Thursday, April 13, 2017

Here's the best local theater to see this weekend, April 14-16

All the city's a stage

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 3:19 PM

We may be gearing up for Spoleto Festival 2017 in the City Paper office, but that doesn't mean we don't still have our eyes out for locally-produced art, music, and theater. Why not take a night on the town this weekend and check out some solid local theater? Here's the rundown of what's on tap around town.

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Sister Act, Charleston Stage
Opens Fri. April 14. Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Wed. April 19 PAYP at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m. Through April 30.

You've seen Sister Act — the nun-filled hit film with Whoopi Goldberg. Well that movie, and its successor (we're still meh on Sister Act 2) inspired a Broadway show of the same name, and it's comin' to Charleston via Charleston Stage. A refresher on the plot: Deloris Wilson (Goldberg) sees her club-owning boyfriend kill his chauffeur and she has to go into witness protection so that he doesn't kill her, too. Naturally she finds shelter in a convent.

The Charleston production kicks off tomorrow night. Be on the lookout for special tickets next week, too, when Sister Act's Pay What You Please night comes on Wed. April 19 (tickets start at $10 and go on sale Tues. April 18 at midnight).

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Stayin' Alive, 34 West Theater Co.
Thursdays-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m., Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Through May 20.

Speaking of musicals, 34 West — a theater company that doesn't necessarily present controversial shows, but certainly has its fair share of fun ones — has a groovy one, Stayin' Alive, playing now. The plot is this: A soap opera star "fights for love, bellbottoms, and disco fever." The show features music from Donna Summer to Earth, Wind and Fire. Tickets for 34 West shows go fast, so be sure to call ahead to make sure they've got a seat for you and your crew.

And They Called It Jazz, Charleston Performing Arts Center
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Thurs. April 13 at 8 p.m., Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sun. April 23 at 4 p.m. Through April 23.

OK, so it turns out, April is the month of musicals in our fair city. This weather has us singin' sweet tunes, too, so, hey, we'll take it. The Charleston Performing Arts Center (not to be confused with the North Charleston Performing Arts Center) presents And They Called It Jazz, an original work created and choreographed by CPAC's Kirk Pfeiffer, with musical arrangements by Joe Clarke. Covering the progression of jazz from roaring twenties until today, this show features a live four-piece jazz band, which includes students from the School of the Arts.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Gibbes Museum of Art announces new contemporary exhibit

Where the wild things are

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Wed, Apr 12, 2017 at 3:52 PM

Landscape and Variable by William Dunlap - PROVIDED
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  • Landscape and Variable by William Dunlap

From majestic oil paintings of galloping steeds to National Geographic-like portraits of lions and apes, beasts small and large, wild and domestic, have played a significant role in art throughout history.

In conjunction with the Gibbes's exhibit on famed 18th century naturalist Mark Catesby, Artist, Scientist, Explorer: Mark Catesby in the Carolinas, there will be an exhibit, Out of the Wild: Animals in Contemporary Art, exploring the role animals play in art today.

Eighteen featured works by William Dunlap, Walton Ford, and Grainger McKoy will be on display from May 12 through September 24. The works cover a range of mediums including mixed media, sculpture, and painting and address how the artists use animal imagery to explore larger, complex themes of contemporary cultural, from political to social, psychological, and spiritual.

Executive director of the Gibbes Angela Mack says about the convergence of the two exhibits, "[Out of the Wild] complements the 18th century watercolors of Mark Catesby to showcase a diverse collection of artists and techniques with animals and nature as the central theme."

To glean insight into the artist process, swing by the Gibbes on May 24 for a signing and talk on Dunlap's new book, Short Mean Fiction: Words and Pictures.

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Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day with Itinerant Literate later this month

Buy local, y'all

Posted by Grace Vail on Wed, Apr 12, 2017 at 3:38 PM

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Sat. April 29 marks Independent Bookstore Day, a nationwide event dedicated to indie sellers of books and literature. This day is important to small indie independent stores like Itinerant Literate, who will be hosting a day full of book and literature themed events, giveaways, and discounts from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. at the Brew Cellar.

The book-inspired events will include a StorySLAM (live storytelling competition), giveaways for limited edition items including literary condoms (yes), author signings, and signed copies of a bound excerpt of Michael Chabon’s new novel Moonglow. Participants can even have a hand in naming the 1978 Yellowstone camper that is home to the Itinerant Literate traveling bookstore.

Owners Julia Turner and Christen Thompson are hoping to create a more interactive experience for this year’s festivities to celebrate their customers, by hosting events where customers can get more involved and hands on. People are encouraged to sign up to read a chapter of Matilda, and can even sign up to be volunteer booksellers for the day (which would include a sweet 20 percent employee discount).

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The Charleston Symphony Orchestra announces what's in store for next season

Hitting the high notes

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Wed, Apr 12, 2017 at 1:36 PM

Pianist Conrad Tao will be a CSO musical guest in the 2017-18 season - PROVIDED
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  • Pianist Conrad Tao will be a CSO musical guest in the 2017-18 season

With a focus on "celebration," the Charleston Symphony Orchestra's 2017-2018 (Sept. 2017-April 2018) season will include classics that pay homage to musical greats from Beethoven to Bach to Tchaikovsky.
There will be a Masterworks and Pops performances dedicated to the late Leonard Bernstein - PROVIDED
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  • There will be a Masterworks and Pops performances dedicated to the late Leonard Bernstein

Highlights of the season will include a Masterworks and Pops performance dedicated to the late conductor/composer Leonard Bernstein, who would be celebrating his 100th birthday in August 2018. There will also be a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the CSO Chorus and Brahms’ Symphony No. 2.

For those whose tastes veer more pop culture than classical, the Pops series will feature a lineup with music from Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Schindler’s List, and Superman. The annual holiday Pops concert in December 2017 will feature the music of George Gershwin and Bernstein, and will be followed by a NY-themed gala fundraiser in January.

Beloved events that will be repeated in the coming season include the annual Holy City Messiah performances with the CSO Chorus and a holiday special performance with the CSO brass and the Canadian Brass.

Combining two artistic mediums, there will be a production at the Gaillard featuring the CSO Chorus and the Nashville Ballet.

For updates about the season, and to purchase tickets, visit the CSO website.

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Buy tickets now to see Mike Birbiglia at the Gaillard on Sept. 8

The guy who brought you Sleepwalk with Me

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, Apr 12, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Fun fact: Birbiglia actually has rapid eye movement sleep disorder, which inspired his film, Sleepwalk with Me. - PROVIDED
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  • Fun fact: Birbiglia actually has rapid eye movement sleep disorder, which inspired his film, Sleepwalk with Me.
This September the Gaillard, in conjunction with the Charleston Comedy Festival, presents comedian Mike Birbiglia. Tickets for the Sept. 8 show go on sale today, Wed. April 12, at noon.

Birbiglia is a stand-up comedian with multiple Comedy Central and Netflix specials under his belt, in addition to his 2012 Sundance award-winning film Sleepwalk with Me, based off of his off-Broadway show and book of the same name.

Oh, and he's an actor, director, and regular contributor to This American Life. Needless to say, we're pretty stoked that Birbiglia is stopping by Charleston on his fall tour — fingers crossed he stays safe in his hotel room.

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