Gibbes gets rocking with iconic artists exhibit

“The Rolling Stones, Primrose Hill, London, 1967,” shot by Gered Mankowitz.

Opening Friday, the Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St., will have two special exhibitions.

First up, “Sound and Vision: Monumental Rock and Roll Photography.”

This exhibition will feature a collection of photographs of iconic rock ’n’ roll, blues and hip-hop musicians taken by famous contemporary photographers in the past five decades.

“This exhibition presents 40 stunning large-scale prints of many of the most notable musicians, songwriters and performers of the last half of the 20th century,” said Marla Loftus, director of communications. “Taken by 20 of the most accomplished photographers of the genre, these photographs in many ways define the way we look at the musical artists who created rock ’n’ roll.

“Starting with photographs of influential blues musicians and early innovators such as Elvis Presley, through the British Invasion, protest music and the psychedelic ’60s, soul music, metal, glam rock, reggae, punk, grunge and ending with hip-hop recording artists such as Tupac Shakur and Jay-Z, ‘Sound and Vision: Monumental Rock and Roll Photography’ explores the dynamic connection between the power of music and photography.”

These works will be in the Main Gallery.

In the Rotunda Gallery, there will be a collection of works by Willard Hirsch, who has been dubbed as “Charleston’s premier sculptor of the 20th century.”

You’ve likely seen his works throughout Charleston without even knowing they were created by him. He has some bronze sculptures in Washington Square, White Point Garden, the Gibbes Museum garden and Charles Towne Landing.

The exhibit will include more than 50 years of work by this Charleston native and World War II vet.

“During the exhibition, the Gibbes will distribute a guide of Hirsch’s sculptures on view throughout Charleston. An accompanying cellphone audio tour will also be produced so that art lovers can tour Hirsch’s work inside and outside of the museum,” Loftus said.

There will be numerous accompanying lectures and various other events associated with both of these exhibits over the next couple of months. Contact the Gibbes at 722-2706 or www.gibbes

Phillip Hyman is at it again with his Eyeball Art Shows, the next of which will be at 8 p.m. Sunday at The Meeting Space on East Montague Avenue in North Charleston.

The show will feature artwork from Tony Prete, Chrystal King, Nina Regro, Meta Sapient, Christina Regro and Hyman.

There will also be jazz fusion music from Wawona and Circus McGurkis, Turkish dance by Karen Inella, medieval music by James Carrier and Geoffrey Cormier, and Wayang Modern Shadow Puppet Theatre.

Email or call Hyman at 345-3670.

We all know the story of the magic lamp, the genie and, of course, Aladdin and Yasmine.

Watch as this delightful children’s story comes to life, performed by the Sprouts Musical Theatre team at Creative Spark starting Friday.

Sprouts Musical Theatre is an international and award-winning troupe that originated in Boston in the ’80s. They are adults who present high-quality productions of children’s stories and fairy tales. Since its inception, they’ve grown to over two dozen original adaptations of classic stories.

The performance of “Aladdin” is just under one hour, and tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Purchase tickets by calling 881-3780 or online at

Show times are 7 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday and Sept. 29, 3 p.m. Sunday and Sept. 30, and 6 p.m. Sept. 28.

Creative Spark is at 757 Long Point Road in Mount Pleasant.

“Devious spies ... fast trains ... deadly screams ... sheep?

“If you’re familiar with the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film ‘The 39 Steps,’ you will recognize the characters, the plot and even the dialogue in the Flowertown Players stage production,” said Kathy Keber of the Flowertown Players.

If you’re not familiar and see the name Hitchcock, don’t assume that this is a scary piece, as it’s more humorous than anything else.

Keber gives us a brief snapshot of the plot:

“The show begins with a company of actors assembling the set with anything and everything left on the stage of an old theater house. As the plot unfolds, we meet our young and handsome hero, Richard Hannay, who becomes entangled in a devious plot to smuggle vital British military secrets out of the country.

After being falsely accused of murder, Hannay goes on the run across Europe to protect the safety of this secret from an espionage organization called ‘The 39 Steps.’ ”

The show will be performed at the historic James F. Dean Theatre at 133 S. Main Street in Summerville at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday with matinee shows at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The show again will be performed at 8 p.m. Sept. 27-29 with matinee shows at 2 p.m. Sept. 29-30.

Tickets are $25. Purchase in person, by calling 875-9251 or online at www.

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