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he “best albums of the year” issue is always my favorite one to put together. And every year, I will use this space to wave my “music snob” flag for anyone who will pay attention. Yes, I love music. It is a big part of my soul. I will always experience music as I think it should be experienced — as whole pieces of artwork, not as fragmented singles. When an artist or band puts together an album that works on the whole — front to back — nothing can match it. This has been a fantastic year for that, and I hope you all discover some gems when you read this issue.

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ith a line up including Dangermuffin, Sol Driven Train and James Justin & Co. at The Pour House, this New Year’s Eve will probably be better than whatever you did last year. The real treat is that Friday night marks Dangermuffin’s first local show since July. The trio spent the summer touring the West, Rocky Mountains and Pacific Northwest for its current album, “Moonscapes,” reon New Year’s Day for $99 feeds these energetic crealeased last spring. They also and the oyster roast is intures and learn more about Don’t miss out on the last squeezed in another tour cluded. For reservations, call their habitat, thick fur and day of the Winter Wonder588-6464. playful nature. The Aquarium throughout the Northeast this fall. land Camp at the Children’s is at 100 Aquarium Wharf, “Since the winter started, Museum of the Lowcountry. and the cost is included in we’ve been taking it easy on Visit www.explorecml.com admission. the touring,” said guitarist The Ravenel Caw Caw Infor more details and registraMike Sivilli. “Just spendterpretive Center welcomes tion information. ing a few days a week in our friendly, social dogs and home studio working on January marks the begintheir owners to come exsome new material. We’ve plore trails in Francis Marion ning of Middleton Place’s got a handful of new songs The Holiday Festival of new exhibit, “Secessionists, National Forest, at 5200 that are really coming along Lights Winter Carnival feaSavannah Highway. Owners Soldiers and Slaves: The tures amusement rides, Middleton Family’s Civil War.” and another handful that and dogs should each have are being developed. We’re inflatable attractions, oldtheir own water and snacks. Using personal letters, firstusing our time wisely, I fashioned carousel rides, a Transportation is not includ- hand accounts and collecclimbing wall, games and tions of the Middleton Place guess, well, without working ed, and dogs must be on a too hard.” much more. Welcome in 2011 leash. Register early. Tickets Foundation, the war will be While much of the new at the James Island County viewed through the lens of are $15. Call 795-4386, or material has yet to be fully Park and enjoy a fireworks register at www.ccprc.com/ Middleton family as Secesshow at 9 p.m. Call 794-4386 GOnline. sion and early war optimism baked, Sivilli says it still maintains Dangermuffin’s or visit www.holidayfestislowly turns into defeat. underlying theme of a playvaloflights.com for more The exhibit will explore rice ful diversity. Per the band’s information. culture during the war, the usual gamut, songs will Deborah Meyer, the city of building of Charleston’s derange from hard-driving North Charleston’s 2010-11 fenses, the use of slaves for rock to a more calypso sound artist-in-residence, will pres- war projects and runaway Kick off the New Year in ent “E Motions,” an exhibit of slaves fleeing the plantations to an acoustic folk groove. While the deep reflections casual style 2-10 p.m. at works in oil and watercolor for Union controlled-bases found in “Moonscapes” will Tides Folly Beach and Blu featuring a variety of subin Beaufort and Port Royal. be hard to follow, the new Restaurant at 1 Center St., jects. The public is invited Middleton Place is at 4300 Folly Beach. Following the to attend a free reception Ashley River Road. For more song writing will reveal the latest lessons learned on the Folly Beach Polar Bear Swim, hosted by the artist 5-7 p.m. information, visit www. road. Tides & Blu will host the at 5001 Coliseum Drive. middletonplace.org. “You just learn how to first oyster roast of the new cope with your emotions; year. Bottomless Mimosas, you learn how to apprecione complimentary Bloody ate the thing that you have Join the fun as the South Enjoy Southend Brewery’s Mary and all-you-can-eat that really most people don’t Salsa night. The festivities oysters highlight this event. Carolina Aquarium’s river have; you learn to deal with The cost is $20.11. Or, reotters arrive for breakfast at begin at 10 p.m. at 161 East the thing you don’t have serve an oceanfront room 10 a.m. Watch how the staff Bay St.

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if you go WHO: Dangermuffin with Sol Driven Train and James Justin & Co. WHAT: Homegrown New Years. WHERE: The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Hwy. WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday. TICKETS: $18 in advance www.etix.com. MORE INFO: dangermuffinmusic.com or www.facebook.com/dangermuffin.

that other people do,” said Sivilli. “Some days you don’t want to get out of bed, but you still gotta find a way to go out into that cold place where you know nobody and still be able to give it your all and still perform. It makes you dig deep and learn who you are and what is important to you and what you live for.” “It’s freedom,” he continued. “Writing and everything is an emotional outlet. It’s something you have to embrace. Without emotion, music is just math, it’s a formula.” So maybe it’s not a formula, but Dangermuffin’s recipe is one that is becoming harder to keep a secret.

The band has recently been enjoying quite a bit of air time on Sirius XM’s Jam On station. “It’s gotten to the point where people will pop up on our Facebook page all the time, saying I heard you guys on satellite radio, when are you coming to Chicago or when are you coming to Texas?” said Sivilli. He recalls a show they did about a month ago in Eerie, Pa. “Some people actually drove from Toronto. They heard us on satellite radio and said they figured we weren’t doing the Canadian tour any time soon, so they wanted to jump on the opportunity.”

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or a small city, Charleston has tons of spas. For many, spending a day, an afternoon, or even an hour at one may seem like a special treat. But if optimum wellness is your goal, spa massages and skin treatPROVIDED BY PEGGY LIEBER ments can be very healing. Nicole Duncan (left) and owner Peggy Lieber of We’ve made a list of some Cottage Aroma Bella on Johns Island. special spas in the area to check out when pampering yourself becomes part of the Soothing World Combo, a nesian teak doorway in the plan. massage package integrating back of the retail store, and techniques from India, Hayou’ll enter Seeking Indigo’s Cottage Aroma Bella waii and Egypt. wellness center. It is decoratDay Spa The spa is at 2671 Fort Tred with items the co-owner enholm Road, Johns Island. Kathryn Peters found while Nestled among the oak traveling. trees of Johns Island, Cottage Call 266-3619 or visit www. cottagearomabella.com. Services they offer include Aroma Bella Day Spa offers Thai massage, sessions in a clients an experience that hyperbaric oxygen chamber, feels like an urban escape. Seeking Indigo or an hour on an Amethyst “OK, so where’s the ski It’s hard to imagine that lift?” we asked, when we hidden behind the hustle and Bio Mat, among many others. entered the pristine Old Eng- bustle of foot traffic on UpFor $20, visitors can spend lish-style cottage that looks per King is a comprehensive half an hour on a Migun like a mountain resort. center for holistic healing. There’s no ski lift behind Seeking Indigo is an inno- Thermal massage chair. They are at 445 King St. Cottage Aroma Bella, just a vative fusion of retail storebotanical garden and Royal front, world spa and a center Call 725-0217 or visit www. seekingindigo.com Labs, an all-natural skin and for awakening. body care production facility. The wellness center blends Owner Peggy Lieber, a ancient healing techniques The MoM Spa chemist by trade, specializes from the East with modern A spa made by women for in giving facials using Royal science to do more than sim- women, the MoM Spa in Labs products. ply make clients feel good, Mount Pleasant is another Aroma Bella offers masthe spa says. It strives to great option for specialty spa sage, waxing, manicure and uproot the source of disease services. pedicure treatments. For that ails them. You don’t have to be a mom a special splurge, try the Walk through the Indoto visit. The day we visited,

fashion editors played musical chairs, New York Fashion Week got new digs and Fashion’s Night Out went global, including organized events in Charleston. In designer news, 2010 heralded the triumphant return of former Chloe designer Phoebe Philo, who put toince this is the last gether a completely covetable “Stylephile” column of collection for Celine. And 2010, it seems approTom Ford held his first fashpriate to dedicate this week’s ion show in six years. column to a Fashion Year in Lanvin scored big through Review. its collaboration with H&M. When it comes to the past Sadly, this also will be reyear, it’ll be interesting to see membered as the year British what ends up being remem- fashion designer Alexander bered. After all, this was the McQueen died. year that we tackled not one Locally, it was the year that but two sartorially challeng- Saks Fifth Avenue closed its ing trends: clogs and romp- doors on King Street, and Glow Spa Glow Spa in Mount Pleas- ers. It was the year of “greige” Forever 21 was supposed to open in its place. ant is known for its waxing nail polish, nautical everything and silly bandz. Fashion Group Internationservice. al announced it was starting The spa uses a French hard And, 2010 was the year everyone wore their jeans a Charleston branch, and wax that makes normally agonizing treatments some- tucked into knee-high boots, the website Alice & Daisy went a little wild for leopard launched. And, this year was what pain free. print and got shaggy with Charleston Fashion Week’s Glow Spa has been open faux fur. biggest and most successful for six years. Its services It was the year that Lady ever. range from traditional to Gaga officially conquered It was the year of style trendy; from cupping to the world, and Dutch model swaps, pop-up shops and milk chocolate mineral Lara Stone was hailed for trunk shows. Also, 2010 was masks. Make sure to check bringing a new curvaceous the year when people got out the “It Works” wrap, form to fashion even though crafty (Holy City Flea, Lowa cloth infused with herbs country Artist’s Market), and that the spa says is designed she still only wears a size 4. This was the year of the “Buy Local” became more to detoxify subcutaneous pixie haircut (Emma Watthan just a slogan. fat cells. And, oh yeah, it was also The spa is at 320 W. Cole- son, Carey Mulligan, Mithe year this column deman Blvd. No. H. Call 388- chelle Williams) and the buted. 9195 or visit www.glowspa. Brazilian Blowout. It was also the year that Happy New Year. net. we tried a sampler of Ayurvedic treatments. Ayurveda is the traditional medicine system of India. Try the Shirodhara treatment, where warm sesame oil is dripped on your forehead, followed by a ginger compress, which the spa says is designed to increase circulation and clear congestion. The spa says Shirodhara is designed to slow down thoughts and stimulate openings in your energy body. The spa is at 920 Houston Northcutt Boulevard. Call 849-4955 or visit www.themomspa.com

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Savannah Music Festival announces plans M ark your calendar. The program for the 2011 edition of the Savannah Music Festival has been announced. And it’s a smoker. The city-wide extravaganza runs March 24-April 2. It’s chock full of all kinds of music, especially American, especially jazz, and it begs for lovers of any kind of music to check it out. In fact, it is one of the world’s most renowned cross-genre musical events right down the road from us. Regular readers of this column know that for the past five years, I have gorged myself on the sounds and sights of Savannah, one of the pearls, like Charleston, of the South Atlantic coast. Why talk about it so far in advance? Ever year when I come back from there, lots of people say if they had known sooner, they would have planned to go. Well, with this announcement, you have almost three months to manipulate your schedule. Ask anybody from here — and there are many — who have attended, and they will tell you it was worth it. As usual, the jazz lineup is strong, the biggest and best, except for New Orleans’ Jazz Fest, in the Southeast that I know of. The Savannah Jazz Festival is prominent and the Spoleto Festival USA jazz series is pre-eminent, but the Savannah Music Festival is unmatched. One of the headliners this year is a favorite son of South Carolina, Houston Person, one of the greatest living tenor saxophone players. Many of you heard the Florence native in Charleston this summer at the Charleston Jazz Initiative festival. In Savannah, he’ll be

Houston Person will perform at the Savannah Music Festival, which will be March 24-April 9. His “Moment to Moment” album sat atop music JazzWeek charts for nine weeks.

working with the Bill Charlap Trio. Another giant, trombonist Slide Hampton, a commissioned composer in Charleston this summer, will be there. Through the vision of its director, Rob Gibson, the festival reveals its continuity, creative design and genre-bending performances in its jazz series. For example, pianist Marcus Roberts will perform with eclectic banjo player Bela Fleck for an only-inSavannah collaboration. They jammed with others at a late-night festival session in 2008, inspiring each other and Gibson to mount this year’s concert. Roberts has great classical chops as well while Fleck, an 11-time Grammy winner, is all over the place on his instrument. For those with varied tastes, the Savannah festival features a mountain of classical, world, R&B, country, rock, Cuban, Americana, bluegrass, African, Baroque, Cajun and pop musics. All at the highest level of performance. The Atlanta Symphony will perform “Brahms, Haydn & Bruch,” featuring the festival’s assistant artistic director, Daniel Hope, on violin. New Orleans R&B master Allen Toussaint and his band are on the bill. Gibson has teamed them up with Britain’s blue-eyed soul singer James Hunter. Augusta native Sharon Jones will lead her Brooklyn, N.Y.-based gospel/funk nine-piece collective, the

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Dap-Kings, for the first time in these parts. All the way from India will be sarod player Amjad Ali Khan and tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain on a double bill with the South Indian classical dance virtuoso, Vijayalakshmi. A real example of the festival’s genre defiance is the Punch Brothers, a string ensemble led by mandolinist Chris Thile. Some may remember this group as one of the hits at Spoleto’s Jazz and More series in 2009. At that time, I described the act as improvisational country/classical chamber music. The Wall Street Journal calls it bluegrass with the

discipline of classical music and the unexpected angles of rock. Thile, the creative founder of the group, has broad tastes but at the same time he’s down to earth and rooted in Americana. Here’s a clue. He told me one of his favorite restaurants is Jestine’s on Meeting Street in Charleston. Between now and March, I plan to talk to Gibson and some of the artists performing in Savannah this year and share all that with you. There’s so much more. I can’t wait. For tickets or more information, visit savannahmusicfestival.org.

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ton Grill is still the best bet for high quality, impromptu jazz sessions. Christmas night there proved it. Holding forth were Kevin Hamilton on bass, Charlton Singleton on trumpet, Asa Holgate on drums and Tommy Gill on piano. Halfway through the second set, trombone wunderkind T.J. Robinson showed up and sat in. The band was already groovin’ but when he took the stand, the music started to percolate. They called “All Blues,” the Miles Davis evergreen, and took it to another level. Holgate’s brushwork was magnificent, shuffling things along, while Gill

played majestic chords and understated figures. Hamilton was in the pocket and Singleton danced above it all, hinting at Davis with his own phrasing. Robinson added a dimension not usually heard on this piece, playing mostly in the lower register of his horn, bringing a melodic depth and breadth not usually heard on this simple blues pattern. The full house was into it, too, feeding the band and pushing it to higher heights. Jack McCray, author of “Charleston Jazz,” can be reached at jackjmccray@aol. com.

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6. CoCo: NBC’s “Tonight Show” ousted everyone’s favorite ginger-headed comedian, Conan O’Brien. Luckily this story had a happy ending, with CoCo making the move to cable, and probably with more fans than he started with. 7. “Like a G6.” The Far East Movement’s song “Like a G6” dominated the radio from the summer on. Catchy it may be, but if I never hear that “electropop” song about “sipping sizzurp in my ride” again, I’ll be thrilled. 8. The meat dress: Lady Gaga’s style is a little funky for my tastes, although I do find a lot of her songs way catchy. Regardless, she took the cake when one of her many outfits at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards was a dress ... made out of meat. Her outfit — hat, purse and boots included — was entirely meat. Yikes.

