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Another Tuesday Filled With New Music On The AIR

Tuesday on The AIR we deliver brand-new episodes of Radio Free Charleston, Psychedelic Shack and The Swing Shift. In order to hear these gems, you simply have to move your cursor over and tune in at the website, or you could just stay on this page, and  listen to this excitable little embedded radio player…

We have yet another three-hour Radio Free Charleston at 10 AM and 10 PM Tuesday.  This week it’s another show jam-packed with great music from Charleston and the whole world.  This week we open with new music from Jay Parade and bring you a brand-new tune from Kansas, plus fresh music from Jerks, Bob Dylan, Mark Beckner Group and more . It’s three all-new hours with tons of surprises.

Check out the playlist to see all the goodies we bring you this week…

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hour one
Jay Parade “Timeout”
The Big Bad (Madbats) “The Old Dark House”
Roger Daltry “Helter Skelter”
Dead For Decades “8814”
Jerks “Blabbermouth”
The Dollyrots “Teenage Kicks”
Juan Prophet Organization “Living Proof”
Jeff Ellis “The Forgetting Place”
Todd Burge “That Sorry Guy From West Virginia”
Bob Dylan “Murder Most Foul”
Neil Young “Vacancy”
Wren Allen Band “Before Hello”

hour two
Mark Beckner Group “Giving Up Everything But Hope”
Kansas “The Absence of Presence”
Possum Kingdom Ramblers “Land of the Lost”
Uncle Eddie and Robin “All Naked Women”
Stephen Beckner “Olive or Twist”
Pepper Fandango “Bad Scene”
The Silvers “Running Away”
Under Surveillance “Broken Lullaby”
The Jims “Masquerade”
Time And Distance “War”
From The Future “Hot Taco”
Doctor Curmudgeon “Lucabration”
Billy Matheny “Christless Streets”

hour three
Tautologic “The Professor”
Artem Bemba “Hime Mope”
John Lancaster “Something To Fade Into”
Science of the Mind “Suffer”
Frauenfeld “Growing Up”
Bobaflex “School For Young Ladies”
Karma To Burn “Waltz of the Playboy Pallbearers”
Jordan Andrew Jefferson “Ghost By The Water”
Mark Wolfe “A Kinda Blues”
Superfetch “Sport’n A Chub”

Radio Free Charleston can be heard Tuesday at 10 AM and 10 PM, with replays Thursday at 2 PM, Friday at 9 AM and 7 PM, Saturday at 11 AM and Midnight, Sunday at 1 PM and the next Monday at 8 PM, exclusively on The AIR.

2 PM sees a brand-new episode of Nigel Pye’s Psychedelic Shack. Nigel actually provided me with a playlist this week, so you have a roadmap for this particular musical trip…

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Ides “Psychedelic Ride”
Surreal “Journey To Atlantis”
The Olivers “Beaker Street”
The Monkees “Valari”
Barclay James Harvest “Who Do We Think We Are”
Cat Stevens “Peace Train”
Heart “I’ll Go On Crying”
Jimi Hendrix “I 6 Was 9”
Ike & Tina Turner “I’ll Take You Higher”
Mouse & The Traps “Public Execution”
13th Floor Elevators “You’re Gonna Miss Me”
Dukes of Stratsphear “Little Lighthouse”
Jefferson Airplane “Hey Frederick”

Psychedelic Shack alternates weeks with NOISE BRIGADE Tuesdays at 2 PM, with replays Wednesday at 11 AM and 10 PM, Thursday at 8 AM, Friday at Noon, Saturday at 8 AM, Sunday at 4 PM and Monday at 7 PM.

We have a new episode of The Swing Shift at 3 PM Tuesday, but as I write this, It’s not quite done yet. It will be a mixtape show, focussing on the original Big Band Swing Era and it opens with Woody Herman, but the rest of the playlist is undetermined. I’m recording it Tuesday morning, right after I write this post.  Believe me when I tell you it will Swing with the white-hot heat of a thousand swinging suns.

You can hear The Swing Shift Tuesday at 3 PM, with replays Wednesday at 7 AM and 6 PM, Thursday at 7 PM and Saturday at 5 PM, only on The AIR. You can also hear all-night marathons, seven hours each, starting at Midnight Thursday and Sunday evenings.

Monday Morning Art: Nairobi Trio

 

Richard Anuszkiewicz, a pioneering practitioner of Op Art in the United States before that perception-altering style was even given a name in the 1960s, died on May 19 at his home in Englewood, N.J. He was 89. Anyone’s who’s seen my geometric abstract works has seen the undeniable influence that Anuszkiewicz has had on my work. His pioneering work that combined mathematics with color composition into a sublime style that was both complex and simple, enigmatic and solvable. When I began making art primarily in a digital medium, I found that I could emulate his style, and use it to springboard into new areas of expression. For the month of June, Monday Morning Art will feature new works by me, inspired by the work of Richard Anuszkiewicz.

