Friday, August 28, 2015

Want to win a free Butcher & Bee burger?


Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Fri, Aug 28, 2015 at 11:40 AM

As regulars know, Butcher & Bee's hearty burgers are typically only available on the weekends. But not so this week. B&B is celebrating their very own Burger Week with three or four different burgers available each day. Even better, you can win yourself a bite. 

"Our fans can tweet or post an Instagram photo of their B&B burger with the hashtag #burgersfordays, and have the chance to get their next burger on us," says Andrea Felber, B&B's marketing manager. "We will choose one favorite photo each day of the week."

B&B's burger week began yesterday and Felber says Executive Chef Chelsey Conrad has dished up a menu with a little something for everyone including a vegetarian burger. Here's a taste of what will be on the menu now through Sun. Sept. 7. . 

B&B Classic $12
Two patties, American, special sauce, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles

Chorizo Burger $12
Avocado mayo, corn chow chow, cotija, fried egg

MiBek Burger $15
Caramelized onions, Hook's blue cheese, smoked tomato compote, arugula

Breakfast Burger $13 (for brunch)
Pimento, bacon, fried egg, English muffin

Lamb Burger $13
Feta yogurt, marinated cucumbers, sundried tomato pesto

Veggie Burger $11
Green tahini, grilled onions, roasted tomato, feta, zucchini pickles

BBQ Grilled Squash $10
Mustard tahini, peach compote, pickled cabbage

Grilled Cheese $11
GA Camembert, Asian pear, walnuts, sage

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Author of a Civil Rights-era school integration novel speaks at Blue Bicycle

Too many left behind

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, Aug 27, 2015 at 5:01 PM

Kristen Green's book, Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County, comes at a timely moment for America, and specifically, for Charleston. 

The book, which Green calls part memoir and part history, discusses the five years between 1959 and 1964 when Prince Edward County Va. closed all public schools to prevent integration. Opening a private white school, county leaders offered no other schooling options for the area's black children.

The P&C's recent series, "Left Behind: The unintended consequences of school choice," echoes this book in some of its findings. Essentially, when white kids leave a school or a school district, those left behind suffer. In the case of Prince Edward County the suffering resulted in an entire county's black youth population forced to travel outside of the county for an education, or often, to simply not receive one. 

If you're like us you probably do a lot of This American Life listening. Two recent episodes covered the topic of forced integration in public schools, and the pros and cons of bussing white kids to black schools and vise versa. The general consensus was that, yes, integration is good. The obstacles to it though, are vast and complicated and heavily nuanced. Green says that America's schools now are more integrated than they've ever been.

Green points out that a lot of people don't realize how un-specific the ruling, Brown v. Board of Education is. A lot of people also don't know that Prince Edward County's 1951 school walkout was one of the five cases that comprised the Supreme Court case. The ultimate decision to desegregate schools was never meant to go into immediate effect. In fact, there were very few guidelines as to how states should integrate schools. 

According to Green, Prince Edward County, after being used as an example in the Board of Education case, thought that they'd be held up as an example and forced to integrate quickly. Their solution? Close down the public schools.

Green admits that it's hard to understand why there wasn't any pushback from black families and local leaders. Reading her book, though, you quickly realize that a lot of people had no choice in the swift and powerful actions taken by Prince Edward County's white leaders. The political powerhouse of Prince Edward was dead-set in their ways, and with contributions from people across the country, they managed to open a private white school solely on donations for an entire year (tuition was required in the following years). 

During her research Green found article after article that called for fundraising for the white academy (originally called Prince Edward Academy, now called the Fuqua School). She had trouble finding any news coverage of what black families planned to do once public schools were closed. At the time of the school closings Longwood University went along with the segregationists. They recently issued an apology. "All these years later, the apologies are starting to happen," says Green. 

"It's better for everyone to be in a school that's a mix [of races]," says Green. "We're learning that's the only thing that works." Green married a multiracial man of American-Indian heritage and she says that she was worried about raising her mixed-race children in the South. Green lived in Virginia for a while with her small children; she now resides in San Diego. The story of Prince Edward County hits home for Green in so many ways, but perhaps most significantly, in the fact that her grandfather was one of the core members of the "Defenders,'" a group of county leaders who worked to defend states' rights.

"This book is me coming to terms with my family's involvement," says Green. She hopes that her book contributes to the conversations that are currently going on around the country. "We need to go back and look at our histories," she says.

Green will give a free talk at Blue Bicycle Books this coming Tuesday at 5 p.m.


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Pay-what-you-will for The Producers at Charleston Stage Wednesday night

Do Der Guten Tag Hop-Clop

Posted by Elizabeth Pandolfi on Tue, Aug 25, 2015 at 3:45 PM

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We know, we know: theater tickets can be expensive. The price has to cover a lot, after all, from paying the actors and stage crew to just keeping the lights on. Profit usually isn't a big part of the equation. After all, when's the last time you heard of a local theater raking in the cash? 

This is all to say that theater ticket prices in this town, at least, are nothing to get huffy about. But it's still pretty nice when one of those pay-what-you-will (PWYW) nights comes around — this time, it's for Charleston Stage's The Producers, the Mel Brooks musical about two producers whose get-rich-quick scheme involves deliberately putting on a Broadway flop called Springtime for Hitler. The only problem is, it ends up being a huge success. The PWYW show is Wed. Aug. 26 at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are available online starting at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday. 

