Monthly Archives: December 2011

What the Art Mag kids are up to, Holiday Edition, part 1…

Happy Holidays, dear readers and art lovers.  You know our saying, “Art Lovers are the Best Lovers,” and you prove it all the time.  We love You.

So I’m the only one in the office, and it’s a wee bit lonely.  But never fear, there’s updates to be had from the team here at Art Mag, so enjoy this holiday cheer from us!

Callie, our diminutive and talented editorial intern, attended a tacky Christmas party last weekend.  I must say, she looks more ‘adorable’ than ‘tacky.’

I co-hosted a Luau Christmas Shower for one of our best girlfriends and her fiance, Mr. & Mrs. Claus there in the middle.  Suffice to say it ended with a fantastic dance party.

Mika Claus wishes you all a very Merry Christmas!!


A Christmas Carol at Dock Street Theatre

Charleston Stage has done it again. Their adaptation of A Christmas Carol is brimming with originality and Christmas cheer thanks to a fabulous musical score composed by Charleston Stage’s Director of Music Education Amanda Wansa. Songs such as “Pay No Attention To Mister Scrooge” and “Spread a Little Christmas Cheer” breathe new life into the classic Dickensian tale, with the help of a multi-talented 33-member cast and a little directorial magic from Marybeth Clark.

Adapted for Charleston Stage by the company’s founder, Julian Wiles, A Christmas Carol stays true to the original storyline while presenting the tale of fiction’s most well known miser from a fresh perspective. As Scrooge (Nat Jones) travels through his past, present, and future, the changes in his heart are seen through the opinions of those around him. Parts of the play are decidedly tongue-in-cheek, with Tiny Tim (Luke Shaw) quoting several of Dickens’ other works, including the well-known “Please sir, can I have some more?” from Oliver Twist.

And of course, we can’t forget to mention the intricate set, complete with several different backdrops and lots of spooky fog. Complemented by a phenomenal cast performance, A Christmas Carol is the perfect way to ring in the holiday season with your loved ones.

Performances run through the 18th. Be sure to call the box office today to get your ticket!

Charleston Stage at Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church Street, 843.577.7183.

words: Callie Smith

Waffle Haus Christmas: We Have a S-T-A-R!

Service. Training. Attitude. Respect.  The are the makings of a Waffle Haus  STAR.

She's got three things on her list...

A family is reunited through a Christmas Miracle, as the the ghosts of Waffle Haus Christmas Past, Present and Future come to visit this redneck colorful family in Rodney Lee Roger’s Waffle Haus Christmas.

PURE Theatre pays attention to details.  From the moment you walk into the theatre, Jimmy, played by Rodney Lee Rogers, greets you with a menu, the playbill cleverly designed and laminated like a Waffle House menu.  Pay attnetion, the little quips tucked in it are hilarious.

Sharon Graci plays Sally Ann, the matriarch of this rag tag team, and Sullivan Graci Hamilton stars as their daughter Bella, whom they describe as ‘special,’ which Hamilton plays to the max.  She’s the definition of comic relief, but you have to pay attention, her moments can be subtle or eclipsed by the larger action at hand.  Tripp Hamilton plays the Ghosts, a trio of stereotypes and humor.

Graci and Rogers have the back and forth timing of a well-polished cast.  Also their ability to handle the shocking number of latecomers humorously showed years of rolling with the punches that come with stage acting.  There’s no ‘Cut!’ here.  And they make it work flawlessly.

I was a little confused by the transitions back and forth addressing the audience and breaking the fourth wall and the story was told several times from multiple view points, but it made sense in the end.  Sally Ann is surly in one telling and sultry in another, Jimmy is ‘the man’ in one, a slightly nervous and jealous man in another, and it’s all hysterical.

I highly recommend you make Waffle Haus Christmas a priority for your holiday entertainment.  Leave the kiddies at home with grandma, this one’s not for them (language).  Waffle Haus Christmas is showing through December 23.

PURE Theatre, 477 King Street.

Get ’em while they last! Pecha Kucha tickets on sale today!

Hey kiddies, get yourself in gear–Pecha Kucha 12 tickets are on sale NOW!  At a whopping $5, you can’t afford to wait.  Smaller venue = less tickets.  So get on it!

