My Charleston Week: Sept. 24-30
Monday, September 24, 2012
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.
MOJA Arts Festival
A celebration of African-American and Caribbean arts, the 29th annual MOJA Arts Festival promises a variety of events that include everything from visual arts to theatre, music (classical, jazz, gospel, R&B) to dance, poetry, to storytelling and beyond. The festival begins Thursday with an Opening Reception at Dock Street Theatre but really kicks into high gear on Friday with the Caribbean Street Parade and Opening Ceremonies at Brittlebank Park. A special performance will be given by opera singer Denyce Graves on Sunday at the Dock Street Theatre; tickets range in price from $65-$80. The festival wraps up on Oct. 7 with the MOJA Finale at Hampton Park. Nearly half of MOJA’s events are free, with the remainder ranging from $5-$80. For a complete schedule of events, go to www.mojafestival.com.
Fall Tours of Homes and Gardens
The Preservation Society of Charleston will host its 36th annual Fall Tours of Homes and Gardens from Thursday-Oct. 28. Tours take place 6-9 p.m. Thursdays and 2-5 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. On a self-paced walking tour, visit some of the peninsula’s gardens and architecturally significant homes, churches and public buildings. Highlighting the best of American architecture from the early Georgian Period to the 21st century, each tour shares a unique neighborhood that represents Charleston’s flourishing culture from the Colonial era to the present. Most of the properties on tour are privately owned and are open to the public exclusively for this event. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased online at www.PreservationSociety.org, in person at their Book & Gift Shop at 147 King St. or by calling 722-4630.
Southern Living Taste of Charleston
It’s time again for one of the Lowcounty’s top events: the Southern Living Taste of Charleston. In its 32nd year, this three-day celebration is hosted by Southern Living magazine and the Charleston Restaurant Association. Featuring a number of events, including the Iron Chef Competition on Friday ($50-$100), Sweet & Southern on Shem Creek on Saturday ($50 in advance, $60 at the door) and the Charleston Dine Around on Friday and Saturday at a wide selection of restaurants, but the Main Event on Sunday is what always draws the largest crowd. Held at historic Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant, sample offerings from 50 Lowcountry restaurants, sip on wine or specialty and imported beer, catch the “Waiters’ Race” and so much more. Tickets to the Main Event are $15 in advance, $20 at the gate. To find out more about Taste of Charleston, go to www.charlestonrestaurantassociation.com/taste-of-charleston.
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
The 10-member troupe Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros are making the rounds, on tour in support of their second album, “Here.” The band has been busy, making the rounds at festivals (Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Leeds, Austin City Limits) while keeping busy in the studio (a third album is expected in early next year). They make a stop at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive, on Saturday. They will perform with special guest Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, also on tour in support of an album, “Hysterical,” at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30. For more info, check out www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com.
Family Weekend at College of Charleston brings with it a name that should ring a bell. Having made a name for himself in a variety of TV and film roles, including “Saturday Night Live,” “Gary Unmarried” and “Jerry Maguire,” comedian Jay Mohr will be bringing his wicked sense of humor to Saturday’s Comedy Showcase. Named by Comedy Central as one of the greatest stand-up comics of all time, Mohr will perform at 9 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.) at Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Tickets are $20; $15 for Family Weekend registrants, C of C students and kids under 12. For more info, go to www.charlestonmusichall.com/shows.html or familyweekend.cofc.edu/registration/index.php.