Enjoy this week’s offerings in the arts. Whether you want music, classic films, a woman’s art show or an architecture lecture, there is something provocative to see.
The Youth Orchestra of the Lowcountry celebrates its 40th anniversary this year with “Absolutely Andrew,” a musical tribute to legendary Broadway composer Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber.
It will feature pieces from each of his Broadway hits, including “Evita,” “Cats” and “Phantom of the Opera.”
The show is partnering Broadway performers Omar Lopez-Cepero (“American Idiot” and “Evita”), David Raimo (“Mamma Mia!,” “Cats”), Kendra Payne, Betsy DiLellio (“The Full Monty”) and founding member of the Village People Randy Jones.
The singers have been in town rehearsing and will be part of a SC-ETV broadcast along with the students.
And they have been doing some pop-up performances around town to generate some excitement for the performances.
The Youth Orchestra of the Lowcountry had its beginnings in the 1970s as an expansion of early string programs in the Charleston County schools. Two string orchestras, the West Ashley Strings and the East Cooper Strings, were formed to combine students in the various school programs into larger, more advanced ensembles.
The performances will be 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and a matinee at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Sottile Theatre, 44 George St. Tickets are $15-$40 and available at the door. Call 882-7409 or visit Youth Orchestras of the Lowcountry on Facebook.
The Maker’s Market at Mixson in North Charleston is so good it is being included in Southern Living’s November issue.
The artist market offers a great selection of locally produced items, including art, jewelry, pet supplies, crafts and clothing perfect for the upcoming holidays.
Local food trucks, including Foodie Truck, Taco Boy, King of Pops and gRAWnola, will be serving tasty treats. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Bluestone Ramblers. There will be craft brews and bocce, and the event is kid- and pet-friendly.
What a fun way to get in some early Christmas shopping (don’t groan) and support our local artists in the process. The market is 10 a.m-4 p.m. today at 4400 Marblehead Lane. Admission is free.
French film festival
The Alliance Francaise of Charleston is sponsoring its annual French film festival Friday-Sunday in the auditorium at the Medical University of South Carolina Institute of Psychiatry, 67 President St. All the films are in French with English subtitles, and admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students under 25 per film.
Here’s a quick rundown of what to expect.
Opening the program at 7:30 p.m. Friday is a comedy that makes fun of romance, “L’Amour dure trois ans” (“Love Lasts Three Years,” 2011). It features Marc Marronnier, a literary critic who, in a fit of despair after his wife leaves him for a successful writer, writes a cynical best-seller denouncing love. However, when he meets Alice, he is forced to reconsider everything he believes in. The screening will be preceded by a 6:30 p.m. reception.
Saturday’s double feature starts at 5 p.m. with “Angele et Tony” (2010), a gentle tale of redemption featuring a beautiful young woman (Clotilde Hesme) on parole after two years in jail. She is desperate for a relationship so she can get her young son back from the custody of her in-laws. When she answers an ad and meets Tony (Gregory Gadebois from the Comedie Francaise), who is seeking live-in help for his sick mother, she thinks she has found her mark. But in this awkward love story, he isn’t exactly scrambling for her affections.
At 7:30 p.m., Romain Duris and Catherine Deneuve star in “L’Homme qui voulait vivre sa vie” (“The Big Picture,” 2010), based on Douglas Kennedy’s 1997 best-seller. In this thriller, Paul Exben is a success story: great career, big house, glamorous wife and two young sons he adores. When he finds out his wife has an affair, Paul kisses this life goodbye. Assuming a dead man’s identity, he escapes to the beautiful Adriatic coast in Montenegro and builds the life he thought he always wanted, but pays for it with everything he leaves behind.
The festival concludes 5 p.m. Sunday with “Starbuck” (2011), a runaway box-office comedy in Quebec to be released in April in the U.S. At 42, grubbily handsome David lives the life of an irresponsible adolescent. Just as his girlfriend tells him she is pregnant, David’s past resurfaces. Twenty years earlier, he provided sperm to a fertility clinic, and 142 of the children he sired have filed a class action suit to discover the identity of their biological father, known only as Starbuck, the name of a legendary Canadian Holstein bull. Actor Patrick Huard creates moments of unexpected poignancy and a number of laughs in what has been called one of the best comedies of 2011.
