Thursday, March 22, 2018

Get $5 off tickets to Stupid Fucking Bird this weekend

(And taste vodka — for free!)

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, Mar 22, 2018 at 11:13 AM

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If our theater critic Maura Hogan's review of What If? Productions' latest show, Stupid Fucking Bird, isn't enough to get you in the theater, the promise of discounted tickets may just be the, err, ticket. For the play's remaining shows (held this Friday-Sunday and next Friday and Saturday), buy tickets online and use the code WIP08 at checkout to get $5 off any ticket level.

In addition to these special ticket prices, What If? hosts an artist talkback on Sun. March 25 following the 3 p.m. show. Chat with the cast about their experience in Stupid Fucking Bird and enjoy a free Dixie vodka tasting. Yep, vodka and a show, all at a discounted ticket price. Sounds like a brilliant fucking idea to us.

Event Details Stupid Fucking Bird
@ What If? Productions in residence at Threshold Repertory Theatre
84 1/2 Society St.
Charleston, SC
When: Fridays, Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. and Sun., March 25, 3 p.m. Continues through March 31

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Village Rep-commissioned play, The Transcendents, now a major motion film

Transcending mediums

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, Mar 21, 2018 at 4:41 PM

'The Transcendents' made its debut at Woolfe Street Playhouse in 2015. - FILE PHOTO
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  • 'The Transcendents' made its debut at Woolfe Street Playhouse in 2015.
It was the first play I reviewed for City Paper, so maybe I'm biased, but The Transcendents, a heady show about a drifter showing up in L.A. searching for a band (The Transcendents, no less), is something you see that you don't forget. The play was commissioned by Village Repertory Company from lauded New York playwright (and founder of NYC's theater company The Amoralists), Derek Ahonen, who developed a strong working relationship with Village Rep artistic director Keely Enright and the rest of the theater company team after the company staged his play, Happy In the Poor House.

Ahonen served as an almost-playwright-in-residence while he wrote The Transcendents. In a 2015 article, Ahonen told City Paper, "They [Village Rep] trusted me to write something from where I am in life right now."

In a 2015 review of The Transcendents, I wrote, "If anything, the captivating, disturbing, and surprisingly uplifting play disappointed only in its turnout. A play like this deserves a packed house."

So The Transcendents' premiere in Charleston wasn't earth-shattering — but it did happen to make more than just an impact on my fledgling arts-writer memory. Today The Sarasota Film Festival announced its full lineup, which includes the film, The Transcendents, written and directed by Ahonen. So yeah, that play, written in Charleston, is now going to be a movie.

In a sparse IMBD page, The Transcendents' summary is probably as helpful as my amateur critic's review, but here it is anyway: "The Transcendents tells the story of Roger, a Rasputin-like drifter arriving in the underbelly of a mysterious city in search of the elusive band The Transcendents. Dealing with a host of issues from childhood trauma and manufactured memories to intellectual property and murder, The Transcendents unfolds as a modern day rock n roll mystery, with unfathomable discoveries, revelations and ultimately transcendence."

Village Rep appears to be on a streak with plays-becoming-films. While we have you here it's worth mentioning that another Sarasota Film Fest film, Marjorie Prime, is currently on the stage at Woolfe Street Playhouse. Cool, right?

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Two Charlestonians at War author, Barbara Bellows Rockefeller, visits Charleston Library Society

The sound and the fury

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Wed, Mar 21, 2018 at 4:34 PM

Book cover of Barbara Bellows' 'Two Charlestonians at War: The Civil War Odysseys of a Lowcountry Aristocrat and a Black Abolitionist' - SCREENSHOT
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  • Book cover of Barbara Bellows' 'Two Charlestonians at War: The Civil War Odysseys of a Lowcountry Aristocrat and a Black Abolitionist'
The Civil War, as all sentient beings in the state of South Carolina realize, is more than just a snap shot of our bloodied history. It permeates and penetrates across centuries, state lines, and family trees. That's why, even to this day, narratives about the war and the warring are so fascinating — and critically important — to read.

Former Middlebury College history professor and author Barbara L. Bellows Rockefeller visits the Charleston Library Society Thurs. April 4 to discuss her newest Civil War era work, Two Charlestonians at War: The Civil War Odysseys of a Lowcountry Aristocrat and a Black Abolitionist.

