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Issue 3.37 | Monday, March 14, 2011 | Break out the Kleenex

POLLEN BOMBS: This close-up of emerging female cones from a loblolly pine in West Ashley is about to explode with yellow pollen that will cover the Lowcountry for the next few weeks. Just looking at these yellow pine bombs makes us want to sneeze. Photo by Andy Brack.

:: Track star's excellent race


:: New book offers Gullah memories

:: 5 for Fashion Week

:: Counting the days 'til markets

:: Judge's talk, play, Cup

:: C.G. Memminger


___:: CALENDAR: This week ... and next
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___:: RECOMMENDED: Send us your reviews
___:: SPOTLIGHT: Meet an underwriter
:: QUOTE: Sincerely yours
___:: BROADUS: Giving praise



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Track star runs an excellent race at college
Special to Charleston Currents

MARCH 14, 2011 - Doesn't it feel good when hard work pays off? For College of Charleston Student-Athlete Alyssa D'Orazio, hard work earned her a giant check - literally.


The Family Circle Cup Community Outreach program is all about making a difference in the scholarship at the College of Charleston for outstanding female student-athletes who excel both on and off the playing field. Every year, $5,000 is awarded based on a student's academic accomplishment, community involvement, financial need, and athletic prowess.

This year's winner is D'Orazio, a junior standout member of the College of Charleston's Women's Track & Field team, who was presented with a giant $5,000 check by Eleanor Adams, Family Circle Cup Tournament manager.

"Alyssa D'Orazio is a shining example of achievement. She is a role model for young women who want to be the very best they can," Adams said. "We commend her for all of the hard work she has put forth in the community and at the College of Charleston over the past three years."


Pursuing a degree in business administration with a minor in hospitality and tourism management, D'Orazio has maintained a 3.7 GPA. She is currently the director of finances of the College of Charleston's Club of Hospitality and Tourism, and a member of the Student Finance and Investment Club.

D'Orazio's athletic achievements are nothing short of her accomplishments in the classroom. Not only has she set a number of College of Charleston records on the track, but she has also earned her share of Southern Conference (SoCon) honors. She has distinguished herself as a Scholar Athlete each year at the college, been named to the Academic All-Conference Team four times, and positioned herself on the Director of Athletics Honor Roll throughout 2010.

In addition to her involvement at the College, Alyssa spends 20-40 hours every week juggling a job and a volunteer-internship. She is employed part-time as a guest services agent at the Embassy Suites Hotel in downtown Charleston, and is committed to a semester-long, volunteer internship with the Jewish Community Center where she is helping organize the 2011 Kids Fair Gala.

Along with the $5,000 grant, D'Orazio will have an opportunity to participate in a coin toss prior Wednesday night's match at the Family Circle Cup.

"I'm absolutely thrilled to be awarded this honor, and I really appreciate the Family Circle Cup's generosity that will impact my education and allow me to continue being involved in my school and in this community," D'Orazio said. "Not everybody can say they have been handed a giant check made out for $5,000."

Morgan Rainer is a PR/Communications Intern in the Communications Department at the Family Circle Cup.

New book showcases Gullah memories
By ANDY BRACK, publisher

MARCH 14, 2011 - Herb Frazier has written a gem of a book.

The award-winning former reporter for The Post and Courier offers "'Behind God's Back': Gullah Memories," just published by Evening Post Books. The 286-page work takes its title from how people in the Cainhoy peninsula, St. Thomas Island and Daniel Island describe their isolated, rural area in the days before the interstate and the planned community of big, trendy homes that Daniel Island is today.


In one passage, Frazier tells the story of Postal Smalls, a longshoreman born in the Brickyard community of Huger ("hu-GEE") who made a little moonshine in the 1950s before he started working on the waterfront. Making moonshine once provided good money to white and black Berkeley County residents - so much so that the area was one of the nation's epicenters of illegally-made liquor.

Small's humor and good-naturedness come through in Frazier's profile, one of many that fill the book. For example, Smalls said his parents told him he was born in 1919. Then Frazier wrote:

"The Social Security office, however, said the Census showed he was born October 9, 1920. 'I feel like I am 1919,' he shrugged."

