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Charleston awaiting guidance on allowable use of more than $20M in federal relief funds BY SKYLER BALDWIN

CHARLESTON CITY PAPER 04.07.2021

The City of Charleston was awarded $20.7 million in federal relief money as part of the $1.9 billion stimulus package passed by Congress last month, checking off the amount council needed to roll back last year’s two-mill property tax increase. But, it’s unclear if the funds can actually be used in that manner without the city being heavily penalized.

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At Charleston City Council’s March 23 meeting, Councilman Harry Griffin called for a vote that would have committed city leaders to restoring property taxes to previous levels, sparking a long discussion on how the city is allowed to use the federal stimulus money. “I hope we will get, once all the information comes in from the feds, all that ‘roll up your sleeves’ and ‘go back to work’ and see how all of this works,” said Councilman Keith Waring, who represents part of West Ashley. “As I understand, all the information isn’t in from the feds yet.” The federal bill expressly forbids a state or territory from using the funds to directly or indirectly offset tax reductions during the covered period; however, the verbiage is silent for metropolitan cities, a category that includes Charleston. “They had some guidance on this, and they mentioned the way they laid out the restriction — it was for everyone, not just states and territories,” said Charleston’s chief financial officer, Amy Wharton. “So we just don’t know … That’s why we need to hang back and see what they actually meant by that.” Due to the vague requirements and restrictions, numerous lawsuits have been filed and questions have been raised by vari-

ous judicial authorities across the country, seeking clarification on how the funds can be used, delaying a decision by council to officially restore the cuts. Attorneys general from 13 different states signed onto a lawsuit seeking to strike the verbiage from the bill entirely, and lawmakers, specifically Republican lawmakers, have drafted and signed onto letters asking for further clarity on the meaning of the measure. “I can understand there needs to be more discussion done with the ad hoc committee,” Griffin said during the March 23 meeting. “The fact of the matter was that we said if we got federal funding, we would roll back the taxes. I understand we can’t apply GRIFFIN federal funding to a tax increase, but we can find $3.2 million in expenses that we could apply that funding to.” But, Wharton said federal officials could see such use as improper due to the language including indirect use of funds to restore tax increases. “The ‘indirect’ language is included primarily I think because they wanted to

make sure the state would use the money on programs the bill was intended to fund, and not to be used for tax relief,” added City of Charleston Corporation Counsel Susan Herdina. “But, it is a question that is burning, and I think we are going to get some good direction on it hopefully soon.” The City of Charleston must periodically report detailed accounts of fund use, regardless of what that use is. Disallowed use of funds will result in the city being made to pay all dispersed funds back to the federal government. “We can’t vote on something we don’t have all the information on,” said Councilman Peter Shahid, who represents part of West Ashley. “That would be imprudent on our part. For us to address budget issues on matters we don’t have full answers on would be irresponsible. We don’t have all the answers that are out there yet. For us to make any decisions on that, we would not be in good stewardship of the public. So we need to wait.” “I certainly felt like it was a work in progress — that we didn’t have all the information,” Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg said. “We have to resolve those issues.” In the meantime, city leaders are looking at a wide variety of potential uses they could pull the trigger on once given the green light. “We have some expenses we could also utilize those funds for as well, so that’s great news,” Wharton said. “We are scheduling a meeting for the ad hoc budget committee in April. Hopefully we will have some better information from the federal government by then, and maybe we can come back with some recommendations for council by May.” Potential cuts the council is eyeing for restoration include overtime reductions ($1,005,828), transferring out the drain-

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Other potential city uses for federal stimulus funds: Overtime pay reductions........... $1,005,828 Hazel Parker playground................ $60,000 CPD headquarters bulletproof glass......................................... $40,000 Turning Leaf.................................. $35,000 CFD equipment and supplies........$220,275 CPD security camera upgrades and replacements.................... $120,000 CFD drone....................................... $5,000 Environmental services................. $25,000 James Island Recreation Complex equipment..................................$11,000 Bees Landing rec center equipment................................... $3,880 Abandoned boat removal fund....... $30,000 10% discretionary operating cuts... $408,313 Transfer out drainage fund.......... $450,000 Transfer out affordable housing/rehab......................... $250,000 TOTAL................................... $2,664,296

age fund ($450,000), a 10% reduction in discretionary operation spending ($408,313) and transferring out affordable housing funds ($250,000). The full list totals $2,664,296 in cuts that could be overturned with the federal stimulus money. Council members hope the outcome of legal battles could help shed light on allowable use of awarded funds. They plan to discuss the issue further at future committee meetings, and bring recommendations to the city’s April 13 council meeting.


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REACTION : WHAT IMPACT WILL TARGET HAVE ON KING STREET?

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News last week that retail giant Target will become lower King Street’s biggest new tenant prompted quick mental calculations among downtown residents, workers and visitors. Target? On King Street? To some, Target will provide a walkable outlet for essentials in an area spotted with restaurants, antique shops and clothing retailers — the King and Market space previously housed Saks Fifth Avenue and Forever 21, which closed last year. To others, the big-box store is yet another force that could crank up commercial rents even more as some local owners opt to look elsewhere. “We are not shocked by the news of Target coming in and are not naïve to the reality that some small businesses in that area likely see it as an attractive ‘anchor’ that may bring customers their way,” said Jordan Amaker, marketing and communications director for Lowcountry Local First. “That’s a win, if that happens.” Half-Moon Outfitters owner Beezer Molton has seen plenty of businesses come and go since opening the first Half-Moon downtown in 1991. “Long-term vacancy is terrible,” Molton said. “Hopefully, we’ve had enough of a correction on King Street to open the door for some local retailers, like a young version of Half-Moon.” Molton said he’s optimistic Target could revitalize shopping near his 280 King St. store, open since 2001. “While it might not be a local retailer, it’s going to help some locals not get in their cars,” he told the City Paper. Whether customers drive, walk or bike there, transportation advocate Katie Zimmerman, leader of Charleston Moves, said Target and the city should make sure people are top priority, whether they are walking into Target or just passing by. “King and Market streets and their associated land uses should absolutely be designed with a people-first approach,” Zimmerman said, “especially considering the high volume of pedestrian traffic in the area already, the bus stop at that corner and the fact that the King Street corridor is one of the top 10 most dangerous in South Carolina for people on bikes and foot.” —Skyler Baldwin

