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Charleston County Public Library has teamed up with CARTA to provide riders with an immersive experience offering books to pass the time on their rides. The new Books on Buses Program allows commuters easy access to literature they might not otherwise have at the bus stop. The library’s outreach manager, Kathleen Montgomery, said she hoped the project would provide new opportunities for Charleston communities. Each box contains books local residents can enjoy independently or with their families. The books do not need to be returned to the box or any library location. —Fern Wooden-Edwards
3.3 million Drainage project estimates 500% increase in stormwater flow by 2022
By Skyler Baldwin
A major downtown Charleston stormwater drainage improvement project is well underway, and the completion of its next phase of development, slated to be finished next year, could see to an estimated 500% increase in flow of stormwater in affected areas, reducing flooding and protecting landscapes. The project has been a long process, beginning with Phase 1 in 2013 that established some surface-level drainage systems, but those only go so far, especially in an area like Charleston. “Everything works a little funky in the Lowcountry,” said Matt Fountain, the city’s director of stormwater management. “Everything is so flat, water doesn’t have a lot of places Fountain to go. That’s what the pipes are for, but there’s only so much water you can move through a relatively flat pipe.” Before the start of the project, the penin-
sula lacked proper drainage basins, an area where water can naturally flow. Peninsula basins, one of the most well-known being California’s Baja peninsula, tend to be small, because there aren’t a lot of changes in elevation to give water a path to move. That’s where the tunnel approach comes in, Fountain said. Digging vertical passageways down into tunnels dug during Phases 2 and 3 of the project tied to the surface pipes provided a path for water to take, and they were strategically placed in areas water commonly gathers and sits. Phase 4’s construction primarily comprises the outfall, where stormwater can exit the system, consisting of three 8-foot by 10-foot box pipes extending 500 feet into the Ashley River, hidden from view even during low tide and sized to minimize erosion. As a result of the new outfall, the system will initially work under gravity, increasing the flow rate by up to seven times its existing capabilities along the project route. The drainage basin will affect a large area of the Charleston peninsula, starting at the point where Interstate 26 meets Highway 17 on King Street and centered along the Septima Clark Expressway cor-
ridor. The tip of the affected area stretches north almost all the way to Hampton Park. Even with the completion of the outfall and Phase 4 as a whole, there still wouldn’t be a way to get water to flow against the force of gravity, rendering much of the water in the system stuck below the water level of the Ashley. But, the groundwork would be laid for Phase 5, a pump station with three mechanisms pumping about 120,000 gallons of water per minute from the underground pipes up into the Ashley River, 10 times the flow rate at the end of Phase 4. “Those of us who have had the opportunity to go into the tunnels — it gives you a feel of the magnificence of this project and the talent and sheer engineering feat this is accomplishing,” said Charleston City Councilmember Peter Shahid during a March 23 meeting. This sort of project isn’t unique to the Lowcountry, and neither are the problems caused by stormwater runoff. “Stormwater runoff picks up pollutants like trash, chemicals, oils and dirt that causes damage to rivers, streams, lakes and CONTINUED ON PAGE 6
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“We know that it’s in the kids’ best interest to get back in school if there’s any way possible to do that.” Charleston County School District Superintendent Gerrita Postlewait hopes most students will opt for in-person classes next school year, but virtual options will remain available. Source: The Post and Courier
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SC bill incentivizes control of pit bull births as shelters sound alarm Animal shelters across the state are pushing a new bill they say would incentivize owners of pit bulls and related dogs to spay or neuter their pets which, in turn, would curb populations across the state. Registration wouldn’t be required for pit bull-type dogs (PBTDs) that are already spayed or neutered under the bill, H. 4094, filed March 17 by S.C. Rep. Chip Huggins, R-Lexington, on behalf of animal shelters across the state. While registration of “fertile pit bulls” would be required in the new bill, the proposed cost is $25, which is $475 less than a similar 2019 bill that raised hackles of some pet owners. “We hate mandates in South Carolina. We hate them,” Huggins said Thursday. “They’re trying to make this where it’s not a
mandate where they (PBTD owners) have already taken care of their breed.” Animal shelter professionals say a bold program to spay or neuter pit bulls, viewed by many as loving and loyal dogs that have gotten a bad reputation by those who breed them for illegal dog fights, will help control populations of unwanted dogs. “These wonderful dogs are by far the most overpopulated and threatened type of dog in South Carolina,” said Joe Elmore, president and CEO of the Charleston Animal Society. “Pit Bull-Type Dogs account for a disproportionate number of dogs both entering shelters and euthanized at an even higher rate in shelters. “It’s simple supply and demand — there CONTINUED ON PAGE 6
SC at ‘extreme risk’ for gerrymandering More than half of the states in the U.S. are at “extreme risk” of congressional districts being redrawn to unfairly favor one party, according to a study of redistricting processes by RepresentUs, an advocacy group focusing on election reform. In South Carolina, congressional and state legislative district boundaries are drawn and approved by members of the state legislature. These lines are subject to veto by the governor. After one of the most contentious elections in modern history, redistricting is even more chaotic than usual, according to RepresentUs CEO Josh Silver. The chaos is due in part to Supreme Court rulings since the last census that block partisan gerrymandering lawsuits from federal courts and end requirements for some states to get redrawn maps pre-cleared by the federal Justice Department. The Palmetto State’s redistricting committees adopted guidelines in 2011 that recommend all congressional and state
legislative districts be contiguous and “attempt to preserve communities of interest and cores of incumbents’ existing districts,” according to ballotpedia.org. RepresentUs researchers used a variety of metrics to determine risks, including the secrecy of drawing maps, partisan gain and the difficulty of challenging rigged maps in court. South Carolina, according to the study, is at high risk in all three metrics. “At the end of a 10-year [redistricting] cycle, the state can look very different than it did before,” lead researcher Jack Noland, told Axios, a D.C.-area news website. “That is all the more reason that we need fairer lines from the beginning, to sort of withstand those changes.” Only seven states received a minimal risk rating: California, Colorado, Hawaii, Michigan, Arizona, Washington and Idaho. —Skyler Baldwin
Police received an anonymous email containing video footage of a number of different people breaking into various vehicles parked around downtown, complete with a list of names. We’re formally calling dibs on naming Charleston’s new vigilante crime fighter. RUNNERS UP Summertime is here, Charleston. We know that because the first entry we found in this week’s reports described a man sipping from an open can of lemonade-flavored Bud Light Seltzer on a downtown sidewalk. A James Island man pulled over for suspected driving under the influence identified himself to officers as the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump. Now, while we would all have loved to see that traffic stop, police noted the man was, in fact, not former President Donald J. Trump. A West Ashley woman cheerfully said she was “probably a 10” on scale of 1-10 for how drunk she was. Not so cheerful for her, she had just been pulled over. By Skyler Baldwin Illustration by Steve Stegelin The Blotter is taken from reports filed with Charleston Police Department between April 1 and April 7. Go online for more even more Blotter charlestoncitypaper.com SPONSORED BY
South Carolina is one step closer to having a hate crime law after House members passed the legislation on April 7. The bill ultimately passed 79-29 with little debate. No Charleston-area reps voted against the bill, though Rep. Lin Bennett, a Republican from West Ashley, did not vote. South Carolina is one of three states that does not differentiate during prosecution between crimes motivated by hate or bias. Activists and equal-rights advocates pushed the bill for years, but even after the 2015 Emanuel A.M.E Church killings by a white supremacist, with a long history of racism in the state, the proposal never gained traction. Only since nearby Georgia passed a similar law last year did the bill make progress in South Carolina. The bill, filed by S.C. Rep. Wendell Gilliard, is named in honor of former S.C. Sen. Clementa Pinckney, the minister of Mother Emanuel in Charleston who was killed during the church shooting. As passed, the bill increases penalties for people convicted of crimes motivated by the victim’s race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, or physical or mental disability. At one point while the bill was in committee, protections for LGBTQ people were stripped from the proposal, but they were later added back. The bill is modeled after the Georgia legislation but does not include reporting requirements that make up a large portion of that proposal. The House bill now heads to the Senate, where it is eligible to be considered before the 2021-half of the two-year legislative session ends. —Sam Spence
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coastal waters,” a representative from the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) told the City Paper. But, Charleston is at risk for unique complications, due to rapid growth over the last decade. “Population growth and the development of urban/urbanized areas are major contributors to the amount of pollutants in the runoff as well as the volume and rate of runoff from impervious surfaces,” reads a 2020 report from the EPA’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System. “Together, they can cause changes in hydrology and water quality that result in habitat modification and loss, increased flooding, decreased aquatic biological diversity and increased sedimentation and erosion.” But, management projects like Charleston’s can protect wetlands and aquatic ecosystems, improve quality both in natural environments and drinking water and control flooding by keeping water moving rather than growing stagnant. “You’ll certainly see much better performance at lower tides,” Fountain said. “You’ll see the Crosstown corridor flood less in smaller storms. There’s still some challenge with larger storms until we
are far too many than there are homes. And, it’s costing taxpayers and donors millions of dollars each year,” Elmore said. In 2018, for example, nine shelters in South Carolina took in almost 20,000 dogs. Almost 6,000, or 30% of the dogs, were pit bulls and pit mixes, Elmore said. In seven shelters, about half of the 3,240 dogs that were euthanized that year were PBTDs. Barbara Nelson, who heads the SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare in Aiken, has a contract to accept the city’s stray dogs. Some 70% are pit bulls or mixes, she said. “They are the most difficult to adopt and the most returned to us after adoption,” she said. “We also see that they are the most neglected and abused.” She said spay-and-neuter programs work to control pit bull populations as highlighted since Aiken passed an ordinance in 2005 that required a $100 one-time registration of fertile dogs. “In 2005, there were 635 dogs admitted to SPCA by the city,” she said. “In 2020, there were 217. When faced with the $100 fee and associated penalties, owners generally choose to spay or neuter.” “At the same time, the city set up a voucher system to cover the cost of spaying or neutering for those who could not afford it.” —Andy Brack
Phase 4’s construction is laying the groundwork for a pump system get the pumps in, but you’ll see it drain much quicker instead of sitting there for a whole day. “It’s not necessarily customized, but it’s not a super common approach either,” he said, adding that part of the reason this approach has been effective is the peninsula’s geography. “Charleston has a really good geological formation that’s really suitable for tunneling in at depth. It’s a
super-overconsolidated clay that holds up well for tunnels and it isn’t as expensive as tunneling through rock.” Phase 4 is estimated to be completed next year, and Phase 5 is expected to be completed in 2024. Those interested in keeping up with further progress can visit the project website at springfishburnedrainage.com, which is updated in real time with new information, images and videos.
