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ere are my highlights of 2010, so far. (There’s one more week left. You never know what can happen.):

Transformus | purchasing a loft downtown | Public Enemy at the Music Farm | performing at Gallery Chuma with Stuart | being asked to judge the Charleston Mac Off | Christina | falling in love with Moe’s Crosstown Tavern | Charleston Fashion Week | Moogfest in Asheville, N.C. | Prince in New Jersey | the Charleston Jazz Orchestra | writing “The Cloudbuster” | hosting the fashion show at Chai’s | “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” at the American Theater | witnessing Charleston’s first Pride Parade | comedy nights at The Tin Roof | the National’s “High Violet” album | my precious Upper Deck Tavern | Pecha Kucha VII | Joanna Newsom in Asheville | Gaga Day in the Square | the Colon Cancer Ball | launching Charleston Scene | Rachbob and Jazzy | performing at The Pour House | the Bossa Bossa show | digging deeper into who I really am

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‘The Gift of the Magi’

25th annual Progressive Dinners DESCRIPTION: Visitors take a horse-drawn carriage to three historic establishments. WHEN: 5:30 p.m. Dec. 23. PRICE: $95. WHERE: Circa 1886, 149 Wentworth St. CONTACT: 853-7828 or www.

Live Manger Scene

DESCRIPTION: Drive or walk by this live manger scene at Bethany United Methodist Church. WHEN: 6-8 p.m. Dec. 23; 8 p.m. Dec. 24. PRICE: Free. WHERE: Bethany United Methodist Church, 1853 Maybank

DESCRIPTION: Actor’s Theatre of South Carolina and Chamber Music Charleston present O. Henry’s classic tale. WHEN: 7 p.m. Dec. 23. PRICE: $5-$17. WHERE: Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. CONTACT: 763-4941 or www.

‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ DESCRIPTION: The Grinch has been an outcast all his life, but a dash of kindness from little Cindy Lou Who and her family may be enough to melt his heart. WHEN: 3 p.m. Dec. 23. PRICE: Free. WHERE: John L. Dart Library, 1067 King St. CONTACT: 722-7550.

‘The Night Before Christmas’ DESCRIPTION: Chamber Music Charleston presents a Classical

Kids Concert. WHEN: 1 p.m. Dec. 23. PRICE: $5-$10. WHERE: Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. CONTACT: 763-4941 or www.

Moscow Ballet’s ‘Great Russian Nutcracker’ DESCRIPTION: A show with more than 40 Russian dancers. WHEN: 8 p.m. Dec. 23. PRICE: $28.50-$88.50. WHERE: North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive., North Charleston. CONTACT: 529-5000 or www.

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Charleston blossomed in 2010 as outdoor lifestyle haven Charleston to make roadways more bike-friendly, the area’s bike community has shown determination to keep pressing for change on multiple levels. Charleston Moves, the area’s leading bike advocacy group, started the Battery2Beach campaign, calling for improvements from Isle ver the past five or of Palms and Folly Beach so years, I’ve had county parks to the bata front-row seat in tery and hosted an array of watching Charleston’s evo- events. lution toward becoming a Holy City Bike Co-op hub of active, outdoor life- tapped into the city’s youthstyles. And we hit a growth ful bike culture to do the spurt in 2010. same. Nationally, we aren’t Trek Bicycle Store in known for it. Yet. But we Mount Pleasant started a will be, especially as we cycling team, a held Trek start getting noticed for Fest at Marrington Plantathings other than the Civil tion and a breast cancer War, tourism and food. ride. The Charleston area needs Likewise, the third anonly to look at this past nual Jerry Zucker Ride for year to realize that we may Hope raised $106,000 for start competing with such local cancer causes. And outdoor lifestyle havens as Charleston Bicycle Co. Boulder, Colo., Portland started a new cyclocross (both Oregon and Maine), series at Wannamaker and other routinely selected County Park. cities by magazines such as While there’s plenty of Outside. (Charleston was work left to do, national actually Outside’s 2010 pick recognition in 2010 came for best surfing town on the via the Bicycling magazine’s East Coast.) selecting Charleston as one of eight “Biketown USAs” A SUPerior place and the League of American Bicyclist’s designation Stand-up paddleboarding, an activity well-suited as one of 18 “Bike-Friendly Communities.” to Charleston’s waterways, continued to grow in 2010 Trying times as local outfitters sponCharleston continued to sored free weekly demos grow as a triathlon destinaand events such as combo paddleboarding and beach tion with the addition of its first half-ironman distance yoga classes and races. (1.2-mile swim, 56-mile Among the latter, most bike and 13.1-mile run) notably this year was triathlon, TryCharleston, Charleston Watersport Outfitter’s Shem Creek SUP in Mount Pleasant, and an accompanying shorter disShootout races. Dozens of paddleboarders tance triathlon. Also, the 20th annual covered the creek in a race Charleston Sprint Triathlon from Shem Creek, around Series added a fifth race to Crab Bank and back. it’s popular triathlon series Biketown USA at James Island County Despite the struggles to Park. convince officials to retrofit


Record runs

Reflecting a national trend, running continued to grow in popularity in Charleston not only with new records set among three of its five biggest races but with the addition of new races. Records were set by the Turkey Day Run 5K (5,308), Komen Race for the Cure (3,070) and Reindeer Run (1,740). Meanwhile, the Cooper River Bridge Run, the state’s biggest race and the nation’s sixth biggest, had the second best showing (33,057) since the record set with the first race on the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge in 2006. Several new runs debuted with good reviews, including the Riverfront Race Festival (half-marathon and 10K) in North Charleston, the Francis Marion Dirt Dash (a half-marathon trail run) in the Francis Marion National Forest, the Capers Island ECOrun (also a trail run), and The Palmetto 200 (a 200-mile relay from Columbia to Folly Beach).

Just for fun

Several other active, “fun” events also were inaugurated in 2010, including the 4mile beach obstacle run, the Beachathon, on Folly Beach; the Charleston Bed Race (to benefit Camp Happy Days) at Hampton Park; the Charleston Donut Run (Off the Sidewalk art project) on the West Ashley Greenway; the Fight for Air Stair Climb (American Lung Association) at North Charleston Coliseum; and the Riverdogs 1K Backward Run. Wonder what 2011 has in store? Stay tuned.

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Jazz artist gets honorary degree P

eople who love jazz, especially players of this expressive art form, more often than not find other aspects of their lives imbued with its aesthetic, its style and its methods. A noted example of this principle is Merton D. Simpson, a world-renowned visual artist and art dealer, a Charleston native who runs a prominent gallery in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City. On Saturday, the College of Charleston bestowed on him an honorary doctor of letters degree at its winter commencement exercises. Valerie Morris, dean of the School of the Arts at C of C, told those assembled Saturday, “Merton Simpson has a lifelong obsession with art. He’s created it. He’s collected it. He’s critiqued it and celebrated it. Art has been his life, his love and his passion. Whether painting, playing jazz or selling sculpture in his gallery, his life is wrapped up in art.” By all accounts, including his own, every thread of Simpson’s life has been influenced by jazz music. Born in 1928, he studied music and played in bands as a boy at the famed Jenkins Orphanage, that crucible of music that grew important jazz players. Simpson was not a resident there but he availed himself of the musical instruction it offered and learned the lessons of life one acquires, particularly on the touring road. His boyhood pal there was another nonresident student, Lonnie Hamilton III. Both are saxophonists, Hamilton on the alto and Simpson on the tenor. Along with innate tendencies, the influences of a good family and the pursuit of excellence and industri-

went over to ask Simpson something and he pointed me out to him and sent him back to me.’” Pure Simpson. His work comes closest to a category of art called abstract expressionism. As a boy in Charleston, he came under the tutelage of Halsey, whose modern abstracts inousness learning music at fluenced him to pursue that Jenkins, both excelled at all style. they tried. In 1949, Simpson had his Hamilton went on to a first one-man show. Halsey, prominent life in educahis wife, artist Corrie Mction and politics, staying in Callum, and Laura Bragg, Charleston, while Simpson’s sponsored the exhibition. pursuit of visual art took Simpson graduated from him to New York City. Burke High School in 1951. Standing on the shoulders He went on to study at New of the great swing players York University and Cooper from Jenkins, Simpson exUnion Art School. celled at modern jazz. As an African-American, And it was modern art in there was little opportunity which he made his mark for him to get lessons in art around the world, specializin Charleston. ing in dealing African tribal Halsey said, “At that time, art beginning in the 1970s. my wife and I were teachFluent in French, Simpson ing at the Gibbes. ... Merton operated out of his Madison couldn’t take the classes beAvenue gallery and galleries cause of segregation. That’s and art houses in Paris and the way it was then.” Belgium, wielding power Simpson would take his and influence that continues paintings to Halsey’s studio PROVIDED to this day. and he would critique them When I began exploring and encourage him. Merton D. Simpson brings passion to jazz and art. Charleston’s jazz history In the early 1950s, Simpand legacy in the late 1970s, lery, his first, after the party C of C is named after him. son was a part of group Hamilton, the late trumpet- at C of C to set up the Picexhibitions in New York at Everyone who knows er Bob Ephiram and many the Metropolitan Museum colo gig. Simpson knows that he is a others spoke fondly and adI’m told he had fabulous man of very few words. His of Art and the Guggenheim miringly of Simpson. Museum. parties at this gallery where music and his art speak for By the mid-1980s, I was His work is included in he also played his horn. him. producing the Jazz AfterI was on staff at The Post Halsey, who retired shortly permanent collections at the hours Series for the Piccolo and Courier by 1995 when Gibbes, Howard University after the 1984 exhibition, Spoleto Festival, a project I and Detroit Institute of Art, Simpson came home again, told me a revealing anechad co-founded in 1980. among others. this time to perform as part dote. I wrote: “Halsey tells After experiencing firstHis art is in the private of a Gibbes Museum of of an occurrence here in hand Simpson’s jazz prowholdings of collectors such Art reception opening an Charleston in 1984 that ess at a 1984 performance exhibition in the museum’s shows his (Simpson’s) dislike as Nelson D. Rockefeller, he gave at the College of Duke Ellington, Henry Luce grand Rotunda Gallery cu- of the limelight. Charleston at an exhibition rated by Angela Mack, curJr. and Dwight Eisenhower, “ ‘Shortly after the recepof his work, I knew I had to rent Gibbes director. whose portrait he painted tion had started, a guest have him on a larger stage while in the Air Force durThat gave me occasion to came over to me and asked where he could really stretch talk to the famous William if Simpson had gotten there ing the Korean War. out and be seen by more These days, Simpson’s Halsey, who had been artist yet. Merton was on the than the number who could in residence and assistant work, much of it grounded bandstand playing with a attend a reception. I traveled professor of art on George in social action and the civil jazz group and I pointed to his Madison Avenue gal- Street. The Halsey Gallery at him out to the person. He rights movement, is enjoy-

ing a kind of renaissance. The Greenville County Museum of Art and the Hampton III Gallery in Taylors are holding separate exhibitions of some of his previously unseen paintings. “Merton Simpson: Confrontations” runs through March 13 at the Greenville museum. This exhibition includes 15 paintings that Simpson created between 1968 and 1972, all described as large and dramatic examples of figurative expressionism. The Hampton III exhibition includes smaller works from the “Confrontations” series and paintings from the early years of his career. It can be seen through Feb. 5. Simpson, 82, has some health infirmities, so he was unable to travel to receive his degree. His brother, Carl Simpson, accepted it for him. Since I found out about the honor, I’ve been talking to Carl’s son, Carlton Simpson, who told me, “We are very proud of him. It’s fantastic he’s receiving this praise after years of dedicated work that seemed to fly under the radar here in Charleston.” Well, recognition of him and his work soared at Saturday’s graduation at Carolina First Arena. His spirits are flying high, too. I spoke to Simpson a couple of weeks ago on the phone, shortly after he and some staff, colleagues and friends had a little luncheon celebrating the C of C honor. He still talks about his lifelong love of expressing himself in painting and jazz. He still is, and always will be, a Charleston jazz guy. Jack McCray, author of “Charleston Jazz,” can be reached at jackjmccray@aol. com.

