Comedy Festival, Factor Prize, Holiday CD 

Your Moment of Ha!
We got a sneak peek at the 2009 Charleston Comedy Festival. It looks like God's Pottery is finally coming back to the Lowcountry for another string of shows featuring the duo's ironic hymnals to the Almighty. The comedy fest is organized by Theatre 99, The Have Nots!, and the City Paper. Each year, it promises more yuks than you can shake a rubber chicken at. Other return engagements include: Hot Sauce (in-your-face sketch comedy), I Eat Pandas (musical improv), The Pushers (sketch), Buffoons (SNL-like sketch), and Kenny Zimlinghaus (stand-up). Other performances include: Cook County Social Club, Get Hypnotized!, Rory Scovel and Jon Steinberg, FUCT, Roseville: A Suspenseful Comedy, J. Reid, Peter Gross: Magic and Other Suspect Activities. And don't forget about local favorites like Moral Fixation, Neckprov, The Banana Monologues, Full Love Throttle, 3 Play, Doppelganger!, and Big Dicktionary. For tickets, call (800) 514-ETIX, or go to www.etix.com. More details at www.charlestoncomedyfestival.com.

The Cash Factor
The Gibbes Museum of Art announced the second year of the Elizabeth and Mallory Factor Prize for Southern Art. The award is $10,000 given annually. This year a panel of judges chose Jeff Whetstone, a young photographer from Durham, N.C., as the 2008 winner. Whetstone prevailed over much more well-known artists, such as Radcliffe Bailey (the painter), William Christenberry (the photographer), and Charleston artist Philip Simmons (the sculptor). The Factor Prize aims to establish an online archive of southern artists used by curators, collectors, scholars, and the public. Applications can be submitted through Jan. 30. For more information, go to www.factorprize.org.

Local holiday CD
Chamber Music Charleston has released a new CD called A Classical Christmas. It features well-loved holiday favorites like "Silver Bells," "Sleigh Ride," "Frosty the Snowman," and "Holly Jolly Christmas." The disc also offers selections from A Child's Christmas in Wales, a collaboration with the Actors Theatre of South Carolina. Wales revives Dylan Thomas' classic play about Christmases long ago. CDs are $15. Also check out CMC's Circle Unbroken, a musical adaptation of Margot Theis Raven's children's book set to the music of William Grant Still. For more information, go to www.ChamberMusicCharleston.org. —John Stoehr


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