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events embrace mayan calendar’s end the full 31.06 miles. finishers get a medallion that looks like a Mayan coin. and much like the long distances indigenous peoples in Mexico and central american ran, haffa isn’t pampering runners. Besides the start and finish, aid stations will be at the 7.5-mile and 23-mile mark. lastchance50k.eventbrite. com

party” will follow, featuring blacklight and “Mayan beats that will charge the atmosphere and shake the ground like an earthquake.” participants are urged to wear fluorescent, neon or white clothing. a drum circle and aerial yoga performance will follow at 9:15-10:15 p.m. e’ll be hearing shift happens concludes plenty about the with chanting from end of the world in 10:30 p.m. until midnight. the coming week. The event will feature free as the 5,125-year-long vegan food provided by The shift happens Mayan calendar ends on sprout, puree, dell’z deli Jeffrey cohen of Jivamuk- and unbaked. dec. 21, the winter solstice, ti yoga charleston has been Jivamukti instructor expect some weird and talking about the Mayan funny stuff to happen. cortney ostrosky, the host all because the Maya were calendar ending in 2012 for of the event, said people misunderstood. nearly five years and he’s do not have to stay for the That said, i’ve often marking it with a colorful, entire event and that it is thought in the last two free “one-of-a-kind” yoga open and appropriate for all years that the Maya may not event called shift happens ages. have been off the mark in from 7 p.m.-midnight “we see it as an opporending the calendar in 2012. dec. 21 at the studio in tunity for an awakening,” Think about the wars and Mount pleasant. said ostrosky. “we’re going political unrest around the cohen, along with others, from an age of materialism, world. sees the end of the Mayan fear and greed to an age of The long recession, the calendar as the dawning of harmony, compassion and euro and the fiscal cliff. and a new age, “one in which peace.” the environmental calamiwe manifest the peace we www.jivamuktiyogasc. ties, from glaciers melting, talk about and hear about in com heat waves and drought, to songs.” “100-year superstorms” hapThe event will start with reach david Quick at 937pening every two to three fluorescent body painting, 5516 or dquick@postand years. which is optional, at 7 p.m. sure seems like a converfrom 7:30-9 p.m., a “live gence of doom to me. music yoga tribal dance But alas, it probably won’t crash in the short term, so party like it’s 2012.


last chance 50k

similar to the end of the world Marathon in humble, texas, on dec. 21, the charleston area will host the Mayan-themed Last chance 50k on the swamp fox trail in the francis Marion national forest on saturday. The 50k, which starts and ends at the witherbee ranger station in cordesville, features an individual race and relays for two- or fourperson teams. provided as of last week, race direcprovided Jivamukti Yoga Charleston’s Jeffrey Cohen has been talking about the end of the tor chad haffa said about The Last Chance 50K, which will be held on Dec. 21, Mayan calendar and the dawning of a new age for five years, so you better believe 120 people have signed up, he’s going to hold a big party on Dec. 21 to celebrate it. and half of them plan to run features a Mayan-inspired medal.

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celebrate the season as christmas nears

test, keg tossing, tarot card readings, a mural exhibit by patch whiskey and shawn williams as you munch on offerings from 20 food trucks and sip on some holy city suds. for those that still have some shopping to do, make sure you check out the 30 local craft vendors that will be set up. seven musical acts are set ongratulations, you’re to perform, including the Vless than two weeks tones, The Blue stone ramaway from christmas! blers, Bear Meat and stefanie and what better way to satana. mark the occasion than with canned goods will be cola bit of celebration. lected for the food bank and winter coats will be collected holiday market for the victims of hurricane holy city Brewing, 4155 sandy. Those that donate get dorchester road, will be in free, otherwise admission holding two days of food is $3. truck fun, live music, holiday This event is kid and dog crafts and more. friendly, so bring the whole from 5-9 p.m. friday and family. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. saturday, enfor more info, call 937joy the squatch calling con9800.


holiday hoedown

Break out your best western wear for a country-style hoedown. tonight, wannamaker county park is inviting those with special needs, along with families and friends, for a night of fun. attendees will be able to get their boot scootin’ boogie on to a dJ, watch as an ice sculpture is created and have light refreshments with Mrs. claus. tickets are $5, $4 for charleston county residents, and are limited, so it’s recommended you register online at tickets may be available onsite. a chaperon is required for participants ages 15 and under. call 795-4386.

holiday magic

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day and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. sunday, you’ll find everything needed to deck the halls and fill the pantry. peruse the baked goodies, fresh vegetables, greenery, art, crafts and more during the farmers market. all events are in Marion square. call 724-7305 or go to

santa paws

another last chance comes 6:30-9 p.m. wednesday. provided for those looking to have A pup visits with Santa at a past Santa Paws event at the their fur baby’s picture taken Holiday Festival of Lights at James Island County Park. with santa, this will be your last opportunity during charleston office of cultur- mances by children’s choirs, charleston county park and al affairs’ holiday farmers rec’s 23rd annual holiday bands and other entertainMarket or enjoy some enter- ment. The kids can bring festival of Lights. tainment while visiting with their wish list and drop it in and those who bring pet santa, you had better get a food to donate to a local the north pole mailbox or move on as this weekend is animal shelter will receive go straight to the big man your last chance. himself as santa, Mrs. claus 20 percent off the price of a from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. friday and their elf assistants will photo package. and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. saturday be available for photos. call 795-4386 or go to www. and sunday, enjoy perforfrom 8 a.m.-4 p.m. satur-

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‘the hobbit’

long-awaited fantasy film suffers from story bloat

movie review

By daVid gerMain Associated Press

 (out of five stars) director: peter Jackson cast: martin freeman, ian mcKellen, richard armitage, ian holm, hugo weaving, cate blanchett, elijah wood, andy serkis rated: pg-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence and frightening images running time: 2 hours, 49 minutes what did you think?: find this review at charlestonscene. com and offer your opinion of the film.


udging part one of peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the rings” prelude “The hobbit” is a bit like reviewing a film after seeing only the first act. yet here goes: “The hobbit: an unexpected Journey” is stuffed with hollywood’s latest technology: 3-d, high-speed projection and dolby’s atmos surround sound system. The result is some eye candy that truly dazzles and some that utterly distracts, at least in its test-run of 48 frames a second, double the projection rate that has been standard since silent-film days. it’s also overstuffed with, well, stuff. prologues and sidestepping backstory. Long, boring councils among dwarves, wizards and elves. a shallow blood feud extrapolated from sketchy appendices to J.r.r. tolkien’s “The Lord of the rings” to give the film a bad guy. remember the intermi-

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Martin Freeman (left) as Bilbo Baggins and Ian McKellen as Gandalf in the fantasy adventure ”The Hobbit: An unexpected Journey.” nable false endings of “The return of the king,” the academy award-winning

finale of Jackson’s “Lord of the rings” series? “an unexpected Journey” has

a similar bloat throughout its nearly three hours, in which tolkien’s brisk story

of intrepid little hobbit Bilbo Baggins is drawn out and diluted by dispensable

trimmings better left for dVd extras. two more parts are coming, so we won’t know how the whole story comes together until the finale arrives in summer 2014. part one’s embellishments may pay off nicely, but right now, “an unexpected Journey” looks like the start of please see ‘hobbit’, page e7

Jackson tackles another tolkien epic

By John horn Los Angeles Times

tome, “The hobbit.” unlike his previous trifecta, Jackson wasn’t the origieter Jackson has a mes- nal filmmaker behind the sage for J.r.r. tolkien: i “hobbit” films (guillermo can’t quit you. del toro was initially set to nearly a decade after the direct, with Jackson producnew Zealand filmmaker ing), and there were supconcluded his massively suc- posed to be two, not three, cessful “Lord of the rings” “hobbit” productions. wartrilogy — a string of films ner Bros. executives were so that grossed more than $2.9 excited after seeing a rough billion worldwide, capped cut of friday’s “The hobbit: with a best picture oscar an unexpected Journey” for 2003’s “The return of that they ordered one more the king” — Jackson is set movie, forcing Jackson to to launch yet another three- reassemble his cast and crew film series from the fanthe very summer day he was tasy novelist’s other famous supposed to be marking the

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A scene from “The Hobbit.”

conclusion of production. “it was announced to us the day of the wrap party,” said Martin freeman, who plays Bilbo Baggins, the reluctant hero at the center of “The hobbit.” “But we had an embarrassment of riches.” The second film, called “The hobbit: The desolation of smaug,” is due next december, with the concluding entry, “The hobbit: There and Back again,” scheduled for July 2014. readers of tolkien’s 1937 children’s literature classic might be startled to hear

that two, let alone the idea of three, movies could be spun out from what is not only a rather slim novel but also a book that’s heavy on episodic action and very light on back story. The book’s central conceit is a quest led by the wizard gandalf (reprised by “Lord of the rings” veteran ian Mckellen) to recover treasure guarded by a dragon. gandalf and Baggins are joined on their journey by a band of dwarfs, who jointly or separately must battle

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‘hobbit’ ushers in a new film technology By richard Verrier Los Angeles Times

not it’s a difference that drives patrons to the theater.” Jackson and fellow director endy aylsworth James cameron, who plans to release upcoming “avatar” fixed her eyes on a sequels at the even higher rate screen at the Landof 60 frames a second, have mark theater in west Los angeles, carefully studying a no doubt that it will. They contend that seeing more scene of hobbits preparing a images each second is more lavish feast. natural because it’s closer to “we’re seeing good detail and a richness in the charac- what the human eye actually sees, giving a sharper, more ters,” aylsworth said. lifelike picture and reducing The warner Bros. senior eyestrain for 3-d movies. vice president of technology warner bros. pictures/mgm was reviewing a test reel for “now, in the digital age, Richard Armitage as the Dwarf warrior Thorin Oakenshield in “The Hobbit: An unexpected Journey.” there’s no reason whatsoever the “The hobbit: an unexto stick to 24” frames a secpected Journey” and a new gollum (andy serkis, re‘hobbit’ from page e6 ish than that of “The Lord 48 frames, the film is more projection technique that will ond, Jackson writes in a Q&a posted on his facebook page. creating the character that of the rings.” still, much of true to life, sometimes show the highly anticipated an unnecessary trilogy betproponents of the higher pioneered motion-capture it is silly fun, particularly a feeling so intimate it’s like peter Jackson movie at 48 ter told in one film. frame rate say it packs the performance in “The Lord battle along a maze of footwatching live theater. That frames a second. split into three books, of the rings”). bridges suspended through- close-up perspective also The controversial new tech- screen with far more visual information and makes the im“The Lord of the rings” was improved by a decade of out a goblin cave. brings out the fakery of nology could revolutionize age super-sharp and detailed. a natural film trilogy, runvisual-effects advances, The potential sea change movies. sets and props look traditional movies, which ning nearly half a million gollum solidifies his stand- with “The hobbit” is like phony stage trappings have been projected at a stan- But patrons accustomed to words, five times as long as ing as one of the creepiest Jackson’s 48-frame rate. at times, the crystal pictures dard 24 frames per second for the softer look of traditional “The hobbit.” movie creatures ever. Most theaters are not yet bleaching away the painterly almost 90 years. warner Bros. film may have to adjust. at a 10-minute preview that Jackson and his partner, and as big-screen proequipped for that speed, so quality of traditional film. will become the first studio fran walsh, along with logue moments go, Bilbo’s the film largely will play at This may be cinema’s to release a major hollywood Jackson shared at the trade screenwriting partners acquisition of gollum’s the standard 24 frames a future, and the results unmovie in 48 frames a second show cinemacon in april, philippa Boyens and guillprecious ring of power may second. doubtedly will improve over when its “hobbit” premieres some attendees found the imermo del toro (who once ages jarringly hyper-realistic be second only to darth Vaproponents, including time. it’ll be an adjustment in the u.s. on friday. was attached to direct “The and too unlike a traditional der’s first hissy breath at the James cameron, say higher for audiences, though, and The studio has been runhobbit,” with Jackson proend of george Lucas’ “star frame rates provide more like the warmth of analog vi- ning the test reel in hundreds film. warner executives said ducing), have meticulously wars” prequels. lifelike images, sharpen nyl vs. the precision of digital of theaters from Los angeles that was unfair because it was rough footage that had not mined tolkien references to “an unexpected Journey” 3-d effects and lessen or music, the dreaminess of to tokyo and Madrid to been color corrected. events that never played out resurrects other “rings” eliminate a flickering effect traditional film vs. the crisp- ensure that the theaters are some leading theater execuin any of the books — stuff favorites, some who didn’t known as “strobing” that ness of high-frame rates will ready for the rollout of the tives agree. They view faster the filmmakers call the “in- appear in “The hobbit” (eli- comes with camera motion. be a matter of taste. new technology. frame rates, along with big between bits.” jah wood as frodo Baggins, i saw the movie first at 24 The technology may imwarner also is hedging its with that added material, cate Blanchett as elf queen frames a second and then prove the story’s translation bet: The high-frame-rate ver- screens, 3-d and improved they’re building a much sound systems, as a way to galadriel, christopher Lee at 48, and they’re absolutely to the screen. There’s just sion of “The hobbit” will be bigger epic than tolkien’s stay relevant to younger audias wizard saruman) and right that higher speeds not that much story to tolk- shown on only about 450 of book, the unexpected joursome who did (hugo weav- clarify the picture. strobien’s “hobbit,” though. Jack- the estimated 4,000 screens in ences who are increasingly ney of homebody Bilbo ing as elf lord elrond). ing noticeable at 24 frames son is stretching a breezy the u.s. and canada that will turning instead to entertain(Martin freeman, with ian ment options in the home. richard armitage debuts is gone at 48, providing a 300 pages to the length of show the movie. “The hobbit” will be shown holm reprising his “Lord of as dwarf leader Thorin oak- continuity that greatly ima dickens miniseries, and “when you have something in old-fashioned 2-d, in trathe rings” role as the older enshield, ennobled from proves the action sequences. those in-between bits really new, you want to make sure ditional 3-d and in 3-d at Bilbo). a fairly comical figure in and the panoramas are like stick out in part one. it works,” said dan fellman, Bilbo has no desire to hit 48 frames a second. for now, tolkien’s text to a brooding Middle-earth actually come “i do believe the worst is president of domestic distrithe road after wizard gantheaters will not be charging warrior king in the mold of to life, as though you’re behind us,” Bilbo remarks bution for warner. dalf (ian Mckellen, grandly Viggo Mortensen from the extra for the higher-framestanding on a hill looking as “an unexpected Jourindustry reaction in adreprising his own “rings” rate screenings, which will be “rings” trilogy. down at the hobbits’ shire. ney” ends. vance has been a mix of aprole) and a company of included in the 3-d tickets. The filmmakers also if cameron’s “avatar” from a hobbit’s lips to a prehension and excitement. dwarves turn up to enlist The cost of bringing highpluck orc bruiser azog out was like looking through filmmaker’s ears. Let’s hope “we had some theater ownhim on a quest to retake a frame-rate viewing to most of tolkien’s footnotes and a window at a fantastical Jackson has the goods to ers that were disappointed dwarf mountain kingdom theaters is $1,000 to $2,500 make him Thorin’s sworn landscape, “an unexpected improve on a so-so start. they didn’t get more runs,” from the dragon that deciper screen. cinemas that alenemy. Journey” at 48 frames is like otherwise, “The hobbit,” John fithian, president of mated it. ready have the newest digital while there are plenty of removing the glass so you subtitled “There and Back the national association of yet off he goes, encounter- orc skewerings and goblin can step on through. again” by tolkien, is goTheatre owners. “The differ- projectors typically require ing trolls, goblins, savage beheadings, the action is But with great clarity ing to feel like traveling the ence is obvious and dramatic. only a software upgrade or a new video card. comes greater vision. at same road more than twice. The question is whether or orcs and a grisly guy named lighter and more cartoon-


