Trustus Theatre: The Thanksgiving Play
Ah, Thanksgiving, that most American of holidays: when families gather to celebrate the warmth of home, the bounty of the harvest — and a legacy of genocide and violent colonial expansion. Good intentions collide with absurd assumptions when a troupe of terminally “woke” teaching artists scrambles to create a pageant that somehow manages to celebrate both Turkey Day and Native American Heritage Month. Trustus Theatre in Columbia presents Larissa FastHorse’s wickedly funny satire, The Thanksgiving Play, November 11th through 22nd, available through ticketed on-demand online viewing.
Trustus Theatre’s FEST24: Homecoming
Trustus Theatre is taking its popular 24-hour theatre event and making it virtual. Over the course of three weekends, six plays will be written, rehearsed, and performed live in just 24 hours. October 10th through 25th, at 7 p.m. each Friday before the Saturday broadcast, the playwright, a director, four actors, and design team will be announced. Following some prompts given by Trustus, the playwrights will immediately get to work on a brand new 15-minute play that will be performed live the following night. Each broadcast will feature two new 15-minute plays, and each weekend will welcome celebrity guest stars "coming home" to Trustus for this event.
(Virtual) Chamber Music on Main – Season Opener
The Columbia Museum of Art presents a virtual season-opening concert of Chamber Music on Main, when artistic director and pianist Andrew Armstrong welcomes Anthony McGill, principal clarinetist for the New York Philharmonic, and perennial fan-favorite violinist Jennifer Frautschi. Recorded at a surprise location in Massachusetts, this show includes a piece from composer Lili Boulanger, whose work Nocturne et Cortege was a hit with the CMA audience last year. The concert is October 5th. Purchase tickets in advance; a Vimeo link will be emailed to all ticket holders just prior to the show.
Tunes in Town: Traveler’s Rest
Greenville Jazz Collective & Fine Arts Center have partnered to present Tunes in Town, inviting you to take an evening stroll down Main Street in Travelers Rest as Upstate jazz musicians perform, the second and last Fridays of the Month through November.
Queen of Soul: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin
Charleston Music Hall continues its series of socially-distanced outdoor concerts with Queen of Soul: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin, featuring Charleston native Christian “Black Diamond” Smalls and her 9-piece band. You're invited to take a trip down memory lane with this soulful experience under the stars, October 16th at The Bend in North Charleston. Seating starts at 5 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m.
The Laramie Project – 20th Anniversary (Virtual) Production
Proud Mary Theatre Company in Spartanburg launches its fourth season with a 20th anniversary production of The Laramie Project, the powerful and award-winning play by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project about the murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard in 1998. The company’s first full in-person production since February 2020 is being filmed for streaming purposes, without an audience and within strict social distance parameters, at the performance space at the Artists Collective Spartanburg. The virtual multimedia experience is available for streaming October 6th through 12th.
Jazz Centennials: Bird and Peggy Lee
Greenville jazz musicians Tish Oney and Matt Olson pay homage to legendary jazz musicians Peggy Lee and Charlie Parker, performing two sets of music alongside members of the Greenville Jazz Collective, September 30th at 7:30 p.m. at Centre Stage in Greenville. The event will have outside patio seating for 40 people, weather permitting, with social distancing and safety precautions.
Redemption Song USA Inaugural Event
Infinity Song and solo artist Victory Boyd perform with the goal of bringing a positive, family-friendly message with soothing sounds and bright dispositions. They'll be joined by other seasoned recording artists to introduce a new nonprofit arm of the artists' founding recording label, Peace Industry Music Group, at the Redemption Song USA Inaugural Event, October 2nd through 4th at the Charleston Marriott Hotel. This will be a socially distanced event, in compliance with local Health Department guidelines.
Live at Firefly: Holiday Swing
The Charleston Jazz Orchestra invites you to swing you into the holiday spirit with big band arrangements of winter classics and holiday favorites, led by Maestro Robert Lewis and featuring guest vocalist Zandrina Dunning. Charleston Jazz has adapted its season to offer each performance twice: virtually, then live outdoors at Firefly Distillery in North Charleston (featuring a smaller group of musicians and following social distancing guidelines). Holiday Swing will open with a live performance at Firefly, December 4th at 6 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.); followed by the virtual premiere December 5th at 7:30 p.m.
Note: A limited number of new tickets are available for Holiday Swing Live at Firefly; priority is given to those previously sold for the performance originally scheduled for December 5th at Charleston Music Hall. The virtual performance will be available for all ticket holders for the rest of the year.
Date Change – Virtual Performance: Holiday Swing
The Charleston Jazz Orchestra invites you to swing you into the holiday spirit with big band arrangements of winter classics and holiday favorites, led by Maestro Robert Lewis and featuring guest vocalist Zandrina Dunning. Charleston Jazz has adapted its season to offer each performance twice: virtually, then live outdoors at Firefly Distillery in North Charleston (featuring a smaller group of musicians and following social distancing guidelines). Holiday Swing will open with a live performance at Firefly, December 4th at 6 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.); followed by the virtual premiere
December 5th December 19th (note date change) at 7:30 p.m. The virtual performance will be available for all ticket holders for the rest of the year.