All I know is, it's important to have millions of dollars directed toward intangible commodities instead of actually helping people. Who cares about the homeless and hungry? I need to see a state-subsidized version of A Midsummer Night's Dream performed by bumpkins from Beaufort.
No one ever managed to explain to me how, after the SC Arts Commission was taken out of the budget by the governor, and then put back into the budget by the Legislature, it was then not funded because the money was supposed to come out of the budget surplus, which didn't actually exist in the first place.....
Great articulation of how I felt about "Midsummer", although I missed the last 5 mintues because I was gone at the intermission.
Change of Location!
Now at Brick House Kitchen, 1575 Folly Rd James Island, SC 29412.
Musicians include Nick Jenkins, and Rachel Kate, more TBA!
Join us for a big, beautiful evening of outdoor circus arts performances and sharing hosted by Holy City Cirque, a collective of artists/performers based here in Charleston, SC. Come to participate or spectate, to play, jam, practice, perform, gawk, picnic, learn, show off, share, cross pollinate and make new friends!
Entrance is free; however, help support Girls Rock Charleston by purchasing a $10 wristband ($5 for kids 12 and under) to participate in our "mini class sampler." Play and performance will include acro yoga, aerial silks, poi, face painting, juggling, hooping, slacklining, drumming, and much more. You might be tempted to run away to the circus afterwards!
Be green by carpooling to our event please!
Can a pop culture joke be both timely and untimely at the same time?
It's all BS. This town is so overbuilt with hotels it like a Monopoly game board; there's no way they can be anywhere near the occupancy rates they claim to justify the prices they ask. Some local thread keeps pushing the new construction in order to have continued construction so the replacement cost is high and the hotels preserve the higher cost occupancy rate. Take a look around; is this place hotel overbuilt or what?
Is Carl Weathers involved?
Really? Mr. Day, I'm so disappointed in City Paper's selection of you as the overall festival reviewer. You're writing is sub-par and leads me to think that City Paper should take a long, hard look at whether or not they should be utilizing your "talents" for next year's festival.
I believe they were also nominated last year as well.
Perhaps you have become a hackneyed critic, in general, about Festivals because you have covered so many, in your career. Perhaps you are so accustomed to immersing yourself in fantastic music and arts, because of the privileges of your profession, and you feel comfortable discounting the brilliance of obviously remarkable performances. like the South Indian Dance and Classical Music of Shantala.
I suspect that you are a die hard chamber music fan. While you were listening to heavenly Music in Time performances, however, you missed all the jazz! You didn't even mention the fantastic Wachovia Jazz Series ---international Jazz offerings that took us around the world...sorry that you missed the eclectic and charming Iiro Rantala, currently, the world's trend-setter in Improvisational Jazz Piano Solo work...or the Andre Mehmari Trio, from Brazil, who transported us all into an alternate reality, with their transcendent tunes....Jazz Producer, Michael Grofsorean, has a particular knack, for winnowing out the world's newest, hottest jazz performers. He's got his fingers, on the musical global pulse.
I agree that the Spoleto producers need to engage one of Charleston's talented King Street marketing and media companies,(like Slant Media) to examine their demographics...and I wholeheartedly agree with your point about the importance of new strategies to bring Spoleto's performing arts to the under served "youth market". Enjoying music, dance or theater in unique venues, that appeal to a younger crowd, are way way overdue on the Spoleto Producers list of most important Agenda Items.
I ask you to recognize one very important point, whether you think Spoleto's dance and theater performances are lackluster or not.
Every production offered at Spoleto widens and educates us about the cultural arts of the world. Our community and our children and the wider audiences that come from afar, are so so lucky to be able to learn about the world beyond the myopic USA, through the artists that the festival lays at our feet for 17 glorious days. If you can't travel...or afford to being your child to Finland, Brazil, England, India...then you can open up their eyes, to the rest of the world, with the purchase of a Spoleto ticket.
I reveled in what I learned about ancient cultures through when I watched Shantala, Matsukaze..and when we had the honor of hearing one of the world's pre-eminent Celtic Uillean pipers, Cillian Vallely, who performed at Piccolo.
Furthermore, with such unstable weather as a factor, this year's festival left me with a deep respect for the enormity of the job of programming and producing shows, when last minute venue changes must be engineered, and financial consequences weigh so heavily. Bringing performers to us from Asia, North America, South America and beyond, is incredible alone. Getting them all to perform in safe, weather-friendly locations, within a tight Spoleto budget, is yet another tall order.
Like you, I am all for innovation...I want to go to Spoleto to find out what's trending in music, dance, visual art and theater, around the world. I'm with you on that one, Mr. Day.
So , here's hoping that in 2013-2014, Spoleto and Piccolo Spoleto producers put their heads together to figure out ways to inject innovation into unique venue selections, fusions of unlikely artists and collaborations with the plethora of local artistic talent. If they themselves practice creative planning they will indeed, better engage a growing youth audience and could make the global arts accessible to folks who can't afford big ticket shows.
Pretty much sums it up...Spoleto starting to loose its luster. Fading slowly.
We are promoting creativity, wellness, and adventure! I do want to thank a few sponsors that are helping us pull this together in some form or another: Masters Studio, Theater Marveloso, David Frantz Photography, Lila Movement, Charleston Community Yoga, WoSe, Art Mag, Flowcountry, Yoga House, Acro Yoga Charleston, Saborcillo de Sevilla, Ancient Echoes Bellydance.
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