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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Last month, nearly two years after the sudden death of her husband, SurveyMonkey CEO Dave Goldberg, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg published Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy. In the book, she describes feeling as though she and her children would never experience pure happiness again. But then her friend, psychologist Adam Grant, explained that there are concrete actions people can take to work through tragedies. During this Blue Bicycle Books and Center for Women event, hear NPR’s Michele Norris interview Sandberg about all that she learned and take home a copy of Option B, pre-signed by Sandberg and Grant, her co-author. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. $35. (843) 722-2666, www.bluebicyclebooks.com


Thursday, May 11, 2017

If you haven’t made it to McLeod Plantation since it reopened under the auspices of Charleston County Parks and Recreation, let the promise of live tunes from The Lowhills, beer and wine, and Coastal Crust’s food truck lure you on over. Interpreters are available to share historical details as you tour the grounds, visiting slave cabins, a riverside pavilion, and the 600-year-old McLeod Oak. McLeod Plantation Historic Site, 325 Country Club Dr. Thursday, 5-8 p.m. $20; $15 Charleston County resident. (843) 795-4386, www.ccprc.com


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Join Charleston Waterkeeper in its mission to protect and ensure our community‘s access to clean, drinkable, and swimmable water. More than 500 attendees are expected at this year’s ball, held in The Cedar Room at the Old Cigar Factory. Local chefs serve up traditional Lowcountry dishes while The Commodore club’s house band Funktastic provides entertainment for the evening. The Cedar Room, 701 East Bay St. Thursday, 7-11pm. $80. (843)607-3390, www.charlestonwaterkeeper.org


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Best known for ‘80s hits like “Jessie’s Girl” and “I’ve Done Everything for You,” as well as his recurring role on General Hospital, Australian heartthrob Rick Springfield comes to the Charleston Music Hall to perform tracks from his 2015 album, Stripped Down. Billed as a series of “intimate solo performances with storytelling,” Springfield’s tour allows guests to get up-close and personal with the Grammy Award-winning musician. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Thursday, 8pm. $100-$50. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Waste away again at the Volvo Car Stadium with Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band. Fans can sing along to favorite hits such as “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” “A Pirate Looks at Forty,” and of course, “Margaritaville.” Whether you’re a parrothead or just enjoy some laidback island vibes, you won’t want to miss this concert. Volvo Car Stadium, 161 Seven Farms Dr., Daniel Island. Thursday, 8pm. $613-$164. www.margaritaville.com


Friday, May 12, 2017

Best known for his book The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands, Mark Catesby was also a notable artist and scientist who often illustrated the indigenous animals that he discovered. For only the second time in the U.S., this exhibit showcases his delicate watercolor works. Also on display are the circa-1733 paintings by Catesby’s friend, George Edwards. Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. Tuesday, 10am-5pm; Wednesday, 10am-7pm; Thursday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 1-5pm. $12; $10 senior/military/student; $6 ages four-17; free for child under four. (843)722-2706, gibbesmuseum.org


Friday, May 12, 2017

In this exhibit focused on animal motifs, check out the works of American artists William Dunlap, Walton Ford, and Grainger McKoy. Through their art, these painters delve into the relationships between humans, animals, and their environments, while depicting the beauty of natural landscapes. Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. Tuesday, 10am-5pm; Wednesday, 10am-7pm; Thursday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 1-5pm. $12; $10 senior/military/student; $6 ages four-17; free for child under four. (843)722-2706, www.gibbesmuseum.org


Friday, May 12, 2017

Join Charleston Museum textiles curator Jan Hiester as she explores the popularity of botanical patterns in the Lowcountry. Learn about the origins of the widely used chintz material and the adopted techniques for sewing beautiful quilts. As you hear stories about the women who created these intricate works, peruse the display of 19th-century whitework baskets, elaborately printed chintz appliqués, and 20th-century nature-inspired patterns. The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Friday, 10:30-11:30am. $12; free to passholder. (843)722-2996, www.charlestonmuseum.org


Friday, May 12, 2017

Join the 6th annual Lowcountry Golf Tournament to putt for a cause. Whether you’re a sponsor or hope to show off your golf skills, your participation will benefit Kids’ Chance of South Carolina, to fund scholarships for the children of workers injured or killed due to a work related accident. Registration includes round of golf, cart fees, and lunch. You’ll also be entered to win cash prizes and awards will be given for hole-in-one, longest drive and closest to the pin, so don’t miss out. Patriots Point Links at Charleston Harbor, 1 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant, SC. Friday, 1pm. $125 to play, sponsorships may vary. (843)546-5837, kidschancesc.org


Friday, May 12, 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 dancing energy. Mount Pleasant Pier, 71 Harry M. Hallman Jr. Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Friday, 7-11pm. $10; $8 Charleston County resident. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com


Friday, May 12, 2017

To close out its third season, 5th Wall Productions debuts Riot Act, an original story by co-founder and playwright Jason Olson. In the near future, a group of artists find themselves living in a world ruled by an oppressive government that has prohibited all forms of creative expression. When they band together to continue making art in the hopes of sparking a revolution, one member betrays the leader of the group and causes a whole lot of trouble for everybody. 5th Wall Productions, Citadel Mall, 2070 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. Friday-Sunday, 8pm. $20; $15 student/senior/military. (843)697-3359, www.5thwallproductions.org