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his year has brought many good things for the pop culture world: comebacks by Eminem and Kanye, addicting songs by Rihanna, a handful of awesome movies, and some solid seasons of TV shows. But with the good came the confusing, disappointing and bad. 1. The series finale for “Lost.” I was a latecomer to ABC’s “Lost,” which, after six seasons, ended last spring. The show’s finale was much hyped as viewers, many of whom devoted more than 90 hours to

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n the 16 years since Dunleavy’s Pub on Sullivan’s Island held its first Polar Bear Plunge, many locals have decided to downplay New Year’s Eve festivities in order to play up New Year’s Day. The ripple effect of a simple dip in the icy Atlantic, which started as a lark between pub co-owner Bill Dunleavy and six pub regulars in 1995, spread beyond altering the mindset of Charleston’s New Year revelers. Since then, the ripple has turned into a tidal wave of tradition that has crossed Charleston Harbor to Folly

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Friends Katherine Dunleavy (left) and Julia Woodward head back to shore after plunging into the cold water off Sullivan’s Island on New Year’s Day 2010. Katherine’s uncle started the Polar Plunge in the mid1990s, and the annual event now raises money for South Carolina Special Olympics. Beach, where five years ago Snapper Jack’s started its own New Year’s Day plunge and up the Ashley River to Summerville where the YMCA is holding an inaugural polar bear swim in an outdoor pool. And it’s not just for fun. All three polar bear plunges Saturday help raise money,

far less painfully than jumping in cold water, for causes. Speaking of the ice factor, December’s frigid, Midwestlike conditions have left the water temperature at a chillier-than-normal 47 degrees (low to mid-50s is more typical), but the luck of the Irish pulled through on the most important factor.

“We have enough people holding jackets,” Dunleavy joked. “We want more people in the water.” He also hopes that participants and spectators will be generous by donating money to Special Olympics of South Carolina. Since Dunleavy’s started the “Freezin’ for a Reason” tradition, it has donated about $200,000 to Special Olympics. Dunleavy hopes to break last year’s collection of $26,900.

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The Summerville YMCA is holding its inaugural Polar Bear Swim, not a plunge, at 1 p.m. Saturday at its outdoor, unheated pool at the Oakbrook facility. The event, which cost $10 to participate, involves swimming one lap in the pool. Wetsuits are allowed, but really, can you be a “polar bear” wearing a wetsuit? Hot chocolate will be provided. Money raised will go to the pool facility. 17th Dunleavy’s dip “There is nothing more Snapper Jack’s plunge exhilarating and electrifying Dunleavy’s Pub will hold Snapper Jack’s on Folly its plunge, officially, at 2 p.m. than the tingling sensation Saturday, but as any veteran Beach will hold its plunge at that circulates through your plunge participant or specta- 1 p.m. Saturday, but is asking entire body in a matter of participants to register at 11 seconds after jumping into tor knows, you must arrive early to see friends, an array a.m. by donating $5 or five icy cold water,” says Cherie canned goods in support of of costumes that rival HalBennett, aquatics coordinaloween and “warm up” with the Lowcountry Food Bank. tor. “Why drive to the beach The first 300 to register will when you can drive to your a beverage or two. The pub get an event T-shirt and a will open at 10 a.m. and the family Y for the polar bear cup of jambalaya. pub, indoors and out, will swim? The water at the To encourage costumes, start filling up by 11 a.m. Oakbrook pool has no heat, Snapper Jack’s will hold a Dunleavy strongly urges which simulates the same icy costume contest. Additionpeople to join in the spirit effect as the beach.” ally, the bar will feature $2 of the event by dressing up drink specials. in costume and taking the Contact David Quick at plunge. dquick@postandcourier.com.

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“The water temperature doesn’t matter,” says Dunleavy. “It’s the air and the wind. That’s what you feel when you come up out of the water.” Forecasts earlier this week (when this column was written) called for mid-day temperatures ranging from a comfy 67 to 72 degrees, partly sunny skies and a strong wind coming from the south, southeast. Good outdoor drinking weather!

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Reflecting on an artful 2010

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was asked to do a rather difficult thing: come up with what I thought were the best art shows of 2010. There were a lot of great shows, and art is such a different experience for everyone. What I may love, someone else may not, and vice versa. I’ve tried to give some insight into why I chose each

show. I’d love to hear what yours are. E-mail us your thoughts at artscene@postandcourier.com. So here are my faves, in no particular order: The first that comes to mind is the Nick Cave and Phyllis Galembo exhibit that was at the Halsey Institute this past spring. Ever since it’s been in the new home at St. Philip and Calhoun streets, the Halsey has really been rocking out some amazing stuff. The Cave exhibit of sculptural yet functional costumes was impressive to me because it covered many different art forms. Cave worked as a modern dancer with the Alvin Ailey dance company for many

years, and his sculptural costumes can actually be worn. Even when they are not being worn, they evoke the sense of movement. Galembo’s photographs were interesting in how they showed the ritualistic and ceremonial costumes of many different cultures that still exist today. Another fave was Joel Parker’s “Rite of Passage” show at SCOOP studios. I loved how Parker took typical, everyday scenes of college life and created something fresh and different. This talented and schooled artist used his realism painting skills to depict images of young adults at random parties (often the type of images you’d see on Facebook or the

like), where they’d have normal conversations or drink beer out of red disposable cups, but they’d be presented as nudes. Still tickled over those. Kendall Messick’s “Impermanence” show at Rebekah Jacob also was impressive, but in a much more serious manner. After his house burned down, Messick chose to portray the beauty that is inherent in all things, even destruction. His photographs of his burned-down home and beloved and now charred objects represent what the title says: impermanence. Everything changes. Every single thing. Each moment. I love being reminded of this because it makes you

people still don’t know that the show began with a simple blog about women painting women. More and more excitement grew around the topic, and a show followed. And with all the excitement around the show came the amazing camaraderie of all these talented women from all over the world flying to Charleston to paint together for a week. So bring it on, 2011. I’m excited to see what you’ve got in store for us.

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appreciate each moment of your existence. Another super-solid show was “Women Painting Women” at the Robert Lange Studios. Of course, the painting were great — it was a juried show of works from women from all over the country and beyond. But for me, it wasn’t so much the actual paintings that I appreciated the most. It was the back story of how all these women got together and made this happen. Many

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Do believe the hype (except ‘Inception’) when it comes to alternative, indie and new music in general, and in addition to his Saturday and Sunday morning shows on The Bridge at 105.5 FM, The Critic can be heard every weekday during the 3-7 p.m. afternoon drive. Yes, c’mon. I saw the new critically acclaimed Mark Wahlberg/ Christian Bale movie last week, “The Fighter,” with popcorn and drink in hand, for $8. Everyone knows that the average trip to the movies these days, including concessions, is easily $20. But every Tuesday at the Carmike Cinema on James Island, the “stimulus” special features $1 small popcorns and $1 small drinks, along with the regular nonweekend, nonmatinee ticket price of $6. It’s the best deal in town if you’re looking to see new movies on a budget. Oh, and “The Fighter” is

every bit as good as the hype.

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Now, for what was unquestionably the most overhyped movie of the year. I actually wasn’t going to say anything about this because when I expressed my negative opinion after the movie was first released a few months ago, people would look at me like I had three heads. But now that the hype has subsided somewhat, I’ve actually talked to a number of people who share my controversial opinion, yet most keep it secret or are reluctant to talk about it, not wanting to ruffle any feathers. My job is to ruffle feathers, so here goes: “Inception” was horrible. The Christopher Nolandirected dream-themed, decade-in-the-making movie starring Leonardo

DiCaprio was an ambitious project to begin with, and anyone would have had a difficult time exploring the concept of corrupting an individual’s subconscious by invading his or her dreams. Or perhaps even more difficult, barging in on a dream, within a dream, within another dream, experienced through a shared dream, which takes place inside another dream. ... I think you get the picture. That said, what I value most in any movie is a solid plot. Forget special effects, trippy fight scenes, comic book/sci-fi fanboy nostalgia — just give me a good story. I asked three of my closest friends what “Inception” was about after they saw it opening weekend. I received three different answers. Nobody really knew what it was about. Some likely

consider such diverse and open interpretations of “Inception” indicative of some groundbreaking, cerebral achievement, making it great art. But it’s more like mass confusion, coupled with pretense and an overall fear by most moviegoers that they might look stupid if they were to admit that the film simply didn’t make any sense. When Comedy Central’s “South Park” spoofed “Inception,” with a segment appropriately titled “Insheeption,” one character says: “You just don’t get it because you’re not smart enough!” Well color me stupid because I still don’t know what that long, boring and nonsensical movie was about, don’t believe it will stand the test of time and might go down as the most overhyped movie in film history.

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house special, “Pirjan” ($9.99),which includes lamb shank, potatoes, roasted vegetables, basmati rice and lepinja bread. It’s so much food that it’s about two meals for me. Since the restaurant opened, I’ve visited about twice a month. If someone were to ask me about my favorite ethnic foods, Italian and Indian would immediThumbs up ately come to mind. Thanks I thought I’d take the opto Cafe Europa, you can now portunity in this last column add Bosnian to the list. of the year to hype a few Arguably the best era of personal local pleasures that Charleston rock radio was I believe deserve more atten- during the ’90s and even the tion. last decade in which local First up is Cafe Europa disc jockey “The Critic” (Jim in North Charleston on Voigt) could be heard daily Dorchester Road next to the on the late, great 96 Wave Sub Station II and slightly (96.1 FM). Wave was groundpast the Dorchester Road Re- breaking in many ways due gional Library. This relatively in no small part to The Critnew restaurant specializes in ic. To this day, he remains Bosnian cuisine. the most knowledgeable perMy favorite dish is the sonality in Lowcountry radio

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Keep your ears on Steven Fiore in ’11 BY PAUL PAVLICH

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teven Fiore has had his hands in the Charleston music scene for five years now. His most recent project, coincidentally titled Steven Fiore, has been at it for over four months, and they’ve already got plenty of things on their plate. The group is comprised of Fiore on guitar and vocals, keyboardist Dan McCurry, bassist Mannie Schumpert, percussionist Michael McCrea and vocalist Haley Shaw. The composite result is a barebones, soothing acoustic rock outfit that is both heartfelt and thoughtout. Their songs are available for listen on both www. myspace.com/stevenfiore and stevenfiore.bandcamp. com. “I’ve been playing by myself for a while and I’ve always wanted a band that

more info MEMBERS: Steven Fiore (guitar/vocals), Michael McCrea (drummer), Mannie Schumpert (bass), Dan McCurry (keys), Haley Shaw (vocals) ORIGINALLY FROM: Charleston. WEBSITE: www. myspace.com/stevenfiore or stevenfiore. bandcamp.com

was really tight behind me,” Fiore said. “It’s working out really well.” Fiore and the band have been recording in Nashville with engineer Taylor Bray. The record is slated for an April release, and will be a full-length recording. “It will be the first fulllength record that I’ve ever done,” Fiore said. “The songs come from anything

and everything.” Aside from the record, Fiore has been playing out like crazy. He just took a trip up through New England, playing in Boston and New York as well as other dates. He plans on touring a lot for the album’s release to promote the songs, by both solo touring and going on the road with the band. Fiore got into music in his early adolescence, but didn’t decide to take music seriously until he was 19 years old. Since then, he’s been in several different successful local groups in Charleston. He also signed a publishing deal with Universal records last year, so he has been writing songs for other recording artists on the label as well. “I started really trying to do music full-time,” Fiore said. “I always knew I wanted to do it, but I didn’t really take what I did seriously

back then. I started listening to better music and broadening my horizons, really opening my eyes a little bit and searching for better and better music.” Fiore and the group will be playing several house shows and venue gigs over the next few weeks, and information will be updated on their respective websites. With the record coming out and Fiore’s new concentration on writing songs for Universal Records national artists, it’s a wonder that they have time to get together, but practices and gigs have really polished the band for the touring schedule that will ensue after the album’s release. “The band is really starting to take shape, as we find that we enjoy each other as a part of the group. The band’s been getting tight, and I’m excited to see them get tighter and tighter.”

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With a Little Help From Our Friends’ album, where the band has guest musicians perform with them, his New Year’s Eve and I got the idea to invite features a myriad of a bunch of my musician party possibilities. While every local venue will friends to play with me.” As anyone who has seen be going all out to welcome Mac and his band, The in 2011, one establishment aims to offer something a bit Booty Ranch, perform will tell you, it is all about having different. fun. Mac delivers a highSince opening earlier this energy mix of originals and year, Jimbo’s Rock Lounge covers of rock, blues funk, has offered a place in West country and other styles. Ashley to enjoy everything Mac talked a bit about who from punk and rock shows to burlesque performances. he had invited. “We plan to have folks Owner Jimbo Webb and like Jeff Bateman, Johnny local musician the Rev. Dr. Cathcart, Brad Henty, Dale Johnny Mac have teamed Baker, Dan Wright, and up to present the “Booty Frank Royster.” Ranch Super Bootyriffic Bateman has played with New Year’s Eve Ho’down bands such as The Fire Apes Thro’down.” and SuperDeluxe, while Mac will be playing and acting as master of ceremo- Cathcart plays with All Purnies as he welcomes an array pose Remedy. Bluesman Brad Henty is of musicians to join him on known for his work with the Rock Lounge’s stage. Mac recently talked about Bradford Station and Dale Baker played with Trick the upcoming festivities at Knee. the Rock Lounge. Dan Wright plays with “I have always considered New Year’s Eve to be sort of New Beat and is competing amateur drunk night, and I in the International Blues originally hadn’t planned to Challenge in Memphis next year. And Frank Royster is play that night,” explained known for his work in bands Mac. “But I was listening such as The Hed Shop Boys. to Govt. Mule’s ‘Live ...

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Mac also says that the possibility exists for a reunion of one of Charleston’s most beloved bands from the ’80s, The Jumper Cables. “Paul Tucker might show up,” says Mac. “That would be very cool to play with Paul again.” Mac has invited musicians playing at some other venues to come jam with him when they are done at their respective gigs. In addition to the music, Jimbo’s Rock Lounge plans to offer food catered by The Casual Gourmet’s chef Kenny Pohlman. Tickets for the event are $25 and are available at eitx.com. That price will go up at the door Dec. 31, provided there are tickets left. While the Rock Lounge will definitely be in party mode Friday night, Mac stresses that this party is for music lovers. “It’s a chance to catch a great group of musicians that folks wouldn’t normally get to see play together.” Doors at the Rock Lounge open at 8 p.m., catered food is served at 10:30 p.m. and the music should crank up at 10 p.m. and go until closing time.

