My Charleston Weekend: Sept. 20-26
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Museum Mile Weekend
Be a tourist is your own town this weekend as you explore five museums, seven historic buildings and one powder magazine, all for $25 ($10 for kids 12 and under). If you just happened to be visiting this weekend, you’re a lucky dog. Along and around the one-mile section of Meeting Street, explore the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, Powder Magazine, Charleston Museum, Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, Old Slave Mart Museum, Confederate Museum, Gibbes Museum of Art, Aiken-Rhett House, Edmondston-Alston House, Heyward-Washington House, Joseph Manigault House, Nathaniel Russell House and South Carolina Historical Society. The sites are open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday, and many will be offering special programs. For more information, go to www.charlestonsmuseummile.org or call 722-2996, ext. 235.
Party for the Parks
This third annual street-festival style event is all about having a good time for a good cause. The evening will open at 6 p.m. with music from folk/rock band Coffee. Before sunset, aerialist Lila will dance in her silks to the reggae rhythm of The Dubplates. As night falls, DJ Jerry Tiller and a laser show will electrify the dance floor, and Homespun Hoops will do a lakeside fire performance. All the while, guests will enjoy an open bar and food from the likes of Amen Street Fish and Raw Bar, La Fourchette, Muse, Nick’s Bar-B-Q, Oak Steakhouse, Osteria La Bottiglia, the Charleston Cookie Company, Cupcake, Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts and Paolo’s Gelato Italiano. A silent auction will be 6-8:30 p.m. and the live auction starts at 8:45 p.m. Tickets are $55 in advance, $75 at the door; VIP tickets are $150 and include private lakeside lounging and bar with food by Magnolias, Blossom and Cypress. Party for the Parks, which will be held Saturday on Ashley Avenue overlooking Colonial Lake, benefits the Charleston Parks Conservancy, which works in more than 25 city parks and green spaces. Call 724-5003 or go to www.partyfortheparks.com for more.
The Tin Roof will hold its inaugural Chili-Cook off at 5 p.m. Sunday. While a cook-off is somewhat self-explanatory, here’s the gist: Those who have entered the competition will be vying for votes from a panel of judges, but crowd votes will be a big factor, so head over to 1117 Magnolia Road and vote for your favorite. Cash prizes and other perks will be awarded to the winner. Call 571-0775 for more info.
Zombies will be taking over Club Pantheon tonight. Resident drag queen Santina Dayzee is holding this party to raise funds for her bid to win Miss South Carolina Pride. Enjoy an evening of zombie fun that includes a costume contest (winner gets $50) and performance by Savannah Dayzee, Desiree Valentino (also running for Miss South Carolina Pride), Imani Valentino (Empress of Charleston Pride), Amythyst Rose and Santina Dayzee herself. Doors at Club Pantheon, 28 Ann St., open at 10 p.m.; the show is slated to begin at 11:45 p.m. Tickets are $5, $10 for those under 21. Call 577-2582 for more info.
Men of Chippendales
Magic Mike is coming to Charleston! ... OK, it’s not Channing Tatum, but it’s pretty close. The world-famous gents of Chippendales will be breaking out their bow ties Friday at the Music Farm, 32 Ann St. Be prepared to get an eyeful at the 9 p.m. show; doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 in advance for reserved seating, $20 at the door. Find out more at www.musicfarm.com.
Swagger Fashion Show
Tonight, Memminger Auditorium will host this fashion show benefit for Kids’ Chance of South Carolina, a local nonprofit that awards college scholarships to dependants of state workers injured or killed on the job. Swagger will highlight local businesses, including Mary Mojo Boutique, Paisley of Daniel Island and Bashful Boutique, on the runway. The event will be hosted by Kelly G. from 95SX’s Two Girls and a Guy. Dance performances, music by DJ Bliss, food and a cash bar will round out the evening. Swagger starts at 7 p.m. at 56 Beaufain St. Tickets are $20 in advance, $30 at the door. Find out more at www.facebook.com/swaggersc or by calling 388-2868.
