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E.g., November 2017
Thursday, Nov 09, 2017

Dubbed one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Independent Performers of the last 15 years“ by Performing Songwriter magazine, Sister Hazel started in 1993 when five friends began playing in bars throughout Gainesville, Florida. Now with a total of nine studio albums, the acoustic folk-pop group has topped alternative music charts, earned platinum status for its record Somewhere More Familiar, and gained a strong following. Catch them at the Music Farm to dance along to well-know jams like “All for You.” Music Farm, 32 Ann St. Thursday, 8pm. $30-$25. (843)577-6989, www.musicfarm.com


Friday, Nov 10, 2017

YALLFest is one of the largest young adult literature festivals in the nation, attracting some of the biggest names in the genre, including Divergent series author Veronica Roth (pictured here in 2016). This year, famous comedic actor and co-author of Otherworld Jason Segel as well as Reneé Ahdieh and Becky Albertalli are among more than 70 featured authors giving lectures, participating in discussions, and hosting book signings during the two-day event. Locations, times, & prices vary. (843)722-2666, www.yallfest.org


Friday, Nov 10, 2017

Fascinated by the pre-historic period? Join The Charleston Museum‘s natural history curator, Matthew Gibson, as he explores the story of dinosaurs in South Carolina—which, during the Mesozoic era, was the center of the supercontinent Pangaea. During that time period, the land mass would have begun to split apart, engulfing much of what is now the Palmetto State in water but leaving behind a number of unique marine animals, including the mosasaur and plesiosaur. After the lecture, explore the museum’s collection of fossils and skeletons in the new Natural History Gallery. The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Friday, 10:30-11:45am. $12; $10 age 13-17; $5 age three-12. (843)722-2996, www.charlestonmuseum.org


Friday, Nov 10, 2017

The Charleston Museum’s natural history curator, Matthew Gibson, digs into the details of dinosaurs in South Carolina before welcoming visitors into the new Natural History Gallery, where they can explore an expansive collection of fossils and skeletons. The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Friday, 10:30-11:45 a.m. $12; $10 ages 13-17; $5 ages three-12. (843) 722-2996, www.charlestonmuseum.org


Friday, Nov 10, 2017

Nationally sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society, the sixth annual Smoke on the Harbor BBQ Throwdown promises to bring the best of South Carolina ‘cue to Charleston. Pitmasters from across the state go head-to-head for the title of State Champion in a number of categories. Friday night is all about wings; but come back on Saturday for the chicken, pork, ribs, and beef brisket competitions. Throughout the weekend, families enjoy a kids zone and live music, while adults can attend a cocktail competition and browse the vendor village to sample or purchase additional goods. The Lookout Pavilion at Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina, 32 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant. Friday, 5-9pm; Saturday, noon-5pm. $10; $5 with five canned goods for food drive; free for child under 12. (843)284-7022, www.smokeontheharbor.com

 


Friday, Nov 10, 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 more than 50 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, Nov 10, 2017

Beginning with an elegant cocktail reception at Founders Hall at Charles Towne Landing on Friday, November 10, Shoot for the Cure provides food, drinks, auctions, and live entertainment. The following morning, make your way to the Partridge Creek Gun Club in Ridgeville to participate in the second part of the event, a sporting clays tournament. Proceeds from the weekend benefit The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, an organization working to fund research and provide specialized care and treatment to those with the disease. Reception: Charles Towne Landing, 1500 Old Towne Rd. Friday, 6:30pm. $100; Tournament: Partridge Creek Gun Club, 1487 US 78, Ridgeville. Prices vary. (843)388-5968, www.cff.org/SouthCarolina


Friday, Nov 10, 2017

To aid in its efforts to provide innovative contemporary art programs to the Charleston community, the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art hosts Over the Moon, its 13th annual membership celebration. Open to current members and art enthusiasts, this event offers hors d’oeuvres, drinks, live music, and a chance to take a picture with the signature moon backdrop. Admire local works and mingle with other members while supporting the Halsey‘s educational programming. Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, 161 Calhoun St. Friday, 7-10pm. Free to member. (843)953-4422, www.halsey.cofc.edu


Friday, Nov 10, 2017

In an era of digitally mastered pop music, the captivating sounds of this nine-man a cappella group stand out from the crowd. Dressed in sharp suits and sneakers, the talented bunch belts out pop hits, including Jon Bellion‘s “All Time Low,” as well as original mash-ups featuring the music of Daft Punk, Michael Jackson, and more. The singers met at Indiana University in 1996, originally forming the group as nothing more than a hobby. A decade later, they were offered a record deal after a 1998 video of their rendition of “12 Days of Christmas“ went viral on YouTube, at the time garnering more than eight million views (the total now hovers around 20.5 million). North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. Friday, 8pm. $50-$29. (800)745-3000, www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com


