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Wrap Up February With STUFF TO DO

You should know the drill by now.  There’s plenty of STUFF TO DO in Charleston and all over The Mountain State this weekend, so let’s just soak in this partial list of suggestions.

Live Music is back at Taylor Books. There is no cover charge, and shows start at 7:30 PM. Friday it’s Jeremiah Hatfield. Saturday Sandy Sowell and Gerry Collyard entertain the crowd at Charleston’s beloved Bookstore/Coffee Shop/Art Gallery.

Also Saturday, at 6 PM, Taylor Books hosts the release party for Kurt Discovers the Orchestra, written by Tom Beal and illustrated by Elea Paybins. An ensemble representing the West Virginia Youth Symphony will perform at 6:00 PM,  followed by a book reading at 6:30. Coloring pages will be available for the children. Kurt, who is physically challenged, discovers the wonders of the orchestra and uses that knowledge and emotion to unlock the wonders and strength within himself.

Tom Beal studied music at Southern Methodist University, earning a degree in French Horn performance, and attended graduate school at the New England Conservatory of Music. He is currently a member of the West Virginia Symphony and a Board member of the West Virginia Youth Symphony.  Elea Paybins is a West Virginian who has had a lifelong love of the arts. While pursuing a BFA in painting and a minor in Japanese at Marshall University, she illustrated Tom Beal’s award-winning Bara Seal and Emily, Too.

The Empty Glass has some great stuff through the week to tell you about.  Thursday from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM, Swingstein and Robin play fiddle and piano and sing swing and early jazz standards. Each week they donate their tips to a local nonprofit (as you’ll see below, this week it’s a really good cause).  Thursday evening The 11:11 take the stage at the Glass from 10 PM to midnight. Friday from 5 PM to 8 PM Timmy “Courts and Friends hold down the fort at the Glass.  Sunday it’s Empty Glass Got Talent at 10 PM. Next week they’ll have an open mic Monday night, and Songwriter Showcase on Tuesday. Other shows that have graphics are listed among the images below.

There’s great theatre happening on Charleston’s West Side and in Saint Albans. You’ll find details below.

Please remember that the pandemic is not over yet. In fact, it’s sort of surging again. 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.

If you’re up for going out, here are a few suggestions for the rest of this week, roughly in order.





1 Comment

  1. Betty

    So many good things to do

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