The clip you see at the top of this post is our PopCult Instant Video of the 2012 HallowEast Zombie Walk, which took place less than 24 hours before this was posted. This year’s Zombie Walk started at Moxxee, the East End’s ultra-hip coffee shop, and meandered down Lee, Bradford, and Quarrier Streets before ending at the HallowEast Costume Crawl on the corner of Elizabeth and Washington Street. As always, it was tremendous fun seeing all the ghouls and zombies and zombie hunters come out for the annual shamble. One nice addition this year was that the route took our undead friends through a residential section and the residents played along just fine.
In this clip, you will see the Cemetery Knights hearses, Carl from “The Walking Dead,” a zombie chain gang, a zombie alien on a leash, a few zombie hunters, and a few wholesome zombie families. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. If you watch closely, you may even see East End Main Street’s Ric Cavender and HallowEast’s proud papa, Mark Wolfe, sprinkled among the rotting crowd.
Our music is part of a contest this year. The first person in the comments section who can identify the source of our music will get a free Basil Wolverton “Space Hawk” comic book, worth an estimated fifteen cents. Since YouTube now lets us get away with murder in terms of running times, in the next day or two we will probably post all our unedited raw footage, with no background music, so you can enjoy the unedited Zombie Walk experience and overhear all the inappropriate conversations that our cameras accidentally picked up.
It’s the weekend before Halloween and there’s just way the hell too much stuff to do in and around Charleston. Your Popculteer will be at the ArtMares reception tonight at Contemporary Galleries from 6 to 10 PM, where there will be beer, wine, and horsd’oeuvres, plus live music from Sean Sydnor. In addition to my work, nearly thirty other local artists (like Olivia Burch and Rebecca Recco, seen right) will be showing off their dark side with macabre, horror-themed works. The bulk of this week’s column is a photo essay devoted to the ArtMares exhibit.
But that’s not all that’s going on. It’s the fourth year for HallowEast and this year, they have combined with Festivall Fall to make sure that there are more really cool things going on at the same time than any one person could humanly attend. Tonight, while the ArtMares reception is going on, there will be a special Live On The Levee encore featuring Radio Free Charleston guests The Tom McGees and Qiet, plus two of Columbus’ ships. At 10 PM, the No Pants Players bring their filthy, dirty adult comedy to Timothy’s, downstairs at the Quarrier Diner.
It’s ArtWalk time, and…we didn’t do so good. Your PopCulteer managed to leave the house twice yesterday without his still camera. After I drove off the first time without it, I returned and was interrupted by one of those damnable political robo-calls (Really? West Virginians For Life wants me to vote for John Rases? They couldn’t find a more wrong tree up which to bark.) and left the house a second time without my trusty Canon.
I was armed with my Kodak Zi8, which I use for video. I’m not as happy with the still photos it takes, but it was too late to make another trip back home.
The reason I had the Zi8 was that I’d planned to shoot my ArtWalk photos quickly so that I could record the public debut of the Harpejji, an exotic intrument with 24 strings of wonder, which now resides in the hands of Maestro, Chuck Biel (seen above, right).
So we start off this week’s PopCulteer with a PopCult Instant Video of Chuck and his Harpejji, sitting in with another virtuoso, Sean Sydnor, recorded just last night at Capitol Roasters, in an ambient piece of wonder, with just a touch of animation by Frank Panucci. Then we’ll look at four stops on last night’s ArtWalk.
Radio Free Charleston’s 171st episode, “Skull Shirt,” is online now and it’s a doozy. This on- hour-five-minute compilation show brings you highlights from the first five years worth of Radio Free Charleston Halloween specials. Most of these shows were multi-part or bonus length epics and each year’s special was different in its own twisted little way.
ArtMares, the horror-themed art show, will once again be part of HallowEast this year, and I am proud to once again be incuded among the artists whose work will be on display. What you see above is a pencil study for the digital painting that became “Ghouls Night Out,” my new entry for this year’s exhibit. You may rememer this image from last year. You’ll have to wait to see which of the two fully-painted versions I posted as Monday Morning Art last year made it into ArtMares.
This image is based on a photo taken at the Halloween edition of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School last year. It features Lavendar Menace, Elle Xombeah, Vorel Sarkany and Penny Maple. This year’s Halloween Dr. Sketchy’s session happens Sunday, October 21 at Kanawha Players Theater, and the theme is Vampirella!
ArtMares opens at Contemporary Galleries on October 24 for a sneak preview. On Friday, October 26, an artist’s reception will be held at Contemporary Galleries with music from the incredible Sean Sydnor. For more details, check the HallowEast IV website.