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Terrace expands while ‘Tron’ retreads With Fire,” and before that “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” all based on Swedish author Stieg Larsson’s best-selling “Millennium Thumbs up Trilogy.” Heroine Lisbeth One of my least favorite Salander remains a busy girl parts about taking a long in the third installment, and out-of-town hiatus (a special “Hornet’s Nest” was a satisthanks to the Charleston factory finish to the series. Scene staff for allowing me But the most exciting part to do this) is that I miss a lot of my return to Charleston “127 Hours,” the true story of new movies. and my movie theater addicGoing to the movies is one of a hiker who gets stuck tion: The Terrace has a new of my favorite pastimes, and in a canyon crack and in theater! choosing between death and in the name of making up The Terrace used to have for lost time, I found myself survival ends up having to three theaters and has alat Terrace Theatre on James make some pretty gruesome ways done a fantastic job in Island three times last week. decisions. It was well-done, selecting quality and critithough I admit having to My first trip was to catch a cally acclaimed independent sneak preview of the remake turn my head during some films. It recently added a of the more gnarly parts. of the John Wayne classic, fourth theater. If the Terrace The third trip was to see “True Grit,” and it does not did not exist, Charleston disappoint, particularly Jeff “The Girl Who Kicked the simply would not get to see Hornet’s Nest,” which folBridges’ performance. a majority of the movies the The second trip was to see lows “The Girl Who Plays theater features. Moviegoers


now get to see more of them. always kickin’ butt, kissin’ girls and being chased by Thumbs down that intergalactic Boss Hogg, I’m not going to lie — I Darth Vader. Also, I really don’t like sci-fi. When I see hated 1999’s “The Matrix” a movie trailer that takes and still find myself cursplace in outer space, my ing that movie’s name every eyes begin to glaze over and time it ruins another fight boredom sets in quickly. scene in which Hollywood I fully recognize that this directors insist on employnot only makes me abnoring the now cliche slow-mo mal compared with the action and ridiculous body overall movie-going public, contortions. but particularly among That said, like most Amermodern American males. ican boys, I was intrigued by Sure, I grew up on “Star the inner-space, computer Wars,” but liked it despite world concept of the Disney the fact that it took place in movie “Tron” when it came space, not because of it. out in 1982. But when I saw As my mother can attest, I it at the now defunct Fox was far more obsessed with Theater in Gaslight Square “The Dukes of Hazzard” on Rivers Avenue, I thought than astronauts and aliens. I it was boring. Disney had even thought Luke Skywalk- failed to impress even an er and Han Solo were sort 8-year-old. When I learned of like Bo and Luke Duke, there was going to be a

“Tron” sequel, I wondered what might be next? “Breakin’ 3”? I love dumb, fun campy stuff as much as anyone, but the “Tron” follow-up appears to be an attempt at a serious sequel to the lackluster original. I loved the “Breakin’ ” movies at the height of the ’80’s break dancing craze, but seeing them as an adult — they are awful. A “Breakin’ 3” probably would be pretty funny, precisely because it undoubtedly would be really bad. “Tron” was just plain bad, and this new movie simply looks like a knockoff of “The Matrix.” No thanks, no more and never underestimate the marketable power and blinding affect of nostalgia.


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watch a lot of movies. This year, I’ve probably checked out more than a few hundred. My five favorite movies from the year, listed below, definitely left strong impressions on me, and I highly recommend you check them out, in case you haven’t already.

This year, all three of the Swedish movies came out in the U.S. and I rushed to the theatres with each movie’s release. The second and third movies — “The Girl Who Played With Fire” and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” — carried out the first book’s plot of a young, anti-social computer hacker, Lisbeth Salander (played by the awesome Noomi Rapace), and the investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist (played by Michael Nyqvist) as they uncover family secrets, government cover-ups and crazy backstories for characters. There were lots of other really good (“Inception”), funny (“Due Date”), or family (“Ramona & Beezus”) movies this year though. And, there are a few movies I’ve not had a chance to see as of this column’s deadline that I’m sure I’ll like a whole ton as well, including “The Fighter” and “True Grit.”

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On her website, Julie Wheat describes the Cavortress line as “proper not prim, ladylike yet licentious, refined and renegade- perfect for the punk rock love child, rockabilly hipster, urban debutante.” she was in elementary school when her father would take her to auctions. After a lifetime of buying vintage, Wheat decided in January it was time to put together a site where clients could purchase pieces from

with each listing that goes beyond the usual measurement, color and size by making suggestions about shortening an item or how something could be styled. Wheat’s love of vintage also has an influence on her label. “With Cavortress Design, I try to blend the best of the past and translate that into updated classics that are nothing less than impetuously darling and easy to wear.” The new year looks promising for Cavortress as well. Wheat says she’ll be outsourcing production on her label so the collection will be available in more stores. Locally, Cavortress can be found at House of Sage on George Street. There’s also a 2011 Summer Lookbook from her students at the Art Institute and, of course, Charleston Fashion Week.

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his year has been a pretty good one for fashion designer Julie Wheat. Her label Cavortress was selected to show at St. Louis Fashion Week, making Wheat the only nonlocal designer invited to participate. She embarked on a new career path as an adjunct professor at the Art Institute of Charleston, and she recently launched an online shop, Cavortress Vintage. Recently, Wheat shared more good news. She had

tions such as the Valentino plaid jacket, “We like our jackets like we like our men — Italian!” The jacket, with its slim silhouette and faux fur collar, is $150. Despite a selection of designer vintage that’s available for purchase, Wheat believes you should never buy something just because Wheat it’s designer. “Personally, I think people ON THE WEB should be more concerned Cavortress Vintage is with the fabric, cut, shape, drape, fit and purpose of a available at shop.cagarment.” Also visit Wheat understands that buying clothes online can for videos and info on be difficult, and she says, upcoming events. “I try EVERYTHING on before buying it so I know her collection. how it fits. I choose to list The website launched on pieces that have a great cut Nov. 26. and easy fit so that CavorThe Cavortess Vintage shop tresses can’t go wrong when is easy to navigat. making a purchase.” Items have amusing capShe includes information

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‘Love is All Around’ Charleston’s art scene of high-society Christmas parties. I got all my girls together and we all donned stunning Leigh Magar headpieces, which were a total hit. Several people even asked us if we were part of a performance. We replied, “But, of course!” just for fun. We then met up with some friends at the new Belmont his past week rocked on Upper King and had a — art shows, Christlate-night snack at the uber mas parties, shopping, packed Dell’z Deli. holiday music that was actuI actually went shopping ally really good. Saturday (as cold and rainy The festivities began with as it was) and ended up at the opening of Tim Hussey’s Tivoli Studios for its first “Drown Then Swim” at the opening. Allow me a few City Gallery last Thursday lines give these folks the with what appeared to be mad props they deserve. I about 300 people in attenremember meeting with dance. I think Hussey was a the guys who were starting little nervous, but he had no Tivoli maybe six months need to be as his show was ago, seeing the empty amazing. warehouse space and hearFriday night was a flurry ing about their dreams of


making this a co-op studio space. The art was great but the camaraderie among the artists was what really stood out. Even all the dogs, cats and fish seemed happy (especially Beastie, the cat who spent most of his time salivating at the edge of the fishpond). I fell in love with a beautiful vintage 1915 compass necklace made by Scarlett Poppy, which I can’t stop thinking about. I’m really looking forward to seeing how Tivoli grows. On Saturday night, I was able to catch a performance of Pure Theatre’s holiday production, “Waffle Haus,” written by Rodney Lee Rogers. As a matter of fact, Rogers himself along with wife Sharon Graci and daughter Sully were the three main actors in this hilarious play. We were laughing so much

that the people in the lobby even commented on it. Sunday night’s Cord and Pedal Christmas Ball at the Pour House was super fun. With Cary Ann Hearst as the organizer, emcee and performer, everyone was rocking out to some fun and funny holiday tunes. My favorite was Slow Runner’s performance of “Christmas is All Around,” which was adapted from the original song by the Troggs called “Love is All Around.” I think all artsy happenings have quieted down this week due to the holiday frenzy of shopping, cooking and traveling. I’d still really like to encourage folks to buy some local art as gifts. They really are the best. Or you could always make something. Now that’s special.



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Distinctive sound colors Clay Ross’ work BY BILL THOMPSON


Tim Hussey’s work will be on view at the City Gallery through Jan. 15.

What you missed last week ...

Hussey swims; punks raise money for Toys for Tots

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Presents from Punks at Mellow Mushroom

espite frosty weather on Thursday evening, the Charleston artsy set gathered at the City Gallery downtown for the opening reception for artist Tim Hussey’s “Drown Then Swim.” The exhibition, which chronicles 10 years of the artist’s works, is presented as a map of the artist’s career, winding from the beginning of 2000 through the present. A crowd filled the gallery’s halls as guests peered at Hussey’s large scale works of art. His work filled the entire gallery, both on the main floor and the second floor level. There was not a portion of the gallery not filled with art enthusiasts. Spotted in the crowd was vintage collector Lori Wyatt and visual artist Julio Cotto. Hussey’s mother also was in attendance.

The annual Presents from Punks is an event that’s nearly as synonymous with Christmas in Charleston as the giant festive Christmas cone in Marion Square. Saturday night’s event was organized by photographer John Stout. The second floor of Mellow Mushroom on King Street was bedecked with a myriad of art by a roster of good spirited Charleston artists, including Lisa Shimko, Tim Showers and Stout. As the crowd grew, bright red SOLD tags began to appear next to many works, all of which were priced under $50. An hour into the affair, it was difficult to find a work that had not yet sold. Local band The Shaniqua Brown and DJ Rocky Horror played later in the evening. The event raised more than $3,000, which was spent on items to be donated to the Lowcountry’s Toys for Tots.



s a musician, it took some time for Clay Ross to “wean” himself from Charleston, but he wasn’t about to sever the link. And returning to the Holy City for a gig with his old bandmates from the Gradual Lean — Charlton Singleton (trumpet), Kevin Hamilton (bass) and Quentin Baxter (drums) — finds the guitarist decidedly enthused. Only this time, with a repertoire largely featuring Ross’ compositions, they will perform as the (one-off) Clay Ross 4tet. The Jazz Artists of Charleston event kicks out the jams at 8 tonight at the Charleston Ballet Theatre, 477 King St. “We haven’t played together in many years, but I’m really looking forward to it,” says Ross, a successful bandleader and sideman now based in Brooklyn, N.Y. “When I left Charleston, it was my goal to extend a little, not to completely start over. So being connected to those guys has always been important to me,” he says. “Even in the beginning in New York, I slowly weaned myself off coming back to Charleston as often as I might. It was a gradual process.” Ross’ musical influences are legion, and his music defies easy categorization. The guitarist exhibits a distinctive sound that melds jazz, world and roots music into a style all his own. Ross, whose latest album “Matuto” (Ropeadope Records) is named for the band he leads full time, has earned multiple grants through the U.S. State Department and has toured globally as a U.S. Jazz Ambassador. During a fiveyear foray with percussionist Cyro Baptista, he immersed himself in Brazilian music, with concerted study in the culturally rich region of Pernambuco. “I caught a break with Baptista,” Ross says. “That was my entry point. Upon moving to New York, that was my first real touring gig with established artists. It gave me a lot of validation and encouragement when I was getting started.” Matuto (Brazilian slang for “country bumpkin”) has performed at the Blue Note Jazz Club, the Philadelphia Folk Festival and The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., among other en-


Guitarist Clay Ross returns to Charleston to perform with his old bandmates. “Playing with April is one of my main jobs right now,” he says. “Musical influences are so global these days, and I wanted to know more about the WHAT: Jazz Artists of Charleston rich music of the United States so I presents the Clay Ross 4tet. could share it. WHERE: The Charleston Ballet “South Carolina also is rich in musiTheatre (477 King St.). cal culture, from blues and gospel to WHEN: Today at 8 p.m. Gullah rhythms to old time and blueTICKETS: Adults $20 advance, grass influences.” $25 day of show. Student, $15 adBut to take a break from that tour vance, $20 day of show. Call (843) and perform his work here with his old 641-0011, visit comrades bears particular resonance or, or go by the for Ross. JAC box office (185-B St. Philip St.). It’s the first “official” reunion of the band’s original members in nearly a decade. Ross and Hamilton were gagements. roommates when the Gradual Lean The band’s next album, soon to be coalesced in 1999, with Ross and Baxout, is “Entre Nous” (“Between Us”), and Ross has been releasing cuts one at ter having just graduated from the College of Charleston. a time in an era less enamored of the Singleton, who Ross says christened album concept. the band, also was in their circle of col“Much of what we’ll be playing leagues and friends. in Charleston is from ‘Entre Nous,’ “They are some of my best friends though stylistically, there isn’t much of and favorite people in the world, my a unifying concept in the album. I’m a musician who likes to play in a lot of earliest musical mentors,” says the Anstyles. The challenge, sometimes, is to derson native. “Everything about the experience of playing with them really come to terms with all those styles.” As a sideman, Ross in the midst of an shaped my musical direction.” international tour with folk music star Reach Bill Thompson at 937-5707. April Verch.

