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Stuff To Do November 6-9

Because of a very busy schedule this week, we’re cramming several days worth of Stuff To Do into one post. This will bring you the highlights of the cool things in town happening from Wednesday to Sunday, but I’m sure we’ll miss a few, so be sure to pick up a Charleston Gazette on Thursday and check out the articles and the calendar listings.


Luice, taking a different kind of picture
Luice, taking a different kind of picture

Wednesday the sixth, Charleston pays tribute to an institution before she steps down. Lucie Mellert has been photographing the “On The Town” feature for the Sunday Gazette-Mail for decades. Now she’s retiring and will
soon be moving to be closer to her son for health reasons. Lucie’s tireless coverage of community events has helped untold charitable organizations raise money for their cause and build visibility in the community.

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The PopCult Toybox: New Gross Boardgames

Back in the 1960s there was an explosion of bizarre and creative toys available. The Baby Boom was still in full swing and toy safety laws were still a decade away.

transogramcompanyvigSome of the weirdest and most memorable board games of the era came from a toy company known as Transogram. Among their most gimmicky games were Green Ghost and Ka-Bala (yes, a board game based on Jewish Mysticism and Tarot). Transogram was also a pioneer of pointless licensing, releasing board games based on almost every television show from the 1960s that you can think of…Dragnet, The Monkees, Hogans Heroes, Jonny Quest, Perry Mason…the list in endless. Transogram is a topic for a whole future edition of The PopCult Toybox.

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Image8The fifth RFC MINI SHOW also marks the fifth week that we bring you music recorded at Shocka-Con in September. Our music this week comes from HarraH, one of the top metal bands in Charleston.

Image6HarraH performs “Bloodmoon” and “Sawney Beane,” live from the stage on Beauregard Street outside the Haunted Barn. The correct title of the second song is “Sawney Beane,” the tale of a Scottish patriarch of a cannibal family. It’s misspelled on screen in the show. If you read PopCult regularly, you will be kept up to date on HarraH’s upcoming shows.

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samuel in hades

This week’s art is a digital abstract painting I call “Samuel In Hades.” There isn’t really much else to say about it. Either you like it or you don’t. If you would like to see this painting come to life via animation, please feel free to do so, and send me the results. I’d sorta like to see that too. Click the image for a larger version.

Sunday Evening Videos: Music History

This is the closest we could get to a photo of George Harrison with Adam Ant, sorry.
This is the closest we could get to a photo of George Harrison with Adam Ant, sorry.

On this day in 1954, Adam Ant was born…

He’s still making music, by the way…

And in 1967, “Blue Jay Way” was filmed for The Beatles “Magical Mystery Tour…

This ends Adam Ant’s connection to The Beatles. Well, except for the whole taking his band name from an insect thing, anyway.


RFC Flashback: Episode Nine

“Duh Nuh Nuh Nuh Nuh Nuh Nuh Nuh Nuh Nuh Nuh Nuh Nuh Nuh Nuh Nuh BATMAN Shirt,” henceforth known simply as “Batman Shirt,” was episode 9 of Radio Free Charleston and originally appeared November 14, 2006, and was our Thanksgiving show.

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I’m Tired but There’s Stuff To Do

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November 1, 2013

This week your PopCulteer is going to bring you a stream-of-concsiousness series of short items, most of which are going to be Weekend Stuff To Do notes. This is just another way to mix things up, and it’s also a way to allow your PopCulteer to walk away from the faulty computer monitor that’s driving him crazy at the moment. As I write this, the monitor menu is continually flashing in the middle of the screen. A new monitor will solve this problem shortly.

You may not have noticed this, but there has been at least one (and many times more) post here in PopCult every day since our eighth anniversary on August 28th. I’m going to try and maintain this pace, but that means that some days the posts will not be quite as involved as on others.

Another reason for the short PopCulteer is that your humble correspondent had a late night last night, attending the War of the Worlds event at The Clay Center’s Electric Sky Theater. It was loads of fun, but it ran past midnight and the trip home made it an even later night. With All Hallow’s Eve behind us, today is the Day of the Dead, and to be honest, I’m feeling it.

The Electric Sky Theater is one of the most-underused facilities in town, and our host last night, William Rouse, hopes to raise the profile of this cool spot with some exciting projects in the new year. A note to bands: The Electric Sky Theater is interested in renting itself out for special events, and a CD release party would be pretty awesome there.

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