Saturday, December 14, 2019

South of Broadway Theatre Co. partnering for free tickets for some local students at January show

Check out their new production this January

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Sat, Dec 14, 2019 at 3:39 PM

Maestro Abdiel Iriarte sits at the piano surrounded by, left to right, Alfonso Riley, Dylan Rowe, Javetta Campbell, Christian Smalls, and Thomas Brown - PROVIDED
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  • Maestro Abdiel Iriarte sits at the piano surrounded by, left to right, Alfonso Riley, Dylan Rowe, Javetta Campbell, Christian Smalls, and Thomas Brown
South of Broadway Theatre Company (SOBTC) partners with NYC's Patton Daye Slater Productions to present Love & Southern D!scomfort, a first step in getting the show to Broadway, in Charleston this January.

The show premieres at the Charleston Music Hall on Sat. Jan. 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Sun. Jan. 12 at 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online.
Love & Southern D!scomfort is a musical mystery starring Tony Award nominee Felicia P. Fields (from The Color Purple and Dreamgirls). It takes place in rural Louisiana and tells the story of a family torn apart by addiction, mental illness, and a dark secret.

Felicia P. Fields has starred in productions of Dreamgirls and The Color Purple - PROVIDED
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  • Felicia P. Fields has starred in productions of Dreamgirls and The Color Purple
With this production, SOBTC wants to, according to a press release, "take on the demand for diversity and inclusiveness in the entertainment industry by spotlighting inter-racial relationships, non-traditional casting of aspiring young artists with Down syndrome, and the theatrical debut of a recent ward of the Carolina Youth Development Center (CYDC)."

As part of their "My Ticket to the Arts" initiative, SOBTC is providing free tickets to CYDC and other local "needs-based" schools for their January shows.

Learn more about South of Broadway and all of their initiatives, including a diversity forum on Sun. Jan. 13, online at southofbroadway.com.
Event Details Love and Southern D!scomfort
@ Charleston Music Hall
37 John St.
Downtown
Charleston, SC
When: Sat., Jan. 11, 7:30 p.m. and Sun., Jan. 12, 3 p.m.
Price: $35-$65
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Thursday, December 12, 2019

"A Christmas Carol" at the Gaillard canceled after bus accident

Pressing pause

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, Dec 12, 2019 at 1:36 PM

The cast of A Christmas Carol needs to rest after a scary accident. The show, for other area productions, still goes on. We've got some suggestions if you're sad about missing Christmas Carol - PROVIDED
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  • The cast of A Christmas Carol needs to rest after a scary accident. The show, for other area productions, still goes on. We've got some suggestions if you're sad about missing Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol, presented by the Nebraska Theatre Caravan and scheduled for next Wed. Dec. 18 at the Gaillard has been canceled.

The theater company's tour bus was involved in an accident on Tues. Dec. 10, and while no critical injuries were reported, the company has decided to cancel the remaining dates of the national tour.

In a press release the company says, "While we are sad to see the tour cut short, we consider our theatre a family, and the physical and emotional health and wellbeing of those involved is most important. Thank you to everyone who has reached out in support of our touring members of A Christmas Carol. We have immense respect and deep appreciation for the performers and crew who give so much of their time and talent to share this beautiful story with theatre goers across the U.S. each year."

If you need to fill your holiday show cravings, we've got plenty of other options for ya. Our theater critic recently reviewed three local shows — Elf, Della's Diner, and She Loves Me — for an easy guide to the city's current offerings.

If you're looking for a full blast of holiday cheer, you may want to head to the Music Hall for The Charleston Christmas Special, starting on Fri. Dec. 13.
Event Details CANCELED: A Christmas Carol
@ Gaillard Center
95 Calhoun St.
Downtown
Charleston, SC
When: Wed., Dec. 18, 7 p.m.
843-242-3099
Price: $16-$65 (Plus Applicable Fees)
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City of North Charleston is unveiling a new exhibit and looking for sculpture artists for 2020 competition

We've got news

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, Dec 12, 2019 at 11:01 AM

Katherine Hester looks at humans vs. the sea in her new show - PROVIDED
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  • Katherine Hester looks at humans vs. the sea in her new show
Now through the end of January, head to the City of North Charleston's art gallery (located in the Convention Center) to see work from two Lowcountry artists. The concurrent exhibits feature work from Katherine Hester of Pinopolis, S.C. and Jenion Tyson of North Charleston.

Hester's work, Ebb and Flow, is a series of mixed media paintings of the ocean, inspired by the idea of a romantic day at the beach vs. the reality of humans' impact on coastal life. Proceeds from the sale of Hester's work will be donated to the South Carolina Aquarium's Sea Turtle Care Center.

