HARVIN COLUMN: 'Forever Plaid,' art exhibit, Library Society concert set

“Forever Plaid” is a 1950s musical spoof performed by the Flowertown Players of Summerville. It will be the season's last production of the North Charleston Dinner Theatre Series.

So spring is almost here. Just look at the azaleas trying to bloom. And there's a real variety of productions and exhibits in some of our major venues.

There's a reprise of a well-loved production for the last North Charleston Dinner Theatre Series this season.

On Friday, the Flowertown Players of Summerville will present “Forever Plaid,” the off-Broadway musical revue written by Stuart Ross.

This deliciously goofy revue centers on The Plaids, a quartet of well-harmonized guys who just want to sing. Tragically, these four young, eager performers are killed in a car crash on the way to their first big concert. As the play opens, they have been miraculously revived for the posthumous chance to fulfill their dreams and perform the show that never was.

The Flowertown Players have adapted the production that they performed earlier this year for the dinner theatre stage. The evening meal, catered by Embassy Suites, will feature a boneless pork chop entree with soy, maple and red chili marinade and sweet charred corn relish.

“Forever Plaid” will be presented at the Charleston Area Convention Center Ballroom at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. The ballroom doors open at 7 p.m. for dinner. Tickets are $40 and include dinner, play and gratuity. For tickets or info, contact Pam Smith at 740-5847 or email cultural arts@northcharleston.org.

“Let Our Voices Emerge” is a collection of more than 40 paintings by Olga Stamatiou depicting different social issues pertinent to women that will be featured at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park in downtown Charleston.

The concept of this exhibit is to raise awareness and educate viewers about sensitive social issues such as gender equality, ethnic and religious tolerance and upholding of human rights, among a few.

Using thought-provoking imagery and strong symbols, the exhibition uses art to convey a message about women's invisibility worldwide, and as a vehicle to inspire social and cultural changes in a respectful and nonviolent way.

The show will run March 23 to April 28 and is free and open to the public.

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art presents the “2013 Young Contemporaries,” featuring artwork created by students at the College of Charleston each spring.

Current College of Charleston students are eligible to submit recent work to the Young Contemporaries for an opportunity to be chosen by a nationally prominent juror and exhibit in a professional gallery setting.

The exhibition will be on view April 5-May 4 and is juried by Minnesota artist and curator Scott Stulen.

For those interested in learning more about this exhibit, Stulen will be holding a lecture at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Robert Scott Small Building, Room 235, 175 Calhoun St.

The opening reception and awards ceremony, set for 5-7 p.m. April 5, will be open to the public and include refreshments and light hors d'oeuvres.

Local artist Hirona Matsuda will select 16 works to receive awards. Admission to both the exhibit and lecture are free.

In another of the Charleston Library Society's intimate concerts, cellist Natalia Khoma, pianist Volodymyr Vynnytsky and guest violinist Nazar Pylatyuk will play Haydn's Piano Trio in G Major and Schubert's Piano Trio Op. 100 in E flat Major.

The concert is being billed as “Divertimento: A Vienna Evening” and starts at 7 p.m. Thursday at 164 King St.

If you haven't been to one of these concerts, you are missing one of Charleston's gems, both for the quality of the music and the lovely space. Who wouldn't want to be surrounded by some of the oldest books in America in a space with lively sound.

Tickets are $20; student tickets are $10. Call 800- 838-3006 or visit www.charlestonlibrarysociety.org to purchase tickets online.

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