The City Magazine Since 1975

May 2018

After wowing audiences the world over with their soulful, get-up-and-dance versions of Sea Island spirituals and work songs, Charleston’s own Ranky Tanky returns home to celebrate the music of the Lowcountry

Charleston’s growth has been a boon for, and in part driven by, its creative community. The return of festival season is a good opportunity to take its pulse and peek backstage at the studios, galleries, and theaters of our evolving and maturing arts scene

Hovering between 50 and 400 feet, drones allow photographers to capture our region from intriguing new heights.

The Charleston Lindy Exchange isn’t just for veteran swingers

In his new album, Lee Barbour shares an experience at once personal and universal

How Leigh Webber went from wedding photographer to underwater artist—and what this month’s “Dive In” exhibit is all about

If you’ve yet to navigate the international mix of music, dance, theater, and more that Spoleto Festival USA (spoletousa.org) delivers May 25 to June 10, start here. You just might be surprised where you end up

Meet Cathryn Davis Zommer, the force behind Enough Pie, which this month hosts its annual arts extravaganza, AWAKENING

Local startup Citibot is “democratizing democracy” 

Knotty Cards captures real-life sentiments (P.S.: they can get R-rated)

Despite their great size, long lifespan (50-plus years), and an armor-like shell that helps protect them from natural predators such as sharks, Caretta caretta has been listed as “threatened” under the U.S.

Rusty’s Cool Guitars sells specialty instruments to support veterans, arts education, and animal rescue

Some humorous advice for soon-to-be college grads

Playful colors, intriguing shapes, and smaller silhouettes define this season’s shades

What goes with wide-leg pants? A tucked-in tee (plus a not-too-delicate necklace) plays up the casual vibe, but with chunky, heeled sandals, a sexy tank’s fair game, too

Talking motherhood, wardrobe splurges, and “the neighbor’s dog Elvis” with the Southern Charm cast member behind one of the Holy City’s funniest Instagram accounts

With help from architectural designer Hunter Kennedy, Charleston Artist Collective founder Allison Williamson and her husband, Bright, transformed a dark and dated brick ranch house in Mount Pleasant into a cheerful space where art and family life happily coexist

Southern Bloom Press makes modern pressed flower art

Annuals that reseed, rain barrels, and events for green thumbs

Our taste-and-tell guide to some of the latest food-and-beverage openings in Charleston

Talking bevs and ’booch with the Charlotte-born brewer behind Dalai Sophia kombucha

Lighten up your Memorial Day spread with Harbinger Cafe’s spin on the classic side dish with sweet peas and basil-mint pesto

West Ashley’s Glass Onion celebrated its 10-year anniversary by releasing an updated cookbook of comforting favorites

Celebrate the festival season with five drinks inspired by this year’s performances

Bright additions for your wardrobe and home

A circa-1865 stereo card (below) shows the race-course club house where Union officers were imprisoned; lower-ranked soldiers lived without any shelter.

Contemporary artist William Halsey nurtured the city as an educator for more than 40 years.