Yes, you too can be an award-winning comedy filmmaker! We’re gearing up for our second annual Charleston Comedy Festival on January 18-21, which we co-produce with The Have Nots! and Theatre 99. This year, we’re also seeking humorous short film submissions, the best of which we’ll screen for the public during the festival. The rules are short and simple: 1) Keep it to 10 minutes or less. 2) No stealing from the internet, you lazy jerks. 3) Include a recent copy of the City Paper somewhere in it. 4) Remember, snuff films aren’t that funny.

Deadline for submission is Dec. 15. Send your DVD or VHS to Comedy Festival, 1049 Morrison Dr., Charleston, SC. 29403. — PS


If you’re not John M. Dunnan, then chances are quite good that you have some time on your hands. You don’t have to worry about the burdens of being VP of both the Charleston Concert Association and the National Committee for the Performing Arts, and you probably weren’t elected to Spoleto’s board of directors at its fall board meeting a couple of weeks ago. On the downside, you probably don’t own a multimillion dollar home on Water Street downtown, and it’s highly unlikely that you’re also a successful artist whose stylistic gesture drawings, paintings, and sculptures have appeared in over 50 group exhibitions and seven solo exhibitions, including one in Washington, D.C.’s Corcoran Gallery. And if you’re not John Dunnan, odds are almost nil that you’re opening a new 1,500-square-foot gallery of your own at 131 King Street tonight — a modern, industrial space with bare concrete floors, high ceilings, and white walls — perfect for creating moments of clarity in a ridiculously busy lifestyle. Open reception at 131 King St., Wed. Oct. 19, with hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, and live music from Gradual Lean. — PS


Charleston Ballet Theatre got some great news at their annual Art for Dance benefit at Lowndes Grove Plantation last Thursday night. During the fundraiser, board members Ted and Joan Halkyard offered a $15,000 challenge grant for a portable sprung floor for the company, something resident choreographer Jill Eathorne Bahr has been lusting after for years. Within about five minutes, supporters had matched the grant to raise $30,000 to purchase the floor, which will allow CBT dancers to take their shows just about anywhere. With a weekend to absorb the news, Bahr now says she and the company will immediately begin planning some free events around town to showcase the snazzy new gift. — PS