Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Jeremy McLellan named a New Face of Comedy at Just For Laughs

Congrats, Jeremy

Posted by Jakob Lazzaro on Tue, Jul 25, 2017 at 2:10 PM

PBS is filming a McLellan comedy show at Theatre 99 in October. - TWITTER.COM/JEREMYMCLELLAN
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Local comedian Jeremy McLellan was recently named one of the New Faces of Comedy at Just for Laughs, the world’s largest comedy festival. Held in Montreal from July 12-31, Just for Laughs features superstars like Trevor Noah and Jerry Seinfeld as well as rising talents.

There are four categories in Just For Laughs' New Faces showcase including standup, sketch, comedians without managers (unrepped, which is the category McLellan falls under), and creators. McLellan performs in two shows — July 27, hosted by actor and comedian Keith Robinson, and July 28, hosted by actor and comedian Dan Soder.

A Charleston native, McLellan got his start in comedy four years ago at Tin Roof and quickly became a rising star, earning City Paper’s Best Local Comic in 2015 and 2016. His material ranges across hot-button topics including politics, gender, race, religion, and disability.

McLellan says getting named as a New Face of Comedy is a big boost to his career.

“This is a career making opportunity and a confirmation and validation of all my hard work,” says McLellan. “Being recognized and honored like this is overwhelming. Literally thousands of comics submitted. It could lead to network spots, industry representation, better and bigger gigs, you name it.”

After the festival, McLellan is going on tour in Pakistan, where he’ll be performing five to six shows in Islamabad and Lahore. After that, he’s booked until April 2018.

“I have PBS filming my show at Theatre 99 in October,” he says. “Two tours of the US for various charities, a TEDx talk in Charleston, a tour of the U.K. in December, a likely tour of Malaysia, the Philippines, and Singapore in February, more stuff in the U.K. in March, and hopefully a return trip to Pakistan (Karachi) in April.”

Learn more about McLellan at jeremymclellan.com.

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Artists Rick Austin and George Gregory present exhibits at North Charleston City Gallery

Two for the price of free

Posted by Jakob Lazzaro on Tue, Jul 25, 2017 at 9:51 AM

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The North Charleston City Gallery hosts exhibits from artists Rick Austin and George Gregory starting August 3. The two separate exhibits, which run until August 31, open with a free joint reception from 5-7 p.m.

Rick Austin’s Observations showcases his landscape paintings, which are focused on the atmospheric quality of light in the natural world. Austin takes inspiration from 18th century Impressionism and 19th century Tonalism — landscapes featuring overarching, muted natural tones or mists. To create his landscapes, he uses a glazing technique to suspend thin layers of color in oil.

George Gregory’s Pixel-ed Images came from a childhood spent with a carpenter father and craft-creating grandmother. In the installation, the Columbia based mixed-media artist uses pushpins, sequins, beads, and thread to create pixelated, yet tactile, images

“The relationship between hard and soft plays an important role in my work. This is demonstrated through the materiality of fiber and wood,” Gregory said. “I pay homage to my father and grandmother by incorporating the same materials that played a part of my childhood.”

The gallery, located in the northwest corner of the convention center, is open 12-5 p.m. on Tuesday, 11-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, and 11-5 p.m. Wednesday and Friday.

Event Details Rick Austin and George Gregory
@ North Charleston City Gallery
International Blvd. (inside the Charleston Area Convention Center)
North Charleston
Charleston, South Carolina
When: Thu., Aug. 3, 5-7 p.m., Tuesdays, 12-5 p.m., Wednesdays, Fridays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Thursdays, 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Continues through Aug. 31
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Monday, July 24, 2017

Boone Hall Fright Nights are back after a year hiatus

We missed you, haunted hayride

Posted by Kristen Kornbluth on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 11:49 AM

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Boone Hall’s beloved spooky spectacle, Fright Nights, is back after a year off. The festival ran into a snag with entertainment company DVE Productions in 2016, but regrouped with a new team and is ready once more to scare spectators this Halloween season Fright Nights runs Sept. 29-Oct. 31 this year with four attractions. You can take your pick between Cemetery of Lost Souls, The Crypt, Wicked Woods Haunted Hayride, and The Gateway, or if you’re brave enough, venture into all of them.