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ALLUETTE’S JAZZ CAFE: 137 Calhoun St. 737-0090. TonightSat: Oscar River Trio, 9:30 p.m.; Mon-Fri: Calvin Taylor, 11:30 a.m.; Wed and Sun: Abe White. AROMAS: 50 N. Market St. 723-9588. Sat: Cotton Blue, 710 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: John Roland, Walri, Jentry Rose and TranceFusion, free, 6-10 p.m. BIG JIM’S DIAMONDBACK SALOON: 5991 Rivers Ave. 7442501. Fri-Sat: Live Music. BIG JOHN’S TAVERN: 251 East Bay St. 723-3483. Fri-Sat: Live Music. BLIND TIGER PUB: 38 Broad St. 577-0088. Tonight: Porkchop; Fri: Nathan Calhoun Band, free, 9 p.m. BLUE’S HOUSE OF WINGS: 1039 Anna Knapp Blvd., Mount Pleasant. 881-1858. Fri: Live Music 7:30 p.m. Sat: Karaoke w/Big Al, 9 p.m.; Tues: Trivia, 7 p.m.; Wed: Live Music. THE BRICK: 213B East Bay St. 720-7788. Sat: Unkle Funkle, 10:30 p.m. BUDDY ROE’S SHRIMP SHACK: 1528 Ben Sawyer Blvd. 388-5270. Tonight-Sat: Ronnie Johnson and Chris Clifton; Sun: Ronnie Johnson, 7 p.m. BUFFALO SOUTH: 1409 Folly Rd. 406-0888. Tonight: Trivia, 6 p.m. CHARLESTON GRILL: 224 King St. 577-4522. Tonight-Sat: Quentin Baxter Ensemble followed by Late Night Jazz, 8 p.m.; Sun: Bob Williams Duo, 7 p.m.; Mon-Wed: Quentin Baxter Ensemble, 7 p.m. CITY LIGHTS COFFEE SHOP: 141 Market St. 853-7067. Sat: Jesse Ledford; Wed: The Amazing Mittens, 6:30-8 p.m. THE CLUB AT MEYERS RD: 216 Meyers Rd., Summerville. 875-4215. Wed-Sat: Karaoke; Fri: The Party Express Band. CLUB H2O: 8484 Dorchester Rd. 767-1426. Tonight: Country Dance Party, 9 p.m.; Fri-Sat: DJ

The deadline for Night Life items is Tuesday at noon the week before the event or concert takes place. Items should be faxed to the newsroom at 937-5579 or e-mailed to clubs@postandcourier.com. Items submitted after the deadline will not be printed. For more information, call 937-5582. Mike Mendoza, 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. Fri-Sat: Abe White, 6 p.m.; Sun: Jazz, noon. CUOCO PAZZO: 1035 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Mt. Pleasant. 971-9034. Wed and Fri-Sat: Riccardo sings Opera and Italian songs, 7 p.m. THE DROP IN: 32-B Center St., Folly Beach. 633-0234. Wed: Dave Grunstra, 9:30 p.m. 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. Fri: Gaslight Street w/Reid Stone, $12-15, 7 p.m.; Wed: Wednesday Night Ramble, 8 p.m. FIERY RON’S WEST ASHLEY: 1205 Ashley River Rd. 225-2278. Tonight: Bluestone Ramblers, free, 9 p.m.; Fri: NYE w/Steel Petals and Hundred Hands Down, $20, 7 p.m.; Mon: Open Mic, 8 p.m.; Wed: Lowcountry Blues Club, 7 p.m. FIREWATER GRILLE: 109 Holiday Drive, Summerville. 261-2121. Fri: Live Music; Sat: Comedy; Wed: Team Trivia, 8 p.m. FISH RESTAURANT: 442 King St. 722-3474. Tonight: Elise Testone, 7 p.m.; Sat: DJ, 10 p.m. GENNARO’S RESTAURANT: 8500 Dorchester Rd. 760-9875. Tonight: live jazz, 8 p.m. GILLIGANS, DOWNTOWN: 14 N. Market St. 853-2244. Tonight-Fri: Justin, 5-9 p.m. GILLIGANS, MOUNT PLEASANT: 1475 Long Grove Dr. 8492244. Tonight: Mark Schuler. HALLIGAN’S RESTAURANT AND BAR: 3025 Ashley Towne Center, Suite 201. 225-4347. Fri: Nappy Roots NYE Party; Sat: Juvenile; Mon: Karaoke w/Sinclair. HALLS CHOPHOUSE: 434 King St. 797-0090. Tonight-

Thurs: Live Music; Fri: Anthony Owens, 8 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sun: Gospel Brunch, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. HIGH COTTON: 199 East Bay St. 724-3815. Tonight: Leah Suarez Trio, 6-10 p.m.; Fri: Bill Aycock Trio, 7-11 p.m.; Sat: Frank Duvall Trio, 7-11 p.m.; Sun: James Slater Duo, 10 a.m.2 p.m.; Bill Aycock Duo, 6-10 p.m.; Mon: Margaret Coleman and Wayne Dawes, 6-10 p.m.; Tues-Wed: James Slater Trio, 6-10 p.m. HENRY’S BAR AND RESTAURANT: 54 N. Market St. 723-4363. Wed: Chris Dodson, 10 p.m. JIMMY’S SPORTS BAR AND GRILL: 431 St. James Ave., Goose Creek. 553-8766. Tonight: Team Trivia; Fri-Sat: DJ/Karaoke, free; Tues: Chris Sullivan, free, 8-11 p.m.; Wed: DJ/Karaoke, free. J’PAULZ: 1739 Maybank Hwy., James Island. 795-6995. Fri: NYE w/Joe Clarke Trio; Wed: Shonuff. KICKIN’ CHICKEN: 337 King St. 805-5020. Wed: Trivia; Thurs: Live music. KICKIN’ CHICKEN: 1175 Folly Rd., James Island. 225-6996. Wed: Trivia, 9 p.m.; Thurs: Live music. KICKIN’ CHICKEN: 1119 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Mt. Pleasant. 881-8734. Tues: Theme trivia, 9 p.m.; Wed: Trivia, 9 p.m.; Thurs: Live music. KICKIN’ CHICKEN: 800 N. Main St., Summerville. 8756998. Wed: Trivia, 9 p.m.; Thurs: Live music. KICKIN’ CHICKEN: 1179 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., West Ashley 766-5292. Wed: Trivia, 9 p.m. Thurs: Live music. LOCALS BAR: 1150 Queensborough Blvd., Unit B. 3885114. Mon: Keith Bruce, 6-9 p.m. LOCO JOE’S FOOD & SPIRITS: 1115 Miles Rd., Summerville. 821-2946. Fri-Sat: Karaoke; Wed: Karaoke and Trivia. LUCY’S RED SKY GRILL: 1001 Landfall Way, Johns Island. 768-8118. Fri: Ann Caldwell, 5:30-9:30 p.m. MAD RIVER BAR & GRILLE: 32 N. Market St. 723-0032. Fri: NYE Celebration, 8 p.m.; Mon: Live Music; Tues: Trivia. MANNY’S NEIGHBORHOOD GRILLE: 1608 Old Towne Rd.

763-3908. Tonight: Team Trivia; Sat: Coastal Carolina Karaoke, 9:30 p.m.; 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: Ann Caldwell w/LooseFitt; Fri: Live Jazz; Sat: Lewis, Wiltrout and Gregory; 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: NYE Party w/ DJ Lil Chris; Sat: DJ Lil Chris, 10 p.m.; Tue: Free music. MOLLY DARCY’S: 235 East Bay St. 737-4085. Tonight and Sun: Live Music; Fri: DJ. MORGAN CREEK GRILL: 80 41st Ave. IOP. 886-8980. Wed: Shag Night, 7-10 p.m. MUSIC FARM: 32 Ann St. 577-6989. Thurs: Edwin McCain w/John Wesley Satterfield and Taylor Moore, $17.50-22.50, 8 p.m.; Fri: The New Mastersounds, $15-50, 8 p.m. O’MALLEY’S: 549 King St. 805-5000. Tonight-Sat: 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: Karaoke, 9 p.m.; Sat: Drag Show. PELICAN’S NEST: 3772 Seabrook Island Rd., Seabrook Island. 768-2500. Fri-Sat: Live Music. THE POUR HOUSE: 1977 Maybank Hwy. 571-4343. Tonight: Sol Driven Train w/Holy Ghost Tent Revival, $12, 9 p.m.; Local Bluegrass Thursdays; Fri: Sol Driven Train and Dangermuffin, $18, 9 p.m.; Sat: Yo Mammas Big Fat Booty Band, $11-13, 10 p.m.; Thurs: New Familiars w/The Ragbirds, $8, 10 p.m. RED DRUM GASTROPUB: 803 Coleman Blvd., Mt. Pleasant. 849-0313. Wed: live music; Thurs: Bill Johnson. RITA’S: 2 Center St., Folly Beach. 588-2525. Tonight: Frank Royster; Fri: David Dunning; Sat: David Landeo; Wed: Jamison. THE ROOFTOP AT VENDUE

INN: 19 Vendue Range. 4142341. Fri: Louie D Project. SALTY MIKE’S BAR: 17 Lockwood Dr. 937-0208. Wed: Karaoke w/Richard Clayton. SAND DOLLAR: 7 Center St., Folly Beach. 588-9498. Fri-Sat: Swell Band. SEEL’S ON SULLIVAN’S: 2213 Middle St., Sullivan’s Island, 883-5030. Fri and Sat: DJ C-Nile, 10 p.m.; Wed: The Bushels, 7 p.m. SEEWEE RESTAURANT: 4808 North Highway 17, Awendaw. 928-3609. Fri: Sweet Grass Band, 6-9 p.m. SMOKEY OAK TAPROOM: 1234 Camp Rd., James Island. 762-6268. Tue: Dave Grunstra, 8 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: Charleston Team Trivia, 8 p.m.; Fri: NYE Party w/ Control Freak, free; Sat: Control Freak. SUNFIRE GRILL & BISTRO: 1090 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. 7660223. Tonight: Allyson Taylor, 6-9 p.m.; Fri: Susie Summers and Al, 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 SWAMP FOX AT THE FRANCIS MARION HOTEL: 387 King St. 724-8888. Fri-Sat: Pianist Bill Howland. THE TATTOOED MOOSE: 1137 Morrison Dr. 277-2990. Fri: NYE Party w/ Rachel Kate and Friends; Tues: Macky (Royal Tinfoil) and friends, free, 9 p.m. THIRSTY TURTLE II: 1158 College Park Rd., Summerville. 851-9828. Fri-Sat: Karaoke, 9 p.m.; 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-Sat: Live music, 1-11 p.m.; Sun: Live music, 5-10 p.m.; Mon-Thurs: Live music, 1-11 p.m. TIN ROOF: 1117 Magnolia Rd. 571-0775. Tonight: Dexter Romweber Duo w/The Defilers, 10 p.m.; Fri: NYE Prom Party

w/Dante’s Camaro, 10 p.m.; Sat: Party w/Megan Jean and the KFB, Rachel Kate Gillon, Sarah Bandy and Vicki Matsis, 10 p.m.; Sun: Comedy Night, 8 p.m. TOAST: 155 Meeting St. 5340043. Tonight: Abe White; Fri: Live Music; Sat: Annie Boxell, 6 p.m. TOMMY CONDON’S: 160 Church St. 577-3818. TonightSat: Steve Carroll and the Bograts; Wed, Sun: Fried Rainbow Trout. TRAYCE’S TOO NEIGHBORHOOD GRILLE AND PUB: 2578 Ashley River Rd. 556-2378. Today: Team trivia, 7-9 p.m.; Tues: Trickknee; Wed: Henri Gates. TWIN RIVER LANES: 613 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Mt. Pleasant. 884-7735. Wed: Mike the Knight Karaoke. VOODOO: 15 Magnolia Rd. 769-0228. Fri: NYE Party and Bee Gees Dance Party w/ DJ D Rock, free; Tue: Stan Ray and The Stingrays, $3, 9 p.m. WET WILLIE’S: 209 East Bay St. 853-5650. Sat: Chris Dodson, 4-7 p.m.; Mon: Metal Mondays; Wed: Jerry Cooper; WILD WING DOWNTOWN: 6 N. Market St. 722-9464. Tonight: Karaoke; Fri: U-Phonik, $5; Sat: Late Night w/DJ DDL; 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: PreNew Year’s Show w/Villanova; Fri: Ellen Drive, free; Sat: Late Night w/ Jamisun Duo; Sun: Patio Party w/David Dunning; Tue: Trivia Night w/DJ SLK T; Wed: Homegrown Music Series featuring Almost Steve Reunion Show. WILD WING N. CHARLESTON: 7618 Rivers Ave. 8189464. Tonight: Eddie Bush and The Mayhem; Fri: TrickKnee, $5; Sat: Late Night w/Big Hit and the Baby Kit; Sun: R and R Late Night w/Matt and Fred; Mon: Bingo w/DJ SLK T; Tues: Ed Miller’s Karaoke Mayhem; Wed: Team Trivia w/DJ SLK T. THE WINDJAMMER: 1008 Ocean Blvd., IOP. 886-8596. Fri: Playlist, $15, 9 p.m.; Sat: Sons of Bill w/American Aquarium, $1012, 10 p.m.

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MARCUS AMAKER: sleeps a lot, doesn’t do much 1. JOANNA NEWSOM, “HAVE ONE ON ME”: Everything about Joanna’s triple album feels epic. The orchestration, the song titles, the way she plays the harp, the packaging, the artwork — everything. Lyrically, you have to read between the lines and the silences to really understand what’s going on here. And once you do, endless layers are uncovered. Joanna is playful, brilliant and in total control. Something you couldn’t say about her love-it-orhate-it sophomore release, “Ys.” Here, she comes off as your smarter younger sister, and you don’t hate her for it. And, honestly, “Jackrabbits” is one of the most perfect songs I’ve ever heard. A complete immersive experience. 2. THE ROOTS, “HOW I GOT OVER”: Too many “alternative” hip-hop acts love the

RODOLFO LARIOS: graphic designer, foreign correspondent for Charleston Scene 1. BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE, “FORGIVENESS ROCK RECORD”: Even though this album probably won’t make many “best albums of 2010” lists, it was always playing in my car, iPod, computer and my wife’s head. 2. STARS, “THE FIVE GHOSTS”: Excellent pop al-

fact that they are “alternative” so much that they spend entire albums bragging about how “alternative” they are. (See People Under the Stairs for a perfect example.) Not so for The Roots. The music speaks for itself, and “How I Got Over” is one of the most soulful and spiritual albums of the year. After the harsh “Rising Down” in 2008, The Roots went back to their roots and produced a record that mirrors their best work. “How I Got Over” works on so many levels: The songs are sonically masterful and lyrically tight. Black Thought is on the top of his game throughout the whole album. Plus, “How I Got Over” (the song) subtly channels Marvin Gaye while updating his sound. Absolutely brilliant. 3. THE NATIONAL, “HIGH VIOLET”: At a

bum, I wasn’t a Stars fan, but this record changed that. Amy Millan’s voice will hypnotize you and make you sing and dance. 3. BUTTERFLY EXPLOSION, “LOST TRAILS”: If you miss the shoegaze era of the ’90s, this album will be your time machine. 4. MELISSA AUF DER MAUR, “OUT OF OUR MINDS”: This album has a little bit of everything: It’s dark, it’s goth, some-

time when longevity is a foreign word for modern bands, The National has built an impressive string of albums. Though it possesses the worst album title of 2010, “High Violet” just might be the band’s best record to date. It’s all about mood. “Afraid of Everyone,” “England,” “Little Faith,” “Sorrow” and especially “Anyone’s Ghost” are perfect in their tales of imperfection. The mood carries through the whole album. It’s infectious and brilliantly executed. 4. FLYING LOTUS, “COSMOGRAMMA”: Personality in instrumental electronic music is hard to convey. But Flying Lotus has been doing it for years. “Cosmogramma” pushes all of the right buttons. It’s an emotional record with schizophrenic highs (“Pickled!” and “Do Astral Plane”) and mood pieces (“Mmmhmm” and “Satelllliiiiiteee”). Thom Yorke even shows up on “... And the World Laughs With You.” The whole thing is held together by jazz-influenced interludes, some not-so-subtle nods to Flying Lotus’ grand-uncle, John Coltrane. If you miss J Dilla, Flying Lotus has you covered. 5. ANAIS MITCHELL, “HADESTOWN”: If you like concept albums about Greek mythology written by an intelligent folk singer, then “Hadestown” is for you. If you want to hear Bon Iver sing with Ani DiFranco, Greg

times instrumental and it even has Glenn Danzig collaborating. 5. AUTOLUX, “TRANSIT TRANSIT”: This album takes a few listens to grow on you, but it’s worth the wait. HONORABLE MENTIONS: Deftones, “Diamond Eyes”; Gorillaz, “Plastic Beach”; Warpaint, “The Fool”; Band of Horses, “Infinite Arms”; The National, “High Violet”; The Dead Weather, “Sea of Cowards.” BEST SONG OF THE YEAR: Deftones, “Sextape.” WORST SONG OF THE YEAR: Lady Gaga, “Alejandro.”