Saturday, Nov 11, 2017

Visit Wonder Works in Mount Pleasant for the annual Holiday “Elfstravaganza,” an all-day event with vendors displaying the season's newest toys, along with music, crafts, games, and snacks available to children (and parents!) of all ages. A visit from Santa himself rounds out the afternoon, and rumor has it he has a special, free gift for every kid in attendance. Even better, proceeds from the extravaganza benefit three local children’s charities: Keys for Hope, Hugs for Harper, and the Johnny Slick Foundation. Wonder Works, 624 Long Point Rd., Mount Pleasant. Saturday, 9am-2pm. Free. 843-4165048wonderworkstoys.com


Saturday, Nov 11, 2017

Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) is one of the most common genetic diseases affecting thousands of Americans every year. This one-mile walk around Park Circle is an excellent way to raise awareness and support the PKD Foundation‘s commitment to funding research on treatment and possible cures for the disease. Felix C. Davis Community Center, 4800 Park Cir., North Charleston. Saturday, 9am. Free. www.support.pkdcure.org


Saturday, Nov 11, 2017

The HEART Artist Guild and Theatre Company was created in 2014 to provide an innovative, engaging arts community for adults with development disabilities. It offers and encourages adaptive and inclusive activities, allowing people with disabilities to participate in a range of events. This month, it hosts a free music and arts festival on the deck of Charleston Pour House to celebrate people in our community with special needs. There are musical performances by 54 Bicycles and Hungry Monks as well as a silent auction and art vendor stands. Charleston Pour House, 1977 Maybank Hwy. Saturday, 5-8:30pm. Free. www.heartsc.org


Sunday, Nov 12, 2017

Join Community Yoga and the Spa at Belmond Charleston Place Hotel for a Sunday morning yoga session with a charitable twist. One hundred of the proceeds from this class, hosted by "I Will Reflect," The Spa's sun damage awareness and prevention initiative, benefits local organization IMPACT Melanoma as they continue to educate Lowcountry residents about the dangers of heavy sun exposure. Following the class, which is open to all skill levels, stick around for complimentary mimosas and brunchy bites. Market Street Circle at Belmond Charleston Place, 130 Market St. Sunday, 10am-12pm. VIP $120; $25. charlestoncommunityyoga.com

 

 


Sunday, Nov 12, 2017

Fall in love with beautiful homes on Sullivians Island with house tours that feature local artists and chef demonstrations. Sponsored by Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services, this event will satisfy beach, food, and house hunters alike. 


Sunday, Nov 12, 2017

Local chefs take over the kitchen of some of the most beautiful homes on Sullivan‘s Island, serving up delicious dishes while artists display unique works available for purchase. The event benefits Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services, which provides representation and legal services to low-income clients. Sullivan’s Island, locations vary. Sunday, 1-5pm. $45. (843)853-6456, www.charlestonprobono.org


Sunday, Nov 12, 2017

As part of Chamber Music Charleston‘s Ovation Concert series, distinguished musicians perform classical masterworks, including Camille Saint-Saëns‘s “Havanaise in E major“ and Antonín Dvorák‘s “Quartet No. 2 in E-Flat major.“ For this show, pianist Andrew Armstrong, violinist Amy Schwartz Morretti, cellist Timothy O’Malley, and violist Ben Weiss head to Dock Street Theatre to present a delightful performance. Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. Sunday, 3pm. $50-$20. (843)763-4941, www.chambermusiccharleston.com


Sunday, Nov 12, 2017

Well-loved folk-rock band Dawes returns to the Holy City on the heels of its latest album’s release, We’re All Gonna Die. Recorded in their hometown of Los Angeles, the album was hailed by American Songwriter as one of the “Top 50 Albums of 2016.“ Hear recent tracks and sing along to old favorites like “Things Happen” and “A Little Bit of Everything” as Dawes takes to the stage at the Charleston Music Hall. Charleston Music Hall, 27 John St. Sunday, 8pm. $40. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com


Tuesday, Nov 14, 2017

Drayton Hall is the country‘s oldest plantation house still open to the public, and within its walls are secrets that reveal more than 200 years of American history. In a lecture by distinguished archaeologist and anthropologist Rob Hunter, artifacts found in the Hall are examined and discussed to reach a deeper understanding of the economic and social implications of this period in history. Several items found in the house are considered to be some of the most important 18th-century ceramic pieces yet discovered in America, including a reproduction of the famed English “Barberini Vase,” an extremely revered antique glass objects. With more than 30 years of experience studying prehistoric and historical archeology, Hunter offers a unique perspective and insight on the meaning of the site‘s most prized possessions. Arrive early for a wine and cheese reception before the event. The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Tuesday, 5:30pm. Free. (843)722-2996, www.draytonhalldistinguishedspeakers.org


