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Through Jan. 1: Charleston County Parks and Recreation presents Holiday Festival of Lights. Load the little ones in the car for this crowd-pleasing drive-thru exhibit. Three miles of spectacular Christmas lights make an awesome display that includes reindeer, snowmen, Santa Claus, the North Pole workshop and more. Several kiddie rides are set up on site, and inside Santa’s Sweet Shoppe, you can see the amazing gingerbread houses from the annual contest. Photos with Santa available nightly. James Island County Park. $10 per vehicle. Prices and times vary depending on events. For more info, call (843) 795-4386 and visit www.ccprc.com. Through Jan. 4: Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission presents Santa’s Village. Holiday train rides should be your first stop at Santa’s Village. Hop aboard the CCPRC Railroad and travel through the Enchanted Forest for an intimate view of the lights! The train runs nightly and departs every 20 minutes. Rides are approximately 12 minutes. Tickets are $3 per person and can be purchased at the boarding area. Ages two and under are free if riding on parent’s lap. Train Hours are Sun. – Thur., 6:00p.m. – 9:40p.m., Fri. & Sat., 6:00p.m. – 10:40p.m. The Gift Shops, Santa’s Attic and The Incredible Gift Shoppe offer handcrafted holiday gifts including our official 24-carat gold collector series ornaments. Shop for stocking stuffers, holiday decorations, personalized ornaments, and much more! Store hours are Sun.-Thur., 5:30p.m.-10:00p.m., Fri. & Sat., 5:30p.m.-11:00p.m. Spoil your sweet tooth at Santa’s Sweet Shoppe where the aroma of specialty coffees, candy, and fresh baked temptations of fudge and Christmas cookies fill the air. This is a great place to relax and enjoy holiday goodies. Store hours are Sun.-Thur., 5:30p.m.10:00p.m., Fri. & Sat., 5:30p.m.-11:00p.m. 50-Ton Holiday Sand Sculpture are meticulously crafted from over 50-tons of sand, the holiday sand sculpture presents a different holiday scene each year. Team Sandtastic, a professional sand sculpture company based in Sarasota, Florida, is the artistic talent behind this year’s incredible display. The 50 tons of sand was purchased locally, and tools used include spreaders, trowels, cake decorator spatulas, and even dental instruments for the extremely detailed areas. Team Sandtastic spent approximately ten days toiling in the sand to craft this year’s original design. The artists pride themselves with never creating the same sculpture twice. Check out www.ccprc.com for a schedule of the nightly entertainment at the Park Center! For more info, call (843)795-4386 and visit www.ccprc.com.

Dec. 1-20: South Carolina Aquarium presents Scuba Santa. A very welcome guest from the North Pole will make special appearances in the Great Ocean Tank at select Aquarium dive shows each day from Dec. 1 through Dec. 20. Don’t miss this opportunity to see Santa swim with the fish! 100 Aquarium Wharf. Daily at 3:00p.m. $17/adults; $10/children 2-11; Free/children 1 and under. For more info, call (843) 577-FISH (3474) or visit www.scaquarium.org. Dec. 6-21: The Charleston Farmers Market, produced by the Office of Cultural Affairs presents The Holiday Farmers Market. Under the brightly colored tents at Marion Square, you’ll find everything you need to deck the holidays and fill the pantry with baked delights: natural wreaths, fresh greenery, special breads, cookies, and fresh vegetables, as well as the best assortment of art, crafts, and holiday gift items to complete your shopping list. Marion Square. Dec. 6, 13 & 20 from 8:00a.m.-4:00p.m.; Dec. 7, 14 & 21 from 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m. Free. For more info, call (843) 724-7305 and visit www.charlestoncity.info. Dec. 6-23: The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs presents Holiday Entertainment & Visits with Santa. Children’s choirs, church choirs,

gospel, classical, folk, storytelling, and other entertainment dazzle audiences at Marion Square. Bring your Christmas wish list to the North Pole mailbox and visit with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and their Elf assistants in the magically decorated park. Marion Square. Mon.-Fri. from 10:00a.m.-6:00p.m. Free. Sat. and Sun. from 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m. Free. For more info, call (843) 724-7305 and visit www.charlestoncity.info. Dec. 21: Gibbes Museum of Art presents the Jr. League of Charleston Community Day: Holiday Celebrations. Ring in the holiday season with your family at this holidays-inspired Community Day program. The day will include hands-on activities for families, museum tours and musical performances. Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. 1:00p.m.-4:00p.m. Free. For more info, call (843) 722-2706 and visit www.gibbesmuseum.org. Dec. 21: The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs presents Chanukah Menorah Lighting and Klezmer Party. A festive party for everyone, featuring music, food, and lighting of a nine-foot menorah. Marion Square. 4:00p.m.-6:00p.m. Free. For more info, call (843) 724-7305 and visit www.charlestoncity.info. Dec. 29: St. Julian Devine Community Center presents Kwanzaa Festival. Join the celebration with a community parade, African drumming and dancing. St. Julian Devine Community Center, 1 Cooper St. 2:00p.m.-6:00p.m. Free. For more info, call (843) 724-7350. Dec. 31: The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs presents Happy New Year Charleston. This high energy arts celebration offers a non-alcoholic and family-oriented alternative program to celebrate the New Year in Charleston. This city wide program has something wonderful for everyone: comedy, African dancing, many forms of music including classical, gospel and jazz, children’s activities and so much more. Food vendors will be on hand to tempt your appetite and add to the celebration. Marion Square. 4:00p.m.-10:30p.m. Free. For more info, call (843) 724-7305 and visit www.charlestoncity.info Dec. 31: Snyder Event Rentals and Clear Channel Radio invite you to the New Years Eve Ball. South Carolina Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf. 8:00p.m.-1:00a.m. $125 per person. For more info, call (843) 763-2462 and visit www.thegrandball.com.

Through Dec. 23: Lowcountry Artists Gallery presents Pattison’s Academy Holiday Fundraiser. The artists of Lowcountry Artists Gallery have donated close to $5000 worth of art to be given away to raise fund for Pattison’s Academy, a school for disabled children. Raffle tickets will be sold at the gallery through December 23rd. 148 East Bay St. Tickets are available daily 11:00a.m.6:00p.m. except Sundays which is from 1:00p.m.-5:00p.m. The drawing will be held on Dec. 23. For tickets and more info, call (843) 577-9295 and e-mail lowcountryartists@bellsouth.net.

Dec. 18-20: Robert Ivey Ballet presents Peter and the Wolf and The Angel Tree. Sottile Theatre, 44 George St. Dec. 18-19 at 9:00a.m. & 10:30a.m.; Dec. 20 at 12:00p.m. $8 per person. For more info, call (843) 556-1343 and visit

www.robertiveyballet.com. Dec. 20 & 21: Charleston Ballet Theatre presents The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. Due to overwhelming demand from its original November run, The Charleston Ballet Theatre is bringing back the Mean One for more holiday cheer. With all the nostalgia and magic of the original Dr. Seuss story and the classic holiday animated television special, CBT’s The Grinch Who Stole Christmas is back to spread the holiday good-will one more time with extra performances of the family-friendly snow-filled cheerfest with three shows! CBT’s Black Box Theatre, 477 King St. Sat., Dec. 20 at 11:00a.m. and 1:30 p.m. & Sun., Dec. 21 at 3:00p.m. Tickets are only available by calling (843)723-7334 or visiting CBT Box Office at 477 King St. and online at www.CharlestonBallet.org.

