Army Wives, More Merkins?, Beer Wars, For the Birds 

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Army Wives wants UU

That is, the Unitarian Universalist Church in downtown Charleston. The Lifetime show plans to use the churchs sanctuary on March 26 and producers are inviting members of the congregation to be part of the filming. It may take eight to 10 hours of your time. If you're one of the few, proud, and brave, call (843) 805-5051. —John Stoehr

More Merkins?

Local film director Devin Dukes has won a place in the Charleston International Film Festival with The Merkin Man, a spoof on regional public television shows. The fictitious show, Gettin' Around The Lowcountry, visits local tycoon, Justice P. Courtney. Courtney makes a solid living selling Spanish moss merkins to tourists. For those of you who don't know what a merkin is — it's a wig made for down there where there used to be pube hair. Even more shocking, these disgusting creations are still in use today! This film needs just 20 minutes to inspire copious amounts of laughter. The film festival gets into full swing on April 23-26 at the Terrace Theater on James Island. For more information on Dukes' film, visit www.themerkinman.com. For more on the festival, go to www.charlestoniff.com. —Emma Hart

Beer is a Fighting Word

On Thurs. April 16 at 8 p.m. in Summerville, the Azalea Square Stadium 16 will show Beer Wars. This independent film, hosted by economist and actor Ben Stein, takes a close look at your favorite beers. According to a press release, "Beer Wars is a true David and Goliath story — small, independent brewers who are shunning the status quo and creating innovative new beers as they challenge the corporate brewery behemoths." Following the film will be a panel discussion with beer experts and independent brewers. You can purchase tickets at www.fathomevents.com. —Emma Hart

For the Birds

This classic Hitchcock film just does things to your head, depicting creepy birds stalking and hanging out in front yards and on top of cars for no good reason. On Thurs. March 26 at 6:15 p.m. and 8:45 p.m., Whirly Bird Repeller (www.whirlybirdrepeller), a local company that has figured out a way of shooing away annoying birds, hosts two shows for free. Door prizes are available for guests as well. Too bad the characters in The Birds didn't have the repellent handy. It would've done a great job at getting rid of all those sketchy crows. Donations will be accepted throughout the evening to benefit Save the Light, a nonprofit organization created to save the Morris Island Lighthouse from erosion and damage. —Reina Gascon-Lopez


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