Monthly Archives: February 2012

Bring Your Canary: Peter Galle

In this, the newest installment of Bring Your Canary, we’re diving into the performing arts again.  BYC is a little trip into the minds of some of the most talented local artists who you know, or should know.  Peter Galle is just such a one.

Peter Galle of Threshold Rep

Galle is the marketing, social media and grants coordinator for Threshold Repertory Theatre, one of the city’s newest companies that is really making a name for itself in professional theatre.  He is also the lead in their current production of playwright Martin McDonagh’s Lieutenant of Inishmore, playing through February 19th.

The young actor was born and raised in Charlotte, where his mother worked with several “equity” theatre companies before relocating to Charleston four years ago.   In 2007, Galle moved to Charleston to attend the College of Charleston, where he studied Philosophy & English.

After graduation, Galle spent several months traveling solo through Europe and India.

In The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Galle plays Padraic, the decidedly unhinged militant son of Donny.  Poor Donny has been put in charge of guarding Padraic’s precious cat, Wee Thomas, while he’s away planting bombs and torturing drug dealers.

When Padraic gets wind that Wee Thomas is doing ‘poorly,’ he returns to his hometown of Inishmore with a vengeance, and the bloodshed begins.

Joey and Donny ponder the state of Wee Thomas

The cast spent 135 hours preparing for this production, working with a dialect coach, meeting independently with the director, and in intensive rehearsals.  The accents were impressive.  About those dialects, Galle says:

Padraic didn't take the news well...

“I’m a very young actor, and I know that, but what I have found in my process is that after a certain amount of time…a really special thing happens for each character, and they start speaking from a place in my body…that’s when I know I’m becoming performance ready,” says Galle.

“Padraic speaks from the front of my lungs, and the back inside my body and down to my sacrum…a lot of that are is your primordial, physical…instinctual center, and I think we all have the ability to encompass every single human emotion…the beauty of acting like any art, it can allow us to access the most human emotions.  I know Padraic exists somewhere inside of me,” says Galle.

Galle’s portrayal of the madman Padraic is frighteningly good.  The manic, madman state literally shines through his eyes.  “[Padraic’s] got bite to him.  He’s obviously a very damaged person, because he wants to hurt all the time, and that comes from a place of pain,” he says.

The Lieutenant of Inishmore plays through Sunday at Threshold Rep‘s new home, 84 1/2 Society Street, between King and Meeting.  Performances: Thursday, Friday, Saturday (February 16 – 18) at 7:30 pm, Sunday (February 19) at 2:30 pm.  This is not for the little ones, but the babysitter will be well worth it.  Check out The Lieutenant of Inishmore this weekend.

words: Stacy Huggins

Robert Lange Studios – May 2012 Group Show – Open Call for Entries!!

As anyone that has ever been on an art walk knows, Robert Lange Studios is always the place to be, especially for artists.  RLS is a tight gallery of contemporary art by some of the region and nation’s most exciting up-and-coming artists, and now is your chance to get YOUR WORK on their walls.

fine art charleston

Happy Art Walkers at RLS - l to r: Justin Harris, Erin Perkins, Mackenzie Kay, Elizabeth McGough and Kyle Nichols

Their next group show, entitled Everything Changes, will open during the massive May French Quarter Gallery Association Art Walk, and they are accepting submissions through February 29th! 

Each artist accepted will make two paintings of the same size and subject depicted in two very different ways.  The show will featuring paintings only, no photography this time, sorry.

Send your submissions via email to info@robertlangestudios.com, subject line ‘Group Show Submission’ with 6-8 images of your original, recent work.  It doesn’t need to fit the theme, just be emblematic of your work.  Make sure to tell who you are–put all your contact info and your website in there!  Tell ’em Art Mag sent you.

Good luck!

words: Stacy Huggins

Upcoming Charity Events: Wiggin’ Out for Abby + Runaround Sue Vintage’s Charity Fashion Show

Local charity Bucks for Bunks is hosting “Wiggin’ Out for Abby” on Saturday, February 18 at Midtown Bar and Grill, to support Abby Bunkley’s fight against Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The event features entertainment from DJ R Dot, a live auction, and complimentary food and beverages.  Throw on your best wig and let your hair down!

