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ACTORS’ THEATRE AND THE ART OF COLLABORATION

  STAGE ACTORS ARE SCULPTORS who carve in snow. And while it is true that nothing in the theater is imperishable, save great writing, Chris

I LEFT MY HEART IN SAN FRANCISCO

  HAVE A SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP with the City by the Bay. It is the very first place where I felt like a real grown-up. As

WHY ARTISTS DO WHAT THEY DO

  ONCE WE CREATED CRAFTS out of necessity. The impulse was strictly utilitarian. But humans being humans, it was not long before the desire to

M.P. DEMETRE JEWELERS’ CROWNING MOMENT

IT SEEMS APROPOS that King Street’s jewelry store, best known for its luxury timepieces, would partner with an iconic watch brand that celebrates life’s exceptional

VOLCANOES AMONG US

  THE ERUPTION OF Kilauea volcano in May of 2018 received intense coverage. Cable news channels ran frequent stand-up reports accompanied by dramatic video of

TYING ONE ON IN THE GARDEN

EVER SINCE EVE discovered apples, gardeners have tinkered with plants. We force them to grow smaller than their standard size and push them into unusual…

TURNING MEMORIES INTO HEIRLOOMS

THE STORY OF GOLD CREATIONS sounds more like a Hollywood rom-com than a family business tale and is perhaps what makes the brand so special.…

WHERE EVERYBODY KNOWS YOUR NAME

  TUCKED AWAY ON RESIDENTIAL SOCIETY STREET, is a place regulars have affectionately dubbed the “Charleston Cheers.” Slide onto a stool at the cozy bar

BAKER’S TOUCH

The grand opening event had it all: valet service, photos on the red carpet, pretty people chatting over cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres, all while the electric violinist swayed on stage. It was great accessorizing, but the real star of the night was the sleek, contemporary jewel box that is the new Porsche showplace on Savannah Highway. The jewels laid out for your pleasure were neon-lit Porsches.

THE ODYSSEY OF A SACRED SONG

Herb Frazier was captivated by a centuries-old funeral song and its ancestral echo. He had gone to Africa in the spring of 1994 to report on efforts to collect hospital supplies for Rwanda, a drive in which the Medical University of South Carolina was involved. Writing for the Charleston Post and Courier, he covered the local medical community as well as an agonizing recovery from the Rwandan genocide.

CHARITY BEGINS WITH FUN

Been to a silent auction lately? A festival? A fair? If you have been, you were upholding one of Charleston’s favorite traditions—raising money to support a community project with swag and entertainment.

CAN’T GO ON? YES, YOU CAN.

Rapid breathing and a racing pulse. Trembling hands and sweaty palms. Quaking knees and a halting voice. Butterflies bordering on nausea. Did Laurence Olivier ever have to deal with this? Does Cate Blanchett?

CURRENTS

What's new, what's happening, and what's now including Charleston's new luxury boutique hotel, upcoming events and the latest interior design trend that's perfect for those that are scared of commitment.

ART AND GARDENING

Anyone who’s attempted to coax a plot of barren soil into a verdant landscape has struggled with garden design. The overall scheme crumbles, or the end result is not what was intended. While there’s no easy path to success, thoughtful planning is a must—along with observation and patience.

A SPIRITED CALLING

She’s a woman. A mother of nine children and a grandmother of five. And, she doesn’t drink alcohol. Yet, Paula Dezzutti is shaking up the male-dominated spirits industry. Born in Connecticut, Dezzutti’s first two words as a baby were “I do,” and today, the founder of Local Choice Spirits, CEO of Striped Pig Distillery and best-selling author on Amazon can’t stop “doing.”

THE WAITING PLACE

My epiphany came at 4:30 a.m. in a Los Angeles hotel room. I jolted awake, ears ringing, to see my 12-year-old daughter passed out cold in the next bed. We had flown across country to attend a K-pop boy band concert with 18,000 screaming girls, an exceedingly generous birthday gift borne from parental guilt.

THREE THINGS

I took off my belt, rummaged for my keys and waited to pass through security at the courthouse. This was my first time serving jury duty, and I didn’t know what to expect. Holding too many metallic items, I dropped my keys and turned around to pick them up when I saw him. I gasped. Did I just see a ghost?

CURRENTS

Here’s a fast rundown of this year’s highlights: The Festival’s new production of Salome, Richard Strauss’ 1905 opera, based on Oscar Wilde’s play of the same name, opens the season. Shakespeare’s Globe theatre returns with a rotation of Twelfth Night, the Comedy of Errors and Pericles. The 2019 Wells Fargo Jazz Series will celebrate the Afro-Cuban jazz tradition in the United States as well as three generations of female jazz artists—pianist and composer Carla Bley, drummer and vocalist Terri Lyne Carrington, and bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding.

JEWELRY FIT FOR CLEOPATRA

Odds are, if you’ve spent any time in the Holy City, you’ve strolled through the Charleston City Market. It’s one of our nation’s oldest public…

CARRYING ON THE GULLAH TRADITION

Spirited and diverse, the South Carolina Sea Islands’ musical masala of West African rhythms, gospel, children’s rhymes and dance tunes come together with a contemporary spin in the band Ranky Tanky, named after the Gullah phrase meaning “work it” or “get funky”!