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E.g., April 2018
Friday, Apr 13, 2018

Hosted by the American Lung Association, the annual Oxygen Ball celebrates its 10-year anniversary with another unforgettable evening. During the main event, local "celebrities" pair up with professional dancers from International Ballroom Dance Studios and compete for the title of Lowcountry Dancing with the Stars Champion, making for a performance like no other. After the competition, alumni contestants take the stage, with an open dance floor for guests rounding out the evening. In addition to boogying galore, the Oxygen Ball features a gourmet dinner, silent and live auctions, live entertainment, and more. Best of all, proceeds from the gala benefit the ALA, lung disease research efforts, and local programs such as Camp Breathe Easy, Better Breathers Clubs, Open Airways for Schools, Freedom from Smoking, and more. Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Friday, 6:30-11pm. $250. (843) 556-8451, charlestonoxygenball.org 

 


Friday, Apr 13, 2018

Cellist Kate Kayaian's first-ever recital in Charleston incorporates a wide array of music from countries including Germany, Japan, India, and Southern Spain, harnessing the versatile “voice” of her cello. Performing pieces from Bach, Harbison, Hovhannes, and Cassadó, the celebrated musician brings an array of renowned classical composers together in one unforgettable program. Complimented by the acoustics of the historical Circular Congregational Church, Kayaian’s debut appearance in the Holy City is one classical music buffs won’t want to miss. Circular Congregational Church, 140 Meeting St. Friday, 7-9pm. $25-$15. eventbrite.com/e/kate-kayaian-the-voice-of-the-cello-tickets-44530267228. 

 

 

 

 


Friday, Apr 13, 2018

Join the Charleston Symphony Orchestra for a sweeping performance of Beethoven’s famous Seventh Symphony. The program begins with Charles Ives’ ”The Unanswered Question,” a unique composition that places the strings, brass, and woodwinds in a dialogue about the meaning of existence, each growing more dissonant as they fail to supply an answer to the age-old inquiry. Following the performance, concertmaster Yuriy Bekker leads the symphony as the solo violinist in Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, giving way to a masterful rendition of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, a piece said to have been in such high demand following its debut that it saved the composer from financial difficulty. Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Friday & Saturday, 7:30pm. $98-$25. (843)724-5212, www.gaillardcenter.com


Friday, Apr 13, 2018

Join singer-songwriter Gillian Welch and longtime musical collaborator Dave Rawlings for an intimate evening of music. Welch rose to fame with her 2011 album The Harrow & The Harvest, Grammy-nominated for Best Folk Album and now considered a “timeless country classic” by Uncut Magazine. Today, the artist continues to release music on her own label, Acony Records, often in tandem with Rawlings. Fans of country music can expect a night of toe-tapping country tunes from a true mainstay of the genre. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Friday, 8pm. $35. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com


Saturday, Apr 14, 2018

Whether you’re an experienced handy-woman or have never stepped foot on a construction site, Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build invites volunteers of all experience levels to help in building a home. Participants work beside skilled construction professionals in a gratifying activity that aids in building houses for low-income families and strengthens the community through service. Women of all backgrounds and skill sets are invited to join in this rewarding and empowering event. Heritage Oaks, 1880 Ferguson Rd. Saturday-Saturday, 8:30am-4pm. $35. (843)768-0998, www.seaislandhabitat.org


Saturday, Apr 14, 2018

Think you’re strong enough to pull an airplane? This year, the Ronald McDonald House hosts the first-ever installment of what is to be an annual event. Teams of 10 are invited to try their hand at pulling an F-18 Hornet, weighing in at around 18,000 pounds and stretching more than 100 feet long. Participants will engage in elimination rounds to see who can pull the aircraft the fastest, and costumes, perhaps of the superhero variety, are encouraged. All proceeds benefit Charleston’s Ronald McDonald House Charities. Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, USS Yorktown Flight Deck, 40 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant. Saturday, noon-4pm. $2,500 for team of 10. (843)723-7957, www.charlestonplanepull.com


Thursday, Apr 19, 2018

Get ready for a berry good time at Boone Hall Plantation. Hop on a tractor to ride to the U-pick fields to grab strawberries by the bucketful, and between the crop rows, find more than 30 family-friendly attractions, including a petting zoo, inflatables, acrobatic dogs, and carnival-style thrill rides. This picturesque festival offers the perfect backdrop for a weekend of fun for all ages. Boone Hall Plantation,1235 Long Point Rd., Mount Pleasant. Days & times vary. $10; $5 for child under 11; $25 for ride wristband. (843)884-4371, www.boonehallplantation.com


