Friday, June 22, 2018

Join S.C. novelists and poets at the Lowcountry Writing Conference on Sat. June 30

Calling aspiring authors

Posted by Katie Lyons on Fri, Jun 22, 2018 at 2:21 PM

Novelist Bren McClain hosts a workshop about developing characters during this special conference. - PROVIDED
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On Sat. June 30, join novelists, poets, and literary lovers at the Lowcountry Writing Conference at the historic Circular Congregational Church. From 12-5 p.m., attendees can attend workshops, listen to keynote speakers and poetry performances, or network with fellow writers.

Novelist Bren McClain is hosting a workshop about character development. Come with a character in mind and McClain will guide you in the process of making them more deeply human. Other workshops will be hosted by Palmetto Publishing Group, poet Derek Berry, and executive director of the Pat Conroy Literary Center Jonathan Haupt.

After the conference, a reception will follow at Buxton Books from 5-6:30 p.m. and authors McClain and Berry will be signing copies of their books while attendees sip on free beer and wine. Registration for the conference is $25 for South Carolina Writing Association members and students with ID or $30 for non-members.
Event Details Lowcountry Writing Conference

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The Gaillard's Palmer Club looks to draw a younger crowd with per-month payment option

Pay-as-you-go patronage

Posted by Caroline Enten on Fri, Jun 22, 2018 at 12:01 PM

Calling all youths! Let's celebrate the arts. - CAROLINE ENTEN
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  • Calling all youths! Let's celebrate the arts.
Pay-as-you-go patronage.

That’s one way the new Palmer Club at the Gaillard hopes to attract Charleston’s art enthusiasts under the age of 40 to the city’s star performance venue. Catherine Brack, the center’s Director of Development, hopes to cash in on the popularity of subscription-based services such as Spotify and Dollar Shave Club by offering a $12-per-month option to maintain membership. The introductory rate for an individual annual membership is $99, and $198 for dual.

Brack’s vision for the club is to lay the groundwork now for people in their 20s and 30s to eventually become the stewards of the Gaillard, which is after all the community’s building. “Let’s face it,” Brack asserts, “this building isn’t going anywhere. Classical music has always and will always skew towards an older crowd.”

Guests enjoyed live music at the Palmer Club's kickoff last night. - CAROLINE ENTEN
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  • Guests enjoyed live music at the Palmer Club's kickoff last night.

The goal of the Palmer Club, however, is to provide a space where younger enthusiasts can meet and begin to develop a relationship with both the Gaillard and each other, and to provide their input now to help shape the nature of the programs offered in the future. Brack joked that it’s hard to find your friends in a crowd of 1,800 people (the capacity of the performance hall), so the Gallery Lobby will be a dedicated gathering space for the Palmer Club members before and after shows.

Perks of membership include exclusive events, private receptions, behind-the-scenes tours, and happy hours, harkening to some familiar existing programs geared toward the city’s youths such as Spoleto SCENE.

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In celebration of the occasion, the Gaillard hosted a decent sized crowd who braved the late afternoon heat yesterday, June 21, to show support at a free launch party on the terrace. Attendees of all ages enjoyed live music by Becca Smith and Zoe Child, snacked on pimento cheese sandwiches, and guzzled Firefly Vodka spiked lemonade while huddling under whichever oak tree happened to provide the most shade at any given moment.

For those penny-pinching youngsters out there who would like to dip a toe into the world of the arts but aren’t quite sure where to begin, the Palmer Club seems like a good choice. The subscription-based membership option tempers the air of exclusivity so often associated with the fine arts, and the Club itself will usher in a new generation of patrons to ensure the center’s legacy continues to flourish long after the purple-haireds and 40 year olds of today have perished.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

S.C. native Charlamagne Tha God will host four HBO specials premiering later this year

The shows will be called "The Gray Area with Charlamagne Tha God"

Posted by Adam Manno on Thu, Jun 21, 2018 at 11:30 AM

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  • Charlamagne Tha God.
Moncks Corner native and radio provocateur Charlamagne Tha God hosts a series of four interview specials on HBO set to premiere later this year.

The specials will be called “The Gray Area With Charlamagne Tha God,” according to Variety.

Charlamagne, who grew up in Moncks Corner, got his start as an on-air personality in Charleston on Z93's "Breakfuss Club" alongside Tessa Spencer, who is now an anchor for ABC News 4.
He now hosts the nationally syndicated "Breakfast Club" out of New York City alongside Angela Yee and DJ Envy. The show is best known for its candid interviews with major Black artists.

