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5 Festivals to Look Forward to this Season

Looking for some plans outside the house this fall? A simple scroll through the calendar will render a long list of possibilities. Here are just a few of the events we’re looking forward to this season.

Charleston Fall Festivals 2016

photo courtesy of Charleston Arts Festival

Charleston Arts Festival | Oct. 5-8

The first annual Charleston Arts Festival is brought to you by the creator of Jailbreak. Though Jailbreak’s technically defunct, the CFA finale will take place at the Old Jail on Magazine Street, so it’ll be like a Jailbreak reincarnated. Also on the agenda for CFA is Pecha Kucha 25 (8 presentations by local members of Charleston’s music community and Women & Radiohead, where local female musicians will perform Radiohead songs. Both of the latter events take place at the Music Hall, while the other facet of CAF, a Culinary Evolution, will go down at High Wire Distillery. For tickets, dates, and further details, go to  

MOJA Arts Festival | Sept. 29-Oct. 9

This will be Charleston’s 33rd year with the MOJA Arts fest, a celebration of African-American and Caribbean Arts. The city will be taken over by isual arts, classical music, dance, gospel, jazz, poetry, R&B music, storytelling, theatre, children’s activities, traditional crafts, ethnic food, and much more. Guess what else — most events are free! Ticketed events are priced modestly.  For further details, see

Charleston Fall Festivals 2016

photo courtesy of MOJA Arts Festival

Lovin’ the Lowcountry Fall Festival | Nov. 3

The Footlight Players will bring their own festival to life on Nov. 3 at Pierce Park Pavilion (1801 Pierce Street, Daniel Island). Celebrating all that is fall, the fest involves a heapin’ helping of Lowcountry boil, plus bee, wine, and a silent auction. The Shem Creek Boogie Band will provide the beach music soundtrack, while SC Shagging Hall of Fame dancer Claude Robertson and dance partner Linda Ouzts cut a rug. Tickets are $35 and will benefit the Footlight Players, one of the oldest community theaters in Charleston. 

Y’allFest | Nov. 11-12

Something for the teens or any young adult fiction lover, Y’allFest celebrates YA fiction, welcoming best-selling authors to the city for a series of events at Charleston Music Hall, the Charleston County Library. This year’s featured authors are many, and they include Beautiful Creatures’ Kami Garcia, Sara Shepard (Pretty Little Liars), and Renee Ahdieh (The Wrath and the Dawn). Check for a complete list and schedule of events, like book signings and forums.

Charleston Fall Festivals 2016

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Colour of Music Festival Masterwork Series | Oct 19-23

Colour of Music celebrates black classical musicians. This year’s edition brings renowned artists from around the world to Charleston for the occasion. Some notable events include the debut of18th-Century African-American French composer Chevalier de Saint George’s only discovered opera as well as “The Anonymous Lover,” featuring Magali Leger, native of Saint George’s birthplace, the Isle of Guadeloupe, showcasing the festival’s All Things French theme. The Masterworks series opens with the petit opera on Thurs. Oct. 20 at the Gaillard Center downtown and will also include Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 2, Op. 44 in G Minor.

What are you looking forward to this season?



An Off the Beaten Path Spoleto Recommendation

Spoleto always has spectacular artists and performers but only a rare handful have ever found me so excited that I was jumping up and down in my living room .  The last time was when Monkey Journey to the West made Spoleto home for its ONLY American performance and before that it was Laurie Anderson’s birthday performance of Songs and Stories from Moby Dick

This year perhaps has me the most ecstatic ever- New York’s Dean and Britta’s performance of Andy Warhol’s 13 Most Beautiful. They’ve traveled around the world with this show and it’s also been released on dvd.   It’s a very personal show for me and I am looking forward to it.  I received the DVD two years ago as a birthday present, traveled to Duke University last year to see a performance, and I am not ashamed to admit that  over the years I’ve stalked Dean Wareham’s previous band Luna traveling by plane and car to catch them live whenever I could.  In highschool I was a huge fan of Dean’s band from his Harvard University days-  Galaxie 500.  I also chose a Luna song for my first dance at my wedding.  Needless to say I am so stoked I can see one of my favorite performers without having to drive/fly 2+ hours to do so. 

Dean and Britta

If you are worried the show will be boring or short- don’t be.  The husband and wife duo with their small band play  in front of a screen which plays the 13 screen tests they selected (featuring Edie Sedgwick, Lou Reed, Dennis Hopper and more).  They tell interesting stories and share facts about the people in those screen tests in between the song performances.  Of course the song list features covers by Bob Dylan and The Velvet Underground but also some originals written specifically for the screen tests by Dean and Britta.  The screen tests themselves are entertaining as well- they are a few minutes of film by Andy Warhol focusing on people’s faces while they do nothing, try to do nothing, or do something so commonplace like chewing gum it makes for interesting viewing.  Lou Reed drinks a Coca Cola, Ann Buchanan sheds one beautifully perfect tear, Jane Holzer brushes her teeth, and Dennis Hopper stares up, down and seemingly tries to not crack a smile.  And once they finish the screen tests, they’ve been known to break into a few of their own songs, some Galaxie 500 and Luna tunes as well. 

I must add to that Dean Wareham wrote a hilarious autobiography about his experience in the music world and touring-  Black Postcards.  It is simultaneously hilarious, heart breaking and thought provoking and it seems very honest – he seemed very concerned about telling the truth as he knows it, sometimes making himself look very much the villain in the process.   Britta Phillips was the singing voice of the 80’s cartoon Jem (yes, Jem and the Holograms) and  recently she voiced the mom on Cartoon Networks Moral Oral.  You can also catch her in Satisfaction (that 80’s Justine Bateman/Julia Roberts/Liam Neeson movie that was actually filmed in Charleston). Britta was the one in the movie that could actually sing. 

One thing I love about Dean and Britta is their accessibility to fans. You can probably catch them after the show in the lobby talking to anyone who approaches them.  I could gush on forever why you should see their performance and seek out all their cds but I must get back to work.  Hope to see you at one of their performances!