This week the PopCulteer was supposed to feature a photo essay of last night’s ArtWalk in Downtown Charleston, particularly focusing on Amanda Jane Miller’s show, “The Hot Stove” at Apartment Earth. That’s her piece, “Two Headed Cat – Bobo,” seen to the right of this post. If you’re Downtown, you should really check out this show on Hale Street in the former Good News Mountaineer Garage Gallery.
Unfortunately, after more than a half hour of circling Downtown without finding a place to park, and having the previous week’s road-fatigue finally catch up to me, your PopCulteer found himself too pooped to PopCult, gave up and headed home. We’re going to try and make it out to photograph some of the ArtWalk exhibits in the coming week.
So today we’re going to bring you a mix of stuff to do and some general housekeeping notes. Remember, we’re still knee-deep in our coverage of last weekend’s JoeLanta/Great Atlanta Toy Show, so you can expect tons of extra posts and videos all weekend long. The plan is to have our big JoeLanta wrap-up show ready Sunday, with a special RFC MINI SHOW one day later.
BIG SHOW TONIGHT
It’s the debut of Speedsuit, the new musical project from Stephen Beckner of Go Van Gogh/The Nanker Phelge fame. It’s tonight at The Empty Glass, with No Pretty Pictures and the cover is five bucks. The RFC crew will be on hand for this show that starts at 10 PM.
Come out and watch Steve render the recent RFC Rock Family Tree of Go Van Gogh slightly out-of-date!
Dr. Sketchy’s Returns With The Old West
I told you about this Monday. It happens Sunday evening at 7 PM at Uncork and Create. Ten bucks gets you in to draw or photograph Jasmine Star in a tribute to the Old West.
This Sunday Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School returns with their first show of 2015. The theme is “The Old West” and the star model is new to Dr. Sketchy’s, Jasmine Star. Jasmine will make her debut Sunday, March 22 at at Uncork and Create on 1031 Quarrier Street. The event is 18+ and you bring your own art supplies. If you’re 21+ you can BYOB, too. $10 at the door gets you in. All art mediums are accepted as long as they don’t disturb anyone else. Artists of any skill level from the novice to the pro are invited to come create in this relaxed environment.
In case you missed it, last week’s PopCulteer featured an interview with and profile of Bizarre TV, a really cool Roku channel. You ought to go read it. Wednesday we started posting photos from JoeLanta, and will continue to do so all weekend long. Yesterday we posted our first JoeLanta video, Larry Hama talking about “Silent Interlude.”
Also, we had a pretty darned nifty RFC MINI SHOW starring GypsyRhythm earlier this week…
The Non-JoeLanta Mini Photo Essay
While out of town last week, I took a bunch of cool and interesting photos that didn’t have anything to do with GI Joe or toys. Here’s a few…
Next Week In PopCult
As you see from the final photo in our mini-essay, a week from today will see a boatload of photos from our post-JoeLanta trip to Senoia, Georgia, where much of The Walking Dead is filmed. If all goes as planned, we will premiere a little PopCult Travelogue about Senoia a week from Sunday, just in time for the Season Finale of The Walking Dead.
Of course, we still have a ton of JoeLanta coverage left to post, plus all our regular features, too.
The Big Benefit Saturday
Clay “Clay Man” Norris, a musician and former Charleston Newspapers employee recently diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a condition that has led to fractures in his back and hips. Performers scheduled to appear include Dugan Carter and Full Flavor, Marshall Petty and the Groove, The BrotherSisters, George Brackens, the Diablo Blues Band and other acts to be announced. The music kicks off at 7 PM Saturday evening.
Admission is free but donations are welcomed and will be given to Clay. Donations are tax-deductible through the Charleston West Virginia Blues Society. This event is being hosted at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 404 Virginia Street W, Chas, WV. It is sponsored by the Charleston WV Blues Society & the Musicians Union. For more information, call 304-561-5956.
Chuck Biel and his Dancing Embryos
We recieved the following missive from the Maestro, Chuck Biel concerning The Zygote Collective: “Nu-Jazz……….G.D.Chuk performs along with Saxophone virtuoso Chris Mickel and Hand Drumming maven Paul Burdette ( with special opening act Veracocha ) , SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 7:00 p.m. at West Virginia State University Economic Development Center 1506 Kanawha Blvd W, Charleston, WV 25312 Phone:(304) 720-1401FREE! G.D.Chuk says to “just come and relax, don’t expect, ….dance if you want, …sit, talk.. have a good time.”
No Pants and Dirty Mouths
Saturday at 8 PM The No Pants Players return to Tamarack for another Adults Only improv comedy show. Come join WV’s #1 choice for live comedy. Join the troupe before the show for a meet and greet, with cash bar. Tickets only $10 each.
Free Music Saturday Night At The Empty Glass
The Shindig is a free event (thats right, NO COVER) held every 3rd saturday of every 2 months at The Empty Glass, hosted by Dinosaur Burps. Each Shindig features a local artist with prints, etc. of their work set up, it also features local and traveling bands, and you got Dino Burps muckin about. There are raffles to win prizes and such too as an added bonus.
This month’s featured artist: Chris Woodall
The featured performers: Noise & Sondergeist
Your hosts: Dinosaur Burps
It all happens at The Empty Glass, starting at 10 PM Saturday.
That’s it for this week’s PopCulteer. Pull up a chair. The PopCult spigot will be running all weekend.