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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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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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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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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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Celebrating Spring with artist Christy Kinard

Celebrating Spring with artist Christy Kinard


Event Date: 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

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Lynne Riding's "In the Air" Exhibit

Lynne Riding's "In the Air" Exhibit


Event Date: 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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"Into the Unknown"

"Into the Unknown"


Event Date: 05/01/2015 - 5:00pm to 05/31/2015 - 5:00pm




In the trembling anticipation of an unknown outcome, our vulnerability is unleashed to reveal layers of uncertainty, fear, and hope. Through a specific application of vellum-style mylar, artist Michelle Jader captures these qualms of the future by depicting dancers and gymnasts mid-fall while her unique application of paint adds depth and serenity to the uneasy moments of letting go. The opening reception of her exhibit will be held on May 1 from 5p.m. to 8p.m. Robert Lange Studios, 2 Queen St. May 1- 31, 11am-5pm. Free. (843)805-8052, www.robertlangestudios.com

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"Summer and the City"

"Summer and the City"


Event Date: 05/01/2015 - 5:00pm to 05/31/2015 - 5:00pm




Impressionism meets contemporary summer settings in Jeff Jamison’s unequivocally romantic oil paintings. Trained in the style of the Old Masters, Jamison’s exquisite technique is evidenced in his ability to capture the summer haze that falls upon city sidewalks. The opening reception for his exhibit will be held on May 1 from 5p.m to 8p.m. Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art Gallery, 58 Broad St. Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm. Free. (843)722-3660, www.ellarichardson.com

 

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"Means of Travel"

"Means of Travel"


Event Date: 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

 
Sara & Shane Scribner & Leon Bronstein Exhibit

Sara & Shane Scribner & Leon Bronstein Exhibit


Event Date: 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

 
North Charleston Arts Festival

North Charleston Arts Festival


Event Date: 05/01/2015 - 12:00pm




Growing from a single-day celebration, this nine-day festival boasts a flood of noteworthy arts and culture events, from painting and puppet shows to dance and drama. The main event, held the first weekend in May at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center, offers more than 40 performances, an antique show, arts and crafts vendors, and cultural dance groups. Throughout the week, catch 60-plus local and international acts including concerts, film screenings, exhibitions, and a wealth of children’s activities, all concluding with fireworks and food trucks at the Grande Finale at North Charleston Riverfront Park. Locations, times, & prices vary.  (843)452-5854, www.northcharlestonartsfest.com

 

 
French Quarter Art Walk

French Quarter Art Walk


Event Date: 05/01/2015 - 5:00pm




Art, history, and wine combine for this Charleston tradition celebrating the art galleries of the historical French Quarter. All within walking distance of each other, many galleries offer wine and hors d’oeuvres alongside the visual arts. Participating galleries include Helena Fox Fine Art, Robert Lang Studios, Ann Long Fine Art, Anglin Smith Fine Art, and more. French Quarter, Meeting St. between S. Market St. & Tradd St. Friday, 5-8pm. Free. (843)805-8052, www.frenchquarterarts.com

 
Party at the Point

Party at the Point


Event Date: 05/01/2015 - 5:30pm




Back for its 15th year, this summer concert series has it all, from the venue to the drinks to the entertainment. Boasting waterfront views, The Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina provides the setting, with tiki huts serving up your favorite cocktails, draft specials, and plenty of eats, from oysters to barbecue. Dig your toes into the sand and party as the sun goes down with a different live act every Friday night. Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, 20 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant. Friday, 5:30-9:30pm. $7. (843)452-5639, www.charlestonpartyatthepoint.com

 

 
Classic and Contemporary Sauces

Classic and Contemporary Sauces


Event Date: 05/01/2015 - 6:00pm




Hosting a springtime fête? Impress your guests with a lusciously light menu including a Vegetable Lasagna with béchamel and a salmon filet accompanied by asparagus and creamy hollandaise.  Receive a history lesson while honing your culinary skills as you learn about the 19th century French chef who created four “mother sauces.” Experiment with these classic French sauces as well as the contemporary derivatives—there are hundreds! You’ll walk away with fundamental cooking skills, as well as the makings of a really stylish menu. Bon appetit!  

Southern Season, 730 Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Friday, 6pm. $40. (855) 716-1240, http://www.southernseason.com

 

 
Relay for Life

Relay for Life


Event Date: 05/01/2015 - 7:00pm




Pull an all-nighter for a worthy cause as you honor and support those battling cancer. Join survivors and caregivers for the Opening Ceremony celebrating survivors, inspiring fighters, and remembering those lost. Spanning 12 hours, the event includes a “Survivors Lap,” a “Caregivers Lap,” and a “Luminaria Ceremony.” Park West Recreation Complex, 1251 Park West Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Friday, 7pm-7am. (843)744-1922, www.relayforlife.org

 
Cocktails, Chocolate and Charcuterie: A Night of Local Artisans

Cocktails, Chocolate and Charcuterie: A Night of Local Artisans


Event Date: 05/01/2015 - 7:30pm




Indulge in the delectable offerings of three local businesses continuously dishing out remarkable concoctions in their respective fields. Taste rich chocolates from Christophe Artisan Chocolatier-Patissier, savory charcuterie from goat.sheep.cow, and sip on divine cocktails from Striped Pig Distilleries. All items are handcrafted locally, giving way to tastes that exude the extra time and care that went into them. A percentage of the event’s proceeds benefit the local organization Rockers for Knockers and Breast Cancer research. Christophe Artisan Chocolatier-Patissier, 90 Society St. Friday, 7:30pm-9:30pm. $40. (843)297-8674, www.christophechocolatier.com

 
An Evening with Leo Kottke

An Evening with Leo Kottke


Event Date: 05/01/2015 - 8:00pm




Wielding a 12-string guitar, two-time Grammy-Award nominee Leo Kotte has spent the last half-century traveling around the world, charming audiences with his syncopated rhythms and quick finger-picking style. For his Charleston appearance, expect a mix of quirky anecdotes with blues and jazz-heavy selections from his most popular albums, including My Feet Are Smiling and Clone. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Friday, 8pm. $40-$30. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com

 

 
The Flick

The Flick


Event Date: 05/01/2015 - 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

 
Dragon Boat Festival

Dragon Boat Festival


Event Date: 05/02/2015 - 7:45am




Party on the harbor as you watch 60 teams consisting of 20 paddlers, a drummer, and a steer person compete in the ancient Chinese sport of dragon boat racing. Hosted by Dragon Boat Charleston, an organization that promotes healthy living amongst cancer survivors and their communities, this event raised more than $150,000 in 2014. This year, proceeds will again fund cancer survivors’ participation in races around the world, as well as fitness programs such as yoga and CrossFit. Brittlebank Park, 0 Lockwood Blvd. Saturday, 7:45am-4pm. Free for spectator. (843)324-9505, www.charlestondragonboatfestival.com

 

 
Painted Bunting Bird Walks

Painted Bunting Bird Walks


Event Date: 05/02/2015 - 8:30am




Grab your binoculars as Painted Buntings, Indigo Buntings, Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills are just a few of the highlights on this two-hour guided walk. Situated just next to the Cape Romain Wildlife Refuge and Francis Marion National Forest, the Awendaw campus is home to nearly 50 species of birds of prey and an experienced staff to provide the natural history and conservation challenges facing each species. The Center for Birds of Prey, 4719 Highway 17 North, Awendaw. Saturday, May 2 and 16, 8:30am. $25; $20 member. (843)971-7474, www.thecenterforbirdsofprey.org

 
Self-Published: The Perils, Pitfalls and PERKS!

Self-Published: The Perils, Pitfalls and PERKS!


Event Date: 05/02/2015 - 9:30am




Hosted by the Lowcountry Initiative for the Literary Arts (LILA), this unique writers’ workshop features three local authors and their self-published works. These three writers will offer insight about the world of self-publishing and will offer hopeful self-publishers tips about how to overcome the trials of the industry. Creator of Where Writers Win, Shari Stauch will lead the discussion as local authors Sherry Dixon, Michael Hurley, and Kelly Owen discuss their work. Circular Congregational Church of Charleston, 150 Meeting St. Saturday, 9:30am-noon. $20 member; $30 non-member. www.lilaconnects.com

 
Annual Sheep Shearing

Annual Sheep Shearing


Event Date: 05/02/2015 - 10:00am




The hardy Gulf Coast sheep of Middleton Place are being prepared for spring with an annual shearing. The wool is cut with steel blade shears after the spring lambs are born, then processed and combed. See spinning and weaving demonstrations from educators in Colonial costume and learn about the tradition of sheep shearing. Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Rd. Saturday, 10am-3pm. $28; $15 student; $10 child ages six-13; free for child under six. (843)556-6020, www.middletonplace.org

 
Charleston County Water Parks Opening

Charleston County Water Parks Opening


Event Date: 05/02/2015 - 10:00am




Beat the heat this summer at one of three Charleston County Park and Recreation area waterparks. Get your feet wet at Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark, the largest area waterpark, featuring “The Big Kahuna” wave pool with 27,000 square feet of wave action! Put your feet up at the Splash Zone, the second-largest area waterpark, featuring a large leisure pool and lazy river. Or tote your tots over to Splash Island waterpark where there is plenty of fun to be had for toddlers to pre-teens. All waterparks offer concessions, lockers, showers, and lounge chairs, as well as trained lifeguards on duty. Locations vary. Opening day Saturday, 10am-6pm. (843) 795-4386, www.ccprc.com

 
Blessing of the Fleet

Blessing of the Fleet


Event Date: 05/02/2015 - 11:00am




Summertime means the start of shrimping season, so head out to McClellanville as local clergymen bless the shrimping fleet in hopes of a successful harvest. Enjoy frogmore stew and boiled or fried shrimp plates while the little ones take part in face painting, pony rides, and jump castles. Robert E. Ashley Landing, 405 Pinckney St., McClellanville. Saturday, 11am-5pm. Free. (843)887-3323, www.lowcountryshrimpfestival.com

 
Rock the Circle Pop-Up Fundraiser

Rock the Circle Pop-Up Fundraiser


Event Date: 05/02/2015 - 12:00pm




Girls Rock Charleston (GRC) brings their talented friends and campers to rock out at Park Circle for an afternoon of lively fundraising. The day’s activities include live music, a silent auction, local artisan vendors, crafts, and an aerialist from Holy City Cirque. Delicious food trucks and vendors such as Ragamuffin Sugar Shop, King of Pops, and Auto-Banh will be in attendance to provide local eats. The day’s fun doesn’t end there though—an after party kicks off at 5:00p.m. at The Sparrow. Benefits from the event mark the beginning of an eight-week fundraising effort that aims to raise $10,000 to fund GRC’s summer camp in July. The Orange Spot, 4824 Chateau Ave., North Charleston. Saturday, 12pm-7pm. Donation based entry. (843)819-5879, www.girlsrockcharleston.org

 
Wishflower Festival

Wishflower Festival


Event Date: 05/02/2015 - 12:00pm




Allie's Friends Foundation was created in 2011 after four-year old Allie was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. To raise money for other children diagnosed with terminal illnesses, the Foundation hosts this family-oriented festival filled with food, crafts, shopping, and of course, kids' games. For $5, you can play games all day long! Azalea Park, 105 W. 5th Str, Summerville. Saturday, noon. Free. wishflower.artfightscancer.org 

 
Night at the Races

Night at the Races


Event Date: 05/02/2015 - 4:00pm




Mix up a mint julep, don your favorite hat, and join the ladies of the Junior League at their fourth annual Races Derby Gala. Forgo the crowds and the muddy infield and enjoy a pleasurable evening of derby-inspired food, an open bar, silent and live auctions, and of course, live Kentucky Derby coverage. Choose your favorite steed to cheer on at this can't-miss derby event; all proceeds go to partnership grants for the community. Daniel Island Club, 600 Island Park Drive. Saturday, 4pm-9pm. $100. www.jlcharleston.org

 
Cinco de Mayo Festival

Cinco de Mayo Festival


Event Date: 05/02/2015 - 7:00pm




Don’t be shy when it comes to the tequila tastings and Latin American cuisine at the 10th annual Cinco de Mayo festival. Hit the dance floor and move your body to salsa rhythms and Latin grooves, then continue the party at Southend Brewery. More than just a time to let loose, this celebration of Latin heritage and culture raises funds for the Trident Literary Association, an adult literacy program. Visitor Center Bus Shed Terminal, 375 Meeting St. Saturday, 7-11pm. $10. (843)813-2505, www.charlestoncinco.com

 

 
Rollin Jay Moore

Rollin Jay Moore


Event Date: 05/02/2015 - 7:00pm




After seven years sailing the high-seas with Princess Cruises, headlining comedian Rollin Jay Moore has made it back to shore. The author of World's Funniest Book will bring jokes and laughs to Ms. Rose's Fine Food and Cocktails for an exciting evening of food and fun. Ms. Rose's Fine Food and Cocktails. 1090 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. Saturday, 7pm. $10. (843)766-0223, www.msroses.com

 
The Flick

The Flick


Event Date: 05/02/2015 - 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

 
Push Up & Up Challenge

Push Up & Up Challenge


Event Date: 05/02/2015 - 9:20pm




Prep those ‘ceps for a fierce workout as six five-member teams compete to do as many push-ups as possible in 30 minutes. With three levels of competition—middle and high school, military style, and freestyle—this event caters to most everyone. MUSC-hosted, part of the challenge is that teams must raise $1,000 ahead of time, with proceeds supporting local communities and schools with dropout prevention programs for at-risk students. Marion Square, 329 Meeting St. Thursday, 9:20am. $25; $150 team. (843)882-7444, www.pushupandup.org

 
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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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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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Celebrating Spring with artist Christy Kinard

Celebrating Spring with artist Christy Kinard


Event Date: 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

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Lynne Riding's "In the Air" Exhibit

Lynne Riding's "In the Air" Exhibit


Event Date: 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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"Into the Unknown"

"Into the Unknown"


Event Date: 05/01/2015 - 5:00pm to 05/31/2015 - 5:00pm




In the trembling anticipation of an unknown outcome, our vulnerability is unleashed to reveal layers of uncertainty, fear, and hope. Through a specific application of vellum-style mylar, artist Michelle Jader captures these qualms of the future by depicting dancers and gymnasts mid-fall while her unique application of paint adds depth and serenity to the uneasy moments of letting go. The opening reception of her exhibit will be held on May 1 from 5p.m. to 8p.m. Robert Lange Studios, 2 Queen St. May 1- 31, 11am-5pm. Free. (843)805-8052, www.robertlangestudios.com

