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Footlight Players’ “White Christmas” We really like the new holiday production by the Footlight Players. Read our review online at The production was directed by Robert Ivey. See the final performance at 3 p.m. Sunday.



Remembering Jasiri Whipper. Also: Eight Days a week.




We review Pure Theatre’s “Waffle Haus Christmas.” Also: Eye Level Art says “Bye” to some artwork.




Jack McCray, Olivia Pool, David Quick, Erica Marcus, Rebekah Bradford and Sydney Smith.

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Presents from Punks, Unsilent Night.

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“Black Swan,” “Tron: Legacy,” “The Fighter.”




After a strong first year, Anna Lassiter ready for the next level. Also: Shopping local part 4.

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Streaming user generated content on downtown screens.

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With horoscopes and a crossword puzzle.


Family bands, Default, Southern Culture on the Skids, Drivin’ N’ Cryin’, CD reviews.

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Broadway veterans Brad and Jennifer Moranz present “The Charleston Christmas Special” at the Charleston Music Hall. Starring a cast of 30 singers, dancers and musicians from all over the country, the show has become a holiday tradition in the Lowcountry and is seen by more than 8,000 people annually. Leading the cast is Brad Moranz and his wife, Jennifer Moranz. “The Charleston Christmas Special” features traditional and contemporary Christmas songs and carols along with yuletide comedy. The show runs for 11 performances. Tickets are on sale at or by calling 800-514-3849. Call 416-8453 or visit

inhabit this body.” - Jasiri Whipper I love you and miss you, brother.

Naughty or Nice Winter Block Party NOON-10 P.M. DEC. 18 // 211 RUTLEDGE AVE. Charleston’s local Caribbean cantina, FUEL, will host the Naughty or Nice Winter Block Party 2. Charleston will transform into a winter wonderland complete with a curling sheet, snow-boarding rail competition, ice luge and periodic “snowstorms,” all to help raise money and awareness for the local Salvation Army. Guests are encouraged to bring a $5 donation for the Salvation Army, and they will receive a drink ticket for a complimentary Red Bull cocktail. The snow-boarding rail competition will be open to 25 participants. Contact Jonah Jeter at jonah@ to enter the competition. Red Bull also will be premiering a new snowboarding film. There will be live music and DJs as well as drink and food specials.

Concert for Cancer 8 P.M. DEC. 18 // 1008 OCEAN BLVD. The Windjammer presents a benefit concert in honor of James Smyly, who recently was diagnosed with small cell carcinoma of the pancreas. The concert will feature Deepwater Soul Society, Calhoun’s Calling, Kara Hesse, Tyler Boone, and Brother. All proceeds go to the Cancer Research Society. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the bands begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10.

Blues Christmas 7-11 P.M. DEC. 18 // BOWENS ISLAND . Join Smoky Weiner and a dozen other musicians at Blues Christmas for the Lowcountry Food Bank at Bowens Island. Admission is $10, or $5 if you bring a bag of food. All food and half of the proceeds go toward the Food Bank. Call 300-5411 for more information

Friday Take a tour at the Middleton Place House Museum and Pavilion and step back in time to Christmas 1782. Hear costumed interpreters in the garden tell stories of the holiday season, see the house decorated and enjoy live music and a buffet dinner. Tickets are $45 for adults, and $20 for children 12 and under, and are available online at or at the event. Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance as both evenings are expected to sell out. Tour times are at 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at 4300 Ashley River Road.

Saturday Enjoy a 30-minute ferry ride to Bull Island at Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, 5821 U.S. Highway 17. This 64,000-acre protected area is designated as a Class One Wilderness Area and is home to many endangered species. Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the departure time and walk to the end of the pier. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children. No reservations are needed. Bring drinking water and food and wear comfortable walking shoes.

Sunday Catch an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the South Carolina Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf. Discover how they feed more than 6,000 animals

Monday Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry is holding its Winter Wonderland Camp at 25 Ann Street. These camps, Dec. 20-23 and 27-30, are for children ages 3-9 years old. Each day includes “Harry Potter” and “Percy Jackson” activities for older campers. Choose between two four-hour camps, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. or noon-4 p.m., at a cost of $40 or a seven-hour camp, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at a cost of $60. Visit for registration information.

Tuesday The Midtown Men present their “Holiday Twist.” This special concert tour, reuniting four stars from the original cast of Broadway’s “Jersey Boys” is coming to the North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive. The show starts at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $59.50, $49.50, $30, plus applicable fees.

Wednesday Take the family to view the annual Bethany United Methodist Church’s live manger scene. Bethany is at 1853 Maybank Highway on James Island. Performances happen 6-8 p.m.

Dec. 23 Get into the holiday mood and enjoy the Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center. The performance starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are $88.50, $68.50, $48.50, $38.50 and $28.50, plus applicable fees.

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each day and where they test 45,000 gallons of water. Get an up-close view of the top of our three-story tall Great Ocean Tank, featuring sharks, turtles, eels and more. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children. Reservations can be made at admissions, the welcome desk, or by calling 577-FISH (3474).


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‘Waffle Haus Christmas’ scattered, Eye Level Art does some house cleaning smothered, covered in fun for the holidays

tuna Imperatrix Mundi” from “Carmina Burana.” Costumes and props work in the same way to reflect fter Santa Claus of each character’s version of Christmas Future atreality, building to a climax tempts to rob a local in Bella’s melodramatic mix Waffle Haus on Christmas of Dickens’ Victorian EngDay, the three eye witnesses land and “The Matrix.” give contradicting versions If perception is reality, of the ordeal, each revealing Rogers’ parody of Dickens’ the story teller’s perspective. “Christmas Carol” is a In Pure Theatre’s “A tale of Einstein’s theory of Waffle Haus Christmas,” relativity, Freud’s theory of waitress Sally Anne (Sharon the unconscious and Jeff Graci) and her ex-husband, Foxworthy’s theory of “You Jimmy (Rodney Lee Rogers), Might be a Redneck if ...” On the “head chef,” volunteer PROVIDED BY ANNE TRABUE GRAY WATSON the surface, Rogers’ “Waffle to work Christmas Day at Haus” is silly fun, a comedy the Waffle Haus, while their Sharon Graci is Sally Anne in Pure’s “Waffle Haus omelet scattered with LowChristmas.” The show continues through Sunday. “special, but not that kind country references, smothof special” daughter, Bella as is the case with Pure’s writing her Christmas story. ered with Southern humor (Sullivan Graci Hamilton), Sharon Graci directs her and covered with family productions. occupies herself writing in cast with fluid blocking and dynamics. Structurally, scene one’s her journal. Under the comic veneer, exposition monologues run choreography, actions that The family is visited by reveal character and sharp Rogers examines stereotoo long, but they are laced Santa Claus of Christmas types and idealized expectawith witty quips and diacomic timing. Past in the form of the Lighting and sound design tions of the Christmas holilogue that develop the charowner’s son, Roberts, Santa are very effective, especially day. But don’t think about it Claus of Christmas Present, acters well. too much, because “Waffle We get a good sense of the in the slow-motion action the former cook, Ghafir, and scenes and the frozen viHaus” is an opportunity for Santa Claus of Christmas Fu- past grievances between the audience and the familyture, the would-be robber, all Sally Anne and Jimmy. The gnette scenes. filled cast to just have fun.. For each character’s tellset-up for what’s to follow is played by Tripp Hamilton. Pure’s “A Waffle Haus ing of the incident, the The sparse set is decorated fuzzy and leaves the audiChristmas” may very well introductory music is right ence wondering where the with Christmas trees and become a new tradition for on target: good-ole’-boy furnished with diner furni- plot is going. Charleston audiences. Jimmy’s “I Got Friends in Scene two’s action is set ture. It continues through SunLow Places,” no-nonsense Two large blackboard plat- in the diner and the play day at Charleston Ballet forms are marked in chalk begins to roll. At the end of Sally Anne’s “These Boots Theatre, 477 King St. Visit are Made for Walkin’,” and with menu items and comAct I, we have yet to hear pany policies. Less is more, from Bella, who sits quietly melodramatic Bella’s “ForBY DUFFY LEWIS

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uy art this weekend. Because Eye Level Art would like to say bye to it. With a little wordplay, Mike Elder of ELA is hanging his most recent show. With “Bye Art,” Elder’s gallery is cleaning out its warehouse and offering some affordable art before the holidays. More than 30 local artists have created the 300 or so pieces to be shown this weekend. There are pieces from recent shows, Brian Bustos’ “A Tale of Courage” and work of Chip 7 and El Kamino from the “Familiar Strangers” graffiti artist show, and pieces that have been in Eye Level’s inventory for years. Other artists include Bennett Goodman, Charlie McAlister, Timothy Lang and Chris Dodson. Elder’s doing it so local art does more than collect dust. “It’s for the honor of the artist,” he says. He says their paintings deserve to be on a wall. Though it still will serve as intimate music venue after the new year, ELA plans to curate more art shows. “It’s basically like, ‘Let’s get focused here,’ ” Elder says,


Eye Level Art, 103 Spring St., is selling local art this weekend in time for the holidays. Visit eyelevelart. com. “We’re cleaning house.” At the end of January, Brian Bustos will unveil his new show of installations, and afterward, Elder hopes to find a way to collaborate again with folk artist Butch Anthony. “I really want people to come prepared to wheel and deal,” Elder says of the sale. “No offer will not be considered — there’s definitely some flexibility in pricing.” Prices are expected to range from $5 to $3,000. A staple of ELA, Kevin E. Taylor’s buffalo painting, is still for sale. The show will hang through mid-January.


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lay Ross is in trouble. Nothing he can’t get out of, though. In fact, I’m betting he’ll not only escape duress, but he and his bandmates will scale the mountain of besting something that’s already good. Ross, a magnificently versatile guitarist, composer and arranger, will join bassist Kevin Hamilton, trumpeter Charlton Singleton and percussionist Quentin Baxter under the name Clay Ross 4tet at 8 p.m. Dec. 23 at 477 King St., home of the Charleston Ballet Theatre and an emerging live jazz venue. The gig is part of Ross’ 10th Annual Southeastern Reunion Tour, which started Wednesday and also features Charlotte, Anderson, Saluda, Greenville, Columbia and Atlanta. It’s the band that was the first edition of The Gradual Lean, a legendary ensemble in the Lowcountry whose roots go back about 15 years. Its unique style of jazz/ rock/blues fusion has risen to mythical proportions around here. Many of those who remember them from back in the day speak of the band in reverential tones. And rightly so. For instance, Lean’s stint (1999-2004) at Sermet Aslan’s Mezzane, a bohemian loft above his King Street restaurant, is canonical. I consumed the band’s art as well as covered it for The Post and Courier for all its life. I’m the better for it, too. I can honestly say that in true

jazz tradition, the band never played anything the same way twice. Always entertaining. Always uplifting. Their renderings have a healing quality about them. Totally spontaneous, it played everywhere from lofts, movie theaters, concert halls, restaurants, nightclubs and even street corners. Sometime in the mid1990s — I can’t remember the exact year now — a downtown gig got canceled at the last minute after the guys showed up to play it. Adventurers that they were, they set up at Cumberland and State streets and played some tunes, not to be denied the opportunity to express themselves and enjoy each other, the key to their chemistry. True story. There’s a Lean 2.0 now. About 10 years ago, Ross set out for New York City. He was replaced by a thenemerging but very able guitarist named Lee Barbour. Most recently, I saw the band knock people’s socks off at a private concert at a Kiawah Island home and Tuesday before last at Avondale’s Voodoo Lounge, where the joint was really jumping. That’s what I mean by Ross’ “trouble.” The band hasn’t missed a beat since Barbour stepped in, so it’ll be interesting to see what heights it climbs to next Thursday when Ross reclaims his chair. I’m sure it will be through the roof. They’re all pumped. The show is being put on by the Jazz Artists of Charleston, a nonprofit that also produced the critically acclaimed Etienne Charles Folklore concert at the ballet theater last month. Advance tickets are $20, students $15. Each category is $5 more the day of the show. Get advance tickets by visiting; in person at the JAC Jazz House, 185-C St. Philip St. at St. Philip and


Clay Ross is a graduate of the College of Charleston. See him at 8 p.m. Dec. 23 at the King Street Theatre, 477 King St. Call 6410011. Cannon streets, upstairs, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; or by calling 641-0011 until noon the day of the show. The box office opens at the King Street theater at 12 p.m. on Dec. 23 only. Day-of ticket pricing applies to all tickets purchased at the theater box office. Doors open at 7.

efforts to mark the impact Mistral had on all of us and to assist her family in a meaningful way, JAC has set up a memorial fund. Everyone is invited to participate. Checks can be made out to the Francoise Duffy Memorial Fund. Donations, which are not tax deductible, can be mailed to: Francoise Duffy Memorial Fund, c/o Jazz Artists of Charleston, P.O. Box 21756, Charleston, SC 29413. They can also be directly deposited at any area Regions Bank. Duffy and the restaurant are sorely missed. Just about every jazz musician around here for the past 20 or so years has performed there and enjoyed the Duffys’ delightful company and hospitality.

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Local bassist Willie Harvey had a splash in the big time, working the CBS “Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson” on Friday with popular singer/songwriter Nellie McKay. Francoise Duffy The Beaufort native, who played in Charleston for Memorial Fund years, now lives in Astoria, A gathering of friends, N.Y., and is one of many family, musicians and music Lowcountry jazz musicians lovers, dubbed Celebration recently making their way in of Life, will be held for the the Big Apple, all of whom late Francoise “Frenchy” are doing well. Barbour soDuffy 5- 9 p.m. Dec. 19 at journed there, and Nathan The Sylvan Gallery, 171 King Koci, David Linaburg and St. A donation of $10, cash Ross still live there. Charlesor check only, is requested at ton residents Nick Jenkins the door. All are welcome. A and Ron Wiltrout go up octon of musicians are saying casionally for gigs. they’re showing up to jam. Harvey, who also travels Food and beverages will be the world with McKay’s available for sale. band is really representin’. Duffy, co-owner with Check out Friday’s seghusband Peter Duffy of the ment at famed Mistral Restaurant, watch?v=tufV2YN1964. The died a couple of weeks ago. song, “Caribbean Time,” is She was a dear friend and fan from McKay’s “Home Sweet of jazz music and musicians. Mobile Home” record on Until this past year, Mistral Verve. was one of the oldest busiJack McCray, author of nesses on Market Street. JAC held its first two spring “Charleston Jazz,” can be series upstairs at Mistral in reached at jackjmccray@aol. 2008 and 2009. Joining other com.

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Holiday gifts for the foodie in your life BY ERICA J. MARCUS Special to The Post and Courier


he seemingly endless search for the perfect holiday gift can be grueling. What if he doesn’t like reindeer pajamas? Will she really use a 3-in-1 vegetable chopper/radio/dust buster? Marcus While I may not be able to solve all your giftgiving dilemmas, I can help give you brilliant gift ideas for your favorite foodie. And, no, that 3-in-1 veggie chopper is not on the list.

For the wine lover You’ve probably heard of Bottles ’n Brushes by now

and if you haven’t, the vino devotee you know surely has. Sign your lucky friend up for an art class at the Mount Pleasant or Summerville location. Then, bring your own bottle of wine or beer, or buy there. Drink while you paint. Or more accurately, paint while you drink! Another option likely can be found at Wine Awhile in Mount Pleasant. They sell everything from wine charms to antique openers. My suggestion for a truly special gift? A wine stopper display stand. It’s made to show off a collection of wine stoppers.

For the gourmet cook Buy your favorite foodie an authentic olive tree from Italy! You can “adopt” a tree from Tre Olive, a family-owned company in Calabria.

The gift includes a photo of the tree, a customized display holder for the certificate of adoption and, come spring, three liters of extra virgin olive oil will arrive on your friend’s doorstep. Bonus: there’s no chance the tree will demand to know who its real parents are. Visit

For the one who dines out Also known as your friend who loves food but can’t cook up a salad, a gift certificate to is the nicest thing you can put under his tree. Your friend can redeem the gift certificate for restaurant coupons and crazy good deals such as $40 for $100 of food (minimum purchase of two entrees) or $10 for $25 (minimum pur-


chase of $35). So, while there will be minimum purchase restrictions on the coupons your friend chooses to buy, he’s still saving tons of money. And anyone who signs up for e-mail promotions often gets deals such as $2 for $20 at participating restaurants. Not only that, but you’ll save too. A $50 gift certificate will cost you $25! Other sites, such as Groupon, LivingSocial and DealMobs often have deals for restaurants.

The best part? There are more than 40 events to For any foodie choose from so you can buy By now, you’re probably your gift-getter a pair of aware that the Charleston tickets to an event she’ll reWine & Food Festival is ally love. coming up the first weekend Cruise by the Battery while of March. sampling wines and hobThis annual event is the knobbing with Southern ultimate in delicious dining Living Executive Food and and any food lover would be Wine Editor Scott Jones for absolutely thrilled to attend. $100.


Think she’d rather eat? Six Chefs, One Lowcountry Ingredient pits six former Top Chef contestants against each other in this challenge, a great $100 gift. Erica Marcus is a foodie from New England who wrote a wine column for Blast Magazine and was in charge of its food section.


