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COMEDY | These guys are a little sketchy
A Day that Will Live
in Industry
Sat. Oct. 20, 10 p.m.
Wed. Oct. 31, 8 p.m.
$5
Theatre 99
280 Meeting St.
(843) 853-6687
www.myspace.com/
brainsquadcomedy

Chucktown’s comedy scene just keeps growing. Improv is pretty much covered, with the Have Nots! and their crew playing several shows weekly at Theatre 99. The Comedy Zone at Tonik hosts national stand-up comics every weekend. And now Maximum Brain Squad, a fresh team of young comedians at Theatre 99, is seeking to bring sketch comedy (think Saturday Night Live) to town. The Squad started out with Henry Riggs, Matt Perry, and Chris Drake brainstorming ideas for short vignettes that would bring sketch comedy to the Lowcountry. The group picked up new members along the way (there are now five people in the cast), and they continue to write sketches based on improv sessions, using inspiration from contemporary cultural and political issues. A Day that Will Live in Industry, their premiere show, is a satirical look at American culture, focusing on themes like consumerism, communication, and corporate power. —Erica Jackson SATURDAY

PETS | Party doggy-style
Paws in the Park
Sun. Oct. 21
11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Free
Hampton Park
(843) 747-4849, x210
www.jaspca.com

Hampton Park gets furry this weekend with the 15th annual Paws in the Park event. Charleston’s self-proclaimed premier party for dogs, hosted by the John Ancrum SPCA, is expected to draw over 1,000 pups and their families. This “friendraiser” encourages people to interact positively with their pets, reinforcing the philosophy that pets are a part of the family. There are all kinds of events going on, like agility courses, obedience classes, doggy putt-putt, education booths, and pet supply vendors. You can also enter contests for best-dressed pet, pet/owner look-alike, best tail-wagger, and a crowd favorite, best kisser. Petsmart is the event’s major sponsor, and their vet partner Banfield will be giving away 100 free microchips on a first-come, first-serve basis, as well as coupons for other services and products. Cisco’s Restaurant will provide chow for pet owners, and there’ll be food for Fido as well.
—Erica Jackson SUNDAY

COMEDY | Master of Puppets
Jeff Dunham
Fri. Oct. 19
8 p.m.
$36
North Charleston Performing Arts Center
5001 Coliseum Dr.
(843) 529-5050
www.coliseumpac.com
www.jeffdunham.com

“These guys are my secret weapon,” says stand-up comedian and ventriloquist Dunham, of his collection of puppet characters. “There’s some sort of unspoken rule that allows them to say things and make observations that no mere human could ever get away with, and it’s all under the guise of comedy.” Dunham recently enjoyed successful appearances on Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show, The Best Damn Sports Show Ever, Blue Collar TV, and CMT’s Fast Living. He makes a stop at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center this Friday during his four-month Sparks of Insanity tour. His latest presentation — a follow-up to his popular previous gig, Arguing with Myself — originally aired on Comedy Central last September and was released on DVD shortly after. Comedy Central calls Dunham’s gang of characters a “fast-talking, socially reckless Suitcase Posse.” Walter, the sour-faced, pissed-off old man in a sweater and red bow-tie, is the longest-running sidekick. Peanut is a giggly, purple-skinned, wide-eyed weirdo who claims origin from an uncharted island in Micronesia. José Jalapeño survived an accident in his home country of Mexico, which permanently placed him “on a steek.” Two fairly new characters include Achmed the Dead Terrorist, the worried-looking terrorist skeleton with a thin beard and habit of blurting out, “I Kill You!” and Melvin, a long-nosed, whiney-voiced superhero-wannabe who wants to save our country from evil. The shiny-suited pimp Sweet Daddy Dee might even make a special appearance. While Walter’s bitter wisecracks and groaning zingers aren’t quite as eloquent and gracious as famous comedic ventriloquist Edgar Bergen’s favorite figure, Charlie McCarthy, the rapid-fire exchanges between Dunham, Peanut, and José Jalapeño resemble the multi-tone hilarity between early-century ventriloquist Señor Wences and Johnny (a childlike face drawn on Wences’s hand) and the gruff-voiced Pedro (a disembodied head in a box). Clean, but slightly naughty and politically-charged, this evening’s set should get laughs from all angles. —T. Ballard Lesemann FRIDAY

RECREATION | A-maizing October
outings
Boone Hall Plantation
(843) 849-7173 www.boonehallplantation.com
Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
West Farm
(843) 688-5453 www.westfarmcornmaze.com
Fri. 5-10 p.m., Sat. 12-10 p.m., Sun. 2-10 p.m.
Legare Farms
(843) 559-0788 www.charlestoncornmaze.com
Fri. 3-10 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. 1-6 p.m.

The Lowcountry stays pretty much the same color year-round, but you can get that dose of fall you’ve been craving at several farms and plantations around the area throughout the month of October. On Johns Island, get lost in Legare Farm’s 5-acre corn maze (especially challenging/spooky at night) and pick out that perfect jack-o-lantern in their pumpkin patch (free/children under 2, $3/ages 3-11, $6/ages 12 and up). They’ve got plenty more family- and fall-oriented activities, like hayrides and the chance to make your own scarecrow. In Moncks Corner, West Farm has an elaborate 6-acre corn maze designed, mapped, and cut by MazePlay of Firth, Idaho, using the latest GPS technology (free/children 2 and under, $4/ages 3-11, $8/ages 12 and up). The maze features over three miles of trails with an eye on football (see picture). They’ve also got a pumpkin patch with pumpkins of all sizes, and paint and decorations are included in the price of the pumpkins. They’ve also got a hay bale maze for the kids, a farm zoo, Scarecrow Alley, a snack bar, and more. East of the Cooper, Boone Hall Plantation’s Happy Jack Pumpkin Patch is open daily ($3 admission), featuring the Pirate’s Mountain play area, a castle mini-maze, Happy Jack’s Spooky Hayride, and the Happy Jack Theater. —Erica Jackson

THEATRE | Let her entertain you
Gypsy
The Company Company and Village Repertory Co.
Oct. 18-20, 25-27, Nov. 2, 3, 9,
10, 8 p.m.
Oct. 28, Nov. 4,
5 p.m.
$22-$24
Village Playhouse
730 Coleman Blvd.
(843) 856-1579
www.villageplayhouse.com

Gypsy is the quintessential musical. New York Times critic Frank Rich has even gone so far as to call it American musical theatre’s answer to King Lear. Loosely based on the memoirs of famous striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee, the musical features one of theatre’s most memorable characters, Mama Rose, a role that can make an actress&rsq

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