Today’s piece is called Nairobi Trio. Sometimes with Op Art, you just stick a title on something because it needs you, and this week’s title is a sequel to last week’s, but it’s also a tribute to Ernie Kovacs. This one is a digital piece that was made using an old geometric piece combined with a modified early draft of the piece called Carnival that ran earlier this month. The end result is busy on purpose, and has lots of hidden Moiré fun within it.

You can click  the image to see a bigger version.

Meanwhile, Monday on The AIR, we have a special marathon of Pyschedelic Shack from 7 AM to 3 PM. These eight episodes of Nigel Pye’s trippy one-hour mixtape give you insight into the view from your third eye. You can hear new episodes of Psychedelic Shack every other Tuesday at 2 PM.

At 3 PM on Prognosis, Herman Linte brings us a show devoted to the solo works, side projects and other bands featuring members of YES, and it opens with new music from Rick Wakeman.  That’s followed by a classic Prognosis and an evening of NOISE BRIGADE and Radio Free Charleston.

You can listen to The AIR at the website, or on this embedded radio player…

VirtuALL FestivALL Day Fifteen

For most of the last two weeks of June we have posted at least once a day with details on what you could experience at home during this pandemic year for Charleston’s annual festival of all arts. For 2020, FestivALL is when The Internet Becomes A Work Of Art. Every day we tried to bring you up to date on this year’s VirtuALL FestivALL, plus we flashed back to some of our video coverage from previous years, and I dug into the archives for one post in the Monday Morning Art Exhibit, collecting some of my favorite pieces from the nearly fifteen years that I’ve been posting my original work here in PopCult. Today is the final day for VirtuALL FestivALL, except for the CAMC “Run for Your Life” event, which continues until Tuesday.

Today’s big events include:

At 2 PM today you can see A Wrinkle in Time–The Alban plans to stream this live theatre version of A Wrinkle in Time. A play about one of literature’s most enduring young heroines, Meg Murry. Once again, she’s joining forces with Mrs. Whatsit, Charles Wallace, Calvin O’Keefe and more to battle the forces of evil so she can rescue her father, save humanity and find herself. Tickets are available at albanartscenter.com and on their Facebook page. When you buy a “ticket” you will get a digital link the day of the show that will allow you to watch the final product that day only. So make sure you buy a ticket for a day that you will be able to watch the performance as the link for each day will expire at midnight.

At 4 PM, you can take part in A Q&A with the artists of Air Play Join the world-cavorting artists (Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone, temporarily at home in New York City) in a live Q&A session on Sunday, June 28th. It will live stream on YouTube  at 4PM where the audience can enter questions in the comments box for Seth & Christina to answer. Miss the premiere of their short film on Thursday, June 25th? Not to worry! You can find the video on the FestivALL YouTube Channel and watch it at your convenience prior to the live Q&A. There is be a public performance of Air Play scheduled for June 2021.

From 7 PM to 8 PM you can enjoy the online video program, “There’s a Stream… virtual performances presented by Mountain Stage.”–Mountain Stage is compiling songs from artists all around the country to present during this web-exclusive offering on Sunday June 28. Stay tuned for the line-up!Keep an eye on the Mountain Stage Facebook page for show announcements! You can Watch at MountainStage.org or LiveSessions.NPR.org

Other FestivALL events, most of which wrap up today, include being able to vote on The Artbus, check out the Art-for-ALL Kids’ Juried Art Exhibition look into the “Faces of First Responders” Tribute Mural and teens can participate in Life: Unedited. FestivALL is off to a strong VirtuALL start.  You can also participate in the CAMC “Run For Your Life” virtual run/walk. The Virtual Art Fair will open on June 14th on the FestivALL website – check it regularly for the gallery and links to shop your favorite WV artisans this summer. Also, still going on until 5 PM is Poems While You Wait–Poet Laureate, Marc Harshman, was joined by one or two other colleagues in poetry and then, on old-fashioned, that is, real typewriters, produced on demand a poem for festival goers.  This year for virtual simplicity poems will be produced for our poetry-hungry, virtual readers will be on offer in real time.  And for free — really! Simply follow the rules at the website they’ll see that an original poem by either Marc Harshman or Ron Houchin finds its way to you within forty-eight hours of your request.

