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EVENT CALENDAR

E.g., April 2024
Thursday, Apr 25, 2024

Hosted by the Charleston Habitat for Humanity as “the only party in Charleston where guests can wear Carhartt and Chanel in the same ensemble,” the annual Builder Bash raises money to eliminate substandard housing in the Charleston area. Enjoy bites and beverages while participating in silent and live auctions. The Cedar Room, 701 East Bay St. Thursday, 6:30-10pm. $200-$175. (843)722-7145, www.charlestonhabitat.org


Thursday, Apr 25, 2024

The Moth, a New York City-based nonprofit founded in 1997, hosts storytelling events worldwide that often feature prominent literary and cultural personalities alongside everyday people like veterans, school teachers, and parents. Its “Mainstage” production is based on spoken word and literary discussions led by previous competition winners and aspiring artists. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Thursday, 7:30pm. $48-$32. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com


Friday, Apr 26, 2024

Join the Gibbes Museum’s annual Art Charleston festival for an intimate farm-to-table dinner in the Lenhardt Garden prepared by local chef Kevin Mitchell, a historian, author, and scholar of historical foodways of the American South. During the four-course meal, Mitchell will be on hand to discuss the significance of the ingredients, sustainability and its role in our culture, and the importance of sharing a meal with community. Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St., Friday, 6-9:30 p.m. $600. www.gibbesmuseum.org


Friday, Apr 26, 2024

The Kiawah Arts Council is excited to announce that the award-winning powerhouse Will Thompson Band will perform on the Freshfields Village Green on Friday, April 26. Hailing from the Gulf Coast of Florida and fronted by singer-songwriter Will Thompson, the band spans genres with a high-energy mix of Southern rock, blues, pop, original music, and classic covers.

Crowned as the Best on the Coast, The Will Thompson Band has astounded audiences with their captivating performances. The group has toured nationwide and shared the stage with artists such as Brandi Carlisle, Sheryl Crow, and Death Cab for Cutie. Their magnetic performances have garnered nationwide acclaim, spreading their infectious energy from coast to coast. Get ready to be swept away by their talent, passion, and the limitless possibilities they bring to the world of music. For more information visit https://cms2.revize.com/revize/kiawahisland/tiles_detail_T43_R281.php


Friday, Apr 26, 2024

Grab a dancing partner at the Mount Pleasant Pier for an evening of live music and waterfront views. Admire the starry reflection of the Charleston Harbor while listening to classic country and Southern rock tunes from the Mason Dixon Band. Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park, 99 Harry M. Hallman Jr. Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Friday, 7-10:30pm. $10-$8. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com


Friday, Apr 26, 2024

Hear a double set from rock band Death Cab for Cutie and lead singer Ben Gibbard’s indie-pop supergroup side project The Postal Service. The former will be performing Give Up in its entirety, while the latter will cover the full track list from 2003’s Transatlanticism in celebration of both albums’ 20th anniversaries. Credit One Stadium, 161 Seven Farms Dr., Daniel Island. Wednesday, 7pm. $128-$33. (843)856-7900, www.creditonestadium.com


Friday, Apr 26, 2024

Celebrate the 20th-anniversary release of the Mean Girls movie with this critically acclaimed Broadway musical written by Tina Fey following Cady Heron, a teenager raised in Africa, as she naively navigates moving to America and attending high school. After befriending a trio of popular but ruthless high schoolers called “the Plastics,” Cady struggles with recognizing the value of being yourself over social standing. North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. Friday, 7:30pm; Saturday, 2pm & 7:30pm; Sunday, 1pm & 6:30pm. $312-$43. (843)529-5000, www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com


Friday, Apr 26, 2024

Performing its latest album L’Optimist, Andy Frasco & the U.N. play a rollicking blend of genres, including funk, surf rock, gospel, and reggae. Tracks like “Everything Bagel” and “Iowa Moon” explore matters of the heart, mental health, and human vulnerability. Charleston Pour House, 1977 Maybank Hwy., James Island. Friday & Saturday, 8:30pm. $35-$30. (843)571-4343, www.charlestonpourhouse.com


Saturday, Apr 27, 2024

Gather friends to compete for a day of fun in this bracket-style competition with a round robin to support Special Olympics South Carolina sports, education, and health programs. Register to join one of the 128 teams of four. Participants receive breakfast, lunch, and mimosas, as well as commemorative T-shirts. The annual Bocce Bash supports more than 30,000 athletes across the state. Bishop England High School Football Stadium, 363 Seven Farms Dr., Daniel Island. Saturday, 9:30am. $600 per team of four, donations encouraged. (843)367-2358, www.boccebash.com 


