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If last week’s events were a shopper’s delight, then this week is all for the music-lover. Sure, there’s lots of opportunity to finish up your Christmas list and see some local art, but take some time to take in some great performances. Here’s a variety to check out:
Tuesday, December 8 Tony Furtado
When my husband, Wally, who is a huge bluegrass fan, first played a Tony Furtado song for me, I thought I was hearing my favorite slide guitarist Kelly Joe Phelps. It’s all-good as the two are incredible musicians and singer-songwriters and have even recorded a number of songs together. Furtado’s a lightening quick champion banjo picker who artfully fuses multiple genres. It’s late for a school night (10:30 p.m.) but well worth it! $10. The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Hwy. James Island. Doors open: 10 p.m.
Thursday, December 10 An Evening with Cary Ann Hearst, Owen Beverly, & Lindsay Holler
A number of years ago Charleston magazine featured local chanteuses Cary Ann Hearst and Lindsay Holler in an aptly named feature “Women Who Rock” (May 2007). (Click here to see the video.) For this special concert, the local ladies are joined by Owen Beverly for solo and collaborative performances. $7. Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting St., 7–10 p.m.
Saturday, December 12 Christmas in Charleston
Get in the spirit of the season at this annual concert of Christmas carols and religious hymns by the Charleston Men’s Chorus. Be sure to get your tickets (available at Monster Music & Movies (West of the Ashley) and Royall Hardware (Mt. Pleasant) soon as this popular event is likely to sell out. $15; $10 seniors/students; and free to ages 6 and under. Sottile Theatre, 44 George St., 3 p.m.
Saturday, December 12 The Good Karma Art Auction & Reception
Bid on original works from local artists—including Kevin E. Taylor, Kevin Harrison, Jorg Meyer, and Ishmael—at this Eye Level Art auction; a portion of the proceeds benefits local charities. Check out the pieces from noon until 2:30 p.m.; auction begins at 3 p.m. Afterwards, shop the hipster wares by local designers and vendors of jewelry, vintage clothing, antiques, artwork, and housewares—in the Spring Street Pop Up Shop or have a little nog and listen to the Flamenco and Spanish guitar music of Dori Chitayat in the courtyard. $5, free to Eye Level Art members. 103 Gallery, 103 Spring St. Opens: noon; auction: 3-7 p.m., reception: 7-11 p.m.
Through December 23 Get Wrapped
If you’re a smart one and have finished your holiday shopping but don’t have another ounce of energy to wrap them, the Junior League of Charleston will be gift-wrapping presents through December 23 to serve as a fundraiser to fight hunger and homelessness in Charleston. $3 - $15 per box. Tanger Outlet Center, across from Banana Republic. Buy your GET WRAPPED gift certificates at the Junior League of Charleston office. Please call the office at (843) 763-5284.