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MAY 19, 2011 - Since it began in 1979, Piccolo Spoleto Festival has celebrated the human imagination by presenting a vast array of arts programs - literary, visual and performing -- that educate, entertain and inspire us that help us see our world in a more positive way. Chamber music has been a favorite of our festival from the beginning.
This year's Spotlight Concert Series has something special for just about everyone in a variety of beautiful settings and venues. The programs include:
Of special note is a most unique concert planned for June 5th at The Citadel's McAlister Field House, called From Athletes to Artists. This event features two former football greats from The Citadel: Metropolitan Opera bass-baritone Morris Robinson (class of 1991) and Dr. Tony Cicoria, (class of 1974) an orthopedic surgeon who began a second career as a composer and concert pianist after he was struck by lightning in 1994. Both performers will appear with the Piccolo Spoleto Festival Orchestra conducted by Maestro Donald Portnoy. Robinson will sing favorite opera arias and Broadway musical selections including Ol' Man River; Cicoria will perform the world premier of a concerto he wrote for piano and orchestra. The concert will benefit The Citadel Football Association's Scholarship Fund. You should not miss it!
We remember with gratitude, Gian Carlo Menotti's lasting musical legacy and his genius for bringing the arts to the people. When he established Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston in the springtime of 1977, everyone was captivated by the magic and excitement that resulted. It was powerful and unforgettable.
Two years later, Piccolo began as a "little sibling" to Spoleto Festival USA, presenting local and regional artists in a series of admission-free concerts against the stunning backdrop of Spoleto's international arts extravaganza. And with the advent of Piccolo Spoleto, Menotti's artistic gifts to South Carolina were amplified exponentially.
In all of this, South Carolina has been changed for the better. For that is what the arts do for everyone. They tap into our imaginations, they create community, they give people hope, they make the world a better place. Enjoy!
Napa's not as intimidating as you might think
By MARSHA GUERARD, editor
MAY 19, 2011 - When my daughter announced that she wanted a trip to the Napa Valley for her college graduation present, all I could think about was that 2004 movie, "Sideways."
Paul Giamatti starred brilliantly, and scarred me forever with his devotion to Pinot Noir and his pretentious scorn for Merlot. I like both, and a host of other wines as well, and don't know enough to scorn much of anything except what tastes bad. In short, I am not sophisticated enough for a trip to the Napa Valley. I rely on The Wall Street Journal's wine selections to keep me sideways.
My daughter graduated May 7 from Azusa Pacific University near Los Angeles, so traveling up to Napa was a reasonable request. We planned to take my older daughter and her husband, both of them College of Charleston graduates who deserved a dream trip of their own.
We enjoyed the obligatory winery tour and tasting, though we chose a small winery that had been in the Salvestrin family for three generations. The tour included only our family, and it provided the perfect, informal chance to ask questions and get educated. Happily, within a week of returning to Charleston, our shipment of a dozen Salvestrin wines has arrived.
With even greater anticipation, I await my shipment of olive oils and vinegars. We visited Round Pond, another relatively small winery. Rather than do another wine tasting, we hit the olive oil side of the street and learned more than I thought possible about the production of this heart-healthy oil, as well as wine vinegars.
We coughed a bit at the slightly spicy Italian varietal oil, savored the buttery Spanish, and tried both the blood orange and Meyer lemon oils on everything they set before us -- cheese, veggies, bread.
Want to test out a rich wine vinegar? Place one sugar cube on your plate, pour on a few drops of really fine vinegar, then suck it out of the cube. Yum.
I'm no more sophisticated upon my return, but I'm looking forward to dinner!
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for the Boeing article ["GOP
should chill out on the Boeing matter," Monday].
The public spiritedness of our underwriters allows us to bring CharlestonCurrents to you at no cost. This issue's featured nonprofit partner is Rural Mission on John's Island. The organization is many things to man people: a hand up in times of crisis and need a mission, service and faith volunteer experience for the young and older a caregiver and advocate for young migrant children and a support system for migrant families a provider of a warm, comfortable home in winter and a greatly appreciated giver of desperately needed home repairs to make low income homes safe, healthy and decent. For all, Rural Mission is a source of hope for low- and very low-income residents, the elderly and families living in the rural underserved Sea Islands of Charleston County, from Johns Island to Wadmalaw to Edisto and Yonges Islands. To learn more about this extraordinary organization, visit Rural Mission online. To talk to someone about giving your time or money to help, phone: 843.768-1720.