Saturday, May 13, 2017

This scenic 5K, beginning at Brittlebank and continuing around Hampton Park, is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and support Keep Charleston Beautiful, an organization dedicated to maintaining a clean and inviting community. Following the race, there is a 50-yard dash for the younger ones, and attendees can bid on available auction items. Brittlebank Park, 185 Lockwood Dr. Sunday, 7am. $30; $25 before May 10; $15 child grade 12 & under; $15 military/fire/police. www.greenandlean5k.com


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Kick off Mother’s Day at the 14th annual Moms‘ Run 5K hosted by Postpartum Support Charleston. Whether you walk, jog, or sprint, join in on this fundraiser to raise awareness about postpartum depression and anxiety. After the race, kick back and celebrate moms everywhere at the Family Fun Day with free food, live music, and children’s activities like jump castles and face painting. MUSC Health Stadium, 1990 Daniel Island Dr., Daniel Island. Saturday, 7-11am. $35-$20. (843)732-1772, www.ppdsupport.org


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Indulge in a rosé tasting and pop-up shop hosted by Edmund's Oast. Certified sommelier Sarah O'Kelley and cicerone Brandon Plyler educate guests on types of wine and provide samples from around the world including France, Germany, California, Oregon and beyond. Enjoy a limited raw bar menu provided by 167 Raw and peruse Edmund's Oast Exchange merchandise including a limited edition t-shirt. The Bower at Edmund's Oast. 1081 Morrison Dr. Saturday, 2-4pm. Free. (843)727-1145, edmundsoast.com


Saturday, May 13, 2017

With a musical influence that reaches far and wide, Martin Sexton‘s songs have been featured in films and TV shows, such as Scrubs and Brotherhood. His incredible song writing and wide range of styles, from rock ‘n‘ roll to soul and blues, captivates audiences, including legendary singer-songwriter John Mayer who calls him “the best live performer I‘ve ever seen.“ Catch him at the Pour House for an intimate performance. Pour House, 1977 Maybank Hwy. Saturday, 8pm. $28-$25. (843)571-4343, www.charlestonpourhouse.com


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Legendary musician and social justice activist David Crosby comes to the Charleston Music Hall to perform well-loved hits such as “Music is Love“ and “Cowboy Movie.“ Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame twice—first as a member of the iconic folk-rock band The Byrds, and later with the Grammy Award-winning group Crosby, Stills, & Nash—Crosby gives a performance not to be forgotten. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Saturday, 8pm. $100-$60. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Theater enthusiasts and Shakespearean fans alike can delight in this live screening of Twelfth Night from the National Theatre of London. Set in the ancient region of Illyria, this classic comedy follows a young woman named Viola after she and her twin brother, Sebastian, are shipwrecked. When she can’t find him and assumes that he’s lost, Viola disguises herself as a man and becomes entangled in a complex web of love, friendship, and mischief. 34 West Theatre Co., 200 Meeting St. Sunday & Monday, 7pm. $20. (843)901-9343, www.34west.org


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Award-winning author Candice Shy Hooper stops in to the Charleston Library Society to discuss her book Lincoln’s Generals’ Wives: Four Women Who Influenced the Civil War – For Better and for Worse. Her book explores of the lives of Jessie Frémont, Nelly McClellan, Ellen Sherman, and Julia Grant, all of whom were the wives of Abraham Lincoln's Civil War generals. Mrs. Hooper recognizes these great women as influential members in the Civil War, as confidantes for their husbands, and for their impacts on the nation. Charleston Library Society, 164 King St. Tuesday, 3-4pm. (843)723-9912, charlestonlibrarysociety.org


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

La Morra's mobile Neapolitan pizzeria hosts its last pop-up before restaurant owners Zach Swemle and Marlee Blodgett relocate to California. Order a variety of pies along with half-priced bottles of sparkling wine and champagne for a truly authentic meal. Edmund's Oast, 1081 Morrison Drive. Wednesday, 5:30pm. (843)727-1145, edmundsoast.com


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Home Team's West Ashley location hosts its second spirits tasting and meal pairing. This time, it's all about tequila—expect three expertly prepared courses by Hometeam's resident pitmaster, each accompanied by a tequila cocktail. Space is limited, so buying tickets in advance is highly reccomended. Home Team BBQ, 1205 Ashley River Road, West Ashley. $40. (843)225-7427, http://hometeambbq.com/ 


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Sample the finest cigars from local purveyors while sipping barrel-aged bourbon at this fundraiser for Positive-Strides, an organization dedicated to helping injured student athletes with mental and physical rehabilitation and financial assistance. Guests can enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres as they participate in the silent and live auctions. William Aiken House, 456 King St. Thursday, 7-10pm. $598-$78. (843)580-1819, www.bbcannapolis.org


