About the Series

Ovation's new original series Culture Pop takes viewers inside the world of today's most influential artists and innovators, delivering a fast-paced show that stays up-to-the-minute on all things art and entertainment.

This weekly, one-hour hosted series offers live interviews and field reports. Sneak peeks of new films, new music, and emerging artists. Countdowns and top-ten lists. The week's must-see events and must-know-about names.

No creative efforts are off limits to Culture Pop, and its mix of high and low offers the ultimate all-access ticket inside the broad and varied world of today's pop culture.

Meet Your Co-Hosts

Name: Adam Havener Fun Fact 1: Favorite Huxtable kid from Cosby show is Denise Fun Fact 2: Owns over twenty pairs of Creative Rec kicks Fun Fact 3: Obsessed with TV after watching "I love Lucy" at age five

Born and raised in NY, Adam holds both a deep passion for pop culture and a bachelors degree in Media Studies from Hunter College, SUNY. For the 2013 award season, he served as a correspondent for MSN's entertainment website, Wonderwall. Adam's previous credits include AXS Live, E!, MTV, NBC, BET and Style. In his work as a correspondent and field producer, he's interviewed numerous celebrities including Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, Melissa McCarthy, Kellan Lutz, Paula Abdul, Fergie and Josh Duhamel. Currently, he resides in Los Angeles and is the proud Uncle of two beautiful nieces.

Name: Stuart Brazell Fun Fact 1: Landed her first job as a professional ballerina at the age of 13 Fun Fact 2: Feels that jazz hands and sparkles are appropriate for all situations! Fun Fact 3: As a kid, asked for everyone to simply call her Stu (yeah, she was a tomboy)

Stuart Brazell has talent, brains and beauty as distinctive as her name. Never one to sit back and wait for things to happen, she launched her blossoming career at the ripe old age of twelve as a professional ballet dancer in her hometown Columbia, South Carolina. Upon graduating Ithaca College with degrees in broadcast journalism, theater and dance, the southern belle’s ambition brought her straight to Los Angeles where she joined E! News Live as a production assistant.

Before long it was clear Stuart also belonged in front of the camera, so she took her newfound knowledge as a Hollywood insider and helped launch one of the world’s first broadband entertainment channels as Host and Executive Producer. Soon the red carpet beckoned and Stuart answered the call by bringing her insight and panache to many of the most acclaimed, star-studded events in the world! Between the Golden Globes, Independent Spirit Awards, American Music Awards, AFI Film Festival, and the Academy of Country Music Awards, Stuart has interviewed a veritable "who’s who" of entertainment industry titans, often live and always opinionated.

Additionally, the versatile talent further developed her TV expertise by casting multiple seasons of over 10 hit reality shows. Stuart’s straight talking persona and behind-the-scenes savvy quickly made her the go-to "reality" expert on respected programs such as Larry King, Headline News, Extra and the CBS Early Show.

Currently you can catch Stuart each week hosting The American Idol Live After Show for ExtraTV.com, NuStyle for Nuvo TV, The Dancing With the Stars Pre-Party on Dance Junkies TV, Koldcast Presents on Youtoo TV and on the women’s website she co-founded www.dirtyandthirty.com

Episode 4

Meet the Guest

Chris 'cj3' Rutledge
"The Tap Artist"

Chris is a performance/visual artist who began his career as a tap dancer. His first professional job was with Disney as a performer/co-choreographer of a tap show called ‘LaFeet’. From there he toured nationally and internationally with Minnesota based tap company "Buckets and Tapshoes". After that he found himself with stepping/body percussion company MOLODI, which is based out of Las Vegas.

Since then, Chris has formed his own tap/body percussion company in Los Angles called, ’the FYV group’, he has written full length stage shows and choreographed a body percussion piece for international pop-star Tiziano Ferro. Along with his take on the visual art world, called TapArt, where he creates paintings by tap dancing in paint on a canvas, Chris is currently dancing in a tap show at Universal Studios Hollywood Theme Park.

Street Art of the Week

Episode 3

Meet the Guest

Kalen Egan

Fun Fact 1: Chris Pappas, the man behind Miracle Parade (their first band), got so into his performance standing in a non-air conditioned house in Los Feliz that he briefly lost color vision and nearly passed out. Fun Fact 2: Multiple times while shooting, he has loudly kicked over instruments, end tables and taxidermied animals. Fun Fact 3: The original name for their series was "Door-to-door Troubadour."

Kalen Egan and Noelia Estrada are the founders of Knock + Rock, where bands go door to door trying to convince strangers to let them play a few songs in their house...

