Thursday, October 28, 2010

Voting on the Day of The Dead



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It is strange to turn in a column the Friday night before an election, knowing it will not run until the Friday following the election. All writing talks to the future. But it is rarely so obvious. Even the least informed reader will know more about the post-election reality than I can imagine.

Except that I don't think the election will change anything. The Tea-Party people will be as disappointed two years from now as the Obama people are now.

If the Republicans now control the House, but not the Senate, I imagine that DeMint's influence will begin to wane in the Senate because he bucked so hard against the leadership. He took a House mentality to the Senate. And I've got to say, I almost offer him the smallest bit of respect for that. I mean he is a crazy, radical, apocalyptic, fundamentalist, nut-job, but goddamn it, at least he's actually trying to bring is crazy world about. While the Democrats have an extremely lackluster view whose only virtue is that it is better than DeMint's theocratic phantasmagoria-- but it is not my view.

Even when someone else does the hard work for them, the Democrats seem to back away from any real change. California just voted on recrewational marijuana. If it won and they legalized it, the Obama Justice Department has promised to take action against the state. The last three presidents have smoked pot; we spend untold dollars investigating, prosecuting, and incarcerating non-violent "criminals" and a majority of voters in a state decide that they're not going to do something so obviously crazy any more and the President who talks about change says "Not so fast."

And a judge overturns "Don't Ask Don't Tell" and, again Obama says "Don't change so fast."  He wants to send it back to the Congress, which is probably now Republican. And oddly enough, it was the Log-Cabin Republicans than brought the case in the first place.

Americans spend lifetimes in hiding because of both of these issues. Countless people sucessfully serving in the military have had to resign because they can no longer take secrecy about their lives. And millions of otherwise productive and law-abiding Americans spend their lives slinking around in the shadows because they want to ingest an herb. They are unjust laws that are both stupid and costly-- and Obama uses his bully pulpit to uphold them.

Even though these are both matters of personal liberty-- DeMint and his faux-populist religious fanatics won't embrace them either.

Only a Republican governs worse than a Democrat. And only a corporation governs worse than a Republican. By nature, the only goal of a corporation is share-holder profit, which has its place—but not in government.

This could be our first election that was largely determined by the influence of anonymous corporate money-- that could come from outside the country altogether. This could be the true death of the Republic and American greatness.

And, part of me at least, says hooray!

Election Day this year fell on All Souls Day or Dia De Los Muertos, Day of the Dead, in Mexico where honor is given to all of the dead. The Day of the Dead can be quite festive. The art that has grown up around it-- skeletons performing every day activities-- reminds us of our own mortality.

Joseph Mitchell-- my vote for the twentieth century's greatest writer-- wrote about finding these images in the prints of the artist Jose Gaudalupe Posada. Freida Kahlo turned Mitchell onto Posada's prints where he found what he called the "graveyard humor" he cherished from his native North Carolina.

Others call it gallow's humor. But whatever happened with this election, we could all use a dose of it about now. During the next year, the next decade, we need to learn to laugh in the face of our new grim reality.

It is an opportunity for us all. National decline should be good for our humor and our literature. God, remember how self-righteous and arrogant we were right after 9/11? Not just then-- all our lives.

That's the one value of having grown up in Columbia-- one of the few cities in our county that has been razed, burnt to the ground, conquered. As I've said, I think the National Guard should come and take the flag down and shoot anyone who stands in their way. But I do think whatever humor is attributed to Southerners (and for that matter Jews, and African Americans, and any humor that is not gloating) comes from devastation.

We're all dancing skeletons. Now that we realize it, we can start laughing at ourselves a little.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

More Questions About Our Election System

I have never met Steve Skardon, but from what I know he seems to be doing good work as the executive director of the Palmetto Project. Palmetto Project is a nonprofit which helps working class families find affordable healthcare, procures books and laptops for school children, and connects families to community resources. Oh, yes – he is also involved in registering people to vote – according to the Palmetto Project website. That’s where Steve and I got crossed up recently.

On Sept. 29, I wrote a column posing questions regarding South Carolina’s iVotronic voting machines. A local citizen was getting little or no cooperation from state and county elections officials in his efforts to learn how the machines worked – and sometimes failed to work. That citizen – I called him a “citizen investigator” – is Charleston commodities trader Frank Heindel. Heindel had sent a number of Freedom of Information requests to elections officials and found them less than prompt in their reply. I wrote a column about his queries and frustrations and he has since posted the results of his ongoing investigation at scvotinginfo.com.

I was unaware of how deeply involved Skardon is with the state election system until I received an angry e-blast from him a few days after my column ran.  Taken aback by his furious tone, I accepted his invitation to meet and discuss his take on our state’s voting machine problems. Then I received another email from Frank Heindel, with some curious and troubling information. It seems that the chairman of the board of the Palmetto Project is one Lee Bussell, who also happens to be chairman/CEO of Chernoff Newman, one of Columbia’s most prestigious advertising and public relations firms (http://sunshinereview.org/index.php/Chernoff_Newman). Bussell is well connected in state business and politics and was the S.C. Chamber’s Business Person of the Year, in 2007.

“Without a doubt, Lee Bussell is the consummate citizen,” then-University of South Carolina President Andrew Sorensen said on that occasion. “He is a respected business leader, deeply devoted to his alma mater, and sensitively attuned to his family and community.”

More to the point, his company, Chernoff Newman, received more than $500,000 for lobbying services from the state Election Commission for 2008/2009. I am not accusing Skardon and Bussell of a conflict of interest here, but I am saying there is an appearance of possible impropriety, and as anyone in public relations knows, appearance can be more important than reality. This damage could have been mitigated with a simple “in the name of full disclosure” statement you see in public discourse almost daily.

But in his many defenses of state and local election officials and the iVotronic voting machines, Skardon has said nothing of Lee Bussell or Chernoff Newman. There was certainly no mention of this connection in his angry email to me, the email in which he assured me, “We have the best available election system currently on the market.”

Nor did he acknowledge Lee Bussell when he defended the voting establishment in an open letter to S.C. Democratic Party chairwoman Carol Fowler and in the pages of The State newspaper last summer, following the troubling June 8 Democratic primary. But he did assure Fowler and the public that “South Carolinians have every right to be proud of their election system, and can be confident that their votes are recorded accurately. Not only does every vote count in our state, they are counted and counted accurately.”

Only last week he told Robert Behre of the Post and Courier “...this is the most reliable and accurate (voting machine) that is currently out there.” But he did not mention that his board chairman is doing business with the state Election Commission and had received a half-million dollars for lobbying services. When I asked Skardon via email about his relationship with Lee Bussell, I received another blast of angry emails. They included the words “libel” and “collusion”.

“Lee’s volunteer service as chairman of our Board is hardly a secret that needs to be ‘disclosed’ to anyone,” he wrote. “Since 2008, his name has always been prominently listed as our chairman.”

Yes, but were his dealings with the Election Commission listed anywhere?

Negotiations for a meeting broke down. I have yet to meet with Skardon.

Steve Skardon’s relationship to the state Election Commission, vis-à-vis Lee Bussell, is a perfect metaphor for what is wrong with our voting machines and our election officials. Maybe there is nothing improper or unethical here, but there are enough questions and enough dubious behavior that a reasonable person has the right to be suspicious. The public deserves answers and transparency from the Election Commission and its defenders, yet what we get is foot-dragging and acrimony.


talkback@columbiacitypaper.com

Spooky edition of Letters To The Reader

Dear broke ass trick-or-treater with no costume,

I know times are tough, but give me a break, kid. You don’t have to wow me, but at least put forth some effort. Draw a scary face on a paper sack and cut out a couple of eyeholes. Drape yourself in a discarded sheet. Hell, roll around in my lawn clippings and call yourself the Swamp Thing. Do something because otherwise you’re not getting a treat this year. I’m sick of being a sucker. And, you know what? I can make bold statements like those because your threats of a trick are idle. If you can’t afford a crayon and a paper sack, you dang well can’t afford to waste any toilet paper on my trees.

