VISUAL ARTS — Elephants on parade!
SunTrust Community Day at the Gibbes
Sun. Sept. 24
1-4 p.m.
Gibbes Museum of Art
135 Meeting St.

The exhibition Babar’s Museum of Art, installed cleverly at child’s-eye level and featuring illustrator Laurent de Brunhoff’s elephantized versions of 35 of his favorite timeless paintings (such as Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus,” seen above), is open now, and the Museum is enticing whole families to view the exhibit, along with the others currently on display at the Gibbes, free of charge for an afternoon. This Sunday’s event kicks off a special partnership with SunTrust that will provide free Community Days four times a year. There will be art activities for children and a special guest appearance by renowned local artist and Gibbes favorite Jonathan Green, who will sign copies of his book, Gullah Images: The Art of Jonathan Green.


VISUAL ARTS — Bodies, bags, and body bags

Malena Bergmann and Boris Shpeizman
Opening Thurs. Sept. 21 at 6 p.m.
On view through Oct. 19
Redux ContemporaryArt Center
136 St. Philip St.

Redux presents the works of sculptors Malena Bergmann and Boris Shpeizman in their latest exhibitions, Gifts and Baggage of the Body and New Work, respectively. In Gifts and Baggage of the Body, Malena Bergmann uses science and medical supplies to explore the body as a vessel of fragility and eventual decay. The Art Papers review featured Bergmann in 2003 and 2005 and she has displayed her work in galleries and institutions nationwide, including the Athens Institute for Contemporary Art. In New Work, Shpeizman uses hot glass as a symbol for human flesh, creating body suits, or “lingerie,” using blown glass and live models. Shpeizman has been featured in exhibitions in London, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Hartford, Conn. Although there won’t be any hot-glass-on-live-model action at the opening, the original models used in making the creations were caught on digital video walking down a corridor wearing them and will be projected on a wall below the hanging glass suits.


EVENT — Professionals, cut loose
Trident United Way’s Battle of the Bands
Thurs. Sept. 21
5:30-10 p.m.
Gaillard Auditorium
77 Calhoun St.

Do you enjoy listening to live music? Eating? Drinking? Helping people? Not spending money? If you answered “yes” to any combination of these, boy, does Trident United Way have an event for you. A group of young artistic-type professionals have been commiserating all summer to put together the TUW Battle of the Bands, a fun-formational party aiming to help recruit volunteers for some of the hundreds of local programs that TUW works with. In between sets from groups made up of musicians with day jobs that range from lawyer (William Applegate, lead singer of Cross Creek Junction) to physical therapist (Jill Chumley, guitarist/singer with Edisto Lane) to veterinarian (Dr. Brian King, plays with Love Butter), reps from TUW charities will present short speeches about their groups. Of course, everyone, from yuppies to hippies to volunteers, will be vibing to the music and enjoying the free beer, wine, and food, plus the chance to win prizes all night just by dropping off a business card on the way in. The groups are not soliciting donations at this event, but fans can vote for their favorites among the cubically-freed combos by donating dollars in their names, so everybody wins!


CONCERT MUSIC — Singing for scholars
A Grand Night for Singing
Sat. Sept. 23
8 p.m.
$20, $50/family (two parents and children under 18)
Recital Hall
Simons Center or the Arts
54 St. Philip St.

The College of Charleston has one of the most interesting and eclectic music schools in the state — perhaps even the Southeast region — and once a year, the students, faculty, and alumni get together for one blow-out evening packed full of choral music, opera selections, musical theatre performances, and the medieval stylings of the Madrigal Singers. Noted performer and CofC alum Jennifer Crawford will be in attendance, as will Brandon Joyner, Kristin Buffkin, and William Bennett, joining faculty members and nationally-reputed performers Deanna McBroom, Suzanne Fleming-Atwood (who has a solo performance on Monday night, also), Robert Taylor, Robert Ivey, Steve Rosenberg, and Robin Zemp, plus current award-winning students Henriet Fourie, Kathleen Greenhaw, Lauren Pashke, and Johnathan White. All proceeds from this gala benefit will go to fund voice scholarships in the CofC Department of Music.


EVENT — Bluegrass for humanity
Bluegrass on the Creek
Sun. Sept. 24
3 p.m.
$15, free for children10 and under
Morgan Creek Grill
80 41st Ave.

Come out and get down for a good cause at “Bluegrass on the Creek — A Lowcountry Affair for Local Homes,” the second annual benefit hosted by Morgan Creek Grill in collaboration with East Cooper Habitat for Humanity. The celebration will feature live music from Blue Plantation, The Yeehaw Junction Bluegrass Band, and The Vintage Bluegrass Band with Bob Sachs, Roger Bellow, Gary Hewitt, and featuring Sharon Cumbee. Rene Russell will be on hand to emcee the event, which kicks off at 3 p.m. All proceeds go directly to East Cooper Habitat for Humanity, which will use it to provide new homes (like the one seen above) for families in the area. In addition to great sounds and positive vibes, the event will include a Lowcountry barbecue buffet with all the trimmings, a raffle, and a silent auction with prizes donated by local area businesses. There will be activities for the kiddies, who will be admitted free of charge and can enjoy face painting, games, and balloons. For tickets or additional information call the Morgan Creek Grill at 886-8980, and don’t miss your chance to enjoy some solid tunes and help local families in need.

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