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Re: “Jack Black's new movie The D-Train is tasteless and unfunny

I agree 100% with this article. Its so upsetting to see Jack Black ruin his career with this movie. I was a very big Jack Black fan and now im just angry after watching this. Screw angry, im pissed. Everything about this movie sucked.

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Posted by Jess Daniels on April 27, 2017 at 5:50 AM

Re: “Confessions of a Southern Charm Newbie: Growing Old, Not Better

Sorry, but Whitney totally creeps me out. He's a closet Dahmer or Bundy for sure, with his "charming" smile, slightly perturbing affect, and his way-to-close relationship with Ms. Pat. What I don't get, is how the seemingly level-headed Cam thinks he's the bees knees...WTF?! He's like the slimy older brother of a friend, that someone like her, should watch out for...

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Posted by Jennifer King on April 27, 2017 at 12:35 AM

Re: “Photographer Jared Bramblett puts Charleston's rising tide problem into stark relief

king tide is not a local colloquial term. it comes from down undah! Auscrailya! please use local nomenclature for local stories. Spring tide. Thank you!

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Posted by John Charleston on April 26, 2017 at 4:58 PM

Re: “Confessions of a Southern Charm Newbie: Growing Old, Not Better

I am laughing out loud. I must see whitney, who I called Whitley forever....no idea why,that is also funny to me, EATING AN UNPEELED BANANA!! Awesome!

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Posted by Beth Wilson on April 26, 2017 at 3:22 PM

Re: “The Exposure Myth

I would go further than the article and say that charitable organizations simply should not hold art auctions at all, even IF they give something to the artist in return.

The problem with art auctions is that they tend to bring prices that are far lower than the actual value of the work they are selling. That devalues art. It devalues the art of the artist giving it and it devalues the the value of art in general when people see things sell too cheaply.

AND, the great irony of these charitable events is that they are often attended by wealthier patrons. Patrons who actually have the means to purchase the art at full retail price should they so choose. By purchasing at a discount, they are getting a benefit that the producing artist doesn't get at all.

Artists and galleries just need to learn to say "NO".

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Posted by David Bjurstrom on April 26, 2017 at 3:16 PM

Re: “The Exposure Myth

Great article and very considered look at a complex situation. Sorry if this comment is longer than actual article just an important topic to me personally. As Mark Sloan mentions in the article, this is conversation that has been going on among artists and gallerists for years. The The Southern's guidelines for non-profits is a great suggestion. I agree with those bullets. To non-profits, be flexible, an artist can always choose to give back their cut if they really have deep commitment to the organization.

I am certainly not trying to defend art auctions or make suggestions to improve them, this article does an excellent job of the latter. The one issue I would like to illuminate though is this isnt then exclusive purview of Visual artists. Graphic designers, developers, accountants, lawyers and many other trades are also approached for pro bono work with an exposure carrot dangled out there (at least for design). Sure that can happen but don't promise it. Charitable decisions should be based on the organization's mission and your commitment to it. It happens with all sorts of services and asks as Angel Passailaigue Postell pointed out in her F&B focused piece last month.

Artists and Gallerists must adopt their own giving guidelines and stick by them. Figure out what organizations matter to you, align with your heart and how much you are willing to help. For certain organizations you might be happy to donate everything and others you might have a % that you are not willing to waiver on and, obviously be willing to say no. Many of us face that same decision on a monthly basis.

Just to clarify one point in the article, the lack of tax exemption is in no way exclusive to artists. People who volunteer their time and expertise believe they have something valuable to offer. So, you may find it distressing that your services, expert though they may be, are worth a tax deduction of precisely zero. This rule is not unique to volunteer work; in fact, it is consistent with other tax laws. With only rare exceptions, the general rule is that you must spend cold, hard cash or give away stuff before you may claim a deduction. That applies to design, legal work, volunteer accounting and pretty much any Service provided. I would offer that is a flaw of the tax system and not a cultural devaluation of art (an excellent conversation for another beer).

Similarly, I would contend that the devaluation of an artists work is not completely cut and dry. The implication and allure of the charity auction is to get a deal and support an organization. If I got a $100 gift certificate for a restaurant for $70, I wouldnt feel empowered to walk in a month later and expect to pay %70 of my bill. That is why the articles suggestion of a minimum and estimated value are very important and should be adopted.

Finally, and if youve made this far, FINALLY, I thought one of the important issues was tucked into the final paragraphs of the article; the increasing economic pressure squeezing young and emerging artists right off of this skinny peninsula. This is an article unto itself and just one of the layers of the complex phyllo dough of gentrification swirling around us.

I did want to highlight that combatting this is the core mission of Redux Contemporary Art Center. We opened our new doors down the street just last night. We now have an larger facility that offers an even greater amount of subsidized studio space for those who face the economic hurdles of creating art in this city. Having living breathing art making here is an integral facet in helping Charleston maintain its diversity and appeal as a living breathing community versus a tourist destination to check off a list.

If you care about this, or hell if you dont, please consider becoming a member, donating, support us and sate your curiosity by coming to the opening events currently being planned. (will link below)

Again, great article and thanks Charleston City Paper for highlighting this issue.

"The most important thing for the creation of art is cheap rent." ~ Charles Bukowski

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Posted by Buff Ross on April 26, 2017 at 1:53 PM

Re: “Confessions of a Southern Charm Newbie: Growing Old, Not Better

Excellent recaps. They are better than watching the show. SC makes Baloney Cake sound good.

