Event Calendar

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September 29 - October 05
  • 29
    29.September.Sunday

    Oyster Roast and Chili Cook-off

    2:00 pm-5:00 pm
    Sep-29-19

    The 7th Annual Oyster Roast & Chili Cook-Off to benefit Florence Crittenton Programs of South Carolina. Sponsored by South Atlantic Bank, the event will feature live music by the Stilettos, children’s entertainment, and tons of great food for a great cause.

    Tickets are $45 (21 and older), $15 (13-20 years old), children 12 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased at www.florencecrittentonsc.org.

    WHERE:           Alhambra Hall, 131 Middle Street, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

    WHEN:             Sunday, September 29, 2010 – rain or shine!

                            2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

  • 30
    30.September.Monday

    Habits of Happy People (seniors)

    11:30 am-12:30 pm
    Sep-30-19
    John's Island Regional Library
    3531 Maybank Highway, John’s Island, SC 29455

    Happiness is a choice and a way of living that anyone can learn. Discover how you can find more joy in every part of your life, and learn tips for staying positive during life’s challenges. This program is presented in partnership with Palmetto Project.

  • 01
    01.October.Tuesday

    MOJA: Columbia Marionette Theatre Presents “The World of Anansi the Spider”

    9:30 am-12:00 pm
    Oct-01-19
    Charleston County Public Library
    68 Calhoun Street Charleston, SC 29401

    Listen to folk tales narrated by Anansi the storyteller, a classic character featured in African, Jamaican and Gullah tales.

    October Lunch & Learn

    11:45 am-1:00 pm
    Oct-01-19
    Lowcountry Graduate Center
    3800 Paramount Drive Room 243 North Charleston, SC 29405

    This month’s Lunch & Learn gives you the opportunity to gain an insider’s view of relevant topics from industry professionals while building business connections. The best part? You can accomplish all of this on your lunch break!

    MC

    Roger Swanson

    Topics

    1. Five Pillars of the Freedom Lifestyle

    2. Update on Development in North Charleston

    Speakers

    Curt Mercadante, Author, Five Pillars of the Freedom Lifestyle

    Jenna Phillipp, CCIM, Palmetto Commercial Properties

    Richard B. Morse, CCIM, Palmetto Commercial Properties

    Thank You to Our Sponsor: Palmetto Commercial Properties

    Charleston's Sean Mendes of Gillie's Seafood has Dish commissioned by Walmart

    1:17 pm-10:00 pm
    Oct-01-19-Oct-09-19
    Gillie’s Seafood
    805 Folly Rd, Charleston, SC 29412, USA

    Walmart has hand-selected nine celebrated chefs nationally to kick off the 2nd year of its Rediscovering America program. The purpose of the program is to highlight the importance of making fresh, quality produce available to everyone while spotlighting the importance of supporting farmers and responsibly sourcing produce, which Walmart does in 42 states with thousands of farms and farmers.

    Locally, Chef Sean Mendes has added a one-of-a-kind dish to his menu inspired by the fresh, quality produce found at the local Walmart stores, and this year, Walmart is bringing the program to Charleston.

    Yep. You read that right. From now to October 9, Charleston residents can get a special taste of Walmart’s produce in Chef Mendes’s dish—Farmer’s Cassarole—at Gillie’s Seafood.

    The retailer is also awarding ten, $10,000 scholarships to female chefs and chefs of color across the country through the James Beard Foundation.

    Colin Quashie in conversation with Kali Holloway

    6:30 pm-7:30 pm
    Oct-01-19
    Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art
    161 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401

    In conjunction with his exhibition at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, “Colin Quashie: Linked,” the artist will join Kali Holloway of the Make It Right Project to discuss his work and how it relates to current efforts to remove Confederate monuments around the country.

