Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Quentin Baxter presents jazz series on Kiawah starting this Sun. Jan. 8

Jazz hands

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Tue, Jan 3, 2017 at 10:12 AM

Regina Carter heads to Kiawah on Mon. Feb. 20. - DAVID KATZENSTEIN
  • David Katzenstein
  • Regina Carter heads to Kiawah on Mon. Feb. 20.
Grammy-nominated Charleston drummer Quentin Baxter kicks off a three concert series on Kiawah Island this Sun. Jan. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Turtle Point Clubhouse. Tickets for each concert, which are sponsored by the Town of Kiawah Island Cultural Events, are $20 and can be purchased here.

The concert this Sunday features the Houston Person Quartet, with Person on tenor saxophone, Lafayette Harris, Jr. on piano, Matthew Parrish on bass, and Baxter on drums. In his career Person has performed with such acts as Etta Jones, Lena Horne, Horace Silver, and more. And as a record producer, Person has worked with the likes of Freddy Cole and Ernie Andrews.

The second concert in the series, held on Mon. Feb. 20, feature's Regina Carter's show, Simply Ella. Xavier Davis is on piano and keyboards, Marvin Sewell on acoustic and electric guitars, Chris Lightcap on acoustic and electric bass, Alvester Garnett on drums, and Carter on jazz violin. Simply Ella, Carter's upcoming album and tour, celebrates 100 years since the birth of musical legend Ella Fitzgerald. 
Quentin Baxter brings another jazz series to the Lowcountry. - FILE PHOTO
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  • Quentin Baxter brings another jazz series to the Lowcountry.

The Annie Sellick Quartet performs at the final concert, held on Wed. March 8. Jazz vocalist Sellick joins Kevin Bales on piano, Billy Thornton on bass, and Baxter on drums. Sellick has toured all over the world in both solo shows and with artists like John DiMarino, Grant Stewart, the late Eddie Higgins, and more.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

PULP Gallery welcomes Edinburgh Fringe performer Gary Tro this Friday

Laughs from across the pond

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, Dec 28, 2016 at 4:16 PM

Looking for something to do this weekend? Yeah, yeah it's New Year's Eve and all, but how about a little comedy to end the year on a high note? PULP Gallery hosts SupercalifragilisticexpiGARYTROcious, a one-man comedy show from Gary Tro, this Fri. Dec. 30 at 9 p.m.

The British comedian has been performing stand-up comedy since 2010 — and in just six years he's even appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the world's largest arts festival. Watch a clip of the fella below.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Call for Art: Fabulon and Tua Lingua need artists for upcoming exhibitions

Calling all creatives

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, Dec 22, 2016 at 10:25 AM

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Two local art galleries, West Ashley's Fabulon and North Charleston's Tua Lingua, need art for some of their upcoming exhibitions. Read on for details.

Fabulon has two upcoming shows, Not Your Typical Love Story and We the People, that need submissions. Not Your Typical Love Story is back by popular demand. The show debuted last year, highlighting art that represents all kinds of love, not just the kind you see in Hallmark commercials. The deadline for those submissions is Jan. 20 and interested artists should supply three-five representative examples of their work, an artist statement, and a $35 application fee. Chosen work will be on display and for sale during the month of February, with an opening reception held on Sat. Feb. 11 from 5-8 p.m.

We the People is a new exhibition at Fabulon, inspired by the belief that artists have the power to change the world, and that they should create work with messages of peace and harmony. Fabulon's founder Susan Irish says, "I want to represent every possible culture that has something to say that wants to participate." She says that she's already spoken to local members of a drum circle who want to be a part of the exhibition, and she hopes to have a salon-style dialogue about the works on display. The deadline for submitting to We the People is Feb. 10, and like Not Your Typical Love Story, this show also asks that artists submit three-five pieces of work, along with a $35 application fee. The exhibition will be on display for the month of March, with an opening reception held on Mar. 10 from 5-8 p.m. Learn more about both exhibitions here.

Tua Lingua, which calls itself North Charleston's only artist space, is looking for submissions for its show, AnonArt, to be held on Feb. 11. The idea of the show is that artists remain anonymous — your name will not be shown anywhere on or near your works of art. The description of the show describes it as: "an exploration of online identity vs. personal identity, civil disobedience, the voluntary loss of ego, social alienation, intellectual property, privacy, data collection, mass duplication, disguise, self-censorship, over-stimulation, whistle-blowing, fear ... copyright infringement, Facebook and Zuck, 4chan, Reddit, and other technological wonders designed to unify the human race but seem to result in quite the opposite." All works must be submitted by Feb. 1. Head here for more info.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Listen to the 2016 Lit Issue on your holiday drive

Get Lit

Posted by Sam Spence on Wed, Dec 21, 2016 at 12:33 PM

Wonder what he's listening to...? - SCOTT SUCHY
  • Scott Suchy
  • Wonder what he's listening to...?
This year, when we decided to reprise our year-end Literary Issue, we wanted to do something a little different to help some of this city's up-and-coming writers reach a new audience. So we asked them to stop by the office for a personal reading of their original work for an all-new audio version of our 2016 Lit Issue.

Some of this year's featured writers may be familiar to you, like City Paper contributor Stephanie Hunt and Ayinde Waring. Some are new voices, like Aaron Wood and Corrie Wang. The pieces are short and easy to listen to on the way to work or riding in the back of a Midwest polka band's rented truck.

