There’s a wide selection of events this week, ranging from ’60s era civil rights songs, to soul food to some adult humor involving nuns.
Don’t ask me to explain the nuns. It’s a performance you have to see for yourself but the playwright is hysterical.
The UNED!TED series at the Charleston Library Society continues at 7 p.m. Thursday with Songs of Freedom and a Community Sing-In.
Laura Ball and Friends will be joined by local artists and students as they stage a library concert sit-in giving voice to the sounds, songs and stories of the civil rights era.
It commemorates Americans’ struggle for equality in the 20th century and beyond.
With songs from Creedence Clearwater Revival, Marvin Gaye and Lowcountry gospel and Gullah traditions, this concert promises to be a memorable evening.
As a special addition to the concerts, students from Charleston Collegiate School who have been exploring civil rights era music, will join musicians Laura Ball, Hazel Ketchum, Ann Caldwell and Lindsay Holler.
The Charleston Library Society is at 164 King St., downtown Charleston. Tickets are $20; $10 student tickets day of show only.
Go to www.brownpaper tickets.com or www.unedited artists.com.
Two MLK tributes
The first tribute is the “This Little Light of Mine, I’m Gonna Let It Shine: A Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Performance” featuring both the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Gospel Choir and Spiritual Ensemble in collaboration with the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department.
They bring the legendary civil rights leader’s legacy to life through music, imagery and narration at 7 p.m. Saturday at Royal Missionary Baptist Church, 4761 Luella Ave., North Charleston.
Directed by David A. Richardson, the two choirs will commemorate King in a musical and visual performance featuring gospel and spiritual music woven together with narration provided by Dr. Karen Chandler of the College of Charleston and historical images of King and the civil rights movement.
This performance is free and open to the public. An entry ticket is required; donations will be accepted.
Tickets are free (four per request) and available in person at the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, North Charleston City Hall or Royal Missionary Baptist Church.
In a separate performance, the CSO and the Spiritual Ensemble will present “Freedom Rides On,” a tribute to the Freedom Riders and King at 5 p.m. Jan. 21 at Morris Street Baptist Church, 25 Morris St., downtown Charleston.
Directed by guest conductor Dr. Jeffery L. Ames of Belmont University, the event will commemorate King’s legacy by highlighting the actions of the renowned Freedom Riders.
The performance will include works such as “I Want Jesus to Walk With Me,” “I Know I Been Changed,” excerpts from Verdi’s “Libera Me” and an excerpt from Rossini’s commanding “Inflammatus et Accensus.”
Tickets are free but are required for entry. Two per request are available in person at Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun St.
‘Soul Food Junkies’
Community Cinema will show the PBS Independent Film, “Soul Food Junkies” at 4 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Old Community Building at 4820 Jenkins Ave. in North Charleston.
In “Soul Food Junkies,” filmmaker Byron Hurt sets out on a historical and culinary journey to learn more about the soul food tradition and its relevance to black cultural identity.
Through candid interviews with soul food cooks, historians and scholars, as well as with doctors, family members, and everyday people, the film puts this culinary tradition under the microscope to examine both its positive and negative consequences.
The screening is free. For more on the film go to: www.pbs.org/independentlens/soul-food-junkies/film.html
Stage, screen music
The North Charleston Pops! “Music of Stage and Screen” performance Saturday will feature the voices of father-daughter duo Tim and Sara King, video surprises and selections from blockbuster hits such as “Somewhere in Time,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Jurassic Park,” “Star Wars,” “E.T.” and many others.
The North Charleston Pops! made its concert debut last summer at the North Charleston Coliseum, backing up legendary musical group Earth, Wind and Fire when they made a stop in the Lowcountry.
Members of the North Charleston Pops! have performed in the past with such national touring Broadway shows as “Wicked,” “Mary Poppins,” “Chicago” and “Peter Pan” during runs at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center.
Ticket prices for the 7:30 p.m. show range from $15-$35 (plus applicable fees) and are available at Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone 800-745-3000 or at Ticketmaster.com.
‘Women of Lockerbie’
The Department of Theatre in the College of Charleston School of the Arts will present “The Women of Lockerbie” by playwright Deborah Brevoort.
The play is about a group of indomitable women who want to turn the terrorist plane attack that killed 270 into an act of healing.
A mother from New Jersey roams the hills of Lockerbie, Scotland, looking for her son’s remains, which were lost in the crash of Pan Am 103. She meets the women of Lockerbie, who are fighting the U.S. government to obtain the clothing of the victims found in the plane’s wreckage.
The women, determined to convert an act of hatred into an act of love, want to wash the clothes of the dead and return them to the victims’ families.
“The Women of Lockerbie” is loosely inspired by a true story, although the characters and situations in the play are purely fictional.
Although many may not recall the actual tragedy involving Pan Am 103 in December 1988, there are many parallels between this act of violence and the more recent ones.
A winner of the Onassis International Playwriting Competition and the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award, the story is a poetic drama about the triumph of love over hate.
The production will run Wednesday through Sundaywith a second run from Jan. 22 through Jan. 27.
Curtain times will be 7:30 p.m. with Sunday shows at 3 p.m. Performances will take place at The Chapel Theatre 172 Calhoun St.
Tickets may be purchased at the box office or by phone 953-5604. Admission is $15 for general admission and $10 for College of Charleston students, faculty and staff and senior citizens 60 and older.
‘The Divine Sister’
Adult audiences will laugh out loud at “The Divine Sister” when the Village Repertory Co. presents the regional premiere of Charles Busch’s latest comedy running Jan. 17-Feb. 2 at the Woolfe Street Playhouse
“The Divine Sister” is an inspired homage to every Hollywood film ever made about nuns. This gleefully twisted tale evokes such films as “The Sound of Music,” “The Bells of St. Mary’s,” “The Singing Nun” and “Doubt.”
It tells the story of St. Veronicas’ Mother Superior, a plucky nun determined to build a new school for her Pittsburgh convent while coping with a young postulant experiencing “visions,” a sensitive schoolboy in need of mentoring, a mysterious nun visiting from Berlin and a former suitor intent on luring her away from her vows.
Variety called it “a sublime comedy” and Ben Brantley of the The New York Times said, “cue the hallelujah chorus.”
This contains adult language and some adult themes for mature audiences, so leave the kids at home.
Shows run through Feb. 2. Check www.woolfestreetplayhouse or www.villagerep.com for ticket prices and show times. Or you can call 856-1579. The Woolfe Street Playhouse is at 34 Woolfe St. in downtown Charleston.
Reach Stephanie Harvin at firstname.lastname@example.org.