Art gallery closes

The Seagull Art Gallery, a small Mt. Pleasant shop that showcases local artists’ paintings, is closing after 33 years. The gallery’s final day is Oct. 31. After that, it gets bulldozed and made into a five-story multipurpose commercial building. Try not to cry. We did enough for you. The gallery’s last big event will be an open house on Oct. 29 from 6-8 p.m. A majority of the featured artists will be attending the open house to provide nostalgic memories. The occasion will also include refreshments and a raffle for gift certificates. For more information, go to or call (843) 884-7888. —Mark Glenn

Dance and Decadence

This is one of the most anticipated dance performances of the season. Really. I mean it. I don’t usually gush. This time, I’m gushing. Why? Because The Great Gatsby (Oct. 10-11, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12, 3 p.m.), produced by the Charleston Ballet Theatre, is two great tastes that go great together: dance inspired by the decadence and spirit of the Jazz Age plus a tale as timeless as Duke Ellington. In fact, it’s an all-American tragedy — you want what you can’t have, get what you couldn’t have, regret getting what you wanted to have, and feel doomed by the epiphany that it was all inevitable. I’m very interested to see how resident choreographer Jill Eathorne Bahr plans to narrate, so to speak, and choreograph F. Scott Fitzgerald’s early 20th-century novel. Given that she excels at weaving stories into the art of movement, the CBT’s Gatsby promises to be a memorable and popular production. For more information, call (843) 723-7334 or go to —John Stoehr

New at The Halsey

Rebecca Silberman is the newest addition to the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art’s staff. A graduate of the College of Charleston’s arts management program, Silberman, 21, interned at the gallery starting in January, graduated in May, and by the summer was offered a job as program coordinator. Her duties include bookkeeping, arranging transportation and housing for visiting artists, publicity, and marketing. Silberman says the job is ideal for launching her career. “I’m so happy to be here,” she says. —John Stoehr