43,000 Students

That’s a lot of kids with a lot of reading to do. The Charleston County School Board is creating a literary magazine for students with the help of editors and designers at Skirt!. Now, they need your help to build and maintain a website to go along with the magazine. In progress are two issues for the spring and fall with updates throughout the year to keep the little ones in step. If you’re interested in assisting the CCSB and Skirt! for this cause, call (843) 723-7831 or write to thgreen@mcnair.net.

Dates for International Film Fest Announced

Movie junkies, this one’s for you. Summer Spooner, Brian Peacher, and Tracy Roberts have announced the dates for the second annual Charleston International Film Festival. It gets into full swing on April 23-26 and features a variety of animated flicks, documentaries, shorts, and screenplays from local, national, and international filmmakers. Details are forthcoming. For now, call (843) 602-3622 or go to www.charlestoniff.com.

This American Life Near You

Popular radio show This American Life broadcasts live to select movie theaters on Thurs. April 23 at 8 p.m. Local locations so far include the Regal Azalea Square Stadium 16 in Summerville. The show is full of essays, stories, and audio documentaries all centered on a theme. The stage performance of the radio show is hosted by Ira Glass and will include storytellers Dan Savage, Starlee Kine, and Mike Birbiglia. David Rakoff and Dave Hill conduct some “special investigations” while Chris Ware is featured for a new cartoon. Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, will be in-house as well. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased at www.thislife.org.

A Family of Travelers

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art presents Random Lunacy: Videos from the Road Less Traveled on Fri. March 13 at 8 p.m. The film features Poppa Neutrino and his family — poor, homeless, and traveling the world. From the streets of New York to a circus in Mexico to an epic journey across the Atlantic on a raft made of trash — we’re certain this family has plenty of stories to tell. Producers/directors Victor Zimet and Stephanie Silber will attend the screening at the Halsey. For more information, call (843) 953-5680 or go to www.halsey.cofc.edu. —Reina Gascon-Lopez

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