celebrates women in all aspects of arts
By KATE WIEDEMAN
Communications intern, Gibbes Museum of Art
Special to CharlestonCurrents.com
29, 2009 -- The Gibbes Museum of Art will celebrate the many contributions
of women in art by hosting a three-part lecture series the first
three Wednesdays evenings in November.
series will explore women in a variety of roles, including artist,
model, collector and philanthropist.
wine and cheese reception hosted by Duvall Catering and Event Design
will follow each lecture, and a book signing will occur on two of
the three evenings at the museum. Women in Art is being offered
in partnership with the Center for Women.
series will kick off on Nov. 4 at 6 p.m. with a lecture by Warren
Adelson, president of Adelson Galleries, and Deborah Davis, author
of "Strapless: John Singer Sargent and the Fall of Madame X."
The lecture, titled "Sargent's Women," will explore the
artist's relationships with women, including family members, friends,
models and the infamous Madame X. Following the lecture, Davis will
be available to sign copies of her book. The evening is presented
in association with the Charleston Fine Art Dealers' Association
and its Charleston Fine Art Annual.
Mack, executive director of the Gibbes Museum of Art, will host
part two of the lecture series on Nov. 11 at 6 p.m. Her lecture,
"Women of the Gibbes," will offer an insider's look at
the female artists, collectors and philanthropists who have shaped
the Gibbes Museum of Art. The evening will include an opportunity
to view rarely exhibited works from the museum's collection.
final lecture, "Daufuskie Island" on Nov. 18 at 6 p.m.,
will be led by photographer Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe. Moutoussamy-Ashe
will share stories about her career and discuss her photographic
work that documents life on Daufuskie Island. Moutoussamy-Ashe's
fascination with the island began in the 1970s during visits to
the Lowcountry with her husband, tennis legend Arthur Ashe. Her
interest resulted in a compelling group of photographs featuring
intimate portraits of island residents. Following the lecture, Moutoussamy-Ashe
will be available to sign copies of her book, "Daufuskie Island:
Photographs by Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe." Her photographs currently
are exhibited in the rotunda of the Gibbes and will be on view through
for individual lectures are $10 for Gibbes and/or Center for Women
members, and $20 for nonmembers. For a series of three lectures,
tickets will be on sale for a discounted member price of $25 and
nonmember price of $55. Tickets can be purchased
online, by calling 722-2706, ext. 18, or at the Gibbes Museum
Store at 135 Meeting St.
Gibbes Museum of Art welcomes all to join us this November in celebrating
the accomplishments and contributions of extraordinary women in
a year of good news, fun and food for thought
ANN THRASH, editor
29, 2009 -- Today's edition of Charleston Currents marks a milestone
for us: It completes our first full year of publication. We're grateful
for the enthusiastic response and support we've gotten from readers,
underwriters and the community as a whole - but even more than that,
we're encouraged by it. The idea of "Good news, for a change"
- kind of an unofficial motto for us - seems to resonate with you
as much as it did with Publisher Andy Brack and me, and that's good
you've liked what you've read and seen in Charleston Currents over
the past year, take just a minute and forward today's issue to a
friend, colleague or family member who would enjoy the thoughtful
commentary we try to offer and would appreciate the chance to learn
about all the interesting, community-oriented work being done in
Charleston that doesn't get the attention it deserves from any other
98 "Today's Focus" articles, lists and "History Spotlights,"
and countless more Good News items and calendars entries, it's hard
to choose a few standouts from the past year, but here are my "Most"
and "Best" superlatives.
Long-Distance Column: Mount Pleasant's Sarah Fitch contributed
Focus from Slovakia, where she was living and working as part
of a church mission program. We liked hearing how she described
her hometown to Slovakians, and how they managed to find common
Column: There were multiple candidates here, but we were particularly
moved by Jermaine
Husser's description of the people he sees and the stories he
hears at the Lowcountry Food Bank. As the holidays approach again
and many of our neighbors continue to struggle, this article from
Husser, the food bank's executive director, is worth another read.
That Made Us Feel Not So Bad About Getting Older: Kellee McGahey,
chairperson for the Charleston Young Professionals group, offered
insight into the valuable contributions made to the Lowcountry
by the 40-and-under workforce.
