Unlike Spoleto’s performers, Piccolo artists usually aren’t paid anything to appear in the festival; they’re here as self-producers and self-promoters, splitting a portion of the box office take and marketing expenses with the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs. Often they barely break even, sometimes they make a little money; it’s all a function of how many butts they can put in seats. Chatter among a lot of Piccolo artists this weekend has been heavily focused on an alleged problem with Ticketmaster, which, according to several sources, has mistakenly been telling potential ticket-buying patrons that shows are sold out – all Piccolo shows, even those with scores of seats still to sell. You’ll know more when we do. In the meantime, go directly to the Piccolo and Spoleto box offices at the Gaillard, where you avoid those nasty service charges.