We're in the homestretch of Spoleto 2012, with just a few days left in the festival. But don't take off your party shoes just yet. Highly rated shows like Hay Fever, Feng Yi Ting, and The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe are still going strong, if you haven't seen them yet. And then there are a few more shows opening that we've been waiting impatiently for. Here are our top 10 picks for this week.
Whether you know her as one of the soulful Staple Singers or for her more recent efforts with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, you'll want to see Mavis Staples perform at the Gaillard Auditorium. It's sure to be a legendary show.
Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra Concert
The hard-working members of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra have been performing in shows throughout the festival (Kepler, Intermezzi, Music in Time, Feng Yi Ting, etc.), but the June 8 concert is their true moment in the spotlight. They'll be performing works by Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky.
Mike Daisey: Teching in India
There was so much buzz about Mike Daisey's The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs that we almost forgot about Daisey's other show. This one is focused on a five-city tour across India.
Rebirth Brass Band
Straight from New Orleans' storied Treme neighborhood, the high-energy Rebirth Brass Band has been blending traditional brass traditions with funk and hip-hop since they started out in 1983. If this doesn't get the Cistern crowd dancing, nothing will. Here's hoping they'll lead a second line down George Street.
Blending theater, dance, and circus cabaret, Quebec company Les 7 Doigts de la Main (Seven Fingers) imagines that the world is ending — and they want to be sure to leave a trace. This one should be good for the kids, too.
A Crack in Everything
We're expecting another delightfully mind-bending performance from zoe | juniper as they present A Crack in Everything. The show blends innovative choreography and video projections to create a ghostly, dream-like world.
The Upright Citizens Brigade's Neil Casey and Anthony Atamanuik earned local fans at this year's Charleston Comedy Festival, and they're back to create another completely improvised movie live on stage.
Art and Music in Times of War
This art exhibit aboard the USS Yorktown has been on view throughout the festival, but they saved a special event for the end. On June 8, there will be live music, refreshments, and an interview with George Patton Waters on the life and times of his grandfather.
Piccolo Spoleto Finale
This free evening event in sprawling Hampton Park includes music from the Lemira Percussion Ensemble, reggae group The Meditations, and Motownmadness accompanied by members of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.
Cedric Watson and Bijou Creole
+ Spoleto Festival Finale
Young Creole multi-instrumentalist (and four-time Grammy nominee) Cedric Watson and his band will lead the finale crowd in a zydeco dance party. New this year to the festivities are afternoon performances from local bands and a beer garden. We can't think of a better way to wrap up the festival.