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Light Opera Guild stages a Christmas ‘Miracle’

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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

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"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

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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

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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’

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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

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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’

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Sinc...

Lisa Loeb has STAYing power

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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’

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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’

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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...

Yakety yakin’ with The Coasters’ J.W. Lance

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Fans of The Coasters will get a treat when the current incarnation of the band comes to the Clay Center Monday night as part of the musical revue "Smokey Joe's Cafe."

J.W. Lance, lead vocalist for the gr...

A good year for bluesman Bonamassa

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When it's all said and done, Joe Bonamassa thinks 2014 will go in the books as a one of the good years.

The bluesman who performs Tuesday night at the Clay Center said, "A lot of stuff happened this year. On N...

Event at Clay Center honors Vietnam veterans

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Most people of a certain age can remember where they were the day President John F. Kennedy was killed. Most people probably don’t remember where they were the day the Vietnam War escalated.

Frank Cimorelli,...

Talking love and mileage with songstress Amy LaVere

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For touring performers, living on the road becomes a lifestyle. You either embrace and learn to love it, or it’s something you come to hate but accept as a means to an end.

Memphis-based singer/songwrit...

Artisans offer one-of-a-kind scarves at annual craft show

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The finished product isn’t always the main goal when it comes to arts and crafts. Sometimes, it’s the experience, the chance to personally create something new that’s important. The finished product ...

Jefferson Starship plays free show Saturday honoring Vietnam vets

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Paul Kantner, band leader and guitarist for Jefferson Starship, bristled slightly at the mention of that other Starship and the song “We Built This City.”

“Totally not,” he said. “...

Musical ‘Elf’ to spread cheer on Huntington stage

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Every year, people complain about how merchants seem to force the Christmas holiday season a little earlier. They groan as the shelves begin to fill up with stocking stuffers and decorations, e...

Bill Maher brings his political punchlines to town Sunday

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Midterm elections had a lot of liberal pundits grumbling and predicting doom of one kind or another with the country moving more to the right. Comedian and satirist Bill Maher, who performs Sunday night at the Clay Cente...

Frazier & Friends: Parkersburg native comes home to conduct symphony family concert

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This weekend, pops conductor and Parkersburg native Luke Frazier returns to West Virginia for a performance at the Clay Center.

On Saturday morning, the 29-year-old will conduct “Paul Bunyan and Friend...

Chuck Prophet talks night surfing, new music ahead of Huntington show

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When singer/songwriter Chuck Prophet plays shows, he said he has a very specific way of dealing with people who hold up their phones and begin recording.

Prophet, who performs Friday night at the V Club in Huntingt...

Web-based New Appalachian Radio reboots

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Sometimes things go wrong. Plans fail. People flake and dreams just die. But Eric Meadows, the founder of New Appalachian Radio is having none of that.

The Internet-based radio station wi...

Rock ‘n’ roll bowling alley: Dunbar venue hosts bands, bowlers

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Lane 13 Taproom doesn’t want to be the only place you go and see live, original music, but it wants to be one of them.

“We want to be an option,” said Scotty Johnson, the owner of the venue, wh...

Looking outside the American Aquarium

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It maybe goes against popular belief, but not everybody in the free world wants to live in America.

At least, some of the people who came up to B.J. Barham of American Aquarium in Germany don’t seem all...

Alan Thicke to host dance show in Huntington

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Professional dancers will take the stage Thursday night at the Keith-Albee Theater in Huntington when the Marshall Artists Series presents “Dancing Pros Live.”

The show feat...

Encore performance: actor reprises lead role in Guild’s ‘Fiddler’

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The last time Joe Romagnoli played Tevye, the central character in “Fiddler on the Roof,” he was a younger man. Maybe not a lot younger, but younger.

“My last time was my first time,” th...

Yonder Mountain String Band jams on, despite losing founding member

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In April, mandolin-player, singer and songwriter Jeff Austin, one of Yonder Mountain String Band's founders, split with the progressive band over creative differences and conflicting career goals.

Austin and his wi...

Alban Arts Center preps for special Halloween ‘Picture Show’

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For those who like to get a little Hallow-weird on Halloween, the Alban Arts Center will be presenting a popular, interactive cult film Friday night. Unfortunately, the folks at the Alban Arts Center aren't allowed to sa...