Thursday, February 21, 2019

85 South brings their podcast to the N. Chs PAC on Sun. March 31

Tickets on sale Fri. Feb. 22 at 10 a.m.

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, Feb 21, 2019 at 3:55 PM

These comedians can sing. Even if it is about roaches. - PROVIDED
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  • These comedians can sing. Even if it is about roaches.
The 85 South Comedy Show, a podcast and live show, got its start in Steve Harvey's studio. And as they tell it, they got kicked out. Now D.C. Young Fly, Karlous Miller, and Chico Bean are taking their show wherever they can, including to the North Charleston Performing Arts Center. Tickets for their Sun. March 31 show go on sale this Fri. Feb. 22 at 10 a.m. They start at $35 and can be purchased online.

You can catch full episodes of 85 South online at 85southshow.com and listen to some of their, err, hit singles on Spotify. Songs include "Everybody has Roaches (feat. Fat and Paid)," "Black People Sing Too Long," and "Crip Walking."

And as goofy as these guys may be, their singing voices are pretty damn good — you may find yourself joining into the catchiness of the chorus of "Everybody has Roaches." Or maybe that's just us.
Event Details 85 South
@ North Charleston Performing Arts Center
5001 Coliseum Drive
North Charleston, SC
When: Sun., March 31, 7 p.m.
Price: $35+
Buy from Ticketmaster
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Vani Hari a.k.a. The Food Babe brings new book, Feeding You Lies, to Blue Bicycle this Sat. Feb. 23

The truth behind the food industry

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, Feb 21, 2019 at 1:00 PM

Vani Hari wants us to start asking: "What's in our food?" - PROVIDED
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  • Vani Hari wants us to start asking: "What's in our food?"
Author and popular Instagram personality, Vani Hari, has been investigating the "food industry's playbook" for years now — diving deep into the chemicals and additives found in common pantry items and debunking myths about what is and isn't "good" for us. Now, she's got a brand spankin' new book out, Feeding You Lies, that offers readers tools for, well, mentally digesting what it is we put into our bodies every day.

Join Hari at Blue Bicycle Books this Sat. Feb. 23 at 3 p.m. for a free talk and book signing of Feeding You Lies.

If you don't follow Hari on Instagram, you may be familiar with some of her campaigns, like the one she launched to investigate Subway's use of the chemical Azodicarbonamide, used to make yoga mats and shoe rubber. You can find the full list of Hari's investigations online, where she looks at everything from potentially carcinogenic toothpaste to the concept of detoxing.

"The reason I wrote Feeding You Lies is so that we can become aware as normal citizens of the tactics the food industry uses to sell their products," says Hari. "Their number one goal is profit. Additives were invented to improve the bottom line of the food industry."

Hari tackles trendy diets — from the keto diet to living "gluten free" — and warns against buying into the hype around new products that seem healthy. "The food industry is always looking for those trends. There's a whole billion dollar industry of gluten free products, but they're made with the same processed ingredients and really aren't healthy," says Hari.

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So who can we trust? Hari has what she calls her "food advisory council," made up of nonprofit organizations like the Center for Food Safety, Friends of the Earth, Consumers Union, and more.

And when it comes down to it, you can be your own food investigator when you ask three simple questions during meal time. Hari says these questions will help us become more intuitive eaters. Next time you're about to dig into your sad desk lunch, ask yourself:

1. What are the ingredients? "You have to know every single ingredient you're eating to take back control of your health," says Hari. "If you don't understand an ingredient it, research it."

2. Are these ingredients nutritious? "If you're making a salad that has kale, spinach, apples, beans, chicken — you can use common sense, every one is healthy, comes from nature. If you're eating an Oreo, the majority of the ingredients are refined flour and sugar and those things don't have nutrition."

3. Where did these ingredients come from? "We are what we eat," says Hari. "It's important to know where we are getting our food from."

Learn more about The Food Babe online at foodbabe.com.


Event Details Feeding You Lies
@ Blue Bicycle Books
420 King St.
Downtown
Charleston, SC
When: Sat., Feb. 23, 3 p.m.
Price: Free to attend
Books + Poetry

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Lowcountry Local First hopes its Community Business Academy will help cultivate local entrepreneurs

"The current entrepreneurial ecosystem does not provide equitable opportunity — and we must change that.”

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Mon, Feb 18, 2019 at 3:47 PM

The first Community Business Academy will held in the newly renovated Deans building on Reynolds Avenue - PROVIDED
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  • The first Community Business Academy will held in the newly renovated Deans building on Reynolds Avenue
Last week Lowcountry Local First announced a new initiative, Good Enterprises, as part of the nonprofit's mission to "cultivate an economy anchored in local ownership." Good Enterprises joins LLF's other local initiatives, Good Business and Good Farming.