    In his latest series, called Linked, Quashie juxtaposes images of well-known Black figures with other representations of artifacts to comment on stereotypes as they exist today. In Gabriel, Quashie tweaks an image of Louie Armstrong, updating his signature trumpet with a set of slave shackles. Similarly, in Rose Colored, he creates an image of Harriet Tubman donning a pair of rose-colored glasses, referencing the abolitionist’s view of slaveholders, for whom she still held a level of empathy. With these works, Quashie teases out underlying stereotypes, exposing them for all to see more plainly.

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE EXHIBITION:
    http://halsey.cofc.edu/exhibitions/

    About the Make It Right Project
    Directed by Kali Holloway, the Make It Right (MIR) Project is a multimedia campaign dedicated to righting social justice wrongs. The goal of MIR isn’t merely to “raise awareness” or “spark a national dialogue,” but to use multiple media formats to move the needle and create visible, measurable change. The inaugural project is focused on the removal of Confederate monuments and memorials, which are tangible eulogies to heroes of a treasonous anti-American campaign and a reflection of U.S. investment in white power and supremacy.

    About Kali Holloway
    Kali Holloway co-curated the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s MetLiveArts 2017 summer performance and film series, “Theater of the Resist.” She previously worked on the HBO documentary Southern Rites, PBS documentary The New Public and Emmy-nominated film Brooklyn Castle, and was Outreach Consultant on the award-winning documentary The New Black. Her writing has appeared in AlterNet, Salon, the Guardian, TIME, the Huffington Post, the National Memo, and numerous other outlets.

  • 02
    02.October.Wednesday

    ASALH 104th Annual Meeting and Conference: Black Migrations

    7:00 am-11:00 am
    Oct-02-19-Oct-06-19
    Charleston Area Convention Center
    5000 Coliseum Dr, North Charleston, SC 29418

    The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) Annual Conference is an occasion to explore the history and culture of people of African descent. The conference assembles more than 1,000 educators, students, community leaders, business professionals, and others who share an interest in learning about the contributions of African Americans to this nation and the world.

    For over a century, the ASALH annual conference has featured a rich program, which now includes scholarly sessions, professional workshops, plenaries, a film festival and other presentations that analyze and illuminate a critical theme in the Black experience. The 2019 conference is being held October 2 – 6, 2019 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Charleston Convention Center. Attendees from across America and beyond will participate in more than 200 sessions, featuring ASALH members who are prominent figures in Black cultural studies, as well as students from many disciplines. Conference sessions will explore this year’s theme Black Migrations, and the many aspects of Black life, history, and culture.

    Conference highlight include a film festival and a Friday luncheon panel entitled, Bible Study (The Story of the Mother Emanuel AME Church Massacre in Charleston, SC) featuring a discussion of the June 17, 2015 murders of nine church members with Councilman William Dudley Gregorie, moderator, who lost a family member, Susie J. Jackson; Rev. Eric S.C. Manning, pastor, Mother Emanuel AME Church; Polly Sheppard, one of the adult survivors; Rev. Dr. Brenda Nelson, ministerial staff 2015-2019, who lost a best friend, Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor; and Melvin Graham, brother of Cynthia Graham Hurd.

    For events that are OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and FREE (AND PAID) TO THE PUBLIC please visithttps://asalh.org/conference/events-open-to-the-public/

    MOJA: Rhythms and Instruments from the African Diaspora: An Edu-Concert

    9:30 am-12:00 pm
    Oct-02-19
    Charleston County Public Library
    68 Calhoun Street Charleston, SC 29401

    Embark upon an interactive musical adventure with Daniel Scruggs, world traveler, musician, cultural educator and creator of Rhythm Moves. This immersive learning experience highlights traditional and contemporary rhythms and instrumentation from Africa, South America, North America and the Caribbean Islands. Audience participation is encouraged! 

