Brigid Brannagh, Boogie Man, Full Battle Rattle 

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Army Wives Love CSO

I was told of a celebrity spotting after the most recent concert by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. In the front row was Brigid Brannagh flanked by a couple of producers from Army Wives, a Lifetime channel show (it's filmed in Charleston if you haven't heard by now). Brannagh was hard to miss with her stunning red hair. She had come to hear Beethoven's iconic Fifth Symphony and its dat-dat-dat-duuum. During intermission, she was surprised to learn, I'm told, that Charleston has a full-time symphony that performs regularly nine months out of the year. Given the news lately, there's a chance that might not be the case for long. Even so, maybe there's also room for hope. After all, if Brannagh likes the symphony and Beethoven, maybe her many thousands of fans would like to get a glimpse of the symphony, too, some day. —John Stoehr

It's the Boogie Man

On Sat. Feb. 21, The Old Village Talking Picture House shows Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story. This documentary focuses on the political tactics Atwater used during George H.W. Bush's 1988 presidential campaign. One congresswoman called Atwater "the most evil man in America." Others just called him the meanest political son of a bitch of them all. He made "liberal" a cuss word and changed the way Americans elect their presidents. Adored by Republicans and hated by Democrats, Atwater got what God had in store for him in the end. Director Stefan Forbes honed his camera craft by working on films such as Good Will Hunting, The Boondock Saints, and In Dreams. The film will be shown at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., and tickets are $2 for members and $5 for non-members. —Emma Hart

Battle Rattle at CofC

On Fri. Feb. 27 at 8 p.m., the Halsey Institue of Contemporary Art and the Center for the Documentary present the documentary Full Battle Rattle. Full Battle Rattle takes place in the Mojave Desert where the U.S. Army spent $1 billion to simulate 13 Iraqi villages. Medina Wasl, one of the villages, is filled with soldiers and role-playing, Arabic-speaking Iraqi-Americans. This mock village allows soldiers to engage in insurgencies and understand what it's like to live and fight in the Iraq War. Full Battle Rattle has been shown at film festivals across the country and has been praised by The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. This showing is free and open to the public. —Emma Hart


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