Out of the Blocks Podcast Highlights Charleston’s West Side; West Virginia Folklife Hosts Listening Party February 12

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Photos by Wendel Patrick

This winter, West Virginia Folklife partnered with WYPR producers Aaron Henkin & Wendel Patrick to field produce two Charleston West Side episodes of the Baltimore-based neighborhood podcast, Out of the Blocks. The audio collage will feature Charleston West Side locals in their own words, mixed with an original musical score, and will be presented in two parts, released January 17 and January 31, 2020. You can subscribe to Out of the Blocks on all major podcast platforms, or hear the episodes on or after their release dates at https://www.wypr.org/programs/out-blocks.

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Rev. Matthew Watts at Grace Bible Church. Photo by Wendel Patrick

Working within the neighborhood bound by the Kanawha River, Pennsylvania, Lee, and Patrick Streets, we interviewed folks at family barbecue joint Dem 2 Brothers, The West Side Jamboree, a faith-based after-school program, a women’s recovery house, and the bustling Goodwill headquarters. We also spoke with activist preacher Rev. Watts, a vacant-home rehabber, neighborhood planner John Butterworth, basketball star Levi Phillips, community gardener Thomas Toliver, deli owner Sali Janem, West Virginia Symphony clarinetist Bob Turriziani, and a retired theater technician who’s projected more than 50 years of movie history. You’ll hear all of their voices in this episode, and more.

View the accompanying photo slideshow and listen here, or on any podcast streaming platform.

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The Outlaw Country Band at the West Side Jamboree. Photo by Wendel Patrick

On the evening of Wednesday, February 12, the West Virginia Folklife Program will host a listening party of the two Charleston West Side episodes of Out of the Blocks. The event will be held from 5:30-8:30pm at the historic MacFarland-Hubbard House, headquarters of the West Virginia Humanities Council (1310 Kanawha Blvd. E), in Charleston. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public, but guests should RSVP here or by calling (304)346.8500.

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Ashley Wright of Dem 2 Brothers and a Grill. Photo by Wendel Patrick

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