Pick up your tickets for tomorrow's show or any other during the month-long run at

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Girls Rock Charleston talks 'Action' at Creative Mornings

"It helped me realize I had a voice"

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Fri, Aug 21, 2015 at 11:22 AM

Girls Rock Charleston (GRC) is a lot of things. We learned that this morning at Creative Mornings Charleston. Today's speaker, Micah Blaise, one of GRC's leaders began her talk by acknowledging the organization's other leaders and stating that GRC is "horizontally organized." "I'm not the boss," she laughed. The idea of unity was a sticking point throughout her 20-minute speech.

Girls need to stick together, right? That's the first thing that comes to mind when scanning GRC's mission statement. Beginning with "we envision a Charleston in which girls and transgender youth trust and support each other, are celebrated in their states of being, are safe and encouraged to explore their identities," and much more. It's a big mission statement, reflecting a very big mission: to empower girls and trans youth. 

Blaise laid out some of the ways in which GRC empowers girls — through a summer camp and an after-school program, girls and trans youth can learn how to play instruments, discuss important social concerns, and most importantly, make friends.
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Delaney, a high school senior who's been going to Girls Rock camps for the past four years, stood up to share her story. She says she's made lifelong friends at GRC. "It helped me realize I had a voice," she said. It also helped her guitar playing, leading to the formation of a band outside of Girls Rock (currently called Dolphinately, which is an awesome name; sadly, there's a new name is in the works). The audience clapped loudly for Delaney; she was the proof in the pudding.

GRC is working on starting a new program, inspired by Community Connections for Youth, a Bronx-based nonprofit that works to keep kids out of juvenile detention. Blaise shared some startling facts — South Carolina is one of a shrinking number of states that locks teenagers up for "status offenses," i.e. running away from home and truancy. Of those being detained for status offenses, 64 percent are girls. There are currently no community alternatives to being put in juvi in Charleston County, so GRC hopes to serve as a safe place for these youths. 

GRC wants to help girls and trans youth find a voice, but they're also looking to help other oppressed groups be heard. That's the thing — oppression. It's very clearly an inspiration for the mission statement. Blaise even went so far as to say that GRC is working against the patriarchy, which, according to GRC, prevents girls from building necessary skills. 

GRC wants to build coalitions with other organizations; they co-sponsored the March for Black Lives held days after the Emanuel AME shooting. They also want to address what Blaise calls "the white-washing of the LGBTQ movement," pointing to the upcoming film, Stonewall, as an example (the film, about 1969 LGBT riots in New York, stars a mostly white cast).

Girls Rock has cast a big net of concerns, and girls like Delaney are an example of how effective the program can be. Still, the motive to help give a voice to as many oppressed communities as possible is very ambitious, even for the most determined of groups.

Blaise said Girls Rock needs volunteers, equipment, and donations. As they move into supporting more low-income youth, they need the funds to pay the tuition of kids who can't afford it themselves. Head to their website to learn more about how you can help.

Oh, and we'd be remiss not to mention City Paper's own shout-out at this mornings talk. When asked if Girls Rock Charleston has faced any obstacles, Blaise talked about a lack of volunteers and funding and the tweets of our very own Editor-in-Chief Chris Haire. "There are people in the community, like the editor of the City Paper, who attack us on Twitter without ever having met us," she said. "But we dealt with that." 

[Editor's note: This Haire of the Dog blog post sheds more like on the incidents mentioned above.]

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Next month, Shepard Fairey debuts first NYC solo show since 2010

An arresting display of artistry

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Fri, Aug 21, 2015 at 11:20 AM

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Famed street artist Shepard Fairey made the news again yesterday, but unlike his run-in with the law earlier this summer, this news seems to bode well for the Charleston native. Fairey will hold his first New York gallery show in five years on Sep. 18 at the Jacob Lewis Gallery, showcasing his series of mixed-media paintings, On Our Hands. 

Fairey talked to New York Times magazine about the upcoming show, saying that despite 25 years as an artist he still seeks to "question everything." "I'm not trying to seduce people with an image, I'm trying to snap them out of a trance," he says. The Times article compares Fairey to Rauschenberg, an American mixed-media artist whose experimental approach had a big impact on 20th century postmodernism.

Rauschenberg looked to all kinds of everyday objects for source material, and Fairey is starting to go that route, with his newer works showing a depth and physical layers that his previously (very recognizable) pieces may have lacked. You know a Shepard Fairey piece when you see a Shepard Fairey piece; the Times acknowledges that while Fairey's pieces still look like traditional Fairey, "the process ... has become considerably more complex."

How does a street muralist, with a history of arrest warrants, end up in gallery in Chelsea? For Fairey, the public spaces of street art are just as important as the more intimate setting of a gallery. He says, "A gallery opening ... can be a safe place for people to come together, take in the archetypes that I present, and use them to work out ideas they were perhaps previously unable to articulate."

If you're in New York between Sep. 18 and Oct. 24, you can see Fairey's new exhibit at Jacob Lewis Gallery (521 W 26th St.)
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