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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 08/06/2016 - 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 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 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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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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”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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Cosmopolitan: New Works by Jeff Jamison

Cosmopolitan: New Works by Jeff Jamison


Event Date:
06/03/2016 - 10:00am to 07/11/2016 - 5:00pm




Although Arkansas native Jeff Jamison started his artistic career as a courtroom sketch artist and newspaper illustrator, he eventually traded in pencil for brush, translating his lifelong fascination with light and shadow into oil-on-canvas paintings. Jamison’s contemporary, impressionist pieces meld themes of nostalgia and romance, capturing couples caught in the moment, beneath an umbrella in a sudden downpour, or in the middle of a busy cityscape. The cities the painter depicts are amalgamations of his ”dream” cities; the viewer may find pieces of New York, Paris, and Charleston tied together in one fluid scene.
Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art, 58 Broad St. Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm. Free. (843)722-3660, ellarichardson.com

 

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Embracing Impermanence

Embracing Impermanence


Event Date:
06/03/2016 - 11:00am to 07/22/2016 - 11:00am




Although she studied traditional oil painting at the Academy of Art Institute in San Francisco, Michelle Jader’s multi-layered sculptures and paintings are groundbreaking. The artist uses semi-transparent, stacked acrylic panels to create dimension, tension, and a sense of movement. Through her work, Jader hopes to relay that accepting and embracing impermanence in an uncertain world is possible, and freeing. 

Robert Lange Studios, 2 Queen St. Daily, 11am-5pm. Free. (843)805-8052, www.robertlangestudios.com

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Coastal Fiesta

Coastal Fiesta


Event Date:
06/22/2016 - 6:00pm to 08/17/2016 - 8:00pm




Palmetto Hall hosts a build your own taco bar for families to spend an evening swimming and enjoying a festive dinner! The taco bar includes bay scallop ceviche, chipolte glazed pork loin, peel and eat shrimp, mixed green salad with roasted corn, house made tortilla chips with pico de gallo, guacamole and queso, and fruit tarts and churros for dessert with assorted dipping sauces. Enjoy the indoor/outdoor seating and full use of the swim center pool. While the kids swim, adults are welcome to unlimited house selection margaritas, house wine, and beer from 6-8pm for $20. Tickets $40; $15 children; free children 3 and under. Reservations required (843)886-2307 

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Megadock Billfishing Tournament

Megadock Billfishing Tournament


Event Date:
06/30/2016 - 5:00pm to 07/03/2016 - 12:00am




Find summer’s biggest catch at the The City Marina’s annual MegaDock Billfishing Tournament. Participants choose two out of the three days to fish, and each evening, family and riends gather on the docks to check out the day’s results. Saturday night’s awards banquet is a capstone to the tournament, complete with prizes awarded for top billfish release points, heaviest meat fish, and more. Charleston City Marina, 17 Lockwood Dr. Thursday-Saturday, times vary. $2,200 entry fee; free for spectator. (843)278-4920, www.megadocktournament.com

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“Whistler & Japonisme”

“Whistler & Japonisme”


Event Date:
07/01/2016 - 1:00pm to 11/27/2016 - 1:00pm




If you haven’t toured the gorgeously renovated Gibbes Museum of Art, let this special exhibit—one of four currently on display—be your excuse to spend a hot July day within its cool environs. “Whistler and Japonisme” examines the Asian influences on the art of James McNeill Whistler, bringing the 19th-century American artist’s etchings together with woodblock prints by the Japanese masters.

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

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Addicted to Love

Addicted to Love


Event Date:
07/01/2016 - 8:00pm to 09/24/2016 - 8:00pm




Written by the co-founders of 34 West, Stephen Wayne and Jeff Querin, this romantic comedy follows an eager reporter who goes undercover at a high school. What happens when Mom falls in love with her daughter’s teacher? Find out in this high-energy play, featuring popular ’80s tunes by the likes of Cyndi Lauper and Robert Palmer. Audience members can purchase champagne cocktails, coke floats, and a variety of tasty treats. 34 West Theater Company, 200 Meeting St., #100. Days & times vary. $25. (843)901-9343, www.34west.org 

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Party at the Point Season Finale

Party at the Point Season Finale


Event Date: 07/01/2016 -
5:30pm to 9:30pm




Get your toes in the sand and a drink in your hand as you tune into the soothing sounds of Jack Johnson tribute band Banana Pancakes at the final Party at the Point of the season. The setting sun provides the perfect backdrop for a summertime celebration at the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina. Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, 20 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant. Friday, 5:30-9:30pm. $7. (843)452-5639, www.charlestonpartyatthepoint.com

 

 
Charles Towne Landing Movies Under the Stars

Charles Towne Landing Movies Under the Stars


Event Date: 07/01/2016 - 6:00pm




Pack up lawn chairs and blankets for an exciting night that adventure-lovers of all ages can enjoy. Watch Indiana Jones’ thrilling quest to find the Holy Grail in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. The movie begins at dusk and refreshments are available for cash-only purchase. Charles Towne Landing, 1500 Old Towne Rd. Friday, 6pm. Free. (843)852-4200, www.southcarolinaparks.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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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 08/06/2016 - 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 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 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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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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”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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Cosmopolitan: New Works by Jeff Jamison

Cosmopolitan: New Works by Jeff Jamison


Event Date:
06/03/2016 - 10:00am to 07/11/2016 - 5:00pm




Although Arkansas native Jeff Jamison started his artistic career as a courtroom sketch artist and newspaper illustrator, he eventually traded in pencil for brush, translating his lifelong fascination with light and shadow into oil-on-canvas paintings. Jamison’s contemporary, impressionist pieces meld themes of nostalgia and romance, capturing couples caught in the moment, beneath an umbrella in a sudden downpour, or in the middle of a busy cityscape. The cities the painter depicts are amalgamations of his ”dream” cities; the viewer may find pieces of New York, Paris, and Charleston tied together in one fluid scene.
Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art, 58 Broad St. Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm. Free. (843)722-3660, ellarichardson.com

 

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Embracing Impermanence

Embracing Impermanence


Event Date:
06/03/2016 - 11:00am to 07/22/2016 - 11:00am




Although she studied traditional oil painting at the Academy of Art Institute in San Francisco, Michelle Jader’s multi-layered sculptures and paintings are groundbreaking. The artist uses semi-transparent, stacked acrylic panels to create dimension, tension, and a sense of movement. Through her work, Jader hopes to relay that accepting and embracing impermanence in an uncertain world is possible, and freeing. 