The FestivALL Flashback

This is an RFC MINI SHOW starring Todd Burge, recorded in June, 2014, on the stage in front of Taylor Books on Capitol Street. Todd performs his original tunes, “Our New Day” and “Change (For Clean Water).” It’s always a treat to feature Todd on any of the Radio Free Charleston programs, video or audio, and fans of Todd should check out his website for information on how you can buy Todd’s music.

Enjoy…

The Monday Morning Art Exhibit

We wrap out two-week retrospective of Monday Morning Art with “The Loop.” Back in October, 2019 I decided to start the week with a high-detail digital painting based on a composite of several photos I took out of the hotel window on a trip to Chicago in July, 2019. This is a view looking East down the Northern part of The Loop, the famed “L” platform train that encircles and gives its name to the downtown area.

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This excercise of choosing 14 examples of Monday Morning Art made me realize how daunting the idea of compiling it into a book is. I’m still toying with the idea of having a reasonably-priced softcover or magazine collection ready in late August, but I’m probably going to be limited to fifty pages to keep it affordable, and I have over 700 pieces from which to choose, so it’s probably going to be “volume one.”

 

VirtuALL FestivALL Day Fourteen

From now until near the end of June we will post at least once a day with details on what you can experience at home during this pandemic year for Charleston’s annual festival of all arts. For 2020, FestivALL is when The Internet Becomes A Work Of Art. Every day we will bring you up to date on this year’s VirtuALL FestivALL, plus we will flash back to some of our video coverage from previous years, and I will dig into the archives for one post in the Monday Morning Art Exhibit, collecting some of my favorite pieces from the nearly fifteen years that I’ve been posting my original work here in PopCult.

Today’s big events include:

Beginning at Noon, The Art Fair Experience–Enjoy this two-hour experience of the FestivALL Art Fair from anywhere! Take a virtual stroll through the re-imagined art fair – featuring new and returning artisans and their handmade items, performances from local and regional musicians and performers, as well as some surprise guests sprinkled in for good measure!

Virtual Wine & Jazz Music Festival–Starting at 6 PM, Fund for the Arts presents Indian-born guitarist and composer Shubh Saran, whose compositions fuse modern jazz, neo-soul, and rock with classical and contemporary Indian music. “You can feel warmth and camaraderie in the soothing, dulcet tones of his work.” More performances TBA on the Fund for the Arts Facebook event, you can find more Info Here. Visit www.fundfortheartswv.org to learn more and follow along with the GoFundMe Charity Campaign

A Wrinkle in Time–The Alban plans to stream this live theatre version of A Wrinkle in Time. A play about one of literature’s most enduring young heroines, Meg Murry. Once again, she’s joining forces with Mrs. Whatsit, Charles Wallace, Calvin O’Keefe and more to battle the forces of evil so she can rescue her father, save humanity and find herself. Tickets are available at albanartscenter.com and on their Facebook page. When you buy a “ticket” you will get a digital link the day of the show that will allow you to watch the final product that day only. So make sure you buy a ticket for a day that you will be able to watch the performance as the link for each day will expire at midnight.

Other FestivALL events for today include being able to vote on The Artbus, check out the Art-for-ALL Kids’ Juried Art Exhibition look into the “Faces of First Responders” Tribute Mural and teens can participate in Life: Unedited. FestivALL is off to a strong VirtuALL start.  You can also participate in the CAMC “Run For Your Life” virtual run/walk. The Virtual Art Fair will open on June 14th on the FestivALL website – check it regularly for the gallery and links to shop your favorite WV artisans this summer. Also, still going on is Poems While You Wait–Poet Laureate, Marc Harshman, was joined by one or two other colleagues in poetry and then, on old-fashioned, that is, real typewriters, produced on demand a poem for festival goers.  This year for virtual simplicity poems will be produced for our poetry-hungry, virtual readers will be on offer in real time.  And for free — really! Simply follow the rules at the website they’ll see that an original poem by either Marc Harshman or Ron Houchin finds its way to you within forty-eight hours of your request.

The FestivALL Flashback

This is an RFC MINI SHOW devoted to the 2014 FestivALL Art Parade, with many of Charleston’s most creative persons marching in front of the city’s coolest bookstore/coffeehouse/art gallery, Taylor Books, the Art Parade signalled the beginning of FestivALL. You will hear Bill Kimmons introduce Peter Marshall, The Charleston Light Opera Guild, Camp Curtain Call, Jude Binder, Dr. Sketchy’s Anti Art School, The Chemical Valley Roller Girls, Kanawha Players, QiET and more.

Enjoy…

The Monday Morning Art Exhibit

This time we go back to October, 2011, for a digital painting based on a photograph taken at Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-art show‘s special Halloween edition.  In “Ghoul’s Night Out,” Elle Xombeah, Lavender Menace and Penny Maple, terrorize Sarkany, in a classically horrific manner. A year later I had this printed up and entered into the ArtMares show at HallowEast.

