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Lisa Dunlevy (Lisa Dunlevy, left) and her daughter Evan (Evan), discussing while waiting for the driving movie to be released in North Charleston's "The Bend" on May 17 The "grease" trivia. During the COVID-19 pandemic, pop-up movie theaters appeared in the Charleston area. File/Gavin McIntyre/Staff

Charleston Music Hall must shift from packaging houses to more creative ways to share music. File/Andrew J. Whitaker/Staff

Chamber Music Charleston will broadcast live concerts. Chamber Music Charleston / Provided 

South Carolina artist Ment Nelson shared a new portrait of Anderson native Chadwick Boseman (Chadwick Boseman) on social media. provide 

Chris Dodson and Jonathan'Mookie' Morant, who returned from MAC, performed in the front yard of Charleston. Neighbors gathered on the lawn for a one-hour concert. Andrew J. Whitaker/Staff

A mural in the center of Spartanburg involves 16 artists and reproduces the message of "dark life problems" on the street. provide 

Dave Curry produced the South Carolina hip-hop chorus album "Amethyst" and also worked on a solo project this year. Jordan Tarrant / Provided

I don't know how to sugar. This is a disastrous year for the arts and entertainment industry, which relies on live events and live audiences to make a difference.

With the cancellation of festivals, the closure of movie theaters and concert arrangements, millions have been affected. These people are not just performers and movie stars, but all those who work in the support infrastructure. 

Although most venues in Charleston are still wandering around, the same cannot be said in independent concert halls across the country. Almost 100 companies closed their doors,


Locally, due to universal decisions made by the rich and other major companies, movie theaters have occupied most of the year. The film industry is

With the postponement of film releases and the closure of global cinemas.

Overall, the entertainment industry will lose 160 billion U.S. dollars in the next five years.

. This is not a number anyone would suspect, but there are other plans for COVID-19.

However, the good news is that just as other industries have found a hub for innovation during this difficult time, so too has the entertainment industry. If anything, this is even more so, because its staff are full of creativity. 

The same is true for Charleston, where it is not all doom and depression. Although organizations and institutions have been trying to keep in touch, they did not give up hope, but sought solutions to the huge problems before them. 

With the help of the government, art fell into a difficult and difficult situation and successfully repainted its own scene. The rock turned into a balloon, and the hard place got farther and farther, looking down from below.

Charleston Concert Hall moved to The Bend for outdoor performances, and Terrace Theatre started its own self-driving theater. Pure Theatre’s stage performances were almost virtual, and the Gibbes Museum held the first online art auction. 

For a long time, in the social justice movement that swept through this summer triggered by the "Black Lives Matter" protest, art organizations have been vocalizing and providing relevant information to people of color to share relevant information. 

I take this time to review this year’s efforts, focus and focus, and hope to restore some normalcy within the new year.

Here are 25 art stories (in chronological order) written by art critic Maura Hogan and me, highlighting this year’s historic moments from a local perspective. 

When the whole thing started in March, it was incredible, and due to the uncertainty and shock at the time, the first stories I wrote about the impact of the coronavirus on local entertainers were some of the most influential stories. Social distancing quickly threatens industries that depend on people gathering. 

Livestreaming is the least favorite place for some fans to live concerts this year, and it may last for many years in the music industry. 

You’ve heard of random acts of kindness, but the local creatives’ response to the epidemic is random artistry. Faced with the beginning of the lock-up period, artists and art lovers continue to sing, write poems, draw masterpieces and find audiences. 

Remember dear readers, when will you have the opportunity to contribute to our webpage? It was an excellent time this year, and the artwork produced was even more wonderful than expected. Thank you for bringing me some happiness through this project this year!

In a period when galleries cannot share artistic experience, virtual promises provide a way for artists and art lovers to connect. The hashtag #ArtistSupportPledge spread on social media started to cause donation chain reactions among artists. 

After closing in spring, the lighting display at Brookgreen Gardens provides an outdoor art showcase for those who are eager to browse the gallery walls again and consider the works in it. In the outdoor garden, Bruce Munro illuminates the sun in dark hours. 

When the pandemic began, bars and restaurants were still closed, and various backyard rock shows, roadside concerts, neighborhood acoustic installations and even saxophone soloists by the dock appeared. They shared some cheers when it was very difficult and used Venmo techniques to make some musicians "employed". 

