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Gift Guide: Three Broadway Cast Albums

For the next entry in The 2019 PopCult Gift Guide I’m turning the reigns over to Mrs. PopCulteer, the host of Curtain Call on The AIR, Mel Larch.

Each week Mel brings listeners the best of musical theater on her show, and Wednesday at 3 PM on Curtain Call The AIR will bring you three hours of cast albums that feature three hot shows currently running on Broadway. It’s oe of our most popular shows, and Mel has some gift ideas for fans of musical theater.

You can hear Curtain Call at The AIR’s website, or on this singularly sensational embedded player…

Now I turn the PopCult reins over to Mel…

Do you have a musical theatre fan on your holiday gift list? Tickets for Broadway or touring productions can be difficult or expensive to acquire, but an Original Cast Recording can be a great way for them to experience a new show or a new interpretation of a classic. This year, our Curtain Call gift picks include cast recordings of the shows that won the Tony for Best Musical and Best Revival of a musical, along with another new musical based on a beloved Tim Burton film.

Hadestown: Original Broadway Cast

No one musical dominated the Broadway landscape in 2019 like Hamilton did in 2016, but Hadestown came pretty close. The show began its journey to Broadway over a decade ago with Anaïs Mitchell’s concept album, featuring guest vocals from Ani DiFranco, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and Ben Knox Miller (The Low Anthem). In the years that followed, Hadestown had fully staged productions at Manhattan’s New York Theatre Workshop, Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre, and the National Theatre in London.

Hadestown opened in April 2019 to critical acclaim and went on to win 8 Tony Awards, including Best Score and Best Musical. This intertwining of two mythic tales–that of young lovers Orpheus and Eurydice and King Hades and his wife, Persephone–combined with a score influenced by indie folk, pop, and blues takes you on a hell-raising journey to the Underworld and back.

Hadestown: The Original Broadway Cast recording was produced by Grammy winner David Lai (the 2009 West Side Story cast recording) alongside Todd Sickafoose and the show’s composer Anais Mitchell and represents the Broadway show in its entirity. It features performances by Reeve Carney (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark), Tony nominees Eva Noblezada (Miss Saigon), Patrick Page (Spring Awakening) and Amber Gray (Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812), and Andre De Shields (The Wiz) in his Tony winning performance as Hermes. This deluxe 2-CD set comes with a 64 page booklet that includes the full libretto and breathtaking production photos.

If going to the mall this time of year makes you feel like you’re on the Road To Hell, you can click the title above to find it at Amazon.

Oklahoma! 2019 Broadway Cast Recording

When Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! opened on Broadway in 1943, it reinvented the American musical as we knew it. Now, over 75 years later, director Daniel Fish’s production, which is currently running at New York’s Circle in the Square Theater, reimagines the show for the 21st century. Stripped down to reveal the darker psychological truths at the heart of the show, this Oklahoma! tells the story of a community circling its wagons against an outsider and the violence of the frontier that shaped America. By turns funny, sexy, dark and even terrifying, Fish’s upending of the sweet romance of farm girl Laurey and cowboy Curly allows this classic show–and our country–to be seen in a whole new light.

Long story short, this production–which won the 2019 Tony Award for Best Revival of a musical–ain’t your Grandma’s Oklahoma!

This cast recording is produced by Dean Sharenow and Daniel Kluger. Kluger also created the new, stripped down orchestrations of this classic score and you will hear them on this recording, along with performances by Rebecca Naomi Jones, Damon Daunno, Patrick Vaill, Mary Testa, James Davis, and Ali Stroker with her Tony winning performance as Ado Annie. This CD only runs 59 minutes, but does include 2 songs not usually recorded in Oklahoma! cast recordings. If the musical theatre fan on your gift list would enjoy something a little daring, click on the title above to find this recording of Oklahoma! at Amazon.

