FESTIVAL | Where the wild things are
2006 Southeastern Wildlife Exposition
Feb. 17-19
Various times, prices, and locations

With an estimated attendance of over 40,000 people and an economic gain of $63 million per year, it’s fair to say that the 24th annual SEWE expo is more than just a cash cow — it’s a cash elephant. This year’s festival (see pg. 26 for full schedule) offers up a wide range of activities, from Frisbee dog demonstrations to oyster roasts to art auctions to wildlife animal shows and birds of prey demonstrations. As for the highlights, animal expert and late-night TV regular Jack Hanna will speak in the Gaillard Auditorium on Fri. Feb. 17 at 3 p.m. and on Sat. Feb. 18 at 11 a.m., and local favorites the Blue Dogs will play at the Music Farm on Saturday night in a benefit concert for the International Center for Birds of Prey. In the spirit of locals getting into the action, the College of Charleston will host an exhibition and sale of antique prints every day this weekend at the Blacklock House (18 Bull St.), and local galleries such as the City Gallery at Waterfront Park, the Hamlet Fine Art Gallery, Dog Art Dealer, Cone 10 Studio, and Spencer Art Gallery will all host wildlife-themed exhibitions. Many local restaurants will be offering a wide range of interesting game-based eats; for a rundown of some of the unique dishes, check out Bill Davis’ cover story on pg. 23.


LECTURE — Documenting the effects of war
Simon Norfolk Lecture
Thurs. Feb. 16
7 p.m.
Physicians Auditorium
66 George St.

The exhibit Simon Norfolk: Et in Arcadia Ego has been installed in the College of Charleston’s Halsey Institute since mid-January, and the event closes with a special appearance and lecture by Norfolk himself. The London-based, large format photographer visited war-ravaged countries such as Liberia, Bosnia, Israel, Afghanistan, and Iraq to capture the images in the strangely moving series of landscape photographs, all of which were taken after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. The well-traveled Norfolk was a photojournalist for many years before turning to landscape photography in 1994; he has since published the books For Most Of It I Have No Words and Bleed and is currently on UN peacekeeping duties in Liberia and Kosovo. His lecture should be a fascinating discussion about both the photos in the exhibit and his unique worldview.


FILM — Stock up on chi
Unity Spirit Film Festival
Sat. Feb. 18
10 a.m.-9 p.m.
$20 suggested minimum donation
$10 —
Indigo Evolution only
Unity Church of Charleston
2535 Leeds Ave.

Unity Church of Charleston, doubtless one of the friendliest churches in town, presents this all-day festival chock-full of inspiring, thought-provoking, “heart-centered” films bent on enriching the mind and soul. It kicks off with The Healer (10 a.m.), a movie directed by Academy Award nominee Agnieszka Holland that follows a young mother’s journey around the world to find a healer who may possess power beyond science, and continues with Pay It Forward (1 p.m.), starring Haley Joel Osment and Kevin Spacey; Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter … and Spring (3:20 p.m., pictured above), a Korean film about a Buddhist monastery tended by a solitary monk who is training a protégé to take over for him; The Last of His Tribe (5:15 p.m.), a film about “Ishi,” the last Yahi and free-ranging Native American, as he is forced to enter modern civilization in the early 20th century. The festival closes with The Indigo Evolution (7:30 p.m.), a documentary that attempts to answer some questions about a new type of advanced human being sometimes called “Indigo,” “Crystal,” or “Star Child,” featuring interviews with some of the most profound children on the planet and authorities in the medical, educational, philosophical, and religious fields that will allow the viewer to draw their own conclusions. All this viewing will be accompanied by healthy food, refreshments, homemade goodies, and E.V.O. Pizza — because the body needs fuel to keep all that spiritual nourishment flowing smoothly.


CONCERT MUSIC — Feed them on your dreams
Kinder Konzert
Sat. Feb. 18
10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.
Free (donations accepted)
City Gallery at Waterfront Park
34 Prioleau St.

With a price tag of zero dollars, the Kinder Konzert presents an awfully cheap way to enrich a child’s life forever. The benefits of exposure to classical music in early childhood range from better critical thinking skills, grades, and behavior to increased SAT scores. While going to a concert may be a temporary salve for the slow disappearance of music education programs from schools across the country, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra is doing its part by putting together an interactive event specifically aimed at children under six. Families are encouraged to walk through the spacious City Gallery, where CSO musicians will be on hand to meet and greet curious little listeners before the short program featuring the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, some jazzy Scott Joplin, and Kabelevsky’s Dance of the Comedians.


CONCERT MUSIC — Far cheaper than a plane ticket to Rio
Viva Brasil
Sat. Feb. 18
8 p.m.
Recital Hall
Simons Center for the Arts
54 St. Philip St.

Hot-cha! Get out your fruit hat and caliente dress for a little splash of tropicalia right here in the Lowcountry. Vocalist Leah Suárez and the TOCA TOCA band, featuring master percussionist Dr. Emmanuel Abdul-Rahim, who has performed with Duke Ellington and John Coltrane, pianist Gerald Gregory, guitarist David Linaburg, trumpeter Cameron Harder, upright bassist Vince Rivers, electric bassist/percussionist Abdul-Khaliq Hassan, and percussionists Jeff Handel and Nick Jenkins, will provide a laid-back evening of spicy Brazilian bossa nova and samba music composed by Antonio Carlos Jabim, Luis Bonfá, Baden Powell, and Vinicius Moraes. Close your eyes and stay indoors and you just may feel like you’re walking the streets at Carnivale … minus the naked women, of course.


CONCERT MUSIC — An evening of song-storyin’
American Giants
Mon. Feb. 20
8 p.m.
Recital Hall
Simons Center for the Arts
54 St. Philip St.

Black History Month has already brought a number of exceptional touring programs through town, and the College of Charleston’s Dept. of Music keeps the ball rolling with American Giants, featuring tenor, teacher, and African-American art song expert Darryl Taylor. Taylor will perform a number of art songs with texts by such venerated African-American poets as Langston Hughes and Paul Laurence Dunbar, as well as “The Caged Bird Sings,” a song cycle written by CofC professor Edward Hart. Before heading off to New York City to perform at the Kennedy Center, Taylor (who is on the faculty of the University of California at Irvine) will conduct a free masterclass/discussion on African-American art song on Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the Recital Hall.