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September’s ArtWalk

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September 20, 2013

It’s ArtWalk photo essay time, but first I want to remind everyone that there are two more chances for you to see The Tennessee Williams Project at The Alban Arts Center. Tonight and Tomorrow at 8 PM. We caught it last night, and it’s an impeccably-acted introduction to the works of Williams. Leah Turley and Even Wilson are amazing. Any serious fan of live theater should make it a point to catch this show.

Also, ShockaCon is here! Look for schedule updates later today, here in PopCult.

Now, on to the ArtWalk pictures. We only made it to six galleries, since we were shooting before the official start of ArtWalk. Next month we will try to hit more of them.

The Purple Moon

The Purple Moon has expanded into the space next door, and now encompasses Modern by Design. Check out the new area and a quick pick of their current Pat and Helen Hamilton Collection exhibit.


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Avast, Ye Maties!

Talk_Like_a_Pirate_DayIn honor of International Talk Like A Pirate Day, here’s a bonus performance by The Dread Crew of Oddwood, singing the song that shares their name, recorded the same night as their song in RFC 190.

The PopCult Bookshelf 

The Best of Milligan & McCarthy
22802by Peter Milligan and Brendan McCarthy
Dark Horse Books
ISBN: 978-1-61655-153-7

This handsome volume from Dark Horse collects almost all of the works done in collaboration by Peter Milligan and Brendan McCarthy. Those two were at the forefront of the “British Invasion” of comic book creators in the 1980s, and this collection shows why. No other creative team has so thoroughly blended the punk rock ethos with surrealistic psychedlica as Milligan and McCarthy.

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Day of the DREDD


Today, September 18, there is a massive awareness drive across the internet to implore the movie’s producers to make a sequel to last year’s Judge Dredd film. DREDD didn’t gross much in theaters, but it has been a huge, and profitable, hit on DVD and Blu Ray.

“On 18th September, we’re encouraging everyone to take part in a massive DREDD SEQUEL DAY OF ACTION – we’ve already made the moneymen who could get behind a sequel sit up and take notice by consistently keeping the DVD and Blu-Ray in the charts on Amazon and now on Netflix.

We’re asking everyone who’s signed the petition to come together Wednesday and drive DREDD back up the charts – if everyone who’s signed the petition bought an extra DVD or Blu-Ray (either for themselves or as a present for a friend) or rented/bought it on iTunes and Netflix it will send the loudest signal yet that WE WANT MORE DREDD!

So spread the word that on Wednesday 18th September, you’re going to bring DREDD back into the public eye! Plus, it’s the day that the new comic book sequel comes out, with lots of media attention planned for this and the campaign.”

So there you go, citizen. Do your part.

Here’s what Judge Dredd himself, Karl Urban, has to say…


Thursday night at The Alban Arts Center, a new theatrical troupe makes its debut.  Appalachian Artists Collective’s  premier performance, The Tennessee Williams Project, is a collection of Tennessee Williams scenes including: Talk to Me Like the Rain, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, This Property is Condemned and Summer and Smoke. Performances are Sept. 19-21 at The Alban Arts and Conference Center at 8PM. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.

According to the Facebook Event page, what started as an acting exercise for Leah Turley and Evan Parker Alan Wilson turned into a full fledged theatre piece. Turley and Wilson loved the material so much they decided to produce it as AAC’s first performance.

This non-linear performance examines the romantic relationships seen throughout Williams’ work. Turley and Wilson play a total of eight characters across four locales. All set piece and costume changes happen in scene and are performed by the actors.

Mel and I plan to be there for the Appalachian Artists Collective’s premier performance of The Tennessee Williams Project. “Theatre for Appalachians, by Appalachians. ” AAC is a for-profit company. Each artist is paid for their participation.

The PopCult Toybox

200px-Yvonne_Craig_BatgirlJust a brief update edition of The PopCult Toybox this week, folks.


First up, in a statment released to the 1966 Batman Message Board, Yvonne Craig, who played Batgirl, announced that she has finally signed a deal for her likeness to be used in Batman merchandise:

“Hey Bat Fans!

To all of you who’ve been asking: I’m pleased to announce that I’ve just signed a licensing agreement with Warner Brothers so expect to see Batgirl toys etc. on the market in the very near future. I look forward to seeing what they make.

Best Bat Wishes!

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Image4Radio Free Charleston 190, “Shark Shirt,” includes music from The Renfields, Decomposing in Paris, The Dread Crew of Oddwood and Snakebox. There is also a new Prelinger film by Frank Panucci. The show is hosted at The Haunted Barn and in front of the ShockaCon Hearse, to call attention to the upcoming Horror and Science Fiction Convention, ShockaCon.

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Help Commit “Suicide 5”

sue 5 001Suicide 5” is about five people willing to die for what they perceive to be immortality.

These five draft Mason, a young sculptor with crippling social anxiety disorder, as a reluctant judge. His mission is to record and rate every participants’ performance. Mason watches as his friends die one by one, each more horribly than the last. Accusations of unoriginality, infidelity, and plagiarism make the already surreal competition even more horrifying.

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