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Monday Morning Art: Lumpy Topography

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Lumpy Topography by Rudy Panucci

This week’s Monday Morning Artistic kick-start is “Lumpy Topography,” another of the digital paintings I created for the benefit of Emily Gunter-Haynes.  In this one, the mysterious golden tubes snake over some lumpy topography, hence the name. 

All the proceeds from the Monday Morning Art Store featuring artwork from this series will go to Emily and her husband, Jeff, as they deal with her debilitating illness.  In addition, the PopCult Store will become a storehouse for the pieces I previously created for the benefit, and all proceeds from the PopCult Store will also go to Emily and Jeff until further notice.  You can read more about the awesome day of music and art for Emily here. So, now you have an added incentive to check out the Monday Morning Art store, and The PopCult store. And click on the image for a larger version.

UPDATED 4-2-08: Lumpy Topography is now available in the Monday Morning Art Store. Follow the links above.  

Episode 39 of Radio Free Charleston, “Go Van Gogh Shirt” is online now, and it’s a nostalgia-soaked trip down memory lane.  And you can take the word “trip” any way you want.  The music is from an archival video that I found while rooting around in the “gem closet” here at Stately Radio Free Charleston Manor.  It’s from November 1990, recorded live at The Empty Glass.  We called that night “Shooting Fyssh In A Glass” because I was going to videotape the band, Strawfyssh.  They were opening for Three Bodies, and until I checked the tape I’d forgotten that I had also taped Three Bodies doing their sound-check that night.  So I had both bands on tape. 

I hosted this show from the present-day Empty Glass, during Happy Hour last Thursday.  It was a bit loud, as the Glass tends to be, and there are parts of the show where the audio on the host segments is questionable, but the show is still packed with musical goodness.  In fact, we feature a surreal guest appearance by none other than Charleston’s Mayor, Danny Jones, in a segment that has to be seen to be believed.  There’s also an animated short by me, just so that the entire show doesn’t degenerate into ruminations on “the olden days.”

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Kanawha Players’ experimental short-form theater experience returns to the Charleston Ballet Building tonight at 8 p.m. with four pieces that bring to light just how funny our lives can be.

Two of the pieces are written by area playwright Jon Joy, who just recently won the 2008 David Mamet Writing Award sponsored by the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco.  Jon’s works have been seen at FestivAll and have been performed at Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards Playhouse in Huntington.

 IF YOU GO: Thursday Night’s performance will be at the Charleston Ballet at 822 Virginia Street.  Admission is $5. The show starts at 8PM.  Shows include adult language and situations.  

Monday Morning Art: The Psychotic Refrigerator

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One of the perks of being an adult and owning your own home is that there is nobody to stop you when you want to do something hideously artistic to one of your own large appliances.  So if you want to make your refrigerator look like it was decorated by a four-year-old on acid, you can do it. 

Surprisingly, this refrigerator is 100% free of mushrooms!

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Photo Essay: All Star Wrestling In Logan

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The line to see the King

Jerry “The King” Lawler came to Logan last Saturday to face Mad Man Pondo in a night of terrific old-school wrestling at the Logan Memorial Fieldhouse.  Here are some of the cool scenes that flashed in front of the PopCult camera that night. Above you see the long line of fans who wanted to meet The King.

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Radio Free Charleston Number 38: News and Notes

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The latest episode of Radio Free Charleston is ONLINE NOW! This is our 38th show, “Captain America Shirt” featuring music by Captain Crash and the Beauty Queen From Mars with Joe Slack and The Spurgie Hankins Band(whose myspace addy I misspelled onscreen, sorry guys).There’s also a commercial for the Chevrolet Corvair and some animation from Mars

The show sports location footage from The Blue Parrot, Capitol Roasters, Capitol Street, and The Quarrier Building, home of LiveMix Studio.  I know this is two episodes in a row where we used The Quarrier Building for some of our host segments, but it was the second week in a row where the weather simply did not cooperate.

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The latest episode of Radio Free Charleston is ONLINE NOW! This is our 38th show, “Captain America Shirt” featuring music by Captain Crash and the Beauty Queen From Mars with Joe Slack and The Spurgie Hankins Band (whose myspace addy I misspelled onscreen, sorry guys).There’s also a commercial for the Chevrolet Corvair and some animation from Mars. Production notes will go up at PopCult later today.

Also, You can catch several great RFC bands performing live this weekend:
Captain Crash and The Beauty Queen will be at the La Belle Theater Friday night with Joe Slack and RFC vets Seven Minutes Till Midnight, plus future RFC guest Jordan Searls.That show starts at 5:45 PM and runs until 9. Admission is five dollars

Meanwhile you can catch RFC vets InFormation at the Brickhouse with future RFC performers Virginia Street.Also on the bill is Vintage Tone. Five bucks gets you in the door, starting at 7 PM

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Jerry “The King” Lawler: The PopCult Interview

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Jerry Lawler is a legend in the wrestling business. Millions watch him each week on Monday Night RAW on the USA Network as half the WWE Hall Of Fame broadcast team, with his partner “Good Ole JR” Jim Ross. Millions more remember him from the time he famously slapped Andy Kaufmann on the David Letterman show. The man is a legend in the wrestling business as the “King” of Memphis wrestling, and is also a best-selling author, musician and talented artist. This Saturday, Jerry “The King” Lawler comes to Logan to wrestle for All Star Wrestling. We were lucky enough to steal a few moments of his time while he was working on a special Wrestlemania 24 promotional project so we could subject him to the PopCult Interview:

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The Incident: Monday Morning Art

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The Incident

We kick off yet another busy week with one more from our series of digital paintings done for the benefit of Emily Gunter-Haynes.  This week’s art is “The Incident.”  It’s an exercise in composition, color, and shading, with a hint of the illusion of movement. 

As I announced last week, all the proceeds from the Monday Morning Art Store featuring artwork from this series will go to Emily and her husband, Jeff, as they deal with a debilitating illness.  In addition, the PopCult Store will become a storehouse for the pieces I previously created for the benefit, and all proceeds from the PopCult Store will go to Emily and Jeff until further notice.  You can read more about the awesome day of music and art for Emily here. So, now you have an added incentive to check out the Monday Morning Art store, and The PopCult store. And click on the image for a larger version.

Production Notes for RFC 37

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It's da Rudy inna sky wit da Blue Million inna corner and Lady D in anudder corner, and some cartoons and an android boy, um huh.

The latest Radio Free Charleston, “Fantastic Four Shirt” is online now.  This is a very special episode because it features two acts who are alumni of the original RFC radio program, but are making their first appearance on the video version of Radio Free Charleston.  Lady D is Doris Fields, and I first played her music in the fall of 1989 back when 96.1 FM was WVNS, and I got to run wild for a few months in the middle of the night. Blue Million was also on the show back then.  Their front-man, Alan Griffith, also appeared performing solo, and on one memorable night, backing up me and The Stunning Janice as we butchered Bob Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone.”

Also on the show this week is a new installment of “The Android Family,” and part four of Frank Panucci’s series of enlightening animation, this episode is called “Porky Bang.”  We shot the host segments last Friday in the Quarrier Building, home of LiveMix Studio, because the nasty weather decided to crap all over all our other potential locations.

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