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The Royal Tinfoil Sunday at The Tin Roof It’s painful, but you would never really know it when you hear it. In fact, there’s something very primal and afflicted but still happyhappy in a psychotic cackling kind of way. Perhaps that’s the best way to describe Charleston newcomers The Royal Tinfoil’s music: madly upbeat, but even that seems cliche. The trio formed earlier this year and quickly has made its presence known in the local music scene by typically performing multiple shows each month. The band’s music is an assortment of folk, punk and blues that rolls of the tongue as easily as it trembles down your spine. There’s a certain maniacal


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spirit to it all that brings the bluesy ghosts and mystery of the band’s style and lyrics to life without sounding too overthought or cheesy. The Royal Tinfoil will perform Sunday at the Tin Roof, 1117 Magnolia Road, with Sick, Tyte, Click, M-Tank and Sleepy Eye Giant. Tickets are available at the door. The show is set to begin at 10 p.m. Visit www.myspace. com/westashleytinroof or

The Asheville, N.C., native formed his one-man band (though now a two-piece), Shake It Like a Caveman, in 2005 and has since sparked some small hope that rock ’n’ roll still is fearless, dangerous, rebellious and a little bit insane. His DIY approach and barely care attitude gives Burris a freshness and unpredictability that has been lost in the days of photo shoots, music videos and ring tones. Burris welds the conviction of foot-stomping, dirty blues call 571-0775 for information and chaos of punk to create about the show. Visit www. rock ’n’ roll that clings to its sanity in the most progressively entertaining way. Shake It Like a Shake It Like a Caveman released its third album, Caveman Wednesday at The Tin “When You Smile I See Your Fangs,” last year. Roof Shake It Like a Caveman What Blake Burris began will perform at 10 p.m. with his one-man show prob- Wednesday at the Tin Roof, ably is not what he would 1117 Magnolia Road. Visit expect it to become five years leytinroof or call 571-0775



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all of that in the best way they can. A desire to share their passion through the music that inspired the passion to begin with — or something like that. MachineFunk MachineFunk is was one of the bands that set out to Tonight at The Pour re-create the music of WideHouse spread Panic four years ago Cover bands face an uphill in Florence. Unlike most, battle for respect from most however, the band is one of music enthusiasts, but tribute the few to be able to pull the bands face an almost impos- re-creation off. The band’s sible climb for credibility. The renditions have been so welldecision to cover a widely received that even members popular band’s entire catalog of Widespread Panic have is almost like saying that you joined in on the tribute. can play basketball as well MachineFunk will perform as Michael Jordan or write two full sets Thursday at The as well as Chaucer. You’re Pour House, 1977 Maybank almost undoubtedly setting Highway. Tickets are $7 and yourself up for failure. are available online at www. That’s where the purity of or at the door. tribute bands comes into play. Doors open at 9 p.m. with the These aren’t bands seeking show at 10 p.m. Visit www. to change the face of modern or music or immortalize them- call 571-4343 for information selves in the annals of music on the show. Visit www.mahistory. Tribute bands simply for inwant to, well, pay tribute to formation on MachineFunk. for information about the show. Visit www.myspace. com/shakeitlikeacaveman for information on Shake It Like a Caveman.


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Tye Tribbett FRESH (Columbia)

Upon seeing the cover of “Fresh,” the new CD by Tye Tribbett, those not familiar with the artist might think the CD was yet another hip-hop album. Tribbett is pictured dressed in white and standing beneath a large graffiti rendering of the album’s title. In reality though, Tribbett is a well-respected gospel singer, writer, producer, and arranger. Along with his group, G.A. (short for Greater Anointing), Tribbett has released several well-received gospel albums. This solo effort incorporates the sounds of gospel, R&B and hip-hop, bringing a very contemporary sound to the songs. A few of the songs, most notably “Good” and “Champion,” even delve into rock territory. Tribbett keeps the message upbeat and spiritually positive throughout the CD. Standout tracks include “Holding On,” “Hallelujah,” and the title track. Especially good is “When the Rocks Hit the Ground,” which benefits from the beautiful vocals of Jaden Michaels. For those who think that contemporary gospel music can’t sound like its contemporary secular counterpart, Tribbett’s latest release puts an end to that outdated notion. KEY TRACKS: “When the Rock Hit the Ground,” “Good,” “Fresh.”



Boiling underneath the music on “It’s Not How You Start, It’s How You Finish,” the new CD by the English rock band The Hours, there’s a pretty incredible musical pedigree. Founding member Antony Genn started out playing with Pulp and Elastica, and has written songs with the likes of Robbie Williams, Josh Homme and Brian Eno. Co-founder Martin Slattery has written with KT Tunstall and Grace Jones, and toured with Black Grape. Both Slattery and Genn played with the late Clash front man Joe Strummer in his band The Mescaleros. The music on “It’s Not How You Start, It’s How You Finish” is both catchy and immediate. There is a certain frantic quality to songs such as “Ali in the Jungle” and “These Days,” while tunes such as “Back When You Were Good” and “Come On” feature genuine longing and emotion. All the while Slattery’s keyboard playing adds an extra dimension to the music, especially on tunes such as “Big Black Hole” and “Icarus.” “Narcissus Road,” with its bouncy beat and hand claps, is probably the album’s best tune. Fans of British pop bands such as Keane and Blur will no doubt take a shine to The Hours. KEY TRACKS: “Narcissus Road,” “These Days,” “Icarus.”


The Hungry Monks SUPERIOR CRUST (Independent)

With all of the studio magic that can be applied to a song both during and after recording, it is always nice to hear some good old-fashioned acoustic music with no auto-tune, no special effects, just pure unadulterated music. One’s mind gets a chance to relax and decompress, while at the same time still being stimulated by the music itself. The Hungry Monks have been offering folks the chance to experience just this type of musical therapy for years now, and the group’s new CD, “Superior Crust,” allows the listener that same sort of relaxed stimulation wherever there is a CD player available. Hungry Monks core members John Holenko and Hazel Ketchum complement one another nicely on whatever respective stringed instruments they happen to be strumming, while Ketchum’s lovely vocals lead a song without overpowering it. On “Superior Crust” the duo is joined by violinist Bob Culver, bassist John Kennedy, and drummer Jim Donnelly. Other musicians such as Matt Hamrick and Michael Bashaw lend their talents as needed. The resulting album features a down-home sounding set of songs about everything from moonshine to boats to patchouli. All but one of the 14 songs on the CD were written either by Holenko or Ketchum, and with each spin of this CD, it becomes more apparent why The Hungry Monks are such a well-respected local act. KEY TRACKS: “Moonshine Down,” “Gypsy Tears,” “King Size Papa.”


Jackie Evancho O HOLY NIGHT (Columbia)

When Susan Boyle became a household name courtesy of her audition for “Britain’s Got Talent,” the fans of that talent show’s U.S. counterpart, “America’s Got Talent,” immediately started scanning the contestants to see who would be the American equivalent. It didn’t take long for folks to zero in on 10-year-old Jackie Evancho, who auditioned for the show via YouTube. Evancho’s performance of “Panis Angelicus” was undeniably breathtaking, if only because there appeared to be the voice of a fullgrown female opera singer coming from the mouth of a child. While Evancho didn’t win the contest (Boyle didn’t win hers either), she turned enough heads to get a record deal. Apparently her label realized that it might be best to strike while Evancho’s name was still somewhat familiar in the minds of the record buying public, so now along comes “O Holy Night,” a CD/DVD set that appears to be nothing more than a quick attempt to cash in on Evancho’s sudden fame. Why do I say this? Well, rather than record an entire album of 10 or 12 songs, we instead get 4 tracks on a CD (“Silent Night,” “Panis Angelicus,” “O Holy Night,” and “Pie Jesu”) and a DVD that features her YouTube audition, all of her performances on “America’s Got Talent,” and an interview with the singer. That’s it. I will say this in defense of the CD’s brevity. As amazing a singer as Evancho is; I personally believe that anything over four songs would probably have had me using the CD for skeet shooting. Cute is cute, but it only goes so far. KEY TRACKS: “Silent Night,” “O Holy Night,” “Pie Jesu.”


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ALLUETTE’S JAZZ CAFE: 137 Calhoun St. 737-0090. Tonight: 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. ATLANTICVILLE RESTAURANT AND WINES: 2063 Middle St., Sullivan’s Island. 883-9452. 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: Laughternoon, Wade Baker Jazz, Tidal Jive. BIG JIM’S DIAMONDBACK SALOON: 5991 Rivers Ave. 7442501. Tues: Karaoke. BIG JOHN’S TAVERN: 251 East Bay St. 723-3483. Tues: Karaoke. BLIND TIGER PUB: 38 Broad St. 577-0088. Mon: Big Hit and

Baby Kit. BLU RESTAURANT AND BAR: 1 Center St., Folly Beach. 588-6658. Sun: Eric Penrod, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. BLUE’S HOUSE OF WINGS: 1039 Anna Knapp Blvd., Mount Pleasant. 881-1858. Tues: Trivia, 7 p.m.; Wed: Live Music. BUDDY ROE’S SHRIMP SHACK: 1528 Ben Sawyer Blvd. 388-5270. Tonight-Fri: 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: 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. Wed: The Amazing Mittens, 6:30-8

p.m. THE CLUB AT MEYERS RD: 216 Meyers Rd., Summerville. 875-4215. Wed-Sat: Karaoke. CLUB H2O: 8484 Dorchester Rd. 767-1426. Tonight: Country Dance Party, 9 p.m. CRAB SHACK, FOLLY BEACH: 26 Center St. 5883080. 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. Sun: Jazz, noon. CUOCO PAZZO: 1035 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Mt. Pleasant. 971-9034. Wed: Riccardo sings Opera and Italian songs, 7 p.m. DORCHESTER LANES: 10015 Dorchester Rd., Summerville. 376-2200. 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: Holiday Party w/Ryan Bonner and The Dearly Beloved, $5, 10 p.m.; Wed: Wednesday Nite Ramble, free, 8:30 p.m. FIERY RON’S WEST ASHLEY: 1205 Ashley River Rd. 2252278. Tonight: Blue Plantation, free, 9:30 p.m.; Mon: open mic, 8 p.m.; Wed: Lowcountry Blues Club, 7 p.m.; Thurs: Bluestone Ramblers, free, 9 p.m. FIREWATER GRILLE: 109 Holiday Drive, Summerville. 261-2121. Wed: Team Trivia, 8 p.m. FISH RESTAURANT: 442 King St. 722-3474. Tonight: Elise Testone, 7 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 and Thurs: Mark Schuler. HALLIGAN’S RESTAURANT AND BAR: 3025 Ashley Towne Center, Suite 201. 225-4347. Mon: Karaoke w/Sinclair. HALLS CHOPHOUSE: 434 King St. 797-0090. Sun: Christmas Gospel Brunch, 10:30 a.m.3 p.m.; Mon-Wed: Anthony Owens, 6:30 p.m. HIGH COTTON: 199 East Bay St. 724-3815. Tonight: Leah Suarez Trio; Fri: Bill Aycock Trio; Sun: Brunch w/James Slater and Kevin Hackler; evening w/ Bill Aycock Duo; Mon: Margaret Coleman and Wayne Dawes; Tues-Wed: James Slater, Kevin Hackler and Jeremy Wolf Trio;

Thurs: Leah Suarez Trio. HENRY’S BAR AND RESTAURANT: 54 N. Market St. 7234363. Wed: Chris Dodson. JIMMY’S SPORTS BAR AND GRILL: 431 St. James Ave., Goose Creek. 553-8766. Tonight: Team Trivia; Tues: Chris Sullivan, free, 8-11 p.m.; Wed: DJ/Karaoke, free. 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.

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KICKIN’ CHICKEN: 1179 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., West Ashley 766-5292. Wed: Trivia, 9 p.m. Thurs: Live music. LIBERTY TAP ROOM: 1028 Johnnie Dobbs Blvd., Mt. Pleasant. 971-7777. Tonight: Dave Gillease, 7-10 p.m. LOCALS BAR: 1150 Queensborough Blvd., Unit B. 3885114. Mon: Keith Bruce, 6-9 p.m. LOCO JOE’S FOOD & SPIRITS: 1115 Miles Rd., Summerville. 821-2946. Wed: Karaoke and Trivia. MAD RIVER BAR & GRILLE: 32 N. Market St. 723-0032. Mon: Live Music; Tues: Trivia. MAMA Q’S KITCHEN: 3157 Maybank Hwy., Johns Island. 559-0071. Tonight: John Cusatis, 6:30-8:30 p.m. MANNY’S NEIGHBORHOOD GRILLE: 1608 Old Towne Rd. 763-3908. Tonight: Team Trivia; Sun: Team Trivia; Wed: Ted McKee “Tropical Rock,” 6-9 p.m., DNR, 9:30 p.m. MERCATO RESTAURANT: 102 N. Market St. 722-6393.

Tonight-Fri: Ann Caldwell w/ LooseFitt; Sun: Jordan Gravel; Mon: Leah Suarez Trio; Tues: Frank Duvall Trio; Wed: The Pulse Trio. MERLY’S PUB: 1217 Red Bank Rd., Goose Creek. Fri: Karaoke, 9 p.m. MOLLY DARCY’S: 235 East Bay St. 737-4085. Tonight: Pat and Cam; Fri: DJ; Sun: Daniel Patrick. MONTREUX BAR AND GRILL: 127 West Richardson Ave., Summerville. 261-1200. Sun: Chris Dodson; Tues: Trivia; Thurs: Jamisun. MUSIC FARM: 32 Ann St. 577-6989. Thurs: Edwin McCain w/John Wesley Satterfield and Taylor Moore, $17.50-22.50, 8 p.m. O’MALLEY’S: 549 King St. 805-5000. Tonight: Live Music; Mon: Live Music; Tue: Trivia, followed by Karaoke, 7 p.m.; Wed: DJ. OSCAR’S RESTAURANT: 207 W. 5th North St., Summerville. 871-3800. Tonight: Calvin Taylor, 6-9 p.m. PATRICK’S PUB: 1377 Ashley River Rd. 571-3435. Tonight:

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928-3609. Fri: Jef Wilson, 6-9 p.m. SOUTHEND BREWERY AND SMOKEHOUSE: 161 East Bay St. 853-4677. Tonight: Salsa Night, 10 p.m. SOUTHERN COMFORT BAR AND GRILL: 1761 North Main Street, Summerville. 873-9220. Tonight: Team Trivia, 8 p.m. SUNFIRE GRILL & BISTRO: 1090 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. 766-0223. Tonight: Susie Summers and Al, 6-9 p.m.; Mon: Singer and Songwriter Night, 8 p.m.; Tues: Ted McKee, 6-9 p.m.; Wed: Jef Wilson, 6-9 p.m. .THE TATTOOED MOOSE: 1137 Morrison Dr. 277-2990. Tues: Aaron “Firetag” and friends, free, 9 p.m. THIRSTY TURTLE II: 1158 College Park Rd., Summerville. 851-9828. Sun: Mike Peifer or Jefferson Coker; Mon and Wed: Karaoke, 9 p.m.; Tues: Mike Peifer or Jefferson Coker. THOROUGHBRED CLUB AT CHARLESTON PLACE: 224 King St. 722-4900. Tonight: 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: Action City Blackout w/The Shaniqua Brown, 10 p.m.; Sun: Go For Launch, M-Tank, Sick, Tyte, Click, Sleepy Eye Giant, The Royal Tinfoil, 10 p.m.; Wed: Shake It Like a Caveman, 10 p.m.; Thurs: Dexter Romweber Duo, 10 p.m. TOAST: 155 Meeting St. 5340043. Tonight: Abe White. TOMMY CONDON’S: 160 Church St. 577-3818. Tonight: 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. TWIN RIVER LANES: 613 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Mt. Pleasant. 884-7735. Wed: Mike the Knight Karaoke. WET WILLIE’S: 209 East Bay St. 853-5650. Mon: Metal Mondays; Wed: Jerry Cooper. WILD WING DOWNTOWN: 6 N. Market St. 722-9464. Tonight: Karaoke; 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: Holiday Show w/Plane Jane; Sun: Patio Party w/David Dunning; Tue: Team Trivia; Wed: Homegrown Music Series featuring Jamisun. WILD WING N. CHARLESTON: 7618 Rivers Ave. 8189464. Tonight: The Piedmont Boys; 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. Sun: Fowler’s Mustache, $5, 9:30 p.m.

