Wednesday, November 22, 2017

PURE Theatre's Fully Committed opens Fri. Dec. 8

One man, 40 characters

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Wed, Nov 22, 2017 at 4:37 PM

Rodney Lee Rogers has played main character Sam for years — here he is circa 2008
  • Rodney Lee Rogers has played main character Sam for years — here he is circa 2008
Fourteen years after the southeast regional premiere of Becky Mode's Fully Committed at PURE Theatre, this frenetic and hilarious production will run for the final time on PURE's King St. stage.

One of PURE’s most frequently requested plays (and a production that pops up at quite a few local venues), Fully Committed follows the life of Sam Peliczowski, an "out-of-work actor who mans the red-hot reservation line at Manhattan's number-one restaurant."

Peliczowski is played by PURE co-founder and core ensemble member Rodney Lee Rogers, who has taken on the tasking role multiple times. Rogers embodies a "cast of desperate callers who will stop at nothing in their zeal to land a prime reservation." A challenge for the actor, and a delight for the audience, Fully Committed offers viewers an intimate glimpse at the hypothetical but rings so true life oft-forsaken reservation taker.

The play officially opens Dec. 8 and runs through Dec. 23; there is also a pay-what-you-will performance on Thurs. Dec. 7. Tickets for Fully Committed are on sale now and can be purchased at, by phone at (843) 723-4444, and at the PURE Theatre box office at 477 King Street. Pay-what-you-will tickets will be available at the door Dec. 7.
Event Details Fully Committed
@ PURE Theatre
477 King St.
Charleston, South Carolina
When: Thu., Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m., Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. and Wed., Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m. Continues through Dec. 23

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Check out Columbia City Ballet's 50th anniversary production of Nutcracker next Friday

Leaping into the holidays like ...

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, Nov 22, 2017 at 3:36 PM

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The Columbia City Ballet (they go by The South Carolina Ballet when they're touring, FYI) has been producing The Nutcracker for 50 years now — that's half a century, y'all. The show, with executive and artistic director William Starrett at the helm, heads to Sottile Theater for one night, Fri. Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the box office at (866) 811-4111.
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In case your childhood sucked and you never got to enjoy this gem, here's the plot of the Nutcracker: Clara receives a nutcracker from her uncle, Drosselmeyer. At the stroke of midnight on Christmas Eve, Clara sees the nutcracker grow into a life-size prince. The classic story continues with the Mouse Queen, Sugar Plum Fairy, and the Land of Sweets.

Starrett says, "This is a professional production replete with sets, scenery, and costumes ... it's a once-in-a-lifetime holiday event." You can take his word for it, or check out the production, which features 29 professional dancers as well as appearances by local children, for yourself.
Event Details Columbia City Ballet presents: Nutcracker
@ Sottile Theatre
44 George St.
Charleston, SC
When: Fri., Dec. 1, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
(843) 953-6340

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Mitchell Hill gallery presents work of former inmate in "Two Sides of the Law"

Art unleashed

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, Nov 22, 2017 at 11:11 AM

"The Whisper" - JARED OWENS
  • Jared Owens
  • "The Whisper"
Two Sides of the Law isn't just a clever exhibit title — it's a the literal description of two artists' works. Jared Owens is a self-taught abstract conceptual artist who started creating art during his nearly two decade prison sentence for possession. His works will be presented alongside Phil Durst's contemporary collages at Mitchell Hill Gallery next Fri. Dec. 1 from 5-8 p.m. And Durst's side of the law? He's a practicing civil rights lawyer based in Austin, Texas.

In an artist statement Owens says, “My art career started 10 years ago in federal prison. My first collectors were other prisoners who were interested in paintings of their family members. I tired of portraiture, feeling that this repetitive Sudoku-puzzle process would only add to the monotony that is prison life." So, Owens started creating more abstract works — with the limited tools he was allowed in prison. He says he dreamed of using razors and palette knives to scrape paint. Now, as a citizen post-prison, Owens describes his work as "unleashed."

Durst, a collagist, says he's drawn to pattern and repetition. In an artist statement he says, "I like to work with materials that have also been cast-off or designed for other purposes. I enjoy working with paint chips, old books, candy boxes, and other packaging that all have such beauty even though they were never designed to last."

High & Lonesome - PHIL DURST
  • Phil Durst
  • High & Lonesome
Event Details Two Sides of the Law
@ Mitchell Hill Gallery
438 King St.
Charleston, S.C.
When: Fri., Dec. 1, 5-8 p.m.
Visual Arts

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

CofC alum Brennen Reeves brings Breathe. A True Story back to Charleston

An eye-opening experience

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Tue, Nov 21, 2017 at 11:09 AM

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Three years ago Brennen Reeves, a College of Charleston grad, performed Breathe. A True Story for one night at Theatre 99. Seven years ago, at age 19, Reeves received a double lung transplant.

Breathe is Reeves' story, a one-man show that follows his lifelong struggle with cystic fibrosis — a terrifying diagnosis at age 15 — and eventually, his double lung transplant. Breathe. A True Story heads to PURE Theatre on Sat. Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online.

In a 2014 City Paper review of the play, writer Katherine LaDue described Reeve's show as one of "unembellished sincerity," featuring both humor and gravity. She continues, "He doesn't attempt to tell the audience how to feel or what to get out of his story, allowing it to take on that much more power and profundity. With Breathe. A True Story, he's created an experience that is nothing short of eye-opening."

Breathe is directed and co-created by fellow former Charlestonian, David Lee Nelson, who has dealt with is own health crises recently. Just this July, City Paper featured Nelson and his struggle with stage four colon cancer in the cover story, "Laughing Matters." Nelson, like Reeves, dealt with his cancer diagnosis with humor, writing, "Apparently I'm part of a trend of people in their 30s getting colon cancer. Which is exciting because I've always considered myself to be forward thinking."

There will be a table set up at PURE on the night of Reeves' performance with more information regarding donations and transplantations from Sharing Hope SC.

Event Details Breathe
@ PURE Theatre
477 King St.
Charleston, South Carolina
When: Sat., Dec. 2, 7 p.m.

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Local jewelry designer Lina Rosa takes home Garden & Gun Made in the South runner-up award

Beaded beauties

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Mon, Nov 20, 2017 at 9:52 AM

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Last week Garden & Gun announced their roster of Made in the South winners, and ocal jewelry designer Paulina Rodriguez took home the style runner-up award for her line of delicately beaded earrings, Lina Rosawith.

The annual awards, which highlight products in categories like home, food and drink, and style, can be a launching point to bigger things for recipients. 

In an interview with G&G, Rosa says, "I was so obsessed with beading when I was a teenager. I had a beading desk in the living room so I could watch TV while I worked.” Named after her Polish and Puerto Rican grandmothers, the Lina Rosa collection features geometrical shapes and bold colors from small studs to large statement pieces.

Follow Lina Rosa on Facebook to catch upcoming pop-ups and stunning new designs. And hot tip: orders for her earrings, which range from $30-$300 must be placed by Dec. 5 if you want to get them in time for the holidays.

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