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

Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015

Pop Rocks: Musician's loss felt by many who also love fun of music

Edmond Kida - Lurch to his friends and fans - has been an integral cog in the Augusta music machine for so many years that I honestly can't remember when I first became aware of the idiosyncratic ...
By Steven Uhles

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015

Pop Rocks: The arts, its patrons thrive because of an agreement

Each of these instruments represents that abstract idea that remains foundational to the supporting, teaching and, ultimately enjoying the arts. They represent commitment.
By Steven Uhles

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015

Pop Rocks: Miller Theater possibilities are now more real than ever

On Friday, Oct. 23, the Miller, LLC, in conjunction with Symphony Orchestra Augusta, will launch its public fundraising campaign with an early evening event at the theater.
By Steven Uhles

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015

Pop Rocks: Success of Arts in the Heart must be carefully watched

The Augusta community was greeted this weekend by an Arts In the Heart of Augusta festival that has, and continues to, enjoy a period of real growth and expansion.
By Steven Uhles

Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015

Pop Rocks: Changes bring big return for two Augusta venues

The news released quietly last week was surprising and spectacular - Augusta Entertainment Complex, which also includes Bell Auditorium, announced that the previous fiscal year had been the most ...
By Steven Uhles

Monday, Aug 24, 2015

Pop Rocks: Tribute to James Brown can be hashed out in better way

It's been nearly 10 years since he died and still James Brown is still causing a commotion in Augusta.
By Steven Uhles

Wednesday, Aug 12, 2015

Pop Rocks: Zimmerman's Happy idea continues to gain followers

More of an experiment, Happy started as a few stickers and a handful of buttons, each emblazoned with a roughly rendered version of one of the distinctive robots Leonard "Porkchop" Zimmerman often ...
By Steven Uhles
 
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