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Lowcountry Local First opening new coworking space, looking to fill spots BY SKYLER BALDWIN
The local business advocacy group is much of our space as local as possible.” expanding its coworking space, Local Works, For now, the few partners that have with a new, bigger location. While larger returned to work are serving as the start of a groups like WeWork, an office-leasing budding coworking community, and there’s company, have been in this area of business plenty of space left. for some time, Local Works is providing a “We are pretty low, and I think a lot of it is smaller, more local take on office-space shar- because people aren’t ready to come back yet,” ing in Charleston. said Kaylee Schuh, LLF’s accountant and busi“We had been talking about it, and we ness services manager. “We’ve noticed in our wanted to do it, but it wasn’t anything that inquiries in Local Works — when they come was high up on our to-do list,” Schuh said. “It to do a tour, when they communicate with me was kind of a fantasy, something that, maybe — people just aren’t comfortable.” in five years we’d see where we were at. That’s why creating a safe space for incom“But with the pandemic and everything ing partners was high on the list of priorities. shutting down,” she said, “it was the perfect Masks are mandatory, even when working storm that allowed us to expand and create at a desk, unless you’re working in one of this wonderful space that’s going to be so the nine available private offices with four much more useful to our local businesses and enclosed walls or one of the two conference entrepreneurs.” rooms, which are currently The new space is almost “With the pandemic limited to half capacity. entirely built and furnished It’s a drastic change of and everything for local businesses, by pace from the previous local businesses. From space at 1600 Meeting St., shutting down it was couches to tables, busia smaller location with only the perfect storm nesses like Celadon and one available office space. that allowed us to GDC are represented. There was even a waitMeeting Green gives the expand and create this list for many awaiting an space a spot of color with open space. Moving would wonderful space that’s have normally meant lost potted plants, and local artists’ work is displayed revenue, but the pandemic going to be so much brilliantly in bright murals opened an unlikely window more useful to our throughout. of time for the move. local businesses and “Our whole business As businesses across is with local entreprethe city begin to open entrepreneurs.” neurs and sort of creating up once again, spaces at —Kaylee Schuh, LLF’s accountant this local essence here in Local Works will likely and business services manager Charleston,” Schuh said. fill up fast. There are “We really tried with Local multiple different types of Works to support local businesses, people spaces available ranging in scale and privacy. who needed an office space that didn’t really Contact Lowcountry Local First for more have that, in an affordable way while still information on how to become a coworker at staying on mission.” Local Works. Even the construction style, an exposed LLF is holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony wooden look, is representative of the lumber Friday at the new location, letting some of yard Local Works shares its space with. the key contributors to the space see the “These are the woods they made here, and finished product for the first time. The event we really wanted to pay homage to that will be small-scale and closed to the public, heritage,” Schuh said. “Our architect David but it will be streamed live for all supporters Thompson really did a great job keeping as and partners to join at a safe distance.
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Offices and working environments have been changed forever due to the coronavirus pandemic, and many businesses will need to rethink the need for dedicated office space moving forward as more and more people prove capable of working remotely. Now, Lowcountry Local First is getting ahead of the curve.
HOW SOUTH CAROLINA’S PRISON POPULATION DROPPED 30% IN 11 YEARS
“No one is in control at DHEC and hasn’t been for quite some time.” —S.C. Sen. Harvey Peeler, R-Cherokee, has filed legislation that would split up the state Department of Health and Environmental Control to become a standalone health agency.
CHARLESTON TEACHERS SPLIT ON RETURN TO IN-PERSON LEARNING, ACCORDING TO SURVEY
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“nutcase brigade of legal wannabes” —That’s how Tim Pearson, a senior political advisor to Gov. Henry McMaster, described the series of ex-attorneys for former President Donald Trump after news broke that he hired S.C. lawyer Butch Bowers to represent him during his second impeachment trial. Source: The Post and Courier
More than 700 teachers in the Charleston County School District completed an anonymous survey conducted by the Charleston Teacher Alliance regarding the return to classes this semester, and the results show an education system trying its best to do right by its students with little understanding of what the best looks like. Roughly 50% of teachers answered that they didn’t think instruction should move to all-virtual learning during the pandemic, 38% thought that it should and the remaining 12% were unsure. But while 66% of responding teachers said they agreed that safety protocols and their school’s procedures keep students and staff safe, only 38% said their classroom is regularly and properly cleaned according to safety protocols. Other issues discussed include the sheer volume of work needed to keep schools operating smoothly through the pandemic. Though, few alternatives have been pitched or found. “I have never had so many responsibilities outside of my teaching duties,” one teacher wrote in the anonymous survey. “I have kids in my room from 8 a.m to 2 p.m. with no break in between. Nevertheless, I honestly do not know of any other way I would do it.” At the same time, 65% of responding teachers said it takes much more time to properly plan and prepare for classes, and 74% said they were concerned that online students aren’t engaging with their classes to begin with. Teachers also listed issues with technology that hindered their ability to teach to their best ability, including poor internet reliability at students’ homes and the school, hardware issues and poor connectivity with district-supplied technology. —Skyler Baldwin
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CHARLESTON-AREA LEADERS REACT TO BIDEN-HARRIS INAUGURATION
President Joe Biden’s and Vice President Kamala Harris’ inaugurations played out on live television at home for most, relegated far from the nation’s capital because of the COVID-19 pandemic. State Rep. JA Moore, D-Hanahan, said he backed now-Vice President Kamala Harris ahead of last year’s state Democratic primary after learning he was about to become a father. Moore said he thought back to his father, whose activism to fight for rights of Black women, and his half-sister, Myra Thompson, who was one of nine people killed at Emanuel AME Church. “On a Saturday, I found out that I was going to be the father of a little Black girl,” Moore told the City Paper. “That next day, that Sunday, is when I called then-Sen. Kamala Harris and told her that I will be supporting her because I have a daughter.” State Sen. Margie Bright Matthews, D-Charleston, said the day was “a big release.” “I felt it in some respects in prior years, but not to this extent,” she said. SCForEd representative Trevor Etminan said he was struck by the tone change he felt on Wednesday. “I realized today how much tension had been created and how Biden and Harris have the herculean task of releasing that tension,” the Ashley Ridge High School
teacher said. “I am hopeful that Biden’s pledge to serve all people will be received and celebrated by all Americans. It is true that rhetoric holds power and, in his speech today, Biden made it clear that his rhetoric will be to seek and cultivate unity and strength rather than fear and division.” State Rep. Krystle Matthews, D-North Charleston, told the City Paper leaders back home also have to get down to it. “What they do will be on the Hill. What we do here locally is on us,” she said. “Let’s work!” Sen. Matthews, knows she and her Democratic colleagues will start out in the hole, after four of them were unseated, giving Republicans an edge headed into the new session. “They’re nicer, but they’re still going to march with the Republican agenda,” she said, pointing to early prioritization of abortion restrictions and loosening gun laws. For her part, freshman Republican U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace, said in a press release, “I stand ready,” to work with the Biden administration. “I am determined to work with the new administration to move our nation forward and work hard for the Lowcountry and for America,” she said. —Sam Spence
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When S.C. Department of Corrections Director Bryan Stirling arrived on the job in 2013, his first order of business was to find out how prisoners who had done their time were released back into society. He witnessed vulnerable people who were not adept as transitioning back into the world they had left behind. “I was not really happy with what I saw,” Stirling told City Paper sister publication Statehouse Report in an exclusive interview last week. “I saw people who just weren’t prepared to re-enter society safely. I came back and set about changing how we did re-entry.” In just a few years, the S.C. Department of Corrections has seen a precipitous drop in its prison population — from 24,000 inmates in 2010 to just under 16,000 today. In 2009, Statehouse Report issued a set of Palmetto Priorities, which included cutting the state’s prison population by 25%. That now has been accomplished. While reducing the prison population was not Stirling’s original goal, addressing the needs of the prison population is one of several factors he points to that has led to the reduction in prisoners. Former S.C. Circuit Judge Michael Baxley, now in private practice in Charleston, cites other reasons. Most people, he said, believe that too many people are incarcerated. But through the years, there has been better coordination between parole, probation and prison, which has resulted in a lower prison population. “There’s also been a legislative push — [Democratic] Sen. Gerald Malloy of Darlington has been in the forefront of this — in reconfiguring sentencing,” Baxley said. “That’s why you see the flourishing of things like drug courts and mental health courts.” —Rodney Welch
CLYBURN CALLS POET AMANDA GORMAN’S WORDS ‘PROVIDENTIAL’
Amanda Gorman was seated with her mother between Congressman James Clyburn and Jennifer Lopez on the balcony in front of the U.S. Capitol for last Wednesday’s inauguration. At her mother’s request, Clyburn posed for a photo and chit-chatted with the former youth poet laureate who was about to steal the show a few feet away after President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were sworn in. Clyburn told the City Paper that he remembers telling his daughter Jennifer that Gorman’s poem seemed to match the time in history. Gorman was reportedly midway through writing “The Hill We Climb” when the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol occurred in the same spot where she would be reading two weeks later. “Having been on that House floor on the 6th of January when all that took place,” Clyburn said, “I was just sitting there, enthralled at how she captured the moment and turned it into a bit of unfinished business.” “It was just a magnificent thing to see those two things come together. One from Biden, who is 78 years old, the fact that he was being inaugurated (as) President of the United States, and then her poem, by ‘a skinny Black girl’ dreaming about being president. All of that was just, I thought, providential.” —Sam Spence
BLOTTER O’ THE WEEK
One man told officers that he shouldn’t have been driving because he had consumed “three Hennessey, two tequilas and the rest of the drinks were a blur.” He was understatedly described in the report as “pretty drunk.” The Blotter is taken from reports filed with Charleston Police Department between Jan. 13 and Jan. 19. No one described in this section has been found guilty, just unlucky. A West Ashley woman told officers she left her car, which had been broken into, unlocked because her key fob was faulty and caused the alarm to go off whenever she used the key in the ignition. We aren’t sure how leaving the car unlocked solves that problem, but we also don’t know enough to offer a better solution. A downtown man reported his moped had been stolen and showed officers that he was still in possession of the sole key to the vehicle, which means the thief probably simply picked it up and walked away. Look, ma! No key! In a continuation of last week’s building material theft, more shingles, some lumber and a yellow drywall cart have gone missing from various area construction sites, bringing this thief ever closer to their own privately pilfered home.
