Spoleto doesn’t technically start until Friday, but it unofficially begins on Thursday. We’ll see preview performances of Khmeropedies, The Cripple of Inishmaan, and The Red Shoes. And then there are the opening receptions for a slew of art exhibits. Fitting them all in will take some seriously smart scheduling and wine chugging.
Borderland gets started early with a reception at 4 p.m. at the Footlight Players Theatre. Presented by the Charleston Artist Collective, this solo exhibition features contemporary oil paintings of marshscapes by Dee Schenck Rhodes, the Piccolo Spoleto poster artist.
Next, head to the reception for Paolo Ventura’s Winter Stories, arguably the biggest visual arts event in this year’s festival. This Italian artist created a miniature town based on memories of his childhood. You’ll see photographs of his creations as well as the sets themselves. It’s taking place at the Halsey from 5-7 p.m. In keeping with his work’s circus theme, Bill Carson will be performing “Music for Tiny Circuses.” While you’re there, check out works from Eames Demetrios’ Kcymaerxthaere, a different sort of alternate world altogether.
Over at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park, the reception for the city-sponsored Contemporary Charleston: Under the Radar exhibit will take place from 6-8 p.m. There you’ll get a chance to check out a diverse range of works from talented local up-and-comers like Conrad Guevara, Nina Garner, Rebecca West Fraser, and Greg Hart.
Lastly, head to Citadel Square Baptist Church on Meeting Street for Infusion: The Laws of Force and Motion from 5-8 p.m. Curated by Artist on Fire, the show will feature more than 15 artists from all over the Lowcountry representing all sorts of media, like painting, photography, sculpture, installation, film, and writing. There will be live music from Volcanoes in the Kitchen, Mannie Schumpert, Jer DeLoach, Tim Evans, and Emily Richardson. And if you can’t make it out there Thursday, they’re having an encore reception Friday from 5-9 p.m.