Friday, July 22, 2016

Killer Mike coming to Charleston for Fahamu Pecou's interSessions

When worlds collide

Posted by David Hall on Fri, Jul 22, 2016 at 2:26 PM

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Fahamu Pecou, a visual artist and scholar whose work investigates contemporary representations of black masculinity, will present his works at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art from Aug. 26-Oct. 8. 

As part of his exhibition, Do or Die: Affect, Ritual, Resistance, Pecou will host interSessions, conversations that are curated and mediated by Pecou and feature one hip-hop figure and one visual artist.

As part of interSessions, Rapper and activist Michael Render, known by his stage name Killer Mike, will appear in Charleston on Fri. Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Simons Center for the Arts next to artist Arturo Lindsay.

Render has been active in the world of hip-hop as a solo artist and is one half of the critically acclaimed rap duo, Run the Jewels. In addition to being a successful rapper, Render has made a name for himself as a social activist. The rapper has given lectures at universities, appeared on television to comment on inequality in America, and was most recently a vocal supporter of Bernie Sanders is the 2016 Democratic Primary.

Lindsay, visual artist and mentor to Pecou, will join Killer Mike for the interSessions conversation. They will speak on a number of topics, including art and entertainment's effect on culture in America.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Charleston art galleries grapple with alcohol licensing following the Palette and Palate Stroll

Will walk for wine

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, Jul 21, 2016 at 3:51 PM

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On Fri. July 15, 11 downtown art galleries hosted the 11th annual Palette and Palate Stroll, a fundraising event that features small bites from local restaurants along with local art. A ticketed event ($45) that usually sells out, as it did this year, P&P donates a portion of its proceeds to art programs at 11 local high schools.

For nine years the nonprofit Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association hosted the event, but for the past two years P&P has been put on by Stylee PR. And for a decade, Palette and Palate has featured food, art ... and wine. This year, however, only one participating gallery, the Martin Gallery, served alcohol — a fact that had some people upset.

“I got seven emails that were nasty,” says Vladia Spencer, the event’s organizer. She says that while most attendees were pleased with the event, there were a few who were disgruntled by the lack of alcohol. While Palette and Palate is advertised simply as a food and art event, many guests assumed that, after 10 years of serving alcohol, galleries would continue to do so this year.

The day before the P&P stroll, Spencer says she caught wind that the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division would be cracking down on ticketed events serving alcohol.
After realizing that Palette and Palate’s participating galleries may not have the correct permits, Spencer asked each gallery to try and obtain one — ASAP — or not serve alcohol at all to avoid a fine. The Martin Gallery was the only spot that was able to get a permit in time.

According to the Department of Revenue’s Bonnie Swingle, “Every special event is required to have a license.” She confirms that the Martin Gallery was the only P&P venue to both apply for and receive a special event license.

“If you have everything correct and don’t have any follow-up, you can sometimes do three to five days, or the day of if it’s an emergency,” says Swingle of receiving an alcohol license. She says that venues should request a license at least 15 days before their scheduled events.

Palette and Palate is a ticketed event, meaning their guests are paying money to enter and each venue must have an alcohol license to serve. So why the confusion?

Art galleries often host free art receptions — most notably on First Fridays or once a quarter at the Charleston Art Gallery Association’s ArtWalks. If you’ve ever been to a Charleston art gallery on an art walk, you’ve probably had a glass or two of wine. But Julie Dunn, president of the Charleston Gallery Association (which is not associated with Palette and Palate), says that she was not aware of any issue regarding the need for alcohol licenses for non-ticketed free events.

Swingle explains the reason. “ABL laws are very specific and all of the details of the venue and event are needed to make that determination [if a license is required]. For example, if people have to buy tickets to get into the venue but do not need to purchase the alcohol, a license may still be required because the sale of alcohol is included in the ticket price,” she says.

We asked Thom Berry, SLED’s spokesman, for verification. He says, “A good rule of thumb is if money changes hands then a permit would be required.”

