Saturday, January 25, 2020

You can catch two stage readings of "The Cigar Factory" at Queen Street Playhouse this February

History comes alive

Posted by Priscilla Vanartsdalen on Sat, Jan 25, 2020 at 10:21 AM

The Cigar Factory is both a book and a play, and you can see its stage adaptation at Queen Street Playhouse next month - PROVIDED
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  • The Cigar Factory is both a book and a play, and you can see its stage adaptation at Queen Street Playhouse next month
The Cigar Factory, a stage adaptation of Michele Moore's book of the same name, will come alive on stage in two performance readings at Queen Street Playhouse on Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 22 at 3 p.m. Tickets for this production are $15 and can be purchased online.

Michele Moore's book was published in 2016 - PROVIDED
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  • Michele Moore's book was published in 2016
The Cigar Factory is an award-winning novel of Charleston written and adapted to the stage by Moore. This book-turned-play tells the intertwined story (spanning the years 1917-1946) of two families native to Charleston.

In her novel, Moore portrays the parallel lives of two women during the world wars, one white and one African American, working in the same segregated cigar factory and kept oblivious to the treatment of the other.

Since The Cigar Factory's publication in 2016, residents of the community have come together in encouraging and offering support to Moore in her efforts to create the fully staged, two-act play that will bring her story to a broader audience.

If you can't make it to one of the staged readings next month, you can still support the play's journey to the stage by donating online.
Event Details The Cigar Factory: Stage readings
@ Queen Street Playhouse
20 Queen St.
Charleston, SC
When: Fri., Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m. and Sat., Feb. 22, 3 p.m.
Price: $15

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Friday, January 24, 2020

Dave Chappelle will perform at N. Charleston PAC on Jan. 30 to benefit Andrew Yang 2020 campaign

Also performing in Columbia

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Fri, Jan 24, 2020 at 5:00 PM

"I'm Yang Gang!" said Chappelle in a release announcing his endorsement of Andrew Yang on Jan. 14 - COURTESY YANG 2020
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  • "I'm Yang Gang!" said Chappelle in a release announcing his endorsement of Andrew Yang on Jan. 14
Today the North Charleston Performing Arts Center announced that legendary stand-up comedian Dave Chappelle will perform there at 7 p.m. on Thurs. Jan. 30.

Tickets go on sale to the public on Thurs. Jan. 16 at 10 a.m. Tickets start at $68.50.

Chappelle will also perform in Columbia the night before at Township Auditorium.

Chappelle comes to South Carolina just a few weeks before the state's Democratic primary election on Feb. 29. In a campaign press release shortly after the show was announced, Chappelle announced his endorsement of presidential candidate Andrew Yang, the tech entrepreneur who has campaigned on universal basic income. Shows in North Charleston and Columbia will benefit Yang's presidential run, the campaign says.

Some tickets will be for sale on the Yang campaign website, North Charleston Coliseum officials say, with a "limited amount" for sale through Ticketmaster. The campaign says ticket details are to come.

UPDATE: These tickets are available now via Ticketmaster. Get 'em while they're hot.

Chappelle's reputation precedes him, from his critically acclaimed Chappelle's Show to two Emmy Awards to two Grammy Awards. And did we mention the Mark Twain Prize? Yeah he's a pretty big deal.

Recently, Chappelle talked about going to see Kevin Hart with his son. Hart is pretty famous too and that has Chappelle feeling ... well, we'll just let you watch for yourself.

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Tim Banks celebrates his latest book Nian, The Chinese New Year Dragon at Blue Bicycle this Saturday

Just in time for the Chinese New Year

Posted by Christian Robinson on Fri, Jan 24, 2020 at 8:31 AM

Mei takes on the dragon Nian in this beautifully illustrated new book - TIMOTHY BANKS
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  • Mei takes on the dragon Nian in this beautifully illustrated new book
Blue Bicycle Books hosts a book release party on Sat. Jan. 25, 1-3 p.m., for a new book titled, Nian, The Chinese New Year Dragon. The book, written by California-based author Virginia Loh-Hagan, is illustrated by Charleston's Tim Banks, who will be at the book release party to read the book, sign copies, and paint watercolors.

