On Friday, make sure you find your way to the Upper King Street area for the monthly Shop and Stroll event, taking place from 5-8 p.m. at various creative businesses throughout the area.

Art Mecca of Charleston will be celebrating the works of local artists Andrea Lopez and Lara Neece with complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres at the gallery.

Lopez specializes in landscape paintings that have a more contemporary feel.

Neece is an avid nature- and water-lover from her time living on a sail boat. Her works are typically done on wood panels. The wood grain in the panels plays an important role in the finished products.

Meet the artists Friday night at Art Mecca of Charleston, 427 King St.

For more, call 577-0607 or go to www.artmeccaofcharleston.com.

'Happy in the Poorhouse'

The Village Repertory Co., in residence at the Woolfe Street Playhouse, is particularly excited to be showing "Happy in the Poorhouse" this weekend.

Not only is this touching but hilarious comedy a great show by itself, but playwright Derek Ahonen, who wrote the play, will be in town for the performances. His company, The Amoralists, will also be coming to town to watch the Village Rep's production of the play.

Ahonen, whose newest play, "The Qualification of Douglas Evans," is blowing up the off-Broadway world in New York, will be participating in a talkback following the Saturday night performance.

Village Rep's Keely Enright said she's extremely excited.

"Paulie 'The Pug' is a Coney Island dreamer ... just one MMA fight away from the big time. If only he could keep his wife from bedding her ex-husband, his brother-in-law from going to the slammer and his best friend from taking a bite out of his neck, he'd be on top of the world.

"A raucous, irreverent, action-packed comedy full of weak wrists and strong hearts, 'Happy in the Poorhouse' is an unsanitized story of love, sex and chasing after dreams even when you've got a black eye and a broken spirit," Enright says.

The Village Rep production will feature Patrick Arnheim, Robbie Thomas, Haydn Haring, Sarah Callahan, Dave Reinwald, Andre Hinds, Jake Bantel, Brenna McNamara, Bronson Taylor, Sierra Garland and Xan Rogers.

Performances will be put on this weekend only: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday at the Woolfe Street Playhouse, 34 Woolfe St. The play is intended for mature audiences only as there will be adult content and subject matter.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 856-1579 or go to www.woolfestreetplayhouse.com.

'Beauty and the Beast'

Some things never go out of style, like the classic "Tale of Beauty and the Beast."

A ballet suitable for all ages, see the Mount Pleasant Performing Arts Company's version of this story this weekend at the Sottile Theatre, 44 George St.

There will be a show at 7 p.m. Saturday and another at 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $16 in advance, $19 at the door, and can be purchased by calling 971-7880 or going to www.mpspa.com.