Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Celebrate Star Wars Reads day this Sat. Oct. 13

To infinity and beyond

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, Oct 10, 2018 at 4:17 PM

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The next Star Wars film may not be coming out until December of next year, but that doesn't mean you and the kiddos can't celebrate all things Star Wars before then. Head to the Main Library, located in downtown Charleston, for a day full of Star Wars fun this Sat. Oct. 13 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Stars Wars Reads day is free and open to the public.

Kids of all ages can have their pictures taken with the Carolina Garrison chapter of the 501st Legion, who will be dressed in lifelike gear. Guests have two chances to enjoy a Charleston Symphony Orchestra performance in the library auditorium, as well as robotics demonstrations, and a costume parade and contest. Stop by the Star Wars storytime in the children's storytime room before checking out Solo: A Star Wars Story in the auditorium at 2 p.m.

Do all of these cool events have you thinking, "Wow, libraries rock!" ? You're not alone. Peep this week's cover story for more info on the free, fun, and important stuff going on in libraries all over town. 

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The Pat Conroy Literary Festival returns to Beaufort this November

Get lit

Posted by Jack Kramer on Wed, Oct 10, 2018 at 12:05 PM

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The third annual Pat Conroy Literary Festival returns to Beaufort, S.C. this Nov. 1-4. Presented by the Pat Conroy Literary Center, the festival focuses on the tenets of Conroy's writing: faith, family, and friendship. Festival events celebrate the late, beloved author in his adopted hometown of Beaufort with everything from a day-long tour of Daufuskie Island to a concert by the Red Clay Ramblers.

Over 40 presenters and performers will be present at the festival to offer immersive author discussions, readings, book signings, original scholarship, performances, writing workshops, cooking demos, tours, exhibitions, receptions, and gatherings. Pulitzer Prize winners Rick Bragg and Kathleen Parker will both speak during the festival. Peruse the full schedule online.
Event Details Pat Conroy Literary Festival
When: Nov. 1-4
Price: Prices vary
Festivals + Events and Books + Poetry

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Charleston Stage's West Ashley Theatre Center now open

And ready to rent

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Tue, Oct 9, 2018 at 4:43 PM

Today Charleston Stage announced that their new facility, the West Ashley Theatre Center, is now open. The center (located at 1401 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. #11) includes two dance/rehearsal studio spaces and a 130 seat performance space, all available for rent. The studio spaces are ready to rent now, while the performance space — lovingly called The Pearl, or Pearlstine Theatre, in recognition of the Pearlstine family's donation to Charleston Stage — will be available starting Jan. 2019.
You can check out the full dimensions of the spaces online — we're talking sprung floors and mirrors galore — and request to rent through a handy online form. If you have any questions about the West Ashley Theatre Center, email Sam Henderson at Until then, check out a virtual tour of the center:

West Ashley Theatre Center (Theatre Space) from Charleston Stage on Vimeo.

Location Details West Ashley Theatre Center
1401 Sam Rittenberg Blvd.
Mt. Pleasant
west ashley, sc

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Steve Martin and Martin Short coming (back) to Performing Arts Center this February

Martin squared

Posted by Lauren Hurlock on Tue, Oct 9, 2018 at 3:08 PM

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Steve Martin and Martin Short are coming back to the North Charleston Performing Arts Center with their new show, "Now You See Them, Soon You Won't," on Sat. Feb. 2. Tickets go on sale this Fri. Oct. 12.

The duo is currently touring with their other show, "An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life," which includes stand-up, film clips, musical numbers, and conversations about their show biz experience. 

If you missed them last February, you can watch An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life on Netflix.

For tickets or more information, visit

Location Details North Charleston Performing Arts Center
North Charleston Performing Arts Center
5001 Coliseum Drive
North Charleston, SC
(843) 529-5050
Music Venue and Theatre

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Stegelin set to speak at Library Society lunch Oct. 25 with a special deal for 'City Paper' readers

A Sketchy Lunch

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Tue, Oct 9, 2018 at 10:24 AM

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As part of their Wide Angle Lunch Series, the Charleston Library Society hosts City Paper editorial cartoonist, Steve Stegelin, on Thurs. Oct. 25 at 12:30 p.m. Tickets for Wide Angle lunches typically run $30 a pop ($20 for members), but in honor of CP's loyal readers, the Library Society is offering $10 tickets to CP fans. You can purchase your discounted ticket online.

Stegelin has been creating weekly comics for us here at the City Paper for over 14 years, often taking on controversial current events with his sharp social commentary. In addition to his weekly editorial cartoons, Stegelin also pens those creative Blotter-inspired sketches as well as the faces of many local politicians for our special election issues.

According to the Library Society, Stegelin's talk, part career retrospective and part philosophical discussion, "delves into the importance of social commentary and how that political discussion has evolved during the current administration."

See y'all there.
Event Details Wide Angle Lunch: Steve Stegelin
@ Charleston Library Society
164 King St.
Charleston, SC
When: Thu., Oct. 25, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Price: $10/City Paper readers
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Lectures + Seminars

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