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SCOOP’s Bill Mead at the Footlight Players Theatre

There are few things that we love more than connecting a talented artist with a great venue like the Footlight Players Theatre. When they contacted us about finding someone to feature on their walls for the upcoming Charleston Comedy Festival, we were excited to help!

"Trio" by Bill Mead

If you made it to SCOOP Studios before their final show, you will surely recognize Bill Mead’s unique landscapes by the large vegetables in the foreground of each piece. While the closing of  SCOOP’s Broad Street location was a bittersweet event, their online gallery is still alive and well. We are glad to be sharing Bill Mead’s talents with a new audience, thanks to the suggestion of SCOOP’s Colleen Deihl.

Footlight Players loves displaying art inside their theatre

Six of Bill Mead’s pieces will be on display at the Theatre from now through the month of February, including the fantastic trio of squashes above. Stop by the Footlight Players Theatre on Friday or Saturday for the Charleston Comedy Festival! Showtimes vary. Get more info: www.charlestoncomedyfestival.com

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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.   www.puretheatre.org or 866.811.4111 for tickets.

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 rsvp@myecodeco.com 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

Out on a Limb: Fundraiser & Film Preview

Photographer, Jack Gescheidt, talks to a guest in the lobby.

Guest make donations by purchasing some of Gescheidt's Photographs. All proceeds go towards funding the film and Jack's work.

It was last May when photographer Jack Gescheidt and his crew made a pilgrimage to save the Angel Oak Tree from developers who wish to build condos around the 1500-year-old tree. Gescheidt and a few very brave models captured the image they were looking for just before police arrived on the scene. You may have even read about it in the newspaper.

If you’re wondering why the police arrived and why those models were so brave, then you must not know that Jack Gescheidt shoots his subjects in the nude, hugging trees and without anyone’s permission.

His artistic process is the subject of Out on a Limb, a documentary still in production. In order to continue the film, Gescheidt’s organization,  TreeSpirit, hosted a fundraiser last Tuesday. Guests were treated to a small preview of the documentary. More importantly though, Geschiedt was there to raise awareness about an issue here in South Carolina.

Tree Spirit makes headlines

Tree Spirit makes headlines

Many of the nude volunteers made it to the event on Tuesday. One moment they were in the lobby, smiling, laughing and eating popcorn,; the next moment, they entered the theatre, the lights were dimmed and  onscreen there they stood, unabashedly naked, smiling just as they were in the lobby.

The stunning photo is hung in the lobby.

At the Q&A, a debate raged on about the proper avenue for saving the Angel Oak. Some were adamant that a social networking campaign could create the buzz to save the tree. Others argued that only attorneys could save the trees, not public opinion. What they failed to realize was that Jack Gescheidt had offered them something unique. He had brought the community together to do something a little crazy for a good cause and because he did that, activists with different backgrounds and ideas were in the same room on Tuesday figuring out how to save the tree.

Gescheidt discusses ways to save the angel oak with the Coastal Conservation Society

The Q&A panel

The Q&A panel

Jack listens as Charlestonians discuss a solution

Gescheidt listens as Charlestonians discuss a solution

The Crucible comes carefully crafted at Threshold Repertory Theatre

Threshold Repertory Theatre’s adaptation of Arthur Miller’s most well known play, The Crucible, is stellar, to say the least. In the company’s inaugural performance at their new Society Street location, Miller’s scathing social commentary of 1950s McCarthyism is effortlessly brought to life through complex emotional performances by the 19-person ensemble.

Set in Massachusetts at the height of the Salem Witch Trials, The Crucible focuses on the effects of fear and paranoia on a society, and the subsequent destruction wrought by such psychological imbalances. But don’t worry; it’s not all seriousness. In the midst of flying accusations are moments of subtle comedic relief that are sure to place a smile on your face.

This is a carefully staged, thought-provoking performance that you don’t want to miss.

The show runs through November 13. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $10 for students. Call 704-996-7037 or visit www.thresholdrep.org for more information.

words: Callie Smith

Threshold Repertory Theatre, 84 1/2 Society Street, downtown Charleston.  www.charlestontheater.com, thresholdrep@gmail.com

 

Who’s the No. 1 City in the US? Why, Charleston, My Dear!

Rhett Butler would be so proud.  “I’m going back to Charleston, back where I belong…I want to see if somewhere there isn’t something left in life of charm and grace,’ he said in Gone With The Wind, and truer words have never been uttered.

Last night, Conde Nast and native son Stephen Colbert announced that Charleston, after years of playing bridesmaid to San Francisco, has been named No. 1 City in the US by the incredibly discerning readers of their magazine.

You love us.  You really love us!  We love you too.  Thanks Y’all.