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our favorite restaurant is the front line in the fight for a living wage in Charleston. With people streaming back into dining rooms faster than managers can hire workers to staff them, some of the most in-demand jobs in the city are also among the lowest-paid. If Charleston is going to rely on hospitality and tourism industry workers to fuel the area’s economic success, they deserve to be paid a living wage. State lawmakers should respect and acknowledge that work and set a state minimum wage of $15 per hour. The COVID-19 pandemic exposed just how tenuous Charleston’s tourism-based economy can be, and how dependent on a steady paycheck its workers are, even if wages are meager at best. Food preparation and serving jobs employ nearly 35,000 people in the Charleston area, more than 10% of the area’s workforce, according to the latest figures from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). About 6,000 are servers who can be paid less than the federal $7.25-per-hour minimum wage if they make up the difference in tips. But even with tips, Charleston waiters and waitresses are paid less than $10 per hour on average, according to the BLS. About one-third of local food-industry employees work in fast food where they’re paid less than $11 per hour on average. That comes to less than $23,000 per year to live in Charleston, where
an average rent would suck up nearly $18,000 per year, according to a recent real estate industry survey. Could you live on $5,000 per year for everything else? Restaurant groups in larger national markets have tried getting rid of tipping altogether in favor of higher wages. But once the pandemic hit last year, even the most progressive owners abandoned virtuous experiments and brought back tips, conceding the industry was built on rock-bottom hourly wages. With data showing diners’ tips disproportionately benefit white workers, the paycheck-to-paycheck restaurant economy gets even worse for nonwhite workers, exacerbating wealth disparities rooted in institutional racism. Low-paid restaurant workers should not be at the mercy of customer generosity to make ends meet. They are professionals — fathers, mothers, siblings and friends — not charity cases who need patronage. As long as tipping exists, our tourism economy is effectively perpetuating an unfair, discriminatory system. This is unacceptable. The downstream tourism-industry impacts of the coronavirus pandemic don’t stop with restaurants, of course. Hotel staff, drivers and retail workers have felt the pinch as economic activity picks up faster each month. With no immediate cure to tourism-industry wages and the busy summer season around the corner, it will get worse before it gets better.
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About the writer … Joe Cunningham, of Charleston, represented the 1st Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives from 2019-2021.
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But in 2020, I lost by 1 percentage point in one of the closest elections in the country. Unlike President Trump and his most fervent allies, I didn’t concoct bizarre conspiracy theories about the validity of the election or attempt to strong-arm election officials into “finding” more votes. I called my opponent, congratulated her, and conceded. That’s the way it is supposed to work in America. But in today’s divisive and polarized political environment, it seems a politician cannot lose without alleging some sort of voter fraud or irregularities. These dishonest political tactics erode the pillars of our democracy and deliberately mislead the public into believing demonstrable lies. Despite his laughable accusations, the 2020 election was no more stolen from Donald Trump than it was stolen from me. Trump’s debunked claims have now appropriately been dubbed, “The Big Lie,” and led to the infamous insurrection of the United States Capitol on Jan. 6 and resulted in the death of several Capitol Police officers. The danger of degrading our democracy has been put on full display. Now, we are seeing politicians across the country, in a subtle nod to the “Big Lie,” seek to pass new restricForty-five other tions on voting. states have Forty-five other states have introduced measures to restrict access to the voting booth and make it harder introduced similar for people — particularly people of color — to cast their measures to restrict votes. It is wrong, unnecessary and clearly intended to tip the scale for Republicans. access to the voting In the face of this disturbing trend, South Carolina booth and make it should take this opportunity to show that we are different, that we are committed to increasing every harder for people — voter’s access to the polls. There are five key steps we can take to make it easier particularly people to vote while ensuring the integrity of our elections. of color — to cast First, we should pass automatic voter registration their votes. for every person who turns 18. Rather than requiring them to opt-in, make them eligible automatically. We need to follow the lead of our neighbors to the north and 18 other states and allow same-day registration. If an eligible, but unregistered, voter travels to his or her voting location, they should be able to show the appropriate credentials, register and cast their vote. We should end straight-ticket voting, which only three other states in the country allow. We should be discouraging blind partisanship, not the opposite. We should also end the unnecessary requirement of needing an excuse to vote early. In South Carolina, voters currently need some sort of approved excuse to vote in-person absentee, such as a work conflict or if they will be out of town on election day. This causes unnecessary widespread confusion. Finally, it’s time for South Carolina to end its practice of partisan gerrymandering, where politicians get to draw their own district lines and pick their voters. At a time when voting rights are under assault and conspiracy theories about our elections run rampant, now is the time for the adults in the room to step up and lead our state toward common sense reforms to make it easier to vote and harder to cheat.
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Spring Starlight Cinema Freshfields Village’s outdoor movie series celebrating the arrival of springtime in the Lowcountry is coming to a close with its final showing this Saturday. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets and picnic supplies for a family-friendly movie under the stars. This weekend’s movie is Trolls World Tour. April 17. 8-9:30 p.m. Free to attend. Freshfields Village. 165 Village Green Lane. Kiawah Island. freshfieldsvillage.com WEDNESDAY
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Charleston designer Tyler Hill’s advice for anyone looking to reimagine the space in which they live is to be yourself.
