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Saturday, May 3, 2014

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"John Westmark; Narratives" & "Beyond the Darkroom: Photography in the 21st Century" 04/04/2014 - 10:00am to 07/13/2014 - 5:00pm "John Westmark; Narratives" & "Beyond the Darkroom: Photography in the 21st Century"

"John Westmark; Narratives" & "Beyond the Darkroom: Photography in the 21st Century"

The Gibbes Museum debuts two spectacular new exhibits this month, examining the creative processes of painting and photography in contemporary Southern art and showcasing the great artistic talent of our region today. Contemporary artist John Westmark’s works incorporate fabrics and sewing patterns weaved into large-scale paintings and spark a sense of nostalgia through their narratives. The photography exhibit featuring works by Carrie Mae Weems and Stephen Marc, on the other hand, propels visitors into the here and now, examining the ways in which the industry has become digitized.

Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 1-5pm. $9; $7 student/senior/military; $5 ages six -12; free for child under six. (843)722-2706, gibbesmuseum.org

 

April 4, 2014 - 10:00am to July 13, 2014 - 5:00pm
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Artfields 04/25/2014 - 10:00am to 05/04/2014 - 6:00pm Artfields

Artfields

Feast your eyes on 400-plus pieces by various artists, then vote for your favorites at the second annual ArtFields celebration, held in Lake City, about two hours north of town. Other events include a community mandala installation with ArtFields’ 2013 People’s Choice award winner Kirkland Smith, the INSIDE OUT Project photography exhibit, and plein air workshops in which artists learn to create site-specific works. Locations in Lake City, South Carolina. Friday-Sunday, times & prices vary. (843)374-0180, www.artfieldssc.org

April 25, 2014 - 10:00am to May 4, 2014 - 6:00pm
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North Charleston City Gallery Exhibit: Works by Amiri Gueka Farris 05/01/2014 - 9:00am to 05/31/2014 - 5:00pm North Charleston City Gallery Exhibit: Works by Amiri Gueka Farris

North Charleston City Gallery Exhibit: Works by Amiri Gueka Farris

Amiri Gueka Farris, winner of the 2014 North Charleston Arts Festival Design Competition, will display a variety of mixed media works, including his
winning design, "Gullah Islander Toss." Known for his powerful artwork ant artistic ability to combine colors, textures, and a signature use of Adinkra symbols, Amiri captureds the essence and history of the Gullah-Geechee people in his collection. Visitors are invited to meet the contemporary artist at the gallery on May 3 from 10am-4pm and May 4 from 2-5pm. North Charleston City Gallery in Charleston Area Convention Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. May 1-31, 9am-5pm. Free. (843)529-5011, www.charlestonareaconventioncenter.com

May 1, 2014 - 9:00am to May 31, 2014 - 5:00pm
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North Charleston Arts Festival 05/02/2014 - 9:00am to 05/11/2014 - 7:00pm North Charleston Arts Festival

North Charleston Arts Festival

For more than 30 years, this festival has made arts programming accessible to the public, attracting more than 30,000 guests and sponsoring nearly 200 performances, workshops, exhibitions, and activities. The celebration highlights national, regional, and local artists and performers in a wide variety of areas including dance, theater, music, photography, and literature. The main event, held on May 3 and 4, offers free admission to more than 40 performances on four stages. Charleston Area Convention Center & North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. Other locations vary. Dates, times, & prices vary. (843)740-5854, www.northcharlestonartsfest.com

May 2, 2014 - 9:00am to May 11, 2014 - 7:00pm
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Sunset Tour to Fort Sumter 05/02/2014 - 5:00pm to 10/31/2014 - 5:00pm Sunset Tour to Fort Sumter

Sunset Tour to Fort Sumter

Friday evenings, climb aboard the ship to witness the setting sun as it creates a colorful backdrop for the historic mansions of Charleston's Battery. Upon arriving at Fort Sumter, a National Park Ranger narrates a historical account of the site that you are invited to explore during your one-hour visit. On the return trip, enjoy a cash bar and complimentary Southern hors d'oeuvres. Liberty Square, Concord St. Friday, 5pm. $42; $40 senior; $30 child age four-11. (843)722-2628, www.fortsumtertours.com

May 2, 2014 - 5:00pm to October 31, 2014 - 5:00pm
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Monty Python's Spamalot 05/02/2014 - 7:00pm to 05/24/2014 - 7:00pm Monty Python's Spamalot

Monty Python's Spamalot

Join King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table search for the Holy Grail on their well-known excursion. Laugh along with this Tony Award-winner as the group takes a side-trip to the fair city of Charleston before continuing their quest. Woolfe Street Playhouse, 34 Woolfe St. Wednesday-Sunday, times vary. $35-$30. (843)856-1579, www.woolfestreetplayhouse.com