Thursday, Apr 19, 2018

April 19 is National High Five Day, and Rusty Bull Brewing invites patrons to celebrate the underappreciated holiday with one epic party. the main event in what promises to be an action-packed evening is the high five contest, in which pairs of friends face off, and the duo with the most creative high-five takes home a prize. Live music from Whiskey Diablo is also on deck, as well as an American Biker Vintage Bike Show in the parking lot. The brewery offers a limited-edition Hi-C-inspired brew for the occasion, alongside bites from Dough Boyz Pizza Co. You'll want to get there early, too—the first 40 people to arrive snag a gift bag filled with free goodies. Rusty Bull Brewing Co, 3005 West Montague Ave., North Charleston. Thursday, 4-10pm. Free. (843)225-8600, rustybullbrewing.com


Thursday, Apr 19, 2018

Who ever said puppet shows were just for children? This Tony-nominated comedy, performed both on and off Broadway, has laughs in store for mature audiences, so be sure to leave the kiddos at home. The show, set in the quiet, hyper-religious town of Cypress, Texas, tells of Jason, a teenager whose life is turned upside down following the death of his father. To cope, he joins the Christian Puppet Ministry, which seems to offer an outlet for his grief. Jason’s life, however, is not lacking in the usual chaos of teenagerhood: as he attempts to navigate relationships with the girl next door, the school bully, the town pastor, and his mother,  his puppet develops a startling personality of its own, threatening to wreak even more havoc than before. Threshold Repertory Theatre, 84.5 Society St. Thursday-Saturday, 7:30pm; Sunday, 3pm. $25-$15. (843)277-2172, thresholdrep.org


Friday, Apr 20, 2018

A culmination of 150 Charleston Symphony Chorus singers, more than 60 Charleston Symphony Orchestra musicians, three guest voices, and 28 Nashville Ballet dancers, Carmina Burana is a performance of stunning scale. The ballet, opening with “O Fortuna,” is set to the compositions of German composer Carl Orff. Composed in the 1930s, Carmina Burana is based on a collection of poems written by 11th- to 13th-century theology students. If the sheer size of the performance isn’t enough, the combination of its rich score and masterful choreography is sure to dazzle viewers. Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Friday & Saturday, 7:30pm. $130-$30. (843)724-5212, www.gaillardcenter.org


Friday, Apr 20, 2018

Nashville-based rhythm and blues artist Anderson East released his second studio album, Encore, in January, on which his raspy vocals are backed by rich big-band instrumentation. After gaining notoriety with his first hit record, Delilah, the singer’s momentum has only increased; East has toured with big-time artists such as Jason Isbell and Sturgill Simpson. Now on the road with his own new material and indie-rock opening act Mt. Joy, East bring his poetic lyrics and raw Americana sound to the Holy City stage. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Friday, 8pm. $20. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com


Saturday, Apr 21, 2018

From archery to kayaking, slacklining to rock climbing to paddle boarding, the Charleston Outdoors Festival has something for every outdoorsman. Giving attendees the chance to explore an array of activities and experiences, this two-day event also features vendors, competitions, food trucks, and live music, making it the perfect excuse for the whole family to get out and get moving. James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr. Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 9am-4pm. Prices vary. (843)795-4386, www.charlestoncountyparks.com


Sunday, Apr 22, 2018

The Alston Wilkes Society (AWS) is a therapeutic rehabilitation association that has helped rebuild lives since 1962, offering assistance to veterans, at-risk youth, homeless individuals, former offenders, and others. For the 8th year, Bowens Island Restaurant hosts the AWS Blues Bash, an evening of oysters on the water that benefits a great cause. Patrons are invited to feast on fresh seafood, partake in auctions, and enjoy live entertainment. Proceeds from the event directly fund career training and job readiness programs for individuals in the community, as well as a multitude of other services. Bowens Island Restaurant, 1870 Bowens Island Road. Sunday, 3-6pm. $25. (843)799-2490, alstonwilkessociety.org


Monday, Apr 23, 2018

Pack up your pup and spend a spring evening at James Island County Park’s dog park. Singer and guitarist John Sherrill provides live tunes, and adult bevs are available for purchase while humans mingle and their furry friends run, play, and swim. James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr. Thursday, 4-8 p.m. $2; free for Gold Pass holder. (843) 795-4386, www.charlestonparks.com


