Calendar of Events for January 2016


Student Galleries: District 6 & Private Schools exhibition | through Jan. 3

Chapman Cultural Center is exhibiting artwork by students of Spartanburg County District 6 and several private schools in its Student Galleries through Jan. 3. Exhibiting student artwork in the Galleries is part of the Center’s award-winning Arts Education program. Free. Gallery hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. For more information, please call (864) 542-ARTS.

A Dyeing Art: Contemporary Textiles & Fiber Arts exhibition | through Jan. 14

Spartanburg Art Museum (SAM) is presenting A Dyeing Art: Contemporary Textiles & Fiber Arts, a group exhibition curated as a homage to Spartanburg’s history with the textile industry, through Jan. 14 at Chapman Cultural Center. This exhibition features the work of nine artists, covering a wide range of textile-related media and techniques, including quilted paintings, wall drawings, fiber sculptures, and felt installations. Free. Museum hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. For more information, please call (864) 582-7616.

Dian Hammett & Lalage Warrington exhibition | through Jan. 29

Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg is featuring works by painter Dian Hammett and multi-media artist Lalage Warrington in its gallery at Chapman Cultural Center through Jan. 29. The Guild exhibits a collection of work by one or more member artists each month to showcase the breadth and talent of regional artists. Free. Gallery hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. For more information, please call (864) 764-9568.

Sundays Unplugged | Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Chapman Cultural Center offers the public a fun afternoon filled with music, art, science, and history every Sunday, 1-5 p.m., during its Sundays Unplugged program. Museums and galleries are open with free admission, and local singer-songwriters perform a free live concert, 2-4 p.m., with musicians and genres changing weekly. For January, performances will be Barleycove (3), Craig Owen (10), Dirk Schlingmann (17), Ary Jeau (24) and Travis Smith (31). For more information, please call (864) 542-ARTS.

Adult Ballroom Dance Class | Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25

Ballet Spartanburg hosts an adult ballroom dance class every Monday evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Dance Center at Chapman Cultural Center, led by instructor Marian Norman. Participants learn the steps, style, and techniques of classic ballroom dances. In January, the class will focus on Swing. For more information or pricing for both individuals and couples, please call (864) 583-0339.

Parkinson’s Patient Dance Class | Jan. 8, 22

Ballet Spartanburg hosts a dance class specifically for those afflicted with Parkinson’s Disease every second and fourth Friday of each month, 11 a.m.- 12 p.m. Led by Elizabeth Blackford, the class focuses on movements that alleviate social, emotional, cognitive, and physical symptoms associated with the disease. The first class of each month is followed by the monthly meeting of Spartanburg Parkinson’s Association. Tuition is free. For more information, please call (864) 583-0339.

Student Galleries: Districts 1, 2, and 3 exhibition | Jan. 10-Feb. 21

Chapman Cultural Center will exhibit artwork by students of Spartanburg County Districts 1, 2, and 3 in its Student Galleries through Feb. 21. Exhibiting student artwork in the Galleries is part of the Center’s award-winning Arts Education program. Free. Gallery hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. For more information, please call (864) 542-ARTS.

Winter Jazz concert: The Greenville Jazz Collective | Jan. 8

Chapman Cultural Center is spotlighting local jazz musicians and bands through its Winter Jazz Series, beginning with a concert by The Greenville Jazz Collective on Friday, Jan. 8, at 7:30 p.m. This concert is the first of three in the series. Tickets are $10 per person. For more information or for tickets, please visit ChapmanCulturalCenter.org or call (864) 542-ARTS.

SPO’s Music Sandwiched In: The Spartanburg Little Theatre | Jan. 13

Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) sponsors free community performances by regional musicians in the Barrett Room at Spartanburg County Public Library HQ on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 12:15-1 p.m. On Wednesday, Jan. 13, the cast of the Spartanburg Little Theatre’s The Marvelous Wonderettes will perform. Free. For more information, please call (864) 948-9020.

The Marvelous Wonderettes | Jan. 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24

The Spartanburg Little Theatre brings the off-Broadway musical The Marvelous Wonderettes to Chapman Cultural Center’s stage Jan. 15-17 and Jan. 22-24. This must-take trip down memory lane will take audiences to the 1958 Springfield High School prom to hear the Wonderettes, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts. The Marvelous Wonderettes follows the girls’ lives and loves with classic ’50s and ’60s songs such as “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid,” “It’s My Party,” and more than 20 other classic hits. Showtimes are Jan. 15, 16, 22, and 23 at 8 p.m., and Jan. 17, 23, and 24 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $30 per adult, $27 per senior, and $20 per youth.

Nature in Your Backyard | Jan. 16

Spartanburg Science Center presents Nature In Your Backyard, an educational and hands-on event as part of its Third Saturday Science program, on Saturday, Jan. 16, 12:30-2 p.m., at Chapman Cultural Center. Participating children will learn principles of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) and how they relate to the environment and local ecology. Admission to the Center is free for this event. For more information, please call (864) 583-2777.

CONTEXTILE | Jan. 16

Spartanburg Art Museum (SAM) will host an after-holiday celebration to coincide with the end of its A Dyeing Art exhibition called CONTEXTILE on Saturday, Jan. 16, 8-11 p.m., at Chapman Cultural Center. The event will feature a one-of-a-kind fashion show highlighting the talents of local designers of clothing and wearable art who challenge traditional notions of fashion and push their designs to the limits. Patrons will also enjoy cuisine by Cribb’s Catering, live music, and an open bar. Participants must pre-register online at SpartanburgArtMuseum.org. For more information, please call (864) 582-7616.

