The Shop Tart missed her children. She hadn’t seen them for a whole day, because they are so busy. La famille went for an early dinner at their family bar, the Hunter Gatherer. The Tank was thrilled, and spent most of the time trying to get the attention of his favorite waitress, Sylvia (who also happens to be the mother of one of his friends).
He was thrilled with his pizza, the “Main Street,” with pesto, Feta and Mozzarella cheeses, and tomatoes. His mother enjoyed the leftovers for breakfast.
One of his brothers also had a pizza, the “Bruce,” with bacon and blue cheese. (Yes, it was delicious.) The other brother couldn’t make dinner, but is familiar with the awesomeness of Hunter Gatherer’s burgers and requested one in a to-go box. His parents obliged, because he’s a very nice young man. Mr. Shop Tart had beer braised chicken thighs with mushroom-onion gravy, Adluh grits, and tasty green beans. Y’all. How have they missed this dish? No chicken has ever been more tender. No gravy more warm and comforting, no grits more creamy. And the green beans were cooked to perfection, not overdone, the perfect complement to decadent chicken thighs.
The Shop Tart knew she was heading to 701 Center for Contemporary Art after dinner, where there would be delicious food by caterer Linda Phillips, so she didn’t want to over-indulge. The goat cheese salad was perfect, with spiced almonds and dried cherries.
The party at 701 Whaley Street was in full swing by the time the Shop Tart arrived. She took some time to tour the gallery and look at the three finalists’ work. Jim Arendt of Conway puts together cool 3-D portraits with different colors of denim.
James Busby of Chapin works with layers of polished gesso treated with graphite and acrylics. James Busby was the winner of 701 CCA’s Prize 2012.
Tonya Gregg of Hopkins paints contemporary works that are the Shop Tart’s new obsession. She spent most of her time looking at Tonya’s pieces and contemplating how we can be defined by the people and things around us. Plus? They’re just gorgeous.
After the prize was awarded, the dancing started. Okay. The Shop Tart may have encouraged a few people to get on the floor with her claim that you can do the Electric Slide to anything. Mock if you will, but everybody knows it and it’s fun. And Shani Gilchrist caught the Shop Tart and a few others attempting to prove you can also Wobble to anything. It may even be true.
The Reggie Sullivan Band was absolutely fantastic, indulging the crowd at every turn, but maintaining their unique style. A Latin influenced Remember the Time? Aw, hell, yeah.
Seriously, those guys were the life of the party and the Shop Tart — who had not been to the gym all week — was incredibly grateful. She and several others didn’t leave the dance floor until they packed up to go home. She would also like to offer a special thanks to Reggie, who agreed to play one of her favorite singalong songs when he dj’d during a band break. Seriously. This song is the best.
The 701 CCA Prize 2012 finalist exhibition will be up until December 16th. Please take a moment to go see!
Looking for some more culture this weekend? This Sunday, Muddy Ford Press is hosting An Authors’ Roundtable to benefit Jasper Magazine. Come out to see Columbia’s finest professional writers — David Axe & Corey Hutchins, Cindi Boiter, Debra Daniel, Kristine Hartvigsen, Shigeharu Kobayashi & John Pading, Ed Madden, Don McCallister, Laurie Brownell McIntosh, Janna McMahan, Ray McManus, Cassie Premo Steele, and Vennie Deas Moore — who will be in attendance reading, signing, and selling their books. The festival runs from 1 to 5 pm in the Studios at the Arcade (1332 Main Street). Some of the artists there will also have their studios open for you to take a look. Just in case you were wondering, refreshments of the adult variety will be available. This sounds like an absolutely delightful way to do some truly local holiday shopping in a relaxed atmosphere, n’est-ce pas?
In today’s post…
- Hunter Gatherer, 900 Main Street, 803-748-0540
- 701 Center for Contemporary Art, 701 Whaley Street, upstairs, 803-779-4571
- The Reggie Sullivan Band
- An Authors’ Roundtable, The Arcade at 1332 Main Street, Sunday, 1 to 5 pm.
Happy Shopping and don’t forget to tell them you read it on the Shop Tart!