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Charleston Events: June 7-9

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This weekend brings the close of the 2013 Spoleto Festival as well as the beginning of summer for Charleston County school children. A few of the final Charleston events for Spoleto are listed below; for a comprehensive list, as well as additional information on the events listed below, please visit SpoletoUSA.org. For ticket information, please contact the Spoleto Festival box office at 843.579.3100.

Friday, June 7
  • Nighttime at the Museum. Discover what happens after hours with this interactive tour of the Charleston Museum. Don’t worry–this Charleston event is all fun and games, so this tour is appropriate for all ages. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Pizza and ice cream are included in the ticket price. $10/ adult and $5/ children for members, and $20/ adult and $10/ child for non-members. Children under 2 are admitted free. Call 843.722.2996 for more information and to purchase tickets.

  • Bullet Catch. Part of the Spoleto Festival, this show combines the mystique of a magic show with the artistry of theatre. June 5-9. Playing at the Emmett Robinson Theatre at the College of Charleston.


Saturday, June 8
  • Mount Pleasant International Beerfest. This is one of many Charleston events that is hosted by the Town of Mount Pleasant as well as Q104.5, this festival offers dozens of beers to sample, live music, children’s activities and food from local favorites like Sticky Fingers, Pawley’s Front Porch and Dog and Duck. Park West Recreation Center. General admission tickets $40 (available for purchase online).

  • Preservation Walk: Historic Cannon Street. The Preservation Society of Charleston leads this informative walk on the thriving Cannon Street corridor, which was named one of the “Seven to Save” in 2012. Once a neglected area, the corridor has now become a center for business on the upper peninsula. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Call 843.722.4630 for ticket information or order online. Tickets are $15 for PSC members and $20 for non-members.

  • Oedipus. The first of Sophocles’ famous trilogy about the doomed King Oedipus and his family is given fresh perspective in this Spoleto presentation, which is led by actor and director Steven Berkoff. June 4-8. Memminger Auditorium.


Sunday, June 9
  • Spoleto Festival Finale and Beer Garden. Middleton Place hosts an afternoon and evening of music, food and drink as the Spoleto Festival closes for its 2013 season. Listen to live music beginning at 3:30 and sample local beers and delicious food. Fireworks cap this Charleston event after the Red Stick Ramblers have taken the stage.

  • Shantala Shivalingappa. June 6-9. Emmett Robinson Theatre. Experience the beauty of India’s traditional music and dance in this Spoleto offering. Renowned performer Shantala Shivalingappa makes her second appearance at the Spoleto festival with this performance. June 6-9. Emmett Robinson Theatre.

College of Charleston Spoleto Event

Charleston Events May 31-June 2

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College of Charleston Spoleto Event

College of Charleston is a great venue for the Spoleto events in Charleston

The Charleston events calendar for 2013 is once again booked with Spoleto treasures as the festival enters its second of three weekends. Below is a selection of Charleston events from this year’s Spoleto USA festival line-up occurring this weekend. For more information on the 2013 festival, including performance video samples and details of events other than this weekend, visit SpoletoUSA.org.


  • Operas Le Villi and Mese Mariano. Sotille Theatre. These two operas, by Giacomo Puccini and Mese Mariano, respectively, bring the excitement and spectacle of traditional Italian opera to Charleston in back-to-back performances. The operas are sung in Italian, but have English subtitles for patrons. Tickets are available online and begin at $40. May 25, 27, 29, 31 and June 2, 4, 7. Sotille Theatre at the College of Charleston.

  • Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía. Travel to the Andalucía section of Spain without ever leaving South Carolina. The Spanish dance company presents “Noche Andeluza,” which features traditional flamenco dancing, including castenets, rhythmic pas de deux, and colorful costuming making this one of the more exotic Charleston events. Tickets are available online and begin at $13.50.  May 31, and June 1 and 2. TD Arena.