Saturday, February 18, Upstairs at Midtown Bar & Grill, 559 King Street; Suggested donation $35 a person; 7 – 10 PM.

charleston charity events wigging out for abby bucks for bunks

If you love vintage fashion and supporting local charities, check out Runaround Sue Vintage’s charity fashion show at the Tin Roof on Sunday, February 19. The event marks the online boutique’s first anniversary, and will feature a variety of vintage clothing and styles from the 1950s on. Runaround Sue’s sweet vintage styles will be complemented by jewelry from Gypsy Lady Antiques and retro tunes from The V-Tones of Charleston, who will also provide the soundtrack for a rockin’ post-catwalk party.

Don’t forget: the early bird gets the goodies! The first 50 people through the door will receive goodie bags full of treats from local Charleston creatives. Word on the street has it that Social Wine Bar is even participating.

Tickets are $10 at the door, but larger donations are welcome! All proceeds will go to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society of Charleston.  

Doors open at 8 PM.  Fashion show begins at 9 PM sharp.  Check it out on Facebook.

words: Callie Smith

3rd Annual Rusty Cole Birthday Celebration/ Jef Jel Project Benefit

Next Sunday, The Pour House is hosting a very charitable birthday celebration. Starting at 4 PM, this well-known concert venue is throwing open its doors to the public with an oyster roast on the deck and music from Reckoning (full band), The Key of Q, Josh Phillips, James Justin Burke, Old You and Wadata. All proceeds are to be donated to the Jef Jel Project, a charity that focuses on meeting the needs of struggling Senegalese communities.

Over the years, the Jef Jel Project has provided the people of Ndangne, Senegal in western Africa, with financial and structural support for projects ranging from new toilets to a thriving chicken house that allows the residents of Ndangne to participate in the local trade markets. Through the Jef Jel Project’s efforts, the residents of Ndangne are able to create a stable, sustainable community that meets the basic needs of its people.

Sunday, February 19th, 4 PM until

$6 deck, $10 main stage

www.charlestonpourhouse.com

words: Callie Smith

Auditions for Summer in the City End Soon

 

south of broadway theatre company charleston sc

If you are an aspiring performer in between the ages of 14-19 with big Broadway dreams, your chance is here! The South of Broadway Theatre Company is holding auditions for its 8th Annual Summer in the City program for talented young actors, instrumentalists, dancers and vocalists.

South of Broadway Theatre auditions

Summer in the City students at Julliard

Summer in the City is a month-long artistic residency at the Juilliard School in New York City, where students receive mentoring from some of the city’s best performers, and immerse themselves in the study of their discipline of choice.

Auditions are February 4, 1-3 PM, and February 7, 5:30-6:30 PM at the South of Broadway Theatre Company, 1080 East Montague, in North Charleston’s Park Circle neighborhood.

For more info visit: www.southofbroadway.com/sitc-info.html

words: Callie Smith

The Greatest Show On Earth is Fully Charged

Circus legends Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey are making their way to Charleston with a brand new show for the first time in five years! Starting February 29, lions, tigers, bears, and humans alike will be taking over the North Charleston Coliseum for the most electrifying edition of The Greatest Show On Earth to date.

the greatest show on earth

Tabayara Maluenda and his Asian Elephants star in Fully Charged! Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus

ringling bros barnum and bailey circus charleston

Enter to win Pachyderm Pop Art by Asia, the Painting Asian Elephant!

Featuring superhuman acrobatic feats, dangerous animals, and plenty of slapstick comedy, this show is one that children of all ages will remember for years to come.

Best of all, you don’t have to wait for the show to start to enjoy the magic of the circus. Starting an hour before show time, ticket holders can attend the All Access Power Up Pre-show Party – for free! Attendees will have the chance to meet the performers – human and animal alike – and enter to win a painting by one of Ringling Bros. own Asian elephants.

The greatest show on earth

Ringling Bros & Barnum and Bailey Circus

Don’t miss the chance to witness The Greatest Show On Earth! The show runs February 29 – March 4. Tickets are on sale now at www.Ringling.com, Ticketmaster, and www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com.

words: Callie Smith