Brown and the Low Anthem, then “Hadestown” is for you. If you like your music theatrical, thought-provoking and full of surprises, then “Hadestown” is for you. If you are a casual music listener, then “Hadestown” is not for you. HONORABLE MENTIONS: Four Tet, “There is Love in You”; Janelle Monae “The Archandroid”; Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, “The Social Network”; Beach House, “Teen Dream”; Laura Veirs, “July Flame”; Loscil, “Endless Falls”; Halves, “It Goes, It Goes”; Shad, “TSOL”; Sufjan Stevens, “The Age of Adz”; Laura Marling, “I Speak Because I Can”; Autechre, “Oversteps”; Jamiroquai, “Rock Dust Light Star”; The Black Keys, “Brothers.” BEST SONG OF THE YEAR: Prince, “Sticky Like Glue.” The funk is thick on this one. Yet another hit that won’t be a hit. When Prince is gone, there will be millions of people who wished they had paid more attention to his whole career instead of one little segment of it. WORST SONG OF THE YEAR: Kanye West, “Power.” Self-indulgent rubbish with the most annoying loop known to man. And Kanye, is it “power” or “paaawha?” Quite possibly the most overrated song of all time. Also throw Dr. Dre’s “Kush” on that list.

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THE BEST ALBUMS OF 2010 KEVIN YOUNG: cat lover, Golden Girls fanboy 1. DAS RACIST, “SHUT UP, DUDE”: This Brooklyn-based rap group is made up of Himanshu Suri, Victor Vazquez and Ashok Kondabolu. After the summer of 2009, they became known as the guys who did the “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell” song. In early 2010, they released this mixtape as a free download on their website, www. dasracist.net. Where “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell” gave some listeners the impression that they were a one-anddone, the remainder of the mixtape’s tracks, such as “Nutmeg” and “Rainbows In The Dark,” showcase the trio as the hungry hip-hop heads they really are. 2. DAS RACIST, “SIT DOWN MAN”: And then about six months later, the group unleashed another mixtape on the public. This time, the album found band members exploring more of the lyrical dexterity and clever wordplay with the help of special guests such as Diplo and Dame Grease and a few microphone fiends, including El-P. Songs like “hahahaha jk?” and “Fashion Party” displayed more of hip-hop’s endless possibilities thanks to the group’s continued use of nonsequiturs and a richer production. 3. GIL SCOTT-HERON, “I’M NEW HERE”: One part of hiphop’s building blocks was Gil Scott-Heron’s “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” a song that inspired the political edge of artists such as Public Enemy and KRS-One. Stripping away the righteousness and bluster of his former self, this new collection of tracks gives us a wearied revolutionary focusing his poetics on the war within. Much like Johnny Cash’s later efforts, this album reflects a life spent filled with beautiful memories and sorrowful regrets. Beautiful album. 4. CELPH-TITLED AND BUCKWILD. “NINETEEN NINETYNOW”: Something seriously lacking in rap for too long has been an emcee who can spit fire but can bring a nice chuckle to the listener. This album was created for those who still want a little humor with their boom-bap. You can’t go wrong with Celph-Titled’s wit and legendary Buckwild’s gritty production. 5. GIRL TALK, “ALL DAY”: So schizophrenic in the 372 samples that are employed and so hyper in the grooves that storm through this album’s 71-minute assault, Girl Talk’s latest free download (www.illegal-art.net/allday/) is a testament to the beautiful possibilities of the digital age. The beats can make any wallflower shake and give music nerds something innovative to obsess over. HONORABLE MENTIONS: Nas and Damian Marley, “Distant Relatives”; Devin The Dude, “Gotta Be Me”; DJ Muggs Vs. Ill Bill “Kill Devil Hills”; Ghostface Killah, “Apollo Kids”; Mavis Staples, “You Are Not Alone”; Public Enemy “Bring The Noise” Box Set; Big Boi, “Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty”; Curren$y, “Pilot Talk”; Jay Electronica, “Victory (mixtape)”; Gorillaz, “The Fall.” BEST SONG OF THE YEAR: Lonely Island and Akon “I Just Had Sex.” WORST SONG OF THE YEAR: Ke$ha “Tik Tok.”

MAUREEN HARTSHORN: perpetual bridesmaid 1. THE NATIONAL, “HIGH VIOLET”: When I was 13, I found a Zeppelin IV cassette in the glove box of my father’s car, and I was redefined. Though I hesitate to invite the comparison, The National is my 20-something version of that epiphany. In the throes of a quarter-life crisis, I found The National’s “Alligator” and had a similar awakening. That album was followed by 2007’s “Boxer,” an underwhelming, I’ve-heardthis-indie-tune-in-a-movie-trailer effort. But “High Violet,” despite its pretentious title, recalls the band’s masterpiece. It’s every bit as deeply wrought as “Alligator,” but less sentimental, more callous, still vulnerable. It’s the scab to the band’s earlier wounds. Lyrically, “High Violet” is a genius, drunken diary entry and, once you’re too drunk for words, the music does the talking. If this had been the only album released in 2010, it would be a banner

KJ KEARNEY: Southern streetwear enthusiast, seersuckered hypebeast, Betta than yo’ mama’s biscuits, H1GHER.com 1. KANYE WEST, “MY BEAUTIFUL DARK TWISTED FANTASY”: I understand that for most of America, Kanye West will forever be categorized as a mega jerk for what he did to Taylor Swift. I’m not saying that title isn’t deserved but, for my money (literally, I pre-ordered this album), Mr. West created one of the most well-executed, complex, and soul-stirring albums of the year. By combining dope lyricism, raw emotion and the perfect amount of arrogance to superb production Kayne West showed the world exactly what one man could do with “... all that power.” 2. JANELLE MONAE, “THE ARCHANDROID (SUITES II AND III)”: This is the most expertly arranged album of 2010. Each song builds on the previous one, helping Monae tell the story of Cindi Mayweather, an android sent back in time to the fictional city of Metropolis to help the citizens find love. When trying to describe Janelle’s style, I usually tell people that if The Beatles and Andre 3000 had a baby girl, she would be the manifestation of that perplexing creation. This album was probably missed by even the most diverse music fans because Diddy didn’t push this the way he should have (in my opinion). “Take

year for music. 2. THE ROOTS, “HOW I GOT OVER”: More than a moody, vibrant hip-hop album, this is an expertly executed primer on living in a post-hope era without losing hope. 3. LAURA MARLING, “I SPEAK BECAUSE I CAN”: Simultaneously spare and rich, Marling leaves an indelible print on a genre already full of stars. Tracks such as “Blackberry Stone” reveal an adept musician who can hang with the best of them, baring her soul as a songstress dragging herself down a widow’s walk. 4. THE BLACK KEYS, “BROTHERS”: This might be my least favorite Black Keys album, and it still makes the cut, which is a testament to how solid this band is.

that, that that!” 3. DRAKE, “THANK ME LATER”: Truth be told, I’d also like to put Drake’s prequel to this album, his 2009 mixtape “So Far Gone” on this list as well, but the past is the past, right? In 2010, Toronto native Drake followed up his banging mixtape with one of the best debut albums from any hip-hop artist ever. Seriously. Drake has officially brought back that “sing songy” era of hip-hop that 50 Cent so expertly destroyed, much to the dismay of Ja Rule. 4. ALEON CRAFT, “THE STARGAZING SOUNDTRACK”: I’m usually anti-“futuristic swag” because most of the people that use that term are plenteous with no real since of style or time. Not so with Aleon. His brand of music blends up-beat tempos and the need to have fun with catchy lyrics and Southern sensibilities. If the future is nearly as awesome in real life as it is in the mind of this artist, then count me in! 5. RICK ROSS, “TEFLON DON”: We all know by now that the Bawse may have overexaggerated his dubious background and by the unwritten laws of hip-hop, he should have been buried after that. But when Officer Ricky released arguably the best mixtape from a Southern-based artist not named Lil Wayne and then followed THAT up with the short but sweet “Teflon Don”

5. JOANNA NEWSOM, “HAVE ONE ON ME”: Some albums lose you in the middle; this one gets me there. For better or worse, Newsom gets Tori Amos-esque in places, but all women should respect/resent a long-legged lady who wails on the harp. HONORABLE MENTIONS: Sade, “Soldier of Love”; Josh Ritter, “So Runs the World Away”; Janelle Monae, “The Archandroid”; Laura Veirs, “July Flame” BEST SONG OF THE YEAR: The National, “Sorrow” WORST SONG OF THE YEAR: Anything by Ke$ha. From the dollar sign in her name to her penchant for glitter and brushing her teeth with whiskey, I find this chick and her popularity wholly inexplicable. There is great value in pop music. This is not it.

LP, all seemed to be forgiven. I guess music really does tame the savage beast. HONORABLE MENTIONS: Wiz Khalifa, “Kush and Orange Juice”; Curren$y, “Pilot Talk”; Girl Talk, “All Day”; Kid Cudi, “Man on the Moon, Vol. 2: The Legend of Mister Rager”; Darius Rucker, “Charleston, SC 1966”; Big Boi, “Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty.” BEST SONG OF THE YEAR: Rick Ross, “B.M.F. (Blowing Money Fast).” WORST SONG OF THE YEAR: 6 Tre G, “Fresh Dressed (Like a Million Bucks).”

LISA RYAN: writer, art nerd, pun enthusiast

MATTHEW GODBEY: game nighter.

1. KANYE WEST, “MY BEAUTIFUL DARK TWISTED FANTASY”: It only takes one listen of Kanye West’s fifth studio release to understand why the rapper/producer can only communicate with his adoring fans via his very public “caps” usage: he’s simply too amazing for proper punctuation. Constantly heralded as the album of the year, this release is ripe with hard-hitting rifts and epic beats, sampling tracks from an eclectic array of artists, including Bon Iver, Aphex Twin and even King Crimson, and only reaffirms why, despite all the controversy, the world can’t help but adore (and sometimes worship) West. 2. BEACH HOUSE, “TEEN DREAM”: It’s as if the album-naming gods smiled on Maryland indie-pop duo Beach House when they dubbed their latest record “Teen Dream.” The title wholly encompasses the record’s otherworldly sound, featuring tracks that are both ethereal and exciting, seemingly the soundtrack to a hopeful, moving dream. 3. ARCADE FIRE, “THE SUBURBS”: With its third studio album “The Suburbs,” Arcade Fire utilizes rocking, beautifully harmonious sound to examine the feelings of comfort, melancholia and boredom synonymous with suburban sprawl. The Montreal natives prove once again that they are absolutely brilliant; to tackle such an otherwise drab topic and transform it into progressive rock genius would be an impossible task for a lesser band. 4. SUFJAN STEVENS, “THE AGE OF ADZ”: Sufjan Stevens and massive amounts of synth: two seemingly opposite entities successfully brought together in Stevens’ latest album, “The Age of Adz.” The singer-songwriter is back with a vengeance with his most ambitious album to date after taking a breather following his jocular promises of more state-inspired music. It’s an absolute departure from Stevens’ trademark banjo-heavy folk sound, instead rocking a bold, experimental vibe. 5. SLEIGH BELLS, “TREATS”: Brooklyn sound is personified in Sleigh Bells: distorted, and chaotic, youthful and energetic. Featuring intense beats and laid-back female vocals, the Williamsburgbased duo’s debut album “Treats” took the pair from the underground hipster scene to the mainstream arena. It’s the ultimate pump-up album. HONORABLE MENTIONS: The National, “High Violet”; The Morning Benders, “Big Echo.” BEST SONG OF THE YEAR: Beach House, “Zebra.” WORST SONG OF THE YEAR: Bruno Mars, “Just The Way You Are.”

1. ARCADE FIRE, “THE SUBURBS”: With so many indie rock bands to wade through this year, it’s easy to get bogged down and start thinking they all sound the same. Mostly, I found myself saying, “I get it, you can get high and record an album.” Arcade Fire, however, always seem to break through the stereotypes and shred the setting patterns of its colleagues. 2. BAND OF HORSES, “INFINITE ARMS”: We’ve known how good these guys were for years, so there’s no need to drool on in admiration here. But we are superhyped to see our hometown Horses finally breaking out in a big way this year. Led by the singles “Laredo” and “Compliments,” “Infinite Arms” went on to be at the top of critic’s lists around the globe and landed the band at No. 7 on the U.S. Billboard Top 200. 3. CEE LO GREEN, “THE LADY KILLER”: It’s a Saturday night and you’re getting ready for a night out or, maybe, you’re on the other side of that and having a rough morning. Whatever the moment is, put on “Bright Lights, Bigger City” from Cee Lo’s latest album and see if your life doesn’t get better. Do it right now. 4. YELAWOLF, “TRUNK MUZIK 0-60”: Maybe it’s because we both call rural Alabama home, or it’s his skater-trash style and goofy demeanor. Maybe it’s because Yelawolf (aka Michael Atha) is a skinny white dude who loves hip-hop, or perhaps it’s the rapper’s stand-alone, golden age rap style and surrounding sincerity within his music that lands him on my list this year. There’s truth and creativity in Yelawolf, both of which are hard to find in today’s mainstream rap. 5. THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM, “AMERICAN SLANG”: It’s only been five years since this soulpunk band emerged from the streets of New Jersey and already they have one of the most talkedabout records of the year with “American Slang.” The Gaslight Anthem spans all fronts of Jersey mixing equal parts Misfits and Springsteen to make a sound as blue collar, striving and determined as they come. HONORABLE MENTIONS: Big Boi, “Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty”; Superchunk, “Majesty Shredding”; Kings of Leon, “Come Around Sundown”; The Black Keys, “Brothers.” BEST SONG: Arcade Fire, “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains).” WORST SONG: Keri Hilson, “Pretty Girl Rock.”

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NICK BOWMAN: music lover, movie lover, writer, guitarist. 1. BEACH HOUSE, “TEEN DREAM”: I loved Beach House’s first two albums, but they blew me away with this one. Even on the first listen, the songs sound classic and timeless. If it weren’t for the drum machines, this album could have been released 50 years ago. If you like dreamy pop such as Mazzy Star, Mercury Rev and the Cocteau Twins or anything produced by Phil Spector, this album is

JASON ALAN LAYNE: photographer, graphic designer, road tripper, coffee addict, music junkie, converted Charlestonian 1. AUTECHRE, “OVERSTEPS”: Rob Brown and Sean Booth return this year with sounds stemming back to their roots. More ambient filled and not as chaotic as previous releases; however, it still packs a punch for the firsttime listener or the longtime fan. 2. NO AGE, “EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN”: It’s a recipe of sonic youth-like experimentation, ’70s punk rock, electronic ambience and distortion ... add a dash of acoustics and set to bake on 250 degrees for 38:01. Enjoy. 3. SLEIGH BELLS, “TREATS”: Move over White Stripes, the Kills, Crystal Castles and all you other girl/boy duos. Sleigh Bells will melt your face off. I had a chance to see them live at MoogFest and still had tinnitus afterward, even while wearing ear plugs. 4. ZOLA JESUS, “STRIDULUM” EP: This gives me goose bumps every time I listen to it, and I love that. Enough said. 5. AUTECHRE, “MOVE OF TEN”: Released as a remix album to “oversteps,” it’s equally as good, if not better and still in the same vein. More BPM’s this time around as well. HONORABLE MENTIONS: Kylesa “Spiral Shadows”; Caribou, “Swim”; Maserati, “Pyramid of the Sun”; Flying Lotus, “Cosmogramma”; Phantogram “Eyelid Movies” BEST SONG OF THE YEAR: Cee Lo Green, “F You”: Thank you, Mr. Green, for putting a smile on my face every time I hear this song. WORST SONG OF THE YEAR: Willow Smith, “Hip my hair.” The only thing more annoying than this music is a little kid singing it. And her dad’s acting.

for you. 2. SHEARWATER, “THE GOLDEN ARCHIPELAGO”: I think this is Shearwater’s best album yet. I love bands that can make new and unique music using traditional instrumentation. Shearwater does that on this album. With just guitar, bass, drums, a little keyboard, and Jonanthan Meiburg’s haunting voice, Shearwater has made an album that strikes the perfect balance of traditional and progressive. For the full effect, listen to this album and “Teen Dream” together late at night, preferably by candlelight.

