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In the Spotlight: Flamenco dancer José de Guadalupe; for more, see “Tempo de Amor,” page 72. (photograph by Paul Mehaffey; location, Taylors Mill)

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See, hear, read, react. The month’s must-dos.


Pics of the litter: Upcountry fêtes & festivities.


Artist Sarkis Chorbadjian, community leaders in diversity and inclusion, a Place of Peace, and more.

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Cozy additions for the fire and Vivian Hodencq’s cosmopolitan necessities.

60 MAN ABOUT TOWN The Man About TOWN finds out that you can’t fool your own body.


Charleston’s Old World charm and historical character owe much to its African American residents, past and present.

HEART IN HAND Bolokada Conde travels between Guinea and Greenville, but the djembe has his undivided attention.

// by Heidi Coryell Williams // photography by Paul Mehaffey

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Some love affairs have fairy tale endings. José de Guadalupe found his in flamenco.

// by Jac Chebatoris // photography by Paul Mehaffey


Accessible local creations take center stage at Restaurant 17, homemade masala chai, and rainbow chard.


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Mixed-media artist Daniel Essig crafts spectral talismans for our journeys in life.

THIS PAGE: Flamenco artist Jose de Guadalupe takes a turn for photographer Paul Mehaffey. See “Tempo de Amor,” page 72. COVER: Master drummer Moussa Bolokada Conde. For more, see “Heart in Hand,” page 68. Portrait by Paul Mehaffey

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Mark B. Johnston PUBLISHER Blair Knobel EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Paul Mehaffey ART DIRECTOR


SENIOR EDITOR Jac Chebatoris


ebruary is somewhat of a catch-all month. Coming on the heels of January’s holiday haze and fresh resolutions, it may be the true start of the year—now fully in swing, yet still demanding indoor activities, toasty blankets, and the occasional bonfire. We draw nearer in February, and this nearness allows for closer inspection of one another. With that in mind, the theme for TOWN’s February issue is “diversity,” a nod both to our region’s cultural distinctions as much as this month’s varied stories. Diversity influences culture, which impacts the economy, which impacts progress. Bottom line, diversity isn’t only good—it’s essential, offering a more vibrant, international, and therefore economically viable region. As a feature focus, we turn our attention to master drummer Bolokada Conde, who hails from Guinea in West Africa (“Heart in Hand,” page 68). He makes his American home in Greenville, where he performs for elementary to college-level students, as well as at various local venues. He also offers African drumming lessons and drum-making workshops. About to return to the Upstate after several weeks abroad in Guinea, Bolokada’s music is as alluring as his persona, and nearly as soulful. On a similar note, we zero in on our Hispanic community with a nod to its cultural pride—flamenco (“Tempo de Amor, page 72). José de Guadalupe has a lover’s devotion to flamenco. For 17 years, he has studied, performed, and taught the Andalusian folk dance of southern Spain. De Guadalupe, a Native American, lived in Spain during a U.S. Navy stint, and learned the craft there. Flamenco’s origins and expressions are uniquely linked to rhythm and song—perhaps the most passionate form of dance there is. These stories, plus an Armenian artist, authentic Indian chai, bonfire must-haves, and cozy getaways, make for an issue worthy of February— a month to remember that our region’s distinctions make it more distinctive, a quilt of many colors. Now add an extra one to the bed, would you?

Blair Knobel Editor-in-Chief

ASSISTANT EDITOR Andrew Huang CONTRIBUTING EDITORS M. Linda Lee Steven Tingle CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Kathryn Davé Lydia Dishman Laura Linen E. Richard Walton Heidi Coryell Williams CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Chelsey Ashford TJ Getz TJ Grandy Cameron Reynolds EDITORIAL INTERN Mary Cathryn Armstrong

Holly Hardin PRODUCTION MANAGER GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Kristy Adair Michael Allen Whitney Fincannon MARKETING REPRESENTATIVES Lori Burney Kristin Hill Kristi Jennings Donna Johnston Annie Langston Pam Putman Kate Madden COMMUNIT Y SPONSORSHIPS & EVENTS MANAGER



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Eye candy for art lovers. South Carolina Art: Eight Decades of New through March 16

Interiors: Karen Ann Myers through March 23

The Content of Our Character: From States Rights to Civil Rights opening February 12

Legacy of Impressionism: Languages of Light opening March 12

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If you know your classical 19th-century tunes, you’ll know that the works by Dvorak and Sibelius are the literal crown jewels of decades of musical exploration. Conducted by Greenville Symphony Orchestra’s Edvard Tchivzhel, violinist Benjamin Beilman will make his debut on the Peace Center stage with a performance of Sibelius’ Violin Concerto in D minor. Other selections include Dvorak’s Symphony No. 5 as well as Sibelius’ Finlandia. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Sat, Feb 15, 8pm; Sun, Feb 16, 3pm. $16-$57. (864) 467-3000,

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SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR For more than a decade, the vibrant Soweto Gospel Choir of South Africa has brought joy to the globe through their spirited song performances. Combining traditional African dance with uplifting spiritual gospels, the choir’s worldwide popularity has led to numerous Billboard hits as well as award recognition and performances with some of the industry’s top stars. Join the 52-strong ensemble directed by Beverly Bryer for a dynamic evening of inspiration through the power of song. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Sun, Feb 9, 3pm. $15. (864) 467-3000,

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RICKY SKAGGS & BRUCE HORNSBY WITH KENTUCKY THUNDER The long-haired country boy from Kentucky has long been hailed as a pioneer in the world of bluegrass. With mandolin in hand, Skaggs has performed in countless countries, and rest assured his mantel weighs heavy under plenty of Grammy gold. The country gospel star now joins forces with his Kentucky Thunder band and pianist Bruce Hornsby to light up the Peace Center stage with a bevy of bluegrass hits and new collaborations. Whether you’re a longtime fan or a newcomer, this rollicking roundup of musicians is sure to please.



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The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Wed, Feb 5, 7:30pm. $40-$55. (864) 467-3000,

The bedroom is the place where we feel the most freedom to be ourselves, so it makes perfect sense that Charleston-based artist Karen Ann Myers would select this room as the backdrop for her Interiors series. Melding geometric patterns with the intimate curves of the women themselves, Myers crafts a stark contrast between who we portray and who we become in the privacy of our own company. The intricate series forces viewers to take an introspective look at themselves through the eyes of a painter. Greenville County Museum of Art, 420 College St, Greenville. Thru March 23. Wed–Sat, 10am–6pm; Sun, 1–5pm. Free. (864) 271-7570,

Artwork courtesy of the Greenville County Museum of Art


Who knew that under all the fancy airs and sophistication that composers have a sense of humor? This presentation by the Greenville Symphony Orchestra is designed to showcase just that, with the help of featured clarinetist Anthony Marotta. With pieces of delightful narration and upbeat tempos by composers like Bernstein, Anderson, and Walton, this performance is certain to put a smile on your face. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Feb 28– March 2; Fri–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $41. (864) 467-3000,

What do you get when you place a talented blues artist on stage with his biggest musical inspiration? A piping hot plate of blues. Louisiana-born guitarist Buddy Guy has influenced a number of legends (including the likes of Jimmy Page) and has received Kennedy Center honors as well as the number 30 slot on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. The bluesy showman will be joined by Jonny Lang, a musician known for his unusual vocal quality and guitar skill beyond his years.

Nothing says family like dysfunction, insults, and prescription drugs. Now a blockbuster film complete with an allstar cast, Tracy Letts’s dark take on familial relations is an honest, in-your-face portrayal. When patriarch Beverly Weston disappears from his home in Oklahoma, the Weston girls are forced to return home to their roots—and their venomous, pillpopping mother—for a family reunion that they won’t soon forget.

The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Tues, Feb 11, 7:30pm. $45-$65. (864) 467-3000,

The Warehouse Theatre, 37 Augusta St, Greenville. Thurs–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. Feb 7–Mar 1. $30. (864) 235-6948,

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Quick HITS VALENTINE POPS & CHAMPAGNE zValentine’s Day is already a celebration of Champagne and chocolates, but why not throw a few classic romantic tunes in the mix? The Spartanburg Philharmonic, featuring Dr. Douglas Weeks, will perform various passion-themed pieces by Gershwin, Mozart, and Ravel to fire up the Cupid spirit. Enjoy complimentary bubbly and delectable desserts in the lobby alone or with your significant other—there’s no need to judge. Twichell Auditorium at Converse College, 500 E Main St, Spartanburg. Fri, Feb 14, 8pm. $15-$40.


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zWhether you liked it or not, you couldn’t escape from the trio’s number-one hit “Need You Now” in the summer of 2009. Five years later, the Nashville group has won numerous awards for best album and best country performance and show no signs of stopping on their Take Me Down tour. Joined by up-and-coming openers Kip Moore and Kacey Musgraves, the band will roll out material from their most recent album Golden, as well as hits like “American Honey” and “Just a Kiss.” You’ve sung along in the car, so why not now? Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Sat, Feb 22, 7pm. $40-$70. (864) 241-3800,

TD BANK REEDY RIVER RUN zThere’s certainly no questioning Greenville’s breathtaking appeal for outdoor activities, and this Upstate tradition has been a staple for runners since the late 1970s. Complete with a 10K, 5K, youth mile, and fun run, there’s no excuse not to lace up those sneakers and hit the pavement on a brisk February morning. A Fit Cool School challenge is also part of this year’s race, designed to reward area elementary and middle schools with a cash reward for having the most participants. Downtown Greenville. Fri, Feb 28, 9am–6:30pm; Sat, March 1, 8:30–10:45am. $15-$40 registration.

