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Cool Things Of The Week #1: Wrestling

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Area wrestling fans are in for a treat this weekend.  IWA East Coast travels to Skateland in Campbell’s Creek for “Skate or Die!”  Abdullah the Butcher, Kamala, Sharkboy, Mad Man Pondo, El Drunko, Juggulator, Nosawa, and more international wrestling stars will be there putting on an epic gladiatorial battle, starting at 7 PM Friday, March 30.  Tickets are $15 ringside, $10 general admission. Visit IWA East Coast online for more details and directions to the show.

If that’s not enough for you, then Saturday you can head down to Logan to catch All Star Wrestling’s “Rumble In The Jungle” featuring Ricky Morton of the Rock ‘N Roll Express facing Beautiful Bobby Eaton of the Midnight Express.  Also on the card: Nosawa vs. ASW Champ Juggulator, Mad Man Pondo vs. Kamala and much more chaotic action. Bell time at the Logan Memorial Fieldhouse is 7 PM. Ringside seats are $12 in advance, $15 at the door.  Call  (304) 752-1999 and check http://www.myspace.com/allstarwrestling or http://www.asw-wrestling.com/ for further details.

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If wrestling is not your bag, why not give improv comedy a try?  The No Pants Players return to The Labelle Theater in South Charleston Friday and Saturday with their trademark improvisational comedy extravaganza.   Fans of “Who’s Line Is It Anyway?” will be familiar with the type of comedy games and sketches performed the NPP shows.  This is a load of fun, family-friendly, and on top of that, it’s a cheap date.  Tickets are only five bucks.   There’s so much more to South Charleston than Chemical plants, car lots, and an endless supply of mayoral candidates….there’s also a top-notch performance hall, the Labelle Theater, and great comedy from West Virginia’s only improv comedy troupe, the No Pants Players. 

If you go, tickets are five dollars and the show starts at 8 PM Friday and Saturday night at the Labelle Theater, 311 D Street, South Charleston.  Check the No Pants Players website for more information.

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Courtesy of Heidi MacDonald’s Beat, one of the best sources for comic book news on the web.  Sometimes Heidi gets bored or tired, and posts something goofy, like this.   

Heidi sends us over here for more NSFW Spartan tomfoolery. Below we swipe one of the more harmless examples of the sort of fun you can find over at WTFsrsly‘s 300 parody page. 

RFC 17: The Story Behind The Show

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Time again for the untold story behind the production of the latest Radio Free Charleston.  This episode is titled “Kung Fu Grip Shirt,” named, as always, after the shirt I’m wearing.  Kung Fu Grip is the famous GI Joe action figure innovation from the 1970s, and you can find this shirt at Hot Topic.  Kung Fu Grip will return on the modern GI Joes this summer.

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Marshall Rogers Passes Away

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Details are still sketchy, but comic book artist Marshall Rogers died Sunday at the relatively young age of 57.  Heidi MacDonald has the press statement from DC Comics here.  Newsarama broke the story here.  A website dedicated to Rogers has temporarily suspended operation. One of the most exciting artists of his generation, Rogers was an innovator who brought new life to characters such as Batman, Dr. Strange, The Silver Surfer, and Mr. Miracle.

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I decided to let the ego run wild this week. Our Monday Morning Art is a digitally-assaulted frame grab from episode fifteen of Radio Free Charleston, with me standing in front of a line of buildings on Quarrier Street. I played with the contrast and colors, and now it looks like the cover to my long-lost New Wave solo album that never happened.

As always, click the photo for a larger view. And go here for the Monday Morning Art Store, and here for the PopCult store. Yes, I’m selling crap with my own picture on it.  Sorta sad, eh?

Larry “Bud,” We Hardly Knew Ye…

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Mark Evanier reports on the passing of character actor Calvert DeForest, who was better known as Larry “Bud” Melman on “Late Night With David Letterman” and then appeared on Letterman’s show on CBS.  Evanier also tells us about a planned tribute by Letterman and a vintage clip.  

Monday Morning Art: More Pop Art Charleston

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Today’s art is a view of the building at the Southwest corner of Capitol and Lee Streets downtown. It’s another “Pop Art Charleston” digitally-assaulted photograph, color attacked, smooshed, and squooshed for your amusement.

Once again, click the photo for a larger view. And go here for the Monday Morning Art Store, and here for the PopCult store. Vote with your dollars!  Is “Pop Art Charleston” a bold new direction, a cheesy way to recycle old works into T-Shirts, or am I just in a rut?  

Cool Thing Of The Week: ROME

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In honor of the Ides Of March, our cool thing this week is the HBO series ROME, which has only two episodes remaining in what is expected to be its final season.  I can only hope that HBO decides to continue this excellent drama, which is the best show on television.  With The Sopranos ending soon, and Deadwood foolishly cancelled, HBO shouldn’t be dumping their other “event” series, ROME

Of course, the fabelled Ides Of March incident took place in the first season’s finale, but the second season, focusing on the aftermath of Julius Ceasar’s death and rise of Octavian, who will become Augustus, the first Emperor of Rome, has been just as good as the first.  More people ought to be watching this show, and complaining to HBO if they decide not to produce any further seasons.   For more infomation on ROME, read the article I wrote gushing about it a year-and-a-half ago.  Meanwhile, there are still two episodes left.  This Sunday at 9 PM you can catch  “Deus Impeditio Esuritori Nullus (No God Can Stop A Hungry Man).”