It's no wonder people were turned away at the last Art After Dark event (Havana Nights), which sold out. Who wouldn't want to begin a summer evening with quality tunes, snacks, and a chance to check out the Gibbes' latest exhibition, Edward Hopper in Charleston? With Bill Carson and Nathan Koci providing the background tunes and eateries such as Charleston Brewing Company, Cupcake, Kudu Coffee House, and Sublime dishing out goodies, what makes for a more enticing Wednesday night? C'mon, Lost is over; get out and see some art. No one likes knocking on a closed door, though, so consider reserving tickets in advance. Exhibit on display through Aug. 13.
VISUAL ARTS — Hopefully, it was a lucky seven
Seven Years Later
Following some "paint like you draw" advice he got seven years ago, College of Charleston grad Patrick Servedio returns to his alma mater's hometown to apply that wisdom. With degrees in anthropology and an M.F.A. in painting, he's got some academic clout in addition to work experience with artists such as Victor Wang, Tim Liddy, and Hnad Knickmeyer. Servedio says he approaches painting as an investigation into his surroundings, an impulse he considers "freeing." Let 'er rip, Patrick, we'll be there. Exhibit on view through July 17.
EVENT — Shaggin' with the shellfish
Beach Boogie Music Series
Thurs. June 15
$7, $5/Aquarium members
100 Aquarium Wharf
Music, cocktails, and shagging are all part of a good Thursday night. Lovers of South Carolina's state dance, the shag, can show off their moves during the Beach Boogie Bash music series. Every third Thursday through Aug., DJ Jim Bowers provides the music on the Riverside Terrace, so dancers can watch the sunset over Charleston Harbor and feel the evening breezes. If you are plagued with two left feet, local dance instructor Kae Childs will give group lessons for beginners or those needing a refresher course. Beer, wine, and light fare are available for purchase during the event and shaggers are encouraged to don flip-flops and shorts for a relaxed evening out by the harbor.
THEATRE — Get even with those socs!
Fri. June 16 and 17 at 8 p.m.; Sun. June 18 at 2 p.m.
James F. Dean Community Theatre
133 S. Main Street
It will be hard to beat Francis Ford Coppola's original 1983 cast in his film version of The Outsiders: Matt Dillon, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, and Tom Cruise — before they turned into aging TomKats. Even if they were disguised as greasers and "socs," snooty socials with the big bucks, how charming they were! The Young Adult Theater division of the Flowertown Players now offer their rendition of the stage adaptation of the classic S.E. Hinton novel. The movie had it all: clique-y rumbles, fires, murder, adolescent love, and a whole lotta hair goo. It should be interesting to witness a fresh taste on Ponyboy's coming of age.
EVENT — Gonna reach out and grab ya
Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour
9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Charleston Area Convention Center Complex
Halls B & C
5001 Coliseum Dr.
This weekend, while the rest of the planet watches (OK, or completely ignores) the World Cup, which includes soccer teams from 32 countries, a tournament featuring over 350 players from 50 different countries will be raging right here in the Lowcountry as the Magic: The Gathering (M:TG) pro tour makes a stop at the Charleston Convention Center. For those not fluent in geek speak, M:TG is a roughly 10-year-old strategy card game that resembles Dungeons & Dragons and inspired the gaming category that has exploded with the popularity of M:TG followers like Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh!
M:TG contains a wide variety of fantastic characters, lands, monsters, objects, and stories, all made more alluring thanks to the often stunning hand-drawn illustrations of creatures like the Shivan Dragon or the Leviathan. Players construct their own 60-card decks for each game, adding an additional level of strategy to gameplay. There will be plenty of noncompetition side games going on during the big tourney, and everyone is invited to witness Magic players battling mightily in the world of imagination to earn prizes worth over $240,000, including cash, scholarships, and globe-trotting adventures.