2018 Fall Arts Guide 

Put a Spell on You

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Ruta Smith

I first heard about our cover author, Signe Pike, from a coworker, who mentioned Pike's memoir, Faery Tale, in passing. Pike wrote Faery Tale as a way of coping with her father's death — she undertook a journey of discovery, of herself, of course, but of something so much larger. She went out seeking magic. Traveling through England, Ireland, and Scotland Pike sought out the stories of faeries — and the people who still believed in them. Pike's journey, which eventually led to the discovery of texts that would inspire her first novel, The Lost Queen, inspires me to no end. As an arts editor in a city full to the brim with artists, makers, creators — hell even 'influencers' — I too am constantly on a journey. I seek out people who create meaningful work. I seek out stories. I seek out the underdogs, the go-getters, the under-the-radar badasses. And if you look around, you'll see that Charleston is home to so much magic. Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and dive in — I have no doubt you'll leave feeling just a litte bit more enchanted. —Connelly Hardaway

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Signe Pike's debut novel, <i>The Lost Queen</i>, resurrects the memory of Merlin's twin sister
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The first line in local author Signe Pike's first work of fiction, The Lost Queen, launches readers into a world they didn't know existed and one, most likely, they didn't know they needed. — Connelly Hardaway


Christen Thompson and Julia Turner of Itinerant Literate are women with a vision — and a new bookstore
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Maybe you've seen Viola around town: at the North Charleston Farmers Market, stationed out front of the Park Cafe, or at Park Circle's Orange Spot Coffee. — Chase Quinn


What If? Productions has shows, will travel
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Sometimes it's all about the pivot. When it comes to inspired stage action, it could be a swift, surprising turn of events. Maybe it's one revelatory shift of focus from stage left to right that prompts a collective gasp. — Maura Hogan


After years of creating work around town, artist Chris Johnson looks ahead to what's next
After years of creating work around town, artist Chris Johnson looks ahead to what's next Trust the Process

Sometimes Chris Johnson doesn't sleep. The night before an event — one in which he'll create a live painting, set to music, before a crowd — he stays awake, learning more about the subjects he chooses to paint. — Connelly Hardaway


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