If you can’t find an arts event to go to this week in Charleston, you just aren’t looking.
Here’s a few highlights, but there is even more to choose from in the calendar.
Yorktown turns 70
The nation’s oldest aircraft carrier museum, the USS Yorktown, is turning 70. Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum is inviting everyone to join in the celebration.
From 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. April 14, Patriots Point will host a “Tribute to the Yorktown,” complete with a full day of activities.
At 2 p.m., the Charleston Community Band will perform in Hangar Bay III aboard the Yorktown, along with several musical groups throughout the day. These special programs are free with the purchase of regular admission.
At 7 p.m., a 1940s-era party will kick off with performances by Charleston jazz icons Lonnie Hamilton and Ann Caldwell, followed by a very special USO-style show presented by Brad and Jennifer Moranz.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase and guests can dance under the stars to music from World War II.
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Patriots Point ticket office, or online at www.patriotspoint.org.
Ulyana Machneva, a classical guitar solo concert performer, composer and teacher who lives in Summerville, will present a solo concert at 7 p.m. Thursday at the College of Charleston Recital Hall of the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 St. Philip St.
She is a protege of classical guitarist Marc Regnier and her concert caps her successful completion of the exclusive two-year Artist Certificate Program at the College of Charleston. The program works with post-baccalaureate music students to mentor their development as professionals in performance.
The musical program will include pieces from the Renaissance through modern times by composers including John Dowland, Luigi Legnani, Francisco Tarrega, Astor Piazzolla, Sergei Rudney and others. There also will be an original composition, “Ukrainian Fantasy,” by Machneva.
She teaches classical guitar, music theory and guitar ensemble at the Charleston Academy of Music. Admission to the concert is free.
The Charleston County School of the Arts is holding a fundraising event, Swing Thing on King, from 7-11 p.m. Friday at the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston.
Proceeds will benefit the school’s band program, whose members are high school students from all over Charleston County. The evening will feature the SOA’s acclaimed Jazz Band as well as other ensembles.
The event is being sponsored by the School of the Arts High School Band Boosters. Tickets are $60 and can be purchased at www.soabandevents.com or www.soaband.com.
Festival of choirs
The fifth annual Charleston International Festival of Choirs will take place Saturday at Second Presbyterian Church, 342 Meeting St.
This one-day festival will showcase five choral groups: the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Gospel Choir, CSO Spiritual Ensemble, East Cooper Community Choir, Andrews (N.C.) High School Mixed Ensemble and the Muscle Shoals Choir from Alabama.
Guest conductor and choral clinician Dr. Rollo Dilworth of Temple University in Philadelphia will serve as festival director.
This is a great way to hear some wonderful music, and it’s free to the public, although donations are gladly accepted.
With singing going on all afternoon, you can take in a few choirs and then enjoy some time in downtown Charleston:
1 p.m.: East Cooper Community Choir
1:30 p.m.: Andrews (N.C.) High School Mixed Ensemble
2 p.m.: Charleston Symphony Orchestra Spiritual Ensemble
2:30 p.m.: Charleston Symphony Orchestra Gospel Choir
3:30 p.m.: Grand Finale Massed Sing, including the Muscle Shoals Choir.
Hamlet gone modern
Holy City Shakespeare is at work again, this time presenting “Hamlet.” Director Laura Rose has adapted the play to highlight how its conflicts and themes remain familiar today.
Elsinore is the center of power and politics in Denmark. Prince Hamlet has avoided his responsibilities for years, choosing to remain a student in Wittenberg.
Now, unfettered ambition corrupts its halls, betrayals and secret plots become commonplace. But when a father dies, Hamlet decides to make a stand.
Some of the most exciting presentations of Shakespeare are just these types of adaptations, and the Bard likely would be proud. He was a man of his own era who used words to make political points as well as to entertain.
He would be glad to see his plays presented against a modern backdrop.
There’s a pay-what-you-will preview at 7 p.m. Thursday. The play also will be presented at 7 p.m. April 18 and 25; 7:30 April 12, 19, 26, 27; and noon April 20 at Gage Hall, 4 Archdale St.
Admission is $30 for adults and $20 for students and seniors.
Get tickets at www.holy cityshakespeare.org or by calling 866-811-4111.
New web show
Charleston journalist Quintin Washington has launched a new web show called “Quintin’s Close-Ups.”
It’s an interview web show, hosted by Quintin Washington, a TV news journalist and former Post and Courier teen writer.
This show is filled with one-on-one interviews with prominent Charlestonians.
Since the show’s recent launch, Washington has interviewed notable people such as Karen Brack, Rob Fowler, John Kresse, Cheryll Woods-Flowers, Larry Kobrovsky, Carolyn Murray, Tony the Peanut Man and many others.
Before the web show, Washington was the host and producer of “Quintin Reports” for WLCN-TV in Summerville. To watch the latest edition of “Quintin’s Close-Ups,” go to http://youtube.com/quintinwashington.
Reach Stephanie Harvin at 937-5557.