Art galleries aren’t the only venues who have to deal with alcohol licenses. Since May, SLED has been enforcing old state laws that prohibit breweries from, among other things, donating their beer to an event hosted by a nonprofit. Berry, though, says that SLED has not stepped up monitoring; instead, increased funding has allowed for SLED to hire more agents in the area of alcohol enforcement.

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Vote for the 2017 Bridge Run Design now through Tuesday

Get over it

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, Jul 21, 2016 at 3:46 PM

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The Cooper River Bridge Run will celebrate 40 years of "getting over it" on Sat. April 1, 2017. While that date may be far away, the hype for the annual race has already started, and you can get in on the fun by helping pick the CRBR T-shirt and poster design.

This is the fourth year that the public has been given a say in choosing the design, helping narrow the 66 eligible options down to the top five. The winner of the T-shirt illustration will be announced next month.

Voters can help choose until next Tuesday, July 26 by voting online.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Dark Cabaret delights at Pulp Gallery

Welcome to weird

Posted by David Hall on Wed, Jul 20, 2016 at 4:30 PM

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“Let me tell you about the weirdness on the stage,” said Joseph Daniels.

I was at The Dark Cabaret, a one-night only event for the Holy City, but a regular attraction in its hometown, Columbia. The show came to the Pulp Gallery this past Saturday, and I made sure to get a front row seat in the venue’s black box. Pulp Gallery, located on Upper King, opened earlier this year and has been hosting a flurry of events showcasing all the weirdness it can muster.

Full disclaimer, I’m a massive skeptic. I have a lot of trouble believing in anything that can’t be put into a hypothesis and tested and then retested hundreds of times. And let’s not forget about a relative scientific consensus, because at the end of the day, data is just data. We need intelligent minds analyzing and thinking about that data and communicating it to the public in an effective manner. Where was I? Oh right, The Dark Cabaret.

The show started off with Tiffany Allen, a mesmerist and hypnotist in the gallery’s lobby. Allen gathered us all and proceeded to call on a few male volunteers and take their strength away with her mesmerist powers. 

In the black box, I took a front row seat to the next act, mentalist Joey Vasquez, who was different from the other two acts in his transparency. Vasquez maintains no mask of illusion or magic; he narrates the mechanics of what he’s doing throughout the performance. Whether judging handwriting or picking up body language to detect liars Vasquez makes no secret in his work (I was one of the liars. He got me. Good. My date was a much better liar — a bit scary to tell you the truth). 

Daniels, the creator and MC of The Dark Cabaret, brought the mystery including a series of ghost stories from his family’s past, mind reading, odes to Charleston resident Edgar Allen Poe, and good ol’ fashioned magic show.

I, unfortunately, spent a lot of my time trying to see through Daniels' tricks or figure out what fantastical stories about his family’s many brushes with paranormal were true. Daniels true mastery is his ability to jump from fact to fiction, real to imaginary, without ever even slightly changing disposition.

For me, PULP gallery is the real star of the show. This wonderful little space is packing its schedule with everything from fashion shows, to illusionist shows like The Dark Cabaret, to movie screenings. Charleston could use a little more weird in its veins and the great people at PULP are succeeding one weekend at a time.

CCPL selects new director, Nicolle Davies

Calling all bookworms

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, Jul 20, 2016 at 9:38 AM

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Yesterday the CCPL Board of Trustees announced that it has selected Nicolle Davies as CCPL's newest executive director. Davies was one of three finalists interviewed by the board earlier this month, following a national search and over 100 applications for the position.

In a statement Davies said, “It is an exciting time for public libraries, and I am happy to join a community that invests in their libraries." Recently named Library Journal's 2016 Librarian of the Year, Davies come to Charleston from Denver, where she served as director of the Arapahoe Library District, managing eight branch libraries and a $30 million annual budget. Learn more about Davies here. 

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