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Saturday, May 26, 2018

If you’ve ever wished for a peek behind the wrought iron gates of the Holy City’s private gardens, here’s your chance. The Spoleto Festival USA, The Garden Conservancy, and the Charleston Horticultural Society have partnered to create two opportunities for strolling through clandestine Charleston gardens. A self-guided, rain-or-shine experience, each tour offers a rare glance at eight of the city’s most beautiful private properties. Locations vary. Saturday, 10am-4pm. $75. (843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org


Saturday, May 26, 2018

 

///May 26 & 27

Miami City Ballet (MCB) returns to Spoleto Festival USA for two days of captivating performances. One of ballet’s leading companies for more than 30 years, MCB is a force to be reckoned with, now with groundbreaking choreographers Justin Peck and Alexei Ratmansky in its ranks. At Spoleto, they present George Balanchine’s Walpurgisnacht Ballet, a joyful production featuring 24 company dancers. Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Saturday, 2pm & 8pm; Sunday, 2pm. $115-$23. (843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org


Saturday, May 26, 2018

Led by Joe Miller, the inimitable Westminster Choir returns to Spoleto Festival USA. In the historical Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul, hear the globally renowned choral group perform music from Frank Martin’s Mass for Double Choir. Seating is limited, so be sure to grab tickets in advance for one of two concerts by this highly regarded ensemble, now a long-standing Spoleto tradition. Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul, 126 Coming St. Saturday, 5pm; Friday, 5pm. $45-$41. (843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org


Saturday, May 26, 2018

In this unique multimedia exhibition at the Grand Bohemian Gallery, two local artists, Briahna Wenke and Samantha Rueter, create live-paint and performance artwork using real, on-site models. The works created and displayed during this one-night-only event surround the idea that our bodies carry the weight of our experiences, good, bad, and in-between. Inspired by this month's Spoleto kick-off, the event includes an array of other artistic mediums, as well as refreshments provided by Élevé. The final paintings are auctioned off at the end of the evening, with a portion of proceeds donated to Creative Mornings Charleston. Grand Bohemian Gallery, 55 Wentworth St. Saturday, 5-8pm. Free. grandbohemiangallery.com 

 

 


Saturday, May 26, 2018

Appreciate a good beard, mustache, or goatee? Regardless of your facial hair, don’t miss the ninth annual Southeastern Beard and Moustache Championship. Food and brews from Home Team BBQ, Tattooed Moose, and Holy City Brewing are on hand, and the showdown—known to draw outlandish and over-the-top participants—is sure to entertain. The event benefits Big Brother Big Sisters of the Carolinas, and categories include everything from ”Full Natural Beard” to ”Ladies Artificial,” so anyone can get in on the fun. Music Farm, 32 Ann St. Saturday, 6pm. $10. www.holycitybeards.org


Saturday, May 26, 2018

A unique musical combination of flute, cello, and drums, Artifacts is a collaborative album released by jazz trio Nicole Mitchell, Tomeka Reid, and Mike Reed in 2015. Already possessing the ingredients for a captivating performance, these musicians come together to celebrate jazz history and expand the sound to include electronics and avant-garde experimentation, part of Spoleto’s Wells Fargo Jazz series. Simons Center Recital Hall, 54 Saint Philip St. Days & times vary. $45-$41. (843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org


Saturday, May 26, 2018

Things are not always what they seem in this opera, directed by Ong Keng Sen and composed by Liza Lim. Inspired by Jonathan Safran Foer’s art book by the same name, Tree of Codes depicts a dreamlike world where two singers take on several roles. In this dramatic weaving of song and drama, Lim’s haunting composition leaves audiences questioning what it really means to be human. Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. Saturday, 7pm; Tuesday, 7:30pm. $100-$25. (843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org


Sunday, May 27, 2018

Pia de‘ Tolomei is retells an episode of Dante Alighieri’s Purgatorio, setting it in pre-World War II Tuscany. The opera, by 19th-century composer Gaetano Donizetti, is the story of a woman whose jealous husband brings mystery and misfortune to her life, culminating in a murder. With beautiful sets and stunning period costumes, this is a tragic tale you won’t soon forget. College of Charleston Sottile Theater, 44 George St. Sunday, 7pm; Thursday, 7:30pm. $115-$63. (843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org


