Saturday, January 12, 2019

Walk-ups will be seated at "The Hate U Give" author Angie Thomas' sold out talk at CofC on Monday

NYT bestseller continues to be important and relevant, CofC professor says

Posted by Morgan Galvez on Sat, Jan 12, 2019 at 11:23 AM

Author Angie Thomas' book The Hate U Give is about racial violence and is a NYT bestseller. - ANISSA PHOTOGRAPHY
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  • Author Angie Thomas' book The Hate U Give is about racial violence and is a NYT bestseller.
With local and national buzz surrounding Angie Thomas' debut novel The Hate U Give, which topped the New York Times Bestseller List for nearly two years and was made into a movie last year, it's no wonder her scheduled appearance as a speaker at the Sottile Theatre for the College of Charleston on Mon. Jan. 14 is already sold out.

But fans shouldn't lose hope. The show may be sold out, but there is a chance for a few more excited Charlestonians to get tickets to the show and join the conversation: walk-ups will be seated five minutes before showtime on a first come, first served basis depending on seating availability.

The talk is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Sottile Theatre at 44 George St.

(CofC students, faculty, and staff will also be able to hear from Thomas earlier in the afternoon at 5 p.m. in the Stern Center Ballroom.)

Thomas, a recipient of the 2018 William C. Morris Award, the 2018 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, and winner of the Walter Dean Myers Grant, awarded by We Need Diverse Books, will host a talk called "The Hate U Give: Finding Your Activism and Turning the Political into the Personal" before taking part in a Q&A with attendees.

The Hate U Give was one novel that caused a divide among educational institutions and law enforcement in Charleston regarding its portrayal of police.

Many schools in Charleston, including Wando High School and the College of Charleston, assigned the novel for summer reading. The College picked it as The College Reads! book for entering 2018 freshman while Wando included it in their English I CP summer reading list. Wando's selection of the novel for high school students' summer reading did not go over well with one Charleston police advocate.

In June 2018, John Blackmon, Lodge President of the Charleston-area Fraternal Order of Police, Tri-County Lodge #3, told WCBD News 2 that he felt the novel indoctrinated a sense of distrust for police: "Freshmen, they're at the age where their interactions with law enforcement have been very minimal. They're not driving yet, they haven't been stopped for speeding, they don't have these type of interactions. This is putting in their minds, it's almost an indoctrination of distrust of police and we've got to put a stop to that."

Wando High kept the novel on their reading list with three other books to choose from.

In a press release about Monday's talk, CofC English professor Valerie Frazier described why Thomas' visit is important, connecting a three local incidents that have sparked discussions about latent racism. "As we grapple with the aftershocks and historical impact of slavery, [the shooting of] Walter Scott, the Emanuel Nine tragedy, and, most recently, the controversy over the Charleston Rifle Club's blackballing of Dr. Melvin Brown, it becomes more and more apparent that such dialogue is still needed."

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

PechaKucha 33 — a theater critic, two musicians, an architect, and more take the stage on Jan. 31

It's all going down at the Music Hall

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Tue, Jan 8, 2019 at 4:27 PM

CP's music editor, Kelly Rae Smith, demonstrating how this whole slideshow thing is done. - FILE PHOTO
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  • CP's music editor, Kelly Rae Smith, demonstrating how this whole slideshow thing is done.
Charleston's PechaKucha 33 (yes, 33) takes place on Thurs. Jan. 31 at the Charleston Music Hall, featuring nine local speakers. If you're new to this PK business, the concept is simple enough. Each speaker takes the mic, speaking for six minutes and 40 seconds, referencing 20 pre-prepared slides. PK 33 kicks off at 7 p.m. on Jan. 31 and tickets can be purchased online.

Thirty-three iterations of an event begs the question — why did this thing start in the first place? And do we really need more of it? Diving deep on Pecha Kucha international's web page, we found some FAQs that introduce the mission behind the lecture series.

Founded in 2003 by two architects who wanted presenters to talk less, PechaKucha has evolved over the years and now takes place in over 1,000 cities around the globe. PK notes that most cities "have virtually no public spaces where people can show and share their work in a relaxed way."
  • Pecha Kucha / Blake Suarez
While we would argue that in the 16 years since its beginnings the internet has stepped up as a pretty big public platform for displaying work, Instagramming your creativity doesn't have the same sex appeal as gathering in a room at night with like-minded individuals. And having access to booze.

So, here we are, PK 33, kicking off 2019 at the Music Hall with nine local speakers who range from theater critics (CP's very own) to musicians to architects. Here's the lowdown on who you'll be hearing from:

Maura Hogan
We're totally biased ... but Maura Hogan is one of this city's best arts and culture writers. In addition to being CP's contributing theater editor, Hogan has written for the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Gourmet, and more. Currently the director of advancement communications at CofC, we imagine Hogan's talk will delve into all things theater, marketing, writing, and, well Charleston (Hogan was born and raised here after all).

Nicholas Rehberg
Nicholas Rehberg has worn many hats before becoming an architect: chemical engineer, ski lift attendant, high school teacher, swim coach, math coach. In Charleston Rehberg works on smaller scale projects, "with a knowledge of the past, but always looking to the future."

