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Monday, May 06, 2019

Stand with My Sister’s House—and its mission to provide services and resources to victims of domestic violence and empower survivors to live free from abuse—at the third annual Driving to End Domestic Violence golf tournament. Participants enjoy a fun day of golf at the beautiful Ocean Winds Course on Seabrook Island, while raising awareness and funds for this meaningful cause. Seabrook Island Club, 3772 Seabrook Island Rd., Johns Island. Monday, 9am. $1,000 per team of four. (843)747-4069, www.mysistershouse.org


Monday, May 06, 2019

Hailed as a major influence for a generation of socially aware artists, India.Arie has a new 16-track album titled Worthy that celebrates unconditional self-love. The songs on the Grammy winner’s album implicitly or explicitly carry the energy of “worthy,” which she defines as “deserving of regard and respect.” Her globally-inspired R&B sound and powerful message are sure to move audiences. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Monday, 8pm. $75-$49.50. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com


Tuesday, May 07, 2019

This Tony Award-winning musical goes behind the scenes into the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons as they croon their way off the streets of New Jersey and into stardom. The singers topped charts in the ’60s and ’70s, and this true-to-life musical of their success continues to dazzle audiences today. Catch the chance to see this international phenomenon when it travels to Charleston. North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr. Tuesday & Wednesday, 7:30pm. $63-$43. (843)529-5000, www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com


Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Bust out of your mid-week slump and enjoy an evening of tasty sips, fun tunes, and great food at West Ashley’s beautiful Old Towne Creek Park. Admission includes wine, a commemorative glass, and live music from David Grunstra. Planning on being the designated driver? Guests not drinking wine can attend for free. Food truck fare will be available for purchase from Dough Boyz Pizza and Holy City Waffles. This lovely county park is only open for special events, so don’t miss your chance to roam its beautiful open fields and allée of live oaks. Old Towne Creek Park, 1400 Old Towne Rd. Wednesday, 5:30-7:30pm. $20 on site; $15 advance. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com


Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Led by local musicians Lindsay Holler and Hazel Ketchum, The Women & series has reached high acclaim for their female interpretations of music by male bands. This installment salutes the late American singer, songwriter, and civil-rights activist Sam Cooke and features a variety of vocalists and musicians. Cooke’s music—characterized by his smooth, melodic voice—contributed to the rise of other soul singers like Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Marvin Gaye, and more. The Gibbes Museum partners with the Charleston Music Hall to bring this live performance to the Lenhardt Garden where you can bring a chair or reserve a premium table. Lenhardt Garden, 135 Meeting St. Wednesday, 6:30pm-8pm. $25; $20 member. (843)722-2706, www.gibbesmuseum.org


Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Country crooner Alejandro Rose-Garcia, otherwise known as Shakey Graves, returns to Charleston with his bluesy tunes. The entertainer brings original songs from his latest album, Can’t Wake Up, along with hits like 2011’s “Roll the Bones” and 2014’s “Dearly Departed.” With his unique sound and beautifully crafted lyrics, Shakey Graves’ performance is sure to captivate both existing fans and anyone looking to expand their musical palate. Illiterate Light opens the show. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Wednesday, 8 p.m. $45-$35. (843) 853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com


Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Alejandro Rose-Garcia’s gritty stage-name, Shakey Graves, fits nicely with his stripped-down, bluesy sound. A native of Austin, Texas, the one-man-band-style entertainer followed his musical interests after a short stint as an actor—and fans are happier for it. With his unique sound and beautifully crafted lyrics, Shakey Graves’ performance is sure to captivate both existing fans and anyone looking to expand their musical palate. Up-and-coming rockers Illiterate Light opens the show with their energetic, alternative tunes. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Wednesday, 8pm. $45-$35. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com


Thursday, May 09, 2019

Spend a relaxing evening on the beautiful grounds of the historic McLeod Plantation. Guests are encouraged to arrive at 5:15 p.m. for a complimentary guided tour before enjoying live music and refreshing libations. Admission includes two drink tickets, while additional beverages and food truck fare will be available for purchase on-site. With its sweeping oaks, this carefully preserved Gullah/Geechee heritage site provides a gorgeous backdrop for this unique happy hour. McLeod Plantation Historic Site, 325 Country Club Dr. Thursday, 5:30-7:30pm. $20; $15 advance; free for designated driver. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com


