Tuesday, September 18, 2018

This year's MOJA Festival poster was designed by high school junior, John Christopher Wright II

The fest kicks off on Sept. 27

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Tue, Sep 18, 2018 at 4:40 PM

Today we got the first look at MOJA 2018's festival poster, and as impressed as we are with how it looks, we're even more impressed with who designed it — a high school junior, John Christopher Wright III. Wright lives in North Charleston and attends the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities Residential High School in Greenville, S.C.

Wright's parents first knew he had a gift for the visual arts when he drew an exact replica of Sponge Bog at age three (that's usually the tip off for us, too). Last year he was selected as the featured artist for the Black Ink book festival held by Charleston County Public Libraries, and this year his work will be exhibited for the month of December at the Main Library's Saul Alexander Foundation Gallery.

Wright will be honored at the MOJA Community Tribute luncheon on Oct. 6 (which you can buy tickets to online).

Check out the full schedule for MOJA, held this year from Sept. 27-Oct. 7, online

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Chs Library Society hosts a night of military history on Thurs. Oct. 4

Three authors, one spot

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Tue, Sep 18, 2018 at 4:19 PM

Join award-winning editor and author Hampton Sides during this talk at the Charleston Library Society. - PROVIDED
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  • Join award-winning editor and author Hampton Sides during this talk at the Charleston Library Society.
On Thurs. Oct. 4 the Charleston Library Society (CLS) hosts both award-winning and best-selling authors, James Scott, Hampton Sides, and Jim Hornfischer for an evening of history. Hornfischer, the author of multiple books on the U.S. Navy, will moderate a talk between Scott and Sides. Tickets are just $10 for nonmembers and $5 for CLS members, and can be purchased by calling (843) 723-9912 or heading online.

Military historian and Pulitzer prize finalist James Scott will discuss his book, Rampage: MacArthur, Yamashita, and the Battle of Manila, a definitive history of one of the most brutal campaigns of the Pacific. Award-winning editor and author Hampton Sides discusses his latest book, On Desperate Ground, which chronicles feats of heroism by Marines during the Korean War.

Moderator Hornfischer has written four books about the U.S. Navy during WWII, which are all NYT best-sellers and have led reviewers to rate him as "one of the most commanding naval historians writing today."

Learn more about the Library Society's speaker series online

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Local theaters add makeup performances to their schedule this weekend

The show(s) must go on

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Tue, Sep 18, 2018 at 2:09 PM

Did somebody say three extra shows??? - COURTESY CHARLESTON STAGE
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  • Did somebody say three extra shows???
A lil hurricane can't stop local theaters from making up missed performances from this past week. Charleston Stage, Village Repertory Company, and Flowertown Players are adding performances this weekend to make up for time lost during last week's storm.

On Sat. Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m. and Sun. Sept. 23 at 3 p.m. Village Rep performs Treasure Island for its final weekend run. Our theater critic, Maura Hogan, had this to say of the Woolfe Street Playhouse show: "The play skillfully navigates less-charted territory in boy-powered classics retold successfully by instead placing young girls at the helm."
Flowertown Players have added performances of 12 Angry Men after last week's cancellations. New show dates are this Fri. Sept. 21 and Sat. Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. and next Thurs.-Sat. at 8 p.m., with a 3 p.m. performance this Sun. Sept. 23.
Charleston Stage has added three performances of Mamma Mia! to their lineup this week. Hogan got to see the production earlier this month saying, "All in all, the energetic, committed cast brought both sport and esprit to the show." Check out the additional shows on Wed. Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m., Sat. Sept. 22 at 2 p.m., and Sun. Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m. (these are in addition to already scheduled shows, check the full schedule online). 

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Monday, September 17, 2018

New Bill Murray documentary explores "life lessons learned from a mythical man"

Searching for meaning in Murray madness

Posted by Lauren Hurlock on Mon, Sep 17, 2018 at 1:17 PM

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No one will ever believe you, but there is a new documentary about Bill Murray. Specifically, about Bill Murray stories. The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned from a Mythical Man tries to figure out the why behind the Bill.

"Why would such a big celebrity insert himself into these random situations? This is a search for answers," says the filmmaker, Tommy Avallone, in the trailer. While trying to attribute deeper meaning to Bill Murray's antics feels like trying to find the meaning of life from a puppy, we posit that the answer is just because he can, but more importantly, because he wants to.

The doc interviews some of the people who were there for some of Bill's most notorious sightings, including when he crashed a kickball game and an engagement photoshoot. Charlestonians are well aware of Mr. Murray's shenanigans closer to his adopted home, which have included: crashing a bachelor party, signing a 'Ghostbusters' pinball machine, singing "Take Me Out to the Ball game" in the style of Daffy Duck, giving the commencement speech for Ashley Hall, convincing Danny McBride to relocate, you get it.

The new trailer for the doc features local figures like chef Brett McKee, photographer Raheel Gauba, and Mayor John Tecklenburg at a Charleston RiverDogs game.

The feel-good documentary features some great shots of Charleston and promises never-before-seen footage of our most famous resident. The Bill Murray Stories opens in select theaters and will be available online on Oct. 26.

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The Mill celebrates 10 years of underground art with eclectic group show this Saturday

Eyeball art

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Mon, Sep 17, 2018 at 12:57 PM

New work by Hyman, hand-cut stencils, painted in layers with aerosol on repurposed plywood, "Godzilla." - PHILLIP HYMAN
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  • New work by Hyman, hand-cut stencils, painted in layers with aerosol on repurposed plywood, "Godzilla."
Park Circle's The Mill owner, Shawn Wally Wolter, says that the space has served as an art venue for underground artists for over 10 years. And the guy to thank for that is local artist Phillip Hyman, who has offered The Mill as a platform for artists who are usually not asked to be in other, more conventional art shows around town. The Mill celebrates a decade of underground art with a group show this Sat. Sept. 22 from 8-10 p.m.

This Saturday's show, Coloring Outside the Lines, features local artists Layna Foster, Ted Pickering, Phillip Hyman, META, Linda Davis, Christina Rodino, Mike Lane, and Jason Lane. Artists will be on hand from 8-10 p.m. to chat with visitors.

The event page for Outside the Lines, praises the perks of underground art — not only is it pushing the boundaries of what people normally see in Charleston, it's also pretty damn reasonably priced.

Learn more about art shows put on by Hyman online

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