MELANIE CADUHADA: noncollecting admirer of gnomes, wine enthusiast, hopeless cause

3. WOLF PARADE, “EXPO 86”: Wolf Parade never disappoint. Over the course of three albums, they have crafted their own style of fun but serious indie rock. Their songs are off-kilter but catchy; smart but accessible. They don’t change their formula very much on this album. But that’s not a bad thing. If you liked the first two albums, you’ll definitely like this one. 4. JONSI, “GO”: This is the first solo album from Sigur Ros lead singer, Jonsi Birgisson. I don’t care that I don’t know what he’s singing about, Jonsi has the voice of an angel. Unlike Sigur Ros’ music, which tends to be sort of monolithic, this album draws from a broader palette. Instead of Sigur Ros’ dreamlike dirges, this album is full of life. 5. THE SHANIQUA BROWN, “MORE SONGS ABOUT PEOPLE”: I don’t care what anyone says, The Shaniqua Brown is hands-down the best band in Charleston. They put on a great show. If you don’t like this album, you should see a doctor. HONORABLE MENTIONS: Midlake, “The Courage of Others”; Antony and the Johnsons, “Swanlights”; Sufjan Stevens, “The Age of Adz”; The National, “High Violet”; Big Boi, “Sir Lucious Leftfoot: The Son of Chico Dusty.” BEST SONG OF THE YEAR: Clem Snide, “Wal-Mart Parking Lot.” WORST SONG OF THE YEAR: Anything by Justin Bieber. That kid is the worst.

record player with this debut album. Its simplicity, originality and Cosentino’s sheer talent ensured this fuzzy, low-fi, surf-rock album stayed on repeat all summer ... and thereafter. 1. BEACH HOUSE, “TEEN 4. DRUMS, “THE DRUMS”: Their “Summertime” EP in DREAM”: This time, Beach 2009 put The Drums high on my radar for 2010, and their House adds something first full-length album surpassed those expectations. The extra to the slow, atmorecord is 43 minutes of poppy, reverberated surf tunes spheric rhythms that char- with an ironic lyrical subject matter of loss and regret, acterized its two previous echoing the influence of The Smiths and Joy Division. studio albums. The lyrics “The Drums” marriage of the familiar with the fresh, are more visceral, the veiled with a consistent, muted perkiness throughout, notes higher and the emo- make it one of the most listenable albums of the year by tions and melodies create far. a textural listening experi- 5. LCD SOUNDSYSTEM, “THIS IS HAPPENING”: James Murphy, by now, is an established veteran at creating ence the ears never want music people love. It’s no surprise that “This Is Happento escape. “Teen Dream” is 3-D listening if it were possible. And if it were possible, based on this album, Beach ing,” the record suggested to be the last, is among the year’s most-loved. This time, Murphy’s success can be atHouse would be the James Cameron of it. 2. SURFER BLOOD, “ASTRO COAST”: One of the most tributed to the vulnerability he’s never shown before. We buzzed-about bands following a memorable College get a staggering intro to “Dance Yourself Clean” before Music Journal debut in 2009, Surfer Blood’s highly antici- Murphy breaks into the electronic dance beats he does pated debut fell nothing short of stunning. This record best. Then “All I Want” is a fuzz-infused cry for empathy. sails with a catchy-yet-contemplative emotional wind, “I Can Change,” my personal favorite, bleeds with moreminiscent of Peter, Bjorn and John’s 2006 “Writers ments of insecurity and happiness, sometimes within a Block.” However, it’s paced throughout with moments single line. But what I love most about this album is that of catharsis when least expected, best demonstrated in while Murphy has clearly matured, he still hasn’t forgot“Slow Jabroni” and “Anchorage.” “Astro Coast” proves ten how to have fun. HONORABLE MENTIONS: Wavves, “King of the Beach”; Surfer Blood is one band capable of an even stronger Local Natives, “Gorilla Manor”; Girls, “Broken Dreams presence on record than they’ve had in the blogs. 3. BEST COAST, “CRAZY FOR YOU”: The indie trio com- Club” EP; The Morning Benders, “Big Echo”’ Ariel Pink’s posed of frontwoman Bethany Cosentino, multi-instruHaunted Graffiti, “Before Today.” mentalist Bob Bruno and former Vivian Girls drummer Ali BEST SONG OF THE YEAR: Girls, “Carolina.” WORST SONG OF THE YEAR: M.I.A., “Born Free.” Koehler left a permanently impressed sun tattoo on my

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SETH CORTS: Illustrator, drummer, record collector, music historian and lumberjack.

kills in this group, i mean just fire and brimstone kills. 2. MENOMENA, “MINES”: Now this album knows how to attack! Pounding drums, catchy bass lines, amazing vocals and killer hooks all line up to make a very convincing case that it is time to 1) dethrone the reigning indie stewards Modest Mouse and 2) re-invent 1. GAYNGS, “REthe classic pop song. Because when LAYTED”: This is, stripped to the most bare, deserthands down, the bleached bones, that’s just what these year’s best album. It was five years in guys are - a perfectly classic, timeless the making and features 25 of your pop band. 3. THE DRUMS, “SELF TITLED”: This favorite unknown musicians, includdisc was in my player and turned all ing but not limited to members of the way up 94 percent of the time I was The Rosebuds, Doomtree Collective, making my bi-weekly drive out to Folly Andrew Bird, Solid Gold and MegaBeach this past summer. It is the absofaun. But here is the stitch - and it’s a lute pinnacle in modern beach music, whopper of a stitch - it sounds nothand I know, dear friends, that this stateing like any of these bands or even ment is hard to swallow. Beach music what your faintest, educated guess has such a poor connotation these would be. Remember when Don days. It brings up images of our parents Hendly was killing it back in 84’ with shagging and Myrtle Beach reunion “Boys Of Summer”?? Well, Gayngs shows of the “new” Drifters. The topwent off and made a whole album ics remain the same - surfing, long hot around it, though it’s not necessarily days and the pursuit of love - but these the “sound” so much as the “feel” of that time. Then they dropped a bunch boys turn it around give the songs back to us all covered in sand and sweaty. of sexy saxophone and added Justin It’s sexy, strikingly beautiful music that Vernon (Bon Iver) into the mix just to you have to try really, really hard not to make sure you are paying attention. Did i mention that before? Because he fall in love with. .

4. MOUNTAIN MAN, “MADE IN THE HARBOR”: This is a no-brainer. Deceptively simple songs, plaintive guitar and the ethereal harmonies of three lovely ladies from up north who are making southern Appalachian music the way it used to be done. The music is almost too simple, too pure and easy, but there’s an aching heaviness in that space between deep breaths and words that carries some serious weight. It’s as though the whole of the earth just went black as pitch. But don’t fret, as soon as they start singing again, the veil is lifted and all is right with the world. At first, I didn’t get the band name, but after a few spins of this platter it settled to just the right space on my tongue. Mountain Man indeed. HONORABLE MENTIONS: Phantogram “Eyelid Movie”, Miniature Tigers “Fortress”, Summer Camp “Young E.P.”, Best Coast “Crazy For You”, Harlem “Hippies”. BEST SONG OF THE YEAR: Gauntlet Hair, “I Was Thinking...” WORST SONG OF THE YEAR: I am going to change this one too “Worst Album of the Year” which was a deadheat tie between the crushingly disappointing “Odd Blood” by Yeasayer and the absolutely unlistenable “Congratulations” by MGMT.

DEVIN GRANT: music lover, father, hopeless romantic, ‘Star Wars’ geek

5. MICHAEL TRENT, “THE WINNER”: Let’s just forget for a moment that Michael Trent is a local artist, because I am not naming this album in an effort to include a local artist. I am including it because “The Winner” is one of the best CDs I heard last year, period. Featuring some truly personal songwriting and guests that included Carrie Ann Hearst, Bill Carson, Josh Kaler and Butch Walker, “The Winner” is one of those albums you’ll keep coming back to like an old friend. From the Dylanesque title track to my personal favorite song, “Complicated Type,” Trent’s alt-country leanings show that it won’t be long before the rest of the world finds out what we here in Charleston already know. HONORABLE MENTIONS: Arcade Fire, “The Suburbs”; David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, “Here Lies Love”; Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, “I Learned the Hard Way”; Foxy Shazam, “Foxy Shazam”; Die Antwoord, “$O$”; Kanye West, “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”; LCD Soundsystem, “This Is Happening”; Band of Horses, “Infinite Arms.” BEST SONG OF THE YEAR: A tie between Band of Horses, “Laredo” and The Roots, “Walk Alone.” WORST SONG OF THE YEAR: The Black Eyed Peas “The Time (Dirty Bit).”

from funk (“Repo Man”) to blues (the CD’s title track) to lonesome country (“Beg Steal or Borrow”), all the time anchored by that lovely LaMontagne falsetto. 3. MUMFORD AND SONS, 1. THE ROOTS, “HOW I “SIGH NO MORE”: Simply callGOT OVER”: There have ing this band the English version been a handful of hipof The Avett Brothers is selling it hop albums that have short. “Sigh No More” is a musiaffected me on an emocal epiphany, and the album tional level. De La Soul’s delivers one beautifully crafted “3 Feet High and Rising,” song after another. The sounds Run-DMC’s first album, on this album evoke thoughts and The Beastie Boys’ of everything from Fleet Foxes to Brian “Paul’s Boutique” are examples. I have Wilson. In a perfect world, I would have always been aware of The Roots and appreciated that rap groups signature discovered this band in a small Engstyle, but ?uestlove and the rest of the lish pub while backpacking through Europe. As it stands though, I’ll take band outdid themselves with “How simply finding them through this gorI Got Over.” From a re-imagining of geous CD. Monsters of Folk’s “Dear God” (“Dear 4. CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS, God 2.0”), to one of my favorite songs “GENUINE NEGRO JIG”: This one of the year, “Walk Alone,” this CD took me from being an admirer of The Roots came out early in 2010, but it is still getting frequent spins in my CD player. and made me a true fan. 2. RAY LAMONTAGNE, “GOD WILThe Durham, N.C., trio delivered an LIN’ & THE CREEK DON’T RISE”: album that oozed with old-time charm, Anyone who has ever heard Ray as well as an unexpected down-home LaMontagne sing knows that the guy cover of Blu Cantrell’s “Hit ‘Em Up has a ridiculously amazing vocal gift. Style.” If you’re a fan of the kind of muWhile LaMontagne’s previous releases sic made popular by the film “O Brothhave all been lovely, this latest effort, er, Where Art Thou?” then this album is recorded with the Pariah Dogs, goes essential listening.

AMORE’ RAYNE: independent singer/songwriter, avid music lover 1. CELINE DION, “TAKING CHANCES WORLD TOUR (THE CONCERT)”: This CD is just awesome. To top it off, it included a DVD that I have nearly burned a hole through because I’ve played it so much. Celine is such a phenomenal singer and performer. I’ve listened to it at least 10 times already and I’ve watched the concert many times. She performed some of my absolute favorites, including ”Drove All Night,” “Because You Loved Me” and “My Heart Will Go On.” 2. CRANE & A-1, “LIFE STYLE”: This CD has an anointed blend of trendy hip-hop swagger while teaching and explaining the word of God. These guys introduced me to holy hip-hop. Before I heard their music, I really didn’t care to listen to that genre of music. They’re music is so unique and uplifting that it draws you in because it’s so positive. 3. LIFEHOUSE, “SMOKE & MIRRORS”: What can I say about Lifehouse, these guys are just amazing. This album drew me in from the very beginning. My favorite songs on this album are “All In” and “Halfway Gone.” I love basically the entire album. It’s very edgy and intense. I look forward to more releases from them. HONORABLE MENTIONS: Chrisette Michele, ”Let Freedom Reign”; Tye Tribbett, “Fresh.” BEST SONG OF THE YEAR: Kings Of Leon, “Radioactive.” WORST SONG OF THE YEAR: Kim Zolciak, ”The Ring Didn’t Mean A Thing.”

MATT WEYERS: Upper Deck enthusiast, self-described Huguenot. 1. RYAN ADAMS AND THE CARDINALS, “III/IV”: Easily the best thing I’ve heard in years. Then again, I am enthralled with the lost art of guitar-driven power pop. There’s no country or twang on this one. It sounds like rock ’n’ roll. Does anyone remember what that is? 2. WASHED OUT, “LIFE OF LEISURE”: This EP ruled my summer. That’s probably because the music is so season appropriate. Washed Out’s dreamy synth is the audible equivalent of warm sand between your toes. 3. WAVVES, “KING OF THE BEACH”: Punky second effort and the first with Jay Retard’s old band. This album makes me want to skateboard or ride a bike or pick up an extreme sport or just do anything but stay on the couch. 4. VAMPIRE WEEKEND, “CONTRA”: Laugh at the “twee-ness” if you want but there is nothing wrong with the afro-lite melodies these guys are famous for. 5. R. KELLY, “LOVE LETTER”: I can’t wait until this guy is old enough to become the spokesman for Flomax. In the meantime, R’s smoothness is undeniable. HONORABLE MENTIONS: The Black Keys, “Brothers”; Gorillaz, “Plastic Beach”; Teeth of the Sea, “Your Mercury”; LCD Soundsystem, “This is Happening.” BEST SONG OF THE YEAR: Washed Out, “Belong.” WORST SONG OF THE YEAR: The man who invented autotune should be tried for crimes against humanity.

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Molly Darcy’s Irish Pub and Restaurant Mystical Molly transforms Meritage into pub and grub BY DEIDRE SCHIPANI

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olly Darcy’s Irish Pub and Restaurant is the third restaurant venture for Ireland natives John and Anya Riney and Kevin and Phyllis Doonan. The first Molly Darcy opened in Danbury, Conn., in 2000. In 2005, a second location was established in North Myrtle Beach, and in September, Molly Darcy’s Charleston opened in the long-shuttered Meritage on East Bay Street. The space was given an upfit by The Middleton Group. It has a turn-of-the-century feel with stained-glass lighting, reproductions of newspaper clippings, photos and memorabilia from The Irish Times. The space dedicated to the bar and stage area is generous with high-topseating tables and a long run of the bar. One small booth/banquette area offers homage to a traditional pub snug. The scale of Molly Darcy’s feels more like a sports bar than “my local,” a term of endearment for your neighborhood watering hole. There truly was a Molly Darcy. A survivor of the famine years of 1845-51, she lived to almost 100. She was a witness to the Easter Rising of 1916 and the Irish Civil War. She raised her family as a single parent and sold fish and fruit during the lean times of World War II. Hers was a legacy of strength and determination, and at her funeral, five generations of Darcys came to grieve. It was believed that she possessed the ability to

predict the future. In her honor, her grandson, Bill Cullen, named the restaurant of the Muckross Park Hotel, the Molly Darcy. Her memory has been honored in Connecticut and North and South Carolina with restaurants of the same name chosen by Riney and Doonan. The menu at Molly Darcy’s offers Irish classics such as shepherd’s pie ($12.95), bangers and mash ($13.95) and Irish breakfast ($13.95) that is served all day. Truly a trencherman’s delight, it features fried eggs, bangers (sausages), rashers (bacon), black and white pudding, fried potatoes, a grilled tomato, Irish baked beans and toast. Irish accents can be found in the whiskey wings ($7.95) sauced in Tullamore Dew. They are meaty, tender, wellseasoned and a messy eating option as you hoist a Magner’s Cider. Irish smoked salmon ($12.95) is served on a potato boxty (pancake) and Guinness is used to season Molly’s meatloaf ($15.95). Irish bacon tops a cheeseburger ($8.95) and mussels and clams ($9.95) are steamed in Harp lager. In a country defined by the potato, it was hard not to resist the potato leek soup ($4.95, $5.95). The green of the leeks colored the soup to a pale emerald tint, and the earthy potato flavor predominated. However, it had the texture of champ and would be better served by thinning either by potato water or skink (broth) to the consistency of soup. It was, in the tradition of Campbell’s Chunky line, “soup you could eat with a fork.”

