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YO ART PROJECT - In partnership with the Charleston County Public Library and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, this exhibition features thirty new and exciting posters and photos by kids between the ages of 7-15 from Title One Schools. These posters and photos will illustrate the children’s individual creativity as well as an insight into their [...]
CHURCHES OF THE HOLY CITY WALKING TOUR – Nine of Charleston’s most beautiful churches will be featured in this tour. Learn of their history, architecture, stained glass, and of Charleston’s deep roots in religious freedom. Join Carol Ezell-Gilson, local artist and licensed city guide, on an informative walk through Charleston’s lovely historic district. May 24-25, [...]
ARTWORK BY CHRISTIAN THEE – In keeping with its tradition as the oldest cultural institution in the South, the Charleston Library Society is proud to showcase one of South Carolina’s finest artists – Christian Thee – whose iconic poster design captured the spirit of the first Spoleto Festival USA in 1977. Thirty-six years later, the [...]
PICCOLO SPOLETO OUTDOOR ART EXHIBITION – More than 80 award-winning South Carolina artists display their works in Marion Square. May 24-June 8; Monday-Thursday, 10am-5pm; Friday-Sunday, 10am-6pm. Marion Square, Calhoun St. between Meeting and King Sts. Admission: Free. SPONSORED BY: Dewberry Foundation.
OUTDOOR CRAFTS SHOW – Artists and Artisans from across the U.S. present artwork in various media; including daily demonstrations by exhibitors. Combined, these shows will feature more than 117 American craft artists from 16 states exhibiting and selling their work. The roster of exhibiting artists will vary at each show. Please visit www.finecraftshowscharleston.com for more [...]
ETHEREAL EDGES: LOWCOUNTRY COASTLINES IN BATIK – Searching out the edges between land and sea, Mary Edna Fraser first photographs these natural contours from the aerial perspective offered by the open cockpit of her grandfather’s vintage airplane. The meditative dye-resist process of batik allows her to translate the sinuous lines into lengthy swaths of richly [...]
CHERYL BASKINS BUTLER INVITATIONAL: THE BIRDS OF DESIRE - Featuring this year’s Piccolo Spoleto Spotlight Concerts Poster Artist, this exhibition is a compilation of Cheryl Baskins Butler’s recent paintings, drawings and collages. According to Buddhist teachings, desire and its counterpart, attachment, underpin all suffering. Her birds of desire walk, perch, argue, feed and soar around [...]
TALES TRANSPOSED: A CELEBRATION OF IMAGINATION - Curated by Eleanor Smythe, this whimsical exhibition features work by Lillian Trettin, Judy Mooney, and Nathan Durfee. Mounted as a part of the 2013 Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Tales Transposed explores stories and settings drawn from literature, history, and pure fantasy- bringing together paper collage inspired by the writings [...]
THE ART OF RECOVERY – The South Carolina Department of Mental Health presents this very unique exhibit featuring artwork by individuals living with mental illnesses. Unveiled in 2001, this program aims to showcase the talents of those receiving services and the role that art can play in the recovery process. “The Art of Recovery” seeks [...]
PETITE PERFORMANCE PAVILION—Sample the entire festival program in bite-size portions as Piccolo Spoleto artists perform 20 minute excerpts from their festival programs. May 24-June 8, open daily from 11am-4pm. Marion Square, Calhoun between King & Meeting Sts. Admission: Free. SPONSORED BY: Low Country Chevy Dealers; Weight Watchers; Dewberry Foundation.
WORKS BY ANDREA STANISLAV – Redux Contemporary Art Center presents an exhibition featuring the acute awareness of tension and offers a series of elegant yet challenging reflections on the limits and failures of the utopic imagination. Reflection is a key word in this exhibition, as it serves to indicate both the means and the ends [...]
