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Yo, Carmen - How to Visit Spain Without Leaving the States at Spoleto Festival USA

Accompanied by live musicians in the background of the stage, Maria Pagés and company gave us a breathtaking performance and left us foot-tapping in our seats with their one-and-a-half hour flamenco adaptation of the famous opera, Carmen. Pagés, who grew up in Seville, Spain and is famous for her modern interpretation of flamenco, not only choreographed the performance by was also the principal dancer in Yo, Carmen.

Stomp, (clap, clap, clap) stomp, (clap, clap) stomp, stomp,….olé! “Have we been transported to sunny Spain?” I asked myself. Unfortunately, no.

 

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Waiting for Godot is Worth the Wait

What do San Quentin State Prison and the Dock Street Theatre have in common? They've both been venues for performances of Samuel Beckett's play Waiting for Godot. On November 19th, 1957, about five years after the play debuted in Paris, a nervous group of actors waited behind a curtain in the prison dining hall getting ready to present the first live production there in over forty years. They had chosen the work mainly because it did not require any female actors (you can imagine the difficulty in using women actors at a maximum security prison).

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Charleston Music and Sweet Tea Make Happy Days

This blog could have easily been titled: "Have You Tasted the Tea?", "Stop Light Observations Triumphant Return", "Sheryl Crow Makes Us Happy", "Help Send a Kid to Camp", or even "The Tarlatans May Not Be the Tarlatans Anymore". There was so much hearty content wrapped into one Sunday at the 9th Annual First Flush Festival, it's hard not to hit everything, but I'll try to shine a light on some of the highlights.

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Josh Garrels at the Music Farm

A while back, my friend Katelyn introduced me to the songs of her favorite musician, Josh Garrels. Saturday night I got to see her reaction as she saw him in concert for the first time, and it was awesome.

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The Avett Brothers, Stop Light Observations, Atlas Road Crew- Fine First Flush Festival Standouts

You know you’re famous when a massive crowd of 14-year-old girls comes screaming through an open gate at you. At least that’s what bassist Coleman Sawyer felt when Stoplight Observations played at Brittlebank Park for Spring Jam this year. But the group of middle-and-high-school-friends-turned-band-members played on their biggest stage yet May 24th at the Charleston Tea Plantation’s annual First Flush Festival, right before the Avett Brothers headlined.

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Exploring the Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition

It’s that time of year again in Charleston. School is out. The beach chairs have been dusted off. The weather is warm, and it’s officially the beginning of summer. Best of all, the beginning of summer brings Spoleto and Piccolo Spoleto, the well-known festivals that have become such an integral piece of Charleston’s rich artistic and cultural backdrop. But with over 35 different acts and performances for Spoleto Festival USA, and countless events for the local Piccolo Spoleto Festival, where does one begin? I took some time this week to explore one of Traveling Ink’s favorite Piccolo Spoleto events, the Outdoor Art Exhibition in Marion Square.

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