Six Times $5,000?
If you're an artist, up to six fellowships of $5,000 each are available from S.C. Arts Commission. The deadline for the grant is Oct. 1. Since 1976, the S.C. Arts Commission has awarded 194 fellowships to artists who have shown exemplary talent. The commission allows artists the freedom to choose how they want to use the Individual Artist Fellowship Program. Application and guidelines are available at www.southcarolinaarts.com. —Buster Brown
Got That Write, Bubba!
Writers in need of inspiration, criticism, or help fighting writer's block should check out the 18th Annual S.C. Writers Workshop Conference. This year's theme is "The Method, the Market, and the Muse." The event will be held at the Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort. The keynote speaker is bestselling mystery novelist Michael Connelly. The conference features 44 literary agents, editors, publishers, poets, and writers; and 120 workshops, panels, and slush-pile sessions. Before Sept. 1, the conference costs $299, including meals and sessions. After that, the cost is $349 for members, $399 for non-members. For more information, go to www.myscww.org. —Buster Brown
The Fly Bugs Opera
As with Broadway, the world of opera is being invaded by Hollywood, Variety reports. Next month, the LA Opera will produce David Cronenberg's The Fly. Next year, the West Coast organization will take on Il Postino. The New York City Opera plans to stage Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain in 2013. These follow in the footsteps of Dead Man Walking, which was a book first, then a movie before being adapted by the San Francisco Opera in 2000, and A Wedding, a 2004 opera based on a movie by Robert Altman. The reason behind using popular movie titles, sources say, is their previous success. —Mark Glenn
Libraries of the Future are Here
Score another one for freeloaders. Hoping to draw back readers, libraries have vastly expanded their lists of digital books, music, and movies that can be downloaded by their patrons to a computer or MP3 player. The program is already popular in Phoenix, where about 50,000 titles of e-books, audiobooks, music, and videos can be "checked out" from anywhere. Now you'll just have to figure out where you put that darned library card. —Susan Cohen