Street Art of the Week

Episode 2

Meet the Guest

Belinda Fountain
Nail Artist

Fun Fact 1: Inspired by wacky Japanese Harajuku nail art Fun Fact 2: Worked in finance for 15 years

Bel Fountain Townsend, born and raised in the UK, is a self taught nail artist who’s work has been featured in numerous high profile magazines well throughout her career. Some of her clients include famous beauty & fashion bloggers such as Blair Fowler (USA), Bip Ling (UK), Charlie May (UK), and model Remi Nelson (USA). In 2013, So Hot Right Nail has recently been named under “The Best Top 10 Nail Art Salons in LA” according to Laist.com. Bel Fountain continues to be one of the most sought after Nail Artist’s in both Los Angeles and in the UK.

Street Art of the Week

Episode Clips

Episode 1

Meet the Guests

Balloon Artist

Fun Fact 1: Met at San Diego Comic Con (yes, they are HUGE nerds) Fun Fact 2: Went into business full time in the summer of 2008 Fun Fact 3: In October of 2009 they made their union official by tying the knot

David and Shana Brenion are world class balloon artists living and working in Los Angeles, CA. They specialize in boutique event entertainment, offering the best quality wearable balloon fashion you've ever seen. Oh, and if that wasn't cute enough, they are also married!

From bracelets to tiaras, jet packs and motorcycles, even full dresses! David and Shana have a knack for bringing a fresh new style to the world of balloon art. They transcend to the classic balloon doggies of old, and exude a fun elegance reminiscent of 50's era kitsch. Nifty Balloons is more than just their business, it's a partnership founded on the belief that balloons make people happy. There is no better way to describe them than "An unstoppable duo that you have to see to believe!"

Fashion Truck

Fun Fact 1: Has made local, national & international press, including NBC's "The Today Show," Lucky Magazine, Domani Magazine Fun Fact 2: Jeanine graduated from CSULA in 2008 with a Bachelor's degree in Fashion Design & Merchandising Fun Fact 3: Stacey had a 10-year career in Marketing and Advertising in print and radio

Le Fashion Truck is a mobile boutique - a store on wheels. Setting up shop in various locations throughout Los Angeles since 2010, Le Fashion Truck features clothing and accessories for the woman on the go! Shop local designers, handmade jewelry, handbags and more aboard the pink truck. We even included the dressing room!

The pink mobile boutique is the creation of Stacey Steffe and Jeanine Romo. The pair, who met at a Los Angeles arts and crafts market, began collaborating their personal businesses almost immediately, which naturally grew into Los Angeles' FIRST mobile store on wheels - Le Fashion Truck!

Glass Blower

Fun Fact 1: Served as a board member at a non-profit center for glass Fun Fact 2: Received the Modesto Lanzone Award from the Museo Italo Americano in San Francisco Fun Fact 3: Taught at the Niijima Center in Japan and Creative Glass in Switzerland

Joe Cariati is a designer and glassblower from Los Angeles who produces high quality, 100% hand-made, hand-crafted contemporary glassware. His collection of elegant vessels are a response to the need for original hand-made glass work to be accessible, affordable and unique. All work is made by Joe, from start to finish using a Venetian off-hand glassblowing technique that makes each piece one-of-a-kind.

Joe began blowing glass at San Francisco State University in 1992. Since then he has traveled, studied and taught extensively in the US and abroad. In 2003, Joe moved to Los Angeles and launched Joe Cariati Glass. A company designed to produce the work that he dreamed of making when his skill set was still juvenile. With a relentless "less is more" approach to the process, Joe continues to push his skill limitations and develop his sense of design with the current work.

Recent Posts

Game of Thrones: Potential to be the Best

Many people say that "The Wire" was the greatest show ever written, with the possible exception of "Breaking Bad." Seth MacFarlane even pokes fun at the series’ reputation in an episode of "Family Guy." Since there is no definitive test to determine which is actually the greatest... Read More

Game of Thrones: Potential to be the Best

Many people say that "The Wire" was the greatest show ever written, with the possible exception of "Breaking Bad." Seth MacFarlane even pokes fun at the series’ reputation in an episode of "Family Guy." Since there is no definitive test to determine which is actually the greatest, I'd say a reference in an American, pop culture-themed sitcom provides some credibility. However, many TV fans have been discussing "The Sopranos" recent success in topping the Writer's Guild of America’s "101 Best Written TV Series" list. With "The Wire" coming in at #9, and "Breaking Bad" shortly behind at #13, the young and hot (and sexy) "Game of Thrones" sits back at #40. Here's the kicker though: while "The Wire" and "The Sopranos" have been off the air for a while now, and "Breaking Bad" is approaching its final stretch, "Game of Thrones" is gaining a ton of traction after only the third season. And, according to “GoT” producer Frank Vogler, the show is scheduled to last at least seven seasons, and possibly even eight. Which means one sure thing: room for plenty of growth.

Although each of these elite TV drama series have completely different stories, they all have at least one thing in common. Each show is willing to kill off major characters to keep the story moving. On “GoT, it meant (spoiler alert!) killing off the (arguably) most important character of season 1, Ned Stark.

