Make a splash at the Fifth Annual Scuba Do at the South Carolina Aquarium. The deep sea odyssey features live and silent auctions where items up for bid include a day of big game deep sea fishing for you and five friends courtesy of Shem Creek Charters, a week's stay in an ocean-view beach house on Seabrook Island, a trip to the Daytime Emmys, and the chance to become a character in Mary Alice Monroe's next novel. The event also includes music by the Coconut Groove Band, Scuba Do signature drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and the joy of an evening spent "under the sea," viewing the Aquarium's inhabitants at nighttime without the tourist crowds cluttering up the view. Take it from some who know, after holding the CP's annual Best of Charleston party there twice — the Aquarium is the best party spot in town, and it makes it all the more fun when it's for a good cause.
FAMILY & KIDS — Little tales for little tails
Kidstory Opening Celebration
Sat. Sept. 16
Free for Museum members or with admission ($10/adults, $4/children ages 3-12, free for children under 3)
360 Meeting St.
The Charleston Museum proudly opens its new permanent children's exhibit, Kidstory. Take part in the grand opening celebration with an afternoon of family fun, learning about the dynamic history of Charleston and the South Carolina Lowcountry. Listen to Lowcountry tall tales from a Gullah storyteller and marvel at stories from the high seas with pirate Captain Al. Enjoy crafts, face painting, horseshoes, bean bag tosses, scavenger hunts, snacks, and more! Tiedemann Park Nature Center shows you their live reptiles, and families can learn about 19th-century toys and games courtesy of reenactors from the Carolina Ladies Aid Society. Study wall-length murals of the Museum's Dill Sanctuary and numerous other Charleston scenes.
FESTIVAL — Let's play together
Sat. Sept. 16
Reserved seating: $75/advance, $100/day of show
General admission: $35/advance, $45/day of show
Students: $25/advance, $35/day of show
Children (ages 6-12): $5/advance, $10/day of show, free for children under six
Family Circle Tennis Center
161 Seven Farms Dr.
All signs point to 2006 being known as the year of the festival, with music, arts, and food events cropping up in cities big and small across America. After the successful March debut of the Charleston Food + Wine Festival, it makes resounding sense that ChazzFest organizers Riddick Lynch, Rick Jones, Colleen Troy, and Rob Lamble saw the potential for an all-day musical smorgasbord of the best styles the Southland has to offer. The result should be a groovin' good time, as the headliner, the inimitable Rev. Al Green, leads a charge of talented acts including Sam Bush (pictured above), Buddy Guy, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, The Soul Rebels Brass Band, and others. A quartet of local artists will grace the Charleston City Paper stage: Cary Ann Hearst, Danielle Howle (technically from Columbia, but can we adopt her for a day?), Leslie, and the Gradual Lean. For a comprehensive guide to ChazzFest, check out this week's pull-out section dedicated to the hopefully annual event.
EVENT — Refusing to stand for refuse
International Coastal Cleanup Day
Sat. Sept. 16
Sue Schweikart, 727-2078
Instead of lying out at the beach this weekend, why not do something to help tidy it up? The Ocean Conservancy is hosting the 21st annual International Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, September 16th and you're invited! During the Cleanup, volunteers from around the world gather at their local beaches, lakes, and rivers to clean up the litter that has built up in or around the water and to compile data about the items they find. The Ocean Conservatory then uses this data to learn more about the global debris problem and to formulate possible solutions. Last year, volunteers removed 8.2 million pounds of debris, bringing the 20-year total to 100 million pounds. So if you've ever been disgusted by the cigarette butts, beer cans, and Doritos wrappers at the beach, now is your chance to do something about it. To volunteer in the Charleston area, contact coastal coordinator Sue Schweikart.
VISUAL ARTS AND MUSIC EVENT — An open-and-shut case?
The Suitcase Show
Sat. Sept. 16
301 King St.
After the success of March's multimedia art/music collaboration instigated by local quiet-inventive-introspective rock trio A Decent Animal and a gaggle of local artists, the group hosts another event at Cumberland's, this time with additional friends. Cumberland's spacemate Granny's Goodies donated 30 vintage suitcases to creative types like Julio Cotto, John Pundt, Philip Hyman, and A Decent Animal's own Jonathan Nicholson, and others, and gave them free reign to do with them as they pleased. The results will be on display during sets from A Decent Animal and local soulful-voiced chanteuse Lindsay Holler, as well as during a closing DJ set featuring Sleepyhead (a.k.a. Eleazar Cruz). The suitcases will be open for viewing starting at 6 p.m., and the music will begin promptly at a very un-Cumberland's 8 p.m., so, just like with real baggage at the airport, it might be a good idea to check in early.
FESTIVAL — Wanna shag?
Shrimpin' and Shaggin' Festival
Sun. Sept. 17
11 a.m.-5 p.m.
$10, free for children under 10
Charleston Maritime Center
10 Wharfside St.
What better way to enjoy a Sunday afternoon in the Lowcountry than eating a delicious shrimp dish? Perhaps eating a delicious shrimp dish and following it with a nice shag? At the Shrimpin' & Shaggin' Festival, Charleston residents will be able to do just that. A number of local restaurants will be on site to whip up their finest shrimp dishes while bands The Embers and The Fantastic Shakers will perform traditional beach music for dancers to get their shag on. Revelers can also enter the DJ Jim Bowers Shag Dance Contest for a chance to proclaim themselves the best shaggers in the Lowcountry. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at Piggly Wiggly or www.y1025.com. Proceeds from the festival will benefit the S.C. Shrimpers Association, United Methodist Relief Center, and the National Association of Catering Executives Scholarship Programs.