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The week's best freebies, Feb. 18-23

Valentine’s Day can challenge the old saying “money can’t buy love." For those of you that coughed up some major dough last Friday in the name of relationship preservation, here’s some free entertainment while your funds settle.

Tuesday Witness some top-notch story telling when travel writer and journalist Gary Lee Kraut speaks at the College of Charleston about the 100th anniversary of WWI and French war sites.

Basico won’t make you pick between bingo or music trivia night, they’re considerate enough to combine the two.  

Bocci’s got the vino hook up. Head on over to the Italian eatery and sample their featured reds and whites.

Wednesday Do yourself a favor and take advantage of the fact that Jody Zellen’s Business as Usual is currently on display at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary art, fo’ free. The exhibit abstractly explores the human condition through media and sculpture. 

Hump day wouldn’t be complete without trivia and brews at Mac’s Place

Frothy Beard Brewing wants ya’ll to come out and get your facial hair wet with their Wednesday night free beer tastings. 

Thursday If have yet to be acquainted with classical guitar, this is the opportune time to experience the sound. Charleston Academy of Music is welcoming former faculty member, Maro Sartor for strummed pieces by Mozart and many more.

This networking soiree at the Silver Dollar could possibly make the difference of you getting your foot in the door or not. Guests will be surrounded with music, food and opportunity. 

Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church is holding a free showing Honor Flight, a documentary about World War II veterans visiting the a Washington, D.C. memorial enacted in their honor.

Friday Whether you have pipes or not, enjoy the talents that can be found at the Gospel Artist Showcase

Shop the works of local crafters when the sun goes down at the Evening Art Market. 

Bushido’s On a Roll Comedy Show will keep you in stitches. 

Saturday Doesn’t matter what era you hail from, Jane Austen gets it. Chat about Mr. Darcy with fellow Pride and Prejudice lovers at the Charleston Library Society. The event will be a celebration and discussion of the two hundred years since P&P’s publication. 

The Celebrating Us Open Mic Night will display the talents of CofC’s African-American student body. 

Break out the beads and head out to the beach. The seventh annual Folly Gras is back with incentives like food from Taco Boy and jams from Soul Fish. 

The RiverDogs are looking for prospective employees. Attend their food and beverage fair and interview for positions like serving and food running. 

Sunday Fleet Landing will be opening up their parking lot for the sake of roasting and grilling. Fleet Fest will include buckets of oysters, plates of sliders and live music from Plane Jane. Pets are more than welcome to come with. 

The Tin Roof challenges you to take the stage or simply fill a seat at their Open Mic Comedy Night. Expect free pizza and knee slappers. 

You don’t know a Charleston brunch until you've attended Holy City Brewing’s Brewvival Brunch Bonanza. Taste all of the Holy City flavors and chow down on brunch served fresh from Outta My Huevos Brunch Truck.

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