The weekend began with the opening of John Duckworth's Urban Journey: Silent Observation at Robert Lange Studios. Duckworth claims the show — which blurs the line between painting and photography — has been five months in the making. The cityscapes, displayed alongside his landscapes, "give you just enough information to create a narrative," says the artist.
Saturday afternoon saw a lively Shag-a-Thon held at Citadel Mall. Dancers paid $5 per dance, and with the dance floor full for every song, this fund-raiser for the Hospice of Charleston seemed very successful. That evening, a different kind of dancing took place at the Upper Deck Tavern with music from the alt-country band Kentucky Shoes.
Closing out the weekend was another fund-raiser at the Visitor's Center Bus Shed. Partygoers sampled sushi and sliders, then had their pick of the liquor from any of the several bars participating — be it a blended concoction from the East Bay Crab Shack or a shot of Grand Ma from the boys at Burns Alley. This Vegas-style event was complete with roulette, free drinks, and "showgirls" dancing to Elvis' "Viva Las Vegas."
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1. Luca Barwick and Star Evan from East Bay Crab Shack brought the beach to the Bus Shed 2. Andréa Quintana and Amber Suprunowski entertain in lingerie and feathers 3. John Duckworth with one of his urban landscapes 4. Sake from Tsunami is served up by Janelle Riolo and Alejandra Lares 5. Dave Parnell, Jamie Resch, and Lindsay Holler as Kentucky Shoes 6. Zach and TJ represent Burns Alley by pouring the shots 7. Young shaggers raise money and cut a rug at Citadel Mall 8. Lacy Swanson gives out information and collects donations 9. Stella French and Eric Welborn sample the cheese and grape selection Friday night 10. Anouk Grubaugh and Jennifer Bennice embody the mood at Robert Lange Studios 11. Dancers of all ages enjoyed the shagging scene