Monthly Archives: February 2011

Get the SCOOP on Kenton James’ New World

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Kenton James invites you into a brand new world that he has created.  It is populated with densely layered scenes of  life; trains, subways, sexy silhouettes, powerful animals, quite moments…step into Cinnamonworld.

The monochromatic palette of his previous works still remains, but the precise and sparse images have morphed into complex compositions that challenge the viewer to decipher individual objects.  The transition between objects in the layers remind you of the Surrealists, yet his images reside totally in the clear-minded present.  It’s almost like the 2010 film Inception, where moving between layers of a world where you recognize them all, but you’re not totally sure which world they belong to.

The work is beautiful.  His precision with the brush is unbelievable.  The compositions are challenging–you certainly won’t be bored by these paintings.  Don’t miss this show from an emerging artist who is certainly one to watch.

Cinnamonworld opens Friday, March 4th 2011 at SCOOP Studios. 57 1/2 Broad Street, www.scoopcontemporary.com for a preveiw & pre-sale of work.

Review: Ballet Grand Prix at Gaillard Auditorium

From the “Flames of Paris,” photo by Segoul

The Charleston Concert Association, a non-profit arts organization now in its 75th year, has been bringing national and international acts to Charleston since 1936.  Anyone can appreciate the blood, sweat and tears that go into sustaining an organization for that long.  Excellent programming, dedicated patrons, and efficient staff are the keys.  The Ballet Grand Prix was a prime example of the excellent programming.

The Youth America Grand Prix is a scholarship competition for aspiring dancers.  The finalists get to participate in the Ballet Grand Prix ‘alongside’ professional dancers.  You can see the obvious talent in the young dancers, but I was a little disappointed that they never actually danced in the same pieces as the professionals.  The first half of both acts featured the youth, the second half featured the professionals.  The only way you get better is to dance with people who are better than you, so it seemed like a bit of a disservice to the youth.

The incredible physicality of the dancers was immediately apparent.  These are machines performing at top speed.  The choreography used the movement rather than a story line to further the routines, and since my days of dancing there seems to be a really positive shift in modern styles of ballet.  The fluid movements have a sharp precision to them, which pleases me much more than the flowy, frou frou style of days gone by.

As the Concert Assocation’s core membership seems to be a much older demographic, I was initially surprised at how well some of these more modern, sometimes sexually suggestive pieces were received.  This just illustrates the point that a quality product will always reach an audience, even if they aren’t necessarily inclined towards it at first.

The most outstanding professionals brought my point home.  Drew Jacoby & Rubinal Pronk, of Jacoby and Pronk, performed two incredible ballets.  Elisa Carrillo Cabrera and Mikhail Kaniskin of the Berlin State Opera Ballet were another outstanding duo.  I actually groaned when they came out in very modern looking costumes, but their choreography won me over with a fantastic blend of classical movements with a contemporary twist.  The audience agreed with me on all these accounts.

Charleston audiences need a little more exposure to quality dance.  It is not necessary to clap every single time the dancers do something slightly above and beyond.  You end up clapping over the movement of another dancer and not giving them their due.  On the flip side, I’ll take those overenthusiastic clappers any day over empty seats.

Check out the final performances of the Concert Association’s season Romeo & Juliet by the Russian National Ballet Theatre on March 7, The King’s Singers on March 15.  All performance at Gaillard Auditorium, 7 pm.  www.charlestonconcerts.org

Gala Glam Tribute to the Oscars Tomorrow

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Charleston Ballet Theatre invites you to be your most fashionable tomorrow night in celebration of the Oscars.  There will be mini-ballets inspired by this year’s nominees like Black Swan and The Social Network, red carpet commentary by Charleston Magazine Style Editor Ayoka Lucas, Oscar-themed cocktails, three course dinner by Chef Nico Romo of Fish and entertainment by The Have Nots!

CBT and media sponsor Charleston Magazine invited local businesses and designers to design the table decor themed around Best Costume winning films from the last century.  Art Mag is thrilled to be included.  We picked one of our favorite films; can you guess?  Here’s a hint–hope you like to eat cake!

American Theatre, 446 King Street, 6pm.  Tickets available at www.charlestonballet.org

We Raised a Barn this weekend. What did you do?!

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December 2010.

A devastating fire claims the barn and over 250 prize animals of Charlie Caldwell, local farmer.  Anyone who has paid attention to the restaurant industry’s shift towards using local, sustainable and seasonal produce knows the value of the local farmer.  The good folks at Patrick Properties reached out to the good folks at Lowcountry Local First and after a lot of time and effort, we skip to…

Sunday, February 20, 2011.

A gorgeous day of sunshine and warm weather, if a bit breezy at times.  Hundreds of Lowcountry residents flock to Lowndes Grove Planation for an afternoon of great food, drink, entertainment…and barn raising?!  Well, we may not have raised the actual barn, but $20,000 was raised for the rebuilding of Ovis Hill Farms’ barn!

Kudos to all the folks at Patrick Properties, Lowcountry Local First, Elise Testone for beautiful music, Fish‘s master Chef Nico Romo, Mike Lata of FIG, Sean Brock of McCrady’s and Husk, Ken Vedrinski of Trattoria Lucca, Frank Lee of S.N.O.B., Jeremiah Bacon of Oak Steakhouse, Craig Deihl of Cypress, Ricky Hacker of EVO, Fred Neuville of Fat Hen, Marc Collins of Circa 1886, Mike Lotz of Triangle Char & Bar, Ben Berryhill of Red Drum, Jacques Larson of Wild Olive, Ashley Swider of yesUmay! cookies, and more.

The food was incredible, the setting was magical and so many people joined together for a goal–that was reached; it was truly inspiring.

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We LOVE to Flirt! Flirting with Art at the Gibbes tonight

it will be sexy.  it will be fun.  it will be inside, thank God.  and it is most definitely sold out.  Hope you already have your ticket, we’d love to see you there!!!

And on this note, kudos to Society 1858 and the Gibbes Museum of Art for putting on a super cool event with a little edge to it.

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