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Wednesday, Jul 10, 2019

It’s not often that you are permitted to sing out loud in a movie theater. The Charleston Music Hall asks Mamma Mia! fans to do just that at their summer screening of the 2008 romantic comedy musical, which has quickly become a cult-classic among ABBA fans and “Dancing Queens” worldwide. Attendees are invited to dress up, so pull out your boas and blow out your hair. Not sure if you have the confidence to hit the high notes of “Lay All Your Love on Me”? Perhaps a drink from The Music Hall’s bar can help. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Wednesday, 7pm. $8. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com


Thursday, Jul 11, 2019

Unwind after work at this happy hour run on Daniel Island. Join fellow runners at the bottom of the 526 connector by the Volvo Cup Tennis Center every Thursday throughout the summer for a 5K race. After sweating it out, participants are invited to meet at one of the local restaurants on Daniel Island for happy hour. The top three male and female finishers—both overall, and in their age categories—win prizes. 161 Seven Farms Dr., Daniel Island. Thursday, 6:30pm. $25. (864)279-3232, www.timinginc.com


Thursday, Jul 11, 2019

Charleston’s Reading Against Racism book group hosts monthly meetings that dive into issues of racial injustice and personal identity through the reading of contemporary novels. This month, the group reads Tommy Orange’s critically acclaimed debut novel There There—some accolades include placing as a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize and a Gold Medal by the California Book Awards in the ”First Fiction” category. The story follows a group of Native Americans living in Oakland, California—a place about which Gertrude Stein previously said, “there is no there there,” thus inspiring Orange’s title. Join fellow readers at the public library for this educational conversation. Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun St. Thursday, 6:15-7:45pm. Free. (843)805-6930, www.ccpl.org


Thursday, Jul 11, 2019

Luke Combs’ sold-out Beer Never Broke My Heart tour has added a few additional stops, including one in the Holy City. Country music lovers can expect a lineup filled with Billboard Chart-topping hits—from “Hurricane” to “When It Rains It Pours.” The Asheville, North Carolina, native has been noted by critics as a blue-collar, red-blooded, and astute songwriter, adept at delivering punchy hooks with down-to-earth honesty. Volvo Car Stadium, 161 Seven Farms Dr., Daniel Island. Thursday, 7pm. Prices vary. (843)856-7900, www.volvocarstadiumconcerts.com


Friday, Jul 12, 2019

This 11th annual event takes cyclists on a scenic ride across the state. Beginning in Simpsonville, riders travel more than 200 miles over three days before reaching the finish line in Charleston. Participants are provided with three meals per day, along with well-stocked water and nutrition stops every 10 to 15 miles. Join fellow bike enthusiasts for one, two, or all three days of the event. This weekend-long ride benefits the care, support, and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. A $750 fundraising minimum is required from each participant in order to ride. Locations and times vary. Friday-Sunday. $100 per rider plus fundraising minimum. (864)699-0623, www.act.alz.org


Saturday, Jul 13, 2019

The annual Sweetgrass Festival provides a window into Gullah history and culture, primarily through the time-honored tradition of sweetgrass basket making. Peruse handmade quilts, Gullah dolls, and art for sale—or try your own hand at sweetgrass weaving through workshops. Children can also join in on the fun with face painting, water slides, jump castles, and educational arts and crafts activities. Live entertainment includes music, storytellers, and African drumming and dancing from the Adande African Dance and Drum Company. Sit back and listen to one of many performing gospel groups while you indulge in cuisine by local vendors and restaurants at this truly authentic Lowcountry experience. Mount Pleasant Waterfront Memorial Park, 99 Harry M. Hallman Jr. Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Saturday, 10am-3pm. Free. (843)884-8517, www.experiencemountpleasant.com