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Fabulous and festive options for New Year’s Eve BY DENISE K. JAMES

Special to The Post and Courier

After the drama and emotional heft of Christmas, it’s time to get silly and saucy for New Year’s Eve. Since our city has so many events to consider, there is no reason not to put on the glitz for 2011. We’ve rounded up some options, including fancy balls, delicious dinners and even a couple of budget ideas. There is absolutely no excuse for sitting in front of a television all night. Let’s toast to another year in the Holy City.

For the ballroom dancer

If you’re thinking bottomless cocktails and reasons to boogie, then one of these parties is your best bet. If you plan to attend, get your tickets now. Most of the prices go up the day after Christmas. Resolution 2011 NYE Party at Memminger Auditorium: The Resolution Party is new this year, and will feature dueling tunes from DJ MooMoo and DJ Travis, plus live jams from Dub Island. The $75 ticket includes adult beverages and food from Gourmet Bay Catering and Savory Sushi. Bring cash for the Taco Boy truck. For tickets, visit, 56 Beaufain St. The Snyder Ball at the SC Aquarium: This is one of the longest running NYE events in the Lowcountry. For $125 per ticket, you get cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres, a choice between live music by Quiana Parler and Friends, or DJ Natty Heavy spinning tunes. For tickets, visit 100 Aquarium Wharf. The Platinum Ball at the Hippodrome: Next door to The Snyder Ball is the Platinum Ball, a newbie to the Charleston New Year’s lineup. Tickets are $75 and include drinks all night and a champagne toast. There will be music by four DJs — Deejay D-Nyce, Arthur Brouthers, Danny Seltzer and Jake B. Dress your stylish best for this event, as there’s a red carpet and lots of photo ops. It’s even hosted by Charleston Scene editor Marcus Amaker. For tickets, visit 360 Concord St. (former IMAX building).

For the foodie

Make reservations to have a festive time at one of these Charleston restaurants. That’s not to say that it’s just food: These places are hosting their own celebrations. McCrady’s Presidential Ball: Come dressed as your favorite — or favorite to insult — political figure at the

McCrady’s party 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. For $100 per ticket, you get bottomless cocktails, party favors, music and dancing, plus snacks. There’s even a prize for the best costume. You also can dine in that evening 5-10 p.m. and pay $65 to stay for the party. For tickets and dinner reservations, call 577-0025. 2 Unity Alley. Social + Bubbly = Epic: Social on East Bay will offer a three-course meal for $40 per person, and it even comes with champagne. Enjoy creations such as champagne-poached shrimp and champagne cupcakes plus a little to drink on the side. For reservations, call 577-5665. 188 East Bay St. Cru Cafe’s Celebration Menu: Ah, Cru Cafe. We all immediately think “macaroni and cheese,” but this time, think New Year’s Eve, and visit the restaurant for a delectable dinner, including wines and desserts. Dine at 6:30 p.m. and enjoy four courses for $45, or at 8:30 p.m. for $75, enjoy six courses and a champagne finale. For

reservations, call 534-2434. 18 Pinckney St. Old Village Post House: A special New Year’s prix-fixe menu will be cost $48 until midnight. 101 Pitt St., Mount Pleasant. 388-8935. Fish: Celebrate the remains of the year at Fish this New Year’s Eve as chef Nico Romo prepares a four-course meal beginning at 5:30 p.m. The four-course prix-fixe dinner is $50 per person, and for an additional $15, guests can enjoy wines paired with each course. The celebration continues after dinner at the bar, with a guest DJ spinning music 10 p.m.-2 a.m. 442 King St., 722-3474. O-Ku: Ring in 2011 at O-Ku’s “Forget the Year” New Year’s Eve Party. From 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., guests may enjoy an open bar featuring premium spirits, unlimited hors d’oeuvres, music by DJ Plush, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are $75, with VIP lounges available for $100 per person that include a complimentary bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne, private cocktail server and exclusive New Year’s Eve menu. To reserve, call 737- 0112 or e-mail okucharleston@ 463 King St.

For the budget-minded

For some of us, the week after Christmas is an incredibly broke one. If you’re looking for a night out but have limited funds, try one of these ideas. New Year’s Eve at the Pour House: Party until the wee hours at the Pour House for $18 and hear live music by Sol Driven Train and Dangermuffin. For tickets, check out charlestonpour-

Even more!

See Pages 24 and 31 for more New Year’s Eve party information. 1977 Maybank Highway. Chai’s Lounge and Tapas New Year’s Eve Masquerade: Come to Chai’s for a masquerade party, balloon drop, champagne toast and of dancing to Whiskey n’ Ramblin’, plus a live DJ. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For tickets and information, call 722-7313. 462 King St. New Year’s Eve at The Music Farm: The Music Farm is hosting The New Mastersounds, a four-piece funk band from England. The doors open at 8 p.m., and the show starts at 9 p.m. Get a regular ticket for $25 or $15 if you’re early. VIP tickets are $50. For tickets, visit 32 Ann St. Triangle’s Bottomless New Year’s Eve: Triangle Char and Bar in West Ashley is having a party, and tickets are $40 for an open bar, plenty of tunes and even a ball drop. Tickets are extremely limited, and are sold only on Monday evening. For tickets, call 377-1300. 828 Savannah Highway.


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The Boathouse at Breach Inlet: Rowing ashore tasty seafood for 13 years chat; the kitchen can attend to each dish. This former bait shop was transformed by the architeche Charleston Contural firm of Reggie Gibson vention and Visitors and the boat-building skills of Bureau encourages locals to “Be a tourist in your Lawrence Waring in 1997, into a understated beach strucown town.” For a nominal ture that is the restaurant and fee, during the month of January, residents of Berkeley, continues to provide a sense of place in its decor and a taste Charleston and Dorchester of terroir in its menu. counties can access LowExecutive chef Charles Arecountry attractions with a na has maintained the high “locals pass.” Destinations include muse- standards of Southern ingreums, historical sights, nature dient loyalty that founding preserves and even the Caro- partner Richard S.W. Stoney charted for the course of the lina Ice Palace and the FishBoathouse fleet. ing Pier at Folly Beach. The Boathouse at Breach The pass includes a tour of embraced its bait shop past the H.L. Hunley in North and seafood restaurant fuCharleston. This review is suggesting you tour the Hun- ture by staying close to the ley and then re-trench to the nautical roots of clammers, Boathouse at Breach Inlet for crabbers and fisherman that brought true meaning to dinner. catch of the day. For it was from this spot “Simply fresh” became the that the Confederate submamoniker for the likes of pink rine was launched at what is now a breach between the In- snapper, wreck bass, Arctic tracoastal Waterway and the char, swordfish or flounder rubbed with olive oil and sea Atlantic Ocean. salt and prepared your way: This is a good time to dine roasted, fried, blackened, at The Boathouse at Breach seared. Inlet because it is the only The side dishes receive as one still in operation. The much careful attention to Boathouse at Lake Julian is detail and the season as the closed. center of the plate. Collards The Boathouse at East Bay are cooked slow and low, opened this month as The seasoned with the smoky bits Rice Market. The much anticipated Boathouse at El- of hog, slackened by time, braced by the intensity of lis Creek suffered a fire in their leaves. its early weeks of operation The smoked Gouda mac (March 2009) and to date has and cheese (up-charge of not re-opened. So now there is one. In high $2.50) is worth both the season, there is only room for money and the calories. crows at the roof-top bar; the These are not the “tight” and oyster bar is as tightly packed taut casseroles of pasta and cheese that passes for this as an oyster “reef” and the iconic dish around town. restaurant itself is four deep Rather, they are loosely as customers wait for their sauced, just gratineed and tables. But now, dear locals, fragrant with the smoke of it is all ours. The frenzy of melted Gouda. the high tide of tourists has Toby’s clams ($6.95) are waned; the staff has time to

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restaurant review CUISINE: Regional American and Seafood CATEGORY: Neighborhood Favorite and Night Out LOCATIONS: 101 Palm Boulevard, Isle of Palms PHONE: 886-8000 FOOD: ***½ ATMOSPHERE: **** SERVICE: ***½ PRICE: $$-$$$ COSTS: Appetizers $7.95-$11.95; soups and salads $6.95$9.95, entrees $17.95-$29.95, pastas $14.95-$18.95; addons $8.95-MP, daily specials MP; brunch $6.95-$14.95; up-charge for some sides; additional sides $2.95 with entrees. Chef’s brunch selections $7.95-$19.95, sides $1.95-$3.95

plump and salty; carefully steamed to maintain a tender chew. Seasonal oysters ($9.95) are served with a French classic mignonette sauce, a tribute to the culinary heritage of chef Arena’s French training. It was at the Boathouse that I first tried shrimp and grits ($20.95) back in 1998. It was so good, that I returned the next evening and had it again. They are 360 degrees removed from the simplicity of the morning shrimp and grits of sweet shrimp, salty butter and a bed of hominy. With layers of sauces stratified by reduction, the use of a green Tabasco crema and the

colorful trifecta of bell peppers, caramelized onions and andouille sausage, it was a memorable rendering of this local classic. Meat eaters are not abandoned at the Boathouse. Steaks ($26.95-$29.95) are simply grilled; pastas are also available topped with mussels ($18.95), clams ($18.95) or fish ($16.95). But this is your go-to place for seafood. Parmesan-crusted tilapia ($23.95) tasted like it could be at home in Positano with its capers, lemon and Roma tomatoes toppings. Blackened triggerfish with tomato relish ($25.95) served


WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE: Yes. VEGETARIAN OPTIONS: Yes. BAR: Full service bar. HOURS: Seasonal. Dinner daily 5 p.m.-9 p.m. SundayThursday; 10 p.m. Friday, Saturday. Sunday brunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Lunch service suspended until spring 2011; Crow Bar and Oyster Bar, closed for the season. DECIBEL LEVEL: Moderate to animated PARKING: Valet OTHER: Crew Rewards Card program; Facebook, glutenfree menu options. Special events, wine and beer dinners, e-newsletter. Catering. OpenTable reservations. Platinum Member of Sustainable Seafood Initiative. Crew Carolina Catering. Private label products: Simply Southern products.,;

with a side of grits and stewed okra and tomatoes was loyal taste brethren to the flavors of coastal Carolina. Lobster tails (MP) can be ordered butter-poached, a preparation that brought critical acclaim to Thomas Keller at the French Laundry. And the Boathouse Restaurant is home to blue cheese coleslaw created by their founding chef Jeff Lanzaro. Portions are generous and prices are premium. The key lime pie remains a local favorite. Our server encouraged the creme brulee ($7.95) and it was a classic preparation of its kind.

Cheesecake and chocolate mousse cake are still available. Business was brisk on a weekend evening, but it had the relaxed feel of friends dining with friends. The pace in the dining rooms had the gentle rhythm of an oar cutting through the water, the gentle catch and extraction of a well-placed scull. An appropriate image for a restaurant that bears homage to racing shells and wooden boats. So take your tastebuds on a tour of your town and make a pass at the Boathouse at Breach Inlet for a culinary nod to local foods.

