10271231_10203845960975321_2300270470785762133_oThe PopCulteer
May 23, 2014

While all you lovely people are gearing up for a wonderful long holiday weekend, your PopCulteer is hunkering down for a work-filled four days that includes two video shoots plus shooting the host segments for and assembly of RFC 198. We’re keeping our descriptions short, but sweet. Here’s your weekend highlights…

Laser Light Shows Return…

…to The Electric Sky Theater at The Clay Center, that is. Cool laser shows set to nifty music will entertain the masses for the next couple of weeks. Admission to each laser show is $4 for adults and $2 for children, Clay Center members and donors, seniors and students.

The schedule of music is as follows:

Friday, May 23–6 p.m. Laser Beatles
7 p.m. Electro Laze
Featuring the most popular music of the new Electronic Dance Music madness! You’ll hear heart-thumping hits like “Derezzed” by Daft Punk and “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” by Skrillex.

Saturday, May 24
6 p.m. Laser Country
7 p.m. Laser Beatles

Wednesday, May 28
6 p.m. Laser Country
7 p.m. Laser Vinyl
Boston, Journey, Kansas – Laser Vinyl delivers hard rock hits like “Back in Black” by AC/DC and “Rock and Roll All Nite” by Kiss.

Thursday, May 29
6 p.m. Laser U2
“With or Without You” this show rocks out and moves you with hits like “Mysterious Ways” and “Beautiful Day.”
7 p.m. Electro Laze .

Friday, May 30
6 p.m. Laser Vinyl
7 p.m. Electro Laze

Saturday, May 31
6 p.m. Laser Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon
Frequently ranked as one of the greatest albums of all time, Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon” is combined with the full prism of lasers in this show.
7 p.m. Laser Pink Floyd The Wall
Come to see the iconic rock band’s album merged with laser media with hits like “Another Brick in the Wall” and “Comfortably Numb.”

Also on these days, catch two popular planetarium shows from Audio Visual Imagineering, Inc., the industry leader in technological innovation and laser show production. See “Legends of the Night Sky: Orion” at 9 a.m. on each day listed above and “Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus and Andromeda” at 10 a.m. on every day except Wednesday, May 28.


304 Mixtape

I told you about it HERE, but don’t forget, Friday night at The Empty Glass, and at two shows Saturday at Kanawha Players Theater, it’s The Wayward Girls School of Burlesque, performing to music by West Virginia native musicians.


10321194_10204079092240585_8520450079891709995_oCARBON signings

I told you about Danny Boyd’s graphic novel HERE, and you can get it signed Saturday at The Vandalia Festival on the Capital Grounds from 10 AM to 3 PM Saturday and 1 PM to 4 PM Sunday, and at Taylor Books on Capitol Street from 4:30 PM to 7:30 Saturday.

Diablo Blues Band Live

RFC faves, the DBB are recording a live album Sunday night at 9 PM at The Empty Glass, They will be debuting their new horn section. You can read more about it and see Diablo frontman, Johnny Compton, in this week’s RFC MINI SHOW.

The Diablo Blues Band

The Diablo Blues Band


There are two under-promoted theater events happening this weekend.
Contemporary Youth Arts Company presents Kathy and Mo’s 2 person comedy PARALLEL LIVES at The WVSU Capitol Center Theater 8 pm May 23-24 and 29-31. Tickets are available at the door for $15, or $8 for students and seniors.

Written by the brilliant comediennes/actresses, Kathy Najimy and Mo Gaffney, PARALLEL LIVES, originally the Kathy and Mo Show, has steadfastly broken boundaries and shattered gender-based stereotypes since it was first performed by its creators nearly thirty years ago. This production features visiting actresses [and CYAC alumni] Maddy Ranson and Heather Newhouse.

The Alban Arts Center and Children’s Theater of Charleston are teaming up to present “Harvey” as performed by The Teen Group, The Theater Project. Performances are May 23 and 24 at 7:30 PM and May 25 at 2 PM. Tickets are $12, or $10 for students.


Monday Show at The Skatepark

You can rock out on Memorial Day with an all-ages show at the Next Level Sk8tepark in the far end of Nitro, starting at 4 PM. Details are in the graphic below, and the bands, including superstars Hawthorne Heights and Time and Distance, are great.


Your Popculteer is cutting his weekly rundown short this week so that he may get some of his other projects done on time. if you poke around the Charleston Gazette and ask around on Facebook, you’ll find that there’s way more things that the cool stuff I mentioned going on this weekend.  Explore for yourself. It’s the fun of discovery. Check back for our regular features, and look for a brand-new full-length episode of Radio Free Charleston on Monday or Tuesday.