Friday, July 3, 2020

Charleston Friends of the Library hosts a safe and sanitized summer book sale

Buy books to benefit the library

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Fri, Jul 3, 2020 at 2:34 PM

Head to the Main Library on July 24-25 to shop a socially distanced book sale - PROVIDED
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  • Head to the Main Library on July 24-25 to shop a socially distanced book sale
On July 24-25 head to the Main Library for That Summer Book Sale, where you can browse through hundreds of (sanitized) used books, CDs and DVDs at super low prices. The semi annual book sale, presented by Charleston Friends of the Library (CFOL), benefits the Charleston County Public Library and all of its programs.

CFOL has had to cancel two book sales in the past few months due to the coronavirus pandemic; they're utilizing every safety protocol they have to make sure this book sale is as sanitized and socially distant as possible. All attendees must wear a mask.

Books, DVDs and CDs start at $1 for paperbacks and $4 for hardback books, with genres that cover everything from mysteries to romances to local histories to classics.

The book sale is open to the public on July 24-25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., with special senior hours from 9 a.m.-10 a.m. each day. Friends of the Library members can shop books on July 23, 4-6 p.m.

The Charleston Friends of the Library is a nonprofit volunteer organization that raises money through book sales to fund library services. Follow them on Instagram to stay up-to-date with initiatives like African-American Perspectives, a collection of titles focused on anti-racism and social justice. These titles are focused on helping CCPL patrons read, listen, learn and grow as they expand their knowledge of race relations.
Event Details That Summer Book Sale
@ Main Library
68 Calhoun St.
Charleston, SC
When: July 24-25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Price: Free to attend
Books + Poetry, Festivals + Events, Fashion + Shopping and Benefits + Fundraisers

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Monday, June 29, 2020

Theatre 99 hosting livestream comedy shows two nights a week

Laughs online

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Mon, Jun 29, 2020 at 5:39 PM

Charleston's improv theater, Theatre 99, cannot reopen to the public because of the current coronavirus pandemic. But, like so many arts organizations and businesses in town, they want to keep producing content for their audience. Now, they've got an easy way for everyone to access live comedy.

Twice a week, Theatre 99 livestreams improv shows. Similar to their regular, in-person shows, Theatre 99 picks the topics for these shows based on suggestions from online viewers.

Theatre 99 asks viewers to donate any amount at All shows are accessible on Theatre 99's Facebook after they're streamed.

Stay tuned to Facebook for Theatre 99's next shows (including the occasional pop-up show, announced 24 hours in advance).

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Get more out of the Gibbes with docent gallery hours

Get more from the tour

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, Jun 25, 2020 at 3:25 PM

Got questions? The Gibbes' knowledgeable guides have answers - PROVIDED
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  • Got questions? The Gibbes' knowledgeable guides have answers
The Gibbes Museum of Art reopened to the public earlier this month, enacting new safety precautions to help keep staff and visitors safe during the current coronavirus pandemic.  Now, the museum is offering docent gallery hours, during which the Gibbes' team of knowledgeable docents (guides) will be stationed throughout exhibitions to answer any questions visitors may have.

Docents will be available Wednesdays, 3-5 p.m., Thursdays, 1-3 p.m. and Fridays, 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m.

When visiting the museum be sure to wear a mask and limit your group to no more than three people or immediate family members. There are one-way posted paths throughout the museum and guests are asked to maintain a 6-foot distance from others.

Need a mask for your kiddos? The Gibbes Museum shop will soon be selling youth masks featuring illustrations by Gibbes creative director Erin Banks. Each illustration was created for the G is for Gibbes: A Museum ABC Book.

Pre-order kid masks ($12) online now.

Kids can cover up with masks featuring the designs of Erin Banks - PROVIDED
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  • Kids can cover up with masks featuring the designs of Erin Banks

The Gibbes is open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, 1-5 p.m.
Location Details Gibbes Museum of Art
Gibbes Museum of Art
135 Meeting St.
Charleston, SC
(843) 722-2706
Tues., Thurs., Fri., Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Wed. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. 1-5 p.m.
Gallery and Museum

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Friday, June 19, 2020

Robert Smalls' daring escape the subject of podcast on Juneteenth

"All they need is an equal chance in the battle of life."

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Fri, Jun 19, 2020 at 3:56 PM

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Michael Boulware Moore, one of the founders of Charleston's forthcoming International African American Museum, sat down with Criminal podcast host Phoebe Judge to discuss his great-great-grandfather Robert Smalls.

While many Charlestonians are familiar with the Smalls story (you should be, if you aren't already), Moore has an even more intimate take on the story of his bold, history making grandparents.

The Criminal podcast, for those who have not listened before, often takes on straightforward true-crime sagas, but many episodes examine the lives of people harmed by injustice, like Robert Smalls, who was born an enslaved person in 1839 in Beaufort.

On May 13, 1862, Smalls and a small crew of enslaved people took command of the Confederate ship, The Planter, and sailed out of Charleston Harbor in a bid for their freedom.

You will have to listen to the episode for some of the details Moore and Judge describe, but even after sailing himself and others to freedom, Smalls went on to have an impact in the state where he once was forced into labor.

Smalls served five terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, fighting for black residents as the few rights granted during Reconstruction were stripped away by Jim Crow laws.

Near the end of his political career, Smalls is famous for saying: "My race needs no special defense, for the past history of them in this country proves them to be equal of any people anywhere. All they need is an equal chance in the battle of life."

This quote is engraved on Smalls' grave at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Beaufort.

You can listen to the episode online now.

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Kate Hooray Osmond and Laura Dargan's collab on display now at the Miller Gallery

Stop, listen

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Fri, Jun 19, 2020 at 11:52 AM

Works like "Untitled" are the result of two artists taking the time to tune into their own emotions - KATE HOORAY OSMOND AND LAURA M. DARGAN
  • Kate Hooray Osmond and Laura M. Dargan
  • Works like "Untitled" are the result of two artists taking the time to tune into their own emotions
This Saturday the Miller Gallery presents a new collaborative exhibit from local artists Kate Hooray Osmond and Laura Dargan: Stop, Listen. The artists will participate in an Instagram Live Q&A on June 20 from 1-2 p.m.

Dargan and Osmond created the works for this series by "allowing their emotional process to speak for them." The title reflects their artistic process: stop and listen.

The artists worked through their own realities — and the realities of an international pandemic as well as national civil unrest — on shared surfaces, using each other's styles as jumping off points for their different ways of creating.

Osmond used Dargan's abstract paintings as a launch point for her gilded, geometric color fields.

A limited number of seats will be available during the June 20 Q&A; you can RSVP via email,

Miller Gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday, 12-4 p.m. with a max capacity of 12 people in the gallery at one time. Masks and hand sanitizer are available at the door. 
Event Details Stop, Listen
@ Miller Gallery
149 1/2 East Bay St.
Charleston, SC
When: Tuesdays-Saturdays, 12-4 p.m. Continues through July 20
Price: Free to attend
Visual Arts and City Picks

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