CMH, Charleston Magazine, & Charleston Arts Festival Presents:
The Cocktail Bandits, Jonathan Boncek, Jen and Mike Kulick, Mark Sloan, Trace Bonner, Mike Quinn, Tom Bradford, Wolfgang Zimmerman, Emcee: Kelly Rae Smith
Wed · September 5, 2018
Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm
$12 - Advance | $14 - Day of Show
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The Charleston Music Hall is thrilled to be teaming up with Charleston Arts Festival to present PechaKucha 31 on Wednesday, September 5th at 7PM. PechaKucha, Japanese for “chit chat,” is a presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each (6 minutes and 40 seconds in total) keeping presentation concise, fast-paced, and powerful. Charleston Music Hall is proud to be the official venue and producer of PechaKucha Charleston. The Music Hall, with help from our collaborators and artist liaison Terry Fox, hopes to focus on developing a strong, interesting, and diverse presenter line up from an array of different artistic, creative, and entrepreneurial disciplines and encourage collaboration, communication, and support in Charleston’s creative community.
The Cocktail Bandits
Johnny Caldwell and Taneka Reaves, listed among Imbibe Magazine’s ‘75 People to Watch in 2018’ and named two of Charleston's 50 Most Progressive, are the dynamic duo known around the globe as the curly-haired Cocktail Bandits. These full-time Charleston Beverage Ambassadors met at the College of Charleston, and now, with their booming hospitality business and self-titled Cocktail Bandits blog, promote female empowerment through advocacy for the food and beverage community from a feminine, urban perspective.
The curly ladies, who talk cocktails daily, educate and entertain their growing blog audience through their own original cocktail recipes, by promoting the craftsmanship of other bar professionals and by sharing their experiences at foodie events all around the Holy City and beyond. Johnny and Taneka have hosted sold-out events at Charleston Food & Wine Festival, Atlanta Food & Wine Festival and Euphoria Greenville Food, Wine & Music Festival. As expert judges, The Cocktail Bandits have participated in the American Craft Spirit Competition, First Annual Fried Chicken Challenge, Charleston Fashion Week’s Top Cocktail Competition and more!
The duo have also been featured on Sirius XM Radio online, NBC BLK online, Metro UK online, Style Me Pretty Online, Cuisine Noir Magazine, Black Southern Belle Magazine, National PBS ‘Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking TV’, ESSENCE Magazine, Imbibe Magazine and several other regional publications. The Bandits have collaborated with brands like Red Bull, Avion Tequila, Saveur Magazine, Renaissance Hotel and Toyota to transform the way people think about beverages. Their highly anticipated book, ‘Holy Spirits! Charleston Culture Through Cocktails’ features original cocktail recipes, stories from local bartenders and entertaining tips from Reaves and Caldwell.
Jonathan has always been on the creative side of thinking. From drawing from comic books at a young age, to studying fine art photography at The University of Georgia, he always saw the possibility of creating what he wanted for his life, even if was in a photographic image. And life happens how to it supposed to. From being on the stages of ESPN photographing the World Series of Poker, to figuring out how to make a money renting out inflatable jump castles in Charleston after relocating from Californina in 2011, Jonathan knows that if we use our creativity to tackle our obstacles, that we can start to use our creativity to create what we want for our selves. The self titled ‘creative problem solver’ came out of six years of being the Charleston City Paper’s lone staff photographer. Pulling life and energy out of subjects with little to no information on the subjects within in a short time frame, led Jonathan to that moniker for himself. As one door closes, another one opens. Now Jonathan is on a new path of marketing with Marquee Social, a social media marketing company he started in 2016 to rep some of the City’s coolest eatery’s and night spots. All the while still figuring out who wants a jump castle or mechanical bull this weekend!
Jen and Mike Kulick
It all started with Jen’s illustrious college career! Every day, her and her friend Steve would meet at a little Pub with great beer and delicious sandwiches. It had a big Moose on the wall, which always seemed friendly and happy to see her. Some days the Moose would beg her not to go to class and to stay with him and drink just one more beer. (Ok, maybe 5 or 10 more beers) One day, Jen pulled up into the parking lot and saw nothing but firemen and fire trucks, as far as the eye can see. “What tragedy was this?” she panicked, fearing the worst. She was right - her precious pub had burned to the ground! She hung her head, weary with sadness, and never was to return to campus again. Although Jen’s college education was never going to come to fruition, she spent the rest of her life on her quest to make the perfect, cozy pub to drink her beloved, delicious beers in. Bartending one night, she met the other half of the equation. Mike came along with his Duck Club Sandwiches, his smoked brisket and a light bulb went off in Jen’s head. “If I marry this guy I can have his duck and eat it too!” The Tattooed Moose was born and the rest is history.