That kind of humor was vintage Postal. I met him in the mid-1990s when he was a part-time caretaker at Middleburg Plantation. One day as I was cutting grass, he showed up in a suit to check on things. I asked what was going on and he said, "Ain't nothing but some funeralizing." Smalls passed away in late 2008.

"'Behind God's Back'," funded as a project of the Coastal Community Foundation with money from the Daniel Island Foundation, is important because it offers a much-needed look into what happened in the Gullah communities around Cainhoy, as Frazier explains:

"Until now, the remarkable history of Gullah people on the Cainhoy peninsula and St. Thomas and Daniel islands was passed along orally but seldom compiled and written down. That's because Gullah people had been enslaved, literally and figuratively. Most could not read or write. Few were allowed formal educations. Until Emancipation in the 1860s, most people of African heritage didn't even have surnames. Yet by digging through historical records and newspaper accounts and speaking to longtime residents of the area, the story of the lives of people mortared to this land in a tabby of blood, sweat and tears is now being told in an ordered fashion."

What I enjoyed most about the book was learning of the history and struggles of people to survive when times were tough. I got a better insight into how hard life was here - and how parents in Gullah communities in days gone by pushed relentlessly to ensure their children got a better education and better break than they got. The book showcases how people lived, whether subsisting through farming or taking ferries to get to work in Charleston mills or plant. It tells about philanthropist Harry Frank Guggenheim who raised cattle on Daniel Island until his death. And it shows how after Guggenheim's death, the area changed as thousands of new residents moved into areas cattle once roamed.

Frazier's work, illustrated by paintings by artist John W. Jones, describes the importance of land to Gullah residents and how it ties them - in a positive way - to their past. It also shows how land can divide people when money becomes more important than family legacies.

Over the next few years, the Lowcountry will be an integral player in a national effort to preserve Gullah culture through the recently-passed national Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage corridor that stretches from Wilmington, N.C., to Jacksonville, Fla. Frazier's book is an outstanding starting resource for anyone who wants to better understand Gullah life.

Frazier will be signing copies of his book 2 p.m. Saturday at the Barnes and Noble in North Charleston.

Andy Brack, publisher of Charleston Currents, can be reached at:

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Counting the days until the farmers markets open
By ANN THRASH, contributing editor

MARCH 14, 2011 - Tulip trees, dogwoods and more have burst into bloom in the past few weeks, and that means the next thing to pop open around here will be the farmers markets. The three biggest local markets - Charleston, Mount Pleasant and North Charleston - will be raising their tents in the next few weeks, and I'm already getting hungry thinking about the first sweet local strawberries, delicate asparagus, and more. Mark these opening dates on your calendar:

  • April 9 - Charleston Farmers Market, Marion Square downtown, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Saturday through Dec. 18.
  • April 12 - Mount Pleasant Farmers Market, Pavilion at Moultrie Middle School on Coleman Boulevard, 3:30 p.m. until dark each Tuesday through Oct. 18.
  • April 21 - North Charleston Farmers Market, Felix C. Davis Community Center at Park Circle, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. each Thursday through Oct. 27.

Knife Doctor at Charleston Cooks this week
Sharp knives can make a bigger difference than you might imagine in your efficiency in the kitchen. To see just how much, pack your knives and go downtown to see the Knife Doctor at Charleston Cooks this week. Drop off your dull knives by the end of the day on Wednesday (March 16) and they'll be ready for pick-up after 6 p.m. on Thursday. And get this - the Doc can even sharpen serrated blades. The cost is $6 for straight blades and $7 for serrated blades or kitchen shears. Charleston Cooks is located at 194 East Bay St. For more info on the knife sharpening, call the shop at 722-1212.

Cooking class spotlight
In each edition of Food and Drink, we'll be spotlighting an upcoming culinary class or two at area culinary venues. Here are two you might want to check out in the next few weeks. And if you've taken a class recently that you enjoyed, let us know so we can spread the word.

Secrets to succulent scallops
A lunchtime class at noon March 18 at Coastal Cupboard in Mount Pleasant. Learn the secret to perfectly searing scallops so they're caramelized on the outside and moist on the inside. On the menu: Bay Scallop Gratins; Caramelized Sea Scallops with Chipotle Aioli and Baby Greens. Cost: $25. More info.

