The Arts Council of York County offers a full slate of entertainment that does not require a trip to Charlotte.“We are a non-profit that was founded in 1977 with a vision to bring art, culture, dance, drama, film and music to York County. With the addition of our Community Performance Center, we now also bring the performing arts to the area,” said Melanie Cooper, Marketing Coordinator for the Arts Council of York County. Film series: Indie film buffs can check out the Arts Council’s Underexposed Film Series showings this week of “Tying the Knot” at 12:30 p.m. and “ManDove“ at 7 p.m. Sept. 17. A question-and-answer session with the filmmakers will follow each screening. Winthrop University hosts the series at 269 DiGiorgio Center in Rock Hill. Tickets are $5 for public and free to Winthrop students. Literary competitions: The Arts Council promotes literary arts through its 10th annual Literary and 2nd annual Youth Literary competitions. The postmark deadline for short story and poetry submissions is Sept. 20. Guidelines and entry forms are available at www.yorkcountyarts.org. On stage: The fifth season of the Arts Council’s Main Stage Series at the Community Performance Center kicks off with The Second City’s “Happily Ever After.” Comedy stars present classic material along with scenes taken from today’s headlines. The show is Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m. at 249 E. Main St. in Rock Hill. Tickets are $40 for members, $45 for nonmembers, and $50 at the door.Season subscriptions to the full Main Stage Series include all four shows, complimentary drinks, special seating and Playbill recognition. In addition to The Second City show, the Main Stage Series presents Big Ray and the Kool Kats on March 14, Jessy Carolina and the Hot Mess on Jan. 18, and Alan Black and the Tryon Street Quartet on April 26. Blues and jazz: The Arts Council’s ninth annual Blues and Jazz Festival begins Oct. 3 in a new location. Biscuit Miller and The Mix perform at the historic McCelvey Center at 212 East Jefferson St. in York, 8-11 p.m. Tickets are $10.The Blues and Jazz Festival continues with a restaurant crawl in Old Town Rock Hill on Oct. 4, 7-11 p.m. Seven restaurants feature different musicians playing throughout the evening. Tickets are $10.The festival concludes with a free Blues and Jazz for Kids event on Oct. 5, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Community Performance Center in Rock Hill. Children can play with musical instruments, listen to music, create crafts, watch movies and dance. All activities are inspired by blues and jazz music. Winners of the coloring contest for kids ages 3-12 will be announced. Download the coloring page from the Arts Council website and submit by Sept. 20.“Our goal is to make art a part of everybody’s everyday life,” Cooper said.
Saturday, Sep. 14, 2013
Time to appreciate the arts in York County
Karin Janick is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Karin? Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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