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Critics' Picks: The best arts events in town this week

Events for the week of May 15-22


Gibbes Museum of Art | Prop Master Revisited: Race, Response, and Representation
In 2009, the Gibbes Museum of Art collaborated with artists Juan Logan and Susan Harbage Page to examine the Gibbes collection and its collecting habits in the context of race, class, and gender. This collaboration resulted in an installation, Prop Master, which was designed to highlight the role the Gibbes and museums in general play in shaping social norms and “reinforcing power structures” based on what they choose to exhibit and, of course, what they choose to exclude. Now, 10 years after the fact, the Gibbes hosts a lecture exploring Prop Master’s impact on the Gibbes and Charleston. Prop Master Revisited: Race, Response, and Representation will be held this Wed. May 15 at 6 p.m. at the Gibbes. Tickets are $10 for members and students/faculty and $15 for non-members. Panelists include Sara Arnold, Gibbes director of curatorial affairs; Harlan Greene, head of special collections at CofC; Juan Logan, an artist who worked on the project a decade ago; director of education and engagement at the International African American Museum, Brenda Tindal; and professor of history at the College of the Holy Cross, Stephanie Yuhl. P&C writer Adam Parker will moderate.

Wed. May 15 at 6 p.m. $15/non-members, $10/Gibbes members, students, faculty. Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. Downtown.
Blue Bicycle Books | The Tubman Command: Talk and Signing
Join author Elizabeth Cobbs for a book talk about her newest historical novel, The Tubman Command. A book signing follows the reading. The Tubman Command tells the story of Harriet Tubman at the moment of her “greatest gamble.” The description reads: “Recruited as a spy for the Union army, Tubman — code name Moses — plots a spectacular plantation raid behind enemy lines, one so large and so daring it will turn the tide of the Civil War. But in order to succeed, Tubman must lead her team of black scouts up the Combahee River, where the dangers of alligators, sharpshooters, and slave catchers lurk.”

Mon. May 20 at 5:30 p.m. Free to attend. Blue Bicycle Books, 420 King St. Downtown.
Tua Lingua | Bad Idea Art Show
Check out a bunch of great ‘bad’ art from local artists — all works that have been previously rejected by a person or institution. Here’s the (bad) idea: every piece of art in this new show will have been previously rejected by a gallery, a teacher, a muse, a curator, a jury, etc. This is a traditional group art show — just one that celebrates the commonality of rejection along the way.

Fri. May 17 at 6 p.m. $5. Tua Lingua, 2701 W. Surrey Drive, North Charleston.
Threshold Repertory Theatre| Gracie & Lacy: Lady Legends Show
Join Gracie & Lacy as they sing and dance a dazzling serenade of popular hits in the style of Liza Minnelli, Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston, and more. Hear the songs and stories of unforgettable women who won the hearts on the Great White Way and beyond. From homeless to Hollywood. . . from broke to Broadway, re-imagine the Lady Legends who sang for their supper, making ends meet through music.

Sat. May 18 at 7 p.m. $25/adults, $20/groups of four or more, $10/youth. Threshold Repertory Theatre, 84 1/2 Society St. Downtown.

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