and partnerships mark CBT season
By KYLE W. BARNETTE
Administrative director, Charleston Ballet Theatre
Special to CharlestonCurrents.com
10, 2009 -- When our resident choreographer, Jill Eathorne Bahr,
decided upon her lineup for the 2009-2010 Charleston Ballet Theatre
season, she was hoping her decision to add three new works would
generate interest and create a certain amount of buzz. And when
the premieres of "Motown Mania," a celebration of the
influential music of the Detroit-based scene, and "Zorro"
arrive in early 2010, those shows will have a lot to live up to
in that respect because they will be following a highly-buzzed-about
and glamorous season opener, "Decadent Divas."
Divas" is a tribute to some of the greatest female entertainers
of the past century, from Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand to Whitney
Houston and Madonna. It's a labor of love from Bahr honoring influential,
strong-willed women who have blazed a trail not only in the music
industry, but in the fields of fashion and dance as well.
planning her play list to represent the 12 divas featured in the
dance production, Bahr was both methodical and totally random in
her selections, often citing the opinions of friends, family, staff
and even passers-by on the street and those surrounding her in a
local restaurant or two. Her journey of whittling down her selections
became a show of its own, as Bahr recalls. " 'Decadent Divas'
became the newest craze topic of discussion around the town,"
she says. "Countless coffee table discussions, luncheon gossip
sessions, cocktail hour opinions ... I listened, I debated, I polled,
I lobbied to everyone. I even ignored everyone, drew straws, and
then I just closed my eyes, took a deep breath and picked."
of the word "diva" and many things come to mind: a strong-minded
woman, a difficult and demanding person, or someone with loads of
talent and the ability to maintain a certain "air" about
her. But when discussing the word and its true meaning, one Web
site (http://www.divasthesite.com) has criteria that are simple
and best fit the CBT definition of the word: one with "extraordinary
glamour, mystery, a liberal sprinkling of tragedy and most of all
endurance throughout the years."
and fashion became a resounding theme with CBT's upcoming production
and the significant influence many of these women have had on the
world of style and fashion. Charleston Ballet Theatre was lucky
enough to find a kindred spirit in the guise of locally and nationally
celebrated couture designer
Weber portrays a modern diva, Madonna, in "Decadent Divas."
(Charleston Ballet Theatre photo)
a Charleston Fashion Week rising star long recognized for her elegant
and glamorous couture gowns, was quick to offer her services. At
first she was generous enough to simply allow CBT to use some of
her already built designs to represent some of the divas, but her
passion for the project eventually led her to commit to designing
and building all of the women's costumes for the entire production.
On opening and closing nights of the show, Porter will even be hosting
a mini-runway show to coincide with the theme of the evening's main
has become a hallmark this year with Charleston Ballet Theatre,
with pairings of the ballet's shows with opening-night events and
other specials meant to offer CBT patrons a full experience. Neighboring
Fish Restaurant will be hosting a post-show "Diva Rendezvous"
following all four evening performances of "Decadent Divas"
on Friday and Saturday nights. Attendees of the show will be invited
to cross the street for a complimentary array of fine cheeses and
will receive diva-themed cocktail specials while mingling with the
show's dancers and grooving to the sounds of a live DJ.
for the rest of the 2009-10 season, Charleston Ballet Theatre will
premiere several new shows, including the aforementioned "Motown
Mania" and "Zorro," which will be performed in the
Memminger Auditorium complete with audience interaction, costume
events, and music choreographed to the sounds of the Gypsy Kings
among other notable Latin music artists. "Rocky Horror,"
an annual favorite, will be back for a two-week run in late October,
and "The Nutcracker" will expand to performances at the
North Charleston Performing Arts Center in addition to its annual
holiday run at Gaillard Auditorium.
tickets to Decadent Divas or more information on the Charleston
Ballet Theatre and its other upcoming shows, call 723-7334 or visit
Mystery solved and another Chamber of Commerce moment
ANDY BRACK, publisher
10, 2009 -- We were surprised when no one supplied an answer, guessed
or made up something out of whole cloth about the Ashley cream sign
pictured in our Aug. 31 edition.
we started snooping around. After asking a few people whether they
knew what the old advertisement referred to on the side of a store
at the corner of Spring and Coming streets, we decided to call our
friend Nic Butler, archivist at the Charleston County Public Library.
admitted that he had been curious when he saw the photo, but figured
he wouldn't enter the contest as he had an unfair advantage over
other readers -- all of the resources of the library.
turns out the old sign- - obviously left in its original state over
the years to preserve its faded charm -- is an advertisement for
Ashley Ice Cream.