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Tiger at any of these Neighborhood Dining Group properties: ◗ McCrady’s: A regular menu and an extended tastBeefing up 2011 ing menu will both be availSpend your last meal of able 5-10 p.m. The restau2010 with Oak Steakhouse rant is also hosting a Presias newly appointed execudential Ball 10 p.m.-1:30 tive chef Jeremiah Bacon Maverick celebration a.m. for $100. Come dressed presents his regular dinEnjoy live jazz music and as your favorite political figner menu 5-11 p.m. Call a special three-course New ure, past president, first lady 722-4220 to reserve. Oak Steakhouse is at 17 Broad St. Year’s Eve menu and for $60 or mistress and compete for a $250 gift certificate for www.oaksteakhouserestau- 5-11 p.m. at High Cotton Charleston. High Cotton is best costume. McCrady’s is at 199 East Bay Street. 724at 2 Unity Alley. 577-0025. ◗ Husk: Come experience a Culinary legend award 3815. The 2011 BB&T CharlesJoin the New Year’s festhree-course menu for $55 ton Wine + Food Festival tivities at Slightly North of 5:30-11 p.m. Husk is at 76 seeks nominations for the Broad with prix fixe menu Queen Street. 577-2500. Laura Hewitt Culinary Leg- until 11 p.m. Enjoy 2 courses ◗ Queen Anne’s Revenge: end Award, to be bestowed for $49 or 3 courses for $56. Not able to ring in the New on March 4 during the SNOB is at 192 east Bay Year at midnight? Bring in festival’s official opening Street. 723-3424. the whole family and enjoy ceremonies at 11 a.m. our regular menu, plus a The award honors one Tristan, take four. special $30 three course individual or organization Tristan Dining is hosting a menu. Dine early and save PROVIDED that has excelled in the culi- New Year’s Eve Dinner Par- between 4 and 6 p.m. Queen nary community of Charles- ty with a special New Year’s Anne’s Revenge is at 160 Oak Steakhouse’s head chef, Jeremiah Bacon, will present his dinner menu 5-11 p.m. ton or has contributed to Eve menu. There will be at the restaurant, 17 Broad St. Call 722-4220. Fairchild Street, Daniel Isthe Lowcountry cuisine of four seatings: 6:30 p.m., 7:30 land. 216-6868. Charleston. p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. The recipient will receive: The first seating includes a Luck of the Irish the Laura Hewitt Culinary three-course dinner for $65. The popular Irish bar Legend Award, recogniThe later three seatings in- Madra Rua plans an expantion on the official festival clude a four-course dinner, sion into Summerville. This website, recognition in press live music and champagne North Charleston Olde Vilmaterials and recognition at toast for $85. lage anchor looks to locate the opening ceremonies. Learn more by selecting on U.S. Highway 17A. Nominees must be a cur“New Year’s Menu” at www. rent or past resident of the Beach bash & bubbles tri-county area and 18 years Tristan Restaurant is at 10 BLU Restaurant at bar at 1 or older. The nomination Linguard St. 534-2155. Center St. on Folly Beach is process is open to the public planning to welcome 2011 and free of charge. with live entertainment, Carter’s crescendo Applications must be subdancing, open bar buffet Chef Robert Carter of the mitted to P.O. Box 22823, and a champagne toast at Peninsula Grill has created Charleston, SC 29413 by midnight; $85 per person. a series of menus for new Jan. 14. Applications can For details, call 588-6464 or Year’s Eve that increase in be found at www.charlesboth cost and complexity as visit www.tidesfollybeach. com. the evening progresses. about-the-festival or e-mail They begin at 5 p.m., $75; media@charlestonwineand- 7 p.m., $125; and 9:30 p.m., 82 Queen dinner 82 Queen is open Christmas $150. Day 5-8 p.m. Call 723-7591 or The complete menus can visit Glass Onion dinner be viewed on their website: The Glass Onion will fer a Lowcountry inspired Peninsula Grill is also open tasting menu to celebrate on Christmas Day serving a New Year’s Eve at 6-10 p.m. four-course dinner for $60. Dec. 31. To reserve, call 723-0700. This West Ashley restaurant at 1219 Savannah Hwy. Counting down to Sundays in will be open for reservations 2011 only and will have live jazz Welcome the Year of the to complement the dinner The Post and Courier

event. The five-course dinner ($50) can be paired with local wines for an added cost of $30. There will be limited offerings from the Glass Onion’s regular menu. www.

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Swider makes holidays sweeter BY ANGEL POWELL Special to The Post and Courier


shley Swider, owner and baker of yesUmay Cookies, is a Connecticut native who has some experience with owning a business in the Lowcountry. For four years, she owned Cose Belle, a downtown boutique, with her mother. Switching gears this year, Swider opened yesUmay Cookies, and has been a hit. Q: How long have you been open? A: yesUmay Cookies opened Sept. 25. Q: How did your love of baking begin? A: While I was growing up, both of my parents cooked a

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lot of delicious gourmet food and also baked quite a bit. They taught me at a young age (7 years old) how to bake cookies and breads. I fell in love with it quickly. I continued to use their recipes while baking for friends and family. As I grew older I started to put my spin on the recipes

and in turn created my own recipes that I now use. Q: You seem to have incorporated some of your philosophies on life into the names of your cookies and your business. A: My philosophy on life is, ‘Have as much fun as possible.’ I believe in optimism and I do my best to put positive energy into everything I do. While thinking of the name for the cookie business I wanted to incorporate positivity, so I came up with yesUmay, as in yes you may have a cookie, and enjoy life. All of the cookies flavors are named with positive affirmations, with intention of spreading more positive energy, love and laughter throughout the world.

Q: Do you have a favorite cookie? A: That changes daily. Right now my favorite is Tranquil Teacake, which is a seasonal cookie on our menu, and my mama’s recipe. Q: What is the most unusual flavor combination that you offer? A: I think one of the most unique cookie flavors is the Inspiration Indie, which is a white chocolate, macadamia nut and curry cookie. Q: How has the response to your company been so far? A: The response has been incredible so far. I am so grateful! Q: You have online ordering capabilities. Have you


Ashley Swider opened yesUmay Cookies on Sept. 25. had many orders outside of Charleston yet? How are you marketing to other areas? A: Our e-commerce website launched about a month ago. We are shipping nationwide and have quite a few customers in New York and California. We are marketing ourselves as a great gift to buy for the

holidays, as the cookies are packaged in a beautiful wine box, by the half-dozen and dozen. We have had great stories written about us on Daily Candy, Cotton Candy and Mind Body Green. Q: What is your guilty pleasure food? A: I don’t have a guilty pleasure food. I think all food is good for me!

Five Boroughs can stand on its own with sandwiches to spare BY ROB YOUNG Special to The Post and Courier


here’s no sign, and certainly, the Five Boroughs Deli is a few hundred miles from the actual Five Boroughs of New York. Still, it’s not a hard find. Five Boroughs operates out of the Charleston Beer Works kitchen, offering only pickup or delivery to downtown Charleston from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on weekdays. It’s a smart partnership, allowing Beer Works to maintain its regular hours and menu — potato skins, nachos, quesadillas, fried calamari, et al. — when it opens for business at 4 p.m. It’d actually be a great to see CBW expand its menu to include the sandwiches from Five Boroughs, as they’re pretty darn tasty.

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WHAT: Five Boroughs Deli WEB: WHERE: 468 King St. PHONE: 720-4900 HOURS: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Mon.-Fri.

The deli uses Normandy Farms bread, including white, wheat, marble rye, whole grain, hoagie and croissant rolls. So from the get-go, we’re off to a favorable start. Then from the sandwich board: filling selections such as the Brooklyn, a chicken parmesan topped with capicola ham, arugula and provolone; the Bronx, which references the Hot Brown, an old Louisville, Ky., favorite containing ham, turkey, tomatoes, bacon and Swiss cheese; and also the New Yorker with

The Pig from Five Boroughs Deli. sausage meatballs, peppers, onions and marinara. As for a favorite, the Pig trumps the others, meat-astically combining ham, bacon and Italian sausage, but also crisp apple slices and snappy leaves of arugula. Prices (roughly $8-$10/ sandwich) are a bit more ex-


pensive, likely signaling the delivery surcharge. And it would be difficult to evaluate Five Boroughs as an “authentic New York deli,” though the eatery characterizes itself as such. But really, that’s probably just me being fussy. No label is needed.


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Oak Barrel Tavern is a new addition to the Avondale area, and Chaz Green is one of its bartenders.

Fine wines and beers at Oak Barrel Tavern BY DENISE K. JAMES

Special to The Post and Courier


uring my regularly scheduled (local) Christmas shopping, I stumbled upon a new tavern in West Ashley. Open for just three weeks, Oak Barrel Tavern is warmly decorated and the perfect place to sip a stout beer or red wine in between the parties and mayhem. Bartender Chaz Green was friendly and told us everything we needed to know about the best beer and wine. Q: How is business so far? A: It’s good. Very steady, and mostly locals so far. The neighbors are just walking by and popping in to check us out. Q: How long has Oak Barrel been open? A: On Thursday, it was three weeks, so, three weeks and two days! Q: Tell me about the concept.

taps now. One of my personal favorites is the Racer Five on WHAT: Oak Barrel Tavdraft. It’s a nice, hoppy flavor and it’s a bit more potent ern than some others. WHERE: 825 Savannah Q: What are the customHwy. ers ordering so far? PHONE: 789-3686. A: A nice blend, really. They love the draft selecA: One of the owners here tions. We also have a lot of ladies come in and order a also owns the Drop In out bottle of wine with friends. on Folly Beach, and the Q: What’s your bartendother owns the Brew Pub on ing background? Folly. They basically took A: None at all. I’m good the concept of the Brew Pub friends with the owner. Beand brought it here. Avondale needed something like fore this, I used to farm raise clams. this. Q: Where’s your favorite Q: Tell me about the wine place in Charleston? list you offer. A: I love Folly. I love the A: The choices constantly change, like everything else Surf Bar and the Sand Doldoes. As far as wines by the lar. But I live downtown, so I also go to Closed for Busiglass, a current pick is the ness and the Recovery Room Red Wire from California. It’s appealing to pretty much a good bit. Q: Any holiday hangover everyone. tips to share? Q: What about beers? A: Take Airborne before A: We’ll have 16 rotating you go to bed. It really taps eventually. We’re works. still getting some of the

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Hailee Steinfeld (left) and Jeff Bridges in “True Grit.”


eff Bridges dons John Wayne’s sizable boots in “True Grit,” a grittier Coen Brothers version of the tale that won the Duke his Oscar 40 years ago. And if the fit isn’t as snug and the performance not as warm and exultant as Wayne’s, the movie still manages to be a most worthy Western remake. In that stilted, period-perfect speech that characterized the Charles Portis novel and the first film, the adult Mattie Ross of Yell County narrates a tale from her past, back when her daddy was murdered in rural Arkansas. She was 14 back then, and screen newcomer Hailee Steinfeld is a pistol in this part. The moment we meet young Mattie, dressed in black, she’s haggling with the undertaker. And asking her age, midargument, will just annoy her. “That is a silly question.” She nags a poor horse

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thinking.” That would be Marshal Rooster Cogburn, a man, she hopes, “with true ★★★★ (of 5) grit.” DIRECTORS: Joel and Bridges gives Rooster a Ethan Coen. lurching, slack-jawed, topSTARRING: Jeff Bridges, heavy quality. This is a oneHailee Steinfeld, Matt Daeyed drunk who won’t brook mon, Josh Brolin, Barry any questioning of his past Pepper. or trigger-happy methods. RATED: PG-13 for some This Rooster barely tolerintense sequences of ates Mattie even after she’s western violence, includmet his price for setting off ing disturbing images. into the Indian Territories RUN TIME: 1 hour 50 in search of the killer, Tom minutes. Chaney. Matt Damon is an interesting, chatty choice to play trader (Dakin Matthews), Laboeuf, an articulate pipethreatening him with legal smoker who is entirely too action from her family atproud of his Texas Ranger torney, the unseen J. Noble Daggett. She ruffles feathers status. He wangles his way onto their quest, as does even as she earns the occasional “I admire your sand.” Mattie, who stuffs newspaper into her daddy’s hat so Here’s a girl with grit. Mattie is a stubborn kid — that it’ll fit and will not be “I intend to see Papa’s killer brushed off by these two bluff lawmen. “I will see the hanged.” Nothing will disthing done.” suade her. And as she asks Their odyssey is every bit who to hire for the dirty job of chasing the murderer, one as epic as you remember man’s description meets her it. Cogburn and Laboeuf refight the Civil War over approval, “a pitiless man, their respective parts in it, fear doesn’t enter into his

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and Rooster never misses a chance to land a cheap shot, such as ridiculing the Texan’s horse — “How long you boys been mounted on sheep?” The sense of time and place is as vivid here as it was in the original film. The violent encounters are more violent than those in John Wayne’s day (though not by much), and the story still has an ambling pace. And if the score is less heroic and the scenery less alpine, at least the cast and script are every bit as good as in the much-loved original film. Josh Brolin brings a brutish humor to the thuggish Chaney, and durable character actor Barry Pepper plays the outlaw leader Chaney has hooked up with, Lucky Ned Pepper. Bridges is more than Wayne’s match as an actor. But even in his iconic roles, he’s never more or less than absolutely authentic and real-life size. Something bigger was called for here, both from him and the Coen Brothers.


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127 HOURS ★★★★★ R

A hiker becomes trapped in an isolated canyon in Utah.

