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E.g., June 2018
Friday, Jun 01, 2018

With director, choreographer, and MacArthur Fellow Kyle Abraham at the helm, dance company A.I.M (short for Abraham in Motion) delivers performances unlike anything seen in contemporary dance today. Drawing inspiration from widely varying sources (everything from hip-hop culture to classical music) and employing dancers from a range of disciplines and backgrounds, the company returns to Spoleto six years after its festival debut in 2012. Emmett Robinson Theatre at College of Charleston, 54 St. Philip St. Days & times vary. $50-$36. (843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org


Friday, Jun 01, 2018

This special weekend pairs beach parties, live music, games, and food with the opportunity to hang with members of the band Sister Hazel. Long-time devotees and new listeners alike are welcomed to The Windjammer as the multi-hit rock band returns for this summer shindig. The three-day package includes private shows, meet-and-greets, beach concerts, exclusive dinners, and Sister Hazel swag. With top hits such as “All For You” and a new album, Lighter in the Dark, under its belt, Sister Hazel is sure to bring the house down. The Windjammer, 1008 Ocean Blvd., Isle of Palms. Days & times vary. $260-$240. (843) 886-8596, www.the-windjammer.com


Friday, Jun 01, 2018

‘Tis the season for Party at the Point, which means all the more dancing in the sand. With a lineup that includes everything from ‘90s and reggae-themed nights to groups Sol Driven Train and the Zac Brown Tribute Band taking the stage, this series at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina is a local favorite year after year. A family-friendly event that offers adult beverages, plenty of food, and waterfront entertainment, Party at the Point makes for the perfect Friday celebration every week in June. Charleston Harbor Resort, 20 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant. Friday, 5:30-9:30pm. $8; free for child under 12. (843)284-7022, www.charlestonpartyatthepoint.com


Friday, Jun 01, 2018

During this Piccolo Spoleto series directed by Yuriy Bekker, visit venues like Grace Church Cathedral and the City Gallery to luxuriate in gorgeous instrumental music. On June 2, Charleston Symphony Orchestra Brass performs pieces by Bach and more. June 4 brings the Eclipse Ensemble to explore the work of 20th-century icon Leonard Bernstein. HELLO, SAXOPHONE! presents Saxophone Stories on June 5, and on the 6th, catch The Arsenal Trio, featuring Florida-based violinist Benjamin Sung. Charleston Piano Trio closes out the series. Locations vary. Sunday-Friday, 6 p.m.; Saturday, 3 p.m. $21; $18 senior; $11 student. www.piccolospoleto.com


Friday, Jun 01, 2018

As the school year comes to an end, The Charleston Museum invites the whole family to celebrate with an evening of Night at the Museum-esque history and fun. Kids can bring a flashlight to explore the institution at twilight, while special displays, crafts, and demonstrations will be on hand for little ones throughout the event. Children of all ages can run wild in the museum, and a meal of pizza, ice cream, and lemonade caps off the night. The Charleston Museum. 360 Meeting St. Friday, 6-8pm. $25-$5. (843)722-2996, wwww.charlestonmuseum.org


Friday, Jun 01, 2018

In their Spoleto debut, National Theatre of Scotland presents the inventive and interactive show that The New York Times calls a seamless hybrid of ”robust silliness and sensual dreaminess.” The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Heart follows the title character, a stuffy academic who finds herself on an unexpectedly hilarious journey to self-discovery. Filled with rhyming couplets, karaoke performances, and maybe even whiskey for the audience, this outside-the-box play promises sidesplitting laughs and a heartwarming story. Woolfe Street Playhouse, 34 Woolfe St. Days & times vary. $90. (843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org


Friday, Jun 01, 2018

In the spring of 2017, at age 38, actor, playwright, and comedian David Lee Nelson—a College of Charleston grad—was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. He began blogging about his experience, then turned his writings into a solo play—a comedy, in fact. Directed by Adam Knight, it premiered at Piccolo Spoleto on May 26, but you still have time to catch this story exploring life’s setbacks and the search for hope amidst them. PURE Theatre, 477 King St. Days & times vary. $26. www.piccolospoleto.com


Friday, Jun 01, 2018

Enjoy an evening with Charlton Singelton’s tribute band as they pay homage to legendary funk group Earth, Wind, & Fire. Joined by inimitable vocalist Quiana Parler, Singleton, an icon of Charleston jazz, puts together a band with a vast repertoire, covering tunes that span the last 50 years of music history. In their latest performance at the Music Hall, the local jazz mainstays take audiences to Boogie Wonderland, sure to leave you grooving all night. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Friday, 8pm. $22; $17 student. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com.


