Monday, February 27, 2017

Check out storytelling fest Charleston Tells 2017 on Fri. March 17

Singin' stories

Posted by Tori Mann on Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 10:51 AM

Robert Jones is an inspirational storyteller and musician. - PROVIDED
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  • Robert Jones is an inspirational storyteller and musician.
Charleston Tells, an annual storytelling festival, has fully transitioned into a quarterly concert series, keeping the story fun going all year long. Fri. March 17 kicks off this year's series of concerts, with a performance by Robert Jones, inspirational storyteller and musician. The concert takes place at 7 p.m. at the Main Library and tickets are $12. Beer and wine will be available for purchase, with proceeds benefiting the Charleston Friends of the Library.

The Charleston Tells Festival brings together national and local storytellers to entertain, tell, and recreate stories throughout their own past or famous history. As of recently, Charleston Tells has transformed from a multi-day festival to the quarterly series that it is today in order to create a unique experience that can integrate locals, tourists, and international/national talent. Feature performers celebrate and preserve the ancient art of storytelling, the human experience, and Charleston’s own rich heritage.

Jones is not only a singer/storyteller but a self taught multi-instrumentalist. Jones uses folk, blues, and American Roots music to share and spread culture within the Lowcountry. Jones has defined the source of his storytelling ideas as his family, history, and the Bible. Jones continually aims to incorporate elements of humor, fact/fiction, and musical elements to spread shared beliefs about culture throughout his storytelling.

Jones has been performing professionally for over 30 years, and currently resides in Ann Arbor, Mich. After Rev Jones kicks off Charleston Tells, he will continue on to New York, Ohio, and Texas.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Jonathan Green, Nancy and Sam Stafford to be honored at second annual Anthony Aston Honors Gala

The theater, the theater

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Fri, Feb 24, 2017 at 4:32 PM

Lowcountry artist Jonathan Green is one of this year's Anthony Aston award recipients - JONATHAN BONCEK
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  • Lowcountry artist Jonathan Green is one of this year's Anthony Aston award recipients

Named for the 18th century British actor and playwright who landed in Charles Towne after being shipwrecked near Port Royal — and is said to have penned the first play ever produced in America — the Footlight Players' Anthony Aston Honors Gala recognizes individuals or organizations that have made "significant contributions to the arts or the cultural life of Charleston." Three award recipients have been selected this year: Jonathan Green, Sam Stafford III, and Nancy Stafford.

Lowcountry native Jonathan Green is an internationally renowned artist whose art has been incorporated into ballet, music, theater (including last year's Porgy & Bess Spoleto production), literature, film, and video documentaries.

Sam Stafford III acted with The Footlight Players from 1967-1971 and also served on The Footlight Players board of directors, even taking on the role of board president. Charleston native Nancy Webb Stafford's mother was on the Players' board of directors and Nancy started volunteering at the theater at 13. For 11 years, Nancy worked every aspect of the technical theater, learning from Emmett Robinson, Norman Webber, and Bill Easterby.

Sam and Nancy Stafford are lifelong supporters of Footlight Players - PROVIDED
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The Aston Honors Gala takes place Thursday, May 11 at 7 p.m. at Hibernian Hall. The event is black-tie optional and tickets are $150 a pop; a $275 ticket includes a pre-event VIP reception with sponsors, honorees, and other distinguished guests. The mistress of ceremonies is Charleston native Lauren Hutton, a supermodel who has appeared on 27 American Vogue covers. Proceeds from the fete benefit The Footlight Players, now in their 85th season.

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Compete to win a free West Fraser painting with the Gibbes' scavenger hunt

Pay it forward for the arts

Posted by Kathryn Noviello on Fri, Feb 24, 2017 at 3:23 PM

"Jaywalker" - WEST FRASER
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  • "Jaywalker"
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s … a painting? Art lovers are in for a treat as the Gibbes Museum of Art and renowned Southern painter West Fraser are throwing a city-wide scavenger hunt to find a painting by Fraser hidden in a tree.

Fraser began his “Painting in a Tree” project back in 2009, challenging participants to interpret clues and find an original oil painting hidden in a tree. Clues to the location of the painting will be leaked weekly on The Gibbes Museum’s social media platforms and in the museum. The first clue, announced last Friday, says, “Orient yourself in this street scene depicting Charleston’s Old Exchange building and follow the direction of the viewer’s perspective to determine whether your hunt should begin north or south of Broad Street.” To receive clue No. 2, participants must journey to Fraser's current exhibition, Painting the Southern Coast, at the Gibbes. The clue is on display somewhere in the gallery.

The hidden painting, which features a naturalistic landscape of a barren tree in a swampy area, was created in conjunction with Fraser’s current Gibbes exhibition, on display until April 30. A leading American artist in the representational and plein air tradition, Fraser is known for his atmospheric vistas of American and international cities, coasts and landscapes.

The lucky art lover who finds the painting will get to take it home. In exchange, Fraser asks whoever finds the painting to pay it forward as he has done, and make a monetary donation of any size to the Gibbes.

Head to the Gibbes to view Fraser’s collection and, while you’re there, keep an eye out for clue No. 2. The scavenger hunt lasts until someone finds the painting, and there are currently 10 planned clues.

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CofC professor nominated for prestigious Bram Stoker Award

Walking the blood-red carpet

Posted by Dustin Waters on Fri, Feb 24, 2017 at 12:22 PM

Scott Poole has been fascinated with Lovecraft for two decades now - JONATHAN BONCEK
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  • Scott Poole has been fascinated with Lovecraft for two decades now
Charleston’s very own W. Scott Poole has been nominated for the highest prize in horror and fantasy writing.

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Last year, the College of Charleston professor released In the Mountains of Madness: The Life, Death and Extraordinary Afterlife of H. P. Lovecraft, a complex analysis of life and legacy of the author behind such short stories as “The Call of Cthulhu” and “The Shadow Over Innsmouth.” Poole’s book is now in the running for the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction.

“Named in honor of the author of the seminal horror novel Dracula, the Bram Stoker Awards are presented annually for superior writing in eleven categories including traditional fiction of various lengths, poetry, screenplays and non-fiction. Previous winners include Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, George R. R. Martin, Joyce Carol Oates, and Neil Gaiman,” according to a statement from award presenters the Horror Writers Association.

This year’s awards will be presented during the second annual StokerCon aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, Cali., on April 29.

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Broadway hit 'Hamilton' will stop at Greenville's Peace Center

This calls for a road trip

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Fri, Feb 24, 2017 at 10:58 AM

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You've heard of Hamilton. We know you have. The Broadway hit was more than just a successful musical — it became a political statement in the wake of this past year's presidential election (check here for a reminder of the speech directed at VP Pence at the end of one performance). The story of founding father Alexander Hamilton, the sold-out-for-months show blends hip-hop, jazz, rap, and R&B, with a pretty hot soundtrack.

According to The State, Hamilton hits South Carolina stages — Greenville's Peace Center, to be exact — during its 2018-19 touring season. The season will be announced on March 28. If you're up for a day trip, you can learn more about the show here.

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