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Hate speech painted on library named for Emanuel AME victim

Hate speech painted on library named for Emanuel AME victim

On Monday, Mar. 13, racist and homophobic graffiti defaced the Cynthia Graham Hurd Library, W.L. Stephens Aquatic Center, and a house on Playground Road. The three cases of vandalism occurred within one mile of each other, but authorities have not determined whether the events are connected. All three incidents used inappropriate language and slurs to...
Where was President McConnell during the Ta-Nehisi Coates lecture?

Where was President McConnell during the Ta-Nehisi Coates lecture?

Last evening, Ta-Nehisi Coates spoke to a sold-out crowd in TD Arena about the criticality of race in America’s history and identity as a nation. Coates, one of America’s foremost intellectuals, has written several critically-acclaimed books about the Black experience in the United States. His essays for The Atlantic magazine, such as “My President Was...
Local comedy: Theatre 99 on Thursdays

Local comedy: Theatre 99 on Thursdays

  The midweek stress levels are skyrocketing as Thursday evening arrives. As the sun sinks into the skyline on your way home from class, potential for the evening is only beginning to rise. If you want to take a different spin on the night, try Theatre 99 for an improvisation show. Theatre 99 hosts improv...
BANGS Shoes: An entrepreneurial dream come true

BANGS Shoes: An entrepreneurial dream come true

BANGS is an interesting business concept, both in design and professional model. Modeled after the basic canvas sneaker of a Chinese worker, BANGS Shoes was created by Hannah Davis to aid entrepreneurs in over 60 countries. BANGS supports a range of businesses, from a mobile coffee shop in California that employs young minority women and...
Chatting with Ken Vedrinski of Trattoria Lucca

Chatting with Ken Vedrinski of Trattoria Lucca

On Friday, CisternYard News headed over to the SieMatic VIP Lounge for a chef demo with Ken Vedrinski, owner and chef at Trattoria Lucca and Coda del Pesce. Here’s what he had to say about some of the current culinary questions in Charleston. Note: This interview has been edited for length. CYN: What do you think...
A pheasant surprise: Fowl Mouth at CHSWFF

A pheasant surprise: Fowl Mouth at CHSWFF

On Thursday night, Charleston Wine + Food took over the lot at Cooper River Brewing Co. and threw a clucking good party. With live music, craft drinks and food of all feathered kinds, it was a lively celebration of all things bird. Our personal favorite was the Hot Fried Quail from Salthouse Catering of Charleston....
The business behind the bites

The business behind the bites

On Thursday afternoon, some of food and hospitality’s biggest names took the stage in Sottile Theatre for a panel discussion of the business behind cuisine, presented by the Charleston Wine + Food Festival.  The speakers included Danny Meyer, CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group; Ruth Reichl, renowned food critic; Darcy Shankland, editor in chief of...
When in doubt, sip Curaçao

When in doubt, sip Curaçao

“I usually start with familiar ingredients and judging by how sweet, bitter, herbal they are, I can sort of build on that. I usually start with a base spirit and a style, and then go from there; whether I want something stirred and boozy, or something shaken and refreshing.” Ryan Welliver came out on top...
Sights in the city: Where to go besides the bed

Sights in the city: Where to go besides the bed

Photos by Kaleb Dill and Alex Mielcarek Although Charleston is a popular tourist destination with its rich food and vacation atmosphere, there are still corners built just for locals.  The Old Charleston Jail is the unconventional traveler’s dream, giving out-of-towners the chance to see a haunted prison cell as if it were still in use....
Don't be a drag, just be a queen

Don’t be a drag, just be a queen

Imagine being able to be exactly who you wanted to be – to realize the alter ego inside, to succeed where you failed, to do exactly what you have always wanted. Doesn’t that world sound perfect? Such a reality seems purely fantasy – breaking the mold in the face of societal pressures to maintain face...
Rhapsody in Black: a celebration of black culture

Rhapsody in Black: a celebration of black culture

Black History Month originated as a week-long February event designed to encompass both Fredrick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln’s birthdays. Since then, the nation has declared the month of February as “Black History Month.” The idea came from historian Carter Woodsen in order to give African Americans the recognition they deserve. It has evolved into a celebration...
Activist Bree Newsome speaks at The College

Activist Bree Newsome speaks at The College

On Wednesday Feb. 22, activist Bree Newsome spoke at the College of Charleston’s Sottile Theatre. Bree, a North Carolina native, gained national fame in 2015 when she was arrested for removing the Confederate flag from the South Carolina State House. The main point of Newsome’s lecture was to ask her audience if they were “woke,” or...
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