Friday, May 10, 2019

After four decades of touring, amassing new fans each year, Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band have announced that this tour will be their last. With classics like “Old Time Rock and Roll,” ”Turn the Page,” and ”Night Moves,” this concert will be an evening to remember. Their signature blend of Motor City rock’n’roll has won the hearts and accolades of the music world, so make sure to see them as they come to the Holy City for the final time. North Charleston Coliseum, 5001 Coliseum Dr. Friday, 7pm. $125-$76. (843)529-5000, www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com


Friday, May 10, 2019

Dive into the upbeat, harmonic music of the Vancouver-based rock band that shares its name with the deepest known spot in the sea. Led and assembled by Josh Ramsay, the group holds each album to a high standard of individualism and showcases their ever-evolving musical style. Welcoming influences from punk and pop, Marianas Trench produces music a wide audience will enjoy. The Music Farm, 32 Ann St. Friday, 8pm. $122-$22. (843)577-6969, www.musicfarm.com


Saturday, May 11, 2019

Join fellow anglers for a season of fishing tournaments kicking off this month. On May 11th, the Mount Pleasant Pier offers a breathtaking landscape for fishing, with scenic views of Charleston Harbor and Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. The second tournament of the season takes place at Folly Beach Pier, which also boasts spectacular views and excellent fishing. Adults, seniors, and kids are all welcome to compete for prizes. Let the games begin! Locations vary. Saturday, 6am-2pm. $10-$5. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com


Saturday, May 11, 2019

Honor moms everywhere with a 5K run/walk for a worthy cause. At this 16th annual event, join Postpartum Support Charleston for a race that benefits their mission to help women and their families suffering from postpartum depression and anxiety. Runners and walkers begin at MUSC Stadium and wind their way through Daniel Island before ending up back at the stadium for Family Fun Day: a post-race party with food and beverages, music, and activities for the whole family. MUSC Health Stadium, 1990 Daniel Island Dr. Saturday, 8-11am. $35 adult with stroller; $30; $20 child. (843)410-3585, www.ppdsupport.org


Saturday, May 11, 2019

The largest arthritis gathering in the world is making great strides in South Carolina, showing that though arthritis is tough, they are even tougher. The Walk to Cure Arthritis unites communities nationwide in the fight against this debilitating disease. One in four Americans has arthritis, with two-thirds being younger than 65. Join together with arthritis warriors to raise crucial funds for research that fuel new scientific discoveries and continuously bring us closer to a cure. Rally your team and raise funds for a good cause. James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr. Saturday, 9am. Free to participate; donations requested. (704)802-7536, www.arthritis.org


Saturday, May 11, 2019

Head out to Edisto Island for a day of fun with the entire family at the Preservation Society of Charleston’s Preservation Picnic. At Sunnyside Plantation, enjoy barbecue with all the classic Lowcountry fixings as well as lively bluegrass music. The stunning historic property is on the National Register of Historic Places—and was featured in the film The Notebook—so be sure to take part in a guided tour. Sunnyside Plantation, 767 County Rd., Edisto Island. Saturday, 12pm. $75; $50 member. (843)722-4630, www.preservationsociety.org


Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Classical Gods, part of the Midweek at Midtown concert series—a partnership between Midtown Productions and prize-winning pianist Chee-Hang See—presents an exploration of Mendelssohn and Beethoven. The series brings world-class musicians together for a truly unique concert series, so watch Chee-Hang See and Friends bring the works of these classical giants to life. Midtown Theatre, 2816 Azalea Dr. Wednesday, 7:30pm. $25; $22 senior and military; $20 teacher; $15 student. (843)906-9981, www.midtownproductions.org


