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E.g., February 2020
Thursday, Feb 27, 2020

With three multi-platinum, six platinum, and four gold records under her belt, contemporary Christian artist Amy Grant is a verifiable pop icon. This year, the eight-time Grammy winner will play songs from her three-decade career—including her hit from the ’80s, “Baby Baby”— backed by her band. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Thursday, 8pm. $75-60. (843) 853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com


Friday, Feb 28, 2020

The Charleston Symphony Orchestra presents Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade” (1888), a symphonic concert based on the folk tales in One Thousand and One Nights. Sultana Scheherazade, a character in the story that frames the rest of the tales, tells stories to her husband, Sultan Schariar, that trace back to Arabic, Greek, Indian, and Jewish origins. Inspired by these stories, this music performance, appropriately titled “Scheherazade,” draws on musical influences from the East and West to create an elegant, and occasionally haunting, interpretation of the classic legends. Martha & John M. Rivers Performance Hall, The Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Friday, 7:30pm. $114-$25. (843)724-5212, www.gaillardcenter.org


Friday, Feb 28, 2020

Inspired by the 1982 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name, the Broadway musical The Color Purple was a hit when it debuted in 2004, garnering 11 Tony nominations in 2006. It has since won Grammys for its jazz, gospel, ragtime, and blues-filled soundtrack on the current revival tour. The play, which follows Celie—an African American woman, who endures traumatic hardships such as abuse and the loss of her family—over the course of 30 years has brought a story set in rural Georgia to the world stage with this international tour. North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr. Friday & Saturday, 7:30pm, Saturday & Sunday, 2pm. $75-$45. (843)529-5000, www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com


Friday, Feb 28, 2020

In this original Frasier-meets-Sleepless in Seattle play created by 34 West Theatre Co., a local cartoonist is working through his recent divorce. When his brother and father’s live-in caregiver force him back into the dating scene, true love may be just around the corner. Set in the ’90s with a Blues Traveler and Meg Ryan-esque soundtrack, this romantic comedy is best enjoyed with snacks and drinks available to partake of during the show. 34 West Theatre Co., 200 Meeting St. $35. (843)901-9343, 34west.org


Saturday, Feb 29, 2020

At this 10- and 5-K run, sprint along James Island County Park in support of Sharing Hope SC, which promotes the importance of organ and tissue donations. The races (which pups can participate in leashed alongside their owners) are separated into gender and age groups. The top three winners will be selected by precision times provided by Go Race Productions, and all participants will get a commemorative T-shirt at the finish line. For those who are unable to make it to the course, you can make a donation as a “Hero at Home.” James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr., James Island. Saturday, 9am. $35 10K; $30 5K Run/Walk & Hero at Home. (843)763-7755, www.sharinghopesc.org/events


Sunday, Mar 01, 2020

History comes alive at this exhibit featuring a selection of portraits of individuals and families. Spanning decades in the 19th century, this display includes daguerreotypes, the oldest form of photography accessible by the public, as well as its immediate successors, ambrotypes and tintypes. These portraits, taken as a direct positive, first on glass and later on metal sheets, are a portal into the past, allowing viewers to witness the people of Charleston as they truly existed, as these photographic mediums can last for centuries before showing any signs of deterioration. The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St.; Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm; Sunday 12-5pm; $12 adult; $10 youth 13-17; $5 child 3-12; (843)722-2996, www.charlestonmuseum.org


Sunday, Mar 01, 2020

Micromosaics, made from small glass or enamel-like fragments (sometimes 1,400 pieces per square inch), became popular in the 18th and 19th centuries when they were sold as souvenirs to travelers during stops in Italy on their Grand Tour—a trip wealthy Europeans took across multiple countries in the continent. At the Gibbes, view 92 pieces of Elizabeth Locke’s private collection, often set into jewelry, and portraying scenes such as famous Italian buildings and monuments or portraits of people and animals. Though the art form fell out of favor in the late 19th century, they were once considered status symbols; see why at this unique show through spring. Gibbes Museum, 135 Meeting St. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Wednesday, 10am-8pm; Sunday, 1-5pm. $12; $10 Senior, military & student; $6 age four-17. (843)722-2706, www.gibbesmuseum.org