The Lineup:

Josef Kirk Myers & Will Willis – Visualive
Jay Fletcher – J. Fletcher Design
Chris McLernon – Two Heads Music
John Smith – SPARC
Ryan Eleuteri – Charleston Mix
Stephanie Barna  – Charleston City Paper
Bob & Kris Galmarini – Neve Inspired
Abigail Marie – Photographer & John Barnhardt – Barfly Productions

everyone’s favorite DJ’s Cassidy and the Kid will be spinning and bevies available from Westbrook, a tasty little brewery right here in Mt Pleasant.  Bring cash.

Wednesday, December 14; doors at 6 pm, presentations at 7 pm.  Top Secret Location TBA.

LAST CHANCE: PURE Theatre’s Next Fall

PURE Theatre does it again.  Next Fall is fantastic, and in its closing weekend.  So if you already have some tacky sweater Christmas party on your agenda, break your plans, and make your way to Upper King for this show.

Do you like really intelligent, well-done theatre, that is funny even in the poignant moments?  Then Next Fall is for you.  PURE Theatre consistently puts on some of the most touching performances.  Human vulnerability at its very best.

Next Fall takes a measured and insightful look at relationships–between families, between friends, between lovers.  It’s a humorous play, but with some tear-jerking moments.

Without giving too much away, the examination of how people act in relationships, their fears and their misgivings, and how they deal with loss is central to the play.  Playwright Geoffrey Nauffts looks into the human psyche, to what motivates the players, and how their actions, beliefs, and prejudices affect the people around them.

PURE Theatre artistic director and co-founder Sharon Graci directs; Michael Catangay, Brannen Daugherty, Katie Huard, Michael Smallwood, Lucille Keller and Evan Parry star.  Next Fall is written by Geoffrey Nauffts, and makes its regional premier at PURE.

477 King Street. or 866.811.4111 for tickets.

Bring Your Canary: Nick Bailey of Nick and the Babes

For the very first musical Bring Your Canary, I’m talking to Nick Bailey, lead guitar and vocals for Nick and the Babes, an Americana-rock-and-roll band based out of Greenville, NC.

The big news: just released on November 21, 2011, My Favorite Gifts, a Christmas compilation cd released by Ramseur Records, features NATB alongside other NC darlings The Avett Brothers, Paleface, The Wood Brothers and more.  I picked up a copy at Monster Music and Movies–probably the first time I’ve been in a record store in five years.  Hey, buy local, be local, right?

It’s a fantastic cd, and as if giving Christmas music that’s actually good wasn’t enough, all profits from the sale of the album go to the Vickie Honeycutt Foundation, to help cancer victims.

Personal Note: Bailey is a long time friend of yours truly, and I am so proud to see his hard work paying off.  It is an honor to have been part of so much of it, if only as a fly on the wall.

When did you first pick up the guitar?

Age 12. My mom had an old acoustic lying around the house. She showed me a few chords. I was half interested in it. About a year later, I discovered MTV and the glamor that came with being in a band. At that point I knew I had to actually learn how to play the thing.

What was your favorite childhood toy?

A pillow case full of G.I. Joes. I was a typical boy in that sense. Graham (my twin brother) and I would play with them for hours on end.

Nick and the Babes: Rob Wank, Graham Bailey, Nick Bailey and Dail Reed

What’s your dream job?

A full time TV/Film composer. I’m lucky enough to actually do this in my spare time. I freelance for Influence Music Publishing based out of NC. Through IMP and other production companies I’ve had the fortune of working for some amazing projects.

Some of them being: 18 Kids and Counting (TLC), My Deadly Appetite (TLC), Crime 360 (A&E), Known Universe (Nat. Geo), Last American Cowboy (Animal Planet), Dad Camp (VH1), Lock Up (MSNBC), Pit Bulls and Parolees (Animal Planet), What’s Eating You (E!), Car Warriors (Speed), Searching For (Discovery), Chicago Trauma (A&E), Make Me Superhuman (Nat. Geo), Fact or Faked (SyFy),, Police POV (Tru TV), Legend Quest (SyFy), Duke Children’s Hospital Promo Video, Duke Hospital Video featuring Jeff Foxworthy, Wrekless Mindz: New York Stand Up,, A Work in Progress (film), Intel & Lenovo, Breaking Down the Bars (OWN TV), In the Bedroom with Dr. Laura Berman (OWN TV)

Who was your most positive influence as a budding artist?


