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Beaches and Boardwalks: Charleston Island Scenes

Beaches and Boardwalks: Charleston Island Scenes


Event Date:
02/01/2016 - 9:00am to 07/31/2016 - 12:00pm




Charleston is a city defined by its relationship to the water. Beaches and islands give our city the unique character that attracts visitors the world over. This new exhibit, featuring images of Charleston’s beaches and islands taken by local photographers, captures the coastal charm of our historic city. The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 12pm-5pm. $12; $10 ages 13-17; $5 ages three-12; free for child under 2. (843)722-2996, www.charlestonmuseum.org 

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Spring Wednesday Wine Strolls

Spring Wednesday Wine Strolls


Event Date:
03/23/2016 - 6:00pm to 05/25/2016 - 8:00pm




Spring has finally sprung! Enjoy relaxing wine strolls around one of Charleston’s most beautiful landscaped gardens, Middleton Place. Each week, Middleton Place Restaurant will be selecting wines from around the world and a new location and garden will be chosen each Wednesday this spring. Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Rd. Wednesday, 6-8pm. (843)556-6020, www.middletonplace.org

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"Young Contemporaries"

"Young Contemporaries"


Event Date:
04/04/2016 - 11:00am to 05/03/2016 - 4:00pm




This 31st annual event shows off the brightest talents of the College of Charleston School of the Arts, including painters, sculptors, printmakers, and photographers. The exhibition gives students the chance to have their work judged by nationally prominent juror Amanda Wojick and presented in a professional gallery setting. Concurrent with ”Young Contemporaries” is the ”Salon des Refusés” exhibit, showing in the Hill Exhibition Gallery. Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, 161 Calhoun St. Monday-Saturday, 11am-4pm. Free. (843)953-4422, www.halsey.cofc.edu

 
 
 
Duet: An Exhibition of New Works by Laurie Meyer & Marissa Vogl

Duet: An Exhibition of New Works by Laurie Meyer & Marissa Vogl


Event Date:
05/06/2016 - 11:00am to 05/20/2016 - 11:00am




Visit the French Quarter’s new contemporary art gallery, Meyer Vogl. Its latest exhibition, ”Duet,” features oil paintings by artists and owners Laurie Meyer and Marissa Vogl. The display juxtaposes the artists’ often contrasting styles—representational versus abstract—by placing pieces depicting the same subject side by side. 

Meyer Vogl Gallery, 122 Meeting St. Monday-Saturday, 11am-6pm; Sunday, noon-4pm. Free. (843)452-2670, www.meyervogl.com

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Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins


Event Date:
04/06/2016 - 7:30pm to 05/01/2016 - 3:00pm




The most amazing nanny comes to life as Charleston Stage produces the adaptation of Disney’s Mary Poppins (starring Julie Andrews) that was nominated for seven Tony Awards in 2007. Directed by Julian Wiles, this show features songs such as ”A Spoon Full of Sugar,” and even includes scenes from P.L. Travers’ kids’ books that weren’t in the classic film. Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. Wednesday premiere, 7:30pm; Thursday- Saturday, 7:30pm; Sunday, 3pm. $69-$30. (843)577-7183, www.charlestonstage.com

 
 
 
 
 
Charleston Greek Festival

Charleston Greek Festival


Event Date:
05/06/2016 - 11:00am to 05/08/2016 - 12:00pm




Give your taste buds a treat with delicious gyros, baklava, kebobs, and other traditional fare at the Holy City’s 46th annual Greek Festival. This three-day celebration is packed with live music, authentic Greek beer and wine, folk-dance performances, and cultural exhibitions. Church tours take place daily for those who wish to learn more about the history of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, which was founded by immigrants in 1911 and moved to its current location in 1953. 

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 30 Race St. Friday & Saturday, 11am-10pm; Sunday, noon-6pm. $5; $3 senior/student; free for child under 13/military; free for mom on Mother’s Day. (843)345-4478,  www.charlestongreekfestival.com

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Thursday Night Bluegrass at Bar Mash

Thursday Night Bluegrass at Bar Mash


Event Date:
04/21/2016 - 7:00pm to 12/29/2016 - 7:00pm




Swing by the new East Bay hot spot, Bar Mash, every Thursday night and enjoy a different local bluegrass band while sipping on beer, wine, or craft cocktails. Start your weekend festivities early at this cozy bar with an impressive whiskey list and delectable snacks including fried oysters and boudin, ham hock rillete, and mushroom toast. Mercantile and Mash, 701 East Bay St. Free. Thursdays, 7-11pm. (843) 793-2636, www.mercandmash.com

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North Charleston Arts Festival

North Charleston Arts Festival


Event Date:
04/29/2016 - 8:00am to 05/07/2016 - 10:00pm




This nine-day celebration boasts a flood of noteworthy arts and culture attractions, from painting and puppet shows to dance and drama. The main event, held May 1 at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center, offers many performances, arts and crafts vendors, a gem and mineral exposition, and an antiques show. Throughout the week, catch more than 60 local and international celebrations and exhibitions—reggae street dancing by Mystic Vibrations, a concert by saxophonist Randy Corinthian, and storytelling by three-time Emmy Award-winner Bobby Norfolk—all concluding with fireworks and food trucks at the May 7 grand finale.

North Charleston’s Riverfront Park, Locations, times, & prices vary. (843)740-5854, www.northcharlestonartsfest.com

 
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Charleston In-Water Boat Show

Charleston In-Water Boat Show


Event Date:
04/29/2016 - 12:00pm to 05/01/2016 - 5:00pm




Whether you’re in the nautical know-how or just getting your sea legs, you can find a vessel that suits your needs at this family- friendly, in-water boat show. Choose a craft to get to your secret fishing hole, upgrade to a grander sailing vessel, or satisfy your desire for speed with the fastest powerboat. While you’re perusing, kids can join Charleston’s Pirate Tour for a swashbuckling adventure, have their faces painted, or jump into the ever-popular bouncy house. Brittlebank Park, 145 Lockwood Blvd. Friday, noon-6pm; Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm. $10; $15 two-day pass; $5 senior/military; free for child under 16. (864)250-9713, www.charlestoninwaterboatshow.com

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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North Charleston Arts Festival

North Charleston Arts Festival


Event Date:
04/29/2016 - 12:00pm to 05/07/2016 - 7:00pm




For more than 30 years, this annual nine- day celebration has made quality arts programming affordable and accessible to the public, attracting 30,000 visitors from throughout the Southeast. The festival highlights artists and other entertainers in categories from dance and photography to theater and crafts. Throughout the week, more than 60 events and exhibitions ensue—including street dancing, film screenings, and children’s programs. The fun concludes with fireworks at the Grand Finale over Riverfront Park. Riverfront Park, 1001 Everglades Ave., North Charleston. Days & times vary. Free. (843)740-5854, www.northcharlestonartfest.com

 
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Art in the Barn

Art in the Barn


Event Date:
04/30/2016 - 11:00am to 05/01/2016 - 4:00pm




Celebrate the local arts community at this two-day event featuring live music from Triangle Bluegrass, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, and the art of potters, painters, wood-turners, and textile, floral, and jewelry designers. Sponsored by Fat and Juicy Cocktail Mixers. Ruby Ranch, 1556 Tacky Point Road, Wadmalaw Island. Saturday, 11am-6pm; Sunday, noon-4pm. Free.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Constellations

Constellations


Event Date:
05/01/2016 - 7:30pm to 05/14/2016 - 7:30pm




Science and romance collide in this PURE Theatre production. As their relationship unfolds, characters Marianne and Roland learn that any seemingly simple choice can change the course of their lives. Constellations, directed by Sharon Graci, examines time and space and replays key moments that have helped to determine the characters’ futures. Written by British playwright Nick Payne, this drama explores the possibilites of love as well as the existence of parallel universes. 

PURE Theatre, 477 King St. Thursday-Saturday, 7:30pm. $30-$22. (843)723-4444, www.puretheatre.org

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Runaround Sue

Runaround Sue


Event Date:
05/01/2016 - 8:00pm to 05/14/2016 - 8:00pm




Travel back in time to the 1950s, when doo-wop sounds echoed across radio waves and on diner jukeboxes throughout America. This new musical, written by the co-founders of 34 West, Stephen Wayne and Jeff Querin, follows a local beautician who decides to run for office against incumbent (and her former fiancé) Mayor McClintock. With 13 hit songs from the era,Runaround Sue fuses I Love Lucy with Jersey Boys. Not open to children under six. 

34 West Theater Co., 200 Meeting St. Days & times vary. $25. (843)901-9343, www.34west.org

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Lend Me A Tenor

Lend Me A Tenor


Event Date:
05/01/2016 - 8:00pm to 05/08/2016 - 8:00pm




Because of a series of hilarious mishaps, famous opera tenor Tito Morelli is unable to perform in his North American debut. In an attempt to salvage the evening, someone else pretends to be the star, and pandemonium ensues. This farce, directed by Don Brandenburg and performed by the Footlight Players, is as silly as it sounds and keeps audiences laughing throughout. See for yourself why the show has earned three Tony Awards and four Drama Desk Awards. 

Footlight Players Theatre, 20 Queen St. Thursday-Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 3pm. $30; $27 senior/military; $20 student. (843)722-4487, www.footlightplayers.net

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Tri-County Cancer Survivors Host a Lowcountry Boil

Tri-County Cancer Survivors Host a Lowcountry Boil


Event Date: 05/01/2016 - 1:00pm




Join the Tri-County Cancer Survivors for an afternoon of succulent seafood, live music, and a silent auction. Enjoy a traditional Lowcountry shrimp boil, hot dogs, and chili in the relaxed and cheerful Bowens Island restaurant. Proceeds from the event go to supporting cancer patients, cancer survivors, and care-givers in the tri-county area. Bowens Island Restaurant, 1870 Bowens Island Rd., James Island. Sunday, 1-5pm. $20. (843) 998-8281

 
Tri-County Cancer Survivors Host a Lowcountry Boil

Tri-County Cancer Survivors Host a Lowcountry Boil


Event Date: 05/01/2016 - 1:00pm




Join the Tri-County Cancer Survivors for an afternoon of succulent seafood, live music, and a silent auction. Enjoy a traditional Lowcountry shrimp boil, hot dogs, and chili in the relaxed and cheerful Bowens Island restaurant. Proceeds from the event go to supporting cancer patients, cancer survivors, and care-givers in the tri-county area. Bowens Island Restaurant, 1870 Bowens Island Rd., James Island. Sunday, 1-5pm. $20. (843) 998-8281

 
The Age of Love plays at the Terrace Theatre

The Age of Love plays at the Terrace Theatre


Event Date: 05/01/2016 - 2:30pm




What happens when a group of thirty seniors from Rochester, NY decide to try out a new kind of speed dating? Steven Loring’s groundbreaking documentary proves that age is just number when these 70-90 year-olds find love, humor, and truth through speedy romantic engagements. Loring will hold a Q & A post-screening and a reception will follow at neighboring HOW ART THOU CAFÉ. Those who attend will also be able to register for future speed dating events in the area. Terrace Theatre, 1956 Maybank Hwy. Sunday, 2:30pm. $8; $10 for two tickets. (843) 762-4247, www.terracetheater.com

 
Piccolo Spoleto Festival Preview

Piccolo Spoleto Festival Preview


Event Date: 05/01/2016 - 4:00pm




Can’t wait for the Piccolo Spoleto Festival to start in late May? Join the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs and the Town of Kiawah Island Arts and Cultural Events Council for a preview of what this year’s festival has in store; the program will include a sampling of performances chosen for the 2016 festival. This event is free but tickets must be reserved in advance. Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 3821 Betsy Kerrison Parkway, John’s Island. Sunday, 4pm. Free. (843) 768-9166, wwww.piccolospoleto.com

 
Piccolo Spoleto Festival Preview

Piccolo Spoleto Festival Preview


Event Date: 05/01/2016 - 4:00pm




Can’t wait for the Piccolo Spoleto Festival to start in late May? Join the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs and the Town of Kiawah Island Arts and Cultural Events Council for a preview of what this year’s festival has in store; the program will include a sampling of performances chosen for the 2016 festival. This event is free but tickets must be reserved in advance. Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 3821 Betsy Kerrison Parkway, John’s Island. Sunday, 4pm. Free. (843) 768-9166, wwww.piccolospoleto.com

 
Iris Dement

Iris Dement


Event Date: 05/01/2016 - 7:00pm




Iris DeMent’s signature vocals and heartfelt songcraft are what make her notable in the country-folk genre. The singer-songwriter’s lyrics often consist of deeply personal verses as well as commentary on social and political subjects such as sexual abuse, religion, and war. DeMent most recently released her sixth album, The Trackless Woods, which features the poems of 20th-century Russian poet Anna Akhmatova. Joining her on stage is singer-songwriter and folk musician Pieta Brown. 

Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Sunday, 7pm doors; 8pm show. $35-$29. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com

 
Iris DeMent with Special Guest Pieta Brown

Iris DeMent with Special Guest Pieta Brown


Event Date: 05/01/2016 - 8:00pm




Country-folk singer/songwriter Iris DeMent takes the stage with performances from Sing the Delta, released in 2012 and 2015's The Trackless Woods, a collection of poems by 20th century Russian poet Anna Akhmatova. Experience DeMent's deeply personal rock-influenced sound as she envokes a pure and heartfelt vocal style. $35-$29. (843)853-2252

 
 
 
Wine Down Wednesday

Wine Down Wednesday


Event Date: 05/04/2016 - 5:30pm




Since it is not yet open to the public on a daily basis, the quiet and scenic Old Towne Creek County Park is the perfect location for an evening escape. Americana and folk singer-songwriter Chris Boone provides live music while guests sit back, relax, and enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres from Charleston Artisan Cheesehouse. 

Old Towne Creek County Park, 1400 Old Towne Rd. Wednesday, 5:30-7:30pm. $20; $18 advance. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com

 
Rose Revival Tasting at Mercantile and Mash

Rose Revival Tasting at Mercantile and Mash


Event Date: 05/04/2016 - 6:00pm




Ring in spring with Mercantile and Mash and try the newest vintage of rose from Europe and California. Attendees will taste the following: 2015 Maison Belle Claire Cotes de Provence Rose, Provence, France; 2015 Villa Wolf Rose, Pfalz, Germany; 2015 Ameztoi “Rubentis” Rose, Basque Country, Spain; 2015 L’Oliveto Rose, Russian River Valley, California. The number of guests will be capped at 25. Mercantile and Mash, 701 East Bay St. Wednesday, 6pm. $25. (843) 793-2636, www.mercandmash.com

 
Edmund’s Oast and McCarus Beverage Company Host a Special Five Course Italian American Wine Dinner

Edmund’s Oast and McCarus Beverage Company Host a Special Five Course Italian American Wine Dinner


Event Date: 05/04/2016 - 6:30pm




Take your taste buds to Italy with McCarus Beverage Company’s Italian/American all-inclusive wine dinner. Edmund’s Oast chef Reid Henninger’s five-course meal is paired with McCarus wines, with menu items including fresh spaghetti with clams paired with Skerk Carso Ograde 2011, and a braised meatball with whipped ricotta and Sunday gravy paired with Ciro Biondi ‘Outis’ Etna Rosso 2013. Space is limited so order tickets in advance. Edmund’s Oast, 1081 Morrison Dr. Wednesday, 6:30pm. $88. (843)727-1145, www.edmundsoast.com

 
Halls Chophouse Hosts Bourbon Tasting and Business Discussion with CEO Earl Hewlette

Halls Chophouse Hosts Bourbon Tasting and Business Discussion with CEO Earl Hewlette


Event Date: 05/05/2016 - 11:30am




Go out to lunch with Earl Hewlette, CEO of Charleston area’s Terressentia Corporation, a distilled spirits technology company, and enjoy a delicious three-course meal prepared by Halls executive chef Adam Jakin. For the first time, a bourbon tasting will also be included as part of the luncheon. Guests will learn more about Hewlette’s business savvy, and how he grew his company’s annual revenues from $7,000-$20 million in just eight years! A full cash bar is available and lunch will be served promptly at noon. Halls Chophouse, 434 King St. Thursday, 11:30am. $30. (843)727-0090, www.hallschophouse.com

 
Cinco de Mayo Bash at Mex 1

Cinco de Mayo Bash at Mex 1


Event Date: 05/05/2016 - 5:00pm




Grab your best sombrero and get ready for a fiesta! Mex 1 hosts a Cinco de Mayo celebration with live local music, drink specials, and giveaways. Listen to jams by Milandro Soul, The Dubplates, Big Hair Productions and more. If you are feeling especially festive there will be Capoeira Dances, Sombra Dancing Girls, Fire Hula Hoopers, and a photo booth to capture all the fun. Enjoy icy cold brews fresh from the Modelo Especial Beer Cart and partake in the taco eating contest—the winner of the contest gets free tacos for the entire month of May! Coastal Cantina Mex 1, 817 St. Andrews Blvd., West Ashley. Thursday, 5pm. Free. (843) 751-4001, www.mex1coastalcantina.com

 
Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo


Event Date: 05/05/2016 - 7:00pm




She’s always been a bit unconventional, and with him by her side, they changed the face of pop music throughout the 1980s. Now, rock legends Pat Benatar and Neil “Spyder” Giraldo hit the Charleston Music Hall stage to celebrate the 35th anniversary of their debut album, In the Heat of the Night. The powerhouse duo is known for radio favorites including “Love is a Battlefield” and “Hit Me with Your Best Shot” and have sold more than 26 million albums and earned four Grammy Awards and three American Music Awards. 

Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Thursday, 7pm doors; 8pm show. $79.50-$59.50; $599-$250 VIP package. (843)853-2252,  www.charlestonmusichall.com

 
The TruTV Impractical Jokers “Where's Larry?“ Tour

The TruTV Impractical Jokers “Where's Larry?“ Tour


Event Date: 05/05/2016 - 7:00pm




The Tenderloins, a New York-based comedy troupe, are the creators and stars of truTV’s hit series, Impractical Jokers, which follows four guys as they coerce one another into doing public pranks. Their “Where’s Larry?” tour is a mix of stand-up, never-before-seen hidden-camera videos, and personal stories. 

North Charleston Coliseum, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. Thursday, 6pm doors; 7pm show. $50.50. (843)529-5000, www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com

 
The Dee Norton Lowcountry Children's Center Luncheon with Elizabeth Smart

The Dee Norton Lowcountry Children's Center Luncheon with Elizabeth Smart


Event Date: 05/06/2016 - 12:00pm




The Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center hosts a luncheon with guest Elizabeth Smart, who will speak on her journey “from abduction to empowerment.” Daniel Island Club, 600 Island Park Drive. Friday, noon. $100. (843) 723-3600, www.dnlcc.org

 
Martin Gallery Presents: "Mary Edna's Floating World"

Martin Gallery Presents: "Mary Edna's Floating World"


Event Date: 05/06/2016 - 5:00pm




Join local artist Mary Edna Fraser for an opening night reception featuring her signature batik on silk pieces. Fraser uses modern chemical Procion dyes, beeswax, and paraffin on silk to create luscious aerial images of local and far-away landscapes. Martin Gallery, 18 Broad St. Friday, 5-8pm. Free. (843) 723-7378, www.martingallerycharleston.com

 
Charleston Gallery Association Artwalk

Charleston Gallery Association Artwalk


Event Date: 05/06/2016 - 5:00pm




Art galleries throughout the historical French Quarter, Gallery Row on Broad, Lower King, and Upper King open their doors for this season’s art walk. Visit more than 40 inspiring spaces, including Anglin-Smith Fine Art, Robert Lange Studios, and Cecil Byrne Gallery, to peruse some of the Lowcountry’s finest collections, and maybe even chat with artists onsite about their latest work. Refreshments are available. 

Locations vary Friday, 5-8pm. Free.  www.charlestongalleryassociation.com

 
Dragon Boat Festival

Dragon Boat Festival


Event Date: 05/07/2016 - 7:45am




Work together to beat cancer with a day of competition in the ancient Chinese sport of dragon boat racing at Brittlebank Park. Teams of 20 paddlers and one drummer race down the Ashley River. While viewers take in the action, they can enjoy food available for purchase. The event has a goal of raising $150,000 toward the cancer survivor programs of Dragon Boat Charleston. 

Brittlebank Park, 0 Lockwood Blvd. Saturday, 7:45am-4pm. $42.50; free for spectator. (843) 324-9505, www.charlestondragonboatfestival.com

 
Cookbook Signing: Mike Glasgow

Cookbook Signing: Mike Glasgow


Event Date: 05/07/2016 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm




Pick up your own copy of Feeding Charleston, and stop by Southern Season Charleston to meet and chat with author Mike Glasgow. Aptly sub-titled A Celebration of the City's Cuisine Through a Collection of Stories, Photographs, and Recipes, the book is the ultimate culinary postcard of the Lowcountry, and features the backstories of 33 of Charleston's most renowned restaurants and acclaimed chefs. Ten dollars of the sale of every copy benefits the Lowcountry Food Bank. Don't miss this chance to learn how to capture the gastronomic creativity of the south in your own kitchen. Southern Season, 730 Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Saturday, noon-1:30pm. Free. (855)716-1240, www.southernseason.com 

 
Mommy and Me Princess Afternoon Tea at Twenty Six Divine

Mommy and Me Princess Afternoon Tea at Twenty Six Divine


Event Date: 05/07/2016 - 12:00pm




Be a princess for a day at Twenty Six Divine’s special Mother’s Day “Mommy + Me” afternoon tea party. Mothers and children will dine on tea sandwiches, petite desserts, scones, and of course, a selection of Charleston Tea Plantation hot teas. Reservations are required for this event. Twenty Six Divine, 682 King St. Saturday, noon-4pm. $40 per mom and child; $10 additional children. (843) 297-8118, www.twentysixdivine.com

 
Sewee Disc Jam to Benefit Children with Arthritis

Sewee Disc Jam to Benefit Children with Arthritis


Event Date: 05/07/2016 - 12:30pm




Play a round of disc golf and support Kids With Pain (KWP) the Lowcountry’s first non-profit to benefit children with arthritis. After the disc golf tournament, enjoy a family friendly launch party starting at 5.pm. Guests are encouraged to B.Y.O.B, picnic, and camp on the grounds. Sewee Outpost, 4853 N Hwy 17, Awendaw. Saturday, 12:30pm. $5 donation; $25 to enter golf tournament. www.kidswithpain.org

 
Cookies and Cocktails at Mercantile and Mash

Cookies and Cocktails at Mercantile and Mash


Event Date: 05/07/2016 - 2:00pm




In honor of Mother’s Day, Mercantile and Mash hosts Cookies and Cocktails, a special afternoon where children decorate 2 cookies and moms sip on a cocktail of their choosing. Mercantile and Mash, 701 East Bay St. Saturday, 2-4pm. $12; $5 additional cookies. (843)793-2636, www.mercandmash.com

 
Cookbook Signing: Patricia Branning

Cookbook Signing: Patricia Branning


Event Date: 05/07/2016 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm




Grab your copy of Patricia Branning's book, Shrimp, Collards and Grits Volume II of My Southern Kitchen, and learn how to incorporate some southern flair into your cooking.  Branning's book is an invitation into her own kitchen, where she takes fresh-from-the-farm ingredients and prepares succulent comfort food.  Southern Season, 730 Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Saturday, 2-4pm. Free. (855)716-1240, www.southernseason.com

 
Blue Bicycle Books Hosts Book Signing for Author Jim Bailey

Blue Bicycle Books Hosts Book Signing for Author Jim Bailey


Event Date: 05/07/2016 - 5:00pm




Join author and Professor of Medicine Dr. Jim Bailey for a book-signing event at Blue Bicycle Books to learn more about Bailey’s first novel, The End of Healing. The story follows a young doctor as he journeys through the tumultuous world of modern medicine, paralleling Dante’s descent into the circles of Hell. The novel is a finalist in the popular fiction category for the Gold Award in the 2016 Benjamin Franklin Awards competition. Blue Bicycle Books, 420 King St. Friday, 5pm. Free. (843) 722-2666, bluebicyclebooks.com 

 
SC Aquarium Conservation Gala

SC Aquarium Conservation Gala


Event Date: 05/07/2016 - 6:00pm




Put on your black-tie best for one of spring’s most elaborate fundraising fêtes. This year’s honoree and recipient of the Environmental Stewardship Award for Visionary STEM Leadership is Beverly M. Wyse, vice president and general manager of Boeing South Carolina. Begin the evening with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, then enjoy a seated dinner in Liberty Square with food provided by Cru Catering and full-bar service by Spike. Top the night off at the after-party on the patio outside the Aquarium with a dessert bar, drinks, and dancing to live music by 17 South. All funds raised support the aquarium’s education and conservation programs. 

South Carolina Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf. Saturday, 6-11pm. $300. (843)579-8540, www.scaquarium.org

 
SC Aquarium Conservation Gala

SC Aquarium Conservation Gala


Event Date: 05/07/2016 - 6:00pm




Put on your black-tie best for one of spring’s most elaborate fundraising fêtes. This year’s honoree and recipient of the Environmental Stewardship Award for Visionary STEM Leadership is Beverly M. Wyse, vice president and general manager of Boeing South Carolina. Begin the evening with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, then enjoy a seated dinner in Liberty Square with food provided by Cru Catering and full-bar service by Spike. Top the night off at the after-party on the patio outside the Aquarium with a dessert bar, drinks, and dancing to live music by 17 South. All funds raised support the aquarium’s education and conservation programs. 

South Carolina Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf. Saturday, 6-11pm. $300. (843)579-8540, www.scaquarium.org

 
Rocket Man: A Tribute To Sir Elton John

Rocket Man: A Tribute To Sir Elton John


Event Date: 05/07/2016 - 7:00pm




Tokyo Joe, a Columbia-based rock band, pays homage to music legend Sir Elton John with a show incorporating elaborate costumes, state-of-the-art light displays, and all the classic tunes for a peformance that will leave fans feeling they’ve witnessed the British pop star in the flesh. 

Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Saturday, 7pm doors; 8pm show. $25-$20; $15 student. (843)853-2252,  www.charlestonmusichall.com

 
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Beaches and Boardwalks: Charleston Island Scenes

Beaches and Boardwalks: Charleston Island Scenes


Event Date:
02/01/2016 - 9:00am to 07/31/2016 - 12:00pm




Charleston is a city defined by its relationship to the water. Beaches and islands give our city the unique character that attracts visitors the world over. This new exhibit, featuring images of Charleston’s beaches and islands taken by local photographers, captures the coastal charm of our historic city. The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 12pm-5pm. $12; $10 ages 13-17; $5 ages three-12; free for child under 2. (843)722-2996, www.charlestonmuseum.org 

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Spring Wednesday Wine Strolls

Spring Wednesday Wine Strolls


Event Date:
03/23/2016 - 6:00pm to 05/25/2016 - 8:00pm




Spring has finally sprung! Enjoy relaxing wine strolls around one of Charleston’s most beautiful landscaped gardens, Middleton Place. Each week, Middleton Place Restaurant will be selecting wines from around the world and a new location and garden will be chosen each Wednesday this spring. Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Rd. Wednesday, 6-8pm. (843)556-6020, www.middletonplace.org

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Thursday Night Bluegrass at Bar Mash

Thursday Night Bluegrass at Bar Mash


Event Date:
04/21/2016 - 7:00pm to 12/29/2016 - 7:00pm




Swing by the new East Bay hot spot, Bar Mash, every Thursday night and enjoy a different local bluegrass band while sipping on beer, wine, or craft cocktails. Start your weekend festivities early at this cozy bar with an impressive whiskey list and delectable snacks including fried oysters and boudin, ham hock rillete, and mushroom toast. Mercantile and Mash, 701 East Bay St. Free. Thursdays, 7-11pm. (843) 793-2636, www.mercandmash.com

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Constellations

Constellations


Event Date:
05/01/2016 - 7:30pm to 05/14/2016 - 7:30pm




Science and romance collide in this PURE Theatre production. As their relationship unfolds, characters Marianne and Roland learn that any seemingly simple choice can change the course of their lives. Constellations, directed by Sharon Graci, examines time and space and replays key moments that have helped to determine the characters’ futures. Written by British playwright Nick Payne, this drama explores the possibilites of love as well as the existence of parallel universes. 

PURE Theatre, 477 King St. Thursday-Saturday, 7:30pm. $30-$22. (843)723-4444, www.puretheatre.org

 
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Runaround Sue

Runaround Sue


Event Date:
05/01/2016 - 8:00pm to 05/14/2016 - 8:00pm




Travel back in time to the 1950s, when doo-wop sounds echoed across radio waves and on diner jukeboxes throughout America. This new musical, written by the co-founders of 34 West, Stephen Wayne and Jeff Querin, follows a local beautician who decides to run for office against incumbent (and her former fiancé) Mayor McClintock. With 13 hit songs from the era,Runaround Sue fuses I Love Lucy with Jersey Boys. Not open to children under six. 

34 West Theater Co., 200 Meeting St. Days & times vary. $25. (843)901-9343, www.34west.org

 
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Lend Me A Tenor

Lend Me A Tenor


Event Date:
05/01/2016 - 8:00pm to 05/08/2016 - 8:00pm




Because of a series of hilarious mishaps, famous opera tenor Tito Morelli is unable to perform in his North American debut. In an attempt to salvage the evening, someone else pretends to be the star, and pandemonium ensues. This farce, directed by Don Brandenburg and performed by the Footlight Players, is as silly as it sounds and keeps audiences laughing throughout. See for yourself why the show has earned three Tony Awards and four Drama Desk Awards. 

Footlight Players Theatre, 20 Queen St. Thursday-Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 3pm. $30; $27 senior/military; $20 student. (843)722-4487, www.footlightplayers.net

 
 
Blue Bicycle Books Author Series: Luncheon at Halls Chophouse with Spoleto USA General Director Nigel Redden

Blue Bicycle Books Author Series: Luncheon at Halls Chophouse with Spoleto USA General Director Nigel Redden


Event Date: 05/10/2016 (All day)




Go behind the scenes of Spoleto Festival USA 2016 with general director Nigel Redden, who discusses 40 years of festival highlights, referencing Spoleto 40, a new book by NY Times classical music critic, journalist, and author Allan Kozinn. Halls Chophouse, 434 King St. Thursday, 11:30am. $30; $100 for signed hardcopy book and ticket. (843)727-0090, www.hallschophouse.com

 
 
 
 
Leisurely Pursuits & Grand Entertains: Sport and Leisure at Middleton Place

Leisurely Pursuits & Grand Entertains: Sport and Leisure at Middleton Place


Event Date:
05/14/2016 - 10:00am to 05/15/2016 - 10:00am




Ever wonder what sports were played and how people passed the time during the 18th century? Middleton Place hosts a weekend of fun during which costumed interpreters teach attendees a range of colonial games and customs such as cricket, croquet, fine needlework, and lace-making. Bring the entire family to explore historical customs amongst the plantation’s beautiful gardens and oaks. 

Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Rd. Saturday & Sunday, 10am-4pm. $28; $15 student over 13; $10 ages six-13; free for child under six. (843)556-6020, www.middletonplace.org

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Duet: An Exhibition of New Works by Laurie Meyer & Marissa Vogl

Duet: An Exhibition of New Works by Laurie Meyer & Marissa Vogl


Event Date:
05/06/2016 - 11:00am to 05/20/2016 - 11:00am




Visit the French Quarter’s new contemporary art gallery, Meyer Vogl. Its latest exhibition, ”Duet,” features oil paintings by artists and owners Laurie Meyer and Marissa Vogl. The display juxtaposes the artists’ often contrasting styles—representational versus abstract—by placing pieces depicting the same subject side by side. 

Meyer Vogl Gallery, 122 Meeting St. Monday-Saturday, 11am-6pm; Sunday, noon-4pm. Free. (843)452-2670, www.meyervogl.com

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Charleston Greek Festival

Charleston Greek Festival


Event Date:
05/06/2016 - 11:00am to 05/08/2016 - 12:00pm




Give your taste buds a treat with delicious gyros, baklava, kebobs, and other traditional fare at the Holy City’s 46th annual Greek Festival. This three-day celebration is packed with live music, authentic Greek beer and wine, folk-dance performances, and cultural exhibitions. Church tours take place daily for those who wish to learn more about the history of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, which was founded by immigrants in 1911 and moved to its current location in 1953. 

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 30 Race St. Friday & Saturday, 11am-10pm; Sunday, noon-6pm. $5; $3 senior/student; free for child under 13/military; free for mom on Mother’s Day. (843)345-4478,  www.charlestongreekfestival.com

 
East Cooper Community Outreach Golf Tournament

East Cooper Community Outreach Golf Tournament


Event Date: 05/09/2016 - 11:00am




This tournament benefitting East Cooper Community Outreach, which assists local families in need, invites golfers to play on either one of the two nationally ranked Daniel Island Club courses. In addition to playing 18 holes, you can also take a swing in the longest drive competition for your chance to win a brand-new Lexus for a hole-in-one. All players receive a boxed lunch and complimentary beverages. 

Daniel Island Club, 600 Island Park Dr., Daniel Island. Monday, 11am-6pm. $250; $1,250 foursome. (843)416-7123, www.eccocharleston.org

 
Brewsday

Brewsday


Event Date: 05/10/2016 - 5:30pm




Spice up your Tuesday with Brewsday, an evening event featuring craft beer from the local Tradesman Brewing Company. Enjoy live music by Mark Jackson and munch on delicious grub from Kickin’ Chicken. For the yogis out there, Beth Cosi from Bendy Brewski Yoga presents an all-levels yoga class. 

Old Towne Creek County Park, 1400 Old Towne Rd. Tuesday, 5:30-7:30pm. $15-$12. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com

 
The Bushels Play Live Music in Edmund’s Oast Courtyard

The Bushels Play Live Music in Edmund’s Oast Courtyard


Event Date: 05/10/2016 - 6:00pm




Every Tuesday and Thursday of the month The Bushels will play live at Edmund’s Oast, entertaining guests with a range of bluegrass, soul, rock, and jazz jams. Snack on elaborate charcuterie plates, cornbread with honey butter, or one of the fresh, seasonal entrée selections. Edmund’s Oast, 1081 Morrison Dr. Tuesday, 6-9pm. Free. (843) 727-1145, www.edmundsoast.com

 
Superhero Special Needs Dance Party

Superhero Special Needs Dance Party


Event Date: 05/11/2016 - 5:30pm




Citizens of the Holy City with mental or physical disabilities, their families, and their caregivers are invited to this grand party for a night of letting loose and having fun. Snacks and refreshments are provided to help fuel that superhero strength and get attendees ready for an eventful night of dancing to the DJ’s tunes. 

The Cooper River Room at Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park, 99 Harry M. Hallman Jr. Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Wednesday, 5:30-7:30pm. $5-$4; free for child under four. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com

 
The Glass Onion Hosts Charity Tasting Benefiting PetHelpers

The Glass Onion Hosts Charity Tasting Benefiting PetHelpers


Event Date: 05/11/2016 - 5:30pm




Sip specialty drinks for a good cause. Join the Glass Onion and Pet Helpers on Wednesday, May 11 to try the restaurant’s new summer cocktails, including the Muscadine Mojito. Half of the proceeds from the event will go towards Pet Helpers, and guests are encouraged to bring cat and dog food to donate. The Glass Onion, 1219 Savannah Highway, West Ashley. Wednesday, 5:30-7:30pm. $10. (843) 225-1717, www.ilovetheglassonion.com 

 
Yappy Hour

Yappy Hour


Event Date: 05/12/2016 - 4:00pm




After a long week, take an afternoon to relax with your pet at Yappy Hour. Unwind, sip beverages available for purchase, and listen to tunes from party rock band Sol Fish Duo. This is a perfect way to indulge in a spring afternoon outdoors with your furry companion. 

James Island County Dog Park, 871 Riverland Dr. Thursday, 4-8pm. $2; free for Gold Pass holder. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com

 
Gibes On The Street: The Year of the Gibbes

Gibes On The Street: The Year of the Gibbes


Event Date: 05/12/2016 - 7:30pm




After an 18-month renovation, the Gibbes Museum of Art is set to reopen on May 28. But first, enjoy its annual block party, this year with a ”Forbidden City” theme. Guests will be treated to an evening full of vibrant colors, surprise live entertainment, and savory Asian-themed cuisine. Sample eats from two-dozen celebrated Charleston chefs who have created specialty dishes for the occasion, and sip on cocktails from local bars. All guests must be at least 21. 

Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. Thursday, 7:30-10pm. $175; $150 member. (843)722-2706, www.gibbesmuseum.org

 
Meyriel Edge: The Edge of Time

Meyriel Edge: The Edge of Time


Event Date: 05/13/2016 -
5:00pm to 8:30pm




Meyriel Edge's presents her new collection, The Edge of Time at Fabulon. This collection depicts the extraordinary in ordinary moments of time. Edge's pieces will be up for exhibit and purchase between May 1st to May 31st. 

 
Lowcountry Dancing with the Stars: Oxygen Ball

Lowcountry Dancing with the Stars: Oxygen Ball


Event Date: 05/13/2016 - 6:30pm




The American Lung Association presents an exciting evening that includes a gourmet dinner, auction, and dance competition. Locals, such as Mary Ann Stisher of Orange Theory Fitness and Dwayne Green of Green Law Offices, are paired with professional dancers from Fred Astaire Dance Studios to compete for the title of “Lowcountry Dancing with the Stars Champion.” Alumni celebrity dancer Elizabeth Colbert-Busch emcees the event. All proceeds benefit the American Lung Association and its mission of promoting lung health and preventing disease. 

Embassy Suites, 5055 International Blvd., North Charleston. Friday, 6:30-11pm. $250. (843)556-8451, www.charlestonoxygenball.org

 
Peace, Love & Water: A 1960’s Dance and Spectacular to Benefit Water Mission

Peace, Love & Water: A 1960’s Dance and Spectacular to Benefit Water Mission


Event Date: 05/13/2016 - 7:00pm




With international headquarters in North Charleston, Water Mission is an organization that has provided over 3,000 communities with safe drinking water. Support Water Mission by donning your grooviest 60s and 70s gear for an evening of music, cocktails, and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Get down to tunes from Beatles tribute band HELP! and Rolling Stones tribute band, The Rattling Bones. Hibernian Hall, 105 Meeting St. Friday, 7-10pm. $150. (843)769-7395, www.watermission.org.

 
Friday Night Boogie

Friday Night Boogie


Event Date: 05/13/2016 - 7:00pm




Put on your dancing shoes and prepare to get down at the Mount Pleasant Pier. Rock out to DJ Jim Bowers as he spins classic oldies and beach music. Make sure to bring a photo ID to prove you’re 21; cold beverages and snacks are available for purchase when you need a break from the dance floor. 

