It's definitely beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. The Marion Square tree is up, James Island County Park's Festival of Lights is in full swing, and shoppers are everywhere. Jingle your way to these cool events this weekend.
'Waffle Haus Christmas'
When I saw Pure Theatre's performance of "Waffle Haus Christmas" last year, I almost fell out of my seat laughing.
Written by Pure Theatre's Rodney Lee Rogers, the play is co-directed by Rogers, Sharon Graci (Rogers' business partner and wife) and David Mandel. Rogers and Graci star in the play along with their children, Tripp Hamilton and Sullivan Graci Hamilton.
"Stuck working on Christmas Eve, a diner waitress burnout, her ex-husband line cook and their teenage daughter are visited by the ghosts of Waffle Haus Christmas Past, Present and Future in this irreverent comedy that lampoons our most precious holiday traditions," said Anne Trabue Watson Nelson of Pure Theatre.
This is definitely one you need to get advance tickets to attend. Tickets are $25 general and $15 student rush (opens 30 minutes before showtime). There's also the Pay What You Can preview night tonight. The shows will run 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9-10, 15-17, 21-23 and 2 p.m. Dec. 11 and 18. 477 King St. 866-811-4111 or www.puretheatre.org.
Festival of Wreaths
Every year, the annual Festival of Wreaths event at Charleston Place raises money for the MUSC Children's Hospital. Having been a judge last year, I'm particularly touched by this fundraiser. I had the privilege of meeting some of the young cancer patients who are the recipients of any funds raised, and I can tell you first-hand this is one event you can feel really good about attending.
Organized by The Shops at Charleston Place and the American Society of Interior Designers with the help of McKay Communications, this year's event looks exciting with special guest artists such as John Dunnan, Heather Kay Tiller, Leigh Magar and Michael Mitchell, all creating wreaths for bidders to take home.
"This year's Festival of Wreaths will be held in honor of Harper Drolet, whose artwork was chosen for last year's poster and will be used again this year. Her presence and support at last year's Festival of Wreaths made it a truly meaningful evening. The Hugs for Harper Foundation will be donating a wreath for auction, and the funds raised this year will be donated to MUSC pediatric oncology research in her honor," said Elizabeth McGough of McKay Communications.
Harper died Sept. 30.
Expect local "celebrity" judges, wreath awards and bidding, festive music, hors d'oeuvres and champagne at the Palmetto Cafe in Charleston Place 6-9 tonight.
Tickets are $20 at the door. Guests are encouraged to bring a new toy to help supply the Children's Hospital Happy Wheels cart and will receive $5 off the ticket price. www.charlestonplace.com/fow.
Static in the Snow
For the third year, Shibboleth will be putting on its holiday market called Static in the Snow at Oak Barrel Tavern on Friday. Shibboleth is the brainchild of Seth Corts and Lisa Abernathy, and its main purpose is to present contemporary art in imaginative, affordable and accessible ways.
"This renewed collaboration of Seth Corts, pen and ink illustrator, and Hirona Matsuda, mixed-media artist, plays with the magic of the holiday season while taking unexpected detours into the darker side of winter," Abernathy said. "The artists juxtapose the glisten and sheen of dazzling ornaments, snow-capped mountains and dreamy pines with the loss and decay that reside in the underbelly of the season."
This one-night-only holiday market will feature works by Abernathy, Shannon Di, Amy Love Beasley, Melissa Nelson Clayworks, Kerry Benton and more. With a selection of prints, jewelry, sock creatures, clay gift tags, ornaments, hair accessories and more, you'll be able to rack up some unusual gifts.
Static in the Snow will take place 6-9 p.m. 825-B Savannah Highway. Call Abernathy at 813-3083.
Redux Contemporary Art Center tonight opens an exhibit featuring new works by visiting artists Carmela Laganse, Sean Riley and Allison Reimus.
Redux Executive Director Janie Askew said of "Home Again, Home Again," "These three artists, with seemingly remote inspirations, share interests in the way that humans choose to fashion interior surroundings, and the reactions and emotions that these surroundings incur. Beautiful, rich textiles and familiar shapes, patterns and forms become curious and puzzling, perhaps even threatening under closer inspection. Each artist plays with the form and function of interior spaces, and the subsequent feelings and psychological states that are created by these spaces."
Come listen to a lecture by Reimus and Riley at 5 tonight, followed by an opening reception 6-9, with complimentary beverages and light hors d'oeuvres.
Laganse will speak about her work at 3 p.m. Saturday.
"Home Again, Home Again" will be on display until Jan. 14. 136 St. Philip St. 722-0697 or www.reduxstudios.org.
Join local artists Tina Christophillis and Lara Neece of Forrest and Fin, a lifestyle blog and eco-apparel company, Friday night for a show called "Fly." The exhibit will consist of paintings by Christophillis and hand silk-screen printed T-shirts by Neece.
The overall theme of the night is about "spreading your wings and flying, being who you are, and finding independence and freedom," Christophillis said.
"Fly" will take place at ONE boutique, a collaborative retail space that encourages artists to "create-unite-evolve." Enjoy music and libations from 6-9 p.m. Friday. 478 King St.