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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Share a meal as you help empower women to take control of their health. At this inspiring luncheon, support Go Red for Women, which brings awareness to heart diseases and provides women and families resources to help lead healthier lives. Eighty percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes, and Go Red for Women strives to make those changes more accessible by demanding equal access to healthcare and nurturing communities that provide access to healthy choices. Hotel Bennett, 404 King St., Thursday, 11am-1pm. $100. www.goredforwomen.org


Thursday, May 23, 2019

The esteemed troupe from London’s rebuilt Globe Theatre—the venue Shakespeare called home—returns to the Holy City. This year, the impressive company brings triple the drama, performing the Bard’s Twelfth Night, The Comedy of Errors, and Pericles at Dock Street Theatre. Even better, the versatile cast of eight performers offers “audience choice” shows—allowing ticket holders to clap, shout, and cheer for the play they most want to see—which the troupe will perform on the spot. Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday, times vary. $90-$25. (843)579-3100, www,spoletousa.org


Friday, May 24, 2019

The Studio Museum in Harlem brings its unparalleled permanent collection to the Gibbes for the sole Southern showcase of traveling exhibit, “Black Refractions.” Featuring contemporary African American artists including Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, David Hammons, Fred Wilson, Kerry James Marshall, Titus Kaphar, Kehinde Wiley, and Lorna Simpson, this is a once-in-a-lifetime show. Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. Daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $15; $13 senior; $10 student; $6 ages four to 17. (843) 722-2706, www.gibbesmuseum.org


Friday, May 24, 2019

Celebrate the creativity of Charleston’s local art community at this 40th annual outdoor exhibit. Stroll through Marion Square as you browse local artists’ tents and view original oils, pastels, watercolors, photography, and more. Hosting more than 80 artists and their masterpieces, the event also offers daily demonstrations exploring a range of techniques. Whether you’re shopping for a new piece or just admiring local talent, this creative exhibition is not to be missed. Marion Square, 329 Meeting St. Monday-Thursday, 10am-5pm; Friday-Sunday, 10am-6pm. Free. (843)724-7305, www.piccolospoleto.com


Friday, May 24, 2019

Head over to the Folly Beach Pier for a favorite summer tradition. This all-ages dance is the first of five mixers to be held monthly throughout the season. Break out your best moves as DJ Jim Bowers spins oldies and beach jams. Food and snacks will be available for purchase at Pier 101 restaurant and the Gangplank Gift & Tackle Shop. Enjoy gorgeous ocean views as the sun sets on this footloose evening. Folly Beach Fishing Pier, 101 E Arctic Ave., Folly Beach. Friday, 7-11pm. $10 day of; $8 advance; Free for children under 3. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com


Friday, May 24, 2019

Inspired by true events, this upbeat musical tells the story of 10 Texans’ determination to win a new truck. They persevere through hope and humor under a blazing sun, all the while keeping at least one hand on the automobile. The last one remaining gets to drive away with the car, and the American Dream. Called “musical theatre heaven” by New York magazine, this performance is sure to entertain. Flowertown Players, 133 S. Main St., Summerville. Days and times vary. $30-$22. (843)875-9251, www.flowertownplayers.org


Friday, May 24, 2019

Hold onto both of your slippers as Mount Pleasant Performing Arts Company presents this timeless favorite. A beautiful young girl mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters finds aid in her three fairy godmothers, who transform her from rags to riches for the royal ball. After Cinderella dashes from the ball, leaving only a slipper behind, the prince sets on a quest to find the woman that stole his heart. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Friday, 7pm; Saturday, 1pm. $35; $30 advance. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com


Friday, May 24, 2019

Globally acclaimed directors Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser bring Salome to life in a one-act opera that is as riveting today as it was at its 1905 premiere. This stunning drama takes place in 30 A.D., and is Oscar Wilde’s interpretation of the biblical story of Herod, his lovesick step-daughter Salome, and John the Baptist. Tenor Paul Groves returns to the Festival after impressing audiences during the 2018 Chamber Music series, this time as Herod, while soprano Melanie Henley Heyn takes on the demanding and provocative role of Salome. Charleston Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Wednesday-Friday, 7:30pm; Sunday, 3pm. $115-$36. (843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org