THE WORLD FAMOUS GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA Big Band music has been swinging around the world for decades, and nothing pumps up the volume louder than a live performance from this full-set orchestra. Formed in 1939 by Miller himself, the current lineup embraces the same retro glamor as groups of years past, employing equal parts smooth serenade, brass section, and personality for a sound guaranteed to knock your socks off. Roll through hits like “Blueberry Hill” and “Tuxedo Junction” at this celebration of all things old-school. Younts Center, 315 N Main St, Fountain Inn. Sat, Feb 8, 3pm & 7:30pm. $25-$30. (864) 409-1050,

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Bill Maher Before Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert started poking fun at our government, Bill Maher was stirring controversy on Politically Incorrect, calling out our nation and those who run it with blaring frankness. Now the host of HBO’s Real Time, Maher has carried on his tradition of bureaucratic blasting, mixing just the right amount of humor with elements of realworld truth that consistently change the way we identify with politics, religion, and, in the end, our lives. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Sat, Feb 22, 8pm. $55-$85. (864) 467-3000,

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The Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas put a German spin on their annual Holiday McGala. In Austria and parts of Germany, December 6 is Nikolaustag, a day when Saint Nicholas brings gifts for children. More than 400 guests joined in that tradition by participating and supporting the Ronald McDonald House’s mission to provide housing, care, and support for critically ill children. Along with a hearty German menu, guests were treated to excerpts from The Nutcracker, performed by members of the International Ballet Company, and live music from The Mighty Kicks. Photography by Chelsey Ashford Dakato Bruce & Madeline Jordan

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March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction November 10, 2013 For about 500 guests at the Greenville Signature Chefs Auction, the order of business was come hungry, leave happy, and meet a few chefs in the process. The auction, hosted by the March of Dimes, featured tasty bites from the High Street Hospitality Group, Table 301, the Rick Erwin Dining Group, and others. The event raised over $210,000 in support of the March of Dimes’ mission to prevent birth defects and infant mortality. Photography by TJ Grandy Jonathan & Whitney Shoultz


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November 8, 2013 Nearly 150 patrons and supporters gathered in Genevieve’s for a sneak preview of the Peace Center’s annual gala. Guests joined Peace Center Gala chairs Lynn and Flavia Harton, the band Right to Party, and several other Peace Center trustees for an evening of music, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres. The gala, scheduled for March 7, will benefit the nationally recognized Peace Outreach Program. Photography by TJ Grandy

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Caine Halter Lungs4Life November 9, 2013 Every crisp breath of fall air was a reminder of what’s at stake at the Caine Halter Lungs4Life 5K. The 6th annual edition of this race featured more than 1,000 participants (including over 40 teams) and Christ Draft, a former NFL player who lost his wife to lung cancer. This year’s race raised more than $115,000 in research funding to combat lung cancer, with more than $900,000 raised in the past 6 years. Photography by TJ Grandy Renee Canavos & Maggie

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Moonlight & Magnolias November 23, 2013 The American Cancer Society hosted their annual black-tie gala at Zen in support of the ACS’s national mission to promote cancer research, awareness, and education. More than 60 local businesses provided fabulous wares for the silent auction, while guests enjoyed late-night dancing to go with an elegant dinner. Photography by TJ Grandy

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The St. Joseph’s Catholic School gymnasium became Parisian streets for the school’s annual auction and gala. More than 500 guests attended the “MidKnight in Paris”–themed event, which featured the efforts of many students, including the string ensemble and middle school band. Guests took part in food, dancing, fun, a Parisian bar (filled with candy and other treats), as well as silent and live auctions. St. Joseph’s senior Sierra Hyer’s watercolor was one of the highlights of the auctions.

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Dragon Boat Upstate Festival December 3, 2013


The Greenville Health System kicked off its annual fundraising campaign for the Dragon Boat Upstate Festival with a party at the Acadia RiverHouse. About 100 guests, including physicians and staff from the Greenville Health System Cancer Institute, were present. The Dragon Boat Upstate Festival, now in its 8th year, has raised more than $1 million to date and is on track for another record-breaking year. The race, which takes place in May, features teams of 20 paddlers and one drummer working in unison. Funds raised will go toward the Center for Integrative Oncology and Survivorship as well as the SC Ovarian Cancer Foundation. Photography by Cameron Reynolds Jay Babcock & Dania Beck

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Dining for NAMI November 5, 2013 Mental illness is often misunderstood, yet has profound impacts. Civic and community leaders, along with 420 guests, were present as the National Alliance on Mental Illness hosted speaker and author Dr. Frank Page. Together, they raised nearly $50,000 to help improve the quality of life and treatment available to those who are affected by mental illness. Photography by TJ Grandy




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There are two things about fate evident from Kate and Matt’s story. One, it hurries along for no one, and two, it has a wicked sense of humor. How else to explain the way they met? After mutual friends had tried (and failed) to set them up, and after living in the same condominiums at the same time, it was a chance meeting on Cinco de Mayo that finally brought them together. After dating for two years, Matt proposed at home following dinner at Devereaux’s. The couple was married at Christ Church Episcopal and held their reception at the Westin Poinsett. Kate, the sponsorships and events manager at Community Journals, and Matt, a shareholder at Elliott Davis, plan to make Greenville their permanent home. PHOTOGRAPH BY OLIVIA GRIFFIN // OLIVIA GRIFFIN PHOTOGRAPHY FEBRUARY 2014 / 31


Weddings Gillian Trimboli & Spencer Zettler May 11, 2013 Sometimes, you win on the second try. When they first met at a Greenville fundraising gala, Spencer, at the time a Canadian professional speed skater, offered to buy Gillian, then the executive director of Euphoria, a drink—an offer she politely declined. Just a few weeks later, they again crossed paths. Although Spencer was accompanied by a date, he luckily had a persuasive player in his corner: his mother, whom Gillian adores. After the requisite social networking connections, Spencer offered again to buy a drink. This time, Gillian accepted. She would again accept on New Year’s Eve of 2012 when Spencer dropped to one knee. The couple was married at the newly renovated Hotel Domestique and featured contributions from Gillian’s personal friendships in the event industry in Greenville, including cb events, Me and Me Designs, and Table 301. The couple recently relocated to Charleston, South Carolina, where Gillian took over as the executive director of the Charleston Wine + Food Festival, and Spencer is an account executive with Revel Systems. PHOTOGRAPH BY BRIANNE KUZEMCHUK // BRIETAKESPICTURES

Jaclyn Thompson & Michael Decker October 5, 2013 Letters are no longer the preferred mode of communication, but nothing can compare to the anticipation and elation of receiving an envelope of creased paper, inscribed with the imperfectly perfect loops and lines of your beloved’s handwriting. Letters played a central role in Jaclyn and Michael’s relationship. When they were just friends, the two used letters to stay in touch while Michael was in basic training. They began dating shortly after he returned and were engaged about two years later. But when Michael was deployed to Afghanistan, writing letters again became an important ritual. It was only fitting that for their ceremony, held at the Certus Loft, the couple wrote each other sealed letters to be opened on their first anniversary. Jaclyn and Michael now live in Taylors. PHOTOGRAPH BY SARAH MARKO // SARAH MARKO PHOTOGRAPHY

Amanda Harley & Trey Allen November 16, 2013 The site of Amanda and Trey’s first date also became the site of their engagement. After meeting through mutual friends, the couple spent their first date at the Yacht Rock Revival outdoor music festival in Atlanta. It was there, at East Andrews in Buckhead, that Trey proposed a year-and-a-half later. The couple’s ceremony, held at the Certus Loft in Greenville, featured a number of personal touches. They built the pergola under which they were married, and read vows they wrote themselves. Amanda, a coordinating producer at CBS Atlanta, and Trey, a project superintendent at Turner Construction, live in Smyrna, Georgia, with their dogs Riley and Boyd. PHOTOGRAPH BY TONI BOUTON // TONI BOUTON PHOTOGRAPHY HEARING WEDDING BELLS? TOWN Magazine wants to publish your wedding announcement. If you currently live or grew up in the Upstate and were recently married, please write to us at TOWN Magazine, Attn: Andrew Huang, P.O. Box 2266, Greenville, SC 29602, or e-mail Due to space constraints, inclusion is not guaranteed. 32 TOWN /

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Layered Life

Sarkis Chorbadjian’s abstract paintings reveal more with time

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On the Scene Sarkis Chorbadjian explores changing landscapes

Look Again: Sarkis layers oil paint and cold wax over and over, creating works with subtle secrets apparent only after repeated viewings. Find more of Sarkis Chorbadjian’s work at


or Sarkis Chorbadjian, painting has always been only a matter of time. His journey as an artist is a winding one, taking him from the island of Cyprus to the classrooms of Bob Jones University to the White House, even. Armenian by birth, Greek by homeland, and Greenville resident by choice, Sarkis did not set out to be a painter. He came to Greenville in 1978 to study music; art freed him to stay. After earning degrees in music education and musicology, Sarkis taught himself how to foil-finish rooms in his house. This self-taught art became the foundation for a small decorative arts business, which grew over time into a much larger, renowned decorative arts business. From foil-finishing to frame-building to custom finial-carving, he found success by trying his hand at whatever interested him. His nationally-recognized handiwork now graces the homes of celebrities, including Larry King, Oprah, and the president of the United States. A relaxed, decidedly Mediterranean sort of optimism seems to be the current that directs Sarkis’s life. He pauses before every opportunity to ask only one question: why not? This relentless curiosity has defined his career, and, now, his body of work. After years of trying to produce enough work to participate in Greenville’s Open Studios but only

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completing four or five paintings each year, Sarkis decided to relax in 2013. “I said, ‘no limits—let’s see what happens.’” Eighty paintings happened. The paintings are complex expressions of what he calls real or imagined landscapes, places that have moved him. His inspiration? “Look outside!” he exclaims, gesturing to the window. Using oil paint and cold wax, Sarkis employs a layering technique that involves adding paint, removing paint, and adding paint—again and again, over days. “Painting,” he says, “is the suspension of time.” When Sarkis paints, he becomes unmoored from schedules, obligations. The freedom to lose himself in subconscious drifting, he believes, is where his best paintings come. His work—which shifted from representational to abstract this year—is deeply layered, often containing hidden elements that only become visible after repeated viewings. Sometimes it includes barely distinguishable words written in Armenian, his first language (although he is fluent in three). The layers are his invitation to look again, to discover anew. Sarkis compares it to his first love, music: “The moment of hearing a song twenty times and hearing something new the twenty-first time—that’s the moment I want the viewer to find in my paintings.”

Portrait by Paul Mehaffey; artwork courtesy of Sarkis Chorbadjian

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Riser Open Arms: Nika White works with the Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce to promote the Upstate’s economic potential by engaging with minority business owners.

What are some of the benefits to having a strong minority business community?

A strong minority business community helps to build capacity, cultivate a more inclusive business environment, and drive better economic outcomes throughout the Upstate of South Carolina. The Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce has just launched the Minority Business Accelerator Program. What drove the conception of this program?