Dec. 3-31: Jazz Artists of Charleston present Lucena, Hamilton & Baxter. Duda Lucena Trio with Duda Lucena singing vocals and playing guitar, Kevin Hamilton playing the bass, and Quentin E. Baxter playing the drums. Every Wednesday. Charleston Grill, 224 King St. 7:00p.m.-11:00p.m. For more info, call (843) 577-4522 and visit www.charlestongrill.com. Dec. 4-25: Jazz Artists of Charleston present Caravan playing gypsy swing music. Lee Barbour on guitar and Jake Holwegner on the bass. Every Thursday. Mercato, 102 N. Market St. 8:00p.m.-11:00p.m. For more info, call (843) 7226393 and visit www.mercatocharleston.com. Dec. 4-25: Jazz Artists of Charleston present Gill, Felix, & Baxter in the Quentin Baxter Piano Trio Ensemble. Tommy Gill on the piano, Delbut Felix on the bass, and Quentin E. Baxter on the drums. Every Thursday. 7:00p.m.11:00p.m. Charleston Grill, 224 King St. For more info, call (843) 577-4522 and visit www.charlestongrill.com. Dec. 4-25: Jazz Artists of Charleston present Ann Caldwell. This is the place for adults (grown folks) to come and relax. Ann appears with her three piece jazz ensembe ―LooseFitt‖ (Richard White-piano, Vincent Rivers-bass and Dave Pattersondrums). Please call the restaurant to confirm schedule. Every Thursday. Tristan Restaurant, 55 S. Market St. For more info, call (843) 534-2155. Dec. 4-25: Jazz Artists of Charleston present Pulse Trio. Sam Sfirri on the keys, Ben Wells on the bass, and Stuart White with the percussion playing contemporary jazz standards and originals. Every Thursday. EVO Pizzeria, 1075 Montague Ave., North Charleston. 6:30p.m.-9:30p.m. For more info, call (843) 225-1796 and visit www.evopizza.com. Dec. 5-26: Jazz Artists of Charleston present Duda Lucena. Brazilian music with solo guitar and vocals. Every Friday. Charleston Marriott’s Aqua Terrace, 170 Lockwood Blvd. 6:00p.m.-9:00p.m. For more info, call (843) 723-3000. Dec. 5-26: Jazz Artists of Charleston present Hackler, Wiltrout, & Gregory. Kevin Hackler on the trumpet, Ron Wiltrout on the drums, and Gerald Gregory on the keyboard. Every Friday. Mercato, 102 N. Market St. 8:00p.m.-11:00p.m. No cover. For more info, call (843) 722-6393 and visit www.mercatocharleston.com. Dec. 5-26: Jazz Artists of Charleston present Gill, Hamilton, & Baxter in the Quentin Baxter Piano Trio Ensemble. Tommy Gill on the piano, Kevin Hamilton on the bass, and Quentin E. Baxter on the drums. Every Friday. Charleston Grill, 224 King St. 8:00p.m.-12:00a.m. For more info, call (843) 577-4522 and visit www.charlestongrill.com.

Dec. 5-26: Jazz Artists of Charleston present Ann Caldwell. This is the place for adults (grown folks) to come and relax. Ann appears with her three piece jazz ensembe ―LooseFitt‖ (Richard White-piano, Vincent Rivers-bass and Dave Patterson-drums). Please call the restaurant to confirm schedule. Every Friday. Tristan, 55 S. Market St. 7:00p.m.-10:00p.m. For more info, call (843) 534-2155. Dec. 6-27: Jazz Artists of Charleston present Duda Lucena. Brazilian music with solo guitar and vocals. Every Saturday! Gennaro, 8500 Dorchester Rd. 7:00p.m.-10:00p.m. For more info, call (843) 760-9875. Dec. 6-27: Jazz Artists of Charleston present Durham, White & Wells. John Durham on the guitar, Ben Wells on the bass, and Stuart White on the drums. Every Saturday. Atlanticville, 2063 Middle St., Sullivan’s Island. 7:00p.m.10:00p.m. For more info, call (843) 883-9452 and visit www.atlanticville.net. Dec. 6-27: Jazz Artists of Charleston present Gill, Hamilton & Baxter in the Quentin Baxter Piano Trio Ensemble. Tommy Gill on the piano, Kevin Hamilton on the bass, and Quentin E. Baxter on the drums. Every Saturday. Charleston Grill, 224 King St. 8:00p.m.-12:00midnight. For more info, call (843) 577-4522 and visit www.charlestongrill.com. Dec. 6-27: Jazz Artists of Charleston present Defektiva. Defektiva weaves together traditional music from France, Cuba, Eastern Europe and the American South. Defektiva will undoubtedly ―take you there!‖ Bill Carson on the guitar and vocals, Nathan Koci on the accordion and vocals, and Jonathan Gray on the bass and vocals. Mercato, 102 N. Market St. 8:00p.m.-11:00p.m. Every Saturday. No cover! And the pizza is fantastic! For more info, call (843) 722-6393 and visit www.mercatocharleston.com. Dec. 19-21: Mt. Pleasant Recreation Department hosts Mt. Pleasant Christmas Spectacular presented by Sprinkles Entertainment. Join us as we celebrate the magic and beauty of the most wonderful time of the year! This show promises to delight audiences both young and old. G.M. Darby Building, 302 Pitt St., Mt. Pleasant. Dec. 19 & 20 at 7:00p.m. & Dec. 21 at 2:00p.m. $18/adults; $15/seniors (60+); $10/ages 8 and under. Please call (843) 849-2061 for reservations. For more info, call (843) 849-2061 or visit www.townofmountpleasant.com. Dec. 20: The Charleston Men’s Chorus presents its 14th annual Christmas Concert. The concert will be a combination of sacred music as well as joyful holiday lyrics. Locations are at Folly Rd. in James Island, N. Main St, in Summerville, and Orleans Rd. in W. Ashley. The Mt. Pleasant location will not be selling tickets. The Citadel’s Summerall Chapel at 171 Moultrie St. 5:00 p.m. $15/adults;$10/students/seniors; Free/6 and under. Tickets will be available at all CAT’s Music and Monster Music & Move stores. For more info call (843) 720-8505 and visit www.cmchorus.com Dec. 20: Charleston Symphony Orchestra presents its McCrady’s Charleston Pops! Series concert Holiday Pops. The CSO’s Holiday Pops concert is ―the place to be‖ this holiday season. With nearly 200 musicians on stage, the concert brings together the CSO, Charleston Symphony Chorus and other community organizations. This annual celebration will surely be another spectacular holiday event! Gaillard Municipal Auditorium, 77 Calhoun St. 8:00p.m. $20-$45 per person; $5 students with ID; group rates available. For more info, call (843) 723-7528 ext. 110 and visit www.charlestonsymphony.com. Dec. 21: Charleston Symphony Orchestra presents The Messiah Sing-along. Don’t miss the opportunity to perform with the CSO. Join the CSO for a Messiah Sing-a-long featuring all of your favorite Messiah hits. Citadel Square

Baptist Church, 328 Meeting St. 6:00p.m. $15/adults; $5/students. For more info, call (843) 723-7528 ext. 110 and visit www.charlestonsymphony.com. Dec. 23: Chamber Music Charleston presents A Child’s Christmas in Wales. A Child’s Christmas in Wales, was Thomas’ 1955 beloved radio story, and is an anecdotal sketch of the festive seasons of delights of long ago. Thomas recreates the experience of an old fashioned picture book Christmas meant to be familiar to everyone. Veteran stage and screen actor, Clarence Felder, will portray the author remembering his youth. He will be accompanied by a trio of chamber musicians on flute, cello and violin playing arrangements of traditional carols. Recommended for audiences 10 years and above. The Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting St. 7:00p.m. $15. For more info, call (843) 763 4941, e-mail sandra@chambermusiccharleston.org and visit www.chambermusiccharleston.org.

