The City Magazine Since 1975

EVENT CALENDAR

E.g., January 2018
Thursday, Jan 18, 2018

Part of the fourth annual Charleston Jazz Festival, celebrated vocalist Nnenna Freelon joins the Charleston Jazz Orchestra for an unforgettable performance, New Standard Time: The Great American Songbook. A six-time Grammy Award nominee, Freelon is considered one of today’s most highly acclaimed female jazz vocalists. In addition to starring in the Vegas show Georgia on My Mind: Celebrating the Music of Ray Charles, the singer also toured with Charles himself, as well as a number of other notable jazz artists including Ellis Marsalis and Al Jarreau. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Thursday, 7:30pm. $60-$20. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonjazz.com


Thursday, Jan 18, 2018

Since being crowned the 2008 winner of Last Comic Standing, which made her the youngest competitor and only female to hold the title, Iliza Shlesinger has skyrocketed to comedic stardom. Appearing as part of the Charleston Comedy Festival, she‘s sure to leave audiences reeling with her hilarious treatment of femininity and current issues. Sottile Theatre, 44 George St. Saturday, 7pm. $93-$28. (888)377-4510 www.charlestoncomedyfestival.co


Thursday, Jan 18, 2018

The Charleston Symphony Orchestra presents a celebration of George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein‘s iconic music that captured the essence of New York City. Featuring selections from Candide, West Side Story, and more, the performance pays homage to the composers who changed the face of music across numerous genres, defining the sound of the Big Apple for decades to come. Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Thursday, 7pm. $98-$25. (843)724-5212, www.charlestonsymphony.org


Friday, Jan 19, 2018

Folly Beach’s favorite culinary event is back! As Center Street is closed off for the two-day celebration, guests can snack on delicious food from dozens of beachfront restaurants, explore street vendors, enter the chili cook-off, and enjoy live music. Proceeds from silent and date auctions benefit Folly Beach Parks and Recreation in its efforts to keep the beach beautiful, safe, and fun for all. Center Street, Folly Beach. Friday, 7-10pm; Saturday, 10am-4pm. Free. www.visitfolly.com


Friday, Jan 19, 2018

From rare portraits to still-life paintings (including Still Life with Basket of Fruit by an unidentified artist, shown above), to furniture from the German-American community, this Gibbes exhibit displays works by significant American folk artists who worked from 1800 to 1925. Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. Tuesday & Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, 1-5 p.m. $15; $13 senior/military; $10 college student; $6 ages four-17. (843) 722-2706, www.gibbesmuseum.org


Friday, Jan 19, 2018

Focusing on the period between 1800 and 1925, “A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America” highlights the contributions of some of America’s most admired folk artists, many of whom received little to no formal training in their lifetimes. The exhibition features works ranging from portraits to still-life paintings, antique furniture to intricate and allegorical landscape scenes. The pieces reflect a unique era of American history and are unparalleled examples of expression during a time of increasing social change. Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. Thursday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Wednesday, 10am-8pm; Sunday, 1-5pm. $15; $13 senior/active military; $10 college student; $6 under 18. (843)722-2706, www.gibbesmuseum.org


Friday, Jan 19, 2018

For his contribution to a semester-long interdisciplinary project at the College of Charleston, Halsey multi-media artist-in-residence Roberto Diago focuses on issues of injustice in his native Cuba. A mix of sculpture, painting, and photography, Diago‘s exhibition plays an important role in the College’s engagement with the country’s culture, history, and current issues. Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, 161 Calhoun St. Monday-Saturday, 11am-4pm; Thursday, 11am-7pm. Free. (843)953-4422, www.halsey.cofc.edu


Friday, Jan 19, 2018

Siblings Ryan, Melody, Gregory, Deondra, and Desirae Brown, known as “The 5 Browns,” were the first family of five ever accepted at once to Juilliard University. After all studied classical piano, the quintet specialized in revolutionary five-piano arrangements that have wowed national audiences since they debuted as a group in 2002. In this performance, the siblings dazzle with fresh, riveting interpretations of traditional pieces, rumored to convert even the staunchest classical music adversaries. Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Thursday, 7pm. $70-$20. (843)724-5212, www.gaillardcenter.org