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"Summer and the City"

"Summer and the City"


Event Date: 05/01/2015 - 5:00pm to 05/31/2015 - 5:00pm




Impressionism meets contemporary summer settings in Jeff Jamison’s unequivocally romantic oil paintings. Trained in the style of the Old Masters, Jamison’s exquisite technique is evidenced in his ability to capture the summer haze that falls upon city sidewalks. The opening reception for his exhibit will be held on May 1 from 5p.m to 8p.m. Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art Gallery, 58 Broad St. Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm. Free. (843)722-3660, www.ellarichardson.com

 

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Bands, Burgers, & Brews Throwdown

Bands, Burgers, & Brews Throwdown


Event Date: 05/03/2015 - 1:00pm




Few things go together as well as warm weather, great music, and a savory burger topped off with a cold beer. Grab a blanket and head down to the beach to watch as 16 local restaurants compete for the "Best Burger Throwdown" title. Judges for the cook-off include George Motz from Travel Channel’s Burger Land,  and Hilton Head Island’s Charles Pejeau of Charbar Co., whose burger placed 16th in the 2014 World Burger Competition. This family event goes all afternoon so come hungry and enjoy the day! Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina Beach, 20 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant. Sunday, 1pm. $10. (843)284-7022, www.charlestonharborresort.com

 
Listen to Your Mother

Listen to Your Mother


Event Date: 05/03/2015 - 2:00pm




You know what they say—mother knows best. Kick off your Mother’s Day celebrations early with Listen to Your Mother, directed and produced by Angie Mizzell. Returning to Charleston for its second year, the 2015 event features 13 locals presenting their personal stories of motherhood, with proceeds benefitting Family Corps. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Sunday, 2pm. $20; $15 advance. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com

 
Bands, Burgers & Brews Burger Throwdown

Bands, Burgers & Brews Burger Throwdown


Event Date: 05/04/2015 - 1:00pm




Why have just one burger in paradise? Get your grub on with 16 of the Lowcountry's top burger chefs as they take to the grills in this competitive throw down. The tastes, and the stakes, are high—winners vie to compete in the 2015 World Food Championship in Kissimmee, Florida. Sip on craft beers and spirits while judging whose burger bite is best. Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina Beach, 20 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant. Sunday, 1-5pm. $10; free for child under 11. (843)856-0028, www.bandsburgersandbrews.com

 
YOGA UNPLUGGED

YOGA UNPLUGGED


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




Wind down for the day with yoga on the beach. Watch the sun set as the instructor takes you on a peaceful journey while waves ripple close by. This yoga series consists of live acoustic music and is open to all fitness levels. Classes are offer with Kasey Farrell on Isle of Palms with music from Thomas Champagne and Regina Ferguson. Jenn Mitchell and Chelsea Atilla lead yoga classes on Folly beach with music offered by Chris Dodson and Gary Erwin. These rejuvenating evening classes give you the opportunity to relax and meet new people as you bask in the sunrays. Locations vary. 5:45-6:45pm. $10. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com

 
Lowcountry Giving Day

Lowcountry Giving Day


Event Date: 05/05/2015 (All day)




Lend a hand to a local cause as the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina hosts Lowcountry Giving Day. Over 100 hundred local organizations, from restaurants to theatre companies to church groups, who will host events on May 5th in order to raise money for over 180 non-profits in the community. Last year Lowcountry Giving Day raised over four million dollars for these non-profits! Donate online or attend one of the many events that will be held all day, including the Jazz Artists of Charleston Lowcountry Giving Day Concert, and Cinco De May- themed events at Hom and The Alley. Locations vary. Tuesday, 12am-12pm. Free. (843)723- 3635, lowcountrygivingday.org

 
JAC Jazz Series: North Charleston Edition

JAC Jazz Series: North Charleston Edition


Event Date: 05/06/2015 - 8:00pm to 05/08/2015 - 11:00pm




For three nights in a row, Charleston's highly talented jazz musicians bring their euphonic sounds to this year's North Charleston Arts Festival. Each evening, the lauded Jazz Artists of Charelston Jazz Series features lively performances in a cabaret-style, seated jazz club setting. It all kicks off with Steve Berry and The Jazz Factory, followed by Mark Sterbank Ensemble, culminating with Suarez and Gregory in the finale. This is the perfect opportunity to experience jazz like never before. North Charleston LaFrance Fire Museum, 4975 Centre Pointe Dr., North Charleston. Wednesday-Friday, 8pm. $10. (843)641-0011, www.charestonjazz.com

 
Charleston Greek Festival

Charleston Greek Festival


Event Date: 05/09/2015 - 11:00am




Experience the culture and faith of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church through food, dance, and music at this 45th annual festival. With Greek music from A Night in Athens, folk dancers, church tours and wine tastings, the weekend celebration is full of cultural exhibitions. Snack on traditional foods such as gyros, dolmades, spanakopita, and baklava. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 30 Race St. Friday & Saturday, 11am-10pm; Sunday, noon-6pm. $5; $3 senior/student; free for child under 12/military/mother on Mother’s Day. (843)577-2063, www.charlestongreekfestival.com/spring

 

 
Pat Conroy & Catherine Seltzer Talk & Signing

Pat Conroy & Catherine Seltzer Talk & Signing


Event Date: 05/09/2015 - 1:00pm




Best-selling author Pat Conroy has written 11 books, but until now, no one had penned a critical tome about his life and work. In Understanding Pat Conroy, released this month, Catherine Seltzer uses the writer’s biography to shine a light on themes and characters definitive of his work and of the Southern literary tradition. Be there as Conroy and Seltzer pair up for a lively discussion at the Music Hall, followed by a book signing at Blue Bicycle Books. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. & Blue Bicycle Books, 420 King St. Saturday, 1-4 p.m. $55. (843) 722-2666, www.bluebicyclebooks.com

 
Pat Conroy & Catherine Seltzer Talk & Signing

Pat Conroy & Catherine Seltzer Talk & Signing


Event Date: 05/09/2015 - 1:00pm




A product of his Southern upbringing, Pat Conroy’s authentic prose has captured and engaged readers since he published his first book, The Boo, in 1969. Catherine Seltzer’s new book, Understanding Pat Conroy, explores his life work, and together the two discuss the creative forces and experiences that influenced Conroy’s stories. A signed copy of Seltzer’s book is provided with the purchase of a ticket. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. & Blue Bicycle Books, 420 King St. Saturday, 1-4pm. $55. (843)722-2666, www.bluebicyclebooks.com

 
Music in the Park

Music in the Park


Event Date: 05/09/2015 - 1:00pm




Sunshine, salty breezes, bites from Long Island Café, and cheerful bluegrass melodies make Music in the Park an enjoyable and relaxing occasion for the entire family. Bring lawn chairs and blankets to ensure a sublime spring afternoon with slide roots guitarist John Emil and local bluegrass band Yeehaw Junction. Isle of Palms Recreation Center, 24 28th Ave., Isle of Palms. Saturday, 1-4pm. Free. (843)886-8294, www.iop.net/musicinthepark.aspx

 
Pat Conroy and Catherine Seltzer Book Talk

Pat Conroy and Catherine Seltzer Book Talk


Event Date: 05/09/2015 - 1:00pm




Though Catherine Seltzer’s book, Understanding Pat Conroy, offers a deep study of the man behind so many beloved Lowcountry classics, there’s nothing quite like meeting the author himself. Head to the Charleston Music Hall where Conroy offers insight into his creative impulses and writing life. Seltzer, a professor of English at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, will be on hand to discuss her first, and the only, book of criticism on Conroy, as well as his biography and the themes and characters that define his work. Tickets to the discussion include a hardback copy of Understanding Pat Conroy signed by both Conroy and Seltzer. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Saturday, 1pm. $55. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com

 
Special Needs Swim Night at Splash Zone Waterpark

Special Needs Swim Night at Splash Zone Waterpark


Event Date: 05/09/2015 - 6:30pm




Charleston County Parks welcomes people with special needs and their families and friends to an after-hours waterpark event at Splash Zone Waterpark. The waterpark features Caribbean-style play structures, a lazy river, and two 200-foot slides! Food and beverages will be available and lifeguards will be on duty throughout the evening. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to enjoy the waterpark after regular hours. Don’t miss the other Special Needs Swim Nights, June 20 and July 18, both hosted by Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark. Splash Zone Waterpark, 871 Riverland Dr., James Island. Saturday, 6:30pm-8:30pm. $7. (843)795-4386, charlestoncountyparks.com

 
¿Aramos en el mar?

¿Aramos en el mar?


Event Date: 05/09/2015 - 7:00pm




Translated as "Shall we play through the sea," this Spanish-speaking production from Art Pot seeks to highlight the stories, struggles, and dreams of individuals in the Hispanic community that are beg to be heard. By providing an open and artistic space, the organization provides the platform for a cultural exchange in which members of this unique community recount tales of personal identity to provoke self-reflection from the audience. The play’s message seeks to reveal the hardships that haunt the human spirit, and argue that, through unity, we can overcome the obstacles that plague us. Sterett Hall Auditorium, 1530 7th St. Friday. Free. www.artpot.org

 
Mother's Day Divine Demonstration Dinner

Mother's Day Divine Demonstration Dinner


Event Date: 05/09/2015 - 7:00pm




For a unique Mother’s Day experience, treat your mom deliciously with Twenty Six Divine’s Mother’s Day Divine Demonstration Dinner. Chef Enan Parezo will show off his expertise while offering tips and advice to spice up your home cooking. His five-course meal includes wine pairings and mothers in attendance will leave with a special gift. Twenty Six Divine, 682 King St. Saturday, 7pm-9pm. $65. (843)297-8118, www.twentysixdivine.com

 
The Flick

The Flick


Event Date: 05/09/2015 - 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

 
Brave Baby Album Release

Brave Baby Album Release


Event Date: 05/09/2015 - 8:30pm




As a show of gratitude, Charleston indie pop sensation Brave Baby pre-releases its sophomore album, Electric Friends, to a hometown audience. Profits from the concert—also featuring fellow artists and musicians—benefit local charities including BACE, a nonprofit dedicated to embracing local talent, and CHARM, a group providing health care to working musicians. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Saturday, 8:30pm. $15 (includes copy of CD). (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com

 
Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams


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




Singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer Ryan Adams is a man of many talents, combining them all to rack up three 2015 Grammy nominations in the rock music category for his latest self-titled album. Joined on stage by Jenny Lewis (of Rilo Kiley fame), Adams embarks on a spring tour performing hits like his recent, catchy single, “Gimme Something Good.” North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. Tuesday, 8pm. $67-$54. (843)529-5000, www.coliseumpac.com
 

 
 
Small Business Lunch at Halls

Small Business Lunch at Halls


Event Date: 05/07/2015 - 11:30am




Part of their Small Business Lunch series, Halls Chophouse brings local innovators from political, civic, and business arenas to speak in the intimate setting of their upstairs dining area. This month, dine with Danny Kassis, Vice President of Customer Relations and Renewables for South Carolina Electric and Gas. Hear his expertise on SCEG’s transition to nuclear energy in order to cut back on carbon emissions. While Kassis speaks on the projected results of alternative energy, guests will enjoy a three course meal prepared by Executive Chef Matthew Niessner and engage in a discussion on the future of Charleston’s energy sources. Halls Chophouse, 434 King St. Thursday, 11:30am. $29. (843)727-0090, www.hallschophouse.com

 
Mad Hatter Tea Party

Mad Hatter Tea Party


Event Date: 05/07/2015 - 6:00pm




Step into The Charleston Museum’s courtyard and enter an otherworldly Wonderland where guests don hats of every variety. Duvall Catering and Event Designs transform the ordinary into the magical with tea cocktails, tasty bites, and delectable desserts, while Palmetto Brewing provides brews to sip on as you travel through the recreation of Alice’s fantastical world. Live music from The V-Tones of Charleston sets the mood for this whimsical adult tea party that guests will surely seek to visit again in their dreams. The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Thursday, 6pm-8pm. $35; non-member, $25; member. (843)722-2996, www.charlestonmuseum.org

 
Gibbes on the Street: La Belle Epoque

Gibbes on the Street: La Belle Epoque


Event Date: 05/07/2015 - 7:30pm




Travel back in time to “The Beautiful Era” of the French Third Republic, when peace and prosperity reigned, and science, technology, and art blossomed. Meeting Street is transformed for this affair benefitting the Gibbes Museum of Art, complete with French fare from Brasserie Gigi, goat.sheep.cow, The Obstinate Daughter, Wildflour Pastry, and more. 135 Meeting St. Thursday, 7:30-10pm. $175; $150 member. (843)722-2706, www.gibbesmuseum.org

 

 
The Flick

The Flick


Event Date: 05/07/2015 - 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

 
Mademoiselle Musique

Mademoiselle Musique


Event Date: 05/08/2015 - 7:30pm




A “Grand Dame” of musical history, Nadja Boulanger-—accomplished French composer, pianist, and teacher—has influenced such famed composers and musicians as Quincy Jones, Phillip Glass, and George Gershwin. Watch as the Annex Dance Company, the Charleston Dance Institute, UNED!TED, and guests collaborate in a dynamic dance and multi-media concert spotlighting Boulanger’s life and impact, set to music from Claude Debussy. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Friday, 7:30pm. $20; $10 student. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com

 

 
The Flick

The Flick


Event Date: 05/08/2015 - 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

 
Town Mountain and Barefoot Movement

Town Mountain and Barefoot Movement


Event Date: 05/08/2015 - 8:00pm




Fast finger-picking, foot stomping, and furious fiddling-- this bluegrass band has it all. Hailing from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Town Mountain’s traditional tunes are reminiscent of the sounds pioneered by first generation bluegrass performers. Join the five-piece, award-winning group as they kick off their shoes and storm the stage with four stringed instruments, a lone microphone, and plenty of energy. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Sunday, 8pm. $19. (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

 

 
 