Mount Pleasant Pier, 71 Harry M. Hallman Jr. Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Friday, 7-11pm. $10- $8. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com

 
Push-Up & Up Challenge

Push-Up & Up Challenge


Event Date: 05/14/2016 - 9:00am




Get ready for a fun and challenging workout to help support Communities in Schools of the Charleston area with its dropout prevention programs for at-risk students. Six teams compete to do as many push-ups as possible in 30 minutes. The additional challenge is that teams must raise $1,000 before the MUSC-hosted competition. 

Marion Square, 329 Meeting St. Saturday, 9am. $25. (843)882-7444, www.pushupandup.org

 
Charleston Beer Garden

Charleston Beer Garden


Event Date: 05/14/2016 -
12:00pm to 7:00pm




Spend the day at the 5th annual celebration of the suds, Charleston Beer Garden. Craft beer lovers rejoice, as more than 20 craft breweries showcase over 40 different beers. The Grove at Patriots Point will be transformed overnight into a playground for beer lovers including beer games, live music and an expanded Homebrewers' Village. This years festival benefits the Lowcountry AIDS Services, a nonprofit organization serving men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS in the lowcountry. Tickets go on sale Sunday, February 7. Pre-sale $15; $35 VIP. Ticket prices increase February 15. $20; $40 VIP 

 
Charleston Beer Garden

Charleston Beer Garden


Event Date: 05/14/2016 - 12:00pm




The Grove at Patriots Point is transformed into one of Charleston’s largest pop-up beer garden for this event benefitting Lowcountry AIDS Services. The lineup features more than 40 craft ales on tap from 20 different breweries, including Goose Island, Cooper River Brewing Company, and Holy City Brewing. Stroll through the Homebrewers’ Village to learn more about brewing your own; listen to live music by The Dubplates; and take part in cornhole, arm-wrestling, and hands-free pizza-eating contests. Make sure to grab a bite from the food trucks on site like Pep Rolls, ChuckTown Mobile Seafood, and Big Boned BBQ. 

The Grove at Patriots Point, 40 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant. Saturday, noon-7pm. $32; $25 advance; $60 VIP; $50 advance VIP. (843)747-2273, www.charlestonbeergarden.com

 
Wannamaker Movie Night

Wannamaker Movie Night


Event Date: 05/14/2016 - 8:15pm




Watch the movie stars under the stars and experience cinema magic at this popular monthly warm-weather event at the Wannamaker County Park in North Charleston. Grab a lawn chair or blanket and bring the whole family, including pets, to enjoy a show. Ballpark-style food and beverages are available for purchase at the snack bar. The movie lineup for this summer is still a surprise! 

Wannamaker County Park, 8888 University Blvd., North Charleston. Saturday, 8:15pm. $2. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com

 
Southern Season Class: Mother's Day Brunch

Southern Season Class: Mother's Day Brunch


Event Date: 05/08/2016 - 12:00pm




Southern Season presents a culinary way to celebrate Mother's Day this year. This class offers a unique experience in one of two ways: 1. Come to the class alone, learn to make a beautiful brunch menu, and then show off your new skills when you recreate these new dishes for Mom, or 2. Bring your mother to class with you, and enjoy learning and tasting the delicious fare together. Southern Season, 730 Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Sunday, noon. $35. (855)716-1240, www.southernseason.com 

 
AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR WENDY NILSEN POLLITZER TO RELEASE NEW BOOK, CHARLESTON SALT AND IRON

AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR WENDY NILSEN POLLITZER TO RELEASE NEW BOOK, CHARLESTON SALT AND IRON


Event Date: 05/08/2016 - 1:00pm




Join author Wendy Nilsen Pollitzer, a Lowcountry native and Clemson grad, for the debut book signing of her coffee table collection, Charleston Salt and Iron. Pollizter’s collection features essays by Priloeau Alexander, Clay Rice, Jonathan Green, Stratton Lawrence, and more, as well as a foreword by New York Times bestselling local author Mary Alice Monroe. Grab a copy of this sure-to-be heirloom and join Pollizter and 20 of the book’s contributors at this free event. Second Sunday on King Street. 1-5pm. Free. (843) 217-4683, www.starbooks.biz

 
McDonald's Choir Showcase

McDonald's Choir Showcase


Event Date: 05/08/2016 - 6:00pm




Music is in the air as nine gospel choir finalists from the Charleston area take the stage for an evening of praise and worship. The showcase, hosted by Grammy Award-winner Tina Campbell, is meant to inspire and unify the faith-based community through music and the arts. Join headliners and Stellar Awards nominees Anthony Brown and Group Therapy and Casey J. for a night of divine entertainment. 

North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. Sunday, 5pm doors; 6pm show. $30-$10. (843)529-5000,  www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com

 
The Deslondes play at The Pour House

The Deslondes play at The Pour House


Event Date: 05/08/2016 - 9:00pm




Hailing from New Orleans, The Deslondes hit the road for a spring/summer international tour, travelling from California to Georgia all the way to the Netherlands. Comprised of five songwriters, four vocalists, two guitars, a stand-up bass, percussion, and a fiddle, this five-man band has been lauded by NPR and Rolling Stone. With the serious sagacity of Hank Williams and the twang of John Prine, these guys put a twist on traditional with their bluesy/country/soulful sound. The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Hwy, James Island. Sunday, 8pm doors; 9pm show. $12; $10 advance. (843) 571-4343, www.charlestonpourhouse.com

 
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Beaches and Boardwalks: Charleston Island Scenes

Beaches and Boardwalks: Charleston Island Scenes


Event Date:
02/01/2016 - 9:00am to 07/31/2016 - 12:00pm




Charleston is a city defined by its relationship to the water. Beaches and islands give our city the unique character that attracts visitors the world over. This new exhibit, featuring images of Charleston’s beaches and islands taken by local photographers, captures the coastal charm of our historic city. The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 12pm-5pm. $12; $10 ages 13-17; $5 ages three-12; free for child under 2. (843)722-2996, www.charlestonmuseum.org 

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Spring Wednesday Wine Strolls

Spring Wednesday Wine Strolls


Event Date:
03/23/2016 - 6:00pm to 05/25/2016 - 8:00pm




Spring has finally sprung! Enjoy relaxing wine strolls around one of Charleston’s most beautiful landscaped gardens, Middleton Place. Each week, Middleton Place Restaurant will be selecting wines from around the world and a new location and garden will be chosen each Wednesday this spring. Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Rd. Wednesday, 6-8pm. (843)556-6020, www.middletonplace.org

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Thursday Night Bluegrass at Bar Mash

Thursday Night Bluegrass at Bar Mash


Event Date:
04/21/2016 - 7:00pm to 12/29/2016 - 7:00pm




Swing by the new East Bay hot spot, Bar Mash, every Thursday night and enjoy a different local bluegrass band while sipping on beer, wine, or craft cocktails. Start your weekend festivities early at this cozy bar with an impressive whiskey list and delectable snacks including fried oysters and boudin, ham hock rillete, and mushroom toast. Mercantile and Mash, 701 East Bay St. Free. Thursdays, 7-11pm. (843) 793-2636, www.mercandmash.com

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Duet: An Exhibition of New Works by Laurie Meyer & Marissa Vogl

Duet: An Exhibition of New Works by Laurie Meyer & Marissa Vogl


Event Date:
05/06/2016 - 11:00am to 05/20/2016 - 11:00am




Visit the French Quarter’s new contemporary art gallery, Meyer Vogl. Its latest exhibition, ”Duet,” features oil paintings by artists and owners Laurie Meyer and Marissa Vogl. The display juxtaposes the artists’ often contrasting styles—representational versus abstract—by placing pieces depicting the same subject side by side. 

Meyer Vogl Gallery, 122 Meeting St. Monday-Saturday, 11am-6pm; Sunday, noon-4pm. Free. (843)452-2670, www.meyervogl.com

 
Repticon Charleston Reptile & Exotic Animal Show

Repticon Charleston Reptile & Exotic Animal Show


Event Date:
05/21/2016 - 10:00am to 05/22/2016 - 10:00am




Repticon Charleston is a two day show packed with fun and tons of exotic animals for the entire family. Explore and learn more about these cold-blooded animals with live reptile seminars and free raffles for coveted prizes. Vendors will also be on hand offering pets, supplies, feeders, cages, and merchandise. Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 10am-4pm. $10; $5 children 5-12; free for children under 5.

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Leisurely Pursuits & Grand Entertains: Sport and Leisure at Middleton Place

Leisurely Pursuits & Grand Entertains: Sport and Leisure at Middleton Place


Event Date:
05/14/2016 - 10:00am to 05/15/2016 - 10:00am




Ever wonder what sports were played and how people passed the time during the 18th century? Middleton Place hosts a weekend of fun during which costumed interpreters teach attendees a range of colonial games and customs such as cricket, croquet, fine needlework, and lace-making. Bring the entire family to explore historical customs amongst the plantation’s beautiful gardens and oaks. 

Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Rd. Saturday & Sunday, 10am-4pm. $28; $15 student over 13; $10 ages six-13; free for child under six. (843)556-6020, www.middletonplace.org

 
 
 
 
 
The Talking Cure

The Talking Cure


Event Date:
05/20/2016 - 10:00am to 06/25/2016 - 12:00pm




Taking its title from the term Sigmund Freud first used to describe his theories of psychoanalysis, “The Talking Cure” is sculptor Melissa Stern’s collaboration with 24 artists. Twelve actors perform dialogues crafted by 12 poets, novelists, screenwriters, and playwrights. By pointing their smart phone at the code next to each sculpture, viewers are able to read, observe, and listen to each piece as a monologue imagined by the actor. 

Redux Contemporary Art Center, 136 St. Philip St. Tuesday-Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday, noon-5pm. Free. (843)722-0697, www.reduxstudios.org

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”I got plenty o’ Nuttin: George Gershwin’s Charleston”

”I got plenty o’ Nuttin: George Gershwin’s Charleston”


Event Date:
05/15/2016 - 12:00pm to 07/31/2016 - 12:00pm




The Charleston Museum features an exhibit highlighting the historical context of Porgy and Bess during the opera’s run at this year’s Spoleto Festival USA. Including black-and- white photos of the city, period clothing, and items associated with the creation of the famed work, the display reflects the sights DuBose Heyward and George Gershwin would have seen during their time here in the 1930s. 

The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm. $12; $10 ages 13-17; $5 ages three-12. (843)722-0697, www.charlestonmuseum.org

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Ms. Rose's Pig Pickin'

Ms. Rose's Pig Pickin'


Event Date: 05/15/2016 - 3:00pm




Join Ms. Rose’s Fine Food & Cocktails for a backyard Pig Pickin’ featuring a whole hog from Darling Farms, mac and cheese, coleslaw, biscuits, corn-on-the-cob, and dessert. Adults will receive two beer or wine tickets, and iced tea will be free for all. The Sweetgrass Revival will play bluegrass and country tunes, and there will be face painting for the kids. Ms. Rose’s Fine Food & Cocktails, 1090 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., West Ashley. Sunday 3-6pm. $30; $15 ages 5-12; free for child under 5. (843) 766-0223, www.msroses.com

 
 
Anthony Aston Honors Gala

Anthony Aston Honors Gala


Event Date: 05/17/2016 - 7:00pm




Former mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. and late Charleston theater veterans Patricia and Emmett Robinson are the honorees at this first-ever event celebrating local contributors to the arts and the cultural life of the Holy City. With model and actress Lauren Hutton (who has appeared 28 times on the cover of Vogue) serving as mistress of ceremonies, this black tie-optional affair includes a cocktail hour and seated dinner. Proceeds benefit The Footlight Players’ preservation, education, and operations endeavors. 

Hibernian Hall, 105 Meeting St. Tuesday, 6pm VIP reception; 7pm dinner. $150; $275 VIP. (843)722-7521, www.footlightplayers.net

 
 
DIVE IN: Leigh Webber's Underwater Art Photos Debut at Stems

DIVE IN: Leigh Webber's Underwater Art Photos Debut at Stems


Event Date: 05/19/2016 - 5:00pm




Local photographer Leigh Webber will debut abstract and underwater photography at this one-night only exhibit. Webber’s work inspires viewers to take risks, to go deeper and deeper into the creative world. Webber will be releasing much-anticipated prints for sale at the show, and King Bean Coffee Roasters will be serving a summer-themed coffee drink and their new Cold Brew Blend. Ghost Bakery and O&O Hooch will also be offering tasty treats for guests. Stems, 208 Coming St. Thursday, 5-8pm. Free. www.leighwebber.com

 

 
Harvest Dinner

Harvest Dinner


Event Date: 05/19/2016 -
5:30pm to 7:30pm




The Green Heart Project's end of the year Harvest Dinner supports its mission of growing a healthy and vibrant community with a day full of great food, live music, and kid's activities. Hosted at its flagship urban farm at Mitchell Elementary, come out to enjoy a neighborhood-potluck style BBQ with food sourced from local farms and Green Heart's very own school gardens. All proceeds from the event support the Green Heart Project and the farm-to-school programs in the Charleston area. Tickets $20; $10 for students; free for children under 12

 
Bourbon, Bowties, & Cigars

Bourbon, Bowties, & Cigars


Event Date: 05/19/2016 - 6:00pm




Gentlemen can sample the finest cigars from area purveyors while sipping bourbon at this guys-only event brought to Charleston by Maker’s Mark and the charity Positive-Strides, dedicated to helping youth athletes recover from injury while educating youngsters on how to prevent sports-related harm. Adult attendees receive a complimentary glass hand-dipped in wax and can help themselves to unlimited food tastings from more than 14 area restaurants while they peruse the silent auction. 

