Let us dig deep into the boilerplate for a new batch of STUFF TO DO in and around the Charleston/Huntington WV area (and beyond) this weekend?

As I have been copying and pasting of late, this a good time to remind you that THIS IS NOT A COMPLETE LIST OF EVENTS.  It’s just a starting point, so don’t expect anything comprehensive, and if you feel strongly about me leaving anything out, feel free to mention it in the comments.

We have plenty to tell you about this coming weekend. There’s theatre, live music, open mics, drag shows and more.

But we start off by getting a little literary for you.

There are two events this weekend tied to  Stephen Bias’s latest novel, 304 Monsters. Saurday at 5 PM there is a sneak peek reading from the novel at Booktenders in Barboursville.

Starting at Noon on Sunday, The Henlo Press will host Writer’s Block at the Barboursville Community Center.  This will be the official launch of 304 Monsters, and there will also be a chance to meet other Henlo Press authors. There will also be food and vendors on hand, so you can make a full day of it.

Live Music is back at Taylor Books. There is no cover charge, and shows start at 7:30 PM.  Friday it’s Steve Himes. Saturday Chet Lowther takes the stage at the beloved bookstore/cafe/art gallery.

Friday at 9 PM, Point Pleasant’s Hairy Carey brings their original Rock and Roll to Scoobies, in Dunbar (next to the old bowling alley).

The World Famous Empty Glass Cafe has some great stuff this week  to tell you about. Thursday at 5:30 PM it’s the Helping Hour with Swingstein & Robin.  Jason Jobe takes the stage Thursday at 9 PM. Jobe is an outlaw and traditional country artist born and raised in Salt Rock  Friday Tim Courts plays during happy hour. Sunday at 9 PM, Andrew Pauley returns to play at The Glass. You can check below for the graphics for other cool weekend shows at The Empty Glass.

Please remember that the pandemic is not over yet. It’s still a going concern with the ‘rona surging again. And now there are seasonal allergies, the flu, GOP candidates knee-capping each other, folks who drank raw milk speeding to the nearest bathroom, little Scottie Dogs that curse like sailors and other damned good reasons to be careful. Many people who have very good reasons are still wearing masks, and many of us, understandably, are still nervous about being in crowds, masked or not. Be kind and understanding  while you’re out.

Keep in mind that all shows are subject to change or be cancelled at the last minute.

If you’re up for going out, here are a few suggestions for the weekend, roughly in order…