Love Mike Latta. FIG is still my favorite restaurant. Where will he be next? IHOP, McDonald's. Ha.ha. He is such an inspiration. Hey Mike what about a restaurant in W. Ashley. Pleeeeez!
He is one of the musical giants of our time. I knew this was coming but wish it weren't so. Last year's performance at Spoleto was amazing. I couldn't believe his stamina. He gives 100% at every concert. We will also miss him at Carnegie Hall Christmas choral concerts. Looking forward to the Verdi.
I haven't been in Charleston that long. To understand Charleston and how it works is somewhat of a mystery. Being a Mayor - rich, connected, or not connected - is not an easy job. Although Charleston is not complicated like NYC, it marches to the drum of cultural tourism for Mayor Riley. The Mayor has recognized the distinction of the city's architecture, the quaintness and charm of its neighborhoods, the uniqueness of the market and the many restaurants and chefs who are streaming in and making careers. He has been a strong supporter of cultural tourism and realizes that tourists visit throughout the year and return like swallows to Spoleto, or to stay at a quaint inn and eat at one of the many four-star restaurants or just to stroll through the market and shops and hear the church bells ring in the evening. There is a quasi feeling of stepping back in time on one foot and then marching forward on the other. The Mayor knows this. He loves this city and honors its traditions, but keeps moving forward with his legacy. He wants to bring more ships in so there will have to be dredging (I suppose) to modernize a larger port and he envisions a modern baroque theater where the Galliard stands which will, in his mind, increase and support cultural tourism. I think this man will die in office with his boots on. There are many of us, including myself at times, that think Charleston needs to do something about the flooding roads, the safety issues and the falling down, dilapidated buildings but this Kingdom has been crafted to serve a specific vision and purpose that will long be remembered and hopefully just keep getting better. Anyone planning on running for Mayor should have a very specific vision as to where he/she will take Charleston into the future. If Mayor Riley is successful in opening up the port of Charleston to the Chinese and others, there will be a thriving import-export business, and thus more jobs will be created. If he is successful in building a first-class performing arts center, great artists and entertainers will follow. Despite what the naysayers have said about the fires, the flooding and the jobs, he has carefully,over thirty years, worked to design a city that honors its cultural traditions. He is not perfect but he's done a pretty damn good job. Whoever follows will have big shoes to fill but can build on developing other parts of Charleston, like West Ashley and James Island and maybe, just maybe, do some of the things Mayor Riley wanted to do but didn't have the time.
Lovey actors in a beautiful ensemble piece with excellent direction. This play is just as timely today as it was in the 50s. Treat yourself to something special. You won't be disappointed.
I feel blessed to have seen Chuchman in a concert, Intermezzo II, at St. Matthews Lutheran. She has a strong, big operatic voice with great range, diction and is also a lovely communicator and excellent musician. I think she will have a huge career.
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