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Alice Keeney
Mon. Feb. 12
7 p.m.
Free
Alterman Studios
654 King St.
577-0647
www.center4photography.com





VISUAL ARTS | Exploring the world outside of the peninsula

Young Charleston photographer Alice Keeney is something of a hero for what many older people unkindly label "Generation Why Me?" A Division I soccer player at College of Charleston, from which she graduated in 2004, Keeney joined forces with Grassroot Soccer, a nonprofit organization that's fighting the rapidly-spreading AIDS epidemic in Africa by helping to educate African youth with the skills to live HIV-free. Keeney's photography, which has been presented by the Associated Press, the Center for Photography, Oblique Magazine, and Grassroot Soccer, were the focus of Greg Hambrick's Sept. 6, 2006, City Paper cover story, "Kicking AIDS." Soon after the publication of that article, Keeney headed back to southern Africa to resume work with Grassroot Soccer and document aspects of daily life in that part of the world. This Monday, the Center for Photography at Alterman Studios hosts a display of Keeney's recent work, along with a presentation by the woman herself. MONDAY




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Baker's Dozen and Who Cares?
Sat. Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Sun. Feb. 11 at 3 p.m.
$25-$36
Sottile Theatre
44 George St.
723-7334

www.charlestonballet.org





DANCE | Colors, costumes, and couples

The Charleston Ballet Theatre presents the Charleston premiere of legendary choreographer Twyla Tharp's Baker's Dozen, a dance created in 1979 for 12 individual dancers who begin the performance as six paired-off couples. The CBT is going all out for this one, with custom-created costumes by Norma Kamali being shipped in from New York City -- the dancers' dress is essential to the aim of the piece "to conjure a world of living social graces and personal rapport." Alongside Tharp's classic, the CBT will tackle the work of another pioneer of modern choreography, George Balanchine, as they perform 1970's Who Cares?, set to music by two brothers who were no strangers to Charleston -- George and Ira Gershwin. SATURDAY-SUNDAY




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2007 Southern Comfort Lowcountry Blues Bash
Feb. 8-18
Various times
Various prices
Various locations
762-9125

www.bluesbash.com





EVENT | Get low

"The Blues Bash is an annual gift to the blues lovers in our community and those who come from literally all over the world to enjoy this high quality music in our beautiful city," says Gary Erwin, a hep local cat best known as pianist and bandleader "Shrimp City Slim." Once again, Erwin has carefully organized a hefty lineup of authentic blues, soul, and roots music acts for the 17th annual Lowcountry Blues Bash (sponsored by Southern Comfort). Running from Thurs. Feb. 8 through Sun. Feb. 18, the series features over 40 blues, soul, and roots music acts in over 15 local venues, from Folly Beach and James Island to downtown and the Isle of Palms. "The Blues Bash also is a way to generate a paycheck for these great artists; some of whom are mentors and some of whom are peers. It's just keepin' the blues alive, baby!" Featured artists include Atlanta's Chick "The Stoop Down Man" Willis, Mississippi blues/soul singer Johnny Rawls, N.C. veteran vocalist Nappy Brown, white-bearded blues-rock veteran Leon Russell, Big Bill Morganfield (the son of Muddy Waters), N.C. bands Mighty Lester and The King Bees, former Dirty Dozen Brass band trombonist Big Sam, a slew of local players and singers, and many more. For a free illustrated brochure, send a SASE to Blues Bash, P.O. Box 13525, Charleston, S.C. 29422. For details and ticket information, log on to www.bluesbash.com or call 843-762-9125. --T. Ballard Lesemann thursday-NEXT WEDNESDAY




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Viva Brasil
Sat. Feb. 10
7 p.m.
$10
Physician's Auditorium, College of Charleston
66 George St.
564-5571

www.tocatocamusic.com
www.leahsuarez.com



CONCERT MUSIC | Down ol' South America-way

A lively blend of Latin-jazz, folk, swing, and bossa nova is what local ensemble is all about. On Saturday evening, led by Charleston-bred vocalist, musician, and ringleader Leah Suarez, the group presents their second annual 'Viva Brasil' concert as a tribute to guitarist and vocalist Milton Nascimento -- one of the most significant and influential figures in Brazilian music. Nascimento's compositions and performances propelled what many call the "New Song Movement" in Latin American in the 1960s and '70s. "I've always loved the music and sounds of South America, Latin America, and Spain," says Suarez, who recently earned her degree in jazz studies and worked in the local club scene. She traveled to Denmark last year for the 2006 Copenhagen Jazz Festival and hopes to push ahead with her musical endeavors this year in S.C. and abroad. The lineup for the evening includes keyboardist Gerald Gregory, guitarist David Linaburg, drummer Nick Jenkins, percussionist Stuart White, bassist Ben Wells, and trumpeter Cameron Harder. Tickets are available for $10 at the door and online at www.etix.com. Check out www.tocatocamusic.com and www.leahsuarez.com for more. --T. Ballard Lesemann SATURDAY




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Michael Feldman's "Whad'Ya Know"
Sat. Feb. 10
10:30 a.m.
$26-$60
Gaillard Auditorium
77 Calhoun St.
554-6060

www.notmuch.com





FILM & RADIO | Gonna stick you with some triv

Among a certain set, Saturday mornings are all about cartoons and pancakes. Among a set of a different sort, Saturday a.m. is time to tune into a different sort of distraction: Michael Feldman's "Whad'Ya Know" on public radio. Since 1985, host Michael Feldman, announcer Jim Packard, and the Whad'Ya Know Trio have broadcast their comedy, interview, and quiz show Saturday morning (11 a.m. EST) live from Monona Terrace in Madison, Wis., and occasionally from the road. Feldman's comedic timing is often compared to that of Groucho Marx, and the game is reminiscent of Marx's You Bet Your Life quiz show in that it's designed more to give the host a chance to have some on-air fun with the players than to be a genuine test of their intelligence. For local fans who can't get enough of "All the News That Isn't" and "Thanks for the Memos," Charleston will be the town of the week (inside joke alert) when "Whad'Ya Know" broadcasts live from the Gaillard Auditorium on Saturday morning. --Patrick Sharbaugh SATURDAY

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