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E.g., October 2018
Friday, Oct 12, 2018

Literature lovers unite! This 37th annual book sale returns to the Omar Shrine Auditorium. With book prices starting as low as 50 cents, the expansive array also includes CDs, sheet music, and DVDs. Proceeds benefit the Charleston Friends of the Library, a nonprofit that helps to support the Charleston County Public Library system. Omar Shrine Auditorium, 176 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant. Friday, 9am-7pm; Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 10am-3pm. Free. (843)805-6882, www.charlestonlibraryfriends.org


Friday, Oct 12, 2018

Join the Charleston Library Society for high tea celebrating the release of Style & Design: A Constant Thread, a new book by Carolyne Roehm, the iconic designer (with a career at Oscar de la Renta on her resume), model, and author who now keeps a residence in the Holy City. The event promises light snacks, tea, champagne, and conversation with the guest of honor. Charleston Library Society, 164 King St. Friday, 3:30pm. $95. (843)723-9912, www.charlestonlibrarysociety.org


Friday, Oct 12, 2018

Catherine Booker Jones exhibits her minimalist abstractions at The George Gallery’s brand-new Broad Street location, making for a housewarming party like no other. An Alabama native and daughter of an interior designer, Jones grew up “surrounded by beautiful things,” and her work, known for stark lines and bold color palettes, is on view through early November. Meet the artist and take in her paintings at an opening reception on October 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. The George Gallery, 54 Broad St. Tuesday-Friday, 10am-5pm; Saturday, 11am-5pm. Free. (843)579-7328, www.georgegalleryart.com


Friday, Oct 12, 2018

An annual fundraiser for local nonprofit YESCarolina’s Youth Entrepreneurial program, A Fête for the Future of Entrepreneurship is hosted at the Gaillard Center to benefit the young upstarts the organization sponsors. Beloved Lowcountry band Plane Jane provides the music, while chefs from Butcher & Bee whip up dishes for the awards dinner, where area students and teachers are honored for their go-getter spirits and entrepreneurial education efforts. Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Friday, 6-10pm. Prices vary. (843)805-4901, www.yescarolina.com


Friday, Oct 12, 2018

This month, the Footlight Players presents Alfred Hitchcock’s highly acclaimed comedy/thriller, The 39 Steps, winner of two Tony Awards and an Olivier Award. The plot centers around protagonist Richard Hannay as he is accused of murder and tries at all costs to avoid the authorities. Instead of evading them, Hannay finds himself tangled in a number of unfortunate twists of fate and, serious as it sounds, the result is seriously funny. Queen Street Playhouse, 20 Queen St. Days & times vary. $32-$8. (843)722-4487, www.footlightplayers.net


Saturday, Oct 13, 2018

A full day of outdoor fun delivers polo matches and more, starting with a 6 a.m. hot air balloon launch. From the stomping of the divots to the Farm to Table Dinner with the polo players, don’t miss out. Hyde Park Farm & Polo Club, 6763 Davis Rd., Ravenel. Saturday, 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Prices vary. www.victorycup.org


Saturday, Oct 13, 2018

Lace up your sneakers and take to the West Ashley streets in this race benefitting the Charles Webb Center (CWC), a day care for preschool-age kids with developmental disabilities. This annual 5K is the CWC’s biggest fundraiser, impacting the lives of countless children. Beginning on Magnolia Road by Triangle Char + Bar, the course takes participants through the Avondale neighborhood and ends back at Triangle for an after-party. Triangle Char + Bar, 828 Savannah Hwy. Saturday, 8am. $40-$20. (843)377-1300, www.avondale5k.com


Saturday, Oct 13, 2018

Channel your inner LeBron at Patriots Point’s three-on-three, half-court basketball tournament held on the deck of the USS Yorktown. This event invites ballers of all ages (from elementary school students to seniors) to go head to head against the backdrop of the Charleston Harbor. With appearances from College of Charleston and Charleston Southern players in addition to a rotation of DJs, food, and local vendors, the day is sure to be nothin’ but net. Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, 40 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant. Saturday, 8am-8pm. $80 per team; $12 spectator. (843)259-2959, www.ballersworld.com