Sunday, Mar 01, 2020

The Gibbes Museum’s ”Charleston Collects” series takes viewers inside the art collections of Lowcountry residents. This installment features works owned by Dr. Stephen and Mrs. Martha Penkhus of British sporting art depicting scenes of the English countryside, its inhabitants, and their daily activities from the 1800s to now. Artists include notable painters such as Frederick Herring Sr., James Ward, and Sir Alfred Munnings. Gibbes Museum, 135 Meeting St. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Wednesday, 10am-8pm; Sunday, 1-5pm. $12; $10 Senior, military & student; $6 age four-17. (843)722-2706, www.gibbesmuseum.org


Sunday, Mar 01, 2020

Over the last decade, little ones and their beloved plush friends have shared a lovely picnic in Hampton Park. The event features musical entertainment, face painting, seed planting, and crafts. Families are invited to bring a picnic lunch or purchase food from available food trucks. Hampton Park, 30 Mary Murray Dr. Sunday, 1:30-4pm. Free. (843)724-5003, www.charlestonparkconservancy.org


Sunday, Mar 01, 2020

Experience the unique intersection between Chinese culture and Southern hospitality at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, the oldest public garden in America. Stroll through nine acres of handmade sculptures designed by Zigong Lantern Group in China that represent the flora, fauna, and wildlife of Magnolia, including azaleas and butterflies, alligators, and peacocks, among traditional Chinese symbols. To top off your night, grab a bite to eat from one of the rotating food trucks on site. Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, 3550 Ashley River Rd. Wednesday-Sunday 5:30-9:30pm. $26; $11 child six-12. (843)571-1266, www.lightsofmagnolia.com


Monday, Mar 02, 2020

For the first time, the sculptures and paintings of 42 Southern women will be displayed together in this exhibition hosted at the Gibbes Museum of Art and organized by the Johnson Collection in Spartanburg. In the span of time in which these pieces were created (between the late 1890s and the early 1960s), women’s roles in society were challenged and redefined due to the influences of education, race, suffrage, and gender norms. Showcasing artists whose work contributed to the development of Southern art—whether mentoring future generations of artists, implementing new aesthetics, or challenging the status quo—this exhibition aims to show the challenges female artists faced during these tumultuous times. Gibbes Museum, 135 Meeting St. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Wednesday, 10am-8pm; Sunday, 1pm-5pm. $12; $10 senior, military & student; $6 age four-17. (843)722-2706, www.gibbesmuseum.org


Wednesday, Mar 04, 2020

Marion Square’s Culinary Village comes alive once again for the 15th installment of the Lowcountry’s favorite foodie festival. This five-day gastronomic excursion quickly sells out tickets for their special events—which includes dozens of dinners and brunches paired with the perfect wine selections, beverage workshops and hands-on classes—so snag your spot while you can. Locations vary; Wednesday-Friday, times and prices vary.(843)727-9998; www.charlestonwineandfood.com


Wednesday, Mar 04, 2020

English playwright Michael Frayn wrote this metatheatrical play after being inspired by the behind-the-scenes chaos of a production of one of his other plays, The Two of Us, which he found to be “funnier from behind than in front.” This three-act comedic play takes audience members into the lives of the actors as their performances become more slapdash, and relationships with one another deteriorate considerably, over the 10-week run of the show. Watch as unruly egos, memory loss, and scandalous affairs turn ordinary performances into drama-filled spectacles at Charleston Stage’s latest production. Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. Wednesday-Saturday, 7:30pm; Sunday, 3pm. $67-$29. (843)577-7183, www.charlestonstage.com


Wednesday, Mar 04, 2020

Take a peek behind the curtain as an English touring company of actors produce one of the most bumbling (and hysterical) productions ever. Discover the behind the scenes mayhem, torrid love affairs, and high-spirited shenanigans in one of the greatest farces in the English language. Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church Street, www.charlestonstage.com


Thursday, Mar 05, 2020

As part of this year’s Charleston Antiques Show, the “Design in Mind” salon series brings four of the country’s top designers to the Gaillard Center to share their secrets for incorporating antiques into your personal aesthetic. Speakers include interior designer Lisa Fine, who is influenced by fashion and travel; architect and interior designer Tom Scheerer, who is inspired by beach locales; interior decorator and social media influencer Paloma Contreras, who is known for bringing a modern sensibility to traditional styles; and event planner extraordinaire Bronson van Wyck, who combines Southern hospitality with imagination to throw unforgettable parties. Book signings follow each “Design in Mind” discussion, and tickets include general admission to the antiques show, which showcases 30 dealers of fine arts and antiques. Proceeds benefit the Historic Charleston Foundation. Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Days and times vary. $20; $75 for each “Design in Mind” lecture. (843) 722-3405, www.historiccharleston.org