Columbia City Paper


Dear slim shady dude that always threatens to punch the actors in the Jaycees haunted house,

That act may impress your mouth-breathing girlfriend, but the rest of us—after years of enduring your retarded ass—wish you’d just admit that you’re scared. Due to a mixture of low I.Q. and rural superstition, you’re actually frightened by some fake blood, black plastic tarps and strobe lights. And the only way you can cope is to punch a guy in a rubber mask who’s volunteering for charity on his night off. Even more ridiculous is the fact that you usually brag about it later in the parking lot, as if you actually defended yourself from a real monster. This year, just skip the spook house if you can’t deal. And, go put on a shirt, man. It’s October.

Columbia City Paper


Dear apparition in my thermal imaging camera,

Now, that’s odd. Who would be crawling across the ceiling in the pitch dark? The other guys in the research team ought to get a load of this. It’s a shame I’ve gotten separated from them in this darkness, because, wow, the color signatures really just spiked when it crab-walked down the wall and then floated over to hover a few feet in front of me. It’s like I can almost hear a faint, rattled breathing. What could be the cause of an anomaly like that?

...Oh.

Columbia City Paper


Dear Halloween pranksters,

There is no way you’ll be able to roll City Paper offices at 1737 Main St. (the big granite building at the corner of Main and Laurel). Nor will you be able to trick us by leaving a flaming dog turd in front of our big wooden front doors. Plus, if you see a City Paper staffer—we all plan to wear matching policeman costumes or yellow “street team” outfits—we know you’re way too chicken to hit us from behind with a large bag of garbage. Try us.

Columbia City Paper


Dear college coeds,

Please heed the following Halloween public service announcement:

To ensure your safety this season, we urge you to use caution when partying at the following locations: abandoned mental hospitals; isolated mountain campgrounds; former sites of grisly murders; or ancient Native American burial sites. Come to think of it, just don’t drink beer and party anywhere. That goes double for couples leaving the larger group to find a place to make out. If you just can’t contain yourselves, for Christ’s sake, at least don’t make out in cemeteries located near nuclear power plants that may leak contaminants into the ground and cause zombie-ism in those buried on site.

Fellas, if your area is plagued by a bloodthirsty psychopath known for wearing, say, a WWI-era gas mask on his annual Halloween killing spree, logic should tell you not to wear an identical mask. It’s just common sense. You’ll only confuse your friends later in the night and give the killer an advantage when he lumbers into your house party and starts systematically picking you off one by one. Inevitably, your girlfriend will start banging the real killer in the closet thinking it’s you, only to pull off the mask to reveal his hideous face seconds before he impales her with a pair of gardening shears.

Aside from the dangers of house parties, girls, you should be particularly wary of allowing your date to drive you to a deserted area to “park.” It goes without saying that his car will likely get a flat tire. Should a flat occur, he’ll probably leave you sitting in the passenger seat in your underwear, draped in his letterman jacket to stay warm, while he takes a shortcut through the swamp to that creepy hillbilly with the tow truck at the rundown gas station. (Undoubtedly, the one who warned you about driving out there after dark in the first place.) Now this is key: when you’re sitting out there alone and hear scratching on the windows, don’t say, “C’mon Johnny quit fooling around” and get out of the car to investigate. You’ll thank yourself later when Johnny’s headless corpse is slammed up against your window. At this point, try to control your hysterical screaming, take deep breaths and start the car. You will have a better chance of escape on a blown tire than if you fall out the door to run tripping and screaming through the swamp.

Finally, whatever you do, don’t try to shoot giant insects or yell challenges at anything purported to be haunted. If you accidentally run over the town witch, don’t try to hide her body and think that nothing will happen. And, if you happen to work as a late night security guard at a morgue, don’t greedily eat a sandwich while listening to headphones; that’s just asking for it.

If you employ the techniques above, chances are you’ll make it through another Halloween night.

Columbia City Paper

Lesley Dill’s solo exhibition

By Judit Trunkos

The Columbia Museum of Art presents Contemporary American artist Lesley Dill’s solo exhibition titled “I Heard a Voice: The Art of Lesley Dill.” Dill has been working as a sculptor, photographer, printmaker and performance artist for the past 20 years and her most recent works are being exhibited in Columbia. This show surveys Dill’s exploration of the role and influence of language and words, especially poetry and creative writing, on humans. The exhibition, organized by the Hunter Museum of American Art in conjunction with George Adams Gallery, New York, includes 34 pieces from both public and private collections found throughout the United States as well as some sculptures specifically created for this exhibition.

Dill’s work is nationally and internationally recognized. Dill’s awards include a sculpture fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Her work is in numerous major American museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Dill’s inspiration to meld literature and art extends from her education. Dill originally earned a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1972 from Trinity College in Connecticut and she only pursued a master’s degree in fine arts in her 30s. Still, it wasn’t until Dill’s mother gave her a book of Emily Dickinson’s poetry that Dill found her artistic vision.  Dickinson’s words resonated with Dill, sparking images that the artist says she just could not ignore. A stay in India distilled her vision of art as an extension of language. Not speaking any of the native languages of India, Dill focused on the aural and visual aspects of the languages she encountered when creating her art. Additionally, Dill discovered the peace and balance of Buddhism. As a result, she departed from two dimensional pieces and explored the use of bronze, photography, poetry, thread, wire and paper to sculpt figures and build tapestries and other wire-installations.

The piece in this collection that best evokes Dill’s time in India is “Rise.” The hand-dyed giant cotton installation is a vivid red, making it visually dramatic. Red is an important color in Hinduism and used for auspicious occasions like marriages, the birth of a child, and tilakas - the mark warn on a Hindu’s forehead symbolizing the mind’s eye. The robed figure at the bottom of the installation is suggestive of an Indian monk or guru. This breath taking piece emphasizes the emotional interconnectedness as well as the social aspects of language and communication as the human figure in the center of the installation seems to be irrevocably tight to different, words and spiritual messages. Even though words and messages are created by humans, Dill illustrates the side-effect of communication; namely the interconnected spider web-like influence of words and message that we humans all seemed to be tangled in.

Dill’s pieces often serve as illustrations to poetic texts by Emily Dickinson, Salvador Espriu, Franz Kafka and others. For Dill, words are her “spiritual armor,” and she freely stitches and weaves them across the surfaces of her multi-layered and mixed media works. Dill’s installations such as the “Rush,” “Word Queen of Laughter” and “Rise” combine the elements of language, such as letters into the human being and human form.  Dill’s wire piece, “Word Queen of Laughter” symbolizes the power of words and the symbiotic relationship between women and words as well as the human form and communication. The tall foil, organza, wire, paint steel installation influences the viewer just as strongly as Dickinson’s and Kafka’s words influenced Dill.

Because of Emily Dickinson’s influence on Dill’s work, museum patrons would be remiss if they didn’t also see The Columbia Museum of Art’s current book-installation titled “Emily Dickinson and Contemporary Fine Printing”, a loan from the Thomas Cooper Library’s Rare Books and Special Collection. This collection of books celebrates the past 50 years of Dickinson’s poems and helps to illuminate Dickinson’s influence on Dill. The Dickinson book-installation can be viewed as preface of Dill’s show, as it illustrates Dill’s inspiration by Dickinson’s world and also show the outcome of her artistic process.

“I Heard a Voice: The Art of Lesley Dill” can be seen through January 23, 2011 at the Columbia Museum of Art on Main Street.

Green Party Candidate Leslie Minerd For Attorney General

CCP: Why do you want to be Attorney General?

LM: I have been doing all kinds of environmental and social justice work for over 30 years. I feel like this would be a good way to get this work done. To bring up issues that no one else will talk about. Everyone now is talking about immigration reform and health care reform and not talking about what is going on here in South Carolina.


CCP: What would you do to help reform the prison system?


LM: America has the highest lock up rate per capita in the world. South Carolina used to be number one in the country, but now it is Louisiana I think. They did just pass a prison reform bill, which was pretty amazing that they did that. It was bi-partisan. I know that South Carolina ranks pretty low in terms of how habitable our jails are. We spend less per capita on prisoners than just about anyone in the nation. They have to change the sentencing structure. The whole tough on crime theory everyone went for because it got them votes. They had all this mandatory sentencing which is just sad and extremely expensive. There are a lot of non violent criminals in jail; you know there’s house arrest. The whole probation and pardon services needs changing too. Last year 5,000 people eligible for parole came before them, they only let out about 500. I am not saying all those people should be let out but about 20 years ago they would let out about 60%. They are keeping people in that could potentially be back on the streets working as productive citizens.


