Super Bowl Sunday

Neither the San Francisco 49ers nor the Baltimore Ravens have ever lost in the Super Bowl, but that will change as the two square off in Super Bowl XLVII. Adding to the drama of what is already likely to be a great game is the fact that two brothers are squaring off as head coaches: John Harbaugh for the Ravens and Jim Harbaugh for the 49ers. And if football just isn’t your thing, there’s always the commercials and halftime show, this year performed by Beyonce. While you’re all but guaranteed to catch the game at any local bar, a number of places will be throwing Super Bowl parties. Check out Chew on This for a few of those listings.

When: 6:30 p.m. Sunday

Where: Pretty much anywhere with a TV

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Spoleto Auction

Spoleto Festival USA kicks off festivities this year with its 33rd annual auction. Featuring a spirited live auction offering once-in-a-lifetime events, private dinners and travel packages to exotic global destinations, the event is complemented by an online auction that runs Tuesday-Feb. 10. While the online auction is a stand-alone event, patrons attending the live auction will be able to bid on online items during the cocktail hour. All proceeds benefit the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, the festival’s signature orchestra in residence. The evening will be topped off with an exclusive private concert by The Charlton Singleton Jazz Ensemble featuring festival jazz artist Cyrus Chestnut.

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St.

Price: $150-$1,500 for a VIP table

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Chase After a Cure Gala

This black-tie event will take you “Around the World” with international food, decor and music. The music will be provided by the Gino Castillo Quartet, which plays Cuban jazz. Food will be provided by some of the area’s top restaurants, including Wasabi of Charleston, 39 Rue de Jean, Al Di La and Burwell’s Stone Fire Grill. The event also will feature an open bar and will include a live and silent auction. This fifth annual gala will help raise money for childhood cancer research.

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Charleston Marriott, 170 Lockwood Drive

Price: $100

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Hot Stove Banquet

The Charleston RiverDogs will host its ninth annual banquet with special guest baseball Hall of Famer Wade Boggs. The event will feature a live and silent auction of items that include sports memorabilia, vacation packages and a few unique experiences. Proceeds from the auction benefit the MUSC Storm Eye Institute and the baseball programs at The Citadel, College of Charleston and Charleston Southern. The evening will start with an autograph and photo session reception followed by a seated dinner.

When: 6 p.m. Friday

Where: Charleston Marriott, 170 Lockwood Drive

Price: $65-$650 for preferred seating tables

More info: 577-DOGS (3647) or

Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner

This dinner is all about bringing the experience of dining at New York’s historic James Beard House to the Lowcountry. The evening will kick off with an hour of passed hors d’oeuvres, wine and signature cocktails before dinner at 7:30 p.m. Cypress executive chef Craig Deihl will join culinary forces with Trevor Kunk (Blue Hill, New York), Tory McPhail (Commander’s Palace, New Orleans), Andrea Reusing (Lantern, Chapel Hill and 2011 James Beard Best Chef:Southeast) and David Varley (Mina Group). Each chef will prepare a course paired with a wine selection from Cypress wine director Bill Netherland. The chefs will discuss their dishes and methods at the conclusion of the meal. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the James Beard Foundation.

When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Cypress, 167 East Bay St. downtown

Price: $160

More info: 937-4012, ext. 229, or

Zappa Plays Zappa

Son honors father in this American tribute act led by Dweezil Zappa, the eldest son of the late American composer and musician Frank Zappa. The younger Zappa aims to bring his father’s music to a new generation by performing with his handpicked band of young, new musicians.

When: Doors open at 7 p.m. Monday

Where: The Music Farm, 32 Ann St.

Price: $25 in advance; $28 the day of the show; $49.50 for VIP

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Clusters for Kids’ Sake

Put on by Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Carolina Youth Development Center, this event is all about having a good time for a good cause. Enjoy oysters and barbecue, plus music and prizes. Tickets include all-you-can-eat oysters and two beverage tickets. This event helps raise money for the center, which matches adults with children from single-parent households throughout the Lowcountry.

When: 6 p.m. Friday

Where: Gold Bug Island, 1560 Ben Sawyer Blvd., Mount Pleasant

Price: $25

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Charitable Society Oyster Roast

The Charitable Society of Charleston will host this oyster roast to benefit Louie’s Kids, which combats childhood obesity through education and awareness. Enjoy local oysters, beer and wine, and live music by The Depressions of Nashville, Tenn.

When: 7-11 p.m. Saturday

Where: Charleston Visitor Center Bus Shed, 36 John St.

Price: $25 in advance, $35 the day of

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Shuckin’ for Shelter

This fundraiser will benefit the Callen-Lacey Center for Children, an emergency shelter in Berkeley County for abused, neglected and abandoned children. The event will include all-you-can-eat oysters, barbecue, music and more.

When: 3-5:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Crowfield Golf & Country Club, 300 Hamlet Circle, Goose Creek

Price: $20 for adults; $5 for kids ages 6-12; kids 5 and under get in free

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Blue Oyster Bash

Friends of MUSC Children’s Hospital will host this Lowcountry-style oyster roast and barbecue event. The bar will feature beer, wine and a special “Blue Cocktail.” Live music will be performed by The Blue Dogs while local artisans will demonstrate their skills and talents with “art in progress.” A silent auction also will be held. VIPs will be welcomed at 6 p.m. with a private cocktail hour, hors d’oeuvres and a “schwag bag.” The event serves as a fundraiser for Friends of MUSC Children’s Hospital, which raises money for the hospital and raises awareness of the care delivered there.

When: 7-10 p.m. Saturday

Where: Founders Hall at Charles Towne Landing, 1500 Old Towne Road, West Ashley

Price: $60; $125 VIP

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Follywood Anniversary Oyster Roast & Groundhog Day Bash

Follywood Productions, a booking, touring and event coordinating agency, is celebrating three years with its annual anniversary oyster roast. And it’s throwing in a bit of Punxsutawney Phil partying for good measure (Groundhog Day is Saturday). Musical performances will be provided by Graham Whorley, Guilt Ridden Troubadour with Davis Coen, Shonuff, Funk You, Gaslight Street and The Dead 27s.

When: Doors open at noon Saturday.

Where: The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway

Price: $8 for the deck show, $13 for the entire day and night’s events

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