Local dance company Dancefx and instrumental group Entropy Ensemble always seem to take things to the next level, and their upcoming show, "Mannequin: The American Dream," seems like it's going to be better than their previous events, which is saying a lot.
The multimedia collaborative project between Dancefx, featuring the Charleston Dance Project, and Entropy Ensemble will be put on at the College of Charleston's Sottile Theatre and will incorporate dance, music, art and spoken word, all aimed at their interpretation of the skewed concept of the American Dream.
Dancefx Executive Director Jenny Broe asks that audience members explore the illusions of beauty, status and prosperity in this production.
"The perfect self-image, the perfect job, the perfect life: All things American shine on a silver platter until they start to rust in this exceptionally unique dance experience," Broe explains. "Cinematic in vision and dramatic in message, theatrical movement tells three interconnected stories, each illustrating the deceivingly two-faced white picket fence mentality. A multimedia production with live music, art and spoken word accompany the dancers, transporting the audience to an alternate reality; one that is familiar yet hauntingly different. Nothing is quite what it seems, and each character discovers that their desires are delusions in a world full of 'Mannequins.' "
There will only be two shows of "Mannequin" at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Sottile, 44 George St. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.
In addition, there will be an Adult Spring Concert prior to the "Mannequin" show at 7:30 p.m. both nights. Tickets to attend both shows are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.
For more information or to purchase tickets, go to www.dancefxcharleston.com.
Shop and Stroll
Aren't you loving this spring weather? Continue enjoying it at the Upper King Street Shop and Stroll at 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.
This month, Art Mecca of Charleston will be featuring works by local photographers Daniella Fishburne and John Chilton, and local painter Austin Grace Smith. Join this fun, bustling group of contemporary artists for some great artwork as well as complimentary wine, hors d'oeuvres and live music.
Art Mecca is at 427 King St. For more info, go to www.artmeccaofcharleston.com.
The Crabpot Players are excited about the opening of their new space at 1137 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. in Mount Pleasant and are hoping that others will help them celebrate at the Grand Opening on Thursday.
Starting at 5:45 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony by Mount Pleasant Mayor Linda Page and other town officials, a reception will immediately follow in the lobby with entertainment by the Choral Arts Experience. And at 7 p.m., attendees will have the pleasure of seeing the very first show in the new space, a production of "Last of the Red Hot Lovers" by Neil Simon.
Mariana Hall of the Crabpot Players provides a brief synopsis of the play's storyline:
"Middle-aged and married, overworked and overweight, Barney Cashman wants to join the sexual revolution before it's too late and arranges three seductions: the first, Elaine Navazio, proves to be a foul-mouthed bundle of neuroses; Bobbi Michele is next, a 20-ish actress who's too kooky by half; finally comes Jeanette Fisher, a gloomy, depressed housewife who happens to be married to Barney's best friend."
For more information, go to www.crabpotplayers.com.
1920s Flapper Party
Chamber Music Charleston is always up to something cool, and this has been a busy year with lots of great shows.
On Saturday, members will be wrapping up their Ovation Concert Series with guest pianist Andrew Armstrong and the Chamber Music Charleston musicians playing Gershwin, Poulenc and Mozart. And if that's not enough to get you excited, they've paired it with a 1920s Flapper Party celebrating both classical and jazz music.
"Of all the 20th-century American composers, George Gershwin was perhaps the most successful at bringing jazz music to the classical concert hall. His three preludes in 1926 for solo piano is such a work that blurs the line between classical and jazz. The preludes were later transcribed for clarinet and piano and will feature Chamber Music Charleston clarinetist Charles Messersmith with pianist Andrew Armstrong.
The program continues with Francis Poulenc's Sextet for Piano and Winds and Mozart's Quintet for Piano and Winds with Regina Helcher Yost (flute), Briana Leahman (oboe), Sandra Nikolajevs (bassoon) and Debra Sherrill Ward (horn) joining Messersmith and Armstrong on stage," explains Nikolajevs of Chamber Music Charleston.
The show will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Female attendees are encouraged to wear fabulous flapper dresses and accessories while the gents are encouraged to wear tuxes and fedoras.
Tickets for the 1920s Flapper Party are $25 for theater seating and $40 for table seating (includes complimentary wine). Purchase tickets by phone at 763-4941, online at chambermusiccharleston.org or at the venue 45 minutes prior to the show at Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St.