The City Magazine Since 1975

May 2017

While Charleston is a thriving, energetic, and modern metropolis, the city has retained its past like no other in the United States.

Local gallery owner Ann Long Merck’s meticulously preserved and classically appointed pre-Revolutionary residence is a masterpiece unto itself

Activism, art, and a flood of urgency inform and awaken the work of Mary Edna Fraser

A festival-size music venue opens in the Lowcountry

For a poignant, action-packed read, pick up Michel Stone’s new Border Child

Charles Gaines’s mathematically based grids reject the idea that art must be a function of personal expression

In the 1700s, locals flocked to alfresco concerts in The Orange Garden

Fresh Future Farm’s store sells affordable, fresh-as-it-gets fare in the midst of a local food desert 

Local drummer Brandon Brooks boosts the local music scene with Jyve

This month, the 14-year-old Redux Contemporary Art Center leaves behind its St. Philip Street digs for a bigger, better facility on the first floor of 1056 King Street—a place designed some 75 years ago with arts of a different kind in mind.

Overwhelmed by all the Spoleto Festival USA offerings? Click on the flip-book below to find out which events local arts-community luminaries don’t want to miss.

Bring on the magnolia blooms! This month, Magnolia grandiflora’s immense flowers open, filling the air with their signature sweet fragrance. Think you know everything there is to know about the quintessential Southern tree?

Special-event blooms spread happiness for more than a single evening thanks to rEvent

Mother’s Day gifts by Charleston-based makers 

Want to bare a little skin while keeping your look sophisticated? This season, it's all about the single sleeve. Isabel Marant paired an ultra-cropped top with a high-waisted pant. Our version veers a little more modest but mimics the pretty palette

The Holy City painter known for her vibrant beach scenes, figure studies, and flower-crowned girls reveals her personal favorite artist—and more

The latest news in fashion and shopping around Charleston

Make the most of a sunny spot with these superstar zinnia selections

What’s happening this month?

Our taste-and-tell guide to some of the latest food and beverage openings in Charleston

Biscuit maven Carrie Morey dishes up zesty shrimp and her famous biscuits with berries

From working kitchen gigs at haute restaurants to opening Bad Wolf Coffee in Chicago, this Charleston native has returned home to lead the chefs at Workshop, the Holy City’s new food hall

The Kentucky Derby is off to a gallop on May 6. Celebrate the races with a traditional mint julep, or try Bar Mash’s caffeinated cold-brew twist on the classic

Don't let a rumbling stomach interrupt the Spoleto Festival USA performances.  Here's where to snack, sip, and dine between the acts.

Update your home and wardrobe with these fun additions

Alicia Rhett returned to her home on Tradd Street after filming to focus on her artwork, particularly portrait paintings.