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PICCOLO RISING STARS

Piccolo Rising Stars  Coordinators Larry Barnfield & South Carolina Alliance for Arts Education Venue St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church Auditorium Address 1 Vanderhorst St. Shows May 30; June 1, 3, 6, 8, & 10 at 4:00pm Admission $6 general, $5 for groups of 10 or more The Rising Stars program is a Piccolo Spoleto series of six performances […]

VISUAL ARTS: Yo Art Project

Yo Art Project This exciting exhibition features posters and photos created by children between the ages of 7-15 from local Title One schools. The works represent the student’s unique insight into their community and highlight the process of discovery fostered by the Yo Art program. Yo Art partners with local artists to provide comprehensive arts education enabling these young people to express themselves and […]

VISUAL ARTS: 2016 Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition

2016 Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition This annual juried art exhibition showcases recent painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, and photography by South Carolina artists, presenting those artworks receiving prizes alongside a limited selection of pieces identified by the juror as meriting display. This year’s juror is Greg Colleton, an artist and the Director of Operations at Redux Contemporary Art Center. […]

VISUAL ARTS: The Talking Cure

The Talking Cure Work by New York-based visual artist Melissa Stern, including her collaboration with 24 writers, poets, novelists, screenwriters, playwrights and actors. Stern created twelve sculptures, and then asked twelve writers to each chose a sculpture to which they related most intimately. The result is imagined monologues of the goings on in the sculpture’s mind. On View  May 27–June 11 Tue.–Fri. […]

VISUAL ARTS: New Paintings by Tim Hussey

New Paintings by Tim Hussey These large and small scale canvases by local artist Tim Hussey integrate found lists with typography hand-painted by James A. Greene, a local African-American artist known citywide for his restaurant murals and store front lettering. Pulling from outside resources and pre-existing writings, the paintings culminate in an unwitting collaboration between the past and present, strange and familiar—working together to resonate […]

VISUAL ARTS: King Street— The 500 Block

King Street— The 500 Block Local photographer Jack Alterman presents portraits of the merchants of Charleston’s Upper King Street, a neighborhood that finds itself at a tipping point. As Charleston’s population swells, locally-owned businesses here, which have long epitomized the area, are giving way to major new development. Today the area sits as the epicenter of a new Charleston renaissance. Jack Alterman’s exhibit of over […]

Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition

The finest local artists exhibit and sell their work in this beautiful park setting, with daily demonstrations and over 80 artists on hand to answer questions and show their work. Enjoy a walk amongst the artists’ tents as you view original oils, pastels, watercolors, acrylics, encaustics, photography, and more. The Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition offers a memorable […]

VISUAL ARTS: Ikebana

Ikebana Cone 10 Studios presents an exhibition of Ikebana, the Japanese art of floral arrangement, using dynamic ceramic containers based in nature in reaction to artist and poet Otagaki Rengetsu. Arranging and demonstrating the art, Dr. Robert Earnest is inspired by the Chabana tradition, an ancient style of Japanese flower arrangements used in traditional tea […]

VISUAL ARTS: Beyond the Rainbow

Beyond the Rainbow Charleston based artist, Fletcher Williams III, presents a new body of work drawing upon the themes of destruction, adversity, and childhood. With a combination of sculpture, drawing, painting, and a life-sized installation, Williams transforms a barren concrete space into a small-scale community. Included in the exhibition are several works from his 2015 […]

VISUAL ARTS: The Art of Recovery

The Art of Recovery This award-winning exhibition celebrates the vitality and courage of the human spirit. Presented by the SC Department of Mental Health, the exhibition showcases a talented group of artists and serves as an educational anti-stigma project. Over 90 original artworks from people recovering from mental illness, offering a powerful representation of the person within – his or her pain, fear, recovery, […]

VISUAL ARTS: Kelly Lu’s WAR!