CCP: Will you do things like sue the Federal Government to keep your name in the press or sue a classifieds Web site for advertising Asian massage parlors?  What will you do to keep your name in the press?


LM: No, No, No, Ha. I really don’t think I need to keep my name in the press.


CCP: What would you do as far as DHEC reform?


LM: That’s really up to the legislature. There is the whole thing about environmental crimes. Recently, legislation was passed that in South Carolina environmental criminals could be brought before the grand jury. It turns out there was a little clause added at behest of the state Chamber of Commerce. That first it has to be proven that the environmental crime caused at least 2 million dollars of damage. Well that is something that you really can’t prove. There’s a lot of damage that you don’t know about until years down the road. Consequently, there hasn’t been any prosecution of environmental crimes by the state grand jury. And another problem is that most environmental crimes are misdemeanors. Like look what has happened to Tin Products where they knowingly dumped into the Congaree Creek, killed an untold number of fish, and it shut the creek down for like a year. And what happened to those people? You get a lot more trouble for selling two ounces of marijuana than for destroying an ecosystem.


CCP: I heard you did fantastic on the WIS debate with Richardson and ummm?


LM: Wilson. I debated Richardson and Wilson. I wish they would post the debate. I was trying to stay focused on issues of South Carolina instead of the federal issues. I tried to stay focused on issues like domestic violence, which actually McMaster has actually done some good work on that, and crime. They asked us what we would do to save money at the Attorney General’s office and I said, “decriminalize marijuana.” I felt bad because those guys didn’t have a chance to respond to my suggestion because I know they wanted to. I just feel like the prohibition… that it is going about as well as prohibition is to alcohol. California Proposition 19 is coming up, and you know the California NAACP has come out in support of Proposition 19 because a disproportionate number of young black men are in jail.


CCP: It could save our economy if we taxed the hell out of it!


LM: That’s what I brought up too. I think they should further tax cigarettes for health issues. There are problems with health care reform, they are making us buy into a broken system. We spend more on health care than anybody else in the world and we are some of the sickest people in the world. It is just sad. The CDC says that of the 2 trillion dollars we spend on health care that 1.5 trillion dollars is on preventable diseases. Most of that is because of what we eat and drink. One of the theories on why everyone is getting heavy is that they are drinking soda’s every meal of the day. And they say that the fake sweetener stuff starts giving people the symptoms of MS.


CCP: What other issues are you raising?


LM: We do need comprehensive hate crimes legislation. For example, the young gay teenager Sean Kennedy in Greenville, was punched in the face so hard he died and the guy got a year in jail. It was considered manslaughter because there was no hate crime legislation.


CCP: So when I get into legal troubles and you are Attorney General will you help me out?


LM: I’ll send some of the staff. You don’t have to be a lawyer to be a Supreme Court Justice either. But my job is to supervise the prosecution of criminal cases. I’m a good supervisor too…all my employees love me.


Learn more about the owner-operator of Hip-Wa-Zee at http://minerdforattorneygeneral.com/

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Peace and blessings. Hope you have been good out there. Congrats to Hootie & The Blowfish (the monument is long overdue!!!). Time has been breezing by. 2010 is almost coming to a close, but the music keeps on rolling. It would be poor of me if I did not at least give you guys some valuable information to use this month. October has been deemed National Domestic Violence Awareness Month for unfortunate, yet obvious reasons. With that in mind, today we will be talking to an artist that is using his music to make sure that the ‘bright lights’, ‘fast cars’, and ‘pretty people’ are not the only topics you may find on the average person’s iPod.

FAT RAT DA CZAR- “Something Ain’t Right” THE INTERVIEW

CCP: “Something Ain’t Right” is a video that deals with domestic violence, an issue that is unfortunately prevalent in American society. Why did you decide to tackle it?

Well to be honest, at the time I did not know I was “tackling it.” I often make records about my own experiences and some of those records deal with unpleasant subject matter. This was obviously one of those times. It just so happened that me speaking on the subject raised some awareness, which ultimately turned a negative into a positive.

Many feel that domestic violence is a ‘women’s’ issue.  In Hip Hop, Eve is normally credited with bringing the issue to the forefront for many with the release of her song, “Love Is Blind”. It is rare that we see and hear about the brutality of domestic violence thru the eyes and mouth of a male. Is there a personal connection to this epidemic for you or was this just a jolt of the right side of the brain?

Actually, this record was based on a true story, which is kind of unfortunate all in itself. While recording Da Cold War 2, my man Frank Hustle threw me the track and I initially had a different concept, but the woman’s voice in the sample just started sounding like someone that was hurting. At that point I started to scribble the hook. I was a bit hesitant about writing about something that hit so close to home especially when it involved someone else’s real life. I did it anyway and let her hear it first. I think she was shocked at initially but was all for the record making the cut.

CCP: Why go the route of mini movie for the visual of “Something Ain’t Right” as opposed to keeping as an album cut? Who directed it? Where is it available to be viewed?

Well my man SMD, who shot “Do Whud I Do”, was talking about doing another video for the project and that he wanted it to be something that was somewhat shocking. He had the idea of presenting me and my music in a way that was so different from “Do Whud I Do.” He was feeling the record so he pitched me the treatment and I loved the idea. I was even given the opportunity pencil in a little bit of the script; which was a great look for me personally. We did not technically make this record a single; rather we tried to highlight a song that we thought people would feel. The video is currently on YouTube.  Search Fat Rat Da Czar and it should pop up with my other videos.

CCP: For someone going through that terrible situation, what words of reason would you provide, as opposed to the option portrayed in the video (i.e. - ‘…letting the heater blaze’)?

I would tell anyone to preserve their life at all costs. The tricky thing is not allowing oneself to be placed in such life threatening situations. That usually involves loving yourself enough to know when someone is toxic in your life. People can only give you what you accept. They only sell what you will buy. So don’t overlook the warning label.

If you could sum up why someone should view “Something Ain’t Right” in 4 words, what would they be?

Rhymes Equal Actual Life (R.E.A.L.)


WORDS OF WISDOM

The life you live is one to be preserved. “People can only give you what you accept. They only sell what you will buy” --- Fat Rat Da Czar….I couldn’t have said it any better.


DJ KINGPIN-Villain of Vinyl (kingpinvillianofvinyl@gmail.com)

CAIRO TIME at The Nick

Movie times listed are for the weekend of  October 29, please confirm with theater.

Nickelodeon

http://www.nickelodeon.org/ 937 Main Street

CAIRO TIME

When magazine editor Juliette (Patricia Clarkson) travels to Cairo to meet her diplomat husband, Mark (Tom McCamus), she learns from his friend Tareq (Alexander Siddig) that Mark has been delayed. As Tareq introduces her to the city and its customs, an unexpected attraction arises between them. Juliette soon grows accustomed to life in Cairo while she and Tareq try to find the best way to deal with their complex feelings in this romantic drama.

OCTOBER

29-NOVEMBER 4, Friday-Thursday

Friday, Oct. 29 - 3:00, 6:00 and 8:00

Saturday, Oct. 30 - 3:00, 6:00 and 8:00

Sunday, Oct. 31 - 3:00, 6:00 and 8:00

Monday, Nov. 1 - 6:00 and 8:00

Tuesday, Nov. 2 - 6:00 and 8:00

Wednesday, Nov. 3 - 3:00, 6:00 and 8:00

Thursday, Nov. 4 - 6:00 and 8:00

THE BIG MO MONETTA DRIVE-IN 5822 Columbia Highway North, Monetta SC  29105 Gates open at 6:30pm and show starts at 7:45.

Oct 28, 29 and 30.

