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“We are here to grill steaks today,” explained local restaurateur Kristian Niemi last night at City Roots Farm, “The reason we are having this class and the reason I started teaching this class: I’ve gone over to too many people's houses and had shitty steaks.”

Niemi, known previously for his roles at Mr. Friendly’s and Rosso Trattoria, currently with Bourbon and the Great American Whiskey Fair and in the future with Black Rooster, a “Frenchish” West Columbia restaurant with a rooftop bar overlooking the river and city, continued, “I had to stand there quietly, 'you know, hey, they invited me over, I think I should keep my mouth shut and watch them kill their steaks.”

 

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Along with other culinary experts, Niemi offers a series of summer grilling classes, including chicken, vegetables, fish and seafood. Chicken is on deck next on July 19. Here is the complete class schedule.

For those interested in meat and fire, City Roots will be hosting Bonivoche on Saturday. Niemi is a fan. “Bovinoche is the most exciting outdoor cooking event in the state. It’s similar to the asados of Brazil and Argentina, with whole animals cooked over open fires. In addition to being a feast, it’s a visual feast. It’s also a blast to work with Jeff “Rhino” Bannister and the gaggle of local chefs who join in."

 

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Photos: Sanitized in Myrtle Beach http://www.seanrayford.com/blog/2018/5/black-bike-week-photos---myrtle-beach black bike week fri 010583black bike week fri 010583Black Bike Week - Myrtle Beach, SC - 2018 - Photo by Columbia SC photographer Sean Rayford

Standing on a corner of N. Ocean Blvd. in Myrtle Beach on Friday afternoon of Black Bike Week I wondered where all the motorcycles were. Car after car, after car, crept by like molasses through the miles of the barricaded beach road, part of the city mandated 23 mile long nighttime traffic loop. I thought of it as the "Loop of Death."

“This is ass,” a local told me later in the night, referring to the NAACP challenged traffic patterns and it’s effects on the crowds and atmosphere. He got stuck in the loop for hours last year on his way home from work. And that the cars in front of us have another three hours before they get out.

Breaking my train of thought, wondering where all the bikes were, another car drives by, this one with tags from Tennessee. “Hey! you wanna free piece of chocolate?” a young woman shouts at me from the driver’s seat, gesturing to a friend next to her, “She’s double stuffed!” Eventually she flashes me.

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Despite the brief moment of excitement, to address my upcoming assignments I abandoned Myrtle Beach on Saturday and Sunday for Atlantic Beach, about 15 miles north, where everyone went to escape barricades and traffic loops, and where the event first began in 1980. You can see photos from Sunday here: Motorcycle Enthusiasts Attend Black Bike Week In Myrtle Beach. My assignment for The Sun (UK), shot on Saturday, the most lively night was published here: Black Bike Week sees thousands gather to party at annual motorcycle rally in South Carolina

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I've got Saturday and Sunday assignments photographing Memorial Day weekend in Myrtle Beach, SC - so I decided to get an early start yesterday for some reconnaissance. Today, thousands of bikers and revelers will converge on the beach town for the annual event and I've got the whole day and night to shoot for myself. Come back here tomorrow for that story.

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"Earlier today, we had kind of a breakdown just off the start line with the "Savage Lung." We learned that Kent Sutcliffe is going to be absolutely just fine," says an announcer at the first Kinetic Derby Day in West Columbia Saturday afternoon on Meeting St., “It's the only spectacular wreck we had a little bit earlier today.” It happened when Sutcliffe ate some asphalt on a face plant in front of the Brookland United Methodist Church just after his pushers were letting go at the starting chicken.

 

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“Fantastic. Awesome,” says thirteen year-old Keewan Lopez (above) from Branchville, SC, “celebrating Kinetic energy by pushing these derby cars down the hill and to see which one is going to be faster than others. Mostly, the ones that are like low rider and wheels spread out. The missile ones.”

 

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Getting an early start on St. Patrick's Day celebrations, Celtic punk rockers Flogging Molly kicked off their "Life is Good" 2018 spring tour last night at the Music Farm in Columbia, SC. The 18 day stint will take the Los Angeles band to stops in Florida, Louisiana, Texas, Nevada, Oklahoma, California and Oregon, promoting their sixth and latest full length during their 20+ year career.

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Photos: Moms demand closing the loop http://www.seanrayford.com/blog/2018/2/photos-close-the-loop-rally  

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After morning meetings with state lawmakers concerning gun legislation for the upcoming session, representatives from Moms Demand Action gathered yesterday on the statehouse steps with community leaders and elected officials in support of SC Senate Bill 516. Aimed at closing "The Charleston Loophole," the bill was introduced last March and created in response to the 2015 massacre at Mother Emanuel AME church in Charleston, SC.

