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Monday Morning ArtWalk

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The PopCulteer
November 28, 2011

There was no PopCulteer last Friday due to Thanksgiving. However, a special Black Friday edition of ArtWalk took place, and since there’s another special ArtWalk this coming Saturday, we’re bringing you our mini-PopCult Photo Essay as a bonus Monday PopCulteer.  At right you see Suzy Sketchman at The Purple Moon, plugging next month’s Dr. Sketchy’s show.

If you like what you see here, be sure to check out these galleries and more after the December 3 Charleston Christmas Parade. This Saturday from Noon to 4 PM.

Participating Galleries-
Art Emporium Gallery
Gallery Eleven
House of Luxe
Modern by Design
Stray Dog Antiques
Taylor Books – Annex Gallery
The Purple Moon
White Oak Photography

For more information visit the ArtWalk website.

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Tonight’s video comes from the end credits of RFC148. It’s Sarah Shlies, as Mary, performing “Child, My Child,” from the CYAC rock opera “MARY.”  You will have three more chances to see the show after today’s 2 PM matinee. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, December 1,2 and 3, at 8 PM at The WVSU Capitol Center Theater, 123 Summers Street in Charleston. We thought it would be cool to bring you this clip without credits rolling over Sarah’s face.

“MARY,” Frenchy and the Punk Headline RFC 148

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At the head of this post, you will see “Red Popeye Shirt,” episode 148 of Radio Free Charleston. This edition of our show is hosted from a very soggy Veteran’s Memorial in Nitro, and presents music from the rock opera, “MARY” and Frenchy and the Punk.

Jonathan Tucker and Sarah Schlies from "MARY"

In this episode  we bring you three songs filmed during the rehearsals for the Charleston institution, “Mary.” This is the fifteenth production of “Mary” the Scarpelli/Kehde rock opera from The Contemporary Youth Arts Company. We also have a brand new music video from our friends, Frenchy and the Punk, plus animation by Rudy Panucci, and we also have more confusing superhero action from Turkey, in honor of Thanksgiving.

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Monday Morning Art: Pepper And Kitty

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We’re kicking off this week with some digital paintings based on photos taken from last night’s edition of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti Art Show. Above you see Pepper Fandango and Kitty Killton fed through the Stark Charleston filter. After the jump you’ll find digital paintings of each of last night’s models.  You can click the imagrs to see them bigger. And you can find a folder with even more images over at the Radio Free Charleston Facebook Page.

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PopCult Instant Video: “Mary” Returns For Year 15

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Today we bring you video of a preview performance of the Scarpelli/Kehde Christmas Tradition, the Rock Opera “Mary,” presented by The Contemporary Youth Arts Company.  This year is the fifteenth production of what has become a Charleston holiday tradition.

This preview performance of the fiftheenth anniversary production of the Scarpelli/Kehde Rock Opera “Mary” was performed by the cast of “Mary”  at The Charleston Town Center on November 19, 2011 and was posted here in PopCult less than twenty hours later. These four songs from the show feature Donnie Smith as Herod, Jonathan Tucker as Joseph , Sarah Schlies as Mary,  and Maddy Gourevich as the archangel Gabriel and the cast of “Mary.”

You can see “Mary” at The WVSU Capitol Center Theater on the following dates:

Friday – Nov 25 at 8 PM
Saturday Nov 26 at 8 PM
Sunday, Nov 27 at 2 PM
and December 1, 2 and 3 at 8 PM

The PopCulteer
November 18, 2011

Dr Sketchy’s Returns

Dr. Sketchy’s Anti Art Show returns to The Kanawha Players Theater this Sunday for a very special evening of Burlesque figure drawing. This month the theme is Classic Pin Up poses with The Fan Dance. On the model front, Pepper Fandango returns, and we will see the Dr. Sketchy’s debut of cult film star, frequent RFC guest, and The PopCulteer’s imaginary daughter, Kitty Killton (Seen right) .

In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, Dr. Sketchy’s is a DIY figure drawing session that aims to bring the life-drawing experience to the masses.For the lowdown, let’s go to the PR: “Can you only draw stick figures? Are you a professional artist? Or are your skills somewhere in-between? Who cares?

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The PopCulteer
November 11, 2011

Thousands Of Words

Your PopCulteer is a bit swamped this week. I have two magazine articles in the works, another pressing deadline, and I’m preparing for an out of town trip.

This means that you lucky readers are going to get a special treat this week. I have searched my hard drives for cool images that I probably haven’t posted here in PopCult yet! That’s vintage flyer art for the band, Three Bodies, from 1990, on the right. Most of the images are more recent than that.

On top of that, each image will have a clever, charming and/or educational caption. Since every picture is worth a thousand words, that makes this one of the longest columns I’ve ever written. At least that’s my story.

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RFC 147 With Giants, Nerds, Volts, And Superheroes

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Floating at the top of this post you will find Radio Free Charleston 147, “Mighty Avengers Shirt.” This installment of our webshow features music by Miniature Giant, Dual Core, Volt 9000 and Disturbing The Peace. We also have animation from Frank Panucci and other weirdness.

I like me gum!

Host segments were shot at a random parking lot in Kanawha City along MacCorkle Avenue. Sometimes we do things on the show for no reason. Like opening with a vintage commercial for Teaberry Gum, for instance.

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We kick off this week with a geometric/organic digital abstract painting called “Dissonance.”  Click to see it bigger. Check back later Monday to see Radio Free Charleston newest episode, “Mighty Avengers Shirt” with music from Miniature Giant, Dual Core, Volt 9000 and Disturbing The Peace.  Look for it soon!