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restaurant review CUISINE: Irish, American-eclectic. CATEGORY: Neighborhood Favorite. LOCATION: 235 East Bay St. PHONE: 737-4085. FOOD: ★½ ATMOSPHERE: ★★ PRICE: $-$$$ COSTS: Appetizers $6.95-$17.95, soups and salads $4.95-$12.95, entrees $7.95$23.95, Irish classics $12.95-$14.95. WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE: Yes. VEGETARIAN OPTIONS: Limited.

The kitchen also provides a daily dinner specials sheet that featured a black bean burger ($7.95), bourbon glazed tuna ($16.95), blue cheese and spinach stuffed burger ($8.95) and grilled salmon ($15.95) topped with a roasted red pepper sauce. Ireland is a country known for pubs with simple grub and chip shops limited to fish and fries. Myrtle and Darina Allen put Irish “finer” dining on the map with their sustainable farmto-table restaurant at Bally-

BAR: Full-service bar, happy hour 4-7 p.m. Monday-Friday. HOURS: Daily 11 a.m.-2 a.m. DECIBEL LEVEL: Varies. PARKING: Meters, parking garages. OTHER: Facebook, www.mollydarcy.com, Wi-Fi, HDTVs, NFL Ticket, SETANA Sports, ESPN Game Plan, special drink and food prices during Sunday and Monday Night Football, live music on the weekends, daily specials, catering. Outdoor patio. Kitchen is open until midnight.

maloe House in Shanagarry, County Cork, but for the most part, the canon of Irish restaurant fare is limited to Irish-American traditions. The foods of the Emerald Isle tend to be plain. The actor Peter O’Toole once quipped that his “three favorite Irish foods were all Guinness.” With fond memories of New England baked cod ($17.95), I tried Molly’s version of this simple dish. The fish was flavorless, the “herb crust” a thick padding and sweet tasting. Since

the baked potatoes were wrapped in foil, I opted for the mashed potatoes, which were thick and pasty. The vegetable of the day was broccoli and carrots — two vegetables whose cooking times vary enough to not attempt to cook them together. They also suffered from underseasoning. Trying to assess the kitchen’s skills with classic Irish preparations, it was a toss up between the corned beef and cabbage ($14.95) or shepherd’s pie ($12.95).

The corned beef both won (the selection) and lost (on taste). The corned beef was tender but lacked flavor; the “potatoes” were one large potato cooked separately and a cold wedge of cabbage. This is one of those dishes that the sum is greater than all of its parts. The flavors of the meat enrich the cooking liquid that in turn is picked up by the neutral potatoes, and the cabbage lends both pungency and texture to the finished dish. Now, Irish cooking is not known for complex flavors and the use of many herbs and spices, but this dash lacked even the simple additions of salt and pepper. And each element of this braise was at a different temperature. And of course, in Ireland, this dish would be bacon and cabbage, as corned beef and cabbage is rooted in Irish-American customs. The staff are genial and friendly, but we did find our server was a bit challenged in remembering simple requests, such as water, a side of tartar sauce, a beer list. We also were surprised that there was no menu of Irish whiskeys or a more ambitious Irish beer list. And where was a classic Irish stew? Or soda bread? Bubble and squeak? Bap? And Irish cheeses? Some Cashel Blue perhaps on the burgers? And a selection of Kerrygold cheeses would be ideal with a pint. The menu at Molly Darcy’s Charleston is similar to that the other locations, which made the culinary misfires harder to accept. Across the threshold, we are greeted with Cead Mile Failte, Gaelic for a hundred thousand welcomes and terms of hospitality. The friendly servers honor those sentiments, but if Molly Darcy expects returns of the day, the kitchen has some fine-tuning to do.

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BY DEIDRE SCHIPANI

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Chai’s is closing

Mix it up for festival

For the first time, the BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival welcomes the public to taste and vote on libations created at the third annual Festival Mixologist Competition, presented by Van Gogh Imports. Finalists will compete 6-8 p.m. Jan. 10 at Social Restaurant + Wine Bar. Tickets are available for $15 online. The winning bartender will receive a $300 cash prize, courtesy of Van Gogh Imports, and the winning drink will be featured as the signature cocktail at the 2011 festival’s Opening Night Party: A Salute to Charleston Chefs, presented by the Art Institute of Charleston. Samples of each cocktail will be available for guests to taste and critique. The crowd favorite, decided by a panel of judges and guests, will be announced at the end of the night. Click charlestonwineandfood.com or call 727-9889 ext.1.

Onion peels away 2010 The Glass Onion will offer a Lowcountry-inspired tasting menu to celebrate New Year’s Eve from 6-10 p.m. Friday. The West Ashley restaurant at 1219 Savannah Highway will be open for reservations only and will have live jazz. The fivecourse dinner will feature

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The Glass Onion’s New Year’s Eve tasting menu will be 6-10 p.m. Friday. Call 2251717. local delicacies, such as oysters, blue crab and grass-fed beef tenderloin. There will also be an optional wine pairing from the restaurant’s “green” wine list. The five-course dinner will cost $50 per guest. There will be limited offerings from the Glass Onion’s regular menu. The wine pairing can be purchased for an additional $30. The full menu is posted at www.ilovetheglassonion. com. The restaurant will be open for lunch 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., preceding the dinner.

courses, an amuse and a dessert course all with wine pairings for $45 per person. The 8:30 seating offers four courses, an amuse, dessert, wine pairings and a champagne toast and is $75 per person. Make reservations by calling 534-2434. Cru Cafe is at 18 Pinckney St.

Brick House celebration

Call 406-4655.

Moose gets smokin’

The create-your-own-sandwich menu of Boar’s Head deli meats has been changed at the Tattooed Moose. Now, owner Mike Kulick has a new smoker to smoke their own meats and vegetables. New on the menu: housemade pastrami, BBQ beef brisket, BBQ baked beans and, of course, the signature duck club remains. The Tattooed Moose is at 1137 Morrison Drive, 277-2990.

A culinary wanderer

Joan Nathan, author of more than 10 cookbooks and The Brick House Kitchen at host of PBS cooking shows, 1575 Folly Road offers value- has just inked a new book priced entertaining for your called “Quiches, Kugels and New Year. A $30 fee includes Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France.” all-you-can-eat oysters, apNathan will be appearing petizers and a champagne toast. A cash bar will also be at the College of Charleston Going out in style Jewish Center on Jan. 16 at You can count down to the available. See the ball drop 10:15 a.m. New Year at Woodlands Inn on their projection screen. Jim ’N Nicks is open New Year’s Day. You can head down to King Street for collards and black-eyed peas. Jim ’N Nick’s Bar-B-Q is at 288 King St. 277-7010.

New at Tristan

Tristan Dining is unveiling its winter brunch menu featuring classical favorites with an unexpected touch, a signature of Tristan’s executive chef Nate Whiting. Plus, Tristan is offering a Aquarium rings in year special deal through the end of January that includes Celebrate at the Snyder $10 bottomless mimosas Grand Ball at the S.C. Aquarium. The all-inclusive and bloody mary’s and live jazz music every Sunday. cost is $125 per person. Preview the brunch menu at Join Quiana Parler and tristandining.com/menus. Friends in the Great Hall Brunch is served 11 a.m.as they serve up live enter2:30 p.m. tainment or check out DJ Tristan is at 10 Linguard Natty Heavy spinning tunes St. To reserve, call 534-2155. in the Great Ocean Room. Tristan is also hosting Charleston Eats will be serva New Year’s Eve Dinner ing heavy hors d’oeuvres Party with a special menu. and there will be several There will be four seatings open bars overlooking the Ravenel Bridge and Charles- at 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. The first ton Harbor. seating includes a threecourse dinner for $65. The Cru Cafe serves up later three seatings include a 2011 four-course dinner, live music and champagne toast for Cru Cafe will be celebrating New Year’s Eve with two $85. Learn more by selecting seatings on Friday. The two “New Year’s Menu” at www. seatings will be at 6:30 p.m. tristandining.com/menus/. and 8:30 p.m. The 6:30 seating has three Pig out at Jim ’N Nicks

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Chai’s Lounge & Tapas, 462 King St., will be closing its doors after New Year’s Eve. According to manager R Palmer Quimby, “We have a new concept that we will be putting into place as well as giving the place a small face lift. We are hoping that everything will take no more than a month and a half ... The concept will be revealed in the near future.”

in Summerville from 7 p.m.1 a.m. This black-tie gala features a seven-course dinner, fireworks at midnight with a champagne toast, live entertainment, ballroom dancing, gift giveaways and more. The $199 per person cost is exclusive of tax and gratuity, and special transportation and overnight accommodation rates are available. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 308-2115. Click www.woodlandsinn.com.

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Oak Steakhouse’s new man BY ANGEL POWELL

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harleston native Jeremiah Bacon joined Oak Steakhouse as executive chef and partner in November after a fouryear stint at Carolina’s. Bacon, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., worked in restaurants in New York City after graduation, most notably River Cafe, ILO, Le Bernardin and Per Se. Returning to the Lowcountry in 2007, Bacon brought with him a passion for locally sourced ingredients and the farm-to-table philosophy. Q: Steakhouse fare seems quite a departure from the cuisine at Carolina’s. What was the impetus for this move? A: It’s a tremendous opportunity and I am excited to help play a part in developing a farm-to-plate aspect within a steakhouse setting. Q: This move brings with it a partner title. How do you feel about that new responsibility? A: It feels great. I think it’s every chef’s goal to have the chance to work toward a partnership. The timing could not be more perfect and the staff and management have been extremely supportive in the transition. Q: You have, of course, changed the menu. Were you at all concerned about changing some beloved Oak items like the Brussels sprouts or the lobster macaroni and cheese? A: Absolutely, that’s always a concern. I have a continued respect for the history of Oak Steakhouse. It is a steakhouse and it will remain a steakhouse. In the end, it’s the customers that we listen to, and creating the dialogue with them in

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Jeremiah Bacon talks about menu, ingredients from local farmers and his guilty pleasure Jeremiah Bacon was announced as executive chef and partner of Oak Steakhouse in November. “I have a continued respect for the history of Oak Steakhouse. It is a steakhouse and it will remain a steakhouse,” he said.

regards to new items and seasonal changes is a lot of fun. So far, the response from Oak regulars and new friends has been very enthusiastic. Q: Which of the Oak ingredients do you plan on sourcing differently? A: We are getting some pretty exciting ingredients from local farmers such as Kurios Farms, Kennerty Farms, Fields Farms and Thackery Farms. They range from seafood to mushrooms, greens and cheese. We are heading into some cold months, so that always makes it challenging in regards to some produce. Last week’s frost was tough on them. Q: You have a strong history with seafood, particularly at Le Bernardin in NYC. What will you do for the Oak menu in terms of seafood? A: We will be working very hard to source exceptional and sustainable seafood as well as taking advantage of local fish and shellfish like Capers Island clams, local grouper and shrimp. This is not something you see at most steakhouses. Q: What is your favorite new item on the menu? A: It would probably be the shortribs. ... It feels nice to tuck into such a rich dish during the colder months. Q: What is your guilty pleasure food? A: That would be pork and chocolate; I could break the law for them. The exterior of Oak Steakhouse on Broad Street in downtown Charleston.

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‘Gulliver’ is dull kiddie fodder

BY DAVID GERMAIN AP Movie Writer

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Zoe Saldana (left) and Jeffrey Dean Morgan in “The Losers.”

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Year in review: worst films of 2010

We know the odds of these movies being good are minimal, but horror fans can be eing a movie buff can gluttons for punishment. be a real pain whenev- I don’t ask much from er it comes to wading this needlessly complex through the veritable pile of “CSI”-inspired series. All I ask for is closure in my cinematic sludge. “final chapter.” I like gross Yes, there were a few nice slices of celluloid that enter- effects as much as the next Cro-Magnon but please feel tained the masses. free to coat said effects with These are but a few of the a coherent plot and likable flicks that didn’t. characters. “Don’t You Forget About Since the franchise has Me”: There are many adjectives one could throw at this seen diminishing returns with it’s recent sequels, the documentary. Good is not one of them. This doc about studio felt it necessary to tie a group of young filmmakers everything up. Unfortunately, its idea of “tying things on a quest to make a great film about the legendary di- up” involved ludicrous contrivances and an unsatisfyrector John Hughes is filled ing conclusion. with wasted opportunities. “Avatar”: It came out at the Interspersed with interviews from stars of Hughes close of 2009 but ruled 2010. Pretty to look at and that’s popular teen dramadies such as “Ferris Bueller’s Day about it. A vapid movie as bloated as its director’s ego. Off” and “Breakfast Club,” “The Losers”: “Pulp Ficthe film lets the other twothirds of the movie focus on tion” came out in 1994. their quest for an interview Since Quentin Tarantino’s masterpiece, there have with the director. been a slew of movies ( The real annoyance is “Boondock Saints,” “Suithat there is a great film cide Kings”) that have aped here but it’s ruined by exthe formula with varying cessive scenes of the film crew pointing the camera at degrees of success. The worst thing a movie themselves while treating us can be is boring and this to their own self-absorbed movie made the eyelids pontifications. “Saw 3D/Final Chapter”: heavy. Based on a decent BY KEVIN YOUNG

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graphic novel, this movie’s one saving grace was a great role by Jason Patric. Other than Patric’s wacky acting, the film gave you the standard stuff: peppy dialogue, ADD camerawork, and quirky characters that have been the norm in a postTarantino universe. That would be fine if it weren’t for the film’s pseudo-hip conceit that this is somehow original and new. “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”: There was a time when if you wanted an incendiary movie to polarize critics, you could count on Oliver Stone. The director, known for bombastic films such as “Natural Born Killers,” “JFK” and “Platoon,” returned to cinema with this sequel to his 1987 hit, “Wall Street.” Until recently, Stone wore his political heart on his sleeve, but this film is an example of a great filmmaker losing his bite. The performances are acceptable, but it does not work. The audience is expected to care for unlovable characters and we’re treated to an ending that is way too tidy for a subject as complex as corruption and financial ruin.

he really annoying thing about Jack Black’s “Gulliver’s Travels” is not so much that it’s a bad movie — it is bad, but only run-of-the-mill bad, not epic-misfire bad — but that the movie sullies a piece of literature that has endured for nearly 300 years for the sake of a cheap kiddie flick that’ll be forgotten in a month. With Black’s giant footprints all over it, Jonathan Swift’s tale of Gulliver’s voyages is pretty much out of bounds for any filmmakers who actually might have wanted to make a good, faithful adaptation (you never know, it could have happened). The live-action filmmaking debut for Rob Letterman, a co-director on the animated movies “Shark Tale” and “Monsters vs. Aliens,” “Gulliver’s Travels” is set in modern times and borrows only a few key elements from Swift’s work. Black’s Lemuel Gulliver is a mailroom sluggard at the New York Tribune who bluffs his way into a travelwriting assignment in the Bermuda Triangle to impress Darcy (Amanda Peet), an editor on whom he has a huge crush. Gulliver sails into some sort of vortex that transports him to an alternate world, where he washes up on Lilliput, an island of tiny people 3 inches high. Initially imprisoned as a beast, Gulliver gabs his way into the hearts of the Lilliputians with tall tales of his exploits borrowed from “Star Wars,” “Titanic” and “Avatar” (all movies in which “Gulliver’s Travels” studio 20th Century Fox has a stake, in case anyone’s counting). Gulliver winds up as guardian of Lilliput against the enemy Blefuscians and befriends commoner Horatio (Jason Segel),

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Jack Black portrays Gulliver in “Gulliver’s Travels.”

