Led by conductor Yuriy Bekker, the Charleston Symphony returns to present the Sunset Serenade, an opening night tradition since 1989 | Photos provided

The 2022 season of Spoleto Festival USA and its companion, Piccolo Spoleto, will open this week in Charleston as thousands flock to the Holy City to enjoy the arts.

This year’s larger festival will include three operas, theater, dance, art and much more. The companion festival, the city of Charleston’s Piccolo Spoleto, has scores of shows and delights for visitors and residents.

Highlights include a Senegalese feast with Rodney Scott and Kevin Mitchell and a Sunset Serenade to kick off the festival, neighborhood art pop-up shows and Omar, an opera inspired by the life of Omar Ibn Said, a Muslim scholar who was taken from his home in Senegal and sold into slavery in 1807.

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Arrington’s security clearance becomes issue in primaries. GOP Rep. Nancy Mace is calling on Republican opponent Katie Arrington to take a lie detector test about why she lost access to classified information at the Pentagon ahead of the South Carolina June 14 primaries.

Charleston inmate dies Friday after Wednesday fall. A West Ashley woman who was an inmate at the Al Cannon Detention Center in Charleston died Friday after reportedly jumping from a second-tier balcony Wednesday.

Smith family forms nonprofit after shooting last year in North Charleston. After the death of his 14-year-old daughter due to gun violence, Ronald Smith turned his anger into something positive with Positive Vibes Ronjanae Smith, a nonprofit committed to stopping gun violence in North Charleston. The nonprofit works to create community among struggling families through boys’ mentorship programs, weekly grief counseling and support meetings for recovering addicts.

Charleston homes to pivot from student housing to short term rentals. Saint Philip Square, a collection of historic homes in the Cannonborough-Elliotborough neighborhood in downtown Charleston will soon become short-term rentals, expected to be up and running by the end of the year.

Short-term rental suit grows in S.C. Expedia Group is one of the latest names to join the State’s short-term rental suit. Charleston, along with 15 other local governments in South Carolina are suing short-term rental booking services like Airbnb and Vrbo by Expedia to collect accommodations taxes and business license fees.

S.C. home sales decline for fifth straight month. South Carolina home sales declined for the fifth consecutive month in April across almost every market. The overall sales across the state remain healthy, but borrowing costs and housing prices continue to rise.

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