Since the magazine feature, they’ve redesigned most of the home by blending comfortable with contemporary and traditional. Visitors enter a bright foyer painted navy with white trim and a modern lantern chandelier designed by Hill. A front sitting room features large pieces of modern art “You have to feel good in your clothes and on chartreuse walls that are flanked by a in your home,” said the 39-year-old Austin, traditional dark chest and couch. Nearby is Texas, native who arrived in Charleston in the mounted head of an animal, perhaps an 2010 to study design at the Art Institute ibex or some kind of gazelle. In the dining of Charleston. “Learn to edit and be open room is a haunting but cool portrait that to mixing styles. Keep it classy—but not looks, at first glance, like it comes from pretentious. Sophisticated—but relaxed Victorian England. But, a closer look shows and unassuming.” it is a surreal riff on the genre that includes Hill is a partner in Mitchell Hill, a different views of the same figure, allowing full-service design center that offers a viewer to see three eyes and three noses. Hill’s favorite room is in the back of contemporary art, furniture, lighting and the house where a huge window brings in design consultation. Captivating, bright light and a view of a small yard. art explodes off walls to dance with “We call it the kitchen house” because comfortable modern furniture intereven though it now is connected to the spersed with antiques. main house, it once was separate when He describes the store’s design style as “traditional with an edge with a joyful, hip Charleston kitchens were apart from living quarters. vibe. The Charleston market is traditional “I like the light,” Hill said. “I always like but is becoming more contemporary.” the rear of houses better. You don’t hear As Mitchell Hill grew from a gallery the carriages going by.” started with partner Michael Mitchell Perhaps the most innovative room is into a showroom with furniture, lighta reimagined, sleek dark green kitchen, ing and a design studio, Hill has seen the which has a black stone island, custom business broaden. panels and an amazing ceiling where “We’re always trying to mix it up and brushed steel, mesh screens, aged brass and change it around,” he said. “We’re trying mirrors create a dramatic sense of space. to bring in more antiques because it’s so “We wanted everything to feel like the important to have the old and new.” inside of a cabinet — kind of like a cubbyhole,” Hill said. Walking into the pages The look and feel of the materials led of a magazine to something even bigger — a new design It’s not a coincidence to feel like you are line of lighting and furniture that is called entering the pages of a design magazine “Transparent.” when you step into Hill’s and Mitchell’s Hasell Street single house. It was, in fact, A new chapter the setting in 2016 for a redesign project In the works for months, the first collecby several designers for Traditional Home magazine, which no longer is in circulation. tion of Hill’s Transparent line will debut
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THE LOWDOWN ON TYLER HILL Age: 39 Birthplace: Austin, Texas. Education: SMU; Schreiner University; Art Institute of Charleston (in design). Current profession: Designer. Pets: Magda (English bulldog); George (French bulldog). Favorite cocktail: Margarita, no salt, served in a martini glass. Something people would be surprised to learn about you: I would like to direct a film someday. Favorite thing besides your family and business: Exploring the world.
Hill is about to debut his Transparent line of fixtures and furniture.
in the next few months, first to designers in Charleston and then in New York, Atlanta, Washington, Los Angeles, Miami and Hill’s native Texas. He said he got a taste for integrated lighting design back in 2016 — about the time that he created his home’s kitchen — when he had to design 50 lighting fixtures in about six months for a project. “I thought I was going to go crazy. It was mostly Art Deco — with metal, glass and gold leaf.” But, he turned out to love the process. The debut Transparent collection will incorporate the black and bronze metals, glass and alabaster, often in grids. It will include chandeliers, pendant lighting, mirrors, sconces and some furniture. While a trend these days is to use LED lighting,
Hill says he prefers the warmth of traditional lighting in some of the designs. “It’s adding something different to the marketplace with fresh concepts with different ways of presenting lighting in ways that you can hide the bulbs,” he said. Getting the collection manufactured has been challenging throughout the pandemic because the fixtures are being custom-produced in Italy. “I thought it was going to be a part-time job, but it’s turned out to be full-time,” Hill said. “It is definitely what I was born to do.” He envisions a second collection to be an extension of the first, while the third Transparent line likely will be an homage to designs from the 1930s and ‘40s.
The months ahead Hill is looking forward to promoting the collection with visits to designer showrooms around the country. Travel, he says, is the means through which he gets inspired — whether it’s returning to his family’s home in Austin or the open spaces of the nearby family ranch in Dripping Springs, or with trips across the country. “I’m the kind of person who believes you have one life to live, and I think you have to explore it,” Hill said. “I’m very mobile.” And, he’s looking forward to more from the new collection. “I can’t shut my mind off,” he said. “I get inspired by something, and it takes over my brain. I think it is that way for a lot of creatives — and constantly trying to top what you just did.”
Five things you can’t live without: Friends and family, dogs, inspiration, music, gyms. Dream vacation: If it is somewhere I have not been — Japan. Hobbies: Writing stories for the screen, photography, painting. Favorite musicians: Coldplay, Sting, Chris Isaak, Louis Armstrong, Annie Lennox, Adele … so many. Favorite dessert: Cinnamon roll with pecans and brown sugar. Why you love Charleston: I love how you can experience its past and present simultaneously through its architecture, the mild winters, the restaurants and of course, downtown walks. Describe your best day in 50 words or less: It would be on vacation, let’s say, the Amalfi Coast. After waking, I have coffee outside enjoying the view then a large healthy breakfast before taking a sailboat out to Capri. After dining up top, I return to the boat to sunbathe and read. Once back at my hotel, I do a light workout, have a massage and then have dinner outdoors under bougainvillea before getting to bed with the doors open, falling asleep to the waves hitting the shore. Pet peeve: People who aren’t themselves and live for themselves. Advice for someone new to Charleston: Soak it all up, be a sponge … there is LOTS here to appreciate.
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NOTICE OF SALE Docket No. 2020-CP-10-1775 By virtue of a Decree of the Court of Common Pleas for Charleston County, heretofore granted in the case of Oak Bluff Homeowners Association, Inc., Plaintiff v. Singletary, et al., Defendants. I, the undersigned Master-inEquity for Charleston County, will sell on May 4, 2021 at 11:00 o’clock a.m., at the County Council Chambers, Public Services Building, 4045 Bridge View Drive, North Charleston, South Carolina, to the highest bidder, the following described property, to wit:
Said lot is conveyed subject to Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions for Oak Bluff recorded in Book L-399, at Page 285 and rerecorded in Book K-403, at Page 426 in the RMC Office for Charleston County. Being the same property conveyed to Anna D. Singletary by deed of Portrait Homes-Myrtle Beach, LLC, n/k/a Portrait HomesSouth Carolina, LLC dated May 3, 2005 and recorded May 9, 2005 in the RMC Office for Charleston County, South Carolina in Book Y535, at Page 683. TMS No.: 484-00-00-481 Property Address: 7943 Shadow Oak Drive, North Charleston, SC 29406 TERMS OF SALE: FOR CASH: The Master-in-Equity will require a deposit of five (5%) per cent of the amount of bid (in cash or equivalent), same to be applied on the purchase price only upon compliance with the bid, but in case of non-compliance within thirty (3) days after the date of the sale, same to be forfeited and applied to costs and the property re-advertised for sale upon the same terms at the risk of the former highest bidder. The sale shall be subject to taxes, to existing easements and restrictions of record, and to homeowners association assessments accruing subsequent to the date of the deed issued to the purchaser [Purchaser to pay interest on his bid from the date of sale to the date of compliance at the rate of 6.875% per annum]. The sale shall be subject to that certain mortgage lien held by Bank of America, N.A. in the original amount of $106,120.00, dated May 4, 2005, and recorded May 9, 2005, in Book B536 at Page 752 with the Charleston County Register of Deeds. Purchaser shall pay for all costs of recording the deed. Purchaser shall pay for all costs of recording the deed. Any sale pursuant to this order, is without warranty of any kind. Neither Plaintiff nor the Court warrant title to any third-party purchaser. All third-party purchasers are made parties to this action and are deemed to have notice of all matters disclosed by the public record, including the status of title. See Ex parte Keller, 185 S.C. 283, 194 S.E. 15 (1937); Wells Fargo Bank, NA v. Turner, 378 S.C. 147, 662 S.E2d 424 (Ct. App. 2008) No personal or deficiency judgment being demanded, the bidding will not remain open after the date of the sale, but compliance with the bid may be made immediately. Mikell R. Scarborough Master-in-Equity for Charleston County Attorney for the Plaintiff Derek F. Dean Simons & Dean 147 Wappoo Creek Drive, Suite 604 Charleston, SC 29412
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STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CHARLESTON IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS FOR THE NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT CASE NO: 20-CP-10-03112 JESSIE BYRD MIDDLETON, Plaintiff, vs. ESTATE OF FLETCHER BYRD, by and through his intestate heirs, Rosa Lee Smith, Gladys Bright, Carolyn Middleton, Patricia Bright, Raamel Correa, Fletcher Gibbs and Linda Cooper, ALFONSO KEITH, ANNETTE FENNICK and PATTY GOODWINE, Defendants. AMENDED SUMMONS TO THE DEFENDANTS ABOVE NAMED: YOU ARE HEREBYSUMMONED and 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 their office located at 858 Lowcountry Blvd., Suite 101, Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina 29464, within thirty (30) days after service hereof, exclusive of the date 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. NOTICE OF FILIING YOU WILL PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Amended Summons, Amended Lis Pendens, Amended Notice and Amended Complaint in the above entitled action were filed in the office of the Clerk of Court for Charleston County on August 4, 2020. AMENDED LIS PENDENS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an action has been commenced by the Plaintiff, above named, against the Defendants, above named, to partition in kind the following described real property, together with improvements, located in Charleston County, South Carolina, to-wit: ALL that certain piece, parcel or lot of land, situate, lying and being in Christ Church Parish, County of Charleston, State of South Carolina, containing 5.9 acres and being a part of the Twenty-One (21) Mile Tract, as shown on a certain plat entitled ”A BOUNDARY SURVEY OF THE LANDS OF MARY YOUNG BYRD, LOCATED IN THE 21 MILE AWENDAW SECTION OF CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C.” by Robert L. Frank, Surveyor, dated April 15, 1999 and recorded in the RMC Office for Charleston County in Plat Book DB, Page 933.