And if you really want to give them an early holiday present, you can give them tickets to the Charleston Light Opera Guild’s current production of Oklahoma! on November 15, 16, & 22 at 7:30 PM and November 24 at 2:00 PM. All performances are at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center Little Theatre and this production is done as a “traditional” staging of the show. Tickets are available online HERE:

Beetlejuice Original Broadway Cast Recording

It’s showtime! The ghost-with-the-most comes to the stage in this edgy and irreverent musical comedy based on Tim Burton’s dearly beloved film. BEETLEJUICE tells the story of Lydia Deetz, a strange and unusual teenager obsessed with the whole “being dead thing.”

Lucky for Lydia, her new house is haunted by a recently deceased couple and Beetlejuice, a delightful demon with a real zest for life, played by two-time Tony Award nominee Alex Brightman (School of Rock). When Lydia calls on Beetlejuice to scare away anyone with a pulse, this double-crossing demon shows his true stripes, unleashing a (Nether)world of pandemonium, and the biggest sandworm Broadway has ever seen.

Produced by Matt Stine, the show’s director, Alex Timbers, Eddie Perfect (who received a Tony nomination for his score for Beetlejuice) and Kurt Deutsch, this recording features 18 songs on one disc. The show’s score also includes Day-O (The Banana Boat Song) and Jump In The Line which were musical highlights of the original Burton film.

You don’t have to say Beetlejuice three times to get this cast recording. Just click on the title above.

All three of these shows are currently running on Broadway and these cast recordings would make great gifts for the musical theatre lover on your holiday shopping list. You ca hear highlights of all three of these shows from 3 PM to 6 PM Wednesday on The AIR.

Curtain Call can be heard every Wednesday at 3 PM, with replays Thursday at 8 AM and 8 PM, Friday at 10 AM and Saturday at 6 PM. An all-night marathon of Curtain Call episodes can be heard Wednesday nights, beginning at Midnight, and an additional marathon can be heard Sunday evenings from 6 PM to midnight..

Gift Guide: Pick It Up-Ska In The 90s

In honor of Steven Allen Adams’ Ska program, NOISE BRIGADE, joining the lineup on The AIR today, our next entry in The 2019 PopCult Gift Guide is Pick It Up,-Ska In The 90′s, a documentary that Steven talks about in the first episode of his show.

Pick It Up! is a documentary film about the rise in popularity of ska music in the 1990s led by bands like The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Reel Big Fish, No Doubt, and Sublime. The goal of the film is to tell that story from a wide variety of points of view

The film is narrated by Tim Armstrong, who was a memberof Operation Ivy, one of the pioneers of Third Wave Ska, and later was lead vocalist and guitarist for the band Rancid.

The film features exclusive interviews with members of tons of Third Wave Ska bands, including a few who moved on beyond Ska later in their careers. You’ll hear from members of The Aquabats, Blink-182, Buck-O-Nine, Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, Fishbone, Less Than Jake, The Mad Caddies, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, No Doubt, Oingo Boingo, Reel Big Fish, Save Ferris, The Selecter, Skankin’ Pickle, The Skatalites, Smashmouth, The Specials, Sublime, The Toasters, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, and dozens of other super rad ska related people. It’s cool to see some of the pioneers of Second-Wave (Two-Tone) Ska and New Wave included in the mix.

This is the perfect gift for the lover of Ska on your shopping list, or for any impressionable kid whose mind you want to shape into becoming a connoisseur of fine, danceable and diverse rock music.

You can order the movie on DVD or Blu Ray at the movie’s store page. It’s expected to ship on November 18, but you’ll also get a downloadable copy that may be available sooner (but which is a pain to wrap). The Blu Ray has over 90 minutes of bonus material inlcuding deleted scenes, outtakes and more.

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TuesdayThe AIR is proud to welcome a new show, NOISE BRIGADE, a showcase for Ska Music hosted by our old friend Steven Allen Adams, to our schedule. For the time being, NOISE BRIGADE will share the Tuesday 2 PM timeslot, alternating weeks with Nigel Pye’s Psychedelic Shack. Eventually Steven plans to take the show weekly, and when that happens, Psychedelic Shack will move to Mondays.