Bizarre Bit of State History: Our "History
Spotlight" feature on March 12 took a look at Ben Sawyer,
whose name graces a Mount Pleasant boulevard and bridge. The write-up
included this "do what now??" fact: "On December
22, 1940, Sawyer, pursuing a weight-loss regimen in the office of
a Columbia chiropractor, was accidentally asphyxiated." Do
Currents Column by the Boss (and We Don't Mean Bruce Springsteen):
Incredibly hard to choose just one favorite from all of publisher
Andy Brack's Monday columns, but the food lover in me had a great
time reading about which local restaurants Andy and our friend Dave
Shimp would visit for their last meals. That
column still makes me hungry.
Lists, the Sequel: Today's List at the top of the page is a
list of five past Lists that are worth a second look, but why stop
there? A few of our other favorites from the past year include:
Photo: Gotta be the one from our first issue -- the
striking look over the shoulder of the John C. Calhoun statue
that towers above Marion Square. The photo was taken by my husband,
but that's only part of why I like it. It's really my favorite photo
because it seems to sum up, in one image, what Charleston Currents
is about: offering a distinctively different, broad perspective
of the community, with a brief nod to the past but a longer view
out over the horizon to what's ahead.
to another great year for Charleston Currents!
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Point offers treats for kids in military costumes
Point is offering a special Halloween deal for kids on Saturday.
On Halloween day only, children ages 6 to 11 who visit Patriots
Point in their trick-or-treating costume will get in for $6, which
is $3 off the usual admission price - and children wearing a military
uniform as a costume will get in free. Children younger than 6 always
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Web site offers sample ballots, voting site lists
number of cities and towns in Charleston County are holding municipal
elections on Tuesday, and the
Charleston County government Web site offers a number of resources
to serve voters.
site includes sample ballots, lists of polling place locations and
a roster of candidates for the different elections, including their
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are open on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Marine generals in Afghanistan are Citadel graduates
graduates of The Citadel are now on the front lines of the war on
terror in Afghanistan. Maj. Gen. Michael R. Regner, '76; Brig. Gen.
Lawrence D. Nicholson, '79; and Brig. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr.,
'79, all deployed to Afghanistan this year with the U.S. Marine
Corps and are currently serving there.
is unique that you have that many general officers serving in a
relatively small theater like Afghanistan and that all of them are
Citadel graduates," says Col. Brent Dunahoe, commanding officer
of the NROTC unit on campus. To date more than 1,300 Citadel graduates
have been deployed in the war on terror. Fourteen have lost their
serves as deputy chief of staff for Combined Joint Operations at
the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, Operation
Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Regner was raised in Charleston
and graduated from The Citadel with a bachelor of science in physical
education. He received his commission in 1976. Regner later earned
a master's degree in public administration from Webster College.
He deployed to ISAF Afghanistan in August.
is the commanding general of the Second Marine Expeditionary Brigade.
Born in Toronto, Canada, Nicholson is a 1979 graduate of The Citadel,
where he earned a bachelor of science in business administration.
Nicholson also holds a master's from the U.S. Army Command and General
Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. His experiences while deployed
in Iraq, including having been wounded when a rocket exploded in
his office, have been nationally reported on NPR's "Morning
Edition" and "All Things Considered."
is deputy chief of staff for stability with the International Security
Assistance Force in Afghanistan. He graduated from The Citadel in
1979 with a bachelor of arts in secondary education. An honors graduate
of the Armor Officer Advanced Course, Marine Corps Command and Staff
College, and the School of Advanced Warfighting, McKenzie has a
master's in teaching with a concentration in history. He served
as a Senior Military Fellow within the Institute for National Strategic
Studies at the National Defense University.
for a restaurant to have a fantabulous, elegant lunch without costing
an arm and a leg? Head over to 181 Palmer, a 50-seat restaurant
off Columbus at Trident Tech's Culinary Institute of Charleston.
The restaurant is a student-centered food lab where new chefs prepare
outstanding food. For the $15-per-person prix fixe lunch (see
the menu), you
get an appetizer, entrée and dessert. We thrilled to a goat
cheese tart with two kinds of roasted beets, a succulent piece of
sautéed mahi-mahi on winter vegetables and an artisanal Camembert
with fresh figs and candied kumquat for dessert. Our luncheon companion
also had the tart, accompanied by tantalizing oyster po'boy sliders
and a lemon torte. Not only is the whole experience yummy, but it's
fun too - you can watch the cooks prepare the meal via live video
displayed on the restaurant walls. Lunch is served Monday through
Thursday starting at noon. Reservations are highly suggested (click
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commonly known today as Edward Teach, in the Carolinas in the early
eighteenth century Blackbeard was called Edward Thatch. Since confusion
about his real name has confounded researchers into his background,
his birthplace and parentage remain unknown.