Robert Lange Studios, 2 Queen St. Daily, 11am-5pm. Free. (843)805-8052, www.robertlangestudios.com

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Coastal Fiesta

Coastal Fiesta


Event Date:
06/22/2016 - 6:00pm to 08/17/2016 - 8:00pm




Palmetto Hall hosts a build your own taco bar for families to spend an evening swimming and enjoying a festive dinner! The taco bar includes bay scallop ceviche, chipolte glazed pork loin, peel and eat shrimp, mixed green salad with roasted corn, house made tortilla chips with pico de gallo, guacamole and queso, and fruit tarts and churros for dessert with assorted dipping sauces. Enjoy the indoor/outdoor seating and full use of the swim center pool. While the kids swim, adults are welcome to unlimited house selection margaritas, house wine, and beer from 6-8pm for $20. Tickets $40; $15 children; free children 3 and under. Reservations required (843)886-2307 

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Megadock Billfishing Tournament

Megadock Billfishing Tournament


Event Date:
06/30/2016 - 5:00pm to 07/03/2016 - 12:00am




Find summer’s biggest catch at the The City Marina’s annual MegaDock Billfishing Tournament. Participants choose two out of the three days to fish, and each evening, family and riends gather on the docks to check out the day’s results. Saturday night’s awards banquet is a capstone to the tournament, complete with prizes awarded for top billfish release points, heaviest meat fish, and more. Charleston City Marina, 17 Lockwood Dr. Thursday-Saturday, times vary. $2,200 entry fee; free for spectator. (843)278-4920, www.megadocktournament.com

 
 
Nature Trailers Summer Camp

Nature Trailers Summer Camp


Event Date:
07/05/2016 - 9:00am to 07/08/2016 - 12:00pm




Kids get down and dirty exploring the amazing wildlife inhabiting the Dill Sanctuary at this interactive summer camp hosted by The Charleston Museum. Located on James Island, this 580-acre wildlife sanctuary runs along the scenic Stono River. Participants learn about the locale’s archeology, native animal species, marsh life, Native American history, and more. The Dill Sanctuary, 1163 Riverland Dr. Tuesday-Friday, 9am-noon. $150; $120 member. (843)722-2996, www.charlestonmuseum.org 

 

 
 
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“Whistler & Japonisme”

“Whistler & Japonisme”


Event Date:
07/01/2016 - 1:00pm to 11/27/2016 - 1:00pm




If you haven’t toured the gorgeously renovated Gibbes Museum of Art, let this special exhibit—one of four currently on display—be your excuse to spend a hot July day within its cool environs. “Whistler and Japonisme” examines the Asian influences on the art of James McNeill Whistler, bringing the 19th-century American artist’s etchings together with woodblock prints by the Japanese masters.

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

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Addicted to Love

Addicted to Love


Event Date:
07/01/2016 - 8:00pm to 09/24/2016 - 8:00pm




Written by the co-founders of 34 West, Stephen Wayne and Jeff Querin, this romantic comedy follows an eager reporter who goes undercover at a high school. What happens when Mom falls in love with her daughter’s teacher? Find out in this high-energy play, featuring popular ’80s tunes by the likes of Cyndi Lauper and Robert Palmer. Audience members can purchase champagne cocktails, coke floats, and a variety of tasty treats. 34 West Theater Company, 200 Meeting St., #100. Days & times vary. $25. (843)901-9343, www.34west.org 

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Fourth of July Blast at Patriots Point

Fourth of July Blast at Patriots Point


Event Date: 07/04/2016 - 4:00pm




Celebrate Independence Day with a patriotic party aboard the USS Yorktown. Guests have access to the Flight Deck, where local six-piece soul and beach group East Coast Party Band performs throughout the night. Those who purchase VIP tickets enjoy a stunning fireworks display from the ship’s bow and a barbecue meal from TOP SHELF catering. Fireworks can also be viewed landside, where entertainment and food are provided. Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, 40 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant. Monday, 4pm. $40; $110 VIP. (843)884-2727, www.patriotspoint.org

 
Uncle Sam Jam

Uncle Sam Jam


Event Date: 07/04/2016 - 7:00pm




Head to the 1,250-foot-long Mount Pleasant Pier for a night of dancing and fireworks under the stars (and stripes). Charleston-based seven-piece band Permanent Vacation performs old-school classics, and beverages and food are available for purchase inside the event. Advance purchase of tickets is recommended. Mount Pleasant Pier, 71 Harry M. Hallman Jr. Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Monday, 7pm. $10-$8. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com

 
Sea Stars & Stripes

Sea Stars & Stripes


Event Date: 07/04/2016 -
7:00pm to 10:00pm




The South Carolina Aquarium invites you to kick back and relax in your red, white, and blue at this annual Independence Day bash. Bring the family for a night of delicious barbecue and sustainably caught seafood and explore the animal exhibits before making your way to the harbor for a dazzling display of fireworks. South Carolina Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf. Monday, 7-10pm. $60; $30 ages three-12; free for child under three. (843)577-3474, www.scaquarium.org

 
Beach Sweep with the South Carolina Aquarium

Beach Sweep with the South Carolina Aquarium


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




Keep the Lowcountry’s beaches beautiful by joining members of the South Carolina Aquarium to help collect trash and debris from the shores of Folly Beach. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s Adopt-A-Beach program encourages area residents to do their part in preserving the coastal environment. 6th St. West, Folly Beach. Tuesday, 6pm. Free. (843)577-3474, www.scaquarium.org

 
Wines of Greece Social

Wines of Greece Social


Event Date: 07/06/2016 -
6:00pm to 7:00pm




Spend an evening traveling to Greece with Mercantile and Mash’s Wines of Greece Social. Wine extraordinaire, Vonda Freeman of The Indigo Road, leads a tasting of traditional Greek wines including Santo Wine Santorinin Assyrtiko 2014, Domaine Skouras Moscofilero 2014, Domaine Skouras Saint George Aghiorghitiko Nemea 2011, Alpha Estate Red 2008. Additionally, Tim Morton provides delicious small bites during the tasting. Sign up quick, this trip abroad is limited to 30 people! Mercantile and Mash, 701 East Bay Street. 6-7pm. $25. (843)793-2636, www.mercandmash.com. 