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Sarah (Laura Linney) and Jamie (Colin Firth) savor the celebration of love at their friends wedding in “Love Actually.” PC-442703

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h, it’s holiday season. And, if you want to get jazzed about the holidays without downing in peppermintflavored coffee drinks or hitting a tacky Christmas sweater party, hot chocolate and movie rentals are almost always a win. 1. “Love Actually”: The first time I watched this vignette romantic comedy set in London, I’ll admit it didn’t blow me away. But the second time was the charm. It’s cute, it’s sweet, and I even know a guy or two willing to watch it. 2. “The Shop Around the Corner”: The 1940 classic movie that inspired “You’ve Got Mail” is a total winner. Characters Klara and Alfred work at the same store and unbeknownst to them, they have been writing love letters to each other for quite some time. Yes, it’s more of a romantic comedy like “Love Actually,” but it’s sweet and charming. And,

fun, over-the-top holiday adventures. 4. “Elf”: Ever since Will Ferrell’s “Elf” came out in 2003, it’s hard to make it through the holiday without hearing someone quote Buddy’s infamous “I just like to smile, smiling’s my favorite!” Buddy (Ferrell), a human raised by one of while I may be alone in this Santa’s elves at the North claim, I would take it over Pole, heads to New York James Stewart’s other holiCity to find his real dad. day-friendly movie “It’s a Outside of the awkwardness Wonderful Life” any day of of Buddy’s adventures out the week. of Santa’s reach, Buddy also 3. “National Lampoon’s becomes friends with Zooey Christmas Vacation”: Deschanel’s character Jovie, Chevy Chase reprises his fa- a human working as an elf mous role as Clark Griswold at a department store. in this 1989 movie with a 5. “White Christmas”: cult following. My brother- While a lot of song-andin-law, who owns multiple dance movies can be hard copies of the DVD just in for me to really enjoy, case one goes missing in ac- “White Christmas” surpristion, considers Chase at the ingly won me over. Bing top of his game in this film. Crosby and Danny Kaye are In it, Clark finds a huge tree two entertainers who end (one with “a lot of sap”) and up meeting two sisters who decks his house out with also are performers. The tons of lights, among other two-hour movie features a

lot of classic songs and cute back-and-forth between characters. 6. “Nightmare Before Christmas”: I like most of Tim Burton’s movies, and 1993’s “Nightmare” is no exception. The stop-animation movie offers a nice, somewhat dark twist on a lot of sugary-sweet holiday flicks. In the movie, which lasts a little longer than an hour, the king of Halloween Town decides to take over Christmas. Of course, there are hundreds more holiday movies to watch, including the off-color “Bad Santa,” Tim Allen’s “Santa Clause” (not great, but not awful), “Fred Clause” and my least favorite holiday movie, “Four Christmases.” And others, including “Christmas Story,” “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas,” “Miracle on 34th Street” and “Charlie Brown Christmas,” will always likely be classics and favorites.

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Local gifts for the whole family fan of Ben Silver (149 King St.), pretty much any gift from that store will be a big hit, but he especially likes the cuff links that are made from old coins in the year he was born. My mother likes beautiful ornaments for the Christmas tree. And the last time I was at the Farmer’s Market, ing up, I decided to commit there was a stall with ornamyself to more than just ments made from delicate “dipping my toe” in, and I’m sea urchins that were set on getting everyone in my fam- graceful wooden spindles. ily presents that support the Considering that my mother idea of buying locally. spends every visit at KiFirst up is my father, who awah scouring the beach for has super specific taste and shells, this is really the peris fairly conservative in fect gift for her. practically every aspect of But, she also loves hats, so his style. Fortunately, there I might splurge on someare several local stores on thing from Magar Hatworks King Street that cater to (57 Cannon St.) to keep her such a gentleman. warm and stylish this winSince my father is a huge ter.


For my sister living in Mbeya, Tanzania, who is always begging for books and chocolate, I’ll put together a care package with paperbacks from Blue Bicycle Books (420 King St.) and sweets from Robot Candy (322 King St.). And I’m thinking a framed antique map from Carolina

Antique Maps and Prints (91 Church St.) for my brother in Boston, partly because he jumps at every chance to come visit and partly because the empty walls in his new-ish condo seem so sad. Every year I pick up some toys from Alpha Dog Omega Cat (40 Archdale St.)

for my cat Dudley. And this year I have little Domino to shop for as well. The other cats in the family get catnip stuffed toys in the shape of animals. And, finally, my perfect hostess gift will be delicious macaroons from the Macaroon Boutique at 45 John St.

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n the past year, I’ve been dipping my toe into the Buy Local movement that’s really catching on in Charleston. The movement is about stimulating the local economy by supporting local businesses and shopping local whenever possible. Since the summer, I’ve been buying my produce at the Farmer’s Market, but I also like the Vegetable Bin on East Bay Street, which has local produce as well. (Side note: I’m so excited about the Remedy Market, which recently opened on Spring Street. I haven’t visited yet but plan to do so soon.) But buying local is more than just getting cucumbers from Wadmalaw Island. So, with the holidays com-

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Local art can make good gifts and decay that reside in the underbelly of the season. Theirs is a quest to reclaim both the innocence and the decomposition to create art that is rich and insightful,” she says. A Little Holiday Market will be included in the show and will run Friday night only. The market promises to have affordable and locally made art and gifts. Participating artists include Lisa Shimko, Nick Jenkins, Lisa Abernathy, Rachelle Rose Designs, Anne Trabue Watson, Melissa Nelson Clayworks, Kerry Benton, Mandy Eeds, Cherna Bednarsh and more. With a selection of paintings, jewelry, sock creatures, clayworks, knits, ornaments, hair accessories, calendars, prints, cards, belts and more, there is certain to be a treasure for everyone on your holiday list. Attendees can purchase coffee, wine and beer from Muddy Waters and enjoy winter-inspired eats. The art show opening is 7-10 p.m. Friday with the exhibit remaining up through early January. Muddy Waters is at 1331 Ashley River Road (Hwy 61) in West Ashley.

tions, landscapes and figures. Call Meyer or the Wells Gallery at 224-7365 for more details.

Gibbes exhibits

Starting Friday, the Gibbes will be opening two new exhibits. “Art of Our Time,” selections from the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University, offers an overview of modern and he weather is ridiculous. contemporary art and features I moved here so that significant 20th- and 21stI didn’t have to live in century artists such as Andy weather like what we’ve been Warhol, Alexander Calder and experiencing here for the past Robert Motherwell. week or two. “Art of Our Time” will consist Luckily, I also moved here of more than 40 works chosen for the people, art and culture. from the 7,000 modern and Whew. At least they’re consiscontemporary works of art in tently good. the museum’s collection. This This week, there are two exhibition explores the sweep major not-to-miss shows: Tim of artmaking over the past 100 Hussey’s at the City Gallery (see years and is accompanied by a Page 38) and the two taking fully illustrated catalog. place at the Gibbes. The other exhibit is “J. Henry There are also several smaller, Fair: Industrial Scars,” which but equally awesome, little marshowcases the Charleston kets and shows taking place all native’s large-scale aerial photoover town. graphs that document environI mentioned last week how mental degradation caused by important it is to support our industrial processes. local creative community and “Drawn to sites where the land I’m saying it again now. Instead and waterways have been drasof spending $50 at the mall, tically changed by the effects how about spending that at the of mining or manufacturing of Farmer’s Market and get some- Meyer’s ‘White Light‘ coal, petroleum, fertilizer, and thing local for the people you Check out Laurie Meyer’s new- paper pulp, Fair captures brilest collection of works, “White love. liantly colored, abstract images Light,” on display at the Daniel that are at once aesthetically ‘Static’ returns Island Country Club, with an pleasing and intellectually unShibboleth returns to Muddy artist reception this evening. settling,” says Marla Loftus, diWaters on Friday with the secThe paintings, many of which rector of museum relations. ond annual “Static in the Snow” are new works, highlight the Though Fair photographs sites art show. artist’s use of light on white in all over the world, this exhibi“This renewed collaboration varying degrees of color temtion highlights images that Fair of Seth Corts, pen-and-ink ilperature and value. has taken of industrial sites in lustrator, and Hirona Matsuda, “To me, white is the most fas- the southeastern United States mixed-media artist, plays with cinating hue to paint. It is never over the past five years, including recent images of the Deepthe magic of the holiday seatruly white, as it reflects colors water Horizon oil spill in the son while taking unexpected surrounding it, absorbs the detours into the darker side of color of light shining on it, and Gulf of Mexico. There will be an artist talk winter,” says Lisa Abernathy, changes values dramatically one of the show’s organizers. when in shadow,” says the artist. and tour let by Fair at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. “The artists juxtapose the glisAlthough she does use bold The talk is free with museum ten and sheen of dazzling orna- colors, she often depicts warm admission. Call 722-2706 or ments, snow-capped mountains whites in her hydrangea paintvisit and dreamy pines with the loss ings, architectural interpreta-



Hirona Matsuda’s “tightening the grip on madness” is part of the “Static in the Snow” art show at Muddy Waters on Friday.


“Goldrush” by Laurie Meyer is on display at The Daniel Island Country Club.

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Christmas Bird Count kicks off winter bird-watching


never considered myself a bird-watcher until I moved to the Lowcountry more than 22 years ago. The sights of pelicans flying in formation, diving osprey, skimming black skimmers and the sight of painted buntings at my backyard feeder — all seen without leaving civilization — turned me into a fan. And while I’m by no means a serious bird-watcher, I know my avian neighbors well and relish their beauty on a daily basis. The rich bird life here is due to ample bodies of water, large tracts of undeveloped land and the fact that we’re along one of continent’s migratory bird superhighways. Some local birders I’ve interviewed over the past decade say the viewing in winter, which officially arrives Tuesday, is the best, especially if you want to venture into the wilderness. The bugs are gone, the snakes asleep and the gators slow.


A Black-crowned Night Heron sits in a tree over the pond near Atalaya at the Huntington Beach State Park near Murrells Inlet.

prehensive data for birds in the United States in the past century, are held within geographic circles and at different times for three weeks. Most start at sunrise and conclude in the early afternoon. Participants do not have to be experienced bird-watchers to join the effort. Most counts require participants to pay a nominal fee charged by the National Audubon Society for recordkeeping and administrative tasks related to the counts. Events occurring near Charleston include the “Lowcountry” event on Saturday (the Sea Islands of Lady’s, St. Helena, Harbor, Hunting and Fripp) (Ken 111th annual Scott, 522-3256); Congaree Christmas Bird Count Swamp on Sunday (John Grego, 803-331-3366); LiThe 111th annual Audutchfield/Pawleys Island on bon Society Christmas Bird Dec. 30 (Chris Hill, 234Count — the oldest and 1810); and Charleston on largest citizen science event Jan. 2 (Jennifer McCarthey in the world — started Tues- Tyrrell, jennybluejay@ day and ends Jan. 5. Among the 2,160 count sites will be dozens in the Carolinas. Too early for you? Several will be held within After writing numerous an hour and half drive of stories on bird-watching for Charleston. the former Get Out edition, The bird counts, which there’s a bit of a consensus have created the most com- of birding hot spots in the

area. Those include the Francis Beidler Forest near Harleyville, Caw Caw Interpretive Center in Ravenel, Old Santee Canal Park in Berkeley County, Bull’s Island (accessed via ferry from Awendaw’s Garris Landing), Santee Coastal Reserve in McClellanville, Bear Island and Donnelly in the Ashepoo, Combahee, Edisto (ACE) River Basin area, and several spots in the Francis Marion National Forest, including the I’On Swamp trail, Wambaw Swamp and South Tibwin. For those who don’t want to venture as far or as long, the Charleston Metro area offers numerous decent birding sites, including the Pitt Street Bridge (at low tide) in Mount Pleasant, the north end of Folly Beach, James Island County Park, Magnolia Gardens in Charleston and Fort Moultrie on Sullivan’s Island. For more on birding opportunities, go to www., www.,, and


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West Ashley & the Islands EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the last in a series about shopping local for the holidays. To see the previous stories, visit BY DENISE K. JAMES Special to The Post and Courier


Anna Lassiter’s design studio is at her home in Wagener Terrace. She recently submitted a line to Fashion Group International’s Rising Star competition.

Local designer turns fashion from hobby to business After a strong first year, Anna Lassiter ready for the next level BY CAROLINE MILLARD Special to The Post and Courier


or Charleston designer Anna Lassiter, a lot has changed over the past year. Until last January, Lassiter was almost a novice with the sewing machine. Now, she’s working on her second clothing line and has just shipped off her subLassiter missions to Fashion Group International’s Rising Star competition, which is responsible for discovering the likes of Jason Wu and other young fashion standouts. So, to say the least, it’s been a busy year. “Anybody can do what they want to do,” muses Lassiter from her design studio and home in Wagener Terrace. Hailing from Folly Beach, Lassiter was an established interior designer in the Holy City before picking up the needle just over a year ago for her own fashion line. After a double showing in the tents in Marion Square for last

year’s Charleston Fashion Week — as both an emerging designer finalist with her Anna Boheme line and retail participant with Eden Boheme — Lassiter’s designs became a staple of the Charleston fashion set. And after myriad fashion presentations throughout 2010, she is ready to turn a design hobby to a profession in 2011. Lassiter left her business venture with fellow designer Lucinda Robinson at Eden Boheme earlier this month to focus solely on transitioning her line into production. Already known for her rich textures and blending of bohemian and romantic sophistication, her new label, Lassitera Designs, will build on these previous aesthetics for an overall more refined aesthetic. Lassitera Designs will make its debut early next year. And while she’s looking forward to growing the production and business portion of her design work, Lassiter is keeping to her roots and keeping it local by focusing the production of her line within the Charleston economy. After all, she wouldn’t have gotten to this point in her career without the initial

support of the Charleston design community. Heather Koonse, master seamstress and owner of Lower King Street’s The Rose Knot, will head the production of Lassitera Designs for her fall 2011 collection. But that’s just the first step in a long transition of turning her design work into a full fledged business. In preparation of the label’s launch, Lassiter already is working on the look book for her fall 2011 collection to be sent out to buyers across the country. She plans to start big, with the heavyweights of the fashion buying world already on her list. Additionally, Lassiter is prepping for a runway fashion show in September in New York City while looking for a small upstairs retail and studio space in Charleston. With her goals of establishing a local production network and selling Lassitera Designs for 2011 under way, Lassiter doesn’t show an ounce of anxiety about what the year holds her. She simply sticks to her goals. She says, “2011 is about establishing production and selling pieces.”


f you’re in the home stretch and have no more shopping to do, well, good for you. But if you’re like most of us and still PROVIDED BY POE STUDIO scrambling around, then take a look at these awesome Children’s gifts and homemade toys are the specialty of Poe Studio, 819 Savannah Highway. shops in West Ashley and the surrounding islands. I found everything from sporting goods to children’s homemade toys in these cozy boutiques. And I think I’m about ready to retire my list. Happy Holidays.

Clothing, accessories Bashful Boutique: Bashful Boutique, formerly known as Wink, is one of my favorite spots. It’s not only chic, it’s affordable. I can actually purchase something awesome for my stylish sister here, and still have money for other gifts. Plus, their jewelry is some of the most unique around. Errica Watkins, Bashful’s owner, remembers my name when I come in. That’s what I call service. 829 A Savannah Highway, 225-0301. Seacoast Sports and Outfitters: This sporty shop is at the cross roads of Johns Island, Seabrook and Kiawah, in Freshfields Village. It specializes in apparel and equipment for popular activities in the Lowcountry, including golfing, boating, bicycling and more. If you have an outdoorsy friend or relative, this store is sure to have something useful. The prices are fair, and the owners and managers are knowledgeable on products. 585 Freshfields Drive (Johns Island), 768-8486.

Home, gifts A World Apart: This


Find affordable clothing and jewelry at Bashful Boutique, 829 A Savannah Highway. shop is off the beaten path on James Island, and well worth finding. It features lots of interesting gifts, furniture and other knickknacks from around the globe. If you want a gift with international flavor or earthy appeal, I suggest a visit. 2008 Wappoo Drive, 762-1884. Charleston Spice Company: For the chef in your life, contact Charleston Spice Company for interesting, custom-blended herbs and spices. The James Island company features all-natural recipes, and many are salt-free. Visit the Farmers Markets in Summerville and Mount Pleasant to purchase these products, or you can visit its website at 763-2342, info@ Poe Studio: Poe Studio is a

key place for children’s gifts. You can find homemade toys, games, and other fun wares for kids, and most of it is locally designed. Happily, there’s also plenty of stuff for quirky adults. I found kitschy coffee mugs, journals, jewelry, and other interesting tidbits. 819 Savannah Highway, 573-4884.

Books, arts The Ravenous Reader: The Ravenous Reader on James Island offers an experience that you just can’t get at your bigger booksellers. Owner Pat Giacinto will help you select the perfect book for the people on your list. She offers everything from local selections to national best-sellers, and everything in between. Check out the Facebook page for new holiday releases. 792 Folly Road, 795-2700.

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Visualive streams user generated content on downtown screens BY PAUL PAVLICH Special to The Post and Courier


n Saturday, Visualive will officially launch on the Charleston peninsula. Visualive is a network of screens that will be featured inside several downtown locations. The screens are intended to serve as an interactive community bulletin board, promoting events, host location food and drink specials, and other culturally relevant content of the Charleston area. Advertisers also have the opportunity to promote products on the Visualive screens. The screens stream content from the host website,, which is the engine that drives the metaphorical car. On, users can sign up for a profile for free, and upload their own “vibes.” A “vibe” is the term for a user-submitted piece of content, such as an event poster or flier, original artwork, videos of live performances or anything else that the user wants to share with the community. After approval of each vibe, that piece of content will be put into the rotation on the screens around the peninsula as a way to promote events or the users themselves. Programmer and creator Alex Summer’s intent with Visualive is to streamline the promoting process through the utilities of modern technology. The days of relying on promotional fliers and posters seem to be coming to an end, and Visualive seeks to be a modern and convenient step forward with a crisp, high-def presentation. “The website allows anyone to come to with a piece of content that they want to share, be that a poster, image or a video,” Summer said. “Within 10

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We are creating a medium that channels people’s creativity in a different, more dynamic way.


the sharing of content and information in a method that previously didn’t exist. We are creating a medium that channels people’s creativity in a different, more Josef Kirk Meyers dynamic way.” Visualive’s first screen went live at Fuel on Dec. 29, 2009, and it has been conducting a test run of the network since then with seven other screens installed at Bubba Slye’s, minutes, you can sign up for The Blind Tiger, Black Bean, a free account and schedthe J.C. Long Building at ule for your content to be the College of Charleston, seen, and by the time you D’Allesandro’s, Mellow launch your campaign, your Mushroom and Wok. The content will be seen on the Visualive creators estimate screens in those locations.” that there will be 20 host Advertisers and other locations for the launch on members can buy credits on Saturday. Other confirmed the website to have more cre- screen locations include Big ator-control with their vibes. John’s, Moe’s Downtown With credits, a member of Tavern, Vendue Library and the Visualive network can Vendue Rooftop, Juanita pick which locations they Greenberg’s, Remedy Marwant their vibes to appear at ket, Club Habana and the and ensure that a vibe will be Charleston Museum. shown a set number of times People who see vibes that per hour on each selected interest them can simply screen, when free vibes will visit and have no preset frequency or click on a host location location specificity. to seek more information The screens primarily will about the vibe they saw. The feature content from the website keeps an archive website’s pool of free userof past vibes shown at each submitted vibes. host location so that people The rest of the content will can gather the information be split between purchased when they return to their vibes and promotional con- computers. tent submitted to the website Creator Will Willis looks by the screen’s host location. at the network as a way to Creator Josef Kirk Myers use technology to reach II envisions the community an audience that wouldn’t that they are creating as a otherwise be subjected to it. conduit for local artists, The screens still have appeal musicians and entertainto people who don’t have ers to reach as many people the Internet at home or who as possible in the shortest are otherwise not computer amount of time. savvy. “It will allow the creative “The crux of Visualive community to get out mes- is that you’re able to reach sages in an innovative way people who wouldn’t have to a wider audience than been exposed to the content they could before,” Myers through the Internet,” Wilsaid. “Visualive facilitates lis said.

