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“Fashion Flashback, 1920s-1960s: Five Decades of Style That Changed America”

“Fashion Flashback, 1920s-1960s: Five Decades of Style That Changed America”


Event Date: 01/12/2015 (All day) to 05/10/2015 (All day)




From Chanel suits and mini-skirts to “Repeal the 18th Amendment” ties and Egyptian Revival accessories, explore the decades through men’s and women’s dress at The Charleston Museum’s dazzling new exhibition. Flaunt your own vintage frocks at the opening reception—6 to 8 p.m. on January 15—or procure something from the Cavortress team, on hand to deck you out. Tickets are $35 for non-members and $25 for members. The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 1pm-5pm. $10; $5 ages three-12; free for child under three. (843)722-2996, www.charlestonmuseum.org

 

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Kids in the Kitchen: April Fools!

Kids in the Kitchen: April Fools!


Event Date: 04/01/2015 - 4:00pm




Before taking a bite into your mid-afternoon snack, you might want to look twice. This April Fool’s day, kids ages 9 and up are invited to whip up some edible practical jokes at Southern Season. The fun and tasty treats are sure to satisfy your cravings and induce belly-aching laughter. Southern Season, 730 Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Wednesday, 4pm. $30. (855) 716-1240, http://www.southernseason.com

 
Spring Wednesday Wine Strolls

Spring Wednesday Wine Strolls


Event Date: 04/01/2015 - 6:00pm




Get through the mid-week slump with a sip and a stroll. Sample fine wine from around the world as you explore beautiful spring flora. From the Azalea Hillside to the Reflection Pool, with its stunning columns of dogwoods and magnolias, each week’s location is different, so you can keep coming again and again. Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Rd. Wednesday, 6-8pm. $25; $20 advance; $15 member. (800)782-3608,
www.middletonplace.org

 
Perception: Photographic Works by Andrew King and Keller James

Perception: Photographic Works by Andrew King and Keller James


Event Date: 04/02/2015 - 5:30pm to 04/16/2015 - 11:59pm




Through the lens a different world appears, a moment of existence captured in one frame – an untold story that the artist must convey. Local visual artists Andrew King and Keller James’ stories are rooted in the same foundation but diverge in the manner in which they approach the details. King’s eye sees in surrealistic movements, finding the space in the absence of identity to represent the ambiguities of the human form. For Keller James, the continuity of landscapes and serene familiar moments are more than the usual narrative, but a glimpse into the natural beauty that is found in the passing whispers of the day to day. When in conjunction, their work challenges viewers to question their perception of their surroundings and consider the ways in which photography can express these reflections. The opening reception for Perception is on Thursday, April 2, from 5:30-8:30p.m. King Dusko, 541 King St., April 2-16, 8:30am-2:00am. Free. (646)705-6538, www.facebook.com/KingDusko

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South Carolina Watermedia Society Exhibit

South Carolina Watermedia Society Exhibit


Event Date: 04/02/2015 - 9:00am




Don’t waste your time trying to define the word “watermedia.” Better to head over to the North Charleston City Gallery, where 30 of the SC Watermedia Society’s finest specimens are on display, and let your eyes do the work. Selected by renowned landscape artist William Jameson, the collection features watercolor and acrylic paintings, including portraits, still lifes, and landscapes. Be sure to check out submissions from three area residents—Carolyn Epperly, Becky Hollingsworth, and Denise Athanas—as well as Jameson’s top pick: Bill’s Bucket by Vickie Bailey Ebbers. North Charleston City Gallery, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. Daily, 9am-5pm. Free. (843) 740-5854, www.northcharleston.org

 

 
Silhouette Art with Clay Rice

Silhouette Art with Clay Rice


Event Date: 04/02/2015 - 3:00pm




Want to capture your child’s visage before they grow up too fast? Skip the tiring and extensive process of a sit-down portrait—renowned silhouette artist Clay Rice can create a beautiful child’s silhouette in under five minutes.  The man knows what he’s doing; Rice cuts over 10,000 silhouettes a year! Bring a copy of Rice’s children’s books, The Lonely Shadow, The Stick, and Mama Let’s Make a Moon for him to sign, and watch as this folk artist works his magic.

Blue Bicycle Books, 420 King St. Thursday, 3-6pm. $42 for two silhouette copies. (843) 722-2666, bluebicyclebooks.com. 

 
Take Back the Night March & Vigil

Take Back the Night March & Vigil


Event Date: 04/02/2015 - 7:00pm




In light of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Charleston-based People Against Rape (PAR) hosts a Take Back the Night one-mile march and vigil through the College of Charleston campus, honoring survivors of sexual violence. First held in Philadelphia in 1975, Take Back the Night was created as a way for communities to speak out against rape. Unitarian Church of Charleston, 4 Archdale St. Thursday, 7-9pm. Free. (843)577-9882, www.peopleagainstrape.org

 
SEE JAZZ Visual Exhibition

SEE JAZZ Visual Exhibition


Event Date: 04/03/2015 - 9:00am to 04/23/2015 - 5:00pm




To appreciate the innumerable sounds of jazz we often rely only on our ears to understand the melodies, sometimes even closing our eyes in an attempt to be swallowed by the sounds. In honor of Jazz Appreciation Month, the Jazz Artists of Charleston (JAC) and Charleston Jazz Orchestra (CJO) seek to turn the normative experience around and instead ask their followers to use their eyes to find a new perspective on the multi-faceted genre. Through a curated collection of images taken by the JAC’s resident photographers over the past seven years, the artistry of jazz leaps through images lending the chance to feel more than just the emotions of the harmonies, but those of the musicians as well. Jazz is more than just a performance but a unique combination of people, places and moments, which the JAC hopes to recognize and preserve in various forms to inspire future musicians and listeners. A closing reception will be held on April 22 from 6p.m.-9p.m. and is free to the public. Jericho Arts, 815 Savannah Highway Suite 101. Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. Free. (843)641-0011, www.jazzartistsofcharleston.org

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Featured artist Trip Park at Atelier Gallery

Featured artist Trip Park at Atelier Gallery


Event Date: 04/03/2015 - 5:00pm to 04/30/2015 - 6:00pm




Though he originally began working in the world of advertising following his graduation from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Trip Park’s creativity was not truly unleashed until he decided to enter a different realm of artistic expression, illustration and then eventually painting. Since the pull to create his own artworks began, he has been busy illustrating a number of children’s books and developing characters for a variety of animations. His quirky style and distinctive perspective has contributed to the popularity of his artwork, leading him to find himself as this month’s featured artist at Atelier Gallery. The commencement of his exhibit coincides with the First Friday Art Walk, allowing for an enriching atmosphere in which to view and interpret his pieces. Atelier Gallery, 153 King St., April 3-30. Free. (843)722-5668, http://www.theateliergalleries.com/

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"Young Contemporaries"

"Young Contemporaries"


Event Date: 04/03/2015 - 11:00am




In its 30th year, the College of Charleston’s “Young Contemporaries” exhibition showcases never-before-seen works from 60 of the school’s own budding creatives. Juried by Lawren Alice, a Philadelphia-based body artist, it’s sure to be an intriguing show. Be the first to see the winning entries at the opening reception and awards ceremony from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 3. Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, 161 Calhoun St. Monday-Saturday, 11am-4pm. Free. (843)953-4422, www.halsey.cofc.edu

 

 
"Blending Tides"

"Blending Tides"


Event Date: 04/03/2015 - 11:00am




Get ready for a canvas mashup. Pop-surrealist painter Nathan Durfee joins forces with gallery owner Robert Lange, graffiti artist Patch Whiskey, photographer Gregg Carr, and a bevy of other local creatives for this experimental exhibition of 20 two-man works, each embellished with Durfee’s whimsical characters. Get the lowdown from the artists themselves at the opening reception on Friday, April 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. Robert Lange Studios, 2 Queen St. Daily, 11am-5pm. Free. (843)805-8052, www.robertlangestudios.com

 
Kids in the Kitchen: Spring Birdhouse Decorating

Kids in the Kitchen: Spring Birdhouse Decorating


Event Date: 04/03/2015 - 4:00pm




With flowers blooming, the sun shining, and birds returning to their usual perches, it’s the perfect time for kids to decorate their own birdhouse. Hang it up on a favorite tree and watch feathered friends settle in. Ages 7 and up, plus parents. Southern Season, 730 Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Friday, 4pm. $35. (855)716-1240, http://www.southernseason.com/

 
Catch Me If You Can: The Musical

Catch Me If You Can: The Musical


Event Date: 04/03/2015 - 7:30pm




Inspired by the 2002 film starring Leonardo DiCaprio, this Broadway musical follows the story of former con artist Frank Abagnale Jr., now a resident of the Holy City. Directed by Julian Wiles, the Charleston Stage production recounts Abagnale’s adventures fooling nurses, flight attendants, and FBI agents alike as he donned numerous false identities and wrote bogus checks to fund his lavish playboy lifestyle. Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. Thursday-Saturday, 7:30pm; Sunday, 3pm. $58-$23. (843)577-7183, www.charlestonstage.com

 
American Aquarium w/ Kenny George Band

American Aquarium w/ Kenny George Band


Event Date: 04/03/2015 - 9:00pm




No strangers to the consequences of a wild and rowdy lifestyle, North Carolina alternative rock band American Aquarium tackled their latest album with profound maturity, crooning ballads that celebrate their long and bumpy journey through the music scene. The musical culmination of the lessons they have learned thus far hits the stage of the Pour House with opener, the Kenny George Band. Hailing from Aiken, SC the group combines country, folk, and rock by adding an alternative twist. With lyricism rooted in the foundations of country music, their unique Southern twang morphs the old and new of the beloved genre. The heartfelt dedication to honest music that both bands strive to portray in their performances will surely inspire listeners to explore their own journeys. The Charleston Pour House, 1977 Maybank Hwy., Friday, 9pm. $12; day off, $10; advanced. (843)571-4343, www.charlestonpourhouse.com

 
Eggstravaganza

Eggstravaganza


Event Date: 04/04/2015 - 10:30am




Hop on down the bunny trail for The Charleston Museum’s annual Eggstravaganza at Middleton Place. Kids can search for eggs hidden among the garden greenery, then head to the Stableyards to dye them a range of colors. Afterwards, little ones compete in an egg roll or egg toss and listen to classic rabbit tales. Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Rd., Saturday, 10:30am. Free with general admission: $28; $15 student; $10 ages six-13; free for child under six. (843)556-6020, www.middletonplace.org

 

 
Magnolia Gardens Easter Egg Hunt

Magnolia Gardens Easter Egg Hunt


Event Date: 04/04/2015 - 10:30am




What better backdrop is there for a good old-fashioned Easter egg hunt than the breathtaking gardens at Magnolia Plantation? Imagine more than 5,000 colorful eggs, each filled with candy or a special prize, scattered throughout the sprawling grounds waiting to be discovered by little hands. Prizes encased in some of the hidden treasures include boat and train rides, family memberships, and chocolate bunnies. Plantation mascot Eggbert Hopps will be in attendance so be sure to snap a photo as a token from the day’s excitement. Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, 3550 Ashley River Rd. Saturday, 10:30am. Free with garden admission. (800)367-3517, www.magnoliaplantation.com

 
Help a Horse Day at Sugar Bakeshop

Help a Horse Day at Sugar Bakeshop


Event Date: 04/04/2015 - 11:00am




Sugar Bakeshop has prepared some of their favorite homemade Easter goodies in honor of LEARN Horse Rescue’s Help a Horse Day. Their equine friend, Smarty Pants, will join them for the courtyard celebration with a basket full of Easter eggs for everyone. Sugar Bakeshop, 59 Cannon St., Saturday, 11am-2pm. Free. (843)579-2891, www.sugarbake.com

 
Easter Egg Cookie Decorating

Easter Egg Cookie Decorating


Event Date: 04/04/2015 - 11:00am




Hop on over to Southern Season’s tasting station to decorate some Easter cookies. Cookies, icing, and trimmings are provided, so treat the cookie as your blank canvas and let your imaginations run wild. Southern Season, 730 Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Saturday, 11am-1pm. Free. (855)716-1240, http://www.southernseason.com

 
Lowcountry Kids Expo

Lowcountry Kids Expo


Event Date: 04/04/2015 - 11:00am




Focusing on our community’s essential resources regarding safety, health and wellness, special needs, education, and summer camps, the Lowcountry Kids Expo hits on topics important to the entire family. But this full day of fun and free learning is more than just a resource for information. Featuring over twenty local vendors and a variety of activities for the kids, from bounce houses to face painting, balloon arts, crafts, and even an Easter Egg Hunt, the Expo is also your chance to meet special guest Olivia Holt, star of the hit Disney channel show “I Didn’t Do It.” Omar Convention Center, 176 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant. Saturday, 11am-5pm. Free. www.carolinafamilyexpos.com

 
Celtic Night

Celtic Night


Event Date: 04/04/2015 - 7:30pm




St. Patrick’s Day may have come and gone, and it’s hangover with it, but don’t put away your greenery just yet. The Irish and Irish American Studies groups of the College of Charleston present Celtic Night, a trio of concerts featuring local groups The Hungry Monks, Castle Crossing, and Good Foot. With Hazel Ketchum on the guitar and John Holenko on mandolin, the Hungry Monks draw on Medieval and Renaissance styles, mixing Celtic influences with Blues and Jazz. Four-piece band Castle Crossing also offers an eclectic mix of Americana and Celtic sounds, incorporating instruments like the fiddle and the bodhran, a traditional Irish drum. Head of the Charleston folk music scene, Bart Saylor is also the multi-instrumental leader of Good Foot, a trio rounded out by accomplished flutist Susan Conant and lead fiddler Na Fidieri. Each with their unique takes on Celtic style, these groups are sure to have you doing an Irish jig. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Saturday, 7:30pm. $15. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com

