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E.g., November 2017
Thursday, Nov 23, 2017

Make room for your afternoon feast by taking to the streets of downtown Charleston in a Thanksgiving Day 5K. Beginning in Marion Square, this race raises funds for the Alzheimer‘s Association, Boy Scouts of America, and Crisis Ministries. Once you‘ve crossed the finish line, stick around for an awards ceremony and after party with free food, beer, and live music from Blue Dogs and Plain Jane. Marion Square, 329 Meeting St. Thursday, 9am. $40-$30. (843)224-1948, www.turkeydayrun.com


Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017

Since signing with Atlantic Records in 2005, Grammy-nominated band NEEDTOBREATHE has appeared on CONAN, The Ellen Degeneres Show, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, amongst other television appearances, and headlined tours throughout the United States and Canada. Now, the group returns to its home state of South Carolina during its “All the Feels“ tour. For three nights, the alt-rock band performs a range of stripped down, acoustic versions of greatest hits off of its six albums, including 2006 Daylight and latest release, Hard Love. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday 8pm. $59-$39. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com


Thursday, Nov 30, 2017

The Charleston Jewish Community Center and The Schoolhouse event space welcome Emmy Award-winning comedian Judy Gold for a one-night stand-up special. Featured on Comedy Central, HBO, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and The View (to name a few), Gold now hosts a podcast called Kill Me Now and appears on Showtime program I‘m Dying Up Here. Her sharp wit, matter-of-fact humor, and widespread appeal make her performances lively and hilarious, so don‘t miss this chance to see her up-close in Charleston. The Schoolhouse, 720 Magnolia Rd. Thursday, 7:30pm. $35. (843)571-6565, www.charlestonjcc.org/bookfest


Friday, Dec 01, 2017

Round up the little ones for a stroll through Magnolia Plantation’s magical miniature Christmas village, complete with Santa’s Workshop, a candy factory, gingerbread house, elf bunk house, and more. Every weekend of December, the plantation hosts special events for kids from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., including holiday face painting on December 4, pony rides and carolers on December 17, and a performance by the Palmetto Bronze handbell ensemble on December 18. Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, 3550 Ashley River Rd. Daily, 8am-5:30pm. $20; $10 ages six-12; free for child under six. (843)571-1266, www.magnoliaplantation.com


Friday, Dec 01, 2017

In this combined exhibit at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, artists Chris Jordan and Aurora Robson shed light on the issue of plastic pollution in the ocean through works of art. Jordan‘s “Midway“ features a series of photographs from a trip to Midway Atoll, a remote island in the North Pacific Ocean. These shocking images depict the scene he stumbled upon there—hundreds of dead albatrosses with stomachs filled with plastic and garbage found in the nearby waters. Conjointly, Robson‘s “found art“ exhibit tries to reduce this pollution by incorporating discarded plastic to create surreal sculpture installations. Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, 161 Calhoun St. Monday-Saturday, 11am-4pm; Thursday, 11am-7pm. Free. (843)953-4422, www.halsey.cofc.edu


Friday, Dec 01, 2017

Islands are the thematic tie that binds the 25 paintings in Nathan Durfee’s newest exhibit of pop surreal artwork. All are “self-contained vignettes cut out from my wandering mind,” notes the artist. “Although they touch on subjects both societal and personal, it’s put through a surreal filter, much like our brain does when we dream.” Discuss the pieces with Durfee at the December 1 opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Robert Lange Studios, 2 Queen St. Daily, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. (843) 805-8052, www.robertlangestudios.com


Friday, Dec 01, 2017

Named “One of the 10 Best Holiday Light Shows in America“ by USA Today, the Festival of Lights is a favorite tradition for locals and visitors alike. Drive through three miles of more than 700 displays made with millions of lights. Be sure to stop by Santa‘s Village to toast giant marshmallows over open fires or snack on treats from the Sweet Shoppe. Catch a ride on the Victorian carousel and marvel at the sculptures crafted from 50-plus tons of sand. James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr. Sunday-Thursday, 5:30-10pm; Friday & Saturday, 5:30-11pm. $20-$15 per vehicle. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com