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VirtuALL FestivALL Day Thirteen

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June 26, 2020

From now until near the end of June we will post at least once a day with details on what you can experience at home during this pandemic year for Charleston’s annual festival of all arts. For 2020, FestivALL is when The Internet Becomes A Work Of Art. Every day we will bring you up to date on this year’s VirtuALL FestivALL, plus we will flash back to some of our video coverage from previous years, and I will dig into the archives for one post in the Monday Morning Art Exhibit, collecting some of my favorite pieces from the nearly fifteen years that I’ve been posting my original work here in PopCult.

Today’s big events include:
Poems While You Wait–A very popular feature for FestivALL the past several years has been Poems While You Wait.  Poet Laureate, Marc Harshman, was joined by one or two other colleagues in poetry and then, on old-fashioned, that is, real typewriters, produced on demand a poem for festival goers.  This year for virtual simplicity the old typewriters will be gone, as will the tense, sweaty faces of the poets at work but… poems produced for our poetry-hungry, virtual readers will be on offer in real time.  And for free — really! Simply follow the rules at the website they’ll see that an original poem by either Marc Harshman or Ron Houchin finds its way to you within forty-eight hours of your request. But hurry – they’re only taking the first 30 who registerstarting at 4 PM.

Mountain Stage Special Broadcast; FestivALL Favorites–A specially curated two-hour episode of Mountain Stage with Larry Groce, featuring favorite performances from FestivALL’s past. Performances from: Wood Brothers, Todd Snider, Lucius, and more. This show will be aired statewide on WVPB radio networks at 8 M.

A Wrinkle in Time–The Alban plans to stream this live theatre version of A Wrinkle in Time. A play about one of literature’s most enduring young heroines, Meg Murry. Once again, she’s joining forces with Mrs. Whatsit, Charles Wallace, Calvin O’Keefe and more to battle the forces of evil so she can rescue her father, save humanity and find herself. Tickets are available at albanartscenter.com and on their Facebook page. When you buy a “ticket” you will get a digital link the day of the show that will allow you to watch the final product that day only. So make sure you buy a ticket for a day that you will be able to watch the performance as the link for each day will expire at midnight.

Other FestivALL events for today include being able to vote on The Artbus, check out the Art-for-ALL Kids’ Juried Art Exhibition look into the “Faces of First Responders” Tribute Mural and teens can participate in Life: Unedited. FestivALL is off to a strong VirtuALL start.  You can also participate in the CAMC “Run For Your Life” virtual run/walk. The Virtual Art Fair will open on June 14th on the FestivALL website – check it regularly for the gallery and links to shop your favorite WV artisans this summer.

The FestivALL Flashback

We had a bit of video left over from our 2014 coverage, so we bundled it up for a Sunday Evening Video that brings you just under fourteen minutes of dance from Capitol Street. In this video we are treated to Cabaret Bellydance by Jenna Brooke Swanson and Susan Angela Hughart, and “Pachuca,” a Latin Swing Dance by Lacy Hughes.

The Monday Morning Art Exhibit

From April of 2019 we go back to two pieces that were done in advance to cover a trip out of town. Above you see “The Dancer” and below you see “The Dancers.” This is all in keeping with our flashback dance theme for today.

 

These are charcoal pencil drawings done on regular copy paper, enhanced with wax pencil “inking” techniques. It was around this time that I finally became comfortable with my drawing ability after regaining the use of my fingers. Both of these pieces were further enhanced digitally, to get the sharp contrast that I wanted, and to darken the blacks. The whole idea was to play with lighting and exagerrating what was in the original photos on which these were based.

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VirtuALL FestivALL Day Twelve

From now until the end of June we will post at least once a day with details on what you can experience at home during this pandemic year for Charleston’s annual festival of all arts. For 2020, FestivALL is when The Internet Becomes A Work Of Art. Every day we will bring you up to date on this year’s VirtuALL FestivALL, plus we will flash back to some of our video coverage from previous years, and I will dig into the archives for one post in the Monday Morning Art Exhibit, collecting some of my favorite pieces from the nearly fifteen years that I’ve been posting my original work here in PopCult.

Today’s big events include:

A glimpse into the world of Air Play With spectacular flying air sculptures and hilarious silent comedy, Air Play has thrilled packed audiences around the globe. Now, in this FestivALL exclusive, be the first to look behind the scenes and see how this inventive show was created.  Then, on Sunday, June 28 join the world-cavorting artists Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone (temporarily at home in New York City) for a live Q&A. Click here to reserve your spot! See the premiere of this exclusive video on the FestivALL YouTube channel on Thursday, June 25th. The video will be available for the duration of FestivALL (June 28th). But in the meantime, click here to learn more about Air Play, the breathtaking homage to the power of air.

