Directors wanted, Virtual Gibbes, Charleston Socrates Cafe, NPR looks at books 


Stage directors wanted

The Footlight Players are looking for new shows that have never been performed and local directors to bring them to life. If you're interested in directing your new play next season, send a resume and three to four examples of your playwriting by Sept. 1. If your show is chosen, you will be asked to direct it. Submissions for the Mainstage and the Late Night series will be accepted. Contact Jocelyn Edwards at (843) 722-7821 or e-mail —Caitlin Baker

A Virtual Exhibition by the Gibbes

The Gibbes Museum of Art now features an interactive website that offers in-depth views of the artists, subjects, and styles that have shaped the art of Charleston and the South. There's also a blog discussion where you can share your thoughts. Go to —Caitlin Baker

They know themselves

Christopher Phillips founded the Socrates Café movement in 1996 in a New Jersey coffeehouse. As a graduate student at Montclair State University, Phillips believed the demise of Socratic Philosophy was an impairment to society. So he inspired the establishment of over 300 Socratic discussion groups in the U.S. If your ideals parallel those of Phillips, the Charleston Socrates Café would like your company. The group meets 6-7 p.m. every second and fourth Monday of the month at Earth Fare in West Ashley. For more information, call (843) 720-5713. —Caitlin Baker

No books in the newspaper? Try radio

Just when newspapers are cutting books coverage (news, interviews, reviews) and firing book critics, National Public Radio is in the middle of revamping its website to include greater coverage of books and intellectual news. The radio network hired six new book reviewers, including Jessa Crispin, founder of the literary blog; John Freeman, book critic and former president of the National Book Critics Circle; and Laurel Maury, freelance reviewer. It has added weekly book reviews, author podcasts, critics' lists, and other content. Joe Matazzoni, NPR's senior supervising producer, told Publishers Weekly last month that books are one of the top three categories that attract people to its website. —Caitlin Baker

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