Italian regional cuisine
A four-class series at the Culinary Institute of Charleston on the Main (Rivers Avenue) Campus of Trident Tech. You'll prepare a variety of regional Italian specialties - antipasti, pasta, risotto, meat, fish and sweets. Meets Wednesdays, April 6-27, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Cost: $349. To register: 843.574.6152 or click here.

Mount Pleasant native Ann Thrash is a contributing editor. She can be reached at:

Gergel to discuss nation's 1st black appellate judge

U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel will highlight the career of the nation's first African-American appellate judge - South Carolina Associate Justice Jonathan Jasper Wright - in a Tuesday speech to law students. The presentation is part of the Charleston School of Law's annual Cultural Month Celebration.


The speech, which is being offered by the school's Office of Diversity Initiatives, will start at noon Tuesday at the American Theater, 446 King St., Charleston. The public is welcome to attend, but seats are limited.

The speech, "To Vindicate the Cause of the Downtrodden: Jonathan Jasper Wright and the Early African American Bar in South Carolina," will trace state history in the decade starting in 1868 when South Carolina's 60 percent black majority exercised considerable influence and control in politics.

"The adoption of universal male suffrage by the state in 1868 led to the widespread participation of black citizens, many recently freed slaves, in the state political system," Gergel said. "Black attorneys from across the country came to South Carolina in search of opportunity in this unique political environment and many established significant and highly successful legal practices."

In 1870, the S.C. General Assembly elected Jonathan Jasper Wright to one of three seats on the state Supreme Court, which made him the first black judge in America. Wright's seven-year tenure on the high court, where he issued more than 90 full opinions, has been subject to recent historic scholarship and recognition as perhaps the most significant African-American legal figure of the 19th century, Gergel said.

Gergel, who has his bachelor's and law degrees from Duke University, served more than 30 years in South Carolina as a trial attorney. He also has authored a book, numerous articles and book chapters on South Carolina history. Nominated to the bench in December 2009 by President Obama, the U.S. Senate confirmed Gergel unanimously in August 2010. His office is in Charleston.

"The Fool's Lear" to open on April Fool's Day

PURE Theatre, in a co-production with Nomad Theatre of NYC, will present the world premiere of "The Fool's Lear" by Randy Neale.

The show, which is directed by Grant Neale and features Randy Neale and Grant Neale, will run from April 1 through April 16.

Grant Neale, left, and Randy Neale. Photo by Grant Neale.

This funny and poignant new play tells the tale of King Lear and his Fool, as they leave the pages of William Shakespeare's famed play. Filled with hopeful plans, they enter into a stormy crisis of identity: The Fool desperately tries to hold on to the one power by which he has always defined himself, his ability to make the King laugh; The King abdicates his kingship, ashamed of the tyrant father he has become.

Who are they after all? A clown and a king, a servant and his master, a father and his unacknowledged son, or an old man suffering dementia and his reluctant care giver?

After a combined 70-plus years in the theater, brothers Randy Neale and Grant Neale present their first full collaboration.

Shows on April 1, 2, 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16 begin at 7:30 p.m., and a 2 p.m. matinee is scheduled on April 10 at Charleston Ballet Theatre, 477 King St. Tickets are $20 in advance on Thursday and Sunday, and $25 at the door. Friday and Saturday tickets are $25 in advance/$30 at the door. Tickets are available at or by phone at 866-811-4111. Tickets can also be purchased the night of the show at the PURE Theatre Box Office half an hour before the show begins at 477 King St.

Trident Tech plans health care careers info sessions

Trident Technical College's Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development will hold two health care information sessions in April, where attendees can learn about continuing education health care programs.

The sessions will be 1-2:30 p.m. on April 12 and 6-7:30 p.m. on April 14 in the Continuing Education Center (Bldg. 910), 2001 Mabeline Road, North Charleston. The sessions are free and open to the public. Registration is not required.

TTC offers Certified Nurse Aide, Coding Specialist, Dental Office Specialist, Emergency Medical Technician, Limited Radiographer, Medical Administrative Assistant, Medical Assistant, Medical Transcriptionist and Phlebotomist continuing education certificate programs. Several are offered online.

