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Monday Morning Art: You’d Better Be Good… 

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…or the Krampus will get you! Krampus is a horned, anthropomorphic holiday figure, popular in the Germanic regions of Europe. According to legend, Krampus punishes children during the Christmas season who had misbehaved, in contrast with Saint Nicholas, who rewards well-behaved ones with gifts. This horned demi-demon would beat the bad children with sticks. 

This is a digital painting based on a photograph taken at the opening of “Fright Before Christmas,” a horror-themed Christmas art show held at Mike Winland Studios in Kanawha City. I figured it’d be a good start to this holiday week. Click to see him even bigger.

RFC Flashback: Caroling With CYAC 

charlie-brown-xmas-treeUp at the top of this post you see Radio Free Charleston’s 116th episode, “Christmas With CYAC.”  2010 was almost a year without an RFC Christmas show. The only other time that had happened was in 2008 when I was shaken up by an early-December car accident. However, after a production schedule bedeviled by weather woes and other intrusions of life, I decided to call an audible.

The original plan was that this episode of the show would feature songs from two local favorites, plus a song or two from the 2010 Contemporary Youth Arts Company production of the original rock opera, “Mary.” with everything being tied together with host segments shot the Monday before Christmas while caroling with Dan and Penny Kehde and the gang from CYAC.

The taping for the other songs didn’t happen (through no fault of the artists) and I was left with the possibility of skipping the holiday show this year, when it occurred to me that I could record some of the Christmas carols, toss in some of the tunes from “Mary” and snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. We took a scrawny little batch of videos, and with love and the spirit of Christmas, shaped it into a beautiful Christmas Treat.  Just like on A Charlie Brown Christmas, only without the copyrighted music. The result is one of our most-watched Christmas shows.

This year, we have a killer Christmas show in the works that should be online Monday. Expect music by Melanie Larch with Mark Scarpelli, Lady D, Marium Bria and The Laser Beams, plus animation from Jake Fertig.

Oddly enough, after going to such great lengths to have a Christmas show in 2010, we didn’t do a full episode in 2011. Nobody seems to remember why. We did manage to present a “Christmas Treat” featuring Charleston’s jam-night institutions, Prank Monkey…

500 Posts in One Year, Plus Stuff To Do 

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December 19, 2014

We are less than two weeks away from the end of the year, and you are reading the 500th post in PopCult in 2014. I’d set a few goals for myself with the blog this year, and this marks one of them (my next goal happens just after the new year begins). Today we’re going to look at some of the cool stuff to do in town (and a little beyond) this weekend, plus you’ll get a quick photo essay from the “Fright Before Christmas” art show at Mike Winland Studios and a few other notes and things.

The plan for next week is to bring you Christmas episodes of Radio Free Charleston, both video and audio, plus a Popcult Toybox review of the Lammily Doll and some surprise holiday treats. Next week’s PopCulteer will be the long-awaited detailed account of my trip to Chicago last August, from which I returned a married man.

Weekend Theater

There are four shows currently running in the area. Tonight is your last chance to see Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol, produced by Kanawha Players, at The LaBelle Theater in South Charleston. Read more about it HERE. This weekend sees the final shows from Limelight Theater’s “An Old Fashioned Christmas and a Movie.” You can read more about it HERE. We produced promo clips for the other two shows.

Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical opens tonight at The Culture Center. Details on this show, presented by Charleston Light Opera Guild, are in the video…

At the Alban Theater in Saint Albans you can see a wonderful production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, which winds up its run with three shows this weekend…

Pictures with Krampus

At the Mike Winland Studio in Kanawha City tomorrow you can get your picture taken with Krampus…

This is all part of The Fright Before Christmas, a horror-themed Christmas art show that is still running. Check out this quick photo essay from the opening night reception…

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Friday night Stuff To Do

Free music kicks off at 5 PM with Marshall Petty and The Groove performing at 5 Corners Cafe on Charleston’s West Side. At 7:30 PM Danielle Conard and Steve Himes perform, cover-free, at Taylor Books. Dugan Carter and friends take the stage at The Empty Glass from 6 PM to 8 PM, and then at Bruno’s on Leon Sullivan Way starting at 9 PM. At 10 PM the Weekend Warriors perform at The Monkey Barrel.

