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January 10, 2019 GMT

Globetrotters got net

Basketball season is in full swing and they’re going to put a little mustard on it over at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena.

The clown princes of basketball, The Harlem Globetrotters, are wheeling into the arena at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, with wild ballhandling, dunking and even four-point shooting. Yeah the Trotters have a four-pointer it’s so far out.

If you can’t make that game, they are at the Charleston Civic Center on Sunday, Jan. 13.

The Globetrotters show features a star-studded roster, including Showmen like Big Easy Lofton, Hi-Lite Bruton, Ant Atkinson, and Hammer Harrison, as well as fan favorites Firefly Fisher, Bull Bullard, Thunder Law and Cheese Chisholm.


To match the growing popularity of the Globetrotters’ female stars, the team will also bring the largest female roster in team history to fans across North America including TNT Lister, Hoops Green, Torch George, Swish Young, and Mighty Mortimer.

After virtually every game, the Harlem Globetrotters remain on the court for autographs and photographs with fans.

Tickets are $25.50 to $96.50 at the arena box office, www.ticketmaster.com and by phone at 800-745-3000.

‘Roll’ over to Cicada Books

All hail the Pepperoni Roll! Calling all foodies and book and food enthusiasts as Cicada Books & Coffee, located at 604 14th St. W. in Huntington, will kick off “Tasty Reads.”

It’s a new book club at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10, offering a discussion with Candace Nelson, author of “The West Virginia Pepperoni Roll.” Copies of Nelson’s book will be available for purchase.

Owner Dawn Norman and barista and local food writer Dawn Nolan will lead the “Tasty Reads” meetings. Meetings for the book club have been planned through June scheduled for the second Thursday of each month. Go online at https://www.facebook.com/CicadaBooks/

Geek out with a Power Ranger

From 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, channel your inner tween as the Inner Geek (formerly Empire Books and News) at Pullman Square hosts Jason David Frank, who played Tommy, the original Green Power Ranger in the TV series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and now has a new graphic novel about his character called “Soul of the Dragon” that he is promoting. Frank will be in the Huntington store signing autographs and doing photo ops with fans.

Go online at https://www.facebook.com/InnerGeekHuntington/ for more info.

A laid-back country movie

After premiering in December in Lexington, “Chico,” a documentary short film created by Zach Curry and Joe Whalen about the one-and-only “Chico” — the regional guitar hero David “Chico” Prince, will be shown here in Huntington.


Hosting the viewing is The V Club, 741 6th Ave. The film will be shown at 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10 with doors opening at 8 p.m. The short documentary film will be followed by an acoustic set from Laid Back.

Cover is $7 for those 18 and up. Go online at www.facebook.com/laidbackcountrypicker/

Cordle coming to Grayson

One of country music’s greatest songwriters, Larry Cordle, whose songs have been on records that have sold more than 50 million copies, will be rolling back home to Eastern Kentucky for a gig this weekend.

Cordle, a Lawrence County, Kentucky, native whose songs have been cut by George Jones, Alison Krauss, Garth Brooks, and Ricky Skaggs, will be joining fellow bluegrasser and songwriter Dave Adkins for a special show at Bayso’s Sports Pub, 111 S. Hord St., Grayson.

Show time is 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12. Tickets are $10 at the door.

A winter wonderland at Cabell Midland

The award-winning Cabell Midland High School show choir Rhythm in Red will host its “Winter Wonderland” event with a dinner and a show from Friday, Jan 11, through Sunday, Jan 13, at Cabell Midland High School.

Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and lunch will be at 2 p.m. Sunday. The members of the choir will offer entertainment throughout the meal as well as premiere their competition show entitled “Phobius.” Tickets are $15. Children 5 and under eat for free. Friday’s menu is baked steak and pot roast.

Saturday’s menu is pot roast and chicken and dumplings. The Sunday menu features spaghetti. All meals include sides drinks and desserts. There will be raffle baskets for each night.

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Dance it out like an old school superstar at The V

Regional festival favorite DJ Charlie Brown Superstar kicks its old school with a funky freshened up night of rhythm and blues remixes in the house for his themed night, “Hot Wax: A Night of Motown.” Show starts at 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at the V Club, 741 6th Ave., Huntington.

Go online at vclublive.com for more info about incoming shows and go online at https://soundcloud.com/charlie-brown-superstar to listen to some of the tasty mixes by DJ CBS.

Huntington rocking out

The new experimental community art space, Alias14W, 720 14th St. W. in Huntington, gets the weekend off to a rocking start with a Locals vs. East Coasters show at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10.

Alias14W hosts Nowadays from New Jersey/Washington, D.C., and Elephant Jake from New York, paired up with hometown local rock units such as Routine Days and I Love You, I Love You.

At 10 p.m. Saturday at the V Club, 741 6th Ave., its Charleston indie power punk pop unit Time and Distance with Emergency States and Mediogres.

Also at 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, it’s the rekindling of some Huntington rock club history as the Huntington Ale House (former site of Drop Shop and Gumby’s) lights up the stage again with regionally traveling rockers Scroungehound putting on the first show there in two years.

Also on the bill at the Ale House, located at 1318 Fourth Ave., is Charleston’s prog-rock powerhouse, Hurl Brickbat. There’s no cover. Must be 18 and up.

Go online at Facebook.com/scroungehoundwv to find out more.

Portsmouth opens anniversary exhibit for 1937 flood

At 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, the Portsmouth Public Library, 1220 Gallia St. in Portsmouth, Ohio, kicks off a new exhibit marking the 82nd anniversary on the worst flood to affect our area.

The local history department invites the community to attend this presentation on the 1937 flood and learn more about the natural disaster that shaped our history.

This program goes with their Placemaking in Scioto County, Ohio, “Disaster and Survival” banner, which is on display through August. For more information, call 740-354-5304.

WV Symphony hosts a Pay What You Wish Concert

The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra (WVSO) will perform its second “Pay What You Wish” concert, Something Old, Something Blue at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of WV.

The public can choose the price they pay for any available seat in the hall.

The “Pay What You Wish” concept was first introduced during the Symphony’s 2014-15 season.

It premiered to extreme success with many new patrons in the hall to experience the Symphony.

The evening’s program will feature Jennifer Higdon’s blue cathedral.

Higdon’s piece will be the first piece the Symphony will perform by a female composer, a truly overdue accomplishment.

In addition to blue cathedral, the symphony, led by Music Director Lawrence Loh, will perform Brahm’s Symphony No. 2 and will showcase returning soloist Nikki Chooi on violin during Sibelius’ Violin concerto.

Tickets are “Pay What You Wish” at wvsymphony.org or by calling 304-561-3570.