The college also has continuing education courses in basic patient care skills and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. For more information, visit or contact Yvonne Noisette at or 843-574-6083.

World No. 1 Wozniacki enters Family Circle Cup

Caroline Wozniacki, World No. 1 and 2009 Family Circle Cup finalist, has officially committed to the April 2-10 Charleston event on Daniel Island.

Wozniacki joins Samantha Stosur, Jelena Jankovic, Maria Sharapova, Shahar Peer, Nadia Petrova, Daniela Hantuchova, Melanie Oudin and Sabine Lisicki in a world class player field assembling for the cup's 39th consecutive year.

Throughout her six-year WTA career, Wozniacki has notched 13 singles titles, 248 singles victories, over $8.5 million in prize money, and became the 20th woman to top the rankings when she overtook Serena Williams' World No. 1 position on Oct. 11, 2010. The 20-year-old from Denmark has started her 2011 season off by reaching the semifinal of the Australian Open, claiming her 13th singles title in Dubai and making an appearance in the finals of Doha. More: Visit

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Reluctant secessionist more interested in education

Christopher Gustavus Memminger was born on January 9, 1803, in Nayhingen, Württemberg, Germany, to Christopher Godfrey Memminger, an army quartermaster, and Eberhardina Elisabeth Kohler. Following his father's death, Memminger's family immigrated to Charleston, where his mother soon passed away. He was left in the Charleston Orphan House at age four and seven years later was adopted by future governor Thomas Bennett.


Educated at South Carolina College, Memminger graduated second in his class in 1819. He began practicing law in 1824, the same year he became a naturalized citizen. Memminger had an active interest in education and helped expand the mission of Charleston's public schools beyond serving only paupers. He and his first wife, Mary Wilkinson, married on October 25, 1832, and had eight children.

Although Memminger would reach the height of his political career as a member of the Confederate cabinet, he was slow to convert to the secessionist cause. He opposed nullification in a satirical pamphlet, The Book of Nullification (1832). He was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives four years later and served almost continuously to the outbreak of the Civil War, chairing the Ways and Means Committee. He opposed separate state secession in 1850 and was a Unionist delegate to the southern rights convention in 1852. Only after John Brown's raid did Memminger believe that separation was necessary. He served as a special commissioner to Virginia in January 1860 to encourage that state to secede, and by the end of the year he was vigorously promoting South Carolina's secession.

Memminger's skills were put to immediate use for the Confederacy, as he chaired the committee to draft the Confederacy's provisional constitution. Jefferson Davis tapped him to be secretary of the treasury in 1861, a position in which Memminger would have enormous difficulties, some of which were beyond his control. His plan to raise money through tariffs was hampered by the Union blockade, and the Confederate congress was reluctant to institute taxation when other sources of income proved useless.

Other difficulties were self-imposed. Believing that the war would be short, he did not bother early to plan for the long term; his ideological rigidity prevented him from suggesting that the government sell cotton to pay bills (he feared that this would damage private farmers); and he was considered a heavy-handed administrator and was little liked by military officers desperate for funds. With inflation spiraling out of control, he resigned on June 15, 1864, and moved to his summer home in Flat Rock, North Carolina, where he remained until the end of the war.

Pardoned in 1867, Memminger returned to Charleston to resume his law practice. Although he served one more term in the General Assembly, he never again became active in politics. Instead, he renewed his prewar interest in education, retiring from Charleston's school board in 1885 after more than three decades of service to the city. In 1868 Memminger helped found the Etiwan Phosphate Company, which pioneered the phosphate industry in the state. He also served as president of the Spartanburg and Asheville Railroad. Memminger's wife died in 1878, and he married her sister, Sarah A. Wilkinson. Memminger died on March 7, 1888, in Charleston, and was buried at his country home in Flat Rock, North Carolina.

-- Excerpted from the entry by Aaron W. Marrs. To read more about this or 2,000 other entries about South Carolina, check out The South Carolina Encyclopedia by USC Press. (Information used by permission.)

