2017 Fall Arts Preview 

Your guide to the newest local art in Charleston

Enough Pie, Redux Contemporary Art Center, and Engaging Creative Minds hold pre-game bazaar in advance of Arts Matter Day
Enough Pie, Redux Contemporary Art Center, and Engaging Creative Minds hold pre-game bazaar in advance of Arts Matter Day Give a little

Wed. Sept. 6 from 6 to 10 p.m., Redux will be throwing a pre-game bazaar with food, drinks, live music — DJ Party Dad, Contour, and Secret Guest — a local craft and clothing market, and more. All you have to do is show up with a five dollar donation. — Mary Scott Hardaway


Comedy, food talk, and pop culture found in these Charleston podcasts
Comedy, food talk, and pop culture found in these Charleston podcasts Hearing Voices

Could it be the year of the podcast? Sure, people have been listening to podcasts for years now, but wasn't 2017 the year of the beloved Southern gothic tale, Shit Town? Wasn't 2017 the year City Paper added Best Podcast to our Best of Charleston issue? It's the year of the podcast, y'all — and Charleston's cashing in. — Heath Ellison


The Artful Dodger
The Artful Dodger How legal battles and dissatisfied artists drove a wedge between Rebekah Jacob and the arts community

The first indication that something was wrong arrived in the form of an anonymous note, postmarked April 29, 2014, Charleston, S.C. Richard Sexton, a veteran photographer based out of New Orleans, received a strange notice in the mail. He had been working with the Rebekah Jacob Gallery since April 2009. — Dustin Waters


Charleston Stage celebrates 40 years of making theater and driving change
Charleston Stage celebrates 40 years of making theater and driving change Altruistic Wiles

Act One: The curtain rises on a polite, plucky young man from a South Carolina cotton farm, who has found his way to the big city of Charleston. There, he lands a spot at a storied, ornate theater, gathers a few folks, starts putting on shows — and in the process elevates the community through the transformative power of theater. Sound like the setup for a feel-good Broadway musical? — Maura Hogan


Fall Arts Picks

National Theatre Screenings

National Theatre Screenings

34 West Theater

Sun., Dec. 9, 7 p.m.

While theater-lovers of the world rave about London’s acclaimed National Theatre stage productions, for those of us too broke (or lazy) to cross the pond for the “in-person” experience, 34 West Theater Co. is bringing the action directly to us. These three productions are much-loved tales of secrecy, hubris, and insanity, while invoking the intense magic that can come to life onstage.

Featuring state-of-the-art simulcasts, on Sept. 23 National Theatre Live kicks off with the NT’s production of Julie, starring Vanessa Kirby (The Crown) in the titular role in this new adaptation of August Strindberg’s play Miss Julie, the 19th-century tale of a clandestine love affair turned tragic. On Sept. 28, Sir Ian McKellen stars as King Lear, the doomed Shakespearean ruler who is literally felled by flattery, which ignites a chain reaction that eventually engulfs his family. The final production is the Dec. 9 broadcast of The Madness of George III, Alan Bennett’s 1991 fictionalized take on King George III and his decay into mental illness.

The idea for National Theatre Live came to Stephen Wayne, 34 West’s creative artistic director, and managing artistic director Jeff Querin, while the pair were juggling their love of dramatic productions with their busy work schedules. “We don’t get a chance to see other shows because we’re always producing our own,” explains Wayne. “It’s a chance for us to research and keep up with what’s going on elsewhere without ever leaving town.”

Previously the pair have screened Angels in America and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time; both shows enjoyed great local turnouts. Along with the affordability of each screening, Wayne believes that the high definition digital stream gives the audience a “front row” feel in seeing “top-notch” London productions. Not to mention some down-home, Charleston comfort. “We’ve seen broadcasts similar to these in New York and other places, but never in a venue like ours where you can have a glass of wine, or literally sit on the stage under the screen in padded chairs, if you wish.” —Daniel A. Brown

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