Through Dec. 30: Village Playhouse presents A Christmas Story; based on the stories of Jean Shepherd. Nine-year-old Ralphie Parker wants a genuine Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas, but everyone — his Mom, his teacher, even Santa himself, keep telling him — ‖You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out!!‖ All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family’s temperamental exploding furnace, Scut Farkas, the school bully, the wet tongue on the cold lampost, Little Orphan Annie’s decoder pin, and Ralphie’s father’s ―Major Award.‖ A Christmas Story is destined to become a theatrical holiday perennial. Nov. 28-29, Dec. 4-6, 12-13, 19-20 at 7:00p.m.; Dec. 7 & 14 at 3:00p.m. $25/adult; $23/senior(62 & over); $20/student(w/ID); $12/Child(12 & under). Village Playhouse, 730 Coleman Blvd., Mt. Pleasant. For more info, call (843) 856-1579 and visit www.villageplayhouse.com. Through Dec. 20: PURE Theatre presents Fully Committed. The 90-minute, one man comedy stars Rodney Lee Rodgers, co-founder of PURE Theatre, and a positively brilliant mimic. A great part of the fun derives from watching Rodgers as he becomes a gaggle of characters, using posture, body language, tone and timbre of voice, accents and his face of silly putty. Stuck in the cellar of the posh place, Sam, the original aspiring actor, has to keep his day job attempting to handle telephone calls from every quirky customer in the city. He is also expected to meet the continual demands of the chef, the upstairs hostess, the maitre d’ and his coworkers plus his friends, his agent and his Dad. PURE Theatre, 150 Meeting St. (Circular Congregational Church). Dec. 2-6, 9-13, & 16-20 at 7:30p.m. and Dec. 14 at 2:00p.m. $25 per person; $10 student rush tickets; pay-what-you-can-night Dec. 16 performance. For tickets call (800) 838-3006. For more info, call (843) 723-4444, e-mail info@puretheatre.org, and visit www.puretheatre.org. Dec. 4-21: Charleston Stage presents A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Adapted from Charles Dickens by Julian Wiles; Musical Arrangements by Wendell Smith; Directed by Julian Wiles. Ghosts flying about the eerie fog-filled midnight skies of London return to bring the spirit of Christmas to Ol’ Ebenezer Scrooge and the entire Charleston community. Charleston Stage’s acclaimed production of A Christmas Carol, A Ghost Story of Christmas magically reappears this December. This year’s production of A Christmas Carol, A Ghost Story of Christmas features dazzling new special effects, sparkling new costumes and stunning Christmas card sets. Starring Professional Guest Actor Mark Chambers as Scrooge, Charleston Stage’s entire Resident Acting Company and featuring a cast of fifty actors, singers, dancers, and musicians. It’s our biggest holiday spectacular ever! Sottile Theatre, 44 George St. Dec. 46 & 11-13 & 20 at 7:30p.m.; Dec. 7 at 5:00p.m.; Dec. 14 & 21 at 3:00p.m.; School Matinees on Dec. 9-10 & 16 at 9:30a.m. & 11:30a.m. $41/adults;

$39/seniors; $31/students. For more info, call (843) 577-7183 and visit www.charlestonstage.com. Dec. 5-21: Footlight Players presents Inspecting Carol; by Daniel Sullivan, directed by Thomas Keating. A Christmas Carol meets Noises Off meets Waiting for Guffman in this hilarious hit written by Tony-winning Broadway director Daniel Sullivan (Proof, The Heidi Chronicles). A man auditioning at a small theatre is mistaken for an informer for the National Endowment for the Arts. As the cast and crew cater to his every whim, they also turn the traditional tale of A Christmas Carol on its head. Wildly entertaining, Inspecting Carol is particularly fun at the holidays and has become known among theatre groupies as the ―antiChristmas Carol‖. Footlight Players, 20 Queen St. Dec. 5-6, 11-13, 18-20 at 8:00p.m.; Dec. 7 & 21 at 3:00p.m. $25/adults; $22/seniors; $15/students. For more info, call (843) 722-4487 and visit www.footlightplayers.net. Dec. 17: The North Charleston Performing Arts Center hosts Glen Beck’s The Christmas Sweater. 5100 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. 8:00p.m. $121/Golden Circle Seating; $66, and $44 plus fees. For more info, call (843) 554-6060 or visit www.glennbeck.com www.coliseumpac.com and order online at www.ticketmaster.com. Dec. 17-20: Theatre 99 is proud to present David Sedaris’ irreverent holiday classic Santaland Diaries starring Matt Bivins and directed by Greg Tavares. Coming off a smash run last year at The American Theatre, Bivins and Tavares reimagine this one man show that is sure to be a crowd pleaser in the intimate setting of Theatre 99. Theatre 99, 280 Meeting St. Dec. 17 & 18 at 8:00p.m.; Dec. 19 & 20 at 10:00p.m. $15 per person. For more info and to order tickets, call (843) 853-6687 and visit www.thehavenots.com. Dec. 20: The Charleston Performing Arts Center hosts A Christmas Carol. When Charles Dickens wrote his ―ghostly little tale‖ in 1843, he couldn’t know that A Christmas Carol was destined to become one of the most beloved holiday traditions of all time. By telling this fable illustrating the unfairness of the Industrial Revolution and the necessity for brotherhood and unselfishness, Dickens gave the world one of its most enduring Christmas stories. The Nebraska Theatre Caravan has been touring Charles Jones’ delightful adaptation of A Christmas Carol since 1979. The Caravan’s Carol, which weaves traditional Christmas carols throughout the narrative, is probably the most widely produced production of Dickens’ in the nation, annually performing for more than 100,000 people in more than 60 cities across the country. The Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr. 7:00p.m. $38 plus applicable fees. Call Ticketmaster at (843) 554-6060, online at www.ticketmaster.com or in person at the Coliseum Ticket Office.

Through Jan. 2: Christmases of Yesterday. Exhibits at the Nathaniel Russell House will portray Christmas in 1808, the year the Federal-era mansion was completed. Natural foliage will adorn the house and a grand dining table will be laden with treats as if awaiting the arrival of the Russell’s holiday guests. A Victorian Christmas in the South will captivate visitors to the Aiken-Rhett House. Decorations will hearken back to the time of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and the first use of ―Christmas trees.‖ Exhibits in the outbuildings, where slaves both lived and worked, will emphasize their unique traditions. Aiken-Rhett House, 48 Elizabeth St. & The Nathaniel Russell House, 51 Meeting St. $10/adults, $6/youths 6-16. Combination tickets are available at $16/adults, $10/youths 616. 10:00a.m.-5:00p.m. with the last tour at 4:30p.m., Mon.-Sat.; 2:00p.m.5:00p.m., Sun. Closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. For more info, call

(843) 723-1623 and visit www.historiccharleston.org. Dec. 4-18: The Charleston Museum presents Holiday Wining & Dining Tours at the Heyward-Washington House. Catch the holiday spirit at The Charleston Museum’s Heyward-Washington House. See elaborate table settings and period appropriate faux food throughout the various entertaining spaces within the house. Tour the c. 1740 kitchen building and learn about open hearth cooking. Visit the laundry area, servants’ quarters, and auxiliary kitchen herb garden. 87 Church St. Dec. 4, 11 & 18 at 4:00p.m. $10/adults; $5/children; Free for Museum members and children under 3. For more info, call (843) 722-2996 x235, e-mail info@charlestonmuseum.org and visit www.charlestonmuseum.org. Dec. 4-28: Christmas in Charleston is a magical time and it has just gotten better. Thriller Charleston announces its plans for a Charleston Sleigh Ride. In the month of December, Thriller will transform itself from a fast thrill ride to a leisurely holiday excursion perfect for couples and families looking to spend some time together. The Sleigh Ride will begin at 7:00pm and will travel around the harbor viewing the lights along James Island, Mt. Pleasant, and Charleston. While underway, the couples will be cuddled under a blanket for warmth, sipping hot chocolate from a spill proof mug, and listening to Christmas carols on the stereo system. Stories about Christmas in Charleston and holiday traditions will be shared. Don’t miss this exciting new addition to the holiday season. Ripley Light Marina, Ashley Point Dr. Dec. 4-7, 11-14, 18-21 & 25-28 from 7p.m.-8p.m.; boarding required no later than 6:45p.m. $40/adults; $30/children 12 and under (includes travel mug and hot chocolate). Call (843) 276-4203 to make reservations or visit www.thrillercharleston.com/SleighRide.aspx Dec. 4-31: Magnolia Plantation and Gardens’ Camellia Christmas. America’s most extensive outdoor camellia display will be in full bloom. The plantation house is decorated for the season. A Nature Train and guided Plantation House Tour are available at an additional cost. For more info, call (843) 571-1266. Dec. 6-27: Gourmet Sunday Brunch Aboard Innisfail. Innisfail will offer a gourmet Sunday champagne brunch aboard a historic vessel that was once used as a presidential yacht. The Innisfail was recently restored and fitted with museum-quality antiques from the 1920s and 1930s. Each Sunday from 11:30a.m.– 2:00p.m., the chefs of Charleston Place Hotel will serve a four-course signature brunch including champagne, Mimosas and white wine. Charleston City Marina. $95. For more info or for reservations, call (843) 937-8722 or visit www.yachtinnisfail.com. Dec. 6-31: The Charleston Museum presents Holiday Decorations at the Joseph Manigault House. The Joseph Manigault House will be decorated for the holidays. Each year, the Garden Club of Charleston uses this magnificent house as a backdrop for their creative arrangements, using only live plant materials that would have been available in the Lowcountry during the 19th century. This year’s theme is ―Celebrating the Holidays with the Manigault Family.‖ Visitors may view the holiday decorations as part of the regular public tour. 360 Meeting St. Mon.-Sat. from 10:00a.m.-5:00p.m., Sun. from 1:00p.m.-5:00p.m. $10/adults; $5/children; Free for Museum members and children under 3. Reservations only required for groups. For reservations, call (843)722-2996 x264. For more info, call (843) 722-2996 x235, e-mail info@charlestonmuseum.org, and visit www.charlestonmuseum.org. Ongoing: Historic Charleston Foundation offers tours of the historic Aiken-Rhett House. The expansive Aiken-Rhett House (c. 1818) stands as the city’s most intact urban villa. A conservation approach has been adopted for this important site, which has survived virtually unaltered since 1858. Many objects can still be found in the rooms for which they were purchased. 48 Elizabeth St. Mon.-Sat. 10:00a.m.5:00p.m.; Sun. 2:00p.m.-5:00p.m. $10 or visit both the Aiken-Rhett House and

