Labor Day weekend is in the rear-view mirror and here at PopCult we still have a whole bunch of suggestions for things you can get into in and around West Virginia.

There are loads and loads of cool things happening all over the damn place this weekend, so this is probably a good time to remind you that THIS IS NOT A COMPLETE LIST OF EVENTS.  I do the best I can by jumping over to Facebook and grabbing existing graphics for cool events, but past experience has taught me that putting too much time and effort than this into compiling a huge list of things that folks can do can be a bit of an exercise in futility. These posts are the least-read things in this blog. It’s the same reason that “entertainment calendars” at news sites tend to wither and die. People would rather read about one single event, or they’d rather read about new radio shows or comic book and toy reviews.

But, I like to support the local scene, so here’s what you can get into if you’re local, starting with my boilerplate paragraphs.

Live Music is back at Taylor Books. There is no cover charge, and shows start at 7:30 PM.  Friday singer-songwriter Megan Bee takes the stage. Saturday iwe have a graphic, so you can read about it below.

The World Famous Empty Glass Cafe has some great stuff this week  to tell you about.  Wednesday night Gabby’s Lo-Fi Lounge happens at 9 PM. Thursday at 5:30 PM, Swingstein and Robin return with Swing for a good cause. Later Thursday evening Kenny Booth hosts yet another Shred Night, filled with metallic jamming at 10 PM.  Friday Tim Courts plays during happy hour.  Later on Friday The Charleston Rouges mark the half-way mark to St. Patrick’s Day at 10 PM. Saturday at 10 PM, there is a poetry jam that you can read about below. Sunday, The Redbloods bring their jam-band sound to The Glass at 9 PM. Next Monday it’s Open Mic Night at 9 PM. Tuesday Pepper Fandango lights up the stage at The Glass.

Saturday Afternoon you can celebrate fifty years of THE MYSTERY HOLE at said hole, located in Fayette County. There will be light refreshments and weird shit going on, but the celebration is from 11 A to 1 PM. After that, celebrating is VERBOTEN!

September 9th from 7-9 PM at City Center Slack Plaza there’s a special showcase by Black Empire Productions featuring poetry, spoken word, a reading of the play, “Things Are Good” by DeJuan James, and music by DJ Big L. It’s free and should be great.

Friday and Saturday we have some favorite RFC performers heading to Rendesvous River Lodge at Adventures on the Gorge in Lansing. Shows start at 8:30 PM each night. Friday it’s Red Audio with Matt Deal, and Saturday it’s Threes Company Blues.

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, radioactive wild boars, lunar tardigrades, icky political candidates roaming the streets 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…