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E.g., August 2017
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, www.34west.org


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, www.charlestonmusichall.com


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, www.gaillardcenter.com


Friday, Aug 25, 2017

Renowned painter Marc Trujillo brings his exhibit, “American Purgatory,“ to The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art. A critique of modern capitalism, Trujillo‘s paintings present the viewer with familiar urban and suburban places such as gas stations, fast food chains, and big-box grocery stores. Through his examination of widespread commerce, Trujillo tries to encourage viewers to question their relationship with these spaces and ideologies. Challenge your own perceptions of consumerism at the opening reception on Friday, August 25, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, 161 Calhoun St. Monday-Saturday, 11am-4pm. Free. (843)935-4422, www.halsey.cofc.edu


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, www.halsey.cofc.edu


Saturday, Aug 26, 2017

This year‘s Dirt Dash takes place at the scenic Middleton Place Woodlands. With a new course and distance categories ranging from 5K to a full marathon, this event awards participants with food, drinks, and live music at the finish line. Don‘t want the fun to end? Runners and their families are invited to camp out on Bailey‘s Field following the races. Middleton Place Woodlands, 4279 Ashley River Rd. Saturday, 7:30am. $85-$30. (843)478-1779, www.eagle-endurance.com


Saturday, Aug 26, 2017

The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) holds its annual nationwide fundraiser­—the biggest of the year—to increase awareness and generate support for research and treatment of muscle-debilitating diseases such as ALS and muscular dystrophy. Organize a team of friends and family and head to James Island County Park for 3K and 5K walks. Though it‘s free to register, participants are encouraged to fundraise, and prizes are awarded to those who collect the largest amounts. James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr. Saturday, 10am. Free. (843)518-2482, www.mda.org


Saturday, Aug 26, 2017

Charleston’s Deep Water Vineyard encourages visitors to pack a picnic and take part in the first step of wine making. Attendees can enjoy live music under the vineyard‘s majestic oaks or participate in the grape-stomping contest. Don‘t forget to practice your “I Love Lucy“ impression for the Lucy Look-A-Like competition, in which contestants show off their best reenactment of the episode when Lucy gets a job stomping grapes at a vineyard. A portion of the event proceeds will be donated to Frierson Elementary School. Deep Water Vineyard, 6775 Bears Bluff Rd., Wadmalaw Island. Saturday 10am-4:45pm. $10. (843)559-6867, www.deepwatervineyard.com


Wednesday, Aug 30, 2017

Musicians have the chance to meet and mingle with music industry professionals during an incredible four-day conference of panel discussions, guest speakers, and educational programs on everything from social media and streaming to team building and tour trends. The conference takes place at the Music Hall, but each night delivers a performance showcase featuring local and national bands at different venues, including Music Farm, Upstairs at JohnKing, and The Royal American. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Wednesday-Saturday, times vary. $75-$50 conference; $25-$5 showcase. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusicconfab.com


Wednesday, Aug 30, 2017

Charleston Stage opens its 40th anniversary season with a rendition of the beloved Disney animated film and Hans Christian Anderson tale The Little Mermaid. Follow the lively cast through Ariel‘s underwater odyssey featuring an engaging set design and music by eight-time Academy Award-winner Alan Menken. Bring the whole family along to enjoy tunes like “Kiss the Girl“ and “Under the Sea,“ and watch as Ariel learns what it means to be human. Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. Friday-Sunday, times vary. $68-$31; $68-$29 senior; $68-$26 student/military. (843)577-7183, http://charlestonstage.com/


Wednesday, Aug 30, 2017

Never had an opportunity to see famed improv comedy enterprise The Second City? Here‘s your chance! Since December of 1959, these comics and young actors have entertained generations of crowds with quick and witty humor. Experience the legendary jokes and fresh sketches firsthand at the Charleston Music Hall during a performance that makes it nearly impossible to keep a straight face. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Wednesday, 8pm. $35. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com


