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VISUAL ARTS/MUSIC — Crawling on all fours
Animal Time Opening Reception
Sat. May 27
8 p.m.
On view through June 17
Redux Contemporary Art Center
136 St. Philip St.

Sometimes you feel like an animal, sometimes you don't. The space in between is what Kevin Hoth explores in Animal Time, his new exhibition at Redux. "Humanimal intersections," where humans cross over into the animal realm, are displayed throughout Hoth's images, performance art, and videography. Featuring absurd, forced-intersection pictures of humans and animals in outdoor space and videos where "human and animal rhythms splash into each other," Hoth's exhibition is sure to be a thought-provoking one. To open the exhibit, the wildly eclectic (and consistently amazing) New Music Collective perform electronic and instrumental music combined with "video mixing" by Hoth to create a multimedia extravaganza. Two other live performances by Hoth will take place outside the gallery during the run of the show; now that would be something interesting to stumble upon.

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MUSIC — Take it or leave it
The Strokes
Thurs. May 25
Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m.
The Plex
2390 Aviation Ave.
225-PLEX (7539)

Promoting songs from their third album, First Impressions of Earth, The Strokes have added Chucktown to the last leg of their U.S. tour before they head off to Europe. Often hailed as one of rock's greatest musical groups, The Strokes sometimes have a tendency to talk too much during their shows. You've got to keep the flow going, boys. However, seeing your favorite band live is always a treat, and The Plex offers a chance to get up close without having to drive hours for the opportunity. Denver-based band Apples in Stereo open with a high-energy punk/pop flair that'll get the party started right ... and quickly.

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VISUAL ARTS — Play with some grown-up toys
The Munny Show
Sat. May 27
5-10 p.m.
53 Cannon St. Gallery
53 Cannon St.

The underground art scene rises up to showcase their interpretations of an 8-inch vinyl toy named Munny for The Munny Show. The blank, white toy's sole purpose is to give people opportunities to create their own characters. So, Andrea and Gustavo Serrano, owners of local boutique B'zar, asked a bevy of artists and businesses to each design a Munny, and placed a toy in the able hands of revered Charleston favorites Johnny Pundt, Kevin Taylor, Julio Cotto, Fumiha Tanaka, Ishmael, Eleazar Cruz, and others and let their imaginations guide them. The Munnys will be on exhibit and up for auction the night of The Munny Show, and the money earned will be donated to the School of the Arts in North Charleston. Visitors will also have a chance to purchase their very own Munny, and tables with art supplies will be set up throughout the event so you can go home with your personal creation.

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VISUAL ARTS EVENT — Bermuda shorts at the Museum!
Passport to Paradise
Thurs. May 25
7-10 p.m.
$35/Museum fellows, $50/Gibbes members, $65/nonmembers
Gibbes Museum of Art
135 Meeting St.

In case Charleston isn't sunny and warm enough for you (yet ... just wait until those dog days of August begin), the Gibbes Museum of Art has just the ticket — their recently opened exhibition Painters in Paradise: The Masterworks Bermuda Collection, which features paintings by artists of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries who made their way to Bermuda and surrounding islands from countries all over the globe. On Thursday, just before Spoleto madness officially begins, the Gibbes hosts the Passport to Paradise party, honoring the country from whence these paintings hail with coastal foodstuffs, specialty drinks, and chipper island music (please, God, let there be steel drums!), and giving partiers a chance to experience the exhibit under the influence of island intoxication. But that's not all: Passport to Paradise also offers a sneak preview of the Edward Hopper in Charleston exhibit, which opens on May 26 and contains 12 watercolors and drawings by Hopper that document his time spent in Charleston. For more on the Hopper exhibit, a new Whistler exhibit (which also opens on May 26), and all the Gibbes' Piccolo happenings, check out the Visual Arts Buzz-O-Meter on pg. 60.


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