Arts and Entertainment:Brookgreen Gardens offers “The Reign of Rice Lecture Series”

  • Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Brookgreen Gardens’ “The Reign of Rice Lecture Series” will feature guest speaker

Louis Nelson, Ph.D., associate dean for research and international programs in the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia.

He will present a historical talk entitled “Carolina Gold” at 1 p.m. on March 15 in Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium at Brookgreen Gardens.

The lecture series will continue through May and is free with garden admission.

“Carolina Gold” is an examination of Carolina rice culture and history through surviving art and material culture. Nelson’s talk will examine everything from paintings of rice plantations to pocket watches, and to consider the experience of the plantation by both enslaved Africans and African Americans, and the white plantation owners. While focused in the Carolina Lowcountry, the talk will also include information about countries of the coast of West Africa, which are places of origin for rice culture and the plantations’ majority population.

For more information, consult our website at www.brookgreen.org or call 843-235-6000.

Tastes at Pawleys event set for April 27

The date has been set for Tastes at Pawleys 2014. Sponsored by Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church.

This is the sixth year of the food festival which has already returned more than $225,000 to the community by helping organizations which feed the hungry and nourish the lives of people in our community.

This year’s event will be held on April 27 from 4-8 p.m. in the church’s Parish Life Center, 1633 Waverly Road, and will benefit Father Pat’s Lunch Kitchen in Pawleys Island.

Opened with funds from the first Tastes at Pawleys, Father Pat’s Lunch Kitchen serves lunch on Wednesdays and Thursdays and breakfast on Saturday.

The kitchen serves over 300 people each week.

It is named for the Rev. Patrick J. Stenson, administrator of Precious Blood, whose dream was to open a food kitchen in Pawleys Island.

Tastes at Pawleys 2012 attracted several thousand attendees who sampled appetizers, entrees and desserts from 20 restaurants in the Pawleys Island and Litchfield area.

For more information about Tastes at Pawleys 2014, call Precious Blood at 843-237-3428.

‘The Contant Wife’ at The Strand in Georgetown

Swamp Fox Players present “The Constant Wife” directed by Mark Brown at the Strand Theater in downtown Georgetown.

Performance dates are March 13, 14 and 15 at 8 p.m.; and March 16 at 2:30 p.m.

“This is an old play, written in 1927,” Brown said. “It is British humor, which can sometimes be subtle and dry, so we are trying to spice it up a little. There is enough drama in life, so come out and laugh, and forget your troubles for a while.”

He said that the play explores relationships between husbands and wives, which have changed over the last 75 years.

Brown said he is happy to work with such a wonderful cast, half of whom are also directors who know what should be happening on stage.

“This is the best play I never directed,” Brown jokes.

The cast is Ariane Lieberman as Constance Middleton, Jeff Seigrist as John Middleton, Jan Fort as Mrs. Culver, Marcy Carl as Martha Culver, Pamela Streicher as Marie Louise Durham, Joe Ford as Bernard Kersal, Stacy Rabon as Barbara Fawcett, Lee Padgett as Mortimer Durham, and Warren Umstead as Bently.

“The Constant Wife” is a social comedy of marital maneuvers in 1930s upper-class London, written by W. Somerset Maugham.

Constance discovers that her husband is having an affair with her best friend.

Rather than humiliating herself and others, she denies the affair, defends the two, and sets about turning bad luck, unfaithful friends, local gossip and a broken heart to her own advantage.

All tickets are $15.

Call 843-527-2924 ext. 1 for reservations.

The Strand Theater is located at 710 Front Street in Georgetown.

Award-winning pianist presents concert at CCU

Award-winning pianist and conductor Benjamin Woods will perform a solo piano recital in Coastal Carolina University’s Edwards Recital Hall on March 16, at 4 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Woods has given numerous solo piano concerts at venues across the country, including Coolidge Auditorium at the Library of Congress and Carnegie Recital Hall in New York City where he made his début in 1985.

He was selected one of 12 national finalists in the U.S. Information Agency’s Artistic Ambassador Competition and one of 10 finalists in the Beethoven International Piano Competition.

Woods has also conducted concerts with the Francis Marion College Chorus, the Florence Choral Society and the Florence Masterworks Choir and Orchestra.

In 1996, he became music director/conductor of the Florence Symphony Orchestra, a position from which he retired in 2002 to devote all his energies to piano performance.

Currently, Woods is a professor emeritus of music at Francis Marion University.

The Recital Hall is located in room 152 of the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts at 133 Chanticleer Drive W. in Conway.