Ashley Ice Cream Company appears in the Charleston city directories
of 1922 through 1945," Butler said. "Their offices and
'factory' were at 572-74 Meeting Street, but I imagine they were
supplying corner grocery stores around town.
weren't the only ice cream business in town, though, so the painted
sign at the corner of Coming and Spring Street was undoubtedly a
form of advertising."
U.S. Sen. Fritz Hollings, who was born the year Ashley Ice Cream
got started, remembered the treat well, noting it was delicious
and had several tasty flavors.
ate Ashley Ice Cream," he recalled. "Very popular; it
was the most popular of all."
the end of World War II and 1948, something apparently happened
to the brand as another ice cream company - Swift's - is listed
as occupying the address that Ashley had for more than two decades.
this space, we were planning to ask all of those people lathered
up about President Obama's Tuesday's speech to the nation's students
how they felt now that it had nothing to do with socialism, foisting
liberalism on impressionable minds or other blather spewed by right-wing
nuts on radio and television.
then came along GOP Congressman Joe Wilson of Lexington who apparently
couldn't control himself Wednesday night during a joint session
of Congress. Wilson, if you haven't heard by now, shouted "You
lie" at Obama during a major address on the need for health
one, Joe. Not that South Carolina didn't already have egg on its
face and look like a banana state thanks to its philandering governor.
Not that we didn't already have an image problem.
least Wilson had the decency to apologize. The only winner in the
whole dumb mess was Democrat Rob Miller, who apparently raised more
than $100,000 online after Wilson's inappropriate remark.
for those of you who didn't listen to Obama's education speech,
here's a snipped that sounds
its call for students to be responsible:
at the end of the day, the circumstances of your life -- what
you look like, where you come from, how much money you have, what
you've got going on at home -- none of that is an excuse for neglecting
your homework or having a bad attitude in school. That's no excuse
for talking back to your teacher, or cutting class, or dropping
out of school. There is no excuse for not trying.
"Where you are right now doesn't have to determine where
you'll end up. No one's written your destiny for you, because
here in America, you write your own destiny. You make your own
or watch full speech.
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Farmers Market adds a month to its season
of the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market will have an extra month to
enjoy fresh local produce and the market experience this year. The
market, which was originally scheduled to end its season on Oct.
20, has been extended until Nov. 24, town officials say.
was at the request of our vendors, since we were delayed opening
this season due to Moultrie Middle construction," Ashley McKenzie,
the town's community development and tourism officer, tells Charleston
Currents in an e-mail. "The market times have changed to 4
p.m. to dark. There are lights under the pavilions, so we are encouraging
customers to come past dusk!"
The town will again hold a special Holiday Farmers Market and Craft
Show in December. It's planned for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 12.
County leaders to
salute good business news from 2008
County Council will hold its sixth annual Industry Appreciation
Week Breakfast next week with the theme "Challenging Times:
Innovation Required." More than 100 local business executives,
elected officials and economic development allies have been invited
to help the county salute the companies that drive the area's economy.
conjunction with the event, the county released some good economic
news from the past year. During 2008, businesses within Charleston
County invested $128 million and created 737 new jobs, according
to the S.C. Department of Commerce. Also in 2008, Charleston County
businesses ranked seventh among the state's 46 counties for new-job
creation and ninth for investment. County officials also noted that
companies such as Delfin USA, 2 AM Group, Inc., Cummins, Arcadia
Publishing, Charles River Labs and BAE Systems all relocated or
expanded facilities here, and that, over the past 16 years, county-based
businesses have created nearly 17,500 new jobs and invested nearly
$3 billion in Charleston County.
