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E.g., June 2017
Sunday, May 28, 2017

The first session of Spoleto Festival Jazz Talks focuses on the life and career of legendary composer and musician Joseph “Fud” Livingston. Led by Mayor John Tecklenburg; Livingston’s great nephew; and historian Karen Chandler, a co-founder of the Charleston Jazz Initiative, this discussion explores Livingston‘s impact on the genre and his experience working with early, influential artists. The second event takes place on June 3 with Larry Blumenfeld and Grammy-winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard. Simons Center, College of Charleston, 54 Saint Philip St. Sunday, 5pm; Saturday, 3pm. Free. (843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org


Sunday, May 28, 2017

Based on Heiner Müller‘s 1982 play, Quartett is a dark comedy about an 18th-century love set in an apocalyptic future. This production, performed as an opera, is brought to life by composer Luca Francescon‘s use of two orchestras. A totally immersive experience, the show is conducted by Spoleto Festival director of orchestral activities, John Kennedy, and directed by John Fulljames. Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St. Sunday, 7:30pm; Wednesday, 7pm. $110-$45. (843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org


Monday, May 29, 2017

Always a well-loved Spoleto Festival tradition, the Westminster Choir concert returns for two showings at the Cathedral of Saint Luke and Saint Paul. Led by conductor Joe Miller, the group performs a new program, “A Thousand Years to Live,” with works by American composers Dominick DiOrio, Kile Smith, and Paul Crabtree. Cathedral Church of St. Luke & St. Paul, 126 Coming St. Monday & Saturday, 5pm. $35; $31.50 senior/military. (843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

"Frederick Douglass—No Turning Back" is a one-man play, performed by Kyle Taylor and directed by Chris Weatherhead. In this performance, Fredrick Douglass is asked to speak at church to describe his journey from slavery to becoming one of the greatest orators and philosophers of all time. Through his speech, Douglass divulges some of his greatest passions, his relationships, observation of humanity, and his many years as a writer and free man. Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting St. Days vary, 7:30pm. (843)588-9636. actorstheaterofsc.org


Thursday, Jun 01, 2017

In this Gibbes exhibit, witness the changes that have taken place in areas on the east side of the peninsula, above Calhoun Street, over the last 100 years. Works by American realist painters Edward Hopper (who painted Charleston Slum, 1929, at right) and Andrée Ruellan (who visited in 1936), as well as other noted creatives, are displayed together for the first time, inviting viewers to consider artists’ roles as documentarians and social commentators. Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. Tuesday & Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; & Sunday, 1-5 p.m. $15; $13 senior/military; $10 student; $6 ages four-17; free for child under four/member. (843) 722-2706, www.gibbesmuseum.org


Thursday, Jun 01, 2017

To pay homage to Charleston‘s favorite local celebrity, Charleston Music Hall hosts a seven-film Bill Murray series all summer long, featuring classics like Caddyshack, The Life Aquatic, and Ghostbusters. To accompany the flicks, area artists including Karen Ann Myers and Jason Groce were commissioned to create unique movie posters that are on display and available for purchase. Each movie ticket costs $8, or you can purchase a pass to see all the movies for $35. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Saturday, 5pm. $35 seven-film pass; $8. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com


Thursday, Jun 01, 2017

Southern artist Whitney Kreb is known for her whimsical and detailed oil paintings of Charleston landmarks and sea creatures. In this exhibit on display at Zero George, her newest pieces center around the coast with illustrations of land and sea. Zero George, 0 George St. Tuesday-Sunday, 5-10pm. Free. (843)817-7900, www.zerogeorge.com


Friday, Jun 02, 2017

Beresford Studios, located in the former home of William Halsey, welcomes artist Paul Cristina for a solo exhibit at this intimate venue. Cristina works with a variety of mediums and creates pieces that speak to the human experience. As a former paramedic, his work is inspired by the darker side of society and human interactions. Beresford Studio, 20 Fulton St. Friday & Saturday, noon-5pm. Free. www.beresfordstudios.com


Friday, Jun 02, 2017

Lara Björk, artist advisor and founder of New York City‘s Von Rudebeck Art Advisory, teams up with Meyer Vogl Gallery to curate a collection of contemporary artwork by internationally acclaimed painters: Marisa Takal, Alex Chaves, Nevine Mahmoud, and Matthew Porter, to name a few. The exhibit is on display all month long, but stop by the gallery on Friday, June 2, for an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Meyer Vogl Gallery, 122 Meeting St. Monday-Saturday, 11am-6pm; Sunday, noon-4pm. Free. (843)805-7144, www.meyervogl.com


Friday, Jun 02, 2017

Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina hosts an outdoor concert series each Friday night this June. Be sure to make it to the June 30 performance to enjoy the musical stylings of the Journey tribute band, Departure. Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, 20 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant. Friday, 5:30-9:30pm. $7. (843)856-0028, www.charlestonharborresort.com