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Posted by Edna Suarez on April 26, 2017 at 11:33 AM

Re: “Confessions of a Southern Charm Newbie: Talking Points

I had to Google step-and-repeat as at first I thought they were talking about the way you walk down the aisle when you are a bridesmaid but then remembered that's step and pause and then I thought of shampoo and thought, maybe, Suave is sponsoring the charity event. It must be a minor celebrity knowledge thing they all have.

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Posted by Robin Hillyer Miles on April 26, 2017 at 9:28 AM

Re: “Confessions of a Southern Charm Newbie: Growing Old, Not Better

Thank you, your writing truly has me laughing out loud. Your recaps are so much better than the show(although this doesn't stop me from watching the trainwreck.) Keep up the great work.

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Posted by dheineck on April 26, 2017 at 9:05 AM

Re: “Confessions of a Southern Charm Newbie: Growing Old, Not Better

Dustin,

Your recaps are amazing! I love your sense of humor. This is truly better than watching the episode. You have Whitney pegged to a tee. The comment about Craig and the horses put me over the edge! My only hope is that people do not think that everyone in Charleston acts like this!

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Posted by peachessc on April 25, 2017 at 3:54 PM

Re: “Local audiences need a lesson in etiquette

Were you there, Thomas? For someone who didn't attend , maybe you should be more entertaing when you write.

Posted by Mary Full of Grace on April 24, 2017 at 9:58 AM

Re: “Queen Quet advises on set of TV Show, 'Underground,' filmed on the sea islands

UNDERGROUND
An EXCELLENT trek thru the RESISTANCE journey of the African prisoners of WAR [so-called slave] within the wilderness of North America.
How our ancestors survived the horrors of Chattel slavery. The TRANSATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE the GENOCIDE of the MAAFA/ AFRICAN HOLOCAUST
It gives some chilling depictions of the modern evolution of the current white power structure as actualized within the economic system of plantation subjugation and terror.
And how these horrors continue within the established system of WHITE SUPREMACY=RACISM..
These theories /pathology related to white dominance will be manifested in terror during the bloody European colonial period and it framework of racist ideology unleased into the system of Nazi Germany.
This show exposes the psychological/sociological evolution within national sanctioned system of white racist exploitation of Africans that the black community are still fighting /resisting today...

As the series progressed, it shows the evolution of the white id... As a means to ensure social /economic dominance. As we still see today with the exercised of white skin privilege... with as African people we resist European hegemony always!!
This show is awesome and hot!! Everybody is talking abt this show!!!

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Posted by halima malik on April 22, 2017 at 9:36 PM

Re: “Confessions of a Southern Charm Newbie: Talking Points

I just want to know why everyone acts like "the step-and-repeat," in noun form, is a super normal term we should all know. "Don't forget, tomorrow after your dentist appointment we have to swing by the post office to pick up that step-and-repeat I ordered." Yeah, totally normal term I use all the time. What kind of monster doesn't know what a "step-and-repeat" is?! For once, I'm with Craig. I will call it a "step and release" from here on out. And by that I mean NEVER, since I have made it 30-some years into life without ONCE needing to refer to that thing that they call a "step-and-repeat."

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Posted by Pizzarina Pi on April 19, 2017 at 2:53 PM

Re: “On the cover: Phillip Hyman’s Walter Scott piece

Sole motivation for this piece came from internal angst and strife suffered from years of being from the wrong side of the tracks.Pure expesssion of sadn as and love mixed with a bit of anger!

Posted by spcak on April 18, 2017 at 11:44 PM

Re: “Confessions of a Southern Charm Newbie: Influencer by Birth

Why don't ya'll take this show and place in in New York, where it belongs. It ain't no way Southern.

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Posted by Swamp Rabbit on April 13, 2017 at 9:05 PM

Re: “Confessions of a Southern Charm Newbie: Influencer by Birth

I didn't watch the show last season, only read your recaps. I'm glad I can continue this as I was worried I'd have to actually watch it this season.

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Posted by Kirsten McDanel on April 12, 2017 at 1:30 PM

Re: “Confessions of a Southern Charm Newbie: Influencer by Birth

You had me laughing out loud. Erudite references even funnier in this context.
More, please!

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Posted by Jo-Ann Marchitti Ebersbach on April 12, 2017 at 9:39 AM

Re: “Confessions of a Southern Charm Newbie: Influencer by Birth

Great commentary and quite witty. I'm so glad that you too noticed that the cat was sitting on the counter where food is prepared, gross. I notice silly little things like that and it drives me crazy. I wanted to rush in with a bottle of bleach and disinfect everything. I digress so back to the show. I predict that Kathryn will float in (on her broom) and sweep Shep away from his date. Shep will dump Chelsea like yesterday's news because he is for some odd reason obsessed with Kathryn.

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Posted by Christy Flanders on April 12, 2017 at 9:03 AM

Re: “Confessions of a Southern Charm Newbie: Influencer by Birth

"...one of the Lost boys if they kept aging." Golden!

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Posted by George Walton on April 12, 2017 at 8:57 AM

Re: “Confessions of a Southern Charm Newbie: Influencer by Birth

Very entertaining commentary! You describe them quite well with a great sense of humor!

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Posted by Dawn Feagan on April 12, 2017 at 8:12 AM
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