  • Johnnyswim. Hailing from Los Angeles, this duo combines elements of R&B and rock to create their own unique sound. Abner Ramirez and Amando Sudano, the two singer-songwriters composing Johnnyswim, are a festival premiere and one of the Charleston events you don’t want to miss this weekend. One performance: May 31 at 9 PM. Tickets are available online; general admission is $30 per person. College of Charleston Cistern Yard.

  • André Mehmari. This trio, headed by pianist Mehmari, returns to the Spoleto Festival for its second time. Mehmari, along with Ze Alexandre and Sergio Reze, combine elements of jazz, pop, and classical music in their performance. One performance: June 1. College of Charleston Cistern Yard. Tickets are available online and begin at $27.

  • Roseanne Cash. Living up to the legacy of her parents, June and Johnny Cash, Roseanne Cash has carved out a name for herself. Join the twelve-time Grammy nominee and one time Grammy award-winner for a show featuring her unique blend of pop, country and rock. One performance only: June 2 at 7:30 p.m. Purchase tickets online; tickets range from $35 – $65. TD Arena.

  • Lucky Plush Productions. This inventive theatre group presents “The Better Half,” a play about a woman who is driven to the brink by her husband. Breaking the traditional fourth wall of theatre is just the first of many surprises that this performance has in store; the artists also incorporate music and dance into their play as well, making this one of the more unique Charleston events this weekend. Tickets are available online and begin at $35. May 31, June 1 and 2. Emmett Robinson Theatre at the College of Charleston.

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Current Events in Charleston May 24-26: Spoleto USA

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This weekend’s events are dominated by Spoleto USA, an annual festival that brings the best in dance, music, opera, art, and theatre to the Charleston area. Several exciting events from Spoleto that are showing this weekend are highlighted below, but for a full list (including shows on dates other than this weekend),
visit SpoletoUSA.org. The Spoleto site also features sample video performances and photography of each of the acts mentioned below.


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  • Opening Night Fête. Mix and mingle with the people who make Spoleto possible, including the directors, producers, and artists. This block party will be held at the President’s House at the College of Charleston and will begin immediately after the opening performance of Compagnie Kafïg. Full bar, live music and cocktail supper. Tickets begin at $300 per person, $150 of which is tax deductible. 9 p.m.

  • Jared Grimes. This festival exclusive features up-and-coming tap dancer Jared Grimes, who combines traditional tap with hip-hop and jazz. 7 p.m. at the College of Charleston’s Emmett Robinson Theatre. Purchase tickets through the box office at 843.579.3100. May 24, 25, 26 and 27.

  • Compagnie Kafïg. The all-male company returns for its second appearance at the Spoleto Festival after becoming an audience favorite in 2002. The company combines the Brazilian martial arts capoeira with samba and hip-hop for a performance like nothing you’ve ever seen. Held at the TD Arena. May 24, 25 and 26. Tickets are available online and run $15 – $65.

  • Le Grand C. No clowns or elephants here! This circus company is all the more impressive for the skill of their fearless and athletic acrobats who perform in the traditional French style. Hailing from France, Compagnie XY uses no safety net as they perform astounding feats of acrobatics. Memminger Auditorium. May 24-27 and 29-31. Tickets are available online and begin at $31.50.

  • Midsummer Night’s Dream. Get lost in the woods with Puck, Queen Titania, and King Oberon in the Bristol Old Vic Theatre Company’s adaptation of William Shakespeare’s play. This version combines human actors with large puppets to bring the comedy and magic of this play alive. Tickets are available online and begin at $50. Dock Street Theatre. Show runs May 25-28, May 30, June 3, June 5-9.

  • Iiro Rantala. Spend the evening with Germany’s pianist of the year, as he plays jazz piano arrangements spanning musical traditions from Bach to his own contemporary compositions. Simons Center Recital Hall. May 26-30. Purchase tickets through the box office at 843.579.3100.



