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The week's best freebies, May 16-22

If you're anything like us, you're busy saving money for Spoleto tickets, but you'd still like to have some kind of semblance of a social life. You can with these free events.

MONDAY. Aaron Firetag and friends perform at the Pour House.

TUESDAY. Jane Bordon signs copies of I Totally Meant to Do That at Ann Long Fine Art. The Alabama Fundraiser at Midtown Bar and Grill, hosted by the Lowcountry Crimson Tide Chapter, is free, which is good because you can spend the money you’re saving on this important cause. The ECEW Membership Drive and Couture Fashion Show is a night of style and more at Butterfly Consignment Boutique. And I’m all right with seeing Caddyshack at Movies at Mixson.

WEDNESDAY. Celebrate the life of Edwin Gardner at this year’s Charleston Ride of Silence. The Community of I’on Artists host their annual art show.

THURSDAY. Sally King Benedict opens her new show COLORSPLASH at Stems.

FRIDAY. The Free Friday Family Fest name kind of says it all. Cyclists West of the Ashley should join in on the Bike to Work Day Ride. If you’re worried about the dangers of riding over the bridge, which we’ve discussed before, rest assured that there’s a police escort. Head on out to Sullivan’s Island to see works by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and more at Contemporary Masters at the White Gallery. And the Charleston Firefighter Combat Challenge goes down today and Saturday at Citadel Mall.

SATURDAY. You’ll probably end up spending some money at the Olde North Charleston Village Street Sale, but I doubt it’ll be a lot. The Folly Beach Art and Craft Guild hosts another round of their Spring/Summer Show Series. Help Iron Lotus Studios celebrate their one-year anniversary. Tickets are free for the Armed Forces Day Concert, but you’ll need to get them in advance. And Carolyn Evans is signing copies of Forty Beads: The Simple, Sexy Secret for Transforming Your Marriage.

SUNDAY. The kids will be out of school soon, so you might as well get a head start on their summer reading at the Charleston Read and Romp. Susan Hudson Chellis will be at the Towne Centre Barnes and Noble signing copies of The Kitchen Table. And the Charleston Library Society hosts a screening of Welcome to Shelbyville.



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