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December 19, 2014

We are less than two weeks away from the end of the year, and you are reading the 500th post in PopCult in 2014. I’d set a few goals for myself with the blog this year, and this marks one of them (my next goal happens just after the new year begins). Today we’re going to look at some of the cool stuff to do in town (and a little beyond) this weekend, plus you’ll get a quick photo essay from the “Fright Before Christmas” art show at Mike Winland Studios and a few other notes and things.

The plan for next week is to bring you Christmas episodes of Radio Free Charleston, both video and audio, plus a Popcult Toybox review of the Lammily Doll and some surprise holiday treats. Next week’s PopCulteer will be the long-awaited detailed account of my trip to Chicago last August, from which I returned a married man.

Weekend Theater

There are four shows currently running in the area. Tonight is your last chance to see Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol, produced by Kanawha Players, at The LaBelle Theater in South Charleston. Read more about it HERE. This weekend sees the final shows from Limelight Theater’s “An Old Fashioned Christmas and a Movie.” You can read more about it HERE. We produced promo clips for the other two shows.

Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical opens tonight at The Culture Center. Details on this show, presented by Charleston Light Opera Guild, are in the video…

At the Alban Theater in Saint Albans you can see a wonderful production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, which winds up its run with three shows this weekend…

Pictures with Krampus

At the Mike Winland Studio in Kanawha City tomorrow you can get your picture taken with Krampus…

This is all part of The Fright Before Christmas, a horror-themed Christmas art show that is still running. Check out this quick photo essay from the opening night reception…











Friday night Stuff To Do

Free music kicks off at 5 PM with Marshall Petty and The Groove performing at 5 Corners Cafe on Charleston’s West Side. At 7:30 PM Danielle Conard and Steve Himes perform, cover-free, at Taylor Books. Dugan Carter and friends take the stage at The Empty Glass from 6 PM to 8 PM, and then at Bruno’s on Leon Sullivan Way starting at 9 PM. At 10 PM the Weekend Warriors perform at The Monkey Barrel.

There will also be an art show by Ashley Hoey, with music provided by recent RFC guest, Anthony Hoey, at Fireside Bar and Lounge near the State Capitol on Washington Street (upstairs from Little India).


Music with a cover Friday includes a big pre-holiday show at The Empty Glass with music by The Vandal Band with Ritchie Tipton and The Company Stores with Hybrid Soul Project. Cover charge is seven bucks, and the music will start sometime after 8 PM.

You can read about the Jimmy Beasley Benefit show in this article by Bill Lynch HERE. And there’s also other shows in town…


Saturday Stuff To Do

Free music Saturday starts early with the Glenville State Brass Ensemble performing holiday classics at Macy’s Court in The Charleston Town Center from 11 AM to 6 PM. Alasha Al Qudwah brings her Gypsy violin to Bluegrass Kitchen at 7 PM. Blue Yonder takes the cover-free stage at Black Sheep Burritos and Brews at 8 PM. Soup Da Blues performs at Timothy’s, below The Quarrier Diner, at 9 PM. Also at 9 PM, The Charlie Murphy Project plays at Bruno’s.

There are also plenty of shows with a cover charge Saturday night. Astromoth and Trielement will be at The Empty Glass…




The hit podcast, My Brother, My Brother and Me comes to Huntington, the hometown of the three McElroy brothers. Read more about it HERE.


That’s it for this week’s PopCulteer, the 500th PopCult post of 2014. Check back regularly next week for some of our normal features and a few holiday surprises.