My Time in Kamurocho – A Reflection of Yakuza 4, 0, and Kiwami

-by Todd Keffer II- 2017 was going to be an interesting year for me in terms of video games. I had decided that my backlog of games had finally hit an apex that needed to be addressed. What could be a better,...

Arts Flea Market at The Bakery

-by Ryan Ann- The Bakery will be holding an Arts Flea Market on December 3rd from 1-7pm at 1007 Bigley Avenue. During the Charleston Music and Arts Collective’s new venue debut, artists will be selling art supplies, equipment, and music gear, as...

Meet the Candidate – James Elam

by Amina Renee Hola, divas ! I’d like to introduce you to a young man who is running for WV house of delegates 36th district: James Elam. Amina – “James, tell the public a bit about yourself. Who you are? Your past,...

Feature Artist: Dave Pahl

By Jake Fertig On a quiet fall afternoon, I ventured up the wide stairs that led to the second floor studio of one of my favorite local artists. At the top of the stairs is a beautiful high-contrast batik covering the window,...

Christian Lopez is Embracing His Inner Misfit

by Gary Hess Mention Christian Lopez to someone and the response is often something like: “Yeah, I’ve heard of him, he’s from West Virginia, right? Doesn’t he play country?” I first saw Christian perform at the Blue Parrot in Charleston, back in...

When Taking a Stand Means Kneeling Down

“It’s not about unreasonable force by the police or unethical profiling of specific ethnic populations in our country! It’s not about equality, or seeking to rebalance the national, cultural landscape. You’re disrespecting the flag! You’re disrespecting our sacred symbol for “the land...

Nier Automata

On June 16, 2015, Japanese video game director Taro Yoko appeared at the Square Enix E3 press conference wearing a mask resembling one of his characters. He then announced his next game, Nier: Automata. An indirect sequel to the cult classic Nier,...

LCD Soundsystem’s American Dream

Some bands are really just one person, one individual without whom the group could not exist. There may be many other voices, some of them very important; but ultimately, the music remains an expression of that single person’s creativity. LCD Soundsystem is...

Namaste – Finding Light in Dark Places

Let us take a seat at the top of our mats. Find an easy, seated position–whatever that may be for your body today. Maybe move some glute flesh out of the way so your bones make firm contact with the earth underneath....

WV Punk

In my 36 years on this planet, I’ve lived a fair number of places in the US. From San Francisco, to Eugene, Oregon to New York City, and I can say in all seriousness that West Virginia is a punk rock mecca....

Being Bi in West Virginia

I’m used to being unusual. Exotic. More than the usual. After all, I’m black in America; black in WV. Of course, that means I always have to be different. That said, I’m also bisexual and a bit of a late bloomer. I...

Buskers Welcome

Have you ever been to a major city and seen a street musician with his or her instrument case open on the sidewalk for donations? All the while, he or she plays with little regard to the world around them, often improvising...

Freedom from the Cloth

On June 24th, hundreds of men and women gathered downtown to rally and march topless in what Mayor Jones called “a naked spectacle.” The truth is, this statement clearly shows he is one of a great many who just don’t get the...

Social Media Exit: Part III

Social Media Exit Part III: Everything is Alive. Everything is Breathing. Nothing Is Dead. And Nothing Is Bleeding. by Todd Keffer II If there’s one thing I can say I learned through this project, it’s that your own mental health is more...

The Skinny on the Pumpkin Spice Latte

Skinny Pumpkin Spice Latte by KellLifts Fall is here, my friends! There isn’t anything I love more around this time of year than to try all things pumpkin! Most of you, if you’re anything like me, probably line up at your local...

The Mouth at the Mound

by C. G. Aaron The river was low the first time that I died. Not that there was any direct correlation between the deep muddy water and the cause of my initial demise. It’s just something you notice. Most folks drive by...

Ichiban

I freaking love sushi. If I could eat it every day, I most definitely would. Fortunately, here in Charleston, we have a couple awesome places where we can get it! My personal favorite would have to be Ichiban Pan-Asian Cuisine on Capitol...

