This month, check out the North Charleston City Gallery to see a variety of works by artists from the Berkeley Artists' Guild.

The show will be up through July 31 and will feature all types of two-dimensional works by artists from all over Berkeley County. Expect to see pieces in oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastels, mixed media and more.

The Berkeley Artists Guild meets at 3 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month from October through May at Trinity Episcopal Church in Pinopolis, according to Ann Simmons, arts coordinator for the city of North Charleston. Membership is open to South Carolina residents 18 and older who are interested in the world of fine art

"Each meeting is a learning experience, consisting of a demonstration by a local or visiting artist in diverse media," says Simmons.

Join the guild for a free reception from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the North Charleston City Gallery, located inside the Charleston Area Convention Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive, in North Charleston.

For more information, call 740-5854 or go to


We told you last week about Wandering Stars' production of "Evita" at the Dock Street Theatre. Those who missed it will have another chance to catch the show this weekend.

Although Wandering Stars is a fairly new company, the three folks behind it - Paul O'Brien, Christina Leidel and Mary Cimino - have been part of the industry for many years.

After sold-out performances during Piccolo Spoleto this year, Cimino gives us a little background on Eva Peron, the woman who the story of "Evita" is based on:

"A historical phenomenon who skyrocketed to international fame, she inspired both visceral contempt and religious admiration, but who was this Eva Peron? To some, Evita, a moniker affectionately bestowed upon her by her adoring descamisados (shirtless ones), represented the worst of excess, greed, ambition and corruption; but to others, she embodied the highest hopes and dreams of the Argentinian people ... a brilliant light, a 'diamond in their dull, grey lives' shining the way toward a possible future filled with hope and beauty, 'an angel ... everything wonderful, perfect, and true.' So many different things to different people, she remains elusive to us now, even more than 60 years after her death. Unquestionably extraordinary, dazzling and charismatic, what she was, or is, depends on what you want her to be, or need her to be. She remains open to interpretation, her story complex, confounding and often confusing, but always ... compelling."

Support Wandering Stars and experience this powerful musical set to the music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. There will be performances at 8 p.m. Thursday and Saturday, and another 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $34 for general admission, $30 for students and seniors. The Dock Street Theatre is located at 135 Church St.

For more, call 1-800-838-3006 or go to