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Monday Morning Art: Tempting Fate

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Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m slacking. Today’s art is a photo I took Saturday during FestivAll. Once again I was too busy with FestivActivities to create any new art. Still, it’s a cool picture.  Moments after this was taken, Mr. Peanut was dragged into the Peanut Shoppe and roasted alive.

To make up for the lack of new art this week, later today PopCult will present a photo essay of what we saw during FestivAll. You can preview a couple of pictures after the jump.  Because of trademark concerns, this one won’t be going up in the Monday Morning Art store.

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Swiped from Heidi MacDonald, for your viewing pleasure.

The Derick Kirk Memorial Stage

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Derick KirkSaturday and Sunday the Gazebo in Davis Park in downtown Charleston becomes “The Derick Kirk Memorial Stage” in honor of the late Derick Kirk, a beloved musician that the Charleston music scene bade farewell to last year.  You can see T.J. King’s tribute to Derick, and catch Doctor Senator performing at Davis Park on the latest episode of Radio Free Charleston, which you can find by scrolling down to the next post here at PopCult.

As promised in the show and in yesterday’s production notes, here’s the line-up for the weekend shows at the Derick Kirk Memorial Stage:

Saturday:

Noon:  Punk jazz

1 p.m.:  Dance in Davis Park                                 

2 p.m.: The Joe Prichard Band, rock

3 p.m.: Sean Richardson and Karen Allen, singer/songwriter

4 p.m.: The Rick Perdue Band, rock

5 p.m.: Dance in Davis Park

5:30 p.m.: Comparsa, Latin

Sunday:

Noon: The Blue Notes, jazz.

1 p.m.: Central Standard Time, jazz.

2 p.m.: Heidi Muller and Bob Webb

3 p.m.: The Spurgie Hankins Band, cool rock.

4 p.m.: The Ryan Kennedy Trio, jazz.

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Another great show. Watch the bejesus out of it!

Radio Free Charleston’s forty-fifth episode, “Hot Wheels Shirt,” is online now. This show trumpets the upcoming weekend’s Derek Kirk Memorial Stage Show at Davis Park in Charleston.  We feature Doctor Senator, performing at said park, and we have a touching song by T.J. King, about his friend, the late Derick Kirk.  We even shot the host segments around the park this time. 

In addition to that, we have a movie trailer for a new indie film out of Huntington, “The Comic Book Lady,” which stars Kathleen Jackson and features cameos from Harvey Pekar, Genuine Nerd Toby Radloff, and Kitten Natividad.  Plus we have animation from my brother Frank.  It’s all wrapped up in a tight little 16-minute package, for your viewing enjoyment.

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A Weekend Becomes Monday Morning Art

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Cool MEGO custom by Lee, from The Ghosts Of Now

Yes, in the spirit of FestivAll, a weekend becomes Monday Morning Art.  Which is just my way of saying that I was so busy this weekend, that I didn’t have time to do any art. So here’s a photo essay instead. Monday Morning Art will return next week. 

In addition to all the fun, I was also working on RFC 45, which should go online in the next day or two.  You can see T.J. King, a guest on that show, in the montage above. Follow the jump for more pictures.

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Happy West Virginia Day from PopCult and Radio Free Charleston!

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Oncee told me about it on Symphony Sunday, but I wanted to wait to tell you guys about 304 Blogs on West Virginia Day.  It’s a one-stop-shopping site for all the top blogs in our loverly Mountain State. And in a stroke of sheer dumb luck, it’s sort of topical that I write about it today because West Virgina’s bloggers got some nice press attention this week (it would’ve been nice if some of us Gazzbloggers had been invited, especially those of us who have written about the way our state is perceived in the media, but at least some of us bloggers are getting some press). The fact that West Virginia has a vibrant, vital blogging community is a big step towards proving some of the more hackneyed stereotypes wrong.

So you need to bookmark 304 Blogs right now.  That way you can keep up with the “A Better West Virginia” project which has rallied bloggers from around the state to use our blogs to combat the negative stereotypes that surround West Virginia.   One of my favorite entries thus far is Rebecca Burch’s post on how West Virginia is a hotbed for Avant-Garde artists.  In the spirit of Rebecca’s post, here’s my video recap of the recent “Pandora’s Toy Box” Exhibit, put on by MarshHouseArt, just to prove that yes, West Virginia can exude surreal coolness as good as any place.

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FestivALL kicks off this weekend, and what better time to take a look back at last year’s FestivALL via the wonderful two-art PopCult report filed by Radio Free Charleston’s Resident Diva, Melanie Larch?

TofuJitsu @ The Vault Friday Night!

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Sean and Karen!What is TofuJitsu, you ask? It’s the name that RFC faves Sean Richardson and Karen Allen are performing under now. And they’ll be bringing their acoustic-based harmonic goodness to the The Vault Friday night from 8 PM to 11 PM.  A paltry three-dollar cover gets you in the door!

 If you haven’t seen Sean and Karen on Radio Free Charleston, check out episode 35 where you can see them at the Sojourner’s Benefit show, or head over to Sean’s MySpace page, where there are tons of videos of them playing all over town.  This is your chance to hear two of Charleston’s best singers collaborating on original music and well-chosen covers.  Sean and Karen are two of Charleston’s finest musical treasures, so it was only a matter of time before they wound up in a vault.

However, Karen will escape from the vault in time for her show Saturday night at Bridge Road Bistro.  Sean will be there in support, but Saturday it’s Karen’s turn to shine.  She starts singing at 7 PM.  You can call (304) 720-3500 for reservations.  And you can follow the jump for a couple of video clips of Karen performing with Whistlepunk, from Radio Free Charleston.

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What a cool freakin' show!

Radio Free Charleston episode 44, “Social Distortion Shirt” is online now!  This episode features music from Lady D and Quick and Dirty, plus footage from the Pandora’s Toy Box custom toy exhibit, which recently closed at the Good News Mountaineer Garage Gallery. Of special interest in this episode is our exclusive apology to the people of West Virginia from the Vice President of these United States.

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