When I First Remember

Thursday, September 27; 7:00pm
Thursday, October 4; 7:00pm
Venue: Old Bethel United Methodist Church
Address: 222 Calhoun Street
Admission: $21

Queen Atterberry of Lady in White Production Company and an ensemble of talented performers blend music, dance, and dialogue to tell the story of the inception of Gullah-Geechee culture, which is unique to the Lowcountry. The evening continues with a marketplace where attendees can meet the the actors as well as purchase artisan crafts, goods and cuisine from local Gullah-Geechee vendors.

Juried Art Exhibition

Venue: The Historic Dock Street Theatre Drawing Room
Address: 135 Church Street
Admission: FREE
On View: Thursday, September 27 and Friday, September 28 9:00am to 7:00pm
Monday, October 1 – Wednesday October 3 9:00am to 4:30pm
Thursday, October 4 and Friday, October 5 9:00am to 7:30pm
Call (843)724-7305 for Weekend Hours

Annually, this juried art exhibition features Southeastern artists who work in a range of styles and media. Viewers can discover oil paintings, watercolors, pastels, mixed media and graphite works during this exhibition.

This year’s juror is Victoria Smalls, Program Manager for the International African American Museum. Smalls joined the International African American Museum after five years of service with the Penn Center National Landmark District as Director of History, Art and Culture, Director of Development and Public Relations from 2012 through 2017.

First Prize
Addelle Sanders – Community

Second Prize
Bob Graham – The Sleeping Man

Third Prize
Amiri Farris – Moja past print future

Honorable Mentions
Jaclyn Wukela – Lemesha II

Lynda English – Island Fishing

Featured Artists:

Debbie Broadway, ‘Harriet Tubman- Moses, Soldier, Scout, Woman of God’
Lynda English, ‘Island Fishing’
Amiri Farris, ‘MOJA Past Print Future’
Bob Graham, ‘The Sleeping Man’
Carla Johannesmeyer, ‘Bajan Orange Swan Street’
Kim LeDee, ‘The Choice is Yours: 50th Commemoration of the Orangeburg Massacre’
Kenish Magwood, ‘A Tribute to the Emanuel 9′
Addelle Sanders, ‘Community’
Elayna Shakur, ‘Butterfly Free’
Nina Uccello, ‘AME Church’
Jaclyn Wukela, ‘Lemesha II’
Ellen Zisholtz, ‘Mississippi Welcomes You’

Poetry and Storytelling-Carlos Johnson and the Speak Freely Foundation

Date: Thursday, October 4
Time: 6:00pm
Venue: City Gallery
Address: 34 Prioleau Street
Admission: FREE, please reserve your seat here.
Hosts: Charleston Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Coordinators: Warachal E. Faison, MD/Tribal Raine

Carlos Johnson, a native of Summerville, South Carolina, currently resides in Goose Creek, South Carolina.  Johnson has founded organizations such as The Poetry Show and the Speak Freely Foundation (SFF).   SFF, a non-profit organization, supports local youth in the arts.  Its mission is to support, educate, and enlighten youth through the arts to better their lives as well as society. The SFF, in collaboration with the City of North Charleston, offers The S.L.@.M. (Speaking Life @mong Many) Poetry Program and the North Charleston Boxing Club at the Armory Park Center. Youth from the Speak Freely Foundation program will present with Johnson.

Classical Encounter

Date: Thursday, October 4
Time: 6:00pm
Venue: Mt. Zion AME Church
Address: 5 Glebe Street
Admission: Free, Reserve your seat here.

Two of America’s most exciting rising stars of the classical music world will join forces to present the 2018 MOJA Arts Festival Classical Encounter concert. Wade Davis, cello and Dr. Lester Green, piano, will perform classical music by F. Couperin, J.S. Bach, G. Faure, and L von Beethoven in the sanctuary of Mt. Zion AME Church. These distinguished young musicians are renowned for their technical brilliance and musically exciting interpretation of these well-known and much-beloved works from the classical chamber music repertoire. This concert promises an unforgettable, inspiring experience to the audience.

A native New Yorker, Wade Davis began studying the cello in the String Project at the University of South Carolina, going on to study at the North Carolina School of the Arts, the College of Charleston, where he completed his undergraduate studies, and finally at Peabody Conservatory where he obtained both a Master’s Degree in Baroque Cello Performance and a Graduate Performance Degree in Historical Cello. Wade is a much sought-after collaborator for chamber music and is in high demand as a solo performer with his renditions of the iconic Bach Suites for solo Cello on baroque cello. He was recently a featured performer at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival Early Music Series as well as the Colour of Music Festival in Charleston, South Carolina and is very much looking forward to returning to that festival in October of this year. Wade also teaches private students in Baltimore and Washington, DC.

A South Carolina native and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonian, Dr. Lester Green has extensive experience as a solo pianist, recital partner, and conductor. He has served on the teaching and coaching faculties of Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute, Morgan State University, and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Green formerly served as an assistant conductor, vocal coach, and clinician for the Washington National Opera. Green earned degrees in solo piano performance from the University of South Carolina, Johns Hopkins University Peabody Institute, and the University of Maryland, where he earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Collaborative Piano. For ten years Green served as Minister of Music at historic Metropolitan AME Church in Washington, DC, where he led music for worship services honoring such luminaries as President Barak and Michelle Obama, Arch-Bishop Desmond Tutu, Oprah Winfrey, Cicely Tyson, the late Rosa Parks, and others. He is a pianist and conductor Green has collaborated with world-class opera singers spanning many generations. His film credits include, Sam Coleridge-Taylor and his Music in America: 1900-1912, and Beyond the Mask, a PBS documentary. Dr. Green serves as the Artistic Director for the Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts, a non-profit arts organization, and works with an executive team and community partners to regularly showcase, acknowledge, encourage and develop excellence in the achievements of classical musicians of color in the USA and abroad.

Aunt Pearlie Sue

Date: Thursday, October 4
Time: 9:30am
Venue: Charleston County Public Library
Address: 68 Calhoun
Admission: Free

Join master storyteller, Aunt Pearlie Sue, for interactive tales of the Gullah culture brought to life with music and dance.

PURE Theatre presents Sweat

Thursday, October 4 at 7:30pm; Friday, October 5 at 7:30 pm; Saturday, October 6 at 7:30 pm; Sunday, October 7 at 3:00pm
Venue: Historic Dock Street Theatre
Address: 135 Church Street
Admission: Reserved Seating $32 Adults; $15 Students with ID

PURE Theatre presents Sweat by Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright Lynn Nottage.

Filled with humor and tremendous heart, Sweat tells the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets, and laughs while working together on the factory floor. But when layoffs and picket lines begin to chip away at their trust, the friends find themselves pitted against each other in a heart-wrenching fight to stay afloat.

Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize.