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Six one-of-a-kind bras, part of the BRA Project of the Lowcountry, will go on exhibit to help raise breast cancer awareness and donations for DragonBoat Beaufort, which provides grants to help area cancer survivors and their caregivers. The exhibit is presented and hosted by Pinnacle Plastic Surgery, the practice of Dr. Audrey A. Klenke. Twelve students from Savannah Arts Academy and Hilton Head Island High School submitted their designs for the competition and six finalists will be in the traveling exhibit. The bras will be on display at Tanger Outlets Oct. 4-8; Belk of Hilton Head Oct. 9-15; Pinnacle Plastic Surgery Oct. 16-20; Hilton Head Hospital Oct. 21-26; and at Hilton Head Hospital’s Bluffton Medical Campus Oct. 27-31. The eight bra designs pictured by students from Hilton Head Island High School are: (front row, from left) Roses of Hope by Olivia Waters, Good Vibrations by Tyler Huston, Beautiful Inside and Out by Madison Gregory, Super Bra by Kaitlin Cooke; (middle) Perfectly Pointed by Abigail Babcock; (back row) Intersellar by Edwin Campos, The Wonder Bra by Juliana Rosenberry, True Colors by Ivana Reyna.
Local theatre company Coastal Stage Productions returns to The Shed in Port Royal in October with the heart-warming and hilarious “The Dixie Swim Club,” a Southern comedy about friendships that last forever. The story shares the lives of five unique women whose friendship began many years ago on their college swim team. Every August since graduation, they rekindle their relationships in a cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. The play looks in on four of those weekends over a period of 33 years as the women catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives. The interaction between these five women is often hilarious and touching. The cast of local talent includes Rebecca Bass, Donna Capps, Toye Hickman, Kelley Gray and Mimi Molina. Each of these actors portrays a delightful Southern character. Performance dates are Oct. 20 and 21 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. at The Shed, 809 Paris Ave. in Port Royal. Tickets are $20 each. And a catered dinner theater option is available Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. Cost is $48, which includes dinner and the show. RSVP by Oct. 18. To purchase tickets, visit www.dixie or call 843-717-2175.
Crescendo, an inaugural month-long celebration of the arts, culture and history of the Lowcountry, will be held throughout October, in honor of National Arts and Humanities month. Sponsored by the Arts & Cultural Council of Hilton Head, the event is intended to showcase the “heart and soul of the Lowcountry” – the vast array of arts, culture and history organizations, individual artists, performers, and authors residing and working in the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton area. A concurrent objective is to honor the importance of arts and culture in America and in our local community. “This event is our first joint program venture as an organization since Bravo in 2006,” said ACCHH president Natalie Hefter. “We hope that everyone in the community, residents as well as visitors, will come out and support the incredible arts, culture and history organizations, working artists and high-quality arts programs we have in Hilton Head and Bluffton.” Patrons of all ages are invited to help celebrate this important month-long event by attending or participating in any of the myriad of outstanding and engaging cultural programs offered, many free or reasonably priced, and highlighted at, the ACCHH website’s calendar. Activities, performances, festivals and the like are listed on the site in categories of Things to View, Things to Learn, and Things to Do. New events include Pop Up Poetry, a sort of flash mob of writers who show up unexpectedly in crowds; and a residency by Hilton Head artist Mira Scott at Bluffton’s Boundary Street Cultural Arts Center. The calendar also lists events beyond October’s Crescendo celebration. More than 50 unique arts and cultural programs, concerts, theatrical productions, museum and gallery exhibits, lectures, poetry readings, dance performances, historical tours, hands-on arts experiences, and educational offerings in October are estimated to attract more than 10,000 people from all over the United States, Canada and parts of Europe. The Arts & Cultural Council of Hilton Head coordinates, promotes, communicates and showcases arts and cultural organizations and businesses in the Hilton Head area for the purpose of creating an arts destination, enriching the quality of life, and speaking with one voice on cultural issues. Membership is open to non-profits and for-profit entities in Southern Beaufort County that support the mission of the ACCHH. Currently, 35 arts, cultural and history organizations as well as individual artists in the Hilton Head-Bluffton area make up the diverse membership. For more information about membership, or contact Hefter at or 843-689-6767, x 225.
Color Purple With the unwelcome arrival of Hurricane Irma’s effects in the Lowcountry, the cast of 15 for the Arts Center’s season opener, “The Color Purple,” were rerouted to New York City – which most of them call home anyway. “The Color Purple,” named Best Revival in the 2016 Tony Awards, played its final performance on Broadway Jan. 8 this year. The critically acclaimed and audience-beloved revival opened Dec. 10, 2015, starring Cynthia Erivo, who won the Tony for Best Actress in a Musical. Now this uplifting show is making its South Carolina premiere at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, opening the theater’s 22nd season and running Oct. 4-22. Based on Alice Walker‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same title, “The Color Purple” explores 40 years in the life of a family in rural Georgia. At its center is 14-year-old Celie, who is forced by her overbearing father to marry a farmer. Although she is separated from all that she loves, Celie ultimately conquers the odds to find her voice and her strength. The Arts Center production’s creative team includes direction by New York City’s Evan Pappas, musical direction by Michael Bagby, and choreography by Todd Underwood. Tickets for previews Oct. 4-5 are $42 for adults, $29 for children 5-15; tickets for regular performances Oct. 6-22 are $52 for adults, $39 for children. Purchase at or 843-842-2787.

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