Freeloading before the Superbowl 

How to stay entertained while eagerly waiting for the special day

Tuesday. Eric Penrod, a local singer and guitarist, will perform a variety of rock and jazz at Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ. The Winter Songwriter Showcase features locals like Campbell Brown, Micheal Trent, Lindsay Holler, and many more. Charleston Scene’s Marcus Amaker will read poetry and Tina Christophillis and Angela Chvarek will provide a live painting. Seems like quite a lot of creative artists in one room.

Wednesday. If anime sounds interesting, (and how could it not?) check out a free Shaw Brothers show the first Wednesday of every month. This week’s Soul of the Sword chronicles what it takes to be the number one sword wielder. For the more environmentally aware, head to Aster Hall’s showing of To Shoot An Elephant, a riveting documentary and eyewitness account of the Gaza Strip by Alberto Arce and Mohammad Rujailah. The Starving Artist Series at Social will present several artists, jewelry by Noelle London Beads, and music by Elise Testone and the Stream Brothers.

Thursday. Social might have dedicated last night to starving artists, but if you’re still hankering to appreciate art without a heavy entrance fee, this is the week for you. The Meeting of the Minds Art Show at Jimbo’s Rock Lounge features Patch Whiskey’s graffiti art on guitars, surf boards, and skateboard decks. Or checkout the judged show Works by the Goose Creek Artists Guild, which presents a variety of subjects and mediums. Author Sarah Blake will be at Barnes & Noble to sign her New York Times bestselling book The Postmistress.

Friday. Birdwatchers beware: You don’t want to miss Woodpecker, a film that follows the quest to find the ivory-billed woodpecker. Blues on Broad and the Mississippi Delta Blues Collection seem like a perfect combination for a themed evening.Polaridad Complementaria: Recent Works from Cuba will showcase the new generation of Cuban artists and their attempts at social awareness through art. Kerry Brook’s prismacolored pencil showcase, Waxing Poetic, will open at the Robert Lange Studios. Or if its glasswork that intrigues you, Built From Scraps presents Dorothy Netherland’s first solo show at SCOOP Studios. Other artistic opportunities include oil paintings celebrating summer days at Heat Wave and still life pieces at Patina and Petals: Beloved Objects. If you’re tried of art, Theatre 99’s Blast Off is sure to give you stomach cramps from laughing, with a “pay what you can” admission. Or maybe you want to try something totally new: I’d bet you haven’t been iron smelting in awhile. A lesson in Bloomery Iron Smelting could make this Friday stand out.

Saturday. A special musical performance by Chris Thomas will open Good Morning Spider: Works by Brian Bustos. Make your Saturday worthwhile for you and your environment by volunteering at the Adopt-A-Highway Litter Cleanup or the Francis Marion National Forest Cleanup.

Sunday. When it’s time to sit down and watch the year’s most anticipated game, you need the biggest T.V. possible. Cinebarre wants to make your Super Bowl experience more memorable with The Big Game on the Big Screen. Drink and food specials will be provided, because what’s the game day without greasy sports food? If football isn’t your thing and you could care less about the hyped-up commercials, check out the Youth Orchestra of the Lowcountry’s winter concert, Classical Music has a Posse.



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