Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Uncivil, podcast steeped in Charleston history, wins Peabody Award

"the podcast beautifully tells the engaging but little acknowledged story"

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Tue, Apr 24, 2018 at 2:00 PM

Uncivil, a popular history podcast hosted by journalists Jack Hitt (a Charleston native) and assistant Professor at Clemson and Chenjerai Kumanyika, describes itself as a podcast that "ransacks the official version of the Civil War, and takes on the history you grew up with."

We're already hooked. And if that dispelling of Southern mythology sounds good to you, we've got even better news — the podcast just took home a Peabody Award, which honors enlightening and invigorating stories in TV, radio, and online media.

Uncivil specifically took home the Peabody for their episode, 'The Raid,' which tells the (real life) story of "a group of ex-farmers, a terrorist from Kansas, and a schoolteacher" who "attempted the greatest covert operation of the Civil War." The Peabody award description goes into more detail, adding:

"Public history and family stories intertwine for an imaginative retelling of the pivotal role played by 250 newly escaped slaves struggling for freedom during the Civil War in South Carolina. Drawing on community memories and the stories of descendants who participated in the raid, the podcast beautifully tells the engaging but little acknowledged story of the planning and execution (behind Confederate troop lines) of the event, which led to the freeing of 750 enslaved men, women, and children."
Uncivil homes in on specific stories from the Civil War, many of which, for obvious reasons, have close ties to Charleston. One of the podcast's hosts, Hitt, grew up in Charleston, and uses the city as a reference point in many episodes. And the (incredible) music in each episode is part of a collaboration with local musicians Ann Caldwell and the Magnolia Singers.

In "The Song," an episode about "Dixie," also known as "Dixie's Land" and "I Wish I Was in Dixie," Hitt talks about the prevalence of the song in his childhood in the Lowcountry.

"So you know growing up in Charleston, SC, to me, the song was just — everywhere. It was in the ether. If you were walking down the street you might pass a, a wedding — you’d hear the song, or if someone scored a touchdown at a football game. Hell, you’d actually hear people whistling it."

In the same episode, founding member of Carolina Chocolate Drops, Justin Robinson, talks about playing a bluegrass festival at Boone Hall, "'We got to the festival grounds. ... We got into the property, I was asleep in the van, and I sat up straight. Because I didn't know, at this point, I didn't know where the gigs were — I just got in the van and shut up. And I was like, 'Where are we?' My spirit felt wrong. And, once we pulled up, I was like, 'Oh!'"

Robinson and the Chocolate Drops performed "Dixie," a song he says they'd decided to include in their shows as an act of reclamation, to an all-white audience. He says:
"Um, and so, that was like, 'we might be doing something wrong.' [laughs] That's what I felt, in that moment. I was like, 'This — the irony is not lost on me that we are at a plantation playing fiddle and banjo for an all-white audience in Charleston, South Carolina.'

And I was like, this is so palatable; they love it because it makes them feel comfortable.

I walked through the crowd to go and get something to eat from one of the concession stands, and I don't know how many times I heard the n-word, like as I walked through the crowd.

It was soul-crushing."
Stay up-to-date with Uncivil episodes online at uncivil.show.

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Charleston's JCC Without Walls Bookfest presents author of 'My Jewish Year,' Abigail Pogrebin

"18 holidays, one wondering Jew"

Posted by Will Allen on Mon, Apr 23, 2018 at 11:09 AM

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What do you know about Jewish traditions? The Charleston Jewish Community Center will host a discussion with author Abigail Pogrebin, who, despite being raised as a practicing member of the Jewish community, spent an entire year researching that very question. Pogrebin shares her findings with Charleston on Thurs. May 3 at 7 p.m. at the Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim Synagogue on Hasell Street.

In her book My Jewish Year, Pogrebin recounts the year she spent researching, observing, and writing about every facet of a Jewish year. Despite growing up following these holiday rituals, Pogrebin realized she knew little about their importance or relevance. The book uncovers the history and practices of these holidays with a sense of humor and an homage to The Year of Living Biblically by A. J. Jacobs, who wrote the book’s forward.

This talk is part of the Charleston Jewish Community Center Without Walls Bookfest. The Center is a nonprofit that focuses on building community engagement through a Jewish lens.

