Friday, August 18, 2017

Chamber Music Charleston announces a big 2017-18 season

All the right notes

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Fri, Aug 18, 2017 at 1:31 PM

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Now entering their 11th year, Chamber Music Charleston has big plans for the 2017-18 season. From the homes of downtown Charleston to the hills of Spain, CMC spreads their love of and passion for locally grown music with a season chock-full of exciting performances.

Ovation Concert Series
There will be three performances in the Ovation Concert Series, all held at the historic Dock Street Theatre. The opening concert takes place Sun. Nov. 12, featuring guest violinist Amy Schwartz Moretti and pianist Andrew Armstrong. The program includes Saint-Saens' "Havanaise" and Dvorak's Piano Quartet in E-Flat Major.

The second performance take place Sun. Jan. 7, 2018, with the program showcasing Grammy Award-winning violinist Karen Kim who joins the musicians of CMC to play the music of Beethoven and Mendelssohn.

The third and final Ovation concert takes place March 20, and will highlight the collaboration between CMC and the Musica en Segura Festival in Spain. Three of the festival's guests — Daniel Bronco, Ana Valderrama, and Dorine Schoon — join CMC for a program celebrating the music of Beethoven, Brahms, and Stravinsky. The program is sponsored in part by the Spain Arts and Culture department.

House Concert Series
CMC's much-loved House Concert Series continues through the 2017-18 season with performances held downtown, on Kiawah Island, Seabrook Island, and at the Bishop Gadsen House.

All downtown concerts are currently sold out except for Sun. Sept. 24, Mon. Jan 29, and Sun. March 4. Email to be placed on the waiting list for the sold-out dates. There will also be five Sunday Downtown concerts, taking place Sept. 24, Nov. 12, Jan. 7, Mar. 4, and Apr. 22.

Kiawah concerts will take place Tues. Sept 19, Tues. Oct. 24, Tues. Jan 30, Tues. Mar. 6, Tues. Apr. 10, and Tues. May 1.

Seabrook Island concerts will take place Wed. Sept. 20, Tues. Oct. 17, Wed. Jan 31, and Wed. April 11.

The Bishop Gadsen concert series is sold out except for two concerts, happening Sun. Oct. 15 and Sun. Apr. 29.

Charleston Library Society
CMC once again joins forces with the Charleston Library Society for two programs, one on Oct. 12 and the other Apr. 12. Both are approximately an hour long and are followed by a reception with the chance to meet the musicians.

The first, "Rock and Rondo Redux IV" is a laid-back crossover program (no suits and ties here) that blends the sounds of Led Zeppelin and The Beatles with Mozart String Quartet No. 19 in C Major, K. 465. Rock on.

The second concert features music for flute, violin, cello, and piano, highlighting the talents of CMC artists Regina Helcher Yost, Frances Hseih, Timothy O'Malley, and Ghadi Shayban.

Classical Kids Concerts
Start them early — the Classical Kids Concert, The Night Before Christmas, takes place Sun. Dec. 23. CMC plays a variety of holiday music while actors from the Actors’ Theatre of South Carolina retell classic Christmas tales and the audience joins in for sing-alongs to favorites like "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" and "Frosty the Snowman."

In addition to their regular programming, Chamber Music Charleston mixes mediums with Ballet Evolution for several productions. Starting in Oct. 28 & 29 with Ballet Evolution's original repertory program, Notes Between the Shadows, CMC accompanies the dancers onstage with music from the likes of Shostakovich, Prokofiev, J.S. Bach, Dvorak, Mozart, and more.

Taking their talents abroad, CMC will travel to Spain in May 2018 to participate in the Musica en Segura Festival (three of the festival musicians will play with the CMC in March during the final Ovation concert).

"We have been working closely with the Spanish Arts and Culture office of the Spanish Embassy," says CMC president and artistic director Sandra Nikolajevs. "This follows the goal we have been striving for of presenting to the nation (through our Carnegie Hall performance in May) and now internationally (through this festival) the exceptional music that is initiated, created, and supported right here in Charleston."

