Florence Symphony Orchestra Family

Florence Symphony Orchestra

Family Performance

Peter and the Wolf

Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center

Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 3pm

The Florence Symphony Orchestra will present the symphonic fairytale, “Peter and the Wolf” by Sergei Prokofiev, along with the “Toy Symphony” by Haydn on February 23 at 3 pm.

Post concert, children may visit an instrument “Petting Zoo” where they can get an up-close look at the different instruments of the symphony.

Tickets are on sale now at the FMU PAC ticket office for $10, general admission.

University Place Gallery | Closing Reception |Charlie Mils Solo Exhibition

Francis Marion University’s University Place Gallery in downtown Florence invites you to attend:
Charlie Mills – Painting Blind: Views For The Intuitive Eye
Closing Reception

After Forty-eight years of commercial design work, Charlie Mills now focuses his time on abstract painting. His interest in non-literal expression is fueled by his focus on accessing the intuitive mind or the subconscious. Mills’ large scale paintings express clearly defined shapes and edges, calligraphic shapes and pin-striping. They are a result of the artist finding a balance of the analytical and the intuitive.

Closing Reception
February 21st – 6:00-8:00pm

Event is free and open to the public

University Place Gallery  | 142 North Dargan Street

Florence Little Theatre | Fundraiser | CRAZY LOVE

Florence Little Theatre hosts

Crazy Love

Saturday, February 15 beginning at 6 PM



Join the Florence Little Theatre for a crazy karaoke contest to celebrate all of the people and things we LOVE. Participate in the karaoke contest for a chance to win $1,000!

The evening, hosted by WPDE’s Ed Piotrowski, will include food from local restaurants, drinks by Corkx Bartending, a silent auction with great items for all ages, and of course, the karaoke contest.

Tickets to the event are $50 per person. Entry to the karaoke contest is an additional $25 per person.

Tickets and entries to the contest on sale now.


“Tired of the same boring Valentine’s date? Us too.

Come enjoy singing, great food, cool auction items, good drinks, and fabulous company during our Crazy Love Karaoke night. Whether you want to compete or just want to eat and enjoy an evening of fun and laughter, Florence Little Theatre is the place to be on February 15! The evening is hosted by WPDE’s Ed Piotrowski with local celebrity judges for the contest.

Tickets $50 per person. Ages 21+

Entry into the contest is an additional $25 per person with a chance to win $1,000!”


Box Office Hours: 12:00 PM-5:00 PM

843-662-3731 ● 417 S. Dargan Street Florence, SC 29506 ● www.florencelittletheatre.org


Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation Library | Artist Talk by J. Renee Johnson

The Doctor N. Lee Morris Gallery of the Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation Library in Florence hosts:

Artist Talk by artist J. Renee Johnson

February 11, 2020 at 6:30pm

Exhibition of the Work by Artist J. Renee Johnson

Renee is internationally known for her reverse glass paintings, or Eglomise, depicting southern lifestyle themes, tropical design, and the life and times in New Orleans, pre- and post-Katrina. She enjoys painting images and scenes that promote thought on issues of social justice, history, and folklore. Her paintings have been in group exhibitions in New York City, NY; San Diego, CA; Charleston, SC; Washington, DC; and New Orleans, LA. She was featured in several patient exhibits at the United Nations Mocada Museum CCCADA Art Institutes in New York City and Brooklyn.

With maternal roots from Florence, S. C. and Marion, S. C., she graduated from Xavier University in 1989 with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts.  Like many, J’Renee was a Katrina evacuee who was forced to move around the country. She eventually settled in Columbia, South Carolina.

She will present an artist’s talk about her work on February 11, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. in the Joseph Stukes Meeting Room.  Her exhibit will run through March 15, 2020.


The Doctor N. Lee Morris Gallery is located on the second floor of the Drs. Bruce and Lee

Foundation Library at 509 S. Dargan Street in Florence.

