The city of Charleston held a press conference today to announce the 2008 Piccolo Spoleto. There’s wasn’t much news other than the line-up, which features the same quality we’ve come to expect over 30 years. I’ll break down some highlights below for you. For comprehensive information, though, you’ll need to check out the festival’s full schedule on its website.

THEATER

God’s Trombones by Art Forms & Theatre Concepts

Eurydice, The Tragedian, Cloud Tectonics, Vaud Rats by PURE Theatre

Gypsy, Always . . . Patsy Cline, Louis Prima: The Wild One, and The Mammalogues at the Village Playhouse.

A Devil Inside, Desdemona: A Play about a Handkerchief, Lobby Hero, Silence of Lucy, Under the Lights (Or 10×10) by the College of Charleston’s Department of Theatre

Geoffrey Cormier’s Wayang Modern Shadow Puppet Theatre

Also: This War Is Live, All About Bette: An Evening with Bette Davis, and Forever Plaid

DANCE

Charleston Ballet Theatre presents: Brown Bag and Ballet, Kids Do Cats, Seven Deadly Sins, Twisted Tango

Robert Ivey Ballet, Sumter Civic Dance Company, Dancentre South, DanceFX also perform

BLUES & JAZZ

Performances by: Franklin Ashley Quartet, Davis Coen, Drink Small, Leah Suarez, Kevin Hackler, Duda Lucena Quartet, and Robert Lewis and Fearless Jones

CLASSICAL MUSIC

Tales of Appalachia by the Kandinsky Trio

The Converse Trio

The Balkan String Quartet

Chamber Music Charleston

Charleston Music Festival

St. Petersburg String Quartet (they’re from Russia)

SPECIAL EVENTS

3 Mo’ Divas

An Afternoon of Porgy and Bess

Israel at 60: The Musical Trio from Jerusalem and Jewish Choral Society

The Lovell Sisters

Terranova

And let’s not forget FRINGE

The Have Nots!

The Banana Monologues

Big Dicktionary

Buffoons

The Cody Rivers Show: Comedy Theatre Spectacular II

The Complete History of Charleston for Morons

Doppelganger

An Evening with Nick Kroll and John Mulaney

The Fowler Family Radio Hour

AND

Harvard Sailing Team

I Eat Pandas

I Live Next Door to Horses

Improv Riot!

Matt and Ben

The Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company