THEATRE — Sexual politicos
Not Tonight
Feb. 2-4
8 p.m.
$12, $8/students and seniors
Chapel Theatre
172 Calhoun St.

Prepare to head back to college — nudity, dirty words, hookups, confusion, and all. College of Charleston senior Cory Miller’s award-winning one-act play Not Tonight focuses on the morning after a first-time sexual encounter between two college students, Eric (played by Eric Kingrea) and Sam (Lindsay Webb), when a surprise crops up. The play, which explores the difficulty that men and women have in communicating, among other things, won Second Prize in the Short Play category at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival’s regional final in Feb. 2005. Catch Miller while you still can, because with this kind of recognition, who knows how much longer she’ll stick around after graduation?


THEATRE — The beauty that still remains
The Diary of Anne Frank
Opening Fri. Feb. 3
8 p.m.
Performances Feb. 3, 4, 8, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 at 8 p.m.; Feb. 5 and 12 at 3 p.m.
$25, $23/seniors, $18/students
Dock Street Theatre
135 Church St.

While the story of Anne Frank is tragic, the poignancy of her buoyant spirit in the face of utter horror is what has made her story one of the most enduring portrayals of the Holocaust. The Pulitzer Prize-winning The Diary of Anne Frank, written by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, centers on the time before Anne and her family were discovered, when they were hiding in the Secret Annex in Amsterdam with another family, the Van Daans, and a dentist named Mr. Dussel. Anne received her diary for her 13th birthday, less than two months before the family entered into hiding in 1942, and she chronicled the joys and conflicts between the small group living in the tight quarters with no access to the outside world. The Charleston Stage production of The Diary of Anne Frank, directed by Marybeth Clark, stars real-life father and daughter William and Gabriella Terranova as Otto (Anne’s father) and Anne Frank and is perfect for families to attend together, too.


CONCERT MUSIC — Bring on the bombast!
Workers’ Union
Fri. Feb. 3
8 p.m.
Redux Contemporary Art Center
136 St. Philip St.

If you’ve seen the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, perhaps you remember the fierce drums that punctuated and enhanced the fast-moving fight scenes between the tree-climbing, rooftop-jumping warriors. Thanks to the efforts of Charleston’s avant-garde New Music Collective, the man behind those battlebeats, experimental music specialist and percussionist David Cossin, will be in Charleston this weekend, performing alongside the Collective and cellist Jody Redhage in the perfectly intimate Redux Contemporary Art Center. The concert features premieres of original works by Ted Hearne, Redhage, and NMC member Philip White, plus Cossin’s improvised compositions on his Amplified Cardboard Tube, a multimedia interpretation of Piano Phase by Steve Reich (one of Cossin’s many esteemed collaborators), and a Yoav Gal piece for vibraphone and electronics. Everything comes together at the end of the night when the group takes on Louis Andriessen’s Workers’ Union, a piece written for “any loud-sounding ensemble.” As NMC director Nathan Koci democratically says, “we’ll let you decide if we fit the bill.” Do yourself a favor and take him up on the challenge. Read more about the New Music Collective and this performance, on pg. 30.


VISUAL ARTS — Bigger = better?
BIG Works 2006
Opening reception: Fri. Feb. 3
6-9 p.m.
On view through Feb. 28
Robert Lange Studios
151 East Bay St.

After the success of last year’s Small Works show at Robert Lange Studios, young artist and gallery owner Lange decided to host another themed show that brings together a number of well-known artists from around Charleston. BIG Works 2006 features works of paintings and photography of varying types and styles no smaller than 36 x 36 inches created by Lange, John Duckworth, Wade Lawrence and J.B. Boyd, Fred Jamar, and Kevin Harrison, in addition to other artists to be named.


EVENT — Give to globetrot
La Dolce Vita 2006
Fri. Feb. 3
6:30 p.m.
Patriots Point

So you thought Spoleto celebrations didn’t start until May? Well, as the high rollers know, the Spoleto season kicks off this weekend with La Dolce Vita, an evening of silent and live auctions of some pretty incredible items. Up for bid are a deluxe weekend trip to New York featuring, among other things, tickets to a performance of Grendel at Lincoln Center followed by a backstage tour by acclaimed stage and screen director Julie Taymor, a private ladies’ lunch for eight with bestselling author Anne Rivers Siddons, tickets to the U.S. Open in the Lacoste luxury suite over Labor Day weekend, a three-day trip through the Scottish Highlands aboard the Royal Scotsman luxury train (complete with a clay pigeon shoot and a Highland safari), a private dinner for 12 by Oak Steakhouse chef and owner Brett McKee, a private $2,000 shopping spree and collection viewing at the new Ralph Lauren retail store before it opens to the public, and many more. The silent auction opens at 6:30, and Sotheby’s auctioneer George Read will begin the live auction at 8:30. The whole shebang takes place under a deluxe heated tent situated just behind Patriots Point, and guests will dine on traditional French bistro fare and decadent mini-desserts between trips to the full bar and martini station. All proceeds from this event benefit the Ginn Clubs & Resorts Spoleto Festival Orchestra, an educational program comprised of 100 talented young musicians from around the world, so it’s easy to justify expenditures as security for the future of quality musical entertainment for years to come.


EVENT — Yes, there are even kitchen sinks
Whale of a Sale
Sat. Feb. 4
8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Free, nominal parking fee
North Charleston Convention Center
5001 Coliseum Blvd.
Donations: 884-0614

While there may not actually be a mammalian sea creature at the aptly named Whale of a Sale, an event that sprawls across 36,000 square feet of space, chances are you’ll be able to find nearly anything else you can use to decorate, wear, play with, or sit on. The sale, sponsored by the Junior League of Charleston, is a treasure trove of quality donated goods marked down to bargain prices — the net proceeds from the discounted items are then distributed to Junior League-sponsored community projects such as Crisis Ministries and the Florence Crittenton Home. Those hoping to get a jump on the Whale (and there are people who camp out overnight for the opportunity to set foot in the door first) should consider attending the Unveil the Whale Party on Fri. Feb. 3 from 6-9 p.m. ($25), featuring food provided by Charleston restaurants and the opportunity for shoppers to snatch up antiques, collectibles, and paintings before the general public lays eyes (and hands) on them.