For more information about library programs, visit www.florencelibrary.org


University Place Gallery | The Jasper Project presents The Supper Table

Francis Marion University’s Downtown Florence

University Place Gallery hosts

The Jasper Project presents The Supper Table

Special Limited Run Installation: February 11 – 18th

The Supper Table, an homage to the 40th anniversary of Judy Chicago’s 1979 epic feminist art exhibition, is a multidisciplinary arts project celebrating the history and contributions of 12 extraordinary South Carolina women and featuring the work of almost 60 of South Carolina’s most outstanding women artists in the visual, literary, theatrical, and film arts.

Imagine a 12′ x 12′ x 12′ triangular-shaped table set with SC-artist-created place-settings each inspired by one of 12 diverse women from SC history whose lives were dedicated to the betterment of humankind.

Around this table 120 tiles, each naming another great SC woman and decorated by a community member, hang on movable walls in an Array of Remarkable SC Women.

Now, listen to essays about each of these women written by SC writers and staged orations theatrically presented by SC theatre artists.
All of the artists are women, and all call South Carolina home.

Finally, watch 12 short films, each featuring one of the honored guests at the table and created by a SC filmmaker.

click here for more information about The Jasper Project 

University Place Gallery Hours

Tuesday-Thursday: 10:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-6:00pm

Friday: 10:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-7:00pm

Saturday: 10:00am-3:00pm

Sunday- Monday: Closed


Florence Symphony Orchestra and Francis Marion University

Francis Marion University celebrates its 50th Anniversary featuring Francis Marion University alumni and performances by the Florence Symphony Orchestra.

Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center

Monday, February 10, 2020 at 7:30pm


“Lincoln Portrait” Copland Narrated by 20019 FMU grad John Sweeney

“Three Sopranos” FMU Alumni Arthenius Jackson-2009, Bree Boyce Marsh-2015, Caroline Starling-2017

Symphony No. 7  Beethoven

Tickets may be purchased online, by calling the PAC Ticket Office at (843) 661-4444 or by stopping in at 201 South Dargan Street, Florence, SC.

Florence County Museum | Family Day

Florence County Museum | Family Day

Art Around the World

Saturday, February 8, 2020

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

From toddlers to grandparents, Family Days at the Florence County Museum are sure to offer something for everyone. Join us the second Saturday of each month from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm for Family Day at the FCM. No registration required. Free of charge.
Art Around the World
Ojo de Dios
Museum Lobby
Create an Ojo de Dios or “God’s Eye” in the style of the Huichol tribe of Mexico. Participants will weave a colorful Ojo de Dios using sticks and yarn.
African Masks
Art Studio
Create a mask inspired by West African ceremonial culture. Participants will decorate a basic mask form, adding bold colors and three-dimensional elements.
Koinobori Windsock
Multipurpose Room
Prepare for spring with a  traditional Japanese windsock, used to celebrate Children’s Day. Participants will create a colorful carp windsock for home display.

Francis Marion University Artist Series | Andrew Drannon

Francis Marion University Artist Series

Andrew Drannon, pianist and composer

Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center

Downtown Florence

Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 7:30pm

Andrew Drannon is a writer and composer based in New York. He hails from Memphis, Tennessee, where he worked as Professor of Music Technology and Composition at Rhodes College. He holds an MFA from NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program and was a composer fellow at the Bang on a Can Summer Festival. In 2018, he formed Awen Productions, an arts organization dedicated to innovative new work that helps people connect.

Tickets to the general public are $5, as space allows.

Tickets are available to FMU students, faculty, and staff at no charge upon showing an FMU ID.

FMU PAC Ticket Office at 201 South Dargan Street is open Monday through Friday, 12:00pm – 5:00pm, or by calling 843-661-4444.

Friends of Florence County Library System | Author Jeffrey Blount

Friends of Florence County Library System host:

Author Jeffrey Blount 

Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 6pm 

Drs Bruce and Lee Foundation Library

509 S Dargan Street, Florence, SC 29506

For more information go to www.florencelibrary.org or contact mwiser@florencelibrary.org or 843-413-7065


Jeffrey is the award-winning author of two novels — Almost Snow White, winner of the 2013 USA Best Book Awards, and Hating Heidi Foster, winner of the 2013 Readers Favorite Book Award for young adult literature.

