Now is the time
to plan for Spoleto
MARSHA GUERARD, editor
3, 2011 -- If you've never taken part in the many aspects of the
Spoleto Festival, let me push you to try a sampler.
officials recently unveiled their three-week program for the May
27 to June 12, 2011, international arts festival, and now is the
best time to plan a super-fun weekend - or three weeks of super
the YBC, or Years Before Children, Henry and I saved up our pennies
and bought a special package of weekend tickets. We felt we were
taking part in the Chinese restaurant of arts events - one from
Column A, a Mozart opera; one from Column B, a two-man play about
the tiny town of Tuna, Texas. Column C included chamber music with
Charles Wadsworth, and Column D was a jazz performance.
we tied it all together with late-night visits to the wonderful
Marianne's, a French restaurant that operated on Meeting Street
and offered wonderful wines and crab cakes Benedict until all hours
of the morning.
year's festival will include three operas: Mozart's "The Magic
Flute," "The Medium" by the festival's godfather,
the late Gian Carlo Menotti, and "Emilie," the American
premiere of composer Kaija Saariaho's latest work.
theatrical offerings will cover the waterfront: "The Cripple
of Inishmaan," a much-honored production from Ireland; the
edgy rendition of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Red Shoes"
by Kneehigh Theatre; "County of Kings: The Beautiful Struggle,"
a coming of age story from Lemon Andersen; and "East 10th Street:
Self Portrait With Empty House," a witty account of New York
life in a decayed townhouse.
lovers can get their fixes with the Spanish Corella Ballet troupe;
Khmeropedies I & II, classical Khmer dance with a modern twist;
Shen Wei Dance Arts, a trilogy by choreographer Shen Wei; and Cedric
Andrieux, a portrait of a dancer choreographed by Jerome Bel.
addition to the popular annual chamber music offerings at the Dock
Street, music lovers can indulge in a wildly varied bill of fare.
Classical performances, jazz performances, songs by performance
artist Taylor Mac, contemporary and choral performances will be
featured. And the fun won't stop there, of course. A circus from
Australia is coming, a gospel music spectacle is planned, and artists
of all types will be hanging out in the Holy City happy to talk
about their art and their passion.
just the beginning, too. We haven't even begun to tell you about
the concurrent Piccolo Spoleto offerings.
save up your pennies and treat yourself to some nights on the town.
These are the nights when Charleston is at her most beautiful -
and her reflected beauty makes all of our lives glitter a bit more.
more on the Spoleto Festival, go online to www.spoletousa.org.
For Piccolo Spoleto plans, visit www.piccolospoleto.com.
Pleasant resident Marsha Guerard is editor of Charleston Currents.
She can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
tax removed from Priorities
By ANDY BRACK, publisher
3, 2011 -- Violence and jobs. South Carolina has too much of the
first and not enough of the second.
this column, we offer our annual Statehouse Report review
Priorities, our sweeping policy objectives first outlined two
years ago to help state lawmakers have a big-picture guide for how
it could make significant changes for the people of the state.
two years of having one of the nation's top unemployment rates at
more than 10 percent, there's still not a comprehensive jobs creation
plan in place. There has been political hot air, but little real
action to generate jobs throughout the state. (And yes, while we
landed Boeing in Charleston, that doesn't do much to help folks
in Hartsville or Seneca.)
South Carolina, the school dropout rate remains high. Health care
is expensive. The state's energy policy is piecemeal. And our state
is just too violent.
This last indicator -- bolstered by an FBI ranking of the Palmetto
State being second in the nation in violent crime - highlights how
state legislators need to do more to make South Carolina safer.
Even though violent crime went down 7.8 percent last year, we're
adding a safety priority to our annual list.
are, however, removing an original Palmetto Priority. We're cutting
our call for raising the cigarette tax to help generate more federal
matching health care funds. In 2010, lawmakers raised this "sin
tax" by 50 cents - not to the national average that we called
for, but enough that this priority likely won't be addressed for
a new governor prepares to take office, here's a look at our revamped
2011 Palmetto Priorities. We urge state officials to use this list
to drive policy decisions in a legislative year that may be the
toughest in generations:
Develop a Cabinet-level post dedicated to adding and retaining
10,000 small business jobs per year. Politicians talk about helping
small businesses. This would force them to.
a comprehensive approach to get off the FBI's top 10 list of violent
crime by cutting rates by a third by 2016. State lawmakers should
enact significant legislation to reduce violence against women,
curb hate groups, cut hate crimes and more. Achieving this goal
is more than locking up people and throwing away the key. It's
about being smart to make communities safer.
