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Burgers, Big Daddy and Captain Action

The PopCulteer
October 12, 2012  

It’s a mixed bag of coolness this week, so let’s dive in, shall we?

Rockin’ Robin’s First Anniversary

One year ago, Rockin Robin’s Burgers and Shakes opened in Clendenin, and they’ve been a catering presence supporting the local music scene ever since. Saturday they’re putting on all-day outdoor show with music and contests, and with a beautiful Fall day predicted by the Mational Weather Service, it should be one of the highlights of a very cool weekend.

A Hot Dog Eating Contest kicks things off at Noon, while a Costume Contest will be judged at 5 PM. At 3 PM there will be a Pumpkin carving Contest.

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Monday Morning Art: Onward Wayward Girls.

The Wayward Girls School of Burlesque made their debut September 29 at The Empty Glass, dancing to music from Pepper Fandango. We’ll have news on their next performance here soon. That’s a digital painting of the School’s headmistriss, Penny Maple, above.

Follow the jump for digital paintings inspired by Elle Xombeah, Lavender Menace, Lili Lugosi, Kitty Killton and Pepper Fandango herself. And you can click the images for larger versions.

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Sunday Evening Video: RFC 170

Watch it again. It’s good!

Shocka Con In Photos

The PopCulteer
October 5, 2012  

Happy Horror Time

The first-ever Shocka Con took place last Saturday on D Street in South Charleston, and it was a rousing success, exceeding all expecations. Organizers said that they’d be happy with 300 to 800 attendees, and instead upwards of 2,500 people showed up at various points during the day-long, mostly free event.

This was the first year for the Horror/Sci Fi Con, and because it was first conceived only a few months ago, plans were scaled back from a standard three-day convention to a one-day event based around South Charleston’s Mound, with films shown at The Labelle Theater and seminars at The South Charleston Public Library, just a coouple of blocks down D Street.

The even was free, but donations were accepted so they can get an early start on next year’s convention. While next year’s Shocka Con is expected to be a more conventional convention, I’m hoping that some of the cool elements that made this year’s show such a success are retained. The Monster Parade and free concert were hugely popular.

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Radio Free Charleston 170, “Regular Show Shirt,” is a valentine to Budget Tapes and Records, the legendary music and lifestyle emporium that is celebrating forty years of serving area music fans from their Kanawha City location. Our host segments originate from Budget, and we even have two songs by Farnsworth, recorded on location at the release party for their new EP at Budget.

RFC 170 also brings viewers a song from the Contemporary Youth Arts Company production of the Dan Kehde/Mark Scarpelli original, “The Legend of Ginger and Billy Joe: The Stock Car Musical,” as well as animation and a found film compilation by Frank Panucci.

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We are going back to the Dr. Sketchy’s well one more time this week with three more images from last month’s Steampunk Session. Above you see Denny, below you will find Ophelia Darc and Vorel Sarkany. This month Dr. Sketchy’s will feature Vampirella during their regular session, and they’ll also have a presence at CharCon. We’ll bring you more details as the dates approach.

As always, click the images of these digital paintings to see larger versions.

Also, don’t forget that Radio Free Charleston 170, originating from Budget Tapes and Records, with music from Farnsworth and “The Stock Car musical,” goes live tonight here at PopCult.