The fall arts season is definitely in full swing. Instead of one or two events to pick from, there are going to be more than anyone can possibly attend.
And since the arts should be accessible to everyone, here are some favorites for the week, and they are the right price: free.
The 2011 MOJA Arts Festival Exhibition, "Special Moments," opens Friday at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park with the artwork from the private collection of Dr. Harold Rhodes, a dentist based in Walterboro who has been acquiring artwork by renowned African-American artists for more than 30 years.
"Precious," a piece by Jonathan Green and included in this collection, was the inspiration for the exhibition's title, says Ellen Dressler Moryl, the director of the city of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs.
"The MOJA Arts Festival strives to create 'special moments' for all artists and audiences while highlighting some of the most talented African-American artists working in the Southeast," she says.
This promises to be an eclectic show with work ranging from the provocative art of Leo Twiggs to self-taught Beaufort artist Cassandra M. Gillens.
The opening starts at 6 p.m., Friday with a public reception in honor of the artists at 6-8 p.m. It will run through Oct. 19.
More on the MOJA Arts Festival schedule is coming later. The celebration of African-American art forms in Charleston runs Sept. 29-Oct. 9.
Another thing that caught my eye was the recent flash mob video at Towne Centre in Mount Pleasant that showed up on YouTube.com.
Seems that Dance Anatomy doesn't mind taking it to the streets. Its Extreme Team of young dancers hit the space in front of the movie theaters and did a lot better job than the guy in the TV commercial at Grand Central Station.
The girls were wearing yellow and black, and it looked like at lot of fun. They plan to show up, well, anywhere and start dancing again. Check it out.
Win free tickets
Theatre Charleston, a league of 10 local theater companies, is participating in the fifth national Free Night of Theatre 2011, which means you have a chance to enter a drawing for pairs of free tickets for performances during October.
Rather than have last year's mad scramble for tickets that sold out in less than eight minutes, the schedule will be released and available for viewing for two weeks starting Friday and ending Sept. 23 at FreeNightCharleston.com.
Pick your favorite performances, up to five choices, and submit them to win. (You have to register.) Around Sept. 28, you'll get an email if you won the tickets, which will be randomly distributed based on the patrons' selections and ticket availability.
If you don't win, arts organizations will contact you with other offers.
If you really want to go to a particular performance, get your family and friends to enter, too. (There is also a phone number, 813-8578, if you aren't on the Internet.)
The idea behind the nationwide Free Night of Theater is to allow people who either don't know anything about live theater to experience it free of charge, or to open up performances to those who might not have seen a particular production or company.
The free tickets are for productions in October and you might recognize some of them: "I Ought to Be In Pictures" at South of Broadway Theatre, "Over the River and Through the Woods" at Midtown/Sheri Grace Productions, "Strangers on a Train" at the Village Playhouse, "Time Stands Still" at Pure Theatre and "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde" at The Footlight Players.
More info on the giveaway can be found at www.theatrecharleston.com.
If you want to hear what other theater companies are doing around the nation, go to Twitter and use the hash tag #FNOT11 to join the conversation, or go to FreeNightofTheater.net.
And finally a catfight
Don't forget to tune into "Iron Chef" tonight on TV. Our third chef to take to the kitchen stadium is Robert Carter of Peninsula Grill fame.
Sean Brock and Mike Lata both have been in the kitchen and sweated under the lights, and now it's Carter's turn. The episode was filmed in July 2010, so he's been sweating the wait. He can't talk about the outcome.
Carter takes on Cat Cora at 10 p.m. on the Food Network.
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