Freeloaders: Language animals unite 

The week's best freebies, Jan. 21-27

Friday is a big day for art lovers, with new shows opening at Redux, the Halsey, and even at the corner of Huger and N. Tracy Streets. And the rest of the week's not too shabby, either.

Monday. Happy MLK Day! We hope you caught the parade this morning, and maybe even stuck around for the Youth Speak-Out. End you day of honoring Dr. King's legacy at the Freedom Rides On musical tribute those who participated in the Civil Rights movement.

Tuesday. Attend the networking event Tech after Five at the Southend Brewery & Smokehouse. If you RSVP online, your first drink is on the house. Take advantage of free dental screenings at MUSC College of Dental Medicine, happening each Monday through Thursday.

Wednesday. Enjoy Hump Day with some live music. For live jazz, stop in to Charleston Grill, Mercato, or The Glass Onion. For acoustic variety, The Brick has rock and oldies with the Bill Show, City Lights features the V-Tones ukulele combo, and Juanita’s hosts the indie/pop-rock musician Jordan Igoe.

Thursday. Bookworms should head to Barnes and Noble tonight to meet author Brad Taylor, who will sign copies of his latest book, Enemy of Mine. Berlin's is hosting the Marisa Baratelli Spring Trunk Show — appointments are recommended. Don’t forget about weekly Yappy Hours, a dog-friendly happy hour, at O'Brion's Pub & Grille.

Friday. Today’s events are all about art and history. Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum is hosting Internment in Times of War, where you'll hear from POWs and former prisoners in Japanese internment camps at this special symposium. Tonight at the Halsey, see nationally-known artist Lesley Dill give the talk "We Are Animals of Language," a discussion about the role of language in her work. Then stay for opening of her exhibit Poetic Visions: From Shimmer to Sister Gertrude Morgan.

Also opening tonight are Zachary Alan Mallard's TRAFFIC and Lauren Kalman's Spectacular. To get your kids in on all the art, take them to watch artists sketch, draw, and paint the Charleston Hat Ladies at the Fr3shArt Portrait Battle.

Saturday. Join Lesley Dill for a gallery walk-through of Poetic Visions. Get your gardening wheels spinning for spring at the Charleston Camellia Show.

Sunday. End the week remembering MLK Jr. at the MLK Ecumenical Service and Celebration Finale, where U.S. Congressman John Lewis will be the keynote speaker. Comedy Fest is over, but if you're still yearning for a few laughs head to TROM (Tin Roof Open Mic) Comedy for some free pizza and stand up.
 


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