During the breakfast program, recognition will be given to several
Charleston County-based companies that have gotten awards or accolades
during the past year. The county will also present the 2009 S.C.
Ambassadors for Economic Development Award to Sergio Fedelini, vice
president of Mediterranean Shipping Co., in recognition of his contributions
to the business climate in Charleston and the state.
Development Director J. Steven Dykes will offer an update of 2008
and 2009 economic activity, and Dr. Frank Hefner, director of economic
analysis at the College of Charleston, will deliver a keynote address
titled "Economic Outlook: It's Still Hurricane Season,"
with insights into the effects of continuing economic uncertainty
even amid the improvements that some economic sectors are seeing.
offering 40-pound bags of compost for $2
County's Environmental Management Department is now selling 40-pound
bags of compost for $2 per bag. The compost is made from residential
yard waste that is picked up at the curb by the various municipal
trash hauling companies. Residents can purchase the compost at the
Bees Ferry Landfill Compost Facility, 1344 Bees Ferry Road, west
of the Ashley, and at the Charleston County Recycling Center at
13 Romney St. downtown.
can buy a 40-pound bag of compost for just $2 at the Bees
Ferry Landfill Compost Facility and at the Charleston County
Recycling Center. (Charleston County Photo by Robert Ballard)
landfill will be selling the compost from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays
and 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays. Customers should first go to
the scale house (the small white building at the front of the landfill)
and get a receipt to be presented at the compost facility where
purchasers can pick up their bags of compost. To get to the compost
facility, turn right as you drive in and go all the way to the end;
follow the road around to the left, and the compost area is on the
the Recycling Center on Romney Street, compost will be available
from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Citizens should pay first at
the front office, then drive to the pile of compost bags at the
shed to load bags into a vehicle. The shed is at the front of the
Recycling Center to the right, in between the electronic and cardboard
questions, call Bees Ferry at 571-0929, the Recycling Center at
720-7111 or go online to http://recycle.charlestoncounty.org.
peripheral arterial disease screenings to be offered
Health System will offer free screenings for peripheral arterial
disease (PAD) screenings at Trident Medical Center's Ambulatory
Care Center from 8 a.m. until noon Sept. 12. "A simple screening
exam called an ABI - ankle-brachial index - can accurately detect
PAD in most cases," says Dr. Joseph Mullaney, an interventional
radiologist for Trident Health System. "This test takes only
a few minutes and is completely painless. We call it 'noninvasive
testing' because it requires no injections or other invasive procedures."
affects 8 million Americans and is the most common form of peripheral
vascular disease. If left untreated, it can lead to complications
of the toes, feet and legs. To register for the screening, call
Consult-A-Nurse at 797-FIND (3463) or, for more information, go
A lipid and glucose profile will also be available by appointment
for a fee of $20.
'South of Broad' is a letdown
a disappointment! Another dysfunctional family drama! Grammatical
errors and -- heavens to Betsy -- a drink made with cocktail onions
is called a "martini." Bin Yuh's know it is called a "gibson."
Jean Townsend, Johns Island, SC
If you have a review of a book, movie, restaurant or local arts
endeavor, please send no more than 150 words to editor Ann
Thrash. Make sure to include your name and full contact information.
South Carolina Society is a social and benevolent organization established
in Charleston in 1737. Its membership has included gentlemen of
the highest rank in the history of both the city and the state.
society was founded by Huguenots, mostly artisans and small merchants,
who gathered weekly at a local tavern and collected funds for the
relief of their distressed countrymen. From this practice they earned
the title "Two Bit Club," but the present name was adopted
in 1737 along with its first set of rules. Within a few years the
French character of the society was diluted by the admission of
English, Scots-Irish, and Scots members. The society's stock steadily
increased through the collection of fees, interest on loans, rents
on leased property, and donations. It was incorporated in 1751.
