If you’ve only been reading our coverage of the Spoleto Festival, that’s probably a good idea, because it’s the best. But many other media outlets are buzzing about the festival. New York Times critic James Oestreich recently arrived in town and jumped in, surprisingly, with a Piccolo show honoring festival founder Gian Carlo Menotti before heading off to see The Medium and James Gaffigan’s festival concert.

A Reuter’s story took a look at the financial side of things last week, offering this quote from General Director Nigel Redden: “I think this year will be a struggle,” Redden said. “The budget is a big increase over last year even in spite of cutbacks. God knows the state of South Carolina is not in great shape financially, and I certainly understand.”

Creative Loafing Atlanta’s Andrew Alexander made his way to Chucktown to check out some shows. He hung out with some Shen Wei dancers at his hotel bar but failed to spill anything we didn’t already know.

The Charlotte Observer has kept our neighbors to the north informed of the hot shows, most recently marking The Red Shoes and The Cripple of Inishmaan as the stand-outs.

Closer to home, Jeffrey Day at the Free Times of Columbia is reporting from the front lines. And last but not least, the Post and Courier has provided daily coverage from a group of bright-eyed grad school students from New York. We’ve been a bit perplexed by some of their articles (see “Tour de Fro-Yo”) and how they fit into Spoleto coverage, but the students have done a pretty good job of staying on top of daily reviews.