Mark Catesby at the Gibbes | The Parrot of Carolina

By Peter Ingle
Mark Catesby at the Gibbes | The Parrot of Carolina

CATESBY OBVIOUSLY had a fond admiration for this “Small Parrot” of Carolina, which may be why this watercolor wins the prize for best combination of most beautiful and most pleasing to look at in this exhibit. But, why is it so satisfying? Why does it immediately make you happy? With Catesby, of course, there’s always... Read »

Mark Catesby at the Gibbes | The Red Bird

By Peter Ingle
Mark Catesby at the Gibbes | The Red Bird

MANY PIECES in this exhibit jump out and impress you with their color, drama, and power. This one invites you in, and the more you linger the more there is to appreciate. The main thing, of course, is the... Read »

Mark Catesby at the Gibbes | Ivory-billed woodpecker

By Peter Ingle
Mark Catesby at the Gibbes | Ivory-billed woodpecker

THIS GORGEOUS PORTRAIT of an ivory-billed woodpecker (now on display at the Gibbes) is one of the most compelling pieces in this exhibit. One reason for that may be because it is equally powerful and perplexing. Its power derives... Read »

Mark Catesby at the Gibbes — the Black Snake

By Peter Ingle
Mark Catesby at the Gibbes — the Black Snake

THIS WATERCOLOR stands out in several ways. One way is how Catesby has the snake itself “standing” out, as though it has lifted one quarter of its body into the air—which I have never seen a black snake do in... Read »

The Loneliest Number in Professional Tennis

By Peter Ingle
The Loneliest Number in Professional Tennis

AT THE TINY, TALL SUMMIT of professional tennis, there is room for only one. Preparation for getting there is grueling. The ascent is physically exhausting and psychologically draining. Arrival is not guaranteed. Victory can be fleeting. It’s a lonely journey... Read »

Mark Catesby at the Gibbes — The Little Thrush and the Dahoon Holly

By Peter Ingle
Mark Catesby at the Gibbes — The Little Thrush and the Dahoon Holly

ONE OF THE FINEST PAIRS worth examining in this exhibition is the watercolor sketch and later etching of “The Little Thrush and the Dahoon Holly.” Together they demonstrate how Catesby observed, what his intentions seem to have been, and how... Read »

Spoleto Chamber Music Sizzles

By Peter Ingle
Spoleto Chamber Music Sizzles

THE ONE CONSTANT each year at Spoleto USA, and the one show that everyone should try to get to, is the Chamber Music Series at The Dock Street Theatre. The performances are world-class sublime and the Dock Street’s size... Read »

Cinema and Sound — Marriage and Magic

By Peter Ingle
Cinema and Sound — Marriage and Magic

IF YOU CAN STILL GET A TICKET, this is a fun show for several reasons. The main reason is pianist Stephen Prutsman of classical, jazz, fusion, and other musical renown who is the emcee, keyboard player, and driving force... Read »

“Emperor’s New Clothes” is a Piccolo Charm

By Peter Ingle
“Emperor’s New Clothes” is a Piccolo Charm

DON’T BE FOOLED by Sprouts Musical Theatre. Their performances are geared toward children, but the plays are full of serious art, artistry, and fun for all ages. Case in point is “The Emperor’s New Clothes” which will have a final... Read »

“OCD Love” — Provocative, Evocative, and True

By Peter Ingle
“OCD Love” — Provocative, Evocative, and True

FIVE DANCERS bring remarkable energy, endurance, and honesty to this compelling 60-minute performance which showcases a range of movements you’ve never seen before, at least not with this frequency and intensity. Set to a Bolero-like theme without the melody—and... Read »

“Ramona” — A Steamy Love Affair

By Peter Ingle
“Ramona” — A Steamy Love Affair

IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE that a locomotive brute with a big whistle destined for great things could ever fall for an innocent little shunt engine. But that’s exactly what happens in Rezo Gabriadze’s story about “Ramona,” who out of admiration for her beloved... Read »

Don’t Wait to See “Godot”

By Peter Ingle
Don’t Wait to See “Godot”

METICULOUS STAGE DIRECTION, impeccable timing, and mime-like stillness provide the baseline for this excellent production. On top of that baseline, director Garry Hynes plays Samuel Beckett’s fascinating melody of charged one-liners with a delightful mix of profundity and playfulness. Yes, “Waiting... Read »

Into the Nothingness of Godot

By Peter Ingle
Into the Nothingness of Godot

“WAITING FOR GODOT” has long held fascination and been a challenge for theater goers. Who exactly is Godot? What might Godot represent? Why are two homeless men “waiting” for him? How do the other three characters fit into the picture?... Read »

It is with life as it is with art: the deeper one penetrates, the broader the view.                   
~ Johann Goethe

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