Alex Summer (from left), Josef Kirk Myers II and Will Willis created Visualive.


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Local bands keep it all in the family


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he Partridge Family. Sonny and Cher. Classic examples of a family band. In the Lowcountry, we have alt-country husbandand-wife duos, brothers playing rock music together and dads who jump onstage with a banjo.

The 3 Dudes

In the Ploch family, loving reminders such as, “Eat your vegetables,” are more like, “Don’t drag on the intro!” Eleven-year-old twins Jack and Roger and “the spare,” 9 year-old Sam, are The 3 Dudes. They spend four or five days a week practicing. They also wear Converse and Fender T-shirts and know the difference between big picks and the smaller ones that “make strumming better.” The boys’ 16 original songs were written around the dinner table. The 3 Dudes is the product of a family willing to put everything into creativity. If you take the six winding staircases up to the top floor of the Ploch’s home, you’ll find the practice room. Pick up your earplugs on the way in — the boys’ are colorcoded so they know whose are whose — and check out the 25 guitars hanging on the wall. Some are blue, some red, others striped. A couple are too expensive for the boys to play. There’s a drum set. Amps. Microphones. Their mother, Samantha, thinks they don’t know just how lucky they are, but all three chime in, “Yes, we do!” The family’s motto is, “Be kind, be creative and work hard.” All three boys started play-

the bar high,” says Megan Jean of Megan Jean and the Klay Family Band.

Megan Jean and the KFB Another married duo, Megan Jean and the KFB consists of her and her husband, Byrne Klay. They met when they were living in New York. “We both had never experienced this closeness before, so we figured it must be what family is like,” Jean said. They left the city shortly thereafter, packed up their things and toured for a year. “In our hearts, we have been married since we were on the road together,” Jean says. They settled in Charleston, then amid the long list of things they needed to do — record an album, book gigs, market themselves—they knew they needed “to get married this year.” “There’s nothing more tragic than a musician being with someone who KT NICHOLS doesn’t get it,” she said. Megan Jean & The KFB consist of husband-and-wife duo Byrne Klay and Megan Jean. And there are fans who don’t get what they’re dosinging with family is not neering — to unwind with ing the piano, then split He was referring to wife ing, their closeness. Jean having to work at harmoniz- family. off into other instruments. and fellow musician Cary says, “One night at a show ing. Southern Flavor’s mando- Ann Hearst. Despite their Roger, the accident-prone a lady came up to us and F.B. Del Porto says, “It’s lin player is not part of the brother who can’t sit still, asked, ‘You’re a family solo careers, these days the Del Porto clan. Jared Fisher two are rarely seen on-stage band. Do you have any naturally wanted to play the called blood harmony.” The term was a common loves playing with the fam- without the other. The role drums. Jack — protege of kids?’ I said, ‘No.’ And she ily though. “You don’t run Leslie member Sadler Vaden hillbilly vocal style that replied, ‘Oh, well, maybe of the lead singer and guiinto the attitude that you — wanted to learn the guitar. came from how easy voices someday you’ll be a real tarist is interchangeable normally do when you play — every three songs they So Sam decided, “I’ll play the from the same families family.’ I just shook my bass, so we can start a band.” blend with little to no work. with other people.” head.” switch, and the other will It’s perfect in bluegrass F.B adds about playing After a close call on HalThe family motto is foljust take a seat in front of lowed closely by their reason bands such as Southern Fla- with his family: “It fits like the kickdrum, with the har- loween night, being hit by a drunken driver on the way to do something: “The unity vor. F.B. plays with his dad, an old shoe.” monica. George, and brother Anhome from a gig, Jean was of the brotherhood.” They know each other’s thony. On the Pour House Sam says, “We’re all thankful for what she alShovels and Rope songs, sing backup on each deck and in barbecue joints friends and brothers.” ready had: her family band. During a solo gig at Kudu, other’s solo albums and around the Lowcountry, the Michael Trent said, “I’m “I still have the love of my started local label Shrimp Southern Flavor family band sheds its day life, and our instruments without my training wheels Records together. A perfect advantage of jobs — doctoring and engi- tonight.” “Cary Ann and Michael set seem to be OK.”

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There were label changes, contract negotiations and management duties that all had to be handled before Default the band could re-enter the Tonight at Music Farm studio. The process made the new album a labor of Do you remember that love, and the band members band with the really blank seemed to have reaffirmed name “Default”? You know, their dedication to their the band from Canada that craft. scored a surprise hit with The result is told in the the single “Wasting My songs. There’s a bit of anger Time” back in 2001 and, for accompanied with some a moment, seemed to be ev- sentimental moments, while erywhere. Yeah, that band. other tracks seem to show Well, the hard rock quartet that the band has been unhas come back into the spot- moved stylistically and crelight after a four-year hiatus atively. Overall, the album between its junior album, is a symbol of the band’s “One Thing Remains,” and determination to prove its latest effort, “Comes and that it has more to say than Goes.” just one hit fading from the The band dealt with the memory of 2001. usual red tape after “One Although the U.S. largely Thing Remains” failed has ignored Default since its to reach the same level of debut, two of three singles success as the band’s two released last year broke the previous albums in the U.S. Top 5 in the band’s native BY MATTHEW GODBEY

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Canada and has sent the album to the No. 18 spot on U.S. charts. Default is on tour with fellow hard rock bands My Darkest Days, Saving Abel and Hinder. The band will perform tonight at the Music Farm, 32 Ann St. Tickets $25 in advance, $30 at the show and are available online at or at the door. Doors open at 8 p.m. Call 577-6989 or visit

Southern Culture on the Skids Tonight at The Pour House Since 1985, Chapel Hill, N.C., trio Southern Culture on the Skids has been stunning fans and critics alike with its stylized portrayal of Southern life through outrageously funny lyrics and lively concoctions of surf,

country and funk music. The band’s success has been due in large part to a loyal, cultlike fanbase, but it also enjoyed a fair bit of national attention in the mid-’90s, including a two-year deal with Geffen Records. South Culture released its 10th studio album, “Kudzu Ranch,” earlier this year. The band will perform tonight at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway. Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 at the show and are available at or at the door. Doors open at 8 p.m.; the show starts at 9:30. Visit or call 571-4343.

Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ Friday at The Pour House Since getting its start 25 years ago, the Atlanta-based quartet Drivin’ N’ Cryin’

Default is Jeremy Hora (from left), Dallas Smith, Dave Benedict and Danny Craig

has been labeled everything from Southern rock to country to even a jam band. But founder/singer/songwriter Kevn Kinney’s vision of the band has always been a garage band with a hint of Southern lifestyle and a tinge of English blues. With 11 albums and thousands of shows under its belt, Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ has become a master of the live show and a pioneer of the now popular garage rock/ country-tinged genre. Bands

such as Drive-By Truckers and Ryan Adams as well as up-and-coming acts such as Charleston’s own Leslie long have wielded the D’ N’ C’ torch. Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ will perform Friday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway, with Leslie. Tickets are $20 and are available at or at the door. Doors open at 8:30 p.m.; the show starts at 9:30. Visit or call 571-4343.


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Various Artists A KOOL KAT KRISTMAS (Kool Kat)

For folks who prefer their holiday music a bit more on the rockin’ side, “A Kool Kat Kristmas” might be just what they are looking for. Featuring 11 artists from the Kool Kat music label, the music on “A Kool Kat Kristmas” will appeal to folks who enjoy the sounds of retro-rock and power pop, and bands such as The Beatles, Big Star, Fountains of Wayne and Matthew Sweet. Maple Mars kicks things off with “Christmas Time in the City,” which sounds as if it could have been written by the late Alex Chilton. The Smith Brothers’ “Every Day is Like Christmas” has a Beatlesque feel to it, as do other tracks such as the Sun Kings’ “Santa’s Calling” and The Goldbergs’ “Channukah Guy.” Charleston’s own Frank Royster turns in another song, “Christmas is Fun,” that would make the Fab Four proud. Other tracks channel other music acts, including The Kinks (Strands’ “The Christmas Gifts”), The Ramones (Keith LuBrant’s “The Christmas Spirit”) as well as musical styles ranging from ’80s synth pop (John Wicks’ “Star of Bethlehem”) to twangy Americana (The Britannicas’ hilarious “Chris Hillman Christmas”). If you’re looking for something a little different after hearing “Here Comes Santa Claus” one too many times, then this will bring some welcome variety to your holiday listening. KEY TRACKS: “Christmas is Fun,” “Christmas Time in the City,” “Santa’s Calling.”


Shelby Lynne MERRY CHRISTMAS (Everso)

When I heard that Shelby Lynne had recorded an album of Christmas songs, I have to admit I was skeptical. After all, Lynne has never really taken the easy path when it comes to making music, and because of that she has gained a reputation as a stubborn, yet confident artist. So an album of holiday tunes was the last thing I was expecting. I needn’t have worried. “Merry Christmas” is indeed a collection of Christmas classic, along with two new Lynne originals. The traditional holiday titles listed on the back of the CD sound anything but traditional when played. Lynne’s lovely voice works quite well on traditional songs such as “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Silver Bells.” Particularly good among the traditional stuff are her renditions of “Silent Night” and “Sleigh Ride/Winter Wonderland.” She also turns in a beautiful version of Vince Guaraldi’s “Christmas Time is Here” from “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” as well as an interesting reworking of “O Holy Night.” Lynne’s two originals are on opposite sides of the emotional spectrum. “Ain’t Nothing Like Christmas” finds Lynne singing about the good things the holiday brings, while on “Xmas,” Lynne is singing the blues with lyrics that may or may not mirror Lynne’s tough childhood. While a Christmas album from Lynne was unexpected, after hearing the results I am glad she went to the trouble. KEY TRACKS: “Ain’t Nothing Like Christmas,” “O Holy Night,” “Sleigh Ride/Winter Wonderland.”



Annie Lennox possesses what might be one of the most easily recognizable voices in modern pop music. Throughout her work with Eurythmics, as well as on solo albums such as “Diva” and “Medusa,” Lennox’s strong, commanding voice has always made listeners sit up and take notice. That might be a clue as to why “A Christmas Cornucopia,” Lennox’s new holiday album, doesn’t work as well as one might hope. While Lennox brings her usual powerful and dramatic vocal style to the songs on the album, the truth is that for a lot of these songs, a softer approach might have been a better idea. Take “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” for instance. Lennox sounds almost angry as she belts out the Christmas classic, just as she does on tracks such as “Lullay Lullay (Coventry Carol)” and “Angels from the Realms of Glory.” That approach may have worked for songs such as “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” and “Would I Lie to You?” but here, they are just short of comical. Even an innocent carol such as “In the Bleak Midwinter” doesn’t escape Lennox’s intensity. She somehow seems to be able to restrain herself during “Silent Night.” And the album’s last track, “Universal Child,” is as beautiful as anything Lennox has recorded in the past. With a bit more thought, this could have been a decent holiday collection. Instead, it may feel more like Annie is saying, “Have a merry Christmas, or else.” KEY TRACKS: “The Holly and the Ivy,” “Silent Night,” “Universal Child.”


Indigo Girls HOLLY HAPPY DAYS (Vanguard)

Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have always delivered quality music as Indigo Girls, and the lovely two-part harmonies presented on most of their songs rate right up there with such famous vocal duos as Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel or Andrew Hyra and Kristian Bush of Billy Pilgrim. As will inevitably happen when one has been recording music for a substantial amount of time, Indigo Girls has seen fit to record and release a collection of holiday music. For those who might be expecting a simple collection of holiday classics obviously don’t know the Indigo Girls very well. While Ray and Saliers do cover yuletide mainstays such as “O Holy Night,” “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” and “Angels We Have Heard On High,” the majority of “Holly Happy Days” is taken up by more obscure covers or original compositions. Chely Wright’s mellow “It Really Is (A Wonderful Life)” is translated beautifully by the duo, while Saliers’ original tune “Your Holiday Song” calls to mind playful Indigo Girls songs such as “Galileo.” Both “I Feel the Christmas Spirit” and “The Wonder Song” provide a little bluegrass flavor to the holidays. There is even a great cover of Pete Seeger’s “Happy Joyous Hanukkah.” Kudos to Ray and Saliers for putting more than a little thought into what turns out to be a truly special holiday release. KEY TRACKS: “I Feel the Christmas Spirit,” “Your Holiday Song,” “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.”


– By Devin Grant, Special to The Post and Courier

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ALLUETTE’S JAZZ CAFE: 137 Calhoun St. 737-0090. TonightSat: Oscar River Trio, 9:30 p.m.; Mon-Fri: Calvin Taylor, 11:30 a.m.; Wed and Sun: Abe White. AROMAS: 50 N. Market St. 723-9588. Fri-Sat: Cotton Blue, 7 p.m. ART’S BAR AND GRILL: 413 Coleman Blvd., Mt. Pleasant. 849-3040. Sat: The Fire Apes; Mon: Everette Bigby; Wed: Fowler’s Mustache. ATLANTICVILLE RESTAURANT AND WINES: 2063 Middle St., Sullivan’s Island. 8839452. Fri: Live Jazz; Sun: Spanish and Flamenco Guitar w/Dori Chitayat, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Tues: Annie Boxell and Jim Algar. AWENDAW GREEN: 4879 Hwy 17 North, Awendaw. 4521642. Wed: Mary’s Got a Band, John Thomas, Will Lewis. BIG JIM’S DIAMONDBACK SALOON: 5991 Rivers Ave. 7442501. Fri-Sat: Live Music; Tues: Karaoke. BIG JOHN’S TAVERN: 251 East Bay St. 723-3483. Fri-Sat: Live Music; Tues: Karaoke. BLIND TIGER PUB: 38 Broad St. 577-0088. Fri: Kevin Church; Sat: Whiskey and Rambling; Mon: Big Hit and Baby Kit. BLUE’S HOUSE OF WINGS: 1039 Anna Knapp Blvd., Mount Pleasant. 881-1858. Fri: Live Music, 7:30 p.m.; Sat: Karaoke w/Big Al, 9 p.m.; Tues: Trivia, 7 p.m.; Wed: Live Music. BOWEN’S ISLAND RESTAURANT: 1870 Bowen’s Island Rd. Folly Beach. 795-2757. Sat: Smoky Weiner’s Blues Christmas, $5-10, 7-11 p.m. BUDDY ROE’S SHRIMP SHACK: 1528 Ben Sawyer Blvd. 388-5270. Tonight-Sat: Ronnie Johnson and Chris Clifton; Sun: Carroll Brown, 7:30 p.m.; Tues: Kevin Church, 8 p.m. BUFFALO SOUTH: 1409 Folly Rd. 406-0888. Tonight: Trivia,

6 p.m. CHARLESTON GRILL: 224 King St. 577-4522. Tonight-Sat: Quentin Baxter Ensemble followed by Late Night Jazz, 8 p.m.; Sun: Bob Williams Duo, 7 p.m.; Mon-Wed: Quentin Baxter Ensemble, 7 p.m. CITY LIGHTS COFFEE SHOP: 141 Market St. 853-7067. Sat: Jesse Ledford; Wed: The Amazing Mittens, 6:30-8 p.m. THE CLUB AT MEYERS RD: 216 Meyers Rd., Summerville. 875-4215. Tonight: Karaoke; Fri-Sat: Diamondback Band, Karaoke; Wed: Karaoke. CLUB H2O: 8484 Dorchester Rd. 767-1426. Tonight: Country Dance Party, 9 p.m.; Fri-Sat: DJ Mike Mendoza, 9 p.m. CRAB SHACK, FOLLY BEACH: 26 Center St. 588-3080. Tonight: Folly Beach Bluegrass Society, 8 p.m.; Mon: Open mic w/ Dave Grunstra, 9:30 p.m. CRAZY D’S FOOD AND SPIRITS: 224 Redbank Rd., Goose Creek. 572-2658. Fri: Karaoke, 9 p.m.; Tues: Trivia and Karaoke, 7:30 p.m. THE CRESCENT CONNECTION: 1910 E. Montague Ave. 528-0777. Fri-Sat: Abe White, 6 p.m.; Sun: Jazz, noon. CUOCO PAZZO: 1035 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Mt. Pleasant. 971-9034. Wed and Fri-Sat: Riccardo sings Opera and Italian songs, 7 p.m. DORCHESTER LANES: 10015 Dorchester Rd., Summerville. 376-2200. Fri-Sat: Control Freak; Sun: Team Trivia w/Bad Joke Tom; Mon: Karaoke w/Rocky; Tues: Acoustics w/61 Daze; Wed: Karaoke w/Rocky. EAST BAY MEETING HOUSE: 159 East Bay St. 723-3446. Mon: Monday Night Poetry and Open Mic, 8 p.m. FIERY RON’S SULLIVAN’S ISLAND: 2209 Middle St., Sullivan’s Island. 883-3131. Tonight:


Lefty Williams, $5, 10:30 p.m.; Fri: Jason and The Juggernauts, $5, 10 p.m.; Sat: Papa String Band, $5, 10:30 p.m.; Wed: Wednesday Nite Ramble, 8:30 p.m.; Thurs: Ryan Bonner and The Dearly Beloved, $5, 10 p.m. FIERY RON’S WEST ASHLEY: 1205 Ashley River Rd. 225-2278. Tonight: Packway Handle Band, 9 p.m.; Fri: Papa String Band, $5, 10:30 p.m.; Sat: Momma and The Redemption Band, $5, 10 p.m.; Mon: Open Mic, 8 p.m.; Tues: Whitt Alger and John Picard, 9 p.m.; Wed: Lowcountry Blues Club, 7 p.m.; Thurs: Blue Plantation, 9:30 p.m. FIREWATER GRILLE: 109 Holiday Drive, Summerville. 261-2121. Fri: Live Music; Sat: Comedy; Wed: Team Trivia, 8 p.m. FISH RESTAURANT: 442 King St. 722-3474. Tonight: Elise Testone, 7 p.m.; Sat: DJ, 10 p.m. GENNARO’S RESTAURANT: 8500 Dorchester Rd. 760-9875. Tonight: live jazz, 8 p.m. GILLIGANS, DOWNTOWN: 14 N. Market St. 853-2244. Tonight-Fri: Justin, 5-9 p.m. GILLIGANS, MOUNT PLEASANT: 1475 Long Grove Dr. 8492244. Tonight: Mark Schuler; Thurs: The Riggs Band. HALLIGAN’S RESTAURANT AND BAR: 3025 Ashley Towne Center, Suite 201. 225-4347. Fri: live entertainment; Sat: Swyrl, free. HALL’S CHOPHOUSE: 434 King St. 727-0090. Sun: Gospel Brunch, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. HALLS CHOPHOUSE: 434 King St. 797-0090. Fri-Sat: Anthony Owens, 7 p.m.; Sun-Wed: Anthony Owens, 6:30 p.m. HIGH COTTON: 199 East Bay St. 724-3815. Tonight: Leah Suarez Trio; Fri: Bill Aycock Duo; Sat: Frank Duvall Trio; Sun: James Slater and Kevin Hackler, Bill Aycock Duo.

