I’m so glad that Second Sunday is run by the city of Charleston and not by the federal government. That means one of the best weekends of the year for strolling our city is coming up.
While not strictly an arts event, it has the makings of one when you see people dressed up, dogs in tow, street food and a general party festival atmosphere.
There are even a few art galleries that will be open that are worth checking out, including the Michael Mitchell gallery at 483 King.
The gallery started as a pop-up shop for Art for Charity, but has evolved into the place to see interesting avant-garde work for 30 artists. It always has interesting work in the window, and is certainly worth a look.
And there is the Julia Santen Gallery at 188 King that specializes in rare, unusual or vintage posters. Staffers can help you find posters worldwide from their extensive collection. So if you’ve been looking for that original 1977 Spoleto Festival USA poster with the monkey on it, they might be able to help.
And of course, there is the Audubon Gallery at 190 King. For those in the know, John James Audubon painted a series of bird paintings in Charleston, and various versions of his Great White Heron with the city in the background or his Carolina Parrot are still in reproduction.
Many Charleston homes have these prints from various eras proudly hanging over their fireplaces.
Arts and good crafts
If you want to make it an art weekend, then plan on going to Autumn on the Ashley at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens on scenic S.C. Highway 61.
It’s a crafts fair that is gaining in popularity because of the stunning location at the historic plantation and the quality of the artisans.
More than 35 vendors are expected for this sixth year, and they will include craft jewelry, pottery, glass bead work, woodwork and folk art.
The craft fair is my favorite price, free, and runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Demonstrators on both days will include the Lowcountry Woodcarvers, the Philip Simmons Artists Blacksmith Guild and the Charleston Artists Guild.
It’s a chance to visit Magnolia in the fall, and appreciate the layout of the gardens and the lovely location along the Ashley River. Who knows — you might even spot a great blue heron or a snowy egret out there.
Get your tickets
If you live on Kiawah or Johns islands, you know how hard it is to drive into town for the night, and get safely back home.
So here’s an event to plan for at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20. Frederick Moyer and the Jazz Arts Trio present “A Tribute to Dave Bru-beck” at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church on Bohicket Road.
Over the past 30 years, world class concert pianist Frederick Moyer has built an impressive reputation for being able to capture the styles and spirit of some of the all-time great contemporary jazz pianists such as Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans and Erroll Garner. Now, he plays tribute to jazz legend Dave Brubeck.
Fred and his quartet will be preforming many of Brubeck’s best known compositions that have become classic jazz standards.
Brubeck’s most famous quartet included the lyrical saxophonist Paul Desmond along with the highly acclaimed drummer Joe Morello with Eugene Wright on bass.
Frederick Moyer and the Jazz Arts Quartet recently performed the Brubeck tribute to a sold-out concert at the prestigious Newport Music Festival in Rhode Island.
To find out more about complimentary tickets, call the Visitors Center at Kiawah Island Town Hall at 768-9166.
The Moscow Ballet will be holding open student dancer auditions for its version of “The Nutcracker” starting at 1 p.m. Oct. 19 for ages 7-9 and 3 p.m. for ages 10-16 at the Summerville Civic Ballet, 975 Bacons Bridge Road.
Moscow Ballet’s audition director Ekaterina Uksusnikova will select 60 dancers to perform as party children, mice, snowflakes, angels, and many more roles in the “Great Russian Nutcracker” in December at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center.
Applicants must have at least one year of ballet training, dress in dance attire and may bring pointe shoes.
It’s a chance for your young balletomane to dance with the professionals.
Call 478-1811 for more info and register at www.nutcracker.com/youth-auditions/sign-up-to-audition.
Reach Stephanie Harvin at 937-5557.