Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Columbia City Ballet presents world premiere of Emanuel: Love is the Answer

A spiritual journey

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 10:34 AM

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Columbia City Ballet's executive and artistic director William Starrett has been working on the concept of a spiritual ballet for more than a decade.

It all started with Off the Wall & Onto the Stage: Dancing the Art of Jonathan Green, Starrett's 2005 homage to the art of Lowcountry artist Jonathan Green. "There was such a spiritual response [to that production] that I was not anticipating," says Starrett.
Nine years after the overwhelming success of his Jonathan Green ballet, another of Starrett's artistic role models, Maya Angelou, passed away. Starrett was thinking that maybe he would craft the nascent ideas in his head into a tribute to this woman he so admired. But that never came to fruition. And then, a year later, on June 17, 2015, there was the shooting of nine people in prayer at Emanuel AME. Starrett knew it was time to put a new production in motion.

According to the Post and Courier, the 90-minute ballet Emanuel: Love is the Answer will be "organized into three parts" and will include a "series of danced vignettes" set to projected videos — including speeches and comments from political leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. and Mother Theresa — and images (including Green's Gullah-inspired paintings). Starrett says the ballet encourages healing and understanding: "I was so worried, after the shooting, about how the community would react. But the message of forgiveness came so loud and clear."

Starrett believes that the timing of the play's premiere makes sense given the state of the world, saying, "There's so much unrest around the world, we need hope, and we need a tool to navigate our challenges today." Starrett hopes that the audience will enjoy the ballet, but more than that he hopes that the audience will walk away with a plan of action, with the "strength and motivation to go forward every day, moment to moment."

The ballet premieres at the Sottile Theatre Sat., April 1 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling (866) 811-4111.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Artist & Craftsman Uptown celebrates two years with a big party this Sunday

Live music, local artists, and GlitterHoopz, oh my!

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 4:52 PM

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Artist & Craftsman Supply Charleston Uptown hosts their second anniversary celebration this Sun. March 26, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

In addition to providing supplies for art classes held at area schools, A&C sells a long list of products that allow customers to bring their ideas to life. And you can join them as they celebrate all things artsy and crafty with a free and open to the public lawn party.

The event will feature kids crafts, local artists, and live music. You can also look forward to face painting, printmaking, paper mache painting, sidewalk chalk, and a bubble station. Additionally, guests can kick-off the Easter season with a festive egg hunt.

Any anniversary celebration requires great treats, and this is no exception. Neighborhood vendors like Once Upon a Treat and Park Café will supply pastries and small bites for those in attendance. The event will also feature activity and info tables from Enough Pie, Girls Rock Charleston, the Gibbes Museum, Blu Gorilla Tattoo, Grease Kelly Vintage, and much more.

To add to the fun, there will be live performances from The Amazing Mittens, Mr. Bonetangles, and GlitterHoopz, and vinyl played by Ohm Radio Charleston's Soul Preservation Society.

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Writers discuss resisting Trump at "Poems for Democracy" next week

Speak truth to power

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 11:41 AM

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Join fellow writers and activists at PURE Theater next Tues. March 28 from 7:30-10 p.m. for a night of spoken word. Together, local voices will, as the event says, "speak their truth about the policies of the Trump administration and empower audience members to get involved with local activism opportunities."

The evening is free to attend though guests will have the opportunity to donate to the five participating organizations: Southerners on New Ground, the Center for Women, We Are Family, #BlackLivesMatter, and the Lowcountry Homeless Coalition. Local poets will perform including South Carolina's poet laureate Marjory Wentworth, Matthew Foley, Saeed Jones, Queen Christine, Maya Green, Nick Thompson, City Paper columnist Jessie Parks, and more.

Organizer Foley says that the event has three main goals: create a space for local writers to voice their opposition to the Trump administration; spark dialogue in the community about the ramifications of Trump's presidency; and raise money for local organizations that are promoting equality, justice, and democratic values.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Get your tickets for Charleston Stage's Pay-As-You-Please 'Miracle Worker' at midnight

Get 'em while they're hot

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Tue, Mar 21, 2017 at 9:49 AM

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In case you've never taken part in Charleston Stage's PNC Pay-As-You-Please nights, let us fill you in on the deets. Starting at 12:01 a.m. tomorrow morning you can snag tickets to the Wed. March 22 showing of The Miracle Worker at Dock Street Theatre at 7:30 p.m. for a minimum of $10 for the ticket. Of course, you can pay any amount greater than that if you so desire. Pay as you please, ya know?

Tickets usually sell out pretty quickly, and with standard Charleston Stage ticket prices ranging from $26-$64, so this is a solid opportunity to catch a show on the cheap(er).

If you can't make it to tomorrow's show, fear not. The Miracle Worker plays at Dock Street Theatre Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m., through April 2.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

City Gallery presents new exhibit, 'Slightly Askew,' opening this Friday

Perception deception

Posted by Grace Vail on Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 3:43 PM

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You can check out work from artists Rebecca Davenport and Cabell Heyward starting this Fri. March 24 from 5-7 p.m. at the City Gallery as part of the new exhibition, Slightly Askew. The show represents the artists' perceptions of reality, ones that are different than the norm; both use various mediums to express how they view contemporary society.

Davenport utilizes narrative and observation to represent her observations on the human condition with large scale works, like "Deflying Death." Davenport uses her art as a metaphor and “a cautionary tale about American society."

Heyward uses familiar images and juxtaposes them in unusual ways, creating unsettling dreamscapes that somehow fit together. The shocking nature of the works create a narrative, each piece helping the viewer experience the collection as a grouping, and explains other images in the exhibit.

Davenport will give an artist's talk on Sun. April 2 at 2 p.m. and Heyward will give a talk on Sun. April 30 at 2 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

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