A downtown man reported that his wife’s purse was stolen from his car. The purse contained a number of items, including an iPhone 7, which to be fair, is probably due for a replacement anyway. So, we think the words you’re looking for are “thank you.” Police noted that after pulling a woman over, she displayed a number of signs of extreme nervousness and anxiety. They then found four Xanax pills in her wallet and confiscated them. Maybe you should have just let her keep a couple of those. A downtown grocery store reported a shoplifting, and the suspect matched the description of a man who had recently been struck by a car on Meeting Street. The description: light-up shoes and walking with a limp.
An officer responded to a party at a downtown home and charged the homeowner for the loud noise. Y’all are going to have to start inviting CPD to these shindigs, they’re starting to get upset about being left out all the time.
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Police found a random, unattended blue box outside in a James Island neighborhood and found it to contain various drug paraphernalia and what they presumed to be methamphetamine. Back in our day, we would just ride bikes because meth was really hard to get. Police stopped a car full of minors smoking weed and found a total of about 46 grams of loose marijuana throughout the vehicle and a digital scale. The police called their parents. Tattletales. A student at a West Ashley high school was reported for smelling of marijuana. Honestly, can you blame the student here? Have you seen what schools are dealing with nowadays?
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estaurant owners and workers have had to fend for themselves through this pandemic. Desperately trying to stay healthy and keep the lights on, independent owners have been forced to soldier on with little financial assistance or serious government response. But, there is one thing we can do to help restaurants turn the corner: Prioritize food-service worker vaccines. Food-service industry workers are classified in Phase 1C under the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s vaccine rollout plan, currently in the earliest phase, 1A. Lumped in with a series of nonfrontline workers deemed essential, such as the media, lawyers and construction workers, restaurant employees may not see vaccines until late spring, according to the DHEC plan. That’s not soon enough. A resolution filed by S.C. Rep. J.A. Moore, D-Hanahan, would bump them into Phase 1A, giving them access to the vaccine ASAP. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage in South Carolina. But with no aid in sight, restaurant owners have had little choice but to stay open over the past few months, and that means their workers continue to clock in. Make no mistake: These businesses, now forced to cut back for almost a year, should not have to rely on generous supporters to bail them out of this epically mismanaged pandemic. Yet for months, we’ve tipped extra, over-paid on delivery apps and bundled up outside around cold picnic tables. Still, as many as 17% of restaurants nationwide closed
by the beginning of December 2020, according to a letter to Congress from restaurant industry leaders. The chilling reality is that stubborn elected leaders remain unwilling to yield to additional safety measures that could save lives if it means a dollar lost at the end of the day. That means thousands of food industry employees are back to work. More than 230,000 S.C. hospitality and leisure workers were on the job in November — 84.7% of 2019 levels and up from 52% in April, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. More employees back at work means more person-to-person interactions and more opportunities to spread the virus. Just think about the precautions you would take if you were planning to have a quick dinner inside your favorite restaurant. Mask on. Avoid close contact. Navigate an annoying mobile menu. Minimize touching surfaces. All this for a 45-minute meal at a place you trust before you head back home. The handful of employees you interacted with will do it over and over all night. And, probably again tomorrow. Probably with folks who aren’t as mask-diligent as you. Ten months into this pandemic, Gov. Henry McMaster and the state health officials who let this virus get out of control are responsible for the fact that South Carolina restaurant-industry workers are still endangering themselves every time they go to work. It’s something that real leaders focused on public health and politicians concerned with political consequences of business closures can agree on: Get restaurant workers vaccinated.
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U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell admitted it was all a “big lie.” The emperor had no clothes. Most everyone knew it. All but a vocal cabal of Charleston County GOP members knew it, too, yet continued denying reality, insisting he is still the emperor. If anyone dares to disagree, he is accused of being a RINO. After I stated that blind obedience to former President Trump should not be the litmus test for being a Republican at the Jan. 11 county party meeting, I was met with a chorus of boos, “RINO” and, my personal favorite, “Lock him up.” (Rather ironic, considering Republicans are howling against so-called cancel culture.) Fortunately, the reaction from Republicans who reached out, including current and former elected Republican leaders, was overwhelmingly positive. But therein lies the rub: They cannot openly say so. This must change. There is an ideological chasm separating the vocal cadre of Republicans regularly attending the local meetings, demanding blind obedience to a man and the majority of Republican voters who adhere to conservative principles. Regrettably, the chasm is not being bridged and the party may fracture or devolve into the Party of Trump. If that happens, Republicans should take heed that we have yet to feel the wrath of voters who witnessed the storming of the U.S. Capitol. As recent arrests show, these rioters were not “Antifa,” despite what fringe conspiracies claim. For Republicans seeking to chart a path forward, it starts with the basics. It takes 50% plus one vote to win an election. Swing and younger voters are crucial. Republicans must recognize their concerns, abandon failed approaches and stop stoking national division. Those who have reached out with support are in agreement that the anger and rhetoric must be reduced. That we must stop saying “the liberals.” No political organization exhibits unanimity within its membership on any issue. It is false to paint all liberals as anti-American, socialists and “forces of darkness” (to quote U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz) or all conservatives as racists, fascists and religious hypocrites. Swing voters often float between the two sides. Vilifying those who are not lock-step, imperial Republicans is a losing strategy. Likewise, a civics reminder is in order: There are three separate and co-equal branches of government. The legislative branch was established to act independently and to serve as a check against executive overreach. Senators and representatives take an oath to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. We seem to have forgotten this since the Nov. 3 election. Demands that our senators and representatives exhibit blind fidelity to a president of the same party is the greatest domestic threat to democratic governance. Yet, the local Republican cabal insists upon it. Can we not accept that there can be sensible ideas articulated by those with a “D” next to their names? No party has a monopoly on wisdom or love of country. The current pandemic has also shown that Republicans cannot simply wish away science by calling COVID-19 a hoax. On Republicans’ watch, voters witnessed 400,000 Americans die in a year. We must shed the moniker of science deniers, and that includes acceptance of the science of climate change. The water is rising, and when septic tanks stop working, voters are going to turn on the party that denied climate change. They are already turning on us. The majority of swing, younger and even half of Republican voters accept climate change as scientific fact. The undeniable fact is that in four years, the Republican Party has lost the House, Senate and Oval Office. And with lack of involvement, the local Republican majority has allowed itself to be silenced by a myopic minority demanding continued fidelity to a person, not a platform. While it is still too early to say where the Republican Party is ultimately heading, one thing is certain. Without a change in trajectory, many Republicans foresee it heading to hell in a handbasket.
Paradise WOODLANDS NATURE RESERVE OFFERS GLAMPING RESPITE CLOSE TO CHARLESTON
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BY SKYLER BALDWIN
ROUALEYN DE HAAS SAID THAT WHAT MAKES HIS ZUN HOSPITALITY FACILITY STAND OUT, APART FROM THE BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPE, IS THE ‘HIDDEN GEM’ IDEA OF THE RESERVE Ruta Smith
s the sun begins to set behind the waters of Palmetto Lake under a darkening sky, the sound of a crackling fire lulls some to sleep, and keeps others awake late into the night sharing tales and a few tranquil moments, even in the midst of a global pandemic. Shops, restaurants and vacation destinations closed across the world and throughout South Carolina early last year during the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, grinding travel plans for many to a screeching halt. But, a few hidden gems managed not only to find a way to survive, but to flourish during the troubling times. “I think we are onto something really special here at the Woodlands,” said Roualeyn De Haas, Zun hospitality manager for the Woodlands Nature Reserve. “I would love for people to have a sense of being let in on a secret, and that’s something really exciting about it.” Many of the guests are locals, De Haas said, visiting from within 20 miles of Woodlands’ property on Ashley River Road. “They come in and say, ‘Oh, I’m from just up the road,’” he said. “And for them, that’s their little respite, a calm from the storm and a hidden
little paradise that many have not heard of until now.” With densely populated urban areas being potential hotbeds for COVID-19, people went looking for new spaces to get out of the house and keep their distance from others. Across South Carolina, local and state park officials reported a rise in visitors in 2020, just one of the byproducts of pandemic precautions. “With occupancies up and some parks continuing to reach carrying capacities,” South Carolina State Parks Director Paul McCormack told the City Paper, “We recognize the vital role our parks have played in giving visitors a chance to get away, even if just for a few hours, to a space where they can recharge and relieve stress, while doing their best to protect their health.” Some ventured even farther away, finding the Palmetto State’s forgotten corners to spend a few nights under the stars. But, pitching your own tent isn’t for everyone.