The book release is timed with the Chinese New Year since the book itself is (unsurprisingly) set around and written about the Chinese New Year.

  • Timothy Banks & Virginia Loh-Hagan
Loh-Hagan retells the legend of Nian with a young girl, Mei, as the protagonist who must fight off the evil Dragon Nian and save her village. Loh-Hagan takes some creative liberties with this traditional Chinese legend, but still captures the true meaning and origins of the tale.

Banks' brilliant artwork hearkens to traditional Chinese brush-work and complements Loh-Hagan's words.

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

The Columbia Museum of Art has a solid winter exhibition lineup

Hippies, hip-hop, and horror

Posted by Christian Robinson on Thu, Jan 23, 2020 at 1:15 PM

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The Columbia Museum of Art (CMA) has several new and exciting exhibitions worth the trip up I-95 — ranging from the psychedelic posters of the hippie era to horror and sci-fi artwork. Here's the scoop:

Notes from the Underground: Poster Design from the Hippie Era

Each of the posters in Notes from the Underground, open now through April 26, were only important for a short period of time, a time when people tapped into the power of dancing, psychedelic light shows, and hallucinatory drug taking. These posters are designed to be intentionally dense, complex visual experiences with image mashups and vibrating color combinations. The museum was gifted these posters in 2017 from the collection of design historian Mel Byars, and the exhibition is meant to complement the museum's upcoming show It's Alive!, opening in February.

TRIBE: A Celebration of South Carolina Hip-Hop Culture

The history of South Carolina's hip-hop culture is long and varied, and the CMA's new exhibition, TRIBE: A Celebration of South Carolina Hip-Hop Culture, recounts the past four decades of hip-hop events. The exhibition includes posters, graffiti, clothing, audio and video media, and photography. TRIBE's collection works to celebrate the inter-generational connections between the genre's creators and current creators, the evolution of the genre, and its empowerment. The exhibit opens on Feb. 6 and runs through April 12.

It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection

This exhibition features one of the world's most comprehensive collections of horror and sci-fi art. The collection was, even more interestingly, put together by Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett. The collection contains a variety of posters, sculptures, masks, toys, and guitars, many of which are from the days of Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi. The items in this collection explore the power of graphic art and have served as sources of inspiration for Hammett throughout his career. This exhibit will be open from Feb. 15 through May 17.

Learn more about upcoming exhibitions and programming online at

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Carolopolis awards celebrate the Preservation Society's top honors on Thurs. Jan. 30

Old homes, new plaques

Posted by Shannon Murray on Wed, Jan 22, 2020 at 3:27 PM

You'll see these plaques all over town - PROVIDED
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  • You'll see these plaques all over town
Walking around downtown Charleston, it's hard to ignore the city's restored homes. To recognize the preservation, renovation, and rehabilitation of these buildings the Preservation Society grants a series of buildings each year with the Carolopolis award, the familiar pendant affixed near the winning homes' front doors.

The word Carolopolis comes from the latin Carolus, meaning Charles, and the greek polis, meaning city.

The 66th Carolopolis award ceremony will take place on Thurs. Jan. 30 at the Riviera Theater — a restored historic building itself. The award, presented by Belmond Charleston Place and Carriage Properties, goes to buildings that fulfill certain requirements and exemplify the Preservation Society's mission to save historic structures in the city.

Tickets to the ceremony are $75 for Preservation Society members and $100 to guests. Historic house lovers, snag 'em while you can. Following the ceremony will be a reception, beer/wine, and live music.
Event Details Carolopolis Awards
@ Riviera Theatre
225 King St.
Charleston, SC
When: Thu., Jan. 30
Price: $100
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