Wednesday, July 13, 2016

United We Dance fundraiser to support victims of Pulse shooting, Sterling and Castile families

Partners in love

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, Jul 13, 2016 at 9:56 AM

This Sun. July 17 from 7-11 p.m. Holy City Salsa, a brand new Latin-specific dance studio in West Ashley, hosts United We Dance, a donation-based social and salsa dance lesson to raise money for recent victims of violence. Georgia Schrubbe, owner of Holy City Salsa, says, "All the money raised will go to the Sterling and Castile family fundraisers and the fund for the families of the victims of The Pulse shooting. We're welcoming people of all ages, races, creeds, and sexual orientation for the event. I really believe that the dance floor is a place of mutual respect and admiration and that by interacting with each other on the dance floor, we understand each other better."

Head here for more info about the event, along with info about other upcoming HCS events. 

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

U.S. comic book ambassador coming to Captain’s Comics

Charge up your power ring

Posted by Dustin Waters on Thu, Jul 7, 2016 at 4:43 PM

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One of America’s very first comic book ambassadors is set to visit Charleston to unveil his new series Cryptocracy.

Earlier this year, Van Jensen, a writer known for his work on DC’s Flash and Green Lantern Corps, was enlisted by the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia, to visit the country and work with Georgian student group Empowered Women to create a new comics promoting gender equality and nonviolence. Visiting Georgia in May, Jensen held workshops with students, guiding them through the ins and outs of storytelling and scripting.

“It’s important for me to remember that, as a creator, I’m making things that go out and influence people,” said Jensen, “and I need to make sure that I have the right kind of influence.”

Jensen will be stopping by Captain’s Comics and Toys in West Ashley on July 16 from 1-5 p.m. to sign copies of his newest creation. Illustrated by DC Comics artist Pete Woods, Cryptocracy explores conspiracies, aliens, and other supernatural secrets. Jensen described the series as a story told from the perspective of a secret, all-powerful organization that controls the planet. Finally seeing things through the eyes of those who hide in the shadows, the series blends science fiction and conspiracies to provide a fresh take on modern myths like Roswell and the Mothmen.

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Gaillard Center offers one-day sale today

Hot, hot, hot

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, Jul 7, 2016 at 10:40 AM

Today the Gaillard Center is offering one pair of $50 tickets, available for 22 shows, for in-person buyers. This Sizzling Summer Extravaganza is only available for single ticket sales, with each buyer limited to purchasing one pair of tickets. This deal is extra sweet because all one-day special seats are located in the orchestra. Get your pair until 6 p.m. today.

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

YALLFest announces authors for 2016 festival

Young at heart

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 at 10:19 AM

It's almost here, y'all. Well, not quite, but still, we're getting pretty pumped up for this year's sixth annual YALLFest, slated for Nov. 11-12. Last year's YA book festival saw over 13,000 fans on one day alone. YALLFest 2016, presented by Harper Collins' Epic Reads, will feature 36 returning authors and 31 new authors. Tickets for keynote talks and featured events will go on sale on Aug. 1.

Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl return to this year's YALLFest. - FILE PHOTO
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Featured talks include a conversation between Victoria Aveyard, author of Red Queen and Sabaa Tahir, author of An Ember in the Ashes; a presentation from Eoin Colfer, author of the Artemis Fowl series; and a round table discussion with authors Adam Silvera, Nicola Yoon, and Julie Murphy.

Returning authors include Veronica Roth (Divergent series), David Levithan (Hold Me Closer), Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (Beautiful Creatures), and Cinda Williams Chima (Flamecaster, The Heir Chronicles). First-time authors include Grady Hendrix (My Best Friend's Exorcism), Jesse Andrews (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl), Susan Dennard (the Witchland series), and Katharine McGee (The Thousandth Floor). Check out the full list here. 

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CCPL announces finalists for director position

Librarians are good for circulation

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 at 9:38 AM

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Charleston County Public Libraries have narrowed down their search for a new executive director, and three finalists — Nicolle Davies,  Alan Kornblau, and Michael Steinmacher — will travel to Charleston next week to meet with the Board of Trustees for final interviews. In a statement, the board's former* chairman Janet Segal said, “After an extensive nationwide search, we ended up with a broad, diverse group of excellent, well-qualified candidates for this critical position." The board received over 100 applications for the position.

*As of July 1, the Board of Trustees' new acting chairman is businessman and publisher, Andy Brack.

Members of the public can listen to presentations from the candidates at 6 p.m. on July 6 at the Main Library, and the board will select a new director later in July. According to a press release: 

"The new director will lead the system’s continuing efforts to grow virtual services, overhaul technologies, create innovative content and build sustainable partnerships with businesses and community organizations. A key focus will be working with Charleston County government and moving forward with the library’s $108.5 million Building and Renovation Program, which includes constructing five new libraries (two new branches and three replacements), renovating 13 existing branches and relocating support staff out of the Main Library to free up space for public use."

Nicolle Davies is the current executive director of Highlands Ranch, Colo.'s Arapahoe Library District in Arapahoe County.

Michael Steinmacher is the director of Louisville, Ky.'s Barr Memorial Library at Fort Knox Army Base.

Alan Kornblau is the director of Delray Beach, Fla.'s Delray Beach Public Library.

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