Look, a New Venue!

Rick Rhodes Photography & Imaging LLC has moved into a new facility at 1842 Belgrade Ave. in West Ashley. The new facility includes a digital lab, 2,000-square-foot studio, and a 400-square-foot gallery. Rhodes, who has lived and worked in Charleston for 15 years, hopes to help promote arts locally (by hosting shows by various artists in the gallery) and to create a focal point for educational outreach in the arts community. —Susan Cohen

Charleston’s own
Comic Con

Mini-Con Carne, a Lowcountry comic book convention, will be held at the Holiday Inn Express in Summerville on Sat. Aug. 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be art and costume contests, anime viewing, and more. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids six through 13, and free for children under five. The first 30 people will get a free cartoon portrait. —Susan Cohen

Another Book Review Bites the Dust

Uh-oh. The Los Angeles Times has folded its stand-alone Sunday book review section. The paper also laid off two of its five staff reviewers and has moved future book coverage to the Calendar section, according to Publishers Weekly. The news is the latest in a long line of bad news for American literary culture. The Tribune Co.-owned daily follows newspapers nationwide that have shuttered book sections entirely, absorbed them into other sections, or outright fired book editors, including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Dallas Morning News, and the Chicago Tribune. Fortunately, the City of Angels still has the Festival of Books every year, which the L.A. Times sponsors. —Susan Cohen

A Touch of Glass

Glass artist Dale Chihuly is bringing his work to the Columbia Museum of Art. Titled Dale Chihuly: Seaforms, it will include about 35 glassworks and preliminary sketches from a series created over a 14-year period. The seaforms are reminiscent of ocean creatures and shells yet are unpredictable abstract configurations. The exhibition opens Sept. 5 and runs through Nov. 30.—Susan Cohen