 
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“Fashion Flashback, 1920s-1960s: Five Decades of Style That Changed America”

“Fashion Flashback, 1920s-1960s: Five Decades of Style That Changed America”


Event Date: 01/12/2015 (All day) to 05/10/2015 (All day)




From Chanel suits and mini-skirts to “Repeal the 18th Amendment” ties and Egyptian Revival accessories, explore the decades through men’s and women’s dress at The Charleston Museum’s dazzling new exhibition. Flaunt your own vintage frocks at the opening reception—6 to 8 p.m. on January 15—or procure something from the Cavortress team, on hand to deck you out. Tickets are $35 for non-members and $25 for members. The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 1pm-5pm. $10; $5 ages three-12; free for child under three. (843)722-2996, www.charlestonmuseum.org

 

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Perception: Photographic Works by Andrew King and Keller James

Perception: Photographic Works by Andrew King and Keller James


Event Date: 04/02/2015 - 5:30pm to 04/16/2015 - 11:59pm




Through the lens a different world appears, a moment of existence captured in one frame – an untold story that the artist must convey. Local visual artists Andrew King and Keller James’ stories are rooted in the same foundation but diverge in the manner in which they approach the details. King’s eye sees in surrealistic movements, finding the space in the absence of identity to represent the ambiguities of the human form. For Keller James, the continuity of landscapes and serene familiar moments are more than the usual narrative, but a glimpse into the natural beauty that is found in the passing whispers of the day to day. When in conjunction, their work challenges viewers to question their perception of their surroundings and consider the ways in which photography can express these reflections. The opening reception for Perception is on Thursday, April 2, from 5:30-8:30p.m. King Dusko, 541 King St., April 2-16, 8:30am-2:00am. Free. (646)705-6538, www.facebook.com/KingDusko

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SEE JAZZ Visual Exhibition

SEE JAZZ Visual Exhibition


Event Date: 04/03/2015 - 9:00am to 04/23/2015 - 5:00pm




To appreciate the innumerable sounds of jazz we often rely only on our ears to understand the melodies, sometimes even closing our eyes in an attempt to be swallowed by the sounds. In honor of Jazz Appreciation Month, the Jazz Artists of Charleston (JAC) and Charleston Jazz Orchestra (CJO) seek to turn the normative experience around and instead ask their followers to use their eyes to find a new perspective on the multi-faceted genre. Through a curated collection of images taken by the JAC’s resident photographers over the past seven years, the artistry of jazz leaps through images lending the chance to feel more than just the emotions of the harmonies, but those of the musicians as well. Jazz is more than just a performance but a unique combination of people, places and moments, which the JAC hopes to recognize and preserve in various forms to inspire future musicians and listeners. A closing reception will be held on April 22 from 6p.m.-9p.m. and is free to the public. Jericho Arts, 815 Savannah Highway Suite 101. Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. Free. (843)641-0011, www.jazzartistsofcharleston.org

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Featured artist Trip Park at Atelier Gallery

Featured artist Trip Park at Atelier Gallery


Event Date: 04/03/2015 - 5:00pm to 04/30/2015 - 6:00pm




Though he originally began working in the world of advertising following his graduation from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Trip Park’s creativity was not truly unleashed until he decided to enter a different realm of artistic expression, illustration and then eventually painting. Since the pull to create his own artworks began, he has been busy illustrating a number of children’s books and developing characters for a variety of animations. His quirky style and distinctive perspective has contributed to the popularity of his artwork, leading him to find himself as this month’s featured artist at Atelier Gallery. The commencement of his exhibit coincides with the First Friday Art Walk, allowing for an enriching atmosphere in which to view and interpret his pieces. Atelier Gallery, 153 King St., April 3-30. Free. (843)722-5668, http://www.theateliergalleries.com/

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Easter Brunch at Southerly

Easter Brunch at Southerly


Event Date: 04/05/2015 - 10:00am




This spring, Southern Season invites to you to enjoy Easter brunch at their Lowcountry-inspired restaurant, Southerly. Indulge in the classic dish of shrimp and grits or expand your taste buds with the mahi with red rice risotto. Either way, you can’t go wrong with Chef Chad Billing’s seasonal creations. Southerly, 730 Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Sunday, 10am-4pm. $29; $15 child. (843)416-3965, http://www.southernseason.com/restaurant/charleston

 
Hope For Agoldensummer

Hope For Agoldensummer


Event Date: 04/05/2015 - 8:00pm




The voices of Hope For Agoldensummer sisters Claire and Page Campbell float through the air spreading wonder upon the eager ears of the mesmerized. Their hypnotically sweet and whimsical tunes are reminiscent of dream-like wanderings of hot southern summer days, calling back to their youth spent in Athens, GA. The sister collaboration utilizes the musical talents of each with songs including the slide guitar, banjo, glockenspiel, and bowed handsaw. Their return to the equally entrancing city of Charleston on Easter Eve will carry viewers into doe eyed springtime awe. Tin Roof, 1117 Magnolia Rd., Sunday, 8pm. $5. (843)571-0775, http://www.charlestontinroof.com/ 

 
 
Basic Knife Skills

Basic Knife Skills


Event Date: 04/07/2015 - 1:00pm




Let the cooking school staff of Southern Season guide you through the skills and care procedures for the most utilized item in the kitchen, the knife. Learn basic cutting and chopping techniques as well as the secrets behind properly sharpening knives. Chef’s knives will be provided, but all are welcome to bring their own. Register quickly because this is one of the most popular class series! Southern Season, 730 Coleman Blvd, Mount Pleasant, Tuesday, 1pm, $50. (855) 716-1240, http://www.southernseason.com/

 
International Piano Series featuring Anne-Marie McDermott

International Piano Series featuring Anne-Marie McDermott


Event Date: 04/07/2015 - 7:30pm




Putting on over 100 concerts every year including solo recitals, concerti, and chamber performances, Anne-Marie McDermott is no stranger to the stage. Considered to be a favorite for this year's Spoleto festival, the accomplished concert pianist is set to key-up Sergei Prokofiev's Sonata No. 6 in G Major, Sonata in C minor, and Sonata in C Major. Having performed with prominent orchestras–the New York Philharmonic, National Symphony, and Moscow Viruosi to name a few–McDermott knows what it takes to combine artistry and thrill to enamor audiences.  As the final act of the 2014-15 season, the International Piano Series is sure to end on a good note. Sottile Theatre, 44 George St. Tuesday, 7:30pm. $20 general, Free for students. (843)953-6575, www.sottile.cofc.edu

 
Cinderella

Cinderella


Event Date: 04/07/2015 - 7:30pm




Experience the rags-to-riches story of Cinderella as the Russian National Ballet brings the classic tale to life through dance. First performed in Moscow 70 years ago, this storybook production has stood the test of time, delighting audiences of all ages with lavish costumes, opulent scenery, and Russia’s finest dancers. With a beautiful score from Prokofiev and choreography by Rotislav Zakharov, Cinderella has never been so enchanting. North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. Tuesday, 7:30pm. $75-$25. (843)529-5000, www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com

 
Cooking with Coffee

Cooking with Coffee


Event Date: 04/08/2015 - 5:00pm




With milk and sugar, half and half, or black, coffee is the perfect morning energizer, afternoon pick-me-up, and after dinner digestif. But, coffee is more than just a beverage; it can also be used when cooking to liven up your meals. Chef Marilyn Markel will lead this class through a coffee inspired menu that includes flank steak with coffee and bourbon sauce and a coffee granita with Chantilly cream. Afterwards, participants will get to enjoy the results of their hard work. Southern Season, 730 Coleman Blvd, Mount Pleasant, Wednesday, 5pm, $40. (855) 716-1240, http://www.southernseason.com/

 
Bluegrass Jamboree

Bluegrass Jamboree


Event Date: 04/08/2015 - 7:00pm




Though some might credit Kentucky as the provenance of bluegrass music, South Carolina was part and parcel of the genre’s development. Sponsored by Historic Charleston Foundation, this jam session carries on that legacy with a trio of acts offering up quality pickin’. Get down with The Hungry Monks and their folk-based Celtic style, covering ditties from the Renaissance to Appalachia. For more traditional tunes, look to locals Yeehaw Junction and the four-piece Flatt City. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Wednesday, 7pm. $35. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com

 
Art at the Pig

Art at the Pig


Event Date: 04/09/2015 - 5:30pm




Have you ever wondered who creates the elaborate chalkboards that double as menus and signs at some of your favorite local eateries? Chances are Ashley Nicole Miller is the artist behind the flair. A Georgetown native and Holy City local, she uses chalk as her primary medium and has achieved recognition for her colorful work throughout the community. Stop by the Striped Pig and join Miller, alongside other local artists, to celebrate her first show featuring nearly 50 vibrant pieces all created in chalk. We're willing to bet that you haven't seen chalk-work come to life in such a way since Mary Poppins introduced us all to supercalifragialisticexpialidocious! Striped Pig, 2225-A Old School Dr. Thursday, 5:30pm. Free. (843)276-3201, www.stripedpigdistillery.com

 
An Evening of Curated Vintage Films from the A/V Geeks

An Evening of Curated Vintage Films from the A/V Geeks


Event Date: 04/09/2015 - 7:00pm




From dusty films collected from government auctions and the recesses of library records, Skip Elsheimer of A/V Geeks has compiled the most notable 16mm educational and PSA films into a film of its own. A/V Geeks hails from Raleigh, NC where their collection of over 25,000 16mm educational films reside. Former owners have deemed the footage obsolete, but seeing art in the over looked, Elsheimer knew that there was something fascinating to be made. The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art and the Charleston Music Hall present his film to be followed by a curator led discussion. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St., Thursday, 7pm. $5. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com

 
Film Screening: A/V Geeks

Film Screening: A/V Geeks


Event Date: 04/09/2015 - 7:00pm




Ever looked at an old VHS or video reel and wondered what use it could be today? Skip Elsheimer, the founder and curator of the A/V Geeks Educational Film Archive, has your answer. After rescuing nearly 25,000 16mm educational films from Raleigh schools and libraries, Elsheimer has cultivated an impressive archive that he is ready to share. In this screening, films pair thematically with the Young Contemporaries art exhibition at the Halsey Institute. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Thursday, 7pm. $5. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com

 
Folly Beach Sea and Sand Festival

Folly Beach Sea and Sand Festival


Event Date: 04/10/2015 - 7:30pm to 04/11/2015 - 11:59pm




In its 25th year the Folly Beach Sea and Sand Festival takes over Center Street again with a pageant, 5K, street party and more. The family-friendly weekend offers activities for all ages. Kids will stay occupied with jump castles, carnival games and face painting while parents and the like can bid in the silent auction or peruse local art. Two stages of live music will keep the vibes relaxed with performances from local bands Dangermuffin, Cary Hudson & Guilt Ridden Troubadour and Kevin West Band. A portion of this year’s proceeds will be put towards a Folly Beach community project, chosen by the Folly Association of Business. Folly Beach, Friday, 7:30pm, Saturday, 8:30am. http://www.follybeachfestivals.com/

 
World Grits Festival

World Grits Festival


Event Date: 04/10/2015 - 9:00am




Rumored to consume more grits per capita than any other place in the world, the tiny town of St. George is the rightful home of the World Grits Festival. The 30th annual event features live music, arts and crafts vendors, carnival games, and all the grits you can eat. Still haven’t had enough? The Roll in the Quaker Instant Grits Contest, on Saturday for kids and Sunday for adults, sees participants jump into an inflatable pool filled two-feet deep with the Southern staple. Weighed before and after the roll, he who wears the most hominy takes home a cash prize. World Grits Festival Headquarters, 110 S. Parler Ave., St. George. Friday & Saturday, 9am-9pm; Sunday, 9am-4pm. Free. www.worldgritsfestival.com

 
Mary Ramsay Civic Award

Mary Ramsay Civic Award


Event Date: 04/10/2015 - 12:00pm




Remembered as one of Charleston's most memborable leaders, Mary Croghan Ramsay poured her heart and soul into the promotion of the performing arts, higher education, urban development and improvement, and the welfare of those with special needs. Each Spring for the past four years, the Spoleto Festival USA recognizes a leader in the community whose extraordinary contributions and efforts mirror those of Mary Ramsay. This year, join Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. as he presents Martha Rivers Ingram with the esteemed Mary Ramsay Civic Award in honor of her work in the community that exmplifies that of the award's namesake. The Governor Thomas Bennett House, 69 Barre St. Friday, noon. $5,000 Platinum Partner table for ten, $3,000 Gold Partner table, $200 Silver Partner individual. (843)724-1192, www.spoletousa.org 

 
Mary Ramsay Civic Award

Mary Ramsay Civic Award


Event Date: 04/10/2015 - 12:00pm




Remembered as one of Charleston's most memborable leaders, Mary Croghan Ramsay poured her heart and soul into the promotion of the performing arts, higher education, urban development and improvement, and the welfare of those with special needs. Each Spring for the past four years, the Spoleto Festival USA recognizes a leader in the community whose extraordinary contributions and efforts mirror those of Mary Ramsay. This year, join Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. as he presents Martha Rivers Ingram with the esteemed Mary Ramsay Civic Award in honor of her work in the community that exmplifies that of the award's namesake. The Governor Thomas Bennett House, 69 Barre St. Friday, noon. $5,000 Platinum Partner table for ten, $3,000 Gold Partner table, $200 Silver Partner individual. (843)724-1192, www.spoletousa.org 