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VACCINATION PLAN ‘DOESN’T WORK FOR BERKELEY COUNTY,’ WHERE RATES ARE AMONG SC’S LOWEST

Berkeley County, one of the state’s fastestgrowing and most populous counties, has one of the lowest rates of vaccinations so far despite “repeated requests” for more shots, officials said last week. Berkeley County is the eighth-most populated county in South Carolina — right behind York and Anderson counties. Between 2010 and 2019, the area grew by 29%, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. But so far this year, Berkeley County ranks near the bottom in COVID-19 vaccinations per capita and vaccine dose allocation per capita. It was 43rd out of 46 counties in both metrics last week, according to the state Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). “Berkeley County has made repeated requests to DHEC for an allocation of vaccines that we can administer directly to our residents,” Berkeley County Emergency Management Director Ben Almquist told City Paper last Wednesday in a statement. “Berkeley County has already been approved as a vaccine provider and we have

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an active plan that covers all of the logistical needs to get shots to the people that want them.” While 31.4% of South Carolina residents have gotten at least one vaccine shot as of April 1, that figure sits at just 21.39% for Berkeley County. Next door, Charleston County has been allocated enough vaccine doses for more than 57% of its residents, while Berkeley has enough for 31.75%. During a March 26 press conference, DHEC officials did not specify a reason for the disparity, but speculated it may be due to the rural county’s low population density. Whatever the reason, Berkeley officials said they have told the state plainly they aren’t getting the vaccine doses they need. “The current vaccine distribution model from DHEC doesn’t work for Berkeley County, and we have explained that to them several times,” Almquist said. “We are ready and able to get vaccines to the people of Berkeley County, but we need DHEC to step up and be a better partner in this.” —Sam Spence

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Congratulations to Sebastian Choe, of Charleston, and more than a dozen others who correctly identified last week’s “Mystery Photo” as the so-called hurricane-proof house built on Sullivan’s Island after Hurricane Hugo. We’re sending Sebastian a copy of our 350 Facts about Charleston book. Have a photo that you think will stump City Paper readers? Send to: mystery@charlestoncitypaper.com.

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ANALYSIS: SC’S MEDICAL MARIJUANA BILL MAY FACE TOO MANY HURDLES

There are a lot of therapeutic reasons for South Carolina’s medical marijuana bill to pass this year, but the likelihood of it happening is dwindling. The bill often is described by lead sponsor and GOP Sen. Tom Davis, R-Beaufort, as the most conservative proposal to allow for the medical use of marijuana in the country. Thirty-eight states have approved some form of medical marijuana. Four in five South Carolina Democrats said they were for medical marijuana in a non-binding question on the 2018 primary ballot. The measure got a boost last week when a Senate committee voted 9-5 to send Davis’ bill to the floor. But, it’s likely to fail again, many say. Among the reasons: Time. If the bill doesn’t pass the Senate by next Thursday, rules require a supermajority for it to be sent on to the S.C. House for consideration. The Senate calendar, already packed with other legislation, is working against the bill. “Who knows? Maybe no one will tie us up if we can get it over to the House by the (Thursday) deadline,” said a co-sponsor, Sen. Marlon Kimpson, D-Charleston. “But, I suspect even if we do, there will be turbulence.” House. Even if it makes it to the House, the calendar is working against the bill. The legislative session is slated to end next month. Opposition. While polling shows big majorities in favor of medical marijuana, opposition from doctors and law enforcement officers is strong. That makes lawmakers from both parties take a significant pause. “My head tells me to vote against this,” said Senate President Harvey Peeler, R-Gaffney, according to the Associated Press. Charleston Police Chief Luther Reynolds said he is concerned about a variety of community impacts if medical marijuana were to be approved. And if it is, there would need to be significant work on how it is made available so it isn’t abused. “Medical marijuana is deceptive in how it is being presented across the country and locally,” he told Statehouse Report, City Paper‘s sister publication. “I believe at some point marijuana will be legalized but what we have learned around the country is there is no plan for the implementation process. Pure politics. The state Senate generally is the more moderate of the state’s two legislative chambers. In the House, the bill would face partisan opposition from right-wing forces, state Democratic Party Chairman Trav Robertson said. Meanwhile Gov. Henry McMaster, a former attorney general who has opposed the proposal, has hinted there may be a way to pass medical marijuana, particularly because Davis makes a convincing argument that medical marijuana alleviates a tremendous amount of suffering. “I’m open to hearing more about it because it’s clear that it alleviates a lot of suffering,” McMaster said last month. “The trick is how to keep that from turning loose marijuana production in the state that would cause damage.” —Andy Brack


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The Blotter is taken from reports filed with Charleston Police Department between March 24 and March 29. No one described in this section has been found guilty, just unlucky. Police witnessed what they described as a drug deal when a West Ashley woman dropped a small pile of cash on the hood of a car and said, “Here’s $7.” Either drugs have gotten way cheaper, or police detained a woman for buying a rock. A downtown woman reported her truck stolen, described as having a barbed-wire license plate frame and brand-new stainless steel dual exhaust. If your sweet truck is supposed to tell people, “Don’t mess with me,” this one didn’t work. A would-be catalytic converter theft was reported as vandalism when a wouldbe catalytic converter thief only partially cut the part free from the underside of a West Ashley man’s truck. Better luck next time.

A man suspected of driving under the influence stopped his own field sobriety test short when he felt he adequately proved his sobriety by counting to nine. We will let you guess whether that worked. Security camera footage showed a man having entered and stolen several items from a downtown hotel’s kitchen, including a $1 beer, a $30 butcher knife and a $2,000 computer tablet. Something’s up here: You can’t get $1 beer downtown anymore. Police stopped a man suspected of being high on narcotics, but dropped the questioning when she said she had just finished some “addaball.” What she probably meant was Adderall, guys, which is definitely a narcotic. How did this happen?

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A James Island woman reported hearing a strange voice outside her home yell, “I’m going to rip your teeth out.” Upon investigation, it appeared that he was talking to another stranger as they were running circles around a vehicle in the street in what we can only assume is some fun game for aggrieved, denture-wearers. A downtown man reported his moped stolen and gave the following description: scratches on both sides, a disconnected cupholder, a right handle secured with zip ties and chipped metal handlebars. With that kind of description, we are surprised it was operable enough to be stolen at all. A West Ashley convenience store was reportedly broken into at night after employees arrived the following morning to find the front window shattered and nearly $1,500 in various brand cigarette cartons missing. At least that money isn’t going to Big Tobacco.

