Local Arts In Brief

Clarence Felder stars in “All For Liberty.”

Bestselling author and attorney Scott Turow will appear at the Charleston Library Society for a 6 p.m. reading and book signing Nov. 1.

Turow’s latest legal thriller, “Identical,” is just out. Tickets to the event are $35 for Library Society members, $45 for nonmembers and are available at www.charlestonlibrarysociety.org.

Turow was an Edith Mirrielees Fellow at Stanford University Creative Writing Center from 1970-72. Then, from 1972-75, he taught creative writing at Stanford.

“Identical” is a page-turner that addresses interesting questions we face today, such as the influence of money and how it can buy the freedom to slander with impunity and control the political discourse.

Turow, 64, was born in Chicago. He has written nine fiction and two nonfiction books, which have sold more than 25 million copies worldwide. His first novel, “Presumed Innocent,” written in 1987, arguably is his most famous. It was turned into a 1990 movie starring Harrison Ford. Two other Turow books were made into films.

A new program called Charleston Supported Art is set to launch early next year, giving Lowcountry patrons the opportunity to buy shares in exchange for original works of art.

The program is inspired by the “Community Supported Agriculture” model in which consumers invest in local farms and receive regular deliveries of fresh, seasonal produce.

Charleston Supported Art will promote the world of local, emerging and established artists. It is part of a nationwide movement.

Overall, 18 artists will be selected through a juried process and receive a stipend of $1,500 to create 32 pieces of art or craft.

The program recognizes three seasons a year (spring/summer, fall and winter) and engages six artists a season. Shareholders will receive a total of six original works per season, one from each artist. Seasonal shares will be available for purchase at $450 beginning in February. The shares will be delivered at special seasonal pick-up events.

“People are more inclined to purchase and support a product that they feel a connection with,” says Kristy Bishop, co-founder of the program. “CSA offers a means to create that connection, providing artists a platform to showcase their talents to new audiences and allowing patrons to learn the story of the art and artist behind the work.”

Visual artists can apply to participate in the program Nov. 1-Dec. 2 at www.CharlestonSupportedArt.com.

Charleston Supported Art founders include Kristy Bishop, Camela Guevara, Stacy Huggins, Karen Ann Myers, Erin Glaze Nathanson, AnneTrabue Nelson and Ann Simmons.

The College of Charleston School of the Arts will host the National Collegiate Choral Organization’s National Convention Oct. 31-Nov. 2, a three-day gathering of workshops, lectures and concerts.

Public performances will be offered by 12 collegiate choirs, including the College of Charleston Concert Choir, which will collaborate with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus, the Taylor Festival Choir, and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. Conducted by Robert Taylor, the concert is 1 p.m. Saturday at the Sottile Theatre, 44 George St.

Tickets are $20, $10 for students, and can be purchased in advance by contacting Christina Wynn at 452-4442.

The remaining concerts will be at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul (126 Coming St.) and the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist (120 Broad St.).

Admission is $15 at the door, $5 for students.


Concert Session, 10:20 a.m., Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul; Kennesaw State University Chamber Choir, University of Kentucky Men’s Chorus, Fullerton College Chamber Singers.

Concert Session, 8:30 p.m., Cathedral of St. John the Baptist; Samford University A Cappella Choir, Utah Valley University Chamber Choir.


Concert Session, 2 p.m., Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul; California State University Long Beach Chamber Choir, Kansas State University Men’s Choir; California State University Fullerton University Singers

Concert, 8:30 p.m., Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul; Matthew Halls and University of Maryland Chamber Choir.


Concert, 1 p.m., Sottile Theatre; College of Charleston Concert Choir, Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Taylor Festival Choir Charleston Symphony Orchestra.

Concert, 8 p.m., Cathedral of St. John the Baptist; Indiana University Pro Arte Singers.

The S.C. Arts Commission and the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission invite Gullah-Geechee artists to attend meetings designed to develop new relationships, connect residents with resources and create interest in the Gullah-Geechee culture.

