This week’s art, another in my pretentious “Pop Art Charleston” series, is a view of the South Side Bridge ramp over Kanawha Boulevard.
Here’s a special bonus RFC song. Just about 27 hours before this message is being posted, we recorded Parkersburg singer/songwriter John Radcliff at LiveMix Studio for episode 16 of Radio Free Charleston. Some of you old-timers may remember John’s amazing guitar work with The Swivel Rockers, Feast of Stephen and The Mad Scientist Club. About six years ago, he started writing and singing his own material, and I was blown away by the quality of his tunesmithery.
…until the first opera/musical based on the life of Anna Nicole Smith is announced. You know there’s got to be a dozen or so ironic pop culture mavens out there cranking out a quickie cash-in job, disguised as a hip, irreverent social commentary.
Last week our Monday Morning Art was a digitally-assaulted photograph of The Union Building, taken from Capitol Street. This week we turn the tables with a digitally-assaulted photograph of Capitol Street, taken from The Union Building. If you look about a fourth of the way up from the bottom, just left of center, that’s where I was standing when I took last week’s photo. It was not the only time I’ve been just left of center.
When I was a kid, my favorite action figure was Captain Action. He was a GI Joe-sized toy figure that could be dressed as other superheroes like Superman, Spider-man, Batman, Green Hornet, Captain America, and many others. Our cool thing of the week this week is an upcoming reproduction of the hard-to-find Aurora Model Kit of the Captain, which you can read about here.
It was one week before Valentine’s Day, and I have to say, no matter how many strange things you’ve lived through, nothing can quite prepare you for the sight of your girlfriend being handcuffed to a professional wrestler.