Rudy Panucci On Pop Culture

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Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas, Gezur Krislinjden, Selamat Hari Natal, Sretan Bozic, Joyeux Noel, Mele Kalikimaka, Buone Feste Natalizie, Feliz Navidad, Kitten Natividad to all our loyal PopCult readers. As per our annual tradition, here’s Melanie Larch with her rendition of “Ave Maria,” from the first Radio Free Charleston Christmas show in 2006. Peace to you and yours.

Monday Morning Art: Scape 27

Hey, we’re kicking off the week with yet another of our “Scape” series. You know what that means…I didn’t have time to do anything good. There was a lot going on this weekend with the weather and holiday stuff going on. So…click to enlarge the image, and come back Wednesday for a special holiday-week PopCulteer.

Last Minute Gift Guide Plus Art Walking

The PopCulteer
December 18, 2009

Last Minute Shopping Guide

There'[s less than a week to go before Christmas. It’s too late to find anything online without paying out the wazoo for shipping. You’d rather chew off your arm just below the elbow than try to fight the traffic at Southridge. And, you’d like to support local artisans and business. Here’s what you can do. The PopCulteer brings you a list of great last-minute gift ideas that are right up your alley.

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Rejected Ideas For The Clay Center Sculpture

The PopCulteer
December 11, 2009

Big Ole Art

It’s a short PopCulteer this week as a minor case of pneumonia has infiltrated your loyal blogger. Yet, I have dragged myself from the sick bed to not only produce yet another episode of Radio Free Charleston, but to present this week’s delayed Monday Morning Art as the PopCulteer column. Last week I presented my critique of Albert Paley’s “Hallelujah” sculpture, which is now parked in front of The Clay Center, to the consternation of many patrons of the arts.

Because I hate to criticize without offering some sort of constructive criticism, I will now present four ideas I have for a large sculpture to go in front of The Clay Center, and I invite Mr. Paley to pick at, criticize and ridicule my suggestions, should he so wish.


It’s not the most original idea, but I like the idea of huge arms protruding from the ground. In the final version of this, should any idle rich people be stupid enough to give me the cubic ton of money it would take for me to do it, the fingers would be more open, and less like a “howdy” wave, and the ground would look like it was bursting open.

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Sunday Evening Videos: Toy Time

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Christmas is fast approaching, and we all know the true meaning of the holiday….cool toys! Today we’re going to look at some cool toy commercials from years past. Above you see a collection of spots from the early 1970s. Follow the jump for more classic toy commercials.

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Big Expensive Metal Art, Plus Other Stuff

The PopCulteer
December 4, 2009

It’s Big, But Is It Art?

I’ve waited a few weeks to chime in on the controversial sculpture, “Hallelujah,” which was erected in front of the Clay Center in late summer. It’s certainly a provocative piece. Opinions tend to run from the very vocal people who hate it, to a few folks who, when pressed, will sheepishly admit that they sort of like it. I find myself in the middle. I like the idea of a big abstract outdoor piece in a prominent place in Charleston, and I like the piece itself, but I don’t think it really works in that location.

John and Ruth McGee of Charleston donated the $900,000 sculpture, and they are to be commended for their generosity. Their choice of art might not be to your taste, but I didn’t see anyone else pony up 90o Grand to fill that empty spot in front of the Clay Center.

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Black Friday, Mother Nang Returns And More Affordable Art

The PopCulteer
November 27, 2009

Producing a column for Black Friday is a bit of a daunting task. Most people aren’t going to read it until Monday, if at all. I could go the low-brow route and use foul language and post NSFW videos while I can get away with it, but that’d be too easy. Instead I will go on as though nothing unusual is happening and plug the cool weekend events. So just read this PopCulteer and move along…nothing to see here.

The Dang Return Of Mother Nang

Old friends of Radio Free Charleston, the newly-reunited Mother Nang take the stage at the newly-refurbished and renamed “The Boulevard Tavern” Saturday night at 9:30 PM.

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High Art-Low Prices,plus Thanksgiving Ham

The PopCulteer
November 25, 2009

Under A Bill

It’s special mid-week PopCulteer, as we feature a preview of the “Under A Bill” art show, opening during Art Walk this Friday at The Good News Mountaineer Garage Gallery.

Curated by Joe Bolyard, who has some of his own amazing work on display, this multi-artist show has the unique hook that every piece is priced to sell for less than a hundred dollars. Other artists involved include Mark Wolfe, Amy Williams, Devon Woodrum, Rebecca Burch, Glen Brogan, Vasillia Scouras, Chris Rhodes, Andrea Anderson, Dave Frazier, Keith Allen, Laura Chapman, and your loyal PopCulteer. I snuck in while the show was being hung, and snapped some pictures. So, with minimal captions, here’s a look at what you can find at the Good News Mountaineer Garage Gallery on Hale Street, starting this Friday. We’ll have more photos from this show in a bonus PopCulteer this weekend.

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