Monthly Archives: June 2011

Paula Lonneman Likes It Hot

We’re going to start a new feature to the weekly lineup, and the title is still in the works, but you’re definitely going to like it.  We’ll check out a different artist’s work each week and report back to you here…so you can take a little walkabout inside the brain of the artist.

Tomorrow night, Paula Lonneman of Indigo Fine Art opens her newest show Some Like It Hot, partially titled to reflect the weather and partially because of her warm, even hot, palette.

It’s all floral, and it’s loose.  She layers transparent colors until the very top when opaques come into play and then only uses 5 brushstrokes per flower (!!!) .  They are bold, they give you just enough information to know what you’re looking at without having to spell the whole thing out.

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Join Lonneman and the ladies of Indigo Fine Art tomorrow, Friday July 1, from 5 – 8 pm for margaritas while the fling open the doors to the courtyard and check out Some Like It Hot

102 Church Street,


Art Mag Summer 2011 Issue is here!


The Summer 2011 issue of Art Mag has hit the streets and there are tons of great articles to check out.

visual art–explore Tivoli Studios and Gardens, read artists profiles on Tammy Papa, Karin Olah, Michelle Dunaway, Martha Sharp, check out Michael Moran’s artistic process with Moran Woodworked Furniture, CFADA Palette & Palate Stroll,

culinary art–Summer Essentials: Burgers and Beer, featuring COAST Brewing; profiles on Chef Nate Whiting of Tristan, local darlings Roots Ice Cream and  Giddy Goat Cheese, wine recommendations from Sommelier Brad Ball and the Creative Entrepreneurs of Sugar Bakeshop

performing art–Footlight Players Theatre turns 80, performing artist profiles on Crowfield and actor Kyle Barnette, Mozart in the South Festival and more.

wearable art–profiles on style makers Rosita Jones, Shelby Lee Parbel and Troubadour

Poet Jack Tracey’s take on Dealing with Charleston; Creative Inspiration–advice from our Facebook friends on how to get through the creative block; Tips from the Pimp; Charleston Green Fair; Arts Destination: Hilton Head Island; Calendar of Events and more!

Check our webpage for all the places you can find Art Mag!

A Show of Strength is up!

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This is going to be one bad ass exhibit.

Art Mag has gotten together a stellar lineup of artists for A Show of Strength: a benefit to kick cancer’s ass.  Join us Friday from 6 – 9 pm at the Real Estate Studio (214 King Street) while we raise money for the Integrative Cancer Care at MUSC Hollings Cancer Center.

Participating artists include: Ali Cavanaugh, Angela Chvarak, Angeline Herron, Ben Timpson, Betsey Carter, Christopher Murphy, Deborah Sisco, Fred Jamar, Hirona Matsuda, John Stango, Julio Cotto, Karen Silvestro, Kenton James, Kevin LePrince, Kevin Taylor, Kip Bulwinkle, Lisa Shimko, Megan Aline, Mickey Williams, Nathan Durfee, Rick Reinert, Shelby Lee Studio, and Tim Hussey.

Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who is making this awesome event happen–we can’t wait to kick ass with you on Friday!

It’s Officially SUMMER!

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I’m not going to show you yet, but just in time for the official first day of Summer, the Summer 2011 issue of Art Mag has arrived!!

It’s pretty awesome issue, with a lot of the fun and useful features you’ve come to expect like profiles on artists and guides to the galleries, restaurants, theatres and much more, with some fun new things added in too!

Look for the feature on Tivoli Studios and Gardens and their hip, eco-conscious space on upper King Street; local band Crowfield, who just two days ago released their 2nd album; profile on local designer Troubadour and her city chic meets sweet southern charm; Footlight Players turns 80!; and lots more.

Happy Summer!

Circa: Contemporary Circus Comes to Charleston/Sayonara Cirque du Soleil!


This spring I saw my first Cirque du Soleil performance, and it was incredible.

Last night I saw Circa, the Australian contemporary circus performing at Spoleto Festival USA.  It was so much better than anything contrived under elaborate costumes and masks.

It was a simpler everything–costumes were leotards for the women, pants for the men; no fire breathers, no silly clown costumes, although they did have ‘clowns’ with humorous interludes between larger acts.  With no cliche story line to follow, just incredible movements of the human form in the most extreme, backed by synthetic beats and ethereal songs in foreign languages which allowed the movement to be the main focus.