Thursday, Mar 05, 2020

Set in a post-apocalyptic world after an environmental disaster, PURE Theatre’s latest production written by Lucy Kirkwood was inspired by the Fukushima nuclear accident. The drama follows two retired nuclear physicists living in a cottage outside a contaminated “exclusion zone” on the British Coast whose quiet and secluded lives are uprooted after a visit by a former colleague who brings forth a shocking proposal. PURE Theatre, 134 Cannon St. Wednesday-Saturday, 7:30pm. $28. (843)723-4444, www.puretheatre.org


Thursday, Mar 05, 2020

The pop/country band behind anthems like ”Girl Crush” is hitting the road again, this time with songs from their newly-released ninth album, Nightfall. The members of the musical group have refined their sound—which incorporates four-part harmonies reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac­—over their 20-plus year career. Rolling Stone calls their new single, ”Over Drinking” a ”delightfully woozy and defiant honky-tonky number.” Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Thursday, 8pm. $300-39. (843)724-5212, www.gaillardcenter.org


Friday, Mar 06, 2020

Calling all collectors with a fine eye for decor and an appreciation for historical pieces; Charleston’s Antique Show has returned. This year’s theme is “Design in Mind,” and a speakers series features acclaimed designers sharing ways you can integrate antique pieces into present-day interiors. With an array of art, furniture, jewelry, and more, from America and Europe, this show is a must-see for all lovers of timeless and unique relics. Charleston Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Friday & Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm. $20. (843)722-2996, www.historiccharleston.org


Friday, Mar 06, 2020

Fine textured patterns and pearlescent colors are a striking feature of the ceramic sculptures that South Carolina artist Bette Mueller-Roemer creates using the Raku technique. With roots in ancient Japan, Raku is an artistic method of quickly firing and cooling ceramics to create unique coppered pottery. Mueller-Roemer is known locally for her ceramics, which are vibrant and tactile and take the shape of bowls, cylindrical vases, as well as wall sculptures. Revealed Gallery, 191-A Church St., Charleston. Monday-Saturday, 11am-5pm; Sunday, 12-4pm. Free. (843)872-5606, www.revealedgallery.com


Friday, Mar 06, 2020

Your entire family will be singing “Let It Go” for the next week after seeing this community theater production of Disney’s massively popular animated musical. The play is based on the Broadway adaptation of the film and features all of the original songs, as well as five new tunes originally written for the New York stage. Young fans of Anna, Elsa, and Olaf can come see their favorite characters come to life before them in this PG-rated, fun for all ages show. Flowertown Players, 133 South Main St., Summerville. Friday, 7pm.; Saturday & Sundays, 3pm. $15; $10 student; $7 child under 12. (843)875-9251, www.flowertownplayers.org


Saturday, Mar 07, 2020

Runners and walkers may encounter ‘a wild thing or two‘ at Caw Caw Interpretive Center during this 5K through the 654-acre site in Ravenel. Boasting rich natural, cultural, and historical resources­, the center’s scenic park features more than seven miles of trails­ providing an idyllic backdrop for this spring run. Participants between the ages of 10 and 15 can run, but must be accompanied by an adult. Kids can participate in readings of Maurice Sendak’s book, which inspired the name of the 5K, and in family-friendly yoga before the race. An awards ceremony will follow. Caw Caw Interpretive Center, 5200 Savannah Hwy., Ravenel. Saturday, 8:30am. $32. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com


Saturday, Mar 07, 2020

Runners will be sporting every color of the rainbow at this eye-catching race benefiting the Carolina Youth Development Center—an organization that provides a nurturing living environment to children without a permanent home. Participants are sprayed with bright colored powder as they dash through stations along the route of this all-ages event. A festival will follow the 5K, where attendees can celebrate the organization and their latest fitness accomplishment. Moncks Corner Regional Recreation Complex, 418 E. Main St., Moncks Corner. Saturday, 9am. $35; $25 military; free for child under five. (843)266-5200, www.cydc.org