Kanika Moore
A Charleston native, singer/songwriter Kanika Moore works in many genres of music, from gospel to funk to classic rock. Moore has started musical projects with local bands the Terraphonics, The Motown Throwdown, Soul Funk Review, Doom Flamingo, and Black Noize.

Farrah Hoffmire
The founder of HEART Artist Guild & Theatre Company, Farrah Hoffmire, has created a welcoming community for adults with special needs. HEART is a creative center for people of all abilities where Charleston residents and visitors can visit, volunteer, collaborate, and contribute.

Venita Aspen
If you don't follow Venita Aspen on Instagram, do yourself a favor and start following her now. The local fashion influencer/model/entrepreneur fills her feed with colorful shots of beautiful clothes, scenes, and food, and she's constantly collaborating with fellow creatives for cool projects and events around town.

Harlan Greene
Harlan Greene is the head of special collections at the College of Charleston's Addlestone Library; as part of his duties as scholar-in-residence, Greene documents LGBTQ life in the Lowcountry. Greene's historical knowledge of this city runs deep — he's also on the board at the Preservation Society of Charleston and is chair of the city's Commission on History.

Lindsay Holler
Lindsay Holler is a singer/songwriter and concert producer who cites influences that range from Tom Waits to Nina Simone.

Becky Burke & Xan McLaughlin
Becky Burke and Xan McLaughlin are individually pretty talented (attorney and beverage director/operating partner, respectively), but together they're unstoppable: the two are the masterminds behind Bread + Butter, a nonprofit that offers at-risk students in Charleston a culinary arts program that will place them in a local kitchen.

The evening is hosted by Joel Sadler, who recently launched a retail shop and coffee counter with his fiance, Allyson Sutton. 
Event Details PechaKucha 33
@ Charleston Music Hall
37 John St.
Charleston, SC
When: Thu., Jan. 31, 7 p.m.
Price: $14/day of, $12/adv.
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Jamie Kennedy comes to Woolfe Street Playhouse next week for Charleston Comedy Festival

Other headliners include Jamie Lee and Rory Scovel

Posted by Michael Pham on Tue, Jan 8, 2019 at 8:02 AM

Jamie Kennedy to perform at Woolfe Street Playhouse for Charleston Comedy Festival - PROVIDED
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  • Jamie Kennedy to perform at Woolfe Street Playhouse for Charleston Comedy Festival
On Fri. Jan. 18 and Sat. Jan. 19, Jamie Kennedy will be performing at the Woolfe Street Playhouse to join in on the laughs for the 16th Annual Charleston Comedy Fest.

Jamie Kennedy is an actor, producer, and comedian, known for his roles as B-Rad in Malibu's Most Wanted, the voice of Federline Jones on The Cleveland Show, and Eli James on the Ghost Whisperer. His next role will be in James Gray's Ad Astra, a science fiction thriller also starring Brad Pitt, Donald Sutherland, and Tommy Lee Jones.

You can hear (or see) Jamie talk on his podcast HATE TO BREAK IT TO YA, where he talks about Hollywood, comedy, the #MeToo movement, and more either by himself or with special guests.

Ad Astra is scheduled to be released May 24 2019.

Kennedy will be performing at the Woolfe Street Playhouse on Jan. 18 and 19 at 9:30 pm.

Tickets are $20 and available now at

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Explore Charleston's Museum Mile — six museums, four houses, and more — for $25 in January

Get Learnt

Posted by Michael Pham on Mon, Jan 7, 2019 at 4:10 PM

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Kick off the new year by exploring Charleston's history with Charleston Museum Mile Month. For the entire month of January, Museum Mile sites will be available to Museum Mile Month pass holders for one low price.

Charleston Museum Mile is a one-mile section of Meeting Street with a rich concentration of Charleston's history and culture. In that one-mile, visitors can explore six museums, five important historic houses, four parks, religious, and public houses.

Don't miss out on the opportunity to explore Charleston's history and the beauty it has to offer for a low, specialty price of $25 for adults and $10 for kids.

Tickets and information can be found at

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Call for youth poets: Register now for the MLK Youth Poetry Slam held on Jan. 19

Providing a platform for emerging voices

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Mon, Jan 7, 2019 at 2:58 PM

Today Charleston's poet laureate, Marcus Amaker, put out the call for youth poets to perform at an upcoming youth poetry slam. The MLK Youth Poetry Slam, presented by the YWCA of Greater Charleston at the Main Library, will be held on Jan. 19 from 2-4 p.m.

Local hip-hop artist and activist Benny Starr will open the slam with a live performance. Interested participants can email or call (843) 722-1644.

If the act of performing isn't incentive enough to sign up for the slam, the grand prize may be. If you win the MLK Youth Poetry Slam you'll go home with a Google Pixel phone. As the hosts of the event say, "We're serious about providing a platform for emerging voices."

The slam will also feature food, music, and prizes. Learn more about YWCA of Greater Charleston's MLK Celebration events online at
Event Details MLK Youth Poetry Slam
@ Main Library
68 Calhoun St.
Charleston, SC
When: Sat., Jan. 19, 2 p.m.
Price: Free to attend
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