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Reviews – Theater 99 Improv “Training”

11 Mar

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“ALIVE” live Theater called Theater 99 Improv Comedy:  Another spot-on GEM that glitters with sparks & sparkles. Magnetized performers pull-in the audience on a time warp rocket ride where no man has gone before. (Go to Theater 99 website for the real Pros and their own videos.) If you want to take a training class and aspire to be the best, ask for Co-founder Greg.

The video above is the Final of the Intro Training Class, Mar 2011.

Whether a Pro, “passive” theater goer, or inquisitive wanna-be Trainee…GO, have FUN, either way:

(A) Relax and gape at these RISK-taking Wits, Nit-Wits, Haves or “Have-Nots,”  as the real Pros call themselves (Talk about living in the moment: in every unique instant, they can open up a worm hole, as brilliant quick thinkers (<– Although ask them the secret trick. They may turn-off their monkey brains; feel and flow and get in the zone; knee jerk spontaneously through FREE association, and “try or try-not, do or do-not, be…??”  Other blurbs that fall flat, turn into an eternity of listening to crickets chirping, as they sweat bullets, bleed to death, and crash & burn — mortified (hope no-one taped that…)

(B)  BOING!!  How aproro. The very next second they stumble on a “good one,” spring back to LIFE (L’Chaim) on a natural high that you can’t bottle and sell – its free, yet it’s priceless. The ultimate insider’s joke that performers and audience share alike, or maybe not…either way, you had to be there. Good or bad, it’s so easy to laugh and smile. And oh, oh, look down, your at the edge of your seat…

Confused? How can you ride a roller coaster in downtown Charleston? Well come on down to the end of the peninsula, it’s never ending.

FUNdraiser Girls Rock Charleston

10 Mar

Tonite at Upper Deck: met Sarah Bandy lead singer, both “The Local Honeys” and also, “The Breeders.”  Real cool, real fun, real raw, real rock…Real! Amazing enthusiasm, contagious Mag Art station (above is Ramon’s), and rousing roars, “Raising awareness to empower both girls & women age 9-16 so they can…ROCK!! Our 9 yr olds get electric guitars, yeh!” Goto  website for details on their summer camp @ Ashley Hall

Update: World Class Tennis downtown Charleston

10 Mar

Update also added to Events.

Family Circle Cup "Tennis in the City"

–  Apr  2 – 10,  Family Circle Cup TENNIS on Daniel Island. Tuesday night Apr 5, celebrate Charleston’s  “Best Tennis Town” USTA  Award of $100,000 for programs & facilities. Click here for Website Details…also note–> “Tennis in the City,” a 1-day fun outreach clinic for urban youth which includes WTA Tour & local tennis pros and also college & high school tennis teams. Both Venus & Serena Williams have brought World Class tennis to downtown Charleston, including exciting personal instruction for underprivileged urban kids ages 5 – 18, fostering urban tennis for a lifetime.

Update: Arts to “Grow Green Jobs”

10 Mar

Update below  also added to Grow Green Jobs (Tab under Make and IMPACT, NOW!)

– Do The Charleston Arts –  It doesn’t get much greener. When you work to foster Hi Art, you help empower Pros, Teachers, and new Students to learn to enrich & sustain themselves, their collaborators, and the World through their passion and creativity <– Being a MUSE is contagious, and you want to catch it and spread it 🙂

Mar 10 – 13, 2011 Weekend Update

9 Mar

(EVENTS <– Also Click for ongoing-weekly,  monthly, and year-round events)

—––  Mar 10 – 13,  2011   Weekend  Update ——-

–  Mar 10, 11, 12, @ 8pm   Play:   “OUT of STERNO” Details goto-–> – Reviews – Theater”  A terrific fresh comedy with electric passion..”

–  Mar 10 -13,   ReceiveR  Fest –  Engaging Time Based Media Film Festival. Click on REVIEW. Avant-garde like “Off, Off, Broadway,” but so Far-Off,  it’s Far-Out, it’s Charleston…it’s…THE OLD CITY JAIL. So, Do The Charleston 2-step, and step through a totally different time warp at The Rivers Museum. And…Do The Charleston 3-step, and step into our world of modern art outside the Halsey.