Saturday, Oct 13, 2018

Head to John‘s Island‘s Mullet Hall for this 5K race, or challenge yourself by participating in the half marathon. Enjoy the course that winds through scenic trails lined with oaks, then cool down at the finish line with refreshments and live music. John’s Island County Park, 2662 Mullet Hall Rd., John’s Island. Saturday, 8:30am. $40-$32 half marathon; $32-$25 5K. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com


Saturday, Oct 13, 2018

Calling all pet fanatics and furry sidekicks! Lowcountry Paws hosts an exposition of more than 200 adoptable pets, along with educational presentations and plenty of door prizes. The expo also promises a parade of vendors offering everything your best pal might need, from leashes and toys to medical care and boarding. Don’t miss out on a chance to enter your four-legged friend in the photo contest! Charleston Area Convention Center, 5000 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. Saturday, 10am-3pm. $3; free for child under 12. www.eveningpostevents.com


Saturday, Oct 13, 2018

 

Dress in your pastel best for the Victory Cup at Hyde Park Polo Club. What was once simply an annual polo match held in different locations across the country has grown over its 14-year history to include farm-to-table eats, drink tastings from local vendors, and 2018’s grand finale: Charleston’s first-ever hot air balloon launch. Gear up for a full day of festivities that culminates in the presentation of the Victory Cup to the winning polo team. Hyde Park Polo Club, 6763 Davis Rd., Ravenel. Saturday, 11am-7pm. Prices vary. www.victorycup.org


Saturday, Oct 13, 2018

The annual Oktoberfest celebration is held at St. Matthews Lutheran Church for a marriage of tradition and fun. A fundraiser for the church’s community outreach center, the autumn beerfest offers plenty of the golden elixir, as well as hearty helpings of traditional German foods (think bratwursts, schnitzel, and sauerkraut). Stick around for kids’ activities and a good old-fashioned polka. St. Matthews Lutheran Church, 405 King St. Saturday, noon-6pm. $20-$10. (843)723-1611, www.oktoberfestcharleston.com


Saturday, Oct 13, 2018

Often known simply as “Q,” mega-producer and arranger Quincy Jones created music with the likes of Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Patti Austin, Sarah Vaughn, and Michael Jackson. Experience a performance that honors the recipient of 28 Grammy Awards and major force behind hit artists of almost every genre. The Charleston Jazz Orchestra and vocalist Quiana Parler pay homage to Jones’s legendary repertoire through their own renditions of his most notable compositions. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Saturday, 5pm & 8pm. $60-$25. (843)641-0011, www.charlestonjazz.com


Saturday, Oct 13, 2018

With guest vocalist Quiana Parler, the CJO explores the repertoire of famed producer and arranger Quincy Jones. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Saturday, 5 p.m. & 8 p.m. $60-$25. www.charlestonjazz.com


Sunday, Oct 14, 2018

Bring the whole family to Wannamaker County Park to experience authentic cuisine, music, and dance native to Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. Four-time Grammy Award nominee Plena Libre provides modern Puerto Rican rhythms, and those who think their hips are up for the challenge can test their skills in DJ Luigi of Latin Groove Charleston’s Salsa Dance Contest. Not one for the spotlight? Attendees can watch the Buen Aché Dance Company tell stories through traditional Afro-Latino moves while enjoying an array of traditional-style bites from on-site vendors. Wannamaker County Park, 8888 University Blvd., North Charleston. Sunday, noon-6pm. $10; $5 student; free for child under 12. (843)762-5585, www.ccprc.com


