Though built only in 2011, the nonprofit Redux Contemporary Art Center’s new 12,000-square-foot facility stays bustling all year, hosting six to eight free exhibitions in two galleries. After taking in the artwork, visitors can attend numerous free events, such as artist talks, film screenings, panels, and concerts. More than 100 classes foster artistic inclinations throughout the year as local qualified instructors help students master disciplines such as painting, drawing, and printmaking.
Redux's galleries stay full thanks in part to its 22 private artist studios, which accommodate emerging and mid-career artists with up to 240 square feet of creative space. Twenty-four-hour studio passes grant access to Redux’s darkroom, print studio, and woodshop. To encourage a sense of community, artists can participate in quarterly critiques, attend visiting-artist lectures, and debate their studio neighbors on artistic controversies such as whether Michelangelo’s David is as good as the earlier one he sculpted from Play-Doh.
Nightmare on the Harbor immerses Halloween partygoers in a wild night of music, costumes, and rug cutting. DJ SkyBlu from chart-topping electropop group LMFAO will jump-start festivities with high-energy beats while Shwayze & Cisco set bodies moving with beach-appropriate rhymes. Charleston-bred electronic masterminds Klipart add their euphonic talents to the evening's brew, combining live-mixed tunes with mind-bending visual effects. A Halloween costume contest offers a $1,000 prize, perfect for offsetting costume costs or paying off costume-contest judges.
Escape Oxygen Bar breathes energy into Greenville with a bar that bestows all the luxuriant necessities of life: crisp air, mirthful meals, adult nectar, a dimly lit dance floor, and aromatic inhalables. An oxygen bar treatment ($5) enhances atmospheric ambience by blushing lungs with fragrant air, stimulating the mind until it can solve crossword puzzles written in Pig Latin. Tip back a top-shelf cocktail ($5) and dip low on the laser-lit dance floor, or win back your detachable third hand on one of two vast pool tables. The hookah bar ($5 per person) soothes smokers with an exotic inhalant that preps parched palates for socially agreeable dishes such as chicken wings ($5.50) or cheese fries ($4). The value of this Groupon cannot be used toward cover charges.
Famulari's Pizzeria doesn’t play favorites when it comes to tossing dough and slathering on sauce. The eatery instead lets diners choose between New York–style and Chicago-style crusts, both of which are made by hand and can be topped with the same gourmet ingredients. Crowned one of Charleston City Paper's staff picks, Famulari's deep-dish measures about three inches high and “ooz[es] with meat and cheese.” To enhance pizzas, diners can choose from a library of meats and veggies, eight different cheeses, and eleven sauces, including Thai peanut, hot sauce, and secret-recipe red. Guests can also nosh on pasta and sandwiches.
The velvety, almost liquid-like sounds of brass instruments flood The Jazz Corner. Tinkling pianos, playful clarinets, and wailing guitars can also be heard forming everything from swing and bebop to Dixieland and Rhythm & Blues. The jazz club keeps its lineup of musicians fresh and has hosted the extraordinary talents of George Shearing, Freddie Cole, and Bucky Pizzarelli. These eclectic sounds are one reason The Jazz Corner was named one of the top 150 great jazz rooms in the world by Down Beat. The other reason is the restaurant's fine-dining menu, which features artisanal dishes of bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin, marmalade duck breast, and she-crab soup. Bartenders up the ante with jazz-themed cocktails, including Count Basie's Cosmo with Chambord-flavored vodka.