Grass in the Hall

Awendaw Green will host this bluegrass concert featuring Town Mountain, Cumberland River and Barefoot Movement. The event serves as a special kick-off for the Sweet Grass Music Festival (March 16) and the Charleston Bluegrass Festival (April 6-7).

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St.

Price: $10 in advance, $12 at the door

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‘Branching Out’

The Art Institute of Charleston will present its first runway show this weekend in celebration of “Branching Out” into fashion design. Attendees will walk a red carpet and enjoy refreshments prior to the start of the show. Four designers will present looks: Raphael Cox, a contestant on Season 9 of “Project Runway”; Vartika Vikram, an emerging designer at Charleston Fashion Week 2012; Julie Wheat of Cavortress, an emerging designer at Charleston Fashion Week 2011 and a faculty member at the Art Institute; and Ashley Martin of Clewis Reid, an emerging designer at Charleston Fashion Week 2008 and a faculty member at the Art Institute. The event is open to the public but those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP to Lynne Riding, fashion program coordinator, at

When: 6 p.m. Friday

Where: The Art Institute of Charleston, 24 North Market St.

Price: Free

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Unmasking Colon Cancer Gala

Enjoy an evening of elegance and entertainment under the stars to benefit the fight against colon cancer. The seventh annual Unmasking Colon Cancer Gala will feature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres followed by a welcome ceremony and live auction. Afterward, fashion designer and colon cancer survivor Carmen Marc Valvo will present his spring collection in a New York-style runway show. The evening will conclude with dancing to a live band.

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Legare Waring House, Charles Towne Landing, 1500 Old Towne Road

Price: $150

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Save the Light Gala and Silent Auction

Save The Light Inc., the organization behind saving the Morris Island lighthouse, will host its 15th annual gala and silent auction with the theme of “Folly-ritaville.” That’s right, think casual and colorful beach attire with a tropical theme; the group says to have fun with it. The ticket price includes wine, beer and food. For those wishing for something a little stronger, a cash bar with liquor drinks will be on-site.

When: 6-9 p.m. Thursday

Where: Tides Folly Beach, 1 Center St.

Price: $50

For more info: 633-0099 or

Hoops for Hope

The Medical University of South Carolina’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences will host a family-friendly fundraiser in support of mental health education, research and treatment. The event will feature a three-on-three basketball tournament, free-throw competition, silent and live auction, and children’s activities. Food and drink are included in admission. Food will be provided by Jersey Mike’s, Perfectly Frank’s, Duke’s Barbeque, Zaxby’s and The Sloppy Cow. Westbrook Brewing Company and Holy City Brewing will be serving local craft beers. DJs Skriff and NattyHeavy will man the music. Prizes for the free-throw competition and the three-on-three tournament are big: Two tickets to the NCAA men’s basketball finals in Atlanta complete with hotel accommodations for the free-throw winner and $1,500 cash for the team winners. There’s still time to sign up: Deadlines are 5 p.m. today for the three-on-three ($250 per team) and 5 p.m. Friday for the free-throw ($50). All proceeds will benefit MUSC programs.

When: 1-6 p.m. Saturday

Where: College of Charleston TD Arena, 66 George St.

Price: $20 in advance, $25 day of event; kids 12 and under get in free

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Madra Rua anniversary party

Madra Rua Irish Pub is inviting the public to help it celebrate its 10th anniversary at the Park Circle location (it also has a spot in Summerville). The authentic Irish pub, which is known for its part in the St. Paddy’s Day Block Party and Parade and its Big Lebowski Celebrations, will be offering food and drink specials. It also will be doing giveaways, including a trip for two to Boston provided by Sam Adams.

When: 6 p.m. Sunday

Where: Madra Rua Irish Pub, 1034 E. Montague Ave., North Charleston

Price: Free to attend

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Bach Festival of Charleston

While the third biennial Bach Festival may seem to be all about Bach, it will include works by other composers of the Baroque period. The festival opens with a performance of Dieterich Buxtehude’s “Membra Jesu Nostri” (“The Limbs of Our Jesus”) on Friday, followed by a candlelight show of organ concertos Saturday. The festival concludes Sunday with a large-scale choral event.

When: 7 p.m. Friday; 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 4 p.m. Sunday

Where: First (Scots) Presbyterian Church, 53 Meeting St.

Price: Free, but donations will be accepted

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