the Nathaniel Russell House for $16. Tickets may be purchased at either site. For more info, call (843) 723-1159 and visit www.historiccharleston.org/experience/arh. Ongoing: The College of Charleston Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture offers tours of the building and museum galleries. 125 Bull St. Mon.–Fri. 10:00a.m.-5:00p.m., Sat. 12:00p.m.-5:00p.m. Free. Group tours by appointment only. For more info, call (843) 953-7609 or visit www.cofc.edu/avery. Ongoing: Boone Hall Plantation presents live presentations that cannot be found on any other plantations in the area and are part of what helps make Boone Hall unique. However, these shows are seasonal so check in advance for performance dates and times. 1235 Long Point Rd., Mt. Pleasant. $17.50/adults; $15/seniors, military, and AAA members; $7.50/children; Free/children 5 and under. For more info, call (843) 884-4371 and visit www.boonehallplantation.com. Ongoing: Cabbage Row. The section of Church St. used as the inspiration for ―Catfish Row‖ in the Dubose Heyward story, ―Porgy.‖ This story was the basis for Gershwin’s opera ―Porgy and Bess,‖ which is a fictionalized glimpse of black life during the 1920’s. The character ―Porgy‖ was based on an actual Charlestonian, Samuel Smalls. Church St. at Tradd St. Free. For more info, call (800) 868-8118. Ongoing: Cannons boom. Muskets bark. Interpretive rangers in 17th century dress tend heirloom crops. They’re all part of the ―new‖ Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site. Here a group of English settlers landed in 1670 and established what would become the birthplace of the Carolinas colony, the plantation system of the American South, and one of the continent’s first major port cities. And here the story is still told. Opened in 1970 as Charles Towne Landing State Park, the peaceful park on a marshy point off the Ashley River was rebuilt in 2006 with a sharpened focus on the site’s remarkable past. Begin with the 12-room, interactive museum in the Visitors Center that includes a ―digital dig‖. Then walk the self-guided history trail, using the MP3 players that add an audio tour to the experience. Admire the Adventure, a full-size replica sailing ship built onsite, and the authentic experimental crop garden. Talk to archaeologists at work. And leave time for the Animal Forest natural habitat zoo and 80 acres of gardens that includes an elegant live oak alle’ and the Legare-Waring House. Charles Towne Landing, 1500 Old Towne Rd. Open daily 9:00a.m.5:00p.m. Admission: $5/adult; $3.25/S.C. Senior; $3/youth age 6-15; Free for children 5 and younger. For more info, call (843) 852-4200 and visit http://charlestownelanding.travel. Ongoing: Charleston City Hall Council Chamber The Chamber is the second oldest Council Chamber in continuous use in the United States. The Chamber contains twenty-seven black walnut desks made for the Council members in 1818. The two chandeliers, originally lit with gas, date back to 1850. Above the main floor is a Visitors’ Gallery encircled by a bowed cast iron railing. Exposed earthquake rods are incorporated into the design of the hand-painted tin paneled ceiling, the perimeter of which contains the original 1896 Thomas Edison light bulbs that burned in the room until 1983. The Chamber also serves as an art gallery displaying a priceless collection of original oil portraits of figures important to state and national history, including likenesses of four United States Presidents. A beautiful full-length portrait of George Washington dates to 1791, painted in commemoration of his week-long visit to Charleston during his Presidential Tour of the Southern States. All figures exhibited have a particular association with Charleston beginning in the Pre-Revolutionary Era and continuing through the War of Independence, the Antebellum Period, the Civil War, Reconstruction Era, and the Civil Rights Movement. 80 Broad St. Mon.-Fri. from 8:30a.m.-5:00p.m. Free. For more info, call (843) 724-3727 and visit

www.charlestoncity.info. Ongoing: The Charleston Museum. America’s first museum showcases cultural and natural history of South Carolina’s coastal region. Enjoy the rich variety of exhibited objects ranging from ancient fossils and an enormous whale skeleton to Civil War artifacts and historic Charleston silver. Explore Kidstory, the new hands-on children’s exhibit! 360 Meeting St. Mon.-Sat. 9:00a.m.–5:00p.m.; Sun. 1:00p.m.-5:00p.m. $10/adults; $5/children 3-12; Free/children under 3. For more info, call (843) 722-2996. Ongoing: The mission of the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry is to spark the love of learning in all children. Through interactive, interdisciplinary, hands-on environments and experiences with the arts, sciences and humanities, children will develop creative thinking and problem solving skills, and a belief in their own potential. Open Tues.-Sat. 10:00a.m.-5:00p.m.; Sun. 1:00p.m.-5:00pm. (closed Thanksgiving Day) Admission: Children & Adults/$7; CML Members and Children under 1 yrs/Free. 25 Ann St. For more info, call (843) 853-8962 and visit www.explorecml.org. Ongoing: Confederate Museum. 188 Meeting St., corner of Meeting and Market Sts. Hours of operation: Tue.- Sat. 11:00a.m.-3:30p.m. Closed on Sun. and Mon. $5/adults and teens; $3/children 6-12; Free/children under 6. Donations are always welcome. Mail to: Confederate Museum, P.O.Box 20997, Charleston, SC 29413. For more info, call (843) 723-1541 and visit http://www.csa-scla.org/articles/ConfederateMuseum.htm. Ongoing: Drayton Hall is a National Historic Landmark and a property of the National Trust for Historic preservation. Built in 1738, it is the oldest and finest colonial plantation house in Charleston. It is the only plantation that survived the Civil War intact. It is noted for its hand-carved woodwork and plasterwork. After seven generations, the Revolutionary and Civil wars, and numerous hurricanes and earthquakes, the main house remains in nearly original condition. 3380 Ashley River Rd. 8:30a.m.-4:00p.m. Adults/$14, youths (12-18)/$8, children (6-11)/$6, children (5 and under)/free, grounds only/$8. For more info, call (843) 769-2605 and visit www.draytonhall.org. Ongoing: The National Park Service presents tours of the Fort Sumter Monument & Museum. Liberty Square Visitor Education Center, 340 Concord St. Hours of operation: Daily through Nov. 30 from 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m. Daily Dec. 1-Feb. 28 from 11:30a.m.-4:00p.m. $14/adults; $12.50/seniors; $8/children 6-11. For more info, call (843) 883-3123 and visit www.nps.gov/fosu/index.htm. Ongoing: The Gibbes Museum of Art presents Cell Phone Tours, allowing visitors to access in-depth info about the museum’s collection and specific objects by using their personal cell phones. Signs will be placed near select art objects and visitors can choose what they want to learn about and take the tour at their own pace. Visitors simply call a local Charleston number, (843) 303-9062, and follow the prompts. Free. The Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. For more info, call (843) 722-2706 or visit www.gibbesmuseum.org. Ongoing: Hampton Plantation offers historic house museum tours, interpreting colonial architecture and rice plantation life. Rutledge Rd. Thur.-Sun. from 12:00noon-4:00p.m. Guided tours are offered on the hour with the last tour beginning at 3:00p.m. $4/adults 16 and over; $2.50/SC seniors; $3/children 6-15. For more info, visit www.southcarolinaparks.com/park-finder/state-park/1142.aspx. Ongoing: Charleston Museum presents tours of the historic Heyward-Washington House and Joseph Manigault House. Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Mon.-Sat. 10:00a.m.-4:30p.m., Sun. 1:00p.m.-5:00p.m. Free for