It’s camping …
“As people want to connect more with nature, they can do that, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they want to sleep on the ground or in a hammock,” De Haas said. “A lot of people don’t have the equipment — they don’t have the tents or the coolers or all the things that come with being outdoors.” “And for that, glamping comes in perfectly, and that’s where we come in,” he said. “Glamping lets them be outdoors, but doesn’t force them to address the fears or concerns that come with being outdoors.” The popularity of so-called glamping has grown in the last 10 years, particularly in the United States. But in Charleston, as more people looked for more options for safe holiday vacations, more found their ways to the Woodlands. Their Zun tents and glamping experience is unlike the handful of other folks offering a non-traditional camping experience in South Carolina. “We are the only glamping facility in Charleston,” De Haas said. “There are cabins,
but that’s not really camping. The whole thing is that it still has a camping element to it. You’re still outdoors. Our Zun tents are a comfortable immersion — you’re immersed in the wildlife and the nature, not separated from it by four walls.” The absence of those walls is amplified by the surrounding landscape, a 6,000acre reserve that puts guests in the thick of the outdoors. Something particular to this part of the world is the property’s blackwater swamp, a unique ecosystem to the Lowcountry and to the Woodlands. But with colder weather setting in, most traditional outdoor activities are being written off until spring and summer.
… in style “When you have someone like me who is an avid outdoor enthusiast, but my partner is not — there’s no way I’m getting her in a tent on a blow-up mattress somewhere,” De Haas said. The concept of glamourous camping means the Woodlands appeals to a wider audience. And with its amenities being comparable to a cabin, the tents offer comfort even in the cold of February. Zun is a Chinese word meaning respect, according to De Haas. But he said, it can also be seen as a combination of zen and fun. “You get the peace and tranquility of the outdoors, combined with all the fun of glamping.” It may be a little less comfortable than a more traditional transient space like a hotel, but the tents still come appointed with king-sized mattresses and fitted sheets and are surrounded by mosquito netting to keep some of the more obnoxious denizens of the nature reserve at bay.
A safer option One of the reasons glamping has proven so popular since the onset of the pandemic is that the outdoor space lends itself to viral burn, De Haas claimed. Health experts are still researching the effects of sunlight
on COVID-19. Not only that, but the team behind the tents has numerous ways to ensure people are safe. All the paperwork is done online, and entry is protected by a code. “There’s no touching of pens or shaking of hands or handing over of keys,” De Haas said. And though there are multiple tents set up, they are scattered apart along the lake, so guests don’t see or hear anybody else from their particular site. Though, there is a communal firepit for guests to enjoy some sense of congregation and community within the safety of the outdoors, the space has room to easily social distance. “My own child hasn’t been able to do sleepovers or playdates for the last seven months,” De Haas said. “But, the Woodlands is an opportunity for families to get together and join around the fire, and that’s such an important thing right now.”
If you go... The 20 Zun elevated tent cabins are situated facing Palmetto Lake, and include: • a shared fire pit • picnic tables • showers • toilets • hand-washing stations • two paddle boards • paddle boat Each cabin is fitted with a king-sized foam mattress, a mattress pad, fitted sheets and solar lights. Guests are invited to bring their own linens, sleeping bags and pillows. Linens are available upon request at an additional charge. Booking is available online at woodlandsnaturereserve.com, and the standard price of a Zun tent cabin is set at $119 per night. The nature reserve can be found at 4279 Ashley River Road in West Ashley. Call (843) 400-3003 for more information.
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An Evening with Amrita Chakrabarti Myers Noted scholar Amrita Chakrabarti Myers will be discussing her book, Forging Freedom: Black Women and the Pursuit of Liberty in Antebellum Charleston, during an interview with American history scholar Chris Frisby. Tune in online to listen to the discussion. Feb. 3. 7-8 p.m. Free to View. Virtual. Ashley Hall Writers Series. ashleyhall.orgwritersseries T U E S D AY
Schitt’s Creek-Themed Trivia Night Mex 1 Coastal Cantina’s upcoming trivia night is set to be Schitt’s Creekthemed in West Ashley. As usual, grab a glass, and brush up on your knowledge with a last-minute binge sesh the night before for a chance to win some prizes. The event organizers remind those wishing to participate to drop in early, as these theme nights always fill up fast. Feb. 2. 7 p.m. Free to attend. Mex 1 Coastal Cantina. 817 Saint Andrews Blvd. West Ashley. mex1coastalcantina.com M O N D AY
The Songwriter’s Soapbox Drop by a forum for artists to share their original work in Folly Beach. Songwriters, poets, comedians and all are welcome to this musical and visually stunning night. Event is weather-dependent. Come share your talent with local community members and other artists and let yourself be seen and heard. Feb. 1. 6-10 p.m. Free to attend. Chico Feo. 122 E. Ashley Ave. Folly Beach. chicofeos.com S U N D AY
Chicken Poo Bingo Drop by The Tattooed Moose for a bit of socially distanced, familyfriendly fun with the game that swept Texas and threw (most) normal people for a loop: Chicken Poo Bingo. Place your bets on a number, toss some feed to the chicken and hope for the best of what comes out the other end. You can win up to $50 in Moose Moolah if the chicken poops on your number. Sundays. 2-4 p.m. $2/number. The Tattooed Moose. 3328 Maybank Highway. Johns Island. tattooedmoose.com
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Wait and See Theatre scene remains in purgatory in new year BY HEATH ELLISON The new year is finally here, but for many theaters in the Charleston area, things are still looking like 2020. Amid the pandemic, many shuttered their doors last year to keep the public safe. There’s no firm end in sight for the public health crisis, yet, even the vaccine. Because of this, many local theater companies are still left in purgatory at the top of 2021. “We’re really stuck in this holding pattern, and it’s just awful because no one can plan anything,” said Brian Porter, executive director of the Footlight Players. “We’re just sort of stuck in between a really awful place and a really great place, and if we move, we don’t know which direction we might end up heading.” According to Porter, livestreamed performances and small in-person shows are not monetarily viable for the Footlight Players because of production costs. Porter believes the theater scene’s future depends on how quickly the COVID-19 vaccine can be distributed, but he predicts other production companies will move outdoors as the weather warms up. “It’s a waiting game [for Footlight],” he said. Some, like 34 West Theater Company and PURE Theatre, are moving forward with shows, but have curtailed the season’s usual length. 34 West, which began in-person performances of Uptown Girl on Friday, typically announces all show dates a year in advance. Stephen Wayne, cofounder of 34 West, said WAYNE the company will focus on one show at a time right now. “We’re opening with Uptown Girl and will run the show for several months until we feel like the demand decreases,” he
said. “Then we’ll open the next new show shortly after. We’re also excited about some special events planned that we aren’t ready to announce yet.” When asked about the upcoming year’s impacts on the theater scene, Wayne speculated that new companies will form and older companies will be “pulling back.” “It’s not just the pandemic that’s changed the landscape,” he said. “There’s a huge social change that’s occurring that’s really exciting to see.” Art Forms & Theatre Concepts commits to four shows a year that highlight Black stories, writers and performers, but all were canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic. Arthur Gilliard, the company’s founder and executive director, said Art Forms is planning to produce Inner City, in collaboration with the city of Charleston this year. “Of course, we have GILLIARD no date, because we don’t know what COVID is really going to do, so it’s continuing to be a challenging year,” Gilliard said. Black-owned theaters, according to Gilliard, encounter an added financial burden from a lack of donors or built-in connections, which many white theater companies have. “Black theater companies — we usually have to use whatever spaces are available, and we don’t have the built-in financial supporters,” he said. Art Forms & Theatre Concepts will still attempt to put on four shows in 2021, but Gilliard indicated the logistics of it will be difficult at this point in the year. “Before applying to get the rights [to a show], we have to be comfortable that the space is going
to be available,” he said. “We have to make sure that those spaces are going to be open to the public, and they’re not yet. So, it’s hard to plan right now.” Monetary issues have also continued in the new year. “The financial struggles to keep our doors open is real,” said Kirk Pfeiffer, artistic director of Cultural Arts Center Charleston. “Hope and optimism is what we have today. We would love nothing more than to announce an upcoming season. Unfortunately, that is not realistic at this time.” Pfeiffer noted that a new partnership with Ashley Hall allowed the Cultural Arts Center to continue its education programming in 2020. Village Reperatory Co. was left reeling after losing Woolfe Street Playhouse, its venue of eight years. Even after a set of outdoor performances of Summer Comfort in August, the company could not keep up with rent on Woolfe Street. “We had to move 20 years worth of the theater company’s property ENRIGHT out of a 17,000-squarefoot space to three storage spaces all across town,” said Keely Enright, producing artistic director. In response, the company began conducting travelling performances and continued to put on outdoor and virtual shows. But, the search for a new home for Village Rep has also been affected by the pandemic. “The landscape keeps changing,” Enright said. “I’ve made so many plans and unmade so many plans since March 13 that, at some point, you have to trust that the dust can totally settle before you can see.”
