Friday, September 20, 2019

Meet Daniel Tiger for storytime at Charleston's main library on Saturday

the most paw-some event of the weekend.

Posted by Lilli Serral on Fri, Sep 20, 2019 at 12:37 PM

Head over to the Charleston County Public Library Main Branch on Saturday for a chance to scope out the real-life Daniel Tiger and read a few stories.

The Daniel Tiger will be there to meet the kids and hang out at the library. Kids will enjoy story time, crafts, games, and even a read-along bus ride with CCPL librarians and Owlbert on a CARTA DASH bus.

Come meet your favorite neighborhood tiger at the library at 68 Calhoun St. from 10a.m.-1 p.m. tomorrow, Sat. Sept. 21.


Location Details Charleston County Public Library
68 Calhoun St.
Charleston, SC
(843) 805-6930

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UPDATE: Postponed - Marianne Williamson will stop by Blue Bicycle on Monday for Teen Voices Forum

Posted by Lilli Serral on Fri, Sep 20, 2019 at 11:20 AM

NOTE: This event has been postponed from its original time. Stay tuned for update on the rescheduled event.

Blue Bicycle Books
will host the Marianne Williamson 2020 Teen Council on Monday as they present the MW2020 Teen Voices Forum with the presidential candidate Williamson herself as the guest of honor.

In addition to her most recent public notoriety as a 2020 candidate, Williamson is an author, activist, and lecturer. She's no stranger to the New York Times Bestseller List and her latest book, A Politics of Love: A Handbook for a New American Revolution, urges Americans to act from the heart in a divisive political climate.

Williamson, in conversation with Teen Council organizer Mateusz Wojnarowicz, will speak about her candidacy and writing. The event will take place in Blue Bicycle's picturesque courtyard and will feature live music and refreshments.

It all goes down on Mon. Sept. 23 at 11 a.m. Williamson will be available afterwards for a meet and greet and book signing from 12:15-1 p.m.
Location Details Blue Bicycle Books
Blue Bicycle Books
420 King St.
Charleston, SC
(843) 722-2666

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Poet Marcus Amaker recognized among S.C. "Fresh Voice" honorees

Another well-deserved accolade for Amaker

Posted by Connor Simonson on Fri, Sep 20, 2019 at 9:19 AM

Amaker is currently an artist-in-residence at the Gaillard, where he's bringing more black voices to the stage and to classrooms in the area - PROVIDED
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  • Amaker is currently an artist-in-residence at the Gaillard, where he's bringing more black voices to the stage and to classrooms in the area
Last week South Carolina Humanities announced their 2019 recipients of the Governor's Awards in the Humanities and the Fresh Voices in the Humanities Awards, including poet laureate of Charleston Marcus Amaker.

The Fresh Voices in the Humanities Awards was first introduced last year as a way to recognize innovative individuals who use culture and history to bring people together, but whose efforts may have gone relatively unnoticed by those outside of their own community.

Joining Amaker in the list of recipients is Marlanda Dekine. Also known as Sapient Soul, Dekine is a poet and social worker currently serving as the founder and executive director of Speaking Down Barriers, a nonprofit using spoken word poetry as its primary tool for healing and justice.

The third honoree is Scott Gwara, a professor at the University of South Carolina who, for more than two decades, has been assembling, studying, and publicizing a collection of rare handwritten books from medieval and Renaissance Europe. Gwara considers the collection to be a legacy for all the citizens of our state.

The Governor's Awards in the Humanities was established in 1991 and celebrates South Carolina's most ambitious humanities academics and advocates. The recipients of the award include Greenville Chautauqua, a nonprofit organization that brings historical figures and events to life through interactive theater and compelling discussion; Ron Daise, the Vice President for Creative Education at Brookgreen Gardens whose work showcases the significance of Gullah Geechee heritage; and Steven Naifeh, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, internationally-exhibited visual artist, and an historic preservationist.

An award ceremony and luncheon will be held Thurs. Oct. 24, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Pastides Alumni Center in Columbia. More information about table sponsorships, tickets, the event, and the winners can be found online. 

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Prized 381-year-old violin to be played by Charleston Symphony concertmaster at 2019 premiere

"I'm still in shock that I get to play this instrument"

Posted by Connor Simonson on Fri, Sep 20, 2019 at 8:44 AM

Yuriy Bekker kills it on the violin, no matter how old the instrument is - PROVIDED
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"I'm still in shock that I get to play this instrument," says Yuriy Bekker, concertmaster of the Charleston Symphony. Thanks to an anonymous patron, Bekker now has his hands on an ex-Degen 1638 Guarneri violin, one of "the most coveted in the world, considered to produce a deep and rich sound unparalleled by any other."

Bekker will debut the Guarnerian masterpiece at the Charleston Symphony's season premiere, Mozart in the Lowcountry, on Fri. Sept. 27. The violin will be showcased in the first half where Bekker will perform Under an Indigo Sky, a piece of Charleston native and composer Edward Hart's violin concerto. The concert will be recorded and released next year in the Charleston Symphony's first record in over 20 years.
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Hart sees the opportunity as a great "privilege to have one's music performed by a world-class violinist and on a world-class violin." Bekker's excitement to play the violin is clear and Hart says it "reminds (him) of (his) son when receiving his first bicycle ... but Yuriy's bike is 381 years old!"

Bekker says he is "eternally grateful to the patron who has donated this violin," adding that he "cannot wait to share its beauty with the people of Charleston." When asked what he is most excited to play on the historical instrument, Bekker replied "Absolutely everything."

Mozart in the Lowcountry will be on Sept. 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Gaillard Center. To purchase tickets for this and other CSO events, head online.
Event Details Mozart In The Lowcountry
@ Gaillard Center
95 Calhoun St.
Charleston, SC
When: Fri., Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m. and Sat., Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m.
(843) 723-7528
Price: $27-$123
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Thursday, September 19, 2019

The South Carolina Arts Commission is accepting applications for artist fellowships

Apply through Nov. 15

Posted by Connor Simonson on Thu, Sep 19, 2019 at 2:09 PM

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The South Carolina Arts Commission is now accepting applications for FY21 artist fellowships. S.C. resident artists working in prose, poetry, dance performance, and dance choreography are encouraged to apply. Four awards of $5,000 will be given to one artist working in each discipline.

A panel of out-of-state judges will award the fellowships through a competitive, anonymous process based solely on artistic excellence. Fellowship awards often bring recognition that open doors to other employment opportunities.

Executive director David Platts describes the fellowships as "unrestricted awards the Arts Commission uses to recognize artistic achievement by South Carolina's exceptional artists." The award can be used "to invest in their work with additional learning or supplies or they can pay bills or buy groceries."

Applications must be submitted online before midnight Fri. Nov. 15.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, be U.S. citizens and South Carolina residents with a full-time residence in the state or two years before applying, and plan to remain in-state through the fellowship period (July 2020 through June 2021).

For more information, and to apply, check out the fellowship's grant page

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