Sunday, August 30, 2020

South Carolina Arts Commission opens applications for $5K grants

Apply by Nov. 16

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Sun, Aug 30, 2020 at 8:13 AM

Earlier this summer the SCAC announced the recipients of FY21 grants which were awarded in the disciplines of prose, poetry, dance choreography and dance performance - PROVIDED
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  • Earlier this summer the SCAC announced the recipients of FY21 grants which were awarded in the disciplines of prose, poetry, dance choreography and dance performance
South Carolina-based artists can now apply for unrestricted $5,000 fellowships from the South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC). There are four fellowships up for grabs in the categories of visual, craft, media production and screenwriting.

The deadline to apply is Nov. 16, 2020.

These fellowships recognize and reward the artistic achievements of individual artists. New for the FY22 cycle, the awards are no longer made solely on artistic merit, but also include consideration of commitment to the disciplines in which artists apply.

In a press release SCAC artist services program director Ce Scott-Fitts said: "The South Carolina Arts Commission wants to provide artists financial resources so that they may focus solely on their craft. These unrestricted grants enable artists to continue developing and creating art."

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, a full-time resident of South Carolina for at least two years and plan to stay in-state through the fellowship period of July 2021-June 2022.

Apply online and email any questions to cscottfitts@arts.sc.gov.

Earlier this summer the SCAC announced the recipients of FY21 grants which were awarded in the disciplines of prose, poetry, dance choreography and dance performance.

Learn more about SCAC and all grant opportunities online at southcarolinaarts.com

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Friday, August 28, 2020

Meyer Vogl Gallery presents two-person exhibition, "Sibling Rivalry," this September

Pop in on Sept. 4

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Fri, Aug 28, 2020 at 8:19 AM

Lori Putnam says the work in this new exhibition focuses on the artists' mutual love of the Lowcountry - JAMES RICHARDS
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  • Lori Putnam says the work in this new exhibition focuses on the artists' mutual love of the Lowcountry
Despite what its name suggests, Meyer Vogl's latest two-person exhibition does not feature the work of actual siblings. The two artists, Lori Putnam and James Richards, do consider themselves to have a sibling-like bond, though.

Putnam and Richards developed a close bond when they met over a decade ago and now they're finally having a show together. Sibling Rivalry, featuring new work from both artists, opens at Meyer Vogl on Sept. 4.

"It seemed about time that we had an exhibit like this. We have such respect for each other’s work, and we enjoy each other’s company and painting together. This new body of work showcases our mutual love for the Lowcountry, our family and good friends." said Putnam in a press release for the show. 

Meyer Vogl hosts an all-day pop-in on Sept. 4 — masks are required. On Sept. 4 at 1:30 p.m. join a Q&A with both artists on Instagram Live.

Learn more online at meyervogl.com.

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Thursday, August 27, 2020

Bangkok Lounge hosts Masks on Comedy show Saturday, with limited tickets

Stick around for karaoke

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, Aug 27, 2020 at 2:16 PM

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Buy your tickets now for this Saturday's Masks on Comedy show at Bangkok Lounge on King Street. Tickets are just $15 in advance ($20 day of) and there are only 35 spots, so snag them while you still can.

The show kicks off at 7 p.m. and is hosted by Bangkok Lounge employee, local comedian and karaoke hype man Hagan Ragland. The lineup includes local stand-up favorites including Joseph Coker, Shawna Jarrett, Keith Dee and Josh Bates.

After the show, stick around for karaoke with the comics. And, if the name of the show didn't already make it clear: Wear your masks. If you don't have one, the fine folks at Bangkok Lounge are happy to provide some for you.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Nameless Numberhead brings the Digi Rip monthly comedy show to a screen near you

Starting this Friday

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, Aug 26, 2020 at 5:20 PM

Stuff gets weird with Digi Rip - PROVIDED
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Local comedy duo Nameless Numberhead, aka Henry Riggs and Maari Suorsa, is taking its monthly comedy variety show Rip City CHS online for the rest of the year starting this Friday. Rip City CHS is now Digi Rip and it's headed to your screen on the final Friday of every month through December.

Riggs and Suorsa have been putting on their variety show for five years now, offering a platform for writers, performers and creators to try out new ideas for characters, bits, songs and "other nonsense that didn't fit in established shows in Charleston."


The experimental nature of the show, coupled with the accessibility of a virtual platform has led to more opportunities for local creatives, Suorsa said. "We’ve gotten a really wide range of stuff, from professional quality short films to lo-fi day-in-the-life vids. We’ve gotten awesome music videos, we’ve gotten strange creatures and puppets that would make Jim Henson’s ghost give a wink. It’s been really different and fun," she said.

This virtual format also allows Digi Rip to bring in performers from all over the country — the world, universe, even — so keep your eyes peeled for special guests.

You can show your support for Nameless Numberhead by joining the group's Patreon or donating through PayPal; learn more at numberheadcomedy.com.

Riggs and Suorsa also say they are always accepting submissions to keep a diverse array of comedy in Rip City shows. You can submit anything you deem creative to namelessnumberheadcomedy@gmail.com.

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Celebrate Indie Bookstore Day at local booksellers this Saturday

Three cheers for local bookstores

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, Aug 26, 2020 at 3:04 PM

Head to Turning Page Bookshop this Saturday to celebrate Indie Bookstore Day - RUTA SMITH FILE PHOTO
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  • Head to Turning Page Bookshop this Saturday to celebrate Indie Bookstore Day
Indie Bookstore Day, usually the last Saturday of April, is now being celebrated by independent booksellers all over the country on the last Saturday of August.

The coronavirus pandemic pushed the date of the celebration back a few months and booksellers are keeping the pandemic in mind while celebrating this Saturday, with many bookstores offering a day full of virtual events.

Locally you can head to Itinerant Literate in Park Circle for an outdoor, socially distanced book sale from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Register for the free event online and take place in virtual events like a story time at 11:30 a.m. and a fall showcase (sneak peek of hot new titles) at 2 p.m.
Goose Creek's Turning Page Bookshop is also participating in Indie Bookstore Day; check out its Facebook for pertinent details.
If you can't make it to these bookstores this Saturday, head to other local booksellers like Main Street Reads, Buxton Books, the Village Bookseller and Blue Bicycle Books.

Learn more Indie Bookstore Day's national events online at indiebookstoreday.com.

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