‘With a Kite’ to premiere Nov. 22

The new documentary “With a Kite,” by Adam Boozer and Tim Tewell, will be premiered at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22 at Memminger Auditorium.

The movie offers an inside look at the popular sport of kiteboarding through the lives and lifestyles of a group of hard-core riders competing in the Triple-S Invitational.

Shot on location in North Carolina, Oregon, Panama, Florida and Charleston, the film opens with a brief history of kite flight narrated by Richard Branson before focusing on Charleston native and pro kiteboarder Davey Blair and other kiteboarders as they make their annual pilgrimage to the Triple-S Invitational in North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

Boozer and Tewell shot the film with state-of-the-art digital equipment. The Charleston-based band The Dubplates provided the soundtrack.

The screening will be preceded by a 6:30 p.m. cocktail reception and followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and riders, as well as a live performance by The Dubplates.

Limited edition silk-screen posters by Gil Shuler will be available for purchase at the event.

Tickets and more information are available at withakite.com.

‘Little Match Girl’ offered by institute

A premiere performance of “The Little Match Girl,” featuring music by Laura Ball of Unedited and choreography by Jonathan Tabbert, will be presented at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 14, and at 3 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Rose Maree Myers Theatre at the Charleston School of the Arts, 5109B W. Enterprise St., North Charleston.

Chamber Music Charleston musicians will play music and dancers in the Youth Ballet class at the Charleston Dance Institute will perform on stage.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, and can be purchased online at www.charlestondance institute.com.

“ ‘The Little Match Girl’ is a story of a young girl with hope in her heart and determination in her bones, and through this touching tale, the dancers and musicians will leave the audience entertained and inspired,” Tabbert said.

The performances are sponsored by The Boeing Company.

McCandless to speak on Colonial-era disease

The connection between prosperity and pestilence that existed in South Carolina’s Lowcountry by the American Revolution will be the focus of a lecture by Peter McCandless Wednesday.

McCandless’s talk, “Disease, Race and Slavery in the South Carolina Lowcountry,” is this year’s Warren A. Sawyer lecture and hosted by the Waring Library Society at MUSC.

“Mortality rates were extremely high among both Africans and whites,” says McCandless, who is past president of the society and taught History at the College of Charleston from 1974 until 2008.

“Part of my argument is that they were all dying.”

The talk will be based on research McCandless conducted for his “Slavery, Disease and Suffering in the Southern Lowcountry,” a book published by Cambridge University Press in 2011.

It was co-winner of The Society for Historians of the Early American Republic’s Best Book Prize for that year.

The free lecture takes place at 5:30 p.m. in the Basic Sciences Auditorium at MUSC. A reception follows at Wickliffe House.

Contact the library at 792-2288 or waring@musc.edu.

Staff reports