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E.g., January 2018
Tuesday, Jan 23, 2018

In this unique performance, experience classical Chinese culture like never before. Telling the story through traditional Chinese dance, Shen Yun paints a vibrant picture of ancient legends with a modern twist. After selling out venues around the world, the show celebrates 10 years of dazzling performances. North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. Tuesday & Wednesday, 7:30pm. $150-$80. (843)529-5000, www.northcharlestonperformingartscenter.org


Wednesday, Jan 24, 2018

One of the wedding capitals of the world and the choice locale for more than 100 ceremonies per week, Charleston is the place to be for all things “I do.” This year’s Wedding Week, produced by our sister magazine, Charleston Weddings, features countless workshops, bridal fashion shows, parties, and more. One of the nation’s largest wedding events, attended by the who‘s who of the industry (including top gown designers, authors, and planners, among others), the week is a dream-come-true for brides-to-be and professionals alike. For more details, see page 30. Locations, times, & prices vary. www.charlestonweddingweek.com


Wednesday, Jan 24, 2018

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Neko Case, a self-proclaimed musical nomad and two-time Grammy Award nominee, makes her first ever appearance in the Holy City at the Music Farm this January. Case, a music industry vet with 20 years of experience behind her, is joined by indie folk newcomer Mt. Joy, a Philadelphia-based band fresh off their first Bonnaroo appearance this summer with a debut album in the works. Music Farm, 32 Ann St. Wednesday, 9pm. $30-$27. (843)577-6989, www.musicfarm.com


Thursday, Jan 25, 2018

Since 1953, the Preservation Society of Charleston’s annual Carolopolis Awards seek to honor excellence in historic preservation here in the Holy City. With four categories including exterior, interior, new construction, and “Pro Merito” (awarded to Carolopolis winners from at least 20 years ago that have maintained excellence in preservation), the ceremony recognizes buildings and structures that have upheld the Holy City’s standard of distinction in preserving historic architecture. Stay for a reception following the awards, with guests invited to partake in hors d‘oeuvres, libations, and live music. The Riviera Theatre, 225 King St. Thursday, 6pm. $75; $50 member. (843)722-4632, www.preservationsociety.org


Thursday, Jan 25, 2018

An aspiring politician in the early ‘90s, Thomas Lauderdale was shocked to find that the music at nearly every political function he attended was consistently “underwhelming.” Lauderdale’s mayoral dreams took a major turn when he decided to found “little orchestra” Pink Martini instead, hoping to provide a more lively soundtrack for these events. Twenty years later, Pink Martini has grown exponentially, performing in more than 20 languages in international venues from opera houses to fashion shows, taking audiences on a ”rollicking, around-the-world musical adventure” that you’ll have to hear to believe. Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Thursday, 7:30pm. $83-$23. (843)724-5212, www.gaillardcenter.org


Friday, Jan 26, 2018

A longtime Charleston tradition, the annual Charlie Post Classic is a 15K and 5K run that honors the memory of Dr. Charlie Post, the late family physician and avid runner who devoted years of his practice to treating the local running community. Proceeds fund a College of Charleston athletic scholarship in Post‘s name and have helped support student athletes for the last 34 years. Runners are invited to take on in either distance, and the Charleston Running Club awards cash prizes to the winners in each category. Middle Street & Station 15, Sullivan‘s Island. Saturday, 8:30am. $30-$25. (843)991-4846, www.charlestonrunningclub.com


Friday, Jan 26, 2018

Every January for the last 38 years, the Charleston Boat Show has given locals a head start on the Lowcountry’s seafaring season. This family-friendly event (with plenty of entertainment for kids) features vessels of all kinds, from fishing boats to yachts, and whether you are interested in investing in maritime activities or simply checking things out, this show is a one-stop shop for Charleston’s open-water enthusiasts. Charleston Area Convention Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. Friday, noon-6pm; Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm. $12; $8 senior; $5 military; $5 ages four-12; free for child under four. (864)250-9723, www.thecharlestonboatshow.com