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5th Wall Productions adds additional performance of 'Spring Awakening' next Sun. Aug. 27

Discounts for artists

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Fri, Aug 18, 2017 at 11:05 AM

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Citadel Mall's 5th Wall Productions is constantly putting out quality productions — a hidden gem in a mall, the theater company is one to watch. And next Sun. Aug. 27 at 8 p.m., in addition to putting on a thought-provoking play, Spring Awakening, 5th Wall is giving back to local artists, too, by offering an arts industry night performance. Fellow artists are invited to use discount code ARTS at checkout to save $5 on their ticket.

Spring Awakening, originally a Broadway play, covers topics from adolescent sexual struggles to abortion to suicide. In his preview of the show Vincent Harris talked to 5th Wall's artistic director Blair Cadden, who also directs this production of Spring Awakening.

Cadden says, "I think the very challenging starting point is getting actors who look like teens but can handle the adult content, which sounds superficial. But it's not just about being able to capture that youthfulness and uncertainty that comes with what these young people are discovering but that essential teenage rebellion. You have to be able to tap into what you felt like when you were 16 and it seemed like the world was against you. It's about the vulnerability, the energy and the connection between them."

Spring Awakening continues this weekend, Fri. and Sat. at 8 p.m. and next weekend, Fri.-Sun. at 8 p.m.
Event Details Spring Awakening
@ 5th Wall Productions at the Citadel Mall
2070 Sam Rittenberg Blvd.
West Ashley
Charleston, SC
When: Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sun., Aug. 27, 8 p.m. Continues through Aug. 26

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Dork Side of the Moon finds the funny in Monday's solar eclipse

Science is in, y'all

Posted by Jakob Lazzaro on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 4:47 PM

Kasha Patel works at NASA — and jokes about it. - PROVIDED
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  • Kasha Patel works at NASA — and jokes about it.
If the world hasn’t ended after Monday’s apoc-eclipse, or if it has and you’d like to laugh instead of cry, head to the Charleston Music Hall for a science comedy show. Eclipse Comedy Night: Celebrating the Dork Side of the Moon is hosted by Charleston comedian and podcast creator Vince Fabra and features two comedians from Washington, D.C. — Robert Mac, winner of Comedy Central’s National Award, and Kasha Patel, a part-time stand-up comic and full-time science writer for NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

Patel says her three-year old science-themed variety show, a blend of science jokes, stories, and songs, served as the inspiration for Eclipse Comedy Night. However, there’s a twist — the two will only perform stand up.

“We'll joke about science as well as our backgrounds,” Patel sayas. “As you can guess, ‘science comedy’ is very rare in the United States. I have yet to find another regularly occurring science comedy show in the U.S. besides mine.”

After graduating from Wake Forest University with a chemistry degree, Patel attended Boston University for a masters in science journalism. That’s where she first tried her hand at comedy, but Patel says she didn’t start out as a science comedian.

“It’s easier, at least when you’re beginning, to write things that you know — which is your life,” Patel said. “As opposed to science, where it’s like I’m reading a study and thinking ‘How can I make a joke about this?’”

Patel credits her co-workers at NASA for her focus on science comedy.

“When I moved to Maryland for my job, people found I did stand-up comedy and they were like ‘Oh, do you do science jokes?’" says Patel. “I kept getting the question asked to me so much that I started feeling guilty. I was like ‘man, I really need to revisit this again and do these science jokes.’”

For the first show, Patel advertised to D.C.’s scientific community. It was a success, and the ball kept rolling from there.

“It was kind of a feedback loop,” Patel said. “I would write more science jokes, people would get excited, I would get excited about how excited they would get, so then I would keep writing more science jokes and do more shows.”

Although he has no scientific background, fellow headliner Robert Mac holds his own during the show. After meeting at a D.C. comedy show, Patel invited Mac to perform in hers. He accepted, and the pair hit it off.

“He was really excited,” Patel said. “When he did my show he wore a lab coat and everything.”

With the help of Mac’s agency, Eclipse Comedy Night marks Patel’s first science comedy show outside of D.C., and she’s drawing up plans for a national tour. Her main goal? Increasing interest in science.

