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Seeing Stars

RENT opens at the Charleston Music Hall on Thursday, January 21.

JANUARY 14, 2010

Seeing Stars
Brighten your calendar with these evenings of celebrity sparkle

Many astronomers assert that the night skies of January twinkle with some of the brightest stars of the year. That statement will ring doubly true in Charleston next week, when red-carpet events draw local and national celebrities of both the stage and screen. Read on for some of the best stargazing spots in town.

January 21
RENT Opening Night Gala

This Tony Award-winning production, featuring the professional New York cast, tells the dramatic story of a group of struggling artists living in the Lower East Side during the early ’90s. Catch the opening night show and then hop on a bike taxi to attend the Bohemian Ball. Set in an Urban Bohemian East Village scene, the gala features heavy hors d’oeuvres from Iverson Catering, as well as cabaret performances by the cast, complete with a big band. The fête also benefits two local charities: The Roper St. Francis Ryan White Foundation and the Alliance For Full Acceptance.
Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Thursday, 8 p.m. $125. For more information, click here.

January 22 & 23
Quentin Baxter & Friends

Catch one of our favorite local celebs—renowned drummer and jazz artist Quentin Baxter—as he joins the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and guest conductor Edwin Outwater for a dynamic pops concert featuring music by artists Max Roach and Thelonious Monk. Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St. Friday & Saturday, 8 p.m. $45-$25. To read this month’s Note for Note on Baxter, click here. For tickets and information, click here.

January 24
Dear John Premiere

Join actors Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried, as well as best-selling author Nicholas Sparks, at this red-carpet Charleston premiere of the romantic drama, which was filmed right here in the Holy City. After watching the movie with the stars, head to the South Carolina Aquarium for an after-party complete with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a live auction to benefit Carolina Autism’s early intervention program. The Terrace Hippodrome Theater, 360 Concord St.; South Carolina Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf. Sunday, 6:30-9 p.m.; after-party: 9-11 p.m. $250. For tickets and information, click here.

Thu, 01/14/2010