PopCult Rudy Panucci on Pop Culture

The PopCulteer
April 29, 2011

Your PopCulteer is a little discombobulated this week, not due to the hoopla and hubbub over the President’s birth certificate or the Royal Wedding, but because of the arrival on Wednesday of Seth Everett Margolis, yet another member of my army of nephews bent on world domination. At right, you see Seth, hard at work doing newborn stuff. Baby and mama are doing well. And with that pleasant a distraction, we will jump directly into a listing of weekend events.

On Saturday, the Kanawha Valley Jamboree is the special event featuring Roger Simms’ Short of Cash that we plugged on Radio Free Charleston this week. This is the big event that we told you about on the show before we had any details to share. The music kicks off at 7:00 PM. Admission is $8.00 for adults, $3.00 for children, and the whole shebang takes place at 8902 MacCorkle Avenue in Marmet. Call (304) 545-2693 for more details and watch RFC 128 for a sneak peek at the band.

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VooDoo, Mojo and The Mystery Hole on RFC 128

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Episode 128 of Radio Free Charleston, “Valhalla State Park Shirt” is online and hovering at the top of this post.

This week’s show features music from Prank Monkey, Jay Oakes and Paul Callicoat and Short of Cash. We also have more classic animation from Frank Panucci.

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Walking The April ArtWalk

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The PopCulteer
April 22, 2011

Another month has flown by, and it’s time for one of our patented PopCult ArtWalk Photo Essays! Commentary will be kept to a minimum so that I can get this finished and still sneak in a couple of hours of sleep.

The big news for April was the grand opening of the Purple Moon offshoot, Modern By Design, a way-cool new furniture/accessory store that offers reproductions of classic Atomic Age furniture designs as well as artwork and wall decor. Check out that cool corner at the photo on the right.

With such cool items as Arbe Jacobson’s famous Egg Chair and artwork by Leo Posillico and William Goebel, Modern By Design promises to add a new dimension to interior design in Charleston.  We love what they’re showing, and can’t wait to see what the future holds.

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That video you see in the box above this text is Radio Free Charleston’s 127th episode, “Fever Strength Shirt.” It’s our second big fancy High Definition installment of the show.

Music this time comes from Mother Nang, The Nanker Phelge and Jonathan Tucker. We also have a promo spot for The 21st Annual East End Yard Sale, and remastered animation from Frank Panucci.

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Monday Morning Art: Bonnie And Clyde

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The second edition of Charleston’s Dr. Sketchy Anti-Art show took place last night at Kanawha Players Theater.  The theme was “Bonnie and Clyde.” Penny Maple and Elle Xombeah brought crime’s cutest couple back to life and a gang of artists was there to jot down the results.  Above you see my digital painting of the duo.  After the jump you can see another digital image from the night, this one done-up newspaper style. As always, click the images for a larger version.

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Buster and Sam, waiting…

In 1965 experimental playwright Samuel Beckett teamed up with film comedy legend Buster Keaton to creat “Film.”  This is a silent exploration of the nature of perception and existence. And you can see it above, courtesy of the Prelinger Archives.

According to the IMDB entry, written by Michael Brooke, “A twenty-minute, almost totally silent film (no dialogue or music one ‘shhh!’) in which Buster Keaton attempts to evade observation by an all-seeing eye. But, as the film is based around Bishop Berkeley’s principle ‘esse est percipi’ (to be is to be perceived), Keaton’s very existence conspires against his efforts

Enjoy!

Toys Photo Essay Part Two and Weekend Events

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The PopCulteer
April 15, 2011

More From Where The Toys Are

Last week we took you on a photographic trip through the cool Canonsburg PA antique toy store, Where The Toys Are. This week, as promised, we’re going to bring you even more loverly toy-like eye candy from up North.

You can visit the Where The Toys Are website, but nothing beats going there in person. It’s almost like going to a pop culture museum, only nearly everything is for sale.

After the photo essay we’ll run down the weekend’s live events, including many Radio Free Charleston favorites playing and performing live in the Kanawha Valley.

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