Arts & Culture

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A Huntington native won his second Tony Award Sunday night and will be co-hosting this year’s West Virginia Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

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One-stoplight Tucker County has the second-fewest residents in West Virginia, but soon will host a quarter of the state's craft breweries.

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The All Good Music Festival makes its return to West Virginia this summer after four years, but the Jefferson County’s Planning and Zoning departments are still waiting for the necessary paperwork.

Deep in eastern Kentucky, Dawn Jewell is an angry fifteen year old who lives at the foot of Blue Bear Mountain. Her mother is addicted to pills and alcohol, and her father has died in a mining accident. Dawn lives with her grandmother, but that isn’t a normal life either because her grandmother has become swept up in an anti-mountaintop removal campaign. And Dawn isn’t sure how she feels about any of this.

A brand new music festival kicks off Friday in Huntington.

The Jewell City Jamboree starts at noon at Harris Riverfront Park in Huntington featuring bluegrass, Americana and other types of music.

Shepherdstown sometimes argues that it is older because its bill was read for the third time before Romney’s bill was.
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Bones that could date back to the Civil War have been recovered in Shepherdstown.

The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown reports the bones were recently found in the town, which was the site of an 1862 Civil War battle.

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Lee Trevino has been named golf pro emeritus at The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia.

The resort announced Thursday that Trevino will replace Tom Watson, whose agreement with The Greenbrier wasn't renewed after 10 years.

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What do Marty Stuart, The McCrary Sisters, The Greencards and Tracy Nelson have in common? We're playing them all this week on Mountain Stage After Midnight.

Broadcast from 1am-5am Saturday and Sunday mornings here on West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Mountain Stage After Midnight takes the best episodes from the show's 31 year history and shares their memories and songs with our late-night listeners.

Gather up some energy and stay up late Saturday June 6 and Sunday June 7 for some spectacular sets on Mountain Stage After Midnight.

June 1, 1956: Artist Blanche Lazelle Dies at 77

Jun 1, 2015
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Artist Blanche Lazzell died on June 1, 1956, at age 77. She was born in Maidsville in Monongalia County in 1878. After receiving a diploma from the West Virginia Conference Seminary and an art degree from West Virginia University, she moved to New York City and studied with influential artists Kenyon Cox and William Merritt Smith. A remarkably independent woman for the time, Lazzell traveled twice to Paris, where she became enthralled with the avant-garde Cubism movement.

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A miniseries filmed predominantly in the Eastern Panhandle premieres Monday on the National Geographic Channel.

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West Virginia Senate President Bill Cole will be the honorary starter for the Coca Cola 600 NASCAR race this weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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  A cable TV miniseries filmed in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle will debut next month.

The state Film Office says the eight-part series "American Genius" will premiere on June 1 on the National Geographic Channel.

The series that chronicles battles in innovation was predominantly filmed in Berkeley and Jefferson counties. Among the genius rivals highlighted were Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison, firearms makers Samuel Colt and Daniel Wesson, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer, and the Wright brothers and Glenn Curtiss.

Courtesy of Kenneth King and the WV Mine Wars Museum

Amid news of more mine lay-offs, one former coal town has built a labor museum to attract visitors. Driving down to the new West Virginia Mine Wars Museum , you really feel the fading towns and cities, sliding into the backdrop of the mountains. It's surreal. Many places in Appalachia are. It’s sad to many people who remember the thriving economy here when coal was booming. Wilma Lee Steele says she hopes the museum in Matewan will become a place where people throughout the coalfields can come to reclaim their identity. “I think that we have a lot to say, and I think we’re gonna say it. We’re gonna tell our history, and we’re gonna come together as a community.”

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Memorial Day Weekend and the livin' is easy, especially when we've got your late nights covered with superb live performance radio. But don't take our word for it: hear it for yourself on Mountain Stage After Midnight.

Broadcast from 1am-5am Saturday and Sunday mornings here on West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Mountain Stage After Midnight takes the best episodes from the show's 31 year history and shares their memories and songs with our late-night listeners.

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Cooperatives aimed at reducing the costs of residential solar arrays are sprouting up around West Virginia.

The Charleston Gazette says the nonprofit WV Sun has helped form co-ops in the city of Charleston and Fayette and Monroe counties. Similar collectives are beginning to take shape in Wheeling and Morgantown.

This past weekend, over 500 people visited Matewan, West Virginia- to catch a glimpse of a brand new museum that tells the story of a dark and bloody time in West Virginia’s labor history. 

Coal miners were fighting for the right to organize--and to stop the practice of using mine guards. They also wanted an alternative to shopping at coal company stores and being paid in scrip, instead of money. In the early 1900’s, miners led a series of strikes in southern West Virginia, leading up to the climatic march on Blair Mountain in 1921.

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Even if Backbone Food Farm didn’t sit below Backbone Mountain, its name still would be very appropriate. That’s because Max Dubansky and his family farm the way he learned from the old folks, letting pigs turn the soil and using horses to work the land. 

 

Max Dubansky and his family farm 50 acres in Pleasant Valley outside Oakland, Maryland, on the edge of the Allegheny Mountains.

In this episode of Inside Appalachia, we’re taking a road trip through the region to find people who are reviving the old recipes and bringing something fresh to our plates. This episode is also helping us kick off a new segment, called Appetite Appalachia, which features restaurants and recipes with Appalachian roots.

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BridgeValley Community and Technical College will host the West Virginia Bridge Design Contest Saturday.

The contest at the BridgeValley Advanced Technology Center in South Charleston will host 39-teams of amateur engineers competing in the West Virginia Bridge Design Contest. The teams will vie for awards totaling close to $7,000 in cash.

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Jackson's Mill has been spruced up for the upcoming 4-H camping season with help from Dominion Resources.

More than 100 Dominion workers spent Wednesday at the state 4-H camp in Lewis County revitalizing the grounds. They landscaped flower beds, painted and repaired a gazebo, rebuilt a stone patio and power washed and painted the amphitheater. They also installed a water filtration system in the fish pond.

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