JIMMY’S SPORTS BAR AND GRILL: 431 St. James Ave., Goose Creek. 553-8766. Tonight: Team Trivia; Fri-Sat: DJ/Karaoke, free; Tues: Chris Sullivan, free, 8-11 p.m.; Wed: DJ/Karaoke, free. J’PAULZ: 1739 Maybank Hwy., James Island. 795-6995. Fri-Sat: live music; Wed: Good Foot. KICKIN’ CHICKEN: 337 King

St. 805-5020. Wed: Trivia; Thurs: Live music. KICKIN’ CHICKEN: 1175 Folly Rd., James Island. 225-6996. Wed: Trivia, 9 p.m.; Thurs: Live music. KICKIN’ CHICKEN: 1119 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Mt. Pleasant. 881-8734. Tues: Theme trivia, 9 p.m.; Wed: Trivia, 9 p.m.; Thurs: Live music. KICKIN’ CHICKEN: 800 N.

Main St., Summerville. 8756998. Wed: Trivia, 9 p.m.; Thurs: Live music. KICKIN’ CHICKEN: 1179 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., West Ashley 766-5292. Wed: Trivia, 9 p.m. Thurs: Live music. LOCALS BAR: 1150 Queensborough Blvd., Unit B. 3885114. Mon: Keith Bruce, 6-9 p.m.

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875-5099. Mon: Shag. MOLLY DARCY’S: 235 East Bay St. 737-4085. Tonight-Sat: LOCO JOE’S FOOD & SPIRDJ. ITS: 1115 Miles Rd., SummerMUSIC FARM: 32 Ann St. ville. 821-2946. Fri-Sat: Kara577-6989. Tonight: Hinder w/ oke; Wed: Karaoke and Trivia. Saving Abel, My Darkest Days MAD RIVER BAR & GRILLE: and Default, $25-30, 7 p.m.; Fri: 32 N. Market St. 723-0032. Fri: Deepfield w/Souls Harbor and Live Music; Mon: Live Music; TJ Stone, $10, 8 p.m.; Sat: HeyTues: Trivia. MANNY’S NEIGHBORHOOD rocco w/Castles in the Air and Josh Wrinkles, $5, 7 p.m. GRILLE: 1608 Old Towne Rd. O’MALLEY’S: 549 King St. 763-3908. Tonight: Team Trivia; 805-5000. Tonight-Sat: Live Sat: Coastal Carolina Karaoke, Music; Mon: Live Music; Tue: 9:30 p.m.; Sun: Team Trivia; Trivia, followed by Karaoke, 7 Wed: Ted McKee “Tropical Rock,” 6-9 p.m., DNR, 9:30 p.m. p.m.; Wed: DJ. OSCAR’S RESTAURANT: 207 MED BISTRO: 90 Folly Rd. W. 5th North St., Summerville. 766-0323. Fri: Scratch, 7-10 871-3800. Tonight: Calvin Tayp.m.; Sat: Nikolai Svichev, 7-10 lor, 6-9 p.m. p.m. PATRICK’S PUB: 1377 Ashley MERCATO RESTAURANT: River Rd. 571-3435. Tonight: 102 N. Market St. 722-6393. Tonight-Fri: Ann Caldwell w/ Karaoke, 9 p.m.; Sat: Drag LooseFitt; Sat: Lewis, Wiltrout Show. and Gregory; Sun: Jordan GravPELICAN’S NEST: 3772 Seael; Mon: Leah Suarez Trio; Tues: brook Island Rd., Seabrook Frank Duvall Trio; Wed: Island. 768-2500. Fri-Sat: Live The Pulse Trio. Music. MERLY’S PUB: 1217 Red Bank THE POUR HOUSE: 1977 Rd., Goose Creek. Fri: Karaoke, Maybank Hwy. 571-4343. To9 p.m. night: Southern Culture on the MOJO’S CLUB AND CIGAR Skids, $13-15, 9:30 p.m., Local BAR: 945 Bacons Bridge Rd. Bluegrass, 6-9 p.m.; Fri: Drivin

‘N’ Cryin w/Leslie, $20, 9:30 p.m., Trivia w/Val and Ryan, 6:30 p.m.; Sat: The Key of Q and Weighstation, 10 p.m.; Sun: The Chord and Pedal Christmas Ball, $10, 8 p.m.; Mon: Graham Whorley, 6-9 p.m.; Tues: Ten Toes Up, free, 10:30 p.m., Lindsay Holler and Friends, 6-9 p.m.; Wed: Dead Wednesdays w/Reckoning/For the Faithful, 6-9 p.m. RED DRUM GASTROPUB: 803 Coleman Blvd., Mt. Pleasant. 849-0313. Wed: live music; Thurs: Bill Johnson. RITA’S: 2 Center St., Folly Beach. 588-2525. Tonight: Frank Royster; Fri: David Dunning; Sat: David Landeo; Wed: Jamison. THE ROOFTOP AT VENDUE INN: 19 Vendue Range. 4142341. Tonight: Green Levels; Fri: Old You; Sat: Jerry Cooper. SALTY MIKE’S BAR: 17 Lockwood Dr. 937-0208. Wed: Karaoke w/Richard Clayton. SAND DOLLAR: 7 Center St., Folly Beach. 588-9498. Fri-Sat: Bonefish. SEEL’S ON SULLIVAN’S: 2213 Middle St., Sullivan’s Island, 883-5030. Fri and Sat: DJ

C-Nile, 10 p.m.; Wed: The Bushels, 7 p.m. SEEWEE RESTAURANT: 4808 North Highway 17, Awendaw. 928-3609. Fri: Lance, 6-9 p.m. SOUTHEND BREWERY AND SMOKEHOUSE: 161 East Bay St. 853-4677. Tonight: Salsa Night, 10 p.m.; Fri-Sat: Chris Sanchez. SOUTHERN COMFORT BAR AND GRILL: 1761 North Main Street, Summerville. 873-9220. Tonight: Team Trivia, 8 p.m.; Fri: Copy Cat; Sat: 24/Seven. SUNFIRE GRILL & BISTRO: 1090 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. 766-0223. Tonight: Allyson Taylor, 6-9 p.m.; Fri: Chris Tidestrom, 6-9 p.m.; Mon: Singer and Songwriter Christmas Party; Tues: Ted McKee, 6-9 p.m.; Wed: Jef Wilson, 6-9 p.m. THE SWAMP FOX AT THE FRANCIS MARION HOTEL: 387 King St. 724-8888. Fri-Sat: Pianist Bill Howland. . THE TATTOOED MOOSE: 1137 Morrison Dr. 277-2990. Tues: Skye Paige, free, 9 p.m. THIRSTY TURTLE II: 1158 College Park Rd., Summerville. 851-9828. Fri-Sat: Karaoke, 9 p.m.; Sun: Mike Peifer or Jeffer-

son Coker; Mon and Wed: Karaoke, 9 p.m.; Tues: Mike Peifer or Jefferson Coker. THROUGHBRED CLUB AT CHARLESTON PLACE: 224 King St. 722-4900. Tonight-Sat: Live music, 1-11 p.m.; Sun: Live music, 5-10 p.m.; Mon-Thurs: Live music, 1-11 p.m. TIN ROOF: 1117 Magnolia Rd. 571-0775. Tonight: Sleepy Eye Giant w/M-Tank; Fri: Iron Cherry, $6, 9 p.m.; Sat: Vive le Vox; Mon: Garage Cuban Band; Thurs: Action City Blackout. TOAST: 155 Meeting St. 5340043. Tonight: Abe White; Fri: Live Music; Sat: Annie Boxell, 6 p.m. TOMMY CONDON’S: 160 Church St. 577-3818. TonightSat: Steve Carroll and the Bograts; Wed, Sun: Fried Rainbow Trout. TRAYCE’S TOO NEIGHBORHOOD GRILLE AND PUB: 2578 Ashley River Rd. 556-2378. Today: Team trivia, 7-9 p.m.; Fri-Sat: Live Music. WET WILLIE’S: 209 East Bay St. 853-5650. Mon: Metal Mondays; Wed: Jerry Cooper; Sat: Jamisun. WILD WING DOWNTOWN:

6 N. Market St. 722-9464. Tonight: Karaoke; Fri: Ellen Drive; Sat: Moonshine Jenny; Sun: Plane Jane; Mon: Rotie Acoustic; Tues: Team Trivia; Wed: The Diesel Brothers. WILD WING MT. PLEASANT: 664 Coleman Blvd., Mt. Pleasant. 971-9464. Tonight: Plane Jane; Fri: Gary Pfaff and the Heartwells; Sat: Fowler’s Mustache; Sun: David Dunning; Tues: Team Trivia; Wed: Eddie Bush and The Mayhem. WILD WING N. CHARLESTON: 7618 Rivers Ave. 8189464. Tonight: Gary Pfaff and The Heartwells; Fri: Soulfish; Sat: U-Phonik; Sun: Trickknee Acoustic; Mon: Bingo w/DJ SLK T; Tues: Ed Millers Karaoke Mayhem; Wed: Dance Party w/DJ SLK T. THE WINDJAMMER: 1008 Ocean Blvd., IOP. 886-8596. Sat: Concert for Cancer w/Tyler Boone, Kara Hesse, Calhoun’s Calling and Deepwater Soul Society, $10, 8 p.m. WOLFTRACK BAR AND GRILL: 1807 Parsonage Rd. 768-0853. Fri: Cherry Bomb; Sat: Johnny Mac and The Booty Ranch.


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lage. Since then, the moving sound sculpture has spread to cities all over the world t’s the hip way to go that host the event annually. caroling: Boomboxes For the fifth year, the New covered in tinsel replace Music Collective will host December 11th at voices, and a caravan of the Charleston leg of Kline’s 11am for our Annual bundled participants walk Unsilent Night on Saturday Holiday Sale. through the streets of New beginning at Waterfront LIVE MUSIC, FOOD, AND GREAT PRICES! York, Oxford, San Francisco Park. The collective pro— maybe a mile or two — to vides the music that the carspread holiday cheer. olers play. Eighteen years ago, Phil “We count to four and 1660 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., Charleston (843) 766-7660 Kline, a contemporary all press play at the same composer, started Unsilent time,” says Ron Wiltrout, Night in Greenwich Vilthe NMC’s artistic director, “and the group walks and plays ambient music from T H E C H R I S T M A S S H O P S AT Point A, City Gallery, to Point B, Marion Square.” You can listen to and watch tapings of the event on Unsilent Night’s website at There’s the chatter of the crowd, then the All Christmas Merchandise countdown and then the music that makes you feel like you’re in a cathedral in includes ornaments, candles, monogram hand towels Prague. You could be lisAll lamps tening to one of the dozens 20-50% OFF of chamber ensembles the Czech city offers around the Visit our 1/2 price section for great gifts holidays — well, chamber 1 5 2 C I V I TA S S T R E E T music with a little techno M T. P L E A S A N T | 9 7 1 . 1 4 9 1 thrown in, some jingle bells. Wiltrout says of the walk, “There’s such a difference in the scenery from the Waterfront Park to the high-rises around Marion Square, so that adds to the experience, BY ELIZABETH BOWERS

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Ther’s a sense of seasonal joy in the “What are those people doing?” stares. Don’t worry Charleston, it’s supposed to be a little warmer by Saturday.

Toys for Tots get gifts from ‘Punks’ Keppler and many more. The artists from Iron Lotus Studios also are helping n Saturday, Mellow out, having raised more Mushroom hosts the than $400. third annual “PresAll of the proceeds from ents From Punks,” a charity “Presents from Punks 3” art show toy drive. will be donated to Toys for For three years, local artTots to help local children ists have united just before have a bright Christmas. Christmas to put on the The participating artists event. also have agreed to lower The charity’s third inthe prices of their donated stallment will feature Lisa works. Every piece featured Shimko, Proton, Meta, Tim will sell for $50 or less. Showers, Chad Haselden, “We want the guests to Robert Donovan, Chuck walk away with amazing



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Holiday feels complete with return of CSO performances BY ADAM PARKER

If you go WHAT: Holiday Celebration Concert featuring CSO Chorus, Charleston Children’s Chorus and the CSO. WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday. WHERE: Gaillard Municipal Auditorium, 77 Calhoun St. COST: $20-$45, $10 for students/children. TICKETS: Tickets are on sale at, and the Gaillard Municipal Auditorium box office, 77 Calhoun St. Tickets also are available through Ticketmaster by calling 800-9822787 or visiting any Ticketmaster outlet.


Pictured: The Symphony Orchestra’s holiday concert performance in 2007. This year’s event is Saturday at The Gaillard Auditorium.

hen the Charleston Symphony Orchestra pushed the pause button in March, then struggled through the worst year of its 75-year history, lots of other arts organizations wondered what would happen to this esteemed cultural institution, and how its troubles would affect others. Well, everyone else forged on, of course. The Charleston Ballet Theatre offered its usual eclectic programming, including its annual presentation of “The Nutcracker.” It’s not too late to see it: Tchaikovsky’s ballet is on stage at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday, and at 3 p.m. Saturday. Charleston Stage mounted its slate of shows, including its original production of “A Christmas Carol,” adapted from Charleston Dickens’ novella and directed by Julian Wiles, which can be seen through Sunday at the Dock Street Theatre. And, despite their affiliations, the CSO Chorus and CSO Spiritual Ensemble Chorale certainly could not be silenced. But the news that prompts sighs of relief and cautious optimism is that the holiday choir concerts coming up this weekend won’t be sung a cappella. And the days leading up to Christmas won’t be without brass and strings. Since the symphony resolved its contractual and legal disputes, its players are back in business and onstage with the singers of the CSO Chorus for a family-friendly show at the Gaillard Municipal Auditorium on Saturday. The CSO Chorus will be joined by the Charleston Children’s Chorus, directed by Charles Benesh, bringing the total number of singers to 120. The 7 p.m. program, led by Robert Taylor, will feature College of Charleston professor of voice David Templeton, who will perform “Fantasia on Christmas Carols,” arranged by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Taylor, who is director of choral activities at the College of Charleston and music director of the CSO Chorus, has invited two students, Kori Miller and Nathan Matticks, to sing “O Holy Night.” The orchestra will play classic and contemporary holiday favorites; the Chorus will present a lighter selection during the second half. Santa will be at the event to partake of the festivities. The concert will culminate with a full-throttle singing of the “Hallelujah” from Handel’s “Messiah” in tribute to David Stahl, who died in October. Taylor has called Stahl a mentor, father figure and friend. “The CSO Chorus is very proud to co-host this holiday celebration concert with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra,” Taylor said in a statement.

“We want to keep the musical ‘lights’ in our city burning brightly in honor of David during these holidays. We’re especially pleased that the Charleston Symphony Orchestra has resumed operations and will be performing for our community again.” (A bit of music trivia: Technically, since the “Hallelujah” chorus appears at the end of the second part of the three-part “Messiah,” it refers to the Easter Resurrection of Christ, not the Christmas birth. But over the years, the celebratory and festive music has lent itself well to the stories of both Christ’s birth and rebirth.) CSO Concertmaster Yuriy Bekker said he’ll be part of the show. “I’m so happy to collaborate with the CSO Chorus and conductor Rob Taylor and bring some holiday favorites to the Charleston community to enjoy during this holiday season,” Bekker said. “It’s wonderful to make music again.” Scott said symphony staff and board members are busy planning the abbreviated 75th anniversary season, which should be announced by the middle of next week. Masterworks series concerts at the Gaillard will begin in January. The season will include a number of Pops concerts as well. A few of the concerts will be presented in “more intimate settings,” Scott said.

