Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Eat up - then work it off with some art

Happy Thanksgiving – my favorite holiday.

This is usually when the start of nothing starts. Holidays upon us, the arts, other than a barrage of “Nutcrackers,” disappear.

Well not this year. But this year has been like that. 

We’re in the middle of this recession and I’ve barely had a chance to kayak there's so much going on. 

Now not all of it is GOOD, but there is a lot of it.
Kind of like turkey and pumpkin pie. It is what it is.

 The next few days are dead, but next week we get the last blast of the year.

Thursday, Nov. 26
Turkey day
Eat. Walk. Dessert. Nap. Eat. Walk. Eat. Eat. Dessert. Sleep.

"On the Edge" by Michael Brodeur
                                                            in "Contemporary Conversations" 

Friday – Sunday, Nov. 27 – 29
You really don’t want to be out shopping this weekend. 
Instead visit some art shows and if you need to buy something buy art.
On the list:
Wanda Stepp and Harriett Marshall Goode at City Art Gallery.
The various shows at the Columbia Museum of Art, especially Larry Clark’s “Tulsa” which will make you very thankful on the weekend after following Thanksgiving that you aren’t in any of his photos. 
Although I don't care much for actual exhibition itself, part two of "Contemporary Conversations: The State Art Collection" at 701 Center for Contemporary Art has some very fine work in it. 


If you happen to be taking a holiday weekend in Charleston you can see some great exhibitions.

“Mega Churches,” a photography show by Joe Johnson, at Redux Contemporary Art Center. (left)

The show of recent Brian Rutenberg paintings at the Gibbes Museum of Art.

The new Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston and the mega-solo show by the South Carolina artist Aldwyth that’s there.

The City Gallery at Waterfront Park has a rare showing by non-Charleston artists. “Aesthetic Sanctuary” is made up of individual and collaborative artworks by Michael Krajewski (his "Shirt, Shoes," right) of Columbia and Justice Littlejohn of Greenville. (843) 958-6484.

All this makes me want to go to Charleston.

Monday, Nov. 30

Selling out by USC art
OK, if you really MUST buy something the USC art department is the place to go.
Prints, ceramics, fabric works by students and faculty members will be for sale from 9 to 6 today and Tuesday. The department is at Senate and Pickens streets. (803) 777-4236.

Tuesday, Dec. 1

 Jackie Bell and Vincent Lopez working on "Balance"

Dancing for the next few days
The “Nutcrackers” are upon us, but that's not the only dance around. The USC dance program and Wideman/Davis Dance, the in-residence dance company at the university, hook up for a double dose of more contemporary work today through Friday.

Wideman/Davis are debuting “Balance,” a work about homelessness, created in collaboration with the university writing and psychology programs. The piece is generated directly from interaction with the homeless of Columbia.

“This is the first piece we’ve done here that’s about this place,” said Thaddeus Davis who runs the company with his wife Tanya Wideman-Davis. (That's the couple at right)

 “Balance” is both narrative and theatrical as well as pure dance.  It includes the dancers reading pieces by and about the homeless and at times working within a skeletal house-like set piece. It is set to the music of David Lange and Marc Mellits (who was a visiting composer at USC earlier this year.)

 The title refers to the fine balance many in society must walk to keep a roof over the head.

On a more upbeat note the company will also perform “Rock and My Soul,” an exuberant piece inspired by the 40th anniversary of Woodstock. It is also new and is set to music by Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Curtis Mayfield.

Wideman/Davis starts at 8, right after another dance performance ends.

At 6 p.m. student-based performance has been created by Celia Rowlson-Hall, a New York choreographer who has done a lot of music video dance;  Peter Garick, formerly of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and Hannah Lagerway, a dancer with Wideman/Davis Dance as well as five student pieces.
 The dancing is at Drayton Hall Theatre, located at Sumter and College streets. Tickets for both are $16. (803) 251-2222.
(Come back Sunday for more about "Balance.")

Tuesday, Dec. 1
A new kind of holiday concert with the S.C. Philharmonic

During the past few weeks we’ve heard concerts by the pipa, a Chinese lute, the shofar, a horn made from  a horn, and the h’arpeggione, an 18-string hybrid of cello and guitar. Now for a more familiar instrument, the banjo, but in a unique setting.
Oh, and you might have heard of the banjo player – Bela Fleck.
The banjo player, who has performed with every kind of musicians imaginable, and his band the Flecktones join the S.C. Philharmonic tonight for a holiday concert called “Jingle All the Way.”

The “Jingle All the Way” recording, released late last year, won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental recording. The tunes, which will be the heart of the concert, are well-loved modern classics “Jingle Bells,” “Sleigh Ride,” “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” “Silent Night,” along with “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies” by Tchaikovsky and Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio.” 

Expect the tunes played by Fleck, bassist Victor Wooten, percussionist (if that’s what you want to call everything he does) Futureman and saxophonist Jeff Cohen, to sound a little different than you’re used to.

This is one of the only Flecktones and symphony couplings this season. You can thank philharmonic music director Morihiko Nakahara for that.  Last year Nakahara conducted the Spokane Symphony with the Flecktones and they hit it off.

The concert starts at 8 at the Koger Center. Tickets are $40 to $70. If you’d like to eat, drink and meet the band a party is taking place after the show. Admission is by a $50 tax-deductible donation.
For concert tickets (803) 251-2222 or For the party 254-7445.

More art to buy
OK, if you still have to buy something, the Trenholm Artists Guild will have fine and decorative arts made by members. The show and sale and stores runs through Dec. 19 at Forest Park Plaza (the shopping center with the Piggly Wiggly (don't you miss Harris Teeter?) on Forest Drive.)  

 Wednesday, Dec. 2 
Young composers unveil new pieces in a concert starting at 7:30. Expect the unexpected at the free concert at the USC Music School, Assembly and College streets.


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