May 2, 2014 - 7:00pm to May 24, 2014 - 7:00pm
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Twentieth Century 05/02/2014 - 8:00pm to 05/18/2014 - 3:00pm Twentieth Century

Twentieth Century

Failing Broadway director Oscar Jaffe will do anything to get his career back on track in this comedy set on the Twentieth Century Limited train between Chicago and New York. To do that, he has just 20 hours to persuade his former prodigy-turned-movie star, Lily Garland, to come back into his life. Does he have what it takes to convince the resistant starlet to return? The Footlight Players Theater, 20 Queen St. Thursday-Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 3pm. $15-$10. (843)722-4487, www.footlightplayers.net

May 2, 2014 - 8:00pm to May 18, 2014 - 3:00pm
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05/01/2014 - 11:00am to 05/03/2014 - 4:00pm
Colorbox trigger: "Young Contemporaries"

"Young Contemporaries"

This is your last chance to catch the exhibit dubbed by the Post and Courier as "one of the highlights of the year." Comprised entirely of student works from the College of Charleston's School of the Arts, this annual exhibition shows off the school's brightest talents and gives students the opportunity to showcase their work in a professional setting. Visiting painter Bill Dunlap will select this year's works, while local artist Robert Lange awards more than $6,000 in prizes to talented students. Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, 161 Calhoun St. Thursday, 11am-7pm; Friday-Saturday, 11am-4pm. Free. (843)953-4422, www.halsey.cofc.edu

May 1, 2014 - 11:00am to May 3, 2014 - 4:00pm
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05/02/2014 - 2:30pm to 05/03/2014 - 11:00am
Colorbox trigger: Sweet Grass Music Festival

Sweet Grass Music Festival

Whether you’re a bluegrass enthusiast or just looking to relax and listen to some tunes, the Sweet Grass Music Festival is the perfect place to spend the first weekend of May. Patriots Point proves a lush, grassy venue, making it easy to kick off your shoes and dance along to 10 folk and bluegrass bands. Patriots Point, 40 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant. Friday, 2:30pm; Saturday, 11am. $50 two-day pass; $35 Saturday; $25 Friday. (843)452-5131, www.sweetgrassmusicfestival.com

May 2, 2014 - 2:30pm to May 3, 2014 - 11:00am
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05/03/2014 - 6:00am
Colorbox trigger: Kahuna on the Cooper

Kahuna on the Cooper

Participate in the first event of the summer-long fishing tournament at the Mount Pleasant Pier. All ages are welcome to compete for prizes in the categories including adult angler, youth angler, and the heaviest catches. Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park, 71 Harry Hallman Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Saturday, 6am-2pm. $12; $9 Charleston County resident. (843)762-9946, www.ccprc.com

May 3, 2014 - 6:00am
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05/03/2014 - 8:30am
Colorbox trigger: Charleston Dragon Boat Festival

Charleston Dragon Boat Festival

During this energetic celebration, teams of 21 race their dragon boats along the Ashley River to the sound of beating drums. Dragon Boat Charleston—a 150-some-member club that seeks to promote physical and mental wellness among cancer survivors and their community—organizes the annual festival, full of colorfully decorated tents, crazy costumes, food and drinks (including a margarita station!), and entertainment such as a performance by the Taiko Charleston drummers. Brittlebank Park, 0 Lockwood Blvd. Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Free for spectator; donations encouraged. charlestondragonboatfestival.com

May 3, 2014 - 8:30am
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05/03/2014 - 10:00am
Colorbox trigger: Annual Sheep Shearing

Annual Sheep Shearing

Make your way to the stableyards at Middleton Place to watch the plantation’s Gulf Coast sheep receive their annual shearing in a historical demonstration using traditional steel blade shears. Reenactors stand by to answer any questions about the breed, as well as shearing and wool processing. Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Rd. Saturday, 10am-3pm. $28; $13 student; $8 ages six-13; free for child under six. (843)566-6020, www.middletonplace.org

May 3, 2014 - 10:00am
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05/03/2014 - 10:00am
Colorbox trigger: Fam Jam

Fam Jam

Head to Marion Square for a day of games, challenges, and activities provided by the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry. With childhood obesity rates at an all-time high, the event aims to show families how being active can be a blast. Marion Square, corner of King & Calhoun sts. Saturday, 10am-2pm. Free. (843)853-8962, www.explorecml.org

May 3, 2014 - 10:00am
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05/03/2014 - 10:00am
Colorbox trigger: Mixson Farmer's Market

Mixson Farmer's Market

Park Circle natives craving fresh seasonal produce don't need to head far from home this summer, as Mixson Market and GrowFood Carolina bring local goods to this vibrant neighborhood every Saturday morning. Over 50 local vendors dole out fresh fruits, veggies, and other goods, while live musicians entertain the crowd. Mixson Market, 4338 McCarthy St., North Charleston. Saturday, 10am-3pm. Free. (843)471-2850, find Mixson Farmer’s Market on Facebook