A major economic disparity exists within the Upstate of South Carolina, which threatens the quality of life of all residents and the region’s long-term economic viability. In particular, the Upstate has an underutilized Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) community. This group represents nearly 40 percent of the overall population base and over 10 percent of all the businesses in the target market area, yet, on average, only 2.5 percent of them have one or more employees. Coincidentally, the Greenville minority community, and in particular, the African-American population base, has a much lower per capita income than the median level for the area. The Greenville Chamber decided to pursue the Minority Business Accelerator (MBA) program in the Upstate to help MBEs overcome growth barriers and create access to new opportunities by connecting them with the right resources and strategies. What are some of the most pressing challenges facing diversity in Greenville?

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What interests and opportunities led you to your current position as Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion?

During the latter part of my tenure at Erwin Penland, a trusted mentor told me about the newly created position at the Chamber. When I took inventory of my professional and volunteer life, as well as my passion and interests, it was undeniable that a large percentage of my work was already aligned with advocating for the disadvantaged, so it wasn’t surprising that this was my next career move. Could you explain how diversity is relevant? Why is diversity something to strive for?

The Greenville business community has experienced tremendous growth, but growth can only be sustained by its structure. Diversity and inclusion are key variables to the structure of an economically thriving community.

Diversity simply describes the mixture of people with different experiences and demographics. Inclusion is the engagement factor. It’s how those diverse individuals function and coexist. Inclusion enables us to be intentional and strategic about having all people represented, accepted, and valued—not only for their abilities, but also for their unique perspectives. I think the lack of education regarding diversity and inclusion can be a challenge that prevents Greenville from reaching its full potential. You’re involved with quite a few organizations. How do those roles inform what you do at the Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce?

There are so many great organizations doing wonderful things to advance inclusion in our community. Being able to witness and contribute to those efforts helps me stay focused. In this space, there are times when you may lose a battle and feel like you aren’t making a difference. That’s when you have to realize that regardless of how things appear, you are planting seeds and stirring people’s consciousness.

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Cross Section Cultural diversity in the Upstate is a year-long affair / by Mary Cathryn Armstrong


t’s been said many times: the United States is the proverbial “melting pot” of the world. Fortunately for us, there’s a hearty spoonful of global potluck at home in the Upstate. While March is Upstate International’s month-long celebration of all things diverse, there’s plenty of ways to enrich your life the other 11 months of the year.

Cooking Classes at Charleston Cooks!

Proving that not all kitchen endeavors need to end up like an episode of the Three Stooges, Charleston Cooks! serves up a variety of internationallythemed, hands-on cooking lessons throughout the month. If you’ve ever dreamed of crafting your own pasta, sign up for the Saturday workshop, where you can stretch your noodle and a simmer the perfect sauce to go with it. Or dust off your beret for the Tres Chic participation class, where Monday night’s grilled chicken transforms from blah to ooh la la thanks to this French-inspired menu. Charleston Cooks!, 200 N Main St #101, Greenville. $60. (864) 335-2000, charlestoncooks/greenville Middle Eastern Belly Dance Classes

While the Middle Eastern art of belly dancing is far more seductive and sexy than, say, line-dancing, it’s also steeped in cultural significance and sophistication. Used as both performance art and social activity, belly dancing tells different stories and helps build confidence through the exploration of inner beauty. Instructor Layali Layla hosts both group and private classes, using a combination of ancient and modern techniques set to Middle Eastern music. You’ll get in a great workout while still having fun and will learn about the rich history of the dance. Classes range from beginner to intermediate and advanced, and all women are welcome. Belly Dance with Layla, Mauldin Sports Center, 101 E Butler Rd, Mauldin. 5 courses, $50; drop-in, $15; private lessons, $45-$75 per session. (864) 502-8080,

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Foreign Language Classes at the International Center of the Upstate

Polish up those rusty high school language skills with the help of the International Center. For business or pleasure, beginner or advanced, classes are tailored to fit every level of proficiency. There’s also a wide selection to choose from. Not only can you learn to speak the language of love or order mas cervezas on spring break, there’s also course offerings in Japanese, Russian, German, and even Arabic. Conversational classes can help sharpen communication techniques, or choose a regular or intensive class for eight-to-ten-week spans. The International Center of the Upstate, 9 S Memminger St, Greenville. $60-$350. (864) 631-2188, Mandala Workshop

Spending an afternoon creating your own traditional Hindu symbol of wholeness seems like the perfect way to get in touch with your spiritual center. The mandala represents balance of self and takes many forms in the realms of spirituality, politics, and religion. This soothing workshop is designed to draw each individual back to a positive aura, and all materials will be provided. Chapman Cultural Center, 200 E St John St, Spartanburg. Sat, Feb 22, 10am-2pm. $60. (864) 583-2776,

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A Cultural Immersion The Hispanic Alliance anchors Greenville’s Latino and Hispanic communities / by E. Richard Walton // photograph by Paul Mehaffey

dela Mendoza works tirelessly so that Greenville’s Latino and Hispanic communities succeed. Mendoza heads the Hispanic Alliance, an Upstate nonprofit that reaches out to the newest Latino and Hispanic arrivals. Though living the American dream, she understands the setbacks of most immigrants. “Most of us live in two worlds,” Mendoza says. “We all function in both cultures.” The Hispanic Alliance provides Latino immigrants and other Spanish speakers with legal, health, financial, and educational assistance. As executive director, Mendoza’s work is overseen by the Hispanic Alliance’s board, which is chaired by Omar Alex Diaz, who summarizes the goal of the Alliance: “We want to empower this minority community to be able to be productive members Greenville,” he says. “Every issue we have is related to that.” Hispanics or Latinos comprise 8.3 percent of Greenville’s population (468,000), and 5.3 percent of South Carolina’s population (4.7 million), according to the 2010 Census. Most of the Hispanics in Greenville are Mexican or from Colombia, South America. “The average Hispanic immigrant has been in South Carolina 10 years,” Mendoza says. However, the Alliance is designed to help those most in need: those who don’t speak English and are unfamiliar with American systems.

Mendoza, who relocated to Greenville in 2006, hails from Veracruz, Mexico, and has served on a variety of boards, from the University of South Carolina Medical School/Greenville to nonprofits such as Greenville Forward and United Way’s Community Impact Cabinet. In preparation for her current post, Mendoza participated in leadership programs such as Leadership Greenville and diversity training at Furman University’s Riley Institute. Calder Ehrmann, an executive with Furman’s Riley Institute and retired vice-president of diversity for Michelin North America, credits Mendoza’s effort and that of the Hispanic Alliance and its volunteers. Mendoza “has a passionate drive for pushing the role of the Hispanic community in Greenville,” he says. Dr. Keith Miller, president of Greenville Tech, says the Alliance offers a range of help for immigrants. He described Mendoza’s impact as a “passion for advocacy for the Hispanic community in Greenville.” Many Latinos—and other immigrants—give Greenville high marks for its international flavor. Mendoza credits the area for attracting top employers such as BMW Manufacturing, Michelin North America, and General Electric. “Greenville County is more progressive because of the internationals,” she says. And the Hispanic Alliance is committed to helping the diverse become strong—which promotes strength in diversity.

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Taking Root: Adela Mendoza, executive director of the Hispanic Alliance, works with the United Way and Greenville Tech to provide assistance to the Latino and Hispanic communities of Greenville. For more, visit

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Fur man University’s Place of Peace is a Japanese respite

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Outside In: The Place of Peace at Furman University is open to the public by appointment only. Groups can tour with a knowledgeable docent if they call in advance. The direct line to the Office of Sustainability is (864) 294-3655.

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hough it’s only been part of the Furman University landscape for a few years, the Place of Peace, a former Buddhist temple that now resides in a thicket of trees overlooking the Asia Garden, the lake, and the bell tower beyond, already looks like it has been sited there for a century. Which was exactly the point. To keep with tradition and the idea of connectedness, the site was designed to make the most of the surrounding landscape. But the diminutive structure, with its gracefully arching roof lines and carved posts (once belonging to the Tsuzuki family, owners of the former Nippon Center on Congaree Rd), resided in Nagoya, Japan. When Furman was designated to receive it to serve as a living classroom for students of Asian Studies, the entire thing was disassembled into 2,400 pieces and shipped across the ocean and through the Panama Canal to the campus. Once in Greenville, native Japanese master craftsmen, who are classically trained in the art of such specialized construction, donned hard hats and select footwear to rebuild the structure. The visual simplicity of the exterior belies the complex joinery that allows each section to fit together seamlessly— without a single nail—thus providing a lesson in Japanese philosophy, as well.


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Band Stand The stars of jaz z’s Swing Era found a home on Greenville’s Asbur y Avenue / by Lydia Dishman


Heavy prejudice persisted through the next twenty years. But with help from Frank Sinatra and later Elvis Presley, who insisted on using the best musicians for their bands regardless of race, it became more common to see black and white performers sharing the same stage. Here in Greenville, local musicians like the late Moses Dillard experienced little resistance to performing at places like the Poinsett Club. His daughter, state representative Chandra Dillard, recalled that even though he was a teenager at the height of the civil rights movement and participated in the integration of the library and at other protests, he never had a problem playing, except that as a minor he had to be escorted by an adult. The times, they did indeed change.


Grand Tour:

Jazz musicians like Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald, and Fats Waller (below, from left) often relied on a network of black families for room and board when they performed in the segregated South.

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ipping a cocktail surrounded by the musical stylings of a four-piece ensemble at Blues Boulevard Jazz, it’s difficult to imagine a time when the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Cab Calloway had a tough time performing in Greenville. Like a clash of discordant melodies, jazz’s greatest stars were composing and performing the music of a golden era while Jim Crow laws thumped down a heavy bass line as these undisputed legends crisscrossed the South. It was common for them to perform in segregated clubs, which forbid them from mingling with white patrons. Taking breaks meant hanging out with the black kitchen staff, or waiting in a car until a white band member brought them a bite to eat. That didn’t stop them. At the peak of the Swing Era, musicians would play until one or two in the morning and then drive hundreds of miles in unheated buses or piled ten to a car to get to the next gig. Some, such as Fletcher Henderson and Duke Ellington rented their own train cars to eat, travel, and sleep in. Other artists who made their living on the road developed a network of black families with spare bedrooms who would welcome them. When Calloway, Armstrong, Fitzgerald, Ellington, Fats Waller, and other lesser-known artists such as Lionel Hampton, Luck Millinder, and Jimmy Lunsford came to Greenville, they stayed in a private residence on Asbury Avenue. During this time, black musicians even had to hide the fact they would play for an all-black audience. One longtime resident of Greenville who’s now deceased held on to a handbill advertising a Duke Ellington show and dance attended for just 35 cents. But Ellington’s name doesn’t appear. The headliner is an unknown, in this case a member of the band. She and her sister met Ellington and his band later, at the house on Asbury, at one of many “after parties” that became just as entertaining as the shows themselves. Another Greenville resident once recalled seeing Ella Fitzgerald there, bowing to her fans and promptly losing her hairpiece.

