Thanks to places like Bottles ‘N Brushes, we've learned the wonders of wine-fueled art classes. And pretty soon, BNB hopes to make it even easier to sip and create by bringing their classes to their fans with a Brush Bus.
Great for bridal showers, birthday parties, and more, the bus will carry all the supplies necessary to have an event right in your own home or office. After an assistant sets up the supplies, all you’re left to do is stock the bar and invite friends over to create a masterpiece, with step-by-step instructions from a BNB artist. If you’ve always wanted to get your drink on while learning to paint but didn’t want to drive home afterward, we think this is your solution.
BNB is still raising money for the bus through Funding Charleston, and they're asking fans to make donations.
By the way, BNB is hosting a sidewalk sale at their West Ashley location on Sat. March 2 from 8-10 a.m. All paintings have been discounted to $10. See bottlesnbrushes.com for more info.
"If I start dying and I'm not talking, it'll be because I'm dying," Lonnie McDonald says while sitting at the Alley's Joust arcade machine, as he fights enemy knights from atop a flying ostrich. "It's a physics game," he explains. "Everything at this point is angles. You have to beat the angles. You can't outfly them."
The arcade game was released in 1982, and it wasn't long after that that McDonald became its world champion. Now in his 50s and living in Kansas City, Mo., McDonald is working his way to 100 Joust machines in 100 weeks (including his stop at the Alley). At each stop, he plans to score 10 million points, so by the time it's all over and done with he'll have racked up 1 billion.
When McDonald turned 50, he looked back on his life, and he remembered how good he was at Joust. He reconnected with some other world champions, bought himself a machine, and started practicing, eventually winning a doubles world record with fellow champ Steve Sanders. He travels a lot anyway, so he decided to hit up as many Joust machines as he could find. When he started in 2011, his original goal was to play 40 of the machines; the challenge has since grown to the 1 billion mark in 100 weeks that he's fighting for now.
McDonald stays at Marriot hotels (he's a rewards member) while on the road and has played everywhere from multimillion dollar facilities like DisneyQuest in Downtown Disney in Orlando to places so divey he has to spray down the Joust machines with disinfectant before he gets going. It takes McDonald about four to five hours to reach the 10 million mark on his machine (and he signs the winners' board with LON). His last stop on the tour will be in Chicago, at the Williams Electronics facilities, where the machines were made all those years ago.
McDonald should be done at the Alley around 4 p.m., so head there now if you want to check out his progress.
"100 machines in 100 weeks, a billion points, 10 million points at a time," McDonald says. "This is something that I don't think anybody will be able to touch."
It’s been a banner year for the North Charleston Performing Arts Center’s Best of Broadway series — Wicked was wicked awesome (and record-breaking), and Les Miz killed it.
Now we can look ahead to the 2013-14 season, which will be anchored by Jersey Boys (Nov. 5-10) — if you’re unfamiliar, it’s a story of how four blue-collar kids became some of the greatest successes in pop music in a group called The Four Seasons. Then in December, Sister Act, based on the movie of the same name, is a feel-good musical comedy about a wannabe diva who witnesses a crime and ends up hiding from the cops in a convent.
In 2014, The Addams Family is Jan. 14-15, and Memphis is Feb. 18-19 — it’s a fun, lively musical about the underground dance clubs in Memphis in the 1950s. Million Dollar Quartet (April 16-17, 2014) is a Tony award-winner about the famed recording session that brought together Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins for this first time. As if this wasn’t enough, the series also includes a special performance from none other than Bill Cosby.
All events will be held at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center, and tickets are on sale now. For ticket purchasing information, call (843) 202-ARTS, or go to NorthCharlestonColiseumPAC.com.
The Charleston Symphony Orchestra just released the lineup for their 2013-2014 season. They'll be at the Sottile Theatre and Dock Street Theatre again while the Gaillard is closed for renovations.
The new season includes six Masterworks, four Pops, and six Chamber Orchestra concerts — that's three more events than last year, if anyone's keeping count.
The Masterworks showcase kicks off Oct. 17-19 with guest conductor Perry So and mezzo-soprano Jennifer Luiken performing Antonin Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7. Other highlights of the series include Jean Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2 (Nov. 14-16), Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique (Jan. 9-11), Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6, "Pathétique" (Feb. 6-8), Stravinsky's Firebird (March 13-15), and Saint-Saëns' "Organ" Symphony (April 3-5).
The Pop Series begins on Oct. 4 with Fiesta, featuring sultry Latin rhythms, a feisty brass section, and special guest dancers from DanceFX. On Jan. 24-25, Wicked Divas will feature special guest vocalists from Broadway, opera, and pop music singing favorites from the musical Wicked. The Chamber Orchestra Series features works by Mozart, Dvořák, and Rossini.
Meanwhile, the CSO's Music Director search is drawing to a close. The 2013-'14 Masterworks performances will showcase six guest conductors who are search candidates. Although the Music Director Search Committee will have the final say, audiences will be invited to provide feedback about the candidates' performances.
In addition to the series concerts, special events, education programs, and ensemble performance dates will be added to the schedule at a later date. The CSO is now taking orders for subscriptions for the 2013-'14 season. Ticket prices will remain the same as last season. For more information, visit CharlestonSymphony.org.