He is also an Emmy award-winning television director and a 2016 inductee to the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame.  During a 34-year career at NBC News, Jeffrey directed a decade of Meet The Press, The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, The Chris Matthews Show and major special events.

Jeffrey is an accomplished public speaker, commenting on issues of race, social justice and writing. He was a contributor for HuffPost and has been published in The Washington Post, The Grio.com and other publications.  

He is also an award-winning documentary scriptwriter for films and interactives that are now on display in the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture.  the Newseum,  America I AM: The African American Imprint at the National Constitution Center, The Museum at Bethel Woods, at the site of the 1969 Woodstock Music and Arts Fair, and others.  These projects have won Cine Golden Eagle Awards, Muse Awards and a Thea Award.

Born and raised in Smithfield, Virginia, he now lives in Washington, DC. 

Book Synopsis:

Evan Walls has been married to his wife Izzy for years, yet she knows nothing about half of his life. That part of him he put away long ago and they have lived peacefully alongside the dead spot it has left in their love. However, the birth of their first child changes everything. Evan, fearful of a reincarnation of his childhood in the life of his new daughter, finally finds the courage to tell his wife. Desperate, he hopes that she can help him protect their child.


It is June 1968. The Civil Rights movement is winding down after the death of Martin Luther King, Jr. Negroes in the town of Canaan, Virginia have been used to acting the same, thinking the same and sharing in the unadulterated hatred of a common enemy. Evan is ten years old and, in the jargon of the times, young, gifted and black. In the presence of his parents and a summer porch gathering of their friends, he makes a startling declaration. From that moment on, the central question of his life is born. Is he black enough?


Evan has a dream that will turn the sleepy town of Canaan upside down, forcing him to walk the slippery and angry slope between blacks and whites. In time, his dream disintegrates a family, a marriage, countless friendships and a dramatic first love. Only his great-grandmother, Mama Jennie and mentor, Bojack, help him fight to keep his dream alive. And only Izzy can help him come to grips with what he learns from telling his traumatic life story.

Florence Little Theatre | DREAMGIRLS

Florence Little Theatre presents


Performances January 24-February 1, 2020

Tuesdays-Saturdays 7:30 PM ● Sundays 3:00 PM

No show on Monday


Book and Lyrics by Tom Eyen

Music by Henry Krieger


Florence Little Theatre presents DREAMGIRLS January 24-February 1, 2020.

This powerhouse musical was a Tony and Grammy Award-winning hit on Broadway that became a Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning film sensation! Dreamgirls celebrates the advent of R&B in the 1960s with a Motown-inspired score, dynamic performances, and a moving look behind-the-scenes of the entertainment business. Experience all the onstage joy and backstage drama as an up-and-coming girl group learns hard lessons about love, trust, and what it takes to get to the top. Meet The Dreams – Effie, Lorelle, and Deena – three talented young singers in the turbulent 1960s, a revolutionary time in American music history. With an extraordinary story and unforgettable, spine-tingling vocals, this spectacular musical production soars with the classic songs, “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going”, “I Am Changing”, “Listen”, and “One Night Only.”

Dreamgirls is underwritten by Habitat 2000 and ACS Technologies, directed by Cole Davis with musical direction by Jordan Jefferson. Choreography by Brittany Miles. The cast features The Dreams– Jerinda Davis as Effie, Amesha McElveen as Deena, and Estelle Hyman as Lorelle and an extraordinary ensemble!

Dreamgirls runs January 24-February 1, 2020 with performances Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 PM and Sunday at 3:00 PM. There is no show on Monday. Tickets are reserved seating $30 for adults, $25 for seniors and $18 for students and children under 18. Group rates are available for 12 or more. Tickets may be purchased by phone, in person at the FLT Box Office located in Downtown Florence on Dargan Street, or online at http://www.florencelittletheatre.org/

Dreamgirls is recommended for ages 12+ (some adult language). Length 2 hours.

Box Office Hours: 12:00 PM-5:00 PM

843-662-3731 ● 417 S. Dargan Street Florence, SC 29506 ● www.florencelittletheatre.org