You can listen to them over the course of this week by subscribing to the Charleston City Paper's podcast feed in your mobile app of choice (SoundCloud, Podcasts on iOS and coming soon to Google Play Music on Android.) And if you're good, that feed will bring a few new things your way in 2017.

Let us know how you like them, shoot me an email or tweet @samwithans with your feedback.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

A Guide to the Best and Worst Toys of 2016

Buyer’s rejoice

Posted by Dustin Waters on Tue, Dec 20, 2016 at 10:16 AM

Ah. The holidays. The time of year when you try just a little bit harder not to disappoint everyone you know. As the numbing kiss of winter stings your cheek and seasonal depression gives way to buyer’s remorse, there’s no better moment to cozy up in front of your computer for some last-minute shopping. Since online shopping is usually a race to fill your cart before your Ambien kicks in, we thought it might be helpful to provide a brief guide to this year’s best, worst, and most lethal gifts for the youngsters in your life.

Holiday Dangers

Each year, parental watchdog groups such as World Against Toys Causing Harm (WATCH) release their countdown of the most dangerous playthings on the market. While those of us who are older may remember a freer time when kids played Lawn Darts and that game where you try to stab the knife in between your fingers as fast as possible, today’s youth require much more care and consideration. Here are just a few of the toys deemed “unsafe” by modern standards.

Warcraft Doomhammer
There's no way this can go wrong - WATCH
  • There's no way this can go wrong
Yes, surprisingly the Doomhammer did not live up to WATCH’s safety standards. It’s difficult to know what managerial or creative process went into developing such a toy, but here’s our best guess:

Jakks Pacific CEO: Alright Jenkins, we have the exclusive license to create an entire line of Warcraft products. This is a fantastical world of impossible creatures and magic where the only limits are those of imagination. What’ve you got for me?

Jenkins: A hammer.

CEO: Like a mythical hammer with an imposing name rich in intricate lore such a Thor’s Mjolnir?

Jenkins: I just thought we’d call it the Doomhammer.

CEO: And it’s just a large, heavy hammer made from rigid molded plastic to be sold to six-year-olds?

Jenkins: There’s also a choking hazard.

CEO: Clear out your desk, Jenkins. And move your things into the corner office, you beautiful bastard! You did it again!

Banzai Bump N’ Bounce Body Bumpers
Teach your children to hurl their bodies at one another from the safety of your home - WATCH
  • Teach your children to hurl their bodies at one another from the safety of your home
As we mentioned earlier, children these days receive much more coddling than previous generations. Sadly, long gone are the days when you could simply drop off your kids at the nearest rail yard to spend time with the newest crop of boxcar jumpers, learning the finer points of swearing, soup-making, and love. Fortunately, thanks to the Banzai Bump N’ Bounce Body Bumpers your little snowflakes can still relive the age-old tradition of competitive child fighting while protected by a thin layer of inflatable padding.

SELFIE Mic Music Set
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While some dangers are merely physical, other gifts pose the risk of stoking the flames of your child’s complete and total narcissism. By creating a device that combines a selfie stick with a microphone, the SELFIE Mic tells your kids they are the absolute center of the known universe. Only humility and modesty will be able to escape the gravitational pull of the blackhole that is your child’s personality after they receive this holiday treat.

This Year’s Top Toys

Nothing makes up for an entire year of neglect like bringing home this year’s hottest toys for the child in your life. And while the emotional scars of youth will long outlast the much-sought-after prize a little one unwraps during the holiday season, at least you can rest assured that your offspring will have one less thing to mention during therapy years later.

It's an egg, then it's not - LEARNING RESOURCES/TNS
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  • It's an egg, then it's not
This is perhaps the top toy of the year. Following in the footsteps of Furby, Tickle Me Elmo, and Beanie Babies, Hatchimals offer kids the opportunity to hatch their very own bird-like pal before quickly losing interest. After 20 to 25 minutes of playtime, your Hatchimal will be ready to burst forth from the egg in which it was gestating. The hatching process can take up to 30 minutes, but once that’s done the fun can really start. Requiring constant attention, feeding, and burping, each Hatchimal undergoes several stages of maturation. From baby to toddler to kid, Hatchimals join the long line of products that teach kids the burden of interspecies parenting.

Speak Out
  • Hasbro
Labelled as the “Ridiculous mouthpiece challenge game,” Speak Out is being hailed by many as the board game of the year. And it’s easy to see why. Huddled around a table with plastic mouthguards distorting the smiles of your family, your goal is simply to communicate. Perhaps no toy this year better displays the fear and angst of adolescence, the everyday misunderstandings that you experience with your teen, and the dire need for plenty of antiseptic rinse.

Nintendo NES Classic Edition

Nostalgia, that sweet ache of what was lost to time. Loaded with 30 games, this smaller version of the classic console will give you the chance to relive the hours of joy you spent button mashing as a youth. You may have bought this as a gift for a kid, but the truth is that you’ll still be playing long after he or she has lost interest after realizing that video games are much better now. Well beyond the time when a parent or unfinished homework would have interfered with your completing a game, you’ll while away the late-night hours in search of princesses to save and bubbles to bobble. For those brief twilight hours, you’ll feel free again. Free from the mortgage, the bills, and the other responsibilities of adulthood, you’ll recall a time when the answer to all your problems could be solved with one easy answer: Up, up, down, down, left, right left, right, B, A. “If only the rest of life were so simple,” you’ll say to yourself as you sit alone in a dark living room as your family sleeps. If only being an adult were more Kirby’s Adventure and less Ghosts ’N Goblins.

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