Tickets are $5 for general admission and $3 for CCU students/faculty/staff.

For more information contact Phillip Powell, professor of music, at 843-349-2515 or ppowell@coastal.edu.

Choirs come together for a recital at CCU

Coastal Carolina University Concert and Chamber Choirs join the CCU voice faculty and members of the Long Bay Symphony to present a “Bach, Beethoven and the Boys,” a concert of choral masterworks on March 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Wheelwright Auditorium. The public is invited, but tickets are required.

Portions of major works spanning all five centuries of western music history will be performed, including the “Magnificat” by Johann Sebastian Bach, the last movement of “Symphony No. 9” by Ludwig van Beethoven, the “Liesbeslieder Waltzes” by Johannes Brahms, and two selections from “Candide” by Leonard Bernstein. An arrangement of Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America” will conclude the concert.

Featured soloists are: David Bankston, professor of music; Ann Benson, artist-in-residence for the Department of Music; Patti Edwards and Jeffrey Jones, both associate professors of music.

The concert will be accompanied by the Long Bay Chamber Orchestra, with Rebecca Rollins and Daniel Francis on piano. Terri Sinclair, associate professor and director of choral activities at CCU, will direct the program.

Ticket prices are: $15 for general admission; $10 for CCU/HGTC faculty, staff, alumni, OLLI members, seniors and teens; and $5 CCU/HGTC students and children.

Wheelwright Auditorium is at 108 Spadoni Park Circle on the Conway campus.

For tickets or more information, contact Wheelwright Box Office at 843-349-ARTS (2787) Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Moveable Feast

The Moveable Feast offers literary luncheons with exciting authors at area restaurants.

Since 1998, this popular series of literary luncheons, each featuring an established or debuting author, is held on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at a variety of Waccamaw Neck restaurants.

Founded and managed by CLASS, The Moveable Feast showcases authors selected by Litchfield Books.

Books may be purchased from them in advance or at the Feast with a 10-percent discount. After each Moveable Feast, the author adjourns to the bookstore at 2 p.m. to sign for those unable to attend the luncheon. Paid reservations for the Moveable Feast are requested by the Wednesday prior to the event.

Most Feasts are $25.

Reservations may be made onsite at Art Works inside the Chocolate and Coffee House at the Litchfield Exchange, online at www.ClassAtPawleys.com, or by phone, 843-235-9600.

Wednesday March 19 — Amy Greene

(Long Man) at Pawleys Plantation

From the critically acclaimed author of “Bloodroot,” a gripping, wondrously evocative novel drawn from real-life historical events: the story of three days in the summer of 1936, as a government-built dam is about to flood an Appalachian town – and a little girl goes missing. A river called Long Man has coursed through East Tennessee from time immemorial, bringing sustenance to the people who farm along its banks and who trade between its small towns.

But as “Long Man” opens, the Tennessee Valley Authority’s plans to dam the river and flood the town of Yuneetah for the sake of progress — to bring electricity and jobs to the hardscrabble region — are about to take effect.

Just one day remains before the river will rise, and most of the town has been evacuated. Among the holdouts is a young mother, Annie Clyde Dodson, whose ancestors have lived for generations on her mountaintop farm; she’ll do anything to ensure that her three-year-old daughter will inherit the family’s land.

But her husband wants to make a fresh start in Michigan. As the deadline looms, they realize that Gracie has gone missing. Suspenseful, visceral, gorgeously told, “Long Man” is a searing portrait of a tight-knit community brought together by change and crisis, and of one family facing a terrifying ticking clock.

March 21 ~ Kathryn Wall

(St. John’s Folly) at Kimbel’s, Wachesaw

In this twelfth installment of the award-winning series set in the South Carolina Lowcountry, Bay Tanner finds herself at the center of her own mystery when she becomes the object of a stalker. The strange, almost childish messages appear at random and quickly escalate from mildly annoying to frightening. As her life seems to slide inexorably toward disaster, Bay Tanner must find the courage to face all her demons – both personal and professional – and to realize that reliving the past can be both a blessing – and a curse.

March 28 ~ Bill Noel

(Final Cut) at Inlet Affairs

A movie production company invades Chris Landrum’s oceanfront community and visions of hobnobbing with movie stars and being part of the excitement of movie-making magic spread throughout the close-knit South Carolina island. Then the film’s director drowns, its star is murdered, and fear replaces anticipation on Folly Beach. Chris faces what could be the final few minutes of his life when he learns that nothing is what it seems to be in the magical world of the movies.

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