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And now for something completely different.

No, really. This is really different.

The Charleston County Public Library has entered into a partnership with the Metropolitan Opera to present its high-definition productions.

Now, you might be thinking: So what? The Met has been broadcasting, via radio and public television, for years. And you'd be right.

But this is a new venture spearheaded by the Met's new general manager, Peter Gelb, to appeal to audiences more comfortable with interacting with screens than they are with live performances.

As cultural critic Doug McLennan wrote in the Los Angeles Times some months ago, this new venture offers a truly new visual language to audiences, something that can't be reproduced on the stage.

Using multiple cameras, angles, and dimensions, and incredible clarity and color, videographers are able to provide a brand-new medium that may result in a whole new message.

The experiment promises lots of possibilities for the art of opera — for directors, producers, set designers, and more. More importantly, the new medium promises much for the people experiencing opera, especially for those who still believe it ends when the fat lady sings.

The Charleston County Public Library screens the first of eight operas, Wagner's The Flying Dutchman, on Nov. 1 at 1:30 p.m. The event is free. For more information, call (843) 805-6804 or visit —John Stoehr


There are plenty of good ideas in the world. What's missing sometimes is the will to make those ideas a reality.

That's not the case with Pattison's Academy.

Named after a little girl born with brain damage and a diagnosis of spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, the school, which is still being developed by four committed Charleston women, hopes to soon serve area children with severe and multiple disabilities.

The plan is in place. All that's missing is cash.

Which is where the Jail House Art Show comes in. Held at the Old City Jail at 21 Magazine St., the event hopes to entice a lot of people to buy a lot of art at auction to raise funding for the school. More than 50 artists are on the docket and 20 percent of sales goes to Pattison's.

Who knew there was so much good to be done in jail?

Admission is $35. The auction is 6-10 p.m. To buy tickets in advance, visit —John Stoehr

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