Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Charleston Music Hall screens Lord of the Rings trilogy this April

My precious!

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Tue, Feb 27, 2018 at 4:01 PM

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In times like these, an escape to Middle Earth sounds all-too tempting. Charleston Music Hall will become a fantasy world haven for three nights in April, prompting us to say:"Charleston, my old friend, this will be a night to remember."

The first screening of the LOTR trilogy will be The Fellowship of The Ring on April 5, followed by The Two Towers April 11, and The Return of the King April 24. These are the extended versions of the flicks y'all, so that means 682 minutes of Legolas being all sexy and Frodo being adorable and sometimes wicked.

Tickets to each film are $8 or $20 for a pass to all three; moviegoers who arrive dressed as a wizard, hobbit, elf, dwarf, Gollum, etc. will get free admission to the films. The best costume over the three night span will receive a replica of THE ring and Gandalf's staff.

Bar opens at 6 p.m. and films begin at 6:30 β€” be sure to adhere to the LOTR rule: "A wizard is never late, Frodo Baggins. Nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to."

Buy tickets at charlestonmusichall.com.
Location Details Charleston Music Hall
Charleston Music Hall
37 John St.
Charleston, South Carolina
(843) 853-2252
Music Venue

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Friday, February 23, 2018

Help the Terrace Theater get their polar bear back

He was last seen three days ago

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Fri, Feb 23, 2018 at 11:57 AM

MISSING: Friendly stuffed polar bear. - PROVIDED
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  • MISSING: Friendly stuffed polar bear.
Just when we thought animal theft was over in the Lowcountry (please see: Rialto Row's dolphin), the Terrace Theater has informed us that their stuffed polar bear has been stolen within the past three days. He's lived in his den at the theater for seven years now: "We feel it is truly wrong to take this beloved bear from the cubs and place he considers home."

The bear was a gift from a Terrace Theater patron who drives from Mt. Pleasant to the Terrace every day for popcorn and a coke, and who Terrace owner Paul Brown says has become a "fixture with the staff."

Now, you can return the bear (the real bear, no fakes!) β€” no questions asked β€” and receive movie passes and movie posters in return. If you have any details about the bear, call the Terrace's box office at (843) 762-4247.

Location Details Terrace Theater
Terrace Theater
1956 Maybank Highway
James Island
Charleston, SC
Movie Theater

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'Southern Charm' Season 5 will premiere Thurs. April 5 at 9 p.m.

Only in it for the recaps

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Fri, Feb 23, 2018 at 10:15 AM

Whether you're in it for the scenes of the Holy City or the super beautiful people screaming at each other in ball gowns and white gloves, Southern Charm is a reality show we love to hate. And by god, it's back for a fifth season!

Sure, it's trash TV, but it's our trash TV. From the late in life coming of age story starring our handsome Shep of RelationShep fame, to the washed up villain versus the fiery redhead, there's a fairytale-like trope in every episode.

✌🏼We out.

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We won't pretend to know the ins and outs of the show (Landon left? Someone named Chelsea (see above) is joining this season and she was on...Survivor?) but we do know someone who understands the merits of this artistic piece like the back of his hand β€” the inimitable Dustin Waters, our not so newbie SoCharm newbie. Be sure to check out his recaps starting early April.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Charleston Music Hall presents the inaugural Miyazaki Film Festival this June

Four films, four strong female characters

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Tue, Feb 20, 2018 at 9:47 AM

  • Studio Ghibli / 'Spirited Away'
You know what this city has been missing? An anime film festival. No, seriously, we don't have anything like it in the Lowcountry, and it's kind of an oversight. Charleston Music Hall looks to remedy that problem with the inaugural Miyazaki Film Festival, presented at CMH this June and featuring four films written by Hayao Miyazaki.

The full day of flicks kicks off at 1 p.m. on Sat. June 16 and keeps going strong until a final screening at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12/per film or $36/four film pass (which comes with a complimentary special poster). In addition to the films, 2Nixons' Chef Jeffrey Stoneberger will be slinging ramen in CMH's lobby, and additional vendors will be added as the date draws near. Now for those flicks:

Kiki's Delivery Service

The 1989 animated fantasy film (spoiler: all of these films are precisely that) tells the story of Kiki, a young witch, on her "mandatory year of independent life," in which she runs an air courier service (on a broom, no less). And if you're a big fan of the film, then you may be interested in recently released Kiki's Delivery Service inspired accessories and fragrances β€” for real.

Howl's Moving Castle

Like Kiki's Delivery Service, Howl's Moving Castle features a teenage girl whose life is thrown into turmoil when she climbs aboard a moving castle β€” Howl's to be exact β€” and enters a magical world.

Spirited Away

One of the world's better known anime flicks (according to a poll of two City Paper staffers), Spirited Away is the story of a 10-year-old girl who moves to the suburbs, only to wander into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits. Oh yeah, and where humans are changed into beasts.

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

Nausicaa is the princess of a small kingdom on a post-apocalyptic Earth with a bioengineered ecological system, who becomes involved in a war between kingdoms.

Y'all, can we give it up for strong female characters in these films? We're not alone in seeing a trend here β€” Scott Brown of lomabeat.com recently wrote a piece, "She-roes: Strong Female leads on the Rise." He says:
These early female heroes aren’t just found in American films, but are ever-present in Japanese anime, specifically in the work Hayao Miyazaki. Whether it be Nausicaa of Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind or San of Princess Mononoke, anime is filled with female heroes that simply embody a textbook definition of what a protagonist.
Hell yes.

Stay tuned for more details on the festival.
Event Details Miyazaki Film Fest
@ Charleston Music Hall
37 John St.
Charleston, South Carolina
When: Sat., June 16, 1 p.m.
Film + Radio, Festivals + Events and Family + Kids

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Monday, February 19, 2018

This Old House episodes filmed in Charleston debut March 31

Charmed, we're sure

Posted by Connelly Hardaway and Sam Spence on Mon, Feb 19, 2018 at 2:38 PM

What do a brick 1840s single house and multi-generational 1890s home in a "transitioning neighborhood" have in common? You can check both of them out on This Old House's new project, filmed in Charleston, premiering Sat., March 31 on SCETV.

The home improvement franchise is kind of the OG of the house porn empire β€” we're talking the TV show in its 39th season, spinoffs, a magazine, and website (gotta keep up, right?) And naturally, any house-ogling show is going to turn its eyes to Charleston every once in a while.

This spring you can follow the restoration of a Charleston single house, restored by the familiar TOH hosts, local development company Renew Urban, as well as students from the American College of the Building Arts. (Take a peek at the job site with these live webcams.)

In recent years, TOH has stressed the importance of trade education to the construction workforce and the preservation of traditional building techniques. During an ETV event at the ACBA last year, the hosts praised the school for its role in teaching vernacular trades.
The updated Hassell Street single house, according to ThisOldHouse.com, will now feature a backyard pool, pergola, and patio for outdoor dining.

Filming at the Ansonborough house has taken place on and off over the past year, but we're not sure where the season's second house is, described in program listings as a "multi-generational 1890s home in a nearby transitioning neighborhood."

This Old House airs on SCETV on Saturday mornings at 9 a.m. Check the schedule at SCETV.org.

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