Charleston Black Expo
The 15th annual Charleston Black Expo is a family-oriented three-day event that aims to expose the community to business opportunities and cultural resources. The 2014 Charleston Black Expo weekend will ramp up Friday with the third annual Taste of Black Charleston ($60-$75) at the South Carolina Aquarium, an event that will be all about celebrating local caterers, chefs and restaurants. Saturday's main event at the Convention Center will feature seminars and workshops, national guest speakers, health fairs, live entertainment, youth activities, and food and merchandise vendors.
Where: North Charleston Convention Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive
Price: $15 for adults, $12 for VIP card holders, $6 for kids
For more info: www.blackexposouth.com
Funny guy Aziz Ansari is returning to his home state on his Modern Romance stand-up comedy tour, a show his website notes features "new material that wasn't in the Buried Alive tour." Born in Columbia, Ansari got his start in television and later had bit parts in the films "I Love You, Man" and "Get Him to the Greek" before co-starring in the comedy "30 Minutes or Less." Currently starring on the hit NBC show "Parks and Recreation" as Tom Haverford, Ansari embarked on his comedy tour at the beginning of the month. In what started as one show, the overwhelming popularity of his visit to the Holy City led Ansari to extend his stay over two nights with back-to-back shows each night.
When: Today and Thursday, shows are at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. with doors opening an hour before each show
Where: Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St.
For more info: charlestonmusichall.com
The name Marcus Luttrell may ring a bell. The former Navy SEAL is the real-life counterpart to the main character played by Mark Wahlberg in the recent film release "Lone Survivor," a movie based on the eponymous book. On his Patriot Tour, Luttrell will take listeners further into the events of that mission, detailing events that were not in the book or film. Along with fellow members of the military, Luttrell and his special guests will discuss their experiences, focusing on their real-life adversities and how hurdles were overcome. Part of Luttrell's message will detail the sacrifice made by the military.
When: Saturday, doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the show starting at 7:30 p.m.
Where: North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive
For more info: patriottour.com
Salute the Troops Gala
Patriots of the Lowcountry, a local organization that raises money for wounded warriors and their families, will host their inaugural Salute the Troops Gala. With a goal of letting veterans and military families know that their service and sacrifices are appreciated, the event will raise funds to support local and national organizations that benefit veterans and their families. The event will include a three-course dinner and an evening of dancing.
When: 6:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: The Harbour Club, 35 Prioleau St.
For more info: 367-8892 or www.patriotsofthelowcountry.org
Master Pieces for Autism
For anyone familiar with autism, you know the puzzle piece serves as a symbol for autism awareness because of the complexity of the disorder. Autism Speaks, an organization founded in 2005, will host the inaugural Charleston area Master Pieces for Autism. The event will feature light appetizers, beer and wine, and a silent auction of more than 30 pieces of original artwork in the shape of puzzle pieces designed by celebrities, artists and individuals on the autism spectrum. Celebrity artists include Jeff Bridges, Edwin McCain, Jesse McCartney, Bernie Taupin and more. Dabo Swinney also painted a puzzle piece, and there will be a signed football by Steve Spurrier among the items. Bidders are encouraged to register online ahead of time and bring their smartphones or other mobile devices to the event. Early online bidding will run through the night of the event.
When: 6:30-9 p.m. Friday
Where: Embassy Suites, 337 Meeting St.
Price: $25 advance, $35 at the door
More Info: 251-895-8473 or www.masterpiecesforautism.org
Hope on Goat
The annual Hope on Goat event benefits a different organization each year, and this year's fundraiser will support Louie's Kids, a program that provides bi-weekly work-outs, combined with nutrition education, throughout the tri-county area to families who could not otherwise afford a gym, recreation or athletic membership. Attendees of the event will be able to enjoy local oysters, local fish stew, live music, a silent auction, and a children's station with games and activities. Beach chairs and coolers are welcome at the rain or shine event, but pets should be left at home. All proceeds from ticket sales and silent auction will go to Louie's Kids.
When: 2-6 p.m. Saturday
Where: Goat Island Gatherings, Goat Island; attendees will meet at the Isle of Palms Marina,50 41st Ave., where Barrier Island Ecotours will provide a boat ride to and from Goat Island Gatherings.
Price: $45, kids 12 and under get in free
For more info: louieskids.org
Charleston Tells Storytelling Festival
Back for a second year, the Charleston Tells Storytelling Festival will bring together some of the best national and local storytellers. Featuring everything from folk tales to ghost tales, there will be numerous performances that are all about inspiring, amusing and delighting the audience with stories that reminisce on childhood, showcase slice-of-life moments or transport the audience to significant times in history. On Saturday, there will be multiple concurrent performances scheduled, including special programs specifically designed for the whole family.
When: 7-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday
Where: Wragg Square Park, 342 Meeting St.
For more info: 805-6930 or www.ccpl.org/charlestontells
Aziz Ansari will be at the Charleston Music Hall tonight and tomorrow.×
Director Peter Berg (from left), actor Mark Wahlberg and former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell. Luttrell will speak Friday at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center.×
Charles Fazzino’s painted puzzle piece is among the original art being auctioned off at Friday’s Master Pieces for Autism event.×
Romero Britto’s painted puzzle piece is among the original art being auctioned off at Friday’s Master Pieces for Autism event.×