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Winter’s Tale Find cold-weather comfort at Georgia’s Barnsley Gardens Resort / by M. Linda Lee


ver wish you had a fairy godmother? One that could wave her magic wand and set you in a candlelit dinner in the two-story, vinecovered, stone ruins of what was once a graceful Italianate mansion? Well, you may not have a fairy godmother, but Barnsley Resort does. And she realizes scenes like this for guests every day. It’s all in keeping with the story behind Barnsley Gardens, which, though it boasts adventure, intrigue, and tragedy, is a love story at heart. The tale unfolded in 1824, when young Godfrey Barnsley sailed from Liverpool, England, to Savannah, Georgia, and made a fortune as a cotton broker. Here, he fell in love with Julia Scarborough, the daughter of a wealthy shipbuilder. The couple married on Christmas Eve, 1828. All was well until 1842, when Julia’s frail health took a turn for the worse. Hoping a move away from the disease-plagued coast would do his wife good, Barnsley moved Julia and their eight children to Adairsville, Georgia, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Here he set about building an elaborate Italianate mansion for his love. Before the house was completed, however, Julia died of tuberculosis in the summer of 1845. Overcome by despair, Barnsley abandoned his grand project. Sometime later, Julia’s spirit is said to have appeared to him in the gardens one evening, entreating her husband to finish the house for their children. Buoyed by the spirit’s request, Barnsley eventually completed the 16-bedroom mansion and 30 acres of gardens, which he called Woodlands.

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By the end of the Civil War, Barnsley had lost nearly all of his wealth and moved to New Orleans to try and salvage his fortune. His family lived at Woodlands until 1942, when they auctioned off the property. Woodlands sat vacant until 1989, when a prince rode in to save the day. That year, Prince Fugger of Augsberg, Germany, purchased the estate, which had fallen into terrible disrepair. The prince shored up the home’s ruins and restored the grounds and gardens. Today, under different owners, Barnsley Gardens operates as a luxury resort, complete with 36 elegantly appointed English Gothic-style guest cottages, two restaurants, an 18-hole golf course, a spa, and three acres of landscaped gardens. Godfrey and Julia’s love story lives on, thanks to the resort’s fairy godmother. “Fairy,” as Denise Webb is affectionately known, describes herself as a “concierge extraordinaire.” She specializes in arranging proposals and goes to crazy lengths to make popping the question special. She once dressed as a wrangler and walked by the couple’s secluded garden picnic with a snow-white horse bearing a sign painted with the words: “Will you marry me?” On another occasion, she spent weeks training the resort’s resident pair of swans to swim to the lake’s dock, just to witness a proposal. Webb casts her spells (yes, that’s really what they’re called) in guests’ cottages using everything from snowflakes (“snow me that you love me”) to roses and Champagne (“an affair to remember”). She lies in bed at night and dreams up new spells, constantly challenging herself to do something different. “Barnsley Gardens is a feeling,” Webb says. “I want people to come here and fall in love all over again.” Barnsley Gardens Resort 597 Barnsley Gardens Rd NW Adairsville, GA (770) 773-7480

Photographs courtesy of Barnsley Gardens Resort

Romantic Seclusion: (this page, from left) Sporting opportunities, like a pheasant hunt, are offered at the resort’s sister property, Springbank Plantation; fire pits by the guest cottages; a claw foot soaking tub in one of the manor guest rooms; one of 36 guest cottages at the resort; (opposite) professional hunting guides with specialized Jeeps are also available.

The story behind Barnsley Gardens boasts adventure, intrigue, and tragedy, but is a love story at heart.

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French Bliss Viviane Hodencq is at the crossroads of haute cuisine and haute couture / by Laura Linen // photography by T J Getz (1) ORANGE HERMÈS GLOVES Partially raised by her grandparents, Viviane was taught that a lady would never go out without gloves and a hat. Even today, having gloves with her no matter what the season, Viviane offers a beautifully updated tribute to her infinitely elegant and ladylike grandmother and that bygone era. (2) HERMÈS COLLIER DE CHIEN CUFF “My Hermes bracelet was purchased in Lyon with my grandmother on the occasion of my 48th birthday. She was 93 at that time, and was, herself, still a ‘grande beaute.’” (3) COEUR EN DIAMOND NECKLACE If the way to a man’s heart is through the stomach, then the way to a lady’s is a heart of diamonds. This necklace was given to Viviane on the occasion of her husband’s restaurant in France winning the highly coveted Michelin Star. She loves diamonds, and “that will never change.” (4) LE RITZ DE PARIS A cherished book for Viviane, this book represents a link to all things fashionable (Coco Chanel had an apartment in the Ritz at one point) and to her own time working at Le Ritz de Paris as assistant to the head of housekeeping. This book is a fond reminder, not only of the Ritz’s connection to high fashion and high style, but also of Viviane’s own life. (5) CHRISTIAN DIOR LEATHER MATELASSE HANDBAG

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About TOWN

Each month, the Man About TOWN will share his Upstate rendezvous, which may or may not involve cocktails.

Shape Shifter

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or each of us there are times when bad ideas seem like good ones. For me that time usually occurs in the company of likeminded friends somewhere between the third and fourth drink. That’s when the clear thoughts of rationality start to become opaque, and ridiculous pronouncements such as “we should open our own bar” or “let’s all buy a vacation house together” are actually given consideration. It was during one of these times that I announced I was going to get in shape. To make matters worse, last month I committed this declaration to print in this magazine. I’m not saying that getting in shape is a bad idea, quite the contrary, I just wish I’d kept my intentions private since I now notice friends and colleagues glancing at my mid-section, silently assessing my progress, of which as of this writing has been scant. Worse yet is when they actually comment, usually saying something like, “So, when are you going to start?” Like any good procrastinator, I began my fitness plan by immersing myself in research in an attempt to discover the most efficient workout program. After days spent scouring the Internet and fitness magazines, I came to the conclusion that there isn’t one. But one thing everyone agrees on is the importance of working out safely to avoid injury. My research found that one of the best ways to minimize the risk of injury is to undergo a functional movement screen (FMS) to identify any tightness and weakness in the body. My friend Mark Murphy at Premier Physical Therapy and Personal Training offered to conduct the screening at his facility just off of Pelham Road in Greenville. After completing a fitness and health questionnaire, Mark handed me off to trainers Keith and Patrick. Keith led me through each test while Patrick, clipboard in hand, observed, assessing and taking notes on my form. For the first 60 TOWN /

test, Keith handed me a rod, similar in size and weight to a broom handle and told me to hold it directly above my head. I was then to preform a deep squat, keeping my knees in line with my feet. As I lowered my body I could feel tightness in my back and shoulders, and my torso automatically leaned forward. I glanced at Patrick for some sort of feedback, but during each of the tests his expression never changed. He looked as if he were sitting at the final table of the World Series of Poker. I won’t bore you with the details of the other six tests except to say they included phrases such as “active impingement” and “rotational stability.” Each test is graded on a scale of one to three, one being bad, three being good, with a total perfect score of 21. My total score was ten, which meant my body, once a cooperative employee, had at some point become unionized and now works only through a series of negotiations and accommodations. Keith and Patrick identified my weak points and led me through a series of stretches to perform daily at home to improve my mobility and prevent injury. I made an appointment for five weeks out to gauge my progress and left with a stack of papers explaining the recommended stretches. Mark promised to help me set up a strength-training routine upon my return, which will fall just shy of my 45th birthday. For a self-described procrastinator, I’m making pretty good time. Premier Physical Therapy & Personal Training 1310A Garlington Rd, Greenville (864) 288-2998, ))) Catch up on the Man at

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H Point of Entry The richness of Charleston is forever interwoven with its African roots / by M. Linda Lee History in the Making: (clockwise from above left) St. Michael’s Church on Broad St; artisan-made sweetgrass baskets; an example of exquisite wrought-iron gates, many of which were made by the late master ironworker Philip Simmons

ailed for its hospitality, Charleston, South Carolina, wears a coat of many colors. The first permanent colonists to arrive, in 1670, were occupants of the ship Carolina (the only one of three to complete the voyage from England). They landed on a marshy point across the Ashley River from the peninsula where the city of Charleston now sits. Here, in the place they named Charles Towne, in honor of King Charles II of England, the settlers erected a fort, the remnants of which survive at Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site. Disease on the swampy, mosquitoinfested land eventually drove the English from their original site, and in 1680, the colonists moved the town site across the river. On the peninsula, they established a city akin to London in its grandeur and sophistication. Charleston, with its wide avenues, stately buildings, and graceful churches, ranked as the fifth-largest city in America by 1690. During that time, the city welcomed a new group of people: the Africans whom traders wrested from their homeland to sell as slaves in the colonies. The welcome, however, was far from warm. Slaves, who had no civil rights, were sold in the courtyard behind the market at 6 Chalmers Street, now the Old Slave Mart Museum. In the following decades, Charleston became the main port of entry for the American slave trade.

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Spheres of Influence: (from top) Sweetgrass baskets woven by Gullah artisans; the Old Slave Mart Museum; pork shoulder and belly with smoked butterbeans and grilled peaches from HUSK; the Historic Charleston City Market; wellpreserved historic architecture is a hallmark of the city.

