Bekker, White Rabbit kick off Charleston Ballet Theatre season
By KYLE BARNETTE
Charleston Ballet Theatre
Special to CharlestonCurrents.com
11, 2010 - Starting the season a bit later than usual this year
has allowed the creative minds at Charleston
Ballet Theatre to come up with an unusual pairing for the unprecedented
feat of opening two major MainStage productions just two days apart.
kick off our 24th season this week at The Sottile Theatre at College
of Charleston with the live music extravaganza Ballet Unplugged
Live! That will be followed two days later by the premiere of
a new full-length adaptation of the classic Alice in Wonderland.
Symphony Orchestra Concert Master Yuriy Bekker will direct an all-star
lineup of chamber musicians, including famed pianist Andrew Armstrong
and violinist Alan Molina.
A member of the Charleston Ballet Theatre
goes unplugged in honor of the company's late benefactor,
will accompany the CBT dance company live for four powerful and
personal ballet masterworks including a new piece from Resident
Choreographer Jill Eathorne Bahr entitled Seasons of the Sun.
The piece is a tribute in memory of longtime friend and Charleston
Ballet Theatre benefactor Jon Burgin, with the other three selections
representing Mr. Burgin's personal favorites over the company's
one-night event celebrates the excitement of artistic collaboration
and the immediate emotional impact of live music and dance. Audience
members will be invited on stage after the performance for a toast
in honor of the man of the evening, Mr. Jon Burgin.
the Thursday event two days later is the premiere of Jill Eathorne
Bahr's latest full-length ballet, Alice in Wonderland, featuring
fantastical new costumes by Joffrey Ballet costume designer Travis
Halsey. Inspired by the surrealism of Cirque de Soliel, Bahr and
Halsey spent many weeks corresponding via Facebook on the designs
for The White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat and The Caterpillar along with
an entire deck of cards portrayed by students of the CBT Dance School.
Unplugged Live! -- Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m., The Sottile
in Wonderland -- Oct. 16 & 17, 3 p.m., The Sottile
$20 -- $45 (child/students $10 off)
723-7334 or online
Tea Party: $20 per child (parents free)
colorful backdrops, a giant Mad Hatter tea party and music by French
composer Francoise Poulenc add to the madness that will take over
The Sottile Theatre Oct. 16 and 17. A Mad Hatter Tea Party
will be held on stage following the Saturday show where kids can
interact with the cast, explore Wonderland, play games, enjoy goodies
and much more.
big season is ahead for us at CBT and we are thrilled to kick it
off with such a busy and varied week of dance entertainment. There
is so much more ahead for us this season, including Rocky Horror
and The Nutcracker, two very different holiday classics that have
become time-honored traditions for the city of Charleston. We can
certainly assure that we have something for just about anyone at
CBT this year.
Barnette is administrative director of
Charleston Ballet Theatre.
officials fail on Interstate traffic snarl
By ANDY BRACK, publisher
11, 2010 -- Maybe its not only the political system that needs
to try something a little new. Maybe state highway officials need
an injection of common sense following a Thursday accident that
blocked traffic on Interstate 26 for hours.
the South Carolina Highway Patrol and state transportation officials
so incompetent that they cant efficiently reroute traffic
from an interstate to parallel roads around an accident?
answer, it appears, is Yes, they are that challenged.
in mind that these are the folks who supposedly will be in charge
in the event of a hurricane evacuation.
sat for hours on Interstate 26 on Thursday evening following a 9
a.m. wreck involving three tractor-trailers, a car and a minivan.
