native stars in FX comedy 'Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll'

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Actor John Corbett used to have some crazy dreams about going back to high school.

Shakespeare in the park(s)

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The Vintage Theater Company in Bridgeport figures that if West Virginians don’t have something, they should just go ahead and do it themselves.

“We looked around and found out that West Virginia is on...

'All Good' Fest Returns to WV

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This weekend, the All Good Music Festival makes its return to West Virginia, this time to the Berry Hill Farm at Summit Point in Jefferson County.

Reboot It!: A tech podcast that isn’t too technical

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Internet security professional-turned-podcaster Bill Gardner is adamant that his podcast, “Reboot It!” is not a technical podcast — well, it is, but it’s not necessarily for the hardcore compu...

Q&A with rising country star Chase Bryant

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Chase Bryant isn’t a household name, but it could be one. The 22-year-old from Texas has turned some heads since he released his EP last fall.

Review: ‘Mountain Stage’ wraps up FestivALL

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There's a fine line between Saturday night and Sunday morning and Charleston got a little of both turned upside down Sunday night at the Clay Center, when “Mountain Stage” closed out this year's FestivALL.<...

What’s brewing at FestivALL this week?

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With the second weekend of FestivALL, arts and activities in Charleston don't slow down but kick into higher gear.

Here's a round up of things to look into or check out.

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West Virginia Symphony moving offices out of Clay Center

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In a cost-saving move, the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra announced Thursday that it will relocate its offices from the Clay Center to Wyoming Street on Charleston’s West Side, effective Aug. 1.

Clay Cente...

Not a story about a horn

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A guitar player or a banjo picker will sometimes have a story about how they came into their instrument. 

Chris Stapleton: Certified coalfield country boy

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Songwriters go to Nashville by the thousands every year. Many of them pick up day jobs at Kmart or delivering pizzas to help pay the bills while they navigate the city looking for their big break — many, but not al...

The Empty Glass at 30: Rock and roll never forgets

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This year, FestivALL celebrates 30 years of music at Charleston's best known dive bar, The Empty Glass.

Tonight and next Friday, the festival and the city pays tribute to the bar with special performances at Live o...

FestivALL:A city becomes a very busy work of art

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Ticketed entertainment

A return visit from Parker Millsap

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Yes, Oklahoma native Parker Millsap has been this way before and who knows, might come back again.

He likes return visits.

“I’m excited to see a bunch of places this summer,” he said.

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The Wine Shop now offers 64-ounce craft beer ‘growlers’ to go

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This week, shoppers in Charleston who drop in at The Capitol Market to grab lunch, some fresh fruit, a cup of coffee or a box of chocolates will have one more thing they can just grab and go —...

PHOX

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Touring is often the best and worst part of being in a band — especially, when a band is just starting out.

Traveling by van can be an adventure. You’re exploring the country, seeing new sights and tr...

Moccasin Creek part of ‘hick-hop’ movement

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Not everybody is going to love what underground country, certified hick-hop band Moccasin Creek does.

“That’s OK,” said Moccasin Creek frontman and rapper Jeff McCool. “We’re not ...

USFloyd and The Great Gig in the sky

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With the release of “The Endless River” last year, classic rock band Pink Floyd officially (and probably finally) hung it up.

Bell, Book and — cat: Tonkinese steals scenes onstage

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For a play to work, you need the right cast. You need actors who are comfortable around crowds, able to take direction and willing to learn lines.


None of these things describes your average house cat.

Dawes frontman goes back to school before ‘Mountain Stage’

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For a touring musician, not every show is going to be a memorable one.

After a couple hundred or a couple thousand trips between the bus, the hotel, the club or the theater and then back again, it can run together...

Rainbow Pride returns to Charleston

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Changes are coming to this year’s Rainbow Pride West Virginia event, although it has very little to do with marriage equality or growing acceptance for the LGBQT community.

“We just wanted to make it ...

Ribfest sauce champ hopes to change lives, like his was

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Sunday afternoon at Ribfest, at South Charleston’s Oakes Field, Chris Lemon, the maker of Lem’s Meat Varnish, is hoping to give somebody else the same kind of chance he got at Ribfest in 2013.

Lemon i...