Monthly Archives: April 2011

Welcome, Osteria La Bottiglia, King Street’s newest Wine Bar

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Last night my boyfriend and I were heading to upper King Street with the intention of getting sushi, but we were distracted on the way.  The storefront beside Blue Bicycle Books, which sat empty for so long, was showing signs of life again.

Massimiliano Sarrocchi, Italian restauranteur, opened his newest project just 10 days ago.  You’ll remember Sarrocchi as the owner of Il Cortile del Re on lower King Street and later Pane e Vino on Warren Street, a veteran of the Charleston restaurant scene.

Osteria La Bottiglia is Sarrocchi’s new spot, where the theme is Wine + Food, not Food + Wine.  But make no mistake, the food is great.  Most of his staff–kitchen, bar and waitstaff–has been with him since Il Cortile.  That kind of loyalty is rare these days.

We started with the Artichoke Bruschetta, roasted artichokes topped with shaved Pecorino ($6), which was plenty to share for two, and a glass of the house Sangiovese ($6.75)–delightful.  They have four house wines, all at $6.75.  Plenty of quality wines by the glass, and nice variety of price points.

I ordered the Tagliatelle with Wild Boar Ragout ($15), a Tuscan style sauce simmered with Chianti and vegetables, which was really nice, a perfect fall/winter dish.  The boy ordered the meat Lasagna ($12–and they do have a veggie version for you herbivores).  I make a ridiculously good lasagna, and I have to tell you, this was the first lasagna I would ever order out.  I mean, seriously good.  We didn’t leave a morsel on the plate.

The food menu is robust for a place where the emphasis is on wine, and there is a lot more I intend to explore, like lobster ravioli, housemade soups and kobe meatballs.  Entrees range from $12 – $18–can’t beat that.  We will be back.  And we will see you there.

Osteria La Bottiglia, 420 King Street, 843.727.4158

Barbara Marx Hubbard at the Sophia Insitute: a review by Andrea Schenck

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Say “art” — and depending on their perspective, a person will respond with “performance,” “visual,” “culinary” or maybe even “fashion.”

But who links HOW they live to art? Or social artistry—how we are constructing and creating communities. Envision that person you know who seems so grounded, holds peacefulness in their heart. Or that place that feels magical. There’s an art to how they weave their life, so says Suzanne Hubbard, daughter of Barbara Marx Hubbard.

Who IS Barbara Marx Hubbard? In the world of conscious evolution, she is a Rock Star.  Buckminster Fuller called her “the best informed human now alive regarding futurism.” I first heard Marx Hubbard, last October attending the Sophia Institute WOW Conference.

“Conscious evolution”


“Young Universal Humans”

“Vocationally aroused”

“from Biosphere to Noosphere” and

“Synergistic Convergence”

These are some of the concepts the 82 year old futurist opined. When the opportunity to learn more from her arose, I couldn’t refuse.

She introduced meme codes: such as, “evolution by choice NOT chance” and “follow [your] compass of joy.”

During her presentation, I was a sponge absorbing potent, life altering concepts, punctuated with real life applicability. Like a prism reflecting light or color, the learnings one gleaned vary, depending on one’s perspective. Similar to other profound insights, the fundamental lessons come down to underscoring some firm grasp of the obvious— a concept inherently known; but one that takes on a golden aura when mirrored by a teacher.

My big take away: stepping-out, sharing more—connecting leads to more and greater “potentiality.” This lesson exemplified by Suzanne, who though an extremely private person was co-facilitating the workshop and sharing her journey (on tape nonetheless!; I dread being recorded). It clicked; more serendipitous moments occur with greater intention and being in opportunities to connect with others.

If you don’t want to wait until October when Barbara returns to Charleston, there’s an opportunity to learn from her now. Without sounding like a late night ginsu knife info-mercial, check out Barbara’s 12 week course the Agents of Conscious Evolution on the Shift Network.

–guest contributor Andrea Schenck

Something WICKED This Way Comes! North Charleston PAC Announces 2011/2012 Season

You heard it here first.  The 2011-2012 Best of Broadway series at the Performing Arts Center is going to ROCK.

Hear the Untold Story of the Wizard of Oz in WICKED

In a press conference this morning at the Performing Arts Center, along with North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey, Dave Holscher, General Manager of the PAC and Nick Scandalios, Executive VP of Nederlander Producing Company of America announced the 2011-2012 season coming to North Charleston.

In The Heights  November 15-16, 2011

Mamma Mia!  Deceber 6-8, 2011

Mary Poppins  February 1-4, 2012

Wicked  April 18-29, 2012

This will be the Lowcountry premier of Wicked, and with an unprecedented two-week run, the first of any show in the Coliseum/PAC history, Wicked will be the headlining show of the season.

Scandalios promised that “if Wicked sells out, 1. it will be back and 2. there will be more.”  Wicked has won 35 major awards and has been called “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” by the New York Times and also the “defining musical of the decade.”

As I have been attending Best of Broadway show at the PAC for probably 5 seasons or more, I can absolutely say this is the strongest lineup yet.  My prediction: season ticket sale will go through the roof, and younger audiences will be showing up.  I noticed this trend at the last two performances there, of Spring Awakening and Spamalot. So buy your tickets now for the whole season, or risk sitting in the nosebleeds.

Best of Broadway season tickets are available at Coliseum Advance Ticket Office, 843.202.2787 or online at

Head over to Redux tomorrow for their 8th Annual Membership Celebration!

Yeah, we’re gonna screen print the shirt on your back.

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Saturday, April 16, 5 – 8 pm.  136 St Philip Street.  Be there.

You don’t even have to be a member, but you’ll find out why you want to be!

live FREE screen printing–bring a shirt, bag, hat, whatever your little heart desires and you can make it extra cool through screen printing

FREE buttons and stickers to show your love for Redux at all times.  You know you’re all jealous of my buttons…now you can get your own!

beverages provided by Social Wine Bar and the Taco Boy truck will have food for sale

the artists will let you into their studios to check out what they’re working on…and they’ve all promised not to bite!

buy a t-shirt so you can be super cool wearing it all over town…weddings, state dinners, Riverdogs games, wherever.

help paint the next mural on the outside of the building.  You can finally leave your mark on the city.

supporting non-profit arts centers (it’s our only one of its kind!) in Charleston just feels so good.

Art Mag loves Redux and we know you will too.  So go, say hi to executive director Karen Ann Myers and tell her Art Mag sent you.  You’ll be so much cooler for doing it.

So, what IS a ‘Master Class’ anyway? MAGO master class tonight at Robert Lange Studios

Billy Martin of Medeski Martin & Wood

Tonight John Medeski and Billy Martin of the acclaimed Medeski Martin & Wood jazz funk band will break it down at Robert Lange Studios in their Master Class.  So, what is a master class exactly?

We’ve gotten a lot of phone calls today about exactly that.  What you can expect tonight is an intimate experience with two ridiculously talented musicians. Tickets are limited and almost sold out.  If you want one, visit our website and click on the PayPal link on the right.

It will be somewhat of an academic evening, in the best sense.  They will talk about their music, what inspires them, answer your questions, and more.  There will be a meet and greet with guests during the reception, which will follow immediately after…and there is always the possibility of an impromptu jam session!

You already know they are gifted musicians, but did you know Billy Martin is also a visual artist??  His work will be on display and for sale right at the event.  What is not to love about this?!

I hope you will join us for an evening with MAGO of Medeski Martin & Wood.