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EVENT — Look out for Abe Froman
Movies in Marion Square
Thurs. May 11
6 p.m.
Marion Square
Corner of King and Calhoun streets
577-5304 ext. 140

After three weeks of early-evening revelry each Thursday night, the spring 2006 Movies in Marion Square goes out with a great big "Danke Schoen." Join hundreds of fellow movie buffs for a relaxed evening on the city's biggest lawn, where kids and adults alike can snack on barbecue, kettle corn, Mexican favorites, and more. We promise that there will be plenty of cold beer on hand to slake your thirst, and we apologize for the beer truck snafu last week that may have caused you to choke down warm beer. While we may not have skyscrapers here in Charleston, everyone who's been a senior in high school will identify with the wily protagonist of this week's movie as Ferris Bueller, his girl, and his best friend search for amusement in the heart of Chicago. And you won't even have to cut class to go!

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FESTIVAL — Our big fat Greek festival
Greek Fest 2006
Fri. May 12 andSat. May 13
11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sun. May 14
12-5 p.m.
$2, $1/students,Moms free on Sunday
Holy Trinity GreekOrthodox Church
30 Race St.

If Cinco de Mayo wasn't your thing and the thought of slamming one more Corona makes you sick, check out Greek Fest 2006. Held at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church downtown, the three-day celebration will feature enough Greek delicacies to make you dance the hortarakia. Feast on treats like gyro, souvlaki, and moussaka while watching traditional Greek dancers or checking out the historical exhibits and church tours. Boutari Winery will hold a Greek wine tasting every 20 minutes, and live music will be provided by A Night In Athens. Additional parking is available at the Joe Riley Ballpark, with free shuttle buses to and from the church. To commemorate the church's 36th anniversary, every 36th person riding the shuttle wins a free Greek dinner, and all proceeds from the festival will benefit the Greek Orthodox Church.

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VISUAL ARTS — 'Tis the season for outdoor art
Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition
Sat. May 13
5-7 p.m.
Riverfront Park
On the old Navy base

Outdoor sculpture is the new pink! Hot on the heels of the I'On community's large-scale exhibit of sculptures created by College of Charleston students, North Charleston hosts its own competition and exhibition open to artists from across the country. The 15 sculptures in this 11-month exhibition were created by 12 artists from disparate locales, including James Burnes from Santa Fe, N.M., Joseph Castle from Bellevue, Ida., and three from right here in South Carolina. The sculptures were selected for the competition by juror Carla Hanzal, the contemporary curator for the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, N.C.; on Saturday, Hanzal will select the award winners, who will be announced at the opening reception, where sculpture fans can enjoy music by a string quartet and light refreshments. If I'On and the North Chuck sculptures merely whetted your outdoor art whistle, get ready to head to Summerville next weekend for the unveiling of their latest Sculpture in the South exhibit.

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EVENT — Get some Bell on the Belle
Charleston Jaycees Third Annual Spring Harbor Cruise
Sat. May 13th
8-11 p.m.
Charleston Maritime Center

Avast! Way better than a three-hour tour, the Jaycees present the third annual Spring Harbor Cruise, benefiting two charities: the Ronald McDonald House and Jaycee Camp Hope. The three-hour, Margaritaville-themed cruise will depart from the Charleston Maritime Center at 8 p.m. Tickets include food, beer, wine, and live entertainment aboard the Carolina Belle. Listen to the music of local sensation Bell while you enjoy food from Mad River Bar & Grille, which also hosts the after-party. Don't be a rotten scallywag ­— get your tickets quickly, because only 250 arrrrr being sold.

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VISUAL ARTS — Collage in the shadows
Penumbra: Points and Boundaries in Recent Collage
Fri. May 12
5-7 p.m.
Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art

With works much more sophisticated than the magazine cutout collages we made in kindergarten, the Halsey Institute at the College of Charleston's School of the Arts will be displaying the recent work of four collage artists and one collage poet/filmmaker. The artists included in Penumbra could be considered descendants of the noble provocative collage tradition, which started with the Dada and Surrealist artists of the 1920s. Erica Harris combines the images she finds in her exotic travels with found photos and other ephemera. Poet/filmmaker Shannon Holman has made two collage films that will be screened continuously throughout the exhibition. Charleston artist Johnny Tucker works with images found in women's magazines to create anatomical impossibilities and quizzical realities. Betsy Chaffin, also an S.C. resident, explores the realms of faith, nature, and the history of art in her layered collage works. The public is encouraged to attend this reception, and all of the artists will be present.

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MUSIC — Step into the parlor
Danielle Howle
Fri. May 12
8 p.m.
$20, $15/advance
American Theater
446 King St.

Carolina-bred singer/songwriter Danielle Howle has a truly unique voice, in both the literal and the literary sense of the word. When someone mentions the phrase "Southern gothic," most brains conjure up author Flannery O'Connor, famed for her vivid prose and mastery of allegory. With her sharp Southern sensibility and a deep catalog of powerful four-minute folktales, the spunky, gravelly-voiced Howle could easily be dubbed O'Connor's guitar-slingin' heir apparent. She plays a special show at the American Theater this weekend to celebrate the release of her latest album, Thank You, Mark, on which Howle is joined by musicians like Sam Bush, Byron House, Tim Vaill, Les Hall, and Darius Rucker, whose Hootie and the Blowfish bandmate, Mark Bryan, produced the album.


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