 
Garden Club of Charleston House & Garden Tours

Garden Club of Charleston House & Garden Tours


Event Date: 04/10/2015 - 1:00pm




Have you ever peered through the ivy-covered wrought-iron gates found on many Charleston streets, trying to catch a glimpse of a secret garden? Well now you can stroll right in for a proper look. On Friday, explore properties in the Ansonborough district and enjoy tea at the Philip Simmons Memorial Garden, where ironworks by the revered blacksmith are on display. Saturday, take a stroll through elegant homes and gardens South of Broad, stopping to admire floral arrangements by members of the club and to munch on treats at the Heyward-Washington House garden. Locations vary downtown. Friday & Saturday, 1pm. $50. www.thegardenclubofcharleston.org

 

 
Kiawah Art & House Tour

Kiawah Art & House Tour


Event Date: 04/10/2015 - 1:00pm




When else can you spend an afternoon touring five Kiawah Island homes, including a Tuscan-inspired villa and guest house with killer ocean views; an Ocean Course stunner (right) reflecting the owners’ passion for the Adirondacks, American West, and Far East; and a classic Charleston residence featuring pieces by primarily local artists? At each stop, docents share insight into the works of art and their relevance to the dwelling. Organizer Arts, etc. will use the event’s proceeds to support the Gibbes Museum’s Art To Go program as well as nonprofit Encouraging Creative Minds. Freshfields Village, 149 Green Ln., John’s Island. Friday, 1-5 p.m. $55. (843) 722-2706, kiawahartsetc.org

 

 
Kiawah Art and House Tour

Kiawah Art and House Tour


Event Date: 04/10/2015 - 1:00pm




Travel to Kiawah and tour five magnificent houses, ranging in style from traditional to modern, incorporating elements that are elegant as well as whimsical.  The Vanderhorst Plantation Oceanfront is reminiscent of a modern Tuscan; the Ocean Course combines Oriental and American West elements to create a beautifully oxymoronic design. Docents will be stationed at every house to guide you through the homes, and to answer any of your questions. Proceeds benefit the Art to Go program, a project pairing Gibbes Museum teaching artists with teachers in Charleston county schools.

Kiawah Island, locations vary. Friday, 1-5pm. $55. (843) 722-2706, Kiawahartsetc.org

 

 
Madewell + Morgan Cole ART : Pop-Up Shop

Madewell + Morgan Cole ART : Pop-Up Shop


Event Date: 04/10/2015 - 5:00pm




Help support others with your love for art and fashion. Choose from works by Morgan Cole or take your pick from Madewell’s latest spring looks. Also take advantage of Top Knots and Polka Dots blogger Chloe’s eye for fashion as she let the crowd pick her brain for style advice. In celebration of Orphan Awareness Month, Morgan Cole and Madewell team up to raise funds for Lowcountry Orphan Relief, a local non-profit organization that supports neglected and abused children. As a thank you, guests are rewarded 20% off their Madewell purchase of $125 or more. Madewell, 282 King St. Friday, 5-7pm. Free. (843)720-1442, www.facebook.com/events/345619442310344/

 
Mastering the Art of Hand-Made Pasta

Mastering the Art of Hand-Made Pasta


Event Date: 04/10/2015 - 5:00pm




With countless ways to prepare a tasty pasta dish, why not ensure that yours is unforgettable? Chef Nicole Marriner will teach you how to make, roll, and shape various Italian pastas to add even more authenticity to your next meal. But no pasta dish is complete without the perfect sauce, so Chef Marriner will also be giving guidance and instruction on how to pair your carefully crafted and delicious noodles with the most well suited topping. Southern Season, 730 Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Friday, 5pm. $45. (855)716-1240, http://www.southernseason.com/

 
Miss Sea and Sand Pageant

Miss Sea and Sand Pageant


Event Date: 04/10/2015 - 7:30pm




Kicking off this year’s Sea and Sand Festival, the festival’s pageant returns for a second year.  All ages can get glitz and glammed up as age divisions begin at the junior level (ages 10-13) and continue to Mrs. (any age, must be married). Pageant winners are welcome to don their crowns and sashes during the next day’s festivities and will be invited to attend the merriment of other Folly events throughout the year. Proceeds from the pageant will be put towards the Folly Beach Association of Business’ chosen community project. Folly Beach, Friday, 7:30pm. (843)729-9196, www.follybeachfestivals.com

 

 
Music in the Age of Charles Towne

Music in the Age of Charles Towne


Event Date: 04/10/2015 - 7:30pm




Ever wonder what a concert would have been like in Charleston’s early years? The King’s Counterpoint, an a capella ensemble specializing in sacred and secular music, recreates the experience with selections from Bach, Handel, and Mozart, as well as pieces from their more obscure contemporaries. Built in 1816 and 1706, respectively, The Cathedral Church of St. Luke & St. Paul and Old St. Andrew’s Parish Church are apt settings for two intimate performances. The Cathedral Church of St. Luke & St. Paul, 126 Coming St. Friday, 7:30pm. Old St. Andrew’s Parish Church, 2604 Ashley River Rd. Sunday, 7:30pm. $20 reserved seating; $15; $10 student/senior. (843)297-4808, www.thekingscounterpoint.com

 
Women Build

Women Build


Event Date: 04/11/2015 - 8:00am




You don’t need to have a Y chromosome to wield a hammer. Join Sea Island Habitat for Humanity for this week-long, girls-only construction project, and help build a safe, affordable, and sustainable home for a James Island family. Lunch, snacks, and a T-shirt are provided, as well as the empowerment that comes along with taking care of members of our community. Register for morning and afternoon slots online. Laurel Oak Grove, Fort Johnson Rd. & Sea Aire Dr., James Island. Daily, 8am-noon & 1-4pm. $35. (843)559-4009, www.seaislandhabitat.org

 

 
Nathalie Dupree Day

Nathalie Dupree Day


Event Date: 04/11/2015 - 9:00am




Southern cuisine encompasses more than collards, grits, and biscuits-- it is a culture full of tradition, wisdom and community. South Carolinian Nathalie Dupree has risen above the rest in her mastery of this fine field, and her contributions to the culinary world are unprecedented. This full day event celebrates the knowledge that she has passed on through cookbooks, TV appearances, and food festivals. Nathalie herself will be doing demonstrations at 1p.m. and 1:30p.m. and signing books at 2p.m. From 2-5p.m. samples of her recipes will be available for indulging in as part of the festivities celebrating the release of her latest cookbook, Mastering the Art of Southern Vegetables. Southern Season, 730 Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Saturday, 9am-7pm. Free. (855)716-1240, http://www.southernseason.com/

 
Pet Fest

Pet Fest


Event Date: 04/11/2015 - 10:00am




Tails will be wagging at this weekend-long festival in honor of man’s best friend. Enter your pup in a few contests, with categories ranging from “Best Trick” and “Best Costume” to “Owner Pet Look-Alike” and “Face Only a Mother Could Love,” then spend the rest of the day perusing training events, search and rescue demos, dock diving competitions, and lure chasing races.On Sunday, acoustic guitarist JamiSun provides a live soundtrack to the fun. Palmetto Islands County Park, 44 Needlebrush Pkwy., Mount Pleasant. Saturday & Sunday, 10am-4pm. $8; free for child under 13/Gold Pass holder. (843)795-4386,
www.ccprc.com

 

 
Meet the Grower

Meet the Grower


Event Date: 04/11/2015 - 10:00am




Some are born with a green thumb and some must seek the aid of these plant aficionados. Experts from Miami, Florida’s Costa Farms share their advice and knowledge on how to have a successful and bountiful garden. The family owned indoor and outdoor plant growers will provide educational tips and lessons but are also prepared to answer the questions of those with weary plants or those trying to expand their home garden. They will feature their new Desert Escape Collection – low maintenance cacti and succulents – as well as discuss their other collections that they have tended to and become familiar with since the company’s inception in 1961. Lowe’s Home Improvement, 1104 Market Center Blvd., Mount Pleasant, Saturday, 10am-2pm. Free. (843)881-5757, www.lowes.com

 
Brighton Park Village Spring Home Collection Debut

Brighton Park Village Spring Home Collection Debut


Event Date: 04/11/2015 - 11:00am




Times they are a-changin' and Brighton Park Village aims to meet these changes in an inclusive and modern neighborhood. Located five minutes from downtown Summerville the up and coming community will provide its residents with ultra fast broad band service, environmentally efficient homes, and parks, schools and other destinations within walking and biking distance. Three acclaimed homebuilders, who have captured the essence of the Lowcountry in broad windows and inviting porches, designed the authentically southern homes that will be available for viewing at the debut. Music, food and kids activities will set the scene for the chance to explore the community and find the home that you can make memories in. Brighton Park Village, 201 Sigma Dr., Summerville. Saturday, 11am-4pm. (843)900-3200, http://nextonsc.com/

 
Classic Vermouth Cocktail Class

Classic Vermouth Cocktail Class


Event Date: 04/11/2015 - 12:00pm




Harboring a secret desire to practice the art of mixology? Take advantage of this cocktail class. Learn to make classic drinks such as martinis, vespers and Manhattans. Lead by Jeremiah Schenzel, Matt Soeder, and Ryan Welliver, the Creative Development Team at The Cocktail Club, guests will know how to prepare drinks for a room full of friends in no time. Participants receive step-by-step instruction on the processes of making several drinks while snacking on vittles provided by Chef Schenzel.  The Cocktail Club, 479 King St. Saturday 12-1pm. $25. (843)729-9411, www.thecocktailclubcharleston.com 

 
Fort 2 Battery

Fort 2 Battery


Event Date: 04/11/2015 - 2:00pm




You’d have to be a madman to sign up for this 3.8-mile drag race, dodging wipeouts and clashes all the way from Fort Sumter to the Battery. From kiteboards and sailboards to catamarans, moths, and skiffs, expert-level competitors take on the challenge with their wind-powered craft of choice. As a spectator, watch from a boat, the Battery, or James Island Sunrise Park as the fleet hurtles toward the peninsula. The extreme sailing may only last 15 minutes, but you can always join in the after-party at Palmetto Brewery and keep the fun going into the night. Locations vary. Saturday, 2pm. Free for spectator. (913)390-3924, www.fort2battery.com

 
“Smokin’ For The Holmes Team”

“Smokin’ For The Holmes Team”


Event Date: 04/11/2015 - 3:00pm




The pit masters of Home Team BBQ and Swig & Swine certainly know a thing or two about ‘cue. But they’re proving to masters of doing good as well, hosting a “Smokin for the Holmes Team” benefit for a family in need. Holmes Desmelik is a fun loving five-year-old with a cancerous brain tumor. Due to his age and size, Holmes is unable to undergo an operation to remove the tumor, but has begun treatment. Offering a “smoked menu,” live music, silent auction, and super-hero themed kid’s activities in honor of Holmes, the two barbecue joints have teamed up to raise funds for the Desmelik family. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Desmelik family. Home Team BBQ, 1205 Ashley River Rd. Saturday, 3pm-6pm. $50 adult; $15 child. (843)225-7427, www.hometeambbq.com

 
SMOKIN FOR THE HOLMES TEAM

SMOKIN FOR THE HOLMES TEAM


Event Date: 04/11/2015 - 3:00pm




Band together in a fight against cancer for this young warrior. Five-year-old Holmes Desmelik of Brevard, NC who was diagnosed with a brain tumor is just beginning treatment. In effort to support the Desmelik family on this difficult journey, Home Team BBQ and Swig & Swine partner up to create a smokin’ menu featuring items such as brisket and beef ribs, while Coast Brewery serves their thirst quenching beer. Expect live music from Underhill Rose, a female trio rooted in bluegrass, folk and blues, as well as a silent auction. Kids choose from food items such as hot dogs, tater tots, and mac-n-cheese in addition to enjoying superhero themed activities in honor of young Holmes. Home Team BBQ West Ashley, 1205 Ashley River Road. Saturday 3-6pm. $50; $5 children. (843)557-4077, www.charleston.strangetickets.com/events/23724227/smokin-for-the-holmes-...

