On Saturday evening, people will be trying to get into jail instead of trying to get out.
The Old City Jail will once again come alive with the sights and sounds of Jail Break 4, a music and arts festival.
Over the past few years, Jail Break has proven itself to be a great festival that strongly supports a variety of local creative talent. Expect to see paintings, photography, sculptures and art installations throughout the inside of the jail as well as artisans selling their wares in a market-like atmosphere outside. There also will be all kinds of performances from actors, comedians and dancers throughout the night.
What folks seem to be the most excited about is the music.
“The musical lineup includes Dangermuffin, Southwood Duo, a special appearance by Rachel Kate from The Shaniqua Brown performing new music off of her unreleased solo album and the highly anticipated headliner performance by Crowfield in one of the band’s last concerts with original member Micah Nichols,” said Andrew Walker of Entropy Arts, the organization behind the festival.
Charleston-based talent buying and concert promotion company Ear for Music also has helped with the festival this time around.
Jail Break 4 is a fun way to support the local creative community. Come hear and see great performances and buy some early Christmas gifts from the artists and artisans.
There will be food trucks on site, and alcohol will be available for purchase. The festival will take place 4-11 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door; $15 with a student ID. The Old City Jail is at 21 Magazine St.
Check out www.jailbreakcharleston.com.
Each year, the Charleston Ballet Theatre puts on a Children’s Series. Past productions have included “The Steadfast Tin Soldier,” “Cinderella” and “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.”
This year, resident choreographer Jill Eathorne Bahr has put together a performance based on the Christmas carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”
Bahr explains that the production “is centered around an English Christmas carol that enumerates a series of increasingly grand gifts given on each of the 12 days of Christmas. The music pastiche itself is an arrangement of English carols, popular French airs, and utilizes compositions by composers Rachmaninoff, Gottschalk, Herold, as well as traditional jazz orchestrations of familiar Christmas carols and African drumming.”
The show is an hour long with one intermission and is intended for children ages 3-10.
“Dress your child in costume or in their holiday best to have a photo opportunity with the dancers,” Bahr said.
The premiere of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” is at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Tickets are $24 for adults, $12 for children, and there are discounts available for groups of 10 or more.
Call 723-7334 or go to www.charlestonballet.org.
If you’ve not yet seen any of the UNED!TED Concert Series with Laura Ball and friends, you need to change that right away.
Join them Tuesday for their show,“USO Revival” at the Charleston Library Society. The evening will consist of jazz, swing and creative chamber music presentations at “this patriotic celebration of America’s musical Golden Age.”
Chanteuse Ball will re-create familiar wartime songs along with musicians Quentin Baxter, Jeremy Wolf, Richard White Jr. and Jonathan Kammer, and Annex Dance performers will bring the chamber music pieces to life.
There will also be a Lindy hop dance lesson provided by the Charleston Swing Dancers at 6 p.m. before the main concert, which begins at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $20, with $10 student tickets available the day of the show only. The ticket includes the concert and dance lesson and can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com or www.uneditedartists.com.
Prior to the dance lessons and musical acts, folks are encouraged to stroll around the shops on King Street around the Charleston Library Society 4-6 p.m. The Charleston Library Society is at 164 King St.