As the holidays engulf us, there is a ton of things happening in Charleston and the surrounding area this weekend. Here at Popcult the holiday and birthday season is in full swing, so we’re making a list and posting it early. Take a look…

MARY A Rock Opera

The seminal Charleston Christmas tradition continues for its final weekend this year. See MARY at the WVSU Capitol Center Theater Thursday, Friday and Saturday night at 8 PM. Details and video can be found here.


The BrotherSisters CD Release Party leads an evening of free entertainment

1467222_249016145254713_770104798_nThird Eye Cabaret presents the long-gestating debut CD by The BrotherSisters, who will perform “You Can’t Be Lost” in its entirety, along with video presentations and special Third Eye Cabaret sets by their guests Matt McCune and Mark Bates.

You can sample Third Eye Cabaret on the most recent episode of Radio Free Charleston and see a bonus song recorded at that session right here…

There is no cover charge at Third Eye Cabaret.

The rest of the evening’s entertainment is also free, or at least cash-free.

Mojo’s Comedy open mic continues building Charleston’s stand up comedy scene into something special. The laughs start at 9 PM at Mojo’s Sports Bar, behind the Mound in South Charleston.

The biweekly Improv games at Kanawha Players happen at 7 PM. Anyone is invited to join in and polish their improv skills in a friendly evironment, free of firearms and hostile mobs carrying torches and pitchforks.

Quality free music Thursday night includes The Dread Pirate Roberts at Bluegrass Kitchen at 7 PM, the Ray Barr Trio starting at 7:30 PM at The Vandalia Grille and the Bob Thompson Trio at 8:30 PM at Charleston Brewing Company.

At the LaBelle Theater in South Charleston, six non-perishable food items gets you in the door to see DON GIBSON AND THE VELVETONES from 7 to 10 PM. This is a benefit for Heart and Hand Food Pantry.


The 11th Annual River Arts Show happens at 6:30 PM at UUC. I told you all about it in this post.

Hybrid Soul celebrates three years as a musical entity with several guests sitting in at a show scheduled to start at 9 PM at The Empty Glass. Cover charge is seven dollars.

Yetti Burps with Foz Rotten and his Dirty Scoundrels take the stage at The Boulevard Tavern for a night of debauchery at 10 PM, with a six-dollar cover.


You may have read abot +1 to Athletics, the upcoming web-based fitness series aimed at the fans of genre culture (I hate to use the words “nerd” or “geek”) here in PopCult before. At 4 Pm they will be holding a meeting at Kanawha Players to discuss starting a Charleston chapter of the Hash House Harriers. This meeting will be for an episode of the series about running, so they need as many people as possible. Hashers describe themselves as a “Drinking Group with a Running Problem.” The idea is to make running a social activity. The hope is it will be more motivating then running by yourself. If this turns out well, it may turn into a regularly-scheduled activity. It is open to all fitness levels. The run is designed to make sure everyone has fun.

No Pants Players

It’s Joytacular time again! Get to the Alban early, because Stevie Brigode sings at 6:30 PM, then the NPP start at 7 PM.  Check out this cool flyer…

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Chuck Biel at Digiso

Ambient music takes over Digiso at 8 PM with music from John Marshall and Dave Roberts plus Chuck Biel‘s “Duende.” Art on display will showcase Mark Wolfe and Nik Botkin. See for yourself…


Big Ugly Benefit

It’sa night of raising money for a great cause at the Big Ugly Community Center. For a five-dollar cover charge (with all proceeds going to the community center for funding of their after school and weekend activities for the community) you can see bands like Black Mountain Revival, Foz Rotten and His Dirty Scoundrels, Meet Me In The Matinee, Bridgekid and Sheldon Vance. More details follow in the flyer…


WMUL Cutting Edge Fest

At The V Club in Huntington, the third annual WMUL Cutting Edge Fest will continue the tradition of supporting great local music while helping a great cause. Doors open at 7:00 PM, show starts at 9:30 PM. Cover is $10 or a physical item donation for the shelters. All proceeds will go to benefit Huntington-Cabell-Wayne Animal Shelter and Little Victories.Details are in the flyer…


RFC faves, Comparsa, will put on a show at The Empty Glass. See the flyer…



The Charleston Civic Chorus Winter Concert takes place at 3 Pm at Charleston Baptist Temple. Admission is free. This concert includes seasonal works by Eleanor Daley, Craig Courtney, Howard Helvey and J.S. Bach.

Marshall Petty and the Groove with Clay Norris and Hightower (The Block Man) perform at The Fifth Quarter from 5:30 to 8:30 PM with no cover charge.

George Brackens hosts the open mic at The Upstairs Lounge at Little India from 8:30 to 10:30 PM, again with no cover charge.