CMH & Charleston Arts Festival Presents:
Maura Hogan, Nicholas Rehberg, Kanika Moore, Farrah Hoffmire, Venita Aspen, Harlan Greene, Lindsay Holler, Becky Burke, Xan Mclaughlin, Emcee: Joel Sadler
37 John Street
Charleston, South Carolina, 29403
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 7:00 PM
Maura Hogan is an arts and culture writer, and contributing theater editor for Charleston City Paper. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Gourmet, Garden & Gun, among others, as well as in many Charleston publications. She is director of advancement communications at the College of Charleston.
Maura has also worked in staff positions in the creative services and marketing departments of The New Yorker, as a promotion director, as well as The New York Times, Vanity Fair, and Gourmet and has also worked on fundraising events at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Brooklyn Philharmonic.
Raised in Charleston, Maura pretty much cut her teeth on the Spoleto Festival USA, and was in the children’s choir of its first opera, The Queen of Spades. A month after she received her College of Charleston diploma, she high-tailed it to New York City, vowing to never return. She then spent the next few decades trying to get back to Charleston. Five years ago, that finally happened, and she is eternally grateful.
Nicholas Rehberg is an architect whose life path has been anything but linear. Growing up in the carpet capital of the world, Dalton, GA, his undergraduate studies took him to the famously hot city of Columbia, SC, with brief interludes in Louisiana and Sweden. From there, he would hold myriad titles including chemical engineer, ski lift attendant, high school teacher, swim coach, math coach, and mentor. These varied experiences provided the foundation for the career that he loves today: architecture.
After cutting his teeth as an architect for 8 years in New York City, Nicholas is happy be in Charleston working on smaller scale projects and immersing himself into the creative community. His approach to design is measured; with a knowledge of the past, but always looking to the future.
Born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina, Kanika “Kay Kay” Moore was raised with a large family deeply rooted in music appreciation and music education. It was there that she started singing at the family's church in the youth choir and from there she learned the foundation of her gift. Over the years through grade school and college, Kanika discovered that music was not only a part of her heritage, but an opening into the world of musicians.
In 2011, Kanika Moore entered the theater program at the University of South Carolina and from there started her journey as a singer/songwriter with her first duo, Major to Minor. Working her way through community theater and with East Coast entertainment, she found strength to work as a full-time student, a recognized community theater actress, a vocal instructor, and a working musician/vocalist. In 2015, Her work as a musician expanded her work back to her hometown.
From there, Kanika has worked with The Charleston Jazz Orchestra, Emerald Empire, Gino Castillo, featuring strings and salsa, and several other established groups/musicians in the local Charleston area. Her versatility has allowed her to work with several bands that cover many genres including gospel, classic rock, funk, soul, jazz and more. Her myriad talents have also opened doors to traveling as far as Spain and Italy with international musicians.
Since the return to her hometown, Kanika has started her own musical projects with Terraphonics, The Motown Throwdown, Soul Funk Review, Doom Flamingo, Black Noize and more, continuing to be explored.
Farrah Hoffmire has been a creative entrepreneur since the start of her career in the early 2000's. The path has been wide and varied from teaching yoga, working as a visual artist & documentary filmmaker, and running a local goat cheese business. It was while volunteering teaching yoga to a group of adults with special needs that Farrah learned about the challenges this population and their families face after they graduate from high school. Farrah had fallen in love with these exceptional adults and knew this was the place to contribute her time and skills. She started HEART Artist Guild & Theatre Company in 2014 to fill a void in creative, stimulating, and community engaged services for adults with special needs.
Farrah's vision with HEART is to build strong community support for adults with special needs who want to develop and identify as artists, build a strong team of HEART Mentors, a financially sustainable infrastructure, and produce engaging and inclusive community art events. HEART strives to become a creative center for people of all abilities where Charleston residents and visitors want to visit, volunteer, collaborate, and contribute. www.heartsc.org
she is a charleston native. her journey has afforded her hands-on experience in the fashion, modeling and creative sectors. she believes that there should be a seat at the table for all individuals who are looking to make a positive impact and she has no problem creating that seat for herself or others. her open-minded approach to life has allowed her a vast array of experiences, while her infectious personality has won her many friends and connections in the charleston area and beyond.
she is venita aspen.
