The beginning of South Carolina’s cultural season is like a B12 shot at the end of the summer. The long, warm days have lulled us all into a comfortably slow pace that, by the time school starts, has us all moving as if through a comfortable mud bath at a spa!
We have a lot to look forward to this fall, as South Carolina’s variety of interesting venues have lined up an arsenal of cultural and arts events to entertain and inspire. Here are some highlights:
37th Annual Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival
Noon to 6 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
Huntington Beach State Park
The Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival features more than 100 of the finest artisans. Visit one of the Southeast’s most beautiful state parks while enjoying bluegrass and a wide variety of arts and crafts.
Annual Fall Art Walk
5 to 8 p.m.
Historic Downtown Beaufort
Enjoy a walk through Beaufort’s gallery district while taking in the beautiful coastal town’s fall atmosphere and the works on display through the Guild of Beaufort Galleries. As you stroll along, you will see why Beaufort was named one of the Top 20 art towns in America by American Style Magazine and Southern Living. For more information, please visit the guild’s website
MOJA Arts Festival
Sept. 27 to Oct. 7
The MOJA Arts Festival
is an annual celebration of African-American and Caribbean Arts that has been selected as one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 events. “MOJA” is a Swahili word for “One,” which is its overlying theme — harmony amongst all people in the community. The festival includes a wide range of visual arts, music, dance, gospel, jazz, poetry, traditional crafts, foods, and much more. Events not to be missed include the Caribbean Street Parade down King and Market streets, the Reggae Block Party, and the exhibition of paintings by Doris Colbert Kennedy and Elayna Shakur.
Love, Loss, and What I Wore, presented by The Village Playhouse
Oct. 11-14, 18-21 and 25-28
The Village Playhouse
This year’s loss of the great Nora Ephron was, quite frankly, very hard. Most people who know and love Ephron’s work felt a physical jolt at the news of the passing of one of America’s great satiric voices. Charleston’s Village Playhouse will present the play that Nora and her sister, Delia adapted from the book by Ilene Beckerman. The production won the 2010 Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience. The play consists of a series of monologues about women’s relationships and the wardrobes involved, using the clothing as a sort of time capsule to chronicle life events.
Mark Rothko: The Decisive Decade 1940-1950
Ongoing through Jan. 6, 2013
Columbia Museum of Art
September marks the first time a Mark Rothko exhibition will have visited Columbia, and the community is wiggly with excitement and anticipation. Mark Rothko: The Decisive Decade 1940-1950 celebrates one of the world’s most influential artists while featuring 37 paintings and watercolors, mostly from the collection of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
Mozart & More, presented by the S.C. Philharmonic
Koger Center for the Arts
Join conductor Morihiko Nakahara for an event that pays homage to the greatest composer of all time. The evening will feature two pieces by Mozart and an homage by French composer Jean Francaix. Morihiko is an energetic force who brings an extra bounce to the step of the talented orchestra. This is an event that should not be missed. For more information, click here
Koresh Dance Company
Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center
Philadelphia’s Koresh Dance Company has graced stages around the world with a high-energy style that blends ballet, modern dance and jazz into an explosive audience pleaser. The company was founded in 1991 by Israeli-born Ronen Koresh and has gone on to receive international acclaim. The troupe will visit Francis Marion University’s Performing Arts Center for a performance that will be remembered for years to come.
Greenville Symphony Orchestra presents European Sojourn
2 and 7 p.m.
Centre Stage Theatre
The GSO can always be counted upon to uplift, inspire and educate audiences. This concert will feature works by Johann Michael Haydn, Bohuslav Martinu and Francois Devienne, giving the audience a grand tour through some of Europe’s most influential musical minds.
The Peace Center for the Performing Arts
The wry and witty author of Me Talk Pretty One Day and When You Are Engulfed in Flames is set to make audiences snicker and guffaw this October at Greenville’s Peace Center. An NPR favorite and regular on “This American Life,” Sedaris’s views on childhood in the South and life as an adult member of global society are always fascinating and a little weird.