There will also be an art show by Ashley Hoey, with music provided by recent RFC guest, Anthony Hoey, at Fireside Bar and Lounge near the State Capitol on Washington Street (upstairs from Little India).

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Music with a cover Friday includes a big pre-holiday show at The Empty Glass with music by The Vandal Band with Ritchie Tipton and The Company Stores with Hybrid Soul Project. Cover charge is seven bucks, and the music will start sometime after 8 PM.

You can read about the Jimmy Beasley Benefit show in this article by Bill Lynch HERE. And there’s also other shows in town…

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Saturday Stuff To Do

Free music Saturday starts early with the Glenville State Brass Ensemble performing holiday classics at Macy’s Court in The Charleston Town Center from 11 AM to 6 PM. Alasha Al Qudwah brings her Gypsy violin to Bluegrass Kitchen at 7 PM. Blue Yonder takes the cover-free stage at Black Sheep Burritos and Brews at 8 PM. Soup Da Blues performs at Timothy’s, below The Quarrier Diner, at 9 PM. Also at 9 PM, The Charlie Murphy Project plays at Bruno’s.

There are also plenty of shows with a cover charge Saturday night. Astromoth and Trielement will be at The Empty Glass…

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Sunday

The hit podcast, My Brother, My Brother and Me comes to Huntington, the hometown of the three McElroy brothers. Read more about it HERE.

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That’s it for this week’s PopCulteer, the 500th PopCult post of 2014. Check back regularly next week for some of our normal features and a few holiday surprises.

Stephen Colbert retires his 'Report' and the host he played 

By FRAZIER MOOREAP Television Writer

NEW YORK (AP) - Stephen Colbert is dead.

Stephen Colbert is immortal?

Long live Stephen Colbert!

Nine years of Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" came to an end Thursday night along with its mythical presiding pundit, as the real-life Stephen Colbert bade the audience farewell.

He was last seen gliding through the clouds in the backseat of Santa's sleigh beside Alex Trebek (don't ask).

Before that, after offing the Grim Reaper and declaring himself immortal (don't ask), he led a glorious singalong in the studio with a room of luminaries ranging from "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart, Andy Cohen and Big Bird to George Lucas, Arianna Huffington and Henry Kissinger.

With Randy Newman at the piano, the gathered sang the poignant pop standard whose lyrics go, "We'll meet again, don't know where, don't know when. But I know we'll meet again, some sunny day."

Actually, Colbert fans know they'll be meeting him again in a few months, this time playing himself as the new host of CBS' "Late Show" taking over for David Letterman, who exits next May.

But none of that mattered during Thursday's bittersweet finale.

At the top of the show, Colbert greeted his followers and set straight any newcomers: "If this is your first time tuning into 'The Colbert Report,' I have some terrible news. ..."

He announced as "a little happy news" for Colbert Nation that a raffle for his flashy anchor desk and his adjoining fireplace set had raised $313,420 for charity.

In discussing his legacy - something this delightfully self-absorbed host was always happy to do - Colbert fired back against the "thinkerati" who, he charged, were questioning his impact.

"But I'm not here to brag about how I changed the world," he went on. "I did something much harder: I 'samed' the world. Does that sound stupid? Well, they said I sounded stupid back in 2005. So THAT'S the same!"

"The Colbert Report" (both t's were always silent) premiered in October 2005 as a spoof of the show hosted by Fox News Channel personality Bill O'Reilly. But the Colbert character developed into a shrewdly satirical observer, preaching the opposite of what real-life Stephen Colbert meant to put across. For this nightly display of Opposite Day, Colbert won a devoted audience of so-called "heroes," plus critical acclaim and two Peabody Awards, which noted that "what started as a parody of punditry is now its own political platform."

An actor, comedian and improv virtuoso, Colbert had created his Stephen Colbert alter ego in 1997 as a "senior correspondent" for "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart."

Then he graduated to a show of his own, where he not only exposed the failings and fumblings of government, society and the media, but he also got directly involved in these issues.

He formed a Super PAC, "Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow," which solicited donations as a demonstration of how money distorts the electoral process.

In 2007, he announced he would be running for president - but only in his native state, South Carolina, whose Democratic Party voted to keep his name off the ballot. With Stewart, he in 2010 staged a "Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear" as a live TV extravaganza that drew tens of thousands to Washington's National Mall.

Quite a legacy. Was it enough?

