On Friday, make your way to the Upper King Street area of downtown Charleston for the monthly Upper King Shop & Stroll event, where many of the creative businesses stay open later and have special exhibits or functions happening.

The event is from 5-8 p.m. and is free and open to the public, with many of the places serving complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres.

Be sure to stop by Art Mecca of Charleston to check out the exhibit by one of their newest gallery artists, Doris Colbert Kennedy.

Known for her vibrant, abstract paintings that are created based on Kennedy's experiences of the universal energies ever-present in our world today, she is certainly making some energetic waves with these pieces here in Charleston. Her recent show at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park was a show-stopper, and this new gallery placement will be perfect for more folks to experience her own interpretation of the quantum physics of our universe.

"Doris Colbert Kennedy's works intuitively express the dynamics of theoretical physics as she paints the quantum motions of waves, strings, gluinos, conifold transitions and Higgs particles. Her interactive entities and concepts are metaphorically reflective of philosophical constructs: the individuation of Existentialism is dissolved and the cosmic interdependence of the Tao obtains in each paint stroke as it moves across the canvas. Each painting is a macro expression of the smallest of quantum configurations. The paint, the Tao and the theories of quantum physics resonate with a wholeness filled with possibilities and confirmations," says Mackenzie King, co-owner of Art Mecca.

Art Mecca of Charleston is located at 427 King St. and can be reached by calling 577-0607 or going to www.artmeccaofcharleston.com.

'There's a Monster in My Closet'

The Footlight Players Theatre and Streamline Productions have joined forced to bring you a fun, new play called "There's a Monster in My Closet."

Written by Angela Stewart with music by Bill Francoeur, directed by Krissy McKown and with musical direction by Susie Hallatt, this eclectic musical is perfect for the whole family.

Melonea Marek of the Footlight Players Theatre gives a brief synopsis: "Emily's having a sleepover with her best friend, Stephanie, when they discover there's a monster in her closet. To investigate further, Emily and Stephanie recruit their friends to help capture the monster. With many wonderfully entertaining characters like Sandy the Sandman and his dream weavers, find out how friendship, ingenuity and a sprinkling of magic lead to a delightful solution to Emily's monster problem."

"There's a Monster in My Closet" will only take place this weekend. On Friday and Saturday there will be shows at 7 p.m., with 3 p.m. matinee shows on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for military, seniors and children 12 and under. All performances will be at the Footlight Players Theatre, 20 Queen St.

For more, call 722-4487 or go to www.footlightplayers.net.