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Applications for the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelly Foundation’s Broadening Narratives grant will be available Feb. 1-Mar. 26 online. Grants will be provided to organizations that have collections illustrating LGBTQ and BIPOC perspectives. The limits of the collections is relatively open. According to spokesperson Erin Spencer, organizations that collect art, artifacts, letters, photographs, manuscripts and more from underrepresented groups may be considered for the grant. In previous years, the Donnelly Foundation helped fund the Addlestone Library’s collection of oral histories from LGBTQ Lowcountry citizens. The foundation has accrued $750,000 in grant money for libraries, museums and other collection organizations to bring forward new or recovered art in Chicago and the South Carolina Lowcountry. Organizations may apply if collections are a significant part of its mission. —HE
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The third-annual MUSC Septima P. Clark Poetry Contest is now accepting submissions through March 15. The theme for the 2021 contest will be “Life during COVID-19.” Accepted poems will include any topic that may have impacted the writer during the pandemic. Poetry submissions will be accepted from students in kindergarten through grade 12 across the state. Finalists will be announced in late April, and they will be invited to read their poems at the awards reception April 30. Registration is required and is found on MUSC’s website. As in previous years, MUSC partnered with Charleston’s first poet laureate Marcus Amaker for the competition. The contest serves as a way to pay respect to its namesake, civil rights advocate and Charleston native Septima Clark, who was often referred to as the Grandmother of the Civil Rights Movement. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. famously dubbed her “the Mother of the Movement,” helping to cement that legacy. Throughout her career as an educator, she established the citizenship schools, places of education that taught Southern adults to read and registered them to vote. —Heath Ellison
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Trendspotting What I learned watching all 92 Best Picture winners
At the beginning of 2020, I decided to watch every film that was nominated for the 92nd Academy Awards from Best Picture all the way to Best Shorts. It included around 50 movies, and I was quite proud of myself when I finished. I absolutely adored Parasite, and was ecstatic when it won Best Picture. After Green Book, a movie that was mediocre at best, won in 2019, I was so happy to see something that actually deserved the win. But, immediately conversations about the Academy’s decision began. Some asked if Parasite won because the Academy was trying to shield itself from more callouts about a continued lack of diversity. I wondered how deep these issues penetrated the history of the Academy Awards, so in March of 2020, with my day job closed, I decided to watch every single film that had ever won Best Picture at the Oscars. On New Year’s Eve, I actually completed it. In total, 92 films have won Best Picture at the Oscars. That’s a lot of ground to cover, but I learned so much about the history of the Academy Awards and what they have stood for over time. Upon my first reflection, the criticism toward the lack of diversity in the winners is completely valid. About 10 of the 92 winning films center on a person of color. About half of those have a main theme of racism, without much other plot from that. The statistics get even smaller when you look at which winners center the perspective of a woman where her purpose isn’t just finding love with a leading man. My initial count is seven out of 92 movies. So if all of these movies don’t really feature stories about people of color or women’s stories (that aren’t just about them falling head over heels), then what are they even about? A huge chunk of them are about war. Another big chunk are about crime. There are a few more that are about the intersection of the two — war crimes. War and crime are the most represented genres among Best Picture winners with about 50 of 92 movies directly centering on at least one of them. It’s pretty easy to see, when you look at the winners from a statistical perspective, that the Oscars have a history of focusing on predominantly Images courtesy NEON white male stories, and specifically a lot of HOPEFULLY PARASITE’S WIN FOR BEST violent ones. PICTURE SIGNALED A STEP TOWARD MORE Don’t get me wrong, some of those movies DIVERSITY IN THE OSCARS are actually pretty good. I love Casablanca, but I can’t deny that it is about a white man during a war where the only woman in it has to make a choice about love. There appears to be a movie mold that the Oscars have rewarded for a long, long time. That is what makes Parasite’s recent win and Moonlight’s in 2018 even more exciting when you look at that list of 92 movies. It shows a definitive step away from that mold that’s been followed, a step toward a celebration of fresh and diverse storytelling. It excites the heck out of me. Those two movies were like nothing that I had ever seen in mainstream cinema before, and that’s the movie that should be winning Best Picture each year. Something that’s totally new, unique and pushes the boundaries of what movies have been. If I learned one thing from this challenge, it’s that there will always be new and innovative things happening in film, and the Academy would be wise to reward it and push cinema further into the 21st century.
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A new brewery will open soon in North Charleston at 4155 Dorchester Road, the former home of Holy City Brewing, which moved to a sprawling Park Circle location last year. Tideland Brewing is in the final stages of renovations and will open once all permits are in place, owner Hunter Eisele told the City Paper last week. Eisele was the head brewer at Twisted Cypress Brewing Co., a West Ashley brewery and coffee roastery that announced it would not reopen in October. “We shut that business down to expand and ended up rebranding to Tideland,” said Eisele, who acquired the Dorchester Road property in January 2020. “I created a lot of recipes there that we’ll bring with us.” Those who frequented Holy City Brewing prior to its move will notice significant changes to the space, including upgraded electrical and plumbing, new indoor restrooms and a large outdoor seating area. The brewery will fill its 25 taps with pilsners, IPAs, sours and more, and Tideland chef Matt Canter, who most recently served as executive chef at The Establishment, will pair his flavors with Tideland’s beers. Tideland Brewing will “open soon,” Eisele told the City Paper. Initial hours will be from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, and the brewery plans to eventually stay open seven days a week. For more information, visit tidelandbrewing.com. —Parker Milner
BY PARKER MILNER Lion’s Tooth Herbs owner Annie Doran is on a mission to show Charleston the healing power of plants, and she’s making the herbal medicine practices she’s studied for years more approachable with easy-to-use products and a mobile botanical bar serving drinks designed to actually make you feel better the next day. Doran started Lion’s Tooth in 2017, selling teas, medicinal tinctures, seasonal syrups and mixers through an online shop with descriptions explaining the health benefits of each product. Her “chill zone” tincture, for instance, aims to relax customers with herbs like skullcap (in the mint family) and blue vervain, while Lion’s Tooth’s elderberry syrup — one of its most popular products — is said to protect the body from acute illnesses. “The way I designed all of my stuff, I really tried to make it as simple and close to something you already know as possible,” Doran said. “I feel like this rise in the herbal medicine businesses is kind of only staying with certain people who are really into that kind of thing, when really it’s something that we had as part of our culture until DORAN really recently.” The company was named Lion’s Tooth Apothecary until last week, when Doran rebranded to Lion’s Tooth Herbs after finding that many people were confused by the term “apothecary,” which describes a person who prepares and sells drugs for medicinal purposes. Historically, plants and herbs were the main remedies for most illnesses. These days, pharmacists prepare and sell drugs prescribed by doctors, but herbal apothecaries are still around and gaining popularity, as folks learn to use plants, herbs, tinctures and creams to relieve common symptoms. Like most apothecary companies, Lion’s Tooth’s products are not approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration, but a full list of ingredients can be found online.
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Doran believes in the benefits plants and herbs can have on the body after years of researching herbal medicine, which became a passion when she was a young adult. “I’ve always been fascinated by the idea that you could make something from nature,” said Doran, who grew up in Mount Pleasant. “I started taking some classes and ended up going to herb school out in Eugene, Oregon, at the Columbines School of Botanical Studies.” After her schooling, Doran came back to Charleston with Lion’s Tooth’s business model front of mind. She wouldn’t just sell items online — Doran wanted to personally introduce her products to the Lowcountry. “I started doing a pop-up elixir bar. I know the term elixir can be confusing — I also call it a potion or botanical bar,” Doran said. “The pop-up bar is a largely alcohol-free herbal bar where I make different drinks.” In the past, Doran has featured drinks like the Love Parade, an infusion of rose, damiana and passion flower that’s mixed with vanilla extract and blood orange juice and served with seltzer over ice. The drink is “relaxing, sensual and great for easing anxieties and being present in the moment,” Doran said.
“They all have different intentions — some of them are for energy, some of them are to relax you or clear your mind. Every drink is designed with a certain intention.” The pandemic has forced Doran to rely on the retail side of her business, which has grown, she said, but the botanical bar will be a big focus moving forward. “I would love to be able to take my bar to more festivals, weddings and larger events eventually once we’re able to do things like that,” she said. “I really actually designed the bar for festivals because when you’re at a festival for three or four days, sometimes you just want something that’s really refreshing and good for you.” While she awaits the return of larger inperson events, Doran wants to educate Lion’s Tooth customers with virtual classes like an upcoming session on Feb. 27, when she’ll teach folks how to make their own botanical cocktails and mocktails. “I think it’s really important for people to be able to make healthy herbal goods at home. There’s actually so many things you can make from stuff you already have in your kitchen,” she said. “Food is medicine and herbs are food.”