A highlight of the event included Rev. Thomas Dixon leading the crowd in a chant shouting "WE CALL B.S.!"

 

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More Info:

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Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article202364084.html#storylink=c

 

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As three elderly women waited the in the lobby of Carolina Ale House last night, the front door swung open and a boisterous group of onesie-wearing twenty-somethings paraded past them. Confusion washed over their faces as one woman looked up at me perplexed, "They're wearing costumes?"

And basically, yes. Organized by Bar Crawl USA, the event led participants on a trek to five bars in the Vista with exclusive drink and food specials, and most importantly, an excuse to party in public, wearing something ridiculous.

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Some residents near Five Points say that drunk college students have urinated in their gardens, passed out naked on their front porch and been beaten with brass knuckles - and they feel a mandatory bar closing at two a.m. is the solution. Other residents, business owners and service industry workers disagree on that solution.

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At one moment during today's public safety committee hearing about the mandatory bar closing, lasting three and a half hours, someone brought up that we can't stop young people from eating Tide Pods, and at another, car windshield penis dust artists entered the conversation. Five Points neighborhood resident David Axe suggested that if folks are concerned about sexual assault, they shouldn't be looking at a mandatory bar closing time, but rather, looking at wealthy white men. The committee, comprised of Daniel Rickemann, Ed McDowell and Sam Davis, will make a recommendation to the full City Council for a future vote.

Pictured above: Third shift worker Sean McManus shows the committee members photos from a recent night at Bar None in Five Points. He is not in favor of a 2 a.m. mandatory bar closing. Below: Bar None owner Marty Dreesen speaks with the committee members about how he started the business aimed specifically at service industry workers.

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More info from the Free Times:

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Celebrating his retirement from the U.S Army, Confederate Fagg drummer, Packer, and bandmates Teabag Balzac, Spanky Swatnasty, and Lady Miss Mango Chutney united last night for a performance at the Art Bar in Columbia, SC. It was the second night in a row I was at a show with a barbeque spread. Thank you Joe.

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"Sean, can you do me a favor?" asked my friend Ryan, a former co-worker at New Brookland Tavern. "Sure," I responded. I waited in anticipation of my task as he reached over the bar and handed me an empty plastic cup. "Can you put some barbeque in this?"

I filled the cup halfway with delicious pork, as he signaled and explained, "I've already had a sandwich."

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Photos: Mardi Gras Festival Columbia, SC http://www.seanrayford.com/blog/2018/2/photos-mardi-gras-festival-columbia-sc-2018 mardi gras fest columbia sc 030433mardi gras fest columbia sc 030433Mardi Gras fest in the Rosewood neighborhood in Columbia, SC Feb. 10, 2018. Photo by Columbia SC photographer Sean Rayford A show at the Elbow Room was my alibi on two occasions in 1998. The first instance occurred when my neighbors in Preston dormitory saved up their pee for a week, storing it in to-go cups from the Grand Marketplace. One of the perps was an individual from abroad who had already served in the military and they built a contraption that allowed the conspirators to hang the pee cups on their neighbor’s door, and when someone opened the door from the inside, the cups would tip over and send the payload into the dorm room. One of them knocked on the door and snuck out their window across the hall. I happened to have walked in the door right after this. I had nothing to do with that and have not seen that culprit in more than 15 years.

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“I’m teaching him to be a terrorist too,” said the stencil man before we returned to our vehicles.

Photos and words by Sean Rayford

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Like Bourbon St. on steroids, revelers flocked to the Rosewood neighborhood this morning for the annual Mardi Gras parade in Columbia, SC. Queen Kassy Alia and King Bentz Kirby were honored in the procession, led by Tom Hall, who throttled a whistle and banged on a tractor pulling a boat. Bakari Sellers served as grand marshal.

 

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This morning in Cayce, SC, not too far from the state farmers market on Charleston Highway, an Amtrak passenger train crashed into a freight train, leaving at least two dead and more than one hundred injured. Train engineer Michael Kempf, 54, from Savannah, Ga., and conductor Michael Cella, 36, Orange Park, Fla, both employees of Amtrak, were killed in the accident. Gov. Henry McMaster and state officials said that the Amtrak was on the wrong track, possibly the result of a switching mishap.

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As the sun went down yesterday in Columbia, SC about 75 people gathered at the South Carolina Statehouse to rally in support of the Dream Act, seeking legal protections for 800,000 young undocumented Americans who received protection under the DACA program.

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Sean: Do you believe in aliens?
Alex: No. I want to, but I just don't.

