Freeloaders: Double your pleasure 

The week's best freebies, May 13-19

Thanks to those three rainy weeks we had, you've got two chances to catch Movies in Marion Square this week.

Monday. Find your inner peace at the Introduction to Transcendental Mediation at the Charleston County Public Library. They will teach you the twenty-minute, twice-daily practice of Transcendental Meditation that helps reduce stress and anxiety, and improves your health, happiness and longevity.

Excited for Spoleto? We are too. Catch a sneak preview of the Spoleto must-see Festival events chosen and highlighted by College of Charleston’s School of the Arts faculty.

Tuesday. For some uncensored humor, go to Comedy Night at Cutty’s to see local comics perform stand up and improv at 8 p.m.

Wednesday. Animal lovers can attend Yappy Hour and help raise funds for Pet Helpers and Charleston Animal Society at a silent auction at PawPurri For Pets Boutique, Day Care & Grooming Salon. Guests will also be able to meet PawPurri’s new staff.

Art fanatics can stop by No Moral Judgment Stands Alone at the Michael Mitchell Gallery to see Texas-based mixed media artist Philip Durst’s contemporary collages, which use materials like candy wrappers and paint chips.

Want to test the waters and see how your comedy skills compare? Head over to The Big Gun Show at 10:30 p.m. for open mic comedy night hosted by local stand-up Dusty Slay at the Big Gun Burger Shop.

Thursday. Satisfy your musical, entertainment, and art-viewing needs all at once at Summerville's Third Thursday from 5-8 p.m.

Check out illustrations by artist Kristen Solecki and enjoy food and wine at the opening reception for the Artwork of Kristen Solecki.

Get a mini-facial or make-up consultation tonight at Pink Dot Beauty Bar's Launch Party.

Move movie night from your couch to the outdoors and enjoy City Paper's Movies in Marion Square. We're showing two movies this week to make up for those nights we lost to weather — Moonrise Kingdom on Thursday, and Back to the Future on Friday. Come at 6 p.m. to browse all the food options and enjoy some beer and wine. The film will start at dusk.

The Center For Women hosts their weekly Brown Bag Lunch series, which are presentations providing information on timely topics that affect women.

Participate in a new type of trivia at Trivioke, which is fast-paced team trivia mixed with karaoke at Kickin’ Chicken. Compete against other teams for an opportunity to win house cash.

Friday. Local Folly Beach businesses will offer visitors food and drink specials, prizes, live entertainment and giveaways for Folly Friday.

Bring the family together at Family Flick Night at Charles Towne Landing where they will be showing Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Get there early to see a Hogwarts Train replica that will be on display, courtesy of the Charleston area Model Railroad Club.

Or enjoy some more art at Michael Mitchell, which will host an opening reception for the duo exhibit by Hirona Matsuda and Lisa Shimko, Vagal Tone.

Saturday. Spend the day at The Treasure Nest Art Fest and view hundreds of original oil and acrylic paintings. Refreshments and door prizes will also be available.

Hopeless romantics and Jane Austen fans should check out Exploring 200 Years of Pride and Prejudice, where Austen fans will discuss what has kept this novel a classic for 200 years.

Sunday. The Charleston Music Club will feature Abby Kent in a solo harp recital at 3 p.m. Refreshments will be provided after the show.

Go and see The Revolutionary Optimists, a documentary by Amlan Ganguly where he empowers children to become activists as well as educators. The documentary follows Ganguly’s journey to replicate his work outside the city, where living and working conditions for children are shocking.
 


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