Weekend Round-up: A feast for the senses 

Events for the weekend of March 4-6

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Sam Spence

Come out foodies and theatre enthusiasts, the young and the old, art addicts and audiophiles, this weekend is packed with something for everyone. Indulge and imbibe with the endless offerings of the Charleston Wine and Food festival, attend PBRs first music festival, take the kids out for a few adventures, or heat things up at the Guilty Pleasures anniversary party. The possibilities are endless.


Jump back to 1973 with Black Jacket Symphony as they resurrect the glory of Dark Side of the Moon in Concert. It's as close as any of us are going to get to seeing Pink Floyd in concert again. Get your tickets online or at the door of the Music Hall, the show starts at 8 p.m.

Grab the kids and grandparents and head to the Gaillard Center for a Disney show that all generations can enjoy. The Czech National Symphony Orchestra will be performing the music from Fantasia and Fantasia 2000, accompanied by projections of the original films. Show begins at 7:30 p.m.

Artist Stephen Elliott Webb debuts his benefit show 'Shell-Shocked' at Mitchell Hill tonight. The show is a personal reflection on the oyster, icon of the lowcountry, and his own story. 15% of the proceeds from the show will go to the College of Charleston School of the Arts. Work will be on display until March 25th.

Down South we like our traditions and one of my favorites is First Fridays on Broad. All kinds of merchants and boutiques open their doors from 5-8 p.m. for strolling, shopping, and a few refreshments. It's like Second Sunday with less people. And you shouldn't walk in the street.

PBR is trying out this whole music festival scene with their very own Dirty Southeast with performances at The Sparrow and Chico Feo. This weekends line-up includes The Cryptics, Fujiwara, Hot Charlie, Guttermouth, DJ Tuff Girl, and the Screaming J's. If you like what you hear throw your PBR tab in the bands bucket and the band with the most tabs will win a tour package.

Charleston Wine and Food Festival is in full swing and there are still tickets available to events throughout the weekend. Check out the culinary village (there's a special discount for locals), attend the endless wine tastings, learn from top sommeliers, or snag a spot at the Coda del Pesce signature dinner. Events run through Sunday, the full schedule is one their website.


IOP is celebrating the spirit of their little beach town with the Front Beach Fest. It really does have something for everyone, jump castles, face painting, a balloon artist, and cotton candy for the kids, swing and shag music by The Tams and Blackwater Rhythm and Blues, carnival snacks, food vendors, and a mechanical bull for the brave of heart. Hit up Front Beach from 12-4 p.m. for all of the fun.

This event is for the big kids only. Guilty Pleasures is hosting their 5th anniversary party and it's going to be huge. There will be vendor presentations, a specialty cocktail, prize giveaways, and Wicked Sex Seminars led by adult film actress Jessica Drake. Check it out from 12-8 p.m. at their West Ashley store.

The Charleston Wine and Food Festival is all about finding the perfect pairing, and what goes better with cocktails by master mixologists than the rockin' harmonies of Nikki Lane? Head up to 10 Storehouse Row for the concert at 8 p.m. and imbibe, snack, and dance your heart out.

South of Broadway Theatre Company has taken a darker turn with their production, Landscape of the Body written by John Guare. The play is a surrealist murder mystery in which the mother of the victim is the prime suspect. Get your tickets for the 7:30 p.m. performance because despite the eerie nature of the show, the script delivers plenty of humor, hope, and a range of human emotions.

PURE Theatre delivers again with the production A Sudden Spontaneous Event by playwright-in-residence David Lee Nelson. The emotional drama examines what happens when a major event causes ripple effects through the lives of five individuals. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. so grab your tickets online or in the box office.

Cheer on your Stingrays as they take on the Adirondack Thunder at 7:05 p.m. at the North Charleston Coliseum.

Artist John McWilliams is opening his show Prophecies at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art this weekend. Join artist and chief curator Mark Sloan for a walk through from 2p.m.-3p.m. of the selected wood carvings and engravings inspired by the lowcountry.


Join artist John Moore at the reception for his show at Corrigan gallery premiering his series '24 Photographs'. These 24 photographs reflect the natural landscape, streets and buildings of Charleston and the rust of time. The reception runs from 5-8 p.m. and coincides with the Charleston Gallery Association's art walk.

Dance your way into the new week with swing night at Prohibition with free lessons at 6:30 p.m. followed by open dance with tunes from the V-Tones.

Get outside and experience the Lowcountry with the Mullet Hall Annual Oyster Roast and Trail Ride on Johns Island. Mullet Hall Equestrian Center, Dream Wranglers Ranch, Cooler Horsemanship, Mitch Lowry, and Lowcountry Horse Preservation team up for a weekend of events. From trail riding to a cowboy course competition, to live music and oysters, chili, and hotdogs, this weekend will be fun for everyone in the family.

Charleston County Parks wants to say thank you to all of their visitors by offering free admission to Caw Caw Interpretive Center, Wannamaker, Palmetto Islands, and James Island County parks. There will also be free fishing at Folly Beach and Mt. Pleasant fishing piers.

Oakland Plantation will be home to the 5th Annual Race and Roast to benefit the Cooper River Land Trust. Runners should arrive at 12 p.m. for the 5K that winds through the forests of the historic plantation. The rest of us that are there for the food should arrive at 1p.m. for live music by Solid Country Gold, all-you-can-eat oysters, hot dogs, local beer, hayrides, and activities for the kids.

Join the family together to walk for an important cause at the 7th annual JDRF One Walk to support research for Type 1 diabetes. The walk begins at 1p.m. at Smythe park and will end with lots of activities including laser tag, face painting, and live music.

Pack your picnic basket and grab your teddy bear because it's time for the 7th annual Teddy Bear Picnic at Hampton Park, hosted by the Charleston Parks Conservancy. If you don't feel like doing any food prep yourself you can purchase snacks from Dish and Design or King of Pops. Entertainment will include music by Mike Cusatis, Becky's Box of Puppets, Homespun Hoops, Dance Moves, and activities like face painting, seed planting, and cookie decorating.

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