Monday, Apr 23, 2018

Taking place every spring at St. Philip’s Church, the Tea Room is a tradition that dates back to 1952. For the weeklong event, the church becomes a lunchtime restaurant hosted by numerous volunteer parishioners to raise money for mission projects, choirs, and youth ministries. The Charleston community is invited to gather together over homemade soups (including the beloved okra variety for which the event is known), salads, sandwiches, and desserts in the Parish House and courtyard, located within the church’s grounds on Church Street. St. Philip’s Church, 142 Church St. Monday-Friday, 11:30am-2pm. Prices vary with meal. (843)722-7734, stphilipschurchsc.org


Tuesday, Apr 24, 2018

In this hit musical comedy, Monty Navarro tries desperately to kill all family members who stand between him and his inheritance. The result? A Tony Award-winning show with enough twists, turns, and laughs to keep you on the edge of your seat. Featuring dark subject matter treated with levity, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is an unexpected comedy wrought with forbidden romance, jokes galore, and of course, a murder or two. Balancing affairs and alibis has never been so amusing; the only threat is dying from laughter. Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Tuesday, 7:30pm. $90-$19. (843)724-5212, www.gaillardcenter.org


Wednesday, Apr 25, 2018

Register online at www.olmoutreach.org or contact Hannah Finley at 843.559.4109 x109 or hannah.finley@olmoutreach.org. Registration 11:30am - Lunch - Pre-Tournament Activities- 1:00pm Shotgun Start 6:00pm Dinner and Awards Ceremony


Wednesday, Apr 25, 2018

A founding member of Grammy-winning country/blues string band Carolina Chocolate Drops, a musician on Bob Dylan revival project the New Basement Tapes, and a powerhouse solo act, Rhiannon Giddens has played an indisputable role in the modern folk genre. Having performed at the White House and all over the country, she returns to Charleston with material from her latest album, Freedom Highway, released in February 2017. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Wednesday, 8pm. $40-$30. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com


Thursday, Apr 26, 2018

Travel back to the 18th century to hear the tales of those who fought for our country’s founding. This theatrical experience makes its debut with spoken word poetry, music, and dramatic storytelling, recounting the lives of nine South Carolinian heroes from the Revolutionary War era. A number of the city’s finest actors promise to captivate audiences with this compelling historical tale. Forever Charleston Theatre at the Charleston Visitor Center, 375 Meeting St. Thursday-Sunday, 7:30pm. $25; $20 senior/military; $15 student. (843)696-2761, www.actorstheatreofsc.org


Friday, Apr 27, 2018

Atlanta-based mixed-media artist Radcliffe Bailey introduces “Pensive,” a thought-provoking exhibit delving into themes of race and ancestry. Bailey’s highly poignant installation, entitled Storm at Sea, is central to the exhibit—including a glitter-covered ship afloat on a sea of old piano keys and heading toward an African sculpture—symbolic of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Bailey’s compelling works have deep roots in the African-American civil rights movement, as seen in a cast bronze sculpture of civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois in the pose of Rodin’s The Thinker. Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. Tuesday & Thursday-Saturday, 10am-5pm. Wednesday, 10am-8pm. Sunday, 1-5pm. $15; $6 for child under 17. (843)722-2706, www.gibbesmuseum.org


Friday, Apr 27, 2018

At the heart of this exhibit by internationally known Atlanta artist Radcliffe Bailey is the site-specific installation Storm at Sea, in which Bailey uses piano keys, an African sculpture, and a glitter-covered ship to convey motifs associated with the trans-Atlantic slave trade. The painter, sculptor, and mixed-media artist also displays a cast-bronze sculpture of African-American civil rights activist and author W.E.B. Du Bois in the pose of Rodin’s The Thinker, as well as other recent works that encourage viewers to join in his exploration of themes surrounding ancestry, race, and memory. 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; $6 ages four-17. (843) 722-2706, www.gibbesmuseum.org


Friday, Apr 27, 2018

For one exquisite evening, Wells Gallery exhibits work by 12 of its own artists, including Curt Butler, Debra Nadelhoffer, Spruill Hayes, E.B. Lewis, and Russell Gordon, each portraying the allure of the night. Enjoy complimentary cocktails as you peruse scenes of moonlight above tranquil marshes, waves lapping the beach, and still-life images of sundown in the South. With a multitude of mediums and styles represented, this unique group show displays some of Charleston’s most celebrated visual artists’ interpretations of a common theme. Wells Gallery, 1 Sanctuary Beach Dr., Kiawah Island. Friday, 5-8pm. Free. (843)576-1290, www.wellsgallery.com