Citadel 16: Today: 12:20, 2:30, 4:40, 7:30, 9:40 Fri: 12:20, 2:30, 4:40, 7:30 Sat-Thurs, Dec. 30: 12:20, 2:30, 7:25 Terrace: Today and Mon-Thurs, Dec. 30: 1:45, 4:45, 7:05, 9:20

Palmetto Grande 3D: Fri: 11:45, 2:35, 5:30 Sat-Thurs, Dec. 30: 11:50, 2:35, 5:30, 8:10, 10:45 Regal 18: Today: noon, 2:40, 5:20, 8, 10:40 Fri: 12:05, 2:40, 5:20, 8 SatThurs, Dec. 30: 12:05, 2:40, 5:20, 8, 10:40 Regal 18 3D: Today and Sat-Thurs, Dec. 30: 12:30, 3:45, 6:40, 9:25 Fri: 12:30, 3:45, 6:40


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

Regal 18: Today: 1:05, 4:15, 6:35, 9:20


On a mission to avenge the murder of his brother, an ex-con is trailed by a veteran cop and a young hitman.

Regal 18: Today and Sat-Thurs, Dec. 30: 12:25, 3:30, 7:40, 10:05 Fri: 12:25, 3:30, 7:40


Natalie Portamn stars in “Black Swan.”

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

Cinebarre: Fri-Thurs, Dec. 30: 11:35, 2:05, 4:40, 7:40, 10:20 Citadel 16: Today: 11:40, 2, 4:30, 7:10, 9:35 Fri: 11:40, 2, 4:30, 7:10 MonThurs, Dec. 30: 11:40, 2, 4:30, 7:10, 9:35 Palmetto Grande: Fri: 11:40, 2:15, 5:05, 7:35 Sat-Thurs, Dec. 30: 11:40, 2:20, 5:05, 7:35, 10:05 Regal 18: Today and Sat-Thurs, Dec. 30: 12:35, 3:10, 6:45, 9:40 Fri: 12:35, 3:10, 6:45 Terrace: Today and Mon-Thurs, Dec. 30: 2, 4:30, 7:15, 9:30


Edmund and Lucy Pevensie return to Narnia and accompany Caspian on a voyage to Aslan’s Country.

Cinebarre 3D: Fri-Thurs, Dec. 30: 10:25, 1, 3:40, 6:25, 9:10 Citadel 16: Today: Fri-Sun: 11:25, 2, 4:35, 7:45, 10:30 Mon-Thurs, Dec. 30: 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 8:10 Citadel 16 3D: Today: 11:30, 2, 4:30, 7:05, 9:40 Fri: 11:30, 2, 4:30, 7:05 Mon-Thurs, Dec. 30: 11:30, 2, 4:30, 7:05, 9:40 James Island 8 3D: Today and Sun-Thurs, Dec. 30: 1:30, 4:10, 7:05, 9:40 Fri: 1:30, 4:10, 7:05 Sat: 4:10, 7:05, 9:40 Northwoods: Today and Sat-Thurs, Dec. 30: 12:45, 3, 5:15, 7:30, 9:45 Fri: 12:45, 3, 5:15, 7:30 Palmetto Grande: Fri: 11:05, 1:45, 4:20



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

Cinebarre: Today: 1:15, 4:15, 7:40, 10:15 Fri-Thurs, Dec. 30: 10:45, 1:15, 3:55, 7:25, 10:10 Citadel 16: Today and Sat-Thurs, Dec. 30: 11:30, 1:50, 4:20, 7, 9:30 Fri: 11:30, 1:50, 4:20, 7 James Island 8: Today: 1, 4, 7, 9:45 Fri: 1, 4, 7 Sat: 4, 7, 9:45 Sun-Thurs, Dec. 30: 1, 4, 7, 9:45 Palmetto Grande: Fri: 11:10, 1:55, 5, 7:50 Sat-Thurs, Dec. 30: 11:10, 1:55, 4:55, 7:35, 10:20 Regal 18: Today: 1:15, 4, 7:15, 10:15 Fri: 1:15, 4, 7:15 Sat-Thurs, Dec. 30: 1:30, 4:30, 7:15, 10:15


Jack Black stars in the title role in “Gulliver’s Travels.” Palmetto Grande: Sat-Thurs, Dec. 30: 12:15, 2:40, 5:15, 7:25, 9:40 Regal 18: Fri: 11:55, 12:40, 2:25, 3:35, 5:05, 6:50, 7:45 Sat-Thurs, Dec. 30: noon, 2:30, 4:40, 7:20, 9:55

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 1 ★★★★ PG-13 Harry, Ron, and Hermione search for Lord Voldemort’s Horcruxes in their continued efforts to defeat him. Citadel 16: Today: 2, 5, 8:10 Fri: 2, 5 Sat-Thurs, Dec. 30: 9:45 James Island 8: Today and Mon-Thurs, Dec. 30: 2, 5:20, 8:35 Fri: 2, 5:20 Palmetto Grande: Fri: 6:55 Sat-Thurs, Dec. 30: 6:45, 9:55 Regal 18: Today: 12:10, 3:20, 6:25, 9:55 Fri: 12:10, 3:20, 6:25 Sat-Thurs, Dec. 30; 6:25, 9:40

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.

Citadel 16: Sat-Thurs, Dec. 30: 4:40, 9:35 Terrace: Mon-Thurs, Dec. 30: 1, 4, 6:50, 9:25

Cinebarre: Today: 1:05, 4:05, 7:10, 10:10 Fri-Thurs, Dec. 30: 10:35, 1:20, 4:10, 7:15, 10:05 Citadel 16: Today and Sat-Thurs, Dec. 30: 11:25, 1:50, 4:25, 6:55, 9:15 Fri: 11:25, 1:50, 4:25, 6:55 James Island 8: Today: 1:30, 4:15, 7:10, 9:50 Fri: 1:30, 4:15, 7:10 Sat: 4:15, 7:10, 9:50 Sun-Thurs, Dec. 30: 1:30, 4:15, 7:10, 9:50 Northwoods: Today and Sat-Thurs, Dec. 30: 1:40, 4:10, 7:20, 9:45 Fri: 1:40, 4:10, 7:20 Palmetto Grande: Fri: 11:15, 2, 4:50, 7:30 Sat-Thurs, Dec. 30: 11:15, 2, 4:50, 7:30, 10:15 Regal 18: Today: 1:10, 3:55, 7:20, 10:10 Fri: 1:10, 3:55, 7:20 Sat-Thurs, Dec. 30: 1:10, 3:55, 7:25, 10:10




While Lisbeth Salander is recovering in the hospital, Mikail Blomkvist works to clear her of criminal charges.

After a storm-tossed voyage, travel writer Lemuel Gulliver (Jack Black) finds himself on an island inhabited by six-inch-tall Lilliputians.

Cinebarre: Sat-Thurs, Dec. 30: 11, 1:30, 4, 7, 9:10 Citadel 16: Sat-Thurs, Dec. 30: 11:20, 1:25, 3:30, 5:35, 7:40, 9:45 Northwoods: Sat-Thurs, Dec. 30: 12:40, 2:40, 4:45, 7:30, 9:30

With the help of therapist Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush), King George VI (Colin Firth) overcomes a speech impediment and unites his people. Citadel 16: Sat-Thurs, Dec. 30: 11:40, 2:10, 4:35, 7:05, 9:35 Palmetto Grande: Sat-Thurs, Dec. 30: 11:25, 2:15, 5, 7:50, 10:35

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., 556-4629 | Highway 21 Drive In, Beaufort, 8464500 | 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, 800-326-3264 (dial 1415#) | Palmetto Grande, U.S. 17 North, Mount Pleasant, 216TOWN | Regal Cinemas 18, 2401 Mall Drive, North Charleston, 529-1946 | Terrace, 1956-D Maybank Hwy., 762-9494 | Ivanhoe Cinema 4, Walterboro, 549-6400 | Northwoods Stadium Cinemas, 2181 Northwoods Blvd., North Charleston, 518-6000

The Post and Courier__________________________________________________ CHARLESTONSCENE.COM ________________________________________ Thursday, December 23, 2010.29E * Movies opening this week SCORE: Out of 5 stars G: General Audiences PG: Parental Guidance PG-13: Parents strongly cautioned, some content unsuitable for children under 13 NR: Not Rated R: Restricted Note: Dates and times are subject to change. Call the theater to make sure times are correct. Thurs, Dec. 30: 1, 3:10, 5:20 Palmetto Grande: Fri: 11:50, 2:20, 4:55, 7:25 Sat-Thurs, Dec. 30: 11:05, 1:45, 4:20 Palmetto Grande 3D: Fri: 11, 1:20, 4 Regal 18: Today: 1, 3:25, 6:30, 10:30 Fri: 1, 3:25, 6:30 Sat-Thurs, Dec. 30: 1, 3:25


Colin Baiocchi (left) and Ben Stiller star in “Little Fockers.” The film is the sequel to “Meet the Parents” and “Meet the Fockers.”


Greg and Pam now have 10-year-old twins, and both sides of the family come together to celebrate the twins’ birthday.

Cinebarre: Today: 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 9:50 Fri-Thurs, Dec. 30: 11:20, 1:55, 4:25, 7:30, 10 Citadel 16: Today and Sat-Thurs, Dec. 30: 11:15, noon, 1:25, 2:10, 3:40, 4:20, 5:50, 7:25, 8, 9:45 Fri: 11:15, noon, 1:25, 2:10, 3:40, 4:20, 5:50, 7:25 James Island 8: Today: 12:10, 2:30, 4:50, 7:10, 9:35, 12:01 a.m. Fri: 12:10, 2:30, 4:50, 7:10 Sat: 2:30, 4:50, 7:10, 9:35 Sun-Thurs, Dec. 30: 12:10, 2:30, 4:50, 7:10, 9:35 Northwoods: Today and Sat-Thurs, Dec. 30: 12:45, 2:55, 5:05, 7:20, 9:45 Fri: 12:45, 2:55, 5:05, 7:20 Palmetto Grande: Fri: 11:10, noon, 1:40, 2:30, 4:10, 5:10, 7, 7:45 Sat-Thurs, Dec. 30: 11:10, noon, 1:40, 2:30, 4:10, 5:10, 7, 7:45, 9:20, 10:10 Regal 18: Today: noon, 12:40, 2:30, 3:35, 5:05, 6:50, 7:45, 9:50, 10:20 SatThurs, Dec. 30: 11:55, 12:40, 2:25, 3:35, 5:05, 7:10, 7:45, 9:50, 10:20


Free-spirited Maggie finds herself falling in love with a charming pharmaceutical sales rep.

Citadel 16: Today: 4:55, 9:55 Fri: 4:55 Mon-Thurs, Dec. 30: 12:05, 2:30, 4:55, 7:30, 9:55 James Island 8: Mon-Thurs, Dec. 30: 1:40, 4:30, 7:20, 9:55


A princess escapes her tower-prison in this adaptation of “Rapunzel.”

Cinebarre 3D: Fri: 10:50, 1:10, 3:40, 6:30, 9 Citadel 16: Today-Fri: noon, 2:30, 7:30 Sat-Thurs, Dec. 30: noon, 2:15, 4:30, 7, 9:15 Citadel 16 3D: Today-Fri and Mon-Thurs, Dec. 30: 11:15, 1:20, 3:25, 5:30 James Island 8: Today and Sun-Thurs, Dec. 30: 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:30 Fri: 2:20, 4:40, 7 Sat: 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:30 Northwoods: Today: 1, 3:10, 5:20, 7:30, 9:40 Fri: 1, 3:10, 5:20, 7:30 Sat-


While in Italy, Frank meets Elise, who is attempting to mislead those following her criminal ex-lover.

Cinebarre: Fri-Thurs, Dec. 30: 11:15, 1:40, 4:20, 7:10, 9:45 Citadel 16: Today: 12:10, 2:25, 4:45, 7:10, 9:40 Fri: 12:10, 2:25, 4:45, 7:10 Mon-Thurs, Dec. 30: 12:10, 2:25, 4:45, 7:10, 9:40 Northwoods: Today: 12:50, 3, 5:10, 7:20, 9:35 Fri: 12:50, 3, 5:10, 7:20 SatThurs, Dec. 30: 7:20, 9:35 Palmetto Grande: Fri: 11:35, 2:05, 4:35, 7:05 Sat-Thurs, Dec. 30: 11:35, 2:05, 4:35, 7:05, 9:30 Regal 18: Today: 12:20, 2:45, 5:10, 7:55, 10:45 Fri and Sun: 12:20, 2:45, 5:10, 7:55 Sat: 12:20, 2:45, 5:10, 7:55, 10:35 Mon-Thurs, Dec. 30: 12:20, 2:45, 5:10, 7:55, 10:35 Terrace: Today and Mon-Thurs, Dec. 30: 1:15, 4:10, 7:10, 9:30

Palmetto Grande: Today: 12:50, 3:50, 7, 10 Fri: 11, 1:50, 4:40, 7:40 SatThurs, Dec. 30: 11, 1:50, 4:40, 7:40, 10:30 Palmetto Grande 3D: Fri: 12:30, 3:50, 6:40, 7:10 Sat-Thurs, Dec. 30: 12:30, 3:50, 7:10, 10 Regal 18: Today and Sat-Thurs, Dec. 30: 1:20, 4:20, 7:30, 10:30 Fri: 1:20, 4:20, 7:30 Regal 18 3D: Today and Sat-Thurs, Dec. 30: 12:50, 3:50, 7, 10 Fri: 12:50, 3:50, 7:05

TRUE GRIT ★★★★ PG-13 The Coen Brothers’ newest film follows U.S. marshal Rooster Cogburn as he helps a young girl find her father’s murderer.

