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E.g., July 2017
Wednesday, Jul 26, 2017

This summer, Charleston Music Hall pays homage to local celebrity Bill Murray with showings of his many classic films. In addition to the screenings, there is a Murray-themed art exhibit in the theater’s upstairs gallery. On July 26, sit back and enjoy the 2003 Academy Award-winning Lost in Translation and look forward to Broken Flowers and The Life Aquatic next month. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Wednesday, 7:30pm. $8. (843)853-2252,

Friday, Jul 28, 2017

At this monthly series co-produced by local comedians Henry Riggs and Maari Suorsa, expect the unexpected. Designed to encourage humorous experimentation, RIP City welcomes different improvisers, stand-up comedians, musicians, actors, and writers each time to perform unconventional skits. Head to the new Redux location for a night full of laughter, but leave the kids at home—this wacky show is for mature audiences. Redux Contemporary Art Center, 1056 King St. Friday, 9pm. $5. (843)722-0697,

Saturday, Jul 29, 2017

Casual and elite paddlers alike can join in on a three- or eight-mile course past the scenic Charleston Battery and back up the Ashley River. Spectators are welcome to watch and enjoy the post-paddle festivities, including food, live music, and an awards ceremony. Brittlebank Park, 185 Lockwood Blvd. Saturday, 7am-11:30pm. $240-$40.

Saturday, Jul 29, 2017

Whether you're an experienced boater, looking to gain confidence at the helm, or a beginner and eager to learn, participating in the BoatUS On the Water training program is the perfect way to earn your sea legs. Participants of all skill levels recieve hands-on training in eveyrthing from navigation to operation in this three-hour course. Charleston Harbor Marina, 20 Patriots Point Rd, Mt Pleasant. Saturday and Sunday, 9am. $189-149. (800)245-2628, 

Tuesday, Aug 01, 2017

The crack of bat against ball, gorgeous views, and cheering crowds: head out to the Joe this month for a satisfying taste of America’s pastime. As always, promotions add to the RiverDogs’ special brand of fun. Highlights include August 3’s Military Night (and Thirsty Thursday), as well as August 5’s It’s All Been Done Night: An Exhaustive Celebration of MiLB Themes and Promotions: A Charleston RiverDogs Story. And August 21 is the extra-phenomenal Eclipse Day; arrive at the park at 1 p.m. to watch the moon blot out the sun at 2:47 p.m., then stay for an exciting game against the Augusta GreenJackets. Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park, 360 Fishburne St. Days & times vary. $21-$8. (843) 577-3647,

Wednesday, Aug 02, 2017

Every Wednesday this month, head to the Tides on Folly Beach to catch an ocean-side flick. Films are family friendly and include La La Land (August 2), Lego Batman (August 9), Jaws (August 16), and Surf‘s Up (August 23). The Tides Folly Beach, 1 Center St., Folly Beach. Wednesday, sundown. Free. (843)588-6464,

Thursday, Aug 03, 2017

After last year's spectacular success, the Charleston Jazz Orchestra one again puts on its tribute to Stevie Wonder, "Living for the City." For this year's performance, brought to a new venue on Kiawah Island, the CJO has chosen a wide selection of Wonder's greatest hits, highlighting the jazz elements upon which his pop and R&B sound is built. Don't miss the chance to groove along to the classic sounds of one of the most dynamic musicians of our time. East Beach Conference Center, 1 Sanctuary Beach Drive, Kiawah Island. Sunday, 7:30-9pm. $20. (843)641-0011,



Friday, Aug 04, 2017

Mobile, Alabama, native and College of Charleston alum Sarah Mosteller found solace through knitting after a traumatic accident left her with a broken back. Now, she combines her love of the craft with her metalworking skills to create knitted sculptures out of steel, including gowns, gloves, and purses. Her work explores femininity and the expectations placed on women, initiating a dialoge on gender roles in Southern society. Check out her pieces and speak with the artist in person during the opening reception on August 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. Beresford Studios, 20 Fulton St. Saturday & Sunday, noon-4pm. Free. (615)739-4442,

Friday, Aug 04, 2017

Grab your blankets and chairs and head to Mount Pleasant‘s Memorial Waterfront Park each Friday this month for an outdoor movie and concert series. Flicks begin at 8:30 p.m., but arrive at 6:30 p.m. to enjoy live music and munch on dishes from local food trucks. Memorial Waterfront Park, 99 Harry M. Hallman Jr. Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Friday, 6:30-10:30pm. Free. (843)884-8517,

Saturday, Aug 05, 2017

Experience the early morning magic of Tea Farm Creek as you paddle through the marsh at sunrise. On this tour led by a wildlife expert from Caw Caw Interpretive Center, adventurers observe otters, hawks, and other wild wetland creatures in their natural habitats. Caw Caw Interpretive Center, 5200 Savannah Hwy., Ravenel. Saturday, 6:30-9:30am. $20; $16 Move IT! pass holder. (843)762-8015,

