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Fall arts: A new season of concerts, plays, festivals and more

Fall is gaining on us fast. Soon the temperatures will moderate, the school schedules will become routine, the seasonal produce at the farmers markets will change. And patrons of the arts will discover a new array of activities and performances.

Charleston County Public Library will present a new slate of events.

Charleston Music Hall hosts “Grass in the Hall,” presented by Awendaw Green and featuring the South Carolina Broadcasters, Angel Snow and Mandolin Orange on Sept. 13, and Newgrass songstress Sarah Jarosz on Nov. 22.

Charleston Stage will raise the Dock Street curtain on new productions of musicals and plays, beginning with “9 to 5: The Musical,” which runs through Sept. 21.

The City of Charleston’s annual MOJA Arts Festival, celebrating African-American and Caribbean art, kicks off Sept. 26.

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art hosts is usual eclectic mix of intriguing works by risk-taking visual artists, starting with the current exhibition featuring the work of Herb Parker and Joseph Burwell, which explores the nature of the artist’s studio. That show runs through Oct. 5, and will be followed by an installation featuring the work of Renee Stout, who explores “vestigial retentions of African cultural traditions as manifested in contemporary America.”

A new series called “Colour of Music” runs Oct. 23-27 and explores the contributions of African-Americans and other people of color to classical music. All performers are black, and much of the music was written by black composers.

Nuovo Cinema Italiano, the annual festival of recent Italian films, will offer its screenings and events Nov. 7-10 at the Sottile Theatre.

The third annual YALLFest, a multifaceted celebration of young adult literature started by Blue Bicycle Books’ Jonathan Sanchez and authors Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia, is slated for Nov. 9.

And the Charleston Dance Festival, a mix of workshops, class competitions and performances founded by Sara Bennett and hosted by Dancefx, runs Dec. 9-15.

Many more programs are planned in this cultural mecca we call Charleston. The Post and Courier has assembled a large listing of events, posted online at

For some fall season highlights, turn to Page E3

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