The Emperor is Naked, The Hunley, Nutcracker, Spoleto 


Call him the streak
The Deuce Theatre company is all set to turn the status quo upside down and inside out. It presents a blend of political satire and musical theater called The Emperor Is Naked? The show is a new spin on an old Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, and it aims to make you laugh and think. The show opens at the North Charleston Cultural & Civic Complex on Oct. 24 and runs until Nov. 2. Actors will meet and greet after every show. For information on show times and ticket prices, visit —Myles Hutto

Old sub's way
Tom Chaffin's The H.L. Hunley: The Secret Hope of the Confederacy is a captivating history of the Civil War-era Confederate submarine. The book follows the secret weapon from its planning stages in New Orleans to its sinking of a Union ship in Charleston Harbor to its own fateful sinking. H.L. Hunley also chronicles archaeological work being done on the ship at the Warren Lasch Conservation Center in North Charleston. Chaffin is a history professor at the University of Tennessee and will give a book reading on Oct. 25 at 11 a.m. at the Preservation Society of Charleston at 147 King St. For more information, call (843) 722-4630. —Myles Hutto

Crack some nuts now
You might think The Nutcracker is what happens after you jump off the high dive at the pool. You'd be right. But it's also one of the most well-traveled and highly celebrated ballets in the world. The Charleston Ballet Theatre is selling advance tickets for its holiday season production through Oct. 31. Performances don't take place until Dec. 13 and 14 at the Gaillard Auditorium, but if you get them now, they're much cheaper. For more information, call (843) 723-7334. —Myles Hutto

Changes at Spoleto
A spokeswoman for Spoleto USA has accepted a job offer in New York City, her hometown. Kristin M. Matthews joined Spoleto in December as the performing arts organization's public relations and marketing manager. Her new job is executive director of publicity at Workman Publishing, one of the few independent publishing firms in the city. She begins on Oct. 27. "I've had a tremendous experience at Spoleto," Matthews says. "My time here has been interesting and educational in all the ways you can imagine." —John Stoehr


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