Friday, Apr 27, 2018

After a successful fifth season of Rush Hour Concerts, students of the Charleson Academy of Music (CAM) close out the series with a lively finale performance. In this special concert, the talented young musicians offer pieces by Chopin, Rachmaninov, Mozart, and more. Located in the City Gallery at Waterfront Park, the final installment promises to hold classical music aficiandos over until the series kicks off again in the fall. Admission is free and the performance is open to the public, though donations to the CAM are appreciated. City Gallery at Waterfront Park, 34 Prioleau Street. Friday, 6pm. Free. (843) 805-7794, charlestonmusic.org

 


Friday, Apr 27, 2018

Join the Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center for this family-friendly screening of the Lion King on the grassy field of the MUSC Health Stadium. Bring blankets and lawn chairs for the viewing, and in addition to the the Disney classic, the night offers balloon animals, face painting, carnival-style games, and crafts for kids. Food trucks are also on hand to offer delicious grub for purchase, so kick back and and adopt “Hakunana Matata” as your problem-free philosophy for the evening! MUSC Health Stadium, 1990 Daniel Island Dr. Friday, doors open at 6:30pm, movie starts at 7:30pm. Free. (843)723-3600, deenortoncenter.org. 


Saturday, Apr 28, 2018

Participate in a race that takes place along the winding trails of the Mullet Hall Equestrian Center, where participants run beneath breathtaking oak trees. Distance options include traditional five and 10K races along with a kids relay for children under 10, making this a great opportunity for a variety of skill levels. After the run, a post-race party with food, drinks, and live music awaits. Mullet Hall Equestrian Center, 2662 Mullet Hall Rd., John’s Island. Saturday, 8:30am. $36-$26. (843)795-4386, www.charlestoncountyparks.com


Saturday, Apr 28, 2018

Celebrate Autism Awareness month by joining in Charleston’s Walk For Autism, a family-friendly and educational event that does serious good. The walk is filled with live music, refreshments, jump castles, and tons of info to educate about the autism spectrum. Funds raised support financial aid programs for families in need of treatment and intervention, so lace up for the cause and participate in an impactful walk through the peninsula’s beautiful Hampton Park. Hampton Park, 30 Mary Murray Dr. Saturday, 9am. $25. (843)991-8390, www.walkforautismcharleston.org


Saturday, Apr 28, 2018

Indulge in all things Southern with a day of barbecue, bluegrass under Summerville’s live oaks. Competing barbecue teams will slap more than 1,300 pounds of meat on the grill to determine the true pitmasters, while providing the tunes are Common Ground, led by Grammy-nominated Alan Bibey, and Lonesome River Band, featuring five-time International Banjo Player of the Year winner Sammy Shelor. Proceeds from the festival benefit Summerville Miracle League, which aims to better the lives of those with special needs through baseball. Bring the whole family to enjoy this event for all ages, hosted by the Southern BBQ Network. The Ponds, 326 Hundred Oaks Parkway, Summerille. Saturday, 11am-8pm. $10 per car; food & beverage prices vary. (803)971-7903, southernflamefestival.org 


Saturday, Apr 28, 2018

In the ’60s, The Beatles revolutionized the music industry and embodied pop stardom in a way the world had never seen. With famous hits such as “Eleanor Rigby,” “Yellow Submarine,” “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” and of course, “All You Need is Love,” the band redefined the rock and psychedelic genres, carving a place for itself in popular culture for decades to come. The Charleston Jazz Orchestra, with guest vocalist Quiana Parler, pays tribute to the Fab Four and their immortal musical legacy in this special performance. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Saturday, 5pm & 8pm. $60-$25. (843)853-2252, charlestonjazz.com


Saturday, Apr 28, 2018

Honor the work of the South Carolina Aquarium at an elegant, black-tie affair. The aquarium’s efforts extend far beyond what’s seen at their downtown facility, and this event highlights the extensive fieldwork and research initiatives that distinguish the aquarium in the environmental conservation field. In addition to a cocktail hour and sit-down meal, an awards program acknowledges Marcus Eriksen of 5 Gyres Institute and William A. Finn of AstenJohnson for excellence in environmental stewardship. South Carolina Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf. Saturday, 6-11pm. $300. (843)579-8540, www.scaquarium.org


Saturday, Apr 28, 2018

Join the Center for Birds of Prey for an evening of Nashville songwriters performing in the round, Bluebird Cafe-style. The unique fundraising event features four of Music City’s most sought-after songwriters, playing their own songs (written for the likes of Garth Brooks and Chris Stapleton) and sharing the stories behind them. Your ticket includes a Lowcountry feast and access to the open bar, in addition to the intimate musical experience, all supporting the work of the center. Center for Birds of Prey, 4719 Hwy. 17, Awendaw. Saturday, 6-9pm. $125. (843)971-7474, www.thecenterforbirdsofprey.org