Karen Ann Myers.

ImageI got a chance to interview one of my favorite Charleston artists in her home studio last week. Karen Ann Myers is known for her intimate paintings of women in their bedrooms (though actually, they’re in Karen’s bedroom). A bit about her process:

In the right-brain-dominated art world, she’s a bit of an anomaly. The self-professed control freak doesn’t like to draw. Instead, she meticulously plans out every piece on her computer, pulling from a digital archive of photographs and images she’s collected over the years. “Every time I start a painting, I look through my collection of photographs that I have taken of rugs, photographs of bedding, wherever,” she says, pointing out a chair in one painting that she spotted in an Athens hotel room. “That’s my version of a sketchbook … I’m the weird person in a restaurant saying, oooh, this chair’s really awesome, and getting up and photographing it from an aerial perspective.”

Here’s a link to the full article.

Comedy Festing.

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The tenth annual Charleston Comedy Festival hit town earlier this month, and I was in charge of putting together the paper’s official guide to the four-day event. It’s always fun chatting with comedians who could very well be famous very soon (if they’re not already) — over the past few years we’ve seen Aziz Ansari, Todd Barry, Nick Kroll, Michael Ian Black, SNL‘s Tim Robinson, and Max and Penny from Happy Endings (Adam Pally and Casey Wilson), just to name a few. Managing the guide takes a lot of work, but it’s worth it when the reward is four days of funny.

Here’s an article I wrote on some of the visiting acts, and a link to the full guide.

Tig Nation.

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Tig Notaro is a seriously inspirational woman. Last year the comedian lost her mother, went through a terrible breakup, and was diagnosed with breast cancer — but rather than let it all bring her down, she worked to find the humor in her misery. Back in October, she talked about her experiences on This American Life, and earlier this month, Vanity Fair did a great feature on her.

I interviewed Tig in 2011, before her life took its dramatic turn. You can read the article here.