Charleston International Film Festival

The Charleston International Film Festival returns next week for a seventh year, offering five days of films, workshops and fun. Things kick off Wednesday with the Opening Night Street Party and a showing of the feature film "Draft Day," starring Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner and Tom Welling. Beyond opening night, highlights of the festival will include about 85 films, including features, shorts, documentaries and animations; a Q&A panel with casting director Laray Mayfield ("Fight Club," "Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "The Social Network," "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo") along with numerous other workshops; after-parties; and the formal Awards Gala, which will see Gale Anne Hurd ("Terminator," "Armageddon," "Walking Dead") honored for Achievement in American Film.

When: Wednesday-April 13

Where: Various locations

Price: Prices vary depending on event

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Family Circle Cup

Billed as one of the largest women-only tournaments in the world, the Family Circle Cup kicked off its 42nd year last weekend. With a field that includes Venus Williams, Jelena Jankovic, Sara Errani and Sloane Stephens, among others, the tournament is sure to satisfy tennis enthusiasts. In addition to the tennis, the event includes numerous family-friendly activities and promotional events. Happy Hours will be held through Friday and feature drink specials, tastings and live music.

When: Through Sunday

Where: Family Circle Tennis Center, 161 Seven Farms Drive, Daniel Island

Price: $10-$100 for individual events; $60-$525 for ticket packages

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Gala of the Royal Horses

For the first time ever, riding master Rene Gasser, creator and producer of Gala of the Royal Horses, will bring his world-renowned equestrian tour to North America, including a stop in North Charleston. The show, which will celebrate "the tradition, athleticism and grace" of the Royal horses of Europe, is a re-creation of a show only previously seen at the famous riding schools in Vienna and Spain. Flamenco music and dancers will also be part of the show.

When: Sunday, doors open at 2 p.m. with the show starting at 3 p.m.

Where: North Charleston Coliseum, 5001 Coliseum Drive

Price: $26-$56; kids 12 and under and seniors age 60 and over receive a $5 discount

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Rhythm in the Night: The Irish Dance Spectacular

Rhythm in the Night: The Irish Dance Spectacular promises to take the successful Irish Riverdance show to a whole new level. The show tells the tale of an "epic journey derived from a tale of good versus evil where deception reigns and temptation rivals the strongest of wills." Follow the story of a wicked seductress who has trapped the legendary hero Balor, forcing him to command her legion of henchmen. The show details the final attempt to rescue him by his loving companion, Aisling, along with his younger brother and their knights. The show features an original soundtrack and promises it's a story the entire family can enjoy.

When: Saturday and Sunday, doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the show starting at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St.

Price: $35-$75

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Anthony Jeselnik

Anthony Jeselnik didn't get started in comedy until his early 20s, when he found a book by Greg Dean that promoted his comedy classes while he worked at a Borders. Originally striving to be a writer of "the great American novel," Jeselnik turned to comedy, finding his niche in the darker side, mixing aggression and wit. Known for his appearances on "The Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump" and "The Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen," Jeselnik was the first stand-up comic to appear on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" and earned an Emmy nomination for his work on "A Night of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Concert for Autism Education." He now stars in his own television show, "The Jeselnik Offensive," on Comedy Central on Tuesdays.

When: Friday, doors open at 7 p.m. with the show starting at 8 p.m.

Where: Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St.

Price: $29.50

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CSOL Designer Showhouse

The Charleston Symphony Orchestra League is currently hosting its 37th annual Designer Showhouse, "an antebellum treasure located in Harleston Village." Built in 1852, the Persian-style home is known for its broad porch with a gray-and-white marble floor and Moorish arches framed in latticework. The house features heart pine floors, etched glass windows, 10 fireplaces, a copper bathtub and some of the first indoor plumbing in Charleston. Along with an exclusive boutique and sales from designers' rooms, guests can enjoy alfresco dining in the "Secret Garden" from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Showhouse tours are a major fundraising event for the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and for student scholarships.

When: Through April 19; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily and 1-4 p.m. Sundays

Where: 67 Rutledge Ave.

Price: $20

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Living History Days

Travel back in time as re-enactors bring history to life as they commemorate the 232nd anniversary of Gen. Nathanael Greene's encampment of the Southern Army at Middleton Place during the Revolutionary War. As George Washington's second-in-command, Greene's mission was to keep the British suppressed in Charles Towne. The weekend will feature daily presentations in celebration of the men and women who enabled the Southern Army to complete its mission and shape the United States of America. Programs and interactive demonstrations will focus on Continental Army tactics and camp life, British prisoners of war and military field medicine. Living History interpreters will demonstrate period crafts, labor and leisure activities such as open hearth cooking, carpentry and coopering, blacksmithing, pottery and stone carving. Kids will be able to test their skill with toys and games of the period.

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday

Where: Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Road

Price: Free with regular admission ($28 for adults 14 and over, $15 for students, $10 for ages 6-13, kids 5 and under get in free)

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