Sunday, Oct 14, 2018

Explore the connections between music, art, and healing with Chamber Music Charleston at the Governor Thomas Bennett House. Guests are invited to spend a fall afternoon in the property’s garden while sipping wine, enjoying classic Southern hor d’oerves, and listening to selection by Chamber Music Charleston. Icing on the cake at this special event, proceeds benefit Roper St. Francis’s Art of Healing program, as well as Chamber Music Charleston’s education programs. The Governor Thomas Bennett House, 69 Barre St. Sunday, 2-4pm. $70. (843)763-4941, chambermusiccharleston.secure.force.com


Monday, Oct 15, 2018

Angie Thomas, author of this year’s The College Reads! book, The Hate U Give, pays a visit to the College of Charleston. Taking the stage at the Sottile Theatre, the celebrated novelist talks activism, writing, and turning the political personal. Published in 2017, The Hate U Give—which has been adapted into a film hitting theaters on October 19—centers on subjects of race, violence, and the current political climate, and this intimate conversation is sure to be an eye-opening experience for students and community members alike. Sottile Theatre, 44 George St. Monday, 7-8:30pm. Free. (843)953-2017, www.angiethomas.com


Wednesday, Oct 17, 2018

In its second year, the Lowcountry’s inaugural poetry festival delivers a week-long celebration of the art form via events all over the Holy City. Founded by Charleston’s Poet Laureate, Marcus Amaker, Free Verse features student poetry slams, a ”Physical Poetry” dance performance, workshops, meet-and-greets, open mic nights, and more. Locations, times, & prices vary. www.freeversefestival.com


Wednesday, Oct 17, 2018

Explore the power of poetry during this second annual festival created by Charleston’s Poet Laureate, Marcus Amaker. The headlining event is October 20’s Spoken Words, bringing three celebrated poets—Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, Mike Rosen, and Tyquan Morton—to the Memminger Auditorium stage. Yet a dozen more happenings range from an evening of dance at Queen Street Playhouse to a convergence of electronic music and spoken word poetry at Redux Contemporary Art Center. Locations, times, & prices vary. www.freeversefestival.com


Wednesday, Oct 17, 2018

On a California ranch in the 1930s, migrant workers George Milton and Lennie Small strive to make a better life for themselves amidst the Great Depression. Rediscover their story of true friendship and big dreams as Charleston Stage takes on the John Steinbeck masterpiece Of Mice and Men. Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. Days & times vary. $67-$29. (843) 577-7183, www.charlestonstage.com


Wednesday, Oct 17, 2018

Blues Traveler is a Grammy Award-winning staple in today’s music industry, with an intoxicating sound comprised of rock, folk, and soulful blues. Touring its 13th studio album, Hurry Up & Hang Around, the band hits the Holy City stage with new tracks as well as platinum classics such as “Hook” and “Run-Around.” Jam out with lead singer and master harmonica player John Popper and the rest of the group. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Wednesday, 7pm. $63-$43. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com


Wednesday, Oct 17, 2018

Delve into John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men as the story unfolds on the Dock Street Theatre stage. Set on a California ranch during the Great Depression, the novel-turned-play chronicles the lives of migrant workers George Milton and Lennie Small as they navigate the dry soil in hopes of a better life and a ranch of their own. Experience the Pulitzer Prize-winning story anew as it explores the many facets of friendship, social class, fate, and the idea of the ”American Dream.” Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. Days & times vary. $67-$29. (843)577-7183, www.charlestonstage.com


Thursday, Oct 18, 2018

“Bring a friend and grab some beers, to the dolphins we will cheers!” On the outdoor patio at Tradesman Brewery, enjoy food truck snacks and craft beer for a good cause. A $20 donation at the door includes a LMMN stainless steel cup and a chance to bid on some great items at the silent auction. Tradesman donates $1 per pint to marine conservation efforts all evening, so raise a glass! Tradesman Brewing Company, 1647 King St. Ext. Thursday, 5-8pm. $20. (843)991-6953, facebook.com/lowcountrymarinemammalnetwork/