Screen 1 Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole

Secretariat

Screen 2

Jackass 3D

Paranormal Activity 2

St. Andrews Cinema 5 527 St Andrews Road Columbia, SC 29210 (803) 772-7469

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Regal Pastime Pavilion 8 929 North Lake Drive, Lexington, SC 29072

Saw 3D new! (R)

Showtimes More Info

2:50 5:10 7:45 10:15

Paranormal Activity 2 new! (R)

2:30 4:55 7:35 10:05

Jackass 3D (R)

Showtimes More Info

2:40 5:00 7:55 10:20

Red (PG-13)

2:20 4:50 7:25 9:55

Life As We Know It (PG-13)

2:05 4:35 7:05 9:40

Secretariat (PG)

1:55 4:40 7:20 10:00

The Social Network (PG-13)

1:45 4:30 7:10 9:50

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (PG)

2:00 4:20 7:00 9:30


Regal Columbia Cinema 7

3400 Forest Drive Suite 3000, Columbia, SC 29204

Paranormal Activity 2 new! (R)

2:00 4:20 7:00 9:30


DP (Digital Projection) Showtimes More Info

2:50 5:10 7:45 10:00

Hereafter (2010) (PG-13)

1:40 4:30 7:25 10:20

N-Secure (R)

2:30 5:00 7:40 10:10

Case 39 (R)

2:15 4:45 7:15 9:45

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (PG-13)

DP (Digital Projection) Showtimes More Info

1:45 4:40 7:35 10:30

The Town (R)

DP (Digital Projection) Showtimes More Info

1:50 4:35 7:20 10:05


Carmike Wynnsong 10

5320 Forest Drive, Columbia, SC 29206

Saw 3D new! (R)

Digital 3D Showtimes More Info

1:00 3:15 5:30 7:45 10:00 12:15am

I Want Your Money (PG)

1:45 4:30 7:00 9:20

Jackass 3D (R)

Digital 3D Showtimes More Info

1:35 2:00 3:50 4:20 6:30 7:00 8:50 9:35

Red (PG-13)

1:35 4:25 7:15 9:50

Life As We Know It (PG-13)

1:30 4:10 7:05 9:45

Secretariat (PG)

1:10 4:15 7:10 10:00

The Social Network (PG-13)

1:40 4:25 7:10 9:55

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (PG)

1:30 4:10

Easy A (PG-13)

1:45 4:20 7:05 9:30

The Expendables (R)

7:05 9:40


AMC Dutch Square 14

800 Bush River Rd.,

Columbia, SC 29210


Regal Columbiana Grande Stadium 14

1250 Bower Pkwy, Columbia, SC 29212

Saw 3D new! (R)

Showtimes More Info

12:20 1:00 2:30 3:20 4:40 5:30 7:30 8:00 9:50 10:20

Jackass 3 in 2D (R)

12:05 2:15 4:30 7:00 9:15

Jackass 3D (R)

Showtimes More Info

12:50 2:50 5:15 7:40 10:00

Red (PG-13)

12:00 12:35 2:25 3:05 4:55 5:25 7:25 8:05 9:55 10:30

Life As We Know It (PG-13)

12:10 1:40 2:40 4:20 5:10 7:05 7:50 9:40 10:25

Secretariat (PG)

1:10 4:00 6:50 9:30

The Social Network (PG-13)

1:50 4:35 7:35 10:15

Catfish (PG-13)

12:45 2:55 5:00 7:10 9:35

Devil (PG-13)

12:25 5:05 9:45

Easy A (PG-13)

12:30 2:35 4:45 6:55 9:20

The Town (R)

12:40 4:10 7:15 10:05

Never Let Me Go (R)

2:20 7:20


Carmike 14

122 Afton Court, Columbia, SC 29212


Paranormal Activity 2 new! (R)

1:50 4:40 7:15 9:40

Hereafter (2010) (PG-13)

1:00 4:00 6:55 9:50

N-Secure (R)

1:10 4:30 7:20 9:55

It’s Kind of a Funny Story (PG-13)

1:35 4:05 6:40 9:20

My Soul to Take 3D (R)

Digital 3D Showtimes More Info

1:45 4:20 6:50 9:20

Case 39 (R)

1:40 4:25 7:05 9:45

Let Me In (R)

1:55 4:35 7:10 9:50

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (PG)

1:25 4:05 6:50 9:30

Legend of the Guardians:The Owls of Ga’Hoole 3D (PG)

Digital 3D Showtimes More Info

1:15 3:50 6:35 9:10

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (PG-13)

2:00 5:10 8:45

You Again (PG)

1:20 4:15 6:45 9:25

Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D (R)

Digital 3D Showtimes More Info

2:15 4:40 7:05 9:35

Nanny McPhee Returns (PG)

1:30 4:10 6:40 9:15

The Other Guys (PG-13)

1:05 3:45 6:30 9:00


Regal Sandhill Stadium 16 450 Town Center Place

Jackass 3D new! (R)


Saw 3D new! (R)

Showtimes More Info

12:00 12:30 2:15 2:45 4:40 5:10 7:15 7:45 9:40 10:10 12:00am

Paranormal Activity 2 new! (R)

12:15 12:45 2:30 3:00 4:50 5:20 7:30 8:00 9:50 10:20 12:05am

Hereafter (2010) (PG-13)

1:00 4:00 7:00 10:00

Jackass 3D (R)

Showtimes More Info

12:20 2:35 5:00 7:35 9:55 12:10am

N-Secure (R)

12:25 2:55 5:30 8:05 10:30

Red (PG-13)

12:05 2:40 4:15 5:15 7:50 9:55 10:25 1:40 7:20

Life As We Know It (PG-13)

12:00 2:30 5:05 7:40 10:15

Secretariat (PG)

12:40 4:20 7:10 10:05

The Social Network (PG-13)

12:50 4:30 7:25 10:10

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (PG)

12:05 2:25 4:45 7:05 9:30

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (PG-13)

12:35 3:50 6:50 9:45

The Town (R)

12:55 4:10 6:55 9:35

Takers (PG-13)

12:10 2:50 5:25 7:55 10:25

Pinna playing free shows this weekend

Pinna will perform two free shows: the first on October 29th at Wet Willie’s at 10pm, and the second on October 30th at Loose Cockaboose following the Tennessee football game.

Pinna’s set list never disappoints with fresh takes on classic rock songs like “Get on Up,” “Born to be Wild,” “Not Fade Away” and “Running Down a Dream.” Pinna is for fans of jam bands, but don’t expect to be bored by a 25 minute version of Ants Marching. You’ll remain interested through every funky breakdown, but to be honest the real treat is when these boys play their originals.

Lead guitarist George Fenter’s background as a composer gives Pinna more of a Trey Anastasio influence than other jam bands, which in turn gives Pinna a fresher sound than their contemporaries in the local jam scene. Pinna’s talented group of musicians – including Josh Miley on bass, Tim Pape on keys and Ryan Ball on drums – has a knack for keeping the songs tight. So all you dirty hippies put on your patchouli and get ready to have a good time!

music@columbiacitypaper.com

Friday, October 22, 2010

New details released in affidavit on Folks affair with Publisher of Columbia City Paper!

As of  press time Will Folks won't sign an affidavit detailing the torrid love affair between the washed up blogger and the Columbia City Paper Publisher.

Paul Blake: Letting The Chips Fall

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

An open letter to Steve Benjamin by Aaron Johnson

An Open Letter to Steve Benjamin


By Aaron Johnson

Mayor Benjamin,


It has come to my attention that you intend to withdraw from the press. In your own words, you no longer plan to make yourself as “open and available” as much as you “might have been.” You even reportedly went so far as to say “the Hell with it.”

There are lots of reasons for we, the people of Columbia, to be upset about this. For starters, your campaign was based on being “open and transparent.” There’s an entire section on your campaign website, which is still online at SteveBenjamin.com, called “Transparency in Government.”

In your own website’s words:

“For some politicians, talk of transparency has been a way to score quick political points through hollow promises and empty gestures.”

Seems to ring true, so far. Let’s read on:

“For Steve, governmental transparency is about living up to that most fundamental commitment: any institution engaged on the public’s behalf must be open to public participation and scrutiny, and people deserve the truth.”

Okay, so maybe now we’re starting to move into more of a gray area...