Wednesday, Nov 15, 2017

Former member of the feminist activist group Heresies Collective and president of the New York City chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art, Sabra Moore speaks on her experience during the women‘s art movement in the ‘60s and how it continues to effect her work today. Moore was an influential part of the protest against the Museum of Modern Art‘s refusal to include work by female artists. Visit the Simons Center for the Arts to hear her courageous story, which she published in the form of a 2016 novel entitled Openings: A Memoir from the Women’s Art Movement, New York City 1970-1992. Simons Center for the Arts, Room 309, 54 St. Philip St. Wednesday, 6pm. Free. (843)953-4422, www.halsey.cofc.edu


Wednesday, Nov 15, 2017

In this highly praised documentary directed by Bruce Donnelly, get a glimpse of modern life in Cuba during a time of intense social and political change. Told from the perspectives of 12 Cuban artists, the story sheds light on the past turmoil, present challenges, and future hopes of a transforming nation. Film screenings are free to museum members and included with the price of admission to nonmembers. Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. Wednesday & Thursday, 6-7:30pm. $15; $13 senior; $10 college student; $6 child under 18. (843)722-2706, www.gibbesmuseum.org


Thursday, Nov 16, 2017

Santa is coming to the Charleston Harbor aboard the Spirit of Carolina twice this month. Enjoy a morning meal on Spiritline Cruises‘ “Breakfast with Santa Claus“ cruise. Tickets include a scrumptious breakfast buffet, meeting with Santa himself, keepsake photo, and special holiday gift for each child. Patriots Point, 40 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant. Saturday, 8:45-10am & 11:15am-12:30pm. $38; $20 child under seven; free child with each paying adult. (843)722-2628, www.spiritlinecruises.com


Friday, Nov 17, 2017

Head to the Charleston Holiday Market and get an early start on your gift shopping. Vendors offer everything from gourmet foods and one-of-a-kind jewelry to home décor and unique fashions. Peruse the locally made treasures that fill the Convention Center, sample goodies from food and wine purveyors, and more. Charleston Area Convention Center, 5000 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. Friday, 10am-8pm; Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm. $8; $1 ages six-12; free for child under six. (843)529-5000, www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com


Friday, Nov 17, 2017

Passionate about going green or interested in how to live a sustainable lifestyle? College of Charleston faculty have collaborated with guest artists to choreograph a dance performance exploring themes of sustainability and responsible living. As a means of discussing important environmental topics through art, the College‘s talented dance students present a thoughtful show demonstrating humans‘ role in caring for the planet. Emmett Robinson Theatre, 54 St. Philip St. Friday & Saturday, 7:30pm; Sunday, 2pm. $20; $15 CofC employee; $12 student. (843)805-5507, www.theatre.cofc.edu


Saturday, Nov 18, 2017

New or old, flashy or vintage—if you love cars, head to Freshfields Village on the third Saturday of the month for this auto show. Mingle with other automobile enthusiasts and peruse a parking lot full of everything from supped-up Hondas to foreign sports cars, all waiting to be admired over a steaming cup of joe. This event is free, and coffee can be purchased at Java Java. Freshfields Village, 165 Village Green Ln., Kiawah Island. Saturday, 9-11am. Free. www.freshfieldsvillage.com


Saturday, Nov 18, 2017

This spicy competition benefits the Charleston Animal Society‘s Toby‘s Fund, which provides medical attention and life-saving treatments to animals in need. During the chili showdown, more than 100 cooking teams face off to be judged under three categories—Best in Show, Traditional, and Unique. Along with all-you-can-eat oysters and a plethora of chili samples, there are also pet adoptions, a kids zone with an inflatable wrecking ball, a TV football viewing area, bubble soccer, cornhole, and other games. North Charleston Riverfront Park, 1001 Everglades Ave., North Charleston. Saturday, 1-5pm. $25; $75 VIP. (843)747-4849, www.charlestonanimalsociety.org


Tuesday, Nov 21, 2017

Have yourself a merry ‘80s Christmas with another original production written by 34 West Theater Company co-founders Stephen Wayne and Jeff Querin. As a follow-up to last year‘s sold-out Addicted to Love, this play—set to the pop stylings of Cyndi Lauper and eclectic hits of Robert Palmer—takes place during a high school faculty Christmas party. In this hilarious romantic comedy, the secretary forms a romantic relationship with the biology teacher even though the school principal, Michael Jackson, forbid all faculty romances. During the show, enjoy the theater’s menu of champagne, cocktails, wine, craft beer, sodas, and snacks. 34 West Theater Co., 200 Meeting St. Tuesday, 7pm; Thursday-Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 3pm. $30. (843)901-9343, www.34west.org


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