Friday, Jan 19, 2018

PURE Theatre presents the Pulitzer Prize-nominated, Tony Award-winning show based upon the graphic novel Fun Home, which chronicles author Alison Bechdel’s struggle to come out as a lesbian. (You may remember the book creating a stir in 2014, after the College of Charleston placed it on a reading list for incoming students.) “We typically don’t do musicals, but when the publisher approached us about this one, we couldn’t resist,” says PURE’s artistic director, Sharon Graci. PURE Theatre, 477 King St. Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m. (& 3 p.m. on February 3); Wednesday, January 24, 7:30 p.m. $32-$25. (843) 723-4444, www.puretheatre.org


Saturday, Jan 20, 2018

The award-winning 1993 young adult novel by Lois Lowry is given new life in Charleston Stage‘s adaptation. The Giver tells the story of a young boy, Jonas, who grows up in a utopian society where nothing is quite what it seems. The day he receives his prestigious job assignment as “Receiver of Memory,” Jonas meets an old man called “The Giver,” who helps him uncover secrets and mysteries that change his life—and the lives of those around him—forever. Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. Saturday & Sunday, 11am & 3pm. $28. (843)577-7183, www.charlestonstage.com


Saturday, Jan 20, 2018

The Gaillard Center welcomes world-class saxophonist Kenny G for an unforgettable evening of originals and classics. With nearly 30 years of professional experience under his belt, the Grammy Award winner has been hailed as one of the kings of contemporary jazz, having worked with some of the biggest names in music across every genre—everyone from Michael Bolton to Katy Perry. A headliner in this year‘s Jazz Festival, Kenny G mixes undeniable musical talent with the captivating pop culture relevance he has fostered over the years. Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Saturday, 8pm. $138-$68. (843)724-5212, www.charlestonjazz.com


Sunday, Jan 21, 2018

Brides-to-be can find everything they need for the wedding of their dreams at this years Charleston Bridal Show. Forget chasing the resources for each detail all over town and save yourself the time and energy with having all the wedding experts in one place at one time. Attendees have the opportunity to speak with professionals of every field in the wedding industry, sample excellent food from the best caterers, try wedding cakes from the most outstanding bakeries, and simply gather inspiration for their special day! Let the event coordinators take the stress away from wedding planning and join the most renowned event planners to ensure the best wedding you could ever imagine. 

Admission: $15-$12. 


Sunday, Jan 21, 2018

The Charleston Jazz Festival‘s Family Day puts budding local musicians in the spotlight. The Charleston All-Star Youth Jazz Orchestra is joined by the Charleston School of the Arts Jazz Band in a set conducted by educator and Charleston Jazz Orchestra trumpeter Stephan Berry. The Ken Foberg Quartet also takes the stage alongside famed vocalist Alva Anderson. Sottile Theatre, 44 George St. Sunday, 3pm. $5; free for student. (843)641-0011, www.charlestonjazz.com


Sunday, Jan 21, 2018

In the latest installment of its National Theatre Live screening series, 34 West presents Young Marx, performed at London’s Bridge Theatre. In this new comedy, Rory Kinnear plays Karl Marx as a 32-year-old revolutionary who is broke, restless, and cooped up in his home. Performed by Kinnear with sensational wit, intelligence, and “child-like emotional illiteracy,” Marx is revealed in a new and humorous light. Enjoy the remote screening accompanied by a full menu of champagne cocktails, craft beer, wine, and light snacks. 34 West Theatre, 200 Meeting St. Sunday, 7pm. $20. (843)901-9343, www.34west.org


Monday, Jan 22, 2018

For January's installment of their monthly lecture series, Professional Photographers of South Carolina (PPSC) and the Charleston Center for Photography welcome award-winning black and white photographer Kevin Holliday. Known for his architectural images and long-exposure minimalism, Holliday also has a history of teaching and lecturing on his craft. PPSC, which supports career photographers in the state by helping them grow in technique as well as business sense, invites photographers of all skill levels (as well as anyone interested in the subject) to gain wisdom and insight into the process of a respected individual in the field. Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun St. Monday, 6-7:30pm. Free. (803)530-9767, ppofsc.com