Kelly Lu’s WAR! Growing up as a minority in the South, Kelly Lu rarely saw representations of her race. Her work references ideas of rebellion, the contrast between youth and death, the turmoil of becoming an adult, and the struggle to find an identity. Lu creates semi-autobiographical drawings using ink, marker, and acrylic on various […]

LITERARY & IDEAS: Doing the Charleston Renaissance: A Connoisseur Tour Featuring Cultural Rebirth after the Civil War

May 28, 31; June 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 10:00am Doing the Charleston Renaissance: A Connoisseur Tour Featuring Cultural Rebirth after the Civil War This two-hour walking tour will take you back in time to explore Charleston’s historic district, showcasing the art, music, and places of early twentieth-century artists. These artists fostered a city-wide rebirth by […]

OTHER MUSICAL HIGHLIGHTS: The Sound of Charleston

May 28, June 1, 4, 8, 11, 2:00pm The Sound of Charleston Experience the sounds that define Charleston and its unique southern charm coming to life in the historic Circular Congregational Church. Performers include Mayor John Tecklenburg, Ann Caldwell, Lonnie Hamilton III, and many more. The program includes a diverse mix of jazz, gospel, Gershwin, Gullah, spirituals, and Civil War songs. Program details can […]

PICCOLO FRINGE: The Complete History of Charleston for Morons

May 28, 4:00pm; May 29, June 5, 3:00pm; June 1, 7:00pm; June 11, 6:00pm The Complete History of Charleston for Morons Over 300 years of Lowcountry history in 60 minutes! A comedy history lesson accessible enough for morons to enjoy, while forever answering the hard to ask questions like: Which is better – mustard-based or vinegar-based barbeque? […]

PICCOLO FRINGE: Reformed Whores

May 28, June 3, 4, 6:00pm; May 29, 9:00pm; May 31, 7:30pm; June 1, 8:30pm Reformed Whores If Tenacious D and Dolly Parton got drunk and had a baby it would be the musical comedy duo, Reformed Whores! Southern bred, but NYC-based, Marie Cecile Anderson and Katy Frame deliver hilariously dirty country tunes with a wink and […]

THEATRE SERIES: Nunsense

May 28, 29, 8:00pm; June 1, 2, 8, 4:00pm; June 3, 5, 10, 11, 8:00pm Nunsense The Little Sisters of Hoboken discover that their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters and they are in dire need of funds for the burials. The sisters decide that the best way to raise the money is to […]

OTHER MUSICAL HIGHLIGHTS: Jazz Artists of Charleston Jazz Series

May 31, 6:30pm & 8:00pm; June 1, 6:30pm & 8:00pm Jazz Artists of Charleston Jazz Series Celebrate jazz with an organization whose mission is to keep jazz alive and thriving in the Holy City. This four concert series will present Charleston’s talented jazz artists exploring the various realms of jazz including straight-ahead, swing, modern, fusion, and more. Visit piccolospoleto.com for program details. Use […]

CELTIC ARTS SERIES: Buille and Goodfoot

May 31 and June 1, 7:00pm Buille and Goodfoot Described by the Irish Times as “as fresh a breath that’s blown through traditional (and roots) circles in a long, long time,” the hot Irish traditional band Buille visits Charleston for the first time. Led by Niall and Caoimhín Vallely, and joined this summer by brother […]

STELLE DI DOMANI SERIES: Under the Lights

May 31, June 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 8:00pm Under the Lights Returning to the festival, this Piccolo favorite highlights original College of Charleston student works. A series of 10-minute plays, Under the Lights features winners of the Franklin B. Ashley Playwriting and the Todd McNerney Student Playwriting Awards. Enjoy an evening celebrating the voices and ideas of the next generation of […]

Children’s Programs at the Library: Jack and the Beanstalk

Wed., June 1, 9:15am, 10:45am, 12:15pm Jack and the Beanstalk Presented by College of Charleston Opera and directed by David Templeton, Jack and the Beanstalk presents the familiar children’s tale set to the music of the classics. Jack and the others teach the giant that nobody likes a bully in this hysterical and popular production. Venue Charleston County Public Library Auditorium […]

