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Recommended events for November 8-14, 2006

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THEATRE — Stick your neck out
Killing Chickens
Opening Fri. Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 11, 16, 17, 18, 24, 25, 30; Dec. 1, 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 19, 26 at 2 p.m.
$20
PURE Theatre
701 East Bay St.
723-4444
www.puretheatre.org

PURE Theatre presents the world premiere of Killing Chickens, an original play written by PURE co-founder Rodney Lee Rogers and directed by award-winning playwright Brian Golden. Killing Chickens is the story of chicken-house processor Bob Wiggins, a man who struggles to hold all of his family together, including members that are dead. With one son battling a hypochondria-induced illness, another struggling with a failing marriage, and a dead wife who communicates only with him, Bob has more than enough obstacles. The cast includes accomplished PURE actors Sharon Graci, Randy Neales, Rodney Lee Rogers, and welcomes Ryan Alhert and Sullivan Graci-Hamilton to the stage. —Christy Robertson
FRI-SAT


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CONCERT MUSIC — Live it up under the live oaks
Music Under the Oaks
Sat. Nov. 11
3 p.m.
Free
The Cistern (on CofC campus)
66 George St.
953-8228
www.cofc.edu/sota

What better way to enjoy the crisp weather of fall than with a classical concert performed under oaks? The Department of Music in the College of Charleston's School of the Arts presents Music Under the Oaks, a casual, outdoor concert held under the majestic trees on campus. The concert features popular classics performed by the College of Charleston Orchestra, conducted by Lorenzo Muti, as well as a chamber ensemble coached by College of Charleston professors and musicians Enrique Graf, Natalia Khoma, and Lee-Chin Siow. Folding chairs are provided, so don't worry about dragging that old lawn chair out of the closet, and forget about bringing the cooler, because they're not permitted inside. Food and beverages will be for sale, so grab a snack, snuggle up with your date, and enjoy the performance. —Christy Robertson
SATURDAY


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THEATRE — Glyph is the word
Elton John and Tim Rice's AIDA
Nov. 14 and 15
7:30 p.m.
$28-$58
North Charleston Performing Arts Center
5001 Coliseum Dr.
554-6060
www.coliseumpac.com

Charleston theatergoers looking for a little more Broadway in their lives need go no further than Coliseum Drive, as the Best of Broadway series presents Elton John and Tim Rice's AIDA, the smash musical that originated on the Great White Way. The play, based on the opera by Verdi, centers on a love triangle in ancient Egypt — Aida, a Nubian princess stolen and shackled into slavery, is in love with Radames, a soldier who recognizes her for the royalty she truly is. Only trouble is, gee whiz, so is Egyptian princess Amneris. The trio embarks on a journey of love, lust, loyalty, and betrayal, with plenty of fiery dancers and extravagant costumes popping up along the way. All the action is accompanied (some might say "driven") by the score created by John and Rice, who united for the first time since penning the Oscar-winning Lion King soundtrack to sculpt the songs for AIDA. —Sara Miller
TUES-WED


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EVENT — Extreme nightlights
Holiday Festival of Lights Fun Run/Walk
Thurs. Nov. 9
5-9 p.m.
$12
James Island County Park
871 Riverland Dr.
795-4FUN (4386)
www.ccprc.com

"Join the celebration, spend a special night ... at Charleston County Paaaaarks!" Remember that radio commercial the Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission had running for years? If you've ever had the pleasure of attending the Holiday Festival of Lights Fun Run/Walk, perhaps you understand why this simple jingle rang so true. Although holiday light festivals are not exactly unique, the one set up in James Island County Park is a 16-year-old tradition that keeps growing each year and kicks off in a grand community fashion with the two-mile run/walk, where families are encouraged to bring everyone (even the leashed four-legged members) along for a jog or stroll through the park at night. The freedom to set your own pace allows for plenty of time to fully admire the over 200 light displays set up throughout the park, and both young and old will be delighted by the ability to inspect the handcrafted displays up close. Naturally, since this event is a once-a-year opportunity, registration fills up quickly — so much so that the CCPRC is no longer allowing people to register on-site the night of the event — so get your tickets today. —Sara Miller
THURSDAY


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COMEDY — Crowning the princes
The Crown Royal Bad Boys of Comedy
Sat. Nov. 11
8 p.m.
$41.50, $46.50 (add $2 for day-of-show tickets)
North Charleston Performing Arts Center
5001 Coliseum Dr.
554-6060
www.coliseumpac.com

Looking for a good laugh? The Crown Royal Bad Boys of Comedy tour stops in Charleston this Saturday for a one night performance sure to rock the house. Following in the footsteps of the popular The Original Kings of Comedy and the Queens of Comedy tours, both of which were recorded and released onto DVD, Bad Boys features heavy-hitting comedians Bruce Bruce and Earthquake, as well as MC Doug E. Fresh. Charleston is one of only 12 cities on the tour roster and judging from the success of past tours, it's sure to be one of the biggest comedy events of the year. —Christy Robertson
SATURDAY


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MUSIC EVENT — Sloppy firsts
Gutbucket
w/The Young and the Restless
Sun. Nov. 12
9 p.m.
$5 ($7 ages 18-20)
Johnson's Pub
12 Cumberland St.
www.gutweb.com

It's a New York musical invasion this week, with AIDA opening in North Charleston and, on the opposite end of the spectrum, "free-range" band Gutbucket hosting a workshop at PURE Theatre (701 East Bay St.) and playing at Johnson's Pub on Sunday. The quartet has spent the last seven years traveling through 31 states and 18 countries, and with their strong jazz chops and ferocious punk leanings, they feel equally at home in either a gritty rock club or an acoustically-balanced art center. The group is in town due to the efforts of the New Music Collective, who aren't content to expand your mind through their music alone. They're fully dedicated to bringing interesting out-of-town acts to Charleston and offering extra goodies like Sunday afternoon's workshop for musicians, composers, improvisers, and "everyone in between," which will take place from 5-7 p.m. and costs $30, or $20 for students (cost includes free admission to the show at Johnson's Pub). —Sara Miller
SUNDAY


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COMEDY — Ha-ha-havin' a good time
Improv-A-Thon
Sat. Nov. 11
6-11 p.m.
$20/entire night, $5/show
Theatre 99
280 Meeting St.
853-6687
www.thehavenots.com

Inject some warmth into the ever-colder November nights through laughter, which is proven to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, elevate mood, improve brain functioning, and hey — it even burns calories! Saturday night's first annual Improv-A-Thon, featuring six local improv groups, offers the opportunity to benefit not only your health and wisdom, but January's upcoming Charleston Comedy Festival. Sit back with a cold one and watch as The Have Nots!, Moral Fixation, Big Dicktionary, The Sofa Kings, 4 Play, and the Laugh for a Lincoln players take the audience's ideas and spin them into comedy gold. Or just pick your favorite act and see them; with the option of either paying $20 for all six shows or $5 for just one, it's all up to you. Read more about the Improv-A-Thon in the Arts section on pg. 38. —Sara Miller
SATURDAY


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