Wednesday, Aug 30, 2017

You’ve heard of this Chicago-born improv comedy group that’s served as a launching pad for the likes of Bill Murray, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Steve Carell, and Stephen Colbert. And now you can see them in person, as their “Cure for the Common Comedy” tour stops in the Holy City. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Wednesday, 8 p.m. $35. (843) 853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com


Friday, Sep 01, 2017

This month, impressionist landscape and figurative oil painter Aleksander Titovets, along with his wife, still-life painter Lyuba, present their “Russian Impressionism” exhibit. After leaving their homeland of Russia, the couple relocated to El Paso, Texas, to live near relatives. Aleksander‘s work often centers around scenes and landscapes from the South, though his most recognized piece is a 2008 portrait of former First Lady Laura Bush, which now resides in the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian. Lyuba‘s paintings are vibrant and whimsical, mostly depicting Russian folk images. Join the artists during the opening reception on September 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art Gallery, 58 Broad St. Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm. Free. (843)722-3660, www.ellarichardson.com


Friday, Sep 01, 2017

Chill out to the sounds of smooth, world-class jazz while giving back to the community during the three-day Jazz Fest. Hosted by Closing the Gap in Health Care, a nonprofit working to educate underserved communities on health issues and decrease disparities in healthcare availability, this year‘s event welcomes Grammy Award-winners Robert Glasper and Lalah Hathaway, and Jazz FM 2015 Artist of the Year Jarrod Lawson. Other notables artists set to take the stage include Norman Brown, Rick Braun, and Jeffrey Osborne. Check out the website for a full lineup. North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. Friday-Sunday, 6pm. $378-$76. (843)529-5000, www.lowcountryjazzfest.com


Saturday, Sep 02, 2017

Spending Labor Day weekend on Kiawah? Make sure to stop by the Wells Gallery to catch a glimpse of realist artist Russell Gordon in action. Painting in the classic Flemish and Dutch styles, he presents his latest collection of still lifes and floral depictions. Gordon‘s work has been featured in national juried shows such as Allied Artists of America, Oil Painters of America, and the American Artists Professional League. Chat with him as he spends the weekend painting in the gallery. Wells Gallery, 1 Sanctuary Beach Dr., Kiawah Island. Saturday & Sunday, 1-6pm. Free. (843)576-1290, www.wellsgallery.com


Sunday, Sep 03, 2017

Take part in the summer's biggest bar crawl, beginning at The Brick and ending at Mynt Charleston. Come dressed in Luau-themed attire—coconut bras, bikinis, board shorts, grass skirts, flip flops, etc.—and be ready to have the night of your life! Locations vary. Sunday, 3-10pm. $15. barcrawlcharleston.com

 

 


Monday, Sep 04, 2017

Catch a ride on the Palmetto Breeze and turn Mondays into fun-days with $2 margaritas on board. Offering a perfect view of the sunset over the water, the catamaran has a cash bar that also serves beer and wine. With $10-off admission for ladies, this deckside happy hour is sure to have you marking your calendars every Monday this month. Shem Creek, 100 Church St. Monday, 6-8pm. $35; $25 ladies. (843)886-8133, www.aqua-safaris.com


Tuesday, Sep 05, 2017

Discovered by Jamie Foxx in Los Angeles during a radio show, British singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer Ed Sheeran has captivated audiences with his talent since beginning his music career at the age of 14. The young artist held much promise early on as he hit number one on iTunes before ever signing with a record label; he now holds two Grammy Awards for his album Thinking Out Loud, and his latest record, ÷ (Divide), made history as the fastest selling album of any male artist. This month, head to the North Charleston Coliseum for a chance to hear favorite hits like “Castle on the Hill“ and “Shape of You“ during his “÷“ (“Divide“) tour. North Charleston Coliseum, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. Tuesday, 7:30pm. $97 & up. www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com