Three meetings, all 5:30-8 p.m., are scheduled:

Oct. 29: Mount Pleasant Waterworks Community Room, 1619 Rifle Range Road

Nov. 19: The Frissell House at Penn Center, St. Helena Island, Beaufort County

Nov. 21: Georgetown County Library Auditorium, 405 Cleland St., Georgetown

“Our goal is to identify Gullah-Geechee residents who practice or represent one or more of the expressions outlined in the Corridor’s management plan,” said Ken May, S.C. Arts Commission executive director. “Those areas include music, arts, handicrafts, foodways, spirituality, language, education and economic development. ... Our ultimate goal is to make new relationships that bring new resources to people and create interest in the Corridor, both in the state and beyond.”

To RSVP for the Oct. 29 Mount Pleasant meeting, email deona@dejogroup.com or call 793-8684.

For additional information, contact Arts Participation Program Director Susan DuPlessis, sduplessis@arts.sc.gov or (803) 734-8693.

The Gibbes Museum of Art and its Art With a Twist program will offer a special showing of “The Little Match Girl,” featuring music by Laura Ball, choreography by Jonathan Tabbert and contributions from the Charleston Dance Institute and Chamber Music Charleston.

The ballet will be presented at 11 a.m. Nov. 16 at Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting St.

“ ‘The Little Match Girl’ is a story of a young girl with hope in her heart and determination in her bones, and through this touching tale the dancers and musicians will leave the audience entertained and inspired,” Tabbert said.

The Gibbes’ Art With a Twist program offers a series of diverse events aimed at introducing the arts to members of the community.

“Engaging families is an important role at the museum, and Art With a Twist has helped create opportunities for a younger audience,” Curator of Education Rebecca Sailor said.

Tickets, which must be purchased in advance, are $5 for children 12 and under, $10 for adults. To register, contact Rebecca Sailor at rsailor@ gibbesmuseum.org or call 722-2706, ext. 41.

The Terrace Theater will screen the action-adventure feature film “All For Liberty” at 7 p.m. Nov. 11.

The screening is a fundraiser for U.S. Vet Corps Resources and Actors’ Theatre of South Carolina, whose film division, Moving Images Group, produced the movie.

The special screening will take place on Veteran’s Day. The film explores the story of the Swiss-German cobbler turned statesman, Capt. Henry Felder, who led a brilliant fight against British tyranny throughout the Lowcountry of South Carolina.

The character of Henry Felder is played by veteran actor Clarence Felder. The film is directed and co-produced by his wife, the writer-producer-actress Chris Weatherhead.

“Aside from being a great action-adventure film, ‘All For Liberty’ reminds us of the core principles on which our nation was founded and validates why so many men and women in our military are so willing to stand up in defense of our liberty,” Tim Taylor of U.S. Vet Corps Resources said. “Our organization assists military families with the many difficulties they face in their transition home. These may include post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, substance abuse, unemployment, education, homelessness and suicide.”

The special screening will be preceded by an outdoor event, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 9 at James Island County Park, which includes a 5K run, a one-mile walk, a Veteran’s Expo, a tribute to veterans to support the Folds of Honor Foundation, food and entertainment.

The screening will be followed by a silent auction of some unique props from the movie and military collectables.

The Terrace Theater is at 1956 Maybank Highway on James Island. General admission tickets are $20 and $12 for all military and youth age 12 and up. To reserve tickets, call Chris Weatherhead at 696-2761.

For more information about U.S. Vet Corps Resources, visit www.usvetcorps.org or call Tim Taylor at 276-2840.

For more information about the Actors’ Theatre, visit www.actorstheatreofsc.org. To watch a trailer of the film, go to www.allforliberty.com.

The Church of St. John the Beloved, 28 Sumter Avenue, Summerville, will host a concert featuring vocalist Leah Suarez and pianist Gerald Gregory as part of the 2013-14 St. John the Beloved Concert Series.

The concert is 4 p.m. Nov. 3 and will include Brazilian jazz, folk and popular music. Admission is free, though donations received will help support the concert series.

Suarez attended Wando High School. She is director of Jazz Artists of Charleston and a regular vocalist with the Charleston Jazz Orchestra.

Gregory has performed with Grammy Award-winning singer Erykah Badu, the Charleston Latin Jazz Collective and the Charleston Jazz Orchestra, among others.

Staff reports