Sunday, May 27, 2018

Born to parents from Bishopbriggs, Scotland, Sarah Grace McLaughlin, better known by her stage name, Bishop Briggs, is one to watch. With her popular single, “River,” released in 2016; a performance on Coachella’s main stage; and an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon under her belt, the English singer-songwriter takes on the Holy City during her latest tour. Alternative and indie rock fans alike will delight in the opportunity to listen to the unique sound of this rising star. Music Farm, 32 Ann St. Sunday, 7pm. $75-$25. (843)577-6989, www.musicfarm.com


Sunday, May 27, 2018

Called “a pristine pianist with a poet’s soul,” by The Boston Globe, Fred Hersch is one of the most celebrated jazz musicians of our time. A Grammy nominee and veteran of the industry for more than 30 years, Hersch has long astounded audiences with his passion and raw musical talent. Expect a night of smooth tunes against the backdrop of the Cistern during Hersch’s Spoleto appearance, alongside band members John Hébert and Eric McPherson. College of Charleston Cistern Yard, 66 George St. Sunday, 9pm. $60-$27. (843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org


Monday, May 28, 2018

Il matrimonio segreto (The Secret Marriage) tells of six characters who find themselves in something of a love hexagon. Set in Bologna in the 1700s, it chronicles the lives of the lovers using elaborate marionettes from Milan’s Carlo Colla and Sons Marionette Company, with each handmade puppet voiced by a member of the Westminster Choir. The comedic opera, paired with the music of Domenico Cimarosa, is sure to entertain. Emmett Robinson Theatre, 54 Saint Philip St. Days & times vary. $50-$32. (843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org


Monday, May 28, 2018

Charleston natives Gracie and Lacy are bringing their sister act to the Piccolo Spoleto Festival for two performances celebrating the “Lady Legends” of stage and screen. Watch the sisters pay tribute to Hollywood and Broadway greats by singing and dancing to tunes by the likes of Barbara Streisand, Liza Minelli, and Whitney Houston. Their “dazzling serenade of popular hits” is sure to transport you straight to the Great White Way. The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Monday, 2pm; Saturday, 7pm. $25-$15. (866)811-4111, gracieandLacy.com

 


Monday, May 28, 2018

Winner of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition in 2015 and a 2018 Grammy Award nominee, renowned vocalist Jazzmeia Horn visits the Lowcountry during Spoleto Festival to deliver a night of powerful musicianship. The 26-year-old has been compared to artists such as Betty Carter and Cécile McLorin Salvant and claims Sarah Vaughan as an inspiration, though she delivers a captivating sound all her own. Backed by a septet of jazz musicians, this concert promises to be a celebration of modern jazz in its best form. Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Monday, 8pm. $75-$27. (843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org


Monday, May 28, 2018

Explore the ways in which music influences our culture, lifestyles, and the very spaces in which we live. Incorporating the music of Liza Lim’s An Elemental Thing and Zosha Di Castri’s Strange Matter, Music in Time’s first performance tackles some of the biggest questions our world faces today. Join director John Kennedy for a second installment on May 30—taking its name from Salvatore Sciarrino’s Tre Notturni Brillanti, the event’s opening piece, Brilliant Nights, uses music to discuss the wonderful versatility of language. Woolfe Street Playhouse, 34 Woolfe St. Monday, 5pm; Wednesday, 9pm. $45-$30. (843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org


Tuesday, May 29, 2018

The Westminster Choir brings female voices to the forefront with its performance of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s 1736 Stabat Mate, in which the crucifixion of Jesus is seen from Mary’s point of view. Gustav Holst’s Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda follows, a composition centered on the literature and religion of India and inspired by his own stepmother. Join the sopranos and altos of the Westminster Choir as they explore religion, culture, and other pertinent topics from the female perspective through classical compositions. St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 405 King St. Tuesday, 9pm. $65-$32. (843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org


