THEATER: Living Gallery: The Savior’s Call
April 13-14, 4:30 p.m., 8 p.m.; April 15, 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 8 p.m.
Rodeheaver Auditorium, Bob Jones University
864-770-1372 / www.livinggallery.bju.edu
Classic sacred art will come to life at Bob Jones University on April 13-15. The Living Gallery, which has become a popular Upstate Easter tradition, mixes music and drama with art. Live models take the place of human figures in life-sized re-creations of Biblical-themed paintings and sculptures. Through the use of costumes, makeup, and lighting techniques, the reproductions and human models look truly like two-dimensional paintings and three-dimensional sculptures. “Creative elements in the artwork, music, and script will provide a unique interpretation of what BJU has been doing for two decades,” said this year’s director, Dr. Paul Radford. This year’s Living Gallery features Dr. Dan Forrest’s musical work “Requiem for the Living.”
LECTURE: The Recent Turmoil in Turkey and the Freedom of the Press
Tuesday, April 4, 7 p.m.
Hughes Main Library, 25 Heritage Green Place
864-631-2188 / upstateinternational.org
In America, a free press is protected by the Constitution. In Turkey, it’s now apparently a crime. Turkish newspaper executive Abdülhamit Bilici, who was recently exiled for his political opinions, hopes to warn those who take free speech for granted. “I am a victim and witness of a political process in which democracy has been hijacked by a populist leader. It is important to draw some lessons from the Turkish experience for all democracies,” said Bilici, who served as editor-in-chief of the largest daily newspaper in Turkey. According to Bilici, the political crisis in Turkey is one to watch. “It is the only Muslim nation in NATO and an important ally of the U.S. It is a neighbor to Russia, Iran, Syria, Iraq, all of which are important crisis centers for the whole world, especially for America.” The event is hosted by the Atlantic Institute of South Carolina and the World Affairs Council Upstate.
VISUAL ARTS: “Absence: An Exhibition” by Katie Fenske and Rachel Rinker
Artist Reception: Friday, April 7, 6–9 p.m. / Exhibition: Thursday–Sunday until May 7, 1–5 p.m.
Greenville Technical College Riverworks Gallery, 300 River St., Suite 202
864-271-0679 / www.gvltec.edu/dva
Greenville Technical College Riverworks Gallery’s latest exhibition, “Absence,” features photographer Katie Fenske and painter Rachel Rinker, who both approach the titular subject matter quite differently. For Fenske, that absence is felt in her photographs of homes, images that are devoid of people. “A home’s exterior is giving us a glimpse into its resident’s character while hinting at the struggles that built it,” she said. Rinker’s paintings are based on photo sketches she makes at gatherings of family and friends. They include people, but the figures appear to be unraveling as they leave the event to disappear into their individual lives. “Absence does not exist without the concept of presence, and humans feel something from both as they exist in our lives,” Rinker said. “Absence itself hints that something is lacking, and to me it also incorporates the unknown. We can never truly be sure what is lacking because it is innately missing.”
HOLIDAY: Community Easter Egg Drop
April 8, 12–4 p.m.
Sunset Park, 204 Fowler Circle
It’s a bird. It’s a plane. Close — It’s actually a helicopter dropping thousands of Easter eggs filled with treats onto a field. The popular Community Easter Egg Drop returns to Sunset Park on Saturday afternoon, where children ages 1–12 — divided into age groups — will have a chance to collect eggs that fall from the sky. Following the main event, there will be games, face painting, music, inflatables, food, and other family-friendly fun. Arriving early is recommended, as this event draws a large crowd.
COMEDY: Doug Stanhope
Thursday, April 13, 8 p.m.
Ground Zero, 3052 Howard St., Spartanburg
864-948-1661 / bit.ly/ground-zero-spartanburg
“America may be the best country, but that’s like being the prettiest Denny’s waitress,” said comedian Doug Stanhope in his comedy special “Word of Mouth.” “Just because you’re the best doesn’t mean you’re good.” But to fully grasp Stanhope’s cynical comedic sensibility, it’s important to note that this was just a few months after 9/11, when fellow comedians Bill Maher and Gilbert Gottfried were widely criticized for comments that some felt were “too soon.” Thanks to nearly 30 years of standup appearances, TV, and movies, Stanhope has become a cult star. He has also been a frequent guest on “The Howard Stern Show” and a former co-host of Comedy Central’s “The Man Show,” and he made a memorable appearance on “Louie” as suicidal comic Eddie Mack. In 2006 and 2008, “Time-Out New York” even voted his live act the Best Comedy Performance of the Year, an accolade that may not be as good as being named the prettiest Denny’s waitress, but it’s close.