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Five for Fashion Week

Haven't bought your tickets to next week's Charleston Fashion Week yet? What are you waiting for? Here are five great reasons from Fashion Week's Chelsey Miller not to miss out on this incredible week of runway styles:

  • Pick the Winner: Each night, ticket holders can vote for their favorite Emerging Designers under the tents via smart phone, courtesy of MyTV Charleston. The designer with the most votes wins the evening's People's Choice Award and a cash prize. Here's your chance to do your best Heidi Klum impression: "One day you're in, and the next day you're out."

  • Meet Celebrities: Among the VIPs joining the Fashion Panel of judges for the 2011 Emerging Designer Competition: East is Janie Bryant, costume designer for the hit TV series "Mad Men."

  • Get the Red-Carpet Treatment: Did you ever want to be asked, "Who are you wearing?" Become a fashion celebrity as Charleston magazine style director Ayoka Lucas vlogs on the CFW red carpet and photographer and fashion blogger Diana Deaver covers CFW's Street Style under the tents. Dress to impress and you may end up on a blog or two.

  • Be a Fashion Insider: Want to see the hottest trends for spring and get a preview of fall? Look no further than the CFW runway, as local boutiques will be showcasing the season's must-haves and both featured and up-and-coming designers will be debuting their fall collections. Don't miss a single look! Buy a VIP ticket to get a guaranteed seat and channel your inner Anna Wintour (sunglasses optional).

  • Snag Some Swag: Everyone loves free stuff, right? The first 150 guests into the nightly Style Lounge preview parties - where you can grab a drink, shop accessories, and listen to special guest DJs - will receive a gift bag filled with fashion and beauty freebies.

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"I am not sincere, even when I say I am not."

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Sustainable Seafood Dinner: 6:30 p.m., March 14, S.C. Aquarium. A fish just being introduced into Charleston's culinary scene - lionfish - will be part of the South Carolina Aquarium's Sustainable Seafood Dinner at Fleet Landing. Executive Chef Drew Hedlund is preparing a five-course dinner paired with international wines. The dinner is $60 (plus tax and gratuity) per guest. Reservations can be made by calling (843) 722-8100 until Friday March 11. Ten percent of the proceeds will be donated to the South Carolina Aquarium in support of the Sustainable Seafood Initiative.

(NEW) Meet The Author: 7:30 p.m., March 15, Karpeles Manuscript Museum, 68 Spring St. Since South Carolina's colonization in 1670, Irish people have helped shape the state's history. Sullivan's Island is named after the Revolutionary War hero Capt. Florence O'Sullivan, and two Irishmen signed the Declaration of Independence on behalf of South Carolina. Arthur Mitchell, a Boston native and history professor at the Salkehatchie Campus of the University of South Carolina at Allendale and Walterboro, recounts the trials and triumphs in "South Carolina Irish." He was the 2010 recipient of the Irish Carolinian award by three Irish societies in Charleston.

(NEW) "Helium" at the Dock Street: 7:30 p.m., March 16-19, and 3 p.m., March 20. Charleston Stage presents "Helium," an exploration of aging and a celebration of the wonder and resilience of the human mind at the Dock Street Theatre. Buy tickets ($22-$48) online.

(NEW) Personal Finance 101: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., March 16, Holiday Inn Express in Mount Pleasant. Charleston Young Professionals luncheon on personal finance with experts discussing investing, retirement, taxes and personal budgeting. Cost: $25 non-member, $15 CYP member. Register.

Charleston Art & Antiques Forum: March 16-20. The Charleston Art & Antiques Forum will feature as its keynote speaker Thomas P. Campbell, director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, at 7 p.m. March 16. The 14th annual forum program, "Made in America" - Century by Century," will feature fine and decorative arts from the founding of Jamestown in 1607 to contemporary ceramics. National experts will discuss architecture, furniture, painting, silver, and ceramics. Visits to significant local homes will be included. More information and purchase of ticket packages are available online.

Walk for Water: 9 a.m., March 19, Cannon Park, corner of Calhoun Street and Rutledge Avenue in downtown Charleston. In its fifth year, the Water Missions International 3.5-mile Walk for Water advocates for those affected by the global water crisis while raising funds to provide safe water around the globe. Registration is $15 and includes a free T-shirt; children under 10 years old are free. More info.