Saturday, Mar 07, 2020

Celebrate science, technology, engineering, and math at the sixth annual Charleston STEM Festival. Children, teens, families, and local professionals gather in Exchange Park for hands-on activities, live performances, interactive demonstrations, and more. Established in 2013, the festival aims to promote the importance of science, technology, engineering and math in society, conveying the joy of STEM to participants of all ages. Exchange Park, 9850 US 78, Ladson. Saturday, 10am-3pm. Free. www.charlestonstemfest.org


Saturday, Mar 07, 2020

Rock band Drivin’ N Cryin’ and Ken Block with Drew Copeland, members of the platinum-certified rock band Sister Hazel, headline the lineup of this all-day music festival benefitting eight Lowcountry rescues and shelters. All animal adorers are encouraged to bring their pets and enjoy local food and live music in support of beloved organizations such as Pet Helpers Adoption Shelter and Eunoia Rescue. Hanahan Amphitheater, 3100 Mabeline Dr., Hanahan. Saturday, 11am- 7pm. $28; $5 child under 12. (843)266-0723, www.lowcountrydog.com


Saturday, Mar 07, 2020

Grab the family and head to an eclectic street festival steps away from the sand. Kids can participate in activities including jump castles, a bungee trampoline, and face painting as parents enjoy live music, local art, restaurants, and craft vendors. Front Beach, Isle of Palms. Saturday, noon-4pm. Free. (843)886-8294, www.iop.net


Sunday, Mar 08, 2020

Be part of an inspiring event where many will march in an effort aimed at both raising awareness and funds for Type 1 diabetes. Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF) describes their mission as simply having “one goal: to create a world without Type 1 diabetes.” Be one of the 900,000-plus people across the country who take this 1.2 mile trek annually. Smythe Park, 2364 Daniel Island Dr. Sunday, 12:30pm. Free to participate; donations welcome. (843)327-8007, www.jdrf.org


Sunday, Mar 08, 2020

This Denver-based septet believes that music has the power to unify people and hopes that their latest album, Death or Devotion, does just that. Listen to their infectious hooks and groovy riffs that The Washington Times says sounds like ”a lost funk/soul gem from the late 1970s.” Tap your toes along to songs like “Highly Compatible,” from their latest album, and “Keep on Don’t Stoppin’,” from their eponymous 2014 album. The Charleston Pourhouse, 1977 Maybank Hwy., James Island. Sunday, 9pm. $23; $20 advance. (843)571-4343, www.charlestonpourhouse.com


Tuesday, Mar 10, 2020

Honor the legacy of the late 17-time Grammy winner while listening to celebrated artists perform his greatest hits. The musicians playing their favorite Ray Charles songs include Clint Holmes—most known for his song “Playground in my Mind”—and renowned a cappella group Take 6, who Quincy Jones referred to as the “baddest vocal cats on the planet.” Also performing are saxophonist Kirk Whalum, who created the soulful saxophone solo in Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You,” and Nnenna Freelon, a six time Grammy-nominated vocalist. Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Tuesday, 7:30pm. $66-$36. (843)724-5212, www.gaillardcenter.org


Tuesday, Mar 10, 2020

Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Sturgill Simpson brings his defiant country music act to Charleston in support of his latest album, Sound & Fury (September 2019), which takes its name from the famous line in Shakespeare’s Macbeth and William Faulkner’s great Southern novel The Sound and the Fury. Heavily influenced by Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson, the Kentucky native’s rocking, slightly psychedelic melodies combined with his twangy tone and biting lyrics have won him critical acclaim, if not full acceptance by Nashville’s establishment. Fellow Kentuckian Tyler Childers opens. North Charleston Coliseum, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices vary. (843) 529-5000, www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com


Tuesday, Mar 10, 2020

If you’re one of the 4.5 million subscribers to their Youtube account, now’s the chance to see Postmodern Jukebox perform their jazzy iterations of pop songs live. Five years ago Scott Bradlee, who grew up obsessed with old Motown records, formed the group in an attempt to bring sounds from the past century into the mainstream today. The ensemble, which now consists of a rotating collective of 50 singers and 50 instrumentalists, has covered songs such as Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass,” The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army,” and Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” and infused them with Motown, big band, and ragtime hallmarks. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Tuesday, 8pm. $75-$40; $175 meet-and-greet. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com