We’ve got a lot of scattershot times this week, so let’s kick it off, shall we?
The Alban Art and Conference Center production of William Shakespeare’s “Richard III” opens this weekend, and you should all go see it, probably more than once so you can wring all the Shakespeare out of it.
The production stars Jeff Bukovinksy as the slouchy monarch, and a cast of very talented local actors including Jessica Smith as Queen Elizabeth and Olivia Morris as Lady Anne. With the talents of Adam Bryan, John Johnson IV, William Rouse, Josh, Fix, Chris Terpening, Mandy Petry, John Halstead, Norman Clerc, Nikki Williams, Ethan Lyvers, Kelly West, Aaron Shepard, Brooke Hirst, Jadon Batista, Kyle Casto, Lauren Casto and Asa Lyvers. Last but not least, my fiancee, Melanie Larch as Queen Margaret.
Director Marlette Carter has put together a fantastic production, but don’t take my word for it. I may be a bit biased. Check out this review, then go see the show, February 22, 23 and March 1, 2 at 8 PM or February 24 and March 3 at 2 PM. Tickets are a mere fifteen bucks for world-class Shakespearing, ten bucks only for students or seniors.
Stuff To Do
Of course, the number one event this weekend is Richard III, but if you’re looking for live music on the nights that you aren’t soaking up the Bard, here’s what you got…
Cover-free music includes Songwriter Stage at The Daily Cup on D Street in South Charleston, with Katrina Brown, Casi Null and Raj Punsugree, from 6 PM to 9PM. At Bruno’s on Leon Sullivan Way, it’s C&S Railroad, starting at 9 PM. Steve Clever hosts the Friday Night Jam at The Sound Factory starting at 10 PM. Rick Perdue will be at Timothy’s, downstairs from The Quarrier Diner at 10 PM.
Music with a price tag includes Holy Smoke at Sam’s Uptown Cafe, with a five-dollar cover, starting at 10 PM. Lefty Williams will be at The Empty Glass at 11 PM, with the EG seven-dollar cover with a two-dollar discount if you’re early.
Free music Saturday is Sean Richardson at Bluegrass Kitchen at 7 PM. The Return at Timothy’s at 9 PM.
Monied shows on Saturday start off at 5:30 with Time and Distance, The McGees, Motion Theater, The Veggies and A Summer Apart at Rock Lake Community Life Center in South Charleston, with a seven-dollar cover for this all-ages show. On the bar circuit, The McGees pull double-duty supporting The Ultimatums at The Empty Glass starting at 11 PM, for the usual EG 7/5 cover.
You can catch a matinee of “Richard III” at the Alban.
Next week in PopCult we’ll have the usual videos, art, toys, books and other stuff. Come back and read it, do.