Saturday, Jul 13, 2019

Charleston County Parks’ summertime shag series continues this month with another all-ages dance on Mount Pleasant Pier. While shag dancing is typically done to beach music, each event features a different group. July’s band will be The Sneakers, a dynamic party ensemble led by Ted McKee. Known for their wide range, the musicians play typical shag music alongside funk, jazz, and blues tunes. Food and beverages will be available for purchase, so revelers can stay hydrated while dancing the night away. Mount Pleasant Pier, 71 Harry Hallman Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Saturday, 7-11pm. $10; $8 advance; free for child under three. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com


Saturday, Jul 13, 2019

On the Border provides Eagles fans a concert experience that is a convincing simulacrum of the original group, covering hits from “Desperado” to “Heartache Tonight.” Their precise attention to detail and uncanny stage presence has garnered the tribute band critical acclaim, some even consider them “The Greatest Eagles Tribute in the World.” The harmonies of Glenn Frey and Don Henley are seamlessly delivered by this consciously curated group. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Saturday, 8pm. $25-$20; $15 student. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com


Monday, Jul 15, 2019

Historic Middleton Place invites children and students ages eight and up to develop their passion and knowledge of history, social studies, science, and art at Junior Historian Camp. Youngsters will engage in South Carolina history, learn about one of America’s founding families, and experience life on a Lowcountry rice plantation through hands-on activities. Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Rd. Monday-Friday, times and prices to be determined. (843)556-6020, www,middletonplace.org


Wednesday, Jul 17, 2019

Competitive anglers and fishing enthusiasts are welcome to take part in this weekend-long tournament at the Marina at Edisto Beach that marks the end of the Governor’s Cup Series. Each day of fishing ends with a weigh-in, followed by live music entertainment, culminating in an awards ceremony on Saturday night. While fishermen must register to compete, the evening festivities are open to the public. The Marina at Edisto Beach, 3702 Docksite Rd., Edisto Beach. Wednesday-Saturday, times vary. $2,200 per boat; free for spectators. (843)631-5055, twww.hemarinaeb.com


Wednesday, Jul 17, 2019

Support a meaningful cause while enjoying a round of golf at Rein and Shine’s first annual tournament. Rein and Shine is a nonprofit that uses horseback riding as a method of healing for children and adults with physical, emotional, social, or cognitive disabilities. The facility also helps local veterans suffering from PTSD or physical impairments through their “Horses for Heroes” program. This afternoon tournament, held at the scenic Rivertowne Country Club, located along the Wando River and Horlbeck Creek, also includes a buffet and prizes following the game. Rivertowne Country Club, 1700 Rivertowne Country Club Dr., Mount Pleasant. Wednesday, noon. $225. (843)224-8191, www.reinandshine.org


Thursday, Jul 18, 2019

Recommended for mature audiences, heads will roll and “blood” will pour, depending on the Summerville community theatre’s interpretation of Titus Andronicus—William Shakespeare’s notoriously violent revenge plot set in the Roman Empire. While its contemporary critics dismissed the series of grisly atrocities as distasteful spectacle, the master playwright’s first tragedy gained popularity in the mid-twentieth century. Julie Taymor, who directed the 1999 film adaptation, calls Titus Andronicus the “most relevant of Shakespeare’s plays for the modern era.” The James F. Dean Community Theater, 133 South Main St., Summerville. Thursday, Friday, & Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 3pm. $15. (843)875-9251, www.flowertownplayers.org


Friday, Jul 19, 2019

Charleston County Parks’ annual Reggae Nights Summer Concert Series continues at James Island County Park with more old- and new-school roots reggae. This month, Well Charged takes the stage. The local band shares a love of vintage reggae, rocksteady, and ska music, and their sound pays homage to the early pioneers of Caribbean music—Alton Ellis, Desmond Dekker, and Prince Buster, to name a few. Food and drinks will be available for purchase, however guests are encouraged to bring their own blankets and chairs. James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr. Friday, 8pm. $10; free for child under 12. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com