Sunday shows The Christmas season would not be complete without a brass concert. Fortunately, the CSO is able to oblige. At 6 p.m. Sunday, the symphony presents a brass quintet performance at Bethel Methodist Church, 57 Pitt St. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students. Brass and strings join for a Dec. 22 holiday concert at the Charleston Library Society, starting at 7 p.m. ($15 adults; $10 students). Also Sunday at St. John the Beloved Catholic Church in Summerville, the CSO Spiritual Ensemble Chorale, under the direction of Nathan L. Nelson, makes its debut with “A Spiritual Christmas.” The 4 p.m. concert at 28 Sumter Ave. is free and open to the public (donations are welcome). The Chorale, an offshoot of the larger CSO Spiritual Ensemble, was founded this year and conceived to perform in smaller venues and by special invitation. “We hope to spread the joy of the holiday season as we journey musically through classical and spiritual gems, including Antonio Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria’ and compositions including William Dawson’s ‘Behold the Star’ and the powerful audience pleaser, ‘Hehlehlooyah’ by James Furman,” Nelson said. Reach Adam Parker at 937-5902.

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reviewed Granville’s in 2007. At that time, I suggested that it was the kind of discovery that restaurant reviewers like to “pocket”: keep it to themselves. The discovery of a small place, dedicated to good food, balanced pricing, minimal decor and easy to score a reservation is culinary nirvana for a diner. That was not the future for Granville’s. It struck a responsive chord in its Wagener Terrace neighborhood with its global menu, small-plates format and outdoor dining. It became the kind of place no one went to anymore because it was too crowded to get into; then because you never knew if it was open or closed or because you could not predict your experience or the mood of the staff. And then it closed. And then it opened. It had a brief Phoenix run, and then it closed, again. In September 2010, it reopened with Trae Wilson, who had been involved in the operation since its inception, a new partner in Chad Murdock (Sienna, Trattoria Lucca) and Glen Christiansen in the kitchen. This may be the trifecta of talents that keeps Granville’s afloat. Right brains and left brains; front of the house; back of the house; operations and culinary chops. Wilson maintains the catering side of Granville’s; Murdock, the cafe. Granville’s has matured. Partnerships provide new energy. They spruced up the interior: Wrapped the ceiling in burlap fabric to muffle

the sounds; removed a few tables (always hard to do because every seat pays the freight for your operation); simplified the decor, put tea lights and linen napkins on the tables and edited the menu. They brought on Brent Sweatman to craft a cocktail menu. He has risen to the challenge and makes his own tonic water, ginger beer, infusions and fresh fruit juices. During this recent cold snap, Sweatman developed a warm rumbased drink with chamomile tea and apple juice to defrost your thirst. They are committed to seasonal and local. Expect to see menu changes as frequently as every week. The menu marries nuance with nostalgia. The populist small plates remain on the menu and easily can make a meal. Deviled eggs ($4) are spiked with truffle. French fries ($5) seasoned with garlic and Parmesan are served with a coarse mustard-flavored aioli dipping condiment. Linger at the bar with a bowl of butternut squash soup ($6) and a glass of Gruner Veltliner, or try Sweatman’s Brighton Punch ($8), a bourbon-based libation, with a block of pork belly ($9) perched on a bed of grits and topped with a chutney of apples — the antidote to the pork’s fat — and well-paired with the richly layered libation. Combine the gratin of roasted cauliflower ($5) with Cheddar cheese and Dijon mustard sauce and a side of fried chicken livers ($8) over Anson Mills grits and bacon gravy and you have dinner for $13. The arugula salad ($8) with its wheels of fried green tomatoes topped with pi-


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the risotto treatment and cushions well the taste of triggerfish in a lemon-butter sauce ($19). The linguini and clams demonstrated the kitchen’s skills. Toothsome strands of linguini were napped with an emulsified sauce of garlic, butter, white wine, jalapenos and Italian flat leaf parsley. Tender clams in the shell fanned out over the plate washing the pasta in the briny taste of the sea. This is a menu keeper. The menu had some fun with beef “borg” ($17), a play on boeuf Bourguignon, the classic French beef stew. The “turned” potatoes traditionally carved into barrel shapes were replaced by a puree of white potatoes, and chunks of zucchini and yellow squash stood in the pearl onions and mushrooms. This dish was just what our recent winter weather required. The kitchdressing juxtaposes your tastebuds in a most delight- en can claim braising bragging rights for this meat: ful way. good quality beef cooked to The menu swaggers East the comfortable collapse of with a preparation of mustenderness. sels ($10) in a red curry coconut broth flavored with The borders of culinary gecilantro and lime. Farro gets ography are cast aside, and

CUISINE: American Eclectic CATEGORY: Neighborhood Favorite; Night Out LOCATION: 730 Rutledge Ave., Charleston. PHONE: 577-0486 FOOD: ★★★½ ATMOSPHERE: ★★★ SERVICE: ★★★½ PRICE: $-$$$ COSTS: Appetizers $4-$5; small plates $6-$12; dinner plates $10-$22; desserts $6. WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE: Yes VEGETARIAN OPTIONS: Limited. BAR: Full-service bar; specialty cocktail menu. HOURS: Tuesday-Saturday 5:30-10 p.m.; bar 5 p.m.-until. DECIBEL LEVEL: Moderate to animated. PARKING: Limited spots in front of the restaurant; street parking. OTHER: Outdoor dining; catering, special events. Seasonal menu. IN THE WORKS: Sunday dinner and brunch service. Special events. OpenTable; Facebook. 20 percent gratuity added for seven or more guests. Daily specials at MP. Catering: 224-5873. Trae@GranvillesCafeandCatering. com;

miento cheese and acerbic green tomato vinaigrette dressing is a late fall winner. The warm, molten cascade of chilies and cheese over the terra firma of green tomatoes with the nuttypeppery greens and tart

classic burgers, Southern fried chicken and local fish keep company with curries, creme fraiche and Caw Caw pork. The desserts ($6) are made in-house and tend toward vanilla and chocolate. Flourless cakes or bread pudding in chocolate; pound cake and creme brulee in vanilla. Craft beers are on the menu along with a well-assembled wine list whose only fault is in the limitations of its glass program. Our server was attentive and informed, but I must say the crowd was slight at the times of our visit. What was good to see were locals walking in and taking a seat at the bar; couples, families and groups of friends coming in from the cold and enjoying the glow of Granville’s. Hopefully, the new team has culled from the experiences of the past and Granville’s 3.0 will reap the benefits of that experience. It was in 2007 a restaurant for the neighborhood; it now has a third chance and all the makings of a charm.

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unforgettable night. There will be two seatings for the Dec. 31 dinner, one at 6:30 Send a Whole Foods Gift p.m. and the second at 9:30 Box to a loved one in the p.m. Cost is $100 per permilitary and Whole Foods son excluding gratuity and Markets will not charge the tax, and the price includes freight to APO/FPO/DPO a complimentary glass of addresses. champagne. Other beverAvailable only at www. ages are not included. ervations are required and box, Whole Foods offers five may be made by calling 853gift boxes that range from 7828. Visit www.circa1886. $40 to $60 each. The handcom. picked assortments all are free of artificial preservaDinner and a Show! tives, colors, flavors, sweetTristan Dining and eners and hydrogenated fats. Charleston Stage announce From salty to sweet, creature the launch of Dinner and comforts to crunchy snacks, a Show! Guests are invited salute your loved one with a for a special evening out taste of home. complete with a four-course dinner for two at Tristan, Pork wars valet parking and two tickBattle Pork Fat took place ets to “A Christmas Carol, A Sunday night in Kitchen Ghost Story of Christmas.” Stadium on “Iron Chef Cost is $150. America.” Once again, This package can be purthe flavors of a local chef chased through the Charleswere featured (Mike Lata ton Stage box office by callof FIG competed Dec. 5) as ing 577-7183. Also during Sean Brock of McCrady’s December, Sunday brunch and Husk Restaurant took at Tristan with bottomless up the challenge. Brock’s bloody marys and mimosas work was called “genius,” is available for $10. Brunch but it did not earn our lois served 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and cal “wunderkind” the win is accompanied by a side against Iron Chef Michael of jazz. Tristan is at 10 LinSymon. Let’s all hope guard St. 534-2155 or www. Brock’s “mortadella” gets on the menu soon.

Let it snow! — crabs

The Charleston Crab House is sponsoring a snow crab eating contest Dec. 17 at the James Island location. The cost to enter is $25; you must be 18 or older and not allergic to snow crabs. The competition will last 15 minutes and benefit Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy. To register, call 795-1963 or e-mail jill@charlestoncrabhouse. com.

Circa 1886 rings in 2011 Circa 1886 Restaurant will celebrate the arrival of 2011 with a five-course New Year’s Eve dinner, and Chef Marc Collins is pulling out all the stops to make this an

BLU does red and green

BLU Restaurant and Bar will be open 4:30-9 p.m. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. To make reservations, call 588-6658. BLU is at 1 Center Street, Folly Beach.

Christmas with Carter Chef Robert Carter of Peninsula Grill and his staff have put together a Christmas Day prix-fixe menu of four courses available for $60 per person. Along with the special menu, Peninsula Grill will be serving its regular a la carte menu for Christmas. To make a reservation, call 723-0700. Peninsula Grill is at 112 N. Market St.

Cru Cafe caters to needs Cru Cafe and Catering offers you dinner at its house or catering at yours. A fourcourse menu will be served at two seatings 6:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve for $45 or 8:30 p.m. for $75. The menu and wine pairings are the same at each service. Catering services also are available. To make reservations, call 534-2434. Cru Cafe is at 18 Pinckney St.

Rice Market preview The Rice Market Restaurant, located in the former Boathouse on East Bay Street, will host a fundraiser for Debi’s Kids on Dec. 17 and 18. Space is limited to 150 customers. The cost is $50 per person or $90 per couple. Reservations are required. Contact 577-7188, ext. 15, or All of the proceeds will be donated to Debi’s Kids. No alcohol will be served. Guests may bring their own wine.

Ye olde new ale Westbrook Brewing Co. will host the first tastings of their ales 4-6 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Charleston Beer Exchange, 14 Exchange St. The keg tapping then will progress to Chai’s Lounge and Tapas Bar at 462 King St. 6-10 p.m. On the menu will be Belgian Pale Ale, White Thai and India pale Ale.


Tristan and Charleston Stage’s “Dinner and a Show” is $150. It includes a four-course dinner for two, valet parking and two tickets to “A Christmas Carol, A Ghost Story of Christmas.” Call 577-7183. Tristan is at 10 Linguard St.

Glass Onion orders Too busy to cook this holiday season? Love the foods of Sarah O’Kelley and her team at the Glass Onion? Then give them a call and order seasonal sides, soups and desserts. The West Ashley restaurant is at 1219 Savannah Highway. Place your order at least two days in advance of the pickup date. The Glass Onion will close at 4 p.m. Dec. 24 and will reopen Dec. 27. A full menu of offerings can be found at www.

Jestine’s holiday hours Jestine’s Kitchen and

High Cotton raises bar Jestine’s Sweet Shop will High Cotton Charleston has expanded the bar area and increased the staging space for live jazz performances. It also is hosting a special holiday wine event. Taste and purchase Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon and 17 other 90-plus rated wines 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday from $25 per person. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 724-3815. High Cotton is at 199 East Bay St.

close at 5 p.m. Dec. 24 and will remain closed Christmas Day. Jestine’s Kitchen will reopen at 11 a.m. Dec. 26. Jestine’s Sweet Shop will reopen at 11 a.m. Dec. 27. Both businesses will operate at regular hours on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. Jestine’s Kitchen is at 251 Meeting St., 722-7224. Jestine’s Sweet Shop is at 54½ Wentworth St., 720-7437 (720-PIES). Please see CHEW, Page 32E


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Wrap yourself up in the food of Dell’z Deli Special to The Post and Courier

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WHAT: Dell’z Deli WHERE: 1A Cannon St. PHONE: 224-7566 HOURS: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Thu.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; 10:30 p.m.-3 a.m. Thurs.-Sat.

ell’z Deli was opened by Dell Grayson nine months ago near the corner of Cannon and King streets. Grayson may look familiar to those have appetites for healthy, tasty wraps, fruits and salad greens, having worked alongside “Mama D” Duffy Ingle at the recently closed Daily Dose on James Island. The feel is similar, the walls done up in bright yellow, as scrawlings, doodles and graffiti markings help cover the space. A strawberry sprout winds around the length of the kitchen and restaurant, suggesting Dell’z vegetarianfriendly tilt. Here, Grayson’s

sincerity is apparent. Her friendly, approachable disposition is the same as her restaurant’s. Quite simply, it’s easy to pull for her. The restaurant is small, only five stools are assembled at the counter, so it’s conducive for take-out. Which can mean a number of rolls, sandwiches, wraps, and pitas, or even the Jazzy Pizza ($5.50), that, akin to a multilayer, Mexican dip, delicious-


“Fake chicken” wrap (left) and the roast beef roll. ly sheathes a tortilla shell in rice and beans, cheeses, spicy salsa, avocado, sour cream and mushrooms. Honestly, at Dell’z, the wraps rule. They’re strong offerings, ranging from the yummy Beach Bum ($9),

made with spicy shrimp, sweet chili sauce, field greens, and kicked up with sauces, to the Hummer ($6), health-ified with black bean hummus, cilantro, salsa and a garden of tomatoes, sprouts, cukes, carrots and

Dell (Maudell Grayson) listens to customer’s requests. Dell is the owner of Dell’z Deli.

greens. And, too, Dell’z shows its modesty, serving a”hot, fakin’ bacon” vegetarian, BLT wrap ($5), as well as a Fake Chicken wrap ($8), made of breaded tofu, more or less. They’re wholesome, tongue-

in-check choices that don’t come off preachy. They just come off good, flavorful and generous, same as the roast beef roll ($7), smoked salmon wrap ($8.50), and Super Homewrecker hot dog ($5.50).



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Halls Chophouse The restaurant will be open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, after its Gospel brunch (10 a.m. - 3 p.m.) 434 King St, 727-0090.

Sermet’s refocuses Sermet’s Courtyard on Daniel Island will no longer serve lunch. The focus will remain on dinner service beginning at 4 p.m. and Sunday brunch service 10:30 a.m-1 p.m. Sermet’s Courtyard is at 115 River Landing Drive. 471-1777 or www.

Santa takes tea The Woodlands Inn will host a special Santa Afternoon Tea, during which families get to spend time with the Jolly Old Elf. Enjoy pastries, drinks and refreshments in the inn’s Winter Garden. Children can have their photographs taken with Santa, and they will leave with a small gift

as a memento of the day. The Santa Afternoon Tea takes place 3-5 p.m. Dec. 23. The cost is $25 per adult and $12 for children ages 4-12 years. The cost doesn’t include tax and gratuity. Reservations are required. Call 308-2115 or go to www.

dinner on Christmas Day. To see the full menu, go to www. and select the Christmas menu. Poogan’s Porch will be open regular hours Dec. 24 and serve its regular menu. On Dec. 25, Poogan’s Porch will be open 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Reservations are suggested.

Christmas Eve

You got fries with that?

The Woodlands Inn will feature holiday specials and a variety of special menu items Christmas Eve. Enjoy family photographs and complimentary valet parking. An a la carte menu will be available 6-10 p.m. Dec. 24. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 308-2115. Visit www.woodlandsinn. com for details. They also will serve Christmas Day brunch noon-3 p.m. The Woodlands Inn is at 125 Parsons Road, Summerville.

A new “friet” spot soon will open at 41B George St. (near Jack’s Cafe) called Patat Spot Friet & Falafel. On the menu: fries with a variety of global toppings from mayonnaise to peanut sauce, ketchup to vinegar. They will also feature a salad bar and a falafel menu. So far, they are “unwrapped” for business. Visit their website at 723-7438.

Brandy Svec becomes Social Restaurant’s first pastry chef BY ANGEL POWELL Special to The Post and Courier


Pennsylvania native and graduate of the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago, a division of the Le Cordon Bleu School, Brandy Miller Svec recently joined Social Restaurant + Wine Bar as its first in-house pastry chef. Q: Is it intimidating to come into a restaurant that has never had a pastry chef and start an entire dessert No Moe for now menu from scratch? Moe’s Crosstown Tavern at A: It was at first, but it was 714 Rutledge Ave. has closed also a very exciting opporfor renovations. A reopentunity. I was given complete Poogan’s Christmas ing date has not been set. creative freedom. Brad Ball Poogan’s Porch at 72 Queen You still can get your Moe’s and Doug Svec, of course, St. will serve a three-course fix at 5 Cumberland St. previewed everything before the menu was finalized, but I was essentially told, “The sky is the limit,” and ran with it. Q: You studied the culinary path, rather than pastry. What made you change gears and go into pastry? A: It wasn’t quite a conscious switch at first. ... It was very gradual. I started taking over more and more responsibility for the pastry programs at the restaurants I worked and found myself loving the control you could have in it. Everything is planned and precise. Q: At one point, you were a pastry chef at a vegan restaurant. Was that difficult? What kinds of things did you make? A: It’s funny, a lot of people have asked me this, but it wasn’t amazingly difficult. It was different, for sure, but the items we made (fruit pies, chocolate cake, cookies, cupcakes, etc.) were just like any you would find in a regular bakery and tasted just as good, too. The hardest part was finding good substitutions (vegetarian shortening, egg replacers) without losing the flavor. R54-421645

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Svec established her pastry career in Chicago, managing a vegan in-house bakery for three years. your new position? A: Of course, I think every position, regardless of where it has been, is beneficial in WHAT: Social your career. There’s always WHERE: 188 East Bay St. something you can pull PHONE: 577-5665 from a previous job. WorkWEB: ing at Peninsula Grill gave me a better understanding of high-volume and fineQ: What do you plan on dining establishments, offering at Social? which is where I think SoA: As with any dessert cial and Poogan’s Porch are menu, I think it should heading. complement the rest of the Q: What is your favorite dishes so that it’s a smooth transition at the end of your dessert? A: To make? Chocolatemeal. Chef Doug Svec has some avant garde dishes for chip cookies! There’s something so great and nostalgic my pastries to stand up to, so I think it’s a fun challenge about making the perfect to come up with interesting cookie. To eat? Plain vanilla ice cream, believe it or not! and somewhat off-the-wall Q: What is your guilty items to pair. Q: Do you think your ex- pleasure food? A: Anything pickled; I’m a perience at Peninsula Grill sucker for vinegar! is going to help you with

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‘Black Swan’ intense, intimate film

Portman and Vincent Cassel in a scene from the film. NIKO TAVERNISE/FOX SEARCHLIGHT/AP

