High Gravity Design Series

December 9th, 2014


Join us for the first speaker in the High Gravity Design Series. Thanks To our friends AIGA South Carolina, Blue Ion, Palmetto Brewing, Yelp Charleston and Polished Pig Media we are merging great design and ideas, with great beer. The events are free, so come check out our guest speaker and have a fresh pint while you are here. We will also have food from Smoke.

This event: “How to Get a Job as a Designer, Guaranteed” – a talk led by the Sydney, Australia-based Ram Castillo – an award-winning Senior Designer, Art Director, Blogger and Author of the internationally industry acclaimed book “How to Get a Job as a Designer, Guaranteed.”

Location: Palmetto Brewery, 289 Huger St.  |   Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Ram will share his proven strategy for the most effective and direct path to getting hired, and chat about topics ranging from education, design, portfolio creation, networking, interviews, etc. Attendees can snatch up copies of Ram’s book for 50% off.

Find more info on Ram and this event here:

2014 Southeastern Beard & Moustache Championship Announced

April 24th, 2014

5th Annual Holy City Beard and Moustache Championships

Paul Roof, founder and Commander, Holy City Beard & Moustache Society, announces their 2014 competition is scheduled for May 24th. A full schedule of events is planned.

Roof said, “The event takes place Memorial Day weekend.  The welcoming pre-party will take place Friday the night before at the Recovery Room.  Saturday we are at Tattooed Moose and the Sunday Brunch is set for Holy City Brewery. ”

“Last year we had over 195 contestants, 700 spectators and raised over $6,000 for Lowcountry Women with Wings – Rising Above Ovarian Cancer. Contestants came from as far as Texas, New York, California & Michigan.”

According to Roof, this is a charity event. “Every year 22,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and within 5 years, 15,000 of them will die. There is no reliable screening test for early detection of ovarian cancer. The LowcountryWomen with Wings program was established by Terry Scharstein, an ovarian cancer patient, in partnership with the Center for Women. Lowcountry Women with Wings provides education and support services to women diagnosed with ovarian cancer, their caregivers and families. The Center for Women offers programs on legal, financial and family issues as well as individual counseling and support groups.”

Announced competitive categories include sideburns, goatee, Donegal/Amish, moustache (styled & natural), full beard styled moustache, college beard, full beard freestyle, partial beard freestyle, ladies artificial (creative & realistic), gray beard, full beard natural (> 12 inches & < 12 inches. There will also be two Best in Show Awards.

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2014 Pulitzer Finalist Show Fun Home Comes to Charleston

April 17th, 2014
Pulitzer Nominated Show Comes to Charleston


Location: Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St
GENERAL ADMISSION: $15. College of Charleston students and employees pay $10[+] PURCHASE
The Department of Theatre and Dance at the College of Charleston School of the Arts will host an evening of music from the Off-Broadway musical and Pulitzer Prize Finalist, Fun Home, after its successful run at New York’s Public Theater. Alison Bechdel, the author of the critically acclaimed graphic novel “Fun Home,” which was recently subject to criticism by members of the South Carolina Legislature, was so horrified by the actions of lawmakers and College of Charleston officials that she quickly joined an effort to bring the off-Broadway show based on her book to campus.
Hailed by The New York Times as a “beautiful heartbreaker of a musical, ‘Fun Home’ finds a shining clarity that lights up the night” in one of the best-reviewed productions of the year
The concert-style performance will include the majority of the acclaimed musical’s repertoire and will be presented by the original cast: Tony Award-winner Michael Cerveris as Bechdel’s father, Bruce; three-time Tony Award-nominee Judy Kuhn as Bechdel’s mother, Helen; Griffin Birney as John Bechdel; Roberta Colindrez playing Joan; Noah Hinsdale as Christian Bechdel; Sydney Lucas as Small Alison; Beth Malone playing Alison; Joel Perez portraying Roy; and Emily Skeggs as Medium Alison.

Monuments Men Lecture at The Citadel

February 10th, 2014

The Monuments Men


Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History

Thursday, April 3, 2014
McAlister Field House, The Citadel

5:30 p.m. VIP Cocktail Reception and private book signing with author Robert Edsel
6:30 p.m. Lecture followed by audience Q&A and a public book signing
Admission is free and open to the public; groups welcome

Determined to own or to destroy all the artistic treasures of the world, Adolf Hitler led the most comprehensive art theft of all time during World War II as his officers ripped paintings, sculptures, and other significant pieces from homes, galleries, and museums throughout Europe.  New York Times bestselling author Robert M. Edsel tells the incredible true story of the Monuments Men, a small group of art experts (not soldiers) assembled by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to risk everything and go behind enemy lines to recover mankind’s greatest  artifacts before they were destroyed by the Nazis.  The book also inspired a movie directed by George Clooney starring Bill Murray, Matt Damon, and Cate Blanchett that will open on February 7th.

VIP tickets are $125 and include the VIP Cocktail Reception with Robert Edsel, a personalized copy of The Monuments Men, and reserved front row seating Proceeds support the Fine Arts programs at The Citadel. To purchase, contact Christina Mortti at(843) 953-7477 or cmortti@citadel.edu.