Members; Non-Members $10/adults, $5/children 3-12 years old. For more info, call (843) 722-2996 and visit www.charlestonmuseum.org. Ongoing: The Hunley. On the night of February 17, 1864, the H.L. Hunley embarked on a dangerous mission that would forever mark her place in history. Eight men, led by Lt. George Dixon, entered an experimental vessel that was to become the first successful submarine in world history, with a mission to sink an enemy ship, the USS Housatonic. That night, the Hunley rammed her spar torpedo into the hull of the Housatonic. She then surfaced long enough for her crew to signal their comrades on the shore of Sullivan’s Island with a blue magnesium light,(or lantern) indicating a successful mission. The shore crew stoked their signal fires and anxiously awaited the Hunley's safe return. But minutes after her historic achievement, the Hunley and all hands onboard vanished into the sea without a trace. Warren Lasch Conservation Center, 1250 Supply St. (on the old Charleston Naval Base), North Charleston. Hunley tours are available every Sat. from 10:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. and Sun. from 12:00noon – 5:00p.m. Last tour begins at 4:40p.m. Tours are not available on weekdays so scientists can continue their work preserving the Hunley for future generations. Tickets ordered in advance are $12 plus a service charge and can be purchased by either calling toll-free 1-877-448-6539 (1-877-4HUNLEY) or at www.etix.com. Children under 5 are free. These tickets do not have a service charge. Tickets for Friends of the Hunley members, senior citizens, and military are discounted to $10. If you are eligible for this discount, please purchase your ticket at the door. For more info, call (843)743-4865 ext. 10 and visit www.hunley.org. Ongoing: Middleton Place is a National Historic Landmark and a carefully preserved 18th-century plantation that has survived revolution, Civil War, and earthquake. It was the home of four important generations of Middleton’s, beginning with Henry Middleton, President of the First Continental Congress; Arthur, a signer of the Declaration of Independence; Henry, Governor of South Carolina and an American Minister to Russia; and Williams, a signer of the Ordinance of Secession. Visitors are invited to tour the Gardens, the House Museum, and the Plantation Stableyards. Middleton Place, located on Ashley River Road (Highway 61), just 14 miles northwest of Charleston, South Carolina, is owned and operated by the Middleton Place Foundation, a non-profit 501(C)(3) educational trust. Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Rd. $25-45/adults; $5-30/children. For more info, call (800) 782-3608 and visit www.middletonplace.org. Ongoing: Historic Charleston Foundation offers tours of the historic Nathaniel Russell House. Mon.-Sat. 10:00a.m.-5:00p.m., Sun. 2:00p.m.-5:00p.m. Nathaniel Russell House, 51 Meeting St. $10 per person. For more info, call (843) 723-1159 and visit www.historiccharleston.org. Ongoing: The Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon is a 'must-see' for all Charleston visitors. During your visit, you will discover this building's integral role in our country's quest for independence and its important service to our young nation. While many of the historic buildings in Charleston are residences and focus on prominent families of the city, the Old Exchange began its existence as a public building and remains so today. Owned by the South Carolina Society of the Daughters of American Revolution, the Old Exchange offers public tours of its three floors that highlight various aspects of Charleston history during the Colonial and Revolutionary eras and put into context the people and events of the period. 122 East Bay St. Open daily Mon.-Fri. from 9:00a.m.-5:00p.m. $7/adults, $3.50/children ages 7-12, $3.50/students, Free/children 6 and under accompanied by an adult. Group rates and other discounts available. For more info, call (843) 727-2165 and visit www.oldexchange.com. Ongoing: The Old Slave Mart Museum. Recounting the story of Charleston’s role in this inter-state slave trade by focusing on the history of this particular building

and site and the slave sales that occurred here. 6 Chalmers St. Hours of operation: Mon.-Sat. 9:00a.m.-5:00p.m. $7/adults; $5/seniors, students and children over 5; Free/children 5 and under. For more info, call (843) 958-6467 and visit http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/charleston/osm.htm. Ongoing: Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum features the USS Yorktown, Planes & Flight Deck tours, USS Laffey, USS Clamagore, USS Ingham, Congressional Medal of Honor Museum, Vietnam Support Base, and the Cold War Memorial. Admission: Adults 12 and over/$16; Seniors & Active Duty Military with ID/$13; Children 6-11/$8; Children under 6 FREE with adult ticket; Parking: $3 all day. Open daily 9:00a.m.-6:30p.m. Patriot’s Point, Mt. Pleasant. For more info, call (843) 881-5984 and visit www.patriotspoint.org. Ongoing: Pure Theatre presents The Complete History of Charleston for Morons Tour/Show. This tour will express the interesting history of Charleston to its listeners in fascinating ways. Over 300 years of Lowcountry history in less than 70 minutes. Charleston Legend and Lore Theatre, 161 Church St. Sat. 5:00p.m. $16. For more info, call (843) 937-0916 or (843) 866 -0916 and visit www.charlestonlegendsandlore.com. Ongoing: Visit the South Carolina Aquarium and watch our otters get their breakfast, talk to scuba divers in the Great Ocean Tank to learn how we feed our sharks, and get up-close-and-personal to a snake, turtle, alligator and more. Educational daily programs are offered throughout the day. South Carolina Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf. Open Mon.-Sat. 9:00a.m.-5:00p.m.; Sun. 12:00p.m.-5:00p.m. Admission: Adults/$17; Seniors 62+/$16; Child aged 211/$10; Toddler under age 2/Free. For more info, call (843) 720-1990 and visit www.scaquarium.org.

Dec. 20: Tiedmann Park Nature Center presents Holiday Nature Crafts. Celebrate the holiday season with crafts, live animals and more! Make a couple of holiday crafts from natural items and enjoy a seasonal snack. Tiedmann Park Nature Center, 38 Elizabeth St. 10:00a.m.-11:30a.m. Free. For more info, call (843) 965-4002. Ongoing: The Acting Studio offers classes in Makeup for Stage, Film and Special Events taught by Artist in Residence, Ryan Ahlert. Classes are designed for beginning acting students as well as the more experienced. They will cover acting techniques, improvisation, building a character, mastering a monologue, scene work, and audition techniques. Emphasis will be placed on voice, diction, and basic body conditioning. Classes will be offered to people aged 5 through adults. Artistic director and acting instructor, Sheri Grace Wenger, is very excited to bring theater arts education to James Island. Shops on Folly Rd., on the corner of Camp Rd. For more info, call (843) 557-1163 or visit www.midtownproductions.org. Ongoing: Adele Pottery Studio offers wheel pottery classes for children and teens ages 7 – 18. 1659 Middle St., Sullivan’s Island. Sept. – May, Mon. – Sun. Stop by or call for appointments. For more info, call (843) 883-9545. Ongoing: Art and Soul Center for Creative Development offers art lessons for all ages, art therapy and free art services to non-profit community organizations in need. 815 Savannah Hwy. across from Gerald’s Tires & Brakes. 11:00a.m.–6:00p.m., Tues.–Sat. or by appointment. For more info, call (843) 573-0023. Ongoing: Blue Heron Glass offers art classes in stained glass, fusing,

