Monday, October 3, 2016

Charleston artists invited to apply for S.C. Arts Commission's Fellowship

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Posted by Sigrid Johannes on Mon, Oct 3, 2016 at 10:36 AM

Making art for a living isn’t easy, but many people in Charleston would agree that it’s worth it. If you’re one of those people, then this might be the opportunity for you: The South Carolina Arts Commission is looking for in-state artists working in visual arts, crafts, media screenwriting, and media production for their Fellowship program. Four lucky applicants will receive an unrestricted $5,000 award.

Unrestricted means the recipients can use the money for training, website development, projects, travel, living expenses — anything that will help them live and grow as professional artists. The Fellowships are selected by an out-of-state panel and then approved by the S.C. Arts Commission Board, based solely on a review of anonymous work samples. For more information and a complete set of application guidelines, head here. The application deadline is November 1.

Friday, September 30, 2016

MOJA R&B concert scheduled for Sat. Oct. 1 has been canceled

Singing the blues

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Fri, Sep 30, 2016 at 10:23 AM

Fans of Cameo, Monica, and DJ Kid Capri, we've got some bad news. Tomorrow's MOJA R&B concert has been canceled, according to Riley Park Events, the event arm of Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park where the concert was going to be held.

The cancellation comes a day after City Paper reported that the concert was facing a financial crisis. During this week’s Charleston City Council meeting, MOJA Planning Committee Chairman Angel Quintero requested an emergency contribution of $80,000 from the city to help fund this Saturday’s R&B concert.

Mayor John Tecklenburg responded to the request by saying he had only learned of the budgetary shortfall in the past two days and that a promoter for the event had dropped out. Tecklenburg added, "I was told the other day that they had only sold 10 tickets to the event."

The Riley Park Events event rep we spoke to could not confirm whether or not tickets to the show would be refunded.

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Chamber Music Charleston and Charleston Jazz Orchestra announce new seasons

Talkin' tunes

Posted by Erin Davis on Thu, Sep 29, 2016 at 2:29 PM

Chamber Music Charleston and The Charleston Jazz Orchestra, recently announced the lineups for their latest seasons. Here are the details:

Just back from Carnegie Hall in New York City, Chamber Music Charleston will be kicking off its four-show Ovation Concert Series with their rendition of “A Classical Oktoberfest," featuring Grammy-award winning artist Karen Kim and the rest of the CMC orchestra at Memminger Auditorium.

The event will feature fresh German food, beer, and wine, along with the classic Oktoberfest music. Other concerts in the series include performances from violinists Megan and Alan Molina with pianist Andrew Armstrong at Dock Street Theatre on Jan. 12. Concerts will also be held at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul as well as the Old Exchange Building. Further Ovation Concert series information is available here.

For those more into the jazz scene, The Charleston Jazz Orchestra has announced its 9th season which begins on Feb. 18, 2017. The CJO's first concert, “Singin’ Ellington: The Duke and his Vocalists," will focus on not only on the music of Duke Ellington, but also of Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, and Frank Sinatra. The orchestra’s biggest event, though, will be “Unforgettable: A Tribute to Nat King Cole," performed by Freddy Cole, Nat King Cole's younger brother.

Freddy collaborated with his brother on some of his biggest hits, including “L-O-V-E” and “Unforgettable” and has been recording and touring for over 50 years. Other CJO concerts will include renditions of Earth, Wind, and Fire’s greatest hits, as well as a holiday jazz tribute, just to name a couple. Information on other concert and opportunities are available here.

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PULP Gallery hosts monthly Art Salon

Art talk

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, Sep 29, 2016 at 9:26 AM

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King Street's PULP Gallery & Bookstore has recently served as a venue for vintage films, cabaret magic shows, and karaoke nights. The space is still a gallery, though, and art is always an important facet of what PULP does. Enter: the Art Salon.

The brainchild of local painter Kate Ritchie (who also helps manage the Charleston Artist Collectives), the Art Salon is an opportunity for local artists to critique others' work and have their work critiqued as well. Ritchie says, "The artists are encouraged to explain their vision behind the piece and ask advice for improvements. There are no right or wrong answers. Each artist has their own unique ideas, skills, and experiences that can enrich us as a group."

At the first salon, held last month, artists lined their work up and went through critiquing each piece one by one. Ritchie describes the critique as a conversation, with additional time left over after critiquing, for mixing and mingling with other artists. 

The Art Salon is a free event, open to all artists. There will not be refreshments served, but guests are welcome to BYOB. The next Art Salon will be held on Mon. Oct. 10 from 7-10 p.m. 

Monday, September 26, 2016

The Price is Right is coming to North Charleston

Bet on yourself

Posted by Dustin Waters on Mon, Sep 26, 2016 at 1:19 PM

The Price is Right will take over the North Charleston Performing Arts Center March 25, 2017 - PROVIDED
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For Price is Right fans, there’s something indescribably exhilarating and sensual about the sound of a fresh Plinko chip clinking down the board. It’s an aural sensation unmatched in the annals of daytime television, and now the people of the Lowcountry can experience this joy firsthand as a live version of the longest-running game show in television history is coming to the North Charleston Performing Arts Center on March 25, 2017.

Tickets for reserved seating will go on sale Nov. 18 at 10 a.m and can be purchased at the North Charleston Coliseum Advance Ticket Office, online, or charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000.

But before you throw your hat into the ring and start eyeing that Showcase Showdown, it is perhaps time to take stock of your life and decide what type of contestant you want to be.

Are you the uncertain type who always bids $1? You couldn’t commit to that French cooking class, but maybe now is when you start to believe in yourself and your ability to guess the price of a Kenmore washer/dryer set without going over.

Are you the type who waits for everyone else to place their bids and then just bets $1 more? Then chances are you’re a total jerk who doesn’t need any help in life. Yeah, that’s a pretty smart strategy, but do you really want an entire game-show audience wishing that you’d get spayed or neutered? Have some decency and act like you’ve been someplace before.

And then there’s the Big Wheel. Do you, like myself and many others who watch The Price is Right at home, fear that after you give the spin of your life, one of the Wheel’s many pins or mechanisms will rip your face off and drag you into its inner workings? Well, now is your opportunity to overcome that.

Remember fear is just the gnawing absence of a lesson you’ve yet to learn. All that’s left is for you to come on down.

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