Get Inked – Feature Artist TJ Stanley

Ryan Ann, our stunning social media guru, gritted her teeth and managed to get an awesome interview while sitting for a tattoo session with our feature artist of the month, tattoo pro TJ Stanley. Ryan – Who are you top three inspirations?...

Healthy Snacks

Easy Healthy Snacks by KellLifts When it comes to eating healthy, we all have cravings! I know, personally, I love snacking! So, to be more health conscious but still give you ideas for tasty treats, I’m going to give you 3 of...

Smoke One

Charleston has too much BBQ! I’ll say it again: Charleston has TOO MUCH TASTY BBQ! When we first started asking for Charleston’s favorite barbecue, we received an overwhelming variety of replies—everything from dairy bars, real deal smoke-shops, and even people inviting us...

Medical Marijuana

In a state where the rate of opioid overdoses has increased by 16.9% and where 41.5 of every 100,000 people has overdosed, West Virginia has been begging for a solution to an epidemic. Bipartisan supporters of Senate Bill 386 believe they have...

The Rosie Movement

Is it possible for a social movement to succeed in America without blaming anyone? Can’t America agree on something that needs to be done and just stand up and do it? I’ve counted on this. I’ve worked for nine years in Kanawha...

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Social Media Exit: Part II

Ever miss a class only to realize you’re completely lost when you show up next time and feel like you might as well drop out? Since my six-month, self-imposed absence from social media, that’s exactly how I’ve felt in conversations with friends....

A Glimpse Into the Life of a Transgender Woman

A Glimpse into the Life of a Transgender Woman brought to you by Radio Smut Saturdays at midnight on 88.1 FM Radio Smut got to sit down on April 1, 2017 with Catherine, a transgender woman, to discuss her journey. Before we...

Zoo Cage #100

  The people who make up the mountain region of West-by-God-Virginia would say they are friendly, nice, and welcoming. They would say their arms are open to all, especially those in need. To a certain degree, that is true. They are everything...

The Charisma Factor

The Charisma Factor by Diana Workman Miller Some of you may be too young to remember Bush 41, aka George H. W. Bush, but I’m not. I’ve always loved politics, but Bush 41 was a bore. I remember trying to watch one...

The Moscow Mule

  The Moscow Mule Ingredients – 2 oz vodka, 3 oz Ginger beer, juice from half a lime, garnish with a lime wheel Directions – Fill a Moscow Mule mug or highball glass with ice and add all ingredients. Stir, then garnish...

Scarlet Revolt

Scarlet Revolt is a Charleston, WV based rock band formed in 2012 with strong classic rock roots and a heavy modern rock vibe. According to Do Savannah Magazine, SR sound “Classic without falling into a redundant 70’s revivalist corner.” SR released their...

I Am Druid

I Am Druid by Gregory Fort I am a Druid. You don’t hear these words very often. There is a stigma and stereotype that goes along with that statement. Maybe you have heard the word being the used to describe the people...

It’s Too Fucking Hot

It’s Too Fucking Hot by Jack Deskins It’s too fucking hot today. Not yet 9 AM and the mercury is above 80. The shirt I put on this morning was damp with sweat after the 10 second walk from my front door...

The Mojito

Craft Cocktail Hour with Joshua Jenkins 4 thru 8 pm Mon – Wed and 4 thru 9 pm Thurs/Fri The Mojito Ingredients – 1 1/2 oz. white rum, 6 leaves of mint, soda water, 1 oz. fresh lime juice, 2 tsp. sugar...

A Rant

A Rant by Johnny Mottesheard It’s getting hot, blood boils, folks pounding fists on the ground. Everyone is so angry after the election, Donald Trump probably can’t even get an erection, and the left has this, that, and the third to cry...

“Charleston” by Joshua Beane

Charleston by Joshua Beane

Toad Wife

Toad Wife presented by The Appalachian Arts Collective Appalachian Artists Collective is pleased to announce the world premiere of Toad Wife, written by A. E. Gill and directed by Leah Turley. The play will open on August 25th at the St. Albans...