"If all we achieved over the last nine years was to come into your home each night and help you make a difficult day a little bit better," said Colbert, for a moment almost getting sentimental - "man, what a waste!"

As usual, he was preaching the opposite of truth.

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PopCult’s Favorite Comics of 2014 

The PopCult Bookshelf

This will be the last PopCult Bookshelf of 2014. We’re taking off next week because our normal day, Thursday, is Christmas Day and the following week is New Year’s. So for those of you scoring at home, the next PopCult Bookshelf will be posted January 8, 2015.

For our final column this year, we are going to look back at what I pick as the Top Five comic books of 2014r. In no particular order:

The_Multiversity_Pax_Americana_Vol_1_1_Gleason_VariantMultiversity
Written by Grant Morrison
drawn by Ivan Reis and various artists
DC Comics

Grant Morrison’s long delayed re-shuffling of the DC Comics multiverse finally turned up this year and I’m happy to report that so far, its been well worth the wait. Using his near encyclopedic knowledge of every obscure nook and cranny of all the various DC universes, Morrison has crafted a story that jumps from one alternate reality to the next, while employing different storytelling styles but maintaining a coherent plot.

It’s nice to see Morrison back at the top of his game because when he’s good, he’s among the best writers in comics. But when he stumbles, he’s nearly incomprehensible. Multiversity is a triumph.This book has been a welcome alternative to the mess that is DC’s “New 52.”

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STK656833Written by Eric Shanower
drawn by Gabriel Rodriguez
IDW Comics

The unenviable task of trying to continue one of the most legendary comic strips in history over a hundred years after its debut had to have been daunting. Remarkably, Shanower and Rodriguez manage to perfectly capture the spirit of Winsor McCay’s nearly perfect comic strip while making it seem contemporary without polluting it with cheap pop culture or technological references.

The remarkable thing about this new version of Little Nemo is that it manages to translate McCay’s single large Sunday page into the modern comic book format without losing any of the sense of wonder or epic scale of McCay’s work. Third issue even manages to meld McCay with M.C. Escher, an contemporary an a kindred spirit.

Three issues in, we have seen nothing but brilliance in Shanower’s scripts and the artwork by Rodriguez has been beautifully astounding. This book is the first one I look for when I get my shipment of comic books in from Westfield.

3903692-silver_surfer_4_coverAll New Silver Surfer
Written by Peter Milligan
drawn by Mike Allred
Marvel Comics

One of my favorite writers and one of my favorite artists team up to bring us the adventures of one of the coolest Marvel Comics characters that Jack Kirby ever created. All New Silver Surfer brings a light and thoroughly entertaining tone to a character who is usually depicted as ponderous and philosophical.

Milligan and Allred have brought a sense of fun to this comic book that makes it currently the most entertaining book that Marvel publishes. It’s as entertaining a comic book as Guardians Of The Galaxy was a movie. Milligan’s stories bring a human touch to the cosmic mythology of Marvel while pointing out the inherent absurdity of that part of the Marvel universe. Mike Allred’s art is a unique distillation of Jack Kirby, Alex Toth, and Bruno Premiani. There is nobody else working in mainstream comics with such a pure comic book style.

WeirdLove_21Weird Love
Written and drawn by various
edited by Craig Yoe and Ciliza Gussoni
Yoe Books/IDW Comics

Weird Love mines a largely ignored vein of comic book history. This all reprint title presents romance comics from various defunct publishers. Since the genre pretty much died out in 1976, this material is of quite a ripe vintage. What makes this book “Weird Love” is the absolutely bizzare conventions of the form which, emanating from earlier times in the 40′s, 50′s, and 60′s, have attained a level of cultural alienation.

There are some teriffically lurid and sensationalistic stories in this comic book. Many of them have the thoroughly entertaining quality of what a veneral disease film might have been like had it been written and directed by Ed Wood. With titles like “Love of a Lunatic,” “Trailer Park Trash,” “I Fell For a Commie” and “Too Fat to Frug,” these stories are howlers. The artwork ranges from rather pedestrian anonymous artists to work by amazing craftsmen like Matt Baker and Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez. Every issue has at least a couple of artistic gems, but the real selling point is the Confession Magazine-style writing. With individual issues selling out across the country, it’s great news that these comics will soon be collected in a lovely hardback volume.

