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Out this weekend is what’s sure to be yet another big blockbuster, “Star Trek.” Let’s preface this whole thing by saying I’ve never been a fan of the series. I haven’t ever seen the TV show or seen any of the movies and never really cared to. Science fiction isn’t my thing.
I was recently in the middle of e-mailing my husband from the next room over when it occurred to me that perhaps something wasn’t entirely right with the situation.
I could see him from where I was sitting in the living room. I easily could have called out, “What do you want to do for dinner?” and then listened to his response with my ears. But somehow, typing it in an e-mail and then eagerly awaiting a reply felt more natural. And it turns out that “I don’t care. What do you want to do?” is just as annoying whether heard out loud or read in an e-mail.
Last week, it finally clicked that I might have a real problem here. I was at an event on the island, eating the most delicious salad with an incredible but unidentifiable dressing, thinking “I can’t wait to go home and Google the caterer’s menu to find out what they used on this. It’s fantastic!”
Want to find that infamous “Bluffton state of mind?” Head to Calhoun Street on Saturday. The street in the town’s historic district will be lined with booths and packed with people at the 31st annual Bluffton Village Festival.
Called Mayfest once upon a time, the annual street festival and art market is one of the town’s largest events and longest traditions. Organizers expect 10,000 to 12,000 people to stroll down Calhoun this year, listening to music and browsing one-of-a-kind pieces of art.
You don’t expect to find much fresh air in outer space, but that’s exactly what the reboot of “Star Trek” brings to the musty franchise.
The film finds compelling new angles on iconic science-fiction characters, thanks to spot-on casting and a young, sexy “Abercrombie & Trek” vibe. Faithful to the outlines of the classic TV series, yet original and innovative, this revitalized, reimagined “Trek” is a gift to nerds and newbies alike. It’s engagingly acted, intelligently scripted and confidently directed.
Put it alongside “Casino Royale” and “Batman Begins” as a fresh start that gets almost everything right.
Take the command deck of the USS Enterprise. Kirk, Spock, Sulu and Chekov sit in the same relation to each other on the bridge, but the controls, instruments and displays have a cool, elegant new design. Old “Trek” was a PC; this is definitely a Mac.
By JEFF VRABEL • 843-706-8140
About 15 years ago, G. Love (Garrett Dutton, to his family) found the right mixture for his Special Sauce, and it hasn’t needed a whole lot of tweaking since.
Sure, these days it’s a little bluesier than it used to be, a little more indebted to Lightnin’ Hopkins and Mississippi John Hurt than the easy-rolling hip-hop that he first began weaving with loose groove and boogie harmonica on the streets of Philly in the mid 1990s. But it’s also sunnier — his most recent albums, last year’s “Superhero Brother” and 2007’s “Lemonade” — were laid-back, barefoot-style records, due likely to his affiliation with hammock-rock all-star Jack Johnson’s Brushfire label in 2004.
When Jerry Hickey and his family moved from Indiana to Beaufort in 2006, he never foresaw their stay lasting more than four years. But as he rode home on a brisk January night, his Beaufort High School girls basketball team fresh off defeating Ridgeland, Hickey found his plan giving way to an immense love for coaching.
By SHANDA COOK • 843-706-8126
As thrilled as I was to learn that my beloved Kris Allen had secured a spot in the top three (along with Adam Lambert and Danny Gokey), I still struggled to contain my anger over the ludicrous departure of rocker chick Allison Iraheta. Seriously, who actually voted for Gokey after his disastrous performance this week? The guy admitted that members of HIS OWN FAMILY muted their TVs to save themselves from his hideous last note. Shame on you for getting it completely wrong, America.
While it's sad to see Iraheta exit the "Idol" stage once and for all, I have no doubt she'll be back on America's radar sometime in the next year with a hit record of Daughtry proportions. Take that, Gokey.
As tough as it was for the Sand Sharks and their fans to take USC Beaufort's quick exit from the Sun Conference Baseball Tournament earlier this week, they can take solace in the fact that the two teams who handed USCB its losses in the conference tourney are at present duking it out for the title.
By SHANDA COOK • 843-706-8126
As I was watching “Idol” tonight, I couldn’t seem to get this nagging thought out of my head: Is it fair that when it’s down to the top four contestants, the musical theme for the week CLEARLY caters to two of the singers and leaves the other two grasping at straws? It doesn’t take a psychic to predict that Adam Lambert and Allison Iraheta would excel on “rock night,” for which legendary guitarist Slash served as the guest mentor. While I like both contestants and enjoyed seeing them perform in their element, I felt bad for Kris Allen and Danny Gokey, who seemed a little lost amid all those amplifiers and leather pants. It seems only fair that next week’s theme should be something like “acoustic guitar night” or “soul night,” which would give Allen or Gokey a clear advantage over Lambert and Iraheta.
Cell phone cameras typically capture the more mundane parts of life, but every now and then something like this gets recorded: a 400-pound, 11-foot alligator in a Bluffton backyard, going into a death roll to break free from its harness.
Ashley Martin, 19, began filming the scene after Critter Management employee Mark Stever lassoed the alligator and the fighting started in her backyard in Mill Creek neighborhood off S.C. 170. Critter Management employees said the rolling is a defensive maneuver the reptile uses to break free, and wranglers allow it to roll to tire the animal out.