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Charleston’s time with Eastside Bagel may have been cut short, but the neighborhood won’t have to wait long for a new eatery to pop up in its place. Co-owners Jesse Warnock and Eric Mills closed up permanently Jan. 15. Much to the dismay of loyal local followers, the bagel boys ended up closing a few days earlier than expected due to unforeseen circumstances. But soon after, Warnock revealed his plan to turn the eclectically decorated holein-the-wall on Line Street from a bagel shop to a taco spot. Warnock is hoping to open Dos Taqueria this March — “dos” because two is his daughter’s favorite number. We can expect a mix of the traditional and the experimental from this menu. While he wants traditional styles and flavors to be prominent, Warnock also hopes to incorporate unexpected ingredients and tastes — which should come as no surprise to anyone who has looked at Eastside Bagel’s menu. Dos Taqueria will have the same hours as its predecessor, 7 a.m. until 3 p.m., which means breakfast tacos and burritos will be a big part of the menu. —Samantha Connors
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STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF SUMTER IN THE FAMILY COURT THIRD JUDICIAL CIRCUIT Case No. 2019-DR-43-00299
JOHN ROE AND MARY ROE, Plaintiffs, ‑versus‑ JANE DOE (DOB: 10-1-2009), a minor under the age of fourteen (14) years, Defendant.
South Carolina Department of Social Services, Plaintiff, vs. Patrick Gray, Georgia Dinkins John Doe Defendants.
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IN THE INTERESTS OF: Male child YOB:2004 Minor Under the Age of 18. SUMMONS AND NOTICE [Termination of Parental Rights]
TO: RICHARD ALLEN HILL, ALLEGED PUTATIVE FATHER OF JANE DOE: YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED pursuant to the provisions of South Carolina Code Ann. Sec. 63-9-730 (B), that the Plaintiff, John Roe, seeks to adopt the Defendant, Jane Doe, a female Caucasian child born on October 1, 2009 at Roper St. Francis Hospital, Charleston, South Carolina. YOU ARE FURTHER NOTIFIED that an adoption action is pending in the Family Court for Charleston County, South Carolina; YOU ARE FURTHER NOTIFIED that within thirty (30) days of receiving this Notice, you shall respond in writing by filing with the Family Court for Charleston County, South Carolina notice and reasons to contest, intervene or otherwise respond in the pending adoption action; YOU ARE FURTHER NOTIFIED the Court must be informed of your current address and of any changes in address during the adoption proceeding; and YOU ARE FURTHER NOTIFIED that the Plaintiffs in the above captioned Notice are not named for the purpose of confidentiality; however, the Court knows the true identity of the Plaintiffs and in responding to this Notice, you are required to use the number 2020-DR-10-2813. YOU ARE FURTHER NOTIFIED that failure to file a response within thirty (30) days of receiving Notice constitutes consent to adoption of the child and forfeiture of all rights and obligations with respect to the child. BE SO NOTIFIED.
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NOTICE: A Summons and Complaint for Adoption were filed with the Family Court for the Ninth Judicial Circuit, 100 Broad Street, Charleston, South Carolina under Case No. 2020-DR-102813 on November 6, 2020.
TO: DEFENDANTS PATRICK GRAY & GEORGIA DINKINS YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the complaint for termination of your parental rights in and to the minor child in this action, the original of which has been filed in the Sumter County Clerk of Court’s Office, 215 N. Harvin St., Sumter, SC 29150, on March 18, 2019 a copy of which is herewith served upon you; and to serve a copy of your answer to the complaint upon the undersigned attorney for the Plaintiff within thirty (30) days following the date of service upon you, exclusive of the day of such service; and if you fail to answer the complaint within the time stated, an affidavit of default will be entered against you and the Plaintiff will proceed to seek to terminate your parental rights to the above captioned child. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that you have the right to be present and represented by an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, the court will appoint an attorney to represent you. It is your responsibility to contact the Sumter County Clerk of Court’s Office, to apply for appointment of an attorney to represent you if you cannot afford an attorney. This is a new action. If you had an attorney appointed in a previous action, that attorney is NOT your attorney for this action. YOU MUST APPLY FOR THE APPOINTMENT OF AN ATTORNEY IMMEDIATELY. IF YOU DO NOT APPLY FOR AN ATTORNEY WITHIN THIRTY DAYS OF RECEIPT OF THE COMPLAINT, AN ATTORNEY WILL NOT BE APPOINTED FOR YOU. Steven B. Suchomski, SC Bar No. 75341 Attorney for Plaintiff, SC DSS 105 North Magnolia Street Sumter, SC 29151 (803) 773-5531
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STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CHARLESTON IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS 2020-CP-10-03931 ROYAL PALMS PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC. Plaintiff, vs. ALPHA PRIME, LLC, ALPHA PRIME CONSTRUCTION, LLC, SAGEHORN AND COMPANY, INC., ROYAL PALMS HOLDING, LLC, LENNAR CAROLINAS, LLC, ALPHA OMEGA CONSTRUCTION GROUP, INC., VALMAR NUNES, INDIVIDUALLY, BRUZA CONSTRUCTION, LLC, SIMONS CONSTRUCTION COMPANY, LLC, CESAR E. DE SOUZA A/K/A CESAR DESOUZA, INDIVIDUALLY, RAUL MARTINEZ MASONRY, LLC, MARK WOLVERTON, INDIVIDUALLY, DVS, INC., CAROLINA FOUNDATION, INC., CEBS CONSTRUCTION, LLC A/K/A CEBS CUSTOM HOMES, LLC, ARCHER EXTERIORS, INC., JAS CONSTRUCTION SERVICES, LLC, HENRY PALMER, INDIVIDUALLY AND D/B/A PALMER’S CONSTRUCTION SERVICES, LLC, ANGELO DE SOUZA, INDIVIDUALLY AND D/B/A SUNRISE SIDING, LLC, WW PEREIRA CONSTRUCTION, LLC, GC GENERAL CONSTRUCTION, LLC, SIDING CONSTRUCTION, LLC, BUILDERS FIRSTSOURCE-SOUTHEAST GROUP, LLC, ASSOCIATED MATERIALS, INCORPORATED A/K/A AND D/B/A ALSIDE; COHEN’S DRYWALL COMPANY, INC. Defendants. AMENDED SUMMONS (Jury Trial Demanded) YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and are required to answer the Amended Complaint in this action, a copy of which is herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer upon the subscribers, at 234 Seven Farms Drive, Suite 111-A, South Carolina, 29492, within thirty (30) days after the service thereof, exclusive of the day of such service, and if you fail to answer the Amended Complaint within the time aforesaid, judgment by default will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the Amended Complaint. Blundy Law Firm, LLC Amanda M. Blundy 234 Seven Farms Drive Suite 111-A Charleston, SC 29492 843.867.6050 firstname.lastname@example.org
STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CHARLESTON IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS CASE NO. 2020-CP-10-04674 J.S. Heyward Consulting, LLC, Plaintiff, v. C O Federal Credit Union, Inc., a/k/a Community Owned Federal Credit Union; Westminster Mortgage of America, LLC; Harold C. Bryan; Robert Smalls; Latrice Melvin; Keon J. Rhodan; Frederick D. Fields, Jr.; James L. Heyward; Francina Roche; Gwendolyn Mark; Beverly Byrd; Troy McClain; Karen Wright-Chisholm; and Perrin Middleton, Defendants. TO: THE DEFENDANTS NAMED ABOVE: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint herein, a copy of which is served upon you, and to serve a copy of your written response to the said Complaint on the subscribers at the law office of Smith | Closser | Wheeler, P.A., 7455 Cross County Road, Suite 1, Post Office Box 40578, Charleston, South Carolina, 29423-0578, within thirty (30) days after the date of service hereof, exclusive of the day of service; and if you fail to answer the Complaint within the time aforesaid, the Plaintiff in this action will apply to the
Court for the relief demanded in the Complaint. SMITH | CLOSSER | WHEELER, P.A., s/Zachary J. Closser, SC Bar No.: 74005 email@example.com 7455 Cross County Road Suite 1 P.O. Box 40578 Charleston, SC 29423-0578 843-760-0220 843-552-2678 (fax) Attorney for the Plaintiff October 23, 2020 Charleston, South Carolina
ESTATES’ CREDITOR’S NOTICES ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS AGAINST THE FOLLOWING ESTATES ARE REQUIRED TO DELIVER OR MAIL THEIR CLAIMS TO THE PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE INDICATED BELOW AND ALSO FILE SUBJECT CLAIMS ON FORM #371ES WITH IRVIN G. CONDON, PROBATE JUDGE OF CHARLESTON COUNTY, 84 BROAD STREET, CHARLESTON, S.C. 29401, BEFORE THE EXPIRATION OF 8 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE TO CREDITORS, OR ELSE THEREAFTER SUCH CLAIMS SHALL BE AND ARE FOREVER BARRED. ESTATE OF: CHARLES E. MENEFEE, JR. 2020-ES-10-2030 DOD: 11/21/20 PERS. REP: LISA V. L. MENEFEE 155 TAR BRANCH CT. WINSTON-SALEM, NC 27101 PERS. REP: FORD P. MENEFEE 6119 BEARS BLUFF RD. WADMALAW ISLAND, SC 29487 ATTY: M. JEAN LEE, ESQ. 115 CHURCH ST. CHARLESTON, SC 29401 ******** ESTATE OF: BEVERLY A’DAIRE HAFERS 2020-ES-10-2056 DOD: 11/15/20 PERS. REP: SUE A. HENDERSON 974 CARMEL DR. CHARLESTON, SC 29412 ******** ESTATE OF: DEBORAH MARIE WAYMIRE 2020-ES-10-2087 DOD: 12/21/20 PERS. REP: NICHOLAS KEEGAN WAYMIRE 7182 EVAN CT. WARRENTON, VA 20187 ATTY: MELINDA LUCKA KELLEY, ESQ. 2124 ALLANDALE PLANTATION RD., WADMALAW ISLAND, SC 29487 ******* ESTATE OF: SILAS BENJAMIN CARSON 2020-ES-10-2100 DOD: 12/05/20 PERS. REP: SAMUEL MELVIL WHEELER 1716 WESTON AVE. CHARLESTON, SC 29407
STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF DORCHESTER IN THE FAMILY COURT FOR THE FIRST JUDICIAL CIRCUIT CASE NO: 2020-DR-18-915 DULCE A. RODRIGUEZ, Plaintiff, v. ELEAZAR ROQUE TELLEDO and, ALAN CARDENAS CASTILLO, Defendants. SUMMONS YOU HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint herein, a copy of which is herewith served upon you, and to serve your Answer to said Complaint upon the undersigned attorney for the Plaintiff, at his offices located at 800 Wappoo Road, Charleston, South Carolina 29407, within thirty (30) days after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service and, if you fail to answer the Complaint within the time aforesaid, the Plaintiff will apply to the Court for the relief demanded in the
Complaint. YOU ARE HEREBY GIVEN NOTICE FURTHER that if you fail to appear and defend and fail to answer the Complaint as required by this Summons within thirty (30) days after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of service, Judgment by Default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. HAWKINS LAW FIRM, P.A. 800 Wappoo Road Charleston, SC 29407 (843) 225-7565 (843) 225-7585 fax ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF Charleston, South Carolina 13 January, 2020
STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CHARLESTON IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS FOR THE NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT CASE NO.: 2020-CP-10-04886 BRANDON NELSON & AALIYAH NELSON, INDIVIDUALLY, Plaintiff, vs. MARCUS FRANCOIS, Defendant. TO: MARCUS FRANCOIS, THE ABOVE-NAMED DEFENDANT YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Summons and Complaint herein which was filed on November 6, 2020, in the County of Charleston and State of South Carolina, a copy of which is herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy of your answer to said complaint upon the subscriber, at his office at 1090 E Montague Ave, North Charleston, South Carolina 29405, within thirty (30) days after the service thereof, exclusive of the day of such service, and if you fail to answer the complaint within the time aforesaid, judgment by default will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint. Miller, Dawson, Sigal & Ward, LLC By: s/ Ryan Sigal Ryan Sigal., Esq. (SC Bar No.: 80223) 1090 E. Montague Ave. North Charleston, SC 29405 843-284-7780 843-284-9118 (fax) sigal@MDSWLegal.com Attorney for Plaintiff
STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF BERKELEY COURT OF COMMON PLEAS NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT C.A. No. 2019-CP-08-01783 Gaye L. Jones, Plaintiff, v. Reginaldo P. Freitas, et al. Defendants. Summons by Publication To: Reginaldo P. Freitas You are hereby summoned and required to answer the Amended Complaint in this action, which was filed with the Clerk of Court for Berkeley County, SC at 300-B California Ave, in Moncks Corner, SC on March 26, 2020, notice of which is herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer thereto upon the undersigned at his office, 321 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC 29401, within thirty days after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service. If you fail to appear and defend the action as required by law, judgment by default will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the Amended Complaint. Capell Thomson, LLC s/ Charles W. Thomson, Esq. 321 E. Bay St. Charleston, SC 29401 Attorney for Plaintiff
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that Charleston County Council will hold a public hearing on Thursday, February 11, 2021, at 5:00 o’clock p.m., in the Beverly T. Craven Council Chambers, Lonnie Hamilton, III Public Services Building, 4045 Bridge View Drive, North Charleston, S.C. on an ordinance authorizing the conveyance of a portion of the real property located at 995 Morrison Drive (TMS #461-13-03-024) to Laurel Island Development, LLC. Public comments, written and oral, are invited. Submission of written public comments is encouraged and those wishing to provide written public comments for the public hearing should email comments to publiccomments@charlestoncounty. org by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 11, 2021. Kristen L. Salisbury Clerk of Council
STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CHARLESTON IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS C/A NO.: 2020-CP-10-01313 Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, as Trustee, in trust for the registered certificate holders of First Franklin Mortgage Loan Trust Series 2006-FF7,, Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2006-FF7, Plaintiff, v. Robert Perez; South Carolina Department of Revenue, Defendant(s). SUMMONS AND NOTICES (Non-Jury) FORECLOSURE OF REAL ESTATE MORTGAGE TO THE DEFENDANT(S) ABOVE NAMED: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to appear and defend by answering the Complaint in this action, a copy of which is hereby served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer on the subscribers at their offices at 3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 110, Columbia, SC 29210, within thirty (30) days after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service; except that the United States of America, if named, shall have sixty (60) days to answer after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service; and if you fail to do so, judgment by default will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. TO MINOR(S) OVER FOURTEEN YEARS OF AGE, AND/OR TO MINOR(S) UNDER FOURTEEN YEARS OF AGE AND THE PERSON WITH WHOM THE MINOR(S) RESIDES, AND/OR TO PERSONS UNDER SOME LEGAL DISABILITY: YOU ARE FURTHER SUMMONED AND NOTIFIED to apply for the appointment of a guardian ad litem within thirty (30) days after the service of this Summons and Notice upon you. If you fail to do so, application for such appointment will be made by Attorney for Plaintiff. YOU WILL ALSO TAKE NOTICE that Plaintiff will move for an Order of Reference or the Court may issue a general Order of Reference of this action to a Master-in-Equity/Special Referee, pursuant to Rule 53 of the South Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure. YOU WILL ALSO TAKE NOTICE that under the provisions of S.C. Code Ann. § 29-3-100, effective June 16, 1993, any collateral assignment of rents contained in the referenced Mortgage is perfected and Attorney for Plaintiff hereby gives notice that all rents shall be payable directly to it by delivery to its undersigned attorneys from the date of default. In the alternative, Plaintiff will move before a judge of this Cir-
NOTICE OF FILING COMPLAINT TO THE DEFENDANTS ABOVE NAMED: YOU WILL PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the original Complaint, Cover Sheet for Civil Actions and Certificate of Exemption from ADR in the above entitled action was filed in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Charleston County on March 10, 2020. A Notice of Foreclosure Intervention was also filed in the Clerk of Court’s Office. Brock & Scott, PLLC 3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 110 Columbia, SC 29210 Phone 844-856-6646 Fax 803454-3451 Attorneys for Plaintiff
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STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CHARLESTON IN THE PROBATE COURT CASE NO. 2018-ES-10-1402(2) KELLEY EVANS, OF FAMILY SERVICES, INC. D/B/A ORIGIN SC, Petitioner, vs. ESTATE OF JOEL WAYNE SMITH, Respondent. IN THE ESTATE OF JOEL WAYNE SMITH SUMMONS TO THE ABOVE-NAMED: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in this action, a copy of which is herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer upon the subscriber, at the address shown below within thirty (30) days after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service. YOU ARE HEREBY GIVEN NOTICE that if you fail to answer the Complaint as required by this Summons within thirty (30) days after service hereof, the relief requested in said Complaint may be granted by the Court. October 22, 2020 /s/Kelley Evans Kelley Evans Family Services, Inc. D/B/A ORIGIN SC P.O. BOX 118006 Charleston, SC 29423 843.628.2107 firstname.lastname@example.org NOTICE OF HEARING PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a hearing will be held on the Petition for Appointment of Special Administrator on February 25, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. before the Charleston County Probate Court on 84 Broad Street, Charleston, SC 29401.
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TO DEFENDANT: Amaya Kane YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in this action filed with the Clerk of Court for Charleston County on September 25, 2020. Upon proof of interest, a copy of the Complaint will be delivered to you upon request from the Charleston County Clerk of Court, and you must serve a copy of your Answer to the Complaint on the Plaintiff, the South Carolina Department of Social Services, at the office of its Attorney, Kenneth L Murphy II, Legal Department of the Charleston County Department of Social Services, 3366 Rivers Avenue, Charleston, S.C. 29405-5714 within thirty (30) days of this publication, exclusive of the date of service. If you fail to answer within the time set forth above, the Plaintiff will proceed to seek relief from the Court. Kenneth L Murphy II, SC Bar # 101817, 3366 Rivers Avenue, Charleston, S.C. 29405, (843) 953-9625.