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goblins, a vaguely humanoid gollum (andy serkis, another “Lord of the rings” alumnus), giant spiders, wolves, elves and the dragon known as smaug. Jackson said the three films, whose screenplay was written by Jackson, his partner, fran walsh, and philippa Boyens, draw heavily on tolkien’s appendices to “The Lord of the rings,” which was published nearly two decades after “The hobbit.” while that additional material is known mostly to a small circle of fantasy fiction fanatics, Jackson said they provided him and his filmmaking team more than enough flesh to hang on the “hobbit’s” bones. “There’s a lot of material, a lot of action, a lot of adventure,” Jackson said. “and so what we did is we decided at the very beginning that we would take as much of that material as we needed to and we would expand it.” in two specific examples, the appendices were used to explicate gandalf’s history and how he came to work with the dwarf Thorin (richard armitage). The supplemental material also helped Jackson create more of a story for gollum, who makes only a brief appearance in “The hobbit.” yet even if Jackson and his team had what they believe was more than enough story, the director was forced to scramble when del toro

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Martin Freeman (left) and director Peter Jackson on the set of the fantasy adventure “The Hobbit: An unexpected Journey.” abandoned the project. The “pan’s Labyrinth” director, frustrated that the financial collapse of co-financier MgM kept the “hobbit” movies from officially starting, left the two films in May 2010 after spending nearly two years preparing

his productions. Jackson briefly considered implementing some of del toro’s designs, and concluded that he couldn’t shoot another filmmaker’s movie. “he’s an incredible visionary guy and all his designs were guillermo’s designs,”

Jackson said. “i thought, if i’m going to do it, i need to actually be comfortable, to do the thing that i want to do in my head. so i suddenly found myself scrambling. i was literally scrambling to get designs ready on time for the film that i wanted to

make. and we were revising the script furiously. The delay didn’t help anybody. it didn’t help him. it didn’t help us. it didn’t help the film.” in not only “The Lord of the rings” but also in “king kong” and “The frighten-

ers,” Jackson has excelled at creating memorable creatures, and “The hobbit” provides a great test: smaug is arguably one of the bestknown dragons in literature, and yet moviegoers of all generations believe they know what a dragon, not just tolkien’s fearful beast, should look like. “The trouble with redesigning dragons is that if you really get fruity with it, it suddenly starts to look like some sort of monster from another planet — you very quickly can go into science-fiction territory,” Jackson said. “i don’t want to do that. i mean, people expect a dragon. ‘The hobbit’ is one of the most famous dragon stories in the world, really. so i’m not trying to step away from the dragon. i just want to present the most venal, scary, decrepit, nasty dragon that i possibly can.” perhaps Jackson’s greatest storytelling challenge is tolkien’s almost steadfast refusal to engage in exposition and allegory. people can read into “The hobbit” whatever they want, but Jackson isn’t going to help confirm anyone’s theories. “i just like to tell stories,” Jackson said. “i don’t set out to try to preach to people and put hidden meaning into things. i just think if you can entertain people and give people a good time at the movies, you’re doing your job well. i don’t think it’s any more complicated than that.”

new Zealand issues ‘the hobbit’ coins, stamps oakenshield and three other dwarves, wizard radagast the Brown, Lord of rivendell ilbo Baggins and ganelrond and gollum. dalf the grey are getThough some of the collectting their own coins as ible coins will be considered new Zealand puts its money legal tender, the price range where its movies are. means the coins probably new Zealand post, the will be too ... ahem ... precountry’s government-owned cious to see much circulamail service, is minting coins tion. The coins range from a and printing stamps featur1 new Zealand-dollar coin ing characters from Middle- retailing for 29.90 new Zeaearth to commemorate the land dollars (about $24.43 film “The hobbit: an unex- in u.s. dollars) to a 10 new pected Journey.” Zealand-dollar coin made The coins also feature the from pure gold that costs faces of dwarf king Thorin 3,695 new Zealand dollars By noeLene cLark Los Angeles Times

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Martin Freeman (left) as Bilbo Baggins and Ian McKellen as Gandalf. The characters are getting their own coins in New Zealand.

(about $3,019.53). new Zealand post also is releasing six postage stamps featuring characters from the film, including gandalf, Bilbo, elrond, radagast, Thorin oakenshield and gollum. some of the coins also feature the words “Middle-earth — new Zealand” in both english and dwarvish. The tolkien-themed tender and stamps went on sale nov. 1. “The hobbit” and “The Lord of the rings” trilogies both were filmed in new Zealand, home to director peter Jackson.

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‘a royal affair’

slow, stately film brings a forgotten romance to life By roger Moore MCT


n the late 18th century, as america was on the cusp of revolting to free itself from the tyranny of arbitrary rule by people born to the privilege and laws, medicine and freedoms constrained by religious superstition, europe was — state by state — wrestling with many of the same issues. it was The enlightenment, The age of reason, and if it’s a sketchy historical period for most americans, the danish drama “a royal affair” makes a stately, entertaining way of bringing us up to speed. it’s a tragic romance, a tale of idealism, usurped power and reform ahead of its time, of palace intrigues, madness and forbidden love. and aside from the odd detail here and there, it’s mostly true. in the 1760s, young princess caroline (alicia Vikander) has been groomed in Britain to marry handsome king christian Vii of denmark. she hopes he’s kind and well-read. she’s heard he loves the arts. she arrives only to learn she has been misinformed. christian (Mikkel Boe folsgaard) is bratty, temperamental and immature: an insecure, rude tantrumtossing fop given to giggling fits. suggest that his new bride has talent at the keyboard and he’s jealous, ordering her away from the pianoforte and to his side at court. “Move your fat little thighs and have a seat,” he orders. he does love the theater, especially shakespeare,

whom he memorizes. he’s a bit mad, but still functional enough to serve the purposes of the entrenched nobility that runs the government and his court, even his scheming stepmother, the Queen dowager (trine dyrholm). caroline, who has a dewy, mournful emily Blunt magnolia pictures quality thanks to Vikander, Alicia Vikander and Mads Mikkelsen star in “A Royal is trapped in a miserable Affair.” marriage, surrounded by enemies. when the king sets off on a long tour of europe, something he suggests to caroline is given some christian. 1/2 (out of five stars) peace. and the king, “Make her fun,” the king director: nikolaj arcel thanks to the machinacommands. “i want a fun cast: alicia vikander, tions of some exiled nobles queen.” mads mikkelsen, mikkel boe who want a friendly voice But as the queen and her folsgaard, trine dyrholm to wrangle them back onto doctor bond over his sedirated: r for sexual the court, is given a new tious enlightenment book physician. collection, we see struensee content and some violent Johann friedrich struen- provide the queen a kind of images see, played with smoldering fun the king did not have in running time: 2 hours, 17 minutes earnestness by Mads Mikmind. kelsen, the villain of “caco-writer/director niko- what did you think?: find this review sino royale,” is “an enlight- laj arcel, who scripted at charleston enment Man,” a healer who “The girl with the dragon and treats his work as a higher tattoo,” tells this story in a offer your opincalling, and an atheist intel- languorous fashion, pausion of the film. lectual who sees science, ing to let the doctor and not superstition, as a way of the queen find their chemtreating illness and looking istry on the dance floor, at the world. then expressing it in the english subtitles, is a lovely Mikkelsen lets us see queen’s bed chambers. history lesson, but a film struensee work out a he takes the time to show without the spark of invenmeans of tempering the the slow, idealistic machition that makes this parable king’s crazies. nations of the queen and feel modern. They bond over the Bard, her doctor, who took more The new “anna karenina,” swapping quoted passages and more power at court for instance, clips along from shakespeare until the and used it, high-handedly, while “affair” saunters, doctor tosses out, “There’s to bring denmark into The beautifully costumed acsomething rotten in the enlightenment, ending tor- tors simmering at each state of ...” “not that ture and censorship, taxing other, having a leisurely one,” the king protests. the rich. gambol on the palace struensee indulges the That sluggish pace allows grounds. monarch’s penchant for us to savor the perforBut Vikander, Mikkelsen prostitutes, drink and mances, the meticulous and folsgaard, who makes brawling. sense of place and time, and for a king just self-aware he becomes confidant the dread that builds in the enough to understand and confessor and turns back of the viewer’s mind. the injustice, cruelty and christian into a more reaThis will all come to tears, scheming unfolding around sonable, manageable mess. we just know it. him, make this history both he could even be a help “a royal affair,” told riveting and tragic, and a to the morose caroline, mostly in danish with story relevant in any age.

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‘hitchcock’ has much morbid fun making ‘psycho’ By roger Moore MCT

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ifty years past his heyday, and 30 years after his death, the world still knows alfred hitchcock by reputation, even if you can’t get the kids to check out his classic movies. “hitchcock,” a dark and dazzling bio-thriller about the making of “psycho,” could change that. it’s a fanciful film buff’s delight, a grim yet glittery corner of hollywood history given a “hollywood” treatment. no, it’s not the literal truth, but as they’ve said since John ford’s day, “when the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” we catch hitchcock (anthony hopkins) as he’s at the very height of his fame: just after the dazzling success of “north by northwest” and on a roll with “Vertigo” and “rear window.” he’s on tV, introducing his weekly mystery-horrorthriller series “alfred hitchcock presents.”

he’s being offered everything from the first James Bond film, “casino royale” (“i just made ‘north by northwest’ ”) to “The diary of anne frank.” and what does he want to do to top that? shock movie audiences to their very marrow. he wants to prove that he’s not the true “relic” that his wife, alma (helen Mirren), and others joke that he is as he turns 60. a man with phobias and


1/2 (out of five stars) director: sacha gervasi cast: anthony hopkins, helen mirren, scarlett Johansson, Jessica biel rated: pg-13 for some violent images, sexual content and thematic material running time: 1 hour, 38 minutes what did you think?: find this review at and offer your opinion of the film.

