Visual Arts- Fahamu Pecou: Do or Die: Affect, Ritual, Resistance

Venue: Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art
Address: 161 Calhoun Street
Admission: Free
On View: Through October 8, Monday-Saturday, 11:00am-4:00pm

This solo exhibition features the work of Fahamu Pecou, an artist profoundly involved in exploring the state of Black existence – life and death – today. DO or DIE: Affect, Ritual, Resistance serves as one artist’s action in opposition to overwhelming societal forces, seeking instead to elevate and re-contextualize Black life and death. Through performance, painting, drawing and video Pecou reframes our view, incorporating references from Yoruba/ Ifa ritual to cultural retentions of hip-hop to the philosophy of Négritude, and through this shapes a story that seeks to affirm life via an understanding of the balance between life and death.

As Pecou states: “DO or DIE is a different type of spectacle, one that distances itself from the terror and violence typically associated with Black bodies. It affirms life and life beyond. It reclaims what was lost, turning our gaze inward and ultimately forward. Through ritual, performance and image, the exhibit challenges the perception of death’s dominion. Ultimately, DO or DIE is a reminder of an intimate balance that affirms life. It is art as affective resistance. It is a healing.”

33rd Annual MOJA Arts Festival Juried Art Exhibition

33rd Annual MOJA Arts Festival Juried Art Exhibition


On View: September 29-October 9, 2016; Monday-Friday, 10:00am-5:00pm
Venue: Avery Research Center
Address: 125 Bull Street
Admission: Free

Featuring new works by regional artists, this annual juried art exhibition invites submissions from artists living in the Southeast, welcoming a range of works in oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, printmaking, drawing, photography, graphics, fiber, sculpture, metals, ceramics, basketry and mixed media.

This year’s juror is Greg Jenkins, the Operations Manager and Chief Preparator at the Gibbes Museum of Art, having worked with the Gibbes since 1983. A native of Charleston and a graduate of Chicora High School, Mr. Jenkins has a lifelong interest in art. He was the 1986 MOJA Arts Festival poster artist and is a member of the MOJA Arts Festival Planning Committee.

Artists featured:
Jeffery Callaham, Judith Chamberlin, Katherine DuTremble, Meyriel J. Edge, Maria Espinosa, Susanne Frenzel, Bob Graham, Earnest Hampton, Karyn Healey, Shirley Holmes, Chuck Hooker, Katherine Houghton, Rachel Jones, Hampton Olfus, Jenifer Padilla, David Sanders, Tyson Smith, James St. Clair, and Matt Wilson

Art Forms & Theatre Concepts, Inc. present Stick Fly

Thursday, September 29 and Friday, September 30 at 8:00pm; Saturday, October 1 at 2:00pm; Sunday October 2 at 4:00pm
Venue: Historic Dock Street Theatre
Address: 135 Church Street
Admission: $26 Adults; $21 Seniors & Students

This wickedly funny, award-winning drama tells the story of the LeVay family, an affluent, African American family, as they gather at their Martha’s Vineyard home. The two brothers bring their girlfriends home to meet their parents for the first time—at the same time. A relaxing family weekend quickly turns into a sharp discussion about race, class and identity as long standing tensions bubble under the surface reaching a boiling point when family secrets are revealed.

Stick Fly arrived on Broadway in 2012 and the Wall Street Journal called the play “A must see, fascinating, arrestingly fresh.” The New York Times calls it, “a juicy family drama” that “supplies enough simmering conflict, steamy romance and gasp-worthy revelations to satisfy just about anyone…” The play’s author, Lydia R. Diamond is an important, modern voice in American theatre today and explores themes of families, class and identity in her works.

