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The art of doing something

November 8, 2009

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After a death in Charleston, W.Va., lawyer and artist Debbie McHenry – who knew the boy who was shot – felt she had to do something. A lively art class at the Roosevelt Center resulted. Here’s a video we just did about it with a story for the Saturday, Nov. 8 Charleston Gazette. Click the […]

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“Songs for a New World” on YouTube

May 15, 2009

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“Hear My Song” by the RiffRaff Players, March 2009 Here are two back-of-the-room videos of “Flying Home” and “Hear My Song” from the RiffRaff Players production of “Songs for a New World” at the Tamarack theater this March 2009. Ed Trotta of Summit Stage Theater II in Bluefield shot the subsequent show, at the Room […]

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A Visit to Gary Bowling’s House of Art

March 11, 2009

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CLICK IMAGE OR HERE TO VIEW SLIDESHOW In the midst of the economic gloom of Bluefield, W.Va., Gary Bowling’s House of Art is a trippy, eccentric, must-be-seen-to-be-believed, go-to place for art, music and culture. Here’s a four-minute audio slideshow story I did on the place for the Charleston Gazette, with more than 50 photos and […]

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Smoke This Way

February 23, 2009

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> CLICK TO WATCH AUDIO SLIDESHOW A “Third Place” refers to a gathering place in the community that is separate from our two usual social environments of the home and workplace. The Squire Tobacco Unlimited Shop in downtown Charleston, W.Va., is just such a place. The gregarious man who runs it, Charlie Morgan, used to […]

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At the Gates of Obama’s Inauguration

January 22, 2009

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CLICK TO VIEW AUDIO SLIDESHOW I went through a host of hoops to get a ticket to the Obama inauguration, planning on doing a feature story and multimedia piece for the Charleston Gazette (W.Va.). Then, West Virginia Sen. Jay Rockefeller’s office required the ticket be picked up either the Friday or Monday before the event. […]

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‘Just a long-hair from the ’70s, still havin’ fun’

January 3, 2009

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JOHN NELSON, 51, is an institution in Charleston, W.Va. He is manager and music buyer for Budget Tapes and Records, the go-to place for new music, concert tickets and gifts and goodies for three decades in the Kanawha City section of West Virginia’s capital city. John’s been a new music guru to several generations of […]

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Lucas, age 18, Rocks the Vote for the First Time

November 4, 2008

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Here is a down-and-dirty YouTube video (my first, so be kind) showing my 18-year-old son, Lucas, voting for the first time in a presidential election, in Barboursville, W.Va., in the gym where he used to play dodgeball and eat pizza that tasted like cardboard. The music is a quickie instrumental I recorded onto my Boss […]

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Fine Churches a Wee Bit Closer to Home

September 6, 2008

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My Soundslides show “A Time Ago: Church & Empire” in the post below showcases a couple jaw-dropping churches of Italy. Among them, Il Duomo in Milan, one of the three most impressive buildings I’ve seen in my travels, a place that took five centuries to make, has thousands of life-size sculptures populating its roof and […]

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Audio Slideshows from Italia 2008 Travels

August 25, 2008

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ITALIA 2008 | Here are six short audio slideshows of Northern Italy and Rome from a storied journey there for a couple weeks in the Summer of 2008, with my 18-year-old son and his 18-year-old cousin: ~ “ROMAN COLISEUM JAZZ” ~ “VENICE BY DAY and NIGHT” ~ “SANTANA in VERONA” ~ “AN ITALIAN TATTOO TALE” […]

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