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Written and drawn by various
edited by Fester Faceplant, Roger McKenzie, and Mort Todd
Comicfix

The Charlton Arrow is a tribute to the beloved and/or ridiculed Charlton Comics Group. This may be the first comic book spawned out of a Facebook Group page. Charlton was never the number one comic book publisher. Truth be told, I don’t think they were ever in the top five. They were the comic book arm of Charlton Publications, the folks who published Hit Parader magazine, among other periodicals. Charlton maintains a special place in history as a plucky little company where creativity was allowed to run wild with a very small budget. The Charlton Arrow hops from genre to genre, much like the original Charlton comics. This is what comic books used to be like, before they were taken over by guys on steroids running around in their underwear.

A labor of love, with a mix of new contributions from Charlton veterans, fans of the original comics and even a couple of vintage stories, The Charlton Arrow is a hugely fun package of comics. Much of the appeal of the original Charlton comics was that the writers and artists were afforded creative freedom in lieu of decent pay. This new comic captures that spirit very well. This may have been the most fun comic book of the year. The very talented roster of writers and artists are obviously having a blast, and so will anyone who reads it.

Just this week the first two issues became available on the Kindle, and hard copies can be ordered directly from Mort Todd. This comic is at the forefront of the “Charlton Neo” movement, and we’ll be telling you all about that next month.

Charleston church looks forward to classic holiday concert 

By Charlotte Ferrell Smith

The music ministry of Christ Church United Methodist will present "Gloria" by Antonio Vivaldi at 2 p.m. Sunday.

The conductor will be the Rev. David Donathan, minister of music and arts and organist for the church. Guest organist will be Barbara MacGregor, retired professor of organ from the University of Akron in Ohio. The concert will include 40 members of the Chancel Choir of Christ Church United Methodist. The orchestra will be made up of members of the West Virginia Symphony to be augmented with three members of the youth symphony. The concert will end with the audience joining in by singing Christmas carols with organ and orchestra.

The event is a fundraiser for Hubbard Hospice House. Suggested donation is $10 at the door.

"We chose Hubbard Hospice House because I would guess all of us have been blessed by and have seen the work of hospice care," Donathan said. "It is a vital part of our community."

He noted that 100 percent of the donations will go to that organization with a goal of raising $3,000.

MacGregor, who was Donathan's undergraduate professor, has worked on several concerts in Charleston and has been a recitalist for the Kanawha Chapter of the American Guild of Organists Summer Orgelfest recital series. An active performer and clinician, she has been featured at state, regional and national conventions of many professional music groups and given solo performances at festivals. She currently serves as organist at the United Methodist Church in Berea, Ohio.

"She is playing the Organ Concerto in F Major, Opus 4, No. 4 by George Fredric Handel, which has orchestral accompaniment," Donathan said. "What is interesting is that Handel originally wrote an 'Alleluia' to end this concerto. But several years after it was written, Handel himself removed the Alleluia and placed it in another oratorio. Our performance Sunday afternoon will bring these two pieces, the concerto and the Alleluia, together again."

Donathan, a clergy person serving as an ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church, has served at Christ Church as minister of music and organist since 1992. Also, since 2009 he has been artistic director and conductor for the Opus Chorale of Charleston. He is an active recitalist, clinician and author.

The church is located at 1221 Quarrier St. in Charleston. The telephone number is 304-342-0192.

Crowds gather for holiday music at the levee 

By Marcus Constantino

Local musicians performed for a crowd gathered during Light Up the Levee at Haddad Riverfront Park Wednesday in Charleston.

Admission to the newly created event was free, but attendees donated nonperishable food items for the Covenant House Food Pantry, located at First Presbyterian Church. Event organizer Sandy Campbell said the concert was put together by a group of friends who thought it would be a good idea to hold a community event in Charleston where people could gather and ignite the holiday spirit while contributing to a worthy cause.

Performers included several area musicians, such as Mariel van Dalsum, opera singer and local voice teacher; the folk group Bill McCoy & Friends; singer David Pearcy; and members of the First Presby Worship Team.

Despite the chilly weather, crowds of listeners gather to hear the music at the event, enjoying hot chocolate and lights along with each others' company.

