So when two friends happen to be musicians, and happen to have a long history with each other, a collaboration is bound to be fun to watch. Think timing here.
Such is the case with the South of Broadway Theatre Company production called "The Piano Man and the Diva." It stars Mary Gould, who founded the company, and Bill Lewis, a New York City pianist, singer and arranger.
Together, they have created a program that they say will "trash your last reservations about 'classical' musicians with their mayhem and magic."
It's a romp through a program ranging from pop to opera, musical theatre ... and who knows what else.
Both Gould and Lewis are familiar figures to Charleston audiences.
Gould portrayed "Carmen" and Mimi in "La Boheme" to great local acclaim and recently star-red as Madeline Mitchell in the Jake Heggie opera "Three Decembers" in Pittsburgh.
Lewis was a featured performer during South of Broadway's "Celtic New Year" celebration at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center and lives in New York City, where he has an eclectic career as a pianist, coach, accompanist, arranger, recording artist, musical director and conductor.
The two have been working together since 1983 and the concert is designed to highlight some of their favorite moments from both careers.
My hat is off to Gould as she constantly works to bring interesting work to the North Charleston theater.
There are four performances at South of Broadway Theatre Company 1080 E. Montague Ave. (in the Olde Village Park Circle Area). They are 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11, 18 and 3 p.m. Jan. 12 and 19. All shows $25.
Visit www.southofbroadway.com for tickets or call 745-0317 for more information.
Naughty New Year
Another collaboration this week is for adults only, but then performances at the Music Farm in downtown Charleston often are.
This is "Adam & Eve: Original Sin" presented by DanceFX Charleston and Broe Works. Now when this is described as sexy, you can believe it and it includes the Amorous Pole Dancers, Sprinkles Productions, the Charleston Dance Project and Charleston Burlesque Theatre.
This production is in two acts and starts with Adam and Eve, and moves to the Seven Deadly Sins, all acted out with the body. Who knows what this will look like, but it sounds intriguing, just leave the children at home.
The doors open at 7:30 on Saturday, and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased, where else, at naughtynewyear.com.
Free photo workshop
Here's a date for your calendar if you have nature photography ambitions. It's hard to capture those elusive birds, and Bruce and Mary Lou Dickson will be holding a one-day photographic exploration of Santee National Wildlife Refuge on Jan. 25 and Feb. 22.
This is a great way to get a guided tour of the refuge with two people who know the area intimately. All it requires is a camera and probably some very good long underwear to enjoy the day.
The refuge is on Lake Marion, so there is a very different environment from being on the coast.
The workshops are free to the public and designed for beginner to intermediate photographers. Attendance is limited to 12 individuals per workshop. Advanced registration for the workshops is required by calling refuge headquarters, 803-478-2217.
Learn more about the instructors by visiting their website at: www.dicksonimages.com.
Deadline on Monday
And one more heads up. Monday is the last day to apply to the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department to participate in the 2014 North Charleston Arts Festival.
They are looking for artists in music, theatre, dance, visual art, crafts, photography, media arts and literature. National, regional and local artists, ethnic and cultural groups, community-based groups and individuals are encouraged to apply.
Artists may apply for in-clusion in the Main Event, held May 3 and 4 at the Charleston Area Convention Center Complex, or may submit proposals for one of the festival's stand-alone individual events, which take place at various locations throughout the festival week.
This is not for the juried art exhibit, though, so get your proposals in if you want to join in the fun.
For more information go to NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com, or contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department office at 740-5854 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reach Stephanie Harvin at email@example.com or 937-5557.