mosaics, and bead making. We also offer studio time. For more info, call (843) 769-7299 or visit www.blue-heron-glass.com. Ongoing: The Center for Photography offers classes and workshops in film and digital photography. Beginner, intermediate and advanced courses are available. Registration required. Alterman Studios, 654-D King St. Prices vary. For more info, call (843) 577-0647, visit www.center4photography.com, or email info@altermanstudios.com. Ongoing: The Charleston Academy of Music offers conservatory style training with weekly private lessons, performance classes and performance in recitals throughout the year in various instruments. 189 Rutledge Ave. For more info, call (843) 746-9823 or visit www.charlestonmusic.org. Ongoing: The Charleston Art Gallery and Portrait Studio offers Portrait Classes with accomplished local artist Cecile Langham Cothran. Classes are limited to 10 people. 10 North Atlantic Wharf. For more info, call (843) 724-3424 or email info@CecileLanghamCothran.com. Ongoing: The Charleston Ballet Theatre School presents its 2008-2009 School Schedule. Ballet, jazz and tap classes for students ages 3 to adult. 477 King St. and 598 Belle Station on Long Point Rd. Mon.–Fri. from 3:00p.m.– 9:00p.m. and Sat. from 11:00a.m.–2:00p.m. For more info, please call (843) 723-7334 (Downtown & James Island) or (843) 849-7814 (Mt. Pleasant). Ongoing: The Charleston County Public Libraries offer a variety of classes and workshops throughout the year in various subjects. For more info, call your local library or visit www.ccpl.org. Ongoing: The Charleston Museum Education Department presents After School Classes, Toddler Days, Kids Tours, and Second Saturday activities. Pre-registration required. 360 Meeting St. at John St. across from the Visitors’ Center. For more info, call (843) 722-2996 or visit www.charlestonmuseum.org. Ongoing: The Charleston Police Pipes and Drums offer bagpipe and drumming classes. Let us provide you with a program that will put you on the field marching and playing in the parade. We will provide all material for a modest fee and the cost of lessons is only $10 per class. We meet once a week and have classes available for all levels. For more info, call (843) 819-8284 or email gownvi@comcast.net. Ongoing: The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department offers classes with Charleston Ballet Theatre. Charleston Ballet Theatre will offer ballet classes for ages 3 – adult during after school hours at Windsor Hill Elementary, a new north area location made possible by a partnership through Dorchester District II Schools, Charleston Ballet Theatre, and the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department. Windsor Hill, 8600 William Moultrie Blvd. For more info, call (843) 849-7814. Ongoing: The Have Nots! Comedy Improv offer improv classes for various age groups throughout the year. For more info, call (843) 853-6687 or visit www.thehavenots.com. Ongoing: The McClellanville Arts Council offers classes and workshops in the visual arts. For more info, call (843) 887-3157 or visit www.mcclellanvilleartcouncil.com. Ongoing: The Mt. Pleasant Recreation Department’s Fine Arts Program

offers classes throughout the year in art, dance, music and theater. For more info, call (843) 849-2061 or visit www.townofmtpleasant.com. Ongoing: The Musikgarten Family Music for babies and toddlers (up to 3 years old). Hungry Monk Music Studio, 1- C Daniel St. For more info, call (843) 532-8759. Ongoing: The North Charleston Cultural Arts Program offers classes and workshops in visual arts, photography, crafts, music, dance, theater and more for youths and adults at the city’s new multi-disciplinary Cultural Arts Center adjacent to Sterett Hall on the Old Charleston Naval Base. For a complete schedule and more info, call (843) 745-1087 or visit www.northcharleston.org. Ongoing: Rebecca Johnston offers private and small group art lessons in drawing, painting, fiber arts, portfolio preparation, and more. Instructor is an art educator with her Masters in Art Education K-12. For more info, call (910) 7361862 and visit www.RebeccaJohnston.com. Ongoing: The South Carolina Writers Workshop meets at 7 p.m. on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at the Books-A-Million in West Ashley which is located in the Best Buy shopping center at the corner of Orleans Rd. and Sam Rittenberg Blvd. For more info, call (843) 573-0609. Ongoing: The Studio Art Center offers private lessons at students’ convenience in drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, art history and more. For more info, call (843) 723-1253 or visit www.thestudioartcenter.net.

Through Dec. 23: The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs is seeking Volunteers to work as ushers and event assistants for Charleston’s non-alcoholic celebration of the Arts on New Year’s Eve, Happy New Year Charleston! To be added to the Volunteer Mailing List, call (843) 724-7305 and visit www.charlestoncity.info for more info. Through Dec. 30: Meet the authors Writing Contest: E.L. Doctorow and Peter Matthiessen in NY. Submit an unpublished story or chapter of a novel (fiction or creative non-fiction), of 5,000 words or less. Pages should be paper clipped. Your name, address, email, phone, title and genre of work (fiction or nonfiction) should also appear on a cover sheet. Double-space; use 12 point font. Enclose legal size self-sealing SASE for critique and list of winners. The entry fee is $25 per story, or $20 for Workshop members. Multiple entries are accepted. Make check payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to: Author’s Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC 28805 or email submission to writersw@ gmail.com, with ―Author’s Contest‖ in the subject. The entry fee can be paid at our website: www.twwoa.org. Contest winners will meet National Book Award-winning authors E.L. Doctorow and Peter Matthiessen in New York this spring! The winners will also receive autographed books by the authors - or, may opt for the cash prize. In addition, ten Honorable Mentions will receive recognition. First Place: $500, or an all-expense paid trip to meet the authors Spring 2009, Second Place: $300, or meet the authors. Accommodation provided, Third Place: $200, or meet the authors. Ten Honorable Mentions. Through Jan. 9: Piccolo Fiction Open 2009. The PFO is a literary competition in its ninth year of the Piccolo Spoleto Arts Festival. This year the theme is One Hundred Dollars. The word limit is 1300. Please submit four copies of your original, unpublished work with a postmark no later than Jan. 9, 2009. Include one separate cover page with your contact info and title of the story. At the top of your

story, please include your phone number only. The word limit is 1300. $200 will be awarded for the top story, followed by a $150 and a $50 prize, as well as runnersup. One story (or more) will be chosen to appear in Dark Sky Magazine. There are no residency restrictions, though writers who would like to read their work in Charleston during the festival are encouraged to submit. $10 submission fee required. Make checks payable to the City of Charleston. Submit Application Materials to: ATTN: PFO 2009, City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, 180 Meeting Street, Suite 200, Charleston, SC 29401. For more info, call (843) 724-7305 and visit www.piccolospoleto.com. Through Jan. 15: The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs is accepting applications from artists and groups interested in performing in the 2009 MOJA Arts Festival including: dance, theatre, visual arts exhibits, literary readings, educational outreach, music and more. Send a package including: a) cover letter describing your work and what you intend to present at MOJA; b) CD, DVD, audiotape, videotape, or written example of your work; c) photos on CD and/or hard copies; d) any press info related to your work. Mail to: 2009 MOJA Arts Festival, Office of Cultural Affairs, 180 Meeting St. Ste. 200, Charleston, SC 29401 by January 15, 2009. For more info, visit www.mojafestival.com, www.charlestoncity.info, and call (843) 724-7305. Through Jan. 20: Avery Research Center presents “Mermaid and Merwomen in Black Folklore,” a juried exhibition for art quilters/ doll artists, Feb. 20–March 31, 2009, at the Avery Research Center for African American History & Culture at the College of Charleston. Enslaved Africans along the coast of South Carolina brought some of the first tales of mermaids and merwomen to America. Many of these folktales were stories of African ocean and river goddesses. Because of the rich oral traditions of these peoples, few if any of these stories were written until they were recorded by collectors of folk tales toward the end of the 19th century. You are invited to share your visual interpretation of these myths by creating a Black Mermaid/Merwoman in an art doll or art quilt. We are seeking work that is original and innovative. No kits, quilts or dolls made in a workshop with the aid of an instructor. Quilt must be multi-layered and joined by stitching. Dimension in any direction must not exceed 50 inches. Dolls may not exceed 32 inches in height. If dolls are to be displayed on a stand, the artist will be responsible for providing the stand. If dolls are to be mounted on the wall please make sure it has the necessary hanging apparatus. We welcome both small and large works. Only quilts/dolls created after December 31, 2006 are eligible. Preliminary acceptance will be granted based on the acceptance digital images. Final acceptance will be granted upon the receipt and examination of quilts/dolls. We reserve the right to omit from the exhibition accepted quilts/dolls that do not contain the same qualities as the submitted images. The exhibition coordinators’ decision is final. For more info and to enter, visit www.cofc.edu/avery/mermaid_merwomen.htm. Through Jan. 30: The Gibbes Museum of Art announced the second year of the Elizabeth and Mallory Factor Prize for Southern Art. The award is $10,000 given annually beginning this year when a panel of judges chose Jeff Whetstone, a young photographer from Durham, NC, as the 2008 winner. Whetstone prevailed over much more well-known artists, such as Radcliffe Bailey (the painter), William Christenberry (the photographer), and Charleston artist Philip Simmons (the sculptor). The Factor Prize aims to establish an outline archive of Southern artists used by curators, collectors, academicians, and the public. Submissions are accepted via the website at www.factorprize.org throughout the year. A panel is convened each February to select a short list of finalists. The Gibbes Museum of Art chooses the winner and then announces the winner at a celebration at the museum in May. For more info and to enter, visit www.factorprize.org.