 
Chamomile and Whiskey

Chamomile and Whiskey


Event Date: 07/07/2016 - 8:00pm




Jam to a unique blend of Irish and Gypsy-infused Americana and folk rock as Virginia native band Chamomile and Whiskey puts on a lively show at The Windjammer. Twenty-one and up only. The Windjammer, 1008 Ocean Blvd., Isle of Palms. Thursday, 8pm. $5. (843)886-8948, www.the-windjammer.com

 
Conversations with a Curator

Conversations with a Curator


Event Date: 07/08/2016 -
10:30am to 11:15am




Join Charleston Museum archivist and collections manager Jennifer McCormick for a discussion on why and how she chose certain 1920s and 1930s black-and-white images for the museum’s ”I Got Plenty O’Nuttin” exhibit. Visitors view the piano George Gershwin used to compose his opera Porgy and Bess, as well as period clothing, images, and accessories. All “Conversations with a Curator” events are free with admission and open to the public. The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Friday, 10:30-11:15am. $12; $10 ages 13-17; $5 ages three-12. (843)722-2996, www.charlestonmuseum.org

 
Palmetto Paddle

Palmetto Paddle


Event Date: 07/09/2016 - 9:00am




The Charleston Paddle Club hosts this inaugural event, inviting folks paddling most any kind of vessel—be it kayak, outrigger canoe, SUP, or row boat (it must hold less than nine paddlers)—to come out for a morning of friendly competition. There’s a three-mile “fun course” up the Ashley River, as well as an eight-mile elite course that passes through Charleston Harbor, and afterward: food, music, and drinks for all. 

Brittlebank Park, 0 Lockwood Blvd. Saturday, 9 a.m. race start; 11 a.m. food & music; 1 p.m. awards ceremony. $40 & up solo; $64 & up tandem; $160 & up for three or more paddlers. palmettopaddle.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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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 08/06/2016 - 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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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 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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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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”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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Cosmopolitan: New Works by Jeff Jamison

Cosmopolitan: New Works by Jeff Jamison


Event Date:
06/03/2016 - 10:00am to 07/11/2016 - 5:00pm




Although Arkansas native Jeff Jamison started his artistic career as a courtroom sketch artist and newspaper illustrator, he eventually traded in pencil for brush, translating his lifelong fascination with light and shadow into oil-on-canvas paintings. Jamison’s contemporary, impressionist pieces meld themes of nostalgia and romance, capturing couples caught in the moment, beneath an umbrella in a sudden downpour, or in the middle of a busy cityscape. The cities the painter depicts are amalgamations of his ”dream” cities; the viewer may find pieces of New York, Paris, and Charleston tied together in one fluid scene.
Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art, 58 Broad St. Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm. Free. (843)722-3660, ellarichardson.com

 

 
Pastel Color in the Landscape with Tammy Papa

Pastel Color in the Landscape with Tammy Papa


Event Date:
07/12/2016 - 9:30am to 07/26/2016 - 12:30pm




Beginner and intermediate students are invited to learn from Isle of Palms resident and Piccolo Spoleto award-winning painter Tammy Papa in this study of landscape, light, and color. Papa instructs students on the importance of capturing natural light and how to go beyond basic blues and greens when painting landscapes. Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. Tuesday, 9:30am-12:30pm. $300; $240 member. (843)722-2706, www.gibbesmuseum.org

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Embracing Impermanence

Embracing Impermanence


Event Date:
06/03/2016 - 11:00am to 07/22/2016 - 11:00am




Although she studied traditional oil painting at the Academy of Art Institute in San Francisco, Michelle Jader’s multi-layered sculptures and paintings are groundbreaking. The artist uses semi-transparent, stacked acrylic panels to create dimension, tension, and a sense of movement. Through her work, Jader hopes to relay that accepting and embracing impermanence in an uncertain world is possible, and freeing. 

Robert Lange Studios, 2 Queen St. Daily, 11am-5pm. Free. (843)805-8052, www.robertlangestudios.com

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Coastal Fiesta

Coastal Fiesta


Event Date:
06/22/2016 - 6:00pm to 08/17/2016 - 8:00pm




Palmetto Hall hosts a build your own taco bar for families to spend an evening swimming and enjoying a festive dinner! The taco bar includes bay scallop ceviche, chipolte glazed pork loin, peel and eat shrimp, mixed green salad with roasted corn, house made tortilla chips with pico de gallo, guacamole and queso, and fruit tarts and churros for dessert with assorted dipping sauces. Enjoy the indoor/outdoor seating and full use of the swim center pool. While the kids swim, adults are welcome to unlimited house selection margaritas, house wine, and beer from 6-8pm for $20. Tickets $40; $15 children; free children 3 and under. Reservations required (843)886-2307 

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“Whistler & Japonisme”

“Whistler & Japonisme”


Event Date:
07/01/2016 - 1:00pm to 11/27/2016 - 1:00pm




If you haven’t toured the gorgeously renovated Gibbes Museum of Art, let this special exhibit—one of four currently on display—be your excuse to spend a hot July day within its cool environs. “Whistler and Japonisme” examines the Asian influences on the art of James McNeill Whistler, bringing the 19th-century American artist’s etchings together with woodblock prints by the Japanese masters.

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

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Addicted to Love

Addicted to Love


Event Date:
07/01/2016 - 8:00pm to 09/24/2016 - 8:00pm




Written by the co-founders of 34 West, Stephen Wayne and Jeff Querin, this romantic comedy follows an eager reporter who goes undercover at a high school. What happens when Mom falls in love with her daughter’s teacher? Find out in this high-energy play, featuring popular ’80s tunes by the likes of Cyndi Lauper and Robert Palmer. Audience members can purchase champagne cocktails, coke floats, and a variety of tasty treats. 34 West Theater Company, 200 Meeting St., #100. Days & times vary. $25. (843)901-9343, www.34west.org 

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Culture Club

Culture Club


Event Date: 07/10/2016 - 6:30pm




Grab some hair spray and leg warmers and bask in ’80s nostalgia with Culture Club, the first band since The Beatles to achieve three top-10 hits from their debut album (Kissing to Be Clever). Culture Club, led by flamboyant front man Boy George, found a devout following in both the United Kingdom and the United States with pop hits like “Time (Clock Of The Heart)” and “Karma Chameleon.” Join the reunited group as they embark on a lengthy summer tour, visiting Australia, the Philippines, Japan, Mexico, and the Lowcountry. North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. Sunday, 6:30pm doors; 7:30pm show. $249-$49. (843)529-5000, www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com 

 

 
Junior Historian Summer Camp

Junior Historian Summer Camp


Event Date:
07/11/2016 - 9:00am to 07/15/2016 - 12:15pm




Travel back in time to the 18th century as you step foot on the historic Middleton Place property. Tailored to ages eight and up, daily camp sessions engage participants in South Carolina’s rich history through hands-on activities and demonstrations in butter-churning, candle-dipping, and carpentry. Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Rd. Monday-Friday, 9am-12:15pm. $100. (843)266-7470, www.middletonplace.org