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ou want Dawn Staley in your corner. As the coach of the University of South Carolina women’s basketball team, she’s one of the best in the country. She makes her players some of the best too. And Clemson football aside, she’s won more titles than your favorite in-state team. She’s certainly won more Olympic gold medals. Dawn Staley is fearless. But not out of stubbornness or blissful ignorance. She’s tough because she’s been there. As a competitor, she wants to win, but she will be the first to tell you that losing is part of the game. Luckily for South Carolina, the state’s best basketball coach is also the most outspoken on important issues facing its residents. Win or lose, Staley takes stances and encourages her players to do the same. It’s in her DNA to stand up and speak out, amplified by the stage she’s on. Staley has always been passionate. But, the tragedies and turbulence of our time have sharpened her instincts to see how she can be part of difficult national discussions around racism, political division and equality. “I don’t really want to take on all the things I take on with social injustice, but my heart won’t let me shut up,” she told The Athletic last month. As Staley’s Gamecocks marched toward their third Final Four in six seasons, Staley seized the moment. Appealing to the NCAA president by name, Staley called out “glaring deficiencies” between the men’s and women’s tournaments after a year defined by division. “What we now know is that the NCAA’s season-long messaging about ‘togetherness’ and ‘equality’ was about

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convenience and a soundbite for the moment created after the murder of George Floyd,” Staley wrote on Instagram on March 19. Staley’s actions are rarely about her, but she knows she stands on the shoulders of those who came before her. On March 30, Staley cut down the net before the Final Four wearing a T-shirt bearing the image of Georgetown Coach John Thompson, the first African-American coach to win the national title. She knows how hard achieving success can be because she’s lived it. “I’m speaking from my perspective as a Black woman. There aren’t a whole lot of Black women in this athletic department. There aren’t a lot of female coaches. I’m speaking from a place that probably not a whole lot of people understand,” Staley said in The Athletic interview. Do not be fooled into thinking Staley’s passion could jeopardize fan support or athletic department boosters. That is not the case in Columbia. Staley’s Gamecocks have led the nation in home court attendance for six seasons, averaging more than 12,000 fans per game. (For reference: College of Charleston’s TD Arena only holds 5,100 fans.) In the face of racist “shut up and dribble” criticism, in the middle of blood-red South Carolina, Gamecocks fans know their coach is the real thing. They show up. “The bottom line is, we’re gonna keep fighting to grow our game,” Staley told USA Today on Monday. “So, are you gonna look away again? Or are you gonna fight with us?” We’re ready for the fight, coach. Keep it up.

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Community Action Get the vaccine to promote the common good Getting immunized with a COVID-19 vaccine is a huge act of kindness to your community. While being vaccinated will give one a high level of personal protection against the highly infectious disease, it also helps to dampen its spread around the state. Unfortunately, not everyone has absorbed why vaccinations are vital. For one reason or another, they don’t want to get the shots or are hesitant about them. But, polling shows the number of ambivalent people is dropping. A survey of almost 80,000 Americans by the U.S. Census last month showed 17% said they would definitely or probably not get vaccinated. That’s down from 22% in January, according to a story in The Wall Street Journal. A small subset are people who are ideologically against vaccines — anti-vaxxers — who don’t believe in them for reasons often based on misinformation or wild conspiracy theories. Despite reams of medical evidence that vaccines are safe and effective, there’s not much that can be done to persuade these folks to get their shots. But, most people unsure about vaccines are just wary, despite lots of science-based evidence. Some are waiting to see what happens. Others are worried about side effects. Others are concerned that various vaccines were developed too quickly. That’s why it’s vital for people to talk with health professionals and learn about

the national effort to quell the spread of the virus through a robust vaccination program. Dr. Marvella E. Ford, director of the Office of Community Outreach and Engagement at the Hollings Cancer Center in Charleston, meets frequently with people in communities of color to reassure them that coronavirus vaccines are safe because they’ve been through lots of trials with thousands of volunteers with multiple levels of oversight. “Nobody wants to make people sick,” she said. “Why would public health organizations in the United States want to administer vaccines if they were not good for people? “Getting the vaccine isn’t about you — it’s about your children, your families, your neighbors, the people you go to church with. The question is: how important are those people to you?” People of color often have lower vaccination rates because of how they’ve been used in medical studies. Dr. J. Marion Sims, a South Carolina native, is known as the father of modern gynecology, but he remains controversial because of his 19th century surgical techniques that included operating on unanesthetized enslaved Black women. Starting in 1932, hundreds of Black men in Alabama died from untreated syphilis in a 40-year study.

But, medicine operates differently now, in part because of the lessons learned in studies now considered unethical. Ford recalled a 1997 bioethics symposium at the Tuskegee Institute, the very place where the syphilis study occurred. She remembered a talk by a civil rights lawyer representing the surviving patients who said they wanted people of color to understand how their experiences led to safeguards now required in medical trial studies. Past sacrifices led to new practices. Medical trial studies like those with the new vaccine now require informed consent, data monitors, safety monitors, institutional review boards and more. In other words, there is significant oversight to make sure things are done right, Ford said. Dr. Michael Sweat, director of MUSC’s Division of Global and Community Health, said resistance to new ways of doing things or new technologies often fades over time. “Over the years, they’ve gotten used to it and don’t think twice about it,” he said. An estimated 45% of South Carolinians currently have immunity from COVID-19 due to natural immunity after having the disease or from vaccinations. Let’s all get vaccinated soon to stamp out this community threat. Andy Brack is publisher of Charleston City Paper.

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ine cooks are the lifeblood of any restaurant — just ask the executive chefs at the helms of Charlestonarea establishments. And while these behind-thescenes chefs are crucial to professional kitchens, folks outside of the industry might find it hard to comprehend the impact they have on each service. On any given night, a line cook is responsible for one or multiple stations, where they’ll complete a certain task or dish in a timely manner. This means they are constantly moving throughout the kitchen cooking, plating and making sure each sta-

tion is stocked with ingredients. Line cooks endure obscure hours, high turnover and sub-$15-per-hour wages in non-pandemic times in a line of work that’s been even more uncertain over the past year. Young cooks tried to stay afloat in a struggling industry while subjecting themselves to the dangers of COVID-19. We spoke with four local line cooks to see what it’s been like working over the past 12-plus months. “The reason I got a job cooking in Charleston is because there aren’t enough line cooks, and I don’t think people realize that,” said Connor Simonson, who works at Stems & Skins and Bok Choy Boy Asian fusion pop-up while finishing his degree at the College of Charleston. Prior to that, Simonson, a contributor for the City Paper, spent time on the line at Zero Restaurant + Bar, Edmund’s Oast and fine-dining restaurant Cypress, which closed in 2017.

