Arts and EntertainmentFriends of Brookgreen Gardens to present “An Evening Under the Palmettos”

  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014

On Saturday, May 3, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., The Friends of Brookgreen Gardens will host An Evening Under the Palmettos, an elegant black-tie event in the stately Palmetto Garden. The party will include cocktails, Lowcountry tapas, a variety of entertainment, and a very select silent auction featuring one-of-a-kind experiences and art that will add another layer of excitement to the evening. Tickets are $175 per person and space is limited. Please call The Friends of Brookgreen office at 843-235-6018 to purchase tickets or for more information.

Susan Polack, President of The Friends of Brookgreen Gardens, promises an evening to remember. “The Friends of Brookgreen Gardens is a uniquely talented group of men and women. Featuring the background of our beautiful Palmetto Garden, we will hang the moon for our party goers! An Evening Under the Palmettos will be unlike any other social occasion that has been experienced on the Grand Strand. Join us for a fantastic evening!”.

The Friends of Brookgreen Gardens was created to raise funds in support of the mission of the gardens and has a well-deserved reputation for their exceptional fundraising events. Proceeds from An Evening Under the Palmettos will go to help create the Waterfowl: Wings of Migration exhibit at Brookgreen Gardens’ Lowcountry Zoo. Over the past 20 years, The Friends have raised over $2.4 million for Brookgreen Gardens projects through its fundraising events.

Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and non-profit organization, is located on U.S. 17 between Myrtle Beach and Pawleys Island, South Carolina, and is open to the public daily. For more information, consult our web site at www.brookgreen.org or call 843-235-6000.

David Bankston and Friends to perform at Coastal Carolina

Singer/songwriter/professor David Bankston will perform selections from his new CD “Here You Are: a retrospective” on Thursday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Wheelwright Auditorium.

The evening will include selections from his award-winning CDs “Galvez Town” and “Jazz Blues Gospel Shoes.” A ticket is required.

Some special guest and friends will accompany Bankston during the performance, which is part of CCU’s 2014 Celebration of Inquiry conference.

Bankston, a professor of music at CCU, was a member of the folk-rock group Manchild, which signed to Capitol Records in mid-1970s.

Following the group’s breakup, Bankston spent years performing in musical theatre and opera, including leading roles at the Houston Grand Opera and Washington Opera.

His CD “Galvez Town” was named one of the “10 Best CDs of 2002” by The Sun News. “Jazz, Blues, Gospel Shoes” was released in 2007. Bankston earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Louisiana State University in 1988, as well as master’s and doctorate degrees in music from the University of South Carolina in 1991 and 1996, respectively.

Wheelwright Auditorium is located at 108 Spadoni Park Circle in Conway.

Tickets are $5 for general admission, $3 for CCU/HGTC Students/Faculty/Staff and children are free.

Pianist Jerry Wong to perform at CCU

Pianist Jerry Wong will be performing selections from his highly acclaimed debut CD in Coastal Carolina University’s Edwards Recital Hall on Sunday, April 6, at 4 p.m. The event is open to the public, but a ticket is required.

Wong’s debut CD, of Prokofiev piano pieces, on the MSR Classics label has received international praise. The noted critic Martin Bernheimer described Wong as “eloquent and elegant…(with) passion and introspection…sensitivity and a finely honed sense of style.”

Wong has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. He has played in such prestigious settings as the National Concert Hall of Taipei, National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., Opera City Hall in Tokyo, PianoForte in Chicago, Severance Hall in Cleveland, Shriver Hall in Baltimore and Weill Recital Hall in New York City. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Prix-Ville de Fontainebleau in France, the IBLA Grand Prize in Italy and the Akron Area Arts Alliance “Outstanding Artist in Music.”

Wong is an associate professor of music at Kent State University. He graduated from Indiana University, Peabody Conservatory and Manhattan School of Music, where he completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree.

The Edwards College Recital Hall is in room 152 at 133 Chanticleer Drive W. in Conway. Tickets are $5 for general admission, $3 for CCU/HGTC Students/Faculty/Staff and children are free.

For tickets for both of these events, contact the Wheelwright Box Office Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 843-349-2787 (ARTS).

