Monday, June 18, 2018

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens' History Fair returns this July

Living history

Posted by Katie Lyons on Mon, Jun 18, 2018 at 10:27 AM

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If you want to learn more about Lowcountry history, Sat. July 7 is your chance to mix and mingle with the people who promote and preserve it at Magnolia Gardens’ History Fair. Everyone is welcome to come learn; the event was designed for both amateur and serious historians — as well as kids. From 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., dozens of organizations that promote history in the Lowcountry such as the Charleston Artist Guild and the Gullah Geechee National Heritage Corridor will set up shop in the gardens to educate attendees about Charleston’s history.

Keep an eye out for storyteller Kitty Wilson-Evans, who portrays an 18th century enslaved woman named Kessie and will be in the History Room at the Main House. Master brick maker Rick Owens will be demonstrating early brick-making techniques and there will be a performance of “Inalienable Rights: Living History Through the Eyes of the Enslaved” with cooking and chair-making demonstrations and storytellers. The performance is presented by the Slave Dwelling Project, an organization that works to identify and assist property owners to preserve extant slave dwellings.

On the night before the fair, Fri. July 6, join Magnolia history consultant and Slave Dwelling Project founder Joseph McGill for a sleepover in the former slave cabins. He will discuss the need to preserve slave dwellings as everyone sits around a campfire. Email to register by June 29.

The History Fair is open to the public and is included with a general admission ticket to the Gardens. In an effort to show appreciation to local teachers and school faculty, teachers and their immediate family will receive free garden admission.

Event Details Magnolia Plantation and Gardens' History Fair
@ Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
3550 Ashley River Road
West Ashley
Charleston, South Carolina
When: Sat., July 7, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Price: Included with admission
Festivals + Events, Family + Kids and Lectures + Seminars

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Vietnam Veterans Memorial designer Maya Lin speaks in Charleston this November

"The sense of the power of the name"

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Fri, Jun 15, 2018 at 10:18 AM

Maya Lin designed this memorial as 21-year-old undergrad at Yale. - FLICKR USER CHRIS GLADIS
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  • Maya Lin designed this memorial as 21-year-old undergrad at Yale.
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  • Lin, photographed in 2006
Every year the Gibbes Museum of Art hosts a big deal speaker as part of their Distinguished Lecture Series (think Jeff Koons and Pablo Picasso's grandson), and this year is no different. Maya Lin, an artist, designer, and environmentalist best known for her first work, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, speaks at the Charleston Music Hall on Nov. 7. Tickets for Gibbes members go on sale later this summer; stay tuned for updates on general admission tickets.

As a 21-year-old Yale undergrad, Lin designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. A freshman and sophomore student during the war, Lin watched stonecutters add names of those killed in the Vietnam War to the marble walls of the University's Memorial Rotunda. She wrote, "I think it left a lasting impression on me, the sense of the power of a name."

Lin "catapulted into the public eye" when she won the design competition for the memorial, and since then she has continued to work as an artist and architect, "exploring how we experience and relate to nature, setting up a systematic ordering of the land that is tied to history, memory, time, and language."

Her current project, What is Missing?, is a multi-dimensional memorial that uses installations, video, and an interactive website to call attention to the mass extinction of species happening around the world.

Event Details Maya Lin
@ Charleston Music Hall
37 John St.
Charleston, SC
When: Wed., Nov. 7
Price: TBA
Lectures + Seminars and Visual Arts

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Riverfront Park's Persephone sculpture gets a major glow up

Lookin' good girl

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, Jun 14, 2018 at 11:28 AM

Yesterday the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department Instagrammed a picture of a very special lady — Persephone, a bronze sculpture from Marshall Fredericks on loan to the North Charleston from the Gibbes — getting a major glow up. In the 'gram you can see Persephone pre-renovation looking a little, well, green. Follow along to see our favorite queen of the underworld returned to her original glory.

Location Details Riverfront Park
Riverfront Park
1001 Everglades Dr.
North Charleston, SC
(843) 740-5814
General Location and Attraction

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Charleston to Charleston Literary Fest returns for a second year this November

Get lit

Posted by Francesca Mathewes on Wed, Jun 13, 2018 at 4:19 PM

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If you like to read, get excited. This fall, Charleston to Charleston will return for its second annual literary festival from Nov. 8-11, 2018. The festival is associated with the Charleston Farmhouse in Sussex, England, home to the Charleston Festival, which is one of the premier literary fests of England. The Charleston Festival is teaming up with Charleston Library Society, a major cultural and intellectual influence in South Carolina, to unite writers, readers, and thinkers from across the globe into a weekend of cultural celebration and sharing.

The festival will include guest speakers, panels, featuring renowned artists, authors and intellectuals, such as NBC and Today’s Earl Spencer, and Vanity Fair and The New Yorker’s Tina Brown. Everything is goin’ down in the Beaux Arts Building of the Charleston Library Society and in the Dock Street Theatre.

You can get your event tickets right now online, or by calling the ticketing office at (843) 723-9912. Individual session tickets will be available in July.

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Listen to art-inspired poetry and jazz Wed. June 20 at the Gibbes

Brush strokes, key notes, and free verse

Posted by Francesca Mathewes on Wed, Jun 13, 2018 at 1:54 PM

Amaker and Baxter - JENNIFER SMITH
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  • Amaker and Baxter

Get ready for the ultimate cultural summer mashup: the Gibbes Museum and Charleston Jazz partner up for a poetry and jazz performance on Wed. June 20 at 6 p.m. The evening features Charleston’s poet laureate Marcus Amaker and Grammy nominated musician/producer Quentin E. Baxter, who will present original compositions inspired by the art currently on display in the museum.

This isn’t the artists’ first collab: previously, the duo put out spoken word and jazz albums including The New Foundation and empath. Additionally, Amaker has been featured on TedXCharleston, PBS Newshour, A&E Network and was named one of Charleston’s 50 Most Influential People by Charleston Business Magazine; Baxter is currently on a worldwide tour with a star-studded crew comprised of Rene Marie, Freddy Cole, and Ranky Tanky.

Tickets are $20 for members, $25 non-members, and $10 with a valid student/faculty ID.

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