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March 12, 2010
One of the worst-kept secrets in town over the last few months has been the just-officially-announced “Reunion” production of the musical “Lil Abner” that is supposed to take place this fall. Kanawha Players, an organization that’s been dealing with some pressing money and organizational issues of late, has apparently signed on to stage this musical at the behest of Charleston’s Mayor, Danny Jones (right). Jones is putting up the money for the production, but there’s one big string attached.
Danny Jones wants to reprise his role as Lil’ Abner. A role he played on stage before….in 1986.
If you want to see some of the performers that you’ve enjoyed on Radio Free Charleston perform live, then this weekend you’ll have plenty of chances.
Friday night you can catch Lady D’s remarkable tribute to Bessie Smith at 7:30 PM at the Women’s Club of Charleston, 1600 Virginia St. E. Admission is $25 and includes a buffet dinner. Call 304-590-1042 for more information.
That same night you can make the rounds to catch several RFC faves at local bars: The Scrap Iron Pickers will be at The Empty Glass in support of Treasure Cat and Satchell. Brain Trauma and Friends will be at The Blue Parrot. Future RFC guests, Buckstone, will appear at Bruno’s. Steve Himes Connection (you saw them backing up Marcie Bullock) will be at Sam’s Uptown Cafe. And finally, our most recent guests, Mother Nang, will be playing at The Boulevard Tavern. All shows are advertised to start at 10 PM (wink, wink) except for the Bruno’s show, which will start at 9 PM. Cover charges range from nothin’ to somethin’.
Saturday night Ric Cochran and friends, will be at The Bridge Road Bistro (no cover) at 7:30 PM, while Civil State will be at The Blue Parrot at 10 PM ($5). The Diablo Blues Band will be at The Boulevard Tavern at 10 PM, I’m not sure of the cover charge, but I’m guessing it’ll be five dollars or less.
Young Auteurs On The Loose.
Friday night at 7 PM three student films will premiere at The Capitol Center Theater: Jan Bezouska’s “Clockdown,” Miriam Kajamovitz’ “Diary Of An Aching Heart,” and Michael Sydenstricker’s “Provident.” In addition to the scheduled films, there may be an extra trailer or two. After the screening, a gathering of filmmakers and audience will take place at Capitol Roasters, across the street.
The Adventure Team Is Back, And They’re Small!
The Adventure Team is almost here! The Official GI Joe Collector’s Club will be offering an assortment of 3 3/4-inch Adventure Team figure sets, all utilizing retro sculpts. Each figure comes packaged with a special accessory (vehicle, etc.) inside an “AT Mission Crate” package. Once you open the “AT Mission Crate,” you’ll find each figure on its own individual blister card. The first three sets are: AT Air Adventurer & Helicopter; AT Land Adventurer & 6-wheel ATV; Dr. “Venom” & AT Commander with giant man-eating plant. This is the first time that the classic Kung Fu Grip Era GI Joe will be produced in the 1980s-style 3 3/4-inch scale. Click here for info on how to join the club and get these way-cool action figures.
Cool Comic Of The Week
IDW, in their monthly title, Starstruck, is re-presenting a lost classic of science-fiction comics. This title, created by Elaine Lee, with gorgeous artwork by Mike Kaluta, started life as an off-Broadway stage play in 1980, written by Lee with Norfleet Lee and Dale Place. The play featured designs by Kaluta, and was staged again in 1983.
Lee and Kaluta first adapted it into comic form in 1982 for Heavy Metal.
Starstruck is set in a bizarre alternative future. Billed as a space opera, Starstruck follows the offspring of two powerful houses as they vie for wealth and dominance in a universe that is newly freed from the Incorporated Elysian Republic. Populated by characters such as Baron Bajar and his son Kalif and daughter Lucrezia, the story recalls Shakespeare, if he’d collaborated with Douglas Adams.
Lee’s complex story makes for a very rewarding comic-reading experience. The visuals are beautiful, thanks to Kaluta’s art, but Lee’s story provides more than simple eye candy. There are strong female characters, exotic settings and lots of alien landscapes on which to play.
The Galactic Girl Guides stories, of which two-thirds are previously unpublished, features Kaluta’s pencils inked by accalimed fantasy artist Charles Vess. These are stories of the childhood adventures of Brucilla, a major player in the series.
You know the drill. Sunday Videos, Monday Art, Friday PopCulteer. Possibly a follow-up to our lead story from today, if I’m still allowed in the city.