Create Your Own Mealplan

Create Your Own Mealplan with KellLifts For those of you who don’t know, it’s very important to know how much food you are consuming. Whether your goal is to maintain or gain muscle or lose body fat, you have to have a...

Making Memories

As a child growing up in the fifties, I will never forget running from store to store in the cold and the snow while Christmas shopping with my parents on the streets of Charleston. Those were the happiest times of my life....

Social Media Exit: Part I

Social Media Exit – Part 1: The Reason by Todd Keffer II Dear friends and family, I’m sorry. I’m sorry I didn’t like your witty post. I’m sorry I didn’t like your third selfie this week or your pic of your food....

Touch You Where?

Touch You Where? by Jamie Davis brought to you by Radio Smut for more, tune in to 88.1 FM on Saturdays at midnight! Erogenous zones are an important part of your sexual adventures, whether it be getting you in the mood or...

Coming Out of the Closet in Appalachia

Coming Out of the Closet in Appalachia by Harley Wince David Kohlmeier has it set. He has recently appointed minister is a Unitarian church off of Cape Cod, is expecting a child soon with his husband, Nathan, and is feeling the love...

Feature Artist – Nellie Rose

Feature Artist: Nellie Rose From the moment she was born, she was swaddled in a smooth, silk cloth hand-dyed by her parents in a multitude of colors and patterns. Both parents are textile artists who practice Shibori, a Japanese dyeing tradition. Needless-to-say,...

Cigarettes After Sex

Cigarettes After Sex an album review by Joshua Beane Cigarettes After Sex is the dream-pop version of The Ramones—their songs sound similar, are more or less about the same things, and are mostly around the same length. This is not at all...

Coal and the State of West Virginia

COAL AND THE STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA by Phillip Tucker It’s time to have an honest and open conversation about the state of coal in coal country. Without the politics of left or right.Some preface to this article: I will admit I...

Lavender Lemonade

Lavender Lemonade recipe by Leah Rafferty Ingredients: 1 cup of sugar 2 cups of water 2 lemons, zested 6 lemons, juiced 8 sprigs of lavender Directions: 1.Combine sugar, juiced lemons, and lavender into a saucepan and boil until sugar dissolves. 2.Fill a...

Andrew Scotchie and the River Rats

Andrew Scotchie and the River Rats interview by Harley Wince Andrew Scotchie is an Asheville-based musician and event coordinator. He currently is the lead vocalist and guitarist for the band Andrew Scotchie and the River Rats, as well as being the head...

Save the Bakery

#SAVETHEBAKERY By C.G. Aaron The Bakery can be tough to find if you’re uninitiated. It’s an old warehouse that sits next to a high rise interchange where I-79 twists into I-64 and heads south down the West Virginia Turnpike. It is buttressed...

Feature Artist – Ian Bode

We sat down with local artist Ian Bode to ask him a few questions about his life, his work, and his art. Tell me a bit about yourself and the path that led you to your current position in life? “I was...

The Best Kept Travel Secret in West Virginia

The Best Kept Travel Secret in West Virginia by Mark Totten “Ladies and gentlemen, may I have your attention, please! Arriving momentarily on track number one is Amtrak train number 50, with service through the beautiful New River Gorge, Hinton, Clifton Forge,...

Drag Shows and Being Transexual

As a trans woman, I have no personal experience doing drag or as part of the drag culture. I’ve always looked on it with an outsider’s perspective. My overall impression is that drag can be a good thing or a bad thing,...

Summer Treats

Summer Treats by Kenneth and Mercedes Jones The sound of your favorite local group echoes in your ears. You can feel the sweat rolling down your forehead as you quickly snap a pic with your friends, making sure to capture this memory....

Gamer Rage

Gamer Rage by Taylor Miller In high school, I had $150 worth of broken Xbox controllers. It’s absurd to me now that I could react foolishly enough to throw my controller because I didn’t shoot a bad guy or land a skateboard...

Healthy Living with Essential Oils

Healthy Living Through Essential Oils by Lynn Cunningham There’s no doubt about it – we live in a toxic world. Our bodies have incredible detoxification abilities, but it’s safe to say our environments are vastly more toxic than they were even 150...

Why Not?

