Named the most successful R&B artist of the last 25 years by Billboard in 2011, R. Kelly is touring ahead of the November release of his 12th studio album. With the singles “My Story” featuring 2 Chainz released in July and “Genius” released just last month, attendees can expect to hear material new and old during the show. Known for major hits such as “Bump n’ Grind,” “I Believe I Can Fly,” “If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time” and “Trapped in the Closet,” plan on spending an evening with the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter.
When: 8 p.m. Saturday
Where: North Charleston Coliseum, 5001 Coliseum Drive
The Mac-Off is back for a fourth year of local restaurants battling it out for one of three titles: Critics Choice, People’s Choice and Best Local Ingredient(s) Critics Choice. With Crave and Graze returning to defend their titles, attendees will be able to delve into mac and cheese offerings from the likes of Poogan’s Porch, Rue de Jean, The Green Goat, Mosaic, The Roost and more. Additional food available on-site will include Lowcountry favorites and funnel cakes, French fries and snow cones from Charleston Festival Foods. Beverage offerings will be numerous as Charleston Mix Bloody Mary, Tito’s Vodka, Firefly Moonshine, Larceny Bourbon, Sam Adams, Angry Orchard, Bud Light and wine will all be available. There also will be a zip line, corn hole and bocce, a pumpkin patch, kids section, live music, TVs showing football, cooking demonstrations and more. The event will be held rain or shine. Attendees should bring blankets or chairs but leave coolers and dogs at home. A portion of the proceeds benefit Lowcountry Local First, a group that advocates community support for local independent businesses and farmers.
When: 2-7 p.m. Saturday
Where: The Grove at Patriots Point. 40 Patriots Point Road, Mount Pleasant
Price: $20 in advance, $30 the day of for general admission, which includes 10 sample tickets; $30 in advance, $35 the day of for the “Double the Cheesy” package, which includes admission for two and 20 sample tickets; $50 for VIP, which includes special parking, a separate entrance, a tented area with samples from all restaurants, a full-service bar and seating; kids 12 and under get in free
more info: www.asnappyevent.com
Follypalooza, Folly Beach’s annual fundraiser for local cancer patients, is again rallying for support. Entering its sixth year, the event has raised almost $27,000 that has gone to help 20 individuals alleviate financial stress caused by medical bills. The carnival-themed event will feature games, local food and art vendors, live music, a jump castle, bungee jousting, a silent auction and more. This year’s music will feature all local bands, including Sun Dried Vibes, Calhoun’s Calling (led by cancer survivor Nathan Calhoun), BYOG and Don’t Mess with the Tiger.
When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
Where: Center Street on Folly Beach
more info: www.facebook.com/follypalooza
Wild at Wingswood
The Avian Conservation Center is hosting the fourth annual Wild at Wingswood fundraising event to benefit The Center for Birds of Prey. The event kicks off with a cocktail hour featuring flight demonstrations, close encounters with various birds of prey and a silent auction. Afterward, dinner will be served and a live auction will commence. Dress will be festive cocktail attire, and avian inspiration is welcomed. All proceeds will benefit The Center for Birds of Prey and its mission to rehabilitate injured raptors and educate the public about conservation.
When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday
Where: Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St.
more Info: 971-7474, www.thecenterforbirdsofprey.org
Broadway fans will get a treat at Charleston Stage’s New Benefit Performance Dinner and Gala as legend Patti LuPone will perform selections from classic musicals. LuPone, known best for her award-winning roles in “Evita” and “Gypsy,” will perform a special concert titled “Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda ... played that part,” in which she’ll perform songs from “Hair,” “Bye Bye Birdie,” “Funny Girl,” “West Side Story” and more. A pre-performance reception with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will take place with a seated dinner to be served after the show. Proceeds will benefit Charleston Stage’s New Horizons initiatives.
When: 6:45 p.m. Thursday
Where: Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.
more Info: 577-7183, www.charlestonstage.com
The Sustainability Institute will again host its Superhero Soiree, a fundraising event that brings Gotham City to Hibernian Hall. Attendees can choose to dress the part, but they are asked to bring their dancing shoes to an event that will include live music and a photo booth. The second annual event will include drinks from Republic Reign, Cathead Vodka, Westbrook Brewery, Oku, Ice Box Bar and Liquid Culture-American Classic Tea, while Rutledge Cab Company, Cypress, Fuel, Republic Reign and Salthouse Catering will be serving up food.
When: 7-10:30 p.m. Thursday
Where: Hibernian Hall, 155 Meeting St.
more info: 529-3416, www.sustainabilityinstitutesc.org/superhero
The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry will host its 10th annual gala to raise money to support free scholarships, museum admissions, educational day camps and programming to underserved and special needs children and their families. Themed “Viva O Carnaval,” the gala will feature a Rio de Janeiro-style block party compete with the colors, sights and sounds of Brazil. Attendees will nosh and sip on cocktails as they take in live Brazilian music and capoeira demonstrations.
When: 8-11 p.m. Thursday
Where: Charleston Visitor Center Bus Shed, 375 Meeting St.
more info: 853-8962, ext. 238, www.explorecml.org
Wine Down the Summer
Camp Happy Days will be hosting its third annual Wine Down the Summer event, a celebration of summer and a fundraiser benefiting year-round programs for South Carolina’s children fighting cancer. The event will include appetizers and cocktails and a silent auction.
When: 6:30 p.m. Friday
Where: 43 Society St.
more info: 571-4336, www.camphappydays.com