AIA West Virginia Presents “20×20 Architecture of WV.” This virtual event will be a fast-paced pecha kucha (Japanese for chit chat) style event: 20 slides of an interesting building narrated for 20 seconds each slide. Join us for an hour of educational fun as we look at the interesting buildings in WV, designed and narrated by the architects who designed them! Premieres on ThursdayJune 25th on the AIA WV YouTube Channel.

Other FestivALL events for today include being able to vote on The Artbus, check out the Art-for-ALL Kids’ Juried Art Exhibition look into the “Faces of First Responders” Tribute Mural and teens can participate in Life: Unedited. FestivALL is off to a strong VirtuALL start.  You can also participate in the CAMC “Run For Your Life” virtual run/walk. The Virtual Art Fair will open on June 14th on the FestivALL website – check it regularly for the gallery and links to shop your favorite WV artisans this summer.

The FestivALL Flashback

I have to be honest, after cranking out nearly ten hours of FestivALL video over the previous three years, and sacrificing myannual trip to Wheeling for the Marx Toy Convention, I was burnt out, and announced a year in advance that I would be skipping most of FestivALL in 2013. I returned in 2014, working in a scaled-down manner, and popped out a half-hour FestivALL episode of Radio Free Charleston and a few additional RFC MINI SHOWs.

In today’s video, Radio Free Charleston looks at FestivALL 2014 with music from Todd Burge, The Bark O Loungers, QiET and The Company Stores, plus dance from Susan Angela Hughart and The Trillium Performance Arts Collective. Sprinkled throughout are many sights and sounds of FestivALL. The show also includes a brief look back at an IWA East Coast wrestling show, held at Skateland in Campbell’s Creek. Following the FestivALL format we’d established in previous years, this show is a stream-of-conciousness collection of music and art. Along the way you’ll see The River Queen Sternwheeler, Jude Binder, The stilt-walkers, Ian Bode’s painting, the horse-drawn carriage, Apartment Earth’s “Pop Goes The Weasel” show, the FestivALl Catfish and more.

The Monday Morning Art Exhibit

From March, 2016, we have the first piece of art I did after my doctor suggested I may have Myasthenia Gravis, but a few weeks before I was officially diagnosed. That has nothing to do with this piece, “Bent Perspective On Eighth Avenue,” which was hand-drawn using a mouse, on a new layer over a digitally-manipulated photograph of Eighth Avenue in NYC. I cheated and added the tones with digital effects, because crosshatching that intricate was not possible with a mouse, or with my then-paralyzed fingers.

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VirtuALL FestivALL Day Eleven

From now until the end of June we will post at least once a day with details on what you can experience at home during this pandemic year for Charleston’s annual festival of all arts. For 2020, FestivALL is when The Internet Becomes A Work Of Art. Every day we will bring you up to date on this year’s VirtuALL FestivALL, plus we will flash back to some of our video coverage from previous years, and I will dig into the archives for one post in the Monday Morning Art Exhibit, collecting some of my favorite pieces from the nearly fifteen years that I’ve been posting my original work here in PopCult.

Today’s big events include:

Virtual Storytime Join the Kanawha County Public Library on Facebook each Wednesday at 10:30 AM for virtual storytime where they will share a new story online each week!

StreetWorks Urban Art Auction This year StreetWorks 2020 is a celebration of the drag culture in Charleston,WV; honoring both past and present drag queens through 12 custom made pieces created by local artists. Participants of the event will have the opportunity to win by purchasing raffle tickets. The event will kick off on June 24th at noon with an unveiling of the first 3 drag queens being honored and the 3 artists who will be creating the artwork. One video will be released each week revealing the next set of queens and artists. This event will continue into July, when the raffle drawing will be held. More details can be found HERE.

An Emmy-Award winning hour-long documentary about the Charleston Ballet’s history with exclusive interviews, rare archival footage and photographs, will debut as part of FestivALL online at 7 PM Wednesday. ANDRE VAN DAMME and THE STORY OF THE CHARLESTON BALLET will premiere Wednesday June 24th at 7PM and will be available on the FestivALL YouTube Channel for the remainder of FestivALL (through June 28th).

Other FestivALL events for today include being able to vote on The Artbus, check out the Art-for-ALL Kids’ Juried Art Exhibition look into the “Faces of First Responders” Tribute Mural and teens can participate in Life: Unedited. FestivALL is off to a strong VirtuALL start.  You can also participate in the CAMC “Run For Your Life” virtual run/walk. The Virtual Art Fair will open on June 14th on the FestivALL website – check it regularly for the gallery and links to shop your favorite WV artisans this summer.

