Culture

30 Years Later, the Legend of the Lizard Man Lives on in Bishopville

By Olivia Aldridge

Scape Ore Swamp.

The tale goes something like this: a young man gets a flat tire late one night in 1988 while driving near Scape Ore Swamp, and gets out of his car to change it. Then, from the shadows emerges a creature that’s green, wet, seven feet tall, with three fingers, red eyes and scales. As the young man scrambles to drive away, the creature viciously attacks his car. That’s the story 17-year-old Christopher Davis reported to the Lee County Sheriff’s Department in 1988.

Lowcountry Doll Collection Inspires Unity

By Rebecca Dymock

Doll collection

For Mattie P. Sanders, every doll tells a story…all 2,000 of them. The dolls are a part of an exhibit titled “Black Footprints: Blacks Past and Present.”  The expo is meant to provide positive role models and build self-esteem among visitors young and old.

The dolls are arranged to imitate humans. They are mothers, fathers, grandparents, siblings, and adoptive parents. Some have health issues or display feelings. 

Bassist Reggie Workman Shares Perspective, Life Experiences with Students of Charleston Jazz Academy

By Bradley Fuller

Reggie Workman at the Charleston Jazz Academy.

Working with jazz legends like John Coltrane, Art Blakey, Thelonious Monk, and numerous others has given double bassist Reggie Workman more than a little perspective on music-making. On Monday, June 4th, the eighty-year-old exponent of hard bop and avant-garde jazz shared some of that perspective with students through a lecture/demonstration at the Charleston Jazz Academy. The academy, located on West Montague Avenue in North Charleston, absorbed the Leonard School of Music in 2017, and is the educational arm of Charleston Jazz.

Spoleto Festival USA Resident Conductor John Kennedy Conducts 'Tree of Codes' Premiere

By Jeanette Guinn

John Kennedy, conductor in residence at Spoleto Festival USA.

John Kennedy talks with Jeanette Guinn about the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, and about the U.S. Pemiere of the opera, Tree of Codes.

Australian composer Liza Lim dissolves boundaries to create holes in the world—perforations in which audience members might encounter more than one existence. Two-headed birds and layers of light conjure a magical world under Director Ong Keng Sen (Facing Goya; 2014) in this dramatic work inspired by Jonathan Safran Foer’s art book by the same name. 

Finding Humor in a Life with Cancer

By Jeanette Guinn

David Lee Nelson

A comedy. About cancer. From award-winning solo performer David Lee Nelson (Elephant in My Closet) brings Stages to Piccolo Spoleto - a new play about finding hope in the most unlikely of places. Nelson talks with Jeanette Guinn about life with cancer, the play, and his plans for the future. The play runs through Saturday evening at Chapel Theatre on Calhoun St. in Charleston, SC.

Our Town | Bishopville

By Rebecca Dymock

Bishopville Wall

For the next installment of our series on the many unique towns of South Carolina, “Our Town” we visited Bishopville, SC. Check out this video to see what the people of Bishopville have to say about their slice of the Palmetto State.

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