We mourned the loss of Maghound, sort of a Netflix for magazine lovers, when it went under last year. But we’re not so sad anymore, because we just found out that we can access digital copies of more than 150 popular magazines through our beloved local library.
The Charleston County Public Library announced earlier this week that they’re adding Zinio for Libraries to their array of digital services. That means that if you have a card and an e-reader, or even just a computer, you can read magazines like Us Weekly, Rolling Stone, House Beautiful, Popular Mechanics, and Cosmopolitan for free. Customers can read or keep as many magazines as they like, and you don’t have to wait for someone else to finish with a magazine before you can check it out. All you have to do is sign up at CCPL’s Zinio login page.
Find out more at ccpl.org.
If you've been meaning to go to a Charleston Symphony Orchestra performance and you just haven't gotten around to it, now's the time to go — they're coming up on their last concert of the season.
On Sun. April 28, the CSO will present a concert of arrangements and original works for the trumpet featuring CSO principal trumpet Michael Smith at First (Scots) Presbyterian Church. Smith has served as the acting principal trumpet of the CSO since 2009, though he's actually been with the organization since 2006. He's also performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony, Orchestra Sinfonica de Guanajuato, and more. He'll be accompanied by organist JeeYoon Choi, CSO principal timpanist Beth Albert, and violinist Mayumi Nakamura.
General admission tickets are $15, but students and those under the age of 22 can get in for $5. Find out more at charlestonsymphony.org.
We asked Howey if he'd like to comment on the controversy, and he quickly got back to us. Here's what he had to say.
"I feel miserable that I offended anyone. The post wasn't written in anger at all. I found out that I won an award and quickly wrote a blog post to announce it. What immediately came to mind when winning the award was this anecdote from the year before, so I used that as a set up to the announcement. The story I wrote was crass and full of language that I now understand to be offensive to all women, not just the woman I was snarkily directing it toward. It has been called a rant; it was more a poor attempt at humor. It has been called misogynist; I was only being rude to an individual who was being rude to me.
"My wife pointed out something later, which is the reason I took the blog post down, despite the vast majority saying that they read the original intent in the story and were not offended in the least. Having lived in Charleston and watched the debate over the Confederate Flag, I used to say that it didn't matter what a symbol means to the person who waves it. Once you discover that this symbol causes harm to others, it's time to lower it. That doesn't mean one or two people should have the ability to stifle free speech, but if you are offending a group — and once you know this — continuing along as before is in poor form.
"It was a good point on her part. I took the blog post down and apologized. It was never meant to offend. It certainly wasn't directed at all women or even on the irrelevant fact that the person in the story was a woman. Most of my writing revolves around strong female protagonists, and those who are familiar with my works and who know me understand where my sensibilities lie."
If you thought the Charleston Comedy Festival only happened in January, you’d be right — until now. Theatre 99 and City Paper’s little comedy fest is producing 50 Shades! The Musical on Wed. May 8 at the Charleston Music Hall.
This comedic parody of E.L. James’ famously smutty book has gotten rave reviews across the country. CNN called it “a titillating spectacle with plenty of sensuality. As erotic and decadent as you’d expect. A collaboration of comedy writers creating an ultra-spicy script!” Entertainment Weekly said it was “The perfect appetizer to the upcoming movie!”
The app includes the full conference schedule, speaker listings, a guide to the Dig South Sideshow and Expo, and nearby food and drink recommendations powered by the City Paper's Dish Dining Guide and mobile restaurant and bar listings. You can even save the sessions you don't want to miss as you thumb through the schedule.
There's nothing to download, just navigate over to DigSouth.com/mobile to take a look, and don't forget to bookmark it to your phone's homescreen for easy access over the weekend.
And a tip of the hat to former CP web editor Joshua Curry (@lucidbeaming) for his work on the app.