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Helen Mirren as Alma Reville and Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock in “Hitchcock.” fetishes to fill a book is obsessed with the story about “the boy who dug up his own mother.” he has an assistant (toni collette) buy up every copy of robert Bloch’s novel,

“psycho,” to keep the public from knowing the story. and he immerses himself in the life and crimes of ed gein, the wisconsin farmer whose gruesome crimes in the 1940s

and ’50s inspired everything from “psycho” and “The texas chainsaw Massacre” to “The silence of the Lambs.” “what if,” hitch ponders, in that slow British drawl,

“someone really good made a horror picture?” hopkins’ gift for mimicry is put to brilliant use as he inhabits the “corpulent” form of hitchcock: uptight yet playful, with a mordant, morbid sense of humor that he was never shy about trying out on friends, new acquaintances and the general public. an actor not new to impersonating historical figures, this ranks with hopkins’ very best work in that field, capturing (with the aid of prosthetics) hitchcock’s deliberate timing, his button-down fussiness and his kinky peccadilloes. gein gets under his skin, and director sacha gervasi (“anvil!”) and writer John J. McLaughln (“Black swan”) imagine hitch imagining gein’s life and crimes. gein, played with creepy skill by Michael wincott, starts visiting hitchcock in his dreams. That doesn’t help the old director’s marriage. alma, much in demand as a story editor, is please see movie page e11

after ‘psycho,’ a shower of violence in movies By Jake coyLe Associated Press


or his first professional acting job, a 22-year-old anthony hopkins took a train from south wales to Manchester. with time to kill on a rainy day, he dropped off his bags and headed to the movies, where a long queue wound outside the cinema. “it was packed,” hopkins recalls. “i sat down and i didn’t know what ... i was in for. i had heard stories about it. when it got to the shower scene, i don’t think i’ve ever been so scared in my life.” The movie was, of course, alfred hitchcock’s “psycho,” a film that 52 years after its shocking premiere still hasn’t released audiences from its subversive thrall. The film, which hitchcock called “a fun picture,” was revolutionary

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Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock in “Hitchcock.” in its violence, its sexiness, its sympathy to the perspective of the criminal mind, and, perhaps above all, its technique. “what if someone really good made a horror picture?” wonders the British director,

played by hopkins, in the new film “hitchcock.” directed by sacha gervasi, it depicts the making of “psycho” with a keen focus on hitchcock’s relationship, and profession indebtedness, to

his wife, alma reville (played by helen Mirren). it is only the latest example of the undying fascination with “psycho,” a film that ushered in a new darkness in american movies, one with a playful sense of irony toward violence but also a serious treatment of that which previously had been considered mere “schlock.” Though hitchcock made a dozen films that easily could be labeled masterpieces, none seized audiences with the same power as “psycho.” Made for just $800,000 at the end of hitchcock’s contract with paramount (which distributed the film but left hitchcock to finance it himself), “psycho,” based on robert Bloch’s novel, went on to gross $32 million, the biggest hit of his career. The director famously

handed out manuals to theaters with explicit directions not to let anyone in after the movie began. Though most critics dismissed the film then, some finally began to consider hitchcock an artist of the highest order, most notably robin wood, who called “psycho” “perhaps the most terrifying film ever made.” “we are (taken) forward and downward into the darkness of ourselves,” wrote wood. “ ‘psycho’ begins with the normal and draws us steadily deeper and deeper into the abnormal.” That “psycho” killed off its star, Janet Leigh, after just half an hour was only one of its many unheard of elements. scenes of Leigh in her underwear were unusual for their time, too, and prompted lengthy negotiations between hitchcock and the sensors.

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being courted by a charming hack writer (danny huston, smarmy to perfection) who may have more than getting his latest book into better shape and into her husband’s hands on his mind. The fact that studios are balking at the very idea of filming something this grotesque means that hitch finances it himself, that he feels added pressure because of that. and the delight of coming on set each day to torment his curvaceous leading lady, Janet Leigh (scarlett Johansson, on the money), and insult his former fave Vera Miles (Jessica Biel), of making good use of his secretive, closeted gay leading man, tony perkins (James d’arcy of “cloud atlas”), isn’t enough to settle his nerves. The movie makes much of how much hitchcock had riding on this cheap, blackand-white slasher picture. an inventive film, “hitchcock” doesn’t neatly line up with hitchcock’s “real” history, coming off his biggest hit, the hollywood world his oyster, him recognizing “psycho” was a potential blockbuster and wanting to share less of the cash with studios nervous about the controverpsycho from page e10

which “censorship crumpled like an old lady’s parasol.” “it’s one of the most influential films ever made,” says Thomson. “it’s the beginnings of a flood of violence. Violence becomes more acceptable in film.” in the famous interviews with french director francois truffaut, hitchcock said he was most interested in “all the technical ingredients that made the audience scream” fand hoped that “psycho” would be “a film that belongs to filmmakers.” in the every-decade polling done by film magazine sight & sound, hitchcock’s “Vertigo” (released two years before “psycho” to largely negative reviews) earlier this year displaced orson welles’ “citizen kane” as the best film of all time, according to voting critics. among filmmakers who have voted for “psycho” is

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Jessica Biel as Vera Miles (from left), Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh and James D’Arcy as Anthony Perkins in “Hitchcock.” sy. But that wandering from the historic record doesn’t spoil it in the least. first-time feature director gervasi has great fun with the hitchcock persona, having hopkins, in character, introduce the picture and provide a coda for it, just the way “The Master of suspense” handled his tV duties. cameos from the hitchcock orbit abound: there’s ralph Macchio as screenwriter Joseph stefano, paul schackman as composer Bernard herrmann. McLaughlin wisely makes this as much Mrs. hitchcock’s movie as sir alfred’s,

giving the oscar-winning Mirren center stage in the circus of hitch’s near-nervous breakdown. alma reville takes her rightful place as her husband’s keenest editor, that extra set of eyes that lifted his films above the other thrillers of the day and made them classics. and hopkins, as a man struggling with his physical bulk and bulkier reputation, makes hitchcock a sympathetic hero. By the time he’s in the theater lobby, “conducting” the screams that were the real soundtrack to his masterpiece, you’ll be as exultant as he is.

errol Morris, who, years after seeing it, interviewed the real-life inspiration for anthony perkins’ character, the serial killer ed gein, at the central state hospital for the criminally insane in wisconsin. Morris was then a graduate student at u.c. Berkley, but the interviews he did with gein helped set Morris on the path that would be his life’s work: films that might in some way be summarized by a scene in “psycho” that deeply affected Morris. near the end of the film, a psychiatrist offers a pat, insufficient explanation of gein’s psychosis. “you feel that all psychological explanation is defeated,” said Morris. “it’s the ultimate noir idea, that somehow psychological explanation isn’t enough. it’s defeated by some kind of mechanism that stands behind all of our plans and our thoughts, our machinations. it’s the feeling

of being haunted by the inexplicable and the unknown.” in “hitchcock,” which is partly based on stephen rebello’s book, “alfred hitchcock and the Making of psycho,” gervasi imagines the director communicating with gein. fearing a negative portrait, the hitchcock estate didn’t allow the use of “psycho” footage or dialogue for “hitchcock.” But the film nevertheless takes pleasure in re-creating and imagining the circumstances of making a film that still transfixes. “it was a point in history where we were going from an idealistic, stylized imagination of what america could be to this very visceral, brutal, violent period where the president is getting killed and people are getting assassinated,” said gervasi. “here we are 52 years later talking about the shock of a film. i mean, that’s a pretty powerful film.”

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score: Out of 5 stars g: General Audiences pg: Parental Guidance pg-13: Parents strongly cautioned, some content unsuitable for children under 13 nr: Not Rated r: Restricted Note: Dates and times are subject to change. Call the theater to make sure times are correct.

Opening The Guilt Trip pg-13

an inventor (seth rogen) takes a road trip to sell his new product and ends up joined by his mother (barbra streisand). citadel: wed-thurs dec. 20: 12:20, 2:40, 5, 7:20, 9:40 northwoods: wed-thurs dec. 20: 12:30, 2:45, 5, 7:15, 9:30


city’s power with the screams of scared children, but things get disrupted when one unafraid little girl follows them back into monstropolis.

citadel: wed-thurs dec. 20: 12:50, 2:55, 5, 7:05, 9:10 northwoods: wed-thurs dec. 20: 12:35, 2:45, 4:55, 7:05, 9:10

A Royal Affair 1/2 r

danish historical romance about an 1/2 18th-century queen who falls in love pg-13 with her mentally ill husband’s physibiography of the love affair between al- cian and together they start a revolution. fred hitchcock (anthony hopkins) and terrace: fri-thurs dec. 20: 12:15, 2:40, his wife, alma reville (helen mirren), 5:05, 7:25 during the making of his classic 1959 film, “psycho.” citadel: fri-thurs dec. 20: 1:20, 4:05, 7, 9:25 terrace: fri-thurs dec. 20: 12:30, 2:20, 4:15, 7:15, 9:10

The Hobbit: An unexpected Journey  pg-13

bilbo baggins joins gandalf the grey and a group of dwarves on an epic journey to the lonely mountain and along the way meets gollum, who will change his life and the fate of middle earth forever.

cinbarre: fri-thurs dec. 20: 12:35, 3, 7, 7:30, 10:35, 11:05 cinebarre 3d: fri: 3, 3:30, 6, 7, 7:30, 9:30, 10:35, 11:05; sat-sun: 11:25, 11:50, 11:55, 3, 3:30, 6, 7, 7:30, 9:30, 10:35, 11:05; monthurs dec. 20: 3, 3:30, 6, 7, 7:30, 9:30, 10:35, 11:05 citadel: fri-thurs dec. 20: 12:15, 2, 4, 5:45, 7:30, 9:30 citadel 3d: fri-thurs dec. 20: 1, 5:30, 9 citadel high frame: fri-thurs dec. 20: noon, 3:30, 7 citadel imaX: fri-thurs dec. 20: 12:30, 5, 8:30 James island: fri: 5:10, 6:50, 8:50; satsun: 11:30, 1:30, 5:10, 6:50, 8:50; mon-thurs dec. 20: 5:10, 6:50, 8:50 James island 3d: fri: 4:15, 8; sat-sun: 12:30, 3:10, 4:15, 8; mon-thurs dec. 20: 4:15, 8 northwoods: fri-thurs dec. 20: noon, 2, 4:30, 5:30, 9, 9:30 northwoods 3d: fri-thurs dec. 20: 12:30, 1, 4, 5, 7:30, 8:30

Monsters Inc. 3D g

sully and mike wazowski generate their


lapd cops become targets of a notorious drug cartel. cinebarre: today: 7:50, 10:35

Flight 1/2 r

an investigation into a midair catastrophe and the pilot’s successful emergency landing creates more mystery than answers. cinebarre: today: 12:50, 3:55, 7:20, 10:30; fri: 12:40, 3:50, 7:35, 10:40; sat-sun: 9:40, 12:40, 3:50, 7:35, 10:40; mon-thurs dec. 20: 12:40, 3:50, 7:35, 10:40 citadel: today-tues: 1, 4, 7, 9:50 northwoods: today-tues: 1:20, 4:10, 7:05, 9:50

Killing Them Softly



Anna Karenina

brad pitt plays a mob enforcer who investigates a heist that occurred during a high-stakes poker game.

1/2 r

a high-society russian aristocrat has a life-changing adulterous affair with an affluent count in this tragic love story, set in the late 19th century.


cinebarre: today: 1:05, 4:05, 7:40, 10:10; fri-thurs dec. 20: 3:25 citadel: today: 12:30, 2:45, 5, 7:15, 9:30; fri-tues: 12:30, 5, 9:30 northwoods: today: 1:20, 4:10, 7:10, 9:40

fri-thurs dec. 20: 12:15, 3:35, 7:05, 10:20 citadel: today: 12:45, 1:30, 4, 5, 7:20, 9; fri-thurs dec. 20: 12:15, 3:30, 6:45, 9:45 northwoods: today-thurs dec. 20: 12:30, 3:40, 6:45, 9:50 terrace: today: 12:30, 1:30, 4:15, 7:10, 8:20, 9:45; fri-thurs dec. 20: 1:30, 4:10, 7, 9:30

9:45 James island: today: 3:45, 6:25, 8:55; fri: 6:25, 8:55; sat-sun: 1:15, 3:45, 6:25, 8:55; mon-thurs dec. 20: 6:25, 8:55 James island 3d: today: 4:10, 6:55, 9:20 northwoods: today-thurs dec. 20: 12:35, 2:45, 4:55, 7:30, 9:45 northwoods 3d: today: 1:30, 4, 7, 9:10

Playing for Keeps




a romantic comedy about a former sports star who finds himself pursued by attractive soccer moms when he starts coaching his son’s team.

James bond is back and must destroy a threat to mi6, but his loyalty to m is tested when her past comes back to haunt her.


cinebarre: today: 1:25, 4:25, 7:30, 9:50; fri: 1:30, 4:30, 7:35, 9:55; sat-sun: 11:10, 1:30, 4:30, 7:35, 9:55; mon-thurs dec. 20: 1:30, 4:30, 7:35, 9:55 citadel: today-thurs dec. 20: 1:05, 3:50, 7:05, 9:35 northwoods: today-thurs dec. 20: 1:15, 3:55, 7:10, 9:40

The Polar Express pg

on christmas eve, a doubting young boy boards a mysterious, magical train on an adventure to the north pole for a visit with santa claus. citadel: today-thurs dec. 20: noon


cinebarre: today: 12:50, 3:55, 7:15, 10:25; fri: 12:35, 3:45, 7:10, 10:25; sat-sun: 9:35, 12:35, 3:45, 7:10, 10:25; mon-thurs dec. 20: 12:35, 3:45, 7:10, 10:25 citadel: today: 1:50, 5, 8:10; fri-thurs dec. 20: 1, 3:50, 6:50, 9:40 citadel imaX: today: noon, 3:30, 7, 10 James island: fri: 4:15, 7:30; sat-sun: 1, 4:15, 7:30; mon-thurs dec. 20: 4:15, 7:30 northwoods: today-thurs dec. 20: 12:30, 3:30, 7, 10 terrace: today: 1, 3:50, 7, 9:35

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2

terrace: today: 12:10, 2:30, 3:30, 4:50, 6, 7:20, 9:35; fri-thurs dec. 20: 12:10, 2:30, 4:50, 7:20, 9:35

Life of Pi




epic adventure of a 16-year-old boy who survives a sinking ship, only to end up in a lifeboat with a bengal tiger.

a group of teens organizes as guerilla fighters to save their town from an inva- cinebarre: today: 12:55, 4, 7:25, 10:05; fri: 1:10, 4:10, 7:45, 10:25; sat-sun: 10:30, sion of north Korean paratroopers.