Children’s Programs at the Library: Julian Gooding Presents The Adventures of Malachiae Moon

Saturday, October 1 from 11:00am-11:45am; Tuesday, October 4 from 9:15am-10:00am
Venue: Charleston County Public Library, Auditorium
Address: 68 Calhoun Street
Admission: Free
Produced by: Charleston County Public Library

Storyteller Julian Gooding shares tales from a journal given to him on the day he was born. The journal once belonged to Malachiae Moon who was born the day the American Civil War ended in 1865. Malachiae Moon, a wise and skilled sailor of African descent, lived to be 100 years old. The stories from his journal will take you to Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. This 45-minute performance is designed for ages 6 to 60.

Harold Smith Adult Tennis Tournament

Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2 at 9:00 am
Venue: St. Andrews Parks and Playground
Address: 1095 Playground Road
Admission: Free
Coordinators: Carl Campbell, Phil Burke, Brian Burke and Nathaniel Mercer

Image Courtesy of Google Images

The Harold Smith Adult Tennis Tournament is a USTA sanctioned tournament.  Entry deadline for participants is Wednesday, September 28 by noon ($38.00 for adult singles; $23 per player for adult doubles).  For more information, please call Phil Burke at (843) 763-4360.

One Day Junior Tennis Tournament

Saturday, October 1 from 10:00am-2:30pm
Venue: Charleston Tennis Center
Address: 19 Farmfield Avenue, West Ashley
Admission: Free
Coordinators: Carl Campbell, Peggy Bohne and Delores Jackson

A one-day tournament showcasing youth from the Inner-city Youth Tennis Program and other area programs. Trophies, t-shirts, and refreshments available for participants. Entry deadline for participants is Wednesday, September 28 ($8 per youth). For more information, please call Peggy Bohne or Delores Jackson at the Charleston Tennis Center at (843) 766-7401.

Heritage Day at Marion Square

Saturday, October 1 from 10:00am-3:00pm
Venue: Marion Square
Address: Corner of Meeting & Calhoun Streets
Admission: Free
Coordinators: Cherry Seabrook, Veronica McDaniel, Jazzy Clay King and Angel R. Quintero
Sponsored By: Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, Roper St. Francis Healthcare, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, metroPCS

Celebrate African-American and Caribbean culture while enjoying ethnic flavors, international artisans and regional performers in the heart of Downtown.

St. Paul’s Music Festival

Saturday, October 1 at 12:00pm (Gates open at 11:00am)
Venue: Ravenel Family Park
Address: 4433 Savannah Highway Ravenel, SC 29470
Admisson: $5.00 Adults, $1.00 Children Under 12 through the Town of Ravenel
For Tickets: Contact Beth Carpenter at (843) 697-8677 or Mark Bloomer (843) 889-8732

Conceived in 2008 by Ravenel Councilman Curtis Inabinett, Jr., the festival has been an annual event featuring many of the low country’s favorite bands performing all types of music. This year’s event will feature Leather and Lace, led by Drummer Shannon Sausser, Curtis Inabinett, Jr., and a nine-piece funk jazz band, and a low country favorite, the East Coast Party Band.

Future Casting

Saturday, October 1 from  5:00pm-8:00pm
Venue: Fabulon
Address: 1017 Wappoo Road, West Ashley
Admission: Free

Future Casting, an interactive hip-hop event, will feature local, national, and international artists, of the genre tagged Hip-Hop and highlight the generational and contemporary links within the arts to Hip-Hop. Come celebrate what is trueto the art form’s creative beginnings as we project into the future with messages of hope, unity, progress, and harmony.

R&B Concert featuring Cameo, Monica and DJ Kid Capri

Saturday, October 1 at 7:00pm

The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs has been informed by the promoters of the R&B Concert featuring Monica & Cameo, scheduled for Saturday, October 1 at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park (“The Joe”), that the concert has been cancelled. Refunds will be issued automatically to those patrons who purchased tickets on-line or using a credit or debit card; tickets paid for in person using cash should be returned to the point of sale. For more information regarding refunds, please call the Riverdogs staff at (843) 723-7241.