Saturday, Apr 27, 2024

Charleston Horticultural Society’s Plantasia celebration encourages gardeners of all skill levels to head to the Green Market at Old Towne Creek County Park. Purchase plants, check out local vendors, and dine on food truck fare. Little ones can plant seeds, paint pots, and participate in other activities in the children’s garden. Magnolia Park & Community Garden, 720 Magnolia Rd. Saturday, 8am-2pm. Free. (843)579-9922, www.chashortsoc.org


Saturday, Apr 27, 2024

For 20 years, this event has celebrated Autism Awareness month by raising funding for student scholarships. Support the cause by walking through scenic Hampton Park, then enjoy live music and play with therapy dogs. Hampton Park, 30 Mary Murray Dr. Saturday, 9am. $30. (843)553-1316, www.walkforautismcharleston.org 


Saturday, Apr 27, 2024

Celebrate Black businesses, foodways, and culture at this two-day festival at Ladson’s Exchange Park Fairgrounds. Enjoy bites from more than 40 trucks offering an array of Black cuisines, from soul food to West African dishes. The family friendly event also features live music, DJ sets, dancing, artisan vendors, and a kids zone. 9850 Hwy. 78, Ladson. Saturday & Sunday, 12-7 p.m. $20; free for children ages 12 and under; (VIP tickets start at $140). www.blackfoodtruckfestival.com


Saturday, Apr 27, 2024

See Blackstar, David Bowie’s 26th and final studio album, reimagined by his long-time musical collaborator Donny McCaslin. Members of Charleston Symphony will also bring to life to some of Bowie’s most iconic songs, such as “Heroes,” “Life on Mars,” and “Space Oddity.”  The Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Saturday, 7:30pm. $146-$41. (843)242-3099, www.gaillardcenter.org


Saturday, Apr 27, 2024

Formed in 1967 by vocalists Chuck Negron, Cory Wells, and Danny Hutton, this legendary rock and blues band achieved immense success between 1969 and 1975, boasting 21 Billboard “Top 40” hits, three of which reached number one. The group continues to tour globally, performing fan favorites such as “Joy to the World,” “Never Been to Spain,” and “Mama Told Me.” Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Saturday, 8pm. $100-$60. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com


Sunday, Apr 28, 2024

The event honors Mount Pleasant’s rich shrimping and fishing legacy against the stunning backdrop of the Ravenel Bridge and Charleston Harbor. Visitors can watch or partake in an exciting boat parade and sample delectable seafood selections from some of Mount Pleasant’s best restaurants. Browse craft displays, join in shag and shrimp- eating competitions, and groove to live music. Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park, 99 Harry M. Hallman Jr. Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Sunday, 11am-5pm. Free. (843)884-8517, www.experiencemountpleasant.com


Sunday, Apr 28, 2024

Celebrate the Charleston Parks Conservancy’s 17th birthday with games and activities, face painting, live music, food, and adult beverages. Money raised benefits the conservancy’s mission of perserving public parks and green spaces for future generations. Hampton Park, 30 Mary Murray Dr. Sunday, 2-5 p.m. $125; $75 child; free for child under two. www.charlestonparksconservancy.org


Tuesday, Apr 30, 2024

Charleston Library Society welcomes guests for the publishing week debut of The Final Victory by South Carolina writer Roger Jones. The novel chronicles the emotional journey of Tripp Avery, who reluctantly agrees to coach a Dragon Boat team after recieving a debilitating cancer diagnosis. Charleston Library Society, 164 King St. Tuesday, 6-7pm. $15-$10. (843)723-9912, www.charlestonlibrarysociety.org


Wednesday, May 01, 2024

This textile exhibition explores similarities between abstract artwork and unique quilting patterns, blurring the two artistic mediums together and challenging the viewer to use their imagination. The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm. $30-$15. (843)722-2996, www.charlestonmuseum.org


Wednesday, May 01, 2024

Painter and sculptor Tyrone Geter’s latest mixed-media collection includes both simple charcoal sketches and intricate sculptures. Geter’s work explores the struggles of his subjects while also highlighting their resilience and hope for the future. Redux Contemporary Art Center, 1056 King St. Tuesday-Friday, 11am-5pm; Saturday, noon-3pm. (843)722-0697, www.reduxstudios.org


Wednesday, May 01, 2024

By asking collaborators to “teach her a song,” Native American artist and composer Elisa Harkins hopes to promote the sharing and trading of musical traditions. Building on the artist’s interests in language preservation and indigenous musicology, this Halsey Institute exhibition presents Harkins’ ongoing project, started in 2021, in its entirety. Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, 161 Calhoun St. Monday-Saturday, 11am-4pm. Free. (843)953-4422, www.halsey.cofc.edu