May 3, 2014 - 10:00am
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05/03/2014 - 10:00am
Colorbox trigger: Great Strides

Great Strides

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Co-workers, families, and friends are all invited to team up for a morning stroll through James Island County Park that raises money and community support for cystic fibrosis. Registration for the event is free, but donations are strongly encouraged. James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr. Saturday, 9am registration; 10am walk. Free. (843)388-5968, www.cff.org

May 3, 2014 - 10:00am
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Colorbox trigger: Edisto Island Bazaar

Edisto Island Bazaar

Whatsoever Circle of King’s Daughters

The annual Edisto Island Bazaar features booths selling baked goods, ladies wear, books, plants, and white elephant items. Shoppers can enjoy lunch at the KD café and all attendees are eligible to win the highly sought-after homemade quilt—this year featuring a read and green holiday theme—along with other raffle items. The Whatsoever Circle of King’s Daughters sponsors the event, and proceeds benefit Edisto Island through humanitarian projects and service efforts. Lions’ Club Building, 2907 Myrtle Street, Edisto Island. Saturday, 10am-3pm. $1. (843)869-4237, edistochamber.com

May 3, 2014 - 10:00am
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05/03/2014 - 11:00am
Colorbox trigger: Lowcountry Shrimp Festival

Lowcountry Shrimp Festival

Bring the whole family out to this exciting McClellanville festival, with its live music, craft vendors, and plenty of shrimp. Make sure you get a waterfront view during the annual Blessing of the Fleet, when local clergy give blessings for a safe and bountiful season as the local shrimping fleet parades past. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged to support the Archibald Rutledge Academy and Cape Romain Environmental Education Charter School. Robert E. Ashley Landing, 405 Pinckney St., McClellanville. Saturday, 11am-5pm. Free. (843)887-3323, www.lowcountryshrimpfestival.com

May 3, 2014 - 11:00am
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05/03/2014 - 1:15pm
Colorbox trigger: Girls Rock Charleston Showcase

Girls Rock Charleston Showcase

For the past three months, four talented bands composed of Burke High School students have been practicing and taking music lessons to prepare for their debut concert at the Charleston Pour House. This event is hosted by Girls Rock Charleston, a nonprofit that empowers young girls through creativity and musical education. Charleston Pour House, 1977 Maybank Hwy. Saturday, 1:15pm. $10-$5, free for child under 13. (864)275-3633, www.girlsrockcharleston.org

May 3, 2014 - 1:15pm
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05/03/2014 - 2:00pm
Colorbox trigger: Old Village May Day Block Party & Market

Old Village May Day Block Party & Market

Join The Village Connection and The Cassina Group for a May Day celebration! Browse vendors in the market area, test your aim at the dunking booth, enjoy acoustic-rock tunes from Edward Orr, and network with locals at this event, hosted to bring together local businesses and community members. The Cassina Group, 309 Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Saturday, 2-5pm. Free. (843)628-0008, find the Old Village May Day Block Party & Market on Facebook

May 3, 2014 - 2:00pm
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05/03/2014 - 4:00pm
Colorbox trigger: Night at the Races

Night at the Races

Place your bets and don your derby hat for the Junior League’s Kentucky Derby party. Guests enjoy a silent auction, dinner, drinks, and live coverage of the annual race. Proceeds benefit the Junior League of Charleston’s efforts to fight hunger and homelessness in the Lowcountry. Pearson Club Level at Johnson Hagood Stadium, The Citadel, 68 Hagood Ave. Saturday, 4-9pm. $125-$75. (843)763-5284, www.jlcharleston.org

May 3, 2014 - 4:00pm
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05/03/2014 - 4:00pm
Colorbox trigger: Junior League of Charleston: Night of The Races

Junior League of Charleston: Night of The Races

Junior League of Charleston, Inc.

Place your bets and put on your best hats for the Junior League's Kentucky Derby party! Enjoy a silent auction, dinner, drinks, and live coverage of the Derby. Proceeds from the event benefit the Junior League of Charleston's efforts to fight hunger and homlessness. Johnson Hagood Staduim at The Citadel, 68 Hagood Ave. Saturday, 4-9pm. $75. (843)763-5284, www.jlcharleston.org

May 3, 2014 - 4:00pm
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05/03/2014 - 6:00pm
Colorbox trigger: Dining With Friends

Dining With Friends

Like the idea of hosting a party for a good cause? Join Lowcountry AIDS Services for Dining with Friends, a one-of-a-kind way to give back. Participants in this community-wide event are asked to host a dinner party for friends and family. Hosts then accept charitable donations from their guests, and proceeds go towards enhancing the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS in the region. The event is followed by an after party at No. 5 Faber. Locations, times, & prices vary. (843)747-2273, www.dwfchs.org

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