Friday, May 19, 2017

This three-day event immerses participants in the world of sailing and marine history, bringing together boats from across the globe. Explore tall ships dating as far back as 1939, check out art exhibits and restored wooden boat displays, and bring the whole family along for a boat-building session. Live bands perform and a food truck rally takes place throughout the festival. This event is a fundraiser benefitting four unique maritime educational charities: Charleston Community Sailing, The Lowcountry Maritime Society, The Spirit of South Carolina, and Warrior Sailing. Veterans Terminal Docks, 1150 North Port Dr., North Charleston. Friday, 10am-10pm; Saturday, 10am-11pm; Sunday, 10am-4pm. Prices vary. (843)693-3331, www.tallshipscharleston.com


Friday, May 19, 2017

Artist Tom Stanley uses a unique technique called “sgraffito“—the practice of scratching a topcoat of paint to reveal a contrasting layer beneath the surface. Popular during the Italian Renaissance, this method adds an inherently expressive quality to Stanley’s geometric abstracts, creating a contrast between the frenzied scratching and his precise lines and forms. Don’t miss his exhibit at the Halsey, and try your hand at the technique during his sgraffito lesson at the Charleston Farmers Market on May 20. Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, 161 Calhoun St. Monday-Saturday, 11am-4pm. Free. (843)953-4422, www.halsey.cofc.edu


Friday, May 19, 2017

Treat yourself to a spiritual retreat and celebrate the release of Mark Nepo’s latest book: The Way Under the Way, a collection of 217 poems composed over the past twenty years. A New York Times bestselling author, Nepo is also a talented speaker and storyteller interested in the inner soul and the question of what it means to be human. This three-day retreat uses poetry, stories, journaling, lectures, and discussions to reflect on life and focus on our shared humanity through the common thread of the spirit. Participants may also choose to just attend Nepo’s Friday night lecture. Lance Hall, 150 Meeting St. Friday, 6:30-8:30pm; Saturday, 9:30am-5pm; Sunday, 9:30am-noon. $295; Friday lecture only: $35; $25 advance. (843)720-8528, www.thesophiainstitute.org


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Bring the kids out for a chance to be an archaeologist for the day at Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site. Hear tips from professionals on what to look for on a dig and how to study found treasures to investigate a past culture. Participants get to excavate the area themselves in search of historic artifacts still hidden beneath the surface of this significant locale. Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, 1500 Old Towne Rd. Saturday, 10am-4pm. $10; $6 child. (843)852-4200, www.southcarolinaparks.com


Saturday, May 20, 2017

One of Charleston’s most elegant spring fêtes returns to honor ocean conservation efforts and celebrate the opening of an exciting new exhibit, “Zucker Family Sea Turtle Recovery.“ Get a first look at the new addition—an interactive learning experience that showcases and tracks sea turtle preservation on the East Coast. Afterwards, enjoy a seated dinner and an awards program honoring this year’s Environmental Stewardship Award recipient, David Katz and Visionary Leadership Award recipient, Bill Youngblood. South Carolina Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf. Saturday, 6pm. $300. (843)579-8540, www.scaquarium.org


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Athletes get ready for the first event in this five-race triathlon series with a 600-yard freshwater swim, 12-mile bike ride, and 5K run. In past years, more than 30,000 people have participated, and Charleston Metro Sports Council named it one of the Top Ten Charleston Signature Sport Events. Triathletes may sign up for each race individually or for the entire series. James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr. Sunday, 6am. $225-$43. (843)795-7275, www.ccprc.com


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Spend an evening in the charming carriage house at Magnolia Plantation while enjoying the musical stylings of renowned jazz artist Charlton Singleton and the band Contemporary Flow. Some of Charleston‘s top chefs prepare hor d’oeuvres and appetizers as guests bid during the live and silent auctions. Proceeds from the event benefit the Make-A-Wish South Carolina chapter, which grants wishes for children with life-threatening conditions. Magnolia Plantation, 3550 Ashley River Rd. Saturday, 6-9pm. $150. (864)250-0702, www.sc.wish.org


Monday, May 22, 2017

Golfers are invited to the nationally ranked Daniel Island Club course for this tournament benefitting East Cooper Community Outreach, which assists local families in need. In addition to playing 18 holes, you can take a swing in the longest drive competition for your chance to win a brand-new Lexus or the BMW Ultimate Driving Experience. All players receive lunch and complimentary beverages. Can‘t make the tournament? ECCO hosts a fundraising gala event on May 12. Daniel Island Club, 600 Island Park Dr., Daniel Island. Monday, 12:30-5:30pm. $1,545 group of four; $309. (843)416-7123, www.eccocharleston.org


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Cheer on the College of Charleston sailing team as it hosts the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association of North America National Championship. Spectators can watch from the USS Yorktown viewing dock as a team member narrates the race. This event has several competitions, including the Laser Performance Collegiate Team Race National Championship. Find the full tournament schedule on the event‘s website. College of Charleston J. Steward Walker Sailing Center, 20 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant. Tuesday-Friday, times & prices vary. (843)216-8450, www.collegesailing.org