EVENT — C'mon, you can nap all afternoon
Turkey Day Run and Gobble Wobble
Thurs. Nov. 24
$30/with T-shirt, $25/without
Corner of King and Calhoun streets
Season's eatings is more than just a clever pun -- between Halloween candy, Thanksgiving feasts, and Christmas dinners, there are ample opportunities to be a glutton over the course of the last three months of the year. The Knights of Columbus, P.N. Lynch Council #704 sponsor this run, now in its 28th year, that starts in Marion Square and winds through the streets of downtown Charleston and around White Point Gardens and the Battery. What better way to ease the guilt of crazy caloric consumption than starting the day off with a brisk, scenic morning jog?
CONCERT MUSIC/COMEDY — Laughter and opera: not such strange bedfellows
Improv Opera with The Have Nots!
Tues. Nov. 29
44 George St.
"Opera" may not exactly be synonymous with "improv," but if there are two groups in town that can make that combination work, it's the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and The Have Nots! In continuing efforts to hip up the CSO, resident conductor Scott Terrell presents another Out Of The Box production intended to "reach an audience that appreciates new and innovative programming." They've dubbed the event The Marriage of ... Carmen? and will perform it for one night only. This relatively inexpensive show should be a great way to bring new fans to both opera and improv, not to mention classical music. The Have Nots! also present "A River of Gravy Runs Through It," a special Thanksgiving-themed improv show, on Wed. Nov. 23 at 8 p.m. at their own Theatre 99 -- they'll wax funny on topics suggested by the audience on the night before the big day. Visit www.thehavenots.com or call 853-6687 to get your hot little hands on some tickets.
VISUAL ARTS — Decorating takes on a whole new meaning
2005 Garden & Art Tour
Through Dec. 4
Daniel Island Park
Sure, there may be plenty of newly-constructed homes scattered across Daniel Island, but how many of them contain gallery spaces for some of Charleston's most talented female artists? A street of custom homes in Daniel Island Park were left unfurnished and handed over to six women whose work is part of the Gibbes Museum of Art's permanent collection: Eva Carter, Linda Fantuzzo, Rhett Thurman, Mary Edna Fraser, Julia Cart, and Mary Jackson, who put up installations in five of the unfurnished homes. The tour also showcases innovative landscape and garden designs and exteriors and features wine tastings, barbecue demonstrations, decorating seminars, and more. The net proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Lowcountry Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, and 10 percent of proceeds from artwork sold will benefit the Gibbes. A comprehensive schedule for the event, tickets, and more info can be found on the website.
EVENT — Give up the greed this year
Buy Nothing Day
Fri. Nov. 25
In this time when Americans are pushed to spend, spend, spend, Adbusters Media Foundation is working to topple existing power structures and forge a major shift in the way we will live in the 21st century. Toward this aim, they started the annual Buy Nothing Day, when advocacy groups across the country band together to encourage post-Thanksgiving Day shoppers to carefully consider how much money and time they're gobbling up in the neverending drive to keep up with the Joneses. In previous years, participants have come up with a number of creative ways to spread the word: performing small-scale theatrical productions outside of Starbucks, handing out "Are you a shopaholic?" flyers in front of Wal-Mart, offering to cut up credit cards, and giving out "gift of time" certificates for people to give each other instead of material gifts. (And then on Saturday, head out to all of our advertisers and spend, spend, spend!)
FILM — Every time a bell rings, a family gets a house
Give Someone Else A Wonderful Life
Sat. Nov. 26
$20/VIP seats, free to general public
At the entrance to Kiawah and Seabrook islands
Freshfields Village and Sea Island Habitat for Humanity present an outdoor showing of the Christmas classic, It's a Wonderful Life, with the goal of raising $5,000 for Sea Island Habitat. From 4-6 pm, folks can enjoy booths and tables that draw on aspects of the movie -- "Martini's Bar," a "Charleston" dance demonstration, a raffle, Santa Claus, and the community tree, which will be decorated with bells that individuals can purchase for $50 (all proceeds go to Habitat). The movie begins at 6 pm and there will be a VIP/reserved seats section available in addition to the general viewing area. Even though it may still be too early for the commercial aspects of Christmas, there's never a bad time to help those in need.