The words "creepy" and "beautiful" rarely describe the same thing at the same time. But what you will see at the Redux Contemporary Art Center is a fascinating juxtaposition that can be described by these two words at the same time.
Be ready to all at once love and be disturbed by Kimberly Witham's "Wunderkammer" exhibit, opening on Friday with an Artist's Talk starting at 5 p.m. immediately followed by a reception from 6-8:30 p.m. Both the talk and the reception are free and open to the public.
"Witham's images explore a boundary between natural history, curiosity cabinets and man's impact on the environment around us. She also intends to present, for the first time ever, recently completed taxidermy sculpture(s). Witham attended the American Institute of Taxidermy in the summer of 2013, where she received a Small Mammal and Bird Certificate," says Stacy Huggins, executive director of Redux. "Witham has meticulously documented the ephemera of recently deceased wildlife that she finds near her suburban home in New Jersey, complemented by household items, good design and an aesthetic that hearkens to slick magazine layouts. The images look peaceful or even lusciously beautiful at first, until the viewer begins to look closer at the creatures that inhabit the image, a moment in time captured and preserved by Witham's camera."
To find out more about Witham's interesting process, check out her blog, www.roadsideresurrections.wordpress.com, where she has documented her first creation, a squirrel she named Buster.
Redux is located at 136 Saint Philip St. Call 722-0697 or go to www.reduxstudios.org.
"In the beginning of the 20th century, the term Boston marriage referred to women who were 'independent of men,' " Courtney Bates of Threshold Repertory Theatre explains in reference to their upcoming play by David Mamet called "Boston Marriage," opening this weekend.
Bates gives us a brief synopsis of the play: "Anna and Claire, two 'women of fashion' scheme to obtain the objects of their desire. Anna, maintaining an upper class Victorian lifestyle as the mistress of a wealthy man, is determined to woo her lifelong love Clair back home. Claire, though, has a very different plan. Throw in a devilishly entertaining Irish maid and you have what the New York Post calls 'One of the funniest American comedies in years.' "
This humorous play gives the audience a unique perspective regarding females and female intimacy during the conservative era of the Victorian age.
Tonight for the opening, Pink Dot Beauty Bar will be on-site displaying makeup and skincare products and doing a gift bag give-away to the first 50 attendees. There will also be hors d'oeuvres and half-priced wine at 7 p.m.
"Boston Marriage" will be put on Thursdays through Sundays through Feb. 16. All evening shows are at 8 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $10 for students and military persons. Tickets can be purchased online at www.thresholdrep.org or by calling 277-2172.
Threshold Repertory Theatre is located at 84˝ Society St.
'Too Many Sopranos'
If you haven't heard of it yet, "Too Many Sopranos" is a new opera that has become quite popular with many opera companies and programs.
Starting this weekend, the College of Charleston Opera program is presenting four performances of the comedic opera.
"The story will take audiences on a journey with four divas traversing the worlds of Heaven, Hell and everything else in between," says Nandini McCauley, media resources coordinator at the College of Charleston.
McCauley provides a brief synopsis of the humorous opera: "The premise is that the Heavenly Choir has room for only one more soprano, when a group of four divas show up at the Pearly Gates. St. Peter tells them that they must audition, and all hell breaks loose!
"After the sopranos audition, a decision cannot be made as to whom the position should be awarded. If only there were more male singers to allow for all of the sopranos to be in the choir. The little known 'Redemption Clause' is utilized, allowing the divas to recruit men for the chorus, so they must go to Hell, where all of the tenors and basses are."
Shows will be performed Saturday, Monday and Jan. 31 at 8 p.m., with the final show on Feb. 2 at 3 p.m. Performances will take place at the Recital Hall of the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 Saint Philip St. Tickets are $20, $10 for College of Charleston students, and may be purchased online at music.cofc.edu or at the door (cash and check only).
For more information call 953-5927.
Call to artists
The city of North Charleston is looking for artists for their upcoming National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition that will be part of the annual North Charleston Arts Festival held May 2-10, and then will be on display for 11 months at the picturesque North Charleston Riverfront Park.
Up to 14 sculptures will be juried into the exhibit and compete for cash prizes totaling up to $16,250.
The city is also looking for textile artists from across the nation for two exhibitions that will also be part of the North Charleston Arts Festival.
"African-American art quilt artists in the United States, Mexico and Canada age 18 and up are invited to participate in the 8th annual African American Fiber Art Exhibition, titled 'JOY.' Wearable art artists and fashion designers in the United States age 18 and up are welcome to submit entries for the 2nd annual Wearable Art Competition and Exhibition. Both exhibitions will be on display at North Charleston City Hall from April 30-June 20," says Ann Simmons of the city of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department.
Both applications are available online at www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com. The deadline for submissions for the outdoor sculpture competition is Feb. 25 while the deadline for textile submissions is March 3.
For more information about the North Charleston Arts Festival, these exhibitions or other exhibition opportunities, contact the city of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 740-5854, email firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the website