This week’s cool thing is a local art, music, and social justice show to be held Thursday Night, January 18, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 520 Kanawha Blvd. West. 

Shannon Murray, a Minnesota singer-songwriter will be performing her socially-aware music as part of her 36 Northeast US tour promoting her new CD, “Elated.”  Shannon is part of the Riotfolk collective, which pledges that they are “Making Folk A Threat Again.”  

Supporting Ms. Murray will be Martyranny’s Collective Pulse, the buskers who perform in front of the library. MCP is fresh from their appearance on the latest episode of Radio Free Charleston, and this is a great way to hear their wonderful music indoors. 

The music portion of the show runs from 7 PM to 9 PM.  At 6:30m artist Amy Williams will have an art show opening, and attendees will be invited to help Amy make “Sadako” cranes for the Charleston Peace Crane Project.   There will also be information tables featuring Friends Of The Mountains, WV Free, and WV Citizens Action Group.   It promises to be a fun and enlightening evening.

If you go: This all ages show takes place from 7 PM to 9 PM (with the art show kicking off earlier) at the United Universalist Congregation, 520 Kanawha Blvd. West.  There will be a sliding scale admission of $2 to $5 (no one will be turned away).