Cinebarre: Today: 1:10, 4:10, 7:35, 10:20 Fri-Thurs, Dec. 30: 11:30, 2:05, 4:40, 7:35, 10:15 Citadel 16: Today and Sat-Thurs, Dec. 30: 12:05, 2:30, 4:45, 7:35, 9:50 Fri: 12:05, 2:30, 4:45, 7:35 Northwoods: Today and Sat-Thurs, Dec. 30: 12:55, 3:05, 5:15, 7:25, 9:35 Fri: 12:55, 3:05, 5:15, 7:25 Palmetto Grande: Fri: 11:30, 12:10, 2:10, 2:45, 4:45, 5:20, 7:20, 8 SatThurs, Dec. 30: 11:30, 12:10, 2:10, 2:45, 4:45, 5:20, 7:20, 8, 10, 10:40 Regal 18: Today and Sat-Thurs, Dec. 30: 12:05, 12:55, 2:50, 3:40, 5:15, 6:55, 7:50, 9:35, 10:25 Fri: 12:05, 12:55, 2:50, 3:40, 5:15, 6:55, 7:50 Terrace: Today: 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.

Citadel 16: Mon-Thurs, Dec. 30: 11:55, 2, 7 Regal 18: Fri: 1:05, 4:05, 6:35 Sat-Thurs, Dec. 30: 1:05, 4:05, 6:35, 9:20


Olivia Wilde (left) and Garrett Hedlund star in “Tron: Legacy.” The film also stars Jeff Bridges.

TRON: LEGACY ★★ PG While investigating the disappearance of his father, Sam Flynn is transported to the digital world.

Cinebarre 3D: Today: 1, 4, 7:30, 10:25 Fri-Thurs, Dec. 30: 10:40, 1:25, 4:15, 7:20, 10:15 Citadel 16: Today and Sat-Thurs, Dec. 30: noon, 2:45, 5:15, 8 Fri: noon, 2:45, 5:15 Citadel 16 3D: Today and Mon-Thurs, Dec. 30: 9:10 Citadel 16 IMAX: Today and Sat-Thurs, Dec. 30: 11 a.m., 1:45, 4:30, 7:10, 10 Fri: 11 a.m., 1:45, 4:30, 7:10 Hippodrome: Today: 4:50, 7:20, 9:45 Fri: 4:45, 7:20 Sat: 7:20, 9:45 SunThurs, Dec. 30: 2:20, 4:45, 7:20, 9:45 James Island 8 3D: Today and Sun-Thurs, Dec. 30: 1, 4, 7, 9:50 Fri: 1, 4, 7 Sat: 4, 7, 9:50 Northwoods 3D: Today and Sat-Thurs, Dec. 30: 1:10, 4, 7, 9:30 Fri: 1:10, 4, 7


Yogi and Boo Boo must join forces with Ranger Smith to save Jellystone Park from closing forever.

Cinebarre: Today: 1:30, 4:30, 6:45, 9 Fri-Thurs, Dec. 30: 11:45, 1:50, 4, 6:35, 8:50 Citadel 16: Today: noon, 2, 4, 6, 8 Fri: noon, 2, 4, 6 Sat-Thurs, Dec. 30: noon, 2, 4, 5:50, 7:50 Citadel 16 3D: Today: 11:25, 1:25, 3:25, 5:25, 7:25, 9:25 Fri: 11:25, 1:25, 3:25, 5:25, 7:25 Mon-Thurs, Dec. 30: 11:25, 1:25, 3:25, 5:25, 7:25, 9:25 James Island 8: Today and Sun-Thurs, Dec. 30: 12:30, 2:40, 4:50, 7, 9:15 Fri: 12:30, 2:40, 4:50, 7 Sat: 2:40, 4:50, 7, 9:15 Northwoods 3D: Today and Sat-Thurs, Dec. 30: 12:50, 2:50, 4:50, 7:10, 9:10 Fri: 12:50, 2:50, 4:50, 7:10 Palmetto Grande: Fri: 11:20, 1:30, 3:40, 5:45, 7:55 Sat-Thurs, Dec. 30: 11:20, 1:30, 3:40, 5:45, 7:50, 9:50 Palmetto Grande 3D: Fri: 12:20, 2:25, 4:30, 6:50 Sat-Thurs, Dec. 30: 12:20, 2:25, 4:30, 6:50, 9:10 Regal 18: Today and Sat-Thurs, Dec. 30: 12:45, 3:15, 5:25, 7:35, 9:45 Fri: 12:45, 3:15, 5:25, 7:35 Regal 18 3D: Today: 12:15, 2:35, 4:50, 7, 9:15 Fri: 12:15, 2:35, 4:50, 7:05 Sat-Thurs, Dec. 30: 12:15, 2:35, 4:50, 7;05, 9:15

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., 556-4629 | Highway 21 Drive In, Beaufort, 8464500 | 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, 800-326-3264 (dial 1415#) | Palmetto Grande, U.S. 17 North, Mount Pleasant, 216TOWN | Regal Cinemas 18, 2401 Mall Drive, North Charleston, 529-1946 | Terrace, 1956-D Maybank Hwy., 762-9494 | Ivanhoe Cinema 4, Walterboro, 549-6400 | Northwoods Stadium Cinemas, 2181 Northwoods Blvd., North Charleston, 518-6000

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Witty writing makes hype for ‘The King’s Speech’ worthy BY CARRIE RICKEY

The Philadelphia Inquirer


ccording to “The King’s Speech,” King George VI — born Albert Frederick Arthur George, “Bertie” to his intimates — had such a paralyzing stutter that it was a struggle for him to say his own name. Telling bedtime stories to his daughters, the future Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret, was a trial, not a pleasure. The opposite is true of Tom Hooper’s rousing comedy of manners, a tale of the king and the court jester who helped untie the monarch’s tongue and enabled him to find his voice. Under Hooper’s deft direction, it packs the suspense of a thriller: Will the monarch falter before the crosshairs of the microphone or rise to eloquence, rallying his people to unite against Fascism? As the speechmaker and his speech teacher, Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush elevate each other’s game to the stratosphere and beyond. The witty script by David Seidler is a reverse “Pygmalion,” with Lionel Logue (Rush), an Aussie, tutoring the royal (Firth) in the common touch that helps him connect with his subjects. Director Hooper (“John Adams,” “The Damned United”) tickles this material into “Odd Couple” comedy, deftly contrasting the fastidious monarch with the eccentric speech therapist who employs the methods of a psychologist. Having exhausted every legitimate speech specialist in London, Bertie’s wife, Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter, all propriety with a merry smile), auditions Logue. The bare floors and peeling-plaster walls of his modest offices where much of the action takes place couldn’t be further from the



Colin Firth plays King George VI in “The King’s Speech.”

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Campbell credits longevity to discipline, passion BY VIKKI MATSIS

Special to The Post and Courier


he biggest danger that can befall an artist of any medium is to become an imitation of oneself by repeating past successes. The greatest works usually come from hard plush carpets and silk hang- ished by the space around work, uncerhim. Hooper also uses wideings of the royal bell jar. tainty and angle “fisheye” lenses to Firth, the very embodiunexpected underline Bertie’s distorted ment of the inhibited Brit, discovery. plays Bertie as an overgrown self-image. As he gains con- Campbell When asked fidence, he becomes physiboy, still smarting from the cally larger, commanding the what is my best work, I alhumiliations of his father ways say, ‘The one I have yet (Michael Gambon as George frame as he will command to create,’ ” Alan Campbell V) and the cruel taunts of his his nation. said. On one level “The King’s older brother (Guy Pearce as Campbell has spent a Speech” is the obligatory David, later Edward VIII). Oscar-season “the royals are lifetime putting pencil to George V speaks in tones paper and brush to canvas. just like us” movie — kin as warm and sweet as plum Whether it’s oil or watercolor, in more ways than one to pudding; Bertie speaks as if “The Queen.” Also like “The Campbell paints mostly from with a mouth full of plum Queen,” it shows how a clever life and is able to accurately pits. Bertie eyes the microcapture the essence of his Everyman helps to save the phone with all the enthusisurroundings. Having the asm of French royals regard- monarchy. But its essential appeal is as unique opportunity to be a ing the guillotine. the story of the sympathetic visiting artist for science reThis man eclipsed by the search programs, Campbell long shadow of his father and teacher who makes all the has traveled to Costa Rica, firstborn brother is relieved, difference to the man who Peru, the Galapagos Islands, fights the disorder with the he tells Logue, that as the Antarctica, Italy and Africa. same resolve he brings to second born, he will not be His passion for the environfighting Hitler. king. But when his brother ment and for creating art P.S.: Because Bertie drops abdicates the throne to wed combine into a collection of the F-bomb as a means of twice-divorced adventuress artwork that tells the story of loosening his tongue, the Wallis Simpson, fate puts his life, painting by painting. film is rated R. NotwithBertie in the hot seat of the Campbell has returned to the standing this brief fusillade throne. of profanity, the film is ideal Southeast and for the past Initially, Hooper shows year has been working on a family entertainment for Bertie as a very small figure series of paintings that focus in a very large frame, dimin- those 12 and older. ★★★★★ (of 5) DIRECTOR: Tom Hooper. STARRING: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter. RATED: R for profanity. RUN TIME: 1 hour, 51 minutes.

“Palms” on the Gullah-Geechee communities on St. Helena and Sapelo islands. Campbell is disciplined with his time, and his studio schedule has allowed him to produce artwork consistently over the past 50 years. “Over decades of work, I have found that real creativity comes from structure and limitations, not from undisciplined ‘freedom.’ And although inspiration can indeed strike unexpectedly, it does so most often in the midst of periods of hard, disciplined work,” Campbell said. He is in the process of moving to Charleston and is being represented by Carolina Galleries. WEBSITE: CONTACT INFO:, 706202-3278. BIRTH DATE AND PLACE: Sept. 13 in Athens, Ga.

EDUCATION: Bachelor of Fine Arts (cum laude), Master of Fine Arts in painting, University of Georgia, with additional studies at UGA Foreign Studies Campus in Cortona, Italy, and at the University of California-Berkeley. CAREER: Full-time professional artist. GOALS: My immediate goals are to become established and well-known in the Charleston art community and market by way of my representation through Carolina Galleries. My long-term goals are to forge major new directions and national exposure with my very best work from the Lowcountry and Maine. WHAT BOOKS ARE YOU READING NOW?: “Andrew Wyeth: A Secret Life” by Richard Meryman and “Anna Karenina” by Leo Tolstoy. PRICE RANGE: $1,500$15,000. ABOUT HIS INSPIRATION: “Whew, what a question. But since you asked, the curve of a woman’s back, the texture of sunlight on a window sill, the sudden association of something seen with something remembered, the endless variety of forms and subjects in nature, as in a single silver birch branch with withered fall leaves, the spiral of a conch shell or a spiral nebula, early morning and late afternoon light, and most of all, the movement of a pencil on paper.”

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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. On Dec. 31, enjoy the Winter Carnival. Call 7954386 or visit 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. 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


Hundreds of people danced to Lady Gaga songs at Marion Square in February. The event was organized by a group of College of Charleston students through a Facebook group called “It’s a Gaga Day in the Park.” The event sold T-shirts as a fundraiser for Haiti relief with sales totaling $3,000, according to organizer Joe Quinn. The 2011 event will be 5-7 p.m. Jan. 22 at Joe Riley Stadium. 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. 5712183 or www.arthurmurraychs. com. 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 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. 795-8250. 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. 5591945. “THE CIVIL WAR BEGINS”: Through April. Karpeles Manuscript Museum, 68 Spring St. Free. The museum will host an exhibit consisting of about two dozen items on Secession and the beginning of the Civil War. 853-4651. “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. 9586484. 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, 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

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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: Thursdays. The Kitchen, 11 Center St. Bring an instrument and participate in an open jam. 345-1678. FREE SHAG LESSONS: Juniors 6 p.m.; open dance 6:30-10 p.m.; beginners 7 p.m.; advanced 7:30 p.m. Mondays beginning Jan. 3. Summerville Country Club, 400 Country Club Blvd. 214-0242. 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. 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.

Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. $10 adults, $5 children over three, free to children three and under. Chamber Music Charleston’s Classical Kids Series presents a holiday concert that will feature popular carols and a reading of “The Night Before Christmas.” 763-4941 or www. “LUNACY” FULL MOON PARTY: Begins at dusk. Voodoo Tiki Bar, 15 Magnolia Road. $3, free with costume. This celebration of the full moon will feature music by Rocky Horror, Joycette and K Flossy as well as entertainment by Breakin Skullz and body-painted girls. 769-0228 or




AWENDAW GREEN BARN JAM: 6:30-11 p.m. Awendaw Green, 4879 U.S. Highway 17. Free. Music by Laughternoon, Wade Baker Jazz and Tidal Jive. Barbecue and drinks will be sold. 452-1642 or www.


The Tattooed Moose, 1137 Morrison Dr., is having its free “New Years Rags to Riches” Party on Dec. 31. Rachel Kate of the Shaniqua Brown will perform cover songs with other local musicians. There will be free party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. On Jan. 1, the Moose will be serving brunch from 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. and will be serving a traditional New Year’s Day plate as well as the regular menu all day. Call 277-2990 for more information. 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 restau-

rant, 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.