Friday, May 24, 2019

Inspired by true events, this upbeat musical tells the story of ten Texans' determination to win a new truck. They persevere with hope and humor under the blazing sun, all while keeping at least one hand on the truck. The last one remaining drives away with the American Dream. Called "musical theatre heaven" by New York Magazine, this performance is sure to entertain. Flowertown Players, 133 South Main St.,​ Summerville. Thursday-Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 3pm. $30; $26 seniors, military & first responders; $26 students; $15 ages 15 & under. (843)875-9251, flowertownplayers.org 

 


Friday, May 24, 2019

Since her breakout “Best New Artist” win at the Grammys in 2011, Esperanza Spalding has continued to transcend genres, mixing opera, pop, and jazz to create her unique sound. Spalding has worked with artists such as Stevie Wonder, Prince, and John Legend, not to mention she has also performed at the Oscars, the White House, and Carnegie Hall. Don’t miss the chance to see this incredibly innovative bassist/vocalist in person. College of Charleston Cistern Yard, 66 George St. Friday & Saturday, 9pm. $65-$36. (843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org


Saturday, May 25, 2019

French choreographer Hervé Koubi and his extraordinary company make their Spoleto Festival USA debut this year with a powerful modern dance performance. Koubi was an adult when he discovered his Algerian heritage, and he now explores his newfound North African roots through art. At the Gaillard Center, 13 male dancers from Africa and Europe will combine street forms like capoeira, breakdancing, and martial arts with modern contemporary dance. This impressive production promises to display remarkable feats of strength and skill at this one-of-a-kind show. Charleston Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Saturday, 7pm; Sunday, 2pm. $80-$31.50. (843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org


Saturday, May 25, 2019

Get your facial hair competition-ready for a weekend full of over-the-top moustaches, beards, and goatees. Over the past nine years, the Holy City Beard and Moustache Society has raised more than $70,000 for charities in the Charleston community. Looking to add to that outstanding number this year, proceeds from the 10th annual event will benefit Big Brothers & Big Sisters of the Lowcountry, which provides positive adult role models to children ages six to 15. Along with the Saturday evening competition, make sure to stop by the Friday night pre-party at the Tattooed Moose, Saturday lunch at Home Team BBQ, and the farewell Sunday brunch at Holy City Brewing. Music Farm, 32 Ann St. Saturday, 7-11:30pm. $10. www.holycitybeards.org


Monday, May 27, 2019

The Charleston Men’s Chorus honors fallen heroes, veterans, and present members of the armed forces each Memorial Day as they sing in front of a crowd that frequently sells out at Piccolo Spoleto. Performing in the beautiful St. Philip’s Church, their voices will ring with the sound of service anthems, patriotic songs, and other moving selections. Don’t wait to get tickets for this uplifting concert. St. Philip’s Church, 142 Church St. Monday, noon. $25. (843)790-3168, www.charlestonmenschorus.org


Monday, May 27, 2019

Join the Westminster Choir for an epic vocal pilgrimage in Path of Miracles, an ethereal, shimmering a cappella performance that traces the expedition pilgrims took across the Camino de Santiago for more than 1,200 years. Director John La Bouchardière’s new production leads the audience along a quest of discovery, offering a glimpse into the experiences of those pilgrims. Immerse yourself in the mystery of the journey at this magnificent musical experience. Charleston Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Monday, 7:30pm; Friday, 8pm. $75-$36. (843)579-3100, www.spoletousa.org


Thursday, May 30, 2019

Watch prominent female golfers from around the world compete for the coveted title of 2019 U.S. Women’s Open Champion, hosted by the Country Club of Charleston. The 74th annual U.S. Women’s Open is the oldest and perhaps most prestigious championship for female amateur and professional golfers. The event is expected to draw more than 100,000 golf fans and volunteers from across the country. Country Club of Charleston, 1 Country Club Dr. Thursday-Sunday, times and prices vary. (908)234-2300, www.usga.org


