What is our obsession with fame in the Western culture? Most everyone either wants fame, wonders about what it feels like to be famous, but just like any contract it comes with small print. Fame isn’t really what its cracked up to be once you get up close to examine what it is all about.
Janine is a distinguished artist whose work is influenced by the knots os sycamore trees is creative and features a new and innovative use of up-cycled sawdust, acrylic polymers, and pigments to create hanging 3D interactive sculptures.
Like Ted Talks, Poetry Slam has a strong connection to creating an open forum for ideas worth spreading. Poetry Slam today provides a safe space where people – not only of diverse racial backgrounds – but people from different age groups, varying socioeconomic backgrounds, poets with only a high school diploma – all the way
You can't have lived in the Upstate of SC for long without hearing something about the live, local comedy at the Cafe and Then Some. A staple in downtown Greenville for decades, no stone is unturned and everyone is a "target" in their distinct brand of dinner theater. Tent cards on the table give a running history of the characters, parts of town, and situations that may be unfamililar to anyone who didn't grow up off of Augusta Road (and yes, locals will always call it "road"). "Satire," Susan once read from the stage, "is a form of freedom of speech, protected by the First Amendment," and then opened a biting, at times fantastically awkward play about eminent domain and the development along the Reedy River. How these locals -- friends of the community, philanthropists, mother/father/cousin/neighbor -- make a living by poking fun at the very people living across the street, is just this short of a miracle.
Why is humor so important to us? How do we deal with humor in our everyday lives? What if you chose to make a living using humor; your income and livliehood came from making people laugh. Could you do it?
Engineer by day, funny lady by night
Shivani Nadarajah is a local Greenville comedian who was born Canadian, bred Sri Lankan, and raised southern at heart. She began her stand up comedy career in May 2013, sharing stories of her upbringing, transition to southern culture and international travels. Her humor, impressions and crowd work resonates to any and all ethnic groups. She recently placed 2nd in the 2014 SC’s Funniest Comic competition hosted by Alchemy Comedy. Off stage, Shivani works at General Electric in Business Development utilizing her degree in Supply Chain Management from Auburn University.
Blending and blurring the lines of genres, this energetic performer crafts a unique vibe that grabs you and take you on a rockin’ ride. Jacob Johnson quips that he’s a musician, and not used to ‘the single digit’ hours of the day, but quickly kicks it into high gear, expertly strumming and thumping his guitar.
Through musical looping, Haley combines the violin, with guitar, with voice. Be amazed. About Haley Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Haley Dreis, currently resides in Nashville, TN, where she teaches violin, tours, records, and writes music for herself and others. In her hometown of Columbia, SC critics favor her as “one of the scene’s brightest voices” (Otis Taylor, The
Miss Peggy Lee — A singer with perfect timing. A songwriter with clever lyrics. A willingness to reinvent herself. An astute businesswoman. A genius whose music career spanned six decades, even while music underwent its most radical shift in history. About Jean Jean Calvert came out singing and latched on to her childhood idols right
Glenis Redmond is a nationally renowned poet with Greenville roots. She started the first poetry slam in Greenville in the 90s, bringing the first all-women’s team to the National Poetry Slam. She has individually placed in the top 3 at Nationals and was a two time Southern Fried Slam Champion. She walks in all the
Christoph Kresse (aka Saki Bomb) is an instrumental/electronica music artist, producer, sound designer and DJ, originally from Hamburg, Germany, located in South Carolina, USA. His musical style is best described as a mix of Ambient, Worldtronica, Experimental and Electronica music. A multi-instrumentalist, Saki Bomb is known for his unique use of Scottish bagpipes. www.sakibomb.bandcamp.com