    So You Want to Be Published…

    5:00 pm-8:00 pm
    Oct-02-19
    Charleston County Public Library
    68 Calhoun Street Charleston, SC 29401

    Hear from representatives from Arbordale Publishing, USC Press, Arcadia Publishing, and Evening Post Books about what they look for in submissions and get a real-life glimpse into today’s publishing industry. This program is part of the Black Ink African American Book Festival

    Self-Publishing 101

    6:30 pm-9:00 pm
    Oct-02-19
    Charleston County Public Library
    68 Calhoun Street Charleston, SC 29401

    Learn tips and tricks from insiders about how to step into the world of self-publishing and hear panelists share their insights on book designs and layouts, editing, marketing and distribution. This program is part of the Black Ink African American Book Festival

  • 03
    03.October.Thursday

    MOJA: The Gullah Lady Presents Stories and Songs

    9:30 am-12:00 pm
    Oct-03-19
    Charleston County Public Library
    68 Calhoun Street Charleston, SC 29401

    Enjoy traditional Gullah stories, songs, art and instruments during this fun-filled, interactive program for all ages.

    ASALH 104th Annual Conference Film Festival

    2:00 pm-11:00 pm
    Oct-03-19-Oct-05-19
    Charleston Area Convention Center
    5000 Coliseum Dr, North Charleston, SC 29418

    All films to take place in Convention Center, 1st – CC – Ballroom C1 – 1st floor – AV Room and will be followed by a discussion with a scholar, filmmaker—and in some cases—the subjects of the films themselves.

    *** FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC ***

    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2019
    2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    ZORA NEALE HURSTON: JUMP AT THE SUN
    Producer/Writer: Kristy Andersen, Director: Sam Pollard, California Newsreel –- (2008, 124 min minutes)

    Zora Neale Hurston, path-breaking novelist, pioneering anthropologist and one of the first black women to enter the American literary canon (Their Eyes Were Watching God), established the African American vernacular as one of the most vital, inventive voices in American literature. This definitive film biography, eighteen years in the making, portrays Zora in all her complexity: gifted, flamboyant, and controversial but always fiercely original.

    Discussion Facilitators: Tiffany Packer, Florida A&M University & Sharony Green, University of Alabama

    6:30pm – 8:00pm
    BEYOND THE FIELDS: SLAVERY AT MIDDLETON PLACE
    A Featured Presentation

    Middleton Place, a National Historic Landmark, located on the Ashley River outside of Charleston, South Carolina, has been engaged for decades in telling the story not just of its white owners, but also of its African American population. For many years, images of slavery by white artists have shown legions of African Americans toiling in fields ̶ fields of tobacco, sugar, cotton and rice. Looking beyond the fields, the Middleton Place Foundation’s programming documents and commemorates, as far as possible, the lives, families and contributions of some seven generations of people owned by the Middleton family. The enslaved left few artifacts, personal papers or documents. In the Charleston area, even recorded oral histories are rare. Middleton family letters, plantation records, probate records and other public documents provide only brief glimpses into the lives of the enslaved at Middleton Place. The Foundation was confronted with the very real challenge in making visible those who had been invisible and extrapolating tangible evidence from the intangibles of their lives. This American story is told through discussions with historians, authors, researchers, preservationists, historic site interpreters and descendants of the Middletons.

    Discussion Facilitators: Lyndsey Beutin, Oberlin College & The Middleton Place Foundation

    8:15pm – 10:15pm
    HOMECOMING: THE STRUGGLE OF BLACKS TO OWN
    California Newsreel – 1999 – 57 minutes

    Homecoming is the first film to explore the rural roots of African American life. It chronicles the generations-old struggle of African Americans for land of their own which pitted them against both the Southern white power structure and the federal agencies responsible for helping them. Director Charlene Gilbert weaves this history together with a fond portrait of her own Georgia farming family into what she calls, “A story of land and love.” Like so much of African American history, the Black farmers’ story is one of perseverance in the face of prejudice and perjured promises.

