Freeloaders: Loud and local 

The week's best freebies: July 31-Aug. 5

TUESDAY. Enjoy some pork sliders at Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ while you listen to Americana singer Allen Cote perform. He’ll be kicking off his Summer 2012 Southeast Tour in support of his upcoming album and new single “Greensboro Woman.” Later on, pull out the mohawks and the torn studded jeans, because punk quartet Bully Pulpit will perform at the Tattooed Moose downtown as they celebrate the release of their new album Goldmine.

WEDNESDAY. Nothing goes together better than burgers and comedy. Head out to Big Gun Burger Shop for the open mic comedy night. Hosted by local comedian Dusty Slay, this comedy free-for-all is sure to tickle your funny bone. Cinebarre's Outdoor Summer Film Fest is celebrating its next-to-last event of the summer with a showing of The Lost Boys. Pack up the picnic blankets and lawn chairs to watch this cult classic under the stars.

THURSDAY. 3…2…1… Blast off? This Thursday, Theatre 99 will host a showcase of new company shows for the public. Since the company is constantly creating new shows, this is the night that Theatre 99 gets to try them out on an outside audience. Gotta love being a guinea pig. Also, Charleston native Katie Crouch will be at West Ashley’s Barnes & Noble for a meet-and-greet and book-signing of The White Glove War, the second book in her Magnolia League series.

FRIDAY. If you didn’t get the memo, the first Friday of the month almost always sees some art openings. Check out new exhibits around downtown – including the Leslie Pratt-Thomas Exhibit, Shades of Summer, and This is the Sun – as they celebrate their opening nights. You could also get wet ‘n’ wild as you learn about the state’s most interesting wetland. Hosted by former local wetland scientist Morgan A. McClure, the event allows guests to indulge their adventurous streak as they explore the Carolina Bays.

SATURDAY. Get your sci-fi on with FUNimation at the Movies and the release of Chobits, a series that tells the story of Hideki Motosuwa and his personal computer Chi.

SUNDAY. Keep it local and check out the Mixson Maker’s Market. With a variety of Lowcountry-inspired food and entertainment, you’ll leave with even more Carolina pride.


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