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–  Mar 12 , @ 7pm Park Circle Films –  “Fear and Trembling” It’s in  N.Charleston.


—–   SPECIAL  EVENT!! KidsFair For Families  (but anyone who wants to engage with the most Charleston Trendsetters all in one location): Mar 13, $1 at The Gaillard, 10,000 – 12,000 <– largest 1 day kids event downtown <– Walk or Bike (or carpool, ok)…~100 Non-Profits,Visionary Sponsors…”Edutainment”…tasty healthy food <  $5, like frozen yogurt – yum! Do The Charleston: ENGAGE with 2 world class groups…

Reviews – Fashion For A Cause

7 Mar  Reviews – “Fashion For A Cause:”

–  Tabula Rasa Salon 125 Canon St  (843) 577 7595 – Hair Stylists, Makeup, and In-Salon or On-Location custom services for Event Planning, Weddings, VIP Galas, etc (and look for her Make-Up Artists on film – she just did a video).

I met Salon owner, Melissa, a few times. First, at her Salon on the official route of the trendy community event, Fall 2010 Bike & Browse the Boroughs, with Dan (Holy City Bike Coop) and Brandon (The Hub). Second was following some genius VJs (Jack & Soup – from Open Dome). Third was the charm, at her brother Billy’s friendly Remedy Market. Birds of a feather flock together, so I planted a seed to broaden horizons and discuss “fashion-for-a-cause” over my hair cut.

Typical of Charleston, she is a welcoming spirit, and of course has a diverse art background – her father in Chicago ran a trendy theater. Oh, and any artistic eye will love the beautiful graphic arts on her web site & logo, as well as her salon’s interior decor.

She works, eats, plays, and lives a Life “style.” When you get a taste for fashion for a cause, you see even opposites attract around her magnetic field. Don’t be surprised: whether you see skin heads; or NY wedding parties; or her stylists’ credits on videos; or Social Entrepreneurs (Billy followed & opened Remedy Market in her “Borough”), and her sister was drawn back to Charleston, too.

She even put my Mar13 KidsFair poster in her window, which doesn’t fit her classic simplicity clean storefront facade – but, she agreed, we have to all create awareness; fuel good community events; and enrich and sustain Charleston & the World.

Reviews – Theater – “UPDATEs”

5 Mar

(3/10  “UPDATES” – some were also added to Charleston Arts and also BLOG Post–> Mar 10 – 13,  2011   Weekend)

–  Make an Impact NOW <– Also, you can help Do The Charleston and Hi Art Films promote, broaden horizons, engage, and sustain old and new enthusiasts for Live Theater, for Charleston, & the World.

Do The Charleston REVIEWS – Theater:

– TheatreCharleston.comEmily Wilhoit, Ex Dir, is also an actress and great at engaging kids. The League of Charleston Theatres alliance has a comprehensive website with great details as well as Links. You can join as an actor, play-write, etc, and also join as a Patron to support the Arts and get special deals,  ticket discounts, & insider perks.


–  Sprouts Theater – enticed to come to in Mt.Pleasant  – another Renaissance Man, Stan Gill could be in Seattle, Toronto, NY, London, etc, but “WE” got him <– so the world needs to come to Charleston to see Sprouts. Stan writes his own original successful “Sprouts Brand” of screenplays, music, and lyrics; Produces, Directs, acts, sings, designs/builds the sets; AND teaches & fosters his Sprouts’ Company of  loyal professionals: actors, & theater crew. Not just for kids (his cultured humor targets adults, for sure), his live theater has energizing chase scenes and engaging interplay with the audienceeven AFTER the show!