Wednesday, May 01, 2024

For her emotional ongoing series entitled “Jāļī,” named for the Hindi word for “net,” visual artist Spandita Malik photographs Indian women with whom she connected through self-help centers for domestic and gender-based violence. Malik prints the portraits, created in the womens’ homes and personal spaces, onto fabric specific to the region where they live. Afterward, survivors embroider their own portraits, reclaiming their representation and creating an artistic collaboration with Malik.  Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, 161 Calhoun St. Monday-Saturday, 11am-4pm. Free. (843)953-4422, www.halsey.cofc.edu


Wednesday, May 01, 2024

This five-day festival highlights regional and local artists and performers, showcasing hundreds of works of fine arts and crafts and photography. Now celebrating its 41st year, the festival began as a one-day community event in Park Circle and today includes concerts, theater and dance performances, children’s programs, and more. This year’s North Charleston Arts Festival Poster Design Competition winner was Jirah Perkins, a local multidisciplinary artist whose submission (shown) illustrates the imaginative play of her son. Location, dates, & times vary. Free. (843)740-5854, www.northcharlestonartsfest.com


Wednesday, May 01, 2024

The City Gallery’s latest exhibition features works by the renowned English portrait photographer. The installation includes more than 40 liminal landscapes, photographed in the Lowcountry and upstate New York almost exclusively on film, offering abstract impressions of Parry’s surroundings. City Gallery at Joe Riley Waterfront Park, 34 Prioleau St. Thursday-Sunday, noon-5pm. Free. (843)958-6484, www.citygalleryatwaterfrontpark.com


Wednesday, May 01, 2024

Take in historic Middleton Place with an adult beverage in hand. The 18th-century rice plantation is home to America’s oldest landscaped gardens, offering beautiful views of flora and fauna alongside the Ashley River. Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Rd. Wednesday, 5:30-7:30pm. $35-$30. (843)556-6020, www.middletonplace.org


Wednesday, May 01, 2024

Sip wine and stroll around Middleton Place during golden hour at this popular spring series. Grab a light bite and a pour from one of several wine-tasting stations as you soak up views of the Ashley River and wander through the National Historical Landmark’s storied gardens. Don’t want the evening to end? Make a dinner reservation at Middleton Place Restaurant. 4300 Ashley River Rd. Wednesday, 5:30 -7:30 p.m., online: $35 ($30 for members); at event: $40 ($35 for members). www.middletonplace.org


Wednesday, May 01, 2024

Both hailing from the West Coast, these veteran punk rock bands have more than 25 full-length studio albums between them. Teaming up for their nationwide tour, the groups combine their thought-provoking lyrics and fast-paced instrumentals to create a nostalgic performance for fans of the ’80s and ’90s punk scene. Firefly Distillery, 4201 Spruill Ave., North Charleston. Wednesday, 6pm. $49. (843)557-1405, www.fireflydistillery.com


Thursday, May 02, 2024

In partnership with Buxton Books, the Charleston Library Society welcomes American author and chef Ruth Reichl on a book tour for her latest release, The Paris Novel. Set in 1980s France, the novel follows a young American woman as she travels through the country in a journey of personal discovery. Tickets include a signed copy of the novel. Charleston Library Society, 164 King St. Tuesday, 6-7pm. $45-$35. (843)723-9912, www.charlestonlibrarysociety.org


Friday, May 03, 2024

Drawing inspiration from his cultural heritage and personal experiences, artist Timur Akhriev’s works reflect a fusion of tradition and innovation. Hosted by Robert Lange Studios, this solo show features a range of landscapes and portraits, each bearing Akhriev’s distinctive style of bold brush strokes and a harmonious display of colors. Robert Lange Studios, 2 Queen St. Friday, 11am-5pm. Free. (843)805-8052, www.robertlangestudios.com


Friday, May 03, 2024

Adults can head out on an after-hours roam through Magnolia Plantation’s Audubon Swamp, following a boardwalk that leads through the former rice impoundments. The property serves as a refuge for alligators, otters, waterfowl, and birds of prey. Guests will receive tickets for two alcoholic beverages and a sampling of charcuterie. Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, 3550 Ashley River Rd. Friday, 5-8 pm. $55. (843)571-1266, www.magnoliaplantation.com


Friday, May 03, 2024

Local jazz vocalist Tonya Nicole leads a musical tribute to legendary female soul singers Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Erykah Badu, and Lauryn Hill. Hear Nicole perform a variety of genre classics, including “Feeling Good” and “All of Me.” Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Friday, 7pm. $22-$20. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com