“The world has gone mad today . . .” Anything Goes at The Arts Center

Starting its third week at The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Cole Porter’s hilarious musical, Anything Goes, has played to standing ovations at every performance.  Come join the fun.  Anything Goes runs now through December 30, and tickets are at 843-842-ARTS (2787) or www.artshhi.com Maybe it’s extra funny to see that we’re not the first […]

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How the Arts love Bluffton. Invitational showcase debuts at Festival.

There’s an element of gratitude behind the new Friends of Bluffton Artists show.  They mean to leave a legacy.  The local artists who give Old Town its genuine identity, and who have played a major role in making Bluffton an art, shopping and dining destination, have cooked up yet another way to give back to […]

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Celebrating the dawn of freedom: “Fa Be Free.”

Hilton Head Island is home to Mitchelville, a village where African Americans established their own first community as free people 150 years ago.  As the first self-governed freedmen’s town in America, Mitchelville is hugely significant in the story of our nation’s long evolution toward its own ideals. Preserving the site, the memory and the lessons […]

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Photos through the lens of a painter’s eye: Bluffton – Changing Tides

“I’ve never felt as comfortable, as soon, anywhere else.  This is a completely welcoming society.”  Fine art photographer Marge Agin put it this way when asked what inspired her new book, Bluffton – Changing Tides. Life itself is so poetic that artists can just barely keep up.  So it’s practical, in a way, that to […]

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A chorus of joy: The Voices of El Shaddai.

You won’t hear anything like it anywhere else.  The Voices of El Shaddai create a sound so much their own and so characteristic of the authentic, “been-ya” Lowcountry that those of us who arrived in recent decades – we “come-ya” people – are blessed that we ever heard it at all.  Please don’t miss it.  […]

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Shout! The Mod Musical defines “good times” this summer.

Described sometimes as a “jukebox musical” for its focus on the music, Shout! The Mod Musical is more.  Shout! relives one of the most dynamic periods in popular culture – when rock-and-roll was reflected back across the Atlantic from devoted admirers in England.  Remember Petula Clark, Marianne Faithfull, Cilla Black, Lulu, Shirley Bassey, Dusty Springfield […]

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School’s in. Relax with classes and workshops for hands-on art.

When I was little, I couldn’t bear to see a swimming pool without getting in.  Lots of grownups are like that about art when they visit Hilton Head Island.  Art is such a living part of the Lowcountry that we can’t stand back and just regard it.  Some folks prefer to take part.  All around […]

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The interior landscape: “Time and Timelessness” opens at the Society of Bluffton Artists.

We said that this year’s Bravo! Arts & Culture Festival would overflow the customary month of May, and the Society of Bluffton Artists has living proof.  An exhibit that evokes “Time And Timelessness” opens there June 4. Artist Mary Sullivan goes to the heart of the expressionist’s yearning to capture a fleeting moment, a memory, […]

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The muse in action: Art League shows, shares and teaches. Bravo!

Following the Art League through May is a journey that touches every base.  From a bold exhibit of sculpture, to a fundraiser that blossomed like the Tuileries Garden, to a studio where young and old, resident and visitor can take up the tools and make art – – this band of art practitioners offers up […]

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