MAY 19, 2011 -- As an ex-BMW exec, it's somewhat expected that S.C. Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt would believe that manufacturing is the path to wealth and growth in the state - - a theme that Gov. Nikki Haley has picked up (despite treating Amazon warehouse jobs in the same class as standard retail jobs).
But a study by the respected strategy and consulting firm Boston Consulting Group lays out a compelling argument that that the U.S. will be on a strong competitive basis with China within five years.
Wages are rising rapidly in China, wages represent only about a third of manufacturing costs, and the cost and complexity of managing the supply chain and logistics for far flung plants has raised the cost of off-shore production; and, with U.S. workers tending to have higher skill levels and be more productive, U.S. locations will be competitive with off-shoring.
Ask Boeing -- one of the (many) problems with the 787 Dreamliner (emphasis on "dream") production is the complex supply chain - hence the plane is three years late, STILL does not have approval, and Boeing built a second plant in Charleston partially to try to play catch up once production can begin.
here's the link to the study
Gap and Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina have announced a partnership encouraging consumers to clean out their closets for a cause. Beginning today through May 29, participating Gap stores in the tri-county and Myrtle Beach area will accept clothing donations in support of the Donate Movement, an effort powered by Goodwill to educate the public on the positive impacts donations can have on both people and the planet.
During this time, customers who donate to Goodwill at participating area Gap Retail stores will receive 30 percent off their entire Gap purchase. Donations will go toward supporting Goodwill's mission of helping people achieve their full potential through the dignity and power of work.
"As a company, we invest in career exploration and job readiness for youth, and thousands of our employees volunteer to help young people prepare for the workforce. Giving our customers and employees the opportunity to donate clothing in support of Goodwill is a great fit with our community efforts," said Bobbi Silten, head of global responsibility and president of Gap Foundation.
Donating to Goodwill also has a positive impact on the planet. Goodwill helps communities extend the life of usable items in environmentally sound ways, and diverts clothing, electronics and household items from local landfills.
"Through the Donate Movement, Goodwill has the opportunity to raise consumer awareness of the power their donated goods can have in strengthening their communities," said Goodwill President and CEO Robert Smith. "When you donate to Goodwill, you help people in your community receive vital skills training and succeed at work."
To learn more about the Donate Movement and calculate the positive impact donations will have on people in the community, visit donate.goodwill.org.
Many children who step onto a baseball or softball diamond dream of putting on a big league uniform. Although few will realize that goal, the youth of Charleston's peninsula will now be able to come close.
Charleston RiverDogs have partnered with Gildan Distributors to lend free
T-shirts to all Peninsula Parks and Recreation youth baseball and softball
Aquarium benefits from Sustainable Seafood dinner
This spring, get hooked on sustainable seafood, and support the South Carolina Aquarium's Sustainable Seafood Initiative at the same time.
Chef Nate Whiting of Tristan restaurant in downtown Charleston is preparing
a fresh, simple and seasonal four-course dinner paired with wine for guests
to enjoy. Chef Whiting will use his years of international culinary experience
to bring surprising twists to the dinner table.
In a city
filled with antique Southern venues, enjoy a refreshing contemporary environment,
while experiencing a memorable four-course meal. The Aquarium's Sustainable
Seafood Initiative Coordinator Megan Westmeyer also will be on hand to
talk to guests between courses about fisheries, seafood sustainability,
as well as tips on buying and serving fresh fish.
Community Pride, Inc., of Charleston County held its 45th Annual Awards Luncheon May 13 to announce Incentive and Pride Award winners being honored for their outstanding efforts to improve our community in 2011.
Steve Connor, chairman of Pride Board of Directors, presided over the event, and the awards were announced and presented to the recipients by Charleston County Council members Teddie E. Pryor and Dickie Schweers, Mount Pleasant Mayor Billy Swails and Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr.
