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Saying goodbye to W.Va. native Lou Myers

February 26, 2013

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Actor, musician and West Virginia native Lou Myers died Feb. 19 at the age of 76 . A 2011 Gazette profile captures some of the wide range of a man who was much more than just Vernon Gaines on “A Different World.”

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INSOMNIA ALBUM: Pictures for the Pre-Wee Hours of the Morning

December 10, 2012

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When you’re awake at 3:44 a.m., not willingly, and even all three cats are sleeping, and you’re having one of those insomniacal moments in the pre-wee hours of the morning, you decide instead to share some pictures.

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Scenes from a Cabaret, Old Chum

October 29, 2012

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If you missed this past Thursday’s soft launch of ThirdEyeCabaret at The Cellar in downtown Charleston, W.Va., you missed a pretty good time. Here’s the kind of thing you might see if you come to the cabaret.

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And now a few words from the mayor of a capital city

August 23, 2012

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The mayor is in. A video profile of the popular, sometimes controversial, ever-a-good-quote mayor of the chief burg of West Virginia.

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Tiffany Finkton takes the Leap

August 20, 2012

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Profile of the young artist as a social media consulting pioneer in West Virginia. Not to mention a seasoned hip hop dance battler with a mean purple bow tie..

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Photo Op: Crystal Sees How I See

August 19, 2012

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I often sit on my glasses, bending them into pretzels. I lose them, constantly. Once, I dropped a pair on the cul de sac and proceeded to run over them with my Honda. Then I changed my ways.

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In the Hills of Joseph, Part 5: Notes from the Empty Quarter

July 20, 2012

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Leaving the Oregonian Rivendell of the Fishtrap writers workshop experience, a vast wasteland presents itself, full of cattle drives out of the 19th century, bearded wanderers on bicycle and the dry tang of the Empty Quarter.

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Getting to the Heart of the Matter After All These Years

February 15, 2012

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I thought a group video interview with eight elderly West Virginia couples, ages 70 to 90, who were renewing their vows for Valentines Day, would be unwieldy. I was un-correct.

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Looking back at what West Virginia used to look like

October 19, 2011

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A heads up if you’re within striking distance of Charleston, W.Va. This month’s free Charleston ArtWalk features a superb exhibit of remarkable historic West Virginia photos previously profiled in two audio slideshows on WestVirginiaVille.

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Some words on the losing of a long-ago friend

September 17, 2011

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What do you do with news of a suicide? It has hung overhead me like a scud of thick grey cloud since I learned the news early Sunday morning via the new Western Union of modern life.

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The poet who would be West Virginia governor

September 17, 2011

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As an arts-and-culture blogazine based in the alternative mythical realm of WestVirginiaVille, we are pre-disposed to be intrigued by writers running for governor of the state of West Virginia.

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Art of the Day: Still Life in Hallway

September 16, 2011

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Kate Long’s photographic portrait of Barbara Bayes may fool the eye at first blush. Is it a painting? At a glance, the lighting and composition recall something from a Rembrandt portrait.

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Artist at Work: A Profile of Jessica Levine

September 5, 2011

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Changes are afoot for Lewisburg-based Jessica Levine, who describes herself as a contemporary Appalachian environmental artist in this ‘Artist at Work’ video profile.

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From Roller Girls to Life with Gilligan after the Island

August 29, 2011

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Video clips of the Chemical Valley Roller Girls practicing for their first bout in Charleston; Greenbrier County artist Jessica Levine’s multifarious work and Dreama Denver on living with “Gilligan” once he got off that island.

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Earthquake humor: Laughing as the world trembles

August 23, 2011

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What do you do when the earthquake doesn’t get you but just shakes, rattles and rolls you? Laugh at it.

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From tonsil guillotines to foot-driven dental drills

August 22, 2011

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A video tour of some of the thousands of items and books in Huntington’s private Touma Medical Museum, from stylish ear trumpets to a tonsillectomy guillotine.

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Artist at Work: The Lotus and the Chair

August 21, 2011

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In the debut of ‘Artist at Work,’ a new series on new work connected to West Virginia, Thad Settle gives the lotus-inspired back story to a work with some enlightening connections.

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Song of the Day: ‘The Only Song’ by Albert Perrone

August 15, 2011

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“The Only Song” is a tune about lost love without reprieve or favor. Albert Perrone invokes Alanis Morissette, Ani DiFranco and others in singing about what happens “when love knocks the brake pads off of you.”

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A little Urban Appalachian Clarinet Busking

August 13, 2011

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If you were to randomly ask: “Where, exactly, do you think of when I say ‘Clarinet player busking on a city street?’ I give you odds of exactly zero percent the answer would be “Uh… um.. West Virginia?”

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