“It’s really intense when you first get into it for sure,” Simonson said, describing his time at Cypress where he worked 50-hour weeks. “It was really intimidating, but there’s definitely this incentive to pull your weight, show up early and work your way up.” Jackrabbit Filly line cook Erin Sullivan said her hours are quite manageable at the Park Circle restaurant — this, despite the fact that there are just four cooks, including executive chef Shuai Wang, in the kitchen most evenings. “I’m cross-trained on everything and kind of get to learn a lot more,” said Sullivan, who moved from front-of-house to the kitchen in 2018. “Back of house, it’s so much more team oriented, and you have to work together.” Sullivan said she was nervous to return to work post-pandemic, but Jackrabbit Filly’s safety precautions and her desire to feed the community brought her back to the industry. “It’s hard not to be (scared), but it’s one of

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those lines of work where restaurants aren’t going to go away and people aren’t going to stop wanting to go to restaurants,” she said. “At the end of the day, we just kind of had to get back to it and start cooking food for people. It was good to feel a sense of normalcy, but it was stressful.” Post House line cook Joel Carnright recalls a feeling of guilt when he went back to work. He knew he had to continue cooking to make a living but was scared of contracting the virus and bringing it home to his girlfriend, a fourthgrade school teacher at Chicora Elementary. “It doesn’t just affect me, it affects my girlfriend, my family and everyone around me,” he said. “Cooking in the pandemic is tough because of the mask — it gets hot in the kitchen, and services can get hectic.” Despite the standards set by then-Post House executive chef Evan Gaudreau, Carnright said he contracted COVID-19 in December. Still, this was the reality Carnright

said he was prepared for when he went back to work in March 2020. “We’ve been making sure to have our masks on at all times in the kitchen, even if you’re by yourself,” said Carnright, who has his temperature taken before each shift. “All the stuff we were doing before but just more vigilant.” Even in non-pandemic times, working as a line cook is a challenging profession. Just ask Slightly North of Broad line cook Chelsea Christian, who starts most days on Johns Island in the kitchen at Wild Olive around 5 a.m. Yes, Christian works two kitchen jobs. Early in the morning, you’ll find her preparing sauces to pair with Wild Olive’s pappardelle or tagliatelle pastas before heading downtown to work the lunch or brunch service at S.N.O.B. “Obviously COVID has changed a lot in the kitchen,” said Christian, who estimates she works 60 hours per week. “Some days

“Some days it’s smooth and sometimes it’s pretty draining where I don’t think I’m going to see the end of the day.” —S.N.O.B. line cook Chelsea Christian

it’s smooth, and sometimes, it’s pretty draining where I don’t think I’m going to see the end of the day.” All four chefs plan to stay in the industry moving forward. Carnright, who said the business is “a lot of who you know and who you don’t piss off,” will “hopefully be running a spot, ideally the size of Renzo,” in the next five years. Still early in her career, Sullivan just wants to keep taking things day-by-day. “I never expected to see myself as a cook, and now here I am falling in love with this career,” Sullivan said. “I kind of just grab at any opportunity that I can.”

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The Roots of Racism in Policing Simon Balto, author of Occupied Territory: Policing Black Chicago from Red Summer to Black Power, discusses the link between racism and police brutality as well as what defunding the police might really mean, how to address racist policies and what the Jewish community can do to be better allies. This event is part of the ongoing Jewish Film Series. April 13. 7-8 p.m. Free to attend. The Jewish Federation of Charleston. Virtual. jewishcharleston.org T H U R S D AY

State Street Painting Party Join Charleston Culinary Tours every Thursday for artistic, after-hours fun in a historic Charleston home with State Street painting parties. Guests will be instructed while painting a provided Lowcountry subject, but advanced artists are welcome to bring their own photographs as subject material. All supplies and materials are provided; just bring your own drink of choice. Thursdays. 5:30-8 p.m. $45/ticket. Charleston Culinary Tours. 46B State St. Downtown. charlestonculinarytours.com S AT U R D AY - S U N D AY

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The Center for Birds of Prey has reopened its doors to visitors after closing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, inviting people to once again come and explore the world of raptors through an outdoor program and flight demonstration. Programs are limited to 50 people every Thursday and Saturday during its initial reopening phase. Thursdays and Saturdays. 10:30-11:30 a.m. $20/adult; $15/children age 3-17. The Center for Birds of Prey. 4719 Highway 17. Awendaw. thecenterforbirdsofprey.org.

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It has been over a year since the Charleston arts scene was put on pause. So, the prospect of a Spoleto return, a year after the pandemic and two years since the last showcase of worldclass international and local talent, is the right medicine for a live performance-starved city. Spoleto Festival USA seems to feel the same. In a world full of continued uncertainty, where spikes and vaccines make it hard to predict how safe Charleston will feel in just two months, Spoleto is moving forward cautiously. Spoleto Festival USA is planning 18 days of live, in-person, social-distanced performances beginning May 28. The 45th season will emanate from three outdoor venues, two of them brand new for the festival itself, as well as Dock Street Theatre, the sole indoor space being used. The Charleston Visitor Center bus shed, once a train depot built in the 1840s, will be outfitted as an outdoor theatrical stage with about 140 seats, and the Rivers Green at CofC, the large open lawn behind the Addlestone Library, will have a stage and seating for just over 300 built for the festival. The Cistern Yard at the College of Charleston is the other returning outdoor space. With 80 events set across these four venues, and with limited seating in each, Spoleto 2021 will only support about 25% of its normal capacity compared to previous festivals in order to keep performers and audiences as safe as possible, while providing the live indoor/outdoor experiences synonymous with Spoleto. Tickets will be sold in seated blocks to keep audiences spaced safely. Dock Street Theatre will again be home to the ever-popular Chamber Music series. These twice-daily concerts will be hosted by Geoff Nuttall, festival director of chamber music. The 45-minute concerts will feature four world premieres, including two from 2021 composer-in-residence Jessica Meyer. Cellist Alisa Weilerstein will premiere a new work written for her by Osvaldo Golijov, and