Friday, Dec 01, 2017

Kick off the holidays with a magical evening on Colonial Lake. The electric Christmas tree, located in the middle of the lake, will be all lit up at sundown, but the fun doesn't stop there—a parade of food trucks will be on site to dish out hot cocoa and all sorts of goodies, and a live DJ will be spinning your favorite holiday tunes all night long. Bring the whole family to this laid-back, festive event, sure to get all of Charleston in the Christmas spirit. Colonial Lake, 46-54 Ashley Ave. Friday, 5:30pm. Free. (843)724-5003, charlestonparksconservancy.org


Friday, Dec 01, 2017

In honor of the Lowcountry’s 25th annual World AIDS Day, the Charleston Area World AIDS Day committee hosts this event with speakers and performers emphasizing the importance of discussion, communication, and advocacy. Help raise awareness about HIV and AIDS while also remembering and celebrating friends and loved ones who have been affected. After the lectures, take part in a community vigil followed by a reception. Unitarian Church, 4 Archdale St. Friday, 6:30-9pm. Free. (843)402-2092, www.charlestonworldaidsday.org


Friday, Dec 01, 2017

Take part in the action during this interactive show at the Black Fedora Theater. When a fancy socialite’s dinner party goes south after the host’s beloved Maltese goes missing, audience members must help the actor figure out who‘s the culprit. Arrive early to catch a group of lively carolers before the show. Black Fedora Theater, 164 Church St. Days & times vary. $24; $22 military; $15 child. (843)937-6453, www.charlestonmysteries.com


Friday, Dec 01, 2017

Adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens, this Charleston Stage rendition of A Christmas Carol features four new musical numbers. Directed by founder and artistic director Julian Wiles, this show follows Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly, greedy man who is visited by three ghosts: one of Christmas past, present, and future, causing him to reconsider his life and how he treats the people in it. Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. Days & times vary. $68-$31; $68-$29 senior; $68-$26 military/student. (843)577-7183, www.charlestonstage.com


Friday, Dec 01, 2017

A mainstay in contemporary gospel music, singer-songwriter Bill Gaither has composed and performed more than 700 songs since 1956, when he started his first band, The Bill Gaither Trio. Now, he continues to record with his current group, The Gaither Vocal Band, which has released 29 albums, received two Grammys and 17 DOVE Awards, and been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Hear the band play tracks from the popular Homecoming series of CDs and DVDs, as well as contemporary Christian music. North Charleston Coliseum, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. Friday, 7pm. $73-$27; $24 senior/child under 13. (843)529-5000, www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com


Friday, Dec 01, 2017

Originally debuting on the Broadway stage in 1977, Annie tells the story of a spunky orphan living in New York City during the ‘30s, and her attempt to escape from the cruel Miss Hannigan, who runs the orphanage, and find loving parents to adopt her. Based on a comic strip by Harold Gray, the musical has won seven Tony Awards and remains a favorite holiday tale. This season, the Footlight Players present their rendition of the heart-warming story with sing-along favorites like “It’s a Hard-Knock Life” and “Tomorrow.” Footlight Theatre, 20 Queen St. Thursday-Saturday, 7:30pm; Sunday, 3pm. $35-$15. (843)722-4487, www.footlightplayers.net


Friday, Dec 01, 2017

You surely saw the headlines when The Heartbreakers front man, Rock ‘n‘ Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and multi-instrumentalist Tom Petty passed away in October. Here‘s your chance to groove along to covers of favorite hits and raise a glass to the talented musician as Charleston native Josh Robert and his band, the Hinges, bring a special tribute show to the Pour House. With a lineup of musical guests including Danielle Howle, Jordan Igoe, and Campbell Brown, the group pays homage to one of the most celebrated American artists of our time. The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Hwy. Friday, 8pm. $10. (843)571-4343, www.charlestonpourhouse.com


Saturday, Dec 02, 2017

Get your farmers market fix during the off-season with this month-long outdoor market in Marion Square. Wander through booths while sipping a warm cup of coffee and peruse holiday goodies from local artisans and food purveyors. Marion Square, 329 Meeting St. Saturday & Sunday, 9am-3pm. Free. (843)724-7305, www.charlestonfarmersmarket.com


Saturday, Dec 02, 2017

Join thousands of runners and walk, jog, or sprint your way along the Battery during this annual 5K. Eighty percent of the proceeds will help build the new MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital, while 20 percent go towards the Charitable Society of Charleston’s endowment. Festive attire is encouraged. Corner of East Bay St. & Queen St. Saturday, 9am. $35; $25 ages five-16; $10 dog. www.reindeerrun.org

