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


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


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’


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...

Streaming ‘Stage’ a mixed bag


For the last year or so, “Mountain Stage” has offered a live stream whenever they sell out a performance at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston.

It’s been an interesting addition to the sh...

Filmmaker bangs out Motörhead video for contest


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Local filmmaker Holly Siders wasn’t looking to enter another video contest, but when a friend called and told her that was running a fan contest to make a ne...

Lovers and ballet companies unite for ‘Romeo and Juliet’


Radenko Pavlovich said it’s always wonderful to bring his dancers to Charleston.

The Yugoslavian native is the artistic director for the Columbia Classical Ballet in South Carolina. The group performs this w...

From Jethro Tull to Mozambique: a conversation with Dennis Miller


It amused Dennis Miller to hear that Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson had a show across town the same night — Friday — that he and Bill O’Reilly come to Charleston for their Bolder and Fresher Tour ...

Forget Gerald Bostock, Ian Anderson prefers talking climate change


Contrary to some reports, Gerald Bostock doesn’t really figure into Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson’s latest record, “Homo Erraticus.” At least that’s what Anderson, who performs Frid...

Singers, storytellers grace ‘Mountain Stage’


One thing that can be said about Sunday night’s “Mountain Stage” is that Charleston has missed Todd Snider. After the warm reception the singer/songwriter received as he crept onto the stage, pausing...

Colombian coffee aroma wafts through Gilmer County


LINN — Duane and Rachel Brown never really meant to get into the coffee business.

“To tell you the truth,” Rachel said, sitting at the head of the table in he...

Evil Dead returns


For musician and actor Steve Wandling, the scariest part about 2014 wasn’t getting the lead role in the Kanawha Players’ production of “Evil Dead: The Musical.”

The show, based on direct...

The Secret of the Secret Sisters


What’s in a name? For the Secret Sisters, who perform Sunday night on “Mountain Stage,” a lot, but also nothing at all.

Laura Rogers said, “Well, it is so hard to find a band name.ȁ...

From Michigan with love


Discovering Appalachian music is easy — if you actually live in the Appalachian mountains.

In West Virginia, you don’t have to travel far to find a fiddle player or a banjo picker carving out traditi...

Shocking Blue


Friday night, the Alban Arts Center debuts “Venus in Fur,” by David Ives. The dark comedy is a two-person performance about an attempt to adapt the 1870 Austrian novel “Venus in Furs” by Leopo...

‘Mountain Stage’ rich in contrasts


The anticipation for this week’s “Mountain Stage,” the second date in the five weekend stretch of shows at the Culture Center in Charleston, probably wasn’t nearly as high as last week’...

Event preview: Leno loves connecting with audience


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — “The thing about show business is, everybody is nice to you,” said comedian and former late-night talk-show champion Jay Leno in a phone interview from California.

Leno, who...

W.Va. native Lisle Wilkerson headlines Huntington anime festival


The last time Charleston native Lisle Wilkerson remembers coming home was around 1986. She was a teenager and had come back to visit family.

“I just didn’t get back to the States much after that,...

The Horse Traders saddle up for tour supporting new CD


Travis Egnor, front man for The Horse Traders, had a plan mapped out for his musical career. It was all roughly based around his wife’s job.

“My wife was a travel nurse,” he explained. &#x...

Sold out show for “Mountain Stage” mostly delivers the goods


On “Mountain Stage” Sunday night, Curtis McMurtry sang, “It’s only a race, if I win,” a line from a song off his debut solo record “Respectable Enemy.” “Mountain St...

Morning Glory Inn blooms near Snowshoe


SLATYFORK — For husband and wife Rod Molidor and Karin Anderson, getting the certificate of award from TripAdvisor for their Morning Glory Inn seemed like an acknowledgment that ...

Malden salt works makes finals in contest


MALDEN, W.Va. — Most of the time when West Virginia and Martha Stewart are mentioned together, it has to do with the five months the home lifestyle guru spent as an inmate at the federal prison camp in Alderson.

Under the Streetlamp brings hits of yesteryear to Clay Center Friday


It’s not unusual for performers working on a big musical production to become friends. It’s a little unusual for them to decide after the show is over to strike out on their own, but that’s what Mich...

Curtis McMurtry makes ‘Mountain Stage’ debut


It’s a big deal for an indie performer to get on “Mountain Stage,” even if his dad happens to be a well-known Americana and rock singer/songwriter.

Curtis McMurtry, son of James McMurtry, makes...

Woody Hawley Series returns Saturday


Saturday night marks the return of the Woody Hawley Series at the Clay Center with a performance by singer/songwriter Peter Mayer.

