Cultural, Entertaining and Exciting

What’s Happening at USCB Center for the Arts


February 2024 Issue
by Caroline Fonseca

The USCB Center for the Arts (CFA) in beautiful Beaufort is gearing up to deliver an unforgettable February filled with entertainment and cultural experiences. With a diverse array of performances, music, and theatrical shows, the CFA is set to captivate audiences of all ages and interests.

Kicking off on February 9, audiences can anticipate a captivating performance that promises to transport them back in time. In partnership with PURE Theatre, the CFA will present Septima by Dr. Patricia Williams Dockery, a new play that details the life and work of Civil Rights activist Septima Clark and celebrates her as one of the most important figures in American history, the “Mother of the Civil Rights Movement.”

USCB0224 1Following this, prepare for an evening filled with laughter as acclaimed comedians take center stage on February 16th. The Doo Wop Project (sold out) promises an enchanting night filled with soulful melodies and rhythmic tunes, promising an unforgettable experience for all attendees.

On February 21st, acclaimed author Hank Ryan Phillipi will share insights into her latest book One Wrong Word as part of our Lunch With Authors Series. Guests will have the unique opportunity to engage with the author in a Q&A session, while enjoying lunch at the Belfair Club in Bluffton. 

Ongoing for the entire month of February is the art exhibition ‘'Celebrating Black Mermaids: Africa & America.” The gallery walls will be adorned with a breathtaking array of artworks celebrating the intricate connection between Africa and America through the lens of mythical black mermaids. Each piece pays homage to the rich cultural heritage shared between these continents. Through a fusion of visual storytelling, the exhibit encapsulates the resilience, beauty, and shared narratives of two diverse, yet interconnected, worlds. From the mystical allure of the mermaid symbolism to the profound depth of cultural representation, this exhibition captivates the imagination and invites viewers to embark on a visual odyssey that celebrates the profound connections between Africa and America.

Step into a soulful journey as Bradd Marquis takes center stage with “A Change is Gonna Come: The Music of Sam Cooke”. On March 8 at 7:30 PM, this show brings the timeless melodies of Sam Cooke to life in a mesmerizing live concert experience. Join us for an unforgettable evening filled with soulful renditions of Cooke's classics, expertly delivered by the talented Bradd Marquis. From the smooth notes of "A Change Is Gonna Come" to the infectious rhythm of "Twistin' the Night Away," let the magic of Marquis's performance transport you back to the golden era of soul music. Immerse yourself in the soul-stirring vocals and captivating stage presence of Bradd Marquis as he pays homage to one of the greatest musical icons of all time. This is a concert that celebrates the legacy of Sam Cooke in a way that is both nostalgic and electrifying, promising an evening of soul, rhythm, and pure musical enchantment. Don't miss the chance to witness Bradd Marquis, his singers, and his band perform live, channeling the spirit of Sam Cooke in a performance that will leave you wanting more!

Tickets for these remarkable events are available for purchase at Whether you're a longtime patron or
a newcomer to the Center's offerings, securing your tickets in advance is
highly recommended, as these shows are sure to draw significant interest.

Nestled in the heart of Beaufort, the Center for the Arts invites locals and visitors alike to immerse themselves in the arts and cultural scene the Lowcountry proudly offers. The venue provides an intimate and welcoming space, perfect for enjoying top-notch performances and creating lasting memories with friends, family, or colleagues.

With an enticing lineup of events, it's destined to be a month filled with laughter, music, and unforgettable performances for all who attend.

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