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★ (of 5) DIRECTOR: Rob Letterman STARRING: Jack Black, Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Amanda Peet, Chris O’Dowd RATED: PG for brief rude humor, mild language and action. RUN TIME: 1 hr. 25 min.

who has his own crush on Lilliput’s Princess Mary (Emily Blunt), daughter of the goodhearted king and queen (Billy Connolly and Catherine Tate). But evil General Edward (Chris O’Dowd), displaced as his realm’s protector, plots to expose Gulliver and banish him from the land. “Gulliver’s Travels” has been adapted a few times before, most notably in Max Fleischer’s 1939 animated version. Richard Harris

played Gulliver in a 1977 adaptation, while Ted Danson starred in a 1996 TV version. In Black’s version, Swift’s biting satire is softened to innocuous family fare, with enough cute little gags and mugging by Black that young children should stay interested, if not enthralled, for the movie’s brisk running time. There’s not much there for older kids and adults, the simple-minded story from screenwriters Joe Stillman (‘‘Shrek”) and Nicholas Stoller (Segel’s director on “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”) giving Black little to do but bumble and bray. The movie was needlessly converted to 3-D. The images are not blurry and distracting as some 3-D conversions have been, but neither are they terribly impressive.

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FASTER ★★ R

127 HOURS ★★★★★ R

A hiker becomes trapped in an isolated canyon in Utah. Citadel 16: Today: 12:20, 2:30, 7:25

BLACK SWAN ★★★★ R

On a mission to avenge the murder of his brother, an ex-con is trailed by a veteran cop and a young hitman. Hwy 21: Today: 9:15 Regal 18: Today-Mon: 12:25, 3:30, 7:40, 10:05 Tue: 7:35, 10:05

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

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GULLIVER’S TRAVELS ★½ PG

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

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

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Mark Wahlberg stars in “The Fighter.”

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Georgie Henley (from left), Ben Barnes, Laura Brent, and Skandar Keynes star in “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.”

THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER ★★★½ PG

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

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

THEATERS

THE FIGHTER ★★★★ R

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

Azalea Square: Today-Tue: 6:55, 10:05 Citadel 16: Today: 9:45 Northwoods: Today: 1, 4 Palmetto Grande: Today: 6:45, 9:55 Regal 18: Today: 6:25, 9:40 Fri-Mon : 12:10, 3:25, 6:30, 9:40 Tue: 12:10, 3:25

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.

Azalea Square: Today-Tue: 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:10 Cinebarre: Today: 10:45, 1:15, 3:55, 7:25, 10:10 Citadel 16: Today: 11:30, 1:50, 4:20, 7, 9:30 James Island 8: Today-Sun: 1, 4, 7, 9:45 Mon-Thurs, Jan. 6: 4, 7, 9:45 Palmetto Grande: Today: 11:10, 1:55, 4:55, 7:35, 10:20 Regal 18: Today-Friday: 1:30, 4:30, 7:15, 10:15

Azalea Square: Today-Tue: 12:55, 4, 7:25, 10:20 Cinebarre: Today: 10:35, 1:20, 4:10, 7:15, 10:05 Citadel 16: Today: 11:25, 1:50, 4:25, 6:55, 9:15 James Island 8: Today-Sun: 1:30, 4:15, 7:10, 9:50 Mon-Thurs, Jan. 6: 4:15, 7:10, 9:50 Northwoods: Today: 7:20, 9:45 Palmetto Grande: Today: 11:15, 2, 4:50, 7:30, 10:15 Regal 18: Today-Tue: 1:10, 3:55, 7:25, 10:10

THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST ★★★★ R

THE KING’S SPEECH ★★★★★ R

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

Citadel 16: Today: 4:40, 9:35

With the help of therapist Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush), King George VI (Colin Firth) overcomes a speech impediment and unites his people.

Azalea Square: Today-Tue: 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:15 Citadel 16: Today: 11:40, 2:10, 4:35, 7:05, 9:35 Palmetto Grande: Today: 11:25, 2:15, 5, 7:50, 10:35 Terrace: Today-Sun: 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7:35, 9:45 Mon-Thurs, Jan. 6: 2:30, 4:45, 7:35, 9:45

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 30, 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.

TRUE GRIT ★★★★ PG-13 U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn helps a girl find her father’s murderer.

Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie star in “The Tourist.”

Azalea Square: Today-Tue: noon, 2:05, 2:35, 4:40, 5:10, 7:15, 7:45, 9:50, 10:20 Cinebarre: Today: 11:30, 2:05, 4:40, 7:35, 10:15 Citadel 16: Today: 12:05, 2:30, 4:45, 7:35, 9:50 Northwoods: Today: 12:55, 3:05, 5:15, 7:25, 9:35 Palmetto Grande: Today: 11:30, 12:10, 2:10, 2:45, 4:45, 5:20, 7:20, 8, 10, 10:40 Regal 18: Today-Fri: 12:05, 12:55, 2:50, 3:40, 5:15, 6:55, 7:50, 9:35, 10:25 Sat-Tue: 12:05, 2:50, 5:15, 7:50, 10:25 Terrace: Today-Sun: noon, 2:15, 4:25, 7:15, 9:30 Mon - Thurs, Jan. 6: 2:15, 4:25, 7:15, 9:30

THE TOURIST ★★★ PG-13

UNSTOPPABLE ★★★ PG-13

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

A veteran train engineer and young conductor must stop an unmanned train before it destroys a city.

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Robert De Niro and Blythe Danner star in “Little Fockers.”

LITTLE FOCKERS ★ PG-13

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

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

MEGAMIND ★★½ PG

A villain defeats his nemesis and now must find a new opponent.

Azalea Square: Today: 11:45

TANGLED ★★ PG

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

Azalea Square: Today-Tue: 1, 3:30 Citadel 16: Today: noon, 2:15, 4:30, 7, 9:15 Hwy 21: Today: 7 James Island 8: Today-Sun: 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:30 Mon-Thurs, Jan. 6: 4:40, 7, 9:30 Northwoods: Today: 1, 3:10, 5:20 Palmetto Grande: Today: 11:05, 1:45, 4:20 Regal 18: Today: 1, 3:25 Regal 18 3D: Tue: 1, 3:25, 6:50, 9:20

THEATERS

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

Regal 18: Today-Mon: 1:05, 4:05, 6:35, 9:20 Tue: 6:30, 9:40

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

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

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Boo Boo (left), voiced by Justin Timberlake, and Yogi Bear, voiced by Dan Aykroyd star in “Yogi Bear.”

YOGI BEAR ★ PG

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

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

Robert De Niro (left) and Ben Stiller star in “Little Fockers,” the third film in the “Meet the Parents” series.

‘Little Fockers,’ little laughs BY DONALD MUNRO McClatchy Newspapers

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“Marble Cave, Chile”

Local photographer devoted to causes BY VIKKI MATSIS

Special to The Post and Courier

‘A

n image is a culmination of events that can be shared,” says Stanley Walter Jaskiewicz III, who is a photographer and philanthropist. His believes that stories define who we are and that humanity shares a collective dream of a better future. And that we are in this struggle to wrangle it into reality. “Artists dare us to dream, make us scratch our heads and have the vision to innovate and improve the quality of life for everyone. Music makes you dance and art provokes you, calms and soothes you, and speaks to us all,” he says. Earlier this year, Jaskiewicz, aka “Trey,” was a schoolteacher in Chile when the largest earthquake ever recorded hit the country. He volunteered during the reconstruction effort and real-

Jaskiewicz III

ized he wanted to do more. After the release of his book of photography, “Chile al Ojo Gringo,” Jaskiewicz began to put his images on clothing. He is in the process of creating the company Three Will. For each piece that is sold, the consumer can choose

one of three causes to donate to: Water Missions International, Surfrider or school reconstruction. View his work on display at Yo Burrito. He is also seeking help finding a new venue to showcase his photographs so he can raise funds for his dream, which is to build a new school in Chile.

WEBSITE: www.treyjazz.com CONTACT INFO: treyjazz@ gmail.com, 343-1292 BIRTH DATE AND PLACE: March 1976 in Charleston. RESIDENCE: Charleston and in transit. FAMILY: Mother, Linda Smith; father, Stan; brothers, Mark and Tim. EDUCATION: Bachelor of Science in recreation management, minor in sociology, Appalachian State University. CAREER: Amity Tours operations manager, whitewater river guide, photographer, author. GOALS: To promote my book “Chile al Ojo Gringo” and work on other photography projects. Establishing my clothing line, Three Will, as a locally based sustainable clothing company. INFLUENCES: Grandfather, Jesus, family. WHERE ARTWORK IS FEATURED LOCALLY: Three Little Birds Cafe, Theatre 99 and Yo Burrito.

ocus on this, “Focker” makers: You’ve wrung every last drop of comic possibility out of this tired franchise. The third installment in the series has the stale, slightly sour ambience you’d expect when walking into a summer house that’s been shut up for the winter. Can we get one more laugh in “Little Fockers” out of the eternal battle between dopey son-in-law and tyrannical father? Well, sure, if you douse both of them with ketchup and make them roll around an ant farm, or put them in tights and have them dance “The Nutcracker.” The big-name cast is back: Ben Stiller as the hapless Gaylord (Greg) Focker; Robert De Niro as Jack Byrnes, the gruff father-in-law (most famed for administering a lie-detector test to his potential son-in-law); Barbra Streisand and Dustin Hoffman as the moonbeam parents. Even the malevolent Jinx the Cat (or a reasonable facsimile) is back, along with goofball Owen Wilson as the rival suitor. And making their debuts as the precious twins are Colin Baiocchi as Henry and Daisy Tahan as Samantha, whose newly reached school age serves as one of the film’s flimsy plot threads.

movie review ★ (of 5) DIRECTOR: Paul Weitz. STARRING: Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba, Owen Wilson, Barbara Streisand, Dustin Hoffman, Teri Polo. RATED: PG-13 for mature sexual humor throughout, language and some drug content. RUN TIME: 1 hour 37 minutes. Much of the appeal of “Meet the Parents,” the first film, stemmed from a bigname dramatic actor such as De Niro romping it up in a silly comedy. The second film attained much the same effect by talking Hoffman and Streisand into goofy roles as a flighty New Age couple. But the novelty has long since worn off. (So has the naughty payoff of all those last-name jokes.) Now all that’s left is the feeling of big stars collecting their paychecks. What can “Little Fockers” deliver that’s new? Not much more than Jessica Alba playing a randy drug company representative trying to get her claws into stalwart family man Stiller. Alba brings all the dynamism of a paper towel to the screen as she gives line readings so blank it’s like listening to your iPhone talk to you.

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Space is key for Mellow Mushroom’s expansion to Avondale

The space used to be an old West Ashley theater. As Shemtov said, quoting partner Hudgins, “It’s the biggest building you never noticed in Avondale. You’ve probably walked past it a hundred times and never

realized it’s there.” The new location is set to serve hearth-baked pizzas, salads, hoagies and craft beer. But the architectural renovation of the building is what promises to bring to Charleston something com-

pletely fresh. On a visit to the site in December, just about a month after the crew started renovation, Hudgins, aka “Johnny Claus,” had a Santa cap on underneath his hard hat, which he wears all month long. “We’ve spent the most time on design,” Hudgins said about planning. “We wanted to create a space that would be as interesting today as in 20 years.” Think barrel vaulted ceilings; black-and-white Dr. Seuss-like swirled walls adorned with artwork by Carl Janes. There’ll be red upholstered booths and a stage-like proscenium overlooking the kitchen. People will be able to eat on the mezzanine with upper box seating. “The restaurant’s been designed to force interaction,” said Shemtov. “We wanted

land Drive. $10 for carloads of 1-15 people, $25 for 16-30, $100 for 31 or more. Call 795-4386 or visit www.holidayfestivaloflights.com. CHARLESTON FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. Marion Square. Local vendors offer produce, plants, baked goods and more. 724-7309. FRESHFIELDS VILLAGE FARMERS AND ART MARKET: 4-8 p.m. Mondays. Freshfields Village at the crossroads of Kiawah and Seabrook islands. Purchase local produce, honey, gourmet items, barbecue and live music. www.freshfieldsvillage.com. MARKET AT ROSEBANK FARMS: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Rosebank Farms, 4455 Betsy Kerrison Parkway, Johns Island. The farm will offer local produce, seafood, baked goods, flowers and more. 768-0508 or www. rosebankfarms.com. 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. www.gogreencharleston.org. ASTRONOMY CLUB: 7-9 p.m.

First Thursday of each month. Atlantic Aviation, 6060 Aviation Ave., North Charleston. The Lowcountry Stargazers Astronomy Club meets each month. www. lowcountrystargazers.org. 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. www.charlestonwalks.com or 729-3420. “ART IN THE EVENING”: 7:30 p.m. Fridays. Charleston Market. An art show and sale accompanied by live music. 937-0920. BALLROOM DANCE CLASSES: 7-8 p.m. Thursdays. Ballroom Dance Club of Charleston, 1632 Ashley Hall Road. $30 per month. Taught by Steven Duane. 557-7690. BALLROOM DANCE PARTIES: Every weekend (except holidays). Creative Spark Center for the Arts, 757 Long Point Road, Mount Pleasant. $10 (may increase for theme or dinner parties). Adult ballroom dance party with group lessons beforehand. 881-3780. BEGINNER SHAG LESSONS: 8:15 p.m. Mondays. Arthur Mur-

ray 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 www.beidlerforest. com. CAROLINA SHAG WORKSHOPS: Saturdays. Trudy’s School of Dance, 830 Folly Road, James Island. $25 for two-hour lessons. For students at any level. Registration required. 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.

BY ALISON SHER

Special to The Post and Courier

M

eet Mel, the cartoon mushroom mascot of the Mellow Mushroom enterprise. Drive by Avondale these days and you’ll see Mel chowing down on a piece of pizza on a banner welcoming Mellow Mushroom to the West Ashley neighborhood. It is set to open in early 2011. Mellow Mushroom Avondale will be the third of the Atlanta-based pizza franchise to hit Charleston. Business partners of the downtown location — Johnny Hudgins, Michael Shemtov and Joshua Broome — are responsible for bringing this one to West Ashley. “We knew we wanted a building with a story,” said Shemtov.

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

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FREE ADMISSION WEEKEND: 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Jan. 8-9. Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum, 40 Patriots Point Road, Mount Pleasant. In honor of the Centennial Anniversary of Naval Aviation, Patriots Point invites the Lowcountry to visit the aircraft carrier Yorktown, Medal of Honor museum and other attractions free of charge. 881-5931.

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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 River-

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An old theater on Magnolia Road in Avondale will be fully transformed into a new Mellow Mushroom restaurant by early 2011.

it to be a place where people could meet other people. It’s going to be impossible for someone to sit at the bar alone.” There’s excitement about how the new Mellow will add to Avondale’s already bustling night life. Concerns, however, have been raised about parking. After all, spaces at Avondale are limited, but Mellow owners are already busy arranging solutions. “We’re making sure all of our employees park off-site,” said Hudgins. “And no matter what, it’s certainly easier than trying to park downtown.” For the entrepreneurial trio, the Avondale location may seem meant to be. According to owners, all the details have serendipitously fallen into place — even down to how they found fi-

nancial backing. It was 3 a.m at the Palm in Las Vegas when Hudgins’ father sat next to a man playing poker. The man was a banker. He had a Southern accent and ended up being from Charleston. The two struck up a conversation, and by the end of it, the banker had written his number on the back of a book of matches. Hudgins’ father gave his son the matchbook, and Hudgins carried it in his pocket for months. He eventually called, and that was the man who gave them a loan. Like most success stories and how they start, it was simply a matter of being in the right place at the right time. But no matter what the future has in store, Shemtov said, “We’re only going to further promote Avondale as a destination location.”

