Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Check out PULP's 'Babes in Toyland' exhibition Thursday night

Oh, baby

Posted by John Jarvis on Wed, Nov 16, 2016 at 2:14 PM

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PULP Gallery kicks off the holiday season early with its latest exhibition, Babes In Toyland, featuring a selection of toy and doll-themed art, including works on paper as well as photographs and contemporary statues.

Some of the featured artists include Laurie Simmons, Matthew Rolston, Mark Hogencamp, Derrick Hickman, David Levinthal, and Mark Starnes. The opening night reception will be held Thurs. Nov. 17, from 6-10 p.m., with wine and music from DJ Golden.

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January's Justin Willman comedy-magic show to benefit local animal sanctuary

Laughs for woofs

Posted by Sigrid Johannes on Wed, Nov 16, 2016 at 1:25 PM

Think magic is just for kids? Think again. Magician and comedian Justin Willman heads to Sottile Theater on Jan. 14, for an 8 p.m. show. Willman has performed on Conan, The Tonight Show, Ellen, and @midnight. His first special Sleight of Mouth aired on Comedy Central earlier this year. Tickets for his Charleston show are $35 and you can buy them here.

As if that weren’t enough, the show is also benefitting a great cause. All of the proceeds from the performance will benefit the Hallie Hill Animal Sanctuary, a nonprofit animal shelter in Hollywood, South Carolina. Hallie Hill provides food, shelter, and medical care to about 200 abandoned and abused animals. They are a strictly no-kill shelter and take in animals regardless of age or breed.

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Jim Breuer and Hannibal Buress will headline 2017 Charleston Comedy Festival, tickets available now

Buress is back

Posted by Amani Eley on Wed, Nov 16, 2016 at 1:00 PM

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Tickets for the 2017 Charleston Comedy Festival's headliner shows are now on sale. The fest, co-sponsored by City Paper and Theatre 99, will be held from Jan. 18-21, and will feature performances from comedians Jim Breuer and Hannibal Buress. Breuer, of SNL and Half Baked fame, will perform at Sottile Theatre on Jan. 20, and Buress, of Neighbors, Neighbors 2, Broad City, and more, will perform at Sottile on Jan. 21. Buress recently canceled a show in the Lowcountry due to a scheduling conflict; read Dustin Waters' interview with him here. And snag your headliner tickets at

Theatre 99 will also be holding their Stand-Up Comedy Competition Semi-Finals this weekend, on Nov. 18 & 19 at 10 p.m. These rounds will feature 10 comics each night, with the top three vote getters moving on to the final round, held on Sat. Dec. 3. Semi-Final tickets are available now for $12 a pop.

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Nameless Numberhead launches new monthly comedy series

With friends like these

Posted by Erin Davis on Wed, Nov 16, 2016 at 12:25 PM

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Nameless Numberhead, the comedy duo comprised of Maari Suorsa and Henry Riggs, launches a new sketchy comedy showcase starting on Sat. Nov. 26 at Theatre 99 at 10 p.m. Get your tickets here.

You may be familiar with Nameless Numberhead's monthly rotating show, RIP City, which aims to bring new and upcoming local comedians to the spotlight. Their new series, Nameless Numberhead and Friends, will feature two guest stand-up comedians/sketch artists and a musician who will play his/her original work each month. Nameless Numberhead and Friends' debut will feature (besides the title act, of course), Vernon Moses, Jason Groce, and Mechanical River.

Vernon Moses is actually not some dude named Vernon, but another sketch duo, whose real names are Deshawn Mason and Jon Antoine. Jason Groce is a comedic regular at Theatre 99, and has practiced improv with the troupe since 2005. For seven years he’s perfected his stand-up comedy and traveled nationally to open for some big names, most recently last week opening for Demetri Martin. Mechanical River will provide some of their lo-fi folky music. Every instrument is performed by Joel Hamilton, and you can check out his debut album Astral Castle here.

Monday, November 14, 2016

A little advice from YALLFest's 'Unlikable Female Protagonists' panel

It's a woman's world

Posted by Sigrid Johannes on Mon, Nov 14, 2016 at 10:20 AM

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What have women done to be disliked? For starters, “we’re all existing.” That's how Justine Larbalestier opened YALLFest's "Unlikeable Female Protagonists" panel this weekend. Joining her on stage at the Charleston Museum, authors Renee Ahdieh, Kara Thomas, Courtney Summers, Libba Bray, and Leigh Bardugo pulled no punches either.

Each author opened by introducing themselves as brashly as possible, defying the demands upon women to be retiring and modest. Summers, author of Cracked Up to Be, quipped that her five books are “probably the best you’ve ever read, and if you haven’t I’m embarrassed for you.” Libba Bray won for most dramatic opening line, declaring “I am the next president of the United States.” Bardugo explained that she knows many people who don’t want to be out in public right now, “but it is a great moment for us all to be seen.”

Bardugo deadpanned that when misogyny is getting her down, she just bathes in her tub full of money. And yet their work is not immune to the vitriol that women so often face in the United States. Reviews on Amazon and GoodReads reveal some of the most common thoughts readers have about female protagonists: stupid, angsty, annoying, pining, boring, whiny, obnoxious, needy, self-conscious, and attention-seeking. Never mind that the last two are contradictory. As a female in fiction, you just can’t win.

American culture is not always comfortable with women who perform traditionally male roles. As Bray explained, “we don’t allow women the full ROYGBIV of our experience.” Anger, ambition, sadness, and many other hues along the emotional spectrum are reserved for men only. Women who live out their emotional complexity are criticized and mocked. All of the writers noted the backlash against Hillary Clinton, a woman who was considered by many to be one of the most qualified presidential candidate in history.

“We just elected a monster because we hated a woman so much,” said Thomas.

The solution? These female authors suggest we take action.

“Now go out and set fire to things,” said Larbalestier.
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