1/2 r

this film chronicles a cia operation to free six american hostages during the 1979 iranian revolution.

citadel: today-thurs dec. 20: 1, 4, 7:05, 9:40

The Collection 1/2 r

the psychopathic serial killer known as “the collector” returns, kidnaps a girl from a party and takes her to a trapfilled labyrinth, and her wealthy father coerces the killer’s only escapee to help rescue her.

citadel: today: 1, 3:10, 5:20, 7:30, 9:40 James island: today: 4, 7:10, 9:30 northwoods: today: 1, 3:05, 5:10, 7:20, 9:35; fri-thurs dec. 20: 7:10, 9:35

End of Watch 1/2 r

after a routine traffic stop, two young


cinebarre: today: 4:15, 10:40; fri-thurs dec. 20: noon cinebarre 3d: today: 12:45, 1:15, 3:45, 7:05, 7:35, 9:55; fri: 1, 4, 7:40, 10:30; satsun: 10:10, 1, 4, 7:40, 10:30; mon-thurs dec. 10: 1, 4, 7:40, 10:30 citadel: today-thurs dec. 20: 1:05, 7:05 citadel 3d: today-thurs dec. 20: 3:40, 9:45 James island: today: 3:25, 6:30, 9:25 James island 3d: today: 3:45, 6:45, 9:40; fri: 6:45, 9:40; sat-sun: 12:45, 3:45, 6:45, 9:40; mon-thurs dec. 20: 6:45, 9:40 northwoods: today-tues: 1:05, 7 northwoods 3d: today-tues: 3:55, 9:40

Lincoln  pg-13

this drama focuses on president abraham lincoln through his final months in office as he fights to end the civil war, abolish slavery and unite the country. cinebarre: today: noon, 3:30, 7, 10:15;

Red Dawn pg-13

cinebarre: today: 1:10, 4:10, 7:45, 10; fri: 4:15, sat-sun: 10:15, 4:15; mon-thurs dec. 20: 4:15 citadel: today: 12:30, 2:45, 5, 7:20, 9:35; fri-tues: 2:45, 7:15 James island: today-fri: 4:05, 7:05, 9:50; sat-sun: 1:05, 4:05, 7:05, 9:50; sunthurs dec. 20: 4:05, 7:05, 9:50 northwoods: today-thurs dec. 20: 12:30, 2:45, 5, 7:15, 9:30

Rise of the Guardians 

1/2 pg-13

the cullens and the wolf pack team up with foreign vampire clans to battle the volturi. 1:10, 4:10, 7:45, 10:25; mon-thurs dec. 20: 1:10, 4:10, 7:45, 10:25 citadel: today: noon, 12:30, 2:40, 3:40, 5:10, 7, 8, 9:45; fri-thurs dec. 20: 12:30, 3:40, 7, 9:45 James island: today-fri: 4, 7, 9:45; satsun: 1, 4, 7, 9:45; mon-thurs dec. 20: 4, 7, 9:45 northwoods: today: 12:15, 1, 2:55, 3:30, 5:40, 7, 8:15, 9:45; fri-thurs dec. 20: 1, 3:30, 7, 9:45

Wreck-It Ralph



when the nightmare King plans to engulf the world in darkness, the immortal guardians join together to protect the innocence and imagination of the children of the world.

this animated film follows a video game villain on his havoc-making, game-hopping quest through the arcade to become the “good guy.”

cinebarre: today: 1, 3:50, 7:10, 9:35 cinebarre 3d: today: 1:20, 4:20 citadel: today-thurs dec. 20: 12:10, 2:25, 4:40, 7, 9:15 citadel 3d: today: 12:50, 3, 5:10, 7:30,


citadel: today-thurs dec. 20: 12:30, 2:50, 5:10, 7:15, 9:30 James island: today: 4:15, 6:50, 9:20 northwoods: today: 1:20, 4, 7, 9:20; fri-thurs dec. 20: 1:20, 4

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Fratello’s Italian Tavern

east montague’s restaurant row gets an italian accent

By deidre schipani Special to The Post and Courier taking its name from the italian word for “brothers,” fratello’s is a familial spot that has taken residence in the former aunt Bea’s. The space is, in the words of goldilocks, “just right” with high tops, tables and semi-circular booths that cluster the floor space but do not crowd the traffic flow. Lighting casts a warm glow from a variety of chandeliers. oversized posters from the italian department store Mele add a neapolitan touch, while wroughtiron designs bring charleston flourishes into the space. Local stained-glass artist elana Barna has crafted an original window for the restaurant on the o’hear street side of the building. flower boxes stenciled with the fratello’s moniker flourish with late fall blooms and soften the entry with its sandwich board of daily specials. Modest in size, fratello’s has the feel of a comfortable neighborhood tavern. stop in for a cocktail, a glass of wine or a peroni and the friendly bartenders will make you feel right at home. at the time of our visit, chef kevin Bruntz was greeting guests and checking on the happiness of a large party that had gathered in the restaurant. friendly servers were quick to attend to new guests as they arrived. and that they did, a steady traffic of “neighbors” seeking the familiar comfort of italian-american foods. we had hoped our server would be a better tour guide of the menu. selling its stuffed mushrooms ($8) created by a “secret” family recipe or praising the Zuppa del tuorto ($6), another kitchen secret, with enthusiasm. The server is the kitchen’s voice and we had hoped for more conversation from ours. we also felt the wine list, especially wines by the glass, could be strengthened both on the italianside and the “what goes with my

menu” side. That being said, the cocktail menu speaks with an italian accent and house-made limoncello will please those who have cultivated a taste for this gentle citrus liqueur. The lunch menu (served 11 a.m.4 p.m.) was nicely balanced with pastas and sandwiches. The thinly sliced pork loin with rapini, hot peppers and provolone and pork juice ($10) is calling my name. i do think that the amorosos, who have been baking bread and rolls in philadelphia since 1904, would like to see their name spelled correctly. “amarosa” needs a spellcheck. speaking of bread, its selection tasted very much like the quality breads that neighbor eVo Bakery across the street is producing. crusty, toothsome and wonderful sponges for the fragrant olive oil, left to its fruity merits without the additives of chilies and herbs. The appetizer menu is quite substantive and we had a hard time choosing among the shrimp in garlic butter sauce ($9), the sausage and peppers wrapped in dough and baked ($7) or the mussels in white wine ($11). we opted for the crispy calamari tossed with either hot or sweet peppers ($10) and asked for half and half, a good call that the kitchen willingly embraced. Lightly filmed with breading, the canvas of the tender calamari rings would have been overwhelmed by the pungent hot cherry peppers. served in a bowl — another goldilocks’ “just right” — for surfing the rings and tentacles through the spicy sauce. The mushroom soup ($6) spoke to the kitchen’s patience. fully developed with the earthy meatiness and umami of a variety of mushrooms and slow-simmered to a tender finish, it is a classic preparation done well. we quibbled with the capellini/ angel hair being the default pasta that accompanied many dishes. its delicate strands were bullied by stronger flavors and textures.

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Fratello’s Italian Tavern located at 1050 East Montague Ave. in North Charleston.

fratello’s italian tavern

the bits of garlic in the sauce, neither softened nor melded in cookcuisine: italian-american desserts $4-$6, lunch sandwiches ing, needed to be strained away. category: neighborhood a piccata of veal ($19) suffered $9-$11, pastas (lunch) $8-$15. favorite from the generosity of the kitchen. vegetarian options: yes, location: 1050 east montague but limited unless one eats too many capers! and also for a ave., park circle, north chef that grew up in the schnitzel seafood. charleston kitchens of the ’70s, i was surbar: full-service bar; specialty phone: 554-5021 prised to see the veal pounded to italian cocktails; italian beers on hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. monday- tap. such a rough, almost like a swissthursday; 11 a.m.-midnight steak finish, rather than a smooth decibel level: moderate to friday-saturday. closed sunday. “escallop” of veal. animated; live entertainment. food:  kudos to the kitchen for a wheelchair access: yes. atmosphere: 1/2 variety of italian-inspired desother: daily specials mp; rio service: 1/2 serts, including a luscious creme bertolini’s pastas, facebook, live price: $-$$ brulee made with their limoncello. entertainment, lunch served costs: antipasti $7-$12, soup But leave the garnishes aside and 11 a.m.-4 p.m., outdoor sidewalk $6, salad $6-$11, entrees $14-$19, tables. let that crusty caramelized sugar speak for itself. fratello’s italian tavern wears in this food-obsessed times in with cherry peppers and italian its name well. with a few minor which we live, however, fratello’s sausage ($16) and do plan on leftinterventions to the menu and offers the familiar context of lasa- overs as portions are ample. some training tips to the staff, it gna ($16), stuffed manicotti ($15), a dish of salmon Milanese ($19) will find itself quite at home in the spaghetti and meatballs ($14) and demonstrated the kitchen’s compe- energized park circle neighborclassic bistecca pizzaiola ($19). tency in cooking a thick slab of fish hood and be a restaurant for all do try the chicken scarpariello to a moist and succulent finish but our appetites.

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A carryout container filled with fried shrimp and crab cake balls from Island Seafood & Grille.

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island seafood serves offerings from land, sea

By roB young Special to The Post and Courier

if you go

he small, tidy take-out building known as island seafood & grille sits in north charleston, just up the road from pizza roma, the area’s only chrome pizzeria, and just down the road from under the sea, a fried fish parlor that also dishes out tacos and customary korean and Japanese meals. ah, the strange and magnificent treats of dorchester road. at island seafood, the restaurant separates the menu into two categories: land and sea. really, it can’t get much easier than that. here on terra firma, choices include fried wings ($6.99-$8.99) or wings cooked in flavors such as

what: island seafood & grille where: 5093 dorchester road, north charleston hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. mon.-sat. for more: 414-7596


BBQ, hot, mild, teriyaki and lemon pepper. Burgers ($3.99-$4.99), cheese steaks ($7.99), fried chicken sandwiches ($5.99) and such, as well as chicken and shrimp salad ($6.99) also adorn the menu. The sea side, so to speak, shows off a bit more, containing seafood gumbo and all sorts of fried offerings: shrimp, flounder, whiting, oysters, clam strips, scallops and crab cakes. you can grab just about any choice in a basket

($6.99), dinner ($8.99$11.99) or platter ($12.99$14.99), plus hush puppies and coleslaw, all stretched out on a big pile of fries inside a recyclable carryout carton. it’s a tasty little batter, the large shrimp cooked head on, emerging crispy and crunchy. The crab cakes are more like crab cake balls, checking in about an ounce apiece. as for the sides, the slaw is unfortunately lacking; it’s just a blase blend without much snap or freshness. Meanwhile, the fries looked to be dusted with seasoning similar to Lawry’s, while the hush puppies are soft and fluffy, and certainly preferable to the coleslaw. regardless, at a minimum, island seafood should certainly settle any cravings for fried foodstuff.

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By deidre schipani Special to The Post and Courier

a feast of fish

Bacco restaurant will hold an italian christmas seafood dinner at 6:30 p.m. dec. 23. “cena de mare” will feature a seafood antipasti bar followed by three courses. check out the menu at The cost is $100, plus tax and gratuity. to reserve a spot, call 884-69969. Bacco is at 976 houston northcutt Blvd., suite o, Mount pleasant.

christmas service

Blossom and Magnolias will be open christmas day. Blossom, 171 east Bay st., will be open noon-8 p.m. and the menu will feature christmas classics. call 7229200. Magnolias, 185 east Bay st., will be offering christmas specials noon-8 p.m. call 577-7771. View the menus at www.


Trout is on the menu at Bacco’s “cena de mare” dinner.

about this king street bar,” usa today touts in its article “10 great places where wine bars serve flights of fancy.” to get in touch with Bin santa comes to tbonz 152, call 577- 7359 or go to tBonz restaurant group will host its 21st annual christmas day with special robert’s redux friends at Liberty tap room robert dickson returns to 182 east Bay st., where the in Mount pleasant. each year, the group former robert’s is now The serves more than 300 meals gin Joint, owned by his to local underprivileged daughter and son-in-law, organizations and orphan- Marielana and Joe raya. ages and delivers more than each sunday through 200 meals to area shut-ins, dec. 23, dickson will reassisted living, and fireenact the robert’s of old. fighters and police officers expect a five-course menu, on duty. wine, coffee, dessert and a christmas meal of turshow tunes. The cost is key, ham and all the tradi$110. reserve at spot by tional sides is prepared and calling 224-8767 or going served by staff and other to community volunteers. sociale mocktails a display of toys, bikes, Just in time for sophisticatelectronics and more are set ed, alcohol-free drinking is up in “santa’s toyland” for sociale’s line of “mocktails.” the children. try them in Lavender Marpraise for wine bar tini, Mojito, cosmopolitan The scene at Bin 152 at 152 or Margarita. king st. is compared to “the good for up to a year after atmosphere of paris’ Left opening, they’re available loBank.” cally at Bottles, caviar & Ba“with its communal tables, nanas and seeking indigo. stools and folding chairs, Learn more at sociale there’s nothing pretentious

citrus begets Zest

citrus to go, a popular carry-out shop at 289 east Bay st., has launched a small cafe in ansonborough square at 334 east Bay st. called cafe Zest. stop in for baked goods, quiche, soups, coffee, croissants, and classic french and american baked goods. call 749-3812.

now open

z Paisano’s Pizza Grill at 1798 ashley river road in west ashley. hours are 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Mondaysunday. 818-4969. z Guadalupe Grill at 1220 Ben sawyer Blvd. in Mount pleasant. hours are 11 a.m.9 p.m. Monday-saturday. on the menu: sonoran hot dogs and street tacos along with quesadillas, burritos and nacho fries. 284-8745 or www. z Sauer Grapes Wine Lounge at 885 island park drive on daniel island. Marie sauer provides an opportunity for tastings, wine education, wines by the glass or by the bottle, as well as nibbles from food By celia. hours are 3-8 p.m. wednesday-saturday. check, for a schedule of tastings and events. 849-1999. z Brown’s Court Bakery at 199 st. philip st. on the menu: pluff mud gruyere sticks, sriracha croissants, baguettes, muffins and more. hours are 7 a.m.7 p.m. Monday-sunday, with happy hour 5-7 p.m., where baked goods are priced 25 percent off. 724-0833 z The Green Door at 251 east Bay st., from the people who brought you roti rolls. 735-9664

opening soon The oyster room at 10 center st. on folly Beach. Michael olsen of snapper Jack’s hopes to open within the next few weeks.


izakaya ramen at 298 king st.

expanding services

wild Thyme catering and events is now serving lunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-friday at 280 west coleman Blvd. in the northcutt plaza shopping center.