“I just want to make science comedy a little more widespread,” Patel said. “To whet people’s appetite, so they’ll be more interested in science and they can go explore on their own and realize ‘Hey, science isn’t so scary. In fact, it’s very entertaining and funny.’”

The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets, which cost $25, are currently on sale online and at the Charleston Music Hall box office.
Event Details Eclipse Comedy Night: Celebrating the Dork Side of the Moon
@ Charleston Music Hall
37 John St.
Charleston, South Carolina
When: Mon., Aug. 21, 8 p.m.
(843) 853-2252

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Salsa your way through the solar eclipse with Holy City Salsa

🔥 🔥 🔥

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 2:00 PM

This could be you if you partake in a Holy City Salsa class. - PROVIDED
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  • This could be you if you partake in a Holy City Salsa class.

Things are getting hot, hot, hot as all hell here in the Holy City. And while the temps are still hovering in the high 90s, the heat we're referring to is coming out of Holy City Salsa's West Ashley dance studio. Holy City Salsa (HCS), owned and operated by Georgia Schrubbe, celebrates its one year anniversary this September and in honor of the Lowcountry's only dedicated Salsa studio we thought we'd bring you a little roundup of some HCS happenings.

Salsa Sunday Solar Eclipse pre-party
The best way to celebrate an astronomical event? By dancing, of course. On Sun. Aug. 20 at 7:30 p.m. BYOB and taken an intro Salsa lesson ($10) at HCS. Stick around for open dancing from 8-11 p.m.

Reggaeton Power Hour
On Wed. Aug. 30 at 6:30 p.m. take part in a "grab bag" class with Jade Amani who will lead students through hip-hop inspired moves to Reggaeton tunes. This class is $20/person; email to reserve a spot.

One Year Anniversary Champagne Celebration
Help HCS celebrate one year in West Ashley with a party featuring champagne (duh), special performances, an intro Salsa class, and open dancing, held on Sun. Sept. 3 from 7:30-11 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door and $10/adv.

Kizomba Two-Hour Progressive Workshop
You can do more than just Salsa at HCS. On Sat. Sept. 9 the studio hosts a Kizomba workshop where you can learn all about this Angolan dance from guest instructors "Rainee and Ro." The class begins with the basics and progresses to advanced footwork and combos. Register online; $35/adv., $40/day of.

Learn more about Holy City Salsa online and check out all of their events in our online calendar.

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Charleston poet laureate Marcus Amaker's new poem takes on Confederate monuments

"History cannot rewrite itself, but you can"

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 10:45 AM

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Today Charleston's first poet laureate, Marcus Amaker, released a poem, "Stagnation (a letter 2 America." "I started this poem a few months ago after a visit to Savannah. I kept thinking about our country's obsession with war," says Amaker. "It's a dangerous fetish."

The poem comes at a fitting time, after this past weekend's events in Charlottesville, and last night's rally to take down the Calhoun statue in Marion Square.

Read the poem below, or listen to Amaker recite it in this video:

America has built
too many monuments to war.
Man-made maladies
mounted on Mother Earth.
I’ve seen scars on the skin
of our country’s landscape –
blood-stained band aids
covering exposed bones;
a pain that has not healed.

We hold hatred high
on pedestals
in the name of history.
Bird are perched
on the shoulders of ghosts
God’s perfect, clear byline
as endless skylines of smoke
and division
get played out on television.

this. is. real.

your fetish for warfare
has erected stagnant symbols
of oppression.
Some of your people
are just now awakening
to the discomfort
of the disenfranchised.
Your body has been
blemished by Southern battlegrounds,
bound to a history of violence.

this. is. real.

No statue’s spirit
will wake up to apologize,
but you can.
No system rooted
in racism
will ever empathize,
but you can.
History can not
re-write itself,
but you can.

Simply tell us the truth.

Carve out stones
for freedom fighters,
do more to preserve and promote
the feminine.

Rip off the bandages
without ignoring your bondage.

It’s going to hurt.

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