William Aiken House, 456 King St. Thursday, 6-10pm; VIP 6-7pm. $75; $175 VIP. (843)259-2718, www.bbccharleston.org

 
Bourbon Bowties Cigars

Bourbon Bowties Cigars


Event Date: 05/19/2016 -
7:00pm to 10:00pm




The Premier Gentlemen's Event of the Season, Bourbon Bowties & Cigars is a great event for local businessmen to network and enjoy an evening with some of the finest bourbons and cigars around. Most importantly, this event benefits and raises awareness about Positive-Strides, a non-profit that advocates, educates, and supports youth injured athletes. Teaming up with Maker's Mark, attendees are treated to their own hand-dipped glass, tastings, delectable foods and a vast varitey of silent auction items. 

 
Styx with Don Felder

Styx with Don Felder


Event Date: 05/19/2016 - 7:30pm




Jam out to hits like “Come Sail Away” and “Mr. Roboto,” and hear for yourself why Styx has earned consecutive multi-platinum albums and gone down in American music history for its ballads and guitar solos. Famous for its music in the ’70s and ’80s, Styx is best known for melding pop with the power of hard-rock guitar. Don Felder of The Eagles opens for the group.

Volvo Car Stadium, 161 Seven Farms Dr., Daniel Island. Thursday, 6pm doors; 7:30pm show. $61.50-$26. (843)849-5307, www.familycircletenniscenter.com

 
Rational Experience

Rational Experience


Event Date:
05/20/2016 - 11:00am to 07/09/2016 - 11:00am




Austrian artist Erwin Redl uses a unique medium for his art: light. Through a process of ”reverse engineering,” Redl translates abstract binary language into computer-controlled, large-scale displays. The exhibit is meant to lead viewers into a sense of deep physical reality by transforming theHalsey Institute into a magical space with rows of LEDs that seem to change configurations as the viewer moves through three-dimensional columns of light. 

Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, 161 Calhoun St. Monday-Saturday, 11am-4pm; Thursday, 11am-7pm. Free. (843)953-4422, www.halsey.cofc.edu

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Women & Bowie: A Tribute to David Bowie

Women & Bowie: A Tribute to David Bowie


Event Date: 05/20/2016 - 7:00pm




As one of the most influential performers of the last century, the “Star Man” left a lasting impression on music around the world. For this one-of-a-kind show, some of Charleston’s best female vocalists—Lindsay Holler, Hazel Ketchum of Hungry Monk, and Lily Slay, to name a few—offer their interpretations of the late legend’s songs. 

Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Sunday, 7pm doors; 8pm show. $18; $15 advance. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com

 
New Paintings by Tim Hussey

New Paintings by Tim Hussey


Event Date:
05/21/2016 - 6:00pm to 06/15/2016 - 10:00am




Tim Hussey’s works of contemporary art have been featured in Harper’s and NY Arts Magazine and in solo shows in galleries from L.A. to Atlanta. And now they can be seen in his brand-new studio downtown. In this exhibit, Hussey, who recently moved back to Charleston, creates large and small-scale canvases that integrate “found“ objects into original paintings, creating a mesh of past and present. Get a first look into the space at the opening celebration on May 21 from 6-9 p.m., which includes live music and a chance to chat with the creator. 

T. Hussey Studio, 1102 King St. Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm. Free. (843)343-1645, www.husseystudio.com

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O-Ku Sushi Demo at Mercantile and Mash

O-Ku Sushi Demo at Mercantile and Mash


Event Date: 05/21/2016 - 12:00pm




Stop by Mercantile and Mash and learn how to roll your own sushi from the pros at O-Ku. The lesson is free and complimentary samples are available for those who attend. Mercantile and Mash, 701 East Bay St. Saturday, noon-3pm. Free. (843)793-2636, www.mercandmash.com

 
Riverdogs Run Forrest Run 5K

Riverdogs Run Forrest Run 5K


Event Date: 05/21/2016 - 4:00pm




The Charleston RiverDogs and everyone’s favorite mascot, Charlie T. RiverDog, are calling all runners to “The Joe” for this 13th annual event. Presented by Fleet Feet Sports, the 5K starts off in front of Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park and finishes right on home plate. After the race, attend the awards ceremony and hang out later to watch a RiverDogs game while eating dinner on Doby’s Deck or sipping drinks at the beer garden. 

Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park, 360 Fishburne St. Saturday, 4pm. $35; $30 advance; free for child under four. (843)723-7241, www.rileyparkevents.com

 
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Beaches and Boardwalks: Charleston Island Scenes

Beaches and Boardwalks: Charleston Island Scenes


Event Date:
02/01/2016 - 9:00am to 07/31/2016 - 12:00pm




Charleston is a city defined by its relationship to the water. Beaches and islands give our city the unique character that attracts visitors the world over. This new exhibit, featuring images of Charleston’s beaches and islands taken by local photographers, captures the coastal charm of our historic city. The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 12pm-5pm. $12; $10 ages 13-17; $5 ages three-12; free for child under 2. (843)722-2996, www.charlestonmuseum.org 

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Spring Wednesday Wine Strolls

Spring Wednesday Wine Strolls


Event Date:
03/23/2016 - 6:00pm to 05/25/2016 - 8:00pm




Spring has finally sprung! Enjoy relaxing wine strolls around one of Charleston’s most beautiful landscaped gardens, Middleton Place. Each week, Middleton Place Restaurant will be selecting wines from around the world and a new location and garden will be chosen each Wednesday this spring. Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Rd. Wednesday, 6-8pm. (843)556-6020, www.middletonplace.org

 
Beyond the Rainbow

Beyond the Rainbow


Event Date:
05/26/2016 - 11:00am to 06/12/2016 - 11:00am




In his second solo exhibit since returning to Charleston in 2013, Fletcher Williams III presents an achromatic rendering of North Charleston’s distressed Chicora-Cherokee neighborhood. Using ”found” materials from the area, including wood from fencing, furniture, and construction sites, Williams creates a scene void of the color of Rainbow Row, but vibrant with an energy and story all its own. View the exhibit through June 12.

134 Cannon St. Monday-Saturday, 11am-6pm; Sunday, noon-4pm. Free. (843)425-6167, www.fletcher3.com

 

 

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Thursday Night Bluegrass at Bar Mash

Thursday Night Bluegrass at Bar Mash


Event Date:
04/21/2016 - 7:00pm to 12/29/2016 - 7:00pm




Swing by the new East Bay hot spot, Bar Mash, every Thursday night and enjoy a different local bluegrass band while sipping on beer, wine, or craft cocktails. Start your weekend festivities early at this cozy bar with an impressive whiskey list and delectable snacks including fried oysters and boudin, ham hock rillete, and mushroom toast. Mercantile and Mash, 701 East Bay St. Free. Thursdays, 7-11pm. (843) 793-2636, www.mercandmash.com

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”I got plenty o’ Nuttin: George Gershwin’s Charleston”

”I got plenty o’ Nuttin: George Gershwin’s Charleston”


Event Date:
05/15/2016 - 12:00pm to 07/31/2016 - 12:00pm




The Charleston Museum features an exhibit highlighting the historical context of Porgy and Bess during the opera’s run at this year’s Spoleto Festival USA. Including black-and- white photos of the city, period clothing, and items associated with the creation of the famed work, the display reflects the sights DuBose Heyward and George Gershwin would have seen during their time here in the 1930s. 

The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm. $12; $10 ages 13-17; $5 ages three-12. (843)722-0697, www.charlestonmuseum.org

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The Talking Cure

The Talking Cure


Event Date:
05/20/2016 - 10:00am to 06/25/2016 - 12:00pm




Taking its title from the term Sigmund Freud first used to describe his theories of psychoanalysis, “The Talking Cure” is sculptor Melissa Stern’s collaboration with 24 artists. Twelve actors perform dialogues crafted by 12 poets, novelists, screenwriters, and playwrights. By pointing their smart phone at the code next to each sculpture, viewers are able to read, observe, and listen to each piece as a monologue imagined by the actor. 

Redux Contemporary Art Center, 136 St. Philip St. Tuesday-Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday, noon-5pm. Free. (843)722-0697, www.reduxstudios.org

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Rational Experience

Rational Experience


Event Date:
05/20/2016 - 11:00am to 07/09/2016 - 11:00am




Austrian artist Erwin Redl uses a unique medium for his art: light. Through a process of ”reverse engineering,” Redl translates abstract binary language into computer-controlled, large-scale displays. The exhibit is meant to lead viewers into a sense of deep physical reality by transforming theHalsey Institute into a magical space with rows of LEDs that seem to change configurations as the viewer moves through three-dimensional columns of light. 

Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, 161 Calhoun St. Monday-Saturday, 11am-4pm; Thursday, 11am-7pm. Free. (843)953-4422, www.halsey.cofc.edu

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Repticon Charleston Reptile & Exotic Animal Show

Repticon Charleston Reptile & Exotic Animal Show


Event Date:
05/21/2016 - 10:00am to 05/22/2016 - 10:00am




Repticon Charleston is a two day show packed with fun and tons of exotic animals for the entire family. Explore and learn more about these cold-blooded animals with live reptile seminars and free raffles for coveted prizes. Vendors will also be on hand offering pets, supplies, feeders, cages, and merchandise. Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 10am-4pm. $10; $5 children 5-12; free for children under 5.

 
 
 
 
New York Academy of Art Exhibition

New York Academy of Art Exhibition


Event Date:
05/26/2016 - 6:00pm to 10/18/2016 - 6:00pm




More than 40 pieces by 22 of the most talented and progressive artists from the New York Academy of Art are on display at Charleston’s Vendue Hotel. Visitors can see works in various media from the people who are helping to steer the direction of the contemporary art scene in the United States. The exhibit runs until October, but don’t miss the opening reception on May 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. 

The Vendue, 19 Vendue Range. Daily. Free. (843)577-7970, www.thevendue.com

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New Paintings by Tim Hussey

New Paintings by Tim Hussey


Event Date:
05/21/2016 - 6:00pm to 06/15/2016 - 10:00am




Tim Hussey’s works of contemporary art have been featured in Harper’s and NY Arts Magazine and in solo shows in galleries from L.A. to Atlanta. And now they can be seen in his brand-new studio downtown. In this exhibit, Hussey, who recently moved back to Charleston, creates large and small-scale canvases that integrate “found“ objects into original paintings, creating a mesh of past and present. Get a first look into the space at the opening celebration on May 21 from 6-9 p.m., which includes live music and a chance to chat with the creator. 

T. Hussey Studio, 1102 King St. Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm. Free. (843)343-1645, www.husseystudio.com

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Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series

Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series


Event Date: 05/22/2016 - 7:00am




This five-race series (the next four are in June, July, and August) is built for athletes who believe they can compete in a 600-yard freshwater swim, 12-mile bike ride, and 5K flat run. Come out and participate in one of the Holy City’s premier sporting endeavors, or simply watch. Registration for the series allows attendees to sign up for individual races or all five. 

James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr. Tuesday, 7am-noon. $245-$43. (843)795-7275, www.ccprc.com

 
Ohm Radio's Second Annual Sweet Corn Cookoff at the Royal American

Ohm Radio's Second Annual Sweet Corn Cookoff at the Royal American


Event Date: 05/22/2016 - 2:00pm




OHM Radio gets creative at their second annual Sweet Corn Cook Off. Seven local bands will pair up with local restaurants to create and compete for best sweet corn dish. The parings are as follows: Cary Ann Hearst and Obstinate Daughter; Justin Osborne and Taco Boy; Elise Testone and Park Café; Lindsay Holler with Matadero and Spero; Gradual Lean and Lee Lee’s Hot Kitchen; Madam Adam and Two Boroughs Larder; Very Hypnotic Soul Band and Monza. Sponsored by Awendaw Green, Cathead Liquor, Cannonborough Beverage Co, and Limehouse Produce, this family friendly event raises money for Charleston’s first and only nonprofit, non-commercial radio station. The Royal American, 970 Morrison Dr. Sunday, 2-6pm. $35 day of; $30 advance; $10 under 19. http://www.ohmradio963.org/

 
Marlon Wayans

Marlon Wayans


Event Date: 05/22/2016 - 7:00pm




Marlon Wayans takes his SCANDEL-LESS Comedy Tour to the Charleston Music Hall. Famously known for his films, White Chicks and A Haunted House, Wayans is an accomplished actor, comedian, writer and film director. Alongside his stand-up comedy show, you can also see Wayans staring in the upcoming comedy Fifty Shades of Black, which he also wrote and executive-produced. Tickets $42.50; $150 VIP Meet & Greet

 
Cystic Fibrosis Benefit Dinner

Cystic Fibrosis Benefit Dinner


Event Date: 05/23/2016 - 6:00pm




Wine and dine for a cause at the first annual Cystic Fibrosis benefit dinner, where four top area chefs will prepare a five-course meal, complete with wine pairings. All proceeds from the event benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Guests are encouraged to wear formal attire with purple accents (in support of CF). Edisto Hall at James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr. Monday, 6-10pm. $75. http://teamlittlemac.com

 
 
Charleston Library Society Club Book Club: Clementine Churchill

Charleston Library Society Club Book Club: Clementine Churchill


Event Date: 05/25/2016 - 10:00am




Join the Charleston Library Society Book Club for a discussion of Sonia Purnell’s biography, Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill. 164 King St. Wednesday, 10am. Free. (843) 723-9912, www.charlestonlibrarysociety.org

 
Art Show featuring Bruce Marshall

Art Show featuring Bruce Marshall


Event Date: 05/25/2016 -
5:30pm to 8:30pm




Come out to the Striped Pig Distillery for cocktails and an art show featuring local artist, Bruce Marshall. Marshall uses materials such as local stone, driftwood, shells, and rusted metal to create his pieces. Known as a "scavanger by nature," Marshall is fascinated by the contrast between rust and wood. 