Described by author Dr. Walter Edgar as "required reading for anyone interested in the history of the American South," Bellows Rockefeller's book follows the story of two men born one mile apart — a son of the rice planter aristocracy and a son of the free black artisan elite. Bellows Rockefeller crafts dual, parallel biographies of the two men, until their paths cross in 1864.

Captain Thomas Pinckney of the 4th South Carolina Calvary was captured and imprisoned on Morris Island where Sergeant Joseph H. Barquet, who had left the Palmetto state to join with the Massachusetts 54th regiment, was one of his guards.

Author Michael P. Johnson says the story of these two native sons is reminiscent of "a Faulknerian saga ... a compelling and sobering history graced by energetic research and vivid writing."

Listen to Bellows Rockefeller discuss her book at the Library Society from 6 to 7 p.m Thurs. April 5. The event is free and open to the public. 
Event Details Barbara L. Bellows Rockefeller and Two Charlestonians At War at the Charleston Library Society
@ Charleston Library Society
164 King St.
Charleston, South Carolina
When: Thu., April 5, 6-7 p.m.
Books + Poetry

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Gaillard Center hosts Metropolitan Opera singers in May's performance of 'Tosca'

Did someone say psychological torture??

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, Mar 21, 2018 at 11:26 AM

Floria Tosca is here to save her man. - FLICKR USER ANYUL RIVAS
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  • Floria Tosca is here to save her man.
Puccini's Tosca, an opera about all the important things in life — love, lust, betrayal, murder — heads to the Gaillard Center on Sat. May 5 for one night only. The performance serves as a fundraising event for the forthcoming Daniel Island Performing Arts Center, as well as its contributing organizations, and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. Tickets for the show start at $43 and are available online.

The Tosca cast features principal artists who have performed their roles on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera, including soprano Elizabeth Blancke-Biggs and baritone Mark Delevan. Originally a French-language dramatic play (La Tosca), Tosca is a three act opera by Giacomo Puccini, set to an Italian libretto from Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. Tosca utilizes the style of verismo, which employs a sort of real-time story-telling.

A 2010 NPR article, "A Shocker in Real Time: Puccini's 'Tosca,'" compares Tosca to the TV show 24:

Whether Puccini can truly be described as a "verismo composer" depends on who's doing the describing. But many of his operas do share elements, and a distinct but hard-to-define aesthetic sensibility, with the verismo style — and with TV's 24. One of those operas is Tosca, which not only takes a realistic approach to the passage of dramatic time, but also shares 24's tendency toward scenes of physical and psychological torture.
Psychological torture? Sign us up. The NPR piece goes on to detail the plot of Tosca (thank you, internet), which essentially features: an escaped political prisoner teaming up with an artist to evade authorities; a famous opera singer, the titular Tosca; the villain, Rome's chief of police; and some firing squads — all set against the backdrop of Napoleon's invasion of Italy.

Event Details Tosca
@ Gaillard Center
95 Calhoun St.
Charleston, SC
When: Sat., May 5, 7:30 p.m.

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Local print artists pop up at King Street Collective on Sat. April 7

It's poppin'

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, Mar 21, 2018 at 10:26 AM

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Ain't no art show like a pop-up art show, y'all. They're in, they're out, and you only have a few hours to peruse a bunch of different work from a bunch of different artists — in King Street Collective's pop-up's case, 14. On Sat. April 7 from 3-7 p.m. head to King Street Collective, located at 1102 King St. for affordable art from local artists.

Fill up with food from Desayuno Charleston while you check out everything from screenprints to giclees to shirts to photos to fine art. Participating artists include BadJon, Dos Bandidos, Patch Whisky, Proton, Sht!, Chuck Keppler, Carly Thomas, Tami Boyce, Marie Carladous, Tim Showers, Charlietown Prints, Trevor Webster, and Black Tooth.

Stay up-to-date with goings-on at the Collective by following their Facebook page.
Event Details Print Pop Up Shop
@ King Street Collective
1102 King Street
Mt. Pleasant
Charleston, SC
When: Sat., April 7, 3-7 p.m.
Visual Arts

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