Thursday, April 19, 2018

Piccolo Spoleto releases 2018 poster by artist Tami Boyce

"Dinner and a show!"

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, Apr 19, 2018 at 4:42 PM

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Piccolo Spoleto and Spoleto Festival USA draw near, y'all. The Charleston born and bred fest, Piccolo, kicks off Fri. May 25 featuring the usual dazzling array of live music, visual arts, theater performances, literature offerings, and more. And today, the festival released this year's poster, designed by local artist Tami Boyce.
Boyce's poster "Dinner and a Show" features her signature cute graphics with a robot enjoying some nuts and bolts as he takes in a local performance. Boyce's work can be found around Charleston, in Theatre 99, Early Bird Diner, and at Frothy Beard Brewery. She's illustrated several articles for the City Paper, and has also designed one of Frothy's beer labels (which earns a hearty 'Cheers!' from us).
Stay tuned for more deets on the Piccolo Spoleto schedule, which will be released by the Office of Cultural Affairs soon.

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Weekend of Jane Jacobs studies the life and work of the great American city activist

"In our American cities, we need all kinds of diversity"

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, Apr 19, 2018 at 12:28 PM

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Design Division, the City of Charleston's in-house design studio, presents four days of events to celebrate the life of Jane Jacobs, an American-Canadian journalist, author, and activist who influenced urban studies. Held May 3- 6, the event serves to, in the words of Design Division, "elevate community dialogue on urban design issues in the city," with a film screening, book club, and two community walks.

Jacobs' "The Death and Life of Great American Cities" is standard reading for aspiring urbanists - PUBLIC DOMAIN
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  • Jacobs' "The Death and Life of Great American Cities" is standard reading for aspiring urbanists
Design Division says, "Jane Jacobs's harsh criticism of 1960's city planning practice launched a renewed appreciation of how places in cities actually work." According to Project for Public Spaces, Jacobs "relied on her observations and common sense to show why certain places work, and what can be done to improve those that do not." Jacobs touted the importance of viewing cities as ecosystems, of mixed-use development, of higher density, and of local economies.

To say that Charleston has an urban planning problem would be an understatement (please see: cars, cars, and more cars). Hell, this year's month-long art festival/community event, Awakening: Motion, co-produced by Enough Pie and Charleston Moves, is dedicated to the championing of public transportation and pedestrian-friendly thoroughfares.

Design Division wants to address the city's urban issues (although solving them is another conversation entirely) with a May 3 screening of Citizen Jane: Battle for the City, a new documentary from Matt Tyrnauer; a May 4 book club centered around Jacobs' book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, and moderated by two local government planners, Katie McKain and Eric Pohlman; and two Jane's Walks, citizen-led walking conversations inspired by Jane Jacobs.

On Sat. May 5 at 10 a.m. head to the Charleston Civic Design Center, 85 Calhoun St., for a walk led by one of the Design Center's volunteers, which travels through Charleston streets and ends up back at the Design Center.

On Sun. May 6 at 4 p.m., in collaboration with Enough Pie and Charleston Moves' Awakening: Motion, head to the Saint Julian Devine Center for a walk to the Eastside Community Development Corporation on America Street, focusing on the "unique character and walkability of Charleston's Eastside neighborhood." City staff and neighborhood leaders will be involved in this conversation.

See the full line-up of events and learn more about the city Design Division at designdivision.org.

Cover photo credit: Library of Congress

Event Details Weekend of Jane Jacobs
@ Charleston Civic Design Center
85 Calhoun Street
Downtown
Charleston, SC
When: Thu., May 3, 6-9 p.m., Fri., May 4, 9-11 a.m., Sat., May 5, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and Sun., May 6, 3-5 p.m.
(843) 560-4021
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Local, interactive theater stalwart, Black Fedora, presents new production, 'Ten Little Aliens'

It's out of this world

Posted by Katie Molpus on Thu, Apr 19, 2018 at 11:00 AM

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The Black Fedora Theatre is ready to take audiences on a space ride they’ll never forget. Earlier this month, Ten Little Aliens premiered on Black Fedora's stage.

The new show adds a sci-fi twist to Agatha Christie’s classic mystery Ten Little Indians. Now that there is peace throughout their universe, the Federation of Planets decides to turn the Fed Ora into a space cruise ship, and when the crew gets a mysterious gift, their cruise adventure takes an unexpected turn.