Bikers4Africa: 10 a.m. (registration) to 2 p.m., March 19. Organizers are trying to raise $18,000 to send a Water Missions International water treatment system to Uganda. More than 20 million Ugandans lack clean water. Low Country Harley-Davidson and Market Street Saloon invite all bikers (regardless of motorcycle brand) to meet at Low Country Harley-Davidson for the Bikers4Africa ride. Registration is $20 per rider, $5 per passenger. Kick stands up at noon for a police-escorted ride through some of the most beautiful parts of Charleston. The ride returns to the dealership at 2 p.m. for an after-party. More info.

Parks customer appreciation day: March 20. Come enjoy all the play with none of the pay during Customer Appreciation Day at Charleston County Parks. Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission offers free gate admission to Ravenel Caw Caw Interpretive Center, North Charleston Wannamaker, Mount Pleasant Palmetto Islands and James Island County Parks. Free parking offered at Kiawah Beachwalker Park, Folly Beach and Isle of Palms County Parks, as well as the Folly Beach Edwin S. Taylor Fishing Pier, where fishing is free for the day. Mount Pleasant Pier also will offer complimentary fishing, but parking fees still apply.

Scrabble Tournament: 2 p.m., March 20, Taco Boy restaurant. New local publishing company Surcee Press will host a Scrabble Tournament on the outdoor patio at Taco Boy. Official Scrabble competition rules and dictionary will be enforced by timers, scorekeepers and judges. The three-round tournament will consist of 64 competitors. The winner will receive a cash prize, and there will be rewards for all who participate. Proceeds will go towards the June 2011 publication of "A New Guide to Charleston" by Surcee Press. To purchase $12 competition and/or $24 board donation tickets, or to learn more, go online.


Measuring teacher performance: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., March 22, North Charleston City Hall Chambers. Measuring teacher performance and linking pay to performance are hot topics. The League of Women Voters of the Charleston Area presents a panel discussion with audience Q&A. Panel members are Dr. Janice Poda, former S.C. Dept. of Education Deputy Superintendent; Dr. Fran Welch, dean of the College of Charleston's School of Education; and Lucy Beckham, principal of Wando High School. Light refreshments will be offered beforehand at 5:30 p.m. in the Buist Room. The forum and reception are free.

(NEW) Positive Union Relations: 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., March 23, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce. Workshop will look at the history of unions in the U.S., offering a perspective on how relations have changed over time between unions, businesses and employees. Attendees will learn how to handle collective bargaining contract negotiations, take a look at the National Labor Relations Board and discuss its impact on our economy today. Finally, a panel discussion on how to maintain positive labor relations. Cost: $95 non-member, $55 members. Register.

(NEW) Pour It Forward: 5 to 8 p.m., March 23, at The Square Onion Too, 411 Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant. The Square Onion Too! and Earthly Artifacts will host a new monthly Pour It Forward giving event one Wednesday each month. A $10 donation is requested and patrons will enjoy libations, music, snacks and more. For the first event, patrons can enjoy a wine tasting with proceeds from the event going to S.W.A.T., Southern Women Animal Task force. For more, visit the Square Onion on

Writing from memory: 6:30 p.m., March 25, the Sophia Institute, 297 East Bay St. Workshop with author Josephine Humphreys. Fiction and memoir may seem to be opposites, but there's a surprisingly thin line between the two. The essence of both is story. In this workshop participants will talk about the memory-treasury, the writer's principal resource, and how it can be accessed for effective fiction and memoir. Tuition: Friday night lecture, $25 in advance and $35 at the door. Workshop (includes lecture): $195. For more information and to register, go online.

Polaridad Complementaria: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tues.-Fri. and noon to 5 p.m. Sat.-Sun., through March 27. Polaridad Complementaria: Recent Works from Cuba, an exhibition that introduces North America to the new generation of influential artists from Cuba, is on view at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park. More than 40 works of painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, video and installation art provide a sense of the serious aesthetic and conceptual concerns that characterizes Cuban art today. Admission free.

