ACTORS’ THEATRE AND THE ART OF COLLABORATION

  STAGE ACTORS ARE SCULPTORS who carve in snow. And while it is true that nothing in the theater is imperishable, save great writing, Chris Weatherhead and Clarence Felder are working on a measure of immortality. As actors, writers, producers and directors, the couple worked steadily for more than 30 years in professional theater and […]

WHY ARTISTS DO WHAT THEY DO

  ONCE WE CREATED CRAFTS out of necessity. The impulse was strictly utilitarian. But humans being humans, it was not long before the desire to decorate even the most prosaic objects became irresistible. The evolution of the fine arts took a similar if somewhat different path, but the motivation has been the same: to create, […]

THE ODYSSEY OF A SACRED SONG

Herb Frazier was captivated by a centuries-old funeral song and its ancestral echo. He had gone to Africa in the spring of 1994 to report on efforts to collect hospital supplies for Rwanda, a drive in which the Medical University of South Carolina was involved. Writing for the Charleston Post and Courier, he covered the local medical community as well as an agonizing recovery from the Rwandan genocide.

CAN’T GO ON? YES, YOU CAN.

Rapid breathing and a racing pulse. Trembling hands and sweaty palms. Quaking knees and a halting voice. Butterflies bordering on nausea. Did Laurence Olivier ever have to deal with this? Does Cate Blanchett?

CARRYING ON THE GULLAH TRADITION

Spirited and diverse, the South Carolina Sea Islands’ musical masala of West African rhythms, gospel, children’s rhymes and dance tunes come together with a contemporary spin in the band Ranky Tanky, named after the Gullah phrase meaning “work it” or “get funky”!

THE KINGS OF QUEEN STREET

Of all the arts, theater is the most democratic. Advanced education is not a prerequisite, nor even literacy. And, as a rule, emotion carries more weight that intellect. Not to say that having a certain sophistication won’t enable a patron to appreciate literary allusions, historical references, in-jokes and subtle jabs of wit.

THE LANGUAGE OF TEXTILES

As the name adopted for an international movement founded by Susan Hull Walker, ibu could not be more appropriate, for it also suggests the value that should be placed on the work of female artisans. From its showroom on King Street to online sales and trunk shows, ibu offers exquisite textile wares and other handmade items whose sales help support women in 38 countries.

WHIMSY, NOSTALGIA AND SYMBOLISM

Were he in Paris, David Boatwright would be thought a bon vivant, a boulevardier known for his ready smile, his menagerie of hats and a breezy manner.

INDIE GRANTS HELPS FILMMAKERS

It may not sound like much in an era of $200 million mainstream movie budgets, but the generous five-figure production funding awarded to independent filmmakers by the Indie Grants program can make all the difference in the world.

PRESERVING AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY

Some find their passion in life early on, but few can claim to have discovered it at so tender an age as Christina Butler.