Friday, July 20, 2018

Snag $10 tickets to this weekend's 'A String Between Man & The World'


Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Fri, Jul 20, 2018 at 2:08 PM


As a special thank you to loyal theater-goers in Charleston, What If? Productions offers $10 tickets to the opening weekend of their performance, A String Between Man & The World. The play kicks off tonight at Chapel Theatre at 7:30 p.m. and you can buy tickets online. Just enter the code NASA to get your discount.

A String Between Man & The World makes its debut as a working developmental premiere production, starring James Ketelaar as a man appealing for release from a mental facility. His ailment? He claims he existed 57 years before he was born, traveled through time, and was then erased from history.

Event Details A String Between Man & The World

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Charlton Singleton stepping down as director of Charleston Jazz Orchestra after 10 years

Goodbye Song

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Fri, Jul 20, 2018 at 12:40 PM

  • Jonathan Boncek file photo
After 10 years of serving as the Charleston Jazz Orchestra's music director, trumpeter, emcee, and conductor Charlton Singleton is stepping down to continue performing and working as a music educator. Singleton will continue with the CJO through the end of season 10; CJO musician, saxophonist, and educator Robert Lewis will take over as director for the 2019 season.

"While we're sad to see Charlton depart, we're absolutely thrilled to see his musical career skyrocketing and we deeply value his many contributions during the past ten years," said CJO executive director Mary Beth Natarajan in a press release.

In addition to leading the CJO for a decade, Singleton has quite an impressive resume — which you can read all about in our June 27 cover story "Taking Notes" — including being the first artist in residence at the Gaillard Center, and the first African-American artist in residence in the Gaillard's 50-year history. Singleton is currently touring worldwide as a member of Billboard-ranked band Ranky Tanky.

Be sure to catch Singleton's final performance at the Holiday Swing concert on December 1, 2018. Purchase tickets online for either the 5 or 8 p.m. show.

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Get abstracted at North Chs. City Gallery's August exhibit, 'Inside Out'

Featuring all female artists

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Fri, Jul 20, 2018 at 11:09 AM

"Threads of Life" - PEGGY VINEYARD
  • Peggy Vineyard
  • "Threads of Life"
North Charleston City Gallery presents a group exhibition of works by Women of Expressive Abstracts this August, with an opening reception on Thurs. Aug. 2 from 5-7 p.m. Some of the exhibiting artists will be present during the reception and refreshments will be served.

The Women of Expressive Abstracts is comprised, naturally, of 35 female Abstract Expressionist painters who "share a common interest and passion for abstract art." The title of this North Charleston show is Inside Out, and reflects the "language of nonobjective abstraction." Each artist draws from her own experiences and then interprets these stories in her works.

And in case you're wondering how these women from all over the country know each other — they do have a common denominator. Each woman studied with master artist, educator, and author Steven Aimone.
Event Details Inside Out: Expressing Our Inner Voices
@ North Charleston City Gallery
International Blvd. (inside the Charleston Area Convention Center)
North Charleston
Charleston, South Carolina
When: Thu., Aug. 2, 5-7 p.m. and Aug. 2-31
Price: Free to attend
Visual Arts

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Creative Mornings Charleston postponed due to flooding downtown

When it rains it pours

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Fri, Jul 20, 2018 at 7:02 AM


Here comes the rain Charleston. Normally we aren't posting about rain-soaked canceled events (please see: yesterday's news about Marg Fest) until at least September, but the downpours stop for no man. Creative Mornings Charleston — with featured speaker Matt Monday — has been postponed due to severe flooding downtown. The talk will now be held next Fri. July 27 at 8 a.m. at Cannon Green (same time, same place).

If your CHS events are being postponed or canceled due to weather this weekend, let us know by emailing

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Slave Dwelling Project, Historic Charleston, and the Gaillard join for ambitious event recognizing African-American cultural contributions

Tour, dinner, and a concert

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, Jul 19, 2018 at 3:36 PM

Scenes captured from the Beyond the Big House Tour. - PROVIDED
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  • Scenes captured from the Beyond the Big House Tour.
In one of the more ambitious multimedia/historical/artistic projects we've seen in a while, the Slave Dwelling Project, Historic Charleston Foundation, and the Gaillard Center are coming together to present Prints in Clay, an "artistic and educational exploration into the many contributions of African Americans to the history and culture of the community." The day-long event takes place on Sat. Sept. 15 and tickets start at $40.

Prints in Clay starts with a "Beyond the Big House" tour at 1 p.m., where guests can "step inside the back buildings and former work lots of Charleston's private houses." The tour starts at the Gaillard, moving through several properties associated with African Americans, both free and enslaved, in the nearby neighborhoods of Mazyck-Wraggborough and Ansonborough.

At 5 p.m. Dr. Jessica Harris hosts a curated dinner, The Food of the African Diaspora, featuring a historically informed three-course meal. The dishes will highlight agricultural products essential to cooks of the mid-eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

The day ends with Still, We Rise!, a concert featuring J'Nai Bridges and Lowcountry Voices with arrangements by Wycliffe Gordon at 7 p.m. Tickets for this concert are currently on sale.

Tickets for both the Beyond the Big House ($40) tour and The Food of the African Diaspora dinner ($89+) go on sale this Fri. July 20.
Event Details Prints in Clay

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