Lucky for those on a budget but still jonesin’ for a good fright, tickets for opening weekend only are discounted from now until this Fri. July 28. A ScreamPass, which gets you access to all four attractions, is $25, while the line-skipping VIP Faster To The Fear pass will run you $37. Again, the discounted rate only applies to opening weekend, but you can still buy regular-price passes for the rest of the season. Peruse them all online at bhfrightnights.citypapertickets.com.
Event Details Fright Nights
@ Boone Hall Farms
2521 Highway 17N
Mt. Pleasant
Charleston, SC
When: Fridays, Saturdays, 7:15 p.m.-12 a.m., Sundays, 7:15-10 p.m., Thursdays, 7:15-10 p.m., Wed., Oct. 25, 7:15-10 p.m. and Oct. 30-31, 7:15-10 p.m. Continues through Oct. 26
Festivals + Events, Family + Kids and Haunted Happenings

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Here's how to win 23 signed YA books — including several from local authors

So hot right now

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Fri, Jul 21, 2017 at 4:16 PM

Um, holy amazing MEGA summer giveaway that I am a part of (all thanks to the incomparable @rgraudin)!! And this is Part 2! But yes! Win 23 signed books by some phenomenal authors. Add more bookshelves to your home! Start a neighborhood community library! Blow your holiday Secret Santa or Toys for Tots minds!! Or just #ballout Rafflecopter link in bio. Good luck friends! #thetakedownbook #Repost @rgraudin ・・・ Are you guys ready for the SECOND round of the mega YA giveaway? These 23 signed books are up for grabs! Head on over to the Rafflecopter link in my profile to enter! (US only) . . #writersofinstagram #writerlife #yalit #bookstagram #booknerdigans #invictus #thewalledcity #ryangraudin #goodreads #amreading #amwriting

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All of 30 minutes ago local author Corrie Wang, writer of The Takedown (the subject of an April CP cover story, FYI) announced a summer YA giveaway on the 'gram, hosted by fellow local author Ryan Graudin. The gal behind books like Wolf by Wolf and Blood for Blood, Graudin is spearheading a book giveaway featuring 23 YA novels.

In addition to The Takedown and Graudin's Invictus, you can also snag local author Ashley Poston's Geekerella; one of YALLFest's founder and co-author of Beautiful Creatures' author Kami Garcia's The Lovely Reckless; and more. While we don't want anymore contenders in the ring — hey, we really wanna win — we'd be remiss not to share this killer opportunity with all YA fans.

Enter to win at rafflecopter.com. May the odds be ever in your favor.

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Charleston's Alliance for the Arts holds fundraising day for the arts this September

Arts matter

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Fri, Jul 21, 2017 at 3:41 PM

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On Sept. 12 you can give back to the arts during Charleston's Arts Matter Day (AMD), a day of community giving presented by the Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts, benefitting arts nonprofits in Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties.

Local donors have raised $150,000 in incentive funds for AMD. According to the Charleston Arts Alliance, this is how your donation will work:

These funds will be distributed proportionately based on the amount raised and the number of participants, and while they are not technically “matching” funds, the Arts Alliance expects and average return of 10%-15% to each organization. Therefore, your donation has the potential to grow, enhancing your gift and increasing community impact.
You can give to multiple organizations (the full list ranges from Backpack Journalists to Enough Pie), spreading your tax-deductible donation across several organizations. You can also donate directly to the Alliance for the Arts, which will re-grant those funds.

And if you're part of a nonprofit that wants to be included in AMD, contact the Alliance for the Arts at info@artscharleston.org or by calling (843) 577-5288.

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