Local arts in brief

Cover of the Nov. 2008 issue of Garden & Gun magazine.

Garden & Gun has won the 2015 American Society of Magazine Editors’ National Magazine Award, known as “Ellie,” in the general excellence category for style and design titles.

The Charleston-based magazine was competing against Bon Appetit, Harper’s Bazaar, T (The New York Times Style Magazine) and Vogue. It was the second time the magazine has won in this category.

It has received 10 ASME nominations since its founding in 2007.

Garden & Gun was nominated in the tablet magazine category this year, but lost to National Geographic. The award winners were announced Monday night in New York City.

The lifestyle magazine is edited by David DiBenedetto, published by Nancy Carmody and operated by company president and CEO Rebecca Wesson Darwin. Evening Post Industries, the parent company of The Post and Courier, maintains a small equity stake in the magazine.

Other big Ellie winners included New York Magazine, The New Yorker, The Hollywood Reporter and Glamour.

The Charleston Jazz Orchestra swings into Season 7 with a program called “1959: Jazz Ahead —The Year Jazz Changed” scheduled for Feb. 21. There will be two sets, at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., at the Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St.

The year 1959 was a turning point for jazz. The work of pioneers such as Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Dave Brubeck produced that year included an experimental edge that would lead the genre in new directions.

Adult tickets are $35-$45; senior tickets are $30-$40. Student ticket rates vary. Children 18 and under get in for $10 with the purchase of a regular-price ticket. Children 6 and under pay nothing.

On-site box office sales begin at noon the day of the show. Advanced tickets are available online at charlestonjazz.com, by calling (843) 641-0011, or by visiting the Charleston Jazz House, 93 Spring St., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays.

The Gibbes Museum of Art is accepting submissions for the annual Mary Whyte Art Educator Award.

Established in 2007, the award spotlights a high school visual art teacher in South Carolina who has demonstrated superior commitment to students and craft. The annual award is accompanied by a cash prize of $2,500.

Entries can be made exclusively online at marywhyteaward.org through June 1. Artists who have applied previously must update their online entry form in order to remain eligible. The review panel will select finalists in June, and the Gibbes Museum will announce the winner at the South Carolina Art Educators Association annual meeting in the fall.

Elizabeth Scarborough, a professional Taylor Swift tribute artist, will perform at the Miss College of Charleston Pageant at the Sottile Theatre 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The charity event is hosted by the College of Charleston’s Sigma Nu fraternity; all proceeds benefit the St. Jude’s Children Hospital. Tickets are $10.

Scarborough is a Charleston native, Ashley Hall graduate and, currently, a student at the University of South Carolina. She has been professionally impersonating Taylor Swift since high school and continues to book gigs and travel nationally.

St. John the Beloved Catholic Church in Summerville presents Good Foot Celtic Band in concert at 4 p.m. today.

Good Foot consists of Bart Saylor, Susan Conant and Karin McQuade, who play Celtic and American roots music. A $10 donation is requested, but patrons should pay as they able; those who cannot donate are still warmly welcomed. For more information, contact St. John the Beloved Music at (864) 633-7997. The church is located at 28 Sumter Ave.

Trident Technical College is hosting a free big band concert 7-9:30 p.m. Friday in the College Center, located inside the Complex for Economic Development (Building 920) on the main campus, 7000 Rivers Ave.

The concert, which will feature music of George Gershwin, Glenn Miller and Duke Ellington, is sponsored by the college’s Division of Humanities and Social Sciences and Student Activities, and is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. A limited number of free tickets are available from the Student Activities office in Building 410, Room 130. For more information, call (843) 574-6012.

The United States Navy Concert Band will offer a North Charleston concert at 6:30 p.m. March 9 at the Rose Maree Meyers Theater for the Performing Arts (School of the Arts), 5109 W. Enterprise St. The concert is part of a 32-city, six-state tour.

The U.S. Navy Concert Band is the premier wind ensemble of the Navy and presents a wide array of marches, patriotic selections, orchestral works and modern wind ensemble repertoire. The Concert Band has been performing public concerts and participating in high-profile events for 90 years.

“Today, Navy bands are still performing around the world, acting as agents of public diplomacy for the American government, improving relations with our allies and winning the hearts and minds with the universal language of music,” said Capt. Brian O. Walden, the Navy Band’s commanding officer.

All Navy Band performances are free and open to the public. For more information about this concert, go to www.navyband.navy.mil/national_tour.shtml.

Adam Parker