VISUAL ARTS | Where fashion and love meet

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Wearable Art Fashion Show
Wed. Feb. 14
6-8 p.m.
Free (Call to reserve a seat)
53 Cannon St. Gallery
53 Cannon St.

Although Valentine's Day may have been created by the greedy greeting card companies in cahoots with the flower merchants, 53 Cannon St. Gallery is taking it back with a Wearable Art Fashion Show appropriate for the lovers and the cynics alike. Local designers like hatmistresses Leigh Magar and Meyriel Edge; jewelry designers Jesse Hendrix, BEC Metalwork, and Dead Red Robin; and clothiers Spinster Design, LaBanna Bly, and LulaKate will adorn live models with their creations as they stroll down the runway to tunes spun by DJ Eleazar. 53 Cannon St. Gallery owner Currie McCullough also intrigues with the promise of "surprise guests" and "special performance art vignettes," plus love-themed paintings and drawings throughout the gallery. And in case models and pretty things aren't enough, did we mention there will be champagne and cupcakes? Yes, indeed. Make sure to call ahead to reserve your place, though, as seating is limited. WEDNESDAY

VISUAL ARTS | Do cross the disciplines

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Conversations on Contemporary Art
Thurs. Feb. 15
6 p.m.
Redux Contemporary Art Center
136 St. Philip St.

A number of the innovative young composers and performers from the New Music Collective kick off the spring installment of Redux's wildly popular fall lecture series featuring local art world movers and shakers. NMC director Nathan Koci, co-founder Ron Wiltrout, and composer Ray Evanoff will speak about how they put their compositions together, the ways the composition of their distinct breed of music parallels with that of contemporary art, and how the two can interact. All three of these fellows are intelligent, entertaining speakers, and as part of the "conversations" factor of the lecture, they'll gladly answer audience questions in the open-forum-style discussion. THURSDAY

THEATRE | Fire in the hole

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Anne of Green Gables
Feb. 16, 17, 22, 23, 24 at 8 p.m.
Feb. 18 and 25 at 3 p.m.
$15/adults and seniors, $12/students, $10/bargain seats
Dock Street Theatre
135 Church St.

One of the world's most beloved redheaded spitfires, Anne Shirley, comes to life this weekend in Charleston Stage's production of Anne of Green Gables. The play, adapted for the stage by Julian Wiles from the first in an eight-book series by L.M. Montgomery, introduces the audience to the incorrigible yet adorable orphan, who is accidentally sent to Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert's rural farm on Prince Edward Island in Canada instead of the boy they asked for. While many adults may be familiar with Anne and the residents of Prince Edward Island from the wonderful PBS miniseries starring Megan Follows and Colleen Dewhurst, children will delight at Anne's 11-year-old stubbornness and ever-present desire for adventure as portrayed by Victoria Drew. Charleston Stage offers tickets to the show for shockingly low prices already, but students can also take advantage of the $5 student rush tickets, available one hour before curtain. FRIDAY-SUNDAY

BOOKS | Verses vs. verses

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Poetry Out Loud
Sat. Feb. 17
2-4 p.m.
Alumni Memorial Hall (Randolph Hall)
66 George St.

Back in high school, there were always those English teachers whose romantic notions of poetry recitation trickled down into their curricula, offering expressive students a chance to demonstrate their love for and understanding of literature (even if the shy students shook with fear when reading out loud day arrived). The second annual national Poetry Out Loud contest offers those expressive students a chance to perform their favorite pieces for audiences and TV watchers across the country, not to mention over $100,000 in prize money, and this weekend high school students from across the Lowcountry will compete for the chance to represent South Cack in the national finals in Washington, DC, in May. The event is coordinated by the Low Country Initiative for the Literary Arts (LILA) and the Poetry Society of SC and will be emceed by Ellie Davis, who hosts the weekly Monday Night Blues series at East Bay Coffeehouse. Local poets Marcus Amaker (pictured above) and Paul Allen will also perform, while locals Susan Meyers (president of the Poetry Society of SC), Chip Limehouse (State Representative for District 10), and Quentin Baxter (CofC music professor and highly sought-after jazz drummer) will judge the competition. Good luck, students, and keep that diction up! SATURDAY

VISUAL ARTS | Acknowledging the oft-ignored

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One Big Self Presentation
Fri. Feb. 16
6 p.m.
Alumni Memorial Hall (Randolph Hall)
66 George St.

The Halsey's current exhibit, On the Inside, has two floors full of artwork that focuses on America's ignored population: prison inmates. This Friday, photographer Deborah Luster and poet C.D. Wright will give a presentation about One Big Self, the first-floor exhibit, for which they collaborated with inmates at three Louisiana prisons. For One Big Self, which is also the title of a book published by the duo, Luster and Wright invited the prisoners to present themselves however they chose for arranged portraits taken by Luster, which are accompanied by poetry Wright wrote after speaking with the prisoners. In a description of their collaboration, the artists state that they were attempting to produce "an authentic document of Louisiana's prison population through word and text, a document to ward off forgetting, an opportunity for the inmates to present themselves as they would be seen." FRIDAY

LECTURES & SEMINARS | Seeing without sight

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Tom Sullivan
Thurs. Feb. 15
8 p.m.
Sottile Theater
44 George St.

The year 2007 has just begun, but for some of us, we have already fallen behind on our resolutions or just don't have any direction. Lucky for us, the Association for the Blind has partnered with the drug company Allergan to bring nationally-recognized motivational speaker Tom Sullivan to Charleston. Bernie Swain, founder of the Washington Speakers Bureau, says, "Though Tom is blind, he speaks from a place of inner vision and a world of life experiences. Tom, who has been blind since birth, has never allowed his lack of sight to keep him from being an equal in this world. It has only made him strive to be better." He has achieved that and more by gaining national recognition as a producer, author, entertainer, actor, and singer. Tom has also appeared on Designing Women, Highway to Heaven, Fame, M.A.S.H., and Touched by an Angel. He's served for five years as a special correspondent for Good Morning America, has appeared on Oprah, has been a guest on the Tonight Show over 50 times, sang the National Anthem at the Super Bowl, and has written nine books. Debi Chard, news anchor for WCSC Live 5 News, will be the emcee for this event. After the event, there will be a book signing featuring Tom's latest book, Adventures in the Darkness. THURSDAY


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