Let's start 2012 with a big raised fist of female power at the "Miss Representation" film screening Saturday at Redux.
Written and directed by Jennifer Newsom, this film portrays how women in positions of power are under-represented by the mainstream media in the United States.
"The film challenges the media's limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which makes it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself.
" 'Miss Representation' includes stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics like Condoleezza Rice, Lisa Ling, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Rosario Dawson, Jackson Katz, Jean Kilbourne, and Gloria Steinem.
"The film offers startling facts and statistics that will leave audiences shaken and armed with a new perspective," said the official website, www.missrepresentation.org.
"The good news is ... all of this can be changed by you and by me," said local host Jesse Leigh Vickers of Re-visionista and JLV Creative. "This is a great opportunity to support progression in the community."
This will be the first local screening of "Miss Representation," brought to you by Re-visionista, Redux, La Wine Agency and Social. Doors at Redux, 136 St. Philip St., will open at 5 p.m., and the screening will begin at 6 p.m., followed by a lively panel discussion that includes some local minds. There will be food trucks on-site and each ticketholder gets one complimentary beverage with their entry. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at missrepjlvcreative.eventbrite.com or at the door.
'Behanding in Spokane'
Join Pure Theatre for its first play of 2012, "Behanding in Spokane," a comedy about a missing left hand, written by Martin McDonagh and directed by Pure's Randy Neal.
Neal describes the show best: " 'A Behanding at Spokane' is one of the most wide-open, ridiculous comedies I have ever directed; a truly modern farce, profane and insane. I spend every rehearsal laughing out loud. ... 'A Behanding at Spokane' is comedy for a 21st- century audience; a romp that stretches the boundaries of disbelief but seems no more preposterous than the news that we read every day. All we can do is shake our heads and laugh."
There is a Pay What You Can Preview show tonight at 7:30. The show times and dates are 7:30 p.m. Jan. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28 and Feb. 2-4, and 2 p.m. Jan. 29.
Tickets are $25 general admission, $12 student rush, and can be bought by calling 723-4444, online at www.puretheatre.org or at the box office one hour before each show.
All shows will take place at 477 King St.
Charleston is jam-packed with artists. Some of them you hear about on a regular basis, while others are more under the radar.
The upcoming show "Tiny Illustrations," organized by artist Baird Hoffmire and on display throughout the month at Rick Rhodes Photography & Imaging, appears to be a fantastic combination of artists you already know and those who you're about to be really excited to know.
" 'Tiny Illustrations' is a collection of random thoughts, observations and feelings I've had over the past few years. It began with no expectations and an old sketchbook," Hoffmire said.
Enjoying his experimentation and process, Hoffmire asked a few others to join him to create this show.
It's an interesting mix of people who's work ranges across the spectrum -- animation, illustration, graphic design, painting, videography, documentary-creation, children's book illustrations, editorial illustrations, teaching, performing, spoken word, music, collage, etc.
The roster includes Ben Timpson, Marcus Amaker, Erin Banks, Tim Banks and Farrah Hoffmire.
This will be an impressive show of atypical art for Charleston. The opening reception is 6-10 p.m. Friday at Rick Rhodes Photography, 1842 Belgrade Ave.
Lori Starnes Isom show
Throughout the month, visit artist-in-residence Lori Starnes Isom and her realist portraits at the North Charleston City Gallery.
The public may attend a free reception hosted by the artist 5-7 this evening. The gallery is inside the Charleston Area Convention Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive, and is open 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. daily.
Deborah Sisco show
Abstract artist Deborah Sisco is all about "leaving the ordinary behind."
As the featured artists for the month at the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery, Sisco has come up with a show that is about exactly that, titled "Breaking Out."
Perfect for those who are looking for a fresh perspective at the beginning of a new year, Sisco asks that you "leave all of your preconceived ideas about art at home and have a love affair with color that will arouse your senses."
Moving beyond her previous two-dimensional abstract paintings, her new three-dimensional images are bursting out of the canvas.
Join the artist for an opening reception 5-8 p.m. Friday at the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery, 160 East Bay St.
Get a glimpse into the past year of local artist Francina Smalls-Joyner's life through this collection of original abstract oil paintings symbolic of memorable moments of joy and spirituality in her life.
These works can be seen any time throughout the month and next as they will be on display in the windows of The Meeting Place, 1077 E. Montague Ave. in North Charleston.
For more information on other art-related events taking place in North Charleston, contact the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 740-5854 or go to www.northcharleston.org.