There's a whole lot of taxidermy at the Redux Contemporary Art Center these days.

In addition to the current photography and taxidermy art exhibit titled "Wunderkammer" by Kimberly Witham, Tuesday will feature a lecture by local artist Becca Barnet focused on her illustrations of animal anatomy, taxidermy and installation art.

"Barnet's talk will focus on her own work, and through her presentation we expect connections between the two artists work will certainly present themselves. Though their primary medium is different (illustration vs. photography), taxidermy, a mutual inspiration from the natural world, and the examination of man's quest to preserve ephemeral moments unite these two artists thematically in their work," says Stacy Huggins, executive director of Redux.

Barnet's talk is free and open to the public and will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

For more, call 722-0697 or go to www.reduxstudios.org.

Joint show reception

If you haven't been to the George Gallery yet, make sure to check it out Friday night as it is showing new work by painter Tim Hussey and photographer Melinda Mead.

"The George Gallery is honored that Tim Hussey has selected our gallery to re-establish his exposure in Charleston after a year-long hiatus," says gallery owner Anne Siegfried.

Hussey's work is at galleries in Los Angeles, Nashville, Tenn., and Germany.

"Photographer Melinda Mead is a Charleston native with a passion for capturing the intimate nuances of a changing urban environment. Her images are a narrative of Charleston on the edges of time, told through its architecture, its people and its water," adds Siegfried.

A reception will take place from 5-8 p.m. Friday at the George Gallery, 50 Bogard St.

Call 579-7328 or go to www.georgegalleryart.com.

'Pippin'

Local theater owner Sheri Grace Wenger's company, Midtown Productions, has teamed up with Duvall Catering to create a new cabaret and dinner theater series called Midtown Cabaret.

The first show to be performed there will be Broadway's multi-Tony Award-winning smash hit "Pippin."

" 'Pippin' is a hip, tongue-in-cheek, adult fairy tale that has captivated Broadway audiences and continues to appeal to the young at heart everywhere," says Wenger. "It's the story of a young prince, son of King Charlemagne, who longed to discover the secret of true happiness and fulfillment. He sought it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh and the intrigues of political power. In the end, he found it in the simple pleasures of home and family."

Performances begin this weekend and patrons have the choice of enjoying the full experience of dinner and a show or just the show. Tickets range from $33-$59 and can be purchased by calling 795-2223 or online at www.midtownproductions.org.

Performances will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons throughout March. Evening performances will begin at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 3 p.m. at the Duvall Catering building at 2816 Azalea Drive.

'The Great Divorce'

If you're a C.S. Lewis fan, you won't want to miss the local production of his "The Great Divorce," a provocative exploration of human nature in this journey to heaven and hell.

"In 'The Great Divorce,' several of Lewis' most provocative characters take a bus ride from hell to paradise. But the bizarre question the play asks is: Will they like it? Will they prefer hell to heaven? Are the doors of hell really locked from the inside?" New York publicist Lianne Wiker explains.

"Three actors transform into over a dozen different personality types to tell this fantastical morality tale about good and evil.," Wiker says. "As each ghost is welcomed by a celestial spirit, the choice of staying or going back brings vivid clarity to the 'great divorce' between heaven and hell."

The play will be performed at 8 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $29-$59, with student tickets (ID required) costing $25.

To purchase tickets, go to www.greatdivorceonstage.com or call 800-514-3849.

Venetian Carnival

On Saturday, Chamber Music Charleston will bring the spirit of the Venetian Carnival to Charleston for two shows.

The afternoon show, at 1 p.m., will be the Classical Kids Concert of the season.

"The program will introduce younger audiences to members of a string quartet while recounting the history of the Carnival of Venice. The 45-minute long concert will include sing-along songs and a reading of 'Bravo, Zan Angelo,' a commedia dell'arte tale brought to life through story, pictures and music," says Sandra Nikolajevs of CMC.

The evening concert will be the Ovation Concert Series and will start at 7:30 p.m.

The program includes Paul-Agricole "Carnival of Venice" for flute and strings, Antonin Vivaldi's Concerto in e minor for Bassoon and Strings and Franz Joseph's Haydn's "Emperor" string quartet.

Tickets are $5-$40 and are available online at www.chambermusiccharleston.org or by calling 763-4941.