Anyone who ever took an introductory psych class remembers Abraham Maslow’s heirarchy of needs — a triangle-shaped diagram that describes the breadth of things human being need not just to live but to live fully. At the bottom are the base essentials: food, hydration, air. Way up near the pointy top are the warm-and-fuzzies of life: “self-actualization” and, above that, “transcendence,” which sounds like heady stuff for a scientist to be stroking his beard over.

Be that as it may, this evening’s Taste of Spoleto, at Gaillard Auditorium, threatens to fulfill needs from top to bottom, with food, booze, and even air — though it’s likely to be of the hot and rarified sort, with all those artsy types milling about. Noshables will include Lowcountry grub with an Italian flair from Palmetto Market and beer, wonderful beer, from Trumer Pils — though personally I’m just about Trumer Pils-ed out, given they’re also a sponsor of the City Paper‘s Movies in the Park. Good suds, though. Apparently, attendees can also score a 20-percent discount on tickets sold at the two hour event (5-7 pm) for Paul Taylor Dance Company, Circus Flora, Romeo et Juliette, Bank of

America Chamber Music, all the Wachovia Jazz gigs, hip-hop theatre with Danny Hoch and A Beautiful View, much of which is bound to be pretty good. But transcendent? We’ll have to wait and see about that.

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