Video Bumps and a Cool Free Show Tonight 

Up above you see the latest RFC MINI SHOW starring Total Meltdown. Below you see promo clips for Miracle on 24th Street, which opens tomorrow and A Christmas Carol, which continues this weekend. At the bottom of this post you will find a graphic for tonight’s AFM party at The Blue Parrot, which is free and open to the public, and will feature the music of Charleston’s Beatles tribute band, Rubber Soul.

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Arts and culture briefs for Thursday, Dec. 18 

"America's Got Talent" winner Landau Eugene Murphy will join the Huntington Symphony Orchestra for a special holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center.

Murphy will take the stage with his 11-piece band and special guests Leonard, Coleman and Blunt, the former lead vocalists of the Temptations, the Platters and the Drifters. "A Hometown Holiday" will also feature 65 members of the symphony backing Murphy and his guests.

Murphy will perform hits from his debut CD "That's Life" and his recently released holiday album, "Christmas for Two." He will also preview songs from his upcoming third album, scheduled for a 2015 release. Song selections will include "Get Ready," "The Way You Do The Things You Do," "O Holy Night," "I'll Be Home for Christmas," "My Girl" and the symphony's traditional last song, "We Wish You A Merry Christmas."

Tickets are $20 for balcony, $35 for orchestra level, $50 for loge and orchestra level one and $65 for VIP seating. For more information, call 304-781-8343.

This "A Christmas Carol" goes beyond other adaptations with a unique dramatic concept: At the opening curtain, Charles Dickens himself is introduced to the audience, ready to present one of the famed platform readings of his stories that packed auditoriums in Europe and America.

The story unfolds behind him, and soon Dickens is weaving in and out of the action, observing, performing small roles, interpolating short passages of rich narrative never heard in other versions. He handles props and helps Scrooge and others with costume changes.

The performances run at 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Dec. 19 and 20, and at 2 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 21 at the Alban Arts and Conference Center.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and children. For more information and to order tickets, visit www.albanartscenter.com.

The Kanawha Players will present a different twist on a holiday classic with "Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol" at 7 p.m. tonight and Friday at the LaBelle Theater, 311 D St., South Charleston.

The production is a look at the redemption and reconciliation of Ebenezer Scrooge as told from the perspective of his late business partner, Jacob Marley. The show includes many familiar characters from Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" including Scrooge, Marley and the Crachit family.

The show opens seven years before Marley's ghost visits Scrooge in the original tale. After Marley dies, he is chained and shackled for eternity unless he finds a way to redeem his heartless actions. He is given on chance to free himself - to save Scrooge from the same fate.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students, seniors and children under 18. For more information, visit www.kanawhaplayers.org or call 304-343-7529.

Nationally recognized recording artist B.E. Taylor brings his 18th annual Christmas concert to the Clay Center at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22.

Taylor transforms old Christmas favorite songs through bold interpretations to create new holiday traditions.

Tickets range from $33.50 to $54.50 and can be purchased online at www.theclaycenter.org or by phone at 304-561-3570.

The Esquires will celebrate 50 years with a dance beginning at 8 p.m. Dec. 27 at the Charleston Civic Center Grand Hall.

The Esquires' music represents the '60s rhythm and blues era with a collection of songs recorded by such R&B greats as James Brown, Wilson Picket, Otis Reading, The Four Tops and The Temptations.

They have performed with popular bands such as the Beach Boys and Three Dog Night.

The group formed in 1963 and debuted at a Stonewall Jackson High School assembly. They performed throughout the Southeastern U.S. The band members took separate paths in 1971 and reunited in 1983 in a successful holiday reunion dance.

Tickets start at $30 and are available at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

Amy Williams, a local artist and author, will be at Taylor Books from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday to sign her just-released book ,"Love Catches Up with Wanda Petunia." Suitable for children and adults, join Amy and local voice Jessica Rodecker for dramatic readings at 10:15 and 11:15 a.m. Wanda Petunia plush dolls will also be available to purchase for holiday gift giving. Children especially are invited to attend and participate in the dramatic reading of Wanda's adventures.

Chief Logan State Park celebrates the 20th year of the "Christmas in the Park" light display, which features more than a mile of holiday lights.

The event is a drive-through display with more than 200 pieces. There is also a gift shop across from the park's museum and a Santa Land. The display begins at dark and continues until 10 p.m. now through New Year's Eve.