"There is tremendous value in recognizing the individuals, clubs, businesses, and government or civic organizations that are dedicated to providing a cleaner more attractive environment for citizens and visitors to the area," Connor said.
The award winners for 2011 are:
College president and minister Jonathan Maxcy was born in Attleboro, Massachusetts, on September 2, 1768, the eldest son of Levi Maxcy and Ruth Newell. Prepared at Wrentham Academy, he graduated with highest honors in 1787 from Rhode Island College (later Brown University). Baptized in 1789, Maxcy studied for the ministry and was licensed to preach the following year.
Jonathan Trumbull painted his portrait (1793) as "preacher of the First Baptist Society of Providence," a position he assumed on September 8, 1791. Maxcy married Susannah Hopkins, daughter of Commodore Esek Hopkins of Providence, on August 22, 1791. Six of their ten children survived infancy. He was elected president pro tempore of Rhode Island College on September 7, 1792, and the youthful Maxcy formally became the school's second president in 1797. Harvard College awarded him the doctor of sacred theology in 1801.
From 1802 to 1804, Maxcy served as the third president of Union College in Schenectady, New York. In 1804, drawn to a warmer climate by chronic health problems, he accepted the $2,500-a-year offer to become the first president of South Carolina College in Columbia. The college opened in January 1805 with nine students and two professors. Maxcy, professor of belles lettres, criticism and metaphysics, also served on the board of trustees. In 1810, the trustees required the president to submit semiannual reports on the courses offered and student progress, and in 1813 they insisted that juniors and seniors study theology.
The constant problem of disciplining intoxicated and unruly students seriously threatened Maxcy's position from 1813 to 1815 and undoubtedly undermined his health. The faculty tried to gain control over students by imposing suspensions, but the trustees seldom mandated expulsions.
When Maxcy's chapel speeches failed to tame students, the trustees' investigating committee charged him, on April 21, 1813, with "many and great derelictions of duty." Experiencing what he described as "the most painful occurrence of my life," Maxcy defended himself (April 24, 1813), but the trustees required the faculty to submit weekly reports to their standing committee. On February 8, 1814, the town militia had to subdue a student rebellion against the disciplinarian professor George Blackburn. The trustees expelled student ringleaders and forced Blackburn to resign. In November 1815 Maxcy's ill health resulted in a trustee resolution for his dismissal, but he successfully defended his presidency. During that time faculty raised academic standards and the college expanded to seven buildings.
Of the three colleges that he presided over, Maxcy made his greatest impact on South Carolina College. Recognized as a teacher more than a scholar, Maxcy emphasized, in Principles of Rhetorick and Criticism (1817), "how 'rhetoric' was to contribute to the general collegiate curriculum." Deeply committed to the principle of religious toleration, Maxcy believed that neither civil harmony nor salvation required doctrinal consensus. He died on June 4, 1820, and was buried in the cemetery of the First Presbyterian Church, Columbia. The Maxcy Monument, an obelisk designed by Robert Mills, was dedicated on campus on December 15, 1827, by the student Clariosophic Society, of which Maxcy was a founder and the first honorary member.
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at the Spoleto Festival
USA are crazy busy these days getting ready for the 2011 festival,
May 27 to June 12. But they took a few minutes to generate a list for
us. The first three answers are this season's hottest-selling shows and
the last two tips are ways in which you can save on your Spoleto Festival
2. The Medium: In celebration of Spoleto Festival's founder Gian Carlo Menotti's 100th birthday, the festival is mounting a new production of his beloved opera The Medium.
3. Circa: This isn't your ordinary circus! This troupe from Australia combine heart stopping acrobatics with modern soundtracks that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
4. Come down to the Gaillard Auditorium in downtown Charleston and purchase your tickets at the Spoleto Festival USA Box Office. There, you will pay no handling fees and you can speak to a knowledgeable staff person who can help you select festival events.
5. Discounts. Spoleto Festival USA offers many discounts on tickets, including senior, student, and military discounts.
"No man ever
listened himself out of a job."