The FestivALL Flashback

Today we’re jumping back to some FestivALL video we accidentally skipped over last week. Back in 2010, the first year that Radio Free Charleston went all-out covering FestivALL, we meant to do a six-episode arc devoted to our summer arts festival, but discovered that we had enough material left over for one more show, which we dropped in September.

I billed this as “part seven of our six-part coverage of FestivAll 2010.” This show brings you more music from Brian Diller and The Velvet Nomads, plus extra music from Craig D’Andrea and Ron Sowell, and footage of the balloon sculptures at The Charleston Town Center. Another reason that this show happened was that I discovered that, back in the rush to shoot all of our shows in June, I had accidentally shot too many host segments. So I was able to crank out this show three months later without shooting anything new.

RFC 110 "FestivAll 2010 part seven" from Rudy Panucci on Vimeo.

The Monday Morning Art Exhibit

Our art today comes from a month-long series of surreal paintings of Chicago that I posted in May, 2018. “The Hole Building” has an interesting and totally-fabricated story behind it:

Known by locals as “The Donut Building,” This Chicago landmark was actually designed and built as a solution to a problem. The developer had purchased land to construct a suite of offices without checking to see if there were any special zoning ordinances. It seems he never realized that his land was directly in the flight path of O’Hare International Airport. Rather than reduce the height of his building, the developer had architects leave room in the middle for planes to fly through.

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VirtuALL FestivALL Day Ten

From now until the end of June we will post at least once a day with details on what you can experience at home during this pandemic year for Charleston’s annual festival of all arts. For 2020, FestivALL is when The Internet Becomes A Work Of Art. Every day we will bring you up to date on this year’s VirtuALL FestivALL, plus we will flash back to some of our video coverage from previous years, and I will dig into the archives for one post in the Monday Morning Art Exhibit, collecting some of my favorite pieces from the nearly fifteen years that I’ve been posting my original work here in PopCult.

Today’s big events include:

Readings by David Selby Join stage and screen actor, author, and WV native David Selby (right) for readings from several books and books of poetry…several of which, David has authored himself! His upbringing and life in WV continues to provide inspiration with his work.

David Selby was born and raised in Morgantown, West Virginia. He received B.S. and M.A. degrees from West Virginia University and a Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University. He is an honorary member of the West Virginia University Creative Arts Center’s Advisory Board, has worked with the Governor’s Honor Academy, and has made many guest appearances around the state of West Virginia. David is a member of the Cleveland Play House Hall of Fame, and, in 1999, he received the Millennium Recognition Award from The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C. David and his wife, Chip, fund a guest artist series at West Virginia University. In 1989, he was honored as a distinguished alumnus of West Virginia University, and, in May 1992, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the College of Communications and Fine Arts at Southern Illinois University. He was given the first Life Achievement Award from the West Virginia University College of Creative Arts in 1998, and he received an honorary doctorate from West Virginia University in 2004. David and Chip ran a summer children’s musical theatre in New York for ten years before moving to Los Angeles. He has directed numerous programs with youth and has volunteered with scouting and youth sports programs. David serves on several nonprofit boards in Los Angeles and is very active in his local church. Watch the premiere HERE.

Tiny Dancer Young dancers from the Academy of the Arts at January’s improv in and around their homes while they’re at home. Members of JADCO Contemporary Dance Company mirror the young dancers movements in a video about place, time, and movement. Video will premiere on Tuesday, June 23rd at 3PM and remain on the FestivALL YouTube channel for the duration of the 15 days of FestivALL. Check the premiere HERE.

At 6 PM tonight, The Art of Venice’s Carnevale and Italian Commedia dell’Arte by Melora Cann, The city of Venice, known as the Most Serene Republic of Venice, or, in Italian as La Serenissima Repubblica de Venezia, has a long a fascinating history which includes its relationship with the Christian religion. The focus of this class will be the Christian pre-Lenten celebrations in Venice as depicted in art and the history of its Carnevale costumes and masks. Join the class HERE. About the Instructor: Melora Cann is a former art educator with a specialty in art history. She lived and taught in Vicenza, Italy (less than 50 km from Venice) for 24 years.

Other FestivALL events for today include being able to vote on The Artbus, check out the Art-for-ALL Kids’ Juried Art Exhibition look into the “Faces of First Responders” Tribute Mural and teens can participate in Life: Unedited. FestivALL is off to a strong VirtuALL start.  You can also participate in the CAMC “Run For Your Life” virtual run/walk. The Virtual Art Fair will open on June 14th on the FestivALL website – check it regularly for the gallery and links to shop your favorite WV artisans this summer.