Friday, Jan 26, 2018

Support a deliciously good cause at the Culinary Institute of Charleston‘s annual fundraising fête, A Night in the Valley. The evening includes a multi-course feast prepared by students of the culinary program, complete with wine pairings for each dish. Guests are invited to participate in silent and live auctions, as all proceeds go toward assisting the Lowcountry’s aspiring chefs in their training. The College Center at Trident Technical College, 7000 Rivers Ave., North Charleston. Friday, 6:30pm. $300. (843)574-6580, www.tridenttech.edu


Friday, Jan 26, 2018

The album Celebrating 50 Years of Del McCoury hit shelves in the spring of 2017, but that certainly doesn’t mean the iconic bluegrass band led by 70-year-old McCoury is wrapping up its storied career. The group has spent the last year touring the country and this month stops at the Charleston Music Hall. Don’t miss ’em. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Friday, 8 p.m. $44.50-$34.50. (843) 853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com


Saturday, Jan 27, 2018

The Warrior Surf Foundation (WSF), a veteran-operated nonprofit that uses surfing as a unique form of therapy for recovering vets, hosts its eighth annual Follywood Oyster Roast. The fundraiser, located at the Barrel, Folly Road's unique brew pub/dog park/music venue, features four tribute bands throughout the day and night, bringing the classic sound of Jimmy Buffett, Allman Brothers, Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, and Led Zepplin. In addition to unlimited oysters, guests have access to on-site food trucks, as well as booths from a number of local artisans. The family-friendly event offers activities for kids (think jump castles and carnival games), and welcomes all canine friends, too. Proceeds benefit WSF as they continue to bring the healing power of surfing to veterans in the Charleston community. The Barrel, 1859 Folly Rd. Saturday, 12pm-9pm. $14; free for child under 10. (864)554-6277, warriorsurf.org


Saturday, Jan 27, 2018

A famous face in today‘s comedy scene, John Mulaney has done just about everything. Following a coveted stint writing for Saturday Night Live, the comedian has released multiple stand-up specials, written for shows such as Documentary Now!, and starred in Broadway’s smash hit Oh, Hello with fellow funnyman Nick Kroll. The first leg of his sold-out Kid Gorgeous tour was so popular that more dates were added, including his first appearance in Charleston. Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Saturday, 7pm. $35. (843)724-5212, www.gaillardcenter.org


Saturday, Jan 27, 2018

The Shifa Clinic hosts its sixth annual fundraising banquet, with all proceeds supporting the organization in the coming year. The Shifa Clinic, located in Mount Pleasant, is a nonprofit devoted to providing healthcare to underinsured individuals in the Charleston community, and offers a number of medical, educational, and outreach services. The benefit features a silent auction, a gourmet meal, and keynote speeches from Dr. Abdulhakim Mohamed, phD in Islamic philosophy, and local women's rights advocate Jennet Robinson Alterman. Charleston Marriott, 170 Lockwood Dr. Saturday, 6:30-8:30pm. $50. (843)-352-4580, shifaclinics.com


Saturday, Jan 27, 2018

Celebrate the life and music of beloved pop legends with the North Charleston POPS! Orchestra. Joined by rock/symphony hybrid Jeans ‘n Classics and their core vocalist, Gavin Hope, the orchestra delivers new interpretations of timeless favorites such as “Thriller,” “Purple Rain,” “Little Red Corvette,“ and more. Join the POPS! as they journey through time to debut a unique twist on the best of contemporary pop. North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. Saturday, 7:30pm. $35-$15. (843)529-5000, www.northcharlestonpops.com


Sunday, Jan 28, 2018

With 80,000 pounds of oysters up for grabs, the Lowcountry Oyster Festival is the largest event of its kind in the world. Enter oyster-shucking or -eating contests while enjoying live music and the beautiful scenery of Boone Hall. The festival benefits local charities including Ronald McDonald House, Hollings Cancer Center, and Shriners Hospital for Children. Boone Hall Plantation, 1235 Long Point Rd., Mount Pleasant. Sunday, 10am-5pm. $25-$10. (843)853-8000, www.charlestonrestaurantassociation.com


Sunday, Jan 28, 2018

Revel in one of the most iconic musicals of all time as Tony Award-winning sensation Cabaret comes to the Gaillard. The beloved production tells the story of the Kit Kat Club, an oasis of burlesque shows and raunchy behavior in the heart of Berlin, where patrons leave their worries at the door. As World War II causes tensions to rise in the outside world, however, people begin to question whether the refuge of the club will be enough. In this reimagining of a classic, the Jill and John Chalsty Broadway Series presents Cabaret as more dazzling than ever. Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Saturday, 7:30pm. $94-$24. (843)724-5212, www.gaillardcenter.org


