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DANCE — Be home in time to avoid being pumpkinized!
Sat. Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m.
Sun. Oct. 8, 3 p.m.
N. Charleston Performing Arts Center
5001 Coliseum Blvd.

The Charleston Ballet Theatre invites Charlestonians to celebrate their own "happily ever after" with the classic fairy tale Cinderella. The season-opening performance will add some new twists to the traditional tale as the 20 composers, eight choreographers, and 28 dancers of the CBT perform in a version adapted by Resident Choreographer Jill Eathorne Bahr featuring male performers in the roles of the wicked stepsisters, as well as other amusing surprises. What better way to escape the real world than with the romantic tale of Cinderella and that hunky Prince Charming? —Christy Robertson

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FILM EVENT — Never say die...
Movies in Marion Square
Thurs. Oct. 5
6 p.m.
577-5304 ext. 140

Well, Charleston, pull out the blankets and dust off the lawn chairs: it's time once again for Movies in Marion Square. Each Thursday night in October, the Charleston City Paper, along with Mini of Charleston and The Bridge at 105.5, present a free film shown right smack in the middle of town. Bring the whole family (even the dog, as long as she's leashed) and enjoy tasty treats from vendors like Haagen-Dazs, Lil' Mama's, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., and T&T Kettle Corn, plus beer and wine for the adults trying to wrangle little ones with a tendency to run all over a big, grassy field. This week's movie will kick off the fall series with a trip back to the '80s — while we can't tell you exactly what the movie is (you'll have to call the hotline to find out), let's just say it involves Rocky Road ice cream, an evil family of robbers, an ancient pirate ship, and the Pinchers of Power. Plus, a theme song by Cyndi Lauper!

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VISUAL ARTS — Transcontinental flights of fancy
Force of Nature
Opening reception: Sat. Oct. 7, 5-7 p.m.
On view through Dec. 8
Halsey Institute
54 St. Philip St.

Mark Sloan, curator of the College of Charleston's Halsey Institute, is a big fan of international collaboration and bringing artists from across the globe to Charleston, and Force of Nature is one of his most ambitious projects yet. Sloan has spent four years planning Force with Brad Thomas, curator of the Van Every/Smith Galleries at Davidson College, and the two men envisioned a site-specific exhibit featuring 10 artists from Japan who arrived in the U.S. on Aug. 30 and have been setting up their naturalistic installations not just in the Halsey and the Van Every/Smith galleries, but in galleries in Charlotte and Rock Hill, as well. Three artists are currently completing their displays in Charleston: Noriko Ambe Saitama, who cuts and layers hundreds of pieces of white paper into evocative geological depressions and landscapes, Junko Ishiro Osaka, an oil painter who stages performances in natural settings and sparks dialogue by setting fire to her works in the spot they were created, and Yamamoto Motoi Ishikawa, who is creating an intricate labyrinth of salt in the CofC Library. All of the artists will take a break from their hard work for the opening reception at the Halsey, and the community is encouraged to not only view the installations, but take part in a bigger dialogue addressing the question: "Are we a part of, or apart from nature?" —Sara Miller

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FILM FESTIVAL — Are you ready to doc?
Charleston Documentary Film Festival
Oct. 5-8
$6/film, $45/all-inclusive pass
Various locations
Various times

In case you can't tell by the cover of this week's paper, the CP office is abuzz about the debut of a new film festival in downtown Charleston: the Charleston Documentary Film Festival, a highly-affordable, family-friendly four-day event assembled by Lowcountry newcomer Justin Nathanson in an effort to unite the community while entertaining them at the same time. The festival spans the tri-county area, with events at the Navy Yard at Noisette, Folly Beach, and most screenings taking place at the American Theater on King Street, and includes over 40 short and feature films with topics centered around the environment. Nathanson is particularly excited about some of the shorts slated to show before the features, including Chickens in the City, about San Francisco residents who raise chickens in their urban locale, and Grocery Store Wars, a spoof of Star Wars wherein organic characters like Darth Tater and Chewbroccoli battle the processed food for precious shelf space. Check out pg. 42 for an article about the origins of ChasDOC and a schedule of the feature films, and visit the ChasDOC website for film descriptions, online ticket sales, and directions to the event locations. —Sara Miller

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THEATRE — What wouldn't Jesus do?
Opening Fri. Oct. 6
Running Oct. 7, 12-14, 19, 20, 25-28 at
7:30 p.m.
Oct. 15 at 2 p.m.
PURE Theatre
701 East Bay St. (The Cigar Factory)

What is it with PURE Theatre and this insistence of theirs that theatre is a good place to confront the big, juicy questions you're supposed to stop talking about after you get out of college or grad school? You know, religion, god, free will, predestination, the universe, the cosmos, time, and why the hell we're here. With their second production of the new season, opening at their cozy Cigar Factory space on Friday, the PUREists confront all of these thorny questions, and quite a few more, in the Southeastern premiere of Craig Wright's Pulitzer Prize-nominated play Grace. Wright has served as head writer and producer for ABC's popular series Lost, and also wrote for the HBO drama Six Feet Under. He's currently co-executive producer of ABC's new show Brothers and Sisters. So the guy's got dramatic cred leaking out of every pore. Grace — which concerns a desperate housewife, a Jesus freak from Minnesota, a German exterminator, and a NASA rocket scientist with no face — starts with the ending then goes back in time to trace the effect of a sketchy real-estate deal to buy $14 million worth of hotels to convert them into Christian inns. "Tragicomedy," says director David Mandel, "ensues." The play stars PURE cofounder Sharon Graci (Spinning Into Butter), Johnny Ali Heyward (36 Views), R.W. Smith (True West), and local veteran Ross Magoulas. "Almost everything I do can be dissolved down to basically the same thing," Wright has said. "I'm almost always trying to say, 'Hey! You're alive! You won't be for long! So what are you doing?' I don't pretend to know what you ought to do. Except that you should be aware that it's happening, that you should wake up and realize how short time is." —Patrick Sharbaugh

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EVENT — Once upon a midnight dreary
Edgar Allan Poe – Back from the Grave
Sat. Oct. 7
7-8:30 p.m.
$25 (adults only)
Fort Moultrie on Sullivan's Island
Tickets on sale at I'On Realty, Creative Spark, and Poe's Tavern

Only 300 tortured souls will be permitted to partake of the haunting, thrilling evening planned by the I'On Trust at Fort Moultrie this weekend. Rabid author Edgar Allan Poe, who was stationed at the Sullivan's Island Fort in 1827, is the guest of honor at the event, which commemorates the anniversary of his premature death. Creative Spark and Wonderland Film and Video will set a terrifying mood with the hellish beating of a heart, a tapping-tapping upon the door, a hissing-vibrating pendulum swinging ever closer, and perhaps some moaning and groaning bells. PURE Theatre will dramatize his tales and poems, Poe's characters (Ligeia? The Red Death? Fortuno?) will lead tours of Fort Moultrie, and Poe's Tavern will host a party on the grounds. As you nervously suck down your absinthe cocktail, beware the supreme madness of the night, for you know not what is truly in store. —Stephanie Barna


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