With Valentine’s Day happening next Tuesday, a lot of folks who celebrate holidays when it’s convenient for them are going to romantic events this weekend.  And so we have a pre-Valentine’s heavy new batch of STUFF TO DO in and around the Charleston/Huntington WV area (and beyond) this weekend. Not only is there love in the air, but it’s also Super Bowl weekend, so we know everybody is going to tune into Nickelodeon to watch The Bikini Bottom Bowl!

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.

Live Music is back at Taylor Books. There is no cover charge, and shows start at 7:30 PM.  Friday it’s Andrew Pauley (who will also be at The Empty Glass this weekend). Saturday Sean Richardson & David McGuire, plus Brooke Brown and Sean Knisely take the stage at the beloved bookstore/cafe/art gallery, possibly all at once.

Friday from 8 PM to Midnight, Golden will be at Louie’s Lounge at the Mardi Gras Casino and Resort.

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.     Friday Tim Courts plays during happy hour.  Later on Friday it’s live music w/ Makenna Hope, Nolan Collins, James Townsend, and Schaefer Ball at 10 PM.  Sunday at 9 PM, Andrew Pauley strolls to the other end of town to play at The Glass. You can check below for the graphics for other cool weekend shows at The Empty Glass.

The Two Tinkers will have their final sale at 717 Lee St E, room 307 on Saturday, starting at 11 AM.  That’s The People’s Building, by the way. Going forward they will sell their cool and eccentric wares at local fairs and shows.

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, seasonal felonies, people who don’t realize that Necco Wafers and Conversation Hearts are the same candy, sportsball fanatics 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…