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hit the record shelves, there were more than a few open minds ready to receive the band’s poRage Against the Machine XX/Legacy litically charged, incendiary style of music. few had ever heard anything like it, and few musicians in the past 20 years have had listening to that album 20 years later, it still as much political impact as the four men that sounds as fresh and forward-thinking as it did make up rage against the Machine. then. when Zack de la rocha, tim commerford, Legacy has just released a special commemoBrad wilk, and tom Morello released their rative box set to observe the 20th anniversary eponymous major label debut in november of the album’s release. in addition to a cd that 1992, their timing couldn’t have been any better. includes the original studio album remastered The youth of america was just then being along with three bonus B-sides, the set insnapped out of their musical haze from the ’80s, cludes a cd of original demos for the album; thanks to bands such as nirvana and Jane’s ad- a dVd of the complete “Battle of Britain” condiction. so when “rage against the Machine” cert filmed in London in 2010 as well as 22 live

and studio music videos; another dVd that features the band’s first public performance in october 1991 at cal state north ridge as well as 10 additional live performances; a 180-gram vinyl record pressing of the original album; a poster; and a 40-page book with liner notes by public enemy’s chuck d. it’s a lot of material to sift through, and some of it was previously released in one form or another, but for any diehard fan of rage against the Machine, this set is musical heaven.

than a decade before returning home to america. on “Let’s get outta here,” talton’s third release on hittin’ the note records, the singer-songwriter turns in a collection that will delight any fan of that wonderful collision of rock, blues and r&B. “you can’t argue with Love,” co-written by rick hirsh of wet willie fame, is one of those frank songs about that most powerful of human emotions. one of the cd’s best tracks, “slacabamorinico,” is a true story about a confederate veteran who almost singlehandedly brought back the Mardi gras celebrations to Mobile, ala., after

the civil war. talton, accompanied by legendary keyboardist chuck Leavell and a mean brass section, beautifully captures the gulfstate sound associated with alabama and Louisiana without seeming to try to force things. overall, the music on “Let’s get outta here” demonstrates that talton is a musician who knows a thing or two about writing a decent set of songs, but even more important is the fact that the guy still has the vocal and guitar chops that first got him noticed nearly 40 years ago.

olympic games in London, officials threw a concert in hyde park and wanted a contemporary band that best exemplified Britpop at the time. forget the possibility that those officials might very well have tried to reunite oasis for that show, although there’s no evidence that it happened. forget as well the fact that Blur hadn’t really existed as a band for almost a decade before reuniting in 2008. The powers that be at the olympics chose Blur to headline that special closing ceremony concert. Listening to “parklive,” the live recording of the event, it is clear from the opening song, “girls and Boys,” that england is still packed with Blur fans. The audience nearly drowns out singer

damon albarn on many of the songs. for any Blur fan out there, this 25-song, 2-cd set is on par with crowded house’s farewell concert from the steps of the sydney opera house back in 1996. The difference here is that, unlike crowded house, Blur seems to be prepared to continue as long as fans keep showing up to sing with them. This is an exceptional live concert recording of a great band giving it another go, and obviously delighted to be doing so.

rage against the machine


tommy talton

Let’s Get Outta Here/Hittin’ the Note


if the name tommy talton seems familiar to you, then you’re most likely a fan of ’70s southern rock. talton figured heavily into that part of music history, forming the band cowboy, which recorded for the now-defunct capricorn records, and playing guitar with the likes of gregg allman, Bonnie Bramlett and clarence carter. in the ’90s, talton moved to europe, where he toured and recorded successfully for more




Back in the ’90s, if you were a fan of British rock music, then you were likely either a fan of Blur or oasis. it was sort of the same way folks considered themselves fans of either The rolling stones or The Beatles back in the ’60s. while oasis was arguably the more commercially successful of the two bands, especially here in the u.s., there’s no denying the dent that Blur put in the musical culture of the ’90s, especially in the band’s native england. at the conclusion of this year’s summer

key features: the extras are all great, but most interesting is the video footage of that first rage show in october 1991.

key tracks: “you can’t argue with love,” “slacabamorinico,” “give a little bit”

key tracks: “girls and boys,” “beetlebum,” “song 2” — by devin grant

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Chatham County Line

By Matthew godBey Brown. tickets are $13 and Special to The Post and Courier are available online at etix. com or at the door. doors chatham county line open at 8 p.m. as if bluegrass isn’t hard call 571-4343 or go to enough to play well by self, chatham county Line for more information. ups the ante by adhering gasoline heart to the genre’s deep, traditional roots and resisting it’s been a few years, by the abounding modernized last count, since the quintet influences. gasoline heart visited the since forming in 1999, the area, but with a new album north carolina quartet has and a new home base in used only acoustic instrunew york, the timing must ments on stage, preferring be just right for the band’s to huddle around either return. a single microphone or a The band’s alt-rock cluster of them and rotating foundation and the gutpositions in a synchronized tural yearnings hark back dance of sorts. to a young eddie Vedder The difficult, and most by lead singer Louis remarkable, thing is in defabrizio. the way the group sands The group teeters between out the seams, making the all that was great about ’90s merge between song and rock and an earthy, more movement perfectly corfolk-laden undertone that respond. modernizes its appeal. in a live setting, the as a result, the band’s band’s penchant for tradisound plays with an intention leaves no room to hide sity and sincerity. from error, a fact that points if you discover only one even more so to the group’s new indie/rock band this poise. year, make it gasoline chatham county Line heart. will perform tonight at The gasoline heart will perpour house, 1977 Maybank form friday at The sparrow, highway, with Johnny iri1078 e. Montague ave., in on, Zeke hutchins and Jay park circle with death on

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two wheels, Bully pulpit and el camaro. The show starts at 8 p.m. call 744-7753 or go to parkcircle for more.

packway handle band

while young guys playing throwback bluegrass is nothing new, the packway handle Band is probably unlike anything you have heard yet. The athens-bred bluegrass quintet has been weaving its brand of full-hearted, fast-paced traditional bluegrass with patches of barbershop harmonies, gospel-inspired lyrics for the last decade. and while the band plays within the framework of traditional bluegrass, the band often explores more progressive and experimental areas in its music, as well. The packway handle Band will perform saturday at fiery ron’s home team BBQ, 2209 Middle st. on sullivan’s island. tickets are $5 at the door and the show starts at 10 p.m. call 883-3131 or go to for more information.

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MYCharLesTONWeeKeND grand illumination step back in time to 1782 for arthur middleton’s first christmas home after years of service during the american revolution. take a tour through the gardens, which will be illuminated by torchlight, and house museum, decorated for the holidays and lit by candles, as costumed interpreters tell stories of the season at the end of the revolution. attendees also will enjoy live music, refreshments and a southern buffet. when: 6-8 p.m. today and friday where: middleton place, 4300 ashley river road price: $45 adults; $20 children 12 and under for more info: 556-6020 or www. provided

‘west side story’ this tony-award winning broadway musical has been dazzling audiences for more than 50 years. based on shakespeare’s “romeo and Juliet,” this story explores the rivalry between the Jets and the sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds, and a “star-crossed” love that blooms between tony (one of the Jets) and maria (the sister of one of the sharks). the bernstein and sondheim score is considered to be one of broadway’s finest and features such classics as “i feel pretty,” “somewhere,” “something’s coming,” “tonight” and “america.”

when: 7:30 p.m. tuesday and wednesday where: north charleston performing arts center, 5001 coliseum drive price: $32-$62 for more info: www.northcharleston

holiday pops! a lowcountry holiday tradition, this show will feature holiday favorites performed by the charleston symphony orchestra, the cso chorus and the charleston children’s chorus. in partnership with the lowcountry food bank, a donation bin will be set up in the sottile theatre lobby to accept nonperishable food items. when: 7:30 p.m. friday and saturday where: sottile theatre, 44 george st. price: $24 in advance, $29 at the door for more info: 723-7528 or www.

holiday open house

‘the nutcracker’

gather ’round for an afternoon of sipping seasonal fun. local vendors will be on-site selling gift options; shoppers 21 and over will get a complimentary glass of homemade hot mulled wine. in addition to shopping, there will be wine and firefly vodka tastings, food from the stono cafe and live music from de gullah singers and the plantation singers. when: 1-5 p.m. saturday where: irvin-house vineyards, 6775 bears bluff road, wadmalaw island price: free admission for more info: 559-6867 or www.

the charleston ballet theatre is again presenting this holiday staple. watch the story of 1865 charlestonian marie lowndes and her enchanted nutcracker doll, which magically comes to life and transports her to a world of sugar plum fairies and rat Kings. the performances will feature 90 children’s roles, which have been taken on by a rotating cast of the charleston ballet theatre school as well as dance students from throughout the lowcountry who auditioned. the cbt also will be joining forces with the charleston animal society for the second annual “muttcracker,” which aims to find dogs homes for the holidays. when: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. saturday; 3 p.m. sunday where: north charleston performing arts center, 5001 coliseum drive price: $30-$50 for more info: north or www.charlestonballet. org

santa bar crawl

Dancers from “The Land of the Snow” sequence in the Charleston Ballet Theatre’s production of ”The Nutcracker.”

festival of wreaths


this seventh annual event is a celebration of the innovative work of notable charleston designers and doctors, all inspired by their shared commitment to children’s care and wellness. guests are invited to eat, drink and be merry as they bid on favorite wreaths created by some of the area’s top designers. sip on champagne and nibble on festive treats as you enjoy live music and peruse the creations in the running for prizes such as most holiday cheer, most inspired, best in show and all the glitz and glamour. proceeds will benefit musc children’s hospital. when: 6-9 p.m. today where: palmetto cafe, the shops at charleston place, 205 meeting st. price: $15 in advance, $20 at the door for more info: 937-9142 or


santa and his helpers will be invading downtown charleston during this fifth annual event. attendees are encouraged to don their holiday best and “crawl” their way to a number of venues for drink specials, giveaways, costume contests and more. crawlers can go at their own pace. the first 100 to arrive get a free santa hat, and participants who hit every bar will be entered to win a cruise. a portion of the proceeds will go to toys for tots. when: 5 p.m. saturday-2 a.m. sunday where: moe’s downtown tavern, 5 cumberland st. price: $10 for more info: 704-516-2674 or

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Country star leads a growing congregation

By stratton Lawrence Special to The Post and Courier


ncertainty about his future as a recording artist is not the sentiment one expects to hear from a man whose third album, “chief,” took album of the year at the 2012 country Music awards just weeks ago. But as quickly as eric church has risen to the top of the country music charts, he questions whether he’ll stick around for the long haul.

“The way i make records, it takes so much out of me every time. it’s an absolutely brutal process. i hate it, as a matter of fact,” exclaims church, on the phone with charleston scene from his bus in tulsa, okla., amid a tour that brings him to the north charleston coliseum tonight. “i love playing live, though, that’s the thing. The reason i go through the process of making records is to see the crowd’s reaction to these songs when i get on stage. That part is fantastic, and i don’t see it stopping, but the record part — no guarantees there.” church grew up a small-town boy in granite falls, n.c., just across the catawba river from hickory. his story echoes that of thousands who have made their way to nashville, tenn., in pursuit of a dream, and he’s one of the fortunate few to catch sight of the top and hold on. during his college years at appalachian state university in Boone, n.c., church built a local following as a bar performer, taking gigs five nights a week where he’d play anything “if you wrote it on a $20 bill.” from honing his Bruce

if you go what: eric church, with special guests Justin moore and Kip moore when: 7:30 p.m. today where: north charleston coliseum, 5001 coliseum drive price: $37.50-$47.50 more info: www.north springsteen and Jimmy Buffett chops to soaking up the influence of friends who brought him to phish and widespread panic shows, church developed a musical taste that expanded well beyond the ac/dc and Metallica of his high school days and the tom petty and Bob seger he was accustomed to hearing at home and on the radio. “i’m a child of the ’80s, so i grew up with all the music that you’d hear when you went to a ball game or jumped in a friend’s truck,” church explains. “i came of age just as country music entered its boom, with garth (Brooks) in please see church, page 21

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“From my standpoint, I wouldn’t be surprised not to make two or three more records in my career. I don’t know that, but I do know that each one we put out will stand with the others.

