Critics' Picks: The best arts events in town this week 

Events for the week of Feb. 20-27

click to enlarge The Alvin Ailey dance company takes the stage at the Gaillard next Tuesday. - PROVIDED
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  • The Alvin Ailey dance company takes the stage at the Gaillard next Tuesday.

Gaillard Center | Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater grew from a now-fabled performance in March 1958 at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Led by Alvin Ailey and a group of young African-American modern dancers, that performance changed forever the perception of American dance. The Ailey company has gone on to perform for an estimated 25 million people at theaters in 48 states and 71 countries on six continents — as well as millions more through television broadcasts, film screenings, and online platforms. In 2008, a U.S. Congressional resolution designated the Company as "a vital American cultural ambassador to the world."

Tues. Feb. 26 and Wed. Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. $27+. Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Downtown. gaillardcenter.org

St. Andrew's Regional Library | Cookbook Club

Celebrate Black History Month by participating in this special program that highlights literature and the culinary arts. This month's Cookbook Club features a Gullah cuisine and soul food-inspired theme with famed Gullah chef Charlotte Jenkins, so bring a dish to share with the group. This event coincides with the National African-American Read-In, so bring your favorite books and poems written by African-American authors to read and share with others.

Thurs. Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. Free to attend. St. Andrew's Regional Library, 1735 N. Woodmere Blvd. West Ashley. ccpl.org

click to enlarge This Thursday enjoy an original musical production at Montague Terrace. - PROVIDED
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  • This Thursday enjoy an original musical production at Montague Terrace.

Montague Terrace | Dinner Theatre: Maestro Memoirs

Join Donna Lee Williams and Remnant Productions as they pay tribute to music powerhouses Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, and Sam Cooke with a dinner and an original musical production. Conversations between these legendary artists recount the men's trials and triumphs that made their music famous and their lives unforgettable. Their colleague Aretha Franklin arrives on the scene and helps these maestros find their way back to their first love. Purchase tickets online at eventbrite.com or call (843) 740-5847.

Thurs. Feb. 21, 7-9 p.m. $36+. Montague Terrace, 5001 Coliseum Drive. North Charleston

Pointe Event Center | Black History Month Celebration

Alexandria Searles, whose artist name is Morowa Mosai, puts on the fifth annual Black History Month Celebration at North Charleston's Pointe Event Center. The event highlights the contributions, beauty, strength, and advancements of people of color. According to Searles this event will also serve to "facilitate a bridge to promote unity in the city of Charleston across racial, cultural, and economic divides." The event will be held in two parts, with a mini-expo from 4-7:30 p.m. featuring local entrepreneurs and artists. The main event will be held from 5-6:30 p.m.

Sun. Feb. 24 at 4 p.m. Free to attend. Pointe Event Center, 4870 Piedmont Avenue. North Charleston. morowamosai.com


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