Tuesday, Jan 23, 2018

In this unique performance, experience classical Chinese culture like never before. Telling the story through traditional Chinese dance, Shen Yun paints a vibrant picture of ancient legends with a modern twist. After selling out venues around the world, the show celebrates 10 years of dazzling performances. North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. Tuesday & Wednesday, 7:30pm. $150-$80. (843)529-5000, www.northcharlestonperformingartscenter.org


Wednesday, Jan 24, 2018

One of the wedding capitals of the world and the choice locale for more than 100 ceremonies per week, Charleston is the place to be for all things “I do.” This year’s Wedding Week, produced by our sister magazine, Charleston Weddings, features countless workshops, bridal fashion shows, parties, and more. One of the nation’s largest wedding events, attended by the who‘s who of the industry (including top gown designers, authors, and planners, among others), the week is a dream-come-true for brides-to-be and professionals alike. For more details, see page 30. Locations, times, & prices vary. www.charlestonweddingweek.com


Wednesday, Jan 24, 2018

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Neko Case, a self-proclaimed musical nomad and two-time Grammy Award nominee, makes her first ever appearance in the Holy City at the Music Farm this January. Case, a music industry vet with 20 years of experience behind her, is joined by indie folk newcomer Mt. Joy, a Philadelphia-based band fresh off their first Bonnaroo appearance this summer with a debut album in the works. Music Farm, 32 Ann St. Wednesday, 9pm. $30-$27. (843)577-6989, www.musicfarm.com


Thursday, Jan 25, 2018

Since 1953, the Preservation Society of Charleston’s annual Carolopolis Awards seek to honor excellence in historic preservation here in the Holy City. With four categories including exterior, interior, new construction, and “Pro Merito” (awarded to Carolopolis winners from at least 20 years ago that have maintained excellence in preservation), the ceremony recognizes buildings and structures that have upheld the Holy City’s standard of distinction in preserving historic architecture. Stay for a reception following the awards, with guests invited to partake in hors d‘oeuvres, libations, and live music. The Riviera Theatre, 225 King St. Thursday, 6pm. $75; $50 member. (843)722-4632, www.preservationsociety.org


Thursday, Jan 25, 2018

An aspiring politician in the early ‘90s, Thomas Lauderdale was shocked to find that the music at nearly every political function he attended was consistently “underwhelming.” Lauderdale’s mayoral dreams took a major turn when he decided to found “little orchestra” Pink Martini instead, hoping to provide a more lively soundtrack for these events. Twenty years later, Pink Martini has grown exponentially, performing in more than 20 languages in international venues from opera houses to fashion shows, taking audiences on a ”rollicking, around-the-world musical adventure” that you’ll have to hear to believe. Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Thursday, 7:30pm. $83-$23. (843)724-5212, www.gaillardcenter.org


Friday, Jan 26, 2018

A longtime Charleston tradition, the annual Charlie Post Classic is a 15K and 5K run that honors the memory of Dr. Charlie Post, the late family physician and avid runner who devoted years of his practice to treating the local running community. Proceeds fund a College of Charleston athletic scholarship in Post‘s name and have helped support student athletes for the last 34 years. Runners are invited to take on in either distance, and the Charleston Running Club awards cash prizes to the winners in each category. Middle Street & Station 15, Sullivan‘s Island. Saturday, 8:30am. $30-$25. (843)991-4846, www.charlestonrunningclub.com


Friday, Jan 26, 2018

Every January for the last 38 years, the Charleston Boat Show has given locals a head start on the Lowcountry’s seafaring season. This family-friendly event (with plenty of entertainment for kids) features vessels of all kinds, from fishing boats to yachts, and whether you are interested in investing in maritime activities or simply checking things out, this show is a one-stop shop for Charleston’s open-water enthusiasts. Charleston Area Convention Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. Friday, noon-6pm; Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm. $12; $8 senior; $5 military; $5 ages four-12; free for child under four. (864)250-9723, www.thecharlestonboatshow.com


Friday, Jan 26, 2018

Support a deliciously good cause at the Culinary Institute of Charleston‘s annual fundraising fête, A Night in the Valley. The evening includes a multi-course feast prepared by students of the culinary program, complete with wine pairings for each dish. Guests are invited to participate in silent and live auctions, as all proceeds go toward assisting the Lowcountry’s aspiring chefs in their training. The College Center at Trident Technical College, 7000 Rivers Ave., North Charleston. Friday, 6:30pm. $300. (843)574-6580, www.tridenttech.edu