Saturday, Jul 20, 2019

Learn how to protect and preserve our natural environment at the sixth annual Ladybug Release, where you can help release 200,000 ladybugs into Magnolia’s rambling, romantic-style gardens to stave off harmful insects. Visitors can look forward to crafts and interactive activities, including face painting and educational nature displays. Enthusiastic environmentalists of all ages are invited to dress up as a ladybug and compete for prizes in the costume contest. Ladybugs will be distributed at 10 a.m.; the festivities last until 2 p.m. Visitors can purchase food at Magnolia’s Peacock Cafe. Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, 3550 Ashley River Rd. Saturday, 9am-2pm. $20; $10 ages six-12; free for child under six. (843)571-1266, www.magnoliaplantation.com


Saturday, Jul 20, 2019

Meet local creatives and shop original pieces at this annual festival which celebrates independently published work from comic book writers, illustrators, and visual artists. Hosted at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, this event features an array of vendors showcasing their craft—last year’s fest featured new local publication 9 to 5 Magazine, the Graveface Records, and former Charleston City Paper comic Joe Chang’s “On Tour” and “On the Scene” zines. The fest will also include printmaking workshops and zine-binding tutorials. Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, 161 Calhoun St. Saturday, 11am-6pm. Free. www.charlestonzinefest.wixsite.com/zinefest


Saturday, Jul 20, 2019

Since 1995, Brad and Jennifer Moranz––both former Broadway performers––have entertained Charleston audiences of all ages with their own choreographed musicals that turn classic popular music into rollicking revues. This summer, they bring us the Charleston Variety Show, an annual world-class musical performance that promises to have the whole family dancing and singing along to their favorite pop, country, and Broadway songs. This show will feature songs from 2018’s Hollywood-hit ”A Star is Born” and a medley of Elton John classics. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Satuday, 2pm & 7pm; & Sunday, 3pm. $40-$18. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com


Wednesday, Jul 24, 2019

The Gibbes Museum of Art and Charleston Jazz are collaborating once again for their third summer music series. In The Art of Jazz, musicians and composers perform original compositions inspired by works of art on display. For this installment, Charleston native Lee Barbour will bring his varied experience as a guitarist and composer to the stage for this eclectic musical performance. As a composer for documentaries, animations, and feature films, Barbour is no stranger to experimentation––for example, last year he released Ultrasound, an ambient exploration of what music might sound like in the womb, a project inspired by his experience as an expectant father. Enjoy refreshments from The Daily at the Gibbes while you take in the Lee Barbour Trio’s original and exploratory performance. Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. Wednesday, 6-7pm. $25; $20 member; $10 student & faculty with ID. (843)722-2706, www.gibbesmuseum.org


Thursday, Jul 25, 2019

In honor of Shark Week, submerge yourself into The Charleston Museum’s Natural History Collection with curator Matthew Gibson. Beneath the depths of the collection lie artifacts from the Lowcountry’s most legendary predators. Learn more about the importance of these feisty fish in maintaining a healthy ecosystem, as well as the ”shark war” that perhaps caused the extinction of the megalodon. Children are welcome to attend, but must be accompanied by an adult. The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Thursday, 3:30-4:30pm. $35; $20 member. (843)722-2996, www.charlestonmuseum.org


Thursday, Jul 25, 2019

Actor and composer siblings Kevin and Michael Bacon may be renowned within their respective fields, but they also comprise the Bacon Brothers—a soul- and folk-inflected Americana rock band. Kevin and Michael Bacon have produced nine albums together since 1997 and have been critically lauded for their glitz-free, heartfelt performances; deft technical skills; and amalgam of rock and roll sounds that can’t be confined to one genre. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Thursday, 8pm. $60-$40. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com