One person died and four were hurt. Cleanup of the accident took
a very long time, in part, because one of the trucks was carrying
batteries, which gave authorities environmental hazard concerns.
youd think that after it was obvious the wreck wouldnt
be cleaned up for hours that traffic engineers would do more than
post a few signs to reroute traffic. Youd think they would
be more proactive in multiple ways to allow motorists to get to
their destinations so they wouldnt be stuck in vehicles.
example, a mother with two young children hit the traffic impasse
around 4 p.m. around mile marker 135 headed toward Columbia. By
8 p.m., their car had moved about five miles. Because they couldnt
get out of the car, which the driver said moved slower than a walking
pace, one kid couldnt hold it and used the bathroom in her
pants. The other one didnt fare much better. Cell phone service
was intermittent because so many people were making calls.
our calculation, one miles worth of cars in two lanes is just
over 500 cars. With vehicles moving at best at 2 miles an hour,
somewhere around 500 to 1,000 cars were exiting the Interstate every
that much of a clog over hours and hours, youd expect state
officials would have figured out a way to move things along more
while all of this is bad enough, what is really worrisome is to
recall how bad traffic has been in recent hurricane evacuations.
Thursdays experience on Interstate 26 doesnt convince
me that South Carolina is ready at all to deal with unexpected traffic
surges and clogs.
I can say is this: Lord help us (in more ways than one.)
mother sitting in the car said Amen when I read this
column to her. Then she added, If you were running a business
like this, people would be fired. )
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statewide campaign for judicial diversity
than one-third of South Carolina's state judges hired through the
merit-selection process are women. Yet, women make up 35 percent
of the lawyers here, and account for 52 percent of the state population.
9 percent of those judgeships are occupied by a minority.
League of Women Voters of South Carolina kicked off a campaign Friday
to examine the need for a diverse and independent judiciary. A panel
of speakers met for hours in Charleston to discuss the issue and
the next steps to reform.
of June 2010, 56 out of 186 judges in the state of South Carolina
were women, and women represented only 6 out of 46 judges at the
Circuit Court level," said Barbara Zia, president of the League
of Women Voters of South Carolina. "Additionally, there are
only 17 African-American, and no Latino or Asian judges out of 186
throughout the state. We can do better."
South Carolina state Rep. Chandra E.
Dillard of Greenville, former Family Court Judge Frances P.
Segars-Andrews, senior investigative reporter Rick Brundrett
with the S.C. Policy Council's "The Nerve," and
state Rep. David Mack of Charleston discuss the issue of "How
Can We Achieve this Vision of a Fair and Balanced Judiciary?"
during the event sponsored by the League of Women Voters of
South Carolina on Friday at the Charleston Museum Auditorium.
Photo by Julie Hussey, Civic Communications Inc.
state's Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Administrative Law, Circuit
Court and Family Court use the merit-selection process and election
by the General Assembly. Probate Court judges are elected by popular
election. Masters- in-Equity are appointed by the governor with
advice and consent of the General Assembly.
six states explicitly require diversity among nominating commissioners,
South Carolina does not. Ten states that use merit selection have
adopted provisions that prohibit discrimination in the nominating
process. South Carolina has no such provision.
national League of Women Voters has worked to promote a fair and
impartial judiciary for more than 10 years, Zia said. In 2009, a
two-year campaign began focused on the judiciary in the state of
the successes of this project in Kansas, we are excited to launch
the campaign in South Carolina, and help America fulfill its promise
to provide equal justice for all," Zia concluded.
starts bike enforcement initiative today
Motorists and bicyclists on the peninsula can expect warning citations
starting today and continuing through the week if they violate the
city's revised Bike Ordinance or other safety laws. After that,
the tickets will carry real consequences.
December 2009 through July 2010, there were three fatal collisions
in the city of Charleston that involved an automobile and bicyclist.
In each, the bicyclist died.
Since July, city officials, staff and members of the biking community
have met several times to produce an educational initiative for
motorists and bicyclists; in particular, when interaction between
the two occurs.
steps for improvement have been taken to date:
Charleston Bicycle Ordinance has been amended and enhanced to
improve safety measures; particularly on the peninsula.
communication continues to occur between city officials and those
involved in the bicycling community.
city is creating a Bicycle/Driver Education Campaign to begin
enforcement initiative will focus on the area west of King Street
between Spring and Broad streets.
offers friendly Halloween boos
Buoys and ghouls of all ages can enjoy a Halloween adventure this
month at the South Carolina Aquarium with Scary'um Aquarium activities
including the Shipwreck Tunnel.
the next three Sundays at 1 p.m., come watch as one of the aquarium's
animals explores a pumpkin in their exhibit. See how the otters,
penguins, eagle and rare albino alligator react to this new object,
enriching their daily routine.
