Freeloaders: Poetry in motion 

The week's best freebies, Feb. 18-24

SEWE is over, the tents taken down and the crowds dispersed. If you spent too much money this weekend — maybe you adopted a dog or two? — these events will help you save the cash you have left.

Monday. If you’re a CofC student, you can attend a Monday Night Concert featuring Milton Masciardi free of charge. Auditions for the Black Fedora Mystery Theatre are being held today by appointment only. Boone’s Bar is hosting Acoustic Sets by local artists tonight, so you can drink those Monday blues away with live music.

Tuesday. As part of the Tongues Aflame Poetry Series, the Halsey Institute will feature Ted Pope for a reading tonight. After hearing Pope’s poetry, CofC students can listen for free to Ciro Fodere as part of the International Piano Series at the Sottile Theater. Into sustainable building? Don't miss this green building lecture, Sustainable Fellwood: A Case Study of an Affordable Housing Development in Savannah.

Wednesday. Booksworms, tonight is your night. The Charleston Public Library is hosting a book signing with Rebecka Vigus, who will be signing copies of her new novel Cold Case: Sleeping Dogs Lie. The Charleston Museum is presenting a lecture and book signing with author Grahame Long on his first book Dueling in Charleston.

Stressed much? Check out the Beam Stress Reduction Info Session tonight at Puree Café.

Thursday. The College of Charleston is screening the documentary My Own Four Walls, which explores teens’ experiences with homelessness, followed by a Q&A with director Diane Nilan and Huffington Post journalist Pat LaMarche. The Preservation Society of Charleston is presenting the Civil Rights Era Exhibit featuring six informative panels and light refreshments.

There are plenty of informative seminars and lectures happening today. If you're looking for a career change, attend the Become a Teacher in South Carolina info session. Thinking about buying a home? Learn what you need to know at the Road to Homeownership Seminars before you take the plunge. Improve your networking skills at The ABC’s of Networking event at the Center for Women.

Friday. Take in some art and chocolate at the opening reception for Paintings by Chuck Carder at Christophe Artisan Chocolatier-Pâtissier. For more art, visit ongoing exhibitions like Investable Art, Hunt and Habit, Domestic and Wild, and Poetic Visions: From Shimmer to Sister Gertrude Morgan. Also, tonight at Mad River Matt MacKelcan will be covering acoustic classic and modern rock.

Saturday. It looks like a family-filled day today, with Louie's Kids' Saturday Morning Workouts, and then Art with a Twist: Gibbes Kids at the Gibbes Museum of Art. Families can also about how to buy healthy, affordable food at the Louie’s Kids Grocery Store Tours.

Every college student can use more financial aid. Attend College Goal Carolina, where experts will be on hand to help attendees with financial aid applications.

Sunday. See a movie for free at the film screening of Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us? The documentary looks at the global bee crisis and the mysterious world of the beehive. If you're in the mood to show off your singing skills or just want to let loose and make a fool of yourself, head to karaoke tonight at The Break Room, Upper Deck, or Jack’s Place.


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