Driving into the movie has become one of the most creative hubs in the pandemic. Those who desire safe entertainment flock to the outdoor theater to grasp the somewhat interesting time they might find this year. This may just be a hub.

In June, the South Carolina College of Humanities and Sciences provided $482,000 in emergency relief funds to 99 cultural organizations across the state (including 8 cultural organizations in Charleston). But that is all the government help they will get for the rest of the year. 

Over the years, protests have emerged in the arts, and this year is no different. Fifteen black South Carolina artists depicted their struggle with the state’s slavery history and its ripple effects, and discussed how their art became part of the movement for black life issues and became a catalyst for change. 

In the process of increasing emphasis on rethinking our own lives and standard operating procedures in the government, Maura looked at new works by local artists and revisited the archives to win deeper resonance. She wrote: "Now is a good time to listen to your Charleston artists." "Here are some things for the new paradigm." 

Although not recorded during the pandemic, an album was created in South Carolina this summer. "Amethyst" brings together more than 40 local rappers and producers, demonstrating that the state has strong and talented hip-hop music. The second iteration of the project has just been recorded this month and is expected to appear in the new year.

In a season when the traditional indoor stage is not open to the public, outdoor concerts have always been the main music highlight. Among local popular music such as Pour House, Windjammer and Charleston Concert Hall, what keeps pace with the times is their concerts at The Bend, which attracts hundreds of happy customers. These have become the "new normal". 

Charleston music venues and bands gathered in a bill introduced by the US Senate that would provide federal financial assistance to independent venues during the coronavirus pandemic. The bill has been included in the second round of stimulus plan to achieve a huge victory, it will allocate 15 billion US dollars to venues, independent cinemas and cultural institutions.

This was great news when Charleston lost the tourism boom brought about by the Spoleto Music Festival. However, the organization found a way to still establish a virtual connection with the audience and bring hope to the return in 2021. 

Even if they cannot play music live, local musicians continue to create music this year. In August, I compiled some 2020 coronavirus era albums, and you may be able to start popular in 2021. 

Public art can be framed by artists and viewed from a distance. At the same time, it is very suitable for promoting dialogue. In short, public art does not coincide with the dual issues of epidemics and social considerations. 

When Anderson's native Chadwick Boseman died of colon cancer this year, it left a big hole in the entertainment industry and the Marvel universe. "Black Panther" has disappeared, but his legacy began in South Carolina at the moment, and it can certainly continue to exist. 

During the pandemic, live comedy has become a trend, and the local theater company behind Rip City is not excluded. Experimental programs transitioned from impromptu performances to pre-recorded video clips, while reviews were broadcast live in the old-fashioned MTV style variety show. 

Their box office sales forecasts of the year were cruel, and rehearsing and attracting audiences were headaches, but this did not mean that Pure Theatre gave up hope. The Charleston Theatre Company is proud of its outstanding performances and superb exploration of modern drama works, and announced its 18th season, which includes virtual dramas, with amazing flexibility. 

The hope of this free outdoor opera concert is to give the community something while also showing the resonance of an art form traditionally called the elite. On the wool and camping chairs, onlookers watched the performance, which they usually watch while wearing high heels in a balcony box. 

In an unprecedented period of time on our planet, it has always been auspicious for some local musicians holding new discoveries to find sparks, but for other musicians who are struggling to find inspiration amidst anxiety and uncertainty. Is a challenge. This story reveals the different songwriting and recording journeys of some local artists this year. 

In this election year, although there was no traditional stage platform, local musicians did not give up their voices. Instead, many companies turned to support virtual performances and other prominent figures in the music industry to support the national voting plan. 

The artists and craftsmen of Charleston helped us realize the much-needed moment of Zen this year in the chaos. When we need to deal with the harsh sounds of the week, local musicians will provide some soothing sounds. When we need a meditation interlude, there is a problem with Charleston as the theme. Thank you for keeping us sensible. 

In November, I went to the local venue to check to see where they were after a wild year. This is the resulting story, which not only shows the financial issues, but also shows the flexibility and creativity of the music industry. 


At 843-371-4469. Follow her on Twitter @sound_wavves.

Kalyn Oyer is a native of Charleston, engaged in the art and entertainment of "Postal" and food and entertainment activities. She is a photographer for music festivals and concerts, and has written articles about music for the Charleston City News and other publications.

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