Series founder Ron Sowell said, “It’s just wonderful to be back....

Aussie bluesman Hamish Anderson hits W.Va. with B.B. King


Australian guitarist Hamish Anderson is having a bit of an adventure.

Last March, the 23-year-old, who opens for blues legend B.B. King Sunday night at the Clay Center, made the move from Melbourne to Los Angeles.<...

Name of the game: Pocahontas County hosts annual Roadkill Cook-off


It was a beautiful day in Pocahontas County. The hills were awash in color, though still a couple of weeks from peak hues.

In Marlinton, the typically sleepy streets were abuzz with a crowd of thousands who’...

Film has W.Va. bridges covered


Terry Lively doesn’t expect that her documentary, “West Virginia Covered Bridges,” a film that showcases the 17 covered bridges in the Mountain State, is going to be a huge blockbuster.

Wryly, ...

Who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters — West Virginia Division!


Standing outside the Beni Kedem Shrine Center on Quarrier Street Monday evening, the Ghostbusters West Virginia Division waited for a photographer to arrive.

They’ll be at ShockaCon, the area’s horror...

It’s a Three Dog Night Band still going strong after 47 years


Three Dog Night’s Danny Hutton doesn’t always know what to make of today’s pop music.

Hutton, who performs Sunday evening with Three Dog Night at the Clay Center, said, “It’s funn...

An outsider and an old-timer: Eric Church brings Dwight Yoakam on the road


Country star Eric Church admitted he might be a little bit nervous about this new Outsiders World Tour he’s headlining.

On Friday night, Church rolls into the Charleston Civic Center, along with Dwight Yoaka...

A piano for a song


The old C. Bechstein piano is not the most expensive piano for sale in the showroom at Gorby’s Music in South Charleston, at least not if you go by its $35,000 price tag.

Gorby’s has a Steinway Louis ...

Fall edition of FestivALL set for next month


Gathered at the foot of the Carriage Trail on the first day of autumn, Charleston Mayor Danny Jones and FestivALL leaders touted the return of the fall edition of the event next month, as well as the annual HallowEast ce...

Symphony guest violinist also a heavy metal fiddler


The line dividing classical music and heavy metal music isn’t all that thick — at least, it doesn’t seem so for world-renowned violinist Rachel Barton Pine.

“So many of the serious heavy...

Samoan wrestlers uphold legacy in the ring


On Friday night, it’s the Usos versus Goldust and Stardust versus Big E and Kofi Kingston in the WWE Tag Team Triple Threat Championship Match during WWE Live at the Charleston Civic Center. For the Uso brothers, ...

The Black Diamond digs in coal country for new band


Tonight, Theron “The Black Diamond” Denson returns to Charleston to record a live album at The Empty Glass.

For fans, it's another chance to see Denson perform, with sometimes eerie facsimile, the hi...

Community Music returns with new entertainment


It’s no secret. Despite its best efforts and a devoted core of supporters, Charleston Community Music has struggled for years to stay afloat and fill seats at its shows.

“It’s a great orga...

International film festival returns, expands focus


The West Virginia International Film Festival returns this year with a new location, a new addition to its name and a brand new approach.

The festival, now the West Virginia International Food and Film Festival, wi...

Introducing new symphony concertmaster Anton Shelepov


The new concertmaster for the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra doesn’t really think of West Virginia as rural.

“Not in my book,”Anton Shelepov said. “For me, it’s perfect. It ...

African and American: play explores one man’s quest for identity


Carlyle Brown’s one man show “The Fula From America: An African Journey” was inspired by something that seemed to have very little to do with Africa or being an African-American: September 11.

Singer/songwriter Adam Marsland comes to Boulevard Tavern Sunday


Adam Marsland has always been a kind of underground sensation. In the early to mid 1990s, he was the frontman for Cockeyed Ghost, a Los Angeles-based power pop punk band that was part of the city’s music scene.

Documentary project aims to capture some of region’s history, culture before it’s gone


Shane Simmons said he and Jason Barton had no idea what they were getting into when they started "The Appalachian Project," an ongoing documentary that "is committed to promoting and preserving the heritag...

Culturefest more than just music


Small music festivals cultivate community. People don’t just coming for the music — often played by bands that are on the fringes of the pop music genres — but they come for the atmosphere, for the c...

Shrek ogretakes Logan


It sounds a little like the plot to an old movie: people band together and pool their skills to put on a show, hoping to save their town — or maybe just make things a bit better for everybody.

Southern Coali...