Wednesday, Sep 06, 2017

Join former Princeton University professor Albert J. Raboteau for a two-day lecture centered around religion and its impact on America‘s history. As the first recipient of the J.W.C. Pennington Award and author of several books—including his most recent, American Prophets: Seven Religious Radicals & Their Struggle for Social and Political Justice—Raboteau is considered an expert on American Catholic history and African-American religious movements. His lectures for this event generate thought-provoking discussions surrounding the topics: “Why am I here? A Personal Religious Journey“ and “Suffering and Forgiveness in the African-American Religious Tradition.“ Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting St. Wednesday & Thursday, 7pm. Free. (843)577-6400, www.circularchurch.org


Friday, Sep 08, 2017

Join archaeologist Ron Anthony to learn about and discuss colonoware, a type of pottery historically made along the East Coast of North America, specifically the Southeastern region. The first archaeologist to discover this earthenware believed it was solely produced by Native Americans, but modern-day researchers have learned that African Americans also crafted these items from the 17th to the 19th centuries. Studying pieces found in the Lowcountry may reveal information about cultural interactions between colonists and other groups that inhabited this area during that time. The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Friday, 10:30-11:45am. $12; $10 ages 13-17; $5 ages three-12; free for child under three. (843)722-2996, www.charlestonmuseum.org


Friday, Sep 08, 2017

Set sail aboard the Carolina Queen for a two-hour cruise hosted by Charleston Harbor Tours, Sweetwater Brewing Company, and Follywood Productions. Enjoy beer, wine, and cocktails as you jam along to the musical stylings of Gaslight Street, a tribute band to ‘70s rock group Little Feat. Charleston City Marina, 17 Lockwood Dr. Friday, 7-9pm. $22. (843)722-1112, www.charlestonharbortours.com


Friday, Sep 08, 2017

Known for his highly successful one-man shows, Mike Birbiglia brings together self-deprecating comedy and clever theatrics in a hilarious hybrid of stand-up and theater. As the star of three comedy specials, most recently Sleepwalk With Me, Birbiglia commandeered the number-one spot on Billboard magazine‘s comedy charts. He‘s also recognized for his reoccurring role in the Netflix original series Orange is the New Black and Comedy Central‘s Inside Amy Schumer. Birbiglia calls this latest show, fittingly titled “The New One,“ his best ever. Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Friday, 7pm. $55-$33. (843)724-5212, www.gaillardcenter.com


Saturday, Sep 09, 2017

To commemorate the fallen heroes of September 11, 2001, as well as current and past military personnel and members of all emergency service units, join in on this 5K run through Daniel Island beginning at the Charleston Fire Department Station 18. Proceeds benefit the Travis Manion Foundation, an organization whose mission is to empower and inspire vets and families who have lost loved ones as a result of active duty. Military personnel and first responders receive discounted entry. Charleston Fire & Police Department, 235 Seven Farms Dr. Saturday, 9am. $30; $27 military; $100 family of four. (843)597-9240, www.travismanion.org


Saturday, Sep 09, 2017

A collaboration between the Gibbes Museum and Coastal Expeditions, this tour honors the work and life of naturalist explorer Mark Catesby. During this six-hour adventure, paddle up the Echaw Creek while observing native wildflowers, cypress trees, Carolina rice fields, and migratory songbirds. The tour group meets at the BP gas station in McClellanville and rides together to the starting point. 10105 N. Hwy. 17, McClellanville. Saturday, 9am-3pm. $95; $75 child under 12. (843)884-7684, www.coastalexpeditions.com


Saturday, Sep 09, 2017

Voted Best Party by the readers of Charleston City Paper for the last three years in a row, the Firefighter Calendar Debut Party is an event not to be missed. Each year, fire departments from Charleston, New Jersey, and Charlotte team up with Charleston Animal Society to create a sultry calendar of the barely-clad firemen posing with adorable rescue animals. Celebrate the release of the 2018 edition with a live auction, in which ladies can bid on their favorite firefighter and get their copy signed by the models. Proceeds from the event and calendar sales benefit Toby’s Fund, Charleston Animal Society’s medical fund for abused, abandoned, neglected, and unwanted animals in the community. Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St. Saturday, 7-11pm. $125-$35. (843)747-4849, www.charlestonfirefightercalendar.com


