North Charleston Arts Festival
May 4 - May 12, 2012
Cooper River Memorial, Dorchester Road Regional and Otranto Road Regional Libraries are hosting the following fabulous free events as part of the North Charleston Arts Festival. For more information on the North Charleston Arts Festival and a full listing of all of the scheduled events in various locations, please click here.
Grey Seal Puppets presentsA Show of Virtues
Tuesday, May 8 at 10:30 a.m.
Cooper River Memorial Library
Join Emmy Award nominee and 2007 UNIMA-USA Citation of Excellence winner, Grey Seal Puppets,for a puppet presentation inspired by The Children’s Book of Virtues. This entertaining and enlightening program features stories from around the world, including The Little Hero of Holland, The Tortoise and the Hare, and more. Audiences will be delighted as a traveling salesman transforms his sample case into a puppet stage and brings each story to life.
R&B from Byron Counts Tuesday, May 8 at 6:30 p.m. Otranto Road Regional Library
Byron Counts has over 20 years of experience as a singer, songwriter, producer, and engineer and has performed at a variety of regional events including the MOJA African American Arts Festival, 3 Rivers Music Festival, and The State Museum Jazz & Blues Festival. Counts will be performing a number of original R&B songs, including selections from his most recent album, What-Evah.
World Stories and Music Wednesday, May 9 at 4 p.m. Cooper River Memorial Library Storyteller Julian Gooding will take audiences on a literary and interactive journey around the world through music and creative play. Children and adults are encouraged to take part in each story and become the characters or create mood and imagery with props and world percussion.
Folktales from Around the World Wednesday, May 4 at 4 p.m. Otranto Road Regional Library
Nationally renowned storyteller, TV host, and children’s book author, Bobby Norfolk, combines myths, folktales, legends, poetry and fairytales to create a celebration of cultural diversity in Folktales from Around the World!. This one-man theater/comedy performance dazzles with dynamic sound effects, silly mime and sprightly movement. Audience participation adds another dimension to this crowd-pleasing favorite.
Wednesday, May 9 at 4:30 p.m. Dorchester Road Regional Library
Eric Lavender of Charleston Pirate Tours, along with his parrot, Captain Bob, present Charleston’s Golden Age of Piracy, featuring a bevy of pirate tales and interactive fun. This lively after school program includes telling of local pirate lore, ghost stories, an overview of Charleston’s pirate history, as well as balloon art, photos with Bob, and a little education on exotic birds.
Jazz and R&B Concert from Terence Young Thursday, May 10 at 6:30 p.m. Dorchester Road Regional Library
Join celebrated smooth jazz guitarist, Terence Young, for an intimate evening performance featuring original songs from his newest CD, The Guitar Diary,selections from his chart topping 2010 release, Love Stories, as well as beautifully arranged covers of R&B classics.
Gullah Stories Saturday, May 12 at 11 a.m. Otranto Road Regional Library
Nationally acclaimed storyteller and playwright, Sharon Cooper-Murray, also known as The Gullah Lady, will introduce audiences to the rich traditions of the Gullah culture through storytelling and song. Narration will be delivered in the Gullah language first, followed by the English translation.
Magic Show Saturday, May 12 at 1 p.m. Cooper River Memorial Library
Teen magic sensation, Brandon Wagster, presents classical stage magic with a modern twist. Performing and honing his skills of illusion since age 6, Brandon is currently 3rd in the world among teenage magicians and has garnered praise from huge names in magic, such as Lance Burton and Criss Angel. His show is full of magic, comedy, audience interaction, and fun – not to be missed!
Contemporary Dance Performance – Movin’ Into Math
Saturday, May 12 at 2:30 p.m. Dorchester Road Regional Library
Learn math through the creative choreography of this active learning contemporary dance performance. The Kinetyx Dance Ensemble will use movement to teach lessons on basic math skills such as division, multiplication, fractions, decimals, percents, and more. See how these skills are applied to choreograph dances.