Through Jan. 31: The Avery Research Center presents “The Many Faces of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” A Pictorial Exhibit of Observance of the 40th Assassination of Dr. M. L. King, Jr. The exhibit is comprised of magazine covers, LP's, clothing, furniture, lapel pins, stamp cachets. Cox Gallery, 125 Bull St. For more info, call (843) 953-7609 and visit www.cofc.edu/avery/index.htm. Through Feb. 1: The Charleston Crafts Cooperative is accepting applications from artists to participate in the 2009 Piccolo Spoleto Festival Crafts Show. For more info, call (843) 953-5934 and download the application form at www.charlestoncrafts.org. Through Feb. 1: Southeastern Wildlife Exposition is accepting applications from artists and exhibitors interested in participating in the 2009 SEWE program. There are no deadlines for applications. All applications will be accepted until positions are filled. For more info, call (843) 723-1748 or download application forms at www.sewe.com. Dec: 1-19: The City of Charleston Recreation presents its Supersized Holiday Card Contest. Deadline for entries is Dec. 19 at 5:00p.m. Please turn in entries to 30 Mary Murray Dr. For more info, call (843) 724-7332. Ongoing: The Charleston Men’s Chorus is always looking for new singers. Weekly rehearsals are held Mon. at 5:30p.m.-7:00p.m. at the St. Philip’s Episcopal Church Choir Room located at 142 Church St. on the 2nd floor. New members are welcome and should call (843) 720-8505 or go to www.cmchorus.com to send an e-mail indicating that they would like to join. An informal audition will be scheduled prior to rehearsal. Ongoing: The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department seeks proposals from teachers and instructors interested in offering classes and workshops in visual arts, photography, crafts, music, dance, theater and more for children, youths, and adults. For more info, call (843) 745-1087 or visit www.northcharleston.org. Ongoing: Farringdon Bistropub, a new restaurant concept located in Historic Downtown Summerville seeks submissions from local visual artists to exhibit and sell their work in the restaurant. We are looking for emerging, cutting edge, contemporary art in all mediums (unfortunately we cannot accommodate sculpture). Please email Cristina Leventis Vasilis at cristina.vasilis@gmail.com with samples of your work. Ongoing: Johns Island Presbyterian Church is starting a powerful new after school program this fall that will provide education in music, dance, visual art, and drama exclusively to low-income families for a very small fee. We are seeking volunteers to help teach, transport students, etc.We are also collecting musical instruments to loan to needy students taking private lessons. If you have an instrument that you no longer need, consider donating to our program. It will be a charitable tax donation, and the student who uses your old instrument will be grateful for the gift of music! If you would like to donate, call (843) 559-9380. Ongoing: Serious visual art and fine craft artists are encouraged to apply for consideration as an exhibiting artist in the North Charleston City Gallery. Exhibitions are rotated monthly and deadlines for applications are May 30 and Nov. 30. For more info, call (843) 745-1087 and visit www.northcharleston.org to download the application. Ongoing: The Rhodes Art Center, part of the North Charleston Civic Center Complex, currently has studio space available. Noisette, 1360 Truxton Ave. #7-200, N. Charleston. For more info, call (843) 745-1087 or visit www.northcharleston.org.

Through Dec. 29: Karpeles Manuscript Museum presents Ancient Ship Exhibit. There are few documents or pictures of ancient ships with the exception of illustrations on coins minted at that time. Thus, much of the Ancient Ship Exhibit will be ancient coins with pictures of various types of Greek, Roman bireme, trireme and quinqereme ships and Phoenician pentekonter ships. A 5500 year old ancient ship model built in Egypt will also be shown in addition to an illustration of an ancient Egyptian ship carved into a scarab piece. Modern models of a Bireme ship and a Byzantine ship will also be shown. In addition we will show three special famous early modern ships, the ―U.S.S. Constitution‖ (See photo above), the ―H.M.S. Victory‖ and a Spanish Galleon of the type used in the Invincible Armada of 1588. With these we will show manuscripts of the Barbary Pirates ―Shores of Tripoly‖ Treaty; the ―Memorandum of The Battle of Trafalger‖ of Nelson in his victory over Napoleon’s fleet; and Queen Elizabeth’s ―Instructions‖ for the beginning of the Invincible Armada of 1588 campaign. Each of these latter three will be placed next to the 40‖ or 55‖ authentic models of the ships. 68 Spring St. Tue.-Sat. from 11:00a.m.-4:00p.m. Free admission and free parking. For more info, call (843)853-4651 and visit www.rain.org. Through Jan. 4: The Art Institute of Charleston and the Center for Women proudly co-sponsor a photography exhibit by Dr. Katherine M. Houghton that profoundly explores women and children around the globe. Houghton circumnavigated the world twice on a mission to capture this visual story, A Journey of Discovery: Women and Children Around the World. The Gallery at The Art Institute of Charleston, 24 North Market St. The opening reception, in the same location, will be held Dec. 5 from 6:00p.m.-8:00p.m. For more info, call (843) 343-1223 and visit www.artinstitutes.edu. Through Jan. 31: The Avery Research Center presents “The Many Faces of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” A Pictorial Exhibit of Observance of the 40th Assassination of Dr. M. L. King, Jr. The exhibit is comprised of magazine covers, LP's, clothing, furniture, lapel pins, stamp cachets. Cox Gallery, 125 Bull St. For more info, call (843) 953-7609 and visit www.cofc.edu/avery/index.htm. Dec. 1-31: City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs presents the exhibit “Smoke & Mirrors”. Smoke and Mirrors is the collection of works by artist Vance Gellert. Gellert, a photographer and pharmacologist, strongly believes that the richest source of new drug discovery is in the understanding of the healing knowledge and medicinal plants of indigenous communities. To understand the healing mechanisms of the various plant medicines is to understand the culture’s view on illness, healing and wellness, and how the rituals of the shamans used in delivering the plant treatments to patients creates a healing environment within the patient. This environment ultimately works in concert with the plant chemistries and leads to the healing of the patient. This exhibit is free and open to the public. City Gallery at Waterfront Park, 34 Prioleau St. Gallery Hours: TuesFri: 11:00a.m.-6:00p.m., Sat-Sun: 12:00noon-5:00p.m. For more info, call (843) 958-6484 and visit www.charlestoncity.info. Dec. 1-31: The Imagist: Photography and Video is a group exhibition of southern artists working with cameras. Rebekah Jacob Gallery presents The Imagist, a body of photographic and video work with diverse genres that all relate to the South. In provocative color or richly toned black/white applications, each artist has a poignant, visual story to tell of ―their South‖ through studio portraiture, landscape photography, and urban street photography. And in some casing, moving pictures. In the words of Rebekah Jacob, ―No single exhibition in Charleston has yet offered an overview of rich, diverse artistic projects that begin