After Kanye West's public breakdown (which featured the words "slavery" and "choice" a little too close together, and which eventually landed him in Charleston for dinner at Tu), Charlamagne was granted an almost two-hour interview with the rapper.
“I feel extremely blessed to be able to announce my official partnership with HBO on a new conversation series which will provide a safe space for ‘unsafe’ people to curate their stories and control their own narratives,” Charlamagne said in a statement. “The reality is, when it comes to people’s stories, it’s not black or white, it’s always an area that’s a shade of gray and that’s usually where the lies end and the truth begins, and this show will give those people an opportunity to share their truth."

There is no word on who the guests will be or what topics will be tackled.

The HBO special has historically been a momentous achievement for comedians and entertainers of all sorts, marking a person's peak popularity. Recent specials include  the podcasting duo 2 Dope Queens and comedians Amy Schumer and Michelle Wolf.

Major pop stars like Beyoncé and Lady Gaga have also debuted exclusive content on the premium network.

Though Charlamagne's positions can seem incongruous at times — he stands by the Black Lives Matter movement, yet denounced Monique's stance that there maybe, possibly might be some racism and misogynoir behind her claims that Netflix's offered her an insultingly low figure for a special — his interviews continue to turn heads and drive ratings.

“Charlamagne brings a provocative, thoughtful and always honest voice to all of his interviews,” said HBO executive vice president of programming Nina Rosenstein in a statement. “We think these specials will be surprising and enlightening and we look forward to seeing who he brings to the table.”

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The Gibbes Museum's bust of George Washington is currently on loan to NYC's Frick Collection

Partnership with the Big Apple

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, Jun 20, 2018 at 9:59 AM

Hey George, don't make it sad. - PROVIDED
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For the first time since the Gibbes Museum of Art received Giuseppe Ceracchi's George Washington sculpture in 1917, the museum has loaned out the famous piece to The Frick Collection on Manhattan's Upper East Side, to be featured as part of the exhibition, Canova's George Washington. According to The Frick this exhibition "examines the history of acclaimed sculptor Antonio Canova's lost masterpiece, a full-length statue of George Washington depicted in ancient Roman garb, drafting his farewell address to the states."

The exhibition prominently features Ceracchi's bust of Washington; according to the Gibbes' curator of collections Sara Arnold, the bust is "noted for its significant influence on Antonio Canova's full-length statue of George Washington commissioned in 1816 by the North Carolina State House in Raleigh."

Arnold continues, "The Frick’s exhibition examines the history of acclaimed sculptor Antonio Canova's lost masterpiece, including Thomas Jefferson’s role in urging the selection of Canova and determining key aspects of the statue such as using Ceracchi’s version as a model. Ceracchi is one of only two sculptors known to have taken a portrait of Washington from life."

Ceracchi's bust of Washington first made its way to Charleston when collector John Izard Middleton purchased it in 1820; it lived at Middleton Place for nearly a century (surviving the 1865 fire) and was donated to the Gibbes in the 20th century.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

13 years after his first City Paper cover, David Sedaris will be back in Charleston next April

"What do I know?"

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Tue, Jun 19, 2018 at 2:03 PM

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It's hard to believe that it's been over a decade since City Paper proudly featured renowned humor writer David Sedaris on our cover, but here we are. Today the Gaillard Center announced that Sedaris heads to the Lowcountry on April 23, 2019 — giving you just enough time to snag your tickets, which go on sale to the public on Fri. July 13. Tickets start at $43.

Sedaris has visited Charleston since that '06 cover story (we we even wrote another cover story in '07), stopping by Blue Bicycle Books in 2010, the Charleston Music Hall in 2013, and the Gaillard Center in 2016. So while his visit next year isn't unexpected, it's always a nice surprise to hear from the man known for his incisive social commentary.

Last month Sedaris was a guest on Stephen Colbert's The Late Show, talking about his new book, Calypso, and some upcoming college commencement speeches he'd been asked to give. He tells Colbert, "It kinda makes you wonder, 'What do I know?'" Sedaris also warns against parents urging their kids to have a backup plan (especially, ya know, students of the arts). He says, "If you find something to fall back on ... you're gonna fall back."

Hear, hear Sedaris.

If you want a preview of Sedaris' sardonic wit, check out Calypso, described as the writer's "most deeply personal and darkly hilarious book."
Event Details David Sedaris
@ Gaillard Center
95 Calhoun St.
Charleston, SC
When: Tue., April 23, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
(843) 242-3099
Price: $45.50+

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