Colors of Christmas at SF Symphony

thFor more than 20 years the Colors of Christmas musical evening was a cherished holiday tradition with the San Francisco Symphony. Just before the 2015 concert at Davies Hall, it was announced that this would be the last performance. Amid a flurry of rumors about the symphony and/or Davies Hall being under new management, the performers in December 2015 reminded their audience that people “have to ask for what they want” if they wish to have this musical tradition continued next year.

As the Daily Bulletin said of past performances,
“The Colors of Christmas was more than a holiday concert – It was a celebration of human spirit, of good music and excellently presented, of human love, humor and downright fun….It left everyone in an upbeat, joyous mood, psychologically powered to face the less-kind foibles of the season.” Continue reading Colors of Christmas at SF Symphony

THEEB, a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

MV5BMTYyNDg3ODAxMV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNTkyOTE2NjE@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_AL_THEEB is an authentic coming of age film set during an important period in world history — the First World War (1914-1918). This short film (100 minutes) involving family loyalties and hair-raising adventure has won prizes for best director, best film, best screenplay and best debut director at film festivals in Venice, London, Abu Dhabi, Cairo, Belgrade, Miami, Las Palmas and Beijing.

The film opens in 1916 when war is raging in several parts of the world, including the Ottoman Empire (1600-1923). Young Theeb and his brothers are the sons of a Bedouin chief. When the chief dies, his oldest son succeeds him. Theeb (Jacir Eid) is closest to his brother Hussein (Hussein Salameh). When a British officer arrives one night with his guide (Marji Audeh), asking for assistance in reaching an oasis located in disputed territory, Hussein volunteers to guide the two visitors. Rifles tied onto their camel packs, the three men set out. Unknown to Hussein, his mischievous ten-year old brother Theeb follows them on a donkey. When they discover Theeb, the men realize it is too late to send him home, and so Theeb’s adventure begins. Continue reading THEEB, a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

Riverdance at the Golden Gate

Riverdance cast

Riverdance the show first electrified audiences in Dublin, Ireland 20 years ago. The original cast was composed of competition dancers, and as the Globe and Mail has said, the show was “anchored in the thrilling wall of thunder produced by a line of Irish step dancers pounding out intricate rhythms in perfect synchronisation.” It was a megahit and enshrined American step dancer and choreographer Michael Flatley as a “living treasure” for mastery of a traditional art form by a living person (one of many awards).

That Irish-inspired magic continues with the new cast of international dancers in Riverdance, which graced the stage at the Golden Gate Theatre for four days in November. Experienced by more than 23 million people worldwide across six continents, Riverdance continues to celebrate Irish culture through vibrant step dancing and musical dexterity. The company’s current American tour extends well into 2016. Continue reading Riverdance at the Golden Gate

Hagood Mill Storytelling Festival

Saturday October 17, 2015   (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)

Pickens County invites you to this special day of milling, stories, tall tales and lots of memories at the Hagood Mill Historic Site on Saturday, October 17th from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. There is a $5 parking fee but admission to the Hagood Mill Site as well as the Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site is FREE.

As part of Hagood Mill’s “Music in the Mountains” series, the celebration of tradition will continue on this day as we host the “Fourteenth Annual Hagood Mill Storytelling Festival.” The hills around the old mill will echo with the whispers, howls ‘n hollers of some of the Southeast’s best storytellers sharing bits about all sorts of folks, funnies, cultures and places. Continue reading Hagood Mill Storytelling Festival

South Carolina State Fiddling Championship

Heartstrings 17 - FiddleSouth Carolina State Fiddling Championship

September 19, 2015, 11:00 am till 4:00 pm

at the Hagood Mill Historic Site

On September 19th Hagood Mill Historic Site becomes the host for the annual South Carolina Old Time Fiddling Championship. Some of the best fiddlers in the southeast will gather to compete for the title of South Carolina champion.  There will be cash prizes for competition in senior and junior fiddle categories as well as old- time string band,  old- time banjo, guitar, and “wild cat” open categories.

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