Here’s The Arts Report again. It hasn’t been seen for a while. But now it’s back thanks to intrepid intern Susan Cohen. Here you’ll find hard news and news features about the arts, culture, ideas, and more from newspapers around the Southeast. If you know of stories that should be included in the next installment of The Arts Report, send a link to

Renovation of Allendale theater for 2009 begins

“Officials at the Salkehatchie Leadership Institute are moving ahead with plans to implement a $357,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the renovation of the USC-Salkehatchie theater in downtown Allendale. The grant was awarded in July of 2007. Leadership Institute director Anne Rice says this project is actually the second phase of a full-scale effort to bring the arts, tourism, and economic development to the five-county region that the institute serves.”

Orangeburg Times and Democrat, July 14, 2008

In tough economic times, Upstate residents are eating in

“With local gas prices nearing $4 a gallon, the cost of transportation and the cost of food are the culprits keeping more people from eating out, local restaurant owners contend. Couple that with the greater demand for corn production to make ethanol fuel, and restaurant owners are swallowing higher prices for their supplies and changing the way they do business.”

Spartanburg Herald-Journal, July 14, 2008

The next chapter: It’s digital

“Paul Miller is a word guy – a Davidson College English professor who makes his living reading, writing and teaching. Books, naturally, play a big part in his life, lining shelves in his upstairs foyer, his kids’ rooms, his office. But in April, this 45-year-old professor took a step into a brave new world. He bought a Kindle – the paperback-sized digital book reader that’s the latest contender in the race to revolutionize reading.”

Charlotte Observer, July 11, 2008

Live Active Cultures

“Sometimes, words are just worthless. That’s a tough truth for a writer to admit: If it weren’t for words, I’d be out of a job, and you’d be picking up this paper just to ogle the massage ads (maybe you already are). But even the most loquacious lexis lover must concede that images can speak louder than a thousand words. The importance of imagery was vividly illustrated at a few openings this past week.”

Orlando Weekly, June 26, 2008