Monday, Aug 07, 2017

For a family-friendly evening filled with mystery, suspense, and surprise, head to Black Fedora Theatre. Audience members are encouraged to participate in this wacky show about innocent theatergoers who fall victim to an anonymous killer. Together they must solve the mystery of who‘s the mastermind behind the chaos before time runs out. Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre, 164 Church St. Days & times vary. $24; $22 military; $15 child. (843)937-6453,

Wednesday, Aug 09, 2017

Country and folk fans are sure to delight in singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter’s performance this month. A five-time Grammy winner, Carpenter was named Best Female Country Vocal Performer four years in a row. Her thoughtful lyrics and whimsical sound blend together to capture the spirit of Americana music. On this tour, she performs old favorites and new tunes from her latest album, The Things That We Are Made Of. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Wednesday, 6:30pm. $75-$50. (843)-853-2252,

Wednesday, Aug 09, 2017

The ants, spiders, crickets, and a myriad of other creatures dwelling within the beautiful ecosystem conjured in this Cirque du Soleil show are busy working, playing, fighting, and—of course—searching for love, when suddenly a strange egg appears in their world (“Ovo” means “egg” in Portuguese). A cast of 50 performing artists from 12 different countries brings writer, director, and choreographer Deborah Colker’s insect story to life with acrobatic feats both on and above the stage. North Charleston Coliseum, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. Wednesday-Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 4:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1:30 p.m. & 5 p.m. $160-$37.

Thursday, Aug 10, 2017

Hosted by Lowcountry AIDS Services, Gay Bingo is back and better than ever with this year‘s theme: Best of Broadway. Expect a night of games, laughter, and entertainment from outlandish hostess “Patti-O Furniture” while promoting awareness for HIV/AIDS. Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St. Thursday, 6pm. $65-$25; $500 VIP.

Thursday, Aug 10, 2017

Ever wonder what it’s like to work hands-on with marine life? Find out by teaming up with members of the South Carolina Aquarium staff to search the sand and water of local beaches for aquatic creatures of all kinds. Participants can encounter everything from fish to mollusks to small sharks, while seasoned professionals offer up their expert knowledge of native species and habitats. Daniel Island & Sullivan‘s Island. Thursday, 6-7:30pm. $10. (843)579-8518,

Friday, Aug 11, 2017

Spun from the classic Adam Sandler film, The Wedding Singer is elevated beyond mere farce with a score by composer Matthew Sklar. In this musical, The Footlight Players present the tale of Robbie Hart, New Jersey’s favorite wedding singer of 1985. When his fiancé abandons him at the altar, he decides to ruin every wedding he’s invited to. His hope for love is rekindled when he meets a beautiful waitress named Julia, and he has one chance to pull off a performance to win her heart. Fall in love with Robbie, plus the magic of music and dance, in this hilarious tale. Footlight Players Theatre, 20 Queen St. Days & times vary. $30-$10 (843)722-4487,

Friday, Aug 11, 2017

Members of Hootie and the Blowfish return to their home state for the 15th annual, two-night HomeGrown Concert, this year benefitting Charleston-area schools. New Orleans rock group Cowboy Mouth opens the show on August 11, and Lowcountry-based faves Stop Light Observations take the stage on August 12. Volvo Car Stadium, 161 Seven Farms Dr., Daniel Island. Friday & Saturday, 7pm. $200-$88. (800)677-2293,

Friday, Aug 11, 2017

Join Charleston poetry group the Unspoken Word to experience the beauty of language at this month’s open mic poetry night. Bring along original works to share or just sit back, listen to new selections, and support local writers. Eclectic Café & Vinyl, 132 Spring St. Friday, 7:30pm. Free. (843)202-0666,

Saturday, Aug 12, 2017

Bid the summer adieu at Fabulon‘s third annual end-of-season showcase. Exhibiting works centered around the themes of transition and growing up, this exhibit explores the nostalgic memories of past summers and what these steamy months mean to us. Featured artists include Laura McRae Hitchcock, Gene Horne, and Susan Irish. Join them for an opening reception on August 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. Fabulon, 1017 Wappoo Rd. Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-6pm. Free. (843)566-3383,

Saturday, Aug 12, 2017

Infinite Capacity Cooperation, an arts organization with a special focus on promoting human rights, teams up with Charleston performers from various theater companies for a gender-reversed showcase of Broadway classics including Wicked, Into the Woods, and Chicago. Proceeds from this variety show benefit the Charleston chapter of Alliance for Full Acceptance, a social justice organization promoting equality for people of all sexual orientations. Head to the show early to enjoy a reception and silent auction. Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. Saturday, 6-10:30pm. $125-$75.

