Charleston Lebowski Celebration
The Dude abides. Join the Charleston Music Hall as it embarks on the first event in a film series featuring a showing of “The Big Lebowski.” Teaming up with The Alley, the night will be dedicated to the Dude. Complete with “caucasians” (it’s a drink), a costume contest (dress as your favorite character for a chance to win a suitcase full of prizes), Lebowski trivia, special bowling lanes, a DJ and more. The film, rated R, will be shown at the Charleston Music Hall with the after-party being held at The Alley. For those unfamiliar with the cult classic, Jeff Bridges stars as Jeff Lebowski, an unemployed slacker and avid bowler nicknamed The Dude. Antics ensue after a case of mistaken identity (there’s a millionaire named Jeffrey Lebowski) leads to some damage at The Dude’s place.
When: Thursday, the film starts at 7:30 p.m. with the after-party starting at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St., and The Alley, 131 Columbus St.
Price: $10 in advance, $12 the day of the show
For more info: charlestonmusichall.com
Cooking Well Invitational
Celebrity chef and “Restaurant Impossible” star Robert Irvine will emcee the inaugural Cooking Well Invitational, a one-day culinary competition and trade show emphasizing healthier ways to cook delicious and affordable meals. Teams from 10 S.C. hospitals will be competing against each other, transforming recipes into healthier versions without sacrificing taste. Professional chefs will then judge the dishes to determine a winner. The public is invited to attend and a light lunch will be included.
A special pre-event to the invitational will be held Thursday at the Culinary Institute. Irvine and chef Marvin Woods will square off and collaborate on healthy dishes in Demo Impossible. VIP tickets are $125 while general admission is $50.
When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday
Where: The Culinary Institute of Charleston at Trident Technical College, 66 Columbus St.
For more info: www.cookingwell2013.com
Lowcountry Comedy Show
If you’re looking to start your weekend with a laugh, consider hitting up the Lowcountry Comedy Show for a night of stand-up fun featuring six comics. The show will feature Dusty Slay, winner of the 2011 and 2012 Charleston Comedy Festivals Stand Up Competition and a Theatre 99 Company member; Vince Fabra, a semi-finalist in the 2011 Charleston stand-up competition and co-creator of the sketch group Peanut Butter Buddy Time; Evan Berke and additional special guests. This show will likely leave you with a stitch in your side.
When: Doors open at 7 p.m. with the show starting at 8 p.m. Friday
Where: Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St.
For more info: charlestonmusichall.com
Sunglasses at Night Bar Crawl
The Summerville Junior Chamber of Commerce, better known as Jaycees, will be hosting a bar crawl through downtown Summerville to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, South Carolina Chapter. Throw on a pair of sunglasses and cruise to various locations around town — starting point is Downstairs at the Icehouse with things wrapping up with live music at Montreux Bar & Grill — to enjoy drink specials and ’80s trivia. All of the proceeds from the event will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
When: 6 p.m. Saturday
Where: Starting point is Downstairs at the Icehouse, 104 E. Doty Ave.
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This inaugural event will feature “just about everything that can happen on a fiddle.” The new festival spawned from demand to hear more performances by the faculty of the O’Connor Method Camp Charleston, a summer camp for string players. The event, which is open to the public, will feature three shows: Riverfire, banna de dha and The Joe Pye Band will perform Friday; the Stardus Duo, The Andy Reiner Experience, and Thomas McGregor and The Hungry Monks will perform Saturday afternoon; Ashley Liberty and Daniel Strange, and The Kickin Grass Band will perform Saturday night. Proceeds benefit the O’Connor Method Camp.
When: 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday
Where: Gage Hall, 4 Archdale St.
Price: $10 per concert, $25 for all three; students pay $5 per concert, $12 for all three
For more info: www.FidolinFestival.com
County Rock, BBQ & Beer Extravaganza
This special tasting event will feature more than a dozen craft beers, new and seasonal, for your sipping pleasure at $5 a glass. The Home Team BBQ food truck will be on-site serving up barbecue platters. Live entertainment will be provided by Eddie Bush and The Mayhem. An RSVP is required.
When: 1-4 p.m. Sunday
Where: Sauer Grapes, 885 Island Park Drive, Daniel Island
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