Monday, November 5, 2018

INTRO, an annual pop-up art exhibition, returns to 535 King St. for nine days

Introduce yourself to these 10 artists

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Mon, Nov 5, 2018 at 5:12 PM

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You may remember walking by 535 King St. earlier this year, seeing pieces of art suddenly appear in the windows of a vacant building (the spot on Upper King was most recently home to bookstore/art gallery PULP, which left in Jan. 2017). INTRO, which graced 535 King St. this past March, is back, displaying work from 10 "rising visual artists" for nine days.
INTRO opens on Fri. Nov. 9 with a reception from 5-7 p.m.; the work will be on display through Sun. Nov. 18. The show, curated and hosted by Art Mag owner and publisher, Matt Mill and owner of Spire Art Services, Michele Seekings, identifies and showcases work from emerging Southern, contemporary artists.

The show's featured artists include Craig Lynberg, Katherine Dunlap, Paul Cristina, Alex Waggoner, Chambers Austelle, Adam Eddy, Anne Rhett, Chris Nickels, Carrie Beth Waghorn, and Sara Pittman.

In a press release Mill says, "At Art Mag, we’re always thinking about ways to help art lovers discover, connect with, and champion new artists. We are proud to partner with Spire Art Services to highlight these ten talented young artists, and are excited for what this show represents for the future of Charleston arts."

Mill and Seekings hope this pop-up exhibition serves as a foundation to develop an annual week devoted to the visual arts.
Event Details INTRO: Annual Pop-up Art Exhibition
@ 535 King St.
535 King St.
Downtown, sc
When: Through Nov. 18
Price: Free to attend
Visual Arts

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Tickets on sale now: Rory Scovel headlining Charleston Comedy Festival 2019

"Pretty damn funny"

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Mon, Nov 5, 2018 at 12:52 PM

As the love interest in Amy Schumer's 'I Feel Pretty,' Scovel gives 6 out of 10 men everywhere hope. - PROVIDED
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  • As the love interest in Amy Schumer's 'I Feel Pretty,' Scovel gives 6 out of 10 men everywhere hope.
Greenville, S.C. native and comedian, writer, and actor Rory Scovel heads to Charleston this coming January as a headliner at the 2019 Charleston Comedy Festival. You may have seen Scovel on Netflix, where his special Rory Scovel Tries Stand-Up for the First Time, recently premiered. He's costarred in Amy Schumer's I Feel Pretty and appeared in The House, alongside Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler. You can purchase tickets to Scovel's show ($20) online.

Thanks to Scovel's role in I Feel Pretty — the Schumer flick about an insecure woman who knocks her head and wakes up believing she is the most beautiful woman in the world — the comedian has, at least according to Conan O'Brien, led a generation of men "who are a 6 out of 10." Impressive, really.

In addition to his role in feature films, Scovel has had stand-ups featured on Comedy Central and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Don't take our word for it, just hear what LaughSpin's Daniel Berkowitz has to say: "Picture a storyteller, philosopher, and absurdist, whom you can’t quite decide whether he’s a nice guy or a huge asshole. Either way, he’s pretty damn funny.”

This year's Charleston Comedy Festival, presented by Theatre 99 and yours truly, is held from Jan. 16-19 in various locations around town. Stay tuned for the full schedule, which will be announced in the coming weeks.
Event Details Rory Scovel
@ Sottile Theatre
44 George St.
Charleston, SC
When: Fri., Jan. 18
Price: $20
Buy Tickets
Charleston Comedy Festival

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Friends of the Library host a discussion of South Carolina's "Turkish" people Thurs. Nov. 8

The Turkish people of Sumter County

Posted by Tim Housand on Mon, Nov 5, 2018 at 10:58 AM

Family and relatives of Noah Benenhaley (1860-1939), grandson of the patriarch, and his wife Rosa Benenhaley (1857-1937), great-granddaughter of the patriarch. - GREG THOMPSON
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  • Family and relatives of Noah Benenhaley (1860-1939), grandson of the patriarch, and his wife Rosa Benenhaley (1857-1937), great-granddaughter of the patriarch.
The Charleston Friends of the Library host a discussion at CofC's Addlestone Library about the book South Carolina's Turkish People this Thurs. Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. Authors Terri Ann Ognibene and Glen Browder will be there to answer questions about their work, which explores the mysterious origins of the so-called Turkish people of Sumter County. But first comes the question: Who are the Turkish people?

The story of South Carolina is, like the story of all of this country, one of immigration and assimilation. Anyone who attended eighth grade in the state and took S.C. History knows one version of this story; South Carolina was founded as a British colony. The Brits brought over enslaved Africans and fought wars with indigenous people. Later on, Germans and French Huguenots made new contributions to the culture of South Carolinians, from food to language.

In this story, the Turkish people of Sumter County represent a complete enigma. Sumter County is a relatively poor, rural county and there aren’t a whole lot of Turkish residents, comprising only at most 400 people around the town of Dalzell. A slight majority have born the same last name: Benenhaley.