 


Saturday, Dec 02, 2017

Explore a unique selection of gifts and goodies at the fourth annual Homegrown Holiday Bazaar, hosted by the Johns Island Farmer’s Market and Sea Islands Chamber of Commerce. No ordinary market, the Holiday Bazaar features over 100 local farmers and craftsmen, carriage, pony, and hay rides, live music, a visit from Santa Claus himself, and more. With a parade of food trucks and craft brewers on site, as well as a slew of games and activities for kids, the event promises festive fun for all ages—not to mention a jump start on your holiday shopping. Johns Island County Park, 2662 Mullet Hall Rd., Johns Island. Saturday, 10am-4pm. Free. johnsislandfarmersmarket.com. 


Saturday, Dec 02, 2017

With new costumes and sets, this year‘s performance of The Nutcracker by the Charlotte Ballet is more dazzling than ever. One hundred-plus dancers take the stage, including students from the Charleston community who have teamed up with professionals to perform choreography by Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux. Relive the magic of this timeless tale as sugar plum fairies and toy soldiers spring to life amidst the Charleston Symphony Orchestra‘s performance of Tchaikowsky‘s original score. Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Saturday, 2pm & 7pm; Sunday, 2pm. $75-$20. (843)242-3099, www.gailliardcenter.org


Saturday, Dec 02, 2017

Led by award-winning local artist Robert Maniscalco, this two-hour workshop at the Gibbes teaches painters of all skill levels how to create beautiful and unique Lowcountry scenes, from serene marsh landscapes to whimsical renditions of the city. All materials are provided, and the ticket price includes museum admission so that participants can peruse the collections before or after the class. Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. Saturday, 3-5pm. $45; $40 member. (843)722-2706, www.gibbesmuseum.org


Saturday, Dec 02, 2017

Ann Caldwell and the Magnolia Singers perform an afternoon concert of traditional Gullah music. Arrive at 3:30 p.m. to enjoy an informal reception and tour Drayton Hall‘s main house before sitting down for the show. This annual event, now in its 34th year, has become a beloved holiday tradition for many. Drayton Hall, 3380 Ashley River Rd. Saturday & Sunday, 3:30-5:30pm. $50. (843)769-2600, www.draytonhall.org


Saturday, Dec 02, 2017

Virgil Kaine Lowcountry Whiskey Co. is hosting a celebration of the final ginger harvest of the season at The Barn at Walnut Hill on John‘s Island. Enjoy live music by Red Cedar Review and The Travelin‘ Kine while sipping on beer, wine, cocktails, and of course, whiskey. ‘Cue masters Rodney Scott of Rodney Scott‘s BBQ, Anthony DiBernardo of Swig & Swine, and Aaron Siegel and Taylor Garrigan of Home Team BBQ are serving up the meats while Cynthia Wong of Butcher & Bee and former chefs-slash-Virgil Kaine founders David Szlam and Ryan Meany dish out other tasty Southern specialties. In addition to bites and libations, the event includes laser skeet shooting, a cigar lounge, and s’mores to toast over a bonfire. The Barn at Walnut Hill, 3955 Betsy Kerrison Pkwy., John‘s Island. Saturday, 4:30-9pm. $48. www.virgilkaine.com


Saturday, Dec 02, 2017

The 18-piece Charleston Jazz Orchestra (CJO), led by maestro Charlton Singleton, closes out its 2017 season with hits from season nine and jazzy arrangements of holiday tunes like “Baby It‘s Cold Outside“ and “All I Want for Christmas is You.“ Look forward to hearing local vocalist Quiana Parler step in to help perform soulful and funky renditions of these Christmas classics. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Saturday, 5pm & 8pm. $60-$25; $55-$25 senior; $10 student. (843)853-2252, ww.charlestonjazz.com


Sunday, Dec 03, 2017

What began 13 years ago as a small but elegant affair on Boone Hall‘s front lawn has grown into one of the most anticipated holiday festivities in the Lowcountry. During an evening of music, dance, art, food, and wine, this event features live jazz from local musician Charlton Singleton as well as an exhibit of works by Lowcountry artist Jonathan Green. Sample cuisine from some of Charleston‘s best restaurants with bites provided by Halls Chophouse, Five Loaves Cafe, and more, and watch as local chefs perform cooking demonstrations in Trident Technical College‘s portable kitchen. With the plantation charmingly decorated for Christmas and a bottomless supply of reds and whites, Wine Under the Oaks is one celebration not to be missed. Boone Hall Plantation, 1235 Long Point Rd., Mount Pleasant. Sunday, 1-5pm. $52. (843)884-8371, www.boonehallplantation.com


