Charleston Waterkeeper conducts four primary programs to gather data on Charleston’s waterways in order to protect the health and vitality of the water for the entire community. Water Quality and Stormwater Monitoring programs gather empirical information to identify and resolve water-pollution issues from sewage and storm-water runoff. The Permit Watchdog program researches permits and discharge-monitoring reports to prevent unlawful discharges, and the Patrol program helps keep the rivers clean and free of pollution by maintaining a physical presence on the water. Charleston Waterkeeper recently became a member of the Waterkeeper Alliance, a movement of 200 organizations that patrol and protect more than 100,000 miles of rivers, streams, and coastlines across the globe.
Guests perched on plush couches at Torch Velvet Lounge sip creative martinis and other mixed drinks in the glow of flickering candles. Like fruit salads served at midnight study sessions, the vodka-based Grapes of Wrath cocktail mixes the sweet flavors of grape and watermelon with a healthy dose of Red Bull ($11). Bartenders breathe life into the Captain's Choice, a spicy-sweet mélange of rum, orange curaçao, cinnamon, sugar, and a spritz of Bacardi 151 ($11), and meld Rumple Minze and Bailey's Irish Cream to mix the Mint Chocolate Chip ($11). During live music sets throughout the week, saxophone and keyboard melodies mingle with thumping dance beats and the splashing of cocktails being mixed on the turntables.
Since 1905, the Gibbes Museum of Art has stimulated corneas and cortexes with its exhibitions, educational programs, and its collection of more than 10,000 art objects. Their collection includes Southern and Charleston-based works from the Colonial period through present day. Steer brainwaves on a creative course with a family membership, which grants two listed adults and all listed children and grandchildren under 18 unlimited admission for one year. Membership also includes a subscription to Signature, the Gibbes tri-annual magazine; free or reduced educational programs and special events; a 10% discount at the Museum Store, with special member shopping days; and reciprocal admissions to museums throughout North America. Indulge an art-based dream without the hassle of wearing nothing but black turtlenecks and constantly snapping your paint-flecked fingers with today's deal.
More than 20 beers on tap, a bevy more in bottles, and a lengthy list of specialty sips ignite epicurean engines. Lay the foundation for a feast of upscale pub grub with a starter of homemade chili ($3.99) or ale-house onion rings ($5.99) paired with a pitcher of Palmetto's craft pale ale ($11). Those needing to cool down after a heated round of "I SPY something that starts with C that isn't Calvin Coolidge, for once," can dive into an icy-crisp, fresh-tossed salad ($3.49–$12.99) and a frozen mango daiquiri ($5.95). A variety of classic pub grub is also available, such as the golden and crispy fish and chips ($8.99), or the ale-house cheeseburger topped with a swiss, american, cheddar, or provolone dairy blanket ($7.69). Accompanying youngsters can nosh on orders of mac 'n' cheese ($2.99) or chicken fingers ($3.79), or grow up fast with the 10 oz. center-cut sirloin served with a side of veggies, fresh-cut fries, and political debate ($12.79).
A Charleston institution since 1936, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra gathers internationally experienced musicians to perform popular favorites and classical masterpieces. In this season's opening concert, the orchestra invites acclaimed Broadway stars Rita Harvey, who recently performed in Fiddler on the Roof with Rosie O'Donnell, and Ron Bohmer, whose resumé brims with high-school-track ribbons and starring roles in The Phantom of the Opera and Sunset Boulevard. As conductor Stuart Malina dishes out Morse code instructions with his baton, singers belt the familiar lyrics of songs from Rodgers and Hammerstein classics, including The King & I, South Pacific, and The Sound of Music. A talented cadre of strings, horns, and percussionists recreate the sweeping sounds of Broadway, led by concertmaster Yuriy Bekker, whose violin has dazzled audiences in the Kennedy Center and music festivals worldwide.
For more than a decade, the Guns N' Roses tribute band Appetite for Destruction has been on the road, satiating rock 'n' roll cravings with its raucous, authentic act. Looking, sounding, and forging signatures just like its idols, the band evokes the famed original lineup of Guns N’ Roses. Drawing from GNR's most popular albums, including the epochal Use Your Illusion, singer Chad Atkins accurately apes Axl Rose's signature pipes, stage banter, and enflamed microphone while Mike "Junior" Edington reincarnates Slash's Les Paul fret-mongering and rabbit-filled Abe Lincoln hat. For its last show in Charleston, the band blasts through hits such as "Welcome to the Jungle" and "Paradise City" with Jagermeister-fueled intensity, taking fans back to simpler times when rock had muscles and cigarettes were still a food group.