TO DEFENDANTS: KEIONNA BRISBANE & JAKEEL THOMAS YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in this action filed with the Clerk of Court for Charleston County on November 2, 2020. Upon proof of interest, a copy of the Complaint will be delivered to you upon request from the Charleston County Clerk of Court, and you must serve a copy of your Answer to the Complaint on the Plaintiff, the South Carolina Department of Social Services, at the office of its Attorney, Regina Parvin, Legal Department of the Charleston County Department of Social Services, 3366 Rivers Ave., North Charleston S.C. 29405 within thirty (30) days of this publication, exclusive of the date of service. If you fail to answer within the time set forth above, the Plaintiff will proceed to seek relief from the Court. Regina Parvin, SC Bar # 65393, 3366 Rivers Ave. North Charleston, SC 29405, 843-953-9625
TO DEFENDANT: JOHN CLARK YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in this action filed with the Clerk of Court for Charleston County on October 15, 2020. Upon proof of interest, a copy of the Complaint will be delivered to you upon request from the Charleston County Clerk of Court, and you must serve a copy of your Answer to the Complaint on the Plaintiff, the South Carolina Department of Social Services, at the office of its Attorney, Mary Lee Briggs Legal Department of the Charleston County Department of Social Services, 3366 Rivers Ave. N. Charleston, SC 29405 within thirty (30) days of this publication, exclusive of the date of service. If you fail to answer within the time set forth above, the Plaintiff will proceed to seek relief from the Court. Mary Lee Briggs, SC Bar # 101535, 3366 Rivers Ave. N. Charleston, SC 29405, 843-953-9625
STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CHARLESTON IN THE FAMILY COURT FOR THE NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT DOCKET NO. 2020-DR-10-1870 SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES VERSUS CHELSEA TINDAL, VANESSA MCGHGHY AND DAVID MCGHGHY, DEFENDANTS. IN THE INTERESTS OF: MINOR CHILD BORN 2009. TO DEFENDANT: Chelsea Tindal YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in this action filed with the Clerk of Court for Charleston County on July 28, 2020. Upon proof of interest, a copy of the Complaint will be delivered to you upon request from the Charleston County Clerk of Court, and you must serve a copy of your Answer to the Complaint on the Plaintiff, the South Carolina Department of Social Services, at the office of its Attorney, Mary Lee Briggs, Legal Department of the Charleston County Department of Social Services, 3366 Rivers Avenue, Charleston S.C. 29405 within thirty (30) days of this publication, exclusive of the date of service. If you fail to answer within the time set forth above, the Plaintiff will proceed to seek relief from the Court. Mary Lee Briggs SC Bar #101535, 3366 Rivers Avenue, Charleston, SC 29405, 843-953-6041.
STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CHARLESTON IN THE FAMILY COURT FOR THE NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT DOCKET NO. 2020-DR- 10-2659 SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES VERSUS CYNTHIA BROWN-KAWALSKI and JUSTIN GARRETT, SR. DEFENDANTS. IN THE INTERESTS OF: MINOR CHILD BORN 2003 TO DEFENDANT: CYNTHIA BROWN-KAWALSKI YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in this action filed with the Clerk of Court for Charleston County on October 22, 2020. Upon proof of interest, a copy of the Complaint will be delivered to you upon request from the Charleston County Clerk of Court, and you must serve a copy of your Answer to the Complaint on the Plaintiff, the South Carolina Department of Social Services, at the office of its Attorney, Kenneth Murphy, II Legal Department of the Charleston County Department of Social Services, 3366 Rivers Ave. N. Charleston, SC 29405 within thirty (30) days of this publication, exclusive of the date of service. If you fail to answer within the time set forth above, the Plaintiff will proceed to seek relief from the Court. Kenneth Murphy, II, SC Bar # 101817, 3366 Rivers Ave. N. Charleston, SC 29405, 843-953-9625.
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STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CHARLESTON IN THE FAMILY COURT FOR THE NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT DOCKET NO. 2020-DR-10-2952 SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES VERSUS KAYLA SOULE, JAMES MCNAY AND EDDIE HAYWOOD JR. DEFENDANTS. IN THE INTERESTS OF: MINOR CHILDREN BORN 2009, 2011, 2014, 2020 TO DEFENDANT: Eddie Haywood Jr. YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in this action filed with the Clerk of Court for CHARLESTON County on November 20, 2020. Upon proof of interest, a copy of the Complaint will be delivered to you upon request from the Charleston County Clerk of Court, and you must serve a copy of your Answer to the Complaint on the Plaintiff, the South Carolina Department of Social Services, at the office of its Attorney, Sally R. Young, Legal Department of the Charleston County Department of Social Services, 3366 Rivers Ave., N. Charleston, South Carolina 29405-5714 within thirty (30) days of this publication, exclusive of the date of service. If you fail to answer within the time set forth above, the Plaintiff will proceed to seek relief from the Court. Sally R. Young, SC Bar # 4686, 3366 Rivers Ave., N. Charleston, South Carolina 29405-5714, (843) 953-9625.
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Free Will Astrology ARIES (March 21-April 19): In the 1950 film Harvey, James Stewart plays a middle-aged man named Elwood whose best friend is a tall invisible rabbit named Harvey. The relationship causes problems with the people in Elwood’s life. At one point a psychiatrist tries to convince him to “struggle with reality.” Elwood replies, “I wrestled with reality for 40 years, and I am happy to state that I finally won.” I’m happy to tell you this story, Aries, because it’s a good lead in to my counsel for you: I suspect that one of your long wrestles with reality will yield at least a partial victory in the coming weeks. And, it will be completely real, as opposed to Elwood’s Harvey. Congratulations! TAURUS (April 20-May 20): The light of the North Star takes a long time to reach us, even though it’s traveling 186,000 miles per second. The beams it shows us tonight first embarked when Shakespeare was alive on Earth. And yet that glow seems so fresh and pure. Are there any other phenomena in your life that are metaphorically comparable? Perhaps an experience you had months ago that is only now revealing its complete meaning? Or a seed you planted years ago that is finally ripening into its mature expression? The coming weeks will be an excellent time to take inventory of such things, Taurus. It will also be a favorable phase to initiate innovations that will take some time to become fully useful for you. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): In 1971, astronaut Alan Shepard had the great privilege of landing on the moon in a spacecraft, then walking on the lunar surface. How did he celebrate this epic holy adventure? By reciting a stirring passage from Shakespeare or the Talmud? By placing a framed photo of Amelia Earhart or a statue of Icarus in the dirt? By saying a prayer to his God or thoughtfully thanking the people who helped put him there? No. Shepard used this sublime one-of-a-kind moment to hit a golf ball with a golf club. I’ll ask you not to regard him as a role model in the coming weeks. When your sacred or lofty moments arrive, offer proper homage and honor. Be righteously appreciative of your blessings. CANCER (June 21-July 22): William Shakespeare worked with another playwright in creating three plays: Henry VIII, The Two Noble Kinsmen, and Cardenio. The lucky collaborator was John Fletcher, who was popular and influential in his era. I propose that we name him one of your role models in 2021. Here’s why: You will have an enhanced potential to engage in fertile partnerships with allies who are quite worthy of you. I encourage you to be on the lookout for opportunities to thrive on symbiosis and synergy. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Canadian journalist Nick Ashdown is amazed that white people in North America are so inhibited about revealing their real feelings. He writes, “How bizarre that in English, the word ‘emotional’ is used pejoratively, as though passion implies some sort of weakness.” He marvels that the culture seems to “worship nonchalance” and regard intense expressiveness as uncool or unprofessional. I’m going to encourage you to embody a different approach in the coming days. I don’t mean to suggest that you should be an out-ofcontrol maniac constantly exploding with intensity. But, I do hope you will take extra measures to respect and explore and reveal the spirited truth about yourself. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Virgo actor Ingrid Bergman appeared in three movies directed by Alfred Hitchcock. In Notorious, set after the end of World War II, she played the daughter of a Nazi spy. During the filming, Bergman had trouble with a particular scene. She explained her doubts to Hitchcock, saying, “I don’t think I can do that naturally.” Hitchcock seemed receptive to her input, but in the end had an unexpected response: “All right,” he told her. “If you can’t do it naturally, then fake it.” I’m going to suggest that you follow Hitchcock’s advice during the next two weeks, Virgo. “Fake it till you make it” is an acceptable — probably preferable — approach. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The 17th-century Libran polymath Thomas Browne had a brilliant, well-
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educated mind. He authored many books on various subjects, from science to religion, and was second only to Shakespeare in the art of coining new words. He did have a blind spot, however. He referred to sex as the “trivial and vulgar way of union” and “the foolishest act a wise man commits in all his life.” Most of us have pockets of ignorance like that — aspects that qualify as learning disabilities or intellectual black holes. And now and then, there come times when we benefit from checking in with these deficiencies and deciding whether to take any fresh steps to wisen them up. Now is such a time for you. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “There is no sunrise so beautiful that it is worth waking me up to see it,” declares actor and comedian Mindy Kaling. Is that an unromantic sentiment? Maybe. But more importantly, it’s evidence that she treasures her sleep. And, that’s admirable! She is devoted to giving her body the nurturing it needs to be healthy. Let’s make Kaling your patron saint for now. It’s a favorable time to upgrade your strategies for taking very good care of yourself. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): All of us go through phases when our brains work at a higher level than usual. I’m guessing that you’re about to enjoy one of these times. In fact, I won’t be shocked if you string together a series of ingenious thoughts and actions. I hope you use your enhanced intelligence for important matters — like making practical improvements in your life! Please don’t waste it on trivial matters like arguments on Facebook or Twitter. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Today the Capricorn artist Paul Cézanne (1839–1906) is regarded as an important and influential painter. Early in his career, though, he was rejected and even ridiculed by critics. One reason was that he loved making still-life paintings, which were considered low art. Of his 584 works, about 200 of them were of inanimate, commonplace objects. Fruit was his specialty. Typically he might spend 100 separate sessions in perfecting a particular bowl of apples. “Don’t you want to take a vacation from painting fruit?” he was asked. In response, he said that simply shifting the location of his easel in relation to his subject matter was almost more excitement than he could bear. That’s the kind of focused, detailed attitude I hope you’ll cultivate toward your own labors of love during the coming weeks, Capricorn. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “We all want everything to be okay,” writes author David Levithan. “We don’t even wish so much for fantastic or marvelous or outstanding. We will happily settle for okay, because most of the time, okay is enough.” To that mediocre manifesto, I reply, okay. I accept that it’s true for many people. But, I don’t think it will apply to you Aquarians in the coming weeks. According to my assessment of your astrological potentials, you can, if you want, have a series of appointments with the fantastic, the marvelous and the outstanding. Please keep those appointments! Don’t skip them out of timidity or excess humility. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): DON’Ts: Don’t keep scratching an old wound until it bleeds. Don’t try to snatch away the teddy bear that belongs to the 800-pound gorilla. Don’t try to relieve your tension by pounding your head against a wall. Don’t try to convince a stone idol to show you some tenderness. DOs: Do ask supposedly naive questions that may yield liberating revelations. Do keep in mind that sometimes things need to be a bit broken before you’ll be motivated to give them all the care they need and deserve. Do extinguish the fire on a burning bridge, and then repair the bridge. Homework: I believe that you can’t get what you want from another person until you’re able to give it to yourself. Do you think that’s true? FreeWillAstrology.com.
