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Last week started with a downer — a going away party for Jessica Chase, Charleston’s very own triple threat. She had a morning radio show on 98X, a regular comedy gig at Theatre 99, and a weekly column in these pages. Last Wednesday, her friends gathered at Theatre 99 for an appropriately raucous send-off as she makes her way to Kansas City. We’ll keep her column going for at least a few more weeks so we can see how she settles into her new life. It’ll make her absence a little easier to bear. On Thursday, the Art Institute gave a hard hat tour and showed off their progress. They’ll be starting classes in April. The weekend was taken up by Super Bowl parties and a VH1 Classic-themed birthday party for local artist Karin Olah, who asked guests to come dressed as an ’80s hit song. Don’t you want me baby, anyone?

1. Art Institute President Richard Jerue shows off the dining room to Hank Holliday, Sergio Roa, and David Teisch during a hard-hat tour last week 2. Leslie Pierson and Kaitlin Cooper give Jessica Chase an appropriate send-off at Theatre 99 3. (From left) Diane Jerue, director of admissions for the Art Institute of Charleston Matt Dearsman and director of financial aid Melanie Lindenmeyer at the Carroll Building  4. Craig Knowlton moves those color TVs at Karin Olahs VH1 Classic-themed party 5. Well miss you, Jess 6. President Jerue with Art Institute graduate Brett McKee discussing the renovations in progress 7. Brandy Sullivan and Jason Groce 8. Kim Hart feels just Like a Virgin as Amy Kisabeth does Kate fom the B-52s  9. Kris Krossll make ya Jump! Jump!
  • 1. Art Institute President Richard Jerue shows off the dining room to Hank Holliday, Sergio Roa, and David Teisch during a hard-hat tour last week 2. Leslie Pierson and Kaitlin Cooper give Jessica Chase an appropriate send-off at Theatre 99 3. (From left) Diane Jerue, director of admissions for the Art Institute of Charleston Matt Dearsman and director of financial aid Melanie Lindenmeyer at the Carroll Building 4. Craig Knowlton moves those color TVs at Karin Olahs VH1 Classic-themed party 5. Well miss you, Jess 6. President Jerue with Art Institute graduate Brett McKee discussing the renovations in progress 7. Brandy Sullivan and Jason Groce 8. Kim Hart feels just Like a Virgin as Amy Kisabeth does Kate fom the B-52s 9. Kris Krossll make ya Jump! Jump!

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