L’ORGANO RECITAL SERIES: Maxine Thévenot

Wed., June 1, 10:00am Maxine Thévenot Dr. Thévenot is a professor at the University of New Mexico and serves as the organist and choir director at the Cathedral of Saint John in Albuquerque. She holds a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from the Manhattan School of Music. The program will feature works […]

OTHER MUSICAL HIGHLIGHTS: Good Mornin’, Blues

Wed., June 1, Thu., June 2, Fri., June 3, Tue., June 7, Wed., June 8, Thu., June 9, Fri., June 10, 11:30am Good Mornin’, Blues An intimate downhome blues session with pianist/singer Shrimp City Slim, originally from Chicago but now touring worldwide as Charleston’s torchbearer of “Lowcountry blues and original songs”. Crisp shuffles, funky slow-burn ballads, swamp mambos, and roof-raising boogies combine to […]

YOUNG ARTISTS SERIES: Yuriy’s Violin Studio Concert

Wed., June 1, noon Yuriy’s Violin Studio Concert Yuriy Bekker, internationally known violinist and concert master of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, presents his students in concert. venue Simons Center Recital Hall address CofC, 54 St. Philip Street admission $11

EARLY MUSIC SERIES: Espanoleta

Wed., June 1, 3:00pm Espanoleta Chatham Baroque are joined by guest percussionist Danny Mallon and violinist Evan Few to explore the diverse music from Baroque Spain and Latin America with a mix of toe-tapping, bright, and joyful dances such as the Canario, Jota, and Folia. Venue: St. Philip’s Church Address: 142 Church Street Admission: $21

STELLE DI DOMANI SERIES: Staged Readings

June 1, 2, 7, 8, 3:00pm Staged Readings Free staged readings of the 2015 Todd McNerney National Playwriting contest runner-up and winner. Previous winning plays have come from such notable playwrights as Caridad Svich, James Still, William Missouri Downs, and Donnetta Lavinia Grays. Visit piccolospoleto.com for the final schedule and details. venue Theatre 220 address CofC, 54 St. Philip Street admission […]

SPOTLIGHT CONCERT SERIES: McCormick Duo

Wed., June 1, 6:00pm McCormick Duo Robert and Kim McCormick present a program of classic and new works for flute and percussion instruments. With an eclectic mix of sounds, the pair specializes in American compositions, and will present several works by composers from the Southeastern United States. The program features works from Gary Powell Nash, Lou Harrison, Alec Wilder, and Baljinder Sekon. Venue  […]

VISUAL ARTS: Pluck and Grow: Artist Talk and Workshop

Wed., June 1, 6:00pm ‘Pluck and Grow’: Artist Talk and Workshop  Gibbes Museum of Art visiting artist, Sonya Clark, is installing Pluck and Grow—a collaborative work with visitors to the newly renovated museum. Using hair as a metaphor for what connects us as humans, separates us into racial groups, and makes us individuals, the artist invites people to contribute their hair stories […]

LITERARY & IDEAS, SUNDOWN POETRY: Dannye Romine Powell

Wed., June 1, 6:30pm Dannye Romine Powell Ms. Powell of Charlotte, NC, is the author of four poetry collections including her latest, Nobody Calls Me Darling Anymore (Press 53, 2015). Her awards include poetry fellowships from the NEA and the NC Arts Council, as well as numerous book awards. She is a long-time columnist and book reviewer for The Charlotte Observer. Venue […]

THEATRE SERIES: It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues

June 1, 4, 7, 9, 8:00pm; June 10, 4:00pm It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues This sizzling musical revue presented by Art Forms and Theatre Concepts will have you tapping your feet, clapping your hands and leaving the theatre humming and smiling. More than three dozen songs, fabulous costumes and a five piece band will […]

STELLE DI DOMANI SERIES: Gay Card

May 27, 30, 31, June 1, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 7:30pm; May 28, June 2, 3, 9, 11, 8:30pm Gay Card This hysterical coming-of-age musical is a world premiere production presented by the student-run Center Stage. Follow the story of Logan, a new “out and proud” freshman at Lakeshore College, as he struggles to find his place among his fellow […]