Learning about jazz, Revolutionary War and fiddling on the roof
What could be better than jazz at the Edge of America? (For those from off, that means Folly Beach, the bohemian mecca for all things island-related.)
The fourth annual Charleston Jazz Jam is at The Grill and Island Bar at 41 Center St. and concludes a weekend of jazz that crisscrosses Charleston County.
The great part about this event happening 5-9 p.m. this afternoon is that it is free.
The Charleston Jazz Jam has showcased dozens of the best jazz talents in the area in its last three years in an unscripted, unrehearsed musical event.
Jazz lovers are guaranteed a core rhythm section with Starr Acheson as this year’s hostess, Roman Pekar on bass, Marcus Helander percussion and BMI Award winner Patience Clements on keyboard.
And our own famous jazz singer, Ann Caldwell, will be joining the big band lead by Joe Clarke.
It was at the first year of this event when a young woman asked at the end of the evening if she could sing.
Elise Testone, pre-American Idol fame, brought the house down. You never know who you might encounter, and it’s a great place to hang out on a Sunday evening.
The Charleston Jazz Club (www.facebook.com/chasjazzclub) was founded in 2009 by local businessman Dennis Fassuliotis, to promote jazz in the Charleston area and bring musicians and jazz enthusiasts together through social networking.
It considers itself the only virtual jazz club in the world.
The Grill will be serving a full menu and concessions will be available.
There is no admission fee, but donations and contributions will be happily accepted.
If you are looking for a way to honor veterans and want a little entertainment Monday, there will be a screening of “All For Liberty” at 7 p.m. at the Terrace Theater on James Island.
The film is an action/adventure feature film based on a true story of South Carolinian American Revolutionary War hero, Captain Henry Felder.
It has won nine international film festival awards. The screening is a fundraiser to support the work of U.S. Vet Corps Resources which serves veterans in the Lowcountry and the film’s production company, Actors’ Theatre of South Carolina.
The movie explores the story of the Swiss-German cobbler turned statesman, Captain Henry Felder, who led a fight against British tyranny throughout the Lowcountry.
He wrote and delivered the Address and Declaration of Separation from the English King for our Colony more than seven weeks before Thomas Jefferson offered his famous declaration in Pennsylvania.
Captain Felder also was appointed to obtain cannon, funding and make gunpowder for the patriots throughout the war and led a militia with some of his sons. He paid the ultimate sacrifice for his country.
‘Fiddler’ at club
Ever wonder about the origins of the characters in “Fiddler on the Roof”? The musical that tells the tale of a Jewish dairyman and his five daughters, wife and their struggles with tradition was once the longest running production on Broadway.
Think three daughters who want to marry their own way, and a headstrong father who is holding onto the old ways, add in danger from the government of the time, and you get the timeless appeal of “Fiddler.”
It’s comedy and pathos have entertained hundreds of thousands of people and Threshold Repertory Theatre is in the middle of a run that started Thursday.
The musical is at times sweet, poignant and downright silly, and of course, the characters believe things like dreams as instructions, and superstitions dictate who will be married to whom.
If, like me, you’re always looking for a way to learn more about an art form, there’s a special evening planned for 6 p.m. Friday at the Harbour Club.
You can dine on some light food and drinks as College of Charleston Jewish Studies professor David Slucki gives a lecture on the history behind the musical and then head on over to the Theatre at 841/2 Society St. for the evening’s performance.
Tickets are adults, $40; senior, $30; students, $15.
Or, if you’ve already seen the production, you can just attend the lecture for $15.
Call for ticket information, 277-2172 or visit Threshold Repertory Theatre online.
Reach Stephanie Harvin at 937-5557 or email@example.com.