Also Tuesday on The AIR we deliver new episodes of Radio Free Charleston and The Swing Shift to our loyal listeners. You may point your cursor over and tune in at the website, or you could just stay on this page, and  listen to this happy little embedded radio player…

Steven is a major-league Ska aficianado, and he’ll be treating our listeners to the best of Third Wave, modern and even Two-Tone Ska music,. He did the show elswhere before, but now he’s on The AIR. It’s great to have Steven on board here at The AIR, and it’s great to have a dedicated Ska program back on our internet station’s schedule, two years after Dexter Checkers stepped down from Ska Madness due to health issues.

To help welcome Steven to The AIR family, later today we’ll feature an item in The 2019 PopCult Gift Guide that Steven talks about in his show. Check PopCult around Noon to see what I’m talking about.

NOISE BRIGADE will alternate weeks with Psychedelic Shack Tuesday’s at 2 PM, with replays Wednesday at 11 AM, Thursday at 8 AM and 10 PM, Friday at Noon, Saturday at 10 AM, Sunday at 4 PM and Monday at 7 PM.

We also have a new Radio Free Charleston at 10 AM and 10 PM Tuesday. This week we’re bringing you another show made up entirely of audio taken from raw video that we shot for the RFC video show. This time you’ll hear The Big Bad from May, 2012, Hellblinki from May, 2010 and The Dad Horse Experience from November, 2010…all of them recorded live at The Empty Glass, presented with between-song banter, song fragments and other cool stuff.

As with our last video archive show, the YouTube version includes the raw video from which the audio was derived. It’s not color-corrected or heavily-edited, but if you want to see one camera angle of the performances, you can.

Radio Free Charleston can be heard Tuesday at 10 AM and 10 PM, with replays Thursday at 2 PM, Friday at 9 AM and 7 PM, Saturday at 11 AM and Midnight, Sunday at 1 PM and the next Monday at 8PM, exclusively on The AIR.

If you can’t listen to the stream on The AIR, we are now uploading the RFC radio show to YouTube (by popular demand). So you can listen to it here and watch the video, if you want…

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Next up in the 2019 PopCult Gift Guide are two great restored movies that are currently available at a bargain price at Barnes & Nobel. Criterion is a company that releases high-quality, remastered and restored movies on DVD and Blu Ray with tons of bonus features. They always do a fantastic presentation and their product is usually more expensive and well worth the price.

The Criterion Collection is a veritable movie museum, preserving masterpieces of cinema for generations of movie fans, many yet to be born. Their editions of films feature the best possible picture and sound, and are the ultimate presentation of significant examples of filmmaking.

For a very short period, Barnes & Noble has their Criterion releases for 50% off, which brings them down to normal prices. Two of those releases are well worth pointing out because they’re great gift ideas, and one of them was shot here in West Virginia.

Our Gift Guide recommendations for today are the Criterion Collection releases of John Sayles’ Matewan, and Bob Fosse’s All That Jazz. Both of these films are available as DVDs or Blu Ray sets.


A fantastic gift for anyone with an interest in real West Virginia history, Matewan is both a great movie by a master director, and a much-needed lesson of a shameful part of our state’s story.

Written and directed by John Sayles, this wrenching historical drama recounts the true story of a West Virginia coal town where the local miners’ struggle to form a union rose to the pitch of all-out war in 1920. When Matewan’s miners go on strike, organizer Joe Kenehan (Chris Cooper, in his film debut) arrives to help them, uniting workers white and black, Appalachia-born and immigrant, while urging patience in the face of the coal company’s violent provocations.

With a crackerjack ensemble cast—including James Earl Jones, David Strathairn, Mary McDonnell, and Will Oldham—and Oscar-nominated cinematography by Haskell Wexler, Matewan taps into a rich vein of Americana with painstaking attention to local texture, issuing an impassioned cry for justice that still resounds today.


