Friday, September 22, 2017

Oblivion Charleston holds two year anniversary party at Tin Roof this October

Fifty shades of goth

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Fri, Sep 22, 2017 at 2:37 PM

Oblivion organizer Evelyn DeVere
  • Oblivion organizer Evelyn DeVere
Don your darkest shades of black and head over to the Tin Roof Fri. Oct. 20 for the two year anniversary party of Oblivion Charleston.

For the uninitiated: Oblivion is a monthly goth/industrial night where cool people get together to dance to 1980s music, enjoy good food, good drink, and each other's company.

In addition to a goth food menu — black everything — there will be a tintype photo booth. Yes, you read that right. Jeff Howlett will be setting up his uber vintage (we're talking 100 year throwback) tintype photography booth and will be taking portraits for $50 all night.

Dance to jams from DJs XO and Chris #2, and, whether you consider yourself "goth" or not, you'll no doubt dance into oblivion. There is no cover for the party. 
Event Details Oblivion Two Year Anniversary
@ The Tin Roof
1117 Magnolia Road
West Ashley
Charleston, SC
When: Fri., Oct. 20, 9 p.m.
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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Choreographer Ronald K. Brown brings dance company EVIDENCE to MOJA

"Irresistibly kinetic"

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 2:41 PM

See Evidence at an open air performance during MOJA. - PROVIDED
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  • See Evidence at an open air performance during MOJA.

Charleston's 34th annual MOJA Arts Festival kicks off next Thurs. Sept. 28 and we have to say, the lineup looks pretty darn cool. As always the festival features live music, theater productions, health and recreational activities, and the literary arts. And this year, we're particularly excited about a dance performance — and free workshop! — from New York's Evidence, scheduled for Tues. Oct. 3.

Evidence is Ronald K. Brown's dance company, a nonprofit organization based out of Brooklyn, NY. Evidence last visited Charleston way back in 1999 during Spoleto and they're back this year with an open air performance at the future site of the International African American Museum. The company will host workshops in local schools during their time here, in addition to their 5 p.m. movement workshop on Oct. 3 and a company performance at 6 p.m. at Gadsden's Wharf.

Evidence blends traditional African dance with contemporary choreography and spoken word. According to Evidence's website, the company seeks to "use movement as a way to reinforce the importance of community in African American culture."

In 2014 The New York Times had this to say about an Evidence performance, "There are certain givens in a dance by Ronald K. Brown. Deep, spiritual seriousness. A sophisticated mastery of stage space. Music that makes you want to move. A vocabulary, drawn from many parts of the African diaspora, that Mr. Brown has developed into a personal language that’s flexible, richly expressive and irresistibly kinetic."

Event Details MOJA: Evidence, A Dance Company
@ Charleston Maritime Center
10 Wharfside St.
Charleston, South Carolina
When: Tue., Oct. 3, 5 & 6 p.m.

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New Orleans comedian Matt Owens headlines Woolfe Street show next Tues. Sept. 26

Three for the price of one

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 1:49 PM

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Woolfe Street Playhouse features more than locally-grown theater (although we love all they have to offer in that regard). Next Tues. Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. you can get an earful of jokes from three comedians — New Orleans' Matt Owens, NYC's Paul Hooper, and Charleston's own Patrick Arnheim. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online.

Owens has previously opened for Louis CK, Hannibal Buress, Mark Normand, and Dave Stone, was featured at Hell Yes Fest 2014-2016, and is the star of Pensacola Prophet, about the rise and fall of Florida's Pecan Pinwheelie (for a taste of that production, see trailer below).

Hooper has been featured on Gotham Comedy Live, Red Eye with Tom Shillue on Fox, the HBO Comedy Festival in Vegas, and the Vancouver Comedy Fest, and he was a finalist in the 30th annual Seattle International Comedy competition. You can check out his solo album, Tense and Uncomfortable.

Arnheim, a Village Rep ensemble member, is a graduate of Broadway's Circle in the Square Theater School and has appeared in over 30 national commercials, and co-starred on everyone's favorite crime show, Law & Order: Criminal Intent. You can check him out in town later this year when he plays Joseph "John" Merrick in Threshold Rep's Elephant Man.
Event Details Comedy at Woolfe Street
@ Woolfe Street Playhouse
34 Woolfe St.
Charleston, S.C.
When: Tue., Sept. 26, 7 p.m.

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Dr. Nic Butler discusses "10 Things Everyone Should Know About Lowcountry History" at DI Library Oct. 5

History essentials

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 12:45 PM

Nic Butler - PROVIDED
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The city of Charleston is old. With age comes history, and if you've ever stumbled into a tour group meandering downtown, you know there's a lot to be told about our area's buildings and streets and famous past inhabitants. It's a lot to digest.

That's why Charleston County Public Library archivist and historian Dr. Nic Butler wants to let you in on a little secret: the 10 things everyone should know about Lowcountry history.