The FestivALL Flashback

In 2012, instead of killing ourselves by trying to produce a daily recap show of FestivALL, I did two, weekly one-hour-plus shows that attempted to cover as much FestivALL goodness as possible. Today we’ll bring you the second of those.

Radio Free Charleston’s coverage of FestivALL 2012 continues with another bonus length episode.  This show is packed with music from Bob Thompson, The Boatmen, Richie Collins Three-O, Todd, Sophie, and Will Burge, Duo Divertido, Bare Bones, Katzendrummers, The Leon Waters Blues Band and more, plus tons of art, dance and theater.

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The Monday Morning Art Exhibit

This entry goes back to September, 2007. It’s a photo taken at Appalachian Power Park during the Oktoberfest fundraiser for the Clay Center that year. I was using the “color accent” function on my then-new camera so that the only color that came through was blue. Everything else is in black and white. You can get some really neat photos of the sky this way. Like this one, in which you can see some of Whistlepunk playing at the bottom of the picture, but the star of the photo is the bright blue sky peeking under the canopy and over the buildings and mountains.

The AIR Is Filled With New Music Tuesday!

Tuesday on The AIR we deliver brand-new episodes of Radio Free Charleston, NOISE BRIGADE and The Swing Shift plus we replay last Friday’s MIRRORBALL special. While you keep practicing safe behavior and stay home as much as possible, you can still support the local scene here on The AIR.  You simply have to move your cursor over and tune in at the website, or you could just stay on this page, and  listen to this excitable little embedded radio player…

We have yet another three-hour Radio Free Charleston at 10 AM and 10 PM Tuesday.  This week it’s another show jam-packed with great music from Charleston and the whole world.  This week we open with music from Matt Mullins and the Bringdowns and bring you a brand-new tune from Dennis DeYoung that that contains words he never used when he was in Styx . It’s three all-new hours with tons of surprises.

Check out the playlist to see all the goodies we bring you this week…

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Matt Mullins and the Bringdowns “Chemicals”
Dennis DeYoung “With All Due Respect”
The Big Bad “Creature From The Black Lagoon”
Cherry Poppin’ Daddies “Switchin’ To Glide”
David Synn “The Mirror”
Bon Air “Burn Myself For You”
Dead For Decades “Halloween Circus”
Mark Beckner Group “The Sun Also Rises”
Ann Magnuson “I Met An Astronaut”
DEVO “Spin The Wheel”
Emmalea Deal “The Light”
The Molly Ringwalds “Subdivisions”
Ruckzuck “Infinity”

hour two
The Heavy Editors “Slaves”
Rick Wakeman “Valles Marineris”
4OHM MONO “Dead Air”
Triumverat “Across The Water”
Trielement “Blue Flamingo”
New American Hustle “Heliotrope Station”
Ouralias “Can’t Fight Love”
Scooter Scudieri “Ancient Rituals”
Richard Davies and the Dissidents “Way of the Wild”

hour three
Mike Zito “Quarantine Blues”
Madness “Pam The Hawk”
Chaz Jankel “Questionaire”
The Company Stores “So Good”
Andy Prieboy “Build A Better Garden”
Derek Thompson “I Could Run”
Since We Set Fire “The Stone I Was Cut From”
Mother Nang “Fade”
Caligula’s Horse “Message To My Girl”
Adrian Belew and David Bowie “Pretty Pink Rose”
Blondie “Pretty Baby”
Moon Mullins “Kiss of Fire”

Radio Free Charleston can be heard Tuesday at 10 AM and 10 PM, with replays Thursday at 2 PM, Friday at 9 AM and 7 PM, Saturday at 11 AM and Midnight, Sunday at 1 PM and the next Monday at 8 PM, exclusively on The AIR.

At 1 PM we’ll replay the latested edition of Mel Larch’s Disco showcase, MIRRORBALL.

At 2 PM Steven Allen Adams graces us with a new edition of NOISE BRIGADE that’s chock full o’ punk/ska crunchy goodness. Check out the playlist to see what Steve’s got up his sleeves…

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Goldfinger “Spokesman (Quarantine Edition)”
New Found Glory “Stay Awhile”
Half Past Two “Day Goes Down”
Half Past Two, Bite Me Bambi, Catbite, Skatune Network, Mustard Plug “Lost Again (Dance Hall Crashers Cover)”
Bite Me Bambi “Want You Bad (Offspring Cover)”
Bad Cop, Bad Cop “Pursuit of Liberty”
Jay Parade “Hearts & Minds”
The Big Bad “Dreading Sundown”
NOFX “Thatcher F**ked the Kids”
The Chinkees “Running All Alone”
MxPx “Worries”
The Interrupters “Easy On You”
69 Fingers “Goal Line”
69 Fingers “Pirate”
Stacked Like Pancakes “Laughing at Me”
The Aquabats! “Attacked By Snakes!”
Dropkick Murphys “James Connolly”

NOISE BRIGADE alternates weeks with Psychedelic Shack Tuesdays at 2 PM, with replays Wednesday at 11 AM and 10 PM, Thursday at 8 AM, Friday at Noon, Saturday at 10 AM, Sunday at 4 PM and Monday at 7 PM.