New 4K digital restoration, supervised by director John Sayles, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
Audio commentary from 2013 featuring Sayles and cinematographer Haskell Wexler
Two new documentaries on the making of the film featuring Sayles, producer Maggie Renzi, production designer Nora Chavooshian, and actors Chris Cooper, James Earl Jones, Mary McDonnell, Will Oldham, and David Strathairn
New interview with composer Mason Daring
Short documentary on the impact that Matewan’s production had on West Virginia
New program on the film’s production design featuring Chavooshian
PLUS: An essay by critic A. S. Hamrah

All That Jazz

With legendary choreographer/director Bob Fosse back in the spotlight due to the recent FX series, Fosse/Verdon, new fans need to see Fosse’s own, fictionalized, account of his life.

The preternaturally gifted director and choreographer Bob Fosse turned the camera on his own life for this madly imaginative, self-excoriating musical masterpiece. Roy Scheider gives the performance of his career as Joe Gideon, whose exhausting work schedule—mounting a Broadway production by day and editing his latest movie by night—and routine of amphetamines, booze, and sex are putting his health at serious risk.

Fosse burrows into Gideon’s (and his own) mind, rendering his interior world as phantasmagoric spectacle. Assembled with visionary editing that makes dance come alive on-screen as never before, and overflowing with sublime footwork by the likes of Ann Reinking, Leland Palmer, and Ben Vereen, All That Jazz pushes the musical genre to personal depths and virtuosic aesthetic heights.


New 4K digital restoration, with 3.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
Audio commentary featuring editor Alan Heim
Selected-scene audio commentary by actor Roy Scheider
New interviews with Heim and Fosse biographer Sam Wasson
New conversation between actors Ann Reinking and Erzsebet Foldi
Episode of the talk show Tomorrow from 1980, featuring director Bob Fosse and choreographer Agnes de Mille
Interviews with Fosse from 1981 and 1986
On-set footage
Portrait of a Choreographer, a 2007 documentary on Fosse
The Soundtrack: Perverting the Standards, a 2007 documentary about the film’s music
Interview with George Benson from 2007, about his song “On Broadway,” which opens the film
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Hilton Als

Click the movie titles for links to the Barnes and Noble sale prices. Once the sale is over, you might come close to the bargain deals at Amazon. Both gifts are perfect for the sophisticated film fan on your holiday shopping list.

A few weeks ago Mark Evanier wrote in his blog about the Blackwing Palamino Pencil, which was the weapon of choice for people like Chuck Jones, Stephen Sondheirm and John Steinbeck.

Blackwing pencils were originally introduced by the Eberhard Faber Pencil Company in the 1930s. Their cult following included several insanely talented artists and writers.

Despite this following, they fell victim to cost cutting measures in the 1990s and were discontinued. But, that didn’t stop devotees from paying as much as $40 per pencil to seize unused stock. In 2010, a new company drew from nearly a century of experience in the pencil business to access the best materials in the world and bring Blackwing back for a new generation of writers, musicians, and others seeking a more natural existence.

Today, a portion of every Blackwing sale benefits music and arts education at the K-12 level.

As an artist who is in the midst of transitioning back from digital art to real physical art after dealing with hand paralysis for a few years, I decided to order some and try them out.

I was very impressed by the quality of this pencil, and how easy it is on my hands. You can see work I created with their basic soft-graphite pencil HERE and HERE, so I’m recommending a cool starter set that you can order directly from the new Blackwing company. These pencils are not cheap. The ones I got ran around two bucks a pop, but they are worth every penny. The Blackwing Starting Point Set is the perfect way to introduce the artist or maker in your life to the world of Blackwing.