David Mamet's "Race": 7:30 p.m., May 19, 20, 21 and 2 p.m., May 22. PURE Theatre's production of "Race" by David Mamet will be presented at PURE Theatre at Ansonborough Square Shopping Center, 334 East Bay Street, Unit I. Multiple Award-winning playwright/director David Mamet tackles America's most controversial topic in a provocative new tale of sex, guilt and bold accusations. Tickets are available online or by phone at 866-811-4111. Also, the box offices opens half an hour before showtime.
Running Well workshop: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 21, at Trident Tech's main campus. The school will offer this course that uses the physiology of running to assess and achieve optimal running form. To register or learn more, click here or contact Steve Price.
Free dog training: 11 a.m., May 21, at Wannamaker County Park in North Charleston, and 11 a.m., June 4, at James Island County Park. Charleston County Parks will be hosting local dog experts from Bark Busters Home Dog Training for free seminars. Open to the public and presented within the three county dog parks, these programs will aim to teach dog owners about their pet's behavior as well as some recommended "dos" and "don'ts" during park trips. These programs are free and open to the public, but regular park admission fees of $1 per person still apply.
Trees and Tree People: 6:30 p.m., May 22, 297 East Bay St. "Trees and Tree People: Greening Ourselves, Saving the Planet" with Jean Shinoda Bolen. Her words will lead us from knowledge of what trees are and what they do, to the symbolic, sacred meaning, soulfulness and wisdom of trees. To read more and register, go online.
CALENDAR: ONGOING AND SOON
(NEW) Upstairs at McCrady's: 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. sets, May 25 to June 10, McCrady's, 2 Unity Alley. Jazz Artists of Charleston announces its 4th Annual JAC Jazz Series, regular sets at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. featuring some of Charleston's premiere jazz musicians, along with regionally, nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. The series will include two special events, Holy City Homecomin' featuring Art of the Song and The Charleston All-Stars. Detailed ticket and program information are online.
in the Movies: Myths and Misconceptions: 6:30 p.m., May 26,
Mount Pleasant Regional Library, 1133 Mathis Ferry Road. This fascinating
presentation shows how the portrayal of slavery in movies has changed
over the years. Presented by Donel Singleton and Nate Johnson of Fort
Sumter National Monument.
Pro Bono Law Seminar: Immigration Law: 6:30 p.m., May 26, Dorchester Road Regional Library, 6325 Dorchester Road. Robert A. Condy will lead the seminar with a lecture followed by an open discussion.
Shakespeare Alive: 6 p.m., May 28, 4 p.m., May 29,
Gage Hall, 4 Archdale St., Charleston. The Charleston Chamber Opera presents
"Shakespeare Alive!" as part of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival's
Spotlight Concert Series. Join Puck from "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
on a journey through some of opera's most intriguing settings of Shakespearean
works. Interwoven with narration by actress Terry Bell-Aby with piano
accompaniment by musical director Steven Morris, the concert marks the
debut of Savannah, Ga., soprano Rebecca Patrick Flaherty, Columbia, S.C.,
soprano Mary-Therese Heintzkill, and Boston-based tenor Kevin Hayden,
with the return of Greenville Light Opera's baritone Christian Elser,
and Charleston's own mezzo soprano, Lara Wilson. Tickets are $26 and are
available through OvationTix, Piccolo Spoleto, or at the door.
My Father, Myself: Creative Resilience in Aging: 6:45 p.m., May 31, Main Library, 68 Calhoun St. Can art save us from the ravages of dementia, or transform the experience of aging? Jerald Winakur discusses how art can help the aging and their caregivers cope with the changes in their lives. Winakur is the author of Memory Lessons: A Doctor' Story which chronicles his life as a geriatric doctor and his experiences caring for his father, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease. A book signing will follow the lecture; books will be available for sale.
Chamber's Annual Meeting: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., June 2, Francis Marion Hotel. The Charleston Metro Chamber's annual meeting will feature Scott Lillie on Inside the Magic: Leadership Principles from a Life at Disney. Cost: $179 for non-members; $129 for members. Register.
Charleston Arts Festival: The city of North Charleston's Arts Festival
continues through June 13 with dozens of lectures, concerts, displays
and performances. Admission to these events is free. Go
online for a complete listing. A few highlights:
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