 
Pepsico National Young Artist Competition & Concert

Pepsico National Young Artist Competition & Concert


Event Date: 04/11/2015 - 7:30pm




Thirteen of the brightest talents in classical music travel to Charleston to demonstrate their skills as they compete for cash, scholarships to Brevard Music Center, and the opportunity to perform with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO). The finals concert features winners from the four categories—strings, woodwinds/brass/marimba, piano, and voice—as they perform as soloists with the CSO and vie for the title of “Young Artist of the Year.” Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St. Saturday, 7:30pm. $25; $10 student. (843)723-7528, www.charlestonsymphony.org

 
Mancini Magic

Mancini Magic


Event Date: 04/11/2015 - 7:30pm




Even if Henry Mancini’s name doesn’t ring a bell, you’ll find yourself humming along to many tunes at this tribute concert. North Charleston’s POPS! Orchestra teams up with the POPS! Singers to honor the 20-time Grammy Award-winning composer, performing some of his greatest hits, including Moon River, Peter Gunn, and The Pink Panther. North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. Saturday, 7:30pm. $125-$60. (843)529-5000,
www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com

 
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“Fashion Flashback, 1920s-1960s: Five Decades of Style That Changed America”

“Fashion Flashback, 1920s-1960s: Five Decades of Style That Changed America”


Event Date: 01/12/2015 (All day) to 05/10/2015 (All day)




From Chanel suits and mini-skirts to “Repeal the 18th Amendment” ties and Egyptian Revival accessories, explore the decades through men’s and women’s dress at The Charleston Museum’s dazzling new exhibition. Flaunt your own vintage frocks at the opening reception—6 to 8 p.m. on January 15—or procure something from the Cavortress team, on hand to deck you out. Tickets are $35 for non-members and $25 for members. The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 1pm-5pm. $10; $5 ages three-12; free for child under three. (843)722-2996, www.charlestonmuseum.org

 

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Perception: Photographic Works by Andrew King and Keller James

Perception: Photographic Works by Andrew King and Keller James


Event Date: 04/02/2015 - 5:30pm to 04/16/2015 - 11:59pm




Through the lens a different world appears, a moment of existence captured in one frame – an untold story that the artist must convey. Local visual artists Andrew King and Keller James’ stories are rooted in the same foundation but diverge in the manner in which they approach the details. King’s eye sees in surrealistic movements, finding the space in the absence of identity to represent the ambiguities of the human form. For Keller James, the continuity of landscapes and serene familiar moments are more than the usual narrative, but a glimpse into the natural beauty that is found in the passing whispers of the day to day. When in conjunction, their work challenges viewers to question their perception of their surroundings and consider the ways in which photography can express these reflections. The opening reception for Perception is on Thursday, April 2, from 5:30-8:30p.m. King Dusko, 541 King St., April 2-16, 8:30am-2:00am. Free. (646)705-6538, www.facebook.com/KingDusko

 
Whitney Kreb Exhibition

Whitney Kreb Exhibition


Event Date: 04/17/2015 - 11:00am to 05/02/2015 - 5:00pm




It takes a local eye to capture our city the way artist Whitney Kreb captures the colorful rooftops and maritime images of Charleston in her oil paintings. Though this local may split her time between the Holy City and Nantucket, it has only served to strengthen her depictions of coastal serenity. The George Gallery presents a solo exhibit of Kreb’s latest works—sailboats, shrimp boats, and church spires in a wash of light, muted shades. The gallery host a reception on April 17 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. to celebrate the exhibition’s opening. The George Gallery, 50 Bogard St. Tuesday-Friday 11am-6pm; Saturday 11pm-5pm. Free. (843)579-7328, www.georgegalleryart.com

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SEE JAZZ Visual Exhibition

SEE JAZZ Visual Exhibition


Event Date: 04/03/2015 - 9:00am to 04/23/2015 - 5:00pm




To appreciate the innumerable sounds of jazz we often rely only on our ears to understand the melodies, sometimes even closing our eyes in an attempt to be swallowed by the sounds. In honor of Jazz Appreciation Month, the Jazz Artists of Charleston (JAC) and Charleston Jazz Orchestra (CJO) seek to turn the normative experience around and instead ask their followers to use their eyes to find a new perspective on the multi-faceted genre. Through a curated collection of images taken by the JAC’s resident photographers over the past seven years, the artistry of jazz leaps through images lending the chance to feel more than just the emotions of the harmonies, but those of the musicians as well. Jazz is more than just a performance but a unique combination of people, places and moments, which the JAC hopes to recognize and preserve in various forms to inspire future musicians and listeners. A closing reception will be held on April 22 from 6p.m.-9p.m. and is free to the public. Jericho Arts, 815 Savannah Highway Suite 101. Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. Free. (843)641-0011, www.jazzartistsofcharleston.org

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Featured artist Trip Park at Atelier Gallery

Featured artist Trip Park at Atelier Gallery


Event Date: 04/03/2015 - 5:00pm to 04/30/2015 - 6:00pm




Though he originally began working in the world of advertising following his graduation from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Trip Park’s creativity was not truly unleashed until he decided to enter a different realm of artistic expression, illustration and then eventually painting. Since the pull to create his own artworks began, he has been busy illustrating a number of children’s books and developing characters for a variety of animations. His quirky style and distinctive perspective has contributed to the popularity of his artwork, leading him to find himself as this month’s featured artist at Atelier Gallery. The commencement of his exhibit coincides with the First Friday Art Walk, allowing for an enriching atmosphere in which to view and interpret his pieces. Atelier Gallery, 153 King St., April 3-30. Free. (843)722-5668, http://www.theateliergalleries.com/

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Clean Cities Sweep

Clean Cities Sweep


Event Date: 04/12/2015 - 12:00pm




Take a cue from Mister Rogers, and help clean up the neighborhood. Last year, 18,919 volunteers banded together to remove 5,716 bags of litter and plant 3,575 flowers in North Charleston alone. Create your own beautification project, or sign up for one of the recycling drives, litter pickups, landscaping events, or other initiatives the local arms of Keep America Beautiful have planned. Locations, days, & times vary. Free. Charleston: (843)579-7501 & www.keepcharlestonbeautiful.org; North Charleston: (843)745-1073 &
www.keepnorthcharlestonbeautiful.org

 

 
A Szechuan Dinner

A Szechuan Dinner


Event Date: 04/12/2015 - 2:00pm




The numbing effects of Szechuan peppercorn and chile peppers can be overwhelming at first, but the full and robust taste that envelops your taste buds bite after bite is worth the new and unusual sensation. The spice is native to the Szechuan province of China and has been revered as integral to food and medicine. In this class, the spice will be partnered with other distinct flavors of the Szechuan region to create a complete Chinese feast for attendees. Though this is a demonstration class, guests will have the chance to participate by making their own dumplings. Southern Season, 730 Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Sunday, 2pm. $45. (855)716-1240, http://www.southernseason.com/

 
Jazz Night at the Joe

Jazz Night at the Joe


Event Date: 04/12/2015 - 5:00pm




Legend has it that baseball and jazz share a starting place in Charleston, SC with Abner Doubleday, “Hero of Fort Sumter,” fashioning the home plate after a city he defend in the Civil War and Jenkins Orphanage Band starting Charleston off as a jazz incubator. To honor this legend and Kids Opening Day, Jazz Artists of Charleston continues its partnership with the Charleston RiverDogs. In celebration of Jazz Night at the Joe, Jazz Orchestra’s Swingin’ BANDits performs the national anthem and provides entertainment for the evening as the RiverDogs go up against the Lexington Legends. Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park, 360 Fishburne St. Sunday 5pm. prices vary. (843)577-3647, www.jazzartistsofcharleston.org/event/jazz-night-the-joe/

 
Making Healthy Delicious: Spring Dinner Party

Making Healthy Delicious: Spring Dinner Party


Event Date: 04/13/2015 - 5:00pm




Re-vitalize your dinner party menu with fresh and healthy treats for a delectable-- and healthy-- meal. Chef Jessica O’Neil guides attendees through a hands-on class, providing ideas for vibrant dishes to add to your next spring get together. From seared sea bass with herbed peas, to roasted and raw vegetable crudite, this spring bounty will kick off the season in a satisfied and energized way.  Southern Season, 730 Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Monday, 5pm. $45. (855)716-1240, http://www.southernseason.com/

 
Special Six Course Tasting Menu Featuring the Wines of Forlorn Hope and Winemaker Matthew Rorick

Special Six Course Tasting Menu Featuring the Wines of Forlorn Hope and Winemaker Matthew Rorick


Event Date: 04/13/2015 - 6:00pm




Meet Matthew Rorick, a winemaker devoted to a natural and hands-off viticulture process. Rorick describes his collection of wines, Forlorn Hope, as “rare creatures from appellations unknown.” Become acquainted with these enigmatic vinos on The Bower at Edmund’s Oast as the restaurant partners with McCarus Beverage Company to host Matthew, who will be pairing five of his wines with a six-course menu.  For the first course guests will be able to taste the 2013 Viognier blend Nodosaur alongside a fresh Spring Vegetable Salad. Other wines will include a 2013 Pinot Gris, a 2013 Barbera, a 2013 Gewurztraminer, 2012 &2013 Ribolla Gialla, and a 2013 Rose. For the final course indulge in a Strawberry Terrine with buttermilk ice cream as you sip on a hot cup of Counter Culture joe.

Edmund’s Oast, 1081 Morrison Dr. Monday, 6pm. $85. (843)727-1145 http://edmundsoast.com

 

 

 

 
Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea


Event Date: 04/14/2015 - 3:00pm




Take a respite from your afternoon errand routine at the Southerly Restaurant & Patio where steaming cups of fine tea are enjoyed along with the murmur and laughter of good conversation. With accompaniments of finger sandwiches, scones, and petit fours, the occasion will give way to a relaxing and contemplative afternoon. Reservations are strongly recommended. Southern Season, 730 Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Tuesday, 3pm-5pm. $19 adult; $13 child. (855)716-1240, http://www.southernseason.com/

 
Chucktown Chow: The Fat Hen

Chucktown Chow: The Fat Hen


Event Date: 04/14/2015 - 6:00pm




Join chef Fred Neuville, who opened Fat Hen on Johns Island, as he shares his tricks of the trade. A graduate from the Culinary Institute of America known for specializing in homegrown ingredients, Neuville has plenty to teach. Cook up creative dishes from a menu that includes Smoked Beet and Argula Salad with Dried Apples, Candied Pecans Tossed in an Apple Cider Vinaigrette, Flounder Nicoise with Brown Butter over Bacon Cheese Grits, Crab Cakes with Bacon Blue Cheese Cole Slaw and Pomme Frites, and Creamed Corn. Southern Season, 730 Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Tuesday, 6pm. $40. (843)416-1240, www.southernseason.com

 
Flavors of Thailand

Flavors of Thailand


Event Date: 04/15/2015 - 5:00pm




Don’t spend hours waiting outside of Basil for the perfect Thai meal—create authentic Thai cuisine in the comfort of your own kitchen! Perfect the techniques essential for the creation of a balanced spicy and fresh dinner. Learn which ingredients are best used to achieve the most authentic Thai flavors. Class participants will make dishes such as a Spicy Thai Beef Salad and Drunken Noodles with Shrimp.

Southern Season, 730 Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Wednesday, 5pm. $45. (855) 716-1240, http://www.southernseason.com

 

 
Barrel Aged & Blending Beer School

Barrel Aged & Blending Beer School


Event Date: 04/15/2015 - 6:30pm




Think you know the difference between a Belgian beer and one that’s been aged in a scotch barrel? Brandon Plyler, manager at The Charleston Beer Exchange and Certified Cicerone (beer-lovers who make it official) will school you on your brews. Come check out the only classroom where tipsy-learning is encouraged. Guests, who each receive four beers along with a portion of a wine or spirit, will learn about barrel-aged beers and sour blending. After trying their four beers guests will then be able to blend the beers and the wine or spirit to their taste. 
Edmund’s Oast, 1081 Morrison Dr. Wednesday, 6:30pm-8:30 pm. $35. (843) 727-1145, edmundsoast.com 

 
The Big Fake Wedding

The Big Fake Wedding


Event Date: 04/15/2015 - 7:00pm




He put a ring on it, so now what? The pros at The Big Fake Wedding are here to help­. So slip on a pretty dress, and head to the chapel (ehrm, Harborside East) as wedding vendors from around the Lowcountry, such as Grey Ghost Bakery, Holy City Doves, and Coast Photo Booth, show off their services at a Pinterest-worthy ceremony, sit-down dinner, and reception. Don’t forget to RSVP! Harborside East, 28 Bridgeside Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Wednesday, 7pm. $25. (404)692-3241, www.thebigfakewedding.com

 
Canterbury Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys at St. Philip's Church

Canterbury Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys at St. Philip's Church


Event Date: 04/15/2015 - 7:30pm




When was the last time you were able to bear witness to a heavenly and melodious tradition over 1,000 years old? Join Director of Music David Flood and his acclaimed Canterbury Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys of England in performance as they celebrate ancient as well as modern musical traditions. Flood, the director and Cathedral organist for over twenty years, leads a Choir consisting of 12 professional singers and 25 choristers (boys 8-13). Join the choir on their North American tour as they perform music from the 13th century as well as newly-composed works.

St. Philip’s Church, 142 Church St. Wednesday, 7:30pm. $50 patron reserved seating; $25 general admission; $10 students. (843) 722-7734, www.stphilipschurchsc.org

 
Sperry Charleston Race Week

Sperry Charleston Race Week


Event Date: 04/16/2015 - 12:00pm




This internationally recognized regatta—it’s the biggest in the Western Hemisphere—features world-class racing of more than 300 sailboats. Take in the action at beachside after-parties with video recaps, sponsor demos, live music, dinners, and rum cocktails. Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, 20 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant. Thursday-Sunday, times vary. $75-$65 all-access pass; $40-$20 single day pass. (843)628-5900, www.charlestonraceweek.com

 
Slow Sips Happy Hour

Slow Sips Happy Hour


Event Date: 04/16/2015 - 5:00pm




Indaco and Slow Foods Charleston present Slow Sips Happy Hour to benefit Lowcountry Street Grocery, a mobile farmer’s market. The slow foods movement is global, seeking to connect the importance of seasonal, local and fresh foods to its community while nurturing sentiments of environmental stewardship. Charleston’s chapter of the Slow Foods organization has partnered with the reputable local restaurant Indaco to provide Lowcountry-inspired cocktails and a similarly styled appetizer. With 10% of the sales benefiting Lowcountry Street Grocery, the event will support its mission of making local and healthy food accessible to the city’s residents. Indaco, 526 King St. Thursday, 5pm-7pm. Free. (843)727-1228, www.indacocharleston.com

 
East Coast Paddlesports & Outdoor Festival

East Coast Paddlesports & Outdoor Festival


Event Date: 04/17/2015 - 12:00pm to 04/19/2015 - 6:00pm




Become the adventurist you’ve always wanted to be at this three-day festival devoted to the great outdoors. Between on-water sea kayaking classes, GoPro tutorials, fly fishing courses, and lessons in survival, it’s tough to commit to just one activity at a time. And we haven’t even mentioned the Palmetto Pump & USA Climbing Competition, the disc golf tournament, the King of the Hill mountain bike race, or the cardboard canoe race for kids. James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr., James Island. Friday-Sunday, times vary. $155 weekend access; $85 single entry, Friday or Saturday; $75 single entry, Sunday. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com

 

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Poe. A Play in the Dark.