4 Blackwing pencils with a range of Soft, Balanced, Firm and Extra-firm graphite
2 Point Guards that keep your pencil from breaking on the go
1 Black Long Point Sharpener that uses a two-step process to first sharpen the wood before precision sharpening the graphite
2 packs of our Replacement Erasers to ensure your pencil is always functional

You can order this set for just under $35, direct from Blackwing, and you can browse their store for other pencils, accesories and limited edition sets. Their pencils can also be found at Amazon and Dick Blick.

If the person on your holiday shopping list becomes a fan, you can give them new Blackwing Palamino pencils every year! Recommended for artists, writers and musicians.


This week I’m back to using the Blackwing Palamino pencil. You’ll be reading more about that particular drawing implement later today in The 2019 PopCult Gift Guide. I am falling in love with this soft, smooth line.

For this exercise in pencil discipline, I used one of my own images from the 2010 Stark Charleston animated short that I made for the 100th episode of Radio Free Charleston. Based on a photo I took while driving across the South Side Bridge into Charleston. I brought up the photo on the computer screen and sketched out the outlines, then finished it on the kitchen table, in a traditional artist’s hunched-over position.  I’m really enjoying having the use of my hands again.

If you wish, you can click this image to see it bigger.

Meanwhile, over in radio-land, Monday on The AIR, our Monday Marathon presents eight hours of Sydney’s Big Electric Cat starting at 7 AM. At 3 PM we are expecting to bring you am encore episode of Prognosis from a couple of months ago. Tomorrow The AIR will proudly welcome a new program from an old friend to the lineup. We’ll tell you about that Tuesday morning.

You can listen to The AIR at the website, or on this embedded radio player…

Also, some time after noon today you can expect the next entry in The 2019 PopCult Gift Guide. The plan is to recommend at least three gifts for you later Monday, with multiple entries each day.

We have our first combo post in The 2019 PopCult Gift Guide, as we re-recommend Rick Wakeman’s Gastank DVD set, which was originally a pick in The 2017 Gift Guide. Now we can embed a sample above, the very first episode, in fact, and give you a better idea of what the show is about.It’s still available from Amazon, and it’s still a delight to watch.

Gastank was a television show that aired between 1982–1983 on Channel 4 in the UK. Hosted by Rick Wakeman and Tony Ashton the show featured a mix of interviews with 1970s musicians and impromptu performances where the guest artist would join Rick and his house band in playing re-arranged versions of their classic songs, or entirely new pieces created for the show.

The format is very informal with the setting likened to a bar where Wakeman would interview the guest over a drink or five, followed by their performance in front of a small studio audience sitting in groups at tables. Wakeman would frequently refer to the show as a bit of a drunken clubhouse with music. During its run, the show featured guests as diverse as:- Rick Parfitt, Ian Paice, Steve Hackett, Maggie Bell, Roy Wood, Andy Fairweather Low, John Entwistle, Godley and Creme, Suzy Quatro, Donovan, The Strawbs, Eric Burdon, Chris Farlowe, Frankie Millar, Phil Lynott, Alvin Lee, and many others.

Released first time on DVD in 2017,  all of the episodes of Gastank are available for the first time in the United States ever, and also for the first time since they were initially aired in the UK. Rick Wakeman explains in the liner notes, “For many years, many of you have been asking us to release this material from the show I presented with Tony Ashton back in the early 80’s. Gastank was an opportunity for iconic musicians from different bands to get the opportunity to perform live together. I hope it brings back memories and for those not around when the programmes went out, enjoy some unique performances.”

The show is a blast, with musicians having fun, talking shop and playing the music they love. The easiest way to order it is through Amazon, where the price tends to fluctuate, but is always a bargain for two DVD’s packed full of every episode of the show.

The RFC Flashback: RFC MINI SHOW number Fourteen

This week we’re going back to February, 2014, for an episode of The RFC MINI SHOW featuring music that was recorded the previous November. This MINI SHOW brought you two songs from our old friends, Frenchy and The Punk.

