Apparently people in Charleston are quite fond of going to jail; they even pay to get in.
Luckily, the jail we go to is no longer a jail, but now the campus for the American College of the Building Arts as well as the chosen venue for the biannual arts festival known as Jail Break.
Organized by Entropy Arts and Ear for Music, this all-inclusive multimedia festival will be rocking the Old City Jail once more Saturday.
“The fifth installment of this local arts festival will feature painters, musicians, dancers, comedians, sculptors and fashion designers performing and showcasing their art,” said publicist Kaili Howard.
Expect to see visual and performance art throughout the jail, even inside some of the old cells, as well as outside. In the courtyard, local artisans will sell their wares.
This year, Jail Break has added a fashion design component to the festival, so it’ll be interesting to see what that will look like.
Of course, everyone loves the live music, comedy and dance acts.
The musical lineup, presented by Ear for Music, includes:
5-6 p.m.: Brave Baby
6:30-7:30 p.m.: The Luke Cunningham Band
8-9:30 p.m.: The Royal Tinfoil
10-11 p.m.: Steven Fiore
The comedy lineup, presented by Big Gun Burger Shop, host of the official after-party, includes:
5:45 p.m.: Andy Rider
6:15 p.m.: Jason Groce
6:45 p.m.: Sam Jackel
7:15 p.m.: Vince Fabra
8 p.m.: Myles Armstrong Hutto
8:45 p.m.: Dusty Slay
The Charleston Dance Alliance will do all kinds of performances at different intervals throughout the entire festival.
And there will be plenty of food trucks and craft beer stations to keep you full and happy.
Jail Break 5 will take place 4-11 p.m. Saturday at the Old City Jail, 21 Magazine St. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 the day of or $15 with a student ID.
Find out more at www.jailbreakCharleston.com.
Arts & craft show
In 1990, the Island Crafters Guild began with this purpose in mind: “To foster the art of handicrafts; to encourage a high standard of design and technique in all of its various forms, and to stimulate an interest in these goals within the community.”
On Saturday, support local artists at the guild’s fourth annual Spring Arts & Craft Show, which will take place during the day at the James Island Masonic Lodge on Fort Johnson Road near Folly Road.
There will be at least 20 local crafters displaying a variety of handmade crafts.
There will also be some adorable, adoptable pets there from Pet Helpers.
The event is free and will take place 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
The North Charleston Arts Festival is looking for professionals and amateurs to participate in the Judged Fine Art and Judged Photography Competitions and Exhibitions that are part of the annual North Charleston Arts Festival.
Entries for photography and for fine art will be accepted at the Charleston Area Convention Center noon-7 p.m. Wednesday and May 2. Fine art entries also will be accepted 9 a.m.-noon May 3. Entry fees are $5 and $10, respectively.
Cash prizes will be awarded for the winning entries during the artists reception May 3 and will be part of the North Charleston Arts Festival, taking place May 3-11 at various venues.
To apply or find out more, call 740-5854 or go to www.northcharlestonartsfest.com.
Get out your calendar
There’s an event of note next weekend that I wanted to put on your radar and in your calendar.
For the past three years, the Gibbes Museum of Art has shut down a section of Meeting Street in front of the museum for their annual Street Party.
The Street Party is always a great time with lots of surprise entertainment and music and tons of amazing food from Charleston area restaurants.
In its fourth year, this event is not until May 2, but it almost always sells out in advance, so you should go ahead and get tickets now.
The Street Party will celebrate the museum’s “People’s Choice Exhibit,” which will open to the public May 3.
“Artwork from our permanent collection will come alive in this year’s highly anticipated Street Party,” said Gibbes Executive Director Angela D. Mack. “After a month of voting on the People’s Choice website, the top selections will be unveiled. Performers will breathe life into portraits, landscapes and abstract paintings, diminishing the barriers between the community and art.”
Food from the likes of Bon Bahn Mi, Caviar & Bananas, Charleston Grill, Circa 1886, Cypress, FIG, The Glass Onion, Hank’s, The Grocery, The Macintosh, McCrady’s, Oak, Palmetto Cafe, Red Drum, Slightly North of Broad, Sugar Bakeshop, Wild Olive and WildFlour Pastry will be served.
An open bar will feature Ciroc Ultra Premium, Bulleit Bourbon and Canyon Road Winery.
Tickets are $100 for museum members and $135 for nonmembers and can be purchased online at www.gibbesmuseum.org/events or by calling 722-2706, ext. 21.
Tickets must be purchased in advance, and all ticket-holders must be at least 21. The event is rain or shine.
A patron admires some of the art during a previous Jail Break.×
Artwork is featured at every turn at Jail Break.×
Jennifer and Nathan Williams of Charleston admire some of the art during a previous Jail Break at the Old City Jail in downtown Charleston×
Jail Break is held at the Old City Jail in downtown Charleston.×