Do you believe that they don't exist or just haven't visited us?
If there is alien life, it's going to be super insignificant. It'll be like, "we found some cell," you know what I mean? We expect green googly eyes... but...

...You don't expect it to be advanced?
I don't know man. I'm scared of space. Space is fucking frightening to me. Space and the bottom of the ocean, it's essentially the same thing to me except one is way closer. I feel like once we go down there, or up there, and explore all we can explore, we're going to find something we're not going to like. Like Space AIDS.

More humans.
Exactly, it's just a whole planet of people from Jersey.

Of the things we already know about in the ocean, what would you least want to encounter?
Giant squid, fucking terrifying.

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If you could bring back one extinct animal, which one would it be?
I would love to live in a world where raptors exist. It sounds terrifying and I bet it would be.

But you wouldn't be at the bottom of the ocean.
Space raptors...?

I want raptors to be a thing. I feel like there would be stupid people that would go wander into the fields like in Jurassic Park. And in a bunch of tall grass the raptors are going to be hanging out and it's just to be advanced Darwinism. They'll take out all the stupid people.

How would you protect yourself from the raptors?
I would like to think I’d never go where they’d go and avoid tall grass and wherever they might congregate, but if I happened upon one all of sudden, I would try and kick it in the knee cap and run like hell. Or learn gymnastics. See Jurassic Park 2: Lost World.

If you could live in one movie, what movie would it be?
My initial instinct is 'Apocalypse Now' because it's my favorite movie. But, I also don't really feel like I'd really cut it in Vietnam. I don't know, that Camdodian village with the colonel's weird cult worshiping him. And there's heads everywhere. That would be dope. Colonel Kurtz' weird, in the middle of nowhere Vietnam, fucking cult village. I would like to live there.

 

Alex Strickland performs vocals in Columbia's Abacus and Bathe, books metal shows and and is the new head chef at Hunter Gatherer on Main. Abacus plays a free show with Bask, Vacation State and Galaxy Chief on Feb. 17 at New Brookland Tavern in West Columbia.

 

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MISGIVINGS OF A PHOTOGRAPHER: I had planned to photograph the Women's March anniversary event yesterday in Charlotte but it started at 10 a.m., in comparison to Charleston's sister event, which didn't kick off til noon, when it would be twenty degrees warmer. I fouled up and went to Charleston instead. No offense to anyone, my analysis is strictly based on picture making. I should have gotten up earlier to take advantage of a walking march traveling through morning light, bouncing off of city buildings in the downtown streets, instead of a stationary rally in a large flat open field at noon. Luckily, there was a sweet dance party, I brought my step stool and camera technology in 2018 is amazing.

Photos and words by Sean Rayford

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The South Carolina NAACP hosted the annual King Day at the Dome this morning in Columbia, SC. Following the statewide prayer service at Zion Baptist Church on Washington St., the march traveled down Main St. where about 750 people rallied at the South Carolina Statehouse.

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Photos: New Year's Eve at New Brookland http://www.seanrayford.com/blog/2018/1/photos-new-years-eve-at-new-brookland new years eve photos columbia sc nbt 007790new years eve photos columbia sc nbt 007790New Year's Eve at New Brookland Tavern in West Columbia, SC. Dec 31, 2017 - Photo by Columbia SC photographer Sean Rayford Over the last decade, the annual New Year's Eve Covers Show at New Brookland Tavern in West Columbia has grown to be one of the capital city's finest cultural traditions, featuring members of the local scene playing make believe for one night while ringing in the new year.. Last night's installment included: Invoking The Abstract as Minus The Bear, the super-group, Damn The Taquitos as Tom Petty, Dead Swells As MGMT, and Daddy Lion as Modest Mouse.

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White supremacists had planned to hold a rally and torch march last night at Marshall Park in Charlotte, N.C. — but instead of tiki torches parading through Uptown Queen City, a diverse array of groups, including Indivisible Charlotte, city council members, a congressional candidate, and local Antifascists rallied in opposition to white supremacy.

During an open mic style forum on Thursday night, Charlotte City Councilwoman Lawana Mayfield defended local law enforcement while the antifascist group responded with chants, “FUCK THE POLICE!!! FUCK THE POLICE!!!”  When she urged members of the group to use their votes to battle injustice, a young man dressed in black with a red scarf and equipped with a bullhorn countered, “You can’t vote white supremacy away. It must be destroyed!!!”

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During the fall, the Charlotte Observer reported that the white supremacist group, known as Anticom, encouraged its members through social media channels to take their “torches, guns, armor, gear and flags” to Charlotte. Anticom reconsidered on September 28 and cancelled their event, citing safety concerns.

Rally goers on Thursday night suspected the group would assemble for a surprise march.

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