HARVIN COLUMN: A street party at Charleston's Gibbes Museum of Art shows spring arts season is in full swingJulie Adams can’t escape that ‘Creature’ feature

Provided Enrique Graf and Ilana Vered will be performing in the final College of Charleston Piano Series next week.

I love it when a street party closes down a section of our city because it allows everyone to enjoy a different perspective of familiar spots.

So when the Gibbes Museum of Art announced its street party for the third year in a row, it was a signal that the spring arts season is in full swing. And they are going to have party hats. How much better can it get?

This year it's “Gibbes on the Street: Renovation Celebration,” a party in honor of renovations plans and to thank patrons for participating in the arts.

On Thursday, partygoers will get a chance to sample fare from a number of local restaurants as the street closes 8-10:30 p.m. in front of the museum at 135 Meeting St.

Participating restaurants and purveyors include Caviar & Bananas, Charleston Grill, Circa 1886, Cypress, FIG, Hank's, The Macintosh, McCrady's, Next Door, Roots Ice Cream, Slightly North of Broad, Trattoria Lucca, Wild Olive and WildFlour Pastry.

An open bar will feature Ciroc ultra premium vodka and wines by The Rutherford Ranch Winery.

Tickets are $100 for museum members and $135 for nonmembers and can be purchased at www.gibbesmuseum.org/events or 722-2706, ext. 22. The event will be held rain or shine.

Young musicians from the Charleston Academy of Music will be featured in a new series of concerts at the Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina. It's the first of many to come and anyone can attend. In starring roles for the premiere are Caleb Borick (piano) and Benjamin Halford (violin) playing with the Kidzymphony Orchestra.

The idea behind the concert series is to bring music and the health community together for a welcome respite in the middle of the day. The concert will be at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday at 86 Jonathan Lucas St.

For information on the concert and CAM, go to www.charlestonmusic.org.

Ilana Vered of Israel will perform again at the College of Charleston's International Piano Series at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Sottile Theatre, 44 George St.

The program includes Mozart's Variations on “Ah! Vous dirai-je, maman!,” Haydn's Andante and Variations in F minor, a set of Chopin's Mazurkas and Etudes. To close, Vered will be joined by series founder and Artistic Director Enrique Graf for the two-piano version of Ravel's La Valse.

Vered has been a frequent guest on television and radio, including appearances on the “Today” show, “Good Morning America” and “The Merv Griffin Show,” as well as guest performances on the Public Broadcasting Service, public television stations in the United States and the BBC in the United Kingdom.

Tickets are $20. College of Charleston students and those under 18 are admitted free. Call 953-6575 or visit www.internationalpianoseries.org.

Lonnie Hamilton III has been awarded the 2012 annual Summey Barkley Rucker Medallion for his work with mentoring young artists. Many will remember him from his political days on Charleston County Council, but his love of the saxophone is one that he has had all his life, starting with touring with the Jenkins Orphanage Band in the 1940s.

He loves to teach anyone who will listen a bit, and his trio often can be found at local venues and parties.

In 2003 at Hamilton's urging “to give something back to the community,” a scholarship fund in his honor was formed to help local high school band students in the pursuit of their dreams. To date, more than $20,000 has been awarded to Lowcountry youths through this fund.

The award was created in 2011 by South of Broadway Theatre Company and is named for North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey, singer Darius Rucker and philanthropist Nella Barkley.

It will be presented to Hamilton at a gala 6-8 p.m. May 8 at South of Broadway, 1080 E. Montague Ave.

Reach Stephanie Harvin at 937-5557 or sharvin@postandcourier.com.