Monday, February 20, 2017

Puppetry Arts seeks actors for spring play, 'Anthropomorphic'

Strings attached

Posted by Tori Mann on Mon, Feb 20, 2017 at 2:26 PM

Composer Timothy Young of Puppetry Arts (a 501c3 in both New York and Charleston) is seeking puppetry actors and local sponsors for a free workshop performance of the musical Anthropomorphic. The show will debut on Sat. June 10 at St. Stephens Episcopal Church downtown.

Anthropomorphic is a musical that deals with the struggles of a gay teenage boy with a religious mother. Throughout the play (which is performed by puppets, FYI) Wesley befriends a sloth, an old dragon, and a cricket to help him. Ultimately, Wesley begins an unforgettable journey to discover that he is someone to be loved.

Puppetry Arts seeks volunteers, actors, and sponsors to support the performance. Actor submissions, including resumes, will be accepted via email — — until March 25. Since all cast members will perform via puppets, the director will be casting to match the sound of each character with disregard to physical appearance.
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All cast members will be performing with puppets and singing. Auditions will be held on May 6, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. throughout the Charleston area.

Roles include: Wesley, 17 year old tenor, must be able to hit High A; The Witch, African American, mature, gospel sound; Moth, 30s, female, soprano; Cricket, 30s, male, tenor; Venton, mature, baritone; Mixed ensemble. Learn more about the characters here.

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Sign up now for this Friday's Creative Mornings Charleston talk on 'Moments'

Can you dig it?

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Mon, Feb 20, 2017 at 9:38 AM

Stanfield Gray - JONATHAN BONCEK
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This Friday at 8 a.m. head to the Gaillard Center for Creative Mornings Charleston's (CMCHS) talk on the topic of Moments, featuring CEO and founder of DIG SOUTH, Stanfield Gray. The talk is, as always, free to attend — just make sure you sign up in time to snag a ticket. Those go live at 10 a.m. and you can find one here.

This Friday's CMCHS talk is a little special to us at City Paper, since we're one of the event's sponsors. Besides, that, though, it's always a good time hearing a local entrepreneur/creative/maker/artist/all of the above share their story. Gray, as CMCHS describes him, "lives at the intersection of innovation and the New South, the place where culture and the digital economy intersect to produce startup offspring." The founder of DIG SOUTH, Gray seeks to match global brands with fast-growth startups. Learn more about DIG SOUTH, held in Charleston April 25-27, here.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Party vibes meet art at these upcoming events


Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, Feb 16, 2017 at 2:47 PM

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We love when restaurants and bars incorporate visual arts into their events and two local spots, Bar Mash and Purple Buffalo are doing just that.

On Sun. Feb. 19 Bar Mash hosts the second iteration of The Get Down, a celebration of food, drinks, music, and dancing. But that's not all they're celebrating — this event will feature the creation of a one-off art magazine (in the vein of zines). The doors open at 6 p.m. and the cover is $10. Guests can enjoy food from Lewis Barbecue, beer from Revelry Brewing, along with cocktails made by Bar Mash and music from DJ Joel Tarpin and DJ Mummbls. A portion of proceeds from the event will benefit Planned Parenthood.

Hosted by The Belmont's head bartender Joey Goetz, the Get Down is a restaurant takeover series that evokes a nightclub vibe. Goetz plans on collaborating with local artists for future events so that each Get Down has a different magazine associated with it. Learn more here.

On Thurs. Feb. 23 The Purple Buffalo hosts Aesthetics 002: Live DJ and Art Showcase, which is kind of what it sounds like. Starting at 9 p.m. the music venue will feature five DJs spinning different genres along with live painters, vendors, and a live vocal performance.

Live painters include Jessica McMillan, Daisy Thrailkill, Megan Jessica, and Leslie Caneda. DJs include Diskull from Myrtle Beach, Your Allure from Asheville, and MIMR, Jerry Feels Good, and Internet Crush from Charleston. The cover for the evening is $5 and you can learn more here.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Check out a miniature City Paper newsstand and more at Lowcountry Artists Gallery's 'Southern Exposure' show

Attention to detail

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, Feb 15, 2017 at 1:56 PM

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The Lowcountry Artists Gallery presents Southern Exposure, a new show opening next week and featuring both 2D and 3D interpretations of the show's title. Artists Sandra W. Roper and Ken Hamilton bring their ideas of Southern exposure to the show, with Roper's watercolor paintings and Hamilton's 3D miniature models of Lowcountry landmarks. The opening reception takes place on Fri. March 3 from 5-8 p.m.

Roper is a member of the the Lowcountry Artists Gallery and Hamilton recently relocated to Charleston from New Jersey. Both create works of art that memorialize Charleston's past and present, from scenes of Gullah basket weavers to local shrimpers. One of Hamilton's pieces even features a mini (very, very mini) City Paper newspaper box, placed in front of Martha Lou's, the paper's old Morrison Driver neighbor. Check out more of Hamilton's work here and get a peek at Roper's here.


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The 'Taj Express' heads to the Gaillard next Thurs. Feb. 23

"Music is a universal language"

Posted by Kathryn Noviello on Wed, Feb 15, 2017 at 12:59 PM

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On Feb. 23, the Gaillard presents Taj Express — a show featuring film, dance, and music — which has taken over two years of scripting, casting, and costume design to perfect. The performance captures the animated and vibrant nature of Bollywood films through music and dance.

Taj Express follows a composer who is creating music for his first Bollywood film. The show is about the composer’s creative fight with the industry and his struggle to create his best compositions. The choreographer of Taj Express, Vaibhavi Merchant, has been a director of choreography for over 75 Bollywood films, including smash hits Dhol Baaje, Jhoom Barabar, Kajra Re, Kamli, and Dhoom3.

Through the expressive nature of Taj Express, assistant creative director Ankush Dhawan believes that audiences will experience the emotions of the male lead and gain insight into the true journey of a Bollywood composer. “For the U.S. show we created a new storyline, new choreography, and even added live music,” says Dhawan.

The high-energy performance, which attempts to express the joy of modern Indian culture and society, was specially designed for the United States. While the concept of the show has dazzled audiences in places such as China, Singapore, France, and Turkey, Dhawan explains that an entirely new production was created for American audiences.

In a strong display of heritage, the entire cast and crew (aside from three technicians) of Taj Express are Indian. Dwahan explains that the cast and crew come from all over India and are excited to spread their culture to audiences across the world. The cast is made up of 22 dancers who wear a total of 2,400 ornate costumes which were specially created for this U. S. performance. Each costume was meticulously embroidered, and some even took two months to create.

Dhawan speaks with not only a knowledge of the show, but a passion and love for it. He says, “Music is an integral part of the show. Even if people don’t understand the wording, they will understand the melody of the songs. Music is a universal language."

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