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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...

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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’


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...