Saturday, Jun 02, 2018

Women of all ages and skill levels shred waves in support of Surfers Healing, a nonprofit offering surf lessons to individuals with autism. For the 17th consecutive year, directors Patti Noe and Liz Chirles bring the perfect marriage of convivial fun and female empowerment to Folly with the Folly Beach Wahine Classic, the beach’s first-ever women’s surf competition, with categories including everything from amateur shortboard and longboard to novice bodyboarding to professional longboarding. All are invited to watch, compete, or simply enjoy the sand and sun. The Washout, E. Ashley Ave., Folly Beach. Saturday & Sunday, 8am-6pm. Free. www.follywahine.org


Saturday, Jun 02, 2018

There’s no floundering around at this fun-filled run/walk, a Charleston favorite that has been going strong for 25 years. Half of the proceeds benefit the event’s host organization, the Charleston Running Club, and the other half is given to the Sullivan’s Island Fire and Rescue Department. And there’s some shiny bait up for grabs at the end of the race: the top three male and female runners receive a cash prize in the awards ceremony. Sullivan’s Island Fish Shack, 2050 Middle St., Sullivan’s Island. Saturday, 8am. $35. www.runsignup.com.


Saturday, Jun 02, 2018

For one weekend this month, National Historic Landmark Brookgreen Gardens transforms into the perfect place to enjoy Lowcountry artwork. In this two-day festival, the park offers visitors a look at local and regional artists’ work, as well as access to exclusive discussions, demonstrations, and sales. With participants ranging from authors to painters to glass blowers, the festival’s 17th year offers a range of creativity on display in the park’s beautiful natural setting. Brookgreen Gardens, 1931 Brookgreen Dr., Murrells Inlet. Saturday & Sunday, 9:30am-4:30pm. $18-$10. (843)235-6000, www.brookgreen.org


Saturday, Jun 02, 2018

In collaboration with the Charleston Horticultural Society and The Garden Conservancy, Spoleto Festival USA opens the gates to exclusive gardens in the Holy City often not visible from the sidewalk. In this festival tradition, attendees are offered an exclusive peek behind the wrought-iron and the ivy-covered walls to discover the wonder of eight private green spaces on this self-guided tour. Locations vary. Saturday, 10am-4pm. $75. (843)722-2764, www.spoletousa.org


Saturday, Jun 02, 2018

Inspired by Marc Chagall’s early paintings of himself and his wife, Bella, Cornish theater company Kneehigh presents this music and dance performance that examines the power of love in the midst of chaos and discrimination. Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. Days, time, & prices vary. (843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org


Saturday, Jun 02, 2018

The whole family can get in on this free fest, learning about the Gullah-Geechie culture during a full day of events and programs. Renowned sweetgrass basket-maker Henrietta Snype demonstrates the art form as a host of live performers take the stage, food vendors serve Lowcountry fare, and artisans display handmade wares. A jump castle, water slide, and activities from organizations like the South Carolina Aquarium promise to keep the kids happy. Mount Pleasant Waterfront Memorial Park, 99 Harry Hallman Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Free. (843) 856-9732, www.sweetgrass.org


Saturday, Jun 02, 2018

A celebration of Gullah-Geechee culture, the Sweetgrass Festival presents a showcase of arts and crafts, live entertainment, demonstrations honoring Lowcountry history, and more. Learn about the art of sweetgrass basket weaving from Henrietta Snype and enjoy traditional eats such as shrimp and grits and alligator bites. Live music, including a performance by local blues singer Bill Dupont, accompanies this celebration of heritage and tradition. Mount Pleasant Waterfront Memorial Park, 99 Harry Hallman Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Saturday, 9am-4pm. Free. (843)856-9732, www.sweetgrass.org