Look, Steve, I understand. I know that your campaign promises were merely means to an end. You’ve made it pretty clear that you never intended to keep any of your promises about transparency or balancing the budget or keeping you and your wife unemployed throughout your tenure of service as mayor. I know that a man’s got to do what a man’s got to do to get elected in this day and age.

And there are plenty of reasons for the public to be really upset at you for throwing a huge hissy fit that embarrasses the entire city of Columbia and the office you are honored to hold. After all, here you are, a public official and the ambassador of the capital of one of the United States of America, saying that you don’t think the public has a right to question you or have access to you. And you’ve managed to do this in a very undignified manner.

It’s making us all scratch our heads. Like when you said, “the Hell with it.” The Hell with what? The Hell with the freedom of the press? The Hell with the people of Columbia, who deserve openness and access to their leaders? In hindsight, it seems like The Hell With It is the attitude you’ve taken with every campaign promise you’ve made! Perhaps it should be your campaign slogan in 2014. It definitely has a better ring to it than “Bold New Leadership.”

Okay, I’ll stop teasing. Honestly, I’m not going to hold any of that stuff against you. I mean, you are a politician. What did we expect? Really, it’s all well and good, water under the bridge, let bygones be bygones, all that jazz.

And yet... there’s still one thing still really cheeses me off and, I’m sorry, but I’ve just got to hold your feet to the fire about this.

Where the Hell was my shout-out?

I mean, come on. You’re sitting there giving the Free Times and The State and SC Black News all this free publicity because you think they’ve slighted you, but seriously! Have you even read any of the articles in Columbia City Paper the past few months?

Prior to the election, the mainstream media issued fluff piece after fluff piece in your honor. You were hailed as a bright and shining ray of hope in Columbia. You received endorsements up the wazoo and nobody seemed to be concerned with your entrenchment in the world of payday lending or shady real estate deals. Meanwhile, Columbia City Paper was hot on the trail, with nuggets of real, toothy journalism like these:


April 12, 2010: Village at River’s Edge project continues to raise eyebrows

By Todd Morehead

Todd Morehead detailed the $1.5 million that the city kicked in for your development project, the close proximity to former city manager, Charles Austin, as well as the $10 million HUD loan it received through the Columbia Housing Authority. (The CHA that oversees the majority of the development of affordable housing in Columbia and also has a board member related to your in-laws.)


April 22, 2010:  A House Divided

By Todd Morehead

Morehead further detailed how some developers can cash out big by utilizing city and government grants under the banner of building affordable housing.

Since you were elected, the rest of the press in this town has cooled its heels and failed to pursue any of the transgressions you’ve made with any rigor. The Free Times, The State and most of the TV stations in town pretty much looked the other way while you broke several campaign promises and engaged in some unsavory practices. Meanwhile, look what we were up to at Columbia City Paper:


August 4, 2010: How Key Democrats Bought A “Non-Partisan” Council Seat

By Paul Blake

Paul Blake detailed how key Democrats gave donations that were well over the legal limit by carefully timing the donation of a second $1,000.00 immediately after the election.  At least one favor was returned when you declared July 28 as James Clyburn Day and gave away a key to our “famously hot” city to the U.S. House Majority Whip.


September 9, 2010: Wukela’s End Game

By Aaron Johnson

I like how in the Free Times article about your new “closed door policy” you chose to fire off about how Kevin Fisher was mean to you. Fisher?! My Wukela column was way more inflammatory than his! And I wrote mine first!  WACH Fox 57 picked it up and Fisher’s article was simply a column about my column. I was the original bad ass, here.


September 15, 2010: Believe in Steve:  An ode to our Fearless Leader

By Aaron Johnson

Steve, you’ll have to read this one closely because it’s satirical.  I detailed your broken campaign promises to date, vis a vis: “balancing the budget, holding no other job than that of your public office, agreeing to have your wife step down from her position as a judge and agreeing to a hiring freeze that would preclude the municipal government from hiring anyone whose job description has not already been publicly posted by the city manager as of his candidacy.”


September 24, 2010: Lets Move Into That “New Era Of Leadership”

By Grant Robertson

Robertson was actually a little encouraging here, and wanted you to be a leader and make a decision based on the Hospitality District Safety Task Force instead of pulling the classic non-committal maneuver of paying outside consultants to tell you what decisions to make.


September 29, 2010: So, you want to ruin a community?

By Aaron Johnson

I consider this to be my piece de resistance. I wrote a full-length cover story in the form of a primer detailing how the City of Columbia has become a leading authority on how to destroy a community.  There was a handy acronym COLA that your administration inspired:


Combat the Arts.

Oppress the Youth.

Lie, and Lack a Plan.

Assault Small Business.


Look. All I’m saying is, I’ve been really busting my ass to try to point out all the myriad of ways in which you’ve deceived the public throughout your campaign and I think I deserve at least a footnote the next time you have a messy temper tantrum with the press.

If the general public agrees with me, I encourage them to let you know. I’m sure that, despite your best efforts, they will find some way to get in touch with you and ask you to keep your campaign promise of openness and transparency.

And, hey, if it makes you feel any better, at least in my book, you’re one of the most transparent politicians in the state of South Carolina. Anyone who’s really been paying attention can see right through you.


Sincerely,


Aaron Johnson

Letters to the reader: Dear Joe Wilson,


Dear Joe Wilson,

Even a second-rate quasi politico like me knows that taking on Rob Miller in any way concerning the armed services is a losing battle. You need to just take your lumps on the charges that your traveling expenses have gotten out of hand. To say that you were dodging mortar fire while visiting troops in Afghanistan is probably particularly insulting to Miller, who actually served with the Marines in Iraq. Not to take away from your service in the National Guard during peacetime, Joe, but to be fair, Rob Miller went through Marine boot camp at Parris Island and did full combat tours in Mosul and Fallujah.

Retired U.S. Army Lt. General, Claudia Kennedy, put it more succinctly: “It’s disgusting that Congressman Wilson would imply he put his life in danger on a congressional junket, especially since he hasn’t served a day in combat.” If you don’t want to insult other veterans, in my layman’s opinion, just buy a hard hat from a costume shop, rent some dirty work boots for the next week and answer “jobs” to every question.

Columbia City Paper


Dear Mayor Benjamin,

You recently announced that you’re pulling back from the press. Please, baby, don’t go. This thing we have has been a whirlwind, we know. It got too hot, baby. Too hot and too heavy too early. You need some space, we understand that. Some time to clear your head. But, don’t leave us! Don’t put our coverage up on a shelf! Every time we hear your voice on Channel 2 (sniffle) ...sorry, we just can’t do this right now. We caught ourselves sniffing one of your shirts the other day, recalling that one City Council meeting we had and –damn it, Steve, you couldn’t wait to do this until after the holidays?! We were supposed to have dinner with my parents!

Look we’re sorry. We’ll keep your toothbrush in the newsroom, okay? Take some time, but please, baby, just say you’ll take us back.

Columbia City Paper


Dear urinal conversation guy,

No offense, but I’m kinda in the middle of something. Let’s talk about the Gamecocks back at the bar. The next round’s on me if you just let me finish because I’m starting to clam up here and it stings. And, stop trying to make eye contact, dude, that’s really creepy.

Columbia City Paper


Dear 1980s rock video,

I’m not sure how the 50-year-old lead guitar player went from a white Don Johnson suit on a sailboat in the Bahamas to being chased by the KGB in London, but I’ll go with it. (Though, it detracts from the storyline to have those teenagers dance-fighting the elderly in the street with hot pink and turquoise graphics floating around onscreen.) ...Okay, and now there’s an Annie Lennox clone in a body suit slamming herself against a mirror, while the singer smokes a cigarette and weeps in a corner? This just doesn’t make any sense!

Columbia City Paper

Interview with Nathalie Dupree, write-in candidate for the U.S. Senate

Nathalie Dupree has written numerous cookbooks, hosted hundreds of television shows, and won a couple of James Beard Awards. This fall, the vivacious septuagenarian, wants to add United States Senator to that already impressive resume. Early this month, she declared herself a write-in candidate for the U.S. Senate, saying, “I have one goal in this campaign: to cook Jim DeMint’s goose.” She then quipped, “First I’ll have to find him, which means searching for him–in Delaware or Alaska, or Florida, or Ohio, or Nevada, or maybe I’ll find him in Arizona.”

