Weekend Round-Up: Get on Santa's Nice list 

The best events in Charleston, Dec. 17-19

We know how scary it is when you procrastinate on buying gifts. Heck, Hannukah ended awhile ago and I still haven’t bought my family’s presents. Luckily, there’s plenty of events for last-minute shoppers. Lowcountry Harley-Davidson has their Stress-Free Holiday Shopping (stop here for free five-minute massages), the RiverDogs’ One Week Til Christmas Sale, Sip ‘N’ Shop is an art sale that benefits the YWCA of Greater Charleston, and the Really Really Free Market, where you won’t have to spend any money.

Are you punk? Crust punk? Folk punk? Post punk? Gutter punk? God forbid even pop punk? Or not even punk at all? Whatever. Go to Presents From Punks, buy some art, and do some good.

There’s a hot new artists’ studio on the scene: Tivoli. They’re hosting an open house all day Saturday.

I really love it when events have clever names. Like Eye Level Art’s Bye Art, where more than 300 pieces will be available for sale. It works on different levels, you know?

The second Static in the Snow, featuring work by Seth Corts and Hirona Matsuda, opens at Muddy Waters on Friday, and James E. St. Clair will showcase his work at Alluette’s Jazz Cafe on Saturday. And J. Henry Fair and Tim Hussey present lectures about their exhibits this weekend (plus you can see Fair’s work for free at Community Day at the Gibbes).

If you’re feeling festive, stop by Holidays at the City Market, the Middleton Place Grand Illumination, the Folly Beach Holiday Parade and Market, Saturdays With Santa, or the Summerville Christmas Parade.

The CSO is back! They’ve got a Holiday Celebration Concert, a Holiday Brass Performance, and A Spiritual Christmas.

Leave the caroling to your boombox at Unsilent Night.

This weekend is your last chance to catch some Charleston theater before the new year. Pick from Cinderella, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, A Christmas Story, A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas, A Greater Tuna, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, The Humbug Holiday Hour, or Waffle Haus Christmas.

The Cord and Pedal Christmas Ball will let you hear some less annoying versions of all those Christmas carols that have been driving you crazy all month.

The South Carolina Stingrays play the Florida Everblades on Friday and Sunday.

Theatre 99 has their Improv Jam, The Have Nots!, and an original play, The Christmas Will Be Televised.

Authors John Brewton and Fletcher Derrick Jr. have book signings this weekend.

See Charleston Ballet Theatre’s Lowcountry interpretation of the Nutcracker before you catch the more traditional performance by the Moscow Ballet next week.

And honor Françoise Mompied Duffy at A Celebration of Life, hosted by the Jazz Artists of Charleston.


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