Saturday, Jun 02, 2018

Charleston Music Hall presents an ongoing tribute to acclaimed film director Wes Anderson. To honor the artist’s distinctive work, the series features eight screenings of his beloved films, orchestral performances of their soundtracks and scores, and Anderson-inspired art exhibitions. Snag a souvenir by purchasing one (or eight) of the original film posters for sale, all created by local artists (think Fantastic Mr. Fox by Becca Barnet). An opening art reception kicks things off on the 2nd, followed by events happening through August 11. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Days & times vary. $8 per film; $50 eight film pass. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com


Sunday, Jun 03, 2018

Members of the modern jazz scene since their debut in the ’60s, the improvisational masters that make up Trio 3 continue to stay as relevant as ever. The seasoned musicians—saxophonist Oliver Lake, bassist Reggie Workman, and drummer Andrew Cyrille—have recorded eight albums together, along with numerous solo projects, frequently partnering with the next generation. For its Spoleto performance, Trio 3 is joined by one such younger musician— prolific pianist and recipient of the MacArthur Genius Grant, Vijay Iyer.Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Sunday, 7pm. $60-$22. (843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org


Monday, Jun 04, 2018

The Gibbes Museum of Art offers unique day camps for kids ages four to 17, allowing them to tap into their inner artist. Programs use current exhibitions, hands-on workshops and projects, instruction from local artists, and more to inspire creativity. Offering themed weeks such as ”Monet, Matisse, and Me” and options for full or half days, this camp makes for the perfect summer pastime for budding artists of all ages. Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. Days & times vary. $295-$150. (843)722-2706, www.gibbesmuseum.org


Wednesday, Jun 06, 2018

Celebrated by The New York Times as “one of the best jazz pianists alive,“ Craig Taborn’s style is both experimental and masterful, making for an utterly captivating performance. In his first-ever Spoleto appearance, Taborn plays a solo set for two nights, then is joined by Gerald Cleaver on drums and Chris Lightcap on bass in his final performances. Simons Center Recital Hall at College of Charleston, 54 St. Philip St. Days & times vary. $40-$36. (843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org


Wednesday, Jun 06, 2018

On what would have been Prince’s 60th birthday, celebrate his legacy by viewing the legendary 1984 film Purple Rain. The story follows Minneapolis musician the Kid (played by Prince) as he breaks away from an abusive home life, tries to win over a girl (Apollonia Kotero), and earns his place in the spotlight. In a salute to the late icon who changed the landscape of pop music forever, the Music Hall invites any and all fans to celebrate Prince’s life and honor his legacy. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Wednesday, 7:30pm. $8. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com


Wednesday, Jun 06, 2018

All the way from England, four-piece jazz and funk fusion band The New Mastersounds makes an appearance at the Charleston Pour House. With a newly released album, Renewable Energy, the group brings tunes both old and new that fans have described as “quirky,” “catchy” and delightfully “old school.” Don’t miss this groovy jam session on the Pour House’s main stage. The Charleston Pour House, 1977 Maybank Hwy. Wednesday, 8:30pm. $20; $18 advance. (843)571-4343, www.charlestonpourhouse.com


Thursday, Jun 07, 2018

In a rare and intimate appearance at College of Charleston’s Emmett Robinson Theatre, three of New York City Ballet’s most celebrated dancers come together—sans pointe shoes—for a stripped-down performance. The program features one work that highlights the talent of ballet dancers Jared Angle, Sara Mearns, and Gretchen Smith, and another solo work by postmodern choreographer Jodi Melnick, created in conjunction with the late Trisha Brown. Emmett Robinson Theatre at College of Charleston, 54 St. Philip St. Days, times, & prices vary. (843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org


Thursday, Jun 07, 2018

For the fourth year running, three bluegrass bands come together for one special evening at the Music Hall, where banjo riffs are promised in abundance. Gravel Road, River Boy, and Chatham County Line all have deep roots in the bluegrass genre, though each deliver a unique sound with influences ranging from Americana to traditional country. Part of the Music Hall’s Piccolo Spoleto series, this concert offers a night of toe-tapping tunes sure to delight. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Thursday, 7:30pm. $25-$15. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com