Sunday, Aug 13, 2017

Calling all athletes: the fifth and final leg of this summer race series ends with a championship round. Consisting of a 0.3-mile swim, 12-mile bike ride, and 5K run, the competition is sure to test your strength and endurance. Named one of the “Top Ten Charleston Signature Sport Events” by the Charleston Metro Sports Council, this triathlon is not to be missed. James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr. Sunday, 7:15am. $59-$47. (843)795-4386,

Wednesday, Aug 16, 2017

Experience the funky jazz stylings of saxophonist Robert Lewis, pianist Gerald Gregory, and drummer Ron Wiltrout at the Gibbes Museum of Art this month. Teamed up with local nonprofit Charleston Jazz, the museum hosts this series of summer concerts inspired by works on exhibit. These three musicians are all about creative exploration, so grab a glass of wine and enjoy their exciting, original performances. The Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. Wednesday, 6-7pm. $20; $15 member; $10 student. (843)722-2706,

Thursday, Aug 17, 2017

Adults, this one’s for you! Get a sitter for the night and head to the South Carolina Aquarium for After Hours, an affair complete with a bar, parade of food trucks, and hourly animal encounters. The exhibits are open, including the newly debuted Zucker Family Sea Turtle Recovery, and additional themed programs add to the fun as you explore the Aquarium as the sun sets. South Carolina Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf. Thursday, 5-10pm. $15; free for member. (843)577-3474,

Thursday, Aug 17, 2017

This 24-year-old Lowcountry tradition returns, offering anglers a chance to reel in the largest fish and win a $25,000 grand prize. After a Thursday-night captain’s meeting and two full days of on-the-water competition, the fundraiser benefitting Coastal Conservation Association of South Carolina and MUSC Children’s Hospital concludes with an awards ceremony and party at the Ripley Light Yacht Club. Ripley Light Yacht Club, 95 Ripley Point Dr. Thursday-Saturday, times vary. $350 per boat. (843) 214-1408,

Thursday, Aug 17, 2017

Reel one in at this three-day tournament benefitting two excellent causes—the Coastal Conservation Association of South Carolina and MUSC Children’s Hospital. This 24th annual contest offers cash prizes and awards for skilled anglers, with a grand prize of $25,000 for the largest catch. Ripley Light Yacht Club, 95 Ripley Point Dr. Thursday-Saturday, times vary. $350. (843)766-0908,

Friday, Aug 18, 2017

Support Abby‘s Friends, a local organization dedicated to assisting children diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, during this 11th annual golf tournament held at the beautiful Daniel Island Golf Club. Following a day on the course, head inside for an evening gala offering food and drinks as well as a silent and live auction and live music from local band Plane Jane. All proceeds are donated to other nonprofit organizations focused on Type 1 diabetes, including MUSC Children‘s Hospital, which has an on-staff juvenile diabetes social worker to coordinate support groups. Daniel Island Club, 600 Island Park Dr., Daniel Island. Friday, 10:30am golf; 7pm gala. $5,500-2,000 foursome golf team; $175 gala. (843)377-8001,

Sunday, Aug 20, 2017

Theater company 34 West continues its live screenings, broadcasting performances from the National Theatre in London. On consecutive days this month, catch parts one and two of Tony Kushner’s award-winning Angels in America, a play set during the 1980s AIDS epidemic. Nathan Lane and Andrew Garfield star in this tale that explores what happens when one partner is diagnosed with the disease, and the couple must confront issues of life, death, love, and resentment. During the show, enjoy drinks and snacks offered by the theater. 34 West Theater Co., 200 Meeting St. Days & times vary. $20. (843)901-9343,

Sunday, Aug 20, 2017

Charleston Music Hall’s “Summer of Bill” film series concludes this month with a showing of The Life Aquatic. In this classic comedy, Bill Murray stars as oceanographer Steve Zissou, who sets out on an underwater adventure with his son Ned, played by Owen Wilson. Together they face man-eating sharks and shifty pirates and uncover family secrets as they attempt to seek revenge on the beast that ate a member of Zissou‘s crew. Be sure to check out the Murray-inspired art exhibit before or after the movie. For an additional $32, enjoy a pre-show dinner at Virginia‘s On King or Vincent Chicco‘s. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Sunday, 7:30-10:30pm. $8. (843)853-2252,

Tuesday, Aug 22, 2017

Tony Bennett, one of the most acclaimed jazz soloists of all time, returns to Charleston for an unforgettable performance. Recipient of 19 Grammys and a NEA Jazz Master, Bennett‘s albums have topped charts each year in the last seven decades. Now, he takes to the road on his “90“ tour, a string of performances commemorating the singer‘s 90th birthday last August. Revel in the sweet sound of “Fly Me to the Moon“ and experience an evening like no other with one of this century‘s most treasured talents. The Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Tuesday, 7:30pm. $197-$57. (843)724-5212,

Friday, Aug 25, 2017

Alongside Marc Trujillo‘s show at the Halsey, Italian artist and avid mountain climber Riccarda de Eccher shares “Montagna.“ This collection of watercolors depicts the Italian Alps mountain range, though de Eccher strategically presents cropped images to create the sense of an anonymous location. Her incredibly detailed paintings offer unique and beautiful representations of the natural world. The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, 161 Calhoun St. Monday-Saturday, 11am-4pm. Free. (843)935-4422,