It’s the first full week of May, and it’s time for your guide to things you can do in and around Charleston and Huntington  this week in our latest edition of STUFF TO DO.

We are going to continue to try to get sort of back to normal here in the PopCult office and this week we’re again going to mention a few things that are happening that don’t have handy graphics for me to swipe. Links will take you to their Facebook events pages. Now, I do have a handy graphic for Free Comic Book Day, which is happening at several area comic book shops. So if you want free comics, go find one.

Live Music is back at Taylor Books. There is no cover charge, and shows start at 7:30 PM. Friday it’s Sasha Collette. Saturday sees Jeremy Hatfield at Charleston’s Bookstore/coffeehouse/art gallery institution.

Note that, while I personally do not condone horse racing and consider it very cruel animal abuse, I’m plugging the Derby thing at The Red Carpet below because the music will be by The Velvet Brothers, and everyone should go see them every chance they get.  Go out, listen to the Velvets, and ignore the horrible cruelty on the big screens.

Please remember that the pandemic is not over yet, and now only the stupidest of people are going without vaccinations if they’re eligible. Despite some recent dubious legal rulings, many people 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.

If you wanna hear something funny,  tune in to The AIR Wednesday night at 11 PM where we will offer up a new episode of The Comedy Vault, this time featuring an hour of classic Stand up by Robin Williams. .

In the meantime, if you’re up for going out, here are some suggestions from folks who were kind enough to provide graphics and make my job easier…