Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette Blogs
By Tim Donnelly • Special to the Guide
There were days in the dead of Grace Potter’s winter, a thick blanket of snow surrounding her parents’ farm in the New England countryside, when she would get pictures from a friend in Savannah. The friend would have his shirt off and be barbecuing on a roof, with a smile on his face that indicated just a bit of gloating.
“We’d be up in Vermont freezing in three feet of snow. I was very jealous,” Potter said by phone Monday from Memphis, where her band, the reconfigured Nocturnals, was recording a performance for PBS.
Once the scourge of 50-something women going through “The Change,” hot flashes and night sweats have become a cause for celebration, thanks to a little play-turned-phenomenon called “Menopause the Musical.”
Beginning Tuesday, the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina will bring the much-talked-about musical to the stage of the Elizabeth Wallace Theatre.
Packed with parodies of well-known baby boomer songs, this runaway hit finds humor in all the annoying ailments of menopause. “(The show is) really accessible to everybody,” said Patty Bender, the show’s original choreographer. “It reaches across a broad spectrum.”
If there is any justice in the universe, “The Hangover” will make Zach Galifianakis a household name.
As the odd man out in a quartet of bachelor partiers, Galifianakis’ bearded weirdo Alan blithely stands around in a jockstrap and athletic cup — then goes in for a hug from his future brother-in-law. And he wears a man-purse better than anyone in Hollywood.
It’s Galifianakis’ all-out performance that makes “The Hangover” the funniest comedy since Judd Apatow’s “The 40-Year-Old Virgin.”
By JEFF VRABEL • 843-706-8140
So the other evening I was at the grocery store watching the person in front of me un-cart approximately 40 items in what was pretty clearly labeled the 10 Items or Less line — there is an especially delicious realm of hell reserved for you, sir, and your multitude of luncheon meats — when it hit me, straight out of the air, like a bolt of lightning or a falling horse: There are still Archie comics!
There it was, right there, the new issue of Archie Comics, or Archie Adventures, or Archie vs. Wolverine or whatever (I didn’t look that closely, jeez), a little TV Guide-sized thing splattered zealously with primary colors and unpleasant pop-art lettering, with an aggressively unfunny joke on the cover, looking like this weird well-scrubbed nerd kid wandering through a high-school hallway populated entirely by dog-stupid rags concerned with the impending death of Patrick Swayze and highly zoomed-in photos of celebrity cellulite. Also, there were Kit Kats.
Oddly, it heartened me: Newspapers are folding left and right, magazines are soliciting couch change from their readers just to live month-to-month, the Boston Globe is now printed entirely on old Bazooka Joe wrappers and everyone is scrambling like mad cats to get on Twitter to make sure they ruin it like they did Facebook, and here are Archie comics, steadfast, never-changing, reassuring, sitting right there in the grocery mart aisle as they have since they were first printed in 1495, enviably oblivious to trends, culture, the flailing economy, printing and shipping costs and the ice-cold fact that no one on the planet reads Archie comics anymore.
Then things got weird.
Rowdy, trippy and surprisingly raunchy, “Land of the Lost” pushes sci-fi/comedy to the edge of PG-13 decorum.
It’s based on a kitschy 1970s live action children’s series created by Sid and Marty Krofft (creators of “H.R. Pufnstuf” and “Lidsville”). The Kroffts have spent decades denying that they made their loopy, special-effects heavy shows under the influence of recreational chemicals. The people behind this leave-your-brains-home film might make the same claim, but I’m withholding judgment until I see the lab tests.
‘Land of the Lost’
The adorable Nia Vardalos makes an obvious choice for a movie she hopes will recapture a bit of her “Big Fat Greek Wedding” mojo from 2002.
“Obvious” is the perfect word for “My Life in Ruins.” She didn’t write it, but it is tailor-made for her. This wan romantic comedy built around a lovelorn tour guide, the annoying people she works for and the annoying tourists she is forced to take around Greece plays like a laugh-starved companion piece to “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.”
If you got anything from Tuesday's article on Beaufort High School announcing its new girls basketball coach, you probably gleaned at least two things: that Rhonda McCauley got the job and she's a familiar face.
This acquaintance came from her role as a Beaufort High School parent, JV girls basketball coach at Battery Creek High School and one of the coaches for the AAU Beaufort Lady Sharks program.
But for those who happen to know the state's high school sports rulebook inside and out, some might wonder if McCauley's face is too familiar.
Well, the short answer is, no.
Billy Keyserling kisses Hamlet the Pig during the American Diabetes Association's Kiss a Pig Campaign gala Saturday at the Hyatt Regency Savannah.
The numbers are in.
Beaufort Mayor Billy Keyserling trampled his Kiss a Pig Campaign competition, raking in more than $25,000 for the American Diabetes Association.
Coming in second was Earl Yarbrough, president of Savannah State University, who raised $14,218. Sidney Smith of the Georgia Skin and Cancer Clinic followed with $13,305, according to Maria Center, director of the Southeast Georgia and Coastal South Carolina American Diabetes Association.
“It is an unbelievable achievement to think that he topped a university president and physician,” Center wrote in an e-mail. “Billy did this completely with the support of the people of Beaufort and area businesses.”
Better days soon could be ahead for South Carolina’s economy, as the state’s Leading Index climbed slightly in April.
That marks the second consecutive month of improvement following 10 straight months of decline.
The state Department of Commerce uses the index to forecast the state’s economic status for the next three to six months.
The index rose last month to 98.75, up slightly from the previous month’s mark of 98.71.
The increase was powered primarily by gains in stocks and also by an increase in housing starts, according to the department.