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Current Events: May 17-19

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Spring is in full force in Charleston this weekend, and everyone is trying to take advantage of the beautiful weather. Many of the events this weekend are outdoors, so grab your sunscreen, bug spray and a beach blanket, and head out there!

Friday, May 17

  • 33 Variations. See Threshold Repertory Theatre’s production of this Moises Kaufman play that transcends time and location as it explores themes of parenthood and passion. 8 PM. 84 ½ Society Street (downtown). Adults $20, Seniors $15, Students and Children $10. (Additional shows Saturday at 8 PM and Sunday at 3 PM).

  • Party at the Point. Longtime South Carolina favorites The Blue Dogs take the stage this weekend. Doors open at 5:30, and the first band takes the stage at 6:30. Cash bar. Cover charge $7 per person. Don’t forget your blanket or beach chair.

  • Summer Concert Series at the Sanctuary. Come listen to The Coastal Breeze Variety Band and dance to your favorite songs from the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s as you relax on the Grand Lawn at Kiawah Island’s Sanctuary Hotel. Bring a beach chair or blanket. Food and beverages available at the Lobby Bar.

  • Movies in Marion Square. Take advantage of the beautiful late spring weather as you watch Back to the Future on the outdoor screen in Marion Square. Food tents will open at 6 PM and the movie begins at dusk. Make sure to bring your own beach chair or blanket. Free.

Saturday, May 18

  • 7th Annual First Flush FesTEAval. Have you visited America’s only tea plantation? It’s worth the short drive to Wadmalaw Island to experience a part of Charleston’s rich tea heritage as the first harvest of this year is celebrated. Live music (featuring Old Crow Medicine Show), local food, and tea tastings make this an event not to miss. Gates open at 1 PM, and the show begins at 2 PM. Tickets are $25 for adults, and free for children under 10. 6617 Maybank Highway, Wadmalaw Island.

  • Porgy and Bess. The Charleston Jazz Orchestra presents a special selection of songs from this classic Charleston folk opera, which is based on a book of the same name and was written by a Charleston native,  DuBose Heyward. It was made famous by the Gershwins and has remained a standard in American theatre ever since. Charleston Music Hall at 37 John Street. Two performances: 7 PM and 10 PM. Adult tickets start at $30, and senior tickets start at $25.

  • Shaggin’ on the Cooper. Break out those dancing shoes and spend a few hours listening to the beach music made famous by this region. Held at the Mount Pleasant Pier. Gates open at 7 PM and the music starts at 8 PM. Purchase your tickets early because this event often sells out!

  • 2nd Annual Charleston Beer Garden. If you’re a beer connoisseur, this is the event for you. Come sample craft beers in the garden, attend beer school, and enter to win the beer Olympics. Brittlebank Park. Noon to 8 PM. General admission tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door (includes 5 beer tickets), VIP tickets are $50 in advance only, and Designated Driver tickets are $15.

Sunday, May 19

  • 23rd Annual Charleston Sprint Triathalon. Swim, bike and run at James Island County Park in this first race of the 2013 Charleston Sprint Triathalon series. The race begins at 7:15 AM. Tickets are $55–purchase early as the event is limited to 400 participants and often sells out.

  • Sherlock Holmes and the Charleston History Mystery. Sherlock Holmes travels to the Lowcountry to do some sleuthing in this mystery-comedy presented by the Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre. Adults $24, students and military $22, and children $12. 164 Church Street downtown near Tommy Condon’s. 7:30 PM.

Party at the Point

Current Events for Charleston, South Carolina: May 3-5, 2013

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Party at the Point

Party at the Point

Matt Anderson Properties is excited that the weather in the Lowcountry is warming up, and the weekend events are moving outdoors. See what’s happening in the Charleston area this weekend:

Friday, May 3

  • Party at the Point. This concert series is in full swing this week with Daggermuffin and Old You take the stage. Doors open at 5:30, and the first band takes the stage at 6:30. Cash bar. Cover charge $7 per person. Don’t forget your blanket or beach chair.

