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Heart can still steal your soul

Wednesday night a packed Clay Center Auditorium had their souls moved and their seats shaken by the grand dames of American rock ‘n’ roll, the Wilson sisters, better known as Heart. Four decades of touring would leave many bands sounding ...

Review: ‘Mountain Stage’ wraps up FestivALL

There's a fine line between Saturday night and Sunday morning and Charleston got a little of both turned upside down Sunday night at the Clay Center, when “Mountain Stage” closed out this year's FestivALL.

Due to ticket demand,...

Shorty brings good time to Charleston

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue brought life and soul into the Clay Center’s packed Maier Foundation Performance Hall on Thursday night.

The New Orleans group was in town for the Mayor’s Concert —an annual event...

Review: ‘Max,’ about a kid, his dog and those gun smugglers
Review: ‘Max,’ about a kid, his dog and those gun smugglers

It's officially summer. What better time for a heartwarming caper movie about a troubled but noble Texas teen, his troubled but noble dog, and those crazy mean gun smugglers they tangle with?

Yes, we said crazy mean gun smugglers. Mexican...

Hodgman, a smart, funny Hipster Dad

Comedian John Hodgman took to the Culture Center stage Monday night, opened his arms to the audience like the god he is, told us about the upcoming season of his television show and then left.


Flute, oboe and piano played with effortless flair

George Gershwin’s Three Preludes for Piano have been popular fare for transcription for many years. Brief, full of character and aided by excellent melodies, it fits naturally for many combinations of instruments. I’ve heard arrangements ...

Out of the closet and into the cage with “La Cage aux Folles”

Titters of delight and gasps of glee peppered the Civic Center Little Theater Friday night as the Charleston Light Opera Guild opened it’s FestivALL offering of “La Cage aux Folles,” a musical loosely based on the 1973 film of the ...

Review: ‘Jurassic World’ is pure entertainment fun
Review: ‘Jurassic World’ is pure entertainment fun

Steven Spielberg had the advantage of dazzling new computer technology to make his 1993 release, “Jurassic Park,” a cinematic joyride. The creation of the dinosaurs onscreen was almost as amazing as the technology suggested in the movie...

Bell, Book and Candle may put a spell on you, if you let it

“Bell, Book and Candle,” a mostly lighthearted comedy — imagine a cross between “Bewitched” and a gender-reversed version of “The Stepford Wives” — opened Friday night at the Alban Arts and...

Review: Quintessential Kathy Griffin takes stage at Clay Center

“Nobody’s safe,” Kathy Griffin promised as she opened her stand-up comedy act Thursday night at the Clay Center during her 80-city “Like a Boss” tour.

And she made good on her word, making fun of us, herself,...

Bell, Book and — cat: Tonkinese steals scenes onstage
Bell, Book and — cat: Tonkinese steals scenes onstage

For a play to work, you need the right cast. You need actors who are comfortable around crowds, able to take direction and willing to learn lines.

None of these things describes your average house cat.

So, when the Alban Arts Center...

Aretha Franklin Clay Center performance was ‘practically a historical event’

The awful, unavoidable truth is that vocalists do not get better with age. After 20, 30 or 40 years, most of them lose power and range, and usually, the more notable the vocalist, the more noticeable the loss.

The fall can be terrible and for...

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