 
The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest


Event Date:
05/26/2016 - 8:00pm to 06/12/2016 - 8:00pm




Arriving from Dublin for its 10th performance at Spoleto Festival USA, Gate Theatre presents a farcical interpretation of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. This story blends the serious and trivial to create the perfect comedic recipe, narrating the antics of Algernon Moncrieff and John Worthing, gentlemen who take on double lives to win the hearts of their crushes, Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. Directed by Patrick Mason, this distinctly Irish production is sure to deliver, with Victorian-era costumes by Francis O’Connor, lighting by Sinead McKenna, and sound by Denis Clohessy. 

Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. Friday-Sunday, times vary; Thursday preview, 8pm. $40 & up. (843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org

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Old Crow Medicine Show

Old Crow Medicine Show


Event Date:
05/26/2016 - 8:30pm to 05/27/2016 - 8:30pm




Bluegrass lovers are in for an amazing evening at Cistern Yard when Old Crow Medicine Show comes to town as part of Spoleto Festival USA. Inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2013 and awarded two Grammys, this beloved Americana outfit has appeared at heavyweight music showcases like Bonnaroo and New Orleans Jazz Fest. Fans may be most familiar with the band’s Carolina-themed hit, ”Wagon Wheel,” which inspired a cover by Darius Rucker. 

College of Charleston Cistern Yard, 66 George St. Thursday & Friday, 8:30pm doors; 9pm show. $40-$36. (843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org

 
The Things We Carry: Contemporary Art in the South

The Things We Carry: Contemporary Art in the South


Event Date:
05/28/2016 - 10:00am to 10/09/2016 - 1:00pm




This exhibit showcases paintings, sculpture, and photography by nationally recognized contemporary artists including Bo Bartlett, Deborah Luster, and Sally Mann. These artists seek to dissect and digest racial tension and reconciliation in the Holy City in light of the 2015 Emanuel AME Church shooting. The Gibbes Museum of Art invites the Charleston community and visitors to join together to explore the difficult history of race relations in the South. 

Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. Tuesday & Thursday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Wednesday, 10am-8pm; Sunday, 1-5pm. $12; $10 senior/college student; $6 ages four-17; free for child under four. (843)722-2706, www.gibbesmuseum.org

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ADA/AVA

ADA/AVA


Event Date:
05/27/2016 - 8:00am to 05/30/2016 - 8:00pm




Chicago-based performance collective Manual Cinema makes its premiere at Spoleto Festival USA with a haunting tale told entirely through shadows. The plot follows Ada, who is dealing with the loss of her twin sister Ava, when a traveling carnival comes to town. Perplexed by a mirrored fun-house, Ada explores her sorrow through a journey of reflection. Five puppeteers use a menagerie of more than 300 flat-paper and sculpted-metal puppets to craft a captivating story of life and death. 

Emmett Robinson Theatre, College of Charleston, 54 St. Philip St. Friday-Monday, times vary. $35; $31.50 senior/military; $25 child under 18. (843)579-3100,  www.spoletousa.org

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Piccolo Spoleto Festival

Piccolo Spoleto Festival


Event Date:
05/27/2016 - 8:00am to 06/12/2016 - 8:00am




Check out the lineup for the City of Charleston-organized annual counterpart to Spoleto Festival USA. Beginning with the popular Sunset Serenade outside the U.S. Custom House, the festival packs more than 500 events into just 17 days. Catch performances by dance, music, and theater groups and visual art displays and engage in plenty of kid-friendly activities. Nearly half of the exhibitions are free of charge, including the Outdoor Art Exhibition in Marion Square and the Sundown Poetry Series featuring evening readings by local and regional wordsmiths. 

Locations, times, & prices vary. (843)724-7305, www.piccolospoleto.com

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Bank of America Chamber Music Series

Bank of America Chamber Music Series


Event Date:
05/27/2016 - 11:00am to 06/12/2016 - 1:00pm




Violinist Geoff Nutall leads Spoleto Festival USA’s chamber music series in 11 programs, each performed three times. With a vibrant and entertaining style of musicianship, Nutall is joined by the St. Lawrence String Quartet, pianists Stephen Prutsman and Inon Barnatan, cellist Alisa Weilerstein, and Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov, who returns as the festival’s 2016 composer-in-residence. The 33 performances are guaranteed to include both classic favorites and arresting contemporary compositions.

Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. Daily, 11am & 1pm. $55-$31.50. (843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org

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PORGY and BESS Walking tour

PORGY and BESS Walking tour


Event Date:
05/27/2016 - 11:00am to 06/12/2016 - 11:00am




Gain new insight into the cultural history of Charleston through the lens of the acclaimed opera Porgy and Bess. Attendees visit locations integral to the storyline—including the inspiration for Catfish Row—as well as sites associated with the characters and the real people upon whom they are based. 

Locations vary downtown. Daily, 11am, noon, 1pm, & 2pm. $40; $20 ages six-12. (843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org

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Bank of America Chamber Music

Bank of America Chamber Music


Event Date:
05/27/2016 - 11:00am to 06/12/2016 - 1:00pm




Violinist Geoff Nuttall leads Spoleto’s chamber music series in 11 programs, each performed three times. With a vibrant and entertaining style of musicianship, Nuttall is joined by the St. Lawrence String Quartet, pianists Stephen Prutsman and Inon Barnatan, cellist Alisa Weilerstein, and many more celebrated musicians in yet-to-be-announced pieces that are guaranteed to include both classic favorites and arresting contemporary compositions. 

Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. Daily,11am & 1pm. $55-$31.50. (843)579-3100,  www.spoletousa.org

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Southeastern Beard & Moustache Championships

Southeastern Beard & Moustache Championships


Event Date:
05/27/2016 - 7:00pm to 05/29/2016 - 7:00pm




Join the weird and wonderful world of facial-hair enthusiasts as the Holy City’s Beard and Moustache Society holds its seventh annual competition. Participants turn out in their most creative facial-hair styles to compete in categories like “Full Beard Freestyle” and “Salty Dog.” Proceeds go to the Center for Women’s Lowcountry Women with Wings program, an initiative supporting ovarian cancer, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Charleston. 

The Music Farm, 32 Ann St. Saturday, 7pm. $20. (843)577-6989, www.holycitybeards.org

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Music In Time: Helmut Lachenmann in Conversation

Music In Time: Helmut Lachenmann in Conversation


Event Date: 05/27/2016 - 5:00pm




German composer Helmut Lachenmann discusses his work, including his interpretation of The Little Match Girl, which makes its U.S. debut during Spoleto Festival USA, as well as his philosophies about the role of opera in today’s arts climate. Later in the evening, soprano Yuko Kakuta and pianist Yukiko Sugawara perform Lachenmann’s 2008 song cycle, Got Lost, a combination of text and sound. 

Simons Center Recital Hall at College of Charleston, 54 St. Philip St. Friday, 5pm. $30;$27 senior/military. (843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org

 
Taste of Gullah

Taste of Gullah


Event Date: 05/27/2016 - 6:00pm




Immerse yourself in the Gullah-Geechee experience at this culinary event, featuring Gullah-inspired dishes from renowned chefs BJ Dennis, Kimberly Brock Brown, Kevin Green, April Mazyck, Lorraine and Antwan Smalls, and Scots Grand. A live auction features artwork by Tate Nation and Jonathan Green, and a sweetgrass basket by Helen Burns. Proceeds from the event will support the 2016 Sweetgrass Basket Making Summer Camp. Memorial Waterfront Park, 99 Harry Hallman Jr. Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Friday, 6:30-9:30pm. $75. (843) 856-9732, www.sweetgrassfestival.org

 
The Art of Porgy and Bess” & “The Things We Carry

The Art of Porgy and Bess” & “The Things We Carry


Event Date:
05/28/2016 - 10:00am to 10/09/2016 - 10:00am




“It’s hard for me not to choose the two exhibitions that launch the reopening of the Gibbes after an 18-month-long major restoration and renovation. ‘The Art of Porgy and Bess’ uses paintings and more to explain the impact the opera has had in portraying Charleston to the wider world from its very first production through today. ‘The Things We Carry’ responds to last summer’s tragedy at Mother Emanuel AME through the work of 10 outstanding contemporary Southern artists who are winners or finalists of our 1858 Prize.”

Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. Tuesday & Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; & Sunday, 1-5 p.m. $12; $10 senior/military/college student with I.D.; $6 ages four-17; free for child under four.

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”Beyond Catfish row: The Art of Porgy and Bess”

”Beyond Catfish row: The Art of Porgy and Bess”


Event Date:
05/28/2016 - 10:00am to 10/09/2016 - 10:00am




After an 18-month-long the Gibbes Museum of Art reopens with a brand-new exhibit. Gain new insight into Porgy and Bess through an exhibition of works of art interpreting the famed 1934 opera. Find paintings from the 1930s, including those by realist George Biddle, who illustrated the original libretto; Henry Botkin; and George Gershwin himself. Also included are more recent interpretations by contemporary artists Kara Walker and Jonathan Green, who is the visual designer for the festival’s production of the show (read more about him on page 106). 

Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. Tuesday & Thursday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Wednesday, 10am-8pm; Sunday, 1-5pm. $12; $10 senior/college student; $6 ages four-17; free for child under four. (843)722-2706, www.gibbesmuseum.org

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The Southern Presents Kelly Lu's WAR!

The Southern Presents Kelly Lu's WAR!


Event Date:
05/28/2016 - 12:00pm to 06/26/2016 - 12:00pm




The Southern presents Kelly Lu’s WAR, a solo exhibit in which the artist explores ideas of identity, coming of age, rebellion, and Eastern vs. Western perspectives. Influenced by post-war Japanese art, Lu uses ink, marker, and acrylic on various surfaces. Stop by the gallery for an opening party on May 28 from 7-10 p.m, and join the artist for a gallery tour June 4 at 2 p.m. The Southern, 2 Carlson Court. Wednesday-Saturday, noon-7pm; Sunday, noon-6pm. Free. (843) 642-8020, www.thesoutherngallery.com

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Bohemian Trio

Bohemian Trio


Event Date:
05/28/2016 - 5:00pm to 05/31/2016 - 7:00pm




Yosvany Terry, Orlando Alonso, and Yves Dharamraj—the Bohemian Trio—blend their unique styles to create a worldly mix of Afro-Cuban rhythms, classical melodies, and European jazz influences. Formed in 2013, the band celebrates Latin dance, lifts up historic musical traditions, and leaves audiences with not only an entertaining show, but also an education on the confluence of musical backgrounds in the Western Hemisphere. 

Simons Center Recital Hall at College of Charleston, 54 St. Philip St. Saturday, Monday, & Tuesday, 5pm & 7pm. $45; $40.50 senior/military. (843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org

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La Double Coquette

La Double Coquette


Event Date:
05/28/2016 - 8:30pm to 06/01/2016 - 8:00pm




A revised version of Antoine Dauvergne’s 1753 opéra comique, La Coquette trompée, Gérard Pesson’s La Double Coquette premieres in the United States as a part of Spoleto Festival USA. Sung in French with English captions projected onto background screens, there’s no shortage of humor in this show, which also includes elaborate costumes and lively music performed by Ensemble Amarillis. Find out what happens when Florise must dress as a man to win her lover’s heart back from a younger woman. 

Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. Saturday, 8:30pm; Sunday, 3:30pm; Tuesday & Wednesday, 8pm. $45 & up. (843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org

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Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra

Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra


Event Date:
05/28/2016 - 9:00pm to 05/29/2016 - 9:00pm




Pianist, composer, and Grammy Award-winner Arturo O’Farrill presents his latest album, Cuba: The Conversation Continues. Born in Mexico and raised in New York City, O’Farrill produces Latin-influenced tunes in the context of recent political changes. Often defined as “global music,” O’Farrill’s big-band jazz sound is produced by the collaboration of 18 musicians. 