Film critics are abuzz over actress Natalie Portman’s work in “Black Swan.” Even fashionistas are flipping over the film’s forward-thinking ballet costumes. The film opens Friday at The Terrace. keeps her from spinning out of balance. The deeper she delves into the role, the harder she strains to ovie horror comes in ★★★★ (of 5) differentiate between the dance many forms: scary sex DIRECTOR: Darren Aronofsky. company’s backstage treacheries scenes, frightening monand the sinister world of her own STARRING: Natalie Portman, sters and mental terrors. But some imagination. Each pirouette adds to Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel. of the most haunting horror stories her downward spiral. RATED: R for strong sexual aren’t merely terrifying, they’re achFrom this unusual premise, Dicontent, disturbing images, laningly sad. rector Darren Aronofsky (“The guage and some drug use. “Black Swan,” a ballet noir starWrestler”) fashions an excellent, RUN TIME: 1 hour, 50 minutes. ring Natalie Portman as a lovely inthoughtful work of art with the WHAT DID YOU THINK?: Find genue losing her footing, combines giddy urgency of a slasher movie. this review at www. all those strands into a terrific, Using a handheld camera, Aronofcharlestonscene. profoundly disturbing tapestry of sky shoots intense intimate closecom and offer your suspense and madness. ups that hold the characters in a opinion of the film. As its protagonist transforms hertight clinch. His close-up framing of self to embody the schizoid heroine Nina dancing shows almost nothing of “Swan Lake,” the film picks plished but over-controlled dancer. below her head and shoulders, imand probes at our deepest anxietHer artistic director Thomas plying more of her movement than ies: injury, disfigurement, loss of a (played with great gusto by Vincent it actually shows, so that what we see coveted job, loss of identity, loss of Cassel) urges her to loosen up and as she dips, turns, tosses her head sanity itself. In most fright films, lose herself if she wants to dance the and revolves her shoulders is less her danger lurks in the shadows. Here, Swan Queen, the most sought-after dancing than her absorption in it, it’s grinning from a mirror. role of all. Unless she can express the concentration of a professional Portman plays Nina, a dancer at the wild, dark sensuality of the who has become almost selfless. New York’s Lincoln Center who Swan Queen’s alter ego, known as As the camera moves acrobatiis completely consumed by ballet. the Black Swan, she will never win cally through the performance, we Shy, virginal, still under the thumb the iconic part. experience Nina’s ecstatic abandon. of her domineering stage mother But Nina is loath to abandon her And when her grip on reality loos(Barbara Hershey), she is an accom- obsessive self-discipline. It’s what ens, and she begins to feel threat-


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ened by eerie forces she doesn’t understand, Aronofsky’s inquisitive camera recoils in horror along with his heroine. Portman’s performance as the psychologically disintegrating dancer is beyond praise. Her worry and guilt and grief are so potent they’re nearly unbearable. Nina’s not a tremendously articulate character, which makes Portman’s accomplishment all the more impressive. She has to communicate volumes through expression alone, and she carries it off brilliantly. When the actress’s gifts mesh with the director’s, “Black Swan” is at its best. Aronofsky has plenty of tricks up his own sleeve, of course. At one point during a passionate sex scene, special-effects goosebumps subtly brush across Nina’s thigh. It’s a tiny thing, but perfectly suited to the story of a repressed young woman who fears she is being possessed by a bird. Details like that add a bright spot of unease to an already disquieting story. The film delights in teasing our expectations before it sweeps our

legs out from beneath us. Nina fancies herself a persecuted maiden, and we’re encouraged to accept her self-assessment, but then it begins to slip away. The French-born Cassel promises to be a debonair, manipulative sex bandit using the dancers as his personal harem. By the time the film is over, we have an entirely different understanding of the impresario as a man whose driving lust is artistic, not carnal. The same goes for smoky-voiced Mila Kunis as a rival dancer who may be undermining Nina’s career. With her insinuating manner, she appears to be a standard mean girl in toe shoes. As the film progresses, we wonder how many of her hostile acts occurred and how many are Nina’s projections. There’s an emotional richness to the film that balances against its stark, monochromatic palette. You get the sense that each person you meet has their own life, loves, tragedies and hopes. Nina is as human as real people we know, even as she succumbs to the world’s worst case of bird flu.

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A hiker becomes trapped in an isolated canyon in Utah.

A first-time father hitches a ride with an aspiring actor in order to make it to his child’s birth on time.

Citadel 16: Today: 12:20, 2:30, 4:40, 7:30, 9:40 Palmetto Grande: Today: 12:15, 2:30, 4:50, 7:35, 10 Terrace: Today: 2, 4:45, 7:30, 9:30 Fri-Thurs, Dec. 23: 1:45, 4:45, 7:05, 9:20

Nameless women portray characters from 20 poems. Azalea Square: Today: 1:15, 7:40 Regal 18: Today: 12:40, 3:35, 6:50, 9:50

Azalea Square: Today: 1:05, 3:25, 5:35, 7:55, 10:05 Fri-Tue: 1, 3:25, 5:35, 7:55, 10:05 Cinebarre: Today: 1:30, 4:30, 7:25, 9:40 Citadel 16: Today: noon, 2:10, 4:20, 7, 9:45 Palmetto Grande: Today: 7:50, 10:25 Regal 18: Today: 1:20, 3:55, 6:35, 9:20




A psychological thriller centering on a ballet dancer (Natalie Portman) and her rival (Mila Kunis). Directed by Darren Aronofsky.

Azalea Square: Fri-Tue: 12:10, 2:45, 5:15, 7:40, 10:10 Terrace: Fri-Thurs, Dec. 23: 2:00, 4:30, 7:15, 9:30

While Lisbeth Salander is recovering in the hospital, Mikail Blomkvist works to clear her of criminal charges. Terrace: Today-Tue: 1, 4, 6:50, 9:25

This film is based on Valerie Plame’s memoir, “Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House.”


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BURLESQUE ★★★ PG-13 Small-town girl Ali Rose (Christina Aguilera) finds a job in Los Angeles at The Burlesque Lounge with the help of Tess (Cher), the club’s proprietor and headliner.


Harry, Ron, and Hermione search for Lord Voldemort’s Horcruxes in their continued efforts to defeat him. Azalea Square: Today: 12:20, 3:40, 7, 10:15 Fri-Tue: 12:20, 3:35, 7:05, 10:15 Azalea Square 3D: Fri-Tue: noon, 2:35, 5:10, 7:45, 10:25 Cinebarre: Today: 12:30, 3:45, 7, 10:25 Citadel 16 IMAX: Today: 11:50, 3:50, 6:50, 9:50 Citadel 16: Today: 2, 5, 8:10 Hwy 21: Today: 8:55 James Island 8: Today: 6:10, 9:15 Northwoods: Today: 1, 4, 7, 9:55 Palmetto Grande: Today: 12:30, 1:25, 3:45, 4:35, 6:55, 10:05 Regal 18: Today: 12:10, 1:10, 3:20, 4:20, 6:25, 7:30, 10:10, 10:40

On a mission to avenge the murder of his brother, an ex-con is trailed by a veteran cop and a young hitman. Azalea Square: Today: 12:10, 2:30, 4:55, 7:20, 9:45 Citadel 16: Today: 11:50, 2:05, 4:20, 7, 9:35 Hwy 21: Today-Tue: 9:15 Northwoods: Today: 4:15, 9:40 Regal 18: Today: 12:05, 12:35, 2:30, 3:10, 5:00, 6:45, 7:40, 9:45, 10:20

Azalea Square: Today: 12:05, 2:50, 5:25, 8, 10:40 Cinebarre: Today: 1:10, 4:10, 7:05, 9:55 Citadel 16: Today: 12:10, 2:30, 4:50, 7:25, 9:50 Northwoods: Today: 1:30, 4, 6:55, 9:15 Palmetto Grande: Today: 12:40, 3:50, 6:50, 9:30 Regal 18: Today: 1:25, 4:30, 7:15, 10:25 Terrace: Today: 1:30, 4:10, 7, 9:15

THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER ★★★½ PG Edmund and Lucy Pevensie return to Narnia and accompany Caspian on a voyage to Aslan’s Country.

Azalea Square: Today: 11:30, 2:05, 4:40, 7:15, 9:50 Fri-Tue: 11:25, 2, 4:40, 7:15, 9:50 Azalea Square 3D: Today: noon, 12:30, 2:35, 3:05, 5:10, 5:40, 7:45, 8:15, 10:20, 10:50 Fri-Tue: noon, 2:35, 5:10, 7:45, 10:25 Cinebarre: Today: 12:35, 3:35, 6:25, 9:10 Cinebarre 3D: Today: 1:35, 4:25, 7:15, 10 Citadel 16: Today: 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 8:10 Citadel 16 3D: Today: 11:30, 2, 4:30, 7:05, 9:40 James Island 8: Today: 4:55, 7:30, 10:05 Northwoods: Today: 12:45, 3, 5:15, 7:30, 9:45 Palmetto Grande: Today: 1:40, 4:40, 7:30, 10:10 Palmetto Grande 3D: Today: noon, 12:50, 2:35, 4, 5:20, 7, 8, 9:40, 10:35 Regal 18: Today: noon, 2:40, 5:20, 8, 10:45 Regal 18 3D: Today: 12:30, 1, 3:15, 3:45, 6:30, 7, 9:15, 9:45



Christian Bale (left) and Mark Wahlberg in “The Fighter.”

Reese Witherspoon (left) and Paul Rudd in “How Do You Know.”


*HOW DO YOU KNOW PG-13 Lisa and George find themselves in crisis when the things that are most important to them are taken away.

Former boxing hero Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale) and his halfbrother Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) train for a historic title bout.

Azalea Square: Fri and Mon-Tue: 2:05, 4:50, 7:35, 10:20 Sat-Sun: 11:20, 2:05, 4:50, 7:35, 10:20 Cinebarre: Fri-Thurs, Dec. 23: 1:05, 4:05, 7:10, 10:10 James Island 8: Fri: 4:15, 7:10, 9:50 Sat-Thurs, Dec. 23: 1:30, 4:15, 7:10, 9:50 Regal 18: Today: 12:01 a.m. Fri-Thurs, Dec. 23: 12:55, 3:45, 6:35, 9:25

Azalea Square: Fri-Tue: 11:45, 2:25, 5:10, 8, 10:45 Cinebarre: Fri-Thurs, Dec. 23: 1:15, 4:15, 7:40, 10:15 James Island 8: Fri: 4, 7, 9:45 Sat-Thurs, Dec. 23: 1, 4, 7, 9:45 Regal 18: Today: 12:01 a.m. Fri-Thurs, Dec. 23: 1:15, 4, 7:15, 10:15



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Azalea Square, 215 Azalea Square Blvd., Summerville, 821-8000 Cinebarre, 963 Houston-Northcutt Blvd., Mount Pleasant, 884-7885 Citadel Mall Stadium 16 with IMAX, 2072 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., 556-IMAX (4629) Highway 21 Drive In, Beaufort, 846-4500 James Island 8, Folly and Central Park Rd., 795-9499 Hippodrome, 360 Concord St., Suite 100, 724-9132 Cinemark Movies 8, 4488 Ladson Rd., Summerville, 1-800-326-3264 (dial 1415#) Palmetto Grande, U.S. 17 North, Mount Pleasant, 216-TOWN Regal Cinemas 18, 2401 Mall Drive, North Charleston, 529-1946 Terrace, 1956-D Maybank Hwy., 762-9494 Ivanhoe Cinema 4, Walterboro, 549-6400







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Free-spirited Maggie (Anne Hathaway) finds herself falling in love with a charming pharmaceutical sales rep (Jake Gyllenhaal).

A princess escapes her tower-prison in this Disney-animated film based on the Brothers Grimm fairytale “Rapunzel.”

Azalea Square: Today: 11:40, 2:25, 5, 7:30, 10:15 Fri-Tue: 7:25, 10:15 Cinebarre: Today: 1:40, 4:40, 7:40, 10:30 Citadel 16: Today: 12:05, 2:30, 4:55, 7:30, 9:55 James Island 8: Today: 4:30, 7:20, 9:55 Northwoods: Today: 1:40, 7:15 Palmetto Grande: Today: 1:10, 4:15, 7:10, 9:45 Regal 18: Today: 12:55, 3:40, 6:55, 9:35

Azalea Square: Today: 11:35, 12:35, 2, 2:55, 4:25, 5:20, 7, 7:45, 9:25, 10:10 Fri-Tue: 11:55, 2:20, 4:45, 7:15, 9:40 Azalea Square 3D: Today: 11:55, 2:20, 4:50, 7:15, 9:40 Cinebarre 3D: Today: 1, 4, 6:30, 9 Citadel 16: Today: noon, 2:10, 4:20, 6:40, 8:50 Citadel 16 3D: Today: 11:15, 1:20, 3:25, 5:30, 7:35, 9:40 Hwy 21: Today: 7 Fri-Tue: 9:15 James Island 8: Today: 4:40, 7, 9:30 Northwoods 3D: Today: 1, 3:10, 5:20, 7:30, 9:40 Palmetto Grande: Today: noon, 2:25, 5, 7:25, 9:55 Palmetto Grande 3D: Today: 1:30, 4:10, 6:45, 9:20 Regal 18: Today: 12:45, 1:15, 3:25, 4, 6:30, 7:05, 9:25, 10:30 Regal 18 3D: Today: 11:55, 2:25, 4:55, 7:35, 9:55

MEGAMIND ★★½ PG A villain defeats his nemesis and now must find a new opponent.

Azalea Square: Today: 11:50, 2:15, 4:30, 7:05, 9:30 Fri-Tue: 11:50, 2:15, 4:30 Citadel 16 3D: Today: 12:30, 3, 5:30, 8, 10 James Island 8: Today: 4:40, 7:15, 9:35 Palmetto Grande 3D: Today: 12:05, 2:20, 4:45, 7:05, 9:25

*TRUE GRIT PG-13 The Coen Brothers’ newest film follows U.S. marshal Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) as he helps a young girl find her father’s murderer. Also starring Josh Brolin and Matt Damon. Terrace: Wed-Thurs, Dec. 23: 1:30, 4:15, 7:30, 9:40

UNSTOPPABLE ★★★ PG-13 A veteran train engineer and young conductor must stop an unmanned train before it destroys a city. Azalea Square: Today: 12:25, 2:45, 5:15, 7:35, 9:55 Fri-Tue: 12:25, 2:50, 5:20, 7:35, 9:55 Citadel 16: Today: 11:55, 2, 4:10, 7, 9:30 Cinebarre: Today: 1:25, 4:35, 7:20, 9:50 Hwy 21: Today-Tue: 7:30 James Island 8: Today: 4:15, 7, 9:45 Sat-Sun: 1:35, 4:15, 7, 9:45 Northwoods: Today: 12:45, 2:55, 5:05, 7:15, 9:25 Palmetto Grande: Today: 2, 4:30, 7:40, 10:15 Regal 18: Today: 12:25, 3:30, 6:40, 9:30



While in Italy, Frank (Johnny Depp) meets Elise (Angelina Jolie), who is attempting to mislead those following her criminal ex-lover.


Azalea Square: Today: 11:45, 12:15, 2:10, 2:40, 4:35, 5:05, 7:10, 7:40, 9:35, 10:10 Fri-Tue: 11:40, 12:15, 2:10, 2:40, 4:35, 5:05, 7:10, 7:40, 9:35, 10:10 Cinebarre: Today: 1:15, 4:15, 7:30, 10:10 Citadel 16: Today: 12:10, 2:25, 4:45, 7:10, 9:40 Northwoods: Today: 12:50, 3, 5:10, 7:20, 9:35 Palmetto Grande: Today: 12:10, 1:20, 2:45, 4:20, 5:10, 7:15, 7:45, 9:50, 10:20 Regal 18: Today: 12:20, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15 Terrace: Today: 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 9:20 Fri-Thurs, Dec. 23: 1:15, 4:10, 7:10, 9:10

TV producer Becky Fuller attempts to revive a struggling morning news show.

Cinebarre: Today: 1:20, 4:20, 7:35, 10:15 Citadel 16: Today: noon, 7:10 James Island 8: Today: 4:15, 7, 9:45 Palmetto Grande: Today: 1, 7:20


After refusing a mission, a warrior abandons his clan and starts a new life in the American Badlands. Azalea Squre: Today: 4:20, 10:35 Citadel 16: Today: noon, 2:10, 4:20, 7, 9:10 Northwoods: Today: 1:10, 3:20, 5:30, 7:40, 9:50 Palmetto Grande: Today: 4:25, 10 Regal 18: Today: 12:15, 2:35, 5:05, 7:25, 10



When his wife Lara (Elizabeth Banks) is convicted of murder, John Brennan (Russell Crowe) must free her from prison.

Cinebarre: Today: 12:55, 4:05, 7:10, 10:20 James Island 8: Today: 4:15, 7, 9:45 Regal 18: Today: 1:05, 4:05, 7:10, 10:05

Yogi (voice of Dan Aykroyd) and Boo Boo (voice of Justin Timberlake) must join forces with Ranger Smith to save Jellystone Park from closing forever.

While investigating the disappearance of his father, Sam Flynn is transported to the digital world.