Friday, Jun 02, 2017

Grand Bohemian Gallery welcomes a new collection of paintings by South Carolina artist Laura Dargan, who explores expression and interplay of color configuration. Originally from Columbia, Dargan draws inspiration for her abstract art from the beaches and natural landscapes that surround her home in Charleston. Chat with the artist at the opening reception on June 2 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Grand Bohemian Gallery, 55 Wentworth St. Sunday-Thursday, 11am-5pm; Friday & Saturday & Sunday 11am-6pm. Free. (843)724-4130, www.grandbohemiangallery.com


Friday, Jun 02, 2017

Acclaimed contemporary artist Karen Weihs returns to her Holy City hometown for a month-long exhibit showcasing a year‘s worth of work. Using primarily a palate knife, Weihs creates impressionist and abstract oil paintings with bold colors and thick layers of paint to forge a texturized look that encourages individual interpretation. Join Weihs at the opening reception on June 2 at 5:30 p.m. Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art, 58 Broad St. Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm. Free. (843)722-3660, www.ellarichardson.com


Saturday, Jun 03, 2017

Swimmers, get ready for the Lowcountry Splash, an open-water swim benefitting the Logan Rutledge Children’s Foundation, an organization aiming to improve the lives and welfare of the area’s youth. Beginning in either Daniel Island or Mount Pleasant, participants stroke across the Cooper River and under the Ravenel Bridge, ending at the USS Yorktown in Charleston Harbor. If swimming isn’t for you, spectators are welcome to witness this feat from the comfort of land. Hobcaw Yacht Club, 180 Hobcaw Dr., Mount Pleasant. Saturday, 7:50am. $100-$65. (843)884-7880, www.lowcountrysplash.com


Saturday, Jun 03, 2017

Known as one of Charleston’s favorite races, the Floppin’ Flounder 5K Run and Walk weaves its way through Sullivan‘s Island for the 25th year. This event benefits the Sullivan’s Island Fire and Rescue Department, as well as the Charleston Running Club. Sullivan’s Island Fish Shack, 2050 Middle St., Sullivan’s Island. Saturday, 8am. $35; $30 advance; $25 CRC member. www.charlestonrunningclub.com


Saturday, Jun 03, 2017

Watch from the shore as surfers catch some gnarly waves at the Folly Beach Wahine Classic, an all-female surf competition intended to empower women and young girls. Katie Coryell and Kelly Kane Wood founded the event after noticing an emergence of female surfers and seized the opportunity to bring them together, creating a weekend of surf, fun, and sisterhood. The Washout, E. Ashley Ave., Folly Beach. Saturday & Sunday, 8am-6pm. Free. www.follywahine.org


Saturday, Jun 03, 2017

In honor of the area‘s Gullah-Geechee culture, this festival teaches attendees about the intricate craftsmanship of sweetgrass basket weaving with demonstrations from more than 20 expert makers and other artisans. Gullah-inspired cuisine is available for guests to munch on while they‘re entertained by drummers, dance performances, and storytellers. Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park, 99 Harry M. Hallman Jr. Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Saturday, 9am-4pm. Free. (843)856-9732, www.sweetgrassfestival.org


Saturday, Jun 03, 2017

Hosted by the Folly Beach Anglers, this annual event teaches kids how to fish from land while respecting the rules and regulations of the Department of Natural Resources. Spend the day with your little anglers to help them reel in the largest catch and take home first place. All rods, reels, and bait are provided on a first come, first serve basis. Folly Beach Pier, 101 E Arctic Ave., Folly Beach. Saturday, 10am-2pm. Free. (843)743-9567, www.fbakt.org


Saturday, Jun 03, 2017

This Piccolo Spoleto program, devoted exclusively to fiction, invites four local authors—Julia Elliot, Benjamin Brandenburg, Cinelle Barnes, and Aaron Wood—to share original short stories that must all begin with the same phrase: “I ducked into the alley….” Check out the festival‘s longest-running event to hear exciting new work from talented writers. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Saturday, 5pm. Free. (843)720-7305, www.piccolospoleto.com


Sunday, Jun 04, 2017

Handbell ensemble Palmetto Bronze makes its sixth appearance at Piccolo Spoleto. The program includes a number of classic songs: All That Jazz, Dancing QueenIt Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing, Here Comes the Sun, and many more. Along with these timeless tunes, enjoy the group's newest commission from Sandra Eithun, inspired by the 1963 Beatles version of Till There Was You. The concert is free and family friendly. Bethel United Methodist Church​, 57 Pitt St. Sunday, 4:00-4:50pm. Free. (843)729-6275. 