Thursday, May 31, 2018

A recipient of six Grammy Awards with a musical career spanning over the last half century, Chucho Valdés is considered a master of the Afro-Cuban jazz genre. A champion of the traditional timba style, Valdés uses his unique sound to blend jazz, rock, and Latin styles with the traditional folk music of his native Cuba. A composer, band leader, and pianist, Valdés proves time and again that there is always more to expound upon in the world of music. Now, catch him at the Gaillard during Spoleto. Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Thursday, 7pm. $60-$23. (843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org


Thursday, May 31, 2018

Bluegrass visionary and mandolin virtuoso Ricky Skaggs teams up with bluegrass band Kentucky Thunder for a concert beneath the oaks of the Cistern Yard. A mainstay of the genre for more than 40 years and winner of 12 Grammy Awards, Skaggs made a name for himself playing with icons such as Bill Monroe and Earl Scruggs. He earned the title of youngest-ever Grand Ole Opry inductee at just 28 years old and has since seen unparalleled success in country and folk music realms. Enjoy a night of toe-tapping tunes from an artist both respected and revered. College of Charleston Cistern Yard, 66 George St. Thursday, 9pm. $70-$45. (843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org


Friday, Jun 01, 2018

With the Holy City’s urban neighborhoods changing so fast we can hardly keep up, there’s never been a better time to look back on what used to be via works of art in The Gibbes Museum’s collection. Among them, you’ll find William McCullough’s 1991 Line Street Railroad Crossing (shown above), as well as pieces by William Halsey, Horace Talmage Day, and Grace Albee. The Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. Tuesday & Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. $15; $13 senior/military; $10 student; $6 ages four-17. (843) 722-2706, www.gibbesmuseum.org

 

[Line Street Railroad Crossing, 1991, By William McCullough (American, b. 1948); Oil on canvas; 30 1/2 x 40 1/4 inches; Museum purchase; 2001.025]


Friday, Jun 01, 2018

While Spoleto Festival USA has an international reach, this smaller series brings the art back home—celebrating regional artists, performers, and more. Beginning in 1979 thanks to the initiative of Mayor Riley, Piccolo features events in a wide array of mediums and styles: musical offerings ranging from classical to jazz to choral; countless dance and theater performances; exhibitions of visual art, film, poetry; and all sorts of activities for kids. Many of the 500 plus events are either free or moderately priced, providing accessible opportunities for everyone to experience the bounty of local art and creativity in the Lowcountry and beyond. Locations, times, & prices vary. (843)724-7305, www.piccolospoleto.com


Friday, Jun 01, 2018

If it’s too sweltering to hit the sand this month, the Gibbes Museum of Art’s latest exhibition, ”A Day At The Beach,” provides all the sights of a summer day—in the blissful cool of the AC. Drawn from the museum’s vast collection, the shoreline scenes on view represent a variety of artists and a number of styles and mediums, all highlighting the glory of American beaches from coast to coast throughout the 20th century. Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. Tuesday & Thursday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Wednesday, 10am-8pm; Sunday, 1-5pm. $15; $13 senior; $10 college student; $6 under 18. (843)722-2706, www.gibbesmuseum.org


Friday, Jun 01, 2018

With director, choreographer, and MacArthur Fellow Kyle Abraham at the helm, dance company A.I.M (short for Abraham in Motion) delivers performances unlike anything seen in contemporary dance today. Drawing inspiration from widely varying sources (everything from hip-hop culture to classical music) and employing dancers from a range of disciplines and backgrounds, the company returns to Spoleto six years after its festival debut in 2012. Emmett Robinson Theatre at College of Charleston, 54 St. Philip St. Days & times vary. $50-$36. (843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org


Friday, Jun 01, 2018

If you think you know tap dance, think again. Legendary choreographer Michelle Dorrance, artistic director of Dorrance Dance, injects new life into the traditional style, resulting in performances that defy genre and push boundaries. With two diverse programs in this year’s Spoleto lineup, Dorrance arrives on the scene as a true visionary in the modern dance realm. Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St. Days, times, & prices vary. (843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org


Friday, Jun 01, 2018

Hosted by St. Lawrence String Quartet violinist and nine-time Spoleto veteran Geoff Nutall, the Bank of America Chamber Music concerts take place not once but twice every day of this year’s Spoleto Festival. Eleven different programs feature everything from modern compositions to traditional classical arrangements, performed by outstanding musicians from orchestras and operas across the globe. Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. Times & prices vary. (843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org


