Art, dance, music, and ‘Memphis’

May events at Chapman Cultural Center

Special to The Times

SPARTANBURG — This is the Chapman Cultural Center’s May 2016 Calendar Events.

Student Galleries

Chapman Cultural Center is displaying the artwork of students from Spartanburg County School District 5, Spartanburg Art Museum’s COLORS program, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Upstate April 18 through May 22, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays, 1-5 p.m. This is a free exhibit. For more information, please call 864.278.9693.

Adult Ballroom Dancing

Every Monday, Ballet Spartanburg hosts Ballroom Dance classes 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the Dance Center at Chapman Cultural Center. The current featured dances are the Rumba and Salsa. For pricing and more information, call 864.583.0339.

Some Abstraction Required

Spartanburg Art Museum (SAM) presents Some Abstraction Required, an exhibition of contemporary abstract art April 5-June 12 at Chapman Cultural Center. This free exhibit is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays 1-5 p.m. Some Abstraction Required is a group exhibition featuring the work of nine contemporary artists. Viewers are challenged to consider science and mathematics in conjunction with the visual arts. This exhibition displays a variety of mixed media techniques, including painting, collage, altered books, epoxy clay, and site-specific installation. Some of the themes addressed by the objects include the duality of chance and precision, mathematical systems and patterns, and altering the viewer’s perception of space. For more information, please call 864.582.7616.

Sundays Unplugged

Chapman Cultural Center is open every Sunday afternoon, 1-5 p.m., to provide casual and cultural experiences for those who want to “unplug.” Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg Regional History Museum, Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg, and the Student Galleries are all open with free admission. In addition, one or more local musicians will perform a free mini-concert at no charge 2-4 p.m. The line-up for May is Barleycove (May 1), Paul Bowman (May 8), Corey McDaniels (May 15), The Licorice Whips (May 22), and Jeremy Willis (May 29). For more info, please call 864.542.ARTS.

Summer Day Camp Registration

The Partners at Chapman Cultural Center will offer a wide variety of summer day camps for children and young adults throughout the summer, including programs in art, theatre, science, dance, and history. For a complete listing, please visit and search “summer camps.” For more info, please call 864.542.ARTS.

Book Signing

Local first-time author and life coach Brittany Carson will host a book signing at Chapman Cultural Center Sunday, May 1, 2:30-4:30 p.m. in promotion of The Chosen One, a nonfiction book about overcoming life’s obstacles on the tough side of the tracks in Spartanburg, SC. She grew up in Cammie Clagett Courts, also known as Highland. There is no cost to attend the book signing. Books, T-shirts, and refreshments will be available. For more information, please contact Carson at

Music Sandwiched In

Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra will sponsor free lunchtime concerts by regional musicians at the Spartanburg County Public Library Headquarters located downtown Spartanburg Wednesday, May 4 and 18. The public is invited to bring lunch or to buy one there. For more information, please call 864.948.9020.

Parkinson’s Patients Dance Class

Ballet Spartanburg will hosts dance classes for people with Parkinson’s Disease on Friday, May 6 and 20, at 11 a.m. This class is held on the second and fourth Friday of each month in the Dance Center at Chapman Cultural Center. This free class serves as therapy for the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical problems associated with the disease. For more information, please call 864.583.0339.


Spartanburg Little Theatre will present the play Memphis Friday and Saturday, May 6 and 7, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 8, at 3 p.m. and again Friday, May 13, at 8 p.m. with an additional showing on Saturday, May 14, at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and again on Sunday, May 15, at 3 p.m. in Chapman Cultural Center’s theater. Inspired by actual events, Memphis is about a radio DJ who wants to change the world and a club singer who is ready for her big break. From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, comes a hot Broadway hit and winner of the 2010 Tony Award for Best Musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs, and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves—filled with laughter, soaring emotion and roof-raising rock ’n’ roll. Tickets are $30 per adult, $27 per senior, and $20 per student. For tickets, visit or call 864.542.ART.

The Spoken Word Experience

Spoken Word Spartanburg will present a poetry workshop at Chapman Cultural Center in the Callie and John Rainey Conference Room Thursday, May 12, 7-9 p.m. This is an opportunity for people to share their poetry and to receive feedback in an encouraging environment. Participation is free, but donations are welcomed. For more information, please call 864.756.1732 or visit online at


ArtWalk will be Thursday, May 19, with many of Spartanburg’s art galleries and museums participating 5-9 p.m. This free community event happens on the third Thursday each month and is an opportunity for patrons to check out what is new on the local art scene. Receptions are often scheduled during ArtWalk, and wine-and-cheese type refreshments are the norm. This is an excellent opportunity to network with the local arts community. At Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg Art Museum, Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Gallery, and the Student Galleries will be open. For more information, please all 864.542.ARTS.

Mr. Green Retires

Spartanburg Science Center Executive Director John “Mr. Green” is retiring, and the public is invited to celebrate his lifetime dedication to science education Sunday, May 22, 2-4 p.m. at the Science Center at Chapman Cultural Center for a drop-in reception. At 3 p.m. there will be a special presentation. For more information, please contact Mary Levens at 864.583-2777.

All Shook Up

Spartanburg County School District 7 will present the musical All Shook Up Thursday-Sunday, May 26-29, in Chapman Cultural Center’s theater. All Shook Up is a 2004 American jukebox musical with Elvis Presley’s music. The story is based on William Shakespeare’s 1602 play Twelfth Night. Tickets are $10-$15 and can be purchased online at For more info, please call 864.542.ARTS.

Closed Memorial Day

Chapman Cultural Center will be closed on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30. However, if you are unsure about specific programs hosted at Chapman, please call 864.542.ARTS.
May events at Chapman Cultural Center

Special to The Times

This story was submitted by the Chapman Cultural Center.

This story was submitted by the Chapman Cultural Center.

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