 
"Local Color" Exhibit

"Local Color" Exhibit


Event Date: 05/13/2015 - 10:00am to 05/14/2015 - 5:00pm




Here in Charleston we take pride in our history; the Charleston Preservation Society’s mission is to inspire the involvement of all who dwell in the Lowcountry to honor and respect our cultural heritage. It is only fitting then, that they host the “Local Color” exhibit, highlighting the works of 16 local artists including Way Way Allen, Shannon Brown, Ann Keane, Anne Darby Parker and Dee Schenck Rhodes, among others, all painting around the theme of "Local Color." According to Allison Williamson, founder of the Charleston Artist Collective, the “architectural and natural beauty of Charleston inspires the pieces themselves,” and a percentage of the sales will be donated to the Preservation Society. Preservation Society of Charleston Shop, 147 King St. 10am-5pm. Free. (843)722-4630, www.charlestonartistcollective.org

 
Crimson Screen Film Fest

Crimson Screen Film Fest


Event Date: 05/15/2015 - 11:00am to 05/17/2015 - 12:00am




Thrillers, slashers, and zombie apocalypses take over Sterett Hall for the second annual Crimson Screen Horror Film Fest. The three-day event features 43 independent horror films from all over the world, each one sure to make you scream. If fear takes over and you think you’ll be sleeping with the lights on, check out the vendors, artists, and musicians instead, or make your way to after-parties held at various locations with special discounts for VIP pass holders. Costumes are encourged with awards for the best costume being presented alongside the film awards. Sterett Hall Auditorium, 1530 7th St., North Charleston. Friday-Sunday, times vary. $35 three day pass; $20 Saturday; $15 Friday and Sunday. www.crimsonscreenfilmfest.com

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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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Celebrating Spring with artist Christy Kinard

Celebrating Spring with artist Christy Kinard


Event Date: 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

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Lynne Riding's "In the Air" Exhibit

Lynne Riding's "In the Air" Exhibit


Event Date: 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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"Into the Unknown"

"Into the Unknown"


Event Date: 05/01/2015 - 5:00pm to 05/31/2015 - 5:00pm




In the trembling anticipation of an unknown outcome, our vulnerability is unleashed to reveal layers of uncertainty, fear, and hope. Through a specific application of vellum-style mylar, artist Michelle Jader captures these qualms of the future by depicting dancers and gymnasts mid-fall while her unique application of paint adds depth and serenity to the uneasy moments of letting go. The opening reception of her exhibit will be held on May 1 from 5p.m. to 8p.m. Robert Lange Studios, 2 Queen St. May 1- 31, 11am-5pm. Free. (843)805-8052, www.robertlangestudios.com

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"Summer and the City"

"Summer and the City"


Event Date: 05/01/2015 - 5:00pm to 05/31/2015 - 5:00pm




Impressionism meets contemporary summer settings in Jeff Jamison’s unequivocally romantic oil paintings. Trained in the style of the Old Masters, Jamison’s exquisite technique is evidenced in his ability to capture the summer haze that falls upon city sidewalks. The opening reception for his exhibit will be held on May 1 from 5p.m to 8p.m. Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art Gallery, 58 Broad St. Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm. Free. (843)722-3660, www.ellarichardson.com

 

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Mother's Day Brunch

Mother's Day Brunch


Event Date: 05/10/2015 - 9:00am




Celebrate mom as you give her a break from the kitchen with a prix-fixe, Sunday brunch menu from Chef Chad Billings featuring a grilled artichoke salad, cinnamon raisin French toast casserole, and delectable shrimp and grits. Just be sure not to say it's "better than mom makes it." The Southerly, 730 Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Sunday, 9am-4pm. $34; $15 child. (843)416-3965, www.southernseason.com

 
Mother's Day Brunch at 82 Queen

Mother's Day Brunch at 82 Queen


Event Date: 05/10/2015 - 11:00am




Treat your mom like royalty this Mother’s Day and bring her to a sumptuous Lowcountry-inspired brunch at 82 Queen. Dishes include southern favorites such as she crab soup, fried green tomatoes, and barbeque shrimp and grits which can be enjoyed in any of the eleven fanciful dining rooms, or in the sunny courtyard. Reservations are encouraged as spaces for this quaint morning meal will fill up quickly. 82 Queen, 82 Queen St. Sunday, 11am-3pm. (843)723-7591, www.82Queen.com

 
The Flick

The Flick


Event Date: 05/10/2015 - 3:00pm




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

 
Ani DiFranco

Ani DiFranco


Event Date: 05/10/2015 - 8:00pm




Sometimes referred to as the “Little Folksinger,” Ani DiFranco’s music has a sound all its own, with acoustic takes on jazz, soul, and even electronica. Her latest album, Allergic to Water, doubles as a collection of melodies and a musical illustration of her work as a human rights activist, feminist icon, and new mother. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Sunday, 8pm. $40-$30. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com

 
Spring Benefit Dinner at Edmund's Oast

Spring Benefit Dinner at Edmund's Oast


Event Date: 05/11/2015 - 6:00pm




Lowcountry Street Grocery's Kickstarter campaign continues as more local businesses are helping the mobile farmer’s market reach its goal of providing healthy, local affordable and accessible food to Charleston residents. Join Edmund’s Oast in the Bower for their Spring Benefit Dinner to raise funds for the non-profit’s mission with a fresh and seasonal meal, prepared by Chef Andy Henderson, which utilizes local produce provided by Lowcountry Street Grocery. Beverage pairings will accompany the meal and live music will set the mood for this community-inspired event. Edmund’s Oast, 1081 Morrison Dr. Monday, 6pm. $150. (843)727-1145, www.lowcountrystreetgrocery.com

 
The Pixies

The Pixies


Event Date: 05/11/2015 - 7:30pm




Rewind the clock to the late ’80s and early ’90s as the Pixies hit the road with original members Black Francis, Joey Santiago, and David Lovering, plus touring bassist Paz Lenchain. Fans will recognize classic hits like “Where Is My Mind” and “Here Comes Your Man,” as well as tracks from the 2014 album Indie Cindy. North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. Monday, 7:30pm. $175-$60. (843)529-5000, www.northcharlestonpac.com

 
3rd Annual Golf Ball and Gala

3rd Annual Golf Ball and Gala


Event Date: 05/12/2015 - 11:00am




Didn’t make it to the Players Tournament? Fear not! East Cooper Community Outreach (ECCO) is hosting a golf tournament and gala at the nationally ranked Daniel Island Club. Tee up and celebrate ECCO’s 25 years of service assisting the community with their programs for Basic Needs, Health Services and Empowerment. The ECCO staff provides individualized care for over 4,500 families every year. Support a great cause with a fun day of golfing on Daniel Island’s members-only courses; registration opens up at 11am and the Shotgun Start is at 12:30pm. The Friday after the tournament, join ECCO for a “country club casual” gala at Daniel Island Club and enjoy food and drink, a Westbrook Brewing Company Tasting, live music by Mount Pleasant’s own Permanent Vacation, as well as the chance to bid on exclusive auction items. Daniel Island Club, 600 Island Park Drive, Daniel Island. Tuesday, 11am. $225 individual; $1,000 foursome (includes 4 Gala tickets). (843) 849-9220, www.eccocharleston.org

 
Mezcal and Ancho Reyes Tasting

Mezcal and Ancho Reyes Tasting


Event Date: 05/12/2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm




Tequila Tuesday! Take a sip of the good life with Ben Arnold Beverage Company’s Tequila Ambassador, Maria Jose Lehman, as she provides complimentary tastings of Montelobos and Ancho Reyes at The Cocktail Club. To make this event extra special, the Cocktail Club is selling a featured drink that highlights Mezcal, in addition to their rare liquors, all at a discounted price. The Cocktail Club, 479 King St. Tuesday, 6-8pm. Free entry. (843)724-9411, www.thecocktailclubcharleston.com 

 
Old Crow Medicine Show

Old Crow Medicine Show


Event Date: 05/12/2015 - 7:30pm




Like the “wind and the rain,” Old Crow Medicine Show keeps on rockin’. After taking home Best Folk Album at the 2015 Grammy Awards for Remedy, the seven-man band hits the road for a spring and summer tour, gracing the Holy City along the way. Stringing and strumming together for 15 years, the group has garnered worldwide acclaim, selling over 800,000 albums and over 1,000,000 copies of the hit single “Wagon Wheel.” North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. Tuesday, 7:30pm. $40-$35. (843)529-5000, www.northcharlestonpac.com

 

 
 
Yappy Hour Series at James Island County Park

Yappy Hour Series at James Island County Park


Event Date: 05/14/2015 - 4:00pm




Envious of all the fun your pooch is having at the dog park? Now you can experience the same joy as your four-legged friend at James Island County Park’s FREE Yappy Hour. The 2015 Yappy Hour series kicks off May 14th and runs on select Thursdays through October. Enjoy live music and purchase beverages and food in the off-leash dog park while your buddy chases his tail and reunites with his pals. Meet up with other dog-lovers and get the chance to socialize while your pup gets his exercise. Opening night features music by Charleston favorite Return of the Mac, a trio who knows how to “throw a party.” James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr. Thursday, 4pm. Free (with $1 park admission). (843) 795-4386, www.charlestoncountyparks.com

 
Above and Beyond Screening

Above and Beyond Screening


Event Date: 05/14/2015 - 7:00pm




The Charleston Jewish Federation and the Terrace Theater present the thought-provoking documentary, Above and Beyond. Producer Nancy Spielberg chronicles the 1948 Arab-Israeli War by introducing the American volunteers who started the Israel Air Force. Los Angeles Times says the film, “Soars with true adventure!” The film screening will be followed by a discussion with College of Charleston professor and Israeli film expert Dr. Oren Segal. Terrace Theater, 1956 D Maybank Hwy. Thursday, 7pm. $18-$10. (843)762-4247, www.terracetheater.com

 
The Flick

The Flick


Event Date: 05/14/2015 - 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

 
National Bike to Work Day

National Bike to Work Day


Event Date: 05/15/2015 - 6:00am




A 2012 Forbes magazine article reported that Americans spend an estmimated $8,220 annually on the average car. The cost of a bike? About $308. Get to pedaling! With the weather warming up and the sun shining, now is the perfect time to try out bike commuting with National Bike to Work Day on May 15. More than 50% of Americans live within 5 miles of their workspace, so rather than wasting gas by sitting in traffic, get those heart muscles pumping. Download the Charleston Bike app and plan your "Bike to Work Day" with the family, improving your family’s health, saving money, and helping to cut down on environmental pollution. Locations vary. Friday. (843)571-1211, www.mycitybikes.com

 

 
Twenty Six Divine Five Year Anniversary Party

Twenty Six Divine Five Year Anniversary Party


Event Date: 05/15/2015 - 4:00pm




With five years of providing fine dining to the Charleston community under their belt, Twenty Six Divine owners Jenn and Enan Parezo don their party hats for a celebration of their past success and hopes for an equally fruitful future. Plan to join their party with an empty belly as the “Divine Taco Bar” will be set up for devouring at $15 a person and drink specials will be available to complement the flavorful meal. With tacos in hand, guests can join a game of cornhole or groove to live music with family, friends, and even pets. Twenty Six Divine, 682 King St. Friday, 4pm. (843)297-8118, www.twentysixdivine.com

 
CAM Rush Hour Mini Concert

CAM Rush Hour Mini Concert


Event Date: 05/15/2015 - 5:30pm




A mini concert with major talent, The Charleston Academy of Music presents Patrick Boyle and nother Rush Hour solo recital. The pianist performs Chopin’s rhythmic Ballade No. 3 and Schuburt’s tumultuous Sonata. This young artist has been awarded numerous times for his excellence in music and has collaborated with ensembles on both coasts. With his experience and musical excellence, Boyle graces the Charleston Academy Music stage with his many talents. Charleston Academy of Music, 186 Rutledge Ave. Friday 5:30pm. Free. (843)805-7794, www.charlestonmusic.org

 
Marc Maron

Marc Maron


Event Date: 05/15/2015 - 8:00pm




An icon in the world of stand-up comedy, Marc Maron has captivated audiences by stage and mass media for over 20 years with his raw wit and satire. The comic has built an impressive resume with his own half-hour IFC scripted series Maron; two Comedy Central Presents specials; appearances on virtually every late-night talk show; and a popular podcast, WTF with Marc Maron. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Friday, 8pm. $28. (843)853-2252,
www.charlestonmusichall.com

 
The Flick

The Flick


Event Date: 05/15/2015 - 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

 
Coastal Ballet Cinderella

Coastal Ballet Cinderella


Event Date: 05/16/2015 - 7:00pm to 05/17/2015 - 3:00pm




Fairytales do come true as Coastal Ballet USA and Charleston Ballet Theatre Center for Dance collaborate to present the timeless story of Cinderella through the art of dance. With choreography from Jill Eathorne Bahr, this performance remains loyal to the beloved 1697 rendition by Charles Perrault in which Cinderella’s father fails to protect the young maiden from her evil stepmother and stepsisters. Set to Sergei Prokofeiv’s well-known score, this performance is a delight for the whole family. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Saturday, 7pm. $39-$29. (843)469-2080, www.charlestonballet.com

 

 

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Bulls Bay Nature Festival: From the Forest to the Sea

Bulls Bay Nature Festival: From the Forest to the Sea


Event Date: 05/16/2015 - 12:00pm




Red wolves, reptiles, and raptors: the wild things will be out (and taking part in exciting demonstrations) for this annual fest sprawling throughout the Bulls Bay community. Zip-line through Francis Marion National Forest, kayak the Awendaw Creek salt marsh, take a wildflower walk in a Carolina bay, and sign the kids up for programs just for them. There’s something for everyone amidst the live music, food, and art exhibitions. Amazingly, all events are free, but most require preregistration. Locations & times on Saturday vary. Free. (843) 928-3368, www.bullsbaynaturefestival.org

 
Charleston Beer Garden

Charleston Beer Garden


Event Date: 05/16/2015 - 12:00pm




Sample suds from 15 attending breweries such as Terrapin, Lagunitas, Samuel Adams, Holy City Brewing, Sweetwater Brewing Co., and more. Then grab some grub from one of the restaurant vendors, including Sticky Fingers, Bay Street Biergarten, and Big Boned BBQ, and enjoy live music from The Broadcast, Lefty at the Washout, and The High Divers. The Grove at Patriots Point, 40 Patriots Point Rd. Mount Pleasant. Saturday, noon-8pm. $50 VIP; $32 general. (843)884-2727, www.charlestonbeergarden.com