I decided to call Dupree to ask how the goose is coming along. She answered my call with all the down-to-earth gentility one would expect from a Charleston chef known for her exuberant manner and somewhat scattered, but brilliant, cooking style.  I asked her why she thought she might be the person to run against DeMint.

“Well, I couldn’t figure out who had the name recognition,” she said. “And I just got mad. His self-righteousness and hubris…it angered me that he was using his hobby horse to punish the people of South Carolina. He is laughable, but it wasn’t funny anymore.” She tried to think of other people who might run. “The Lee Brothers were out because you can’t run brothers,” she said of the other famous Charleston cooks, who are also her neighbors. “And Pat Conroy, well, I don’t know if he would be a good Senator.”

People often compare making laws to making sausage, and so I wondered if her kitchen skills would translate to the Senate. “Any kind of kitchen experience helps. You can delegate authority, and try things out. Talk to people and see what works. A lot of kitchen skills translate. I can work with people. I feel confident. I am not so extremist that I couldn’t work with Lindsey Graham. He tries to work with everyone,” she laughed. “I’m not too proud to work with him.” But, according to Dupree, DeMint is.

Dupree’s major issue is the Port of Charleston. The morning that we spoke, the New York Times ran an article “DeMint’s Stand Against Earmarks Grows Lonely as State Sees Need.” Lindsey Graham has requested an earmark for $400,000 that would pay for an Army Corps of Engineers feasibility study on dredging the Charleston Harbor in order to make it deep enough for new super tankers to come to the Harbor anytime (and not just at high tide).  The Senate has approved earmarks for ports in other states, but according to Graham the Senate did not want to approve the money without the support of both of the state’s senators. DeMint claims to support the dredging of the harbor, but is so strongly opposed to earmarks that he will not support it.

Dupree said, “Just looking at all the parts of the state, you know they need the port. There’s money out there for all that. You just have to know how to work with other Senators. I really believe that DeMint just doesn’t know how the Senate works. He’s so arrogant that he thinks he knows better than the whole Senate.” According to Dupree, the irony is that “DeMint wants to create a whole new level of bureaucracy and make a study to study the feasibility of the study. He’s going to find it impossible to get anything done because he’s supported so many people against established senators that no one will ever be willing to work with him.”

Dupree is quick to clarify when asked about the environmental impact of the port. “I am not making a decision that it should be dredged. I am not pretending to be an expert. But it is a senator’s job to get the bacon so that the people who do know can make the study. I want the information. Because in 2014 the Panama Canal will take larger boats. We’ve already gone from the 4th Port to the 9th port [in terms of use]. Savannah is killing us. And we’ll have to work with environmentalists to see about jobs vs. the environment. That’s a state issue. But bringing in the money for the study is a federal issue and DeMint is not doing his job. Earmarks are not a four-letter word.”

When asked about Alvin Greene, Dupree would say only “Bless his heart. I wish him well.”  She refused to comment any further on the Democrat’s strange candidacy, saying “It would make things even more confusing.” She paused and added. “Anyone who has worked with me knows that I am a messy cook. I make a mess in the kitchen. But I’m good at cleaning up messes. That’s what I do. I want to go up there and get to work for the good of South Carolina,” even if it means “leaving Charleston at the prime time, which is always a bad thing.”

“TYNE”

Peace and blessings.  Hope the last edition gave you more than enough new music to vibe to).  Fall is officially here, the South Carolina State Fair is underway, and the holiday sales have already begun; let’s get straight to it!!

LOCAL ARTIST SPOTLIGHT “TYNE”

A few weeks back I had the pleasure of meeting a dynamic up and coming singer who hails right here from South Carolina.  To describe her sound you must be familiar with these three particular artists: Regina Belle (Soul), Nina Simone (Jazz), and Kierra ‘Kiki’ Sheard (Gospel).

Regina Belle, simply for the great and efficient use of her vocal ability.  Vocally this singer is in total control of her tool.  With great command of her soprano and alto ranges, this singer is definitely not too ‘shabby’ behind the ivory keys either.  Having superb command of the various scales and rhythms that a piano can emit aligned with message filled music; this young singer is the fruit from the house that ‘Nina’ built.

Simply having great vocal and musical ability will provide most artists with plenty mileage on their road to success, but this centered singer will go extremely further than her counterparts because of one primary reason; humility.  Being grounded in an industry in which it is the norm to act and perform out of character is a rarity.  As with most true singers, this artist was groomed and celebrated within the church and this ability resonates totally throughout her debut project, ‘SO FAR.’  ‘Kiki’ Sheard would definitely be honored to sing beside this young songbird.

This artist goes by the name of TYNE’ (pronounced Ty-Ann) and she is definitely an amazing talent to look out for.  ‘SO FAR’, her debut project is one filled with tales of love, triumph, perseverance, faith, pride, and victory.  From the inspiring ‘Gonna Make It There’ and ‘Pride’ to the vintage sounding ‘This Love’ and insightful ‘The World Is Cold’; you will definitely enjoy her music. You gonna have to catch her sounds on a first come, first serve basis until her project is released to the masses.  Hope you get a chance to enjoy; I have!!!!


WORDS OF WISDOM

Enjoy all the time you are given!!!


DJ KINGPIN-Villain of Vinyl (kingpinvillianofvinyl@gmail.com)

Paranormal Activity 2 at The Drive In

Movie times listed are for the weekend of  October 22, please confirm with theater.

Nickelodeon

http://www.nickelodeon.org/ 937 Main Street

Animal Kingdom

A youngster is given an inside look at a criminal empire that also happens to be his family in this independent drama. Teenage Joshua Cody (James Frecheville) is suddenly on his own after his mother’s drug habit catches up with her, and he’s taken in by his grandmother Smurf (Jacki Weaver), usually regarded as the black sheep of the family. Joshua quickly learns Smurf’s reputation is well deserved; she and her four sons are members of a mid-level crime syndicate that operates out of her home in Melbourne.

OCTOBER 22-28, Friday-Thursday

Friday, Oct. 22 - 3:00, 5:30 and 8:00

Saturday, Oct. 23 - 3:00, 5:30 and 8:00

Sunday, Oct. 24 - 3:00, 5:30 and 8:00

Monday, Oct. 25 - 5:30 and 8:00

Tuesday, Oct. 26 - 5:30 and 8:00

Wednesday, Oct. 27 - 3:00, 5:30 and 8:00

Thursday, Oct. 28 - 5:30 and 8:00

THE BIG MO MONETTA DRIVE-IN 5822 Columbia Highway North, Monetta SC  29105 Gates open at 6:30pm and show starts at 7:45.

Oct 22, 23 and 24.

Screen 1 Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole

Alpha & Omega

Screen 2

Jackass 3D

Paranormal Activity 2

Regal Columbia Cinema 7

3400 Forest Drive Suite 3000, Columbia, SC 29204

Paranormal Activity 2 new! (R)

2:00 4:20 7:00 9:30

DP (Digital Projection) Showtimes More Info

2:50 5:10 7:45 10:00

Hereafter (2010) new! (PG-13)

1:40 4:30 7:25 10:20

N-Secure new! (R)

2:30 5:00 7:40 10:10

Case 39 (R)

2:15 4:45 7:15 9:45

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (PG-13)

DP (Digital Projection) Showtimes More Info

1:45 4:40 7:35 10:30

The Town (R)

DP (Digital Projection) Showtimes More Info

1:50 4:35 7:20 10:05

Carmike Wynnsong 10

5320 Forest Drive, Columbia, SC 29206

I Want Your Money new! (PG)

1:45 4:30 7:00 9:20

Jackass 3D new! (R)

Digital 3D Showtimes More Info

1:35 2:00 2:30 3:50 4:20 4:50 6:30 7:00 7:30 8:50 9:20 10:00

Red new! (PG-13)

1:35 4:25 7:15 9:50

Life As We Know It (PG-13)

1:30 4:10 7:05 9:45

Secretariat (PG)

1:30 4:15 7:10 10:00

The Social Network (PG-13)

