THEATRE — Tickling thouse funny bounes
Absurd Person Singular
Nov. 24, 25, 30, Dec. 1, 2, 8, 9
$20, $18/seniors and students
730 Coleman Blvd.
The Village Playhouse gets a jump on the rest of the local theater companies by opening the holiday-themed comedy Absurd Person Singular, by Alan Ayckbourn, this weekend. The story trails three couples through three Christmas Eves for three consecutive years, casting a light on what happens behind the scenes before, during, and after the holiday parties thrown by each of them. Keely Enright directs actors Josh and Emily Wilhoit, Karl Bunch, Rainey Evans, Dave Reinwald, and Susan Kattwinkel as the small ensemble stirs up big laughs in this farcical "British comedy of manners." —Sara Miller
FILM — Heart to heart you'll win
Sun. Nov. 26
Unity Church of Charleston
2535 Leeds Ave.
If you're a fan of Sting, Tony Robbins, Eckhart Tolle, and/or feeling empowered, well, you've probably already been to one of the films shown by the Unity Church of Charleston as part of their "Movies, Mystics, and Metaphysics" series. This weekend (and next Thurs., Nov. 30, at 7 p.m.) the Unity Church serves up a heapin' helping of heartwarming with a sneak preview of Peaceful Warrior, a film based on Dan Millman's bestselling autobiography The Way of the Peaceful Warrior. In the film, a young male gymnast (Scott Mechlowicz) befriends an eccentric stranger named Socrates (played by none other than Nick Nolte, the, erm, 'philosopher' with the best mug shot ever taken) and, after a serious injury, discovers how he can "become a peaceful warrior and find his destiny." But you don't have to take our word for it; here's what Sting had to say after seeing the film — "Very few movies actually question what happiness is, or suggest ways that it can be sustained ... Peaceful Warrior asks this question and in doing so takes you out of your mind. [It's] an important film, an inspiring film, and a film that could change lives." Take it from the 10-hour man. —Sara Miller
MUSIC EVENT — Gonna have us a charity jam
Community Helpers Charity Songwriters' Jam
Sat. Nov. 25
2390 Aviation Ave.
The Plex invites music fans for an evening of great music with the Community Helpers Charity Songwriters' Jam, featuring musical guests Paul Allen, Elza, Jeep White, Frank Waddell, David Owens, Ed Hunnicutt, Chris Tidestrom (pictured above), and others. Community Helpers will use proceeds from the Jam will to help bring cheer to the families of intensive care patients at MUSC. Volunteers will distribute care packages to the families during the holiday season, offering empathy and support, in an effort to make the lives of anxious family members just a little bit easier. So invite your friends and enjoy the show, because there's hardly a better way to get into the holiday spirit than having a great time while supporting a good cause. —Christy Robertson
SPORTS — Run for your life
Turkey Day Run and Gobble Wobble
Thurs. Nov. 23
$30 (includes race T-shirt), $25
143 Calhoun St.
Some of us lounge about on Thanksgiving Day and watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, stuffing ourselves with turkey and secretly hoping that one of the floats will break loose and wreak havoc on the city. Others get out of bed early and participate in a 5K run or walk. For those active (and less destructive) individuals, get ready for the annual Turkey Dan Run and Gobble Wobble organized by the Knights of Columbus and presented by Piggly Wiggly and Michelob Ultra. Touted as the most popular 5K road race in the Lowcountry, organizers expect more than 4,000 runners and walkers. Participants can register at the Knights of Columbus Hall (143 Calhoun St.) on Nov. 22 from 12-9 p.m. or on the morning of the race from 7-8:45 a.m. A portion of the proceeds will benefit local charities, so forgo the television and turkey for a few hours and do something that will benefit both yourself and the community. —Christy Robertson
FESTIVAL — Night lights
Holiday Festival of Lights
Sun.-Thurs.: 5:30-10 p.m.
Fri. and Sat.: 5:30-11 p.m.
Through Jan. 1, 2007
$10/vehicle (1-15 guests)
James Island County Park
871 Riverland Dr.
Grab Granny and the kids and pile into the minivan, station wagon, or Hummer H3 — it's time for the 17th annual Holiday Festival of Lights at James Island County Park. The three-mile driving tour includes nearly 600 displays containing a total of over two million holiday lights. Jolly Santas, busy elves, cartwheeling gingerbread men, and even the Cooper River Bridge are just a few of the elaborate displays featured in the festival. However, families don't have to spend the entire visit in their vehicle. Additional attractions include a 50-ton holiday sand sculpture, carousel and train rides, marshmallow roasts, gift and sweet shops, visits from Santa, and much more. As a bonus, visitors who bring a canned food donation will receive a $2 discount per vehicle, so raid the cabinet and bring along those Thanksgiving leftovers. —Christy Robertson