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In 1685, seed rice showed up in Charleston, but the English failed in their efforts to cultivate this crop. As a result, skilled Africans from the rice-growing regions of Sierra Leone and Ghana became essential to plantation owners. With its golden hull and fine quality, the African rice became known as Carolina Gold. These days grown as a heritage grain, Carolina Gold rice appears in many Lowcountry restaurants and is available in local gourmet shops. As the colonial plantation system grew in the 1700s, fueled by rice and later cotton and indigo, so did the demand for African slaves, who formed the backbone of the plantation economy. You can get a taste of plantation life at several sites in the Charleston area. Among them, Drayton Hall, one of three historic plantations on Ashley River Road, highlights the roles played by enslaved Africans on a special tour called Connections: From Africa to America. To the north in Mount Pleasant, the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site contains the archaeological remains of a slave village. Having built up resistance to malaria in their homelands, the Africans largely survived the bouts of this mosquitoborn disease that raged through the coastal Lowcountry plantations. The Europeans, however, had no such immunity. To stay healthy, moneyed plantation owners moved their families to the city for the summers, leaving the slaves isolated on the coast. This isolation, coupled with the fact that the Africans from different regions couldn’t communicate with the white settlers or, many times, with each other, gave rise to a creole language called Gullah. A mix of Dutch, Spanish, English, and West African dialects, Gullah survives to this day on the coast of South Carolina and the sea islands of Georgia. You can explore Charleston’s Gullah culture, including the fading art of weaving sweetgrass baskets, on one of Alphonso Brown’s Gullah Tours. The Civil War, whose first shots rang out off the coast of Charleston at Fort Sumter, eventually put an end to slavery, and free blacks joined other Charleston citizens in the struggle to weather the hardships of more than a decade of Reconstruction after the war. Today, Charleston has risen as a socially progressive city, and many of its best-known attractions spotlight its AfricanAmerican heritage. The Citadel, for instance, was established as a military garrison to contain slave rebellions. At the Aiken Rhett House, you can see how slaves lived in the employ of wealthy Charlestonians. On Cabbage Row (89-91 Church St), walk by the houses that served as models for Catfish Row in George Gershwin’s opera Porgy & Bess. Dubose Heyward, author of the 1925 novel Porgy, on which the opera is based, was a native Charlestonian. Delve deeper at the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture at the College of Charleston, which preserves and documents the history and culture of African Americans in South Carolina. As a modern city that draws some four million visitors a year, Charleston owes much to the African Americans who have lived and worked here over the centuries. Evidence of their influence is everywhere you look. Witness the intricate iron gates designed and crafted by the late master ironworker Philip Simmons (1912–2009), whose work is honored in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. And the city’s nationally lauded food scene embraces Lowcountry dishes with ingredients—benne (sesame seeds), okra, field peas, Carolina Gold rice—developed by the Africans that they brought from their homeland. As they have been for centuries, the threads of African culture are inextricably woven into the resplendent tapestry that is Charleston.

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West African master drummer Bolokada Conde spreads goodwill through rhythms

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In Kissidougou, Guinea, as in many parts of West Africa, drumming is a sacred, revered part of everyday life. It is with this in mind that Moussa Bolokada Conde, a master drummer who now calls Greenville home, tells the story of his first drum: his mother’s shoulders. Slung to her back with a swath of fabric, he would beat his hands against her body as she walked and worked the land in their native village in Morowaya, in the Sankaran region of Guinea.

It wasn’t until his mother, also an artist and a musician, gave him a pot, or something else drum-like that he could beat on, that he asked to be set free from her tether. “My mother, she gave me something that look like a djembe, and I said, ‘Put me down! Put me down!’” he recounts, eyes sparkling, smiling broadly. More than 50 years later, Bolokada has traveled the world to share the rhythms and stories of his native land. He is widely considered one of the world’s most renowned Master Djembefolas, or master drummers. Today, he travels between the Upstate and Guinea, where his wife and eight children live and are treated like royalty, cared for by the village that saw fit to share his gifts with the world, supporting his career as a traveling artist.

It was there in Morowaya that he cultivated his expertise of West African Malinke rhythms. In the village, as with many others, it is not uncommon for groups of people to walk from morning until night, traveling from one place to another for work or wares. “Nowhere to sit. No food to eat. If you play djembe, nobody complain,” Conde says. “Djembe make everybody happy. No fight. No complain. No angry. That’s why the djembe very important.” He’s played so long and so hard, his palms are as smooth and contoured as the white goatskin that stretches across his ropetethered, goblet-shaped instrument. As a teenager, Bolokada became known as a young musical prodigy in the Sankaran region of Guinea, West Africa. His talent quickly led him to become the premier djembe player in all of the region’s major village celebrations for many years. Today, he speaks more than half a dozen languages— French, Malinke, Susu, Lele, English, and Creole among them. And he knows

exponentially more rhythms—more than 500 with names like Yah and Safinamalo, each one with up to six parts. Every rhythm is considered a language unto itself, telling a unique story in a unique dialect—each with its own intricacies and inflections. With the blessing of his village, Bolokada left Guinea in 1996 to join Les Percussions de Guinée, replacing the legendary Noumoudy Keita as their lead drummer. He then traveled and performed in major performance venues all over the world, even being featured in the IMAX movie PULSE: A Stomp Odyssey. Since 2004, he has been performing and teaching in the United States. He’s conducted percussion workshops all over the U.S. and Europe. And he’s traveled the world, including to France, Italy, South Korea, Mexico, Canada, and more. All along the way, he’s started drumming and dance troupes that carry on the traditions of his land, including in Oakland, California, Champaign, Illinois, Nashville, Boston, and most recently Asheville and Greenville. Bolokada was awarded immigrant status as an alien with extraordinary ability in the arts in 2007. The only thing that belies 53-year-old’s age is the journey he’s taken. His youthful complexion and trim physique appear decades younger. Since arriving in the Upstate, he has worked with Anderson University and North Greenville University students, and performed on both campuses. He has conducted numerous workshops and lends his expertise to drum and African dance enthusiasts from around the region. Additionally, he has set up a drum-making workshop at his residence using imported and local supplies. His return to Greenville next month is widely anticipated, following a two-month trip to his home in Guinea. There will be a party, of course. And there will be drumming. Lots of drumming.

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B BUT WHY SHOULDN’T IT INVOLVE A LOVE TRIANGLE, REALLY? THE STORY OF HOW JOSÉ DE GUADALUPE BECAME A FLAMENCO DANCER DOES. (AFTER ALL, THE FIRST WORDS USED TO DESCRIBE THE ART OF FLAMENCO, A FORM OF FOLK MUSIC AND DANCE FROM SOUTHERN SPAIN, ARE ALMOST ALWAYS “FIERY AND PASSIONATE.”) AND IT WAS PASSION THAT DE GUADALUPE FELT FOR HIS INSTRUCTOR IN SPAIN, A PROFESSIONAL FLAMENCO DANCER WHO ALSO HAPPENED TO BE DATING HIS BUDDY AT THE TIME (HENCE THE LOVE TRIANGLE). THE RELATIONSHIP AND THE FRIENDSHIP BOTH CRUMBLED, BUT, DEAR READER, THERE IS A HAPPY ENDING: MORE THAN TWO DECADES LATER, DE GUADALUPE’S LOVE FOR THE DANCE CONTINUES. When you meet de Guadalupe at La Reata, a little Mexican restaurant on Wade Hampton Boulevard in Greenville, you’re expecting (hoping) him to be bedecked in the fitted black trousers, shirt, and vest of his stage performances. But on this fog-soaked, drizzly Sunday afternoon, it’s instead a grey, zip-up hoodie, jeans, and black boots. The boots today are the kind without nails. Onstage, de Guadalupe wears shoes imported from Spain with nails that have been pounded into

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the heel and toe by artisans. The nails are what give the distinctive tap! tap! tap! effect during the staccato stampede of footwork on stage during a flamenco dance performance. De Guadalupe (who was given his stage name by an instructor from Spain who could not pronounce his real name) is not Spanish, but 100-percent Native American from the Pascua Yaqui tribe. He grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, where there is a town called Guadalupe, which is where his reservation is from, so the name was quite fitting. After discovering that college “wasn’t quite for him,” he says, he joined the military and specialized in Morse code in the Navy, and was stationed in Rota, Spain, for four years. “When I was there, I was walking about town by myself,” he says over a bite of a fajita, “and I went to this discotheque, you know, like the dance clubs, and they were playing normal music. Suddenly, this Spanish music comes on,” he says, “and then the guys ran off the dance floor and the girls ran on, and it looked like synchronized swimming,” he says, laughing. He asked the bartender what it was and de Guadalupe decided to take some lessons. Well, we already know what happens next. After he left Spain, de Guadalupe came back home to the United States, landing in Philadelphia for a while. “When I first got there, I didn’t know anybody and I was heartbroken, and the only way I had my connection, both to Spain and the woman, was through flamenco,” he says. So to keep that connection, he would walk around Philly with his Walkman, listening to the Spanish music so ingrained in him, and soon found an instructor and began taking classes. Ten years ago, he settled in Greenville where his mother and sisters live.

José de Guadalupe, a Native American from the Pascua Yaqui tribe, was given his stage name by a flamenco instructor who could not pronounce his real name.

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Flamenco is comprised of three elements: the song (cante), the guitar playing (guitarra), and the dance itself (baile). There are festive (festero) and plaintive (jondo) counterparts to the cante, both of which de Guadalupe incorporates into his own dance.



Greenville might be his home, but southern Spain in Andalusia—the origin of flamenco—may still have his heart. Started by the gitanos, or gypsies (but with roots in East Indian and Arabic cultures), flamenco is not just dance. In fact, the dancing was the last element created after the cante (song) and the guitarra (guitar playing). The baile (dance) came last, but all three work together. “It’s a lot like jazz, where there is communication between all three elements,” he says. Many of the songs sung in flamenco are actually a mix of Spanish and the gypsies’ own language called caló. The origins of flamenco are a bit murky, however, because the word did not come into use until the 1700s, and much of what is written comes from a tradition of stories passed down through generations. Another fundamental part of a flamenco performance is the percussive element of the handclapping, or “palmas,” which keeps the tempo. In a bit of a modern update to this folk art, it’s not uncommon for there to be piano, saxophone, or other instruments added nowadays instead of just a guitar and the handclappers. And much like our twenty-first-century flash mobs that “pop up” with spontaneous, but choreographed, performances, it’s a normal event in Spain to have a group of flamencos suddenly get up to stamp their feet, dance, and sing at weddings, restaurants, and nightclubs. Interestingly enough, flamenco is “big in Japan,” with the country boasting more flamenco dance academies now than Spain. In January, there were rumors that Madonna, an avid flamenco fan, is opening up a flamenco dance studio in Los Angeles. There are two sides to the vocal stylings of songs in flamenco, de Guadalupe explains: There is cante festero (meaning “festive”), and the style that most people are more familiar with, and then cante jondo (meaning “deep”), which is the more plaintive, yearning song. “I try to incorporate both, even if jondo is more of an acquired taste.” De Guadalupe held his first performance in the Upstate in 2006 at the Spartanburg International Festival, for which he brought in two guitarists and three singers from Spain. For four years, he performed for Hispanic Heritage

Month at Furman University, as well as at the Shirley Roe Cabaret Room at Larkin’s on the River. De Guadalupe, whose “day job” is in sales, is currently looking for space with the hope of opening his own flamenco studio here soon. He intends to stay connected to the country that instilled the flame of flamenco’s fire in him, even if it comes with a connection to a memory of a lost love. But just like the skills a dancer

THE DANCERS CIRCLE EACH OTHER—MILES OF BLOOD-RED RUFFLES TWIRLING IN A VORTEX FROM THE FEMALE PARTNER’S DRESS. possesses, memories evolve over time, too. “Flamenco was more of a healing process for me,” he says, “and now, it’s more of an homage to where I started from.” The dance is like a love story itself: it’s emotive and expressive; there are highs and lows. It can move fast and furious with a dramatic pause, which then leads to a gradual melting and drifting. It’s slow and steady, if not dreamy at times. The dancers circle each Byother—miles Heidi Coryell of Williams blood-red ruffles twirling in aPhotographs vortex frombythe Paul Mehaffey female partner’s dress—her mood intimated by the swoosh and slashing of air with each flourish. It’s a story without words, but one filled, too, with infinite possibility.