Poe. A Play in the Dark.


Event Date: 04/17/2015 - 8:00pm to 04/18/2015 - 8:00pm




The dark, winding paths of Edgar Allan Poe’s mind were full of shadows and whispers, reaching out their cold hands to grab at any person brave enough to pass through. Forced to confront these maddening thoughts when writing The Raven, the enthralling poem that ensued inspired the Charleston Dance Project to explore the intricacies of the poet’s world. Through live music and dance, the troupe portrays the provocative and delirious conceptions that pulled Poe into the grimmest corners of his mind and released him with a melancholic call to love. College of Charleston Sottile Theatre, 44 George St., Friday and Saturday, 8pm. $30 VIP door; $25 VIP advance; $20 door; $15 advance. (843)637-4722, http://www.dancefxcharleston.com/

 
Charleston In-Water Boat Show

Charleston In-Water Boat Show


Event Date: 04/17/2015 - 12:00pm




Whether you’re an angler looking for a small boat to get to your secret fishing hole, a sailor ready to upgrade, or a speed-demon searching for the fastest power cruiser on the market, you’re sure to find a craft that fits your needs at this annual in-water boat show. While you’re shopping, send the kids to a fishing clinic, where they’ll receive their own rod and reel after learning all the basics. Bristol Marina & Brittlebank Park, 0 Lockwood Blvd. Friday, noon-7pm; Saturday, 10am-7pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm. $10; $5 military; free for child under 16. (864)250-9713, www.charlestoninwaterboatshow.com

 
Italian Spring

Italian Spring


Event Date: 04/17/2015 - 5:00pm




Get ready to exclaim “ciao bella!” in this hands-on class. Transform decadent Italian ingredients into a lovely springtime meal as you learn how to make farinata, a thin chickpea crepe, which you will serve alongside a delightful cannellini bean, citrus, and seafood salad. Tell your guests to save room for dessert, a lemon and pistachio tart with fresh berries. Have fun learning about and creating authentic Italian meals that go way beyond spaghetti and meatballs.

 

Southern Season, 730 Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Friday, 5pm. $45. (855) 716-1240, http://www.southernseason.com

 

 
Rockin' For Ronald

Rockin' For Ronald


Event Date: 04/17/2015 - 7:00pm to 11:00pm




Warm up your vocal cords with a few scales; your grand performance awaits! Enjoy exclusive drink specials, light appetizers, and an exciting karaoke competition as the Ronald McDonald House of Charleston raises funds to expand its 27-bedroom facility for families of children undergoing treatment at MUSC. First-, second-, and third-place winners take home a prize. Mynt, 135 Calhoun St. Friday, 7-11pm. $10. (843)723-7957, http://charleston.strangertickets.com/events/23699039/rockin-for-ronald-karaoke-night

 
Battle of Ia Drang Valley Symposium

Battle of Ia Drang Valley Symposium


Event Date: 04/17/2015 - 7:30pm




Of the many battles that took place in the Vietnam War, the Battle of Ia Drang Valley stands apart as the first major battle between America and the North Vietnamese. Recounted in the popular film We Were Soldiers starring Mel Gibson, this key battle is widely considered to be the battle that altered the entire war. Board the USS Yorktown for this special symposium as you join Medal of Honor Recipient Col. Walter J. Marm Jr., alongside other veterans portrayed in the film, as they give eye-witness accounts of the heavy fighting that ensued in the battle. Guests can also hear from wives and family members of those who fought as they describe their experiences aniticipating and receiving news from the frontlines. Mark your calendar for this fascnating, historical event. Patriots Point, 40 Patriots Point Road, Mount Pleasant. Thursday, 7:30pm. Free. (843)884-2727, www.patriotspoint.org

 
Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette


Event Date: 04/17/2015 - 7:30pm




In this PURE Theatre production, a year-by-year twist on history from playwright David Adjmi, the titular French queen—more valley-girl than Versailles-royal—finds friendship in a talking sheep, who warns the spendthrift to change her ways lest the revolution begin. Marie Antoinette must choose between haute couture and her perfectly powdered head. PURE Theatre, 477 King St. Thursday-Saturday, 7:30pm; Sunday, 3pm & 7:30pm. $30. (843)723-4444, www.puretheatre.org

 
An Evening of Words & Actors II

An Evening of Words & Actors II


Event Date: 04/17/2015 - 8:00pm




Thomas and Judy Heath have big plans for their second year as the playwrights-in-residence at Threshold Repertory Theatre—a new screenplay, a submission to Piccolo Spoleto, and hopes to bring their productions to New York and Chicago. Get a sneak peek of the award-winning couple’s latest work while raising money for the Young Playwrights Program. The evening features the workshop premiere of Hostage Bride, a dark comedy about a bride held at gunpoint just before stepping out to say her vows, as well as a few staged readings, and a moderated Q&A session allowing audience members to provide feedback. Threshold Repertory Theatre, 84 ½ Society St. Friday & Saturday, 8pm. $25. (843)277-2172, www.charlestontheater.com

 
Reggae Nights

Reggae Nights


Event Date: 04/17/2015 - 8:30pm




James Island County Park’s Summer Concert Series is back with the first Reggae Night of the season. Bring a blanket and settle in for reggafied versions of well-known hits—think Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain” or John Legend’s “All of Me”—from Atlanta-based quintet Black Lion. Rain or shine, there will be good vibes and great grooves, as well as food and drinks on site for purchase. James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr., James Island. Friday, 8:30-11pm. $10; free for child under 13/Gold Pass holder. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com

 

 
18th Annual Palmetto Pump & USA Climbing Competition at the Climbing Wall

18th Annual Palmetto Pump & USA Climbing Competition at the Climbing Wall


Event Date: 04/18/2015 - 8:00am




Get ready to witness an un-belay-vable feat of strength and courage at the James Island County Park Climbing Wall. Presented by the Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission and Half Moon Outfitters, the largest outdoor climbing competition in the Southeast attracts skilled as well as novice climbers from the mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions. Climbers will scale the park’s 50-foot tall climbing wall in a “Flash Format” style of competition. This means that climbers only get one try and are not allowed to receive any “beta” (advice) from other climbers or spectators about what route to follow. Register to compete yourself (ages 4 and up are eligible) or cheer on the local youth climbing group, Team Charleston.

James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr. Saturday 8am-2pm. Free. (843) 406-2003, charlestoncountyparks.com

 

 

 

 
Cars and Coffee/ Spring Into Fire Safety

Cars and Coffee/ Spring Into Fire Safety


Event Date: 04/18/2015 - 9:00am




Start your engines with some freshly brewed coffee from Java Java Coffee House and admire your favorite antique and classic cars at “Cars and Coffee.” Arrive in your favorite ride and join other car enthusiasts for two hours of cool-car perusing and coffee-sipping. After this event, don’t miss a four-hour fire safety demo and appreciation day hosted by the St. Johns Fire Department (11:00am- 3:00pm). Kids can tour the fire trucks and play on inflatable fire slides while also learning about fire safety through fun and informational activities. Guests will learn about fire safety and how to protect their own homes. The fire department will also provide a complimentary lunch for all participants. Freshfields Village, 149 Village Green Ln., Johns Island. Saturday, 9am-3pm. Free. (843)768-6491, www.freshfieldsvillage.com

 
Color Vibe 5K

Color Vibe 5K


Event Date: 04/18/2015 - 9:00am




Challenge your inner kid by painting yourself from head to toe at this Legare Farms 5K. Participants start out in clean white T-shirts before running through several rainbow-blast zones to reach the dance party and celebratory color throw at the finish line. Legare Farms, 2620 Hanscombe Point Rd., John’s Island. Saturday, 9am. $75-$15. (843)559-3524, www.thecolorvibe.com/charleston

 
Sweets!

Sweets!


Event Date: 04/18/2015 - 10:00am




Sate your sweet tooth and learn how to torch the perfect crème brulee in this hands-on class that would make even Willy Wonka’s mouth water. Create inventive desserts with a variety of sugars, as well as a small collection of chocolate truffles that you get to take home with you at the end of the class. Break out of your cooking rut and try your hand at these decadent dishes that you’ve always been to afraid to attempt; don’t fear the torch, you’ll have an expert to guide you along the way.

Southern Season, 730 Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Saturday, 10am. $40. (855) 716-1240, http://www.southernseason.com

 

 

 

 
Art Walk Exhibition

Art Walk Exhibition


Event Date: 04/18/2015 - 11:00am




An exciting new addition to the Spring Jam Music Fest, the Art Walk Exhibition features the work of ten talented artists. Attendees can stroll under the cool shade of the trees at The Grove at Patriots Point throughout the festival to experience the various mixed-media pieces on display. This is a perfect chance to take in the various forms of art that are present in the Lowcountry with live music from the festival playing as you go. Artists who are interest in having their work selected for the event can enter by March 21. The Grove at Patriots Point, 40 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant. Saturday, 11am. $32. (843)856-9201, www.springjammusicfest.com

 
Mixson Bath & Racquet Club Membership Open House

Mixson Bath & Racquet Club Membership Open House


Event Date: 04/18/2015 - 12:00pm




Pool season is here and Mixson Bath and Racquet Club has their towels folded, pool chairs lined up, and umbrellas creating shaded havens. Entering their second summer season, the club invites potential members to tour the facilities to see what the buzz is all about. Sporting a 3,200 square foot heated saltwater pool, bocce and badminton courts, private cabanas and a wellness center, the club is situated for a relaxing and sophisticated summer. Live music, complimentary mimosas and a raffle set the scene for a glimpse into what the summer holds for those who sign up for a membership. Reservations for attendance are highly recommended, as spaces will fill up quickly. Mixson Bath & Racquet Club, 4401 McCarthy St., North Charleston, Saturday, 12pm-3pm. Free. (843)471-1920, www.mixsonbrc.com

 
Mad Hatter Garden Tea Party

Mad Hatter Garden Tea Party


Event Date: 04/18/2015 - 1:00pm




A tea party is not complete without elaborate hats of whimsical designs, so young explorers and inquisitive minds are welcomed to Magnolia Garden’s Mad Hatter Garden Tea Party where any design or style is welcome. The festivity will be full of refreshments, games, pink flamingo croquet, a scavenger hunt, and a silent auction. Though worry not, for no rabbit hole is needed to enter this magical afternoon of extraordinary delights. Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, 3550 Ashley River Rd. Saturday, 1pm-4pm. $20; adult, $15; child age 6-12, $5; child under 6. (800)367-3517, www.magnoliaplantation.com

 
From My Mother's Kitchen

From My Mother's Kitchen


Event Date: 04/18/2015 - 4:00pm




Meet Celia Cerasoli, an artist who uses elaborate homemade Italian dishes as her medium. Join Celia, a former Curator of Collections at the Gibbes Museum of Art, as she travels back in time, letting her taste buds guide her. Celia, former owner of a popular lowcountry Italian restaurant, will follow the favorite recipes of her youth, recipes penned by both her mother and grandmother. Indulge in this Proustian experience as you learn how to make “Mommy’s Onion Pie with Arugula,” homemade saffron pasta with chicken “spitz” and sweet peas, and Granita di Café con Panna.    