PICCOLO SPOLETO THEATRE SERIES: AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’—(Musical, 90min) The musical revue evokes the delightful humor and infectious energy of Fats Waller whose famous career was dripping with songs that were the life of the Harlem Renaissance era. Sometimes sassy, sometimes sultry, but always with moments of devastating beauty, Ain’t Misbehavin’ is simply unforgettable. Produced by Art [...]
STELLE DI DOMANI SERIES: WOMEN OF LOCKERBIE—(Drama, 90min) A mother from New Jersey roams the hills of Lockerbie Scotland, looking for her son’s remains which were lost in the crash of Pan Am 103. She meets the Women of Lockerbie, who are fighting the U.S. Government to obtain the clothing of the victims found in [...]
PICCOLO SPOLETO THEATRE SERIES: PEGGY THE PINT SIZED PIRATE—(Family Theatre, 40min) “Excuse me. I do hate to bother you, but do you know the way to the Sea Monsters lair?” Follow Peggy on a swashbuckling adventure to rescue her pirate crew, earn her pirate name, and prove that even the smallest person can be a [...]
PICCOLO SPOLETO THEATRE SERIES: JACK & THE BEANSTALK—(Family Musical, 55min) Jack is a dreamer who longs for adventure until one day, the “magic” beans he planted sprout up high into the sky. Curious, Jack climbs the beanstalk and encounters unforgettable characters like The Giant, The Goose That Lays The Golden Eggs, and others. Produced by [...]
PICCOLO SPOLETO THEATRE SERIES: VENUS IN FUR—(Comedy, 75min) Thomas, a playwright, is desperate to find an actress to play lead in his adaptation of the classic sadomasochistic tale Venus in Fur. Into his empty audition room walks Vanda. As they work through the script, the lines between play and reality blur, as they enter into [...]
STELLE DI DOMANI SERIES: GOD OF CARNAGE—(Dark Comedy, 90min) God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza is a piece drenched in conflict, immaturity, and awkward circumstances. Carnage is a “dark” comedy about two adult couples meeting with each other to discuss a dispute between their children. This play is about how “infantile” someone can become when [...]
PICCOLO SPOLETO 29TH ANNUAL JURIED ART EXHIBITION – Coordinated by the Charleston Artist Guild and sponsored by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs. This well respected exhibition showcases the paintings and photography of a large group of South Carolina artists. A variety of sizes, styles, subjects, and mediums will assure something of interest [...]
Nestled beneath beautiful trees with plenty of room for families to gather and children to play, the Charleston Farmers Market comes to life each Saturday morning (and select Sundays during the Piccolo Spoleto Festival!) and offers an abundance of the freshest local produce, shrimp, plants, herbs and cut flowers. While strolling the Charleston Farmers Market, [...]
PICCOLO SPOLETO THEATRE SERIES: TELL ME ON A SUNDAY—(Musical, 75min) Andrew Lloyd Webber’s mesmerizing one-woman musical about a young British hat designer seeking a career – and love – in America is “back by popular demand” from Midtown Productions, featuring some of Webber’s most beloved songs. “Genuine theatrical magic… Unforgettable!” – Charleston City Paper. “Enchanting… [...]
THE SOUND OF CHARLESTON – Experience the sounds that define Charleston’s musical heritage – gospel, Gershwin, Civil War, jazz and light classics—all coming to life in live concerts. Artists include Ann Caldwell, Charlton Singleton, Micah McLaurin, Tiffany Rice, John Tecklenburg, Lonnie Hamilton and others. Line up for each show can be viewed www.soundofcharleston.com. May 25, [...]
PICCOLO FRINGE: THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (abridged)—(Play, 120min) Three actors, 37 plays, two hours! This mix of pratfalls, puns, clunky female impersonations and broad burlesque will make you see the bard in a whole new light. Starring Timmy Finch, Greg Tavares (both from The Have Nots!) and Steven Shields. May 25-26, June 1 [...]