Sunday, Jan 28, 2018

Join the Charleston Symphony Orchestra String Quartet and principal clarinetist Charles Messersmith in an evening of classical music from Antonín Dvořák and Johannes Brahms. Performing works including Dvořák’s Serenade in D minor and Brahms’ Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet, the concert is part of the CSO’s acclaimed year-round chamber music series at the Dock Street Theatre. Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. Saturday, 7:30pm. $42-$10. (843)723-7538, www.charlestonsymphony.com


Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018

The Gaillard Education Initiative presents a live-action imagining of P. D. Eastman’s classic children’s book, Go. Dog. Go! Hitting the Charleston stage for the very first time, the cherished story tells of the antics of six hilarious pooches, and is brought to life with enough song, dance, and vibrant color to delight kids of all ages. Sprinkled with silliness and as a few important lessons along the way, Go, Dog. Go! is the family show of the season. Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Tuesday, 12:30pm. $5. (843)724-5212, www.gaillardcenter.org


Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018

Star of The Illusionists, Broadway's best-selling magic show of all time, Adam Trent is said to be “the next big thing” in modern day magic. Now touring as a solo act, Trent offers up mystifying large-scale tricks you’ll have to see to believe. The performance, a variety show featuring music, comedy, and of course, mind-bending illusions, has left national audiences stunned as Trent charms and confounds, infusing the old-school magic show with new energy. North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. Tuesday & Wednesday, 7:30pm. $67-$37. (843)529-5000, www.northcharlestonperformingartscenter.org


Thursday, Feb 01, 2018

Founded in 1773, The Charleston Museum was America’s first and still preserves a wondrous assemblage of both national and state history today. Though the Thomson Auditorium, one of the museum’s early locations, was lost to a fire in the 1980s, current photography exhibition ”Early Days” offers a look back through the institution’s rich history in the space. Through May, take in the fascinating images that offer a glance into the storied past of one of America’s oldest cultural archives. The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 12-5pm. $12; $10 ages 13-17; $5 ages three-12. (843)722-2996, www.charlestonmuseum.org


Thursday, Feb 01, 2018

Robert Lange Studios‘ latest exhibition celebrates contemporary watercolor works, including Token of Honor (pictured) and more pieces by award-winning watercolorist Dylan Pierce, as well as Alexandra Becker-Black and 18 more artists. The show highlights the multitude of styles under the watercolor umbrella, with thought-provoking and far-reaching subject matter that expresses the boldness and versatility of the genre. Robert Lange Studios, 2 Queen St. Open daily, 11am-5pm. Free. (843)805-8052, www.robertlangestudios.com


Thursday, Feb 01, 2018

Join the Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center for it's 18th annual Chart a Course for Children dinner auction held at the Cedar Room at the Cigar Factory. Guests dine on appetizers as they bid on silent auction items including vacations, dining options, and works of art. Following the auction is a three-course sit down dinner. Proceeds benefit Dee Norton and their efforts to assist abused children and their families find healing and assistance programs. Cedar Room at the Cigar Factory, 701 E Bay St., Ste 200. Thursday, 6-10pm. $225. (843) 723-3600, deenortoncenter.org

 

 


Thursday, Feb 01, 2018

Based on Alison Bechdel’s 2006 graphic novel of the same name, smash Broadway hit Fun Home comes to Charleston via PURE Theatre. Winner of the 2015 Tony Award for “Best Musical” among other accolades, the show chronicles Bechdel’s journey as she discovers her own homosexuality and navigates a complicated relationship with her gay father. Featuring a Grammy Award-winning score and Broadway’s first-ever lesbian protagonist, Fun Home is a landmark musical event not to be missed. PURE Theatre, 477 King St. Days & times vary. $32-$25. (843)723-4444, www.puretheatre.org


Thursday, Feb 01, 2018

The Black Jacket Symphony (BJS) pays tribute to legendary artist Tom Petty at the Charleston Music Hall. The BJS, known for its unique reconstructions of famous and influential albums, carefully selects its musicians according to the premise of the show. February’s performance features a fresh symphonic take on the timeless album Damn the Torpedoes, as well as a powerful and poignant set dedicated to the late Petty’s greatest hits. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Thursday, 8pm. $35-$25. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com


