Outer Space is a new local arts organization looking to be a center for affordable arts and music downtown. Organizers are on the verge of signing a lease to secure a space downtown, and we’re told we can expect a complex to open in early December. Supporter Kim Larsen hopes it will be accessible to everyone in the community — not an exclusive enclave for Charleston’s art scenesters.

There will be a Garden Party to raise the necessary funds for the new center at Read Bros. on Upper King on Sat. Nov. 14 from 4-9 p.m. Guests will enjoy a modern dance performance choreographed by Caroline Marcantoni, and music from afro-pop group Chairman Solomon Aikubaga and His Oyibo Sound along with new musical ensemble Black Rainbow. Artists Nathan Durfee and Shelley Smith will create live paintings throughout the evening, which will be raffled off at the end of the festivities. Tickets are $5.