Call 556-8458 or visit www.afusa.org/af/charleston.
Warhol’s Factory Films
The Terrace Theatre on James Island will show three of Andy Warhol’s Factory Films starting at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Showing will be “13 Most Beautiful ... Songs for Andy Warhol Screen Tests” with the soundtracks performed by Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips. Fans of Spoleto Festival USA will recognize this as the piece that was performed in 2011 with the full support of the Warhol Foundation.
Also playing will be “Vinyl” (1965), an experimental adaptation of the novel “A Clockwork Orange,” and “The Velvet Underground and Nico: A Symphony of Sound” (1966.) Tickets can be purchased at the door.
‘Trilogy of Art’
Three women artists are showing a “Triology of Art” 5-9 p.m. Thursday at the Gov. Thomas Bennett House, 69 Barre Street downtown. They are Pat Fylstra, Jackie Fritz-Roy and Consuelo Lange.
The three will be exhibiting their paintings, a tribute to light and color. Part of the proceeds will go to the Wounded Warrior Project, and the event is open to the public.
If you have never been in the Bennett House, this is an excellent way to see one of Charleston’s treasures that has been very well-preserved. It is truly a spectacular location for an art exhibit.
See www.governorthomasbennett house.com.
Storyteller Tim Lowry presents “When the Frost is on the Pumpkin” as part of the North Charleston Dinner Theatre series at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Charleston Area Convention Center.
Always on the lookout for a story that is “ripe for the telling,” award-winning Lowry brings a collection of tales harvested from America’s fields, farms and firesides in his yarns of quick-running squash and mule eggs, harvest hymns, recipes for mince meat pie, reminiscences of family holiday gatherings, a bittersweet story of love’s labor lost and, of course, boogers, witches and haunts!
The menu sounds good, too, including pork chop-boneless chop with a soy, maple and red chili marinade, topped with sweet charred corn relish. The Ballroom is adjacent to the North Charleston Performing Arts Center at 5001 Coliseum Drive. Tickets are $40 or $15 for the play only and can be purchased at the door.
For tickets, call 740-5847 or go to www.northcharleston.org.
For another storytelling experience, you can listen to well-known storyteller Heather Forest at 7 p.m. today at the Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting St.
Enjoy Forest’s wit, elegance, comedy and original music that she weaves together as she shares fables, fairy tales and ancient stories of adventure and enchantment.
Sponsored by the S.C. Storytelling Network, this is one of several free prefestival programs planned by Charleston County Library in advance of the inaugural Charleston Tells Storytelling Festival in March 2013.
Summerville library gala
The Friends of the Summerville Library are inviting folks to “The Night at the Art Museum Gala,” an evening of art and music 7-10 p.m. Friday at Art and Soul Place, 113 S. 2nd St. West.
On view will be the private international art collection of Summerville resident Robert Seay. The show includes 60 original graphics from such artists as Picasso, Blake, Whistler, Goya, Rodin, Chagall, Matisse, Miro, Kandinsky, Giacometti, Dali and many more.
Original graphics include wood cuts, wood blocks, lithographs, etchings, porche, engravings, linocuts, etc. As part of the collection, local art students will present inspired works based on Seay’s collection.
A duet of strings will provide music for the night, and there will be a champagne and dessert reception. Tickets are $15 or two for $25.
Tickets are available at the Summerville Library, 76 Old Trolley Road. For ticket information, call 224-4133.
Looking for artists
The S.C. Arts Commission is accepting nominations from the public for two annual awards programs honoring South Carolinians who have enriched the arts.
The Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Awards, the state’s highest awards in the arts, are presented to S.C. businesses, organizations and individuals for achievements or contributions to the advancement of the arts. Nominations can be made in six categories: arts in education, organization, government, business/foundation, individual and individual artist.
The Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Awards are presented annually by the General Assembly to honor practitioners and advocates of traditional arts who work to preserve the state’s diverse cultural heritage.
Nomination guidelines are available at www.southcarolinaarts.com or by calling 803-734-8696. Dec. 17 is the nomination deadline for both awards.
Reach Stephanie Harvin at email@example.com or 937- 5557.