Monthly Archives: October 2010

It’s Halloween weekend, and you must be living under a rock if you haven’t seen some crazies out already.

Eye Level Art is celebrating in characteristic good form, and has video proof of why you should get to their 103 Spring Street gallery tonight and tomorrow night: Theatre Marvelosa’s Goth Rock Opera “Dead of the Night.”  Check out this video from last night’s performance.

Dead of the Night at Eye Level Art, Oct 29, 30, 31, 8 pm.  103 Spring Street.

CBT is Putting on a Picture Show for You

It’s a Halloween tradition and a cult classic.  And Charleston Ballet Theatre will bring it to life just for you:  Rocky Horror Picture Show.

I hear tale that there will be big prizes for the most fabulously costumed folks.  Get dinner for two at one of Upper King’s best eateries…and we all know there are some gems up there!  Make your way to CBT on Friday or Saturday for your very own Picture Show!

Call 723.2334 for tickets or go online here.

Friday and Saturday, Oct 29 & 30, 477 King Street, 7:30 pm.

The RED Party–a most hauntingly good time

So you think you know spooky?  Just wait until you are in costume, masked and cavorting around a seriously haunted old jail, where murderers and criminals waited to be hung in the jail yard…then you will know what it means to be spooked!

Join the American College of the Building Arts for their 2nd annual RED Party, back by popular demand, this Thursday from 7 – 11 pm at the Old City Jail, 21 Magazine Street.  Check out this video from Anthony Spencer about the ACBA’s swankiest shindig.

On the loss of a visionary, David Stahl

Charleston has had a great loss this week.  David Stahl, director of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra for the last 25 of the organization’s 75 years, passed away Sunday, October 24.  Stahl had a brief and aggressive battle with lymphoma, passing only a month after his wife Karen lost her battle with breast cancer.

Stahl has been integral in the growth of Charleston’s symphony, and it is truly worrisome that his death comes at a time when the future of the CSO is more uncertain than ever.  I encourage the city to take up his mantle and fight for the preservation of our superior symphony in his memory.

Read more in the Post & Courier’s article by Adam Parker here.

POP and Lock with the CJO Tonight

Make your way over to the Charleston Music Hall tonight for the Charleston Jazz Orchestra’s presentation of Pops!  Charlton Singleton will be conducting this impressive lineup of musicians, including special guests trombonist Fred Wesley, former band leader for James Brown, and vocalist Amanda Hudson.

Fred Wesley, photograph by Reese Moore

CJO presents POPS! Charleston Music Hall, 37 John Street, 7 pm. Buy tickets here!

The Line Up

Absolution by Mary Whyte

Friday is here again.  The return of fall brings football, sweaters and more art openings and performances than you can shake a stick at!  Here’s your line up for tonight:

“Facing Out” by watercolor painter Mary Whyte.  Coleman Fine Art, 79 Church Street, 5 – 8 pm.

“Running the Numbers: An American Self Portrait” by photographer Chris Jordan.  Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, 161 Calhoun Street, 4 pm lecture, 5 – 7 pm opening.

“Familiar Strangers” group show featuring Ishmael, Bigfoot, El Kamino and Patrick Griffin.  Eye Level Art, 103 Spring Street, 6 – 10 pm.

Shibboleth Group Art Show” don’t know what it means, but Lisa Shimko is part of it, so we’ll be there!  Muddy Waters, 1331 Ashley River Road, 7 – 10 pm.


Escape into the Sound of Art tonight

Newly formed Charleston Artist Collective, a group of charity-minded artists, have their first opening tonight, “Soundscapes.”   A portion of all sales is donated to a different non-profit organization each month.  Check it out for yourself.

Artists include:

Dee Schenck Rhodes, Ann Keane, Anne Darby Parker, Susie Callahan, Lynne Hamontree, Everett White, Mary Hoffman.

“Soundscapes” 11 Fulton Street, 5 – 9 pm.

bluesphere continues with ‘Favelas’ Thursday at City Gallery

If you have somehow missed the wicked cool art installation in Marion Square, you need to come downtown more or open your eyes.  bluesphere: Earth Art Expo is happening!

Check out our article on it in this Fall’s issue of Art Mag.

This Thursday, Favelas: architecture of survival by Pedro Lobo will open at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park.  It is one of the many things you should be putting on your list to do this week!  Opening reception is from 6 – 8 pm; there will be an artist lecture and walk through on Saturday at 2pm.

Pedro Lobo is a Brazilian-born photographer who, in this work, charts the longest-lived of the world’s squatter settlements, Rio de Janerio’s favelas.

City Gallery at Waterfront Park, 34 Prioleau Street.

The Perfect Wednesday ends with….

As locals, we know there is nothing better than having a glass of wine on the patio or piazza after a long day.  This Wednesday, you can do it one better at MUSE, the charming little restaurant and wine bar on Society Street, between King and Meeting.

They are offering 3 wines and 3 tapas (read: small portions of big taste) for only $20! We’re all about a deal, but this is a STEAL!

MUSE has a cozy interior and a great patio to enjoy your vino & tapas.  We’ll see you there!

82 Society Street, downtown Charleston.  843.577.1102.  Open nightly at 5pm.


There are so many things going on this weekend, you have no excuse

TONIGHT:  Ballet Unplugged Live!

Charleston Ballet Theatre will kick off its 24th season tonight with a one-night only performance.  Three choreographers, three composers and four ballets will surely provide something for all dance enthusiasts!

Sottile Theatre on George Street, 7:30 pm.




TOMORROW: closing night of AWOL

PURE Theatre‘s production of AWOL will close Friday evening.  Check out CofC alum Katie Huard’s portrayal of a soldier who skipped out on service during the Iraq war.  PURE has never shied away from challenging or cerebral plays, and we suggest that you take it in.

AWOL at Charleston Ballet Theatre, 477 King Street, 7:30 pm.


SATURDAY: Lion in Winter at Footlight Players

Just another Christmas with the family…the royal family.  Think things are bad at your house?  Try being a king without an heir to your throne.

Footlight Players, 20 Queen Street, 8pm.