Friday, Oct 19, 2018

“To be southbound is to journey to a place in flux, radically transformed over recent decades, yet also to the place where the past resonates most insistently in the United States,” says the Halsey Institute of this unprecedented exhibition. “To be southbound is also to confront the weight of preconceived notions about this place....” Join in the confrontation by viewing 56 photographers’ depictions of the 21st-century South, starting with a reception on October 19. Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, 161 Calhoun St. Times vary. Free. (843) 953-4422, www.halsey.cofc.edu


Friday, Oct 19, 2018

The often uneasy marriage of old and new present in the American South has formed a fascinating, culturally rich landscape where the tension of the past and the reality of the present are often at odds. The Halsey’s latest exhibit explores this dichotomy with this collection of 56 photographers’ work documenting the 21st-century South. Attend the opening reception on October 19 at 6:30 p.m. to delve deeper into the thought-provoking exhibition. Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, 161 Calhoun St. Monday-Saturday, 11am-4pm; Thursday, 11am-7pm. Free. (843)953-4422, www.halsey.cofc.edu


Friday, Oct 19, 2018

Join Miller Gallery as Laura Dargan bebuts her latest solo exhibit, FORMATION. Laura creates in an evolutionary process, each work building from the last, and FORMATION specifically draws from the concept that “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts” as she layers shapes, colors, and lines. Mingle with the painter at this reception, celebrating the commencement of the unique exhibition. The Miller Gallery, 149 1/2 East Bay St. Friday, 6-8pm. Free. (843)764-9281, millergallerychs.com/


Friday, Oct 19, 2018

The Charleston Community Band invites the community to celebrate its 40th year sharing music with the Holy City. This free Latin American concert promises the vivid, evocative, passionate sounds of the genre, including the US premiere of Ferrer Ferran's La Veude la Trompeta, featuring solo trumpetist Antonio Marti, principal trumpet of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. Born in Valencia, Spain, Marti has played first trumpet for other international orchestras such as the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, La Laguna Chamber Orchestra, the Wind Ensemble of Tenerife, and the New York Chamber Orchestra. Commemorate the Charleston Community Band’s 40th anniversary with this special international performance. Rose Maree Myers Theater for the Performing Arts, 5109 West Enterprise St., North Charleston. Friday, 7:30pm. Free. (803)553-9321, charlestoncommunityband.org


Friday, Oct 19, 2018

See the newly crowned winner of Rupaul’s Drag Race: All-Stars on her world tour, stopping at Charleston Music Hall this month. Blending Dolly Parton’s style with the kookiness of Amy Sedaris, Trixie Mattel wins over crowds in this show unlike any other, playing up a genuine country twang and soulful musical repertoire as she blends comedy and vocals. Looking for a preview of what to expect? Watch an episode of her talk show, The Trixie & Katya Show, on Viceland before catching this one-of-a-kind performance. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Friday, 8pm. $99-$35. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com


Saturday, Oct 20, 2018

Experience the experiential methodology based on the research of acclaimed writer and professor Dr. Brené Brown, known as the Daring Way, at James Island County Park Conference Center. Anyone wishing to increase his or her capacity to experience joy, deepen relationships, develop a sense of purpose, or learn new ways to transform their life can dive into the two day intensive taught by Renee Sievert, a certified Daring Way facilitator. Registration includes a Daring Way workbook, lunch, and refreshments throughout the program. James Island County Park Conference Center, 871 Riverland Dr. Saturday & Sunday, 9am - 5pm. $745. (843)730-3058, indieglow.net/thedaringway


Saturday, Oct 20, 2018

All of Folly Beach comes together during this annual street fest, fittingly known as Follypalooza. And its not just fun and games—founded over a decade ago by island resident D.J. Rich, this community event and fundraiser benefits Folly locals battling cancer. Bring friends and family for a full day of excitement, including food from the surrounding restaurants and vendors, brews at the Beer Garden, live music, and an activity-packed Kids Zone. Visitors must pay a small admission fee, but island-dwellers get in free of charge. Center Street, Folly Beach. Saturday, 10am-5pm. $10; $5 advance; free for resident/child under 12. www.visitfolly.com