My Charleston Weekend: Jan. 17-23

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

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A Taste of Folly will be held Saturday.
  • Kris Allen, Season 8 winner of “American Idol,” will be at The Music Farm on Saturday.
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    Kris Allen, Season 8 winner of “American Idol,” will be at The Music Farm on Saturday.

  • Chanticleer, the only independent full-time classical vocal ensemble in the United States, will perform at the Sottile Theatre on Tuesday.
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    Chanticleer, the only independent full-time classical vocal ensemble in the United States, will perform at the Sottile Theatre on Tuesday.

A Taste of Folly

Take advantage of the great January weather and spend the day seeing what Folly has to offer. A Taste of Folly will feature numerous food vendors, a chili cook-off, the Battle of the Bartenders and hot dog-eating contests. In addition to the food and drinks, make sure to catch the date auction, the silent auction, the server Olympics, jump castles for the kids and live music from Eric Penrod, Tim David and The Folly Beach Reggae All-stars. The event raises money for Folly Beach Parks and Rec.

When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Center Street, Folly Beach

Price: Free admission

more info: www.follybeach.com

Charleston Restaurant Week

One of the most highly anticipated culinary events in the Charleston area, Restaurant Week offers folks the opportunity to enjoy prix-fixe menus at participating restaurants. Put on by the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association, this event is popular and reservations are recommended.

When: Through Sunday

Where: Participating restaurants

Price: $20-$40

more info: www.charlestonrestaurantassociation.com/charleston-restaurant-week

Comedy Festival

This year marks the 10th annual Charleston Comedy Festival. To celebrate, organizers are taking things up a notch and bringing in performers and comedy troupes from America’s top comedy hotbeds for the event. Performers of note include TV and movie actor Michael Ian Black and Scott Adsit of “30 Rock.”

When: Today-Saturday

Where: Various locations

Price: $5-$22.50 depending on act, venue

more info: www.charlestoncomedyfestival.com

Lighthouse Oyster Roast & Preview Party

Get a preview of one of the area’s newest on-the-water event venues and restaurants. Dig into the complimentary beer, oysters, hot dogs and hamburgers as you enjoy live music from The Sweet Grass Girls 2-5 p.m. Afterward, a cash bar will open, and DJ Natty Heavy will keep you dancing. The event will be held “rain or shine or chilly.” They promise to have heaters on hand. There also will be 20 boat slips available on a first-come, first-served basis for those arriving by boat.

When: 2-9 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Lighthouse Waterfront Pavilion at Dolphin Cove Marina, 2079 Austin Ave., North Charleston

Price: Free

more info: www.eventbrite.com/event/5195967278/efbevent

Kris Allen

The Season 8 winner of “American Idol” has been touring behind his sophomore album, “Thank You Camellia.” Expect to hear fan favorites such as “The Vision of Love” and “Live Like We’re Dying” from the singer-songwriter. Joining Allen on tour is Jillette Johnson, whose style was described by Nylon magazine as “a little ‘La Boheme’ meets Carol King in her prime,” is touring behind her debut EP, “Whiskey and Frosting.”

When: Saturday; doors open at 8 p.m.

Where: The Music Farm, 32 Ann St.

Price: $10 in advance, $15 the day of the show

more info: www.musicfarm.com

Chanticleer

Called “the world’s reigning male chorus” by The New Yorker magazine, this Grammy-winning group’s interpretations of vocal music span from Renaissance to jazz, from gospel to new music. Chanticleer, founded in 1978, is the only independent full-time classical vocal ensemble in the United States.

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday

Where: College of Charleston Sottile Theatre, 44 George St.

Price: $35-$125

more info: charlestonconcerts.org or www.opus3artists.com/artists/chanticleer