A press release explains what LLF hopes for Good Enterprises: "Good Enterprises will be a catalyst for reshaping the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem to one that provides equitable opportunity for business ownership, in order to transform lives and communities."

As part of this new initiative, LLF plans to host a 12-week Community Business Academy (CBA) this fall in the Chicora-Cherokee neighborhood.

LLF will use the curriculum and model of Rising Tide Capital for this academy; Rising Tide Capital is a New Jersey-based program that looks to "build a replicable model for high-quality entrepreneurial development services that can be locally adopted in other low-income communities and used as a catalyst for economic and social empowerment."

Rising Tide Capital has its share of success stories (check them all out online), including Crystal Jones' cake making business, The Cake Pound. In a testimonial Jones says, 
In this journey, I will need all the resources that RTC can provide. I expect RTC to grow and prosper so that they can continue to support my own advancements in the field! I will need marketing, building & growth strategies along with help regarding financial connections and advice. RTC is an important part of my business community already, and I can already tell it will continue to in the future.
In a press release LLF's executive director Jamee Haley says, "Charleston demonstrated the fifth fastest growing gap between rich and poor residents in the U.S. from 2011 – 2016, and median income levels for African-American and Hispanic households in Charleston County are less than half that of white households. The current entrepreneurial ecosystem does not provide equitable opportunity — and we must change that."

LLF is currently seeking partnerships — like one they've already locked down with the S.C. Department of Commerce — with organizations across the state to help advance Good Enterprises.

For more about Good Enterprises and info on how to apply, visit LLF's website.

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Tim Banks named Low Tide Brewing's executive artist

We'll drink to that

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Mon, Feb 18, 2019 at 10:19 AM

TIMOTHY BANKS
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I'll admit, I've been a big fan of local artist Tim Banks ever since he playfully illustrated a cover story I wrote about going to a nudist camp. Talk about creative collaboration! And now, it appears that a Johns Island Brewery likes Banks' fun, colorful work as much as I do; last week Banks announced that he is now Low Tide Brewing Co.'s executive artist.

Banks will create illustrations and designs for Low Tide, including one he's dreamed up for an event, Ales For Azaleas, taking place on Sun. March 3 at Low Tide. In conjunction with Browns Wood Nursery, Low Tide will sell beer and azalea packages in an effort to plant more azaleas across Johns Island.

Banks describes this new collab with Low Tide as a "very cool opportunity." And it's not the only one he's up to. This year, Banks is also serving as the artist-in-residence for Second Sundays on King Street, where you'll find him both selling his pieces and actively creating work on the street, likely with his kids in tow.

Check out more of Banks' work online at timothybanks.com
Event Details Ales for Azaleas
@ Low Tide Brewing
2863 Maybank Hwy.
Johns Island
James Island, SC
When: Sun., March 3, 12 p.m.
Price: Free to attend
Beer

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

S.C. students at "arts-rich" schools show higher level of engagement than national mean, Gallup poll says

Engaged students are 3.5 times as likely to say they do well in school

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, Feb 14, 2019 at 3:43 PM

Kids engaged with the arts in SC are more hopeful about their futures, new study says. - PROVIDED
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  • Kids engaged with the arts in SC are more hopeful about their futures, new study says.
Today the South Carolina Arts Commission released the results of a 2018 Gallup Student Poll, results that hold some positive news about SC schools. The main takeaway is that "levels of engagement and hope among students in arts-rich South Carolina schools are higher than the national mean."

Last year in South Carolina Gallup surveyed 8,286 students at 30 arts-rich schools. The results showed a direct correlation between a school's length of time as arts-rich and an increase in student engagement and hope. S.C. Arts Commission (SCAC) education director Ashley Brown says that schools are considered arts-rich when they are "committed to the arts at a cellular level."

Brown references both Arts in Basic Curriculum (ABC) Project and Distinguished Arts Program (DAP) schools, which are required to have an arts strategic plan; the Gallup poll was conducted in arts-rich schools in SC that were a mix of ABC Project and DAP sites.

The items on the Poll where students from arts-rich schools scored higher than the national mean are:
— The adults at my school care about me
— I have at least one teacher who makes me feel excited about the future
— I have a great future ahead of me
— I know I will find a good job in the future
— I will invent something that changes the world
— I plan to start my own business
In a press release,Ken May, SCAC's executive director, said, "The arts are integral to a well-rounded education that allows students to achieve the knowledge, skills, and life and career characteristics outlined in the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate."

He continued, “During this critical time when state leaders are working to modernize the public school system in South Carolina, we are strongly advocating for greater inclusion of the arts, and this study further proves the benefits."

Peruse the full study online or check out some highlights below. 

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