PICCOLO SPOLETO THEATRE SERIES: THE SATIRE DIARIES: EAT. PRAY. GIGGLE!—(Musical, 110min) A show for anyone guilty of contributing to the 21st century! A Musical Revue of Social Satire that lampoons movies, sex, popular culture, dating, men & women, Arts, politics and much, MUCH more! Produced by Rogue Arts Productions with Creative Spark. (PLEASE NOTE: This [...]
PICCOLO SPOLETO THEATRE SERIES: DRIVING MISS DAISY—(Drama, 90min) Timeless story of the decades-long relationship between an elderly Southern Jewish woman, and her compassionate African-American chauffeur, Hoke Coburn. Their iconic tale of pride, changing times and the transformative power of friendship has warmed the hearts of millions world-wide. Produced by Midtown Productions. May 25, 30-31, June [...]
PICCOLO SPOLETO THEATRE SERIES: SLAMMERGIRLS!—(Musical, 90min) Chronicles the lives of Francine, a former flight attendant turned prison matron; Princess, the “air-head” kleptomaniac; Bonnie the coupon-clipping charity embezzler; Blossom, the earth mother; and Grace, the dominatrix in this sexy, over-the-top musical comedy parody of the 1960’s “women-in-prison” sexploitation film genre. Produced by Footlight Players. (PLEASE NOTE: [...]
PICCOLO FRINGE: THE HAVE NOTS! COMEDY IMPROV COMPANY—(Improv Comedy, 90min) No scripts! All improv! This high-energy show is entirely based on audience suggestion so every show is different. Two lucky audience members will actually become part of the show. This 18th year The Have Nots! will perform their unique brand of improv comedy AND will [...]
Outdoor Crafts Show artist presents a demonstration in Broomcraft. May 25 at 11:30am; June 1 at 1:30pm. Demonstration is free with purchase of regular admission: $3 Adults; Free for Children/Seniors; $1 Adults on Sun. Wragg Square, Meeting St., between Charlotte St. and Ashmead Place.
Outdoor Crafts Show artist presents a demonstration in Painted Floor Cloths. May 25 at 3pm; June 1 at 11:30am. Wragg Square, Meeting St., between Charlotte St. and Ashmead Place Demonstration is free with purchase of regular admission: $3 Adults; Free for Children/Seniors; $1 Adults on Sun.
Outdoor Crafts Show artist presents a demonstration in Knitting sculptures on May 25 at 3:30pm and Fiber – Other on June 1 at 3:30pm. Wragg Square, Meeting St., between Charlotte St. and Ashmead Place. Demonstration is free with purchase of regular admission: $3 Adults; Free for Children/Seniors; $1 Adults on Sun.
PICCOLO SPOLETO THEATRE SERIES: HEARTS FULL OF BLOOD—(Tragicomedy, 85min) As they struggle to conceive the child they want so desperately, Jacob and Allison find an answer to this continual failure and unearth the one truth that can destroy everything upon which their perfect lives have been built. Sharp biting comedy mixed with a shocking twist [...]
Outdoor Crafts Show artist presents a demonstration in Oshibana-Press, Flowers. May 26 at 11:30am; June 1 at 4:30pm. Demonstration is free with purchase of regular admission: $3 Adults; Free for Children/Seniors; $1 Adults on Sun. Wragg Square, Meeting St., between Charlotte St. and Ashmead Place.
PICCOLO SPOLETO THEATRE SERIES: BLOODY, BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON—(Musical, 120min) Shootouts, smallpox and scalpings—growing up on the American Frontier was killer! A fast-paced irreverent rock musical about the country we live in and the leaders we choose that redefines America’s seventh president, a pioneer of humble stock who invented the Democratic Party, moved Indians West, and [...]
STELLE DI DOMANI SERIES: BUNKER 13—(Long Form Improv, 90min) Bunker 13 is an improvised comedy revolving around five soldiers in the Vietnam War. As Sarge, Joker, Rhino, Mick and “Z” rest and refit in their bunker the audience gains an insight into their hopes, fears and experiences through hilarious improvised dialogue, flashbacks and trips “downrange” [...]