 
4th Annual Charleston Beer Garden

4th Annual Charleston Beer Garden


Event Date: 05/16/2015 - 12:00pm




Feed your addiction for the craft beer craze at Charleston’s 4th annual Beer Garden where you can sip on brews from over 30 breweries across the U.S. Your general admission ticket gives you access to live music from five bands, five beer tickets, a commemorative festival mug, and an opportunity to give it your all in a game of Beer Olympics. You can use your tickets to sample the many beers, or if you know what you like, use them to get a pint of your favorite brew. Beer tickets are available for sale if you just happen to run out. Food from local vendors including Bay Street Biergarten, Bohemian Bull, The Kickin’ Chicken and more is available for purchase. Think it can’t get any better? The Beer Garden has partnered with Uber to provide safe rides for attendees; download the Uber app on your phone and enter the code “CHSBEERGARDEN” for a free ride up to $20 the day of the event. The Grove at Patriots Point, 40 Patriots Point Rd, Mount Pleasant. Saturday, noon-8pm. $25; $50 VIP. charlestonbeergarden.com

 
Winestock Music Festival

Winestock Music Festival


Event Date: 05/16/2015 - 12:00pm




Pull out those bell-bottoms and tie-dyed tees for a flashback to the ’70s with peace, love, and wine. A riff on Woodstock, this festival releases your inner hippie with a costume contest, local food vendors, and live music from Daniele Howle, BYOG, and Rawberry Jam. Irvin House Vineyards & Firefly Distillery, 6775 Bear Bluff Rd., Wadmalaw Island. Saturday, noon-5pm. $5. (843)559-6867, www.charlestonwine.com

 
RiverDogs Run Forrest Run 5K

RiverDogs Run Forrest Run 5K


Event Date: 05/16/2015 - 4:00pm




Head for home plate at “The Joe” as Fleet Feet Sports sponsors the 12th annual RiverDogs Run Forrest Run 5K. Kick up the dirt on your way to the finish line, where Charlie T. RiverDog and the team players await, and enjoy an awards ceremony and post-race dinner and drinks on Doby’s Deck before the RiverDogs take on the Greenville Drive. Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park, 360 Fishburne St. Saturday, 4pm. $35; $30 advance; free for child under four. (843)723-7241, www.rileyparkevents.com

 

 
Gadsdenboro Park Grand Opening

Gadsdenboro Park Grand Opening


Event Date: 05/16/2015 - 4:30pm




A new downtown green space opens to the public with all the appropriate park facilities for an afternoon of soccer, hanging out on the swings, or taking a brisk walk in the fresh air. Celebrate the opening of Gadsdenboro Park with Mayor Joseph P Riley Jr. and the City Council of Charleston as they present the grand opening on May 16. After the mayor’s opening remarks, the park turns into a community get-together with pick-up soccer and lacrosse, bocce ball, tennis, corn hole, and even an outdoor yoga class. Live bluegrass music alongside food trucks are perfect for après-sports snacks and relaxing, or a time to chill on the grass and catch up with friends. Gadsdenboro Park, 309 Concord St. Saturday, 4:30-6:30pm. Free. (843)769-8256, www.charleston-sc.gov

 

 
The Flick

The Flick


Event Date: 05/16/2015 - 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

 
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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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Celebrating Spring with artist Christy Kinard

Celebrating Spring with artist Christy Kinard


Event Date: 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

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Lynne Riding's "In the Air" Exhibit

Lynne Riding's "In the Air" Exhibit


Event Date: 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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"Into the Unknown"

"Into the Unknown"


Event Date: 05/01/2015 - 5:00pm to 05/31/2015 - 5:00pm




In the trembling anticipation of an unknown outcome, our vulnerability is unleashed to reveal layers of uncertainty, fear, and hope. Through a specific application of vellum-style mylar, artist Michelle Jader captures these qualms of the future by depicting dancers and gymnasts mid-fall while her unique application of paint adds depth and serenity to the uneasy moments of letting go. The opening reception of her exhibit will be held on May 1 from 5p.m. to 8p.m. Robert Lange Studios, 2 Queen St. May 1- 31, 11am-5pm. Free. (843)805-8052, www.robertlangestudios.com

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"Summer and the City"

"Summer and the City"


Event Date: 05/01/2015 - 5:00pm to 05/31/2015 - 5:00pm




Impressionism meets contemporary summer settings in Jeff Jamison’s unequivocally romantic oil paintings. Trained in the style of the Old Masters, Jamison’s exquisite technique is evidenced in his ability to capture the summer haze that falls upon city sidewalks. The opening reception for his exhibit will be held on May 1 from 5p.m to 8p.m. Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art Gallery, 58 Broad St. Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm. Free. (843)722-3660, www.ellarichardson.com

 

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Crimson Screen Film Fest

Crimson Screen Film Fest


Event Date: 05/15/2015 - 11:00am to 05/17/2015 - 12:00am




Thrillers, slashers, and zombie apocalypses take over Sterett Hall for the second annual Crimson Screen Horror Film Fest. The three-day event features 43 independent horror films from all over the world, each one sure to make you scream. If fear takes over and you think you’ll be sleeping with the lights on, check out the vendors, artists, and musicians instead, or make your way to after-parties held at various locations with special discounts for VIP pass holders. Costumes are encourged with awards for the best costume being presented alongside the film awards. Sterett Hall Auditorium, 1530 7th St., North Charleston. Friday-Sunday, times vary. $35 three day pass; $20 Saturday; $15 Friday and Sunday. www.crimsonscreenfilmfest.com

 
Robert Moss Book Launch Party

Robert Moss Book Launch Party


Event Date: 05/18/2015 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm




Join local author and BBQ expert Robert Moss as he launches his new book, Barbecue Lover’s the Carolinas. Detailing the history of barbecue in the Carolinas and the culinary syles prevalent in the region, the latest work from Moss is a delicious and informing read. Meet the author and purchase a copy while enjoying BBQ bites from Home Team BBQ and punch from the Charleston Brown Water Society. Home Team BBQ, 1205 Ashley River Rd. 5:30-7:30pm. Free. (843)225-7427, www.hometeambbq.com

 

 

 
Breathe, Flow + Go

Breathe, Flow + Go


Event Date: 05/19/2015 - 6:00pm




Find your inner peace at this special yoga event hosted by the Children’s Organ Transplant Association. Also known as COTA, this national charity organization is dedicated to putting on fundraising events for expenses related to transplants. The Breath, Flow + Glow yoga event is in honor of Jessica Mattson, a 36-year-old Lowcountry woman who received a double lung transplant at The Medical University of South Carolina. Participants enjoy yoga and meditation, there will be a door prize, and appetizers and drinks will be available for purchase. In effort to cover transplant-related expenses the family needs close to $55,000. All funds from the COTA campaign are made available for the cause. Founder’s Hall, 1500 Old Town Rd. Tuesday, 6pm. $20. (843)263-0320, www.brittneyhilleryoga.com

 
Cabaret Madre: A Musical Salute to Mothers

Cabaret Madre: A Musical Salute to Mothers


Event Date: 05/19/2015 - 7:30pm




UNED!TED’s Season V Cabaret Series comes to a close with the uproarious performance of Cabaret Madre, sure to result in tears of joy and emotional outbursts from both the show's performers and the audience. The end of the the spring season welcomes Woolfe Street Playhouse’s fall line-up as performers Mary Fishburne, Becca Anderson, Aaron Hancock, Caroline Connell, Laura Ball, and guest artist Corey Ryan delve into a comical and musical homage to the strongest women out there—mothers. As the event is styled for cabaret seating, come early to grab a drink or two at the bar and chatter amongst other guests before the uninhibited musical performance begins. Woolfe Street Playhouse, 34 Woolfe St. Tuesday, 7:30pm. $20. (843)856-1579, www.woolfestreetplayhouse.com

 
Beck

Beck


Event Date: 05/19/2015 - 8:00pm




Known for playing more than 12 instruments; writing music; and creating a distinct, personal sound, Beck stops in Charleston for a not-to-be-missed performance. Catch his unique mix of folk, soul, alternative rock, and even country in tunes like “Blue Moon” and “Heart is a Drum” from his latest, Grammy-winning rock album, Morning Phase. North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. Tuesday, 8pm. $90-$68. (843)529-5000, www.northcharlestonpac.com

 
Charleston Music Hall Film Series

Charleston Music Hall Film Series


Event Date: 05/20/2015 - 8:00pm




Charleston Music Hall presents a new monthly summer film series, kicking things off with a showing of Who is Gil Scott-Heron? Directed by BAFTA-nominated filmmakers Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, the film delves into defining Scott-Heron, an American soul and jazz poet, musician, and author known for his work as a spoken-word performer in the '70s and '80s. With interviews from Scott-Heron's closest friends, family members, and the musicians he played with, the intricacies of this visionary and his long-lasting influences are revealed. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Wednesday, 8pm. $10; $8 advance. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com

 
Get Crabby for Red Nose Day

Get Crabby for Red Nose Day


Event Date: 05/21/2015 - 11:00am to 05/24/2015 - 11:00pm




Head over to the Folly Beach Crabshack for Red Nose Day, a fun campaign that strives to raise both awareness and money for childern living in poverty by making people laugh. The Crabshack provides the red noses, so all you have to do is put one on, snap a pic, and post it with the hashtag #rednoseday. For each photo posted, 50 cents will be donated to the cause. Not into selfies? Don't fret—you can still join the excitement by making a donation. It all kicks off Thursday night with music by The Island Duo from 7-10pm, as well as a live showing of the 3-hour NBC Live Red Nose Day special that features comedy, music, and celebrities. Funds raised will be donated to several non-profit organizations including United Way, Save the Children Naional Urban League, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Folly Beach Crab Shack, 26 Center St., Folly Beach. Thursday-Sunday, 11am. Free. (843)588-3080, www.crabshacks.com

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Coastal Ballet Cinderella

Coastal Ballet Cinderella


Event Date: 05/16/2015 - 7:00pm to 05/17/2015 - 3:00pm




Fairytales do come true as Coastal Ballet USA and Charleston Ballet Theatre Center for Dance collaborate to present the timeless story of Cinderella through the art of dance. With choreography from Jill Eathorne Bahr, this performance remains loyal to the beloved 1697 rendition by Charles Perrault in which Cinderella’s father fails to protect the young maiden from her evil stepmother and stepsisters. Set to Sergei Prokofeiv’s well-known score, this performance is a delight for the whole family. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Saturday, 7pm. $39-$29. (843)469-2080, www.charlestonballet.com

 

 

 
Romeo & Juliet

Romeo & Juliet


Event Date: 05/21/2015 - 12:00pm




A timeless tale of romance and tragedy, this Shakespearean drama has been taking audiences on an emotional roller coaster for centuries. From the heart of London, Shakespeare’s own Globe Theatre company makes its Spoleto debut with this classic love story, bringing passion and thrill to local theatergoers. Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. Days & times vary. $30 & up. (843)722-2764, www.spoletousa.org

 
Green Heart Harvest Dinner

Green Heart Harvest Dinner


Event Date: 05/21/2015 - 5:00pm




City kids go green, and the resulting harvest is nothing short of impressive. Founded in 2009, The Green Heart Project connects students from Title-1 schools with community volunteers who help them tend schoolyard gardens. Join these students and their mentors for the fifth annual Harvest Dinner celebrating the fruits of their labor. Mitchell Elementary School, 2 Perry St. Thursday, 5-7pm. $20 www.greenheartsc.org

 

 
Green Heart Harvest Dinner

Green Heart Harvest Dinner


Event Date: 05/21/2015 - 5:00pm




As the academic year wraps up, join in a delicious celebration of The Green Heart Project, which connects students at Mitchell Elementary and Zucker Middle with community volunteers who help them tend schoolyard gardens. At this annual dinner—which includes music and family-friendly activities—you’ll get a taste of the bounty while raising funds for their future endeavours. Mitchell Elementary School, 2 Perry St. Thursday, 5-7:30 p.m. $20. www.greenheartsc.org

 
Inspirational Pathways Art Reveal

Inspirational Pathways Art Reveal


Event Date: 05/21/2015 - 5:30pm




Light, movement, surprising color combinations, social interactions, and patterns inspire Teil Duncan’s work. It is only fitting that this local artist was chosen as the inaugural painter for the Inspirational Pathways outreach program. Duncan was selected by Sanders-Clyde students to create an original work to be installed in their school, to be revealed at this special event. The program itself, Inspirational Pathways, in partnership with Redux Studios, focuses on cultivating students’ appreciation for the arts through participation and awareness. Sanders-Clyde Creative Arts School, 805 Morrison Drive. Thursday, 5:30pm. Free. (843) 647-6219, www.ccsdschools.com

 
“Alyson Shotz: Force of Nature”

“Alyson Shotz: Force of Nature”


Event Date: 05/21/2015 - 6:30pm




Brooklyn-based artist Alyson Shotz presents her most ambitious show yet in this Halsey exhibit including 50-plus works in a range of mediums. A sculptural installation; site-specific, volumetric wall drawing; and a collaborative animation join digital and traditional prints, photographs, and ceramics in this event opening with a reception on May 21 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, 161 Calhoun St. Thursday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. (843) 953-4422, www.halsey.cofc.edu

 

 
Spoleto Festival

Spoleto Festival


Event Date: 05/22/2015 - 10:00am to 06/07/2015 - 11:00pm




For 17 days and nights, Charleston is filled with visionaries of the performing arts as they occupy the city’s theaters, churches and outdoor spaces with their masterfully crafted pieces. Emerging performers and young artists engage with world-renowned artists, providing audiences the unique opportunity to view programs of the highest quality. In its 39th season, Spoleto Festival USA mesmerizes and inspires with opera, theater, dance, and chamber, choral and jazz music performances. Locations, times, and prices vary. (843)722-2764, www.spoletousa.org

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Ohm Radio Sweet Corn Cook Off

Ohm Radio Sweet Corn Cook Off


Event Date: 05/17/2015 - 12:00pm




New to the local music scene, Ohm Radio is proving their prowess in bringing the hottest local bands together with their first annual Sweet Corn Cook off, an all-day event of good food and even better music. Four musicians and bands are paired with four local restaurants to prepare the best sweet corn dish to be voted on by participants. As the corn gets to cooking, guests can participate in craft activities led by Artists & Craftsman and Playgarden, or watch Charlietown’s Todd Anderson’s artistic process of screen printing. Live music from Garage Cuban Band and the V-Tones will heat up the family-friendly event with special guest performances to grace the scene as well.  All proceeds from this summer-inspired foodie event will go to Ohm Radio to procure necessary equipment for their on-air launch in August. The Royal American, 970 Morrison Dr. Sunday, noon-6pm. $30 adult; $10 child. www.ohmradio963.org