in Jamaica in mid-1717, Blackbeard in eighteen months carved an
extraordinarily successful career as a pirate, creating an indelible
image of "the fiercest pirate of them all" and making
him a global icon. A tall and domineering figure possessing a volatile
and charismatic personality, Blackbeard cultivated a reputation
as "a Devil incarnate" that was enhanced by his boarding
ships while brandishing numerous weapons and while wreathed in smoke
from burning tapers in his beard and hair.
most pirates of his era, he began as a privateer during Queen Anne's
Blackbeard's first piratical voyage was
in summer 1717 to the North American coast from the Carolinas to
Delaware Bay. In the fall Blackbeard commanded Stede Bonnet's sloop
Revenge in another rampage on the same coast, taking eleven prizes.
Cruising in the Leeward Islands in November, Blackbeard seized the
French slave ship Concorde, heavily armed it, and named it Queen
Anne's Revenge. With Revenge and Queen Anne's Revenge, Blackbeard
swept across the Caribbean.
pirate captains separated over the winter but reunited by chance
in March 1718 off the Central American Spanish Main. Blackbeard
now sailed north to the Carolinas with a four-ship flotilla, mounting
at least sixty guns, the most powerful maritime force in the hemisphere.
Arriving off Charleston in mid-May, he blockaded the port for a
week, seizing prizes and hostages for ransom. This infamous feat
"struck a great Terror to the whole Province of Carolina."
Plundering eight or nine ships for supplies and specie, Blackbeard
held hostages, including Samuel Wragg, a councilman. Under the threat
of the hostages being murdered, a reluctant Governor Robert Johnson
agreed to a ransom of a valuable chest of medicine.
Charleston, Blackbeard sailed to isolated North Carolina, where
at Beaufort Inlet in June two of his vessels-Queen Anne's Revenge
and Adventure-wrecked. He took the royal pardon from Governor Charles
Eden, married in Bath, and scaled down his illegal activities. Blackbeard
established a camp at Ocracoke Inlet, the chief entrance to the
colony, and appeared virtually to have retired from piracy. Uneasy
at having a notorious pirate nearby, however, Virginia governor
Alexander Spottswood invaded North Carolina with a naval and land
force. Blackbeard was cornered at Ocracoke on November 22, 1718,
by Lieutenant Robert Maynard's flotilla and killed.
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marks the conclusion of its first full year with this issue, so
we decided to celebrate by recalling five of our lists that deserve
a second look.
- On Nov.
6 last year, celebrated Southern chef Nathalie Dupree,
who lives in Charleston, offered
five tips to help us get organized for Thanksgiving dinner.
- On Dec.
1, maestro David Stahl from the Charleston Symphony Orchestra
had us singing along to a list of his five
favorite holiday-season songs.
- Back in
May, when the swine flu started grabbing headlines, Charlotte
Anderson, vice president of 2-1-1 services for Trident United
Way, shared the agency's five
most frequently asked questions about swine flu (along with
the answers). With flu season here, this is a good one to revisit.
- In August
we got some chuckles from hearing about a Facebook group
know you're from Charleston if
- In January,
WCBD-TV chief meteorologist Rob Fowler shared his five
favorite weather months in the Lowcountry. Here's a hint:
Rob must be pretty happy right now.
If you've got
a list to share -- or an idea for one -- drop
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is never still in darkness to those who listen intently; there is
a whispering in distant chambers, an unearthly hand presses the
snib of the window, the latch rises. Ghosts were created when the
first man awoke in the night."
Barrie, Scottish novelist (1860 - 1937)
Red Party: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 29, Old City Jail,
21 Magazine St. The American College of the Building Arts will present
the party, during which the always-spooky Old City Jail will be
transformed into a rich red venue. Attendees are asked to dress
in red and wear masks. The event features a raffle and silent auction
with items such as luxury trips to Africa and the Caribbean. DJ
Arthur Brouthers will provide music for guests to dance to on a
color-changing, illuminated dance floor. Open bar; food by Carolina
Catering. Tickets: $55 in advance, $65 at the door. To purchase,
call 577-5245, visit
online or e-mail
or Treat in the Park: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 30, Hampton
Park. Free event sponsored by the city of Charleston Recreation
Department. Kids up to age 12 can trick-or-treat in a safe, family-friendly
environment featuring hay rides, jump castles, magic shows and theme-decorated
vehicles full of candy.
at the Museum: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 30, Charleston Museum.