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Local Culture Chef Adam Cooke steers Restaurant 17 to a very good year / by M. Linda Lee // photography by Paul Mehaf fey


a Bastide is no more. Gone are the Provençale fabrics, the wrought-iron light fixtures, the cabriole legs. In their place, a modern European ambience paints the newly rebranded Hotel Domestique and its resident Restaurant 17 in sleek lines and warm, Tuscan hues. Banished, too, is the French-accented cuisine. In its stead, Chef Adam Cooke crafts contemporary fare from as many local ingredients as he can get in the Upcountry (at the moment, some 90 percent of the proteins on the menu are sourced locally). No surprise, as Cooke, who worked with John Fleer at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee, grew up on a farm in western Montana. In the new restaurant, which takes its name from the number of times owner and pro cyclist George Hincapie started for his team in the Tour de France, a lone gas fire flames in the corner, while a chandelier of hand-blown glass cascades down from the second-story ceiling. The effect is like watching

Champagne being poured into a glass. Upstairs, from the covered patio, the view outlines the peaks of the distant Blue Ridge Mountains. Cooke defines the restaurant’s concept as relevant and affordable. Even though Hotel Domestique is a bit of a drive from Greenville, Cooke sees his restaurant as a neighborhood bistro—casual yet elegant, refined but not stuffy— where diners can nosh on either small plates or entrées. “Our menu is a natural extension of how we like to eat,” he says. He plans to plant 10 raised beds this winter to supply the restaurant with things like herbs, micro greens, and baby vegetables. The chef puts his own spin on the likes of a salad of seared scallops and apples with pickled flageolet beans, and a Bethel Farms pork crépinette wrapped in caul fat to keep it moist, but he can’t commit to a signature dish. “Once a dish has been on the menu for a little while, I can’t help but want to develop it into something else,” Cooke laughs. What inspires him? The hotel itself, he says, and the relationship he is currently building with local farmers. Perhaps what inspires him most is the curiosity and ideas that his staff brings to the table. “I hire very qualified people,” Cooke explains, “and I want the cuisine to be a collaborative effort. We have a white board in the kitchen where everyone can write their ideas.” Cooke’s initial goal for the restaurant is to define the place and focus on the standards of service. He proudly proclaims, “Quality will always trump everything.” Restaurant 17 at Hotel Domestique, 10 Road of Vines, Travelers Rest, SC. (864) 516-1254, restaurant-17

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Sugar & Spice Enhance teatime with an Indian staple / by Andrew Huang // photography by Paul Mehaffey

Tea Set: (left to right, from top) crushed ginger powder; ladling the milk as it boils; draining the fresh ginger juice into the milk; milk with spices and tea leaves added; straining the tea for serving; Raina Bhati, wife of Furman professor Dr. Karni Bhati and masala chai aficionado

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he new year brings a groundswell of change, a clean slate for experimentation, and fresh starts fueled by innumerable cups of caffeinated beverages, so it serves us well to ground ourselves in familiarity. Raina and her husband, Furman University professor Dr. Karni Bhati, natives of Jodhpur, India, share with us their daily ritual for masala chai, the traditional South Asian spiced beverage. As with all personal rituals, the exact recipe and method have taken on the personality of the Bhatis. “Everybody has their own way,” Raina says. The exact spice blends and quantities vary depending on individual tastes and desired medicinal properties. The spice mixture, called karha, typically consists of ground ginger and cardamom. Coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and star anise can all make appearances. “You also improvise with what you have,” says Raina. Drip coffee to-go has its place, but it’s equally as valuable to enjoy a respite from life’s hectic pace. The ritual of making tea, measured in grating, grinding, boiling, pouring, and sipping, serves as moments stolen for ourselves.

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METHOD: Add the ginger powder, cloves, peppercorns, cardamom seeds, and any other additional spices into a mortar. Crush into a fine powder and set aside. Crush the fresh ginger root in the mortar. The process should yield ginger juice. Heat the milk and water in a pot and bring to a slow boil. While Raina lets the liquid boil undisturbed, Karni ladles the liquid to quicken the boiling process and to judge when it is properly boiled: “Once it’s at a real boil, it sounds different. There is a deeper quality. It sounds flat when it’s not properly boiled,” he says. Drain the ginger juice into the pot. Squeeze any excess juice from the crushed ginger before adding it into the pot. “Sometimes you don’t have control over the quality of the fresh ginger, and if the milk isn’t properly boiled, it will curdle when the ginger is added,” says Raina. Add the powdered spices and stir. Remove from heat, add tea leaves, and cover the pot. “The idea is to saturate the milk and water with spices before the subtler flavors of tea are added,” says Karni. Let steep for about three minutes. Sweeten to taste with honey or sugar. Strain into a pot or directly into cups to serve. Pair with savory fritters or cookies for a teatime snack.

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Green Goddess The benefits of leafy greens go beyond tradition / by M. Linda Lee


isten to your mother. When she tells you that dark, leafy greens are good for you, she’s not just whistling “Dixie.” Calorie for calorie, kale, collards, Swiss chard, spinach, and spicy mustard greens rank as some of the most nutrient-dense foods you can eat. And, good news for you New Year’s dieters, these greens are all low in calories. In the South, tradition dictates slow-cooking collards with ham hocks and slurping up the potlikker, the nutrientrich broth that remains after the collards are boiled. You can also stir greens into soups and stews, toss them with pasta or risotto, and use many of them raw in salads. For a fresh take, pair young leaves of lacinato kale with chopped radicchio, julienned apples, toasted nuts, and shaved Parmigiano Reggiano for a terrific, and healthy, winter side dish. You’ll find winter greens in local grocery stores and farmers’ markets from fall until spring.


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RAINBOW CHARD– WRAPPED SALMON WITH ISRAELI COUSCOUS, ROASTED TOMATO, OLIVE OIL, & PRESERVED LEMON Serves 4 From Chef Michael Kramer, Executive Chef of Culinary Operations, Table 301 INGREDIENTS: 4 6oz salmon steaks 4 large leaves rainbow chard, quickly blanched and shocked in ice water Israeli couscous, cooked ¼ cup olive oil 1 cup cherry tomatoes, roasted with olive oil and sea salt 1 cup zucchini, cut in quarterinch dice and blanched 1 tablespoon chives, thinly sliced 1 tablespoon unsalted butter Kosher salt and white pepper to taste ½ cup preserved lemons, finely chopped METHOD: Season each salmon filet with salt and white pepper. Take a Swiss chard leaf and wrap it around the salmon in a little package with the seam side down. Next, create a stove-top steamer by setting a wire rack into a small roasting pan or pot. Put some water in the bottom of the pan (do not cover the rack) and place the salmon filets on the rack. Steam the filets for 10 to 12 minutes, until the parcels feel firm, and the salmon is cooked to medium. Set salmon aside and keep warm. For the vegetables, heat the olive oil over medium heat in a sauté pan until hot, and add the couscous, zucchini, and roasted cherry tomatoes. Season with salt and white pepper and cook until the couscous-vegetable mixture is heated through, about 3 minutes. To finish, stir in the chives and the butter. To plate the dish, put some of the couscous mixture on a plate. Slice the salmon parcel in half to reveal the color of the fish inside, and place the halves on top of the couscous. Top the fish with a little of the preserved lemons, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt, and serve.

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Guide The Trappe Door A rathskeller vibe pervades this underground tavern that boasts an incredible beer program, with 10 on tap and more than 150 bottles. Mussels come in six different preparations, served with crispy homemade frites. Other Belgian specialties include waterzooi (a creamy seafood stew), and carbonnades flamandes (beef stew braised in Belgian beer). $$, L, D. Closed Monday. 23 W Washington St. (864) 451-7490,


It’s not easy to find Pad Thai that has flavor beyond noodles drenched in sweet sauce. Luckily, Bangkok Thai manages to bridge the expectation gap with a fragrant offering. The curries are also a surefire hit, though the green curry is of particular note: it is the only one made from fresh chilies. For a

different dining experience, take a seat on the floor pillows in the back room. $$, L (Mon–Fri), D (Mon–Sat). 1440 Pelham Rd, Ste M. (864) 4587866,


If you’re looking for Mexican food beyond the usual tacos, enchiladas, and burritos, head for this little storefront. Mexican-born chef/ owner Rosalinda Sala, who started cooking at her mother’s side when she was a small girl, goes beyond the standard in her menu of South of the Border fare: sea bass with shrimp and scallops comes doused

with salsa nopales (cactus sauce); traditional barbacoa (slow-cooked lamb shank) in Rosalinda’s choice of sauces; and chicken choices include pollo en mole poblano, smothered with a spicy, housemade mole. $$-$$$, L, D (no dinner Mon

& Tues; no lunch Sat). Closed Sunday. 1124 N Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville. (864) 292-7002, HANDI INDIAN CUISINE

At lunch, sample items from a reasonably priced buffet with plentiful choices that change daily. From the menu, try the Handi

Special: a sampler of tandoori chicken, lamb kabobs, lamb or chicken curry, and vegetable korma, served with basmati rice, naan, condiments, and dessert. $$-$$$, L, D. 18 N Main St. (864) 241-7999,