Why Not? by Matt Murphy Charleston, West Virginia. Charlie West. #CWV. Our city goes by various names, but ultimately, it’s simply home. Being located in West Virginia often has negative connotations. Our state is known for rampant drug use, a poor education...

William Matheny and the Strange Constellations

William Matheny and the Strange Constellations an album review by Joshua Beane William Matheny has written the best album I’ve heard this year. You need to be paying attention to this guy. He’s right in your backyard, and he’s one of the...

Give Him What He Wants

How to Give Him What He Wants. brought to you by Radio Smut for more, tune in to 88.1 FM on Saturdays at midnight! 1. Wear a bright red lipstick. This draws attention to your mouth, which is the whole point! 2....

Signal Boost

Signal Boost by Jack Deskins On one of the Facebook pages I follow, someone asked why the Governor had refused to sign the budget that the Legislature passed in their recent special session. A friend responded, “A billionaire CEO, used to getting...

The Real Elk City

The Real Elk City by Tighe Bullock The name “Elk City” has had a popular resurgence in the last couple years, but few people, even life long West Siders, know the whole story. So here’s a snippet. Elk City was formed by...

The Margarita

The Margarita Ingredients – 1 1/2 oz. Blanco tequila, 3/4 oz. Cointreau or Triple Sec, 3/4 oz. fresh lime juice, lime wedge, coarse salt Directions – Rim chilled cocktail glass with lime and salt. Shake remaining ingredients with ice and strain into...

Kayleigh Phillips and Covenant House

“Since Kayleigh Phillips decided to pursue her art full-time, she’s had to learn to live with less. The work is never consistent. Jobs come in waves. And when the artist can get ahead on her rent, she does, because she knows there...

Find Your Voice

“Find Your Voice” by John Inghram Finding your voice as an artist is a complicated challenge.Thankfully, I think I’m starting to boil it down to a few specific things that have helped me in my search. I hope this helps you along...

Coffee Break

“Coffee Break” by Kenneth and Mercedes Jones A warm, silky foam covers a deep brown shot of espresso. Imagine this, you open the door and the smell of your well-known friend,fills your nose. You wait your turn in line only to eagerly...

The Rebirth of Charleston

“The Rebirth of Charleston” by Jacob McDonald I find myself pondering the beautiful idea that Charleston, West Virginia is in the beginning stages of its renaissance. Life is in mid-conception for Charleston. Hollow, dusty shells are being returned into their former glory...

The Beginner’s Guide to Squirting

The Beginner’s Guide to Squirting Brought to you by WTSQ and Chill on 88.1 FM Jamie Davis and Lorelai Spin – Creators and hosts of WTSQ & Chill. Listen to them talk about sex, romance, and relationships on 88.1 FM on Saturday...

The Queer Agenda

We interview a non-binary gendered person about what it’s really all about. What about you would people consider “not normal? “I haven’t felt exclusively male in a long time. When Laura Jane Grace from Against Me! came out, I kinda realized I...

World of Warcraft and Friends

World of Warcraft Better Than Social Media? by Taylor Miller A long-time friend of mine moved to California a few years ago to pursue his dream of writing movie scripts. Despite the considerable distance, I spend at least five hours a week...

Leg Day Made Easy

    Hello! My name is Kelly! I’ve struggled with weight gain for years. I could never get the body of my dreams and it was very frustrating! Thats when I began my studies! I’ve dedicated my life to this industry and...

How to Make an Old Fashioned

  The Perdennis Club in Louisville, Kentucky is said to be responsible for the very first Old Fashioned. In 1880, a bartender named James Pepper supposedly invented the drink, later taking the recipe with him to the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel bar in New...

Signal Boost

This March, West Virginia’s senior senator, Joe Manchin, appeared at a series of town halls while the Senate was on recess. Hundreds of West Virginians attended, but most were probably unaware of the arduous task behind pressuring the senator to listen to...

Feature Artist – Chris Woodall

We sat down with one of Charleston’s talented artists, Chris Woodall, and asked him a few questions about his work, his life, and his plan for the future. Did you go to school for art/design? I only went to WVSU for a...