BEING a portion of the premises conveyed to Mary Young Byrd by Morris Young, Paul Young and Armather Young Brown by deed dated July 28, 1972 and recorded in the RMC Office for Charleston County on August 8, 1972 in Book V-99 at page 494. TMS#: 661-00-00-129 ALSO
ALL that certain piece, parcel or lot of land, situate, lying and being in Charleston Church Parish, County of Charleston, State of South Carolina, containing 3.0 acres and being a part of the Twenty-One (21) Mile Tract, as shown on a certain plat entitled “A BOUNDARY SURVEY OF THE LANDS OF MARY YOUNG BYRD, LOCATED IN THE 21 MILE AWENDAW SECTION OF CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C.” by Robert L. Frank, Surveyor, dated April 15, 1999 and recorded in the RMC Office for Charleston County in Plat Book DB, Page 933. BEING a portion of the
premises conveyed to Mary Young Byrd by Morris Young, Paul Young and Armather Young Brown by deed dated July 28, 1972 and recorded in the RMC Offices for Charleston County on August 8, 1972 in Book V-99 at page 494. TMS#: 661-00-00-131 CISA & DODDS, LLP By: s/John J. Dodds, III 858 Lowcountry Blvd., Suite 101 Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 P: (843) 881-6530 F: (843) 881-5433 SC Bar No.: 1707 firstname.lastname@example.org ATTORNEYS FOR PLAINTIFF
Master’s Sale Case No.: 2017CP1005386 STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CHARLESTON IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, as Indenture Trustee, on behalf of the holders of the Accredited Mortgage Loan Trust 2007-1 Asset Backed Notes, PLAINTIFF, VERSUS Betty H. Rowlin a/k/a Betty A. Rowlin a/k/a Betty Ann Rowlin Brown; Maurice D. Rowlin; Family Services; SC Housing Corp.; Westchester Civic Association; DEFENDANTS. Upon authority of a Decree dated the 12th day of February, 2021, I will offer for sale to the highest bidder for cash, at public auction, the premises fully described below, at the Front Entrance of CHARLESTON COUNTY CHAMBERS, 4045 Bridge View Drive, North Charleston, South Carolina on the 4th day of May, 2021 at 11:00 AM or shortly thereafter. All that lot, piece and parcel of land, situate in Charleston County, South Carolina, and known and designated as Lot No. 9, Block F, as shown on a Plat of Westchester No. 3, recorded in Plat Book T, Page 3, in the RMC Office for Charleston County. SUBJECT to assessments, Charleston Ad Valorem Taxes, any and all restrictions, easements, covenants and rightsof-way of record, and any other senior encumbrances. This being the same property conveyed to Samuel J. Rowlin and Betty H. Rowlin, by deed of Security Pacific National Bank, not in individual capacity but soley as Trustee on behalf of American Housing Trust XI dated April 3, 1992 and recorded June 1, 1992 in Deed Book K214 at page 139 in the Register of Deeds Office for Charleston County. Simultaneously, Samuel J. Rowlin conveyed all interest in the property to Betty H. Rowlin by deed dated April 21, 1992 and recorded June 1, 1992 in Deed Book K214 at Page 131 in the Register of Deeds Office for Charleston County. Subsequently, Betty H. Rowlin conveyed all interest in the property to Maurice D. Rowlin and Betty H. Rowlin by deed dated October 19, 2006 and recorded October 31, 2006 in Deed Book W603 at Page 826 in the Register of Deeds Office for Charleston County. TMS # 427-05-00-138 Case#: 2017CP1005386 Current Property Address: 1611 Westmoreland Ave Charleston, SC 29412 No personal or deficiency judgment being demanded, the bidding will not remain open after the date of sale, and compliance with the bid may be made immediately. The property shall be sold for cash to the highest bidder. The highest bidder, other than
the Plaintiff, will be required to deposit with the Master, at the conclusion of the bidding, certified funds in the amount of five per cent (5%) of the bid: the said deposit to be applied to the purchase price. Should the highest bidder fail to comply with the bid within thirty days from the date of sale, the Master will resell the property at the risk and expense of the defaulting bidder upon the same terms as above set out. The Sheriff of Charleston County may be authorized to put the purchaser into possession of the premises if requested by the purchaser. NOTICE: The foreclosure deed is not a warranty deed. Interested bidders should satisfy themselves as to the quality of title to be conveyed by obtaining an independent title search prior to the foreclosure sale date. PLAINTIFF’S ATTORNEY John J. Hearn (803) 744-4444 011847-04350 2017CP1005386 FOR INSERTION 4/14/21, 4/21/21, 4/28/21 Mikell R. Scarborough Master in Equity
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 1113 OAKLEAF DR. MT. PLEASANT, SC 29464 ************ ESTATE OF: ERIC BRUCE PENROD 2021-ES-10-0351 DOD: 09/15/20 PERS. REP: GRETCHEN MARIE BUHROW 10347 MATAIRE LN. STRONGSVILLE, OH 44136 ************ ESTATE OF: CAREY ALAN KING 2021-ES-10-0364 DOD: 01/07/21 PERS. REP: ANNA M. KING 1446 BROOKBANK AVE. CHARLESTON, SC 29412 ATTY: JONATHAN C. SULLIVAN, ESQ. PO BOX 1349
MT. PLEASANT, SC 29465 ************ ESTATE OF: JANICE KAY WISER 2021-ES-10-0435 DOD: 01/10/21 PERS. REP: JAMES ORVILLE WISER 644 SEROTINA CT. MT. PLEASANT, SC 29464 ATTY: JAMES E. REEVES, ESQ. 400 N. CEDAR ST. SUMMERVILLE, SC 29483 ************* ESTATE OF: CHARLES ALEXANDER PETERS, SR. 2021-ES-10-0439 DOD: 01/13/21 PERS. REP: VERMELL PETERS 1953 PEBBLE CREEK CT. CHARLESTON, SC 29414 ATTY: ARTHUR C. MCFARLAND, ESQ. 1847 ASHLEY RIVER RD., #200 CHARLESTON, SC 29407 ************ ESTATE OF: ALEXANDER TERRANCE SEABROOK 2021-ES-10-0464 DOD: 01/25/21 PERS. REP: CARLETTE SEABROOK 504 POND PINE TRAIL SUMMERVILLE, SC 29483
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.
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.
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NOTICE TO CURRENT AND FORMER CLIENTS OF JASON F. TAYLOR: By Order of the S.C. Supreme Court, the law office of Jason F. Taylor of Charleston, SC, has been closed. The S.C. Supreme Court appointed Peyre T. Lumpkin as Receiver to protect the interests of the clients of Jason F. Taylor. Personnel from the Receiver’s Office are available to assist you in obtaining your file. Please contact the Receiver’s Office at 803-734-1186 to make arrangements to receive your file(s).
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STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF BERKELEY IN THE FAMILY COURT FOR THE NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT DOCKET NO. 2019-DR- 08-1778 SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES VERSUS WHITTNIE STILTZ, TYLER DAVIS, ROSANNA DAVIS AND HARRY DAVIS DEFENDANTS. IN THE INTERESTS OF: MINOR CHILD BORN 2019. TO DEFENDANT Tyler Davis: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in this action filed with the Clerk of Court for Berkeley County on 23 September 2019. Upon proof of interest, a copy of the Complaint will be delivered to you upon request from the Berkeley 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, Jason Pockrus, Legal Department of the Berkeley County Department of Social Services, 2 Belt Drive, Moncks Corner, SC 29461 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, 2 Belt Drive, Moncks Corner, SC 29461, 843-719-1080.
STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CHARLESTON IN THE FAMILY COURT FOR THE NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT DOCKET NO. 2021-DR-10-0450 SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES VERSUS Kenneth McNeil, Temerico Blake, Sabrina Simmons and Demetria Simmons DEFENDANTS. IN THE INTERESTS OF: MINOR CHILD BORN 2008 TO DEFENDANT(S): Kenneth McNeil, Termerico Blake, and Demetria Simmons YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in this action filed with the Clerk of Court for Charleston County on February 17, 2021. 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.
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 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.
STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CHARLESTON IN THE FAMILY COURT FOR THE NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT DOCKET NO. 2021-DR-10-0317 SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES VERSUS Kyiaisa Witfield, Demonte Champayne and Corrine Woodfield. DEFENDANTS. IN THE INTERESTS OF: MINOR CHILD BORN 2017 TO DEFENDANT: Demonte Champayne YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in this action filed with the Clerk of Court for Charleston County on February 4, 2021. 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.
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 CHARLESTON IN THE FAMILY COURT FOR THE NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT DOCKET NO. 2020-DR-10-0976 SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES 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.
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 ELIZABETH BELL-SMITH AND KYLE BELL, DEFENDANTS. IN THE INTERESTS OF: MINOR CHILD BORN IN 2011 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 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.
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ARIES (March 21-April 19): “Today I feel the whole world is a door,” wrote poet Dennis Silk. In a similar spirit, 13th-century Zen master Wumen Huikai observed, “The whole world is a door of liberation, but people are unwilling to enter it.” Now I’m here to tell you, Aries, that there will be times in the coming weeks when the whole world will feel like a door to you. And if you open it, you’ll be led to potential opportunities for interesting changes that offer you liberation. This is a rare blessing. Please be sufficiently loose, alert and brave to take advantage. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Taurus philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein was called a genius by Nobel Prize-winning author Bertrand Russell. His Philosophical Investigations was once voted the 20th century’s most important philosophy book. Yet one of Wittgenstein’s famous quotes was, “How hard it is to see what is right in front of my eyes!” Luckily for all of us, I suspect that won’t be problem for you in the coming weeks, Taurus. In fact, I’m guessing you will see a whole range of things that were previously hidden, even though some of them had been right in front of your eyes. Congrats! Everyone whose life you touch will benefit because of this breakthrough. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Why don’t rivers flow straight? Well, sometimes they do, but only for a relatively short stretch. According to the US Geological Survey, no river moves in a linear trajectory for a distance of more than ten times its width. There are numerous reasons why this is so, including the friction caused by banks and the fact that river water streams faster at the center. The place where a river changes direction is called a “meander.” I’d like to borrow this phenomenon to serve as a metaphor for your life in the coming weeks. I suspect your regular flow is due for a course change — a meander. Any intuitive ideas about which way to go? In which direction will the scenery be best? CANCER (June 21-July 22): Cancerian poet Denis Johnson eventually became a celebrated writer who won numerous prizes, including the prestigious National Book Award. But life was rough when he was in his twenties. Because of his addictions to drugs and alcohol, he neglected his writing. Later, in one of his mature poems, he expressed appreciation to people who supported him earlier on. “You saw me when I was invisible,” he wrote, “you spoke to me when I was deaf. You thanked me when I was a secret.” Are there helpers like that in your own story? Now would be a perfect time to honor them and repay the favors. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): What do you believe in, exactly, Leo? The coming weeks will be a fine time to take an inventory of your beliefs — and then divest yourself of any that no longer serve you, no longer excite you, and no longer fit your changing understanding of how life works. For extra credit, I invite you to dream up some fun new beliefs that lighten your heart and stimulate your playfulness. For example, you could borrow poet Charles Wright’s approach: “I believe what the thunder and lightning have to say.” Or you could try my idea: “I believe in wonders and marvels that inspire me to fulfill my most interesting dreams.” VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Virgo poet Charles Wright testifies, “I write poems to untie myself, to do penance and disappear through the upper right-hand corner of things, to say grace.” What about you, Virgo? What do you do in order to untie yourself, do penance and invoke grace? The coming weeks will be an excellent time for you to use all the tricks at your disposal to accomplish such useful transformations. And if you currently have a low supply of the necessary tricks, make it your healthy obsession to get more. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Kublai Khan, ruler of the Mongol Empire and China in the second half of the 13th century, kept a retinue of 5,000 astrologers on retainer. Some were stationed on the roof of his palace, tasked with using sorcery to banish approaching storm clouds. If you asked me to perform a similar assignment, I would not do so. We need storms! They bring refreshing rain, and keep the earth in electrical balance. Lightning
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from storms creates ozone, a vital part of our atmosphere, and it converts nitrogen in the air into nitrogen in the ground, making the soil more fertile. Metaphorical storms often generate a host of necessary and welcome transformations, as well — as I suspect they will for you during the coming weeks. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “Unexpressed emotions will never die,” declared trailblazing psychologist Sigmund Freud. “They are buried alive and they will come forth, later, in uglier ways.” I agree, which is why I advise you not to bury your emotions — especially now, when they urgently need to be aired. OK? Please don’t allow a scenario in which they will emerge later in ugly ways. Instead, find the courage to express them soon — in the most loving ways possible, hopefully, and with respect for people who may not be entirely receptive to them. Communicate with compassionate clarity. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Sagittarian author Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz wrote a poem entitled “Not Doing Something Wrong Isn’t the Same as Doing Something Right.” I propose that we make that thought one of your guiding themes during the next two weeks. If you choose to accept the assignment, you will make a list of three possible actions that fit the description “not doing something wrong,” and three actions that consist of “doing something right.” Then you will avoid doing the three wrong things named in the first list and give your generous energy to carrying out the three right things in the second list. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): In the past few weeks, I hope you’ve been treating yourself like a royal child. I hope you’ve been showering yourself with extra special nurturing and therapeutic treatments. I hope you’ve been telling yourself out loud how soulful, intelligent and resilient you are, and I hope you’ve delighted yourself by engaging with a series of educational inspirations. If for some inexplicable reason you have not been attending to these important matters with luxurious intensity, please make up for lost time in the coming days. Your success during the rest of 2021 depends on your devout devotion to self-care right now. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Sometimes when a disheartening kind of darkness encroaches, we’re right to be afraid. In fact, it’s often wise to be afraid, because doing so may motivate us to ward off or transmute the darkness. But on other occasions, the disheartening darkness that seems to be encroaching isn’t real, or else is actually less threatening than we imagine. Novelist John Steinbeck described the latter when he wrote, “I know beyond all doubt that the dark things crowding in on me either did not exist or were not dangerous to me, and still I was afraid.” My suspicion is that this is the nature of the darkness you’re currently worried about. Can you therefore find a way to banish or at least diminish your fear? PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “Some people, if they didn’t make it hard for themselves, might fall asleep,” wrote novelist Saul Bellow. In other words, some of us act as if it’s entertaining, even exciting, to attract difficulties and cause problems for ourselves. If that describes you even a tiny bit, Pisces, I urge you to tone down that bad habit in the coming weeks — maybe even see if you can at least partially eliminate it. The cosmic rhythms will be on your side whenever you take measures to drown out the little voices in your head that try to undermine and sabotage you. At least for now, say, “NO!” to making it hard for yourself. Say, “YES!” to making it graceful for yourself. Homework. Tell me about your most interesting problem — the one that teaches you the most. FreeWillAstrology.com
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All that is to say: The struggle to control who gets power in America has been with us for a long time.
“If you’re vote didn’t matter, they wouldn’t work so hard to stop it.” —Samuel L. Jackson
SC proposals part of national GOP push for election changes after lost 2020 elections By Barney Blakeney and Sam Spence
S.C. Sen. Marlon Kimpson does not mince words when asked what one voting reform proposal would mean for Black voters in South Carolina. “We will get our butts kicked,” he told the City Paper. The bill, which aims to streamline voting procedures in all 46 counties, is a thinly veiled effort to suppress voting, Kimpson said.
The effort is part of a national push by Republicans to bend election procedures from within state legislatures, kickstarted by lost 2020 elections that tipped the balance of power in Washington. In 2017, torch-carrying white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, marched against the removal of Confederate statues, chanting provocations that have become the elemental basis for Republican-backed voting reform efforts across the United States: “You will not replace us!” The cries of neo-Nazis, racists, alt-right extremists and every other varietal of Trump-era hate in Charlottesville were nothing new, even for our time. The myth of so-called “white replacement theory” has long stoked fear that the time is approaching
when white people will become a racial minority. Mass killers in Charleston, New Zealand and elsewhere used the myth as justification for their heinous acts. White citizens have held disproportionate financial wealth and political power in America since its founding. Invigorated by Barack Obama’s 2008 election, modern conservatives have mostly continued advocating the domestic economic infrastructure that created and sustained historic wealth and power disparities into the present day. Now, after an election in which high turnout from Black voters helped flip control of the White House and U.S. Senate, preservation of conservative power is at the core of legislation floating through state legislatures.