Get a new perspective with Jenion Tyson's "Bug's Eye View" - PROVIDED
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  • Get a new perspective with Jenion Tyson's "Bug's Eye View"
What began as an exploratory series prior to Hurricane Florence, artist Jenion Tyson's A Bug's Eye View: Macro Photography in the Garden, depicts small, often overlooked flowering plants common to South Carolina yards. Tyson enlarges the view of the plants to new, nearly unrecognizable perspectives.

Tyson's exhibit features 13 macrophotographs displayed alongside smaller, corresponding photographs that show recognizable views of the plants — as well as short essays written by Tyson.
Event Details Works by Katherine Hester and Jenion Tyson
@ North Charleston Convention Center
5001 Coliseum Dr.
North Charleston
Charleston, SC
When: Through Jan. 31, 2020, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Price: Free to attend
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Each year, North Charleston displays a new series of sculptures around town - PROVIDED
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  • Each year, North Charleston displays a new series of sculptures around town
In addition to this new exhibit, the City of North Charleston has another announcement: They're looking for entries for the 15th annual national outdoor sculpture competition and exhibition.

Sculpture artists from all over the country can apply ($35/fee) online now through Feb. 25, 2020. Fourteen sculptures will be juried into the exhibit and compete for cash prizes totaling $19,750.

The sculpture exhibition will be on display in Riverfront Park April 29, 2020 through March 21, 2021.

If you have any questions about entering email culturalarts@northcharleston.org. 

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Gibbes awards Georgia-based ceramicist Donté K. Hayes with 1858 Prize

Celebrating Southern art

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, Dec 11, 2019 at 12:31 PM

This week the Gibbes Museum of Art announced their 2019 winner for their annual 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art. Donté K. Hayes, a Georgia-based ceramicist, explores themes in Afrofuturism — a projected vision of an imagined future which critiques the historical and cultural events of the African diaspora.

The group of candidates selected as finalists for the prize was larger than usual this year — six instead of five — because of what Gibbes' executive director Angela Mack described as the "outstanding caliber" of candidates.

The 1858 Prize for Contemporary Art, a $10,000 cash award, is presented by Society 1858, a member auxiliary group of the Gibbes that supports the museum with social and educational programs tailored for up-and-coming art patrons.

In a press release Mack said: "His works demonstrate a powerful vision, as he is at the forefront of southern contemporary art. We were extremely impressed with all of our finalists this year and want to thank everyone who submitted to Society 1858."

Mack's mention of Hayes' powerful vision is intentional; in the past decade, and specifically the past year, the museum has looked at how it represents minority artists. In May, the Gibbes hosted a lecture exploring the impact of a 2009 exhibition, Prop Master, which illustrated the disparity of artists of color found in the Gibbes' permanent collection.

The lecture, Prop Master Revisited: Race, Response, and Representation looked at the progress the Gibbes had (or had not) made in representing more African-American artists in the past 10 years.
Prop Master Revisited was, appropriately, held during this past spring's landmark exhibition, New Acquisitions Featuring Works by African American Artists, a traveling exhibition that counted the Gibbes as only its second host. At the time, Mack talked to the City Paper about the significance of the Gibbes hosting, first, Prop Master, and 10 years later, New Acquisitions: "We recognize our age, the fact that the institution was segregated, the fact that at one time you had to be invited, just like a private club, to be a member of the Gibbes."

In a statement Hayes expressed his gratitude for — and the importance of — his 1858 award win: "As an artist working in the Southern United States this award is so important to recognize all the powerful artwork and creative souls working and born in the Southern region."

Learn more about Hayes online and check out all the finalists at 1858prize.org

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Criminal podcast brings live show to the Charleston Music Hall this April

And this is Criminal

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Tue, Dec 10, 2019 at 11:00 AM

If you too are an adoring fan of her majesty Phoebe Judge, host of uber-popular podcast, Criminal, you'll want to snag tickets for the live show at the Music Hall on Thurs. April 16. Tickets go on sale this Fri. Dec. 13 at 10 a.m.

For non-true crime junkies, Criminal is one of the original crime-centric podcasts, debuting way back in 2014. Each episode covers a different crime, or crime-related topic.
We also love Episode 94, "The Chase," about Mark Roberts, who has streaked at sporting events all over the world - PROVIDED
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  • We also love Episode 94, "The Chase," about Mark Roberts, who has streaked at sporting events all over the world

Some of our favorites include Episode 15, "He's Neutral," about an Oakland, Cali. resident who unwittingly creates a shrine of sorts and Ep. 68, "All the Time in the World," about a "body farm" at Texas State University.
New York magazine writes: "Criminal is a true crime podcast that understands crime as something sociological, historical, even anthropological — that crime is a function of people, time, and place. With incredible sound design, marvelous writing, and a boldness in the way it makes its choices, there are few shows that feel more alive."

We could't agree more.

Learn more about the podcast online at thisiscriminal.com.

Event Details Criminal Live
@ Charleston Music Hall
37 John St.
Downtown
Charleston, SC
When: Thu., April 16, 8 p.m.
Price: TBA
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