The winners of two of the state’s biggest arts-related awards will be celebrated this week.
The Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award recipients — storyteller and musician John Thomas Fowler of Boiling Springs and documentary film maker Stan Woodward of Greenville — will be honored by the state legislature upon the house chamber’s adjournment Thursday. Following the ceremony, there will be a reception at the Capstone House on USC’s campus. The folk heritage award, coordinated by the South Carolina Arts Commission and McKissick Museum, was established in 1987 to recognize lifetime achievement in the folk arts, and it was named for Harris, a staunch arts supporter.
Recipients of the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Award for the Arts recipients will also be honored Thursday at the statehouse. The award, established in 1972, is the highest honor in the arts. The 2013 class: Mary Whyte, Johns Island, individual artist; Ethel S. Brody, Columbia, individual artist; Mayo Mac Boggs, Spartanburg, arts in education; Charles Fox, Fox Music House, Charleston, business; City of Anderson, government; Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, Myrtle Beach, organization; Pearl Fryar, Bishopville, special award; John Asbury Zeigler Jr., Charleston, lifetime achievement.
The South Carolina Arts Gala will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at 701 Whaley. The gala will include and art auction and sale. Guests will include recipients of the 2013 Verner Awards, and the Verner recipients who are artists are included in the sale. Cocktail attire. 701 Whaley is at 701 Whaley St. $75, and proceeds benefit the South Carolina Arts Foundation.
For more, visit www.southcarolinaarts.com.
“Mullen 2009 – 2013” opens Thursday at 701 Center for Contemporary Art. The exhibition will present work by the Columbia artist Philip Mullen, who taught at USC from 1969-2000. He is one of the state’s most recognized and prolific artists. He has participated in group exhibitions at the Whitney Museum and Brooklyn Museum in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Art and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. His work is in the permanent collection at The Brooklyn Museum and Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., and the Denver Art Museum. The paintings in the exhibition include works that were in “Mullen 2009 – 2012,” an exhibition at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach that ended last week. In addition, the 701 CCA show will have paintings Mullen completed this year. There will be an opening reception from 7-9 p.m. Thursday for the exhibition that runs through June 16. Mullen will give a gallery talk at 2 p.m. May 26. 701 CCA is at 701 Whaley St. The reception is free for members, $5 for nonmembers; www.701cca.org
“By the Way, Meet Vera Stark,” a work by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage, opens Friday at Trustus Theatre. The production, directed by Dewey Scott-Wiley, Trustus’ artistic director, takes a look at Hollywood racial stereotypes in the ’30s through humor. It features film, as parts were recorded in a local Victorian home, and photography. Acted by Michelle Jacobs, Vera Stark is a black actress who wants to become a star. But when cast in the same Southern epic as her white female boss, the behind-the-camera action leads to Stark’s controversial legacy. In the second act, film buffs reflect on Stark’s rise in fame and fortune. The play runs through May 18. Showtimes: 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Trustus is at 520 Lady St. $15-$22; www.trustus.org or (803) 254-9732
The Greater Columbia Society for the Preservation of Soul’s record fair will be at noon today at Columbia Museum of Art. Even if you’re not a collector of vinyl releases, CDs and DVDs, the record fair, in its sixth year, is still one of the coolest gigs in the city. The museum is at Main and Hampton streets. Free; www.columbiamuseum.org
The finale of the CMA Chamber Music on Main, the series directed by cellist Edward Arron at the Columbia Museum of Art, will feature works by Beethoven, Janacek and Paganini. The concert is at 7 p.m. Tuesday. $30 for members, $40 for nonmembers and $5 for students
The South Carolina State Museum will host its first Cinco de Mayo celebration over two days. The family-friendly party is from 10:45 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. May 5. USC’s Suzuki Strings children’s performing group will play folk songs and other tunes, and there will be games, crafts and food. And yes, there will be a piñata. Also, you might learn why Cinco de Mayo is such a celebrated day. Hint: It has to do with Mexican history. The museum is at 301 Gervais St. Free with museum admission or membership; www.scmuseum.org
Marina Alexandra, a classical guitarist, will play traditional Spanish music as well as modern music from Eastern Europe at 7 tonight at Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church. The church is at 1000 B Avenue, West Columbia. Free; www.mttaborlutheran.org