Tickets for this event are $10 and are available now. Kosher refreshments will be served.
Event Details JCC WOW Bookfest: Abigail Pogrebin
@ Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim
90 Hasell Street
Charleston, SC
When: Thu., May 3, 7 p.m.
Books + Poetry

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Redux repurposes underutilized space with Gallery 1056

Wall to wall art

Posted by Will Allen on Fri, Apr 20, 2018 at 3:37 PM

Works by Connor Lock are now on display in Redux's Gallery 1056. - KIP CARSON PHOTOGRAPHY
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  • Works by Connor Lock are now on display in Redux's Gallery 1056.
In February of 2018, the Redux Contemporary Art Center repurposed an underutilized space and started a new initiative to encourage and inspire their artists: Gallery 1056.

Gallery 1056 presents the work of one or more Redux Studio Artists, and is curated by their fellow Redux Studio Artists. Redux's Executive Director, Cara Leepson, describes the gallery as a “pay-it-forward” model that encourages artists to “support each artist’s personal artistic vision, while also providing a supportive atmosphere for collaboration between neighbors.” The goal is to maximize everyone’s creative output by letting artists inspire each other.

Works by Connor Lock are now on display in Redux's Gallery 1056. - KIP CARSON PHOTOGRAPHY
  • Kip Carson Photography
  • Works by Connor Lock are now on display in Redux's Gallery 1056.
The gallery’s current exhibition, FOUND & LOST, features work from Connor Lock, and was curated by Karen (Ann Myers) Paavola. The exhibit portrays a man who is confronting the grief of losing someone special through a series of photographs and found objects embellished with paint, providing an outlet to accept change.

You can view this gallery and more at Redux, open Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday, 12-5 p.m.
Location Details Redux Contemporary Art Center
Redux Contemporary Art Center
1056 King St.
Charleston, SC
(843) 722-0697
Gallery and Music Venue

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It's a battle of the sexes at Flowertown Underground's 'Bouncers' and 'Shakers'

Comedic plays about life in F&B

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Fri, Apr 20, 2018 at 11:00 AM

Flowertown Underground, Flowertown Players' collective group of young professionals bringing avant-garde theater to Summerville, presents an interesting take on F&B comedy this May, with two plays and two casts performing on two different weekends. Both plays, Bouncers and Shakers, are written by British playwright John Godber (with a co-write on Shakers from Jane Thornton), and take "an unflinching look at the lives of England's working class."

Bouncers, a parody of the disco scene and its bouncers, is produced by an all-male crew, directed by Daniel Rich, and hits the Underground Stage May 3-5 at 8 p.m. each night. Shakers, produced by an all-female crew with Courtney Bates at the helm, is the tale of a long-suffering waitresses at a trendy cocktail bar, and will be performed May 10-12 at 8 p.m. each night. Both shows are rated PG-13, and general admission tickets are $15, available online.

Flowertown Underground invites audiences to "pick one or come to both, let us know who the winner of the battle of the sexes is." But with both shows promising a tongue-in-cheek, relatable look at the mundane lives of the working class — specifically, those working in the food and beverage industry — we think you'd be smart to attend both Bouncers and Shakers.
Event Details Bouncers & Shakers
@ Flowertown Theater
133 S. Main St.
Summerville, SC
When: Thursdays-Saturdays, 8-10 p.m. Continues through May 12
(843) 875-9251
Theater and Comedy

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Piccolo Spoleto releases 2018 poster by artist Tami Boyce

"Dinner and a show!"

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, Apr 19, 2018 at 4:42 PM

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Piccolo Spoleto and Spoleto Festival USA draw near, y'all. The Charleston born and bred fest, Piccolo, kicks off Fri. May 25 featuring the usual dazzling array of live music, visual arts, theater performances, literature offerings, and more. And today, the festival released this year's poster, designed by local artist Tami Boyce.
Boyce's poster "Dinner and a Show" features her signature cute graphics with a robot enjoying some nuts and bolts as he takes in a local performance. Boyce's work can be found around Charleston, in Theatre 99, Early Bird Diner, and at Frothy Beard Brewery. She's illustrated several articles for the City Paper, and has also designed one of Frothy's beer labels (which earns a hearty 'Cheers!' from us).
Stay tuned for more deets on the Piccolo Spoleto schedule, which will be released by the Office of Cultural Affairs soon.

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