TUESDAY. This week marks the 20th anniversary of the influential film Daughters of the Dust. After a film screening at the main library, director Julie Dash will be there to answer questions from the audience. Earn free shooters for a five-minute routine at the open mic night hosted by Jessica Mickey. Free shots and open mic comedy, what could go wrong? And put on your red shoes and dance the blues as Bobby Stardust pays tribute to David Bowie with cover songs and Bowie-inspired costumes at the Tattooed Moose.
WEDNESDAY. Lewis Dodson, bartender and manager at Drop-In Deli, will perform with the Fairy God Muthas for an improvised, high-energy rock show. The average person spends 25 hours a day at the computer, and although we are very close to solving all the world’s social anxiety problems, our spines are paying the price. Get a free posture exam and a gift card when you bring in school supplies or hygienic items to the Back to School Patient Appreciation Day. Post and Courier columnist Brian Hicks will lead a civilized, bi-partisan discussion at the League of Womens Voters' Hot Topics Initiative. If you forgot what civilized discussions about anything bi-partisan sounded like, you might be interested in turning up.
THURSDAY. Think, reflect, and listen at this week’s ONE open house. Check out the new exhibiting artists, acoustic music by Blake Zahnd and a poetry reading by Marcus Amaker. Don’t forget your glass slippers as you head to Summerville DREAM’s Third Thursday, where they’ll have Cinderella carriage rides, an art walk, and live music by the Shakin' Martinis and Josh Padgett Jazz Trio. Even artists get by with a little help from their friends; check out this week’s opening of the Best Friends exhibit, which will feature paintings, drawings, collages, and even wearable sculptures. Or listen to live music as you browse the art of friends Sara Evers and Christian Elias at the Duo Imperfecta opening.
FRIDAY. We mostly remember the '80s as a blur of Day-Glo, acid wash, and hair spray, but there’s more to the era than just its weird trends. So this week, the Urban Picnic at Burger Babies will have an 80s art theme, complete with a live DJ, food and drink specials, and an interactive spin art machine. Jack Burg will perform as Punks and Snakes in his one-man-band with drums, guitar, and vocals. Expect obscure pop songs and some original Punks and Snakes’ ballads.
SATURDAY. Start your culture-filled weekend at the Gibbes Museum for their Community Day, which celebrates folk art with crafty activities and a musical performance by the Three Dudes. Make your way to Hampton Park afterward, for the weekend-long symposium commemorating Daughters of the Dust. Families are invited to a community picnic at Hampton Park for storytelling and live entertainment followed by a showing of the film on a Jumbotron. Kick the tires and light the fires, it’s another Food Truck Rodeo. Hello, My Name Is: BBQ will host the event behind Holy City Brewing Co., where eight other food trucks will be parked and ready to serve. Explore the wonderful world of facial hair at the Holy City Beard and Moustache Society’s back-to-school-night at the Recovery Room. They’ll be collecting school supplies donations for the Teacher’s Supply Closet.
SUNDAY. Pedal your way through a Bike Scavenger Hunt hosted by Charleston Moves and the Holy City Bike Co-op in Park Circle. There will be prizes to win, inexpensive beer to drink, food trucks to dine from, and music to dance to.