Friday, December 19, 2014

A first look at the Halsey Institute's 2015 calendar

Season features mainly 3D art

Posted by Elizabeth Pandolfi on Fri, Dec 19, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Images from the Halsey's May 2014 show The Insistent Image: Recurring Motifs in the Art of Shepard Fairey and Jasper Johns - PROVIDED
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  • Images from the Halsey's May 2014 show The Insistent Image: Recurring Motifs in the Art of Shepard Fairey and Jasper Johns

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, which consistently produces some of the most forward-looking contemporary art exhibitions in the state, just gave the City Paper a sneak peek at their 2015 spring-summer exhibition calendar — and as usual, we're impressed. 

First up is Patricia Boinest Potter: Patterns of Place, an exhibit of Potter's 3D collage. "It is unlike any art I have ever seen," Halsey director Mark Sloan says. That also makes it hard to describe, but here's our best try: Potter makes what she calls "isomorphic map tables," which layer different elements of a landscape on top of each other. See some of her work here. The show runs Jan. 23-March 7.

On April 3, the Halsey opens its annual Young Contemporaries exhibit, a juried show featuring the work of College of Charleston art students. Then in May, patrons can see Alyson Shotz: Force of Nature, which will run from May 21-July 11 (during Spoleto Festival USA). Shotz is a sculptor who creates lighter-than-air sculpture of wire, glass, and other materials. She's even created imaginary sculpture (check it out here). 

These aren't up on the Halsey website yet, but if you want to learn more about the institute or browse past exhibitions, visit the website at

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Brad Taylor to release new Pike Logan book

No Fortunate Son out Dec. 30

Posted by Elizabeth Pandolfi on Wed, Dec 17, 2014 at 10:38 AM

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Charleston author Brad Taylor, author of the military suspense Pike Logan series, will release his seventh book in the series, No Fortunate Son, on Dec. 30. The book will continue the story of counterterrorist operative Pike Logan as he and his partner, Jennifer Cahill, respond to a missing person call in England that ends up being linked to a massive terrorist hostage situation.

Taylor is a retired Army Special Forces lieutenant colonel who spent 20 years in the service, and his books have been praised by fellow authors Vince Flynn, Steve Berry, and others for their authenticity. To read about No Fortunate Son or pre-order the book, visit 

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Friday, December 5, 2014

CSO's Gospel Christmas is tomorrow night

Joyful noise

Posted by Elizabeth Pandolfi on Fri, Dec 5, 2014 at 1:03 PM

The Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) Gospel Choir and the CSO Spiritual Ensemble will perform Gospel Christmas: Unspeakable Gift on Sat. Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ashley River Baptist Church in West Ashley.

The program will feature gospel songs, traditional spirituals, and new arrangements of classics like “Go Tell it On the Mountain” and “What Child is This?”

Both the Spiritual Ensemble and Gospel Choir were founded by CSO board member Lee Pringle, a singer and activist in the African-American musical world — Pringle also founded the Colour of Music Festival, a classical musical festival celebrating African-American classical musicians and composers.

To get tickets for Gospel Christmas, visit 

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Center for Birds of Prey Photography Contest open

Bird's eye view

Posted by Elizabeth Pandolfi on Fri, Dec 5, 2014 at 11:01 AM

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The Center for Birds of Prey (CBP) has announced the theme for this year’s photography contest: “Through a Bird’s Eye.” Photographers are encouraged to think about avian vision, which is often a bird’s most acute sense, especially for birds of prey, according to CBP.

The contest is open to both amateurs and professionals, and the deadline for submissions is Jan. 8, 2015. The winner will be recognized on the CBP’s website and receive a canvas print of his or her photograph. The winning image will also be displayed in the CBP tent at the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition.

To get more information and apply, visit, email, or call (843) 971-7474. 

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

CCF performers and alums in top 10 TimeOut NYC list

Posted by Elizabeth Pandolfi on Thu, Dec 4, 2014 at 2:30 PM

The Charleston Comedy Festival always brings in some of the best performers in the biz, and here's proof: six current and previous comedians who've made the CCF rounds made TimeOut NYC's 10 Best Comedy Shows of 2014 list.

Hannibal Buress, who recently has been all over the internet for ragging on Bill Cosby, and North Coast, a hip-hoppin', beatboxin' improv troupe, will both perform at the 2015 fest in January. And Tig Notaro, Ted Alexandro, Sasheer Zamata, and Sean Patton are all CCF alums who made the list too - Notaro and Alexandro came in at numbers one and two respectively, with Notaro winning out by a landslide for her courageous, crazy, topless performance at New York's Town Hall in November. 

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