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The PopCulteer May 16, 2014
Top O Rock Update
The news this week is that there is no news since we wrote last week about Top O Rock, the historic home of architect Henry Elden that is in imminent danger of being demolished. Rumors are flying, but nothing solid has been confirmed.
One company has publicly made what I consider to be unprofessional comments, hinting that they have a contract to demolish the structure (why would anyone want to claim that job?), but nothing has been announced. The only development is the cool design for a possible fundraising T Shirt by Mark Wolfe Design (seen at the top of this post).
The issue is that, if anyone would take on the task of saving Top O Rock, they are instantly going to have to cough up huge amounts of money to secure the structure. The owners, Dr. and Mrs, Rashid, seem to want to find some entity to whom they could donate the building, but they have to find someone who can afford to take it.
If the Rashids can stop the bleeding–and they have hired 24 hour security to prevent any further vandalism–then maybe we can plead with the city to delay any demolition so we buy some extra time to find a way to rescue this architectural treasure from the wrecking ball.
If Charleston can’t save something as precious as Top O Rock, then maybe we really do deserve the “most miserable city in America” label.
Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School
Coal River Film Festival
The Colesmouth Concert Series strings up a show by just fiddling around.
The Boulevard Tavern welcomes a local supergroup, Super Double Buzz to the stage at 10 PM with a five-dollar cover.
At 11 PM, The Empty Glass plays host to Mickey and The Bonepickers, with a seven-dollar cover.
It’s a day of dueling pediatric medical benefits.
The Empty Glass hosts their annual Juvenile Diabetes Concert starting at 8 PM. There will be a silent auction throughout the night, while we listen to some extremely talented musicians. those performing will be: Smith and Co., The Needful Things, Spurgie Hankins Band, The Super Heroes, No Pretty Pictures and By the Wayside. There will be a minimum donation of $7 at the door. But before that…
Meanwhile, starting at noon, it’s ECMC’s annual “Kick Cancer For Kids” show at the Eagles Club. This show wraps up at 8 PM, so if you really want to, you can shoot across town after kicking cancer and make it to the Empty Glass, and wind up helping a buttload of sickly children.
Or you can go to the After show show at the Blue Parrot at 9 PM. All proceeds go to pediatric cancer research.
If that’s not your cup of tea, Fletcher’s Grove and Beggar’s Clan will be presented as this month’s “D Street Concert” at The LaBelle Theater at 6:30 PM.
That’s it for this week. Keep checking PopCult for all you pop cultural needs. And remember, next week the Bookshelf and Toybox will trade days so I can present my review of Danny Boyd’s graphic novel, “Carbon,” a day before the big book signing.