Mickey Spillane exhibit and lecture offered at Myrtle Beach Museum

I, the Writer: A Collection of Mickey Spillane Memorabilia will be on display through Thursday, April 20 at the Myrtle Beach Museum.

“I’m a writer, not an author,” was Mickey Spillane’s mantra all through his literary life. “The difference is a writer makes money.”

Spillane, renowned pulp fiction writer of best-selling novels, “I, the Jury” (1947), “Kiss Me, Deadly” (1952) and “The Girl Hunters” (1962) — all of which were made into motion pictures — made his mark on the literary scene following World War II.

His then-considered racy novels, featuring private investigator Mike Hammer, attracted the attention of millions of post-war readers.

Aside from his success as a writer, Spillane led a remarkably exciting life, which has been recently documented by his wife, Jane, who still resides in their Murrells Inlet home, in her book “My Life with Mickey.”

Presented in conjunction with Coastal Carolina University’s OLLI division and The Athenaeum Press, this wonderful collection of memorabilia, borrowed from the Spillane residence, offers a glimpse into the fascinating life of one of the best-selling writers of our time.

Exhibition Programming

Wednesday, April 2, 2 p.m.

The Anthenaeum Press and “My Life with Mickey,” a conversation with Patricia O’Connor, Director of The Athenaeum Press at Coastal Carolina University, and CCU student Andrew Lesh, who collaborated with Jane Spillane to create her memoir.

Reservations are required. Call 843-238-2510.

Seating is limited. Lectures are free of charge.


Aunt Pearlie Sue, Gullah Kinfolk to perform at CCU

Aunt Pearlie Sue and the Gullah Kinfolk will perform their new show, “Wax Museum,” in Coastal Carolina University’s Wheelwright Auditorium on Friday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m.

A nationally acclaimed storytelling troupe based in Beaufort, S.C., Aunt Pearlie Sue and the Gullah Kinfolk present a new tale about wax statues that come to life. The characters trace Gullah culture throughout history – from West African slaves on the Sea Islands to the leaders of the Civil Rights movement to important leaders in today’s world.

The 20-member troupe, all related, was formed by Anita Singleton-Prather, best known for her beloved character, Aunt Pearlie Sue. Singleton-Prather wrote this original production to demonstrate how central the Gullah culture is to historical events across continents. She celebrates the hope and spirituality of a dynamic people. Aunt Pearlie Sue and the Gullah Kinfolk have entertained audiences across North America for more than 10 years. They have released two CDs of songs and stories from the Sea Islands.

Tickets for the event are $10 for general admission. Teens, CCU and HGTC alumni, faculty and staff tickets are $5. OLLI members and senior citizens’ tickets are also $5, and children’s tickets are free. Seating is reserved. To purchase tickets, visit or call the Wheelwright Box Office at 843-349-ARTS (2787) Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or visit ticketreturn.com. Wheelwright Auditorium is located on the Conway campus at 108 Spadoni Park Circle.

This performance is presented by CCU’s Cultural Arts Program and the Office of Multicultural Student Services.

For more information on cultural events, contact Peggy O’Neill-Hull at 843-349-5099 or moneill@coastal.edu, or go to CCU’s website at coastal.edu/culturalarts.

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.

April 4 ~ Marjory Wentworth

(New & Selected Poems) at Sea View Inn

In her last appearance at the Moveable Feast, SC’s poet laureate presented Seeking, a collection of poems based on eleven color paintings by Jonathan Green that she and Kwame Dawes edited. While she contributed a poem to that collection, this new work is hers and hers alone. It is always a heart-lifting pleasure to have Marjory with us, reading her poetry and sharing her insights.

April 11 ~ Tom Mack

(The S.C. Encyclopedia of S.C. Writers) at Caffe Piccolo

This comprehensive guide to South Carolina writers, who have made significant contributions to the state’s literary tradition, expands the range of writers included in the landmark South Carolina Encyclopedia.

The work by Mack, recipient of the prestigious Carolina Trustee Professorship who holds the G. L. Toole Chair in English at the University of South Carolina Aiken, author and chair of the Board of Governors of the South Carolina Academy of Authors, updates the original and augments that list substantially with dozens of new essays on additional authors from the late eighteenth century to the present who have contributed to the Palmetto State’s distinctive literary heritage.

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