Then explore the rest of the Aquarium with family-friendly, spooky
exhibits such as the new Shipwreck Tunnel, the favorite haunted
Camp Carolina, and the peculiar Creatures of the Deep. Also catch
one of the spook-tacular dive shows and animal programs performed
daily. Kids can enjoy a special $2 off children's admission for
coming in costume. Scary'um Aquarium is FREE with General Admission.
October Scary'um Aquarium activities:
through the new Shipwreck Tunnel, uncover bones in Spookeology,
puzzle over The Creatures of the Deep, solve the mystery of Lizardman
in Camp Carolina and explore family-friendly boos in all your
on over to a "Scare Cart" for hands-on learning with
night frights like owls or snakes, or some of the scary creatures
of the deep ocean like eels.
the riddle of the Lost Species Cemetery and other take home games.
Enrichment with Pumpkins: 1 p.m. on Sundays
Frights: A Great Hall Animal Program, 1 p.m. Monday through Saturday
or Dare: A Great Ocean Tank Dive Show, 3 p.m. daily
Crawly Critters: A Great Hall Interactive Program, 4 p.m. daily
will want to make sure they support the Aquarium through a purchase
of membership this month so as not to miss the Aquarium's sell-out,
members-only Fish or Treat program on Oct. 29. An annual favorite
at the Aquarium, Fish or Treat will offer a members-only toddler-friendly
time from 5 - 5:30 p.m. followed by the members-only Fish or Treat
for all ages beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Beauties and beasts of all shapes and sizes can join the aquatic
animals and "fish or treat" throughout the Aquarium. Enjoy
divers of the deep lurking in the Great Ocean Tank, a juggler, a
Pucker Candy station and many other ghoulish games. Families are
invited to come dressed in their most creative costumes to participate
in our costume contest. Register now for this members-only event
by calling (843) 577-FISH (3474).
places disabled people in jobs
vast, untapped workforce of willing and able workers can help area
businesses succeed in the competitive federal marketplace -- and
Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina would like to introduce
is Disability Awareness Month and Goodwill officials point out that
through the AbilityOne Network, people who are blind or have significant
disabilities can find employment and gain independence. AbilityOne
is a federal program and as part of the network, Goodwill provides
jobs and training opportunities for more than 350 Lowcountry residents.
and training opportunities for the disabled have been provided through
Goodwill's commercial service contracts, such as janitorial, commissary
shelf-stocking, mailroom, switchboard and food service, to government
installations including the Naval Weapons Station, SPAWAR, Beaufort
MCAS and Shaw AFB.
to the ADA National Network, more than 54 million people or nearly
one in six Americans have some form of physical or mental impairment
that substantially limits their daily activities, including working,
walking, seeing, hearing or caring for themselves.
their circumstances, people with disabilities have unique skills
and talents," said Robert Smith, President and CEO of Goodwill
Industries of Lower South Carolina. "Many people with disabilities
need little, if any, accommodations to perform their jobs."
year, Goodwill was able to place more than 1,000 people into new
jobs and served over 19,000 in South Carolina. To find out more
about the AbilityOne Network and Goodwill, go
Chamber begins search for new chief
Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce board has hired Waverly Partners
LLC as its executive search firm in the hunt for the chamber's next
president and chief executive officer.
Chairman Robert W. Pearce Jr. will head an eight-member search committee
that will work with Waverly Partners to identify qualified local,
regional and national candidates.
"Our committee has developed a profile with the experience
and leadership characteristics of our preferred candidate,"
Pearce said. "We are open to executives with backgrounds in
chambers of commerce, business associations, other kinds of nonprofits,
private sector or related experience with a commitment to our mission
of business advocacy in this region."