with cameras. The Imagist will work to fill that void.‖ Reception scheduled for Dec. 11 at 169 King St. Lecture on photography in the south scheduled for Dec. 9 at 11:30a.m. located at the Charleston Art Institute. For more info, call (843) 937-9222 and visit www.rebekahjacobgallery.com. Dec. 1-31: North Charleston City Gallery presents an exhibit of Jean Gallagher and North Charleston Artist-in-Residence Michael Morrison. Jean Gallagher’s oil paintings depict vibrant flora and elegant tropical plants and drapery that combine a fascination with the 19th Century ―petit genre‖ of flower paintings with geometric abstraction. Michael Morrison, North Charleston’s ArtistinResidence, will present a collection of mixed media sculpture. Each piece of highly geometric abstract sculpture contains a portrait of a Charleston area resident. North Charleston City Gallery, Charleston Area Convention Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. There will be an opening reception Dec. 4 from 5:00p.m.-7:00p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Gallery hours: MonSat 10:00a.m.-4:30p.m. For more info, contact Ann Simpson at (843) 745-1087 or at culturalarts@northcharleston.org and visit www.northcharleston.org. Dec. 3-31: Sylvan Gallery presents Small Works. Celebrating six years in business on King Street in Charleston, December 2008 will again find The Sylvan Gallery presenting a ―Small Works‖ show in time for the holidays. Representing 36 artists, works by most will be in this show of oil paintings and sculpture. Displayed are works by artists Rhett Thurman, Nancy Bush, Joan Potter, William Berra, Ted Ellis, Glenna Goodacre, Guido Petruzzi, Trey Finney and many more. These special ―jewels‖ are sure to brighten everyone’s holiday celebrations. This yearly tradition is looked forward to by many collectors. The Sylvan Gallery, 171 King St. Gallery hours are Mon.-Fri. from 9:00a.m.-5:00p.m. and Sat. from 10:00a.m.-5:00p.m. Free admission. Opening Reception on Dec. 5 from 5:00p.m.-8:00p.m. For more info call (843) 722-2172 or visit www.thesylvangallery.com. Dec. 4-28: Corrigan Gallery presents “The Goddess Returns”. This exhibit is a body of new works by Charleston native Jennie Summerall. 62 Queen St. Opening reception Dec. 5 from 5:00p.m.-8:00p.m. For more info, call (843) 7229868, e-mail art@lesecorrigan.com, and visit www.corrigangallery.com. Dec. 5- 26: Dog and Horse Fine Art Gallery presents an exhibition of Pat Weaver. Pat Weaver is an accomplished watercolor artist whose work captures the spirit of animals through loose expressive brushwork and unusual colors. Dog and Horse Fine Art, 106 B Church St. There will be a reception on Friday, Dec. 5 from 5:00p.m.-7:30 p.m. Gallery Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10:00a.m.-5:00p.m., Sat. 11:00a.m.-5:00p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. For more info, contact dogpainting@bellsouth.net or visit www.dogartdealer.com. Dec. 5-31: Kensington Stobart Gallery presents Stacy Morgan. Kensington Stobart Gallery, 165 King St. An opening reception will be held on Dec. 5 from 5:00p.m.-8:00p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. For more info, contact Ryann Bretone at (843) 937-8650 or visit www.kensingtonstobart.com. Dec. 19-Mar. 22: Gibbes Museum of Art presents Painters of American Life: The Eight. In 1908, rejecting the academic establishment, eight American artists organized the first major independent group exhibition of the twentieth century, paving the way for future independent exhibitions to further the cause of modern art in America. This exhibition traces the careers of those eight artists. Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. Tues.-Sat. 10:00a.m.-5:00p.m. and Sun. 1:00p.m.-5:00p.m. $9/adults; $7/seniors, students and military; $5/youth (ages 6-12); free/members and children 5 and under. For more info, call (843) 7222706 and visit www.gibbesmuseum.org.

Dec. 19-Mar. 22: Gibbes Museum of Art presents The American Scene on Paper: Prints and Drawings from the Schoen Collection. This exhibition features a selection of Jason Schoen’s sizeable collection of prints and drawings that represents the diversity of styles and subjects in American art from the 1930s to the 1950s. Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. Tues.-Sat. 10:00a.m.-5:00p.m. and Sun. 1:00p.m.-5:00p.m. $9/adults; $7/seniors, students and military; $5/youth (ages 6-12); free/members and children 5 and under. For more info, call (843) 722-2706 and visit www.gibbesmuseum.org. Ongoing: The Avery Research Center maintains several galleries and other spaces, sponsors exhibitions produced from the Center's archival and permanent collections, presents exhibits from South Carolina-based visual artists, hosts temporary exhibitions, sponsors a traveling exhibition program, and conducts daily public tours for individuals and groups. The Center's galleries and other public spaces house permanent displays and installations, workshops, lectures, poetry readings, book signings, receptions, jazz performances and art exhibitions throughout the year. Avery Research Center offers tours for individuals, schools meetings, family reunions, convention participants and other groups. Group tours must be scheduled in advance. Group tours consist of 5 or more people. Groups that do not exceed 5 require no advance booking and walk-ins are welcome. 125 Bull St. Admission is free. Donations accepted. To schedule a group tour call Curtis Franks at (843) 953-7610 or email franksc@cofc.edu. Ongoing: The Gibbes Museum of Art presents The Charleston Story, drawn from the museum’s permanent collection from Charleston’s beginnings as a British Colony to modern times. Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. Tues.-Sat. 10:00a.m.-5:00p.m. $9/adults, $7/seniors, military, and students, $5/children ages 6-18, Free/members and children under 6. For more info, call (843) 722-2706 and visit www.gibbesmuseum.org. Ongoing: The Gibbes Museum of Art presents Hands On! increasing access to the arts for the visually impaired and to providing visitors with the opportunity to experience art through the sense of touch. Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. Tues.-Sat. 10:00a.m.-5:00p.m. $9/adults, $7/seniors, military, and students, $5/children ages 6-18, Free/members and children under 6. For more info, call (843) 722-2706 and visit www.gibbesmuseum.org. Ongoing: John Carroll Doyle Gallery has various artists’ works in their gallery. 125 Church St. Tue.-Sat. from 10:00a.m.-5:00p.m. For more info, call (843) 577-7344 and visit www.johncdoyle.com. Ongoing: The New Perspectives Gallery @ 180 Meeting St. presents Restoration Alley: The Glorious and The Forgotten featuring photographs by Sandy Logan. This collection is the articulation of different building materials in the complex and beautiful compositions they make. What was once the daily work of builders has become beyond the reach of today’s budgets and craftsmen. This is a celebration of going far beyond structural necessity, to a realm worth studying. New Perspectives Gallery, 180 Meeting St., 3rd Fl. Free. Mon.-Fri. 8:30a.m.-5:00p.m. For more info, call (843) 724-7305 and visit www.charlestoncity.info. Ongoing: Robert Lange Studios displays various works of art for sale. 151 East Bay St. Tue.-Sat. from 11:00a.m.-5:00p.m. or by appointment. For more info, call (843) 805-8052 and visit www.robertlangestudios.com. Ongoing: The Wells Gallery, the premier gallery at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, is dedicated to presenting its unique and innovative collection of contemporary oil paintings, watercolors, sculpture and glass produced by some of the nation’s most sought after artists. 1 Sanctuary Beach Dr. For more

info, call (843) 576-1290 or visit www.wellsgallery.com.

Support the Arts in Charleston. Attend an arts event soon! Arts in Charleston is a monthly calendar of cultural events in the Charleston area compiled by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs and published as a public service by The Post and Courier. The on-line version of the calendar is updated daily and can be viewed at www.charlestoncity.info. Deadline for submissions is noon the 15th of each month. For more info about the calendar and including upcoming events in future issues, please call the Office of Cultural Affairs at (843) 720-3816, e-mail event listing to ocaintern@ci.charleston.sc.us, fax the event listing to (843) 720-3967, or write: ARTS IN CHARLESTON CALENDAR City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs 180 Meeting St, Ste. 200 Charleston, SC 29401 Editors: Jeanette Davis, Annie Chambers, Calee Hessler, Laura Amerson and Ellen Dressler Moryl