Friday, Jun 01, 2018

This special weekend pairs beach parties, live music, games, and food with the opportunity to hang with members of the band Sister Hazel. Long-time devotees and new listeners alike are welcomed to The Windjammer as the multi-hit rock band returns for this summer shindig. The three-day package includes private shows, meet-and-greets, beach concerts, exclusive dinners, and Sister Hazel swag. With top hits such as “All For You” and a new album, Lighter in the Dark, under its belt, Sister Hazel is sure to bring the house down. The Windjammer, 1008 Ocean Blvd., Isle of Palms. Days & times vary. $260-$240. (843) 886-8596, www.the-windjammer.com


Friday, Jun 01, 2018

‘Tis the season for Party at the Point, which means all the more dancing in the sand. With a lineup that includes everything from ‘90s and reggae-themed nights to groups Sol Driven Train and the Zac Brown Tribute Band taking the stage, this series at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina is a local favorite year after year. A family-friendly event that offers adult beverages, plenty of food, and waterfront entertainment, Party at the Point makes for the perfect Friday celebration every week in June. Charleston Harbor Resort, 20 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant. Friday, 5:30-9:30pm. $8; free for child under 12. (843)284-7022, www.charlestonpartyatthepoint.com


Friday, Jun 01, 2018

As the school year comes to an end, The Charleston Museum invites the whole family to celebrate with an evening of Night at the Museum-esque history and fun. Kids can bring a flashlight to explore the institution at twilight, while special displays, crafts, and demonstrations will be on hand for little ones throughout the event. Children of all ages can run wild in the museum, and a meal of pizza, ice cream, and lemonade caps off the night. The Charleston Museum. 360 Meeting St. Friday, 6-8pm. $25-$5. (843)722-2996, wwww.charlestonmuseum.org


Friday, Jun 01, 2018

In the spring of 2017, at age 38, actor, playwright, and comedian David Lee Nelson—a College of Charleston grad—was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. He began blogging about his experience, then turned his writings into a solo play—a comedy, in fact. Directed by Adam Knight, it premiered at Piccolo Spoleto on May 26, but you still have time to catch this story exploring life’s setbacks and the search for hope amidst them. PURE Theatre, 477 King St. Days & times vary. $26. www.piccolospoleto.com


Friday, Jun 01, 2018

In their Spoleto debut, National Theatre of Scotland presents the inventive and interactive show that The New York Times calls a seamless hybrid of ”robust silliness and sensual dreaminess.” The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Heart follows the title character, a stuffy academic who finds herself on an unexpectedly hilarious journey to self-discovery. Filled with rhyming couplets, karaoke performances, and maybe even whiskey for the audience, this outside-the-box play promises sidesplitting laughs and a heartwarming story. Woolfe Street Playhouse, 34 Woolfe St. Days & times vary. $90. (843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org


Friday, Jun 01, 2018

During this Piccolo Spoleto series directed by Yuriy Bekker, visit venues like Grace Church Cathedral and the City Gallery to luxuriate in gorgeous instrumental music. On June 2, Charleston Symphony Orchestra Brass performs pieces by Bach and more. June 4 brings the Eclipse Ensemble to explore the work of 20th-century icon Leonard Bernstein. HELLO, SAXOPHONE! presents Saxophone Stories on June 5, and on the 6th, catch The Arsenal Trio, featuring Florida-based violinist Benjamin Sung. Charleston Piano Trio closes out the series. Locations vary. Sunday-Friday, 6 p.m.; Saturday, 3 p.m. $21; $18 senior; $11 student. www.piccolospoleto.com


Friday, Jun 01, 2018

Enjoy an evening with Charlton Singelton’s tribute band as they pay homage to legendary funk group Earth, Wind, & Fire. Joined by inimitable vocalist Quiana Parler, Singleton, an icon of Charleston jazz, puts together a band with a vast repertoire, covering tunes that span the last 50 years of music history. In their latest performance at the Music Hall, the local jazz mainstays take audiences to Boogie Wonderland, sure to leave you grooving all night. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Friday, 8pm. $22; $17 student. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com.