Bravo festival events calendar

May 1, 2009 

The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce's monthlong festival Bravo -- Celebrate the Arts will be held in venues across the Lowcountry. For more information, call the chamber of commerce at 843-785-3673 or go to


Art Around the World

4-5:15 p.m. Tuesdays through May 26: Join the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina on this journey as it explores art from various cultures. Students will create projects such as Indonesian shadow puppets, West African Adinkra stamps, Mexican crafts and more. Ages 5-8. Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. $70. 843-686-2787, ext. 233;


10-11 a.m. Thursdays through May 28: These art classes for ages 2-5 are designed to help children develop fine motor skills and encourage creativity through the visual arts. Ages 2-5. Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. $60. 843-686-2787, ext. 233;

Dorothy Howard Exhibition of Paintings

10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday through May 31: A one-person exhibition of paintings done by long-time Hilton Head Island resident Dorothy Howard. Paintings include oils and watercolors. Pink House Gallery of Fine Art & Framing. Free admission. 843-681-5169;

"Les Miserables"

8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday through May 24: This international musical hit, set in 19th century France, follows the story of Jean Valjean, a man seeking redemption after 19 years of unjust imprisonment. Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. Adults $54, children $37. 843-686-278;

The Modern Masters-Thinking Outside the Frame

4-5:30 p.m. Thursdays through May 28: In this class, students will explore modern masters such as Chuck Close, Robert Smithson, Louise Nevelson, Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns. Students will learn about the artists and their techniques and will use this inspiration to create unique works of art. Ages 9-13. Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. $70. 843-686-2787, ext. 233;

Promising Picassos

Noon-5 p.m. through Sunday: A student art exhibition -- in its 17th year -- is open to all students in grades three through 12 including public, private and home schools of Southern Beaufort County. Sponsored by the Island School Council for the Arts. The Mall at Shelter Cove. Free. 843-681-5381;


The Kevin Bales Trio

8 p.m., 9:45 p.m. today-Saturday: Bales, a past winner of the American Pianist Association's Jazz piano competition, presents dynamic sounds reminiscent of Oscar Peterson. The Jazz Corner. $10. 843-842-8620;

Promenade Quick Draw

1-5 p.m. today: Artists race the clock to complete a painting in two hours. Meet and greet artists and attend a silent auction of their work, enjoy food and beverage vendors, a kids' chalk area and bouncers, live music and more. Calhoun Street Promenade, 1297 May River Road, Bluffton. Pottery in Paradise. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. 843-815-9924;


National Juried Art Show

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-3 p.m. Sunday, Saturday through May 24: Artists from across the country compete and the exhibition shows the best. All art is for sale. Admission is free and the gallery is open for one hour before all theater performances at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. Sponsored by the Art League of Hilton Head. Walter Greer Gallery. 843-681-5060;


Brahms Majestic "F Major Symphony"

8 p.m. Monday: A trumpet proclamation, Brahms' majestic "F Major Symphony" and Stravinsky's exotic ballet music based on a Russian fairy tale is the Season Finale for the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra. Sponsored by the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra. Hilton Head Presbyterian Church. $20, $30, $40. 843-842-2055;


"The Bully Pulpit"

8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday-May 10: The year is 1918. The scene is Teddy Roosevelt's home in Sagamore Hill, N.Y. He is 10 years out of office and coming to grips with his legacy. In less than a year, he'll be dead. With intimate glimpses and vibrant humor, "The Bully Pulpit" takes you on a passionate journey behind Teddy's gruff exterior into the complex persona of a true American legend. Presented by the South Carolina Repertory Company. 136 Beach City Road, Hilton Head. $15-$28. 843-342-2057;


Hand-building for Adults Pottery Course

Series I 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, 15; Series II May 10, 22, 29: Participants will learn basic hand-building techniques such as slab, pinch and coil and will complete several projects in each series. Emphasis will be placed on surface design techniques such as graffito and stenciling. Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. $65 per series. 843-686-ARTS, ext. 233;


"The Best Little Whorehousein Texas"

8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 8-10, 15-17, 22-24: "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" was one of Broadway's best-loved and longest-running musicals. The May River Theatre Co. $20 reserved seating. 843-815-5581;

Lynn Roberts & the Bob Alberti Duo

8 p.m., 9:45 p.m. May 8-9: Big band queen Lynn Roberts sings the classics of the big band era accompanied by jazz piano legend Bob Alberti. The Jazz Corner. $15. 843-842-8620;

MAY 10

Discoveries: 7 Points of View

9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays, May 10-Sept. 1: A group of Lowcountry artists will exhibit two- and three-dimensional works that capture the spirit of the Lowcountry. These artists work in a variety of media and styles -- all seeking to represent the Lowcountry's "Sense of Place." Coastal Discovery

Museum at Honey Horn. $3 donation suggested per person. 843-689-6767;

MAY 11

Gullah History and Storytelling with Louise Miller Cohen

7 p.m. May 11: Louise Miller Cohen, a fifth-generation native islander, shares family artifacts as she tells the story of her ancestors, the Gullah culture and her efforts to preserve the historic "little house" on Gumtree Road that sits on her family's property. This is a benefit for the Gullah Museum of Hilton Head. Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. $10. 843-686-3945;