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the early ’90s, and i listened to that, and old country stuff, absolutely. But i think the main thing for me is that i came to nashville with a pretty broad, diverse standpoint. i was playing a lot of grateful dead songs, and singersongwriters like John prine and Jerry Jeff walker, plus Little feat and the Band, who are my two favorite artists of all time.” one of church’s current hits is the track “springsteen,” a song that stemmed from a fleeting experience on an amphitheatre lawn, creating a memory that a particular song brings back. he openly admits that his own experience didn’t occur at a springsteen show, but he felt that The Boss best encapsulated the feeling of the song and its potential connection with fans. “everybody has that show they saw where a line in a song or a melody created a memory and a connection that they’re going to remember forever when they hear that song,” church said. “More people have probably had that experience at a springsteen show than any other artist, just because of who he is and the kind of music he makes and who he stands for.” The track debuted on the heels of “drink in My hand,” his first no. 1 single that topped the charts in January. it’s a simple sing-along ode to relaxing and kicking back, a theme and lifestyle prevalent throughout his earlier two albums as well, 2006’s “sinners Like Me” and 2009’s “carolina.”

Writing about life

Like a modern-day willie nelson at the start of his career, church’s polished and produced records mirror the popular country music of his day. church, however, hasn’t waited until later in his career to confess

eric church

John peets

about his favorite pastimes; there’s no hidden message in the song “smoke a Little smoke.” another crowd favorite, “These Boots,” features a reference to hiding his marijuana in his boots from the cops in tupelo, Miss. at the same time, church isn’t afraid to release singles with a deeper cultural significance, including the early single “two pink Lines,” a recollection of a teenage pregnancy scare where he acknowledges that “two pink lines” would have changed his life’s trajectory: “one means none, and we’re home free. two means three and a diamond ring. i wonder what fate is going to decide, we’re sittin’ round waiting on two pink lines.” “you have to be able to go there as a songwriter,” church said of his down-to-earth, realist writing style. “honestly, ‘two pink Lines’ was one of the first big stiffs we had with radio because people didn’t want to hear about the subject matter, but it’s something that happens. it’s real life, and i’m

proud that we wrote those songs.” church took the same approach to one of the “chief” singles, “homeboy.” The song is a plea to a little brother to give up his criminal path and return home to a blue-collar life, a small house and his high school fling. “ ‘homeboy’ has some racially charged elements in it, and i’m not trying to stir the pot; it’s just reporting on what’s happening in america,” he said. “a lot of that stuff, you just have to not be afraid to write about what’s going on. at the same time, people want to have a good time. Music is entertainment. it can be informative, it can be smart, and it can be clever, but people still have to want to come to a show or sit in their truck and listen to the music.” for any country singer, however cliche or simple a particular song may be, success is usually gauged by the ability to tap the pulse of blue-collar middle america. it was during his college days that church first realized that

people felt a connection with his songs, when he’d return to a venue and patrons would request an original song he’d played before. “That was the first time for me where i said, ‘Maybe i can do this for a living,’ ” he recalls. when he moved to nashville after graduating, breaking off an engagement and a corporate career following his degree in marketing, it wasn’t to be a singer. “i went there to be a songwriter, and the artist thing sort of found me. i was writing songs for other people and pitching them, and people started to say, ‘That guy should be doing his own thing.’ i didn’t have an avenue for my songs; i was just going to pitch them to other singers and fate intervened.”

Boots in the air

after three albums, culminating in a grammy nomination and cMa award for “chief,” church sounds like he’s in need of a break to get back to living the laid-back lifestyle he sings about. “from my standpoint, i wouldn’t be surprised not to make two or three more records in my career. i don’t know that, but i do know that each one we put out will stand

with the others,” church said. “i’m a perfectionist and i have a vision for my songs, and getting them from my guitar and what i hear in my head to the recording is a long, arduous process. i’d be surprised if you and i were having a conversation in 10 or 15 years and i was still making records, just because of what it takes out of me.” The end result, however, is still worth it, church said. he lights up when he mentions how half an arena of people hoist their boots in the air during “These Boots,” a song that was never a radio hit. “it’s fun ... for me to sit there and watch people take their boots off, or sing along to ‘sinners Like Me,’ ” church said, adding that he’s particularly excited to return to charleston, a town he recalls visiting on a grade-school weekend field trip. “since i started touring, it’s become one of my favorite places to just jog around town before a show, and a couple of my favorite restaurants in the country are there. and it’s cool that it’s not too far from where i’m from, so it has that feel of being back at home.” soon after playing charleston, church will take a month off for the holidays before touring canada and then joining kenny chesney for the spring and summer of 2013. he’ll also release his first live album, recorded at the tivoli Theatre in chattanooga, tenn., early next year. in his down time, he said he’s already starting to write “a little bit.” “That’s the thing; i’m still somewhat recovering from ‘chief,’ but i’m a songwriter,” he said. “everyone’s always asking when the next record will be. i’m still trying to figure it all out. But as long as we can continue to push the envelope, i’m willing to go anywhere this leads.”

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A photo from Mikayla Mackaness’ “Immersed.”

immerse yourself in photos, music of season


“ ‘water’ was my first word. it is my liquid of choice. i drink a lot of it. My favorite thing to do is swim in the rain. i love water. truly.” photojournalist Mikayla Mackaness’ words are as poetic as her collection of underwater photographs, called “immersed,” now on display at the charleston center for photography. “These photographs are a collection of moments that happened with me underwater,” she said. “They are made of two exhibitions that both started in spoleto, traveled worldwide, and have landed back in the states again, here in charleston. They were made over three years, with the last one made in 2011. “They combine natural and

underwater lighting to create moods and colors that, hopefully, care to move your imagination. “These were so much fun to make: from the assistants, to the models, to the onlookers: just swimming and making photographs. These are, to me, a fluid embrace of light.” with a Bachelor of arts in visual journalism and a graduate certificate in peace and conflict resolution, Mackaness has had an interesting life working as a humanitarian relief coordinator. she has lived and worked in dozens of places all over the world, and returned to charleston several years ago. “photography is spiritual for me,” she said. “it’s seeking, finding and sharing light in a surround. a stilled moment memorized forever. ... Memorizing the emotion, movement, wrinkle, touch, that’s what a photographer does. we share humanity’s light.” “immersed” will be on display at the center for photography, 654 king st., until the end of december. call 720-3105 or go to www.

unsilent night

The new Music collective is again organizing phil kline’s unsilent night, to be held at 5 p.m. saturday. This is a moving sound installation held at various days and times throughout the country. here’s how it works: attendees gather in one location — charleston’s location will be the city gallery at waterfront park. everyone brings some sort of media-playing device (cd players, ipods, cell phones, old-school boomboxes) and is given a cd or an Mp3 that creator phil kline has put together specifically for the event. attendees are told to press play at a specific time and the music is amplified by all the various devices while the “carolers” walk throughout the city. kline has been doing this for years and the concept continues to spread. to join, email ron wiltrout at ron@newmusic ahead of time. “The more the merrier! Bring the whole family! strollers welcome! even the dog!” wiltrout said.

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leap’s art & oysters fundraiser photographs by marie rodriguez

dozens of people came out to a.w. shucks on sunday to show their support for Lowcountry equine-assisted psychotherapy at its annual art & oysters fundraiser. The event featured a silent auction, music by yeehaw Junction, all-you-could-eat oysters, beer, wine and more. funds went toward providing services at Leap’s three facilities in the tri-county area. check out more photos from the event at

B.J. and Maggie Seagle

Julie Lipovsky, Dr. Kathleen Broughan and Mary Anne Luttrell

Angella Blanton and Scott Flynn

Kendall PhelpsPolirer and Trish Jeffrey

Ture and Susan Nyman

Ginny O’Brien and Sandy Farkas

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YeeHaw Junction performs.

Adam Bevins and Diana Booth

Rachel Kepes, Cathy Kepes and Beth Keyserling

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Today Works by Lisa Graves

what: “lowcountry reflections,” a collection of works by local artist lisa graves, will be on display for window viewing. her work features landscapes and seascapes inspired by her travels throughout the lowcountry. when: through dec. 30 where: the meeting place, 1077 e. montague ave. price: free more info: 740-5854 or www.

Art Exhibit

what: concurrent solo exhibitions. indiana-based mixed media artist michelle peterlin will display paintings of objects and mementos from her travels over the last five years in her exhibit, “window dressing” and tennessee-based printmaker Jennifer stonekingstewart will present images of nature reclaiming a place in her exhibit, “packed up.” when: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. through dec. 30 where: north charleston city gallery, charleston area conven-

tion center, 5001 coliseum drive more info: 740-5854 or www.

Pirate Tour

what: in authentic costume, accompanied by his parrot capt. bob, eric lavender shares stories of the pirates who plundered, partied and perished in charles towne during this “golden age of piracy” walking tour. accounts include stories of blackbeard, stede bonnet, the romance between calico Jack and anne bonny, and more. when: 10 a.m. mon.-sat.; 1 p.m. sun. where: powder magazine, 79 cumberland st. price: $24.50 more info: 442-7299 or www.

Holiday Boat Cruise

what: enjoy charleston harbor at sunset while listening to historical and holiday tales of the city. when: 5-6:30 p.m. dec. 13-15, 20-22 where: charleston maritime center, 10 wharfside st. price: $30 adults, $20 children more info: 849-8687 or www.

Festival of Lights

what: Journey down a threemile driving tour jam-packed with holiday light displays, then stretch your legs and enjoy the attractions within winter wonderland and santa’s village. when: 5:30-10 p.m. sun.-thurs.; 5:30-11 p.m. fri-sat., through dec. 31 where: James island county park, 871 riverland drive price: $12 per vehicle sun.-thurs., $15 fri.-sat. more info: 795-4386 or www.

Holiday Hoedown

what: people with special needs, along with their families and friends, are invited to get dressed in western gear and welcome the holiday country-style. dance to a dJ, watch an ice sculpture creation and have light refreshments with mrs. claus. tickets are limited; advance purchase is recommended. a registered and paid chaperone is required for participants ages 15 and under. when: 6-8 p.m. dec. 13 where: north charleston wan-

namaker county park, 8888 university blvd. price: $5 general, $4 with ccr discount, $5 on-site (if available) more info: 795-4386 or www.

Holiday Singles Night

what: single professionals are invited to this social where refreshments will be served and guests can enter to win a dinner-for-two giveaway from bambu restaurant. proceeds will benefit toys for tots. when: 6-8 p.m. dec. 13 where: charleston place hotel, 205 meeting st. price: $20 more info: 529-9960

‘Christmas Special’

what: brad and Jennifer moranz will present their annual show,“the charleston christmas special,” a singing, dancing, comedy-musical spectacular for the whole family. when: 7 p.m. dec. 13-15, 20-22; 2 p.m. dec. 15, 22; 3 p.m. dec. 16 where: charleston music hall, 37 John st. price: $16-$34 more info: 800-514-3849 or www.bradandJennifermoranz.


‘The Little Mermaid’

what: the crabpot players will present disney’s musical “the little mermaid,” about the beautiful young mermaid, ariel, her love for prince eric, her longing to leave the ocean kingdom and the deal she makes with the evil sea witch, ursula. when: 7:30 p.m. dec. 13-15 where: palmetto hall, 4600 palm blvd. price: $10-$15 more info: 410-8886 or www.

Threshold production

what: in “santa claus conquers the martians,” the children of mars are missing out on the joys of childhood, so the martian leaders hatch a plot to kidnap santa claus and bring him to their planet. landing on earth, the alien crew and their robot encounter plucky earth kids, angry elves and a polar bear as they make their way to santa’s north pole workshop. for children 6 and up and immature adults. when: 7:30 p.m. dec. 13-15; 2 p.m. dec. 14, 16

where: threshold repertory theatre, 84 society st. price: $10-$15 more info: 367-7653 or www.

‘A Christmas Story’

what: this charleston stage production, based on the beloved holiday movie classic “a christmas story,” will explore 10-year-old ralphie parker’s attempts to get a daisy brand red ryder bb rifle for christmas and the mishaps and misadventures he experiences along the way. when: 7:30-9 p.m. dec. 13-15; 5 p.m. dec. 16 where: dock street theatre, 135 church st. price: $34.50-$48.50 adults; $32.50-$38.50 seniors (60+); $22.50-$48.50 students (25 and under) more info: 577-7183 or www.

‘A Sweet T. Christmas’

what: this “holiday whodunit” is for those looking to share some laughs this season with a mystery that’s a little bit sweet and a whole

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Today Shrimp City Slim

what: lowcountry bluesman on piano and vocals during happy hour. when: 5 p.m. dec. 13 where: toast restaurant, 155 meeting st.

Frank Duvall Trio

what: live jazz and drink specials during high steppin’ happy hour. when: band 5-9 p.m. thursdays; happy hour 4-7 p.m. where: high cotton, 199 east bay st. more info: 724-3815 or www.

Dan Clamp

what: acoustic guitarist. when: 6-9 p.m. thursdays where: the grill on the edge, 41 center st.

Steve Joy & Chris Christ

what: Jazz standards from steve Joy on sax and chris christ on guitar. when: 7-10:30 p.m. thursdays where: gaslight art & wine, 1715 hollydale ct. more info: 559-8877

Steve Simon quintet

what: “cool jazz” clarinetist and a group of lowcountry jazz pros.

when: 7-10 p.m. thursdays where: barsa tapas, lounge, 58 line st.