In their research on, and discussions with, Turkish people in Dalzell, Ognibene and Browder found a people acutely aware of their identity. Older members of the community can remember a time of persecution and suspicion. With a darker skin color during segregation, they were placed into a special category. There were Turkish schools, Turkish school buses, and Turkish cinemas in this period.
The cemetery behind Long Branch Baptist Church, known in early times as "the Turk church," is filled mainly with the graves of Turkish family members. - GLEN BROWDER
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  • The cemetery behind Long Branch Baptist Church, known in early times as "the Turk church," is filled mainly with the graves of Turkish family members.
In a New York Times piece about the book, Browder says, "We’ve learned the true history of the Turkish people, solving a 200-year mystery. The critics that dismiss the claims about their narrative as pure racism, they were pretty much off target."

There are some in the community who believe these people are descended from the Cheraw Indian tribe, which has led to debate and division among the community. Many Turkish people have clung to the belief that the originator of them all was Joseph Benenhaley, a citizen of the Ottoman Empire who received a large plot of land in modern-day Sumter after the Revolutionary War.

According to Browder and Ognibene there is a lot of weight to this hypothesis; the researchers found references to "Joseph’s Land" in 19th century documents, and historians have theorized that Joseph Benenhaley could be an anglicization of the name Yusuf ibn Ali. Although the Turkish people are largely evangelical and today have largely been assimilated into mainstream society, they still hold on to their mythical founder.

The event in Addlestone is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Copies of South Carolina’s Turkish People will be available for sale.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Local creatives and entrepreneurs come together for Doing Power Differently on Nov. 10

"More inclusive, collaborative, creative, and conscious leadership"

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, Oct 31, 2018 at 4:37 PM

Charleston author and executive leadership consultant Kathleen Sullivan had just gotten back from a trip to the Omega Institute, located in New York's Hudson Valley, when we spoke last week.

The Institute is a "mission-driven" nonprofit and considers itself a pioneer in holistic studies, "helping people and organizations integrate personal growth and social change." Needless to say, Sullivan was feeling even more inspired than usual as she gears up for her event, Doing Power Differently.

Held on Sat. Nov. 10, this all-day leadership gathering features eight different speakers discussing how power can be done differently in various realms. Tickets are $99 and include a day of speakers, catered lunch, and a wine and cheese reception.

Sullivan first had the idea for this event when she wrote the book, 100 Days of Doing Power Differently, with her friend Kelly Tomblin. As the book's Amazon description reads, "Offering a THINKLOVE model for leadership, 100 Days of Doing Power Differently helps leaders navigate toward that type of mindful leadership and blend the best of both feminine and masculine energies in the workplace."

If all of those buzzwords have your head spinning, you're not alone. Sullivan breaks it down for us by simply asking a question: "What does power mean to you?"

For a lot of people, negative words and ideas come to mind, like 'domineering' and 'aggressive.' "There's a disconnect between what we think power is and why and how we can be powerful," says Sullivan. Feeling powerful for a lot of people brings up thoughts and ideas of freedom, alignment with self, and the capacity to help others.

Sullivan and Doing Power Differently's speakers want to bridge the gap between that disconnect so people who want to feel powerful are no longer viewing power as something that can, as Sullivan says, "undermine the human spirit."

“Whether a business leader, artist, professional, church leader or parent, an opportunity exists to redefine the meaning of leadership and what it means to be powerful," says Sullivan. “This gathering will merge our separate work communities and build on the growing movement toward a more inclusive, collaborative, creative and conscious leadership. I believe we can bring a new level of mindfulness and intention to our personal power and support and inspire each other to bring that renewal into our businesses, organizations, and communities.”

In addition to Sullivan, speakers include:

Sarah Scott Putnam, a 'New Generation Thought Leader; Torreah 'Cookie' Washington, cultural creative and social activist; Simran Singh, author and creator of 11:11 magazine; Larry Shaw, social entrepreneur and speaker; Elayna Shakur, portrait artist;
Beki Crowell, artist, vibrational healer, and author; Jesse Ross, chiropractor and practitioner of holistic health (a 2013 P&C article details Ross's wellness offerings); and Alison Sher, a generational strategist and author of The Millennial's Guide to Changing the World.

The event also features movement from Stephaney Abilon, spoken word from Kurt Lamkin, Native American flute from Cerantha Corley, and classical guitar and flute playing from Pedro & Nancy Rodriguez.

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Gaillard Center celebrates family membership program with Sun. Nov. 11

Family funday

Posted by Jack Kramer on Wed, Oct 31, 2018 at 11:27 AM

Now there's even more incentive to take the family out to the theater. - SHELBY DEL VECCHIO FILE PHOTO
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  • Now there's even more incentive to take the family out to the theater.
The Charleston Gaillard Center hosts a Family Day on Sun. Nov. 11 from 1-3 p.m. on the Terrace Lawn. This free-to-attend event will introduce attendees to the benefits of the Gaillard's newly launched family membership — with necessary fam-friendly features like beverage (wine pairs well with any kid's show) and parking vouchers. While this event is free and open to the public, RSVPs are encouraged; email to RSVP.

In addition to celebrating the Gaillard's family membership, this day features fun activities like cookie decorating and creating your own tie-dye T-shirt. To make sure you stay warm, the Gaillard will have homemade apple cider and grilled cheese.

Those who become family members will gain exclusive deals like one-day advance ticket purchase on family performances, two complimentary parking vouchers, 10 percent off Gaillard Center Camps, a $15 off South Carolina Aquarium Family Membership, a private 'back of house' family tour, four complimentary beverage vouchers, and two complimentary parking vouchers.

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