(clockwise from top left) Dramatic comedy Commencement plays during the Charleston International Film Festival; Heart of Stone shows at the Simons Center on Thursday; and the Oxygen Ball: Lowcountry Dancing with the Stars takes the stage on Friday. Photographs courtesy of (Commencement) Repertory Company & (poster) Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art & by (Oxygen Ball) Diverse Perceptions Photography
April 24, 2013
Make a Date!
From films to fleets, wrangle your pals for these can’t-miss events in the final days of April
written by Kinsey Gidick
This weekend may not be bringing the beach weather we’re all craving, but there’s tons going on around town to keep us busy! Check out our top five picks for the next five days.
April 24-28 Charleston International Film Festival: Beginning tonight, you can catch sneak previews and premieres of some of the best new features, documentaries, and shorts by local, national, and international filmmakers. Locations, times, and prices vary. (843) 817-1617, charlestoniff.org
April 25 Heart of Stone: Catch a free showing of this documentary, which tells the story of how New Jersey high school principal Ron Stone orchestrated the reform of one of the most violent schools in the nation. Simons Center for the Arts, College of Charleston, 54 St. Philip St. Thursday, 7 p.m. Free. (843) 953-4422, halsey.cofc.edu
Oxygen Ball: Lowcountry Dancing with the Stars: If you like Dancing with the Stars, you’re going to love this. Support the American Lung Association while watching some well-known Charlestonians—including renowned architect Gretchen Penney and Chris Fraser, president of Avison Young—hit the dance floor with their pro partners in a friendly competition. Charleston Marriott, 170 Lockwood Blvd. Friday, 6:30-11 p.m. $250. (843) 556-8451, charlestonoxygenball.org
Charleston Farmers Market: With fresh produce, cut flowers, hand-crafted items, and plenty to eat and drink, the Charleston Farmers Market’s a sure bet for Saturday entertainment. Marion Square, between King & Calhoun sts. Saturday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. (843) 724-7309, charlestonfarmersmarket.com
Blessing of the Fleet: Spend Sunday afternoon at Memorial Waterfront Park during this 26th annual Mount Pleasant tradition. In addition to enjoying live music from Southwood and the East Coast Party Band and plenty of seafood, watch local clergymen bless fishing and shrimping boats as they pass through the harbor, helping to ensure a safe and prosperous season ahead. Memorial Waterfront Park & Pier, 71 Harry M. Hallman Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. (843) 884-8517, townofmountpleasant.com