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 hand-picked 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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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

Gourmet & Grapes

Held at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, this fifth annual culinary extravaganza brings together renowned chefs and winemakers to raise money for cancer research. The event will feature a black-tie dinner by executive chef Justin Bogle of Gilt in New York, an interactive culinary luncheon, wine seminars, the Wine Odyssey Gala and a farewell brunch. The weekend benefits Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina.

When: Friday-Sunday

Where: The Sanctuary, 1 Sanctuary Beach Drive, Kiawah Island

Price: $50-$295

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Chocolate Affair

This 22nd annual gala features gourmet catering and chocolate desserts from some of Charleston’s finest restaurants and specialty shops. With an open bar, a variety of hors d’oeuvres and the third annual chocolate competition, this is one event that’s all about enjoying the food. The competition will include dozens of bakeries and restaurants battling it out for the title of “Most Artistic” or “Most Delectable” from this year’s judges: Nathalie Dupree, Fritz Knipschildt, Maggie White and Bernd Gronert. The event also will feature an auction with more than 200 items. The gala and auction supports Communities in Schools of the Charleston Area, which was established to address the dropout crisis.

When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Crystal Ballroom at the Charleston Marriott, 170 Lockwood Blvd.

Price: $100 per person, $185 per couple

For more info: 740-6793 or

Rodney Carrington

A Texas native, Rodney Carrington blends standup comedy and original songs in his performances. His current North American tour, “Laughter’s Good,” will include songs from his eight major record label comedy albums — many of which have titles that can’t be printed here. Carrington, who also acts, has been among the top 10 highest grossing touring comedians for 10 years. If you’re looking for a night filled with laughter, this is one show you won’t want to miss.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive

Price: $42.75

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Soul Asylum

After touring relentlessly and being tossed from record label to record label, Soul Asylum finally hit it big in the ’90s with the release of the album “Grave Dancers Union,” which ended up going triple-platinum and contained the Grammy Award-winning single “Runaway Train.” The next year, they performed at Bill Clinton inauguration. The group cruised along but was hit hard by the 2005 death of founding member Karl Mueller. After taking a break for years, the group has formed anew with sole original member Dave Pirner at the helm.

When: Doors open at 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway

Price: $22 in advance, $25 the day of the show

For more info: 571-4343 or