Cut the state's dropout rate in half by 2015.
Ensure affordable and accessible health care that optimizes preventive
care for every South Carolinian by 2015. The state needs to lead,
not wait for more from the federal government.
a state energy policy that requires energy producers to generate
20 percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2020. If
such a goal were established, lawmakers could implement an array
of conservation and renewable energy policies to change the state's
By 2012, remove special interest sales tax exemptions that are
outdated for the state's 21st Century economy. Special-interest
tax breaks cost the state more than $2.7 billion in revenue every
year. State lawmakers should resist the urge to do nothing by
blaming tough budgetary times. Instead, they should seriously
consider recommendations generated in 2011 by the Tax Realignment
Reform and stabilize the tax structure by 2012 after following
an overall nonpartisan review that seriously considers reimplementation
of reasonable property taxes. Lawmakers need to reshape the ill-fated
Act 388 that cut school operating property taxes in exchange for
an increase in sales tax that shifted burdens to the middle class.
voter registration to 75 percent by 2015 by restructuring the
state's election, reducing voting barriers and making it easier
for all to vote.
Reduce the prison population by 25 percent by 2020 through creative
alternative sentencing programs for non-violent offenders.
Strengthen all bridges and upgrade all state roads by 2015 through
creative highway financing and maintenance programs.
Have a vigorous two- or multi-party political system of governance.
us your thoughts on these objectives. Better yet -- let your legislator
know they're important to you.
Brack, publisher of Charleston Currents, first offered this column
Report. He can be reached at: email@example.com.
more Palmetto State drive-ins
From the publisher:
last week on preparations for a family trip to Kansas, I mentioned
how we were hoping to take in a drive-in movie because we only knew
of one such theater remaining in the Palmetto State. Two diligent
readers informed us of other similar theaters:
Smithem, Mount Pleasant: "There is still a functional drive-in
movie theater in Greenwood, SC! Add that to your list. (More:
Havekost, Columbia: "A popular destination for people in
Columbia, SC is the drive-in theater in Monetta, SC ... The
for the help!
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to be recognized at gala
Scarlett Wilson will be the keynote speaker as the Zonta Club of
Charleston will honor individuals and organizations making a difference
in the lives of domestic violence victims at the Breaking the Silence
Awards Gala on Jan. 22.
event will begin at 6 p.m. at the Harbour Club in downtown Charleston.
Hosted by the Zonta Club of Charleston, the gala will benefit Liza's
Lifeline of South Carolina, which raises funds to assist domestic
violence victims, and Zonta's service projects.
of the First Annual Breaking the Silence Awards will be announced
in the following categories: Best in Media, Best in Business, Best
Volunteer and Best Professional. Liza's Lifeline Person of the Year
for lifelong achievement will be selected by the board of Liza's
Lifeline of South Carolina.
2006, South Carolina ranked number one nationally in the number
of women killed by male intimate partners. Domestic violence has
become a crisis in South Carolina. The office of Attorney General
has named it the number one crime problem in our state. Zonta set
out to create an annual award program that each year will recognize
those who are putting their lives on the line and are truly devoted
to making a difference in lives of domestic violence victims,"
said Vladia Jurcova-Spencer, president of the Zonta Club of Charleston.
some this involvement means risking their lives by answering domestic
disturbance calls, others fight their battle in the court rooms.
For most parts, these individuals are not recognized for their tireless
work and we want to rectify that," Jurcova-Spencer continued.
"We also encourage business and organizations to step up and
compete for honors."
are $75 per person and include the cocktail hour, dinner and award
ceremony. Cocktail attire. To purchase tickets, visit www.zontaofcharleston.com.
For more information, contact 843-345-3275 or send an email.
Wireless is the presenting sponsor, additional sponsors include
Williams & Walsh, LLC, Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy, South Carolina
Women Lawyers Association and the city of North Charleston. Williams
& Walsh also is donating five tickets to local domestic violence
advocates to thank them for their time and dedication to the community.
documentary to make its premiere next week
Local First and The Coastal Conservation League are sponsoring "Fresh,"
a food documentary that celebrates farmers, thinkers and business
people across the country who are reinventing the food system.
movie will begin at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Terrace Theater on
James Island. The price is $6 per person.
healthy and sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision
of the future of our food. "Fresh" addresses an ethos
that has been sweeping the nation and serves as America's call to
action. Among several main characters, the documentary features
urban farmer and activist, Will Allen, the recipient of MacArthur's
2008 Genius Award; sustainable farmer and entrepreneur, Joel Salatin,
made famous by Michael Pollan's book, "The Omnivore's Dilemma;"
and supermarket owner, David Ball, a famous local economy advocate.