Thursday, May 30, 2019

Watch the best female golfers in the world compete for the coveted title of the 2019 U.S. Women’s Open Champion. The Country Club of Charleston hosts the 74th annual tournament—the oldest and most prestigious championship for female amateur and professional golfers. Country Club of Charleston, 1 Country Club Dr. Thursday-Sunday, times and prices vary. (908)234-2300, www.usga.org


Thursday, May 30, 2019

The Women & series continues as a part of Piccolo Spoleto’s concert season. With singers ranging from ages 18 to 63, enjoy two sets of Springsteen hits performed by local musicians in Charleston Music Hall’s most successful concert series to date. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Thursday, 7:30pm. $17-$15. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com


Thursday, May 30, 2019

This inspirational Actor’s Theatre of South Carolina production for Piccolo Spoleto celebrates the life of Frederick Douglass in a one-man play featuring Kyle Taylor. The performance follows Douglass‘s journey from a young slave to one of the greatest orators and philosophers in history. This empowering play reveals Douglass’s incredible gift of human observation, his success as a Christian leader and newspaper editor, and his all-important quest to create true equality in America. Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting St. Thursday & Saturday, 7:30pm; Sunday, 4pm. $25; $20 senior and military; $15 student. (843)696-2761, www.actorstheatreofsc.org


Friday, May 31, 2019

A soundtrack of the ’60s and ’70s comes to life with this tour featuring six bands from the ”flower power” era. Sing alongside bands from The Turtles, Chuck Negron, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap to the The Buckinghams, The Classics IV, and the Cowsills. Playing hit after hit, this 10th anniversary tour will take you back to a revolutionary time in the world of music. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Friday, 8pm. $79.50-$59.50. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com


Saturday, Jun 01, 2019

Take part in South Carolina’s premiere open water swim event taking place along the shoreline of Daniel Island and Mount Pleasant. This year’s competition features a 2.4-mile and six-mile race. Participants make their way under the Cooper River Bridge and finish at the USS Yorktown. Spectators can watch the swimmers launch from Hobcaw Yacht Club, or purchase a pass to watch from the deck of the Yorktown. Lowcountry Splash raises funds for Lowcountry Aquatic Project Swimming, an initiative that helps fund swimming lessons for underprivileged children, so participants know their cardio is for a great cause. Charleston Harbor, 586 Lone Tree Dr., Mount Pleasant. Saturday, 7:30-10:30am. $80 six-mile swim; $70 2.4 mile swim. (843)884-7880, www.lowcountrysplash.com


Saturday, Jun 01, 2019

The first all-women surf contest in South Carolina has been empowering surfer girls of all ages and skill levels since it was founded in 2001. The competition now offers pro divisions with the best shortboard and longboard competitors sweeping top cash prizes. At Saturday’s Competitor’s Party, athletes and spectators can enjoy food, drinks, and music. Proceeds support Surfers Healing, which provides surfing camps for children with autism. The Washout, 1550 E. Ashley Ave., Folly Beach. Saturday & Sunday, 8am-4pm. Prices vary. www.follywahine.org


Saturday, Jun 01, 2019

One of Charleston’s favorite races takes place on Sullivan’s Island this month. Hosted by the Charleston Running Club, the Floppin’ Flounder 5K has had a loyal following for more than 25 years. Proceeds support the Sullivan’s Island Fire and Rescue Department and the Charleston Running Club. Runners compete for prizes in various age groups, including First Master (40 years and older), First Grandmaster (50 years and older) and First Great Grandmaster (60 years and older). Cash prizes will also be awarded to the top three overall finishers. Sullivan’s Island Fish Fry Shack, 1424 Hennessy St., Sullivan’s Island. Saturday, 8:30am. $30. www.floppinflounder.com