Southern Season, 730 Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Saturday,4pm. $40. (855) 716-1240, http://www.southernseason.com

 
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“Fashion Flashback, 1920s-1960s: Five Decades of Style That Changed America”

“Fashion Flashback, 1920s-1960s: Five Decades of Style That Changed America”


Event Date: 01/12/2015 (All day) to 05/10/2015 (All day)




From Chanel suits and mini-skirts to “Repeal the 18th Amendment” ties and Egyptian Revival accessories, explore the decades through men’s and women’s dress at The Charleston Museum’s dazzling new exhibition. Flaunt your own vintage frocks at the opening reception—6 to 8 p.m. on January 15—or procure something from the Cavortress team, on hand to deck you out. Tickets are $35 for non-members and $25 for members. The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 1pm-5pm. $10; $5 ages three-12; free for child under three. (843)722-2996, www.charlestonmuseum.org

 

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SEE JAZZ Visual Exhibition

SEE JAZZ Visual Exhibition


Event Date: 04/03/2015 - 9:00am to 04/23/2015 - 5:00pm




To appreciate the innumerable sounds of jazz we often rely only on our ears to understand the melodies, sometimes even closing our eyes in an attempt to be swallowed by the sounds. In honor of Jazz Appreciation Month, the Jazz Artists of Charleston (JAC) and Charleston Jazz Orchestra (CJO) seek to turn the normative experience around and instead ask their followers to use their eyes to find a new perspective on the multi-faceted genre. Through a curated collection of images taken by the JAC’s resident photographers over the past seven years, the artistry of jazz leaps through images lending the chance to feel more than just the emotions of the harmonies, but those of the musicians as well. Jazz is more than just a performance but a unique combination of people, places and moments, which the JAC hopes to recognize and preserve in various forms to inspire future musicians and listeners. A closing reception will be held on April 22 from 6p.m.-9p.m. and is free to the public. Jericho Arts, 815 Savannah Highway Suite 101. Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. Free. (843)641-0011, www.jazzartistsofcharleston.org

 
Artfields

Artfields


Event Date: 04/24/2015 - 10:00am to 05/02/2015 - 5:00pm




See art displayed in venues ranging from a locksmith’s store to a historical hospital at this massive nine-day arts competition in the rural farming town of Lake City. One hundred thousand dollars is up for grabs, determined by popular vote and a panel of expert judges. Guests can view and vote on the winners, as well as shop at a farmers’ and artisans’ market, enjoy live music, attend artist talks and symposiums, and take classes and workshops. 110 East Main St., Lake City. Friday-Saturday, times and prices vary. (843)374-0180, www.artfieldssc.org

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Featured artist Trip Park at Atelier Gallery

Featured artist Trip Park at Atelier Gallery


Event Date: 04/03/2015 - 5:00pm to 04/30/2015 - 6:00pm




Though he originally began working in the world of advertising following his graduation from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Trip Park’s creativity was not truly unleashed until he decided to enter a different realm of artistic expression, illustration and then eventually painting. Since the pull to create his own artworks began, he has been busy illustrating a number of children’s books and developing characters for a variety of animations. His quirky style and distinctive perspective has contributed to the popularity of his artwork, leading him to find himself as this month’s featured artist at Atelier Gallery. The commencement of his exhibit coincides with the First Friday Art Walk, allowing for an enriching atmosphere in which to view and interpret his pieces. Atelier Gallery, 153 King St., April 3-30. Free. (843)722-5668, http://www.theateliergalleries.com/

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Whitney Kreb Exhibition

Whitney Kreb Exhibition


Event Date: 04/17/2015 - 11:00am to 05/02/2015 - 5:00pm




It takes a local eye to capture our city the way artist Whitney Kreb captures the colorful rooftops and maritime images of Charleston in her oil paintings. Though this local may split her time between the Holy City and Nantucket, it has only served to strengthen her depictions of coastal serenity. The George Gallery presents a solo exhibit of Kreb’s latest works—sailboats, shrimp boats, and church spires in a wash of light, muted shades. The gallery host a reception on April 17 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. to celebrate the exhibition’s opening. The George Gallery, 50 Bogard St. Tuesday-Friday 11am-6pm; Saturday 11pm-5pm. Free. (843)579-7328, www.georgegalleryart.com

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East Coast Paddlesports & Outdoor Festival

East Coast Paddlesports & Outdoor Festival


Event Date: 04/17/2015 - 12:00pm to 04/19/2015 - 6:00pm




Become the adventurist you’ve always wanted to be at this three-day festival devoted to the great outdoors. Between on-water sea kayaking classes, GoPro tutorials, fly fishing courses, and lessons in survival, it’s tough to commit to just one activity at a time. And we haven’t even mentioned the Palmetto Pump & USA Climbing Competition, the disc golf tournament, the King of the Hill mountain bike race, or the cardboard canoe race for kids. James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr., James Island. Friday-Sunday, times vary. $155 weekend access; $85 single entry, Friday or Saturday; $75 single entry, Sunday. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Coffee Expo

Coffee Expo


Event Date: 04/19/2015 - 10:00am to 04/26/2015 - 12:00am




Get your caffeine fix at this weeklong event paying homage to the great and mighty coffee bean. Has your drip coffee been tasting too watered down, or way, way too strong (if that is even possible)? Learn proper brewing methods from the experts and taste some new coffees so you can find the bean that suits you best. Sign up for special giveaways and check out great offerings in the coffee bar. Grab the pick-me-up you so desperately need, just in time for Spring cleaning!

Southern Season, 730 Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Sunday-Sunday, All Day. Free. (855) 716-1240, http://www.southernseason.com

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Gov't Mule

Gov't Mule


Event Date: 04/19/2015 - 8:00pm to 04/20/2015 - 8:00pm




Initially just a side project for Allman Brothers Band members Warren Hayes and Allen Woody, Gov't Mule has proved itself to be a main act with over ten studio albums and a dedicated fan base that knows them simply as Mule. The Southern rockers celebrate their twenty-year anniversary with an extensive tour and long-awaited archival releases. With more than 300 songs in the band's repertoire, you can expect two different, dynamic performances in this two-night Charleston appearance. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Sunday & Monday, 8pm. $79-$40. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com

 
The Pinckney Project’s Sip & See

The Pinckney Project’s Sip & See


Event Date: 04/21/2015 - 4:00pm




Eliza Luisa Pinckney was a formidable figure of Charleston, a member of the influential and prestigious Pinckney family; her salmon silk back dress is representative of 18th century southern women’s clothing. Donated in 1940, the dress is a rare piece and in dire need of conservation. Together, The Charleston Museum and the Eliza Luisa Pinckney Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution are spearheading a fundraising campaign to ensure the dress will remain for future generations to view. The Sip & See will feature Madame Magar’s Makeshift Studio and allow attendees a private viewing of the dress over light fare and beverages. The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St., Tuesday, 4-7pm. $35. (843)722-2996, www.charlestonmuseum.org

 
Garden to Table

Garden to Table


Event Date: 04/21/2015 - 5:00pm




After an unusually cold and gloomy winter, the budding plants of gardens are finally starting to grow and green. As veggies and herbs reach prime picking time, personal chef Emily Kimbrough will lead a hands-on class in which she will demonstrate how to utilize your freshest homegrown sundries. With a menu featuring cumin and chipotle roasted carrots as well as minted spring pea and rice salad, the taste of extra love and care of a well-tended garden will burst in every bite. Southern Season, 730 Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant, Tuesday, 5pm. $45. (843)416-1240, www.southernseason.com

 
Earth Day at Celadon at Home

Earth Day at Celadon at Home


Event Date: 04/22/2015 - 11:00am




Earth Day is the perfect time to recognize the numerous advancements that Charleston has made in sustainability. For this year’s event head to Celadon at Home where the launch of Sunstore Solar Energy Solutions new solar energy program will be celebrated alongside the promotion of Lowcountry Street Grocery’s kickstarter campaign. The three local businesses approach environmental stewardship from different angles, contributing to the increasing sustainability of the city. A ribbon cutting ceremony at 11a.m. will kick off the day and will be followed by a pop-up farmer’s market featuring Lowcountry Street Grocery’s local bounty. Celadon at Home, 1015 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Wednesday, 11am-6pm. Free. (843)884-7005, www.celadonathome.com

 
Insider Art: Audubon & the World of Walton Ford

Insider Art: Audubon & the World of Walton Ford


Event Date: 04/23/2015 - 6:00pm




Walton Ford’s wildlife illustrations may be playful at first glance, but they grapple with issues as complex as colonialism and politics. As part of the Gibbes’ roving museum, dig deeper into the meaning behind his work with the help of Judith Goldman, former curator of prints at the Whitney Museum of American Art and managing editor of ARTnews. Among the works featured are Ford’s intaglio etchings from the collection of Susanna and Livio Borghese, which you can survey before snacking on light refreshments at the reception to follow. Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting St. Thursday, 6pm. $25; $15 member; free for Museum Fellow. (843)722-2706, www.gibbesmuseum.org

 
An Evening with Diana Krall

An Evening with Diana Krall


Event Date: 04/23/2015 - 7:30pm




Diana Krall might call Nat King Cole the major influence in her life, but her talent doesn’t stop with jazz music, as she proves on her 12th studio album, a refreshing pop endeavor. Wallflower features background vocals from major powerhouses—Graham Nash, Michael Bublé, and Bryan Adams, to name a few—as the Grammy Award-winner reinterprets classics from Bob Dylan, The Mamas & The Papas, and Paul McCartney. North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. Thursday, 7:30pm. $125-$60. (843)529-5000, www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com

 
"Hands On" Rice Planting

"Hands On" Rice Planting


Event Date: 04/24/2015 - 10:00am




The Lowcountry might not have been teeming with gold, but residents struck it rich by sowing a different kind of currency—Carolina Gold rice. Though the practice has subsided since its heyday in the 18th and 19th centuries, rice-planting continues at Middleton Place each spring with the cultivation of the demonstration field. Try your hand while learning about the planting methods employed by enslaved field hands as well as the cash crop’s history. A costumed interpreter serves as your guide. Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Rd. Friday & Saturday, 10am & 1pm. Free with general admission: $28; $15 student; $10 ages six-13; free for child under six. (800)782-3608, www.middletonplace.org

 

 
Out to Lunch with the Conservancy

Out to Lunch with the Conservancy


Event Date: 04/24/2015 - 11:30am




Spring blossoms and greener grass are beginning to show around the city and warm afternoon breezes lure those on lunch break to nearby parks and benches. Newly equipped with wi-fi, Hampton Park’s sunny spaces, shady trees, and blue lagoon are the ideal spot for a Friday lunch picnic. Sponsored by The Bridge 105.5, the Charleston Parks Conservancy invites everyone to enjoy a pleasant Spring afternoon at Hampton Park for live music from Joe Sistino, local food trucks and vitamin D. Whether you participate in a casual lawn game, bring some work or just lay on the grass soaking up the sun and tunes – the congregation of local community members in a beautiful park is what makes Spring in Charleston so unique.  Hampton Park, 30 Mary Murray Dr., Friday, 11:30am-1:30pm. Free. (843)724-7321, http://www.charlestonparksconservancy.org/

 
Artfields

Artfields


Event Date: 04/24/2015 - 12:00pm




From a locksmith’s shop to a mattress outlet, discover art in unconventional venues during this nine-day competition in rural Lake City. One hundred thousand dollars in prizes is up for grabs, determined by popular vote and an expert panel of judges. After checking out 400-plus submissions from around the Southeast, visit the farmers and artisans markets, take a terrarium class, compete in the Color Me Artfields 5K, or attend a concert at Moore Farms Botanical Gardens. Locations, times, & prices vary. (843)374-0180, www.artfieldssc.org

 
Party at the Point Kickoff

Party at the Point Kickoff


Event Date: 04/24/2015 - 5:30pm




Temperatures are rising, and that means the Lowcountry’s favorite happy hour concert series has returned. Party at the Point’s 15th season kicks off with music from Departure: The Journey Tribute Band as well as $2 drafts until they run out. As usual, hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, tacos, and drinks are available for purchase. Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina, 20 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant. Friday, 5:30-9:30pm. $7; free for child 12 & under. (843)856-0028, www.charlestonharborresort.com

 
Conservation Gala

Conservation Gala


Event Date: 04/24/2015 - 6:00pm




Sharks and cocktails may sound like a lethal combination, but with experts like Jeff Corwin on hand, you can rest easy. Celebrating its 15th anniversary, the South Carolina Aquarium hosts a black-tie dinner and Environmental Stewardship awards ceremony (the daring Animal Planet star is the honoree) capped off with the debut of “Shark Shallows,” the Aquarium’s new outdoor exhibition, which allows guests to touch local varieties of the fearsome fish and face them head on. South Carolina Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf. Friday, 6-11pm. $300. (843)720-1990, www.scaquarium.org

 
The Welcome Home Party You Never Got

The Welcome Home Party You Never Got


Event Date: 04/24/2015 - 7:00pm




Many Vietnam War veterans never received a proper welcome home upon returning to the country and Patriots Point seeks to right this occurrence with a joyous party to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. With the purchase of a ticket guests will indulge in a barbeque dinner with wine and beer while the familiar tunes of the era play blissfully in the background by local band, Explorers Club.  During the event attendees will also be given access to the new Vietnam Experience Exhibit, a replication of a Brown Water Naval Support Base and a Marine Fire Artillery Base located in Khe Sahn, complete with rare artifacts and the stories of museum volunteer veterans. Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, 40 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant. Friday, 7pm-10:30pm. (843)881-5984, www.patriotspoint.org

 
“The Mystery of Edwin Drood”

“The Mystery of Edwin Drood”


Event Date: 04/24/2015 - 8:00pm




Ever wonder how Charles Dickens' novel would have ended if he had lived to finish it? Don’t miss the Footlight Player’s musically engaging and speculative ending. Centered around Dickens’ character, Edwin Drood’s uncle, John Jasper. The musical tells the story of a choirmaster and opium addict who’s in love with his student, Rosa, also Drood’s fiancée and the object of much attention. The audience engages with the drama by deciding on plot twists and an ending, watching as the results unfold. Footlight Players Theatre, 20 Queen St. times vary. $35; $32 senior/military; $25 students. (843)722-4487, www.footlightplayers.net

 
Where the Wild Things Run 5k

Where the Wild Things Run 5k


Event Date: 04/25/2015 - 8:30am




Lions and tigers and runners oh my! Whether you are a walker, a runner, or anywhere in between, come check out the beautiful nature trails at the Ravenel Caw Caw Interpretive Center. There will be kids’ yoga, crafts, and a “1-mile fun run” available for kids 6-12. The center features over six miles of trails, boardwalks through wetlands, a rich bird life, as well as favored habit for rare wildlife (hence the name of the run) for species such as the American Alligator and Bald Eagle.

