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VISUAL ARTS | Pictures of us


Palmetto Portraits Project Opening Exhibition
Wed. March 21
5-7 p.m.
Free
MUSC Education Center and Library
171 Ashley Ave.
792-1924

There are over four million residents of South Carolina, from the upstate factory workers to the Lowcountry shrimpers, and many of them put their health into the hands of graduates of the Medical University of South Carolina at one point or another. MUSC, for their part, is collaborating with the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at College of Charleston and the S.C. State Museum on the Palmetto Portraits Project, an ambitious attempt to create a body of work that will eventually include photographs taken by over 30 S.C.-based photographers, including former City Paper photog Nancy Santos. So what are the portraits of? The "smiling faces" of our "beautiful places," representing a wide swath of over 300 S.C. residents from every walk of life. Wednesday night's reception will premiere the first 60 prints from the project, which will eventually see Palmetto Portraits spread throughout both the educational and clinical buildings at MUSC and the S.C. State Museum. WEDNESDAY


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SPORTS | Get some kicks in

2007 Carolina Challenge Cup
Sat. March 24
Wed. March 28
Sat. March 31
Games each night at 6 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.
$35-$50 (series ticket, includes all 6 games)
$15-$25 (individual match ticket, includes 2 games)
Blackbaud Stadium
1990 Daniel Island Dr.
971-GOAL (4625)
www.charlestonbattery.com

The boys at Charleston Battery are hosting the fourth annual Carolina Challenge Cup this week and next. With three nights of double-headers, it's a preseason challenge for your viewing pleasure. Last year's winner Houston Dynamo is back, along with the New York Red Bulls and newbies Toronto FC, who will play their first game at Blackbaud Stadium. The Battery will play them all, and they all play each other. Don't be a head-butt. Go watch goalies in funny shirts and grown men chasing a soccer ball around. If 90-minute soccer games are too much to sit through without a little buzz, there's a new Red Bull bar at the stadium and a beer garden pouring $2 Bud Lights. Cheap beer + sweaty men = good times, always. SATURDAY, NEXT WEDNESDAY


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EVENT | But will Paris be there?

Charleston Fashion Week
Wed. March 21-Sat. March 24
Various times
Various prices
Marion Square
Corner of King and Calhoun streets
971-9811
charlestonfashionweek.com

Laura Bennett, the redheaded, pregnant mother of five (now six) who waddled around making fabulous dresses on last season's Project Runway, will be in Bryant Park -- er, we mean Marion Square -- this week with her latest work. She's headlining the first Charleston Fashion Week, which will feature oodles and bundles of the latest designer wares to be worn by attractive people walking seductively down a runway. Mary Norton will be debuting her new line on Saturday. Pretend like you're Heidi Klum or Michael Kors and sit with your legs crossed, judging what Mary Mojo, LulaKate, Copper Penny, Gwynn's, Tommy Bahama, etc., bring to show off on the catwalk. Proceeds from this fashion show go to Dress For Success, a nonprofit organization that provides professional attire and career development advice for women from low socioeconomic backgrounds to help them thrive at work and in life. Buy tickets for the Saturday night gala. It's $85. Cabaret Kiki will perform, DJ Moo Moo will spin records, and all the cool kids will be there. It's supposed to be so New York, and it's for a good cause. Visit the website for tickets and schedules. WEDNESDAY-SATURDAY


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CONCERT MUSIC | Spring hath sprung

Music Under the Oaks
Sun. March 25
2 p.m.
Free
College of Charleston Cistern
66 George St.
953-8228
www.cofc.edu/sota

Although the first day of spring just arrived this week, Lowcounty residents can't be blamed for thinking it may have started at the beginning of March, what with the warm weather and blooming flora. The College of Charleston's School of the Arts honors the start of the season each year with their free Music Under the Oaks concert held in the incredibly picturesque Cistern, located smack in the middle of the CofC campus. Sunday's concert features both jazz and classical music, including works by Beethoven and Schumann performed by the CofC Orchestra, conducted by Lorenzo Muti, and a chamber ensemble coached by music professors Enrique Graf, Natalia Khoma, and Lee-Chin Siow. CofC will provide folding chairs and families are more than welcome to bring blankets to sit on; although outside coolers are not permitted, there will be food and beverages for sale on the lawn. In case of rain, the show must go on -- in the Physicians Auditorium, located across the street. SUNDAY


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DANCE | Flights of fantasy

Camelot
Sat. March 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Sun. March 25 at 3 p.m.
$25-$36
Sottile Theatre
44 George St.
723-7334
www.charlestonballet.org

It's a tale as old as time: two men, one woman, the inevitable conflict, and ... a flying wizard? But don't think prepubescent here -- the wizard at the center of the Charleston Ballet Theatre's Camelot is not a schoolboy, but the ageless Merlin. After helping to raise and train the young Arthur, who he knows will eventually take the throne with the aid of the enchanted sword, Excalibur, Merlin's wisdom helps to guide King Arthur through a litany of trials, betrayals, epic battles, and bedroom intrigues. This production of Camelot is a world premiere, featuring choreography by the CBT's Resident Choreographer, Jill Eathorne Bahr, and aerial acrobatics designed by Flying by Foy. For more on how Camelot came to the stage, check out Patrick Sharbaugh's story on p. 38 of the Arts section. SATURDAY-SUNDAY

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