Saturday, Jun 01, 2019

The annual Sand Sculpting Competition is back for its 31st year on Isle of Palms. Participants can compete in adult, family, young adult, and children’s events, or strive to win categories like “Best Architectural” and “Most Creative” creations of the year. The ultimate sand masterpiece wins the coveted “Best in Show” award. This spirited outdoor event is perfect for both competitors and spectators. Watch local artists fashion spectacular, temporary pieces out of mere sand and water. Front Beach, 1300 Ocean Blvd., Isle of Palms. Saturday, 9am. Free. (843)886-8294, www.iop.net


Saturday, Jun 01, 2019

Think you’re a master sand sculptor? Compete in this annual competition, back for its 31st year on Isle of Palms, to see if you have what it takes to sweep the “Best in Show” award. Participants can participate in adult, family, young adult, and children’s categories, or strive to win divisions like “Best Architectural” and “Most Creative” creations of the year. This outdoor event invites spectators, too, to watch local artists build incredible temporary sculptures out on the IOP shore. Front Beach, 1300 Ocean Blvd., Isle of Palms. Saturday, 9 a.m. Free. (843) 886-8294, www.iop.net


Saturday, Jun 01, 2019

Folly Beach Anglers host a friendly competition for youngsters in this day-long fishing experience on the pier. Fishing rods, reels, and bait are provided on a first come, first serve basis. Open to those ages 16 and under, the tournament offers trophies and prizes for boys and girls in three different age groups, and with door prizes and raffles, everyone has a chance of winning. Improve your fishing skills at this free tournament on Folly Beach. Folly Beach Fishing Pier, 101 E Arctic Ave. Saturday, 9am-1pm. Free. www.fbakt.org


Saturday, Jun 01, 2019

This two-day festival at Brookgreen Gardens provides an opportunity to talk with local painters, sculptors, jewelers, and authors. Learn more about talented craftspeople across the region and browse original work for sale at this national historic landmark, which offers a unique blend of art, nature, and history—a great place to enjoy an afternoon exploring the local creative scene. Brookgreen Gardens, 1931 Brookgreen Dr., Murrells Inlet. Saturday-Sunday, 9:30am-4:30pm. $18; $16 seniors; $10 age four-12; free for child under three. (843)235-6000, www.brookgreen.org


Saturday, Jun 01, 2019

Celebrated local artist William Halsey’s abstract paintings on paper, created in the 1980s and ‘90s, near the end of his life, are on display at the George Gallery. This collection of never-before-seen works demonstrate Halsey’s increased preference for paint stick, oil pastel, acrylic paint, and collage on paper. The George Gallery, 54 Broad St. Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm; Saturday, 11am-5pm. Free. (843)579-7328, www.georgegalleryart.com


Saturday, Jun 01, 2019

Join beloved local artist Joseph “P-Nut” Johnson for a celebration of Lowcountry love at the Dog and Horse Fine Art gallery. In this exhibition, he bridges poetry and folk painting with charming colloquial expressions and symbols. A collage of P-Nut’s popular “napkin poetry” will also be on view. Dog & Horse Fine Art, 102 Church St. Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm. Free. (843)577-5500, www.dogandhorsefineart.com


Saturday, Jun 01, 2019

Celebrate the creativity of Charleston’s local art community at this 40th annual open gallery in Marion Square. On display are a myriad of original oil, pastel, and watercolor paintings, photography, and more, located in the artist tents. More than 80 artists and their works are on view, and the event also offers daily demonstrations on painting techniques, pastels, and mixed media. Whether shopping for a new piece, or just admiring Charleston talent, this exhibition is not to be missed. Marion Square, 329 Meeting St. Monday-Thursday, 10am-5pm; Friday-Sunday, 10am-6pm. Free. (843)724-7305, www.piccolospoleto.com


Saturday, Jun 01, 2019

This exhibit brings powerful works of contemporary art from the Studio Museum in Harlem to the Gibbes Museum. “Black Refractions” includes works in all media from the 1930s to the present, by artists such as Romare Bearden, Kerry James Marshall, Kehinde Wiley, and more. The Studio Museum in Harlem is internationally known for promoting works by artists of African descent. This exhibit addresses themes of race, identity, power, and wealth, and encourages viewers to consider the world in new ways. Gibbes Museum of Art, 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