The 2012 Fall Arts Issue

  • "Everybody thinks that dance it not a guy thing to do and I was one of those people. After school, we'd have dance rehearsal all day long, and eventually I fell in love with it."

    Alexey Kulpin - Ballet Dancer

  • "Part of our mission is to create products that make your life easier, particularly your life with your gadgets that you already have, you spend a lot of money on, but maybe they don't fit into your life 100 percent."

    Distil - Product Design Company

  • "It's great to be inspired and learn things from others, but the biggest problem I see is people trying to copy others. Everyone has their own unique voice and vision, and it's your job as an artist to share that."

    Kristin Solecki - Illustrator, Co-founder of Sips Card

  • "Even though I was successful in New York, Charleston is where my dreams have come true."

    Mary Fishburne - Actress

  • "Starting my career in Charleston allowed me to get into the independent filmmaking market, to study acting intensively. A lot of people get out of school and go straight to Los Angeles. But they're not armed with anything."

    Mills Allison - Independent Filmmaker

  • "I almost quit in kindergarten because I couldn't go to recess. But I've developed a real love for it ever since."

    Nick Bentz - Musician

  • "With violence onstage, it has to be just underneath real. But the audience saw that I'd really stabbed him. I said to him, 'I'm not going to kill you. Yet."

    Peter Galle - Actor, Improvisational Comedian

  • "Inspiration can come anytime, anywhere. Once I was out in the wilderness of Ethiopia and an entire novel plot just rushed through my head."

    Ryan Graudin - Novelist

  • "I'm interested in carefully detailed environments. Thoroughly wrought environments. It doesn't have to be lavish. In fact most of the time I'd rather it be very carefully, very minimally created spaces, which is harder than people give it credit for."

    Tyler Smith - Architect

After a long summer slumber, Charleston's art scene is finally starting to rub the sleep out of its eyes. Fall is the season for change and rebirth in the Holy City, and we've got a whole mess of upcoming events from local theaters, dance companies, galleries, and more. Besides that, we also have some young local talents who are helping to put Charleston's creative community on the map; we like to call them ones to watch. Read on to find out what — and who — you should be watching this season.

Fall Arts Critics' Picks
Fall Arts Critics' Picks

Consider this your official warning: Your schedule is about to get very, very full. From Redux to the Footlight Players to Theatre 99, local arts organizations have a lot planned for the next few months. These Critics' Picks represent some of the highlights of the fall season, including an ode to Edgar Allan Poe at the Dock Street, a subversive mermaid exhibit at City Gallery, and a rocking collection of photography at the Gibbes. — Editorial Staff

Distil Union create life solutions with a sense of humor
Distil Union create life solutions with a sense of humor You Snooze, You Don’t Lose

While we can't say for sure, we bet Distil Union's Nate Justiss and Adam Printz are expert snoozers. The guys, who run the product design company with Lindsay Windham, work literally steps away from their beds, since the front room of the men's King Street apartment serves as their office space. — Susan Cohen

Mary Fishburne asserts her spot in Charleston’s theater scene
Mary Fishburne asserts her spot in Charleston’s theater scene Smash Hit

Three days after graduating from Vanderbilt University, Fishburne packed her bags and drove to New York City with dreams of landing the role of Glinda in Broadway's Wicked. — Amy Stockwell Mercer

Yuriy Bekker’s protege Nick Bentz hones his chops
Yuriy Bekker’s protege Nick Bentz hones his chops Boy Genius

Before anything else, let's clear up a common misconception. Eighteen-year-old violinist-composer-singer Nick Bentz of West Ashley didn't always know that he was put on this planet to make music. — Dan Conover

Versatile dancer Alexey Kulpin steps out of his comfort zone
Versatile dancer Alexey Kulpin steps out of his comfort zone Prince of Darkness

Ballet was not Alexey Kulpin's first love — but you'd never know it now seeing him shine on stage as a principal dancer with the Charleston Ballet Theatre. — Katie Hurst

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