College of Charleston Cistern Yard, 66 George St. Saturday & Sunday, 9pm. $27-$55. (843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org

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Memorial Day Cookout

Memorial Day Cookout


Event Date: 05/28/2016 - 1:00pm




Enjoy a fun day in the sun to benefit DC Sports Club, a nonprofit providing recreational basketball programs for youth in the Lowcountry. Munch on hot dogs, fried fish, watermelon, and other summer fare at Isle of Palms County Park while participating in outdoor games and learning more about community sports opportunities. Just A Sip Company bartenders are also on hand serving up refreshing specialty cocktails. 

Isle of Palms County Park, 1 14th Ave., Isle of Palms. Saturday, 1-7pm. $20-$10; free for child under five. (843)886-3863, www.ccprc.com

 
Delta Rae

Delta Rae


Event Date: 05/28/2016 - 7:00pm




As the first of five performances in the Charleston Music Hall’s Piccolo Spoleto Concert Series, folk-rock group Delta Rae is tasked with creating an unforgettable show. Hailing from Durham, North Carolina, the band has dedicated its new album, After It All, to painting a full picture of America, past and present, through storied songs and personal reflection. 

Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Sunday, 7pm doors; 8pm show. $25; $275-$75 Piccolo Spoleto series package. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com

 
Spoleto 40th Season Celebration Concert

Spoleto 40th Season Celebration Concert


Event Date: 05/28/2016 - 7:00pm




Join the full Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, the Westminster Choir, and performers from the Bank of America Chamber Music and Wells Fargo Jazz series for a star-studded evening celebrating 40 years of spectacular musical performances. Former mayor and Spoleto enthusiast Joseph P. Riley Jr. narrates the progam, which includes works by composer and festival founder Gian Carlo Menotti. Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Saturday, 7pm. $90-$36. (843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org

 
Spoleto 40th Season Celebration concert

Spoleto 40th Season Celebration concert


Event Date: 05/28/2016 - 7:00pm




Join the full Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, the Westminster Choir, and performers from the Bank of America Chamber Music and Wells Fargo Jazz series for a star-studded evening celebrating 40 years of spectacular musical performances. Former mayor and Spoleto enthusiast Joseph P. Riley Jr. narrates the progam, which includes works by composer and festival founder Gian Carlo Menotti.

Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Saturday, 7pm. $90-$36.

(843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org

 
40th Season Soiree

40th Season Soiree


Event Date: 05/28/2016 - 8:30pm




The after-party for Spoleto’s 40th Season Celebration Concert, this late-night shindig provides dinner, live music from the Wells Fargo Jazz Series, and libations. Toast to four decades of arts programming in the just-opened Dewberry hotel. 

The Dewberry, 334 Meeting St. Saturday, 8:30pm.$385. (843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org

 
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Beaches and Boardwalks: Charleston Island Scenes

Beaches and Boardwalks: Charleston Island Scenes


Event Date:
02/01/2016 - 9:00am to 07/31/2016 - 12:00pm




Charleston is a city defined by its relationship to the water. Beaches and islands give our city the unique character that attracts visitors the world over. This new exhibit, featuring images of Charleston’s beaches and islands taken by local photographers, captures the coastal charm of our historic city. The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 12pm-5pm. $12; $10 ages 13-17; $5 ages three-12; free for child under 2. (843)722-2996, www.charlestonmuseum.org 

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Thursday Night Bluegrass at Bar Mash

Thursday Night Bluegrass at Bar Mash


Event Date:
04/21/2016 - 7:00pm to 12/29/2016 - 7:00pm




Swing by the new East Bay hot spot, Bar Mash, every Thursday night and enjoy a different local bluegrass band while sipping on beer, wine, or craft cocktails. Start your weekend festivities early at this cozy bar with an impressive whiskey list and delectable snacks including fried oysters and boudin, ham hock rillete, and mushroom toast. Mercantile and Mash, 701 East Bay St. Free. Thursdays, 7-11pm. (843) 793-2636, www.mercandmash.com

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”I got plenty o’ Nuttin: George Gershwin’s Charleston”

”I got plenty o’ Nuttin: George Gershwin’s Charleston”


Event Date:
05/15/2016 - 12:00pm to 07/31/2016 - 12:00pm




The Charleston Museum features an exhibit highlighting the historical context of Porgy and Bess during the opera’s run at this year’s Spoleto Festival USA. Including black-and- white photos of the city, period clothing, and items associated with the creation of the famed work, the display reflects the sights DuBose Heyward and George Gershwin would have seen during their time here in the 1930s. 

The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm. $12; $10 ages 13-17; $5 ages three-12. (843)722-0697, www.charlestonmuseum.org

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The Talking Cure

The Talking Cure


Event Date:
05/20/2016 - 10:00am to 06/25/2016 - 12:00pm




Taking its title from the term Sigmund Freud first used to describe his theories of psychoanalysis, “The Talking Cure” is sculptor Melissa Stern’s collaboration with 24 artists. Twelve actors perform dialogues crafted by 12 poets, novelists, screenwriters, and playwrights. By pointing their smart phone at the code next to each sculpture, viewers are able to read, observe, and listen to each piece as a monologue imagined by the actor. 

Redux Contemporary Art Center, 136 St. Philip St. Tuesday-Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday, noon-5pm. Free. (843)722-0697, www.reduxstudios.org

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Rational Experience

Rational Experience


Event Date:
05/20/2016 - 11:00am to 07/09/2016 - 11:00am




Austrian artist Erwin Redl uses a unique medium for his art: light. Through a process of ”reverse engineering,” Redl translates abstract binary language into computer-controlled, large-scale displays. The exhibit is meant to lead viewers into a sense of deep physical reality by transforming theHalsey Institute into a magical space with rows of LEDs that seem to change configurations as the viewer moves through three-dimensional columns of light. 

Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, 161 Calhoun St. Monday-Saturday, 11am-4pm; Thursday, 11am-7pm. Free. (843)953-4422, www.halsey.cofc.edu

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New Paintings by Tim Hussey

New Paintings by Tim Hussey


Event Date:
05/21/2016 - 6:00pm to 06/15/2016 - 10:00am




Tim Hussey’s works of contemporary art have been featured in Harper’s and NY Arts Magazine and in solo shows in galleries from L.A. to Atlanta. And now they can be seen in his brand-new studio downtown. In this exhibit, Hussey, who recently moved back to Charleston, creates large and small-scale canvases that integrate “found“ objects into original paintings, creating a mesh of past and present. Get a first look into the space at the opening celebration on May 21 from 6-9 p.m., which includes live music and a chance to chat with the creator. 

T. Hussey Studio, 1102 King St. Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm. Free. (843)343-1645, www.husseystudio.com

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Beyond the Rainbow

Beyond the Rainbow


Event Date:
05/26/2016 - 11:00am to 06/12/2016 - 11:00am




In his second solo exhibit since returning to Charleston in 2013, Fletcher Williams III presents an achromatic rendering of North Charleston’s distressed Chicora-Cherokee neighborhood. Using ”found” materials from the area, including wood from fencing, furniture, and construction sites, Williams creates a scene void of the color of Rainbow Row, but vibrant with an energy and story all its own. View the exhibit through June 12.

134 Cannon St. Monday-Saturday, 11am-6pm; Sunday, noon-4pm. Free. (843)425-6167, www.fletcher3.com

 

 

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New York Academy of Art Exhibition

New York Academy of Art Exhibition


Event Date:
05/26/2016 - 6:00pm to 10/18/2016 - 6:00pm




More than 40 pieces by 22 of the most talented and progressive artists from the New York Academy of Art are on display at Charleston’s Vendue Hotel. Visitors can see works in various media from the people who are helping to steer the direction of the contemporary art scene in the United States. The exhibit runs until October, but don’t miss the opening reception on May 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. 

The Vendue, 19 Vendue Range. Daily. Free. (843)577-7970, www.thevendue.com

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The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest


Event Date:
05/26/2016 - 8:00pm to 06/12/2016 - 8:00pm




Arriving from Dublin for its 10th performance at Spoleto Festival USA, Gate Theatre presents a farcical interpretation of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. This story blends the serious and trivial to create the perfect comedic recipe, narrating the antics of Algernon Moncrieff and John Worthing, gentlemen who take on double lives to win the hearts of their crushes, Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. Directed by Patrick Mason, this distinctly Irish production is sure to deliver, with Victorian-era costumes by Francis O’Connor, lighting by Sinead McKenna, and sound by Denis Clohessy. 

Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. Friday-Sunday, times vary; Thursday preview, 8pm. $40 & up. (843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org

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ADA/AVA

ADA/AVA


Event Date:
05/27/2016 - 8:00am to 05/30/2016 - 8:00pm




Chicago-based performance collective Manual Cinema makes its premiere at Spoleto Festival USA with a haunting tale told entirely through shadows. The plot follows Ada, who is dealing with the loss of her twin sister Ava, when a traveling carnival comes to town. Perplexed by a mirrored fun-house, Ada explores her sorrow through a journey of reflection. Five puppeteers use a menagerie of more than 300 flat-paper and sculpted-metal puppets to craft a captivating story of life and death. 

Emmett Robinson Theatre, College of Charleston, 54 St. Philip St. Friday-Monday, times vary. $35; $31.50 senior/military; $25 child under 18. (843)579-3100,  www.spoletousa.org

 
 
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Piccolo Spoleto Festival

Piccolo Spoleto Festival


Event Date:
05/27/2016 - 8:00am to 06/12/2016 - 8:00am




Check out the lineup for the City of Charleston-organized annual counterpart to Spoleto Festival USA. Beginning with the popular Sunset Serenade outside the U.S. Custom House, the festival packs more than 500 events into just 17 days. Catch performances by dance, music, and theater groups and visual art displays and engage in plenty of kid-friendly activities. Nearly half of the exhibitions are free of charge, including the Outdoor Art Exhibition in Marion Square and the Sundown Poetry Series featuring evening readings by local and regional wordsmiths. 

Locations, times, & prices vary. (843)724-7305, www.piccolospoleto.com

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Bank of America Chamber Music Series

Bank of America Chamber Music Series


Event Date:
05/27/2016 - 11:00am to 06/12/2016 - 1:00pm




Violinist Geoff Nutall leads Spoleto Festival USA’s chamber music series in 11 programs, each performed three times. With a vibrant and entertaining style of musicianship, Nutall is joined by the St. Lawrence String Quartet, pianists Stephen Prutsman and Inon Barnatan, cellist Alisa Weilerstein, and Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov, who returns as the festival’s 2016 composer-in-residence. The 33 performances are guaranteed to include both classic favorites and arresting contemporary compositions.

Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. Daily, 11am & 1pm. $55-$31.50. (843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org

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PORGY and BESS Walking tour

PORGY and BESS Walking tour


Event Date:
05/27/2016 - 11:00am to 06/12/2016 - 11:00am




Gain new insight into the cultural history of Charleston through the lens of the acclaimed opera Porgy and Bess. Attendees visit locations integral to the storyline—including the inspiration for Catfish Row—as well as sites associated with the characters and the real people upon whom they are based. 

Locations vary downtown. Daily, 11am, noon, 1pm, & 2pm. $40; $20 ages six-12. (843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org

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Bank of America Chamber Music

Bank of America Chamber Music


Event Date:
05/27/2016 - 11:00am to 06/12/2016 - 1:00pm




Violinist Geoff Nuttall leads Spoleto’s chamber music series in 11 programs, each performed three times. With a vibrant and entertaining style of musicianship, Nuttall is joined by the St. Lawrence String Quartet, pianists Stephen Prutsman and Inon Barnatan, cellist Alisa Weilerstein, and many more celebrated musicians in yet-to-be-announced pieces that are guaranteed to include both classic favorites and arresting contemporary compositions. 

Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. Daily,11am & 1pm. $55-$31.50. (843)579-3100,  www.spoletousa.org

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Southeastern Beard & Moustache Championships

Southeastern Beard & Moustache Championships


Event Date:
05/27/2016 - 7:00pm to 05/29/2016 - 7:00pm




Join the weird and wonderful world of facial-hair enthusiasts as the Holy City’s Beard and Moustache Society holds its seventh annual competition. Participants turn out in their most creative facial-hair styles to compete in categories like “Full Beard Freestyle” and “Salty Dog.” Proceeds go to the Center for Women’s Lowcountry Women with Wings program, an initiative supporting ovarian cancer, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Charleston. 

The Music Farm, 32 Ann St. Saturday, 7pm. $20. (843)577-6989, www.holycitybeards.org

 
Westminister Choir Concert

Westminister Choir Concert


Event Date:
05/30/2016 - 5:00pm to 06/03/2016 - 5:00pm




As one of America’s most renowned choral ensembles, the Westminster Choir, conducted by Joe Miller, has been exalted by The New York Times as “meticulously prepared,” and “remarkable for its precision.” This year’s concert features Poulenc’s masterpiece, Messe en Sol Majeur, Debussy’s lush Trois chansons de Charles d’Orleans, and Brahms’ colorful vocal quartet An Die Heimat. 