  • The Sound of Charleston. Charleston’s history has influences from all over the world–Scotland, England, France, and Africa, to name a few–and there’s no better way to experience it than through song. Experience the number 2 attraction in Charleston according to TripAdvisor.com. The concert is held at the Circular Congregational Church in downtown Charleston (150 Meeting Street) and begins at 7 PM. Tickets are $28 for adults, $25 for seniors and military, $16 for students, and free for children 12 and under. Order tickets here.

Saturday, May 4

  • Movies at Wannamaker County Park. Enjoy a beautiful Lowcountry evening watching Wreck-it Ralph under the stars. Bring your own blankets, chairs and leashed pets to the Wannamaker County Park at 8888 University Boulevard in North Charleston. Movie begins at sundown (approximately 8 PM). Free with $1 park entrance fee.

  • Kahuna on the Cooper. Break out your lucky rod and reel for a chance to win a new boat or trailer in this fishing competition held at the Mount Pleasant Pier. Categories include Youth Angler, Lady Angler and Senior Angler. 6 AM-4 PM. Register online before Thursday at midnight, or at 6:00 AM the morning of the tournament. Free.

  • Farmer’s Market. The Charleston County Farmer’s Market is back again this Saturday in Marion Square. 8 AM-2 PM. Free admission.

  • The Biggest Loser Casting Call. Are you ready to start yourself on a new path? See if you have what it takes to be on NBC’s 16th season of The Biggest Loser. Be at the Music Farm downtown (32 Ann Street) from 10 AM- 6PM. Pre-register online. Free.

  • Fort Sumter and Beyond Kayak Tour. See two of Charleston’s iconic sights from a new perspective as you paddle out to Fort Sumter and Morris Island. Meet at the Charleston County Parks and Recreation Headquarters at 861 Riverland Drive, Charleston, SC. 9 AM-1 PM. $48 non-Charleston County Residents/ $40 residents. Register online or call (843) 795-4386.

Sunday, May 5

  • 5th Annual Crawfish Boil. Join your friends at Fiery Ron’s Hometeam BBQ at their West Ashley (1205 Ashley River Road) location for music and delicious food. $10 admission includes one plate of crawfish; additional plates will be sold for $5. The fun starts at noon.

  • “Meet Your Local Farmers” Reception. Learn more about the people behind your favorite ingredients this weekend at this event held at the Fat Hen Restaurant on John’s Island (3140 Maybank Highway). Food provided by local farmers will be paired with cocktails from Firefly Distillery. Ticket price includes four station tastings with an alcoholic beverage at each station. $45 per person. Call 843.559.9090 for ticket information.



Current Events in Charleston SC

Current Events April 25-28

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Current Events in Charleston SC

It’s another busy weekend in the Lowcountry! From food and crafts at the Blessing of the Fleet, these events are sure to please everyone this weekend.

Friday, April 26

  • Author luncheon with Ken Burger. The former Post and Courier columnist and current author sits down with fans to discuss his latest book, Salkehatchie Soup. 12 noon. The luncheon will be held at Fish (442 King Street) with a reception held afterwards at Blue Bicycle Books. $25.

  • Jazz Night at the Joe. Local minor league baseball team, the Riverdogs, gets an infusion of music by the Charleston Jazz Orchestra this Friday. Tickets start at $9. Joe Riley Stadium, 360 Fishburne Street, Charleston.

  • Party at the Point. Meet up with your friends for the opening night of this summer concert series as Blue Monday takes the stage. Doors open at 5:30, and the band takes the stage at 6:30. Cash bar. Cover charge $5 per person. Bring your blanket or beach chair!

  • Holy City Shakespeare: Hamlet. The Bard’s most performed play gets new treatment with the Holy City Shakespeare Company in this updated, modern take on Hamlet. 7:30 PM (also plays Saturday, April 27 at 7:30 PM). Adults $30, Students (with ID) and seniors $20. Gage Hall, 4 Archdale Street, Charleston.