WET: A Vegas Style Pool Party
If you’re looking for a good time Sunday, head out to St. Johns Yacht Harbor, 2408 Maybank Highway on Johns Island, for this exclusive pool party. This Sin City-style event with a ’70s Hollywood fashion flair is all about fun and testing the market for a Vegas-style pool bar. Starting at 12:30 p.m., enjoy a fashion show of vintage-inspired swimwear by local designer Cavortress, a tapas bar, cocktails and more. And not to fear guys, NFL Red Zone will be streaming. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 with shuttle service from Marion Square and $30 at the door. Attendees are asked to dress to impress. Find out more at www.eventbrite.com/edit?eid=4336869694.
This group of storytelling writers are making their way through Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina to celebrate independent bookstores and to spread the message that storytelling should be the heart of every community. Featuring best-selling author Neil Gaiman, along with Savannah-born playwright Edgar Oliver and multitalented artist Peter Aguero, the group will perform with musical accompaniment from Charleston’s own Mechanical River. Set for 8 p.m. Friday at Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St., this event is being held in collaboration with Blue Bicycle Books. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Blue Bicycle, 420 King St., or online at theunchainedtour.org. Call 722-2666 for more info.
Jammin’ for Jammer II
This second annual fundraiser in support of the Sea Turtle Hospital at the South Carolina Aquarium will be 7-10 p.m. Tuesday at the Windjammer, 1008 Ocean Blvd., Isle of Palms. The event will celebrate Jammer, an injured sea turtle found near the Windjammer and released this spring after rehabilitation, as well as all the other sea turtles helped by the aquarium. Featuring three local bands, food provided by Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island restaurants, a silent auction and more, attendees are sure to have a great time. A $15 donation is requested, and all proceeds will go to the Sea Turtle Hospital at the South Carolina Aquarium. Call 886-8596 or go to www.the-windjammer.com for more. Find out more about the Sea Turtle Hospital at scaquarium.org.
Lowcountry Indie Shorts
Park Circle Films has partnered with the Charleston Film Festival and Terrace Theater to hold a two-day “shortsfest.” The event will feature three blocks of local, regional, national and international shorts Friday (7 p.m.) and Saturday (2 and 8:30 p.m.). A jury will select and award a cash prize for Best Short Film as well as a Regional Spotlight Award. Held at the Terrace Theater, 1956 Maybank Highway, admission for each block is $7, $5 for film society members; Red Carpet members get free admission. Go to parkcirclefilms.org for more info.
Taste of the Town Festival
This event offers up a family-friendly atmosphere and includes food, arts and crafts vendors, jump castles, games, line-dancing, Zumba, a water slide, a heart and stroke survivor parade, and more. Set for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Old Santee Canal Park, 900 Stony Landing Road, Moncks Corner, admission is free; food samples cost $1-$3. Proceeds will benefit the American Heart Association. For more, call 899-5200.
Comedy on the Creek
Presented by Lighthouse on the Creek and Theatre 99, give your funny bone a workout at this free comedy show. Starting at 8 p.m. today, Mark Szlachetka, also known as “The Funny Guy in the Tie,” will be hosting Theatre 99 comedians Shon Kennedy, Jason Groce and Dusty Slay. There will be a cash bar. Doors at 100 Church St. open at 7 p.m. The show is for ages 21 and over. For more information, go to www.shemcreekevents.com or call 881-7384.
Charleston Auto Expo & Car Show
This second annual expo and car show will offer something for the car, truck and/or motorcycle lover in your family. Held at Blackbaud Stadium, 1990 Daniel Island Drive, the Auto Expo will feature specialists in their respective fields giving demonstrations on things such as wheel repair, upholstery repair, paintless dent repair, car audio, detailing, paint touch-up and more. While you’re there, buy products and merchandise, check out the vehicles on display, and enjoy live music, giveaways and jump castles for the kids. Held 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, admission is $5 and includes a goody bag and automatic entry into the drawing for products worth thousands of dollars. For more, check out www.charlestonautoexpo.com.