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The Charm School Feasts

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One would expect The Charm School's regular crowdfunding gatherings for local artists, called Feasts, to be charming. They are. Gentlefolk pay $20 a ticket for dinner and a show of local artists pitching art projects. Afterward, patrons vote on which presentation should be awarded a grant of $400-$1,000. But beneath the polish and poise is the heart of a Viking parliament: Under the exposed roof beams of the Visual Arts Collective, patrons sit at long wooden tables, gastronomizing chow, swilling beer and talking animatedly. Whether the audience comes for the Apollonian diversion of dinner, conversation and the arts, or a democratic bacchanal of presenters vying for grants and glory, Feasts have become premier arts events.

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