2016 Fall Arts Guide 

A look ahead

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Erin Bennett Banks

Dear Charleston, wake up. You’re sleeping on our city’s next big thing. Forget your food fascination for just one second and turn your attention to the stage. The Holy City is brimming with theatrical talent right now. We have young playwrights producing original work, theater companies bringing in New York productions, thespians pushing this city’s buttoned-up limits with controversial topics. But what are we doing with our entertainment dollars? Eating. Eating and eating and then eating again. Put down the fork and go see a show, dammit. If not for the love of the stage, do it to test the truth of Stella Adler who said, “Theater means the seeing place. It is the place people come to see the truth about life and the social situation.” Trust me, you’ll have way more to talk about at cocktail hour after watching PURE’s The Christians or Threshold Rep’s Becky Shaw. Don’t believe me? Read CP Theater Critic Maura Hogan’s piece on the state of Charleston’s theater scene. —Kinsey Gidick
A look at Charleston's theater scene today
A look at Charleston's theater scene today All the City's a Stage

From where I'm sitting, the view of Charleston's stages is pretty striking — and that's not only because a critic often snags those coveted center aisle seats. — Maura Hogan


Are Pay What You Will nights beneficial to theater companies?
Are Pay What You Will nights beneficial to theater companies? The Cost of Art

In 2006 the City Paper ran an article, "Pay to Play," about how Charleston's museums and theaters set their admission prices. The article referenced prices at Charleston Stage, where in 2006, a theater-goer could see a play for $25, and a musical for $35. — Connelly Hardaway


Fahamu Pecou's art grapples with cultural representations of African Americans
Fahamu Pecou's art grapples with cultural representations of African Americans Triumph Over Tragedy

In a July op-ed for ArtsATL, a nonprofit publication in Atlanta, visual artist Fahamu Pecou wrote a column titled, "Art Will Tell." In it he talks about the origins of his Halsey exhibition, DO or DIE: Affect, Ritual, Resistance, which opens this weekend. — Connelly Hardaway


How Charleston's major theaters plan to stand out on their own
How Charleston's major theaters plan to stand out on their own Playing Their Part

As Charleston's arts scene continues to grow and develop, the area has become home to an increasing number of performance venues, both large and small. — Dustin Waters


Fall Arts Picks

Artist Talk: Riccarda de Eccher

Artist Talk: Riccarda de Eccher

Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art

Sat., Aug. 26, 2 p.m.

In her exhibition Montagna Riccarda de Eccher’s sublime watercolors of mountain peaks offers a similar exploration of familiar images. In this case, her works evoke picturesque representations of snow-capped mountains from the Italian Alps. She uses her works to explore humanity’s relationship with mountains throughout history.

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