Harlan Greene is a native of Charleston and a graduate of the College of Charleston; he is an award winning novelist and archivist and author of books, essays and articles on a variety of topics. He has served as Assistant Director of the SC Historical Society, Director of the NC Preservation Consortium, Director of Reference Services at the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture at the College of Charleston and Head of Special Collections at the College's Addlestone Library. He is now Scholar-in-Residence there, where part of his duties involve a grant funded initiative to document LGBTQ life in the lowcountry. He is also a board member of Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim and the Preservation Society of Charleston and is chair of the city of Charleston's Commission on History.
Lindsay Holler sings and plays guitar. her voice moves onto the sidewalk through a cracked upstairs window on dusky afternoons. it smells you with its tongue, pensively considers, and strikes. In clubs and theatres … its the same. On some occasions it caresses; other times accuses. When amplified it can be seen on the air … then we all drown.
Holler lives in Charleston, South Carolina. She is a singer/songwriter and concert producer. She hails the South as home and has lived in New Orleans and New York; she studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston. The music’s current state of evolution is supported by a little twang and a little late-night clarity.
Holler cites influences from the likes of Tom Waits, Gram Parsons, Nina Simone and Neil Young - preferring genre straddlers, categorical misfits and indefinables.
Photo by Badjon Photography
Becky Burke is an attorney by trade with a passion for educating others about her local foodshed in Charleston, South Carolina. She is an adjunct hospitality law professor at the Culinary Institute of Charleston, serves as Regional Governor for Slow Food South Carolina and is Executive Director of a non profit hospitality staffing agency called Bread + Butter. Becky’s practiced law, ran a food truck that was consistently ranked Charleston’s best, worked for some of the country’s best chefs and spent a year in AmeriCorps working on food justice issues in North Charleston. She is a graduate of the College of Charleston and Vermont Law School where she earned her J.D. and Masters in Environmental Law & Policy cum laude. In her free time, she practices yoga, listens to as much live music as possible and spends time outdoors with her rescue dog, Murphy.
A native of Virginia Beach, VA, Xan attended James Madison University, while working his way through school with multiple restaurant jobs and encouragement from his parents, who are both veterans of the culinary industry.
Upon graduation from James Madison University in 2004, Xan accepted a corporate job but quickly decided it was not for him, so he set off for the bright lights of Las Vegas. He spent several years learning the intricacies of the fast-paced bar business with jobs at Casino Monte Lago as a bartender and bar manager. He then moved on to Reflection Bay Resort as bar manager for three years where he managed the bar for celebrity fundraisers, concerts, and the resort’s private yacht.
On his journey back east in 2007, he took a detour through Charleston, SC, fell in love with the coastal city, and decided to make it his new home. He first helped open Chai’s Lounge on Upper King Street, then served as manager of its sister restaurant, Basil, until 2011. He also worked as bartender at other popular Charleston restaurants, Fig and The Ordinary.
In 2013, Xan heard about a new project that veteran restaurateur Karalee Fallert was developing on the upper peninsula of Charleston. Realizing he was ready to take a leap of faith, he joined forces with her as operating partner of The Park Cafe. Together, they opened the doors in February 2014 and have since established the neighborhood cafe as one of the most beloved restaurants in town.
In early 2018, Xan took on the role of beverage director for Karalee’s other restaurants: Taco Boy(s) and the forthcoming Wiki Wiki Sandbar on Folly Beach. He is also in the process of launching a charity he conceptualized called Bread & Butter whose mission will be to offer at-risk students in Charleston a culinary arts program and then place them in a local restaurant kitchen.
Emcee: Joel Sadler
The following is all *technically* true of Joel: Charleston resident, collegiate All-American, international soccer player, competitive speed skater, medaled economic and cultural ambassador to China, radio co-host, business consultant, technology commentator, illustrator, writer, speaker, musician, clothing designer, galleried artist, multi-discipline entrepreneur, early stage investor, ESL teacher, cartographer, skateboarder, photographer, and firm believer that nothing is cooler than having fun.
Joel and his fiancee Allyson Sutton are currently launching Sightsee, a retail shop + coffee counter.
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