1:40 4:25 7:10 9:55

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (PG)

1:30 4:10

Easy A (PG-13)

1:45 4:20 7:05 9:30

The Expendables (R)

7:05 9:40

AMC Dutch Square 14

800 Bush River Rd.,

Columbia, SC 29210

Regal Columbiana Grande Stadium 14

1250 Bower Pkwy, Columbia, SC 29212

Jackass 3 in 2D new! (R)

12:40 2:50 5:05 7:20 9:40

Jackass 3D new! (R)

Showtimes More Info

12:00 1:30 2:15 3:45 4:30 6:00 6:50 7:50 8:20 9:10 10:10 10:40

Red new! (PG-13)

11:50am 12:30 2:20 3:00 4:50 5:30 7:30 8:00 10:00 10:30

Life As We Know It (PG-13)

12:10 1:10 2:40 4:00 5:10 7:05 7:45 9:45 10:15

Secretariat (PG)

1:20 4:10 7:00 9:55

DP (Digital Projection) Showtimes More Info

11:30am 2:10 4:55

The Social Network (PG-13)

11:45am 2:25 5:00 7:40 10:20

Like Dandelion Dust (PG-13)

12:05 2:30 4:45 7:10 9:35

Devil (PG-13)

3:10 5:20 10:05

Easy A (PG-13)

12:15 2:35 4:40 6:55 9:20

The Town (R)

12:20 7:15

Never Let Me Go (R)

11:40am 2:05 4:35 7:25 9:50

Carmike 14

122 Afton Court, Columbia, SC 29212

Paranormal Activity 2 new! (R)

1:50 4:40 7:15 9:40 12:00am

Hereafter (2010) new! (PG-13)

1:00 4:00 7:00 9:55

N-Secure new! (R)

1:10 4:30 7:20 10:00

It’s Kind of a Funny Story (PG-13)

1:35 4:05 6:40 9:20

My Soul to Take 3D (R)

Digital 3D Showtimes More Info

1:45 4:20 6:50 9:20

Case 39 (R)

1:40 4:25 7:05 9:45

Let Me In (R)

1:55 4:35 7:10 9:50

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (PG)

1:25 4:05 6:50 9:30

Legend of the Guardians:The Owls of Ga’Hoole 3D (PG)

Digital 3D Showtimes More Info

1:15 3:50 6:35 9:10

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (PG-13)

2:00 5:10 8:45

You Again (PG)

1:20 4:15 6:45 9:25

Alpha and Omega 3D (PG)

Digital 3D Showtimes More Info

2:20 4:50

Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D (R)

Digital 3D Showtimes More Info

7:05 9:35

Lottery Ticket (PG-13)

1:05 6:30

Nanny McPhee Returns (PG)

1:30 4:10 6:40 9:15

The Other Guys (PG-13)

3:45 9:00

Regal Sandhill Stadium 16 450 Town Center Place

Jackass 3D new! (R)

Paranormal Activity 2 new! (R)

12:00 12:30 2:15 2:45 4:30 5:00 7:15 7:45 9:40 10:10 12:00am

Hereafter (2010) new! (PG-13)

1:00 4:00 7:00 10:00

Jackass 3D new! (R)

Showtimes More Info

12:40 1:10 2:25 2:55 3:25 5:10 5:40 7:05 7:35 8:05 9:50 10:20 12:00am

N-Secure new! (R)

12:20 2:50 5:30 8:00 10:30

Red new! (PG-13)

12:05 1:40 2:40 4:15 5:15 7:20 7:50 9:55 10:25

Life As We Know It (PG-13)

2:35 5:05 7:40 10:15

12:05pm

My Soul to Take 3D (R)

Showtimes More Info

12:00 4:35 9:20 11:50

Secretariat (PG)

1:30 4:20 7:30 10:15

The Social Network (PG-13)

1:50 4:40 7:25 10:05

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (PG)

12:10 2:30 4:50 7:10 9:30

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (PG-13)

12:50 3:50 6:50 9:45

The Town (R)

1:20 4:10 6:55 9:45

Takers (PG-13)

12:15 2:50 5:20 7:55 10:25

St. Andrews Cinema 5 527 St Andrews Road Columbia, SC 29210 (803) 772-7469

Please call

Regal Pastime Pavilion 8 929 North Lake Drive, Lexington, SC 29072

The Toasters at NBT

The Toasters at New Brookland Tavern

October 27

If you’re into ska, chances are you’re into the Toasters. The granddaddies of NYC (and arguably American) ska have wrapped up a spring and summer tour in Europe, and are hitting the road stateside through the fall.

For those who might be unfamiliar with them, the Toasters incorporate the groove of reggae and 2 Tone era ska, but infuse it with elements of punk and soul; less a “ska punk” band, more like traditionalists with an edge. (They describe themselves as “the musical equivalent of a brass knuckle-duster.”) And they to only get better with age.

Having logged close to 30 years as a band, dozens of recordings, and too many shows to count, The Toasters have, needless to say, gone through a few lineup changes. Along with the bands founder and life’s blood, Rob “Bucket” Hingley, the current lineup features former members of The Beat, Mephiskapheles, and Westbound Train.

Even if you’re not into ska, you owe it to yourself to come check this show out. Toasters shows are generally devoid of skinny tie shtick and are simply upbeat, fun-ass romps.

Hawaiian Shirt Day, Brass To The Future, and Do Your Worst open.

-Norbet Sykes

Live Music Dates 10-21 to 11/1

Thursday October 21

New Brookland Tavern

BATTLE OF THE BANDS

Foley

Akronim

Dance Commander

Dylan Gilbert and the Over Easy Breakfast Machine

Utopia

Open Mic Brett Mello

The White Mule

Elizabeth Cook

Friday October 22

Cafe Strudel

Johnson’s Crossroad

Macs on Main

Electric Voodoo

New Brookland Tavern

“Ladies Night Our” w/:

Death Of Paris (Cd Release)

Today The Moon, Tomorrow The Sun

Haley Dreis

Katlyn Redfern

The White Mule

Greg Humphreys w/ Mandolin Orange & Jarrod Dickenson

DJ RIGGLE (late night)

Utopia

Bentz Kirby

Saturday October 23

Art Bar

American Aquarium

The Restoration

The Weathers

Kevin Harrison

Cafe Strudel

Ashley Wells

Macs on Main

Daddy Blue Band

Utopia

Marv Ward & Congaree

The White Mule

Eyes Around w/ Isaac Russell & tba

Sunday October 24

The White Mule

Goodbye Picasso

Rocktoberfest

Monday October 25

New Brookland Tavern

Acoustic Open Mic Night w/ Brightford

Tuesday October 26

New Brookland Tavern

The Toasters

Hawaiian Shirt Day

Brass To The Future

Do Your Worst

Wednesday October 27

New Brookland Tavern

Battle of the bands

Utopia

Luci & Levi

(the little zippers)

The White Mule

Ingram Hill

Thursday October 28

New Brookland Tavern

Battle of the bands

The White Mule

Timshel w The Ancient Sunken Natives

Friday October 29

New Brookland Tavern

American Aquarium

The Restoration

The Weathers

Kevin Harrison

Utopia

Papa String Band

The White Mule

Angie Aparo w/ The Kicks & Mark Shipley

Saturday October 30

New Brookland Tavern

Valient Thorr

Caltrop

Tunguska

The Gay Blades

Utopia

The Dirty Lowdown

The White Mule

Catie Curtis w Jenna Lindbo

Sunday October 31

New Brookland Tavern

States

(ex-Lydia/Copeland)

Mel Washington of All Get Out

David A. of Daylight Hours

Monday November 1

New Brookland Tavern Acoustic Open Mic

The White Mule

A Fragile Tomorrow w/ Kenny Howes & TBA

Tuesday November 2

New Brookland Tavern

Shallow Palace

Son Of A Bad Man

(formerly Shawn Fisher & the Jukebox Gypsies)

Nuclear Spring

The White Mule

Barefoot Truth w/ Marc Cogman

Wednesday November 3

New Brookland Tavern

Justin Osborne of Sequoyah

River City Extension

Nathan Hussey of All Get Out

Brightford

Utopia

John Scollon

The White Mule

Sam Quinn (the everybodyfields) w/ The Farewell Drifters & Apache Relay

Thursday November 4

New Brookland Tavern

BATTLE OF THE BANDS

Full Color Footage

Marry Me Joanna

TBA

Utopia

Open Mic w Betz Kirby

Friday November 5

New Brookland Tavern

Cherry Case

Danielle Howle

Charming Hala

Utopia

Total Denial

Saturday November 6

New Brookland Tavern

Every Time I Die

Trap Them

Howl

Utopia

Deb Varn & Midnight Blue

Sunday November 7

New Brookland Tavern

Every Time I Die

Trap Them

Howl

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Regional Briefs 10-14


By Todd Morehead


CHARLESTON


Neighborhood rated 13th most dangerous in country may have been misidentified by mistake

Charleston police say a neighborhood rated as the 13th most dangerous in the country isn’t even the most dangerous in the city.