 
 
Redux Art Camp

Redux Art Camp


Event Date:
07/11/2016 - 9:00am to 07/15/2016 - 11:30am




Ditch your sleeping bag and pick up a paintbrush for Redux’s Summertime Props camp. Students learn about set design and prop building to recreate scenes from their favorite sleepaway-camp movies. Instructed by local artist and educator Chambers Austelle, this day camp encourages students to put their creativity to work. Redux Contemporary Art Center, 136 St. Philip St. Monday-Friday, 9-11:30am. $150; $125 Redux member. (843)722-0697, www.reduxstudios.org

 
 
Broadway Babies: The Princesses of Broadway

Broadway Babies: The Princesses of Broadway


Event Date:
07/11/2016 - 9:00am to 07/15/2016 - 12:00pm




Aspiring performers will steal the spotlight at Kids On Stage theater education classes. Designed for children ages five through eight, Broadway Babies enriches creativity through diverse lessons in music, drama, dance, and costuming. At the end of the weeklong course, students put on a final performance to share their talents with family and friends. Charleston Performing Arts Center, 873 Folly Rd. Monday-Friday, 9am-noon. $200. (843)991-5582, www.charlestonperformingarts.org

 
 
 
 
 
Charity Tap Takeover

Charity Tap Takeover


Event Date: 07/14/2016 -
5:00pm to 9:00pm




Sip on a cold one at Bay Street Biergarten to help raise funds for local charities. The self-serve tap wall features six craft beers, from pale ales to stouts, representing different charities; both beer enthusiasts and philanthropists are sure to find a match that’s pleasing. Bay Street Biergarten, 549 East Bay St. Thursday, 5-9pm. Free admission. (843)266-2437, www.baystreetbiergarten.com

 
Race the Landing

Race the Landing


Event Date: 07/14/2016 - 6:30pm




Release your inner animal as you run to benefit the Charles Towne Landing park and zoo in this 5K race, the last in the summer 2016 series. Participants walk or run along a shaded, scenic path before enjoying post-race festivities including dinner, drinks, and entertainment from Americana band Second Honeymoon. Charles Towne Landing, 1500 Old Towne Rd. Thursday, 6:30pm kids fun run; 7pm 5K start. $35-$30; $12-$10 kids run. (843)224-7878, www.racethelanding.com

 
Robert Earl Keen

Robert Earl Keen


Event Date: 07/14/2016 - 8:00pm




More than 30 years after the release of his debut album, No Kinda Dancer, Americana musician Robert Earl Keen is still going strong. In fact, his latest album, 2015’s Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions, scored a number-one spot on the Billboard Bluegrass chart. Don’t miss this chance to see this Texas-born talent perform live in concert.

Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Thursday, 8 p.m. $40; $35 advance. (843) 853-2252, charlestonmusichall.com

 
Ride to Remember

Ride to Remember


Event Date:
07/15/2016 - 7:30am to 07/17/2016 - 7:30am




Cyclists, put your endurance to the test as you bike across South Carolina to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. Rain or shine, this three-day ride spans 250 miles in a stunning course that winds from Simpsonville to Charleston. At the finish line, cyclists are invited to an exclusive celebration aboard the historic USS Yorktown. Each dollar the event raises supports Alzheimer’s research efforts and treatments. Heritage Park Amphitheater, 861 SE Main St. Simpsonville. Friday-Sunday, 7:30am. $50; $500 fundraising minimum. (864)224-3045, www.act.alz.org/rtr

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Charleston Library Society Summer Series Movie Nights

Charleston Library Society Summer Series Movie Nights


Event Date:
07/15/2016 - 7:00pm to 07/29/2016 - 7:00pm




The Charleston Library Society is letting loose with a fun-loving Summer Series delivering two movie nights this month. On July 15, enjoy drinks, light snacks, and a putting green during “Caddyshack and Cocktails.” July 29 brings “National Lampoon’s Vacation 33rd Anniversary,” with rum punch and raffles. 

Charleston Library Society, 164 King St. Friday, 7-9 p.m. $25; $20 member. (843) 723-9912, charlestonlibrarysociety.org

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Palette and Palate Stroll

Palette and Palate Stroll


Event Date: 07/15/2016 -
5:30pm to 7:03pm




Enjoy some of the best art and tastiest cuisine the city has to offer during the Palette and Palate Stroll. For 11 years, this art walk through the beautiful historic French Quarter has highlighted the accomplishments of local artists, art galleries, chefs, and restaurants and raised funds for local art programs. This year, there are 11 gallery and restaurant pairings, with newer eateries such as The Westendorff, 5Church, and The Darling Oyster Bar pairing up respectively with Meyer Vogl Gallery, Corrigan Gallery, and Dog & Horse Fine Art. Locations vary. Friday, 5:30-7:30pm. $45. (843)345-3275, www.paletteandpalatestroll.com 

 
Library Society Summer Series Movie Night

Library Society Summer Series Movie Night


Event Date: 07/15/2016 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm




The Charleston Library Society Summer Series Movie Night takes attendees on a trip to the country club with a screening of the 1980 cult classic comedy Caddyshack. Enjoy light snacks and a specialty cocktail as well as a putting green with one-dollar puts and prizes for a hole-in-one. Charleston Library Society, 164 King St. Friday, 7-9pm. $25; $20 member. (843)723-9912,
www.charlestonlibrarysociety.org 

 
Isle of Palms Beach Run

Isle of Palms Beach Run


Event Date: 07/16/2016 - 8:00am




Take your pick between a 5K run/walk or 10K run and hit the beach for this popular summer sprint. Kids can join in the racing revelry, too, by participating in the Youth Fun Run. Following the race, head to oceanfront hangout The Windjammer for an awards ceremony celebrating the overall male and female winners as well as the quickest times in each age group. The Windjammer, 1008 Ocean Blvd., Isle of Palms. Saturday, 8am. $35-$30 5K/10K run & 5K walk; $15-$10 youth fun run. (843)886-8294, www.iop.net

 
Art Garfunkel

Art Garfunkel


Event Date: 07/16/2016 - 7:00pm




Though he‘s best known from the Grammy Award-winning folk-rock duo Simon and Garfunkel, Art Garfunkel visits the Charleston Music Hall to perform songs from his 12 solo albums, including commercially and critically acclaimed singles like “I Only Have Eyes for You” and “Bright Eyes.” After being discovered in high school in the late 1950s, Garfunkel has gone on to write a collection of prose poetry, Still Water; been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; and acted in six movies, earning a 1972 Golden Globe nomination for his supporting role in Carnal Knowledge. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Saturday, 7pm doors; 8pm show. $74.50-$44.50. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com 