    Discussion Facilitator: Tiffany B Lee, Harris Stowe State University

    FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2019
    8:30 am – 10:00 am
    RALPH ELLISON: AN AMERICAN JOURNEY
    Director/Producer Avon Kirkland and Elise Robertson
    February 2002, 88 minutes

    The first documentary on one of the most gifted and intellectually provocative authors of modern American literature. It establishes Ellison as a central figure in contemporary debates over art, politics, race and nationhood. Narrated by Andre Braugher, the film brilliantly presents the first scenes ever filmed from Ellison’s landmark novel, Invisible Man. The extended DVD version is nothing less than a virtual forum on Ralph Ellison and the ideas he embraced. It features fascinating discussion of African American identity, The Black Arts movement, Ellison’s blues based interpretation of Black survival.

    Discussion Facilitator: Nadia Alahmed, Dickinson College

    10:15pm – 12:00pm
    DIRT AND DEEDS IN MISSISSIPPI
    Director/Writer David Shulman
    2016, 1h 21min

    This film uncovers the largely unknown and pivotal role played by Black landowning families in the deep South who controlled over a million acres in the 1960s. They were prepared to put their land and their lives on the line in the fight for racial equality and the right to vote in America’s most segregated and violently racist state.

    In the face of escalating terror, Black landowners and independent farmers provided safe havens, collateral for jail bonds, armed protection and locations for Freedom Schools. They were often the first to attempt to register to vote and run for public office. Emmy Award Winner.

    Discussion Facilitator: Ida B. Jones, Morgan State University

    12:15pm – 1:45pm
    BOSS: THE BLACK EXPERIENCE IN BUSINESS
    A Featured Presentation
    Stanley Nelson – Director Firelight Media – 1 hr 53 min

    The history of business and entrepreneurship lies at the heart of the American story, but often absent from that narrative are the names and experiences of African Americans who, from the country’s earliest days, have embodied the qualities of innovation, risk-taking and determination to forge a path toward a better life. Tracing more than 150 years of African American men and women, from those bound by bondage to moguls at the top of multi-million-dollar empires seek to claim their place in the story of American entrepreneurship. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson, the new documentary brings the largely unknown stories of enterprising African Americans to the forefront.

    Discussion Facilitator: Shennette Garrett-Scott, University of Mississippi

    2:00pm – 4:00pm
    WILD WOMEN DON’T HAVE THE BLUES
    Filmmaker: Christine Dall (1989, 58 mins)

    Shows how the blues were born out of the economic and social transformation of African American life early in this century. It recaptures the lives and times of Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Ida Cox, Alberta Hunter, Ethel Waters and the other legendary women who made the blues a vital part of American culture. The film brings together for the first time dozens of rare, classic renditions of the early blues.

    Discussion Facilitator: Michelle R Scott, University of Maryland – Baltimore County

    7:15pm – 9:45pm
    STRANGE FRUIT: THE FAMOUS SONG AND ITS STORY
    Producer/Director/Writer: Joel Katz, Filmmaker
    (2002, 58 minutes)

    The first documentary exploring the history and legacy of the Billie Holiday classic. The song’s evolution tells a dramatic story of America’s radical past using one of the most influential protest songs ever written as its epicenter. The saga brings viewers face- to- face with the terror of lynching even as it spotlights the courage and heroism of those who fought for racial justice when to do so was to risk ostracism and livelihood if white – and death if Black. It examines the history of lynching, and the interplay of race, labor and the left, and popular culture as forces that would give rise to the Civil Rights Movement.

    Discussion Facilitator: Dennis Rogers, Washington, DC

    SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2019
    8:30 am – 10:00 am
    UNNATURAL CAUSES: IS INEQUALITY MAKING US SICK EPISODE I
    Producer/Director, Larry Adelman, Executive Producer (2008, 56 minutes)

    “Unnatural Causes” sounds the alarm about the extent of our glaring socio-economic and racial inequities in health and searches for their root causes. But those causes are not what we might expect. While we pour more and more money into drugs, dietary supplements and new medical technologies, “Unnatural Causes” crisscrosses the country investigating the findings that are shaking up conventional understanding of what really makes us healthy or sick.