Mark Sloan has been the Director and Chief Curator of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston since 1994. The Halsey Institute is a multi-disciplinary, non-collecting contemporary arts museum, with an emphasis on featuring the work of emerging, mid-career, and oddly overlooked artists from around the world. In his thirty-four-year career, he has maintained a consistent engagement with photography. He curated No Man’s Land: Contemporary Photographers and Fragile Ecologies, featuring Edward Burtynsky, David Maisel, and Emmet Gowin. Sloan also organized Evon Streetman’s retrospective exhibition Black Boiled Coffee and the Cacophony of Frogs. He has curated several projects using archival photographs by unknown photographers, including the book Wild, Weird & Wonderful: The American Circus 1901-1927, as seen by F.W. Glasier, Photographer. Several of his exhibitions have traveled to institutions such as the High Museum in Atlanta, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and Presentation House in Vancouver. He has authored or co-authored sixteen books on subjects ranging from Russian conceptual art to visionary artist’s environments to photographs from the archive of cartoonist Robert Ripley. He is also an active photographic artist whose works have been exhibited internationally, including at the High Museum in Atlanta, the Grand Palais is Paris, the American Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., and the Harvard Museum of Natural History.
Trace “Sahaja” Bonner is the founder and director of Holy Cow Yoga Center here in Charleston, SC. She took a leap of faith by opening a Yoga studio back in April 1999 when Yoga was on the cusp of taking the world by storm, offering an opportunity for Charlestonians to explore this fascinating practice for body and mind. Although the intention behind opening this business…wasn’t “business,” but a place for her to teach solo. Today this business thrives and beats to its own intention of building community. With a background in special events and planning through a corporate job in Los Angeles, as well as early work in food and beverage, she had hopes of utilizing these skills to help nurture a welcoming environment. “Early on I realized that this place was not mine, and little to do with me. My job was only to be kind and to show up!” With the studio now entering its 19th year of being open, she is honored to have worked and continue to work with incredibly talented people that are integral to the studios success.
Connecticut-born saxophonist Mike Quinn is a soul musician with roots in jazz and rock. Coming of age professionally in the dynamic Charleston music scene, Quinn has found himself in nearly every musical situation imaginable, equally at ease in pop, latin, swing or r&b settings. He has established himself as an commanding performer marked by emotive, energy driven solos with unique ideas. In the hustle to build his musicianship and talents as a band leader and performer, Quinn has unwittingly helped develop the social and professional infrastructure of working musicians in the greater Charleston area. To put it simply, he is good at putting the right person in the right place.
Tom Bradford has held multiple leadership positions with the advocacy group Charleston Moves, and he co-founded (with Mike Messner) the Friends of the Lowcountry Low Line. He is a member of the steering committee for LowCountry Liveabilty Political Action Committee, and holds memberships in the Urban Land Institute, the League of American Bicyclists, Rails-to-Trails and the East Coast Greenway Alliance.
Tom’s career at CBS and CBS News spanned 25 years. For many years he produced news broadcasts, but he also served as Director of Recruitment and Deputy Foreign Editor before leading a team that created CBS News overnight broadcasts, laying the groundwork for the network’s online broadcasts of today. Having a lifelong passion for urban design, he has passionately pursued his interest in the connection between cycling and walking with good community planning.
Ryan "Wolfgang" Zimmerman will be premiering his new endeavor, Invisible Low End Power, at Charleston Arts Festival’s CONCOCTION.
Zimmerman has been Charleston’s premiere indie producer for the better part of the last decade, churning out successful records for prominent local acts Susto, Brave Baby (for whom Zimmerman also served as drummer/songwriter), Heyrocco and Grace Joyner, to name a few.
After years of operating out of the locally mythic "Space,” a converted storage unit in downtown Charleston, Zimmerman relocated to Rialto Row, a brand new studio and creative facility located outside of the city center. Since it's opening, he's spent 2018 producing for the next Band Of Horses LP as well as other national acts, The Futurebirds and Jump Little Children.
Emcee: Kelly Rae Smith
A PechaKucha-presenting veteran herself, Kelly Rae Smith has served the local scene as the Charleston City Paper music editor for over four years, interviewing personal heroes like Ringo Starr and Brian Wilson and bringing great, and often underserved, local artists to the forefront. After graduating from CofC, Kelly earned a journalism master's degree in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she also began a two-part career as both a music journalist and a vintage clothing seller. Back in Charleston as owner of Etsy shop Runaround Sue Vintage, Kelly founded the Holy City Vintage Market in 2016 as a way to unite, highlight, and grow the local sustainable fashion scene. Whether it's the tale behind a local musician or an old piece of clothing, Kelly is basically just obsessed with a good story.