Thursday, December 13, 2018

Charleston Museum explores "Microfashion," toddler clothing of yore, in new exhibit

#YesterdayinMicrofashion opens Dec. 15

Posted by Tim Housand on Thu, Dec 13, 2018 at 10:57 AM

Just your standard three-piece toddler suit, circa 1880 - CHARLESTON MUSEUM
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  • Just your standard three-piece toddler suit, circa 1880
Since before America had settled into the style of putting babies in rompers and/or mini-sweatpants, toddlers have in fact worn small human clothes for as long as we know. This week, the Charleston Museum opens a new exhibition that explores this history, #YesterdayInMicrofashion: 150 Years of Charleston's Children.

Pink dresses for boys, blue boots for girls — just three or four generations ago, the clothes kids wore would have looked more than a little strange. In an era where couples create flaming infernos for gender reveal parties and where parents are often surprised to find out how gendered modern toddler clothing is, it can be formative to return to an earlier era of time and notice the contrast.
Needlepoint children's shoes (c. 1838) designed with straight soles, able to be worn on either foot - CHARLESTON MUSEUM
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  • Needlepoint children's shoes (c. 1838) designed with straight soles, able to be worn on either foot
Teresa Teixeira, curator of historic textiles at the Charleston Museum, notes that even the word "toddler" is a recent invention, crafted by ad agencies. There are over 50 articles of clothing in the #YesterdayInMicrofashion exhibition, including mourning clothes, morning gowns, suits, dresses, and more.

Stitched using a variety of materials, these clothes represent the standard fashion of children across the U.S, from Champagne, Ill. to Charleston. One of the highlights of the exhibit is a sampler created by Charleston native Julia Margaret Bachman, daughter of the Reverend John Bachman.

The #YesterdayInMicrofashion exhibit opens to the public on Dec. 15 and will be on display in the Charleston Museum’s textile gallery through May 12 2019.

Event Details #Yesterday in Microfashion
@ Charleston Museum
360 Meeting St.
Charleston, SC
When: Dec. 15-May 12
Price: $12/adult, $10/youth ticket, $5/child
Exhibits, Visual Arts and Family + Kids

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Cougar Night Lights returns bigger and better at the Cistern for 2018 on Dec. 14

More like Rudolph Hall

Posted by Sam Spence on Thu, Dec 13, 2018 at 9:52 AM

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You've memorized the James Island Festival of lights by heart and have fully appreciated the lights around Park Circle in record time, but you're still not full-up on holiday spirit.

Luckily, Cougar Night Lights flips the switch starting Fri. Dec. 14, lighting up the Cistern with a musical light display for a second year.

This year, the College is going all out for the nighttime light show, with twice as many high-efficiency lights on display in Cistern Yard at 66 George St.

In addition to lighting up the school's landmark Randolph Hall building, a total of around 43,000 lights will also adorn Towell Library on the western side of the yard with elements also reaching out of the walled area over St. Philip Street and College Way behind Towell. In a blog post earlier this month, the College also promised some "hidden surprises.”

Cougar Night Lights is the brainchild of CofC graduate John Reynolds, who has made a career out of large-scale lighting displays for projects like the Super Bowl, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and the Olympics. Reynolds has even netted a few Emmys in recognition of his work.

Beginning Fri. Dec. 14, Cougar Night Lights will run each night on the hour, every hour 6-9 p.m. through Jan. 1 2019.

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Full 2019 Charleston Comedy Fest lineup announced, tickets on sale now

Giggle gang

Posted by Lauren Hurlock on Fri, Dec 7, 2018 at 4:53 PM

Charleston Comedy Fest released the full line up for the 2019 festival today, and we're pretty pumped.

To peep the whole lineup and score your tickets now, visit

In addition to Rory Scovel and Jamie Lee, there will be performances from Mary Kay Has A Posse, Moral Fixation and H.A.M.P.S., improv from Archer's Amber Nash, Reformed Whores, The Magic Negro and Other Blackness, Jamie Kennedy, and more.

For the full line up and tickets, visit

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

After 18 months, Redux's King Street spot finally gets a sign

And she's beautiful

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Tue, Dec 4, 2018 at 5:01 PM

Redux executive director Cara Leepson and operations and creative director, Greg Colleton. - PROVIDED
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  • Redux executive director Cara Leepson and operations and creative director, Greg Colleton.
Congrats, Redux. Today the art center finally got a sign (in addition to their building's  'Big Bertha' signage, which references its other inhabitant, a storage company). Executive director of Redux, Cara Leepson, says that she never thought she'd be this excited about a sign.

After 18 months in the spot, though, it's nice to let passersby know what's going on inside of 1056 King St. Which is to say, a lot. Head by Redux anytime this month to see Camela Guevara's new exhibit, Care Work. You can also check out a selection of pieces from the Redux archive, on display in smaller exhibit space, Gallery 1056. 
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And, this Thurs. Dec. 6 from 5-8 p.m., Redux hosts their monthly open studios, which is free and open to the public. It's an opportunity to chat with artists and maybe even purchase some of their wares (hello holiday gifts.

Keep up to date with everything Redux is up to online at

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Terrace Theater screens Indie Grants "works-in-progress" films on Thurs. Dec. 6

Supporting S.C. production professionals

Posted by Tim Housand on Mon, Dec 3, 2018 at 2:55 PM

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Indie Grants partners with Terrace Theater for a one-time special event: a viewing of the 2018 Indie Grant short film productions, this Thurs. Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. This event, which is free and open to the public, will be a “works-in-progress” screening, a sneak preview of the year’s films for a South Carolina audience before they get sent out to international film contests and juries. A Q&A and reception will follow the screening.

Indie Grants is a program sponsored by the South Carolina Film Commission and Trident Technical College. Created in 2010 as a means to “support indigenous South Carolina production professionals and generate professional training environments for Trident Tech film students,” Indie Grants has funded over 30 short films since its inception. The films have gone on to be shown at internationally recognized film competitions such as Sundance, Austin Film Festival, and Atlanta Film Festival.

The films that Indie Grants chooses to fund and support represent a broad range of genres. One of this year’s selections for the works in progress screening is Whistler’s Mother, a “dark fable” as described by director Robbie Robinson that explores the origins of the woman portrayed in James McNeill Whistler’s most famous painting.

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