    Discussion Facilitator: Mary E. Potorti, Emerson College and MCPHS University

    10:15pm – 11:45pm
    RALPH BUNCHE: AN AMERICAN ODYSSEY
    California Newsreel (2001, 1 hr 57 minutes)

    Dr. Ralph Johnson Bunche (1903-1971) was a statesman, peace negotiator, leading intellectual and scholar, and the first person of color to win the Nobel Peace Prize. An African American who overcame racial prejudice and poverty to become Undersecretary General of the United Nations, Bunche’s life offers a unique window on many key issues and historical events that took place during the middle of the 20th century. This award-winning two-hour documentary film, narrated by Sidney Poitier, tells the story of his life and times.

    Discussion Facilitator: Abul Pitre, Fayetteville State University & Lauren Williams, Auburn University

    12:00pm – 2:00pm
    THE APOLLO
    A Featured Presentation
    Producer / Director: Roger Ross Williams
    (2019 – 98 Minutes)

    The historic Apollo Theater on Harlem’s West 125th St. is cherished as the platform that launched the careers of countless African-American talents, including some of the most important and influential names: Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, Diana Ross & The Supremes, The Jackson 5, Jimi Hendrix and more. With incredible archival performances and a fascinating behind-the-scenes look as the theater prepares to open Ta-Nehisi Coates’ multimedia performance “Between the World,” it becomes evident that the venue’s significance is the result of not only the talents to have graced its stage, but the tremendous efforts behind the curtain. The Apollo’s enduring influence on popular culture and commitment to both established and emerging artists in the community is lovingly chronicled in this captivating tribute from Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Roger Ross Williams.

    Discussion Facilitator: Lewis Walter Diuguid, Independent Scholar

    2:15pm – 3:50pm
    WHILE I BREATHE I HOPE: A FILM ABOUT BAKARI SELLERS
    A Featured Presentation
    Emily L. Harrold – Director (2018)

    This new documentary chronicles the journey of Bakari Sellers, son of Cleveland Sellers the iconic figure from the civil rights movement, as he runs for Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina. Sellers is the first African American to run for for Lt Governor in South Carolina and his effort tests just how far we have come since his father marched with SCLC and SNCC more than 50 years ago.

    Discussion Facilitator: Bakari Sellers, CNN 7:15pm – 9:45pm

    ASALH FILM SHORTS
    A special tradition to close out the Film Festival

    South Carolina themed short films featuring a selection of local Charleston filmmakers.

    Discussion Facilitator: Daniel Acker, Co-Chair of the Film Festival Committee

    We thank California Newsreel, Firelight Media,
    and individual filmmakers for their support of this film festival.

    2019 ASALH Film Festival Committee Co-Chairs:
    Dan Acker & Ida E. Jones

    KEEPIN’ JAZZ ALIVE: A Benefit for Charleston Jazz Featuring The Charlton Singleton Project

    8:00 pm-9:30 pm
    Oct-03-19
    Charleston Music Hall
    37 John Street Charleston, SC 29403

    Join us to celebrate and support Charleston Jazz. Proceeds directly support jazz artists, jazz performance, and education in our community including scholarships for students studying at our Charleston Jazz Academy.

