Monday, October 23, 2017

See Civil War photography — in 3-D — at the Old Exchange Building next month

Digging deep

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Mon, Oct 23, 2017 at 2:13 PM

It's no secret that the city of Charleston played a major role in the Civil War — first shots and all that — and you've probably learned a lot about the war at local museums and on tours around town. What you probably haven't experienced, though, is the Civil War in 3-D. Yep, complete with funny glasses.

3-D Civil War photography is coming to Charleston next month on Sat. Nov. 11 from 1-3 p.m. at the Old Exchange Building. Join writer and Civil War photo expert Bob Zeller as he presents a 3-D program on the city using original period photographs. With 3-D glasses provided at no cost courtesy of the Center for Civil War Photography, you can see the photos — many reproduced directly from the 150-year-old glass plate negatives — the way they were originally meant to be seen.

Zeller is the co-founder and president of the Center for Civil War Photography (which does not have a physical address), an organization that tours the country with Civil War photos, stopping at spots like the Library of Congress, the National Archives, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, and more than 150 other venues. Zeller pioneered the reintroduction of Civil War 3-D photographs into the study of the war with his photo history book, The Civil War in Depth: History in 3-D.
Event Details Civil War Charleston in 3-D
@ Old Exchange Building
122 E. Bay St.
Charleston, South Carolina
When: Sat., Nov. 11, 1-3 p.m.
Visual Arts and Lectures + Seminars

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Make your own sugar skull at the Gibbes while learning about the Day of the Dead

Sweet traditions

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Mon, Oct 23, 2017 at 11:54 AM

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Unlike Halloween, Dia de los Muertos is a holiday that celebrates and honors the deceased, instead of amplifying the fear of death. With indigenous origins from the Aztec festival for Mictecacihuati, The Lady of the Dead, and Catholic origins from Spanish conquistadors' All Saints and All Souls Day, Dia de los Muertos embraces the cycle of life and death with food, drink, festivals, and colorful, whimsical sugar skulls.

Wed. Nov. 1 (the first day of the two day holiday), create your own sugar skulls at the Gibbes Museum of Art, and learn a bit more about the history of the holiday in Mexico from Dr. Joseph Weyers, professor of Hispanic Studies at the College of Charleston.

Kelly Wilson, pastry chef from the Culinary Institute of Charleston, will teach students how to make the edible sugar skull sculptures, demonstrating how to mold the skulls and embellish them with colorful decorations. All supplies are included.
Event Details Día de los Muertos: Sugar Skulls
@ Gibbes Museum of Art
135 Meeting St.
Charleston, South Carolina
When: Wed., Nov. 1, 6-8 p.m.
Festivals + Events

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Steve Martin and Martin Short head to the NPAC next February — tickets on sale this Friday

Quite the pair

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Mon, Oct 23, 2017 at 11:17 AM

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Steve Martin and Martin Short bring what they're calling "an evening you will forget for the rest of your life," to the North Charleston Performing Arts Center next Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the show go on sale this Fri. Oct. 27 at 10 a.m. and you can snag them online at or by calling (800) 745-3000.

This performance features Martin and Short performing stand-up comedy, talking about their careers in show business, and jamming out a bit with Grammy Award-winning bluegrass band The Steep Canyon Rangers, as well as renowned jazz pianist and Jimmy Kimmel Live band member Jeff Babko.

Martin, in case you didn't know, is a bluegrass banjoist and composer, in addition to being, well, a killer actor, and author of a novella, Shopgirl, and memoir, Born Standing Up. Comedian and actor Short is known for his breakout performances on Saturday Night Live, as well as his roles in Innerspace, Three Amigos, and the Father of the Bride series.

Event Details Steve Martin and Martin Short
@ North Charleston Performing Arts Center
5001 Coliseum Drive
North Charleston, South Carolina
When: Sun., Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m.

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Colour of Music Festival reveals official 2017 poster

Unity, solidarity, support

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Fri, Oct 20, 2017 at 11:37 AM

Featuring black classical composers and performers from around the world, the fifth annual Colour of Music Festival showcases the works of black musicians whose names have been historically overlooked in the U.S.

The festival, which started Wednesday, has revealed its 2017 poster design, and it's incredibly timely.

Designed by Charleston-based artist Colin Quashie and graphic designer Gil Shuler, the poster features a five string violin, which is meant to represent the fifth year of the festival. The violin then morphs into a closed fist, which Quashie says is a symbol of "unity, solidarity, support." Quashie also says that they wanted to leave the strings white because "historically classical music has always been seen as a white European construct."

Shuler, who has known Quashie for 25 years, helped with the graphic design end of things (he hand drew the type) and says when he first saw Quashie's image he thought, "man that image kicks ass, I'm all about it." Quashie says the fist also symbolizes the defiance of artists like 18th century virtuoso violinist and conductor of the leading symphony orchestra in Paris, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, who had to fight to be recognized among their white contemporaries. 

We've recently seen the reemergence of the raised fist. The symbol first appeared in the national spotlight during the 1968 Olympics when the USA's Tommie Smith and John Carlos lowered their heads and raised their firsts during the national anthem.

The fist has since evolved into the #takeaknee movement started by Colin Kaepernick in August 2016, who 50 years after the '68 Olympics is still protesting racial inequality in America.

You can purchase the 2017 24 x 36 festival poster online, or onsite at any event through Sunday — find the full festival of events on the CP calendar.

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McLeod Plantation hosts poet Kwoya Fagin Maples this Sunday

Learning to mend

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Fri, Oct 20, 2017 at 10:00 AM

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Poetry at McLeod, a collaborative creative endeavor spearheaded by CCPRC, James Island Arts, and McLeod Plantation Historic Site, brings African-American poets to a preserved space where their ancestors were once enslaved. This Sunday, poet and creative writing instructor Kwoya Fagin Maples will speak under the oaks from 2 to 4 p.m.

Maples is a Charleston native and a graduate of Cave Canem — a non-profit literary service organization founded more than two decades ago with administrative and programming headquarters in Brooklyn, N.Y., that works to "remedy the under-representation and isolation of African American poets in the literary landscape" — who now teaches creative writing at the Alabama School of Fine Arts. She directs a three-dimensional poetry exhibit combining poetry and visual art.

Maples has also written a manuscript, Mend, which considers the experience of enslaved women forced to be medical research subjects, specifically, the patients of a Dr. James Marion Sims of Mt. Meigs, Alabama, who performed experimental gynecological surgery between 1845 and 1849.

Mend was a finalist for the AWP Prize for Poetry and the Robert Dana Anhinga Poetry Prize. In her introduction, Maples writes that "these poems are imagined memories and stories told from the women's hospital beds, fragments from their previous lives. The content also reflects the fact that they were all addicted to opium."

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