Thursday, May 16, 2019

Catch a glimpse of the magnificent Tall Ships in the harbor during this free, weekend-long festival. While watching the vessels cruise by, enjoy musical entertainment, a wooden boat show, Pirate Camp, food vendors, and more at Patriots Point. To explore the ships up close, Boarding Pass tickets are available for purchase, as well as Sail Away tickets for sailing excursions. Be sure to catch all the Tall Ships in action at the Parade of Sail on Sunday afternoon. Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, 40 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant. Thursday-Sunday, times vary. Free. (843)693-3331, www.tallshipscharleston.com


Thursday, May 16, 2019

Kevin Mitchell, Southern chef and scholar, seeks to uncover the untold stories of black chefs hidden from history. Inspired by them and their ingredients, Mitchell used his research to craft two historic dinners, Nat Fuller’s Feast in 2015 and the Drayton Hall Tribute dinner last month. This talk at the Charleston Library Society discusses history through food and touches on the moving cultural story behind his research for creating these two dinners in honor of Charleston’s enslaved cooks. The discussion is free for all to attend, while the reception requires a small fee and RSVP. Charleston Library Society, 164 King St. Thursday, 6-8pm. Free; reception $20-$10. (843)769-2600, www.draytonhall.org


Friday, May 17, 2019

Jennifer Wen Ma’s intriguing solo exhibition features two contrasting gardens: one light and one dark. Using various multisensory forms of communication, Ma juxtaposes the alluring light garden with dark dystopian space. As she investigates the construct of a utopia, she draws inspiration from Charleston’s history and the city’s status as a cultural capital of the American South. This otherworldly exhibit also features collaborations with the School of the Arts at the College of Charleston. Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, 161 Calhoun St. Monday-Wednesday, Friday, & Saturday, 11am-4pm; Thursday, 11am-7pm. Free. (843)953-4422, www.halsey.cofc.edu


Friday, May 17, 2019

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of East Cooper Community Outreach (ECCO) serving the Holy City with the illuminating “Night to Shine” gala. ECCO, which began in 1989 as an emergency relief effort after Hurricane Hugo, has since become a pillar in the community by providing essential resources. Bringing together both long-standing supporters and new friends of ECCO, this annual gala recognizes past efforts and pays tribute to the organization’s mission to support families in financial distress. Enjoy creative food stations, complimentary wine and beer, as well as silent and live auctions. Toast to ECCO and their continued support for neighbors in need. The Daniel Island Club, 600 Island Park Dr. Friday, 7-10:30pm. $150; $250 VIP. (843)849-7220, www.eccocharleston.org


Saturday, May 18, 2019

Beer enthusiasts, rejoice! The Charleston Beer Garden has returned but this time with a new name: Charleston Beer Fest. What hasn’t changed is the celebration of all things hoppy, barrel-aged, and sour. Now taking place at Riverfront Park, the day promises more than 40 breweries from North and South Carolina. Enjoy live music, beer games, and food—all for a great cause. Proceeds benefit Palmetto Community Care, which helps those living with HIV/AIDS in the community. Riverfront Park, 1061 Everglades Ave., North Charleston. Saturday, noon-7 p.m. $25; $15 designated driver; $50 VIP. (843) 747-2273, www.chsbeerfest.org


Saturday, May 18, 2019

The annual Charleston Beer Garden is back with a new name, new style, and a new location in Riverfront Park. Now called Charleston Beer Fest, this lively event promises a full day of celebrating craft beer. More than 40 breweries from North and South Carolina will be on-hand serving beers of all varieties, including IPAs, stouts, and reds, along with ciders and barrel-aged varieties. Enjoy live music, beer games, and food with proceeds benefitting Palmetto Community Care, which helps those living with HIV/AIDS in the area. Riverfront Park, 1061 Everglades Ave., North Charleston. Saturday, noon-7pm. $25; $15 designated driver; $50 VIP. (843)747-2273, www.chsbeerfest.org


