(CFADA) hosted a sold-out art and cuisine fusion benefit called Palate/Palette on Friday night. As the sun slowly set across the city, intrepid scenesters took to the streets of downtown Charleston and visited the 14 galleries and and companion restaurants that dished up a delightful array of tantalizing treats for both mind and body. Saturday ushered in a night on the town, and Chai’s was the place to be. The bartenders were slinging drinks as fast as the hip crowd could order them. Champagne was among the night’s more popular cocktails. The DJ Williams Project, a band from Richmond, Va., and Papa Mali (who was named by the bass player of Burning Spear) played a major jam session at Bowens Island on Sunday evening. Despite the earlier downpour, restless natives turned up to hear jazz and funk while eating homemade barbecue. The rain cleared long enough for those on hand to enjoy a spectacular sunset. And that’s a wrap on another weekend in the Lowcountry.
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1. Lauren Rogers with the notorious Chase and Sam 2. Zach Paxton shows off his ink 3. Waiting for his buddy to come out of the bank 4. Becky Skarda and Papa Mali between sets at Bowens Island 5. Volunteer Deborah Carver works the door at one of Friday night’s participating galleries 6. Don Kersey and Joey Paxton 7. Arden Dodge gets into the CFADA spirit 8. Gordon Jones and his trusty sax weave through the blues and funk fans on Sunday 9. Heyward Adams mixes a magic elixir at Chai’s on Saturday night 10. Louise James and Andrea Hazel pose in front of the artwork featured on the Palate/Palette program cover