Saturday, April 27

  • Shaggin’ on the Cooper. A local favorite, Shaggin’ on the Cooper nearly always sells out. Dance the night away this weekend to the Groove Train as this summer series kicks off.  Gates open at 7:00 and the music begins at 8:00. Mount Pleasant Pier. $10 per person.

  • A Year with Frog and Toad. This play, as presented by the Charleston Stage Company, draws from the classic children’s books by Arnold Lobel. 3 PM at the Dock Street Theatre. All tickets are $22.50.

  • Charleston Farmers Market. See what’s in season this week at Marion Square as you browse over 100 vendors. 8 AM- 2 PM. Free.

Sunday, April 28

  • 26th Annual Blessing of the Fleet. To kick off Charleston’s shrimping season, locals gather as the boats are blessed with a prayer for safe travels. Food and craft vendors, a shrimp-eating contest and shagging to beach music will be a part of the fun. 11:30 AM- 6 PM. Free admission. Mount Pleasant Waterfront Memorial Park.

  • Lowcountry Local First’s 6th Annual Chef’s Potluck. Taste samples of food and beverages from some of Charleston’s best restaurants, including FIG, Poogan’s Porch and Cypress. 4:00-7:00 PM. Admission includes live music, beverage samples from Firefly Distillery and Coast (among others) and a live auction. Lowcountry Local First members’ tickets $60 per person, general public $70 per person.

Strawberry Festival

Things to do in Charleston Weekend of April 18-21

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Strawberry Festival

Strawberry Festival

Spring has finally arrived in the Lowcountry, and with the beautiful weather comes plenty to keep locals and visitors alike busy this weekend. Take advantage of the milder weather to enjoy a few of these things to do in Charleston, SC.

  • The Strawberry Festival. This festival, held at Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant, runs April 18-21. Pick or purchase fresh strawberries from the onsite farm (during daylight hours only), and enjoy the thirty midway rides that the festival has added this year. For the first time, the festival offers both day- and night-time hours so guests can enjoy the sites for twice as long.

  • Anything Goes. Since its debut on Broadway in 1934, this rousing musical comedy has become one of the most loved plays of all time. The Charleston Stage Theatre Company brings the newest version to life at the Dock Street as the finale of its 35th anniversary season. Tickets are $38 to $57 with discounted admission for seniors, military and students. The play runs April 18, 19, and 20 at 7 PM, and April 21 at 3 PM.

  • Charleston County Farmers Market. Charleston’s favorite source for local produce, arts and crafts continues its 2013 season this Saturday. Located in Marion Square, the market will run from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Admission is free.

  • Dirt Roadtrip. Ever wanted to see where the local produce for Charleston’s best restaurants is grown? Lowcountry Local First gives you the opportunity this Saturday (April 20) to explore the farms of Johns Island, Wadmalaw Island and McClellanville, meet the farmers and purchase local goods directly from the source. Tickets are $30 (for Lowcountry Local First members) or $35 (non-members) per car.Tours are held at the participating farms from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

  • Earth Day at Indigo Park. On Kiawah Island, check out the HGTV Dream Home, test drive the all-electric Tesla sedan, and hear panels on new ways to make your home greener. The events run throughout the day from 9 AM to 5 PM.

  • Old Village Home, Garden and Art Show. This Sunday from 1 PM to 5 PM, take a peek inside Mount Pleasant’s oldest homes as you enjoy food and wine prepared by local chefs. Listen to live music as you browse artwork for sale by Lowcountry artists. Tickets are $45 per person ($35 per person when purchasing tickets for a group  of 10 or more); all proceeds benefit the Lowcountry Red Cross.


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Current Events, March 22-24

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Charleston, South Carolina has more to offer visitors and residents than horse tours downtown and beautiful beaches. Charleston is also home to a thriving events calendar, which has more festivals, races, and shows than anyone could pack into a single weekend. Friday, March 22 through Sunday, March 24 is crammed with events that will satisfy a wide range of interests, so get ready for a fun weekend.

