All Smiley

Tavis Smiley’s new Talented Tenth HBCU Tour aims to empower students by asking the right questions. On Nov. 7 at 6 p.m., Smiley will appear at South Carolina State University to ask, how will you lead and how will you serve our community? Smiley is a nationally known television and radio host whose popular syndicated program, The Tavis Smiley Show, covers the gamut of black news, politics, and culture. He is the author of 12 books and is the editor of Covenant with Black America. For more information, go to —Myles Hutto

Fit to print

The Gibbes Museum of Art is looking forward this month to hosting a new exhibit called Printmaking. The show explores various print-making processes from the 19th century to the present and will appear in the entrance gallery from Nov. 14 to April 26. Printmaking is a prelude to an upcoming exhibition in the rotunda gallery: The American Scene on Paper: Prints and Drawings from the Schoen Collection (Dec. 19). For more, call (843) 722-2706 or go to —MH

Fat lady Talks

South of Broadway Theatre is offering free lectures. Not just any lectures, though. These come before each of the encore presentations by the Metropolitan Opera. On Wednesdays at 6 p.m. at the Charleston County Public Library (downtown), Walter Boyce will lead a discussion, right before the Met’s encore high-definition broadcast, that promises to edify and enlighten. Previews include La Damnation de Faust (Dec. 3), Thais (Dec. 31), La Rondine (Jan. 21), Orfeo ed Euridice (Feb. 4), Lucia di Lammermoor (Feb. 18), Madame Butterfly (March 18), La Sonnambula (March 18), and La Cenerentola (May 20). All are free. So are the broadcasts at the public library. For more, call (843) 814-4451, or go to —Mark Glenn

Six-String Sensation

Guitarist Eduardo Fernández will perform on Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. at the Simons Center for the Arts. Fernández, who has toured the United States since 1977, has given hundreds of recitals and recorded 18 albums. He is also the author of a massive book on guitar technique. Hosted by the College of Charleston’s Department of Music, the concert will feature works by Mauro Giuliani, Fernando Sor, J.K. Mertz, Manuel M. Ponce, and Alberto Ginastera. Admission is $15, but free to college students. For more information, go to —MG