Friday, Jan 26, 2018

The album Celebrating 50 Years of Del McCoury hit shelves in the spring of 2017, but that certainly doesn’t mean the iconic bluegrass band led by 70-year-old McCoury is wrapping up its storied career. The group has spent the last year touring the country and this month stops at the Charleston Music Hall. Don’t miss ’em. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Friday, 8 p.m. $44.50-$34.50. (843) 853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com


Saturday, Jan 27, 2018

The Warrior Surf Foundation (WSF), a veteran-operated nonprofit that uses surfing as a unique form of therapy for recovering vets, hosts its eighth annual Follywood Oyster Roast. The fundraiser, located at the Barrel, Folly Road's unique brew pub/dog park/music venue, features four tribute bands throughout the day and night, bringing the classic sound of Jimmy Buffett, Allman Brothers, Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, and Led Zepplin. In addition to unlimited oysters, guests have access to on-site food trucks, as well as booths from a number of local artisans. The family-friendly event offers activities for kids (think jump castles and carnival games), and welcomes all canine friends, too. Proceeds benefit WSF as they continue to bring the healing power of surfing to veterans in the Charleston community. The Barrel, 1859 Folly Rd. Saturday, 12pm-9pm. $14; free for child under 10. (864)554-6277, warriorsurf.org


Saturday, Jan 27, 2018

A famous face in today‘s comedy scene, John Mulaney has done just about everything. Following a coveted stint writing for Saturday Night Live, the comedian has released multiple stand-up specials, written for shows such as Documentary Now!, and starred in Broadway’s smash hit Oh, Hello with fellow funnyman Nick Kroll. The first leg of his sold-out Kid Gorgeous tour was so popular that more dates were added, including his first appearance in Charleston. Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Saturday, 7pm. $35. (843)724-5212, www.gaillardcenter.org


Saturday, Jan 27, 2018

The Shifa Clinic hosts its sixth annual fundraising banquet, with all proceeds supporting the organization in the coming year. The Shifa Clinic, located in Mount Pleasant, is a nonprofit devoted to providing healthcare to underinsured individuals in the Charleston community, and offers a number of medical, educational, and outreach services. The benefit features a silent auction, a gourmet meal, and keynote speeches from Dr. Abdulhakim Mohamed, phD in Islamic philosophy, and local women's rights advocate Jennet Robinson Alterman. Charleston Marriott, 170 Lockwood Dr. Saturday, 6:30-8:30pm. $50. (843)-352-4580, shifaclinics.com


Saturday, Jan 27, 2018

Celebrate the life and music of beloved pop legends with the North Charleston POPS! Orchestra. Joined by rock/symphony hybrid Jeans ‘n Classics and their core vocalist, Gavin Hope, the orchestra delivers new interpretations of timeless favorites such as “Thriller,” “Purple Rain,” “Little Red Corvette,“ and more. Join the POPS! as they journey through time to debut a unique twist on the best of contemporary pop. North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. Saturday, 7:30pm. $35-$15. (843)529-5000, www.northcharlestonpops.com


Sunday, Jan 28, 2018

With 80,000 pounds of oysters up for grabs, the Lowcountry Oyster Festival is the largest event of its kind in the world. Enter oyster-shucking or -eating contests while enjoying live music and the beautiful scenery of Boone Hall. The festival benefits local charities including Ronald McDonald House, Hollings Cancer Center, and Shriners Hospital for Children. Boone Hall Plantation, 1235 Long Point Rd., Mount Pleasant. Sunday, 10am-5pm. $25-$10. (843)853-8000, www.charlestonrestaurantassociation.com


Sunday, Jan 28, 2018

Revel in one of the most iconic musicals of all time as Tony Award-winning sensation Cabaret comes to the Gaillard. The beloved production tells the story of the Kit Kat Club, an oasis of burlesque shows and raunchy behavior in the heart of Berlin, where patrons leave their worries at the door. As World War II causes tensions to rise in the outside world, however, people begin to question whether the refuge of the club will be enough. In this reimagining of a classic, the Jill and John Chalsty Broadway Series presents Cabaret as more dazzling than ever. Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Saturday, 7:30pm. $94-$24. (843)724-5212, www.gaillardcenter.org