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From an embarrassment of riches, Opus sings with grace

When choruses program concerts, they have to sort through an embarrassment of riches: More than 1,000 years of compositions. In its excellent Christmas concert, Opus Chorale, the 16-voice chamber chorus, sampled music from across the choral canon,...

Consummate performer James Taylor puts on a great show
Consummate performer James Taylor puts on a great show

James Taylor has made a mint off of being a homesick/heartsick kid from the Carolinas, but at 66 years old, he is hardly still a child. Nevertheless, on Friday night he brought his white-boy-sings-the-blues brand of American folk to the Charleston...

St. Paul and the Broken Bones rock ‘Mountain Stage’

Paul Janeway brought the gospel to Charleston, as he and his band St. Paul and the Broken Bones shook Mountain Stage with thunderous spirit on Sunday night.

Janeway, from Alabama, was brought up in the Pentecostal Church, evident in his...

‘Mockingjay: Part 1’ a glum set-up for ‘Hunger Games’ finale
‘Mockingjay: Part 1’ a glum set-up for ‘Hunger Games’ finale

Dark and hazy, relentlessly glum and dull, “The Hunger Games — Mockingjay: Part 1” is the first film in this sci-fi series to refuse to even attempt to stand on its own.

If you haven’t seen the previous films, good...

Review: ‘Dragon Age: Inquisition’ a true epic
Review: ‘Dragon Age: Inquisition’ a true epic

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The word “epic” gets tossed about rather liberally by those of us who write about video games, where it’s easy to get lost in a sea of hyperbole while talking about the latest “flavor of the month....

Review: Lively Baroque ensemble brightens a dreary Autumn day

It may have been cold and rainy Sunday but Red Priest brightened the day considerably. It returned to Charleston with its high-energy take on Baroque music in a concert for the Charleston Chamber Music Society at Christ Church United Methodist....

Pianist makes triumphant return with W.Va. Symphony

When Pianist Valentina Lisitsa was forced to cancel a performance of Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor with the West Virginia Symphony in January, she offered to return this season and perform both of the composer’s piano...

Review: ‘The Master Chief Collection’ the definitive ‘Halo’ experience
Review: ‘The Master Chief Collection’ the definitive ‘Halo’ experience

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — With everything that “Halo” has done for Microsoft — not the least of which was single-handedly establish the Xbox as a viable gaming platform — it seems only fitting that the publisher pull out...

Park Place opens critically acclaimed ‘Birdman’ Friday
Park Place opens critically acclaimed ‘Birdman’ Friday

The stunningly unique visual style and sacrificial slaughter of stardom makes “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” a modern day “Sunset Boulevard” — where winning and losing recognition can be a...

‘Beyond the Lights’ a pain-behind-the-music romance that works
‘Beyond the Lights’ a pain-behind-the-music romance that works

Movie Review

“Beyond the Lights” HH1/2

RATED: PG-13 (sexual content including suggestive gestures, partial nudity, language and thematic elements)

DIRECTOR: Gina Prince-Bythewood

CAST: ...

Jessie J’s powerful vocals the highlight of ‘Sweet Talker’
Jessie J’s powerful vocals the highlight of ‘Sweet Talker’

After taking the world by storm with her hit songs “Price Tag” and “Domino” in 2011, British singer/songwriter Jessie J seemed to disappear for a while. This year, however, Jessie J came back with a “Bang...

‘Interstellar’ is a movie as ambitious as spaceflight itself
‘Interstellar’ is a movie as ambitious as spaceflight itself

Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” is the most ambitious science fiction film — maybe ever and certainly since “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Long, filled with lengthy passages of exposition and explanations of...

Disney has another animated winner with ‘Big Hero 6’
Disney has another animated winner with ‘Big Hero 6’

“Big Hero 6” is Walt Disney Animation’s lovely and sometimes touching attempt to do anime with computer-generated animation. Based on Marvel comic book characters, it’s a story-driven kid-pleasing mashup of plots,...

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