Friday, Jul 26, 2019

The Miller Gallery hosts writer, photographer, and singer-songwriter Daje Morris for a live reading and workshop. Through spoken-word and jazz performances, the Knoxville, Tennessee-based artist focuses on exposing beauty in all forms. Her sound has folk influences, along with soulful R&B and jazz melodies—inspired by Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, and Corinne Bailey Rae. Listen to Morris’s original work while seated amongst the gallery’s contemporary art displays. Her writing workshop on June 27 is for those either new to poetry or those interested in the form as a wellness practice. Miller Gallery, 149 ½ East Bay St. Saturday, 10am-noon for workshop; 6pm-7pm for reading. $25 for workshop; free to attend reading. (843)764-9281, www.millergallerychs.com


Friday, Jul 26, 2019

Celebrate summer at this month’s Moonlight Mixer: the third installment of this summertime shag series at the Folly Beach Pier. People of all ages are invited to jam out to music from DJ Jim Bowers as he spins oldies and beach tunes into the night. Food and snacks will be available for purchase at Pier 101 restaurant and the Gangplank Gift & Tackle Shop. Folly Beach Fishing Pier, 101 E Arctic Ave., Folly Beach. Friday, 7-11pm. $10; $8 advance; free for child under three. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com


Saturday, Jul 27, 2019

The second annual youth triathlon at James Island County Park offers a multisport race for participants ages seven to 15. This event, presented in conjunction with Palmetto TRIbe, gives young athletes the unique opportunity to practice open-water swimming in a monitored and safe course. Competitors ages seven to 10 will complete a 100-yard swim, three-mile bike, and one-mile run, while those ages 11 to 15 will take on a 200-yard swim, six-mile bike, and two-mile run. The top three males and females in each age category will receive an award. James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr. Saturday, 7:15am. $45. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com


Saturday, Jul 27, 2019

Embrace summer with a run along the Isle of Palms shore. Adults can enter either a 5K run/walk, or a 10K run, beginning at 8 a.m. Shortly afterwards, the Youth Fun Runs begin— kids ages four and under will race 100 yards, ages five to eight a half-mile race, and ages nine to 14 a one-miler. An awards ceremony for all age groups will follow behind the Windjammer. The Windjammer, 1008 Ocean Blvd., Isle of Palms. Saturday, 8am; 9am youth run. $35 5K walk/run & 10K run; $15 youth fun run. (843)886-8294, www.iop.net


Saturday, Jul 27, 2019

Local African American visual artists, poets, and musicians bring spoken-word responses to visual artwork on display at The Gibbes in a performance unlike any other. Ill Vibe the Tribe Collective—founded by Samira Miche, Sabrina Hyman, A$iah Mae—present poets and musicians delivering original compositions in slam-like performance pieces. Complimentary snacks and drinks are provided. The Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. Saturday, 4-7 p.m. $20; $10 members & students. (843) 722-2706, www.gibbesmuseum.org


Sunday, Jul 28, 2019

This West-Australian roots and jam band has toured with the likes of Dave Matthews and John Mayer and holds numerous ARIA awards. The Trio will perform their seventh studio album Home, which layers electronic flourishes onto the band’s characteristic folk sound. South Carolina’s own Trevor Hall will open with music informed by roots, reggae, folk, and mysticism. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Sunday, 8pm. $50-$40. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com


Tuesday, Jul 30, 2019

Danceable grooves and psychedelic organ riffs are peppered with James Brown-esque screams and howls in the Afrobeat music of Super Yamba, the funk band led by legendary Afrobeat singer, guitarist, and percussionist Leon Ligan-Majek, a.k.a Kaleta. Born in Benin and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, the birthplace of Afrobeat, Kaleta took the helm of Super Yamba in 2017, three years after the group formed in Brooklyn and began dabbling in West African sound. Kaleta lends his roots and decades of world music experience to the band, often singing in a number of West African and French languages and dialects. Charleston Pour House, 1977 Maybank Hwy. Tuesday, 8:30pm. $12; $10 advance. (843)571-4343, www.charlestonpourhouse.com


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