Union Heights in North Charleston was rated by NeighborhoodScout.com as being more dangerous than neighborhoods in Washington, D.C. and Las Vegas. But Charleston police point out that the Web site’s study focuses on an area that extends beyond Union Heights into Charleston proper and includes two separate ZIP codes.

Proponents of the study say it used boundaries based on U.S. Census figures and other crime reports. But, Charleston police say crime is actually down in Union Heights.

So far, only one homicide and five aggravated assaults have occurred in the area this year.


FLORENCE


County councilman avoids charges after allegedly going ballistic

A Florence County councilman will not be charged for allegedly assaulting a woman for posting campaign signs in a Florence resident’s yard.

According to incident reports filed by the Florence County Sheriff’s Department, councilman Morris Anderson parked his green Lexus sedan behind the vehicle of Stephanie Rawlinson while she was posting campaign signs for Republican 12th Circuit Solicitor candidate Rose Mary Parham near the Ebenezer Baptist Church.

According to Rawlinson, Anderson began to shout profanities at her, grabbed her by the arm and demanded that she not remove the existing signs for Parham’s opponent for solicitor, Ed Clements, III. Rawlinson said she then asked the two men with her to put the Clements sign back in the ground and moved the Parham sign 20 feet away from it. Anderson said he witnessed Rawlinson and her cohorts attempt to take down the sign for Clements, a Democrat, and lay it on the ground.

Rawlinson suffered a bruise on her arm according to the report. Anderson denies wrongdoing, according to the Florence Morning News.

“That’s not the kind of person that I am,” Anderson said. “You know I wouldn’t do that. I had no physical contact with that woman. [...] I went back and I told them, ‘That sign better be put back up there just where it was and it better be in good shape, just like you found it.’”

Rawlinson said she won’t press charges against Anderson.


GRAY COURT


Mother gives birth on I-385 en route to hospital

Life moves in mysterious ways. In the case of a pregnant Gray Court woman, the miracle of life recently squirted out on the bucket seats of a VW Beetle en route to a Greenville hospital.

Kimberly Austin and her mother were on the way to the hospital when her contractions reportedly grew more intense. Before Austin knew it, the baby had crowned.

“I never thought to stop and help her deliver the baby,” Austin’s mother, Phyllis Shell told WYFF TV. “I never thought the baby would be there in that car. I was thinking ‘Get them to the hospital. Get them help.’ “

Austin reportedly unbuckled herself, squatted upright in the car, and the baby slid out. Shell spoke with a 911 dispatcher, who asked if the baby was breathing, but the women couldn’t figure out how to work the interior light in the car, which was on loan to them.

“If they knew what went on in there,” Austin joked of the car, “I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t want it back.”

Austin and Shell reportedly exited the interstate, found a nearby patrol car and asked the officer for assistance. Once they confirmed that the baby was okay they proceeded to the hospital.

MONCKS CORNER

Jail being sued for only allowing inmates to read the Bible

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed suit against the Berkeley County Detention Center for the jail’s alleged policy of disallowing inmates to read any book or magazine other than the Bible. The ACLU claims the policy is unconstitutional.

According to the suit, the jail’s policy hinders inmates from being fully prepared for life when they are released, citing claims that even the publishers of Prison Legal News have had magazines and self-help books for inmates returned.


TRAVELERS REST


Furman football player arrested for shoplifting beer

A Furman football player was arrested for shoplifting a case of beer from an area Wal-Mart, according to the Traveler’s Rest Police Department.

Ryan Lee, an offensive tackle for the team, was busted when he fled the store early Sunday morning. Beer sales stop at midnight in the area. Lee was released later that morning on a personal recognizance bond.

His fate with the team remains unknown at press time.


WALTERBORO


Skeletal remains of alleged embezzler discovered in woods

Hunters discovered the remains of a Dorchester County woman who disappeared last summer following allegations that she stole more than $134,000 from her former employer.

According to multiple media reports, dental records confirmed the identity of Andrea Stone, 36. The woman’s death is being treated as a homicide.

Stone was recently charged with two counts each of breach of trust and forgery after the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Department found 63 incidents of forgery while she worked for Auto Money Title Loans in Summerville. A corporate manager at Auto Money first contacted authorities about the theft on May 4. Stone was last seen alive on May 10.

Polish Artist Zbigniew Kopania



By Judit Trunkos

Polish Realist painter, Zbigniew Kopania, is visiting Columbia to exhibit at HOFP Gallery on Devine Street. The exhibition features breathtaking landscapes and still lifes. Kopania, also a cameraman, augments techniques that were honed by the 17th Century Dutch Masters to create his own take on modern, detail-oriented Realism.

Masters of the Dutch Golden Age were Baroque painters who became popular in Western Europe, especially in Rome and Italy. In the 17th Century Netherlands there was a plethora of painters with their own signature styles studying at different schools in Amsterdam, Haarlem, Utrecht, Leiden and Delft. Some of the most well-know masters emerging from this period were Rembrandt and Vermeer, just to mention a few.

Kopania was born in Lódź, Poland and studied in the Polish Film School. His mentor, Professor Jerzy Mierzejewski, encouraged him to paint after Kopania, as part of an art class assignment, copied Rembrandt portraits perfectly. He has been devoting his life to painting ever since. The Polish artist mostly paints still lifes, flowers, and landscapes, which are reminiscent of the Dutch Masters’ styles. Kopania’s background in photography and his expertise in operating a camera greatly assist him in his painting. He often takes pictures of landscapes that he later paints with great emphasis on detail and light.

Kopania has exhibited around the world, including the Polish Cultural Centre in London, Gallery Provincichuis Haarlem in the Netherlands, Galerie Am Isator in Munich, Turner Art Gallery in Denver, Houtplein Expositie Haarlem, and in the Galerie Kunst Centrum in Haarlem. His visit to Columbia is Kopania’s fourth trip to the United States.

Art dealer, Irving Baum, accompanied the painter to HOFP and shared the story of how he discovered Kopania’s works in Europe.

“I was visiting the Netherlands where I found Kopania’s works amongst other Dutch Masters’ works,” Baum says. “Except that the one that caught my attention was not Dutch, it was Polish. I bought them. When I went back the second time, I knew I had to find the artist. Later I took the initiative and called Kopania on the phone. This was almost 20 years ago.”

Kopania’s favorite of his paintings? “It is always the last one,” he jokes.

HOFP Gallery will feature his most recent work titled “Sunrise at the River.” The impressionist color theme, combined with the peaceful layout and composition, is just one of Kopania’s landscapes on exhibit.

“I always want to make the painting as realistic as possible,” Kopania explains. “It has to feel natural. Almost as if we could touch the object on the canvas.”

When asked if he ever experiments with less realistic styles, Kopania explained that his connection was to Realism, however, he sometimes includes surrealistic elements in his paintings. At HOFP Gallery, his painting titled “Candle Light, Still Life” is an example of such an overlap of styles. In the front part of the painting there is a traditional still life, but a hint of Surrealism gazes back at the viewer from a mirror through the eyes of a nude figure.

“Polish Artist Zbigniew Kopania, One Man Show” can be seen through November 6 at HOFP Gallery, 2828 Devine St. in Columbia. For more information, call the gallery at 799-7405.