The position profile is available on the Chamber's
Charles Van Rysselberge, the chamber's current president and CEO,
will be retiring in the spring of 2011 after nine years leading
the Charleston Metro Chamber and a successful 40-year career in
various chambers of commerce.
If you have a review or recommendation of a book, movie, restaurant
or local arts endeavor, please send no more than 150 words to
editor Marsha Guerard.
Make sure to include your name and full contact information.
John England embraced American democracy
England was born in Cork, Ireland, on September 23, 1786, the eldest
son of Thomas England, a successful tobacco merchant, and Honora
Lordan. He received a good education in Cork's Protestant schools.
After initially preparing for a legal career, England decided to
study for the priesthood and was ordained in 1808. In Cork he served
in various parishes and headed the diocesan schools and seminary.
He edited a patriotic secular newspaper and was prominent in the
movement for Catholic emancipation and opposition to the British
government's attempt to veto bishops' appointments.
1820 Pope Pius VII appointed England the first bishop of the Diocese
of Charleston, encompassing the states of North Carolina, South
Carolina, and Georgia. At England's arrival in Charleston, the diocese
had three priests and five thousand Catholics. The Catholic community
was disorganized and had experienced years of dissension and schism.
England addressed these problems with tact and energy, earning the
nickname "Steam Bishop." He traveled repeatedly to all
corners of his huge diocese, set up parishes, recruited priests,
and established a boys' academy in Charleston and a seminary to
train new priests. In 1829 he founded the Sisters of Charity of
Our Lady of Mercy. England was one of the first Irish American bishops
and became an important leader of the Irish community nationwide.
modern views on education and free expression and his experience
of British persecution of Irish Catholics led him to embrace American
democracy and influenced his vision of a free church in a free society.
He was the first important American Catholic theoretician of freedom
of religion and separation of church and state. In 1822 England
founded the first regularly published American Catholic newspaper,
the United States Catholic Miscellany.
1826 England became the first Catholic priest to address Congress.
There, he asserted that Catholicism and the Constitution were compatible:
"I would not allow to the Pope or to any bishop of our church,
outside the Union, the smallest interference with the humblest vote
at our most insignificant balloting box." To reconcile traditional
Catholicism with American democracy, England established a diocesan
constitution. Under these new regulations, parishes elected lay
vestries to take care of the church's financial and physical needs.
Lay delegates and clergy met in annual conventions to deliberate
and pass resolutions for the bishop's approval. This system was
successful in promoting Catholic unity and support for the church,
but subsequent bishops ignored England's example.
abhorred slavery but stated that his church permitted retention
in servitude of descendants of those originally enslaved. He hoped
that American slavery would not continue, but he saw no quick end
to it. He worked to improve the condition of blacks. In 1835 he
established a Charleston academy for free colored youths, but threats
of white mob violence forced its closure.
and sophisticated, England was well received in South Carolina society.
He was active in the Charleston Library Society and the Literary
and Philosophical Society, serving as a curator of the latter's
natural history museum. His health declined during 1841, and he
Charleston on April 11, 1842. He was buried in the crypt of the
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Charleston.
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cuts of beef
neighborhood butcher shop and market, Ted's Butcherblock at 334
East Bay St., is celebrating its fifth anniversary with an all-day
block party from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16. The event
includes a cookout of hog, ducks and oysters, live music by The
Bushels, and beer and wine samplings throughout the day. Cost is
$12 per plate. For more info, click
In honor of
his fifth anniversary, we decided to ask the Butcherblock's owner,
Ted Dombrowski, for his five favorite cuts of beef.
Short Ribs - Perfect for braising during the cooler weather
Teres Major - Not quite as tender as filet, but great flavor
and half the price.
Brisket - The best cut for smoking all day, and ideal when
you're feeding a crowd.
Hanger Steak - The perfect cut when you want to cook a great
steak in a short amount of time, whether on the grill or on the
Ribeye - By far the most flavorful cut. I like to grill rib
roasts for the holidays.
duty of a revolutionary is to get away with it."