Ten Little Aliens is an interactive performance that gives audience members a chance to play characters from a conspiracy theory addict, Space Snail to the resentful Red Shirt.

Tickets are $24 for adults and $15 for children. Advance tickets can be purchased online or by phone at (843) 937-6453. For a full list of showtimes (there are quite a few), head online.

Event Details Ten Little Aliens
@ Black Fedora Mystery Theater
164 Church St.
Downtown
Charleston, SC
When: Ongoing
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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Library Society lecturer's 'The Last Man Who Knew Everything,' details the life of the 'Father of the Nuclear Age'

Life and times of Enrico Fermi

Posted by Katie Molpus on Wed, Apr 18, 2018 at 4:14 PM

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On Thurs. April 26, the Charleston Library Society is hosting a lecture with Dr. David N. Schwartz, author of The Last Man Who Knew Everything: The Life and Times of Enrico Fermi, Father of the Nuclear Age, a biography published in December of 2017.

In Schwartz’s biography, he captures the complex nature of the last man who knew everything — at least about physics. Enrico Fermi was at the forefront of the groundbreaking first nuclear chain reaction, accomplished by a team from the University of Chicago in 1942.

Following anti-Semitic laws in Italy that threatened his wife Laura, Fermi and his family escaped to New York after he won a Nobel Prize in Physics in 1938. Despite his work on the Manhattan Project, Fermi was constantly forced to prove his loyalty to his new country when the U.S. entered WWII. Schwartz uses previous memoirs and interviews to capture Fermi’s life beyond his scientific contributions and detail the little known picture of his personal world as an immigrant, father, and husband.

Through the book, Schwartz hopes to renew interest in Fermi’s life, especially for readers with little background in Physics.

“He led a dramatic and fascinating life, and was himself a fascinating and complex character. Physicists still revere him for his many scientific achievements. And yet he is virtually unknown to the American public,” Schwartz notes in a recent press release. “When I realized that the last English-language biography of him was written in 1970, I decided to write a book that would change that.”

Biographer David N. Schwartz. - PROVIDED
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After receiving his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Schwartz, who now resides in New York, worked for the US Department of State, the Brookings Institution, and Goldman Sachs. He has been widely published, writing on topics like US strategic nuclear weapons policy, NATO, and foreign policy.

Thursday’s lecture, like the book, will focus on the arc of Fermi’s life. The event, taking place at the Charleston Library Society, is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Attendees can RSVP by phone at (843) 723-9912 or by email at dreutter@charlestonlibrarysociety.org. 
Event Details The Last Man Who Knew Everything: The Life and Times of Enrico Fermi, Father of the Nuclear Age
@ Charleston Library Society
164 King St.
Downtown
Charleston, South Carolina
When: Thu., April 26, 6 p.m.
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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

International African American Museum CEO will discuss plans at lecture Thursday

In the field

Posted by Will Allen on Tue, Apr 17, 2018 at 12:37 PM

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  • Michael Moore is president and CEO of the International African-American Museum
The Gadsden, a new luxury condo community, will host a lecture from Michael B. Moore as part of its Field Notes lecture series this Thurs. April 19 at 5:30 p.m. Field Notes is a recurring series that chronicles Charleston’s rich culture and history while looking to the future (which, is of course, filled with luxury condo communities. But we digress).

Michael B. Moore is the CEO of the International African American Museum, a museum detailing and celebrating black culture that is set to open on Gadsden’s Wharf in 2020. At the Field Notes lecture, Moore will be talking about the exhibits that are planned for the museum.
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He is, himself, connected to American history; his great-great-grandfather was Robert Smalls, who famously commandeered a Confederate ship and turned it over to the Union while winning his freedom. Moore will also be featured in an upcoming episode of W. Kamau Bell’s United Shades of America on CNN about the Gullah Geechee people, set to air on Sun. May 13 at 10 p.m. Drinks and light refreshments at the lecture series will be provided by Chef Marcus Middleton of Middleton Made Cuisines. Refreshments start at 5:30 p.m. and Moore will take the stage at 6 p.m.

Tickets to the lecture are $30 and all proceeds will be donated to the museum.

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