T here’s not much that Charlestonians like better than great food and art, except when they can enjoy great food and art and help others.
Yup, that’s how we roll down here in the steamy South.
For the past seven years, the Charleston Fine Art Dealers Association has been orchestrating a variety of different events to help foster artists in need.
Each November, it holds the Fine Art Annual and raise money to help local school art programs. In July, the association hosts the annual Palette and Palate Stroll, which raises money for local arts education facilities, including the Gibbes Museum of Art, Redux Contemporary Art Center and the College of Charleston School of the Arts.
Join in the decadent and aesthetic philanthropy on Friday with the Palette and Palate Stroll. Each of the participating CFADA galleries will host new exhibits. They also each will be paired with a local restaurant that will provide tastings at the gallery.
This year’s theme is “Southern Art Paired with Southern Food,” said Helena Fox of CFADA. “Each year, we encourage our participating restaurants to use local, seasonal products to prepare their tastings. In addition, the galleries will feature Southern art or artists who will be present at the event.”
The gallery and restaurant pairings are as follows:
Corrigan Gallery and Barsa Tapas, Lounge & Bar
Dog and Horse Gallery and Circa 1886
Ella W. Richardson Fine Art and Blu
Helena Fox Fine Art and Anson
Horton Hayes Fine Art and Oak
Smith Killian Fine Art and McCrady’s
The Sylvan Gallery and Eli’s Table
Wells Gallery and Social Restaurant + Wine Bar
Palette and Palate will take place 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, and the cost is $45. Tickets can be purchased at www.cfada.com.
Threshold Repertory Theatre’s core mission is to provide the gift of theater to everyone.
With that in mind, this summer they decided to host a “community workshop production.”
According to founder and Executive Director Pamela Galle, this workshop production is similar to a “barn raising.” It’s an “all hands on deck” project, she said.
Open auditions were held in June and then this free, intensive six weeks of workshops began. The cast of about 30 has been hard at work perfecting Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and the shows just started Wednesday.
Until July 22, catch any of the performances at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday or Saturday at Threshold. Tickets are $10, and additional donations are welcome as this is a fundraiser for the theater, which is a nonprofit organization.
For information and tickets, go to www.thresholdrep.com, call the box office at 277-2170 or head over to 84½ Society St.
And just a little heads up:
In August, Threshold Repertory Theatre will host The Young Playwrights Festival. The fall and winter season lineup includes “Three Sisters” by Anton Chekhov, “The Mousetrap” by Agatha Christie, “33 Variations” and “The Exact Center of the Universe.”
Carly Ridgeway of Pure Theatre describes “Love Song” this way: “Playwright John Kolvenbach boldly introduces us to the ever-shrinking world of self-exiled Beane, a man who has little to show that he exists in this world.
His sister and her husband try to lure Beane out of his shell but are too caught up in their own busy and complicated lives to have much effect.
“One night, when Beane’s apartment is robbed by a mysterious woman, things change, and suddenly Beane can see in Technicolor.
“This offbeat comedy follows Beane’s adventure into the real world and what it means to love, in all its insane forms.”
The show will be directed by R.W. Smith and will feature Michael Smallwood as Harry, Jenny Pringle as Joan, Christian Self as Beane, Carly Ridgeway as Molly and Julia Phipps as Jill the waiter/stage manager. Erin Amelia White has handled all the costume design.
The play will run for four weeks, officially starting Friday and running through Aug. 4. This Thursday, however, you can attend the pay-what-you-can preview show and be one of the first to see it. Every show begins at 7:30 p.m. with one matinee at 3 p.m. July 22.
Tickets are $25, and student rush tickets are $15, 15 minutes before the show with a valid student ID. Purchase tickets at www.puretheatre.org, by calling 723-4444 or at Pure Theatre, 477 King St.