Weekend Round-Up: Comedy Festivus 

The best events in Charleston, Jan. 21-23

Charleston Comedy Fest is happening this weekend. Frankly, that’s all you should be doing. It’s all I’m going to be doing. What else could there possibly be to do? What, do you not like to laugh? What’s wrong with you?

Fine, you humorless freaks. Here’s what else is going on this weekend.

Oh hey, it’s Gaga Day. Dress up as your favorite Fame Monster and head on over to the Joe. I think I’d do crazy-eyed Gaga from the “Bad Romance” video, but I don’t know where to find those contacts. Or maybe I should just fashion some cigarette glasses.

Square One Skatepark is having a benefit party with skateboarding, an art show featuring Patch Whiskey, Phillip Hyman, Tim Shower, William August Northcutt, David Allen Glenn, and Jason Smith, and live music from DJ El Jabrony, the Grind Kids, Modern Man, and We Are Now.

Charleston Restaurant Week continues.

California Dreaming has an Oyster Roast, and there’s the Music and Oysters for Wildlife out at the Sewee Outpost, with live music from Blue Dogs, Occasional Milkshake, Danielle Howle and Doug Jones, Cravin’ Melon, and the Lincoln Middle/High School Steel Band.

The Charleston Battery play host to the USL Men’s Player Combine, which will highlight more than 100 top soccer players from around the country. It’s free and open to the public. For an icier sport, the South Carolina Stingrays has a game on Saturday.

There’s two very different industry shows happening this weekend. The Charleston Boat Show is at the North Charleston Colisium, premiering the newest power boats on the market. Then there’s the Charleston Bridal Show, which features more than 60 vendors, bridal fashions, music, hors d’oeuvres, and more. It’s the perfect weekend if you were planning on having your wedding on a boat.

Brides-to-be (or even single women who like to think ahead) can also stop by the Pick-the-Price Sample Sale at Belle Couture Bridal, where all reasonable offers will be accepted. And Berlins hosts the Spring 2011 Trunk Show for Marisa Baratelli. Appointments are suggested.

Charleston’s theater community is back in action. Charleston Stage has Blue, the Village Playhouse has The Drowsy Chaperone, CofC is putting on Outrage, and there’s Same Time, Next Year out in Summerville.

The Aluminum Show will perform twice at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center on Saturday, and you csee the Lipizzaner Stallions perform at the North Charleston Coliseum on Sunday.

35 Shots of Rum will play at the Olde North Charleston Picture House.

Authors Beth Hoffman and Gloria Cohen will both appear at book signings.

Girl Talk is performing at the Gaillard. Because when I want to listen to dance party mash-ups, that’s the place I want to go.

And even Red’s Ice House has Comedy on the Creek all weekend. If that’s not a sign of what your plans should be, then I don’t know what else is.

And don't forget to check out Culture Shock for this weekend's arts happenings.


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