Cathedral Church of St. Luke & St. Paul, 126 Coming St. Monday & Friday, 5pm. $30; $27 senior/military. (843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org

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The Things We Carry: Contemporary Art in the South

The Things We Carry: Contemporary Art in the South


Event Date:
05/28/2016 - 10:00am to 10/09/2016 - 1:00pm




This exhibit showcases paintings, sculpture, and photography by nationally recognized contemporary artists including Bo Bartlett, Deborah Luster, and Sally Mann. These artists seek to dissect and digest racial tension and reconciliation in the Holy City in light of the 2015 Emanuel AME Church shooting. The Gibbes Museum of Art invites the Charleston community and visitors to join together to explore the difficult history of race relations in the South. 

Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. Tuesday & Thursday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Wednesday, 10am-8pm; Sunday, 1-5pm. $12; $10 senior/college student; $6 ages four-17; free for child under four. (843)722-2706, www.gibbesmuseum.org

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The Art of Porgy and Bess” & “The Things We Carry

The Art of Porgy and Bess” & “The Things We Carry


Event Date:
05/28/2016 - 10:00am to 10/09/2016 - 10:00am




“It’s hard for me not to choose the two exhibitions that launch the reopening of the Gibbes after an 18-month-long major restoration and renovation. ‘The Art of Porgy and Bess’ uses paintings and more to explain the impact the opera has had in portraying Charleston to the wider world from its very first production through today. ‘The Things We Carry’ responds to last summer’s tragedy at Mother Emanuel AME through the work of 10 outstanding contemporary Southern artists who are winners or finalists of our 1858 Prize.”

Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. Tuesday & Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; & Sunday, 1-5 p.m. $12; $10 senior/military/college student with I.D.; $6 ages four-17; free for child under four.

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”Beyond Catfish row: The Art of Porgy and Bess”

”Beyond Catfish row: The Art of Porgy and Bess”


Event Date:
05/28/2016 - 10:00am to 10/09/2016 - 10:00am




After an 18-month-long the Gibbes Museum of Art reopens with a brand-new exhibit. Gain new insight into Porgy and Bess through an exhibition of works of art interpreting the famed 1934 opera. Find paintings from the 1930s, including those by realist George Biddle, who illustrated the original libretto; Henry Botkin; and George Gershwin himself. Also included are more recent interpretations by contemporary artists Kara Walker and Jonathan Green, who is the visual designer for the festival’s production of the show (read more about him on page 106). 

Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. Tuesday & Thursday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Wednesday, 10am-8pm; Sunday, 1-5pm. $12; $10 senior/college student; $6 ages four-17; free for child under four. (843)722-2706, www.gibbesmuseum.org

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The Southern Presents Kelly Lu's WAR!

The Southern Presents Kelly Lu's WAR!


Event Date:
05/28/2016 - 12:00pm to 06/26/2016 - 12:00pm




The Southern presents Kelly Lu’s WAR, a solo exhibit in which the artist explores ideas of identity, coming of age, rebellion, and Eastern vs. Western perspectives. Influenced by post-war Japanese art, Lu uses ink, marker, and acrylic on various surfaces. Stop by the gallery for an opening party on May 28 from 7-10 p.m, and join the artist for a gallery tour June 4 at 2 p.m. The Southern, 2 Carlson Court. Wednesday-Saturday, noon-7pm; Sunday, noon-6pm. Free. (843) 642-8020, www.thesoutherngallery.com

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Bohemian Trio

Bohemian Trio


Event Date:
05/28/2016 - 5:00pm to 05/31/2016 - 7:00pm




Yosvany Terry, Orlando Alonso, and Yves Dharamraj—the Bohemian Trio—blend their unique styles to create a worldly mix of Afro-Cuban rhythms, classical melodies, and European jazz influences. Formed in 2013, the band celebrates Latin dance, lifts up historic musical traditions, and leaves audiences with not only an entertaining show, but also an education on the confluence of musical backgrounds in the Western Hemisphere. 

Simons Center Recital Hall at College of Charleston, 54 St. Philip St. Saturday, Monday, & Tuesday, 5pm & 7pm. $45; $40.50 senior/military. (843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org

 
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La Double Coquette

La Double Coquette


Event Date:
05/28/2016 - 8:30pm to 06/01/2016 - 8:00pm




A revised version of Antoine Dauvergne’s 1753 opéra comique, La Coquette trompée, Gérard Pesson’s La Double Coquette premieres in the United States as a part of Spoleto Festival USA. Sung in French with English captions projected onto background screens, there’s no shortage of humor in this show, which also includes elaborate costumes and lively music performed by Ensemble Amarillis. Find out what happens when Florise must dress as a man to win her lover’s heart back from a younger woman. 

Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. Saturday, 8:30pm; Sunday, 3:30pm; Tuesday & Wednesday, 8pm. $45 & up. (843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org

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Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra

Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra


Event Date:
05/28/2016 - 9:00pm to 05/29/2016 - 9:00pm




Pianist, composer, and Grammy Award-winner Arturo O’Farrill presents his latest album, Cuba: The Conversation Continues. Born in Mexico and raised in New York City, O’Farrill produces Latin-influenced tunes in the context of recent political changes. Often defined as “global music,” O’Farrill’s big-band jazz sound is produced by the collaboration of 18 musicians. 

College of Charleston Cistern Yard, 66 George St. Saturday & Sunday, 9pm. $27-$55. (843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org

 
 
 
The Little Match Girl

The Little Match Girl


Event Date:
05/29/2016 - 7:30pm to 05/31/2016 - 7:00pm




Hans Christian Andersen’s heart-wrenching tale of a poor girl who has only the flicker of a match to keep her warm on a cold, snowy night is brought to life by composer Helmut Lachenmann’s original music and accompanying libretto. Led by resident conductor John Kennedy, 106 members of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra beautifully depict the sounds of fire with hisses, crackles, and knocks as Blind Summit Theatre’s master puppeteer, Mark Down, casts the story in poignant shadows. 

Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St. Sunday, 7:30pm & Tuesday, 7pm. $100-$45. (843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org

 
Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band

Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band


Event Date: 05/29/2016 - 7:00pm




Josh Ritter brings his distinctive alternative-folk sound and carefully crafted narrative lyrics to the Piccolo Spoleto Concert Series. Named one of the 100 greatest living songwriters by Paste magazine, acoustic guitarist Ritter makes his appearance at the Charleston Music Hall with The Royal City Band to promote his newest album, Sermon on the Rocks. 

Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Sunday, 7pm doors; 8pm show. $35-$25; $275-$75 Piccolo Spoleto series package. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com

 
Jerry Douglas

Jerry Douglas


Event Date: 05/30/2016 - 7:00pm




The Piccolo Spoleto Concert Series wraps up for the month of May with 13-time Grammy winner Jerry Douglas performing songs from his 14th solo album, Traveler. The title of the recent work—which showcases Douglas’ soulful steel-guitar and dobro skills—is meant to reflect not only the broad range of musical styles it covers but also the literal miles traveled to record his various live performances. 

Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Sunday, 7pm doors; 8pm show. $35-$25; $275-$75 Piccolo Spoleto series package. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com

 
Brandi Carlile

Brandi Carlile


Event Date: 05/30/2016 - 8:00pm




Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile is best known for the breadth of her melodies and her fervent, rugged voice. See her perform songs from her newest album, The Firewatcher’s Daughter, which spans the genres of folk, rock, and country. She takes the stage with her band—including longtime collaborators Phil and Tim Hanesroth—to create out-of-this-world harmonies in songs like “The Eye” and “Wherever Is Your Heart.” 

TD Arena, College of Charleston, 301 Meeting St. Monday, 8:30pm. $65-$22.50. (843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org

 
 




UPCOMING EVENTS

05/25/2016 - 10:00am

Join the Charleston Library Society Book Club for a discussion of Sonia Purnell’s biography, Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill. 164 King St. Wednesday, 10am. Free. (843) 723-9912, www.charlestonlibrarysociety.org

05/25/2016 -
5:30pm to 8:30pm

Come out to the Striped Pig Distillery for cocktails and an art show featuring local artist, Bruce Marshall. Marshall uses materials such as local stone, driftwood, shells, and rusted metal to create his pieces. Known as a "scavanger by nature," Marshall is fascinated by the contrast between rust and wood. 

05/26/2016 - 11:00am to 06/12/2016 - 11:00am

In his second solo exhibit since returning to Charleston in 2013, Fletcher Williams III presents an achromatic rendering of North Charleston’s distressed Chicora-Cherokee neighborhood. Using ”found” materials from the area, including wood from fencing, furniture, and construction sites, Williams creates a scene void of the color of Rainbow Row, but vibrant with an energy and story all its own. View the exhibit through June 12.

134 Cannon St. Monday-Saturday, 11am-6pm; Sunday, noon-4pm. Free. (843)425-6167, www.fletcher3.com

 

 

05/26/2016 - 6:00pm to 10/18/2016 - 6:00pm

More than 40 pieces by 22 of the most talented and progressive artists from the New York Academy of Art are on display at Charleston’s Vendue Hotel. Visitors can see works in various media from the people who are helping to steer the direction of the contemporary art scene in the United States. The exhibit runs until October, but don’t miss the opening reception on May 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. 

The Vendue, 19 Vendue Range. Daily. Free. (843)577-7970, www.thevendue.com

05/26/2016 - 8:00pm to 06/12/2016 - 8:00pm

Arriving from Dublin for its 10th performance at Spoleto Festival USA, Gate Theatre presents a farcical interpretation of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. This story blends the serious and trivial to create the perfect comedic recipe, narrating the antics of Algernon Moncrieff and John Worthing, gentlemen who take on double lives to win the hearts of their crushes, Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. Directed by Patrick Mason, this distinctly Irish production is sure to deliver, with Victorian-era costumes by Francis O’Connor, lighting by Sinead McKenna, and sound by Denis Clohessy. 

Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. Friday-Sunday, times vary; Thursday preview, 8pm. $40 & up. (843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org

05/26/2016 - 8:30pm to 05/27/2016 - 8:30pm

Bluegrass lovers are in for an amazing evening at Cistern Yard when Old Crow Medicine Show comes to town as part of Spoleto Festival USA. Inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2013 and awarded two Grammys, this beloved Americana outfit has appeared at heavyweight music showcases like Bonnaroo and New Orleans Jazz Fest. Fans may be most familiar with the band’s Carolina-themed hit, ”Wagon Wheel,” which inspired a cover by Darius Rucker. 

College of Charleston Cistern Yard, 66 George St. Thursday & Friday, 8:30pm doors; 9pm show. $40-$36. (843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org

05/27/2016 - 8:00am to 05/30/2016 - 8:00pm

Chicago-based performance collective Manual Cinema makes its premiere at Spoleto Festival USA with a haunting tale told entirely through shadows. The plot follows Ada, who is dealing with the loss of her twin sister Ava, when a traveling carnival comes to town. Perplexed by a mirrored fun-house, Ada explores her sorrow through a journey of reflection. Five puppeteers use a menagerie of more than 300 flat-paper and sculpted-metal puppets to craft a captivating story of life and death. 

Emmett Robinson Theatre, College of Charleston, 54 St. Philip St. Friday-Monday, times vary. $35; $31.50 senior/military; $25 child under 18. (843)579-3100,  www.spoletousa.org

05/27/2016 - 8:00am to 06/12/2016 - 8:00am

Check out the lineup for the City of Charleston-organized annual counterpart to Spoleto Festival USA. Beginning with the popular Sunset Serenade outside the U.S. Custom House, the festival packs more than 500 events into just 17 days. Catch performances by dance, music, and theater groups and visual art displays and engage in plenty of kid-friendly activities. Nearly half of the exhibitions are free of charge, including the Outdoor Art Exhibition in Marion Square and the Sundown Poetry Series featuring evening readings by local and regional wordsmiths. 

Locations, times, & prices vary. (843)724-7305, www.piccolospoleto.com

05/27/2016 - 11:00am to 06/12/2016 - 1:00pm

Violinist Geoff Nutall leads Spoleto Festival USA’s chamber music series in 11 programs, each performed three times. With a vibrant and entertaining style of musicianship, Nutall is joined by the St. Lawrence String Quartet, pianists Stephen Prutsman and Inon Barnatan, cellist Alisa Weilerstein, and Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov, who returns as the festival’s 2016 composer-in-residence. The 33 performances are guaranteed to include both classic favorites and arresting contemporary compositions.

Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. Daily, 11am & 1pm. $55-$31.50. (843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org

05/27/2016 - 11:00am to 06/12/2016 - 11:00am

Gain new insight into the cultural history of Charleston through the lens of the acclaimed opera Porgy and Bess. Attendees visit locations integral to the storyline—including the inspiration for Catfish Row—as well as sites associated with the characters and the real people upon whom they are based. 

Locations vary downtown. Daily, 11am, noon, 1pm, & 2pm. $40; $20 ages six-12. (843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org