Saturday, Sep 09, 2017

Looking for the purr-fect party this September? Pounce Cat Café is hosting its first-ever Sips for Snips, benefitting the Charleston Animal Society’s spay and neuter program. The 21-and-up event features an open bar of boozy beverages, tasty pastries and hors d‘oeuvres, and a cozy room full of furry felines. Did we mention that, for this event, they’re all kittens? Since opening in December 2017, Pounce has helped more than 400 cats find their fur-ever homes. Celebrate their success and help more animals in need at this adorable shindig. Pounce Cat Café & Wine Bar, 283 Meeting St. Saturday, 8-10pm. $40. (843)212-5500, www.pouncecatcafe.com


Sunday, Sep 10, 2017

Sounds of September: Sundays, September 10, 17 + 24 | 2pm to 4pm by Old Navy

The sweet, sweet Sounds of September are back at Mount Pleasant Towne Centre and are better than ever! 

Presented by South Carolina Federal Credit Union, we're partnering with WEZL 103.5 to bring you the best local live music near Old Navy on Sundays throughout September with food, drinks and tons of fun! The best part? It's free to attend! 

Southbound 17 will be kicking things off on Sunday, September 10 at 2pm. Southbound 17 is a harmony driven country band out of Charleston, SC. The trio began August of 2014 and have become an exciting part of the Low-country’s flourishing music scene. 

Lauren Hall will be headlining on Sunday, September 17 at 2pm. Lauren is a rising country artist, performer, and singer/songwriter. Beginning her story in the beautiful historic town of Charleston, South Carolina, Lauren soon discovered a deep love for her southern roots and country music. 

Bootless will be performing at this final concert of the series on Sunday, September 24 at 2pm. Bootless is an original country / southern rock band based in Charleston, South Carolina. With its four "husky" veteran rock musicians, Bootless successfully blends country-themed lyrics with soulful harmonies and a touch of rock-and-roll swagger.

Some of our vendors include Burtons Grill, Holy City Homemade Italian Ice, Dave N Dubs Hot Dogs, Trolly Dolly Treats, Spun and King of Pops. 

Free activities for the kids include facepainting and a bounce house. Sounds of September is also pet-friendly so Fido is welcome!

Select MPTC retailers will be offering special promotions during the month of September including Hairy Winston Pet Boutique, Soft Surroundings, European Wax Center and Apricot Lane Boutique.

Sounds of September is sponsored locally by Roper St. Francis Mount Pleasant Hospital.


Monday, Sep 11, 2017

As a silent commemoration to the 343 firefighters lost on September 11, 2001, folks from all over band together in Charleston for a reflective walk across the Ravenel Bridge. In the past four years, the event has grown from five firefighters to thousands of police, fire, EMS, and community members—2,114 individuals joined in last year. Participation is free, but online donations are appreciated. Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, starting at America St. & Lee St. Monday, 7am. Free. www.eventbrite.com


Thursday, Sep 14, 2017

Dress to the nines for this 14th annual black-tie gala hosted by the Carolina Youth Development Center (CYDC). Mingle over cocktails before the seated dinner, then enjoy live entertainment, dancing, and auctions. Proceeds aid CYDC in its efforts to help children who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned. Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St. Thursday, 7-10pm. $175. (843)266-5200, www.cydc.org/gala-2017


Thursday, Sep 14, 2017

Local celebrities go head-to-head in this hilarious lip-syncing competition hosted by the Charleston chapter of the American Lung Association. For the event‘s second year, contenders for the championship title include Caroline Adams, Dr. Yanis Bellil, Lori DeNicola, Ashley Brook Perryman, and Kim Powell. Be a part of the crowd that crowns the winner! Sottile Theater, 44 George St. Thursday, 7pm. $50-$35. (843)556-8451, www.lipsyncforlungs.org