 
Charleston Challenge

Charleston Challenge


Event Date: 05/17/2015 - 2:00pm




This walk in the park is anything but. Family Connection, a nonprofit supporting those with special needs and their families, hosts the first annual Charleston Challenge. Teams consisting of two to six people participate in a GPS-enabled scavenger hunt throughout Hampton Park. Promoting camaraderie and disability awareness, the event also features music, face painting, and kids’ activities. Hampton Park, 30 Mary Murray Dr. Sunday, 2pm. Free. (843)556-5010, www.familyconnectionsc.org

 
The Flick

The Flick


Event Date: 05/17/2015 - 3:00pm




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

 
Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition

Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition


Event Date: 05/22/2015 - 10:00am to 06/06/2015 - 6:00pm




Marion Square is transformed into an outdoor art gallery in this Piccolo Spoleto Festival exhibition featuring exquisite works of visual art from area creatives, who offer daily demonstrations of their processes. With a rotating lineup of artists setting up booth spaces, the exhibit offers a variety of mediums to peruse, from oil to watercolor paintings and photography. Whether you’re seeking the perfect piece to fill a blank wall in your home, or simply strolling by, stop in for a fresh look at the region’s artist community. Marion Square, 329 Meeting St. Monday-Thursday, 10am-5pm; Friday-Sunday, 10am-6pm. Free. (843)724-7305, www.piccolospoleto.com

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A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire


Event Date: 05/22/2015 - 12:00pm to 05/24/2015 - 11:00pm




A contemporary twist on the classic play as told through the art of dance, the Scottish ballet presents Tennessee William's tale of abusive relationships and the inability to overcome reality. With director Nancy Meckler, choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, and an accompanying score by Peter Salem, the Ballet’s take on this demanding yet forthright tale resonates with all viewers. College of Charleston Sottile Theatre, 44 George St., Friday-Sunday, times vary. $80-$40. (843)722-2764, www.spoletousa.org

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Freshfields Memorial Day Weekend Concert Series

Freshfields Memorial Day Weekend Concert Series


Event Date: 05/22/2015 - 6:00pm to 05/23/2015 - 9:00pm




Grab your lawn chairs and head on over to the Village Green to enjoy two nights of free concerts and fun for the entire family. Energetic band Hot Sauce will perform on Friday night with a fiery kick off to Memorial Day weekend. Saturday night, enjoy the musical stylings of CoastRunner—expect everything from rock, oldies, soul, to Top 40, and more. Freshfields Village Green, 149 Village Green Lane, Kiawah Island. Friday & Saturday, 6-9pm. Free. (704)763-2413, www.freshfieldsvillage.com/events

 
Rhythms of Life

Rhythms of Life


Event Date: 05/22/2015 - 6:30pm to 05/23/2015 - 6:30pm




The Summerville Orchestra brings their MWV Subscription series to an end with Rhythms of Life. This orchestral concert features pieces from The Lion King, Sibelius Symphony #2, and Rhythms of Life for Solo Marimba, Strings and Percussions by John Thrower, with Marimba soloist Michael Haldeman. The community orchestra is comprised of local volunteers with a passion for the classical, symphonic, and pop genres, under the baton of conductor Alex Agrest. With the mission of enriching the local culture through musical performances and opportunities for locals to perform, the final set of the series aims to achieve community cohesion once more with pre-concert talks at 6:30 p.m. before the show begins. Summerville Baptist Church, 417 Central Ave., Summerville. Friday & Saturday. 6:30pm. $15 adult; $10 senior; free under 18. (843)873-5339, www.summervilleorchestra.com

 
Bank of America Chamber Music

Bank of America Chamber Music


Event Date: 05/22/2015 - 11:00am




The Dock Street Theatre reverberates with euphonious refrains from 11 chamber music programs under the direction of violinist Geoff Nuttall. Performed twice daily as part of Spoleto, these concerts feature accomplished cellist Alisa Weilerstein and flutist Tara Helen O’Connor among others, as well as the St. Lawrence String Quartet, which celebrates 25 years as an ensemble. Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. Daily, 11am & 1pm. $20 & up. (843)722-2764, www.spoletousa.org

 
"Force of Nature"

"Force of Nature"


Event Date: 05/22/2015 - 11:00am




Brooklyn-based sculptor Alyson Shotz comes to Charleston in conjunction with Hamilton College to showcase her most profound exhibit thus far, Force of Nature. More than 50 works in various mediums employ nontraditional materials—glass, linen, steel, and aluminum— to convey Shotz’ deep understanding of the interplay between light and space. An opening reception will be hosted on May 21 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, 161 Calhoun St. Monday-Saturday, 11am-4pm. Free. (843)953-4422, www.halsey.cofc.edu

 
Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty


Event Date: 05/22/2015 - 12:00pm




After dazzling audiences with the 2010 performance of Cinderella, Carlo Colla and Sons Marionette Company returns to Spoleto to present yet another beloved fairy tale, this time with dialogue. The story of Sleeping Beauty is brought to life with elaborate scenery, intricate costumes, skillful movement of the marionettes, and melodic live music. Emmett Robinson Theatre, College of Charleston, 54 St. Philip St. Days & times vary. $25 & up. (843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org

 
Piccolo Spoleto Festival

Piccolo Spoleto Festival


Event Date: 05/22/2015 - 12:00pm




Spoleto’s city-organized little sister, Piccolo Spoleto serves as a complement to the international festival, highlighting southeastern artists and hosting more than 500 events in just 17 days. Piccolo not only showcases local talent, but nearly half of the events are free, assuring all art, music, dance, and theater enthusiasts are able to attend. Don’t miss annual favorites such as the Outdoor Art Exhibition, or the “Sundown Poetry Series” featuring evening readings by local and regional wordsmiths. Locations, times, & prices vary. (843) 724-7305, www.piccolospoleto.com

 

 
Paradise Interrupted

Paradise Interrupted


Event Date: 05/22/2015 - 12:00pm




Visual artist Jennifer Wen Ma (the chief designer for visual and special effects for the 2008 Beijing Olympics’ opening and closing ceremonies) designs and directs this Spoleto production fusing Eastern and Western traditions into a captivating opera. Audiences step into Qian Yi’s dream as she meets her lover and pursues an ideal that is just out of reach, all as an immense garden grows from the empty stage before vanishing at the dream’s end. Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St. Days & times vary. $35 & up. (843)722-2764, www.spoletousa.org

 
Josh Roberts & The Hinges, SUSTO, & Jordan Igoe

Josh Roberts & The Hinges, SUSTO, & Jordan Igoe


Event Date: 05/22/2015 - 9:00pm




Three stellar local groups are getting equal billing—and all playing full sets—during this steal-of-a-deal show. Experience the energetic rock ’n’ roll tinged with blues, country, punk, and soul of Josh Roberts and The Hinges; “alternative folk infused with counter country” favorites SUSTO; and alt-country singer-songwriter Jordan Igoe (shown above). Charleston Pour House, 1977 Maybank Hwy. Friday, 9 p.m. $12; $10 advance. (843) 571-4343, www.charlestonpourhouse.com

 
Tension- A Center for Photography Art Show

Tension- A Center for Photography Art Show


Event Date: 05/23/2015 - 10:00am to 06/07/2015 - 2:00pm




What does tension mean to you? Come see the photographic works of students, members, patrons and friends of the Charleston Center for Photography as they depict their interpretation of tension through the camera lens. A joint show with Piccolo Spoleto, the second annual exhibit will display the works resulting from an open call for submissions from the general community, professional photographers or no. An opening reception on May 23 celebrates the creatives and their resulting pieces at the Old City Jail from 10am-2pm. Old City Jail, 21 Magazine St. May 23-June 7, times vary. (843)720-3105, www.ccforp.org

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McKevlin's Bikini Fashion Show

McKevlin's Bikini Fashion Show


Event Date: 05/23/2015 - 3:00pm




Make sure to hit the beach in style this summer by checking out this season’s surf trends at McKelvin’s Surf Shop and Bohemian Bull’s collaborative Bikini Fashion Show. The event kicks off at 3 p.m. with live music and food and drink specials before the models hit the stage at 5:30 p.m. to show off the hottest styles from the big names in surf fashion. After choosing one of the many craft beers Bohemian Bull has on tap, be sure to peruse the silent auction and raffle – don’t forget to throw in a $5 raffle ticket for a Sweetwater kayak—100 percent of the proceeds from both the auction and raffle benefit Charleston Waterkeeper. Bohemian Bull, 1531 Folly Rd. Saturday, 3-10pm. Free. (843)225-1817, www.bohemianbull.com

 
Conversations With

Conversations With


Event Date: 05/23/2015 - 3:30pm




Ever wonder about the people behind your favorite larger-than-life productions? Join Emmy Award-winning CBS correspondent Martha Teichner as she hosts intimate, in-depth conversations with Spoleto artists regarding their artistic process. Listen as Jennifer Wen Ma and Huang Ruo (Paradise Interrupted) detail the genius behind their opera, a complex production marrying “Chinese tradition and Western idioms.” The creative minds behind Veremonda, Shen Wei Dance Arts, and Romeo and Juliet also offer insight into their work. Charleston Library Society, 164 King St. Days vary, 3:30pm. Free. (843)722-2764, www.spoletousa.org

 

 
Southeastern Beard & Moustache Championships

Southeastern Beard & Moustache Championships


Event Date: 05/23/2015 - 7:00pm




The amount of tender loving care that goes into cultivating facial hair worthy of the Holy City Beard and Moustache Society is exceptional. Join this noble crowd of bearded folk at the sixth annual championships, seeking winners in categories like “Full Beard Freestyle” and “Salty Dog.” Two women’s divisions are judged on craftsmanship, creativity, and realism. Proceeds benefit the Center for Women’s Lowcountry Women with Wings program. The Music Farm, 32 Ann St. Saturday, 7pm. $10. (843)577-6989, www.holycitybeards.org

 
Southeastern Beard & Moustache Championships

Southeastern Beard & Moustache Championships


Event Date: 05/23/2015 - 7:00pm




Spend a rowdy evening among the town’s most hirsute at the Holy City Beard and Moustache Society’s annual championships. Men from around the country compete in categories like Full Beard Freestyle and Salty Dog, while the Ladies Artificial Class invites the gals to get creative. Proceeds support The Center for Women’s Lowcountry Women With Wings charity. The Music Farm, 32 Ann St. Saturday, 7 p.m. $10. (843) 577-6989, www.holycitybeards.org

 

 
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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

 
Twilight: Los Angeles 1992

Twilight: Los Angeles 1992


Event Date: 05/29/2015 - 7:00pm to 05/30/2015 - 9:00pm




Transport yourself back in time to the period of chaos following the acquittal of policemen on trial in the case of Rodney King. This intense experience sheds light on those directly and indirectly affected by the 1992 Los Angeles Riots through a collection of monologues derived from real testimonials. From truck drivers, to singers and actors, everyone’s voice will be heard as diversified actors share this experience through words, photos, video, and music throughout the performance. Threshold Repertory Theatre, 84 ½ Society St. Dates & times vary. $21. (843)724-7305, www.piccolospoleto.com

 

 

 
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Celebrating Spring with artist Christy Kinard

Celebrating Spring with artist Christy Kinard


Event Date: 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

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Lynne Riding's "In the Air" Exhibit

Lynne Riding's "In the Air" Exhibit


Event Date: 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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"Into the Unknown"

"Into the Unknown"


Event Date: 05/01/2015 - 5:00pm to 05/31/2015 - 5:00pm




In the trembling anticipation of an unknown outcome, our vulnerability is unleashed to reveal layers of uncertainty, fear, and hope. Through a specific application of vellum-style mylar, artist Michelle Jader captures these qualms of the future by depicting dancers and gymnasts mid-fall while her unique application of paint adds depth and serenity to the uneasy moments of letting go. The opening reception of her exhibit will be held on May 1 from 5p.m. to 8p.m. Robert Lange Studios, 2 Queen St. May 1- 31, 11am-5pm. Free. (843)805-8052, www.robertlangestudios.com

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"Summer and the City"

"Summer and the City"


Event Date: 05/01/2015 - 5:00pm to 05/31/2015 - 5:00pm




Impressionism meets contemporary summer settings in Jeff Jamison’s unequivocally romantic oil paintings. Trained in the style of the Old Masters, Jamison’s exquisite technique is evidenced in his ability to capture the summer haze that falls upon city sidewalks. The opening reception for his exhibit will be held on May 1 from 5p.m to 8p.m. Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art Gallery, 58 Broad St. Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm. Free. (843)722-3660, www.ellarichardson.com

 

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Get Crabby for Red Nose Day

Get Crabby for Red Nose Day


Event Date: 05/21/2015 - 11:00am to 05/24/2015 - 11:00pm




Head over to the Folly Beach Crabshack for Red Nose Day, a fun campaign that strives to raise both awareness and money for childern living in poverty by making people laugh. The Crabshack provides the red noses, so all you have to do is put one on, snap a pic, and post it with the hashtag #rednoseday. For each photo posted, 50 cents will be donated to the cause. Not into selfies? Don't fret—you can still join the excitement by making a donation. It all kicks off Thursday night with music by The Island Duo from 7-10pm, as well as a live showing of the 3-hour NBC Live Red Nose Day special that features comedy, music, and celebrities. Funds raised will be donated to several non-profit organizations including United Way, Save the Children Naional Urban League, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Folly Beach Crab Shack, 26 Center St., Folly Beach. Thursday-Sunday, 11am. Free. (843)588-3080, www.crabshacks.com

 
100 Days of Summer

100 Days of Summer


Event Date: 05/25/2015 - 10:00am to 09/07/2015 - 12:00am




The fun doesn’t have to end at dusk! Starting on Memorial Day, Blackbeard’s Cove will be open until midnight, marking the beginning of their "100 Days of Summer" event. Midnight Mutiny Passes will be available from 10pm – midnight every night, which entitles pass-holders to unlimited Golf, Climbing Wall, Jump Land, and Go Carts during that time. Blackbeard’s Cove Family Fun Park, 3255 N Hwy 17, Mount Pleasant. Everyday, 10am-12am. (843)971-1223, www.blackbeardscove.net

