Mass auditions for local theater

Theatre Charleston will host unified auditions on Sat. April 4 from 1-6 p.m. at the Footlight Players Theatre at 20 Queen St. The mass audition fits actors and actresses with a variety of projects by the area’s top directors and producers. It’s a great opportunity to get involved. Participating theaters include: Actors’ Theatre of South Carolina, Art Forms and Theatre Concepts, Charleston Stage, the College of Charleston’s Department of Theatre, the Company Company, the Footlight Players, PURE Theatre, and loads more. Auditions are on a first-come, first-served basis. They are only open to members of Theatre Charleston (membership is $25). Application deadline is March 27. For more information, call (843) 813-8578 or go to —Reina Gascon-Lopez

Fashion Week is here

Organizers of the 2009 Fashion Week are emphasizing fashion as art. Eleven local artists and designers will exhibit for the official “Fashion Is Art” kick-off party on Saturday at the new Shine restaurant on Spring Street. Tuesday night marks the start of CFW with a runway show. Bound to be the most eclectic and unconventional of the week’s five shows, Tuesday’s lineup includes six young designers, each driven and talented enough to have earned 15 minutes in the spotlight. Keep your eyes peeled for some new and unconventional designs, especially from the workshops of Jonathan Nigel More and Swamnali Ahire, who says, “Innovation … is about creating something that doesn’t yet exist but can and — most importantly — should exist.” Hmm. We love fashion. —Hadley Lyman

Size Doesn’t Matter

Julie Klaper, a Charleston artist, showcases her dress designs in Size Is Just a Number on March 19 at MUSC. Each of her 11 dresses vary in size, are embroidered and appliquéd with information concerning how women perceive their bodies, and help express those perceptions. Klaper’s designs are on display through March 31 and will be modeled by MUSC students during a lecture on March 19. “Eating disorders have a higher fatality rate than any other psychological disorder. Over 40 percent of first- through third-grade girls want to be thinner,” Klaper said in a press release. Klaper, like so many other people in America, is trying to teach women that being a size zero doesn’t mean you’re any prettier than being a size 14. —Emma Hart