 
Shaggin' on the Cooper

Shaggin' on the Cooper


Event Date: 07/16/2016 - 7:00pm




Summer nights call for kicking up your heels and letting loose. People of all ages are invited to hit the dance floor along the harbor and groove to live beach music from Florence, South Carolina-based band Recollections. Food and beverages are available onsite for purchase. Mount Pleasant Pier, 71 Harry Hallman Jr. Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Saturday, 7pm gates; 8pm music. $10-$8. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.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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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 08/06/2016 - 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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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 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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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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”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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Embracing Impermanence

Embracing Impermanence


Event Date:
06/03/2016 - 11:00am to 07/22/2016 - 11:00am




Although she studied traditional oil painting at the Academy of Art Institute in San Francisco, Michelle Jader’s multi-layered sculptures and paintings are groundbreaking. The artist uses semi-transparent, stacked acrylic panels to create dimension, tension, and a sense of movement. Through her work, Jader hopes to relay that accepting and embracing impermanence in an uncertain world is possible, and freeing. 

Robert Lange Studios, 2 Queen St. Daily, 11am-5pm. Free. (843)805-8052, www.robertlangestudios.com

 
 
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Coastal Fiesta

Coastal Fiesta


Event Date:
06/22/2016 - 6:00pm to 08/17/2016 - 8:00pm




Palmetto Hall hosts a build your own taco bar for families to spend an evening swimming and enjoying a festive dinner! The taco bar includes bay scallop ceviche, chipolte glazed pork loin, peel and eat shrimp, mixed green salad with roasted corn, house made tortilla chips with pico de gallo, guacamole and queso, and fruit tarts and churros for dessert with assorted dipping sauces. Enjoy the indoor/outdoor seating and full use of the swim center pool. While the kids swim, adults are welcome to unlimited house selection margaritas, house wine, and beer from 6-8pm for $20. Tickets $40; $15 children; free children 3 and under. Reservations required (843)886-2307 

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“Whistler & Japonisme”

“Whistler & Japonisme”


Event Date:
07/01/2016 - 1:00pm to 11/27/2016 - 1:00pm




If you haven’t toured the gorgeously renovated Gibbes Museum of Art, let this special exhibit—one of four currently on display—be your excuse to spend a hot July day within its cool environs. “Whistler and Japonisme” examines the Asian influences on the art of James McNeill Whistler, bringing the 19th-century American artist’s etchings together with woodblock prints by the Japanese masters.

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

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Addicted to Love

Addicted to Love


Event Date:
07/01/2016 - 8:00pm to 09/24/2016 - 8:00pm




Written by the co-founders of 34 West, Stephen Wayne and Jeff Querin, this romantic comedy follows an eager reporter who goes undercover at a high school. What happens when Mom falls in love with her daughter’s teacher? Find out in this high-energy play, featuring popular ’80s tunes by the likes of Cyndi Lauper and Robert Palmer. Audience members can purchase champagne cocktails, coke floats, and a variety of tasty treats. 34 West Theater Company, 200 Meeting St., #100. Days & times vary. $25. (843)901-9343, www.34west.org 

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Pastel Color in the Landscape with Tammy Papa

Pastel Color in the Landscape with Tammy Papa


Event Date:
07/12/2016 - 9:30am to 07/26/2016 - 12:30pm




Beginner and intermediate students are invited to learn from Isle of Palms resident and Piccolo Spoleto award-winning painter Tammy Papa in this study of landscape, light, and color. Papa instructs students on the importance of capturing natural light and how to go beyond basic blues and greens when painting landscapes. Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. Tuesday, 9:30am-12:30pm. $300; $240 member. (843)722-2706, www.gibbesmuseum.org

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Ride to Remember

Ride to Remember


Event Date:
07/15/2016 - 7:30am to 07/17/2016 - 7:30am




Cyclists, put your endurance to the test as you bike across South Carolina to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. Rain or shine, this three-day ride spans 250 miles in a stunning course that winds from Simpsonville to Charleston. At the finish line, cyclists are invited to an exclusive celebration aboard the historic USS Yorktown. Each dollar the event raises supports Alzheimer’s research efforts and treatments. Heritage Park Amphitheater, 861 SE Main St. Simpsonville. Friday-Sunday, 7:30am. $50; $500 fundraising minimum. (864)224-3045, www.act.alz.org/rtr

 
 
 
 
Killer Fashion, The Consequence of High Style

Killer Fashion, The Consequence of High Style


Event Date:
07/21/2016 - 9:00am to 01/15/2017 - 5:00pm




High fashion comes at a high price, and that cost is often detrimental to more than just your pocket book. From delicate corsets crafted with whale bone to asphyxia-causing men’s high collars, explore the oddities of sartorial extravagance and its environment- and body-altering consequences in this Charleston Museum exhibit. The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm. $12; $10 ages 13-17; $5 ages three-12. (843)722-2996, www.charlestonmuseum.org

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Charleston Library Society Summer Series Movie Nights

Charleston Library Society Summer Series Movie Nights


Event Date:
07/15/2016 - 7:00pm to 07/29/2016 - 7:00pm




The Charleston Library Society is letting loose with a fun-loving Summer Series delivering two movie nights this month. On July 15, enjoy drinks, light snacks, and a putting green during “Caddyshack and Cocktails.” July 29 brings “National Lampoon’s Vacation 33rd Anniversary,” with rum punch and raffles. 

Charleston Library Society, 164 King St. Friday, 7-9 p.m. $25; $20 member. (843) 723-9912, charlestonlibrarysociety.org

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Aquarium After Hours

Aquarium After Hours


Event Date: 07/21/2016 - 5:00pm




In the mood for a “wild” happy hour? Catch the last Aquarium After Hours event of the summer, sipping beer or wine and noshing on small-plate fare while exploring the attraction’s exhibits. Red ruffled lemurs, sea turtles, and sharks make intriguing drinking companions, indeed.