Saturday, May 18, 2019

Artist Stephen Herchak hosts a fun introduction to Scratchboard technique, also called scraperboard, at this workshop. Removing dark ink to reveal the white layer beneath, this form of engraving produces a high contrast image that enables the artist to capture very fine detail. The tuition fee includes all supplies, but students must bring a printed high-contrast black and white image to work from. It should also be noted that students should already have a strong, practiced ability in freehand drawing. Spend a Saturday developing a new skill that could easily become a lifelong hobby. Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. Saturday, 1-4pm. $70; $60 members. (843)722-2706, www.gibbesmuseum.org


Saturday, May 18, 2019

Eight days before Memorial Day, come to a show celebrating the contributions of deployed U.S. troops both past and present. The duo Brad and Jennifer Moranz produces this patriotic performance as one of their three yearly musical revues. Selling out the last two years in a row, this inspirational salute is perfect for both veterans and civilians alike to attend. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Saturday, 2pm. $38-$18. (843)853-2252, www.charlestonmusichall.com


Saturday, May 18, 2019

Break out your best dance moves under the stars at Shaggin’ on the Cooper. With gorgeous views of Charleston Harbor, the Mount Pleasant Pier provides an ideal setting for dancing the night away. Let loose to live music from Shem Creek Boogie Band, and refuel with food and beverages available for purchase on site. Celebrate summer with a lively night out in Mount Pleasant. All ages are welcome. Mount Pleasant Pier, 71 Harry M. Hallman Jr. Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Saturday, 8pm. $10; $8 advance. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com


Sunday, May 19, 2019

Attention cardio lovers: the first of five sprint triathlons takes place this month at the James Island County Park. Contestants take on a 600-yard freshwater swim, a 12-mile bike ride, and finish with a 5K flat run. Over the years, more than 30,000 people have raced the series which has been ranked as one of the ”Top 10 Sports Events in Charleston“ by the Charleston Metro Sports Council. Think you have what it takes? Gear up for an exciting and challenging day on James Island. James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr. Sunday, 7:15am. $60; $50 advance. (843)795-4386, www.ccprc.com


Sunday, May 19, 2019

The Preservation Society of Charleston and Charleston Moves are partnering for this informative, self-guided tour of the Charleston Cemeteries Historic District. The city’s Upper Peninsula is home to more than 20 historic and diverse cemeteries; on this educational bike ride, visit St. Lawrence Cemetery, Bethany Cemetery, Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim, and the grounds of several African American Burial Societies. Members of the Charleston Cemeteries Historic District will be on site to answer questions, and after the ride, all participants are invited to Fatty’s Beer Works for drinks and snacks from a local food truck. Magnolia Cemetery, 70 Cunnington Ave. Sunday, 1-3pm. $30. (843)722-4630, www.preservationsociety.org


Sunday, May 19, 2019

Join Make-a-Wish South Carolina for a one-of-a-kind garden party. Hosted among the beautiful greenery at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Wishes in Bloom offers an opportunity to help fund life-changing wishes for children battling critical illnesses. Since the inaugural event, Wishes in Bloom’s sponsors, donors, and attendees have helped contribute nearly $200,000 towards granting local wishes. Enjoy everything from a cocktail hour, silent auction, and fine dining fare from prominent Lowcountry chefs, to dancing and live music from The Secrets at this moving philanthropic event. Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, 3550 Ashley River Rd. Sunday, 6-9:30pm. $150. (864)250-0702, www.sc.wish.org


Sunday, May 19, 2019

A garden party like no other, this fundraiser for children battling critical illnesses includes hors d’oeuvres and courses from prominent Lowcountry chefs. All proceeds go to the Make a Wish Foundation. Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, 3550 Ashley River Rd. Sunday, 6-9:30 p.m. $150. (864) 250-0702, www.sc.wish.org


Sunday, May 19, 2019

This two-hour guided cruise introduces you to Madeira and its popularity in 18th and 19th century Charleston. Taste and compare distinctive variations of the "immortal wine" either as a beginner or more experienced connoisseur. Sip, relax, and enjoy Charleston's historic skyline while cruising along the Holy City waterways. Charleston Maritime Center, 10 Wharfside St. Sunday, 6:30pm-8:30pm. $65. (843)849-8687, sandlappertours.com


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