THE WOMAN IN BLACK WILL BE PERFORMED ON A COMPLETELY NEW STAGE BUILT INSIDE THE BUS SHED DOWNTOWN

oboist James Austin Smith will play the premiere of Siegfried Thiele’s Ballade für Oboe. Everything else in the Festival this year will be outdoors, save two virtual offerings. The outdoor series in Cistern Yard features three bluegrass ensembles, each playing two evening concerts. Four-time Grammy Award-winner Sarah Jarosz kicks off the series, followed by Steep Canyon Rangers and the Wood Brothers. The Wells Fargo Jazz series will also be returning to the Cistern, highlighted by a special Charleston edition of Two Wings: The Music of Black America in Migration. The Cookers and Preservation Hall Jazz Band will also have concerts, and there will be a one-night-only New Orleans jazz all-stars show, featuring Grammy winner Catherine Russell, to celebrate musician and writer Danny Barker. The festival’s dance slate will live at the new Rivers Green stage. Caleb Teicher and Company will headline, joined by Ephrat Asherie Dance and the Ballet Under the Stars program. Expect everything from ballet and modern to breakdancing. The bus shed stage will house The Woman in Black, a play based on Susan Hill’s ghost story that audiences may recognize from the 2012 film

of the same name. Originally starting its run on London’s West End, this production is a transplant of the 2020 New York City run. Spoleto’s usual mix of interesting, nontraditional theatrical works are represented in the event’s two virtual offerings, albeit in a non-traditional way. In fact, one of them isn’t really a “virtual” offering. 600 Highwaymen, the Brooklyn-based company responsible for 2019’s exceptional The Fever, returns with a new experience, A Thousand Ways (Part One): A Phone Call. It’s less a virtual event, and more a telephone call. Each person who buys a ticket will receive a number to call, where they will be connected to another random caller also “attending” that night’s “performance.” A voice (presumably a member of the show’s cast) will then guide both parties through a conversation meant to allow two strangers to embark on a journey together. The other half of the Spoleto at Home slate is Scott Silven’s The Journey. Silven is an acclaimed illusionist, mentalist and performance artist. His streaming show will also involve audience participation. Attendees will need a computer or iPad, a good internet connection, a camera and headphones with a microphone to properly experience Silven’s story. The goal is to connect participants’ homes in Charleston to his in Scotland. And, that’s the 2021 festival — a much smaller slate than previous years, necessitated by the needs of our current world. With only 10 tickets per show, A Phone Call will likely be the festival’s hottest ticket. And, there are no planned parties or in-person celebratory events. No Spoleto SCENE fetes or season-ending gala. There is one party that everyone is invited to: Nigel Redden, general director of Spoleto Festival USA for the last 35 years, will be leaving his post in October. Spoleto is hosting a virtual, live-streamed gala on May 22 and made available for free throughout the festival.

The next outing in South of Broadway Theatre Company’s Cabaret series is C’est ça, l’amour, a one-night-only show celebrating a true-life romance and a Charleston native. Matt Shingledecker, originally from Charleston, returns to the local stage alongside partner Caitlin Finnie. The pair met while performing in the international tour of Les Miserables. Shingledecker’s credits include roles in the Broadway productions of Spring Awakening, West Side Story, and Wicked. Finnie recently captured the role of Christine in the world tour of Phantom of the Opera. Musical director Abdiel Irarte will be accompanying on piano, with direction from SOBTC artistic director Mary Gould. The show begins at 7:30 p.m., April 10. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for youths. For more information and tickets, check out South of Broadway’s website: southofbroadway.com. —Michael Smallwood

CofC SCHOOL OF THE ARTS PRESENTS LIVE ARTS FESTIVAL

The College of Charleston School of the Arts has its first in-person live event in over a year. SOTA presents Arts Under the Oaks, a two-day festival featuring opera, musical theater and dance showcases. Airing live from the CofC Stono Preserve, the event will feature three MainStage performances and many smaller sideshows like fight choreography, sonnet recitations and a children’s opera. Visitors will also be allowed to tour the idyllic Stono Preserve. The MainStage will feature Unbeatable: a musical theater showcase focused on upbeat and energetic songs; Finding Place: a dance concert focused on issues stemming from the pandemic; and Le Nozze di Figaro, the iconic Mozart opera. The festival runs 10 a.m.-6 p.m., April 10 and April 11. The event will be live-streamed as well. Guests attending in person are encouraged to bring food and snacks. Due to COVID restrictions, no concessions will be available for purchase. For more information about Arts Under the Oaks, including ticket links, visit the CofC School of the Arts website. No tickets will be sold at the gate, so if you hope to attend in person, you must get them in advance. —MS

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Local food influencers bring philanthropic approach to supporting Charleston restaurants BY PARKER MILNER Twenty-three Charleston food enthusiasts have leveraged their status as social media influencers for the last five years to boost local restaurants and nonprofit causes. And while the pandemic provided some challenges for the group, called TastemakersCHS, it found a way to use its members online followings and connections made since its 2016 inception to help a food, beverage and nonprofit community searching for support. The group was founded in 2016 by Charlotte Berger, a Charleston transplant who started her own public relations company post-pandemic after spending years representing restaurants, hotels BERGER and other businesses at other firms. At first, the goal was simple: help small, independent restaurants grow their following through social media marketing, Berger said. “I started organizing tastings and dinners with the same sort of influencers that would come time and time again. It just made sense to create a group,” said Berger, adding that TastmakersCHS started with just eight local food enthusiasts. “It was great to foster relationships and further connections.” The group partnered with spots like 2Nixons, Freehouse Brewery and Harold’s Cabin in its first year, but at the end of 2017, the mission changed for the Tastemakers, who decided to use their platforms to donate to Charleston-area nonprofits, with the help of the local restaurants hosting the group. “We’re sitting here with 300,000 (combined) followers — what can we do to just dig a little deeper and give back to the city?” Berger recalled asking herself. “That was really what got me excited — being able to use our platform to talk about some more impactful missions and needs that our city has that people aren’t aware of.” The group started by asking participating restaurants to choose a dish and donate $1 from each one sold to a charity of the restaurant’s choosing for a week. Tastemakers, in charge of marketing the fundraiser through-