This will be the last RFC Flashback for a couple of weeks, as we take time off for the 2019 PopCult Gift Guide, but we wanted to make it to this episode so we could remind everyone that Frenchy and The Punk have plenty of new music since the last time they graced the Radio Free Charleston video show with their presence, and it would make for a terrific gift or three for the lover of great, original, independent music on your holiday shopping list. Visit their online store, and buy up everything in sight. People will love you for it.

In this episode, we go back to a November 2013 session at The Empty Glass to revisit two songs that Frenchy and The Punk performed previously on Radio Free Charleston, only with new performances, “Birthday Fanfare” and “Yes, I’m French.”

Gift Guide: Burning Shed Records

Our next enty in the 2019 PopCult Gift Guide is for a very special record label/retailer located in the UK, Burning Shed Records. I’m telling you about them now so that, if you order from them, there will be plenty of time for your order to arrive. They do suggest that orders in the USA be placed before December 9.

Burning Shed was established in April 2001 by musicians Tim Bowness and Pete Morgan, who saw it as a modern version of such boutique record labels as 4AD, Factory, ECM, DGM and Mute. Burning Shed hosts the official online shops for Porcupine Tree, Lo-Fi Resistance, No-Man, OSI, Medium (Jansen, Barbieri and Karn), 21st Century Schizoid Band, Rothko, Roger Eno, Hugh Hopper and Hatfield and the North and many more. The label is also the official online distributor for Peaceville Records and the new post-progressive imprint Kscope (both Snapper Music divisions).

More recently, Burning Shed has become the host of official stores for Andy Partridge, King Crimson, Thomas Dolby, DGMLive, Bill Bruford, Jethro Tull and others, and that is largely why we’ve chosen the entire label, as our focus, since you can find a variety of exclusive releases from the worlds of prog-rock, art-rock, New Wave and avante garde musical artists. They also sell magazines like PROG, and have great shipping prices and special deals.

And because the UK is in such a state of chaos, the exchange rate is very favorable for US customers, so you might want to order before the UK general election in December, when things may stabilize.

As examples of the kind of niftiness in which Burning Shed trades, I’m going to recommend four recent releases that I have personally acquired for my collection.

The Dukes Of Stratosphear
Psurroundabout Ride

The Dukes, in case you didn’t know, were an alter ego for the band, XTC, who decided they wanted to make some psychedelic music that wasn’t exactly what their New Wave followers were used to hearing. So they created a fictional and and took psuedonyms and the result was a brilliant EP and full album that remain obscure and beloved by die-hard fans. Psurroundabout Ride gathers all of the Dukes’ material on a CD/Blu-Ray set, with both of the band’s albums (plus 2 extra tracks) remixed in stereo and 5.1 surround by Steven Wilson (approved by Andy Partridge). Produced by John Leckie (Swami Anand Nagara) and The Dukes.

This collection includes both albums + 2 extra tracks mixed in 5.1 surround by Steven Wilson on Blu-Ray and CD (with a final song up-mixed to surround using the Penteo audio system). They say that there are two extra tracks, but there were three tunes on the disc that I’d never heard before. The Blu-Ray includes all 19 songs in their original mixes in hi-res stereo; 18 songs appear in their new mixes in hi-res stereo; Complete demos from both albums & instrumental versions of album songs also feature in hi-res stereo on the Blu-Ray.

It’s a pretty remarkable collection (you can expect to hear a lot from it on The AIR in the coming weeks) and at £16.99 plus shipping, it’s very reasonable. You can order it HERE.

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The PopCulteer
November 8, 2019

We find ourselves at the end of the week, and we have a few cool things to tell you about.

First, however, I need to explain what’s going on with the 2019 PopCult Gift Guide. Some technical issues on my end have slowed down progress on the Gift Guide, and we haven’t been quite as prolific as planned. Later today we expect to publish a couple of new posts, but over this weekend we’ll probably cut down to one gift guide post per day, before kicking into high gear next Monday.

