Thursday, August 11, 2016

Threshold Rep's seventh season starts with black comedy 'Becky Shaw'

If you like crackling dialogue, you'll love this play

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, Aug 11, 2016 at 2:28 PM

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Threshold Repertory Theater's seventh season starts on Sept. 1 with Becky Shaw, an Obie Award-winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist. If that's not enticing enough, Becky Shaw's writer-producer, Gina Gionfriddo, has written for both Law & Order and House of Cards.

Jay Danner, Threshold Rep's new artistic director, calls Becky Shaw "really provocative." The play is about a newlywed couple who fix up two of their romantically-challenged friends during an evening that takes a dark turn. "There's firecracker dialogue," says Danner. "The moral ground constantly shifts under the characters' feet. You're not sure who you're rooting for."

The play starts on Thurs. Sept. 1 and runs until Sun. Sept. 18. Get your tickets here. 

Street closures for this Saturday's Pride Parade

Avoid King and Broad streets

Posted by David Hall on Thu, Aug 11, 2016 at 11:28 AM

The Charleston Pride Parade will take place this Saturday, and you know what that means: street closures. It also means a ton of fun and a fantastic event, so take note before heading out.

From 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. King Street will be closed between Ann Street and Broad Street. Also, Broad Street will be closed from King Street to Rutledge Avenue during the same time period.
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Monday, August 8, 2016

Redux will move to new King Street location in 2017

Movin' on up

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Mon, Aug 8, 2016 at 1:54 PM

1056 King Street will house Redux Studios starting next year. - PROVIDED
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After 14 years at 136 St. Philip St., Redux Contemporary Art Center is movin' on up — to Upper King that is. The arts center announced on Sun. Aug. 7 that after searching for a new home, it has a target opening date of Jan. 1, 2017 at the two-story warehouse at 1056 King St. The warehouse, also referred to as The Hanger, has been vacant for about 15 years.

Tentative floor plan for Redux's new location. - PROVIDED
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  • Tentative floor plan for Redux's new location.

The move to the new location, which is 15,000 square feet, will more than double Redux's gallery and studio space. Redux will have enough room to house a proposed 40 studios; the current location is home to 16. The studios will also range in size, from 95 square feet-448 square feet, with rent prices ranging from $285-$580.

In addition to more studio space, Redux will feature upgrades like high-end LED lighting, a dedicated print shop and classroom, and dark room equipment upgrade. The exhibition program will benefit from King Street storefront exposure, with the gallery and flex performance space located at the front of the building. A call for entries to show in the new gallery will be announced at a later date.


The building at 1056 King St. was constructed in 1942 by the Sottile family to be used as a theater, but these plans never came to fruition because WWII forced the building to serve as a naval library. In later years, as previously mentioned, the building functioned as both a skating rink and the office of Port City Paper. One of the current owners of the Hanger, Ham Morrison, says, “Knowing it was originally built to showcase the arts, it is especially exciting to see it come full circle and again celebrate artistic endeavors with Redux as a tenant.”

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Friday, August 5, 2016

City Gallery's 'Sixteen Crowns: Manifestations of Ase,' holds curator talk Saturday

An ancient culture brought to life

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Fri, Aug 5, 2016 at 3:43 PM

Sixteen Crowns is on display at the City Gallery until August 28. - CONNELLY HARDAWAY
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  • Sixteen Crowns is on display at the City Gallery until August 28.

Sixteen Crowns: Manifestations of Ase
is one heck of a long title for an art exhibition, especially when the word Ase (pronounced ah-say) refers to something as deeply complicated as the power to call things into existence. Co-curated by College of Charleston professor Dr. Ade Ofunniyin and PhD candidate in art history Jody Berman, Sixteen Crowns features works that reflect beliefs of the Yoruba people, men and women from southwestern Nigeria and Benin. 

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"This is largely my collection," Ofunniyin says of the pieces in the show, works that range from paintings to textiles to dolls. "It's come together after 15 years of work." Ofunniyin calls himself a conceptual artist, transforming the space with various pieces of art.

Orisanmi Kehinde Odesanya has created over 200 small-scale figures to represent Yoruba deities. - CONNELLY HARDAWAY
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  • Orisanmi Kehinde Odesanya has created over 200 small-scale figures to represent Yoruba deities.

"The exhibit is a platform to talk about Yoruba and African identity," he says. "Yoruba has been demonized and misinterpreted." Ofunniyin describes voodoo, a word that falls under that category of misinterpretation, as essentially, worshipping God. "Juju is a West African word that implies the same thing," he says. "Like so many things of African origin, it has been bastardized over time."

Tomorrow, Sat. Aug. 6, Ofunniyin will give a curator's talk at City Gallery at 2 p.m. that will explain more about Yoruba art, and even about his personal journey with it.

"My quest, for as long as I can remember myself, is to identify as an African person," says Ofunniyin. Part of showing African work, he says, is helping the descendants of African origin appreciate themselves again. "When you can bring beauty [into it], you can use these forms to help people appreciate that they are magnificent."

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

YALLFest 2016 tickets on sale now

Y'all want tickets?

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, Aug 3, 2016 at 11:22 AM

If you're itching to get tickets to this year's YALLFest, the annual Young Adult book festival held Nov. 11-12 in downtown Charleston, you're in luck.

Tickets for keynote speakers like Victoria Aveyard and Eoin Colfer are now available. The finalized schedule of signings and seminars will be announced closer to the fest's date. Check out the full list of speakers here. 
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