Sunday, Dec 03, 2017

A beloved Charleston tradition, the Holiday Parade takes to the streets in its 35th year, featuring countless local floats, marching bands, and boatloads of cheer. Watch all the excitement as the parade travels from Broad Street to King Street before concluding at Marion Square with a festive celebration and visit from Santa. Begins at corner of Broad & Barre streets. Sunday, 2pm. Free. www.christmasincharleston.com


Monday, Dec 04, 2017

In this installment of the Charleston Library Society’s Speaker Series, Emmy Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Ron Powers gives a lecture entitled “Locking Away Our Mentally Ill—It‘s a Crime.” The writer and television critic first became interested in the subject of mental health care in America after his son was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Since then, he has dedicated himself to educating the public on issues involving mental health treatment, releasing his latest book, No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America. Charleston Library Society, 164 King St. Monday, 6pm. $15; $10 member. (843)723-9912, www.charlestonlibrarysociety.org


Thursday, Dec 07, 2017

The Charleston Symphony Orchestra fills three churches with the sounds of George Frideric Handel’s famous Messiah, a work long associated with goodwill and charity. The CSO Chamber Chorus and guest vocalists Awet Andemicael, Daniel Moody, Owen McIntosh, and Edmund Milly join in the performances conducted by maestro Ken Lam. Thursday, 7:30 p.m., at Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, 120 Broad St.; Saturday, 7:30 p.m., at St. Andrews Church, 440 Whilden St., Mount Pleasant; & Sunday, 4 p.m., at St. Theresa the Little Flower Catholic Church, 11001 Dorchester Rd., Summerville. $40-$10. (843) 723-7528, www.charlestonsymphony.org


Thursday, Dec 07, 2017

Each December, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) travels to churches across the city to perform George Frederick Handel‘s The Messiah. First debuted in 1742 during Easter, this oratorio quickly became a fixture of the Christmas season and is now one of the most frequently performed and popular choral works in Western music. Head to St. John the Baptist Catholic Cathedral, St. Andrew‘s Church, or St. Theresa the Little Flower Catholic Church to hear CSO‘s interpretation of the piece, led by music director Ken Lam and accompanied by guest vocalists Awet Andemicael, Daniel Moody, Owen McIntosh, and Edmund Milly. Locations vary. Thursday & Saturday, 7:30pm; Sunday, 4pm. $40-$10. (843)723-7528, www.charlestonsymphony.org


Friday, Dec 08, 2017

The Charleston Museum‘s historic textiles curator, Jan Hiester, takes guests through “Piece by Piece: Geometric Quilts,“ the latest exhibit in the Historic Textiles Gallery. Learn about techniques used to create complex geometric patterns, including the popular “log cabin” and “star variable” designs. The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Friday, 10:30-11:45am. $12; free for member. (843)722-2996, www.charlestonmuseum.org


Friday, Dec 08, 2017

Gear up for one of the most unique 5Ks in the Lowcountry. Decked out in glow-in-the-dark gear, participants take to the Kiawah Island sands and race into the setting sun while passing though blacklight bubble and color stations. There is also a one-mile fun run for participants of all ages. Both races are followed by an after-party with a DJ, prizes, and even more glowing goodies. Kiawah Island Golf Resort, 1 Sanctuary Beach Dr., Kiawah Island. Friday, 5:30pm. $55-$45; $25 fun run. (843)768-2121, www.kiawahresort.com


Friday, Dec 08, 2017

Broadway vets Brad and Jennifer Moranz return to the stage with their annual holiday extravaganza, the Charleston Christmas Special. The variety show combines musical acts and sketch comedy with a festive twist. On the evening of December 19, kids ages 12 and under can enjoy the show for free with the purchase of an adult ticket. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Thursday & Friday, 7pm; Saturday, 2pm & 7pm; Sunday, 3pm. $41; $38 senior/military; $22 student; $19 child under 13. (843)416-8453, www.bradandjennifermoranz.com