Calendar Spotlights: “Over Here, Over There”, Yeah THAT Cure! and David Sedaris

Must-do events this week

Photo provided: Special Archives of Furman University

“Over Here, Over There: Greenville in the Great War”

Through May 31
Furman University Duke Library
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After the U.S. entered World War I, Greenvillians felt compelled to do their part. Local citizens and students at Furman University and the Greenville Woman’s College invested time, energy, and resources to the war effort domestically and overseas. The latest exhibit at Furman’s Duke Library looks at the war’s effect on Greenville and its mixed legacy of progress. “This exhibit explores Greenville’s contributions to World War I and the ways the war modernized the city of Greenville,” said Dr. Courtney Tollison of Furman’s history department and one of the exhibit’s curators. With the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I having taken place earlier this month, Tollison says, “This exhibit is especially timely.” Helen Mistler, a member of Furman’s Class of 2019, also helped curate the exhibit.

Yeah THAT Cure!

Saturday, April 22, 11 a.m.
Graham Plaza

Three years ago, Emily McSherry formed Cannabis Forward, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the medical uses of cannabis. The group was formed after she organized a rally to discuss the use of cannabis to treat autoimmune diseases, seizures, and PTSD, among other illnesses.

Even though the most recent cannabis-legalization bill introduced to the S.C. General Assembly has been tabled until next year, she’s pleased people are having the conversation and that 28 other states have some form of cannabis legalization on the books.

“The more people discover that the Legislature is talking about it, the more confident they feel discussing it out in the open,” McSherry says. “We’re seeing double, triple, quadruple the presence at our events, and a lot more people asking how they can get involved and where can they find a doctor that’s educated on the subject. People are gaining confidence in their ability to speak out, and that’s encouraging.”

This Saturday, Cannabis Forward will host their third annual Yeah THAT Cure! medical cannabis awareness event. There will be educational materials on hand about the different treatment uses for cannabis. The public is also encouraged to step up to the mic and share their own stories of how cannabis might be useful for their conditions, or how it already has been.

“We’re not looking to try to persuade anyone,” says McSherry, who’s expecting around 150 people to attend. “Our goal is to have people come together and voice their opinions on the need for access to medical cannabis. We do that in a public setting to encourage people to put aside the stigma that’s associated with cannabis use and be able to say, ‘I believe in this enough to share my support.’ Reducing the stigma starts right there.”

Photo by Hugh Hamrick

David Sedaris

Thursday, April 27, 7:30 p.m.
Peace Concert Hall, Peace Center
Tickets: $62

There’s something about David Sedaris’ voice, both on the page and in person. Although his sardonic wit and wry self-deprecating anecdotes comes across nicely in his bestselling collections, from 1994’s “Barrel Fever” to 2013’s “Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls,” they are given fresh life with his speaking voice — which he himself describes as having an “excitable tone and high, girlish pitch.” Although the genre of “comedic exaggerated memoirs of family life” goes back at least as far as James Thurber, Sedaris, who first caught America’s attention reading his comic semi-autobiographical essays on NPR, has expanded on it considerably. He is unflinching when broaching potentially cringe-worthy subjects like his own past drug abuse and compulsive tendencies, fitting in while living abroad, his highly eccentric family, and growing up gay in the suburban South. While his personal histories are not guaranteed to be 100 percent accurate, they remain viciously funny, keenly insightful, and often downright heartwarming.




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