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The List: Five films with W.Va. connections


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — While the lion’s share of films are still either filmed or set in California or New York, West Virginia has had a few over the years. Some are better remembered than others, but here are...

Shots from the Bar: Jan. 22, 2015


Have you ever heard things just sort of dry up in Charleston after dark? 

You hear, “Groan . . . there’s never nothing...

The List: Five tips for losing weight


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Just about everyone packs on a few pounds over the holidays. Between the baked goodness of well-meaning co-workers and feasts with family to meals grabbed on the go while shambling through the ...

Songwriter’s ‘Smile’ is No. 1 country hit


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — On Dec. 15, Craig Wayne Boyd cruised to victory on the seventh season of NBC’s “The Voice” with a song called “My Baby’s Got a Smile on Her Face.”


Soap opera star to visit Town Center Saturday


Eric Braeden, longtime star of "The Young and the Restless" bristled slightly at the implication that there might be something easy about being an actor on daytime television.

"Most film actors would...

Music in the mountains: Snowshoe offers concerts for guests


Snowshoe ski resort wants you to come a little early and stay a little longer when you come to play in the mountains of Pocahontas County. 

David Dekema, director of marketing for Snowshoe Mountain Resort, sai...

5 Questions with Coyotes in Boxes


It takes a lot of guts to pull up stakes and move to Nashville to pursue your music dreams.

It takes a lot more than that if you do it as a band. But two years ago, Huntington indie-rockers Coyotes in Boxes made t...

A story about a guy and a doll


It all started with a pretty girl.

About 15 years ago, 14-year-old Matt Taylor really wanted to talk to a very pretty girl.

She was on her way to a high school theater audition. So, the Texan ȁ...

Shots from the Bar


Did you have a wild night at the club? Did you meet somebody special, somebody nobody, in a million years, will believe is actually real? What about the band? Were they truly, impossibly, epic?

Did you re...

Josef’s Cup, the newest coffee shop in Charleston


Mitzi Jo Brammer doesn’t think of herself as a businesswoman.

Fidgeting restlessly a little in a chair at Uncork and Create, the local art business she’s leased space from, Brammer said she didn ...

Five ways to take better care of your pets in 2015


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — With the new year, lots of people make plans to take better care of themselves — to scoot away from the computer screen, eat less fried, salty, sugary garbage and just get out of the hou...

A funny thing happened on the way to the tennis court



Comedy with Grandma Lee and Jeff Zenisek

WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday. 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: The Come...

Irish musician returns to Charleston Friday


Anthony Hoey, who performs Friday night at Taylor Books, said, “In Dublin, there was plenty of music to be played.” 

But it was all stuff for the tourists: a lot of traditional jigs, reels and sh...

The fall and rise of the bagel in Charleston


There was a golden age of bagels in Charleston. From the mid-1990s until 2009, a line formed every morning for fresh bagels at Chesapeake Bagel (eventually Charleston Bagel), on Capitol Street.

A toasted bagel with...

Winter Jammin’ with Jeremy Camp


Contemporary Christian singer/songwriter Jeremy Camp doesn’t worry too much about outgrowing his audience.

The 36-year-old, who headlines Winter Jam Friday night at the Charleston Civic Center, doesn’...

Charles Walker Band makes music on a budget


The dream for a lot of performing musicians is to one day move past playing the bars in their hometown to playing clubs on the road. The truth is if you only ever play shows in your own neighborhood, you’re probab...

Hip sips for the New Year


With the New Year comes new beginnings and the chance to try new things. While it’s only a small step, you could ring in 2015 with a new favorite cocktail.

Jeffrie Carroll, bartender at Bluegrass Kitchen on ...

Light Opera Guild stages a Christmas ‘Miracle’


With Christmas just a few days away, there’s not much time left to get the shopping finished or put the Christmas cards in the mail. There’s a little less time for the cast and crew of the Charleston Light ...

Jacob Marley and the Kanawha Players look for redemption


"A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens is one of the best-known Christmas stories. Through the intervention of a trio of ghosts, the miserly miscreant Ebenezer Scrooge is shown the error of his ways, redee...

We three brothers: siblings bring podcast home for live recording


Justin McElroy and his brothers, Travis and Griffin, weren't looking to become Internet stars when they launched their podcast, "My Brother, My ...

Thompson, O’Brien shine in annual Christmas concert


At Bob Thompson’s annual “Joy to the World” Christmas show Thursday night at the state Culture Center, Thompson assured the crowd that he and the band wouldn’t play “Grandma Got Run Ov...

Ted Brightwell returns for annual role in ‘The Nutcracker’


It’s maybe not the role of a lifetime, but Ted Brightwell said he loves playing Mother Ginger.

On Friday night, Charleston’s best-known female impersonator returns to the role in Charleston Ballet and...

‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’... and Kennie Bass in a kilt


Director Ariana Kincaid said there are a lot of reasons to come see Children Theatre of Charleston’s production of “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.”

The show, which opens Friday nigh...

Alban Arts Center gets in holiday spirit(s) with ‘A Christmas Carol’


For the Alban Art Center’s production of “A Christmas Carol,” director Adam Bryan decided to go a little darker than usual.

“I wanted to stick to it being a Gothic tale as much as possib...

Kathy Mattea returns home for Christmas


Country star and West Virginia native Kathy Mattea and her husband, singer/songwriter Jon Vezner, have a schedule they try to adhere to during the holidays.

Mattea, who performs at Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg on Thu...

Patti LaBelle, Kathy Griffin, Harry Connick Jr. headline new Clay Center series


Vocal powerhouse Patti LaBelle, jazz/pop star Harry Connick Jr. and comedian Kathy Griffin will headline the Clay Center's 2015 spring performance season.

The lineup, along with a new performance series featuring e...

Review: Last show of “Mountain Stage” season terrific


Sunday night, “Mountain Stage’s” 31st season came to a satisfying close at the Culture Center Theater with a crowd-pleasing show that might have been the best in the last couple of months.


Lisa Loeb has STAYing power


Lisa Loeb likes that her mega hit, “Stay,” keeps coming around.

Just in the last year, the song has memorably shown up on the Netflix series “Orange is the New Black” and is featured in ...

Symphony chorus director says there’s no place like ‘Home for the Holidays’


Singing Christmas carols and holiday songs with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra isn’t the most difficult job the West Virginia Symphony Chorus takes on, but conductor David Castleberry said it’s an enj...

Mollie O’Brien full of Christmas ‘Joy’


Christmas changes a lot after the kids grow up, said singer/songwriter Mollie O’Brien.

The Wheeling native said, “Once the kids get older, you realize the excitement of Santa Claus in the morning just...