Exhibition – Southbound: Photographs of and About the New South (City Gallery and Halsey) – Through February 20, 2019

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The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art and City Gallery at Waterfront Park present Southbound: Photographs of and About the New South, debuting at both locations on October 19. This unprecedented exhibition represents the largest showing to date of photography that explores the twenty-first century American South. Displayed simultaneously at the Halsey Institute and at City Gallery, Southbound remains on view through March 2, 2019. The exhibition has been co-curated by Mark Sloan, director and chief curator of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, and Mark Long, professor of political science, both of whom are on faculty at the College of Charleston.

Southbound comprises fifty-six photographers’ visions of the South over the first decades of the twenty-first century. Accordingly, it offers a composite image of the region. The photographs echo stories told about the South as a bastion of tradition, as a region remade through Americanization and globalization, and as a land full of surprising realities. The project’s purpose is to investigate senses of place in the South that congeal, however fleetingly, in the spaces between the photographers’ looking, their images, and our own preexisting ideas about the region.

These exhibits are free for all

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What Not to Do In Charleston

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By Minta Pavliscsak

It seems everywhere you look these days there are blogs popping up about what to do in Charleston. Having information about what to do and where to go is great, but sometimes it is good to know what not to do. Fear not! We have you covered. So enjoy your time in Charleston, but please keep in mind the following things not to do in Charleston, South Carolina:

– Do not stop in the middle of the road to take pictures of the big, beautiful houses. Again, that goes for cars and pedestrians, although we see it happen mostly with cars. Simply pull over and park, get out and walk around. You will get much better photographs and see so much more!

– Do not block the sidewalks. We all have places to go and people to see. While this is the south and time does seem to run a little slower here, we are still in a rush to get to where we need to be. Please be considerate of those behind you when walking down the sidewalk and make sure they have plenty of room to get around you.

– Do not let the door slam on the person walking in behind you. We are taught at a very early age to “hold the door” for others, especially southern gentlemen. When you don’t, it is nothing personal, but we take it as such. And it’s simply rude.

– Do not stop in the middle of the intersection. This goes for cars and pedestrians. The light stays green for only so long, and trust me it’s not very long. If you are unsure of where you are going, just get out of the way and then figure it out.

– Do not eat at Hymans. With so many other amazing options, try not to fall prey to the hype. But you definitely don’t have to take our word for it.

– Do not walk in the bike lane when walking across the Ravenel Bridge. The bikers will warn you that they are coming up behind you, but they will also come pretty dern close to running you over if you are in their lane.

– Do not pay for a taxi when getting around downtown. You have a couple of free options. The city has the DASH, a free downtown shuttle that has different routes that will get you all over the peninsula. There is also Scoop Charleston, a free electric taxi service that will get you anywhere you want to go in downtown Charleston.? The Rickshaw is just a fine Southern tradition and cozy way to get around town.

– Do not get to the bar late if you do not want to pay a cover charge. Going out at night? Try upper King Street or hit up the Market and East Bay area. However, be warned that there will be lines and cover charges.

– Do not bring alcohol on the beach. Folly Beach was the last beach in the area that allowed drinking on the beach. They banned alcohol on their beach in 2012 following a last straw Fourth of July incident. Some say just be smart about it; we say why risk it?

– Do not forget that everyone has their bad days. Sure, Charleston has been named one of the friendliest cities but whether you are a local or a tourist, things like what are listed above can -and will- bug anyone from time to time. Just be patient, smile, and remember the golden rule for in the end we all want our Charleston experience to be a great one.

Talking Charleston: Some words have a different meaning here in the Low country

By Mark A. Leon
By Mark A. Leon

If you are a transplant or tourist you may here us locals speaking and think some terms have a certain meaning, but we are here to tell you, it may not have the same context as you think.? Let this serve as a guide to provide the outsiders an understanding of our terminology.

  • USC – For most of the country, USC is the University of Southern California.? Go Trojans.? From Leinart to Sanchez to Reggie Bush to OJ, the Trojans carry a long and heralded history of college football.? Here in SEC country, it is all Gamecocks.? USC stands proud for South Carolina Football.? There are no Trojans in this part of the country.
  • Orange – Like yellow, red or blue, orange is a color to most.? Out in Charleston, Orange refers to the color you bleed if you are a diehard Clemson Tigers fan or alumni.? That is a color you wear with pride on your body, skin, or even your pets.? After runner up to the National Championship in the 2015 season, that color is shining as bright as the sun.
  • Upchuck – No we didn’t just throw up.? This is how we refer to our neighbor, North Charleston.? Sometimes after hanging out there, we may get that queazy feeling though.
  • El Cid – Sounds like a Mexican Revolutionary or a cigar broker in Cuba.? Neither is true.? This is a true us locals use to refer to the The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina.
  • The Joe – Is that a coffee shop?? Great guess but not correct.? Maybe a bro hang out? Nope.? The Joe is the affection term for Joe Riley Stadium, the home of the Charleston Riverdogs baseball club.
  • Palmetto Bugs – That term doesn’t seem that unpleasant when you phrase it that way.? Then again it is a term for a bug.? There are levels of bugs.? When non-locals learn that these are flying cockroaches that can be up to two inches long, yikes!!!! Get to know them and the term well.? They love the humidity.
  • The Recent Unpleasantness – This is a term where the phrase “Too soon” can be used.? Down here we use this phrase to describe the War Between the States or the US Civil War.
  • Y’all – Bless your heart if you don’t know what this means, but I am afraid some do not.? This means, you all, all of you, you guys, everyone, the group and many more, but we think you get the point.
  • Yes Ma’am – This is something you need to get used to.? It does not matter about age, title or relation, but down here if you speak to a lady, you address her with “yes ma’am”.? It is a sign of Southern hospitality and respect.
  • Pluff Mud – Not to be mistaken for the porter made by Holy City Brewery.? This is a deep murky mud that you sink right into when you step into it in the marsh.
  • Rickshaw – There are a few places where you may know this term, but here in Charleston, these are how hard working bike taxis that take you all around the peninsula offering up great stories, advice and directions along your ride.
  • Holy City – Many will instantly think Rome or Florence, Italy when they think of the Holy City.? Due to the many gorgeous church steeples and deep religious ties, Charleston has adopted this as a nickname and it holds a lot of meaning to us.
  • North or Up North – To us, that just means the other “Carolina”.? Some may even boldly say the lesser Carolina.
  • Bless Your Heart – That is a term of endearment right?? Not round here.? If you grew up in the South, that is not a phrase you want to hear from your Grandma.? In fact, you may have recently heard Governor Nikki Haley use it on Twitter to Donald Trump.? Enough said.
  • Flurries – Panic, panic, panic.? The idea of snowflakes invading our tropical home sends shivers down our spine.? Don’t even joke about that.

There is our little educational lesson for the day.? We hope you learned a little something today.

We’ll be seeing ya.

Pluff mud
Pluff mud