VISUAL ARTS — Godspeed through Texas, KT
Fri. Jan. 13
53 Cannon Street Gallery
53 Cannon St.
Another year, another blow dealt to Charleston's art (not to mention music) scene with the departure of one of its most active and innovative young talents. Charleston native Kevin Taylor is packing his bags and heading west (to San Francisco) in a scant month or so, but before he goes, he and 53 Cannon St. Gallery present this show, featuring work that spans Taylor's lifetime spent in the Holy City (including childhood drawings!). Taylor has spent the last decade not just working to get his own art in galleries across town and the country, but uniting Charleston's artists in large multi-media exhibitions and events designed to introduce and promote a vast number of cutting-edge contemporary artists. Don't start the gnashing of teeth just yet: Taylor will maintain a connection to Charleston through 53 Cannon and will continue to exhibit both in San Fran and with longtime friend Shepard Fairey at Fairey's gallery in Los Angeles. However, this may be one of the last chances to pick up a Kevin Taylor original for an affordable price, so consider beefing up your collection while simultaneously supporting Taylor's "expansion of artistic horizons."
VISUAL ARTS — Sic transit gloria ... glory fades
Simon Norfolk: Et in Arcadia Ego
Jan. 13-Feb. 18
Opening reception: Fri. Jan. 13
Simons Center for the Arts
54 St. Philip St.
The title of London-based photographer Simon Norfolk's new exhibit, much like his large-format landscape depictions of war-torn areas across the globe, is timeless. Norfolk's photographs have been exhibited all over the world, and he has shot for The New York Times and the NYT Magazine, among other renowned publications. Translated literally from the Latin, "Et in Arcadia Ego" means "And I (death) too (am) in Arcadia;" Norfolk got the title from a 1647 painting by Nicholas Poussin that shows a tomb inscribed with the words "Et in Arcadia" surrounded by onlooking shepherds. All of the photographs in the exhibit were taken after 9/11, "depicting the 'making of a new global empire'" and "the brutality necessary for its construction," according to Norfolk. "The ruins in these artworks were/are philosophical metaphors about the foolishness of pride; about awe and the Sublime; about the power of God; and, most importantly to me, the vanity of Empire."
THEATRE — Exploitation, infidelity, passion: all in a PURE day's work
This Is How It Goes
Opens Fri. Jan. 13
Runs Jan. 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28; Feb. 2, 3, 4
PURE Theatre (at the old Cigar Factory)
701 East Bay St.
PURE returns to one of its favorite playwrights with production of another Neil LaBute show, this one focusing on an interracial love triangle set in small-town America. LaBute's intelligent, caustic, and thought-provoking plays blend seamlessly with PURE's stated mission to explore the human condition through the medium of acting, and the theatre again draws from Charleston's pool of talented local actors, including PURE regular David Mandel, Ann Elizabeth Lyon, and Johnny Heyward, and homegrown behind-the-scenes professionals like director Dana Friedman and stage manager Julia Levy. Audiences can expect to be stimulated, titillated, and entertained by This Is How It Goes, and they should probably buy tickets early: PURE's last three shows have enjoyed mostly sold-out runs packed with return audience members excited to see what unique new direction the theatre's taken this time.
SPORTS EVENT — Ten "bucks" if you can guess who the beer sponsor should be
Professional Bull Riders Charleston Classic
Jan. 13 and 14
$16-101 (add $2 day of show)
North Charleston Coliseum
5001 Coliseum Dr.
Professional bull riding, rodeo's slightly classier, more narrowly-focused cousin, comes to Charleston for the first time ever this weekend for two nights of the best bucking you'll likely get this year. The world's top 45 bull riders will compete atop the PBR's stable of bucking bulls, which are a bit of a genetic anomaly among cow herds. In case you've never seen the oft-broadcast bull riding on television or can't tell from the growling voice on the commercials, these two nights should be a good-n-dirty, rock 'n' roll extravaganza complete with pyrotechnics and fireworks. In case you're wondering about possible animal cruelty in bull riding (we sure were), the Professional Bull Riders website assures spectators that the flank strap, which is used "to enhance the natural bucking motion of a bull and to encourage the animal to extend its hind legs," never covers or goes around a bull's genitals, and no sharp or foreign objects are ever placed inside the flank strap to agitate the animal. So go with a clear conscience and try not to think of Ferdinand.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
VISUAL ARTS — A fond farewell
Nicholas DrakeArt Auction
Sat. Jan. 14
Auction begins at 5 p.m.
Free to enter auction
The Old Barn
1238 Yeaman's Hall Road (Hanahan)
After a long battle with kidney failure, Charleston artist and writer Nicholas Drake passed away last fall. While going over his estate, Drake's friends and family discovered a bevy of artwork of all types and sizes created over a 15-year timespan. Drake's contributions to the Charleston scene included his artwork and arts criticism, as well as hosting a show on the South Carolina Educational Radio Network. At this auction of Drake's artwork, bidding on individual pieces will start at $10 and go up from there, and there will be 150 different pieces of artwork up on the block. Funds raised will go to Drake's family, and they will disburse the proceeds in his name as they see fit.
DANCE — Spoleto-class footwork for Piccolo prices
Lula Washington Dance Theatre
Tues. Jan. 17
$10, $8/seniors, $5/students, $8/person for groups of 10 or more
Sterett Hall Auditorium
Old Charleston Naval Base
Dance legend and acclaimed film, television, and stage choreographer Lula Washington brings her world-class African-American dance company to the stage of Sterett Hall for a one-night-only performance. Washington herself is something of a Cinderella story: she was born in the L.A. projects, became a teenage wife and mother, and, at age 22, bucked the odds and began her professional dance training at UCLA, eventually earning her master's degree and moving on to dance in movies and on stage and creating her own company for adults and children. Her troupe's explosive, beautiful, and high-energy blend of modern dance and historical influences has been praised by The New York Times, The L.A. Times, The Washington Post, and countless other national publications.