CHARLESTON CIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE: 7 p.m. Second Tuesday of each month. Ryan’s restaurant, 829 St. Andrews Blvd. jeannescla@aol.com. CHARLESTON MUSIC CLUB: Free music programs through May. 795-7842 or www.charlestonmusicclub.org. CHOPSTICKS: 3-5 p.m. Fridays. Charleston County Main Library, 68 Calhoun St. All ages. Light classical music and favorite children’s songs while kids color with friends. 805-6930. CHORUS REHEARSALS: 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesdays. Franke at Seaside, 1885 Rifle Range Road, Mount Pleasant. The Franke Chorus invites men and women to join. 654-5973, 881-1158 or 881-9691. CHRISTOPHER’S READING ROOM: 4-4:30 p.m. Thursdays. John’s Island Library, 3531 Maybank Highway. Grades 6-12. Earn one John’s Island Library dollar for each session. 559-1945. “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 www.grassrootschange.ning.com. CYPRESS SWAMP TOURS: 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Middleton Place Outdoor Center, 4300 Ashley River Road. $55-$65. 266-7492 or www.middletonplace.org. 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.

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32E.Thursday, December 30, 2010________________________________________ CHARLESTONSCENE.COM __________________________________________________ The Post and Courier 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. shgalos@juno.com. 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 Mason-Cohen leads a support group. 769-0444. PRESERVATION TECH TOURS: 8:30-10:30 a.m. First Saturday of each month. Drayton Hall, 3380 Ashley River Road. $20 members, $25 nonmembers. Tours will showcase the technical aspects of the plantation’s preservation efforts, design, architecture and more. 769-2638 or www.draytonhall.org. “RHYTHM AND STROKES”: Through March 11. The Avery Research Center for African-American 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 www.avery. cofc.edu. 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. 5712183 or www.arthurmurraychs. com. 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.southcarolina.sierraclub.org/lunz. SQUARE DANCE CLASS: 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Felix C. Davis Community Center, 4800 Park Circle, North Charleston. 552-3630. 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.summerville912project.com. SUMMERVILLE WRITERS GUILD: 6:30 p.m. Last Monday of each month. Perkins Restaurant, 1700 Old Trolley Road, Summer-

ville. 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.; 89:30 a.m. third Saturday of each month, Ryan’s restaurant, 829 St. Andrews Blvd. 576-4543. 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. Mondays. Silent sitting meditation and facilitated discussion. Email seaislandcitizen@gmail.com. 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.pilatesvstudio.com.

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ents “Favelas: Architecture of Survival,” a collection of photographs of Rio de Janeiro’s squatTim Hussey will showcase a colter settlements. 958-6484. lection of more than 96 works of FIBER ARTS EXHIBIT: Through art produced between 2000 and Jan. 31. Charleston County Main 2010. An opening reception will Library, 68 Calhoun St. Addelle be 6-8 p.m. Dec. 16. 958-6484. Sanders, an artist known for her EARLY MORNING BIRD WALKS: 8:30 a.m.-noon. Wednes- use of textiles, will exhibit her days and Saturdays. Caw Caw In- work. 805-6930. FOLLY BEACH BLUEGRASS terpretive Center, 5200 Savannah SOCIETY: Thursdays. The KitchHighway, Ravenel. $5; Gold Pass members free. Preregistration en- en, 11 Center St. Bring an instrucouraged, but walk-ins welcome. ment and participate in an open jam. 345-1678. 795-4386 or www.ccprc.com. FREE SHAG LESSONS: JuEAST COOPER COFFEE CLUB: niors 6 p.m.; beginners 7 p.m.; 10 a.m. Fourth Wednesday of advanced 7:30 p.m.; open dance each month. Franke at Seaside, 8-10 p.m. Mondays. Summerville 1885 Rifle Range Road, Mount Country Club, 400 Country Club Pleasant. Bring a mug and see presentations by different speak- Blvd. 214-0242. THE GATHERING BOOK ers. Refreshments will be proGROUP: 7 p.m. Last Thursday vided. 856-2166. EDISTO ISLAND MUSEUM: 1-4 of each month. Barnes & Noble, p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through 1716 Towne Centre Way, Mount Pleasant. 216-9756. Dec. 31. Edisto Island Museum, GRASSROOTS CALL TO AC8123 Chisolm Plantation Road. An art exhibit by Bruce Nellsmith. TION: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. Fort Johnson Cafe and Coffee, 869-1954. “FAVELAS” EXHIBIT: Through 1014 Fort Johnson Road, James Tuesday. City Gallery at WaterIsland. 810-0088 or grassrootfront Park, 34 Prioleau St. Pedro scalltoaction@gmail.com. Lobo, artist-in-residence at The “HARRY POTTER’S WORLD”: Art Institute of Charleston, presThrough Jan. 7. Charleston

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“FLIGHT” ART SHOW: 8-10 p.m. Jimbo’s Rock Lounge, 1662 Savannah Highway. See flightrelated artwork by local artists such as Jason Smith, Constantine O’Donald, Angie Brown, Charlie Bird, James Dooley and others. 825-2200 or www.rockloungecharleston.com.

friday

CHILDREN’S NEW YEAR’S PARTY: Noon. Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, 25 Ann St. Free with regular admission. Children and their families are invited to ring in the new year with crafts, confetti and more. 853-8962 or www.explorecml.org. “HAPPY NEW YEAR, CHARLESTON”: 4-10:30 p.m. Marion Square. Free. This familyfriendly, 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 Drive, Kiawah Island. Free. This family-friendly event will feature food, live music, train rides, children’s activities, party favors, fireworks and more. 768-6001 or www.kiawahresort.com. 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 www.hometeambbq.com. SUMMERVILLE SHAG NYE PARTY: 7 p.m.-midnight. Summerville Country Club, 400 Country Club Drive. $15 per person or $25 per couple. The Summerville Shag Club will host a New Year’s Eve party featuring food, live music by DJ Joe Pendarvis and champagne toasts. 214-0242. 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, open bar and ice luge, live music, party favors, balloon drop and more. 723-0032 or www.madrivercharleston.com. “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. A complimentary buffet, drink specials, Miller High Life or

champagne toast, music by DJ Randy Swan, saloon girl performance and “Beer Drop.” The first 50 people after 9 p.m. will receive free MSS trucker hats. 576-4116 or www.marketstreetsaloon.com. 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.redsicehouse.com. 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. Free party favors and a champagne toast along with the Bee Gees Dance Party featuring DJ D Rock beginning at midnight. 769-0228 or www.voodootikibar.com. SNYDER GRAND BALL: 8 p.m.-1 a.m. S.C. 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. 763-2462 or www.snydergrandball.com. CRYSTAL BALL: 8:30 p.m. Charleston Marriott, 170 Lockwood Drive. $95. 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.crystalballcharleston.com. PLATINUM BALL: 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Hippodrome Theatre, 360 Concord St. $95; $150 VIP. Charleston Scene editor Marcus Amaker hosts this event, which will feature DJs Arthur Brouthers, Danny Seltzer, Jake B 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.eventbrite.com. “RESOLUTION 2011”: 9 p.m. Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St. $95; $125 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.resolution-

charleston2011.com. 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 chilly 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.

ing in Rafter’s Trot, a dog walk through Magnolia Plantation’s gardens, followed by live entertainment, food and more. Proceeds benefit the Arch Foundation for GA CaRES Fund. 9715865 or www.k9careunit.org.

call for entries

SUMMERVILLE MUSIC CLUB: Applications are being accepted for 2011 Summerville Music Club Scholarships. Applicants must live in Dorchester 2 School District and be in grades 8-12. Applications must be received by Feb. 19. 873-0827 or gmom_5@ juno.com. 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

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FORT MOULTRIE CANDLELIGHT TOURS: Tours begin at 5:30 p.m. and run every 20 minutes. Free. The Tramp Brigade Organization of Historical Interpreters will lead candelit tours and will re-enact situations that occurred Dec. 26, 1860, when the Federal troops were transferred from Fort Moultrie to Fort Sumter. 883-3123 or www.nps.gov/fosu.

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THE LOWCOUNTRY CIVIL WAR SHOW: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Gaillard Auditorium, 77 Calhoun St. $8 adults, free to children 12 and under. The annual show and sale will feature more than 300 tables of artifacts, books, memorabilia, uniforms, currency and more. Free appraisals of Civil War collectibles also will be available. 770-630-7296. ”GULLAH GALORE”: 10 a.m.noon. The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Free with regular admission. Children and their families will learn about Gullah culture through storytelling, sweetgrass basket demonstrations, a scavenger hunt and more. 722-2996 or www.charlestonmuseum.org.

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RAFTER’S TROT FUNDRAISER: 11:30 a.m. Magnolia Plantation, 3550 Ashley River Road. $30 per person. Support canine cancer research by participat-

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CITY GALLERY AT WATERFRONT PARK: Volunteer docents are needed for Dec. 28-31 and Jan. 2-4. Call 958-6484 or e-mail citygallery@charleston-sc.gov. 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 www.tricountyfamilyministries.org.

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ACE’S ON BRIDGE By BOBBY WOLFF

Today’s deal comes from “Masterpieces of Defense” by Julian Pottage, a writer who has demonstrated imagination and creativity in constructing bridge problems of all sorts. Put yourself in the West seat and cover up the South and East cards to re-create the real-life problem you might be facing. A strong no-trump opening bid by South and a Texas transfer by North sees you defending four spades. You lead the heart three, and partner plays king, ace and the five, declarer following three times. What now? The first question is whether your side might have a minorsuit ace to cash. You should assume that the answer is no — if you can trust your partner. The point is that if your partner had a minor-suit ace, he should have casheditattrickthreeandnotleft you to guess what to do. Assumingthattobetrue,where else might a defensive winner comefrom?Obviously,ifpartner has a natural trump trick, he will get it whatever you do, so try to determinewhenyourplaymight make a difference. The answer is thatifpartnerhaspreciselyK-9-x of spades, you might be able to build a trump trick for him. Your only legitimate way to achieve the trump promotion is by continuing with a fourth round of hearts. Whatever declarer does now, East must make a trump trick (provided he remembers not to overruff the spade queen).

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DOONESBURY By Garry Trudeau

B.C. By Mastroianni & Hart

SALLY FORTH By Francesco Marciuliano & Craig Macintosh

PEANUTS By Charles Schulz

JUMP START By Robb Armstrong

BLONDIE By Dean Young

DUSTIN By Steve Kelley & Jeff Parker

CURTIS By Ray Billingsley

GARFIELD By Jim Davis

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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

Yesterday’s Solution

ZIGGY By Tom Wilson

CROSSWORD PUZZLE MORE GAMES AND PUZZLES AT POSTANDCOURIER.COM/GAMES

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NON SEQUITUR By Wiley Miller

BEETLE BAILEY By Mort, Greg & Brian Walker

MALLARD FILLMORE By Bruce Tinsley

JUDGE PARKER By Woody Wilson & Mike Manley

FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE By Lynn Johnston

ROSE IS ROSE By Pat Brady & Don Wimmer

MARY WORTH By Joe Giella & Karen Moy

PEARLS BEFORE SWINE By Stephan Pastis

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

ZITS By Jerry Scott & Jim Borgman

GRAND AVENUE By Steve Breen

TODAY’S HOROSCOPE ARIES (March 21-April 19): Arguing will not solve anything. Chill out and refuse to let anyone get the better of you. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Get involved in any challenge or competition that will inspire or stimulate you to make positive moves. Love is in the stars. GEMINI (May 21June 20): The more you talk, the harder it will be to reverse what develops. Incorporate diplomacy or you may end up in a precarious position with little room to maneuver. CANCER (June 21-July 22): You can meet someone special if you are single by getting involved in yearend festivities. Putting a little extra effort into your appearance will pay off.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Before you promise to give up something you want to do, consider how you can take care of whatever burden you’ve been handed. VIRGO (Aug. 23Sept. 22): Say what’s on your mind and you will put confusion behind you. Your openness will enhance a relationship that means a lot to you. LIBRA (Sept. 23Oct. 22): Do whatever it takes to get along with family and close friends. The more creative you are, the better you will feel about yourself. SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21): Start a project with the potential to change the way you do things. Your determination to put your skills to proper use will ensure a lucrative endeavor.

SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22DEC. 21): When it comes to your own personal dilemmas, you will face sorrow if you try to evade issues that concern the people you live with or are in love with. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19): There isn’t anything you cannot achieve if you set your mind to it and you forge ahead with gusto. Love is in the stars. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18): If you concentrate more on professional goals and less on your personal life, you will fare better in both areas. PISCES (FEB. 19MARCH 20): Make some personal changes to enhance your looks and give you added confidence. Put your skills and talent to better use.

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Brusque behavior provokes cubicle rage

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BY REBEKAH BRADFORD

Special to The Post and Courier

With 2010 winding down, Head2Head thinks its the perfect time to look back. From major news stories (Haiti, the BP oil spill) to pop culture phenomenons (“Glee,” Lady Gaga), 2010 was a roller-coaster ride of a year. The question is, how well were you paying attention? New winner James Marsh is taking on Bruce Sheffield who is currently between jobs.

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The Spanish soccer team is pictured with the FIFA World Cup Trophy last summer following the 1-0 win over the Netherlands at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa.

QUESTIONS 1. In April, a volcano in this country stranded travelers and grounded planes (bonus point if you can correctly spell the name of the volcano). 2. Name the movie that won Best Picture at the Academy Awards. 3. What city held the Winter Olympics this year? 4. Who became the oldest host of “Saturday Night Live” in May at age 88? 5. Name the Prime Minister of Britain who was elected this year. 6. Who was recently revealed as Time magazine’s Person of the Year? 7. In August, Terminex released its list of the worst 15 cities for bed bugs. What city topped the list? 8. Who hosted the “Rally to Restore Sanity And/Or Fear” in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 30? 9. How many Chilean miners were trapped in a mine and later rescued? 10. Who won the 2010 World Cup?

JAMES’ ANSWERS 1. It was Iceland. 2. “Avatar”? 3. Vancouver, Canada. 4. No answer. 5. Gordon. Maybe he was the last one. 6. The Facebook guy. 7. New York. 8. Stewart and Colbert. 9. 32 or 33. 10. Spain.

CONCLUSION Bruce defeated the current champ, making him the final Head2Head champion of 2010. Happy New Year, and we’ll see you in 2011!

EAR ABBY: There is a situation at work that has smoke coming out of my ears. I’m past the age of retirement, but need to keep working. I’m at a great company and enjoy what I do. The fly in the ointment is one of our salespeople. He’s a big, strapping guy who comes barreling down the narrow cubicles aisles. On more than one occasion I have had to execute a quick side step in order not to be run over. After the most recent near miss, I told him that if it ever happened again, I’d let him plow into me and take the consequences. My question is, if I don’t get out of his way and do get knocked down, what recourse do I have? Good manners would dictate that the younger man allow me to pass first, but are there any

DEAR ABBY legal ramifications? I would love to smack him (like Bette Davis would in an old movie), but with my luck, I’d be charged with assault. What say you, Abby? — ON A COLLISION COURSE IN WISCONSIN DEAR ON A COLLISION COURSE: You should address your concerns to your supervisor, so he or she can tell the man to slow down and watch where he’s going. If you were injured at work, the liability would be the company’s, and the physical ramifications for you could be serious.

BRUCE’S ANSWERS 1. Iceland, and I can’t even pronounce the volcano let alone spell it. 2. “Hurt Locker.” 3. Vancouver. 4. Betty White. 5. David Cameron. 6. Mark Zuckerberg. 7. This is a guess, but is it New York? 8. Glenn Beck. 9. 35. 10. Spain.

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CORRECT ANSWERS 1. Iceland (for bonus point: Eyjafjallajokull). 2. “The Hurt Locker.”

3. Vancouver. 7. New York City. 4. Betty White. 8. Jon Stewart and 5. David Cameron. Stephen Colbert. 6. Mark Zucker9. 33. berg. 10. Spain.

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