Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Watch Marcus Amaker's prescient visual poem, "The America I Know Could Use a Good Cry"

Are you listening?

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Tue, Jun 2, 2020 at 12:40 PM

This week, local graphic designer, electronic musician and Charleston's poet laureate Marcus Amaker shared a recent poem from his latest collection of poetry, The Birth of All Things, "The America I Know Could Use a Good Cry."

You can purchase The Birth of All Things online at marcusamakerstore.com.

Amaker wrote "The America I Know" in February and filmed the accompanying video at Moe's Crosstown Tavern with local videographer Kristy Crum prior to the coronavirus shutdown.

Sharing the poem on Instagram, Amaker wrote: "This is a prose poem written from experience. about our country and its relationship with black people."

As cities across America host protests against racial injustice and police brutality, Amaker's words, as always, ring loud and clear.

Earlier this week Amaker shared a different collection of poems, those written by local students from some of his poetry workshops. One poem is titled, "Got stop by the cops," and asks, "Am I going to die?"

Amaker wrote: "Will a revolution happen? that's up to you, not me. what will continue, though, is the work. poetry as protest. are you listening?"

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Saturday, May 30, 2020

Get your shot to see 'Hamilton' at N. Charleston PAC by buying tickets to this year's Best of Broadway series

Music(als) to our ears

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Sat, May 30, 2020 at 8:25 AM

You can't beat the tunes in Broadway classic "Hairspray" - PROVIDED
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  • You can't beat the tunes in Broadway classic "Hairspray"
Tickets are now on sale for the North Charleston Performing Arts Center's 2020-2021 season. The season is stacked with fun productions from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to Anastasia and season ticket packages start at just $245.

You can buy season tickets online now.

In a press release North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey said: "The Best of Broadway continues to be the biggest and best theatrical experience in the Lowcountry and audiences from all over South Carolina and beyond come to our beautiful city to enjoy this world class entertainment."

Here's the upcoming season lineup:

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Jan. 8-10, 2021)
Described by Entertainment Weekly as a "delectable concoction," Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory comes alive on the NPAC stage next January. Hear songs like "Pure Imagination," "The Candy Man" and "I've Got a Golden Ticket," from a score brought to you by the songwriters of acclaimed musical Hairspray.

Oklahoma! (Jan. 29-31, 2021)
The New York Times asks: "How is it that the coolest new show on Broadway is a 1943 musical?" The answer, of course, lies in the "funny and sexy, dark and jolting" Oklahoma! As a community confronts an outsider, viewers get an intimate look at the frontier life that shaped America.

Fiddler on the Roof (March 19-21, 2021)
Perhaps best known for its hit songs like "If I Were A Rich Man" and "Matchmaker, Matchmaker," Fiddler on the Roof is a heartwarming tale of family — fathers and daughters and husbands and wives.

Anastasia (May 14-16, 2021)
Inspired by the films of the same name, Anastasia transports audiences to another world, from the twilight of the Russian Empire to 1920s Paris, following a young woman determined to discover the mystery of her past. Variety calls it "An irresistible and sumptuous fairy tale."

Hairspray (July 9-11, 2021)
The Tony Award-winning musical Hairspray heads to the Lowcountry next July. Follow Tracy Turnblad as she navigates her way through 1960s Baltimore to make it onto TV's most popular show.

This year the Best of Broadway series includes a "special bonus" show from the Blue Man Group, performing at the PAC April 9-11, 2021. This year's season ticket holders will have priority access to seats before they go on sale to the general public. If you've never seen the Blue Man Group perform, you're missing what Boston Globe calls "the ultimate family entertainment."

"Hamilton" makes its way to North Charleston during the 2021-2022 season - PROVIDED
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  • "Hamilton" makes its way to North Charleston during the 2021-2022 season

Earlier this year the North Charleston PAC announced that the national tour of Hamilton will make its way to North Charleston during the 2021-2022 season. While tickets for the blockbuster show are not for sale yet, the PAC says purchasing 2020-2021 season tickets and renewing your season tickets for 2021-2022 will guarantee you both access to tickets and seat locations before tickets go on sale to the general public.

Learn more about the North Charleston Performing Arts Center and all upcoming performances online

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

The Charleston Museum has reopened with two new exhibits

Historic houses opening soon

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, May 27, 2020 at 12:38 PM

The museum has implemented a variety of safety measures to keep visitors safe - PROVIDED
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  • The museum has implemented a variety of safety measures to keep visitors safe
This week the Charleston Museum announced that it is reopening to the public following its temporary closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. Like most businesses and organizations reopening during this time, the museum has implemented new safety protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The museum's historic houses are on track to open soon as well: Tentatively, the Joseph Manigault House will reopen on June 1, and the Heyward-Washington House on June 15.

