Spoleto’s cool and all, but it’s not here to stay. Well, neither is Evolution Art Show, but it promises to be the most inclusive local art show to meet Charleston, not just in terms of the artists. The 16-day “Alternative Music and Arts Festival,” organized by artist Phillip Hyman, boasts individual shows of a myriad of media at Vickery’s, Urban Outfitters, Upper Deck, Point Break, Read Bros. Alley, Life Central, 52.5 Records, Recovery Room, The Meeting Place, and South of Broadway Theater – and that’s just this week. Every event will feature both art and live music, and there’s bound to be a lot of show-hopping, because they all look awesome and many are happening simultaneously. We’ve tried to single some out, but it’s not easy when they all sound this enticing:
Going on Fri. May 29, Downtown
Vickery’s Bar and Grill, 6-9 p.m. Live mural with four artists painting, also works by Erin Eckman, Ben Sellars, and more. Progressive jazz with Bored and Pretty. Bonus: Jewelry by Fancy Jewels, Rachelle Rose, Jenni Chism.
Urban Outfitters, 6-9 p.m. “Linen Show, ” featuring soft sculptures and artwork in muted colors of tan, cream, beige, and linen, as well as sepia-tone photography. Music from DJ CMNDER, Matthew Bowers. Bonus: A 12-foot dragon made from canvas and metal inspired by the interior displays of Urban Outfitters.
Point Break, 6-9 p.m. Graffiti by local and regional artists, including Cane Bay High School students. Stencils by Matt Foreman, featuring the artists who have painted graffiti inside Point Break. Musi from DJs “Neon Golden” Bonus: A fashion show featuring swimsuits and Rock ‘n’ Roll T-shirts.
Upper Deck, 8-11 p.m. “Lounge Lizards” featuring progressive local artists with music from DJ Ice Bread & MJ 12. Bonus: drinks, Connect Four, familiar faces from aforementioned events, and lizards!
Going on Sat. May 30, Downtown
52.5 Records, 6-8 p.m. Photography featuring local artists Chuck Keppler, Krista Demattio, Bad John, Hashenda Baxter, Donna Jones, Sarah Goldman, Matt Bowers, and Victoria Dearing. Music from DJ Ice Bread. Bonus: Cool wall decor and lots of vinyl.
Read Brothers Alley, where King St. meets Spring St. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Craft Fair, featuring local jewelry-makers and clothiers, progressive artwork sculptures, graffiti. Music from Laura Jane Vincent and other local acoustic acts during the day, Subterranean Blu Minds, Quiddity after-dark.
Recovery Room Tavern, 7-11 p.m. Charity auction of “sick” bike helmets designed and painted by local artists. Music from Charleston local MC Pip and “Missing Children” from Savannah. Bonus: Holy City Bike Co-Op will be doing minor tune-up work and bike valeting for donations.
Going on in North Charleston
The Meeting Place, May 30, 7-9 p.m. “What is Family,” a reaction to Prop. 8, featuring artists’ interpretations of what constitutes a “family” and the different forms it can take. Music from Mastadon and Chucktown. Proceeds benefit The Alliance For Full Acceptance.
South Of Broadway Theater, May 30, 4-10 p.m. Movies presented by the Talking Picture House including Grafitti Artist showing at 4 and 7 p.m. Lost Boys showing at 10 p.m.
The Meeting Place, June 1, 6-9 p.m. “Where Art Thou?” Art inspired by Coen Brothers films, artists include Meta, Christina Rodino, Proton, Tim Showers, Phillip Hyman, and more.
The Meeting Place, June 10, 6-10 p.m. Art: “Evolution Fashion Show.” Clothing and jewelry by Jessica Barringer, Shelly Smith, Heather Koonse, Molly Cox, Christine Burkett, Michael Wiernicki, Jenni Chism, Rachelle Rose, Chris and more. Music from DJ CMNDER and MJ 12
The nature of this fest (evolutionary) means that more events should be added over the course of the next few days, so check the website for the latest.