Yes, the other shows are original television projects, and “GoT” is an adaptation, but adapting for the screen is a whole different art form unto itself. Let's be honest, there are some awful adaptations out there. Very rarely does a movie or TV show come close to the bar set by their paperback precursor. “GoT” is one of those few exceptions. The writing allows the story to come across on screen with such fluidity, and because of the content, it allows the imagery to be nothing short of magical. 

What also allows this show to be so unique is the highly chaotic and orderless world it takes place in. The evil and despair that the characters endure are unprecedented. It creates a depth to the characters that very few shows are able to emulate. Characters like Sansa Stark and Theon Greyjoy are so incredibly broken that you can feel their numbness.  The images that the young Arya Stark has witnessed makes the worlds of "The Wire" and "Breaking Bad" look like Disneyland. No other show out there gives it's characters hell like “GoT” does.

With half of the Starks gone, Geoffrey still in power, and Daenerys' newly acquired army after only three seasons, fans can smell chaos lurking in the seasons to come. Every time the show provides us with a jaw dropping moment, which we know it loves to do, our passion and excitement for the story continues to grow. At the rate it's currently going, four more seasons can only mean that the best is yet to come. When this show finally comes to its end, and the cast of characters is down to just a skeleton, “GoT” could easily be considered one of the greatest shows to ever hit television. 

My First Daytime Emmys Experience

Anyone peep the Daytime Emmys on Sunday? Back in the day Oprah vs. Phil Donahue and would Susan Lucci finally win would dominate headlines. Now we have Racheal Ray & Giada de Laurentis cleavage being the big story of the night. Hey, I'm not complaining, just saying times have a changed. Read More

My First Daytime Emmys Experience

Anyone peep the Daytime Emmys on Sunday? Back in the day Oprah vs. Phil Donahue and would Susan Lucci finally win would dominate headlines. Now we have Racheal Ray & Giada de Laurentis cleavage being the big story of the night. Hey, I'm not complaining, just saying times have a changed.

This was my first time at the Daytime Emmy Awards. Growing up, my mom watched a few soaps, so I am aware of many of the actors (many have been on their show for decades). It was held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Don't be fooled by the outside of the hotel, the inside is very grand and impressive. I'll go to any event at the BHH - you feel the old classic Hollywood vibe. Some highlights for me, speaking with Dr. Oz and restraining myself from listing my various medical complaints, telling every nominee in the same category "I am rooting for you" and having an "I Love Lucy" geek fest with "Young and Restless" star Melanie Thomas Scott (video coming soon).

As for the show, oy vey. I really like Robin Meade (who hosted) however singing themes of daytime shows - one of which ("good afternoon America") was a six week limited run - very not necessary. Having winners be interviewed on a couch right after winning was awful. And who exactly votes for the winners? Ricki Lake won best host but her talk show was cancelled.

Daytime Emmys competition last night was Miss USA. Ahh, did you see the epic moment of Miss Utah on women's equality?! Wow she is hot. Would I trust her to make change of a twenty? No. Hey Miss USA, lets keep things simple. Clearly she won't be Hilary Clinton's running mate in 2016.

Coachella 2014… Already?

Coachella has come a long way since its 1999 inception. The festival originally took place over the course of two days and attracted roughly 25,000 music fans. Fourteen years later, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is now a two weekend event and drew over 90,000 attendees in 2013. Read More

Coachella 2014… Already?

Coachella has come a long way since its 1999 inception. The festival originally took place over the course of two days and attracted roughly 25,000 music fans. Fourteen years later, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is now a two weekend event and drew over 90,000 attendees in 2013. Among those 90,000, one might see an abundance of celebrities, the latest fashion trends and tons of smiling faces. It’s safe to say that Coachella is one of the hottest music events of the year (no pun intended).

With a rise in popularity also comes a rise in price. $350 to be exact, and that’s not including shuttle or camping fees. Fortunately, the festival offers a payment plan for those who can’t afford the 350 up front. Unfortunately, this opportunity is exclusively offered during the advanced sale in May, only a month after the latest Coachella. This is an undeniable offer for many festival goers who are already experiencing withdrawal. So while their bank accounts are still gasping for air, fans must immediately start scrambling to secure their spot in next year’s experience.

Money aside, this poses one more significant issue: the line-up isn’t even announced until January. This creates somewhat of a lottery system. The fans who can only afford this method of payment have to pick a weekend and pray that their favorites will be performing during those dates. Coachella 2013 did offer 175 different acts, which should be more than enough to accommodate the tastes of every attendee, even if it’s split between two weekends. However, a system should be implemented that would allow every fan to make their weekend choice based on the specific bands, rappers, singers, DJs and performers that best fit their personal preference.

In reality, the hype surrounding the festival has attracted more than just the die-hard music fan. Everyone seems to want a piece of the Coachella phenomenon. For some passionate layaway buyers who were unfortunate enough to choose the “wrong” weekend, the payment plan could prove to be a real let down. For most others though, even the “wrong” choice will still lead to an unforgettable experience.