Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Drink this now: Two Spoleto-inspired cocktails that will see you through any opera

Art in a glass

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Wed, May 30, 2018 at 3:33 PM

The egg white foam on the Two Worlds In Thyme is a sight to behold. - PROVIDED
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  • The egg white foam on the Two Worlds In Thyme is a sight to behold.
Art can inspire myriad reactions โ€” awe, joy, utter confusion. As CP theater critic Maura Hogan writes in this week's Spoleto Festival USA overview, art can also make one question the very framework of our every day: What is time, really, and how should we spend it?

"In the first days of Spoleto Festival USA 2018, artists everywhere are minding the time," writes Hogan. "They rue how it slips through their fingers. They chase it dancing from past to present and back to the past. They pine for earlier eras, adding poignant, plaintive context to the here and the now. And they reanimate artists whose time on earth may have ended, but their relevance and resonance endure."

During the 17-day international arts fest, the theater/opera/dance/concert-goer may be inspired to throw back a libation or two, pre-show, time permitting. If you happen to be taking in operas Tree of Codes and/or Pia de' Tolomei, be sure to taste test their accompanying cocktails.
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Zero Restaurant + Bar
Two Worlds in Thyme
Made with thyme-infused Aperol, rum, vermouth, gin, lemon, egg white, and citrus-thyme syrup, this refreshing sip is inspired by Liza Lim's contemporary opera Tree of Codes. The production produced more questions than answers for this reviewer, but as Hogan allows, "You may find, like I did, that it will permeate your psyche in strange, new ways." And if anything will prepare your mind for a trippy trip into the unknown, a tart/herbal rum beverage served up at the oh-so-charming Zero Restaurant + Bar should do the trick. 

Remaining showtimes are Fri. June 1, Mon. June 4, and Thurs. June 7 all at 7:30 p.m.

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Le Farfalle
A Fiery End
Made with vodka, chile liqueur, citrus juice, and Campari and served with a hunk of ice sprinkled with cayenne, Le Farfalle's A Fiery End cocktail is inspired by Italian opera Pia de' Tolomei. Reviewer Heath Ellison says that "Finding problems with Cigniโ€™s adaptation of Pia de' Tolome is kind of like looking for flaws at a five-star restaurant, just because you want to tell your hipster friends that it wasnโ€™t that good." Same goes for the drink. With just the right kick of heat, the concoction is made to mimic Dante's Purgatorio; it's layered so that the sipper feels as if they're traveling (in a good way) to a fiery end.

Remaining showtimes are Sun. June 3, Wed. June 6, and Fri. June 8.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Spoleto's Gravity and Other Myths adds performance

Catch them at 1 p.m. this Wednesday

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Tue, May 29, 2018 at 12:44 PM

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According to critic Stephanie Hunt, Australia's Gravity & Other Myths circus-like Backbone Spoleto show delivers Greg Louganis-meets-Brian Boitano moves. Who doesn't want to see that? If you're in that "show me that weirdness" camp, take note: Spoleto has added an additional performance of the acrobats.

The wildly flexibly crew will perform a matinee on May 30 at 1 p.m. In the meantime, read Hunt's review of this flippin' good show. 

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Sunday, May 27, 2018

VENUE CHANGE: Fred Hersch Trio moves to TD Arena tonight at 9 p.m.

Rain check

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Sun, May 27, 2018 at 3:18 PM

The weather can be a total buzzkill, but that doesn't mean the party's over! Tonight the 9 p.m. Fred Hersch Trio performance at the Cistern Yard has been moved to the TD Arena. 

All ticket holders should receive an email about this venue change; tickets printed are still valid. Premium ticket holders will have reserved premium seats on the arena's floor, reserved ticket holders can find seats in a reserved seat on the arena's floor, and general admission ticket holders can find un-reserved seats in the arena's concourse level. 
If you do not have a ticket, the TD Arena box office opens at 8 p.m.

Keep up to date on all things Spoleto, rain or shine, at

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

PHOTOS: Spoleto Festival 2018 kicks off with opening party

Let's Go

Posted by Ruta Elvikyte on Sat, May 26, 2018 at 8:45 AM

Friday, May 25, 2018

Spoleto kicks off with confetti, playwright Henry Naylor, and gravity defying Aussies

"True art may save us all"

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Fri, May 25, 2018 at 3:21 PM

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Henry Naylor laid down some wisdom for those in the crowd. - CONNELLY HARDAWAY
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  • Henry Naylor laid down some wisdom for those in the crowd.
It was par for the course at the opening ceremony for Spoleto Festival USA 2018: hot as hell, the who's who of the city in attendance furiously flapping their paper fans, and a confetti blast that caught us off guard again.

We had some laughs, thank god, to keep us from melting into the pavement. The charismatic and eloquent Borders British playwright Henry Naylor thanked "Chucktown" for having him again (he brought the incredible Angel to the festival last year), saying:

"I'm delighted to be here for this wonderful festival, a true celebration for humanity. Britain, of course, has claimed one of your best actresses, Meghan Markle, and for the next 17 days, Britain will reciprocate by sending a few dozen of our best theater makers in return. So please fawn over us regally, roll out the red carpet, and curtsey every time you see one of us."

Naylor got more serious, though, with an important message about the arts, and the way we interact with creative mediums, and each other, every day.
"The festival is 42 years old, it's seen a lot of changes, not least, the change in us. The way society is changing at the moment, it needs arts festivals more than ever. Because everywhere we travel, the world is becoming angrier and angrier. We appear to be losing the ability to discuss and debate, and if anyone challenges us, we take it as a personal affront. We're cherry picking our friends who echo our views, closing our ears, blocking, de-friending those who do not ... assert, with no possibility of discussion. Society is becoming fragmented, it's in danger of falling apart and it's serious. We don't need to make America or Britain great again โ€” we need to make America and Britain hear again. To listen to each other's perspectives with a soft ear. And this is where the arts come in. For the next 17 days, we will all hear perspectives from all over the world. We will hear soul speaks. True art will challenge us, provoke us. We may not agree with everything each says, but it may help us understand each other better. True art may save us all." 
After the playwright's wise words โ€” and a crack about the city's culinary scene, which in addition to the acceptable oysters and grits includes the inexplicable ice cream sandwiches stuffed with pie filling โ€” Mayor Tecklenburg closed out the ceremony with a reminder that "it's important that we harness this energy and excellence and keep it throughout the year ... itโ€™s critical that our young artists have the support and encouragement to follow their dreams to embrace the artist within."

The confetti burst out of nowhere (from cannons?!) and the amazingly talented acrobats from Gravity and other Myths took the stage for less than two minutes, making our hearts stop approximately 150 times.

Saluti to the 42nd Spoleto Festival, y'all, and be sure to keep up to date with all of our Spolo coverage here.
The acrobats from Gravity and Other Myths put on a brief show, much to the delight of the crowd. - CONNELLY HARDAWAY
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  • The acrobats from Gravity and Other Myths put on a brief show, much to the delight of the crowd.

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