South Carolina Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf. Thursday, 5-10 p.m. $29.95-$24.95; free for member. (843) 577-3474, scaquarium.com

 
Let the Good Times Roll

Let the Good Times Roll


Event Date:
07/22/2016 - 6:00pm to 07/24/2016 - 6:00pm




Travel back in time and get ready for some good old-fashioned fun at this summertime musical variety show, presented by former Broadway vets and Charleston producers Brad and Jennifer Moranz. With a cast comprised of industry professionals, audiences enjoy performances including a duet version of modern superstar Adele’s hit “Hello,” classic songs from The Phantom of the Opera, and a medley of tracks from James Bond films. For a full night on the town, guests can purchase a $66 ticket for a prix-fixe menu at Vincent Chicco’s, an Italian-American restaurant located next door to the Music Hall. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Friday-Sunday, 6pm doors; 7pm show. $36; $33 senior/military; $19 student; $16 child under 13. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com

 

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Cast Off Fishing Tournament Series

Cast Off Fishing Tournament Series


Event Date: 07/23/2016 - 6:00am




Reel in as many fish as you can at one of the final competitions in the Cast Off Fishing summer-long tournament series. With just four events left, the tournament at Folly Beach is sure to be memorable as participants attempt to win prizes awarded to the three largest catches. Equipment rentals, tackle, and frozen bait are provided. Folly Beach Pier, 101 East Arctic Ave., Folly Beach. Saturday, 6am. $13-$10 ages 13 & up; $8 ages three-12/senior; $5 fishing pass holder. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com

 
Fight for Air Climb

Fight for Air Climb


Event Date: 07/23/2016 - 7:30am




Step up to the American Lung Association’s annual fundraiser as you support individuals affected by lung disease. Climbers trek to the top of the North Charleston Coliseum individually or as part of a team. With every step you take, raise awareness and generate funds for research, patient programs, and advocacy efforts in the fight for air. North Charleston Coliseum, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. Saturday, 7:30am. $25; $100 fund raising minimum. (843)556-8451, www.climbcharleston.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 08/06/2016 - 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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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 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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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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”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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Coastal Fiesta

Coastal Fiesta


Event Date:
06/22/2016 - 6:00pm to 08/17/2016 - 8:00pm




Palmetto Hall hosts a build your own taco bar for families to spend an evening swimming and enjoying a festive dinner! The taco bar includes bay scallop ceviche, chipolte glazed pork loin, peel and eat shrimp, mixed green salad with roasted corn, house made tortilla chips with pico de gallo, guacamole and queso, and fruit tarts and churros for dessert with assorted dipping sauces. Enjoy the indoor/outdoor seating and full use of the swim center pool. While the kids swim, adults are welcome to unlimited house selection margaritas, house wine, and beer from 6-8pm for $20. Tickets $40; $15 children; free children 3 and under. Reservations required (843)886-2307 

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“Whistler & Japonisme”

“Whistler & Japonisme”


Event Date:
07/01/2016 - 1:00pm to 11/27/2016 - 1:00pm




If you haven’t toured the gorgeously renovated Gibbes Museum of Art, let this special exhibit—one of four currently on display—be your excuse to spend a hot July day within its cool environs. “Whistler and Japonisme” examines the Asian influences on the art of James McNeill Whistler, bringing the 19th-century American artist’s etchings together with woodblock prints by the Japanese masters.

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

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Addicted to Love

Addicted to Love


Event Date:
07/01/2016 - 8:00pm to 09/24/2016 - 8:00pm




Written by the co-founders of 34 West, Stephen Wayne and Jeff Querin, this romantic comedy follows an eager reporter who goes undercover at a high school. What happens when Mom falls in love with her daughter’s teacher? Find out in this high-energy play, featuring popular ’80s tunes by the likes of Cyndi Lauper and Robert Palmer. Audience members can purchase champagne cocktails, coke floats, and a variety of tasty treats. 34 West Theater Company, 200 Meeting St., #100. Days & times vary. $25. (843)901-9343, www.34west.org 

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Pastel Color in the Landscape with Tammy Papa

Pastel Color in the Landscape with Tammy Papa


Event Date:
07/12/2016 - 9:30am to 07/26/2016 - 12:30pm




Beginner and intermediate students are invited to learn from Isle of Palms resident and Piccolo Spoleto award-winning painter Tammy Papa in this study of landscape, light, and color. Papa instructs students on the importance of capturing natural light and how to go beyond basic blues and greens when painting landscapes. Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. Tuesday, 9:30am-12:30pm. $300; $240 member. (843)722-2706, www.gibbesmuseum.org

 
 
 
SummerStage Musical Theatre Camp Productions

SummerStage Musical Theatre Camp Productions


Event Date:
07/29/2016 - 7:00pm to 07/30/2016 - 2:00pm




Sing along to Disney classics Beauty and the Beast JR and the Aristocats KIDS as Charleston Stage’s SummerStage Musical Theatre Camp students perform on the Dock Street Theatre stage. Comprised of more than 80 students grades two to 12, the summer camp teaches students the magic and discipline of performing a musical, complete with sets, lights, and costumes. Students in grades 2-5 are producing Aristocats KIDS, while students in grades 6-12 are producing Beauty and the Beast JRDock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. Friday, 7pm; Saturday, 10am & 2pm. $20.50. (843)577-7183, www.charlestonstage.com

 
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Charleston Library Society Summer Series Movie Nights

Charleston Library Society Summer Series Movie Nights


Event Date:
07/15/2016 - 7:00pm to 07/29/2016 - 7:00pm




The Charleston Library Society is letting loose with a fun-loving Summer Series delivering two movie nights this month. On July 15, enjoy drinks, light snacks, and a putting green during “Caddyshack and Cocktails.” July 29 brings “National Lampoon’s Vacation 33rd Anniversary,” with rum punch and raffles. 

Charleston Library Society, 164 King St. Friday, 7-9 p.m. $25; $20 member. (843) 723-9912, charlestonlibrarysociety.org

 
 
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Killer Fashion, The Consequence of High Style

Killer Fashion, The Consequence of High Style


Event Date:
07/21/2016 - 9:00am to 01/15/2017 - 5:00pm




High fashion comes at a high price, and that cost is often detrimental to more than just your pocket book. From delicate corsets crafted with whale bone to asphyxia-causing men’s high collars, explore the oddities of sartorial extravagance and its environment- and body-altering consequences in this Charleston Museum exhibit. The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm. $12; $10 ages 13-17; $5 ages three-12. (843)722-2996, www.charlestonmuseum.org