Hans & Franz resides within a Civil War–era brick building, next door to the strip mall housing Two Chefs Deli. Grab a seat at one of the hightopped tables to dig into traditional German fare: schnitzel, bratwurst, spaetzle, fleishkäse, and the like. Of course, you’ll want to wash it down

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L (Thurs–Sat), D (Mon–Sat). 3124 S Highway 14. (864) 627-8263, LEMONGRASS THAI

Lemongrass brings flavor to please. Choose from curry, noodles, and fried rice, or vegetarian dishes. The Bangkok Street Cuisine menu includes Siam Chicken (grilled, marinated chicken breast with chunks of pineapple, carrots, bell pepper, cashew nuts, and mushrooms) and Prik King (chicken or pork sautéed in spicy chili sauce), while the chef’s specialties offer even more choices. $$-$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 106 N Main St. (864) 241-9988, MEKONG

Formerly with Stella’s Southern Bistro in Simpsonville, Chef Huy Tran delivers the nuances of fine Vietnamese cuisine at Mekong. Among favorites is a noodle feast, featuring grilled pork, marinated with lemongrass, ginger, garlic, soy, and oyster sauces, and

shredded pork simmered in a flavorful broth. Chef grows the herbs that are heaped in the bowl, and finishes the dish with nuoc cham, a Vietnamese sauce. Add a crispy spring roll and take your ’buds to a new dimension. $, L, D. 2013 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville. (864) 244-1314, MIYAKO SUSHI

Popular Miyako has something for everyone. All the standards are here, along with enticing special rolls such as the Citrus Rainbow (tuna, salmon, avocado, and lemon) and the Dancing Unagi (shrimp tempura, barbecued eel, and avocado). For the non-sushi set, the menu offers plenty of cooked dishes—from soymarinated steak to chicken teriyaki. On weekends, plan to get here early, or be prepared for what could be a long wait. There’s also a sibling in Greenville on Rushmore Drive. $$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 116 Magnolia St, Spartanburg. (864) 583-5112, PITA HOUSE

Located at the intersection of Pleasantburg and Faris Road, the Pita

House has been family-operated since 1989. Inside, it’s bare bones—plastic booths and simple tables—but the cognoscenti come here for good Middle Eastern fare, such as hummus, falafel, kibbeh, and shwarma. The menu is basically the same for lunch and dinner; if you’re having trouble deciding, go for one of the sampler plates (though they may set you back a few more bucks). And save room for baklava and other Mediterranean sweets for dessert. Want to cook up some authentic dishes at home? Check out the little grocery in the back of the restaurant. $, L, D. Closed Sunday. 495 S. Pleasantburg Dr, #B, Greenville. (864) 271-9895,


Pomegranate serves traditional Persian cuisine in an eclectic Eastern ambience. Attentive service, reasonable prices, and flavorful variety, such as the slowcooked lamb shank or the charbroiled Cornish hen kabobs, make this an excellent spot for lunch or dinner. Also try the martini menu. $$-$$$,

L, D. 618 S Main St. (864) 241-3012,


Bright walls and a long, inviting bar make a sunny backdrop in which to chow down on Colombian food at Sacha’s. Arepas are available with ingredients like beans, chorizo, avocado, shredded beef, and more stuffed inside (rellenas) or piled on top (encima). The patacones, or deepfried plantains, are thick and sweet. For the unadventurous, there are hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken wings on the menu. Hungry groups can order the Fiesta Platter, a sampler that serves six people. To drink, try one of the natural fruit juices, or the imported cervezas. $, L, D (no dinner Fri & Sat). Closed Sunday & Monday. 1001 N Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville. (864) 232-3232, SAIGON FAST FOOD

Contrary to its name, Saigon Fast Food is a sit-down restaurant. Inside, the small room is spiffed up with greencloth-covered tables and a host of condiments in the middle of each. Folks come here for steaming bowls of pho—a fragrant broth made with rice noodles and your choice of other ingredients (meats and vegetables)— and an extensive menu of Vietnamese specialties to wash down with a glass of bubble tea. $-$$, L, D. 1011 N

Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville. (864) 235-3472 SCHWABEN HOUSE

German native Dennis Züge cooked for the likes of Roger Federer and Tina Turner before moving to Greenville. The 25-year-old chef brings his traditional German sensibility to classic dishes like sauerbraten and weinerschnitzel, but isn’t afraid to branch out with dishes like beef carpaccio over arugula and salmon confit. $$$, L (Wed–Fri), D (Mon–Sat). 1440 Pelham Rd. (864) 329-8681,


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Local, organic, and gluten-free—while a growing number of restaurants check off those boxes, it is still a rarity to find Mexican food that satisfies those requirements. Enter Tortilla Maria. In addition to the innovative takes on enchiladas and tacos, the restaurant offers a colorful selection of healthy smoothies and juices. The Mean Green Juice blends apples, celery, cucumber, ginger, lemon, and spinach together for a refreshing, cleansing beverage. $, B (Sat), L, D.

PURPLE INTERNATIONAL BISTRO & SUSHI A stone’s throw from Fluor Field, this place serves an Asian mix. There are Japanese, Korean, Thai, and Asianfusion entrées, but sushi is a strong suit—go for the specials, offered at lunch and dinner. The udon with Prince Edward Island mussels, mahi-mahi with a spicy crawfish glaze, or roasted duck are worthy options. The latter, perfumed with star anise, is roasted to order—and worth the wait. $$-$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 933 S Main St. (864) 232-3255

Closed Sunday. 115 Pelham Rd. (864) 271-0742,

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What exactly would our animals say if they could speak to us? Please take this ridiculous sweater off me? Your butt really does look big in those jeans? Doreen Cronin brings this dream to life in her awardwinning children’s book, starring a band of protesting farm animals on a quest for better treatment. When Farmer Brown’s cows grow fed up with their below-grade lifestyle, they take to the typewriter to voice their concerns—and the barnyard will never be the same. Gunter Theatre at the Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Fri, 7pm; Sat, 1:30 & 5:30pm; Sun, 1:30pm. Adults, $24; juniors, $17. (864) 467-3000,

The first three decades of rock ‘n roll music are often characterized as the most inventive and experimental, blazing the trail for the grunge, metal, and punk paths that would soon follow. This year’s production will showcase the genre’s Golden Age, where the first few rocking years were tinged with protesting parents and fear of the swinging hip. This welcome blast from the past is sure to send you home with the sudden urge to fire up that record player. Centre Stage, 501 River St, Greenville. Thurs–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $25-$35. (864) 233-6733,

Thru Feb 15

WE ARE THE CREATIVE LADIES OF C.C. WOODSON The first-time debut for all the ladies of the C.C. Woodson art program, this exhibit promises to dazzle and inspire with a collection of mixed-media pieces. Through the help of local artist Pat Kabore, local seniors with little to no art

experience were able to learn the crafts of jewelry, weaving, and printmaking, all of which will be on display at this fascinating exhibit. A workshop hosted by Kabore to craft handmade Valentine’s Day cards will be hosted in conjunction with the exhibit on Feb 8, and several of the pieces will be available for sale. Spartanburg Art Museum at the Chapman Cultural Center, 200 E St. John St, Spartanburg. Tues–Sat, 10am–5pm; Sun, 1–5pm. Free. (864) 582-7616,

Thru Mar 23


The bedroom is the place where most of us feel free to be ourselves, so it makes perfect sense that Charleston-based artist Karen Ann Myers would select this room as the backdrop for her Interiors series. Melding geometric patterns with the intimate curves of the women themselves, Myers crafts a stark contrast between who we portray ourselves to be and who we are in the privacy of our own company. Greenville County Museum of Art, 420 College St, Greenville.

Wed–Sat, 10am–6pm; Sun, 1–5pm. Free. (864) 271-7570,


RICKY SKAGGS & BRUCE HORNSBY WITH KENTUCKY THUNDER The long-haired country boy from Kentucky has long been hailed as a pioneer in the world of bluegrass. With mandolin in hand, Skaggs has performed in countless countries, and rest assured his mantel weighs heavy under Grammy gold. The country gospel star now joins forces with his Kentucky Thunder band and pianist Bruce Hornsby to light up the Peace Center stage with a bevy of bluegrass hits and new collaborations. Whether you’re a longtime fan or a newcomer, this rollicking roundup of musicians is sure to please. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Wed, 7:30pm. $40-$55. (864) 467-3000,


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Greenville Forward’s Momentum conversation for February seeks to evaluate the progress Greenville has made since a 2009 survey of community attitudes regarding tolerance, inclusion, and diversity. Though the term “post-racial” has been popularized to suggest equality between races, an overwhelming number of surveyed minorities believe discrimination still exists. This conversation seeks to illumine the challenges, the progress, and the changes necessary to get closer to equality. Greenville Chamber of Commerce, 24 Cleveland St, Greenville. Thurs, 11:45am–1pm. $10 (includes lunch). (864) 233-8443, feb14momentum.



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the film starring Gregory Peck, now known as one of the top classics in film history. Now, Scout, Atticus, and the gang are making their way to the Upstate. Live through the novel’s most famous scenes and watch as Dill and the young heroine Jem are forced to grow up in a town divided by racial barriers in this tale of friendship and lost innocence. Easley Foothills Playhouse, 201 S 5th Street, Easley. Adult, $14; student & senior, $12; junior, $7. (864) 855-1817,

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Nothing says family like dysfunction, insults, and prescription drugs. Now a blockbuster film complete with an all-star cast, Tracy Letts’s dark take on familial relations is an honest, in-your-face portrayal of what you’d really like to say when your mother asks if you got a new, more lesbian haircut. When patriarch Beverly Weston disappears from his home in Oklahoma, the Weston girls are forced to return home to their roots—and their venomous, pill-popping mother—for a family reunion that they won’t soon forget. The Warehouse Theatre, 37 Augusta St, Greenville. Thurs–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $30. (864) 2356948,



Whether you’re getting married or just like to scrapbook your dream wedding (and dream husband), the winter wedding festival takes the stress out of scouring the Internet for the perfect photographer, caterer, and venue. The event covers everything from tabletops to theme ceremonies, and even includes workshops with wedding experts. And if your future hubby feels a little left out (doubtful), a Groom’s Expo will showcase the latest in men’s trends. TD Convention Center, 1 Exposition Dr, Greenville. Sat, 10am–3pm. $9. (864) 235-5555,

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Big Band music has been swinging around the world for decades, and nothing pumps up the volume louder than a live performance from this full-set orchestra. Formed in 1939 by Miller himself, the current lineup embraces the same retro glamour as groups of years past, employing equal parts smooth serenade, brass section, and personality for a sound guaranteed to knock your socks off. Roll through hits like “Blueberry Hill” and “Tuxedo Junction” at this celebration of all things old school. Younts Center, 315 N Main St, Fountain Inn. Sat, 3pm & 7:30pm. $25-$30. (864) 409-1050,



While being in a room jam-packed with hundreds of hissing, slithering creatures may seem a little too Stephen King for some, this event will be heaven for those who appreciate a good forked tongue. Now in its tenth year, the annual expo of all-things-scaly features plenty of geckos, turtles, pythons, and bearded dragons for every kind of lizard lover. There are even a few seminars designed to pack in all the information you need for your reptilian friend. Take in a few care tips or make a new addition to the family. Just don’t leave the lid off the tank. The Greenville Shrine Club, 119 Beverly Rd, Greenville. Sat, 10am–5pm; Sun, 10am–4pm. Adult, $10; juniors, $5; under four, free.