A special Halloween-season edition of the popular event will feature
glimpses of rarely seen animal mounts, fencing demonstrations, a
colonial nautical touch table, new historical figures, and an elaborate
scavenger hunt. Kids will be able to make Halloween crafts, learn
about the Museum's funerary collection, and more. Costumes welcome.
Cost: museum members, $10 per adult, $5 per child; nonmembers, $20
per adult, $10 per child; under 3 get in free. A light pizza supper
is included with the ticket price. Registration (required): online
or 722- 2996, ext. 264.
Parade: 11 a.m. Oct. 31, Charleston Farmers Market at
Marion Square. "Goblins and Gourds" parade open to costumed
children ages 2 to 10 as well as pets dressed in costumes. Parade
will begin at the main stage and continue through the center of
Sisters, Adversaries': 3 p.m. Nov. 1, Gibbes Museum of
Art, 135 Meeting St. The Charleston Chamber Opera and the Gibbes
Museum of Art are partnering for an hourlong program that explores
the diversity of female relationships in some of opera's most beloved
stories, including "Madama Butterfly," "Carmen"
and "Suor Angelica." Featured performances by soprano
Patrice Tiedemann and mezzo soprano Lara Wilson, with narration
by actress Terry Bell-Aby and piano accompaniment by musical director
Steven Morris. Tickets: $10 for museum members and students, $20
for nonmembers. Purchase online, at the Gibbes Museum Store or by
calling 722-2706, ext.18.
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
ONGOING AND SOON
Business Summit: 7:30 a.m. Nov. 4, College Center at
Trident Technical College. Charleston Metro Chamber's annual Small
Business Innovation Summit and Expo showcases new ideas, technologies
and small businesses in the region. Keynote speaker will be Rieva
Lesonsky, former editorial director of Entrepreneur Magazine. Conference
includes breakout sessions on topics such as business planning,
funding, marketing, social media, branding and technology; an exhibition
hall; networking luncheon; and the presentation of awards in the
New Ideas SC Contest. Registration at 7:30 a.m., program from 8
a.m. to 4 p.m.; awards reception from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Cost: $125
chamber members, $225 nonmembers; includes a continental breakfast,
luncheon and closing reception. More
Workshops: Nov. 7, Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St.
As part of the new exhibit "Aisle Style:150 Years of Wedding
Fashion," the museum and professional calligrapher Natasha
Lawrence will offer two workshops on calligraphy: Introduction to
Calligraphy (10 a.m. to noon) and Wedding Calligraphy (1 p.m. to
3 p.m.). All materials are included: a calligraphy pen to keep,
a workbook, practice paper and more. Cost: $25 for museum members,
$30 nonmembers, per workshop; $5 discount if taking both workshops.
Registration (required): 722-2996, ext. 235, or online
Local Music on the Farm: Noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 8, Thornhill
Farm, 10822 Highway 17 North, McClellanville. Family-friendly event
benefits Adaptive Gardens of the Lowcountry, which enrichs the lives
of people with disabilities by promoting healthy living, social
bonding, and vocational and recreational pursuits through horticultural
activities. Enjoy barbecue and oysters, hayrides, face-painting
and a jump castle. Music by the Holy City Sinners, Skye Paige and
the Original Recipe, the Hungry Monks, French Toast, and the Toasted
Beets. Cost: $25 adults, $10 ages 5-15. Tickets
can be found online.
Fall Harvest Dinner: 4 p.m. Nov. 8, Legare Farms.
Legare Farms Education Foundation will hold its annual harvest dinner
beginning with a "meet the farmer" reception at 4 p.m.,
followed by dinner at 5 p.m. All the food will be Legare Farms'
own and will be prepared by ten of Charleston's top chefs, with
beer from Coast Brewery and Palmetto Brewery along with wine from
Irvin House Vineyards. Event benefits the foundation. Tickets: $50
per person. Call 559-0788 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Luncheon: Noon to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 12, Trident Technical
College Complex for Economic Development. The Charleston Regional
Development Alliance's annual luncheon will feature a talk by David
Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times and
the author of "The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and
the Challenges to American Power." Book signing will follow
the luncheon (copies will be available for purchase at the event).
Tickets: $60, available
Oyster Roast: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 22, Elks Lodge, 1113
Sam Rittenberg Blvd. Oyster roast and a silent auction will benefit
the Outreach Learning Center at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in
Charleston (on King Street across from Marion Square). Oysters,
fish stew, hot dogs, cole slaw, dessert; bring your own beverages.
Live music by Wood & Steel. Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at
the door, $10 for children under 12; available at the center, 403
King St., or online
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