Folly Beach | Bluegrass Society

what: open jam of “bluegrass, old-time, country, folk.” when: 7-10 p.m. thursdays where: folly beach crab shack, 24 center st.

Steve Carroll & The Bograts

what: traditional irish folk tunes and tavern favorites. when: 8:30 p.m. every thursday, friday and saturday where: tommy condon’s irish pub, 160 church st.

2 Cool

what: acoustic and electric favorites. when: 7-11 p.m. dec. 13 where: molly darcy’s, 235 east bay st.

Ronnie & Dale

what: classic pop/southern rock/ vintage country/blues and “everything in between” from ronnie Johnson and dale baker. when: 7 p.m. thursdays where: buddyroe’s shrimp shack, 1528 ben sawyer blvd., mount pleasant

Chatham County Line

what: americana/bluegrass/ folk quartet out of raleigh, with Johnny irion, zeke hutchins and Jay brown for this “holiday electric tour.” when: 8 p.m. doors dec. 13 where: the pour house, 1977 maybank highway price: $11 in advance, $13 day of show more info: 571-4343 or www.

Give Thanks Band

what: wilmington, n.c.-based dub/reggae/roots band will play island reggae night, with steve martinez. when: 9 p.m.-2 a.m. dec. 13 where: fiery ron’s home team bbQ, 2209 middle st., sullivan’s island price: $5

Plane Jane

what: seven-piece party band covers all favorites from the ’60s to today. when: thursdays where: wild wing cafe, 644 coleman blvd., mount pleasant

The Mobros

what: rock/blues/latin/soul out of camden.

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events from page e26 lot of silly. it will include professional actors, volunteer audience roles, a video short, a la carte beer/wine/desserts, as well as a mystery shoppe with holiday gifts. when: 7:30 p.m. thurs. sat.; 4 p.m. sun., through dec. 30 where: the black fedora comedy mystery theatre, 164 church st. price: $24; call for student, senior and military discounts more info: 937-6453 or www. sweettchristmas.php

‘A Tuna Christmas’

what: set in texas’ third smallest town, tuna, this comedic play is centered on the town’s annual christmas lawn display contest and the “christmas phantom,” who is mysteriously vandalizing the entries. when: 8 p.m. dec. 13-15; 3 p.m. dec. 16 where: the footlight players, 20 Queen st. price: $25 adult, $22 senior, $15 student more info: 722-4487 or www.

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‘Radio Christmas’

what: the flowertown players will perform “old time radio christmas,” a holiday comedy set in the 1960s that takes place in a haunted theater, where a group of actors are trying to put on the annual christmas radio show. guests who bring five non-perishable items to donate to the lowcountry food bank will receive $5 off each ticket. when: 8 p.m dec. 13-15; 2 p.m dec. 15-16 where: the historic James f. dean theater, 133 s. main st., summerville price: $25 more info: 875-9251 or www.

Friday ‘Celebrate the Season’

what: this month-long holiday festival includes driving tours through led light displays and fairs will feature choral concerts and other live entertainment, as well as crafts, festive foods, tours of the stony landing house, children’s activities, visits from santa and more. proceeds from this green power event will benefit charities serving berkeley county. when: 5-9:30 p.m. fri.-sun. through dec. 23

Plane Jane

what: seven-piece party band covers all favorites from the ’60s to today. when: fridays where: wild wing cafe, 7618 rivers ave.

Gasoline Heart w/ Death on Two Wheels

what: live indie/jazz/latin music and drink specials during high steppin’ happy hour. when: band 5-9 p.m. fridays; happy hour 4-7 p.m. where: high cotton, 199 east bay st. more info: 724-3815 or www.

what: alternative/americana/ italian pop from gasoline heart out of brooklyn, n.y., and indie/ rock/alternative from death on two wheels out of atlanta. when: 8 p.m. dec. 14 where: the sparrow, 1078 e. montague ave. price: $8

Nick Black

Cotton Blue

what: “acoustic folky soul music” from newcomer singerguitarist. when: 6-9 p.m. fridays and saturdays where: the grill on the edge, 41 center st.

what: gator rob & detroit debbie play rock, blues and variety. when: 8 p.m. dec. 14 where: tru blues, 1039 Johnnie dodds blvd.

Jamie Lee Thurston

Randy Pender

what: live music. when: 6-10 p.m. dec. 14 where: blackbeard’s cove family fun park, 3255 u.s. highway 17, mount pleasant

what: country/southern rock musician out of nashville, tenn., will celebrate his birthday. when: 9 p.m. dec. 14 where: the dive, 2316 red bank road price: free

Sam Singleton


what: classic covers from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. when: 6:30-9:30 p.m. fridays, where: oscar’s of summerville, 207 west 5th north st. price: free more info: 871-3800 or www.

what: blues/classic rock/rock cover band. when: dec. 14-15 where: sand dollar social club, 7 center st.

Calhoun’s Calling what: party rock band.

where: old santee canal park, 900 stony landing road price: $5 per vehicle more info: 899-5200 or www.

Holiday Market

what: two days of local food trucks, music, beers and vendors will also include keg tossing, tarot card readings, local holiday crafts and a squatch calling contest (freestyle). canned goods will be collected for the food bank and used winter coats will be collected for the victims of hurricane sandy. when: 5-9 p.m. dec. 14 and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. dec. 15 where: holy city brewing, 4155 dorchester road price: $3 or free with donations of canned goods or winter coat. more info: 937-9800

‘The No Hole Holiday’

what: sprouts musical theater will perform this holiday musical, which tells the story of axel, an elf hired to santa’s personal staff. the theater will be collecting donations for windwood family services and florence crittenton programs. when: 6:30 p.m. dec. 14; 3 p.m. dec. 15; 5 p.m. dec. 16 where: creative spark arts cenwhen: 9 p.m.-midnight fridays where: folly beach crab shack, 24 center st.

Ryan Bonner

what: americana/indie/rock. when: dec. 14 where: new moon pizzeria & pub, 2817 maybank highway

Wormsloew Trio

what: Jam band/pop/rock/alternative out of georgia. when: 9 a.m.-midnight dec. 14 where: fiery ron’s home team bbQ, 1205 ashley river road price: free

Ronnie Johnson Band

what: blues/southern rock/ country/roots rock. when: 9 p.m. fridays and saturdays where: buddy roe’s shrimp shack, 1528 ben sawyer blvd.

Same As It Ever Was

what: new wave/pop/punk from the talking heads tribute band out of Knoxville, tenn. when: 9 p.m. doors dec. 14 where: the pour house, 1977 maybank highway price: $10 advance, $12 day-ofshow more info: 571-4343 or www.

saturday Disco Demolition Knights

what: the self-described “psycho rock, blues and jazz” band will

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ter, 757 long point road, mount pleasant price: $15 advance, $17 at the door more info: 881-3780 or www.

Sound of Charleston

what: experience the sounds that define charleston’s charm and heritage: jazz, gospel, gershwin, gullah, spirituals, civil war songs and more. when: 7 p.m. 14, 21, 28 where: circular congregational church, 150 meeting st. price: $28 adults, $25 seniors, $16 students, children 12 and under free more info: 270-4903 or www.

Anniversary Party

what: “easels at the edge” will celebrated the restaurant’s first anniversary and will include heavy hors d’oeuvres, a two-hour painting class (supplies included), happy hour drink specials and more. when: 7 p.m. dec. 14 where: the grill on the edge, 41 center st., folly beach price: $30 more info: 633-0143 or jody@

saturday ‘Whale of a Sale’

what: the Junior league of charleston, inc. will host its 38th annual “whale of a sale” garage sale and fundraiser, showcasing furniture, appliances, clothes, computer equipment, electronics, books, toys and holiday decorations, all sold at bargain prices. when: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. dec. 15 where: omar shrine temple, 176 patriots point road price: free admission.

Kids’ Christmas Cruise

what: Join twinkle the elf and her friends, Jingle and Jangle, in this holiday spectacular, which will include singing, cookies and other desserts, coffee and cocoa, as well as a special visit from mr. and mrs. claus. when: 11:30 a.m. dec. 15 where: carolina Queen (boat), city marina, lockwood drive price: $25 adults, $15 children more info: 722-1112 or www. special-events-kids-christmascruises.cfm

‘Madeline’s Christmas’

what: charleston stage will present an adaptation of the children’s classic “madeline,” as

she and her friends are off on adventures beyond their wildest dreams. when: 3-5 p.m. dec. 15; 7:309:30 p.m. dec. 16 where: dock street theatre, 135 church st. price: all tickets $22.50 more info: 577-7183 or www.

Fall Oyster Roast

what: the public is invited to the restaurant every saturday through december for roasted oysters, “bert’s texas chili,” football and live music. when: 4-8 p.m. dec. 15, 22, 29 where: morgan creek grill, 80 41st ave., isle of palms price: $15 all-you-can-eat more info: 886-8980 or www. oyster_roasts

Boombox Caroling

what: presented by the new music collective, this “unsilent night” is for public-participation in this electronic caroling ensemble. once gathered, the group will travel to marion square carrying boomboxes, which will play different samples of holiday songs recorded by phil Kline.

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participants are asked to rsvp and pets and children of all ages are welcome to join. when: 5-6 p.m. dec. 15 where: city gallery at waterfront park, 34 prioleau st. price: free more info:

Christmas on Ice

what: this holiday-themed ice show will feature national medalist and olympic hopeful barbie long, along with local rising stars of the ice. when: 6 p.m. dec. 15 where: carolina ice palace, 7665 northwoods blvd.

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Jazz & Blues Fundraiser

Howliday Open House

what: this event will benefit families helping families, a palmetto project program, with live entertainment from members of the charleston Jazz orchestra, the oscar rivers group, smoky weiner & the hot links and the charleston blues and Jazz clubs. when: 4-8 p.m. dec. 16 where: bowen’s island restaurant, 1868 bowen’s island road price: $10

what: this holiday event will include views of the harbor, live cabaret-style entertainment, holiday treats and desserts, coffee and cocoa and a fully stocked cash bar, with special holiday drinks available for purchase. when: 7 p.m. dec. 15 where: carolina Queen (boat), city marina, lockwood drive price: $29.95 more info: 722-1112 or www.

what: Join in for a day of meeting adoptable dogs, crafts and photos of your pet, raffles, snacks and refreshments. all proceeds will go to daisy’s place retriever rescue to help with vetting and flea/heartworm medicines. lucky puppy truck will be on site as well as dr. artise stewart, canine physical therapist with the charleston veterinary referral center. when: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. dec. 16 where: wag-n-splash, 1040 gardner road, charleston price: free more info: 697-5652 or www.

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Holiday Cocktail Cruise

play this week’s oyster roast. when: 4-8 p.m. saturdays where: morgan creek grill, 80 41st ave., isle of palms more info: 886-8980

Frank Duvall Trio

what: live jazz and drink specials during high steppin’ happy hour. when: band 5-9 p.m. saturdays; happy hour 4-7 p.m. where: high cotton, 199 east bay st. more info: 724-3815 or www.

Swamp Pop Princess

what: louisiana singer/guitarist shelly waters in her acoustic duo format. when: 7 p.m. dec. 15 where: med bistro, 90 folly road blvd.

Ocean Drive Party Band

what: dance tunes from the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. when: 7 p.m. aug. 18 where: vfw post 3142, 3555 dorchester road price: $5 more info: 224-6206 or www.

The Bill Show

what: acoustic rock/alternative. when: 3-6 p.m. sundays where: folly beach crab shack, 24 center st.

what: pop, rock, dance and party covers. when: 10 p.m. dec. 15 where: r pub, 1836 ashley river road

what: acoustic/lounge/rock. when: sundays where: wild wing cafe, 7618 rivers ave.

Packway Handle Band

what: southern/country. when: sundays where: wolf track, 1807 parsonage road

what: alternative and experimental bluegrass group out of athens, ga. when: 10 p.m.-2 a.m. dec. 15 where: fiery ron’s home team bbQ, 2209 middle st. price: $5

sunday New South Jazzmen

what: traditional american jazz during brunch. when: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. sundays where: high cotton, 199 east bay st. more info: 724-3815 or www.

Jazz & Blues Jam

what: members of the charleston Jazz orchestra, the oscar rivers group, smoky weiner & the hot links and the charleston blues and Jazz clubs will perform to benefit the palmetto project’s “families helping families” program. when: 4-8 p.m .dec. 16 where: bowen’s island restaurant, 1868 bowen’s island road price: $10 more info: 300-5411

Cattle in the Cane

what: guitarist/vocalist from local experimental/indie rock group heyrocco. when: dec. 15 where: new moon pizzeria & pub, 2817 maybank highway

what: bluegrass/folk/country/ blues/gypsy j and drink specials during high steppin’ happy hour. when: 5-9 p.m. sundays where: high cotton, 199 east bay st. more info: 724-3815 or www.

Train Wrecks

Dale Baker Pro Jam

Nathan Merli

what: americana/rock/rockabilly/alternative country out of savannah, ga. when: 9 p.m.-2 a.m. dec. 15 where: fiery ron’s home team bbQ, 1205 ashley river road price: $5

what: local musicians join in for an evening of southern rock, country, blues and more. when: 6 p.m. sundays where: buddyroe’s shrimp shack, 1528 ben sawyer blvd.

