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Tuning Up: Monuments Men reprise

Good morning! 

"Tuning Up" is a morning post series where The Hub delivers curated, quick-hit arts stories of interest to readers. Sometimes there will be one story, sometimes there will be several. Get in tune now, and have a masterpiece of a day. And now, in no particular order...
It's a cold cool damp morning (again), and more coffee is in order (evergreen). Grab yourself a(nother?) cuppa and check out this news from Charleston. The SCAC Facebook shared it last night, but it's too good not to post on The Hub. Remember the 2013 movie The Monuments Men that starred George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, and John Goodman, among others? The Hub does (and remembers the book too). Both were based on a WWII-era unit of the U.S. Army that canvassed Europe to recover and or protect artistic and other cultural treasures in the war-ravaged region, many of which were stolen stockpiled by Hitler and the Nazis during his heinous purge of Jews and others. Well, per the Post & Courier, the Army just commissioned a Citadel professor to start the unit back up (paywall alert). James Bezjian will become a captain in the Army Reserves and serve alongside 30-some other academics and military officers. Bezjian, as a former member of the South Carolina State Guard, checks both boxes. The Hub won't steal the P&C's thunder, so go read Thomas Novelly's excellent story about what the revived unit is charged with doing. And if you find yourself lying around the house anytime soon, do read the book or stream the movie from Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, Google Play or iTunes, or other services for $3-$5.
   

Tuning Up: History and art at Florence park + Wando band update

Good morning!  "Tuning Up" is a morning post series where The Hub delivers curated, quick-hit arts stories of interest to readers. Sometimes there will be one story, sometimes there will be several. Get in tune now, and have a masterpiece of a day. And now, in no particular order...


We hope you paused to reflect during the weekend and/or yesterday's holiday. While Veterans Day comes but once a year, a park in Florence combines history with art to honor them year-round. Yesterday it added a monument to the Korean War to its six-and-a-half-acre expanse. The park features sculptures and, for history buffs, artifacts such as a 280-pound chunk of limestone taken from the rubble of the Pentagon's eastern facade and the bell from the USS South Carolina, which served during WWI. Last week we brought you the story of the Wando High school marching band's quest for glory at a national competition in Indianapolis. Writer Karen McDonough followed up with The Hub and reported that the band advanced to the 2018 Grand National finals on Saturday and finished sixth in the nation, a first for a South Carolina band. Congratulations!

One Columbia united for art and history

One Columbia for Arts & History is a nonprofit organization formed to support and promote tourism in Columbia, South Carolina. The organization's mission is to advise, amplify and advocate for the unified arts and history community. One Columbia promotes collaboration through shared celebrations of Columbia's arts and historic treasures with the goal of raising the quality of life for citizens, attracting tourist dollars to the city, and further enhancing a vibrant downtown. Check out the extensive calendar of arts and history activities and other features on One Columbia's website.