MAY 14

Art Walk in Old Town Bluffton

3-8 p.m. May 14-16: Artists will be painting plein air throughout the Old Town district. The event will culminate with Art in the Park on Saturday. Sponsored by the Old Town Bluffton Merchants Society. Free. 843-757-8185;

Beaufort County Historical Society

Noon May 14: Beaufort County Historical Society annual meeting will feature guest speakers. The Beaufort County Historical Society is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the oldest regional association in Beaufort County dedicated to the study and preservation of history. A light lunch will be served at 11:30 for $10 a person. First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, Church and North streets. 843-671-4865;

MAY 15

Howard Paul Quartet

8 p.m., 9:45 p.m. May 15-16: Seven-string guitarist Howard Paul and friends play beautiful straight-ahead classic jazz. The Jazz Corner. $10. 843-842-8620;

MAY 16

Art in the Park in Bluffton

11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 16: DuBois Park will feature artists painting in plein air and there will be an art auction to benefit Alzheimer's Respite and Resource. There also will be a book signing at the Heyward House. Sponsored by the Old Town Bluffton Merchants Society. Free. 843-757-8185;

"Picnic and Pops" in Bluffton

6 p.m. May 16: This casual, outdoor concert allows for a picnic dinner followed by an evening of light classical and pops programming performed by the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra. Bring your own picnic or purchase refreshments at the event. Guests may bring table decorations including silver candelabras, china, fine wines and desserts. Sponsored by the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra. Rose Hill Plantation Polo Grounds. $30 lawn seating, $45 table. 843-842-2055;

MAY 17

USC Jazz Faculty Quartet:

Third Sunday Concert

7-9 p.m. May 17: Led by pianist Bert Ligon, director of jazz studies at the University of South Carolina, this group is comprised of musicians who each have a long list of credits as performers, composers, arrangers and educators. Sponsored by Jazz Lovers of the Lowcountry. Historic Coligny Theatre. $20. 843-689-9495;

MAY 18

Hiromi's Sonic Bloom Quartet

8 p.m. May 18: Internationally acclaimed jazz phenomenon Hiromi Uehara, known for her high-spirited virtuosic piano performances, will dazzle you with her talent and effervescent energy in this musical maverick incorporating elements of jazz, progressive rock, classical and fusion. Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. $44. 843-842-2787;

MAY 21

"Blue Skies and Golden Sands," featuring the Legends of Beach

8 p.m. May 21: The North Carolina Symphony takes a musically rich journey along the coast of the Carolinas and celebrates the cultural influences its people have made. Music director Grant Llewellyn conducts a vibrant program with a cast including The Gospel Jubilators, The Monitors and the beach music of Legends of Beach. Sponsored by the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra. Hilton Head Presbyterian Church. $30, $40, $50. 843-842-2055;

MAY 22

The Bobby Ryder Quartet

8 p.m., 9:45 p.m. May 22-23: Big Band/Sinatra sounds from the great American Songbook. The Jazz Corner. $10. 843-842-8620;

MAY 23

Bluffton International Chalk Festival

1-5 p.m. May 23: Sidewalk artists compete for cash prizes. Admire a few famous artists' work, enjoy street performers, kids' chalk area, concessions and live music. Calhoun Street Promenade, 1297 May River Road, Bluffton. Pottery in Paradise. Free. 843-815-9924; e-mail

Hilton Head Art Festival at Shelter Cove Harbour

10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 23; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 24: This two-day juried art festival brings together an eclectic mix of the nation's most talented artists as well as local and regional artists. Media represented include paintings, sculptures, photographs, glass, wood, jewelry, collage and ceramics. Sponsored by Shelter Cove Harbour, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort and the Shelter Cove Harbour Merchant's Association. Howard Alan Events. 954-472-3755;

MAY 24

America Sings

7 p.m. May 24-25: Classic Americana. Join the Hilton Head Choral Society for a star-studded songfest. It is a Memorial Day weekend tribute to all things American, including a special musical salute to the Armed Forces. Sponsored by the Hilton Head Choral Society. May 24 at First Presbyterian Church. May 25 at Holy Family Catholic Church. $10. 843-681-6170;

MAY 28

Arts and Sciences Exposition

6 p.m. May 28: The Hilton Head Island School for the Creative Arts hosts an Arts and Sciences Exposition for students in grades one through five. There also will be a book fair, choral performance, artists in residence projects, chalk talk, arts department presentation and performances. Hilton Head Island School for the Creative Arts. Free. 843-342-4167;

MAY 29

Bob Masteller and Martin Lesch

8 p.m., 9:45 p.m. May 29-30: The great music of Louis Armstrong and renditions of the blues. The Jazz Corner. $5. 843-842-8620;

MAY 31

Deas Guyz

7:30 p.m., 10 p.m. May 31: Classic R&B and Motown sounds. The Jazz Corner. $7.50. 843-842-8620;

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