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cuit on the 10th day after service hereof, or as soon thereafter as counsel may be heard, for an Order enforcing the assignment of rents, if any, and compelling payment of all rents covered by such assignment directly to the Plaintiff, which motion is to be based upon the original Note and Mortgage herein and the Complaint attached hereto.
pulse TENNIS COURTS SERVES UP ITS BEST REGARDS ON EP
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Indie rock band Tennis Courts released its new EP Best Regards Friday. The album, according to the band, was “the culmination of playing live in Charleston for about two years.” Tennis Courts’ sound will remind listeners of the post-punk revival era. Songs like “OK” and “Ole Yeller” get wordy, but still have that bored cool of vocalists like Julian Casablancas. The EP is anchored by its centerpiece and lead single, the fast-hitting garage rocker “Red Wine.” It’s inarguably the most explosive track on the album, no small thanks to the verse and pre-chorus build. Check out Best Regards on charlestoncitypaper.com, Spotify or purchase it on iTunes. —Heath Ellison
Herb Partlow has built a successful smooth-jazz career right under our noses
CHARLESTON CITY PAPER 01.27.2021
BY VINCENT HARRIS
Herb Partlow was indie before indie was cool. Partlow, whose current specialty is funkinfused smooth jazz, has worn just about every hat you can wear in the music business, from rapper to multi-instrumentalist to producer to engineer to publicist. “Paradigm Shift,” a sleek, funky and sparse single from Partlow’s new album, Next Level, was sitting at No. 3 on the smooth jazz charts as we prepared this piece, higher up than well-known names like Gerald Albright and Tower of Power. But, the difference between them and Partlow is that he’s a fiercely independent artist with no major label backing him. Next Level is about as state-of-the-art as the genre gets. It’s 10 tracks of light and infectious grooves, with Partlow’s rubbery bass and shimmering keys laying the foundation for wailing sax and guitarist Ricardo Love’s low-key riffs. The album is also another step on Partlow’s idiosyncratic four-decade path through the industry, one that started when he was a first-generation rapper working with producer and engineer Dale Ramsey. “I got my start from him learning the recording process, learning the intricacies of the music business, being exposed to a professional studio, which is where I got the bug,” Partlow said. Unlike some other musicians, Partlow realized early on that the “business” part of “the music business” was just as important as the music itself, if not more so. “Musicians should be able to focus on their music,” he said. “But unfortunately, in the old days, you put all your faith in your manager, and if you look back at history, a lot of musicians were being taken advantage of.” Partlow eventually followed his interest in business into a long, non-musical corporate career in San Francisco. But he always kept a toe in the music industry, at first as a rapper releasing albums on Macola Records alongside NWA, Timex Social Club and Egyptian Lover in the ’80s, then moving
THE DESTINATORS OPEN MINDS ON LATEST SINGLE The Destinators released their latest single “Loosen Up Your Mind” on Jan. 15. The new track is more of the dub and reggae fans have come to expect from the band. It’s a relaxed riff and rhythmically calm beat, with an added field of depth brought on by the song’s backing vocals. “Loosen Up Your Mind” is a little spacier than The Destinators’ 2020 single “Coming Home.” The band regularly performs at the Pour House, for reggae fans looking for a socially-distanced time out. Check out the latest single on charlestoncitypaper.com or Spotify. —HE
RANKY TANKY PERFORMS DURING INAUGURATION EVENT
HERB PARTLOW’S SONG “PARADIGM SHIFT” BROKE ONTO THE SMOOTH JAZZ CHARTS
into production and engineering in the 1990s and 2000s. Partlow saw the industry change around him as the millennium approached. After finding inspiration from Prince’s break with Warner Records, he decided to embrace rapidly advancing tech. “Because of where we are technologically, what you can do with a studio at home, you really don’t need a label,” he said. “But now, it’s incumbent upon the artist to build your own brand, do your own recordings, distribute your own recordings, build your following.” Partlow (who moved back to his native Charleston in 2013) didn’t begin his jazz career until a decade or so ago, almost as an afterthought. Saxophone player J.L.P. came to Partlow with a jazz concept he was working on, and Partlow began interpreting it. The result was the 2011 EP, Urban Jazz,
and it got Partlow noticed. “To my surprise, radio really responded to it,” he said. “Even here in Charleston, there’s a show on Magic 107.3 (WMGL) called ‘Sunday Jazz Brunch,’ and I turned on the radio one day and they were talking about me and playing my song!” There are probably a lot of locals who don’t realize they have a top-selling smooth jazz artist here, and that’s because Partlow has rarely, if ever, played live around town, even before the pandemic. In fact, he says he’s probably known better as a businessman than a musician. “I’m involved in a lot of things in Charleston business-wise, but a lot of people don’t know I do music because I don’t play a lot locally,” he said. “I’m not really interested in playing locally. I’m thinking global, not local, and my forte is producing and composing and engineering music.”
Ranky Tanky performed as part of “We are One,” a celebration of the accomplishments of Black Americans, in conjunction with the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris Jan. 20. The band played the somber “Beat Em Down” from the 2019 LP Good Time. As always, the band’s musicianship is impeccable, anchored by vocalist Quiana Parler. “Beat ‘em down love/ I’ll use my heart’s love to beat ‘em down,” she sings in the chorus. Ranky Tanky chose to play this tune because it “calls upon our collective strength to beat down this era of fear, hate, racism and violence, and to embrace all that we may become through love, peace, kindness and equality,” according to drummer Quentin Baxter. —HE
If you or your band is about to enter the studio, hit the road, or has a special gig coming up, contact Heath Ellison at email@example.com.
ONE AT A TIME: New tunes
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Thanks to the internet, artists are releasing new music at a higher rate than ever before, and it can be tough to keep up with it all. We’ve got you covered, though, with our regular rundown of new singles local artists have released. Check out the list below, then head over to charlestoncitypaper.com to read more on the local music scene. “RUN IT LIKE (FREESTYLE),” Abstract that Rapper “SWIPE,” Little Bird “CAPSIZE,” Whitehall “HIGH TALK THERAPY (ORBITING),” GASP
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HEAL WITH HEARTS’ KIDS DRUM CIRCLE TAKES PLACE ONCE A MONTH
Heal with Hearts keeps the beat going at the Pour House Heal with Hearts Sat. Jan. 30 4 p.m. Free Pour House
Heal with Hearts, a local nonprofit organization that inspires learning in kids through music and arts, will host a drum circle for the children this Saturday at the Pour House. Students are taught to create rhythms in big groups in the program. Heal with Hearts believes cooperative activities like this build leadership skills and self-discipline. “Music and art and dance are another way for children to express themselves,” co-founder Megan Mims told the City Paper in 2017. “It helps them with problem solving and some of their other academic areas. It connects them to being inspired to learn through other ways than memorizing textbooks.”
Outside of the drum circle, Heal with Hearts’ other music programs follow the National Standards for Music Education: singing, performing and improvisation. The organization currently participates in several other community programs including MUSC Children’s Hospital Art and Music Therapy and Engaging Creative Minds. Heal with Hearts also conducts dance classes and visual art classes. The dance classes help students demonstrate movement elements and skills, understand dance from various cultures and make connections between dance and other aspects of life. The art classes are integrated into the music and dance classes. Students are taught about art, but also to ask insightful questions about visual art. Heal with Hearts’ drum circle on the Pour House deck is a monthly occurance facilitated by local drummers. Kids of all ages are encouraged to attend. —Heath Ellison
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Not as a chin guard
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MASK UP • DISTANCE APPROPRIATELY WASH HANDS • USE COMMON SENSE A public service message from the Charleston City Paper — so we can all make it through this together
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Founded in 1997, the locally owned and operated Charleston City Paper is Charleston’s only weekly alternative newspaper and the second-large...
Published on Jan 26, 2021
Founded in 1997, the locally owned and operated Charleston City Paper is Charleston’s only weekly alternative newspaper and the second-large...