Auditions for The Dixie Swim Club | Jan. 17, 18

The Spartanburg Little Theatre will host auditions for its upcoming production of The Dixie Swim Club on Sunday, Jan. 17, and Monday, Jan. 18, 7-9 p.m., at Chapman Cultural Center. The storyline follows five Southern women whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team who set aside a long weekend every August to recharge their relationships. Roles are available for 5 adult females. Each character ages throughout the course of the show from her 40s to her 70s. For more information, please call (864) 585-8278.

ArtWalk | Jan. 21

Chapman Cultural Center will be open late during Spartanburg’s monthly ArtWalk, the self-guided tour of downtown’s arts community, on Thursday, Jan. 21, with exhibits in Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg, Spartanburg Art Museum, and the Student Galleries. During ArtWalk, held the third Thursday of each month, 5-9 p.m., galleries are open late with special artist lectures, activities, and wine-and-cheese style refreshments, to show the community what is new in the local arts scene. Free. For more information, please call (864) 542-ARTS.

Dian Hammett & Lalage Warrington reception | Jan. 21

Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg will host a public reception for its January exhibition featuring painter Dian Hammett and multi-media artist Lalage Warrington at Chapman Cultural Center on Thursday, Jan. 21- 5-8 p.m. The exhibiting artists will be on hand to provide special insight into their works, and wine-and-cheese style refreshments will be served. For more information, please call (864) 764-9568.

Lunch & Learn: Wherever There is Light | Jan. 22

Spartanburg County Historical Association will be joined by author Peter Golden for a discussion of his novel Wherever There is Light as part of its monthly Lunch & Learn lecture series on Friday, Jan. 22, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Golden, an award-winning journalist, historian, and novelist, will discuss his historical novel that covers three generations in the intertwined lives of two families, delving into the little known story of the rescue of German Jews from the Nazis by traditionally African-American colleges. The novel examines the problems of interracial love affairs starting in 1938. Lunch & Learn is held in the Callie and John Rainey Conference Room. Tickets are $5 per person or $15 per person with lunch provided by Palmetto Palate and free for SCHA members. For more information, please call (864) 596-3501.

The Merry Widow | Jan. 22-24

The Spartanburg Repertory Company will present Franz Lehár’s comedic opera The Merry Widow at Converse College’s Daniel Recital Hall Friday, Jan. 22, through Sunday, Jan. 24. The opera tells the story of a beautiful, young, and wealthy widow who is constantly faced with matchmaking attempts by local countrymen who selfishly want her to remain in their country of Pontevedro. Misconceptions, misunderstandings, and hilarities abound, even as the story comes to a most satisfying end. Showtimes are Jan. 22-24 at 7:30 p.m. and Jan. 24 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 general admission, $20 per senior (55+), and $15 per student.

Cognitive Dissonance exhibition | Jan. 26-March 25

Spartanburg Art Museum (SAM) will exhibit Cognitive Dissonance, a ceramic collection by nine artists who, in the words of curator Anthony Merino, “hold a contrary view,” Jan. 26-March 25, at Chapman Cultural Center. The exhibition examines the imperfection of humans and how their shortcomings perpetuate a flawed society with the idea that imperfection is both essential and open to interpretation. Free. Museum hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. For more information, please call (864) 582-7616.

SPO’s Music Sandwiched In: Nathan Shirley | Jan. 27

Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) sponsors free community performances by regional musicians in the Barrett Room at Spartanburg County Public Library HQ on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 12:15-1 p.m. On Wednesday, Jan. 27, classical composer and pianist Nathan Shirley will perform. Free. For more information, please call (864) 948-9020.

Cognitive Dissonance exhibition reception | Jan. 28

Spartanburg Art Museum (SAM) will host a public reception for Cognitive Dissonance, a ceramic collection by nine artists, on Thursday, Jan. 28, 6-8 p.m., at Chapman Cultural Center. The exhibition examines the imperfection of humans and how their shortcomings perpetuate a flawed society with the idea that imperfection is both essential and open to interpretation. Artists will be in attendance to offer insight into their works. Light refreshments will be served. Free. For more information, please call (864) 582-7616.

Textiles: A History of Innovation and Community exhibition opening | Jan. 29

Spartanburg Regional History Museum will debut a new exhibition – Textiles: A History of Innovation and Community – with a special preview event on Thursday, Jan. 29, 6-9 p.m., at Chapman Cultural Center. Patrons will be offered a first-hand preview of the exhibit that explores the textile industry in South Carolina from the 1700s through the 21st century with a gallery talk and light refreshments. The exhibition will run through April 16. For more information, please call (864) 596-3501.

Textiles: A History of Innovation and Community exhibition | Jan. 30-April 16

Spartanburg Regional History Museum will present an exhibition — Textiles: A History of Innovation and Community — that explores the textile industry in South Carolina from the 1700s through the 21st century, Jan. 30-April 16, in its rotating gallery space at Chapman Cultural Center. Free. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. For more information, please call (864) 596-3501.

Winter Jazz concert: The Midnight Jazz Quintet | Jan. 31

Chapman Cultural Center is spotlighting local jazz musicians and bands through its Winter Jazz Series and will feature The Midnight Jazz Quintet in the second of three concerts on Sunday, Jan. 31, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person. For more information or for tickets, please visit ChapmanCulturalCenter.org or call (864) 542-ARTS.

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