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Let the Good Times Roll

Let the Good Times Roll


Event Date:
07/22/2016 - 6:00pm to 07/24/2016 - 6:00pm




Travel back in time and get ready for some good old-fashioned fun at this summertime musical variety show, presented by former Broadway vets and Charleston producers Brad and Jennifer Moranz. With a cast comprised of industry professionals, audiences enjoy performances including a duet version of modern superstar Adele’s hit “Hello,” classic songs from The Phantom of the Opera, and a medley of tracks from James Bond films. For a full night on the town, guests can purchase a $66 ticket for a prix-fixe menu at Vincent Chicco’s, an Italian-American restaurant located next door to the Music Hall. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Friday-Sunday, 6pm doors; 7pm show. $36; $33 senior/military; $19 student; $16 child under 13. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com

 

 
 
Dave Matthews Band

Dave Matthews Band


Event Date: 07/26/2016 - 7:00pm




As the first group in history to have six consecutive studio albums debut at number one on the Billboard 200, Dave Matthews Band has been building up a dedicated (and immense) fan base since its early ‘90s start in Charlottesville, Virginia. Devout Dave followers and newcomers alike enjoy songs featuring violinist Boyd Tinsley, drummer Carter Beauford, bassist Stefan Lessar, saxophonist Jeff Coffin, trumpeter Rashawn Ross, guitarist Tim Reynolds, and vocalist/guitarist Dave Matthews. Sing along to top hits like “Crash Into Me” and “The Space Between.” North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. Tuesday, 7pm doors; 8pm show. $75-$45.50. (843)529-5000, www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com  

 

 
Pink Martini

Pink Martini


Event Date: 07/26/2016 - 7:30pm




Pink Martini has performed with symphony orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Australia, and North and South America and has provided musical soundtracks for political fundraisers and loads of other big benefit events. Featuring a dozen musicians and a multilingual repertoire, the “little orchestra” blends the melodies of multiple vocals, piano, trombone, violin, cello, upright bass, percussion, and guitar. The group has sold more than three million album copies worldwide and has often been described as the ”United Nations of bands.” Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Tuesday, 7:30pm. $80.46-$37.26. (843)242-3099, www.gaillardcenter.com

 
 
 
New Weave Art Exhibit

New Weave Art Exhibit


Event Date:
07/29/2016 - 8:00pm to 09/04/2016 - 6:00pm




Contemporary art gallery The Southern has created an exhibit dedicated to the very clothes on our backs—or how they’re made, at least. New Weave, the gallery’s fourth exhibit of 2016, brings together fiber artists who use a variety of techniques—both old and new, natural and chemical—to craft their pieces. Featured Charleston-based artists Kristy Bishop (textile and fiber-dyeing artist) and Camela Guevara (seamstress) see their works joined by Asheville’s own textile expert Judit Just’s items in the exhibit. The collection kicks off with an opening reception on July 29 from 8-9:30 p.m., and Kristy Bishop brings the exhibit to a close with a two-day dyeing and weaving workshop on Sept. 3 and 4. The Southern, 2 Carlson Ct. Days & times vary. $195 for workshop (includes all materials and loom); free to see exhibit. (843)642-8020, www.thesouthern.gallery

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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 08/06/2016 - 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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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 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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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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”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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Coastal Fiesta

Coastal Fiesta


Event Date:
06/22/2016 - 6:00pm to 08/17/2016 - 8:00pm




Palmetto Hall hosts a build your own taco bar for families to spend an evening swimming and enjoying a festive dinner! The taco bar includes bay scallop ceviche, chipolte glazed pork loin, peel and eat shrimp, mixed green salad with roasted corn, house made tortilla chips with pico de gallo, guacamole and queso, and fruit tarts and churros for dessert with assorted dipping sauces. Enjoy the indoor/outdoor seating and full use of the swim center pool. While the kids swim, adults are welcome to unlimited house selection margaritas, house wine, and beer from 6-8pm for $20. Tickets $40; $15 children; free children 3 and under. Reservations required (843)886-2307 

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“Whistler & Japonisme”

“Whistler & Japonisme”


Event Date:
07/01/2016 - 1:00pm to 11/27/2016 - 1:00pm




If you haven’t toured the gorgeously renovated Gibbes Museum of Art, let this special exhibit—one of four currently on display—be your excuse to spend a hot July day within its cool environs. “Whistler and Japonisme” examines the Asian influences on the art of James McNeill Whistler, bringing the 19th-century American artist’s etchings together with woodblock prints by the Japanese masters.

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

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Addicted to Love

Addicted to Love


Event Date:
07/01/2016 - 8:00pm to 09/24/2016 - 8:00pm




Written by the co-founders of 34 West, Stephen Wayne and Jeff Querin, this romantic comedy follows an eager reporter who goes undercover at a high school. What happens when Mom falls in love with her daughter’s teacher? Find out in this high-energy play, featuring popular ’80s tunes by the likes of Cyndi Lauper and Robert Palmer. Audience members can purchase champagne cocktails, coke floats, and a variety of tasty treats. 34 West Theater Company, 200 Meeting St., #100. Days & times vary. $25. (843)901-9343, www.34west.org 

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Killer Fashion, The Consequence of High Style

Killer Fashion, The Consequence of High Style


Event Date:
07/21/2016 - 9:00am to 01/15/2017 - 5:00pm




High fashion comes at a high price, and that cost is often detrimental to more than just your pocket book. From delicate corsets crafted with whale bone to asphyxia-causing men’s high collars, explore the oddities of sartorial extravagance and its environment- and body-altering consequences in this Charleston Museum exhibit. The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm. $12; $10 ages 13-17; $5 ages three-12. (843)722-2996, www.charlestonmuseum.org

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New Weave Art Exhibit

New Weave Art Exhibit


Event Date:
07/29/2016 - 8:00pm to 09/04/2016 - 6:00pm




Contemporary art gallery The Southern has created an exhibit dedicated to the very clothes on our backs—or how they’re made, at least. New Weave, the gallery’s fourth exhibit of 2016, brings together fiber artists who use a variety of techniques—both old and new, natural and chemical—to craft their pieces. Featured Charleston-based artists Kristy Bishop (textile and fiber-dyeing artist) and Camela Guevara (seamstress) see their works joined by Asheville’s own textile expert Judit Just’s items in the exhibit. The collection kicks off with an opening reception on July 29 from 8-9:30 p.m., and Kristy Bishop brings the exhibit to a close with a two-day dyeing and weaving workshop on Sept. 3 and 4. The Southern, 2 Carlson Ct. Days & times vary. $195 for workshop (includes all materials and loom); free to see exhibit. (843)642-8020, www.thesouthern.gallery

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Slightly Stoopid "Return of the Red Eye"

Slightly Stoopid "Return of the Red Eye"