the mid-1740s the society began funding the primary education of
orphans among its ranks, and by the 1760s it employed its own schoolmaster
for this purpose. In 1804 the organization built its own hall on
Meeting Street, which was designed for use as both a school and
a social hall. After the state established free primary education
in 1811, the society closed its classroom, but it opened male and
female secondary schools in 1827. The society's principal era of
activity came to an end around 1840, when the advent of public secondary
education rendered these academies unnecessary. Despite its withdrawal
from educational endeavors, the organization continued to extend
monetary assistance to the families of members in need.
the Civil War the society's hall was severely damaged, its records
burned, and much of its invested funds lost. Reorganization and
repairs were gradual, hampered by economic difficulties and natural
disasters. During the early twentieth century the society scaled
back its membership, and public programs gradually superceded its
tradition of extending charitable assistance. The South Carolina
Society is now primarily a social organization. Due to the great
demand for inclusion, only descendants of early members are admitted.
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Day of Caring
With more than
6,000 volunteers and 349 projects, Trident United Way's Day of Caring
in the Lowcountry is larger than those in New York, Los Angeles,
Chicago or anywhere else in the nation. It's bigger than the Day
of Caring in all of the rest of South Carolina combined. The project
is a day of community service, organized by United Way mostly through
local companies, in which people volunteer at nonprofit organizations
around the community. Here are just five of the many projects that
will be going on around town tomorrow:
Food Bank -- 200 volunteers from 14 companies, plus various
individuals, will stock, pack, label, clean and paint the Food
Island Elementary School -- 20 employees of Publix will paint
and clean the school.
Youth Development Center -- 120 SCE&G employees will use
their skills on the buildings and grounds of the sprawling center
for troubled children.
C. Hursey Elementary School -- 270 Navy Nukes Schoolers will
read to the kids, paint, refurbish, build cabinets, landscape
and more, inside and out.
Crittenton Programs -- 36 volunteers from Atlantic Coast Life
Insurance and The Post and Courier will clean, paint and do yard
work at the home for unwed mothers.
For a complete
list of all 349 projects, visit
this page and scroll down.
I hate about an argument is that it always interrupts a discussion."
Chesterton, English author and mystery writer (1874 - 1936)
in the Carolinas: 7 p.m. Sept. 10, Bond Hall, Room 165,
The Citadel. John Shelton Reed, the 2007 Mark Clark Professor of
History at The Citadel and the author of "Holy Smoke: The Big
Book of North Carolina Barbecue," will give a talk titled "The
Balkans of Barbecue: Pit-Cooked Meat in the Carolinas." Reed,
a widely recognized expert on modern Southern identity, is professor
emeritus of sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill and co-founder of the Center for the Study of the American
South. Talk is free and open to the public. Reed will be available
to sign books.
Appreciation Weekend: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 12 and
1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 13, Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting
St. Pre-K through college teachers with a school ID can enjoy the
museum free. More
on the Cooper:
7:30 p.m. Sept. 12, Mount Pleasant Pier at Memorial Waterfront
Park. Live music from Super Deluxe starting at 8:30 p.m., beverages
available for purchase on-site (no outside alcohol or coolers).
Tickets: $8; available beginning at 3 p.m. the day of the event
in the pier gift shop, or at the gate. Open to ages 3 and up. More
info: 795-4FUN (4386) or http://www.ccprc.com.
Professionals: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 15, Tate Center
for Entrepreneurship, College of Charleston. The Charleston Young
Professionals are hosting a luncheon that will focus on career navigation
and creating your own path to success. Cost: $15 CYP members, $25
ONGOING AND SOON
of Women Voters Fall Kick-Off: 6:30 p.m. Sept. 16, Renaissance
on the Harbor, 100 N. Plaza Court, Mount Pleasant. Two S.C. House
members representing Charleston County -- Republican Jenny Horne
and Democrat Anne Peterson Hutto -- will talk about their experiences
as first-term representatives and their priorities for the upcoming
legislative session in January. The Charleston County League of
Women Voters will also provide information about its activities.
Free. Parking available across the street in the Belvidere lot and
next door at the Motley Rice building. More info: 745-5166 or email@example.com.
