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.”

Poetry & Storytelling: Open Mic


Saturday, October 8 at 2:30pm
Venue: Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture
Address: 125 Bull Street
Admission: Free
Coordinators: Warachal E. Faison, MD and Tribal Raine

Regional and local poets and writers are invited to perform. Please join us in listening to some wonderful poets and feel free to make your way up to the mic to let us hear your talent.

Classical Encounter

Venue: Mt. Zion AME Church
Address: 5 Glebe Street
Admission: Free, reservation required.
Coordinator: Ellen Dressler Moryl

Concert pianist Dr. Wilfred Delphin will be joined by bass-baritone Ivan Griffin, and soprano Dara Rhaming, in a program of opera arias and spirituals. Also appearing on the program is D’Jaris Whipper-Lewis, one Charleston’s leading singers. Dr. Delphin has long been a favorite performer at MOJA and Piccolo Spoleto. Mr. Griffin and Ms. Rhaming were presented at the 2016 Spoleto Festival USA in Gershwin’s quintessential American opera, Porgy and Bess; Griffin also appeared in Spoleto’s world-premiere of Afram ou La Belle Swita by Edmund Thornton Jenkins, son of Reverend Daniel Jenkins who founded Charleston’s historic Jenkins Orphanage.

Charleston Boxing Club Annual MOJA Cup


Saturday, October 8
Doors at 6:00 pm; 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm (weigh-in at 2pm for participants)
Venue: Arthur Christopher Gymnasium
Address: Hagood & Fishburne Streets
Admission: $10 for general admission and $5 for youth (8 and under)
Tickets available at the door only
Sponsored by: The Charleston Boxing Club
Coordinators: Al “Hollywood” Meggett and Osei Terry Chandler

This yearly event is sanctioned by U.S.A. Boxing.  It highlights some of the region’s best up and coming talents.  Come enjoy an evening of different weight classes boxing in the ring.

Gullah/Geechee Knows Emanuel: A Gullah/Geechee Story

This event has been rescheduled for Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 7:00pm

Venue: Harvest Pointe Church of Christ
Address: 4870 Piedmont Ave, North Charleston
Admission: $16 General; $6 Children under 12
Produced by: De Gullah/Geechee Angel Network presents a Carlie Towne Production

Gullah/Geechee Knows Emanuel: A Gullah/Geechee Story takes the audience on a journey through the Gullah/Geechee memories of the history of Emanuel in Charleston, SC from the founding of Emanuel AME by Denmark Vesey and Gullah Jack to the tragic slaying of nine members of Emanuel AME in 2015.   The history and legacy of the unity of the Gullah/Geechee family emerges in this dramatic presentation that retells the memories of Gullah/Geechees that have had to survive from chattel enslavement to the present.  In the midst of it all, they know that GOD has kept them being able to continue their traditions and sustain their legacy.  So, they come together to continue to hold one another up and educate their children on how to thrive and survive in faith as they remember Emanuel.

Gullah/Geechee Knows Emanuel: A Gullah/Geechee Story is a play produced by Carlie Towne Productions in collaboration with Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation.   The play is co-written by Carlie Towne and Queen Quet. This project was funded in part by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs and the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Program through their joint administration of the Lowcountry Quarterly Arts Grant Program and the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC.

Harriet’s Return: Based Upon The Legendary Life of Harriet Tubman

Harriet’s Return has been rescheduled for January 14, 2017 at 7:30pm.  PURCHASE TICKETS

Historic Dock Street Theatre
Address: 135 Church Street
Admission: $36 Adults; $21 Students (*not suitable for students under the age of 10.)
Produced by: Charleston Black Theatre

Award-winning and critically acclaimed, Harriet’s Return: Based Upon The Legendary Life of Harriet Tubman is a full theatrical production that takes audiences on a deeply personal, high energy journey into the private and public life of this famed Underground Railroad conductor, spiritual icon, revolutionary, and entrepreneur, whose life spanned nine decades and still influences the consciousness of people throughout the world.