If you’re looking for last minute plans tonight (3/22), meet the Lee Brothers at the signing of their newest book, Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen, which will be held this evening at the Preservation Society of Charleston gift shop at 147 King Street. The event will run from 5:30-7:00 PM, and is free to the public.

Saturday offers a variety of events, both indoors and out:

  • If you’re ready to begin your Easter celebrations, join the fun at the Charleston Museum’s Easter Egg-stravaganza from 10 AM to noon. For the first hour, you and your little Easter bunny can decorate baskets and glitter eggs before beginning the egg hunt at 11 AM. Free for museum members, $10 for adults, $5 children over 3.
  • Bulls Bay has planned an outdoor festival with fun for the entire family. The Bulls Bay Nature Festival offers fishing events, barrier island walks, kayak and canoe tours, bird and wolf demonstrations, and more, all set to music provided by the Awendaw Green.
  • Prepare to be color bombed at the Color Me Rad 5K race at the Exchange Park Saturday morning. Online registration is no longer available, but you can still get in on the fun by registering at packet pick-up or on race day.
  • End your Saturday with Charleston’s most fashion-forward people, as you help celebrate the closing of Charleston Fashion Week. The Ice After-Party begins at 10 PM at 35 Woolfe Street, and the ticket price (starting at $75) includes an open bar and DJ.

Sunday’s events include:

  • Customer Appreciation Day at the Charleston County Parks. This free event includes open admission to most of the Charleston County Parks, as well as family-friendly activities from 12-4 PM. Bring your fishing gear to take advantage of the free fishing at the Folly Beach and Mount Pleasant Piers.
  • The CSO Gospel Choir shares its newest production, “Wind and Mockingbird: the Story of How Written Word Changed Society.” The show will begin at 5 PM, and tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students or seniors.

There are two events that run throughout the weekend: the Charleston Ballet Theatre’s production of The Wizard of Oz, and the Historic Charleston Foundation’s 10th Annual Antiques Show. The Wizard of Oz has two Saturday performances at 2 PM and 5 PM, as well as a Sunday matinee at 2 PM. All performances will be held in the Sotille Theatre downtown, and are ninety minutes long. The Antiques Show at Memminger Auditorium runs all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday; aside from viewing over thirty booths of the nation’s best antiques, you can also attend lectures and classes on antiquing or take a private, guided tour of the show.


Websites for all events mentioned above:


“Bulls Bay Nature Festival: From the Forest to the Sea.” U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. http://www.fws.gov/seweecenter/festival.html

“Charleston Antiques Show.” Historic Charleston Foundation. https://www.historiccharleston.org/Events/Charleston-Antiques-Show.aspx

“Charleston Ballet Theatre Presents Wizard of Oz.” Charleston Visitors’ Bureau. http://www.charlestoncvb.com/visitors/events_news/charleston-events/charleston_ballet_theatre_presents_i_the_wizard_of_oz_i_-8244?search=&endDate=03/31/2013&startDate=03/01/2013

“Charleston Museum Easter Eggstravaganza.” Charleston Museum. http://www.charlestonmuseum.org/event.asp?ID=521

“Color Me Rad 5K.” Charleston Color Me Rad Race. http://www.colormerad.com/race.i?raceid=90&t=Charleston,_SC

“CSO Gospel Choir: Wind and Mockingbird.” CSO Gospel Choir. http://csogospel.com/buy-tickets/

“Customer Appreciation Day.” Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission. http://www.ccprc.com/Calendar.aspx?EID=1618

“Ice After-Party.” Charleston Magazine: Charleston Fashion Week. http://charlestonmag.com/fashionweektickets/finale

“The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen Book Signing.” Charleston Visitors’ Bureau. http://www.charlestoncvb.com/visitors/events_news/charleston-events/the_lee_bros_charleston_kitchen_book_signing-8185?search=&endDate=03/31/2013&startDate=03/01/2013