Gracious Day

Plane Jane

what: 7-piece party band covers all favorites from the ’60s to today. when: sundays where: wild wing cafe, 36 n. market st.

Monday Margaret Coleman & Wayne Dawes

what: acoustic/folk/jazz and drink specials during high steppin’ happy hour. when: band 5-9 p.m. mondays; happy hour 4-7 p.m.

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ace’s on bridge


At the table, South knew that his partner’s four-club bid would deliver a degree of spade fit and suitability for slam, and he gambled that he would be able to discard diamonds from dummy onhishearts,orthatawell-placed queen would give him a finesse for slam. A casual onlooker might take a cursoryglanceattoday’sdealand remark on the dangers of reaching a grand slam that appears to hinge on a finesse. You would be right in theory, of course, but wrong in practice. The grand slam comes closer to an 85 percent chance if properly handled. With that hint, let’s reassess declarer’s best line on the lead of a top club.

The play is to take the club king with the ace, then ruff a club with the queen, followed by the spade ace, and the spade six to the nine. When trumps behave, as they will do at least two-thirds of the time, you take a second club ruff, then play a heart to the 10, take a third club ruff, and finally lead a diamond to the ace. At this point, South’s diamond loser can be discarded on the spade jack and the last four tricks aretakenwithSouth’s100honors in hearts. This line of play is known as a dummy-reversal, in that by ruffing in the long hand you get six trump tricks where only five had seemed to exist. If trumps break 4-1, you take the diamond finesse, of course.

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Tuesday Holy City Messiah

what: handel’s best known work, “messiah” will be performed by the charleston symphony orchestra choir. when: 7:30 p.m. dec. 18 where: cathedral of st. John the baptist, 120 broad st. price: $30 advance, $35 at the door, if available more info: 723-7528 or www.

Christmas and Cowboys

what: local musicians laura ball, Kevin Kreamer, ed hunnicutt, chris florian and friends will present a holiday event with stories, comedy and christmas tunes and sing-a-longs, as well as treats and sweets from cannonborough bev. co. and haypenny confections (bring some cash for the “bar”). when: 7:30 p.m. dec. 18 where: gage hall, unitarian church of charleston, 4 archdale st. price: $15 general, $10 students more info: 723-4617

Wednesday Laugh for a Lincoln

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thursday, december 13, 2012: E29 prov comedy. arrive by 7:30 p.m. for tickets. when: 8-10 p.m. wednesdays, through dec. 26 where: theatre 99, 280 meeting st. price: $5 more info: 853-6687 or www.

Thursday, Dec. 20 Third Thursday

what: music and entertainment will be all over town with lowcountry classics, Jerry galloway and more, as well as the art walk on short central and the shops and restaurants will have hot deals and cool meals. when: 5-8 p.m. where: historic downtown summerville, 200 s. main st. price: free more info: 871-7260 or www.

Holy City Messiah

what: handel’s best known work, “messiah” will be performed by the charleston symphony orchestra choir. when: 7 p.m. dec. 20 where: st. theresa catholic church, 11001 dorchester road price: $25 advance, $30 at the door, if available more info: 723-7528 or www.

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Tuesday James Slater Trio

what: live indie/jazz/latin music and drink specials during high steppin’ happy hour. when: band 5-9 p.m. tuesdays; hapy hour 4-7 p.m. where: high cotton, 199 east bay st. more info: 724-3815 or www.

Shrimp City Slim

what: classic lowcountry, chicago, and new orleans blues piano/vocals. when: 5 p.m. dec. 18 where: mad river bar & grill, 32 n. market st. price: free more info: 723-0032 or www.

Keith Bruce

what: guitarist/songwriter. when: 6 p.m. dec. 18 where: castaways grille, 1291 folly road

Gaslight Street

what: local rock/blues/soul/ roots music. when: 9 a.m.-midnight dec. 18

where: fiery ron’s home team bbQ, 1205 ashley river road price: free

Whiskey Diablo

what: self-described “dirty rockn-roll and gutter country with a touch of swingin’ jazz.” when: 9 p.m. dec. 18 where: tattooed moose, 1137 morrison drive

Mac Calhoun

what: local singer-songwriter. when: 9 p.m.-midnight tuesdays where: folly beach crab shack, 24 center st.

Wednesday Anne Caldwell w/ Larry Ford Trio

what: live jazz and drink specials during high steppin’ happy hour. when: band 5-9 p.m. wednesdays; happy hour 4-7 p.m. where: high cotton, 199 east bay st.

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Hick Child Soup

what: local americana folkgrass band will play this week’s barn Jam. when: 6-10 p.m. dec. 19 where: sewee outpost, 4853 u.s. highway 17

Barn Jam

what: live music from the eleventh hour, rosdale and hick child soup, presented by awendaw green. when: 6-10 p.m. dec. 19 where: sewee outpost, 4853 u.s. highway 17 price: $5 suggested donation more info:

Keith Bruce

what: guitarist/songwriter. when: 6 p.m. dec. 19 where: iacofano’s italian bistro and bar, 626 coleman blvd.

The Bushels

what: acoustic/bluegrass/ americana. when: 7:30-10:30 p.m. wednesdays where: tbonz gill & grill, 80 n. market st. more info: 577-2511

Danielle Howle

what: alternative/american roots music from danielle howle and experimental rock from firework show at this “prime time xmas special.” when: 9 p.m.-1 a.m. dec. 19 where: fiery ron’s home team bbQ, 2209 middle st. price: $5

Jeff Houts

what: acoustic/classic rock/ reggae. when: 9 p.m.-midnight wednesdays where: folly beach crab shack, 24 center st.

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B.C. By Mastroianni & Hart

SALLY FORTH By Francesco Marciuliano & Craig Macintosh

PEANuTS By Charles Schulz

JuMP START By Robb Armstrong

BLONDIE By Dean Young

DuSTIN By Steve Kelley & Jeff Parker

CuRTIS By Ray Billingsley


word game yesterday’s word: scarier

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words must be four or more letters. words which acquire four letters by the addition of “s,” such as “bats,” are not used. only one form of a verb is used. for example, either “pose” or “posed,” not both. no proper nouns or slang words are used.

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

MARMADuKE By Brad & Paul Anderson

BIZARRO By Dan Piraro

Yesterday’s Solution

ZIGGY By Tom Wilson

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NON SEquITuR By Wiley Miller

BEETLE BAILEY By Mort, Greg & Brian Walker


JuDGE PARKER By Woody Wilson & Mike Manley

FOR BETTER OR for WORSE By Lynn Johnston

ROSE IS ROSE By Pat Brady & Don Wimmer

MARY WORTH By Joe Giella & Karen Moy


HI AND LOIS By Brian & Greg Walker & Chris Browne

LuANN By Greg Evans

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THE WIZARD OF ID By Brant Parker

BABY BLuES By Jerry Scott & Rick Kirkman

DILBERT By Scott Adams

ANDY CAPP By Reg Smythe

HAGAR THE HORRIBLE By Chris Browne GET FuZZY By Darby Conley

ZITS By Jerry Scott & Jim Borgman

GRAND AVENuE By Steve Breen

today’s horoscope aries (march 21-april 19): plan a get-together with old friends or take a moment to re-evaluate your strategy for the upcoming year. this is a great day to talk about your plans.

leo (July 23-aug. 22): don’t allow anyone to weigh you down with responsibilities that don’t belong to you. put your priorities in order.

sagittarius (nov. 22dec. 21): your enthusiasm will motivate others to pitch in and help. getting together with someone from your past will lead to deception.

taurus (april 20-may 20): your partnerships must be looked at carefully. size up who has done what and make an effort to equalize your position.

virgo (aug. 23-sept. 22): shopping, socializing and sharing with friends will be a pick-me-up as long as you don’t take on too much or overspend in the process. set your budget.

capricorn (dec. 22-Jan. 19): uncertainty will kick in, causing you selfdoubt and the possibility of making a costly mistake. rethink your plans.

gemini (may 21-June 20): respond graciously. love and compassion will help you avoid discord. not everyone will agree with your choices.

libra (sept. 23oct. 22): listen to what elders in your family and workplace have to say. don’t get angry when what’s needed is making a difference.

cancer (June 21-July 22): look at your past before you decide on future prospects. you must ensure that you will be victorious before you tell everyone your plans.

scorpio (oct. 23-nov. 21): don’t question your desires. shying away from something you’ve wanted to do for a long time will leave you depressed.

aQuarius (Jan. 20-feb. 18): listen carefully and respond slowly. ask questions and look at what’s being offered and the type of results you can expect to get. pisces (feb. 19-march 20): focus on travel, love and learning about different lifestyles and traditions. don’t be too quick to

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thursday, december 13, 2012: E35

Dental school would welcome treasures

these questions should have you singing carols


By reBekah Bradford Special to The Post and Courier


ead2head brings you the first part in our christmas trivia extravaganza. considering how long stores have been playing christmas tunes, it seems everyone should score high on this week’s topic: christmas carols. current champ Justin klein is going up against newcomer Vicky douglas.


1. “chestnuts roasting on an open fire” is the first line to what song? 2. in the song “the twelve days of christmas,” what was given on the 10th day? 3. name the only two reindeer that are mentioned in “here comes santa claus.” 4. what popular christmas song did Judy garland sing in the movie “meet me in st. louis?” 5. what color christmas does elvis presley have? 6. according to the guinness book of world records, what is the best-selling christmas song of all time? 7. what song is this line from: “oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful?” 8. what song has the request to “bring us a figgy pudding?” 9. “pa rum pum pum pum” is from what song? 10. who wrote the song “happy xmas (war is over)?”


John Lennon wrote a protest song about the Vietnam War that became a Christmas standard. Do you know the name of the song?

Justin’s answers

1. can’t think of the name. 2. maids milking 3. donner and blitzen 4. “Jingle bells” 5. a blue one. 6. i don’t know. 7. is it just called “a christmas song?” 8. “we wish you a merry christmas” 9. “little drummer boy?” 10. John lennon

conclusion Justin did his best to defend his title, but this week brings a new head2head trivia champ. vicky will attempt a second win next week when head2head brings you christmas trivia part 2.

vicky’s answers

1. i can hear frank sinatra singing it in my head, but the song title is a blank. 2. i’m going through the days ... is it the lords-aleaping? 3. blitzen and vixen, i think. 4. that’s a good movie. um, is she singing “have yourself a merry little christmas?” 5. blue 6. possibly “Jingle bells.” 7. “let it snow!” repeat two times. 8. “we wish you a merry christmas” 9. “little drummer boy” 10. one of my favorite christmas songs. John lennon.

correct answers 1. “the christmas song” 2. 10 lords-a-leaping 3. vixen and blitzen 4. “have yourself a merry little christmas” 5. blue 6. “white christmas,” sung by bing crosby

7. “let it snow!” 8. “we wish you a merry christmas” 9. “the little drummer boy” 10. John lennon

ear aBBy: i must respond to “always his Mom,” who asked what to do with her grown son’s baby teeth. she can contact the college of dentistry close to her and ask if the school would like to have the baby teeth the tooth fairy collected. when i was in dental school, we used deciduous teeth (baby teeth) to study the dental anatomy of children. it’s rare to have a complete set from one person, which would make these a good learning aid for students. when i was in school, the deciduous teeth were nearly smooth because of the number of students who had handled them, making them very difficult to identify. — doug froM soLon, iowa DEAR DOUG: Your suggestion to contact a dental school and ask if they would be interested in using the baby teeth as learning aids is sensible. Other readers offered some “unique” ideas on the subject: dear aBBy: i’d like to comment about what to do with those baby teeth. The original reasoning behind the tooth under the pillow custom was to keep witches from getting them and casting a spell on the child. The traditional disposition of those teeth was straight into the fire! — Ladawn in wisconsin dear aBBy: i had a neighbor with five children. she also kept their baby teeth and was inspired to use them to make a present for her father. at the time, we were into casting things in plastic, so she bought a mold for a toilet seat and embedded all the teeth neatly into it. her father refused to use it because he said it would be like sitting in a shark’s mouth. — caroLe in giLford, n.h. dear aBBy: My son passed away. his girlfriend was pregnant and had the baby four months later. we had a dna test done using his baby teeth, which i had

dear abby saved. it proved he was the father, and the baby, our grandson, is now 10. also, with this information, the boy was able to get social security benefits for survivors. it was a bit of a struggle, but well worth it. how’s that for a good use for baby teeth? — grandMa in newBurgh, n.y. dear aBBy: as i was cleaning out my father’s dresser, i found an envelope with a drawing that i had done in kindergarten and another envelope containing a tooth and a note to the tooth fairy written in my childish hand. imagine how touched i was when i found it, knowing he had kept these things for nearly a half a century. i think putting the teeth in an envelope for “always’ ” son to find later on would be a lovely thing to do. — sissy in Lausanne, switZerLand dear aBBy: My favorite tooth fairy memory is when my 6-year-old daughter asked if she would hear the “tooth fairy’s wings flapping” when she came to collect the tooth that had been placed under her pillow. kids do say the darnedest things, and yes, i still have her teeth and the notes she wrote to the tooth fairy. — karie’s MoM in encino, caLif. dear aBBy: when i married, my mother-in-law gifted me with my husband’s baby teeth and first curl of hair. it sounds weird, but it gave me a warm, fuzzy kick to receive them. it also was a bonding moment with my “new mom.” — kerry in wichita faLLs, teXas write dear abby at www. or p.o. box 69440, los angeles, ca 90069.

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