Chamber Music Charleston Charms Again

By Peter Ingle
Chamber Music Charleston Charms Again

THIS TIME they did it at the Sottile Theater with a little help from Camille Saint-Saëns, Ogden Nash, and local actors Clarence Felder and Chris Weatherhead, along with a special dash of the always charismatic clarinetist, Charles Messersmith. Saint-Saëns wrote “The Carnival of the Animals” in 1886 after returning from an unsuccessful (Wikipedia calls it a... Read »

CAM Showcases Two Rising Talents

By Peter Ingle
CAM Showcases Two Rising Talents

THE CHARLESTON ACADEMY OF MUSIC (CAM) is a jewel whose luster keeps shining, as evidenced at their recent free (yes, free) concert on September 12 featuring pianist Micah McLaurin and violinist Victor Li. Micah, as many people know, is a... Read »

PURE Perfection, Chekhov Style

By Peter Ingle
PURE Perfection, Chekhov Style

PURE Theatre’s production of “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” (running through October 4) is a thoughtful romp through the world of middle-aged, middle-class siblings in rural Pennsylvania. Christopher Durang’s articulate, award-winning play touches on human foibles, sexual... Read »

“Truth in Cold Blood” Shines Light on Church Murder

By ChasToday
“Truth in Cold Blood” Shines Light on Church Murder

THROUGHOUT HISTORY, the church as a symbol of unity has itself been frequently split. And here comes a play, “Truth in Cold Blood,” about a brutal murder that took place in 1928 in the offices of St. Philip’s Church over... Read »

A Fun Book to Give and Have

By ChasToday
A Fun Book to Give and Have

THIS BOOK GIVES YOU A HAPPY FEELING. Charleston A to Z is a clever, colorful, and charming tour of local history. A perfect gift for a child and a nice reminder for adults. Full of key historical facts about... Read »

American Dance Festival: the Legacy of Dance

By Eliza Ingle
American Dance Festival: the Legacy of Dance

I RECENTLY MADE a pilgrimage to the American Dance Festival (ADF), an 81 year-old, six-week dance immersion at Duke University. It began in 1933 on the campus of Bennington College in Vermont under the tutelage of modern dance pioneers Martha... Read »

The State of Dance and Dance Writing

By Eliza Ingle
The State of Dance and Dance Writing

I RECENTLY VISITED two different but culturally rich cities with the objective to  watch, write, and talk about dance. In Philadelphia I attended the Dance Critics Association Conference for a weekend of panels, discussions, and presentations by dance writers, scholars,... Read »

The Spell of Spoleto

By Eliza Ingle
The Spell of Spoleto

THE PAST DAYS have been filled with so many cultural offerings. It has been stolen luxury to put normal life on hold and float from one event to another experiencing the artistic energy that is so vibrant this time of year.... Read »

Dorrance No Ordinary Hoofer

By Eliza Ingle
Dorrance No Ordinary Hoofer

MICHELLE DORRANCE and her group of eight tap dancers are performing two shows at the Emmett Robinson Theatre. I caught Delta To Dusk on June 2 and thoroughly enjoyed it. Dorrance has been praised for having a fresh perspective on one... Read »

Dancers Usher in Spoleto

By Eliza Ingle
Dancers Usher in Spoleto

HUBBARD STREET DANCE CHICAGO is a contemporary dance company that has la crème de la crème of today’s dancers presenting works by world renowned choreographers. The dancers are all inclusive of their art form: they are not only technically proficient, but... Read »

A Local Perspective on Dance

By Eliza Ingle
A Local Perspective on Dance

THERE IS A BUZZ IN THE AIR as Spoleto opens and you can feel an energy shift in people’s schedules as the cultural landscape opens up to new work and ideas. There are other faces on the streets that look... Read »

Micah Comes Home

By Lindsay Koob
Micah Comes Home

THE PAST EIGHT YEARS in Charleston have witnessed the emergence of perhaps the most notable and exciting musical prodigy in our fair city’s history: Micah McLaurin—and I’ve followed almost his entire artistic journey right from the start. After all, it... Read »

Young CAM Musicians at MUSC on May 1

By ChasToday
Young CAM Musicians at MUSC on May 1

The Charleston Academy of Music (CAM), sponsored by MUSC, will present a concert at noon on Thursday, May 1 at the Hollings Cancer Center, 86 Jonathan Lucas Street downtown. Three outstanding young musicians will be featured: Benjamin Halford (violin),... Read »

A Testament to the Power of Theatre

By JP McLaurin
A Testament to the Power of Theatre

A LESBIAN CARTOONIST’S SEARCH to make peace with her closeted father’s suicide is a simple way to describe Fun Home, the Off-Broadway smash musical based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel. This show, which is far from simple... Read »

Yuriy Bekker Leads Impressive CofC Orchestra

By Lindsay Koob
Yuriy Bekker Leads Impressive CofC Orchestra

I DECIDED TO TAKE A BREAK from my duties for Delos—the CD label I write for—long enough to catch last Monday night’s concert at the Sottile Theater—featuring two really terrific soloists performing with the lately much-improved College of Charleston... Read »


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