STELLE DI DOMANI SERIES: THE PINK COLLAR COMEDY TOUR—(Stand-Up Comedy, 90min) The Pink Collar Comedy Tour returns! Don’t miss Erin Judge, Abbi Crutchfield, Carrie Gravenson and CofC alum Kaytlin Bailey as they bring their cutting edge, hilarious stand-up comedy back to Charleston. They debuted here last year and have since traveled to more than a [...]
PICCOLO FRINGE: WANDERLUST—(One Man Show, 60min) In this hilarious, true-life odyssey, Martin Dockery journeys from a dead-end job in New York down a dead-end road in Timbuktu, desperately searching for love, meaning and a compass. The 2010 Piccolo Spoleto Festival hit, and winner of Best-of-Fest in Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, London, Ottawa, Orlando, and Adelaide! “Masterful.” [...]
NINE WAYS TO CROSS A RIVER – Join three women on a collaborative journey through words, music and art. Akiko Busch reads from her celebrated book Nine Ways to Cross a River, Dana Downs performs songs inspired by the book and Mary Edna Fraser presents her stunning batiks of America’s waterways. These are stories about [...]
PICCOLO SPOLETO THEATRE SERIES: THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY—(Drama, 120min) Winner of the 2011 Obie Award for Best Play. Set on a real pro wrestling ring, deep down this Power Bomb-filled play is about much more than spandex and testosterone. Chad Deity is a hilarious, larger-than-life underdog story that literally wrestles with ethnic stereotypes, [...]
PICCOLO FRINGE: SHOCK T’S PRESENT “WORLD TOUR 2010″—(Musical Sketch Comedy, 60min) Shock T’s are a trio of musical comedians from Chicago who rocked the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Charleston Comedy Festival with their own hilarious take on musical comedy. From original songs to covers to fully improvised numbers, come see why The Chicago Reader says [...]
Piccolo Spoleto’s Sand Sculpting Competition is the perfect way to show appreciation for art and the environment. See what creative minds and talented hands can do with the shaping and sculpting of sand! Isle of Palms, Front Beach. June 1 from 9am-12noon. Admission: Free.
PICCOLO SPOLETO SAND SCULPTING COMPETITION—Celebrating 25 Years of Temporary Art in the Sand! The Piccolo Spoleto Sand Sculpting Competition is celebrating its 25th Anniversary of being a fun, family-oriented event at the beach, and a major part of Piccolo Spoleto. Come out to participate in the celebration, whether you are a competitor or a spectator. [...]
SAND SCULPTING COMPETITION: Celebrating 25 Years of Temporary Art in the Sand! The Piccolo Spoleto Sand Sculpting Competition is celebrating its 25th Anniversary of being a fun, family-oriented event at the beach, and a major part of Piccolo Spoleto. Come out to participate in the celebration, whether you are a competitor or a spectator. Sand [...]
CHARLESTON POETRY WALKS – Join the Poetry Society of South Carolina for Charleston Poetry Walks. These strolls through downtown Charleston’s poetic history feature glimpses into the lives and words of noted national and regional poets with close ties to the Lowcountry. For more information: www.poetrysocietysc.org. Walks begin at M Gallery, 125 Meeting St. June 1 [...]
YOUNG ARTISTS SERIES: COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON OPERA PRESENTS OPERA/BROADWAY SCENES – Outstanding young singing artists perform excerpts from recent productions of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, a Shakespeare musical revue, PLUS a few other surprises! June 1 from 12-1pm. Simons Center for the Arts, Recital Hall, 54 St. Philip St. Admission: $11.
JOHN AVLON—“Deadline Artists: Scandals, Tragedies and Triumphs.” In this new Deadline Artists collection, America’s greatest journalists take on the stories of scandal, tragedy, triumph, and tribute that have defined the spirit of their age. This is history written in the present tense, offering high drama and enduring wisdom. Walk with Jack London in the aftermath [...]
