The independent man

By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 11, 2013

Who the hell knows. Life is crazy enough all over the world without having Edgewood become the latest scene for terminal stupidity.

So Long, Pop

If you’ve been involved in the Vo Dilun music or theater communities, you probably knew “Pop,” Chris Popoloski, who was a sound engineer at the Providence Performing Arts Center and a member of IATSE Local #23 and 481. He also worked at the Living Room in Providence and was one of the hardest-working, most loyal, and enthusiastic friends you could have.

P&J and many people in our tightly-knit arts community were deeply shocked and saddened to find out last Friday that Pop had suffered a sudden heart attack and passed away. He was only 45 years old. He was a talented photographer and a teller of true tales. On occasion, Pop would jump on stage and share a song. He was magnificent.

Jorge (Rudy Cheeks) in particular will miss Pop. When the Young Adults put on a series of shows at the Met in 2011, Pop just appeared and said, “What do you need?” He immediately took charge of the kind of stage matters that only a seasoned pro would know about and was there throughout the weekend to make sure nothing went wrong. He immediately became our “get ’er done” guy.

There was no one quite like Pop and his many friends and fans should know that there will be calling hours for him on Friday 4-7 pm at the A. Tarro & Sons Funeral Home, 425 Broadway, Providence. A celebration of his extraordinary life will be held Saturday 2-6 pm at Roots Cultural Center in downtown Providence. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to RI Jobs with Justice.

Rest in peace, Pop. You were deeply loved.

Send chutzpah and Pulitzer-grade tips to p&j@phx.com.
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