This lecture is a part of The Citadel’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences Fine Art Series which brings diverse offerings of visual art, film, music, and drama events to the campus and the Lowcountry. For more information, to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, or to get involved in our programs, please visit The Citadel Fine Arts web site at www.citadel.edu/finearts or contact Tiffany Silverman, Director of the Fine Arts, attiffany.silverman@citadel.edu.

PK Alum Tara Derr Webb’s Farmbar to Open Jan 24

January 9th, 2014

Tara Derr Webb's Farmbar Spartan Trailer

We can imagine the pitch—it goes like this: See what happens when a food-loving, chic and mindful eater / chef  stumbles across a Spartan trailer languishing in decay.

Like a super-cool love child of Ricky Riccardo from “The Long, Long Trailer” and “Heidi,” the restored Spartan now home to The Farmbar captures the enterprising spunk and spirit of Tara Derr Web.

After finding and rescuing the Spartan, Tara envisioned a locavore food truck / picnic. Her labors at her Deux Puces Farm and around the community have proved her culinary style and built excitement for her launch of The Farmbar.

Opening January 24th, The Farmbar will be parked at 1600 Meeting Street and will serve according to Charleston Eater, “from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays with lunch box pick-ups the rest of the weekdays.” All day passes are offered for the opening which include a full day’s worth of culinary delights plus a surcee.

We’re betting this PK alum’s tasty eats will make us all mosey over to her lot for lunch, coffee or just a chew.

A Holiday Story

December 9th, 2013

Dance, original music and a holiday story. On December 14th & 15th the Charleston Dance Institute will preform the world premiere production of “The Little Match Girl,” in collaboration with Uned!ted and Chamber Music Charleston. Choreography by Jonathan Tabbert and an original score from past Pecha Kucha speaker and emcee Laura Ball.

For tickets and information visit: http://www.charlestondanceinstitute.com


James White Happy Hour

November 22nd, 2013

From our friends at Blue Ion comes the news that they in conjunction with Refresh are sponsoring another amazing event tonight at Blue Ion.

Robert Prioleau notes, “Join us at 6:00 pm today at the Blue Ion studio for a special Friday happy hour as James White, bad-ass designer and owner of Signalnoise Studio, shares amazing work and deep thoughts. James has traveled all the way from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia to CHS and will be talking about pursuing your personal projects and being a design renegade.”

The event is free to all..will include drinks and light chow…and will run until 7:30ish. You can RSVP here to help us get a good head count.

Laura Ball

November 19th, 2013
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Laura Ball, our emcee for PK20.

Laura Ball is an Arts Activist, Performer/Composer, and Noisemaker dedicated to creating a greater awareness of cultural identity and compassion through the mediums of collaborative and interdisciplinary art. She endeavors to redefine what it means for musicians to “play.” Currently, she is “playing” nicely with others at the Charleston Dance Institute and Chamber Music Charleston to produce Charleston’s first original Ballet/Score performed with live orchestra to debut this Holiday Season. She serves as the artistic director for the UNED!TED concert series and loves playing pipe organ.

Sully Sullivan

November 19th, 2013


Sully Sullivan: Born in Hawaii, lived in California, Texas, Georgia, and now South Carolina.  9.5 times out of 10 I don’t need a ladder. First picked up a camera about 6 years ago and started assisting some of the worlds best photographers in New York, Los Angeles, and Germany. Have recently in the past few years started building my own client base.  My ultimate goal is to take over the world, but in the number 2 spot, I dont want to be on top, just under the radar.  Everyone always goes after the person who is number 1. I dont know what I would do without my Mom, My friends and Photography (in that order).  This is my life, I freakin love it!

Paul Roof

November 19th, 2013


Paul Roof – Holy City Beard & Moustache Society

Paul Roof is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Charleston Southern University and specializes in urban studies and popular culture.

In 2007, while teaching at the College of Charleston, Paul founded the Holy City Beard & Moustache Society. This American Beardsman’s recent beard contest victories include 5th Place in the World Freestyle Beard 2011, 1st Place Freestyle Beard in the Miami Beard & Moustache Championships 2011, 3rd Place Full Beard Natural in the North Carolina Beard & Moustache Championships 2012, and 3rd Place Freestyle Beard in the East Coast Beard & Moustache Championships held in Philadelphia 2012, and 2nd Place Freestyle Beard in the National Beard & Moustache Championships held in New Orleans in 2013.  His beard has been featured on Buzzfeed, GQ Magazine, UK Telegraph, Reader’s Digest and Ripley’s Believe It or Not!.

The HCBMS is one of just three American Beard/Moustache clubs to be part of the World Beard & Moustache Association.  Charleston Mayor Joe Riley officially declared May 25th as Beard & Moustache Appreciation Day in the Holy City, and each year Charleston hosts the Southeastern Beard & Moustache Championships.  The ultimate goal is to have Charleston host the World Beard & Moustache Championships.