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Spoleto Festival

Spoleto Festival


Event Date: 05/22/2015 - 10:00am to 06/07/2015 - 11:00pm




For 17 days and nights, Charleston is filled with visionaries of the performing arts as they occupy the city’s theaters, churches and outdoor spaces with their masterfully crafted pieces. Emerging performers and young artists engage with world-renowned artists, providing audiences the unique opportunity to view programs of the highest quality. In its 39th season, Spoleto Festival USA mesmerizes and inspires with opera, theater, dance, and chamber, choral and jazz music performances. Locations, times, and prices vary. (843)722-2764, www.spoletousa.org

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Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition

Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition


Event Date: 05/22/2015 - 10:00am to 06/06/2015 - 6:00pm




Marion Square is transformed into an outdoor art gallery in this Piccolo Spoleto Festival exhibition featuring exquisite works of visual art from area creatives, who offer daily demonstrations of their processes. With a rotating lineup of artists setting up booth spaces, the exhibit offers a variety of mediums to peruse, from oil to watercolor paintings and photography. Whether you’re seeking the perfect piece to fill a blank wall in your home, or simply strolling by, stop in for a fresh look at the region’s artist community. Marion Square, 329 Meeting St. Monday-Thursday, 10am-5pm; Friday-Sunday, 10am-6pm. Free. (843)724-7305, www.piccolospoleto.com

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A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire


Event Date: 05/22/2015 - 12:00pm to 05/24/2015 - 11:00pm




A contemporary twist on the classic play as told through the art of dance, the Scottish ballet presents Tennessee William's tale of abusive relationships and the inability to overcome reality. With director Nancy Meckler, choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, and an accompanying score by Peter Salem, the Ballet’s take on this demanding yet forthright tale resonates with all viewers. College of Charleston Sottile Theatre, 44 George St., Friday-Sunday, times vary. $80-$40. (843)722-2764, www.spoletousa.org

 
 
 
 
 
[Title of Show] By Hunter Bell

[Title of Show] By Hunter Bell


Event Date: 05/29/2015 - 8:00pm to 06/14/2015 - 11:00pm




With a musical theater festival headed to town, two struggling play writers decide to submit something fresh and original. But what to write? With a blank festival form in hand requesting the “title of show” and a case of writer’s block, the duo opts to take a risk by writing about, and ultimately performing, their current dilemma—figuring out what to write about. Taking home the 2009 Tony Award for “Best Book of a Musical,” this charismatic production takes audiences on the roller coaster ride that is the process of creative self-expression. Crabpot Players Theatre, 1137 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Fridays & Saturdays, 8pm; Sundays, 7pm. $25 adult, $22 senior, $20 student & military. (888)303-0763, www.crabpotplayers.com

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Tension- A Center for Photography Art Show

Tension- A Center for Photography Art Show


Event Date: 05/23/2015 - 10:00am to 06/07/2015 - 2:00pm




What does tension mean to you? Come see the photographic works of students, members, patrons and friends of the Charleston Center for Photography as they depict their interpretation of tension through the camera lens. A joint show with Piccolo Spoleto, the second annual exhibit will display the works resulting from an open call for submissions from the general community, professional photographers or no. An opening reception on May 23 celebrates the creatives and their resulting pieces at the Old City Jail from 10am-2pm. Old City Jail, 21 Magazine St. May 23-June 7, times vary. (843)720-3105, www.ccforp.org

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First Flush Festival

First Flush Festival


Event Date: 05/24/2015 - 12:00pm




Made from the bounty of the earliest tea-leaf harvest of the spring, ”first flush” tea varietals produce a unique flavor only available during this growing season and bring to life this popular festival—or should we say fesTEAval. Grammy Award-winner Sheryl Crow headlines the lineup, which also includes local and regional bands. Between musical acts, hit up one of nearly 20 food trucks and shop the wares of local artisans and vendors. The music lasts all day, so fill your glass with tea and steep in all the fun. Charleston Tea Plantation, 6617 Maybank Hwy., Wadmalaw Island. Sunday, noon-11pm. $300-$40. (843)559-0383, www.firstflushfestival.com

 
Grand Opening of Ruth's Chris

Grand Opening of Ruth's Chris


Event Date: 05/24/2015 - 4:00pm




The franchise that began over forty years ago in a 60-seat restaurant in New Orleans, Louisiana has made its way to the historic market street area of downtown Charleston. Celebrate the opening of Ruth’s Chris this Memorial Day weekend and dine on your favorite filets, ribeyes, lobster tails, and more. Sate your sweet tooth with a bread pudding with whiskey sauce or fresh seasonal berries with a sweet cream sauce. Arrive early to enjoy happy hour from 4-6pm. Ruth’s Chris, 55 South Market. Sunday, 4pm. Free. (843) 793-4224, ruthschris.net/charleston

 
Westminister Choir Concerts

Westminister Choir Concerts


Event Date: 05/24/2015 - 5:00pm




Conducted by Joe Miller, the Westminster Choir is one of America’s most renowned choral ensembles, extolled by The New York Times as “remarkable for its precision, unanimity and power.” Pairing Estonian composer Urmas Sisask’s ”Oremus” with American composer Eric Whitacre’s ”Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine,” the choir also pays homage to Italian composer and Roman Catholic priest Monteverdi’s ”Sí ch’io vorrei morire” for a transcendent musical experience. Cathedral Church of St. Luke & St. Paul, 126 Coming St. Sunday & Wednesday, 5pm. $25 & up. (843)722-2764, www.spoletousa.org

 

 
Patriots Point Memorial Day Ceremony

Patriots Point Memorial Day Ceremony


Event Date: 05/25/2015 - 11:00am




Join the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum in honoring those men and women who have served in the United States armed forces. The 45-minute ceremony will include a special film tribute, wreath casting, and performance by Northside Baptist Church’s high school handbell choir, the Eyrie Overtones. The World War II aircraft carrier the USS Yorktown will serve as a historically appropriate venue for this Memorial Day event. Patriots Point, 40 Patriots Point Rd. Monday, 11am. Free; $5 parking after 11am. (843) 884-2727, www.patriotspoint.org

 
Charleston Memorial Day Men's Chorus Concert

Charleston Memorial Day Men's Chorus Concert


Event Date: 05/25/2015 - 12:00pm




To honor fallen military heroes and current service members, the Charleston Men’s Chorus performs a Memorial Day concert as part of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. From service anthems to patriotic songs and other works, the group’s hauntingly beautiful performance and inspiring display of national pride has become an annual tradition. St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 142 Church St. Monday, noon. $20. (843)720-8505, www.charlestonmenschorus.org

 
Jonathan Green Lecture & Book Signing

Jonathan Green Lecture & Book Signing


Event Date: 05/25/2015 - 6:30pm




May 25 ”I love tradition with a twist, so I’m looking forward to Jonathan Green’s perspective on how rice culture dramatically shaped the artistic culture evident in ironwork, basketry, and visual arts,” says Silverman. Holliday Alumni Center, 69 Hagood Ave., The Citadel. Monday, 6:30 p.m. $18; $12 senior/student.

 
EmmyLou Harris & Rodney Crowell

EmmyLou Harris & Rodney Crowell


Event Date: 05/25/2015 - 7:30pm




Friends for nearly 40 years, Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell are a country duo of legendary proportions. Renowned for their poetic lyricism and profound storytelling capabilities, the pair reunite in this Spoleto show to perform hits from their collaboration, Old Yellow Moon, which won the 2014 Grammy for Americana Album of the Year. TD Arena, College of Charleston, 301 Meeting St. Monday, 7:30pm. $30 & up. (843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org

 
 
Swig and Swine BBQ Party

Swig and Swine BBQ Party


Event Date: 05/27/2015 - 11:00am




The early bird gets the worm—or is it pork?—at Swig & Swine’s first anniversary. Be among the first 100 guests to the party and receive a free rack of their lip-smackin' specialty ribs. Missed out on the free pork? You can still enjoy $1 Palmetto Brewery Amber Ales throughout the day, and the first 100 orders receive a complimentary pint glass. Swig and Swine, 1217 Savannah Hwy. 11am. Free. (843)225-3805, www.swigandswinebbq.com

 
Piccolo Spoleto Festival JAC Jazz Series

Piccolo Spoleto Festival JAC Jazz Series


Event Date: 05/27/2015 - 3:00pm




Jazz Artists of Charleston announces its 8th Annual JAC Jazz Series as part of this year's Piccolo Spoleto Festival. This soulful series is set to take place in the Charleston Jazz House May 27 and 28 as well as June 2, 3, and 4. Local artists Tyler Ross, Jake Holwegner, Cameron Handel, Clay Ross, and Mark Sternbank push the boundaries of jazz, experimenting with the genre's oeuvre. Charleston Music Hall will host “a small ensemble with a big band sound,” the 10-piece Charleston Jazz Orchestra Chamber Ensemble on May 29. The CJO Chamber Ensemble performs distinct in-house arrangements on classic works from notable composers of the 20th century. Whether you decide on one performance or attend them all, there is something for every ear to enjoy. Charleston Jazz House, 93 Spring St. Wednesday & Thursday, Tuesday-Thursday, times and prices vary. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Friday, 8pm. $15. (843)641-0011, www.jazzartistsofcharleston.org

 
Starlight Cinema Outdoor Movies

Starlight Cinema Outdoor Movies


Event Date: 05/27/2015 - 8:30pm




Prepare to twinkle under the glow of a starry-night sky and a movie display at Freshfields Village. Every Wednesday night through September 2, movie goers can bring chairs and blankets to kick back and relax on the Village Green with an entertaining movie the whole family can enjoy. Kicking off the complimentary Starlight Cinema Series is Big Hero 6 on May 27. Freshfields Village, 165 Village Green Ln., Kiawah Island. Wednesday, 8:30pm. Free. (843)768-6491, www.freshfieldsvillage.com

 
Democracy Day of Action to Promote Political Engagement

Democracy Day of Action to Promote Political Engagement


Event Date: 05/28/2015 - 8:00am




As the Lowcountry nears a pivotal election season, the College of Charleston’s Bully Pulpit Student Team makes it their mission to register as many young voters as possible. The Bully Pulpit is a non-partisan series founded by the College’s Department of Communication that encourages and fosters dialogue between students and political leaders. Do your civic duty by joining these college seniors as they hit the streets to register at least 200 voters. Volunteers will receive free Bully Pulpit T-shirts and voter registration training the morning of the event. At the end of the day, meet up with all the Millennials making a difference from 4-6pm at the Baystreet Biergarten for a celebratory happy hour featuring food and drink specials, as well as prizes for volunteers and newly-registered voters. Cougar Mall, 66 George St. Thursday, 8am-12pm. Free. (864) 905-5140,www.cofc.edu

 
Piccolo Spoleto Festival JAC Jazz Series

Piccolo Spoleto Festival JAC Jazz Series


Event Date: 05/28/2015 - 3:00pm




Jazz Artists of Charleston (JAC) announces its 8th Annual JAC Jazz Series as part of this year's Piccolo Spoleto Festival. This soulful series is positioned in the Charleston Jazz House May 27, 28, June 2, 3, 4. Local artists Tyler Ross, Jake Holwegner, Cameron Handel, Clay Ross, and Mark Sternbank push the boundaries of jazz, experimenting with the genre's oeuvre. Charleston Music Hall will host “a small ensemble with a big band sound,” the 10-piece Charleston Jazz Orchestra Chamber Ensemble May 29. The CJO Chamber Ensemble performs distinct in-house arrangements on classic works from notable composers of the 20th century. Whether you decide on one performance or attend all, there is something for everyone. Charleston Jazz House, 93 Spring St. Wednesday & Thursday, Tuesday-Thursday, 3 & 5pm. Prices vary. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Friday, 8pm. $15. www.jazzartistsofcharleston.org

 
Charleston Krewe Grand Opening

Charleston Krewe Grand Opening


Event Date: 05/28/2015 - 5:00pm to 9:00pm




Mix, mingle, and celebrate King Street’s newest shop with a specialty “Charleston Krewetini” at the grand opening of Charleston Krewe. The store, specializing in novelty bow ties, ties, and other accessories, stems from sister shop NOLA Couture, which celebrates New Orleans’ individuality through designs featuring iconic Crescent City motifs. Founder Cecile Hardy chose to expand to Charleston after noticing the many similarities between the two cities. A portion of the proceeds from their opening night will benefit One80 Place and The SC Aquarium's Sea Turtle Rescue Program. Attendees will be eligible for specialty raffle items. Charleston Krewe, 363 King St. Thursday, 5-9pm. (843)203-6253, www.charlestonkrewe.com

 
#Postage Art and Photogaphy Opening Reception

#Postage Art and Photogaphy Opening Reception


Event Date: 05/28/2015 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm




Ah, the simple things. In an age where the postal system has been made nearly obsolete, #Postage celebrates the romantic era of pen pals, sentimental greeting cards, and love letters. This collaborative event and exhibit features artists who work in different mediums using vintage stamps, and it is also run in collaboration with Chartarama, an exhibit focusing on creatively transformed mailboxes. NonPareil Photography, 811 Savannah Hwy. Thursday 6-9pm. Free. (843)720-3105, www.ccforp.org

 
Piccolo Spoleto Bluegrass Series: Grass in the Hall Night 1

Piccolo Spoleto Bluegrass Series: Grass in the Hall Night 1


Event Date: 05/28/2015 - 7:30pm




Grass in the Hall’s first night as part of the Piccolo Spoleto Bluegrass Series brings foot stomping, banjo-strumming authentic bluegrass bands to the stage at the Charleston Music Hall. The evening’s three bands; Cane Creek String Band; Dallas Baker & Friends; and the Bluestone Ramblers, each approach the genre in their own unique manner with rowdy ballads, old-time fiddle rhythms, and slow croons about the dewy Appalachian Mountains that inspired the genre. With all bands hailing from the Holy City, grab tickets while you can for a night of Charleston-inspired Bluegrass. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Thursday, 7:30pm. $25 orchestra; $20 gallery; $15 student. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com