Third Thursdays: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 17,
downtown Summerville. The Summerville D.R.E.A.M. group (Downtown
Restoration, Enhancement and Management) sponsors the event the
third Thursday of each month to promote local businesses and community
spirit. This month's event features the Cobblestone Jazz Trio playing
selections from Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra and other favorites.
Businesses will be open for shopping and dining, and artists will
display their work on Short Central Avenue as part of the Art Central
Hurricane Party: 7 p.m. Sept. 18, Omar Shrine Temple,
Mount Pleasant. To mark 20 years of service, East Cooper Community
Outreach, which was founded in the wake of Hurricane Hugo in 1989,
is having a Hurricane Party featuring a an auction, music and dancing
to the music of the Mighty Kicks, heavy hors d'oeuvres by Cru Catering
and an open bar featuring hurricanes. Tickets: $50 in advance, $60
at the door. More info/tickets: 971-9500 or online.
Spiritual Journey: 7 p.m. Sept. 19, Christ Episcopal
Church, 2304 Highway 17 North, Mount Pleasant. The newly formed
Charleston Symphony Orchestra Spiritual Ensemble, under the direction
of Nathan L. Nelson, will kick off its first full season with this
performance, which is free (donations are accepted) and open to
the public. A pre-concert voice recital featuring lyric soprano
Shanelle Woods of Charleston Southern University will begin at 5:30
Sept. 24 through Oct. 4, various locations. Tickets are now
on sale for the annual arts festival, which highlights black artists'
contributions to dance, music, literary arts, visual arts, theater
and the overall cultural community in Charleston. Schedules, tickets,
more info: http://www.mojafestival.com.
Fall Party: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 25, Charleston Visitor
Center, 375 Meeting St. Casual event to unveil featured artist Luke
Frazier's official poster for the 2010 Southeastern Wildlife Expo.
Includes oysters, barbecue and side from Buck Ridge Plantation,
plus live music by Triple Lindy, an open bar, and a silent auction
and raffles to benefit Ducks Unlimited. Attendees must be 21 or
over. Tickets: $40 in advance through http://www.sewe.com
or by calling 723-1748; at the door, if available, tickets are $50.
Fashion Show: Noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 26, Jasmine Porch
restaurant, The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island. Fashion show and luncheon
will benefit the Center For Women. Models will wear fashions from
Eden Boheme and Cose Belle, and jewelry designers will display their
work. Three-course lunch includes champagne. Cost: $45 plus tax
and gratuity; portion of the proceeds go to the Center for Women.
Lunch guests also get complimentary beach access at The Sanctuary
for the day. More info/reservations: 768-6253. The Center For Women
is a nonprofit partner of CharlestonCurrents.com.
in the Park: 6 p.m. Sept. 26, Mayflower Court park, next
to the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity, 30 Race St., Charleston.
The concert is part of the church's year-long centennial celebration.
Program will feature Holy Trinity's Centennial Choir performing
liturgical music as well as secular selections in both Greek and
English; in addition, Ann Caldwell and the Magnolia Singers will
perform spirituals. Cost: $15 for adults; $3 ages 17 and under.
Tickets available at the Hellenic Center, 30 Race St., or by calling
577-2063 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays before Sept. 25).
Entertaining Charleston Style: 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays,
Sept. 30 through Nov. 18, Culinary Institute of Charleston's
Palmer Campus, 66 Columbus St., Charleston. A series of short courses
celebrating the many facets of entertaining with a focus on Charleston
style and traditions. Guest presenters include hosts, event professionals,
authors, collectors, stylists and other specialists known for their
distinctive contributions to local hospitality and tourism. Light
beverage and cocktail samplings will be provided. Cost: $149. More
In this section,
we offer a list of good reads that you might want to consider reading:
Short History of a Small Place, T.R. Pearson
Book of Marie, Terry Kay
Jazz, Jack McCray
Be Sober in the Morning: Great Comebacks, Putdowns, and Ripostes,
Chris Lamb (List)
Speaking: An Oral Biography of Harry S. Truman, Merle Miller
a book to us
Be a principal
Women at Gibbes
new food show
on car tags
way of tithing?
place for prejudice
fun at Halloween
to old clunker
to squeeze in
a tourist here
lists of year