Freeloaders: Vive la France 

The week's best free events July 11-17

Monday: This week marks the end of two exhibits at the Halsey Institute. Catch Eames Demetrios’ portrayal of an alternative universe in his Kcymaerxthaere exhibit. Also, Paolo Ventura’s series of photographs, Winter Stories, will be drawing to a close. Both exhibits will be open until Friday.

Tuesday: No free events tonight. But if you are excruciatingly bored you can tune into the MLB All-star game and watch overpaid baseball players try even less than they usually do.

Wednesday: As usual, Wednesday night is movie night in Charleston. The Starlight Cinema series will be screening Secretariat and the Family Film Series will be showing the children’s movie that still scares the crap out of me, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Who puts a Child Catcher in a kid’s movie? And we hear the Three Lions Pub is having a Women's World Cup soccer viewing.

Thursday: Fish will host its annual Bastille Day Celebration with a crepe station, pomme frite guiottien, and French music. Dress up in your favorite French garb for a chance to win dinner for two. It's free to stop by, but drinks and food will obviously cost you. Thanks to what I can only assume is some sort of viral marketing scheme, a new movie about wizards and magic has gained popular interests. The second part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows opens late Thursday with release parties all over the city. Beginning at sundown, Cinebarre hosts the Final Harry Potter Festival with free wands, a magician, DJ, trivia, and themed food. The Hippodrome will have much of the same at their Deathly Hallows Part 2 Premiere Party, plus a $200 costume contest. These parties are free with movie tickets.

Friday: Author and registered Charleston tour guide John R. Young, will sign copies of his guidebook, A Walk in the Parks.

Saturday: The Contemporary Charleston 2011: Under the Radar Artist Lectures series continues with Greg Hart and Alan Jackson. Hart will discuss his color block portraits while Jackson will relay how he uses pen and paper to meditate. The Sewee Visitor Center hosts Salt Marsh Touch Tank and Discussion. Don’t miss your chance to sift through pluff mud and fondle some periwinkle snails. After getting dirty with the marsh animals, head to Barnes and Noble for Etiquette Stortytime. Karin Lefranc, author of A Quest for Good Manners, will be discussing tips for keeping the manners of both parents and children in line with those of the highest social stratum, or whatever.

Sunday: Finish the week at the Summer at St. John’s Concert Series. The St. John Chorale will be performing choral works from the Renaissance to present day. 



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