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TASTEMAKERSCHS HAS RAISED OVER $20,000 FOR 18 LOCAL NONPROFIT GROUPS SINCE 2016

out the week, helped raise money for the Green Heart Project, Beautiful Gate Center, Fresh Future Farm and other local charities in year one of the charity program. Nowadays, Tastemakers spotlights a different charity each month, with $1 from the chosen dish going to the nonprofit for the entire month. The group helped restaurants like Bay Street Biergarten continue its relationship with the participating nonprofit, CharlestonGOOD, after the month-long donation challenge, and at events with the Queen Street Hospitality Group, Tastemakers raised awareness for the restaurant group’s own nonprofit, Catch Up on Lunch. With the social aspect of social media off the table during the pandemic, TastemakersCHS members continued to meet virtually, ordering takeout to support local restaurants. When the time came, members of the group who were comfortable resumed in-person dinners, scheduling at places that either offered outdoor dining or plenty of space for social distancing. “During the pandemic, we’ve been trying to focus on either restaurants that have had a big dip in sales or really shifted their service and need to get the word out about their new way of operating,” Berger said. “The F&B community is definitely the most generous community that exists on the planet.” The first post-pandemic charity partnership event took place at Gale, an outing that benefitted YoArt!. Since, the Tastemakers have visited several local spots, including Pink Cactus, Frannie and the Fox, Holy City Brewing and Kiki & Rye, which partnered with Wings for Kids, a nonprofit offering after-school programming for kids.

“Our partnership with TastemakersCHS and Kiki & Rye helps shine a spotlight on the work Wings does in Charleston’s Title 1 elementary schools,” said Racheal Hochberg, Wings for Kids development manager. “Every penny raised through this partnership will provide consistent virtual and in-person afterschool programming, including virtual field trips, activity care-packages and family event supplies.” “We were thrilled to host the Tastemakers and be able to give back to the Windwood Farm Home for Children,” said Frannie and the Fox executive chef Tim Morton, who hosted the Tastemakers in August. “The Tastemakers platform is such a wonderful opportunity to connect with local voices, while celebrating our culinary community. We look forward to working with their group again in the future.” The TastemakersCHS Charity Partnership Program surpassed $20,000 in total donations in January 2021 after raising funds for 18 local nonprofits in the last five years. This year, Tastemakers plans to highlight more “undercover charities” in need of funding. All of this would not be possible without the generous support of the restaurant industry, Berger said. “A lot of restaurants want to give back; they want to be looped in with a local charity, they just don’t necessarily have a partner or know where to start,” Berger said. “Every nonprofit needs help right now more than ever. A lot of them have been affected — I can’t really think of any that haven’t.” Check out where the Tastemakers are dining next on Instagram @tastemakerschs.

Tu, the second restaurant concept from the group that brought Charleston Xiao Bao Biscuit, announced it would close its doors on Instagram last week. Future plans for the space are still in “limbo,” Tu chef/co-owner Josh Walker told the City Paper. Tu opened in 2017 and has served everything from Indian to Asian-inspired street snacks in the three-plus years since it opened. The group announced the move on social media, writing that, “For now, we are closing our doors.” Walker said that the decision on whether or not Tu will reopen in some capacity is still up in the air, but “I think Tu (as it was) is not going to happen again,” he said. Walker did not expand on future plans. The restaurant, owned by Walker, his wife Duolan Walker-Li and Joey Ryan, has been serving its cuisine at sister restaurant Xiao Bao Biscuit since early March. According to the post, Tu will “still host private events and parties with Xiao Bao Biscuit food offerings” and “will be using our kitchen space for some exciting new business opportunities.” —Parker Milner

CHUBBY FISH REOPENING ON APRIL 14

Chubby Fish will reopen its popular Coming Street dining room on April 14, nearly 13 months to the day after its pandemicprompted temporary closure on March 17, 2020. According to Chubby Fish executive chef James London and general manager Yoanna “Yoyo” Tang, all of the downtown restaurants’ employees will be fully vaccinated in time for Chubby Fish’s reopening. “It’ll be the exact same format where we have our raw items, small plates, entrees, whole fish and our Life Raft Treats,” London said. Chubby Fish has spent the last year offering a private dining option for groups of 8-18. The restaurant will continue to offer the private dinners — at the restaurant on Sundays and Mondays when it’s closed, and off-site on other nights. After week one, Chubby Fish will be open Tuesday-Friday from 5-10 p.m. and Saturday from 5-11 p.m. Customers can expect dishes like London’s chili garlic shrimp and fish curry to be on the menu on April 14, along with at least one plate utilizing soft-shell crabs. In order to reopen, the small restaurant has made some changes. The host stand is now located outside — patrons will be asked to put their name in and wait on benches outside or at one of 5-6 seats inside at its bar. Multiple tables have also been moved outdoors to create more indoor space and accommodate those who feel more comfortable dining al fresco. Chubby Fish will reopen at 5 p.m., April 14. For more information, visit chubbyfishcharleston.com. —PM

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TO THE DEFENDANTS 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 to the said Complaint upon the subscriber at his office, located at 1847 Ashley River 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 Plaintiffs in this action will apply to the Court for the relief demanded in said Complaint. LIS PENDENS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an action has been commenced and is now pending in the Court of Common Pleas for the County of Charleston, which action was brought by the above-named Plaintiffs against the abovenamed Defendants to determine the rightful owners and partition by sale of the below described real estate. That the premises affected by this action is located within the County and State aforesaid and is more particularly described as follows: ALL that certain lot, piece or parcel of land with improvements thereon, situate, lying and being in the County of Charleston, State of South Carolina, containing 1.0 acre more or less and known as 527-A Fleming Road and 527-B Fleming Road in the present numbering system of the County of Charleston. TMS Nos.: 340-01-00-008 and 340-01-00-086 NOTICE NISI TO: THE DEFENDANTS ABOVENAMED: NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Plaintiffs have applied to the Court for appointment of a suitable person as Guardian ad Litem for all unknown and known Defendants who may be incompetent, under age, or under any other disability, and said appointment shall become final unless such Defendants, or anyone in their behalf, within thirty (30) days of the service of this Notice, shall procure to be appointed a Guardian ad Litem for them. NOTICE OF FILING TO THE DEFENDANTS ABOVE NAMED: PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Summons, Complaint, Lis Pendens and Notice Nisi were filed on October 29, 2020 in the Office of the Clerk of Court of Common Pleas for Charleston County, South Carolina. FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that Toya Hampton, Esquire of 1847 Ashley River Road, Suite 200, P.O. Box 32181, Charleston, S.C. 29417, has been designated as Guardian ad Litem for all Defendants who may be incompetent, under age, or under any other disability by Order of the Court of Common Pleas of Charleston County, dated the 3rd day of November, 2020 and the said appointment shall become absolute thirty (30) days after the final publication of this Notice, unless such Defendants, or anyone in their behalf, shall procure a proper person to be appointed as Guardian ad Litem for them within (30) days after the final publication of this Notice. /s/ Arthur C. McFarland