Midtown/Sheri Grace Productions –  UPDATE  –  Play, “OUT of STERNO” <–TICKETS–>843-795-2223 Go see it 8pm Sat Mar 5, or Mar 10, 11, 12  (near Downtown over at Folly Rd).  REVIEWs – Theater: … A terrific fresh comedy with electric passion …by local Director Robin Burke (who also shows-off his equally creative acting, unveiled in several roles). Every aspect is dripping with texture : from the well-cast acting; to costumes; to choreographed eye-play, stomps, romps, & rides around town. Even the props, set, and “set changes,” were fresh and fun – credit Ryan Ahlert. He Broadens Horizons, in that one can aspire to be a Renaissance Man like Ryan: he is a Business “Partner;” an Artist; a sophisticated space saving architect; and makes it all work as a blue collar carpenter on a budget. (<– Side track, to emphasize a recurring example on  We all benefit living creatively. NOW, open your mind & your eyes, and it comes at you from every angle and out of the woodwork (pun intended). Downsize with pocket doors, folding walls, and spinning tables of changing art. It is so much fun to to live efficiently).

People that care, they make a difference

5 Mar

“Peanuts Philosophy,    Charles Schultz Philosophy…….”

FAST, Take this quiz:

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.

2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.

3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America contest.

4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer prize.

5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners or best actor and actress.

6. Name the last decade’s worth of World Series winners.

How did you do?  The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers.   They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

Here’s another quiz. See how you do on this one:

1. List a few “teachers” who aided your journey.

2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.

3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.

4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.

5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.

6. Name half a dozen heroes whose stories have inspired you.

Easier?  The lesson: The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that care.

“Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today.   It’s already tomorrow in Australia.” —– Charles Schultz

Mar 3 – 6, 2011 Weekend

4 Mar

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—––  Mar 3 – 6,  2011   Weekend  ——-


– UPDATE  – Mar 5, or Mar 10, 11, 12, 8pm   Play:   “OUT of STERNO” Details goto–> – Reviews – Theater”  A terrific fresh comedy with electric passion..”

–  BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival Creators and Patrons of  Haute Cuisine from Charleston and from around the World celebrate on every corner Downtown!!  Marion Square is the center of the cornucopia!  It’s mostly sold out in advance, so the Chefs are fitting of their celebrity status and worldwide accolades (I always point out,  Food is Art!)’s MISSION & contribution boosts this great venue and especially it’s sponsorship of non-profits like:

– <-– Deserving to be the attraction at the center Tent of the Wine + Food Festival’s at Marion Square, Jamee and Elizabeth are comprehensive treasures bringing international knowhow to promote, enrich, & sustain local economies and grow green jobs. They especially boost the benefits we all share through independent local food suppliers. My friends, Ben and Rebekah and I wrote our Grant on “Healthy Sustainable Lovely Edible Aquaponics,” and applied for  The Food Innovators Award ($3000 sponsored by Low Country Local First and BB&T Wine+ Food Festivals). Congrats to finalist Abundant Seafood Fisherman Mark Marhefka,  and Roti Rolls Chef Cory Burk.



–  Mar 6,  Sun, 6pm,  BSBI  –  Charleston Jewish Experience  –  Jewish Soul Music

Walk – Bike, BLOG

2 Mar

–  Mar 28,  Public Hearing,  3:30 Charleston: How Bike-Friendly Do You Think It Is? <— Charleston Moves BLOG:  “Charleston City Councilman Mike Seekings is seeking YOUR viewpoint: Is the city on the right track when it comes to managing ballooning bicycle traffic? And is Charleston good to pedestrians? His public hearing will take place in the City Council Chambers, Charleston City Hall at on the northeast corner of Meeting and Calhoun. “I just want to make sure that people come and give their views,” said Seekings. He said the hearing would last a maximum of two hours.”

– Mar 25-27,   2011 BikeBike Southeast – Holy City Bike Coop, Dan, and the gang turned me onto this, thanks.

Downtown Bridges Across Ashley River. Copyright, do not use without written release.

– 2/14/11  – Crossing-the-ashley-river-by-bike-or-foot-how-to-get-involved

– 1/9/11  – Could Tourists-lead-the-way-in-demanding-bike-infrastructure-in-charleston