The performers were insane machines of muscle and sinew, flexibility and control.  The ‘perfect facade’ wasn’t there–this was real.  They were really doing these insane handstands, balancing acts, hula hooping, squeezing body parts through hoops; it looked like one guy even dislocated his shoulder!  Tossing people through the air and catching them in a perfect lift–the entire audience cried out simultaneously.

At the curtain call, EVERYONE in Memminger Auditorium was on their feet instantly.  Standing ovations are becoming rarer at the performances we’ve attended lately, but everyone seems to have an appreciation for the physical talent of acts like Circa and Corella Ballet.

Circa will be performing their incredible feats of physical daring through June 12th at Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain Street, times vary.  If you only see one more thing, go to Circa!

Tickets at, Gaillard Auditorium 77 Calhoun Street, or call 843.579.3100

She’s Got An Angry Inch, and You Need to Know About It!

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If you’ve never seen Hedwig and The Angry Inch, in film or on stage, you owe it to yourself to get over to the American Theatre for the last two shows tonight and tomorrow, 8 pm.

What If? Productions brings back their opening show for Piccolo Spoleto 2011 and I’m ever so glad.  If, like myself, you missed it the first go around, think of this as your make-up extra credit assignment.

Brian J. Porter and Beth Curley star in this tale of a washed up glam rock goddess, who knows her way around the odd (blow) job or two.  Porter is fantastic in drag, and a voice to match the job.  Porter has a gift for the one-liners and engaging an audience with words, song, and self.  Curley provides the comic relief and emotional support Hedwig (begrudgingly) needs.  They make an entertaining pair.

“Without a question, Hedwig and The Angry Inch is my favorite performance so far of Spoleto.  It strikes a fantastic emotional balance of humor and sadness, in a very impressive way,” says Art Mag publisher Olivia Pool.  “I totally has a crush on Hedwig…if she’s willing to go on a date, I will happily oblige!”

What If?’s own Alex Hennessey is the Music Director and Kyle Barnette directs.  Don’t miss the last two performances June 7 & 8!!

American Theatre 446 King Street, 8 pm.  Tickets $23 at Piccolo Spoleto online or call 843.811.4111.

I Fekkin’ LOVED The Cripple of Inishmaan

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There are hardly words to describe how much I adored the Druid Theatre‘s production of The Cripple of Inishmaan, part of Spoleto Festival USA.  Performed in the historic Dock Street Theatre on Church Street, the setting felt oh so right for the play set in 1934, on a tiny island of the coast of Ireland.

The opening scene takes us into the Aunties Kate and Eileen‘s shop, where they spend their time worrying over Billy Claven, the cripple boy they took in after his parents drowned when he was just a baby.  All your characters are there, the gossipy old man JohnnyPateenMike, the ridiculous siblings Bartley and his prone-to-violence sister Slippy Helen, the doctor, the surly widower BabbyBobby, who lost his wife Ann to TB…and of course, Cripple Billy.

Their acting was perfect.  Spot on and hysterical.  It wasn’t quite as ‘dark’ as some of the pre-press had made it out to be, but still had plenty of questionable moments, clergy sexuality jokes, Hitler references, so on and so forth.  Slippy Helen was particularly barbed, with her lack of filter and flapping gums.

BabbyBobby was the unlikely good guy…well unlikely soft-hearted guy.  Billy does con him pretty badly, playing on his past hurts for sympathy, and BabbyBobby’s retribution is severe.  The Aunties are hysterical, with wry observations on their neighbors and the human race in general.

Perhaps one of the best moments was old Mammy O’Dougal, JohnnyPateenMike’s drunkard mother, whom he’s been trying to kill with the drink for 65 years or so…she is priceless.  However nasty they are towards one another, they all possess the Irish pride…”Ireland can’t be that bad a place if Hollywood is coming here to do their filmin’!”

The requisite morals are there: cherishing what you have rather than longing for the greener grass, looking beyond the surface to the person underneath, the unwitting truth in lies…but any way you put The Cripple of Inishmaan, it’s a wonderful production full of fekkin’ great humor and terrific acting.

There are plenty of performances left, but get your tickets now!, call 843.579.3100 or visit the box office in the Gaillard Auditorium at 77 Calhoun Street.