Event Date: 07/31/2016 - 5:30pm




This Ocean Beach, California-based reggae, punk, hip-hop, and rock band, led by co-founders and multi-instrumentalists Kyle McDonald and Miles Doughty, plays songs from its eighth studio album, Meanwhile…Back at the Lab on the “Return of the Red Eye” summer tour. Known for its laid-back, feel-good vibes, the group has been touring and recording for nearly two decades. For super Stoopid fans, there is the ”Stoopidhead” package, which includes a ticket, early entry, and merchandise. Riverfront Park, 1001 Everglades Ave., North Charleston. Sunday, 5:30pm doors; 6:30pm show. $40-$35; $99 VIP package. www.slightlystoopid.com 

 




UPCOMING EVENTS

07/29/2016 - 7:00pm to 07/30/2016 - 2:00pm

Sing along to Disney classics Beauty and the Beast JR and the Aristocats KIDS as Charleston Stage’s SummerStage Musical Theatre Camp students perform on the Dock Street Theatre stage. Comprised of more than 80 students grades two to 12, the summer camp teaches students the magic and discipline of performing a musical, complete with sets, lights, and costumes. Students in grades 2-5 are producing Aristocats KIDS, while students in grades 6-12 are producing Beauty and the Beast JRDock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. Friday, 7pm; Saturday, 10am & 2pm. $20.50. (843)577-7183, www.charlestonstage.com

07/29/2016 - 8:00pm to 09/04/2016 - 6:00pm

Contemporary art gallery The Southern has created an exhibit dedicated to the very clothes on our backs—or how they’re made, at least. New Weave, the gallery’s fourth exhibit of 2016, brings together fiber artists who use a variety of techniques—both old and new, natural and chemical—to craft their pieces. Featured Charleston-based artists Kristy Bishop (textile and fiber-dyeing artist) and Camela Guevara (seamstress) see their works joined by Asheville’s own textile expert Judit Just’s items in the exhibit. The collection kicks off with an opening reception on July 29 from 8-9:30 p.m., and Kristy Bishop brings the exhibit to a close with a two-day dyeing and weaving workshop on Sept. 3 and 4. The Southern, 2 Carlson Ct. Days & times vary. $195 for workshop (includes all materials and loom); free to see exhibit. (843)642-8020, www.thesouthern.gallery

07/31/2016 - 5:30pm

This Ocean Beach, California-based reggae, punk, hip-hop, and rock band, led by co-founders and multi-instrumentalists Kyle McDonald and Miles Doughty, plays songs from its eighth studio album, Meanwhile…Back at the Lab on the “Return of the Red Eye” summer tour. Known for its laid-back, feel-good vibes, the group has been touring and recording for nearly two decades. For super Stoopid fans, there is the ”Stoopidhead” package, which includes a ticket, early entry, and merchandise. Riverfront Park, 1001 Everglades Ave., North Charleston. Sunday, 5:30pm doors; 6:30pm show. $40-$35; $99 VIP package. www.slightlystoopid.com 

08/01/2016 - 10:00am to 08/31/2016 - 10:00am

Much of the Holy City’s current cultural climate harkens back to the Charleston Renaissance of the early 20th century, when a generation of artists and writers introduced the beauty of the Lowcountry— from the French Quarter’s cobblestone streets to Rainbow Row—to the rest of the world. Visit Corrigan Gallery to view a collection of these influential artists’ works, including pieces by Elizabeth O’Neill Verner, Alfred Hutty, Anna Heyward Taylor, Alice Ravenel Huger Smith, and Corrie McCallum. Corrigan Gallery, 62 Queen St. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, & Saturday, 10am-5pm; Monday & Thursday, 11am-5pm. Free. (843)722-9868, www.corrigangallery.com

08/03/2016 - 9:00am to 08/07/2016 - 9:00am

During this Charleston Museum camp, children ages six to 11 explore the institution’s collections and discover more about ancient Egypt, dinosaurs, pirates, and more. The price includes crafts, activities, and snacks. The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Wednesday-Sunday, 9am-noon. $160; $130 member. (843)722-2996, www.charlestonmuseum.org

08/03/2016 - 6:00pm

Get your ”ohm” on in Riverfront Park during this free yoga session. Beth Cosi, founder of Bendy Brewski Yoga (meet her in Local Seen on page 48), leads the group through an hour of guided breathing, stretching, and strengthening exercises. Afterward, treat yourself to a cool King of Pops treat. Riverfront Park, 1001 Everglades Ave., North Charleston. Wednesday, 6-7pm. Free. (843)297-8039, www.charleston.kingofpops.com

08/04/2016 -
5:00pm to 10:00pm

Celebrate the three year anniversary Indaco with half-price bottles of wine, specialty cocktails and a three-course menu for $35. Known for their delicious wood-fire pizzas and handcrafted pastas, this authentic Italian restaurant guarantees a wonderful celebration and meal. Indaco, 526 King Street. Thursday, 5-10pm. $35. (843)727-1228, www.indacocharleston.com.  

08/04/2016 - 7:05pm to 08/31/2016 - 7:05pm

Don’t let summer pass by without squeezing in another trip to the Joe! This month, the RiverDogs are playing the Greenville Drive, Rome Braves, Columbia Fireflies, and Hagerstown Suns, with plenty of fun promotions to keep the whole family entertained. On August 5, for example, they’ll be putting on their own version of the Olympic Opening Ceremonies; on the 8th, they don their old Charleston Rainbows uniforms for Rainbow Night; and the 22nd is Dog Day. Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park, 360 Fishburne St. Days & times vary. $21-$8. (843) 577-3647, www.riverdogs.com

August 4-10, 19-25, & 30-31

08/04/2016 - 8:00pm to 08/14/2016 - 3:00pm

Tuck into Threshold Rep’s cozy Society Street theater to catch the company’s take on this Shakespeare comedy. The King of Navarre and his three companions resolve to abstain from women for three years in order to focus on study and fasting...but then they fall for the Princess of Aquitaine and her ladies. Threshold Repertory Theater, 84 1/2 Society St. Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. $25; $20 senior; $15 student. (843) 277-2172, charlestontheater.com

08/05/2016 - 5:00pm to 08/26/2016 - 11:00am

Hailing from a small town in West Virginia, self-taught oil painter Adam Hall brings his visceral, expansive views of wilderness to the Lowcountry. Hall’s detailed landscapes—from roaring oceans to silent woods—evoke the feelings of wonder and contemplation often inspired by the ”untamed” natural world.  The artist discusses his work at an opening night reception Friday, August 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. Robert Lange Studios, 2 Queen St. Daily, 11am-5pm. Free. (843)805-8052, www.robertlangestudios.com