RED ★★½ PG-13 Four former CIA agents become targets for assassination. Citadel 16: Today: 2:10, 4:30, 9:45


Azalea Square: Fri-Tue: 11:30, 1:35, 3:40, 5:45, 7:50, 9:55 Azalea Square 3D: Fri and Mon-Tue: 1:05, 3:10, 5:15, 7:20, 9:25 Sat-Sun: 11, 1:05, 3:10, 5:15, 7:20, 9:25 Cinebarre: Fri-Thurs, Dec. 23: 1:30, 4:30, 6:45, 9 James Island 8: Fri: 5:05, 7:15, 9:30 Sat-Thurs, Dec. 23: 12:45, 2:55, 5:05, 7:15, 9:30 Regal 18: Fri-Thurs, Dec. 23: 1, 3:15, 5:25, 7:35, 9:45 Regal 18 3D: Fri-Thurs, Dec. 23: 12:30, 2:40, 4:50, 7, 9:15

Azalea Square: Fri and Mon-Tue: 1:20, 4:20, 7:30, 10:30 Sat-Sun: 10:20, 1:20, 4:20, 7:30, 10:30 Azalea Square 3D: Fri-Tue: 12:50, 3:50, 7, 10 Cinebarre: Today: 12:01 a.m. Fri-Thurs, Dec. 23: 1, 4, 7:30, 10:25 Hippodrome: Today: 12:01 a.m. Fri-Sun: 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 9:45 MonThurs, Dec. 23: 4:50, 7:20, 9:45 Hwy. 21: Fri-Tue: 7 James Island 8: Today: 12:01 a.m. Fri: 4, 7, 9:50 Sat-Thurs, Dec. 23: 1, 4, 7, 9:50 Palmetto Grande: Fri-Thurs, Dec. 23: 12:50, 3:50, 7, 10 Regal 18: Today: 12:01 a.m. Fri-Thurs, Dec. 23: 1:20, 4:20, 7:30, 10:30 Regal 18 3D: Today: 12:01 a.m. Fri-Thurs, Dec. 23: 12:50, 3:50, 7, 10


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Azalea Square, 215 Azalea Square Blvd., Summerville, 821-8000 Cinebarre, 963 Houston-Northcutt Blvd., Mount Pleasant, 884-7885 Citadel Mall Stadium 16 with IMAX, 2072 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., 556-IMAX (4629) Highway 21 Drive In, Beaufort, 846-4500 James Island 8, Folly and Central Park Rd., 795-9499 Hippodrome, 360 Concord St., Suite 100, 724-9132 Cinemark Movies 8, 4488 Ladson Rd., Summerville, 1-800-326-3264 (dial 1415#) Palmetto Grande, U.S. 17 North, Mount Pleasant, 216-TOWN Regal Cinemas 18, 2401 Mall Drive, North Charleston, 529-1946 Terrace, 1956-D Maybank Hwy., 762-9494 Ivanhoe Cinema 4, Walterboro, 549-6400







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‘Tron’ traps you in the Grid BY CHRISTY LEMIRE AP Movie Critic


ugely high-tech and forward-thinking in its day, “Tron” now looks cheesy and quaint in retrospect, with its blocky graphics and simplistic blips and bleeps. The original film from 1982 was all about the possibility of technology and the human imagination, and the adventures that could result from marrying the two. Only now, however, are the computer-generated effects available to render this digital world in its fullest potential. Hence, nearly three decades later, we have the sequel “Tron: Legacy,” which is in 3-D (of course) but is actually best viewed in IMAX 3-D, if that option is available to you. The whole point of the story and the aesthetics are that they’re meant to convey an immersive experience. We’re supposed to feel just as trapped inside this challenging and dangerous electronic realm as the film’s characters. And at over two hours, we are indeed trapped. There is no justifiable reason for such a lengthy running time. While director Joseph Kosinski’s feature film debut is thrilling and cool-looking for about the first half, its races, games and visuals eventually grow repetitive, which only draws attention to how flimsy and preposterous the script is from Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. “Tron: Legacy” is a mishmash of pop-culture references and movie rip-offs, Eastern philosophy and

‘The Fighter’ makes the right moves BY KENNETH TURAN Los Angeles Times


Garrett Hedlund is shown in “Tron: Legacy.”

movie review ★★ (of 5) DIRECTOR: Joseph Kosinski. STARRING: Garrett Hedlund, Jeff Bridges, Olivia Wilde, Michael Sheen, Bruce Boxleitner. RATED: PG for sequences of sci-fi action violence and brief mild language. RUN TIME: 2 hours 7 minutes.

various religions, and one insanely cute, strategically placed Boston terrier. And with the return of Jeff Bridges in the lead role, there’s plenty of Dude-ishness for you fans of “The Big Lebowski.” (At one point he complains, “You’re messing with my Zen thing, man.”) Bridges’ video game developer Kevin Flynn was aiming for deeper meaning, or at least a new level of consciousness, when he created the Grid all those years ago. Now, his estranged son, Sam (Garrett Hedlund), discovers that’s where Dad’s been all this time: sucked into the Grid and stuck there for the past two decades. The place Flynn built with high hopes is now dominated by the tyrannical and not even vaguely fascist dictator Clu (also Bridges, digitally tweaked to look like a 35year-old version of himself), the doppelganger Flynn created to oversee the operation. Younger Bridges is uncanny and nearly seamless — until he opens his mouth, and then everything goes kinda wobbly. But for the most part, it’s a neat trick. The confident and goodlooking Sam similarly gets drawn into this parallel universe and quickly finds himself thrust into the middle of a sort of floating gladiator

arena. Throngs illuminated in deep orange cheer ravenously as opponents try to shatter each other, literally, by hurling the discs that are attached to the backs of their neon-glowing bodysuits. Next up, Sam is forced to take part in the deadly lightcycle races, which look infinitely better here than in the original, and, being your typically rebellious, motorcycle-loving loner, he naturally fares rather well. But this spectacle is as overwhelming for Sam as it is for us, even though Sam has the benefit of his dad’s DNA, and so he’s happy to accept help escaping from the mysterious Quorra. She has long served as Flynn’s protege and does the honors of reuniting father and son; should they stay or should they go becomes their ultimate debate. The moment Flynn and Sam first see each other isn’t filled with wistful emotion so much as confusion, and it takes place at Flynn’s distractingly stylish, glowing white-on-white lair. The place suggests what might have happened if the Dude had matured a bit and moved into a loft designed by Philippe Starck, although, unfortunately, there is no rug that really ties the room together.


ust like its subject, one-time junior welterweight champion “Irish” Mickey Ward, the rousing “The Fighter” tries a number of risky maneuvers and manages to make them pay off in the end. The movie initially feels like more of a near thing than the filmmakers anticipated, but as in boxing, it’s only the final decision that counts. Telling Ward’s story, which showcases the kind of personal and professional chaos no boxing movie can exist without, has long been a near-obsession for star Mark Wahlberg, whose rock-solid performance is the film’s irreplaceable anchor. The actor has been a fan of Ward since he was a lad growing up in the Boston area and the fighter was living in nearby Lowell and competing so fiercely that Ring Magazine named his bouts the fight of the year three years running. Wahlberg was so keen to play Ward that he installed a ring on his property and engaged in early morning boxing training for nearly four years in anticipation of the movie eventually being made. The actor also persuaded his friend David O. Russell, who had directed him in “Three Kings” and “I Heart Huckabees,” to make this Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson script (which inevitably streamlines and simplifies Ward’s life), his first time behind the camera in six years. Aside from his boxing prowess, the heart of Ward’s story and what makes it worth a film is the involvement of his intense, close-knit family, especially


Christian Bale (left) and Mark Wahlberg are shown in a scene from “The Fighter.”

movie review ★★★★ (of 5) DIRECTOR: David O. Russell. STARRING: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo, Amy Adams, Jack McGee. RATED: R for language throughout, drug content, some violence and sexuality. RUN TIME: 1 hour, 55 minutes WHAT DID YOU THINK?: Find this review at and offer your opinion of the film.

erratic half-brother Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale), who helped train him, his flinty mother Alice (Melissa Leo), who managed him, and Charlene (Amy Adams), the attractive young woman he has his eye on. The film introduces Ward in the midst of training for an upcoming fight. Though his beloved older brother is supposed to be in charge of preparations, Dicky is much more interested in taking drugs and clowning for an HBO film crew that is following him around for what he thinks will be a film on his comeback. Also not looking out for Ward’s best interests is his piece-of-work mother and manager, Alice. Beautifully played by Leo, down to the lacquered blond hair, Alice

is a self-absorbed queen bee of manipulation, a chainsmoking lord of misrule who hovers like a vulture over her son’s career. Wahlberg couldn’t be more convincing as perhaps the only sane person in a universe of addicts, losers and social misfits. Inside the ring, there are always key fights coming up for Ward. When F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote there were no second acts in American lives, he certainly didn’t have boxing movies and their ever-looming championship bouts in mind. As things start to fall into place, “The Fighter’s” inevitable classic finale is especially satisfying because of how long and bruising a path Mickey Ward and this film have taken to get there.

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Retrospective of Hussey’s work on display at City Gallery

scribed in many ways in the Lowcountry. A painter. A photographer. Puzzling onight, Tim Hussey and astonishing. will unveil his work Roberta Sokolitz says, at “Drown Then “His artistic vision fosters Swim” at the City Gallery enigmatic at Waterfront Park juxtaposiThe gallery is billing the tions and event, complete with boiled fragmenpeanuts and music by lotation.” cal talent Nick Jenkins, as Hussey “Tim Hussey’s Retrospecthinks peotive.” ple become “It’s not a retrospective, a mixture Hussey but it feels right,” Hussey of “what says of the show, which they think features 75 works created is cool, what their parents 2000-10. think, and their gut.” Also included in the show But for Hussey, his art is a 128-page catalog of is really just about this: Hussey’s work. “I create a dialogue that “It was high time to make seems to tell a story, but a good book,” he said. you’re not sure what. I feel Hussey has been dethe connection, but it’s


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“Circle Game” by Tim Hussey. not a direct narrative, it’s deeper than that. It’s more a starting point for people to examine, why is this

against this? Because to me, that’s what makes the art larger, more important — when it can mean so

many things to different people.” Bo Joseph, a painter and friend of Hussey’s says, “Tim’s work unself-consciously embraces the mess that is life, the inevitability of loss and the thrilling sensation of being in the moment. At once ecstatic, spooky and nullifying: he employs his process to annihilate self-consciousness. This endeavor is reflected in each gesture, scrubbed out passage, gnarled edge or collision of incongruous forms. He has fundamental questions about the point of aspiration when at times all seems meaningless. He paints to sort this out, and though he may ultimately come up with more questions, his process provides

the intuited reason to persevere.” Joseph is one of the artists who will be displayed as one of Hussey’s inspirations. “Textures, and how I think, paint and draw come from Bo,” Hussey said. Another inspiration, Matt Mahurin, also will be on display. The photographer helped Hussey decide what he wanted his art to mean, what emotions he wanted to evoke. “His work is square format, black-and-white pictures of everyday things, but they suggest something ominous. Wanting to make the story ambiguous comes from Matt. I think that’s how work stays alive,” Hussey said.


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EDITOR’S NOTE: The deadline for Charleston Scene’s calendar items is noon Friday the week before the event takes place. Items submitted after the deadline will not be printed. E-mail Expanded listings online: We are committed to running your events and have expanded our calendar listings online. Go to postandcourier. com/events to see volunteer listings, recreation events and museum information.

upcoming HOLIDAY LIVING HISTORY EVENT: 6-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Road. $45 adults, $20 children. Experience Christmas as it was celebrated in 1782 as costumed interpreters lead tours through the gardens and fully decorated house and enjoy a buffet, live music and a fire. 556-6020 or


HOLIDAY FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS: 5:30-10 p.m. SundayThursday; 5:30-11 p.m. FridaySaturday through Jan. 2. James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Drive. $10 for carloads of 1-15 people, $25 for 16-30, $100 for 31 or more. Call 795-4386 or visit CHARLESTON FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. Marion Square. Local vendors offer produce, plants, baked goods and more. 7247309. FRESHFIELDS VILLAGE FARMERS AND ART MARKET: 4-8 p.m. Mondays. Freshfields Village at the crossroads of Kiawah and Seabrook islands. Purchase local produce, honey, gourmet items, barbecue and live music. MARKET AT ROSEBANK FARMS: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Rosebank Farms, 4455 Betsy Kerrison Parkway, Johns Island. The farm will offer local produce, seafood, baked goods, flowers and more. 768-0508 or www.


The Jazz Artists of Charleston will sponsor “A Celebration of Life” in memory of Francoise Mompied Duffy 5-9 p.m. Sunday at the Sylvan Gallery, 171 King St. Duffy ran Mistral with her husband, Peter Duffy, and supported jazz in Charleston. The event will feature a raffle, silent auction, live music, libations and hors d’oeuvres. Suggested donation of $10 is requested at the door (cash or check only). For information on the celebration or the Francoise Duffy Memorial Fund, contact Jazz Artists of Charleston at 641-0011 or jac@ ALTERNATIVE ENERGY FORUM: 7-8 p.m. third Wednesday of each month. C of C Hollings Science Center, Room 112, 58 Coming St. Free. Network at Mellow Mushroom afterward. ASTRONOMY CLUB: 7-9 p.m. First Thursday of each month. Atlantic Aviation, 6060 Aviation Ave., North Charleston. The Lowcountry Stargazers Astronomy Club meets each month. www. ART DISCOVERY WALKING TOURS: 10:30 a.m. Saturdays. Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. $20. 90-minute tour highlights historic sites that have inspired artists for centuries. or 729-3420. “ART IN THE EVENING”: 7:30

p.m. Fridays. Charleston Market. An art show and sale accompanied by live music. 937-0920. BALLROOM DANCE CLASSES: 7-8 p.m. Thursdays. Ballroom Dance Club of Charleston, 1632 Ashley Hall Road. $30 per month. Taught by Steven Duane. 557-7690. BALLROOM DANCE PARTIES: Every weekend (except holidays). Creative Spark Center for the Arts, 757 Long Point Road, Mount Pleasant. $10 (may increase for theme or dinner parties). Adult ballroom dance party with group lessons beforehand. 881-3780. BEGINNER SHAG LESSONS: 8:15 p.m. Mondays. Arthur Murray Dance Studio, 1706 Old Towne Road. $10 per class. 571-2183 or

BRIDGE LESSONS: 3-5 p.m. or 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays. Bridge Center, 1740 Ashley River Road. $135 for 11 beginner sessions. 556-4145. BOOK LOVERS GROUP: 7-9 p.m. third Friday of every month. Dreamalot Books, 123-B S. Goose Creek Blvd. Come with a book and a snack. 572-4188. CANOE AND KAYAK TOURS: 9 a.m.-noon. Saturdays. Francis Beidler Forest, 336 Sanctuary Road, Harleyville. $30 adults, $15 children 6-12. Paddle through virgin swamp while a naturalist points out plants and animals. 462-2150 or www.beidlerforest. com. CAROLINA SHAG WORKSHOPS: Saturdays. Trudy’s School of Dance, 830 Folly Road, James Island. $25 for two-hour

lessons. For students at any level. Registration required. 7958250. CELTIC FIDDLE CLASSES: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Na Fidleiri and the Taylor Music Group will conduct preparatory classes. 819-6961. CHARLESTON CIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE: 7 p.m. Second Tuesday of each month. Ryan’s restaurant, 829 St. Andrews Blvd. CHARLESTON MUSIC CLUB: Free music programs through May. 795-7842 or CHOPSTICKS: 3-5 p.m. Fridays. Charleston County Main Library, 68 Calhoun St. All ages. Light classical music and favorite children’s songs while kids color with friends. 805-6930.

CHORUS REHEARSALS: 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesdays. Franke at Seaside, 1885 Rifle Range Road, Mount Pleasant. The Franke Chorus invites men and women to join. 654-5973, 881-1158 or 881-9691. CHRISTOPHER’S READING ROOM: 4-4:30 p.m. Thursdays. John’s Island Library, 3531 Maybank Highway. Grades 6-12. Earn one John’s Island Library dollar for each session. 559-1945. “COMMON GROUND-SOLID GROUND”: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. Marion Square. Join the Grassroots Call to Action Group for nonpartisan open discussion. 810-0088 or CYPRESS SWAMP TOURS: 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Middleton Place Outdoor Center, 4300 Ashley River Road. $55-$65. 266-7492 or DANGEROUS BOOK CLUB: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Charleston County Main Library, 68 Calhoun St. Explore something new every week from “The Dangerous Book for Boys.” 805-6930. DANGEROUS BOYS CLUB: 7:30 p.m. first Friday of each month. Barnes & Noble, 1716 Towne Centre Way, Mount Pleasant. Community leaders will host meetings based on activities from “The Dangerous Book for Boys.” 216-9756. “DROWN THEN SWIM”: Through Jan. 23. City Gallery at Waterfront Park, 34 Prioleau St. Tim Hussey will showcase a collection of more than 96 works of art produced between 2000 and 2010. An opening reception will be 6-8 p.m. Dec. 16. 958-6484. EARLY MORNING BIRD WALKS: 8:30 a.m.-noon. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Caw Caw Interpretive Center, 5200 Savannah Highway, Ravenel. $5; Gold Pass members free. Preregistration encouraged, but walk-ins welcome. 795-4386 or EAST COOPER COFFEE CLUB: 10 a.m. Fourth Wednesday of each month. Franke at Seaside,

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1885 Rifle Range Road, Mount Pleasant. Bring a mug and see presentations by different speakers. Refreshments will be provided. 856-2166. EDISTO ISLAND MUSEUM: 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through Dec. 31. Edisto Island Museum, 8123 Chisolm Plantation Road. An art exhibit by Bruce Nellsmith. 869-1954. “FAVELAS” EXHIBIT: Through Tuesday. City Gallery at Waterfront Park, 34 Prioleau St. Pedro Lobo, artist-in-residence at The Art Institute of Charleston, presents “Favelas: Architecture of Survival,” a collection of photographs of Rio de Janeiro’s squatter settlements. 958-6484. FIBER ARTS EXHIBIT: Through Jan. 31. Charleston County Main Library, 68 Calhoun St. Addelle Sanders, a renowned artist known for her use of textiles, will exhibit her work. 805-6930. FOLLY BEACH BLUEGRASS SOCIETY: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays. The Kitchen, 11 Center St. Bring an instrument and participate in an open jam. 345-1678. FREE SHAG LESSONS: 7:30 p.m. Mondays. Mojo’s, 975 Bacons Bridge Road, Summerville. 214-0242. “FREUD AND PSYCHOANALYSIS”: Through mid-December. Karpeles Manuscript Museum, 68 Spring St. Free. The museum will host an exhibit consisting of about two dozen of Sigmund Freud’s original manuscripts. 853-4651. THE GATHERING BOOK GROUP: 7 p.m. Last Thursday of each month. Barnes & Noble, 1716 Towne Centre Way, Mount Pleasant. 216-9756. GRASSROOTS CALL TO ACTION: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. Fort Johnson Cafe and Coffee, 1014 Fort Johnson Road, James Island. 810-0088 or grassroots “HARRY POTTER’S WORLD”: Through Jan. 7. Charleston County Main Library, 68 Calhoun St. The library will host the traveling exhibit “Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine.” 805-6930. “LET’S DISCUSS IT” BOOK GROUP: 10 a.m. Third Friday of each month. Mount Pleasant Regional Library, 1133 Mathis Ferry Road. New members welcome.