The museum's new safety measures include enhanced cleaning procedures, signage to promote social distancing and handwashing stations throughout the museum.

Certain exhibits with touchable components will be closed including Kidstory, the Historic Textiles Gallery try-on clothing station and the Bunting classroom. The visitor services desk now has a plexiglass sneeze guard and touchless credit card transactions can be made at the museum and historic houses.

Visitors are encouraged to wear masks and maintain social distancing in the museum and houses; visitors are required to keep personal items with them at all times.
While you're at the museum be sure to check out two new exhibits: From Etchings to Pastels: An Artistic Renewal of the Charleston Renaissance and Shapes of Summer: Historic Bathing Suits.

City Paper
chatted with the museum's chief of collections Jennifer McCormick about Shapes of Summer last month. She explained that the exhibit is not only about fashion, but about the socio-economic implications of bathing suits: "Part of this exhibit is not only seeing the evolution of the bathing suits but also the evolution of transportation with bridges and ferries to allow not just the wealthy to enjoy the beaches."

The Charleston Museum is open Mondays-Saturdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays, noon-5 p.m. You can buy tickets online.
Location Details Charleston Museum
Charleston Museum
360 Meeting St.
Charleston, SC
(843) 722-2296
Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.Sun., 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

South Carolina Arts Commission presents online auction through May 30

Bid on pieces from over 60 artists

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Tue, May 26, 2020 at 3:44 PM

Through May 30, the South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC) hosts an online art auction, Find Joy in Art, supporting South Carolina artists.

Participating artists include Kristy Bishop, Tyrone Geter, Arianne King Comer, Lese Corrigan, Riki Matsuda, Edward Rice, Leo Twiggs, Cecil Williams and many more. You can find the full list online.

The wide variety of artists, a number of them past winners of the Verner's Governor Awards for the Arts and the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award, have a wide variety of pieces up for auction. From jewelry to paintings to photographs there's a work of art for anyone seeking a little bit of joy.

Peruse all of the works up for auction online now through May 30.  

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Gibbes Museum, set to reopen June 1, previews fall exhibitions

More masks, more art

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Tue, May 26, 2020 at 12:09 PM

The Gibbes enacts new safety measures in light of the coronavirus pandemic - PROVIDED
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  • The Gibbes enacts new safety measures in light of the coronavirus pandemic
The Gibbes Museum of Art reopens to the public on June 1, after temporarily closing its doors on March 18 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The museum has enacted new safety precautions including requiring visitors to wear face masks, limiting museum occupancy to 50 percent and offering hand sanitizer stations throughout the exhibitions.

In a press release, the Gibbes’ executive director, Angela Mack, said: "While safety is our number one concern, we recognize the healing power that art has for so many in our community, and we are thrilled to be able to open the museum as a respite for those struggling during these uncertain times."

Guests are encouraged to buy tickets ahead of time online and to keep their group limited to three people or immediate family members. There will be one-way posted paths throughout the museum and guests must maintain a 6-foot distance from others.

The Gibbes' has extended three of their current exhibitions: Central to Their Lives, A Return to the Grand Tour and Charleston Collects.
Did someone say an exhibition about witchcraft and the world's end? You betcha. - PROVIDED/GIBBES MUSEUM OF ART
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  • Did someone say an exhibition about witchcraft and the world's end? You betcha.
The museum has also teased some upcoming exhibitions. In August the Gibbes presents Building a Legacy: The Vibrant Vision Collection of Jonathan Green and Richard Weedman, featuring a selection of 45 works from Green and Weedman's personal collection.

Building a Legacy explores themes of work, love, belonging and spirituality with pieces that convey love between a parent and child, struggles for racial equality and pride in ancestral heritage.

This October the Gibbes presents Charleston Collects: Devotion and Fantasy, Witchcraft and the World's End, guest curated by University of Virginia professor of art history, Larry Goedde. The selection of Northern Renaissance paintings and prints come from a major private Charleston collection featuring works created in Europe and Germany between 1440 and 1590. Viewers will find subjects like a troubled Virgin Mary and a "menacing group of malevolent figures."

Learn more about the Gibbes, their current and upcoming exhibitions and their new safety policies online at gibbesmuseum.org.
Location Details Gibbes Museum of Art
Gibbes Museum of Art
135 Meeting St.
Charleston, SC
(843) 722-2706
Tues., Thurs., Fri., Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Wed. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. 1-5 p.m.
Gallery and Museum

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