Thurs. Oct. 5 at 1 p.m., head to this free lecture at the Daniel Island Library and walk away with a foundation that will serve you for years to come.

In addition to his role at CCPL, Butler is a frequent lecturer, an adjunct faculty member for College of Charleston, and a historical consultant for the City of Charleston. Learn more about Butler, and about the history he revels in, at
Event Details Dr. Nic Butler at Daniel Island Library
@ Daniel Island Library
2301 Daniel Island Drive
Daniel Island
Charleston, S.C.
When: Thu., Oct. 5, 1 p.m.
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Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival announces lineup

And it's as awesome as we imagined

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 11:30 AM

Screenwriter William Nicholson will host a Q&A of highly anticipated film Breathe on Thurs. Nov. 2 - PROVIDED
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The Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival is a collaborative logophile's fest presented by the Charleston Library Society and The Charleston Trust U.K.
The first-time festival is chock full of creative, thought-provoking literary programs, starting Thurs. Nov. 2 and running through Sun. Nov. 5. Here's how you (should) be spending that weekend:

Thurs. at 6 p.m. at Charleston Music Hall there will be a red carpet premiere screening of Breathe, a fall 2017 drama starring Claire Foy (The Crown) and Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider Man). The original screenplay is based on the true life story of Robin Cavendish, a young man who, when paralyzed with polio in Africa, decides that he will not let the condition ruin his life. The film's supporting cast includes Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey) and Diana Rigg (Game of Thrones). Screenwriter William Nicholson introduces the film, and will host a Q&A to follow. General admission tickets are $25 and include the screening and Q&A and VIP tickets are $60 and include a private champagne reception before the film. 

Friday beginning at noon at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, there will be a "Small World: Charleston Connections with Charles Anson and Juliet Nicolson" lecture. Anson, a former British Diplomat and Press Secretary to the Queen, and Nicolson, both live close to Charleston, Sussex and have surprising Lowcountry connections. Anson is a descendant of Admiral George Anson who was a popular figure in 1720s Charleston where he acquired land and sold plots forming the Ansonborough neighborhood. Nicolson is the granddaughter of author and gardener Vita Sackville-West (to whom Virginia Woolf's gender shifting novel, Orlando, was dedicated). Tickets to the lecture are $25 and $50 for lecture and reception.

Speaker Juliet Nicolson - PROVIDED
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Fri. at 3 p.m. at the Library Society, there will be a talk by historian of the American South and former professor at Middlebury College Barbara Bellows Rockefeller and art historian professor and biographer Frances Spalding. The two will discuss Charleston, a small farmhouse in Sussex, England that served as the rural home of the Bloomsbury group painters, and Charleston, S.C., as epicenters of modernism in the first half of the 20th century. Rockefeller and Spalding will consider the circumstances of these two disparate creative hubs. Tickets are $25, and $15 for students.

Rounding out Friday's activities, there will be a talk titled "Reimagining Shakespeare: The Bard at Home and Away" held at Circular Congregational Church starting at 5:30 p.m. Speakers include internationally best-selling author Bernard Cornwell, director of London's Globe Theatre for 11 years Dominic Dromgoole, and professor emeritus of English at the College of Charleston Dr. Nan Morrison. Tickets are $50 for the talk, and $150 the talk and post-talk reception at the Library Society. 
Speaker Bernard Cornwell - PROVIDED
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  • Speaker Bernard Cornwell

Saturday's events include a talk with Marjorie Spruill, Belinda Gergel, and Margaret Bradham Thornton on the battle over women's rights; "Meditations on Greatness" with poet and novelist Ben Okri and local artist Jonathan Green; "Babyboomer Blues" with journalist and broadcaster Miranda Sawyer, Breathe screenwriter William Nicholson, and historian Juliet Nicolson; and "Reimagining Shakespeare: The Gap of Time," an event that promises a "zestful performance" from Jeanette Winterson, author of The Gap of Time, a response to Shakespeare's late play The Winter's Tale. 

Round out your beautifully wordy weekend with two programs on Sun. Nov 5. The first will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. at CLS and highlights the influence the Bloomsbury painters had on the work of Virginia Woolf; Professor Spalding, who curated the 2014 exhibition "Virginia Woolf: Life, Art and Vision" for the National Portrait Gallery in London (and wrote the accompanying book of the same title), will lead the discussion.

The final event of the weekend will be at CLS starting at 3:30 p.m. Virginia Nicholson and Juliet Nicolson will discuss sharing their famed childhood homes in England (Charleston and Sissinghurst, respectively) with the public, and the challenges inherent in being seen as "keepers of the flame." President and CEO of Drayton Hall Preservation Trust Dr. Carter Hudgins will join the discussion. 
Event Details Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival
@ Charleston Library Society
164 King St.
Charleston, South Carolina
When: Thu., Nov. 2, 5:30-9:30 p.m., Fri., Nov. 3, 12:30-7:30 p.m., Sat., Nov. 4, 11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 5, 1-3:30 p.m.
(843) 723-9912
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