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The ratification of the 15th Amendment in 1870 guaranteed the right to vote to men of all races, including the formerly enslaved. The third “Reconstruction amendment” radically increased voting among Africans Americans. With formerly enslaved people outnumbering white people in South Carolina and elsewhere, Black voter turnout expanded dramatically. But, a rush of racist laws and white supremacist violence effectively ended mass Black participation in elections in many areas of the South. Some states, like South Carolina, used the momentum of the collapse of Reconstruction to further codify voter suppression into state law using a variety of tools. Poll taxes, originally intended for legitimate revenue collection, were eventually used to disenfranchise voters in the South, particularly African Americans and poor white people. Requirements in South Carolina’s Constitution of 1895 that voters had to prove ability to read and write English were also used to suppress votes by poor and Black voters in the South, where literacy rates for African-American citizens lagged until the 1940s. But, literacy tests were prevalent outside the South as well, as they were seen as keeping society’s undesirables — the poor, immigrants or the uninformed — from voting. Literacy test laws remained on the books in several states, including New York and Connecticut, until the Voting Rights Act of 1965 finally banned the practice. But, violent voter suppression also played a significant role in discouraging voters as well and proved instrumental in thwarting Reconstruction. After successful federal Reconstruction efforts enabled voting by formerly enslaved people and their descendants, white paramilitary groups like Wade Hampton’s Red Shirts terrorized Black voters across South Carolina. Violence and force and the threat of force became effective methods of reasserting and preserving white-majority power.
in the Peach State, ultimately pushing the U.S. Senate into Democratic hands with the election of U.S. Sens. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. The new rules, signed into law by Georgia’s governor March 24, require proof of identity for requesting an absentee ballot, regulate where and when drop boxes can be used to collect absentee ballots, shorten the period for early and absentee voting during a runoff election, restructure the state’s election oversight body and prohibit food and drink distribution at polling locations. Some of the Georgia rules, like those requiring identification in order to vote, are already on the books in South Carolina and 33 other states. But, the laws are routinely criticized by the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups as having a disproportionate impact on lowincome and minority voters. The New Georgia Project, backed by former Democratic candidate for governor Stacey Abrams, is suing state leaders on behalf of voting rights groups over the laws. “These provisions lack any justification for their burdensome and discriminatory effects on voting,” the lawsuit claims. “Instead, they
New efforts that could have the effect of suppressing votes are once again springing from legislatures across the country. The measures’ Republican sponsors maintain the proposals aim to streamline and regulate elections. But, critics question the motives behind the laws, as actor Samuel L. Jackson reflected in a Joe Biden campaign ad last year: “If your vote didn’t matter, they wouldn’t work so hard to stop it.” In March, Georgia state legislators passed a set of new election laws in response to widespread mail-in absentee voting during the pandemic-ridden 2020 election in which Democrats made up ground
Charleston state Sen. Marlon Kimpson says GOP efforts to streamline elections could suppress voting
represent a hodgepodge of unnecessary restrictions that target almost every aspect of the voting process but serve no legitimate purpose or compelling state interest other than to make absentee, early and election-day voting more difficult — especially for minority voters.” Bennettsville Rep. Patricia Henegan, chair of the S.C. Legislative Black Caucus, told the City Paper South Carolina Republicans are taking a less overt approach to voter suppression. Nationwide, more than 360 bills to restrict voting have been proHenegan posed to clamp down on voting in response to the 2020 election, according to the Brennan Center for Justice, a nonpartisan voting rights think tank. In Henegan’s assessment, South Carolina lawmakers are introducing more subtle, innovative ways to suppress voting. One proposed bill in South Carolina, H.3444, would give the State Election Commission the authority to determine election policies and procedures, or set uniform rules, in all counties. The bill would give the governor the power to dictate election laws through commission members, appointed by the governor. Republicans have maintained a firm hold in both South Carolina legislative bodies and the governorship since 2003. The South Carolina proposal is effectively an attempt at the party level to control elections, Kimpson said. The bill passed the House with Republican support and is currently before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Democratic state Rep. J.A. Moore of Hanahan, said Republicans are hoping to stall the effects of demographic shifts in the state.
“Republicans in South Carolina are trying to take preemptive actions to make sure they can suppress voters from changing the landscape in South Carolina,” he told Charleston’s ABC Moore News 4 (WCIV-TV) in March. In Charleston County, where election administrators aggressively encouraged mail-in absentee voting during the pandemic, officials are continuing to take steps to make it easier to vote. A special inperson absentee voting location is being set up ahead of an upcoming local election on Sullivan’s Island. County board of elections project manager Isaac Cramer believes the local agency is already doing what it can to conduct smooth elections without the new state law. “This is something we already do,” Cramer told WCIV-TV. “It’s such a joy to see people across the board exercising their right to vote. That’s their voice. We’re the gatekeepers of democracy.” If passed, the South Carolina bill will have the same ‘kick butt’ effect as any historical violent measure, Kimpson said, calling it the beginning of a slippery slope within state government. That may be a steep slope in Charleston County, where voters lean more toward liberal politics. New rules could mean a greater possibility of electing more conservative representation. Kimpson sees the bill possibly passing both bodies this legislative session and more certainly passing before the 2022 mid-term election. The measure easily passed the House, where Republicans enjoy a two-to-one majority, but Kimpson said the law could see more friction in the Senate, where procedural rules could slow hasty consideration.
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The Tragedy of Carmen at Hanahan Amphitheater Charleston Opera Theater is bringing The Tragedy of Carmen to the Hanahan Amphitheater at 7:30 p.m. on May 8. French composer Georges Bizet’s 1875 opera tells the story of the downfall of Don José, a naïve soldier who is seduced by the wiles of the fiery gypsy Carmen. The 1983 adaptation by Peter Brook and Marius Constant, titled La Tragedie de Carmen, has become an opera standard and is the version that will be presented in Hanahan. Director Sara Widzer’s production will be presented as a 1930s-style radio drama and will feature actors, live Foley sound effects and singers who have been seen on the world’s premier opera stages. There will also be a pre-show performance from CofC Opera’s Le Nozze di Figaro, which recently played the College’s School of the Arts festival. Socially distanced seating will be in place, and food trucks and drink concessions will be available. Visit citypapertickets.com or charlestonoperatheater.org for information and tickets. —Michael Smallwood
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Local artist Trent Shy has cultivated a distinctive brand of dark, cinematic comedy that has earned him plenty of international notoriety and respect. Remaining modest, Shy describes himself simply as a stopmotion animator “that watched too many horror movies as a child.” Shy specializes in claymation and, at times, you’ll find the artist animating himself into his nightmarish stories, as he did with The Animator. That insanely popular piece was completed live on Instagram as Shy chatted with fans and answered questions. It was eventually expanded to a trilogy that has won a number of awards and just hit 100 million views on YouTube. In recent months, Shy has transitioned into a highly sought-after craftsman of high-priced NFTs. He told the City Paper that this was a welcome, though unexpected, twist on his already unconventional career path. “I was a chef for 10 years before I ever started animating,” Shy said. While he enjoyed this role and learning about the culinary world, he always knew in his heart that it wasn’t where he wanted to be. At the time, several influences gave him hope. “I watched a lot of behind the scenes footage from movies like Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline and James and the Giant Peach,” he said. “I would watch timelapse videos of the animators working on these movies and think about how I wished I had a job like that.” Since nobody told him he couldn’t, Shy went for it, even though he has never had any formal arts education. Not surprisingly, converting his big dreams into a sustainable income was no easy task. “My first couple years were rough. I got a gig with MTV and had one of my videos hit a million views on YouTube, but it wasn’t enough to live on. So, I actually took a twoyear hiatus and went back to being a chef because I wasn’t making enough money
Animator Trent Shy said he never stops experimenting and learning from his experiences when it comes to his art with my animations.” For many would-be artists, that might have been the end of the story, but Shy persevered. “I decided to give animating one more shot, and that’s when one of my animations went mega-viral and hit 25 million views in just one week,” Shy explained. “Everything changed after that. Suddenly, all of my videos were getting millions of views and all kinds of opportunities began coming in from big companies.” In spite of hard-earned success in the field, Shy still sees himself as being in the process of mastering the art form. His techniques are continually evolving. “I’ve had a lot of stop-motion animators ask about the trick to becoming a better animator, and the answer is that there is no trick,” Shy said. “The fastest and best way to become a better animator is by animating a lot. I’ve gotten a little better with every animation that I’ve done. I’m always experimenting.” All of Shy’s on-the-job practice paid off when the opportunity came along to sell his creations on burgeoning NFT marketplaces. NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, are items sold and authenticated using technology that backs the Ethereum cryptocurrency ecosystem. In layman’s terms, since NFTs can hold value, they can be traded, sold or held onto as an investment of sorts. Shy breaks it down like this: “It’s a digital collector’s item. You can watch any of my animations online for free, but if you purchase it
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as an NFT, then you have a unique item. I’ve sold all of my NFTs as editions of one so far, so if you have the NFT of the animation, then you have the only one in the world.” Since another Charleston artist who goes by Beeple sold a collage of his digital art for $69 million in February, people have continued to clamor for digital art, and Shy couldn’t be happier about the demand. “I started by just dipping my toes into the NFT market and ended up making $30,000 in a little over a week. After that, I turned 100% of my attention toward NFTs.” Shy admits that he is not sure what the future holds, but he said he has already achieved his happy ending. “I decided pretty early on that if I could just do well enough to get by and be able to work full-time at home surrounded by my family.” Follow Trent Shy’s animations on Instagram, @trentshyclaymations.