For more than a decade, the vibrant Soweto Gospel Choir of South Africa has brought joy to the globe through their spirited song performances. Combining traditional African dance with uplifting spiritual gospels, the choir’s worldwide popularity has led to numerous Billboard hits as well as award recognition and performances with some of the industry’s top stars. Join the 52-strong ensemble directed by Beverly Bryer for a dynamic evening of inspiration through the power of song. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Sun, 3pm. $15. (864) 467-3000,

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Whenever you get tired of watching When Harry Met Sally in your Snuggie for the thirteenth time, try out this quirky twist on the ol’ Valentine’s play. When Bruce and Sally are forced to face an unexpected situation together a mere few weeks after their quick-and-dirty one night stand, the audience is ushered into the inner workings of a true relationship:

the obstacles, the awkwardness, and the fake laughs. A mixture both touching and darkly humorous, Scott Organ’s Phoenix gives new meaning to “romantic encounter.” Centre Stage, 501 River St, Greenville. Tues, 7pm. $15. (864) 233-6733,



What do you get when you place a talented blues artist on stage alongside his biggest musical inspiration? A piping hot plate of the best blues has to offer. Louisianaborn guitarist Buddy Guy has served as influence for a number of legends (including the likes of Jimmy Page) and has received Kennedy Center honors as well as the number-30 slot on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. The bluesy showman will be joined by Jonny Lang, a musician known for his unusual vocal quality and guitar skill beyond his years. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Tues, 7:30pm. $45-$65. (864) 467-3000,



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Perhaps the term “one-of-a-kind” gets bandied about a little more often than it should, but Chef Peter Collin’s (of Chef 360) Valentine’s dinner certainly approaches that level of uniqueness. Not only is the fourcourse menu prepped especially for the occasion, the pop-up restaurant (set up in the Old Cigar Warehouse) means no one else gets to experience this atmosphere after these dates. Reservations are required. The Old Cigar Warehouse, 912 S Main St, Greenville. Thurs–Sat, 5–9:30pm. $50

per person. (864) 248-4868,



Valentine’s Day is already a celebration of Champagne and chocolates, but why not throw a few classic romantic tunes in the mix as well? The Spartanburg Philharmonic, featuring Dr. Douglas Weeks, will perform various passion-themed pieces by Gershwin, Mozart, and Ravel to fire up the Cupid spirit. Enjoy complimentary bubbly and delectable desserts in the lobby alone or with your significant other— there’s no need to judge. Twichell Auditorium at Converse College, 500 E Main St, Spartanburg. Fri, 8pm. $15-$40.


MUSICAL JEWELS OF THE 19TH CENTURY If you know your classical 19th century tunes, you’ll know that the works by Dvorak and Sibelius are the literal crown jewels of decades of musical exploration. Conducted by Greenville Symphony Orchestra’s Edvard Tchivzhel, violinist Benjamin Beilman will make his debut on the Peace Center stage with a performance of Sibelius’ Violin Concerto in D minor. Other selections include Dvorak’s Symphony No. 5 as well as Sibelius’ Finlandia. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $16-$57. (864) 467-3000,

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Legendary folk singer Arlo Guthrie celebrates the 100th anniversary of his father Woody’s birthday with this all-ages concert in collaboration with the Year of Altruism movement. The live tribute show has garnered positive acclaim from critics throughout its run, drawing from the songbooks of folk’s most legendary singers and songwriters. Combining Guthrie’s signature humor, songwriting abilities, and activism, this one-night-only event is guaranteed to bring a song to your heart and inspire you to keep fighting the good fight for family tradition. McAlister Auditorium, Furman University, 3300 Poinsett Hwy, Greenville. Sun, 2pm. $7.75; free to homeless and disadvantaged children.



Shiny baubles and Champagne bubbles headline this reception hosted by Greenville institution llyn strong fine jewelry. Meet artists Ryan Callaway, Kate Furman, Mayra Martin Gallo, Corey Hubble, Danielle MillerGilliam, Ric Standridge, Tanya Stiegler, and Llyn Strong while perusing their works at this happy-hour drop-in. llyn strong fine jewelry, 119 N Main St, Greenville. Sun, 4–6pm. Free. (864) 233-5900,

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Crime writer Agatha Christie is best known for her murder mysteries peppered with eccentric characters and almost always an unexpected twist. This 1954 play is certainly no different, in a web spun of surprise visitors, hidden lies, and, of course, untimely death. In the wealthy world of the Halisham-Browns, there is certainly no shortage of secrecy amongst family, with each character from the housekeeper to the diplomat casting a sideways glance throughout the three-act play. What will unfold when the truth comes to light? Greenville Little Theatre, 444 College St, Greenville. Thurs–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. Adult, $26; senior, $25; junior, $18. (864) 233-6238,



The magic of music doesn’t happen on its own. Join the Guild of the Greenville Symphony as they celebrate their 55th anniversary of supporting the GSO with a black-tie gala. In addition to live and silent auctions and a seated dinner, the Top Hat Band and magician Marty Shapiro will be on hand to showcase their talents. Westin Poinsett Hotel, 120 S Main St, Greenville. Sat, 6pm. $160. (864) 370-0965,


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Before Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert started poking fun at our government, Bill Maher was stirring controversy on Politically Incorrect, calling out our nation and those who run it with blaring frankness. Now the host of HBO’s Real Time, Maher has carried on his tradition of bureaucratic blasting, mixing just the right amount of humor with elements of real-world truth that consistently change the way we identify with politics, religion, and in the end, our lives. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Sat, 8pm. $55-$85. (864) 467-3000,



While we’ve all seen the commercials for starving children across the world, it’s sometimes hard to grasp that those conditions exist right here in our own backyards. Along with the Year of Altruism, this memorial race sponsored by C. Dan Joyner will raise money to fund Mission Backpack, an organization committed to keeping children fed when they are away from free or reduced lunches at school. Whether you choose to run, walk, or volunteer, every little bit will keep an Upstate child from going hungry. First Baptist Church, 847 Cleveland St, Greenville. Sat,

8am. 5K, $25; 1-mile walk, $10.



Whether you liked it or not, you couldn’t escape from the trio’s number-one hit “Need You Now” in the summer of 2009. Five years later, the Nashville group has won numerous awards for best album and best country performance and shows no signs of stopping on their Take Me Down tour. Joined by upand-coming openers Kip Moore and Kacey Musgraves, the band will roll out material from their most recent album Golden, as well as hits like “American Honey” and “Just a Kiss.” Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Sat, 7pm. $40-$70. (864) 241-3800,



For all the rhetoric and bluster made by politicians and pundits about poverty, the fact remains that most of them have never experienced the despair, anxiety, and obstacles facing those who are economically underprivileged. Reverend Beth Templeton, in partnership with Greenville Forward, Our Eyes Were Opened, United Ministries, and Long Branch Baptist Church, will lead a poverty simulation. And while it would be impossible to

understand what poverty means without experiencing it, perhaps this simulation can at least open your eyes to the tough choices facing those for whom poverty is reality. Long Branch Baptist Church, 28 Bolt St, Greenville. Sat, 10am– 1pm. $15 (includes lunch). (864) 233-8443, feb14povsimulation.

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COMPOSERS ARE SMILING Who knew that under all the fancy airs and sophistication that composers have a sense of humor? This presentation by the Greenville Symphony Orchestra is designed to showcase just that, with the help of featured clarinetist Anthony Marotta. With pieces of delightful narration and upbeat tempos by composers like Bernstein, Anderson, and Walton, this performance is certain to put a smile on your face. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Fri–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $41. (864) 467-3000,

28–Mar 1

for outdoor activities, and this Upstate tradition has been a staple for runners since the late 1970s. Complete with a 10K, 5K, youth mile, and fun run, there’s no excuse not to lace up those sneakers and hit the pavement on a brisk February morning. Downtown Greenville. Fri, 9am– 6:30pm; Sat, 8:30–10:45am. $15$40.

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A centerpiece for arts in the Upstate, the Peace Center has not only brought decades of entertainment and unique performances to local art patrons, but also a sense of arts appreciation to countless others. Now is our chance to give back at this annual black-tie event, with this year’s live music provided by Max Raabe & Palast Orchester, making a special stop on their “Golden Age” U.S. tour. All proceeds support the Peace Outreach Program. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Fri, 6:30pm–12am. Individual, $625; table, $5,000. (864) 679-9210

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Myth Maker


aniel Essig’s exhibition Fables tackles the familiar forms of animals—fish, crocodiles, and birds—not as the subject of scientific inquiry, but as placeholders for the mysteries of the human condition: the future, our fates, the afterlife. In doing so, Essig taps into a powerful and ancient mythological tradition. Animals who take on the mystical roles of talismans, companions, and vessels give a comforting, familiar form to the unknowable threads of fate. But, too, his mythology takes literal form: hand-carved figures bear miniature Ethiopian Copticstyle book-bindings in their mouths and text on their flesh. The figures do not only give reassuring familiarity, they transform the unknown into what is written and therefore known.—Andrew Huang The Milliken Art Gallery will be exhibiting Fables until February 6. The gallery is located on the Converse College campus at 580 E Main St, Spartanburg. The gallery is open Mon–Fri, 9am–5pm, and on Sunday from 2–5pm.

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