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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: SUSAN LYONS ROWE 2020-ES-10-0951 DOD: 06/26/20 PERS. REP: ALBERT P. LYONS, III 30 ERWIN HILLS DR. HENDERSONVILLE, NC 28739 ATTY: J. ABRAHAM GUTTING, ESQ. 652 COLEMAN BLVD., #200 MT. PLEASANT, SC 29464 *********** ESTATE OF: ROBERT MARSHALL NIXON 2021-ES-10-0334 DOD: 01/04/21 PERS. REP: BONNIE M. NIXON 1316 JEFFORDS ST. CHARLESTON, SC 29412 ************ ESTATE OF: RAYMOND GWYNE COFIELD, JR. 2021-ES-10-0335 DOD: 10/06/20 PERS. REP: JOANN M. COFIELD 2167 PINEHURST AVE. CHARLESTON, SC 29414 ************* ESTATE OF: SAKAMURI V. REDDY 2021-ES-10-0341 DOD: 12/16/20 PERS. REP: SASHANK SAKAMURI

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STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CHARLESTON IN THE FAMILY COURT FOR THE NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT Case 2021-DR-10-820 JOHN ROE AND MARY ROE, Plaintiffs, ‑versus‑ JANE DOE (DOB: 9-11-13), a minor under the age of fourteen (14) years, Defendant. NOTICE OF ADOPTION TO: MELVIN TYRONE AUSTIN, 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/African-American child born on September 11, 2013 at Summerville Medical Center, Summerville, 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 2021-DR-10-820. 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. EMILY M. BARRETT Attorney for Plaintiffs 44-B Markfield Drive Charleston, SC 29407 (843) 723‑1688 Charleston, South Carolina Dated: March 18, 2021 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. 2021-DR-10-820 on March 19, 2021.

the Clerk of Court for Charleston County on November 9, 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 Charleston County 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.

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IN THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CHARLESTON IN THE FAMILY COURT FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT CASE NO:. 2021-DR-10-0400 SUMMONS AND PETITION FOR TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS AND ADOPTION. SCOTT CARL MOREN and KIMBERLY MOREN, Plaintiffs v. ASHLYNN MOREAU IN RE: BABY GIRL, K.M., a minor under the age of two (2) years of age. NOTICE: ASHLYNN MOREAU You are hereby summoned and required to Answer the Petition in this action for Termination of Parental Rights & Adoption filed with the Charleston County Clerk of Court on February 11, 2021. Upon proof of interest, a copy of the Summons and Petition will be forwarded to you upon request from the Charleston County Clerk of Court, and you must serve a copy of your Answer to Petition on the Plaintiffs, Scott Carl Moren and Kimberly Moren, at the office of their attorney, Brinkley Law Firm, LLC, 1 Carriage Lane, Bldg. F, Ste. 100, Charleston, SC 29407, within thirty days of this publication. If you fail to serve a copy of your Answer within the time period stated, the Plaintiffs will proceed to seek relief from the Court.

STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CHARLESTON IN THE FAMILY COURT FOR THE NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT DOCKET NO. 2020-DR-10-2823 SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES VERSUS SHANIQUA CAULDWELL, TYRONE AUSTIN AND RANDOLPHUS JORDAN DEFENDANTS IN THE INTERESTS OF: MINOR CHILDREN BORN 2017 AND BORN 2012. TO DEFENDANT: SHANIQUA CAULDWELL YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in this action filed with

STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CHARLESTON IN THE FAMILY COURT FOR THE NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT DOCKET NO. 2020-DR-10-2248 SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES VERSUS MELINDA SIMMON AND HERBERT DAWSON, DEFENDANTS IN THE INTERESTS OF: MINOR CHILDREN BORN 2007 AND BORN 2008. TO DEFENDANT: HERBERT DAWSON YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in this action filed with the Clerk of Court for Charleston County on September 8, 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 Charleston County 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 COLLETON IN THE FAMILY COURT FOR THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT DOCKET NO. 2020-DR- 15-274 SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES VERSUS

STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CHARLESTON IN THE FAMILY COURT FOR THE NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT DOCKET NO. 2020-DR-10-0976

ELIZABETH BELL-SMITH AND KYLE BELL, DEFENDANTS. IN THE INTERESTS OF: MINOR CHILD BORN IN 2011

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TO DEFENDANT: KYLE BELL YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in this action filed with the Clerk of Court for Colleton County on September 4, 2020. Upon proof of interest, a copy of the Complaint will be delivered to you upon request from the Colleton 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

VERSUS DAVID PEARSON, CHRISTINA MASON AND CHRISTOPHER PINCKNEY, DEFENDANTS IN THE INTERESTS OF: MINOR CHILDREN BORN 2017 AND BORN 2018. TO DEFENDANT: DAVID PEARSON YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in this action filed with the Clerk of Court for Charleston County on April 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 Charleston County 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.

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the office of its Attorney, Jason D. Pockrus, Legal Department of the Colleton County Department of Social Services, 215 S. Lemacks Street, Walterboro, SC 29488 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. Jason D. Pockrus, SC Bar # 101333, 215 S. Lemacks Street, P.O. Box 440, Walterboro, SC 29488. (843) 584-4010.

STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CHARLESTON IN THE FAMILY COURT FOR THE NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT DOCKET NO. 2020-DR-10-2196 SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES VERSUS JOHN PRIOLEAU, AMBER BRISBANE. DEFENDANTS. IN THE INTERESTS OF: MINOR CHILDREN BORN 2011, 2015 TO DEFENDANT: John Prioleau YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in this action filed with the Clerk of Court for CHARLESTON County on September 1, 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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Andy Frasco gets around. He’s a former talent scout for Capitol Records host of an insanely popular podcast (“Andy Frasco’s World-Saving Shitshow”), outspoken mental health advocate and raucous bandleader. The City Paper recently caught up with this energetic entertainer to discuss his growth as a songwriter, his enthusiasm for psychedelic science, and his current tour lands him back in the Lowcountry this week for two sold-out performances at the Charleston Pour House.

