14590299_1270344929662610_2684645150809039865_nThe PopCulteer
October 7
, 2016

Your PopCulteer is heading North next week for a little Myasthenia Gravis-related jaunt, so it’s time for a short Friday column, composed of random items.

The PopCult Gift Guide Returns In November

You loyal correspondent is already slaving away on the twelfth annual PopCult Gift Guide, which should begin running in this blog the week before Thanksgiving. Because I am so focused on bringing you the best gift ideas from the worlds of toys, books, DVDs and Blu Rays, music, home decor and anything else neat and keen, some of our regular features may occasionally fall by the wayside, like The PopCult Toybox and The PopCult Bookshelf did this week. Those two stray fellas should return next week, but our other offerings might be a tad skimpy in the early part of the week while your PopCulteer’s time will be occupied with poking and prodding.

By the way, this year’s PopCult Gift Guide will be the biggest ever!

Return of the Caped Crusaders

91HKcf2hFrL._SL1500_The new animated take on the classic 1966 Batman TV series will have a one-night premiere this coming Monday, October 10, at the Nitro Regal Stadium Cinemas, at 2 PM and 7:30 PM. You can order tickets HERE. The next day the movie will be available as a Digital HD download, and on November 1, hard copies will be in stores so you can watch them on a DVD player like civilized people. This production sees the return of Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar as the voices of Batman, Robin and Catwoman, and in this new animated take on the classic series, they use the real Batmobile, the only “first official Batmobile,” the one designed by the late George Barris.

At a New York Comic Con panel Thursday night, as reported by Dan Greenfield at The 13th Dimension, it was announced that a sequel is already in production, and that it will feature Two Face, a villain who never appeared on the Batman TV Show. Providing the voice of Two Face will be none other than William Shatner.

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There’s no word if this sequel will use the never-filmed Two Face story written by Harlan Ellison, which was adapted into comic-book form just a couple of years ago.


I told you about Saturday’s IWA East Coast “Herdamania” benefit for Elkview Middle School HERE.  Don’t forget it. It’s incredible wrestling for a good cause.

Friday night at The Empty Glass, Farnsworth and the Horse Traders will be joined by touring band, Black Checker, for a night of killer rock and roll. The show starts at 10 PM and the cover charge is seven bucks.

The No Pants Players will return to The Alban Arts Center Saturday night at 7 PM for an all-ages improv show. Also in Saint Albans Saturday, The Extra Pedestrials will perform starting at 6 PM at Four Brothers Deli Coffee and Tea House, at their new location at 1010 Sixth Avenue.

Sunday at The Empty Glass Scott Low brings his Folk/Americana music to the stage, starting at 10 PM.

Also, on Friday there’s this food/beer/wine thing happening in what appears to be some of the fine establishments that play host to Art Walk. This one isn’t free, and as a non-drinker, your PopCulteer won’t be involved, but if you’re into that sort of thing, the details are in this graphic. Go knock yourself out.


And all weekend long, the Rod Run Doo Wop fills up Kanawha Boulevard with classic cars. I’m still not medically-cleared to edit video yet, but we may go check out the coolness. You can indulge in our videos from previous years here…

The AIR Weekend Notes

NEW AIR LOGO 0085We have a brand-new episode of Laugh Appalachia on The AIR Friday at 9 AM and 9 PM. You can tune in to the webiste, or listen to it on this enchanting embedded player…

Also on the schedule this weekend we have the Friday morning replays of our talking programs, On The Road with Mel, Life Speaks with Michele Zirkle Marcum, The Best of The Real with Mark Wolfe and The Goon Show.

At 1 PM you get another chance to listen to this week’s episode of Radio Free Charleston International.

Sydney’s Big Electric Cat is a rerun this week, as Sydney Fileen gears up for a series of Halloween-appropriate New Wave extravaganzas. In this classic show, the New Wave music kicks off with “My Sharona” by The Knack.

At 5 PM we have a replay of Radio Coolsville. 7 PM brings us music from The Pixies. 8 PM is The Comedy Vault with Firesign Theater. At 9 PM you have a second chance to hear this week’s Laugh Appalachia.

At 9:30 PM Word Association with Lee & Rudy returns from its month-long hiatus as Lee Harrah and your PopCulteer tackle the subject of Ghostbusters.  Luigi chimes in just in time to keep us from getting into a controversial area.

At 10 PM it’s time for Radio Free Charleston International again, and at Midnight, pop some pills so you can stay up all night long for seven hours of The Swing Shift.

Saturday sees replays of all our music programming, topped off at 9 PM by an all-new Superfetch Super Show. RFC takes over at midnight for nine hours of mind-hurting weirdness and local music too.

Sunday brings our talk show replays. Monday will feature some kind of Columbus Day programming Stunt, but I haven’t figured out what it will be yet, so you’ll just have to tune in to see.

That’s it for this week’s PopCulteer. Check back for our regular features, which will be here, even while I’m going to see a man about a thymectomy.