Caw Caw Interpretive Center, 5200 Savannah Highway. Saturday, 8:30am. $34; $28 Charleston County Residents. (843) 795-4386, www.ccprc.com

 

 
McLeod Plantation Historic Site Grand Opening Ceremony

McLeod Plantation Historic Site Grand Opening Ceremony


Event Date: 04/25/2015 - 9:00am




Join the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission in their celebration of the completion of their year-long project to recreate the 300-year-old, 37-acre McLeod Plantation. Tours, demonstrations, and displays reveal the long and influential history of the property, and guided and self-guided tours will be offered at the park. From its first settlement by Native Americans, followed by the English colonists, and then its ownership under many different parties until it reached the hands of the McLeods, the property has been home to many diverse peoples with unique stories. Shuttles to and from the plantation to James Island County Park will be available. McLeod Plantation Historic Site, 325 Country Club Dr., James Island. Saturday, 9am-4pm. $10; $6 child age 3-12; Free child under 2 & Gold Pass holder. (843)795-4386, www.charlestoncountyparks.com

 
Folly Beach Wine & Sign

Folly Beach Wine & Sign


Event Date: 04/25/2015 - 10:00am




Spend an afternoon taking in the view from the Folly Beach Pier while sipping fine wines and getting to know Palmetto State authors. This year’s special guests include mystery writers Jack Gannon and Cyndi Williams-Barrier, as well as activist-writer Diann Shaddox. All proceeds go to the Diann Shaddox Foundation, an organization dedicated to finding a cure for Essential Tremor, a movement disorder affecting more than 10 million Americans. Folly Beach Pier, 233 E. Arctic Ave., Folly Beach. Saturday, 10am-5pm. Donations accepted. www.diannshaddox.com

 
Help a Horse Day Barn Raising and Family Carnival

Help a Horse Day Barn Raising and Family Carnival


Event Date: 04/25/2015 - 10:00am




A welcoming and loving home for rehabilitating horses LEARN Horse Rescue Farm opens its barn doors to the community for their Hoe Down, Barn Up! Barn Raising and Family Carnival. The center is devoted to rescuing and rehabilitating neglected and abused horses so in praise of the great strides their noble animal friends have made the farm will be brimming with jump castles, pony rides, face painting, music, food and more! A family fun event that recognizes animal stewardship practices, the day’s jubilations will garner all some four-legged friends. LEARN Horse Rescue Farm, 6861 Ethel Post Office Rd., Megget. Saturday, 10am-4pm. (843)991-4879, www.learnhorserescue.org

 
The Southern Garden Party

The Southern Garden Party


Event Date: 04/25/2015 - 11:00am




Under arching magnolias and blooming azaleas, the 1906 former home of a Naval Base Commander is transformed into a Southern garden party benefiting Lowcountry Orphan Relief. The afternoon of this ladies only event will feature complementary drinks and a cash mimosa bar as well as heavy hor d’oeuvres. Those who don their elegant and most beloved hats are invited to enter the Southern Hat Contest which will be followed by the Children’s Fashion Show, a procession to honor all the children served by the organization. By benefiting the non-profit -- which seeks to serve abused, abandoned and neglected children in the Lowcountry -- those in attendance will be supporting and funding the meaningful mission. Historic Naval Commanders Home, Quarters C, 1300 Naval Way, North Charleston. Saturday, 11am-2pm. $35. (843)747-4099, www.lowcountryorphanrelief.org

 
Southern Flame Food & Music Festival

Southern Flame Food & Music Festival


Event Date: 04/25/2015 - 11:00am




Shag to summer classics from The Entertainers and chow down on pork at this Southern Barbecue Network-sanctioned cook-off, where 20-plus teams, filled with culinary all-stars, battle it out for cash prizes and the honor of being named finest pitmaster. Proceeds benefit the Summerville Miracle League, which gives local kids with special needs the opportunity to play America’s favorite sport. The Ponds, 326 Hundred Oaks Pkwy., Summerville. Saturday, 11am-8pm. Free admission; $15 parking. (843)810-5937, www.southernflamefestival.org

 
Take Back the Night

Take Back the Night


Event Date: 04/25/2015 - 2:00pm




First held in Philadelphia in 1975, Take Back the Night was created as a way for communities to speak out against sexual violence. Organized by People Against Rape (PAR), this year’s event in Marion Square features keynote speaker, author, and assault survivor Alison Jennings, as well as MUSC professor and PAR chairman Dean Kilpatrick and Charleston police chief Gregory Mullen. The program is rounded out with live entertainment from College of Charleston student groups, food, giveaways, and children’s activities. Marion Square, 329 Meeting St. Sunday, 2-5pm. Free. (843)577-9882, www.peopleagainstrape.org

 
Lady Day: Billie Holiday’s Centennial Celebration

Lady Day: Billie Holiday’s Centennial Celebration


Event Date: 04/25/2015 - 5:00pm




Our city’s resident big band, the Charleston Jazz Orchestra (CJO), celebrates the 100th birthday of the ground-breaking Billie Holiday, remembered for revolutionizing the art of jazz, blues, and pop singing. With maestro Charlton Singleton leading the CJO and Leah Suárez as the featured vocalist, you’re guaranteed an amazing show. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Saturday, 5 p.m. & 8 p.m. $45-$30. (843) 641-0011, jazzartistsofcharleston.org

 

 
Shaggin’ On the Cooper Kick Off

Shaggin’ On the Cooper Kick Off


Event Date: 04/25/2015 - 7:00pm




As the weather warms and the night sky fills with the summer’s stars, Shaggin’ On the Cooper picks back up for this season’s round of monthly dance parties. The Royal Scotsman Band will inaugurate the series, opening the dance floor to anyone ready to let their dance moves take control. With food and beverages available for purchase, partygoers will remain fueled throughout the night whether it be for jamming and jiving or simply looking out onto the water. Featuring new artists each month, the opportunities to let loose are bountiful. Mount Pleasant Pier, 71 Harry M. Hallmen Jr Blvd., Mount Pleasant, Saturday, 7pm. $10, $8; advance Charleston residents. (843)795-4386, www.CharlestonCountyParks.com

 

 
Orin Swift Winery Dinner With David Phinney

Orin Swift Winery Dinner With David Phinney


Event Date: 04/25/2015 - 8:00pm




Join David Phinney, founder of the multinational Orin Swift Winery, for an elegant five-course meal paired with rare wines from around the world. Dine on local Softshell Crabs, a seasonal delicacy, as well as smoked spring lamb roulade and seared bison tenderloin. Like local favorite Halls, Orin Swift Cellars operates as a small, passionate team, producing quality wine in California, Southwest France, Spain, Italy, Corsica, and Argentina. Halls Chophouse, 434 King Street. Saturday, 8pm-11pm. $186. (843) 727-0090, hallschophouse.com

 
Bodhi's Revenge SUP Race

Bodhi's Revenge SUP Race


Event Date: 04/19/2015 - 9:00am




Standup paddleboarding may be relaxing in the calm waters of Shem Creek, but Bodhi’s Revenge is a different story. Intermediate and advanced paddlers are invited to take on this challenging surf slalom race with buoy turns and steady tides. Two precarious routes varying in length push competitors to their limits with multiple loops and beach sprints before a final 50-yard dash to the finish line. The race benefits the Surfrider Foundation, a nonprofit devoted to protecting the world’s waves and beaches. Folly Beach Pier, 101 East Arctic Ave., Folly Beach. Sunday, 9am. $65 Bodhi long course; $55 Johnny Utah short course. (843)881-9472,
www.halfmoonoutfitters.com/happenings

 
2nd Annual Food Truck Rodeo

2nd Annual Food Truck Rodeo


Event Date: 04/19/2015 - 12:00pm




Eat up for a good cause! Arrive hungry at Freshfields Village and enjoy eats from local food trucks Kays Southern Kitchen, Coastal Crust, Bac’n me Crazy, Sweet Lulu’s Bakery, Charleston Choo, Roadside Seafood, Korkis and Cookie Chick. Try Choo’s cajun crawfish roll or pork- loaded tots from Korkis while jamming to local band Soul Fish on the Village Green. Proceeds from the event benefit Kiawah Cares and Backpack Buddies. Freshfields Village, 149 Village Green Ln., Johns Island. Sunday, noon- 4pm. Free. (843)768-6491, www.freshfieldsvillage.com

 
Loggerhead's Anniversary Party

Loggerhead's Anniversary Party


Event Date: 04/19/2015 - 2:00pm




The party goes on all day at Loggerhead’s Beach Grill as they celebrate their 5th year in business. Rowdy up with live music from Josh Roberts and The Hinges, The Travelin’ Kine, and Dangermuffin as you enjoy the variety of tasty meals and appetizers offered on their menu. As the night sets in be sure to grab another of your favorite craft beers because the Slideshow Americans will start up the All-Star Super Jam at 10p.m. When you tire from dancing peruse the raffles that will be occurring throughout the day, as benefits will support local charity organization Folly Angels. Loggerhead’s Beach Grill, 123 West Ashley Ave., Folly Beach. Sunday, 2pm. Free. (843)588-2365, www.loggerheadsbg.com

 
Making Healthy Delicious: Brunch

Making Healthy Delicious: Brunch


Event Date: 04/19/2015 - 2:00pm




Brunch doesn’t have to leave you in a daylong food coma. Yes, the lowcountry offers up some formidably amazing brunches, but sometimes indulging in the healthier version of a breakfast time feast can be fun too. Get on the kale-kick and learn how to whip up a delicious green kale power smoothie. Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean leaving hungry—learn how to make gluten-free buckwheat crepes with shrimp and avocado, as well as a roasted veggie egg strata with a green salad. Go green in the morning and say goodbye to those sleepy Sunday blues. 

Southern Season, 730 Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Sunday, 2pm. $40. (855) 716-1240, http://www.southernseason.com

 

 
Kids in the Kitchen: Smart Snacking

Kids in the Kitchen: Smart Snacking


Event Date: 04/20/2015 - 5:00pm




Food should be fun! Bring your kids (ages 9+) to this intro class led by Johnson and Wales grad Lisa Moore and let them learn from an expert about how to play with their food without making a mess. Kids will make sausage snails, deviled egg sailboats, sweet potato skins, and a banana hazelnut smoothie. Kids will learn how to create healthy and delicious snacks that they can make and enjoy at home after a long day of school and sports and extracurricular activities. Instill positive and healthy eating values now, and maybe your little chefs will cook for you someday. Southern Season, 730 Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Monday, 5pm. $35. (855) 716-1240, http://www.southernseason.com

 
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“Fashion Flashback, 1920s-1960s: Five Decades of Style That Changed America”

“Fashion Flashback, 1920s-1960s: Five Decades of Style That Changed America”


Event Date: 01/12/2015 (All day) to 05/10/2015 (All day)




From Chanel suits and mini-skirts to “Repeal the 18th Amendment” ties and Egyptian Revival accessories, explore the decades through men’s and women’s dress at The Charleston Museum’s dazzling new exhibition. Flaunt your own vintage frocks at the opening reception—6 to 8 p.m. on January 15—or procure something from the Cavortress team, on hand to deck you out. Tickets are $35 for non-members and $25 for members. The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 1pm-5pm. $10; $5 ages three-12; free for child under three. (843)722-2996, www.charlestonmuseum.org

 

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Featured artist Trip Park at Atelier Gallery

Featured artist Trip Park at Atelier Gallery


Event Date: 04/03/2015 - 5:00pm to 04/30/2015 - 6:00pm




Though he originally began working in the world of advertising following his graduation from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Trip Park’s creativity was not truly unleashed until he decided to enter a different realm of artistic expression, illustration and then eventually painting. Since the pull to create his own artworks began, he has been busy illustrating a number of children’s books and developing characters for a variety of animations. His quirky style and distinctive perspective has contributed to the popularity of his artwork, leading him to find himself as this month’s featured artist at Atelier Gallery. The commencement of his exhibit coincides with the First Friday Art Walk, allowing for an enriching atmosphere in which to view and interpret his pieces. Atelier Gallery, 153 King St., April 3-30. Free. (843)722-5668, http://www.theateliergalleries.com/

 
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Whitney Kreb Exhibition

Whitney Kreb Exhibition


Event Date: 04/17/2015 - 11:00am to 05/02/2015 - 5:00pm




It takes a local eye to capture our city the way artist Whitney Kreb captures the colorful rooftops and maritime images of Charleston in her oil paintings. Though this local may split her time between the Holy City and Nantucket, it has only served to strengthen her depictions of coastal serenity. The George Gallery presents a solo exhibit of Kreb’s latest works—sailboats, shrimp boats, and church spires in a wash of light, muted shades. The gallery host a reception on April 17 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. to celebrate the exhibition’s opening. The George Gallery, 50 Bogard St. Tuesday-Friday 11am-6pm; Saturday 11pm-5pm. Free. (843)579-7328, www.georgegalleryart.com

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Coffee Expo

Coffee Expo


Event Date: 04/19/2015 - 10:00am to 04/26/2015 - 12:00am




Get your caffeine fix at this weeklong event paying homage to the great and mighty coffee bean. Has your drip coffee been tasting too watered down, or way, way too strong (if that is even possible)? Learn proper brewing methods from the experts and taste some new coffees so you can find the bean that suits you best. Sign up for special giveaways and check out great offerings in the coffee bar. Grab the pick-me-up you so desperately need, just in time for Spring cleaning!

