Local Arts in Brief

Judy and Thomas Heath worked with Katie Holland and Bronson Taylor as they prepared to take their "Perfectly Normel People" play to the New York International Fringe Festival last year.

The Mezz "Meet the Artist Series" presents poet Marcus Amaker and drummer Quentin Baxter who will discuss their recent collaboration which resulted in the CD "The New Foundation."

The CD preview and discussion is slated for 5:30-7 p.m. tonight. Admission is free; food and drinks are available.

"The New Foundation" features recited poetry by Amaker accompanied by music created and performed by Baxter. For samples, more information about the project and to purchase a CD, visit www.poetryandjazz.com. The Mezz is located at 276 King St.

"Bedroom Secrets," a new play by the Charleston-based husband-and-wife writing team of Thomas and Judy Heath, will be presented on opening night of the 18th annual New York International Fringe Festival.

The show will run at the Players Theatre, an off-Broadway house in historic Greenwich Village. The festival is one of the largest multi-arts performing events in North America with more than 70,000 patrons attending each year.

"Bedroom Secrets" features a psychotherapist played by Ashlie Atkinson and her five patients, all played by Stephen Wallem.

"We are thrilled to have Thomas and Judy back with us," said Elena Holy, artistic director of FringeNYC.

" 'Bedroom Secrets' is a topical play and a tour-de-force opportunity for these two great actors," she said.

The show will run two weekends from Aug. 8-16. Tickets are available at www.Fringe NYC.org.

The Heaths won the TheaterMania Audience Favorite Award at last year's festival for their "Perfectly Normel People" and are the 2014 Playwrights-in-Residence at Threshold Repertory Theatre in Charleston.

The Charleston Music Hall announced the UNED!TED series fifth season premiere, "Beatles, Bach and Beer," scheduled for 8-10 p.m. Sept. 13.

Rock and Baroque music meet, performed by John Holenko and Hazel Ketchum (The Hungry Monks), Jonathan Kammer, Jonathan Gray and Laura Ball.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $16 for students and can be purchased online at www.charlestonmusichall.com or at the box office, 37 John St.

Theatre Charleston announced its 2014 award nominations for the second annual event, created to recognize theatrical excellence in the Charleston metropolitan area and raise awareness of local performing groups.

Winners will be announced at the Theatre Charleston Awards Gala on Aug. 31 at the Charleston Music Hall.

Throughout the 2013-14 theater season, voters from the Charleston area evaluated performance, production and design. Listed nominees received the top 5 scores in their category.

For a complete list, go to www.theatrecharleston.com/content/2014nominees.

Tickets to attend the gala are on sale at www.theatrecharleston.com.

This formal event will feature a red carpet, silent auction, People's Choice voting, heavy hors d'oeuvres, open bar, live entertainment and more.

Sister Summit returns to Charleston Sept. 6-14, a week of events celebrating women of color and addressing issues that affect women.

Events include:

Sept. 6: Film screenings and panel discussion. Park Circle Film Society. $10.

Sept. 7: Family Fun Day. Hampton Park. Free.

Sept. 8: Day of Giving. Giving back to the community. Various locations.

Sept. 9: Pamper Me Pretty. A spa event. Bellus Sip and Relax Day Spa. $10 plus cost of treatments.

Sept. 10: Hump Day Happy Hour. A girls' night out. Republic Reign. Free, cash bar.

Sept. 11: Sister Circle. "Honest conversation" led by coaches and psychologists. Gullah Cuisine. $10.

Sept. 12: She Rocks the Mic, featuring Def Jam poet Sunni Patterson. All-female revue with art, poetry, music and dancing. Charleston Museum. $35 advance, $45 at door.

Sept. 13: Symposium and Vendor Fair. Seminars, speakers, vendors, crafts and entertainment. North Charleston High School. $10.

Sept. 14: Swinging Sisters Jazz Brunch. The Mezz.

For more information, visit www.sistersummit.com.

Adam Parker