Hi! I'm Leslie McKellar, a local editorial and portrait photographer, and I took over the Charlie Instagram feed for a week! When I first moved to this ridiculously photogenic city nearly 15 years ago, I loved capturing its postcard-worthy scenes. And while I still occasionally grab my "real" camera to capture a crazy exploding flower box or the bridge against a beautiful sunset, it's certainly not my favorite way to see Charleston anymore. My favorite way to see the city is in in-between moments—when I'm rushing from a photo shoot to meet a friend for a drink, or walking my dog. Charleston presents itself to me in quirky ways during my everyday. I shoot it with my iPhone, because I'm on the go, and it's not for work. It's not that kind of moment. It's my Charleston. The real one I live in. It just sort of... winks at me.
On May 26th, The Vendue held the opening reception for the New York Academy of Art exhibition. With over 40 pieces being shown by some of the most progressive artists to come from the acclaimed art school, the opening proved that Charleston’s love of contemporary art is only growing stronger. To celebrate this exciting exhibition, we sat down with Jon Weitz, president of Avocet Hospitality Group, to talk about the history and growth of The Vendue.Read More
Is there anything better than a shopping event in a store that feels more like a stylish, bohemian home, stocked with regionally made and fair trade products? Add locally sourced oysters and cocktails handcrafted by Charleston’s own Jeremiah Schenzel and you have your answer.Read More
Tuesday will mark the beginning of the 10th annual Baker Motor Company Charleston Fashion Week—kicking off a full five days of runway shows, pop-up shops, and after parties centered around Marion Square. To celebrate the milestone, the organizers behind the event are tapping some of their biggest names yet to be involved.Read More
It’s the Friday of Charleston Wine + Food Festival. Maybe you’re stuck at work, or maybe you’re still recovering a bit from last night’s The Roasted Goat event or Baked on Bowen’s. No matter the circumstance, we have some tunes that will help ease you into the weekend.Read More
People really get up in arms over the topic of gun control.
No pun intended. But, really, pun intended.
Gun control has become a taboo subject that staunchly divides constituents, but what if it's finally and officially relabeled a public health crisis, not just a moral one? When the medical community enters a fight, change occurs. When doctors stand up and say too many people are dying, the general public listens. A medical perspective is the reason wearing a seat belt became law. It's the reason children ride in car seats.
The mission of Gun Sense SC is to address the issue of gun control as a public health crisis by educating citizens, building awareness, and supporting nonpartisan legislation.Read More
On the edge of Charleston’s Historic District, The Southern, a new contemporary art gallery, had high hopes of opening last fall. Instead, their first group show is this Thursday, January 14th, but they’re continuing with the same show meant to open in 2015, with one small amendment: (it was) A Wet, Hot Southern Summer.
Justin and Erin Nathanson, owners and curators, decided that even during Charleston’s (unusually hot) winter, the themes of its summer still resonate. Erin says, “We’ve been working with these artists, and what they created during the summer was amazing, so why not heat it back up?” So, the show’s name is a nod to when the work was created, not when it’s shown.Read More
Folly Beach—it’s an eclectic little beach town. Once you live here, you never want to leave. The same can be said for eating at Jack of Cups. One big bowl of curry or one bite of a dumpling with a cold craft beer, and you’ll be asking yourself the daily question, “Is it wrong that I want to eat at Jack of Cups every single night and never leave?” And 99.9 percent of the time, the answer is no—there is nothing wrong with that. Because the incredible food is rivaled only by a stacked beer menu and staff that knows what’s up.Read More
As Charleston Animal Society’s Director of Anti-Cruelty & Outreach, Aldwin Roman is the guy who tracks down people who abuse animals and throws the book at them.
His name first came across my desk when I was assigned to write an article about a sweet old mastiff named Miles that had been found living in a filthy closet, starved nearly to death. And then again when a sweet stray called Caitlyn was found with her muzzle taped shut. I loved the idea of Aldwin. I wanted there to be a scary, badass person out there making sure all animal abusers are drawn and quartered. And then I actually met him. It turns out he’s a young, vegan sweetheart of a guy whose life revolves around his work, his wife, and two little girls. He is a scrappy, serious guy with the wisdom and compassion of someone twice his age. Aldwin Roman, it turns out, is a badass of a different sort. The sort the world needs.Read More
Yoga came to the United States on the heels of two world wars and the threat of nuclear obliteration. It arrived via a few rogue yogis who believed the key to peace was to share yoga’s transformative power with everyone—not just men, and not just the elite, as was traditional. Sharing this knowledge with the public was so taboo in India that these teachers had to emigrate to the U.S. or be killed. After all, knowledge is power and in a caste system both are very dangerous things. My yoga teacher, Harbhajan Singh, known as Yogi Bhajan, was one of these men.Read More
Improvisation in jazz is a holy place. It can move you, lift you, and change you. For drummer Ron Wiltrout, it’s a dialogue. A dialogue that is far more interesting when it pushes boundaries—even when pushing those boundaries feels uncomfortable.
For someone who juggles playing in 15 bands and recently recorded an album of avant garde chamber music in New York (Ted Hearne’s The Source), Wiltrout is remarkably composed, humble, and eloquent, and he offered up some serious insight into his thoughts on music over a beer at Edmund’s Oast.Read More
Even after a Saturday night oyster roast, in a crowded living room at 2 a.m., the men of Sideshow Americans can harmonize.
And that’s what they think sets them apart as a band in Charleston.
Ryan Bonner, guitar and vocalist, went to see Gillian Welch and David Rawlings play at the Charleston Music Hall a couple years ago and was inspired by their style. Then after seeing The Lone Bellow there last year, he was more inspired to fill the local music scene’s harmonic void.Read More
Over the summer, Owen Beverly traveled to Denmark, Germany, France, the U.K., Switzerland, and Canada. Today, he’s in Sweden, playing his way across Scandinavia. Today, “nomad” is the term that may come to mind while Owen tours with the band Oh Land, as their guitarist.
After this leg though, Owen plans to focus on his own music and reinvent as INDIANOLA. He’s recorded a new record under the name, will open for the highly anticipated Jump, Little Children reunion shows this December, and tour as his new band next year.Read More
Haley Shaw wants to do her latest EP justice.
So, she's having a hard time just letting the songs speak for themselves. Before cutting on the most recent mix, she pauses, then leads with sentences like, "I had a really rough night out before I wrote this. Two musicians I dated were in one bar!" Then she reminds the listener to wear headphones for better sound quality.Read More
A handwritten invitation came in the mail.
Its intro was: “Charleston’s creative community is a pretty special family.”
Then the BACE League invited me to dinner along with a guest who would “appreciate the evening and have something to offer.” This inaugural Thanks or Die happened a week before Thanksgiving and around 40 of Charleston's creatives got together at a house in Wagener Terrace and broke bread prepared by Leila Schardt and Tito Marino, executive chefs of Monza and Closed for Business.Read More