HARVIN COLUMN: Looking for something artistic to do? Search no further

“Shrimp boats” is one of the cyanotypes that will be featured at The Meeting Place in North Charleston starting Wednesday.

Even artists get holiday vacation time, but for those of us with an eternal yen for artistic events, it’s been a little hard to find something new.

So I’m content with a symphony event, an art opening, and a couple of other items to put on the calendar.

The Charleston Symphony Orchestra is going on another musical trip through time in the program, “Time Machine: Where Are You Haydn?”

This educational and interactive program explores the stages of Franz Joseph Haydn’s composing life.

Haydn is often called the “Father of the Symphony” and “Father of the String Quartet” because of his important contributions to these forms. This was a man who, like today’s Stephen Sondheim, could crank out some music. He was one of the most prolific composers of his time.

The CSO’s performance at the Dock Street Theatre features CSO principal horn player Brandon Nichols, who has been a member of the CSO since 1989.

Last season, the CSO presented another classical composer’s life works to a sold-out house.

If this is as entertaining as that one, get your tickets now. The performance is 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at online www.charleston symphony.com.

Photos on cloth

A new exhibit of cyanotypes will be on display in the windows of The Meeting Place in North Charleston from Jan. 2-Feb. 28.

Cyanotypes are generated from old film negatives and rag paper. The rag paper is treated with a photosensitive liquid that is allowed to dry. Then a contact negative is laid on top and the whole piece is put in the sun to process. Once the correct contrast is reached, the paper is washed, revealing the final printed image.

The work is from local artist Martin E. Sullivan, One of the good things about this exhibit is that it is free, and so is parking.

The Meeting Place is at 1077 East Montague Ave. in the revitalized Olde Village area of North Charleston.

The public is invited to attend a free reception hosted by the artist from 6-8 p.m. Jan. 11.

Adult humor

If you have enjoyed all the family-friendly holiday festivities but are in the mood for a little adult humor, then you need to mark your calendar for Pure Theatre’s next offering: “Mother****** With The Hat.”

It’s about love, jealousy and a hat that appears in an apartment while the scent of Aqua Velva lingers in the bedroom. You get the idea.

Jackie is on parole and living clean and sober under the guidance of his sponsor, Ralph D, while still living and loving with his volatile soulmate, Veronica, who is fiercely loving, but far from sober.

Still, their love is pure. And true. Nothing can come between them ... except a hat.

This play was nominated for a plethora of prestigious awards, including the 2011 Outer Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play, the 2011 Drama Desk Award for Best Play, and the 2011 Tony Award for Best Play.

Be prepared for a sidesplitting, roller-coaster ride of revenge and emotion. Just leave the little kiddies home this time.

Performances will run for four weeks, Jan. 11 to Feb. 2. All evening shows are at 7:30 p.m., with the Jan. 20 Sunday matinee performance at 2 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at Pure’s website at www.pure theatre.org or via phone at 723-4444. The Pure Theatre box office is at 477 King St.

Fashion buzz

And another tidbit to mark on your calendar is a talk by Mary Norton, a local fashion entrepreneur and the brains behind the former Moo Roo Handbags. She will be speaking Jan. 10 at the Small Business Lunch at Halls Chophouse.

It’s a chance to hear about the ups and downs of the fashion business, including those special moments with celebrities, from someone who has experienced it from the inside.

She has worked with some of the famous A-listers, including Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jennifer Lopez, Uma Thurman, Cameron Diaz, Halle Berry and Oprah Winfrey.

Each month, Small Business Lunch at Halls features a distinguished speaker from the business, civic or political arena. The lunch takes place upstairs at Halls and features a three-course meal prepared by executive chef Matthew Niessner.

Tickets are $28 for the luncheon and parking. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is served promptly at noon. Limited seating of 60 participants provides an intimate experience with each speaker.

Halls Chophouse is at 434 King St. in downtown Charleston. Call the 24/7 ticket hotline at 1-800-838-3006 for more information.

Reach Stephanie Harvin at 937-5557 or sharvin@postandcourier.com.

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