Friday, Feb 02, 2018

Cuban artist Roidley Perez Navarro is known as an “artista plástico,” using plastic as his chief medium while incorporating painting, sculpture, and other techniques to create unique, three-dimensional pieces. At first glance, many of Navarro’s pieces appear to be optical illusions, making for a visually fascinating body of work that has captivated viewers across the globe. Mary Martin Gallery, 103 Broad St. Friday, 5-8pm. Free. (843)723-0303, www.marymartinart.com


Friday, Feb 02, 2018

Bring the whole family to cheer for the Stingrays, Charleston’s own hometown hockey team. Bundle up, grab a soft pretzel, and watch as the Rays go head to head with teams such as the Orlando Solar Bears, The Jacksonville Icemen, The Norfolk Admirals, and the Brampton Beasts. Look out for special themed nights, like Star Wars Night on the 2nd. South Carolina Stingrays, 3300 W Montague Ave., North Charleston. Times & prices vary. (843)744-2248, www.stingrayshockey.com


Friday, Feb 02, 2018

This February, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra performs the music of acclaimed composing duo Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin. The program includes Bernstein’s Prelude, Fugue and Riffs, and Symphony No. 2 The Age of Anxiety, as well as Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F major. Gershwin’s work marries classical music with jazz elements to construct masterpieces such as Rhapsody in Blue, while Bernstein’s style refashions traditional tunes to be reminiscent of Broadway. The two-night event is part of the CSO’s Masterworks series, conducted by Ken Lam and featuring Conrad Tao on piano. Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Friday & Saturday, 7:30pm. $98-$25. (843)242-3099, www.gaillardcenter.org


Saturday, Feb 03, 2018

Lace up your running shoes and prepare for some sand in your socks. Join fellow runners and walkers in the Save the Light Half Marathon & 5K, supporting the preservation of Folly Beach’s Morris Island Lighthouse. The event is hosted by Save the Light, a grassroots nonprofit established in 2000 to maintain preservation of the lighthouse. The race’s scenic route begins and ends near the Folly Beach Pier, and while the half marathon is only open to runners, participants of all speeds are welcome to enter the 5K. Folly Beach Pier, Folly Beach. Saturday, 8:30am. $45 for half marathon; $25 for 5K. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com


Saturday, Feb 03, 2018

For Sarah Edwards-Hammond, making sweetgrass baskets is more than just a trade: it’s a sacred family tradition, passed down for generations. Today, she shares her art and its rich history with participants of all ages at The Charleston Museum. Learn about the ritual and process behind the sewing, then try your hand at a craft with deep ties in Charleston culture. The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Saturday, 9:30am-1:30pm. $65; $50 member. (843)722-2996, www.charlestonmuseum.com


Saturday, Feb 03, 2018

Bring the whole family to brave Charleston’s largest gathering of scaly creatures and slithery critters. Repticon 2018 takes place in the Omar Shrine Convention Center and features thousands of exotic animals you won't find anywhere else in the area, not to mention a parade of specialty vendors offering reptilian feeders, cages, supplies, and more. Enjoy up-close animal encounters, seminars, and demonstrations, with adoption opportunities on site for those who wish to take home a unique new pet. Omar Shrine Convention Center, 176 Patriots Point St., Mount Pleasant. Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 10am-4pm. $10; $5 for child under 12; free for child under 5. repitcon.com 


Saturday, Feb 03, 2018

The American Music System, a nonprofit that supports the musical education of Charleston’s youth, hosts its annual benefit concert at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. Performing at the event is bluegrass outfit Hank, Pattie & The Current, established by North Carolina natives Hank Smith and Pattie Hopkins Kinlaw. Citing Bela Fleck, The Punch Brothers, and Tony Rice as inspiration, the group has roots in the traditional bluegrass style, but delivers a fresh, playful sound that‘s all its own. Snack on oysters and enjoy toe-tapping tunes in Magnolia’s beautiful setting, all while supporting the community’s budding musicians. Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, 3550 Ashley River Rd. Saturday, 3pm. Suggested donation of $50-$35. ww.americanmusicsystem.com