    The evening will include a VIP seated 3-course dinner and live auction followed by a concert featuring The Charlton Singleton Project

     

    The Charlton Singleton Project is a unique group specifically put together by Charlton Singleton for our benefit and will feature Charleston Jazz Orchestra members as well as some of Charleston’s highly recognized jazz artists including: 

     

    Charlton Singleton – Vocal/Trumpet
    Dan Voss – Alto Sax
    Mark Sterbank – Tenor Sax
    John Cobb – Bari Sax
    Matthew White – Trumpet
    Mark Rapp – Trumpet
    Gavin Smith – Trombone
    Lee Barbour – Guitar
    Demetrius Doctor – Piano
    Reggie Sullivan – Bass
    Quentin Baxter – Drums and Percussion

  • 04
    04.October.Friday

    Representation and Inclusivity in Children's and Young Adult Literature

    4:00 pm-7:00 pm
    Oct-04-19
    Charleston County Public Library
    68 Calhoun Street Charleston, SC 29401

    Join authors Joyce Hansen and Angel Harriott and CCPL’s own librarian Deborah Wheeler in a discussion of diversity and inclusion in books for children and teens. This program is part of the Black Ink African American Book Festival.

    Nightly Spirits’ Pub Tour Trolls Into Town

    8:30 pm-11:00 pm
    Oct-04-19
    Henry's on the Market
    54 N Market St, Charleston, SC 29401

    Nightly Spirits, the nation’s largest haunted pub tour company providing tours in 14 cities across the nation, is bringing its spooky ghost tales and lively tour guides to Charleston, South Carolina with tours kicking off Friday, June 28th. Established in 2012, Nightly Spirits boasts year-round, intimate tours of just 15 to 20 guests that provide a hair-raising history through Charleston’s apparitional annals.

    Priced at just $25 for a two-and-a-half-hour tour that includes some pub time to drown the darkness, locals and tourists ages 21-and-up will gain access to exclusive off-limits areas throughout Charleston’s most “spectered” saloons.  Enthusiastic and costumed tour guides will cast a spooky spell throughout the evening with their knowledgeable, theatric and even comedic tales of Charleston’s other worldly adventures.

    Starting at 8:30 p.m., tour guests will meet their guide at Henry’s on the Market to kick off their night of ghoulish adventure. The tour will continue on to the equally haunted Tommy Condon’s where guests will learn why Charleston got its famous nickname, with Blind Tiger rounding out the night with more libations and haunted happenings.

  • 05
    05.October.Saturday

    Charleston Gator Club Florida vs Auburn Watch Party

    3:00 pm-8:00 pm
    Oct-05-19
    Creekside Brewhouse
    2600 Savannah Hwy, Ste B, Charleston, South Carolina 29414

    Join us in cheering on the Gators as they take on Auburn at the Creekside Brewhouse!

    •Multiple TVs to watch the games
    •Game sound throughout the venue
    •Cornhole
    •Tailgating games
    •Food & drinks
    •Gator Pregame & Traditional Festivities (Mr 2 Bits, We Are The Boys, Florida Chants)

    Arrive early to secure your seat.

    Nightly Spirits’ Pub Tour Trolls Into Town

    8:30 pm-11:00 pm
    Oct-05-19
    Henry's on the Market
    54 N Market St, Charleston, SC 29401

    Nightly Spirits, the nation’s largest haunted pub tour company providing tours in 14 cities across the nation, is bringing its spooky ghost tales and lively tour guides to Charleston, South Carolina with tours kicking off Friday, June 28th. Established in 2012, Nightly Spirits boasts year-round, intimate tours of just 15 to 20 guests that provide a hair-raising history through Charleston’s apparitional annals.

    Priced at just $25 for a two-and-a-half-hour tour that includes some pub time to drown the darkness, locals and tourists ages 21-and-up will gain access to exclusive off-limits areas throughout Charleston’s most “spectered” saloons.  Enthusiastic and costumed tour guides will cast a spooky spell throughout the evening with their knowledgeable, theatric and even comedic tales of Charleston’s other worldly adventures.

    Starting at 8:30 p.m., tour guests will meet their guide at Henry’s on the Market to kick off their night of ghoulish adventure. The tour will continue on to the equally haunted Tommy Condon’s where guests will learn why Charleston got its famous nickname, with Blind Tiger rounding out the night with more libations and haunted happenings.