At 3 PM it’s a new mixtape edition of The Swing Shift on The AIR. This compillation of great Swing Music from the last 100 years begins with Glen Miller and ends with The Brian Setzer Orchestra, and we’d tell you what’s in the middle, but we don’t know yet as we write this post.

You can hear The Swing Shift Tuesdays at 3 PM, with replays Wednesday at 7 AM and 6 PM, Thursday at 2 PM and Saturday at 5 PM, only on The AIR. You can also hear all-night marathons, seven hours each, starting at Midnight Thursday and Sunday evenings.

 

 

VirtuALL FestivALL Day Nine

From now until the end of June we will post at least once a day with details on what you can experience at home during this pandemic year for Charleston’s annual festival of all arts. For 2020, FestivALL is when The Internet Becomes A Work Of Art. Every day we will bring you up to date on this year’s VirtuALL FestivALL, plus we will flash back to some of our video coverage from previous years, and I will dig into the archives for one post in the Monday Morning Art Exhibit, collecting some of my favorite pieces from the nearly fifteen years that I’ve been posting my original work here in PopCult.

Today’s big events include:

The Funky FestivALL Fish Find–WVDEP’s Watershed Improvement Branch and City of Charleston’s Stormwater Program is offering a free webinar extension for their virtual event, Funky FestivALL Fish Find! The webinar “Path of Trash: From Charleston to the Atlantic Ocean!” will be held on Monday, June 22nd at 10:30 a.m. until approximately 11:30 a.m. including time for questions. This webinar is open to the public and suitable for all ages, but does require advanced registration. Register in advance for this webinar: Register Here

Dancing on “Broadway” with River City Youth Ballet Ensemble–“Broadway Dance” – a fast paced look into acting through movement to performing an entire iconic Broadway piece. Join Rivery City Youth Ballet Ensemble’s Jennifer Withrow as she teaches you choreography from a fun surprise *Broadway production!* For intermediate/advanced level. This class will premiere on the FestivALL YouTube Channel on 6/22 at 4PM

Theatre WV Presents: Paradise Park, a Virtual Concert–Cast members from “Paradise Park,  The Musical” scattered throughout the country perform selections from an original show that portrays the determination, community, and heart that best defines West Virginians at a time when it is needed most. Directed by Nick Yurick, Written and composed by Danny Boyd and Larry Groce. Follow Theatre WV on Facebook for updates and the link to the performance.

Other FestivALL events for today include being able to vote on The Artbus, check out the Art-for-ALL Kids’ Juried Art Exhibition look into the “Faces of First Responders” Tribute Mural and teens can participate in Life: Unedited. FestivALL is off to a strong VirtuALL start.  You can also participate in the CAMC “Run For Your Life” virtual run/walk. The Virtual Art Fair will open on June 14th on the FestivALL website – check it regularly for the gallery and links to shop your favorite WV artisans this summer.

The FestivALL Flashback

In 2012, instead of killing ourselves by trying to produce a daily recap show of FestivALL, I did two, weekly one-hour-plus shows that attempted to cover as much FestivALL goodness as possible. Today we’ll bring you the first of those.

Included in this show is music from Red Audio, Andy Park, Emily Burdette, The Kanawha Kordsmen and Sweet Adelines and Paul Calicoat. We are also treated to an Effects Makeup demonstration by Rob “RJ” Haddy, a finalist on the SyFy program, “Face Off.” Much of the show is devoted to the FestivAll Art Parade, while we finish with scenes of The East End Main Street Streetworks Art Auction and Celebration, and auctioneer Ted Brightwell.

Among the Art Parade fun you’ll see Razor Sharp Productions with Porkchop and Pig Girl, Dale Morton Studio Mascots, Zombies and ghouls from Shocka Con, The West Virginia Music Hall of Fame, The Chemical Valley Roller Girls, The Charleston Light Opera Guild and more!

The Monday Morning Art Exhibit

 

Today’s entry into the collection comes from May, 2013, and is an example of the kind of Geometric Abstract that I’ve been running in Monday Morning Art all this month. This is one of four pieces that was posted as “Geometric Fun,” but the actual title of this one is “Double Yolk.” Click the image to see it bigger.

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