Bailey with mother Becky

I’d have to credit my parents as being the biggest positive artistic influence in my life. Bob and Becky Bailey have always supported and encouraged me to do what I love. Both are artists themselves and understand the importance of nuturing art in any form. My parents have never given me the ‘get a real job and quit this music dream’ that so many might hear. Without their support I would not be doing what I’m doing today.

What inspires you to create?

Good news inspires me to get creative. So many people say that oppression is the best artistic influence, but for me it’s the oposite. I heard yesterday from Scott Pearson (Influcence Music Publishing, owner) that I’d be working on season 6 of TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting” and for me that makes me want to write music. When Bob Crawford (Avett Brothers) called and asked Nick and the Babes to do a song for their Christmas album I immediately jumped on my guitar and began writing. A lot of the ‘Nick and the Babes’ material may seem sad, about failed relationships and fear of commitment…but I can only begin the writing process once I’ve gotten over it. It’s hard for me to reflect on a situation until I’m out of it. “Punch you in the face,” one of NATB’s biggest crowd pleasers is about a failed relationship, but it came out about a year after the end of it….probably on a day when I met someone new.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you run off to?

I just recently visited Nashville and sat in with a band on Broadway. It was an amazing experience. If I could find a nice cozy house in the mountains of Music City I’d be pretty happy. It’s filled with energy and amazing musicians. I’m pretty indecisive, so if you asked me this next week I might say a tropical paradise spot like St. Thomas.

Finish the sentence: When I run off to the circus, I will…

make sure that no one knows about it…because who really wants to be known as a circus act?

Thanks Nick!  Make sure you check out Nick and the Babes on My Favorite Things and ‘Like’ them on Facebook!


Censored: Unveiling the Veiled at Blind Tiger

With 2011 coming to an end, it’s time to start planning for 2012, and some local artists have made this more fun than ever with their Censored calendar.

Thirteen creative minds from around town dressed in their art and posed for the calendar that goes to benefit chART Outdoor Initiative & Gallery. Join the awesome people responsible for the calendar at the Blind Tiger on December 2nd from 5pm-9pm for the Censored unveiling party.  You can see each month’s photo in large print and take away a calendar for yourself for only $15. The proceeds from the calendar go to support chART and the arts movement in Charleston.  To learn more about chART, check out our interview with one of its founders, Geoff Richardson:

You’ll never go back to having a boring day planner after getting a glimpse this calendar.  If you can’t make the party, get your calendar here!

Friday, December 2, Blind Tiger, 38 Broad Street, 5 – 9 pm

words: Maggie Bacon

Get ‘Fired’ Up for the Cone 10 Kiln Opening TONIGHT!

Join Cone 10 Studios TONIGHT to celebrate the opening of their newest addition and the beginning of the holiday season.  Peruse the new sculptures still hot from the kiln plus jewelry by Bobbi Kittner, ceramic tools, hand-made soaps by EarhMaiden, totes by Add Libb Designs, and other unique items that will definitely make perfect Christmas gifts or perfect additions to your own collection.

1080 – B Morrison Drive; Thursday, December 1st from 5:30 – 9 pm

bowls by Susan Gregory

earrings by Bobbi Kittner

words: Maggie Bacon

Eco Deco Unveils: 2012 Color Premiere TONIGHT!

Want to be more colorful in 2012? Eco Deco wants to help you make that happen at their 2012 Color Premier!

On Thursday, December 1st, they will unveil the signature color palettes chosen by 16 of Charleston’s most talented interior designers. Choosing from more than 2,000 of Eco Deco’s custom paint colors, these color trendsetters have compiled combinations that will inspire you to experiment the next time you pull out your paint brush.

Arrive dressed to walk down the red carpet, drink some champagne, nibble on some hors d’oeuvres, and stay for the unveiling of the newest Wall of Colors. Cocktails start at 5:00pm, unveiling at 6:00pm, and music will keep the party going late into the night. The event is free and everyone is invited, but you must RSVP at or call 843.654.9520.  So mark your calendars and join them for a night of  colorful celebration.

911 Houston Northcutt Boulevard, Patriots Plaza, Mt. Pleasant

words: Maggie Bacon