“Life is short, Art endures.”

After a perfect storm of rising costs associated with the opening of the Chapman Center and flat revenues due to the recession, the Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg is back on track in its fund raising efforts. H. Perry Mixter, outgoing director of the partnership, said, “It wasn’t so much that fundraising slipped (that income […]

Art’s all in their family

Bending over backwards is something Rosa Eugene has had to work on all her life. As a girl, she had a habit of telling people the truth point-blank, never stopping to think whether the words coming out of her mouth would hurt the people to whom they were directed. Her mother told her she’d have […]

Centre Stage

About three weeks into her new job as executive and artistic director at Centre Stage, Glenda ManWaring started receiving phone calls from creditors. Then auditors told her they were considering issuing a going-concern opinion, a warning they are required to give when they have substantial doubt about whether a company or entity can survive for […]

Have music, will travel

Spartanburg’s musical heritage did not start or stop with the Marshall Tucker Band. While the band is arguably the headliner of the influential musical acts to come from Spartanburg, it is by far not the only one that has gone on to national or international prominence. “Spartanburg may have more musical talent per capita than […]

Portraits, moving

Dexter Goodwin remembers the sound of waves lapping up on a Long Island Sound beach that put him to sleep every night as a kid. He remembers the rocks, driftwood and barnacles that were a part of his growing up on Killams Point in Branford, Conn. There was the weathered one-lane bowling alley, the barn […]

Voices from Iran

Author Elizabeth Eslami never called herself Iranian-American prior to her debut novel, “Bone Worship,” which was released in January. Raised in Gaffney by her doctor father, originally from Tehran, and her American mother, a nurse-turned-homemaker, she often overlooked her Iranian background. Although not autobiographical, Eslami explores her roots along with her character, Jasmine Fahroodhi, who […]

So much drama

Broadway has a distinctive Greenville feel this fall. Three graduates from the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities have roles in plays showing on New York’s Broadway. Teyonah Parris and Nichole Beharie are appearing in John Guare’s “A Free Man of Color” with Emmy and Golden Globe winner Jeffrey Wright, while Liza […]

Arts and the app

With a record number of artists participating in this weekend’s Greenville Open Studios and two days in which to visit them, planning will be key for Piedmont’s Stacy Miller. And there’s an app to help her do that. Miller, an art lover who has lived in the Upstate just a few weeks, plans to visit […]

In harmony

Henry Gibson has never gotten the chance to sit in the audience during a Greenville Chorale concert. That’s because he has been performing with the Chorale since its inaugural season in 1961. Gibson had graduated from North Greenville Junior College and transferred to Furman University. Shortly after the fall term had begun, one of Gibson’s […]

This play is a scream, really

Converse College’s Palmetto Players want to cash in on the growing popularity of Halloween. They’ll run a haunted house in the Cleveland Alumni House, a house across the street from the campus entrance that was built in 1906 and was owned by some of Spartanburg’s most prominent families. But this won’t be your typical haunted […]

Snap it up

As a professional editorial and commercial photographer, Ian Curcio has access to some of the best photographic equipment on the market. Sometimes, though, he just uses the camera on his iPhone. No dials to turn. No settings to change. Just press the shutter button. “No working photographer would ever argue against the premise that the […]

It takes one to dance

Brandy White loved ballroom dancing. But there was one problem. Ballroom dancing takes two people and she didn’t have a partner as serious about it as she was. Then White discovered belly dancing. “As a solo artist, I could train for four hours while the husband was in the garage,” she said. Discovering belly dancing […]


When Leah Brown saw the email offering a space in downtown Fort Lauderdale, Fla. rent-free for somebody who had an idea for a business in the space, she got right to work.In 10 minutes, she threw together a business plan to turn the space into an art gallery. The landlord loved her idea – one […]

This season at the Chap

Setting the season lineup for the Chapman Cultural Center’s CenterStage is a balancing act. The schedule needs to have some crowd favorites that are sure to be slam dunks at the box office and acts that push the envelope and are outside the norm for the Spartanburg arts community. “We feel a strong obligation not […]

Betsy Cox to receive literary award

Elizabeth Cox doesn’t mind being called a Southern writer as long as it doesn’t limit her readership, she said in an interview published on identitytheory.com, an online literary Web site. Sometimes, she said, it even helps. “There is a strong backload of writers behind me that are very good,” Cox said in the interview. Count […]