Admission is free, but donations are welcome and used to purchase and repair displays, pay for replacement bulbs and pay the electric bill. Drivers are reminded to drive slowly and keep headlights on.

The Holiday Bazaar at the Clay Center continues from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Artisans from 17 East End vendors will showcase their one-of-a-kind wares, including locally made jewelry, bath soaps, clothing and visual art.

Micah and Mark Atkinson & Friends including Roger Rabalais and Mike Arcuri will perform at Songwriter's Stage from 7 to 10 p.m. at Timothy's, located beneath the Quarrier Diner, 1022 Quarrier St.

The "in the round' performances will be a pre-release CD preview special. Admission is free. For more information, call 304-610-5583.

FOOTMAD will host Good Riddance 2014 from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Dec. 31 at the Columbia Gas Auditorium, 1700 MacCorkle Ave. SE.

The event is an alcohol-free, family-friendly celebration. Joe Dobbs and Friends will provide music, and dance instructor Warren Doyle, of the Appalachian Folk School in Tennessee, will lead guests in an old-style dance featuring Appalachian mixers and contra dancing. The band will also provide music for other dance styles such as swing and waltz.

Hors d'oeuvres, table seating, a "Chinese raffle" and a midnight ball drop by local artist Rick Gallagher will round out the evening.

Admission is $15 for adults, $7 for students and $40 for families. For more information, call 304-343-5074 or visit www.footmad.org.

A solo art exhibition by Ashley Hoey will be on display from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday at Fireside Bar and Lounge, 1604 Washington St. E.

Irish singer/songwriter Anthony Hoey will provide live music.

The event is free. For more information, call 304-720-3616.

Several bands are scheduled at the Marmet Recreation Center in the next couple of weeks.

Don Gibson and The Velvetones play a Christmas dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $8.

No Regrets play from 7 to 10 p.m. Dec. 27. Admission is $8.

Stan McDaniel Band perform at a New Year's Eve party from 9 p.m. to midnight. Admission is $15 for singles and $25 for a couple.

Southern Draw performs from 7 to 10 p.m. Jan. 3. Admission is $8.

Stonestreet plays from 7 to 10 p.m. Jan. 10. Admission is $10.

For more information, call 304-949-9692

The annual "Winter Festival of Lights" at Oglebay Park in Wheeling will continue until Jan. 4.

Since 1985, the resort has hosted one of the nation's largest holiday light shows, covering more than 300 acres over a six-mile drive.

There are more than 80 light displays in the show, with new features added every year.

The Winter Festival of Lights is open Sunday through Thursday until 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday until 11 p.m.

The event is free but donations are requested.

The Lights of Coonskin Christmas light display continues nightly from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. through Dec. 31.

The display is free to drive through, though donations are accepted.

The park display will be open on Dec. 24 and 25. For more information, call the park at 304-341-8000

Compiled by Ashlee Maddy, who can be reached at ashleemaddy@dailymailwv.com.

n WINTER JAM: The concert of contemporary Christian artists will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 2 at the Civic Center. Tickets are $10 at the door. Artists include Skillet, Family Force 5 and more. For more information, visit 2015.jamtour.com.

n GUYS AND DOLLS: The musical comedy comes at 8 p.m. Jan. 16 to the Clay Center. Tickets range from $32.50 to $64.25 and are available at www.theclaycenter.org or 304-561-3570.

n MIRANDA LAMBERT: The Grammy Award-winning country superstar will bring her Certified Platinum Tour to the Charleston Civic Center Arena Jan. 24. Tickets range from $49.77 to $65.67 and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or at the box office. For more information, visit www.charlestonwvciviccenter.com.

n BOB SEGER: Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Charleston Civic Center. Tickets are on sale now and available at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

n CIRQUE DE LA SYMPHONIE: The troupe of extraordinary aerial artists, jugglers and contortionists will perform in the musical surroundings of a symphony orchestra at 8 p.m. Feb. 6 and 7 at the Clay Center. Tickets are available at www.theclaycenter.org or 304-561-3570.

n SISTER ACT: Featuring original music by eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken, the musical comedy comes at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11 to the Clay Center. Tickets range from $43.00 to $77.13 and are available at www.theclaycenter.org or 304-561-3570.

n ZZ TOP: The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will perform at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena at 7:30 p.m. March 26. Tickets range from $49.50 to $69.50 and are available at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena box office, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

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