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The PopCulteer
June 8, 2012

This week, your Popculteer is taking a brief jaunt out of town.  So this column might be a bit choppy.  Without ruining any surprises, just be warned that the fruit of this jaunt will make up most of next week’s PopCulteer.

But that doesn’t that we don’t have stuff to talk about this week…

More of Those Conversations

That Conversation” is the new, in-depth interview podcast masterminded by Patrick Felton and the first two editions are online now, with a rather dubious third one scheduled to drop sometime today.  We told you about the first installment  first installment of Patrick’s podcast, the subject of which was CYAC founding father Dan Kehde.  Last week,the second episode the second episode, featuring Huntington film director David Smith (“The Escribtionist”) talks about movie making in the Mountain State, including tales of his latest, “Ladybeard,”the trailer for which you will see in the next episode of Radio Free Charleston.

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Monday Morning Art: Streetworks “Deco Pop”

For the third year in a row, I have been honored to be asked to contribute to the East End Main Street Streetworks public art program. The last two years, the contributing artists designed bricks which were installed on Charleston’s historic East End. This year, EEMS is aiming higher. The contributing artists for 2012 are designing 36″ round signs which will be mounted on lamposts on the East End, creating a mile-long outdoor art gallery.

My piece is called “Deco Pop,” and depicts a beautiful Art Deco building on Washington Street, in the style of a post-Atomic Age ice cream wrapper graphic. I’ve loved the look of the West Virginia School Service Personnel building since it was the home of The State Theater, back when I was growing up. It’s one of the most distinctive facades on the East End.

Next week in this space, I will show you the process I used to create this design. This week is just a teaser for the auction.

Did I not mention the auction? On Sunday, June 17, the original artwork chosen to be displayed on this public art project will be auctioned at a gala event. The project started in 2009 and made Washington Street, East a mile-long art gallery. Each image, based on the locally designed original pieces up for auction, is displayed in beautiful presentation on large circular signs along Washington Street, East.

The artworks were created in a variety of different media. My digital design is printed on a one-of-a-kind aluminum sheet. At the auction, local musical talent will be showcased along with Mr. Ted Brightwell as the evening’s auctioneer. Cost: $25 (admission includes beer, wine, and hors d’oeuvres). Starting today, you can find out how to bid early on the artworks at a special Facebook page.

Sunday Evening Video: From 2006, RFC Number 3

For our video viewing tonight, we’re dipping into the RFC vault for a treat from our early days, newly-polished for your happy enjoyment.

From August, 2006, this is the third episode of Radio Free Charleston, restored and remastered. This early edition of RFC features a solo performance by Eduardo Canelon, of Duo Divertido and Comparsa fame, plus a vintage video from Charleston legends, Three Bodies.

Also in this show, is the first installment of “Pentagram Flowerbox” by Third Mind Incarnation (restored to the show for the first time since 2007) and the short film, “The Alien Threat” by Frank Panucci.

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The PopCulteer
June 1, 2012

We’ve got a mixed bag of neat stuff this week, a play, RFC 159, Popeye, and IWA East Coast,  so let’s dive in…

Einstein and God

The new play by Dan Kehde and The Contemporary Youth Arts Company opened last night at the WVSU Capitol Center Theater. Your PopCulteer did not make it to opening night, but given Kehde’s track record, I’m sure that “Einstein And God” will be a thought-provoking and throroughly entertaining night of theater. I’m hoping to catch it next week.

The plot, according to CYAC, is this, “In 1937, with the threat of arrest and imprisonment looming, German intellectual Hermann Strasser abandons his homeland and escapes to America with his wife and two granddaughters; his son and daughter-in-law choosing to stay behind. Settling in the university town of Princeton, New Jersey, he begins a new life as the town baker, while his granddaughters Magdalena, 16 and Emilia, 12, begin their education in public school. As the war approaches and news arrives that their father has become an officer in the German army, the girls are forced to decide between allegiance to their parents or to the friends and lovers in their new-found home.

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