Representatives of Lowcountry Local First and The Coastal Conservation
League will hold a panel discussion after the movie with local farmers
and food advocates.
Street becomes hot spot on Sunday
Sunday on King Street, Charleston's shopping, dining and cultural
event, continues Jan. 9 and every month from 1 to 5 p.m.
Street is closed to all vehicular traffic from Broad Street north
to Calhoun as businesses invite all to enjoy the best shopping,
dining and services the region has to offer both on the sidewalks
and in the street.
ensemble Charleston Virtuosi will play on the steps of the Charleston
Library Society from 1 to 4 p.m., led by violinist Peter Kiral.
will be available at www.secondsundayonkingstreet.com,
along with downloadable parking vouchers good for two hours of free
parking in any city of Charleston garage.
semester to start at Academy of Music
Charleston Academy of Music begins a new semester on Jan. 10.
Academy's leadership believes giving young students an instrument
is like giving them a tool to open their inner voices.
Academy of Music offers music instruction for all skill levels in
piano, violin, viola, cello, classical guitar, and voice. Included
in the private instruction are Strings Workshops, Guitar Ensembles,
Performance Classes, Theory Classes, and Master Classes. CAM also
hosts a variety of programs such as the Honors Program and Outreach
Program, which includes the Satellite Program at Charleston Day
School and Meeting Street Academy, home of the Kidzymphony Orchestra
Program. CAM accepts students of all ages, regardless of financial
status. CAM is equipped to offer a complete music education to prepare
serious students for professional careers as musicians and music
educators, and to create lifelong promoters of classical music.
various programs are possible thanks to supporters including the
National Endowment for the Arts, S.C. Arts Commission, Coastal Community
Foundation, Jerry & Anita Zucker Foundation, Henry & Sylvia
Yaschik Foundation, Herzman-Fishman Foundation, Joanna Foundation,
Bakker Family Fund, Harriet & Linda Ripinsky Foundation, Post
and Courier Foundation, and private donors.
be a part of the academy, register on the Web site at www.charlestonmusic.org.
Forms also are available at the CAM office located at 189 Rutledge
Ave. For more information regarding spring semester and CAM, contact
the office at 843-805-7794 or email@example.com.
us your recommendations from around town
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.
Ashmore won Pulitzer
in Greenville on July 28, 1916, to William Green Ashmore and Nancy
Elizabeth Scott, Harry Scott Ashmore grew up in relative poverty
but obtained a general science degree from Clemson College in 1937.
He demonstrated exceptional writing skills and pursued a journalism
career after serving as editor on his high school and college newspapers.
reputation as a journalist grew at the Greenville Piedmont
and Greenville News, garnering him a Nieman Fellowship in
1941. His editorials at the Charlotte (N.C.) News led to a job at
the Arkansas Gazette in 1947.
of several Southern journalists whose "liberal" views
on desegregation and civil rights attracted national attention and
local scorn, Ashmore won a Pulitzer Prize for his editorials opposing
Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus's attempt to stop the integration
of Little Rock's Central High School in 1957. However, Ashmore shunned
the "liberal" tag, claiming to be a gradualist - supporting
the removal of the "separate but equal" system by degrees.
1954 book, "The Negro and the Schools," summarized a massive
Ford Foundation research project on the disparate biracial educational
system in the South. Chief Justice Earl Warren of the U.S. Supreme
Court later told Ashmore the research findings influenced the Court's
desegregation implementation decision.
leaving the Gazette in 1959, Ashmore served as editor in chief of
Encyclopaedia Britannica and joined Robert Maynard Hutchins'
Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions in Santa Barbara,
Calif., where he lived until his death. During his career Ashmore
wrote 10 books, many of which discussed the changing attitudes in
the New South. He explained, "All of these books of mine, with
all the examining, I'm trying to examine my own attitude. How did
I get to this point from where I started? What changed my mind?"
Ashmore died in Santa Barbara on January 20, 1998.
Excerpted from the entry by Nathania K. Sawyer. To read more about
this or 2,000 other entries about South Carolina, check out The
South Carolina Encyclopedia by USC Press. (Information used
Afghan fun run
FUN RUN: Service members at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan,
cross the starting line to begin their 5 kilometer fun run at
the stroke of midnight to bring in the New Year, Jan. 1. About
750 service member and civilians gathered to start the race
and celebrate the New Year. (Photo provided.)
