Stories by Steven Uhles

Thursday, July 14, 2016

'Happy' is graceful film about healing, choosing happiness

Initially, Happy, a documentary about Augusta artist Leonard 'Porkchop' Zimmerman, was intended to be a much smaller film. The initial brief, in fact, was to produce a short feature focused on ...
By Steven Uhles

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Pop Rocks: Keen focus on Augusta's past could benefit future

Some 15 years after his untimely death, Joey Ramone is still imparting wisdom to those willing to listen, or at least walk past his wall. Allow me to explain.
By Steven Uhles

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Pop Rocks: Bullmoose needs more stage time

This week, I had the great pleasure to step back in time a bit. The scene - the Highlander, where this night I found Hound of Goshen extending a slot to Bullmoose, an act that had heretofore ...
By Steven Uhles

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Pop Rocks: With respect, I must disagree

Whether we like it or not, Facebook has become a de facto replacement for the town square. It is there we meet and greet our friends, discuss projects and plans and, on occasion, air grievances ...
By Steven Uhles

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Pop Rocks: It took a decade of positivity, but stolen art has turned up

While not quite the crime of the century, the disappearance of a matched set of paintings by Augusta-area artist Billy S. did have elements of a great heist story.
By Steven Uhles

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Pop Rocks: Aerobatic pilot lived life of enthusiasm

It feels a little like there is a hole in the sky. I met Greg Connell about eight years ago, choosing him as my primary profile for The Augusta Chronicle's coverage of the Boshear's Skyfest.
By Steven Uhles

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Isbell saddened by Haggard's loss, but will go on with show

What seemed a natural musical match - the master Merle Haggard and his fast-rising acolyte Jason Isbell - fell through when Merle Haggard, the country outlaw whose tales of common men dealing with ...
By Steven Uhles

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Pop Rocks: Latest book about James Brown is one-sided

Although beautifully written, often insightful and, when the subject turns to the subtle mechanics of music and how it is created, written with real skill and talent, Kill 'Em and Leave, James ...
By Steven Uhles

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Pop Rocks: Rock Fore! Dough featured earful of welcome surprises

There are a lot of things I have come to expect from Rock Fore! Dough. I, of course, expect Darius Rucker. What I don't expect is surprises.
By Steven Uhles

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Pop Rocks: Try one of downtown's hot spots

There are more than 20 bars within a mile of each other in downtown Augusta. They are, for the most part, located on Broad Street, the main thoroughfare that runs parallel to the Savannah River ...
By Steven Uhles

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Pop Rocks: Filmmakers keep Tuskegee history alive

You see, despite having been completed, screened, released and shared over the years, "In Their Own Words: The Tuskeegee Airmen" is about to have another moment - a somewhat significant moment - ...
By Steven Uhles

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Pop Rocks: Conroy's hand remains in authors event

I will never write like Pat Conroy, the legendary South Carolina author who died March 4 and was best known for novels such as The Prince of Tides, The Great Santini and The Lords of Discipline.
By Steven Uhles

Monday, Feb. 29, 2016

Pop Rocks: Joye in Aiken expands possibilities for arts performance

On its surface the only real change the Joye in Aiken festival, which takes place March 5-11 and was formerly known as Juilliard in Aiken, seems to have undergone is its name. But a closer ...
By Steven Uhles

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016

Pop Rocks: 12th Rock Fore! Dough will bring more rock this year

Brace yourselves. It's time, once again, for what has become an annual rite of spring. I'm not talking about the tournament or stocking up on Allegra. I mean the inevitable Rock Fore! Dough backlash.
By Steven Uhles

Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016

Pop Rocks: It's never too late for a bit of reflection

It's nearly February. It's been 2016 long enough that we have all become accustomed to writing it as the date. But I still have some essential 2015 business to attend to. You see, I've not offered ...
By Steven Uhles

Monday, Jan. 11, 2016

Pop Rocks: Bowie gave fans music, artistry, ideas

I don't remember the first time I heard David Bowie. I know that by the time I bought into the post-punk disco of Let's Dance, I was already a fan and follower.
By Steven Uhles

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015

Pop Rocks: Artists offering rest of us a way to create art

Situated somewhere between the traditional art lesson and party magicians, local artists Jay Jacobs and Shishir Chokshi have found interesting ways to demonstrate to art patrons what it feels like ...
By Steven Uhles

Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015

Pop Rocks: Big movie event for Augusta isn't latest 'Star Wars' movie

If all goes according to plan, and I have no reason to believe it won't, by the end of the week Augusta will celebrate a significant cinematic moment - and it's not the one you're thinking of. ...
By Steven Uhles

Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015

Pop Rocks: 12 Bands back to entertain for holiday, a greater good

The Bands are back in town. Despite appearances that things are unseasonably quiet in the 12 Bands camp, the organization is planning on spreading some Yule spirit this year.
By Steven Uhles

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015

Pop Rocks: Novelist, other artists inspiration to all of us

Sometimes I forget. I forget that when we are talking about the impulse to create - to paint, play music, dance and even write - that it is not the final product that is most important, but the ...
By Steven Uhles
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