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Swig comes out this week, so — need we even say it? — we're throwing a party. There's your Tuesday happy hour taken care of. There's plenty more going on this week too though, and it's not even all Halloween-themed.

Monday. Head to the James Island Community Markets for some live music, artisans, and local food.

Tuesday. It's Swig launch party day! Head to Wasabi to meet the nominees of the City Paper's Hottest Bartenders contest, enjoy some drink specials, and groove to music by Wire and Wood. Afterward, head to the Upper King Design District for their Fall Design Walk. A quick warning: you may find yourself more prone to making impulse buys.

Wednesday. Learn how to run faster, stronger, and with more efficiency at the Newton Natural Running Class. Elite runner and Newton Running Education Stephen Pifer will lend advice on improving your runs as well as reducing injuries. Or learn about one of the city’s “least understood landmarks,” the Old City Jail, at the American College of the Building Arts’ Mary Scott Guest Lecture with David Scott. The author of Abode of Misery will lecture on the story behind the 1802 prison.

Thursday. Former Navy pilot and Special Ops officer David Porter will visit Blue Bicycle Books to sign his recently debuted novel. In the Shade of the Mango Tree details the former Navy pilot and Special Ops officer’s “globe-trotting political thriller.” Then, hop over to the Third Thursdays gathering for poetry and short stories. Author Mary DeMuth will join the discussion via Skype to talk about writing, publishing, and blogging.

Friday. Catch some big band flair at the U.S. Air Force Academy Band’s Falconaires Jazz Ensemble.  The Halsey hosts an opening reception for the exhibit of artist, architect, and designer Don ZanFagna's Pulse Dome project.

Saturday. Head to the Southeast Zine Fest to mingle with zine makers, readers and distributors from around the Southeast. If you've got little ones, take them by Halloween in the BOOroughs, or bring them along to Monster Music's Pumpkin Classic. You all can have fun with the pumpkin carving and costume contest, and you might find some deals on records, too.

Sunday. Seize your (or really, your pet's) 15 minutes of fame and bring him or her to the Auditions for David Letterman’s Stupid Pet Tricks. A representative will be there to record your animal’s feat for the review of the producers. Afterwards, put together your most raggedy outfit and scariest Halloween makeup for the Charleston Zombie Walk. The undead will meet at Marion Square before wreaking havoc on Lower King Street.


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