So bear with us. We already have several great gift suggestions posted for you, and we’ll be bringing you dozens more before we wrap things up on Thanksgiving.

Now, if you want to do some early holiday shopping, then check out the first of three cool weekend events happening in the area that I’m telling you about today.

The 2019 Mountain State Pop Expo

This one almost snuck up on me. Every year Dave Humphreys and his crew organize a celebration of pop culture featuring cosplay, comics, toys, collectibles and panels! All proceeds from this event go directly to the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia.

This year, as in previous years, it’s happening at the Holiday Inn & Suites Charleston West, located at 400 2nd Avenue SW, South Charleston. Oldtimers like me will remember this as the former Ramada Inn by the Interstate , not too far from “D” Street.

This year The Pop Expo is spread over two days. There are now two tabletop gaming areas (and you can buy custom MSPX dice). There’s also a raffle, with tons of fantastic items you can walk away with, like a cover sketch by Glen Brogan, a gift basket from the Flatwoods Monster Musuem (seen below), hand-made jewelry, gift certificates for stays at cool places and much, much more. There will also be door prizes given away every hour, with gift certificates from several local restaurants.

MSPX Panel Room Schedule

Saturday Nov. 9

10am-11am “Cosplay on a Budget – Making Great Cosplay Without the Great Expense” w/ Christian Foster
11am-2pm Advancing Wall of Doom’s “Ballroom Hoedown!”: Class & Party
2pm-3pm Third Floor Comics *LIVE* “Fantastic Floor Nerdcast”
3:30pm-4:30pm Final Form Fusion *LIVE*
5pm-6pm MSPX 2019 Cosplay Competition
6pm-Close The No Pants Players *LIVE*

Sunday Nov. 10

10am-12pm Untitled Goose Game *Live* Twitch w/ Advancing Wall of Doom
12pm-1pm MSPX 2019 Cosplay Lip Sync Battle
1pm-2pm MSPX 2019 Kids Costume Contest!
2pm-3pm Ghostbusters – West Virginia Division
3pm-4pm “World Building & Character Creation” w/ Joshua E.B. Smith
4pm-5pm IWA East Coast “*LIVE* Wrestling Round Table Discussion”
5pm-6pm RAFFLE TIME!!!

MSPX is always a fun time, and you can find lots of great holiday gifts for the cooler people on your shopping list. All the proceeds go to a great cause, and it’s only ten bucks to get in. (fifteen for both days)

What more do you need to know?

IWA East Coast Presents “American Psychos”

Friday night at the Kings Way Outreach Center in Nitro, just a day before their panel at the Mountain State Pop Expo, IWA East Coast runs another great wrestling show.
UFC Hall of Famer “The American Psycho” Stephan Bonnar will be in action. “The Reaper” Matt Conard defends the IWA: East Coast title against Jason “The Gift” Kincaid. IWA:East Coast tag champs Smokey C and “The Dark Child” Chance Prophet defend their titles against The Gym Nasty Boys. Chance Rizer faces Kobain, all this and more!
Check out the graphic below. It’s going to be a hot show.


All Star Wrestling’s Welcome to Badstreet USA

Saturday evening, you can head down the road to Madison for another night of great independent wrestling.

The Law Office Of Steve New State Farm Agent Scotty Brown and New Haven Church presents WELCOME TO BADSTREET USA, Live at the Madison Civic Center Madison WV.FEATURING WWE Alumni stars Carlito, James Ellsworth and The Man they call Gilberg!

Can you imagine the awesomeness? How can one arena hold both Gillberg and Ellsworth?

Also SRO, The Ugly Ducks, Huffmanly, Vance Desmond, Jack Manic, Dustin Alexzander Casey King and many more! Check out the graphic for more details.


And with that, your PopCulteer wraps up this week’s column and prepares to bring you more entries in The 2019 PopCult Gift Guide, along with all our other regular features.