Congaree National Park is one of the best places in the state to watch fireflies, and the annual public visitations will begin May 20. There will be a different approach than previous years. The park will offer two separate sessions for nature lovers to enjoy the firefly display beginning May 20-22 and May 27-29. For COVID safety measures, only 25 cars will be able to enter the park per night. Tickets will be available on a lottery system for $1, and the park will not grant entry without one. Congaree National Park, just south of Columbia, will open the lottery starting at 11:00 a.m. on April 15 and close at 11:59 p.m. on April 19. Lottery winners will be announced on April 23. Once chosen, each car will pay $19 to enter the park. —Fern Wooden-Edwards For daily updates from Charleston’s art world, check out the Culture section at charlestoncitypaper.com.
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4 movies that weren’t nominated for Oscars, but should’ve been By Kirstin McWaters When Academy Award nominations come out, there are inevitably some movies that I feel were “snubbed” or “robbed” of nominations.
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I’m actually kind of shocked that this one didn’t get a single nomination at the Oscars. I really had hoped that the brilliant script, written by Andy Siara, would have gotten a nod. It’s a sci-fi comedy film, and the Oscars doesn’t normally give a lot of credit to comedies, so I guess it’s not too shocking that they didn’t. Andy Samberg joins up with Cristin Milioti for a romantic romp through a time loop where two strangers are doomed to live the same day of their friend’s wedding over and over. The characters have great chemistry, and it’s a modern twist on the Groundhog Day effect.
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I can see why the Academy didn’t nominate this movie; it’s got some pretty touchy source material. However, it is dealt with in such a quiet, but raw way that I couldn’t help but be totally moved by it. In this story, two girls support each other through a difficult decision to end a teen pregnancy, but they have to travel to New York to do it. They’re young, alone and scared, and the only person they have to lean on is each other. It’s an incredible look into female friendships and the power they can hold. I don’t actually think I consider the non-nomination of this movie as an Oscar snub. It’s not a movie that feels like an Academy Award winner, but it’s so good. I think everyone needs to know it exists. A warm hug in a movie, Saint Frances is about Bridget, a 34-yearold woman who feels stuck in her life. She gets an opportunity to nanny for the 6-year-old and hard to please Frances, and the two form a bond that changes not only their lives, but the lives of those around them too.
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In my perfect world, Rhada Blank would be nominated for Best Actress at the Oscars for this. She is simply radiant in it. It’s a semiautobiographical story (also written and directed by Blank) about a failing playwright who refuses to sell out and instead pivots her career into becoming a rap artist. The Forty-Year-Old Version is hilarious and at the same time poignant and heartbreaking, as Blank takes you through her journey to healing and finding herself, despite society’s stigma of her age. About the writer … Kirstin McWaters is a freelance writer and blogger who splits her time equally between her home in Greenville, with her cats, and her other home at the local movie theater.
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Beech opening James Island outpost Smoothie, acai and poke bowl shop Beech will open its third local store on James Island at the end of April, owner Keegan Bird told the City Paper last week. And, there could be more South Carolina Beech outposts in the future. COVID-19 delayed the opening for more than a year, but the duo is now set to open Beech on James Island at 1739 Maybank Hwy., near the intersection at Folly Road. Look for the same smoothies, acai bowls and tuna poke you’ll find at the other shops, with a few new additions like fresh-squeezed juices. According to Bird, Beech’s expansion isn’t complete. Moving forward, he plans to franchise the concept with the hope of adding more stores throughout South Carolina. If that happens, the James Island store will serve as the flagship, Bird said. For more information, visit beechrestaurants.com. —Parker Milner
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Atlantic blue crabs have shed their shells to make way for summer growth, meaning soft-shell season has commenced and restaurants are rushing to put them on their menus. These crispy crustaceans are all the rage this time of year, so we asked local chefs: What’s your favorite way to prepare them? And, what are some tips for cooking softies at home? Delaney Oyster House executive chef Shamil Velazquez, who gets his soft-shells from Braden Oyster Farm in Beaufort, said he sold 72 crabs the first weekend of the season. “I think what gets people excited is it’s one of those things that just comes around so few times throughout the year,” he said. “I just had my parents in from Puerto Rico. I bought a couple, fried them up, and they were mind-blown that you could eat a crab from A to Z.” At the Calhoun Street restaurant, Velazquez said they process the crabs “as close to service as possible” to maintain freshness. On the menu now is a fried softie coated in a honey-walnut sauce made using mayonnaise, sweetened condensed milk, lemons and turmeric. “It comes out looking really glossy, sweet and tangy,” said Velazquez, describing the dish as an ode to the honey-walnut shrimp you might find at your favorite Chinese restaurant. Over in Mount Pleasant at Ville Sainte Bistro, owner Carole Robert also sold around 72 crabs — or two “flats” — the first weekend she served soft-shells, which she purchased from Tarvin Seafood. Robert prefers to saute rather than fry her crabs because of how delicate the meat is, she said. “I have tasted it many times fried, and to me, it takes away from the delicacy. I literally saute them with butter, garlic and parsley,” said Robert, whose restaurant serves French cuisine with a reliance on local ingredients. “That preparation is called ‘persillade,’ and we use it for the escargot as well. From beginning to end for that dish to hit the table, it’s a good 20 minutes.” In that 20-minute time frame, Robert
Delaney Osyter House honey-walnut coated softie (middle) and CudaCo. soft-shell crab sandwich (bottom) butchers the crabs to order. For home cooks looking to prepare softies, she suggests either learning how to butcher the crabs or finding a place that will clean them for you, like CudaCo. on James Island. CudaCo. co-owners Chris John and Shaun Brian pick up their soft-shell crabs daily from a top-secret purveyor near Bulls Bay. According to Brian, whose seafood market prides itself on sustainability, proper handling of the crabs is essential. “The biggest thing with softies is they don’t sit inside the tank for too long after they molt, so in that regard we end up with the softest soft-shell crab possible,” he said, describing the process when crabs shed their shell. It takes a couple days for a new shell to form — the soft-shell crabs that end up on our plate are caught during this time frame. CudaCo.’s crabs are cleaned and prepped to order for $14. By maintaining them alive until purchase, CudaCo. offers the freshest product possible, Brian said. “For that price point, we’re going ahead and getting them prepped,” said Brian, who starts by cutting off the head — he calls this technique the most “humane” approach. “Then after we do that, we clip the gills out, which can have sand and mud. We then take a little spoon and pull out the liver, but make sure not to disrupt any of the head fat. By taking out the liver inside, it just helps to maintain that freshness.” At CudaCo., Brian also serves a soft-shell crab sandwich ($20) that combines the crab with a lemony, Duke’s Mayonnaise-based house-made remoulade. For folks looking to cook up their crabs at home, Brian has a simple suggestion. Start by rinsing the crabs before coating in cornstarch. Then, set a pan up on
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medium heat with clarified butter, coconut oil, grapeseed oil, canola oil or peanut oil. “You just simply season the crab, dust it very lightly with some cornstarch and then just pan fry it with about a tablespoon of oil,” he said. Velazquez said that home cooks should be wary of the excess liquid inside the crabs, which can get messy. And when it comes to preparation, he agrees with Brian — let the crab shine with a minimalist preparation. “I suggest that they have some sort of frying screen, or else oils will get everywhere,” said Velazquez, cautioning against an overheated pan. “Don’t over complicate it. Let the crabs speak for themselves.”
