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Douglas Imbrogno

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Pinwheel patches sprout in W.Va. to help weed out child abuse


April has brought more than just the usual surge of redbud blossoms and many-colored tulips and crocuses. Across West Virginia, nearly 20,000 blue and silver pinwheels hav...

UC Builders luncheon features area artists


The UC Builders “Artists Among Us” luncheon at noon Wednesday in the University of Charleston’s Riggleman Hall, will feature three area artists whose work is on view in the build...

Women revel in educational travel adventures


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Pamela Bowen had never been on one. Rose Marie Ritter had been on 45.

So it was that last May 21, Ritter set out to share with Bowen just why she was hooked on traveling the country and t...

Wind symphony tour promises musical riches


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Robert Boudreau has set his sights on West Virginia.

A world traveler who has carved out a unique niche in the symphonic world with his floating musical barge, Boudreau plans to embark on...

Making changes through transitional living


At age 18, Holly decided she’d had enough. It was time to get out and leave home.

“I just knew it was the right decision, just to remove myself from a toxic environment and push myself harder than wha...

Daymark Gala is group’s biggest fundraiser of the year


Daymark’s “Masquerade Gala: Pandora’s Mystery” is the group’s major fundraiser of the year, taking place April 18 at the Charleston Civic Center with music by Qiet,...

Book chronicles W.Va. country music in photos


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Ivan M. Tribe packed hundreds of photos into the newly released book “West Virginia’s T...

Film, CD project tries to build bridge between West Virginian and Ugandan Jews


Documentary filmmaker and Charleston native Jon Matthews has set himself an ambitious task that pairs a most unlikely group of performers drawn from two continents but the same spiritual world.

Matthews is in the m...

Turley Richards sings out the tale of his life


Charleston native Turley Richards’ crazy-quilt, up-and-down life and performing career reads like a book.

Which is good since the 73-year-old blind singer-songwri...

Choreographer ‘maps’ his identity with dance


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Dancer and choreographer Adam McKinney has a richly mixed family heritage not easily encapsulated in a few swift words. He is the son of a mother descended from Eastern and Western European Jew...

Bollywood Night features music, dance, food


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — One of Charleston’s biggest fundraising evenings of the year approaches on May 1 with Bollywood Night, presented by the India Center.

Now in its fifth year, the event, which will t...

Chinese circus comes to UC


Some of China’s most adept young and acrobatic circus performers will be at the University of Charleston when Community Music Live presents the New Shanghai Circus at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Geary Auditorium.

Symphony Gala to honor Ed and Janet Welch


This year’s Symphony Gala, on Friday — one of the major fundraisers of the year for the West Virginia Symphony — will honor University of Charleston President Edwin Welch and his...

CEO: Arts-science combo makes Clay unique


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A recent family event on a Saturday underscored for new Clay Center President and CEO Al Najjar the diversity and variety available under the center’s roof.

“We invited seve...

Art Store takes a look at landscapes


The Art Store’s first exhibition of 2015, titled “Scapes,” will take viewers on a tour of real, imaginary and idealized scenes by a wide variety of artists.

The exhibit opens with a reception a...

Bringing Rosa Parks to life


It was a damp evening in Montgomery, Alabama, on Dec. 1, 1955, when a 43-year-old seamstress boarded a city bus to head home from work.

While Rosa Parks was secretary of the local NAACP chapter, she had no intentio...

Young writer on the go stops in W.Va.


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Though “Above All Men” is set in a post-apocalyptic America, with a dust-storm-filled climate gone haywire, Eric Shonkwiler’s c...