“HAPPY NEW YEAR, CHARLESTON”: 4-10:30 p.m. Marion Square. Free. This family-friendly, nonalcoholic event will include children’s activities, dancing, comedy, live music and more. 724-7305. NYE FAMILY PARTY: 5:30-10 p.m. Night Heron Park, 4000 Sea Forest Dr., Kiawah Island. Free. This family-friendly event will feature food, live music, train rides, children’s activities, party favors, fireworks and more. 7686001 or NYE AT HOME TEAM: 7 p.m. Home Team BBQ, 1205 Ashley River Road. $20. Complimentary food and Bud Light will be served until 9 p.m., then enjoy a cocktail buffet, cash bar, champagne toast and live music by Steel Petals and Hundred Hands Down. 225-7427 or MAD RIVER NYE: 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Mad River Bar and Grille, 32 N. Market St. $100. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a buffet, an open bar and ice luge, live music, party favors, a balloon drop and more. 723-0032 or

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“NEW BEER’S EVE” PARTY: 8 p.m. Market Street Saloon North Charleston, 7690 Northwoods Blvd. $5 before 9 p.m.; $10 after 9 p.m. Enjoy a complimentary buffet, drink specials, a Miller High Life or champagne toast, music by DJ Randy Swan, a special saloon girl performance and a “Beer Drop.” The first 50 people after 9 p.m. will receive free MSS trucker hats. 576-4116 or www. NYE AT RED’S ICE HOUSE: 8 p.m. Red’s Ice House, 98 Church St., Mount Pleasant. $80. This allinclusive bash spans Red’s and the Lighthouse building next door and will feature a buffet, house liquor, domestic beer and wine, fireworks and music by the Dave Landeo Band, Not So Serious and The Secrets. Must be 21 or older. 388-0003 or www. NYE “RAGS TO RICHES” PARTY: 8 p.m. The Tattooed Moose, 1137 Morrison Drive. No cover. Enjoy music by Rachel Kate and Friends, as well as party favors and a champagne toast. 277-2990. VOODOO NYE BASH: 8 p.m. Voodoo Tiki Bar and Lounge, 15 Magnolia Drive. No cover. Enjoy free party favors and a champagne toast and gear up for the Bee Gees Dance Party, featuring DJ D Rock, beginning at midnight. 769-0228 or www. SNYDER GRAND BALL: 8 p.m.1 a.m. South Carolina Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf. $125. This year’s Grand Ball will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, live music by Quiana Parler and Friends and DJ Natty Heavy, who will perform in the shark tank. 763-2462 or CRYSTAL BALL: 8:30 p.m. Charleston Mariott, 170 Lockwood Blvd. $95. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, live music by On the Hunt, the East Coast Party Band and the Blue Dogs, a champagne toast, party favors and a light show. 225-5631 or www. PLATINUM BALL: 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Hippodrome Theatre, 360 Concord St. $75 before Dec. 27; $95 Dec. 27 and after; $150 VIP. Charleston Scene editor Marcus Amaker hosts this event, which will feature DJs Arthur Brouthers, Danny Seltzer, Jake B

one-act play. 763-4941 or www. “MOSCOW BALLET’S GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER”: 8 p.m. tonight. North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive. $28.50-$88.50. Enjoy a production by the world-renowned Moscow Ballet. 529-5000, www. or

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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 on March 10-13. Visit or contact Jarod Charzewski or Liz Vaughan

at for submission guidelines.


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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The 2011 Charleston Comedy Festival is set for Jan. 19-22. The Charleston Stand-Up Competition finals will kick off comedy fest week with a show at Theatre 99. On Wednesday and Thursday nights, there will be shows by local troupes Cats Hugging Cats, Full Love Throttle, Neckprov, Hot Pants, Moral Fixation, and Human Fireworks. Out-of-town performers Nate Baratze, The Shock T’s, and the Village Theatre will take over the Charleston Ballet Theatre for a night of stand up, sketch, and improv. From now until Dec. 25, all $12.50 tickets will be 20 percent off. To get the discount, go to www.charlestoncomedyfestival. com and use the promo code “ELVIS” (all caps) when placing your ticket order. and D-Nyce, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, fire and go-go dancers, a champagne toast, a photo booth and red carpet and more. www.theplatinumballcharleston. “RESOLUTION 2011”: 9 p.m. Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St. $75 before Dec. 27; $95 Dec. 27 and after; $150 VIP. Ring in the new year with “dueling DJs” Moomoo and Travis, Bubbles and Red Bull bars, hors d’oeuvres and open bar, Charleston DanceFX and more. www. MCCRADY’S PRESIDENTIAL BALL: 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. $100 per person, $65 if dining that evening. Come dressed as your favorite political figure and enjoy an open bar, snacks, a DJ, dancing, party favors and a champagne toast. A $250 gift certificate will be awarded for best costume. 577-0025.

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POLAR BEAR PLUNGE: Party starts at 11 a.m. at Dunleavy’s Pub, 2213 Middle St., Sullivan’s Island; plunge is at 2 p.m. Free, but donations are encouraged. Don your wackiest costume and head out to the 17th annual Polar Bear Plunge. Thousands of people will take a dip in the freezing ocean while wearing crazy costumes and then warm back up at Dunleavy’s Pub. Proceeds benefit the Special Olympics. 883-9646 or www.dunleavyspubpolarplunge. com


“GIFT OF THE MAGI”: 7 p.m. tonight. Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. $17 adults, $5 ages 8 to 15. Actors’ Theatre of Charleston and Chamber Music Charleston will bring O. Henry’s classic holiday short story about a young couple to life with music and a

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Somedealsthatrequirenothing moresubtlethanbasictechnique nonetheless can be surprisingly difficult until you see the point. In today’s deal from the Dyspeptics Club, South was at the helm in three no-trump. He started well when he ducked the opening spade lead and won the second. Then he took the club finesse, won the spade continuation, and ran off his club winners before taking the losing diamondfinesse.Alasforhim,West had two spades to cash — down one. North snapped his pencil and muttered something uncharitable about bridge in the slow lane. Was he right to be upset? I can understand his frustration, although I suspect I might have been sympathetic to an inexperienced partner who had made the same mistake. Nevertheless, South had a blind spot, the point being that he needed to establish both minors, but also had to keep the danger hand (West) off lead once spades had been established. The right approach on winning the first top spade is to play the diamond ace followed by the diamond queen, not caring who takes the trick. As it happens, West wins the diamond king and plays a third spade to your ace. Now South can run the club queen. East can take his king whenhelikes,butcannotprevent declarerfromscoringthreeclubs, three diamonds, two spades and one heart.

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DOONESBURY By Garry Trudeau

B.C. By Mastroianni & Hart

SALLY FORTH By Francesco Marciuliano & Craig Macintosh

PEANUTS By Charles Schulz

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DENNIS THE MENACE By Hank Ketcham THE LOCKHORNS By Bunny Hoest & John Reiner

MARMADUKE By Brad Anderson

BIZARRO By Dan Piraro

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ZIGGY By Tom Wilson


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NON SEQUITUR By Wiley Miller

BEETLE BAILEY By Mort, Greg & Brian Walker


JUDGE PARKER By Woody Wilson & Mike Manley


ROSE IS ROSE By Pat Brady & Don Wimmer

MARY WORTH By Joe Giella & Karen Moy


HI AND LOIS By Brian & Greg Walker & Chris Browne

LUANN By Greg Evans

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THE WIZARD OF ID By Brant Parker

BABY BLUES By Jerry Scott & Rick Kirkman

DILBERT By Scott Adams

ANDY CAPP By Reg Smythe

HAGAR THE HORRIBLE By Chris Browne GET FUZZY By Darby Conley

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TODAY’S HOROSCOPE ARIES (March 21-April 19): Spend time with the person you can share and reflect with or who makes you laugh and feel good about yourself. TAURUS (April 20May 20): You may not like what someone at home is doing but grin and bear it or emotions will flare up and make your world difficult. GEMINI (May 21June 20): Money matters will be of concern. Stay within your budget and you will enjoy the last week of the year. A pending agreement can be settled. CANCER (June 21July 22): A last-minute change will be the icing on the cake this festive season. Use your imagination and you will thrill the people you love.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Your interest will lead to something you least expect. Putting your best foot forward will teach you a valuable lesson about life, love and success. VIRGO (Aug. 23Sept. 22): Elaborate all you want but, when it comes to the bottom line, doing will make what you say believable. Go the distance.

SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22DEC. 21): You may feel as if you have to explain your current position but, the more you talk, the more complicated things will get. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19): This is not the time to let on that you are disappointed but it is the time to make sure you don’t let someone else down.

LIBRA (Sept. 23Oct. 22): Don’t overdo it or let anyone push responsibilities on your shoulders that you really cannot handle. Follow your intuition.

AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18): Not everyone will share your opinion or your attitude. Observe before you make a move that may not be in your best long-term interest.

SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21): It’s not too late to make changes. If you aren’t happy with something or someone, make it clear what you want and expect.

PISCES (FEB. 19MARCH 20): Don’t leave work unfinished. Unless you finish what you started, it will be difficult to enjoy the festivities.

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Vegetarians and vegans weigh in on meaty issues

Christmas Around the World


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This week is the final part of our Christmas trivia extravaganza. In the spirit of recognizing that no matter where you live we’re not really that different, Head2Head is doing “Christmas Around the World.” Current champ Nicole Walker is being challenged by James Marsh, who’s in town for the holidays.


Palestinian children hold candles as they stand near a large lit Christmas tree Dec. 20 in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

QUESTIONS 1. In what country does a kind witch known as La Befana come down the chimney on a broomstick and leave gifts for children? 2. Christmas caroling started in England and was known as what? 3. Christmas is known as “Sheng Dan Jieh” in what country? 4. Germany is known for introducing what essential part of the Christmas tradition (hint: there’s a song about it)? 5. What island nation has earned the distinction of celebrating the world’s longest Christmas season with carols heard as early as September? 6. In what African country do people give Christmas carolers money that is then donated to charity? 7. Fashion designer Elie Saab donates a giant Christmas tree every year that is displayed in what major city? 8. Name the Russian czar who introduced many of his country’s Christmas traditions, such as the Christmas tree, following his travels in the late 17th century. 9. In what country does Father Christmas visit homes before kids have gone to bed? 10. What is the day after Christmas Day known as in the U.K.?


1. Is it Spain? 2. Oh, I think I used to know this. 3. I’m gonna say China. 4. A Christmas tree! 5. Australia. 6. South Africa. 7. It would probably help if I knew where the designer was from. Athens is my answer. 8. Nicholas the ... ? I don’t really know. 9. The Netherlands. 10. Finally. Something I know. It’s Boxing Day.

CONCLUSION James was more familiar with international Christmas traditions, which means he’s the new Head2Head trivia champ. He’ll be back to compete in the first trivia challenge of the new year. In the meantime, Head2Head wishes everyone a very happy holiday season.


1. France. 2. Wassail. 3. That sounds Chinese. 4. O Tannenbaum, aka the Christmas Tree. 5. Iceland. 6. Kenya. 7. Mexico City. 8. Peter the Great. 9. Brazil. 10. Boxing Day, which coincidentally doesn’t have anything to do with the sport of boxing.

CORRECT ANSWERS 1. Italy. 2. Wassailling. 3. China. 4. Christmas tree. 5. The Philippines.

6. Kenya. 7. Beirut. 8. Peter the Great. 9. Finland. 10. Boxing Day.

DEAR ABBY and try new foods. When I have brought a dish, they all loved it, as long as they didn’t know it was vegan. I find many people are resentful if we host a dinner party with only vegan food. They expect us to accommodate them by cooking meat, but feel we should fend for ourselves at a function they hold. I encourage people to please get over the stigma of vegan/vegetarian and sample something new once in a while. — RACHEL IN SEATTLE DEAR ABBY: I am 31 and have been a vegetarian my entire life. I come from a meat-loving family and have never insisted they change an entire meal to accommodate my eating habits. Instead, I take food I know I will eat and share it with everyone else. “Turkey Eater’s” vegan relatives should realize they’re in the minority. If they each brought a veganfriendly dish or two, they’d have three to six things to choose from, and that’s plenty. — EATING WELL IN NEW MEXICO SAME HOLY GRAIL REVERB IN







EAR ABBY: I am writing about the letter from “Turkey Eater in Texas,” who resented having a vegan Thanksgiving to accommodate two family members. I think your answer missed what being a gracious host is about. The entire meal shouldn’t have to consist of vegan items. However, it wouldn’t be a big deal to serve a vegan main dish and have those individuals also bring their favorite items. Making them bring a complete meal excludes them from a family gathering, and what fun is that? The bottom line is that if you exclude family (for being vegan or having celiac disease), you’ve done the opposite of what holidays are about. — KAYE IN ALABAMA DEAR KAYE: That’s true. What bothered me about the letter from “Turkey Eater” was the idea that his brother expected him to cater the entire Thanksgiving dinner to his nieces’ preference to eat vegan. If the writer had said he had been asked to ensure there were dishes that would not inflame (literally) his nieces’ serious medical condition, I would have answered differently. What has surprised me about the comments I have received from readers about that letter has been the amount of prejudice and anger expressed against vegetarians by more than a few. But read on for some responses from vegans: DEAR ABBY: I am a vegan in a meat-and-potatoes family. For 15 years, I have spent every holiday and family gathering listening to them degrade my food choices and try to “convert” me. I have never expected them to cook for me. I always pack my own foods since they are unwilling to branch out

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