THIS WEEK |
20th Anniversary Celebration: 6 to 9 p.m., Oct. 15,
Founders Hall, Charlestowne Landing. The Center For Women will celebrate
its 20th anniversary of helping women in the Lowcountry with a party.
The evening will include food, wine, specialty cocktails and a champagne
toast. Participants will be entertained with live and DJ'd music
plus surprise performances, and a silent auction. For more information
and to purchase tickets, go
Dogtoberfest: 3 to 6 p.m., Oct. 16, Freshfields Village,
Kiawah Island. Dog owners and their furry friends are invited to
the fourth annual Dogtoberfest wine and beer tasting. Four rescue
organizations will be on-site, along with adoptable pets. Tickets
are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. More
ONGOING AND SOON
Vegan and Vegetarian Cuisine: 6-10 p.m., Oct. 18,
Culinary Institute of Charleston, Building 920, Trident Technical
College, Rivers Avenue. Copy goes here. Join Holistic Chef Ken Immer
of gRAWnola and OM cooking for a special class on Vegan and Vegetarian
Cuisine. Learn how to introduce more vegetables and legumes into
your diet. Chef Immer will showcase easy ways to prepare simple
international recipes that are the foundation of great cuisine.
Cost: $69. Call to register 843-574-6152. For more information,
in Summerville: 5-8 p.m., Oct. 21. Fall arrives with
cooler weather, Scarecrows on the Square and Summerville D.R.E.A.M's
Third Thursday program. The Third Thursday event features music
around town with 26 East, an '80s music cover band on Hutchinson
Square, as well as sneak previews of the new Flowertown Players
show and Pinewood Prep's upcoming high school musical. Craft events
arer planned at Village Knittery and Craft Happy, and the Classic
Carolina Ford Car Club will be out with vintage cars. Short Central
will have jazz entertainment. For more info, click
here or phone (843) 821-7260.
Sanctuary Family Picnic: 1 to 4 p.m., Oct. 24, Dill Sanctuary,
1163 Riverland Drive, James Island. The Friends and Needed Supporters
(FANS) of The Charleston Museum will host their Annual Family Picnic,
including a nature walk with naturalist Billy McCord, a butterfly
release, live music by the Susie Summers Duo, a Lowcountry dinner,
children's games, hayrides, demonstrations by Birds of Prey and
the SCDNR Touch Tank. Advance reservations are required; please
call (843) 722-2996 ext. 264 or register
online. No pets or outside coolers.
and paint: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Oct. 26, The Meeting
Place, 1077 East Montague Ave., North Charleston. An adult workshop
featuring Poetry and Paint taught by Mary Harris and Karole Turner
Campbell. Participants will be inspired to combine poetry and paint
in a unique experience that combines two art forms. Materials are
provided. Fee: $5. Registration begins one month ahead and ends
two days prior to class.
Daisy Dash 5K:
8 a.m., Oct. 30, Riverland Terrace on James Island. The annual
Daisy Dash 5K run/walk will raise awareness for Simply Divine Garden,
an organization that plants healing gardens for individuals going
through chemotherapy. Register at www.active.com
or on-site at the Baptist Church at Riverland Terrace located at
Wappoo Road and Maybank Highway. The cost per person is $20
before Oct. 20 and $25 after.
History: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oct. 30, Charleston Museum.
In conjunction with the special exhibition "Threads of War:
Clothing and Textiles of the Civil War," the Charleston Museum
and Carolina Ladies Aid Society are to teaming up to offer a series
of Civil War living history events. The series will kick off with
a demonstration of the complexities of food preparation during the
Civil War. Examine unusual 19th century cooking implements and utensils
and learn the secrets of techniques like Dutch oven baking. The
Civil War living history series is free with general Museum admission
($10/adult, $5/child 3-12, under three and members free). For more
information, please visit www.charlestonmuseum.org
or call 722-2996.
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