Downtown self-pour wine bar Uncork Charleston is expanding its menu under the direction of new executive chef Jesse Hughes, who joins the King Street establishment after working at Zero Restaurant + Bar, Frannie and the Fox and 39 Rue de Jean. Look for “tapasstyle” plates focused on seasonal produce, Hughes told the City Paper. “When I arrived, the menu was mostly just kind of bar snacks. I came with that mindset of not looking at it as a bar but looking at it as a restaurant,” Hughes said. “I’m really just kind of taking the lead from GrowFood (Carolina), looking for what they have available and what’s in season.” Hughes’ menu features eight new small plate-style dishes like his “green eggs and ham,” a combination of flowering collard greens, prosciutto and a soft poached egg. There’s also a whipped goat cheese crostini, roasted carrots with smoked yogurt and wild boar ravioli, but Hughes said the menu will change with the seasons. Uncork Charleston is open Wednesday-Sunday. For more information, visit uncorkchs.com.—PM
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Femme Fest, an all-female music festival, returns Jordan Igoe, Julie Slonecki, Aggie Flores & the Wildflowers and Brooke & Rattle. Taylor Czerwinski and Chelsea Grinstead But, Femme Fest isn’t just putting women did something in December that had never in the spotlight onstage; there will be a been done in Charleston before: They put community of female-led food, arts and on an all-female music festival. The event, crafts vendors on site as well. Femme Fest, took place at Tobin’s Market “We were really hoping to cross-breed downtown and featured performances from between arts and entertainment and music Hannah Wicklund, Babe Club, Maya Gold, and really get people excited about making Grace McNally, Entit and Anna Crosby. this a more relevant thing,” Grinstead said. Czerwinski and Grinstead are the execuPutting on a music festival isn’t easy in the tive director and editor-in-chief, respectively, best of times, let alone in a pandemic, but of 9 To 5 magazine, a local arts-and-music Czerwinski said she enjoyed the challenge publication, and their connections through of making sure the first and second Femme the indie mag helped them create a day for Fests were done as safely as possible. female musicians on the local scene. “I get inspired by seeing a void and being “It was actually inspired by Maya Gold,” creative and making things happen,” she Czerwinski said of the first Femme Fest. said. “I want to make people feel connected “As a woman, musician she’d said, ‘Why is and inspired … We did the best we could there not a festival or show where it’s all with masks and social distancing, and women acts? There are so many festivals everyone was really respectful with folwhere it’s primarily dudes.’ So, I tried to lowing the rules.” listen to what she thought we needed for Julie Slonecki has bounced around the community, and through the magaCharleston with her band Sexbruise? for zine, I thought I could curate a festival that years, but said Femme Fest is filling a void helped support women.” that some didn’t even know was there. “I think that while you might hear about “Up until they did the first one, I hadn’t Band of Horses at Rialto Row or someheard of anything like that,” she said. “I thing, you’re not really hearing about the think it’s one of those things that no one smaller bands that are constantly playing,” brings up until they realize, ‘Hey, there are Grinstead added. “We’re piggybacking off no lineups with all female bands’ ... I think a of the idea of who is unseen in Charleston, lot of people weren’t aware of it or conscious and a lot of the time, it’s female-led bands or of it, but once you notice the problem you female musicians.” can actually do something about it.” It’s no small feat putting on a festival in the middle of a pandemic on a shoestring budget and with minimal staff, but Czerwinski and Grinstead made it work and got a lot of positive feedback to boot. “What I learned from the first one is how much Charleston needed that,” Czerwinski said. “The performers told me how grateful they were to have the space—how great the energy was. It was all about the feeling. That’s what made me want to do it again; I didn’t feel it was something that should only be done one time.” Thus, the second edition of Femme Fest was born, with this version taking place at Tradesman Brewing Co. on April 17. The lineup will again feature Maya Gold and Anna Crosby, along with Shelby McDaniel,
Paul Thorn at Charleston Music Hall Musician Paul Thorn brings his bluesy, Southern style to the Charleston Music Hall April 30. The Billboard Top 100 artist, who has performed with the likes of Sting and Bonnie Raitt, will be bringing hits like “It’s Never Too Late to Call” to Charleston audiences for the one-night show. Joining Thorn at the Music Hall is singer-songwriter Matt Mackelcan. The Charleston resident has been dropping singles and EPs to wide acclaim on Spotify, iTunes and 105.5 The Bridge. Tickets are on sale now. Doors open at 7 p.m. and show time is 8 p.m. The Music Hall is currently working with reduced capacity to adhere to COVIDguidelines, and masks are required for all attendees. —Michael Smallwood
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Julie Slonecki (top) and Jordan Igoe (below, left) will be among the Femme Fest perfromers Slonecki said it’s sometimes difficult for musicians who rely on local gigs to speak up when they see disparities when it comes to venues booking females or people of color. “It’s definitely a difficult thing to address as an artist,” she said. “If you’re outspoken about any issue, really, you worry about alienating fans or venues—anyone within the industry. So, it’s a tough call whether you want to ruffle feathers and say what you mean. Being in the South as an artist and a more liberal-minded person, it’s kind of a hard line to toe because you have to know a lot of the people you’re playing for don’t think like you, just based on geography.” Femme Fest is Saturday, April 17, 1-9 p.m. at Tradesman Brewing Company (1647 King Street Ext.). Tickets are $12-$77 and can be purchased at citypapertickets.com.
The Windjammer on Isle of Palms is welcoming spring and the resurgence of live music with bigname outdoor shows lined up in May featuring bluegrass legends Yonder Mountain String Band, the laidback sounds of Futurebirds and folk rockers Mt. Joy. The Windjammer is booking shows at 50% capacity to ensure comfort and well-being for the musicians and crowds alike and is meeting all Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for COVID-19. Just after hitting No. 1 on the iTunes charts last June, Mt. Joy’s 2020 performance at Windjammer was rescheduled. Lead singer Matt Quinn is excited for the three shows lined up in May after so many shows went down the drain last year. “It’s been a strange year. It’s nice to feel like the world is healing a bit. Can’t wait to have people come together again. Fingers crossed,” Quinn said. “Charleston is just one of those cities that has its own unique vibe.” Yonder Mountain String Band will play May 14, Mt. Joy takes the stage May 16 (sold out), 18 and 19; and Futurebirds sets up shop May 27 and 28. For more information, visit thewindjammer.com. —Chelsea Grinstead
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Chris Mottram is the co-owner of Hobcaw Brewing Company, which opened last fall in Mount Pleasant (496 Long Point Road). The family friendly space has ample outdoor seating with a steady rotation of food trucks to compliment the brews. So we asked: What are your top five albums to play at Hobcaw?
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Richard Todd: How do you choose the pieces that you are going to perform? Wynton Marsalis: With as many people in the band — we’ve been together for a long time — they have a lot of arrangements. It’s depending on who we have and who has or hasn’t played, what themes the presenter wants us to put on, what time of year it is. This year, we’re going to do a lot of freedom and justice — John Coltrane, A Love Supreme; Sonny Rollins, Freedom Suite; Charles Mingus, Medications on Integration; the stuff I wrote, Democracy Suite. Sometimes it’s love songs. Sometimes we have a lot of New Orleans music, clap clap for the big band era. Sometimes original compositions, like Ted Nash’s Presidential Suite. RT: Can you talk about the way it (COVID) has impacted artists as well as fans and consumers of music, but it also has inspired some art? There’s going to be an unleashing of so much music as the pandemic subsides. WM: I think you’re right. People have been at home. It’s been a hard time for so many people, losing loved ones or not getting a chance to see them or send them out right. With many people, it’s been the loss of jobs, homes … I think there’s going to be a lot of good that comes out of it, just as there’s been a lot of tragedy and pain. For me personally, it was my father that was a great loss, but my father said at that time that a lot of people were losing loved ones and your loss is not any more tragic than anybody else’s. We’re going to see a lot of creativity come
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RT: While you’re performing at the Gaillard Center, you’re right across the street from the Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church where we had that tragic shooting many years ago. Is that something that’s ever-present that you’re aware of when you’re here in the Holy City? WM: I’m aware of it. I was staying in a place across the street from the church before … I think it’s important when you go to different cities to know topical things that are going on … I always try to figure out what’s going on and how to better be a part of the ministry to the community. RT: Jazz is the American music, isn’t it? WM: It’s a music that comes directly out of the American experience and the search and need for freedom. Cultures and groups of a people don’t just get unlimited art. If you’re a culture and you are blessed with an art form and an ability to express it in art, it had to be studied to be understood. It can last across centuries and across time if it is tended to. We have a tendency to turn everything into a commercial venture. There are some parts of our civic life that are not about turning a profit but are about investing in our identity. And jazz is one of those things.
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Award-winning radio host Richard Todd of 105.5 The Bridge recently talked with trumpet legend Wynton Marsalis, who will be performing April 23 and 24 at the Charleston Gaillard Center. You can hear the 17-minute interview on his podcast, The Toddcast, at 1055thebridge.com.
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