THE KING’S SINGER—Award winning singer and emerging opera star, Jose Lemos, presents a program of Italian masterpieces; with Deborah Fox (lute, guitar, and theorbo). June 1 from 3-4pm. First (Scots) Presbyterian Church, 53 Meeting St. Admission: $21.
OUTDOOR FILM SCREENING: “OLMSTED AND AMERICA’S URBAN PARKS”—This film by Rebecca Messner, George deGolian and Michael White features the voices of Kevin Kline and Kerry Washington and documents the life of Frederick Law Olmsted whose adopted son, John Charles Olmsted, designed Hampton Park where the film will be screened for Piccolo Spoleto Festival audiences. Produced [...]
JAZZ PICNIC—The laid back, family friendly event features Darrell Ravenell and Friends in performance followed by Oscar Rivers & Co., and Charleston’s Premier Big Band featuring Nancy Clayton performing the music of the late Earl Mays, local composer and arranger, and incorporates young musicians from Charleston County schools. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs for [...]
CSO SPIRITUAL ENSEMBLE – “No Trouble at the River: The Perilous Story of the Underground Railroad.” Under the direction of David A. Richardson, the CSO Spiritual Ensemble pays tribute to the escape network of fugitive slaves known as the Underground Railroad consisting of meeting points, secret routes, transportation and safe houses provided by abolitionist sympathizers. [...]
SPOTLIGHT SPECIAL EVENTS: CHARLESTON CHAMBER OPERA PRESENTS L’ENFANT PRODIGUE—(60min) Charleston Chamber Opera presents L’Enfant Prodigue featuring Metropolitan Opera tenor Hugo Vera in the biblical tale of the prodigal son as created by the lush music of the impressionistic composer Claude Debussy. Be immersed in the world of Lia, his heartbroken mother, and Simon, the father [...]
A WORLD OF JEWISH CULTURE: JEWISH “COFFEEHOUSE” AT SAFFRON—(120min) Israeli songwriter and composer Ayala Asherov Kalus expresses through her lyrics and melodies how it feels to live and write away from her homeland. Performing solo and together with Contraforce (Andrae Raffield on fiddle, Jimi Peirano, guitar, and Joey Dorwat, percussion) in English and her native [...]
PICCOLO FRINGE: UPRIGHT CITIZENS BRIGADE TOURING COMPANY—(Improv Comedy, 90min) The UCBTourCo cast is hand-picked from the best improv comedians in New York City and Los Angeles – these performers are the “next wave” of comedy superstars from the theatre that has been home to some of the biggest stars in comedy today. Members can been [...]
Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition artist presents a demonstration in Pastel. June 1 at 2:30pm. Marion Square, Calhoun St. between Meeting and King Sts. Admission: Free.
PICCOLO FICTION OPEN – The festival’s longest-running event exclusively devoted to the craft of fiction, the Piccolo Fiction Open invites four writers to present 5 minute “short short” stories. The reading will be held in the lush courtyard of Blue Bicycle Books, and each story will begin with the words “I ducked into the alley…” [...]
SWEET – Presented by Artist on Fire, this multi-media exhibition is celebrating the good things in life. Twelve artists expound on this theme through works in photography, film, painting, poetry, sculpture installation, and mixed media. Artists featured in this exhibition are Alex Radin, Kimberly (Kimmie) Krauk, Amelia (Mimi) Whaley, Melanie Spinks, Bethany Jaenicke, Jacquelyn Hiott, [...]
STELLE DI DOMANI SERIES: LAST TRAIN TO NIBROC—(Romantic Comedy, 80min) Piccolo veterans, the Collective Collaborative Players (Stelle di Domani ’10 and ’12) return with their production of Arlene Hutton’s charming and heart–tugging, The Last Train to Nibroc (previously performed at PS in 2000). The story of two young people, Raleigh and May, who meet on [...]