King St. Rich Mutschler, a treasure hunter and owner of Galleons Lost, will talk to attendees about how they can begin building their own treasure collections. 577-3862 or GIVE HOPE GALA: 7 p.m. The Warehouse at Seacoast Church, 750 Long Point Road, Mount Pleasant. $20 per person, $35 per couple. The second annual Give Hope Gala raises money to build a school and sponsor children in Kenya. Guests will enjoy food, music, dancing and a silent auction. Formal attire suggested. 881-2100, www. or www.breadof “HOLIDAY HARP AND SONG”: 7 p.m. Franke at Seaside, 1885 Rifle Range Road, Mount Pleasant. Free. Enjoy traditional music from the Celtic and British Isles. 856-9870.


The Charleston Ballet Theatre will once again bring to life the story of “The Nutcracker” this holiday season. Shows will be Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center. Tickets from $20 to $45 and can be purchased online at, by calling 800-745-3000 or visiting any local Publix Supermarket location. LOWCOUNTRY BACKPACKERS CLUB: 7-8:30 p.m. second Thursday of each month. Collins Park Clubhouse, 4115 Fellowship Road, North Charleston. OPEN STUDIO: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Last Tuesday of each month. The Meeting Place, 1077 E. Montague Ave., North Charleston. $5. Each class will be taught by professional artists. 740-5854. PARENT/CHILD BALLROOM CLASSES: 6:30-7 p.m. Thursdays. G.M. Darby Building, 302 Pitt St., Mount Pleasant. $30 residents, $37 nonresidents. Parents and youths ages 5-9 will learn basic dance steps. 849-2061 or www.townofmountpleasant. com. POSTPARTUM SUPPORT GROUP: 6:30-8 p.m. First and third Thursday of each month. Church of the Holy Cross, 299 Seven Farms Drive, Daniel Island. Psychologist Risa MasonCohen leads a support group. 769-0444. PRESERVATION TECH TOURS: 8:30-10:30 a.m. First Saturday of each month. Drayton Hall, 3380 Ashley River Road. $20 members, $25 nonmembers.

Tours will showcase the technical aspects of the plantation’s preservation efforts, design, architecture and more. 769-2638 or “RHYTHM AND STROKES”: Through March 11. The Avery Research Center for AfricanAmerican History and Culture, 125 Bull St. Free. The center will host an exhibit by artist Hampton R. Olfus Jr. that examines the African diaspora. 953-7609 or SALSA DANCE LESSONS: 6:45 and 7:30 p.m. Mondays. Arthur Murray Dance Studio, 1706 Old Towne Road. $10 per class. Beginner and advanced lessons. 571-2183 or SALSA NIGHT AT SOUTHEND BREWERY: 10 p.m. Thursdays at Southend Brewery, 161 East Bay St. $4 cover. DJ Luigi mixes live. 853-4677. SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE LESSONS: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays. Felix C. Davis Community Center, 4800 Park Circle, North Charleston. Free. No partner needed. 810-7797. SEA TURTLE HOSPITAL TOURS: 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays-Sundays. S.C. Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf. $8 ages 2-11, $16 adults, $14 ages 62 and older. Reservations recommended. 577-3474. SIERRA CLUB/ROBERT LUNZ GROUP: 7 p.m. First Thursday of each month. Baruch Auditorium, 284 Calhoun St. www. lunz. SQUARE DANCE CLASS: 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Felix C. Davis Community Center, 4800 Park Circle, North Charleston. 5523630. SUMMERVILLE 9-12 GROUP: Every third Thursday of the month. Holiday Inn Express, 120 Holiday Drive, Summerville. The Summerville 9-12 Project holds monthly meetings. www.summerville SUMMERVILLE WRITERS GUILD: 6:30 p.m. Last Monday of each month. Perkins Restaurant, 1700 Old Trolley Road, Summerville. 871-7824. TANGO LESSONS: 7:30-8:30 p.m. beginner class; 8:30-9:30 p.m. practice. Tuesdays, MUSC Wellness Center, 45 Courtenay

Drive. Free. 345-4930. WEST ASHLEY DEMOCRATS MEETINGS: 6:30-8 p.m. second Monday of each month, Bluerose Cafe, 652 St. Andrews Blvd.; 8-9:30 a.m. third Saturday of each month, Ryan’s restaurant, 829 St. Andrews Blvd. 5764543. WINE TASTINGS: 6-8 p.m. Fridays. Whole Foods Market, 923 Houston Northcutt Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Until the 2011 Charleston Wine + Food Festival, Whole Foods will host weekly wine tastings to showcase the festival’s winemakers. 971-7240. ZEN MEDITATION: 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays. Cheri Huber will lead the class, which will focus on meditation and discussion. Call 224-2468. ZUMBA: 9 a.m. Mondays; 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; 10 a.m. Saturdays. Pilates V Studio, 186 Seven Farms Drive, Suite 500-D, Daniel Island. First class free. 881-3233 or www.

CRAB-EATING CONTEST: 6:30 p.m. Charleston Crab House, 145 Wappoo Creek Drive, James Island. $25 entry fee. Eat the most crab legs in 15 minutes and get the chance to win a three-night stay on Kiawah Island or a 32” flat-screen television. 795-1963 or www. ART OPENING AND HOLIDAY MARKET: 7-10 p.m. Muddy Waters Coffee Bar, 1331 Ashley River Road. Free. The Shibboleth Group presents the second annual “Static in the Snow” art show and a little holiday market. Seth Corts and Hirona Matsuda are the featured artists, and the holiday market will offer local art and gifts for sale. 225-3683. “BYE ART” SALE: 7-11 p.m. Eye Level Art, 103 Spring St. The gallery will show art that has been in its collection for years. Shop from more than 300 pieces of art priced from $5 to $4,000 and enjoy an open bar. 425-3576 or www.eyelevelart. com.



ARTIST RECEPTION: 6-9 p.m. Alluette’s Jazz Cafe, 137 Calhoun St. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and meet award-winning Lowcountry artist James A. St. Clair, who will be showing original art and prints. Live music by the

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sunday “ECHOES OF ANGELS”: 3 p.m. Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, 120 Broad St. The Charleston Renaissance Ensemble will perform Christmas music from the Middle Ages. www.cre.bbnow. org. “A SPIRITUAL CHRISTMAS”: 4 p.m. St. John the Beloved Catholic Church, 28 Sumter Ave., Summerville. Free. The Charleston Symphony Orchestra Spiritual Ensemble Chorale will perform African-American spirituals and sacred music with a holiday focus.


SECESSION KID TOUR: 2 p.m. The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Free to members, free with admission to nonmembers. In honor of the 150th anniversary of South Carolina delegates signing the Ordinance of Secession, the museum will present a special Kid Tour that will include a talk by Grahame Long. 722-2996 or

tuesday “SOUND OF CHARLESTON”: 7 p.m. Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting St. $24$28. Enjoy music from Charleston’s past, including spirituals and Civil War camp songs, with special guest Ann Caldwell. Wassail and cookies will be served. 270-4903 or www.


AWENDAW GREEN BARN JAM: 6:30-11 p.m. Awendaw Green, 4879 U.S. Highway 17. Free. Music by Mary’s Got a Band, John Thomas and Will

Lewis. Barbecue and drinks will be sold. 452-1642 or www.

$30. Sharon Graci directs this comedy by Rodney Lee Rogers that tells the story of a waitress, her ex-husband and her daughter, who are visited by the “LUNACY” FULL MOON ghosts of Waffle Haus Christmas. PARTY: Begins at dusk. Voodoo 866-811-4111, 723-4444 or www. Tiki Bar, 15 Magnolia Road. $3, free with costume. This “cloth“WHITE CHRISTMAS”: 8 ing optional” celebration of the p.m. today-Saturday; 3 p.m. full moon will feature music by Sunday. Footlight Players TheRocky Horror, Joycette and K atre, 20 Queen St. $15-$30. The Flossy as well as entertainment Footlight Players will bring by Breakin Skullz and bodyIrving Berlin’s classic movie painted girls. 769-0228 or www. to the Lowcountry stage. The production tells the story of two friends who open an inn in Vermont and find their true MERRY CHRISTMAS!! loves. 722-4487 or “PETER AND THE WOLF”: 9 “A CHRISTMAS STORY”: 7 and 10:30 a.m. Friday-Saturday; p.m. through Saturday; 3 p.m. noon Sunday. Sottile Theatre, Sunday. The Village Playhouse, 44 George St. $8. Robert Ivey 730 Coleman Blvd., Mount Ballet brings to life the classic Pleasant. $12-$27. A stage protale, which is narrated by David duction of Jean Shepherd’s Bowie. 556-1343. Christmas tale of Ralphie and “THE NUTCRACKER”: 7:30 his burning desire for a Red Ry- p.m. Friday; 3 p.m. Saturday. der BB gun. 856-1579 or www. North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum “THE CHARLESTON CHRIST- Drive. $15-$45. Charleston MAS SPECIAL”: 7 p.m. through Ballet Theatre brings “The Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Nutcracker” to the Lowcountry, Sunday. Charleston Music Hall, setting the classic ballet among 37 John St. $19.50-$32.50. Brad familiar Charleston landmarks. and Jennifer Moranz’s annual 723-7334 or www.charlestonholiday show returns with a lineup of 30 performers, includ“THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGing Elvis impersonator Johnny EANT EVER”: 3 p.m. Saturday. Fortuno, Casey Thompson, Gar- Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church rett Graham and many other St. $22. Charleston Stage presvocalists and dancers. 800-514ents a production of Barbara 3849, 416-8453, Robinson’s children’s novel or www.bradand about the town bullies being cast as the leads in the church “A CHRISTMAS CAROL”: 7:30 Christmas pageant. 577-7183 or p.m. through Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Dock Street Theatre, “GREATER TUNA”: 8 p.m. 135 Church St. $22-$52. Charles- Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. James ton Stage presents “A Christmas F. Dean Theatre, 133 S. Main St., Carol, A Ghost Story of ChristSummerville. $15. The Flowermas.” 577-7183 or www.charles- town Players present a comedy set in Tuna, the third smallest “THE HUMBUG HOLIDAY town in Texas. Two actors will HOUR”: 8 p.m. through Saturplay 20 characters. Guests are day; 3 p.m. Sunday. South of encouraged to bring a nonperBroadway Studios, 1080 E. Mon- ishable food item for donation. tague Ave., North Charleston. 875-9251 or www.flowertown$10-$15. Deuce Theatre ents the Candy Cane Kickers, a “MOSCOW BALLET’S GREAT group of Rockettes rejects, who RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER”: 8 will perform in their “Seven p.m. Dec. 23. North Charleston Deadly Sins Holiday SpecColiseum and Performing Arts tacular.” 800-838-3006 or www. Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive. $28.50-$88.50. Enjoy a produc“WAFFLE HAUS CHRISTtion by the world-renowned MAS”: 7:30 p.m. through SaturMoscow Ballet. 529-5000, www. day. Pure Theatre at Charleston or www.nutBallet Theatre, 477 King St. $




call for entries AUDITIONS: The Flowertown Players will hold auditions for a steampunk version of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at 7 p.m. on Dec. 21-22. All ethnicities and ages above 16 are encouraged to try out. Auditions will be held at the theater, 133 S. Main St., Summerville. 875-9251. CALL FOR ARTISTS: The Receiver Time-Based Media Festival is looking for artists who work in time-based media to submit their work. The festival will take place at various locations around Charleston March 10-13. Visit www.receiverfest. com or contact Jarod Charzewski or Liz Vaughan at for submission


volunteers CITY GALLERY AT WATERFRONT PARK: Volunteer docents are needed for Dec. 28-31 and Jan. 2-4. Call 958-6484 or e-mail ARTISTS NEEDED: The Cultural Arts Alliance of Greater Summerville is looking for artists to submit paintings for its first Town Hall Art Show. 871-0297. SOUTHERNCARE HOSPICE: Volunteers are needed. Call Carolyn at 569-0870. TRICOUNTY FAMILY MINISTRIES: The organization is in need of experienced cooks and men’s, women’s and children’s clothing. 747-1788 or

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It is rare to see a player endplayed at trick one, but that was West’s fate in this match between England and Denmark at the 2006 European Championships, after Peter Schaltz had opened with a frisky weak no-trump. John Armstrong led the diamond ace. (Any other suit lets the contract succeed.) His diamond continuation was won by South’s queen, and two rounds of trumps revealed a loser. A club to dummy’s queen held, then declarer erred by throwing a club on the diamond king. Schaltz ruffed a diamond and exited with a trump, but now Armstrong could cash his club ace and exit with his last club, leaving declarer with a spade loser. Armstrong’s silence over the opening bid reaped its reward, for had he doubled, Schaltz would surely have found the correct discard of a spade from his hand on the diamond winner. Then his trump exit would have seen West endplayed into conceding the contract. Either a spade or a club play would allow dummy’s spade loser to go away. At the second table Colin Simpson reached four hearts as South, but here Gregers Bjarnarson as West had shown strong notrump values. When West selected the club ace as the opening lead, Simpson quickly wrapped up 10 tricks because dummy’s spade loser could be discarded on the clubs. But even on a diamond lead, declarer would have known how to play the hand.

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TODAY’S HOROSCOPE LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Someone may be trying to get you to spend more than you can afford. Spend time with the people who want nothing from you but your company.

SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22DEC. 21): Accept the inevitable. Spend more time making your surroundings festive or looking at a domestic investment that can help you turn a profit.

VIRGO (Aug. 23Sept. 22): Time spent at home will be rewarding if you make it a family day. You can resolve a problem concerning your home and property.

CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19): Good fortune is heading your way. A romantic connection will ease your stress and help you relax.

GEMINI (May 21June 20): Take care of last-minute paperwork. Discipline will help you restructure your current position for greater maneuverability.

LIBRA (SEPT. 23OCT. 22): Complaints will only come back at you, so don’t bother making any. Negative people will bring you down.

AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18): Let your intuition lead the way. Helping someone in need will give you a better sense of who you are and what you are capable of doing.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Competence will be what secures your position or helps you get a new one. Get down to business. A love relationship needs a little tender, loving care.

SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21): Taking an honest look at your skills and what you have to offer will help you put together a better resume or proposal for a job. Love is in the stars.

PISCES (FEB. 19MARCH 20): You may want to make abrupt decisions and changes that will affect your status and your position, but hold off.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Working on a hobby or simply enjoying a good book will better prepare you for the rest of the week. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You can get so much done if you get up early and dig into your to-do list. Get together with friends, colleagues or a group that shares your interests.

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D On the 10th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me ... BY REBEKAH BRADFORD Special to The Post and Courier

In anticipation of Christmas, Head2Head is doing a series of holiday-themed trivia. Last week was all about Christmas movies, and this week the focus is on Christmas songs. Two-time trivia champ Kendra Cleary is being challenged by student Nicole Walker. THE STATE

QUESTIONS 1. “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire” is the first line of what song? 2. In the song, “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” what was given on the tenth day? 3. Name the only two reindeer that are mentioned in the song, “Here Comes Santa Claus.” 4. What popular Christmas song did Judy Garland sing in the movie, “Meet Me in St. Louis?” 5. What color Christmas does Elvis Presley have? 6. According to the Guinness Book of Records, what is the biggest selling Christmas song of all time? 7. What song is this line from: “Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful?” 8. What song has the request to “bring us a figgy pudding?” 9. “Pa rum pum pum pum,” is from what song? 10. Who wrote the song “Happy Xmas (War is Over)?”

KENDRA’S ANSWERS 1. Oh. I always thought that was the title of the song. 2. Something about maids. 3. Comet and, I’m just guessing here, Blitzen. 4. White Christmas. 5. Blue. 6. “Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer.” 7. “Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!” 8. I think it’s “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” 9. “Little Drummer Boy.” 10. John Lennon.

CONCLUSION After two victorious weeks as Head2Head trivia champ, Kendra gives up her title in a close match-up. So it’s Nicole who’ll be back next week to take on a new opponent in what will be the final round of our holiday-themed trivia. And in case anyone was wondering, figgy pudding is not really pudding at all but has a cakelike texture that is full of figs, dates, fruits and spices. Which, actually, makes it sound a lot like fruitcake.

EAR ABBY: This is in regard to “Blocked Writer in Oklahoma,” who has been writing in journals for her son for 22 years and wonders when to give them to him now that he’s married and has a son on the way himself. I agree with you that giving them to him now would be unwise because he has too much going on in his life. She should give him a year’s worth of writings when his son turns 1 so he’ll know what his mom was going through when he was 1. Then give him another year’s worth when his son turns 2, etc. All I can say is, wouldn’t it be a great world if all kids had a mom like Blocked! — KATHY IN EDMOND, OKLA. DEAR KATHY: Thank

DEAR ABBY you for your letter. Blocked may have been unsure of when to present her son with the journals she had been keeping for so many years, but readers experienced no writer’s block in expressing their views on the subject. Read on: Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at www. or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

NICOLE’S ANSWERS 1. I think it’s just called “The Christmas Song.” 2. Pipers piping. 3. Dancer and Prancer. 4. I’ve never seen that movie. 5. A blue Christmas. 6. “Santa Baby.” 7. “Let it Snow!” 8. “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” but, really, what is a figgy pudding? 9. “The Little Drummer Boy.” 10. I love that song. It’s John Lennon.

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CORRECT ANSWERS 1. “The Christmas Song.” 2. Ten lords a leaping. 3. Vixen and Blitzen. 4. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” 5. Blue.

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6. “White Christmas.” 7. “Let it Snow!” 8. “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”. 9. “The Little Drummer Boy.” 10. John Lennon.

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