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Free events for the week of Dec. 14-20

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It's Star Wars week. What's that mean for you? Well, that depends how much you love the series. Here at City Paper we freakin' love Star Wars, so join us in the fun all week. Oh, yeah, it's also almost Christmas, so hit up the area's holiday markets to check off the rest of your shopping list.


Free laughs are on deck at the Sparrow from 9:30-10:30 p.m. with Drink 'til it's Funny stand-up night, hosted by Neil Bansil.

Head to Elliotborough Mini Bar from 7-10 p.m. for bingo and blues. If you like your B's in threes, throw a beer in there, too.

Name the Music at 3 Matadors Tequileria starting at 7 p.m.

Rodeo Clown hits the Pour House deck at 6 p.m. for their weekly Grateful Dead string-band tribute.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy Monday night poetry and music at East Bay Meeting House starting at 8 p.m.


Palmetto Brewery hosts their weekly open mic night hosted by Jaybird and Hambone from 5-7 p.m. You're in for a special treat this week with food available for purchase from 2Nixons, a ramen pop-up food truck.

Are you a dude without a clue (when it comes to gift-giving)? Have no fear, Stella Nova Salon is here to help. From 5-8 p.m. you can peruse their goods, shop for the women in your life, and enjoy complimentary rum, food from Smoke BBQ, and the Southern Smoke Cigars cigar lounge.

Nothing says Christmas like a tuba concert, right? The Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul hosts its 18th annual Charleston TubaChristmas from 7:30-9 p.m. (Participants must pay a $10 fee).

On the 15th of every month Laura Lloyd Fontaine live paints from 6-8 p.m. at the Principle Gallery. This is her last session of the season.

Tuesdays are for trivia. Check it out at Big Belly Kitchen, Home Team BBQ on Sullivan's, Cutty's, and Bay Street Biergarten.


If you need to de-stress from holiday hustle and bustle head to Holy Cow Yoga in West Ashley from 7-7:45 p.m. for a 45 min. guided meditation session.

The Main Library's historian Nic Butler will discuss Charleston's fruit history, including native species as well as imports, starting at 6 p.m.

You can bet your bottom dollar that bingo's happenin' tonight. Check it out at the Tin Roof starting at 7 p.m.

Swing dance your way through hump day at Prohibition where you'll get a free swing dance lesson at 6:30 p.m.

David Higgins hits ya with his mix of pop and rock at Bay Street Biergarten at 7 p.m.

Dead on the deck delights every Wednesday at the Pour House starting at 4 p.m.


Art Institute students display their portfolios from 2-5 p.m.

If your idea of an afternoon adventure is gardening, head to the Main Library at 3:30 p.m. where you'll join tri-county Clemson master gardeners to learn about nature and gardening.

Bay Street Biergarten's throwing a Star Wars party from 4-10 p.m. with live music and food and drink specials. Yes, you're encouraged to dress up.

The Main Library hosts a screening of Human Capital, a film about the future of two families affected by a hit-and-run, as part of Film Movement Thursday. The flick starts at 6 p.m.

The ugly sweater parties aren't over yet! Head to Bohemian Bull at 7 p.m. with three canned goods in tow — those will get ya a free pint.

Fade into oblivion at the Tin Roof's Oblivion goth dance night starting at 9 p.m.

Head to downtown Summerville for live music and an art walk from 5-8 p.m.


Palmetto's Loading Dock Series features MoJo McGee, Bringers of the Dawn, and See Water, with food available for purchase from Bac'n Me Crazy, starting at 6 p.m.

Kelvin M. Blufton presents his exhibit, Gullah Heritage Museum: Sons and Daughters of the Dust, for one night only at St. Julian Devine Community Center, from 4-7 p.m.

Meet with other gospel singers at the Olde Village Community Center at 7 p.m.

Peruse the Charleston Market at night from 6:30-10:30 p.m.


This Avondale pop-up shop features works from Dolly Paul design and others, from 12-4 p.m.

Jam to acoustic music from Shrimp City Slim at Unplugged at Palmetto from 4-6 p.m.

You know the classic Christmas carol, "The 12 Pubs of Christmas"? See it live and full of beer starting at Madra Rua at 5 p.m.

Holy City Brewing hosts a holiday market from 2-6 p.m. featuring local vendors, holiday beer, and food available for purchase.

Patch Whisky and Sean Williams will live paint at this art show from 6-10 p.m. at the Monster. You can also snatch up some of their pieces to gift your family and friends, while catching the tunes of the Glass Lashes.

Loggerhead's hosts an ugly sweater party from 10 p.m.-1 a.m. with DJ Devon spinning tunes.

Get your goods at the Johns Island farmers market from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Last weekend a darling little horse dressed up as Rudolph, so we (seriously) urge you to see if she's back for more holiday cheer.


Marion Square's holiday market is open for its final Sunday this week from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Hitch a horse (well, ride in a carriage drawn by one) at Mt. Pleasant Towne Centre between noon-6 p.m.

Put more sun in your Sunday with a zen meditation group at Holy Cow Yoga from 7:45-10:15 a.m.

Attend the last Charleston Heals through Art session at the Main Library from 2:30-4:30 p.m.


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