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Random Thoughts And Notes

The PopCulteer
May 11, 2012

Your PopCulteer is buried under deadlines and hard at work on next week’s Radio Free Charleston, so our Friday column will be a little shorter than usual this week.  We’re going to start with some random links to cool things, and then wrap up with some neat weekend events and photos.

A couple of weeks ago, “That Conversation,” a new Podcast by Patrick Felton, made its debut and it’s well worth checking out.  This podcast will focus on arts and creativity in the Kanawha Valley, and the first installment is a long, comprehensive, interview with playwright and director, Dan Kehde, of the Contemporary Youth Arts Company. The second installment should be coming soon, and after that,  RFC fans may hear a familiar voice pop up.

Congrats to Chris Chaber and The Empty Glass crew on their coming expansion into the New China building. The Glass is a legendary venue, but at times it does get to be a little like the Black Hole of Calcutta in there when a popular band is playing. Now, with accomodations for a larger crowd, maybe we can get Unknown Hinson to return to Charleston.

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Monday Morning Art: Automotive

Today’s art is an abstract piece that was inspired by classic car designs from the 1950s. Click to to see a bigger version.

Sunday Evening Video: More Color Purple

The Charleston Light Opera Guild production of “The Color Purple” is an unqualified success. You can read a great review of it here, if the Gazette hasn’t hidden it behind a non-working registration page like they have for me. You have two more weekends to see this stunning musical. We were lucky to get to bring you rehearsal footage from the show in Radio Free Charleston 157, and tonight we have bonus coverage. First up, in the clip above, you’ll see Janelle Williams as Celie, singing “I’m Here,” which we had running under the credits on RFC.

After that, you’ll get to see the whole cast perform “The Color Purple.” We recorded this the same night, but couldn’t fit it into the show. Here it is for your enjoyment. I hope this convinces some of you to come see The Color Purple” May 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 7:30 PM, or May 13 at 3 PM at The Charleston Civic Center Little Theater.  Check the CLOG  website for more details.

Too Much Stuff For One Weekend

The PopCulteer
May 4, 2012

Jam Packed Weekend

It’s another weekend where everybody decided to do everything at the same time in town, so your PopCulteer will do his best to dive headfirst into the events pile and come up with the trendiest catch.


IWA Wrestling

IWA East Coast Wrestling makes its debut in Clendenin for some reason Friday night, and They’re bringing former WWE, TNA and ECW star, Rhino with them!

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