Southern Season, 730 Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Sunday-Sunday, All Day. Free. (855) 716-1240, http://www.southernseason.com

 
 
Spring Triathlon 101 Clinic

Spring Triathlon 101 Clinic


Event Date: 04/28/2015 - 5:45pm to 05/28/2015 - 5:45pm




If you’ve ever considered competing in a triathlon but haven’t had the time to prepare, this is your chance. In this twice-a-week clinic, train alongside other aspiring triathletes under the instruction of fitness coach Anne Moore. Participants gain valuable experience and tips to improve their running, biking, and swimming abilities. At the end of the clinic, participants put their training to the test in one or more of the Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series races. James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr., James Island. Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:45-6:30pm. $176 non-CCR members, $160 CCR members. (843)795-4386, www.charlestoncountyparks.com

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Artfields

Artfields


Event Date: 04/24/2015 - 10:00am to 05/02/2015 - 5:00pm




See art displayed in venues ranging from a locksmith’s store to a historical hospital at this massive nine-day arts competition in the rural farming town of Lake City. One hundred thousand dollars is up for grabs, determined by popular vote and a panel of expert judges. Guests can view and vote on the winners, as well as shop at a farmers’ and artisans’ market, enjoy live music, attend artist talks and symposiums, and take classes and workshops. 110 East Main St., Lake City. Friday-Saturday, times and prices vary. (843)374-0180, www.artfieldssc.org

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Bazaar at the Point

Bazaar at the Point


Event Date: 04/26/2015 - 11:00am




Community marketplaces can be the perfect place to find unique, locally sourced products that reflect the creativity of our own city. The Charleston Harbor Resort draws artisans, craftsmen, and other vendors to peddle their products while local restaurants provide food and drinks for purchase. Live music, environmental education, and a kids’ corner complete the afternoon. Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina, 20 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant. Sunday, 11am-2pm. Free. (843)856-0028, www.charlestonharborresort.com

 
Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival

Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival


Event Date: 04/26/2015 - 11:30am




Do your part to ring in a successful season for our local shrimpers and fishermen—we all benefit from the bounty, after all—by attending this 28-year-old fest. In addition to the boat parade and ceremonial blessing of the fleet, there’s loads of live music, free activities, a craft show, and of course, local food vendors. Wear your dancing shoes and join in the shag contest, cure a hankering for shellfish during the shrimp-eating competition, or just set up chairs and picnic blankets for harborside relaxation. Memorial Waterfront Park, Hallman Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. (843) 884-8517, comeonovermp.com

 

 
Red Cross Old Village Home Garden and Art Tour

Red Cross Old Village Home Garden and Art Tour


Event Date: 04/26/2015 - 1:00pm




Explore the beauty of Mount Pleasant’s Old Village on this home and garden tour featuring eight historic homes, including the summer home of Charles Pinckney, 37th governor of South Carolina and signer of the United States Constitution. Plein Air Artists will be nestled in luxurious gardens with their artwork, and snacks prepared by local chefs will be available at the Old Village Post House. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Red Cross; because of financial assistance from the community, the Red Cross was able to assist over 7,000 individuals last year alone.Edwards Park, 400 Pitt St, Mount Pleasant. Sunday, 1pm-5pm. $45; $35 per person for groups of eight or more. (843) 764- 2323 x 386, www.redcross.org/sc.

 
Spring Jazz Jam

Spring Jazz Jam


Event Date: 04/26/2015 - 4:00pm




As day turns to night, the ambience of Barsa Tapas, Lounge, and Bar will become unpredictable when over 50 of Charleston’s greatest jazz musicians are given the stage to perform pieces free of inhibitions, surrendering to their instruments and the inspirations of the evening. Organized by the founders of the Charleston Jazz Club, four hours of live free music will swing through the lounge to support mayoral candidate John Tecklenburg, a local music enthusiast. The righteously American music genre – which can trace it roots to Charleston – is in an upswing in its wellspring, seeking to sway listeners and musicians to succumb again to its otherworldly harmonies. Barsa Tapas, Lounge, & Bar, 630 King St., Sunday, 4pm-8pm. Free. (843)577-5393, www.charlestonjazzjam.com

 
Chef's Potluck

Chef's Potluck


Event Date: 04/26/2015 - 4:00pm




Everybody loves a potluck dinner, especially when 15 of the area’s best restaurants (Edmund’s Oast, FIG, and The Grocery are just three of the participants) are the ones supplying the eats. With an emphasis on homegrown ingredients, this foodie fest benefits Lowcountry Local First’s “Growing New Farmers” program, which provides novice farmers with valuable agricultural knowledge and experiences. In addition to knockout provisions, enjoy music by Garage Cuban Band, a live auction, and libations in America’s oldest landscaped gardens. Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Rd. Sunday, 4-7pm. $95; $75 member. (843)740-5444, www.lowcountrylocalfirst.org

 

 
 
Dig South

Dig South


Event Date: 04/28/2015 - 12:00pm




With a new hub at Mount Pleasant’s Cinebarre, DIG SOUTH has great things in store for its third annual celebration of innovations in the tech and creative industries. To learn from presenters from top companies including Instagram, BuzzFeed, and Google, you’ll need to register for the two-day DIG Conference, but anyone can stop in to check out the businesses exhibiting at the free DIG Show, featuring live music. There’s also a fantastic lineup of additional events around town, including the Southeastern Sync Up headlined by folk/country/blues band Langhorne Slim & The Law (left). Locations, times, & prices vary. (843) 693-4183, www.digsouth.com

 

 
A Meal to Remember

A Meal to Remember


Event Date: 04/29/2015 - 6:45pm




Having spent the past 30 years providing daily nutrition to the community of those unable to procure their own, East Cooper Meals on Wheels celebrates three decades of past success while looking forward to the future with the gala, “A Meal to Remember.” Local restaurants and chefs are cooking up hors d’oeuvres and small plates for guests to indulge in while they participate in both live and silent auctions, dance along to live music, and enjoy drinks from Palmetto Brewery and other beverage partners. This celebration of the positive impact the organization has made on the Lowcountry thus far will be a night of good fun, food, and friends. Omar Shrine Auditorium, 176 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant. Wednesday, 6:45pm. $150. (843)881-9350, www.ecmow.org

 
iFive:K

iFive:K


Event Date: 04/30/2015 - 6:30pm




Blow off steam after work in this evening race presented by the Charleston Digital Corridor Foundation. Take advantage of the cooler temperatures as you weave your way through the downtown streets before circling back to the finish line at the Charleston Maritime Center, where the after-party awaits. Proceeds fund CODEcamp scholarships and other programs that further the local knowledge economy. Charleston Maritime Center, 10 Wharfside St. Thursday, 6:30pm. $40. (843)579-7508, www.ifivek.com

 

 
Taj Mahal Trio

Taj Mahal Trio


Event Date: 04/30/2015 - 8:00pm




Grammy Award-winner Taj Mahal’s inspirations are as varied as the number of instruments he’s mastered—more than 20, including the steel and dobro guitars. Born in Harlem, Taj Mahal has spent the past five decades traveling the globe, incorporating world music from the Caribbean, West Africa, Latin America, and the Hawaiian Islands into his distinct combination of blues and roots. Rounding out the soulful sound are drummer Kester Smith and bassist Bill Rich. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Thursday, 8pm. $40. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com

 

 
The Flick

The Flick


Event Date: 04/30/2015 - 8:00pm




A rundown movie theater with one of the last working 35-millimeter projectors is the setting for Annie Baker’s funny and poignant Pulitzer Prize-winning play performed by Threshold Repertory Theatre. Underpaid and underwhelmed, three employees discuss life among the stale popcorn and spilled soda of their minimum wage usher jobs. Threshold Repertory Theatre, 84 Society St. Thursday-Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 3pm. $25; $20 senior; $15 student/child/military.(843)277-2172, www.charlestontheater.com

 

 




UPCOMING EVENTS

04/28/2015 - 12:00pm

With a new hub at Mount Pleasant’s Cinebarre, DIG SOUTH has great things in store for its third annual celebration of innovations in the tech and creative industries. To learn from presenters from top companies including Instagram, BuzzFeed, and Google, you’ll need to register for the two-day DIG Conference, but anyone can stop in to check out the businesses exhibiting at the free DIG Show, featuring live music. There’s also a fantastic lineup of additional events around town, including the Southeastern Sync Up headlined by folk/country/blues band Langhorne Slim & The Law (left). Locations, times, & prices vary. (843) 693-4183, www.digsouth.com

 

04/28/2015 - 5:45pm to 05/28/2015 - 5:45pm

If you’ve ever considered competing in a triathlon but haven’t had the time to prepare, this is your chance. In this twice-a-week clinic, train alongside other aspiring triathletes under the instruction of fitness coach Anne Moore. Participants gain valuable experience and tips to improve their running, biking, and swimming abilities. At the end of the clinic, participants put their training to the test in one or more of the Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series races. James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr., James Island. Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:45-6:30pm. $176 non-CCR members, $160 CCR members. (843)795-4386, www.charlestoncountyparks.com

04/29/2015 - 6:45pm

Having spent the past 30 years providing daily nutrition to the community of those unable to procure their own, East Cooper Meals on Wheels celebrates three decades of past success while looking forward to the future with the gala, “A Meal to Remember.” Local restaurants and chefs are cooking up hors d’oeuvres and small plates for guests to indulge in while they participate in both live and silent auctions, dance along to live music, and enjoy drinks from Palmetto Brewery and other beverage partners. This celebration of the positive impact the organization has made on the Lowcountry thus far will be a night of good fun, food, and friends. Omar Shrine Auditorium, 176 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant. Wednesday, 6:45pm. $150. (843)881-9350, www.ecmow.org

04/30/2015 - 6:30pm

Blow off steam after work in this evening race presented by the Charleston Digital Corridor Foundation. Take advantage of the cooler temperatures as you weave your way through the downtown streets before circling back to the finish line at the Charleston Maritime Center, where the after-party awaits. Proceeds fund CODEcamp scholarships and other programs that further the local knowledge economy. Charleston Maritime Center, 10 Wharfside St. Thursday, 6:30pm. $40. (843)579-7508, www.ifivek.com

 

04/30/2015 - 8:00pm

Grammy Award-winner Taj Mahal’s inspirations are as varied as the number of instruments he’s mastered—more than 20, including the steel and dobro guitars. Born in Harlem, Taj Mahal has spent the past five decades traveling the globe, incorporating world music from the Caribbean, West Africa, Latin America, and the Hawaiian Islands into his distinct combination of blues and roots. Rounding out the soulful sound are drummer Kester Smith and bassist Bill Rich. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Thursday, 8pm. $40. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com

 

04/30/2015 - 8:00pm

A rundown movie theater with one of the last working 35-millimeter projectors is the setting for Annie Baker’s funny and poignant Pulitzer Prize-winning play performed by Threshold Repertory Theatre. Underpaid and underwhelmed, three employees discuss life among the stale popcorn and spilled soda of their minimum wage usher jobs. Threshold Repertory Theatre, 84 Society St. Thursday-Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 3pm. $25; $20 senior; $15 student/child/military.(843)277-2172, www.charlestontheater.com

 

05/01/2015 - 9:00am

Through extensive world travel and exposure to different cultures, Robert B. Reed has honed his creative expression in various mediums of painting. His exhibit, “Means of Travel,” exemplifies the manner in which he attributes significance and understanding to the tangible world, with pieces focusing on the transient qualities of every person, and the pleasure and fulfillment found in the aimless passage of time. Saul Alexander Gallery, Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun St. Monday-Thursday, 9am-8pm; Friday & Saturday, 9am-6pm; Sunday, 2-5pm. Free. (843)805-6930, www.ccpl.org

05/01/2015 - 10:00am

Shane Scribner’s paintings seek to capture the subtleties of the female human body in its most raw form. His partner, Sara Scribner, uses the flora and fauna of different cultural mythologies as inspiration for her eerily authentic, natural portraits. Moldavia native Leon Bronstein creates bronze sculptures of obtuse and abstract human forms, conveying human emotion through the manipulation of metal. An opening reception will be held Friday, May 1 from 5-8 p.m. Mary Martin Gallery of Fine Art, 103 Broad St. Daily, 10am-6pm. Free. (843)723-0303, www.marymartinart.com

05/01/2015 - 10:00am to 05/31/2015 - 6:00pm

Bold and beautiful, the work of Atlanta-based artist Christy Kinard brings to life vibrant floral bouquets and colorful, ambling beach cruisers. Kinard’s May exhibition erases all the gloom of April showers and brings with it all the joy of the Southern spring season. Kinard draws inspiration from her own Southern upbringing as she remembers the floral arrangements from her kitchen table and the kaleidoscope patchwork quilts sewn by her grant-aunts. Kinard weaves her own intricate patterns with a paintbrush instead of needle and thread, but the goal of capturing the “layered character of the South” remains the same. An opening reception for this Spring exhibit will be held Friday May 1st from 6pm-8pm.Atelier Gallery, 153 King St. Monday-Saturday, 10am-6pm. Free (843) 722-5668, www.theateliergalleries.com

05/01/2015 - 11:00am to 05/31/2015 - 5:00pm

Join artist Lynne Riding for her fourth solo show at the Corrigan Gallery, where she will be featuring her work that, though abstract in nature, stems from real experiences and real relationships with found objects. A past competitive windsurfer and sailor, Riding feels connected to the ocean and its tumult as both a detached and observant artist and a connected and immersed human being. A native of Wales, Riding’s love of landscapes has influenced the lines and space in her work. Her minimalist abstraction reduces natural phenomena to it’s “true essence.” Corrigan Gallery, 62 Queen St. Monday-Saturday, 11am-5pm. Free. (843) 722-9868, www.corrigangallery.com

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