Cuban Exhibit: Through March 28, City Gallery at Waterfront Park. An opening reception for Polaridad Complementaria: Recent Works from Cuba, an exhibition that introduces North America to the new generation of influential artists from Cuba, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 4. The exhibit offers more than 40 works of painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, video and installation art to provide a sense of the serious aesthetic and conceptual concerns that characterizes Cuban art today. The City Gallery, at 34 Prioleau St., is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

(NEW) Economic Outlook Conference: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., March 30, Charleston Area Convention Center. Keynote Randy Tinseth, vice president, marketing, Boeing. There will also be an 18 to 24 month look ahead at what's in store for the region's key economic sectors. Cost: $160 non-member, $105 member. Register.

Landscapes of the Lowcountry: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Through March 31, Charleston Area Convention Center gallery viewing area, 5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston. Charleston Artist Guild member Barrie Hinson will exhibit plein air landscapes in oil in this exhibit of recent works titled "Landscapes of the Lowcountry." Admission free.

Summerville photo contest: submissions due by noon, May 5. Summerville D.R.E.A.M. (Downtown Restoration Enhancement and Management) is looking for a few good photographs of the downtown Summerville area. Thirteen photos will be used in the upcoming D.R.E.A.M. 2012 Calendar of Historic Downtown Summerville. This contest is open to amateur and professional photographers. Photographs must be of the historic downtown Summerville area - residential and business areas are both acceptable. Photographs may be black and white or color. For more details contact, call (843) 821-7260 or go online.


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4/21: Gilbert: Uganda trip
Arrington: Marines help
Hamilton: More CARTA
Beahm: Safe water
Heddinger: House, garden
Wall: Civil War art
Kearse: Asbestos Week
Derreberry: Wow for us
Gunter: Mental illness
Caspian: Creating stories
Amerson: Wounded vets
Rainer: Track star
Chapman: CARTA's ridership
Price: Affordable dental care
Alterman: Female-friendly
Lancaster, White: Swimmer
Volkman: On hearts
Hastie: Preservation
Webster: Social Valentine
Page: Bear baiting
Corsaro: Seniors online at JCC
Rainer: Ball Crew dreams
Watkins: Beyond cilantro
Howard: Shoes for needy
Woodul: Real estate up
Dunlap: Chamber's agenda
Saboe: Restaurant Week
Durant: Community's needs?
Carter: Recycle this year
Arnoldi: Free geeks
Guerard: Spoleto plans


3/10: Student vs. instructor
War prep offsets horseracing


4/18: Better redistricting
Understanding tax reform
First, do no harm
Smartest Southerners
Spratt, Libya, budget
Gullah memories
Eating at the Edge
Conserving more
Past thrives here
Community Foundation
Tort reform, Peas
Economy, illnesses
Use more budget tools
Queensland flood relief
Jack Alterman
Palmetto Priorities


3/10: Honoring givers, adventurers
Watching Charlie, selves
Oysters, pigs, chickens
Law student's brief
Simple act of beauty
1/3: Spoleto plans

12/27: Hunger, homeless
11/11: Veterans Day
10/21: Charleston: good performer
8/19: How many med schools for SC?


3/10: Networking about blogs
Internet addresses
2/10: Companies at conferences
1 /27: Levelwing head to speak
1/13: Health care reform
New filing procedure
You said what?
787 problems for awhile?
Eggers joins Blackbaud
Restorative Physiology, ArborGen
Finance, accounting class
Busy with meetings


3/3: Recycling more
Veggies profitable
Companies at conferences
1/20: Green initiative
Green initiative
Saving water
Geothermal home
Dry cleaners' set-aside
Googling on superhighway
Shredding together
Saving money
Energy standards needed


2/28: Wine + Food
Frozen Frogmore stew
Home cooking
SEWE 2011
Dry-erase board of shame
Restaurant Week


4/21: 5 on SC Path
5 on Aquarium
Sun tips
Brewing revolution
Facebook biz tips
i5K spirit tips
In the mirror
Poison safety tips
Five SCIWAY favs
Five on rescue dogs
5 Irish proverbs
5 for Fashion Week
5 reasons for hat-wearing
5 for the planet
Special Olympics
5 on bookkeeping
Save your eyes
Duo's favorite 5
6 mouth-waterers
For the heart
5 for TV
5 favorite books
5 for Valentine's
6 to get out of house
Books sales ahead
5 for your feet
5 books for the 150th
Skin tips
Checklist at day's end
Mentalist tips
5 on King Street

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