Friday, Jun 08, 2018

Join Charleston Museum archivist Jennifer McCormick for a special discussion in the Lowcountry Image Gallery. Morton B. Paine, a devoted photographer of the Holy City, captured the Lowcountry’s people and landscapes for nearly 40 years. The museum is home to a collection of Paine images purchased after the artist’s death in 1940, all depicting familiar scenes while experimenting with early camera techniques of shadow, light, and speed. The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Friday, 10:30-11:30am. $12; free for member. (843)722-2996, www.charlestonmuseum.org


Friday, Jun 08, 2018

During the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Grace Church Cathedral runs a special pop-up tea room and gift shop, with all proceeds benefiting outreach efforts in the Charleston community, including Lowcountry Food Bank, Reading Partners, and Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center. From Monday through Saturday, lunch is served by volunteer parishioners, and the Church Mouse Boutique offers wares such as jewelry, decor, and local artwork. Grace Church Cathedral, 98 Wentworth St. Monday-Saturday, 11:30am-2pm. Prices vary. (843)723-4575, www.gracechurchcharleston.com


Friday, Jun 08, 2018

Enjoy an evening with the family for a great cause. Hosted by the Rotary Club of Daniel Island, the 12th annual Charleston Duck Race benefits a number of local community outreach charities. Watch as more than 30,000 rubber ducks race across Smythe Park Lake, or donate $10 to ”adopt” a competing duck of your own. The main event is followed by a concert from local band Plane Jane at 6:30 p.m., as well as a slew of activities for kids. To up the ante, the seven winning ducks are awarded cash prizes ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. Food trucks are onsite to serve up tasty bites to accompany the action, and all proceeds benefit area charities that focus on families, housing, health, and literacy. Smythe Park Lake, 2364 Daniel Island Dr., Daniel Island. Friday, 6pm. Free. www.charlestonduckrace.com


Friday, Jun 08, 2018

HEART, an arts and theater company that provides mentorship and community engagement for adults with special needs, presents Radio Lab. This multi-media showcase features work the HEARTists have created in their most recent workshop and centers on a theatrical choir performance of hits by the likes of David Bowie and The Flaming Lips. To see more of the HEARTists’ work, stop by before the show to check out the art exhibition upstairs. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Friday, 7pm. $25. (843)853-2252, www.piccolospoleto.com


Saturday, Jun 09, 2018

She Tris urges women of all ages, shapes, and sizes to take steps toward fitness and wellness. Its annual event, the She Tris Women’s Triathlon, challenges female athletes to push their limits in an environment that encourages and inspires. The race consists of a 200-yard swim, nine-mile bike ride, and two-mile run, inviting participants of all skill levels to get in on the action. Spectators are welcome at any point in the course to cheer on the competitors. I’On Club, 252 Ponsbury Rd., Mount Pleasant. Saturday, 7:30am. $85-$75. www.shetris.com


Saturday, Jun 09, 2018

Presented by local fashion and lifestyle brand Tailored by Taylor, this competition is centered around the company’s main goal: advocating for classic style and empowering ”leading men” in the community. The evening includes categories such as “Urban Chic,“ “A Day at the Yacht Club,” and ”The Classic Man.” The event was created in hopes of sparking discussion around black style and expression in the Lowcountry, providing young adults with positive role models (a Junior Classic Man of Charleston title was recently added), and celebrating excellence in men’s fashion. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Saturday, 5pm. $20; $40 for VIP. (843)412-2544, www.charlestonmusichall.com


Saturday, Jun 09, 2018

Celebrate another year of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival with this annual tradition in Hampton Park. Entertainment from local musicians Zandrina Dunning, The Lowhills, and Matt Monday fill the green space with lively sounds as food vendors offer bites perfect for picnicking. Bring family, friends, lawn chairs, and a blanket to bid this year’s season adieu. Hampton Park, 330 Mary Murray Blvd. Saturday, 5pm. Free. www.piccolospoleto.com