Local Arts in Brief


Famed historian David McCullough, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, will visit the Lowcountry on April 15 to receive the Charleston Library Society’s Founders Award.

At the event, held 6 p.m. at Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St., McCullough will discuss his new book “The Wright Brothers.”

The historian is the author of 11 books, including “Truman” and “John Adams,” and he is known to viewers of PBS’ “American Experience” and fans of Ken Burns’ “Civil War” documentary epic, which McCullough narrated.

He will be introduced at the Library Society event by Boeing’s general counsel, Mike Luttig.

His newest book explores the lives of Wilbur and Orville Wright and tells a “surprising, profoundly American story,” according to a release.

Tickets for the talk are $50 for Library Society members, $65 for nonmembers.

There will be a special champagne supper at the Library Society, 164 King St., following the program to raise money for the organization’s Archives Conservation Fund.

At the dinner, Luttig will discuss Boeing’s growing presence in Charleston.

John Avlon, editor in chief of The Daily Beast, will have a conversation with McCullough.

The cost for the private reception is $300 per person for members, $400 per person for nonmembers.

For tickets, call (800) 838-3006 or go to www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1029506

The Charleston Library Society will host a small reception and special recital featuring violinist Yuriy Bekker to raise money for its music programming.

Bekker will play the “ex Natchez” Stradivarius violin, lent by Winifred and John Constable. He also will play his own violin, made by the famed 19th-century French luthier Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume and discuss the comparison.

The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. March 6 at the Library Society, 164 King St. Tickets are $60 for library members, $85 for nonmembers. A reception limited to 50 people will precede the concert at 6 p.m. Tickets for the reception and concert at $125 per person.

For tickets, call (843) 723-9912 or visit www.brown papertickets.com/event/1178809.

Columbia City Ballet is presenting its popular hit “Off the Wall and Onto the Stage: Dancing the Art of Jonathan Green” at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center.

“Green’s rich, vibrant colors infuse the stage through the backdrops and scrims while the music, an exhilarating, inspiring combination of traditional work songs, gospel music, Motown and jazz, breathe life into the paintings’ intriguing characters,” according to the ballet company.

Green is known for his colorful portrayal of Gullah culture and Lowcountry settings. Columbia City Ballet’s dancers embody them and interact in a landscape that literally came from an actual painting.

Tickets are $21, $36, $41, and $46. For more information, and to purchase tickets, go to http://columbiacityballet.com.

The artists of BAMN’N present “ISMS,” an exhibition at the Avery Research Center, 125 Bull St., on view through May 30. The free opening reception is 6-8 p.m. Thursday.

BAMN’N is an acronym for By Any Means Necessary, Now: Socially Concerned, Aesthetically Astute Contemporary Artists.

It is an arts business dedicated to the professional development of contemporary artists, collaborative projects and educational outreach. The owners of BAMN’N are Karole Turner Campbell, Arianne King Comer and Addelle Sanders.

The exhibit features nine Lowcountry and two New York City artists who “have created provocative visual essays on the oppressive and alienating forces that negative “isms” wreak on society,” according to a release.

These “isms” include sexism, classism, ageism, consumerism, ghettoism, parochialism, racism, anti-intellectualism, anti-Semitism and more.

Participating artists include Karole Turner Campbell, Arianne King Comer, Natalie Daise, Susanne Frenzel, Laura Gadson, Gwylene Gallimard and Jean-Marie Mauclet, Alvin B. Glen, Jacqueline Johnson, Winston Kennedy, Addelle Sanders and special guest Leo Twiggs.

The city of North Charleston is collecting archival material for documentation and display, and invites donations that speak to the city’s history and civic life.

The North Charleston Archives and History Committee, formed in 2010, has focused on developing a compilation, inventory, implementation and access system, and organizing and scanning the current collection of city archives.

In an effort to expand the collection, the city is calling for more material, such as maps, photographs, documents and publications that pertain to the area’s history. Donated items will be photographed or scanned and returned to the owner, beginning March 2.

Contact the Cultural Arts Department at (843) 740-5854 or culturalarts@northcharleston.org for more information and to arrange a donation. Office hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

The Cultural Arts Department will display archival material in the lobby of North Charleston City Hall, 2500 City Hall Lane, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily March 2-31. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Adam Parker