Arts Scene: Dracula takes the stage
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Based on Bram Stoker’s famous novel, “Dracula,” Jill Eathorne Bahr of the Charleston Ballet Theatre created her own interpretation of the story for the stage back in 1999, which was well-received with a sold-out, eight-day run in Las Vegas.
This year, Bahr’s same “Dracula” is back in Charleston by popular demand.
“Images and moments from Bram Stoker’s legendary novel are brought to life in a sensuous and sinister dance, which uncovers our most basic desires and fears,” Bahr said.
The theatrical dance performance promises to have impressive set and costume designs.
Perfectly timed with the Halloween season, check out this classic tale at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Charleston Music Hall on John Street. Tickets are $29-$44 with discounts for large groups.
Call 723-7334 or go to www.charlestonballet.org.
In 1827, Edgar Allan Poe haunted Sullivan’s Island.
Starting Friday, Poe will be haunting the Historic Dock Street Theatre.
“In 1849, he boarded a ship in Richmond, Va., bound for New York but was discovered delirious and raving incoherently as he wandered the streets of Baltimore. A few days later, without regaining his senses, the most mysterious writer in America died mysteriously,” explain Beth Curley of Charleston Stage.
“Nevermore: Edgar Allan Poe, the Final Mystery” is a true tale of this impressive and tormented writer’s mysterious death.
“Nevermore” will run Thursday-Oct. 21, 24-28 and Nov. 1-4. All evening shows start at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Tickets are $22.50-$48.50.
Call 577-7183 or go to www.charlestonstage.com.
Southeast Zine Fest
Do you love small, handmade publications from local folks? Then you’re going to be super excited for the inaugural Southeast Zine Fest noon-6 p.m. Saturday at Redux Contemporary Art Center.
“Zines are typically small-circulation, self-published works on any topic and come in a variety of formats,” said co-creators Susan Cohen and Margaret Pilarski. “The event, the first of its kind in the Carolinas, will highlight zine makers and distributors throughout the region at a daylong gathering at Charleston’s nonprofit arts organization.”
These ladies aim to “bring together the zine devout and the zine curious for a day of distribution, production, speaking, talking and lecturing from inside and outside of Charleston.”
“We hope to turn the Southeast Zine Fest into an annual event,” Cohen said.
“We’re thrilled to bring together so many communities that we’re involved with: local creatives, DIY enthusiasts, writers and artists. Southeast Zine Fest will be a new platform for local and regional voices,” said Pilarski.
The event will consist of various speakers and demonstrations. Alison Piepmeier, director of women’s and gender studies at the College of Charleston and author of “Girl Zines: Making Media, Doing Feminism,” will be the keynote speaker.
There will be food trucks, live music and kid-friendly activities. Admission is free, and the event is open to the public.
Call 722-0697 or go to www.southeastzinefest.com.
On Saturday, Chamber Music Charleston will perform two separate concerts at the Memminger Auditorium.
At 1 p.m., they will introduce younger audiences to a string quartet with a Classical Kids Concert.
“After an introduction to the musicians and their instruments, the audience will sing along with the quartet to favorite children’s songs. The concert concludes with a dramatic reading of ‘Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot’ by local author Margot (Theis) Raven set to music of Johannes Brahms,” said Sandra Nikolajevs of Chamber Music Charleston.
Later that same evening, the celebration will turn to Italy with the opening show in the Kuhn & Kuhn Law Firm Memminger Concert Series.
At 6:30 p.m., parts of the auditorium will function as an Italian bistro with Italian wines being served and Italian love songs playing. Guests who opt for the bistro seating can preorder Bistro Boxes from Whole Foods to enjoy before the main concert begins at 7:30 p.m. At that time, CMC musicians will take the stage and perform a full program of music by leading Italian composers of the romantic period.
Tickets for the Classical Kids Concert are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 4-16, and free for those 3 and younger.
Tickets for “A Celebration of Italy” are $35 for a bistro table, $25 for general theater seating and $5 for student tickets. Bistro Boxes must be ordered in advance.
All tickets are available at the door or in advance. Call 763-4941 or go to www.chambermusiccharleston.org.
The Charleston Symphony Orchestra also will hold a show for youths.
Performed twice on Thursday, at 10 a.m. (though this one is sold out) and 11:30 a.m., will be “Heroes, Myths, and Magic,” a show that aims to introduce children to classical music, teach children about different instruments and musical terminology, and foster an appreciation for music.
The show will be at Charleston Southern University’s Lightsey Chapel Auditorium and will feature well-known music such as selections from John Williams’ “Harry Potter” film scores, Rossini’s “William Tell Overture” and Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries.”
Tickets are $5 per student; a free adult chaperon is allowed for every 10 student tickets purchased; additional adult tickets are $5 each. For more info, go to CharlestonSymphony.org/YPC.
This Saturday, join the Oil Painters of America for the annual Paint Out event, taking place in the French Quarter area of downtown Charleston.
The morning painting session will take place 9 a.m.-noon with the artists between Broad and Queen streets and Meeting and East Bay streets.
The artists will break for lunch, then continue with an afternoon painting sessions until 4 or 5 p.m.
The afternoon painting session will take place between Broad Street and The Battery and between Meeting and East Bay streets.
All paintings then will go to the Lambert Gray Gallery, 54 Broad St., where they will hang until Sunday afternoon. There will be a “Best of Show” piece chosen by the artists, and all paintings will be available for purchase.
For more information, contact the Lambert Gray Gallery & Studios at 822-1707 or go to www.hlambert.com.
The Sprouts Musical Theatre troupe has been busy with lots of great shows for the whole family this year. But be sure to bring everyone to see the classic tale of “Sleeping Beauty” this month at Creative Spark.
Princesses, princes, magic, love: It’s got it all. This production will take place Friday-Sunday and continue Oct. 26-28. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 3 p.m.
Tickets are $10 advance and $12 at the door.
Creative Spark is at 757 Long Point Road in Mount Pleasant. Call 881-3780 or go to www.creativespark.org.