 
Piccolo Comes to Kiawah

Piccolo Comes to Kiawah


Event Date: 05/28/2015 - 7:30pm




Enjoy some of the Lowcountry's most gifted musical talents in an intimate, cabaret setting at Kiawah. Piccolo returns with an engaging, two-part performance featuring The In-Between, a local ensemble whose range unifies the genres of classical and jazz, and contemporary violinist Daniel D, whose music engages various genres ranging from hip-hop, jazz, R&B, and inspirational. Contagious enthusiasm and flawless instrumentals make this a not-to-be-missed double-bill. Turtle Point Clubhouse, 1 Turtle Point Ln., Kiawah Island. Thursday, 7:30pm. $10. (843)266-4050, piccolospoleto.com

 
Hazy Ray

Hazy Ray


Event Date: 05/28/2015 - 9:00pm




A soul-rock band seeped in the groove and funk of New Orleans; Hazy Ray displays their zeal and dedication to music in every melody with influences of rhythm and blues penetrating their sultry and soulful songs. The five-member band has travelled near and far to bring their enthusiastic performances to all, and the passion they have for creating genuine music inspires listeners to get down and dance. With the upcoming release of their new EP, Linda, the band’s repertoire continues to expand as they make waves extending beyond the NOLA music scene. The Mill, 1026 E Montague Ave., North Charleston. Thursday, 9pm. Free. (843)225-2650, hazyray.com

 
Madeleine Peyroux

Madeleine Peyroux


Event Date: 05/28/2015 - 9:00pm




Rarely does a voice transport you to a different time and place, but as singer-songwriter Madeleine Peyroux interprets classics both old and new, you just might be taken to the streets of Paris, where the acclaimed jazz musician got her start as a busker. With a raw, unique sound comparable to Billie Holiday, Peyroux’s nearly 20-year-long career is a testament to her talent and the conviction her voice conveys in each song. College of Charleston Cistern Yard, George St. Thursday & Friday, 9pm. $30 & up. (843)722-2764, www.spoletousa.org

 

 
Creative Mornings Charleston

Creative Mornings Charleston


Event Date: 05/29/2015 - 8:00am




Get your wheels spinning each month with Creative Mornings Charleston, a breakfast lecture series for the creative community that takes place in 114 cities around the world. Held early on a Friday morning once a month at varying locations around the city, Creative Mornings Charleston features local entrepreneurs, artisans, and the creative-minded as they discuss topics ranging from screen printing to homelessness to robots. May's event will be held on Friday the 29th, where Kurt Cavanaugh, Executive Director of Charleston Moves, will lecture on this month's theme, “Revolution.” Mingle before each talk and enjoy coffee provided by Counter Culture as well as treats from the scheduled food vendor (Outta My Huevos and Wildflour Pastry have made past appearances). Keep up with the latest from CMCHS on their website where you can register online at 10am the Monday before each event. Set an alarm—spots go fast! Locations vary. Fridays, 8am. Free. www.creativemornings.com/cities/chs

 
Dorothy Shain Pop-Up Art Show

Dorothy Shain Pop-Up Art Show


Event Date: 05/29/2015 - 5:00pm




Before you head over to the Woolfe Street Theater for the opening of night of Spoleto's dance event, What Moves You, be sure to stop by Indaco for the unofficial pre-party and pop-up art show featuring pieces by artist, Dorothy Shain. Though she may hail from Greenville, Shain captures Charleston street scenes and iconic Holy City eateries such as Leon's, Butcher and Bee, and Fulton Five in her wonderfully imperfect pen and ink sketches. Showing her breadth of skill, Shain also paints vivid abstracts using pastels, acrylic, and oils. This happy hour includes complimentary bites and specialty drinks for you to enjoy while taking in Dorothy's unique work and artistic talent. Indaco, 526 King St. Friday, 5-7pm. Free. (843)727-1228, www.indacocharleston.com

 
The George Gallery Presents: "Close Tolerances: Braced Built Expanded"

The George Gallery Presents: "Close Tolerances: Braced Built Expanded"


Event Date: 05/29/2015 - 5:00pm




In his new solo show, Paul Yanko becomes the architect of dreams. Yanko utilizes the language of a mechanical engineer to describe his work, which ranges from acrylic on canvas to mixed media on birch panel. His pieces are “braced, built, and expanded,” like the nuts and bolts of a building. Yanko tends meticulously to his pieces, building ordered grids one on top of the other, creating a geometry that is simultaneously scientific and abstract. Join this talented artist at the George Gallery for an opening night reception from 5-8pm.The George Gallery, 50 Bogard St. Friday, 5-8pm. Free. (843) 579-7328, georgegalleryart.com

 
George Gallery: Paul Yanko Exhibition

George Gallery: Paul Yanko Exhibition


Event Date: 05/29/2015 - 6:00pm




Shape and patterns speak volumes in Paul Yanko’s collection. Enjoy his exhibit “Close Tolerances: Braces Built Expanded” at George Gallery. Yanko’s work features an artist’s brush strokes that wave incredibly interpretive canvases. Covering the walls of public and private art museums, these geometric pieces make a name for the artist. An instructor in the Visual Arts Department at the South Carolina School for the Arts and Humanities, Yanko started out at Cleveland Institute of Art where he received his B. F. A. in illustration, then went on to Kent State to receive his M. F. A. in painting.  This extensive knowledge of artwork shows in his title choice, each word connecting specifically to an aspect of the work presented in this exhibit. George Gallery, 50 Bogard St. Friday, 5-8pm. Free. (843)579-7328, www.georgegalleryart.com

 
Movies Under the Stars

Movies Under the Stars


Event Date: 05/29/2015 - 7:00pm




For this evening’s showing of Movies Under the Stars at Charles Towne Landing, grab your usual lawn seating and favorite cinema snacks—popcorn and Reese's pieces!— for the screening of E.T., everyone’s favorite misplaced extra-terrestrial. Free as always, bring friends young and old to enjoy this classic film beginning at dusk. Refreshments are available for purchase onsite. Charles Towne Landing, 1500 Old Towne Rd. Friday, 7pm. Free. (843)852-2965, www.lowcountryparkvenues.com

 
Piccolo Spoleto Festival JAC Jazz Series

Piccolo Spoleto Festival JAC Jazz Series


Event Date: 05/29/2015 - 8:00pm




Jazz Artists of Charleston (JAC) announces its 8th Annual JAC Jazz Series as part of this year's Piccolo Spoleto Festival. This soulful series is positioned in the Charleston Jazz House May 27, 28, June 2, 3, 4. Local artists Tyler Ross, Jake Holwegner, Cameron Handel, Clay Ross, and Mark Sternbank push the boundaries of jazz, experimenting with the genre's oeuvre. Charleston Music Hall will host “a small ensemble with a big band sound,” the 10-piece Charleston Jazz Orchestra Chamber Ensemble May 29. The CJO Chamber Ensemble performs distinct in-house arrangements on classic works from notable composers of the 20th century. Whether you decide on one performance or attend all, there is something for everyone. Charleston Jazz House, 93 Spring St. Wednesday & Thursday, Tuesday-Thursday, 3 & 5pm. Prices vary. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Friday, 8pm. $15. www.jazzartistsofcharleston.org

 
Surf and Juice Weekend

Surf and Juice Weekend


Event Date: 05/30/2015 - 9:00am to 05/31/2015 - 12:00pm




For a cleanse that fuels your mind, body, and soul, join Blue Barn Juice and Shaka Surf School as they take on a weekend of surfing, yoga, meditation and delicious cold-pressed juices. Whether you’re a pro surfer or you've never even been on a board, Shaka Surf School’s instructors will provide skilled guidance for optimal fun. After riding the waves, Blue Barn’s two-day juice cleanses will fill you up with energy to take on another session. The spots for this weekend adventure will fill up quickly, so be sure to secure your place on this health-conscious, sun-filled getaway. Folly Beach. Saturday & Sunday, 9am-noon. $300. (843)607-9911, www.bluebarnjuice.com 

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Saffron's Jewish Coffeehouse

Saffron's Jewish Coffeehouse


Event Date: 05/30/2015 - 9:00pm to 05/31/2015 - 9:00pm




Local Jewish singers and songwriters flock to Saffron Café for a showcase of Yiddish, Jewish, and traditional music as a part of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. The two evenings, headlined by Dara Rosenblatt, feature original pieces by Charleston’s own Samantha Perlmutter and recent Ashley Hall graduate, Samantha Kirshstein. Beer, wine, and desserts are available for purchase to accompany the soothing melodies that all will enjoy, regardless of religious affiliation. Saffron Café, 333 East Bay St. Saturday & Sunday, 9pm. $8. (843)722-5588, www.piccolospoleto.com

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Lowcountry Splash

Lowcountry Splash


Event Date: 05/30/2015 - 7:30am




Take the plunge in South Carolina’s premier open-water swim. Backstroke or free-style your way through the 2.4-mile swim beginning at the Hobcaw Yacht Club. For those looking for a bigger challenge, a five-mile swim begins at the Daniel Island Pier and proceeds across the Wando River, with both courses ending at the Charleston Harbor Marina in front of the USS Yorktown. The swim benefits the Logan Rutledge Children’s Foundation, a local nonprofit promoting the health and welfare of Lowcountry children. Locations vary. Saturday, 7:30am. $60-$55. (843)884-7880, www.lowcountrysplash.com

 
Green & Lean 5K Run/Walk

Green & Lean 5K Run/Walk


Event Date: 05/30/2015 - 8:15am




Runners, walkers, dogs, and tots: all are welcome at this run and walk benefitting the Keep Charleston Beautiful Foundation. A ceremony following the race presents awards for top male and female participants, age-group winners, fastest stroller, and even fastest pup. Silent auctions both before and after the run feature local goods and services. Brittlebank Park, 0 Lockwood Blvd. Saturday, 8:15am. $30; $25 advance; $15 student grades 12 & under; free for military/fireman/police in uniform. www.greenandlean5k.com

 
27th Annual Piccolo Spoleto Sand Sculpting Competition

27th Annual Piccolo Spoleto Sand Sculpting Competition


Event Date: 05/30/2015 - 9:00am




Transform ordinary sand into works of art at Piccolo Spoleto’s 27th annual Sand Sculpting Competition. Individuals and teams of up to four people will compete for prizes in the following categories: adult’s event (ages 21+), family event (adult plus young adult or child), young adult event (ages 15-20), children’s event (ages 14 and under), best architectural sculpture, most creative sculpture, and best overall sculpture. The first 200 people to register will receive free t-shirts for the event. The event schedule is based on the tides, so participants need not worry that their creations will wash away before they are perfected. Front Beach, Isle of Palms. Saturday, 9am. Free. (843)886-8294, www.iop.net.

 
Blueberry Bonanza

Blueberry Bonanza


Event Date: 05/30/2015 - 10:00am




Ku-plink, ku-plank, ku-plunk! Blueberry season is here and if you can’t get out to a local u-pick to drop the sweet berries into your pail, head to the Mixson Farmers Market for a day of blueberry madness. Growfood Carolina will be on scene with blueberries by the bushel, while Palmetto Brewery and Cannonborough Beverage Company serve up blueberry-inspired beverages. Grab a cup of freshly made blueberry ice cream from Kelly Chu of Aya Cookhouse and Red Orchids and listen to the Deer Creek Sharpshooters as they play a lively set of—you guessed it—bluegrass. Blueberry aficionados should be sure to send in their most scrumptious sweet or savory blueberry recipes for a contest via Mixson Market’s website or post and swap recipes on the Mixson Farmers Market Facebook page. Once you’ve eaten enough blueberries to stain your hands and face a deep purple, check out the other produce and wares available for purchase. Mixson Farmers Markey, 4338 McCarthy St., North Charleston. Saturday, 10am-3pm. Free. (843)471-2850, www.mixsonmarket.com

 
Dianne Reeves

Dianne Reeves


Event Date: 05/30/2015 - 9:00pm




“Reeves’ singing, both powerful and tender in expression, combines pristine intonation with a rich, lustrous vocal timbre,” observes Sterbank. ”Featuring some of the world’s fi nest musicians, her show is always engaging and emotive. Following her Grammy win this year for Best Jazz Vocal Album, this show is a must.” College of Charleston Cistern Yard, George St. Saturday, 9 p.m. $40 & up.

 
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Celebrating Spring with artist Christy Kinard

Celebrating Spring with artist Christy Kinard


Event Date: 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

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Lynne Riding's "In the Air" Exhibit

Lynne Riding's "In the Air" Exhibit


Event Date: 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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"Into the Unknown"

"Into the Unknown"


Event Date: 05/01/2015 - 5:00pm to 05/31/2015 - 5:00pm




In the trembling anticipation of an unknown outcome, our vulnerability is unleashed to reveal layers of uncertainty, fear, and hope. Through a specific application of vellum-style mylar, artist Michelle Jader captures these qualms of the future by depicting dancers and gymnasts mid-fall while her unique application of paint adds depth and serenity to the uneasy moments of letting go. The opening reception of her exhibit will be held on May 1 from 5p.m. to 8p.m. Robert Lange Studios, 2 Queen St. May 1- 31, 11am-5pm. Free. (843)805-8052, www.robertlangestudios.com

 
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"Summer and the City"

"Summer and the City"


Event Date: 05/01/2015 - 5:00pm to 05/31/2015 - 5:00pm




Impressionism meets contemporary summer settings in Jeff Jamison’s unequivocally romantic oil paintings. Trained in the style of the Old Masters, Jamison’s exquisite technique is evidenced in his ability to capture the summer haze that falls upon city sidewalks. The opening reception for his exhibit will be held on May 1 from 5p.m to 8p.m. Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art Gallery, 58 Broad St. Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm. Free. (843)722-3660, www.ellarichardson.com

 

 
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Spoleto Festival

Spoleto Festival


Event Date: 05/22/2015 - 10:00am to 06/07/2015 - 11:00pm




For 17 days and nights, Charleston is filled with visionaries of the performing arts as they occupy the city’s theaters, churches and outdoor spaces with their masterfully crafted pieces. Emerging performers and young artists engage with world-renowned artists, providing audiences the unique opportunity to view programs of the highest quality. In its 39th season, Spoleto Festival USA mesmerizes and inspires with opera, theater, dance, and chamber, choral and jazz music performances. Locations, times, and prices vary. (843)722-2764, www.spoletousa.org

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Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition

Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition


Event Date: 05/22/2015 - 10:00am to 06/06/2015 - 6:00pm




Marion Square is transformed into an outdoor art gallery in this Piccolo Spoleto Festival exhibition featuring exquisite works of visual art from area creatives, who offer daily demonstrations of their processes. With a rotating lineup of artists setting up booth spaces, the exhibit offers a variety of mediums to peruse, from oil to watercolor paintings and photography. Whether you’re seeking the perfect piece to fill a blank wall in your home, or simply strolling by, stop in for a fresh look at the region’s artist community. Marion Square, 329 Meeting St. Monday-Thursday, 10am-5pm; Friday-Sunday, 10am-6pm. Free. (843)724-7305, www.piccolospoleto.com

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Tension- A Center for Photography Art Show

Tension- A Center for Photography Art Show


Event Date: 05/23/2015 - 10:00am to 06/07/2015 - 2:00pm




What does tension mean to you? Come see the photographic works of students, members, patrons and friends of the Charleston Center for Photography as they depict their interpretation of tension through the camera lens. A joint show with Piccolo Spoleto, the second annual exhibit will display the works resulting from an open call for submissions from the general community, professional photographers or no. An opening reception on May 23 celebrates the creatives and their resulting pieces at the Old City Jail from 10am-2pm. Old City Jail, 21 Magazine St. May 23-June 7, times vary. (843)720-3105, www.ccforp.org

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100 Days of Summer

100 Days of Summer


Event Date: 05/25/2015 - 10:00am to 09/07/2015 - 12:00am




The fun doesn’t have to end at dusk! Starting on Memorial Day, Blackbeard’s Cove will be open until midnight, marking the beginning of their "100 Days of Summer" event. Midnight Mutiny Passes will be available from 10pm – midnight every night, which entitles pass-holders to unlimited Golf, Climbing Wall, Jump Land, and Go Carts during that time. Blackbeard’s Cove Family Fun Park, 3255 N Hwy 17, Mount Pleasant. Everyday, 10am-12am. (843)971-1223, www.blackbeardscove.net

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[Title of Show] By Hunter Bell

[Title of Show] By Hunter Bell


Event Date: 05/29/2015 - 8:00pm to 06/14/2015 - 11:00pm




With a musical theater festival headed to town, two struggling play writers decide to submit something fresh and original. But what to write? With a blank festival form in hand requesting the “title of show” and a case of writer’s block, the duo opts to take a risk by writing about, and ultimately performing, their current dilemma—figuring out what to write about. Taking home the 2009 Tony Award for “Best Book of a Musical,” this charismatic production takes audiences on the roller coaster ride that is the process of creative self-expression. Crabpot Players Theatre, 1137 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Fridays & Saturdays, 8pm; Sundays, 7pm. $25 adult, $22 senior, $20 student & military. (888)303-0763, www.crabpotplayers.com

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Surf and Juice Weekend

Surf and Juice Weekend


Event Date: 05/30/2015 - 9:00am to 05/31/2015 - 12:00pm




For a cleanse that fuels your mind, body, and soul, join Blue Barn Juice and Shaka Surf School as they take on a weekend of surfing, yoga, meditation and delicious cold-pressed juices. Whether you’re a pro surfer or you've never even been on a board, Shaka Surf School’s instructors will provide skilled guidance for optimal fun. After riding the waves, Blue Barn’s two-day juice cleanses will fill you up with energy to take on another session. The spots for this weekend adventure will fill up quickly, so be sure to secure your place on this health-conscious, sun-filled getaway. Folly Beach. Saturday & Sunday, 9am-noon. $300. (843)607-9911, www.bluebarnjuice.com 

 
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Saffron's Jewish Coffeehouse

Saffron's Jewish Coffeehouse


Event Date: 05/30/2015 - 9:00pm to 05/31/2015 - 9:00pm




Local Jewish singers and songwriters flock to Saffron Café for a showcase of Yiddish, Jewish, and traditional music as a part of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. The two evenings, headlined by Dara Rosenblatt, feature original pieces by Charleston’s own Samantha Perlmutter and recent Ashley Hall graduate, Samantha Kirshstein. Beer, wine, and desserts are available for purchase to accompany the soothing melodies that all will enjoy, regardless of religious affiliation. Saffron Café, 333 East Bay St. Saturday & Sunday, 9pm. $8. (843)722-5588, www.piccolospoleto.com

 
Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series

Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series


Event Date: 05/31/2015 - 7:15am




Give this tri a try! Cycle, swim, and sprint your way through a 12-mile bike ride, 600-yard lake swim, and 5K run at James Island County Park. Now in its 25th year, this annual series offers five opportunities on Sundays throughout the summer to beat your best time, or simply say you did it once. Winners are awarded at each individual race, as well as from the entire series, culminating with the final race on August 9th. James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr., James Island. Sunday, May 31 through August 9, 7:15am. $245-$60. (843)795-7275, www.ccprc.com

 
Charleston Triathlon Series

Charleston Triathlon Series


Event Date: 05/31/2015 - 8:00am




Swimming, biking, and running have always been among the most popular fitness activities, thus in the 1920s they were combined to create the ever-challenging triathlon. Each race in this local series of triathlons features a 600-yard freshwater swim, 12-mile bike ride, and a 5K run. Sign up for a single race at a time, or go for the gold, and compete in all five of the series’ offerings. At the end of the series, all points are totaled and athletes are awarded as both individual race champions and series champions. James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr., James Island. Sundays, 8am. (843)795-4386, www.charlestoncountyparks.com

 
Bazaar at the Point

Bazaar at the Point


Event Date: 05/31/2015 - 11:00am




Spend the last Sunday of the month at the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina as it hosts this outdoor bazaar through October. Gather under the Lookout Pavilion to shop locally sourced arts and crafts. Enjoy specialty food and drinks from local vendors, as well as live music and kids’ activities. Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina Pavilion, 20 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant. Sundays, 11am-2pm. Free. (843)856-0028, www.charlestonharborresort.com

 
Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition: Juror's Talk with Tyrone Geter

Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition: Juror's Talk with Tyrone Geter


Event Date: 05/31/2015 - 1:00pm




Art enthusiasts delight—for one day only the juror of the annual Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition, Tyrone Geter, will host an informal discussion of his choices for the 2015 festival. The juror is the Professor of Drawing and Painting at Benedict College and his work is in permanent and private collections around the world—including the White House. View his selections of the best South Carolina has to offer in the categories of painting, sculpting, drawing, printmaking, and photography.City Gallery at Waterfront Park, 34 Prioleau St, Unit A. Sunday, 1pm. Free. (843) 958-6484, www.citygalleryatwaterfrontpark.com

 
Swig & Swine Pig Pickin' Picnic

Swig & Swine Pig Pickin' Picnic


Event Date: 05/31/2015 - 5:00pm




It’s a parking-lot pig roasting party! In the spirit of barbeque, West Ashley favorite Swig & Swine will host their own pig pickin’ picnic, complete with a beer truck and dinner specials. There will be full service at the picnic tables outside, so bring the whole family. They’re serious about four things: naturally smoked BBQ, Craft Beer, Whiskey, and having fun, so this event won’t disappoint. Swig & Swine, 1217 Savannah Hwy. Sunday, 5pm. (843)225-3805, www.swigandswinebbq.com

 
Nameless Numberhead Sketch

Nameless Numberhead Sketch


Event Date: 05/31/2015 - 5:00pm




Theatre 99, the chapel of the funnyman, will host local sketch comedy duo Nameless Numberhead as part of the Piccolo Fringe Festival. The show will star the twosome, Maari Suorsa and Henry Riggs, as they perform high-energy scenes depicting relationships between siblings, best friends, furry friends and inanimate objects. The hour-long “wild ride” will also feature Theatre 99 vet Dan Hanf, completing a holy trinity of comedy.Theatre 99, 280 Meeting St. Sunday, 5pm. $15. (843) 853-6687, www.theatre99.com

 




UPCOMING EVENTS

05/29/2015 - 8:00am

Get your wheels spinning each month with Creative Mornings Charleston, a breakfast lecture series for the creative community that takes place in 114 cities around the world. Held early on a Friday morning once a month at varying locations around the city, Creative Mornings Charleston features local entrepreneurs, artisans, and the creative-minded as they discuss topics ranging from screen printing to homelessness to robots. May's event will be held on Friday the 29th, where Kurt Cavanaugh, Executive Director of Charleston Moves, will lecture on this month's theme, “Revolution.” Mingle before each talk and enjoy coffee provided by Counter Culture as well as treats from the scheduled food vendor (Outta My Huevos and Wildflour Pastry have made past appearances). Keep up with the latest from CMCHS on their website where you can register online at 10am the Monday before each event. Set an alarm—spots go fast! Locations vary. Fridays, 8am. Free. www.creativemornings.com/cities/chs

05/29/2015 - 5:00pm

In his new solo show, Paul Yanko becomes the architect of dreams. Yanko utilizes the language of a mechanical engineer to describe his work, which ranges from acrylic on canvas to mixed media on birch panel. His pieces are “braced, built, and expanded,” like the nuts and bolts of a building. Yanko tends meticulously to his pieces, building ordered grids one on top of the other, creating a geometry that is simultaneously scientific and abstract. Join this talented artist at the George Gallery for an opening night reception from 5-8pm.The George Gallery, 50 Bogard St. Friday, 5-8pm. Free. (843) 579-7328, georgegalleryart.com

05/29/2015 - 5:00pm

Before you head over to the Woolfe Street Theater for the opening of night of Spoleto's dance event, What Moves You, be sure to stop by Indaco for the unofficial pre-party and pop-up art show featuring pieces by artist, Dorothy Shain. Though she may hail from Greenville, Shain captures Charleston street scenes and iconic Holy City eateries such as Leon's, Butcher and Bee, and Fulton Five in her wonderfully imperfect pen and ink sketches. Showing her breadth of skill, Shain also paints vivid abstracts using pastels, acrylic, and oils. This happy hour includes complimentary bites and specialty drinks for you to enjoy while taking in Dorothy's unique work and artistic talent. Indaco, 526 King St. Friday, 5-7pm. Free. (843)727-1228, www.indacocharleston.com

05/29/2015 - 6:00pm

Shape and patterns speak volumes in Paul Yanko’s collection. Enjoy his exhibit “Close Tolerances: Braces Built Expanded” at George Gallery. Yanko’s work features an artist’s brush strokes that wave incredibly interpretive canvases. Covering the walls of public and private art museums, these geometric pieces make a name for the artist. An instructor in the Visual Arts Department at the South Carolina School for the Arts and Humanities, Yanko started out at Cleveland Institute of Art where he received his B. F. A. in illustration, then went on to Kent State to receive his M. F. A. in painting.  This extensive knowledge of artwork shows in his title choice, each word connecting specifically to an aspect of the work presented in this exhibit. George Gallery, 50 Bogard St. Friday, 5-8pm. Free. (843)579-7328, www.georgegalleryart.com

05/29/2015 - 7:00pm

For this evening’s showing of Movies Under the Stars at Charles Towne Landing, grab your usual lawn seating and favorite cinema snacks—popcorn and Reese's pieces!— for the screening of E.T., everyone’s favorite misplaced extra-terrestrial. Free as always, bring friends young and old to enjoy this classic film beginning at dusk. Refreshments are available for purchase onsite. Charles Towne Landing, 1500 Old Towne Rd. Friday, 7pm. Free. (843)852-2965, www.lowcountryparkvenues.com

05/29/2015 - 7:00pm to 05/30/2015 - 9:00pm

Transport yourself back in time to the period of chaos following the acquittal of policemen on trial in the case of Rodney King. This intense experience sheds light on those directly and indirectly affected by the 1992 Los Angeles Riots through a collection of monologues derived from real testimonials. From truck drivers, to singers and actors, everyone’s voice will be heard as diversified actors share this experience through words, photos, video, and music throughout the performance. Threshold Repertory Theatre, 84 ½ Society St. Dates & times vary. $21. (843)724-7305, www.piccolospoleto.com

 

 

05/29/2015 - 8:00pm to 06/14/2015 - 11:00pm

With a musical theater festival headed to town, two struggling play writers decide to submit something fresh and original. But what to write? With a blank festival form in hand requesting the “title of show” and a case of writer’s block, the duo opts to take a risk by writing about, and ultimately performing, their current dilemma—figuring out what to write about. Taking home the 2009 Tony Award for “Best Book of a Musical,” this charismatic production takes audiences on the roller coaster ride that is the process of creative self-expression. Crabpot Players Theatre, 1137 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Fridays & Saturdays, 8pm; Sundays, 7pm. $25 adult, $22 senior, $20 student & military. (888)303-0763, www.crabpotplayers.com

05/29/2015 - 8:00pm

Jazz Artists of Charleston (JAC) announces its 8th Annual JAC Jazz Series as part of this year's Piccolo Spoleto Festival. This soulful series is positioned in the Charleston Jazz House May 27, 28, June 2, 3, 4. Local artists Tyler Ross, Jake Holwegner, Cameron Handel, Clay Ross, and Mark Sternbank push the boundaries of jazz, experimenting with the genre's oeuvre. Charleston Music Hall will host “a small ensemble with a big band sound,” the 10-piece Charleston Jazz Orchestra Chamber Ensemble May 29. The CJO Chamber Ensemble performs distinct in-house arrangements on classic works from notable composers of the 20th century. Whether you decide on one performance or attend all, there is something for everyone. Charleston Jazz House, 93 Spring St. Wednesday & Thursday, Tuesday-Thursday, 3 & 5pm. Prices vary. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Friday, 8pm. $15. www.jazzartistsofcharleston.org

05/30/2015 - 7:30am

Take the plunge in South Carolina’s premier open-water swim. Backstroke or free-style your way through the 2.4-mile swim beginning at the Hobcaw Yacht Club. For those looking for a bigger challenge, a five-mile swim begins at the Daniel Island Pier and proceeds across the Wando River, with both courses ending at the Charleston Harbor Marina in front of the USS Yorktown. The swim benefits the Logan Rutledge Children’s Foundation, a local nonprofit promoting the health and welfare of Lowcountry children. Locations vary. Saturday, 7:30am. $60-$55. (843)884-7880, www.lowcountrysplash.com

05/30/2015 - 8:15am

Runners, walkers, dogs, and tots: all are welcome at this run and walk benefitting the Keep Charleston Beautiful Foundation. A ceremony following the race presents awards for top male and female participants, age-group winners, fastest stroller, and even fastest pup. Silent auctions both before and after the run feature local goods and services. Brittlebank Park, 0 Lockwood Blvd. Saturday, 8:15am. $30; $25 advance; $15 student grades 12 & under; free for military/fireman/police in uniform. www.greenandlean5k.com

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