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City Paper: When did you sense that you had a musical vocation? Andy Frasco: It was definitely early on because I can remember driving around with my mom listening to the oldies station and hearing Sam Cooke, Wilson Pickett and people like that who had these giant personalities. I knew then that I wanted to be that, even though I’m this white Jewish dude from the suburbs. Well, I guess I would call myself, like, “Jew-ish.” I still hold the guilt, I have a neurotic stomach and I was bar mitzvahed. But, that’s about as far as it goes. CP: You got started playing an instrument relatively late, but you’ve been at it a while now. How have your techniques as a music-maker evolved over the years? AF: I feel like I became a better musician after I stopped being so self-absorbed. At first, I was all about partying and being a

showman. I wasn’t concerned about listening to or communicating with anyone else and that really held me back for a long time. CP: What sort of self-correcting measures did you implement? AF: I went to therapy. I stopped taking coke. I stopped having one-night stands. I also started microdosing [mushrooms], which is primarily what helped me to get over my addictions and to re-think who I am as a person. CP: Have you read Michael Pollan’s book on the new science of psychedelics, How to Change Your Mind? AF: Yes! And like he says in the book, the beauty of psilocybin is that, no matter what has been programmed into your brain since childhood, it allows you to take a step back and see what changes need to be made. CP: In the midst of that transformative process, did you find that you were better equipped to piece together weightier lyrics, like the ones that turned up on [the 2020 LP] Keep On Keepin’ On? AF: Yeah. I mean, that record was a cry for help in a way, but for the first time, my mind was clear and my addictions weren’t controlling me. So, I found that I could actually talk about those things and how I was trying to secure my own mental health, without feeling insecure. CP: Is there a particular song from that batch that holds special meaning for you? AF: “Animals” is a really special song to me

because it is like taking the microscope away. You know, we all tend to zoom in and analyze ourselves until we begin to hate ourselves, but when we take the microscope away, we realize that we’re all just fucking animals. We don’t need to overthink our happiness. CP: Why did you decide to enlist Dave Schools [of Widespread Panic] as your co-producer for the last two albums? AF: I got connected to him initially sort of as an intervention, I think. I was way too crazy at the time and so my manager, who also represents Dave, sent me off to meet with “the Buddha.” I quickly discovered that Dave is the sweetest gentle giant on the planet. Beyond that, he was the guy who inspired me to start taking myself seriously, to focus on being more of a team player within my band and to really start listening during my podcasts. CP: Season 2 of the “Shitshow” is underway, and you’re currently out on the road for a handful of long overdue tour dates. What comes next for you? AF: Hopefully, two weeks of hanging out in Charleston, once the tour is over. But, the floodgates are opening for real now in terms of live music. So, who knows? I try not to have too many expectations anymore. Too many expectations will kill a man. Andy Frasco and the U.N. play the Charleston Pour House on Sun. April 11.

Doom Flamingo released a recorded performance in tribute to founding Grateful Dead member Phil Lesh last week, just after the bassist celebrated his 81st birthday. With Kanika Moore on vocals for the Dead standard “Touch of Grey,” it’s a fitting cover of the legendary jam band from a crew that’s kept its own busy touring schedule over the past few years. The video, recorded on the Pour House stage, was released by Relix. “Doom Flamingo was honored to be asked to play a Dead tune for Phil’s 81st birthday,” the band wrote on its website. “But, we didn’t want to just cover a tune in true form, we wanted to add our own ‘Touch of Pink.’ We landed on a downtempo ’80s vibe, reminding us that we will get by, we will survive.” Lesh’s livestreamed birthday party on March 28 featured appearances by fellow Dead member Bob Weir and collaborator Bruce Hornsby, as well as Trey Anastasio of Phish, guitarist Carlos Santana and the Infamous Stringdusters, which stop at the Pour House later this month. —Sam Spence

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Songwriter and lead guitarist of Grammy Award-winning band Hootie & the Blowfish Mark Bryan dropped a new solo album, Midlife Priceless, last Friday. This record is Bryan’s fourth solo album, though it’s been three years since his last album hit the shelves. Since then, Hootie & the Blowfish reunited and embarked on their 2019 Group Therapy Tour. To mark the release, Bryan streamed a Facebook Live concert April 1 at his new studio, Stone Point. Bryan intentionally released a handful of singles, including “Wanna Feel Something” and “A Little More Rock n Roll,” before dropping the album, saying it reflects the range of moods and musical styles ingrained in the new album’s tracks. In celebration of the new record, Bryan announced on Facebook that he will host an album release party at The Windjammer, June 18. Playing alongside the guitarist is a band dubbed Happy Heaven Sunshine, which includes musicians from Midlife Priceless, including Hank Futch, Gary Greene, Tim Nielsen, Matt Zutell, Wyatt Durrette and Scottie Frier, among others. —Samantha Connors If you or your band is about to enter the studio, hit the road, or has a special gig coming up, contact us at editor@charlestoncitypaper.com.


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Eight local musical acts performed in front of a (social-distanced) crowd at the Charleston Music Hall on Friday — the group’s first show together since they cut a record back in October. Friday’s Music Hall Stage Sessions concert celebrated the release of a showcase album recorded last year as the venue remained closed due to COVID-19. The record includes offerings from Native Son, Invisible Low End Power, Babe Club, Marcus Amaker’s tape loop and others. Singer-songwriters Grace Joyner and Mel Washington were among those who played Friday. “It was great to see everyone again and be around some of the people that we used to see on a regular basis, in the music community, but haven’t really in the last year,” Joyner told the City Paper. “That was kind of cool to just be able to reconnect to your music again. “It kind of reminded me of part of why I love music,” she said, saying Friday’s show was her first in front of an audience since last March. “When COVID first happened, I did a few of those virtual shows, but I quickly got pretty sick of that.” Washington has been playing smaller shows but said being back on stage with a band was “an incredible and humbling experience.” “My experience over the last few months has been mostly playing cover songs in bars in a corner,” he said. “It was also incredible to share the stage with some amazing friends and musicians.” “One thing that stood out the most was the joy you could see on the faces of the folks in the crowd,” Washington told the City Paper, noting “the sheer pleasure of safely

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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...

Charleston City Paper Vol. 24 Issue 36  

Founded in 1997, the locally owned and operated Charleston City Paper is Charleston’s only weekly alternative newspaper and the second-large...