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Five fun events
for January on King Street:
Do Lunch at Hall's Chophouse to celebrate the Southeastern
Wildlife Exhibition at noon on Jan. 7. Let's Do Lunch is a networking
event, a time for friends - even a meal! Get
your tickets online.
- Help out
the Charleston Ballet Guild by having a feast at the Amen
Street Fish and Raw Bar on Jan. 12. Chef Stephen Ollard, formerly
of Coco's Cafe in Mount Pleasant, will cook up something wonderful.
here to purchase tickets.
- The Charleston
Symphony Orchestra League Revels are hosting lunch at Hall's
on Jan. 14. You can support the CSO and have a great meal too.
here to purchase tickets.
- As we reminded
you in our Good News column, Jan. 9 will
be Second Sunday on King Street. The street will close
to vehicles so pedestrians can enjoy our beautiful main street,
shop in its unique stores and dine alfresco. This year many local
musical and artistic guests will be there to meet, greet and perform.
- Go on
a Big Explore. You don't have to wait for King Street to shut
down to find out what's new in town. Go visit the brand new Niche
Interiors at 153 King St., and while you're there you can discover
all the new secrets of Charleston's great shopping street.
importance of books
I am attacked by gloomy thoughts, nothing helps me so much as running
to my books. They quickly absorb me and banish the clouds from my
Hunting for makeup artists: Deadline is Jan. 5. Charleston
Fashion Week is looking for 50 hair and makeup artists to work behind
the scenes during Charleston Fashion Week, March 22-26. More or
to apply: click
of the West re-enactment: 3 to 6:30 p.m., Jan. 8. Cadets
from The Citadel will reenact the Jan. 9, 1861, firing on the Union
supply ship the Star of the West in commemoration of its 150th anniversary.
With support from the city of Charleston, the re-enactment will
take place on Morris Island. Between 15 and 20 faculty and cadet
re-enactors from The Citadel Military Living History Society will
participate. In addition, The Citadel Alumni Association will host
a Charleston harbor cruise that will pass by Morris Island during
the reenactment. The harbor cruise will leave the aquarium wharf
at 3 p.m. and will return at 6:30 p.m. rain or shine on Jan. 8.
Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased online at www.citadelalumni.org
or by calling PJ Calogrides at 843-953-6586 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ONGOING AND SOON
for Awakening: 9 a.m., Through Jan. 8, 2011. This 5-day
retreat with Henk Brandt and Carolyn Rivers will focus on working
with Henk to develop the power of mindfulness, bringing us closer
to an intimate, more harmonious life, and with Carolyn to identify
our heart callings, the unrealized potential or buried longing many
of us carry inside. Participants will work with them individually
and together. Tuition: $595. Register
Exhibit: Through Feb 28, 2011, The Meeting Place, 1077 East
Montague Ave. North Charleston. In his exhibit, "Sea and Shore,"
local artist David Springer will present metal sculpture depictions
of Lowcountry birds, plants, and wildlife. Window viewing, free
Creativity with Anne LeClaire: 6:30 p.m., Jan. 28, 297
East Bay St. Theologians, poets, artists, writers and philosophers
have long known that in order to create anything, including a deeply
fulfilling life, the first requirement is that we become quiet.
It is in this space of stillness that truths surface, understandings
expand, and we discover in the silence of our hearts answers to
living authentically. Begin the new year by joining Anne in exploring
the possibilities of silence and its connection to creativity and
to living not just to survive but to thrive. Tuition: Evening lecture
only, $25 in advance and $35 at the door. Weekend workshop (includes
lecture): $195 by January 5, $250 after. Register
Conscious Evolution: 6:30 p.m., Feb. 4. What does
conscious evolution mean? How can we live it in our relationships
and spiritual unfolding, and use it to discover our vocations of
destiny? How do we follow the compass of joy: the Law of Attraction
to What We Want to Give? Futurist and evolutionary pioneer Barbara
Marx Hubbard tells her powerful personal journey of transformation,
emphasizing the discovery of life purpose, the evolution of motherhood,
a vision of our future, the importance of Evolutionary Spirituality,
and the discovery of Regenopause in post-menopausal women. Tuition:
evening lecture only, $25 in advance and $35 at the door; weekend
workshop (includes lecture): $250 by January 4, $295 after. Register
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