THEATRE — Hades hath no fury...
Feb. 23, 24, 25, 27, 28 at 8 p.m.
Feb. 26 at 3 p.m.
$12, $8/students and seniors
Emmett Robinson Theatre
54 St. Philip St.
So you think we've got some violent forms of entertainment these days, with movies like Hostel and video games like Grand Theft Auto making millions of dollars? Well, guess what ... we ain't got nothin' on the Greeks. Medea, Euripides' classic tragedy, vividly depicts the lengths that the sorceress Medea, a relative of Circe, goes to in her love for Jason, for whom she killed her brother, left her homeland, and bore children. When the couple settle in Corinth, Jason's decision to marry the king's daughter for political gain sends Medea into a tailspin of despair and anger, and she resorts to some extreme measures in her quest for vengeance. (Let's just say there's the antithesis of a happy ending.) The College of Charleston's Department of Theatre puts a few interesting twists on the classic with a new adaptation, written and directed by Evan Parry, set in more modern times and staged in the round, and starring Julia Burns as Medea and Christopher Robinson as Jason.
VISUAL ARTS — No chicken jokes, please
Gideon Bok: Recent Paintings
Feb. 24-March 17
Fri. Feb. 24
54 St. Philip St.
Recent Guggenheim recipient Gideon Bok uses his studio not only as his workspace, but as the ever-evolving subject of his serial works. His paintings are vibrant snapshots of a distinct moment in time; he paints each piece in a series at the same time of day, documenting the changes in the contents of his workspace. The exhibit contains paintings in multiple series from a number of different studios, each group demonstrating that though one's world can be small, each day is a new one, with all the miniscule or huge changes that can happen in just 24 hours. Bok's work is in private collections across the country, and he passes his knowledge on to others in his work as a professor of painting at Hampshire College in Mass.
THEATRE EVENT — A labia of love
V-Day: The Vagina Monologues
Feb. 23 and 24
$10/students who bring
Stern Center Ballroom
71 George St.
Tickets available at Millennium Music and Port City Java (downtown)
For the fifth year in a row, the Women's and Gender Studies Program at the College of Charleston presents Eve Ensler's Vagina Monologues as part of the worldwide V-Day anti-violence campaign. Ensler, pictured above, intending to "celebrate the vagina," wrote the first draft of her taboo-shattering play in 1996 after interviewing 200 women about their views on sex, relationships, and violence against women. Since then, the purpose of the play has continually evolved, culminating in V-Day, which aims to create awareness and raise money for local, charitable, anti-violence groups. This year's Charleston production will feature Jennet Robinson Alterman, executive director of the Center for Women, and Elmira Raven, director of My Sister's House, alongside student performers from CofC. There will be a silent auction of local women's artwork starting before the show, at 6:30, and all proceeds from this event will go to My Sister's House and the Center for Women. Students can get in for a discounted price if they bring a donation of cleaning supplies, batteries, tampons, or wrapped, new packages of women's underwear.
EVENT — Who invited Tom and Daisy?
Doin' the '20s — Charleston Style
Sat. Feb. 25
$50/Museum members, $60/nonmembers
360 Meeting St.
722-2996 ext. 264
It's time to whip out the dripping fringe, headbands, and bathtub gin, as the Friends and Needed Supporters (F.A.N.S.) of the Charleston Museum jazz up the place with their annual fundraiser gala. The museum is known for going all-out at their swanky parties, and this one is no exception, with speakeasy-type beverages, popular '20s-era food like Caesar salad, shrimp scampi, and Lady Baltimore cake, decorative coupes and roadsters on loan from the Lowcountry Model A Club, and plenty of hot-steppin' to the sounds of the Walkin' Mike Wolk Jazz Band. Proceeds from Doin' the '20s go toward Kidstory, an exhibit slated to open this year that works to make history, and museums in general, more fun for the youngsters.
EVENT — Shaggin' in the snowflakes
Dance the Winter Away
Fri. Feb. 24
8 p.m.-12 a.m.
Visitor's Center Bus Shed
38 John St.
Local nonprofit The Good Neighbor Center, a North Charleston organization that provides transitional housing for the homeless, opened its doors in November 2004. Now, not even two years later, they are looking at mounting operational costs and a serious funding shortage that may force the Center to close. Corinne Price, a recent College of Charleston graduate, surmised that if the residents of Charleston could band together to raise money for those left homeless after Hurricane Katrina, they could support an organization that assists the homeless right in their own backyards, so she decided to plan a fundraiser that aims directly at the shag-loving hearts of Lowcountry residents. At this "summer shag party," revelers can tear up the dance floor to the sounds of Permanent Vacation, bid on various items and services in a silent auction, enter a raffle, and toss back a beverage or two just like it's the middle of June ... only without all the sweaty, sticky humidity!