Sunday, Jun 04, 2017

After beginning her career as a performer in Charleston, Elise Testone returns to the Lowcountry to pay tribute to musical legend Amy Winehouse, alongside a host of local musicians, including Charlton Singleton, Ron Wiltrout, and Lavonta Green. After that, catch a full set of Testone‘s original songs. The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Hwy. Sunday, 9:30pm. $15; $12 advance. (843)571-4343, www.charlestonpourhouse.com


Monday, Jun 05, 2017

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum marks the 75th anniversary of the pivotal Battle of Midway with an educational symposium. Attend the discussion to learn more about this major WWII event that, thanks to advances in code-breaking, allowed the United States to initiate a surprise attack. Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, 40 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant. Monday, 7-8:30pm. Free. (843)884-2727, www.patriotspoint.org


Tuesday, Jun 06, 2017

First of all, you have to watch the trailer for this production (it’s posted to Spoleto Festival USA’s website), because Moses, the cardboard-headed puppet who lives on a table, is laugh-out-loud funny. Three actors from the internationally acclaimed Blind Summit Theatre (puppet directors for the London Olympic Opening Ceremonies in 2012) work together to animate the cranky fellow as he shares an epic story about God and Moses, life and death, and puppetry. Emmett Robinson Theatre at College of Charleston, 54 St. Philip St. Tuesday, 7 p.m.; Wednesday, 9 p.m.; Thursday, 5 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m. $60-$31.50. (843) 579-3100, www.spoletousa.org


Tuesday, Jun 06, 2017

As part of Spoleto Festival USA, this play about God, life, and death—as told by a cranky, three-man-operated puppet named Moses—is both thought-provoking and hilarious. Philosophizing from the table where he lives, Moses encourages audiences to contemplate bold topics in historical context. You won‘t want to miss this Blind Summit Theatre show that won the 2011 Scotsman Fringe First Award, an honor given each year to a new piece of work at the world‘s largest arts fest, Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Emmett Robinson Theatre at College of Charleston, 54 St. Philip St. Tuesday, 7pm; Wednesday, 9pm; Thursday, 5pm; Friday, 8:30pm; Saturday, 2pm. $60-$31.50. (843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org


Tuesday, Jun 06, 2017

Westminster Choir, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, and the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra join together to perform Mozart’s unfinished mass. It is believed that this elaborate ensemble was written by the composer for his father as a gesture to reconcile their differences over the marriage of which his father never approved. Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Tuesday, 7:30pm. $75-$36. (843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org


Wednesday, Jun 07, 2017

This show pairs three silent short films with original scores by celebrated pianist Stephen Prutsman and a quartet from the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra. The featured flicks include The Cameraman’s Revenge (1910), a marital comedy centered around bugs and infidelities; Suspense (1913), a story about a woman waiting for her husband to rescue her from a dangerous criminal; and Might Like a Moose (1926), the tale of a married couple who decide they both deserve better after secretly (and separately) getting corrective facial surgery. Woolfe Street Playhouse, 34 Woolfe St. Wednesday, 5pm; Thursday, 7pm; Friday, 5pm; Saturday, 1pm & 5pm. $60-$31.50. (843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org


Thursday, Jun 08, 2017

Join Us for a Paw-ty! Paws on The Patio at Burtons Grill. Bring your four-legged friends and enjoy an exclusive happy hour on the patio at Burtons Grill to benefit Charleston Animal Society. For only $25 per person, you will receive two drink tickets, plus an appetizer buffet. Fidos, of course, are free! $10 per person will be donated to the Charleston Animal Society. Reservations are limited to 30 people per event and are required to gain entrance. RSVP now at pawsonthepatioforcas.eventbrite.com. Paws on The Patio will be held on the second Thursday of the month through October: June 8, July 13, August 10, September 14 & October 12

Gratuities are not included: please remember your bartender/server.

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Thursday, Jun 08, 2017

Choreographed by the talented Andrea Miller and dubbed “marvelously daring” by Arts Journal, this radical dance performance is sure to astound audiences. Employing a combination of strong physical movements and fast-paced narrative, Gallim Dance puts on an intimate portrayal of sex, domesticity, and the human desire to love and be loved. Keep the kids at home for this program, as it contains nudity. College of Charleston Sottile Theatre, 44 George St. Thursday & Friday, 7pm; Saturday, 3pm. $60-$22.50. (843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org


Friday, Jun 09, 2017

Test yourself and your friends by participating in this 24-hour adventure. In teams of two to six people, you and your squad complete challenges that strengthen your relationships and encourage you to leave your comfort zone. Each racer receives a Luzon backpack with race swag—so get out and check a few items off your bucket list. Exchange Park, 9850 US-78, Ladson. Friday, 5pm. Prices vary. (844)268-6729, www.cotopaxi.com


Friday, Jun 09, 2017

Boogie on over to the Mount Pleasant Pier to get your groove on with DJ Jim Bowers. Enjoy a variety of tunes, from unforgettable oldies to beach music classics and line dancing hits. Cold beverages and snacks can be purchased on-site to replenish your energy.Mount Pleasant Pier, 71 Harry M. Hallman Jr. Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Saturday, 7pm. $10; $8 advance. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com


Friday, Jun 09, 2017

Quiana Parler and Charlton Singleton, along with their band, return to the Charleston Music Hall after last year‘s sold-out Prince performance to put on a fiery tribute to the late, great King of Pop. This third installment of the Charleston Music Hall‘s Piccolo Spoleto concert series is sure to have the audience dancing in the aisles. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Friday, 8pm. $22; $17 student. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com